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As I may have mentioned once or twice over the decades going back to the previous millennium, American discourse is increasingly dominated by childish good guys vs. bad guys reasoning, with determining which is which being being decided by intersectional Pokemon points.

Since the MSM knows that the white male Columbus cop who saved at least one black girl’s life with his grace under pressure on Tuesday by shooting the attacker just before she stabbed the girl in pink is the Bad Guy, all the facts about him are proof of his innate badness. From the Daily Beast:

Columbus Cop Who Fatally Shot Black Teen Was Military-Trained Marksman
‘VERY DISTURBING’

Authorities on Wednesday released two 911 calls made ahead of the shooting, in which a female voice warns people are “trying to stab us, trying to put their hands on our grandma.”

Pilar Melendez, Chris Bournea, William Bredderman
Updated Apr. 21, 2021 7:06PM ET / Published Apr. 21, 2021 2:45PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant on Tuesday during a chaotic encounter involving a knife appears to be a military-trained marksman and son of the department’s longtime basic training sergeant.

In other words, his impressive actions were the result of excellent nature and nurture for his job. But to notice that, you have to have an objective view of what he did.

Social media posts and news reports indicate that the officer who fired at the Black teen, identified by authorities on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon,

Funny how the Capitol cop who shot the unarmed woman hasn’t had his name revealed yet.

is a U.S. Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with an M4 Carbine. He was a graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus, where he was a member of the wrestling team; his alma mater posted periodic updates on his progress through basic training.

… Reardon appears to be the son of retired Sergeant Edward “Ted” Reardon, a 32-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police. The elder Reardon, also an Air Force veteran, was honored at an Ohio State football game in 2019, where the announcer noted he was the basic training sergeant at the Columbus Police Academy.

According to a send-off tweet from the Columbus Police in early 2020, Reardon trained more than 700 recruits during his tenure at the department. …

That the shooter received armed forces training potentially invites fresh questions about the militarization of police in America. …

The initial body-cam video was released Tuesday night after Bryant’s family members spoke to reporters and accused authorities of killing a girl who was just trying to defend herself. Donnie Bryant, one of the teenager’s cousins, told The Daily Beast that the family is “absolutely shocked” by the footage of Tuesday’s shooting and wants “justice.”

The video is “very disturbing. As a former city council member, I know first-hand there are de-escalating tactics that could have been used in this situation. You don’t have to pull out your gun and kill a 16-year-old,” Bryant said.

Describing the teenager as a “bubbly” girl who “had a sweet soul and loved her mother very much,” Bryant said the family is struggling to figure out how to move forward. “I don’t think there are words for what is happening right now. We want to know what that officer was thinking. What is really going on with the Columbus Police Department,” he said.

“You heard about the sigh of relief with the George Floyd case. Well, not here in Columbus, Ohio,” he added.

The teenager’s neighbors were also shocked by the shooting. Charles Williams, a 63-year-old neighbor, told The Daily Beast that when he arrived at the scene, officers were still standing around after Bryant’s body had been taken away.

“Neighbors had begun to gather and were chanting, ‘Black lives matter,’” Williams said. “The officers responded by chanting, ‘Blue lives matter.’” …

At least they didn’t say “A– L—- M—–” like that judge.

 
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  1. Roger says: • Website

    Ma’khia Bryant had to know that police were on the scene, and watching. They probably came with the siren on. And yet she knocked the one girl down, and tried to stab the other. What might she be doing if police were not watching?

  2. anon[296] • Disclaimer says:

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  3. Polistra says:

    Funny how the Capitol cop who shot the unarmed woman hasn’t had his name revealed yet.

    I’m sure the Wokies of Twitter are right on that one.

    Murdered, btw, not just ‘shot’..

    But was she ‘bubbly’??

    • Replies: @anon
  4. Twinkie says:

    appears to be a military-trained marksman

    That’s a meaningless description.

    What the writer of that blurb probably doesn’t understand, though, is that this officer was trained to be a military policeman and therefore had much greater small arms (and LE/force protection) training than your average airman. In particular, AF security forces training has more handgun training than is usual. Military in general concentrates on rifle marksmanship, not handguns, which are of extremely limited use in military conflicts, but those who do MP work get extra handgun training.

    Note my comment earlier about police training/proficiency with handguns in general: https://www.unz.com/isteve/here-we-go-again-white-cop-shoots-black-16-year-old-girl-in/#comment-4605149

    Most police officers still get only a rudimentary amount of training in firearms (just to qualify). But, on the other hand, lots of cops these days are veterans with actual combat experiences and/or recipients of the much enhanced firearms training that the military imparts these days on high-readiness units.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  5. Polistra says:

    “As a former city council member, I know first-hand there are de-escalating tactics that could have been used in this situation.”

    Right? Because city council members are definitely on the front line with respect to urban violence in today’s America.

    Or–who knows–the council there might be vibrant enough now that there’s knife fights on the floor of the chamber. Who knows?

    • Replies: @Lurker
    , @SaneClownPosse
  6. Thomas says:

    Skills with a rifle, especially on a basic qualification range, have only a tenuous relationship to effective pistol shooting, especially in a real life situation. Though the picture indicates he was Security Forces, which is the Air Force’s ground combat/MP specialty. Good chance he was pistol qualified as well.

    With this incident, we’re seeing as clearly as we can the implicit message from blacks with regards to police: “you don’t get to kill us, only we get to kill us.”

  7. The left sees the Chauvin case as a big win. They are confident they can control trials against police officers to get the desired result. They have good reason to believe this. I expect to see a lot more of this kind of thing in the future.

  8. ATBOTL says:

    Would a wrongful death lawsuit force the name of the killer of Ashli Babbitt to be released?

    • Replies: @David In TN
  9. I have a solution to the problem. My solution would do the following.

    -Radically decrease the Black homicide rate.
    -Make it rare for there to be violent interactions between police and Blacks.
    -Decrease racial segregation.

    My solution is this.

    Ban Blacks from owning firearms. Also, institute an exceptionally aggressive “stop and risk” policy to take guns, knives, and other weapons out of the hands of Blacks. Gun&knife buyback programs too.

    If we did all that, there’d be racial harmony in this country and much safer streets. The primary beneficiaries would be Blacks.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
  10. Richard B says:

    “Bryant’s family members spoke to reporters and accused authorities of killing a girl who was just trying to defend herself.”

    No. She was a girl who was just trying to kill someone.

    Donnie Bryant, one of the teenager’s cousins, told The Daily Beast that the family is “absolutely shocked” by the footage of Tuesday’s shooting and wants “justice.”

    But not shocked she was wielding a knife and trying to kill someone with it. And what would you know about justice?

    I know first-hand there are de-escalating tactics that could have been used in this situation.

    Yeah, and its called Good Parenting!

    You don’t have to pull out your gun and kill a 16-year-old,”

    And her parents* didn’t have to raise someone who thinks it’s good to pull out a knife and try to kill someone with it. *Yeah, I know, I know. Just humor me here.

    Now where could blacks have learned this impossible to believe in Myth Of Innocence which says, in so many words, We never do anything wrong. Things are done to us.

    When people live out of this myth they’re incapable of change. So no wonder they do the same things over and over again. Of course, the people they learned this little skill set from are streaks ahead of blacks at concealing their crimes, since they’ve been at it for a whole lot longer.

    Describing the teenager as a “bubbly” girl who “had a sweet soul and loved her mother very much,”

    Right up until the moment she pulled out her knife and tried to kill someone with it.

    Ignoble, Insufferable, and Mentally Deranged. I’m so sick of them, their enablers, and their moral imbecility.

  11. @JohnnyWalker123

    institute an exceptionally aggressive “stop and risk” policy

    But this would greatly increase the number of police-black interactions.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  12. “Reardon”? Where have I heard that name before?


    I will not help you to pretend that I have a chance. I will not help you to preserve an appearance of righteousness where rights are not recognized. I will not help you to preserve an appearance of rationality by entering a debate in which a gun is the final argument. I will not help you to pretend that you are administering justice.

    • Thanks: Yancey Ward
    • Replies: @Cortes
  13. @reiner Tor

    Yeah, but those interactions wouldn’t end with death or arrest.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
  14. Lurker says:
    @Polistra

    Or–who knows–the council there might be vibrant enough now that there’s knife fights on the floor of the chamber. Who knows?

    The House of Representin’

    • Thanks: HammerJack
  15. Wilkey says:

    The family is just laying the groundwork to win the ghetto lottery. That’s all it’s about. The rabid insanity of this “young lady” is right there on video for all the world to see, but they will refuse to see it. It’s difficult to even grasp what the hell was going on without either watching it ten times or slowing it down dramatically, but they will continue to insist that Officer Reardon should have tried to use “de-escalation” tactics in the fraction of a second he had to make a choice how to address the deadly threat posed by a rabid female who never even acknowledge his presence.

    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
  16. EdwardM says:

    That the shooter received armed forces training potentially invites fresh questions about the militarization of police in America. …

    Implication: the military is training elite killers to unleash on the streets of America.

    Mundane reality: a non-career military enlistee comes home and gets a job with the local police force.

    Or maybe this is just the non sequitur of the day.

  17. Wilkey says:

    “That the shooter received armed forces training potentially invites fresh questions about the militarization of police in America…”

    “Militarization” of this or that (policing, the borders, etc.) is one of those bullshit terms that the Left likes to pull out of its ass as if it’s somehow inherently a bad thing. It’s mostly just a nonsense term.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @slumber_j
  18. @Wilkey

    And journalists wonder why average Americans don’t really care about bad things happening to journalists.

  19. Pericles says:

    President-Legit Joe Biden would like to add that the cop just should have shot the knife out of her hand. Problem solved.

    Hope! Unity! Decency! Truth!

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
  20. Clyde says:

    Ghetto lottery comes to mind. George Floyd scored a $26,000,000 payout for his family. Though their attorney Benjamin Crumb will get 30% of this. This kind of money scoring news travels like wild fire through black communities, to inspire aspiring imitators. Faster than rumors of Covid vaccinations making black men sterile.

    Assured that Ma’Khia Bryant’s family has Crumb on their phones as of yesterday. Within an hour of her lead poisoning.

  21. Cortes says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    One Reardon who didn’t need to take the black:

  22. @Pericles

    There was no need to use a firearm. He could just have kicked the knife out of her hand, or just grabbed her arm with his bare hands so firmly that she would have dropped the knife in a second.

    Or he should have used some magical words (“de-escalation”) which would have automatically defused the situation.

    President Biden saw something similar on Netflix, so it must be easy.

  23. @JohnnyWalker123

    Why not? A lot of these situations arose when police stopped someone driving a car and he chose to run away or something similar.

  24. @Richard B

    Now where could blacks have learned this impossible to believe in Myth Of Innocence which says, in so many words, We never do anything wrong. Things are done to us.

    The Lost Cause?

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
  25. Columbus Hero Cop Has His Name Revealed

    The girl in pink– I want to say her name. When will that be released?

    Even this doesn’t give her name:

    ‘Girl in the Pink’ Has Some Important Things to Say About Columbus Police Shooting

    • Replies: @Clyde
  26. anon[141] • Disclaimer says:

    There is a black perspective on all this which implicitly recognizes Sailer’s Law. Namely that typically, blacks use lethal weapons in a non lethal manner. After all, this girl had been running amok without managing to stab anyone. And least least some of the people were just hanging around to witness the spectacle. It was a code 2 disturbance after all.

    So the notion that police quickly take a few center of mass shots immediately seems excessive. So the cops show up and go medieval on a kid. The fact that the girl in pink may have been attractive shouldn’t influence you.

    Only in white logic was this guy a hero. Just sayin.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Chrisnonymous
  27. anon[284] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polistra

    We celebrate the life and death of Ashlee Babbit. She sacrificed her life for all of us. When I think of Ashlee Babbitt I am not sad, I am grateful and inspired.

  28. All blacks have to do is stop calling the police. And all the police have to do is quit showing up when blacks DO call the police. I mean, show up, tag and bag the dead contestants, hose off the street after the stiffs leave the scene, but slow-roll the hell out of every call that indicates it’s happening now, be it shooting, stabbing, or even arguments.

    By the way, since White cops are bad, why not just send only black cops?

  29. Blacks learn a fancy white word like “deescalation,” and they enjoy tossing it around like theyre saying something intelligent.
    But it seems pretty stupid.
    The cop,coming upon this enraged girl,with a knife,is supposd to deescalate her. Thats all there is to it!
    You didnt deescalate,dummy! If you’d have descalated her,everything would be fine!
    Btw,people my age know that word very well. They were constantly using it during the Viet Nam War.
    “We’re deescalating! The deescalation is coming right along! Deescalation this deescalation that!”
    It didnt work out back then,either.

    • Replies: @Leo D
  30. Clyde says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/04/21/girl-in-the-pink-has-some-important-things-to-say-about-columbus-police-shooting-n366392

    The girl in pink– I want to say her name. When will that be released?
    Even this doesn’t give her name:
    ‘Girl in the Pink’ Has Some Important Things to Say About Columbus Police Shooting at— https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/04/21/girl-in-the-pink-has-some-important-things-to-say-about-columbus-police-shooting-n366392

    You missed a subtext here. In your above Red State link is the tweeted out video. Girl in the pink suit speaks with a Jamaican accent as does the man (TV?) talking, attempting to interview Pink. This looks to me that this was black inter-tribal warfare. That Jamaican derived Pink was attacked by a slave heritage American Heffalump black girl. Plus Poor Pink got a quickly head stomping by the same, an American black man. My bet is on Caribbean Pink looking more lovely than our ex-knife wielder. Perhaps a knifey girl fight over a boyfriend?

    How I see it and open to correction

  31. @Wilkey

    Knife woman looks like an enraged sloth bear, running around mauling anything in sight. That she’s so black her face can’t be perceived only adds to the rabid-animal-like vibe.

    Does “you ain’t shot my fuckin baby” guy’s field goal kick of the girls head — with his foot almost knocking the cop’s drawn gun out of his hand on the follow through — disqualify him from his portion of the Jewster’s Millions $30M jackpot, or is he still in the money?

    • LOL: AndrewR
  32. @Twinkie

    It wasn’t just MPs who got pistol training … made for a nice little star on my small arms expert ribbon.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @Hibernian
  33. LeBron James Tweeted the poor cop’s photo with the caption,”YOU’RE NEXT” … then he took it down 20 minutes later.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  34. fnn says:

    Funny how the Capitol cop who shot the unarmed woman hasn’t had his name revealed yet.

    Generally, GOP pols are very skilled at keeping their mouths shut when it comes to anything that puts some strain on the cozy relationship they normally have with the Inner Party (Democrats). Trump threatened to break the GOP away from the Uniparty combine, that’s why he was so hated. Of course it ultimately turned out to be mainly bluster, and he filled his admin with Uniparty operatives.

  35. Blodgie says:

    Are these 85 IQ cops ever going to realize what year it is?

    Tradcath military dupes!

    If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what good was the rule?

    The cluelessness is shocking.

  36. @Clyde

    The police officer who is escorting the girl in pink to a squad car so the Bureau of Investigations can interview her untainted is from Africa. I can’t tell what her accent, if any, is.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @NickG
  37. Well this ruins my goto comment on book reviews “I liked the part where Coach Reardon had to spank all the cheerleaders”.

  38. Twinkie says:
    @The Alarmist

    It wasn’t just MPs who got pistol training

    How do you read from “those who do MP work get extra handgun training” “just MPs got pistol training”? I never wrote such a thing.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  39. slumber_j says:
    @Wilkey

    Well, in this instance “militarization” as deployed is certainly 100% bullshit–meant to confuse by shifting the word’s meaning away from what it typically has been in this context.

    What people are generally referring to when they say police are increasingly “militarized” is the seemingly endless tactical trend toward more and more SWAT-style policing, injection of military-grade equipment into police operations generally, posting of “counterterrorism” police with automatic rifles in front of (for example, close to where I live) the Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. etc. This is a very real phenomenon, and I don’t like it.

    Having an expert marksman on the force who’s a veteran is not what people generally mean by “militarization”…and judging from this guy’s astonishing performance, I’d like more of it, please.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
  40. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    When Somali refugees began arriving in the U.S. in 1991, Columbus, Ohio proved to be an important destination. Ohio is now home to the second largest Somali population in the U.S., with an estimated 45k+ Somali immigrants and refugees now living in the Columbus metropolitan area.—— Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

    The police officer who is escorting the girl in pink to a squad car so the Bureau of Investigations can interview her untainted is from Africa. I can’t tell what her accent, if any, is.

    Odds are this officer is Somali. After watching the video a few times it seems to me that the girl in pink is a born here Somali. She has a slight foreign accent and makes the hand gestures that are not American black. The way she waves her hand quickly to refute something to the officer. My distillation is Somali derived Pink girl gets attacked by two real (slave ancestors) American blacks. The hefty former knife wielder (deceased) and her male head stomper confederate who needs to be arrested. And will be.

    Even way back in 1982 I heard a complaint from an American black that Haitian arrivals were pushing them out of one public housing project. He said that his project is all Haitian now. (Surely to not take literally) I am pretty sure that refugees get put the top of such public housing waiting lists. Perhaps mere Haitian immigrants too in that Northern city and state. So there will be fights, knife fights, assaults and animosity over getting these treasured public housing slots.

    Just about all Somalis are refugees, so there is bound to be hatred and animosity w American blacks, over who gets awarded the slots in Columbus Ohio public housing. Over who gets the Section 8s.

  41. If you still have a cable TV subscription, you are giving money to those who are calling for the murder of this heroic police officer.

    It is time to get serious.

    Stop buying tickets for NBA games.

    Cancel your main stream media subscriptions.

    Cancel your cable TV subscription.

  42. Anon[286] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    There is a black perspective on all this which implicitly recognizes Sailer’s Law. Namely that typically, blacks use lethal weapons in a non lethal manner.

    Is there a similar phenomenon with Blacks and general fights involving punching and kicking?

    For example, someone posted video the other day of a brawl in a restaurant with a dozen or so Blacks just whaling on each other. One of the male Blacks repeatedly punched a female Black in the head and then appeared to shove her, head first, into a metal wall post. But when all was said and done everybody appeared to get up and walk away (yelling and shoving of course). This often appears to be the outcome of such brawls. Are Blacks less susceptible to head trauma than other races?

  43. Anon[286] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    This looks to me that this was black inter-tribal warfare. That Jamaican derived Pink was attacked by a slave heritage American Heffalump black girl. Plus Poor Pink got a quickly head stomping by the same, an American black man.

    DOAS-ADOS conflict?

  44. @anon

    It isn’t that “white logic” makes him a hero, it’s that blacks are so used to violence, they don’t perceive threat the same way. However, numerous videos of fatal shootings and stabbings in which blacks don’t react as though a threat is real and then get killed or barely avoid death while the next person is killed suggest that they don’t have a more accurate threat-detector in these situations, they just have a turned-down threat detector. The fact that the violence they experience often doesn’t turn fatal is an accident, not a result of better tuning. There is maybe some IQ component here?

  45. NickG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    All the protagonists and bystanders seemed to be ‘African’; some more recent arrives than others!

  46. @Twinkie

    That’s what I get for shooting from the hip, and yes, I should have said SP.

    • LOL: Twinkie
    • Replies: @Twinkie
  47. @EdwardM

    Our elites prefer pudgy Ukrainian desk jockeys like Vindman who surreptitiously record conversations to instigate a coup. Respect the uniform! What are ya, a Russkie?

  48. @EdwardM

    That an ex-MP (A trained marksman!) can become a cop is not a concern.

    The militarization of police, and other civilian agencies, is a real problem. Some school districts own MRAPs.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @EdwardM
  49. @Richard B

    “Bryant’s family members spoke to reporters and accused authorities of killing a girl who was just trying to defend herself.”

    You don’t understand – they think “defend herself” includes defending or vindicating her pride or honor.

    They don’t see a difference between using force in self defense of a present threat and getting in licks after there is no present threat because the girl in pink pulled her hair two minutes ago* but has since retreated with her small dog.

    I think the idea from the Bryant family side is that the police were supposed to let Bryant get even and then figure out how to deal with what ensued from there. After all, the police weren’t there when someone hit Bryant, so it’s just not fair.

    * I don’t know that the girl in pink did anything at all besides almost getting split open, I’m just extrapolating from the community chatter about why the police were called.

  50. Cortes says:
    @The Alarmist

    I hope Officer Reardon is consulting attorneys regarding this issue.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  51. Being an expert marksman in the Air Force is not the same thing as being a sniper on a SEAL team, but it makes for better copy written by a chick and two guys none of whom know squat about guns.

  52. Leo D says:
    @Father O'Hara

    I’d say the remarkable cop ‘deescalated’ her just fine…

  53. Whiskey says: • Website

    How have all of you, and Steve in particular, missed the most important part of this story?

    The cop’s father was the guy in charge of TRAINING at the Academy!

    This means unlike Chauvin this is not a guy alone, with no social network, no relatives, friends, etc. able to help him out and willing to go to war with the authorities over him. No, no sir.

    Body cam video rushed out immediately? That’s a PD protecting one of their own. And they sense the end goal — firing all the White cops there. So they will fight to protect him as best they can.

    The dog that has not been barking is the local police not making things hot for dudes like Keith Ellison and here in LA George Gascon. I think in OH things are going to get spicy. It would not shock me to learn the State AG was arrested with a lot of cocaine in the trunk of his car. Or that Benjamin Crump if he turns up there gets arrested for beating up a prostitute. And its Columbus, the state capitol, so the cops there know all the favors and the blind eyes turned to various illegalities of the authorities. They also seem a different breed than Scandi Cucks.

    The guy’s father probably knows all sorts of stuff, about fellow cops, lawyers, etc. I fully expect a Cop Vs. FBI war on this, as Biden gets sucked into this being stupid and senile and his handlers dumb women with no understanding of the situation.

    Cops if they want to can do all sorts of stuff, and that’s just covering the things they purposely looked the other way on.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    , @Anonymous
  54. @Clyde

    with a Jamaican accent

    Then she probably has a normal, respectable, even high-falutin, name. Nothing like “Ma’Khia”.

    The Jamaican barber at Guantanomo Naval Base years ago was one Edward Bygreaves. The name could have belonged to a British historian.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  55. @ATBOTL

    A month or so ago the lawyer for Ashli Babbitt’s family was on Tucker Carlson’s show. He indicated a wrongful death lawsuit was coming.

    • Thanks: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
  56. That the shooter received armed forces training potentially invites fresh questions about the militarization of police in America

    In New Jersey if towns hire their police using Civil Service rules, there is a veterans’ preference. I would imagine most places have a preference for using veterans when hiring police, either de jure or de facto. However, this doesn’t mean the police are militarized per se.

    Also, shame on the Daily Beast for bringing the father into it. What he does for a living has no bearing on what his son did or didn’t do.

  57. OT: Just when you think you are being unnecessarily paranoid, even the USPS is spying on you.

    https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/usps-conducting-covert-monitoring-ops/

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. Ragno says:

    Is there a single remaining sentient adult in our country not yet aware that the murderer of Ashli Babbitt is a black man?

    And if a crowd of Americans gathers to exercise their right to, um…. protest her murder – by pitching soup cans at the DCPD, naturally – will their instantaneous arrest as murderous insurrectionists, held indefinitely without bail, maybe, possibly, smarten up any Candides still among us?

  59. Mr. Anon says:

    The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant on Tuesday during a chaotic encounter involving a knife appears to be a military-trained marksman and son of the department’s longtime basic training sergeant.

    A marksman! Well there you have it. Certainly we’d all be safer if they only hired bad shots to be cops.

    That the shooter received armed forces training potentially invites fresh questions about the militarization of police in America. …

    And yet the fact that the last election boasted a record number of candidates (mostly democrats) who have been affiliated with intelligence agencies does not invite fresh questions, or even stale ones, about the spookification of the US Government.

  60. @Polistra

    The officer clearly de-escalated the situation.

    The person with a weapon, who had no regard for another black woman’s right to life, was stopped from doing mortal harm.

    Officer could have allowed another black on black murder to happen.

    Sorry ma’am, your precious baby was going to kill another mother’s precious baby.

    A not so wild guess is that this fight was over some black male who could give a shit about either girl.

  61. Hibernian says:
    @The Alarmist

    MPs, tankers, Officers, and Sergeant Majors, and a few others under special circumstances.

  62. Hibernian says:
    @Whiskey

    They also seem a different breed than Scandi Cucks.

    Reardon is an alternative spelling of Riordan – Irish. Also, there are a lot of Appalachian people around there and coal mining country is not far away.

  63. Anonymous[947] • Disclaimer says:
    @Whiskey

    This means unlike Chauvin this is not a guy alone, with no social network, no relatives, friends, etc. able to help him out and willing to go to war with the authorities over him.

    Do you think Chauvin was innocent?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  64. Anonymous[765] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    … even the USPS is spying on you.

    Full-scale scanning and recording of the destination and sender’s addresses of all mail items has been in effect since before 9/11/2001. Run over many years and backed with sophisticated iterative computer analysis, harvesting addresses allows the Deep State to construct an accurate map of ALL social and business relationships, complementing similar efforts based on emails, phone calls, vehicle license plate readers, airline and Amtrak tracking, financial transactions, etc.

    USPS also has the ability to image and analyze the contents of envelopes/packages. Content searches have been common practice in selected cases since at least Woodrow Wilson’s WW I, likely much earlier. It is not clear to what extent content scanning is practiced on regular mail items at present. A major slow-down in the processing of international mail starting in early 2020 suggests that extensive additional snooping was instituted at that time under the cover of the COVID panic.

    PANOPTICON is now.

  65. Twinkie says:
    @The Alarmist

    What was your authorized sidearm? I want to know how old you are. 😉

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  66. Twinkie says:
    @Cortes

    I hope Officer Reardon is consulting attorneys regarding this issue.

    I hope so. They aren’t going to stop this kind of dangerous and irresponsible antics unless they get hit with a costly judgment (or at least a settlement).

    • Replies: @res
  67. @Twinkie

    I love how you ask for the authorized sidearm; that was a 38 in the early days.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  68. res says:
    @Twinkie

    Right. This is the kind of thing where making the loser pay the winner’s legal fees would help (though that compounds the injustice when it happens). Or even better, make the loser’s lawyer (e.g. Crump) liable if the loser is unable to pay.

  69. Twinkie says:
    @The Alarmist

    One of my closest friends went inactive as an Air Force Lt Col after Desert Storm. His first sidearm was a S&W M15. But when he deployed for Desert Shield, they gave him a Beretta M9 – with no magazine and no ammo.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  70. @Twinkie

    M9 came mid to late ‘80s, some with “Hush Puppy” silencers.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  71. Clyde says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    In the Kingston, Jamaica phone book the names are proper English names. At a higher percentage than in today’s London phone book. Barbados should be higher than Jamaica.

  72. Twinkie says:
    @The Alarmist

    Did you know that the Air Force still has revolvers in the inventory and only now is disposing of them since there will be a large infusion of Sig M18’s?

  73. Art Deco says:
    @Anonymous

    Do you think Chauvin was innocent?

    Yes, and blatantly so.

    • Replies: @anon
  74. anon[431] • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco

    This means unlike Chauvin this is not a guy alone, with no social network, no relatives, friends, etc. able to help him out and willing to go to war with the authorities over him.

    Do you think Chauvin was innocent?

    Yes, and blatantly so.

    Would you mind spelling out the thinking behind your belief? I am in an environment where people would look at me like I was crazy if I were to express any doubts about the charges against him and the verdict. But my intuition is suggesting to me things may not be as painted and even that he may be innocent. It would be helpful to see the argument and maybe use it if it is convincing.

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