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Chicago Cops Use Asset Forfeiture Funds to Buy Drones “Off the Books”

Asset forfeiture funds help fund the ever-growing national surveillance state.

Civil asset forfeiture is a pernicious policy in its own right. It is nothing more than legalized, institutionalized, government-sanctioned theft. Forfeiture laws flip due process on its head and create perverse “policing for profit” incentives.

On top of that, we have long suspected that police departments use forfeiture money to secretly purchase surveillance technology. Recent Chicago Police Department emails obtained from a trove of hacked documents prove this happens, revealing that cops used asset forfeiture money to buy drones off the books with no oversight or accountability.

According to reporting by the Chicago Sun-Times, details of the CPD drone program were revealed in an email sent by the director of police research and development. In the email exchange, Karen Conway told other high-ranking police officials that the department’s counterterrorism bureau “utilized 1505 funds for a pilot Drone program that operates within the parameters of current laws.”

Conway wrote that drones “have been purchased and the Electronic & Technical Support Unit (Counter-terrorism) is in the process of creating a training to start a pilot. Some of the Drone uses will be for missing persons, crime scene photos, and terrorist-related issues.”

The city refused to answer specific questions about the drone program, saying the city would not answer questions relating to hacked emails.

The 1505 fund is made of asset forfeiture proceeds, along with other assets seized in connection to criminal investigations. According to the Sun-Times, the fund is “off the books” and isn’t included in the department’s budget. In addition to funding the purchase of drones, 1505 money was reportedly used to purchase cell-site simulators, commonly known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.

According to data gathered under a state law requiring asset forfeiture reporting, the CPD reported taking in seized or awarded assets valued at an estimated $25.9 million over the last two years. That’s a lot of off-the-books money.

Assurances that law enforcement uses the drones “within the parameters of current laws” didn’t ease the concerns of Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. He told the Sun-Times the emails show the city “continues to pursue the invasive technologies without any public disclosure, oversight or publicly adopted privacy policies,”

“We should not be surprised. This behavior goes back more than two decades when Chicago first began to place surveillance cameras all across the city. To this day, residents of the city have never seen a privacy policy for the use of those cameras.”

In 2018, the Illinois legislature considered a bill to allow drones equipped with facial recognition technology to surveil protests. Separate versions passed each chamber of the legislature, but a reconciled bill never made it to the governor’s desk. The ACLU of Illinois said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the “heavy hand” pushing that legislation.

“Given that the city not so long ago sought legislation to permit using drones to surveil public gatherings, including those engaged in First Amendment activity, it is worth questioning its motivations,” Yohnka said

In a report on the city’s response to unrest in the wake of the shooting of George Floyd, Illinois Inspector General Joseph Ferguson noted that drones were likely flying overhead at some demonstrations.

The Chicago Police Department reveals how asset forfeiture money can serve as another secret funding source for surveillance programs, keeping them out of the public eye.

Local police have access to a mind-boggling array of surveillance equipment. As it now stands, many law enforcement agencies can obtain this high-tech, extremely intrusive technology without any approval or oversight using these off-the-books funding sources. In addition to forfeiture proceeds, local law enforcement agencies can also tap into federal government grants and other funding sources to buy high-tech spy gear. Members of the community, and even elected officials, often don’t know their police departments possess technology capable of sweeping up electronic data, phone calls and location information.

This isn’t just a local concern. State and local police surveillance feed into the national surveillance state.

Information collected by local law enforcement undoubtedly ends up in federal databases. The feds can share and tap into vast amounts of information gathered at the state and local level through fusion centers and a system known as the “information sharing environment” or ISE.

Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a bipartisan congressional report to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”

Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to its website, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.

The federal government encourages and funds surveillance technology including ALPRs, drones and stingrays at the state and local level across the U.S. In return, it undoubtedly gains access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By requiring approval and placing the acquisition of spy gear in the public spotlight, local governments can take the first step toward limiting the surveillance state at both the local and national levels.

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Texas AG blasts ‘mob rule,’ police chief after angry driver is only person charged when Black Lives Matter militants ‘illegally shut down traffic’

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton blasted “mob rule” and Plano’s police chief after an
angry driver caught on video confronting Black Lives Matter militants for blocking traffic was the only person charged in Saturday’s incident.

What are the details?

After Paxton caught wind of the viral showdown, he issued a
statement Monday decrying “a group of radical-left armed agitators and a police chief unwilling to enforce the law.”

The Texas AG said that after “a group of militant BLM protesters illegally shut down traffic underneath a major highway,” an “Antifa-like character pulled what appears to be a gun and pointed it at the man” who had exited his car “to demand the mob clear the way.”

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Paxton added that “rather than disperse the crowd or arrest the lawbreakers, the lone police officer told” the driver who confronted the group to “go away.”

More from the AG’s statement:

I instructed one of my top deputies to contact the Plano Police Chief to get more details. What he heard paints an even worse picture than the video alone depicts.

First the Chief told my deputy that while the weapon wasn’t a pistol, it was, in fact, a “pepper ball gun.” In a separate conversation, the Chief claimed it was a “taser.” In a recent Facebook post, the department is now saying it was [an] “electronic control device.” Whatever it was, the police declined to pursue the leftist who brandished the weapon, and no charges are being pressed against him.

Second, the Chief was anxious to excuse the rioters. “You have to understand the situation,” urged the Chief. “We have to negotiate with these people. Do you expect us to mass arrest these protesters? You know that’s not going to happen.” Most law enforcement officers are ready and willing to uphold law and order. We need them to do that. But too many are held back by politically motivated leaders, crippled by the woke agitators, now aiders and abettors to liberal lunacy.

Here’s a clip of the incident.
Content warning: Language:


BLM Protestors block road in Plano, TX, get confronted by angry driver

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Paxton added in his statement that “only one person from this whole incident is being charged with a crime: The one man who told the protesters to go away. Why? For ‘assault with contact’ because he slapped a person’s hand out of his face. No one else is being charged with anything. None of the law-breaking traffic-blockers, not the guy who pulled a weapon — no one!”

The AG ended his statement by saying he’ll “never allow our beautiful Texas cities or neighborhoods to become Portland or Seattle or San Francisco because of the unchecked left. I call upon my friends and allies across the state to crack down on this lawlessness immediately. No excuses!”

What did police have to say?

Plano police
told WFAA-TV that the object in the protester’s hand is an electronic control device, which the station wrote is “commonly known as a Taser.”

Police Chief Ed Drain added to WFAA that the device was “purchased without a permit or license, and the person who pointed the device did not commit a criminal offense by doing so.”

In the video, the angry motorist appears to attempt to slap a phone out of the hand of one of the protesters. Police said in its statement that “a female reported that she was assaulted by a male who confronted the protestors. Due to the position of the crowd, the officer did not witness the assault. The officer de-escalated the situation by removing the male … from the crowd … After speaking with the victim and the suspect, and reviewing video footage of the incident, detectives filed an Assault-by-Contact charge with the Municipal Court against the male suspect,” the station reported.

Plano police told WFAA the names of the victim and suspect are not being released over concerns for their safety, and that assault by contact is a class C misdemeanor.

In addition, police told the station that the protesters were asked to disperse after the confrontation and complied. Officers also told them that obstructing traffic is illegal, WFAA reported. Chief Drain added to the station that traffic was held up for for seven minutes.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis warns Antifa to stay out of Florida: Consequences ‘will be swift and they will be severe’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says that anyone who would harm a person, their property, or police officers needs to stay out of the state — or face “swift” and “severe” consequences.

What are the details?

DeSantis warned that if rioters begin demonstrating in Florida — as they do in various places in Oregon — they will be met with severe consequences.

During last week’s press conference revealing that the state would apportion $1,000 bonuses to first responders, the Republican governor vowed to protect police officers and residents from rioting, vandalism, and violence.

“I think if you look around the country, what happens is, like in Portland, these people riot every night,” he said. “They go, they get their mug shot, and then they get put right back on the street to do it again. That’s what we don’t want.”

He added, “The minute you harm somebody else or you harm somebody’s property, you do those types of things, the only way we’re going to put a stop to it is to have very swift penalties for it.”

Pointing to areas such as Portland, Oregon, DeSantis added that crime is spiking in areas across America due to a lack of support for police.

“There’s a lot of places around this country that have not stood by law enforcement, and the tragedy of it is, you’re seeing crime spike in certain parts of our country like we haven’t seen in decades,” he explained. “The people that are going to be most affected by that are the most vulnerable members of our society.”

He also added that he is issuing the statewide bonuses because it is imperative for law enforcement and first responders to function and serve the country as they always have.

“One of the reasons we are here today with the bonuses is because we know just how important that is. It tells people, ‘Hey, if you are in Portland and you think you can come down to Florida and do this, stay out of our state!’ We don’t want you coming down here and causing problems,” DeSantis insisted. “If anyone does cause these problems, if you try to burn something down, try harm anybody, but particularly a police officer during one these violent assemblies, there will be consequences. They will be swift and they will be severe. They will be such that people who see that happening will know that’s not something that we want to do going forward.”


“Stay out of our state!” Gov. DeSantis warns protesters NOT to come to FL or face consequences

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Horowitz: Police now enforcing rather than dismantling violent BLM roadblocks

Perhaps it’s time we advocate for the police to be fully abolished after all.

Once upon a time, we conservatives would have responded to such a proposition by warning about anarchy on the streets, with citizens being attacked randomly by violent criminals and mobs. But now, we are suffering an even worse fate with police officially on duty. Our citizens are being attacked with impunity by Black Lives Matter rioters while driving in random places, including residential neighborhoods. Not only are the police nowhere to be seen in deterring and punishing those who attack motorists, they are actually protecting the illegal checkpoints set up by BLM and targeting those who defend themselves.

If this is the world we now live in, why not abolish the police for real so we can defend ourselves amid the anarchy? At this point, the only function the police are serving is to protect the murderous thugs from peaceful citizens. Joe Hall, a former Marine, learned this lesson the hard way when he was on his way home in a Portland neighborhood and had his path blocked by violent BLM protests. This could have happened to anyone and will continue to victimize innocent Americans, especially if they have conservative bumper stickers on their cars.

Hall was surrounded by a mob of people with long guns, according to the firsthand account he gave to local media. He did what any citizen would do — and took out his own pistol and pointed it at the ground as a warning. However, he hesitated and did not shoot, a decision he later chalked up to fear of prosecution due to the two-tiered justice system. Consequently, he was tackled from behind, lost control of his weapon, and was severely beaten. He was left with five broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a broken collar bone, a collapsed lung, and a broken eye socket.

Hall’s crime? He reportedly had a Trump sticker on his pickup truck, and that is a violation of the new government-sanctioned BLM street checkpoints, which deserves a beating and being called a Nazi.

As always, Portland police failed to intervene at all despite widespread reports across the city of violent blockades being set up on major roadways by Antifa and BLM, according to KPTV-TV. In an interview with radio host Lars Larson from his hospital bed, Hall said he had to call 911 himself to get an ambulance and police said they were aware of the attacks but did not come out to the scene. Not a single BLM marcher was arrested for blocking traffic, assault, or drawing weapons. “The first question out of them [police] was what did you do to agitate the crowd,” said Hall in an emotional interview with Larson.

In other words, police have now become enforcers of the ultimate anarchy. This is why we have police and a government in the first place – to ensure that people enjoy the liberty to travel or walk and drive freely without being attacked. Now the only purpose police serve is to defend the attackers!

Lest you think this is limited to Portland, this is in fact happening all over the country, including in red areas like Plano, Texas. There is a viral video of a man getting out of his car after BLM rioters blocked a major roadway in Plano last week right in front of a policeman. Rather than clearing the illegal checkpoint and arresting every one of the lawbreakers, the cowardly officer donning a face mask outdoors escorted the motorist back to his car to ensure he couldn’t clear the checkpoint himself.

In Stillwater, Minnesota, BLM protesters blocked one motorist from reaching his home in his own suburban neighborhood. When the motorists scuffled with the mob, the police arrested the victim and none of the mobsters. Stillwater police chief Brian Mueller told a local reporter that these people had a First Amendment right to be there, even though they were violently blocking a residential street without any prearranged permitting process with police. BLM has the right to beat, loot, and murder with impunity, but we the people have no right to life, liberty, and property, never mind self-defense.

There is an emergency for every red state legislature to immediately pass a bill protecting motorists from liability when defending themselves against the mob and creating mandatory minimums of 10 years in prison for those who attack cars on the road. Florida’s Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill doing both of those things to a degree, and several states, such as Iowa and Oklahoma, passed liability protections for motorists.

The more fundamental issue, though, is that the police are not arresting those who block the intersection and are only arresting those who defend themselves. So why do we need the police?

Worse, police are now being used to enforce unconstitutional human rights violations. Garth Gaylord was arrested outside a courthouse in Boise, Idaho, for trying to enter without wearing a mask. He was charged with contempt of court because he was denied the ability to enter his own hearing unless he covered his own breathing. This violates his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, but the same police who are nowhere to be seen when BLM beats innocent motorists suddenly enforce these human rights violations with alacrity.


Man Arrested For Not Wearing A Mask

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Then, of course, there is the now horrific image of police in Calgary brutally arresting Pastor Artur Pawlowski for “inciting” people to attend church during lockdown.

Watching this image and observing the uncontrolled spike in violent crime, I can’t help thinking that perhaps some of these police officers need some more BLM in their lives after all. Don’t count on us to help you out when they come after you. We will “back the blue” when they return to backing the red, white, and blue, along with the constitutional rights represented by those colors.

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VIDEO: Heavily armed leftists surround, threaten lone Portland motorist. But when fed-up driver points his own gun at them, all hell breaks loose.

Heavily armed leftists apparently acting as security for a march in Portland earlier this week pointed their guns at a lone motorist and threatened him before the fed-up driver exited his truck and pointed his own gun at them — and then all hell broke loose.

What are the details?

Video showed a large group of leftist militants marching down a Portland street Wednesday reportedly to remember Patrick Kimmons, a black man fatally shot by Portland police in 2018.

But a vehicle apparently leading the group came upon a pickup truck driver who was traveling toward the marchers, and the lead vehicle blocked the driver’s path — and in seconds, numerous militants descended upon the pickup truck driver and began threatening him.

Thing is, though, the driver had a gun, too — and the heavily armed militants didn’t like that one bit.

“You better f***ing not!” one leftist was heard yelling at the driver. “Put your f***ing gun down!”

The driver, standing behind his truck door, pointed at one particularly well-strapped leftist and twice yelled back, “You got about five seconds to lower that f***ing weapon!”


Image source: YouTube screenshot

The lone driver — who faced about a half dozen armed leftists in the standoff — jawed with the hostile group, calling them “c**ksuckers” and “f***in’ idiots” and repeatedly ordering them to “shut up.”

One leftist told the driver that his “vehicle is a deadly weapon” — which didn’t go over too well with the driver who noted all the rifles pointed in his direction.

As the driver got back into this truck and began to move past the militants, one leftist called him a “f***ing Nazi” as others demanded he “get outta here!” Then just before he reached the intersection — apparently after one of the leftists hit or threw something at his truck — the driver stopped, got out, and confronted the group.

The situation grew tense, with many people screaming, and the driver grabbed his gun and moved forward on one of the rifle-wielding leftists —


Image source: YouTube screenshot

— who promptly shoved the driver backward.


Image source: YouTube screenshot

With that, the driver regained his footing and drew his gun on the group.


Image source: YouTube screenshot

But he was tackled from behind after which numerous militants piled on him.


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Soon the driver was requesting an ambulance, asking for his gun back, and telling the leftists that he’s a disabled Marine.

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

While Oregon is an open-carry state, gun owners cannot do so in Portland unless they are concealed carry license holders and their guns are not loaded.

But wait! There was more fun!

If you thought that was enough left-wing lawlessness for one day, there’s video of the same armed group attacking a different vehicle whose driver didn’t obey their orders and moved through and past their blockade.

As you can imagine, the militants didn’t like that too much — and apparently broke the red SUV’s windows and punctured at least two of its tires while managing to get the driver to stop.

“You f***ed with the wrong f***in’ people, bro!” one particularly erudite leftist hollered at the motorist.

The militants claimed one of their comrades was hit by the SUV and continued to threaten the driver. Eventually the apparently injured motorist exited the vehicle as one of the militants said on camera they were giving medical aid to him.

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

What did police have to say?

Portland police said they were called Wednesday around noon about a pedestrian struck by a vehicle near North Interstate Avenue and North Killingsworth Street. But police said they found no pedestrians who claimed to have been struck.

Police said they knew the reported incident was related to the march, which they said had moved away into nearby streets by the time they arrived at the scene — and added that the march featured some people “openly carrying firearms.”

More from the police:

Additional calls came in from people who had been driving vehicles in the area and who were blocked by the crowd in the street. One person said people in the crowd broke out their vehicle windows, damaged tires, and sprayed them with some kind of irritant near North Interstate Avenue and North Killingsworth Street.

A person in another vehicle blocked by the crowd near North Alberta Street and North Michigan Avenue got into a dispute with people who surrounded him and took a firearm from him, as well as tools and keys.

Portland Police attempted to collect as many statements as possible from those involved. Officers will document as much of the incidents as witnesses share and will attempt to gather available evidence, including video for follow-up on any criminal allegations.

One person was transported by ambulance to the hospital following one of the altercations.

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Professor who became combative after student called police officers ‘heroes’ is now on leave

An adjunct professor at Cypress College in California is on leave after becoming combative when a student referred to police officers as “heroes.”

The professor, who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, became increasingly antagonistic after a freshman in a virtual class defended law enforcement officers during his presentation.

What’s a brief history here?

The student, 19-year-old Braden Ellis, was delivering a speech on “cancel culture” for a communications class when he said, “I think cops are heroes.”

The professor interrupted, “All of them?”

Ellis responded, “I mean, I’d say a good majority of them. We have bad people in every business, in every — ”

Cutting him off for a second time, the professor shot back, “A lot of police officers have committed atrocious crimes and have gotten away with it and have never been convicted of any of it.”

The two engaged in conversation as the professor became increasingly agitated with Ellis’ line of thought and eventually blurted, “I don’t trust them. My life’s in more danger in their presence.”

What’s happening now?

After the filmed exchange went viral, Cypress College issued a statement revealing that the professor would be “taking a leave of absence” for the duration of her time at the college.

“The adjunct professor will be taking a leave of absence for the duration of her assignment at Cypress College. This was her first course at Cypress and she had previously indicated her intention to not return in the fall.”

“Cypress College takes great pride in fostering a learning environment for students where ideas and opinions are exchanged as a vital piece of the educational journey,” the statement continued. “Our community fully embraces this culture; students often defend one another’s right to express themselves freely, even when opinions differ. Any efforts to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated.”

Anything else to know?

Ellis told the Orange County Register that he respected the professor despite her opposing views.

“I’m a student, that means I’m not going to bag on her,” he said. “She has authority, and that means I give her respect.”

He continued, “I don’t think she had anything against me personally, just against my argument for police.”

Elsewhere in his remarks to the outlet, Ellis said that he was deeply concerned about what he suggested was indoctrination in higher learning.

“Why does [the professor] have to bring in biased liberal ideology and stick that down our throats?” he wondered. “We’re learning about white privilege, and what does that have to do with anything? I was supposed to take this class to learn how to speak better.”

He later told the New York Post that those opposing that “liberal ideology” need to speak up.

“Liberal ideology is bad right now and people need to expose it and fight back — with gentleness and respect. Imagine if we don’t fight back now? What will they teach us in 10 years? It would be pure hatred,” Ellis said. “I have another [instructor] who is just as bad. These teachers just spew divisiveness and hatred toward our country.”

You can view video of the interaction below.


Woke Professor Argues With Student After He Called Police Heroes

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(H/T: The Police Tribune)

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NY store calls police to handle homeless man stealing socks. Cops arrive, confront suspect — and then pay for what he took.

The Dollar Tree in Mount Vernon, New York, called police over the weekend to handle a shoplifter, and police bodycam video showed the cops responding in a way that is earning them plaudits from their department and on social media.

What happened?

Two members of the Mount Vernon Police Department, identified only as Officers Cartwright and Velez in an MVPD Facebook post, responded to a call from the Dollar Tree saying a man was stealing socks from the store but had not left the premises.

Upon arriving, Cartwright and Velez confronted the suspect and discovered he was homeless. He admitted on video that he was in need of the socks he was pilfering, the MVPD said.

After patting down the man to make sure he had taken nothing else, Cartwright and Velez spoke with the store manager about the situation, and they all agreed that the best option for the situation would be just to buy the socks the man was attempting to steal.

And that is what Officer Cartwright did.

“You’re a little light on some socks?” Cartwright asked, after asking where the man was staying.

The man answered that he was just “walking around.”

“All right, I’ll tell you what,” Cartwright continued. “I’ll buy you a couple pairs of socks though, but you gotta stop stealing. Fair enough?”

“How much are they?” the officer asked the check-out attendant. After learning they were only $1 per pair, he told the store to ring him up for $15 worth.

“Listen, I know how important it is to have a nice pair of socks, especially when you’re out running around and, you know, you got nothing else going on, so we’ll get you taken care of,” Cartwright said. “If you weren’t honest, I wouldn’t have bought them for you.”

According to the MVPD, the Dollar Tree manager authorized the cops not to arrest the suspect and also told the man that “if he was in need, he could just tell her.”

Officer Velez also told the man that if he were in need of services, he could stop by the police department for help.

What did the police department say?

The MVPD praised their officers and their community in the Facebook post:

Mount Vernon is a fiercely hard working community that never gets the positive attention it needs. The community is proud and resilient and always keeps its head up and marches on towards a better tomorrow. These positive incidents happen every day in our city, not only with the police, but also with our other municipal employees and with our business partners.

The Officers of the Mount Vernon Police Department will continue to serve our community to the best of our abilities. Thank you to Officers Cartwright, Velez and to all the other Officers that have served proudly over the last year. Your hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed.

What was the community response?

Response to the MVPD’s Facebook video was overwhelmingly positive:

  • “Thank you officers you guys make us proud to be citizens of this great city[.] Mount Vernon Strong and together we can continue to stay safe.”
  • “I love this so much! It really touched me. A friend just told me she saw it on ABC News and I went searching for the story online so I could show my 9 year old son. He was becoming disillusioned about the role of police officers lately. We just watched the clip together. I was so incredibly proud to show him what our Mount Vernon Police Officers are doing. Thank you Officers Cartright and Velez!! My son has a bit of renewed faith in police officers because of what you did. A little bit of kindness really goes a long way. Have a great day everyone!!”
  • “This is the kind of police interaction we need.”
  • “As my mom would say, ‘it feels so good to catch you doing something good!’ As an unintended by product of not taking just another arrest stat, the officer gave MVPD more good publicity than an army of publicists.”
  • “[T]his is what policing is about. Thank you.”
  • “Mt Vernon Police Dept is the Best . Thank you for showing humanity to this individual- your work is appropriate- I love this town.”
  • “MVPD = Most Valuable Police Department around! Good job MVPD. Kindness always wins.”

(H/T: New York Post)

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Motorist appears to intentionally run over school bus driver — a mother of two — after honking horn at her, exiting his car to confront her

New York City police are looking for a motorist who appeared to intentionally run over a school bus driver in Brooklyn last week — an incident which was caught on video — after a confrontation in the street.

What are the details?

An SUV driver was apparently upset that a school bus was blocking his path at the corner of Hinsdale Street and Linden Boulevard around 5:15 p.m. Friday, Gothamist reported, citing police.

The outlet said the SUV driver began honking his horn when the bus didn’t move after the light turned green, according to police.

Gothamist reported that the motorist soon exited his vehicle and hit the bus windows — and may have broken the windshield, police said.


Image source: WCBS-TV video screenshot

Soon after 44-year-old Camella Gainey got out of her bus and stood on the median strip to record the driver, WCBS-TV reported.

Graphic video posted on Twitter by NYPD Crime Stoppers shows the motorist drive into and over Gainey, who’s left lying in a crosswalk as the SUV makes a right and speeds off.


Image source: WCBS-TV video screenshot

Police told WCBS that the motorist was driving a 2020 gray Subaru Crosstrek SUV with New York plates reading JKE-6183.


Image source: WCBS-TV video screenshot

The motorist in question is described as an adult male, about 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, with a dark complexion and thin build, WABC-TV reported, adding that he was last seen wearing a light-colored jacket, a green baseball cap, blue jeans, and sneakers.


Image source: WCBS-TV video screenshot

How is the school bus driver doing?

Gainey’s family said she was conscious and alert in the intensive care unit at Brookdale Hospital after suffering a broken right leg and ribs, WCBS reported, adding that she was scheduled for surgery Monday.

Gainey’s sister told the station that the victim is a mother of two and has been a bus driver for more than five years.

Anything else?

Carol Brown told WCBS she’s experienced road rage near the same intersection.

“It’s terrible … Nobody wants to wait for nobody … they start blowing [their horns at] you, start ‘B****, get out the way’ and stuff like that,” she said.

Brown added to the station in regard to Gainey getting run over that “you don’t do that to a human being. You just don’t do that.”

WABC said no individuals were on the bus at the time of the incident.

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VIDEO: Asian women attacked from behind by hammer-wielding suspect on NYC sidewalk

New York City police are on the hunt for a suspect they say attacked two Asian women with a hammer on a Manhattan sidewalk Sunday night.

NYPD Hate Crimes posted a video on Twitter of the attack, which took place in the 400 block of West 42nd Street.

What are the details?

Police said the two Asian women — ages 31 and 29 — were walking on the sidewalk around 8:40 p.m. when an unknown individual demanded they remove their masks and then struck the 31-year-old in the head with a hammer resulting in a cut.

Video shows the suspect approaching the women from behind and appearing to unleash the first hammer strike in the back of the head of one woman.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NYPDHateCrimes

The unknown individual then appears to strike with the hammer at least three more times.


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But video shows that soon the hammer apparently is dropped and falls to the sidewalk.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NYPDHateCrimes

And one of the victims picks up the hammer and appears to dare the attacker to try them again.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NYPDHateCrimes

Amazingly the attacker — who loses both shoes in the melee — continues to jaw with the victims and appears to threaten to come at them again.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NYPDHateCrimes

But the victims soon walk away from the scene as the attacker hollers and glares at them and puts her shoes back on.

Here are pair of closeups of the attacker:


Image source: NYPDHateCrimes

Police said to call 1-800-577-TIPS if you have information. Video of the attack is below:

Physical attacks against Asians have been spiking in New York City for most of 2021:

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‘All Cops Are Bast**ds’ acronym at North Carolina RV park results in big-time backlash, alleged death threats

Those of you familiar with leftist militant-speak and shenanigans know the acronym “ACAB” stands for the phrase, “All Cops Are Bastards.”

And of course we’ve all been used to seeing those letters plastered on protesters’ signs and spray-painted on federal buildings, particularly since nationwide rioting began nearly a year ago with the police-involved death of George Floyd.

But this time the “ACAB” acronym ended up on a roadside sign for a motel and RV park, which may not seem terribly unusual — except for the fact that the sign isn’t a beacon in a woke metropolis like Portland or Seattle.

No, this time the “All Cops Are Bastards” sentiment was on full display on a sign in Maggie Valley, North Carolina — a town boasting fewer than 1,800 residents and nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains.

As you can imagine, there was just a little bit of backlash.

Here’s what Our Place Inn posted Saturday on Facebook:

“EXCELLENT!!! ACAB got everyone’s attention just like we knew it would,” the message read, accompanied by an image of the sign with a scenic backdrop. “Posts are spreading like wild fire and a discussion has started. So now let’s talk about police reform.”

The post then delved into the beliefs of Our Place Inn regarding police reform and what the RV park wants to see happen, including better training, education, and resources for officers, along with better transparency, more mental health professionals, social workers, and other specialists to help cops, and a “national database of misconduct.”

Our Place Inn then asks readers to “share with us your thoughts on police reform!”

Oh boy, did they ever. The post attracted more than 7,000 comments — three times the number of residents of the town. Here are few of them:

  • “I hope the next thing we see on that sign is ‘UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT’ or ‘SORRY BUT WE ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF SOME DUMBASS WE HIRED….FOR SALE,'” one commenter wrote.
  • “I hope this goes viral… not in a way that furthers your message, but in a way that closes your doors,” another commenter said.
  • “Disgusting and ignorant,” another commenter opined. “Your sign below says, ‘be kind to all’ yet the acronym on the sign above is calling “all” cops bastards. The duplicity shows ignorance and simple-mindedness. NOT the virtue of kindness you are pretending to stand for. MY cop is NOT a bastard. #backtheblue”
  • “Thanks for narrowing down where I will stay when going to Maggie Valley,” another commenter declared. “BTW call Al Sharpton the next time you are in an emergency.”

More repercussions

Amid the furor, the RV park posted a follow-up message Sunday saying a group called “Feeding the Multitudes” cut ties with Our Place Inn after the donors for Feeding the Multitudes — “prioritizing their hurt feelings over feeding their neighbors in need” — pulled their donations.

“In the past, we have worked together with [Feeding the Multitudes] on multiple projects, volunteered to help pass out food for/with them, helped clear their warehouse when it was infested with mice by taking multiple trips of supplies to the dump, and we even provided them with their new magnet logos that are currently on their trucks,” according to Our Place Inn, which added phones are not being answered “due to death threats over ACAB.”

Feeding the Multitudes on Sunday offered its own version of things on Facebook:

Our purpose is to be a light to anyone without questions, judgment, or prejudice. No one should have to choose between food or their beliefs. We only partner and work with Haywood Outdoor Pantries. We are NOT a partner of Our Place Inn, and their views are not ours. We are proud supporters of our Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen and First Responders. We just happen to have been at an event that they were at as well as two other vendors. We will continue our journey but have from this point on severed ties with the Inn but not with Haywood Outdoor Pantries because like us they have been caught in the crossfire. We look forward to continuing our journey. At the end of the day it’s all about getting food into the hands of those that need it.

(H/T: Todd Starnes)

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The Thin Blue Line Between You and Your Guns

People tell me all the time local cops would never enforce any kind of federal gun grab. I call B.S.

I’m a little unclear as to what gives them this confidence. Local cops already enforce all kinds of unconstitutional gun control — every single day. And it’s not like they do it reluctantly. They enforce federal gun laws enthusiastically and oppose any efforts to stop them from doing it.

This is a fact that seems to be lost on a lot of people – all federal gun control is unconstitutional.  All of it. Every federal gun control law, from the regulation of machine guns to federal background checks, is unconstitutional.

  • The National Firearms Act of 1934? Unconstitutional.
  • The Federal Firearms Act of 1938? Unconstitutional.
  • The Gun Control Act of 1968? Unconstitutional.
  • The Firearm Owners Protection Act (1986)? Unconstitutional.

You get the idea.

Even without the Second Amendment, the federal government would have very little authority to craft firearms regulations. It can only lawfully exercise its delegated powers, with all others reserved to the states and the people. There is no delegated power to regulate firearms. We find the only Congressional power relating to weaponry in Art. I Sec. 8 – “arming…the Militia.” The Constitution does not authorize any general federal firearms regulating power.

At all.

Even so, under the original Constitution, the federal government could arguably regulate firearms in the process of exercising another legitimate power – particularly regulating interstate commerce. The Second Amendment slams that door closed.

…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Infringe – v: Act so as to limit or undermine (something)? encroach on.

Simply put, the federal government may not constitutionally act in any way that limits the right to keep and bear arms.

So, while you could argue that under the original Constitution, the commerce clause empowers the feds to restrict and regulate the sale of guns, ammunition, and gun-related accessories across state lines, the Second Amendment supersedes the commerce clause whenever a given regulation encroaches or limits the right to keep and bear arms.

The Thin Blue Line

Today, your state and local police departments help enforce all of this and more. And as I’ve already mentioned, they don’t do it reluctantly. In fact, police lobby groups fiercely oppose any attempt to limit state and local enforcement of this unconstitutional gun control.

This year, legislatures across the country have considered bills to stop enforcement of federal gun control. They can legally do so based on the anti-commandeering doctrine. The biggest opponents of these bills have been sheriffs’ associations, police chief associations, and other groups representing cops. They have gotten these bills killed in some states and significantly watered down in others.

Why?

Because they don’t want to “jeopardize” their relationships with their “federal partners.” That is more important than the Constitution. After all, there is no money or power in standing up for the Second Amendment.

Police claim it’s a matter of public safety. If they don’t work with the feds, dangerous criminals will go free. This is B.S.

State and local cops can go after dangerous criminals under state laws. But they like using federal gun charges to ratchet up penalties and as a bargaining chip to force plea deals. They also like the money and toys that go along with working with the feds.

And almost all of these “partnerships” revolve around the federal “war on drugs,” which, by the way, is also unconstitutional. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it required a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol nationally. Why is marijuana any different?

The bottom line is if you oppose gun control but support the federal drug war, you’re a hypocrite.

In fact, the whole notion of federal law enforcement is mostly unconstitutional. Police powers were specifically highlighted as authority that would remain exclusively with the state by supporters of the Constitution during ratification. Constitutionally, federal policing should be broadly limited to federal enclaves such as Washington D.C.

But today, we basically have a national police force. It operates under euphemisms such as “joint task forces” and “state/federal partnerships.” The bottom line is you local cops work for the feds every single day. They like it that way. And they aren’t about to risk those partnerships so you can keep your AR-15. I see the evidence every single day as I watch these cop lobbies oppose every effort to stop enforcement of federal gun control and dumb Republicans bowing to the pressure.

Like it or not – there is something between you and your guns – a think blue line.

Second Amendment Sanctuaries

States and even localities can create “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” in much the same way some have formed immigration sanctuaries. They simply have to stop participating in the enforcement of federal gun laws.

The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify many federal actions in effect. As noted by the National Governors’ Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”

Based on James Madison’s advice for states and individuals in Federalist #46, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” represents an extremely effective method to bring down federal gun control measures because most enforcement actions rely on help, support and leadership from state and local governments.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed. In a televised discussion on the issue, he noted that a single state taking this step would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible” to enforce.

As already mentioned, several states have considered legislation to stop enforcement of federal gun control. Unfortunately, many of these have been killed or significantly watered down due to intense law enforcement lobbying. In the process, some state legislators play fast and loose with the term “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”  They move forward bills that address future federal gun control only, and even make exceptions for “state/federal partnerships,” and then call them sanctuary bills.

They are no such thing.

A bill that leaves room for any state cooperation with the enforcement of federal gun control does not create a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” It’s may be a good start. It may be strategically the best step forward we can take right now. But it’s not a sanctuary bill. Again, ALL federal gun control violates the Second Amendment.

Don’t let cops and crafty politicians hoodwink you. If you care about the Constitution, you have to address all federal gun control – not just what might be coming down the pike,

The post The Thin Blue Line Between You and Your Guns first appeared on Tenth Amendment Center.

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Woke chocolate shop worker finally fired after refusing to serve Seattle police; shop owner doing major damage control

Well, it took a few extra days — and a landslide of negative comments on Facebook — but the owner of a Seattle chocolate shop has finally fired a woke employee who refused to serve police last week.

What’s the background?

The hubbub kicked off with a report from the Post Millennial, citing sources within the Seattle police department, that a worker behind the counter at the Chocolati shop on North 45th Street refused to serve an officer and trainee last Tuesday afternoon.

The employee — a white female with green streaks in her hair — said, “No, I won’t serve you,” the outlet reported, after which the officer and trainee departed.

The Post Millennial said it contacted Chocolati for comment, and a store employee told the reporter to “go f*** yourself.”

On Wednesday, Chocolati issued a statement on Facebook that acknowledged the refusal of service incident but did not indicate that the employee had been fired, much less disciplined: “We are actively working directly with this team member and the local precinct to create a more inviting, inclusive and cohesive community for all.”

As you might imagine, the rather tepid response from the shop elicited a tidal wave of angry, negative responses. There also was a report of a far nastier anti-police incident at a different Chocolati location that involved an officer requesting a new beverage over fears that it could have been tainted by hostile workers.

Change of heart

Well, wouldn’t you know the owner of Chocolati finally had a change of heart with respect to the employee who refused service to the officer — and fired the worker in question.

“After fully understanding the facts of this incident, we came to the mutual conclusion that it was in the best interest of both parties to part ways with the team member involved in this incident,” the shop’s statement posted to Facebook late Friday night read. “We also continue to communicate with our employees about our values and how we serve our customers to ensure an incident like this does not happen again. We will do better.”

The owner, Christian Wong, added that he was looking forward to “meeting on Sunday with the SPD officer involved in this incident to personally apologize — just as I would apologize to any customer who was refused service on the basis of an employee’s personal views.”

Here’s a video report about the incident that aired prior to the worker getting the boot:

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Trump supporter infiltrates Antifa group, collects recordings of ‘comrades’ making threats against police: ‘Let’s kill some cops’

A supporter of former President Donald Trump told KGO-TV that he infiltrated an Antifa group in Sonoma County, California, and collected recordings of the far-left violent militants making threats against police and even preparing major action for Saturday — or May Day,

Here’s a sampling:

Group leader: “It’s May Day, baby, like come out and take, take somethin’ over with us, I don’t, I don’t [bleep]-ing know.”

Member: “Let’s kill people [laughs].”

Group Leader: “Let’s kill some cops.”

Image source: KGO-TV video screenshot

The Trump supporter who infiltrated Antifa appeared on camera in an interview with the station, but his face and voice were disguised.

He told KGO he saved messages, documents, and recordings of the Antifa group’s meetings.

Image source: KGO-TV video screenshot

The infiltrator gave KGO the group’s “target list,” which included former Santa Rosa Police Officer Barry Brodd, who testified for the defense as a use of force expert in the murder trial of former police Officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd.

Four days after Brodd’s testimony defending Chauvin, the station said masked figures in black threw a severed pig head and pig blood at the house where Brodd used to live. It’s now occupied by other people.

Lt. Jeneane Kucker of the Santa Rosa Police Department told KGO, “I know that the victims, in this case, feel threatened. And they don’t feel safe in their home.”

The Trump supporter who infiltrated the Antifa group told the station, “So, I saw that they were here, I read their manifesto, and I could tell that they were a threat to the community, and somebody needed to do something about this.”

More from KGO:

The manifesto posted online for SoCo (Sonoma County) Radical Action or SRA says, “Do not hesitate, do not wait … the brick in the street is meant to be thrown! The paint in the can is meant to be sprayed! The cop in your head is meant to be killed!”

The Trump supporter was able to join the group that communicates through the encrypted messaging app Wickr.

The infiltrator added to the station that, “I said, ‘Comrade, you know … I want to smash the system the same as you,’ [to] make them not feel alone, because that’s what they really want to hear, to know that there’s more people like them.”

More from KGO:

The I-Team has learned the group’s leader who goes by the screen name “Marb” is a 25-year-old college student, who was arrested for “felony assault on a police officer” last year at this Oakland riot after the death of George Floyd; the district attorney declined to file charges. The Trump supporter says he made this recording in March, when Marb discussed naming the group “SoCo Antifa.” […]

The infiltrator tells the I-Team he copied what the group calls its “target list,” people they want to “dox” — to publish their private information, their addresses and phone numbers, to surveil them for possible vandalism. After his testimony, they placed Brodd at the top of the list and within an hour of the attack on his former house, Marb is back on Wickr at 3:48 a.m. telling the group, “Hey y’all, late notice, but some comrades took action at a house owned by Barry Brodd and if someone could swing by in the morning and get pictures, our comrades would be very grateful!”

The target list also includes the head of the deputy sheriff’s union — or “killer deputies,” as Antifa calls them — as well as officers involved in fatal confrontations, and Trump supporters like Sandy Metzger, the station said.

Metzger, who heads the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated, told KGO that she “really came out strongly against Antifa and [Black Lives Matter].”

Image source: KGO-TV video screenshot

When the station told her that she’s on the target list, Metzger said it does concern her “a little bit, but that’s not going to stop me from speaking out. Somebody has to speak out. And I feel very strong about some of these things.”

The recordings show the group has already checked out Metzger’s house, KGO reported.

Now what?

The infiltrator told the station he’s been in touch with the sheriff’s department and Santa Rosa police about the potential threats.

KGO’s Dan Noyes said Marb refused his attempts for an interview him, but the infiltrator actually intercepted a message from the group leader about “Dan Noyes at ABC7 asking about SRA. …To firmly restate our position, nobody, myself included, should cooperate with press or cops.”

The infiltrator added to the station that his interactions with SoCo Radical Action began last year — and he wanted to do something about the group.

“It felt like seeing Antifa getting sort of a pass all the time from government,” he told KGO, “saying they don’t exist, saying that they’re a myth, saying that they’re just an idea. You know, when obviously, they are very real, and they’re a big threat.”

The station reported that since it has been working on the story, Marb has been taking down his social media, both the public and private accounts.

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Security Vulnerabilities in Cellebrite

Moxie Marlinspike has an intriguing blog post about Cellebrite, a tool used by police and others to break into smartphones. Moxie got his hands on one of the devices, which seems to be a pair of Windows software packages and a whole lot of connecting cables.

According to Moxie, the software is riddled with vulnerabilities. (The one example he gives is that it uses FFmpeg DLLs from 2012, and have not been patched with the 100+ security updates since then.)

…we found that it’s possible to execute arbitrary code on a Cellebrite machine simply by including a specially formatted but otherwise innocuous file in any app on a device that is subsequently plugged into Cellebrite and scanned. There are virtually no limits on the code that can be executed.

This means that Cellebrite has one — or many — remote code execution bugs, and that a specially designed file on the target phone can infect Cellebrite.

For example, by including a specially formatted but otherwise innocuous file in an app on a device that is then scanned by Cellebrite, it’s possible to execute code that modifies not just the Cellebrite report being created in that scan, but also all previous and future generated Cellebrite reports from all previously scanned devices and all future scanned devices in any arbitrary way (inserting or removing text, email, photos, contacts, files, or any other data), with no detectable timestamp changes or checksum failures. This could even be done at random, and would seriously call the data integrity of Cellebrite’s reports into question.

That malicious file could, for example, insert fabricated evidence or subtly alter the evidence it copies from a phone. It could even write that fabricated/altered evidence back to the phone so that from then on, even an uncorrupted version of Cellebrite will find the altered evidence on that phone.

Finally, Moxie suggests that future versions of Signal will include such a file, sometimes:

Files will only be returned for accounts that have been active installs for some time already, and only probabilistically in low percentages based on phone number sharding.

The idea, of course, is that a defendant facing Cellebrite evidence in court can claim that the evidence is tainted.

I have no idea how effective this would be in court. Or whether this runs foul of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the US. (Is it okay to booby-trap your phone?) A colleague from the UK says that this would not be legal to do under the Computer Misuse Act, although it’s hard to blame the phone owner if he doesn’t even know it’s happening.

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Columbus cop is a ‘HERO’: Why Glenn Beck STANDS with our police

Our police officers are called racists, killers, and murderers even if all the evidence suggests the opposite is true. With the bodycam footage and information we have so far, it looks like the Columbus, Ohio, police officer involved in the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant “is a hero,” Glenn Beck said.

On the radio program, Glenn, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the fatal shooting of the 16-year-old who appeared to be about to stab another girl when the officer shot her. They agreed that the officer arrived at an extremely chaotic scene, and within seconds was able to identify the threat and react. But that hasn’t prevented the Left from demonizing him — like LeBron James tweeting the officer’s photo and saying “you’re next.”

Glenn went on to say it’s time for the Fraternal Order of Police to stand with its officers and for Columbus police temporarily to walk from the job to show the Left and the media unity for the officer currently under investigation.

“I want you to either call or maybe you tweet today, ‘Police we support you. I stand with the police. #Istandwiththepolice.’ Our police are under attack,” Glenn stated.

“And let me tell you something, police officers, if you are a racist and you’re out shooting people, I will be the first to come and say, ‘put that guy in prison’ … but the vast majority of police officers are good and competent,” he continued. “And they’re doing their best. And they’re risking their lives for us. I stand with the police!”

“Make sure you let your local police officers know that,” Glenn added. “And FOP, I’m telling you, you have to do a strike in some of these cities, and Columbus would be a really good place to do it. … You have got to send a message to the media and everyone else. One day without police in one of these cities and you see what happens. You don’t want the police? You want to ‘reimagine‘ the police? Go ahead! Until the White House stops this nonsense, walk.”

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s latest police reform idea: Require cops to get permission to chase suspects on foot

As calls continue to echo across the country for local and state governments to address concerns about police conduct, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) unveiled her newest police reform idea: Force cops to get permission before engaging in a foot chase with a suspect.

What’s going on?

For the last week, the media and defund-the-police advocates have been up in arms over the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who died after being shot by a Chicago cop after a foot chase that ensued when police responded to a shots-fired call March 29.

Initially, the media reported that Toledo was unarmed, citing a still image from a police bodycam video that appeared to show the boy with his empty hands up.

However, the full video, which police released on April 15, revealed that Toledo had what appeared to be a gun in his hand and tossed it behind a fence just a second before turning toward police. Cops found a handgun in that spot following the shooting.

The event sparked outrage and protests in the Windy City along with continued calls for police reform.

Mayor Lightfoot announced her latest reform idea on Tuesday, telling reporters that she was considering requiring cops to get a supervisor’s permission before getting into a foot chase, WFLD-TV reported.

“No one should die as a result of a foot chase,” Lightfoot said, adding that she would announce new policy details in the near future.

The topic of permission for foot chases become all the rage after personal injury lawyer Arturo Jauregui held a news conference in response to the Toledo shooting demanding reform.

“This is a tragedy that could have and should have been prevented had the police department had clear procedures governing the use of lethal force against our children during foot chases,” Jauregui told the media, WFLD said.

Democratic Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins told the outlet the mayor’s office told him cops on foot could very soon be required to do what cops in cars have to do before chasing: Get the OK from higher ups.

But Hopkins sees an obvious problem.

“In the time it would take to do that, the person you’re supposed to be chasing is actually long gone,” he said. “The point would be moot then.”

Perps on foot would suddenly have the advantage perps in cars enjoy.

“We’re seeing more vehicles flee from police officers because word has gotten out that they’re probably not going to get permission to chase you,” Hopkins said.

For her part, Lightfoot at least acknowledged that clear conundrum.

“I don’t want people out there who are dangerous to think, ‘Well, if I just run, then I’m safe, and I can continue to wreak havoc,'” the mayor said. “We can’t live in that world either.”

WFLD said Lightfoot has vowed to produce new foot-chase rules soon.

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‘YOU’RE NEXT’: LeBron James threatens officer who allegedly shot knife-wielding teen

LeBron James publicly threatened a Columbus police officer on Wednesday, posting a picture of the officer’s face on Twitter to his 50 million followers with the message, ‘YOU’RE NEXT.”

The image of the officer was captured from video in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant from the day before, when an officer intervened as Bryant attacked another young woman with a knife.

What are the details?

Bryant was shot at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and can be seen on bodycam footage in an altercation with one female and shoving her to the ground before swinging a knife at a second female.

The officer responding to the scene fired at Bryant before she stabbed the second woman, and Bryant later died at a hospital.

Despite the footage showing Bryant attacking others with a deadly weapon, James targeted an officer on the scene, blasting out the officer’s picture with the message, “YOU’RE NEXT” with an emoji of an hourglass and the hashtag, “#ACCOUNTABILITY.”

Note: TheBlaze has edited the officer’s face out of the image below.

James’ tweet was deleted more than an hour later, as others on Twitter expressed fury over his threat.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted in response, “Lebron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous. Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?”

Outkick founder Clay Travis replied to James, “Did you even watch the video, bud? He shot a woman armed with a knife trying to kill an unarmed person! Here’s his perspective. This is even more shameful than you shutting up and dribbling for your boy Chairman Xi in China.”

Conservative writer Carmine Sabia told the Los Angeles Lakers star, “You are a buffoon. He saved a black girl from being murdered. Believe me he will not even lose his job for it. He did his job. You should be in prison for endangering this man’s life. Give up your police protection LeBron. Then you can allow teens to stab you if you want.”

The National Fraternal Order of Police responded, “.@KingJames, with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”

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Family says 16-year-old girl shot dead by police in Columbus: reports

Family members say a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday afternoon.

The city’s mayor confirmed that a “young woman tragically lost her life,” but police remained mum on the incident hours later.

What are the details?

WBNS-TV reported that the girl shot by police was 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, according to the girl’s mother, Paula Bryant. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted later:

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings. We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available. I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”

Earlier reports, including from The Daily Beast, cited the girl as being 15-years-old, according to a woman purporting to be the girl’s aunt.

The outlet reported that according to the woman, Hazel Bryant, Ma’Khia “called the police because someone in her house was abusing her,” and “that police saw a knife on the ground near Makiyah and shot the teenager four times.”

WSYX-TV noted that the fatal police shooting occurred just before the verdict was announced in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

The outlet reported that “following the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene upset at police. Many were saying ‘enough is enough’ and were asking if the officers involved were wearing body cameras.”

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VIDEO: Driver trying to get home comes face to face with bikers in BLM march. No one moves out of the way — then things turn ugly.

Cellphone video caught the moment things got ugly between an SUV driver trying to get home and several motorcyclists involved in a Black Lives Matter march.

And it all went down in Stillwater, Minnesota — population about 20,000 and around 30 minutes east of Minneapolis.

What happened?

Video posted Saturday to Twitter begins with the angry driver exiting his vehicle after apparently trying to left turn on Stillwater Avenue — but police told TheBlaze Monday that the trio of bikers in front him were trying to make a left as well.

A fourth biker actually had already turned left and was past the driver’s vehicle on the other street:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

The bikers may have been expecting the driver to back up or get out the way; they certainly didn’t seem to be giving him a passage.

But not this time. The driver began yelling at the bikers that “I live here!” and pointed down the road.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

With that a large biker in a dark vest — who stood a few inches taller than the motorist — appeared to challenge the driver and told him, “I don’t give a f***.” But the driver got up in the biker’s face and moved forward on him until the biker shoved the driver.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

Then a bigger shoving match ensued:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

And by the time police arrived, the motorist may have appeared to be the aggressor:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

Because police took the motorist away:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KBoomhauer

Here’s the clip. Content warning: Language:

Police told TheBlaze on Monday that they detained the driver briefly, got him and his vehicle home safely after the march went through the intersection, and that there were no charges, citations, or arrests. Police also told TheBlaze that it’s commonplace for streets to be blocked during marches.

Oh, there’s more

There are two other videos showing the march. In one video, a woman on a megaphone tells the marchers about “an angry motorist who refused to move his car. The police were on the scene, and lo and behold, a miracle of God, they took him away, put him in the back of a squad car, they moved his vehicle out of the street so we can peacefully continue our march!”

And in the other clip, a man on a megaphone hollers at residents, “If you think black lives matter, you can come march with us, you can come join us. If you don’t, you can stay up at your house. You can stay up in your driveway looking at us like we’re doing something crazy when we’re just here trying to fight for our lives.”

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Albuquerque police take defiant stand after leadership disciplines officer: ‘There is no morale’

Police officers in Albuquerque took a defiant stand last week after one of their own was disciplined for miscommunication during a counterprotest in New Mexico’s largest city earlier this month.

What is the background?

During a counterprotest on April 11 for a Proud Boys rally that never happened, police detained Deyontae Williams, who they say was armed with a rifle, KOB-TV reported.

There was subsequent confusion over whether Williams, who said he is not associated with Proud Boys, would be charged with a crime.

“There was a lot of concern throughout because this gentleman did have a child with him,” APD spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos told KOB. Ultimately, police charged Williams with one charge of child endangerment. Williams later told KOB that he had not been charged, but the APD said he simply had not yet received his summons.

How did officers respond?

Twenty APD officers resigned from the department’s emergency response team last week after the department placed one member of the ERT on leave due to the confusion over Williams.

The department cited a breakdown in the chain of command for the disciplinary action taken against the officer.

“Chief Medina made it clear that we cannot have a breakdown in communication during critical incidents. We have worked hard to earn back the public’s trust. We will lose that trust if we resist accountability and culture change,” an APD spokesperson told KOB.

In total, 17 officers, two sergeants, and one lieutenant resigned from ADP’s emergency response team.

Shaun Willoughby, the president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, said the officers resigned because they don’t feel supported by APD management.

“They don’t feel supported here, and they don’t feel trust. They feel second guessed, and they don’t feel that they can do their job, no matter how perfect they do their job, without getting in trouble,” Willoughby told KOB.

“They’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t,” he added.

While the officers who resigned from the emergency response team did not resign from the APD altogether, Willoughby explained that about 20 others officers have resigned from the APD over the last two months.

“We are seeing a dramatic increase of Albuquerque police officers applying to go to other departments,” he said. “Morale, let’s not even talk about it because it doesn’t exist. There is no morale. Your Albuquerque police officers are absolutely miserable at work— nobody’s happy.”

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Antifa — ‘a myth,’ ‘an idea, not an organization’ — meets after street ‘action’ to discuss strategy, warns each other to keep things secret

It appears that Antifa militants — you know, those figments of conservatives’ collective imagination, those black-clad, violent leftists who are at best “an idea, not an organization” and at worst a “myth” — have miraculously exited the pages of storybooks and landed in apparent real life.

Say what?

Conservative radio host Jason Rantz of KTTH-AM posted cellphone video — seemingly recorded on the sly — showing a group of “radical activists, including Antifa” holding an outdoor meeting in Seattle Friday night following their usual street hijinks.

During their chat, the “comrades” — a term actually uttered by one freedom fighter — discuss strategy, pat themselves on the back after they “fought with the pigs,” and emphasize not to discuss with anyone that they’ve met or their activities, as well as other methods to keep authorities at bay.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @JasonRantz

Shockingly, one militant tells the group that “autonomous doesn’t mean unorganized. So we do have to make decisions as a crew, as a team.” Seriously, since when do myths and ideas band together like … an organization?

Another militant suggests next time out they divide themselves into groups dressed as “black bloc” and “plain clothes” in order to prevent police from identifying members according to attire. In addition, another militant reminds members to look at the “Seattle [Black Lives Matter] calendar” and other groups’ activities to keep informed.

Prior to departing, one militant adds, “Once we de-bloc and leave, you weren’t at this autonomous action. So you don’t go home and talk about it. You didn’t see anything, you didn’t talk to anybody.” Another group member chimes in, “Our general policy is, ‘I didn’t see s**t or know s**t.’ If somebody asks you what you did Friday night — ‘nothin’.'”

Others also offer tips about phones, primarily to keep them turned off, to “get a burner if you can,” nont to have phones “tied to you personally,” and to make them password-protected with “no bio, no face, no thumb.”

Toward the end, another woman tells the group, “While we’re not necessarily out in the streets every night, we are doing actions every night. We’re sharing information, we’re watching livestreams, we’re educating ourselves, we’re educating our peers, our families, our friends. So keep that momentum up.” She adds that there’s plenty to be done to aid the “revolution.”

The militants also express a desire for “more organization” as well as concerns about being “infiltrated,” especially since they’re in a “vulnerable location” and “the longer we stay here, the easier it is for them to start picking out people as they walk out.”

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Anything else?

Last July, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), chairman of House Judiciary Committee, was caught on video stating that Antifa violence in Portland, Oregon, taking place night after night — and documented in numerous videos and news reports — is a “myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.

Last September, then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a debate with then-President Donald Trump parroted the words of FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying that “Antifa’s an idea, not an organization.

But speaking to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last week, Wray was willing to concede that Antifa is “more of a movement. There are certainly local and regional nodes, individuals who self-identify with Antifa who commit violent attacks, citing that as their motivation. And we have a number of predicated investigations into such individuals.”

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Police say white HS student who claimed she was falsely accused of sending racist messages is not a suspect — and superintendent called incident a ‘hoax’

Police in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, on Friday told TheBlaze that a white high school student who made national headlines this week claiming she was falsely accused of sending racist messages is not a suspect in the incident, which the district superintendent earlier called a “hoax.”

What’s the background?

White Bear Lake Area High School students walked out of school last Friday morning in protest over racist threats sent to several black students from an anonymous Instagram account, the Pioneer Press reported, which added that the messages contained death threats and repeated use of the N-word.

The paper reported in a follow-up story that a female student took responsibility Monday for sending the messages, and Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak said in a letter that the messages were “a hoax sent under false pretense.” He added that the student “poses no threat to students of color,” the Pioneer Press said.

In addition, the paper said Kazmierczak wrote in separate letter Wednesday that he regretted using the word “hoax” and didn’t mean to “minimize the impact that racism or racist acts has on students and families who have been marginalized throughout history and in White Bear Lake Area Schools.”

The superintendent also said he would recommend expulsion for the culprit due to violation of the district’s bullying and harassment policies, the Pioneer Press added.

Police would not comment on the race of the student responsible for the messages, and the school district has not responded to TheBlaze’s inquires about the race of the student behind the messages.

Ellen Hiniker, White Bear Lake’s city manager, said in a Wednesday statement that the “juvenile female” who created the anonymous Instagram account did so “to raise awareness of social and racial injustice due to past incidents that occurred at school.”

“It has not yet been determined whether additional individuals contributed to the content of the postings associated with this account,” Hiniker added. “Although the investigation is ongoing, it is important that the information we have at this time be shared to help ease fears associated with this particular incident.”

White student says she was falsely accused

Amid speculation about the race of the student responsible for the messages, a white student told The Daily Wire that she was falsely accused of the act.

Avery Severson, a sophomore at the high school, told the outlet that a black student accused her of sending the racist messages. The Daily Wire said the accusing student, Precious Boahen, shared a screenshot of the messages with the caption, “I bet you a billion bucks this is Avery Severson or one of her friends all mad because they can’t have their Turning Point club at school.”

More from the outlet:

Severson said that over the past year she has been stonewalled by her school administration in an effort to create a Turning Point USA club. In contrast, Boahen was able to create a black student affinity group with relative ease. Boahen accused Severson of being jealous of her ability to successfully kickstart a club. […]

Severson told The Daily Wire that she was in a driver’s education class on Wednesday, April 7, when the conversations were posted to social media. She denied the accusations and said she would never have made such abhorrent comments. […]

The Severson family met with White Bear Lake High School administrators who encouraged Severson to remain silent about the situation. Classmates, Severson says, took her silence on the matter as an admission of guilt and threatened her. Severson was escorted to and from classes until April 12.

The outlet said Boahen publicly posted an email she sent to White Bear Lake administrators threatening to spill the story to the media and take legal action.

“If swift and sweeping action is not taken, I will be contacting news outlets to let the public know how [the administration] really operates in this city, and I will be looking for legal action as well,” Boahen wrote, according to the Daily Wire.

With that, the high school launched an investigation, the outlet said.

Severson added to the Daily Wire that she’s afraid the “hoax” has destroyed her reputation among her peers and could upend her future political ambitions.

“This experience has been extremely hurtful, not only because I believe all racism is wrong, but because I was believed to be guilty with no evidence pointing to me,” Severson told the outlet. “This has left me feeling unsafe at school as well as in my community. I feel this has hurt my reputation and could damage my future political goals.”

The impact of the incident also has been heightened due to protests this week over the fatal shooting a Daunte Wright by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, as well as the ongoing murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Here is Severson recounting her ordeal to Fox News:

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‘Get the f*** out!’: Black protesters in Brooklyn Center eviscerate white protester, tell him ‘you’re white, you already don’t belong!’

A white protester in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, must have been scratching his head extra hard Thursday night after he was caught on video getting verbally taken apart by a group of irate black protesters who ordered him to leave the area.

What are the details?

The clip posted by the Washington Examiner’s Nic Rowan shows at least four black protesters — three men and one woman — cursing out the lone white protester.

“If we f***ed you up, that would be wrong, right?” one man holding a water bottle asks the white protester.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore

“That would be wrong,” the white protester responds.

Soon a voice from side bellows out, “Alright then shut the f*** up and protest, bitch!”

The man then tells the white protester, “If y’all like that s**t, go that way.” Presumably from the text accompanying the video, some protesters were upset at their comrades who were throwing water bottles at police.

Suddenly a woman — who delivered the most stinging rebukes — tells the white protester, “You’re a guest in a black space, remember that! You’re white; you already don’t belong! if you can’t be a guest in a black space, get the f*** out!”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore

After a pause, the white protester tries to explain himself, “I’m not trying to—”

Then the woman interrupts him, “But you are! So get the f*** out!”

The man then issues a warning to the white protester, who still isn’t leaving: “You’re still arguing, so I’m gonna tell you one more time, and then I’m not gonna talk to you. Go that way.”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @NicXTempore

The woman then orders the white protester that he and his “compadres” need to “go find y’all some other f***ing business, ’cause you’re clearly here for the wrong motherf***ing reasons. Get the f*** out!”

With that, the white protester finally takes the hint and walks away, and the clip ends. (Content warning: Language):

But there appears to be a problem

Rowan noted in his above tweet that white protesters had been telling other protesters to not throw water bottles at police — and one might assume by the riot act the white protester was read that he was a guilty party.

However, another clip appeared to show that same white protester confronting another white protester for throwing a water bottle at cops.

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The second clip shows a white protester in a beige jacket looking from side to side before launching what appears to be a water bottle over a fence toward police.

With that it appears the white protester who soon would get eviscerated by the black protesters confronted the guy for chucking the bottle. “Don’t throw s**t,” he tells him.

So it’s not clear why the black protesters were so angry with the white protester who apparently was attempting to keep things peaceful.

Some Twitter users found the cognitive dissonance of whole thing rather telling:

  • “They are realizing it’s stupid-ass white liberals instigating s**t and ruining the message,” one commenter said. “Finally.”
  • “Just recently they caught on that BLM was mostly comprised of white left-wing trust-fund babies,” another user wrote. “Notice how they are campaigning lately in the news showing it is completely a black movement now?”
  • “Antifa is going to have a hard time with this one,” another commenter observed. “They are all over Twitter cursing out ‘action policing’ but now they have POC protestors telling white protestors how to protest. Wonder how they will demonize the POC ‘action policing.’ F*** Antifa. Stop hijacking peaceful protests.”

What’s the background?

Thursday marked the fifth straight night of protests in Brooklyn Center following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, by a police officer during a traffic stop Sunday.

Wright resisted arrest and was fatally shot by Officer Kim Potter, who said she intended to use her Taser but mistakenly grabbed her service weapon instead.

Authorities said Wright had expired vehicle tags — and it was reported that at the time of the traffic stop he had an outstanding warrant on an attempted robbery charge over an incident during which he allegedly choked a woman and held her at gunpoint.

Potter resigned Tuesday, along with Police Chief Tim Gannon, who was ordered by news conference attendees the previous day to refrain from referring to the post-shooting riot as a “riot.” Just after the fatal shooting, a protester on a bullhorn urged a growing crowd to dox police, post photos of their families on social media, and “start doin’ pull ups to their house.”

In response to the fatal shooting, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) called for the end of policing and incarceration, claiming law enforcement systems are so broken they “can’t be reformed.” President Joe Biden backed away from Tlaib’s declaration.

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Chicago officials release video showing fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo

Video footage released Thursday by Chicago officials shows what happened in the final moments of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer responding to a shots fired call last month.

The boy appears to have both hands empty and arms raised in the moment he was hit with a single shot to his chest, but still images show he appears to have been holding a gun just a moment before.

What are the details?

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a police watchdog, released extensive footage along with original documentation to the public. The video showing Toledo’s death is extremely graphic and disturbing, and is taken from the body camera of the officer who shot the teen.

At around 2:30 a.m. on March 29, officers responded to a report of eight shots being fired in the Little Village neighborhood, when they encountered Toledo and then-21-year-old Ruben Roman, CBS News reported. Both Toledo and Roman attempted to flee.

In the bodycam footage, Roman is tackled by one officer while another takes chase after the fleeing 13-year-old.

The officer can be seen chasing Toledo down an alley at around 2:30 a.m., yelling to the teen, “Stop! Stop right f***ing now!”

Toledo stops and turns toward the officer, who then yells, “Show me your f***ing hands,” then “Drop it!” before firing the shot.

WGN-TV reported video stills of the fast-moving footage shows that the 13-year-old “appears to have dropped a gun and raised his hands just before” he was shot. The outlet shared a video released by Chicago police showing the sequence of events that night in chronological order.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the bodycam video doesn’t show Toledo “throwing away the gun, and the boy doesn’t appear to be holding a weapon in his raised hands…but another video shows him apparently throwing something through a gap in the fence to the other side — and a video shows an officer discovering a handgun there.”

USA Today reported that Toledo “can be seen tossing what appeared to be a gun behind the fence as he slows down, according to surveillance video shot from across a parking lot,” and that “the video shows the gun coming to rest on the backside of the fence.”

An attorney for the Toledo family emphasized that in the moment the teen was killed, he was complying with police and did not have a weapon in his hands. Adeena Weiss Ortiz called for justice in the officer-involved shooting, saying, “If you’re shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination.”

According to BuzzFeed, the attorney said, “”Adam, during his last seconds of life did not have a gun in his hand. His hands were empty when he was shot in the chest at the hands of the officer. He did not have a gun in his hand, contrary to the reports made earlier today.”

She added, “It could be a gun, I’m not going to deny that it could be a gun. It is not relevant because he tossed the gun. If he had a gun, he tossed it. The officer said, ‘Show me your hands.’ He complied. He turned around.”

The Sun-Times reported that the officer involved in the shooting “is a recipient of the superintendent’s award of tactical excellence and 47 other commendations, and he has a military background.” The outlet noted that it will not release the officer’s name because he has not been officially accused of any wrongdoing.

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