While media arguments over which side was to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia one week ago today, a total of six police officers were shot in Florida and Pennsylvania overnight.
“Three people were in custody Friday night, including a “strong suspect,” after one police officer was fatally shot and another suffered grave injuries (Update: Second police officer dies in Florida shooting) in Kissimmee, Fla., south of Orlando. (Fox News, Aug. 19, 2017)
“At a press briefing, Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said police Officer Matthew Baxter succumbed to his wounds, and Officer Sam Howard was in critical condition, but the “prognosis does not look good,” O’Dell said.
“Initial reports said both officers had died.
“The two officers were in the area of Palmway and Cypress, checking out a report of a suspicious person at approximately 9:27 p.m. Soon afterward, a 9-1-1 call came in, saying the officers had been shot, O’Dell said.
“The area is known for high drug activity, the chief said.
“O’Dell said the officers did not return fire, and it appears they were “surprised.”
“When asked by reporters if the officers were ambushed, O’Dell said, “It’s too early to tell, but it’s leading that way.”
“Only one of the suspects was believed to have been armed, the chief said.”
Most tragically both officers are husbands, and have children. Baxter is married to another Kissimmee police officer.
Officer Matthew Baxter who succumbed to his wounds, is married to another Kissimmee police officer.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his condolences
“Also on Friday night, two police officers were shot in Jacksonville, Fla., and two state troopers were shot in Pennsylvania. (Fox News)
“A unit of four to five Jacksonville police officers responded to an attempted suicide call late Friday evening. As officers approached the house, the suspect started shooting through a doorway, seriously injuring two officers, Jacksonville police said at a media briefing.
“The suspect was shot, and later died at a hospital, police tweeted.
“In Pennsylvania, both state troopers were in stable condition and the suspect was killed, authorities said. A press briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“The shootings are not related, authorities said.
Some folk would argue that with 80 police officers killed so far this year, that these and all police shootings are related.
Police lives not only matter but save other lives.
Lives lost in the tragedies of the day are in the frontline of political battles.
Meanwhile while the news of the day is focused on the battle of taking down Confederate statues, a woman fighting desperately to get away from a sexual predator ripping off her clothes, had to suffer alone as pedestrians and drivers simply passed her without stopping.
A woman screaming as she fought desperately to get loose from a sexual predator ripping off her clothes, had to suffer alone as pedestrians and drivers simply passed her without stopping.
“The Los Angeles Police Department has released CCTV footage showing the August 12 incident; LAPD Police Captain Captain Lilian Carranza said at a news conference the woman, 35, “fought like a tiger” and screamed “fire” over and over again until the man fled. (NBC Los Angeles, Aug. 15, 2017)
“Los Angeles Police Department released a sketch of the suspect, who was reportedly smelling of alcohol, Hispanic, and aged between 40 and 50.
“Police stated that the woman, in her 30s, was returning home at roughly 5:30 a.m. from getting coffee and was entering her apartment when the man accosted her and spoke to her in Spanish, which she does not speak. She politely asked the man to go away, then tried to enter the apartment complex using a key card. But he blocked her pathway several times, then began touching her. That progressed to him shoving her to the ground and removing her pants and underwear, according to KTLA.
“Meanwhile, surveillance videotaped several cars slowing down while the woman was being assaulted; they did not stop; neither did a woman pedestrian.”
As the first comments under the Daily Wire story can attest, this is not the first time no one came to the rescue of someone whose life was at risk.
This is genuinely horrifying, but considering American’s recently filmed a mentally handicapped man drown rather than help I am not surprised by anything.
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