A Majority of Cop Killers Have Been White

Investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on Saturday.

By: Gabrielle Canon/Mother Jones|

As officials continue to investigate Saturday’s tragic killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,  details have surfaced  about the suspect, 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. Anti-police posts he appears to have published on social media sites prior to the killings have lead many to connect his crime to protests that occurred in previous weeks, and some commenters have cast blame on officials including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama, all of whom have condemmed  the violence. (Read my colleague Kevin Drum’s response to that .)

But, while every killing of an officer is a tragedy, it is worth noting, as my colleague Shane Bauer reported  in the context of another story, assaults and felony killings of police officers in the US are down sharply over the past two decades. Attention has also been focused on Brinsley’s race, but FBI data shows that, though African Americans are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than whites, the majority of assailants who felonious killed police officers in the past year were white.


You Don’t Pull on Superman’s Cape and You Don’t Mess With A Black Woman’s Hair!

By CityFella,

US Postal Worker, Rachel Meyers did NOT like what she saw in the mirror.


She didn’t like it at all!  And the 26 year old was not happy and the workers of Century 27 Beauty Salon in Manhattan will not soon forget her.

She came in as a walk in client on Wednesday.  She told the workers at the salon she was on her lunch break and wanted her weave taken out.  The workers said she turned…  and started flipping out because they were moving too slow.

Before they could say, let me re-do this…Rachel started throwing chairs, hair dryers and what ever she could get her hands on.    She even threw a curling iron station at a stylist which hit a client instead.   “causing a lacerations, bruising, and substantial pain in her knee to the innocent bystander.

(Imagine sitting there,  enjoying your Essences Magazine and you glance  up to see a curling iron station hurdling towards you)

The manager of the salon says Meyers mail cart was abandon outside the salon.

The police found her nearby.  Her hair was still wet and puffed like an afro.

Ms Meyers was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault, and was released without bail with an arraignment on Saturday, court records show.

She’s due in Manhattan Court September 10th.


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