airsoft gun Intelwars knife Maryland teen threatened Trooper

Maryland cop fatally shoots teen who allegedly threatened him with what turned out to be an airsoft gun

A Maryland State Police trooper responding to two “suspicious person” calls fatally shot a 16-year-old who allegedly threatened the officer with a knife and what turned out to be an airsoft gun, authorities said Tuesday.

What are the details?

Superintendent Woodrow Jones said during a new conference that the initial 911 caller in Leonardtown reported saying they believed the “guy” had a gun, before hanging up on the dispatcher. The second caller gave a street address for the individual purportedly acting suspiciously.

Jones said that a witness described the teen, Peyton Ham, standing in a driveway in “a shooting stance, pointing a gun at the trooper” when he arrived alone. Ham allegedly told the officer he also had a knife. The officer then shot the teen, wounding him.

According to Jones, another witness claimed “Ham then pulled out a knife and tried to get up,” the Associated Press reported. The trooper says he told Ham to drop the knife, but the teen allegedly refused, so the officer shot him a second time.

Fellow officers who later responded to assist at the scene rendered aid to Ham, who was taken to a hospital and later died.

According to the AP, both the trooper and Ham are white. There is no body camera footage or dashcam footage of the incident.

Maryland State Trooper shoots, kills teen that had a knife and airsoft gun, officials say

Anything else?

Online observers drew a correlation between the Maryland shooting and the 2014 high-profile death of the black 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by an officer in Cleveland while holding what was later found to be an airsoft pistol.

Rice was shot “within two seconds” of officers arriving and seeing the child at Cudell Park, while responding to a report of a man with a gun. The pre-teen’s replica gun was missing the telltale orange tip that is typically affixed to the non-lethal toy guns.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Rice, did not face charges in the incident that officials called “a perfect storm of human error.”

Columbia University associate professor John McWhorter tweeted of the Maryland shooting, “I have often written that we simply never hear about whites killed by cops in the same ways as blacks. But I’ve never quite known of a parallel to one case: what happened to Tamir Rice – till now.”

McWhorter received mixed reviews and further calls for discussion over drawing the connection.

One person wrote, “You’re ignoring that the police initially claimed that Rice pulled a gun on them. It was only the video footage that proved the police were lying. In this case there is no video footage and for some reason you’re backing the police version without any verification.”

Another added, “Also, now having read this story (assuming it’s true which is not a given yet) this person is not similar to Tamir Rice at all, his having a knife on him and pointing the rifle at the cop. Tamir Rice was a kid whiling away his time. Cops pulled up and shot him in a millisecond.”

Someone else replied, “I agree that knowing the details after the fact we can see a difference. But how is it different from the officers perspective when they have a gun of any kind pointed at them?”

gun Intelwars man Pointed Police shot traffic utah

Man shot by police in Utah after he allegedly pointed gun at officer during altercation

A man was shot by officers of the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake in the town of Holladay, Utah, on Thursday, after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers during an altercation that occurred after he was involved in a traffic accident.

What are the details?

At around 3:00 p.m., an officer was filling up the gas tank of their patrol vehicle when a crash occurred on the street next to the service station between a motorcycle and another vehicle.

Sheriff Rosie Rivera told KUTV-TV that the man driving the motorcycle fled, and the officer pursued him on foot. During a physical altercation that witnesses described as “aggressive,” the man allegedly “picked up a gun from the ground” and aimed it at the officer. The man was then shot by the officer.

Footage of the moments before the shooting began circulated online shortly after the incident. A KUTV reporter later shared the footage, confirming that the video was captured by a witness.

The clip shows a man being chased, engaging in a scuffle, and picking something up from the ground before raising his arms in what appears to be a shooter’s stance toward the other person.

The UPD identified the man as Eric Pectol, 49. He was transported to a hospital and believed to be in serious or critical condition. Officers were not seriously injured in the incident.

Now, separate investigations are ongoing over both the crash and the shooting. There were several witnesses to each incident..

Sheriff Rivera also confirmed to the outlet that the crash is “very near” where UPD Officer Doug Barney was fatally shot in 2016 by a fugitive parolee who was fleeing the scene of a traffic accident.

Anything else?

In another report from KUTV on Thursday, a confidential source disclosed that officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department — which does not cover UPD’s county jurisdiction — is facing an exodus of dozens of officers complaining that vandalism from protests following the death of George Floyd have gone unchecked.

During a May 30 protest, the city’s police station was vandalized, with nearly every window “within reach broken or covered in graffiti.”

“I used to be the biggest proponent for it, come to Salt Lake City, it’s the best department,” one officer said under condition of anonymity. “I’m [now] telling people to stay away from this profession altogether.”

Another officer added, “You could be involved with something that’s justified and you could still lose your job. If I’m going to be reprimanded for doing the right thing in a job that’s already dangerous — how can I go home and tell my family I’m taking care of them?”

FBI gun ICE Intelwars New York City Protesters Security Guard watch

VIDEO: Security guard pulls gun on protesting mob that stormed lobby of New York City federal building

A security guard pulled a gun on a mob of protesters that stormed a New York City federal building that houses the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the
New York Post reported, citing video posted to social media.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

The video, which was recorded Wednesday afternoon inside 26 Federal Plaza, shows a female guard who works for a private firm Paragon Systems pointing a gun at protesters who had breached the lobby, the paper said.

“It got intense,” another guard told the Post on Thursday morning. “We are out here every day putting our lives on the line so that everyone else can be safe.”

Here’s the clip, which was originally posted to Instagram:

The paper said about 100 demonstrators marched for 90 minutes to the federal building — and it all stemmed from a recent whistleblower complaint that immigrant women detained in Georgia received hysterectomies without consent.

Police told WABC-TV that the Abolish ICE demonstrators forced their way into the lobby of the building.

More from the Post:

Protesters — some carrying signs reading “ICE & DHS agents of genocide” — occupied the lobby, clapping and chanting as they squabbled with news photographers, incorrectly claiming that they were not allowed to take their photos without “consent.”

The walkway leading to the building was spray-painted “FREE THEM ALL” and a security booth was tagged “QUIT YOUR JOB!!” as a lone officer sat inside it.

And the doors at its Duane Street entrance were smashed and covered with plywood Thursday.

Image source: WABC-TV video screenshot

The paper noted that the incident involving the security guard pulling her gun occurred toward the end of the protest and demonstrators left in about 20 minutes.

The Post said that neither Paragon — which provides security at federal buildings around the country — nor ICE immediately returned messages. But the New York Daily News noted that Federal Protective Service said the incident is under investigation.

So far no arrests have been made in the incident, WABC reported.

Black lives matter protests gun HARASSMENT Intelwars Milwaukee Racism accusation watch

Black Lives Matter stages ‘protest party’ in front of ‘racist’ man’s home. He pulls out a gun — and officers arrive to take him away.

Black Lives Matter supporters staged a “protest party” in front of a “racist” man’s home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday evening, culminating with the man holding a gun as he looked at the crowd through a window — and law enforcement arriving to take him away.

What’s the background?

A video was shared on the New Milwaukee (Peaceful protests for change) Facebook page Sept. 7 showing a white man across the street yelling at a neighbor — and appearing to utter the N-word.

“Neighborhood kids already were scared to go by this man’s house due to his Trump sign and his confederate flag in the window,” the video poster wrote. “Now these kids really don’t wanna ride their bikes in the area. People just moved in next door and have to live next to this ignorance. Police showed up and he ran in the house and peeked out the windows after calling the new neighbors the N-word.”

Milwaukee police also told TheBlaze that the man on Monday afternoon threatened to physically harm his neighbor while wielding a chainsaw. The 56-year-old suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed.

So a group called “Justice Tour 2020 — Protest Parties” got involved and planned one in front of the man’s house:

And protest they did — and it was all livestreamed to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

They set up chairs, tables, barbecue equipment, and music. They waved Black Lives Matter flags, wore Black Lives Matter shirts, and placed a large Black Lives Matter fist in front of the house. There were black people and white people protesting — and several children were in the mix, dancing and joining in the demonstration.

As night fell things got intense. Protesters aimed lights at the man’s home and called out to him on a megaphone — they called him “Pete” — and soon he was seen holding a gun through a front window.

Image source: Twitter screenshot via @KittyLists

“Hey Pete,” a voice over the megaphone hollered. “You gonna have bigger problems, man. You gonna have bigger problems, Pete. I would advise you to think twice.”

“Aim that s**t at me!” a man in the crowd shouted. “Aim that s**t at me!”

“I don’t think you know what’s out here, buddy,” the megaphone user shouted to the man holding the gun. “I care about ya, I don’t want you to find out.”

“He’s cocking it, look, he’s cocking it,” a man in the crowd yells.

“I gotta get you a new nickname, now,” the megaphone user hollers. “Pistol Pete! In all seriousness, Pete, we are not intimidated by you in the window, good buddy. ‘Cause I don’t think you understand what’s out here man, I keep trying to tell you. That’s all I’m saying man.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

Soon police arrived at the residence, and as the crowd yells from the street — “you about to go to jail!” — officers led the man out of the house in handcuffs.

Image source: Twitter screenshot via @KittyLists

The crowd erupts in cheers and chants of “F*** you, Pete!”

Police told TheBlaze that officers who were monitoring the protests were notified that the man “motioned the long gun as if he chambered a round and then pointed the gun at the crowd.” Police added to TheBlaze that they confronted the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, and he was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while under influence of an intoxicant, disorderly conduct while armed, and bail jumping.

Police also told TheBlaze that criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.

Here’s more video. (Content warning: Language):

(H/T: The Post Millennial)

Black Lives Matter charges District attorney gun Intelwars Jackie lacey Los Angeles Protesters

Husband of LA district attorney facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protestors at his house

The husband of Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney has been hit with three charges of assault with a firearm stemming from him pulling a gun when an estimated 30 Black Lives Matter activists showed up at the couple’s home demanding to see his wife earlier this year.

What are the details?

The Los Angeles Times reported that David Lacey, husband of L.A. county chief prosecutor Jackie Lacey, was charged by the California attorney general’s office over an incident in early March where he was recorded on video brandishing a gun at protestors who showed up on his front porch calling for a meeting with his wife.

On March 2, a Black Lives Matter representative named Melina Abdullah rang the doorbell of the Lacey household, and Mr. Lacey came to the door. He is seen pointing a gun during the confrontation, telling the activists to get off his porch and warning them that he was prepared to shoot them.

Mrs. Lacey later said that her husband was “profoundly sorry” for the exchange, adding, “I do not believe it is fair or right for protestors to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service. It was just him and I in that house and we really didn’t know what was about to happen.”

In an interview released by CNN last month, Mrs. Lacey condemned the radical views pushed by some Black Lives Matters activists, including the defunding of police.

The Hill reported that following the news of Mr. Lacey’s criminal charges, his attorney, Samuel Tyre said in a statement that he was “disappointed” that his client’s actions were considered “criminal behavior.”

“We disagree entirely with their assessment,” Tyre argued, adding, “but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.”

Anything else?

Mr. Lacey’s case has similarities to another case happening in the middle of the country which also involves a couple defending their home against protesters.

The BLM movement gained an enormous boost following the death of George Floyd in late May — two months after the incident at the Lacey household. The movement has since been joined and allegedly hijacked by affiliated groups in protests across the country, with demonstrations descending into violence, looting, and even murders.

A St. Louis couple, the McCloskeys — both of whom are attorneys — were charged last month for bringing out firearms to confront protesters who had broken down the gate to their gated community and allegedly threatened their lives.

The McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, released a statement at the time, saying, “I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”

Coronavirus Coronavirus america Essential Essential business Governor murphy gun gun rights Gun store guns Intelwars murphy New Jersey Phil murphy Second Amendment second amendment rights Shutdown

NJ governor begrudgingly reverses his gun store shutdown after Trump admin labels them ‘essential’ businesses

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy reversed his order to force the closure of gun stores in the state Monday following backlash from gun-rights groups and a directive from the Trump administration.

Gun stores will now be allowed to reopen after a nearly two-week shutdown, but would operate “by appointment only and under limited hours.”

Murphy made the announcement begrudgingly in a news conference Monday, saying the reversal came after the Department of Homeland Security issued guidelines over the weekend referring to gun dealers, ranges, and manufacturers as “essential” businesses.

“It wouldn’t be my definition, but that’s the definition at the federal level and I didn’t get a vote on that,” Murphy said during the briefing, according to

Murphy issued an executive order on March 21 that closed all nonessential retail businesses — including gun stores — amid the state’s coronavirus outbreak. The order effectively shut down all firearm sales in the state as the online portal used to process background checks was also forced to close.

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society, along with a local firearms shop, blasted the move in a lawsuit, arguing that Murphy’s executive order infringed upon citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.

“The exigencies surrounding this viral pandemic both justify and necessitate changes in the manner in which people live their lives and conduct their daily business,” the lawsuit stated. “However, this emergency (like any other emergency) has its constitutional limits. It would not justify a prior restraint on speech, nor a suspension of the right to vote. Just the same, it does not justify a ban on obtaining guns and ammunition.”

In spite of the lawsuit, Murphy had previously lauded the order’s effect on gun retailers, arguing during a press briefing that “a safer society for my taste has fewer guns and not more guns.”

“The guns that do exist are at the hands of the right people, particularly trained members of law enforcement,” he added at the time. “Crime has been down and let’s hope it stays down, but we’re very comfortable where we landed on that.”

Murphy’s recent reversal on the forced closure of gun stores follows in the footsteps of a similar decision by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who backed off his previous executive order after taking heat from Second Amendment supporters in his state.

Coronavirus Coronavirus america Coronavirus panic Coronavirus us executive order firearm Firearms gun Gun retailers Gun Sales Gun stores guns Intelwars Pennsylvania Second Amendment Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Supreme Court clears way for the governor to shut down gun stores indefinitely, citing the coronavirus

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a request by gun-rights advocates to exempt gun stores from an order mandating the closure of businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf issued the executive order on March 19, which forced the shutdown of all businesses in the state deemed not “life-sustaining” for an indefinite period of time, gun stores included.

What are the details?

Gun-rights advocates took issue with the inclusion of firearms retailers in the list of non life-sustaining businesses, and argued that the mandatory closures violated state and federal constitutional protections and interfered with citizens’ Second Amendment rights. They brought their case before the state’s Supreme Court, but on Sunday, the seven-member court denied their request.

One of the three dissenting judges, Justice David Wecht, called the order an “impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right” and pointed to other industries that have received exemption from the shutdown. An example would be restaurants in the state, which have been permitted to operate in some capacity through take-out and delivery options.

“In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right,” Wecht argued, making the case that gun stores could be permitted to operate in limited capacities. “Such an accommodation may be effectuated while preserving sensible restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but nonetheless provide a legal avenue for the purchase and sale of firearms, thus avoiding an impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Gov. Wolf argued that his order to close gun stores on an emergency basis “does not abridge the right to bear arms” because “it merely suspends — temporarily — a variety of stores from acting as centers of contagion.”

Adam Kraut, the director of legal strategy for the Firearms Policy Coalition and one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case, told the Free Beacon he is “disappointed” in the court’s decision, especially at a time “when many are deciding that the ability to defends one’s home and family is more necessary than ever.”

Kraut’s comments made reference to the national spike in gun sales in recent weeks.

“The Governor’s Order amounts to an absolute and indefinite prohibition on the acquisition of firearms by citizens of the Commonwealth,” Kraut continued. “Such a prohibition cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny and directly infringes upon the core of the Second Amendment.”

Anything else?

For most other products normally purchased in stores, consumers are now going online to purchase and having the products delivered to their door. But in Pennsylvania, residents don’t have that option as it pertains to firearms.

Under Pennsylvania law, citizens are required to physically pick up guns purchased online at gun stores. So the executive order closing gun stores is effectively shutting down gun sales in the state.

“Pennsylvanians cannot simply order a firearm online and enjoy home delivery, or curbside service, as many first-time gun buyers are finding out. Their politicians have been lying to them,” Kraut noted.

The Free Beacon reported that plaintiffs in the case are now weighing an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Alix Former cop Former police guilty gun guns Hendren Intelwars Kaitlyn alix Manslaughter Nathanial hendren Police Revolver Roulette Russian roulette St. Louis

Former cop pleads guilty to killing his colleague in a Russian roulette-style game

A former St. Louis police officer changed his plea to guilty on charges that he killed his colleague Kaitlyn Alix in a Russian roulette-style game last year.

Nathanial Hendren, 30, who had previously entered a not guilty plea in the case, agreed Friday to serve seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, KSDK-TV reported.

Hendren was emotional in the courtroom as he accepted responsibility and apologized to Alix’s mother for his role in her death.

“I hope in some small way it can help heal the brokenness I’ve caused,” Hendren reportedly said through tears.

What happened?

On Jan. 24, Hendren and his partner, Officer Patrick Riordan, were on duty and supposed to be patrolling a different district, but instead, they were at Hendren’s home in the early hours of the morning. Officer Kaitlyn Alix, 24, had stopped by for unknown reasons.

According to a probable cause statement, Hendren and Alix were “playing with [their] firearms” when Hendren pulled out a revolver. He allegedly emptied the cylinder, put one cartridge back in, pointed the gun away from the other officers and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t fire.

Alix took the gun and pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger. Again, the gun didn’t fire. Then, Hendren took then gun, pointed it at Alix, and pulled the trigger. This time, the gun fired and the bullet struck Alix in the chest.

She was rushed to the hospital but later died from her injuries.

Riordan had allegedly chastised Hendren and Alix for their behavior and began to exit the apartment when he heard the shot go off. He has not been charged in the case.

Anything else?

Hendren resigned from the police department soon after the incident and had his state peace officer license suspended, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was set to go on trial next month when he decided to change his plea to guilty.

Several of Alix’s relatives were in the courtroom Friday to read letters and share thoughts about her.

“I was not ready to say goodbye,” her mother, Aimee Lyn Wahlers, said. “Having to deal with the loss of my daughter and how she was killed, it plays over in my head every day. Katie was my whole life. She wasn’t just my daughter, she was my best friend.”

Last October, Wahlers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hendren, his partner, the on-duty police sergeant, and the city of St. Louis.

The lawsuit claims Hendren had a “complicated psychiatric history, including but not limited to anxiety and depression, PTSD, suicidal ideations and gestures” before being hired as a police officer.

He also “had a history of acting recklessly with firearms, forcing previous girlfriends to play ‘Russian roulette’ and engage in other sexual activity that involved firearms,” the lawsuit alleges.

Hendren’s attorney said at the time that the lawsuit contained “all sorts of inaccuracies and misstatements,” but did not go into details about what was inaccurate.

Both Hendren, a former Marine, and Alix, a former U.S. Army reservist, had military backgrounds and extensive firearm training.

2020 democratic primary 2nd Amendment Democratic primary Gaffe gun gun control Gun deaths gun laws gun rights guns Intelwars Joe Biden

Joe Biden claimed 150 million Americans were killed by gun violence during the Democratic debate

Presidential candidate Joe Biden attempted to blame gun deaths on a competitor but instead stumbled over his statistics and ended up making an embarrassing gaffe.

The former vice president made the claim against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during Tuesday’s Democratic debate, but he exaggerated the numbers.

“Imagine if I stood here and said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies,” Biden exclaimed.

“That has caused carnage on our streets!” he yelled.

“A hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007, when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability!” Biden claimed. “More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on!”

The bizarre suggestion that about half of the population of the United States had been killed by gun violence was mocked and ridiculed on social media.

“For the record, that’s impossible,” replied Politico.

NPR attempted to unravel Biden’s claims, and they concluded that he likely meant to say 150,000 deaths, which would be more in line with reality.

Others noted that Biden had gotten the year incorrect as well — the law he was referring to passed in 2005, not in 2007.

Here’s video of Biden’s latest debate gaffe:

Andy beshear gun Intelwars kentucky Resource officer school

Kentucky gov signs bill requiring school resource officers to carry guns

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed a school safety bill into law on Friday, that requires school resource officers to carry a firearm. Effective immediately, every school in the state will now have at least one armed police officer on guard.

What are the details?

The legislation was passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in both Republican-controlled chambers of the Kentucky legislature. Beshear, a Democrat, took the full ten days allowed to take action on the measure, and finally opted Friday to sign it into law rather than veto it or allow it to become law without his signature, the Lexington Herald-Leader explained.

“I simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission, but also to protect themselves,” Beshear said during a press conference, according to the Courier-Journal. He added, “We must be able to stop the worst of the worst.”

The new law modifies a 2017 law that required every school in Kentucky to have a school resource officer on site for security purposes. The earlier legislation, however, was mum on whether or not the officers would carry a firearm. The law signed by Beshear on Friday requires those officers to be armed.

Beshear had faced pressure from civil rights groups, including Black Lives Matter, to veto the bill. The Hill reported that opponents of the bill “warned that the new law would not make schools safer and would create dangerous situations for students of color.”

Republicans hailed the new law on Friday, with Senate Education Chairman Max Wise (R) — who sponsored the bill in the Senate — calling its signing “an incredibly important day for the commonwealth.” The lawmaker told the Herald-Leader, “This new legislation, which goes into effect immediately, is crucial to the General Assembly’s continued efforts to protect Kentucky’s children, teachers and staff by improving the safety of our schools.”