Woman Charged with Breaking Into 4 Homes, 2 of them in Stonehaven

From Fox 46, February 7, 2017

A local woman has been arrested after police said she broke into four homes across Charlotte.

Lisa Swinson, 40, is charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and three unrelated warrants.

Photos courtesy of CMPD

CMPD said the first break-in occurred at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the 6800 block of Valley Haven Drive. The home’s residential alarm went off and when officers arrived on scene they found damage to the front door.

About ten minutes later, officers were notified of another alarm activation at a home in the 7000 block of Valley Haven Drive. Officers immediately responded and determined that this home had also been broken into. CMPD began to canvass the neighborhood to determine if there were any witnesses.

At 11:27 a.m., a witness called 911 and reported a breaking and entering in progress in the 1800 block of Summerhill Drive. The caller said that a woman was breaking into the home and the provided a detailed description of her and her vehicle.

While officers were responding to the scene, they located a silver Suzuki Forenza that fit the description of the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Independence Boulevard and Wallace Road. 

The driver, identified as Lisa Swinson, was positively identified and arrested on scene. Officers located stolen property inside the vehicle and transported her to the Independence Division team office where she was interviewed by detectives.

During the interview, Swinson confessed to breaking into several homes Tuesday morning and taking the property. Detectives also determined that Swinson broke into an occupied home Tuesday morning in the 6300 block of Thermal Road.  During the break-in, an elderly woman was home and didn’t realize someone was in her house.

While searching the vehicle, detectives found a purse belonging to a woman and were able to locate her at her residence in the 6300 block of Thermal Road. The woman told officers she spoke to Swinson on her back porch who said that she was helping corral the victim’s dog who got out. The woman advised she did not realize that Swinson had entered her home and took several items.

Detectives also located stolen property from a larceny from vehicle that occurred on June 30, 2016 in the 3800 block of Ayscough Road and a larceny from vehicle that occurred on July 26, 2016 in the 6800 block of Morganford Road.

Additional charges will be forthcoming, police said.

Anyone with additional information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

CMPD said the first break-in occurred at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the 6800 block of Valley Haven Drive. The home’s residential alarm went off and when officers arrived on scene they found damage to the front door.

 

Published in: on February 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Guns, Drugs and Assaults on Staff On Rise Again in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

From The Charlotte Observer, January 31, 2017 by Ann Doss Helms

The number of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students caught with drugs and guns at school rose in 2015-16, as did the number of assaults on school staff, a new state tally of school crime and violence shows.

The state requires public schools to report 16 criminal acts, which range from rape and assault to possession of drugs, alcohol and weapons. The vast majority of reported incidents, in CMS and across North Carolina, are nonviolent.

The report being presented Wednesday to the state Board of Education shows incidents in CMS are above state averages and rising, even when growing enrollment is factored in.

9.4 criminal/violent incidents per 1,000 students in CMS last school year

6.6 acts per 1,000 students statewide

5.3 acts per 1,000 students in Wake County schools

3 acts per 1,000 students in Mecklenburg charter schools

CMS officials said Tuesday the numbers reflect a community where violent crime is rising, a school system that puts extra officers in schools and a school culture that encourages students to report potential dangers.

In 2015-16, CMS reported 10 guns confiscated and 15 students charged with their possession, the highest level since 2007-08. The numbers are on track to be even higher in 2016-17, with 11 guns confiscated during the first semester.

“I’d sure rather be getting a tip” that leads to confiscation of a weapon, Superintendent Ann Clark said. “I certainly don’t want guns on our campus, but I’m grateful that our kids are willing to step forward.”

The state’s rate of reported incidents per 1,000 students dropped from 6.89 in 2014-15 to 6.62 in 2015-16. Meanwhile, the CMS rate rose from 8.3 to 9.4 per 1,000 students, with a total of 1,371 criminal or violent acts logged last school year.

School resource officers and campus security guards are “very aggressive in documenting the incidents,” while other districts often have fewer security staff in schools and may file fewer reports, said Lisa Mangum, Deputy Chief of CMS Police.

But Annette Albright, one of the CMS employees who was assaulted by students last year, says the problems are real and even under-reported.

“There were staff that were afraid of students,” said Albright, who lost her job as a behavior modification technician at Harding High when she was hit by students after she tried to get stragglers to go to class. Cellphone video of the brawl went out on social media, and four students were later charged.

In Wake County Public Schools, the only district larger than CMS, the rate of all incidents dropped from 5.9 to 5.3 per 1,000 students.

Mecklenburg’s charter schools, which are public schools run by independent boards, reported much lower rates of crime and violence, averaging 3 acts per 1,000 students for the 26 schools located in the county.

In charter schools, as in CMS, reports varied widely by school. Lake Norman Charter School, a large and highly regarded north suburban school, had a rate similar to CMS. Sixteen of the 26 charter schools reported no incidents, as did 52 of 164 CMS schools.

The North Carolina General Assembly mandates the report, which also looks at suspension, corporal punishment and dropout rates, because crime, violence and discipline problems detract from academic success. In some cases, the report says, education officials can improve education by making schools more safe and orderly.

“Sometimes correlations occur not because one factor causes another, but because an underlying factor causes both,” the report continues, citing factors such as poverty and family conditions.

CMS leaders say the problems may come from the wider community, but others are helping with solutions, too. Marion Bish, executive director of student services, said Mecklenburg County commissioners have provided money to have mental health counselors from outside agencies – including one that serves Spanish-speaking families – stationed in 95 schools. All schools do formal assessments when students threaten to harm themselves or others, and therapy for the student and family can be provided at school.

“Younger and younger children are presenting with trauma,” Bish said. “We are the first line of seeing it and responding to it.”

The tally can include incidents that have little or nothing to do with school safety. For instance, the state’s only death at school by other than natural causes was reported at Lawrence Orr Elementary in east Charlotte. It involved an adult found shot to death on the playground at night; no one associated with the school was involved.

Guns at School

With 15 reported gun possessions, CMS accounts for far more than any other district. Second was Robeson County schools with six. Wake County, the state’s largest district, found only one gun.

CMS schools with guns reported were Myers Park High (three students); Butler, Garinger and Rocky River high (two students each) and one student each at Ardrey Kell, Hough, Mallard Creek and West Charlotte high schools and Northridge and Ridge Road middle schools.

Assaults on Staff

Assaults on school personnel rose in CMS and across North Carolina.

Assaults with weapons or assaults that cause serious injury are reported separately, whether the victims are students or employees. CMS reported two assaults involving weapons but no serious injuries, at West Charlotte High and Reid Park Academy, a K-8 school. The West Charlotte incident “involved a student and staff member” and the Reid Park incident came from “an altercation between two students,” Chief Communications Officer Kathryn Block reported.

A fist fight at Vance High that sent a student to the hospital led to three students being charged with assault causing serious injury.

For CMS, the total of 301 assaults on employees was a three-year high, though there were more during the three school years before that, when the district was smaller.

Wake reported only 46 assaults on staff. Cumberland County had 210, and because it’s roughly one-third the size of CMS, that’s a proportionally higher rate.

Lincoln Heights Academy, a CMS alternative school for students with severe behavioral and emotional disabilities, accounted for 49 of the CMS staff assaults. Others with the highest numbers were Sterling Elementary with 22; Garinger High, Northeast Middle and Piney Grove Elementary with nine each; and Lebanon Road Elementary with eight.

CMS officials say they’re training school employees in cultural competency, which can help head off student anger and frustration, and in techniques to deescalate conflict so it doesn’t lead to physical force. Metro School, which serves students with severe physical and mental disabilities, has traditionally logged high numbers of staff assaults, but dropped to three this year. District leaders cited that as an example of successful decisions that reduce lashing out.

At Sterling, CMS reported that one-third of the 22 reports involved one student, and one involved a parent who assaulted an employee.

Albright, the former behavior technician at Harding, says CMS needs to do more to support staff. The confrontation that led to her assault near the end of last school year came after students refused to disperse and Albright’s call for backup went unanswered, according to a letter from Albright’s lawyer and another from an assistant district attorney who reviewed CMS police reports.

The letter from lawyer Michael Elliot to CMS says Albright had raised “potential security issues” and slow responses from security several times before the June incident. She has filed a complaint with the state Department of Labor.

Drugs Lead the List

Possession of controlled substances – a category that includes illegal drugs and unauthorized possession of prescription drugs – account for the largest number of offenses in CMS and statewide. State numbers ticked down slightly over the previous year, while CMS’ tally rose from 534 to 624, the highest number since the state began tracking 15 years ago check.

The total for CMS, the state’s second-largest district, was more than first-place Wake (310) and third-place Guilford County (278) combined.

The CMS police department bought a drug-sniffing dog last year, which began doing random school searches this school year. Officials say that could lead to even more cases in 2016-17, though they hope his presence will deter students from bringing drugs on campus.

[READ MORE: CMS says students asked for drug-sniffing dog]

[READ MORE: CMPD: Crime up 10 percent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in 2015]

CMS schools with the most reported drug possessions were Garinger High (50), West Mecklenburg High (47), Rocky River High (41), Independence High (33), Butler High (30), Mallard Creek High (28) and Hopewell and Myers Park high (26 each).

Less Lethal Weapons

Possession of weapons other than firearms – for instance, knives and BB or pellet guns – were the second-largest category in CMS and statewide. The CMS total was virtually flat, with 319 in 2015-16 and 315 the year before, while state numbers dropped significantly.

The CMS total was similar to that of Wake County, which had 310 reported weapon possessions.

CMS schools with the most weapon possessions were West Mecklenburg High (18), Rocky River High (15), Garinger High (14), Harding High (13), Mallard Creek and West Charlotte high (12 each) and Myers Park and South Mecklenburg high (10 each).

Highest Rates in CMS

These are the CMS schools with more than 25 total criminal or violent incidents reported per 1,000 students in 2015-16. Lincoln Heights Academy and Turning Point Academy are small alternative schools that serve students with behavioral issues.

Lincoln Heights: 490 per 1,000

Turning Point: 70.1 per 1,000

Garinger High: 44.4 per 1,000

Sterling Elementary: 39.9 per 1,000

Rocky River High: 38.3 per 1,000

West Mecklenburg High: 37.6 per 1,000

Martin Luther King Middle: 36.3 per 1,000

Harding High: 30 per 1,000

Hopewell High: 29.9 per 1,000

Eastway Middle: 28.5 per 1,000

Martin Middle: 26.4 per 1,000

Source: N.C. Department of Public Instruction

 

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CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in January 29, 2017 Armed Robbery

From http://www.wbt.com, February 2, 2017

CMPD detectives with the Armed Robbery Unit are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for an attempted armed robbery that occurred on January 29 at around 11:45 p.m. at the Food Mart in the 2700 block of Freedom Drive.  Employees advised officers that an unknown black male, wearing all black, had attempted to rob the business at gunpoint and then fled on foot towards Enderly Road.

The suspect is described as approximately 5’8” and 180 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black pants with grey sweatpants underneath, blue gloves, and white, black and blue shoes.

This same suspect is responsible for the armed robbery of a store in Pineville earlier Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this incident, please refer to CMPD report number 20170129-2342-01.

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CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Fugitive

From http://www.wbt.com, January 31, 2017

Davon Montae Davis is Wanted for Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Damage to Property, and Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device.

Davon Montae Davis – CMPD file photo

Davis was court ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his pre-trial release.  On January 30, 2017, Davis cut off his electronic monitor and was last known to be in the area of 303 E. Trade Street, Charlotte.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Davis should immediately contact the Electronic Monitoring Unit at 704-432-8888, option #3 or call 911.

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CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in January 31,2017 Armed Robbery

From http://www.wbt.com, February 2, 2017

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for an armed robbery from a business.

On January 31, shortly after 9 p.m., University City Division patrol officers responded to the CVS, located at 10515 Mallard Creek Road, in reference to an armed robbery from business.  Upon arrival, employees advised officers that a black male had robbed their store at gunpoint of prescription drugs.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, thin build, with a long goatee and was last seen wearing a long sleeve dark t-shirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this incident, please refer to CMPD report number 2017-0131-2104-01.

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CMPD Releases Crime Rates for 2016

From WBT.com, January 31, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney presented 2016 crime statistics for the city of Charlotte Tuesday.

Putney said that in 2016 CMPD handled 475,000 calls for service and made almost 20,000 arrests. He also added the department seized 1,758 guns.

CMPD tweeted both violent and property crime were up ten percent in 2016.

Putney said there were 68 homicides in 2016, up 16 percent from the year before.

Putney added people are too quick to resolve disputes with gun violence.

He also added auto theft was up 25 percent and larceny from auto was up 32 percent.

To counter the increase in crime Putney is requesting more officers.

“We still need 125 more officers,” Putney said. A request the city was unable to meet last year.

“Luckily though, we got funding for 15 through a federal grant,” Putney said.

Putney said officers will be assigned throughout Charlotte to the areas with the greatest need.

Putney also discussed police-involved fatal shootings.

He said there were five fatal officer-involved shootings in 2016 and made a plea to citizens.

“The time to handle a disagreement with a police officer is not during that encounter on the side of the road,” Putney said.

“Have your day in court, cooperate,  communicate, and allow us to deescalate,” Putney said.

CMPD has hosted several community engagement workshops and Putney asked that residents make an effort to get to know a police officer.

“It’s hard to hate up close up,” CMPD tweeted.

Putney is hoping to bridge the gap between the community and officers and rebuild trust in the community.

 

Published in: on January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Suspect in Shooting of 5 yr. Old Girl

Suspect is Convicted Felon; Should be Considered Armed and Dangerous

From http://www.wcnc.com by Michelle Boudin, November 11, 2016

Police need your help trying to find a man wanted for shooting a 5-year-old girl, who authorities say is armed and dangerous.

The little girl had surgery Thursday night and is considered to be in critical but stable condition after being struck when the suspect fired into the car in which she was riding.

You can hear the horror in the 911 caller’s voice.

“I need police at 1501 North Tryon. A little girl’s got shot.”

“Okay, I gotta get MEDIC on the phone.”

A 5-year-old little girl was hit in a drive-by shooting as police say 27-year-old Patrick Glenn fired at the car she was a passenger in.

It happened at the intersection of College and 12th Streets, but the driver of the car she was in stopped a few blocks away at a 7-Eleven to call for help.

There were four others in the car, including another child, but no one else was hit.

Police are asking for help finding Glenn and are warning that he is armed and dangerous. Glenn is a convicted felon who shouldn’t have had a gun and is also wanted for another shooting.

“It’s terrible. I had no idea– shocked– especially when a kid is involved, so pointless and angry.”

Police are looking for a newer model silver Nissan Sentra. If you have any information on the car or where Glenn is hiding, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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A Dream Come True for Charlotte

Mayor Roberts Choked, through her decisions to decline Governor Pat McCrory’s offer of assistance from the National Guard & State Highway Patrol Troopers and to not declare a curfew after Tuesday night, she aided and abetted a riot

From The Charlotte Observer by Keith Larson, September 28, 2016

The furious crowd made up largely of African-American citizens packed Charlotte’s City Council chambers and for two hours filled the air with pointed calls for the resignation of the city’s liberal Democrat mayor and African-American police chief.

Not your typical script or casting.

Across the country a few days earlier, headlines screamed:

“Blood Runs in Charlotte” – Washington Post

“More Violence in Charlotte After Shootings” – New York Times

“Tensions Explode in Charlotte” – USA Today

Not your typical headlines. At least not about Charlotte.

How we got here cannot be adequately answered in this space, but here are a few key elements.

At the core are Charlotte police officers and a man named Keith Lamont Scott. The officers were looking to serve an arrest warrant near an apartment complex.

They spotted Scott in a truck rolling a marijuana blunt but paid him little mind until they saw a gun. A pinch of pot, cops may overlook. A gun and marijuana where kids are headed home from school, they can’t. Moments later Mr. Scott was dead.

Witnesses, social and traditional news media, activist groups, and even the deceased man’s family all played their now too-familiar parts in spreading fact and fiction after an officer-involved shooting. Protesters took to the streets Tuesday night. Most were peaceful, but there were enough purely opportunistic punks and perpetrators on Wednesday to turn uptown from the scene of a demonstration and civil disobedience into one of vandalism, looting, and violence.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney was calm and controlled Wednesday morning. He told me of the “violent, aggressive, destructive … riotous behavior” that had resulted in 16 police officers injured and substantial property damaged. I asked what he was expecting for Wednesday night.

“I’m expecting to make sure we’re prepared for whatever we see.”

Enter Charlotte’s Mayor. Jennifer Roberts was a startled, stumbling embodiment of confusion from the outset; wringing her hands rather than clearing her head and leading with confidence.

Having seen all that happened Tuesday night – when CMPD “couldn’t be as responsive as needed” because “resources were tied up,” according to the Chief – Roberts still declined an offer from Governor Pat McCrory of assistance from the National Guard and State Highway Patrol. She deferred declaring a curfew.

Roberts choked. Wednesday night brought Tuesday’s sequel. While editors at the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today were watching their TVs and writing those Thursday headlines, the Chief went ahead and reached out to McCrory for help.

Roberts stayed low-key for days. This Tuesday, she wrote in the Observer: “The lack of transparency and communication about the timing of the investigation and release of the video footage was not acceptable.” Sounds like she’s driving a bus and aiming it at the Chief.

Putney did an admirable job managing events uptown after the shooting but is not without fault. He shot himself in the foot by following Charlotte GuvCo’s tradition of secrecy: He would not release the videos of the shooting. Putney said he believes “in transparency” but not “full transparency.” Huh? He finally released the tapes but only after being backed into a corner by Mr. Scott’s widow releasing a video of her own.

Mayor Roberts is a different story. Through her decisions to not secure for the city the additional resources it needed and to not call a curfew Wednesday night, she aided and abetted a riot. And she helped a long-time Charlotte dream come true.

To become a city known to the country by its first name only.

Published in: on October 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mob Mentality in Charlotte

Special to The Pittsburgh Tribune Review by Pat Buchanan, September 27, 2016

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, “This is what democracy looks like.”

Well, if Barber is right, so, too, was John Adams, who warned us that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

In the first two nights of rioting, the mob in Charlotte injured a dozen police officers, beat white people, looted stores, blocked traffic, shut down interstate highways, got one person shot and killed and forced the call-up of state troopers and National Guard to rescue an embattled police force.

This was mobocracy, a criminal takeover of Charlotte’s downtown by misfits hurling racist and obscene insults and epithets not only at the cops but also at bystanders and reporters sent to cover their antics.

We have seen this before. It was a rerun of Ferguson, Baltimore and Manhattan after mobs in those cities concluded that innocent black men had been deliberately killed by “racist white cops.”

Yet, one week later, what do we know of the precipitating event in Charlotte?

Keith Scott, 43, a black father of seven, was shot and killed not by a white cop but by a black cop who shouted to him, along with others, almost 10 times — “Drop the gun!”

An ex-con whose convictions included assault with a deadly weapon, Scott was wearing an ankle holster and carrying a handgun.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney, also black, after viewing video from a dash-cam and a body-cam of the officers involved, recommended against filing any charges.

The chief concedes that he cannot, from the video, see a gun in Scott’s hands at the time he was shot.

But how is the legitimate investigation of Scott’s death advanced by a mob? And if mass civil disobedience is what “democracy looks like” in 2016, why are we surprised that other nations look less and less to American democracy as their model?

Moreover, if these reversions of the enraged to street action become the new normal, what do they portend for the country?

Blanket cable news coverage of the Ferguson riots split us along racial lines. But what purpose did they serve? Even Eric Holder’s Justice Department concluded that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown, who tried to grab Officer Wilson’s gun.

In New York, the five cops who piled on Eric Garner to subdue him never intended to injure him, said an Investigating Grand Jury. Well over 300 pounds, Garner suffered from obesity, diabetes, asthma and hypertension, and he died not of a police choke-hold but a heart attack.

Yes, there have been incidents when cops made mistakes and cases where cops acted criminally. In Tulsa last week, after a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black man who appeared to offer no threat, she was charged with first-degree manslaughter. Is not this, rather than marching mobs, the way to handle such incidents?

If every collision between white cops and black men resulting in the death of a suspect is to be seen as grounds for mob action like Charlotte, we will never know racial peace.

The street action may be what “democracy looks like” to Barber’s NAACP. But to most Americans, it looks like a formula for endless racial conflict — and a touch of fascism in the night.

Published in: on October 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte’s Keith Lamont Scott: Armed and Dangerous

From The New American by C. Mitchell Shaw, September 29, 2016

The violent riots and looting in Charlotte, North Carolina, are — according to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) crowd — actions of “protest” over the officer-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott (shown at right and below). The BLM crowd and Scott’s family — including, and especially, his wife — have said Scott was unarmed.

Keith Lamont Scott: Armed and Dangerous

Police said he was armed and posed an imminent danger.

Who’s correct?

The evidence makes it clear that Scott was not only armed but dangerous — based on statements by Scott’s wife prior to the Charlotte shooting as well as the fact that the handgun recovered at the scene was ready to fire (more on both points below).

Yet despite the presence of the handgun, the family and the BLM “protesters” have denied, and continue to deny, that Scott had a gun. Of course, as The New American reported last week, it is an established fact that Scott has used guns and other weapons in previous violent crimes. In fact, Scott served several years in a Texas prison for firing two shots at police officers who were attempting to arrest him for shooting another man. In that incident, neither officer was hit, and Scott was apprehended without further trouble. Scott confessed to shooting and seriously injuring one Anthony Trinidad.

As we said in the article linked above:

keith lamont scott arrest

Scott had a long and violent criminal record that included felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an episode where — while evading arrest — Scott fired two shots at police officers before being apprehended by those officers.

But — even while reporting on Scott’s violent past and the recovery of the gun, mainstream media have largely ignored some key facts in this case. For instance, one of those charges against Scott was made by his wife, Rakeyia, less than a year ago. While making those charges on October 3, 2015, she also began the process of filing a restraining order and said Scott was “armed” and that officers needed to consider him a “danger.” That order was dated October 5, 2015. On the form she was asked the reason for officers to consider him dangerous. She wrote “he carries a 9mm” and described the handgun as “black.”

The gun recovered at the scene of Scott’s shooting (shown above and below) was a black handgun which appears to be a black subcompact. Police have said that the gun recovered at the scene was stolen in a burglary and later purchased by Scott.

gun

On that same complaint form, Rakeyia wrote about Scott:

He hit my 8 year old in the head a total of three times with is [sic] fist. He kicked me and threaten [sic] to kill us last night with his gun. He said he is a “killer” and we should know that.

Rakeyia Scott dropped the charges and released the restraining order 11 days later and seems to have forgotten all about it, because in a video she released of the shooting, she can be heard to repeatedly tell officers that Scott does not have a weapon. She has continued to say that was the case. The officers, however are heard telling Scott at least 10 times to “drop the gun.” Rakeyia is heard at least four times warning Scott “Don’t you do it” before he was shot.

Even if Rakeyia’s memories of the most recent restraining order and assault charges she filed against her husband are a little foggy, it seems she would remember the time she filed charges against him in 2004 for stabbing her. Court documents reveal that she said Scott “assaulted me several times by stabbing me in the back, almost puncturing my lungs, he sliced me [sic] ear and bruised my body.”

gun

All of this indicates that this was not Scott’s first rodeo. He was a dangerous man with a past of violent assaults involving weapons. And — though the mainstream media seem to have completely overlooked this fact — the picture of the gun above shows something interesting. The gun is cocked (the hammer can be seen in the fully cocked position, and the safety (located just above the grip and toward the rear of the gun) is off. This gun is in the firing position. All that was left was for Scott to pull the trigger, as he had done in the past. An ankle holster was recovered at the scene, indicating that Scott had certainly drawn the weapon, since the holster was unsnapped and the gun — ready to fire — was found lying beside him where he fell after being shot.

So, even as the BLM crowd and mainstream media have made much of the fact that none of the available videos shows Scott pointing a weapon (in fact, because of the angles of the videos, his hands cannot be seen), it is clear from just what is known so far that Scott was armed and dangerous and — judging from his past and the fact that the stolen gun he was carrying was cocked and the safety was off — was prepared to shoot police officers.

Of course, none of that will matter to the radicalized BLM “protesters” who have exploited this as a rationale to loot, burn, and terrorize the city of Charlotte.

Published in: on October 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment