Police officer in unjustified shooting arrested

More Police Officers Being Criminally Charged In Unjustified Shootings

An article in usuncut.com is reporting that a video was released in 2011 that shows a St. Louis police officer shooting an African-American suspect. According to the article, the suspect, Smith, was shot by the officer, and afterwards, the officer planted a gun at the scene. The video captured the officer saying, “I’m going to kill this motherfucker.” The video also appears to show the officer, Stockley smashing into the suspect’s car, and shooting 5 times at the driver’s seat after the car had already stopped running.

Now, in 2016, a new video has surfaced showing a gun being taken out of a duffel bag by Stockley. The duffle bag was from the back Stockley’s own car, and after removing it, it appears he planted it on the suspect’s body. In his report, Stockley claimed the shooting of the suspect was justified because the suspect had pointed a gun at him.

The article further states “Subsequent DNA evidence on the gun, however, did not contain any DNA or fingerprints from Smith. Stockley will be tried for first-degree murder. One of his initial hearings takes place on Oct. 3rd.” Below is a video that captured the incident. You can read the full article here

As many of you know I have a lot of ties to the St. Louis, Mo area.  So, I decided to pick up the phone and call my friend Bob Block, owner of Bob Block Bail Bonds in St. Louis and ask him what he thought of the video and what was the public sentiment.

Bob told me he was disgusted by what he saw on the video and believes the officer should have been charged.  He said he saw the story on the local news channels and heard people talking about it around the police and court buildings.  He said there were no real protests or demonstrations about it and believes that is because the case happened more than 5 years ago.

Bob is a long-time friend of mine and the most honest bail bondsman you will probably ever meet.  If you ever find yourself in needing bail posted in St. Louis or anywhere else in the country simply google bail bonds St. Louis Mo and you will find Bob’ company. Bob Block Bail Bonds is located at 36 Four Seasons Shopping Center #104 Chesterfield, MO 63017

Meanwhile, a few hundred miles away in Oklahoma, another case of police brutality has been reported. Terence Crutcher’s killer, police officer Betty Shelby, was booked at a county jail and released on bail. On a dash cam and helicopter video, the officer was seen shooting at  Crutcher who was unarmed and had his hands up at the time of the shooting.  Shelby was charged with manslaughter.

The Bet.com article says the whole incident started out this way: “Last week, Crutcher’s vehicle broke down in the middle of the road. When he was approached by Shelby, she called for additional officers to assist her with Crutcher. Although she felt as if his behavior was disorderly, prosecutors felt that she let her own bias negatively affect her decision-making skills.”

The article also reports that “On Thursday, Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced Shelby will face a manslaughter charge. Not long after, Shelby turned herself in and was booked at the Tulsa County Jail. Records indicate that she was booked at 1:11 a.m. and was released at 1:31 a.m. on a $50,000 bond.

The Mayor of Tulsa released the following statement: “These are important steps to ensure that justice and accountability prevails,” Bartlett said in a statement. “We will continue to be transparent to ensure that justice and accountability prevails.”

You can read the entire article at bet.com

For the family of these victims and their communities, the issue of police brutality has been a problem they have had to deal with for most of their lives. For the most part, it is caused by prejudices and biases against people of certain races and social status. For most people that live sheltered lives, such incidents are way in the past, until they hear or read about it; in some cases, even see it on video, and then they all realize society still has a long way to go.

This problem will not simply go away. All society needs to be educated – the guilty must be held accountable, even more so when they are in uniform. We all need to be vigilant about where the police’s authority ends and our human rights begin. As one of the victims’ sister aptly expressed: “This is a small victory. The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality. We know the history.”


How Humans and Science Are Helping People Kick Drug Addiction

Even those that are incarcerated can help others in breaking drug addiction. A recent story about a man who was incarcerated in a California state prison in inspiring. This man created a group to help inmates kick the drug habit. In the article Via csmonitor.com it says:
“It made everybody open up, Wiley said. The room launched into a tell-all discussion about their personal histories with violence. To begin the process of the men making themselves whole again, Wiley encouraged them to dredge up harsh memories and to face their faults head-on.
It’s this commitment to transformation that led Wiley, a 46-year-old former inmate with a long-term sentence, to create the Timelist Group, a nonprofit organization that aims to fill the gaps left by the state’s rehabilitation offerings. He started the program 10 years ago while he was in prison and, upon his release in 2012, has expanded its menu of services to support California’s growing number of parolees with reentry.”
While people are helping one another to break addiction, science is progressing as well.  In a recent article titled New Treatment “Reverses” Cocaine Addiction In Rats | IFLScience “Drug addiction is a hugely complex condition that is caused by an intricate combination of physiological, psychological, and social factors, all of which makes it extremely difficult to treat. Like many drugs, cocaine leads to an increase in dopamine signaling in the brain’s reward circuit, creating an intense feeling of pleasure. However, repeated use can cause an imbalance in some of the brain regions involved in this circuit, such as the nucleus accumbens.”
The article goes on to say drug addiction is a hugely complex condition that is caused by an intricate combination of physiological, psychological, and social factors, all of which makes it extremely difficult to treat. Like many drugs, cocaine leads to an increase in dopamine signaling in the brain’s reward circuit, creating an intense feeling of pleasure. However, repeated use can cause an imbalance in some of the brain regions involved in this circuit, such as the nucleus accumbens.
Previous research has shown that these changes occur because cocaine use causes an increase in levels of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps to control the growth, development, and connectivity of neurons. Because BDNF works by activating a type of brain receptor known as the TrkB receptor, scientists have in the past attempted to treat cocaine addiction by blocking these receptors.
Several studies have shown that inhibiting TrkB activation in the nucleus accumbens of cocaine-addicted rats does indeed alleviate their drug dependence, causing them to stop choosing cocaine-laced water over regular water.”
All of this is not only taking place in the United States, but throughout the world.  Below is an excerpt of a film based on a man that adopts children in the Ukraine that have become addicted to drugs.  The headline of the article in which the video appears is Meet the man who adopts Ukraine’s drug-addicted street children – BBC Three
The film is called almost holy and is described in the article as “Almost Holy, a new film released this week, by director Steve Hoover and exec producer Terence Malik, portrays the life and work of an extraordinary figure – Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko. This is documentary, weaving archive and original captured footage, but Gennadiy could be a character from a comic – physically impressive, righteous, clear of purpose and unafraid to use force against the ‘bad guys’; he’s the ultimate vigilante hero.”
With drug activity plaguing nations for decades it’s nice to see that some recent advancements are being made to help people throughout the world.  If you are anyone you know is in need of help regarding substance abuse please reach out to us at sfccglobal.org





Five ways local communities can help homeless people

Many of us who have a beautiful home and family don’t realize what it is like being homeless and without family. You will find many people living on the streets, without any shelter due to personal tragedy. There are many ways local community can help these people.

Educate yourself


Understand why these people are homeless; find out whether it is for lack of housing, divorce, illness, abuse, or a loss of a job. If you know how they got into such miserable situation, you will be able to find a solution for them.



You can donate clothing and food. You can also give a blanket, jacket books, utensils, etc. These items will be very useful for them.



You can organize various classes for these homeless people to learn accounting, typing, plumbing, child care, carpentry, etc. so that they can get a job and lead a decent life.

Seek job opportunities


You can encourage your community people and organizations to hire homeless people to type, clean, paint, or any other task. Many homeless people find it hard to find regular employment.



You can arrange a meeting with your local homeless shelters to find out what is needed to support these homeless people. You can contact the local scout group or other organizations to arrange fundraising events. You should speak up on council meetings of issues related to homeless individuals to increase the awareness. You can also write editorial letters to local newspapers regarding homeless people.

You can build up a support system for these homeless people. All you need to do is give some money, time and services to these people. By working together, you can make a huge difference to their lives.