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    https://abc7news.com/apex-systems-wi...fight/6268595/

    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco man found himself blocked from entering his own apartment complex parking garage by a couple who was caught on camera and later seen what appears to be assaulting a bystander who jumped in to help.

    Michael Barajas, a Berkeley graduate and community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, says he used his remote to open the garage door to the SOMA Residences where he lives on Tuesday evening after coming home from buying fruit.

    A white SUV with Florida plates pulled in ahead of him and, instead of proceeding forward, stopped at the entrance of one of the building's garages and stopped Michael from going inside.

    "His immediate reaction was 'hey you f**king criminal, you're not coming in here.''"

    Barajas says he was clad in black and his tattoos were showing. He thinks perhaps when he leaned his head out of the window to see what was the matter, the driver and passenger, identified as William Beasley, decided he was a threat based on his appearance.

    You can hear a man shouting in part of the video.

    "You don't have a right to come in here!"

    Beasley is heard asking Barajas where his key fob is. Despite saying he has one, the man escalates the situation to the point where bystanders can be heard jumping in to help.

    "Dude, pull into your space and go!" says the bystander.

    Barajas says the event played out for about 20 minutes where he, at one point, feared for his safety.

    "He actually threatened to shoot us if we continued to engage in conversation!"

    Eventually, one of the bystanders, who smacked the man's car yelling for him to move, is seen getting knocked to the ground.

    "You don't touch my car bro!" yells Beasley, who continues, "I'm protecting my f**king place!"

    SOMA Residences sent ABC7 News a statement saying, in part, they're "actively working to resolve" the issue and condemn "violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment."

    While they couldn't comment on the incident citing "tenant rights and privacy," ABC7 News photographer James Mann noticed the couple, who appeared to be loading up a car with belongings, and asked for their side of the story.

    Beasley says, "I talked to them and asked them nicely."

    "Well, he lives here," Mann replied.

    The woman with Beasley, who was driving the white SUV in the video chimed in, "He didn't know that."

    Beasley went on to say "he should have used his fob."

    When James pressed Beasley on accusations on social media of racial profiling, the response turned tense.

    "Completely not true, why are you attacking me?" said Beasley.

    APEX Systems, where Beasley was employed, issued a statement saying they conducted an internal review and "made the decision to terminate the employee" and that they will not "tolerate violent or racist behavior."

    As for Barajas, who is satisfied with his building's response to the incident, says he is grateful for those who tried to intervene and is proud of how far he's come.

    "I've always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here."

    He also says he feels empowered by the responsibility to speak out for minorities who may not feel like they have a voice.

    "Had that happened to someone who is undocumented and didn't know how to handle the situation and had been violent in return? What would've happened?"

    The bystander who was knocked to the ground after intervening did not want to press charges.

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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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    https://www.wcvb.com/article/patriot...osts/33261395#

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —
    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, has invited another NFL star to visit the Holocaust Museum and "have a conversation" about his anti-Semitic comments.

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after facing backlash for the anti-Semitic posts he made on social media over the weekend.


    Jackson initially posted a screenshot of a quote widely attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying in part: “Jews will blackmail America.” In another post, Jackson showed support for Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who is known for anti-Semitic rhetoric.

    “My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. “I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that.”

    After taking a few days to ruminate on the controversy, Edelman on Thursday posted a video response.

    In the two minute and thirty second message, Edelman said he was asked by several people to respond to Jackson but waited to compose his thoughts because "It's a complicated issue."

    "I have seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays, we've communicated over social media. I've got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation," Edelman said.

    Edelman's message goes on to share an example of anti-Semitism he faced on the football field as a child.

    "I don’t want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is and how we need to stay behind it. I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities," Edelman said. "One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful. It’s really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you’re not part of it."

    The video ends with Edelman inviting DeSean to take a trip to Washington D.C. where they could together tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    In response to the situation, the Eagles issued the following statement: "We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

    The NFL also issued a statement, saying: "DeSean's comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    https://www.kcra.com/article/placerv...-logo/33310156

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. —

    The Placerville City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on making a small but significant change to the city's logo.

    The city seal features a miner panning for gold. In the background, there's a noose on a tree.

    The logo stems from Placerville's Gold Rush history, which the city relies heavily on as a tourist draw.

    Prospectors from around the world went to the area hoping to strike it rich, which made it difficult to keep the peace. In 1849, three men were convicted of robbery and murder. To send a message that those crimes would not be tolerated, the men were hung from a tree along what is now Main Street. That is how the city became know as Hangtown, and the nickname has stuck.

    For decades, a mannequin known as The Hangman has been a popular tourist attraction and source of community pride. It's also been a frequent target for pranks.

    Last month, amid the national dialogue about racism in the United States, it was suggested that it was time for the noose to be taken out of the city logo.

    The city estimates it will cost about $3,500 to change the logo for business cards and decals on vehicles, buildings and street signs. The money to make those changes would come from the city's general fund.

    Tuesday's City Council meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m.

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    https://www.wxii12.com/article/winst...ville/33315687

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —

    Black Lives Matter Winston-Salem is calling for all charges against protesters to be dropped.

    The group rallied at the Forsyth County Detention Center on Monday night. They have been gathering there since last week when investigators announced charges in the death of John Neville.

    Neville died in December after falling from his bunk bed during a medical emergency. He died from a brain injury due to cardiac arrest caused by being restrained face down by multiple employees at the detention center.

    On Thursday, Winston-Salem police arrested 15 people and charged them with impeding traffic. Police said they warned the protesters to get out of the road. Officers said when they refused the orders, they arrested the demonstrators.

    Five former correction officers and a nurse are facing charges.

    Protesters are also calling for transparency and justice in connection to Neville's death.

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    https://www.fox29.com/news/st-louis-...uns-at-protest

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis? top prosecutor told The Associated Press on Monday that she is charging a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion.

    Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are both personal injury attorneys in their 60s. They also face a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault.

    Gardner said in an interview with the AP ahead of more broadly announcing the charges that the McCloskeys' actions risked creating a violent situation during an otherwise nonviolent protest.

    ?It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner ? that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,? Gardner said.

    The attorney for the McCloskeys, Joel Schwartz, in a statement called the decision to charge ?disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.?

    Gardner is recommending a diversion program such as community service rather than jail time if the McCloskeys are convicted. Typically, class E felonies could result in up to four years in prison.

    Supporters of the McCloskeys said they were legally defending their $1.15 million home. Photos emerged as memes on both sides of the gun debate.

    Several Republican leaders have condemned Gardner's investigation, including President Donald Trump, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Sen. Josh Hawley, who has urged Attorney General William Barr to undertake a civil rights investigation of Gardner. Parson said in a radio interview Friday that he would likely pardon the couple if they were charged and convicted.

    Gardner said Trump, Parson and others are attacking her to distract from ?their failed approach to the COVID-19 pandemic? and other issues.

    St. Louis, like many cities across the country, has seen demonstrations in the weeks since George Floyd?s death in Minneapolis, and the McCloskeys' home was initially incidental to the demonstration on June 28. Several hundred people were marching to the home of Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson, a few blocks from the McCloskeys' home. Krewson had angered activists by reading on Facebook Live the names and addresses of some who had called for defunding police.

    The McCloskeys live on a private street called Portland Place. A police report said the couple heard a loud commotion and saw a large group of people break an iron gate marked with ?No Trespassing? and ?Private Street? signs. A protest leader, the Rev. Darryl Gray, said the gate was open and that protesters didn't damage it.

    Video posted online showed Mark McCloskey wielding a long-barreled gun and Patricia McCloskey waving a small handgun. No shots were fired.

    Trump spoke by phone with Parson last week to criticize Gardner's investigation. Parson, when he was in the Legislature, co-authored Missouri?s ?castle doctrine? law that justifies deadly force for those who are defending their homes from intruders. He has said that the McCloskeys ?had every right to protect their property.?

    Gardner declined to discuss why she decided the castle doctrine didn?t apply.

    Schwartz said the McCloskeys ?support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.?

    Another attorney for the couple, Albert Watkins, has said they grabbed their guns when two or three white protesters threatened the couple, their property and that of their neighbors.

    Gardner, St. Louis? first Black circuit attorney, has been at odds with some in the St. Louis establishment since her election in 2016. Most notably, her office charged then-Gov. Eric Greitens with felony invasion of privacy in 2018 for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair. The charge was eventually dropped, but Greitens resigned in June 2018.

    A private investigator Gardner hired to investigate the claims against Greitens was later indicted for perjury for allegedly lying during a deposition. His case is pending.

    Gardner also has butted heads with police leaders, especially after she developed an ?exclusion list? of more than two dozen officers who were barred from serving as primary witnesses in criminal cases over what Gardner called credibility concerns. The move angered Police Chief John Hayden, who also is Black.

    In January, Gardner filed a federal lawsuit accusing the city, the police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. The lawsuit also accused ?entrenched interests? of intentionally impeding her efforts to change racist practices.

    Several Black leaders in St. Louis have expressed support for Gardner, including Democratic U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, who has said protesters ?should never be subject to the threat of deadly force, whether by individuals or by the police.?

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    https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/nation...ities/2266005/
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    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration?s intervention into local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a ?law-and-order? mantle.

    Using the same alarmist language he has employed to describe illegal immigration, Trump painted Democrat-led cities as out of control and lashed out at the ?radical left," which he blamed for rising violence in some cities, even though criminal justice experts say it defies easy explanation.

    ?In recent weeks there has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police department,? Trump said at a White House event, blaming the movement for ?a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders and heinous crimes of violence." ?This bloodshed must end," he said. ?This bloodshed will end.?

    The decision to dispatch federal agents to American cities is playing out at a hyperpoliticized moment when Trump is grasping for a new reelection strategy after the coronavirus upended the economy, dismantling what his campaign had seen as his ticket to a second term. With less than four months until Election Day, Trump has been warning that violence will worsen if his Democratic rival Joe Biden is elected in November and Democrats have a chance to make the police reforms they have endorsed after the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests demanding racial justice.

    Crime began surging in some cities like Chicago, New York and Philadelphia when stay-at-home orders lifted. Criminal justice experts seeking answers have pointed to the unprecedented moment: a pandemic that has killed over 140,000 Americans, historic unemployment, a mass reckoning over race and police brutality, intense stress and even the weather. Compared with other years, crime in 2020 is down overall.

    The plan Trump announced Wednesday expands an existing program that sent hundreds of federal agents to Kansas City, Missouri, after a 4-year-old boy?s shooting death to help quell a record rise in violence. Sending federal agents to help localities is not uncommon; Attorney General William Barr announced a similar surge effort in December for seven cities with spiking violence. But this effort will include at least 100 Department of Homeland Security Investigations officers who generally conduct drug trafficking and child exploitation investigations, in addition to personnel under the DOJ umbrella.

    DHS officers have already been dispatched to Portland, Oregon, and other localities to protect federal property and monuments as Trump has lambasted efforts by protesters to knock down Confederate statutes.

    Local authorities there have complained that agents have exacerbated tensions on the streets, while residents have accused the government of violating their constitutional rights. Indeed, civil unrest escalated after federal agents were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable cause.

    Since the racial justice protests began, Trump's campaign has leaned heavily into a pledge to maintain ?law and order." The president has tried to tie Biden to a small group of radicals and anarchists that Trump's campaign claims is trying to destabilize America?s cities and rewrite history.

    The campaign believes the push can help Trump by drumming up support from suburban and older voters who may be rattled by violent images broadcast by conservative media outlets.

    The spike in crime has hit some cities hard at a time when their resources were already stretched thin from the pandemic. But Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot initially rejected the move to send in federal forces. but later said she and other local officials had spoken with federal authorities and come to an understanding. Chicago has seen 414 homicides this year, compared with 275 during the same period in 2019.

    ?I?ve been very clear that we welcome actual partnership,? the Democratic mayor said Tuesday. ?But we do not welcome dictatorship. We do not welcome authoritarianism, and we do not welcome unconstitutional arrest and detainment of our residents."

    In New Mexico, meanwhile, Democratic elected officials were cautioning Trump against sending in federal agents, with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich calling on Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, who attended the White House event Wednesday, to resign.

    ?Instead of collaborating with the Albuquerque Police Department, the Sheriff is inviting the President?s stormtroopers into Albuquerque,? Heinrich said in a statement.

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf drew a distinction between the mission in Portland ? to protect federal property ? and the surges in Kansas City, Chicago and Albuquerque to help stop violence.

    Albuquerque and Chicago will be getting millions of dollars for new officers, and the Justice Department will reimburse Chicago $3.5 million for local law enforcement?s work on the federal task force.

    In Kansas City, the top federal prosecutor said any agents involved in an operation to reduce violent crime in the area will be clearly identifiable when making arrests, unlike what has been seen in Portland. Hundreds of extra agents have been sent.

    ?These agents won?t be patrolling the streets,? U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison said. ?They won?t replace or usurp the authority of local officers.?

    Operation Legend ? named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was fatally shot while sleeping in a Kansas City apartment last month ? was announced July 8. There have been more than 200 arrests.

    ?My one and only child who fought through open heart surgery at four months is gone due to senseless gun violence," LeGend's mother, Charon Powell, said at the White House. "Children are supposed to be our future and our son didn?t make it to kindergarten.?

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    https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-...-at-protester/

    LA MESA, Calif. — La Mesa police Wednesday released body camera video that shows an officer firing a beanbag round at a woman during a protest outside the department in May.

    Police said Leslie Fucron, 59, entered the La Mesa Police Department’s east parking lot at 8:14 p.m. on May 30, according to a since-deleted livestream video on her Facebook page.

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    Video from the body camera worn by Detective Eric Knudson shows him firing a beanbag round from the first floor patio of the department’s communications center, about 96 feet from Furcron, police said. Video from the body camera worn by a supervisor standing to the left of Kundson shows Furcron, who was wearing a white shirt, throw an object and, five seconds later, fall to the ground.

    According to a timeline of events released by the department, police reported Furcron as “down” at 8:16 p.m. She was struck in the forehead. Protesters immediately surrounded Furcron, who was carried to a vehicle in less than two minutes, police said. She was airlifted to a hospital.

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    Police said that at the same time Furcron threw the object, several San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies were deployed in the parking lot to disperse the crowd. Police released an image depicting the direction that object was traveling in, with an arrow drawn in the direction of the deputies. Police did not confirm what the object was.

    About three hours earlier, police had declared an unlawful assembly after protesters started throwing rocks at officers and there was an act of arson in the plaza, police said. Officers gave multiple orders to protesters to disperse, but they continued throwing large rocks, frozen water bottles and pots and pans at officers, police said.

    Family of woman shot in face during protest wants officer punished
    The department released videos of protesters throwing rocks at officers — incidents police said occurred between 14 minutes and two hours prior to the officer firing a beanbag round at Furcron.

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    The day after the incident, the police department started an investigation into the use of force, police said. Knudson, who has been with the department for 12 years, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation that will determine whether he committed any police violations. The department’s use of force coordination will also evaluate Knudson’s tactics, police said.

    “The San Diego County District Attorney’s office has been briefed on the case, and will review the full investigation when it is completed to determine if Detective Knudson bears any criminal liability,” police added.

    Police timeline shows when La Mesa protest turned violent
    In the video on Furcron’s Facebook page, the grandmother could be seen getting out of her car and joining a sparse group of protesters. She yells insults at a line of law enforcement from a distance, and backs further away when they deploy canisters of gas or smoke.

    Around 10 minutes and 30 seconds into the video, Furcron takes a sip from a can and appears to fling it away. Because the camera is turned on Furcron at this time, it’s unclear where the can lands, though any officers shown in the video appear to be dozens of yards away.

    Furcron spent several days in a medically induced coma at a hospital intensive care unit.

    Furcron’s attorney, Dante Pride, previously acknowledged the can, saying Furcron “littered” but “there’s no way she had strength or power enough to throw a can from where she was hit all the way to where the officers were.”

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    Moments after tossing the can, viewers can hear a “pop” in the video, and Furcron falls to the ground. Eventually, people from the crowd can be seen scooping up her things and rushing Furcron through the crowd to get medical attention.

    “They’re trying to paint a narrative here,” Pride said Wednesday in a Zoom interview. “If you look at the video where there’s rocks being thrown, it is light outside. It’s still daytime. Those rocks were not being thrown at any time near the time when they shot Ms. Furcron.

    “Second, at the time they shot Ms. Furcron, no rocks were coming over the rail at those officers on the side there.”

    “I still believe that officer should be fired,” Pride continued. “There was absolutely no justification to aim his weapon and fire at Ms. Furcron at the time that he did.”

    Community activist Rev. Shane Harris met with La Mesa police Chief Walt Vasquez Wednesday to discuss Harris’s “moral transparency” policy proposal, which would require San Diego law enforcement agencies to release video of use-of-force incidents within 72 hours.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...?ocid=msedgntp

    President Trump on Thursday derided Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler as “a fool” for having joined protesters in his city objecting to the presence of federal agents deployed by Trump and getting tear-gassed in the process.

    “He made a fool out of himself,” Trump said during an appearance on Fox News. “He wanted to be among the people. So he went into the crowd. And they knocked the hell out of him. That was the end of him. So it was pretty, pretty pathetic.”

    Wheeler came to the protest, he said, to stand with protesters in the face of what he has described as an “occupying force” in a city that the president has described as “worse than Afghanistan.”


    For days, Wheeler, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and other state and local officials have demanded Trump withdraw the surge of federal officers from this Pacific Northwest city, where protests have continued for more than 50 straight nights.

    Wheeler choked on tear gas late Wednesday as he stood outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, where federal agents set off explosives and fired chemicals into a crowd of hundreds.

    As Wheeler stood at the fence, he was heckled and insulted. Some demonstrators called for his resignation. Others, who had been tear-gassed by the Portland Police Bureau over the past eight weeks, shouted questions at the mayor.

    In a tweet earlier Thursday before his interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Trump referred to Wheeler as a “Radical Left Mayor of Portland,” writing that he was “booed & shouted out of existence by the agitators & anarchists.”

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    https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-...n-at-business/

    VISTA (CNS) – A man who allegedly fired a BB gun at an Oceanside business that had put up a sign supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was charged Friday with felony vandalism and a hate crime allegation.

    Steve Soto, 23, of Carlsbad, allegedly drove by Bliss Tea & Treats around 7:10 p.m. June 4, then fired a BB gun out the window of his vehicle, shattering a window at the Mission Avenue business and causing more than $1,800 in damage, Oceanside police Sgt. John McKean said.

    The business had a sign in the window at the time that read: “Black owned, we stand with you,” McKean said.

    The sergeant said surveillance video helped detectives identify the vehicle used in the crime and, ultimately, Soto, who was arrested July 15.

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    Soto is charged with vandalism and a hate crime allegation in connection with the Bliss Tea & Treats shooting, and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with a BB gun on May 28.

    He also faces two misdemeanor counts of discharging a BB gun in a grossly negligent manner stemming from unspecified incidents occurring in June and July, according to the criminal complaint.

    During his arraignment Friday morning, Soto pleaded not guilty to all charges and was served with a criminal protective order requiring him to stay away from Bliss Tea & Treats’ owner, as well as the victim of the alleged May 28 shooting.

    Soto remains in custody in lieu of $60,000 bail and is due back in court Aug. 28 for a readiness conference.

    A GoFundMe page created last month to raise funds to repair the damage to the shop has raised more than $3,000. The page may be viewed at gofundme.com/f/bliss-tea-amp-treats-repairs.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/we-...investigation/

    Itzel Lopez says she and her boyfriend were the target of vandalism and a racist rant in Torrance on Wednesday night.

    The incident was caught on camera.

    “We were just coming back from having my birthday dinner,” Lopez said. “We were just in shock. We didn’t know what was going. Why were they doing it? They don’t know us. They were being really mean and racist.”

    On their way home, Lopez noticed two people in a pickup truck driving behind them for several minutes. As they approached a red light at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue around 10:30 p.m., the truck went in front of them.

    “I don’t know why they followed us for miles until we came to a complete stop because they cut us in front,” she said.

    Both the passenger and driver stepped out of the vehicle. That’s when Lopez started recording.

    “We tried to get away. She kept standing in front of the car, and wouldn’t let us leave,” she said.

    In the video, a woman is heard saying, “White lives matter b—h,” and the man is seen doing a Nazi salute in front of Lopez’s boyfriend, who is Black. Then the man grabs something from the bed of the truck and approaches the driver’s side of the vehicle.

    “When he came out the car, he had something and was hitting the car,” Lopez said.

    Lopez can be heard screaming, telling her boyfriend to drive away.

    “I was afraid. I didn’t know what they had in their car. I just wanted to get home,” she said.

    Lopez says the incident took an emotional toll on her.

    “It really threw me off. Never in my life did I think I was gonna experience this,” she said. “It’s actually really scary. They don’t even know you and they’re willing to hurt you. It’s sad.”

    Lopez and her boyfriend were able to record the truck’s license plate number and report it to police, and they posted it on social media. People online were quick to identify the couple by name.

    “We want to get justice because it’s not right,” she said. “I don’t want them to just go freely and continue to do this to someone else.”

    Torrance police are now investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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    https://abc7.com/society/video-woman...-usps/6336772/

    LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Community members are outraged after a woman was caught on camera using a slur toward a United States Postal Service employee in Northern California.

    Tyler Brumfield recorded the incident at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 while at the post office on Main Street in Los Altos.

    In the video, the woman, wearing a mask is yelling at the USPS worker, "Can you just do your job?! It's simple!"

    After some more shouting the woman can be heard saying "c***nk" under her breath. Bystanders in line quickly jump in to denounce the slur.

    "That's not acceptable! No it's not! Totally NOT okay!" Brumfield said. Another customer can be heard calling police and reporting the incident.
    Another few seconds passes and the woman, who at one point herself has "been in this country 38 years," looks directly into the phone camera and says the "c" slur again, much louder and storms out.
    I spoke with Brumfield about why he wanted to document the incident and share it with the Bay Area.

    "The reason I did it was to spread awareness and to let people know that this is happening all around us. We live in Silicon Valley and this is happening in Los Altos California," said Brumfield via Zoom.

    "We are all humans and we should respect each other as such, because someone is different or has different melanin doesn't mean we have to disregard the humanity of that particular person." he continued.
    A USPS communications person tells ABC7 News they don't tolerate this kind of behavior and "abusive language" and provide training to all of their employees who come in contact with. The situation is being investigated.

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    https://www.kcra.com/article/husband...in-la/33514626

    LOS ANGELES ?

    The husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple?s home the day before she faced a primary election in March.

    The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against David Lacey for assault with a firearm for the March 2 incident.

    Lacey, 66, pointed a gun at demonstrators who protested outside the couple's home before dawn on March 2 and said ?I will shoot you," according to video of the incident.

    Jackie Lacey offered an emotional apology at the time, saying her husband told her he pulled the gun and told protesters to leave.

    Lacey's campaign issued a statement Tuesday saying her husband thought they were in danger and was trying to protect them.

    ?The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain,? Lacey said in the statement. ?My husband acted in fear for my safety after we were subjected to months of harassment that included a death threat no less than a week earlier.?

    Lacey, the first Black person and first woman to run what is the nation's largest local prosecutor's office, has been targeted for nearly three years by Black Lives Matter protesters, who have held weekly demonstrations outside her office calling for her ouster. The protests were once small, but have numbered in the hundreds and thousands after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

    Protesters claim she has failed to hold law enforcement accountable in fatal shootings. She has charged one officer in a fatal on-duty killing, but has declined to file charges in more than 340 other fatal shootings.

    Melina Abdullah, who is the victim named in count one of the criminal complaint, declined to comment but said she would hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon before Black Lives Matter's weekly ?Jackie Lacey Must Go? protest outside the Hall of Justice.

    Lacey faces a runoff in November for her third term. She is being challenged by former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, a longtime police officer and former chief who vows to reform the office.

    David Lacey, who is also Black, was an investigative auditor with the DA?s office until his 2016 retirement. He was seen in video shot by protesters telling them: ?I will shoot you. Get off of my porch.?

    His attorney issued a statement saying they were disappointed that he was charged with a crime, but they wouldn't discuss the facts at this time.

    ?We disagree entirely with their assessment, but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached,? attorney Samuel Tyre said. ?My client?s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm.?

    The charges were first reported by Politico.
    David Lacey accused of Pulling a gun at a protest.

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a ?Colin Kaepernick stand-in? during a K-9 demonstration during a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy SEAL Museum in Florida.

    The Navy said in a statement posted on Twitter that officials became aware of the video on Sunday.

    Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the playing of ?The Star Spangled Banner" before games to protest social injustice and police brutality. He played his final NFL game in January 2017. He offered support to those protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May, and the NFL's commissioner has apologized for not listening earlier to players' concerns about social injustice.

    The videos show four dogs attacking a man, who is wearing a red Kaepernick football jersey over heavily padded gear as people stand nearby watching. In a second video, the man is laying on the ground when he's approached by men wearing fatigues and holding rifles, saying, ?On your belly." The man replies, ?Oh, man, I will stand," as he rolls over, followed by laughing from the crowd.

    The videos were apparently posted on Instagram last year and resurfaced over the weekend.

    ?The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy," the statement said.

    The Navy said the ?initial indications" are that no active duty personnel or equipment were used in the demonstration at the ?independent organization's event."

    The Navy SEAL Museum is located in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is north of West Palm Beach on the state's Atlantic Coast. According to its website, the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors.

    The museum's stated main objective is the promotion of public education, with events for both children and adults. Children between the ages of 10 and 15 were recently given firsthand demonstrations on the care and training of working dogs as part of the museums ?Frogman Foundry? program. The museum is not officially connected to the Navy. It was designated as a National Museum by an act of Congress and signed into law in 2008.

    ???

    This story corrects the style in the references to the Navy SEAL Museum.

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    Every day for nearly a week, Manette Sharick and her 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, drew ?Black Lives Matter? in chalk across the sidewalk outside their home in Concord, California.

    But every time they wrote the message, they woke up the next morning to find that the word Black, and only that word, had been erased.

    ?I just wanted to teach my daughter that Black lives matter, Black culture matters, Black communities matter, and that we are the movement for Black lives,? Sharick, who is Black, told CNN. ?I was shocked that someone could be purposefully doing this. It hurt a lot, it made me extremely upset.?

    Following three days of what she called ?overwhelming frustration,? Sharick wrote the message in direct view of her security camera.

    That?s when she saw a man she says she never met and only knows as Jim, pouring water over the message. In a video Sharick recorded on her phone after running out to confront him, the man tells her that he will continue to remove the word ?as long as she keeps on doing this.?

    ?I was only pouring across the word Black because I believe that all lives matter,? Jim told CNN affiliate KGO. ?I don?t care what nationality, sexual orientation or any of that, we are all human beings.?

    He added that he erased the ?Black? from Black Lives Matter because he felt in the beginning of the movement ?it had good intentions? but now the phrase has been ?hijacked.?

    CNN could not reach Jim for comment because he has not released his last name.
    A ?blatant display of racism?

    Sharick moved into the neighborhood 27 years ago. She said this was the first time she ever faced with ?such a blatant display of racism.?

    ?He had that much time and energy to take time out of his day, every day, to bring water and come to my home and erase ?Black? from ?Black Lives Matter,'? she added. ?It hurt. It hurt a lot. As a Black community we are heartbroken by everything done against us every day. We just want change.?

    After sharing the video on Instagram and Facebook on July 30, word began to spread. The next day, Sharick said dozens of people from in and out of the neighborhood showed up in front of Sharick?s home with chalk to draw supporting messages all over the sidewalk on her side of the street and even in front of their own homes.

    One of these neighbors is Ilana Israel Samuels, who told CNN she refused to stay silent after finding out someone in her neighborhood was facing discrimination.

    ?People need to stand with their Black neighbors in support. All lives can?t matter until Black lives matter. Right now, Black lives are being harmed, murdered by police, and they are constantly living in fear,? Samuels said.

    After neighbors left the sidewalk covered in positive messages encouraging love, hope, and kindness, as well as support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Sharick and her daughter continued to rewrite the message every day.

    Since the outpour of support, the man has not tried to erase the message again.

    ?I am deeply thankful and blessed for the special, unique, amazing people in my life who supported me, uplifted me and comforted me,? Sharick said, ?My family and I are grateful for the help and support we have received from the community.?

    While words can be washed away and chalk may fade, this community?s message will stand forever.

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    https://www.ocregister.com/2020/08/3...s-for-slavery/

    SACRAMENTO ? California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police.

    The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. The measure returns to the Assembly for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Monday, though Assembly members overwhelmingly already approved an earlier version of the bill.

    ?Let?s be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,? said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.

    She cited disproportionate homelessness, unemployment, involvement in the criminal justice system, lower academic performance and higher health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Although California before the Civil War was officially a free state, Mitchell listed legal and judicial steps state officials took at the time to support slavery in Southern states while repressing Blacks.

    The legislation would require the task force to conduct a detailed study of the impact of slavery in California and recommend to the Legislature by July 2023 the form of compensation that should be awarded, how it should be awarded, and who should be should be eligible for compensation.

    The panel, which would start meeting no later than June 2021, could also recommend other forms of rehabilitation or redress.

    In the last two years, Texas, New York, and Vermont have considered similar legislation, according to a legislative analysis. It said reparations could take the form of cash, housing assistance, lower tuition, forgiving student loans, job training or community investments, for instance.

    The panel, which would start meeting no later than June 2021, could also recommend other forms of rehabilitation or redress.

    In the last two years, Texas, New York, and Vermont have considered similar legislation, according to a legislative analysis. It said reparations could take the form of cash, housing assistance, lower tuition, forgiving student loans, job training or community investments, for instance.

    Sen. Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena who supported the bill, said he only wished it was more than a study.

    He noted that Friday marked the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?s ?I Have a Dream? speech.

    ?If the 40 acres and a mule that was promised to free slaves were delivered to the descendants of those slaves today, we would all be billionaires,? Bradford said. ?I hear far too many people say, ?Well, I didn?t own slaves, that was so long ago.? Well, you inherit wealth ? you can inherit the debt that you owe to African-Americans.?
    Good point and hope it works when passed and enforced!

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    https://fox40.com/news/local-news/va...er-protesters/

    VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Every Sunday, for the past two to three months, about 30 people have made a two-mile roundtrip to the Vacaville Police Department.

    “Usually we go to the Vacaville Police Department and then back,” said resident Connor Fitzgenrald.

    They normally start their march at Andrews Parks but not this Sunday.

    “They went from nothing to everything but in the wrong direction,” Fitzgenrald told FOX40.

    On Sunday, only about a third of the normal crowd showed up.

    Fitzgenrald believes after hundreds began marching late last week in Northern California, his protests started to get attention.

    He says he was even expecting counter-protesters to show up, which is why the crowd was smaller than normal.

    19-year-old Akaila Dickens says her group keeps it peaceful.

    “Something that I, personally, don’t wanna be associated with because that’s not what we’re out here for. I feel like people who go out there to vandalize and loot things are out there for a completely different reason than we are,” Dickens said.

    Dickens say her message is a straightforward one.

    “My main reason is because Black Lives Matter and because I am Black, so my whole point is my life also matters,” Dickens said.

    For Fitzgenrald, the protests and marching that start at the park are spurred on by many things they would like to change, including racial tensions, the economy and even the recent wildfires.

    “I think the fires have been devastating and we need to address climate change,” Fitzgenrald said.

    He says one of the other Sundays they didn’t have protests was because they were handing out water to locals when heavy smoke filled the air.

    “I’m hoping that we can convince people to just come out another time,” Fitzgenrald said.

    Fitzgenrald’s group stayed at Andrews Parks Sunday and did not march or protest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLanders View Post
    https://www.change.org/p/senator-tam...e-constitution

    Here is an idea that's out there changing the Constitution as a way to end racism.
    Changing the Constitution will only create more hate with the whites. Changing it would not end racism. I believe racism is apart of life and it will never go away, people will always hate people that's just life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    Changing the Constitution will only create more hate with the whites. Changing it would not end racism. I believe racism is apart of life and it will never go away, people will always hate people that's just life!
    Well it's something to think about though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLanders View Post
    Well it's something to think about though.
    Yes I agree there's nothing wrong with trying this or trying that but people will always hate people. We will never get all white people to love and respect blacks, we will never get all blacks to love and respect whites. Often times it isn't even about color! Same thing with this gender shit. Its just life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    Yes I agree there's nothing wrong with trying this or trying that but people will always hate people. We will never get all white people to love and respect blacks, we will never get all blacks to love and respect whites. Often times it isn't even about color! Same thing with this gender shit. Its just life.
    Power and Privilege is the root of all of this true.

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