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Amy Schumer, Chuck Schumer push gun control

Nearly two weeks after a gunman opened fire during a screening of one of her movies, killing two people and himself, actress and comedienne Amy Schumer is teaming up with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as he unveils new legislation to combat g…


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At Least 2 Injured In Shooting Outside J. Cole Concert In New Jersey

@KGoreCBS it’s all blocked off now, I was in parking lot over when shots happened. Can’t get close for pic pic.twitter.com/m0eqg1whUl

— Jimmy Coppa (@Jcoppa22) August 4, 2015

 

At least two people were shot in the parking lot of the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on Monday evening.

Witnesses say they heard at least six shots before police and ambulances arrived on the scene after 11 p.m.

“I just witnessed three people get shot right behind me at PNC,” Felix Santana tweeted; WUNF Radio New York reported that two people were confirmed shot.

Jimmy Coppa, who also tweeted from the scene, said he heard six shots fired. 

The injured victims were evacuated for treatment. Their conditions and identities have not yet been released. 

State police told CBS News New York they believe the shooter “ran into the woods” after the attack. 

People got shot in PNC parking lot. Heard about 6 shots ring out and came to scene. Huge crowd gathered, about 10 Cops and ambulances here

— Jimmy Coppa (@Jcoppa22) August 4, 2015

I just witnessed 3 people get shot right behind me at PNC. People are fucking sick. I will never be able to forget what I just saw

— Felix Santana (@felixsantana27) August 4, 2015

 The shooting allegedly occurred after the Forest Hill Drive Tour concert, which featured performances by hip-hop artists J.Cole, YG, Big Sean and Jeremih. 

J cole concert was absolutely insane live, but the post concert events with gunshots in the parking lot next to me is making me sick

— Jimmy Coppa (@Jcoppa22) August 4, 2015

 

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Suspect In Memphis Cop Killing Turns Himself In

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, a spokesman for a U.S. attorney said.

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was with his family when he arrived at a federal building in Memphis, said Louis Goggans, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked illegally in a southeast Memphis neighborhood on Saturday night, police said. Officer Sean Bolton approached the car, Wilbourn got out of the Mercedes and the two men got into a struggle, police said.

Wilbourn took out a gun and fired, striking Bolton multiple times, and then he and the driver ran away as a civilian used Bolton’s radio to notify police about the shooting, authorities said.

The driver later turned himself in to police, and was released without charges. Police sought Wilbourn on a first-degree murder warrant.

Officers said they found about 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car.

Wilbourn was on probation for an armed bank robbery. A sentencing memorandum filed by Wilbourn’s lawyer on May 16, 2006, said Wilbourn was persuaded by his uncle to join the robbery to help him with his finances and “he was awaiting news regarding a possible college scholarship based on his athletic ability.”

He was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison and released on probation in July 2014. He used marijuana in December and was ordered to undergo mental health treatment July 7, according to federal court documents released Monday. It’s not clear whether he was ever evaluated. 

 

The documents said witnesses to the officer’s shooting identified Wilbourn in a photo lineup.

Wilbourn, who goes by the names Tremaine Martin and “T-Streetz,” is a black man who stands over 6-feet-2 and weighs 222 pounds.

Bolton, who was white, was a 33-year-old Marine who served in Iraq. He was the third Memphis officer to be fatally shot in slightly more than four years.

Residents along the street where Bolton was gunned down said their block has been for years a quiet oasis amid the troubled neighborhood around them, where gunshots cut through the night and people are afraid to go outside after dark.

Melvin Norment, whose family has lived on the block for 25 years, said he saw the Mercedes on Saturday night and knew it didn’t belong to his neighbors.

“It’s not a car I’ve seen before,” he said. “Because I sit outside all the time. I knew it wasn’t anybody’s car from around here.”

Just a few blocks away — at a busy intersection with fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes and an empty lot — police have for years battled drugs and crime in this city long listed among America’s most violent.

 

On Monday morning, yellow crime tape rested in a bundle along the curb on Summerlane Avenue. A vase with yellow, red and white flowers and a white stuffed unicorn had been placed at the scene as a make-shift memorial to the fallen officer.

The street is lined with small, mostly well-kept homes, and neighbors say it has been insulated from the crime erupting around them.

Phillip Price said he lives in Cottonwood Apartments, a few blocks from the shooting.

“We hear gunshots all the time,” he said. “There’s a lot of people here that carry weapons, that shouldn’t be carrying weapons. Some of them are trigger happy. We have seven, eight different gangs in this area.”

Michael Williams lives about three blocks from where Bolton was shot. Williams — a police officer, candidate for mayor and president of the Memphis Police Association — said he was in bed two weeks ago and heard 42 gunshots.

When they bought their house eight years ago, “you could be in your front yard and not be concerned, you didn’t hear gunshots in the middle of the night, we weren’t concerned about going to the gas station at night,” he said.

But they’ve watched the neighborhood deteriorate, he said. Homeowners died off or moved to the suburbs, and the renters that replaced them didn’t take the same sort of pride in keeping the streets safe and clean, he said.

“I even told my wife, ‘it’s looking like it’s time to move on,'” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of police officers has dwindled from more than 2,500 in the city to around 2,000, Williams said. Budget cuts dug into officers’ pensions and benefits, prompting experienced officers to flee to other departments, in cities with better pay and lower crime rates.

Rank and file officers, he said, are disgruntled and burnt out.

Williams believes the most recent shooting can be traced, at least to some degree, to the fury over police treatment of African-Americans in incidents across the country. Williams estimates that the Memphis police force is around 60 percent African-American, roughly reflective of the city’s overall population.

“I think officers are becoming hesitant to react,” Williams said. “They don’t want to end up in court, or plastered all over the national news.”

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These Are The Best Military Photos From July

Another month in 2015 and another set of photos from our armed forces that leave us awestruck by the situations in which military photographers are able to capture beautiful moments. From a memorial for the fallen Marines killed in the Chattanooga shooting to a father returning home to see his children for the first time after a long deployment, these photos show us that military photography captures much more than combat. 

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How Churches Can Protect Themselves From Violence

A young domestic terrorist opens fire at a prayer meeting at a Charleston bible study, killing nine in an attempt to ignite a race war. Now two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico were targets of bombs over the weekend. What can religious institutions…




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Abortion Is Not Murder

Ramesh Ponnuru comments on Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal tissue from the abortions it performs:

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Cops Killed Homeless Man Who Wanted To Surrender: Prosecutor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A “paramilitary response” by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday.

The two Albuquerque officers charged with murder in the death of James Boyd came to the scene with the intent of attacking him, Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn said at a preliminary hearing to decide if the two officers should stand trial.

“What was the crime that prompted this paramilitary response? It was not a terrorist act. It was illegal camping,” McGinn said during opening statements at the hearing for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy.

 

 

In their opening statements, defense attorneys said their clients did nothing wrong and both felt the lives of their fellow officers were in danger.

The shooting occurred after 19 officers armed with more than 700 rounds of ammunition surrounded James Boyd for camping illegally in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

Boyd, 38, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had two pocket knives and was gathering his belongings when Perez and Sandy fired three rounds each, McGinn said.

“They created the danger. It was not Mr. Boyd who came at them,” McGinn told the judge at the hearing expected to last a week.

Boyd was shot during the March 2014 standoff and later died at a hospital after his arm was amputated.

Video of the encounter showed him appearing to surrender before Perez and Sandy opened fire. Authorities have said he threatened officers with the two knives.

The shooting generated angry protests around Albuquerque that closed City Hall and sparked a cyberattack on city websites.

Boyd’s death came amid a wave of police shootings in Albuquerque and just before the U.S. Justice Department issued a harsh report into use of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department.

There have been more than 40 police shootings in Albuquerque since 2010.

A federal judge recently approved an agreement between the city and the Justice Department to revamp policepolicies and assign a federal monitor to make sure changes are made.

 

 

The Boyd case is not about 700 rounds of ammunition or the policies of Albuquerque police, said defense attorney Sam Bregman, who is defending Sandy.

Instead, it’s about two officers facing murder charges in the justified shooting of “a crazy man with two knives,” Bregman said.

“I’m surprise (prosecutors) didn’t argue that Mr. Boyd would have been justified to stab” officers, the lawyer said.

Luis Robles, a lawyer for Perez, said offices gave Boyd a number of chances to surrender and accept help hours before the shooting.

“But Mr. Boyd would have none of that,” Robles said.

Boyd was responsible for the shooting because officers had no choice except to open fire after he made threatening move, Robles said.

Perez, a SWAT team member, and Sandy are the first officers that Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has charged with murder.

State District Judge Alisa Hadfield in April disqualified Brandenburg or anyone in her office from prosecuting the case and ordered her to appoint a special prosecutor.

The judge determined an ongoing dispute between Brandenburg and Albuquerque police over a bribery investigation involving Brandenburg created a conflict of interest.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas later decided not to seek charges against Brandenburg.

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Dad Shoots Daughter While Teaching Her About Gun Safety

A Florida father who was trying to teach his 12-year-old daughter about gun safety ended up shooting her in the arm, police said.

The incident took place on Sunday night at a home in Davie, Florida, CBS Miami reported.

The dad was trying to show his daughter how to draw a gun when the firearm went off, police said, according to NBC Miami.

The girl’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A neighbor, who said she came outside when she heard the gunshot, described what she saw to CBS Miami.

“There was blood running down her leg,” Kara Perez said. “She had white shorts on, so you could tell her whole front and side were full of blood.”

Davie Police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda told The Huffington Post that, after interviewing the girl and her father separately, authorities believe the shooting was an accident. However, he said Child Protective Services is involved and the investigation is ongoing.

“There’s no arrest and we’re not releasing names at this point,” Castaneda said.

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