May 24, 2016

AP Reporter Claims Freddie Gray-Nero Verdict ‘Failed to Hold Police Accountable’

Seldom have there been more clear-cut examples of bias than those found in Juliet Linderman’s Associated Press story yesterday on the acquittal of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero on all charges relating to the death of Freddie Gray last year.

The first half of Linderman’s first sentence reads: “Prosecutors failed for the second time in their bid to hold Baltimore police accountable for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.” We’re sorry you’re so obviously disappointed, Juliet, but the fact is that the judge in the case, by rendering not-guilty verdicts, concluded that Nero was not legally accountable for the death of Freddie Gray. The AP reporter’s opening presupposes that any failure to convict Nero or other officers involved automatically means that the justice system has failed.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Gun store owner stops suspicious sale, prompts arrest of local man

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Albion, New York:

Published: May 23, 2016, 10:15 pm Updated: May 23, 2016, 11:01 pm

A gun store owner in Orleans County prevented a suspicious gun purchase, leading to a Friday arrest.

Police say a gun store owner alerted authorities to the suspicious actions of a local man after he was denied a gun purchase for refusing to fill out a required background check form. Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies say John Klotzbach asked a female third party to buy a shotgun for him after he was turned away. The straw purchase was uncovered when the gun store owner noticed the female wanted the exact same shotgun Klotzbach asked for and drove in the same vehicle Klotzbach had used.

As deputies investigated Klotzbach, they say they located a loaded sawed off shotgun in his possession, prompting his arrest and charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth degree conspiracy. …

Go here for the rest of the story.