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Deputy's firing was justified; blow to the head was not

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There is disagreement in some quarters over precisely what happened when a white sheriff’s deputy struck an already prone and straddled black Augusta teen Aug. 3.

But there can be little doubt that it was a severe violation of departmental policy – and monumentally imbecilic to boot.

We can’t see that Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree had any choice but to fire the deputy, as he did Monday.

Roundtree – the county’s first black sheriff – is reportedly firm in his belief that the incident wasn’t racial. As one source told us, the department believes the fired officer, Brian McDuffie, would’ve lashed out without regard to race, after the youth ran from the scene of a reported burglary in progress.

Still, with 15-year-old Kyvan James being black and McDuffie being white – and with the nation’s current racial climate, post-Trayvon Martin – you had to know the least whiff of impropriety by the officer could become an open sore.

What horrible judgment for an officer to put himself in that position, and to put the community’s race relations at that kind of risk.

On the strength of that
hideous lack of prudence alone, the officer’s job must be in play.

We don’t for a minute buy the canard that Trayvon Martin was some kind of innocent victim. But that’s the narrative that’s been sold in most of the media, and it is sure to infect incidents such as these across the breadth of the nation.

Indeed, young Mr. James reports having feared becoming another Trayvon.

Again, we believe that fear, while quite real, is sadly misguided. Trayvon Martin’s shooter was not a trained and uniformed officer. And in the Augusta case, all evidence indicates James had nothing to do with the crime the deputies were investigating.

The boy’s family says he ran from the scene out of such fear. As we have already noted, that was the evening’s first mistake.

Yet, in that combustible atmosphere, for a 260-pound white officer – the second officer on the boy’s back, no less – to take a gratuitous shot with a flashlight at the head of a 100-pound prostrate and partially-cuffed black teenager? That’s just insane.

Some, fueled by new claims by the fired officer, are arguing that the young man – who, again was underneath the first deputy – was casting about frighteningly close to the officer’s gun. They’re saying that justified McDuffie’s blow to James’ head.

But according to our source, McDuffie never made such a claim to his own sheriff’s department investigators – and he had several chances. Our source also says neither McDuffie nor the first officer to light upon the young man reported feeling threatened in any way by him.

Officers, our source says, are taught early on that the use of an “impact” weapon such as a baton or flashlight is reserved only for times of a life-and-death struggle. The reason: Such weapons can cause serious injury or death.

In racially charged cases, they can do even more damage.

In this case, however, neither officer reported feeling such a threat.

In short, just as there’s no reason to believe Kyvan James was put-upon because he’s black, there’s no evidence the officer was fired because he’s white.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/15/13 - 01:41 pm
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Entirely two different things

Entirely two different things with Zimmerman and McDuffie. To answer the comment above about Z carrying a gun, how about it's his constitutional right.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/15/13 - 03:02 pm
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"they are targeted as

"they are targeted as suspects simply on their race.'

No Bod.....they are targeted because of the extremely disproportionate amount of crime committed by young male members of their race.

I'm not saying that it should be that way. I'm not saying it's legal or constitutional. I'm just saying that you don't strip search white grandmas when you are looking for radical Muslim terrorists and you don't target white teens in a high crime area of NY where the young black males are primarily the ones shooting people.

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CobaltGeorge 08/15/13 - 03:29 pm
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Unreal!

This is as far out no Common Sense comment that anyone could ever make.

"Trayvon Martin’s shooter was not a trained and uniformed officer."

THIS IS exactly why George Zimmerman should not have been armed with a gun !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 03:33 pm
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deestafford @ 4:14

"the next Trayvon Martin shows how much ignorance and stupidity is running rampant in the black community."

NO, REALLY, state how you really feel about African-American children.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 03:39 pm
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allhans @ 6:39 AM

".....nation’s current racial climate...'
Which is being played to the hilt. Never miss an opportunity to put it to the white man."

Much of this is caused by how DIFFERENT African-Americans are treated by the legal system in this country !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 03:46 pm
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CobaltGeorge @ 3:29

"This is as far out no Common Sense comment that anyone could ever make."

Let me get this straight, "I have no common sence, I am a liberal, I am a Democrat, and the really "way, way far-out one" is I am a stalker !!" Am I just rotten to the very core, OR very misunderstood ??

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Truth Matters 08/15/13 - 03:56 pm
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ACES: We don’t for a minute

ACES: We don’t for a minute buy the canard that Trayvon Martin was some kind of innocent victim.

There is much in this editorial with which I can agree. It is unfortunate that once again ACES used this as another opportunity to take a swipe at a dead kid, whom we will never know what he could have become had he lived. With that said, I will take the opportunity to digress.

Many conservatives have lauded Dr. Ben Carson as a brilliant neurosurgeon, family man, and motivator. All of these are deserved accolades. I have followed Dr. Carson through professional lectures, documentaries, and his books since I first saw him sharing his story on Good Morning America. His books were required reading for our son. Dr. Carson is the only speaker that I ever paid $100 (that’s 3x$100) to hear when he was a keynoter at the Boys and Girls Club several years ago. When our son was not able to come home to attend, we GAVE his ticket to another young man.

If you truly know Dr. Carson’s story, you know that as a youth he could have killed another young person when he attempted to stab the young man. Dr. Carson has spoken openly about having issues with anger management at that time in his life. Only the kid’s belt buckle saved him from what could have been a fatal incident. Now, if the ACES could have pressed the pause button on Ben Carson at that moment, Carson would be called a thug, gangster wannabe, and the like, not deserving of anything but contempt. And the world would be absent one less brilliant surgeon that he eventually became.

The point is, whatever you think about the actions of Trayvon Martin___weed smoker, using street language on a video, and yes, even holding a gun__ these actions are not necessarily indicative of who he could have become had he lived.

What I find most compelling about Dr. Carson’s life is that he was on the wrong track and turned his life around. Only the living can do that. ACES does a disservice to all by continuing to denigrate Trayvon Martin, a dead boy, for the purpose of justifying George Zimmermans’s actions.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/15/13 - 04:02 pm
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"Shred it, slice it, or dice
Unpublished

"Shred it, slice it, or dice it this situation is the same as a keg of dynamite waiting to explode and do a whole lot of damage."
validPoint, you are correct. The liberals, democrats/progressives and black leaders have building this 'keg of dynamite' for many years by portraying all white conservatives, and anyone that disagrees with their agenda, as being racist. More and more of the black kids are dropping out of school which suits the liberals, democrats/progressives and black leaders.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:02 pm
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Red Headed Step Child @ 1:19

"Ever stop and think that maybe if Zimmerman DIDN'T have a gun, he might be the one who died?"

Since someone DID die, and life is supposedly precious regardless of the color of skin, "Is it wrong for some people to wish and think that the one who should have died is George Zimmerman ??" I mean, I am pretty sure that I believe in God, BUT since someone died I have no second thoughts about people who think it should have been GZ !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:08 pm
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chascushman @ 4:02

"More and more of the black kids are dropping out of school which suits the liberals, democrats/progressives and black leaders."

I DON'T think there is a liberal alive that thinks it is a good thing for African-Americans to drop out of school !! I believe the OVER-WHELMING majority of liberals strongly believe in a good education !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:25 pm
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Truth Matters @ 3:56

"It is unfortunate that once again ACES used this as another opportunity to take a swipe at a dead kid, whom we will never know what he could have become had he lived."

I may not agree with the rest of your comment, but the part that I did copy says a lot !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:39 pm
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Two levels higher

Are neighbor watch people supposed to carry, and use, a weapon that is two or three levels more leathel than the perp ??!!

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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:41 pm
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More debatable

Am I the only one that hopes there will be a LTE and / or an editorial that can be debated more easily ?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/15/13 - 06:35 pm
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t3

"I believe the OVER-WHELMING majority of liberals strongly believe in a good education !!"

If so.....why don't they just take their forced ideology & PC out of the education system.

It is them and only them that has make our education system the laughing stock of the world.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 04:48 pm
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Quote from editorial

"post-Trayvon Martin – you had to know the least whiff of impropriety by the officer could become an open sore."

Since The African-American community believes that justice WAS NOT DONE in the Martin / Zimmerman case, WHY SHOULDN'T there be feelings and emotions about Caucasion police vs. inocent Black by-stander ??!!

KSL
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KSL 08/15/13 - 04:48 pm
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He did not exactly look like

He did not exactly look like he was headed in the right direction.

By the way, why did the Augusta kid take down his website almost immediately? Could it be that he is like Obama in that he needs to hide anything public that would be detrimental to him?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 05:00 pm
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Guilt / inocents

I believe the main wrong that was done in this Augusta situation was the teenager was hit with a flash-light while he was partially hand-cuffed and being held on the ground !! That alone is reason for harsh disiplinary action be the sheriff.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 05:08 pm
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CobaltGeorge @ 4:48

"It is them and only them that has make our education system the laughing stock of the world."

I agree the school system was bad in the 70's, because I was there. I believe the school system has gotten much better since then.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/15/13 - 05:49 pm
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Where's The Outrage OR So What

The by-products of the modern Liberal Government Schools......Banishment of GOD.

Teen Faces 17 Years For Strangling Girl

08/15/13

The girl was only 12 years old.

A 16 year old kid faces 17 years in prison for strangling a 12 year old girl.

From NY Daily News:

A teenager admitted Wednesday that he strangled a 12-year-old girl who disappeared last fall while out riding her bike, touching off a massive search that ended when her body was found in a recycling bin just blocks from her home.

Justin Robinson, 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Autumn Pasquale after agreeing earlier in the day to have his case moved to adult court.

Faulk said the boy asked the girl to come to his home to possibly trade bike parts, but he declined to discuss a motive for the killing.

The state was willing to accept a plea deal for charges less than murder because of the complicated circumstances, he said.

Because of the boy’s age at the time of the killing and his “diminished capacity,” it was not a sure thing that a judge would have agreed that the case should be tried in adult court, Faulk said.

While there was forensic evidence that places Autumn’s death in Robinson’s house, there was not clear evidence — other than the boy’s admission — that he was the one who choked the girl to death, the prosecutor said.

Under a plea agreement, Robinson faces a 17-year prison sentence with no chance of parole for more than 14 years when a judge metes out his punishment Sept. 12. Faulk said that if the case had remained in juvenile court, the maximum sentence would have been 20 years, but he would have had a chance of parole in less than seven years.

PICTURES:

http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2013/20130815001-teen-years.html

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/15/13 - 05:57 pm
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We Now Have a City Of Trayvon!

Suspect Holds Gun to 5 y/o Head in City of Trayvon
08/15/13

Sanford, FL.

According to police, Charles Anthony Jones, 41, is seen on surveillance video on July 6 pointing a gun at a child inside the Cancun Salon on Hiawatha Avenue in Sanford.

The store owner and mother tried to protect her child and was thrown to the ground and hit in the head with the gun.

"Two times he say, 'Give me money, I want money,'" said the owner, Inez Rodriguez. "Take my phone. Take my computer. Everything is money," she said.

Rodriguez said he only wanted cash.

There were two children in the salon at the time -- one was 5 years old and one was 10.

The 10-year-old tried to run out of the salon but Jones ran outside and pulled her back in, police said.

Rodriguez said her 10-year-old is traumatized.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/15/13 - 06:00 pm
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t3

One question, how in the heck can anyone "misunderstand" you?

chascushman
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chascushman 08/15/13 - 06:39 pm
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" I agree the school system
Unpublished

" I agree the school system was bad in the 70's, because I was there. I believe the school system has gotten much better since then."
Bledsoe, you really should take a look before you make statements. The gov't schools have continually gone down. There is little discipline and the kids have no respect for the teachers. Most of the schools need armed guards to keep order. We can give thanks to the liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders and the idiots that follow them.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/15/13 - 06:46 pm
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" One question, how in the
Unpublished

" One question, how in the heck can anyone "misunderstand" you?"
cobalt, I agree I think we understand Bledsoe perfectly.

Darby
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Darby 08/15/13 - 06:49 pm
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"Trayvon Martin’s shooter was not a trained

and uniformed officer."

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Which only serves to point out the beauty of the Second Amendment and the wisdom of the founders.

If Zimmerman had not been armed, he would now be dead at the hands of a dope smoking criminal thug.

Darby
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Darby 08/15/13 - 06:55 pm
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"I agree the school system was bad in the

70's, because I was there. I believe the school system has gotten much better since then."

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Really too bad that the lower graduation rates, lower SAT scores and higher numbers of college freshmen having to take remedial courses in English, Math and Science say otherwise.

Darby
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Darby 08/15/13 - 06:59 pm
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"WHY SHOULDN'T there be feelings and

emotions about Caucasion (sic) police vs. inocent (sic) Black by-stander ??!!"

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I must have missed that! Did he have a sign around his neck that said, "Innocent Bystander" ??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/15/13 - 07:25 pm
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Calling it a day

I SURE DO HOPE there is more controvercial editorials and LTE's tomorrow.

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Young Fred 08/15/13 - 07:39 pm
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"I SURE DO HOPE there is more

"I SURE DO HOPE there is more controvercial editorials and LTE's tomorrow."

And I sure hope you comment on them. After all, they say laughter is the best medicine. It does my heart good to read your post.

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carcraft 08/15/13 - 08:06 pm
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T3, I have a quick question.

T3, I have a quick question. If liberals believe in blacks getting a good education why did Obama cancel the DC school voucher program?

KSL
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KSL 08/15/13 - 09:21 pm
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I reckon Bledsoe is hoping

I reckon Bledsoe is hoping for something tomorrow to "debate" that he thinks he can win. No way can he win this one.

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