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    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey accused Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz of dragging his feet while the city burned during the George Floyd riots. Frey said Monday that Walz hesitated to send in the National Guard as widespread looting and arson took place near the police's Third Precinct in Minneapolis. He said that Walz would not commit to sending in the National Guard while calling Frey's response an "abject failure." Documents obtained by the Star Tribune show that text messages, emails, and call logs back up Frey's recollection of events. “Through an extremely difficult situation, I told the truth. I relayed information as best I could to state partners. And we did what was demanded for the sake of our...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer a statement Tuesday after President Donald Trump granted her request that he authorize the use of Michigan National Guard forces for COVID-19 response through December 31, 2020. Title 32 authority, which allows Guard members to receive federal pay and benefits, was previously set to expire on August 21 due to a deadline set by the Trump Administration. “Our dedicated guardsmen and women will continue to be a crucial part of our recovery efforts moving forward. I thank the president for granting my request, and implore him to work with Congress on a bipartisan recovery package that protects American families, frontline workers, and small business owners. The only way we will get through...
    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued an injured teen Monday afternoon after he fell and suffered injuries that needed medical attention. KOMO-TV reports a 17-year-old hiker was medevaced from Olympic National Park shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday. Watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle received a call from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 2:10 p.m. about two good Samaritan hikers finding a teenager and injured about four miles north of La Push in Olympic National Park. One hiker stayed with the injured man while the other sought help. A third hiker used a personal locator beacon to send out a distress signal, according to the Coast Guard. Olympic National Park Service personnel launched...
    U.S. President Donald Trump has extended federal government funding for National Guard troops to assist individual states with their coronavirus responses. In a series of memos Monday night, the White House said the funding will now extend through the end of the year. However, the federal government will only be covering 75 percent of the costs once the existing authorization that had provided 100 percent funding expires on August 21. Two states will still get 100 percent funding – Florida and Texas.  The two states are among those that have been hardest hit as cases surged across the nation beginning in June. Governors had pushed the White House to extend the funding for the troops, who have been put to...
    In the Star Tribune, Jennifer Bjorhus and Liz Navratil write: “Jacob Frey has been cast as the mayor who lost control of his city, enduring criticism from the state’s governor that the Minneapolis response to rioting in May over the police killing of George Floyd was an ‘abject failure.’ Now Frey is speaking out, saying Gov. Tim Walz failed to take his requests for help seriously until it was too late. … Texts and e-mails obtained from Minneapolis by the Star Tribune through public records requests show the city was trying to give Walz and the state Department of Public Safety what they said they needed to move forward.” WCCO-TV reports: “A large fire is burning Tuesday morning in the...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE on Monday reauthorized funding for the National Guard to assist states with their response to the coronavirus pandemic, though the administration reduced the level of federal cost-sharing from existing levels. The White House issued a memo to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security that the federal funding will extend through the end of 2020. The move comes as governors in both parties were pleading with the administration to extend the National Guard assistance, warning that a lapse in funding...
    An 18-year-old teenage New Jersey National Guard private recorded the moment he killed a 51-year-old father over an ongoing driving feud because he wanted to be TikTok famous, according to the dead man's lawyer. Zachary Latham, fatally stabbed and Tasered William 'Timmy' Durham Sr. in May after two years of confrontations over his alleged reckless driving on a residential road where they lived. Latham was charged with first-degree manslaughter after claiming his actions were in self-defense and the dead man's wife and two children have been charged with criminal trespass and aggravated or simple assault. But lawyers for Durham's family want the charges against the grieving family dropped as they claim Durham lured the family into the fatal confrontation and...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit has its first female battalion commander. Lt. Col. Annie Lee assumed command of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered in Hattiesburg, during a ceremony Friday, multiple news outlets reported. The battalion is one of seven battalions that make up the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo. Lee is the first woman to lead a battalion in the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team since the brigade’s start nearly 70 years ago. She follows Lt. Col. William Walley into the position. “I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I am up to the challenge," Lee, of Hattiesburg, said in a statement. The battalion has approximately 400 soldiers...
    An Army National Guard veteran who helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015, told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that “no one really agrees with what the protesters are doing” in Portland. “I think it’s time that we actually stand up and say so and try to do something about it,” Alek Skarlatos, a Republican candidate for Congress in Oregon, said. Skarlatos made the comments after more than 150 rounds were fired and one woman was shot in Portland on Friday night while protesters on Saturday – some of whom appeared to impersonate press – threw glass bottles and shined lasers at city police officers sent to quell the nighttime unrest witnessed for more than two months straight. Saturday marked the third night...
    Cody Fenwick August 2, 2020 11:29AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. An officer in the D.C. National Guard delivered a damning account of the events surrounding the federal crackdown on protesters in Lafayette Square in testimony released by the House of Representatives on Monday. Adam DeMarco, a senior officer tapped to serve as a liaison between the National Guard and the Park Police, was on the scene during the June 1 assault on protesters, as his opening statement for a planned hearing on Tuesday explained. While the president gave a speech to reporters at the White House, federal officers, including the Park Police, violently cleared demonstrators, the media, and others from the nearby area. Shortly thereafter, the president walked...
    DENVER (CBS4)– This week brought a milestone in coronavirus testing. The Colorado National Guard has tested more than 20,000 people in Colorado at 122 testing sites. (credit: CBS) Those sites were set up in 28 counties and 34 cities. The guard has also helped the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with testing, including at prisons. (credit: CBS) So far, more than a half million people in Colorado have been tested for coronavirus.
    (CNN)States, on the cusp of another deadline, are waiting for the Trump administration to decide whether National Guard deployments to assist with the coronavirus response will be extended past August. In late May, President Donald Trump extended federal funding for National Guard deployments until mid-August, saying at the time the extension would help "states succeed in their response and recovery efforts." The virus is still surging across the US with the number of cases now at more than 4.4 million and the death toll at more than 152,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The latest on the coronavirus pandemicGovernors are urgently requesting that the administration continue the deployments amid an emphasis on coronavirus testing. "The National Guard...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Angelenos may catch sight of several military choppers over the skies of Los Angeles Friday. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment fly over Camp Roberts on July 23, 2020, in Central California. (U.S. Army/Capt. Jason Sweeney/Facebook) The Army National Guard will be conducting training exercises with 10 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The choppers will fly in formation along the coast. They are being flown by the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment (I-140th AHB) based out of Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. According to Cal Guard, the 1-140th AHB conducts both domestic and international missions, along with supporting disaster response efforts, such as wildfires. The battalion...
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 Vermont Army National Guard members will be deployed starting early next year and more than 70 Air National Guard members will be deployed this fall, officials announced Thursday. The Vermont National Guard was holding a press conference on Friday to discuss the actions. It said more than 70 airmen from the 158th fighter wing will leave starting in October but did not say where they will be serving. Nearly 400 soldiers from the Mountain Battalion and the 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment will be deployed in the first few months of 2021 but details about the deployment were not released. The Army deployment is "part of the largest Army mission set in over 10 years,"...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Friday that federal troops would remain in Portland until he was assured that the Oregon governor's plan to handle daily protests was working, and said sending in the National Guard was still an option if the state did not handle the situation. He said all the Department of Homeland Security "law enforcement officers that have been there over the past 60 days will remain there in Portland until we are assured that the plan that has been put in place by the governor and Oregon State Police will be effective night after night." Wolf said President Donald Trump had "continued to talk about" the option of...
    President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the National Guard into Portland, Oregon, to quell the nightly riots that have consumed the city’s federal courthouse and prompted clashes between left-wing extremists and the law enforcement officers tasked with protecting federal property. During a press conference at the White House, Trump said that federal agents will remain in Portland under an agreement with the governor in order to monitor whether the state is capable of restoring peace in the city. “And if they don’t do it, we will send in the National Guard and we’ll take care of it,” said Trump, also adding that “many should be arrested because these are professional agitators — these are professional anarchists.” “These are people...
    President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the Army National Guard into Portland if the nightly protests seen for the past 60-plus days continues after DHS and DOJ agents pull back off of the city’s streets. Trump’s warning came at a Thursday White House press conference, one day after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that she had struck a deal for state police to protect federal property so that heavily militarized federal agents deployed into her city could leave. She also blasted the president, while Trump claimed she misrepresented the deal and accused Fox News of “bad reporting.” During a question about the agreement at the briefing, a reporter asked what recourse Trump would take if the unrest did not...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Army National Guard soldier has died after collapsing during a training event, authorities said Wednesday. The name of the man was being withheld until his family could be notified. Guard officials said the soldier collapsed on Tuesday and died Wednesday at a Tempe hospital. The cause of death will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office. The man was a member of the 850th Military Police Battalion located at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix. Guard officials said the man was a member of the Phoenix Police Department in his civilian status. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona
    ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Rumors that Charles Ponzi, the Boston high financier who is reputed to have amassed a fortune of $9,000,000 in a few weeks, will open an office in New York have not been confirmed, and in the meantime the U.S. District Attorney in Manhattan is keeping close watch over the possibility of his coming here. A question that neither officials nor laymen have been able to figure out as yet, in connection with his startling entry into the financial world is: Who is losing the money that Ponzi has made?” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1938, the Eagle reported, “’The Adventures of Robin Hood,’ with Errol Flynn in the title role,...
    U.S. Park Police acting chief Gregory Monahan said on Tuesday that the White House did not give orders to clear Black Lives Matter protesters from Lafayette Square on June 1, and it was unrelated to President Donald Trump’s walk a short time later to a church for a photo op, Politico reported. Testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee, Monahan said his officers followed all rules in a volatile situation, insisting that the police “acted with tremendous restraint in the face of severe violence from a large group of bad actors that again caused 50 of my officers to seek medical attention.” He specifically said that the action against the protesters was not taken to allow Trump to walk a...
    (CNN)A major in the DC National Guard on Tuesday told a congressional committee that tear gas was in fact used when federal officers cleared a peaceful protest at Lafayette Square just before President Donald Trump's visit to a nearby church last month. "I could feel irritation in my eyes and nose, and based on my previous exposure to tear gas in my training at West Point and later in my Army training, I recognized that irritation as effects consistent with CS or 'tear gas,'" Major Adam DeMarco testified before the House Natural Resources Committee. "And later that evening, I found spent tear gas canisters on the street nearby."DeMarco's experience during the June 1 incident differs from the official account from...
    An officer of the National Guard is expected to invoke whistleblower protection at Tuesday's House hearing probing the use of force during a protest in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square last month, pitting him against President Trump and the acting chief of the U.S. Park Police, who have polar opposite accounts of the same incident. National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the warnings by officers – required by law – that the park was going to be cleared of hundreds of demonstrators, who he says we largely peaceful, were “barely audible” from his position 20 yards away, according to his pre-written testimony to House Natural Resources Committee. “From what I could observe, the demonstrators were behaving peacefully,” when Park Police, the Secret Service and other unidentified forces, some...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The U.S. Park Police and Secret Service violently routed protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard officer who was there. The account of National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco challenges the Trump administration’s explanation that vicious attacks by protesters led federal forces to turn on what appeared to be a largely peaceful crowd June 1 in the square in front of the White House. Law enforcement and security officers that night clubbed and punched protesters and unleashed mounted officers and chemical agents against them in one of the most controversial confrontations at the height of...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press The U.S. Park Police and Secret Service violently routed protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard officer who was there. The account of National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco challenges the Trump administration’s explanation that vicious attacks by protesters led federal forces to turn on what appeared to be a largely peaceful crowd June 1 in the square in front of the White House. Law enforcement and security officers that night clubbed and punched protesters and unleashed mounted officers and chemical agents against them in one of the most controversial confrontations at the height...
    GALT (CBS13) — The California National Guard is planning to operate a pop-up coronavirus testing event in Galt this week. The testing site will be open starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at Walker Community Park on Orr Road. Appointments are not necessary, and the county said community members 18 and older will be tested on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a 100-test limit each day. Officials say results can take five to seven business days. A similar pop-up site was held last week in Galt and spots filled up quickly. Within an hour of opening, the gates were closed. READ ALSO: National Guard Deploys To Galt As Coronavirus Cases Increase County data shows Galt has more cases than...
    The National Guard officer paints a different picture than the one painted by the Trump administration in regards to the events of June 1. A National Guard Major is preparing to challenge before congress the official explanation given by the Trump administration in regards to the forceful clearing of Washington’s Lafayette Square on June 1, The Washington Post reported. Major Adam DeMarco was stationed at the park, which had become a central location in the Black Lives Matter protests stemming from the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, when orders were given to clear the area of demonstrators. He did not believe the actions of both Park Police and Secret Service were justified. “From what I could observe,...
    (CBS4) — If you’re looking to spice up your home cooking, there’s a way for you to get a lesson from a culinary powerhouse — all while helping a good cause. Chef Troy Guard of TAG Restaurant Group has teamed up with National Jewish Health for a virtual cooking class and fundraiser to benefit the Morgridge Academy, a free K-8 school for children living with chronic illnesses like severe allergies, asthma, and sickle-cell anemia. “This has been a very challenging time for the children,” says Clem Connolly, the National Director of Special Events at National Jewish Health. “But what’s been great is our dedicated teachers and nurses have been able to reach out to the kids and make sure that...
    Police used excessive force in Washington, D.C., last month against demonstrators to clear a path for President Donald Trump to take a photo holding a Bible at a church near the White House, according to an Army National Guard commander, Business Insider reported Monday. Maj. Adam DeMarco, an Iraq War combat veteran who serves in the D.C. National Guard, is scheduled to testify about the incident before the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. He said in his written statement that what he saw the night of June 1, as one of the most senior D.C. National Guard officers present, was "deeply disturbing" and contradicted Trumps description of the protesters as unruly and violent. "At no time did I feel...
    Photo credit: Jose Luis Magana, AFP via Getty Images An Army National Guard major who was on site at Lafayette Park on June 1 claims that the protestors in the park were peaceful and that the violent clearing of the area by federal officers using tear gas was “provoked escalation” and an “excessive use of force.” His account also contradicts Attorney General Bill Barr’s public comments about the sweeping of the park just minutes before an infamous photo op by President Donald Trump with a borrowed Bible. According to the Washington Post, Major Adam DeMarco, an Iraq War veteran, was overseeing soldiers from the D.C. National Guard on site to backstop federal agents who had set up a cordon in Lafayette Park...
    National Guard commander Adam DeMarco will testify before a House committee Tuesday that "excessive use of force" was used against protesters in Lafayette Square on June 1, refuting the attorney general's assertions that force was justified.  DeMarco, an Iraq veteran who now serves as a major in the D.C. National Guard, will be testifying Tuesday before the House Committee for National Resources, which is investigating the use of force on the protesters. According to a publicly released opening statement, DeMarco will say that what he witnessed was "deeply disturbing."  "Having served in a combat zone, and understanding how to assess threat environments, at no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent," DeMarco will say. ...
    An officer in the D.C. National Guard delivered a damning account of the events surrounding the federal crackdown on protesters in Lafayette Square in testimony released by the House of Representatives on Monday. Adam DeMarco, a senior officer tapped to serve as a liaison between the National Guard and the Park Police, was on the scene during the June 1 assault on protesters, as his opening statement for a planned hearing on Tuesday explained. While the president gave a speech to reporters at the White House, federal officers, including the Park Police, violently cleared demonstrators, the media, and others from the nearby area. Shortly thereafter, the president walked across the street that had been cleared for a photo-op at St....
    Park Police gassing protesters on June 1 at Lafayette Square Park. An Army National Guard officer is contradicting everything Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and U.S. Park Police have told Americans about their disastrous effort to forcefully clear protesters away from the White House last month so Trump could hoist an upside-down Bible over his head for the cameras. The protesters were "behaving peacefully,” says Adam DeMarco, an Iraq War vet and major in the D.C. National Guard, and the Park Police deployed an "excessive use of force" against them, according to a written statement provided to the Natural Resources Committee. The statement from DeMarco, who is scheduled to testify before Congress Tuesday, stands in stark contrast to what...
    A US National Guard major is disputing the official accounts of the clearing of a 1 June protest near the White House. The protest in Lafayette Square Park was disrupted by law enforcement who used chemical irritants to push protesters out of the area. In testimony to Congress, the major says he was "deeply disturbed" by the police reaction to the protest. It comes amid continuing protests against racism and police brutality. Adam DeMarco, an Iraq War veteran who is now a major in the Washington DC National Guard, was at the scene of the protest that came after days of rallies outside the White House that injured several officers and left a nearby historic church and park vandalised....
    Roger Sollenberger July 27, 2020 6:33PM (UTC) U.S. Park Police committed "excessive use of force" in an "unprovoked escalation" last month when they violently cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington to make room for President Donald Trump's Bible-toting photo op, according to the congressional testimony of an Army National Guard commander who was on the ground. "Members of the committee, the events I witnessed at Lafayette Square on the evening of June 1 were deeply disturbing to me and to fellow National Guardsmen. Having served in a combat zone, and understanding how to assess threat environments, at no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent," Adam DeMarco, an Iraq veteran and current major in the...
    A National Guard officer contradicts the Trump administration's statements about the clearing of a protest near the White House in his pre-written remarks to be delivered before Congress on Tuesday. Army National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco, who was on the scene as U.S. Park Police cleared protesters from Lafayette Park on June 1 ahead of President Trump's short walk to St. John's Church for a photo opportunity, said the demonstrators were "behaving peacefully" and should not have been forcibly cleared from the area. "From what I could observe, the demonstrators were behaving peacefully," DeMarco wrote, later adding, "The events I witnessed at Lafayette Square on the evening of June 1 were deeply disturbing to me, and to fellow National...
    Washington (CNN)A top National Guard official will tell Congress that the widely criticized decision to forcefully clear protesters from a park outside the White House last month was made even though demonstrators were acting peacefully, a view at odds with public comments by top Trump administration officials.The prepared testimony of DC National Guard Major Adam D. DeMarco, who is set to appear before a hearing on Tuesday, challenges Attorney General William Barr's account of the dispersal."The demonstrators were behaving peacefully, exercising their First Amendment rights," DeMarco is expected to say, adding he was surprised the clearing operation began well in advance of a 7 p.m. ET curfew set by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser.Barr has previously defended the use of...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press The U.S. Park Police began the violent clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning to demonstrators, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard officer who was there. The account of Army National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco challenges key aspects of the Trump administration’s explanation for the clearing of the protest in front of the White House, just before President Donald Trump walked through the area to stage a photo event in front of a historic church. DeMarco’s account was released in written testimony for his scheduled appearance Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee’s hearing...
    President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.A senior National Guard officer will tell Congress that the US Park Police engaged in “an unprovoked escalation and excessive use of force” when the agency forcefully cleared peaceful protesters from in front of the White House ahead of President Donald Trump’s infamous June 1 photo op at a nearby church. “At no time did I feel threatened by the protestors or assess them to be...
    Law enforcement officers in Lafayette Square employed unnecessarily heavy-handed tactics to clear out protesters ahead of a photo op by President Donald Trump in early June, a D.C. National Guard officer who was among the most senior military soldiers on the scene plans to tell Congress on Tuesday. [ READ: Pentagon Troubled By Overly Militarized Federal Agents in Portland ]"The events I witnessed at Lafayette Square on the evening of June 1 were deeply disturbing to me, and to fellow National Guardsmen," Adam DeMarco will tell the House's Natural Resources Committee at a planned hearing on Tuesday about the protest marked by a violent police crackdown, according to testimony the committee released Monday. Having been activated to support the D.C. government's...
    The U.S. Park Police began the violent clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square last month without apparent provocation or adequate warning to demonstrators, immediately after Attorney General William Barr spoke with Park Police leaders, according to an Army National Guard officer who was there. The account of Army National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco challenges key aspects of the Trump administration’s explanation for the clearing of the protest in front of the White House, just before President Donald Trump walked through the area to stage a photo event in front of a historic church. DeMarco’s account was released in written testimony for his scheduled appearance Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on the Park Police’s punching, clubbing and use...
    REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Police have arrested a 24-year-old Baltimore man in the fatal shooting of a Maryland National Guard member in December 2019. The Baltimore County Police Department arrested Michael Guy Fisher in the murder of Jerry Josiah Eley, 28, of Windsor Mill. RELATED COVERAGE: Police Investigating Weekend Homicide In Reisterstown Man Killed In Reisterstown Shooting Identified As Maryland National Guard Member The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on December 29 in the 12000 block of Tarragon Road in Reisterstown. Police said the two were involved in a narcotics transaction during which Fisher shot Eley in the upper body. Eley died at the scene. Eley had served ten years with the Maryland National Guard. He was killed...
    On Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) praised the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and warned companies that deciding to “sacrifice our values and principles to try to get access to the Chinese market is going to come back and bite them.” Warner said, “I can tell you, for the last two years, I, and other members of the Intel. Committee, have been holding classified briefings with business leaders and academic leaders about the concerted efforts of the Chinese Communist Party to steal our intellectual property, to steal it from companies, to steal it from universities, to be on better guard and greater guard. The fact that many of the Chinese tech companies...
    GALT (CBS13) — One of the fastest-growing coronavirus hotspots in Sacramento County comes from one of its smallest cities. The National Guard will deploy to Galt Wednesday and Thursday to set up pop up testing sites. A city that kept a steady 13 cases for weeks at the beginning of this pandemic, has seen that number rise to 307. “We’ve had a false sense of security as a city, as a county, and as a state for a very long time,” said Thomas Haglund, the interim city manager. County data shows Galt has more cases than cities and suburbs with larger populations. Galt’s population stands at about 26,000 and there are 307 cases recorded so far. Citrus Heights has fewer...
    The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen as director of the Army National Guard. Jensen had spent nearly three years as adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard when he was tapped for the national post in May by President Donald Trump. Sen. Amy Klobuchar called Jensen “an excellent choice to lead the Army National Guard” in a statement after Monday’s vote. “We are grateful for the Major General’s commitment to servicemembers and their families, whom he has supported through numerous deployments, as well as his work to help Minnesotans through several natural disasters,” she said. An Iowa native, Jensen has served in the the Army National Guard for more than three decades and has completed several...
    GALT (CBS13) — The California National Guard is planning to operate a pop-up coronavirus testing event in Galt the next couple of days. Sacramento County Public Health says the community-based pop-up will happen at Walker Community Park at Orr Road and Sargent Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 8 a.m. each day. Testing will be drive-thru only and no appointments are needed, but only 100 tests per day will be done. People will not need to be showing active symptoms of coronavirus to get tested. However, only those over 18 and with a valid ID and contact information will be tested. Results from the tests will take about 5 to 7 days.
    A Minnesota National Guardsman stationed in Minneapolis during the riots, was just getting started when his life was cut short in a head-on collision in Washington County Thursday. Specialist Samuel Leedom, 20, of Oak Park Heights, was driving north on Manning Avenue in West Lakeland Township about 6:30 p.m., doing deliveries for DoorDash. Samuel Leedom (Courtesy of Army National Guard) According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Leedom, who was driving a Nissan Sentra, crossed over the center lane into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a dump truck near 22nd Street. “My son touched so many people. He’s an amazing boy,” said his mother, Heidi Leedom through tears Monday. She said the news of his death has been like...
    A veteran police officer died in a skydiving accident in Connecticut over the weekend. Sgt. Christopher Callan of the East Greenwich Police Department in Rhode Island died at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Danielson Airport on Airport Road, the department announced on Monday, July 20. Callan was a 15 year veteran of the East Greenwich Police Department and was assigned as the 2nd shift supervisor. Callan was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. During his military career, Callan served in the US Army Special Forces “Green Berets.” Callan also served numerous tours of duty overseas. Callan also served as the Jump Master for the Rhode Island...
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis had ordered Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to help with COVID-19 testing at select correctional facilities in Colorado, for at least the next five days. Nearly 70 Colorado Army and Air National members will be assisting the health department at facilities in Canon City and Buena Vista. The CONG will conduct more than 2,000 tests this week among staff and inmates at these facilities. The testing teams conducted 1,300 tests at the facility in Buena Vista prior to July 15. “We are helping to provide the testing to identify and control any potential outbreaks within the Department of Corrections system,” U.S. Army Capt. Brian Doble, Task Force Test Support commander, said. “This...
    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota National Guard helicopter was used to rescue an injured hiker from Mount Baldy in the Black Hills on Thursday. The 21-year-old counselor for Camp Judson lost her footing and fell on her knee, possibly with a compound fracture. The woman was no longer able to walk, and she was at a remote location atop a granite outcropping. Keystone Ambulance Service asked for help from South Dakota National Guard Hoist Operations. Pennington County authorities said the Guard helicopter lifted the woman to safety around 10:30 a.m. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South Dakota
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan spoke with Dave Anthony on the "Fox News Rundown" podcast Thursday, where he discussed what many local leaders did wrong during the recent civil unrest that transpired in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. "But I think a lot of people didn't learn the lesson and made some mistakes in this current most recent situation where they allowed a lot of destruction to continue for some cases weeks," Hogan said, comparing the recent destruction to how his administration handled the 2015 Baltimore riots. SUBSCRIBE AND DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS RUNDOWN In Hogan's upcoming memoir titled "Still Standing," he ripped former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby...
    SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Army announced Tuesday that a soldier was found dead at Fort Sam Houston on Saturday, the soldier has been positively identified and his death is being investigated. Related: U.S. Army soldier found dead at Fort Sam Houston, officials say The Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs office said National Guardsman Sergeant Kelvonta K. Ellis, 22, from Westlake, Louisiana was found dead in his room at Fort Sam Houston on July 12. Ellis was part of Louisiana’s Army National Guard’s 39th Military Police Company, 139th Regional Support Group, the public affairs office said. According to officials, Ellis served five years in the Louisiana Army National Guard as a military police noncommissioned officer. “While assigned to the LANG,...
    There are a number of jobs that the National Guard has been trained to perform. Though many Americans most recently saw the guard pressed into service to confront protesters, for decades they’ve engaged in far more welcome roles, from rescuing those trapped by rising floods to delivering supplies into areas ravaged by hurricane. But if there’s one task that is not associated with the traditional role of the National Guard it might be this—emergency accountancy. But that seems to be exactly that the White House is proposing. The right-wing media continues to spread conspiracy theories that COVID-19 deaths are being overstated. Donald Trump continues to insist that the growing surge of cases, including overrun hospitals and rising deaths, is somehow the...
    Are you sure that guy didn't die of something else? Are you really sure? There are a number of jobs that the National Guard has been trained to perform. Though many Americans most recently saw the guard pressed into service to confront protesters, for decades they’ve engaged in far more welcome roles, from rescuing those trapped by rising floods to delivering supplies into areas ravaged by hurricane. But if there’s one task that is not associated with the traditional role of the National Guard it might be this—emergency accountancy. But that seems to be exactly that the White House is proposing. The right-wing media continues to spread conspiracy theories that COVID-19 deaths are being overstated. Donald Trump continues to insist...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota National Guard says a “handful” of their soldiers have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them are part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, which is stationed at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California in preparation for a 2021 deployment to the Middle East. READ MORE: Neighbors Help Take Care Of Deployed National Guard Soldiers’ Homes During Unrest Guard officials say all of its soldiers were screened, tested and isolated before heading to training. They are also screened daily at Fort Irwin for symptoms and temperature. Here is the Minnesota National Guard’s full statement: A handful of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers have tested positive for COVID-19 during a training rotation at the...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting an extension of the state National Guard's to continue their work on missions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to the Trump administration Monday, the Democratic governor requested an extension of federal authority and funding for the National Guard emergency response operations through December 31, citing the rising cases of coronavirus in the state. In the letter, Inslee notes that currently more than 1,000 guard members are assisting with food banks as well as contact tracing of the pandemic and operating community-based test sites. More than 40,600 people have tested positive for the virus, and at least 1,438 have died. The virus causes mild to moderate symptoms...
    The Trump administration has rejected a request by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) for millions of dollars in federal aid to repair damage to buildings and infrastructure destroyed in riots that followed the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. On July 2, Gov. Walz formally asked President Donald Trump “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest,” according to the governor’s office. Walz sought financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), estimating the damage “eligible” for relief to be nearly $16 million. The total damage in the city, he said, was estimated at about $500 million. But on Friday, the governor’s office confirmed that...
    Democratic Governor Tim Walz responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to reject his $500 million bailout request for the damage caused by the weeks-long violent rioting in Minneapolis in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Gov. Waltz was widely criticized for his slow reaction to the violence, particularly by President Trump. “Walz, a Democrat, requested that Trump declare Minnesota a ‘major disaster’ zone in a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on July 2 after more than 1,500 buildings were damaged by looting and rioting in the wake of Floyd’s death, totaling over $500 million in damages,” The Washington Examiner reported. The Democrat says he is “disappointed” in Trump’s rejection of the financial aid. “The Governor is...
    The deployment of Illinois National Guard members to support the state's COVID-19 testing mission is drawing to a close.It's been a extraordinary four-month effort that has kept service members away from their families for weeks at a time. In March, members of the Illinois National Guard began establishing and operating critical state-run testing sites."In Afghanistan, it's a helmet and armor. For COVID, it was the masks and gloves, all those kind of things," said Illinois National Guard Brig. Gen. Richard Neely.State leaders recently announced that the Illinois National Guard will hand over operations of 11 state-run testing sites to civilian contractors this month.Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaOver the past four months, thousands of...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The demand for coronavirus testing is increasing by the day after the number of confirmed cases in Sacramento county tripled in just a matter of weeks. County health officials partnered with the California National Guard and Sacramento Public Library Authority to offer free testing at rotating Sacramento county public library branches every 1-3 days. On Thursday, a pop-up test site was scheduled to be open all morning at the Valley Hi-North Laguna branch located at 7400 Imagination Parkway in Elk Grove, but it was over almost as soon as it began due to a large number of people showing up. Cars were lined up and backed up to Bruceville Road. Robert Mandelson, 75, said he has been...
    Top law enforcement leaders on Thursday said earlier deployment of National Guard members to assist in the response to protests, arson fires and looting in Minneapolis and St. Paul could’ve mitigated the damage that resulted in May. It’s the first time state law enforcement officers have chronicled in-depth their efforts to respond to the protests. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Twin Cities to demonstrate after former George Floyd’s death after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck on May 25. And after a night of initial protests, some began setting fire to businesses and breaking into dozens of stores. The fires and looting affected or destroyed 1,500 businesses and racked up more...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was the question asked repeatedly during the first days of the riots: where is the National Guard? When the Guard showed up in force the Saturday after George Floyd’s death the violence eased dramatically. On Thursday at a Republican Senate hearing, lawmakers challenged leaders about the timing on some of the decisions made early on. In the hours after the Minneapolis third precinct fell, the number of National Guard troops the state was considering deploying jumped from just 200 to 700  — 700 is the number of guardsmen trained in civil disturbances. “As bad as Thursday night was, I wasn’t quite comfortable with going to the governor and saying ‘hey let’s bring on less trained soldiers,”...
    Washington — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened. Esper's stance is at odds with Trump, who had spoken of invoking the Insurrection Act in order to use active-duty forces on the streets of the nation's capital during protests in late May and early June that included limited acts of violence, such as setting a fire in St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House. Several active-duty units were put on alert but ultimately were not deployed in Washington. "Using active duty forces in...
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley declared that the National Guard and active-duty troops were not deployed against peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square a month ago so that President Trump could enjoy a photo opportunity in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. “National Guard personnel were not engaged in clearing protesters in Lafayette Square,” Esper said Thursday at a House Armed Services Committee hearing more than a month after 31 Democrats called on the defense officials to explain their actions. Esper emphasized that the 1,700 active-duty military members on standby in Virginia were not used and that the 5,000 Guard members did not engage protesters. Esper also said that those Guard...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California National Guard is stepping up to keep several testing sites in Sacramento open — tt least temporarily.  As CBS13 has previously reported, five community-based testing sites were shut down because of a lack of testing materials.  READ ALSO: What’s Behind The Coronavirus Testing Shortage? Guard members will operate four of the sites on different days starting next week.  Patients who had appointments canceled will get priority. The guard will assess each site to see if they need to be open beyond next week. The following is the schedule for testing next week: Tuesday, July 14 –  Natomas Unified School District​ (1931 Arena Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95934​) Wednesday, July 15 – Robertson Community Center (3525 Norwood Avenue)​​ Thursday,...
    (CBS) — The Colorado National Guard has given its highest civilian award to a state employee — Amanda Hettinger received the state Meritorious Service Medal. Since March, she’s helped the National Guard set up 33 coronavirus testing sites across the state, most of them at nursing homes which had seen deadly outbreaks. The National Guard has tested more than 5,000 people at these sites since March.
    Democratic leaders in the city of Chicago need to recognize that they've failed their constituents and call on President Trump and the National Guard for help because Chicagoans "are not waiting any longer," Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said Wednesday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with host Steve Doocy, Caldwell recalled how his brother lost his best friend three years ago in a drive-by shooting. GIANNO CALDWELL URGES CHICAGO MAYOR TO ACCEPT TRUMP'S HELP AFTER BLOODY WEEKEND: STOP 'PLAYING POLITICS' "Three Memorial Day weekends ago, my younger brother was in a car with two of his friends when two men walked up and shot the car 25 times...Thankfully, he lived. But, his best friend died in his arms. And, since then I have been talking about the Chicago violence," he...
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) on Tuesday criticized Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) after he issued an executive order deploying state National Guard troops due to an escalation in violence in the city.  Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," Bottoms acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic and instances of police brutality had produced a "perfect storm of distress" in Atlanta and other parts of the U.S. in recent weeks. But she said that the city of Atlanta and officials at Georgia State Patrol never felt the "need for the National Guard to come in" to address the situation.  "The irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," Bottoms...
    MILWAUKEE – A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer is under for making comments about the death of U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Betsy Schoeller, a former Wisconsin Air National Guard officer, posted comments on Facebook about Guillen's death, saying sexual harassment is the price of admission for women in the military and “if you're gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you're gonna pay the price.” Guillen, 20, disappeared at Fort Hood in April. Remains of what's believed to be Guillen's body were discovered Tuesday in Central Texas. Federal and military investigators say fellow soldier Aaron David Robinson killed and dismembered her . Robinson killed himself Wednesday as police were trying to contact him. ...
    Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday he’s “glad” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp activated the National Guard, adding that he applauds his actions. “It’s been something we need to see done,” Collins said. “We need to give support to our local police down there and I think the governor has done the right thing here.” Kemp, a Republican, declared a state of emergency Monday following an uptick in shootings over the July Fourth weekend that injured 31 people and killed five, including an 8-year-old girl, after weeks of violent crime and property destruction in Atlanta. "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot and left for dead," Kemp said in a statement. "This lawlessness must...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared a state of emergency and authorized up to 1,000 National Guard troops in the Peach state to deploy to Atlanta following civil unrest in the Democrat-controlled city. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The National Guard troops will be dispatched to three locations in the city: The state Capitol, which has been the focus of protests over statues of segregationists and Civil War leaders; the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead; and the recently-vandalized Department of Public Safety building in southeast Atlanta. […] The mayor did not immediately address Kemp’s decision but issued her own plea to residents to end the violence. At least 93 people were shot in Atlanta between May 31 – roughly when the George...
    Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and authorized the deployment of up to 1,000 George National Guard troops amid a surge of violence in the state, numerous sources reported.  The governor issued the executive order Monday following “weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta,” CNN reported.  The troops will be tasked with protecting state buildings and freeing up police resources to allow state law enforcement to increase patrols after a violent Independence Day weekend, when more than 30 Georgians were shot. One of the people shot and killed was an 8-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner. Turner was killed near the Wendy’s that Rayshard Brooks was killed at in Atlanta, and...
    ATLANTA — Georgia’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops after a weekend of violence in Atlanta left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl. A statement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office says troops will provide support at certain locations including the Capitol and governor’s mansion, freeing up state law enforcement resources to patrol other areas. “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” the Republican governor said. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.” Saturday night’s fatal shooting of Secoriea Turner, 8, prompted a $10,000 reward for information...
    Governor Brian Kemp has declared a State of Emergency across Georgia following a holiday weekend surge of violence in Atlanta that saw 31 shot and five killed, including an eight-year-old girl. Kemp’s declaration activates up to 1,000 members of the Georgia National Guard to help maintain order on the streets. In justification of the motion, Kemp cited ‘weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta.’ ‘Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,’ Kemp continued. ‘This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard...
    (CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta."The governor's statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.The shooting was near the scene where a now-fired Atlanta police officer fatally shot...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard to protect citizens and property after violence over the Independence Day weekend left more than thirty Georgians injured and five dead from shootings. What are the details?The governor issued an executive order Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops focused on the city of Atlanta, where an 8-year-old girl was killed Saturday night as riots continue to rage weeks after the death of Rayshard Brooks. "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda," Kemp said in a statement. "Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has seen enough death and destruction in the capital of his state. Kemp announced on Monday that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to patrol state buildings in Atlanta after a week of violence that included the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old child. “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” said Kemp. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.” Four people died in the city over the weekend, and protesters sacked the Georgia State Patrol headquarters. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is rumored to be in the running for Joe Biden's vice...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday authorized deploying the Georgia National Guard after a weekend of violence in Atlanta that included the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl. Kemp declared a state of emergency in Georgia by signing an executive order to allow as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy to Atlanta. The governor said the declaration came after “weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction” and gunfire over the Fourth of July weekend, leading to five confirmed deaths. "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”...
    Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Monday authorized up to 1,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to Atlanta after the city’s mayor, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms, failed to stop the escalating violence in her city. “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said in a statement. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk....
    Betsy Schoeller, a college lecturer and former member of the Wisconsin Air Guard, apologized for her comments made in Facebook group about the murder of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old solider. University of Wisconsin , Fort Hood Betsy Schoeller, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and retired member of the Wisconsin Air Guard, apologized for her comments in a Facebook group on a news article about murdered US Army soldier Vanessa Guillén. Schoeller wrote that "sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club" and "if you're gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you're gonna pay the price." A petition to remove Schoeller as a lecturer from UWM has amassed more...
    New York — The detainee was placed at the disposal of the Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua while his legal situation is determined The detainee was trying to cross the Mexican border into the city of El Paso, Texas Photo:National Guard / Courtesy MEXICO – Elements of the National Guard of Mexico This Monday, a US citizen was arrested when he was trying to cross the border between the municipality of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas, with 5,000 assault rifle cartridges. Through a statement, the Mexican authorities indicated that the arrest was made this Monday, at the Córdova de las Américas International Bridge in the state of Chihuahua. “At the...
    Last month, Conservative political figure Steve Hotze called Republican Texas Governor Gregg Abbott to make sure the National Guard was available to “restore order.” “I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze told Abbott’s chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. “I want to make sure that he has the National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill ‘em. Thank you.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott approaches the line for people to attend the public viewing for George Floyd in Houston, Texas. (Photo...
    By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune July 3, 2020 ““Kill ’em.” Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting National Guard “shoot to kill” rioters” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In the days after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott’s chief of staff to pass along a message. (Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) “I want you to give a message to the governor,”...
    The Civil Guard has dismantled a network of “financial bars” that would have defrauded more than 27 million from 472 Spanish investors and has arrested four people in Barcelona, ​​four others in Germany and one in Greece. The so-called “Operation ALIBI” was developed by the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard, under the direction of the Central Court of Instruction number 1 of the National Court, and with the collaboration of the National Securities Market Commission. This organization manipulated shares listed in German, French and Austrian multilateral trading systems. Multilateral trading systems are trading venues with fewer requirements for listing on them than regulated markets. They had a complex network, based mainly in Germany and Spain. The...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A conservative power broker told Texas' governor to have National Guard troops “shoot to kill” amid protests last month against racial injustice and police brutality. Steve Hotze, a Houston-based critic of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, left that message in a voicemail to the governor's chief of staff on the weekend of June 6, according to The Texas Tribune. Abbott had activated the Texas National Guard after some protests became violent and destructive. “I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze can be heard saying on a recording published by the online news outlet. “I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to...
    In the days after George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across the country, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff to pass along a message."I want you to give a message to the governor," Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses - shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That's the only way you restore order. Kill 'em....
    A powerful Texas Republican called Governor Greg Abbott last month with a request for the National Guard being dispatched during statewide protests — “shoot to kill” anyone rioting. As the Texas Tribune reported, “conservative power broker” Steve Hotze had called Abbott’s office and left the request in a voicemail with chief of staff Luis Saenz. In the message, obtained by the newspaper through a public information request, Hotze asked for the governor to authorize the National Guard to open fire if there was rioting. “I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze told Saenz in a voicemail. “I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to...
    A prominent conservative activist urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to allow the National Guard to “shoot to kill” protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. "I want you to give a message to the governor," Steve Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail that was obtained by The Texas Tribune. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you...
    Hundreds of protesters blocked off the main access road to Mt. Rushmore Friday night just hours before President Trump's scheduled speech at an Independence Day rally in front of the national monument. According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, several Native American protesters gathered early Friday evening around Highway 16A near Keystone and parked several vans across the road in order to form a blockade. Soon after the blockade was formed, local authorities declared the gathering an "unlawful assembly" over a megaphone and demanded that protesters disperse. The local outlet added that at least one arrest was made and that the National Guard was called in to help clear the crowd. Reporting live from the scene, Right Side Broadcasting...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While some local Fourth of July events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still get your fill of patriotic songs! It’s all thanks to the Maryland National Guard’s 229th Army Band! The band will share a performance Saturday on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. While the coronavirus pandemic forced the group to cancel their traditional Fourth of July performances, they still wanted to show off their love for America. Roughly 30 members came together Thursday at the Warfield Air National Guard Base to record a line up of songs that they could share with everyone for the holiday!
    More than 30,000 National Guardsmen remain activated for the coronavirus pandemic response — and there’s no end in sight, Military Times reported Thursday. Troops have been involved in work in hospitals, at testing stations, distributing supplies and providing logistics back-up to local agencies— even helping process unemployment claims — since March, the news outlet reported. “Thankfully, civil disturbance operations seem to be receding,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said, referring to protests after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. His remarks came at a Brookings Institution webinar, Military Times reported. “But COVID-19 appears to be, maybe even on the rise, in some cases, and there’s no sign of operational tempo reduction in the near future.”...
    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (CBS4) – The Warriors of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard will fly F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft over Colorado communities July 4, to salute our nation’s independence. Two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National flyover the state of Colorado (credit: CONG/stock photo) “It is truly a privilege to support our local communities in their Independence Day celebrations,” U.S. Air Force Col. Micah Fesler, commander, 140th Wing, said. “We hope Coloradans hear the ‘sound of freedom’ and take a moment to reflect on the things that unite us a Nation, as well as the powerful words drafted into our Declaration of Independence.” The 140th Wing will launch the jets...
    CORTEZ, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado National Guard has been helping test first responders who battled wildfires in southwest Colorado. The mobile coronavirus testing teams were in Cortez and Pagosa Springs last week. (credit: iStock/Getty Images Plus) Some 70 Army and Air National Guard members tested more than 250 people. Their mobile testing mission is expected to continue through the end of the month.
    Washington (CNN)Campaigning as the candidate of "law and order," President Donald Trump keeps claiming that he is the one who got the National Guard deployed to deal with rioting in Minnesota.According to Trump and his team, Trump made the Guard deployment happen over the objections of the state's Democratic leaders."I brought it out five days after they started. They wouldn't use the National Guard. I brought the National Guard to -- I told them, I said, 'You got to get the National Guard.' We got them in. Everything stopped in Minneapolis. It was really an amazing thing, actually, to see, and they had no problems after we called out the Guard," Trump said in an interview with Nexstar on June...
    The father of a teenager who was shot and killed in the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle said the National Guard needs to come clear out the protesters and end the demonstration, KIRO-TV reported. Horace Lorenzo Anderson's 19-year-old son was killed in the area last weekend, just one of several young people who have been killed or injured there over the past two weeks. Early Monday morning, a 16-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old was critically injured when gunfire broke out in the CHOP. City and police officials have called for an end to the occupation of the Capitol Hill area by anti-police protesters after a string of violent incidents, but some people remain. No suspects have...
    The father of a teen killed during a shooting in Seattle’s “autonomous zone” is calling for the National Guard to be sent into the area. Horace Lorenzo Anderson's 19-year-old son and namesake was fatally shot last week in Seattle’s CHOP zone, which was created by protesters following the death of George Floyd. The father says it’s time for the occupiers to disperse, according to KIRO 7 News. "This doesn't look like a protest to me no more," Anderson told local news. "That just looks like they just took over and said, 'We can take over whenever we want to.'" Anderson added that he’d like the National Guard to be called in to stop the violence in the zone,...
    Horace Lorenzo Anderson, the father of a 19-year-old black teen shot and killed inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) is speaking out and demanding the city bring in the National Guard to help break up the increasingly violent protest, now in its third week. Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr., was the first person killed in CHOP, more than a week ago, during an outbreak of gun violence inside of the “autonomous zone.” Anderson’s father, Anderson, Sr., spoke late Monday, after another black teen, this time a 16-year old, was killed in the CHOP over the weekend, and a 14-year-old left wounded. “I ain’t been sleeping. You see my eyes. I’ve been crying. I’m trying not to cry on TV,” Anderson...
    CHICAGO -- The U.S. Army is seeing a drop in recruitment despite high unemployment, so the National Guard is launching a virtual hiring campaign Tuesday.A COVID-19 testing site in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood is one place where soldiers have been busy lately.Major General Michael Zerbonia, Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, said many other kinds of jobs need to be filled.The National Guard hopes to recruit 10,000 soldiers across the country from Jun 30 through July 2.You can visit www.nationalguard.comil for more information.