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Sheriff Defends Mag Dump Into Ambush Shooter: 'Evil Can Never Be Dead Enough'

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There’s an old joke —

Question: Sure, there was a bad guy coming at you, but why did shoot him seven times?

Answer: Because my gun only holds seven rounds.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida, was on a similar track Thursday in describing a 61-round gunfight on Aug. 30 that involved two of his deputies and a career criminal.

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Explaining why the perpetrator, who was wrestling with and clubbing a deputy, was shot repeatedly and killed, Ivey said, “Evil can never be dead enough.”

His comment came in a sheriff’s office video in which he noted that the violent criminal had used a 2-month-old baby as cover while firing at the deputies.

The event followed a routine traffic stop in an unincorporated portion of West Melbourne, Florida.

A patrol car dashcam video shared by the sheriff shows two individuals outside the car, one of them a woman who was chatting with Deputy Tyler Thoman. At the same time, Deputy Brian Potters spoke to a man sitting in the back seat of the car, where there also was the baby and a dog.

Told by Potters to get out of the car, the man — later identified as Paris Wilder, 38, of Cocoa — pulled what Ivey described as a “pistol-grip style, high-powered rifle” and began shooting as Potters and Thoman ran and returned fire.

Wilder was wounded, as was Potters. After Wilder’s gun jammed, he used the butt of the weapon to club the deputy.

With both Potters and Wilder off-camera, Thoman apparently got a clear shot at Wilder and was recorded pumping some 15 rounds in the direction of where he was.

Wilder was pronounced dead at the scene.

A total of 61 shots were fired in a one-minute period, Ivey said.

The sheriff was incensed that Wilder, whom he called “a career criminal,” was not in jail despite his criminal history and the active warrants against him.

Wilder, he said, had “40 charges for crimes including drug trafficking, aggravated assault while discharging a firearm, battery on a law enforcement officer, and attempted first-degree felony murder. As well as convictions for robbery with a firearm, failing to register as a career offender, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest with violence, possession of controlled substances and various probation violations.

“Even worse, and more disgusting, is that this career criminal …was actually out on bond with active warrants for additional felony drug trafficking cases, where he could attempt to kill our deputies, when he should have been safely locked behind bars where he couldn’t victimize another citizen or innocent bystander.

“I’m sure that like me, you’re probably asking yourself right now why a thug with this kind of criminal history was ever given a bond where he could be out on our streets to harm someone else. That’s a question I promise to find the answer to. But for now I’m just extremely thankful that our deputies are safe and the suspect is no longer on this planet where he could put someone else’s life in peril.”

The sheriff said Wilder “got exactly what he deserved. And to those out there who might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, that answer is simple. Because evil can never be dead enough.”

WARNING: The following video contains graphic violence and language that some viewers may find disturbing or offensive.



Ivey said Potters had “a gunshot wound to the lower leg, multiple head lacerations, tissue damage, a concussion and fractures of the orbital bone and sinuses.” Thoman was not injured.

The other individuals in the car were described as cooperative and were not charged, the sheriff said.

Did the deputies act properly when attacked?

Ivey said law enforcement officers regularly face situations like this.

“Both of our deputies were in a battle for their lives as this disgusting and evil individual had a blatant disregard for their lives, the life of others at the scene and even the life of the 2-month-old baby who was in the car, he repeatedly used for cover as he tried to kill both Deputy Potters and Deputy Thoman,” the sheriff said.

“When I tell you that we were blessed that God was watching over our deputies and those present at the scene, I mean it from the bottom of my heart, and I could not be more proud of the actions of Deputy Potters and Deputy Thoman,” Ivey said.

He added, “Folks, I can’t speak for you, but I am personally sickened by the fact that this thug with such a violent criminal history was out of jail where he could almost kill two of our deputies.

“It’s time that we as law-abiding citizens start demanding that violent criminals who can’t obey the law are kept behind bars where they can’t victimize anyone else.”

One more thing about this incident involving the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office:

If you’re a sheriff, a law enforcement chief, one of their spokesmen or any other public official dealing with the media, Ivey gave a great demonstration of how to do it.

He came across as being transparent, telling it like it is, commending his deputies and projecting no sympathy for the bad guy.

Seems like a standup guy, this sheriff.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Baltimore Police Union Members Urged Not to Divulge Status in Fight Against Mandate

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As vaccine mandates loom for public and private sector workers across the country, many unions are gearing up for what promises to be a critical battle with city officials over policies that would force their members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The union representing police officers in Baltimore is taking a clever approach to protecting the personal autonomy of its members that any American feeling the heat of vaccine mandates can learn from.

The Fraternal Order of Police has told officers to keep their cards close to their chest as the union negotiates with the city over vaccine requirements. On Friday, FOP issued a letter to its members advising them not to disclose their vaccination status until the two parties can arrive at an agreement, WBAL-TV reported.

“We have made several attempts to talk to the city about the various, and very obvious, issues with their vague policy,” FOP president Mike Mancuso wrote, adding that the union “believes that there are multiple collective bargaining issues that surround the city’s vaccination policy. We have made multiple attempts to sit down and discuss these issues to no avail.”

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“We were advised a couple of weeks ago, and again Wednesday, that the city would provide us with answers to our questions,” he continued. “We were then pushed to yesterday morning (Thursday, Oct. 14) when we received an invite to discuss the vaccination policy next week on Oct. 21. Yes, that’s three days after their policy is scheduled to go into effect.”

In the meantime, FOP urged its members to stand firm — and keep their vaccination status to themselves.

“It is understandable that our members have questions about a policy with so little information being provided by the city,” Mancuso noted.

“Until the city responds to our right to bargain these issues, or the courts intervene, I suggest you do nothing in regard to revealing your vaccination status as it is outlined in the city’s policy.”

The city policy requiring police to get vaccinated goes into effect on Monday. According to a representative of the Baltimore Police Department, 64 percent of the force has received at least one shot.

This comes as FOP members in the Chicago Police Department take a defiant stand against their city’s mandate despite threats from Mayor Lori Lightfoot to put any officers who refuse to comply on unpaid leave.

Considering that Lightfoot’s city sees horrific violent crime rates and dozens of people there are shot on any given weekend, diminishing the number of officers on the street should be considered inhumane. Then again, I doubt anyone who isn’t already outraged over the broader trend of Democrats empowering criminals will notice the difference.

“The reality is, we have a profession nobody else wants to do right now,” Chicago’s FOP president John Catanzara told Fox & Friends on Friday, just hours ahead of the deadline for officers to report their vaccination status.

“They cannot get anybody to go into this police academy, but yet here she is vilifying the police yet again in a city that has over 185 expressway shootings this year alone.”

“Over 280 kids shot this year alone, and she acts like there’s nothing else going on but this COVID,” he added.

Indeed, she is.

“If you are not vaccinated, you are playing with your life, the life of your family, the life of your colleagues, and members of the public,” Lightfoot declared during a Wednesday news conference, slamming Catanzara for “doing a patent disservice” to union members by urging them to resist the mandate.

It’s almost indescribable how twisted Lightfoot’s priorities are when you consider that the people she’s trying to force into compliance are the ones cleaning up the blood-soaked streets of the city she’s supposed to be governing.

If anyone understands the value of the lives of Chicago residents, it’s the police, and if there’s anything they can be trusted to do, it’s to make decisions about their own safety.

Few people have been at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic than first responders like police officers, many of whom are still resisting vaccine mandates.

That’s because the vaccine itself isn’t the point.

The reason why millions of Americans are so fired up about these far-reaching mandates is not necessarily opposition to the vaccine (about which there are admittedly plenty of reasons to be fired up).

It’s the supposition that the government not only has the right to tell us what to inject into our bodies, but also should be privy to the private medical decisions we make for ourselves.

Workers have begun to resist vaccine mandates en masse — an extraordinarily heartening phenomenon. There is power in numbers, and all the more so in these exerted campaigns of non-compliance.

Our law enforcement officers are invaluable public servants who have already been dragged through the mud by virtue-signaling politicians who leverage support by demonizing those willing to put their lives at risk to uphold law and order.

And yet they’re still out there, day after day, working for our safety and freedom.

Now they’re taking a stand for their own personal liberty. I sincerely hope many more Americans follow their lead.

Hold. The. Line.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

As vaccine mandates loom for public and private sector workers across the country, many unions are gearing up for what promises to be a critical battle with city officials over policies that would force their members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The union representing police officers in Baltimore is taking a clever approach to protecting the personal autonomy of its members that any American feeling the heat of vaccine mandates can learn from. The Fraternal Order of Police has told officers to keep their cards close to their chest as the union negotiates with the city over vaccine requirements. On Friday, FOP issued a letter to its members advising them not to disclose their vaccination status until the two parties can arrive at an agreement, WBAL-TV reported. “We have made several attempts to talk to the city about the various, and very obvious, issues with their vague policy,” FOP president Mike Mancuso wrote, adding that the union “believes that there are multiple collective bargaining issues that surround the city’s vaccination policy. We have made multiple attempts to sit down and discuss these issues to no avail.” “We were advised a couple of weeks ago, and again Wednesday, that the city would provide us with answers to our questions,” he continued. “We were then pushed to yesterday morning (Thursday, Oct. 14) when we received an invite to discuss the vaccination policy next week on Oct. 21. Yes, that’s three days after their policy is scheduled to go into effect.” In the meantime, FOP urged its members to stand firm — and keep their vaccination status to themselves. “It is understandable that our members have questions about a policy with so little information being provided by the city,” Mancuso noted. “Until the city responds to our right to bargain these issues, or…

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People Now Financing Pizza, Single Cups of Coffee in Bizarre Financial Dystopia

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In the past during times of economic hardship, people would scrimp and save everything they could.

Cents were carefully counted and stashed away in hidden jars, bacon fat was stored to grease tomorrow’s cooking, and the seeds from dinner vegetables were extracted and used to grow another crop of food.

Back then, if you couldn’t afford a cup of coffee, the solution was simple — you just didn’t get a cup of coffee. In our progressive new modern age, however, things have taken a worrying turn.

As the cost of fuel and food continues to creep up at home and around the world, ceaseless inflation and supply chain crises appear primed to take the world back to the dark days of widespread economic hardship.

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But in our brave new society, this doesn’t mean you have to go without pizza being delivered or your usual Starbucks order.

Blame it on the “I want it now” culture, a lack of understanding about the value of money or even plain old financial illiteracy, but people in the United Kingdom now have the option to finance a cup of joe if they don’t have the cash to cover it.

You read that right. Thanks to a new service, everything from restaurant meals to vacation experiences can easily be financed. While this eliminates the pesky need to save up for a pizza, debtors will be required to pay back the pie in weekly installments.

Zilch is offering its “buy now, pay later” model to U.K. citizens free of fees in thousands of locations, including Ikea, Disneyland and Uber Eats.

In places not yet partnering with the financing service, you can expect to rack up 11.5% APR on your purchase — no matter how small.

The difference between this and a credit card appears to be in the repayment scheme, which is automatically broken up into regular weekly payments for a term, according to information from Zilch.

And if you think it’s hyperbole to say people are actually using this service to finance single cups of coffee, take a look at an ad from the company actively encouraging people to go into debt for one.

Now, this isn’t to say that there’s no good use for financing certain purchases.

Houses, for example, are one thing that is nearly always financed. Unless somebody has $150,000 on hand, most turn to banks or credit unions for the funds to make the investment.

Many of the cars you see on the road are financed as well, although people do often save up and purchase vehicles outright.

With that being said, there’s a clear disconnect between people taking on debt for a home and people saddling themselves with payments for the newest clothes and a burger from McDonald’s.

In a world facing radical economic transformations, it seems now is the worst time possible to become indebted for a cup of coffee.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

In the past during times of economic hardship, people would scrimp and save everything they could. Cents were carefully counted and stashed away in hidden jars, bacon fat was stored to grease tomorrow’s cooking, and the seeds from dinner vegetables were extracted and used to grow another crop of food. Back then, if you couldn’t afford a cup of coffee, the solution was simple — you just didn’t get a cup of coffee. In our progressive new modern age, however, things have taken a worrying turn. As the cost of fuel and food continues to creep up at home and around the world, ceaseless inflation and supply chain crises appear primed to take the world back to the dark days of widespread economic hardship. But in our brave new society, this doesn’t mean you have to go without pizza being delivered or your usual Starbucks order. Blame it on the “I want it now” culture, a lack of understanding about the value of money or even plain old financial illiteracy, but people in the United Kingdom now have the option to finance a cup of joe if they don’t have the cash to cover it. You read that right. Thanks to a new service, everything from restaurant meals to vacation experiences can easily be financed. While this eliminates the pesky need to save up for a pizza, debtors will be required to pay back the pie in weekly installments. Zilch is offering its “buy now, pay later” model to U.K. citizens free of fees in thousands of locations, including Ikea, Disneyland and Uber Eats. In places not yet partnering with the financing service, you can expect to rack up 11.5% APR on your purchase — no matter how small. The difference between this and a credit card appears to be…

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