[Rushtalk] Police kill 2 men who opened fire outside Muhammad art show in Garland

Richard Whitenight rwhitenight2004 at gmail.com
Mon May 25 18:58:40 MDT 2015


I think this is a tad dated :-)

On Monday, May 25, 2015, Carl Spitzer <lynux at keepandbeararms.com> wrote:

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>  *Police kill 2 men who opened fire outside Muhammad art show in Garland *
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> Garland officers kept attendees inside the Curtis Culwell Center after the
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>  *By TRISTAN HALLMAN and RAY LESZCYNSKI **thallman at dallasnews.com,
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> Published: 03 May 2015 07:15 PM Updated: 03 May 2015 11:45 PM
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>    Bruce Joiner, a Garland ISD security officer, was treated at a local
>    hospital and released.
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> Two men who opened fire outside a contest for cartoons depicting the
> Muslim prophet Muhammad were killed by police Sunday at a Garland ISD
> events center.
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> The controversial event at the Curtis Culwell Center was wrapping up
> shortly before 7 p.m. when the two gunmen pulled up in a car and shot an
> unarmed Garland ISD security officer.
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> Garland police returned fire and killed the two gunmen before anyone else
> was hurt.
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> The security officer, Bruce Joiner, was released from a hospital after he
> was reportedly treated for a leg wound.
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> The bodies of the gunmen remained on the street outside the Culwell Center
> hours after they were shot, and their identities had not been released late
> Sunday.
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> A bomb squad was investigating whether explosives might be in their car.
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> Police locked down the events facility to protect people inside. About 200
> tickets for the event had been sold for the contest, which drew about 300
> entries. After people were evacuated from the event, they were driven to a
> secure location to await questioning by the FBI.
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> Johnny Roby of Oklahoma City said he was outside the Culwell Center when
> he heard about 20 shots that sounded as though they came from a passing
> car. He said he then heard two more shots before police rushed him back
> into the building.
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> The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative had organized the
> event to award a cash prize for the best cartoon depicting Muhammad.
> Caricatures of the Islamic prophet are considered offensive by many
> Muslims, but the show’s organizers said they were exercising their freedom
> of expression.
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> Nathan Bassett and Stephen Perkins had been inside the center when the
> gunshots erupted and were walking to their cars when they saw officers
> drawing weapons.
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> “We were really confused,” Bassett said. “There was a lot of confusion, a
> lot of people and a lot of officers.”
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> Nearby businesses, including a Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Academy, were
> evacuated. Police had said before the event that they didn’t see a need to
> warn area businesses of any chance of violence.
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> Before the shooting, the scene was unremarkable outside the Culwell
> Center, except for the thick security that included Garland police, school
> district security and private guards.
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> “We were expecting protests outside the building,” Perkins said.
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> But Alia Salem, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic
> Relations Dallas-Fort Worth, said she and other Muslims had wanted nothing
> to do with the event.
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> “We were actively ignoring and encouraging the community to ignore it,”
> she said. “We did not want to be the bearers of any kind of incitement.”
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> Before the shootings, the organizer of the event, Pamela Geller, dismissed
> critics who called her American Freedom Defense Initiative an extremist
> organization.
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> “As if pursuing good in the extreme makes it a bad thing,” she said.
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> She said Sunday night that the shooting showed how “needed our event
> really was.”
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> The event’s keynote speaker, Geert Wilders, was a right-wing Dutch
> lawmaker known for a hard-line stance against Islam.
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> “We are here in defiance of Islam to stand for our rights and freedom of
> speech,” he said during his speech shortly before the shootings. “That is
> our duty.”
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> He was greeted with a standing ovation, and he told the audience that most
> terrorists are Muslims, and “the less Islam the better.”
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> The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid an additional $10,000 upfront
> for 40 officers to work security at the event. Geller called that expense
> “the high cost of freedom.”
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> Police had been monitoring social media for online threats. Late Sunday,
> authorities were checking into activity on Twitter that included
> “#texasattack” before the gunfire began: “May Allah accept us as mujahideen
> [those engaged in jihad],” a message said.
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> The winner of the contest, Bosch Fawstin, said that when he saw the high
> level of security, he didn’t believe there would be any kind of danger.
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> “I had known it would be secure, but seeing it is a whole new thing,” he
> said before the shootings.
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> In January, the Culwell Center had been the scene of dueling protests
> during a pro-Muslim Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect event in
> January.
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> Some protesters then called for peace and understanding, while anti-Muslim
> demonstrators argued that extremists’ beliefs threatened the U.S.
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> Garland ISD had faced criticism for the decision to book the January event
> a little more than a week after Islamic militants in France killed 12
> people at the satirical magazine *Charlie Hebdo*.
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> School board president Rick Lambert rebuffed the criticism, saying, “the
> Culwell Center is available for rental as long as you comply with the law.”
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> *Staff writers Claire Z. Cardona, Julie Fancher and Naomi Martin and The
> Associated Press contributed to this report.*
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>  *UPDATE: Injured officer released* Authorities identified the Garland
> ISD security officer who was shot Sunday as Bruce Joiner.
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> He was hospitalized for an ankle wound but was released Sunday night.
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> Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said Joiner was dressed in a
> police-style uniform but was not armed.
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> Before joining the school district’s security force about two years ago,
> Joiner, 58, served as a Rowlett police officer and a duty sergeant at
> Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
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> *April 28: Islam debate returns to Garland ISD’s Culwell Center with
> Muhammad art event *
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> Feb. 17: Anti-Islam group books Garland ISD arena; district cites
> nondiscriminatory facilities policy
> <http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20150216-anti-islam-group-books-garland-isd-arena-district-cites-nondiscriminatory-facilities-policy.ece>
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> 'Muhammad Art Exhibit' group billed $10,000 to pay 40 officers for
> security at Garland ISD site
> <http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/02/muhammed-art-exhibit-contract-calls-for-40-officers-at-garland-isd-site.html/>
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> Jan. 15: Protesters picket Islamic conference in Garland
> <http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/garland-mesquite/headlines/20150118-protesters-picket-islamic-conference-in-garland.ece>
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