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Police chief facing federal charges after he reportedly threatened a man with fake charges for criticizing his management

A Pennsylvania police chief has been charged with a federal crime after an area resident accused the chief of threatening him with bogus charges.

The man reportedly had been criticizing the chief on Facebook for the way he operated the department and its officers, according to a Tuesday report in The Washington Post.

What are the details?

According to the report, Brian Buglio, 45, threatened fake charges unless the man — identified as Paul DeLorenzo — deleted his critical post.

In 2020, Buglio, 45, reportedly called the man to the West Hazleton Police Department to deliver the ultimatum.

According to the outlet, Buglio is now facing federal charges in connection with that incident for “allegedly threatening a private citizen with criminal charges in retaliation for the social media posts” as documented in a lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court with the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

DeLorenzo recalled asking the chief, “‘Why are you doing this?’ He goes, ‘Well, you like to post fake things and fake stories about me, so I could make up a fake arrest and put you in jail.'”

According to the outlet, some of DeLorenzo’s posts included criticism that Buglio reportedly “had taken too long to make an arrest in a case he was involved with.”

DeLorenzo also reportedly accused Buglio of committing a violent crime.

DeLorenzo told WNEP-TV, “He called me, left me a voicemail, and said that he was going to arrest me for a crime that was being investigated for something I’ve never even done or had any part of.”

DeLorenzo said he showed up at the precinct to discuss the matter with Buglio at his request, during which time he was said to have “acknowledged that the threatened felony charges lacked merit,” according to the complaint.

“By the end of the meeting, DeLorenzo agreed to take down the posts from the social media platform and to refrain from posting any other critical messages about Buglio and his force,” the Post noted.

DeLorenzo told WNEP, however, that he almost immediately called the FBI to report Buglio’s reported conduct.

What’s next for police chief

On Thursday, federal authorities charged Buglio with one count of deprivation of civil rights. If convicted on the charge, he could spend up to one year in prison, and be forced to pay a $100,000 fine.

The outlet noted that Buglio has agreed to plead guilty according to court documents in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and said that he would resign from his position.

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Rochester mayor’s husband arrested on felony drug and weapon charges after police search

The mayor of Rochester, New York, is questioning the timing of authorities arresting her husband on felony drug and weapon charges, after he was arrested as part of an ongoing drug investigation this week.

What are the details?

Mayor Lovely Warren’s (D) husband, Timothy Granison, emerged as a suspect three months ago in an investigation being conducted by Rochester police and the area’s narcotics team, which was launched seven months ago.

Authorities said that once Granison became a target, the part of the probe involving Granison was taken over by State Police “to preserve the integrity of the investigation for obvious reasons,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, State Police pulled Granison over and found cocaine inside his vehicle, and in a following search of the home he shares with Warren, law enforcement discovered an unregistered handgun. A rifle was also seized, but it is unclear if that firearm is illegal.

Bearing Arms noted that just last week, Warren announced a gun buy-back program for the city of Rochester.

“Getting guns off our streets must be our priority,” she said in a statement. “We must continue working together with our citizens to take these guns off our streets so our residents can feel safe in their neighborhoods and live the lives they deserve.”

Warren’s husband was one of seven people charged in the investigation that involved authorities finding more than two kilos of powder and crack cocaine, three firearms and $100,000 cash, according to Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley (R).

Granison “previously served five years probation for a 1997 jewelry store robbery,” according to The Daily Caller. He was charged with three felonies in connection with Wednesday’s searches: two drug possession charges, and one weapons charge.

What did the mayor say?

The mayor held a news conference Thursday wherein she addressed the charges against her husband, as well as a separate ongoing investigation into her allegedly violating election laws.

Warren, who has served as mayor of Rochester since 2014, distanced herself from her husband, saying that she and Granison had signed a separation agreement years ago but the two had decided to stay together to co-parent their daughter.

The mayor also suggested she was being targeted at this time because it is three weeks before early voting starts in the mayoral election, and after she “announced we were moving forward with reparations and universal basic income.”

She declared during the presser, “Some people would do anything to try and break me.”

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New reports on Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick’s possible cause of death could rule out murder charges

The FBI is exploring whether U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died from a fatal reaction to bear spray or mace, after video emerged showing the officer being sprayed with a chemical substance during the Jan. 6 attack on the building according to several reports.

One outlets says that a “potential assailant” has been singled out in the investigation, and the new speculation over Sicknick’s cause of death could rule out a murder charge in the case.

What are the details?

Officer Sicknick defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 during the attack from a pro-Trump mob, and passed away the next day from causes that remain a mystery. Earlier reports stated that he was struck with a fire extinguisher during the siege, but Sicknick’s mother dismissed those claims earlier this week, saying, “He wasn’t hit on the head, no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened.”

Authorities have remained mum on the issue, still refusing to release autopsy or toxicology reports more than seven weeks later.

But sources leaked to several news outlets Friday claiming that investigators are focused on a video that shows Sicknick being sprayed with a chemical substance.

CNN first reported on the video two weeks ago, saying that “federal authorities have narrowed down to a handful the number of suspects” in Sicknick’s death and that “one leading theory that investigators are considering is that the suspects sprayed an irritant, perhaps bear spray, that caused Sicknick to suffer a fatal reaction.”

According to The Washington Post:

The video could offer prosecutors a path to charging someone in connection with Sicknick’s death — though they still have to identify the assailant and would then have to establish that the spraying proved fatal. Prosecutors, instead, might consider bringing assault charges.

The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI “has singled out a potential assailant” according to sources, calling it “a significant breakthrough in the case.”

The Times claims that the unnamed suspect was “seen on video of the riot [attacking] several officers with bear spray, including Officer Sicknick, according to the officials. And video evidence shows that the assailant discussed attacking officers with the bear spray beforehand, one of the officials said.”

Times reporter Katie Benner tweeted, “FBI pinpointed Officer Sicknick’s assailant, a man seen on video wielding bear spray. Murder looks unlikely, but prosecutors could build a case around assaulting an officer, w.seriously increased penalties because Sicknick died.”

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Breaking: Ex-USA Gymnastics coach kills himself after being hit with 24 charges including sexual assault

John Geddert, a former women’s head coach for USA Gymnastics, has died by suicide.

His death was reported hours after the state of Michigan filed 24 criminal charges — including sexual assault and human trafficking —against Geddert, who had ties to disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.

What are the details?

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) held a press conference Thursday announcing the charges against Geddert, which “break down into 14 counts of human trafficking, six counts of human tracking of a minor and single counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation,” Law & Crime reported.

According to The Detroit News, Geddert previously owned Twistars USA, a gymnastics facility where multiple victims of Nassar claimed they were assaulted. After Nassar pleaded guilty in 2018 to sexually abusing 10 minors, a criminal investigation into Geddert was launched and the coach transferred ownership of the gym to his wife.

While Geddert was connected to Nassar and was accused of covering up the doctor’s crimes, the coach was also accused of committing assaults and other abuses himself.

The outlet noted:

Nessel emphasized the crimes alleged against Geddert were a result of his own behavior, which encompassed incidents between 2008 and 2018. The two sexual assault charges against Geddert are alleged to have occurred in January 2012 and involve a reported victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to come forward and publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault, tweeted prior to Geddert being found dead, “Geddert’s abuse, like so much, was never a secret. EVER. In my memoir I wrote about knowing of it even as a club level gymnast in 2000. Because we have to grapple with the reality that it was known, and no one stopped him. It was known, and he was promoted and given more power.”

A spokesperson from Nessel’s office confirmed that Geddert had been expected to turn himself in to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, but never arrived. Less than an hour later, it was reported that Geddert had killed himself.

Nessel released a statement in response to Geddert’s death, saying, “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem calls on AG to resign after reviewing evidence of fatal crash

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has called on her state’s Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg — a fellow Republican — to resign, days after he was charged with three misdemeanors in connection with him fatally hitting a pedestrian with his car last year.

Noem made her statement on the same day she made public interviews investigators conducted with Ravnsborg in the aftermath of the crash, which revealed disturbing new details.

What are the details?

In September, Ravnsborg struck and killed Joseph Boever, 55, with his vehicle while driving home from a political event late at night. The attorney general called 911 to report the crash and stated that he hit “something,” then expressed his “shock” the next day at discovering that he hit a human and not a deer.

Last week, Ravnsborg was charged with one count each of operating a vehicle while using a mobile or electronic device, a lane driving violation for driving outside of his lane, and careless driving. He was spared criminal charges in connection with Boever’s death, prosecutors said, because the facts in the case did not warrant manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges.

Then on Tuesday, Gov. Noem tweeted, “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign. I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well.”

Others did review it, including several members of the media.

The Daily Mail reported that footage from Ravnsborg’s second interview with investigators “reveals how detectives told Ravnsborg that Boever’s glasses had been found inside his car after the accident — and ‘the only way for them to get there is through the windshield.'”

“His face was in your windshield, Jason,” one investigator said. “Think about that.”

“They’re Joe’s glasses,” an agent reiterated. “So that means his face came through your windshield.”

Ravnsborg replied, “I was thinking that his face did not come through because I thought there would have been blood. I did not see anything. I mean…it was just…Again, I was looking to get to the side. I did not. See. Anything.”

After charges were filed against Ravnsborg, a spokesman said the attorney general has no plans to resign.

Anything else?

Also on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of South Dakota state lawmakers filed a resolution in the House to impeach the attorney general for “his crimes or misdemeanors in office causing the death” of Boever, NBC News reported.

GOP state Rep. Will Mortensen, who represents the area where Boever was killed and sponsored the resolution, explained, “When we started looking through and thinking about the duties that the attorney general owes to the people of South Dakota, and I think he owes a special duty to protect the people and uphold the laws. And I think that the actions in these incidents fell short of that duty.”

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Ex-first grade teacher pleads guilty to horrific sex trafficking charges related to a child

In a Tuesday memo, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Oregon revealed that a former first-grade teacher from Oregon admitted to sexually abusing and trafficking a 15-year-old girl he met on social media.

What are the details?

According to the memo, federal prosecutors said that 38-year-old William Hamann pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of sex trafficking of a child for paying the teen for oral sex.

He reportedly recorded the encounters between 2018 and 2019.

Hamann previously taught at Spring Creek Elementary school in Eugene, Oregon, and operated a haunted house attraction. According to the Oregonian, the 15-year-old was not a student of the former teacher.

In the statement, federal prosecutors said, “Agents searched his mobile phone and found a recording of one of the sex acts. Hamman used social media to arrange the meetings with the minor.”

In 2019, authorities arrested Hamann when he showed up at a local school to meet the teen girl, who was then 16 years old.

Following his arrest, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging the former teacher with sexual exploitation and trafficking of a child, possession of child pornography, and attempted sex trafficking of a child.

Prosecutors are now seeking at least 13 years in federal prison on the charges. He also faces state charges of sodomy and sexual abuse.

As part of Hamann’s plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution to the victim.

He is set to be sentenced on March 1.

According to the Register-Guard, Eugene police “advise parents and guardians who have a child who has come in contact with Hamann to let the child know he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child.”

“Parents and guardians also should encourage their child to let them know if Hamann did or said anything inappropriate to them,” the outlet added. “Eugene police advise parents and guardians not to ask detailed questions if a child discloses they had inappropriate contact with Hamann. Instead, they should call Eugene police Detective Jed McGuire at 541-682-6308 or the FBI in Eugene at 541-343-5222.”

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Prosecutors drop prostitution charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Prosecutors in Florida have dropped the charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stemming from a 2019 prostitution sting, after an appeals court recently determined law enforcement violated the Constitutional rights of Kraft and others when they took secret recordings in a massage parlor.

What are the details?

Kraft stood accused of visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa early last year, and was allegedly caught on video engaging in a sexual act with a woman. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.

The NFL franchise owner pleaded not guilty to the charges, but issued an apology at the time, saying in part, “I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”

But The Washington Post reported that “last month, a Florida appeals court ruled that the video of Kraft would be inadmissible at trial, confirming a lower-court ruling that the ‘sneak and peak’ search warrant used to obtain the footage violated the fourth-amendment rights of Kraft and others caught up in the sting.” The outlet noted that 24 other people had been charged in connection to the operation.

With the court tossing out the evidence, prosecutors determined the case against Kraft and others was too weak to move forward.

NBC News reported that a filing by the office of Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg explains, “Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution.”

“We are ethically compelled to drop all cases,” Aronberg said during an online press conference, according to the Associated Press.

The outlet further reported, “Aronberg said that even though the charges were dropped against the spa’s customers, the felony cases against its owner and manager will proceed using evidence such as bank records.”

Beth Kudman, the attorney for Orchids of Asia Day Spa owner Hua Zhang reacted to that in an email to the AP, saying, “It is beyond ironic that the State’s entire prosecution was allegedly motivated by a desire to protect women from abuse. Yet, even after stating that the state did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute these women without the video evidence, the State persists in proceeding against them, while dismissing the charges against the men.”

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Black Lives Matter militants charged after viral video shows them harassing elderly diners: ‘F*** the white people’

Three Black Lives Matter militants were charged after a
viral video showed them harassing elderly diners outside a Pittsburgh restaurant over Labor Day weekend.

What are the details?

Monique Craft, 35, Kenneth McDowell, 33, and Shawn Green, 24 — who also goes by Lorenzo Rulli — were charged by summons with multiple misdemeanors Monday in connection with the Sept. 5 incident outside the Sienna Mercato restaurant, the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Craft is charged with theft, conspiracy, and simple trespass; McDowell is charged with possessing instruments of crime, conspiracy, harassment, and two counts of disorderly conduct; and Green faces charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy, criminal mischief, and simple trespass, the paper said.

According to a criminal complaint, McDowell used a megaphone to scream obscenities at diners sitting outside the restaurant,
WPXI-TV reported.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

The complaint added that Green swore at diners, specifically an elderly couple, and gave them the middle finger, the station said. Video shows Green telling the couple, “F*** the white people that built the system set against mine — you old dick!” He then issues a theatrical laugh at them as others join in.

The complaint also said Green walked up to the front of the restaurant and screamed into an open window, WPXI reported.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

Police said Craft approached a table and drank a diner’s beverage, the Post-Gazette said. Video shows it’s the same table occupied by the elderly couple Green was harassing, and they simply watch Craft drink the beer, after which she sets the glass back on the table.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

Another protester swipes a glass off a table, causing it to shatter on the ground, the paper said.

In a separate video at the scene, it appears McDowell shoves his megaphone into the head of a man holding a bicycle in the street:

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

The man holding the bike swats back at McDowell:

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

And then a third man bashes a skateboard over the head of the man holding the bike:

Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Grace Harvey

Here are the clips. (
Content warning: Language):

But Craft told the Post-Gazette there’s much more to what happened that day.

More from the paper:

Craft said the videos show only one side of the story and that there were three men from outside the protest who were screaming “blue lives matter” — in support of police — at the protesters. When some protesters began to confront them, one man began swinging a bike at people.

According to Craft’s account, a man began grabbing Craft’s hair and placed his hand on Craft’s chest, saying he was trying to stop her from engaging with another man.

When the confrontation ended, Craft said, a man in the restaurant began condemning the protesters’ actions. The woman who was with him offered Craft to come over, have a beer and talk about the situation.

Green noted in an earlier Post-Gazette story that “we were talking to people that were talking to us. The beer that was consumed was an offer. The glass that fell was a mistake.”

He added to the paper that people in the restaurant were cheering on the protesters and that “the reason I engaged the individual man and his wife is because … her husband called me ‘an embarrassment’ and ‘disgusting.'”

Related incident at a McDonald’s

McDowell also was identified as the individual caught on video getting aggressive with a McDonald’s manager that same day, WPXI reported.

The video shows a man with a bullhorn harassing the manager and others chanting with him. The manager appears frustrated and tries to get them to leave, but they continue to pester him. At one point the man with the bullhorn challenges the manager to a fight.

The video was circulated on social media by a Twitter user who tried to frame the heated incident as the fault of the manager. (Content warning: Language):

Trump calls militants ‘thugs!’

Several days after the incidents, President Donald Trump called the militants “thugs.”

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Steve Bannon says his federal indictment is ‘a political hit job’

Steve Bannon, a former top advisor to President Donald Trump, says he is ready for a fight after being arrested on allegations that he defrauded donors to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign, calling his indictment “a political hit job.”

What are the details?

Bannon pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges brought by the Department of Justice accusing him and three associates of siphoning money for personal use from “We Build the Wall” — a $25 million fund built by contributions from private citizens for the purpose of constructing a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Politico reported that Bannon struck a “defiant tone” in reacting to his arrest on Friday. Speaking on his show, “War Room,” the former Trump campaign CEO said, “I am not going to back down. This is a political hit job,”

“I was called ‘honey badger’ for many years,” Bannon continued. “You know, ‘honey badger doesn’t give…’ So, I’m in this for the long haul. I’m in this for the fight.”

“This is to stop and intimidate people that have President Trump’s back on building the wall,” he argued. “We are never going to stop pushing the wall. This stuff is complete nonsense. I am not going to back down one inch. People who know me know I’m a fighter.”

Bannon also speculated on his show the the timing of his indictment was suspicious given his ties to the president, who is in the middle of a reelection campaign.

“The timing is exquisite,” Bannon said. “We have 72 [days until Election Day] and a wake up to what Donald Trump says is the most important election.”

The Washington Examiner noted that President Trump distanced himself from Bannon following his arrest, telling reporters of the “We Build the Wall” initiative, “When I read about it, I didn’t like it. I said, ‘This is for government; this isn’t for private people.’ And it sounded to me like showboating.”

According to ABC News, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement saying that Trump “has not been involved with Steve Bannon since the campaign and the early part of the Administration, and he does not know the people involved with this project.”

Reiterating the president’s position, she added, “President Trump has no involvement in this project and felt it was only being done in order to showboat, and perhaps raise funds.”

During his show, Bannon addressed the president’s statement, too.

“What he said yesterday was absolutely correct,” the former head of Breitbart News Network said. “Building the wall is a function of government. But look how much trouble President Trump has had.”

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Husband of LA district attorney facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protestors at his house

The husband of Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney has been hit with three charges of assault with a firearm stemming from him pulling a gun when an estimated 30 Black Lives Matter activists showed up at the couple’s home demanding to see his wife earlier this year.

What are the details?

The Los Angeles Times reported that David Lacey, husband of L.A. county chief prosecutor Jackie Lacey, was charged by the California attorney general’s office over an incident in early March where he was recorded on video brandishing a gun at protestors who showed up on his front porch calling for a meeting with his wife.

On March 2, a Black Lives Matter representative named Melina Abdullah rang the doorbell of the Lacey household, and Mr. Lacey came to the door. He is seen pointing a gun during the confrontation, telling the activists to get off his porch and warning them that he was prepared to shoot them.

Mrs. Lacey later said that her husband was “profoundly sorry” for the exchange, adding, “I do not believe it is fair or right for protestors to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service. It was just him and I in that house and we really didn’t know what was about to happen.”

In an interview released by CNN last month, Mrs. Lacey condemned the radical views pushed by some Black Lives Matters activists, including the defunding of police.

The Hill reported that following the news of Mr. Lacey’s criminal charges, his attorney, Samuel Tyre said in a statement that he was “disappointed” that his client’s actions were considered “criminal behavior.”

“We disagree entirely with their assessment,” Tyre argued, adding, “but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.”

Anything else?

Mr. Lacey’s case has similarities to another case happening in the middle of the country which also involves a couple defending their home against protesters.

The BLM movement gained an enormous boost following the death of George Floyd in late May — two months after the incident at the Lacey household. The movement has since been joined and allegedly hijacked by affiliated groups in protests across the country, with demonstrations descending into violence, looting, and even murders.

A St. Louis couple, the McCloskeys — both of whom are attorneys — were charged last month for bringing out firearms to confront protesters who had broken down the gate to their gated community and allegedly threatened their lives.

The McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, released a statement at the time, saying, “I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”

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Another hate crime hoax: Black man headed to jail after tagging college campus with racist graffiti five times since last fall

It’s yet another hate crime hoax.

Jerome K. Jackson, a 54-year-old black man, was charged earlier this month with tagging the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland with racist graffiti five times between last October and February of this year, which authorities characterized as a “hate crime.”

WMDT-TV said the phrase “It’s hang a N [redacted] month” was written, and that the graffiti sparked unrest at Salisbury.

Image source: WMDT-TV video screenshot, composite

Before Jackson was identified, university President Charles A. Wight penned a message to the university community calling the culprit a “coward” and cancelling classes “to give us all the opportunity to come together to process what we are experiencing, support each other, and figure out how we can move forward together as a community.”

Wight added, “I know these crimes have frightened members of our campus community, particularly Black and Brown students, faculty and staff. I am appalled by these vile acts which are not welcome on OUR campus and do not represent our values.”

What did one student have to say after Jackson was identified?

Upon hearing the news that Jackson was identified, student Abiodun Adeoye told WMDT, “I don’t want people to get this idea that since that man wrote that, and he was a black person, ‘Well, anything that happens now, you African-American people can’t criticize white people about race.'”

Image source: WMDT-TV video screenshot,

What did Jackson have to say?

Jackson opted to not speak when he was sentenced two weeks ago, WMDT-TV reported in a separate story, but his attorney had some theories regarding the motivation behind his client’s actions.

“To start a conversation about race at SU, their practices, their admissions, the way the institution is run, and to bring those issues to the forefront,” Richard Brueckner speculated to the station, adding that his theories didn’t come directly from Jackson.

Brueckner added to WMDT that the black community’s “voice isn’t often heard, and we’ve seen folks go to some pretty extreme lengths to facilitate a conversation of race and where it fits in” and that Jackson originally faced nearly 30 years in prison before a plea deal was worked out.

“I’m not sure that incarceration sends any message to anyone about racism,” he added to the station.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes told WMDT that while Jackson was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, he likely will serve around nine months before being paroled — and he also must pay $494 to the university in restitution.

It’s an old story

As TheBlaze has extensively reported, hoaxes perpetrated in order to draw attention to social issues are nothing new. Here’s a look at 20 recent hate crime hoaxes.

(H/T: Campus Reform)

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Reports claim Atlanta police officers are walking out en masse over Rayshard Brooks charges, APD admits to ‘higher than usual number of call outs’

Several Atlanta Police Department officers reportedly walked off the job in multiple zones Wednesday afternoon in reaction to the charges brought against two former officers involved with the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot during a DUI arrest last week.

The APD denied that the walkouts occurred in “each zone,” but admitted the department was “experiencing a higher than usual numbers of call outs.”

What are the details?

Walkout rumors began swirling on social media almost immediately after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that former APD Officer Garrett Rolfe would be charged with felony murder and a slew of other charges, and that former Officer Devin Brosnan would be charged with aggravated assault as a result of the fatal shooting of Brooks.

Blaze Media’s Steve Deace reported receiving an email from an Atlanta police officer that read, “Atlanta police officers are refusing to answer the radio and walking off the job. The county can go screw themselves. If you want a society without police we’ll give you one. Let it burn!”

Fox Nation host Johnny (Joey) Jones also shared a private message he received on Twitter that claimed, “No one is talking about this right now, but two zones (3 and 6) of officers in Atlanta just walked out in response to the charges Howard just brought. I worked for APD and still have friends there. I imagine you might too. That’s zones 1, 3, 4, and 6 out now.”

Shon Gables, a reporter from WGCL-TV in Atlanta, tweeted that “Sources confirm Atlanta Police officers in zone 6 have walked out. Sources say they drove back to their precinct, turned in their keys and went home. Officers in zone 3 are allegedly doing the same.”

The ADP issued the following statement to TheBlaze’s request for comment: “Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. The department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations & remain able to respond to incidents.”

According to local site, the southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers confirmed that officers from zones 3 and 6 walked off the job. Vince Champion told the outlet, “The union, we would never advocate this. We wouldn’t advocate a blue flu. “

Champion added, “We don’t know the numbers. Apparently we’re learning that command staff are asking outlying counties for support and aren’t getting it.”

Gables later reported on the ADP’s denial while adding, “Mayor @KeishaBottoms talking about the walkout on CNN right now. Reports suggest APD reached out to Gwinnett Cobb, and Clayton for help tonight and they all said no.”

Anything else?

During Brooks’s arrest, he attempted to flee after taking Brosnan’s Taser. Rolfe ran after Brooks, and shot him during the pursuit after Brooks attempted to use the stun gun on the officer.