R.I.P. Heather Heyer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/heather-heyer-charlottesville-victim.html

Heather Heyer, Charlottesville Victim, Called ‘a Strong Woman’

August 13, 2017




Heather D. Heyer was killed on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., after a car crashed into demonstrators protesting a white supremacy rally. Credit Heather Heyer, via Facebook, via Reuters

Heather D. Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd that was protesting a rally of white nationalists, was a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised and was often moved to tears by the world’s injustices, her supervisor said.

“Heather was a very strong woman,” said Alfred A. Wilson, manager of the bankruptcy division at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, where Ms. Heyer worked as a paralegal. He said she stood up against “any type of discrimination. That’s just how she’s always been.”

Mr. Wilson said in an interview on Sunday that he found her at her computer crying many times.

“Heather being Heather has seen something on Facebook or read something in the news and realized someone has been mistreated and gets upset,” he said.

A couple of years ago, she was dating someone who became agitated after learning that Mr. Wilson was black and that they were friends.

“She just didn’t like the way he was judging me as a minority male that’s doing well for myself,” Mr. Wilson said, adding that Ms. Heyer stopped seeing the man after that.

Mr. Wilson hired Ms. Heyer at the recommendation of a friend. She had a high school diploma but did not have a background in law. She was working as a bartender and waitress, but he said she had an eye for detail and was “a people person.”

“If you can get people to open up to you, that’s what I need,” he told her. “I’ll teach you everything about the law you need to know.”

Her only flaw, he said with a laugh was that she liked to sleep late. “I had to change my office work hours just to meet her schedule,” he said.

She worked to improve herself by taking classes and studying.

“If she’s going to do something, she made sure she understood it,” he said. She was so devoted that during her first two years on the job she didn’t take any vacations, he said.

“To have someone like Heather believe in you, that’s one of the best things that could happen to you as a person,” Mr. Wilson said.

She lived alone with her Chihuahua, Violet, who was named after her favorite color.

Ms. Heyer and other paralegals at the firm attended the protest in Charlottesville, where she lived. They were walking together when a car crashed into the crowd.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death, the police said.

Charlottesville, in a statement about Ms. Heyer, said: “This senseless act of violence rips a hole in our collective hearts. While it will never make up for the loss of a member of our community, we will pursue charges against the driver of the vehicle that caused her death and are confident justice will prevail.”

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August 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Racism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

After Boston Judge Lisa A. Grant saved two-time bank robber Bampumim Teixeira from being deported, Teixeira murdered two doctors in Boston

Bampumim Teixeirais is a legal immigrant who was convicted of two bank robberies in Boston, Massachusetts. During both robberies, although he threatened to shoot people, he did not actually have a gun.

Normally, a person who is convicted of two bank robberies would spend quite a few years in jail.

But Teixeirais’s judge was social justice warrior Lisa A. Grant. And Judge Grant cares more about criminals than she cares about law abiding people.

Since Judge Grant cares more about criminals than she cares about law abiding people, she sentenced Teixeirais to a combined 364 days in prison for his two bank robbery convictions.

By giving Teixeirais such a ridiculously short sentence, Grant saved Teixeirais from being deported.

If an immigrant who is convicted of a crime spends 365 days or longer in prison, then after his sentence is completed, he gets deported. If he spends 364 days or less in prison, then after his sentence is completed, he gets to stay in the U.S. Judge Grant was well aware of this when she sentenced Teixeirais to 364 days in prison.

After Teixeirais got out of prison, he murdered two doctors in Boston.

These two murders are Teixeirais’s fault – but they are also the fault of Judge Grant.

Judge Grant cares more about criminals than she cares about law abiding people, and these two murders are the direct result of her choice to save Teixeirais from being deported.

 

May 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Immigration, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. 6 comments.

Canada frees man who beheaded a stranger on a bus

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CN_CANADA_BUS_BEHEADING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-02-11-11-35-45

Freedom granted to man who beheaded bus passenger in Canada

February 11, 2017

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom.

Manitoba’s Criminal Code Review Board announced Friday it has given Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an absolute discharge, meaning he is no longer subject to monitoring.

Baker, a diagnosed schizophrenic, killed Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was a complete stranger to Baker, in 2008. A year later he was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

McLean’s mother, Carol de Delley, has been outspoken against granting Baker freedom, saying there would be no way to ensure he continued to take his medication.

She declined comment in a post on Facebook Friday, saying “I have no words.”

Baker was initially kept in a secure wing of a psychiatric hospital but was given more freedom every year.

He has been living on his own in a Winnipeg apartment since November, but was still subject to monitoring to ensure he took his medication.

Baker’s doctor, Jeffrey Waldman, told the board earlier this week that he is confident Baker will remain on his medication and will continue to work with his treatment team if released. Waldman testified that Baker knows it’s the medication that keeps his illness at bay.

In a written decision, the review board said it “is of the opinion that the weight of evidence does not substantiate that Mr. Baker poses a significant threat to the safety of the public.”

Waldman said Baker plans to visit his native China if released but would live in Winnipeg for the next two to three years. He is on the waiting list for a post-secondary training program and plans on establishing a career in the city. Baker emigrated to Canada from China in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen four years ago.

Baker sat next to the 22-year-old McLean on the bus after the man smiled at him and asked how he was doing.

Baker said he heard the voice of God telling him to kill the man or “die immediately.”

He repeatedly stabbed McLean while he fought for his life. As passengers fled the bus, Baker continued stabbing and mutilating the body before he was arrested. He severed McLean’s head, displaying it to some of the passengers outside the bus, witnesses said.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that a review board must order an absolute discharge if a person doesn’t pose a significant threat to public safety.

The ruling added there must be clear evidence of a significant risk to the public for the review board to continue imposing conditions after a person is found not criminally responsible.

Opposition Conservative member of Parliament James Bezan also criticized Baker’s release. He said earlier in the week it would be an insult to de Delley and McLean’s other relatives.

Baker’s defenders include Chris Summerville, executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, who has met and worked with him over the years.

“He is no longer a violent person,” Summerville said. “I will say, yes, he absolutely understands that he has to (take his medication) and has a desire to live a responsible, moral life and never succumb to psychotic episodes and not to hurt anybody ever again.”

February 11, 2017. Tags: , , , . Violent crime. 2 comments.

With easy gun access, and 26,000 people, Squirrel Hill has had zero gun murders in the last decade

I live in Pennsylvania, where it’s very easy to get a gun.

My neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, has 26,000 people.

In the last 10 years, there has been only one murder in my neighborhood. This gives it an annual murder rate of 0.4 per 100,000 people. If my neighborhood was its own country, it would have the sixth lowest murder rate of any country in the world.

That one murder consisted of a burglar bludgeoning a 90-year-old homeowner to death. He was convicted after just 14 months, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The burglar was from another neighborhood.

Lest anyone think it is a rich, exclusive neighborhood, the rent for my one bedroom apartment is only $725 a month, and there are quite a few vacancies in my building every summer, as many of the tenants are graduate students from all over the world, who only live here for a few years.

Anyway, I think it’s interesting that in my neighborhood of 26,000 people, where it’s very easy to get a gun, there have been exactly zero gun murders in the past decade.

October 27, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Guns, Pittsburgh, Politics, Squirrel Hill. 7 comments.

I hope this cigarette will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2015/03/20/Officials-say-cigarette-sparked-fatal-motel-fire-westmoreland-hempfield/stories/201503200317

Officials say cigarette sparked fatal motel fire

March 20, 2015

The state police fire marshal today said a cigarette was the cause of a fatal motel fire in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

Timothy Paul Shane, 43, of Hempfield was killed in the fire at the Motel 3 on Route 30 in Adamsburg, according to the county coroner’s office.

State police fire marshal Scott Mackanick ruled the fire an accident and said Mr. Shane was smoking a cigarette that ignited the blaze around 6:30 a.m.

A section of Route 30 was closed in the area of the fire, as was the Irwin exit off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Mr. Shane’s cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results from an autopsy, the fire marshal said.

 

March 20, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Health care, Humor, Pittsburgh, Smoking. Leave a comment.

Video shows police killing non-violent man as he repeatedly says “I Can’t Breathe”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMb-teDR-dI

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Police state, Politics, Violent crime. 6 comments.