There has been a lot of coverage about the tragic passing of Prince this past news cycle. As a result, and thankfully, the wall to wall coverage of our national elections has taken a back seat. I am devastated by losing such a musical genius, but I am glad for a break from these cable news stations and their trump love-fests for just a little bit.
Anyway, another story that was pushed to number two this past news cycle was the execution style murders of eight people (EIGHT!) in Ohio. That figure equals the amount of people murdered in quite a few countries all over the world in an entire year. One woman was shot execution style with her six month child under her arms. *shaking head*
“Eight family members found dead in a rural southern Ohio community were shot in the head ‘execution style,’ most while they slept, authorities said Friday.
Officers are searching for the killer or killers, who are probably armed and a danger to surviving family members, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said.
“We have a specific family that’s been targeted but I don’t think there’s been a threat to any other members of the community,” he said. “I’ve given the family precautionary measures to make. They know we’re available.”
Investigators discovered seven adults and a 16-year-old dead at four crime scenes, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. The victims included a mother slain while her 4-day-old child lay beside her, he said.
That child, along with a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, survived the killings, Reader said.
He didn’t name a suspect or give a motive, but said all victims are members of the Rhoden family.
“We’re advising family members to be very careful and take particular caution,” DeWine said. “This is a matter of public safety, especially for the Rhoden family.” [Source]
“Especially for the Rhoden family? Isn’t it a little late for them? My lord, this country needs help.
Finally, some folks in the majority population still can’t understand why we have to stress the fact that Black Lives Matter to anyone who will listen.
Take, for instance, the story in Florida, where we thought that the police involved were heroes because we thought at the time that the had saved the lives of three Black girls.
Well as it turns out, not so fast.
“Flak over three teens’ deaths in a cemetery pond following a car theft chase prompted a Florida sheriff to release more dashcam footage of the incident Friday.
Family members of Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15, are questioning the Pinellas County Sheriff’s account of why deputies did not jump into the St. Petersburg pond to save them around 4 a.m. March 31, ABC News reported.
“In my opinion, this has been a rush to judgment,” said a lawyer for the families, William Anderson. “In my opinion, this has been a smear campaign.”
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has said the mud was too thick to get to the gold Honda Accord in the 15-foot deep pond after the teens stole it, led deputies on a chase and crashed into the water. The sheriff’s office released a video Friday showing three deputies with parts of their uniform off returning to their cars after wading into the mud off Gandy Blvd.
Unfortunately, some people are irresponsibly and falsely posting on Facebook that deputies did not attempt to rescue the three girls who tragically drowned while fleeing from the police in a stolen car a few weeks ago,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“The sheriff stated at the time that deputies removed their gun belts and clothes and tried to enter the water to rescue the girls, but the conditions in the water prevented them from doing so. This is exactly what happened, and we stand by that.”
Yet the release of other video from the crash scene Monday and audio earlier in the month provoked questions. The deputies could be heard in the video footage discussing whether they heard the three teens screaming.” [Source]