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

Stephen A. Frye s.frye at verizon.net
Tue May 26 16:25:15 MDT 2015


Three week old Newspapers.

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Richard Whitenight <rwhitenight2004 at gmail.com> wrote:

>I think this is a tad dated :-)
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>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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>> 1/4 Nomaan Merchant/The Associated Press
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>> Garland officers kept attendees inside the Curtis Culwell Center 
>> after the shooting.
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>>  *By TRISTAN HALLMAN and RAY LESZCYNSKI **thallman at dallasnews.com, 
>> rleszcynski at dallasnews.com
>> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','thallman at dallasnews.com,+rleszcynski at da
>> llasnews.com');>*
>> Staff Writers
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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-isl
>> am-group-books-garland-isd-arena-district-cites-nondiscriminatory-fac
>> ilities-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-cont
>> ract-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/headl
>> ines/20150118-protesters-picket-islamic-conference-in-garland.ece>
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>Richard Whitenight
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