Crime

Freddie Gray autopsy report raises problems for prosecution

Featured image The Baltimore Sun says it has obtained a copy of the autopsy report in the Freddie Gray case. The Sun hasn’t published the report but presents a summary of it here. If the Sun’s description is accurate, the report will likely hurt, perhaps fatally, the prosecution’s case at least with respect to its most serious charges. Before getting into specifics, let me observe that, as described by the Sun, the »

Martin O’Malley Is Pissed (With comment by Paul)

Featured image Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley is pissed about the Charleston shootings. That is what he said in an email to supporters. So, is he pissed at the murderer, Dylann Roof? Don’t be silly! He’s pissed at Republicans. When you’re a Democrat, it’s all politics, all the time: “It’s time we called this what it is: a national crisis,” O’Malley said in the e-mail, which carried the subject header “I’m pissed” »

At court in Charleston

Featured image USA Today has posted a seven-minute video of the remarkable court hearing held in Charleston on Friday at which Dylann Roof made his first appearance following the heartbreaking murders of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and churchgoers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Family members of the victims appeared. “One by one,” the New York Times reported, “they looked to the screen in a corner »

Charleston Shooting Brings Out the Worst In Liberals

Featured image The Washington Post carried one of the dumber op-eds within memory yesterday. It was written by Baynard Woods and titled “Only white people can save themselves from racism and white supremacism.” Its thesis is that Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage proves that all whites are white supremacists. Or all Southerners. Or something: [I]t is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from the distorted monsters »

The Latest on Dylann Roof

Featured image A web site created by Dylann Roof called The Last Rhodesian has come to light. It includes a sort of manifesto written by Roof. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t make sense to pay a lot of attention to the ideology of a deranged person, but you will probably be hearing a lot about Roof’s ideas in the weeks to come, so here are a few lowlights. In general, the »

This Probably Explains a Lot

Featured image I do not believe, with Pascal, that to understand is to forgive; certainly not when it comes to mass murder. Still, this Daily Mail exclusive probably sheds light on how Dylann Roof became so twisted. This is his father, Franklin Bennett (“Benn”) Roof, who is some sort of contractor: Yes, those are nipple rings. Roof’s mother seems to have abandoned the family, perhaps understandably. For a while Dylann had a »

Labeling the Charleston massacre

Featured image Almost immediately after Dylann Roof was apprehended, the Justice Department announced that it would investigate whether the Charleston massacre was a “hate crime.” I’ll give DOJ a hint. This was a hate crime, both in the dubious way this concept is understood by the law and in ordinary parlance. The Justice Department now says it’s going to investigate whether the killings were an act of terrorism. This is a less »

Obama’s Howler

Featured image Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us: Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France Genildo »

Obama’s pathetic comments on the Charleston massacre

Featured image President Obama wasted no time before using the tragic massacre in Charleston, South Carolina to argue for gun control (or, more accurately, to sulk publicly about his failure to impose it). Obama stated: We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is »

Barack Obama Disgraces Himself Again

Featured image I haven’t written anything about the murders in Charleston, mostly because I haven’t had time. I expect to talk about the murders tomorrow on the Laura Ingraham show, where I will be guest hosting. I would encourage you to tune in for that. In the meantime, one obvious point can be made: Barack Obama has disgraced himself, once again, by trying to make political hay out of the murders: “I »

Prayers for Charleston

Featured image Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight churchgoers were murdered during a prayer service at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (also known as “Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina last night. The gunman remains at large. Neither the murderer nor the eight other victims have yet been identified by name. The Washington Post reports on the shootings here. The AP has posted a slightly more current story here. »

The left wants it both ways on policing

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal called “Explaining Away the New Crime Wave.” It’s a response to the left’s frantic efforts to avoid the obvious inference that the spike in crime many cities are experiencing results in part from the growing reluctance of cops to engage in proactive policing. Mac Donald’s article is worth reading in full, if you can penetrate the Journal’s pay »

As crime soars in Baltimore, the police are partly to blame

Featured image The May arrest and crime numbers from Baltimore are in. They show that the police arrested fewer people than in any month for at least three years, despite a surge in homicides and shootings across the city. According to the Baltimore Sun, arrests declined citywide by 43 percent from April to May. They dropped by more than half in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested. Several neighborhoods »

The Cost of Liberalism

Featured image From today’s New York Times: West Baltimore’s Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar By Richard A. Oppel, Jr. BALTIMORE — From the steps of her New Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Rev. Lisa Weah looked down the block to the open-air drug market outside the bodega on the corner a few hundred feet away. The traffic there had been slowing until the chaos that followed the death of Freddie Gray on »

What Happens When You Don’t Enforce the Immigration Laws

Featured image One of the most horrifying crimes within memory occurred in Washington, D.C. on May 13 and 14. A man named Darron Wint broke into a home, commonly described as a mansion, owned by a businessman named Savvas Savopoulos. Wint held Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, captive for around 20 hours while he tormented them and arranged for a futile ransom to be »

Stephen Hunter: The case of Tamir Rice

Featured image We first got to know Stephen Hunter when he was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post movie critic. He is best known as a successful novelist, and he happens to know a great deal about guns. I, Ripper is his new novel. Published last month, it is in bookstores now. Here he offers his reflections on the case of Tamir Rice on the occasion of a Cleveland judge sounding off on »

Things go from bad to worse for Marilyn Mosby

Featured image Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. First, her motion for a gag order in the case was dismissed because she filed it in the wrong court. The Baltimore Sun reports: Judge Charles J. Peters ruled the motion lacked standing in an actual proceeding, as it was filed by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office in Circuit Court on »