Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: Quick on the Trigger

When an armed man entered the Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas, security guards took the man down and a student wrestled his gun away from him. Then police officers responding to a call of a hostage-taking entered the mission. At least one of them shot and wounded the student who’d taken the gun from […]

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Brickbat: Lover’s Spat

Kiosea39 / Dreamstime.comFormer Scottish National Party Dundee City councilor Craig Melville faces a charge off aggravated religious prejudice because of private text messages he sent to his mistress, Nadia El Nakia. In the days after the 2015 Paris terror attack, Melville sent her several messages criticizing Islam. She seems to have blown the messages off, […]

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Brickbat: Strong Property Rights

Picsxl / Dreamstime.comA federal judge in Brooklyn has awarded $6.7 million to graffiti artists whose work was destroyed when the owner of dilapidated warehouses they had painted in Queens, New York, tore the buildings down. The judge ruled Jerry Wolkoff, owner of the buildings, violated a federal law giving artists rights to their work, even […]

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Brickbat: Phone Sex

Peter Cripps / Dreamstime.comStephen Kyle Goodlett has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to transporting child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography “that had been transported in interstate commerce.” Goodlett was principal of LaRue County High School in Kentucky. School officials regularly confiscated phones from students who violated school policy that […]

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Brickbat: Move the Truck Yourself

Pimmimemom / Dreamstime.comRick Rickerson, a retired fire department battalion chief, was driving down a rural Georgia road when he saw the driver of the vehicle in front of him lose control of her car. The car hit a culvert and flipped multiple times. Rickerson called the accident in to 911 and raced to the driver’s […]

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Brickbat: No Good Deed

Vincent Giordano / Dreamstime.comWhen Mike Becker heard his family was being threatened by a man with a gun at an Independence, Missouri, store, he rushed to the scene with his own gun and confronted the man. Police arrived shortly after, and Becker put his gun down and raised his hands. Then he was shot by […]

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Brickbat: Bullets Are Cheaper Than Patrol Cars

Pcheruvi / Dreamstime.comIn Tennessee, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe was caught on body-camera video lamenting that he was not present for a chase that ended with deputies and a Sparta police officer shooting and killing Michael Dial. “I love this s***. God, I tell you what, I thrive on it,” he said. He also revealed […]

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Brickbat: The Lollipop Man

Lisa F. Young / Dreamstime.comIn England, Bryan Bloom has decided to quit after almost two decades as a school-crossing guard after the East Riding Council told him to stop high-fiving children as they walked past him. Council members said there had been complaints about him doing so, and even though an investigation found no wrongdoing […]

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Brickbat: You Didn’t See That

Igor Yegorov / Dreamstime.comThe Oregon State Police SWAT Team normally wears body cameras, but they weren’t wearing them when Robert “Lavoy” Finicum’s truck was stopped in 2016. According to a motion filed by prosecutors, the FBI had told them not to. FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita shot and killed Finicum during the stop. Astarita is […]

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