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Twitter Again Slaps Warning on Trump Tweet Threatening Force Against Protesters

Twitter has labelled another Donald Trump tweet for violating rules about “Abusive Behavior” following his threat of ‘serious force’ against protesters.

On Tuesday the IS president tweeted that “there will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!”

He was reacting to protests that took place on Monday evening in Lafayette Square Park near the White House, where park police stopped demonstrators from pulling down a statue of former president Andrew Jackson.

Addressing the tweet, Twitter’s safety team wrote in a statement: “We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”

The tweet is remaining on the platform “given its relevance to ongoing public conversation.” Users will be able to retweet it with comment, but they will not be able to “like,” and “reply it.

Twitter first placed a label on Trump’s tweets on May 26, when it determined that two of his posts about mail-in voting required fact-checking links, which prompted the US president to accuse the social media platform of meddling in election.

Last week, the social media platform later labelled a “racist baby” video the president posted to mock CNN as “manipulated media”.

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Trump Signs Order To Suspend H-1B, L-1 Visas Till December

The White House has extended the freeze on issuance of “green cards” for new immigrants and suspended range of work visas for foreigners, including all H-1B and H-4 (for H-1B spouses) till the end of 2020 in order to protect jobs of American citizens lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump had initially suspended the issuance of the visas for three months, but now has extended it till the end of the current year.

“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens,” Trump said in a statement following the order.

“The entry of additional workers through the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa programs, therefore, presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said in the order.

According to the White House, the visa suspension will not affect those already in the US on the visas while the Optional Practical Training (OPT) that most foreign students are eligible for after they graduate in the US also remains unaffected.

Those visa holders who are outside the US will not be able to return to the US.

The new immigration order signed by Trump also suspends the L1 visas (for intracompany transfer) and J1 visas used by doctors and researchers to enter the country but exception exist for those already in the US at the moment.

According to a senior administration official, the measures, decreed through an executive order by President Trump, would be temporary (till December 31), and would free up 525,000 jobs for American workers.

Trump also issued directions for a broader reform of the H-IB visa regime that will replace the current lottery system with a merit based system that will favor those who are offered the highest wages and target doctors, lawyers, academics, and highly skilled people.

“This will drive up both wage level and skill level. It will also eliminate competition with Americans for entry level jobs,” the official said, adding that the President had also directed that all loopholes enabling outsourcing of jobs should be closed.

According to the official, the new reforms proposed by Trump will ensure that jobs go to those who are paid the highest wages and ‘America gets the best and brightest talent’, the official added.

Trump said that between February and April of 2020,more than 20 million United States workers lost their jobs in key industries where employers are currently requesting H-1B and L workers to fill positions.

Also, the May unemployment rate for young Americans, who compete with certain J nonimmigrant visa applicants, has been particularly high — 29.9 percent for 16 19 year olds, and 23.2 percent for the 20-24 year old group.

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Rayshard Brooks’ Funeral, MLK’s Daughter Gives Powerful Speech

Dozens of mourners, most dressed in white and nearly all wearing masks, filled the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon for the private funeral of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer outside an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant almost two weeks ago.

Brooks, a father of three daughters and a stepson, was shot twice in the back as he ran from Atlanta Police Department officers.

He died in the hospital following surgery. The shooting occurred amid international protests against police brutality and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

Rev. Bernice King — in a moving speech at the church where her father, Martin Luther King Jr., was a co-pastor from 1960 until his assassination in 1968 — said she knew the pain Brooks’ children felt.

“Having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves,” King said. “I know the pain of growing up without a father. And the ongoing attention around his tragic loss.”

King said she mourned with Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, and his loved ones.

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Baltimore Restaurant Apologizes For Denying Black Woman And Her Son Service

A Baltimore restaurant has apologized to a black mum and her son after a video footage showed the restaurant stopping the young boy from entering due to his outfit even though a white boy wearing same outfit was allowed in.

Video footage of the shocking racial discrimination drew widespread condemnation on social media especially as the Black Lives Movement has garnered momentum following the death of George Floyd.

The young black boy, following his mom, Marcia Grant, was denied a seat by the manager of the Atlas Restaurant in Baltimore, Ouzo Bay, for no clear reason as there was another child in the restaurant – a white child, who was allowed in and he was dressed almost identically to Marcia’s son.

The Atlas Restuarant Group in a statement on Tuesday said they were sorry for the incident recorded by the boy’s mother and they had put the manager on ‘indefinite leave’

Atlas Restaurant Group said they were “sickened,” adding, “While dress codes across Atlas properties are the result of ongoing input from customers, in no way are they intended to be discriminatory.”

Atlas now says children under 12 accompanied by a parent will no longer be subject to a dress code.

Atlas said the manager has been placed on “indefinite leave.”

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Hollywood Executive, David Guillod, Charged With Sexually Assaulting 4 Women

David Guillod, the Hollywood executive producer of “Extraction” and “Atomic Blonde” has been charged with multiple counts of rape, sexual assault, and kidnap of four women in California.

The 53-year-old who ran Primary Wave Entertainment, a talent agency, surrendered to police Monday morning in Santa Barbara, near Los Angeles after a three-year investigation.

He is now in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $3 million.

The charges stem from alleged encounters in 2012, 2014 and 2015 with four unidentified women accusers, ranging in age from 27 to 41, in Los Angeles County and in Santa Barbara County, according to the complaint filed by Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley.

He faces a total of 11 felony charges for the incidents spanning back to 2012, and a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in prison, Santa Barbara prosecutors said.

“Charges were filed after extensive investigations were conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, while working in conjunction with the District Attorneys of Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County,” Dudley’s statement said.

“After reviewing all the evidence, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney requested jurisdiction from the District Attorney of Los Angeles to prosecute Counts 4-11 in Santa Barbara.”

Santa Barbara prosecutors did not name the accusers on the charge sheet, but actress Jessica Barth, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 when he was working as her manager in Los Angeles.

His attorney, Philip K. Cohen said in ‘a statement that Guillod maintains his innocence, and that he has evidence contradicting the allegations..

“Mr. Guillod has been vilified for eight years without being afforded the opportunity to examine under oath his accusers,” his statement said.

“Justice is rarely swift and often does not come easy; but Mr. Guillod very much looks forward to clearing his name in the appropriate forum.”

Guillod was charged with four counts in connection with the first alleged encounter, on May 21, 2012, in Los Angeles County, in which he is accused of sexual penetration of an unconscious or unaware victim, sexual penetration of a drugged victim, oral copulation of an intoxicated victim, and oral copulation of an unconscious or unaware victim.

In the second alleged encounter on December 14, 2014, in Santa Barbara County, he faces three charges, including kidnapping for rape, rape of a drugged victim, and rape of an unconscious person.

In the third alleged encounter, between Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles County, he is charged with rape of a drugged person and rape of an unconscious person.

In the fourth alleged encounter, also between Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles County, he is charged with rape of a drugged person and rape of an unconscious person.

The date for his arraignment has not yet been set.

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US Statue Vandals Now Face 10 Years In Jail, Donald Trump Announces

Donald Trump has authorised the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalises statues and has warned that any culprit who commits the act faces up to 10 years in prison, amid Black Lives Matter protests in the US.

The US President made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday, June 23.

He said action will be taken effective immediately, and also threatened that the order could be used ‘retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused.’

He wrote: ‘I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.

‘This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!’

The announcement follows weeks of anti-racism demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other African Americans in the hands of white police officers, with activists calling for the removal of memorials to the country’s colonialist past.

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Trump Says John Bolton ‘Should Be Jailed, Money Seized’ For Book

US President, Donald Trump has reacted to the release of John Bolton’s new memoir on Tuesday by calling him a “washed up Creepster”.

Trump added that his former national security adviser should be “in jail” for allegedly including classified information from his time at the White House in his new bombshell book.

“Washed up Creepster John Bolton is a lowlife who should be in jail, money seized, for disseminating, for profit, highly Classified information,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

“Remember what they did to the young submarine sailor, but did nothing to Crooked Hillary. I ended up pardoning him – It wasn’t fair!”

Trump’s tweet comes as Bolton’s new memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” hits bookshelves Tuesday, after Bolton’s publishers won a legal battle between the White House and the former national security adviser.

The Justice Department and National Security Council had sought a court injunction and a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of the book saying that it contained classified information and that Bolton had deliberately bypassed the necessary classification review process that he had agreed to.

But federal judge on Saturday allowed the book to be released despite concerns it contains classified information, but blasted Bolton for having “gambled” with national security.

Bolton’s team meanwhile claimed that Trump is just trying to prevent embarrassing information about Trump’s conduct from getting to the public.

“We are grateful that the Court has vindicated the strong First Amendment protections against censorship and prior restraint of publication,” Adam Rothberg, Simon & Schuster’s senior vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement.

“We are very pleased that the public will now have the opportunity to read Ambassador Bolton’s account of his time as National Security Advisor.”

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Controversial Theodore Roosevel Statue In NY To Be Removed

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday said that he supports removing a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that has long been considered a symbol of racism.

“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” he said in a statement.

De Blasio said it was “the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”

The museum had said removing the 80-year-old bronze statue, which sits in a public park across from the museum and depicts Roosevelt on horseback with Native American and African figures on either side of him, would serve as “a symbol of progress.”

“The statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside, and many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist,” the museum said.

It said its request was prompted by the killing of George Floyd on May 25 and the demonstrations protesting racism that have followed.

Protesters across the country have toppled — or tried to topple — statues depicting Confederate leaders, conquistadors and other “hurtful symbols” of racism, the museum said.

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Public Employees Are Accused of Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Sign

A sheriff’s office employee and an investigative assistant with the district attorney’s office in Ventura County, California, were among three men who have been arrested after they were caught on video damaging a roadside Black Lives Matter sign on private property, authorities said.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office identified the men as Darrin Stone, Craig Anderson and Jeffrey Moore, all of Thousands Oaks.

For the last three weeks, the sign — a tarp with the letters BLM painted on it — has been secured to a fence on Westlake Boulevard and has been damaged or removed several times, the sheriff’s office said.

The owner of the sign placed a surveillance camera near it to capture images of anyone damaging or removing it.

The sheriff’s office said it recognized one of its employees, Stone, 60, in footage the owner posted online of a man ripping through the sign with a knife on June 13 and June 19 and initiated a criminal investigation. Stone was off duty at the time of both incidents.

Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a statement, “I’m deeply disappointed that one of our employees involved himself in this type of illegal activity, especially when this is an infringement on someone’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech.”

The sheriff said that his department “will not tolerate unlawful or unethical behavior.”

“We hold our employees to the highest standards, and there will be consequences for this,” he said.

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NYC Enters Phase II Monday, Opening Al Fresco, Playgrounds & More

More than 100 days after New York City was shuttered by the coronavirus, which decimated the once thriving metropolis with more than 21,000 deaths, the city faces a new challenging yet hopeful moment in the fight against the pandemic, phase two of reopening.

Starting Monday, New Yorkers can once again begin dining outdoors, barbershops and hair salons can tend to long overgrown hair, children kept indoors in cramped apartments can run around on playgrounds. Some 150,000 to 300,000 people will be returning to work, according to city estimates, while many others will continue to work from home or still face unemployment.

At New Generation barbershop in Sunnyside, Queens, men in masks sat outside in the nearly 90 degree heat on red chairs six feet apart for long-awaited hair cuts.

Inside, owner Steven Muratov was buzzing the sides of a customer’s head on one side of the shop while on the other side of the store two empty chairs away there was another customer getting a cut. Meanwhile, three men in masks sat in socially distanced chairs in a waiting area.

“Closing was sad and very upsetting, to come to work today, thank God. It’s a breakthrough,” Muratov, 51, said while cutting the man’s hair.

Muratov said customers had been calling him throughout the pandemic but interest had been “crazy” since the reopening was announced. Two more customers called to set up appointments as he spoke.

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Tennessee Newspaper Apologizes For ‘Utterly Indefensible’ Anti-Muslim Ad

Executives at a newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee, apologized Sunday for publishing what a top editor called a “horrific” full-page advertisement that said “Islam” was going to detonate a nuclear device in the city next month.

The ad in The Tennessean, which also said President Donald Trump “typified many biblical leaders,” was from a religious group that the newspaper described in a non-bylined story as “fringe.”

Kevin Gentzel, the chief revenue officer at Gannett, which owns The Tennessean, said the company was launching an investigation to determine how the ad was published.

“We strongly condemn the message and apologize to our readers,” he tweeted.

The editor of the paper, Michael Anastasi, was quoted in The Tennessean as saying there had “clearly” been a breakdown in how the newspaper’s ads are scrutinized.

The editor of the paper, Michael Anastasi, was quoted in The Tennessean as saying there had “clearly” been a breakdown in how the newspaper’s ads are scrutinized.

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Tom Petty’s Family Issues A Cease And Desist Order To Trump Campaign

President Donald Trump’s campaign has suffered another setback after being served a cease-and-desist letter by the family of the late American rock legend Tom Petty for playing “I Won’t Back Down” at his rally in Tulsa, Okla.

The family in a statement released over the weekend, said the use of the song was “in no way authorized.”

The statement issued by Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty, the musician’s children, widow and first wife partly read; “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind.

“Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”

Benmont Tench III, a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers also shared same sentiment.

He wrote in an Instagram post; “I in no way approve of Trump even whistling any piece of music associated with our band. I hope that’s clear enough.”

Petty who died of an accidental drug overdose at age 66 in 2017, said “I Won’t Back Down” had the most powerful impact on his fans.

The song, which was released in 1989 on Petty’s solo album Full Moon Fever, inspired listeners to send him messages about how it helped them through tough times.

Politicians and campaigns in the U.S. are typically free to use any music they choose for rallies as long as they pay for the rights.

But numerous artists have asked Trump not to use their music, including Neil Young, Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Pharrell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Queen, REM’s Michael Stipe, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

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16-Year-Old Boy Survives Shark Attack In North Carolina

A 16-year-old boy, Nick Arthur has survived a shark attack off the coast of North Carolina after his father repeatedly punched and kicked the animal as it was biting his son.

Nick was swimming about 25 feet from the beach shore at Cape Hatteras on Thursday when a shark grabbed his thigh. As the boy started screaming, his father Tim Arthur, heard his son and swam to where the boy was.

He then furiously kicked and punched the shark until it finally released its grip and swam away.

The family, have now revealed the horrifying incident in an interview.

According to Nick, he didn’t know what was grabbing his leg as the water was filled with blood and sand.

‘The pressure was so intense, I was like: “This is obviously not – this is an animal of some sort,”‘ he said.

‘I tried lifting my leg up out of the water and I said: “Oh my god it’s a five-foot shark attached to my leg.”

The shark finally released Nick when father repeatedly punched the shark on the nose.

‘I don’t think we did anything special but it was enough that it maybe realized there was easier prey out there,’ Tim said with a laugh.

After he got out of the water Nick was rushed to the hospital where doctors used 17 stitches to repair the wounds on his leg and hands. His father said they counted more than 40 teeth marks in total.

‘Even though it’s a small possibility, it’s still a possibility,’ he said. ‘No one thinks it’s going to happen to them until it happens to them.’

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Bolton Defends Not Testifying: ‘I Don’t Think It Would Have Made A Difference’

Ex-National Security Adviser, John Bolton John Bolton slammed US Democrats for conducting a partisan impeachment, saying they were ‘almost as bad and somewhat equivalent to’ President Trump.

Bolton, a lifelong Republican who has served in the White House for three GOP administrations, is promoting his new memoir, The Room Where It Happened, which tells of his time as Trump’s national security adviser.

Bolton, set to release his bombshell book this week after a court rejected the White House’s plans to ban the book’s publication over sensitive ‘national security’ information, also said he won’t be voting for Trump or Biden in the presidential elections come November.

The House Intelligence Committee wanted to bring Bolton in for testimony during its 2019 impeachment probe into Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine, but he didn’t participate, leading angry Democrats to suggest he was saving material for his new book.

In an interview with ABC News, Bolton defended his decision not to testify before Congress during the impeachment proceedings.

When asked why he didn’t testify, Bolton said the process in the House was too partisan.

‘I was fully prepared [to testify] – if I got a subpoena like everybody else who testified got a subpoena,’ Bolton said in a late Sunday night ABC news interview.

‘I think the way the House advocates of impeachment proceeded was badly wrong.

‘I think it was impeachment malpractice. I think they were determined because of their own political objectives to conduct an impeachment proceeding that was very narrowly focused on Ukraine, and that went very, very quickly.’

Bolton accused Democrats of managing the impeachment so as not to ‘mess up the Democratic presidential nomination.’

‘Now, I find that conduct almost as bad and somewhat equivalent to Trump,’ Bolton said.

‘That they’re torqueing one of the gravest constitutional responsibilities the House of Representatives has, the power of impeachment, around their presidential nomination schedule.’

Bolton added: ‘And they failed utterly to accomplish what they wanted. In fact, they made things worse.

‘Because their strategy fitted with the Trump political strategy.

‘Keep it narrow, and move it fast. So what did they do? The House advocates said, ‘We have proven Trump is impeached forever, and that he’d learn a lesson from it.’

When asked if Trump learned his lesson after impeachment, Bolton said: ‘It’s absolutely 180 degrees the opposite of the truth.

‘Because he was acquitted in the Senate. He didn’t learn lessons from it, other than that he could get away with it, which leaves only the last guardrail – is the election this November.

‘I think the House Democrats built a cliff, they threw themselves off of it. And halfway down, they looked up and saw me, and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you come along?”

Bolton, who was fired last year as Trump’s national security adviser, gave a scathing assessment of the president in his new memoir, The Room Where It Happened.

‘I don’t think he’s fit for office,’ Bolton told ABC News on Sunday.

‘I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job.’

‘I don’t think he’s a conservative Republican. I’m not gonna vote for him in November,’ Bolton said.

‘Certainly not gonna vote for Joe Biden either.

‘I’m gonna figure out a conservative Republican to write in.

‘But this comes back to the point of why I wrote the book.’

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Politicians Call For AG To Investigate Police Shooting Of California Teenager

U.S. Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán and Maxine Waters, both Democrats from Los Angeles, on Saturday has called for investigation to the death of an 18-year-old man who was shot six times by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

“Another day and another Black or Brown kid has been shot in the back by police,” they said in a joint statement. “These killings must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it.”

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas added to the chorus, calling for the Office of the Inspector General to step in.

The family of the teenager also joined the politicians in calling for an independent investigation into his death.

The sister of Andres Guardado said they want officials to examine what led to her brother’s death Thursday night in Gardena.

“Even if this is the last day I breathe, I’m not holding this back because I feel it in my soul that my brother was murdered, and this was covered up,” Jennifer Guardado, 22, said.

Guardado was working as a security guard at an auto body shop in Gardena, his family said, when he was killed. But authorities said he was carrying a gun and not wearing a uniform.

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Police Say 9 Shot, Wounded At Party In Syracuse, New York

At least nine people were shot Saturday night at a large gathering in Syracuse, New York, officials said.

Police responded to a report of a stolen car in a downtown parking lot shortly before 9 p.m. They were greeted by a large crowd of several hundred people running towards officers, saying gunshots had been fired, according to Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner.

Police did not hear gunfire while on the scene, Buckner said.

The victims were taken to a hospital, where eight people were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. One person was listed in critical condition, Buckner said.

No further details were available, police said.

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After Video Shows Apparent Chokehold, N.Y.P.D. Suspends Officer

A New York City police officer was suspended without pay Sunday after he was captured on video appearing to put a Black man in a chokehold.

The New York City Council recently passed a measure imposing criminal penalties on officers who use the banned maneuver. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called the incident “disturbing” and said “immediate action” was necessary while authorities investigate.

Cellphone video shows several officers restraining the man on his stomach, and one of the officers appears to have his arm wrapped around the man’s neck.

“Stop choking him,” a bystander can be heard shouting at the officers.

Late Sunday, the man was hospitalized and receiving care, a spokeswoman for the public defender representing him said.

A police spokesperson said earlier that he had been taken into custody, but it wasn’t immediately clear what he had been arrested for. Neither the man nor the officer have been identified.

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Minority Officers Allege Discrimination Over Chauvin Booking

Eight people of color who work as correctional officers in Minnesota filed a discrimination lawsuit on Friday alleging they were barred from guarding or being on the same floor as Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

When Chauvin was charged with murder on May 29, he was brought to the Ramsey County Jail, where eight complainants say the superintendent segregated the correctional officers so Chauvin was guarded only by white people.

Bonnie Smith, the attorney representing the eight guards, said on Sunday that her clients were told they had to leave the fifth floor, where Chauvin would be held. All those told to leave were people of color, and they were replaced with white officers, Smith said.

The officers were “humiliated and debased” by the decision, Smith said, who said the decision made them feel like they weren’t trusted by their supervisors

“My clients came to work that day fully prepared to do their work. They are highly trained, experienced professionals in dangerous and volatile situations, and were just as well equipped as their white counterparts to perform their work duties on May 29,” she said. “The fact that they weren’t allowed to do so has devastated them.”

In the suit, the clients are seeking monetary compensation, training on racial bias for all jail employees, a formal and public apology, and for the supervisors responsible for the decision to be disciplined.

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Teens on TikTok Reserved “Fake” Tickets For Trump’s Tulsa Rally

The idea to troll President Donald Trump with false ticket reservations to Saturday’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, came from TikTok, a young woman Diana Mejia, has said.

On June 12, Mejia, 19, saw a video from TikTok user Mary Jo Laupp, noting people could reserve tickets they had no intention of using in an attempt to humiliate the president with an empty arena. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times as of Sunday, according to TikTok’s metrics.

“I saw it was super popular on TikTok, and I was like, ‘We should definitely bring this to Twitter because I haven’t seen this on Twitter,’” Mejia said.

Twenty minutes after seeing the video, Mejia tweeted that she had reserved her own set of tickets: “oh no! I just reserved my tickets for 45’s rally on JUNETEENTH in TULSA and completely forgot that I have to mop my windows that day! now my seats will be EMPTY!”

Not long after she posted the tongue-in-cheek tweet, it went viral with more than 50,000 likes and other young people saying they planned to do the same.

On Sunday, following a lower-than-expected turnout at Trump’s Tulsa rally, TikTok teens, young adults and K-pop stans (fans of Korean hip-hop and pop music) celebrated their efforts to troll the president. Half a dozen young people said they felt satisfied after seeing the modest crowd size.

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George Floyd Cop Confronted at Grocery Store

J Alexander Keung, one of the sacked police officers charged in connection with George Floyd’s death suffered a confrontation after being spotted grocery shopping at Cub Foods in Plymouth.

26-year-old Keung was released on Friday on ‘bond and conditional release’ from the Hennepin County Jail after posting a $750,000 bond. He is charged with second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony.

The angry shopper who was outraged that a man involved in such a “horrific death” is able to shop in peace, confronted Keung who was holding a pack of Oreos and a gallon of milk in his hands in the early hours on Sunday, June 21.

The lady was heard saying; “You’re not sorry! I don’t think you should be out on bail.

“You don’t have the right to be here.

“You killed somebody in cold blood, you do not have the right to be here. We want you to be locked up.”

Keung is expected back in court on June 29. He is one of the four officers charged in connection with the killing of Floyd, who died after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while other officers allegedly sat idly by.

It is alleged that Thomas Lane held Floyd’s legs and Kueng held his back while Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s head and neck. They did not relent even though Floyd repeatedly said “I can’t breathe, “Mama” and “please.”

At one point, Floyd said, “I’m about to die.” Chauvin, Lane, and Kueng didn’t move. A fourth officer, Tou Thao continued standing nearby keeping onlookers back. Lane is also free on bail, but Chauvin and Thao remain behind bars.

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Trump Addresses Campaign Rally At Nearly Half Empty Tulsa Arena

President Donald Trump didn’t fill his rally arena to the more than 19,000-person capacity Saturday night, despite bragging about 1 million RSVP’s to his Tulsa, Oklahoma, return to the campaign trail.

Many of those who asked for tickets may have been trolling the President — in a stunt organized mainly through the social media platform TikTok.

Last week, Trump tweeted that “Almost One Million people requested tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!” and one local official said they expected 100,000 to show up near the arena. But on Saturday, registered attendees didn’t fill Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center arena, which admitted rallygoers on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the Trump team abandoned plans for the President to speak to an “overflow” area outside the arena.

A coordinated effort was underway on TikTok in the days leading up to Trump’s Saturday rally, encouraging people to register online for the free event and not show up.

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Man Killed In Shooting In Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ Zone

A man died and another person was injured in a shooting early Saturday inside Seattle’s autonomous demonstration zone known as Capital Hill Organized Protest, police said.

The violence was reported about 2:30 a.m. near Cal Anderson Park, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.

One victim, described as a 19-year-old man, was declared dead at a hospital, and the other, described only as a male, was being treated for life-threatening injuries, the department said.

“Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” Seattle police said. “Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.”

At a noon coronavirus news conference, Gov. Jay Inslee said he wasn’t aware of the details of the attack.

“One way or another we have to be able to provide protection for people all over the state of Washington, including that particular area,” he said.

The zone was set up as an extension of demonstrations seeking racial justice after the death of George Floyd. A police station about a half-mile from the attack is inside the area and has been abandoned.

Police on Tuesday installed concrete barriers to protect those within the zone. On June 7, a man allegedly drove into the area and opened fire on another man, injuring him. A suspect, Nikolas Fernandez, 31, was charged with felony assault.

No one has been arrested in Saturday’s attack.

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Army Initiates Sexual Harassment Investigation After Fort Hood Soldier’s Disappearance

The military launched an investigation into allegations that a missing soldier who vanished from her post at Fort Hood earlier this year was sexually harassed, officials said Thursday.

In a statement released by Fort Hood, officials said that the Army commander of Private First Class Vanessa Guillen’s regiment had appointed an investigative team to examine the allegations.

Guillen, 20, was last seen April 22 in the parking lot of her squadron headquarters at Fort Hood, roughly an hour north of Austin. Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were found in the armory room where she was working the day she disappeared.

The announcement of the harassment probe came two days after Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, told reporters that months had passed and “we know nothing, nothing, nothing. What’s happened? What happened on that base? Why did my daughter disappear?”

Vanessa’s sister, Mayra Guillen, told Dateline earlier this week that Vanessa had previously expressed to their mother that she felt unsafe at Fort Hood and that a sergeant had been sexually harassing her.

Mayra said Vanessa never identified that person and never reported the incidents to the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.

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Overnight Shooting Leaves One Dead, 11 Injured In Minneapolis

One man has died and another 11 have been injured during a shooting in the US city of Minneapolis.

George Floyd’s death at the hands of White Police officers has sparked a move to overhaul the Minneapolis Police Department, prompting backlash from the police and Republicans who question how citizens will be protected from violent crime without the police.

Acording to Police “individuals on foot” started shooting about 12:30am local time and later fled the scene, and not less than 11 people suffered gunshot wounds during the incident that took place on the 2900 block of Hennepin Ave. South.

The cause of the shootings and the perpetrators are still unknown as of 4:00am local time according to a police statement.

The area where the incident occured is about 5 kilometres west of the Minneapolis commercial area and neighbourhood hit by rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The area affected include several bars and restaurants near a theatre.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Declines Request To Enforce Health Measures, Social Distancing At Trump Rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to order a Tulsa arena to enforce federal recommendations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally.

The groups suing could not establish a clear legal right to the order they were seeking, the court said in a unanimous, one-page order.

The suit was brought by Tulsa businesses and residents who wanted coronavirus safety precautions, such as social distancing and face masks, to be mandated for the rally, which is scheduled for Saturday. The legal bid was initially denied by an Oklahoma judge on Wednesday, leading lawyers for the plaintiffs to turn to the state Supreme Court for help.

“It’s madness to let this event go forward,” the lawyers argued in a phone conference Thursday.

They noted that the courts aren’t allowing full trials because of coronavirus safety restrictions.

“If it’s not safe to have 12 citizens in a jury box, how is it safe to have 19,000 people together?” one of the lawyers argued, referring to the Bank of Oklahoma Center, the arena the rally is being held in.

Lawyers for the company that owns the arena countered that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt had given the event a greenlight, and said the BOK Center has asked the Trump campaign to follow the state’s rules on coronavirus safety measures.

The BOK Center has no legal requirement to enforce distancing or masks. The only state rule in force says business owners must use their discretion and best judgment.

“For a lack of any mandatory language,” wrote Justice Douglas Combs, “we are compelled to deny the relief requested.”

“It is not the duty of this court to fashion rules or regulations where none exist, simply to achieve a desired outcome,” said Justice Dustin Rowe.

The campaign has said it will have coronavirus measures in place, including temperature checks for attendees on their way in, and hand sanitizer stations inside. Masks will also be available for all attendees, but they won’t be required to wear them

Officials are trying to make sure it’s safe outside the venue as well.

Stitt, a Republican, has activated the state’s National Guard ahead of the campaign rally to “provide assistance to local law enforcement” for the event, which is expected to draw over 100,000 people to Tulsa.

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New Video Of Tulsa Security Guard Killing A Black Father Emerges

A white security guard is facing manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a Black man in a Tulsa motel parking lot earlier this month.

The guard, Christopher Straight, was taken into custody on June 6 and charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of Carlos Carson that day, according to a Tulsa police statement and police homicide unit Lt. Brandon Watkins.

Police were called to the Knights Inn around noon for a report of a shooting. Authorities said in a Facebook statement that Straight had been involved in an altercation with Carson.

“Based on our investigation, we discovered that the victim was walking past the suspect’s vehicle when the suspect emerged and sprayed the victim with pepper spray, seemingly without warning,” the statement said.

Straight and Carson got into a fight and Straight pulled out a pistol and shot Carson, who died at the scene, according to the police statement.

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La Rapper Hurricane Chris Arrested After Deadly Shooting Near Convenience Store

Louisiana rapper Hurricane Chris, whose real name is Christopher Dooley, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting that took place in Shreveport, La., early Friday, local police confirmed to Variety.

Dooley — best known for his 2007 hit “A Bay Bay” — was arrested Friday morning and charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of illegal possession of stolen things after the shooting, which took place shortly after 1 a.m. at a convenience store in the city.

According to the police report, officers arrived to find a man who had been shot multiple times; he died after being taken to a local hospital.

The investigators said that Dooley claimed the shooting was in self-defense, after an alleged struggle over a vehicle that he claimed was his but which officers later learned did not belong to him and was stolen from its owner in Texas.

Video footage of the incident also led detectives to believe that Dooley did not act in self-defense.

The victim’s identity had not been released at the time of this article’s publication.

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Armed Airport Police Officer Arrested for Trespassing at Building Overlooking Robert E. Lee Monument: Police

An armed man who works as an airport police officer was on the roof of a building overlooking the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, that has been the site of frequent protests.

The man, Riley O’Shaughnessey, a 38-year-old white male who works as an officer with the Richmond International Airport Police Department, was taken into custody Saturday morning, Richmond police said in a statement.

Police responded to a 911 call at around 6:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a person spotted “on the roof of an unoccupied building overlooking the Lee monument.” Upon arrival, witnesses told police “they had seen the individual on the roof with a firearm,” the statement said.

Police told the public in a tweet around 8 a.m. to “avoid the area” around the Lee monument.

“Officers are dealing with an armed individual in the 1800 block of Monument Avenue. For your safety please stay away,” police tweeted.

As officers were preparing to enter the building, “an individual was spotted just outside the building.” The person “was armed with a handgun,” the police statement said.

At around 8:45 a.m., police took “the armed individual found there” into custody.

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Protesters Topple Confederate General Statue In Washington DC And Set It On Fire

Protesters in Washington, D.C., toppled and set ablaze a statue of a Confederate general Friday night.

Demonstrators tore down the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike by wrapping two ropes around it and pulling it to the ground. Dozens of people cheered and filmed the statue’s crash.

The statue was then apparently doused with lighter fluid and lit on fire.

The group who tore it down were not part of earlier Juneteenth celebrations, the local station reported.

Police outside the nearby Metropolitan Police Department headquarters avoided a confrontation with protesters and watched the statue burn for several minutes before approximately a dozen officers put the small blaze out with fire extinguishers.

President Donald Trump criticized the police on Twitter.

“The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested,” Trump wrote, tagging the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, a Democrat whom he has criticized numerous times recently. “A disgrace to our Country!”

Some demonstrators read his tweet aloud on a bullhorn and cheered next to the fallen statue, The Associated Press reported.

After the statue fell, most protesters returned peacefully to Lafayette Park near the White House, the AP said.

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COVID-19: Six Trump Campaign Aides Test Positive Ahead Of Rally In Tulsa

Six members of President Donald Trump’s campaign staff who are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to setup for the president’s first campaign rally in months tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign announced on Saturday.

The president’s campaign said they performed hundreds of tests ahead of Trump’s rally, his first since March 2, but six members of his advance team tested positive.

“Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented,” Tim Murtaugh, the campaign communications director said in a statement.

“No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials.”

The news comes as Trump, the White House and the president’s re-election campaign organization have been criticized for hosting an event in an enclosed, 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa.

The campaign has required all those in attendance to sign a digital waiver releasing the campaign and president of any liability if they get sick.

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‘Several Bags’ Of Human Remains Found At West Seattle Beach — Police

Bags full of human remains were discovered along the shoreline in Seattle, police said Friday night.

The discovery included “several bags,” and at least one was in the water, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.

Officers responded to a park along Elliott Bay, on a point across from the city’s main waterfront and Pike Place Market, after someone reported a “suspicious bag on the beach,” the department said.

Detectives responded after officers determined the contents to be remains, police said.

Identities of the dead or the number of bodies possibly involved was unknown.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office was working with detectives.

“This remains an active and ongoing investigation,” the Seattle department said.

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BREAKING!!! Judge Rejects Trump Request for Order Blocking Bolton’s Memoir

A lawsuit filed to stop the publication of a tell-all book by John Bolton, Donald Trump’s third national security adviser has been struck out by a federal judge.

Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court in Washington DC who noted that Mr Bolton had “gambled” with US national security and “exposed his country to harm”, maintained that the US government had “failed to establish that an injunction would prevent irreparable harm”.

Lamberth said; “In taking it upon himself to publish his book without securing final approval from national intelligence authorities, Bolton may indeed have caused the country irreparable harm.

“But in the internet age, even a handful of copies in circulation could irrevocably destroy confidentiality. A single dedicated individual with a book in hand could publish its contents far and wide from his local coffee shop. With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe – many in newsrooms – the damage is done. There is no restoring the status quo.

“For reasons that hardly need to be stated, the Court will not order a nationwide seizure and destruction of a political memoir.”

Though the judge averred that Bolton could still be exposed to criminal liability, his Saturday ruling quickly dispels a long-shot attempt by the Trump administration to stymy the book’s release — an attempt roundly condemned as antithetical to the First Amendment.

While the President Trump had said the book is “made up of lies and fake stories”, the justice department on its own part said that the book had not been properly vetted. Mr Bolton’s lawyers however dismissed the claim, insisting that the manuscript was thoroughly examined and that Mr Trump simply did not like the contents.

The memoir, titled “The Room Where it Happened,” is officially set for publication on Tuesday, but physical and digital copies of the book have been circulating in Washington for several days, generating a flurry of unflattering headlines for the White House. And 200,000 copies of the book have been sent to resellers, according to Bolton’s publisher.

Published excerpts from his book have proved highly embarrassing to Trump, revelations including what Bolton says is impeachable conduct in seeking re-election help from foreign countries, China among them, and the president’s ignorance of basic geopolitical realities.

Bolton was national security adviser between April 2018 and September 2019, when he resigned. Trump claimed to have fired him.

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Parents of 11-Year-Old Arrested After Boy Dies of Forced Water Intoxication

A Colorado couple turned were arrested after a coroner examination concluded that their son died of forced water intoxication.

Zachary Sabin, 11, died on March 11 after his father Ryan and stepmother Tara forced him to drink four 24-ounce bottles of water within a four-hour span without eating.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the boy’s father, Ryan, and stepmother Tara forced him to drink 24-ounce bottles of water within four hours without eating, which caused the boy’s death.

According to Zachary’s parents, the child had a hereditary urological disorder that caused him to wet the bed which made them force the kid to drink two 32-ounce bottles of water every day after seeing that his urine was getting dark.

According to the report, the eve of Zachary’s death, Ryan said that the boy was drinking water and throwing up, and as the family continued to eat dinner, he told Zachary to chug the water like he would do when he was in the Army.

He said the boy was “drinking the water too slowly and getting air in his stomach, which caused the water to sit on top of it.”

After the boy finished drinking, he reportedly started acting weird on the floor, crying out to his father that there was a pain in his legs.

Ryan, in order to get him off the floor kicked him but then picked him up and dropped him back on the ground.

In the process his head ended up hitting the ground hard.

According to the report, Ryan then took his son outside in hopes that the cold air would “snap Zachary out of his tantrum.’

Throughout the night, Zachary paced around the kitchen acting drunk and making weird noises which his dad said he thought was due to pain. One of the other five children said they saw Zachary throw up at least 10 times before he went to sleep at around 11:15 p.m.

In the morning his dad called 911 after seeing his son foaming from his mouth with blood on his bed. A coroner also found blood on the child’s forehead and left eyebrow as well as a bruise on his head, arm, rear end, and shin.

The other kids aged 2 to 15 also had been abused according to a court affidavit.

The kids are now under the care of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Both parents have now been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, and six counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

Zachary’s biological mother reacting to his death said that her son was an avid reader who dreamed of being a veterinarian or zoologist.

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DeAndre Yedlin Admits He Has Cnsidered Quitting The US National Team As He Waits To See ‘Change’

DeAndre Yedlin has revealed he is considering quitting the United States national team because of the racial discrimination in his home country.

The Newcastle defender, 26, who has African-American, Native-American, and Jewish-Latvian heritage has condemned the prejudice against black people following the continued protests across the world since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers.

Speaking about quitting the US national team, Yedlin told Sky Sports: ‘It’s something I’ve thought a lot about during this quarantine.

‘My grandfather, my grandmother especially, I have a whole family of activists, they’ve always told me to stand up for what I believe in.

‘There’s no amount of money that can make me shut up about something I think is wrong.

‘It’s one of those waiting games to see if a change does happen. But if things go as they stand it’s hard for me as an African American male to represent a country that does things like this where all people aren’t equal.’

Yedlin believes the Premier League’s decision to replace all players’ names with ‘Black Lives Matter’ will send a powerful message from “the world’s sport”.

“If kids start seeing it on the back of players’ jerseys they start raising questions,” he says.

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“If Dems Win, The Whole Country Will Be Minneapolis” — Donald Trump

US President, Donald Trump has said the country will have a dim future if he loses the 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden is elected.

According to Trump, the US will be like Minneapolis if he loses and will go in ‘a recession like never seen.’

Minneapolis was the site of the death of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white police officer on Memorial Day, setting off weeks of looting and rioting in the city and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests around the country.

Trump speaking in a Father’s Day-themed interview with his son, Donald Trump Jr. that aired on Friday, he said; ‘The whole country will be Minneapolis.

‘I feel like if the Democrats get in, we are literally going to end up in a recession/depression the likes of which you’ve never seen,’ the president said.

Trump was referring to the chaotic nights in the city following the death of George Floyd.

Since then Trump has called himself as the ‘LAW & ORDER’ president, crediting the National Guard for defusing the situation in Minneapolis.

‘When the National Guard went in, it was so beautiful,’ Trump continued.

Trump also blasted cities under Democratic leadership.

‘It’s a very sad thing,’ he said. ‘But I happen to think it’s explaining to people that are getting ready to vote on November 3, that there’s only one answer, and you can’t go back to the bedlam,’ Trump said.

‘The country, I don’t think would ever recover from it,’ Trump warned.

He also spoke about the current situation in Seattle, where demonstrators have taken over several parts of the city and turned them into a police-free zone.

‘You look at Seattle, when you go to Minnesota, and you take a look at what’s taken place there, it’s incredible. They tried to take over a great city,’ he said.

‘The cities that are having trouble are Democratic run cities, meaning Democrats … The Democrat-run cities are the ones that are having the trouble,’ he said, making sure to say Democrat, not Democratic, which is a Republican jab. ‘It’s a very simple thing.’

Trump then suggested Biden was declining, saying he’s ‘certainly not in the condition’ to lead the country.

‘He’s China’s dream,’ Trump added.

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Louisville’s Police Department Fires An Officer Involved In Breonna Taylor’s Death

Louisville’s police department is initiating termination of Officer Brett Hankison, one of three LMPD officers involved in the March shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Hankison was one of three officers put on administrative leave for the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, who was shot dead on March 13, 2020.

The three officers were executing a no-knock search warrant when they entered Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. Gunfire was exchanged between Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers.

Kenneth believed the officers to be intruders, his attorney has said. He’s a licensed gun owner and fired his weapon, hitting an officer in the leg.

In return, the officers fired over twenty shots and Breonna Taylor was hit 8 times. She died in her hallway.

The Louisville’s police department has now accused Officer Hankison of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment.

“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience,” the department’s interim chief, Robert Schroeder wrote in a Friday letter to Hankison laying out the charges against him. “I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion.”

“The result of your action seriously impedes the Department’s goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department,” he added. “Your conduct demands your termination.”

This comes days after Beyoncé wrote an open letter to Attorney General Daniel Cameron to demand ‘swift’ justice for Breonna Taylor.

In a letter posted on the singer’s official website on June 14, she urged the Attorney General to “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct” and investigate the police department’s response to Taylor’s murder.

The other two officers involved in the case, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove remain on administrative reassignment.

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Black Woman Narrates Her Ordeal With White Man Who Helped Her After Running Out Of Gas

An African American woman, has taken to Twitter to praise a white man who came to her rescue when she ran out of gas while on a highway.

She said she was shocked when a white man pulled over to help her. She added that she never expected help from someone like him and was wary at first. But he told her that he didn’t want the police messing with her so he had to stop.

The man then went out of his way to get her gas and returned to fill her tank.

The Good Samaritan has now been identified as Patrick Sheridan, a musician who is in a band.

Twitter users who know him personally testified that he’s always been a kind person who constantly makes efforts to be better.

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Keedron Bryant, 12, Signs Warner Records Deal For Black Lives Matter Protest Song

A 12-year-old boy who went viral with his song protesting police killings of African Americans in the US, has been signed by Warner Records.

Keedron Bryant first posted his acapella gospel song titled “I Just Wanna Live” on his Instagram account on May 26, the day after another African American, George Floyd, was killed by a white policeman in the city of Minneapolis.

Bryant’s producer took to Instagram on Thursday to announce that Warner Records has signed him.

Bryant’s song I Just Wanna Live, about his fears growing up as a black man in America, will be released today, June 19, which is the Juneteenth holiday marking the end of slavery in the US.

“Every day I’m being hunted as prey. My people don’t want no trouble,” Bryant sings in the video posted to IG.

The original post has been liked over three million times, and was praised by celebrities, including Barack Obama and Katy Perry.

It also caught the attention of producer Dem Jointz, who reportedly added music.

Dem Jointz said in an Instagram post Thursday that he was “Thankful” to share the song alongside the Bryant family and Warner Records.

The US music giant will reportedly donate proceeds from the song to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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US Secretary Of State Pompeo Brands John Bolton A ‘Traitor’ Over Explosive Memoir

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a statement ahead of the June 23 publication of John Bolton’s explosive new book, calling the former national security adviser a “traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people.”

According to Pompeo, although he has not yet read the book, from excerpts he had seen online it is riddled with “number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods.”

Bolton’s tell-all book “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” is set to be released on June 23.

According to excerpts from the book already published by CNN, Washington Post, the New York Times, Bolton alleged that Trump gave personal favors to dictators he liked, wanted China to help him with reelection by buying agricultural products from US farmers, and that all his actions during his time working with Trump was filled with actions Trump took with his reelection in mind.

Bolton also alleged Trump called invading Venezuela ‘cool’ and that during the first summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, Pompeo passed him a note saying Trump ‘is full of sh*t’

Bolton was sacked in 2019 by Trump after being accused by the US president of advising him to go to war with North Korea and Iran rather than following diplomacy.

Pompeo has now rebuked Bolton’s allegations in his book.

In his statement, titled “I Was In The Room Too,” Pompeo said that Bolton was a “traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people.”

“I’ve not read the book, but from the excerpts I’ve seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods,” Pompeo wrote.

“It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people,” he continued. “To our friends around the world: you know that President Trump’s America is a force for good in the world.”

Pompeo’s statement comes as the Trump administration urgently tries to stop the publication of Bolton’s bombshell book, saying that it still contains classified information that Bolton is publishing without permission from the National Security Commission.

The Department of Justice, filed for an emergency restraining order to halt the book’s release and called for the hearing to take place on Friday.

Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Bolton’s memoir, called the DOJ filing “a frivolous, politically motivated exercise in futility.”

“Hundreds of thousands of copies of the book have already been distributed around the country and the world,” the publisher said.

According to the White House, the book’s publication, breaches Bolton’s contract he signed before Trump employed him and compromises national security.

Bolton’s lawyer Chuck Cooper published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week accusing the White House of blocking the publication of the book by using national security “as a pretext to prevent the publication” of the memoir.

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Twitter Flags Donald Trump’s Tweet Of Doctored ‘Racist Baby’ Video

Twitter has labelled a “racist baby” video US President Donald Trump posted to mock CNN as “manipulated media”.

The president tweeted a doctored video of two young children with a fake CNN headline on Thursday. The video claims, “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

But Twitter tagged the tweet “manipulated media” for portraying an edited version of a clip that went viral on social media in 2019.

In the original video, a black toddler and a white toddler were filmed running towards each other before hugging themselves. It was published with the headline “These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like” on CNN’s website last year.

The version tweeted by Trump starts with footage of one part of a viral video that shows a black child run from a white child. The fake CNN graphic reads, “Terrified todler runs from racist baby.”

The tweeted video then goes on to show the original clip and concludes: “America is not the problem. Fake news is”.

The “manipulated media” label linked to a page outlining Twitter’s policies on such content.

“You may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm,” the policy statement reads.

“In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”

A spokesperson for CNN responded to Trump’s tweet Thursday night, “CNN did cover this story – but exactly as it happened. Just as CNN has reported your positions on race (and your poll numbers).

“We’ll continue working with facts and invite you to do the same, rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. Be better.”

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