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The Death Of Pedro Ramirez

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on June 10, 2022


For 29 weeks, I ran a series about police killings of citizens. This is the final post, which gives a few statistics, and draws a few conclusions. There was one case that I stumbled onto which stands out . It had a video of a search, with a horror movie ending. I cannot say what a LEO’s job is like. That said, it is clear that something like this could happen every time an officer answers a call.

“On June 20, 2017, (Las Vegas Police) officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. The caller reported hearing screaming and crying coming from an apartment. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim in her apartment, and she initially told them everything was fine. The officers insisted that she open the security screen so they could confirm she was unharmed. As the victim and her four-year-old son exited the apartment, she told officers there was nobody else in the apartment, and she gave them permission to enter the apartment to confirm this.”

“As the officers searched the apartment, they discovered Pedro Ramirez hiding in the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. He was holding a large butcher knife. Officers gave commands for Mr. Ramirez to drop the knife. He ignored the commands and advanced toward the officers. Two officers discharged their Tasers, but they had little effect on Mr. Ramirez. He then charged toward the officers with the knife still in his hand. One officer fired his handgun, striking Mr. Ramirez three times. He fell to the ground and the officer kicked away the knife and attempted to handcuff Mr. Ramirez.”

The video is tough to watch, knowing how this is going to turn out. The officers go into one room, then another, then another. The tension builds with every step. Finally, they go to the final stop, and a man jumps out with a large knife. If the officers had waited half a second to fire, one of them could have been cut. Is this what an officer knows could happen, every time they go into a building? Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. This is a repost.

Unarmed Black People

Posted in GSU photo archive, Killed By Police, Race by chamblee54 on December 5, 2021






Police killing unarmed Black people continues to be a hot topic. Every once in a while, someone will quote some exact numbers. Finally , curiosity got the best of PG. He went to the Washington Post Police Shootings database. As of December 5, 4 Black people have been shot to death, by police, in the United States. 7 unarmed White people met a similar fate.

Lindani Myeni April 14, 2021 Honolulu, HI
Daverion Kinard February 13, 2021 Fontana CA
Jenoah Donald February 4, 2021 Vancouver, WA
Patrick Lynn Warren January 10, 2021 Killeen TX

Every case is different. At least two of these four cases involve a physical altercation. Both police, and family attorneys, have been known to lie. It comes down to who’s side of the story you choose.

Chamblee54 ran a 29 week series in 2017-18, Killed By Police, and a report in 2020. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.”





2020 Homicide Statistics

Posted in Killed By Police, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 6, 2021


The FBI 2020 crime statistics have been issued. The report has a challenging format; this source will be used for today’s post. This blog published reports on homicide numbers for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Statista is the source of murder statistics. These numbers are broken down by race, gender, ethnicity, and other factors. (Hispanic or Latino … hereafter known as Hispanic … is considered an ethnicity, rather than a race. Hispanic people are included in White/Black/Other, according to their race.) In 2020, there were 17,754 homicides. The gender breakdown is Male 14,146 (79.6%), Female 3,573 (20%), and Unknown 35 (0.2%). I don’t know how gender non-conforming people are counted.

Quick Facts, from the U.S. Census Bureau, is the source of population numbers. (This link only works in full screen.) On April 1, 2020 there were 331.4m people in the United States. White people were 252.9m (76.3%), and Black people were 44.4m (13.4%). Hispanic people were 61.3m (18.5%).

17,754 homicides breaks down into White 7,029, Black 9,913, Other/Unknown 812. Hispanic, counted separately, had 2,847 homicides.
Divide the number of homicides, by the population, and you get homicides per million (hpm). Overall, this is 53.5 hpm. For White people, 27.8 hpm. For Black people, 223.8 hpm. For Hispanic people, 46.4 hpm.
50.8% of the population is Female, according to the census bureau. We will use this 50.8/49.2 breakdown in this next section, even though there are indications that the percentage of Females is higher for Black people. The Male/Female ratio for homicides is, for White people, Male 5,123 (72.8%) and Female 1,904 (37.1%). For Black people, Male 8,469 (85.4%), and Female 1,440 (14.5%). For Hispanics, Male 2,377 (83.4%)), and Female 470 (16.5%). On a per capita basis, Males had 86.7 hpm, and Females had 21.2 hpm. White Males had 41.2 hpm hpm, with White Females 14.8 hpm. Black Males had 383.2 hpm, with Black Females 64.0 hpm. Hispanic Males had 79.0 hpm, with Hispanic Females 15.1 hpm.

The Washington Post reports 1,021 people shot-and-killed by police in 2020. The breakdown: White 459, Black 244, Hispanic 171. (Using these numbers for comparison may be tricky. The FBI groups Hispanics into White/Black/Other as appropriate, while WAPO considers Hispanics to be a separate racial category.) If you divide the WAPO number by the total number of victims, you get a killed-by-police percentage. For the overall population, this is 5.7% (1021/17,754). For White people, this is 6.5% (459/7,029). For Black people, this is 2.4% (244/9,913). For Hispanics, this is 6.0% (171/2,377).

The 2020 homicide numbers show a big increase over 2019. The graphic below shows some of these numbers. For more information, go to the 2019 post.

Unarmed Black People

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on December 13, 2020


Police killing unarmed black people continues to be a hot topic. Every once in a while, someone will quote some exact numbers. Finally , curiosity got the best of PG. He went to the Washington Post Police Shootings database. Click on a couple of filters, and you get some answers. As of December 8, 12 black people have been shot to death, by police, in the United States. Here are some more stats about unarmed people shot to death by police.

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Total93238 4.0%
White407163.9%
Black212125.6%
Hispanic145064.1%
Other022014.5%
Unknown146032.0%


The WaPo database only counts gunfire deaths. This means that George Floyd is not included here. Another thing to consider is the WaPo decision to count Hispanics as a separate category. In FBI statistics, Hispanic/Latino is considered an ethnicity, rather than a race. Many of the people listed as White/Black/Other are Hispanic/Latino, when using FBI statistics.

Here are the 12 unarmed black people, killed by police this year.
William Howard Green, January 27, 2020, Temple Hills MD
Jaquyn Oneill Light, January 29, 2020, Graham NC
Barry Gedeus, March 6, 2020, F0rt Lauderdale FL
Breonna Taylor, March 12, 2020, Louisville KY
Donnie Sanders, March 12, 2020, Kansas City MO
Mycael Johnson, March 20, 2020, Tallahassee FL
Shaun Fuhr, May 1, 2020, Seattle WA
Maurice Gordon, May 23, 2020, Bass River NJ
Robert D’Lon Harris, June 25, 2020, Vinita OK
Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, August 7, 2020, Sylvania GA
Anthony Jones, October 12, 2020, Bethel Springs TN
Marcellis Stinnette, October 20, 2020, Waukegan IL

Every case is different. It is tough to draw any overall conclusions. Some of the cases here involve domestic violence complaints, drug use, car chases, and violently resisting arrest. In one, a gf told 911 the victim had fired at her. In another case, police found a pistol in the victim’s car.

It comes down to who’s side of the story you choose. Both police, and family attorneys, have been known to lie. Chamblee54 ran a 29 week series in 2017-18, Killed By Police. Many of the same patterns turn up in these cases. Every case is different.

Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis is noteworthy for being killed in Georgia. In this case, the officer was later charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

“Jacob Gordon Thompson, 27, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the Aug. 7 shooting death of 60-year-old Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis. … The former trooper wrote that he initially pulled behind Lewis on U.S. 301, also known as Statesboro Highway, when he noticed Lewis’ passing car had a darkened tail light. Lewis then sped up, at which point Thompson said he activated his emergency lights. Lewis turned on his hazard signals and motioned with his hand out the driver’s side window but did not stop.”

“I radioed dispatch that I was involved in a pursuit and activated my siren. As I pursued the violator, I observed him start to smoke a cigarette, As we approached the stop sign at the intersection of Simmons Branch Road, Cameron Road and Stoney Pond Road, the violator passed through the intersection and did not come to a complete stop.”

“The former trooper wrote that he decided to use a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit safely as they neared Stoney Pond Road. After Lewis’ car crashed into the ditch, Thompson wrote that he pulled his patrol car even with the stopped Nissan. “Being concerned for my safety, I drew my weapon as I got out of the vehicle, At some point, I heard the engine on the violator’s vehicle revving at a high rate of speed. I activated the light on my weapon and observed the violator with both hands on the steering wheel. I saw him wrenching the steering wheel in an aggressive back and forth manner towards me and my patrol vehicle. It appeared that the violator was trying to use his vehicle to injure me. Being in fear for my life and safety, I discharged my weapon once.”

“On Tuesday, a man who did not identify himself hand delivered two unmarked envelopes to Statesboro Herald reporters. He declined to disclose from where or whom they came. The envelopes contained toxicology reports for Julian Lewis on the night he was killed … (Thompson’s attorney Robert) Persse said he had received official toxicology reports and verified the report states Lewis tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as fluoxetine, an antidepressant.”

Two victims were shot on March 12. Breonna Taylor is well known. The Taylor case has been discussed at great length elsewhere, and remains controversial. While Ms. Taylor was unarmed, the person standing next to her, in a dark apartment, fired at the police.

Donnie Sanders, Kansas City MO is the other case from March 12. Many of the factors that make easy judgment tricky are present in this case.

“… an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near 51st and Prospect for a traffic violation, but the driver didn’t immediately pull over. (KCPD Sgt. Jake) Becchina said the driver … 47-year-old Donnie Sanders, eventually came to a stop in an alley nearby, between Prospect and Wabash. Sanders got out and took off running. He was the only person in the vehicle.”

“Police said as Sanders approached 52nd Street just to the north, he turned toward the officer. Becchina said he allegedly raised his armed like he had a weapon. The officer immediately gave the man multiple verbal commands to drop his weapon and get down on the ground. Police said Sanders did not listen, and the officer eventually shot him. … KCPD has now confirmed after processing the scene, Sanders didn’t have a firearm or any other weapon during his encounter with the officer.” Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Who Is Telling The Truth?

Posted in GSU photo archive, Killed By Police, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 25, 2020

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As you may have heard, a grand jury presented its findings in the death of Breonna Taylor. Unlike many of the current shouters, I listened to the presentation by Attorney General Daniel Cameron. While his report is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, it did make two important points.

The police did knock, and announce themselves. Breonna Taylor was not asleep in bed. Ms. Taylor was standing in the hall. If Ms. Taylor had indeed been in bed, she might not have been hit by gunfire. Again, this assumes that the authorities are telling the truth.

The Tatum Report is a youtube channel. Officer Tatum has a investigative report about the Taylor shooting. I have been skeptical about this report. It turns out the Louisville Courier-Journal published excerpts from the same report August 25. UPDATE: Here is the 39 page report.

I was looking at a facebook discussion. Someone said that a body was found in a vehicle rented by Breonna Taylor. This seemed a bit far fetched. I googled it. This came up. This story is from a CBS affiliated TV station, not a youtube channel.

“The documents also alleged that back in 2016, the body of Fernandez Bowman was found in a car rented by Breonna Taylor. When LMPD detectives arrived at Taylor’s home to question her, (Jamarcus) Glover was there. Taylor told the detectives she did not know Bowman, that she had been dating Glover for several months and that she had let him drive the rental car. She also gave detectives her phone number, which was a number that Glover was still using as recently as February of this year, according to the documents. That homicide victim was the brother of Damarius Bowman, one of Glover’s “associates” who has been arrested with Glover numerous times, the report stated.”

WKYT mentions these documents appearing in the Courier-Journal. Another source has a .pdf of another Courier-Journal article, which will be used as a source of quotes below. For some reason, the cached Courier-Journal story does not include the “body in the rented car” item.

Before going further, we should note a few things. This was a preliminary report, that was leaked to the press. It is not guaranteed to be accurate or true. There are some recordings of phone calls made from jail. While this may technically be legal, it strikes some people as improper. Last, there were some other allegations in the report. There is cameral footage, and documentary evidence. Many allegations of criminal behavior are made about Breonna Taylor. If the police officers had gone to trial, these allegations would have been brought up in court.

The .pdf has another version of the “body in the rented car” story. “The 39-page report says Taylor began dating Glover, known as “Chop,” in 2016, and in December that year, she let him borrow a car she rented. The next day, the body of Fernandez “Rambo” Bowman, 27, was found inside the vehicle. When police came to interview Taylor about it, Glover was at her apartment and she said she let Glover use the car. She said she did not know the victim, who was Demarius Bowman’s brother.”

“The Courier Journal confirmed that account through evidence filed in the case of the man charged in Bowman’s slaying — Quenton Se’Ville Hall, 38. It shows that Taylor rented the vehicle on Dec. 1, 2016. Fernandez Bowman was shot, allegedly by Hall, while driving the car, which crashed into a telephone pole, a fence and a house. Neither Taylor nor Glover was charged in Bowman’s death.”

The original chamblee54 post had selections from recorded jail phone calls. After reading the 39 page report, I realized that these quotes were heavily edited. The real conversations are not as sensational. If you want to see some of the jailhouse phone calls, read the 39 page report. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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Both Sides Clickbait

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2020


A facebook friend posted a bit of clickbait, The Police Are Lying in LA and the Media Is Falling for It—Again The post is about the two L.A. County deputies shot Saturday. Against my better judgment, I started to read it. I could only get a few paragraphs in, before I saw something.

“As I sit down to write this, it is tempting to give in to my complete disgust with how the police usually frame and the media then cover a more common situation—police shootings of unarmed Black people—by offering some of my own “just presenting both sides” coverage.”

When you can’t say anything good, say something about the media. Fortunately, this is an easy factoid to shoot down. The Washington Post publishes Fatal Force. The mission of this database is to “log every fatal shooting by an on-duty Police officer in the United States.” FF has all kinds of filters. You can learn that, in 2020 so far, 9 unarmed Black people have been killed by Police.

In the quote above, I don’t know if they refer to Police randomly killed, or to Police killed in the line of duty. For the purposes of this post, I am going to ask “How many police have been killed by gunfire this year.” The answer is 34. This is 377% the 9 unarmed Black people killed by Police.

The Officer Down Memorial Page shows 9 officers killed this year by vehicular assault. This is similar to the 9 unarmed Black people killed by Police. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

The Death Of Pedro Ramirez

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on June 14, 2020


People are talking a lot about police these days. There have been some horrible killings of citizens, with a resulting outrage. Some say we should de-fund the police, which seems like a bad idea. Many others talk about reform, with few details offered. This feature will not explore these events, and ideas. There is not a whole lot that I can add to the conversation.

For 29 weeks, I ran a series about police killings of citizens. This is the final post, which gives a few statistics, and draws a few conclusions. There was one case that I stumbled onto which stands out . It had a video of a search, with a horror movie ending. I cannot say what a LEO’s job is like. That said, it is clear that something like this could happen every time an officer answers a call.

“On June 20, 2017, (Las Vegas Police) officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. The caller reported hearing screaming and crying coming from an apartment. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim in her apartment, and she initially told them everything was fine. The officers insisted that she open the security screen so they could confirm she was unharmed. As the victim and her four-year-old son exited the apartment, she told officers there was nobody else in the apartment, and she gave them permission to enter the apartment to confirm this.”

“As the officers searched the apartment, they discovered Pedro Ramirez hiding in the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. He was holding a large butcher knife. Officers gave commands for Mr. Ramirez to drop the knife. He ignored the commands and advanced toward the officers. Two officers discharged their Tasers, but they had little effect on Mr. Ramirez. He then charged toward the officers with the knife still in his hand. One officer fired his handgun, striking Mr. Ramirez three times. He fell to the ground and the officer kicked away the knife and attempted to handcuff Mr. Ramirez.”

The video is tough to watch, knowing how this is going to turn out. The officers go into one room, then another, then another. The tension builds with every step. Finally, they go to the final stop, and a man jumps out with a large knife. If the officers had waited half a second to fire, one of them could have been cut. Is this what an officer knows could happen, every time they go into a building? Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Seven People Killed By Police

Posted in GSU photo archive, Killed By Police by chamblee54 on April 18, 2020

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@ShaunKing “7 people were killed by American police…YESTERDAY. That’s more people than police in most developed nations kill in an entire year.” 3:26 PM – 21 Apr 2017. This tweet does not tell us much. Mr. King likes to stir trouble, without citing sources. Mr. King made a similar tweet last year, which inspired a chamblee54 google party, Six People Killed By Police. Pictures for this repost are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

The Counted People killed by police in the US. was the ultimate source last year. This fine service closed shop at the end of 2016. The site used to research today’s feature is Killed By Police 2017. It is a numbered list of people killed by police, in the United States, in 2017. At the time this feature is written, police have killed 357 people. The total for 2016 is 1092.

Today’s report will focus on 345-352. The names are: (345) Steve Seagraves, white (346) Marion Lee Holliday, white (347) Jose A. Trejo, hispanic (348) Damarius Butts, black (349) Ray Raymond Valdez, hispanic (350) Robert Lee Clark Jr., white (351) Joel Anthony, white, and (352) Brandon Pequeno, hispanic. All of the deceased are male. None of the eight deaths showed apparent bad behavior by police. Four of the incidents involved an exchamnge of gunfire, with five officers shot. Mr. King’s tweet referenced seven people killed. The eighth, Joel Anthony, died Thursday, after being injured, in a traffic accident, on Monday.

Two of the deaths involve vehical crashes. Joel Anthony,6, died on Thursday, after being injured in a car crash on Monday. The vehicle made a left turn in front of an “Albuquerque (NM) Police Department officer racing to a call…” Robert Lee Clark Jr., 30, led police on a motorcycle chase. Mr. Clark slowed down. A Berkeley County, SC, police cruiser crashed into him from behind.

Ray Valdez, 55, “is a convicted murderer and was released from prison in 2002. Thursday evening Valdez and his girlfriend were involved in a fight, according to police. At some point in the fight, Valdez’ girlfriend was able to break away and flag down a park police officer. She told the officer Valdez had assaulted her while holding a knife. “The officer deployed his taser,” said Chief William McManus with SAPD. “It was not effective. He continued toward the officer. The officer deployed his firearm and fired multiple times and he was struck three times.” The incident was in San Antonio, TX.

Brandon Pequeno, 25, is the closest thing to a “bad police killing” in this story. “…Pequeno, who was believed to be driving a stolen vehicle, rammed other vehicles in an attempt to flee officials and did not comply with the officers’ commands.” A 17 yo female passenger was critically wounded by gunfire. Her relationship to Mr. Pequeno is not known. There are suggestions that she was kidnapped. The incident was in Glendale, AZ.

Jose A. Trejo, 26, shot two police officers before being fatally wounded. “Trejo died at the scene of the 432 Sanders Road disturbance when three Hardeeville (SC) police officers and a Sheriff’s Office deputy were called to the residence around 6 p.m. after a report of a “domestic situation,” (Jasper County Sheriff Chris) Malphrus said. Trejo, a resident of the home, allegedly fired a gun near his mother’s head before police arrived. Malphrus said she was treated for powder burns to the side of her face and eye at an area hospital Thursday night and released. As two officers entered the home, Trejo allegedly exited a bedroom and began firing. …The officers returned fire, killing Trejo. … Deputy Justin Smith was struck by a bullet in the left hand and collar bone … Sgt. Kelvin Grant of the Hardeeville Police Department was struck in the arm by a bullet and on his left side by a bullet fragment.” Both officers are expected to recover.

Marion Lee Holliday, 64, was killed in Logan County OK. “Holliday had a previous arrest in reference to possession of narcotics. The investigation into whether Holliday had a mental illness and why he was holding the gun is still ongoing… Deputies said they responded to Simmons Rd. and Douglas Blvd. about 4:40 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate man walking in the roadway carrying a shotgun. Holliday was hiding behind some trees and exchanged words with deputies. Officials said Holliday then raised his shotgun to point it toward deputies, investigators said. Deputies then fired at Holliday, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, authorities said.” “Initial reports indicate that the alleged suspect barricaded himself in a wooded area and was threatening the deputies. … The reported shooting occurred just two days after the sheriff’s office lost one of their own. Logan County Deputy David Wade was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice on Tuesday morning.”

Steven Camacho Seagraves, 40, died in Guam. “The pursuit began at about 5 a.m. Friday at the House of Liberty Game Room in Barrigada, when GPD received a report that a man armed with a gun was at the game room. Officers from Barrigada pursued the suspect’s vehicle. The pursuit ended at Chalan Langet in Dededo when Seagraves lost control and ran off the roadway. Seagraves then allegedly opened fire on officers, who returned fire. Seagraves was pronounced dead on the scene.”

Damarius Butts, 19, died in Seattle, WA. “The suspects robbed a 7-Eleven at First Avenue and Cherry Street about 1 p.m … The suspects had reportedly stolen beer from the store before they were chased out by a clerk. … (This tweet displays the stolen merchandise, worth $28.42) … The bicycle officers, who were nearby, confronted the suspects about two blocks away and a fight ensued … While one officer fought with a male suspect on the ground, the 17-year-old girl struck the officer over the head with a bottle … The suspects then fled, and one fired at police, who returned fire … The suspect who opened fire then barricaded himself in the building … That man was later found dead…” Three police officers were shot, with one critically wounded. This video shows part of the chase.

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2018 Murder Statistics

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 1, 2019

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Crime in the U.S. 2018 has been issued by the FBI. It is more statistics about crime than you could consume in a lifetime. This blog published reports on these numbers for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress, and the Galveston Bathing Review, 1926.

Expanded Homicide Data Table 1 is the source of murder statistics. These numbers are broken down by race, gender, ethnicity, and other factors. (Hispanic or Latino (hereafter known as Hispanic) is considered an ethnicity, rather than a race. Hispanic people are included in FBI statistics according to their race.) In 2018, there were 14,123 murder victims. The gender breakdown is 10,914 (77.2%) male, 3,180 (22.5%) female, and 29 unknown.

Quick facts, from the U.S. Census Bureau, is the source of population numbers. On July 1, 2018, there were 327,167,434 people in the United States. White people were 76.5% (250,283,087), and Black people were 13.4% (43,840,436). Hispanic people were 18.3% (59,871,640).

2018 had 14,123 homicide victims. This breaks down into White 6,088, Black 7,407, other race 395, and unknown race 233. (25 of the unknown race victims were also unknown gender.) Hispanics are counted separately, and had 2,173 victims. If you divide the number of murder victims by the population, you get the number of homicide victims per million, or vpm. The overall population lost 43.1 vpm. For White people, there were 24.3 vpm. For Black people, there were 168.8 vpm. For Hispanic people, there were 36.2 vpm.

50.8% of the population is female, according to the census bureau. We will use this 50.8/49.2 breakdown in this next section, even though there are indications that the percent of females is higher for black people. The male/female ratio for homicides is male 10,914 (77.2%), and female 3,180 (22.5%). For White people, it is male 4,255 (69.8%), and female 1,832 (30.0%). For Black people, it is male 6,237 (84.2%) and female 1,168 (15.7%). For Hispanics, it is male 1,752 (80.6%), and female 421 (19.3%). On a per capita basis, males had 67.8 vpm, and females 19.1 vpm. White males had 34.5 vpm, with White females losing 14.4 vpm. Black males had 289.1 vpm, with Black females losing 51.4 vpm. Hispanic males had 59.4 vpm, with Hispanic females losing 13.8 vpm.

The numbers are down from 2017. 2017 had 15,129 homicide victims (w 6,579, b 7,851, h 2354). 2018 had 14,123 homicide victims (w 6,088, b 7,407, h 2,173). This is with an overall population increase of 1,448,256. Most of the other numbers were lower in 2018.

The Washington Post reports 998 people killed by police in 2018. The breakdown: White 452, Black 229, Hispanic 164, Other 40, Unknown 107. (Using these numbers for comparison may be tricky. The FBI groups Hispanics into White/Black/Other as appropriate, while WAPO considers Hispanics to be a separate racial category.) If you divide the WAPO number by the total number of victims, you get a killed-by-police percentage. For White people, this is 452/6,088=7.4%. For Black people, this is 229/7,407=3.0%. For Hispanics, this is 164/2173=7.5%.

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C.S. Lewis

Posted in Killed By Police, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 7, 2019


There was a facebook link to a feature, Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis. It turns out to be verbatim droppings from Ayn Rand’s Marginalia : Her Critical Comments on the Writings of over Twenty Authors. If you are interested in details, there are the links. 55% of the comments were one-star. This is a repost, with pictures from The Library of Congress.

Miss Rand has read more C.S. Lewis than PG. There was a copy of a CSL work at a yard sale once, which PG invested a quarter in. He read as far as the appearance of a pig named trufflehunter. Maybe it was a bad day for books, but PG put CSL down, never to make another attempt.

There was a sixth grade english teacher at Ashford Park named Mrs. Ruff. Lots of people talked about how sweet she was, but PG was not impressed. One day, between handing out mimeographed copies of poems to be memorized, Mrs. Ruff started to talk about Narnia. It was a fantastic and amazing story. With a hint of primness, she told the class that Narnia was really about Jesus.

Chavius Hollis And Joseph Villanueva

Posted in Georgia History, Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on June 17, 2018


Chavius Hollis and Joseph Villanueva were killed by police in Georgia this week. Here are the stories. While public attention is focused on a few sensational cases, incidents like these two make up the majority of officer involved shootings. Fathers day pictures are from The Library of Congress.

“On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 … an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Chavius Hollis, age 26. … at 11:08 AM, Walton County deputies received a 911 call from 3775 Lovers Lane, Monroe, GA, reporting a disturbance by a family member with a gun. He was also reportedly exhibiting erratic behavior. When deputies arrived, a family member and multiple deputies entered the home. The family member was present in an attempt to calm Hollis down. During the encounter, Hollis raised his gun, discharging the firearm and striking the family member. Subsequently, one deputy fired shots, striking Hollis. He died at the scene. … Hollis’ family member sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and is being treated for his injuries. He is expected to recover. “

“On Thursday, June 14, 2018 … a 911 call was made … at approximately 6:40 AM. The caller indicated a Hispanic Male was walking in the area of Ridgeway Drive armed with a handgun. Deputies responded to Ridgeway Drive where one deputy encountered a Hispanic Male subject walking between mobile homes. The subject showed the deputy his gun. The deputy attempted to make contact with the subject but he ran. The subject ran up a hill and encountered a second deputy and charged towards this deputy with his gun pointed at him. Deputies fired at the subject and hit him multiple times. The subject died at the scene. The subject was identified as Joseph Villanueva, 29, from California. Villanueva will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy which is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018. Evidence indicates that Villanueva fired his gun during this incident.” Ridgeway Drive is in Hall County, Gainesville GA.

NFL Kneelers

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress, Race by chamblee54 on May 29, 2018


The football players who won’t stand for the national anthem is the story that won’t go away. Few people have said exactly how this is going to prevent police from killing people. This slack blogger has said little about Kaepernickgate, but has had a thirty part series, Killed By Police. This series, like most factual reporting on police killings, is mostly ignored by the same people who are hysterical about NFL kneelers. It is a strange country we live in.

A theme in the modern meme mania is the notion that the protest is about police brutality, and not about the flag. Or something like that. While the original intent of the kneelers is to protest police killings, the result is to disrespect a display of patriotism. It should not be a surprise that many people feel the NFL protests are an insult to the United States. To say that the protests are about racism, and not the flag, is not right. The result of this well meaning gesture is to insult millions of patriotic Americans. Facebook rubs it in by saying it is your fault.

Blackface used to be a popular form of entertainment. If you were to ask the performers, they probably would have said that this was not intended to insult anybody, but just a way of having fun. That would have been the intent. The minstrels would have to be dumb not to have known that their performances were insulting to black people. Sometimes, your intention is not all that counts. You should consider how other people feel about your entertainment.

It is not known what these protests are going to accomplish. They will probably achieve as much as shutting down a freeway. Others say that the police killings are a symptom, rather than the disease. With millions of weapons in circulation, the police know that anyone they meet might try to kill them. With all that is demanded of police, they are going to make mistakes.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.