Breonna Taylor – Riots or Resolution?

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Louisville, KY, is poised for trouble. The three officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor will have their fates decided this week by a grand jury convened by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who will announce whether the police have been indicted or will go free. Protesters are ready to march, business owners are praying that their livelihoods will survive, and the city’s authorities are gearing up for a worst-case scenario. Antifa is no doubt prepared to deliver just that. AG Cameron will – at some point this week – announce the grand jury’s decision on criminally indicting the officers. City and law enforcement officials are taking no chances. The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) has put in place a “state of emergency” as officers have begun barricading roads and federal buildings are being boarded up. LMPD interim Chief Robert Schroeder spoke with press outlets Sept. 22 to explicitly state that they did not yet know the verdict and that all measures were precautionary. He said: “We just ask that people bear with us as we go through these unprecedented times … We felt these steps were necessary to help protect the public.” Schroeder also pointed out that although there have been no specific threats recorded at this time, he was “aware of all the social media rumors. But, nothing viable at this point.” The Background The Breonna Taylor case has forcefully gripped the attention of the American public and lawmakers alike. On March 13, police arrived at Taylor’s apartment to serve a “no-knock” search warrant related to a drug investigation. The officers say they knocked first, announcing who they were before breaking down the door. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, states that he did not know who was coming into the apartment and opened fire, hitting one officer in the thigh; three officers responded with fire, killing Taylor in the process. Just one week ago, Louisville’s Metro Government settled with Taylor’s family to the sum of $12 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, has been very plain that he sees this as just a first step in full restitution: “Regardless of this landmark step on the journey to justice, we still are demanding that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron bring charges immediately against the police officers that murdered Breonna Taylor. Immediately. This week. Justice delayed is justice denied. “The city leadership has done a significant step today, but now it is on Daniel Cameron and the attorney general of Kentucky’s office to bring charges, and at the very minimum … second-degree manslaughter charges, because we want full justice for Breonna Taylor, not just partial justice.” And while Crump is seeking a legal resolution, law enforcement and city officials are well aware that if protesters are not satisfied with the grand jury decision, things could turn nasty very quickly. Should the officers be charged with second-degree manslaughter, under Kentucky law, this is a Class C Felony and comes with a sentence of between five and ten years. A Powderkeg In Waiting The nation is watching very carefully. It would not be hyperbolic to suggest we would see a fresh outbreak of rioting if a criminal indictment against the officers is not delivered. AG Cameron is aware of this, LMPD is mindful of this, and surely those who sit on the grand jury know this. Liberty Nation’s Legal Affairs Editor Scott D. Cosenza weighed in on what is likely going on behind the scenes: “Sol Wachtler, who was the chief judge of the state of New York, famously said, ‘District attorneys now have so much influence on grand juries that, by and large, they could get them to indict a ham sandwich.’ The reason is that the DAs control the process in its entirety, and defendants have few rights. Grand juries operate in secret, and defendants have no right to examine witnesses or evidence or present a defense. The result is, as Wachtler says – any decent lawyer could get a mother to indict her children if they could present a case without a word said in defense. “This reality has led to increased distrust between the police and public, with a perception, at least, that pro-law and order district attorneys direct grand juries to ‘no-bill’ or refuse to issue charges against police suspected of misconduct, while directing indictments against those accused of crimes against police. The mob knows the grand jury is the DA’s tool, however, and is convinced that DA will use it for the benefit of the cops. For those who enjoy a bit of irony with the news, the purpose of grand juries is to ensure defendants are not harassed by unsupported charges.” Will AG Cameron and the grand jury make their decision based upon the probable fallout, or will they be as blind as Lady Justice and move forward based on the facts presented? ~ Read more from Mark Angelides.

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Trump’s New Executive Order: Critical Race Theory Out

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here President Trump has issued an Executive Order banning all training based on Critical Race Theory (CRT) for those who work with the federal government, labeling such ideas as “destructive.” This follows soon after a presidential memo sought to bar these practices from government agencies. Although CRT is not mentioned by name, the implications are clear: no more race division at the taxpayers’ expense. As is his wont, the president announced the new order via his preferred channel, tweeting: “A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies. Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business … with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” The news will be seen as an escalation of hostilities by those committed to the intersectional agenda, and they may be right. Not only has this undercut CRT’s unassailable bastion in federal agencies, it also veers into the realms of those who seek to work or contract for the federal government. Legal Ramifications The president also made a case that such “training” undermines existing statutes: “Our Federal civil service system is based on merit principles. These principles, codified at 5 U.S.C. 2301, call for all employees to ‘receive fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of personnel management without regard to’ race or sex ‘and with proper regard for their . . . constitutional rights.’ Instructing Federal employees that treating individuals on the basis of individual merit is racist or sexist directly undermines our Merit System Principles and impairs the efficiency of the Federal service.” What of those who work in the private sector? Are they to be left to fend for themselves? Apparently not. The Executive Order instructs the Attorney General to assess whether such training courses may contribute to a “hostile work environment,” and if so, would it “give rise to potential liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.” But it is for contractors who plan to continue working with the government that the most heavyweight directions come into play: “The contractor shall not use any workplace training that inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.” What this means in practice is that there will be no more disparaging of people based upon their color or sex and that to insist otherwise through any form of Critical Race Theory training would be tantamount to a form of racism or sexism itself. Timing, Timing, Timing Critically, President Trump’s announcement comes in the run-up to the 2020 election. For those of his supporters who may be wavering, this is a diet of pure red meat designed to bring them back into the fold. The president has presented this as a battle for the soul of America, and he may well be right. The order states that all institutions impacted must fall into line and report within 90 days, yet another clear message aimed to show the undecided voter that this battle is only won with Trump’s re-election. His framing of the argument is that this will be a boon for equality and that individuals shall no longer be judged negatively by the color of their skin or their sex. It would take a brave opposition to try and fight that position. ~ Read more from Mark Angelides.

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Bonfire of the Vanities – The Uprising Videocast

Another teenage black man killed by the police - see how the facts, half-truths, and damnable lies reveal themselves. Scott D. Cosenza, Esq. Legal Affairs EditorScott D. Cosenza, Esq. is Legal Affairs Editor of Scott writes extensively on legal issues and is the Policy Director for One Generation Away.

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