No Need For Evidence: Minnesota Governor Declares Shooting Racist, Obama Declares Justice System Racist

This morning, I asked why Americans couldn’t wait for the facts to emerge on the shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota before jumping to racial conclusions. This afternoon, America’s top Democratic politicians proved why: they need to race-bait.

Early this afternoon, without waiting to hear any of the evidence, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called the shooting of Castile racist: “Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers where white? I don’t think it would have. This kind of racism exists and it’s incumbent on all of us to vow and ensure that it doesn’t continue to happen.”

President Obama also issued a racially inflammatory statement:

All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We've seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who've suffered such a painful loss.

Although I am constrained in commenting on the particular facts of these cases, I am encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge, and I have full confidence in their professionalism and their ability to conduct a thoughtful, thorough, and fair inquiry.

But regardless of the outcome of such investigations, what's clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.

What is your answer to this question: 

Did Obama Incite The Dallas Cop Killings? (here)

To admit we've got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement.

That's why, two years ago, I set up a Task Force on 21st Century Policing that convened police officers, community leaders, and activists. Together, they came up with detailed recommendations on how to improve community policing. So even as officials continue to look into this week's tragic shootings, we also need communities to address the underlying fissures that lead to these incidents, and to implement those ideas that can make a difference. That's how we'll keep our communities safe. And that's how we can start restoring confidence that all people in this great nation are equal before the law.

In the meantime, all Americans should recognize the anger, frustration, and grief that so many Americans are feeling -- feelings that are being expressed in peaceful protests and vigils. Michelle and I share those feelings. Rather than fall into a predictable pattern of division and political posturing, let's reflect on what we can do better. Let's come together as a nation, and keep faith with one another, in order to ensure a future where all of our children know that their lives matter.

This is nonsense. First off, there is no systematic pattern of black men being shot for racial reasons by law enforcement. One study at the Washington State University found that “even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.” And according to Professor Peter Moskos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, “If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks… Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police. Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.”

Next, incompetence by cops does not automatically translate into racism. Police officers are frequently involved in controversial shootings. Sometimes, those shootings are egregiously bad. That still does not mean the officers in question hate black people – it could also mean they don’t know what they’re doing.
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There's no way in hell they can make Alton Sterling out to be any kind of......ANGEL  with his police background.  I figure he must have committed all those thefts and break-ins to pay for all the gold teeth...

Alton Sterling Arrest Record, Criminal History & Rap Sheet [DOCUMENTS]

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Alton Sterling. (Facebook)

Alton Sterling was a 37-year-old black man who was shot to death in a confrontation outside a convenience store with police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana early on the morning of July 5.

His death has sparked outrage, protests, and an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

The officers’ handling of the confrontation has come under intense scrutiny from the public, and could lead to criminal charges. The debate over the officers’ conduct is likely to include discussion of Sterling’s criminal record and whether it is at all relevant when assessing the officers’ conduct. The legal questions in the case will focus on what happened in the confrontation between Sterling and the officers right before he was shot. Sterling’s case file does provide a fuller biography of the man, however.

A review of court records by Heavy shows that Sterling was well known to Baton Rouge police, although the two officers involved in the shooting — Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II — are not mentioned in documents pertaining to Sterling. You can read all of Sterling’s Baton Rouge criminal case details here:

Records show that Sterling was a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal record that included convictions for weapons offenses, confrontations with police officers, property crimes, and domestic violence and other batteries. You can read court records pertaining to Sterling at the top of this post.

Here’s what we know about his criminal history:

Summary of Offenses

The documents in Sterling’s Baton Rouge court file show Sterling was accused of these offenses (some are convictions, some only arrests, some were dismissed and a few are traffic matters. The dates represent date of offense):

  • Simple battery (dismissed) (Nov. 24, 1996)
  • Simple battery – dismissed (Oct. 28, 1997)
  • Simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
  • Felony theft (May 5-15, 2005) request for arrest warrant
  • Simple burglary (amended to illegal possession of stolen things – guilty plea) (May 24, 2005)
  • Aggravated battery (amended to simple battery – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
  • Simple criminal damage to property – guilty plea (March 6, 2006)
  • Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling (amended to disturbing the peace – guilty plea) (March 6, 2006)
  • Expired driver’s license (March 21, 2008)
  • Driver’s license issue (hard to read document) (2008)
  • Domestic abuse battery – pleaded guilty (March 31, 2008)
  • Illegal carrying weapons with controlled dangerous substance – pleaded guilty (May 29, 2009)
  • Felon in possession of a firearm – dismissed (May 29, 2009)
  • Contempt of court – (Aug. 10, 2009) – Guilty plea
  • Fail to use seat belt (Feb. 5, 2014)
  • Fail to renew registration (Feb. 5, 2014)
  • Failure to comply with sex offender registration (Aug. 11, 2015) – Forfeiture
  • Possession of a schedule 1 drug, (April4-5, 2016) – no conclusion
  • Possession of marijuana first offense. (April 5, 2016) – no conclusion

    Arrest – probable cause affidavits:

  • Trespassing (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Damage to property (2 counts) (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Criminal mischief (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Illegally possess weapon (Aug. 25, 1996)
  • Aggravated burglary (Aug. 27, 1996)
  • Public intimidation, 2 counts (April 24, 2000)
  • Criminal damage to property (March 4, 2006)
  • Simple robbery (March 4, 2006)
  • Theft under $500 (March 4, 2006)
  • Possession of marijuana (March 4, 2006)
  • Misrepresentation during booking (March 4, 2006)
  • Simple battery (March 4, 2006)
  • Aggravated burglary (March 4, 2006)
  • Resisting an officer by force (May 29, 2009)
  • Possession marijuana (May 29, 2009)
  • Possess stolen things (May 29, 2009)
  • Possess firearm with drugs (May 29, 2009)
  • Simple assault (May 29, 2009)
  • Offense too illegible to read in the record (May 29, 2009)

The details of the above offenses are as follows:

Sterling Had Previous Confrontations With the Baton Rouge Police

One incident stands out in the lengthy file; it involved a wrestling match with an officer that involved a gun. In 2009, the affidavit of probable cause contends that a police officer tried to pat down Sterling when Sterling resisted arrest, and the officer ended up “wrestling with the defendant on the ground” at which time a “black semi auto gun fell from his waistband.” The officer grabbed the back of Sterling’s shirt during the incident, and he was able to arrest him without further incident.

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Alton Sterling. (Twitter)

In another probable cause affidavit, an officer named A. Miller wrote that he was patrolling when he saw a gray Chrysler carrying Sterling traveling 65 in a 45 mile per hour speeding zone. He pursued and stopped Sterling, who did not have proof of insurance.

An officer with the last name of Moses responded as backup, and the officers let Sterling retrieve his belongings in a duffel bag, the affidavit says. Sterling walked away and said he would “have the officers’ badge and jobs.” He went to a bus stop and then walked back across the street, and laid on the pavement in a prone position, before saying again that he would have the officers’ badge and jobs and telling them to “go ahead and beat him down regardless of the outcome,” said the court affidavit.

Sterling Was a Registered Sex Offender for a Crime Involving a Juvenile

Alton Sterling, photo on sex offender website. (Sheriff's Department)

Alton Sterling, photo on sex offender website. (Sheriff’s Department)

Sterling, who sometimes went by the names Alton Bertell Sterlings or Aiton B. Sterling, was aregistered sex offender, according to a database maintained by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sterling is listed as 5 foot 11 inches tall, 310 pounds, with tattoos on his left arm, right arm, and left hand. His status is now listed as “inactive-deceased.”

Sterling’s offense is described as committing “carnal knowledge of a juvenile.” He was convicted on September 20, 2000 in Louisiana and released on October 3, 2004.

Court records show the victim was a 14-year-old girl at the time of the offenses. According to the charging document on file in the courthouse, the victim’s mother had discovered that she was pregnant after taking her to the doctor. The document says that Sterling, then 20, had been dating the victim for about seven months and having sexual intercourse with her in her bedroom. The charging document says he admitted to the mother having sex with her daughter and exhibited an “I don’t care” attitude. is withholding the name of the victim and mother and all victims in the Sterling court file.

According to the sentencing document in the court file, the judge gave Sterling 5 years of hard labor in the Louisiana prison system, but then gave him credit for time he already had served and suspended the balance of the sentence, putting him on probation. He was ordered to pursue a GED or trade and to perform community service, among other conditions of probation, the sentencing document says.

The case was then re-sentenced, and Sterling, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced instead to 2.5 years of hard labor in the Louisiana prison system.

The court file said he was accused of not registering as a sex offender or notifying authorities of his change of address, requirements of the law.

Sterling Was Convicted Of Illegally Carrying a Gun & Other Weapons Offenses

Alton Sterling was accused of intending to distribute, produce, or manufacture marijuana, court records show. In conjunction with the same charge, he was convicted of “knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.” The drug charge was dismissed when he entered a guilty plea, the court records show.

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Read more about Alton Sterling and the shooting here.

In 2011, Sterling was sentenced to 5 years of hard labor in the Louisiana prison systemconcurrent with any other sentence.

In another probable cause affidavit, an officer, Corporal Paul Lockett, wrote that he was dispatched to a report of suspects trespassing at a home, where they had kicked in the front door and threatened the victim and her husband with a gun. In a probable cause affidavit accusing Sterling of burglary, the victim said that her door was kicked in and suspects presented several guns and made verbal threats.

In a sheriff’s affidavit on another date, Sterling was accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment by making a hole in the wall, and then trying to sell her goldfish for $20.

Sterling was also accused of possessing ecstasy and marijuana in different cases, the court file says.

Sterling Was Convicted of Domestic Battery in 2008

The court file says that Alton Sterling was convicted of domestic battery in 2008 against a member of his own household. is withholding the victim’s name. According to the court file, Sterling also pleaded guilty in this offense, which occurred on March 11, 2008. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for time served.

A screen shot from the citizen video of Sterling's shooting.

A screen shot from the citizen video of Sterling’s shooting.

In a 2008 domestic violence battery case, the probable cause statement says that Sterling and her girlfriend were involved in a “heated verbal argument that turned physical” because he was on the phone with a female. The girlfriend said she told Sterling to leave the car but he wouldn’t, so he choked and struck her, the probable cause statement said. The statement said that Sterling denied physically harming the woman and told police she had grabbed his dreadlocks. The probable cause statement said red bruising was observed on the victim’s neck.

In a separate case in 2006, Sterling was charged with two other people in a case involving a battery with a dangerous weapon. According to the court file, he was charged with aggravated battery, simple criminal damage to property, and unauthorized entry to an uninhabited dwelling. Again, Sterling entered a plea deal. In it, charges were amended to disturbing the peace, simple battery, and simple criminal damage to property. He was sentenced to spend 6 months in prison for each count, served concurrently (which means at the same time).

In another case, Sterling was charged with a property crime: Simple burglary. Court records say he pleaded guilty in the May 2005 offense, which was amended to illegally possessing stolen property, a misdemeanor. He received 6 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation.

In 1996, court records show, he was charge with another simple battery case, but it was dismissed.

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Mignon Chambers, Sterling’s sister, told WAFB-TV that he was a father of five who has been selling CDs outside the store for years. “I really wanna know more about what happened, about the whole situation, because my brother didn’t deserve it. He didn’t deserve it at all,” Chambers told the news station. Sharida Sterling, his cousin, told The Advocate, “He would have never fought the police, he wouldn’t have pulled a gun, he would have been too scared.” (Facebook)

Read more about Alton Sterling and the shooting here.

In another domestic violence battery case, the charging document says that a girlfriend of Sterling’s said she was battered at a Mobil station and that “she and the defendant have been involved in several physical confrontations” and that she “had been battered during their relationship.”

In yet another case, Sterling was accused of entering a man’s house and demanding money. He then pushed and shoved the man, “tearing up furniture” and then others arrived to help destroy items, including appliances, the court affidavit says. The court record says that a police officer stopped Sterling, who said he had “tore up the apartment” because the victim had stolen his money. He gave his name as “Otis Deesnuts” and made a reference to a killing and having a barbecue, court records say.




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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. 

Noah Feldman @NoahRFeldman

Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment  via @BV

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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