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St. Louis Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records of Officer Darren Wilson

Turnabout
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In a brilliant move, St. Louis alternative newspaper Riverfront Times responds to the Post-Dispatch: Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson.

In response to a number of inquiries today, the Riverfront Times confirms that it is seeking the juvenile records of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed Michael Brown.

After the Post-Dispatch announced Friday that it is seeking the juvenile records for Brown, many people on Twitter asked that the same scrutiny be placed upon Wilson, who is currently under investigation for the shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old man.

This is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

If that statement sounds familiar, here’s why.

UPDATE at 8/30/14 11:35:01 am by Charles Johnson

However…

Update: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Is Trying to Get Michael Brown’s Juvenile Records

Wow
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch responded a few minutes ago to my request for information, in a way that can only be described as extremely disappointing.

Here’s their statement: Post-Dispatch Seeks Juvenile Court Records.

In response to a number of inquiries today, I wanted to confirm that the Post-Dispatch filed a petition last week with the St. Louis County Family Court seeking the release of any juvenile court records it may have relating to Michael Brown.

The court filing is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Note that this statement specifically contradicts the claim made by blogger Chuck C. Johnson:

But regardless, there’s absolutely no way that this information is relevant to the current police shooting case. Juvenile criminal records are sealed for a very good reason — to prevent exactly this kind of character assassination. It’s disgusting to see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch join the right wing effort to poison the well and smear a dead 18-year old.

Video Messaging App Maker Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording, Including Location

Authentication
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Here’s the official statement from Glide, the company that makes the video messaging app used by the man who inadvertently recorded audio of the gunshots that ended Michael Brown’s life in Ferguson, Missouri: Glide Verifies Ferguson Shooting Recording.

As you may already have seen on CNN, MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the local FOX affiliate in St. Louis and Riverfront Times, the Glide mobile app is being mentioned in the current news cycle surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, with a video message created using the app having surfaced as potentially critical evidence.

While tragedy is never good news, and our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, this incident underscores how technology is changing the landscape of not only journalism, but also criminology.

A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it was designed - to instantly communicate with a friend through our real-time video texting service. Simultaneously, they also captured audio in the background of the gunshots allegedly fired at Michael Brown.

Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.

We commend this Glide user for turning their Glide video message over to FBI investigators as possible evidence in this ongoing investigation.

The important bit of new information in this statement: Glide is also confirming that the man who recorded this audio lives near the street where Michael Brown was gunned down.

Breaking: Video Messaging Company Confirms Audio of Gunshots Captured at Time of Michael Brown Shooting

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Racist hate-blogger Jim Hoft has been screaming (his default mode of communication) that the audio of gunshots aired by CNN and being investigated by the FBI is a HOAX (that’s how he writes it, in caps). With absolutely no evidence, of course, because that’s how Hoft rolls.

But now CNN is reporting that the video messaging service that captured this audio has confirmed the recording was made at the time of Michael Brown’s shooting death.

CNN) — A company behind the video messaging service that allegedly captured audio of Michael Brown’s shooting this month said Thursday the recording was created at about the time Brown was killed.

The revelation from the company, Glide, appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time the 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9.

The video was created at 12:02:14 p.m. that day, Glide said. That’s around the time that police say Brown was shot.

Report: Police Ran Over and Destroyed Michael Brown Memorial, Police Dog Urinated on It

Ugly
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The disdain with which the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments view the black community of Ferguson was obvious with their massive militarized crackdown on protesters, but new details in an article at Mother Jones by Mark Follman shed light on why the community was so infuriated after the shooting of Michael Brown: Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

This account is partly confirmed by St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who took a photo of the crushed remnants of the memorial:

Alleged New Audio Recording of the Shooting of Michael Brown Surfaces: 11 Shots Audible

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CNN played this audio recording tonight from an unnamed source in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly an inadvertent recording of the shooting of Michael Brown. The 24 hour rule is in effect, but if this is verified — there are 11 shots clearly audible here. Draw your own conclusions.

UPDATE at 8/25/14 9:12:18 pm by Charles Johnson

Another YouTube version:

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UPDATE at 8/25/14 10:32:23 pm by Charles Johnson

Here’s video of an interview with the lawyer of the man who recorded this; she says the FBI interviewed her client.

Video

More Video of STL County Officer Dan Page: “Police Hire Blacks Because They’re Eager to Kill White People”

Bad craziness with authority
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Here’s video of Dan Page, the St. Louis County Police officer who was put on administrative leave after his bizarre sovereign citizen views and outright racism became public, spewing all kinds of End Times conspiracy theories. An especially interesting part begins at about 27:00, when Page says the military and police departments only make special efforts to recruit young black men because they’re willing to use lethal force against white people.

One of the things that’s become very clear in the Michael Brown story, and with the hundreds of ugly racist comments posted on police discussion forums and in the crowd-funding page for officer Darren Wilson, is that the police forces of St. Louis County and Ferguson, Missouri have a very serious problem with white supremacism in their ranks.

This shouldn’t be too surprising or controversial, because according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Missouri is home to at least 23 hate groups.

(h/t: @Erinescence.)

Animated GIF Graphically Demonstrates Jim Hoft’s Deliberate “Fractured Eye Socket” Deception

Throbbing deception
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Several readers suggested that I make Jim Hoft’s doctored CT scan image into an animated GIF, alternating with the unedited original stock image (which, by the way, can also be seen in this PDF from 2007 at the University of Texas). A “throbbing CT scan,” if you will, to demonstrate how Hoft crudely blacked out “UNIV OF IOWA” from the image he posted to hide its origins and trick people into believing it was Darren Wilson’s CT scan.

So without further ado, graphic evidence of Jim Hoft’s deliberate deception.

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”
Ann Coulter Takes Jim Hoft’s Misleading Bait, Says “We Saw X-Ray of Wilson’s Fractured Eye Socket”

CNN’s Brian Stelter Rips Fox News for Hyping Jim Hoft’s “Fractured Eye Socket” Hoax

Jim Hoft’s ugly dishonesty makes it to Fox News — again
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CNN host Brian Stelter calls out Fox News for relying on Jim Hoft’s deliberately deceptive blog post about Darren Wilson’s “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.”

Stelter calls this “Red News/Blue News,” but it’s really not a partisan divide — it’s the difference between making stuff up to incite hatred and trying to be accurate.

And I’ll point out again that no media have so far picked up on the fact that Hoft claimed his source for this story was the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office. If so, this is a serious violation of ethics at best, and possibly illegal.

UPDATE at 8/24/14 10:59:40 am by Charles Johnson

Received this lovely tweet from Hoft this morning:

UPDATE at 8/24/14 11:05:09 am by Charles Johnson

Note: This is not the first time a lie pushed by @gatewaypundit has made it all the way to Fox News: Gateway Pundit Claims the “Obama Admin” Awarded a “$50M Contract” to House Migrant Children: A Bald-Faced Lie.

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”
If Darren Wilson Was “Savagely Beaten,” Why Did Neighbors See Him Mowing His Lawn Just a Few Days Later?
Ann Coulter Takes Jim Hoft’s Misleading Bait, Says “We Saw X-Ray of Wilson’s Fractured Eye Socket”
Exposing Gateway Pundit’s Dishonesty: He Altered a CT Scan Image to Trick His Readers
Dumbest Man on the Internet Forgets to Delete the Unedited Version of the Image He Edited

Obama Sending White House Aides to Michael Brown’s Funeral, Jim Hoft Says “All Black Delegation”

Cue exploding heads
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The President is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of Michael Brown in St. Louis on Monday:

Leading the group for Monday’s service will be the chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother’s Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities. Johnson is also the secretary for the Cabinet.

Also attending will be the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster.

And here’s how deranged, openly racist right wing blogger Jim Hoft sees it:

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