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    The idea that systemic racism exists within American law enforcement is not a fringe thought. Even the president has said he believes it.
    (CNN)Kentucky state lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make it a crime to insult or taunt a law enforcement officer in a way that could provoke a violent response.It's one of several provisions included in a larger bill that seeks to increase penalties for crimes related to riots. A state Senate committee passed the bill last week.Under the bill, a person who "accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response" in a public place would be guilty of disorderly conduct in the second degree. The offense would be classified as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $250.Louisville Metro Police Department fires two detectives involved in Breonna Taylor raid That particular section of the bill...
    White supremacists are trying to join the ranks of law enforcement and the military so they can 'terrorize minorities' and 'initiate a collapse of society', the FBI has warned. The agency's San Antonio branch said right-wing extremists sought to join the two in an effort to 'further' their ideologies.  Their findings were based on investigations from 2016 to 2020 and were first reported by ABC who had access to a leaked copy of the report.  The report says white supremacists would 'very likely seek affiliation with military and law enforcement entities in furtherance of' their ideas.  White supremacists are targeting the military and law enforcement to learn how to terrorize minorities and 'to prepare for and initiate a collapse of society, the FBI has warned in a leaked document. FBI Director Christopher Wray last week labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol, pictured, as 'domestic terrorism' The February 25 report, which...
    The NYPD and city Sheriff’s deputies busted up an illegal rave early Saturday in an abandoned Queens warehouse where 142 people were caught drinking and dancing without masks on. The COVID-19 restrictions-defying party was raided at 1:40 a.m. at 11-33 Irving Ave. in Flushing, authorities said. The warehouse — a boarded-up, graffiti-covered hulk by day — had been lit with colored floodlights and was filled with pricey sound system gear and half-drunk bottles, according to post-raid photos supplied by the Sheriff’s Department. The ad hoc nightclub did not have a liquor license, and there was no certificate of occupancy for the building, officials said. The patrons were chased off, and two security guards and one DJ were issued summonses for violating city and state executive coronavirus emergency orders and health codes. The COVID-19 restrictions-defying party was raided at 1:40 a.m. on March 6, 2021.NY Sheriffs
    Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal March 5, 2021 0 Comments GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Democrats of taking liberal efforts to defund police to a national level with the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Wednesday night. “The dangerous bill that Democrats snuck through last night doesn’t focus on common sense solutions like improving training, enhancing transparency, or reinforcing accountability,” McCarthy said in a Thursday statement. “Instead, it forces mountains of new regulations on police departments without providing any money to comply. In Washington-speak, that’s called an unfunded mandate,” he added. The Republican relayed that according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, the costs of the mandates contained in the bill, H.R. 1280, will be considerable. “It means hundreds of millions in new costs for police departments — the equivalent of 3,000 cops or more taken off of the streets. That would mean 3,000...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A sea of gloved fists — white with knuckles painted blood red — floated above bowed heads outside the State House Thursday evening as advocates read the names of Marylanders who had died during interactions with the police. Albert Denton Allen Harvey Angel Chiwengo Angela Randolph Anthony Anderson Anthony Hammond Anthony Howard Anthony Stoakley Anthony Trice Anton Black And the list went on. Advocates from the Maryland Coalition for Police Accountability and Justice gathered to make another push for lawmakers to meet their demands for meaningful reform following a year that put police violence against Black and Brown people on aggressive and inescapable display. Their asks: Remove police officers from public school campuses; re-establish local control of the Baltimore Police Department; create a constitutional statewide use of force statute; pass...
    A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status and end police cooperation with ICE in Maryland drew emotional testimony from immigrants, advocacy groups and lawmakers on Wednesday. Referred to as the Trust Act by some, SB0088 and HB0304 would end the federal 287(g) Criminal Alien Program in participating jurisdictions, prevent law enforcement from asking about immigration status and protect immigrants from ICE in sensitive locations, such as schools, courthouses and hospitals. The 287(g) Criminal Alien Program allows ICE to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement to deputize officers as federal immigration agents. This bill, which would end those agreements in Maryland, is extremely important to build trust between the police and community. Immigrants shouldn’t be afraid to report a crime, said Del. Wanika Fisher, D-Prince George’s, a sponsor of the bill. “When one community doesn’t feel safe with law enforcement and participating, it...
    Florida’s proposed "Combating Public Disorder Act" is one step away from House approval and transfer to the Senate, where the controversial “anti-mob” bill is likely to be adopted and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis before the 2021 legislative session adjourns in May. House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin, R-Miami, passed through the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday in a 10-5 partisan vote. A hearing before the House Judiciary Committee awaits before a House floor vote. HB 1’s Senate companion, Senate Bill 484, filed by Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, has been referred to three committees without a hearing. Last summer, as police brutality protests erupted in violence in some cities across the country, DeSantis called for a crackdown on protests even though there were few instances of violence in Florida demonstrations. In January, after November elections further cemented their domination in Tallahassee, the GOP’s legislative leaders...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The death of George Floyd continues to spark conversation about the future of policing. On Friday, Black law enforcement leaders from across Minnesota gathered to talk about the future of their profession and its relationship with the community. “One of the reasons I went into law enforcement was to be a part of the change,” said Metro Transit Police Chief, Ed Frizell. READ MORE: Report: Miracle On Ice Star Mark Pavelich Dies Many of the panelists involved in Friday’s discussion are currently or have previously been first-time Black police chiefs in various cities. “We are needed. We are going to continue to be needed as those trusted and legitimate guardians in our communities. But those communities are crying out. They really want to make sure we have their best interests at heart,” said Minneapolis Police Chief, Medaria Arradondo. Policing changes that occurred after the death of George Floyd...
    A bill moving through Kentucky's Senate would make it a crime to insult or taunt a police officer during a riot. Supporters say the bill targets people who unlawfully "cross the line" but opponents call it a blatant attempt to crush protests and a violation of First Amendment rights. Senate Bill 211 mandates up to three months' imprisonment for a person who "accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words," or makes "gestures or other physical contact that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response from the perspective of a reasonable and prudent person." A person convicted of this misdemeanor charge could also face a $250 fine and be disqualified from public assistance benefits for three months. The bill also has a provision pushing back on the "defund the police" movement, stating that government entities that fund law enforcement agencies...
    THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer was injured when a motorcyclist trying to elude law enforcement hit him during a chase, officials said. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies began pursuing the motorcycle on Thursday because it had no license plate and was heading north on Interstate 85, news outlets reported. State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Ned Moultrie said the chase crossed into Davidson County, where Thomasville police were assisting. Thomasville police set up a road block to stop the motorcycle. When the suspect, identified as Brian Alexander Bacelli, 28, of Jamestown, reached the roadblock, he accelerated and hit an officer getting out of his car, authorities said. After the collision, Bacelli lost control of the motorcycle and crashed on the side of the interstate. Police said he tried to escape but was taken into custody. Moultrie said Thomasville Police Det. Joseph Driggers was airlifted to a Winston-Salem...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (KDKA) — A man is in custody after a Washington County neighborhood was brought to a standstill Friday morning when police and SWAT officers responded to a house. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Dept. Announces 2,757 More Coronavirus Cases, 43 Additional Deaths Police were called to the home along Harris Street in the Burgettstown area for a report of gunshots. Once on scene, officers were able to make contact over the phone with a man in mental distress. Emergency crews rushed to the scene, blocking the road with trucks. A SWAT team was also called in. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 9 Additional Deaths, 288 More Coronavirus Cases (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Scott Danka) When they went inside the home though, no one was there. Police then pinged the man’s cellphone and located him in Hanover Township....
    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said Wednesday 150 missing children were recovered during a months-long collaborative operation. TBI, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and the U.S. Marshals Service announced the information during a news briefing, WKRN reported. Planning for the effort, dubbed Operation Volunteer Strong, began in fall 2020, and launched on January 4, TBI said in a press release. “After identifying 240 missing children statewide, TBI intelligence analysts compiled thorough information and potential leads on each, which designated law enforcement teams carefully pursued during two-week blitzes in each of Tennessee’s three grand regions,” the release stated. TBI Dir. David Rausch: Our mission- “That guilt shall not escape, nor innocence suffer”-is more than a motto. It reminds us everyday of what really matters. In this operation, it was the innocence of children who may need help or love, a new start or just someone safe to talk to. pic.twitter.com/VIOUNYwsMJ...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia law enforcement officers are starting a campaign to make sure motorists are using their seat belts and that children inside vehicles are restrained. The Governor's Highway Safety Program is coordinating the statewide effort that runs through March 21, the state Department of Transportation said. The state launched its campaign ahead of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization in May. “I worked the scenes of many crashes as a former law enforcement officer,” said Bob Tipton, the program's director. "I have seen too many people literally pay for not using a seat belt, with their lives. The risk just isn’t worth it.” Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia, Associated Press
    THE US House of Representatives has passed a sweeping policing reform bill, named in honour of George Floyd, for the second time. Around nine months after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, and just days before former police officer Derek Chauvin goes on trial on a state murder charge in relation to his death, lawmakers have voted to approve the reform measure 220-212 along party lines. 3George Floyd died when he was brutally arrested by police and an officer knelt on his neck and backCredit: Rex Features What is the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act?  The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was created just a month after 46-year-old Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis, died when he was brutally arrested by police and an officer knelt on his neck and back. A medical examiner on June 1 classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped...
            by Jason Johnson  The House of Representatives passed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021” this week, the bill’s proponents rightly decry pernicious stereotyping and generalizing based on race. Yet many of those who rightly condemn such dangerous biases, and the lies they are built upon, make misleading claims of their own to advance another reckless bigotry — anti-police bias. To make the case for their version of police reform, the bill’s advocates are misleading Americans about the over 800,000 law enforcement officers in the United States and their often dangerous work. Upon the re-introduction of the Democrats’ policing reform bill in late February, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “the epidemic of police brutality continues – with more police killings occurring last year than in the year before, and with communities of color and vulnerable groups disproportionately bearing the brunt of this cruelty.” The ACLU...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With some lawmakers expressing concerns about privacy rights, the Florida Senate could be poised to consider allowing law-enforcement agencies to use aerial drones to help with traffic management, collecting crime-scene evidence and eyeing large crowds. The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the bill (SB 44), positioning it to go before the full Senate. READ MORE: ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic To Release Tell-All Memoir Except in limited circumstances, state law bars police from using drones to gather information. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Wright, R-New Smyrna Beach, would create additional exceptions to the law, including for traffic management and helping with collecting evidence at crime scenes or traffic-crash scenes. But much of the attention at the committee meeting Thursday focused on part of the bill that would allow the use of drones to “provide a law enforcement agency with an aerial perspective of a...
    U.S. Capitol Police initially rejected help from the Department of Homeland Security during the assault on the Capitol on January 6, according to former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf.  Wolf says that he offered to send DHS law enforcement backup just after 2 p.m. that day, after a violent mob of Trump supporters had begun to infiltrate the Capitol. That initial offer was rebuffed by Capitol Police, Wolf told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett. "Capitol Police turned us down, initially. And they said 'No, we've got it under control,'" Wolf said in an interview for "The Takeout" podcast this week. DHS eventually dispatched about 100 Secret Service personnel to help quell the insurrection. "I'm not sure that there was a lot of clarity that was coming out of Capitol Police at that time." Listen to this episode on ART19 Wolf criticized the Capitol Police response to the...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ASHRAF KHALIL | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after authorities said intelligence had uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the iconic building again. The alert came two months after Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory. The threat appeared to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that former President Trump would rise again to power on March 4 and that thousands would come to Washington to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20. There were no signs of disturbance Thursday at the heavily secured building, with Capitol Police and National Guardsmen on duty and a large fence...
    Law enforcement agencies were on high alert Thursday around the US Capitol after intelligence uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to raid the iconic building again, two months after a crowd of Donald Trump supporters smashed windows. and doors to try to stop the certification of the victory of the now president Joe Biden. Miami World / AP The threat appears to be related to a far-right fanciful theory, promoted mainly by QAnon supporters, that former President Trump will return to power on March 4 and that thousands will go to Washington DC to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to January 20. Authorities detected online exchanges between members of Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, about possible plots against the Capitol on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter and who...
    WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after intelligence uncovered a "possible plot" by a militia group to storm the iconic building again, two months after a mob of Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory.The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that former President Trump will rise again to power on March 4 and that thousands will come to Washington, D.C., to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20.Online chatter identified by authorities included discussions among members of the Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, concerning possible plots against the Capitol on Thursday, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after intelligence uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the iconic building again, two months after a mob of Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory. The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that former President Trump will rise again to power on March 4 and that thousands will come to Washington, D.C., to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20. READ MORE: 12.2K Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed Last Week In Maryland Online chatter identified by authorities included discussions among members of the Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, concerning possible plots against the Capitol...
    Reuters March 4, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday banning controversial police tactics and easing the way for lawsuits against officers violating suspects’ constitutional rights, although the measure’s Senate prospects were uncertain. Democrats pushed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” through the House by a vote of 220-212, with the support of only one Republican, just days before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin goes on trial on a state murder charge in the death of Floyd last year. However, later on Wednesday evening, Representative Lance Gooden, the sole Republican who voted for the legislation, wrote in a post on Twitter that his vote had been a mistake and in fact he opposes the bill. Floyd, 46, an African-American man, died when he was detained with Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes. His killing sparked weeks of nationwide...
    Wondering why Washington state Democrats were silent as Antifa and other radicals attacked police for eight straight months in Seattle? They were busy drafting legislation that radically reimagines policing, while simultaneously releasing dangerous criminals from jail.   These moves serve as a test case for the country. The policy wins here will undoubtedly inspire similar or more drastic moves from coast to coast.  Seattle’s shameful anti-police posture has spread statewide, codified into legislation that will soon become law. What’s worse, Democrats are also forwarding a light-on-crime agenda that will prematurely release some of the state’s worst criminals.   JASON RANTZ: SEATTLE ON LIFE SUPPORT – HERE'S WHY BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS ARE FLEEING The region spent much of 2020 mostly ignoring the rampant violence from Antifa and Black Lives Matter radicals. Riots were passed off as peaceful protests. Yet, Downtown Seattle looked like a war zone after arson and looting in May, a portion...
    Washington (CNN)Federal law enforcement is on high alert Thursday in the wake of an intelligence bulletin issued earlier this week about a group of violent militia extremists having discussed plans to take control of the US Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about March 4 -- a date when some conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will be returning to the presidency.US officials on Wednesday alerted lawmakers to a potential threat, for which security has been enhanced as a precaution. The House changed its schedule in light of warnings from US Capitol Police, moving a vote planned for Thursday to Wednesday night to avoid being in session on March 4. The Senate is still expected to be in session debating the Covid-19 relief bill. The joint warning from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday underscores a broader effort by federal agencies to avoid repeating...
    By WILL WEISSERT and PADMANANDA RAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall's election. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was approved 220-212 late Wednesday. The sweeping legislation, which was first approved last summer but stalled in the Senate, was named in honor of Floyd, whose killing by police in Minnesota last Memorial Day sparked protests nationwide. The bill would ban chokeholds and “qualified immunity” for law enforcement and create national standards for policing in a bid to bolster accountability. “My city is not an outlier, but rather an example of the inequalities our country has struggled with for centuries,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall’s election. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was approved 220-212 late Wednesday. The sweeping legislation, which was first approved last summer but stalled in the Senate, was named in honor of Floyd, whose killing by police in Minnesota last Memorial Day sparked protests nationwide. The bill would ban chokeholds and “qualified immunity” for law enforcement and create national standards for policing in a bid to bolster accountability. “My city is not an outlier, but rather an example of the inequalities our country has struggled with for centuries,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who represents the Minneapolis area near where...
    (Photo: AP/Family of George Floyd) Loading the player... Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled Wednesday to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall’s election. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was approved 220-212 late Wednesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference in Washington. House Democrats are hustling to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Read More: House prepares to pass landmark voting rights, ethics bill The sweeping legislation, which was first approved last summer but stalled in the Senate, was named in honor of Floyd, whose killing by police in Minnesota last Memorial Day sparked protests nationwide. The bill would ban chokeholds and “qualified immunity”...
    WASHINGTON -- Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled Wednesday to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall's election.The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was approved 220-212 late Wednesday.The sweeping legislation, which was first approved last summer but stalled in the Senate, was named in honor of Floyd, whose killing by police in Minnesota last Memorial Day sparked protests nationwide. The bill would ban chokeholds and "qualified immunity" for law enforcement and create national standards for policing in a bid to bolster accountability."My city is not an outlier, but rather an example of the inequalities our country has struggled with for centuries," said Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who represents the Minneapolis area near where Floyd died. She asked her...
    (CNN)The House of Representatives is slated to vote Wednesday on legislation aimed at preventing police misconduct that Democrats named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked nationwide calls to overhaul policing and address racial injustice.House Democrats originally introduced and passed the bill -- titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act -- last year in the wake of Floyd's death, but it never passed in the Senate, which was under Republican control at the time. Supporters of the bill say it would improve law enforcement accountability and work to root out racial bias in policing. Democrats have reintroduced the legislation and are on track to approve the measure for a second time with their House majority. Democrats now control the Senate, which has a 50-50 partisan split with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tie breaker. But most legislation in that chamber still requires 60...
    LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — A former Laurel Police Department Chief was arrested Wednesday in connection with a series of arsons since 2011. David M. Crawford, 69, of Ellicott City, is facing numerous arson and attempted murder charges, according to officials. READ MORE: FBI Offers $5K Reward For Information In Baltimore Attempted Armed Carjacking Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the structures and vehicles that Crawford intentionally set on fire were connected to victims with whom he had previous disagreements, officials said. The victims include a former City of Laurel official, three former law enforcement officials, two relatives, two of Crawford’s former physicians and a resident in his neighborhood. READ MORE: Maryland SNAP Participants Can Now Access Food Lion Delivery Via Instacart Crawford is a former local law enforcement official who last served in 2010 when he resigned as Chief of the City of Laurel Police Department. A search...
    Minnesota saw a 90% increase in newly issued firearm permits last year, highlighting concerns from residents about law and order during a period of historic social unrest. According to data released by the state, 96,554 new handgun permits were issued in 2020, an increase of nearly 45,000 compared to the year before. Eighty thousand of those permits were for new gun owners altogether. Almost half of those permits were for residents in metro areas. MINNEAPOLIS PREPARES FOR UNREST DURING CHAUVIN TRIAL "911 calls were going unanswered. People came to the realization that law enforcement couldn't be everywhere all of the time," Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie told the Star Tribune. "Law enforcement was pushed to the brink. People were wondering if they might need to take the law into their own hands." The numbers out of Minnesota follow a broader trend nationally, with more people...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal authorities have warned state and local law enforcement that militia groups discussed plans to attack the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about March 4, MSNBC reported on Wednesday. The bulletin issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security identified the groups as "militia violent extremists," according to MSNBC, which cited an unnamed senior law enforcement official. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; editing by Susan Heavey) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    Former intelligence official and MSNBC guest Clint Watts said the military and law enforcement have “overlap” with anti-government militia groups and downplayed concerns about antifa. “There is no equivalency, by any measure, between antifa or any political-Left terrorism right now and what’s going on on the political Right,” Watts said. “I always like to remind people when they hear antifa, that means anti-facist, which is in response to another. So if you have antifa, then you have 'fa' — or as in fascist, which comes down to white supremacy.” “It’s the No. 1 issue in the country in terms of domestic terrorism and terrorism overall,” Watts continued. “It’s followed up very closely behind by anti-government militia groups.” Watts added that the militias have plenty of “overlap” with law enforcement and the military. PEOPLE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENCE IN CITIES THAN CAPITOL RIOT: POLL “One of the things that you can...
    WASHINGTON -- The United States Capitol Police said it has beefed up security on Capitol Hill this week due to "concerning information and intelligence" related to March 4, the date that far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will return to power."The Department is aware of concerning information and intelligence pertaining March 4th and continues to work with all of our law enforcement partners," the federal law enforcement agency said in a statement Tuesday night. "Based on the intelligence that we have, the Department has taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture and staffing for a number of days, to include March 4th. The Department has communicated our enhanced posture as well as the available intelligence for the entire workforce."The threats appear to stem from QAnon, the umbrella term for a set of disproven and discredited internet conspiracy theories that allege the world is run by a secret...
    Police in Ankeny, Iowa, say they disarmed a live pipe bomb after it was found by a pair of dog walkers at a polling place as voting took place in a local election Tuesday.  "Ankeny Police officers were called to the Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Drive, in reference to a suspicious device," the city said on Tuesday. "When officers arrived they observed what appeared to be a pipe bomb. The Lakeside Center was being used as a polling location today for the Ankeny Community School District special election and officers immediately evacuated the building." Once called to the scene, police said they deployed a bomb squad and neutralized the threat.  Local police said they do not have any leads on who left the pipe bomb at the center and added that they have not received any reports of other devices or threats to other polling locations.  Voting at The Lakeside Center was halted for...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights violations. Ice cream entrepreneurs and civic activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on Tuesday joined an online news conference to promote the proposed policing reforms that would allow civil right lawsuits against local officials in state courts. Cohen said he hopes the bill will be approved and serve as a model for police accountability movements in other states. He called police brutality a “white problem.” “People who we authorize for the use of force in our name need to be more accountable, not less," Cohen said. The proposed Civil Rights Act from Democratic state legislators is confronting near-unified opposition from a long list of sheriffs...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights violations. Ice cream entrepreneurs and civic activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on Tuesday joined an online news conference to promote the proposed policing reforms that would allow civil right lawsuits against local officials in state courts. Cohen said he hopes the bill will be approved and serve as a model for police accountability movements in other states. He called police brutality a “white problem.” “People who we authorize for the use of force in our name need to be more accountable, not less,” Cohen said. The proposed Civil Rights Act from Democratic state legislators is confronting near-unified opposition from a long list of sheriffs...
    Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Eviscerates The Democrats’ Hate All Police Bill Press Release Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene released the following statement in opposition to the Democrats’ Hate All Police Bill: “This week Democrats will be trying to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. They will say this is in the name of racial justice, but this bill actually castrates police and stops them from bringing justice for victims of crimes, and creates lawlessness in America. Facial profiling at every level of law enforcement would be prohibited. Facial recognition means an automated process that analyzes biometric data of an individual from video footage to identify or assist in identifying an individual. That means if a man rapes a woman and kills her on the street and a store’s video surveillance captures it, then...
    WASHINGTON - FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI's preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He's also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is confronting the national security threat from white nationalists and domestic violent extremists and whether the bureau has adequate resources to address the problem.   The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from white Americans. President Joe Biden's administration has tasked...
    Loading the player... FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI’s preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray’s appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is confronting the national security threat from white nationalists and domestic violent extremists and whether the bureau has adequate resources to address the problem. Read More: Woman reports ex-boyfriend to FBI for Capitol riots after he calls her ‘moron’ The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to...
    New Jersey minors who are caught with cannabis for the first time will just be given a written warning by law enforcement, causing tension with weed advocates and those wanting more stringent drug laws.  Last Monday, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law to ensure that the state had a peaceful transition to legalizing the drug in a bid to rectify disparities in community policing. Murphy signed into law bills that allow possession of up to six ounces of marijuana by people age 21 or older. Distribution and growing cannabis without a license remain illegal. The legislation, passed late last month by the Assembly and Senate, also eased penalties for minors for possession of marijuana.  Scroll down for video  Last Monday, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law bills that allow possession of up to six ounces of marijuana by people age 21 or older. Distribution and growing cannabis without...
    FBI Director Chris Wray has blasted the deadly Capitol riot as "domestic terrorism" as he testifies for the first time. The director was speaking during a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning. 1FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying todayCredit: Reuters "We view the events of January 6 as domestic terrorism," Wray said. "It's got no place in our democracy, and tolerating it would make a mockery of our country's rule of law." Wray is testifying for the first time since the deadly riot at the Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI’s preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is confronting the national security threat from...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a retired FBI agent to head the state’s police safety certification and training agency. Jerry Granderson will start as director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training on March 22, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. He retired in April after nearly 23 years with the FBI. Police training is currently under heightened scrutiny amid a social movement to reform law enforcement in the wake of the 2020 police killing of George Floyd. The agency director oversees an agency budget of over $55 million and works with a board to develop training and certification/licensing standards for more than 41,000 public and private safety professionals. Granderson’s annual base salary will be $162,216, according to the governor’s office. The state agency certifies and licenses police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, liquor control regulatory specialists, emergency dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private...
    WASHINGTON - FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI's preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He's also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is confronting the national security threat from white nationalists and domestic violent extremists and whether the bureau has adequate resources to address the problem.   The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from white Americans. President Joe Biden's administration has tasked...
    Mara H. Gottfried writes in the Pioneer Press: “Law enforcement agencies have been planning for the trial for the last eight months in an effort called Operation Safety Net, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Monday. It’s guided by ‘prevention of damage to property and crimes,’ and ensuring the rights of those who want to peacefully assemble and demonstrate, he said. ‘None of us are big enough to handle the issues ahead of us with one voice or one department, so we’re coming together to make sure everyone stays safe in our community,’  said St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and Minnesota National Guard members will converge in the Twin Cities during the trial for Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd’s death in May.” In the Star Tribune, Liz Navratil writes: “Some Minneapolis City Council members on Monday questioned the city’s plan to bring...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI’s preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray’s appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is confronting the national security threat from white nationalists and domestic violent extremists, and whether the bureau has adequate resources to address the problem. The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from white Americans. The Biden administration has tasked...
    RIPON (CBS13) — A select group of canines are taking on more responsibility at the office. It’s a little off the beaten path in San Joaquin County, but this 6,500 square-foot house in the middle of almond orchards is home to a school that trains the best of the best. READ MORE: Gov. Newsom, Lawmakers Reach Deal To Get California Children Back In Classrooms “Some of these dogs are being trained to find narcotics, others are being trained to find guns and ammunition,” said Ron Cloward, who runs the Top Dog Police K-9 Training facility in Ripon. For the last three weeks, a dozen K-9 police officers from several agencies have been hard at work. “We’re just continuing to try and create more problem searches, more problem finds to teach the handlers to read their dogs really well when they’re in those situations,” said Cloward. It may seem like the...
    At least 45 law enforcement officers have been shot in the line of duty, with nearly a dozen being fatally wounded, in the first two months of 2021, according to recently released national police union statistics. The National Fraternal Order of Police announced the startling figures on Monday, also noting that 13 law enforcement officers were injured in 10 "ambush attacks." GEORGE FLOYD CASE: MINNEAPOLIS WON'T PAY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS DURING DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL AFTER BACKLASH The statistic is likely to change, seeing as just Monday, a Georgia deputy with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office succumbed to injuries he suffered when he was shot in his vehicle during a police pursuit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. DOJ CHARGES TEXAS MAN WITH DOUSING 15 OFFICERS WITH CHEMICAL SPRAY AT CAPITOL RIOT Lt. Justin Bedwell died at a South Georgia hospital on Monday after he was shot Saturday afternoon while responding to a police...
    A lawyer is hoping to convince two states to bring criminal charges against rapper T.I. and his wife, Tiny, over alleged sexual abuse and assault against several women.  In a statement provided to Fox News, attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn alleged that more than 30 women have come forward with a litany of allegations against the couple including "forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation in at least two states, including California and Georgia." T.I. and Tiny have denied the allegations against them. In a media video conference on Monday, Blackburn told reporters that he is currently working on behalf of several alleged victims of the couple, with stories spanning between 2005 and 2018. However, for their safety and privacy, he would not share their identities with the media, only law enforcement.  POLICE: RAPPER T.I. ARRESTED OUTSIDE HIS GATED COMMUNITY He did however share details from some of the women's accounts, which...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota seized about $500,000 in forfeited assets from criminal activity in a nearly a year's time. In the first report compiling statewide data on civil asset forfeitures, nearly $522,000 in cash was seized statewide from August 2019 to June 2020. Of that total, about $34,000 was returned to defendants and $10,000 went to North Dakota Child Support Enforcement. The remaining amount was forfeited and divided among the agencies involved in investigation and prosecution of the criminal cases, the report showed. In 2019, the law was changed to require a higher standard of proof for forfeitures and a conviction to initiate forfeiture proceedings in court. Some critics felt the new law didn’t go far enough to guard against so-called “policing for profit” in North Dakota, a practice law enforcement discounted, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mike Bolme, who handles the department’s...
    Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and four Republican attorneys general wrote to President Joe Biden Monday, urging him to withdraw Vanita Gupta’s nomination to be the next associate attorney general, arguing that her support for defunding law enforcement and other “radical” views disqualify her for the position, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. “Ms. Gupta’s past comments and track record have demonstrated her disinterest in meaningful police reform in favor of destructive policies that would defund the police,” the attorneys general wrote to Biden. “Her nomination will further divide our nation instead of implementing policies to protect our communities and support law enforcement.” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined Rokita in the letter urging Biden to withdraw Gupta’s nomination. Rokita said that Biden, who used to oversee the Justice Department as the Senate Judiciary chair,...
    By TRACE CHRISTENSON, Battle Creek Enquirer BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The temperature on Goguac Lake was never above freezing on a recent Sunday but for some not too cold for a swim. Several members of Calhoun County’s Area Law Enforcement Underwater Recovery Team were under eight inches of ice and taking a look around. “It is really nice. Once you get past the initial shock on your face, the water temperature is actually warmer than we are standing right here,” Andy Erard said, standing on the frozen lake not far from the Battle Creek Country Club. Eight members of the team were on the ice, and some under the ice, for a couple of hours, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. “It is just training,” said Erard, a diver since 1979. “We do this once a year usually in February.” The men cut a triangle in the ice using...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — City vaccination sites starting Monday will expand their eligibility to align with the County Public Health guidance, the Los Angeles Mayor’s office announced. “Our vaccination program has weathered many challenges, but we have made it clear that nothing will interfere with our mission to deliver this life saving vaccine to Angelenos as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Opening eligibility to more groups of essential workers will save more lives and accelerate our recovery. We are encouraged to hear commitments for more vaccines coming from our federal and state partners, and stand ready to scale up our operations so we can end this pandemic.” READ MORE: Man In His Mid 30s Fatally Shot In Carson The online portal will be updated Monday to allow those in Tier 1B to make first dose appointments. Tier 1B will comprise of the following: READ MORE: 2...
    Originally Published by: Kansas officers hurt in possible explosion in downtown Wichita Montana massive 30-car pileup blamed on icy bridge Virginia hit-and-run kills off-duty police officer Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant said Saturday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of deputies who allegedly took photos at the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, daughter, and seven others.  “The Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of the deputies that took and/or shared photos of my husband, daughter, and other victims,” she wrote in an Instagram story Saturday afternoon. Her lawyers filed an amended complaint this week against four L.A. County sheriff’s deputies, alleging they took photos of the helicopter crash site and the remains of Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, the Los Angeles Times reports. County lawyers argue that unsealing the deputies’ names would make their addresses and other...
    BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When students in Los Angeles county return to campus, school police officers will be gone and will instead be replaced by staff trained in de-escalation and conflict resolution.On Saturday, LAPD officers joined students and members of the community for a symbolic march across the First Street Bridge in Boyle Heights. The group dubbed the joint march "Good Trouble," marking the arrest of the late Congressman John Lewis 61 years ago as he fought for civil rights."Good Trouble for us today is all about reimagining public safety at our schools, in our communities, and for a lot of young people who are going to be here today to be a part of the process," said Daphne Bradford, the founder of Building Blue Bridges.That organization works to build relationships between law enforcement and the youth, like Princess Adkins, for positive change."Since my grandpa is a retired...
    CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A 23-year-old Brooklyn man isn't facing hate crime charges after all after he allegedly stabbed an Asian man in the back because he told police he "didn't like the way he looked at him."According to the criminal complaint, 23-year-old Salman Muflihi is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Police initially indicating that the attack may have been racially motivated, but the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute the stabbing as a hate crime.Investigators have nothing so far to indicate the defendant ever saw the victim's face prior to the attack, a law enforcement official told ABC News.It was a stabbing from behind, as indicated by video recovered so far.To prove a hate crime prosecutors would have to show the defendant intentionally targeted the victim on the basis of race.Typically that is proved with statements related to...
    (CNN)A police officer in northern Virginia was shot to death Friday afternoon during a traffic stop, and responding law enforcement fatally shot his killer, authorities said.Officer Dominic "Nick" Winum, 48, had been with the Town of Stanley Police Department since 2016, according to Police Chief Ryan Dean. Prior to that, Winum served as a trooper with the Virginia State Police, which also extended condolences.2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers on record"It is with heavy hearts this evening that we must inform our community of the line of duty death of one of our own," Dean announced in a Facebook post. "I know the Stanley and Page County community are keeping Nick and his family in their prayers during this most difficult and tragic time."In a subsequent statement on its Facebook page, the Stanley Police Department said Winum had initiated a traffic stop, but before the...
    Loading the player... On Friday, Georgia state senators passed a bill that would create a program to teach drivers how to best interact with police officers. The lawmakers passed the bill with zero debate in the chamber, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The legislation, Senate Bill 115, states that it will “provide for an instructional course or presentation educating drivers and the public on the best practices to implement when interacting with law enforcement officers.” Said courses would be created in a collaborative effort of the Department of Driver Services and the Department of Public Safety. This bill, which passed after a 36-13 vote, comes amid backlash stemming from violent and fatal encounters occurring between citizens and state law enforcement. One of those incidents includes the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed after being approached by police officers in Atlanta for being asleep in his car at...
    A letter purportedly written by a late New York City police officer claiming that law enforcement was connected to Malcolm X’s death is fake, the officer’s daughter said Friday. Late officer Raymond Wood’s daughter Kelly Wood told NY1 the letter was forged and that her distant cousin Reggie Wood read the letter at a Feb. 20 press conference to boost his own publicity. “I know that my father did not write this letter,” Kelly Wood told NY1. “I know that is not his signature and I know the envelope they’re using to somehow justify that the letter was mailed is also a fake.” Reggie Wood during a news conference to present new evidence in the assassination of civil rights activists Malcolm-X. on February 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) The letter, which Reggie Wood said Raymond Wood wrote, stated that the former undercover officer was...
    MORAGA — The morning was dark, the December air was chilly, and Kenji Sytz was face to the ground doing push-ups when it happened. “All of a sudden I felt a little sting, then a deep sharp pain on my left leg,” Sytz said. “I rolled over and there was a coyote latched on.” The 45-year-old Sytz lives near Campolindo High School, where the attack took place just around dawn. Sytz and his friends routinely gather on the school’s sports field for a workout before starting their day. He initially thought the bite was minor, feeling little pain afterward. Then a friend exercising with him noticed the blood and the extent of his injuries. Kenji Sytz shows the injuries he received from a coyote while exercising on the grounds of Campolindo High School in Moraga on Dec. 4. The same coyote has now bitten five people, according to DNA evidence,...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three South Dakota law enforcement groups on Friday joined the call for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to resign, saying his involvement in a September crash that left one man dead has resulted in a lack of confidence. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem this week urged Ravnsborg to step down and the state's Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price spoke out in favor of an effort to impeach Ravnsborg, the state's top law enforcement officer. On Friday, the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, the South Dakota Chiefs’ of Police Association and the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association released a joint statement saying Ravnsborg’s involvement in the death of Joseph Boever has "resulted in a lack of confidence in his ability to effectively carry out his duties as the chief law enforcement officer in South Dakota.” The statement echoed Price's comment Thursday that in law enforcement “maintaining public...
    GARDEN GROVE (KABC) -- Small business owners in Orange County's nail salon industry joined local government and law enforcement leaders in a press conference Thursday, to stand against an increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders during the COVID-19 pandemic.Linda Nguyen remembered feeling under attack in her home of 40 years. She was at an Orange County Target in March of 2020, waiting in line. The couple behind her coughed.Then they said, 'Stay away from her. She has coronavirus,'" Nguyen said. Though not violent, Nguyen felt the pain."It was emotionally painful and it was embarrassing. I went in my car and cried for 45 minutes, just in shock and couldn't believe that it happened to me," Nguyen said.RELATED | Orange County congresswomen introduce resolution condemning anti-Asian hate crimesNguyen's contributions to her home county are invaluable. As the executive vice president of the 360 Clinic, she helps run COVID-19...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three South Dakota law enforcement groups on Friday joined the call for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to resign, saying his involvement in a September crash that left one man dead has resulted in a lack of confidence. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem this week urged Ravnsborg to step down and the state’s Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price spoke out in favor of an effort to impeach Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer. On Friday, the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, the South Dakota Chiefs’ of Police Association and the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association released a joint statement saying Ravnsborg’s involvement in the death of Joseph Boever has “resulted in a lack of confidence in his ability to effectively carry out his duties as the chief law enforcement officer in South Dakota.” The statement echoed Price’s comment Thursday that in law...
    Breitbart News’ Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle will moderate a panel Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the role of law enforcement, entitled “Same Badge, Different Beat: To Protect And Serve Or Socialist Social Workers?”. The panel, which begins at 4:10 PM Eastern, will include Tim Parrish from We Back Blue; Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner; and Rob O’Donnell, former NYPD Detective. CPAC 2021 is being held in Orlando, Florida.
    CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A Chester County man is facing animal cruelty charges after officials with the Pennsylvania SPCA say he is responsible for the deaths of several dogs on his property. The PSPCA announced Friday that Ammon Stoltzfus plead guilty to five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. According to officials, Stoltzfus injected five dogs who had Brucellosis, including a 4-month-old puppy, with Epsom Salts in an attempt to kill them. When that was not effective, he allegedly then shot the dogs. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? In pleading guilty, Stoltzfus will be on probation for 10 years and will be prohibited from owning animals during that time period. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team will have unannounced inspection rights during that time. “While we can never take back the pain and suffering these dogs endured, we can provide the justice they...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania is resigning. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced Friday that he submitted his resignation and is stepping down Friday. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Dept. Reports 3,346 More Coronavirus Cases, 69 Additional Deaths “Leading this office has been the greatest honor of my professional career. I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as chief law enforcement officer for my home, western Pennsylvania,” he said in a press release. “Together with our law enforcement partners, the men and women of this office have pursued justice with humility and integrity, to advance the rule of law and secure a framework for ordered liberty. As a result of their tireless efforts, western Pennsylvania is a safer place for our...
    More On: capitol riot Top Capitol police can’t answer for leadership communications failures Capitol riot hearing: Security officials testify on intel failures Top Capitol security officials to testify before Congress today Disinformation hearing witness has history of falling for disinformation Intelligence agencies have uncovered threats from far-right extremists to “blow up” the US Capitol when President Biden delivers his first joint address to both houses of Congress, a top Capitol law enforcement official revealed Thursday. Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman made the revelation while testifying before the House Appropriations Committee alongside acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett as part of Congress’ broader probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of...
    Clearly frustrated House lawmakers grilled acting Capitol law enforcement heads over security failures on Jan. 6 and how they are being addressed. “What I was hoping to hear are important changes, and lessons learned, and where we go from here. What I'm hearing is the same old stuff and pointing fingers, and‚ it looks like — protecting jobs,” Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger said Thursday. “This is very, very disappointing at the least and frightening at the most.” Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman and acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett testified in a House Appropriations Committee legislative subcommittee hearing about the security failures on Jan. 6 when supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol building. It was another major congressional hearing seeking information from the normally tight-lipped law enforcement officials about Jan. 6, following a Tuesday Senate hearing with former Capitol Police Chief...
    By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida homicide detective believes an Army veteran committed murder when he pursued and fatally shot a drunk, unarmed neighbor who pounded on his door after midnight, saying prosecutors should have rejected the shooter's self-defense claim. Lee County sheriff's Lt. David Lebid recently disputed prosecutors' contention that Steve Taylor's 2016 shooting of Ryan Modell is protected under Florida's controversial “stand your ground" law. Modell's father wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint a special prosecutor to review the local state attorney's decision not to charge Taylor. Lebid said Modell, 32, left Taylor's door at their Fort Myers condo complex and was no longer a threat when Taylor pursued him. Taylor, when he found Modell, pointed his gun and its targeting laser at the drunk man's face. Lebid, who led the investigation, called that an illegal provocation that caused Modell, acting in...
    Several demonstrators were arrested in New York City on Wednesday after protesters reportedly attacked bystanders during a march for Daniel Prude, a black man who died months ago after being placed in police custody. The unrest follows a Rochester grand jury's Tuesday decision not to levy charges against officers involved in Prude's death. An estimated 300 law enforcement personnel responded to reports of dozens of unruly demonstrators spray-painting a cab in Brooklyn and assaulting pedestrians in the evening, witnesses told the New York Post. Witnesses also said at least nine people were apprehended, and police told the outlet some were arrested, but an exact number was not specified. NO CHARGES FOR OFFICERS INVOLVED IN DANIEL PRUDE'S DEATH AFTER GRAND JURY DECLINES TO INDICT The New York City Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner. In March 2020, the 41-year-old Prude...
    Partly inspired by an investigation in this newspaper, East Bay Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks has proposed giving victims of sexual assault committed by law enforcement officers more time to file a civil lawsuit and seek justice against their abusers. Introduced last week, Assembly Bill 1455 is intended to create a more “even playing field” and lessen the intimidation sexual assault survivors face when their attacker is in a position of power, Wicks said in an interview Wednesday. The bill is similar to legislation authored by Wicks and signed into law last year extending statutes of limitations on civil actions for people sexually assaulted at University of California medical clinics. “It’s scary for any sex-assault survivor to seek recourse against their perpetrator in any situation and I think even more difficult if the person who perpetrated the crime is a law enforcement official,” Wicks said in a phone interview. “There’s a power...
    Organizers with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles launched a campaign Wednesday targeting two of Southern California’s biggest police unions, saying they will push to have them ejected from the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and ultimately disbanded. Activists said they intend to stage protests every week outside the headquarters of the Police Protective League, the union that represents roughly 9,800 Los Angeles police officers, while also working to end that group’s status as a labor union. The campaign will also seek to expose the league’s “central role in perpetuating white supremacy, anti-Blackness, and a culture of deadly violence” at the LAPD, organizers said. “Every Wednesday we’re going to send a message to the people across the street ... that we are going to end these associations,” said Akili, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-L.A., appearing at a news conference across from the league’s offices. “We will not be bullied...
    A Santa Ana police officer admitted Wednesday, Feb. 24, to accepting $128,000 in bribes in exchange for keeping law enforcement away from an illegal business. Steven Lopez, 28, of Chino pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge as part of a plea deal in which he acknowledged using his law enforcement status to both accept and solicit money from an unnamed business operator. According to his plea deal, Lopez, from August 2019 to November 2020, accepted the bribes from an “illegal enterprise” by promising to protect the business from being searched or shut down. In one instance, Lopez met the unnamed businessman in order to accept a bribe payment on the top floor of a parking structure directly across the street from the Santa Ana Police Department’s headquarters, according to court papers. Another time, he admitted, he picked up a bribe payment at a Santa Ana street corner in his...
    Law enforcement professionals say they're bewildered by and angry at portrayals of them as white supremacists in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. That view was neatly summarized in a Jan. 12 column by Brookings Institution fellow Rashawn Ray titled "What the Capitol insurgency reveals about white supremacy and law enforcement." "America should be honest about the fact that while many people are attracted to law enforcement because they truly want to protect and serve, there are others who seek out these jobs because they want to enforce white supremacist ideologies," Ray wrote. Ray warned, citing news reports of extremists entering the ranks of local police departs, of an "infiltration of white supremacists in law enforcement" and argued that much of the United States's entire understanding of criminal justice is rooted in "slave patrols." VIOLENT WHITE SUPREMACISTS 'MOST PERSISTENT AND LETHAL THREAT' IN...
            by Debra Heine  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has introduced a plan to “reorganize”  ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations to the point where it will no longer be about enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, the Washington Times reported. The Cuba-born Mayorkas floated this plan to essentially “abolish ICE” last week during a telephone conference call with agency personnel in Texas, according to the Times’ sources, who claimed Mayorkas proposed “taking members of the country’s 4,000-strong deportation force off the streets and converting them into criminal investigators.” ICE announced on Monday that it is “implementing interim operating guidance that will temporarily govern its civil immigration enforcement and removal operations, until Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issues new enforcement guidelines for the Department.” Mayorkas is reportedly expected “to issue new enforcement guidelines in less than 90 days, after consultation with Department personnel and external stakeholders.” Deportation officers told the Times that the move would...
    A California Navy veteran died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly five minutes in December 2020, his family alleges in a lawsuit. The sister of Angelo Quinto, 30, called law enforcement on Dec. 23 after he was purportedly experiencing a mental health emergency, according to a lawsuit filed by the family against the city of Antioch, California. A pair of officers restrained Quinto, placed him on the floor, and one of the policemen knelt on his neck for around five minutes while the veteran "started bleeding from his mouth," the suit alleged, adding that "at no time while being restrained did Mr. Quinto resist physically or verbally." “I trusted the police because I thought they knew what they were doing, but he was actually passive and visibly not dangerous or a threat,” Maria Quinto-Collins, his mother, said last week. “It was absolutely unnecessary what...
    The first in a series of congressional hearings on the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack has sparked a debate over whether intelligence breakdowns left the building vulnerable to what some officials and lawmakers have termed a “planned and coordinated” insurrection by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Former officials responsible for Capitol security appeared before two Senate panels on Tuesday to defend their actions in the lead-up to and during the bloody riot that left five dead and hundreds injured, saying they did everything they could to prepare for the attack and that the intelligence community failed to see it coming. But some experts say blaming the riot solely on faulty intelligence is misplaced. "It was very much of a collective failure, much like one could argue that September 11, 2001, was a collective failure in response or anticipation,” said Bruce Hoffman, a veteran terrorism expert at the Council on...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Santa Ana police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting $128,000 in bribes from a person who was seeking to obstruct law enforcement activities against his illegally operating businesses in Orange County. Steven Lopez, 28, of Chino, pleaded guilty to a single count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, a felony carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. READ MORE: Burbank Council Votes To Take Legal Action Against Tinhorn Flats Between last August and November, Lopez received about $128,000 in bribes from an individual, named in court documents as “Co-Schemer 1,” who was attempting to influence Lopez in the performance of his official duties as a police officer. Lopez joined the force in April 2016 and was placed on administrative leave when he was charged in December. “Lopez admitted that he agreed to prevent or stop law enforcement compliance checks at businesses...
    Tiger Woods is “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room” following emergency surgery after a single-car accident in southern California, the golf legend’s foundation said in a statement. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods “suffered significant orthopaedic injuries” to his right leg. Mahajan said a rod was inserted to stabilize his femur bones and tibia, and “combination of screws and pins” were used to stabilize injuries in his foot bones. pic.twitter.com/vZitnFV0YA — Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2021 Shortly before 7:15 A.M. Tuesday, Woods crashed his luxury SUV into a raised median while driving through Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County. Woods was conscious while firefighters extracted him from the vehicles windshield with a Halligan tool and axe. As Golf Digest reports: Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after serving as host for the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced policing legislation named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody last year sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice. The bill -- titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 -- has provisions to overhaul qualified immunity for law enforcement, prohibitions on racial profiling on the part of law enforcement and a ban on no-knock warrants in federal drug cases.It would also ban chokeholds at the federal level and classify them as a civil rights violation and would establish a national registry of police misconduct maintained by the Department of Justice.The House could vote on this proposal as soon as next week, congressional aides told CNN."This legislation addresses police misconduct and excessive force, while creating greater transparency within law enforcement, and grants victims more direct avenues for redress. With this legislation, the federal government demonstrates its commitment...
    New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday acknowledged the NYPD’s “historical role at times in the mistreatment of communities of color.” Speaking at an event with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Shea said he was sorry for that history. He called for “a hard, honest moment of truth” that recognized the role law enforcement had played in the country’s racial history, from going after runaway slaves to enforcing laws on segregation.
    The Wissahickon School District's middle and high school went virtual on Wednesday after a bomb threat that was later deemed unfounded. The threat was emailed in early in the morning and was only for the high school, authorities said. School officials ordered the high school and nearby middle school to work remotely while police investigated the threat, according to Superintendent Jim Crisfield. Following an investigation, local police determined that the threat was a hoax, and a second email was sent out to parents and staff notifying them of the update. The first email reads as follows: "Dear Wissahickon School Community, This morning, police dispatch received a telephone call from a person who indicated a bomb was present at Wissahickon High School. Shortly after 8:00am, additional information made it unclear if the threat was being made towards WHS or Wissahickon Middle School (so we are treating it as both). We are...
    Illinois police and politicians are sounding off against a sweeping criminal justice reform bill signed into law earlier this week, in one instance calling the legislation "a blatant move to punish an entire, honorable profession that will end up hurting law-abiding citizens the most." Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill – an overhaul of criminal justice and policing in the state – on Monday. A coalition of law enforcement agencies from across the state has since slammed Pritzker's move, criticizing the Democratic governor for choosing "to listen to a few strident political voices rather than the 120,000 petition signing citizens who plainly saw the bill for what it is," according to a statement provided to Fox News on Wednesday. "Because we are sworn to protect and serve the public, we sincerely hope that we will not be proven right about this new law, that it won't cause police officers to...
    The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require police officers to try and stop their colleagues from using excessive force, a law enforcement accountability push that comes in the wake of the George Floyd's killing last year. The bill, SB 5066, passed with a 28-21 vote predominately along party lines. State Sen. Tim Sheldon was the only Democrat who opposed the measure. The legislation now heads for debate on the Washington state House floor.  The legislation would requires any identifiable on-duty peace officer who witnesses another engaging or attempting to engage in excessive force to try to intervene. Otherwise, they would face suspension or decertification. Law enforcement would also be required to render aid at the earliest safe opportunity if any person is injured. In addition, any officer who observes any wrongdoing by a peer would be required, under the proposed law, to inform their supervisor and they would...
    HOUSTON, TEXAS - A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.   U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He also has instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement.   Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on January 26 the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and the U.S. failed to show why a deportation pause was justified....