Now here comes another story of police officers acting like the criminals that they are supposed to protect us from.
This one comes from the state of Oklahoma.
"Two married Tulsa police officers are being held in jail in connection with the alleged murder of their daughter's boyfriend, officials said on Thursday.
Shannon Kepler, 54, is in the Tulsa County jail accused of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Lake, the 19-year-old boyfriend of the Keplers' daughter, Lisa Kepler, according to police and jail records.
His wife, Gina Kepler, 48, is being held as an accessory after the fact.
"This is absolutely unfortunate and we are sad for the family of the victim and the Keplers," public information officer Jillian Roberson of the Tulsa Police Department said on Thursday. "It's a very hard case for us but we are treating it just like any other homicide investigation."
The Keplers joined the police department on the same day in 1990, Roberson said. Shannon Kepler works in the police academy and is a former patrol officer, Roberson said. Gina Kepler is a patrol officer, Roberson said.
Shannon Kepler got into a discussion with his daughter outside of his vehicle late on Tuesday night and then Lake stepped up introduce himself, according to a police affidavit.
He then shot Lake two or three times, fled in his vehicle and later turned himself in, the affidavit said. [Source]
The scary part of this story is that they are both on paid administrative leave.
Kill a kid; sit in jail; get paid.
Of course we all know about the Eric Garner killing up in New York. That was an egregious act by the boyz in blue, but then they did something else that was troubling.
"On Friday, Staten Island resident Eric Garner's death was officially ruled a homicide. For the last two weeks, New York City has been roiled by video of him gasping his last words—“I can’t breathe!"—after an NYPD officer put him in a choke-hold while arresting him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. At Garner’s funeral on July 23 at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood, reporters and news crews swarmed the block, interviewing relatives, high-profile guests like the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other attendees.
What the local press didn’t see that evening, and what has gone unreported until now, is that police officers chose the funeral of a man whose death in police custody has put the NYPD on the defensive to make another, very public arrest of a guy who wasn’t doing anything illegal at the time.
Among those interviewed during the media circus outside the funeral was Calvin Bryant, a 53-year-old anti-police-violence activist who says he knew Garner growing up. Bryant was angry, and let the press know it as he stood with his cousin, Richard Kirkpatrick, and his two young children, holding a sign that read “# I Can’t Breath” and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the face of Ramarley Graham, the Bronx teenager killed in his own home by police in 2012. “When is this going to stop?” Bryant asked reporters, clutching his shirt. “Ramarley Graham, this case ain’t been solved yet, and already you’ve got the nerve to kill this man Eric Garner.”
After the funeral, as Kirkpatrick, Bryant and his children were leaving the church, they were approached by a group of plainclothes cops. Kirkpatrick says he was asked, “Is that your cousin, Calvin Bryant?” When he confirmed Bryant’s identity, he says, police followed them down the block and arrested Bryant.
In addition to an outstanding bench warrant, Bryant was charged with resisting arrest. According to the arrest document, “The defendant did resist a lawful arrest by flailing the defendant’s arms and pushing the deponent while the deponent attempted to place the defendant in handcuffs.”
Bryant and Kirkpatrick vehemently deny that accusation. “I didn’t resist arrest,” Bryant says. “I didn’t have time. I was holding my kids’ hands so I wouldn’t have been able to throw my hands up.”' [Source]
Wow! To arrest a man in front of his kids for an outstanding bench warrant in that manner is just foul.
Finally, I understand how ignorant racist right wingnuts wouldn't be aware of the "Inkwell", but FYI white folks; there are plenty black folks up in Martha's Vineyard as well.
“What do they say about Disneyland, Disneyworld, the happiest place on Earth?” conservative radio host Mark Levin said on his show Friday. “I think they say about Martha’s Vineyard — for you racialists and race-baiters out there — I think they say it’s the whitest place on Earth.”
Levin spent some time criticizing President Barack Obama for taking his family to a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard while “there’s genocide going on” in Iraq. “Little kids are now being hung on crosses, crucifixes, they’re being crucified,” Levin said. “And decapitated, where their heads are being put on posts in parks in Mosul.”
He lists off some more horrors being committed by the “Islamo-Nazis” before asking, “Why would we expect the president to cancel his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard?” While he found it “amazing” that Obama is finally “showing some muscle” in Iraq with military airstrikes on ISIS artillery, he could not get over the fact that he was, in the same week, traveling to “the whitest place on Earth.”
“And we know how you hate whites,” Levin continued, saying Obama would be better off vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “He talks race, he uses race, he pushes race. Vacation? Martha’s Vineyard.”
While Martha’s Vineyard is no doubt a ritzy island with more than its fair share of white people, Levin is clearly unaware of its rich history as a summer destination for wealthy black families. This is particularly true of Oak Bluffs, where African-American families began summering as early as the 1890s. The town’s main beach became pejoratively known as “The Inkwell,” a name that was later embraced by the people who frequented it." [Source]
And these people accuse us of playing the race card. *shaking head*
Personally, though, I will take the VI over Martha's Vineyard every day of the week.