ST. LOUIS — A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday.
The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Although a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing, federal investigators have all but concluded they do not have a case against Wilson, either, law enforcement officials have said.
A separate federal probe of the Ferguson Police Department is underway. But the prospect that Wilson will face no direct legal consequences for Brown’s death was expected to trigger protests in the St. Louis area, and in the hours before the announcement, scores of demonstrators gathered near the area where Brown was killed.
Protests are going on nationwide. In Ferguson, some businesses are going up in flames. Gun shots have been heard. I am not sure what protests will do. Would the behavior be the same if Wilson were not white? I am not sure. I have never felt that Officer Wilson was guilty, from what I read. However, I wasn’t there. Neither were most of the people out in the streets rioting.
As you comment, please attempt to be judicious in your comments. None of us were there. A set of parents have lost their son and a community has lost one of its young. Those things hurt. Michael Brown has become an icon, rightly or wrongly, for police brutality, especially in communities of color.
Her decision will not be popular. UVA President Teresa Sullivan has banned fraternities and sororities at UVA until Jan. 9. No one is quite sure what “Ban” means at this point. For now, all we can do is speculate. Since students live in fraternities and sororities, it would be fairly difficult to re-house all of them. However, Sullivan can and should shut down all social activities until January 9.
For those of us who heard the stories, who knew of the myriad of complaints that had been filed against Ray Utz, the common mantra today has been this…..”Wow, I am shocked but not surprised”
There use to be several women in the Planning dept several years ago, but. one by one they left until there were none. I believe there is now one woman, and she is a secretary. Too many people in leadership positions were aware of these complaints, and yet, nothing was done. All were deemed “unfounded” and so the women left and Ray Utz stayed.
Here is the story from Inside Nova:
Raymond Utz, the second-in-command of the Prince William County Planning Department, has been arrested after police say he exposed himself to women while driving.
Utz, 49, was the county’s assistant planning director since January. Before that, he served 11 years as the county’s chief of long range planning. County spokesman Jason Grant said Utz is no longer employed by Prince William County, but would not comment on whether he was fired or resigned.
Utz was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 19, after two reported incidents of indecent exposure, one in Woodbridge and the other in Lake Ridge.
Just before noon, police were called after a 38-year-old woman reported that a man in a black Honda CRV lowered his passenger side window while both drivers were stopped on Gideon Drive and Smoketown Road.
“At that point, the victim noticed that the driver was exposing himself and making an obscene sexual display,” Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.
The victim was able to provide officers with the Honda’s license plate number, which was registered to Utz.
The trees are becoming bare. Trees just handled leaf-change and leaf-drop differently in different places this year. Trees around here didn’t do it all at once. some of the leaves turned brown instantly while still retaining fully green. Those leaves fell off the trees the first week of October. Some of the trees turned colors while retaining lots of green. I have a dogwood out front that is still doing the schizo-leaf thing. It has lots of green still. Perhaps an easy third is still green.
Winchester and west of Winchester is another world in terms of leaves. The trees there are brilliant and beautiful, full of color. I have rarely seen such a display. I was truly amazed last week to see such beautiful colors–none of this half green display. I am not sure how the leaf display can be so different. Winchester put on quite a color show, even compared to Front Royal.
Autumn will always fascinate me. It’s truly Mother Nature’s time to strut her stuff.
The president of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) tribe has called the House of Representatives’ vote to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war,” the Summit County Citizen’s Voice reported on Saturday.
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” President Cyril Scott said in a statement. “We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL.”
Scott said he and other tribal elders have not been appropriately consulted on the pipeline, which would run through the tribe’s land. He also contended the House vote violates the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties, which gave the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation, according to the Summit County Citizen’s Voice.
We have been breaking treaties with the Indians for centuries. I doubt if this will stop us from doing it again if someone really wants that pipeline.
I think the questions to ask are as follows:
1. What will the Keystone XL pipeline do for the nation?
2. What is the impact on the environment?
3. What is the impact on the people where the XL actually goes through?
All of these questions need to have a positive answer before anyone approves this thing. I hope that the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t just another political consequence that has not been thought through thoroughly.
Veterans are really a big deal. We proudly wear our “Support our Troops” T-shirts and pay lip service like all get out to our service people. We give to veterans organizations and we express great concern and outrage over the homeless vets. These vets are often veterans of foreign wars.
Our latest round of outrage has been over the Veterans Administration and the alleged abuses our servicemen have suffered because of delayed appointments, denied benefits and over-all shoddy treatment. The former head of the VA, General Shinseki, was recently fired and a new Secretary was appointed to fix that which has been considered a systemic failure. Apparently Robert A. McDonald, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, has really started shaking things up. Many thousands of doctors and nurses are expected to be hired and there are all kinds of internal changes in the process.
The most vets today are from the Vietnam War era. There are fewer than 2 million vets left over from WWII. The Vietnam War was the last war where our troops were conscripted. There are also many lingering illnesses from that war, many stemming from Agent Orange exposure and PTSD. Benefits for both these war issues were denied for many years. Only recently have veterans gotten significant benefits for the various ailments, many of which are life-threatening, associated with these two disorders.
I am having some major repair/remodeling work done and it has turned me into a crazy person. Right now I don’t even have a bathroom. Well, I have a bathroom, I just don’t have a door on it. Now, that might not bother some people. Me? Yea, I like a little privacy. I felt like I was brushing my teeth in the middle of Grand Central Station. Right now, the doors are out on a tree in front of the house.
This is so bizarre. I feel like nothing will ever be the same again. Now I know why I put up with the filth, dust and dated look. I knew that if I did anything about it my entire life would be turned upside down.
The dogs are protesting also. The two boys are lifting their legs on everything. I think they think if they mark their territory nothing will be moved. That nasty habit will have to be broken. Today, Day 1 of the remodel, saw both boys outside, bright and early. I double dog dare one to lift a leg when this is all done.
Any advice on how to survive this?
What restaurants are open for Thanksgiving?
Bear with me, this week. My muse is keeping time to a circular saw and nail gun.
Oy Vey, who would have thought that commenting on high jacking constituents emails addresses would provide so much blog fodder!
First, Moonhowler penned a thread regarding the misuse of her email for electioneering purposes by Pete Candland, of which, by the way, I agreed with entirely with her premise. I have often castigated Corey Stewart for the exact same “violation”. However, at least I once openly supported Corey, even hosted a fundraiser for him in my home. There is a reason he has my personal email address, I supported him at one ,albeit many years ago. Probably the Sheriff would not know that history as he miraculously materialized on the PWC political scene as soon as Pete was elected. What an interesting coincidence!
So I will, once again, attempt to be concise in my explanation so that the “sheriff” may understand why elected officials should NOT misuse constituents personal email addresses’. Let me say that I did not receive any e-mails from any elected official telling who to vote for, I am simply defending the principal of Moonhowler.