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.
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.
A lot of people do dumb things but this woman has really taken dumbness to the next level. Amber Watford was taken into custody after she stole an Alaskan State Trooper’s patrol car in which her husband was in custody. How much dumber can you get?
The 28 year old, Amber Watford, allegedly slipped into the patrol car while the apparent inattentive officer was engaged with a passing motorist. The officer certainly has some responsibility in this as well.
The Associated Press reports that after Josh Watford, Amber’s husband, was placed in the back of a patrol car, a passing motorist hit up the arresting officer for some aptly-timed small talk. With the officer’s attention diverted elsewhere, Amber hopped behind the wheel and sped away.
The car was located by authorities not far from where it was stolen in Big Lake, a tiny community of approximately 3500 people which is approximately 65 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. According to reports, the Watfords were arrested the following day in a home about 45 miles north of Anchorage in Wasilla.
A lot of people wonder about the younger generation. Take a look at the actions of some of their parents. Hopefully these two…… do not have kids.
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.
This is one of the most poignant testimonies that I think I’ve ever heard. This was played in church today and the place exploded. To some it may start off a bit slow but really gets real interesting at the 3:30 mark. This pastor, Ron Archer talks about being born to a prostitute and his atheist upbringing. Most importantly he talks about how GOD brought him out. I hope you check this out and let me know what you think. It is powerful!
If you need a touch from God today…. send me a check for $1000 and I will send you a touch… from God. That used to be a joke that some people used to make years ago after seeing some of the televangelists’ on television and watching how they operate. There was an article on this blog called “Money And Church In The Now…” where I talked about the current state of the church and how it has turned into big business but now this:
A single Florida mother said she recently received a delinquency notice from a church that she joined about six months ago. Candace Petterson said she received a letter from her church, Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, asking her to bring her “account up to date” by contributing $50 a month along with other assorted fees, so that she could remain in good standing and also to be able to vote on church matters. She was also asked to pay a yearly anniversary fee of $250 and another $150 fee for Mount Moriah Day. Part of this amount totaling $1000, would be set aside to pay off church debt. The letter, which originated from assistant administrator Ladreda Spencer and Pastor B.R. Fulton Jr., also indicated that Petterson’s 11-year old daughter was also expected to pay a reduced amount.
WFTS-TV is reporting that church officials are acknowledging that they sent the letter but they have offered no additional information. Fot those of you who are wondering why some people don’t and won’t go to church….. START HERE!
This lady did the right thing! It is great that she has taken on the cause of Civil Rights, there is no question about that. The question is: Why the deception? At this point, her continued presence would definitely be an unnecessary distraction for this organization.
Conversation about Dolezal as NAACP President has taken on a life of its’ own and has now gone international.
Her resignation in part reads as follows:
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley”…….
“And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity”…..
On Friday, the NAACP had issued a statement of support of Dolezal. Their statement indicated that they stand behind her advocacy record and that a person’s race does not qualify him or her from taking leadership roles within the organization.
Memorial day is a time to honor our veterans yet there is at least one community that is outraged at a fraud by one of their neighbors. The guy in this video is apparently perpetrating a fraud and is now being exposed. There are a lot of people who are now cynical about giving because of people like this. A non-profit that built a specially-adapted house for wounded Army veteran Justin Perez-Gorda is now ‘weighing its options’, after stories of the severity of his injuries are now in question. Perez-Gorda has been seen walking by several neighbors and has even been caught on film unloading wood from his SUV. I won’t insult you with anymore of the details as you can watch the video for yourself.
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.