The Justice Department won’t be charging the officers who shot Alton Sterling to death last July in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Post. Sterling’s shooting was one of two police shootings of black men caught on video within the space of a couple days last summer; the day after Sterling was shot, video posted to Facebook Live showed the aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile, a school cafeteria manager, during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

The police who shot Sterling in the parking lot of a convenience store said he resembled the description of a man reported to have been threatening someone with a gun. Video shows that while police held Sterling face-down on the pavement, one shouted “He’s got a gun!” and then Sterling was shot dead. Sterling did have a gun in his front pocket; the officers claimed he was was reaching for it before the cops shot him, although the store owner who witnessed the shooting said he only saw the police removing the gun from Sterling’s pocket after it was all over and Sterling was dead.

The Justice Department so far has had no comment on the reported decision not to charge the officers. In the week following the shootings of Sterling and Castile, a deranged sniper shot and killed five police officers in Dallas near the end of a march protesting police violence. And then three Baton Rouge cops were killed by a black man who believed in a bizarre stew of black nationalism, self-improvement jargon, and sovereign citizen ideology. When Barack Obama said it was possible to mourn slain police officers and ordinary citizens shot by police, rightwingers were outraged that Barack Obama didn’t support police at all. In November of 2016 Donald Trump was elected President on a campaign of promising to be the Law And Order president.

The perceived lack of communication between the DOJ and people in Baton Rouge leading up to the decision not to charge the officers — Justice has had no contact with local police or government, nor has it contacted Sterling’s family — has raised tensions in the city, according to Democratic congressman Cedric L. Richmond, who wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week,

The Department of Justice’s failure to communicate with the community has created angst and nervousness, and I fear carries the potential for increased tension between the community and law enforcement […] It is inappropriate and against the interests of public safety . . . to allow this level of uncertainty to continue.

Yeah, whatever. “Communication” was Barack Obama’s thing, and this is the era of the New Cruelty. You’ll be told of the Justice Department’s decision when the Justice Department is good and ready, and you’ll like it. And if there are any demonstrations, they’ll be called riots regardless of whether there’s any rioting (and please, no rioting, please).

In other Cops-Shooting-Americans news, former cop Michael Slager has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating the civil rights of Walter Scott two years ago when Slager shot Scott to death in North Charleston, South Carolina. Slager was caught on cell phone video firing eight shots into Scott’s back as Scott tried to run away from Slager, who insisted he feared for his life from the departing unarmed black man.

Slager could face up to life in prison on the civil rights charge; he was also charged with murder in a state court; following a hung jury in December, the guilty plea on the federal charge will end any further court action against him:

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask the court to apply sentencing guidelines that in effect would be for a second-degree murder charge. Notably, the deal expressly allows prosecutors to urge Judge David C. Norton, who did not immediately set a sentencing hearing, to order Mr. Slager to spend the rest of his life in prison.

“The Department of Justice will hold accountable any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights of our citizens by using excessive force,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Such failures of duty not only harm the individual victims of these crimes; they harm our country, by eroding trust in law enforcement and undermining the good work of the vast majority of honorable and honest police officers.”

Only a very, very cynical person would think the plea deal in the shooting of Walter Scott will now be held up every time the feds choose not to prosecute other cops, thus proving the DOJ is still very concerned about police shooting American citizens to death.

Finally, the Texas cop who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy through the passenger window of a car driving away from the officer has been fired by Balch Springs Police Department. Chief Jonathan Haber said Tuesday night, “From our policies, which I went by, there were violations. I acted on them,” so that’s a start. No charges have yet been filed against the cop, Roy Oliver, who

shot his rifle into a vehicle full of teenagers Saturday night as they were driving away from a party. Jordan Edwards was fatally struck in the head, with his brothers beside him in the vehicle.

After originally reporting the vehicle had been aggressively driving toward officers, Balch Springs’ police chief said video footage showed the teenagers were driving away when Oliver opened fire.

Yes, imagine that — the video evidence showed something completely different from cops’ initial reports. After holding a press conference that went only with Oliver’s account of what happened, police later retracted that version as facts became clearer. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said police had also held Jordan’s brother in jail overnight after the shooting; police claimed they had jailed him to question about the shooting. Oh, and there’s more:

Meritt said police also detained Jordan’s father when he showed up at the station asking about his children.

“Balch Springs PD called the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and asked if they could restrain Jordan’s father because of his hostile behavior,” he said.

A man was angry after police shot his son for the crime of riding in a vehicle that was driving away? That’s unthinkable! Arrest him before he bulks up to three times his normal size and starts destroying the police station with his hands.

Still, the department fired the cop right quick, and there could even be charges, maybe, possibly. We’ll keep you updated. Make sure you have liquor on hand as we head into the summer. Everything should be fine.

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  • elviouslyqueer

    To repeat from yesterday: Fuck Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, preferably with something resembling a rusty chainsaw.

    • Rick Hill

      I think this is a two pronged attack by them, or at least a defense and attack. Of course they have each other’s backs but, what better way to create unrest and disobedience than to have a segment of the population know that the law does not protect them? Get that race war going here, if they can’t get that Korean guy to start a war overseas.

      • Contemplative Ron

        It’s heartening to know that, if a race war were to start, there’d be one FUCK of a lot of defections from the ‘white’ camp.

    • OddMan

      Lube it up with some votes.

    • willi0000000

      from now until the end of time . . . may all of his shits be hedgehogs.

  • msanthropesmr

    Make American white again.

    • Rick Hill

      Or, at the least, go down kicking and screaming

    • Ezio

      Make America not racist for the first time, is more like it.

      • Contemplative Ron

        That would be nice. You-all ought to try that some time.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        If the right succeeded in eliminating all non-white people from the country, their base would just go after the gays or the women. Someone. They always have to have someone to hate.

    • Oblios_Cap

      And male. Because white males have been banned from positions of power too long!

  • proudgrampa

    Oh, yeah. The liquor cabinet is stocked and beer is in the fridge.

    Gonna need a lot of liquor this summer.

    Everything should be just fine…

    • Rick Hill

      Sorry, you only have enough on hand to make it through May

      • proudgrampa

        I have a “drink and replace” plan.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          You might want to think about that, in view of the possible liquor store shortages….

          • proudgrampa

            Well, I do have a BIG basement for storage…

          • BrianW

            More importantly, do you have plenty of replacement livers lined up yet?

          • proudgrampa

            Naaah. Trumpcare’s gonna give me all the livers I want! ;-()

          • BrianW

            And that right there is the definition of Blind (Drunk) Faith.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Groucho Marx was over at W. C. Fields house, and Fields’ attic was filled with cases of whiskey. Groucho said, “Bill, what’s with all the booze? Prohibition’s over.”

            “it could come back,” Fields answered.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Last night, I walked into a wine/beer outlet in ohio and asked, “do you sell wine here?” Because I think it’s funny. Then I had a lenghthy conversation with my 19 year old daughter about the beautiful blown glass bongs on display. Bottom line: I am not my mothers child, but my daughter is me made over.

      • proudgrampa

        That is cool! proudgramma thinks the prouddaughter is nothing like her, but I try to tactfully point out that, yes she is.

  • Mpeg

    Meritt said police also detained Jordan’s father when he showed up at the station asking about his children.

    I have no words….

    • proudgrampa

      Yup. That’s one of those “commenting for radicals” things…

  • Chadwells

    I’m gonna say shit that’ll get me in trouble. I was raised to respect police. Now that I’m an oldz…and after several “interactions” with fucking pig cops….fuck that noise and fuck the police.

    Also….no one should be surprised by the Sterling development. Sessions is a cunt and as far as he’s concerned…black guy with gun deserved to die no matter what.

    It makes me fucking sick to my stomach and I hurt so much for his family.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Only white people are allowed to exercise 2A rights. All others deserve to be shot….even if their gun is a toy.

  • baconzgood
    • h4rr4r

      I might have relatives in there with you.
      They let you have internet service?

      Has this device been up your butt?

      • baconzgood

        No. we don’t have internet service. I’m doing this all with magnets.

        • h4rr4r

          Have the magnets been in your butt?

          • Oblios_Cap

            I hope they don’t attract his buddy the Douche Hat.

        • Oblios_Cap


  • Marceline

    To every person out there who sat home, voted third party or ever uttered the words, “Both parties are the same” please go fuck yourself. And a special “fuck you” to those who have suddenly decided that civil rights are “identity politics.”

    • Ezio

      Exactly. And I’ve seen countless articles after the election telling us how we should empathize with Trump voters who felt “alienated”, but very little articles asking Trump voters to empathize with the People of Color, Women, LGBT folks or Muslims who now have to live with their stupid decision.

    • h4rr4r

      I must disagree, civil rights are important to my identity as a human being. I support them for all, because otherwise I would not be able to identify as a human being.

      • Parakeetist


    • canes_pugnaces

      My feeling exactly. Where is Jill Fucking Stein today?

      • h4rr4r

        Probably still being a useful idiot for Russia. Which is what she has been doing since we called Russia the USSR.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Having $20 lattes with Susan Sarandon in Beverly Hills and endorsing the grift checks people sent her for her phony voter fraud lawsuits.

        • Beverleywdenney

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      • SadDemInTex

        Fuck her….no just fucking forget her

    • SadDemInTex

      OMG if I hear “identity politics” one more time out of the mouth of the Russian (not an American citizen) “friend” I have who has been in this country TWENTY FIVE years I’m going to do something very rash.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Nothing sudden about it, now they just have cover for saying it.

  • canes_pugnaces

    I strongly suspect that the prosecutor made a backroom plea deal which closed the door on appeal. It’s frustrating but not the worst outcome.

  • Chadwells

    Also…brilliant fucking idea to give the dumbest, bottom of the barrel human beings a gun and a badge.

    Maybe we implement a fucking IQ requirement…and NOT the way it currently is where that can’t be above a certain IQ.


    • ariel_gee_398

      And while we’re at it, how about we have an iq test and mental health screening before we put someone in charge of nukes…

      • SayItWithWookies

        Now that would be simply unfair to campaign contributors.

      • Chadwells

        THAT TOO!!!

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Now that’s just crazy talk!

    • YoBunnyBunny

      How ’bout some “emotional intelligence” training, too? LEOs could not only prevent a lot of fuckshit like this from happening in the first place but also not exacerbate the fuck out of this situations after the fact if they only knew how to treat people who are not them like actual people and have some damn empathy.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    I have no words. I’m mentally vomiting right now.

  • memzilla Ω

    The Department of Justice will hold “accountable” any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights of our citizens* by using excessive force.

    I have helpfully inserted the punctuation marks in this boilerplate claptrap, and we all know what the disclaimer is that the asterisk after “citizens” points to.

  • Crystalclear12

    That article earlier this year about buying in bulk has really helped with my liquor costs😊

  • The Librarian

    I’m a law abiding citizen but when I read about this shit I’m all “Fuck Tha Police”.

  • Ezio

    And this, my friends, is the reason why Black Lives Matter needs to exist in the first place.

    Screw all these jackasses who get on YouTube or Fox or wherever with their talking points that minority groups demanding their humanity be respected and calls for police accountability are “the same thing as the KKK”.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    It never ends, does it?

  • cheetojeebus

    You’ve killed a young man, so you jail one of his brothers who was sitting next to him when he was shot in the head with a fucking rifle? Then jail a grieving father? Way to completely destroy a family and insure a lifetime of pain for the survivors you fucked up mother fucking lily white fucking shitbags.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      9/10 needs more fucks

      • FlownΩver

        True. Where’s Samuel L. when you need him?

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Kid must’ve had some Skittles on him somewhere to get shot like that. We haven’t heard the whole story yet!

    • Ezio

      Murderous cop apologists: “We don’t know the whole story yet! Stop jumping to conclusions!”

      Also murderous cop apologsts: “Well the officer said he looked suspicious and threatening! Good riddance to that thug!”

      They talk out of two sides of their mouth.

  • OddMan

    I have a bad feeling that this is going to be a long hot summer of riots and upheaval. The recent shooting in Dallas will not be the last, and the incredible racist inaction of the Jeff Sessions Justice Department will add fuel to the fire. On top of that put the crazy reactions by Our Dear Lord Dampnut™ and I see a recipe for unrest not unlike the 60’s, except much worse, because the cops have become militarized.


    • alwayspunkindrublic

      No lack of irony that his is happening close to the anniversary of the Rodney King beating and ensuing riots. Cops must see that video as an instruction manual instead of a cautionary tale.

  • Suttree

    Red stick is a fucked up place! By a show of hands, who has been there?

    • Fidel Jack Tenhet

      Yeah, Baton Rouge is eight degrees of fucked up. Thirty years ago, there was a huge billboard there, If I remember correctly, that pretty much said “N—–r, don’t let the sun go down on you in this town”.

      • Suttree

        I used to go there every weekend from NOLA. There was a 5 dollar bus

        • Contemplative Ron

          Now you know why it was only $5.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I lived in a small Kentucky town right across the river from Cincinnati in the 90s that had been “cleared” of POC with a similar mindset – no billboard, but the actions of the police made it clear that residing there while black was a punishable offense. Fuck these fucked-up pieces of shit – not just the police but the community that actively supports them.

        • Fidel Jack Tenhet

          Yeah, anyone who doesn’t #Resist these assholes are supporting them through silence, at best.

          A lot of people with way less hope of changing things put their lives on the lines for anyone to use being afraid as an excuse anymore.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    “Excuse me sir…sorry for wasting your time, but I believe that my son has been murdered by one of your officers. I know I’m only a black citizen you’ve sworn to protect and serve, but when you get a minute, do you think you could look into it and get back to me at your earliest convenience?”

    • Suttree
    • Beanz&Berryz

      I didn’t know that black and citizen could be used together.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        There should be a new Executive Order about that any day now.

    • Contemplative Ron

      Sounds pretty uppity to ME.

  • schmannity

    Oh look! A sale at Sam’s Club, just in time for the Second Trimester of Trump.

    • chortlingdingo

      Is that $10 grand for the entire barrel? The words are blurry.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      If only I had 10,000 friends to each loan me a dollar.

  • Oblios_Cap

    A man was angry after police shot his son for the crime of riding in a vehicle that was driving away? That’s unthinkable!
    I’m surprised that wasn’t (another) capital offense, like being too slow to obey a police person.

  • TJ Barke
  • Well, I’m shocked that Jeff Sessions wouldn’t charge a police officer for shooting a black man. Just shocked.

  • Dutchman

    Also too, there seems to be no mention that these events are the perfect intervening scenario for Twitler’s Reichstag Fire.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “What does the alternative video show?”
    — Donald Trump

    • Mike Rhodes

      If you run the video backwards, the car is clearly driving toward the cop.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        And the cop was clearly trying to bring the kid back to life!

        • Contemplative Ron

          He bravely extracted the bullet from his body with his AR-15 Bullet Extractor.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        “I buried Paul”

      • alpacapunchbowl

        I admit, when I heard about the lie, it crossed my mind that the cops maybe thought they could get away with it despite their body cams by trying to pull some kind of claim that the video malfunctioned and the kids driving away was the backwards version. I know, I know, taillights, but in addition to being racist fucks they’re clearly dumb as shit.

    • phoenix00

      Let’s check in with Sean Spicer, once he’s done explaining The Wall.

  • Crank Tango

    WTF, why does a cop even have a rifle to go break up a party?

    • h4rr4r

      WTF, why does a cop even have a rifle to go break up a party?


      • Crank Tango

        Northridge BofA changed everything?

        • h4rr4r

          It should not have. Certainly not in some town in Texas no one has ever heard of.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      You must’ve missed the part about “black teenagers”.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        I hear they get mutant super powers after they have iced tea and skittles, like Popeye and spinach, right???

    • OddMan

      Probably because the police department got hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy every damn cop car a brand new AR-15. THE weapon of choice for the discriminating cop, everywhere.

      Selecting a Patrol Rifle: A Systems Approach

    • Nockular cavity


    • foreign agitator Captain Kraut

      Well, it’s cause of ‘merica, I think.

      When our local cops remind people having parties that they have neighbours who’d like to sleep, they come armed with a stern look and lots of patience. It usually works allright, with the only casualties being the host’s punk rock credibility or the cop’s patience, sometimes both.

  • Fidel Jack Tenhet

    Well, this administration does love them some Dutere stayle law-and-order and we spell that law-and-order “extra judicial killings”.

    Yeah, when cops decide to just, you know, murder people without any kind of due process, that’s as extra-judicial as a killing can get.

  • La forza del resistino

    Jefferson Sessions shakes his head and wonders what America has come to when you can’t shoot a niggrah in the back fleeing from a misdemeanor broken taillight charge.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Except no alcohol was involved.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    After holding a press conference that went only with Oliver’s account of what happened, police later retracted that version as facts became clearer.

    But I thought it was The Blacks who were always jumping to conclusions about what did and did not happen.

    What pisses me off the most about these situations is that the LEOs are clearly NOT learning to handle these situations any better. Presumably because with King Cleetus in charge at DOJ, they don’t have to. With the plethora of camera phones, dash and officer cams, they could at least declare they can’t comment because they’re investimagating, which isn’t any better because it smacks of blue code of silence. But to declare definitively it was kids the fault only to later declare they “misspoke” is the most offensive of bumblefucks. NO, you didn’t “mispeak”, you used your position of authority to advance your own narrative, evidence be damned.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    You know, as a white lady of a certain age, I’d be willing to bet that if I had to go to the police station because my son had been shot somehow, I wouldn’t be arrested. Call it a hunch.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      And, of course, being white, you wouldn’t be acting all agitated and uppity, like “those” people tend to do.

    • Zwadny Zigashits

      Don’t be too sure. They arrested and are prosecuting a white lady for laughing at Sessions during his confirmation hearing.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Reichwing: Susan Rice lied to us! She tried to put forward a false narrative about the causes of the Benghazi massacre! Hang her! Burn the witch! Investigate Hillary for eleventy thousand million hours and find nothing, then do it all over again!
    Also reichwing: Well, it’s understandable that in the aftermath of a group of black thugs committing the crime of driving away from the police, resulting in the accidental discharge of the officer’s rifle and the probably-justified death of one of the thugs, the police department’s initial statement was a little unclear.

  • Mavenmaven

    Progress, in Jeff Sessions youth instead of shooting him he might have lynched them all, and he wouldn’t have had to say nothin’ to nobody.

  • Suttree
  • Cogswell, Precious Snowflake

    When Jeff Sessions was told he has a case of arrested development, he replied, “I’ve never been arrested for anything in my life!”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Jeff, you’ve made a huge mistake. Also, too, there’s money in the banana stand!

  • OddMan

    This morning’s 202 had a paragraph that struck me . . let that number sink in.
    — A Texas police officer was fired for fatally shooting an unarmed black 15-year-old last weekend, after an internal affairs investigation concluded he violated multiple department policies. Jacob Edwards was a high school freshman and is the youngest of the 333 people who were shot and killed by police so far this year.

    • dshwa

      Cops haven’t shot that many people in any other Western Democracy over the course of a decade. Hell, they haven’t even fired 333 bullets in most of them. WTF is wrong with this country?

      • SecludedCompound

        Deep-rooted authoritarian racism and fascistic tendencies that are barely kept restrained?

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Black Lives Matter is a racist organization. Why do you hate cops and Amercia? If only the kid had cooperated, he’d still be alive. Blue lives matter. All lives matter. Did I miss any talking points?

      • Delu

        Yeah the most important one.

        “He deserved it because he was resisting arrest.” (along with everyone else in that car, the boy who died was obviously not the driver).

        You know, even moving away from cops counts as resisting arrest nowadays.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    It’s pretty much a trope on Law and Order that the cops will “coordinate” their initial reports to cover the ass of a colleague with an itchy trigger finger. Body cams and smart phones are making that harder and harder to pull off all the time.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Um, isn’t what you just described classified as a crime?

      • HarpyLibtart

        Not when cops do it.

  • JustDon’tSayFlatEarth

    Former Dallasite. Balch Springs is not a place to expect policing to resemble anything post-1950 or so. Can other Dallasites give an Amen?

  • Bitter Scribe

    That shitstain in SC would be a sergeant now if it hadn’t been for that guy with the cellphone.

    It’s really chilling to think of how cellphone video is one of the few things standing between us and utter tyranny.

    • Contemplative Ron

      Expect an EO or something that disallows video as evidence.

    • China has found out about that themselves. Might be a reason for all the censoring they do.
      What Ron said

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Go ahead, conservatives. Tell me that police murder is Just A Risk You Take when you misbehave to any degree (down to and including an underage house party). Tell me that while yapping out the other side of your mouth about Lost Fredumz because of a $72 increase in the school tax levy. I fucking DARE you.

  • nightmoth

    What a handsome boy Jordan was, and what a beautiful smile. I am so fucking sad and angry right now. I hope that every single one of my cracker neighbors with a “Back the Blue” sign in their yard gets pulled over by the cops for something and has the shit kicked out of them. But they won’t, of course, even if they’re drunk and take a swing at the cops, because WHITE.

    • Lily412

      Saw a “blue lives matter” sticker on a car the other day. No shit, buddy; no one said they didn’t matter. But cops aren’t being disproportionately harassed, arrested and killed without consequences.

  • Chadwells

    “DOJ: ‘Insufficient evidence’ to prosecute cops who shot Sterling”

    Right…because the business owner who is a fucking eyewitness who stood 10 feet away and the video wasn’t good enough. GTFOH.

  • Lily412

    Almost all of these cases involved video footage. I shudder to think of all the fucked up things cops did when no one was looking. Minorities tried to tell America, but we wouldn’t listen.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      All the upfists on the internets aren’t enough to thank you for this post.

  • Charlie Baines

    Are lived,Obvious don’t matter. Especially if you are a minority of color. You even have brain wash minorities of different races, Believing the hatred of the Republican President, Donald Trump. This sick bastard is a poor excuse for, Commander and chief, Heading this country in to hell. His sick ass office officials, Ain’t shit. Backing dirty ass Murdering cops.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Meritt said police also detained Jordan’s father when he showed up at the station asking about his children.

    “Balch Springs PD called the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and asked if they could restrain Jordan’s father because of his hostile behavior,” he said.

    What were they worried about? Everyone knows black men don’t care about their children.

  • Parakeetist

    Okay, I’m crying now.

    • SeeTrain65

      We all are.

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