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    Laughing at the cnn staff and the msnbc staff all apologizing for their lies. I don't think I've ever seen this before. I'm wondering if the indian dude will apologize for all of his lies!?!

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    https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/na...ign/1769418349

    New York Sports Anchor Warner Wolf Detained over allegations he destroyed a sign he alleged to be racist.

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Sportscaster Warner Wolf is facing a felony charge after police say he damaged a sign outside his Florida community because it included the word “Plantation,” which he considers racist.

    Collier County records show the 81-year-old Wolf surrendered Thursday on a felony criminal mischief charge and was released.

    The sheriff’s office says Wolf long complained about his community’s name, Classics Plantation Estates.

    Deputies say surveillance video shows Wolf removing the letters Nov. 30. They say he gave the letters to a security guard, telling him to pass them to the property manager. Damage is estimated at $1,100.

    Wolf declined to comment Saturday and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call. Wolf announced baseball, football, and the Olympics for ABC in the 1970s and did sportscasts in Washington, D.C., and New York.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KambingSociety View Post
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    New York Sports Anchor Warner Wolf Detained over allegations he destroyed a sign he alleged to be racist.



    Pretty sure this is the opposite of "That's Racist"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumaki15 View Post
    Pretty sure this is the opposite of "That's Racist"
    But Warner Wolf decided that plantation sign is racist according to the report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KambingSociety View Post
    But Warner Wolf decided that plantation sign is racist according to the report.
    The dude is 81. He probably thinks he's living in the 1840's or that baseball is still segregated I could say the word "servant" is racist. That doesn't make me a racist? I'm not saying it doesn't fit here, but don't throw this old dude under the bus as a racist when he isn't (as far as I know)

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/b...ogizes-n973276

    Burberry pulls sweatshirt with noose around neckline, apologizes

    A sweatshirt presented in Burberry's London Fashion Week show Sunday that featured an apparent noose around the neckline has been removed from its newest line, according to the company's CEO.

    "We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our [Autumn/Winter] 2019 runway collection Tempest," Marco Gobbetti said in a statement.

    Gobbetti added that the hoodie has been pulled from the collection, and all images featuring it have been removed from Burberry's site.

    Burberry - Runway - LFW February 2019A model walks the runway at the Burberry show during London Fashion Week on Feb. 17, 2019 in London.Estrop / WireImage
    "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake," he said.

    Riccardo Tisci, Burberry's chief creative officer who designed the show, also apologized.

    "I am so deeply sorry for the distress that has been caused as a result of one of the pieces in my show on Sunday," Tisci said in a statement. "While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive. It was never my intention to upset anyone. ... I will make sure that this does not happen again.”

    The description of Burberry's Tempest line posted on the company's website says the pieces drew "inspiration from the contrasts in British culture and weather." But the description doesn't mention the sea or a nautical theme.

    Liz Kennedy, who was in the Tempest show, posted pictures of the sweatshirt on Instagram on Sunday, saying she raised concerns about the sweatshirt after leaving "my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look."

    "Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy," Kennedy wrote. "Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck."

    Kennedy said she has gone "through an experience with suicide" in her family, but when she tried to address the issue before the show, she was told to write a letter, and that, "'It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself.'”

    She also said in her post that she was further disturbed when the show's staff "briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room."

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    Gobbetti said he personally called Kennedy to apologize.

    Kennedy said that she chose to speak out because the show was "dedicated to the youth expressing their voice."

    With her post, she included a screenshot of a post that appeared to have been written by Tisci accompanying a picture of the offending hoodie. "I dedicate this show to the youth of today, to them having the courage to scream for what they believe in, for them to have the beauty in expressing their voice," he wrote. Tisci's post has since been deleted.

    Models in Sunday's show walked a standard runway, in a sleek space, and also a runway that weaved through an industrial-looking space bordered with teens climbing scaffolding.

    "Rebellious youths scaled fence walls in one space, sending a message of liberation and freedom, while order and structure prevailed in the other," a description of the show said on Burberry's website.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rs-prison.html

    Bourgeois Jr was among several people prosecuted for using unjustifiable force against others after Hurricane Katrina tore through on August 29, 2005, leaving New Orleans without power and largely underwater from flooding caused by levee failures.

    Donnell Herrington (above) was severely injured by bullets to his neck and back +4
    Donnell Herrington (above) was severely injured by bullets to his neck and back

    Days after Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts and levee failures flooded much of New Orleans, Bourgeois fired a shotgun at three black men who were trying to evacuate the area.

    Prosecutors said that he and others had formed a vigilante neighborhood watch and had discussed shooting black people and defending the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans from "outsiders" after the storm.

    Before and after the shooting, his conversations were punctuated with racial epithets.

    Bourgeois was in a wheelchair when was sentenced by US District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon.

    One man he shot, Donnell Herrington, was hit in his neck and back. Two others, Chris Collins and Marcel Alexander, were struck in their arms, legs and backs.

    Bourgeois' original indictment claimed he had told a black neighborhood resident: 'Anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot.'

    Under his plea deal, Bourgeois Jr conceded that he and other residents of Algiers Point formed a vigilante neighborhood watch group after the storm, vowing to shoot 'outsiders' (file photo) +4
    Under his plea deal, Bourgeois Jr conceded that he and other residents of Algiers Point formed a vigilante neighborhood watch group after the storm, vowing to shoot 'outsiders' (file photo)

    After he shot the men, Bourgeois Jr allegedly bragged that he 'got one' and threatened to 'kill that n*****' if he learned that the victim had survived.

    He also displayed a bloody baseball cap that fell off Herrington's head during the attack as if it were a trophy, according to documents Bourgeois Jr signed when pleading guilty.

    Defense attorney Valerie Welz Jusselin argued for a five-year sentence in court Thursday, noting her client's frail health.

    She placed part of the blame for his behavior on the rampant confusion and fear that gripped the city after the storm, and said even trained police officers mistakenly believed that martial law was in effect and that they had license to shoot at will at suspected looters.

    Federal prosecutor Mary Hahn dismissed that characterization of the circumstances, noting that the men Bourgeois shot were headed for a ferry, hoping to evacuate the city, not looters.

    She also emphasized evidence of Bourgeois' hate-filled statements and his waving around of Herrington's bloody cap.

    'This was a premeditated attempt to kill,' Hahn said.

    Bourgeois Jr was indicted in 2010 and was freed on bond before being jailed again in August 2017 for violating the conditions of his release.

    According to court documents, at the time of his bond violation, US Marshals recovered 10 rifles and seven handguns from the residence where he was living.

    Bourgeois Jr avoided going to trial by pleading guilty to charges of 'interference with rights' and 'use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence' last fall.

    Under the plea agreement, his prison sentence would be at least five years and at most 10 years.

    In addition to the Bourgeois matter, other cases arising from post-Katrina violence included the deadly shooting by police officers of unarmed civilians at the Danziger bridge in the days after the storm - a case that led to eventual guilty pleas from several officers during a long and complicated court case.

    In an unrelated post-Katrina case, five other officers were tried on charges related to the death of 31-year-old Henry Glover, who was fatally shot outside a strip mall before his body was burned.

    The officer who burned the body was the only one who stood convicted when the case was over.

    The officer who fatally shot Glover was convicted of manslaughter but was later acquitted by another jury after an appeals court awarded him a new trial.

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    https://abc7.com/photo-of-oc-student...trage/5165730/

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A photo taken at a teen party in Newport Beach is sparking outrage in the community over its depiction of anti-Semitic imagery.

    The photo depicts a series of red plastic cups arranged in the shape of a swastika and students standing around giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

    The picture was taken at a recent party and at least some of the partygoers are believed to be students at Newport Harbor High School.

    The Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Newport Beach police are investigating the photo and the party, in which there may have also been underage drinking.

    Community members and other students are dismayed at the behavior depicted in the photo and how it reflects on the community.

    "It's really sad," said local resident Stephanie Holland. "My grandmother's Jewish and it makes me sad and sick to my stomach that kids would do this."

    The school district said it is still gathering information and issued a statement:

    "We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate anti-Semitic symbols, and possible underage drinking. While these actions did not occur on any school campus or school function, we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all their forms.

    We continue to gather information regarding the conduct of these students and work with law enforcement.

    We remain focused on educating students on all aspects of life's challenges and are committed to holding students accountable, educating them on the consequences of their choices, and the impact these actions have on our schools and community at large.

    We are asking that parents please partner with us in helping students make good decisions, be respectful of others, and to always use good judgment."
    A group of High School students accused of a hate group party in Orange County, CA.

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    http://www.cnn.com/style/article/vog...ign-scli-intl/

    Vogue Brazil style's director Donata Meirelles has stepped down after photography from her 50th birthday party and dinner were criticized for their colonial references to slavery.
    The furor began when an image, which has since been deleted, emerged on Instagram of Meirelles at her party in Salvador de Bahia, northeast Brazil, sitting on an ornate chair with black women in traditional dress flanking either side of her.
    Vogue Brazil director criticized over 'slavery' party
    Critics compared the clothes to uniforms worn by slaves and pointed out the chair looked similar to chairs used by slave masters.
    "The photo clearly and unfortunately refers to a Brazil of autocracy and slavery, where black people were serving and white people tended to," wrote Instagram user Roberto Sakiyama.
    "I don't see any praise to Afro-Brazilian culture."
    In a statement to CNN, Vogue Brazil confirmed that Meirelles had resigned and her position of style director "will be extinguished, since it has been designed specifically to her."
    It wrote that during the seven years as style director, Meirelles "has been extremely important" to shaping "the magazine and (consolidating) Vogue Brazil as a major global force."
    "With her unique sense of style, which captures the dynamism and joie de vivre of the Brazilian woman as nobody else does, Donata gave new energy to the magazine. We understand and respect her resignation and will be eternally grateful for all the passion and talent she has dedicated to every page she has edited," the statement said.
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    Television presenter Rita Batista explained the historical context behind why so many people were upset by the photography.
    Batista posted a shot from the party next to an image of two 19th-century slaves flanking their owner, with a caption explaining how in those days "the slave herself was a luxury object to be shown publicly."

    Meirelles apologized amid the outcry, writing on Instagram that "it wasn't a theme party."
    The former Vogue Brazil style director denied using any images associated with slavery "but if it looked otherwise, I'm sorry," she said.
    The magazine also apologized in an Instagram post, where it announced the creation of a permanent forum in which activists and scholars will help define content and images against inequality.
    "Vogue Brazil apologizes profusely for what happened and hopes that the discussions generated have served as a learning opportunity," it wrote.

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    https://abc7.com/sports/la-youth-hoc...marks/5241354/

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Junior Kings youth hockey players who allegedly performed a Nazi salute and made anti-semitic remarks on video have received their punishment.

    They must undergo eight hours of social media training, visit the Museum of Tolerance, perform eight hours of community service through the museum and meet with a rabbi, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    After the incident, the organization suspended the 15 players and three coaches from the 14U team, pending the investigation.

    The suspensions will continue until the Safesport investigation is complete, which could bring further disciplinary action. Safesport is a nonprofit committed to ending abuse in sports.

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    Social media training, have never heard of it. Interesting......

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    https://www.9news.com/article/news/c...e-67637e0cec80

    DENVER — A jury convicted a man of two counts of bias-motivated crimes after he grabbed a man from behind and repeatedly kicked him in the head, Denver prosecutors said in a release on Friday.

    Ryan Austin Lee, 43 has a history of racial intimidation, prosecutors said. He was also found guilty of two counts of assault in the third degree.


    While on a deferred judgment from a 2017 case, Lee assaulted two people in March 2018, according to prosecutors.

    The victims were in a vehicle in front of a home on West Mosier Place when Lee approached the vehicle, reached through a window and punched the passenger in the face, according to a probable cause statement from Denver Police.

    The driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and walked toward the home, and, as they did, Lee grabbed the passenger by the back of his collar, threw him to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the head, the statement says. During the attack, Lee yelled racial slurs and "get back to Mexico".

    The victim said he used his right arm to protect his head and responding officers noted that his arm was swollen and bruised. The officer also noted that the victim, "appeared to be in fear of his life" and stated that Lee had previously threatened him with "boards and hammers."

    One year earlier, in March 2017, Lee wielded a hammer while threatening and chasing a mixed-race couple and their seven-year-old son through a park, according to prosecutors.

    According to the probable cause statement from Denver Police, officers responded to Garfield Lake Park at 1170 Lowell Blvd. for a report of threats. When officers arrived, the victim pointed out Lee and said he "came at him with a hammer," the report says.

    The victim also stated that Lee threw something at his son and started screaming at his son using "racial words."

    Lee went to his home, the report says, and returned to the park with a hammer and began chasing the family. They got into the truck and Lee hit their vehicle windshield with his fist and the hammer, the report says.



    Because Lee was convicted in the 2018 case, the deferred judgment related to the 2017 case will be revoked and will result in a conviction of menacing.

    Sentencing is set for May 3. Lee faces a maximum sentence of 15 years: three years for the first case and six years for each victim in the second case.

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    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-arrested-fbi/


    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, detained on Weapons charges and is listed as a border vigilante according to the FBI.

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    https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/new...il/3564077002/

    LAS CRUCES - The leader of an armed militia group that had patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park was attacked in the Do?a Ana County Detention Center, county officials confirmed Wednesday morning.

    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, is a federal detainee who was being held at the county jail in Las Cruces at the time of the incident.

    Do?a Ana County officials said they're investigating a battery against Hopkins that happened after 9 p.m. Monday, April 22. But they provided few details.

    "Hopkins was given medical attention for non life-threatening injuries," a Do?a Ana County news release states. "He was transferred out of the Do?a Ana County Detention Center under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday."

    Earlier Monday, Hopkins had appeared in federal court. Hopkins has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection to a federal investigation from 2017.

    County officials haven't released the names of the person or people who are suspected of injuring Hopkins in the county jail.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48027190

    The suspected leader of a New Mexico militia group allegedly boasted of plans to assassinate former President Barack Obama, the FBI has said.

    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, and his group United Constitutional Patriots, also plotted to target Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros, according to a tip received by the FBI.

    It is unclear when he allegedly made these comments, which were included in court papers released this week.

    His lawyer has denied the allegations.

    "He says that is categorically false that that's what they were doing," Kelly O'Connell told NBC News. "There was no plan to do any of that."

    Mr Hopkins appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday, charged with being a convicted criminal in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    He was arrested on Saturday, just days after the group hit the headlines for detaining migrants in the desert near the US-Mexico border.

    The small volunteer group argues it is helping US Border Patrol to deal with a surge in migrants crossing America's southern border, but their actions - caught on camera - earned widespread condemnation from civil rights groups and local officials.

    The FBI were apparently first made aware of the group United Constitutional Patriots in 2017.

    According to an affidavit by Special Agent David Gabriel, the FBI received information in 2017 that the Patriots, based out of Mr Hopkins' residence, had about 20 members and was armed with AK-47 rifles, among other firearms.

    "Hopkins also allegedly made the statement that the United Constitutional Patriots were training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, because of these individuals' support of Antifa [a left-wing group]," Mr Gabriel said.

    But Mr O'Connell questioned why it had taken some two years to charge his client. He pointed out that the FBI had searched Mr Hopkins' residence in 2017, and discovered weapons that Mr Hopkins said were owned by his wife, but did not arrest him at that point.

    "If it was that outrageous of a crime, why not lock him up right then?" he said.

    Mr Hopkins now faces up to 10 years in prison, probation and $250,000 (?192,000) in fines, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

    Under US law, convicted felons are generally prohibited from possessing firearms, and the FBI states Mr Hopkins has "at least one prior felony conviction".

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    In 1996, Mr Hopkins pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded firearm. In 2006, he was convicted of possessing a weapon and impersonating a police officer in Oregon.

    A detention hearing has been scheduled for next week, and Mr Hopkins remains in custody until then.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...h-antisemitism

    Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn grappling with a measles outbreak say they are now dealing with a second scourge: fear, profiling and antisemitism inspired by the outbreak.

    Incidents have piled up in recent weeks as measles cases continued to rise, community leaders say: a bus driver allegedly refused to stop for a Hassidic man, and then covered her face and shouted “measles” at him when he eventually got on.


    Measles cases soar across US: 'It's getting worse'
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    A flight crew sparked a brief quarantine when they saw an Orthodox Jewish child with mosquito bites and mistook them for measles.

    In other cases, advocates say, business associates have declined to meet people in person and asked to do transactions over the phone. Hassidic passengers have hailed Uber pool rides and seen their fellow passenger get out when they enter the car.

    “There have been many incidents where there have been these antisemitic, biased slurs against members of the community,” said Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. “It’s like a license to be antisemitic and say what’s on your mind, and you don’t have to hide it.”


    As of 13 May, there have been 498 cases of measles in New York City, according to the city’s health department. Most of the people getting sick are members of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood and to a lesser extent Borough Park, though a handful of recent cases have happened outside those neighborhoods.

    The mayor, Bill de Blasio, issued an emergency order last month making vaccines mandatory for everyone living in parts of Williamsburg, with $1,000 fines for those who refuse to comply.

    Anti-vaccination activists have targeted the Orthodox community, with handbooks and hotlines touting the supposed dangers of vaccines, which have no scientific basis. The propaganda has spread in a tight-knit community where many people do not have exposure to mainstream sources of information.

    But rabbis and community leaders have united in urging parents to get their kids vaccinated, stressing there is nothing in Jewish teaching that opposes vaccines.

    An analysis by public radio station WNYC found that 3.8% of students were not vaccinated for measles in yeshivas in Williamsburg and Borough Park in 2017, compared with 1% of public school students and 2% of private school students citywide.

    “You’re talking about a small percentage of anti-vaxxers – vocal, obviously organized, entrenched in their position, who do not speak for the vast majority of the community,” said community activist Chaskel Bennett, who helped organize a letter from 500 doctors stressing the need for vaccination.

    “People should not be profiled based on who they are and what they look like,” he said.

    Hassidic Jews have been singled out in part because of their distinctive style of dress, including black hats for men and long skirts for women.

    “Suddenly people are looking askance at a whole community of folks, when the only reason you can target these folks any different from anyone else is they look different,” said David Greenfield, the head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

    “You wouldn’t know what an anti-vaxxer in Park Slope looks like, because he or she dresses just like you do,” he said.

    The measles outbreak comes amid a broader spike in antisemitic acts across the city and nationwide. Hate crimes have surged in New York City this year, up 66% compared with the same period last year, according to police statistics released this month.

    The majority of those crimes have been motivated by antisemitism – 82, nearly double the 45 at this time last year.

    There have been no reported crimes where the perpetrators specifically referenced measles, the police commissioner, James O’Neill, said.

    There have been two recent alleged attacks against Jewish men in Williamsburg who have been punched by strangers while walking down the street.

    Last week, a volunteer emergency medical technician with a Jewish ambulance service came to the aid of a non-Jewish resident and was shouted at by bystanders who told him to “go back to Israel”, according to United Jewish Organizations.

    “We’re caught between the anti-vaxxers on one side, and the antisemites on the other,” said Mark Levine, chair of the city council health committee. “We’ve seen a really reprehensible level of rejection directed at Hassidic New Yorkers.”

    The health department closed a Jewish school on Monday for failing to turn over records showing all students are vaccinated. Officials previously closed eight other yeshivas, but those have all been allowed to reopen after coming into compliance.

    Ninety-eight people have been hit with summonses for defying the mandatory vaccine order. Nearly 23,000 children in Williamsburg and Borough Park have been vaccinated since the outbreak began in the fall.

    Alexander Rapaport, who runs the Masbia chain of kosher soup kitchens, was working on a public service announcement with staffers from the mayor’s office to promote vaccination as part of the broader Jewish tradition of caring for the health of neighbors.

    Many New Yorkers, he said, have misinterpreted warnings from public health officials to mean that they need to steer clear of Orthodox neighborhoods.

    “A lot of the traditional antisemitic tropes are that Jews spread disease. It plays into a very old concept. It plays into a stereotype that’s out there,” he said.

    A businessman he knows asked an associate about meeting to pick up a check, and the colleague jokingly wondered if it was safe to allow him in his office, Rapaport said. “Even as a joke, it’s unnecessary. It’s very uncomfortable,” he said.

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    https://www.thedailybeast.com/border...r-charity-scam


    The border militia leader was accused of conning cancer patients.

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    https://www.abqjournal.com/1313716/h...gilantism.html

    There is nothing patriotic about holding toddlers at gunpoint. It’s hard to believe that this even needs to be said. But that’s exactly what an armed group of vigilantes calling themselves the “United Constitutional Patriots” … has been doing along the southern border of New Mexico for the past several months. This group, which until recently was squatting on a remote parcel of railroad-owned land near Sunland Park, filming themselves detaining groups of migrants, mostly families with young children, and holding them until Border Patrol arrived on the scene.

    The self-shot footage is disturbing. The UCP members are clad in military-style camouflage, wear masks concealing their identities, and many are armed with AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines. The families are huddled together in the darkness, ordered to sit or kneel in the desert sand under implied threat of violence. In one of the clips … a UCP vigilante trains his flashlight on a pair of migrant men sleeping on the ground and muses, “The only problem is if we shoot on the hill it will be an international crisis. … It would save some time though, wouldn’t it?”

    This kind of vigilantism is not only a disgusting display of xenophobia, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen. It’s easy to see how quickly the situation could devolve into a bloodbath. Should one of these untrained and heavily armed extremists perceive a threat – maybe in the darkness they mistake a cellphone in a migrant’s hand for a gun – and open fire into the densely packed crowd, how many innocent lives might be lost?

    One of the most disturbing aspects of UCP’s illegal detention of migrants on the border is that they appear to have been operating with the full knowledge and tacit approval of U.S. Border Patrol. Indeed, every indication appears to show that U.S. Border Patrol agents actively coordinated with the group’s illegal activities.

    Though the FBI recently arrested the group’s leader, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, on unrelated firearms charges after the ACLU of New Mexico wrote a letter demanding investigation of the group’s activities, little else appears to have been done aside from local police evicting the group from railroad property. Ample video evidence exists depicting UCP members unlawfully detaining families at gunpoint and impersonating federal law enforcement officers by self-identifying to groups of migrants as “policia” or “U.S. Border Patrol.” Yet, U.S. Border Patrol has so far responded with little more than a shrug, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has provided little indication it intends to take action beyond Hopkins’ arrest.




    We cannot tolerate this kind of lawless thuggery in our state. Just as we would never stand for a private citizen pulling over another driver at gunpoint for speeding, we cannot allow armed bands of civilians to enforce our federal immigration laws. Indeed, vigilantism is responsible for some of the darkest and most evil deeds in our history. One need to look no further than the KKK lynch mobs, the torching of Chinese neighborhoods in LA, and Native American massacres to understand where tolerance of vigilantism leads.

    While we do not contest the right of groups like UCP to conduct legal activities on public lands, the unauthorized detention of migrants cannot continue. The ACLU of New Mexico joins Sens. (Tom) Udall and (Martin) Heinrich in demanding authorities take this threat seriously and investigate potential illegal activities committed by UCP in order to prevent this kind of dangerous and lawless behavior from continuing on our border. The enforcement of federal immigration law belongs solely in the hands of trained law enforcement professionals – not armed vigilantes.

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    NEWSER) ? Detroit's police chief says officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark "Charlottesville No. 2" during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the AP reports. Chief James Craig said Monday that five people among about 15 white supremacists were legally carrying firearms while they traded barbs with 15-20 counterprotesters during the Motor City Pride festival in downtown Detroit.


    Craig says the department's intelligence sources indicated the group wanted to spark violence similar to the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Craig says that officers kept the groups separate, and that no injuries occurred. He says members of both groups shouted racial epithets at each other and toward police officers in an attempt to bait them into a violent response. No shots were fired during the confrontation. (Trump defends his Charlottesville comments.)

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    https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/edito...231792448.html

    Guns, gold and genocide.

    Politicians like to flatter Californians by speaking of our state as the land of boundless opportunity, but these were the grim pillars upon which early California was built. We goldwash our history with tales of brave exceptionalism, but California’s tragic past is bathed in the blood of innocent California Native Americans.

    The conquering of this land of dreams transformed it into a hellscape of nightmares for those who lived here for thousands of years before the miners, settlers and dreamers arrived.

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    “It’s called a genocide,” said Newsom. “That’s what it was. A genocide. No other way to describe it and that’s the way it needs to be described in the history books. And so I’m here to say the following: I’m sorry on behalf of the state of California.”

    The apology was long overdue, yet it likely took many Californians by surprise. While many of us learned about Native Americans in elementary school and probably know the name of a local tribe, we generally don’t learn about the systematic massacres that unfolded on the ground beneath our feet.

    “Many people believe that when the Gold Rush happened, it was an empty landscape,” said Shelly Covert, spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan. “And it’s not true. California was heavily populated with many, many autonomous different tribes, with their own languages and their own cultures and very old and sophisticated societies … and that was almost completely erased.”

    In the 20 years following the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, 80 percent of California’s Native American population had been wiped out. Disease and displacement killed many, but state militias, the US Army and vigilante groups murdered up to 16,000 California Indians in cold blood. Men, women, children – it didn’t really matter.

    Consider this scene, the massacre of a Nisenan village along the American River witnessed by a Mexican miner named Antonio Coronel near Sacramento in 1849 and recounted in “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe” by UCLA historian Benjamin Madley:

    “At first light they surrounded the village and opened fire. What followed was a scene of utter horror. Out came old men, women, children, everyone … running in every direction, even throwing themselves in the river. They were all rounded up and shot down.”

    Prospector Theodore T. Johnson, who was “heading east across the broad Sacramento River Valley in 1849,” described the official policy of the time: “The late emigrants across the mountains, and some Oregon trappers and mountaineers, had commenced a war of extermination upon them, shooting them down like wolves, men, women and children, wherever they could find them.”

    “War of extermination” was the term preferred by John Sutter, who enslaved hundreds of Native Americans and participated in massacres. Today, we honor his memory with schools, streets and a popular tourist attraction.

    Peter Burnett, who served as California’s first governor from 1849-1851, made killing California Native Americans the state’s official policy, saying “That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected.”

    “It is not an exaggeration to say that California legislators also established a state-sponsored killing machine. California governors called out or authorized no fewer than 24 state militia expeditions between 1850 and 1861, which killed at least 1,340 California Indians,” wrote Madley in an essay for the Los Angeles Times. “State legislators also passed three bills in the 1850s that raised up to $1.51 million to fund these operations — a great deal of money at the time — for past and future anti-Indian militia operations.”

    Madley estimates that California’s Indian population fell from 150,000 to 30,000 between 1846 and 1870.

    Nothing can change this bloody history, but Gov. Newsom’s apology – delivered in the form of an executive order – is an important first step toward healing the trauma of this genocide.

    Newsom’s executive order acknowledges the “historical wrongs” carried out against California Native Americans by the state and commends them for “carrying on cultural and linguistic traditions, and stewarding and protecting this land that we now share.” It formally apologizes for these wrongs and establishes a Truth and Healing Council to “clarify the historical record ... in the spirit of truth and healing.”

    What difference can such a late apology make?

    “To hear our governor come out and make an apology was very significant,” said Covert. “It was significant because it felt like the government itself was taking accountability. And we have record of our first California Governor calling for the extinction of the ‘red race,’ and a lot of Indians grow up with that history being part of their identity.”

    “It says a lot to me personally, and a lot to my mom. I showed her a clip on Facebook last night and she actually teared up,” she added.

    Covert said it remains to be seen whether the apology becomes an empty gesture, or whether it will be backed up with actions to make amends for the past. Madley suggested that some form of reparations may be in order to restore the devastating losses suffered by California Native Americans.

    Until then, there are other steps California can take to set the record straight.

    For one, we can teach our children about what happened.

    “Will the genocide against California Indians join the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust in California’s public school curriculum?” asks Madley.

    Then there’s the issue of names like Sutter, Burnett, Fremont, Stanford, Hastings and Carson. These men directly engaged in, or supported, genocide against California Native Americans. We don’t have many Confederate statues in California, yet the names of genocidal killers adorn our streets, schools and cherished institutions.

    It’s time to cancel these purveyors of genocide. Sacramento can lead the way by stripping the shameful Sutter and Burnett names from its public places. We can replace them with names that honor those whose lives and land were stolen to make this place our home.

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    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...qly-story.html


    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...qly-story.html



    An ex-con who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and spewed hateful rhetoric at a Mexican immigrant before assaulting him in a Manhattan subway station was found guilty Thursday.

    Willie Ames, 49, who barked that Mexicans were “criminals” and stealing jobs before knocking the victim out in the April 2018 incident, was convicted after about a day and a half of deliberations and will be sentenced July 12.


    He was acquitted on attempted assault in the first degree as a hate crime but was convicted of other bias-driven assault counts and aggravated harassment. He faces up to 15 years on the top count but he has a felony record, including for a murder in Virginia, and likely faces additional time because of his violent rap sheet.

    Ames, who was wearing a controversial MAGA red rally cap on the uptown No. 6 train platform in Union Square during the assault, testified last week that he only wore the MAGA hat because he thought it was funny that a black man would promote President Trump’s campaign slogan.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlo...=.9ba36526201f

    This spring, camouflaged men armed with AR-15s patrolled America’s border with Mexico, searching for undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. Identifying themselves as “Border Patrol” and “polic?a,” members of this squadron rounded up and detained hundreds of migrants in New Mexico, including young children. Videos of these roundups circulating online show men clad in military-style fatigues, with official-looking badges, detaining terrified groups of migrants while brandishing firearms.

    The people carrying out those detentions were not U.S. Border Patrol or law-enforcement agents: They were private citizens affiliated with the United Constitutional Patriots (now Guardian Patriots), one of several paramilitary vigilante organizations that have taken it upon themselves to supplement the federal government’s work at the border. That is unlawful — and, what’s more, the federal government’s acceptance of this “help” may itself violate federal law.

    The U.S. Border Patrol apparently has been accepting help from such groups for several years. For example, in a 2016 report from Mother Jones on vigilantism at the border, one Border Patrol agent told a group called the Three Percent United Patriots, “I love having y’all out here, man. It impresses me that you guys come out and do my job for me for no pay at all.” Likewise, a member of the Arizona Border Recon group told ABC News in 2017 that the Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies “are happy” such groups “assist them.” And the United Constitutional Patriots’ spokesman, Jim Benvie, told the New York Times in April, “we hold [the migrants] until Border Patrol comes. Border Patrol has never asked us to stand down.” Benvie’s group also reportedly has facilitated private efforts led by Stephen K. Bannon and Kris Kobach to build a portion of border wall to supplement federal construction in New Mexico.


    As vigilante conduct at the border has become more and more common, such activity has come under some long-overdue scrutiny: In June, Benvie was indicted on federal charges of impersonating a U.S. Border Patrol agent stemming from the United Constitutional Patriots’ detention activities.

    But Benvie and members of these vigilante groups are not the only ones who appear to be violating federal law. Border Patrol agents and any other federal employees accepting vigilantes’ help may well be violating a federal statute called the Antideficiency Act. That law generally prohibits federal employees from accepting “voluntary services” — that is, services not paid for with federal dollars appropriated by Congress. And that is precisely what these vigilantes are providing.

    [I gave water to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. They charged me with a felony.]


    This ban on accepting voluntary services, along with the act’s other prohibitions against obligating funds without a corresponding appropriation, helps to preserve the constitutional separation of powers: It protects Congress’s power of the purse. Specifically, these provisions ensure that executive branch agencies do not undermine Congress’s appropriations power — and its resulting check on executive branch activity — by augmenting, through outside means, their congressionally approved funding. Federal employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may face criminal penalties, and agencies are required to report violations to Congress. Then, Congress can defend its constitutional prerogatives through oversight or legislation.

    Indeed, the Department of Homeland Security — the Border Patrol’s parent agency — purports to take the Antideficiency Act seriously. So seriously, in fact, that last week, the agency refused private donations of soap, toothpaste and diapers that began pouring in to Border Patrol facilities after news broke that children were being detained in squalid conditions without access to basic hygiene items. A former Customs and Border Protection official explained to the Texas media that, under the Antideficiency Act, the agency could not legally accept those donations: “It’s partially a constitutional thing about Congress controlling the purse and only being able to spend money that Congress gives, but it’s also about ethics. Without a change in law, DHS, CBP and Border Patrol cannot accept those private donations.”

    The Department of Homeland Security must comply with federal law, including the Antideficiency Act, in all situations — not just when compliance suits the administration’s policy preferences. And Congress should be concerned about this end-run around its appropriations power as well. Border funding is a perennially contentious issue, and appropriations packages — including the $4.6 billion spending bill passed this week — typically include at least some limitations on an administration’s actions at the border. By accepting aid from vigilante groups, the Department of Homeland Security not only is potentially violating federal law, but also skirting these limitations and evading congressional oversight. Exploring these matters further is well within the jurisdiction of Congress, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

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    https://theintercept.com/2019/07/07/...ity-extremist/

    Yes the FBI's questionable role in border vigilante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KambingSociety View Post
    https://theintercept.com/2019/07/07/...ity-extremist/

    Yes the FBI's questionable role in border vigilante.
    You already have your own thread for vigilante shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumaki15 View Post
    You already have your own thread for vigilante shit.
    Good luck with that...I'm having to police the Misogyny thread for the vigilante bullshit.

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