Saturday, August 15, 2020

More Felony Charges for More Officers from Houston No-Knock Raid that Killed Innocent Couple in

Image from Youtube six officers Cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

On 28 January, 2019, a Houston Police Department Narcotics unit executed a no-knock warrant on an innocent Houston Couple, Dennis Tuttle, a disabled Navy veteran, and his wife Rhogena Nicholas, a devout Christian.

The raid was based on lies told to the court, about drug sales that never happened, to obtain the warrant. The couple were not drug dealers. When armed men burst into their home, without warning, and killed their dog, Dennis Tuttle is said to have fought back with his .357 revolver.

Dennis and his wife Rhogena and their dog were all killed. The organizer of the raid, then officer Gerald Goines,  was wounded in the neck. He could not talk. That may be why the coverup fell apart. Three other officers were wounded.

Over the next year and a half, investigations forced onto the Houston police department by citizens, the FBI, the Tuttle family, and the Harris County Prosecutor, unravaveled  a story of corruption and lack of accountability that lead to the Tuttle deaths.

Two officers, Goines and his Partner, Steven Bryant, retired from the department, and were charged with both state and federal crimes. Hundreds of cases were brought into doubt. Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg announced a thorough, deep investigation into the Houston PD, especially the Narcotics squad 15, which had conducted the raid.

Now, a year and a half after the  murder of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, a grand jury has come out with indictments for four more officers. 

Prosecutors charged six officers, including Goinss and Bryant, on 1 July, 2020

The additional charges are primarily for overcharges of overtime, false claims about money for informants, and tampering with government records.  Several of the charges are based on phone records which show what was claimed on government forms could not have happened, the the location records from the phones.

The Harris County Grand Jury brought indictments for 21 felonies for the six officers on 31 July, 2020.  Those officers and the indictments are:

Officer Gerald Goines – Two counts of felony murder, a first-degree felony punishable by a possible sentence of life in prison. Four counts of tampering with a government record (search warrants) a third-degree felony, one count of aggregate theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, a third-degree felony. Third-degree felonies are punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

Officer Steven Bryant – One count of aggregate theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, a third-degree felony.

Two counts of tampering with a government record (confidential informant forms which contain details of money allegedly given to informants for services or buying drugs) a state jail felony. State jail felonies are punishable by six months to two years in state jail

Sgt. Clemente Reyna – Three counts of tampering with a government record (confidential informant forms) a state jail felony. One count of aggregate theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, a third-degree felony.

Sgt. Thomas Wood – One count of tampering with a government record (confidential informant form) a state jail felony. One count of aggregate theft by a public servant between $2,500 and $30,000, a third-degree felony.

Lt. Robert Gonzales – One charge of misapplication of fiduciary property, a state jail felony, for the reckless handling of HPD money. Gonzales held a position of trust and was required to verify and authorize any expenditures of up to $2,500.

Officer Hodgie Armstrong – two charges of tampering with a government record, (an offense report and a confidential informant form) state jail felonies, one charge of aggregate theft by a public servant, a third degree felony.

Three of the officers charged were in management. The charges are, essentially, for not doing their job, and signing off on paperwork which they had not checked. The paperwork turned out to be false, thus, potentially fraudulent.

Prosecutor Kim Ogg made several comments on an interview on KHOU-11, on 31 July, which indicate the investigation has moved into what she previously called the third phase.  Ogg said:

"This is the product of long-term, and at least within this squad, widespread corruption. "

"We are going to go where the evidence leads on this shooting." From khou interview on Youtube

Ogg stated the prosecution is looking for answers to particular questions.
  • Why this happened?
  • Why these people? 
  • Why so many shots?
Those questions have been on the minds of many observers for the last year and a half.

The initial gathering of forensic evidence has been called into question. There were two more evidence gathering teams at the scene, months later. There was a private forensic team, then a team from the Texas rangers. Members of the grand jury later insisted on seeing the scene for themselves.

Large city police departments have long had reputations for corruption, especially narcotics and vice departments. The temptations are more than many officers can withstand, especially over decades.

The digital revolution is undercutting the elements that made corruption possible. Digital recordings are usually considered more reliable than police testimony. Anyone can digitally record, anywhere, almost anytime.

What used to be fairly reliably anonymous, no longer is so. Cell phones track positions nearly everywhere. Many cars have GPS trackers.

Even without phones, all the other devices that record images and sounds are available to a competent government investigator.  Surveillance cameras, doorbell cameras, and the ever more common body camera, all offer more information to digest, information which is less fallible than human eyes and memory.

Police can no longer rely on the political machine to cover for them, or for the Media to kill stories of corruption that implicate the media's political favorites.

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IN: Homeowner fatally shoots Home Invader

 Mostly video of scene, little information.

Officers told us there was an attempted home invasion, and the homeowner shot the male suspect.

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PA: Intruder Leaves House after Warning shot Fired

WILKES-BARRE — A homeowner on Carbon Lane discharged a round from a firearm when a man entered his house Sunday night, according to court records.

Police arrested James Brewington, 35, of North Sherman Street, when he returned to the house with his hands in the air at about 10 p.m.

The homeowner told police a man he never saw before pried open the screen door and entered the house, causing him to discharge a round from a firearm into the floor.

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FL: Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots, Kills Man who Forced his way into Apartment, and Shot Another Man

In fear for her life, officials say the woman went back into a bedroom and got a gun. She returned to the living room area, where another argument took place and shortly afterward there was an exchange of gunfire between the intruder and the woman.

Police say the woman shot the man, who was later found dead in the doorway of the apartment unit by deputies.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

July 2020 NICS More Records, Headed for 20 Million Gun Sales for 2020

Courtesy Dean Weingarten. NICS by Category. Bars are 2020, lines are 2019

July 2020 was another record breaking month for both National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks and gun sales. The total number of checks was 3,639,224, a record number of checks for the month, and the third highest month ever. Both of the higher months (March and June) are in 2020.

As noted before, more and more NICS checks are being done for carry permits and carry permit rechecks. There were nearly as many NICS checks done for permits in July of 2020 as there were for gun sales, which is to say, about half of NICS checks are not for the sale of guns.

Fortunately, the FBI tells us what checks were actually done for gun sales. It is not absolute, as there can be multiple guns sold on one check. In about half of the states, people with permits to carry can buy guns using the check which was done for their permit. They are not counted as another check, because their sale is not recorded in the instant check system as a sale.

The formula for the approximate number of gun sales is handgun checks + Long guns checks + Other guns checks + 2.5 x multiple sales on 1 check = 1.84 million gun sales in July, 2020.

That is the all time record number of sales for July, by a large amount. The next highest month was in July of 2016, of 1.22 million.

July is traditionally the lowest month for gun sales. This year it is among the highest. Last month, June 2020, had more.  July was down a bit from June's 2.13 million guns sold.  The total is about 11.84 million guns sold so far this year.

We are headed for an all time record of over 20 million guns in 2020, the greatest number of guns ever sold in one year.

NSSF estimates 40 percent of those gun sales are to new gun owners.   That is eight million new gun owners added this year. Some proportion of those new gun owners are going to vote for their Second Amendment rights. We do not know if it will be half a million who evaluate the election based on their new found sense of personal security, or six million.

The number may decide whether the Republic continues and the Constitution is honored; or whether we continue to slide toward authoritarian socialism, also known as the newly exposed fascist left.

Here are the numbers for the last five July gun sales:

July 2016 1,220,710 Presidential election year (Donald Trump gets elected)
July 2017  916,586
July 2018  849,837  Congressional elections. Republicans lose the House
July 2019  853,963 
July 2020 1,842,550 Presidential election year

The reasons for the record high sales are fairly clear.
  • Violent riots in many cities. 
  • The Democrats running on defunding the police. 

  • Democrats making infringing on gun sales and ownership part of their platform.

  • Murder rates up in many Democrat run cities. 

  • High levels of gun manufacturing base, created during the Obama administration.
High demand + high level of supply = record levels of sales.

The question is, how long will this last?

Probably past the election. If President Trump is reelected, his opponents will redouble their efforts to get him out of office by any means.

If President Trump loses, Conservatives and Second Amendment supporters will fear the worst tyranny the country has seen since Reconstruction.

The traditional solution for these sort of differences is for the parties to wait for the next election. In this case, the Democrats never accepted the results of the last election, violating previous precedent. Now, the Conservatives are concerned about the Democrats playing fairly, as they have demonstrated their unwillingness to play by Constitutional rules.

Unrest is likely until one side wins and keeps the Presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress, then either restores the rule of law and the Constitution; or packs the Supreme Court and changes the rules to prevent another Trump from ever being elected again.

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Followup FL: Instead of Burglary, Family says Incident was Domestic Dispute

POMPANO BEACH — A man in Pompano Beach shot and killed another man who investigators say broke into a home in the middle of night, but the shooting victim’s family tells a different story.

Brian Lamar Scott Sr., 29, didn’t break in, they say. He had keys to the house in the 1700 block of Northwest 14th Circle. His ex-girlfriend and their 5-year-old son Brian Jr. lived there.

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KS: Intruder who Assaulted Homeowners, Shot and Arrested

Horyna was restrained and treated from his injures by Great Bend EMS. Horyna was transported to KU Med Great Bend where he was then flown to a Wichita hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

After a preliminary investigation, officers believe Horyna entered the residence and when the homeowners confronted him, he began to physically assault them. A disturbance followed and officers believe this is when the homeowner shot Horyna. The homeowners were treated for their injuries on the scene.

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NE: Victim Disarms Home Invade in Ohmaha, Shoots Same

A man was arrested after being shot during a home invasion, according to Omaha police.

OPD said officers responded around noon to a report of a home invasion near North 48th and Maple streets.

According to police, the victim told officers someone who was armed tried to enter his home and steal a couple of dogs. The victim told police he was able to disarm the suspect and shot him.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Hawaii Folds on American Samoan Gun Ban

 “I am actually going to settle the case,” attorney Alan Beck informed this correspondent Monday in regards to his client, Alanoa Nickel, a U.S. national American Samoan being denied the ability to apply to purchase a gun in the state of Hawaii. “The law is going to go away per a settlement we sent the judge. He just needs to sign it.”

That happened later that day, as per an August 10 stipulation and order  in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii signed by J. Michael Seabright, Chief United States District Judge based on an agreement reached with the Acting  Corporation Counsel and Deputies Corporation Counsel Attorneys for Defendants for the  and Beck, the Attorney for the Plaintiff:

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

CO: Greyhound Security Guard Shoots Man who Attacked him with Knife and Pipe

One of the security guards approached the man, identified as Adell T. Phillips, 30. Phillips hit the guard with a metal pipe and then stabbed at him with a knife-life object, according to the statement.

The security guard suffered stab wounds to his neck and left arm, then drew his gun with his right hand and fired several shots, the statement says.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Political Pressure to Persecute McCloskys Gun Charges, Details of Gate Entry

Screen shot from video, just as the gate is being opened by lead agitators of the mob of protestors. In this screen shot , the gate is about a foot open, likely no more than a half second after the latch was jimmied.

Christine Byers of KSDK in Misouri has uncovered evidence of prosecutorial misconduct by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office. Kim is one of the radical prosecutors who has been elected with money from George Soros linked radical leftist "Justice & Public Safety" political action committee.

Gardner has drawn national attention with her decision to prosecute a St Louis couple for defending their home against an angry mob of Black Lives Matter agitators. 

The document obtained by 5 On Your Side (KDSK) show pressure was applied by Gardner's office to structure the police report, so as to alter the evidence to justify a warrant, and then, criminal charges.

Gardner's Assistant Circuit Attorney, Chis Hinckley, had pushed the lead investigator, Sgt. Curtis Burgdorf, into signing a charging document that Hinckley wrote.

Burgdorf was unwilling to sign onto a document he disagreed with, but finally signed off, after revisions, under the political pressure from Hinckley. Here are the findings by KDSK:
Hinckley also wrote the document the lead detective did sign, known as the probable cause statement.
But it went through at least two revisions after Burgdorf outlined 14 concerns he had about the document, 5 On Your Side has learned.
Among those concerns:
  • Hinckley characterized the protest as “peaceful and organized” and that it was “calling attention to racial inequities in the criminal justice system.” Burgdorf wrote that the evidence he gathered showed the protest was to call for the resignation of Mayor Lyda Krewson. The final document called it “a protest march.”
  • Hinckley wrote that Patricia McCloskey’s was “armed with a semi-automatic handgun.” Burgdorf wrote the phrase should read, “What appears to be a semi-automatic handgun.” Hinckley responded, in part, “You cannot be serious with this one. Again, this is really problematic.” Ultimately, the document read: “What was later determined to be a semi-automatic handgun.”
  • Hinckley called Mark McCloskey’s gun an “assault” rifle. Burgdorf called the word “assault” a propaganda term. Hinckley disagreed, but it was left out of the final document.
  • Hinckley wrote that the protesters passed through an “open gate” onto private property. Burgdorf said he didn’t know whether the gate guarding the private street was open when protesters went through it, but that, at some point, it was damaged. Hinckley responded: “Your points here are really problematic. It seems to go beyond oversight and into purposeful ignorance. I suggest you very quickly re-assess this evidence.” Ultimately the document Burgdorf signed reads, “protesters walked through a gate.”
  • Hinckley wrote that Mark McCloskey’s gun was “visibly loaded with an ammunition clip.” Burgdorf wrote that he would have to verify that detail because it wasn’t mentioned in his report or interviews with them. Hinckley wrote back “Seriously??!!” Ultimately, the document did not include the phrase Hinckley wrote.
  • Hinckley wrote that both victims, identified only by their initials, “feared that the defendant might fire her weapon due to her finger being on the trigger and her highly agitated demeanor.” Burgdorf wrote that the term “angrily” was subjective and he didn’t like it. Hinckley wrote, “It’s a fact and an element of the offense.” The final document did not include the word "angrily".
Hinckley is reportedly the official who, when the pistol brandished by Patricia McCloskey was found to be non-functional by the forensic lab, ordered the pistol to be made functional when it was put back together by the lab.

Detective Sgt. Burgdorf has continued to investigate the case. He was able to discover recorded evidence of threats by people in the mob of agitators, toward the McCloskeys.
  • “You own a business. Your business is gone.”
  • “We coming back baby.”
  • “You ain’t the only (expletive) with a gun.”
  • “They coming back to your house.”
One recording seems particularly significant. One of the leaders of the mob makes this disclosure:
In another livestream video, Burgdorf wrote a man was heard saying, “I was in front so I was the one who opened the gate. The gate was broken after they pulled a gun. What law did we break? We keep guns there but not for show though. Not to look a certain way, but for use. If they would’ve shot then they would’ve been put down.”
Both the threat and the information is damning. The man admits the gate was closed. There is video of the gate showing it was closed.

In the video, you can see a masked agitator going up to the gate. It appears he has some sort of tool, perhaps a jimmy bar of some kind. He is partially obscured by the crowd.  Someone to the left of the gate is working with him, and pulls open the left side of the gate, shortly after he arrives.

It seems the gate was spring loaded, probably with a spring latch that could not be legitimately opened from the street side. The easiest way to jimmy it would be from the right side. Only the left side of the gate was opened.
The person who pulled the left side of the gate open after the latch was defeated, held the gate open for others to enter.   This implies the gate was spring loaded with a bias toward closure.

 Link to video

The first person through the gate and the person in the sport coat appear to be members of the leadership. The mob would probably not have gone through the gate, without their lead. They appear to have a plan, and execute the plan. 

Image of gate being held open, showing what is likely a spring latch and the guard plate, where the thumb of the person holding it open is.  Spring latches are the easiest to jimmy.

Link to video

On the recording, the agitator leader asks, rhetorically "What law did we break?"

 There are four obvious ones:
Other laws that seem likely to have been violated:
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Deprivation of Constitutional rights
The gate was severely damaged as the mob left.

Screen shot from Fox story, cropped by Dean Weingarten
Why was the gate damaged on the way out? Looking at the gate, notice the side which was opened has been pulled inward ( on the right from the inside). It is meant to open outward. The broken side was never opened at all.  It was just broken and bent inward.

Some informed speculation:

It seems likely, when the mob had all gone inside, the springs on the gate closed the left hand side (viewed from the street) and the lock latched. The inside appears to be keyed. It may not have a lever to open it.

When the McCloskeys defended their property, the mob rapidly retreated back the way they had come.  
The last in were the first out. They found themselves trapped by the locked gate. The man with the jimmy was probably not there to open it, so the mob just broke it, with many hands pulling on it.

We have not seen any video of the gate being broken.

Testimony about this is important. It would show the gate was locked when the mob arrived. The latch did not lock itself, after the mob was let into the private street by the ringleaders. 

The evidence is likely to show the gate was locked.  There is video evidence it was closed when the mob arrived.  That contradicts assistant prosecutor Hinckley's assertion the gate was open.
If the gate was locked, it becomes clear the mob were trespassers, not "peaceful protestors".  Most of the mob were being used by the leadership. The jimmy was done fast, shielded for the most part from the mob, as it was done.  With a little practice, such a jimmy is faster than using a key. 
Investigators in St. Louis can easily confirm if the gate is/was spring loaded, and if it was locked with a spring latch.

It is unlikely any but a few of the leadership knew the route planned for the action.

Mobs are easy to lead around. Everyone just follows those in front. A small cadre of activists do exactly that. The leadership knew radical prosecutor Kim Gardner could be counted on not to prosecute them. 
She prosecuted the McCloskeys, no matter what the facts.

Prosecutors are shielded from nearly all lawsuits by absolute immunity created by the Supreme Court in 1983.

There are means to remove prosecutors who abuse their power.  It is very difficult to remove an elected prosecutor by anyone but the voters.  
Prosecutors have enormous power. It is a weak point in the system of ordered liberty in the United States.

The far left is exploiting that vulnerability. The Supreme Court removed many checks and balances when they gave prosecutors absolute immunity.  The left is using that power against the democratic system. They don't have a further plan. 
Their plan has devolved into one goal: tear down the system.

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FL: Followup, Domestic Defense was Justified when Homeowner Shot, Killed Ronald Fleet

The homeowner acted in self-defense when he killed Ronald Fleet, 55, in Land O’Lakes Saturday afternoon, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

“Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment right to protect himself and his family from the fear of Ronald, who was carrying a gun and kicking in the door,” Nocco said, according to Fox 13 Tampa. “I can’t imagine the fear they were going through.”

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Monday, August 10, 2020

AZ: Domestic Defense, or not? Police Investigate Chandler Shooting

Reports of gunshots broke out soon after the call and arriving officers found a 35-year-old Phoenix man that police identified as Ben Beasley, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where died from his injuries an hour later, police say.

Police learned that Beasley was assaulting a woman inside a home that led to an fight outside the home.

A juvenile at the home allegedly gave the the handgun to the woman after she asked for it, police say.


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Sunday, August 09, 2020

FL: Followup Bernard St. Pierre shooting of George Addison considered Self Defense by Prosecutors

 There is video at the site. The large, mucular man with the torn shirt is Bernard St. Pierre. The woman is George Addison, sometimes known as Cleo.

Prosecutors ruled that Bernard St. Pierre could not be prosecuted for fatally shooting George Addison, who was armed with "stun-gun knuckles" during a fight in July 2020. He was cleared under Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

OK: Disarm, Tulsa Homeowner takes gun from Intruders, Shoots both of Them

The homeowner said his dog’s barking alerted them to the intruders’ presence. Despite being pistol whipped, the homeowner told investigators he managed to take the gun away and shoot both intruders.

The man found in the bedroom, who remains unidentified, was taken St. John Medical Center and was pronounced dead later Friday morning. The homeowner was reportedly hospitalized with head injuries.

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WA: Poulbo Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man who Crashed Jeep, Attempted Forced Entry

There were no serious injuries reported from the crash, but Rose reportedly ran from the scene to a nearby property where he attempted to enter the house. Deputies say a confrontation ensued between the driver and the homeowner that ended when the homeowner fired several shots from a handgun at Rose, who was later declared dead at the scene.

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Attorney of Driver in Austin Shooting Releases Details Confirming Self Defense

Daniel Perry, Driver who fired in Self Defense at Austin Protest July, 2020
Image of Daniel Perry from press release, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

There are new developments in the shooting case where a driver show a protestor who was armed with an AK47 type rifle, as his car was swarmed by the crowd of protestors. The following is a press release from the attorneys of Daniel Perry, who has identified himself as the driver who shot Garrett Foster on the evening of 25 July. This account tells what happened from the veiwpoint of Daniel Perry. From the press release:

F. Clinton Broden and Broden &Mickelsen issue the following statement on behalf of our client, Daniel Perry. 

Daniel Perry is an active duty sergeant with the United States Army. He is a former Eagle Scout from the North Texas area and served our country proudly for the past eight years. Sgt. Perry served a tour in Afghanistan and has been the recipient of numerous army awards and commendations. 

On the evening of July25, 2020, Sgt. Perry was in Austin, Texas driving for a ride share company in order to earn extra money. He had dropped his client off in the vicinity of Congress Avenue. He was then going to proceed to a“hot spot” in order to wait on notification to pick up another client or to pick up food for delivery. Sgt. Perry made a right onto Congress Avenue from Fourth Street and encountered a throng of people in the street. Prior to arriving at the corner of Fourth Street and Congress Avenue, Sgt. Perry did not know that a demonstration was taking place. 

When Sgt. Perry turned on the Congress Avenue, several people started beating on his vehicle. An individual carrying an assault rifle, now known to be Garrett Foster, quickly approached the car and then motioned with the assault rifle for Mr. Perryto lower his window. Sgt. Perry initially believed the person was associated with law enforcement and complied with the command. After rolling down the window, it became apparent to Sgt. Perry that the individual with the assault rifle was not with law enforcement. It has now been confirmed by several witnesses that this individual with the assault rifle then began to raise the assault rifle toward Sgt. Perry. It was only then that Sgt. Perry, who carried a handgun in his car for his own protection while driving strangers in the ride share program, fired on the person to protect his own life.

Immediately after Sgt. Perry fired on the individual who raised the assault rifle toward him, a member of the crowd began firing on Sgt. Perry’s vehicle. Sgt. Perry drove to safety and immediately called the police. He waited for the police to arrive and fully cooperated with the police following the shooting and he continues to do so. 

We urge the public to allow the police to conduct a full investigation. We also need to correct statements that have been reported by the press. First, Sgt. Perry never left his vehicle preceding or immediately following the shooting. Second, Sgt. Perry did not “flee” but immediately called police upon getting to safety. Finally and most importantly, police have interviewed witnesses who were demonstrating with Mr. Foster and these witnesses have confirmed that Mr. Foster raised his assault rifle in a direct threat to Sgt. Perrys life. 

Sgt. Perry and his family deeply sympathize with the loss and grief being experienced by Mr.Foster’s family. Sgt. Perry is devastated by what happened. Nevertheless, that does not change facts. The simple fact is that Sgt. Perry reasonably perceived a threat to his life when, as has now been confirmed by independent witnesses, Mr. Foster raised his assault rifle toward Sgt. Perry who was sitting in his car. We simply ask that anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.
This is very close to the speculation put forward from the available facts, published in AmmoLand on July 29. From that article:
Consider the position of the driver. He is driving on public streets, and is blocked by a mob of numerous persons who angrily beat on his vehicle. He is where he has a right to be; they appear to be breaking the law. He says a person with an AK47 pointed the rifle at him. Several people in his position have bein shot, shot at, or dragged from the vehicle and beaten.
When governments allow people to block the public right-of-way, without normal precautions, tragic situations are all too likely to occur. Whether it is a driver striking protestors who run in front of him on a dark freeway where they have significantly reduced access, or protestors who stop vehicles and beat innocent occupants, or when protestors shoot at vehicle occupants to enforce their will; when protestors shoot drivers, these events are made possible by governments who are complicit with the protestors in blocking normal access, for political purposes.

Blocking streets without notice, is not a peaceful assembly. It is a form of political intimidation.

The Left continually attempts to portray these incidents as "drivers attacking protestors". Examined closely, that is almost never the case. It is the drivers who are the innocent victims, caught up in a no-win situation by a hostile mob who feel entitled to disrupt other people's lives.

The ability to travel freely, in relative safety, is a hallmark of civilization. The ability to block public right of ways without legal consequence, is evidence of a breakdown of the civil order, of anarchy and mob rule.

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