ARIZONA OFFICER INTENTIONALLY RUNS OVER SUSPECT

I don’t really have time to give you all of the particulars on this one but trust me, it’s graphic and worth seeing.  Apparently the suspect in this video would not stop and is headed to an area where there are people in an office building.  Deadly force is warranted according to police.  What happens next is straight out of a movie……

BE ENCOURAGED? GWINNETT PASTOR CHARGED THOUSANDS TO DISABLED MAN’S CREDIT CARDS

Cops: Gwinnett pastor charged thousands to disabled man’s credit cards

There is a lot to be encouraged about in this world.  I think we ought to be encouraged to stay strong as we go on about our daily business, be encouraged to stay focused on whatever task there is at hand, be encouraged to treat others properly, and by all means be encouraged to watch out for wolves in sheep clothing. 
That is what I want to talk about today (wolves in sheep clothing).
AJC.com is reporting the following:
Robert Whittaker, the pastor of Gwinnett’s Be Encouraged Ministries, has been in jail since February.
Whittaker is accused of using a disabled man’s credit cards to make thousands of dollars in purchases.
Snellville police are asking any potential victims to come forward.

A new watch.

A girlfriend’s trips to the salon.

New wheels for a friend.

Cops: Gwinnett pastor charged thousands to disabled man’s credit cards photo

A Snellville pastor has been in jail for more than two months, accused of commandeering a disabled man’s credit cards — and opening new ones — to purchase those luxury items and more.

Police are searching for other possible victims.

Robert Whittaker, the founder and pastor of Be Encouraged Ministries, was charged with exploitation of a disabled adult on Feb. 5. He has remained in the Gwinnett County jail — a place he’s very familiar with — since.

Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead said that Whittaker’s latest legal troubles began when he “offered to care for” a disabled church member with short-term memory loss while his wife was at work.

“While caring for the man, (Whittaker) convinced (the victim) to open credit cards at various locations and authorize him to make charges on the card,” Whitehead said. “… Whittaker also opened credit cards in the victim’s name authorizing (Whittaker) to sign and make charges.”

Whittakers’ alleged purchases included a new watch, hair appointments for a girlfriend and car repairs and new wheels for a friend.

The alleged victim’s wife reportedly found out after she started getting calls from creditors “wanting payments on accounts she didn’t know they had.”

“She said she contacted Mr. Whittaker by text and told him that she knew he had been spending their money and would have to pay it,” an incident report said. “He said he would in a text back, (but the victim’s wife) hasn’t heard from him since.”

Online records show Whittaker’s most recent arrest was his 12th in Gwinnett County, with prior charges ranging from aggravated assault and drug trafficking to driving without a license. In a video on the Be Encouraged Ministries Facebook page, the pastor talks about growing up in Buffalo, snatching purses and robbing drug dealers.

Here is a youtube.com video of this thief  pastor.

“Pastor Whittaker was incarcerated for robbing and selling drugs until he decided to change his life and worship GOD,” the Facebook page says. “He is a real dude that doesn’t judge anybody for who they used to be but encourages them for whom they will become.”

I think you should be encouraged to stay away from this man and begin to listen to God for yourself instead of every person who comes by and pretends to know God.

Snellville police are asking any other potential victims to come forward. Detectives can be reached at 770-985-3555.

SOUTH AFRICA’S 2 YEAR OLD DJ AJ

You absolutely never know how early and individual steps into his or her gift.  Apparently this young kid has already stepped into his at the tender age of two.  His name is Oratilwe Hlongwane, aka DJ AJ.  He is from Alexandra, Johannesburg and has become a viral phenomenon on South Africa’s social media.  Though it may seem to some that he is only turning knobs, check out how he groves to the music as he crafts his magic.  DJ AJ is definitely in control.

The young boy’s father Glen Hlongwane purchased an iPad before his son was born and intended to download educational apps to speed up the boy’s education.  The father also downloaded a disc jockeying app for himself.  The young boy learned how to manipulate the equipment and the rest is “history in the mix”.  Get ready, get ready… because this kid is on his way to becoming a global phenomenon.

FATHER, SAVE ME FROM ME!

This is one of those posts that introduced itself.  I read a tweet that said the following:  “You’re never too broken for God to heal you”.

I then looked in my inbox and looked at my daily scriptures that I get.  I pulled up the one that I missed yesterday and it said the following:

1 Peter 2:24King James Version (KJV)

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This all made me think about a friend of mine named Joyce who died several years ago.  Joyce used to say all of the time, “Father, save me from me”.

That led me to the following song by one of Zoe Records recording artists.

Enjoy your day!!!

Deborah – Save me from me ft J. Williams @DeborahMusic @IAMJWILLIAMS

THREE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ACCEPTED INTO ALL EIGHT IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS

With high school and college graduations rapidly approaching, I thought it would be good to share with you the success of some of these young people.  Above is a video of a young man that someone told me about at work.  He graduated in 2010 and was the valedictorian of his class.  His speech is awesome and will bring you to tears.  He received over one million dollars in scholarships.  A few current students are listed below and all of them have been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

A Minnesota high school student has achieved the rare honor of being accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools, plus more highly accredited colleges.

“I was very surprised,” Munira Khalif, senior at Mounds Park Academy, said. “The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement. This was truly a blessing from God.

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Decisions, decisions.

A North Carolina student who was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools will have to make a tough choice and decide where he wants to attend college in the fall.

Victor Agbafe, a student at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, also could go to Stanford or Duke because he was accepted at those prestigious institutions as well.

The 17-year-old got into 14 schools in all.

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Another high school student,  of Long Island, was also accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

Ekeh, 18, was editor of his student paper and CEO of the Model UN.

He moved from moved from Nigeria to Long Island at the age of eight, got a 2270 on his SATs and also has plans to be a neurosurgeon so he can find an Alzheimer’s cure for his grandmother.

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SOUTH CAROLINA COP CHARGED WITH MURDER IN BLACK MAN’S DEATH

I  just had to post this story and video.  It is absolutely unbelievable that a competent individual in our society would gun down an individual in this manner.  The thing that I am happy about is the fact that someone was there with a cell phone on their camera and taped it all.  Otherwise, there probably would have been a different story.  The story and video are below and I will not be repetitive and tell you what you’ll be reading if you chose to continue reading.  The first video is unedited and the actual footage as taped by the individual who saw the entire incident.  I’m still in shock………………..!

 

Video Shows Fatal Police Shooting

In video provided to The New York Times, a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., is seen shooting an apparently unarmed man after a scuffle following a traffic stop.

Publish Date April 7, 2015.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

The shooting came on the heels of high-profile instances of police officers’ using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. The deaths have set off a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men.

A White House task force has recommended a host of changes to the nation’s police policies, and President Obama sent Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to cities around the country to try to improve police relations with minority neighborhoods.

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Officer Michael T. Slager

North Charleston is South Carolina’s third-largest city, with a population of about 100,000. African-Americans make up about 47 percent of residents, and whites account for about 37 percent. The Police Department is about 80 percent white, according to data collected by the Justice Department in 2007, the most recent period available.

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Mayor Keith Summey said during the news conference. “And if you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.

Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.

But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.

Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men, and Officer Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing. He falls after the last of eight shots.

The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something up off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.

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For several minutes after the shooting, Walter L. Scott remained face down with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The Supreme Court has held that an officer may use deadly force against a fleeing suspect only when there is probable cause that the suspect “poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”

Officer Slager served in the Coast Guard before joining the force five years ago, his lawyer said. The police chief of North Charleston did not return repeated calls. Because police departments are not required to release data on how often officers use force, it was not immediately clear how often police shootings occurred in North Charleston, a working-class community adjacent to the tourist destination of Charleston.

Mr. Scott had been arrested about 10 times, mostly for failing to pay child support or show up for court hearings, according to The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston. He was arrested in 1987 on an assault and battery charge and convicted in 1991 of possession of a bludgeon, the newspaper reported. Mr. Scott’s brother, Anthony, said he believed Mr. Scott had fled from the police on Saturday because he owed child support.

“He has four children; he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record,” said Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family. “He had a job; he was engaged. He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

Mr. Stewart said the coroner had told him that Mr. Scott was struck five times — three times in the back, once in the upper buttocks and once in the ear — with at least one bullet entering his heart. It is not clear whether Mr. Scott died immediately. (The coroner’s office declined to make the report available to The Times.)

Police reports say that officers performed CPR and delivered first aid to Mr. Scott. The video shows that for several minutes after the shooting, Mr. Scott remained face down with his hands cuffed behind his back. A second officer arrives, puts on blue medical gloves and attends to Mr. Scott, but is not shown performing CPR. As sirens wail in the background, a third officer later arrives, apparently with a medical kit, but is also not seen performing CPR.

The debate over police use of force has been propelled in part by videos like the one in South Carolina. In January, prosecutors in Albuquerque charged two police officers with murder for shooting a homeless man in a confrontation that was captured by an officer’s body camera. Federal prosecutors are investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died last year in Staten Island after a police officer put him in a chokehold, an episode that a bystander captured on video. A video taken in Cleveland shows the police shooting a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying a fake gun in a park. A White House policing panel recommended that police departments put more video cameras on their officers.

Mr. Scott’s brother said his mother had called him on Saturday, telling him that his brother had been shot by a Taser after a traffic stop. “You may need to go over there and see what’s going on,” he said his mother told him. When he arrived at the scene of the shooting, officers told him that his brother was dead, but he said they had no explanation for why. “This just doesn’t sound right,” he said in an interview. “How do you lose your life at a traffic stop?”

Anthony Scott said he last saw his brother three weeks ago at a family oyster roast. “We hadn’t hung out like that in such a long time,” Mr. Scott said. “He kept on saying over and over again how great it was.”

At the roast, Mr. Scott got to do two of the things he enjoyed most: tell jokes and dance. When one of Mr. Scott’s favorite songs was played, he got excited. “He jumped up and said, ‘That’s my song,’ and he danced like never before,” his brother said.

TEEN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT DIES FLEEING POLICE

This is a story that I remember and I’m really sad to hear that it turned out this way.  I definitely can recall the feeling that I had when I learned that they were denying this young man a heart transplant because of his troubled past.  This could have a better result but…  He has definitely proved all of his naysayers right by doing what he did.  And he really did it this time…

AJC.com is reporting:

A troubled teenager who received a controversial heart transplant less than two years ago died Tuesday after he lost control of his car during a high-speed chase with Roswell police.

Anthony Stokes, 17, of Decatur, was also a suspect in a failed burglary and a carjacking, which police believe were linked to the fatal crash of the black Honda Accord on Ga 9, Officer Lisa Holland said.

Stokes made international news in August 2013 after the media reported that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston had not put him on a transplant list. The hospital ruled he was a bad candidate for the organ because of his background that suggested he would be “uncompliant” in treatment and had brushes with the law.

Teen suspect who died after Roswell police chase was heart recipient photo

His mother, Melencia Hamilton, then told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that hospital officials stereotyped her son, who wore a court-ordered monitoring device, as a troubled teen.

“It just seemed they decided he’s a troublemaker, and that’s not true,” she said in August 2013.

Attempts to reach Hamilton for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Anthony Stokes gets a new heart photo

Channel 2 Action News

Stokes suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, fails to pump enough blood.

People who receive transplants must adhere to strict medication regimens to keep their bodies from rejecting the organs. A person can be disqualified if hospital officials think the patient won’t stick to that regimen, has no support system or an inability to pay for expensive anti-rejection medicines.

At the time Stokes was diagnosed, doctors said he would die within six to nine months without a transplant, Hamilton said. The hospital reversed course and Stokes received a heart after his mother and critics from civil rights organizations contended he was denied the heart because he was poor, black and had trouble with the law, which his mother said was for fighting.

Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday night that it had confirmed that Stokes was the same Anthony Stokes who died after fleeing police following a carjacking and a burglary. An elderly Roswell woman told the news station Stokes shot at her — pointing to bullet holes in her walls — after he kicked in her door and found her inside watching television.

His Facebook page had pictures of him showing off a pistol, the news station reported.

The Honda was reported carjacked in Dunwoody, Holland said. Police responding to a burglary call on Alpine Drive spotted it and pursued after noting it matched the description of the car that fled the burglary scene, Holland said. Stokes crashed while approaching Hembree Road.

He clipped a car in the intersection and then jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian before colliding with a SunTrust Bank sign, Holland said.

“He lost control and there was a long set of skid marks,” she said.

The driver of the other car was uninjured, the injured pedestrian was doing well at the scene, Holland said. Stokes died after rescue workers cut him out of Honda, Holland said.

The pedestrian, 33-year-old Clementina Hernandez, is stable and in good condition in North Fulton Hospital, Lindsey Harber, spokeswoman North Fulton Hospital, told Channel 2.

Police are still trying to connect the car to the burglary, which occurred a couple of minutes before the car chase, Holland said.

Police aren’t sure whether a gun was fired, Holland said. The burglar fled in a black car.

“We haven’t really connected that he was the person who did the burglary,” she said. “He may have been running from something else.”

The crash is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.