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    Anthony Fauci and his mini-mes in state health departments never gamed out the cost of a panicked reaction to the country's mental health. But according to the CDC, one quarter of American young adults have thought about committing suicide since the beginning of this panic epidemic. According to a brand-new CDC report titled "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 25.5% of 18-24-year-olds surveyed in late June had serious thoughts about committing suicide during the previous 30 days. Among 25-44-year-olds, that number was 16% – still shockingly high. On the other hand, it was just 3.8% among those 45-64 and 2.0% among those over 65. The levels of suicidal tendencies overall more than doubled since...
    Attorney General William Barr slammed the Democrat Party during an interview on Thursday night for pushing mail-in voting, calling it “grossly irresponsible” and saying that it “could create serious questions about the integrity of the election.” Fox News host Sean Hannity brought up Barr’s recent interview with Fox News host Mark Levin and proceeded to ask him about “those that want to experiment with different ways of voting.” “I don’t have confidence in government to fulfill many promises at all,” Hannity said. “Doesn’t it lend itself to great opportunity for fraud?” Barr, who is the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, responded: “Yes, I think it is grossly irresponsible to be doing what the Democratic Party is doing now.” “We have...
    A FLORIDA sheriff has banned police officers from wearing masks at work on the same day his county saw a record rise in coronavirus deaths. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods has banned all law enforcement officers and visitors to his office from wearing coverings as the county broke the single-day death toll record on Tuesday. 2Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods has banned all law enforcement officers from wearing face masks Figures show 13 people died in Marion County as a result of the virus in just 24 hours. Mr Woods said the ban was enforced as it is vital that officers’ orders are clearly understood and that visitors to the Sheriffs office remain identifiable. The City of Ocala last week...
              Virginia’s legislature will meet in a Special Session on August 18, and House Democrats are eyeing new laws and regulations that will place tighter regulations on Virginia police departments and officers. In a statement released today, the House Democrats listed a myriad of points (detailed at the end of this article) they hope to address by introducing new legislation during the Special Session. Among those points are goals to reform Virginia’s Criminal Justice and Police systems. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) said that in addition to “a bold plan” to “support the Commonwealth’s students, teachers, workers, and health care system” in response to COVID-19, the House Democrats will “also pass long-overdue...
    Most of the reported cases focus on business robbery and looting, but others include attempted murder, aggravated assault, resisting a police officer, robbery, criminal property damage and possession of weapons. “The State Attorney’s Office stands ready to evaluate cases brought to us by law enforcement agencies and press charges when appropriate,” State Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement. “I am committed to keeping communities safe and to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to hold accountability and seek justice for the people of Cook County.” Foxx disputed accusations that there is a lack of consequences for actions such as those that occurred early Monday. “Our office is not dedicated to making arrests,” he...
    A Kansas prosecutor has announced charges in the killing of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, whose death led to the establishment of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend. Ryson Ellis, 22, faces felony charges of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Thursday during a press conference in downtown Kansas City. A statement from Attorney General Bill Barr, released shortly after the announcement, said: “On June 29, 2020, four-year-old LeGend Taliferro was killed by gunfire while asleep in his bed in Kansas City, Missouri. His senseless death, which is part of an alarming increase in violent crime this summer, led the Department of Justice to launch Operation Legend....
    Federal investigators busted two Brooklyn residents accused of torching a cop car in Greenwich Village last month with liquid poured from a tequila bottle — thanks to an undercover officer and law-enforcement photo databases, authorities said Thursday. The suspects, 24-year-old Corey Smith and 36-year-old Elaine Carberry, were each charged with conspiracy to commit arson and arson for allegedly torching the homeless outreach van near the corner of 12th Street and University Place early in the morning on July 15, prosecutors in Manhattan federal court said. Smith and Carberry were among four suspects caught on surveillance footage pouring an accelerant on the van from a Patron Tequila bottle that morning then setting it alight, according to prosecutors. Investigators from a...
    Hundreds of protesters in Bend, Oregon, swarmed and blocked two unmarked Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) buses in a hotel parking lot after ICE arrested two illegal aliens with criminal records, according to a series of videos and tweets. According to DHS, the two foreign nationals arrested in #BendOregon have a history of violent criminal behavior. That didn’t matter to the mob, who prevented the lawful arrest and caused a stand off for 12 hours. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 13, 2020 The two men were reportedly detained in the morning and after news of the arrests spread, protesters reportedly drove from all around Oregon to surround the buses carrying the men. Bend police reportedly showed up in SWAT gear...
    The American people are going to have to consider the Democratic Party’s position on defunding the police after Sen. Kamala Harris was added to the ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate, said former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Thursday. “It’s very interesting how it appears that Sen. Harris, kind of on the issue of law enforcement, has her finger in the wind,” Whitaker told “Fox & Friends," referring to some conflicting positions from the former Democratic presidential candidate. KAMALA HARRIS’ FLIP-FLOPS BACK UNDER A MICROSCOPE AFTER VP SELECTION Harris, who was officially announced as Biden's running mate Tuesday, has switched her stances on multiple issues throughout her time in public life, beginning as a local prosecutor in the early 2000s. Those positions are...
    On the night that a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck for over eight minutes, a police spokesperson told reporters that Floyd had died after a "medical incident." It only took one cell-phone video to reveal that the spokesperson's statement was the euphemism of all euphemisms, as evidenced by the fact that the police officer is now facing a second-degree murder charge for his role in the "incident." But while videos quickly debunked the official version of Floyd's death, there often isn't independent information to counter a law enforcement account of what happened during a use-of-force incident. In Colorado, that issue is compounded by the fact that often there isn't even a contemporaneous law enforcement...
    Cities and towns across the country are supporting the police by increasing spending for law enforcement next year, despite a national drive from the Left to "defund" the police. In both small and large cities and red states and blue, some police departments are getting more money in 2021, even as budgets take a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fort Worth and Dallas, TexasForth Worth, on Tuesday, unveiled a fiscal 2021 budget that increases public safety spending and expands the police department's mental health crisis intervention team. Dallas also has boosted its proposed police funding to $542 million. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said her focus is countering and responding to violent crime, but she supports "reimagining public safety."...
    Nine defendants have been indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury on federal charges including illegal possession of firearms. All of the indictments target previously convicted felons who are prohibited from possessing firearms, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “Identifying and removing gun criminals from our communities is a key component of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice initiative to fight gun crime,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “With our law enforcement partners, we will continue to target offenders who illegally possess and use firearms.” Those named in the federal indictments include: Terry Key, 33, of Jesup, Ga., charged with Possession...
    PHOTO VIA FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERALAttorney General Ashley Moody wrote a letter to Congress Tuesday, urging lawmakers to take up a bill that would impose federal penalties against anyone who deliberately attacks a law enforcement officer. The bill, H.R. 1325, would call for a federal prison term of no more than 10 years for anyone who knowingly assaults a law enforcement officer, “causing serious bodily injury under circumstances where the crime affects interstate or foreign commerce.” Violators could also be subject to imprisonment for “any term of years or for life” if they attempted to kill or kidnap a law enforcement officer. H.R. 1325 is also known as the Protect and Serve Act of 2019. “Legislation identical to the Protect and Serve Act of...
    (CNN)The head of a national Black policing group confronted Attorney General William Barr over his denial of the existence of systemic racism in law enforcement on Monday at a meeting at the Justice Department.In a closed-door gathering of national law enforcement leaders, Lynda Williams, the president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, raised the issue and said that it was something that she's felt firsthand throughout her career."I challenged him respectfully to think differently because just because you have not experienced that, it does exist," Williams, a former Georgia deputy sheriff who climbed the ranks at the US Secret Service, said in an interview.The encounter, which has not been previously disclosed, is one of the most direct...
    STUDIO CITY (CBS) – CBS Television Studios has signed an exclusive agreement with 21CP Solutions, the country’s preeminent law enforcement and public safety advisory group, to consult with the writing teams on their police, crime and legal drama series. The group of advisers will be comprised of former senior law enforcement officials, civil rights scholars, lawyers, academics, and community thought leaders in police reform and public safety. 21CP Solutions is a diverse and seasoned group of professionals who have worked with local, state and federal jurisdictions and communities to advance 21st century policing and lead some of the most significant police reform efforts in the country. LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 21: “Vice” – The SWAT team searches for an escaped...
    Marion County, Florida, Sheriff Billy Woods has ordered his deputies not wear masks while on duty or while working “special details and/or any special events.” The Ocala Star-Banner reported Woods used an August 11, 2020, email to say, “My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn.” He added: As for special details and/or any special events (paid or not), masks will not be worn. Effective immediately the entity that has requested and has hired a deputy for a special detail will be given clear instruction by Darian Tucker at the time of their written request that masks will not be worn (unless one of the exceptions...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people. The office in Albuquerque is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives, particularly women and girls. It's the fourth of seven offices that are being established across the country as part of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force created via executive order by President Donald Trump in November. The goal is to develop protocols for law enforcement to respond to missing and slain indigenous persons cases and to improve data collection. “We want to see victims and their families receive closure, and will direct our efforts towards that goal," said...
    Vice President Mike Pence rallied with a group of law enforcement supporters in Arizona on Tuesday, warning them about the policies that former Vice President Joe Biden would pursue if elected president. “The truth is you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” he said at the Cops for Trump rally in Tucson. Pence reminded the audience that Biden had accepted the leftist premise that America was still “systemically racist” and that law enforcement officers had “an implicit bias against minorities.” “The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African American neighbors,” he said. “We can do both. We have done both, and we’re going to keep doing both for four more...
    The Department of Homeland Security will keep its law enforcement personnel in place in Portland to protect federal properties, because it is not known where riots and crime will appear from night to night in the Oregon city, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday.  "What we know about Portland is that they foster an environment that allows this type of violence to go on," Wolf said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "We saw that for almost 60 days at the federal courthouse. That violence has now shifted to the left and the right of the courthouse. Its now focused on the Portland Police Department in different facilities that they have around the city." Wolf added that the activities...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A group of news outlets has appealed to the Washington Supreme Court to block a Seattle Police Department subpoena pursuing unpublished images of protester activity. The Seattle Times and four local television stations argued in the Tuesday filing that the images are protected by the state’s reporter shield law, and a King County Superior Court judge erred when ordering their release, The Seattle Times reported. In Washington and most states journalists are shielded from law enforcement subpoenas, except for limited circumstances. The laws are an extension of the First Amendment, meant to guard against government interference in news gathering. Under King County Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee’s ruling, the media companies must by Aug. 21 hand over...
              The Virginia legislature is considering laws that would remove qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. The proposed legislation would remove protection for police officers that prevents individuals from suing an officer in civil court under certain circumstances. It should be noted that even with qualified immunity, individual police officers can be sued in civil court for clearly violating police guidelines. Qualified immunity protects officers that act in good faith and according to police regulations from being sued in civil court by offenders. State Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) will carry the legislation in the House. Bourne says that the repeal of qualified immunity “is one of those things that has to be changed if...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced the creation of a new 24-hour Street Crisis Response Team that would be used to respond to behavioral health emergencies in the place of law enforcement. Under the pilot program, the team would provide appropriate responses to 911 and 311 calls regarding people experiencing intoxication, psychosis, or any other mental health or substance abuse-related emergencies. The effort aims to divert those individuals away from emergency rooms and jails and instead place them in behavioral health treatment facilities. The response teams will be equipped with at least one paramedic from the Fire Department and a behavioral health clinician and behavioral health peer from the San Francisco Department of...
    Virginia Attorney Gen. Mark Herring is pressuring state lawmakers to mandate body-worn cameras on all law enforcement officers, and to ban the rehiring of officers who were fired or resigned for misconduct. Herring has laid out his priorities for criminal justice and policing reforms ahead of the Virginia General Assembly’s special session, scheduled to begin on Aug. 18. “Virginia cannot have different systems and standards of justice depending on the color of a person’s skin,” Herring said. “We know that African Americans and Virginians of color experience the criminal justice system differently at every level, from policing through prosecution and into reentry.” In the aftermath of nationwide and D.C. region protests after the death of George Floyd at the hands...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf tweeted Monday that in the ten days since federal law enforcement officials had been withdrawn from their posts in Portland, Oregon, local police had declared twelve official riots. Reality Check: It’s been 10 days since the agreement between DHS and Oregon. During that time, @PortlandPolice has declared riots or unlawful assemblies 12 times. Rioting and arson are not actions of peaceful protesting. pic.twitter.com/4hdZ5Vi90b — Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 11, 2020 Riots have taken place for months in Portland, ever since the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, triggered nationwide unrest and inspired a new wave of the Black Lives Matter movement to take to the streets. Portland...
    The far-left Washington Post attempted to blame President Donald Trump for the riots in Portland by falsely declaring the Democrat-run city “calm” after federal law enforcement retreated from the city. Since the Post’s false declaration, Portland has exploded in an orgy of left-wing terrorism that is now moving into residential areas. “Trump ordered federal forces to quell Portland protests. But the chaos ended as soon as they left,” a WaPo tweet announced on July 31. No, it didn’t. “Calm returns to Portland as federal agents withdraw,” WaPo tweeted on August 1. No, it didn’t. The Post, an anti-Trump outlet that is frequently caught lying to its gullible readers and spreading conspiracy theories, made the false claim of “calm” in Portland to...
    Two Grovetown men have been charged in separate federal indictments alleging possession of child pornography. Jordan Logan, 35, and Johnathan Malone, 22, have been indicted by a U.S. District Court Grand Jury on one count each of Possession of Child Pornography, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, followed by registration as a sex offender and a period of supervised release after completion of any prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. “Cyber exploitation of children is at epidemic levels, and we commend our law enforcement partners for...
    A Georgia man who operated an industrial-scale illegal pill-manufacturing operation has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, representing the final sentence among the major members of the drug trafficking conspiracy. Walker Christian Forrester, 25, of Loganville, Ga., was sentenced to 240 months in prison by U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Forrester, who pled guilty to a charge of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Controlled Substances (Carfentanil, Alprazolam and marijuana), also must serve five years of supervised release after completion of his prison sentence. There is no...
    DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together since we were 16, married for 25 years. Her parents took me in as a teenager, and her family has been my family ever since. I’m the kind of person who loves everyone equally. I will bend over backward for someone in need and have done so for my wife’s family many times. Over the last few years, my wife’s brother, nephew and niece have turned against me. They’ve called me controlling, hateful and racist. I am none of those. I am, though, a law enforcement officer and a Christian. My wife’s brother is a convicted felon, and her niece went to one of those anti-everything colleges. This has created a...
    BAY POINT — A 28-year-old man who was shot and killed in Bay Point early Monday morning was targeted for murder by members of an East Contra Costa-based gang in 2017, and refused police protection at the time, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Joshua Johnson, 28, was identified by police as the victim of a shooting death early Monday, in Bay Point. Police have not announced any arrests in the case. The investigation started around 1:46 a.m. Monday, when deputies from the Muir station responded to a report of a body in the 400 block of Pullman Avenue, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said Monday night. When deputies arrived, joining paramedics and firefighters who also responded, they found Johnson suffering...
    More than 200 people showed up to support police officers at a Back the Blue rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. “These guys get so much crap, literally, thrown at them daily,” attendee Keri Warner told the News & Observer. “They just need support and need to know what they are doing is worth it.” The rally was organized by the Facebook group Back the Blue NC, which had 41,510 members as of Monday. “Given the current state of the union, praise and admiration of our law enforcement officers has been quickly replaced with slander and violent opposition,” the group’s about page read. “We are here to show our support of our heroes and to speak up on their...
    Video has begun to spread around the internets purportedly showing LA County, California law enforcement training their guns (including what appears to be an assault rifle) on three Black teenagers while bystanders plead with police, telling them that they are threatening the wrong people. In the video, which takes place in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles, a law enforcement officer can be seen telling the crowd gathered to back up while he holds his rifle trained on teens standing at a bus stop. The teens have their hands up, and one teen has been moved to his knees in front of the police car. Most striking is that more than a handful of onlookers plead with law enforcement to put...
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Tucson Sector Ajo Border Patrol Station has been accused of drug trafficking, authorities said Monday. Federal prosecutors said 53-year-old Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott of Buckeye was arrested Sunday on suspicion of multiple counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Passapera had his initial court appearance Monday in Tucson. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer yet. Prosecutors said Passapera left his home early Sunday and drove to a remote area of the border west of the Lukeville Port of Entry. Passapera then drove to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he allegedly loaded two duffel bags into another vehicle. Law enforcement agents stopped the...
    Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez, one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's fiercest critics, took to social media to express his disappointment in city leadership's handling of overnight violence. Chaos involving gun violence and rampant looting erupted in Chicago Sunday night following a police-involved shooting that left a man injured. Hundreds gathered in the city overnight smashing windows, looting stores, and engaging in violent confrontations with law enforcement. At one point, gunfire was exchanged between police and civilians. The city temporarily raised its bridges on Monday to prevent access to downtown as the scene clears from the night of destruction. "This is a failure of leadership," Lopez tweeted. "A failure of law enforcement & states attorney not on the same page. A failure...
    A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security claimed a federal courthouse would have been burned down if federal police had not been there to defend it from rioters. "If we had left, we all would have watched as a courthouse was taken over and burned to the ground," acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a webinar with the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on Monday. CBP was one of the federal law enforcement agencies whose personnel were deployed to Oregon in late June and early July following physical attacks to the Hatfield federal courthouse downtown, which federal law states must be protected by DHS's Federal Protective Services officers. The FPS officers were unable to...
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA) — A warning was issued Monday about scammers posing as federal agents who threatened an arrest by an “Officer Vander Veen,” which happens to be the last name of Claremont’s chief of police. A caller who claimed to be a federal agent told a Claremont resident on July 14 that her Social Security number had been compromised, Claremont police said. The resident was then told, in order to clear her name, she would have to withdraw money from her savings account, convert the money to Bitcoin, then transfer the funds into another account. The caller said that if the victim did not cooperate, an “Officer Vander Veen” would issue a warrant for her arrest. The victim complied with...
    KERRVILLE, Texas – A 41-year-old Central Texas man assaulted a woman and threw a child out of a pickup truck he stole at gunpoint and then drove nearly 300 miles before he was finally apprehended in Kendall County, according to the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office. But law enforcement authorities said Jerry Gardner, of Cedar Park, didn’t give up easily. Gardner was involved in a violent series of encounters, beginning at a gas station in Midland, where the carjacking occurred Friday night, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said. It was at the gas station where the suspect assaulted the woman and threw the child out of a moving 2018 Dodge Ram 1500. Gardner then struck a customer who tried to intervene...
    MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa District Attorney is now requiring that prosecutors review all available body camera footage and seek supervisor approval before filing a charge of resisting or attacking police, a policy shift that came days after the office dropped a controversial resisting arrest case following the publication of body camera footage. The policy change, announced through an internal memo acquired by this newspaper, says moving forward prosecutors “must review all available and material body worn camera footage” and have a supervisor sign-off when reviewing “allegations of force, threats or violence against a law enforcement officer or when reviewing allegations of resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer.” Venus Johnson, who serves as Chief Deputy of the Contra Costa...
    As anti-police activists around the country demand the doxing of law enforcement, one group is stepping up to answer the call. Malicious hackers have targeted more than twenty police departments and law enforcement organizations across the country in the past two months, releasing identifying information that could jeopardize the safety of tens of thousands of officers, Breitbart News has learned. Anonymous hackers have published information on employees of numerous Southern California police departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Sheriff’s Office. They have also published the internal passwords for employees of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which oversees the state’s prison system. In another case, hackers offered to find the personal and work email...
    Colorado police have significantly scaled back officer-initiated traffic stops in May and June as officers adapt to policing in a pandemic and under a new law cutting back on qualified immunity. Along the Interstate 25 corridor, which runs the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, police departments and agencies have recorded dramatic decreases in police officers initiating interactions with potential law breakers, according to CBS4 Denver. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic coupled with recent scrutiny of police tactics has made law enforcement significantly more stressful. “This has been one of the most challenging years in my career,” said Arvada Police Detective Dave Snelling, a 30-year veteran of the police force. “[COVID-19 and national movements] just added a lot of stress to...
    Widespread violence and looting erupted in downtown Chicago after a police-involved shooting that left a man injured. Hundreds of people poured into the streets in the wee hours of Monday morning, and police said they smashed windows, looted stores, confronted law enforcement, according to the Chicago Tribune. At one point, people exchanged gunfire with officers, The chaos began shortly after midnight as vandals ran through stores such as Nordstrom, Walgreens, Macy's, Coach, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, Fox News reported. Videos posted to social media showed a large police presence in some places as well as looting. Looting continues in downtown Chicago as of 5:45am. These people are coming out of the Block 37 mall on Randolph west of State Street....
    A former resident of Fort Stewart faces up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing a child. Meighan O’Donnell, 28, of Huntington, N.Y., was indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury on one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12, and Abusive Sexual Contact With a Child Under 12, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charges carry a potential penalty of up to life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system. “Along with our law enforcement partners, we will aggressively pursue anyone who would exploit or endanger the most vulnerable members of...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities in New Jersey’s capital city will deploy additional law enforcement officers in an attempt to curb spikes in violent crime, Trenton officials announced Sunday. This comes after 18-year-olds William Irrizarry and Julius Vargas were gunned down in South Trenton on Sunday morning. The plan laid out by Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, Police Director Sheilah Coley and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri will see extra law enforcement officers from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and prosecutor’s office stationed areas of Trenton that has seen an uptick in violent crime. “Every homicide is one too many,” Reed said. “While Trenton is just one of several cities struggling with violent crime as COVID-19 erodes economic opportunity across...
    A Sioux Falls, South Dakota, group came together to organize a “Back the Blue” rally to show support for law enforcement on Saturday. There was a generous turnout at the rally, where people lined the streets near the Law Enforcement Center in Sioux Falls and waved American flags and other flags showing support for law enforcement. The Sioux Falls Area Back the Blue Rally started just about 17 minutes ago. Sidewalks along Minnesota Ave. by the Law Enforcement Center are filled with people showing support. Hear from them tonight on @keloland. #KELONews pic.twitter.com/w9MWDc8PEA — KELOLaurenS (@KELOLaurenS) August 8, 2020 People holding signs that read “Defend the Police” and “We Back the Blue” could also be seen along the streets. Organizers of...
    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a four-part series that will examine policing in California following George Floyd’s killing and subsequent protests and calls for widespread reform. Part 1 examined how potential officers are selected. Part 2 explores how police officers are trained. While the killing of George Floyd has prompted widespread criticism of law enforcement around the country and calls for defunding police, some critics have pointed to officer training as part of the problem and potentially part of the solution. The right training, experts say, could better equip police for a whole host of challenges, from controlling crowds without violence to deescalating high-pressure confrontations with armed subjects to understanding officers’ own implicit biases. “No one’s doing...
    Tenant activists celebrated when Los Angeles ushered in new rules to clamp down on renting homes for short stays, saying the city needed to stop landlords who were running apartment buildings like hotels. But more than a year after that law went into effect, many rental hosts appear to be ignoring it. Thousands of illegal rentals are still being advertised online, according to city officials and a Times analysis of listings on the popular platform Airbnb — and only a fraction have been penalized with fines. The new law limits Angelenos to hosting short-term rentals in their “primary residence,” not in a second home or an investment property — a rule meant to ease the housing crisis. It also requires...
    An off-duty state trooper working part-time for the U.S. Postal Service was shot dead inside his mail truck in Mississippi.  Authorities discovered Mississippi Highway Patrolman Lt. Troy 'Rudy' Morris, of Natchez, dead inside his USPS truck on Friday around 4:30am.  Morris, 58, was a 27-year veteran of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and worked for USPS part-time for 16 years.  'He was a good man, a friend and a valuable member of this agency,' wrote Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP, in a press release.  'He will be truly missed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.' Mississippi Highway Patrolman Lt. Troy Morris (pictured) was shot dead on Friday morning while working his second...
    An estimated 300 to 400 demonstrators marched from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills today to show their support for President Trump and law enforcement. The march began at about 1 p.m. at San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards. From there the marchers headed to Beverly Gardens Park at Santa Monica Boulevard and Cañon Drive for a scheduled 2 p.m. rally. Demonstrators carried “Trump 2020" banners, American flags and signs saying “United We Stand.” The event was organized by #WalkAway Foundation, which said the rally was planned to “speak out against the destruction of property and lives, the villainization of law enforcement and weaponization of tragedies.” The rally was peaceful, a Beverly Hills police officer told City News Service. The officer...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bills include: CHOKEHOLDS AB1196 by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would bar law enforcement agencies from using carotid restraints, chokeholds or similar techniques. The California Police Chiefs Association initially called for banning the carotid and chokeholds, but withdrew its support after it said Gipson broadened his bill “to include additional restrictions that are vague and subjective.” DUTY TO INTERCEDE AB1022 by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would require law enforcement officers to immediately intercede and report what they...
    TEXARKANA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 32-year-old Texarkana man has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas. Troy Dewayne Daniels pleaded guilty on August 6, 2020, to distributing child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. In his plea agreement, Daniels agreed to pay restitution to his victims, to register as a sex offender, and to be sentenced to a life term of supervised release following his imprisonment. According to information presented in court, in October 2019, Daniels used social media apps to communicate with an undercover law enforcement officer. During the conversation, Daniels described his progress in grooming a female child for sexual exploitation, including stating that he was “hoping” to go “[a]ll...
    Even after a federal judge sharply criticized the way that law enforcement officers were dealing with protesters in late May and early June, the Denver Police Department is not abiding by a use-of-force agreement brokered with that judge, a lawyer suing the city charges. "I hope they really do take it seriously," says Milo Schwab, an attorney who helped strike the deal with the City of Denver that limits law enforcement's use of force during protests. "These are pretty fair restrictions and have been negotiated to both protect the police’s ability to do their jobs and protect themselves, while also protecting the public and also the protesters." On July 27, Schwab filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Colorado,...
    SALEM, Ore. — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks were being thrown at them, unleashed a volley of tear gas on the entire crowd, including those who were marching peacefully. The protesters tried to run. But hemmed in by tall buildings and desperate for an escape route, they tugged at the closed gate of a parking garage, pulling it up just high enough so they could slip inside to escape the pepper balls and exploding flashbangs. “Oh, my God,” LaFrancois said in a video...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday detailed to senators the assaults that federal law enforcement had been subjected to from rioters in Portland -- saying officers had been attacked with weapons including sledgehammers and improvised explosive devices (IED). "Our federal officers have faced assaults from bricks, baseball bats, sledgehammers, Molotov cocktails, mortar-style commercial-grade fireworks, accelerants, IEDs and other violent weapons," Wolf told lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA  He also said that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement officers have experienced 277 separate injuries from minor to serious, including three officers who may have suffered permanent...
    Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan spoke with the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview while on the ground amid months of riots and protests in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland was the home of multiple nightly battles between federal officers and protesters. The Trump administration appeared to reach an agreement with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on a plan to stop the violence, but confusion ensued regarding whether and when federal troops would be withdrawing. During the interview, Morgan addressed Brown’s claims that officers would begin withdrawing from the city beginning June 30. (RELATED: Inside The Riots: These Reporters Were On The Ground In Portland For Five Nights) “There is confusion,”...
    An off-duty New York Police Department officer was brutally beaten by a group of teenagers on his way to work after identifying himself as a police officer, according to authorities. Officer Cagney Ramos, 33, had just exited the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station early Saturday morning on his way to work when a group of teenagers began harassing him. He then identified himself as a police officer and was punched, kicked to the ground, and spat on, according to New York Daily News. Ramos was taken by medics to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and deep cuts to his face and arm. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department is investigating, and no arrests have...
    By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks were being thrown at them, unleashed a volley of tear gas on the entire crowd, including those who were marching peacefully. The protesters tried to run. But hemmed in by tall buildings and desperate for an escape route, they tugged at the closed gate of a parking garage, pulling it up just high enough so they could slip inside to escape the pepper balls and exploding flashbangs. “Oh, my...
    "We're not asking for the police to be completely abolished," Minneapolis activist Raeisha Williams told "The Story" Wednesday in an effort to explain her call for "defunding" the police. "What we're asking for is equal treatment." "We are citizens, we're American citizens that helped build this country ..." she told host Sandra Smith. "What we've asked for from the beginning of time since we've landed here as slaves in America [is] equal treatment so that we as citizens get the same treatment as our White citizens." MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER OFFERS ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY SAFE AMID CRIME SURGE: GIVE UP YOUR CELL PHONE  Williams described the difficulties she said Black Americans face when dealing with the police. "When African-Americans typically call the police...
    Federal law enforcement unveiled charges against 11 individuals connected to MS-13 on Wednesday, in relation to the gruesome beating and sex trafficking of a 13-year-old girl in Maryland and Virginia.  The girl is at the forefront of the government's charges and is unnamed in court documents. She is referred to as "Minor 2" in the 48-page FBI affidavit that alleges that between August and October 2018, she was beaten twice with a baseball bat, struck 26 times on each occasion. Prosecutors say she and another unidentified girl referred to as "Minor 3" had run away from a court-ordered facility called "Shelter Care" for children under the age of 18. Minor 3 had connections to MS-13, and had told the central...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s Auditor General says the state’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement may run out of money this summer. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale blames dog license fees for the bureau’s money issues, which haven’t changed in Pennsylvania since 1996. State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in a news release, “Dog licenses are a simple, inexpensive measure that funds our work to return lost dogs to their owners, ensure that dogs in kennels are humanely treated, and communities kept safe from dangerous strays and irresponsible dog owners. Simply put, that funding has run out. A small fee increase for the privilege of owning a dog can help protect those very dogs from harm.” DePasquale is calling on the state...
    U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon says he is mulling over whether he will require federal officers in the Portland, Oregon, area to wear large identifying numbers on so that people can identify them easier in cases of excessive force. The jerseys would be similar to that worn by team sports players. What are the details? According to Politico, Simon on Friday told attorneys that he believes the move would be "appropriate" "I do think it might be appropriate to require any federal law enforcement officer who steps out of the federal courthouse building to wear a unique identifying code," he reportedly said during the teleconference. "I'm taking this very, very seriously." ...
    He said, he said. KARE’s John Croman reports: “Mayor Jacob Frey has often said he made a call to Gov. Tim Walz the night of May 27, asking him to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to the streets of Minneapolis. That would’ve been a full 24 hours before the city evacuated the 3rd Precinct headquarters, allowing it to burn. Newly released text messages and emails confirm that part of the mayor’s story. … The mayor’s staff went as far as drafting a press release at 9:00 p.m. that same night, announcing that Frey was requesting the National Guard. That release was never sent.” Red tape. KSTP’s Alex Jokich reports: “Owners of businesses that were destroyed during civil unrest in the Twin Cities...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Downtown Minneapolis is at risk of losing dozens of businesses. While restaurants have opened since the COVID-19 shutdown, others have not, and it’s not clear if they ever will. The Downtown Council says a recent survey shows at least 45 businesses are considering moving from downtown Minneapolis. COVID-19 is an issue as many work from home, but the Downtown Council says there is another concern as well. “I talked to the mayor, have talked to so far 10 of the 12 council members, and there are a lot of different perspectives. But there’s a common view that yes, improved law enforcement that’s more trusted by the community – but law enforcement nonetheless – needs to be part of...
    In a recent article in MinnPost, Walker Orenstein and Peter Callaghan described the changes made by the police reform package passed in the recent special session of the Legislature. Jessie Van Berkel, writing in the Star Tribune, focused particularly on the changes to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board made by the reform legislation. The POST Board is a standards board for peace officers, and it licenses them, making sure they meet the minimum requirements for the job. As described in these articles, the POST Board has always been a sleepy backwater in the law enforcement business. As previously constituted, and even after the reform’s changes to the board, it plays a very minor role in officer discipline. There...
    Los Angeles County residents will vote this November on whether to redistribute nearly $1 billion in funding from county law enforcement to "social programs." According to KTTV-TV reporter Bill Melugin, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to include the charter amendment on November's ballot. "It would strip $880 million away from Sheriff's Department, court system, DA's office, and redistribute it to low income areas/social programs," Melugin reported. "Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the lone 'no' vote, saying this proposal was rushed, wasn't transparent, had no feedback from stakeholders, and could result in job cuts to county employees as well as budget issues down the road. Other Supervisors say let the voters decide." The proposal, which...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As leaders in Minneapolis push to defund the city’s police department, a Minnesota congressman is encouraging people to recognize and appreciate police officers. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-6th District) announced Wednesday that he’s launching an initiative to thank law enforcement officers. “The goal here is simple: while the public debates issues of police reform, we all need to take a step back and realize what our peace officers do for all of us and our communities every single day,” he said, in a statement. The congressman explained that since the death of George Floyd, police in Minnesota are currently suffering low morale and recruitment difficulties. Meanwhile, violent crime has spiked in the Twin Cities. Floyd,...
    A defendant recorded from jail making threats against a federal official involved in his case was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Jonathan Dunlap, 30, of Pine Mountain, Harris County, Georgia was sentenced on Monday, August 3 by U.S. District Judge Clay Land to a combined 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and threatening a federal official. There is no parole in the federal system. On July 24, 2019, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office...
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to include a charter amendment on the ballot in November to would redistribute $880 million from law enforcement to community programs. The money would come from the county’s unrestricted general funds, according to FOX 11 in Los Angeles. The board voted 4-1 to include the amendment, called “Reimagining L.A. County” which would permanently move 10 percent in general funds from law enforcement to programs like housing, mental health services and other programs aimed at alternatives to jail, FOX 11 reported. MARINE VETERAN JOEY JONES: SURGING GUN SALES 'COMMON SENSE' AMID PUSH TO DEFUND POLICE  FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore...
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal on Tuesday to amend the city’s charter — which will be presented to voters on November 3 via ballot — to remove $880 million from law enforcement and “reinvest” the money in “direct community investment” and “alternatives to incarceration.” Titled, “Reimagining L.A. County: Shifting Budget Priorities to Revitalize Under-resourced and Low-income Communities,” the proposal includes language frequently used by Democrat politicians and the broader left. It alleges the existence of “systemic discrimination, exclusion, and inequity” targeting blacks and yielding “racial injustice” and “racial inequity.” Bill Melugin, an L.A.-based reporter, reported on some of the details via Twitter: BREAKING: L.A. County Board of Supervisors votes 4-1 to put “Reimagining L.A. County”...
    HONOLULU (AP) — A special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives died last month after being accidentally shot at a Hawaii police station. In a joint statement, the Maui Police Department and the ATF said Special Agent John Bost III died on July 28 after being wounded by a rifle that was accidentally fired at a police office in Kihei, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. Bost had been assigned to Maui since 2015. He had been a special agent with the ATF since 2005 and was a police officer in North Carolina before that. Local and federal officials will continue to investigate the death. Messages from The Associated Press to the Maui Police Department and...
    Jessica, a member of an Oregon Native American tribe whose husband is in law enforcement, spoke to the Daily Caller about ongoing protests and rioting going on in the city. Portland has seen over two months of protests and rioting after the death of George Floyd, with recent violence being directed at a federal courthouse downtown. Jessica spoke out against the protests, telling the Daily Caller that these people don’t speak for her or many members of her tribe. Jessica called what the protesters are doing a “victim narrative” and said she doesn’t believe in it. (RELATED: Inside The Riots: These Reporters Were On The Ground In Portland For Five Nights) “I don’t feel like a victim,” Jessica told the Caller’s...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted 4-1 to put a charter amendment on the November ballot for voters to decide whether a minimum of 10% of the county's unrestricted general funds should be set aside annually for housing, jail diversion, mental health and other social services, as well as alternatives to incarceration.Supervisor Kathryn Barger opposed the measure, saying it would unnecessarily restrict future boards and make it harder for the county to manage through economic downturns.The county CEO has estimated that roughly $360 million to $490 million would be set aside under the measure.Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who has championed the measure, says it is about expanded access to housing, mental health treatment and...
    Sen. Mazie Hirono walked out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing discussing anarchist violence after criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz for calling on Democrats to denounce antifa. “I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman and that we don’t have to listen to anymore of your rhetorical speeches,” the Hawaii Democrat told the Texas Republican on Tuesday after he accused Democrats of not denouncing antifa violence in cities across the country over the past few months. “Thank you very much, I’m leaving.” Hirono then gathered her things and began preparing to leave the room, at which point Cruz thanked her for appearing but asked her again if she would call out antifa by name. “I would...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday endorsed a police accountability commission's initial report on training recommendations and gave the panel a 30-day extension to work on other topics, including reporting and investigating police misconduct, and improving law enforcement-community relations. Sununu supported a job task analysis for entry-level law enforcement officers and corrections officers by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training, along with an overall review of the present academy curriculum. He also supported a database management system to maintain a full record of an officer's career. The commission also recommended guidelines to serve as a minimum standard for law enforcement agencies regarding the use of force; duty to intervene; code of conduct; duty to report misconduct;...
    Organizers of a Back the Blue rally in Asheville, North Carolina, presented officers with gifts Monday to help boost morale. “Let the police officers know that protect and serve us every day that their community loves them and there are so many people in the community that feel the same way,” said organizer Ed Brown, according to WLOS. Local officers received numerous letters, posters, and $1,500 in gift cards, the outlet noted, adding that the gifts were collected by participants of the rally that took place Saturday in Buncombe County. At the event that began in Swannanoa, organizers said its purpose was not political but to show support for officers in the Asheville Police Department, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and the...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz mocked Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono after she aired a video that referred to law enforcement officials with the word "police" on their chest as "unidentified" officers. Hirono, who is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, detailed reports that unidentified federal officers arrested protesters and placed them in unmarked vans. Cruz, the top Republican on the subcommittee, dismissed Hirono's opening remarks after noting that the officers in the clip shared by the senator were identified. "Thank you, Sen. Hirono. I will note at the end of that video that, as narrated, it describes law enforcement as unidentified while the video shows them with the words 'police' in bright yellow all-caps across...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two local law enforcement agencies have responded to allegations that officers or deputies were involved with a "mask-optional" party at a bar in Hollywood amid the coronavirus pandemic.According to social media posts, the party happened Friday night at the Sassafras Saloon on Vine Street.In a video posted by the website Knock-LA.com, several men are seen responding "Yeah" when asked if they are arriving at the bar for "the LASD party."But in a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said: "The persons identified in the video are not employees of the Sheriff's Department and this event was not hosted by the LASD."The Los Angeles Police Department said it was investigating whether any of that agency's officers...
    Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration will increase funding for law enforcement, rejecting Democrat and left-wing calls to “defund the police,” offering his comments in an interview on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Marlow asked about ongoing rioting, violent protests, and vandalism in large cities. “The executive branch has become increasingly aggressive in trying to restore law and order to our cities, which are frankly in disrepair,” Marlow said. “Could you explain some of the administration’s policies and some of the developments that are taking place in real time?” Pence replied, “The president and every administration comes in with the core obligation to see that laws are faithfully executed, and that begins...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police are asking the public for help identifying two people accused of taking a wreath from a law enforcement memorial. Police shared photos of the pair on Twitter Monday. They say a female was seen removing a wreath that had been placed at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the North Shore on July 30. The male pictured then allegedly “stuffed it into a trash can.” Police seek the public’s help to identify these two individuals. The female was seen removing a wreath that had been placed at the the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the North Shore on July 30. The male then stuffed it into a trash can. Info? Call...
    Democrats insist their relationship with law enforcement is not irreparably damaged following weeks of insults against federal law enforcement officers and the withdrawal of more than 100 police agencies from the party's upcoming national convention. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, says the relationship between law enforcement and the Democratic Party is just fine. “Democrats maintain good relationships [with law enforcement]," Johnson told the Washington Examiner. "Our Capitol Hill police officers, we love our police officers. Democrats are not against the police. But then Democrats are for a change in the policing culture here in America, and our general inclination is to feed the prison industrial complex with black people.” Johnson also warned against militarizing local police...
    Two Santa Clara County corrections officers choked and abused individuals held in county jail and then tried to cover it up. Contra Costa County prosecutors were forced to dismiss criminal cases because an Antioch detective leaked confidential information to known criminals. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective’s history of dishonesty jeopardized dozens of criminal convictions, including murder cases. A Capitola patrol sergeant sent hundreds of lewd texts to a young female police volunteer. State Sen. Nancy Skinner (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) These disturbing revelations and more only became public in the past year due to Senate Bill 1421, which I authored in 2018. After four decades of secrecy on all police records, SB 1421 gave Californians public access to records...
    (CNN)Demetria Brown knew the exact moment she decided she'd had it.She'd just watched a video of George Floyd pinned under an officer's knee, saying he couldn't breathe as he begged for his life. She sobbed as she played it over and over.On June 1, a week after Floyd's death, she quit her job as a detention officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, she sold her house, stuffed her belongings into 13 duffel bags and relocated to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast.Brown, 42, is one of many African Americans leaving the United States permanently for many reasons, including racism and fear of police brutality. Her flight landed in her new...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Ben Cunningham welcomed founder of Lunches for Law Enforcement Officers initiative Wendi Mahoney to the newsmakers line. At the top of the second hour, Mahoney described her fundraiser Lunches for Law Enforcement Officers that provides free lunches to policemen by partnering with local businesses that are suffering from the coronavirus shutdowns. She explained her motivation for the project as being one born out of frustration for the disrespect she heard channeled through the media for police. Cunningham: Do we have...
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is aiming to highlight the role Antifa and like-minded groups are playing in riots across the country, convening a Senate hearing Tuesday on the issue while alleging that radical left-wing groups are engaging in "organized terror attacks" designed to tear down government institutions. “Across the country, we’re seeing horrific violence, we’re seeing our country torn apart. Violent anarchists and Marxists are exploiting protests to transform them into riots and direct assaults on the lives and safety of their fellow Americans,” Cruz told Fox News in an interview. SEN CRUZ: DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR 'LETTING THEIR CITIES BURN'  On Tuesday, Cruz will chair a hearing of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution to investigate groups such as Antifa, which,...
    Starting immediately, residents of Houston who fail to wear protective face coverings will be subject to a $250 fine. On Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he had instructed police officers in the city to enforce a statewide mask mandate issued by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott at the beginning of last month. "For months, we have been focusing on education and not citations, but now, I am instructing the Houston Police Department to issue the necessary warnings and citations to anyone not wearing a mask in public if they do not meet the criteria for an exemption,” Turner said. The announcement comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the Houston area, where more than 1,000 new cases were...
    In an Arizona county, criminals will soon face a new order of the law: "Citizens Posse." The Pinal County Sheriff's Office will allow residents to be deputized to help law enforcement keep the peace. “As Sheriff of Pinal County, I am given the authority to deputize civilians to assist in law enforcement," Sheriff Mark Lamb said. "While we hope such an action is never required, we want to make sure those willing to step into the role are trained and ready.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The office said the program is open to all residents. After residents have a minimal background check and sign a waiver, they will learn the basics of constitutional law, search and seizure,...
    A colorful pro-law enforcement message was left on the street outside the police department in downtown Tampa, Florida, recently. “Over the weekend, volunteers painted a “Back the Blue” mural on Franklin Street dedicated to those who work at Tampa Police Department’s headquarters,” according to Fox 13. The group Community Patriots got permission to create the mural so officers would see it when they arrived for their shifts Monday morning, the outlet noted. On Sunday, nonprofit law enforcement charity Team South Florida shared aerial photos online of the art that incorporated a heart and an American flag: “Thank you to the City of Tampa and the Mayor for approving the permits. Thank you to the roughly 40+ patriots who spent over...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been one year since Minnesota’s hands-free law went into effect, and this week traffic officials are reminding drivers not to fall back into bad habits. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says there’ll be extra hands-free and distracted driving enforcement through Saturday, with the goal of getting drivers to put down their phones. According to the department, more than 19,000 drivers in Minnesota have been cited for not complying with the hands-free law since it went into effect. A majority of the drivers cited were between 21 and 40 years old. Still, the law might be contributing to a drop in distraction-related road fatalities, as the percentage of distraction-related deaths in the last year is...
              Michael Allen Carbo, Jr., of Chisholm, (pictured above) is the latest suspect to be identified using forensic genetic genealogy, a method in which law enforcement works with genetic genealogists to link crime scene DNA to commercial genealogy databases. He is the prime suspect in the murder of Nancy Daugherty over thirty years ago. Although investigators went on to collect DNA samples from over 100 people, and the Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) was able to create a full DNA suspect profile from evidence at the scene, the case went cold. The problem was, Carbo never committed any high-level crimes that warranted his DNA making it into a state database. It was only...
    Two protesters were arrested Saturday evening in Portland as demonstrators and law enforcement clashed for the first time in several days. The Associated Press reported that a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement occurred near a police precinct operated by Portland police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Officers alleged they were struck with glass bottles and had laser pointers aimed in their direction. No officers were injured, including one who was struck with a canister of paint, according to the AP. Police reportedly declared an unlawful assembly just before 10:00 p.m. local time and ordered crowds to disperse. Across town a separate, peaceful demonstration hosted by the NAACP and attended by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkeley (D) was held outside the Mark O....
    Lawlessness in parts of our country, including Portland, Ore., is met with willful tolerance by many on the left. In some Democrat-led cities, rioters are given carte blanche to engage in destructive behavior. This lawless chaos raises two related societal questions for the United States of America. First, how do we continue to recruit and retain brave men and women to serve in law enforcement? Second, what does all of this mean for the American way of life as we know it? In Portland, what started as peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd, led by groups such as the NAACP and “Black Lives Matter,” has escalated into something quite different. Protesters set fires to public buildings, shine lasers...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., denied on Sunday that he compared federal law enforcement in Portland to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo police force last month. “I know myself a little bit. I don't know if I ever compared what they're doing to the Gestapo,” Clyburn told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “It's right there in the transcript,” host Pete Hegseth responded. “I said I don't think so,” Clyburn said. “Maybe I did. I'm never one to think I never can misspeak, but that is not to say that's not what I feel.” “What I do feel – and I've said this – what I said seeing in Portland reminds me very much of what I saw in Anniston, Ala., back in the '60s, what I saw on the Edmund Pettus Bridge back in the '60s, where a...
    Louisiana state Rep. Lance Harris (R-LA) told Breitbart News Saturday the “Silent Majority” will stand up during the 2020 elections to fight the anti-police Democrats. Harris spoke to Breitbart News Saturday and aired his hopes to secure Louisiana’s fifth congressional district Republican nomination to replace the retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA). Harris led the Blue Lives Matter movement in Louisiana by helping pass a law to protect the state’s law enforcement officers and first responders amid rising violence against America’s police. Harris told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle the law “adds police and first responders to Louisiana’s hate crime statute. We wanted to give an extra layer of protection to our police officers and first responders.” Harris said he sponsored the law because one man...
    Few job applications probe so deeply. Have you ever called in sick when you were well? Have you ever cheated on your taxes? Have you ever sexted at work? The application process for becoming a law enforcement officer – including a background check and psychological evaluation – is one of the most grueling, psyche-scrubbing examinations you’ll ever find. At the Los Angeles Police Department, for example, recruiters can boot you if you’ve told jokes using a “derogatory stereotype” or used force to get your way. So why do numerous recent studies, from the National Academy of Sciences and Texas A&M, among others, show rampant racial bias in police forces around the country? Why do so many videos pop up showing...