McKinney Texas’s Police Officer Loses His Cool And Pulls Gun On Unarmed Teen.

A video on YouTube went viral and the images are disturbing as it appears to show a McKinney Texas police officer losing his cool with a crowd of teenagers. This is becoming an everyday occurrence in our news that has no geographic origin but seems to have a ethnic origin. The only common thread that is apparent is the color of the suspects. Is this a racial issue, or a lack of understanding between cultures? Do white cops really lack understanding of how to communicate with blacks in communities that they serve?

The incident occurred Friday in McKinney Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas, where police were called to Craig Ranch North Community Pool which is a private community. A large crowd gathered and an apparent argument ensued.  A bystander who was a teen at the pool according to Buzzfeed, captured the incident on their cell phone.

The disturbing video shows a white police officer shouting obscenities at a group of teens. He is clearly seen ordering some of the black teens to sit on the ground and then he speaks to a group of girls yelling obscenities and telling them to leave. The officer is then seen grabbing an unarmed black girl by the back of her head and forcing her to the ground and pushing her face down.

IIv1GH_49HifYr6qWhen the crowd became understandably protective of the unarmed girl, the officer is then seen pulling his gun and raising in the direction of two black males who then run away.

d09208b0-0d59-11e5-beb4-a1ebefe793f3_CG62VuJUYAArPw4 The particulars of the incident are still sketchy but a picture is worth a thousand words and what I see is a cop that seems to be pretty rattled and using poor judgement in how to diffuse the confusion. I get that cops arrive on an active scene as first responders and have seconds to assess the situation with their number 1 goal being to gain peace and understanding of the situation, but losing your cool is never ok Mr. Officer. My unanswered questions are:

  1. The kids that were on the ground and told to stay there where selected how? Especially when their was a large crowd of teens still able to freely walk around.
  2. Is it against the law to continue to go back and forth in dialogue with an officer while still complying with his demands?
  3. Who are the two white men that were walking around while this officer sat with his knees pinned on the girl’s back?
  4. The officer is heard saying to the girl as he had her pinned down that “If you don’t knock it off you are going to jail.” So if she wasn’t under arrest then why was she handcuffed and pinned down?

The officer and the entire incident are now under investigation by the McKinney Police Department and the officer seen on the video has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. A press conference was held by the Chief of Police just a few hours ago. See below

I would like to know your thoughts on policing in America. Is it out of control? What are the main issues? What if anything can we do to fix the issues?

♥ Lolo

Ted Cruz Your Apology Might Have Come To Late For Joe Biden

     Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz is probably somewhere eating crow right about now and doing some damage control after critics came down on him for his insensitive comments. Sen. Ted Cruz has since gone on Facebook and Twitter to apologize for the ill-timed comments he made about Vice President Joe Biden while speaking at a GOP dinner in Michigan earlier this evening.  While delivering one of his stump speeches he thought it would be a good idea to poke fun at Biden saying, “You know the nice thing about the mention of Biden’s name? You don’t need a punch line. ” according to the Detroit News. He didn’t stop there, he went on to say, according to the news report. “Honestly, it works, the next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, Vice President Joe Biden and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing.”

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     Well Mr. Cruz, I am not laughing and I have been saying Biden’s name almost daily since his son died. Every time I have said his name, it was followed by: “I am so terribly sorry for this man. I cannot imagine the pain he is feeling right now. I am praying for him, his family, and the two children and wife his son left behind!” Not once have I laughed or “cracked up laughing” as Cruz suggested. Yes Biden is a character and he is known to make some pretty off the cuff comments that are quite frankly hilarious, but this was not the time for jokes. Where is your class Mr. Cruz? Where is your empathy?
      Biden’s oldest son, Beau Biden lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday and understandably so, the entire Biden family are grieving. It has been reported that Elder Biden, who is a devout Catholic, is leaning on his rosary amidst the preparations for his sons burial. A burial that no parent should ever have to experience.  And for Biden this kind of grief is not a new experience for him.  He’s experienced the pain of burying a child once before. In 1972, his wife, daughter, and two sons were in a horrific car accident on their way to get Christmas decorations. His wife and baby daughter were killed and his two boys, just two and three years old at the time were hospitalized for many months. As a matter of fact Biden was sworn into office in 1973 in the hospital at Beau’s bedside because he would not leave his son’s side.
** ADVANCE FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 15 AND THEREAFTER -- FILE ** In this Jan. 5, 1973 black-and-white file photo, four-year-old Beau Biden, foreground, watches his dad, Joe Biden, center, being sworn in as the U.S. senator from Delaware, by Senate Secretary Frank Valeo, left, in ceremonies in a Wilmington hospital.  Beau was injured in an accident that killed his mother and sister in December.  Mrs. Biden's father, Robert Hunter, holds the Bible.  (AP Photo/File)

Hunter, holds the Bible. (AP Photo/File)

     Services for Beau Biden are as follows: Thursday he will lay in honor in Delaware’s Legislative Hall, followed by a Friday viewing and Saturday Mass. Biden asked President Obama to eulogize Beau and offer some public words of comfort to his wife, Hallie, and children Natalie, 11, and Hunter, 9.
Do you think Sen. Cruz was insensitive even though it is a punch line he uses often on his campaign trail? What does his comment mean to you?

♥ Lolo

Is There a New Meaning For Pomp and Cirucumstance??

pomp and circumstanceRemember your graduation day? Remember the excitement you felt the morning of,  when you left the house before your guests with your freshly pressed gown on a hanger and your cap that your mother somehow managed to have securely attached to your gown in hand? And if you were blessed enough to have your own car, you could not wait to place that tassel around your rearview mirror after graduation was over. The 20- step count walk across the stage was your moment to shine. Your moment to reap the benefits from all of the long hours spent in the library studying (well cramming for most) for exams. All of the finger calluses you experienced from typing countless papers (some of which where not yours, but others that paid a nice penny for your talents). I don’t know about you, but when I traipsed across the stage I was at my proudest, my pinnacle, I had reached the mountain top and was able to see a glimpse of what was soon to be known as my destiny. Only my wedding day would be the other time in my life that everyone felt and everything was about me!

So now I fast forward to a school in Hawaii called Kahuku High and Intermediate School. Known as “The Pride of the North Shore” the school educates approximately 1600 students in grades 7th thru 12th.  Visually and with the assistance of my limited math ability, this is looking like a pretty large school. Where am I going with all of this you ask?

The school’s 2015 graduation went viral after the entire graduating class performed musical renditions and dances from various pop and hip hop artists such as Wiz Kahlifa, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Jackson 5, and Silento’s “Watch Me.” They did the Nae, Nae and a tribute to their Maori culture by doing a Haka dance. Some comments in cyber world have been attacks on their character, upbringing, and class or as some feel the lack of.

I respectfully disagree with the naysayers on this one. I base my reasoning on the history of Pomp and Circumstance. Dictionary.com defines the word as: a splendid celebration with ceremony and fuss; also, the title of several military marches played at ceremonies, such as graduations. In the 1900’s Edward Elgar’s creation of the song Pomp and Circumstance was his biggest claim to fame. Its creation ignited excitement in England with shouts of “play it again!” It also caught the ear of the great contralto Clara Butt who planned to perform the piece at the crowning of King Edward VII before he fell ill.

So when did the celebratory nature and the reasoning behind the songs creation fade or get redefined? I have my suspicions but that is a whole other blog post. So I ask, what is wrong with a little 20 second dance when your name is called? Or a collective desire of the entire graduating class to create a High School Musical. This is the one time when you and your support network are one. They have waited patiently for your name to be called and are ready to shout and cheer for your accomplishments (and depending on where your name falls in the alphabet, the wait could be much longer than a New York minute). so why can’t you celebrate?

I say hats off to the collective and conscious effort of the students at Kahuku  to make their special day truly once in a lifetime. Watch their video below.

♥ Lolo