DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!
By Max R. Weller
Read the story and watch the video from CBS News here. Text is copied below in its entirety:
BATON ROUGE — Police have arrested and identified three young people who they say plotted to kill Baton Rouge cops using guns stolen from a pawn shop, officials said Tuesday.
Law enforcement said at a Tuesday press conference they believe it to be a substantial and credible threat on police officers in the Baton Rouge area.
Police arrested 17-year-old Antonio Thomas, 20-year-old Malik Bridgewater, and a 13-year-old juvenile in connection with the burglary at the Baton Rouge pawn shop, CBS Baton Rouge affiliate WAFB reports. A fourth suspect could still be at large, according to the station.
Trashone Coats, 23, was charged with Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. WAFB reports that Coats was released Tuesday.
The burglary at the pawn shop, which is in Baton Rouge, happened early Saturday morning, police say. WAFB reports that police believe the suspects broke in through the roof. Officials said eight handguns were stolen. Six guns have been recovered, and two are still missing, police said.
Seventeen-year-old Antonio Thomas was arrested at the shop after an “alert” Baton Rouge police officer responded, police said. The suspect was carrying a handgun and a BB pistol, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, Jr. said Tuesday.
That suspect told police the suspects were “looking for bullets” for the handguns in order to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area, Dabadie said.
Surveillance footage showed the alleged burglars breaking into the pawn shop through the roof using a ladder, WAFB reports.
“We took this as a very viable threat,” Dabadie said.
Bridgewater was arrested at his home, and the juvenile was arrested Monday and charged with burglary and theft of a firearm, Baton Rouge police tell CBS News.
One of the suspects allegedly told police that the planned attack was in response to the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police on July 5, WAFB reports.
Sterling’s death has spurred days of protests in Louisiana, and led to a federal civil rights investigation.
Police are looking for an additional potential suspect, and ask that he or she turn themselves in. They have not yet identified the possible suspect.
On Monday, a raid was conducted at a Baton Rouge home in connection to the case, WAFB reports. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted police in the investigation.
In case you were wondering why Baton Rouge police weren’t taking any chances with protesters who disobeyed lawful orders, now you know that they were on guard against an attempt to murder them. BTW. we won’t be seeing the booking photo of the 13-year-old suspect . . .
Why is there such a rush to mindlessly criticize the police? They receive a credible threat in Baton Rouge, which logically might be carried out at a protest rally, then they are portrayed in a negative light around the world for arresting a female demonstrator who refused to obey a lawful order to get off the roadway.
Yes, there are bad apples among the police forces around the country, but the officers accused of excessive force in the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings may very well be cleared. The former was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm (a violation of federal law) which he had brandished at another man and he was also resisting arrest, and the latter matched the description of a wanted armed robber and apparently started to pull out his weapon — without being told to do so by the officer — during a traffic stop.
Police officers are NOT mind readers, and because they have every right to go home in one piece at the end of their shifts, you can’t afford to act foolishly as Sterling and Castile both did.
BlackLivesMatter has many supporters who are well-intentioned, no doubt, but at its core are a bunch of “black liberation” radicals who think that the Black Panther Party of the early 1970s was too mild-mannered. WTF?