Diversity is our strength!
Say it over and over, like a mantra.
Just remember: just because you repeat it again and again, doesn’t mean it to be veracious.
A quick reminder for those not aware of Nicetown-Tioga’s – a community in Philadelphia – demographics: 91 percent black. [Crowd Taunts Philadelphia Police Officers, Laugh At Them In Midst Of Gunfire During Standoff In Nicetown-Tioga, Philadelphia CBS, August 14, 2019]:
While Philadelphia police officers were dealing with a gunman who shot six of their own during a standoff at a home in the Nicetown-Tioga section, cops also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders. CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff reports a crowd of people laughed and yelled at officers in the midst of gunfire during a standoff on Wednesday.
Police say officers were serving a narcotics warrant on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. As police exchanged gunfire, officers escaped through windows and doors.
Six officers were shot and transported to local hospitals. The officers have since been released.
From 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., gunfire did not cease for more than 40 minutes at a time. For some, the near constant sound of shots felt like nothing more than a reality of where they live, and for others it brought back memories of a war zone.
“It’s unsafe, but this is the hood. This is what we live with everyday,” one woman said.
“When they started dumping with the firepower and stuff like that, they did it in front of the day care, the babies were out and everything, that’s crazy. I’m a discharged veteran. I thought I was in a DMZ zone. It’s triggering PTSD, all types of things, all of this needs to be resolved. It’s senseless, seriously senseless,” another woman said.
Sources tell CBS3 that the scene was sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 showed officers with guns drawn at the scene.
Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was live-streaming some of the shootout while he barricaded himself inside the home.
Police say the gunman surrendered and was taken into custody shortly after midnight.
Maurice Hill shot six police officers during this standoff. The black community in Nicetown-Tioga still sided with him over cops, even though his extensive criminal record included crimes largely committed against other blacks in Philadelphia:
Hill’s criminal record dates back almost two decades and includes convictions on illegal gun possession. He was first arrested as an 18-year-old in 2001 for illegally possessing a gun with an altered serial number, court records show. He was found guilty on five counts related to that arrest.
In 2002 he was arrested yet again and eventually pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.
Hill would continue to be arrested over the years, with his crimes escalating in severity. In 2008, he was convicted of resisting arrest, criminal trespass and fleeing from police. Three years later, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and most recently was found guilty of perjury, in 2013.
Krasner confirmed that Hill was convicted of federal weapons crimes in 2010 and was under the supervision of federal authorities up to around 2016. Federal court records indicate he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to four years and seven months in prison, plus three years of supervised release.
However, Hill was not convicted of dozens of other charges, including kidnapping, terroristic threats, illegally possessing guns, possession of controlled substances and simple assault. Other charges, like receiving stolen property and more gun and drug charges, were dismissed through the years.
Court records also indicate that Hill repeatedly violated his probation. In fact, he had a probation violation hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.
Never forget: diversity is our strength!
Failure to adequately believe this will immediately cause a ‘red flag’ violation, and you’ll be forced to forfeit your 2nd Amendment right.