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Game Wardens Hear Shots from Across the River, Bust Rural Police Officer Allegedly Poaching from Squad Car

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The “defund the police” crowd would have you believe police-supporters don’t think there are any bad apples in the bunch. Not only that, but they claim law enforcement will never remove the bad apples on its own; that it has to be done through progressive policies.

Now, of course, most law enforcement officers are good apples and don’t cover up for the bad behavior of others who enforce the law. (That’s something we’re adamant about pointing out any time we can here at The Western Journal, both to bring readers the truth and to counteract the prevailing media narrative. You can help us by subscribing.) However, one little-reported incident in December of 2021 in rural Louisiana proved that the bad apples can be — and are — successfully extracted by other authorities.

According to KSLA-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, four people — including a police officer — were arrested Dec. 5 after game wardens said they were illegally hunting deer from a police vehicle.

“It was about 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 when game wardens who were working on the west side of Red River in Red River Parish heard gunshots coming from the opposite side of the river, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries told KSLA News 12,” the station reported.

“Cpl. Justin Greer and others went to where they heard the gunfire. They parked their truck, turned off the lights and immediately heard gunshots 100-150 yards from their location. They also could hear people talking and coming through the woods toward them.”

Wildlife agents were called in for backup and a Red River Parish sheriff’s deputy also appeared on the scene after hearing the gunfire.

Game wardens said they spotted headlights down a narrow road while they were waiting for backup — and that the people in the vehicle were using the lights to spotlight deer. The practice, which is illegal in Louisiana, uses lights to search for the shine in the eyes of animals, thus revealing them. The lights often transfix the animals, too, making them easier to shoot

Two men were then detained by agents after emerging from the woods onto railroad tracks. Wildlife agents also tried to stop the vehicle on the one-lane road. It was later identified as a Coushatta police vehicle. The vehicle tried to turn around, but stopped after the game warden flashed his lights.

Javarrea Pouncy, a 28-year-old Coushatta police officer who was among the four arrested, didn’t have authorization to use the vehicle, according to Police Chief Kevin Stafford. Pouncy was placed on leave pending an investigation.

There were four people in the vehicle, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“Agents found the men in possession of two antlered deer and three rifles with one of them having night vision capabilities. After further questioning, agents learned that Anthony Caldwell harvested an eight-point buck and is a convicted felon. Agents also found that Thomas harvested a spike buck,” LDWF alleged in a media release.

Dried blood and deer hair were also found in the vehicle. In addition to Pouncy, Cederick J. Thomas, 36, Anthony B. Caldwell, 31, and Adam J. Caldwell, 30, were also arrested.

All four were cited for trespassing, hunting during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle, according to an LDWF media release. In addition to other citations involving their hunting licenses (or lack thereof), Anthony Caldwell was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

While the other charges carry fines and minor jail sentences, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon is a doozy. Fines range from $1,000 to $5,000 and jail sentences can run from five to 20 years.

And keep in mind, this was allegedly a man hunting deer with a police officer from a police vehicle. If true, that’s decidedly bad-apple territory.

However, they weren’t cut slack. This was something that, if you believe the line that everyone in law enforcement looks out for one another when things go awry, this would have been handled on the down-low. All Pouncy had to do was flash his badge.

Instead, all four of these men will potentially have criminal records — one not for the first time — and be paying hefty fines.

There’s a system for extirpating bad apples. It’s not always perfect, but it’s there. And on Dec. 5, it worked exactly the way that it should have.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Army Reveals New Weapon Intended to Become Standard-Issue Rifle in Combat Force

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The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units.

The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release.

The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun.

The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War.

The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades.

The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429.

The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor.

The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces.

The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences.

The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different.

“Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract.

“They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel performance, and include integrated muzzle sound and flash reduction.”

The weapons are designed for use with the XM157 Fire Control system, a tool that will integrate a variable optic, a laser rangefinder and a ballistic calculator.

Widespread adoption of the XM5 rifle isn’t assured at this stage of its development, with the performance of the weapon likely to determine whether it becomes the Army’s standard-issue rifle.

Colonel Scott Madore, who oversaw testing of the XM5 against competing rifles, said that service members tested the weapon for 20,000 hours to gauge its utility.

There’s no indication that a civilian version of the XM5 is in commercial development, although it’s likely a semi-automatic version will end up in gun stores if the rifle proves effective and reliable.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units. The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release. The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun. The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War. The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades. The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429. The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor. The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces. The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences. The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different. “Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract. “They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel…

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Op-Ed: I’m Furious the Black Community Is Being Used to Perpetrate an Attack Against Americans

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Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America.

It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time.

All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born.

Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic.

The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive harm” to minority women. The reaction… crickets.

There was no marching, protests or outrage from black “social justice” leaders. There was no rioting, shouts of “Black Lives Matter” or demands to shut Planned Parenthood down. Not one black legislator elected to protect black interests marched in the streets or otherwise reacted to Planned Parenthood’s admission. Instead, they continued to accept money from the organization that has killed millions of their own. The silence was deafening.

The civil rights movement was never meant to be used as a tool to destroy the black family. Yet politicians have used the movement to create a false narrative that includes the “right” to take unborn lives.

Through Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project, launched in 1939 and continuing today, political operatives such as Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock are paid to promote birth control and abortion as lifesaving tools, especially for black women. They call it “reproductive justice” — but it is anything but just.

In response to the possibility that Roe could be no more, Abrams announced she is suspending her campaign fundraising in favor of raising money for the very organizations that have taken more black lives than any group, including the KKK. Since 1973, more than 20 million black babies have died in one of the abortion centers in or near black neighborhoods. This staggering number is more than America’s entire black population in 1960.

I am furious that Abrams and others dare to prostitute the black experience to sell abortions to black women. Not one of our ancestors fought, bled and died so that the black community could be exterminated in the name of civil rights, social justice or women’s health.

The diabolical plan launched by Abrams in support of the longstanding Negro Project has to be stopped dead in its tracks, along with all the other elite-driven plans of terror aimed at persuading the Supreme Court justices to change their votes. I am calling on all people of goodwill, all people who believe every life should be protected whether in the womb or out, to stand in unity against this latest plot intended to intimidate the court to make a political rather than a constitutional decision.

I am calling on the black community to no longer allow our lives to be prostituted for the sake of enriching a few. Our nation, our state and our community deserve the right to life.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America. It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time. All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born. Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic. The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive…

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