Multiple containers of fuel that the driver was carrying served as a ‘catalyst of the explosions,’ police said
By Mark Price The Charlotte Observer
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina woman caught fire during a police chase Thursday after multiple containers of gasoline exploded in the back of her car, officials said.
The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jessica Dale Patterson, was taken to a hospital, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Her condition has not been released.
“Before leaving the scene, Ms. Patterson told deputies that she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk,” officials said. “These containers of fuel were the catalyst of the explosions.”
A gas shortage has gripped the Southeast after Colonial Pipeline — a major fuel supplier — announced last weekend it was temporarily shutting down operations due to a cyberattack.
The company has said gas is flowing again, but experts, who blamed panic-buying and hoarding for the initial shortage, predict it could take days before supplies return to normal.
Patterson was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 near the town of Pickens when deputies began following her after determining the vehicle’s license plate had been reported stolen, officials said. Pickens is about 20 miles east of Greenville, in the upstate of South Carolina.
Officials say the Patterson “accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement,” and a brief chase ended when she lost control of the car, ran off the road and flipped.
“The vehicle immediately caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside,” according to the sheriff’s office.
“As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver … exited the vehicle and was observed to be on fire. The deputy pushed Ms. Patterson to the ground in order to put out the flames.”
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, officials said. Deputies did not say if Patterson is facing charges.
The crash happened one day after authorities in Citrus County, Florida, said a 2004 Hummer carrying containers of gas “burst into flames” at a gas station, The Miami Herald reported. One person was hurt, but declined to be taken to a hospital, the station said.
This isn’t rocket science. If you reduce the number of cops in high crime areas and handcuff the remaining officers you will not be saving black lives. Instead, you will turn your streets into rivers of blood and your cities into war zones where no one will want to live and work. Many of these areas are predominately African American, and you know damn well they will be the innocent victims of your war on law and order.
Again, these Democrats may be mentally deficient but they fully understand what defunding the police will result in. They are culpable and they should be held responsible for the growing violence.
Look at the backgrounds of these politicians and thugs running the anti cop groups. They are Marxist radicals doing what Marxist thugs have done everywhere else. They must eliminate the rule of law to protect their own crimes and tyranny and to enforce their agendas by mob rule. Wake up.
To abolish capitalist law enforcement would therefore require first to abolish capitalist law itself. The struggle to eliminate the existing police forces thus must be approached as part of a revolutionary struggle to overthrow capitalism and class society, and to replace the existing state with a socialist government and system. Under the name of abolitionism there are many valuable endeavors to transform interpersonal relations, to reconceive of state and activist responses to different forms of harm, to divest from police budgets and invest in social needs, among others. But the abolition of the capitalist state also requires a program for revolution, where the oppressed seize and hold power and the oppressors lose power.
Sparks, NV – A veteran Sparks police officer has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the city for allegedly violating his First Amendment rights after he was suspended over social media posts he made about antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM).
Sparks Police Officer George Forbush, a bomb squad technician with 19 years on the force, filed the 32-page lawsuit in federal court in Reno in April, KRNV reported.
Officer Forbush was previously given a four-day, unpaid suspension as punishment for four social media posts he made, including at least one that referenced antifa and BLM.
According to the lawsuit, he suffered emotional, psychological and reputational harms due to the disciplinary action, which he argued could also damage his employment opportunities post-retirement, KRNV reported.
Officer Forbush was off-duty when he made the posts and made no reference to his job as an SPD officer in any of them, according to the lawsuit.
He is seeking $1 million in damages.
“A public employer may not discipline or retaliate against its employees for the content of their political speech as private citizens on matters of public concern,” the lawsuit reads, according to the Associated Press. “Officer Forbush did not relinquish his right to think, care, and speak about politics and current events when he accepted a job as a police officer.”
The investigation into Officer Forbush began after an anonymous tipster sent city officials a tweet the officer posted in June of 2020, KRNV reported.
“I am going to build a couple AR pistols just for BLM, Antifa or active shooters who cross my path and can’t maintain social distancing,” the tweet read, according to the news outlet.
The city combed through more than 700 of Officer Forbush’s tweets before determining that a total of four warranted disciplinary action, the Associated Press reported.
Another post showed a group of people trying to light a U.S. flag on fire, along with a comment from the veteran officer, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
“I would be a helper and throw a lot of gasoline in their direction as they held their lighters and they say oops as I walked away,” he wrote.
Another post involved Officer Forbush reacting to a photo of a man exposing himself in a public area, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
“Next time put him in some cross-hairs or on a red dot, please,” he said.
Officer Forbush also made a post blasting a police officer who had been accused of falsifying evidence, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
“He made a lot of good cops look bad. It would be ironic if someone planted drugs by cramming them up his a– so they could be found during an intake search when he goes to prison for what he did. That would be the tip of the iceberg on the punishment scale,” the post read.
Officer Forbush was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 18, 2020, while the investigation was being conducted, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
He was sanctioned to four days of unpaid leave on Dec. 4, 2020.
According to the city’s social media policy, “employees and elected officials should not post discriminatory remarks, harassing statements, and threats of violence or any language that can be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening or intimidating toward fellow employees, citizens, or vendors,” the Associated Press reported.
The lawsuit described Officer Forbush’s case as a “warning broadcast to all city employees that they had better not say anything, anywhere, in any forum, even in their personal social media discussions of matters of public concern.”
According to the lawsuit, Officer Forbush is also asking the court to order the city to “implement a policy governing officers’ personal social media use that is consistent with the Constitution,” and to have the disciplinary action associated with the incident purged from his personnel file, the Associated Press reported.
McGurran, who joined the NYPD in April 2017 and was assigned to the 81st Precinct, was shot three times in the gunfight around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday in Bushwick.
Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed the 28-year-old officer as a hero Thursday morning and praised the NYPD’s policing strategies that got the alleged gunman off the street.
“This is an example of the dangers our officers face but also a profound example of the heroism and courage they exhibit, how much we depend on them and the smart strategies of the NYPD to have officers where they are needed,” de Blasio said.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said McGurran, along with a sergeant and other cops in the 81st Precinct, spotted a man “walking briskly” and “blading his body” near Macon Street and Howard Avenue.
When the cops got out of the car, the man with “a firearm turns on the officers and begins to shoot,” Shea said.
On Monday, May 10th, over 120 retired military flag officers encouraged Americans to get more politically involved, and to act against the fact that many people in this country are believing in socialism and Marxism. They went on to say that this country is in “deep peril” and under “tremendous assault” by those believers.
The retired officers wrote:
“Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,”
The officers went on to lambaste the 2020 election process and argued that election fairness would be destroyed and the Democrats will be allowed to remain in power forever if the Democrat House bill H.R. 1 and its Senate companion bill S. 1 are passed and put into effect.
The retired officers wrote:
“Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the ‘will of the people’ our Constitutional Republic is lost. Election integrity demands insuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen.
Legal votes are identified by State Legislature’s approved controls using government IDs, verified signatures, etc.
“Today, many are calling such commonsense controls ‘racist’ in an attempt to avoid having fair and honest elections. Using racial terms to suppress proof of eligibility is itself a tyrannical intimidation tactic. Additionally, the ‘Rule of Law’ must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity.
The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020. Finally, H.R.1 & S.1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic.”
Breitbart reported that they also slammed the Biden administration for acting in a “dictatorial manner” by bypassing Congress with more than 50 executive orders reversing Trump administration policies and blasted excessive lockdowns, school and business closures, and censorship of written and verbal expression as direct assaults on Americans’ fundamental rights.
The officers said:
“We must support and hold accountable politicians who will act to counter Socialism, Marxism and Progressivism, support our Constitutional Republic, and insist on fiscally responsible governing while focusing on all Americans, especially the middle class, not special interest or extremist groups which are used to divide us into warring factions.”
They also weighed in on national security issues from the southern border, China, and energy.
“Illegals are flooding our Country bringing high economic costs, crime, lowering wages, and illegal voting in some states. We must reestablish border controls and continue building the wall while supporting our dedicated border control personnel. Sovereign nations must have controlled borders,”
The officers called China “the greatest external threat to America”. They went on to say that the Biden administration is establishing cooperative relations with the Chinese Communist Party, and by doing such, it is encouraging the Chinese Communist Party to continue progress toward world domination, militarily, economically, politically and technologically.
“We must impose more sanctions and restrictions to impede their world domination goal and protect America’s interests,”
The officers also encouraged opening the Keystone Pipeline, and how it needs to regain energy independence
They discussed that topic, saying:
“Stopping the Keystone Pipeline eliminates our recently established energy independence and causes us to be energy dependent on nations not friendly to us, while eliminating valuable US jobs. We must open the Keystone Pipeline and regain our energy independence for national security and economic reasons,”
They argued that the military should not be used as “political pawns” to protect the Capitol against a “non-existent threat,” and should not be forced to accept politically correct policies or critical race theory into the military at the expense of war fighting, Breitbart reported.
“We must support our Military and Vets; focus on war fighting, eliminate the corrosive infusion of Political Correctness into our military which damages morale and war fighting cohesion,”
The officers went on to denounce the chaos that is plaguing the streets of this country since the death of George Floyd, and asked that Americans support law enforcement officers.
According to reports, they insisted that district attorneys, courts, and the Justice Department enforce the law equally, fairly, and consistently toward all.
They also argued that the mental and physical condition of the Commander-in-Chief “cannot be ignored.”
The officers said:
“He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night,”