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Posted on June 30 at 2:19 p.m.
Yes, Donje Hill is a marine from LA. Indeed, a whole different narrative shapes up: Hill faced serious punishment if arrested holding the liquor. So likely he handed the backpack to Edwards. Or, Hill dropped the backpack, and it was on the ground, and Magaña fell on it.
On Deltopia Arrestee Back in Court
Posted on June 30 at 2:02 p.m.
``Sheriff Bill Brown, who addressed the County of Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, said that when a UCSB police officer went to detain Edwards after witnessing him get into a fight, Edwards attempted to escape the officer’s grip and swung a backpack full of alcohol bottles at him, splitting open his forehead and knocking him to the ground. ''
So now Officer ``DiPinto testified that a 1.75-liter bottle of rum — a photo appeared on the screen — was found half-full inside the backpack.''
Sheriff Brown really made an inaccurate statement, which taints the entire proceeding.
The story of the chase makes no sense. If Officer Magaña tried to grab Edwards, but failed in the first try, did Edwards hang around and wait for Magaña? I doubt it, he would continue running. But the story makes it seem like Edwards was just waiting for a second grab by Magaña, but decided to throw a backpack to block the second grab. Seems to me that Edwards is much more likely to have hightailed away from Magaña as fast as possible. And much more likely that he just dropped the backpack to the ground, which seems to have belonged to a US Marine, while running.
Most likely if a cut was made in the Magaña's forehead by the backpack, it was done by a sharp portion of the pack, particularly if the bottle is intact. No-one has said the bottle was broken. There should be blood on the backpack. I wonder why there is no forensic examination of the backpack? Of course, it would be straightforward for law enforcement to put some of Magaña's blood on the pack at any time they wanted to.
It would be awfully helpful if there was at least one unbiased witness. I certainly can imagine that Edward did cause Magaña's injury, but this story is too garbled to be sure.
Posted on June 28 at 1:22 p.m.
I was trying hard to remember the last time a white male was tried for sexual assault in or involving IV. Slava Olsen was convicted for killing Brad Jones, but that was merely assault, and not sexual. Thor Christiansen somehow slipped through, although local law enforcement caught him with a matching firearm.
Maybe only non-whites commit rape in IV. Or maybe in memory of Lefty Bryant, Dalton Nezey, and Leroy Delaine, law enforcement treats non-whites to especially thorough enforcement of the law.
Loonpt is raising, in his awkward and mildly offensive way, the possibility that Kitt should be presumed innocent. If you are offended you have a thin skin.
But of course Hershel Greenspan is right. Although Eric Frimpong joined the ranks of those treated to specially scrupulous law enforcement for the non-white in Santa Barbara County, Mr. Kitt might not be n+1 in the long count
And it is also true that one drop of alcohol or one hit of a joint renders everyone incapable of legal consent to a sexual act. Eric Frimpong found out. It is all assault after that. The only question is who gets prosecuted and who does not.
On Isla Vista Man Accused of Rape Appears Court
Posted on June 28 at 12:30 p.m.
The judicial system is always right and never lies, just ask Eric Frimpong:
and those accused in the Central Park Jogger case:
Posted on June 27 at 7:36 p.m.
More irrelevant illogical sludge from nomoresanity. The CoE is by no means stellar, but is better than average. Without IV's historical housing of the great increase of UCSB's students 3,500 to 20,000 there would not even be a CoE at UCSB; UCSB would have stayed on its initial plan of no CoE whatsoever.
Yet, nomoreinsanity, the fact that the CoE would not even exist were it not for IV is totally lost on someone as dim as you. But still you trash the very place that made the CoE possible in the first place.
You wouldn't know a fact if it jumped in your mouth and bit your tonsils.
As for the fence in IV, a net like just voted for the Golden Gate Bridge would be a better engineered solution for IV…
On Unhappy Resident Tears Down Fencing Along Isla Vista Bluffs
Posted on June 27 at 1:17 p.m.
Looking a bit closer… Magaña says he suffers memory loss the sequence of events isn't clear in his memory. But he seems to recall that Edwards threw the backpack at him. Officer DiPinto, who pursued Edwards with Magaña, didn't see the incident. Miraculously, the 24 surveillance cameras on 6 poles in the vicinity didn't capture the incident either.
Just one neutral witness who saw the throwing of the backpack by Edwards would sure be helpful. Sending a 17-year-old to the State Pen for 12 years based on such vague evidence would be rather remarkable.
Magaña admits that he fell to the ground. Seems a bit more likely that that fall was the origin of his head injury. Although his memory is spotty on other issues, Magaña feels sure that his head did not strike the ground.
One very clear test of the veracity of law enforcement accounts concerns the bottles in the backpack.
Sheriff Bill Brown, quoted in the Indy on April 8, http://www.independent.com/news/2014/..., said Edwards `swung' a `backpack full of alcohol bottles at' Officer Magaña.
`Sheriff's officials' are quoted in the Indy on April 11 (http://www.independent.com/news/2014/... ) as saying `Edwards allegedly `swung' a `backpack filled with full liquor bottles' at the police officer’s face'.
On April 15, public defender Boulet said really there was only one 1/2 full bottle of rum. Indeed, in the testimony this week, both the News-Press and Noozhawk (http://www.noozhawk.com/article/man_w...) indicates that Boulet, and neither the Sheriff nor the Sheriff's officials were correct. The Indy overlooks this development.
Hmmm… this case will really turn on what other witnesses who are less interested in the outcome have to say. If disinterested witnesses say that Officer Magaña really cut him self falling down on the street, then the narrative of the Deltopia `riot' collapses. If Edwards was merely fleeing, and didn't attack an Officer, it is a lot harder to justify the declaration of an unlawful gathering. A 17-year-old running from police is hardly mayhem.
And I sure hope every millisecond of those camera feeds is available for scrutiny by the Press; probably not the Indy, which needs the revenue from clicks it gets by sensationalizing IV news, but hopefully by the Daily Nexus.
On Officer Injured at Deltopia Takes to the Stand
Posted on June 26 at 5:14 p.m.
There were about 5 poles with about 4 surveillance cameras each deployed in that area.
The possibility that none of those 20 or so cameras caught this incident clearly? Just about zero.
That there was only 1 and it was blocked by foliage? Hahahahahahahaha.
If there was a good photographic record of this incident, the Sheriff's Office might have destroyed it by now. But with merely a public defender, there is not enough $ to trace down all the details that could establish the fate of every camera feed out there on DP.
For all the disruption and concentration-camp atmosphere provided by those cameras, that they apparently prove useless is appalling.
Posted on June 24 at 7:26 a.m.
Oh, keep it shut, nomore. You aren't in the CoE. You bet there is a very strict enrollment cap at the CoE; your ignorance is so vast you don't even know that UCSB has an overall cap specified by the LRDP.
If you truly are a UCSB faculty member (and there is absolutely no evidence you are) then you bear a huge responsibility for the conditions of IV, which you not only abdicate but you sophomorically celebrate.
Lots of people (not you) work hard to make IV a far better place than you know, because you never really go there. And when you and if you do, you leave steaming piles in the streets, because that is what you love.
Posted on June 23 at 2:03 p.m.
Well, you're right blah. When I lived out in Utah for a while, as a young 20-something, couldn't get anybody to visit Provo, no matter how much I implored them.
Even then, back in the 80's, my friends jumped at the chance to visit IV.
So maybe some invites do go out, but still, young people get knocked over with a feather at the chance to visit IV. The beach, the young people in swim suits, the weather, and the chance you'll get lucky and get to do some horizontal dancing.
You make another fascinating point. Mountain side of IV is substantially quieter than the beachside. On DP, big house parties are more of a mountain side phenomenon. Also Sabado, Trigo, Pasado… sometimes leaking to Sueno and up Corto.
The big block apartments up near Segovia (and north) aren't conducive to the open party scene, although stuff does happen. But the regular throngs are DP & Sabado. Of course Deltopia was a faux-beach affair so DP was the focus.
Mountainside IV was laid out and zoned for students after 1958. Beachside was zoned in the 1950's for single family owners (and renters in the duplex/4-plexes). Beachside DP was super-special, always, because of its primo beach overhang, and so got multiunit that usually have balconies on the beachside, not DPside. But mountainside DP itself got the duplexes and most of the parties.
The big open parties follow the zoning. A quirk of history.
On What's Next for Isla Vista?
Posted on June 23 at 8:37 a.m.
If you really are UCSB faculty (which I seriously doubt: prove it by saying what courses you taught this year), your calling IV a cesspool, outhouse, etc are an embarrassment to you, the College of Engineering, and UCSB.
Most likely you are an agent provocateur just trying to scatter crap all over the place.