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Warning State of Emergency Declared in Ferguson, MO
Posted by: Kachina - 08-11-2015 02:41 AM - Replies (2)

Protests return to Ferguson streets, state of emergency declared

Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:20am EDT

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Police detain a protester in Ferguson, Missouri, August 10, 2015.

Police in riot gear clashed with protesters who had gathered in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, early on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen whose death sparked a national outcry over race relations.

About 200 demonstrators, some waving flags, beating drums, and shouting anti-police slogans, marched along a street that was a flashpoint of riots that erupted last year after white police officer Darren Wilson shot dead 18-year-old black teen Michael Brown.

Police made several arrests, including nine people on Monday evening after a group of protesters briefly blocked the roadway.

Police carrying shields rushed into a crowd of protesters around midnight, many of whom started screaming and running from the area. Some protesters threw water bottles and rocks at officers, who used bullhorns to order people out of the street or face arrest.

Authorities declared a state of emergency on Monday for the St. Louis suburb and surrounding areas after police officers shot and critically wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire Sunday night, marring what had been a day of peaceful demonstrations.

Ferguson resident Roberta Lynch, 51, was among the demonstrators on Monday evening. She said relations between police and the community had improved little over the past year.

"They are doing the same old stuff, taking our rights," Lynch said. "They need to give us our space."

Monday's demonstrations capped a day of civil disobedience called by activists to protest against the shooting of Brown and other unarmed black men by police across the United States.

Clergy and civil rights groups led a series of protests, staging a demonstration at a courthouse in St. Louis where 60 people were arrested, including Princeton University professor and activist Cornel West, according to a protest organizer.

Police arrested dozens of protesters who blocked rush-hour traffic on Interstate 70 a few miles from Ferguson hours later, according to a Reuters witness.

The death of Brown and a grand jury's decision to spare the white officer from criminal charges led to a wave of demonstrations that boiled over into rioting and arson at times and spawned sympathy rallies across the country.

Brown's death also prompted greater scrutiny of racial bias within the U.S. criminal justice system, giving rise to the "Black Lives Matter" movement that gained momentum from similar incidents in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and, most recently, Arlington, Texas..


Tensions increased after darkness fell on Monday, with some demonstrators throwing objects at officers who pushed back with shields and threatened arrests. Others urged protesters on the street to maintain order.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters police would give protesters leeway to march, but said the authorities also had to maintain public safety.

"We are going to let them vent and we are going to manage it the best we possibly can," Belmar said.

"Last night was pretty out of control at times. Unfortunately, all the good work that's happening on both sides of the street has been marred by violence," he said.

The violence, according to Belmar, erupted Sunday when two groups of agitators apparently began shooting at each other, disrupting what had been peaceful demonstrations. At one point, a gunman darted across a parking lot and was confronted by four officers who pulled up in an unmarked vehicle.

The officers wounded the suspect in an exchange of gunfire, according to police.

Prosecutors charged the man, Tyrone Harris, who was in critical condition in a hospital, with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of shooting at a vehicle.

His bond was set at $250,000.

"He was running for his ... life because someone was shooting at him," Tyrone Harris, Sr., said in a telephone interview from his St. Louis-area home.

The younger Harris was out on bail awaiting trial on charges of stealing a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm and resisting arrest. He was charged with those crimes on Nov. 5 and released after posting a $30,000 bond on Dec. 19, records showed.

Activist groups, meanwhile, said the plain clothes officers who shot Harris should never have been deployed to the scene.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called Sunday's violence "a sad turn of events." Nixon, who deployed the National Guard to quell violence last year, did not make any mention of additional security for those rallies.

Michael Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr. said on Facebook that peaceful weekend protests were "meaningful, inspiring and successful."

"With your support, we properly honored your friend and my son's memory," he said.

Protester Rayna Martin, 17, who lives in the neighborhood where Brown was shot, said the violence within her community has been made worse by the actions of police.

"They kill us, they get away with it. It's crazy," she said.

(Additional reporting by Lucas Jackson in Ferguson, Missouri, Mary Wisniewski and Fiona Ortiz in Chicago and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Writing by Jon Herskovitz, Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Paul Tait)

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  Vincente Montano identified as Antioch, Tennessee theater suspect
Posted by: Eli - 08-05-2015 08:15 PM - Replies (5)

Vincente Montano identified as Antioch, Tennessee theater suspect

Aug. 5, 2015

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The suspect in the Antioch movie theater attack is Vincente Montano, 29, according to law enforcement officials.

Late Wednesday, police released information describing Montano as a man with a background of arrests and commitments for mental health issues in recent years.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said in a 7:45 p.m. press conference that Montano had been arrested on an assault charge in Murfreesboro in 2004. Montano had been committed for mental health care a total of four times, in 2004 and 2007, he said. He had also been reported as a missing person Aug. 3, Aaron said.

The suspect carried a hatchet into the theater at Carmike Hickory 8 at 901 Bell Road on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The man also had a backpack strapped to him, and police said late Wednesday the suspect also carried an Airsoft-style gun. Those fake guns shoot plastic BBs.

Police took the call at 1:13 p.m., reporting an active shooter. Forty-one minutes later, the suspect was dead, three people suffered minor injuries, and police began piecing together a puzzle Wednesday evening.

The first two officers to respond were working a traffic stop nearby when witnesses ran to alert them to the situation inside the theater, Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

A sergeant outside the theater encountered two women, ages 53 and 17, who had been injured by pepper spray, officials said. The third victim, a 58-year-old man identified only as Steven, suffered a wound from the hatchet to his shoulder.

In a brief but emotional press conference, Steven thanked police for their quick response:

"I'd also like to thank all of the citizens who gathered around us, helped my daughter when we were pepper-sprayed," he said. "That kind of gives me a little more faith in humanity again."

After the incident, police discovered two suspicious backpacks, one of which they determined contained a hoax device. Officials said the suspect carried that bag with him.

Officers first entered the theater through the projection room. Aaron the suspect was wearing a surgical mask at the time.

One officer confronted the suspect but backed away. Police now say the Mantano was carrying an Airsoft gun.

The officer "saw a gun come up, (and) he saw a trigger about to be pulled" before backing away, the chief said. Officers made sure civilians safely left the theater.

The suspect soon encountered SWAT officers near the back door of the theater, the chief said.

"When he came at them in a threatening manner, they opened fire and the suspect is deceased," the chief said.

Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of Metro Nashville Fire Department and Nashville International Airport, was called to the scene and pronounced the suspect dead.

"Unfortunately, the more people that have guns in public places, the more potential there is for someone who shouldn't have a gun to use it inappropriately," Slovis said.

In the hours after the shooting, police interviewed about 20 witnesses. Nashville officers and agents with the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives swarmed the area.

Some nearby businesses went into lockdown or closed for the day. Police ramped up patrols at Nashville-area movie theaters.

Pam Wright, who said she was inside the Antioch theater during the shooting, posted on Facebook she was "shocked."

"Kids having to see the evil that exists in this world up close like this is tragic...heard a child crying saying. "Is the boogie man still here.?" she wrote.

Wright said she had given a statement to police.

Wednesday's violence comes nearly two weeks after a theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Gunman John Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.

It is also the same day family members of victims killed in shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, theater in 2012 testified against the gunman.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

"I applaud the Metro Police Department for its great work to apprehend the suspect, keep our citizens and visitors safe, and prevent a tragedy in Antioch today. ... I recognize that this situation must have been traumatizing for everyone in the theater and many who were nearby, and I'm sorry that some were injured and needed treatment. I'm relieved that no one else was killed, and again, I thank the police for that."

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  Hatchet-wielding man was armed with a PELLET GUN!
Posted by: Eli - 08-05-2015 08:08 PM - Replies (2)

Hatchet-wielding man was armed with a PELLET GUN!

Aug. 5, 2015

A hatchet-wielding man, armed with what turned out to be a pellet gun, attacked a movie patron at a theater outside of Nashville Wednesday and sprayed others with pepper spray before he was shot dead by police, authorities said.

Nashville police were called on a report of a suspected "active shooter" situation at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater in the suburb of Antioch at around 1:15 p.m., and a police officer who entered the theater said the suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officer, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said.

The suspected firearm turned out to be an "airsoft" pistol that resembled a handgun, police said.

The suspect, identified as a 29-year-old white man from the area, was shot dead by a SWAT team as he exited through the theater's rear door, Anderson said.

"The only person shot was the suspect as he emerged out of the rear door," Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said. There were eight people, including the suspect, inside the theater at the time of the attack, he said.

Police earlier said the suspect was believed to be 51 years old, but the information turned out to be incorrect, Anderson said.

Police said the suspect was carrying a "hoax device" in a backpack that was designed to look like an explosive.

Two police officers were responding to a traffic accident near the theater when people came running up to them saying there was trouble in the theater, Anderson said.

They entered the theater and one of the officers encountered the suspect, who allegedly pointed what looked like a gun at the officer, and the officer fired and backed away, Anderson said.

"He saw a gun come up, he saw a trigger about to be pulled," Anderson said.

When SWAT members arrived and entered the theater the suspect went to the back door, and SWAT members outside opened fire after the suspect made a threatening gesture, Anderson said.

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The suspect was wearing a surgical mask — presumably to protect him from the pepper spray that filled the theater — and was wearing a backpack on the front of his chest during the incident, police said.

The bomb squad found a device apparently intended to resemble an explosive device inside that backpack, but it was not explosive, Anderson said. The device was destroyed by the bomb squad. A second backpack left at the rear of the theater contained nothing suspicious, he said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived on the scene to assist.

The red dye of the pepper spray caused some witnesses to mistake the spray for blood, Anderson said. Nashville Fire spokesman Brian Haas was grateful there were not more serious injuries. "This could have been a lot worse," he said.

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