Day: January 16, 2011

Reggie Doucet Jr, 25-Year-Old Hollywood Model And College Football Star, Shot To Death By LAPD In Front Of Playa Vista Home

:::Sigh::: 

LA Weekly

Update: A revised LAPD report says Doucet tried to take the black officer’s gun during the fight — for that, he was immediately killed.

Updated after the jump: LAPD officers are out of the hospital — they were both punched in the head by Doucet. The officer who shot him was a black male who had only been on the force for 17 months. Doucet had no weapon.

Reginald Doucet, Jr, a 25-year-old Playa Vista resident, posted this video to his Twitter account on his way out in Hollywood last night — just hours before he was shot and killed by an LAPD officer:  

I live for this,” he says in the video. “I could be dead right now, and I’m still doing what I’m doing.”

Doucet was apparently on his way to Drai’s Hollywood, the rooftop nightclub at the W Hotel. When he returned home to Playa Vista later that night, he engaged in an argument with his cab driver. That’s when a nearby resident both the driver and nearby residents called the police.

Read more here…

Shooting rampage victim arrested at ABC-TV town hall meeting (Video)

This is very sad.  I hope Mr. Fuller is not charged when all the facts come out.   He was shot in the knee just a week ago and no doubt he’s still trying to deal with it.

I believe appearing on ABC’s Town Hall Event talking about  the Tuscon shooting, may have been too soon for Mr. Fuller…

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Two things are clear from Saturday’s ABC News town hall meeting in Tucson.  One:  Tucsonans are eager to move forward and recover from last week’s horrible shooting rampage.  And two:  that process is going to be slow and painful.   That latter point was driven home by the arrest of a shooting victim, who threatened a speaker during the taping of the program.

ABC News Anchor Christiane Amanpour hosted the remarkable gathering of victims, heroes, witnesses and first responders.  It was the first time most of them had been together since Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing 6, and wounding or injuring 14 others — a rampage that happened one week earlier almost to the hour. 

On the platform with Amanpour were Col. Bill Badger, who helped tackle gunman Jared Lee Loughner; Daniel  Hernandez, who ran to help wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords while most people were ducking for cover, Patricia Maisch, who grabbed a magazine away from Loughner; Bill Hileman, whose wife, Susan, is still recovering from gunshot wounds.  

On the front row was Kenneth Dorushka, who was shot shielding his wife from Loughner’s gunfire; and J. Eric Fuller, who was shot in the knee.

Most of the event was devoted to a recounting of what had happened that terrible morning.  Amanpour gently led the witnesses and survivors through the events, getting them to tell what they saw and experienced, and to talk about how they are coping.

Probably the most emotional moment came when Bill Hileman talked about his wife Susan’s dual struggle:  physical and emotional.  The youngest victim who died in the shooting, 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, was there because she wanted to meet Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  A neighbor took her to the “Congress On Your Corner” event.  Susan Hileman was that neighbor.   Bill Hileman said that his wife now struggles with the fact that she took a neighbor’s child to the event, but was not able to bring her home again.

The theme of the event was “An American Conversation Continued” —  the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman’s brutal rampage had interrupted.  So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics.   It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic:  gun control. That’s where the atmosphere turned tense.   When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”     More…

Facts Matter – Jared Loughner’s “Mug Shot”

In the video link below, Rachel Maddow points out something that 99% of other news and information outlets fail to do:  She explained to her audience that the weird photo of Jared Loughner with his head shaven is NOT a mug shot. 

In fact, court drawings of Loughner show him with hair.   The weird “skin-head” type picture was released by the authorities.   Maddow says that the forensics unit of the Pima County Sheriff’s office took the picture. 

Mainstream media, news outlets and blogs continue to  incorrectly call the picture Loughner’s “mug shot”.

Chris Matthews Calls Birthers ‘Crackers’ (VIDEO)

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My problem with this “news” is that it’s one-sided.  The names that President Obama has been called on the radio, TV, blogs and blog comment sections make the word cracker pale in comparison. (Uh, no pun intended, I swear!)

Huffington Post

Chris Matthews called “birthers” “crackers” on his Friday show.

Matthews used the term while speaking to Politico’s Jeanne Cummings and the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein. He was discussing the attacks on President Obama.

“So much of this attack on Obama has been ad hominem — directed at the person, the president,” Matthews said. “Whether it’s somebody, some cracker out there on the right calling him — some birther type that he’s not an American or it is someone a little more sophisticated, but basically saying he’s a socialist.”