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    https://apnews.com/0f0ad8d53cb8723467e432d3ca6169f9

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A police officer who was shot in the head during a Las Vegas Strip protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak, his family said in a statement released by police.

    Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot June 1 during protests over the death of Floyd at the hands of police. The family statement released on twitter by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Saturday said he is expected to stay on the ventilator. He has been tentatively accepted at a spine rehabilitation center.

    The family thanked doctors, nurses and staff at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for their care and the community for support and fundraising.

    “Again, our family can never express our gratitude for all the support for Shay,” the unsigned family statement said. “We are always Las Vegas Strong and so proud of our community,”

    Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man with deliberately shooting Mikalonis during the protest, one of hundreds being held across the nation. A judge who reviewed evidence at June 5 court hearing said that police video shows Edgar Samaniego “walking by, taking out a gun and firing ... at officers.”

    He is charged with attempted murder, battery and firearms charges and is being held in lieu of $1 million. An appointed public defender, Scott Coffee, said after the hearing that Samaniego will plead not guilty. Samaniego also is being held without bail on accusations that he violated the terms of release on separate misdemeanor driving under the influence and illegal drug possession charges.

    Protests of the Floyd killing and other police misconduct continued across the nation on Saturday night, including one in Las Vegas.

    The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that officers issued orders to disperse at a protest involving about 150 people and used pepper spray before the arrests. The Metropolitan Police Department declined to provide information on arrests Saturday night.

    The Las Vegas National Lawyers Guild said in a tweet that six of its legal observers were detained but later released.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing Tuesday that he said would encourage better police practices and establish a database to keep track of officers with a history of excessive use-of-force complaints.

    In Rose Garden remarks, Trump stressed the need for higher standards and commiserated with mourning families, even as he hailed the vast majority of officers as selfless public servants and held his law-and-order line.

    “Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals,” he said before signing the order flanked by police.

    Trump and the GOP have been rushing to respond to the mass demonstrations against police brutality and racial prejudice that have raged for weeks across the country in response to the deaths of Floyd and other black Americans. It’s a sudden shift for the Republican Party — and one Democrats are watching warily — that shows how quickly the protests have changed the political conversation and pressured Washington to act.

    But Trump, who has faced criticism for failing to acknowledge systemic racial bias and has advocated for rougher police treatment of suspects in the past has continued to emphasize his support for law enforcement. At the signing event, he railed against those who committed violence during the largely peaceful protests and made no mention of racism, while lambasting Democrats in an election year.

    Trump’s executive order would establish a database that tracks police officers with excessive use of force complaints in their records. And it would give police departments a financial incentive to adopt best practices and encourage co-responder programs, in which social workers join police when they respond to nonviolent calls involving mental health, addiction and homeless issues.

    Trump said that, as part of the order, the use of chokeholds would be banned “except if an officer’s life is at risk.” However, senior administration officials said the order would instead promote certification bodies that train officers in de-escalation techniques and use-of-force standards that prohibit chokeholds ”except in those situations where deadly force is allowed by law.” Chokeholds are already largely banned in police departments nationwide.
    Democrats and other critics said Trump’s measure doesn’t go far enough.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it “falls sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality that is murdering hundreds of Black Americans.”

    “During this moment of national anguish, we must insist on bold change, not meekly surrender to the bare minimum,” she said.

    Kristina Roth at Amnesty International USA said the order “amounts to a Band-Aid for a bullet wound” at a time when “this moment is calling for transformational change of policing.”

    Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief who is seen as a potential vice-presidential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden, praised the executive order as “on the right track,” but she criticized Trump for failing to acknowledge racism in acts of police brutality and failing to engage the Justice Department in police reforms.

    Trump, meanwhile, framed his plan as an alternative to the “defund the police” movement that has emerged from the protests and which he slammed as “radical and dangerous.”

    “Americans know the truth: Without police there is chaos. Without law there is anarchy and without safety there is catastrophe,” he said.

    Trump’s audience included police officials and members of Congress, and came after he met privately at the White House with the families of men and women who have been killed in interactions with police.

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    “To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side,” Trump said. “Your loved ones will not have died in vain.”

    The Rose Garden announcement comes as Senate Republicans are preparing their own package of policing changes following a rollout by Democrats. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the sole African American Republican in the Senate, has been crafting the GOP legislative package, which will include new restrictions on police chokeholds and greater use of police body cameras, among other provisions.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has called the effort “a serious proposal to reform law enforcement.”

    While the emerging GOP package isn’t as extensive as sweeping Democratic proposals, which are headed for a House vote next week, it includes perhaps the most far-reaching proposed changes to policing procedures from the party long aligned with Trump’s “law and order” approach.

    “Now is the time to seek bold and broad-scale change,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Monday.

    With the political debate fluid, it is unclear whether the parties will be able to find common ground. The proposals emerging from Democrats and Republicans share many similar provisions but take different approaches on some issues. Neither bill goes as far as some activists want in their push to “defund the police” by fully revamping departments.

    Central to the Republican package would be the creation of the national database to improve transparency so officers cannot transfer from one department to another without public oversight of their records. The Democrats have a similar provision.

    Yet the Republican bill does not go as far as the Democrats do on the issue of eliminating qualified immunity, which would allow those injured by law enforcement personnel to sue for damages. The White House has said that is a step too far. As an alternative, Scott has suggested a “decertification” process for officers involved in misconduct.

    One large police union, the influential Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement it is working with Congress and the White House on the proposals, having provided “feedback” on the Democratic bill and “substantial input” on the emerging GOP package.

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    Steven Ray Baca, (31) accused of shooting Scott Williams (39) in a New Mexico Protest

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former city council candidate has been arrested and charged after police say he shot and critically injured a protester during a demonstration calling for the removal of the "La Jornada" sculpture in front of the Albuquerque Museum Monday night.


    Steven Ray Baca, 31, was booked Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with a firearm enhancement.

    Police say 39-year-old Scott Williams was shot several times in the torso and is in critical but stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital.

    In a statement through their attorney, Laura Schauer Ives, Williams' family said he has "devoted his life to seeking equality and justice for all."

    "When Steven Baca repeatedly attacked peaceful protesters in Albuquerque last night, Scott took bullets for the community he cares about," the family wrote in a statement. "While he did, the Albuquerque Police Department hid behind the Albuquerque Museum, refused to respond to multiple requests for help, and only sent officers in once shots were fired."

    In 2019, Baca, the son of a former Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy, ran on a platform that was critical of the current city leadership and existing federal settlement agreements that impose restrictions on law enforcement. He called local officials "complete wimps when it comes to fighting crime." He lost in the six-way race to represent downtown.

    The shooting occurred when a peaceful protest escalated as demonstrators called for the removal of the controversial sculpture depicting conquistador Juan de O?ate in front of the museum on Mountain near Rio Grande.

    Members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, a self-described civilian militia group, showed up to protect the statue and intervened as protesters tried to remove it with a pickaxe and chain.

    Video obtained by the Journal shows a large crowd gathering and chanting in the street.

    A man who appears to be Baca can be seen moving through the crowd and then violently throwing a woman to the ground.

    That's when the other protesters began to advance on him. According to a criminal complaint, a detective viewed video from a bystander that appeared to be showing Baca "in what appears to be a manner in which to protect the statue from the protesters."

    "Steven was similarly recorded leaving the area of the statue toward the street interacting with the crowd," the detective wrote in the complaint. "However, his specific type of interaction with the crowd is unknown at this time."

    An undercover police detective was stationed in the area and saw several protesters pursue Baca as he backed away from them, "utilizing pepper spray to douse the oncoming crowd." According to the complaint several protesters "appeared to maliciously pursue" Baca, struck him with a longboard and tackled him to the ground.

    "A second male is observed holding the end of the longboard with two hands and swinging it toward the area of Steven's head and upper body," the detective wrote in the complaint.

    "At this time, a series of gunshots are heard, and the longboard is dropped to the ground. Steven is recorded as holding a black-colored semi-automatic handgun and firing several shots."

    Williams, who police said had hit Baca with the longboard, was struck several times in the torso.

    "After discharging the weapon, Steven is seen manipulating the firearm before placing it on the ground, sitting away from the gun and utilizing his own personal cellphone," the detective wrote in the complaint. "The video recording did not depict any physical injuries on Steven's person sustained from the longboard strikes."

    Albuquerque Police Department tactical units arrived and took Baca and several men who appeared to be members of the civil guard into custody. It's unclear what connection Baca has to the militia group. An APD spokesman said the FBI is assisting in the investigation.

    The shooting sparked outrage and condemnation from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and city and state officials. The controversial O?ate statue has since been taken down.

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    Here is Steven Baca's Mugshot.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/lap...g-information/

    The Los Angeles Police Department on Friday suspended its use of the CalGang system, a much criticized statewide database of individuals authorities deem to be gang members.

    LAPD announced the moratorium six months after disclosing its investigation of at least 20 officers accused of framing innocent people while assigned to patrol neighborhoods in South L.A. They allegedly placed incorrect data about individuals they questioned into the database to boost statistics.

    In February, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his office has opened a probe into the case.

    “Based on recent audits and ongoing complaint investigations, the accuracy of the database has been called into question,” LAPD said in a statement. “To strengthen community trust and avoid any adverse impact on individuals, particularly in communities of color, the Department will no longer use this resource.”

    Only the CalGang system administrator can access the database for the sole purpose of removing names that authorities “erroneously” entered into the system, according to LAPD.

    The Police Department said it made the decision in conjunction with the L.A. Board of Police Commissioners, a panel that provides civilian oversight to the agency.

    LAPD did not provide any updates on the continuing investigations of the alleged abuse by officers.

    After Becerra announced the state’s investigation of LAPD in February, Chief Michel Moore said the CalGang system was a “critical tool” and that “any information entered must be accurate.” He vowed to cooperate with Becerra’s office.

    State data from 2018 shows LAPD entered more than 20,500 people into the CalGang database, the L.A. Times reported. That’s more than 20% of the names in the system— the most from any other law enforcement agency in California.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other advocacy groups have argued that officers too often incorrectly label people of color as gang members based on their neighborhoods, clothes and tattoos.

    LAPD suspended use of the CalGang database as recent killings by officers in Southern California and across the U.S. incited a growing demand for reform in law enforcement.

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    https://abc7.com/society/racism-decl...ounty/6264155/

    I agree with this statement.

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- Racism has been declared a public health crisis in San Bernardino County.

    The Board of Supervisors made the decision on the resolution Tuesday, declaring by a 5-0 vote that racism is a "public health crisis that results in disparities in family stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice, and housing."

    The resolution identifies several issues Black county residents face, including significant disproportionality in county jail bookings, homelessness and infant mortality rate.

    Despite making up less than 9% of the population, Black people account for almost 19% of county jail bookings and 38% of bookings into county juvenile detention facilities, according to the resolution.

    More than 21% of its homeless population is Black. Black students also show lower proficiency levels in English and math compared to all students.

    Ways for eradicating racism in the region is also outlined in the resolution. Those measures include evaluating existing policies, supporting community efforts that amplify issues of racism and identify how to enhance diversity within the county workforce.

    Earlier this month, supervisors also voted to add "equity" to its Countywide Vision, the county's blueprint for the future, and form a committee to address the effects of racism in health care, law enforcement and economic opportunity in the county.

    The vote comes after mass protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
    https://sanbernardino.legistar.com/C...n.aspx?M1=Gone

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    https://www.fox9.com/news/couple-dra...is-mayors-home

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters who were marching toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation support the Black Lives Matter movement and don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney said Monday.

    Video posted online showed Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, standing outside their Renaissance palazzo-style home Sunday night in the city?s well-to-do Central West End neighborhood. He could be heard yelling while holding a long-barreled gun. His wife stood next to him with a handgun.

    Mark McCloskey told KMOV-TV that he and wife, who are personal injury lawyers, were facing an ?angry mob? on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night.

    No charges were brought against McCloskeys. Police said they were still investigating but labeled it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters in the racially diverse crowd.

    However, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner issued a statement later Monday characterizing what happened differently and saying her office was working with police to investigate the confrontation.

    ?I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,? she said. ?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.?

    Their attorney, Albert Watkins, told The Associated Press on Monday that the couple are long-time civil rights advocates and support the message of the Black Lives Matter movement. He said they grabbed their guns when two or three protesters ? who were white ? violently threatened the couple and their property and that of their neighbors.

    ?The most important thing for them is that their images (holding the guns) don't become the basis for a rallying cry for people who oppose the Black Lives Matter message," Watkins said. "They want to make it really clear that they believe the Black Lives Matter message is important.?

    The marchers were angry at Mayor Lyda Krewson for reading aloud the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters calling for defunding the police department. The group of at least 500 people chanted, ?Resign, Lyda! Take the cops with you!? news outlets reported.

    Police said the couple had heard a loud commotion in the street and saw a large group of people break an iron gate marked with ?No Trespassing? and ?Private Street? signs. The video showed the protesters walking through the gate and it was unclear when it was damaged.

    The McCloskeys' home, which was featured in the local St. Louis Magazine after undergoing a renovation, was appraised at $1.15 million.

    President Donald Trump retweeted an ABC News account of the confrontation without comment.

    Krewson has faced demands for her resignation since a Facebook Live briefing on Friday in which the white mayor read the names of those who wrote letters about wanting to defund the police force. The video was removed and Krewson apologized the same day, saying she didn't intend to cause distress.

    The Rev. Darryl Gray, an organizer with ExpectUs, who used a megaphone to urge protesters to keep moving after the couple brandished firearms, blamed Krewson, saying she ?threw gasoline on an already burning fire? by releasing people's home addresses.

    ?In this climate of hatred and this climate of fear and the concern activists have for safety, we didn?t feel that this was the most prudent thing to do in this particular time,? Gray said. ?It is a sign that she just does not know or does not care.?

    The names and letters are considered public records, but Krewson?s actions caused a heavy backlash.

    ?As a leader, you don?t do stuff like that. ... It?s only right that we visit her at her home,? said state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, a St. Louis Democrat, speaking into a megaphone at the march.

    Protesters nationwide have been pushing to ?defund the police? over the death of George Floyd and other Black people at the hands of law enforcement. Floyd, who was handcuffed, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd?s neck for nearly eight minutes.

    Krewson, a longtime alderwoman, was elected St. Louis' first female mayor in 2017 by pledging to work to reduce crime and improve poor neighborhoods. She and her two young children were in the car in front of their home in 1995 when her husband, Jeff, was slain during a carjacking attempt.

    Homicides have spiked in recent years in St. Louis, which annually ranks among the most violent cities in the nation.

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    https://abc7news.com/sports/former-p...agues/6284323/

    Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball's Negro Leagues.

    The campaign launched Monday with photos and videos from, among others, Hank Aaron, Rachel Robinson, Derek Jeter, Colin Powell, Michael Jordan, Obama and fellow former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at tippingyourcap.com.

    On the receiving end of those tributes are many of the Negro Leagues' greatest alumni: Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, "Cool Papa" Bell and Jackie Robinson, who began with the Kansas City Monarchs and went on to break the color barrier in the major leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Not long after, with many of its best players gradually following Robinson's path, the Negro Leagues ceased operations.

    Singer Tony Bennett, showing his heart, tips a San Francisco Giants cap. Californian Billie Jean King opts for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clinton said he chose a Chicago Cubs cap in honor of Ernie Banks, the late Hall of Famer who got his start in the Negro Leagues.

    But, Clinton added: "This cap is for Hillary, too, when finally, the Cubs won the championship. Long before that, the Negro Leagues made baseball better and America better."

    The celebration was moved online after a major league-wide tribute to baseball's Black pioneers scheduled for June 27 was shelved - along with the games - because of the coronavirus pandemic. At first, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick worried that his longstanding plan to honor the men and women who battled long odds for a game of their own would have to be postponed, at best.

    "In our game, there's nothing more honorable than tipping your cap," Kendrick said. "And once I realized that national day of recognition was going to fall by the wayside, I thought, 'OK, maybe we can do it next year.' But that didn't really do it.

    "So then I thought, 'How about a virtual tip of the cap?''' Kendrick paused, then chuckled. "And let me say here and now, there is no way I could have done this myself. I could not be more proud of the response."

    Kendrick got the lift he was looking for from communications specialist Dan McGinn and longtime NLBM supporter Joe Posnanski, a sports writer for The Athletic and author of "The Soul of Baseball," chronicling his yearlong road trip promoting the Kansas City-based museum and the stories behind it with legendary Negro League star, the late Buck O'Neil.

    O'Neil was the driving force behind the museum for decades. The NLBM has expanded several times since Rube Foster, as skilled an executive as he was a baseball pitcher, founded the first Negro National League at a YMCA on the same site in 1920.

    Kendrick said his personal favorite tribute came from Jackie Robinson's family.

    "It's Rachel tipping her cap, but there's four generations of Robinson women in that video talking about our common cause and it evokes the kind of emotion at a time when our country really needs it," he said.

    "And you know," he added a moment later, "it's funny how this whole thing worked out. I always felt if there was going to be conversations about race in sports, the Negro Leagues should be at the center, because that's the story: They triumphed over adversity.

    "I got to know so many of them, and not a single guy that I met ever harbored ill will, at least to the point where they let it block their path. Everybody else thought the major leagues were better, but you couldn't convince them," he concluded. "They just wanted the chance to prove they could play this game as well as anybody else."

    They did, forging a rich legacy that will echo with a new generation thanks to something as simple as the virtual tip of a cap.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/l-a...-police-calls/

    The Los Angeles City Council took its first step toward replacing police officers with social workers on nonviolent calls for service, voting unanimously Tuesday to develop a model for unarmed crisis response.

    The motion instructs city officials to work with Los Angeles police and agencies like the L.A. Homeless Services Authority and county Department of Mental Health to offer “non-law enforcement solutions in circumstances that are non-criminal.” It comes amid calls nationwide for police divestment and reform in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.

    Herb Wesson, one of the six councilmembers who presented the measure, said it signals “the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles.”

    “The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities,” he wrote in a tweet. “This last month has made that crystal clear. We have a responsibility to listen to our people, and our people have spoken.”

    According to the motion, funding cuts to social services have resulted in police “being the only solution for problems they should not be called on to solve in the first place.”

    Under the plan, trained professionals like homeless outreach and medical workers would handle certain emergency situations, such as mental health crises, substance abuse calls and even neighborly disputes.

    The measure instructs officials to study similar crisis intervention programs implemented elsewhere, specifically naming CAHOOTS, a community policing partnership that has been in place in Eugene, Oregon, since 1989.

    In a recent interview with NPR, a leader of the organization — which stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets — said it handles 20% of local 911 calls, resulting in an annual savings of more than $15 million.

    When L.A.’s motion was introduced, Robert Harris, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told the L.A. Daily News his union has been discussing the idea “for a long time” and he supports the move.

    “For these calls that don’t necessarily need a law enforcement response, can we shift that response to somebody else?” he said.

    The union represents more than 9,000 of the LAPD’s 13,000 employees.

    The council was also set to discuss a motion to make it illegal to call 911 to make a racially motivated crime report. The city attorney is asked to work with LAPD to report on options for criminal penalties those who place such calls.

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    https://fox5sandiego.com/news/politi...gs-in-on-race/

    (CNN) ? On Monday, President Donald Trump went after attempts to strip the names of racists from buildings.

    On Tuesday, it was a federal housing rule meant to combat racial segregation.

    By Wednesday, Trump was calling the words ?black lives matter? a ?symbol of hate? ? a description he?s refused to use for Confederate emblems ? that would spoil the ?luxury avenue? he once called home.

    Navigating a precarious political moment, Trump continues seizing upon widening cultural divisions in a way he believes will appeal to voters concerned about safety and order ? despite polls showing wide disapproval of how he?s handling race relations.

    As he distributes wanted posters of suspected vandals on his Twitter feed and warns those who splashed red paint on statues of George Washington to turn themselves in, Trump is also stoking racial tensions using language and tropes that harken to the days of segregationist politics and fears of ruined neighborhoods.

    The effort has been waged mostly on Trump?s Twitter page, which over the weekend featured a video of a supporter in Florida chanting ?White power.? Trump later removed it, though he left up a video of two White homeowners in St. Louis protecting their stone mansion with firearms as a Black Lives Matter march went past.

    Even off Twitter, aides say Trump has been focused most intently in meetings on the issues surrounding statues and monuments ? and not on the raging coronavirus pandemic or intelligence suggesting Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops. He has instructed administration officials to also focus on the issue and on Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was forming a task force to ?protect American monuments, memorials and statues.?

    Some of the President?s political advisers worry Trump is both distracted from the actual health and economic crises facing the country and alienating moderate swing voters whose views on race have evolved past viewing Confederate monuments as ?history.?

    But Trump has insisted the issue is a winning one for him and has refused to change course.

    ?This is a battle to save the Heritage, History, and Greatness of our Country!? he wrote on Tuesday, using his campaign hashtag #MAGA2020.

    Polls have shown voters now largely disapprove of Trump?s handling of race, including large majorities of women. Sixty-four percent of women said in a New York Times/Siena poll last week they disapproved of how Trump is handling race relations.

    Despite those figures, Trump has not shown a willingness to change course. This week he has sided publicly with those who want to maintain monuments to America?s racist past ? including on Tuesday threatening to veto a defense authorization package if it includes a provision to rename some military bases honoring Confederate leaders.

    ?I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth ?Pocahontas? Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!? Trump wrote.

    Trump has also decried decisions to remove the names of Woodrow Wilson and John Wayne from buildings and has launched an all-out effort to punish people who vandalize national monuments.
    Black Lives Matter

    On Wednesday, the President fumed at a plan announced recently by officials in New York City to paint the phrase ?Black Lives Matter? in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. It would be the second time the words appeared in large letters outside one of Trump?s homes; Washington?s mayor had the term painted in large yellow letters on a street near the White House last month.

    Work on the plan will begin in the coming days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. A day earlier, the New York City Council approved a budget that includes $1 billion in cuts to the city?s police department.
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    ?NYC is cutting Police $?s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,? Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after de Blasio announced the timing of the plan. ?This will further antagonize New York?s Finest.?

    The President, who has resisted calls condemn white nationalists, went on to call the words ?Black Lives Matter? a ?symbol of hate? and suggested that police officers could block the work: ?Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won?t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York?s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!?
    Targeting fair housing law, citing impact on suburbs

    The message came after a late-night tweet on Tuesday suggesting an Obama-era federal fair housing law meant to combat segregation is having a ?devastating impact? on suburbs. Trump is seeking to shore up his standing with suburban voters, who were key to his victory in 2016 but which polls now show he is losing badly ? in part because of his divisive views on race.

    An NPR/PBS/Marist poll this week found Biden with a 60%-35% lead over Trump in the suburbs ? compared to Trump?s 49%-45% victory there in 2016, according to exit polls.

    In the message, Trump wrote he was reviewing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing mandate, which was enacted in 2015 as a way to bolster the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which outlawed restrictions on selling or renting homes to people based on race ? and which Trump and his father were accused in a federal civil rights case of violating in 1973.

    ?At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas,? Trump wrote. He said his election year rival Joe Biden wanted to make suburbs ?MUCH WORSE.?

    ?Not fair to homeowners,? Trump wrote, ?I may END!?

    Yet it?s unclear how Trump?s message ? which in its timing and content seized upon conversations surrounding race and equality ? might help.
    Fair Housing Act impact

    Despite the Fair Housing Act being in effect for decades, many neighborhoods still remained segregated, with minority communities less likely to have access to good schools, health care and public programs necessary to help citizens rise out of poverty. AFFH was considered essential to further level the playing field for underprivileged populations.

    In its official definition of the rule, the Department of Housing and Urban Development says AFFH is designed ?to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.?

    The rule required communities that receive federal funding to submit assessments and analyses on their fair housing practices, which advocates of the rule say are necessary to hold them accountable for upholding the Fair Housing Act.

    Trump himself was accused of violating the Fair Housing Act when he was running his family?s real estate company in the 1970s. At the time, the Justice Department alleged that Black people who inquired about apartments in Trump buildings were turned away but that White renters were offered leases.

    The case was eventually settled after Trump attempted to counter-sue.

    The Trump administration had already said in 2018 it was delaying implementation of the AFFH rule, part of its larger efforts to dismantle the legacy left by President Barack Obama. At the time, HUD cast the decision as part of its broader efforts to reexamine rules left over from the previous administration.

    Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson proposed a change that would essentially eliminate AFFH, saying that mayors and local officials know their communities better than the federal government and are better positioned to make housing decisions. That was met with fierce opposition from housing advocates, who said eliminating the rule would make housing less fair.

    ?This attack on fair housing is part of the Trump administration?s larger ongoing efforts to dismantle civil rights protections, and it must be stopped,? said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, in March.

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    A man who has previously faced charges of assault and ethnic intimidation was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting a WHYY producer and his girlfriend in Fishtown on June 1, when a group of self-styled vigilantes, armed with baseball bats, gathered in response to protests and civil unrest.

    George Graf, 36, is charged with two counts each of simple assault and reckless endangerment. He also was charged with felony criminal conspiracy to engage in aggravated assault, and a misdemeanor conspiracy-to-assault charge, an indication that other arrests may follow.

    The charges come as residents are demanding answers about why police dismissed their repeated complaints and pleas for intervention. An Inquirer investigation found that 36 reports of “person with a weapon” between 4 and 10 p.m. in the area that night did not result any arrests.

    WHYY producer Jon Ehrens was posting video of the scene when he reported that three or four members of the group turned on him, and began to punch and kick him and pushed his girlfriend.

    Graf is the first person to be arrested in the attack. He has pleaded guilty to simple assault twice before.

    The first incident, in 2004, occurred when a law student confronted an associate of Graf’s who had shouted an anti-Chinese slur out of a car window in Chinatown, according to court records. While the men argued, Graf came up behind the student and struck him in the back of the head with a golf club.

    The second incident was in 2007 in Bristol, Bucks County, when Graf attacked a man after a hockey game, punching him, biting him, attempting to spit into his mouth, and kicking him in the face with an ice skate, records show. The man was taken to a hospital.

    According to a law enforcement source, the investigation of Graf was initiated by the District Attorney’s Office, with subsequent collaboration by the Philadelphia police.

    District Attorney Larry Krasner has criticized the police for their response to the recent civil unrest, contrasting their handling of the protests against the police killing of George Floyd with the response to white counter-protesters.

    “I think police should do their jobs, which are to apply the law in a way that is evenhanded,” he was quoted in the Inquirer investigation as saying. “And I find it very problematic when you see law enforcement favoring one group over another and systematically refraining from reining in one group that is committing crimes.”

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    https://weartv.com/news/nation-world...n-black-family

    A white couple face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan.

    Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were arrested after Wednesday night's confrontation and charged Thursday with felonious assault, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a release. They were later arraigned and are free on a $50,000 personal bond, according to the Oakland County sheriff's office. As a condition of the bond they must turn over all firearms, not engage in “assaultive behavior” and not leave Michigan, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement.

    It was not clear whether they have attorneys yet who could comment on the allegations.

    Cellphone video captured the confrontation outside a Chipotle in Orion Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.


    Jillian Wuestenberg can be seen outside her vehicle shouting, “Get the (expletive) away! Get away!” while pointing a handgun.

    She eventually gets back in her vehicle which is driven away by her husband.

    Bouchard told reporters that the couple are from Independence Township and both have concealed pistol licenses. Deputies seized two handguns from the couple after they were detained.

    The Detroit News first reported on the three-minute video posted online that shows part of the interaction. Takelia Hill, who is Black, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill's teenage daughter as they were entering the fast food restaurant.

    The video footage starts after that, in the parking lot. A woman since identified as Jillian Wuestenberg is heard arguing with Hill and her daughters. Wuestenberg climbs into the vehicle, rolls down the window and says, “White people aren't racist,” and, “I care about you," before the vehicle she was in starts to back away.

    Her husband, who had led his wife to the vehicle, turns to the camera and asks, “Who ... do you think you guys are?" using an expletive.

    Then, as someone is standing behind the vehicle, Jillian Wuestenberg jumps out and points a handgun in the direction of a person who's recording. She screams at people to get away from her and her vehicle. A woman shouts, “She's got a gun on me!” and urges someone in the parking lot to call the police.

    Wuestenberg then lowers the gun, climbs into the passenger seat and the vehicle drives off.

    Cooper, the prosecutor, told The Associated Press that her office viewed the available video and looked at the facts before filing charges.

    “It is an unfortunate set of circumstances that tempers run high over, basically, not much of an incident,” she said of the initial alleged spark that caused the confrontation.
    Bouchard said people are “picking sides” and that threatening calls were made to the sheriff’s office dispatch center after the videos were posted online.

    “We don’t see sides. We see facts,” he said. “There’s a lot of tension in our society, a lot of tension among folks and people with each other. I would just say this, we are asking and expect our police — and rightfully so — to deescalate every situation they possibly can, and we should be doing that. But I would say that needs to happen with us individually in our own lives and situations, that we interact with each other and deescalate those moments.”

    The Wuestenbergs are next scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on July 14, the sheriff's office said in a release.

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    This is scary because one the Black Couple in New Jersey would have been killed if Police arrived and sided with the neighbors if the video was not released to the press and police.

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    Now a Hotel Employee is investigated for harassing a Black Guest.

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    https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk/team-g...of-racial-pro/

    In the UK there are allegations of Racial Profiling

    A Team GB sprinter has accused police of "racial profiling" after she and her partner were stopped and searched in London.

    Commonwealth gold medallist Bianca Williams had been with her partner Ricardo in Maida Vale on Saturday when they were stopped.

    She told The Times: "It's always the same thing with Ricardo.

    "They think he's driving a stolen vehicle, or he's been smoking cannabis."

    She added: "It's racial profiling.

    "The way they spoke to Ricardo - like he was scum, dirt on their shoe - was shocking. It was awful to watch."

    Footage of the incident was posted by former Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie, appearing to show two people - although their faces were not seen - being pulled out of a car in a London street.

    The woman sounds frustrated as she tells officers "he didn't do anything" but she grows increasingly distressed about her son remaining in the car.

    Christie posted a statement that said: "Was it the car that was suspicious or the black family in it which lead (sic) to such a violent confrontation and finally an accusation of the car smelling of weed but refusing to do a roadside drug test?"

    The Metropolitan Police said a car had been stopped in the area on Saturday afternoon after it was seen driving suspiciously.

    A man, 25, and woman, 26, were searched.

    Commander Helen Harper said: "I understand the concern when incidents like this happen and how they can appear when part of it is filmed without context.

    "Due to the concern raised, we conducted a review of the stop. This included social media footage and bodyworn camera footage of the officers at the scene.

    "We are satisfied that there are no misconduct issues."

    A statement for the Independent Office for Police Conduct said: "We are aware of this matter and will be making further enquiries with the Metropolitan Police. We will then be in a position to make an informed decision on the level of our involvement."

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    https://www.wxyz.com/news/prosecutor...rassment-video

    LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) — Wayne County prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old Livonia woman in a grocery store harassment incident.

    Paula Marie Gearin, 46, was charged in connection with intentionally blocking another female shopper’s car so that the shopper was not able to leave the grocery store parking lot in Livonia, prosecutors say.

    On June 13 around 4 p.m., Gearin was in a grocery store with a child, located in the 33500 block of 8 Mile Road in Livonia.

    While in the store, she had a verbal exchange with a 43-year-old female shopper who was also with her children.

    It is alleged that Gearin became very loud and rude and was verbally harassing the 43-year-old mother. The mother went to her car and finished loading her car with groceries.

    As she was attempting to leave, it is alleged that Gearin stood behind the woman's vehicle and would not allow her to exit, according to prosecutors. The mother then video recorded the ensuing exchanges.
    Livonia police officers arrived and spoke with both parties and the 43-year-old woman filed a police report.

    Gearin has been charged with Disturbing the Peace.

    Gearin was arraigned on Monday morning and given a $500 personal bond.

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    https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/she...f-georgia-home

    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County deputies say they made a disturbing discovery while executing a search warrant in Jonesboro Tuesday night.

    According to Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, deputies with the department's COBRA Unit were investigating a suspected meth house in Sanderling Lane.

    After surrounding the location, the law enforcement contacted the resident inside, identified as Eric Spencer, who came out and surrendered.

    Searching inside the home, deputies say they found around 7 ounces of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, a handgun, scales and baggies, and around $5,000 in "drug money."

    But it was what they found down a hallway that deputies say disturbed them. On display on the wall was an original klansman suit enclosed inside a shadowbox. Officials estimated that it was around 60 to 70 years old.

    "Longtime neighbors stated they found it a little extreme when on Halloween they would see nooses hanging in the front yard, but they never imagined where the idea probably originated from," Hill said in a statement.

    Spencer is now in custody at the Clayton County Jail.

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    https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/hou...n-funding-bill

    WASHINGTON - Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft of a funding bill that includes a provision to remove statues and busts of those who served the Confederacy or have "unambiguous records of racial intolerance" from the U.S. Capitol, setting up a potential fight over the issue as President Trump emphasizes preserving such tributes in at least some circumstances.

    The bill, which provides more than $4 billion to fund the legislative branch as part of the fiscal year that begins in October, is almost certain not to pass in its current form due to how Congress has run its appropriations process in recent years. But it could serve as a template for continuing resolutions that keep the government running, and the statue-removal provision could make its way into that legislation.

    "The bill includes language directing the Architect of the Capitol to remove statues or busts in the U.S. Capitol that represent figures who participated in the Confederate Army or government, as well as the statues of individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance, Charles Aycock, John C. Calhoun, and James Paul Clarke, and the bust of Roger B. Taney," an online summary of the bill reads.

    Aycock was a federal prosecutor in North Carolina in the late 1800s and was elected that state's governor in 1900. But, due to his racist views, Duke University and East Carolina University have removed his name from residence halls in recent years, according to the Charlotte Observer. Calhoun was a vice president to Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson and fought in favor of slavery in a slew of other government positions he held in the early years of the republic.

    Clark was a senator from Arkansas who supported white supremacy. Taney was the chief justice of the Supreme Court who wrote the opinion in the Dred Scott case, which ruled that Blacks, free or otherwise, "were not intended to be" American citizens under the Constitution, a ruling that contributed significantly to the start of the Civil War.

    According to the text of the bill, "Confederate" statues and busts would mean depictions of individuals who voluntarily served as part of the Confederate military, the military of a state while it was rebelling against the United States or anyone who served as a Confederate government official.

    This would include, for example, Jefferson Davis, whose statue was donated by Mississippi. Davis commanded Mississippi's military forces after it seceded from the union and later was the president of the Confederacy.

    Trump has explicitly defended statues of nearly universally venerated American Founders who owned slaves, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who have come under fire by some on the far left. This includes more controversial figures who nonetheless played a significant part in American history, like Andrew Jackson and Christopher Columbus, and longstanding military tributes to Confederates like Fort Bragg and Fort Lee.

    Trump has been less explicit on defending Confederate displays in other cases, and it's not clear Trump would oppose the specific provisions in the House bill. Trump did, however, defend monuments that "represent our History & Heritage, both... the good and the bad" in a tweet thread last month, implying he would support leaving up Confederate monuments that some protesters have torn down amid recent racial unrest.

    The president last week issued an executive order providing for a national statue garden that would include a number of American founders, some who owned slaves, along with civil rights leaders like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Jackie Robinson.

    But Trump on Monday sent a controversial tweet that argued the decision by NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag contributed to its "lowest ratings EVER!" which is not true -- the TV ratings for the sport have increased since it banned the flag.

    Congress has made other efforts to purge Confederate tributes as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., removed the portraits of former House speakers who served the Confederacy last month and the Republican-controlled Senate included a provision in a defense bill that would rename military assets -- including Fort Bragg and Fort Lee -- that are named after Confederates, prompting a veto threat from Trump.

    States and municipalities nationwide also have introduced plans to remove Confederate tributes in recent weeks. And protesters and even some politicians have advocated removing tributes to American presidents who are considered racially insensitive, including statues of George Washington and even Abraham Lincoln, who led the United States through the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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    https://abc7.com/society/tech-ceos-r...amera/6305306/

    CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. -- A Southern California family is speaking out after a San Francisco tech CEO went on a racist rant that was captured on video this weekend while they were celebrating a birthday at a Carmel Valley restaurant.

    The Orosa and Chan family say they will not let the experience ruin what has become an annual tradition celebrating Mari Orosa's July 4 birthday in Carmel.

    Raymond Orosa and his family were having dinner at Carmel Valley restaurant Lucia. "We were there just celebrating, having fun," said Orosa.

    The fun quickly disappeared as the man at the table next to them began ranting. "Suddenly I hear this loud voice, you know like f'ing Asians," said Orosa.


    Raymond's niece Jordan Chan, recorded what happened next on her cellphone.

    "Say it again, now, you're shy," said Chan in the video.
    Michael Lofthouse gave the family the finger, then said, "Trump's gonna f--- you. You f------ need to leave. You f------ Asian piece of s----."

    "He was full of hate and anger," said Orosa. "It's sad that there are still people that are like that in this world, let alone in this country," he continued.

    A Lucia employee quickly stepped in. "Get out, you are not allowed here. You do not talk to our guests like that. They are invited guests. Get out!"

    "I admire her for that," said Orosa.

    In an emailed statement, the vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge and Spa, Sean Damery, writes, "This is an extremely unfortunate situation, however we are proud of our staff at Lucia in keeping with Bernardus Lodge's core values; this incident was handled swiftly and the diner was escorted off property without further escalation. We provide guests with a safe environment for lodging and dining, and extend our sincere apologies to the guests enjoying a birthday celebration on a holiday weekend."

    Michael Lofthouse also issued a statement, writing, "My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments. I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all races, and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day."

    "He's just saving face. I think he really meant what he said and what he did," said Orosa.

    "I don't believe his words because his actions speak louder than the words he's saying," he continued.

    Orosa says those actions, in part, include additional Instagram comments that appear to have been posted by Lofthouse directed at one of the family's supporters that include "Asian expletive" and "come near me or my people and you are expletive dead."

    Lofthouse did not respond to a request for an additional comment about the Instagram posts or his role as Solid8 CEO, a San Francisco-based tech company.

    "I can't say what he did was acceptable or right, it isn't, but a lot of people will probably disagree with me for saying I forgive him... but I do," said Orosa.

    Orosa says he and his wife have been in America going on 26 years and they've never felt anything remotely close to racism until that night. He says he hopes it never happens to them or anyone else again.

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    I need to catch up on all these comments, but someone's going to end up like the Chick-Fil-A guy (ordered a free cup of water so he could bash Chick-Fil-A, got fired from job, living on food stamps). I also believe this guy only apologized, because he was caught on camera. He's a racist. He meant every racist word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    I need to catch up on all these comments, but someone's going to end up like the Chick-Fil-A guy (ordered a free cup of water so he could bash Chick-Fil-A, got fired from job, living on food stamps). I also believe this guy only apologized, because he was caught on camera. He's a racist. He meant every racist word.
    https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/...l-in-martinez/

    Its only getting batshit crazy and flooding youtube and other places.

    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KRON) – Two residents in Martinez have been charged with a hate crime for defacing a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

    42-year-old Nicole Anderson and 53-year-old David Nelson were charged for violating Civil Rights, vandalism under $400, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti.

    The two are accused of a hate crime for covering up the mural with black paint.

    Witnesses captured video of the incident, which has been widely shared on social media.

    Another resident applied for a permit on July 1 to paint the Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in downtown Martinez. After getting approval, the resident painted the mural on July 4.

    The DA’s office says the defendants showed up to the courthouse and began painting over the big, yellow letters with black paint.

    If the defendants are convicted, they face up to a year in county jail.

    Due to the current bail schedule, these alleged offenses are exempt from a specific bail amount.

    “We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. “The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”

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    https://www.pix11.com/news/local-new...frontation-nyt

    MANHATTAN — A white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report, but the victim has said he doesn't support the charges.

    In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation for calling 911 to report she was being threatened by “an African-American man” when bird watcher Christian Cooper appeared to keep his distance as he recorded her rant on his phone.

    District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor. She was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14.

    “On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price,” Mr. Cooper told the New York Times. “That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.”

    Amy Cooper, widely known as “Central Park Karen,” was fired after the video went viral.

    "So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me," Mr. Cooper told the New York Times.

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