THIS WEEKLY BLOG POSTED EVERY MONDAY PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE
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THIS WEEKLY BLOG POSTED EVERY MONDAY PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE
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In October the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) released a report detailing the number of violent riots and the number of police officers injured during the riots U.S. cities faced after the death of George Floyd in May.
Clearly, this will be one of the most under-reported news stories of 2020. Here’s a small excerpt from the 35-page report:
In total, there were 8,700 protests that took place in most major cities between May 25th and July 31st, 2020. While the vast majority of these protests were peaceful, a large portion did include non-violent acts of civil disobedience such as the takeover of a roadway or disruption of commerce. Additionally, there were 574 protests that involved acts of violence, some of which were severe. This violence was limited to only 7% of all protests and in most cases, the acts were perpetrated by individuals or small groups that infiltrated the larger protests. Nonetheless, the sheer volume of protests, combined with the level of civil disobedience and existence of some ultra-violent events, created an extraordinarily challenging environment for law enforcement agencies.
This report examines the 2020 protests and civil unrest that occurred, and it presents a comprehensive perspective into the law enforcement challenges and lessons learned in 68 of the largest cities in the U.S. and Canada. Scope The scope of this report is limited to the experience and perspectives of law enforcement agencies from the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). While not comprehensive of all law enforcement, the MCCA represents 78 of the largest police agencies in the U.S. and Canada. These agencies service 79.9 million people and comprise a workforce of 251,082 police officers and non-commissioned personnel. MCCA members also represent the majority of cities that experienced protests and civil unrest in 2020.
Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the 8,700 protests were either peaceful or involved non-violent acts of civil disobedience, there were groups and individuals that sought to exploit the protest environment in many cities and engage in violence. An estimated 7% of the protests (574 of the 8,700 protests) involved violence.
In cities where violence did occur, assaults on police officers, looting, and arson were the most common criminal activities. Approximately, 72% of major city law enforcement agencies had officers harmed during the protests. This included nearly every agency that experienced at least one violent protest. In total, over the course of the civil unrest from May to July, more than 2,000 officers sustained injuries in the line of duty. One agency reported 50 officers being injured in a single week of protests. Another agency reported that 462 of their officers were injured during the protests in their jurisdiction.
Police Use of Force was proportionate to the level of violence and civil disobedience experienced by every agency and law enforcement as a whole demonstrated tremendous restraint in their response to the 2020 protests.
Read the entire report here.
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1) Vivian Zayas holds on to the walker that belonged to her recently deceased mother, Ana Martinez, while her family prays before Thanksgiving dinner, on November 26, 2020, in Deer Park, New York. Ana Martinez died from COVID-19 on April 1, at age 78, while recovering at a nursing home from a knee replacement. The family is having their traditional meal of turkey, yams, green beans, and rice and beans—but Zayas removed a seat from the table and put her mother’s walker in its place. Photo: John Minchillo / AP
2) Janis and Uri Segal smile as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a virtual zoom with their family before a small dinner together as they try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Detroit, Michigan, November 26, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Emily Elconin
3) A family celebrates Thanksgiving outside in Hermosa Beach, California. Grandmothers Ann Anderson, in green and G.G., in purple, had their own table. Photo: Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Time/Shutterstock
4) Jessica and John Franz prepare Thanksgiving dinner in Olathe, Kansas, while their daughters, Quinn and Molly, talk with family members on Thanksgiving Day. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP
5) Family members wave goodbye to Barbara Farrior, 85, after visiting her at her nursing home in New York on Thanksgiving. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale was featuring drive-up visits so that families could connect with their loved ones celebrating the holiday alone. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP
6) President Trump holds a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military. While he repeated allegations of electoral fraud, many social media commentators focused on his unusually small desk. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters
7) In Huntington Beach, California, demonstrators wave flags along the Pacific Coast Highway during a protest against the new overnight Covid-19 curfew being introduced in California. Photograph: Marcio José Sánchez/AP
8) A supporter of President Donald Trump speaks to a police officer as he waits for Trump to depart the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, November 21. Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
9) A volunteer is examined by Cira 3, a remote-controlled robot that runs tests on suspected coronavirus patients to limit human exposure to the virus, amid a second wave of infections in Tanta, Egypt, November 18. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
10) In Bayonne, France, a bar owner opens casks of beer in front of a local administration center as he stages a protest against the nationwide lockdown. Photograph: Bob Edme/AP
11) A Palestinian woman stands next to her house in a slum on the outskirts of Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: AP
12) An internally displaced boy sits outside his shelter during snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters
13) A snowy owl perches next to a chimney on a rooftop in a residential neighborhood, where it’s been seen for more than a week, on November 20, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. Snowy owls spend summers in the Arctic, and many migrate in winter to southern Canada and the northern half of the contiguous United States, though they’re seen more often in windswept fields or dunes than cities. Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP
14) A red deer lifts his hoof toward a member of the public as they enter their car in the Highlands in Glen Coe, Scotland, on November 26, 2020. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty
15) In Muscat, Oman, Maryam al-Balushi feeds some of her pets at her home. Despite complaints from neighbors and mounting expense, she has accumulated 480 cats and 12 dogs, and describes her pets as a mood-lifter and better companions than her fellow humans. Photograph: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images
16) British musician Paul Barton plays the piano for monkeys that occupy abandoned historical areas in Lopburi, Thailand. Photo: Reuters
17) In Bristol, England, a stag on the Ashton Court Estate reacts as magpies and crows feed on ticks from its fur in crisp and cold autumnal weather. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA
18) Fluffy toy panda bears as part of the art installation “Panda mie” by Italian restaurant owner Giuseppe “Pino” Fichera sit over beers at his restaurant “Pino’s” to raise awareness of the COVID-19 lockdown’s business impact on gastronomy in Frankfurt, Germany, November 24. Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
19) In Doncaster, England, a staff member checks the winter illuminations at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The park is hoping to reopen with the display on 3 December if lockdown restrictions allow. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
20) Travelers take to the roads ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the COVID-19 outbreak in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 24, 2020. Photo: Reuters
21) A woman walks in a snow-covered forest after a snowfall, outside Moscow, Russia, on November 21, 2020. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP / Getty
22) Corn and Cob, two turkeys from Iowa who are expected to be pardoned by President Trump in an annual Thanksgiving tradition, check into the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, November 23. Photo: AP
23) The National Thanksgiving Turkey Corn stands by as President Donald Trump speaks during the 73rd annual presentation and pardoning in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, November 24. In the Rose Garden, Trump pardoned the 42-pound turkey named Corn as part of an annual presidential ritual, the sparing of a turkey from American dinner tables on the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay
24) Wild turkeys cross a street on the eve of Thanksgiving in Staten Island, New York, November 25, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
25) The “Boss Baby” balloon is deflated as it ends its appearance during the modified Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 26, 2020. The annual parade took place, but only after significant changes made because of the ongoing pandemic. Photo: Craig Ruttle / AP
26) The Radio City Rockettes rehearse for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The traditional parade took place without spectators this year. Photo: Peter Kramer/NBC
27) Cali Hammer and her brother Bryce take a photo with Santa, who was behind a plexiglass partition at a Cabela’s store in Tilden Township, Pennsylvania, on November 20. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images
28) First Lady Melania Trump departs after welcoming the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree outside the White House in Washington, November 23. Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay
29) Chocolate Santas wearing protective face masks are seen in the workshop of the Hungarian confectioner Laszlo Rimoczi, in Lajosmizse, Hungary, on November 20, 2020. Photo: Bernadett Szabo / Reuters
30) Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s fumble in overtime last Sunday set up sudden death, and the Indianapolis Colts’ Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 39-yard field goal to seal a 34-31 comeback win against the Packers. Green Bay’s collapse sent their record to 7-3, knocking them out of the top spot in the NFC playoffs seeding behind New Orleans (8-2). Photo: Indianapolis Star
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They haven’t gone away. Just a few from the past week.
This is a real shocker. From the Media Research Center. Here’s an excerpt:
The left-wing news media didn’t just poison the information environment with their incessantly negative coverage of President Trump going into the 2020 election. They also refused to give airtime to important arguments of the Republican campaign — both pro-Trump and anti-Biden — which meant millions of voters cast their ballots knowing only what the media permitted them to know about the candidates.
To measure the true effect of the media’s censorship on the election, the Media Research Center asked The Polling Company to survey 1,750 Biden voters in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), six of which (all but North Carolina) were called for Biden (survey details below). We tested these voters’ knowledge of eight news stories — all important topics that our ongoing analysis had shown the liberal news media had failed to cover properly. We found that a huge majority (82%) of Biden voters were unaware of at least one of these key items, with five percent saying they were unaware of all eight of the issues we tested.
The results are staggering. Read the entire report here.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“They cheated. It was a fraudulent election. This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country. And this election has to be turned around, because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.”
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!”
President Donald Trump said on Friday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden can only enter the White House as the next commander-in-chief if he is able to prove votes were not “fraudulently or illegally obtained.”
“An unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots were cast this year, and practically everyone expected that this would result in a higher-than-usual rate of ballots being rejected for various flaws, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or missing information. In Pennsylvania, tens or hundreds of thousands of ballots were likely to be rejected, based on historical patterns. Instead, a mere 0.03 percent of mail-in ballots were ultimately rejected—somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,000 votes.
“Considering that a significant majority of mail-in votes were cast for Biden, the Democrat candidate benefited handsomely from this discrepancy. But how did this anomaly happen?
“It turns out that election officials in Democrat strongholds such as Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Philadelphia County, and Philadelphia’s collar counties—particularly Delaware County—exceeded their authority in order to give voters preferential treatment that wasn’t afforded to voters in Republican-leaning areas of the state.
“Specifically, election workers illegally ‘pre-canvassed’ mail-in ballots to determine whether they were missing a secrecy envelope or failed to include necessary information. When ballots were found to be flawed, voters were given an opportunity to correct, or ‘cure,’ their ballots to make sure they counted. In at least some cases, Democrat Party officials were even given lists of voters to contact about curing their ballots.
“Election officials in Republican-leaning counties rightly interpreted this as a violation of Pennsylvania’s election code, but Democrat Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance authorizing the illegal practices despite lacking the statutory authority to do so.”
“What I wonder is: assuming there was electoral hanky-panky in 2020, and assuming that, somewhere out there, conclusive evidence to prove it exists, the question is whether Democrats and Trump haters would even care. Would their devotion to Democratic norms and electoral integrity override their animus for all things Trump, and would they therefore concede defeat graciously, or would they instead dig in their heels, close their eyes and ears to the testimony of those who witnessed or participated in such fraud, and assert, against all reason, that Biden won, Biden won, Biden won, and — oh, by the way — BIDEN WON!!!
“We all intuitively know the answer. For the Left, and for the political, cultural, and economic establishment in this country, absolutely nothing matters — nothing — more than the destruction of Donald Trump and his movement.“
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York
“We do need to get along, but conservatives aren’t interested in enabling an abusive relationship. We’re not going to apologize that we brought out the worst in the left by existing any more than an abused spouse should apologize for ‘angering’ their partner to the point of getting physical. If leftists want to change the nature of the relationship with conservatives they should start with acknowledging that they’re the ones who soured it in the first place.
“On a national level, that seems unlikely since there’s too much money and high ratings in the current relationship. On a personal level, maybe we start by getting over the petty. It is, after all, Thanksgiving. So, until liberals get it (and maybe they never will), I’ll start by ignoring my best friend’s Trump Tourette’s and at least pretend he’s happy for me, unless and until the opposite is proven. I suggest others do the same. We’ve forgiven each other for worse over the years. Politics goes on forever, life does not. When it comes to the people closest to you, it’s too damn short to live it any differently.”
Talk show host and author Derek Hunter
“I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous. I wish I had a couple of those softball questions when I was in the briefing room. I don’t remember any reporter at any point ever setting up any type of friendly questions the way they do with Joe Biden. I don’t know why I should be surprised.
“Yeah, I don’t think anybody’s surprised. They gave him a free pass during the entire campaign process. He most of the time didn’t even take questions. When they finally did they were scripted and very short.
“But it is still astonishing to see the difference in the way that the press treats Joe Biden versus the way they’ve treated President Trump over the last not just four years but the last probably five and a half.”
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the “difference” in the media’s treatment of President-elect Joe Biden compared to President Donald Trump “astonishing” during an appearance on Fox News’ “Watters’ World.”
“Today, listening to some of the populist leaders we now have, I am reminded of the 1930s, when some democracies collapsed into dictatorships seemingly overnight. We see it happening again now in rallies where populist leaders excite and harangue crowds, channeling their resentments and hatreds against imagined enemies to distract from the real problems.”
Pope Francis in his upcoming new book
“Officials are ordering children be forced back into the virtual dungeons they inhabited from March through July. It is unconscionable that these de facto oligarchs are telling parents what is best for their children, particularly where the science proves that giving those parents a choice is a legitimate alternative.
“We are seeing cases of serious psychic and psychological damage being caused by these unnecessary shutdowns, with young children losing the social skills that they were just starting to develop in elementary and middle schools. We are seeing kids who are channeling the stress and anxiety of the adults around them but without the coping mechanisms that come with maturity. We are watching as young boys and girls are not only missing out on the benefits of proximity and kinship, of interaction and reaction, but are becoming fearful little vessels of apprehension.
“This is wrong. And the fact that it is being done under the guise of ‘protecting children’ and reducing the spread is as dishonest as it is reprehensible.”
Attorney and columnist Christine Flowers
“China, by far, has the highest caseload and death rate. It’s where this virus originated. They brought in incinerators into Wuhan at the outset, which we all know weren’t used to destroy trash. So, enough with this ‘US is the worst hit by COVID’ crap. It’s not. Second, the era of the expert is done. No one is listening. If Trump was never elected, or if COVID hit in 2017, we would have had a much more rational approach to this virus. Instead, the liberal media and the Democrats weaponized it, locked down the states they control without the proper vetting of the data and led to the destruction of countless businesses…for nothing.”
Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
“I’ve always been someone who felt we (Hollywood actors) are court jesters. That’s what we do. As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character. There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.”
Actor Kurt Russell
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Where is the evidence?
Stay home Thanksgiving. Unless you’re a Democrat.
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
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