Truthfully answer this question. Imagine this scenario: You have two kids who are now in their late teens and early twenties. One day, they try to murder you and your spouse and then attempt to burn the house down. You and your spouse have very visible injuries. Could you forgive these MONSTERS???
I did in fact call them MONSTERS! I brought this up because the Georgia parents who are in this situation, Yvonne and Zachery Ervin, recently spoke to the media and said that they forgive their sons for carrying out this heinous act against them. I originally posted their story on September 7, 2015. “Those were not our boys that did that to us. We did not raise our boys that way,” Yvonne Ervin told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas. “We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we’re just praying that the world forgives them in the same way that we forgive them,” said Mrs. Ervin. The young men are accused of drugging their parents, assaulting them, and trying to blow up their home which is located on Forbes Trail in Gwinnett County.
One of the Atlanta-area brothers accused of trying to kill their parents told investigators he had schemed to murder them “since he was 11 years old,” police said. Mrs. Ervin went on to say that “we forgive our sons and love them unconditionally. And we had to make sure that they understand that.” Okay, one thing I do know a lot about is forgiveness. I also know that you can forgive someone without ever trusting them again. I can’t imagine the parents ever letting these MONSTERS back into their home again. As a matter of fact, if I were them, I would consider moving without ever letting them know where I moved. These MONSTERS tried unsuccessfully to kill their parents the first time, and the parents may not be so lucky if their “sons” get a second chance to finish what they started.
I recently had a conversation with a few co-workers about this situation and several points were brought up that I had not considered. Is there something more sinister going on here that the media has not yet touched upon? Were these boys abused…sexually? Were they mentally abused? Were they on drugs? These were just a few of the questions that my co-workers brought up. I really have no idea and I certainly do not want to victimize the victims. But…..who are the real victims here? I want to know your thoughts about this horrific situation.
It has now been a few days since the an overly aggressive NYC Police Officer tackled innocent former tennis star, James Blake, and cuffed him for 15 minutes. This was a case of mistaken identification and yet it still does not sit well with most who hear this story. A picture of the intended suspect, who resembles Blake, has also surfaced yet that has absolutely nothing to do with how Blake was treated.
“I don’t think this person should ever have a badge or a gun again … I don’t think it’s too much to ask … I think that that kind of police officer tarnishes the badge, which I have the utmost respect for and I believe that the majority of police officers do great work and they’re heroes. So this person doesn’t ever belong in the same sentence with the heroes that are doing the right kind of police work and keeping the public safe.”
James Frascatore, the plainclothes officer in question, has been named in a number of civil rights lawsuits where excessive force was alleged. He has also been the subject of at least four civilian complaints. This time he may have gone too far. With the current climate centering around abuse by cops and the high profile nature of his most current victim, James Blake, I’m pretty certain that Frascatore’s days are numbered. I still think that Blake should sue in order to shed more light on an issue that is very prevalent in our society today.
This is one of those stories along with an accompanying video that makes me sick to my stomach. My hope and my wish is that James Blake will sue the arresting officer and the NYC Police Department. There are too many ways that this incident could have been avoided but instead… this young man was humiliated and cuffed because this overzealous (I could include more adjectives) officer did not do due diligence. He could have easily identified himself and… questioned Blake until he was satisfied that this was/was not the suspect that he was looking for.
Here is a picture of Blake and the suspect that they were seeking.
Blake is on the left and the unidentified suspect’s picture is on the right.
Check out the story from the Associated Press below:
NEW YORK (AP) — Video surveillance released Friday of the mistaken arrest of former tennis star James Blake shows a plainclothes police officer who has a history of excessive-force complaints grabbing Blake by the arm and tackling him to the ground.
Officer James Frascatore’s rough arrest of the hometown favorite outside a midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday prompted apologies from New York City’s mayor and police commissioner.
Frascatore was the subject of four civilian complaints in a seven-month period of 2013, and he has been named in two federal civil rights lawsuits as being among a group of officers accused of beating, pepper spraying and falsely arresting two Queens men in separate incidents that year.
The surveillance footage shows Blake standing against a silver post outside the Grand Hyatt New York when Frascatore approaches suddenly, grabs Blake, spins him around and throws him to the ground.
Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesman, released the video Friday and said Blake was interviewed by internal affairs detectives Thursday night.
Frascatore, who has four years on the force and previously worked as a police officer in Florida, was the officer who arrested Blake, a law enforcement official confirmed Friday. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said one of the complaints was exonerated, another dismissed, a third — for refusing to identify himself — was substantiated, and the status of the fourth was unclear.
In a statement, Blake said that “while I continue to believe the vast majority of our police officers are dedicated public servants who conduct themselves appropriately, I know that what happened to me is not uncommon.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement that the city “extends deepest apologies to Mr. Blake” and that both the mayor and police commissioner “stand ready” to meet with Blake.
“The incident remains under investigation to determine what contributed to the errors made, who may be held accountable, and what we can learn to prevent these mistakes from being repeated in the future,” they said.
Bratton said earlier Friday that investigators were reviewing the officer’s disciplinary record “understanding that some of those issues were exonerated.” He didn’t elaborate.
A number listed for Frascatore, 38, wasn’t in service Friday and a spokesman for his union declined to comment on the claims.
Patrick J. Lynch, head of the police officer’s union, said the officer was apprehending “what he had every reason to believe was an individual who had just committed a crime.”
He said he regrets any embarrassment or injury suffered by Blake as a result, but the apprehension was made “under fluid circumstances where the subject might have fled, and the officer did a professional job of bringing the individual to the ground.”
Frascatore’s four complaints to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates claims of police misconduct, are more than average for an officer. Three-fourths of the department has two or fewer complaints against them, according to the board’s data. The complaints against Frascatore were first reported by radio’s WNYC.
In one of the federal lawsuits, Warren Diggs claims Frascatore and other officers arrested him in the driveway of his own home in January 2013 as he attempted to go inside to get his ID, hitting him on the head so hard he fell down and then pepper spraying him, court papers show. City lawyers are reviewing that case, a spokesman for the Law Department said.
Four months later, Stefon Luckey claims Frascatore was among a group of officers who punched him, pepper-sprayed him and hurled racial epithets at him outside a Queens deli, the lawsuit said. Luckey’s lawyer, Philip Hines, said his client texted him after Frascatore’s name became public: “Everything done in the dark eventually comes to light.”
Lawyers for the city “are in the early stages of litigation,” in that case, Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said.
Blake, 38, was arrested after he was misidentified as being involved in a fraudulent credit card scheme that was using the hotel for deliveries, police have said.
Blake had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals. Before retiring after the 2013 U.S. Open, he won 10 singles titles, most recently in 2007.
Twice he reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, a hometown tournament that seemed to bring out his best play.
The story has been corrected based on information from a law enforcement official to show that the officer received four complaints, not five, from the New York City agency charged with investigating allegations of police misconduct.
I remember quite vividly the words Whitney Houston sang in song “The Greatest Love of All”. She sang: “I believe the children are our future………” Ok, wait just one minute! I hope our future does not look as bleak as the story of these two brothers who tried unsuccessfully to murder their parents. It is so fortunate that their father was able to distract them long enough for their mother to call 911. This all took place at their Snellville,Georgia home.
Suspects pictured above from left to right Christian Colon 19, Jonathan Lucas 18, Kaheem Arbelo 20, Desiray Strickland 18. Arbelo and Strickland are said to have stayed behind at the scene to have sex.
I got the following article from Daily Mail.com website and this crime is simply atrocious. There is not a punishment good enough for these monsters who took the life of this young man. The fact that they lured him into the woods and began to cut him up was bad enough but they then…. buried him alive. I have no more words… Check out the article below:
Four Miami, Florida students allegedly hacked a 17-year-old boy to near death with a Machete then buried him alive before two of the teens had sex near the grisly scene.
Desiray Strickland, 18, was arrested on Wednesday making her the fourth suspect charged in the killing of Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, on June 28.
Kaheem Arbelo, 20, Jonathan Lucas, 18, and Christian Colon, 19, confessed to the murder last week following their arrest, said Miami-Dade police.
Arbelo is a suspected drug dealer at the school. Police expect to arrest a fifth in conjunction with the killing.
Jose Amaya Guardado 17, killed
The Miami Herald likened the arrest report to a scene from the novel Lord of the Flies in which a group of teenagers hunt each other like animals.
The report states that at one point Strickland became angry at the other suspects when they started allegedly hacking the boy to death without her.
She, ‘complained that she had missed the first series of machete strikes because she had walked away for a few minutes to urinate in the woods,’ according to the arrest report.
‘The victim made one last attempt to fight off the attackers,’ a detective wrote, ‘at which time, (Arbelo) struck the victim with the machete several more times until the victim’s face caved in.’
Police say that after the students buried Guardado that Strickland stayed behind with the supposed ringleader of the group Kaheem Arbelo to have sex near the murder scene before going back to the Homestead Job Corps school campus.
Authorities say the students are a part of a known group of bullies at the live-in school and vocational training program run by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Arbelo is an alleged school drug dealer and attack is thought to have stemmed from a debt owed to Arbelo from Guardado.
The school is a program aimed at helping students get high school diplomas along with teaching them skills like masonry and office administration.
‘Safety and security is our top priority,’ said a labor department spokesman.
‘Steps already have been taken to strengthen security at the Homestead center, and Job Corps is reviewing safety and security at all its centers,’ said spokesman Stephen Barr.
Barr said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the death and would be offering counseling for students.
Jose went missing on June 28 and was found in the woods days later by his brothers who saw two feet in a burned area, reports The New York Daily News.
‘The body was unrecognizable and decomposed,’ cousin Ana Morales wrote on a family fundraising page.
‘His brothers could not resist to see the body. They were crazy with grief hoping it was not Jose.’
Arbelo, Lucas and Colon confessed on video to the killings, but Strickland was not cooperative.
She tried to pick her handcuffs off with screw from a nearby electrical outlet and also head butted an officer.
She etched, ‘MPD Go to Hell’ on the table in the interview room, say police.
Guardado is described as being a shy and ‘peaceful young man.’
‘A crime is bad, but what Jose suffered was horrible,’ wrote his cousin Ana Morales.
The senseless murder of nine black men and women, who were at a bible study, by a white male with white supremacist ties has sparked outrage around the country. This horrific incident took place two days ago in Charleston, SC. An arrest has been made but the name of the suspect will not be entertained on this site. I am posting two songs in memory of the victims. The songs are: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” by Lauryn Hill & Tanya Blount and “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men.
The names of the victims are listed below:
State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41, pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Church, Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49.
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……
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………………..!
WASHINGTON — A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
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.
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.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the state’s criminal investigative body, has begun an inquiry into the shooting. The F.B.I. and the Justice Department, which has opened a string of civil rights investigations into police departments under Mr. Holder, is also investigating.
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.
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…
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.
Authorities were investigating after a burglary, a pedestrian hit and a car crash in Roswell on Tuesday afternoon. (Channel 2 Action News)
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.
Channel 2 Action News
Anthony Stokes, 15, has an enlarged heart and needs a transplant, his family said in 2013.
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.
Ok, I realize that I haven’t posted in a while. As a matter of fact, it’s been a long while. When I actually saw how long a span it has been, I really couldn’t believe it. Several people have sent me things to post and I haven’t posted any of them. One story came from A. Renae and it is one that I was going to post anyway. This is old news but in all actuality, any story that you read is old news. lol
There are some sad, sick people out in this world. Some of the things that people do amaze me to absolutely no end. The bright side is that mother and child are sure to have the happiest Christmas ever Consider the following story written by:
Beth Sawicki, WXIA
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A boy who was reported missing about four years ago was found in a Clayton County home Friday night.
Five people were also arrested at the house in the 800 block of Duke Court in Jonesboro,
Clayton County police were first called to the home shortly before 11 p.m. to perform a welfare check. Police Sgt. K.T. Hughes said the people inside the house denied knowing anything about a possible victim. Investigators searched the home, but didn’t find anything.
The police department received another call from the home a short time later, so officers returned to the location. As they searched the house, the missing boy was able to call his mother, who then told the police her son was hidden behind a false wall, Hughes said. Investigators found the boy behind the wall.
The five suspects were charged with obstruction, false imprisonment and cruelty to children. More charges are pending. Their names have not been released.
Hughes said the victim’s mother, who lives in another state, traveled to Georgia to see her son. They were reunited Saturday morning.