Robber Thought A Church Would Be An Easy Target. He Didn’t Realize Who The Pastor Is

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According to a recent KTRK report, one Baytown, Texas, pastor was awakened by the sound of a man kicking in the Church of New Beginnings’ door this week.

“This was a robbery,” Benny Holmes said. “He broke in the door, had laptops in his hand.”

Relying on his faith in both God and guns, Holmes said he initially attempted to reason with the suspect.

“I commanded him to stop twice,” Holmes said, “and he didn’t. So [in] fear for my life, I did what I had to do.”

He reportedly shot suspect Lee Marvin Blue Jr., 27, in his right shoulder. It was as Blue lay in the floor, injured and awaiting the arrival of authorities, that Holmes said he addressed his duties to a higher power.

“I led him through the sinner’s prayer while he was on the floor,” he said. “He repeated the sinner’s prayer after me.”

Holmes’ ex-wife, Pat, indicated that the crime was not a total shock.

“We have church break-ins here in the city of Baytown,” she said. “But ours had never been broken into. Unfortunately today was the day.”

As local reports pointed out, this was not the pastor’s first experience with using a gun to protect his property. He held a woman at gunpoint in September, KTRK noted, when he found her attempting to steal packages from his front porch.

Blue received treatment for his injury at an area hospital. He will face one count of burglary of a building.

h/t: Bearing Arms

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Texas Police Just Smashed A Huge Theory About Sandra Bland By Releasing This Video

Authorities in Waller County, Texas, released video footage of Sandra Bland, covering multiple days, to knock down rumors that she was dead before she was brought to the jail.

As reported by Western Journalism, Bland, 28, was pulled over on July 10 for a minor traffic violation in Prairie View, Texas; but the stop quickly escalated when Bland refused to comply with the officer’s orders.

The two got into a shouting match, which ultimately resulted in Bland being charged with resisting arrest and taken to prison.

Three days after her arrest, Bland was found dead in her cell. The county coroner ruled her death a suicide by hanging.

CNN reports that Waller County officials decided to release the footage after receiving multiple death threats and being the focus of cyber attacks.

“The reason we’re doing this is because of the misinformation that has been put out — both through social media and even through mainstream media — that has led to the rumors that Sandra Bland was in some way deceased, or harmed, or not well when she was brought in to the Waller County Jail,” Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told reporters.

One rumor that had taken hold through social media is that Bland was already dead when her mugshot was taken, so today’s released footage showed her walking into position and having her picture taken.

Local ABC News affiliate KTRK interviewed Alexandria Pyle, who occupied a cell directly across from Bland’s. She reported the woman being despondent and believes she took her own life.

“She was crying, and I could barely understand her,” recalled Pyle, who was just released from jail herself Thursday. “I was like, ‘It’s OK, don’t cry. It can’t rain all the time, it will be alright.’”

“Pyle said Bland was eager to get out of jail as soon as her bond was set… She voiced her frustration that her friend LaVaughn Mosley, whom she had repeatedly called, never came to the jail to post bond,” according to KTRK.

“She said, ‘He’s not answering, it’s going straight to voicemail. I don’t know why, I don’t know why. He said he’s going to be here in an hour, and it’s days later,’” Pyle stated.

“I don’t think the guards did anything. I mean it’s a tragedy either way,” she said. “Nobody (the guards) went in or out of her cell during the overnight hours.”

Asked whether she thought Bland’s death was as a result of suicide, Pyle responded, “I’m positive it was, but that’s just me.”

She added that “Sandra Bland was in there for something she didn’t deserve to be in there for, and I think that’s what everyone needs to focus on.”

“As far as the guards there in the jail, they were really nice. They just did their job,” Pyle said.

h/t: The Blaze

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BREAKING: Trump Just Made A HUGE Announcement About Where His Campaign Is Going

His fans on social media are eating it up — absolutely devouring the news Donald Trump just announced about where the GOP contender for the party’s 2016 nomination is personally going on Thursday. As of this writing, the brief Facebook post on Trump’s public figure page had been liked by more than 60,000 people in the course of a little more than two hours.

Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

So, you could say that Trump will be putting himself where his fiery rhetoric has been since he first made his candidacy official — at the border with Mexico and in the thick of the action concerning illegal immigration. As has been reported ad nauseam, Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants and Mexico’s supposed complicity in sending criminal aliens into America have lit a firestorm of controversy and brought the political pot of the presidential race to a high boil.

The billionaire businessman’s notice that he’s heading on Thursday to the country’s southern border — presumably to continue his high-profile criticism of the Obama administration’s border security and immigration enforcement policies — has drawn mixed reviews on both Facebook and Twitter.

What follows is a brief sampling of the positive and negatives reactions, quoted from a number of individual commenters on social media:

el chapo waiting

don’t come back

Please be careful. We need you!

This will be big. Looking forward to it.

This is why I love DONALD TRUMP!! Busy man, but not to busy to check the border. He is our hope to fix the mess that the USA is now in, GO DONALD TRUMP!!!

Finally someone who will make a difference in America. Go Trump!

I hope you’re going to the rio grande valley, it’s messed up as hell down there!

I am latino and I will vote for Donald Trump !

As he prepares to lead his campaign to the border tomorrow, reportedly making his appearance in Texas, Trump blasted out another social media message about the former Texas governor against whom he’s competing for the Republican nomination for president. It, too, has been well received by The Donald’s Facebook fans who obviously enjoy the candidate’s throwing a political punch or two.

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Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

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Watch: Heated Conflict Between Officer And Black Woman That’s Sparking Protests

Three days after she was arrested and locked in a Texas jail cell, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was dead. Authorities say the Illinois woman committed suicide while in custody, hanging herself with a plastic garbage bag.

Now, a dash cam video has been released of the traffic stop and explosive encounter with a Texas state trooper that led to the woman being hauled off to jail. The edited video from the Waller County Department of Public Safety is raising new questions about what happened on the Texas roadside — focusing new scrutiny on the incident that escalated into a shouting match between the arresting officer and the woman who was constantly berating and insulting him.

The trooper, identified as Brian Encinia, had reportedly pulled over Bland’s car for failure to signal a lane change. The dash cam video shows that Encinia became upset when Bland refused to obey his order to get out of her vehicle. He opened the car door and reached in, apparently trying to drag her out. Encinia drew his stun gun and threatened Bland, saying, “I will light you up.”

After Bland reluctantly climbed out of her car, the trooper ordered her off the road and out of camera range, though the audio of their heated arguing was still being recorded. As reported by the Associated Press in an article posted to Yahoo! News:

“Out of the camera’s view, Bland goes on protesting her arrest, repeatedly using expletives and calling the officer a ‘pussy.’ She screams that he’s about to break her wrists and complains that he knocked her head into the ground.”

After another patrol car with assisting troopers arrived, Bland was hauled off to the Waller County jail, charged with assault on a public servant. Only days later, she was found dead in her cell. Family, friends, and supporters question the official explanation of suicide; and protests have begun to spring up on social media as well as on the streets around Hempstead, Texas.

The account on Yahoo! News of the controversial incident notes that the trooper’s boss has already begun to publicly criticize the lawman’s behavior.

“Regardless of the situation — it doesn’t matter where it happens — a DPS state trooper has got an obligation to exhibit professionalism and be courteous … and that wasn’t the case in this situation,” said Steven McCraw, the department director.

By clicking on the video above, courtesy of USA Today, you can see for yourself an edited recording from State Trooper Encinia’s patrol car on that fateful day last week — a recording that offers at least a partial account of what happened on the Texas roadside.

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Mom Of Son Murdered By Illegals Delivers 9 Powerful Words For Senators Straight To Their Faces

A Texas woman whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant almost five years ago testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to both tell her son’s story and encourage Congress to “quit sitting silent” about sanctuary cities.

Laura Wilkerson explained that on November 16, 2010, her son Joshua was “beaten, strangled, tortured until he died. He was tied up, thrown in a field, and set on fire.” After a long process, Hermilo Moralez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in February 2013. Wilkerson continued:

His killer, Hermilo Moralez, was brought here illegally by his illegal parents when he was 10 years old, so he fit the ‘DREAM’ kid description. He was sentenced to life in prison, which means it will be 30 years before he’s up for parole. He’ll be a 49-year-old man, who I don’t expect to be deported. And I just hope he doesn’t come to live in your city.

Wilkerson would go on to read part of the autopsy report she received after her son was murdered: “This body is received in a grey body bag. There’s a tag on his toe that bears the name, Joshua Wilkerson. This is a white male weighing a 100 pounds. He is tied up with braided rope — 13 loops around his neck in a slipknot. It goes behind his back through his back belt loop. It goes to his hands and his feet behind his body. He has multiple fractures in his face and nasal cavity. His throat and his voicebox are crushed.

“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader, whether you want to recognize it or whether you do not,” continued Wilkerson. “This government continues to fail or even recognize that we have an issue. Americans are dying daily at the hands of criminals that we don’t even know are here.” She then sharply criticized sanctuary cities–that is, cities that do not enforce federal immigration law. This is a policy the alleged killer of 32-year-old Kate Steinle of San Francisco took advantage of. Jim Steinle, Kate’s father, testified at the same hearing Tuesday.

Sanctuary city policies scream to the criminal element of illegals in this country. There is a criminal element. It screams: ‘Come to our town USA, we’ll protect you from our terrible policemen. We’ll protect you from these tough American laws, that you — because you had a hard life — are not able to go through the same motions that an American is.’ They’re buying into that fact.

It is going to take another life lost by a senator, a congressman, the president, even another of today’s heroes, someone from Hollywood before someone in a position moves on this. I urge you: you are in a position to do something about this for Americans.

“Sympathy has never trumped the law in this country. Ever,” Wilkerson added. “Every one of them here threaten national security because we don’t know who they are. So they are a threat. They make a decision to come here. They’re not scared. They’re invited by sanctuary city policies. They’re not scared to wait in line for a handout that every American citizen has paid into the system for our children if need be. They mistrust police because they come from countries that mistrust police. They’re not scared here.”

Wilkerson concluded by pleading with the committee to take action on sanctuary cities. She also stressed that because of the way current immigration policy is enforced, her family is “forever broken.”

I want you to know that our family is broken, forever. We are forever broken. I don’t want the sympathy. I want you to do  something about it. Every one of you sitting here is in a position to do something. Just throw your hat into the ring for Americans. Quit sitting silent because it’s going to help you get a vote. Throw your hat in the ring and take care of American families.

h/t: Breitbart

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