The last time Ronald Tate, father of slain Hattiesburg police officer Liquori Tate, saw his beloved son was at his police academy graduation in June last year. The next time he sees him will be at his funeral on Saturday.
On the night of May 9, the war veteran, who had a very close bond with his 25-year-old son, received a phone call that would forever change his life.
"My sister and I don't talk much so I was surprised she was calling," a devastated Tate recalled in an interview with The Christian Post Monday, the same day a memorial was held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in his son's honor. "She said 'Liquori has been shot' and the first thing your mind says [in that moment] is 'there's hope.' All I did on Saturday was called 'God, God, God, help me. This has happened but help me." more >>
A local sheriff's office in Western Kentucky has seized 10 homeschool children from their parents after an allegation was filed claiming that the family's "off-the-grid," homestead lifestyle placed the children in dangerous living conditions.
While Joe Naugler was away from the family's 28-acre rural homestead with eight of his kids last Wednesday, his wife, Nicole Naugler, was at home with the two oldest children when Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputies surrounded the family's makeshift cabin home and demanded that Naugler hand over her kids.
Not wanting to hand over her children to the police, Naugler attempted to drive away from her property and was subsequently pulled over by the police officers. The officers then took the two kids into custody and arrested Naugler, who is five months pregnant, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. more >>
Less than three months after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would not bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the former neighborhood watch captain is back in the headlines, this time due to reports that he suffered a minor injury during a shooting in Lake Mary, Florida on Monday.
The troubled 31-year-old was reportedly seen walking to an ambulance following a shooting that police sources say involved him and another man and took place on Lake Mary Boulevard. It is unclear what exactly transpired or how many gunshots were fired but police spokeswoman, Bianca Gillett, said the shooting may have been triggered by some type of road rage incident, reported CNN.
"He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn't being helped or nothing," onlooker Ricardo Berrare told CNN affiliate WESH. "They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door." more >>
Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland, Texas. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Shariah law, and activist Pam Geller.
Security was tight, and as feared (or possibly hoped) a couple of terrorists showed up to defend the prophet's "honor." In Texas, unlike Paris, the police have guns, so there was no mass slaughter like at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Instead, the two would-be avengers were shot down. Some Americans proclaimed publicly that their two favorite drawings were the police chalk outlines of the fallen bodies.
This was not exactly a defense of the First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from passing laws that abridge freedom of speech. Geller and other conference organizers never expected federal agents to swarm in to shut it down. In America, you can freely insult Mohammed, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, or any other religious figure, without fear of the federal government. You can even get a federal grant for disgusting "art" like a crucifix in a jar of urine. So does the world look up to America as a beacon of high culture, civilization, and freedom? more >>
Law enforcement officials in Mississippi have arrested four suspects in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Hattiesburg on Saturday.
Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, were reportedly gunned down during a routine traffic stop in southern Mississippi at around 8:30 pm on Saturday. While details surrounding the shooting are still unclear, four people are in custody and at least two are facing capital murder charges.
Joanie Calloway, 22, is charged with two counts of capital murder and Marvin Banks, 29, also faces two counts of capital murder along with charges of grand theft auto and being a felon in possession of a firearm. more >>
This column was co-authored by Rob Schwarzwalder.
The rioting in Baltimore is disturbing to all Americans, as the unresolved cause of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody should be, as well.
It is right that political and religious leaders, community groups, business organizations, and law enforcement officials are commenting about all the causes and effects of the riots. But one thing seems missing from the discussion, a factor whose omission is unacceptable. It's called fatherhood. more >>