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Target store manager turns away cops during school supply drive because ‘he doesn’t support police,’ mayor says

A Connecticut mayor said her city’s police officers were in the middle of their annual back-to-school supply drive when a Target manager turned them away because “he doesn’t support the police.”

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart tweeted her accusation Tuesday.

Stewart also asked, “Anyone want to make a donation?”

New Britain police last week said they wanted to stuff a few of their cruisers with school supplies to help city children and families before the new school year commences, WSFB-TV reported,

New Britain’s Fire Chief Raul Ortiz threw in his support in response to Stewart’s tweet: “I’ll donate. That is unbelievable. Isn’t community policing and involvement what we want more of? Our NBPD has been exceptional in that aspect.”

Target’s regional manager “made a personal $500 donation for supplies and apologized for what happened,” the mayor added minutes after her first tweet.

And several hours later, Stewart posted a follow-up saying Target is “letting PD go back this weekend for collection drive and has placed a donation bin in the store, too.”

What did Target have to say?

The following day Target responded on Twitter: “We have a long history of supporting the New Britain community, and we’re sorry for the misunderstanding. We’ve talked with police, and they’re returning to our store this weekend for their back-to-school drive. In addition, Target’s donating school supplies to support the efforts.”

Also on Wednesday, New Britain spokesman Edward Ford told WSFB “the past 24 hours we’ve seen a tremendous amount of support from the community for the police department’s back to school drive.”

Numerous business employees over the last several years have refused to serve police in headline-grabbing style. The severity of service employees’ anti-cop behavior seems to have ramped up since George Floyd’s death in late May.

Anything else?

Timothy Conaway starting the fundraiser nearly seven years ago in partnership with the police department, WTIC-TV reported, and he said when he showed up Saturday morning at the Target with two officers they were asked to leave.

“I told him I was here last year, and he didn’t agree or believe me, and he told us to leave,” Conaway added to the station. “Officers were looking like, ‘You really want us to leave?’ And he said yes.”

Jovanka Segura — a volunteer with Conaway — told WTIC the manager was rude but doesn’t recall being turned away for police-related reasons.

“I didn’t specifically hear anything like that,” she noted to WTIC. “I just know that the manager was resisting trying to have us set up.”

Conaway told the station he’s hopeful the reschedule back-to-school supply drive will still be a success: “We don’t know what’s going to happen with school, how many days are going to be gone, but everybody is in need right now.”

Drive organizers will be at the New Britain Target from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, WTIC said, adding that Conaway’s organization will be giving out the school supplies Aug. 22 at Blaze Barbershop along West Main Street.

(H/T: The Police Tribune)

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Judge in case of female athletes wanting ban on males competing against them says attorneys can’t call trans athletes ‘males’

The judge in the case of a trio of female high school track and field athletes wanting a ban on biological males competing against them said attorneys for the female athletes may not refer to the biological male runners as “males,” according to National Review.

In response the attorneys for the female athletes filed a motion Saturday calling for the judge to recuse himself, the outlet said.

What are the details?

Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell
filed a federal lawsuit in February challenging the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy of letting biological males compete in girls’ sports.

But during an April 16 conference call, District Judge Robert Chatigny wrist-slapped Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys for referring to the male athletes who want to compete against females as “males,” National Review said.

Here’s some of what Chatigny said, according to the outlet:

What I’m saying is you must refer to them as “transgender females” rather than as “males.” Again, that’s the more accurate terminology, and I think that it fully protects your client’s legitimate interests. Referring to these individuals as “transgender females” is consistent with science, common practice and perhaps human decency. To refer to them as “males,” period, is not accurate, certainly not as accurate, and I think it’s needlessly provocative. I don’t think that you surrender any legitimate interest or position if you refer to them as transgender females. That is what the case is about. This isn’t a case involving males who have decided that they want to run in girls’ events. This is a case about girls who say that transgender girls should not be allowed to run in girls’ events. So going forward, we will not refer to the proposed intervenors as “males”; understood?

Roger Brooks, the lead attorney for ADF, said the male athletes’ biology — since they want to compete with biological females — is relevant to the case, that he should be allowed to use the term, and that he was “not sure [he] could comply” with the prohibition against the use of “males,” National Review said.

But when Brooks asked Chatigny if he could simply use “transgender” rather than “transgender females,” the judge granted the request, the outlet added.

As for the motion to have the judge recuse himself, ADF attorneys argued that Chatigny’s order is “legally unprecedented” and disrupts the appearance of impartiality, National Review said.

“A disinterested observer would reasonably believe that the Court’s order and comments have destroyed the appearance of impartiality in this proceeding. That requires recusal,” the motion, which the outlet also obtained, says. “To be sure, the public debate over gender identity and sports is a heated and emotional one. This only increases the urgency that court preserve their role as the singular place in society where all can be heard and present facts before an impartial tribunal.”

What’s the background?

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — the biological male sprinters who identify as females and who have
dominated girls’ track in Connecticut — in the case and told the Associated Press it’s troubling that the U.S. government is entering the fray to “make clear that it does not believe girls who are trans enjoy protections under federal law.”

But ADF argues that as a result of the CIAC policy “two males were permitted to compete in girls’ athletic competitions beginning in the 2017 track season. Between them, they have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.”

Mitchell would have won the 2019 state championship in the girls’ 55-meter indoor track competition, “but because two males took first and second place, she was denied the gold medal,” the legal firm said.

Miller won that race with a state record time of 6.95 seconds, the
Associated Press reported. Yearwood took second place with a time of 7.01 seconds, and the third-place sprinter — Mitchell — hit the tape at a distant 7.23 seconds.

Soule finished eighth in the 55-meter sprint — and missed qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots, the outlet said. She told the AP had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would’ve been in the regional race to show her abilities to more college coaches.

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” Soule told the AP in 2019. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”


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As for Smith, she won the 400-meter dash at last June’s New England Regional Championships — and no biological males competed in the event, ADF said. But when she lined up for the 200-meter dash, a biological male ran against her and won; Smith came in third.

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,” ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said. “Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition. And forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”

The spring track season is on hold in Connecticut because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but conference officials have put off a decision on whether to cancel it, according to the AP.

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Man allegedly breaks into eatery amid COVID-19 lockdown — and spends 4 days eating, drinking thousands of dollars in inventory.

According to police, a Connecticut man broke into a closed eatery in New Haven and camped out for four days, eating and drinking his way through thousands of dollars of the store’s inventory.

What are the details?

Authorities identified the intruder as Louis Angel Ortiz.

The manager of Soul de Cuba Cafe was reportedly visiting his restaurant during the COVID-19 lockdown, and discovered Ortiz asleep inside the eatery on Tuesday.

The unnamed manager phoned police, and caught up to Ortiz — who was reportedly making his way down the road with one of the restaurant’s bottles of rum in hand.

A review of the restaurant’s surveillance footage determined that Ortiz broke into the restaurant on Saturday and “helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor, and beer.”

Authorities say that Ortiz is accused of drinking or stealing approximately 70 bottles of liquor.


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What else?

The New Haven Police Department shared further information on its
Facebook page, writing, “The 42 year old New Haven man was found in possession of a bottle of the restaurant’s rum.
Investigators reviewed security video footage which confirmed the initial burglary occurred several days prior on Saturday when Ortiz made entry through a side window of the restaurant.”

“Officers learned Ortiz helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor, and beer. In addition to eating and drinking at the restaurant, Ortiz removed beverages and property from the building,” the post continued. “The business had been closed during this time and it was a manager’s routine check of the establishment that led to the discovery of the burglary.”

The department reported that the restaurant estimates the loss of inventory to total “several thousand dollars.”

Authorities charged Ortiz with burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, and failure to appear on a warrant.

Ortiz was held in lieu of $12,500 bail and is awaiting an arraignment hearing on Friday.

(H/T:
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Policy letting transgender females compete against biological females now has prominent opponent: Attorney General William Barr

TheBlaze last month highlighted a
federal lawsuit filed by three biological female athletes who are challenging the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy of letting biological males compete in girls’ sports.

And now Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell have a prominent ally: Attorney General William Barr.

What are the details?

Barr signed a “statement of interest” Tuesday arguing against the policy of the CIAC, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletics, the
Associated Press reported.

The conference lets athletes compete according to their identified genders and bases the policy on state law requiring schools to treat students similarly, the AP said. The CIAC also noted that its policy follows Title IX, the federal law that gives girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics, the outlet added.

Hold on a sec

The Justice Department filing isn’t down with that.

“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females,” Barr and the other department officials wrote, according to the AP. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”

What did the CIAC have to say?

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini told the outlet that its transgender policy is based on federal and state guidance and that multiple courts and federal agencies — including the Justice Department — have acknowledged the term “sex” in Title IX is ambiguous.

Lungarini added to the AP that the historical usage of the term “has not kept pace with contemporary science, advances in medical knowledge, and societal norms.”

What did the ACLU have to say?

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — the biological male sprinters who identify as females and who have
dominated girls’ track in Connecticut — and told the outlet it’s troubling that the U.S. government is entering the fray to “make clear that it does not believe girls who are trans enjoy protections under federal law.”

“Our clients are two high school seniors who are just trying to enjoy their final track season of high school and who now have to contend with the federal government arguing against their right to equal educational opportunities,” Chase Strangio, deputy director for Trans Justice at the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, told the AP. “History will look back on these anti-trans attacks with deep regret and shame. In the meantime we will continue to fight for the rights of all girls to participate in the sports they love.”

What’s the background?

Alliance Defending Freedom — which is representing Soule, Mitchell, and Smith — argues that as a result of the CIAC policy “two males were permitted to compete in girls’ athletic competitions beginning in the 2017 track season. Between them, they have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (titles held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.”

Mitchell would have won the 2019 state championship in the girls’ 55-meter indoor track competition, “but because two males took first and second place, she was denied the gold medal,” the legal firm said.

Miller won that race with a state record time of 6.95 seconds, the
Associated Press reported. Yearwood took second place with a time of 7.01 seconds, and the third-place sprinter — Mitchell — hit the tape at a distant 7.23 seconds.

Soule finished eighth in the 55-meter sprint — and missed qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots, the outlet said. She told AP had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would’ve been in the regional race to show her abilities to more college coaches.

“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” Soule told the outlet. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”


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As for Smith, she won the 400-meter dash at last June’s New England Regional Championships — and no biological males competed in the event, ADF said. But when she lined up for the 200-meter dash, a biological male ran against her and won; Smith came in third.

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,” ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said. “Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition. And forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”

The spring track season is on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but conference officials have put off a decision on whether to cancel it.

Holcomb added to the AP that because the lawsuit also asks for changes to the state record book, the lawsuit will go forward even if it’s not resolved before the seniors graduate.

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Female athlete forced to compete against biological males finally gets major victory

Connecticut high school athlete Chelsea Mitchell finally got her big win.

Mitchell is one of three girls who filed a lawsuit in federal court last week challenging the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy of letting boys compete in girl’s sports. She and other top sprinters have consistently lost events to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, two biological males who identify as females.

But that changed on Friday at the Class S state championship when Mitchell beat Miller in a 55m event.

Image source: WVIT-TV screenshot

According to the Hartford Courant, Mitchell of Canton High bested Miller of Bloomfield by just .02 seconds, clocking in at 7.18 seconds to Miller’s 7.20 seconds.

The race was Mitchell’s first ever victory over Miller in the event, according to WVIT-TV.

“I try to just clear everything out of my mind, this is just track, you know, it’s just running, just focusing on myself, not trying to think about anything else that’s been happening,” Mitchell told WVIT after the race.

When asked if her victory would hurt her lawsuit, Mitchell said, “I don’t think it could go against, there’s still tons of girls that lose on a daily basis.”

There was no interaction between the two athletes after the race, the Courant reported. However, Miller, who clapped after the race, appeared to take a subtle jab at Mitchell in her post-race comments.

“I clapped because, for me, I’m not a hater,” Miller said. “When you take a win, you take the win. And even if you don’t respect me, I’ll respect you.”

The CIAC contends their policy of allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports follows federal anti-discrimination laws. Meanwhile, ACLU has called the lawsuit “a dangerous distortion of both law and science in the service of excluding trans youth from public life.”

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