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Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank Check Traffic Stops

This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute.

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

We’ve all been there before.

You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach.

You’ve read enough news stories, seen enough headlines, and lived in the American police state long enough to be anxious about any encounter with a cop that takes place on the side of the road.

For better or worse, from the moment you’re pulled over, you’re at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

This is what I call “blank check policing,” in which the police get to call all of the shots.

So if you’re nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be.

Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.

Try to assert your right to merely ask a question during a traffic stop and see how far it gets you.

Juanisha Brooks—black, 34 years old, and on her way home at 2:20 am—was pulled over, handcuffed, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest, eluding the police, reckless driving, and failure to use headlights after repeatedly asking police why she had been stopped. When Brooks—a Department of Defense employee—filed a complaint, prosecutors conceded that the traffic stop had been carried out without “proper legal basis” and dropped all charges.

Caron Nazario, a uniformed Army officer returning home from his duty station, was stopped for not having a rear license plate (his temporary plates were taped to the rear window of his new SUV). Nazario, who is Black and Latino, pulled over at a well-lit gas station only to be pepper-sprayed, held at gunpoint, beaten, and threatened with execution.

Zachary Noel was tasered by police and charged with resisting arrest after he questioned why he was being ordered out of his truck during a traffic stop. “Because I’m telling you to,” the officer replied before repeating his order for Noel to get out of the vehicle and then, without warning, shooting him with a taser through the open window.

Despite complying with all police orders when ordered to show his identification and exit his parked vehicle, Jeriel Edwards was subjected to excessive force and brutality, including being thrown to the ground, tasered, and placed in a chokehold that rendered him unconscious and required his hospitalization for three days. Although dashcam video of the arrest confirms that Edwards was peaceful, did not defy police orders, and did nothing to provoke police, a federal court ruled that Edwards’ trouble understanding police directions during the encounter constituted “resistance” that justified the force used by the four police officers involved in the violent arrest. Edwards is African-American.

Gregory Tucker, also black, was stopped by police for a broken taillight, only to be thrown to the ground, beaten and punched in the face and body more than 20 times, then arrested and hospitalized for severe injuries to his face and arm, all for allegedly “resisting arrest” by driving to a safe, well-lit area in front of his cousin’s house before stopping.

No wonder Americans are afraid of getting pulled over by police.

Mind you, all of these individuals complied with the police. They just didn’t do it fast enough to suit their purposes.

At a time when police can do no wrong—at least in the eyes of the courts, police unions and politicians dependent on their votes—and a “fear” for officer safety is used to justify all manner of police misconduct, “we the people” are at a severe disadvantage.

Add a traffic stop to the mix, and that disadvantage increases dramatically.

According to the Justice Department, the most common reason for a citizen to come into contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop.

On average, one in 10 Americans gets pulled over by police.

According to data collected under Virginia’s new Community Policing Act, black drivers are almost two times more likely than white drivers to be pulled over by police and three times more likely to have their vehicles searched. As the Washington Post concludes, “‘Driving while black’ is, indeed, a measurable phenomenon.”

Historically, police officers have been given free range to pull anyone over for a variety of reasons.

This free-handed approach to traffic stops has resulted in drivers being stopped for windows that are too heavily tinted, for driving too fast, driving too slow, failing to maintain speed, following too closely, improper lane changes, distracted driving, screeching a car’s tires, and leaving a parked car door open for too long.

Motorists can also be stopped by police for driving near a bar or on a road that has large amounts of drunk driving, driving a certain make of car (Mercedes, Grand Prix, and Hummers are among the most ticketed vehicles), having anything dangling from the rearview mirror (air fresheners, handicap parking permits, toll transponders or rosaries), and displaying pro-police bumper stickers.

Incredibly, a federal appeals court actually ruled unanimously in 2014 that acne scars and driving with a stiff upright posture are reasonable grounds for being pulled over. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that driving a vehicle that has a couple air fresheners, rosaries, and pro-police bumper stickers at 2 MPH over the speed limit is suspicious, meriting a traffic stop.

Equally appalling, in Heien v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court—which has largely paved the way for the police and other government agents to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance—allowed police officers to stop drivers who appear nervous, provided they provide a palatable pretext for doing so.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the lone objector in the case. Dissenting in Heien, Sotomayor warned, “Giving officers license to effect seizures so long as they can attach to their reasonable view of the facts some reasonable legal interpretation (or misinterpretation) that suggests a law has been violated significantly expands this authority… One wonders how a citizen seeking to be law-abiding and to structure his or her behavior to avoid these invasive, frightening, and humiliating encounters could do so.”

In other words, drivers beware.

Traffic stops aren’t just dangerous. They can be downright deadly.

Remember Walter L. Scott? Reportedly pulled over for a broken taillight, Scott—unarmed—ran away from the police officer, who pursued and shot him from behind, first with a Taser, then with a gun. Scott was struck five times, “three times in the back, once in the upper buttocks and once in the ear — with at least one bullet entering his heart.”

Samuel Dubose, also unarmed, was pulled over for a missing front license plate. He was reportedly shot in the head after a brief struggle in which his car began rolling forward.

Levar Jones was stopped for a seatbelt offense, just as he was getting out of his car to enter a convenience store. Directed to show his license, Jones leaned into his car to get his wallet, only to be shot four times by the “fearful” officer. Jones was also unarmed.

Bobby Canipe was pulled over for having an expired registration. When the 70-year-old reached into the back of his truck for his walking cane, the officer fired several shots at him, hitting him once in the abdomen.

Dontrell Stevens was stopped “for not bicycling properly.” The officer pursuing him “thought the way Stephens rode his bike was suspicious. He thought the way Stephens got off his bike was suspicious.” Four seconds later, sheriff’s deputy Adams Lin shot Stephens four times as he pulled out a black object from his waistband. The object was his cell phone. Stephens was unarmed.

Sandra Bland, pulled over for allegedly failing to use her turn signal, was arrested after refusing to comply with the police officer’s order to extinguish her cigarette and exit her vehicle. The encounter escalated, with the officer threatening to “light” Bland up with his taser. Three days later, Bland was found dead in her jail cell. “You’re doing all of this for a failure to signal?” Bland asked as she got out of her car, after having been yelled at and threatened repeatedly.

Keep in mind, from the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we’re all in the same boat. However, it’s what happens after you’ve been pulled over that’s critical.

Survival is key.

Technically, you have the right to remain silent (beyond the basic requirement to identify yourself and show your registration). You have the right to refuse to have your vehicle searched. You have the right to film your interaction with police. You have the right to ask to leave. You also have the right to resist an unlawful order such as a police officer directing you to extinguish your cigarette, put away your phone or stop recording them.

However, there is a price for asserting one’s rights. That price grows more costly with every passing day.

If you ask cops and their enablers what Americans should do to stay alive during encounters with police, they will tell you to comply, cooperate, obey, not resist, not argue, not make threatening gestures or statements, avoid sudden movements, and submit to a search of their person and belongings.

Unfortunately, there are no longer any fail-safe rules of engagement for interacting with the police.

In the American police state, compliance is no guarantee that you will survive an encounter with the police with your life and liberties intact.

Every day we hear about situations in which unarmed Americans complied and still died during an encounter with the police simply because they appeared to be standing in a “shooting stance” or held a cell phone or a garden hose or carried around a baseball bat or answered the front door or held a spoon in a threatening manner or ran in an aggressive manner holding a tree branch or wandered around naked or hunched over in a defensive posture or made the mistake of wearing the same clothes as a carjacking suspect (dark pants and a basketball jersey) or dared to leave an area at the same time that a police officer showed up or had a car break down by the side of the road or were deaf or homeless or old.

More often than not, it seems as if all you have to do to be shot and killed by police is stand a certain way, or move a certain way, or hold something—anything—that police could misinterpret to be a gun or ignite some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety.

Now you can make all kinds of excuses to justify these shootings, and in fact, that’s exactly what you’ll hear from politicians, police unions, law enforcement officials, and individuals who are more than happy to march in lockstep with the police.

However, to suggest that a good citizen is a compliant citizen and that obedience will save us from the police state is not only recklessly irresponsible but it is also deluded and out of touch with reality.

To begin with, and most importantly, Americans need to know their rights when it comes to interactions with the police, bearing in mind that many law enforcement officials are largely ignorant of the law themselves.

A good resource is The Rutherford Institute’s “Constitutional Q&A: Rules of Engagement for Interacting with Police.”

In a nutshell, the following are your basic rights when it comes to interactions with the police as outlined in the Bill of Rights:

You have the right under the First Amendment to ask questions and express yourself. You have the right under the Fourth Amendment to not have your person or your property searched by police or any government agent unless they have a search warrant authorizing them to do so.  You have the right under the Fifth Amendment to remain silent, to not incriminate yourself and to request an attorney. Depending on which state you live in and whether your encounter with police is consensual as opposed to your being temporarily detained or arrested, you may have the right to refuse to identify yourself. Not all states require citizens to show their ID to an officer (although drivers in all states must do so).

As a rule of thumb, you should always be sure to clarify in any police encounter whether or not you are being detained, i.e., whether you have the right to walk away. That holds true whether it’s a casual “show your ID” request on a boardwalk, a stop-and-frisk search on a city street, or a traffic stop for speeding or just to check your insurance. If you feel like you can’t walk away from a police encounter of your own volition—and more often than not you can’t, especially when you’re being confronted by someone armed to the hilt with all manner of militarized weaponry and gear—then for all intents and purposes, you’re essentially under arrest from the moment a cop stops you. Still, it doesn’t hurt to clarify that distinction.

While technology is always going to be a double-edged sword, with the gadgets that are the most useful to us in our daily lives—GPS devices, cell phones, the internet—being the very tools used by the government to track us, monitor our activities, and generally spy on us, cell phones are particularly useful for recording encounters with the police and have proven to be increasingly powerful reminders to police that they are not all-powerful.

Knowing your rights is only part of the battle, unfortunately.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the hard part comes in when you have to exercise those rights in order to hold government officials accountable to respecting those rights.

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Two more women came forward over the weekend with allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Although Cuomo issued a public apology for making people uncomfortable, he said he “never touched anyone inappropriately.” Now Democrats are calling for the resignation of the once beloved governor.

Steven Crowder told his audience Monday that he does not believe Cuomo is a “serial rapist.” However, he does believe Cuomo should be held accountable for the grossly underreported number of COVID-19 deaths that occurred in New York nursing homes.

Crowder reminded his audience of when Steven Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Ellen Degeneres self-identified as “Cuomosexuals” and members of the mainstream media praised Gov. Cuomo as “one of the heroes on the front lines [of COVID].”

“Do not let the left get away with this,” Crowder said. “This was their guy … the example of how states should handle COVID.”

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Black Lives Matter militants harass young girls for their ‘white privilege’ as they walk into cheerleading competition

Black Lives Matter militants harassed groups of young girls for their “white privilege” as they walked into a cheerleading competition in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday.

What happened?

As one group of cheerleaders crossed the street into the Kentucky International Convention Center, Carmen M. Jones spelled out a message for them as she spoke into a megaphone, WDRB-TV reported.

“The reason why you get to be here in these pretty little gorgeous outfits and your gorgeous hair and your gorgeous bows is because of your white privilege,” Jones said, according to the station. “Breonna [Taylor] is dead. Black mothers are burying their babies while white mothers send their daughters to cheer competitions.”

Here’s the clip:

Jones also appeared to command the cheerleaders to “do something black today with your white privilege.” WDRB also said protesters held signs and used chants with profanities as the children walked in and out of the building.

Another video shows what appears to be a protester holding a rifle as the group faces down a group of police officers in front of the convention center:

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @CIA-Simulation Warlord

In the second video Jones can be heard on the megaphone hollering — apparently to cops — “We are not afraid of you! We are not intimidated by you!”

Then as another group of young girls headed into the cheerleading competition, Jones could be heard saying “they don’t give a f*** about y’all!” One of the protester’s signs read, “F*** the police.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Profanity):

One dad isn’t happy

A father of cheerleaders told WDRB that protesters “were badgering them all the way in the door” and that his oldest daughter “cried for about an hour” after the interaction.

“You could see it affected all these kids,” the father told the station, only giving his first name — Rob — and not showing his face on camera during an interview.

Rob told WDRB that the protesters have a right to be there but should have left children out of it: “If there’s a problem within life, you keep it between adults. You don’t take kids and add them into the problems. It had nothing to do with them. Even if you have something that you’re passionate about. That wasn’t the way to go about it.”

The station said Louisville police made three arrests at the protest, and among the charges were disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.

Black Lives Matter leader is unmoved

Jones told WDRB that she and fellow protesters stand by their words and methods: “Yes, I did tell them ‘Don’t be somebody that my child is going to have to fight.’ Because right now I’m fighting the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren of people’s ancestors who didn’t do right.”

She added to the station that “Breonna Taylor will never be able to have a child to be able to take to a cheer competition. If black kids are children enough, and child enough, and mature enough to go through the things that we go through as children, then their children are children enough, child enough. and mature enough to learn about their privilege.”

This Saturday will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman shot six times by Louisville police officers during a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment. Officers returned fire after Taylor’s boyfriend fired his gun thinking he and Taylor were robbery targets. Police suspected Taylor’s apartment was being used to traffic drugs, but no drugs or money were found during the search. The incident ignited public outrage and protests around the country.

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Drive-by shooters target elderly couple’s home after outraged leftists demanded removal of their ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag

When an elderly north Seattle couple decided recently to fly a “Thin Blue Line” flag outside the home they’ve lived in for more than 30 years, they knew their decision to support police wouldn’t be popular, KIRO-TV reported.

They were right.

And what started as angry comments, demands that they take down the flag, and graffiti on the street in front of their residence appears to have escalated into a drive-by shooting last week, the station said.

What are the details?

“About twice a week someone was coming by and [saying] derogatory remarks, saying take it down,” the man told KIRO. “I didn’t argue with anybody.”

“Black Lives Matter” and the letters “ACAB” — which stands for “all cops are bastards” — also were painted on the street in front of the home, the station said.

The couple — who didn’t want to identify themselves or show their faces on camera for fear of retaliation — filed a police report for harassment, KIRO said.

Then last Friday surveillance video caught someone driving a dark SUV by the home, firing nine shots, and speeding away, the station said. Six shots hit the home and a vehicle, KIRO reported, adding that at least one bullet pierced multiple walls of the home.

“This didn’t really happen did it?” the man asked the station in disbelief.

“I’m fearful because I don’t know who it would be that would get that angry,” the woman told KIRO.

The homeowners replaced a large flag with a similar-looking smaller flag, hoping that would deescalate the situation — but after the shooting, the station said police officers told them it wasn’t safe to keep it hanging.

“The police said, ‘As much as we appreciate your support, we tell our families don’t fly ’em,'” the woman told KIRO.

‘Everybody has an opinion … but you don’t shoot me for it’

In the aftermath, the couple is troubled that they were targeted with such violence simply for exercising their First Amendment rights.

“I feel like people are trying to take over someone else’s opinion and controlling them, and I had no idea that this was happening,” the woman noted to the station, adding “everybody has an opinion, and we’re entitled to it — but you don’t shoot me for it.”

(H/T: The Police Tribune)

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Black Lives Matter stages ‘protest party’ in front of ‘racist’ man’s home. He pulls out a gun — and officers arrive to take him away.

Black Lives Matter supporters staged a “protest party” in front of a “racist” man’s home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday evening, culminating with the man holding a gun as he looked at the crowd through a window — and law enforcement arriving to take him away.

What’s the background?

A video was shared on the New Milwaukee (Peaceful protests for change) Facebook page Sept. 7 showing a white man across the street yelling at a neighbor — and appearing to utter the N-word.

“Neighborhood kids already were scared to go by this man’s house due to his Trump sign and his confederate flag in the window,” the video poster wrote. “Now these kids really don’t wanna ride their bikes in the area. People just moved in next door and have to live next to this ignorance. Police showed up and he ran in the house and peeked out the windows after calling the new neighbors the N-word.”

Milwaukee police also told TheBlaze that the man on Monday afternoon threatened to physically harm his neighbor while wielding a chainsaw. The 56-year-old suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed.

So a group called “Justice Tour 2020 — Protest Parties” got involved and planned one in front of the man’s house:

And protest they did — and it was all livestreamed to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

They set up chairs, tables, barbecue equipment, and music. They waved Black Lives Matter flags, wore Black Lives Matter shirts, and placed a large Black Lives Matter fist in front of the house. There were black people and white people protesting — and several children were in the mix, dancing and joining in the demonstration.

As night fell things got intense. Protesters aimed lights at the man’s home and called out to him on a megaphone — they called him “Pete” — and soon he was seen holding a gun through a front window.

Image source: Twitter screenshot via @KittyLists

“Hey Pete,” a voice over the megaphone hollered. “You gonna have bigger problems, man. You gonna have bigger problems, Pete. I would advise you to think twice.”

“Aim that s**t at me!” a man in the crowd shouted. “Aim that s**t at me!”

“I don’t think you know what’s out here, buddy,” the megaphone user shouted to the man holding the gun. “I care about ya, I don’t want you to find out.”

“He’s cocking it, look, he’s cocking it,” a man in the crowd yells.

“I gotta get you a new nickname, now,” the megaphone user hollers. “Pistol Pete! In all seriousness, Pete, we are not intimidated by you in the window, good buddy. ‘Cause I don’t think you understand what’s out here man, I keep trying to tell you. That’s all I’m saying man.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

Soon police arrived at the residence, and as the crowd yells from the street — “you about to go to jail!” — officers led the man out of the house in handcuffs.

Image source: Twitter screenshot via @KittyLists

The crowd erupts in cheers and chants of “F*** you, Pete!”

Police told TheBlaze that officers who were monitoring the protests were notified that the man “motioned the long gun as if he chambered a round and then pointed the gun at the crowd.” Police added to TheBlaze that they confronted the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, and he was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while under influence of an intoxicant, disorderly conduct while armed, and bail jumping.

Police also told TheBlaze that criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.

Here’s more video. (Content warning: Language):

(H/T: The Post Millennial)

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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):

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

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Woman faces felony hate crime charges over viral video showing her demanding a beach pass from a black patron

A woman is
facing hate crime charges after she allegedly harassed and struck a black man at a beach in Winnetka, Illinois.

The alleged incident was captured on video and widely shared on social media.

What are the details?

In August, the video of 65-year-old Irene Donoshaytis went viral after she approached Otis Campbell, a black male, at a Winnetka beach, demanding that he show his beach pass.

The male — who was with friends on a bike ride — did not have a pass, because the beach is public access.

“This is America. This is America, you can’t do this,” Donoshaytis insisted. “I’m from Winnetka. You need to go back where you’re from.”

Campbell called authorities and reported the exchange in which Donoshaytis can be seen lunging at him, reportedly striking him twice. During the exchange, she can also be heard admitting she felt threatened because Campbell is black.

“You want to kill me?” she says in the video. “No? It feels like.”

Campbell fires back, “Why would I try to kill you? Is it because I’m black?”

In the video, Donoshaytis answers in the affirmative.

Woman forced to surrender passport

Prosecutors allege that the elderly woman’s actions were racist and illegal.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Deputy Police Chief Brian O’Connell said that Donoshaytis turned herself in on the hate crime charge on Wednesday morning.

She was previously charged with battery in connection with the August incident.

The outlet reports that the Cook County state’s attorney’s office filed the Class 4 felony hate crime charge that morning.

She was released Wednesday on bond. As part of the conditions, Judge Anjana Hansen ordered Donoshaytis to have no contact with either the victim or any eyewitnesses. Donoshaytis is also required to surrender her passport.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Fagan, says Donoshaytis was a refugee of the Soviet Union — and she isn’t racist.

“Her story and version of events amounts to a misunderstanding between the parties that was escalated based on the timing of where we are as a culture,” Fagan explained.

‘Stand up for yourself’

Campbell said that Donoshaytis’ punishment should serve as an “example.”

“It should be something that’s an example and let people know — hey, when you see this, stand up for yourself, or see your friend going through this, stand up for him and anybody going through this,” he said. “Make a difference.”

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VIDEO: Leftist militants harass DC restaurant patrons who refuse to raise their fists: ‘White silence is violence!’

A group of leftist militants were caught on video harassing Washington, D.C., restaurant patrons Monday evening, apparently because they refused to raise their fists in solidarity like other patrons seated around them.

In the above clip, a crowd of militants descend upon a lone woman seated on a sidewalk in front of what appears to be an eatery of some sort, lean across her table, and scream just inches from her face, “White silence is violence! White silence is violence!” Later they chant, “No justice, no peace!”

Fists are raised skyward all around her; but she does not comply.

In the second clip, leftists harass a couple seated outside another restaurant, presumably for the same reason: The man and woman won’t raise their fists like their fellow patrons seated around them.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot, composite, redacted

Content warning: Language:

But as we can see from the next clip, it’s much less problematic when you do what the mob says. Indeed, a young child stands and raises his fist along with the adults with him, and voices can be heard telling him “good job” as he gives them the thumbs up:

How did observers react?

As you might imagine, a number of Twitter users were disgusted by what they saw on video:

  • “Wow. The left turned into fanatic religious ideologues pretty fast,” one user wrote.
  • “She should raise her hand…and give them the finger!” another user suggested.
  • “Only one I raise my hands to and kneel for is God himself. These POS need their asses beat. Leave the innocent ppl alone. This is only fueling the patriots to rise and when ppl start reacting these pansies will cry and ask why is this happening boo hoo. Punk ass bitch cowards,” another user noted.
  • “They are going to f*** with the wrong person one day….” another user wrote.

And one Twitter user referred to an iconic moment in history to make his point:

Image source: Twitter

Anything else?

There was violence and unrest in D.C. as well Monday night:

The action in the nation’s capital appears to be in response to the police-involved shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, which resulted in rioting and attacks upon law enforcement.

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VIDEO: Leftist ‘mob’ surrounds, harasses Seattle photojournalist; one militant threatens to come to his house, break his car windows

A Seattle photojournalist recorded video of a leftist “mob” harassing him Wednesday as he was inside his vehicle — with one of the militants threatening to come his house and break his car windows.

Here’s the clip from KIRO-TV’s Jon Jussero. (Content warning: Language and flashes of the finger):

“Mob would not allow me to do my job today when trying to videotape KC Jail in Seattle,” Jussero wrote in his tweet of his video. “I tried to leave, but they surrounded my car put items on windows & continued to terrorize me. One man threaten to break my vehicle windows & come to my home. We are just trying to do our jobs.”

What are the details?

While two men were giving him the finger and putting their hands on his vehicle, Jussero is heard saying, “You’ve got to stop threatening me, sir.”

But the man he presumably was talking to — dressed in a black T-shirt emblazoned with a giant fist in the middle — told the photojournalist, “I’ll come to your house.”

At another point in the clip the same militant told Jussero, “Don’t make me break this window. Keep filming me, and I will.”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Soon a larger crowd is outside Jussero’s vehicle with one militant uttering “f*** you” over and over rapidly while others call Jussero “liar” and announce “KIRO in the house.”

The group also placed shirts over the vehicle’s windows presumably in attempt to prevent Jussero from recording them on video.

A fellow photojournalist — Eric Jensen from Seattle news station KOMO-TV — replied to Jussero’s tweet about the incident saying KOMO crews have endured similar treatment. Jensen added an encouraging sign off: “Keep up the good work, Jon.”

Left-wing pushback

Jussero’s tweet also attracted the attention of the left.

One true believer commented, “If you continue to ignore the behavior of the police you will continue to not be welcome at or near protests against police violence. Right now you are acting as a propaganda arm of the police, and that will absolutely not be tolerated quietly.”

Another comment was more sinister: “Well when your organization has a reputation for being the tireless propaganda arm of the white supremacist police, constantly broadcasting their lies without question, I guess what happens happens. People should show up at your house. You should be afraid to show your face.”

(H/T: BizPac Review)

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Winona Ryder slams anti-Semitism in Hollywood, claims Mel Gibson asked, ‘You’re not an oven-dodger, are you?’ Gibson hits back hard.

Actress Winona Ryder says actor Mel Gibson made a variety of anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks while in her presence over the years.

Gibson, however, says it never happened.

What are the details?

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, Ryder — who is of Jewish heritage — said that she has experienced anti-Semitism in the entertainment industry.

“I have … in interesting ways,” she recalled. “There are times when people have said, ‘Wait, you’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty!’ There was a movie that I was up for a long time ago, it was a period piece, and the studio head — who was Jewish — said I looked ‘too Jewish’ to be in a blue-blooded family.”

Ryder said that one of her biggest recollections in experiencing anti-Semitism in Hollywood took place with Gibson at a party.

“We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends,” she recalled, “and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ and then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven-dodger, are you?'”

Ryder said that Gibson later attempted to apologize, but the damage was done.

Has Gibson responded?

A spokesperson for the actor issued a statement on Ryder’s allegations on Tuesday.

“This is 100 percent untrue,” Gibson’s rep insisted. “She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now. Also, she lied about him trying to apologize to her back then. He did reach out to her, many years ago, to confront her about her lies, and she refused to address it with him.”

Anything else?

This wasn’t the first time Gibson was accused of anti-Semitism.

In 2006, authorities arrested Gibson on a DUI charge. During the arrest, Gibson famously blurted out “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!”

Ten years after the incident that nearly ended his career, Gibson called his outburst “an unfortunate incident” that was apparently part of a “nervous breakdown.”

“I was loaded and angry and arrested,” he said. “I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”

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Massive attack on police: ‘Blueleaks’ hackers release ‘hundreds of thousands’ of private records on officers

Hackers have leaked highly sensitive police files from over 200 police departments across the country, according to a Business Insider report Monday.

All files are reportedly searchable by badge number.

What do we know about this?

Activist group DDoSecrets published what the outlet calls “hundreds of gigabytes’ worth of potentially sensitive files” from police departments across the United States. The group has called the information dump “BlueLeaks.”

The group compiled the records, disseminating them into a searchable database that can pull up private information from a police badge number. Many of the files include information such as memos, emails, and officers’ personal information.

The group shared information on Twitter regarding the data dump.

It wrote, “RELEASE: #BlueLeaks (269 GB) Ten years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other law enforcement training and support resources. Among the hundreds of thousands of documents are police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides and more.”

The outlet reported that much of the information purports to show “how law enforcement agencies have been sharing information about COVID-19, George Floyd protesters, and even tweets critical of the police.”

Security reporter Brian Krebs
said that the breach took place at a Houston area web services company that “maintains several law-enforcement data centers.”

The group, in a Twitter statement, wrote, “DDoSecrets publishes materials submitted by sources, both leakers and hackers. We provide a stable platform for the public to access data and an anonymity shield for sources to share it, but are uninvolved in the exfiltration of data.”

What else?

Wired reported Monday that Emma Best, co-founder of the group, said that the hack is the largest of its kind.

“It’s the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies,” Best boasted in a text message. “It provides the closest inside look at the state, local, and federal agencies tasked with protecting the public, including [the] government response to COVID and the BLM protests.”

Best added that the leak highlights the “underlying attitudes of law enforcement,” which trickles down to their policing.

“The underlying attitudes of law enforcement is one of the things I think BlueLeaks documents really well,” Best writes. “I’ve seen a few comments about it being unlikely to uncover gross police misconduct, but I think those somewhat miss the point, or at least equate police misconduct solely with illegal behavior. Part of what a lot of the current protests are about is what police do and have done legally.”

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Democratic state lawmaker who endorsed President Trump resigns after attacks from his own party

Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones resigned Wednesday after
attacks by his own party members for endorsing President Donald Trump for a second term last week in the 2020 presidential election.

What are the details?

“Turn the lights off, I have left the plantation,” Jones said in a statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Someone else can occupy that suite. Therefore, I intend not to complete my term effective April 22, 2020.”

Jones’ spokesman told the paper he won’t seek re-election.

“I don’t plan to leave the Democratic Party because somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people [and] root out the bigotry,” Jones said on “The Rashad Richey Morning Show” shortly after announcing his resignation, the Journal-Constitution reported.

The paper said Jones ended the fiery, sometimes combative talk-radio discussion early, which prompted Richey to say, “Hang up on this clown, please.”

What’s the background?

Jones told the Journal-Constitution in an earlier story that endorsing Trump was an easy decision.

“It’s very simple to me,” he told the paper. “President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges, and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign.”

He added to the Journal-Constitution that “a lot of African Americans … clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before. When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”

In a statement to WGCL-TV, Jones had more praise for Trump regarding criminal justice reform — and criticism for former President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the issue.

Attacks from fellow Democrats

Jones’ fellow Democrats attacked him for endorsing Trump. The Journal-Constitution said, “Democratic officials tried … to disown Jones,” and chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party — state Sen. Nikema Williams — called Jones an “embarrassment.”

Fellow Democratic Rep. James Beverly told the paper that “we’re not sure what was on Vernon’s mind. It’s antithetical to what we believe in.”

‘Sick and tired’

“I’m sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party,” Jones said, according to the Journal-Constitution.

He added to the paper in a statement concerning his resignation that “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against black people that are independent and conservative. I endorsed the white guy [Donald Trump] that let blacks out of jail, and they endorsed the white guy [Joe Biden] that put blacks in jail.”

State Rep. Vernon Jones resigns

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Journalist says Bernie bros tricked fans of a South Korean boy band to harass him over damaging article

A journalist said on Monday that he was being harassed by the rabid fans of a popular South Korean boy band because supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tricked them into it.

“Fans of Bernie Sanders are now crafting fake tweets from me in the hopes of drawing the ire of a South Korean boy band that I’ve never heard of?” said Daily Beast reporter Scott Bixby in a tweet.

He posted a tweet from a Sanders supporter with a false tweet mocking BTS, a boy band with a passionate social media following.

Bixby had uncovered abusive tweets from a Sanders campaign staffer and reported them at the Daily Beast. The report helped boost criticism against the Sanders campaign over harassment from their online supporters.

He also posted a video of his telephone receiving text messages of spam.

In a third tweet, he shows that he has received 4,891 text messages, ostensibly from angry BTS fans.

Sanders has openly condemned online harassment from his supporters and made it clear that he does not support such efforts. He is currently the frontrunner after the first three state contests of the Democratic primary contest for the November presidential election.

Here’s more about Bernie bros:

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‘Daddy still butt-f***ing you?’: Pro-abortion thugs — one with nifty pentagram necklace — gang up on pro-lifer, allegedly bump, grab, and even lick her

A Tennessee pro-life advocate has numerous pro-abortion activists on video ganging up and harassing her in front of an abortion clinic — the Bristol Regional Women’s Center — and her assailants go so far as to allegedly touch and grab parts of her body and even lick her.

To say nothing of the mountain of verbal harassment she’s received — with one of them allegedly asking her, “Daddy still butt-f***ing you?”

What are the details?

Thomas More Society — a legal firm that stands up for religious liberty and pro-life issues — has taken up the matter and helped sidewalk counselor Erika Schanzenbach file petitions for orders of protection against members of what the law firm calls a “radical pro-abortion organization.”

More from the firm:

Thomas More Society Counsel Michael McHale explained that the offenders have often sought out Schanzenbach for harassment wherever she stands, even when she remains across the street from the abortion facility to avoid confrontation. The offenders subject Schanzenbach to a variety of abuses, including surrounding her and blocking her from view with large, open umbrellas; licking her arms; following her very closely wherever she walks — even back to her vehicle hundreds of feet away from the abortion facility; stealing and destroying her leaflets; and hurling profanities, taunts, and obscene gestures directly in her face. […]

These abusers boast online about their illegal conduct, identifying themselves as “Pro-Choice Bristol.” Their Facebook post, “Pink Manifesto,” states that they will “use any means necessary to physically block” pro-life witnesses “from sight” and will do “anything at all not being enforced equally for the protection of patients whether demonstrably legal or not.” The radical group also declares that “When local government fails” it will “step in.”

Schanzenbach has been on the receiving end of harassment, abuse, and stalking by Denise Skeen, along with Denise’s adult daughters, Alethea and Rowan. Each is named as a respondent in petitions for court orders of protection. Also named is Cheryl Hanzlik, who on multiple occasions has attempted to cause permanent hearing damage by pointing a bullhorn blaring loud police siren sounds directly into Schazenbach’s face. Supplemental court complaints have also been filed against Hanzlik and Alethea Skeen for ongoing illegal harassment.

Here’s one clip. (Content warning: Language):

Schanzenbach repeatedly tells the women to stop touching her, specifically to cease pressing their breasts against her body. Some verbal tidbits from the pro-abortion activists:

  • “Suck my d***!”
  • “What does she f***ing expect?”
  • “Call the cops!”
  • “She touched my t***y!”

In the below clip a white-bearded man screams in Schanzenbach’s face to “shut up!” repeatedly and later adds that “it’s going to be like this every single time.” (Content warning: Language):

According to protection orders Thomas More Society filed:

  • Last Sept. 4, Denise Skeen asked Schanzenbach, “Daddy still butt-f***ing you?” and has in the past harassed her with descriptions of oral sex, sodomy, and masturbation.
  • That same day, Alethea Skeen pressed her body against the victim and screamed at her, “Suck it up you little bitch!” And on one occasion she advised Schanzenbach, “Stop coming to the clinic, and this all ends.”

Here’s a third video:

The law firm said that the cases will return to court in April when Schanzenbach’s legal team will present substantial video evidence and live witness testimony demonstrating the ongoing abuse against her.

(H/T: PJ Media)