A man overheard making threats against the NYPD was arrested on Wednesday after an undercover officer reported him to fellow officials, who discovered an arsenal of weapons and a bulletproof vest at his home.
Elvin Payamps, 38, made the threatening remarks while at a bank in Queens; what he did not know was that a former member of the NYPD was also in the bank and overheard his comments. Charles Otero, a former officer, called 911 to report Payamps, but by the time officials arrived, he had already left.
"I'm going to kill another cop. We should do it before Christmas," Payamps reportedly said. "The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me. They should have killed two white cops instead of the Hispanic and Asian if the guy really wanted to send a message." more >>
A 14-year-old boy was shot dead by a pastor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Saturday after unlawfully entering the man's home ignoring several signs warning that "nothing on this property is worth your life."
The pastor, Tom Vineyard, 48, of Windsor Hills Baptist Church has since been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of the teen, Keontre Reese, in his home.
Taxi drivers working in the small Filipino tourist island city of Tagbilaran are required by law to have a Bible verse painted on the back of their three-wheeled motorcycle cabs, and any driver that is caught without a scripture is liable to be fined or have their license revoked.
CBN News reports that in an attempt to reduce crime rate in the island of Bohol's provincial capital city, the Bohol provincial government passed into law, over 22 years ago, the requirement for drivers of the city's most efficient mode of public transportation, three-wheeled motorized tricycle taxis that seat as many as four to seven riders, to have scripture verses on the back.
Although the Tagbilaran City Hall only gives out 3,000 commercial tricycle licenses every year, the government requires each driver to have a scripture verse that is completely their own and one that is not being used by any other tricycles operating in the city. more >>
While I fully understand there are bad cops — and there are good cops who make bad mistakes — the Left's recent wave of anti-cop sentiment is not only disgusting, it's dehumanizing.
Essentially, the Left places an inhuman burden of patience and tolerance for risk on police officers, then jumps on the inevitable failure to achieve an impossible standard as proof of police corruption and violence. They do the same thing to soldiers in combat conditions, imposing on them restrictions that defy reason and human nature, then decry alleged "abuses" as creating moral equivalence between Americans and their enemies.
Here's the reality: Prolonged exposure to violence and the threat of violence creates a natural increased tendency towards aggression, and this response is not only logical, it's necessary for self-preservation and necessary to do the job. Unless you've encountered a consistent threat of mortal violence, it's hard to describe how a person changes. I'll relate an example from my own life. In 2008, I was on a "presence patrol" in an Iraqi village that had long been considered relatively safe. We'd rooted out al-Qaeda weeks before, local markets were open, and the atmosphere was somewhat relaxed. While I was obviously alert and scanning the neighborhood for threats, I wasn't nearly as tense as I'd been on different missions on uncleared roads (in other words, where IEDs were expected), deep into territory al-Qaeda was deemed to control. more >>
The news Saturday, that two New York police officers were ambushed as they sat in their patrol car, sent shock waves throughout the country. The slaughter of these officers is more than heartbreaking. I did not want to write about this on yesterday's commentary as it was too soon and too emotional. However, for me, it recalls a time of hopelessness when New York City was circling the drain.
It is among the most despicable of crimes. Not only does this impact the lives of these officers and their families, but the physical, spiritual, and economic well being of all citizens in New York City.
I moved to NYC in the early 1970s. I was astonished by the hostility, crime, and hopelessness. New York was in a tailspin as the city was at war with the police and itself. It was made worse when budget cuts saw the police force decrease by 30% in 1975, sending crime up 40%. more >>
The man behind the real-life story of "Mississippi Burning" has opened up for the first time since 2005 but refused to confess to the triple murder that sparked national outrage.
Edgar Ray Killen, 89, was found guilty of the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, young men working for civil rights. In 2005, Killen was put on trial and found guilty, then sentenced to 60 years behind bars, which he has been serving in Mississippi. The three young men were working together for civil rights, investigating the latest burning of a black church just outside Philadelphia when they were stopped by police and accused of speeding.
The police took the three into the Neshoba County jail, and what took place next is something Killen refuses to admit to. Witnesses testified that Killen rounded up members of the Klan in order to intercept the young men after they left the jail. Their bodies were found 44 days later, buried in a dam made of red clay. more >>