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This Week’s Crime Survey

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 7:47 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

This won’t be an exhaustive survey but let’s look at some of this week’s crime headlines:

Machetes And Mayhem: DoJ Unveils MS-13 Racketeering And Murder Indictment:

Bet on this becoming a White House talking point by the end of the day. The Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against a virulent MS-13 gang in Los Angeles for racketeering and murder, but even those charges understate the bloodthirsty nature of the crimes. 

AP source: NY cop won’t be charged in Garner chokehold death:

Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Discuss here: No Charges For NYPD Officer In Eric Garner’s Death.

Former South Pasadena nursing home recruited felons as patients, police chief says:

A nursing home that ran afoul of the state partly because it recruited convicted felons, probationers, rapists and robbers as patients is under new ownership, a city official said Wednesday.

Instead of a median age of about 75 years old, residents at the former South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital had an average age of 37, Police Chief Arthur Miller said. He accused the former nursing home of sending recruiting teams to Los Angeles to get new patients.

Fired Cleveland cop was ‘known associate’ of Norwegian chapter of the Hells Angels, records say:

Cleveland police became aware of his history after the city posted a photo of Simmons next to Mayor Frank Jackson on Facebook while being sworn in as a police officer, the records say.

Mats Bjornstad, a police superintendent with KRIPOS, the National Criminal Investigation Service in Norway, spotted members of the Hells Angels Orslo gang comment on the Facebook post, according to the records.

These families made a fortune with pot illegally. Now, pot is paying the bills again:

Smack in the middle of Brandie Lanier’s spare bedroom is something that underlines just how much America has changed in the decades since her famous father, a champion race car driver, was busted as one of the most prolific marijuana smugglers South Florida and the country have ever seen.

There, inside a special tent, is a bountiful crop of plants: cannabis, shining purple under bright artificial lights. Lanier lives in Colorado, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2014. The plants are her personal stash, her “home grow.” She also makes her living in the state’s booming pot industry, providing medical marijuana to the ever-expanding Denver dispensaries.

‘Justice wasn’t served': 50 years since Chappaquiddick

The crash ended a young woman’s life, and with it, a man’s White House dreams.


27 Responses to “This Week’s Crime Survey”

  1. I’m glad Pantaleo was not charged. It became pretty clear, I think, as the story developed, that it was the ambulance crew which was responsible for the death of Eric Garner. He told them he could not breathe, and they refused to give him oxygen.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. The ambulance crew was more responsible, but they relied on the police, who thought Eric garner was engaged in an act of civil disobedience. In reality he had an asthma attack, brought on parrtially by stress. Nothing Daniel Pantaleo did, even if against departmental policy, should have been expected to kill him.

    The same thing actually later killed his daughter, with no involvement by the police.

    Ms. Garner had been placed in a medically induced coma last week after an asthma episode precipitated a major heart attack. She was being treated at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, and died there.

    The family still didn’t admit the truth.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  3. how he made his money is still a mystery,

    narciso (d1f714)

  4. JTA — A Muslim man who killed his Jewish neighbor in Paris while shouting about Allah is probably not criminally responsible for his actions because he had smoked marijuana beforehand, a French judge ruled.

    harkin (b0f43e)

  5. I’m just disgusted every time I hear some progressive lamentation that the Chappaquiddick “ended” Ted Kennedy’s White House dreams. What it should have done is sent him first to jail, then permanently to live in the private sector, but instead he continued as a United States Senator for the next 40 years. Don’t ever tell me that Teddy suffered some personal or professional tragedy from his horrible and irresponsible actions.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  6. The craziest angle is this premiere writer Tom o’Neil that argues Charles Manson was the tool of the company and the bureau.

    Narciso (7adc33)

  7. So true, JVW. Ted never suffered from his mistakes/crimes.

    DRJ (15874d)

  8. 6.I’m guessing then, that you had a less than adulatory view of Teddy, when reading that piece that says if Kopechne had lived, Teddy’s health care legislation would have brought comfort to her in her old age.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (6b1442)

  9. Thanks feds! At least SOMEONE is looking at MS-13!

    LA’s mayor is back from running for President in points east. He has the usual annoying stuff to catch up to: an explosion of homeless, a ‘teeny, barely noticeable, who really cares,’ typhus outbreak, roads like backwoods logging trails, a ballooning debt and pension problem, the commitment to fund lawyers for undocumented citizens . . . . California’s AG is busy suing Trump. The Gov. is feuding with Trump over a train between two small towns. Thank goodness the feds are here.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (6b1442)

  10. narciso @4. how he [Jeffrey Epstein] made his money is still a mystery,

    They keep on saying that. It is a mystery. The New York Times ran afew stories on that.

    We know his employers and associates, but it isn’t clear how he made his initial pile in the 1980s.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  11. Trump may have knew about the MS-13 Indictment before his Monday afternoon presser (damn my regular gym and its CNN) – he spoke of he differed from the Miller/Coulter proposition of going after inert illegal aliens and rather focusing on the post-entry felonious criminal aliens first (“that’s the easy way out, and I dont agree with that”, said Trump)

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  12. Trump talks about going after killers, but that’s not what he’s basically doing.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  13. LA’s mayor is running for president? You may be confusing mayors.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  14. so the premise of this chaos tome, was that the spahn ranch had been the subject of lsd experiments, at least two of the lapd investigators had intelligence ties, as did Sharon tates father, but in the end they can’t get around the fact that manson ordered the killings,

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. If you think about it, if MS-13 kills only other “countrymen”, that’s part of the appeal, to the administration, of not interfering in their affairs.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  16. no they kill anyone who stands in their way of their various rackets, they had mara in Miami, which isn’t exactly little Salvador,

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. 6… it drove him to drink, JVW. And to make cocktail waitress sammiches with Chris Dodd.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. “If you think about it, if MS-13 kills only other “countrymen”, that’s part of the appeal, to the administration, of not interfering in their affairs.”


    harkin (b0f43e)

  19. MS-13 tends to kill just as a initiation rite.

    They grew because Los Angeles gang members, who happened to be born outside the United States but became criminals in the United States, were deported to El Salvador.

    They didn’t lose their connections to the United States, they didn’t lose their need for money, which was much harder for them to get in any legitimate way, and they didn’t lose their bad ethics.

    They got into the international drug trade, plus made part of El Salvador into a hellhole – and many they came back to the United States only not in Los Angeles but places where they weren’t known.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  20. in the blotter, the ice bomber, was a dutch folksinger and carpenter, who was ‘radicalized’ by learning about the electoral college, when he was in middle school in Holland, this is much stranger than even the casino royale parallels to Epstein,

    narciso (d1f714)

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    White! Ooh-white!
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    Vision dreams of fashion
    (Underneath his lid)
    And all the while he thinks it’s cool
    (Customs line)
    A very strange reaction
    (Yours to unwind)
    The more they see, he looks the fool
    Something of a phenomenon
    Forgot to bring his comb along
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    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. Re Chappaquiddick, this is a pretty good recap and makes Teddy look…..well, judge for yourselves.

    The one sentence that stands out as much as any is:

    “Had he been called soon after the accident, he added, “there was a good chance the girl could have been saved.””

    harkin (b0f43e)

  23. 15. No. He pondered the matter, and made a trip or two, but denied us the benefit of his candidacy. Hence he is “back” from running.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (6b1442)

  24. 15. 26. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio decided to go ahead.

    Last week, there was a blackout on Saturday night in Manahttan from 30th to about 72nd St west of 5th avenue, forcing some Broadway theatres, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden to cancel performances, and spoiling a wedding at the Plaza, with 400 people stuck in elevators and a few subway trains stranded, and de Blasio got criticized for not getting back from Iowa.

    He said he could run the city anywhere and when he realized it wasn’t over quickly he went ack, although it seems he had to stay overnight in Chicago.

    So this week he’s not going because of the expected heat emergency and possible blackouts.

    He didn’t raise too much money, but of all the candidates he has the highest percentage in large donations (over $200 – that’s the amount after wich acontributor has to give occupaton etc.))

    He is in the second debate but won’t make the third, because he is far short of the 130,000 unique donors needed (for the first two a candidate needs 65,000 and he has about 8,000, but can also qualify through polls. There are only five candidates now who would make the cut now for what is going to be used for the third debate.)

    Sammy Finkelman (97c2e3)

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