Media coverage of the police; another example

Media coverage of Florida melee with police shows how truth is suppressed
Written by Allen West on January 2, 2015

As y’all probably know by now, I grew up in the inner city, Old Fourth Ward, in Atlanta. As I have written here previously, there was a respect and regard for law enforcement officers and police — as reinforced by our parents. But something has broken down, especially in inner city communities — the family, and with that, a lack of respect and regard for authority. Accompanying that is the rise of criminal behavior — sometimes very abhorrent behavior – which too many seem able to carelessly dismiss.

I’m no longer living in Florida, but a recent story out of my ol’ stomping grounds of Palm Beach County is yet another testament to the crumbling inner city.

As reported by both BizPac Reivew and also covered by the Sun-Sentinel, “A Delray Beach, Florida man was stopped Tuesday while walking down the street for suspicion of smoking marijuana in public. Rather than talk to police, the man ran into a nearby home — where it seems a party was being held.”

However, the left-leaning South Florida Sun-Sentinel took a different approach based on the words and video of one Cory Provost, a New York City resident who was visiting Delray Beach over the holidays. As the Sun-Sentinel writes, “A witness to a melee that broke out in Delray Beach on Saturday said the situation became heated when police officers approached a birthday party at a house in the Southwest neighborhood. “Provost said two officers wearing uniforms got out of the car, walked onto the lawn and accused the partygoers of smoking marijuana. Provost said that wasn’t true. There was a lot of shouting back and forth, he said. The residents were asking the cops to leave the yard and they didn’t do so.”

You can watch the raw footage here — and remember that’s only part of the story. (Z; I’m not sure it’s your worth watching for the full ten minutes I watched;  check out the first 3-4 minutes and see the fear in the young cops’ eyes, and hear the partiers yelling  “It’s all on camera!”  “Don’t you touch me!”  “We’re recording this!”  “Don’t you do it”…all references to the fact that cops are all bad now and anything they do is on tape and it doesn’t matter that what the people smoking pot at the party is illegal, of course…the article continues:)

There was a different depiction reported by law enforcement officers. “Police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero late Wednesday said the footage doesn’t show the entire incident. And because only a portion is being shown, police said, it’s not a fully accurate depiction of what happened. Officers smelled marijuana in the area, saw someone who they thought was smoking and followed him into the yard, Guerriero said Tuesday. In an arrest report, officers said the man they saw was a known drug user with whom they’ve had contact in the past.”

But for some reason, the Sun-Sentinel preferred to offer credibility to Mr. Provost who states according to their reporting of their story, “Provost said the situation did get out of hand — for both the partygoers and the police. He said at first, people formed a semi-circle around police questioning them as to why they were there. When police started yelling at them, he said, the people became more agitated and began shuffling around. “Then, a little later on, something was thrown,” he said. “You heard a glass crack, I think a bottle or something was thrown, and I believe it hit the police vehicle.”

Hmm, why would people form a semi-circle around law enforcement officers? That certainly could be deemed a threatening posture. And so it ended up being exactly as Sgt. Guerriero stated, “They formed this shield and started getting aggressive. “Someone hit the officer and pushed him away, they were throwing bottles, they were cursing and screaming at them.” A police cruiser’s windshield was damaged during the skirmish but fortunately no injuries were reported. “The next thing they know, there’s 70 to 75 people out there,” Guerriero said “The officers had to use pepper spray to get the people back.”

The officers had probable cause — open consumption of marijuana in Florida is still illegal — and they investigated. The entire situation could have been diffused but instead a confrontation ensued — seemingly in the face of guilt. Perhaps these officers would have seen this differently if they hadn’t been encircled, blows hadn’t been thrown or their vehicle hadn’t been damaged. As I stated at the beginning, where is the regard and respect not just for law enforcement officers, but for the law, period?

Z:  What do you think about the way things went down and how the media presented it?  And if you watched the video, do you see that fear in their eyes?  These are cops, well trained, but with families at home and amid 75 loaded partiers all yelling and defensive because they’re trying to resist arrest while they blame it all on the cops for having been there at all.    Will cops now just ignore THE LAW in efforts to keep people calm, not to get hurt themselves?  Could we blame them?  You all have heard how much arrests are down in NYC since the protests…something like 85% down!   Can we BLAME THEM?

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31 Responses to Media coverage of the police; another example

  1. C-CS says:

    I’m in a balancing act- we see the police denigrated- which is dangerous-
    and we see the police given too much power via military tanks and et al – which is also dangerous to the ‘common’ citizen–

    So enjoyed talking to you – my Patriot friend–
    C-CS

  2. John M. Berger says:

    “arrests are down in NYC since the protests…something like 85% down! Can we BLAME THEM?”
    Are we facing a very dangerous dichotomy: rampant anarchy vs. a ruthless ‘Police State’?

  3. Mustang says:
    Anyone walking down the street smoking crack is trying to create an incident. My guess is that most police do not see what is going on, or even who is behind it. If police do not wise up, change their tactics, then my guess is that we will become witness to more incidents of ambush and police murder. The scum have become even more brazen with each passing day. From attacking police with an ax, to the public execution of a policeman on the streets of Paris … we should wonder what must come next.
  4. Lisa says:

    That is because we have a black liberal president in th WH who supports these thugs and they know it . Our first black president is a big disgrace to our country. I am sure the rest of the world is seeing it too.
    The media is sickening the way they only tell one side of every story and using terms like a “Black unarmed gentle giant” or in the Zimmerman case a “White Hispanic” and editing the tape that describe TM as a black man without playing the beginning of it where the dispatcher asked for his description. The way they depict these stories is the cops were out gunning for black teens.
    They mortalized the thugs.

  5. Kid says:

    I don’t think they’ll ignore the law, (In NYC, the arrests are down as a protest against deblasio rather than out of fear of incident)
    Personally, I’d say this is a pretty common type of thing with kids protesting authority that has been going on since the 60’s. It’s just that everyone has a cell phone camera now and these incidents are shown to us more these days.
    But I have to add it hasn’t been helpful for people like obama and holder to verbalize over trayvon and mike brown in such a way as to cast serious doubt on the police/Zimmerman action to protect their lives while not making any statements about the racism, violence, and killing coming from the black folks. It adds to desire of the kids to go mob mentality in these kinds of situations.

  6. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang, how would you suggest the police ‘change their tactics”? I don’t think they’ll ignore bigtime crime, but they are more ignoring parking tickets, etc.

    Kid, I think most of the arrests being down are fear of incident… and no, obama hasn’t helped a THING….even made it worse, like Lisa says above.

    John and C-CS… “ruthless police state”? I wonder if it’s the cop on the street who wants military tanks and, of course, I don’t think many departments have them! And, if they do, they have 2, from what I’ve heard.

    We’re walking a very fine line, as we’ve seen this morning in Paris, where we want to support liberty and yet have our liberties at risk because of terror….will we need the tanks against terror and they can also be used against us?
    Who can tell that?

    I couldn’t believe John Kerry said “As the Imam in France said..these men died for liberty” (i paraphrase)…. he had to quote an IMAM?? (and his French accent isn’t as good as I’d have thought…meow!)

  7. silverfiddle says:

    This is how the hooting loonies and flaming nutballs take over the asylum.

    I am a strong civil libertarian, but anarchy isn’t the answer.

  8. geeez2014 says:

    SF….how do we get people to stop anarchy?

  9. silverfiddle says:

    First off, cops allowing mobs to intimidate them like this is just a downward spiral. The police should have called in the storm troopers, bludgeoned the idiots with riot batons and hauled them off to jail.

    The second step is to have robust community oversight of police activities. A dirty little secret is that NYPD has that, and most of the communities supported stop and frisk.

    The third step is to ignore personal behavior that harms no one else. Someone destroying their health and their brain function with dope? Meh… Not worth the cops’ time.

    The police really are the thin blue line, but we are over-policed in areas they shouldn’t even be in, and an other dirty little (not so well-kept) secret coming out is that the NYPD, like many police forces around the nation are performing government-sanctioned shakedowns of citizens by enforcing ridiculous tax codes (Mr. Garner was *gasp* selling single cigarettes, that had already been taxed, btw) and by finding every opportunity to write a ticket and bring that revenue in.

  10. geeez2014 says:

    SF…totally get that and totally agree with you. Until the cops start getting tough, we’re done.
    I was frankly surprised at Paris, though the only reason they apparently could get in was that there was an employee with a child at the front doors and they demanded they get buzzed in…probably threatening the child’s life. I have only heard this mentioned ONCE, so I’m not certain, of course, but it makes sense. What the heck use is a buzzer if someone’s threatening if they don’t buzz in for them? Very sad.
    I’m surprised because I’ve lived there and the cops CAN BE effective…emphasis on CAN BE…unlike us. They CAN stop and frisk and even stop a car and ask to see inside…I’ve seen them kick a closed guitar case of some hippie playing on the Champs Elysee to “open it and let me see inside” and they have to. If you look up, you’ll often see the glint of a rifle on a rooftop on a sunny day. That’s totally legal.
    I remember once when living there a cop at a party told me the cops now get told “You don’t have a warrant!” when they pound on a door they have reason to believe they need to get into (an apt.) and that law only exists here but the French watch our TV cop shows and think it exists there, too. Cracked me up!

  11. Bob says:

    Z: That’s a great story about the French cops. In their history they, like the Brits, have been some of the most cruel cops in history. Remember the movie, “Papillon” with the prisoners on Devils’ Island?

    Mustang’s comment brings to mind some of those cultish films like “Matrix”, “Escape From New York”, and other where the populace is in a situation where it is literally war with law enforcement all the time. Science fiction, fantasy, or whatever you want to call it, in a few years we can all be in rags, grubbing for food, and trying to dodge “The Man” just to stay alive. It’s not that Mustang meant all this stuff, it’s just that today I have a cruddy streak of creativeness going and something he said triggered a mental image of people digging in garbage cans while the cops watch.

    Freaky.

  12. Impertinent says:

    Notice…the POS “potus, #44, declared the 12 Paris murders as a terrorist attack. Fort Hood, the same number of people, our military were shot dead and 33 wounded….ovomits response…”workplace violence”! Ft. Hood…one terrorist same outcome…Paris 3 muslim mutts…same outcome. Why?

  13. Maybe if Hassan had used an RPG?

  14. Impertinent says:

    @ED… did you see these azzhats in Paris with an RPG?

  15. geeez2014 says:

    Bob, isn’t that story funny? I remember finding it hilarious when I was told that….”We have to tell them ‘that’s an American law’, now OPEN UP!” ! HA!!

    Imp; far be it for me to stick by this crap President but he did change from VIOLENCE to TERROR fairly quickly….I think he had to be pushed to it; how stupid can one look, after all? But, of course, no mention of ISLAMIST terror….he’d HATE that.

  16. Kid says:

    Z,……… I gotta chime in. It’s Terrorism when French people are being murdered. It’s workplace violence when White Americans are being murdered by some butthead yelling kaluha snackbar.
    We may get another chance to see ‘workplace violence’ in action in America.

  17. Impertinent says:

    @KID…BADDABING KID. You nailed it…so long as mutt #44 sees it off our shores…then it’s terror. But to his own citizens? man…how I despise this boob, And of course…it’s never, never islimest terror, right?

  18. Bob says:

    Yep! The Kid broke the code!

  19. Imp: that’s what prompted me to say it.

  20. Impertinent says:

    @ED…sorry friend…you lost me. Maybe I’m still partying and in a cloud bank at sea level?

  21. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, agreed.

    Imp; you watching O’Reilly tonight? He nailed it on Islimists and Rudy helped, as usual. Very good points made tonight; I think people ARE finally waking up if they hear these discussions.

    By the way…anybody else notice how prickly O’Reilly’s been the last week or so? he’s always pompous and egomaniacal but he’s almost been mean lately; very short tempered and odd. Anybody notice?

  22. Impertinent says:

    @Z..”Anybody notice?” He sure as hell didn’t want to hear what Duke had to say in his defense, yet he’ll interview Juan or Kirsten and fat al and be respectful. But with Duke…I really think he was afraid for his ratings and his email the next day. He’s not afraid to cal a spade a spade when he comments on black crime….one would surmise that he thinks the KKK is still active and taking out 100 AA’s a day? It ain’t the Klan O’Really…..it’s their own. Maybe they know where he lives?

  23. Impertinent says:

    Does anyone here believe that we haven’t lost freedom of speech already? Or the press for that matter? When was the last time we saw the NY slimes print anything critical of Islime? Or Salon? Or Huffington? or MSLSD. or CNN or ABC and so on.

  24. Kid says:

    IMP, There it is to explain the problem with PC. PC takes away free speech which is why PC is a cancer as evil as islime.

  25. Impertinent says:

    “Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival”. Winston Churchill

    “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks” Samuel Adams

    “The simple truth is that we’ve lost control of our own borders, and no nation can do that and survive.” Ronald Reagan

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” Martin Luther King, Jr

    Really now? Just how far have we come…and really…who is “waking” up? Not us, that’s for sure.

  26. Kid says:

    IMP, and look at what has happened to England since… geeeeeezix

  27. John M. Berger says:

    “he’s always pompous and egomaniacal but he’s almost been mean lately; very short tempered and odd. Anybody notice?”

    ABSOLUTULY – What a pompous ass!

  28. Mustang says:

    @ Imp

    The simple truth is that we have lost control of our own national resolve. What must follow, then, is death to America … suggesting that the American political left and their Islamic masters have won. I’m glad Reagan and others didn’t live to see this ….

  29. John M. Berger says:

    @Mustang,
    “we have lost control of our own national resolve. ”

    Sir, sadly I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad that my uncles and older cousins who participated in WWII, who are gone now can’t see what we have lost. Damnit I don’t know what else to say. I seriously doubt that our present ‘young people’ have a clue of what a “national resolve” is but I bet that they know who some jerk, like Justin …whatever or, young slut, Meeley Cyrus is. Of course these over compensated brats may never have to suffer what is, going to happen to all of the other young people when the debt comes due.

  30. Imp: Initial reports said an RPG was used. I was wrong.

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