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    The Oregon State Police (OSP) will no longer be safeguarding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, located in downtown Portland, the site of frequent rioting, a police official announced Thursday. “At this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority,” OSP Capt. Timothy Fox said. PORTLAND MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO DOWNTOWN COURTHOUSE The notification follows District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s announcement that a portion of the more than 500 misdemeanor and felony charges brought against protests since May 29, will be dropped. The DA’s office noted that they do not have unlimited resources to handle the 74 straight nights of protests that accrued after...
    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...
    There’s no such thing as a free lunch… or wedding reception. A groom-to-be says his future wife's cousin is trying to score a free wedding reception by getting married on the same day as he and his fiancé. According to him, the cousin wants to get married in a courthouse and then come to his reception later that same afternoon. The seemingly frustrated groom-to-be posted his story on Reddit’s forums, where he explained, “My fiancée, Nicole, and I had chosen our wedding date, booked the venue, and notified the immediate members of the family of the date and the pending save the date mailings. Nicole's cousin, Amber, found out that we had announced the date and called Nicole upset that...
    Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that President Trump saved the city of Portland, Oregon. President Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to send in around 100 Federal Protective Service (FPS) agents to defend the federal courthouse that had been under siege for two months by violent anarchists who were intending to destroy the building. Miller, in an appearance on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Tuesday evening, made the case that the Trump administration’s actions have officially quelled the violence of the “riotous mob” by stopping those rioters from setting off a chain reaction of events that would have led to more destruction beyond  the...
    Just after dark on September 10 last year, Justin Wynn and Gary DeMercurio carefully slunk along a dimly lit hallway inside the Polk County courthouse, an ostentatious Beaux-Arts building in the center of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For the second time in three nights, the two intruders had picked the lock on a basement-level emergency exit door at the side of the building. Now they were back inside, deep in the warren of the building’s underbelly. From their visit two nights earlier, they knew that just ahead, in a darkened maintenance office, there was a box on a wall holding a ring of keys—keys that would give them the run of the entire rest of the courthouse. But on...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution that the nightly assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, required government intervention, because local law enforcement refused to quell the attacks on the building and the federal officers already stationed on the property. Graham asked Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli about the fate of the courthouse if additional officers had not been deployed. “If we’d done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?” Graham asked.  “That courthouse wouldn’t be there in any functional ….” Cuccinelli said. “So I challenge anybody on the other side to say different,” Graham said, interrupting Cuccinelli and challenging...
    Washington (CNN)Jonathan Swan, a reporter for Axios, has revealed the magic words that expose President Donald Trump's lies for what they are.Who? What? How? No.Read MoreIn an interview that aired Monday night on "Axios on HBO," Swan demolished some of Trump's most dishonest talking points with a powerful tactic that has rarely been used by the people Trump has allowed to interview him:Basic follow-up questions.Many of Trump's interviewers are right-wing sycophants who have no interest in challenging him. But Trump has defeated even his other interviewers by employing a strategy we can call the hit-and-run -- saying dishonest stuff, then darting ahead to other dishonest stuff before the interviewer reacts. Swan -- like Fox News' Chris Wallace, to a slightly...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night time throughout a battle with a girl who took footage inside a metropolis park that housed demonstrators for months, in accordance with police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. contained in the Lownsdale Sq. park throughout from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops stated. After capturing images and video on the park, the girl started arguing with protesters and stabbed considered one of them in her chest, police stated. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter reveals the sufferer and different protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Name the police!” a girl filming repeatedly says earlier than urging the suspect to drop the knife....
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night during a fight with a woman who took footage inside a city park that housed demonstrators for months, according to police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. inside the Lownsdale Square park across from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops said. After shooting photos and video at the park, the woman began arguing with protesters and stabbed one of them in her chest, police said. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter shows the victim and other protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Call the police!” a woman filming repeatedly says before urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I told you not to f–k...
    (CNN)You knew this was coming.In a tweet heard around the world, US President Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November's election. It was the inevitable conclusion of his incessant lies that mail-in voting -- an attractive option amid a pandemic -- is prone to massive fraud.But World War II and the Civil War didn't stop voting, and the coronavirus crisis likely won't either. Trump has no power to set the dates for elections; the Constitution says that's up to Congress. And the swift rejection of the idea of a delayed election even by Trump's Republican allies did more to express the President's diminished power than to suggest an imminent authoritarian takeover.That doesn't mean Trump's tweet is not pernicious....
    The Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette is closed to the public until Monday, August 3rd. Superior Court Chief Justice Kristina Cook Graham signed an order to close the building today at Noon after someone employed in the courthouse tested positive for COVID-19.   The closure will provide time for the courthouse to be cleaned and sanitized.   The courthouse serves as the offices for Probate Court, the Clerk of Courts, State Solicitor, Juvenile Court and other functions. Judge Graham’s order calls on all offices to continue to conduct business that is essential and that can be done online or by phone.   The Walker County Board of Elections...
    The Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss captured an absolutely amazing shot of the chaos in Portland, Oregon before heading back to the East Coast.
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the federal government would not leave Portland, Oregon, until the city was secured. “They either clean out their city and do it right, or we’re going to have to do it for them,” Trump said. The president spoke to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Texas. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced Wednesday that they had reached an agreement with the federal government for a “phased withdrawal” of federal agents from Portland. But Trump said that if Democrats failed to secure the city, the federal government would act. “If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice — we’re going to have to go in and clean...
    The Trump administration reached an agreement Wednesday with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on a plan to stop violence in Portland, but appear to disagree on the timeline. President Donald Trump told reporters earlier Wednesday that federal troops will remain in the city until it is “secure.” Hours later, Brown announced an agreement with the administration. Brown claimed that “starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.” “Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace,” Brown added. “Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.” Our local...
    A protester climbs the fence People in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experiences another night of unrest on July 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The city of Portland, Oregon, says the federal government owes it nearly $200,000 in fines for its placement of fencing around the courthouse that has blocked a bike lane. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is charging the Department of Homeland Security $500 for every 15 minutes the fence blocks a bike lane outside the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Local officials have clashed with the federal government over the Trump administration's deployment of federal agents in the city to quash ongoing protests. Portland...
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin ripped Democrats for their "hatred" of law enforcement and "obnoxious" behavior during Attorney General William Barr's hearing Tuesday. "The House Judiciary Democrats have revealed themselves as obnoxious, dishonest, moronic, and ignorant," Levin said Tuesday. "These demagogues support the violent rioters, hate law enforcement, will not allow the AG to reply to any of their idiotic and phony questions." Democrats called Barr to testify before the committee regarding a bevy of issues, including the deployment of federal forces to Portland, Oregon, during rioting there, the Justice Department's handling of the Roger Stone case, and the nationwide calls for police reform in America. Since Barr was confirmed, critics of President Trump have accused Barr...
    A border town in Texas will soon paint a mural with the words "Defund the Wall" on a street in front of the federal courthouse downtown in an effort to build momentum and block the upcoming construction of 69 miles of wall in the region. The Laredo City Council unanimously voted this week to paint the message in large block letters. Construction on the new $275 million portion in the area is scheduled to begin in 2021. The organization, No Border Wall Coalition, made a presentation at the council meeting to convince members to vote in favor of the mural and urge the federal government to spend wall funding on local improvements to healthcare, jobs, education, and the environment. The...
    Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that Democrats cut off a video he showed during his opening statement at a Tuesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr before it ended. "They wouldn't let us complete our video, they wouldn't let him answer questions..." Jordan, R-Ohio, said. "They pulled the plug on the video?" host Steve Doocy asked. BARR SPARS WITH DEMS ON TRUMP TIES, RIOTS AT FIERY HOUSE HEARING "Yeah, it wasn't all the way through. We had more to show. They wouldn't let him answer the questions. And there was a point where they weren't even going to let him take a restroom break," Jordan responded. The House Judiciary GOP...
    The Trump administration has initiated talks with Oregon's governor's office about withdrawing federal agents deployed to quell protests as Portland officials reveal the city is fining the government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting an unauthorized fence around its courthouse.  The White House would agree to draw down the presence of troops if the state stepped up its own enforcement, an anonymous senior White House official said to AP Tuesday. The talks are with the office of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and are in the early stages and there is still no agreement.  The news came as the city of Portland announced its own action against the deployment of troops by fining the federal government until it removes an unpermitted...
    Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Excerpts from his prepared remarks follow: The horrible killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis understandably jarred the whole country and forced us to reflect on longstanding issues in our nation. Those issues obviously relate to the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Given our history, it is ­understandable that among black Americans, there is at least some ambivalence, and often distrust, toward the police. Until just the last 50 years or so, our laws and institutions were explicitly discriminatory. It was not until ’60s that the civil rights movement succeeded in tearing down the Jim Crow edifice. Our laws ­finally came to formally embody the...
    Attorney General William Barr said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that left-wing groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter have “hijacked legitimate protests” over the death of a black man in police custody by rioting for two months in Portland, Oregon, attacking police and trying to destroy the federal courthouse and other federal property in the city.  “I want to address a different breakdown in the rule of law that we have witnessed over the past two months,” Barr said. “In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims.” “The current situation in Portland is a telling example,” Barr said. “Every night...
    You've seen the videos: armored police shooting objects into crowds in Portland, teargassing the city's mayor and beating protesters who stand in the way of their tactical advances. But why are federal officers in Portland, and have they fueled violence as critics and city officials claim?  How did Portland become the epicenter of protests against police violence? Portland had seen nearly 40 consecutive nights of protests against police violence and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, but city officials say the nightly demonstrations were dwindling when the Department of Homeland Security decided on July 4 to increase its presence around Portland's federal courthouse. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox What happened...
    Daily Caller reporters are on the ground in Portland, Oregon, to get exclusive footage of federal agents in a days-long standoff with protesters and rioters outside the city’s federal courthouse.
    Police seen at the scene of a shooting in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday evening, the 60th night of demonstrations in the city. KPTV One person was hospitalized after a shooting a block away from the Portland protests Sunday evening.  The police took two suspects into custody in connection to the shooting.  The shooting took place on the 60th consecutive night of protests in the city.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On the 60th night of anti-police protests in Portland, Oregon, a nearby shooting sent one person to the hospital.  The gunfire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Fourth Ave and Salmon Street, one block away from the federal courthouse that has been the scene...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse and federal officers continue to be targeted night after night in Portland, but some in the media are downplaying the violence. Protests and riots in Portland are nearing 60 consecutive days. During that time, the courthouse and officers guarding it have repeatedly been subjected to violent acts by rioters, as Daily Caller reporters on the ground have reported. Despite this, many in the media have downplayed the violence, with CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming that it’s simply the “right-wing media” playing “up Portland protest ‘violence.'” “Right-wing media ramped up its coverage of scattered unrest in Portland, Oregon last week at roughly the same time that federal officers descended on the downtown area,” Stelter wrote...
    Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss and media reporter Shelby Talcott are on the ground in Portland, Oregon covering all of the protests at the courthouse.
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities over the weekend, with demonstrators squaring off against federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles in California and Virginia. A protest against police violence in Austin, Texas, turned deadly when a witness says the driver of a car that drove through a crowd of marchers opened fire on an armed demonstrator who approached the vehicle. And someone was shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado, after a car drove through a protest there, authorities said. The unrest Saturday and early Sunday stemmed from the weeks of protests over racial injustice and the police...
    Federal law enforcement officers face off demonstrators during a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland, Oregon, U.S., July 26, 2020.Caitlin Ochs | Reuters Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities overnight, with demonstrators squaring off against agents outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles during unrest in California and Virginia. A protester in Austin, Texas, who was apparently armed with a rifle was shot and killed after witnesses say he approached a car that had driven through a march against police violence. And someone was shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado, after a car drove through a protest there, authorities...
    The Daily Caller’s Shelby Talcott and Richie McGinniss are on the ground in Portland, Oregon where protesters are engaged in an ongoing standoff with law enforcement. President Donald Trump recently dispatched hundreds of federal agents to cities across the country experiencing unrest, including Portland, Chicago, and Kansas City. At least one police officer has said the protesters are mostly white and have shouted racially charged phrases at black officers. “It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest, you have more minorities on the police side then you have in a violent crowd, and you have white people screaming at black officers: ‘You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen,’” said officer Jakhary Jackson. Jackson added that he...
    Adults in Portland appeared to have toddlers hold anti-cop signs and repeat “fuck the police” for a bystander recording the moment, as the city continues to descend into chaos on a nightly basis. Journalist Andy Ngo, who has firsthand experience with violent Antifa rioters in Portland, shared a video on social media showing a group of adults walking with toddlers, who were holding anti-cop signs reading “Fuck the Police” and “Eff Trump’s Goons.” “Show them your sign. Say, ‘Fuck the Police,’” an adult in the background told the children, who innocently repeated the phrase: Toddlers and very young children are marched outside the Portland federal courthouse. They carry signs and say, “F— the police” on cue from the adults. One...
    Earlier in the night, Wheeler was mostly jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents but was briefly applauded when he shouted "Black Lives Matter" and pumped his fist in the air. The mayor has opposed federal agents' presence in Oregon's largest city, but he has faced harsh criticism from many sides, and his presence wasn't welcomed by many who yelled and swore at him. "I want to thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration's occupation of this city," Wheeler told hundreds of people gathered downtown near the federal courthouse. "The reason this is important is it is not just happening in Portland ... we're on the...
    The mayor of Portland was left struggling for breath when he was hit by tear gas sprayed by federal agents on Wednesday. Mayor Ted Wheeler scrambled to put goggles on after the noxious gas was used on crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters outside the city's federal courthouse.  It comes as authorities announced three federal agents may have been permanently blinded in the clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators this week.  Wheeler told The New York Times: 'I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe. And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.' Mayor Ted Wheeler (pictured) scrambled to put goggles on after the noxious gas was used...
    Portland experienced another night of violence, looting, and widespread arson as demonstrators took to the streets, attempting to break into the federal courthouse and lighting several fires throughout the city, prompting a response from federal law enforcement. Protesters gathered downtown late Monday night and targeted the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center, vandalizing the buildings and attempting to break into them. According to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), demonstrators “tampered with and climbed on the gate leading under the Justice Center and pounded on plywood on the exterior of the building” and “behaved similarly at the Federal Courthouse.” Police said protesters, who were equipped with hammers, crowbars, hammers, shields, helmets, gas masks, “and other pry tools,” pounded on...
    Portland, Oregon — This city remained a flashpoint in nationwide demonstrations for racial justice and against police brutality as the biggest crowd in weeks gathered Monday night, reports CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV. But federal authorities used tear gas for the seventh night in a row as well as flash bangs and other crowd-control munitions against protesters downtown. KOIN reporters witnessed protesters and federal officers face off near SW 3rd Avenue and Main Street and saw authorities use pepper balls and throw tear gas canisters and flash bangs. Portland police said early Tuesday on social media that federal law enforcement personnel in the area were using tear gas and that hundreds of protesters had scattered to surrounding streets, adding that...
    A black man holding an American flag has been filmed telling protesters in Portland 'none of you guys represent Black lives'.  The unidentified demonstrator stood outside the Federal Courthouse on Saturday evening, footage shared on Twitter shows. In the clip he attempts to protect the building from vandals who tore down a fence. Portland has seen nearly two months of nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Late Saturday, demonstrators broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires, police said. The man tells protesters: 'If you stand for justice come here and stand with me, stand with me because I stand for justice. I’m not here to tear down this f***ing fence, I’m not here to...
    Saturday marked the 52nd consecutive night of protests in Portland following George Floyd's death. Demonstrations elevated to violent levels as the night progressed, and by 11 p.m., the Portland Police Department declared a riot. Rioters broke into the Portland Police Association building on Saturday night and set it on fire. Agitators also started dumpster fires in Oregon's largest city. At the PPA building right now, looks like there may be a fire inside. #blacklivesmatter  #protest #pdx #portland… https://t.co/ZPF5QSkgjA — Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof))1595138039.0 The Portland Police union in north Portland was broken into and set on fire by antifa rioters. A riot has been decl… https://t.co/SwdpMpchaR — Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1595138902.0 Protesters chanted:...
    Violence erupted in Portland late Thursday into Friday morning as a “couple hundred” demonstrators gathered near the Justice Center for a protest that descended into a riot, as participants hurled commercial-grade fireworks, large rocks, and bottles at officers and launched mortars toward the federal courthouse. According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), a “couple hundred” protesters gathered at the Justice Center late Thursday, blocking streets, chanting and speaking “for several hours” before the group began to move, ultimately breaking the glass doors of the Federal Court House building. The mounting acts of destruction prompted authorities to come outside to “protect the integrity of their building.” Protesters met officers with hostility, launching “large rocks, full cans, and bottles” with sling shots....
    GEORGETOWN, Del. (CBS) — Delaware officials are removing a whipping post from public display at the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown. Officials are removing the whipping post in response to calls from the community and in recognition to the violence and racial discrimination that it displays. The post will be moved to a Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs storage facility with other historical items. “Finally, Delaware is removing its last ‘Red Hannah,’ the whipping post, from the public’s view,” Vice-Chair of the Delaware Heritage Commission Dr. Reba Hollingsworth said. “Such relics of the past should be placed in museums to be preserved and protected for those who want to remember the cruel, inhuman, barbarous acts perpetrated on our...
    A MAN has been charged after allegedly tearing down a Ten Commandments monument from a courthouse lawn using a pickup truck. Police said Anthony Weimer, 30, wrapped a chain around the religious statue and attached it to his truck to rip the monument from the ground outside the Flathead County courthouse in Montana on Saturday. 2 30-year-old Anthony Weimer has been charged with felony criminal mischiefCredit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office 2 Weimer allegedly ripped the statue from the ground using a pickup truckCredit: Ian Cameron and the Flathead Area Secular Humanist Association He then dragged the monument down the road before detaching the chain and taking off, according to NBC Montana. Police were later able to locate the truck, contact...
    Montana police arrested a man who they said pulled down a courthouse Ten Commandments monument with a chain and a pickup truck, according to reports. Anthony Weimer was booked into jail on a charge of felony criminal mischief following the incident Saturday in Kalispell, KHQ reported. Police said they responded after callers reported seeing a man on the grounds of the Flathead County Courthouse attach a chain to a pickup truck before pulling down the monument into the street, according to the station. The man was then said to have collected the chain before driving off in the pickup, the station reported. Officers later located the truck, found the suspect and arrested him, according to the station. Police said...
    Montana police arrested a man who they said pulled down a courthouse Ten Commandments monument with a chain and a pickup truck, according to reports. Anthony Weimer was booked into jail on a charge of felony criminal mischief following the incident Saturday in Kalispell, KHQ reported. Police said they responded after callers reported seeing a man on the grounds of the Flathead County Courthouse attach a chain to a pickup truck before pulling down the monument into the street, according to the station. The man was then said to have collected the chain before driving off in the pickup, the station reported. Officers later located the truck, found the suspect and arrested him, according to the station. Police said they...
    Montana police arrested a man who they said pulled down a courthouse Ten Commandments monument with a chain and a pickup truck, according to reports. Anthony Weimer was booked into jail on a charge of felony criminal mischief following the incident Saturday in Kalispell, KHQ reported. Police said they responded after callers reported seeing a man on the grounds of the Flathead County Courthouse attach a chain to a pickup truck before pulling down the monument into the street, according to the station. RICHMOND POLICE HIT WITH PAINTBALLS, OTHER OBJECTS NEAR LEE STATUE; 6 ARRESTED Anthony Weimer, 30, was charged after allegedly pulling down a Ten Commandments monument. (Flathead County Sheriff's Office) The man was then said to have collected the chain before...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Federal officials said a Florida man had been sentenced to three years in federal prison for mailing a threatening letter to the federal courthouse in Miami. Court records show 47-year-old Freddy Velazquez mailed the letter in February 2019 containing a powder substance from state prison in Monticello, Florida. He was serving a sentence there for a prior conviction. Download The New CBS4 News App Here The U.S. attorney’s office in Miami said in a news release Friday that the letter including writing saying there were “chemicals that are going to kill many of you…I hate all of you pigs and hope you all die. I fight you all till you all die.” After a...
    MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for mailing a threatening letter to the federal courthouse in Miami. Court records show 47-year-old Freddy Velazquez mailed the letter in February 2019 containing a powder substance from state prison in Monticello, Florida. He was serving a sentence there for a prior conviction. The U.S. attorney's office in Miami said in a news release Friday that the letter including writing saying there were "chemicals that are going to kill many of you…I hate all of you pigs and hope you all die. I fight you all till you all die.” After a courthouse employee opened the letter, the building was evacuated and nearby streets closed...
    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida county commissioners voted Tuesday against removing a Confederate Flag that has flown outside its courthouse since the Civil Rights era. Walton County commissioners voted 3-2 to leave the flag despite please from several residents who said it had hurtful racial undertones. The move comes as cities around the country are reconsidering policies, monuments and landmarks with racist roots in the wake up racial protests related to the death of George Floyd. Walton officials said they would not consider removing the city's Confederate memorial. Commission Chairman Bill Chapman said it was one of the oldest in the nation honoring "90-some dead people who died during the Civil War.” Commissioners voted in 2018 to allow county...
    A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests at courthouses in New York state are illegal. The decision by Judge Jed Rakoff from the Southern District of New York immediately ends a policy from the Trump Administration that allowed ICE agents into case proceedings. “The Court declares ICE’s policy of courthouse arrests, as now embodied in the Directive, to be illegal,” Rakoff wrote in Wednesday’s opinion, according to NBC News. The suit was filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez last September and sought to end three years of arrests by ICE agents in and around state courts. “Our victory over the Trump Administration’s over-policing policies ensures the important...
    A Tennessee man has been charged in connection with setting fire to a historic Nashville courthouse--which serves as a City Hall--during a protest over the death of George Floyd, authorities said. Wesley Somers, 25, of Hendersonville, was arrested Sunday by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on state arson charges. He was further charged by federal prosecutors Wednesday with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives for his role in the destruction of the Metro Courthouse, according to Department of Justice news release. Video clips and photos show a shirtless man identified as Somers smashing a courthouse window and setting fire to an accelerant and placing it inside the window following a peaceful May 30 protest in downtown Nashville, the release said. Federal prosecutors...
    Two men were charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails after they threw them at a Dakota County Government building, located south of Minneapolis, Friday. U.S. Attorney’s Office announced a federal criminal complaint against Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, and Fornandous Cortez Henderson, 32, Tuesday – a formal detention hearing has been scheduled for Thursday. Two individuals were charged today with throwing Molotov cocktails into into Dakota County, Minn., government building May 29. Investigating with @AppleVllyPolice @DakotaMNSheriff Read for more details: https://t.co/lZCPsvavjF pic.twitter.com/ryHT2TV9xF — ATF St. Paul (@ATFStPaul) June 2, 2020 According to the criminal complaint, the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a fire alarm early on May 29 at the Dakota County Western Service Center (DCWSC)...
    Two men were charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails after they threw them at a Dakota County Government building, located south of Minneapolis, Friday. U.S. Attorney’s Office announced a federal criminal complaint against Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, and Fornandous Cortez Henderson, 32, Tuesday – a formal detention hearing has been scheduled for Thursday. According to the criminal complaint, the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a fire alarm early on May 29 at the Dakota County Western Service Center (DCWSC) -- the location of court facilities and a U.S. Passport Center. GEORGE FLOYD DEATH: MINNESOTA FILES HUMAN-RIGHTS COMPLAINT AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS POLICE Security officials reportedly found “broken windows, smoke and flames” at the west end of the building. “Located...
    Two men threw Molotov cocktails into a Dakota County courthouse last Friday as unrest spilled into the Twin Cities suburbs in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody, according to the United States Attorney’s Office Fornandous Cortez Henderson, 32, and Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, from Savage and Long Lake, respectively, have been charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails. They made their initial court appearance Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Garrett Patrick Ziegler Apple Valley police responded to a fire alarm at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley last Friday, according to a criminal complaint, and found broken windows, smoke, and flames coming from the building. Located at...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cleanup had already begun in Nashville early Sunday morning along Broadway Street - known for the city’s famous honky tonks - after protesters broke windows, lit fires and destroyed light poles the night before. Metro Nashville Police said in a tweet that at least 30 businesses and buildings were damaged after a peaceful demonstration turned violent on Saturday. Fires were lit inside and outside the city’s historic courthouse and a statue of a former state lawmaker and newspaper publisher who espoused racist views was toppled. Mayor John Cooper described Saturday as a “heartbreaking night” for Nashville, noting that the area had recently already faced a fatal tornado nearly three months before that shortly followed the...
    As tensions began to soar on the streets of Oakland Friday night, a gunman opened fired on two Federal Protective Service officers posted at the city's federal building, killing one of them and sending the other to the hospital with critical injuries, CBS SF Bay Area reports. A vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and opened fire at the contract security officers who worked for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, authorities said. The identities of the officers were not released and there was no word on the condition of the wounded officer. The shooting happened less than a half-mile half from the Oakland Police headquarters...