Border Fence Construction in Campo, Ca – Update July, 2020

These are some photos of work being done in the area of Campo, California taken July 4th, 2020. The work was just started a couple of months earlier. The new fence building starts to the east of Campo, near the communities of Boulevard and Tiera del Sol. This is a stretch of about 17 miles in total, running from the outskirts of Tecate to the community of Boulevard. Maybe they have constructed around a mile of this stretch, so far.

Several companies are reportedly working on this project. The requirement is to finish it by December, 2020. The terrain near Campo is a little rugged and it will be one of the last, most obviously vulnerable stretches on the California border to get to get a new, 30-foot bollard fence. The illegal traffic is heavy now, because the smugglers can see the area being closed off soon. No fence will be perfect, but they know that life is about to become a lot more difficult for them.

I call it a fence, because it does not look like a wall and this kind of bollard fences have existed on the border for 12-15 years and they have always been called a “fence”. The Border Patrol has a lot of experience with this kind of fence and this is what they wanted, only they wanted it to be higher in many places, 30-feet high.

Most of the older bollard fence is only 15 feet high. It is much to Trump’s credit that he approved what the Border Patrol told him that they needed and did not try to force something else on them for his personal political reasons. The Border Patrol has almost 100-years experience on the border. What they have always lacked is not the experience and knowledge, but the financial and political support that they have been enjoying recently under Trump. There is no reason whatsoever to be embarrassed about a 30-foot *fence*, constructed of steel bollards filled with top-grade concrete and rebar.

The old fence in the area around Campo is mostly 10-foot-high, landing mat fence in very bad condition and in some places there is no fence at all, except maybe for barbed wire. About 10 percent of the fence, though, is the old 15-18 foot high bollard fence from the George W. Bush era. Highway 80 and Interstate 5 run near the border near Campo. So, it is a convenient pick-up place for illegal crossers.

The land in this area around Tierra del Sol, close to the border, is privately owned and posted with “no trespassing” signs. For that reason the photos are taken from a distance.

These photos are high resolution. If you want to see more detail, click on the photo and expand the image on your touch screen.

Tierra del Sol

To the left in this image the fence is the old, Bush bollard fence. Much shorter than the new Trump fence. The old fence is pretty good fence. I do not see them tearing down the old bollard fence anywhere. They may leave it there and add a second fence behind it at some point, as they did in San Diego. In San Diego, the first fence is 18-foot bollards and the second fence is 30-foot bollards. It is an awesome double fence, completed last year and 16 miles long.

New fence under construction near Tierra del Sol

New fence under construction near Tierra del Sol

New fence under construction near Tierra del Sol

Smith Canyon

Smith Canyon has always been wide open, with no fence at all. It is a pretty big engineering challenge. Presumably, this will be a 30-foot high bollard fence all the way across the canyon. We shall soon see.

Smith Canyon, view towards the west.

The fence on the rim on the other side of the canyon is also an old, Bush-era bollard fence a few hundred yards long and 15-18 feet tall. There are a number of these short segments of older bollard fence in this area. The new fence will be 17 miles of continuous bollard fence.

West side of Smith Canyon, viewed from the east rim (close-up)

View of the West side of Smith Canyon from the west rim.

El Paso Taco Shop

El Paso, means “the pass”, or in other words, the place to cross. It is one of the few places to eat in Campo. Border Patrol agents often eat there. Hopefully, soon the name will have to be changed to “No Paso” when this fence is finished.

I passed by this Taco shop many times, without thinking about the apparent humorous intent of the name. For many years, it has been one of the most convenient places to illegally pass into the United States on the California border.

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Body Cam Video of Amaurie Johnson Being Arrested by Police Officer Matt Dages

This is the arrest that caused Black Lives Matter to select La Mesa for a protest that led to the firebombing of downtown and vandalizing and ransacking of many stores and businesses. He was written up for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. The charges were dropped after the riot in La Mesa a few days later. The local BLM organizer is demanding that the officer be charged for filing a false report, a misdemeanor.

It has been suggested that this incident may have been a setup, because our BLM domestic terrorists needed a reason to attack La Mesa. La Mesa is a sleepy, majority-white suburb with a police force that is not very well prepared to deal with a large civil disturbance, in contrast to the larger, more urban, more experienced city of San Diego.

There were also three large buildings there convenient to be burned. The trolley stop made it very accessible for more urban dwellers to come from their neighborhoods to attack La Mesa. Witnesses and videographers appeared immediately as soon as the incident with officer Matt Dages started.

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BLack Lives Matter Organizer Declares “Revolution Has Started”

Black Lives Matter organizer, Tasha Williamson, livestreams at 8:50 PM to her followers that the “revolution has started”. According to the police timeline, the reports of looting of the Vons stores started at 9:12 PM. A little more than two hours later, at 11.11 PM Chase bank was reported to be on fire and the other two buildings were torched only minutes thereafter. This live-stream by Tasha Williamson could have been a green-light to start the ransacking of businesses and the following arson attack on La Mesa. Williamson was on site to view it when the burning of the banks started.

The three most major buildings in downtown La Mesa burned to the ground. They were Chase bank, Union bank and the Randall Lamb building, owned by an architectural firm. The Lamb building was an historic building. Williamson often says in public that destruction of private property does not bother her when their demands are not being met.

The woman that she says was just shot by a Sheriff’s deputy was Leslie Furcron. She was hit right between the eyes by a stray beanbag and was very seriously wounded, but she survived. Beanbags are fired from a regular 12-gauge shotgun. It not very accurate beyond a short distance and there was a crowd of people. I don’t believe she was shot in the head on purpose. A beanbag to the head can easily kill a person. It could have glanced off another object and hit her or some other such scenario.

She was part of a mob, which was attacking the police station at the time she was hit. The protest had been declared an illegal assembly about three hours earlier and ordered to disperse. It was a shame that she was badly hurt, a grandmother, but it was illegal for her to be there in the first place. If she had just followed the law, she would not have been injured. She was reportedly live-streaming the mob action at the time.

The Black Lives Matter mob had been spraying the police station with graffiti and throwing rocks and bottles at the policemen and the station. They were also mobbing the station, as if they had planned to overwhelm the police and takeover the station. If they had done that, certainly the station would have been ransacked and maybe burned down, like they burned three of the most major buildings that night in La Mesa.

Form the beginning, this protest was never “non-violent” as Tasha Williamson and many other BLM supporters claim. It was a threatening mob from the start, which wantonly broke the law, endangered others and disobeyed lawful orders from police officers. This lawlessness evolved that night into extreme violence.

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Black-Lives-Matter Leader Oversees Bank Burnings

Tasha Williamson is a Black Lives Matter Organizer in La Mesa, Ca. She has threatened to burn cities before. Most explicitly, she went before the Town Council two years ago and threatened to burn nearby National City. Here, she and her entourage look on as two banks are burned to the ground at a violent “protest” that she organized in La Mesa. Tasha is wearing a black robe and a head covering. The one in braids may be her sister, Layla. There seems to be a family resemblance.

The so-called “protest” was declared an illegal assembly several hours earlier by the police after the mob started spraying graffiti on the police station, breaking windows and throwing rocks at police and deputies. It is illegal for her and her lieutenants to even be at the scene of this arson attack. From news videos, the crowd swarmed the police station. They were vandalizing the building and threatening to occupy it the same way Antifa occupied a police station in Seattle, recently.

A 59-year-old woman caught a stray beanbag between the eyes and was seriously wounded. It is a terrible thing to happen, but the woman should not have even been there, since the event was declared an illegal assembly and ordered to disperse 3-4 hours earlier.

They keep saying in the video that is was a peaceful protest and the police escalated it. When the crowd is blatantly breaking the law and endangering people, that is not a peaceful protest. The first thing this crowd did was to cross a police line, swarm onto I-5 and stop traffic in both directions endangering themselves and drivers. They violated the rights of many thousands of drivers, who could not use the freeway. This is all very illegal and can not at all be considered a “peaceful protest” right from the beginning.

Later, at the police station, a huge mob disobeyed lawful orders of policemen, attacked an armored vehicle with rocks and bottles, vandalized he station with graffiti, broke windows and threatened to take over over the station, before Sheriff’s deputies used tear gas to break up the crowd and move them away from the building. After that, the mob escalated the violence, not the deputies or La Mesa policemen. The policemen were only protecting themselves and the station as they should.

The police did nothing wrong in protecting their station. However, I do think the “protest” should have been declared an illegal assembly as soon as the mob started to ignore lawful orders and swarmed onto the freeway to stop traffic. Why should they be allowed to do that? They never should have been allowed to swarm the police station, either, once it was plain to see that they would violate the law in mass as a mob. I know that is easy enough to say, but the police should be provided the resources to enforce the law.

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San Diego’s Little-Known ‘CHOP’, Chicano Park

San Diego has a CHAZ or CHOP-like occupied zone that has existed for 50 years. It’s called “Chicano Park”. It was occupied on April 22, 1970 and is claimed to be the first part of “Aztlan” to be taken from the U.S. The Park is use to promote anti-Americanism and the Nazi-like concept of Chicano racial nationalism, called “La Raza”. Aztlan is the original place of origin of the tribe in Aztec mythology. No one knows where it was, or even if it ever existed.

Radical Chicanos, who founded the Chicano political movement, however, chose to gratuitously identify the Aztlan as the American Southwest, in order to advance their political cause of taking control of the Southwest. This was, of course, part of the Spanish empire’s territory of New Spain that became the territory of the United States as part of the settlement of the Mexican American war.

Aztlan, The Future Nation of La Raza

NOTE: I want to differentiate between Chicanos and the so-called Chicano political movement, which experienced its hayday in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The term “Chicano” was used decades before the radical movement by the same name started. Not everyone who identifies as Chicano necessarily supports all of the the extreme ideology of the political movement.

The park is controlled by radical Chicanos, via the Chicano Park Steering Committee and allied organizations, such as the Brown Berets and Union del Barrio. It is not controlled by the City of San Diego, even though it has received millions of dollars in City, State and federal funds over the years.

The park is extremely discriminatory about who can use the park. It is very dangerous for flag-waving patriots to try to use the park even for peaceful activities, not to mention protests and demonstrations. The Park is mainly reserved for Chicano ethnic and racial ultra nationalists, their far-left allies such as communist groups and anarchists (Antifa) and others, whom they choose to allow, that do not challenge their politics or ownership of the park.

Patriot Picnic

This is how they reacted on September 3, 2017 when a small group of patriots went to the park to have lunch and have a private, critical viewing, among themselves, of the subversive. anti-American themes of some of the murals in this supposedly city park. We thought we could just slip in and slip out. They got wind of it, though, and called for a violent mob to chase us out of the park. We knew the mob was coming 1-2 days before, but we went, anyway, just to record and show the public what Chicano Park is really about, extreme politics, racial/ethnic discrimination and the potential of mass violence against non-compliant outsiders.

Patriot Picnic I – The Short Version

No-Go Zone For Police

Police are despised in Chicano Park as the representatives of American law and sovereignty. Here, one member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee and others harass cops because they parked their motorcycles in the park. They allow traffic on the streets, but the park is seen as the first part of Aztlan to be occupied. It is off-limits to cops, even though these two cops are both Hispanic. Hispanic cops are considered to be “vendidos”, ethnic and racial traitors.

David Rico, Convicted Domestic Terrorist, Steering Committee Member

David Rico is one of the co-founders of the park and a actual, convicted, domestic terrorist. He speaks every year at Chicano Park Day. A few months after the piece of land was occupied in 1970, Rico and two other Brown Berets were arrested and convicted for a plot to fire-bomb San Diego City College, soliciting others for murder and to distribute bombs in an attempt to start a violent insurrection in San Diego. Rico is a founding member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the national head of the “Brown Berets de Aztlan”, a kind of Chicano paramilitary group.

That Chicano Park is a no-go zone and claimed to be an occupied part of the United States is not widely known. I think that is partly due to the reluctance of people to speak up whenever there is a racial component to the issue. Being critical of particular members of some particular racial group or of a political organization of some racial group is not “racism”. Americans have to get over this reluctance to speak out about such bad-actors, because such political groups are being used as a battering ram to subvert the American system, because they are relatively immune to criticism and condemnation.

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Mayor: BLM Attackers Intended To Burn Down La Mesa

Mayor of La Mesa Dr. Mark Arapostathis, says that the Black Lives Matters “protest” in La Mesa was “hijacked” and turned into an attack, a concerted effort to burn down the City. This event was actually and act of terrorism. If they did not get what they wanted they were prepared for destruction.

BLM Attackers Intended To Burn Down La Mesa

The mayor is being too kind. The protest does not seem to have been “hijacked”. Form the beginning the large group of protesters violated the law and put innocent people in danger. This is not considered to be a “peaceful event” when people wantonly break the law and put people in danger.

Terrorism definition:

the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

Black Lives Matters routinely uses violence and intimidation of police as well as civilians in order to force political change. In this way they are very much like antifa and should also be declared a domestic terrorist organization.

They ignored police orders, which is a crime, overwhelmed them and marched right by them onto a busy freeway, in order to stop traffic in both directions. This puts many people at risk of having a collision and being injured or killed. It shouldn’t be allowed, but anarchist groups like BLM are commonly allowed do it with no consequences. You can all it Leftist / anarchist privilege.

The next thing they did was swarm the La Mesa police station ignoring the police attempts to keep them at a distance and they begin spraying graffiti on the police station throwing rocks at the police and the building. It appears they were trying to swarm into the police station to ransack it and probably would have burned it down as they did other buildings that night. The police after some time declared the event an illegal assembly.

One 59-year-old woman, Leslie Furcron, was struck between the eyes by a stray bean-bag and seriously injured. The BLM prpagandists blame the La Mesa police, but she was part of the rock-throwing mob, about three hours after the event had been declared and unlawful assembly and should not have even been there. Bean-bags fired from shotguns are not accurate at a distance and it seems unlikely the policeman was attempting to shot her in the head. They were firing a lot of beanbags and more likely she was hit in the head by a stray bean-bag.

Later the BLM mob ransacked many stores, burned many cars, sprayed graffiti everywhere and burned down three major buildings downtown, two banks and a building occupied by an architectural firm. Incredibly, residents have put up many pro-BLM signs around downtown La Mesa, even after BLM torched their city.

This is a video by a local news service, OnScene.Tv, which covers the event from beginning to end. It is over an hour of raw video.

The composition of the crowd may have changed somewhat over the course of the night as the more passive participants left and more aggressively violent people arrived. However, right from the beginning the protesters had a large contingent of bad-actors.

Tasha Williamson, who appears to be the main organizer, has said repeatedly in public that property damage is acceptable, as long as the authorities are not acceding to their demands. She threatened two years ago to raise a mob of thousands and burn National City down in a similar situation.

Black-Lives-Matter Organizer Threatens to Burn National City, Ca

Even the slogan regularly chanted by Black Lives Matter marchers, “No Justice, No Peace” is a threat of mob violence unless their demands are accepted. The slogan came into use after the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Black Lives Matter is a movement that approves of violence as a tactic to advance their political agenda and everyone should know that by now, except those who have their head firmly buried in the sand. We should start calling it what it is, domestic terrorism.

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La Mesa Firebombers Respond to Post Exposing Tasha Williamson

La Mesa Black-Lives-Matter radicals respond to a post exposing Tasha Williamson as already threatening in 2018 to burn down National City, if her demands were not met.

La Mesa Firebombers Respond to Post Exposing Tasha Williamson

Williamson says they are not their ancestors. Ain’t that the truth. Their ancestors did not burn down buildings belonging to innocent people and they did not terrorize innocent citizens. That was exactly what the Ku Klux Klan did. Things have come full circle and they have become what they profess to hate.

No one has threatened her, Williamson and her fascist-like followers just cannot tolerate the truth and a different opinion. Tasha is the one who issues the criminal threats.

They cause a large part of Downtown La Mesa to be burned to the ground and then they want the City of La Mesa to apologize to them! Talk about chutzpah. Black Lives Matter should be apologizing to the residents of La Mesa for burning down a good part of their town.

Leslie Furcron would not have been hit in the head with a beanbag, if she had not been part of this violent mob two or three hours after it had been declared an unlawful assembly by the police.

Not sure Officer Dages actions were in accordance with procedures, but it was a rather minor episode. If Amaurie Johnson had remained calm and kept his foul, abusive mouth shut, he most likely would not have been arrested at all. They are supposed to be professional, but cops are human, too, and no one likes being verbally abused and that can cause an overreaction, if one occurred in this case.

Just because you have a right to do something, does not mean that it is smart to do it. However, Johnson threatened the police, saying “All these niggahs … I’ll beat yo ass,” referring to the police as “niggahs”. Threats are illegal and not protected speech.

You can go to her page and read the entire post and comments there by clicking on the time under her name.

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Black-Lives-Matter Organizer Threatened to Burn National City

Black-Lives-Matter Organizer, Tasha Williamson, threatened to burn National City, Ca in 2018. Two years later, she is organizing “protests” in La Mesa, Ca and La Mesa actually has been firebombed. In case anyone needs convincing, this is circumstantial evidence that she may have instigated the firebombing and destruction. She is actually continuing to make slightly-veiled, terroristic threats to La Mesa, unless they meet her non-negotiable demands.

Sadly, I am sure this same tactic of terroristic intimidation is is being used right now in many cities across the nation by Alinsky-style organizers. It is not so much about black lives, but overturning the system and obtaining power.

The threat comes at 3:30 in the video when she shrieks at the Council that they “will shut National City down” and “make it look like Ferguson when they are done”. She also threatens elsewhere that, if they throw her out, ten thousand more will come the next day and that someone is going to get hurt. Now, she is making her threats and demands in La Mesa. Downtown La Mesa actually does resemble Ferguson. Pure coincidence?

Three major buildings in downtown La Mesa were burned to the ground. Stores were widely ransacked and buildings were vandalized all over town, including the police station. The protests are continuing in La Mesa. Residents are still in fear of violence and another firebombing by a mob organized and incited by Tasha Williamson. Williamson is the most prominent organizer with the greatest voice.

Tasha Williamson has given the green light to property destruction in her public statements, saying that destruction of property was not a concern to her while their demands are not being met.

In National City, she organized a response to the death of a 40-year-old black man, Earl McNeil, after his arrest by police. McNeil had psychological problems and was high on meth. He resisted arrest in a physically very strenuous way. McNeil died of cardiac arrest a few hours later in a hospital. Investigators did not find that the officers were to blame for any significant wrongdoing.

The video clip is a segment of the June 19, 2018 video in the archive of National City Council meetings, see link below:

Testimony of Tasha Williamson on June 19th, 2018, National City

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Black Lives Matter Case Study – Police Detain ‘Gentle’ Black Man

This video shows the reality of police work, when two policemen attempt to detain a black man on a routine DWI stop near Easton, Pennsylvania. The title of this post is sarcastic in case anyone cannot tell.

Detaining a Black Man – Bitchute

The article at this link provides background information to the video.

Pa. man who shot two state troopers sentenced

Daniel Clary was sentenced to 53 and a half to 110 years in state prison
Sep 2, 2018

By Andrew Scott
Pocono Record

EASTON, Pa. β€” Daniel Clary, 22, of Effort, was sentenced Friday in Northampton County Court to 53 and a half to 110 years in state prison for the attempted murders of two state troopers.

Pulled over by state police for speeding and suspected driving under the influence Nov. 7 on Route 33 South, Plainfield Township, Clary shot at State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple. Seiple was not hit, but the injured Kelly spent days in a coma before waking up in the hospital and having to learn basic physical functions all over again.

“I have no recollection of the incident,” Kelly said when he and his wife, a fellow state trooper, were given the chance to address the court at Clary’s sentencing.

“I remember waking up in the hospital, being unable to speak and having a hard time breathing,” Kelly said as uniformed state troopers filled one side of the courtroom and Clary’s family sat on the other.

Kelly described fighting his way back to some semblance of a normal life, despite the lingering effects of injuries to his thigh and shoulder/neck areas. He shared the emotional impact of the widely publicized dash-cam video of the shooting on his family.

“This shows how quickly our jobs as law enforcement officers can turn tragic,” he said, thanking his family, fellow officers and community for their support throughout his recovery. “For the safety of law enforcement officers and the community, I hope Mr. Clary will never see another day of freedom in his life.”

Echoing these sentiments, his wife said, “Over and over again, I relive the terror of getting the call that my husband had been shot, of going to the hospital and seeing his unconscious, still body covered in blood as doctors pumped his heart in attempts to revive him.

“I’m simply unwilling to accept your actions as anything less than evil,” she told Clary. “My husband and Trooper Seiple were just doing their jobs to keep people safe. You’ve left scars not only on our family, but on your own as well. I hope you spend the rest of your life locked away where you can never harm anyone else.”

Joined by his own wife and pausing at times to control himself, Seiple related his memories of seeing his supervisor, Kelly, shot multiple times while firing back at Clary. Seiple recalled his desperate distress calls over the police radio as Clary sped away to the hospital where he was treated for his own wounds and taken into custody.

Seiple shared the horror of seeing Kelly lying in a pool of his own blood and Kelly’s bravery in tying a tourniquet onto his own thigh in efforts to stop the bleeding. He described the grim race against time as fellow law enforcement officers and medical personnel arrived to get Kelly into a helicopter to be flown to a hospital trauma unit.

And he told how he happened to be wearing a T-shirt that day in honor of another trooper who’d been killed in the line of duty.

“When my wife and I got back home, I took my baby daughter from my father’s arms, went into a dark corner and cried as I held her,” he said. “Had Mr. Clary simply cooperated, none of us would be here today. Had he been found with marijuana in his system at the time he was pulled over, the most he would have gotten was probation, given his lack of a prior criminal record. Instead, he chose to do what he did and endanger our lives and the lives of others.”

Turning to face Clary, Seiple said, “Convict! Your actions are a disgrace to mankind. I covered my hands with the blood you couldn’t bear. You tried to murder us, but we weren’t willing to die. Your failure will now be used as a lesson in how to keep our fellow officers safe. Good job! The evil within you will never prevail as long as there’s a shield of righteousness protecting the innocent.”

Seiple’s father, Police Chief Will Seiple, voiced pride in raising a son who, along with Kelly, exhibited heroism in the face of terror that day.

“Mr. Clary’s actions are an affront to decency,” Chief Seiple said. “He has no regard for the sanctity of human life. His actions show what can happen at any time in our community and how we should all be thankful for people like my son and Cpl. Kelly. I request he be given the maximum penalty allowed under law for this crime.”

On the defense’s side, where some see a monster, others see a tragic, misunderstood figure.

Clary had no adult or juvenile criminal record prior to this incident and was never abused or neglected as a child, but did have behavioral problems in school, according to his file.

He suffered a series of high school football concussions and was assaulted in the 11th grade by members of a gang he refused to join, defense attorney Janet Jackson said. The concussions and assault caused a brain injury that changed his personality from happy and vibrant to “slow,” according to school records.

“You’ll be talking to him and then notice he’s just staring at you, right through you, not even paying attention or realizing you’re still there,” relative David Clary said when called by the defense to testify on Clary’s behalf at the sentencing. “He has trouble understanding things, so you have to repeat things to him over and over. It’s why he’s never been able to hold a job. It’s why he should never have been allowed to buy a gun.

“Everybody’s judging Daniel based on what’s been reported in the news and shown in the video of the shooting, but nobody knows him like we do,” David Clary said as Daniel Clary sat quietly listening, having chosen not to speak on his own behalf. “He’s always been a good kid. He’s respectful.”

These PSIs gather information on the defendants’ backgrounds. Judges then consider this information, along with the severity level of the crimes of which the defendants have been convicted, to determine appropriate sentences to impose for those crimes under state guidelines.

The PSI on Clary includes a mental health evaluation revealing evidence of schizophrenia, anxiety, paranoia and psychotic, delusional behavior perhaps exacerbated by his frequent synthetic marijuana use. It’s unclear if the brain injury he suffered worsened these conditions.

Regardless, as a result, Clary wasn’t thinking or reacting as other people would when stopped by police, Jackson said. He reacted the way he did out of fear for his life, even though the judge and prosecution interpret the video as not showing police doing anything that would have caused him to fear for his life.

Seiple gave Clary a speeding ticket, noticing Clary seemed to have trouble understanding what Seiple was telling him about the ticket. Seiple then got back into his police car and began pulling back out onto the highway when Clary waved for him to come back.

“He’d wasted my time by pulling me over and I was annoyed, so now I wanted to waste his time,” Clary said when interviewed as part of the PSI.

When Seiple went back and began talking with Clary again, he noticed signs of Clary being under the influence of marijuana. Seiple decided to give Clary a field sobriety test and called for backup from the nearest available fellow trooper, which is standard procedure, while preparing to test Clary.

The nearest available fellow trooper, Kelly, responded and kept watch while Seiple tested Clary. Clary was unable to perform basic functions, like keeping his balance, which the troopers interpreted as him being under the influence.

“I was having trouble keeping my balance because trucks kept going by on the highway,” Clary said in his PSI interview.

Clary respectfully cooperated with police up until when they moved to arrest him for suspected driving under the influence, Jackson said. Not having been verbally told why he was being arrested, he thought the troopers meant to harm him and thus panicked, resisting arrest.

Clary didn’t throw any punches or kicks, but resisted to the point where troopers had to tase him. During the struggle, he grabbed for both troopers’ guns, apparently meaning to disarm them.

He then broke free from the troopers, ran to his car, leaned in through the front driver-side window, pulled out a handgun and fired at the troopers. While the judge said it wasn’t until Clary drew his gun that troopers finally decided to use lethal force in defense of their own lives, Jackson said Seiple’s gun was already out of his holster and aimed at Clary when Clary fired.

“We’re not requesting the court forego holding Mr. Clary accountable, but we’re asking for compassion on a young man whose mental problems have led him to where he is now,” Jackson said.

Given the fact that a mental health expert has found Clary competent and aware of what he was doing when shooting at police, despite his mental problems, the judge found the sentence imposed appropriate.

Clary’s visibly upset family told him they love him and to stay strong as sheriff’s deputies led him from the courtroom afterward.

Video shows shootout that nearly killed Pa. trooper

Man who shot trooper on Route 33 gets up to 110 years in prison

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CBS: George Floyd and Derek Chauvin Knew Each Other

CBS reports that Derek Chauvin and George Floyd knew each other from working as bouncers at a bar and did not get along. The death of George Floyd may have been personal. Have to wonder why it took reporters so long to find this out?

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