Kris Buchele says he saw a Culpeper Town Police officer shoot 54-year-old Patricia Cook to death in the Epiphany Catholic School parking lot at around 10 a.m. Thursday, February 9.
Buchele is a carpenter who was working on the house next door. He says he heard loud arguing outside and looked through a window where he had a clear view of the school parking lot. Cook was in her Jeep Wrangler .
State police say Cook rolled up the window, catching the officer’s arm inside, and then dragged him.
Buchele says it didn’t happen that way. He describes an encounter which looked and sounded like the officer shooting a person a point blank range, not because he feared for his life, but because the woman did not obey his order to stop rolling up the window.
“He was right next to the vehicle. He had one hand on the door handle and one hand on his weapon. And she was rolling the window up. And they were exiting out of the parkng lot.
The window was half way up he said ’stop or I’ll shoot.’ I really didn’t think he was going to do it. But she got the window all the way up and that’s when he shot. And then she took a left out of the parking lot here and he stepped out in the street and fired five more times,” said Buchele.
Buchele says the officer was not dragged and that he shot her before she drove away. He says he didn’t have his arm caught because the officer’s left hand was on the door handle and right hand was holding a weapon. Also, he says he distinctly saw her roll up the window all the way before the officer shot out the glass and killed her.
“I’m angry, frustrated, sad, and fighting back tears right now, ” said Gary Cook, Pat’s husband of eight years. He doesn’t understand why a police officer would shoot his unarmed wife multiple times.
They can do anything to anyone without consequence. I hate police. I’m not even going to pretend otherwise any longer. If you belong to an organization where members routinely murder civilians and the people in charge cover for them, you are a bad person.
Police are bullies with guns backed by tyrants (the government).
Thousands demonstrated in Tokyo on Saturday against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Kenzaburo Oe, the 1994 Nobel prize winner for literature, told a central rally at Yoyogi Park, “Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants will be borne by generations to come.”
“This must not be condoned by human beings. It is against ethics,” the 77-year-old novelist said.
The rally was attended by 12,000 people, according to its organisers. Police estimated the turnout at around 7,000.
The March 11 quake-tsunami disaster left more than 19,000 dead or missing and sparked the Fukushima crisis, the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, on Japan’s northeast coast.
Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes around the plant, located some 220 kilometres (140 miles) northeast of Tokyo, as radiation levels rocketed, with many not knowing when and if they will be allowed to return.
The vast majority of Japan’s 54 commercial nuclear reactors are offline because popular opposition has prevented them being restarted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Japanese actor Taro Yamamoto, who has allegedly lost acting opportunities for his anti-nuclear advocacy, told the rally: “Our country will cease to exist if there is another big earthquake.”
“To prevent our country from ceasing to exist, we shall not allow nuclear plants to be reactivated.”
The loose-knit group Anonymous and other so-called hacktivists with underground origins have entered mainstream political culture, buoyed by a year of successes and increasing availability of technologies that have made it easier to participate in online activism campaigns.
While hackers gained reputations as illegal pranksters in the 1990s, a new generation appears more focused on building technology and online campaigns aimed at keeping the internet unrestricted.
So far this year, Anonymous and groups linked to the collective recently launched cyberattacks on the Swedish government, hacked into a conference phone call between the FBI and Britain’s Scotland Yard, and broken into several law enforcement agencies around the world.
Meanwhile, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has felt the sting, after 14 private photos of him were downloaded from the social networking site in December and posted on the photo-sharing site Imgur to expose a flaw in Facebook’s security settings.
But the groups have also recently directed their online campaigns against hate groups and child pornography websites, suggesting its ranks believe the internet freedom they are fighting to protect must not be abused…
(And) Germany has already recognized in its court system that DDoS attacks can be a form of valid political protest…
“Suppose the people around here decide that instead of having more consumer goods they’d like to have more leisure. The market system doesn’t allow you that choice. It drives you to having more consumer goods because it’s all driven to maximizing production. But is the only human value to have more and more goods you don’t need? In fact the business world knows that it’s not. That’s why they spend billions of dollars in advertising, to try to create artificial wants.”—
“That’s right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that’s kind of perverted or maybe it’s just romantic and highly intelligent.”—Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
One video in particular, which showed a young boy whose jaw was blown off in an attack, has been circulating on some social media websites, but was deemed too shocking for traditional media - including The Telegraph - to show.
Journalist Andy Carvin, a senior strategist at NPR in the US, took the decision to post the video on his Twitter account.
He Tweeted: “2 boys: one w/ his jaw blown off; the other his foot. Worse than graphic, an abomination. My hands are shaking.”
Other footage was said to include, amongst other things, a little girl pleading with doctors to treat her wounded brother in Homs, and another wounded child pleading to know what they had done to deserve what had happened.
The violence in Syria has increased in the wake of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution condemning President Bashar al Assad.
He said Syria was teetering on the edge of civil war.
Mr Carvin’s decision to post the video prompted an outpouring of emotion on the social media website.
He joined forces with other users in an effort to find the boy with the jaw injury, discover if he was still alive, and attempt to get him medical treatment. Employees at US cable news network CNN were also taking part in the effort.
At one point he tweeted: “Trying to explain to my 5-year-old why I can’t play with her right now. This is harder than usual.”
His last tweet noted he would give an update on the boy as soon as possible.
But his decision to post the video also prompted a debate on how much of the bloody war should be shown.
Sky News Digital News Editor Neal Mann, named by a survey last year as the most influential tweeter in the UK media, called the video “disturbing” and said he would not post it.
Much of the footage coming out of Syria is “haunting”, he wrote. Journalists are used to dealing with such footage, but “I do not feel comfortable pushing it to those who aren’t”.
“I agree,” wrote Cliona Wilmott. “It is one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. If people are determined to see it, they will find it.”
But Mr Carvin wrote: “I think everyone needs to do what their conscience tells them to do. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.”
Others said they hoped the footage would wake people up to the true horror of what is happening in Syria.
And davidrobbo66 wrote: “does it matter whether it’s too graphic or not? it’s what is happening, like it or not. reality trumps ‘editorial standards’”.
I’m going to continue to post graphic content from Syria as I deem to be appropriate. I do not want to exploit the graphic imagery or the Syrian people. I’d like to remain respectful but in the wake of the UN veto, I’m going to continue to post what I think people need to be aware of and be exposed to while the world stays silent. We could be utilizing nonviolent means to pressure the Assad regime to step down but we’ve chosen not to and while the violence in Syria continues, I plan on showing what the world has chosen to allow.
I’ll will continue to post warnings on anything that contains graphic imagery but just know that I don’t plan on shying away from showing reality.