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Darren Wilson’s Grand Jury Testimony Destroys Jim Hoft’s Bogus “Fractured Eye Socket” Claims for Good

It’s over, Jim. You can stop lying now.
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Jim Hoft, liar

You may recall Jim Hoft’s now-infamous repeated claims that anonymous sources told him police officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” in a struggle with unarmed teenager Michael Brown, before Wilson shot Brown to death.

LGF’s article debunking Hoft’s unsourced claims went viral on Twitter and Facebook, and now shows almost 250,000 views and many thousands of retweets and shares. Yet Hoft has continued to push this claim over and over, in almost everything he posts on the subject.

Well, today the New York Times has a report on the grand jury testimony of officer Wilson, and his account contains absolutely no mention of a fractured eye socket, or of any injuries more serious than scratches and swelling: Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle.

WASHINGTON — The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.

Notice also that all of the blood found on Wilson’s gun, inside the car, and on Wilson’s uniform belonged to Michael Brown — not to Darren Wilson. So clearly, if there was a struggle at all (about which there remains considerable doubt) the only person who came away from it with serious injuries was Michael Brown.

So how does the Dumbest Man on the Internet cover the story, now that his claims are totally destroyed by Wilson’s own testimony? With yet another deceptive, misleading headline: NY Times: Michael Brown Beat Officer Darren Wilson Before His Death - Blood Found on Wilson’s Gun | the Gateway Pundit.

Notice that Hoft phrased his crummy headline to give the impression that the blood on Wilson’s gun came from Michael Brown’s “beating,” when it was actually Brown’s blood from Wilson shooting him.

Hoft even has the gall to claim that the New York Times article backs up his accounts.

The New York Times story mirrors what The Gateway Pundit reported in August on the attack.

If you click the link Hoft posts to his own site, you’ll notice something odd; suddenly, for the first time, he’s no longer linking to his “fractured eye socket” post, but to one of his earlier posts before he started pushing his false story.

The only question remaining now is whether Hoft actually did have anonymous sources in the St. Louis County PD and prosecuting attorney’s office, as he said, or whether he just completely made up this story. In other words, lied like a rug.

I strongly suspect the latter.

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”

‘Clipboard Man’ Seen Without Protective Gear Near Workers in Full Hazmat Suits Transporting Ebola Patient

US News • Views: 27,206

There’s probably not an issue here since ‘clipboard man’ kept his distance from the fully encased Ebola patient, and his time near the patient was short. However from an abundance of caution perspective — that we should be following since we have two new cases, he probably should have been wearing gear if he was going to handle the biohazard bags.

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Video footage of a plain-clothed man surrounded by people in full hazmat suits as they transported the second US Ebola patient to Atlanta has sparked widespread shock and concern among US viewers.

In the footage, aired lived by NBC 5, the unidentified man can be seen clutching a document as health workers in full hazmat suits transported Ebola patient Amber Vinson from an ambulance towards a specially-equipped jet at Dallas’ Love Field.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to ask why the man appeared completely unprotected, with one quipping: “Apparently, there is someone immune to Ebola”.

Ms Vinson, 29, had been treating Ebola victim Thomas Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital before flying to Ohio. She was the second person to contract the virus in Texas when preliminary tests came back positive for Ebola on Wednesday.

More: ‘Clipboard Man’ Seen Without Any Protective Gear Stood With Workers in Full Hazmat Suits Transporting Ebola Patient - Americas - World - the Independent

UPDATE: MYSTERY SOLVED

He is a medical safety coordinator with Phoenix Air, the air carrier that took Vinson from Love Field to Atlanta. Phoenix Air takes three healthcare workers on these flights. Two wear hazmat suits and one doesn’t.

“One of the three people on the medical team are the eyes and ears,” said Randy Davis, a vice president at Phoenix Air. “They know how far to stay away from the patient.”

Davis said that Phoenix Air has gone on 11 missions so far transporting Ebola patients, including from Liberia to the United States and to Europe. The hazmat suits limits a person’s peripheral vision, smell and hearing.

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Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

By Amy P. Cohen, Deborah Azrael, and Matthew Mille
US News • Views: 33,268

Another epidemic worse than Ebola.

Also — claims in the media that mass shootings aren’t increasing are wrong.

Check out this horrifying Harvard timeline graphic:

Have mass shootings become more common?

According to our statistical analysis of more than three decades of data, in 2011 the United States entered a new period in which mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Our analysis used data compiled by Mother Jones on attacks that took place in public, in which the shooter and the victims generally were unrelated and unknown to each other, and in which the shooter murdered four or more people. (An incident with four or more homicide victims was the threshold count for mass killing established by the FBI a decade ago; a federal law signed by President Obama in 2013 defined the threshold as three or more victims killed.)

So why do we keep hearing in the media that mass shootings have not increased?

This view stems from the work of Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, who has long maintained that mass shootings are a stable phenomenon. (“The growing menace lies more in our fears than in the facts,” he has said.) But Fox’s oft-cited claim is based on a misguided approach to studying the problem: The data he uses includes all homicides in which four or more people were murdered with a gun. His analysis, which counts the number of events per year, lumps together mass shootings in public places with a far more numerous set of mass murders that are contextually distinct—a majority of which stem from domestic violence and occur in private homes. Fox’s annual count and use of overly broad data including many types of mass killings fail to detect the recent shift in public mass shootings.

More: Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

The Police Are Out in Force Again in St. Louis

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Federal Judge Rules #Ferguson Police’s “5-Second Rule” for Protesters Is Unconstitutional

“Crowd control” = rights violation
US News • Views: 20,865

One of the very controversial measures used by Ferguson police and St. Louis County police against people protesting the shooting of Michael Brown is their “5-second rule” —a crowd-control tactic that forces protesters to keep moving or be arrested if they remain in one place longer than 5 seconds.

Yesterday a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against this tactic, because it violates the protesters’ constitutional rights.

The injunction “is a huge win for peaceful protesters and those who believe in the rule of law,” Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU, said in a news release.

Perry’s injunction said the practice police adopted, which some activists called the “five-second rule,” violated free speech rights. The judge also said the policy violated due process rights because “its enforcement was entirely arbitrary and left to the unfettered discretion of the officers on the street,” effectively making them lawmakers and enforcers.

“Citizens who wish to gather in the wake of Michael Brown’s tragic death have a constitutional right to do so, but they do not have the right to endanger lives of police officers or other citizens,” Perry wrote. “The police must be able to perform their jobs, and nothing in this order restricts their ability to do that.”

Update: WFAA Reports It’s Not Even Confirmed the Ebola Patient “Vomited” at All

Fake outrage of the week
US News • Views: 27,811

Following up on our story from yesterday about Gateway Pundit’s ridiculous, false fear-mongering post about “Ebola vomit” being cleaned up by WORKERS WITHOUT SUITS OMG!, here’s a video clip from WFAA in Dallas, in which we learn reports that the Ebola patient “vomited” on the ground five days ago outside his apartment are not even confirmed, and that the apartment complex owners ordered the sidewalks to be power-washed just to be on the safe side.

The entire right wing media machine is pimping the fake story today, all of them screaming about EBOLA VOMIT! Here’s a Google search: Ebola vomit is everywhere! So far I don’t think it’s shown up on Fox News, but it probably will. These fake stories usually do.

And now we know the entire story about the vomit hasn’t even been confirmed. This is an amazingly good example of how crazy and irrational the right wing media have become.

[Video removed.]

Related:
Another Mind-Bogglingly Dumb Post From GatewayPundit: “Unprotected Workers Cleaning Ebola Vomit!”

What Happens When a White Man Parades Around Outside a School in a Bullet-Proof Vest With an AK-47?

A: Nothing
US News • Views: 33,207

With all of the police shootings of unarmed black people in the news lately, it’s interesting to note what happens when a white man shows up outside a high school dressed in a bullet-proof vest, with an AK-47 and a full clip of ammunition.

Nothing, that’s what happens.

And Leonard Embody says if you think there’s something wrong with what he’s doing, you need psychological help.

Witnesses say Embody was pacing Hillsboro Road, dressed much like a soldier, and it had a lot of people nervous. So nervous that 911 dispatchers had their hands full.

[…]

When Channel 4 met up with Embody on Thursday, he offered no apologies and even called Wednesday’s demonstration a success.

“A school is a prime place to be able to hand out my leaflets and educate children that guns aren’t dangerous as people think they are. Certainly a man carrying a gun doesn’t mean they’re going to get shot,” he said.

[…]

Embody said he’ll continue making the rounds, defending the Second Amendment, no matter who it offends.

“I don’t think I look terrifying. Other people may think I look terrifying, but that’s in their own minds and that’s something they should deal with … with maybe a psychologist,” Embody said.

Metro school officials said their resource officers were aware of Embody’s demonstration, and had he set foot on campus, they would have arrested him.

Outside that, what he was doing is perfectly legal because of Tennessee’s open carry law, meaning there’s nothing that prohibits people from carrying a gun out in the open.

Live Stream: Police Officer Reportedly Shot in Ferguson, Situation Very Tense

Demonstrators in standoff with police
US News • Views: 32,229

Video

Video of the Police Shooting That Killed John Crawford, Synced With the Dishonest 911 Call

Wrongness
US News • Views: 24,753

The family of John Crawford (the young black man gunned down in a Walmart store when police were falsely told by a 911 caller that he was pointing a gun at people in the store — it was a BB gun) is horrified that the grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer who killed him.

Yesterday a special grand jury returned a bill of no indictment against the Beavercreek Police officer who shot and killed Crawford.

It was an emotional meeting Thursday morning as John Crawford’s family attorney laid out why he believes the grand jury got it wrong.

In fact, at one point, the family attorney said quote “they have killed him again.”

“He was murdered, he had no chance, in the situation, in the circumstances surrounding the situation he had no chance, absolutely no chance,” said John Crawford Junior, John Crawford the Third’s father.

Here’s the surveillance video of the shooting, synced with the 911 call; notice that at one point the caller outright lied and said Crawford was pointing the “gun” at children, when he clearly was not. Also notice that the policeman opened fire on Crawford immediately after seeing him; no calls to drop the weapon or surrender are heard.

Ferguson PD Hires Public Relations Firm, Releases Apology Video

A bit on the late side
US News • Views: 17,787

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The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, has hired a public relations firm, and they apparently advised Police Chief Tom Jackson to make this video filled with abject apologies.

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