George Floyd protester who opened fire on Minneapolis cops acquitted of all charges – including attempted murder

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A 29-year-old man who shot at SWAT officers in an unmarked police van after being shot at with less-lethal munitions was acquitted of all charges – to include attempted murder – after going to trial, according to reports.

Jaleel Stallings, who was charged with attempted murder for a May 2020 incident, was acquitted of all charges after enduring his trial which took place this past July.

However, a renewed interest came from the case following the public release of bodycam footage from the incident and arrest of Stallings that contradicts officers’ testimony during the trial that Stallings resisted arrest.

The incident happened on May 30th of 2020 at approximately 11:00 p.m., as Stallings was on foot in a parking lot when SWAT officers in a white, unmarked van rolled up and proclaimed that they thought they saw Stallings about to grab a rock and started firing rubber bullets at Stallings.

Court documents revealed that MPD Sgt. Andrew Bittell said to a fellow officer, as the SWAT team were driving down Lake Street in the unmarked van, “Alright, we’re rolling down Lake Street. The first fuckers we see, we’re just hammering ’em with 40s.”

During trial, Stallings claimed he was acting in self-defense when he fired three shots toward the unmarked van, but then laid down on the ground once he realized that they were police officers. The firearm used by Stallings, who is an Army veteran, was reportedly a permitted, mini Draco pistol. No officers were struck by the returned fire by Stallings.

Ultimately, Stallings was acquitted of all charges when the case went before the jury. But it wasn’t until the release of bodycam footage earlier in September that the case has drawn media attention – and scrutiny.

In the original criminal complaint against Stallings, it was alleged that “Stallings did not stay on the ground and attempted to get up,” and that he “did not comply and resisted,” attempts to place him into custody.

However, the released bodycam footage showcases a stark contrast in events that transpired versus events described in the criminal complaint against Stallings filed last year.

Bodycam footage shows the SWAT team driving past the parking lot where Stallings was walking toward his pickup truck when Officer Christopher Cushenbery, as identified by court records, fired a less-lethal round at Stallings – hitting him in the torso.

The three gunshots can be heard emanating from Stallings’ weapon, and officers immediately jump out of the unmarked van and draw down on Stallings. Video shows Stallings laying on the ground, chest down, waiting for officers to take him into custody.

He remained prone throughout the ordeal.

Then Officer Justin Stetson, as identified by court records, yelled at Stallings, “You fucking piece of shit,” and began kicking and punching Stallings’ head and neck while he laid down on the ground. Sgt. Bittell also began punching Stallings in the midsection and back as well.

The beating lasted for approximately 30 seconds, while Stallings was completely prone and complying, even bringing his hands to his back while laid out on his stomach and being beaten.

Stallings suffered a fractured eye socket, as well as clearly visible abrasions and bruising to his face following the beating.

The bodycam footage, that was not released publicly until September 3rd via an open records request, was viewed in court during the July trial. It is certainly plausible that the footage below played a heavy role in Stallings’ acquittal.

Following the newfound media attention regarding the case, MPD spokesman John Elder stated that Officer Stetson and Sgt. Bittel’s actions are under internal review after being asked by media outlets if the two were under investigation or facing discipline regarding the May 2020 arrest of Stallings.

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Where’s the outrage? Two white men sucker-punched, beaten and robbed by group of black suspects in Chicago

(Originally published August 30th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – A disturbing video has surfaced from Chicago earlier in August, showing a white male victim being beaten and later robbed by two black male suspects, and then another white male simply walking by getting sucker punched and robbed by a group of black male suspects for even his shoes.

While the beatings and robberies were ongoing, the crowded Chicago street had numerous cars passing by and even a group of women feet away twerking while the beatings took place.

Security camera footage captured the disturbing attacks and robberies that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 28th along the 400 block of North State Street.

While no audio is available from the footage captured, what played out in the footage was clearly a horrific series of group assaults and robberies.

Footage shows the first victim in a green shirt seemingly being targeted and chased around by two black male suspects. The victim can be seen running/being chased at the onset by a man in a hat and black shirt – who starts throwing a slew of punches at the victim.

A second shirtless male then joins in and appears to have some exchanged words with the victim. While it’s unclear what this exchange was in relation to, the first aggressor then reenters the fold and starts attacking the victim again.

Then both of the men start walking in tandem toward the victim as he tries backing away, with the victim trying to flee and both of the suspects cutting him off and launching another attack. One of the suspects pulls the victim into the street, and both he and the shirtless suspect start beating the victim in the middle of the road.

While the victim lay on the ground, another white male can be seen simply walking by a few feet away from where the attack occurred. The black male suspect in the hat involved in the earlier attack walks up and punches the second victim seemingly without provocation.

The second victim immediately crumpled to the ground, with the shirtless suspect running to dig through his pockets, while others stole his bag and his shoes.

As this was ongoing, a group of women nearby who were within purview of the entire attacks stood in the middle of the street where the first victim was still laid out and began twerking in front of the traffic that was stopped due to the victims unconscious in the street.

By the time police responded to the scene, reportedly six minutes after the attacks and robberies, the victim in the green shirt had apparently refused medical attention as he only suffered abrasions to his face.

As for the man who was sucker punched, reports indicate that the 40-year-old victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition is currently unknown.

Police officials confirmed that both men were robbed during the incident and that no arrests have been made as of this writing.

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Portland rioter who knocked out and nearly killed a man with a kick to the head gets early release

(Originally published August 30th, 2021)

PORTLAND, OR – The Portland rioter who savagely kicked a seated man in the head last year has been released from prison only 12 months into a 20-month term.

26-year-old Marquise Love was caught on video in August of 2020, kicking victim Adam Haner in the head, after Haner had already been savagely beaten by Love and other protesters.

This incident unfolded in Portland during a Black Lives Matter ‘protest’ on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Haner told Fox News interviewers that he stopped that night to help a transgender woman who was beaten and robbed by BLM protesters.  Those protesters then proceeded to attack Haner and his girlfriend, while calling Haner a “racist.”

Video posted by journalist Drew Hernandez shows protesters surrounding Haner’s truck, kicking and punching it, and tackling a woman to the ground.

One assailant, later identified as Love, is prominently seen on video from the beginning of the incident, wearing a shirt marked “Security.”

Haner drove away from the attackers, only to crash his truck shortly thereafter.

Additional video from Hernandez shows attackers knocking Haner to the ground while others rummage in his truck.  After Haner gets to his feet, they knock him down again.  Love continues to be visible during the harassment.

Another video clip shows Love punching a seated Haner in the head as epithets fly.

Additional video from Andy Ngo shows Love coming up from behind Haner and viciously kicking him in the head, knocking him unconscious.

Fortunately, Haner did survive his injuries.

This vicious assault led to a manhunt by police for Love, who police said was identified in part by the video footage.

Meanwhile, Love put out a plea on Instagram for commissary money for his potential jail term, writing:

“Might go to jail for murder tonight for a racist when all I did was fight him look it up on twitter put money on my books and come see me.”

Ultimately, Love turned himself in on August 21, 2020.  He was sentenced to 20 months in prison and 36 months probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault and felony riot.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office announced in a press release:

“By pleading guilty to one count of assault in the third degree and one count of felony riot, Love admitted that while being aided by another person, he caused physical injury to the victim and that he and others engaged in tumultuous and violent conduct and created a grave risk of causing public alarm.”

However, only a year later, Love has been released.

According to a tweet posted by journalist Andy Ngo, an August 23, 2021 email from the Oregon Department of Corrections Victims Services Unit stated:

“This email is to inform you that MARQUISE LOVE has been released from custody on transitional leave.”

At this writing, aside from the shared email from the Oregon DOC, there has been no additional statement from Oregon officials on Love’s early release from prison.

Before he assaulted Haner last year, Love was already no stranger to the criminal justice system.

The New York Post reports that, according to the sheriff’s office in Washington County, Love was “arrested at least seven times over the past eight years” there, but District Attorney Kevin Barton did not prosecute him for most of those arrests.

The Post also notes that Love was prosecuted in two other Oregon counties since 2012.

Love’s lengthy rap sheet includes arrests for domestic assault, criminal trespass, and interfering with public transportation.

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