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Police blew up his house and shot him. Now he wants to make sure they don't do it to anyone else.

Police blew up his house and shot him. Now he wants to make sure they don’t do it to anyone else.

A Dixmont man who was shot by Maine State Police after they blew up his home with a robot bomb in June 2018 has sued the law enforcement agency, seeking to bar it from ever bombing or shooting another citizen again.

Michael Grendell, 62, has named 18 members of the Maine State Police and one member of the state Attorney General’s office as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor that seeks to prohibit state police from “further interference of the rights” of citizens through bombing or shooting.

Grendell is also seeking financial damages from the state in connection with the 20-hour police standoff that ended the morning of June 29, 2018, with the explosion of his Fox Lane house and resulted in him being shot in the face and torso. Grendell spent two months in the hospital after the incident, used a feeding tube, and suffered hearing loss and cognitive damage, according to the lawsuit, which requests a jury trial to assess Grendell’s claims.

The 58-page lawsuit asks the state to cover Grendell’s medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and attorneys’ fees. It also requests general damages for what the lawsuit calls a violation of Grendell’s constitutional rights and assault and battery against him.
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/09/13/news/bangor/police-blew-up-his-house-and-shot-him-now-he-wants-to-bar-them-from-doing-it-to-others/?amp=1

Friend who provided Dayton shooter with 100-round magazine and body armor faces federal charges

Friend who provided Dayton shooter with 100-round magazine and body armor faces federal charges

A friend of Connor Betts accused of providing the Dayton, Ohio, shooter with the body armor and a 100-round double drum magazine used during his attack is facing federal firearms charges.

Hours after the August 4 attack, agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives visited the home of Ethan Kollie in nearby Kettering, according to a probable cause affidavit. Kollie told the agents he enjoyed firearms, owned two pistols and had bought body armor and a firearms accessory for Betts earlier this year, the affidavit says.

The 24-year-old allowed agents to search his home, where they smelled marijuana and saw a water pipe, commonly used to consume cannabis, and a Draco pistol, the affidavit says.

Agents interviewed Kollie again, this time at his place of employment, on Thursday. During that interview, Kollie told agents he had done hard drugs, marijuana and LSD with Betts several times a week between 2014 and 2015, the affidavit says.
https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/08/12/us/dayton-body-armor-connor-betts-charges/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

Facing 15 years however none of the charges are related to the gear he purchased for the shooter.

I believe it was Freud who talked about a slip

'Straight pride' parade organizer accidentally calls own coalition a 'peaceful racist group "

At a crowded city council meeting, where dozens gathered to protest a "straight pride" parade planned to take place in Modesto, Calif., the organizer of the event made an unfortunate gaffe while arguing his case. As he was met with jeers during his time at the podium, the head of the National Straight Pride Coalition said his organization was a "totally peaceful racist group."

Don J. Grundmann, the leader of the newly founded National Straight Pride Coalition, unintentionally made citizens, and city council members, burst out in laughter when he took the stage last Wednesday night as he attempted to defend his planned "straight pride" rally on Aug. 24.

At one point during his allotted time at the podium, Grundmann challenged city council member Kristi Ah You, claiming she "pulled the race card" while opposing his event.

"You attacked us as racists," Grundmann said, pointing at Ah You. "You pulled the race card to justify attacks against us in that park. When they come, you're going to turn right around and say we deserved it.

"We haven't done anything. We're a totally peaceful racist group."

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/straight-pride-parade-organizer-accidentally-calls-own-coalition-a-peaceful-racist-group-145534399.html

Self defense questions

There have been several incidents in the news lately where the initiator of a physical struggle has been injured or killed and/or third parties injured. This creates a whole series of questions about self-defense that have been addressed in law may deserve to be revisited.
Edit to add> I am not so much asked what the law is but what it should be

Assuming an unprovoked physical assault:
-is there a right to self-defense?
it has been suggested that "it is better to be a victim than to risk escalating situation"
-is there a right to use lethal force?
can a victim defend themself proportionally if the assault has the potential to cause serious bodily harm
-does lethal force include the use of a firearm?
may the victim use a knife, baseball bat, car, any other improvised weapon but not a firearm due to the greater risk of lethal injury

The answers to those lead to two additional questions:
-If the answer to any of the above is no, at what point does the victim become responsible for the wellbeing of their assailant?
essentially at what point does the paradigm reverse and the assailant becomes the victim
-Even if all of the above are answered yes, who is responsible for any injuries to third parties?
will the assailant always be responsible for any injuries as those injuries would never have occurred without their illegal action, or may the victim take on responsibility even though the injury to a third party was done inadvertently while protecting themself

Video surfaces of high school football players burning pride flag: 'Please hold these students accou

Video surfaces of high school football players burning pride flag: 'Please hold these students accountable'

Two football players were indefinitely suspended from their school team for distributing and shooting a video of a burning LGBTQ pride flag on Snapchat.

The students, from Kearns High School in Kearns, Utah, made the video — in which someone is heard laughing and saying, “All gays die” — last week, according to Fox 13

While the students were immediately removed from the football team, Granite School District officials are still determining what measures need to be taken beyond athletics.

A Unified Police Department spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle that while a report about the incident was filed with police, they will not be investigating the issue as a hate crime, as Utah law considers hate crimes as enhancements to criminal offenses. According to the spokesperson, “Burning a flag is not a crime — it’s a freedom of speech issue, and the school is handling it.”

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/video-surfaces-of-high-school-football-players-burning-pride-flag-please-hold-these-students-accountable-165809589.html

1st woman to take command of a US Army infantry division

1st woman to take command of a US Army infantry division

The California National Guard has announced the appointment of the first woman to lead a U.S. Army infantry division.

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will take command of the 40th Infantry Division on June 29 at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California.

Yeager currently commands Joint Task Force North, U.S. Northern Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/1st-woman-command-us-army-150916046.html

Supreme Court refuses to consider whether Second Amendment protects gun silencers

Supreme Court refuses to consider whether Second Amendment protects gun silencers

The Supreme Court refused Monday to decide if the Second Amendment protects gun silencers such as the one used in last month's Virginia Beach shooting that killed 12 people.

Without comment or dissent, the justices turned away petitions from the operator of a Kansas army-surplus store and one of his customers who purchased an unregistered silencer in violation of federal law.

Two lower federal courts previously ruled that gun silencers fall outside the scope of the  Second Amendment because they are accessories not in common use by law-abiding citizens.

The Trump administration had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the challenge. Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear "arms," and that restrictions on silencers don't burden the ability to use a gun for self-defense.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/1407871001

Odd that the administration did not want SCOTUS to take this up.

Suspect accused of throwing boy from balcony at MOA pleads guilty to attempted murder

Suspect accused of throwing boy from balcony at MOA pleads guilty to attempted murder

The Minneapolis man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America last month has pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, entered his plea Tuesday morning in Hennepin County court, admitting he knew throwing a child over a third-floor balcony could kill him.

"I think that you saw in there him accepting full responsibility for what happened," said Paul Sellers, Hennepin County public defender. 

A family spokesperson has said the boy is now out of critical condition, and is alert and conscious. The family hopes he will be able to return home by June.

https://kstp.com/news/suspect-accused-throwing-boy-balcony-moa-emmanuel-aranda-pleads-guilty-attempted-murder/5352626/?cat=1

Sounds like he will get 19 years

Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during arrest attempt

Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during arrest attempt


(CNN) — A shaky cell phone video captured the moments before a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman who claimed she was pregnant.

Now people on social media are divided over whether the shooting was justified.

The officer was patrolling an apartment complex in the Houston suburb of Baytown late Monday when he saw a woman he knew from previous encounters, Baytown police said.

A family member identified the woman as Pamela Shantay Turner. In a text message Tuesday, police Lt. Steve Dorris said Turner was not pregnant.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/us/texas-officer-shoots-woman/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

There was a lot of discussion about the officer who shot the teen with a knife. In the case the woman the officer was attempting to arrest got control of his taser, an item that was suggested to be used in the other case. Do people think shooting was justified in this case?

Concerned parent describes 'pressure-cooker' environment at site of Colorado school shooting

Source: CNN

(CNN) — One of the first things she noticed was that her child, and other students at STEM School Highlands Ranch, weren't getting enough sleep. The academic workload, she said, seemed crushing. The parent noticed kids stressing out, and lashing out. She said she heard reports of violence, sexual assault and bullying. Yet school officials, she said, seemed to be ignoring the mounting problems.

When she finally picked up the phone to talk to a county school board member in December, she said she was worried that a "perfect storm" was brewing "for something like a Columbine" shooting.

The woman's concerns were detailed in a CNN story this week following a shooting at the suburban Denver school that left one student dead and eight others injured. The mother, who showed CNN evidence of her affiliation with the school but asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation against her or her child, gave an interview Thursday expanding on her worries about the "pressure-cooker" environment on campus.

"When you don't listen to parents' concerns, when you don't support teachers' concerns, when you don't give teachers the kind of training that they need or the support that they need ... those are the elements that we need for the perfect storm, for something like a Columbine, or some kind of imminent threat to our children's safety in the school, whether it be a bomb or an active shooter, or a suicide," she said in the interview.
Following the parent's call to the school board in December, a district official urged the school's executive director to investigate the allegations to determine whether the parent's fears were founded and whether any action needed to be taken.




Read more: https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/05/09/us/colorado-shooting-stem-school-concerned-parent-invs/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F



The PR firm says the school sent a confidential mail that no parent replied to. I wonder if any parents can verify that and if confidential also meant anonymous. Given the hardline stance the school seems to have with those who complain it would be understandable no one would be willing to reply to such a letter.
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