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    D.C.’s inspector general is now investigating whistleblower allegations of potentially criminal behavior among leadership at the District’s Housing Authority. An independent investigation found sufficient grounds to discipline one of its commissioners who allegedly threatened and harassed agency staff. A law firm hired by the District of Columbia Housing Authority to investigate staff concerns about Commissioner Antonio Taliaferro found sufficient grounds he broke the Board’s Standards of Conduct. The Venable law firm’s investigation report, which WTOP obtained, detailed interviews with seven employees, and sources close to the investigation said up to 20 employees were identified to be interviewed. One woman told investigators that she filed an anti-stalking order against Taliaferro after he allegedly threatened her when she would not arrange a housing transfer for his nephew. More DC News More Local News “When she told Commissioner Taliaferro he could not ask her for favors for his nephew, he got aggressive and told her she needed to ‘get the job done or I’ll get rid of all your asses,'” the report said. Taliaferro, who oversees senior and disabled housing for...
    D.C. Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson said the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C., told her to either have an abortion or accept termination from the department’s cadet program at 18 years old. Black, female DC police officers say they were given ultimatum: Have an abortion or be fired https://t.co/00BX1wM2x3 pic.twitter.com/gJEmGvX6Hi — The Hill (@thehill) October 22, 2021 “My choice to have a baby was personal and it should’ve been mine alone and not for an employer ultimatum,” Dickerson said in a Tuesday community meeting, Fox 5 reported. She went on to say that she does not have any children. (RELATED: ‘Roe’ Baby Says She Will Never Forgive Her Biological Mother For Trying To Use Her For Attention) Dickerson and 9 other women are suing the MPD of D.C. for $100 million. The officers allege a culture of discrimination and harassment. One woman “had to do things no woman should ever have to do” in order to work on a schedule that was conducive to caring for her child as a single mother, Dickerson stated. Another police...
    A juvenile suspect allegedly wielding a machete and threatening to stab someone has been arrested in Washington, D.C., police confirmed. At approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, the unidentified juvenile approached an unnamed victim while "brandish[ing] a machete and threaten[ing] to stab" the victim, the Metropolitan Police Department said on Sunday. The suspect then "made derogatory comments towards the victim and fled the scene," the readout added. The MPD said in its press release that it is "investigating this offense as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hate or bias, and the "derogatory comments" from the suspect were "anti-gay slurs" directed toward the victim, who was dining outside, according to FOX 5. INFLUX OF BROOD X CICADAS IN WASHINGTON LIGHT UP WEATHER RADAR The suspect allegedly started stabbing cicada bugs on the ground with the weapon and flicking the bugs at the victim, the report added. "I'll silence you," the suspect, who remains at large, told the victim before fleeing the scene, police told the outlet. No injuries were reported, and police have not indicated what charges the...
    WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in the United States and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plot his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Monday and is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Tuesday afternoon. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.Her arrest is the latest twist in the bloody, multinational saga involving Guzman, the longtime head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Guzman, whose two dramatic prison escapes in Mexico fed into a legend that he and his family were all but untouchable, was extradited to the United States in 2017 and is serving life in prison.And now his wife, with whom he has two young daughters, has been charged with helping him run his criminal empire. In a single-count criminal complaint, Coronel was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S. The Justice Department also accused...
    A Florida man wanted for allegedly storming the US Capitol was arrested when he brainlessly returned to Washington, DC, for the presidential inauguration Wednesday, officials said. Samuel Camargo, 26 — who was allegedly captured in video footage trying to breach the building during the riot on Jan. 6 —  went back to his home in Broward County after the deadly siege, according to the Justice Department. But despite allegedly knowing he was being hunted by the feds, he’s accused of fleeing back to Washington less than two weeks later, prosecutors said. "[He] decided that he should attempt to attend the inauguration rather than turn himself in to authorities," the court filing states. An FBI agent first contacted Camargo the day after the Capitol breach and he allegedly admitted to attending the riot — before the conversation became tense, prosecutors wrote in the court filing. "He then became uncooperative and questioned the agent’s loyalty to the constitution before saying he had no more information to provide," the filing states. "Following this interview, the defendant then posted on social media ‘Just finished speaking to an FBI agent, I...
    (CNN)The leader of the Proud Boys, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a Black church last month during protests in the city after a "Stop the Steal" rally.A law enforcement official told CNN that the DC Metropolitan Police Department charged Tarrio, of Miami, with destruction of property related to a banner that was burned on December 12 outside a church in northwest DC.DC Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Sean Hickman separately told CNN that Tarrio was charged with being in possession of firearm magazines."He was charged with Destruction of Property related to an offense that occurred on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the 900 block of 11th Street, Northwest," Hickman said. "At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines. He was additionally charged with Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device."Tarrio did not return CNN's calls or texts Monday. He took responsibility for the act last month, writing in a post on the social media website...
    First lady Melania Trump has toured an exclusive South Florida private school as the family prepares to trade Washington for Florida in January. Trump toured the $35,150-a-year Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, a source told Page Six. The school offers a wide variety of courses to its upper-school students, including in Chinese, television broadcasting, robotics, and constitutional law. It also boasts a boathouse, swimming pool, and lacrosse and sailing teams. The president has not publicly released his taxes, but parents at Pine Crest are required to submit both business and personal tax forms to school officials. “They have looked all over Palm Beach County and neighboring Broward County for just the right [school],” a source told People Magazine. “There are several options, and they will decide soon.” The White House did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment at the time of publication. This Nov. 21, 2018, file photo shows President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (Susan Walsh/AP) Barron Trump, 14, has been attending St....
    A Washington, D.C. pub was slapped with a pair of fines over the weekend after city officials reported seeing its patrons violate coronavirus-related restrictions, according to reports. Investigators with the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hit Harry’s Restaurant with a $1,000 citation on Friday after allegedly seeing patrons without facial coverings, standing while consuming alcohol. The establishment also allegedly had insufficient table spacing, WTOP reported. Harry's Restaurant, located at 436 11th St NW in Washington, D.C. (Google Map) The next day, the pub received another $1,000 citation after investigators allegedly witnessed “patrons without facial coverings and more than six patrons being seated at a table,” according to the city agency. The administration said that the restaurant received a “verbal and written warning” early last month for similar violations. The restaurant, which is located at 436 11th St NW, could not be reached for comment. GOVERNORS BRINGS BACK SEVERE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS, TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS AS CASES HIT RECORD HIGHS The fines come after the city revamped its travel restrictions earlier this month amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases....
    OAKLAND — The U.S. Attorney’s office in California has charged a former special police officer with creating a bogus fundraiser, purportedly for the funeral of Patrick Dave Underwood, the Federal Protective Services officer shot and killed at his post last May. Dominic Deandre Gregory, 27, was charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to raise $90,000 in bogus online fundraisers for Underwood’s funeral. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says Gregory tugged at potential donors’ heartstrings, making references to Underwood’s nonexistent wife and children. The fundraisers were created days after Underwood was shot and killed inside a security booth outside the Ron Dellums Federal Building in Oakland. Two people allegedly associated with the so-called Boogaloo movement — Steven Carrillo, a U.S. Air Force sergeant, and Robert A. Justus, have been charged with murdering Underwood in what the FBI has described as an assassination plot aimed at law enforcement officers. At the time, Gregory was a special police officer stationed in Washington D.C., authorities say. The news release does not say how much money Gregory raised, nor does it...
    Police in Washington, D.C., arrested eight people, including five accused of assaulting police officers, during protests late Thursday night into Friday in the wake of President Trump’s Republican National Convention speech at the White House, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrested people ranging in age from 18 to 37 early Friday, according to MPD data, after hundreds gathered around the White House on Thursday night during and after Trump’s Republican presidential nomination speech at the RNC. Metropolitan Police carry away a handcuffed protester along a section of 16th Street, Northwest, renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Thursday night, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Five people were charged with assault on a police officer, while others were charged with destruction of property, simple assault and resisting arrest, or a combination of charges, police said. VIOLENT CLASHES IN DC BETWEEN PROTESTERS, POLICE AFTER RNC After the convention concluded, there were skirmishes as protesters yelled and threw water bottles at police at the historic St. John's Church near Black Lives Matter Plaza. Videos showed attendees being confronted by...
    A man accused of attempting to burn down a Washington, D.C., police station is facing a slew of arson and explosives charges, federal officials said Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted Jerritt Jeremy Pace, 39, on the charges of receiving an explosive in interstate commerce, using an instrumentality of interstate commerce to threaten the use of explosives and attempted arson, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced. 7 IN PORTLAND FACE FEDERAL CHARGES IN WEEKEND LOOTING, ARSON, ATTACKS ON OFFICERS On May 29, Pace allegedly announced via social media his intent to burn down a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) station and suggested his followers “riot with the rest of the nation," the DOJ said. The post came days after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody, triggering nationwide protests that at times led to riots and looting. “While the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia acknowledges the First Amendment right of individuals to protest peacefully, conduct that poses a grave risk to law enforcement, peaceful protestors, and community members alike will be prosecuted,” said Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of...
            by Jake Dima  Four people have been charged following an attempt to dismantle a prominent statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House, the Department of Justice said Saturday. All four of the men were purportedly caught on video allegedly either attempting to affix straps in order to bring down the monument or actively pulling the statue, according to the DOJ. Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, Connor Matthew Judd, 20, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, were charged in connection with a June 22 demonstration that tried, but failed, to rip down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the 17th president of the United States, according to a DOJ press release. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said in the press release. “This Office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate...
    Four people have been charged following an attempt to dismantle a prominent statue of former president Andrew Jackson near the White House, the Department of Justice said Saturday. All four of the men were purportedly caught on video allegedly either attempting to affix straps in order to bring down the monument or actively pulling the statue, according to the DOJ. Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, Connor Matthew Judd, 20, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, were charged in connection with a June 22 demonstration that tried, but failed, to rip down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the 17th president of the United States, according to a DOJ press release. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said in the press release. “This Office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate the statues...
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