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    A former Minneapolis police officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest told investigators that he was focused on crowd control and minimized his role in the actions that led to Floyd’s death, video of the interview shows. Tou Thao, one of four former officers charged in Floyd’s death, described himself as a “human traffic cone” as he held back onlookers who became increasingly horrified at the police officers’ actions, the Star Tribune reported, citing video that was released Friday. Floyd, a handcuffed Black man, died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on May 25 as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe and as bystanders pleaded with officers to help him....
    SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer told a 22-year-old woman that police wouldn’t believe her after he sexually assaulted her, according to arrest records. An arrest affidavit is providing more details about the alleged assault on Friday that led to the arrest of Officer Humberto Zuniga, an 18-year-veteran of SAPD. Zuniga, 41, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual assault, police said. The affidavit states Zuniga and the woman had been involved in a relationship for the past several months, and they had met through a dating website. The woman agreed to meet Zuniga at his apartment and they began to dance and drink together, the arrest affidavit states. Zuniga allegedly asked the woman to have sex...
    Ghislaine Maxwell's lover told his local police department he would use a level of force associated with Tasers and non lethal munitions to stop intruders at the home he shared with her. Scott Borgerson wrote to the chief of the police in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts after journalists knocked the door of the $2.4million mansion last August, DailyMail.com can reveal.   He said that 'I am thinking level four use of force' if he found an intruder, a law enforcement term to denote use of a Taser, pulling hair and pepper spray. It also covers canine bites, strikes to the head and neck holds. In the letter Borgerson said that some of his 'military/intelligence friends' would be house sitting while he was...
    Acting Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf joined "Hannity" Thursday and expanded on his statement condemning what he described as a "siege" of Portland, Ore. by "lawless anarchists." "Earlier this week, I called not only the mayor but the governor," Wolf told host Sean Hannity. "I offered DHS support to help them locally address the situation that's going on in Portland. And their only response was, 'Please pack up and go home.' "And that's just not gonna happen on my watch," Wolf went on. "So we need to make sure that we're supporting our law enforcement officers here and making sure that they're going to continue to protect the federal courthouse here. That's what the DHS does. That's our mission. We're not going...
    Vauhxx Booker speaks during a community gathering to fight against racism on July 6. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Vauhxx Booker, an activist in Bloomington, Indiana, says he was the victim of an alleged "attempted lynching" on July 4.  Booker posted a video from the incident that shows a group of white people yelling and pinning him down on all fours near a tree. He said while he's glad his story has garnered attention, he'sad he's been given recognition as a "victim" and not for his years of activism.  "Here it is where we have these white men that need to lynch me and who beat me and who you know, clearly intended to kill me," he...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Schools in Hong Kong have been told that they must remove books and teaching materials that could violate the sweeping national security law that was imposed by Beijing last week, sparking concerns over mounting censorship in the city. The Education Bureau on Monday ordered schools to review all reading materials in the curriculum. The move comes on the same day that police were given expansive new investigative and surveillance powers over the territory and its citizens, including internet and publishing platforms."If any teaching materials have content which is outdated or involves the four crimes under the law, unless they are being used to positively teach pupils about their national security awareness or sense of safeguarding national security, otherwise...
    The St. Louis city prosecutor is investigating a married couple who brandished weapons at Black Lives Matter protestors on Sunday as they marched towards Mayor Lyda Krewson's (D) house. "I am alarmed at the events that happened over the weekend, where peaceful protestors were met by guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated," Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement Monday. She added: "My office is currently working with the public and the police to investigate these events. Make no mistake: We will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will...
    (CNN)As Valdosta police approached Antonio Smith, he was terrified and thought he was going to "get pinned for something I didn't do," he told CNN. "Oh my God, it's one of these days where they are going to probably arrest me, and take me off, and probably won't find me anymore," Smith said he was thinking as officers approached him in that February incident, he told CNN's Chris Cuomo Monday.Smith, a Black man, is suing the Georgia city of Valdosta and numerous Valdosta Police Department officers for excessive force and for violating his civil rights after he was slammed to the ground as he was wrongly arrested. Wrongly arrested Black man sues a Georgia city and police officers for excessive...
    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana were able to reel in a man captured on video swimming through a fish tank at a sporting goods store. Kevin Wise, 26, told KSLA-TV that he plunged into the indoor aquarium at a Bass Pro Shop in Bossier City last week to follow through on a promise he made to followers on the social media platform TikTok. “I said that if I got 2,000 likes I would jump in the tank,” Wise said. “I got way more than that and didn’t want to be a liar.” A video captured by shopper Treasure McGraw showed Wise swimming through the tank before climbing out and running from the store with wet clothes....
    A video showing a Detroit police SUV slamming into a group of protesters on Sunday night has sparked a response from at least one member of Congress. The video, posted on Sunday night by Twitter user Ethan Ketner, shows a group of protesters chanting “no justice, no peace” while surrounding a police SUV. Suddenly, the police car starts driving into the crowd, causing protesters to be thrown onto the hood of the car. After driving a few feet, the car seems to stop and accelerate several times, pushing protesters off the hood. The video shows people screaming for the car to stop. “Detroit Police Department drove into 10-12 protesters including myself. Multiple people are going to the...
    The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone was almost entirely a peaceful affair until early Saturday morning. The largely peaceful and cooperative sense of community that had been building around Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone was largely shattered over the weekend by a shooting incident early Saturday morning in which two young black men were shot, one of them fatally. The source of the violence was ascribed to an alcohol-fueled late-night dispute among a group of people who were not directly affiliated with the CHOP project. However, there was another shooting that night: two hours later, only a block away, an African-American man claimed that a group of white men who used racial epithets shot him five times. He...
    A homeowners association in New Port Richey, Florida, recently told a neighbor that he must remove a flag supporting law enforcement and firefighters. Retired Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Kennedy said he got a letter from his community association telling him to take down a flag hanging outside his garage, according to WFLA. “The flag looks just like an American flag with the exception of black stripes and a blue stripe for law enforcement and a red stripe for firefighters,” the report noted. However, Kennedy said people did not understand the meaning behind it, adding that “It’s nothing to do with police.” “It’s police that have been killed. The meaning of the flag is to support police that have been...
    The founder of Black Lives Matter's New York organization has threatened to 'burn down this system' unless the United States changes its ways - remarks that Donald Trump on Thursday labelled 'treason, sedition, insurrection'. Hawk Newsome told DailyMail.com the Black rights group is 'mobilizing' its base and aims to develop a highly-trained 'military' arm to challenge police brutality head on. 'We want freedom from an oppressive government, and we want the immediate end of government sanctioned murder by the police,' he said. 'And we prepare to stop these government sanctioned murders by any means necessary. 'We are preparing and training our people to defend our communities.'   Newsome was asked about his comments on Fox News on Wednesday night.  'If this country doesn't...
    Atlanta police officials said Tuesday they have arrested the person they believe is responsible for burning down the Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a white police officer on June 12. The police arrested 29-year-old Natalie White, who reportedly was Brooks's girlfriend. White surrendered to police on Tuesday, WSB-TV said. She was charged with first-degree arson and released from jail Wednesday on $10,000 bond. She was also placed on house arrest and is required to wear an ankle monitor. According to CNN, body camera footage shows that Brooks told police about a woman who was his girlfriend. Drew Findling, White's attorney, told the New York Post that Brooks and White "were...
    A Florida sheriff credits a trip to Scotland to go through de-escalation training with a decrease in use of force in Volusia County. Sheriff Mike Chitwood now requires all new officers to take 40 hours of crisis intervention classes.  His goal is to reduce the "warrior mentality" he found in some officers when he arrived at the department in 2017, NBC News reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police brutality and use of force has been at the forefront of the national conversation in the weeks following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  One sheriff in Florida recently told NBC News that a policing technique he learned in Scotland has helped reduce use-of-force incidents in...
    With so much rage from officials and community members directed at Lt. Bob Kroll, he had considered whether he should step down as president of the Minneapolis police union. He discussed it with the Minneapolis police chief, the Minneapolis Police Federation board and officers. “I thought if it might help calm the situation in Minneapolis, if that would do it, I would consider it,” Kroll said Tuesday. “And the feedback that I got back from our membership and our board was exactly the opposite — that it would just fuel more fire and they would take it as a victory, much like taking the 3rd precinct empowered them to … destroy South Minneapolis.” Kroll and other Minneapolis police union leaders...
    Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told "The Daily Briefing" Tuesday that both parties should find a middle ground on the issue of law enforcement reform after Senate Democrats described a Republican proposal as a "non-starter." "I think that's terrible because it's got so much in it that's also in the Democratic legislation," Braun told host Dana Perino. "And so I think this is a moment in time that if they do that, it's simply to keep ... us from moving some basic reform in place." ‘JUSTICE ACT’: WHAT’S IN THE SENATE REPUBLICAN POLICE REFORM BILL The JUSTICE Act, authored by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the legislation when the Senate...
    Police have opened an investigation following reports that an off-duty police officer discovered a tampon in his Starbucks drink in what the Los Angeles Police Protective League called a “disgusting assault.” The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will investigate the incident as an “alleged poisoning of food or drink at a local business,” Deputy Trina Schrader told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. The incident occurred Friday afternoon and involved a 36-year-old white man at the 700 block of Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar, California, Schrader said. (RELATED: ‘No Criminality’ In Case Of NYPD Officers Sickened By Shake Shack Milkshakes, Police Investigating Cause) Fox LA reporter Bill Melugin reported Monday that an off-duty officer, who was reportedly not wearing a police uniform,...
    A Kenyan policeman has been charged with the murder of 13-year-old Yasin Moyo, who was shot as he stood on a balcony in March watching police enforce a night-time curfew. Duncan Ndiema pleaded not guilty. Outside court, his lawyer said the state would have to prove that the bullet that killed the teenager came from his client’s gun. The case comes amid concern in Kenya over the level of police violence used to enforce coronavirus restrictions. A night-time curfew was introduced at the end of March, along with other measures, in order to slow the spread of Covid-19. On 30 March, Yasin was watching from the balcony of his parent’s flat in Mathare, a poor neighbourhood in the capital, Nairobi,...
    Several major cities across the US have reported a major uptick in complaints about deafening fireworks. In New York City, Gothamist reported there were 6,385 total firework complaints made between June 1 and June 19, up 236 times from the 27 complaints made during the same time period last year. Some have blamed coronavirus quarantine-fueled restlessness and a longing for canceled July 4 events for the uptick in massive displays rattling city residents.  But the upward trends in fireworks have also sparked sinister — and baseless — conspiracy theories that claim they are an elaborate psychological attack on minorities from the government. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City has had a busy few months, first...
    Attorneys for ex-police officer Garrett Rolfe are defending his name and disputing the District Attorney's account that he never told Rayshard Brooks he was under arrest before he killed.  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said white cop Garrett Rolfe never told Brooks he was under arrest for driving under the influence before they got into a scuffle that resulted in Brooks being fatally shot. Lawyers Noah H. Pines and Bill Thomas are refuting that statement saying Rolfe did alert Brooks that he was under arrest. 'While we are waiting for the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) to finish its investigation, there are certain allegations made by Paul Howard that are simply not supported by the fats,' they said in...
    Drivers in downtown Columbus, Ohio, called 911 last week saying protesters were surrounding and threatening them, WSYX-TV reported. The station played audio of one frightened woman who told a dispatcher that protesters were "laying" on her vehicle. A male 911 caller said, "I'm being threatened. I want the police here now. They're surrounding my car. They're blocking traffic. The police need to protect me," WSYX reported. Another man told 911 that motorcyclists were "popping wheelies" and that it looked nothing like a protest, the station said.How did one 911 dispatcher respond?The 911 dispatcher who took the aforementioned man's call was heard on audio saying that Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther gave authorities some pretty explicit instructions...
    GUNFIRE at a North Carolina Juneteenth block party has left two dead and seven shot, with five other people hit by vehicles, in ensuing chaos. The incident took place at around 12.30am on Monday morning in north Charlotte, WBTV reported. 1 Two people diedCredit: WBTV Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told the outlet that cops were called to the area after hearing a pedestrian may have been hit. When officers arrived, they found hundreds of people in the streets as gunshots went off. One woman was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene and a second victim was taken to hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. The police department said that nine people in total were shot, including the two fatalities. The...
    A DEADLY weekend in Seattle's "autonomous zone" CHOP was capped by a shooting which left the victim in a "serious condition." The news comes just days after a person was killed and another was in critical condition in a pre-dawn shooting in the protest zone. 3 A second shooting happened in the areaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center, told the New York Times that one person had been shot "in or near" the zone on Sunday. The person was brought by a private vehicle for treatment on Sunday night and was in serious condition, Gregg told the outlet. The Seattle Police Department told the Times that it was investigating a reported shooting inside...
    A report posted on the website of The Minneapolis Star Tribune early Sunday says all Ramsey County correction officers of color were instructed to go to another floor when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was brought to the county jail for booking on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the death of George Floyd. The eight officers have filed discrimination charges with Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights.  They told the newspaper that the action taken against them is the “most overtly discriminatory act” they have ever experienced while working for Ramsey County. The Star Tribune said it obtained a copy of the discrimination complaint which said a supervisor told the officers that they would likely be a...
    Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic demise has left the country in shock. The talented actor died by suicide on June 14 at his Bandra home. No suicide note was found at the actor’s residence and this left many questions unanswered. A common reason for the actor taking his own life, as revealed by friends was that Sushant was suffering from depression for almost 6 months now. There were also reports of how the actor had stopped taking his medication towards the last few days of his life. With the Mumbai Police launching a detailed enquiry into his suicide, they recorded statements of everyone who was in close contact with Sushant over the past few months. Sushant Singh Rajput No More: Instagram...
    Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner admitted to Portuguese authorities that he was a sexual predator a year before she disappeared but detectives searching for the youngster never considered him a potential kidnapper. Brueckner told an investigating judge that he had a criminal record in Germany and that he had committed sex offences when he interrogated for stealing diesel from commercial trucks in the Algarve in 2006. However the German’s confession that he was sex offender was not recorded by police and his name was never added to a list of known sex offenders living in the Algarve. Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner, pictured, admitted to Portuguese authorities that he was a sexual predator a year before she disappeared but...
    Hurricane Chris, a Shreveport-area rapper whose real name is Christopher Dooley, was arrested early on Friday morning. The 31-year-old was charged with one count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man outside a Shreveport, LA convenience store. The Shreveport Police Department told news outlet KTBS that the fatal shooting occurred at the Texaco convenience store in the 2600 block of Hollywood Avenue, just after 1 a.m. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Ochsner LSU Health hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, where he died. Here’s what you need to know:Dooley Originally Told Police That He Was Acting in Self-Defense, But Police Later Disputed That ClaimDooley originally told investigators that he shot the...
    Seattle auto repair shop owners John and Mason McDermott told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Thursday that police were told not to respond to their business -- despite more than a dozen 911 calls -- after a denizen of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, broke in and started a fire. "I come to find out after a couple of calls that there was a directive from the mayor's office and city council to effectively, [say that] they're not able to come and engage unless there was mass casualty," John explained. "To be honest, I don't understand the thought process behind that." SEATTLE BUSINESS OWNERS DETAIN ROBBERY SUSPECT, POLICE NEVER SHOW UP The father and son are co-owners of the Car Tender auto repair, which sits just outside the perimeter separating the protest zone from the rest of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. John...
    No more police headquarters haircuts in Woodbridge.  A temporary barbershop inside the township police department has shut down amidst an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Woodbridge Township Police Director Robert Hubner was told to stop inviting a barber into the sally port to give officers and civilian workers haircuts as soon as his office became aware of it, Acting Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kuberiet said in a statement. Personal care businesses have been closed in New Jersey since March 19 when Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A hair salon owner in Brick Township was cited in April for violating the governor’s emergency order. On Monday, June 22, the state...
    No more police headquarters haircuts in Woodbridge.  A temporary barbershop inside the township police department has shut down amidst an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Woodbridge Township Police Director Robert Hubner was told to stop inviting a barber into the sally port to give officers and civilian workers haircuts as soon as his office became aware of it, Acting Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kuberiet said in a statement. Personal care businesses have been closed in New Jersey since March 19 when Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A hair salon owner in Brick Township was cited in April for violating the governor’s emergency order. On Monday, June 22, the state...
    A Chicago cop posted a picture of herself kneeling in front of a police union office after the union boss last week threatened to kick out any members who take a knee in solidarity with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd. The image of the officer, who was been in law enforcement since the 1990s, depicts her kneeling in uniform while holding a Black Lives Matter sign outside of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7 building, according to Fox32 Chicago. "I think it's almost a dare,” John Catanzara, the head of the chapter, told the station. "It’s a challenge for us to do something about it.” CHICAGO POLICE UNION BOSS THREATENS TO KICK OUT OFFICERS WHO KNEEL WITH PROTESTERS  Catanzara issued the warning against kneeling...
    Business owners and residents in Seattle’s so-called “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone, or CHOP, are growing increasingly concerned about safety inside the area, according to local reports. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best declared this week that there’s no “cop-free zone” in the city, but stakeholders in the neighborhood around the abandoned East Precinct police station say otherwise. And response times to 911 calls in the surrounding area have tripled since police vacated the building, according to authorities. SEATTLE OFFICERS FACE 'AUTONOMOUS ZONE' CROWD, SAY 911 RESPONSE TIMES HAVE TRIPLED “We are just sitting ducks all day,” Matthew Ploszaj told Seattle-based KIRO 7. “Now every criminal in the city knows they can come into this area, and they can do anything they...
    A new Netflix documentary is focusing on the courageous gymnasts who refused to be silent about the sexual abuse they endured at the hands of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and the reporters who exposed the organization's toxic culture.   The first trailer for Athlete A features interviews with the IndyStar journalists who investigated the sexual abuse scandal and some of the athletes who bravely came forward, including Maggie Nichols, who was the first to report sexual abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015 and was initially referred to as 'Athlete A.' In the film, which starts streaming on June 24, Nichols reveals a conversation she had with another elite gymnast about Nassar's abuse. 'I was like, "Does he do this...
    (CNN)Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best denied claims that officers in her department have been instructed not to respond to 911 calls in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood "autonomous zone," also known as the CHAZ or CHOP.One business owner in the area told CNN affiliate KIRO that despite numerous calls to 911 Sunday night following a break-in, no police officers or firefighters showed up. The police department told the affiliate that it did respond to the scene and provided a case number but no narrative.'Seattle is not under siege'All police personnel were pulled out of the Seattle Police Department East Precinct in Capitol Hill last week after tensions with protesters reached a boiling point. Despite the conflict, over the weekend the...
    Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said Sunday that there is no point in trying to “reform” the Minneapolis Police Department because it is “rotten to the root.” “You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root,” Omar told CNN’s “State of the Union.”  “What you can do is rebuild. And so this is our opportunity, you know, as a city to come together, have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our community.” Omar demanded the abolition of the department shortly after protests, riots and looting erupted as a response to the death of George Floyd after his arrest by Minneapolis police. She suggested Sunday...
    Atlanta police shooting victim Rayshard Brooks was having an amiable chat with cops about his daughter’s birthday just seconds before he was gunned down as he tried to escape arrest, new bodycam footage shows. Brooks, 27, slurred his words as he spoke to lead officer Garrett Rolfe and his colleague, Devin Brosnan, outside a Wendy’s restaurant Friday night — one later torched in protests over the deadly police arrest. “I just had a few drinks, that’s it … It was my daughter’s birthday,” Brooks told Rolfe, adding that he had been “intent to have a good time” “I can walk home. I just don’t want to be in violation of anything,” he told them in the calm, friendly-sounding exchange, hoping...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Drake University student who was accidentally shot in the head by a basketball player alleges in a lawsuit that a coach instructed the player to lie to police. Nathaniel Miller Jr. filed the lawsuit this week against the university, Bulldogs forward Tremell Murphy and the managers of the off-campus property near the university where the shooting happened during a party last August, the Des Moines Register reported. It alleges that an unidentified coach showed up before officers arrived and told Murphy to deny any involvement. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Four St. Louis police officers charged with beating undercover colleague Trump finalizes rule defining gender as a...
    A new video from documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz uses statistics reported by The Washington Post and a study from two universities to suggest that police brutality is not about race. Horowitz begins the video by explaining that statistics show more armed and unarmed white people are killed by police each year than any other race. “The protests that have convulsed our nation are based on the premise that the police are racist writ large and that they target black people for death. But the statistics don’t support that conclusion,” Horowitz says. “In fact, the data shows the exact opposite. According to The Washington Post and a new joint study by Michigan State University and the University of Maryland, which tracked...
    Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan told "Outnumbered Overtime" Friday that the city is now the "closest I've ever seen ...  to becoming a lawless state." Solan called for local leaders to help restore order after anti-cop protesters declared a six-block section of the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood to be an "autonomous" area and a "cop-free zone." SEATTLE POLICE UNION CHIEF: CITY LEADERS HAVE 'LOST ALL POLITICAL WILL TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW' Solan told host Harris Faulkner that legitimate issues of police brutality and racism had been "stolen by unreasonable activists in the city of Seattle. "And now, they control six square blocks," he added. "They control the precinct. And that is a direct result of our city-elected officials lacking the political willpower to enforce the rule of law." "And, this...
    A Baltimore County mother says police showed up unannounced and searched her home earlier this month after someone spotted BB guns hanging on the wall of her 11-year-old child’s bedroom as he was taking an online class through his elementary school. Courtney Lancaster, a Navy veteran, told WBFF that her fifth-grade son has learned how to use BB guns in his effort to become an Eagle Scout – and keeps them on his bedroom wall. Lancaster says he has been taking virtual classes ever since Seneca Elementary shut down in March because of the coronavirus – but on June 1, law enforcement paid him a visit. “So, I answered the door. The police officer was, he was very nice. He explained to me that he was coming to address an issue with my son's school,” Lancaster told WBFF. “And then explained to me that he was here to search for...
    WASHINGTON PARK — For weeks, business owners, residents and legislators have blasted city leaders for not doing enough to protect the South and West sides when looting and vandalism spilled out of Downtown and into their neighborhoods. On Thursday, many of them feel they received evidence they were right. A group of Chicago Police officers were caught on video entering the burglarized Englewood office of Rep. Bobby Rush early June 1. Once inside, security footage shows the officers spent nearly five hours relaxing on the furniture, napping, making popcorn and coffee, and playing on their phones — while people vandalized and stole from neighboring businesses. Police officers relaxed in Rep. Bobby Rush’s Englewood office early June 1.Provided Several businesses...
    Chicago cops better not take a knee, the union chief said Thursday. The new head of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police called the gesture a submissive betrayal to anti-cop demonstrators and said the union will kick out any officers who do so. John Catanzara told Chicago TV station WFLD, channel 32, that “I don’t believe it’s the time or place to be doing that.” TOP STORIES Democrats accuse Trump of racism for planning rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Tom Arnold: Liberals should borrow our dads hunting rifles and confront Trumps misfit tools “If you kneel, you’ll be risking being brought up on charges and thrown out of the lodge,” he told the...
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri police chief received criticism from several county officials after denying the existence of systematic racism in the police department. Mary Barton, the St. Louis County Police Department’s chief, told the County Council Tuesday during a video conference that “to say there’s systemic racism in the police department is overly broad and probably not accurate,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “I think that to a certain degree, people believe what they want to believe. And until we sit down and talk about it and can verify or at least ferret out what it is people are talking about, I think to put a label on it is really unfair and shortsighted. … People not...
    Police are investigating an incident in which a Pace University baseball coach from North Jersey accidentally whacked a freshman player in the face with a bat during a locker room tirade after a loss, then allegedly failed to call an ambulance and instead stormed into his office. Someone familiar with the incident involving Pace Baseball Coach Hank Manning alerted Mount Pleasant police on June 3, nearly two months later, Police Chief Paul Oliva told Daily Voice. "We're looking into it," Oliva said. Pace Athletic Director Mark Brown didn't immediately return a request from Daily Voice for comment on whether he felt that Manning -- who records show is a Park Ridge resident originally from Rutherford -- handled the situation appropriately. ...
    The president of a Chicago police union is threatening to kick out any members who take a knee in solidarity with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd. John Catanzara, head of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7, issued the warning this week after scenes emerged from across the country of officers in uniform using the gesture to show support for the police reform movement. “I don’t believe it’s the time or place to be doing that,” Catanzara told Fox32 Chicago. PHOENIX POLICE KNEEL WITH PROTESTERS  Police officers kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida on May 30 in response to the death of George Floyd.  (AFP/Getty) “If you kneel, you’ll be risking being... thrown out of the lodge,” he added. The station says Catanzara’s opposition to kneeling is linked to some of the...
    Seattle police say they have received reports of armed guards and potential extortion in a self-declared autonomous zone that spans several blocks and includes a now-closed precinct. “We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette said on Wednesday. SEATTLE PROTESTERS STORM CITY HALL, DEMAND MAYOR RESIGN AFTER DRIVING POLICE OUT OF AREA, DECLARING AUTONOMOUS ZONE The seemingly abandoned East Precinct station of the Seattle Police Department is covered in a tarp declaring it 'property of the Seattle people'. Protesters declared a Cop Free...
    Houston police chief Art Acevedo suggested on "Your World" Wednesday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin may have had a personal motivation when he knelt on George Floyd's neck shortly before his May 25 death, and urged investigators to examine the relationship between both men "very closely." "I know if it was in my city, I would be investigating very closely the relationship with Mr. Floyd and the officer that had that knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds," Acevedo told host Neil Cavuto. "I have a feeling that we may find some kind of conflict that may have led to this individual doing what he did with an abandoned heart and with malice in his heart, which I think will have an impact on the type of charges and the impact on the trial...
    Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez — who proposed a $150 million cut from LAPD’s budget — ended her own 24/7 security detail provided by the department after being called out as a hypocrite, according to a new report. Martinez, joined by Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Curren Price and Monica Rodriguez, introduced the motion in response to the protests held in LA following George Floyd’s police-custody death in Minneapolis, Spectrum News 1 reported. “It’s kind of ironic,” Det. Jamie McBride, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the LAPD’s union, told the network. “Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department.”...
    Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez told "The Ingraham Angle" in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he was "basically pleading for help" from Mayor Lori Lightfoot during a May 31 conference call to discuss the rioting and looting that gripped the city following the death of George Floyd. "It's really unfortunate for the people that we both represent to not be able to work together," Lopez told Ingraham, "especially during one of the most horrific times in our city's history when -- quite literally -- people were ... creating organized chaos in our neighborhoods." DISTRAUGHT CHICAGO OFFICIALS HEARD ON TAPE FUMING OVER LOOTING, RIOTS: 'MY WARD IS A S---SHOW' Lopez told Ingraham that his pleas were "not only falling on deaf ears, it was outright dismissed." During the call, audio of which was obtained by...
    A former career U.S. Marshall who won a $4 million discrimination lawsuit in 1998 tells the Daily Caller that he believes law enforcement needs to be totally reformed following the death of George Floyd. According to Matthew Fogg, law enforcement is as racist now as when he entered it in 1979. He was removed by a superior from a high-profile case in 1985 for, he alleged, racially motivated reasons. He sued and a jury awarded him $4 million in 1998, which number was later reduced upon appeal. “Policing is about statistics,” Fogg said, going on to note that he thinks racism infects all areas of policing. He argued that the system is still racist partly as a result of...
    Two law enforcement agencies in Minneapolis have admitted their officers slashed the tires of cars parked near protests over George Floyd’s police-custody death in the city, according to reports. Heavily armed officers had been seen repeatedly knifing tires in videos posted by Mother Jones, while numerous media outlets reported their cars having damaged vehicles. Documentary maker producer Andrew Kimmel tweeted a video — seen more than 1.3 million times by Tuesday — showing all four tires of his rental car damaged, along with every other car parked nearby. Two law enforcement agencies have admitted to the Star Tribune that it was a deliberate policy at the protests that erupted after video emerged of Floyd dying after a cop knelt on...
    The national movement to “defund the police” in the wake of George Floyd’s death hit a crescendo Sunday when the Minneapolis city council issued a “veto-proof” vote to do just that. “When we talk about defunding the police, what we’re saying is, invest in the resources that our communities need,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “Our priorities are in the wrong place … we need increased funding for the quality of life of communities who are over-policed and over-surveilled.” #DefundPolice — Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) June 5, 2020 But critics say disbanding local police departments could have negative downstream effects, citing recent cases in Chicago and Baltimore in which police withdrawal had...
    MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told protesters during a Saturday demonstration in the city where George Floyd died at the hands of police that he didn’t support the “full abolition” of the police department. Those attending the event organized by the local advocacy group Black Visions issued a plea to the mayor to defund the Minneapolis Police Department, the Star Tribune reported. The protest ended up outside Frey’s home and he came outside to address the crowd. After saying that he’d been “coming to grips with my own responsibility,” the Democratic mayor was asked whether he would defund the police force. TOP STORIES California sheriffs deputy killed in ambush; 2 officers wounded MSNBC seeks $333k after defeating defamation suit...
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    Police in Alexandria, Virginia were shot at by a woman who barricaded herself in her fourth-floor apartment, Alx Now reported Friday afternoon. Police responded to a domestic violence report at 9:23 a.m. when neighbors heard a man and a woman arguing at the Notch 8 apartments in Alexandria. Upon arriving at the apartment room’s door, police were shot at and called for backup, according to Alx Now. Residents told Alx Now that they heard “an explosion” and multiple shots from the fourth floor of the building. (RELATED: Coronavirus Reportedly Pushing Gun And Ammo Sales Skyward) BARRICADE :: APD is working a barricade situation in the 2900 block of Main Line Blvd. Those in the immediate area of concern have been...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police department since George Floyd's death.The changes are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of Floyd. The City Council approved the agreement 12-0.Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said the changes are necessary to stop ongoing harm to people of color "who have suffered generational pain and trauma as a result of systemic and institutional racism.""This is just a start," Lucero said. "There is a...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city’s police department since George Floyd’s death. The changes are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of Floyd. The City Council approved the agreement 12-0. Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said the changes are necessary to stop ongoing harm to people of color “who have suffered generational pain and trauma as a result of systemic and institutional racism.” “This is just...
    Former Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges, a teammate of NBA legend Michael Jordan, was always known to be outspoken during his playing days, and even now during retirement. Hodges wanted Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson to boycott Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals to send a message in the fight for social justice because African-American Rodney King was beaten brutally by four white police officers in Los Angeles three months earlier. DREW BREES REFUSES TO BUDGE ON STANCE ABOUT PROTESTING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM Hodges made an appearance on “The No-Sports Report” podcast on Wednesday to talk about what was going on during that time, and the nationwide protests currently happening in the aftermath of George Floyd’s...
    (CNN)As the country is reeling from the death of George Floyd, lawmakers in Washington are skeptical they are on a path to make sweeping or even small changes to policing this summer.At least not without a significant political shift.While multiple lawmakers -- Republicans and Democrats -- have legislation to crack down on racial profiling and excessive use of force, there is no sign President Donald Trump wants reforms now. And, a pandemic and the pressure to pass another stimulus package are all likely to come before legislation on policing would ever make it to the President's desk. While the Congressional Black Caucus is working hard in the House to find agreement on policing standards, in the Senate, there are still...
    (CNN)As protesters gather in cities like Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charlotte and other cities across the US, anger and frustration continue to grow over the death of George Floyd. "There needs to be change, officers need to be trained better," one protester who was arrested in Atlanta told CNN's Nick Valencia as he was being detained by police. A lack of change and police reform are just some of the reasons people are enraged. Here what some of them had to say:Leslie Redmond, president of Minneapolis NAACPRead More"What you're witnessing in Minnesota is something that's been a long time coming," Redmond told CNN affiliate WCCO-TV. "I can't tell you how many governors I've sat down with, how many mayors we've sat down...