New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) was forced to admit that his administration ignored the usual rules and processes for acquiring a public art permit to paint the now-infamous “Black Lives Matter” mural on 5th Avenue, according to the Daily Caller.
The city of New York was sued by the group Women for America First, who claim that their application to paint a mural was denied. De Blasio, in a transcript posted to the city government’s website addressing that denied request, claimed that “we haven’t said no to people. We’ve said, if you want to apply, you can apply, but there’s a process.”
However, in making the decision to paint the controversial mural on the street right in front of Trump Tower, de Blasio said that they circumvented the usual permit application process because the mural, in his mind, “transcends all normal realities because we are in a moment of history where this has to be said and done.” He even admitted that the “normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply.”
The mural, which was partially painted by de Blasio himself and professional race-baiter Al Sharpton for a photo-op, has since become the site of numerous heated confrontations between conservative demonstrators and far-left agitators. Several activists have performed acts of civil disobedience by throwing paint on the mural.
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The home of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was surrounded by Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend, demonstrating against her rhetoric on the recent riots in the city, according to Breitbart.
Chief Best described the incident in a letter to the Seattle City Council, dated August 2nd. In it, she explains how approximately 200 protesters parked their cars along the road where her home was located in Snohomish County, and began protesting, chanting, and waving signs outside her home. Best, a black woman, notes that the vast majority of the Black Lives Matter protesters were White.
Further reporting from the local paper Lynwood Times describes the increasingly invasive and borderline violent tactics used by the protesters, including “shouting profanity and insults at neighbors, taking license plate information on vehicles, taking pictures of homes, and asking little kids who lived in the neighborhood what schools they attended.”
When protesters attempted to actually approach the house, some of Best’s neighbors stepped in and physically blocked them from entering. One neighbor believed that such a protest will “happen again,” since they did not achieve their goal of actually attacking Best’s home, saying “They never made it to her house, we stopped them. So I think they will be back.”
Another neighbor pointed out how unusually organized the protesters were, noting that they “had radios, talking to each other,” and “had numbers they used to decal all their cars for who knows what.” The neighbor added that “they came with a mission. They were out here intimidating us.”
Chief Best, who was not actually home at the time of the incident, gained prominence for her strong criticism of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D-Wash.)’s handling of the race riots in the city. She was especially critical of Durkan’s handling of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) that was set up in Seattle, as Durkan largely allowed the chaos and lawlessness to continue for political expediency, even though the autonomous zone ultimately led to a series of shootings in rapid succession that left two black teenagers dead and another four black men injured.
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A Cuban business owner in Louisville has accused local Black Lives Matter activists of threatening him and using “mafia tactics” after they presented him and other business owners with a list of “demands.”
Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, was one of dozens of business owners in the downtown “NuLu” district who received a letter from “local organizers and activists” in recent days that made a number of demands, including a requirement that they make “a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales” to local black organizations, and that they display a sign that shows support for “the reparations movement” or face “repercussions of noncompliance.”
The complete list of demands below were included in the letter to NuLu business owners “RE: Reparations and Representation in NuLu Market District.”
The restaurateur publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them “mafia tactics” designed to intimidate business owners.
And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.
“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote in his Facebook post. “… All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?”
According to Martinez in a press release, La Bodeguita de Mima was forced to close on July 24 during a demonstration that shut down the entire street. He said several protesters presented him with the list of demands and told him he “better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with.”
Martin said in the press release that his restaurant “has been subject to vandalism and extortion in recent days.”
The restaurant remained closed the next two days because “management and staff were concerned about safety,” according to the release. “30+ staff members (mostly immigrants) were unable to earn a paycheck.”
On Thursday, a small group of protesters returned to the restaurant after seeing Martinez’s post about the demands on Facebook. While there, one protester smashed a flower pot outside the business, while the rest spoke with Martinez and other employees about why the demands are needed.
On Sunday, more than 100 members of Louisville’s Cuban community gathered at La Bodeguita de Mima to rally in support of the restaurant.
Martinez gave an impassioned ten minute speech to the crowd with his mother and relatives standing alongside him, the Courier-Journalreported.
“People telling me than I’m a bigot, that I’m a racist?” Martinez said. “That’s not right! It’s not fair!”
“La Bodeguita is open to everybody,” Martinez told the crowd of supporters. “If you’re gay, this is your home. If you’re Black, this is your home. If you’re white, this is your home. If you’re human, this is your home.”
He also condemned the criticism his business had received over diversity concerns.
“How can I be called a bigot and a racist when my family is Black? When my son is gay?” he asked. “I’m the proud father of a gay son, and I’m gonna fight for him against anybody.”
Many black residents came out to support the restaurant.
“We need to stand together and fight against anyone who’s trying to extort people who are just trying to make a way in this country,” one man said.
“It’s just unethical and that’s not how you handle business,” a black woman told WHAS 11. “And if you want help from someone, there’s a way of going about that—you know, be diplomatic about it—but you don’t threaten anyone.”
Phelix Crittenden, a local activist who works with Black Lives Matter Louisville, told the Courier-Journal that the demands “were not meant to be a threat but were instead intended to start a conversation with owners about how their businesses can better reflect and support Black people.”
Crittenden claimed several NuLu business owners had already volunteered to sign the contract and were open to “have a conversation” about their roles in the gentrification of the area.
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Rioters affiliated with the far-left Black Lives Matter movement were reported as recklessly firing their weapons at and near an apartment building in Portland on Saturday night, injuring one woman after what was described as “a hail” of over 150 shots, as reported by the New York Post.
The woman was hit in the arm as the rioters opened fire, apparently aimlessly, while demonstrations were marching past the 600 block of NE 87th Street. Police eventually arrived to provide immediate medical care before she was taken to a hospital, with her injury determined to be non-life-threatening. Police later reported that other stray bullets had struck “at least 8 occupied apartments and 7 vehicles.”
Residents of the area noted that the violence could have been more easily prevented if the Portland Police Department hadn’t been forced to defund its “gang violence task force,” as part of the growing nationwide calls to abolish all police forces. One resident said that “as soon as that defunding happened, all of this really peaked up.” Another resident compared the night to “a war zone,” and rhetorically asked “How can we explain” such an event occurring in America.
The gang violence task force of the Portland PD was disbanded after an audit claimed that it disproportionately targeted black people. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty insisted that the defunding did not lead to the violence, instead claiming that “the reality is that Portland police have for a long time decided what they will investigate and what they won’t.”
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Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown in self-defense 6 years ago, will not face criminal charges for the shooting, as reported by ABC News.
St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, concluding that after five months of an independent review, his office could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Officer Wilson committed murder or manslaughter in the death of Brown.
In the infamous incident on August 9, 2014, Wilson, a White officer, was attacked by 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man, after Wilson attempted to pull him over in connection with a reported robbery earlier that same day. It was confirmed by video surveillance footage that Brown, along with another black man, had indeed robbed a nearby convenience store earlier that day.
When Wilson pulled over in his police vehicle alongside Brown, on foot, witnesses say that Brown attacked Wilson and tried to take his gun. Wilson eventually got out of his car, and Brown, who initially run away, turned back and charged at Wilson like a football player, forcing Wilson to shoot and kill him.
The incident sparked intense riots throughout the city of Ferguson that lasted for weeks, as well as nationwide protests alleging “police brutality” and “systemic racism,” in a moment that is widely considered to be the genesis of the radical Black Lives Matter movement.
The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office, which at the time was under Bell’s predecessor Bob McCulloch, turned the case over to a grand jury, which declined to indict Wilson in November of 2014, subsequently sparking more riots. Then the Department of Justice, under then-Attorney General Eric Holder, also refused to prosecute Wilson. As such, Bell’s decision not to prosecute Wilson appears to finally bring an end to the legal drama surrounding the Ferguson incident.
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In the 62nd consecutive night of far-left violence and terrorism in Portland, Oregon, a black conservative journalist was stabbed by a rioter for attempting to film the violence, according to Fox News.
Andrew Duncomb, who goes by the alias of “Black Rebel” on Twitter, arrived in Portland in an effort to film the chaos on the ground, so that he could prove that “it wasn’t the feds creating the problem” as the media has made it out to be.
Shortly after arriving and meeting up with several friends, he noticed that someone was stalking him. In an interview with The Oregonian, Duncomb says he eventually confronted the man, walking up to him and asking why he was following them, only for the man to turn around and stab him. Duncomb had handed his camera to one of his friends moments earlier, recording the entire attack. Duncomb was taken to OHSU Hospital to be treated for his injuries, where he was released on Sunday.
“I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist,” Duncomb said to the paper. He said that far-left activists who were aware of who he was had notified rioters in the area that Duncomb would be arriving, which led to the attack.
Duncomb’s friends followed the attacker as he tried to leave, and he was eventually arrested by the police and identified as 43-year-old David Blake Hampe. Hampe falsely tried to claim upon his arrest that Duncomb attempted to choke him, although the video evidence clearly disproves this. Hampe has been charged with second-degree assault and is still in jail on a bond of $250,000.
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The sheriff of Nevada’s Douglas County issued an open letter telling the county’s librarians they shouldn’t call 911 for help if they support the Black Lives Matter movement and good luck dealing with “lewd behavior and disturbances” on your own, according to USA Today.
Sheriff Daniel J. Coverley’s comments on Monday were a response to an upcoming meeting at which the library board planned to consider publishing a statement in support of diversity and inclusion. That meeting has since been canceled.
The draft statement denounces “all acts of violence, racism and disregard for human rights.” It reads in part: “We support #BlackLivesMatter. We resolutely assert and believe that all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice don’t belong in our society.”
“Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help,” Coverley wrote. “I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior, since those are just some of the recent calls my office has assisted you with in the past.”
Coverley condemned both the library and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Numerous Black Lives Matter protests have resulted in violence, property damage and the closing of local businesses, sometimes permanently,” he wrote. “To support this movement is to support violence and to openly ask for it to happen in Douglas County.”
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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff appears to have tampered with evidence in order to press charges against the St. Louis woman who waved a gun at the Black Lives Matter rioters who stormed her neighborhood last month.
Patricia McCloskey’s gun was inoperable when she voluntarily surrendered it to the police, but prosecutors reassembled it into working order so they could charge her with a crime.
Gardner announced her intention to prosecute Mark and Patricia McCloskey after images of the gun-toting couple defending their $1.15 million home against the BLM mob went viral.
According to KSDK, a member of Gardner’s staff “ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble” the weapon and after it had been rendered operable, wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents.
In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.
Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.
Crime lab workers photographed the disassembly and reassembly of the gun, according to the documents.
The McCloskeys said that the handgun was inoperable because they had to bring it to a courtroom during a lawsuit they once filed against a gun manufacturer.
Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, confirmed to KSDK that the firing pin on the gun had been intentionally misplaced and that it was in that condition when Patricia McCloskey used it to defend her home.
“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.
A spokeswoman for Gardner told KSDK: “We can’t comment on a pending case.”
Missouri recognizes the Castle Doctrine law, which allows people to defend their property with lethal force.
Local and national Republicans, including Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and President Trump have rallied to the couple’s side.
Parson has said he will pardon the couple if they are convicted, and Schmitt has filed a legal briefing asking that the case be dismissed, calling it “a political prosecution.”
“Kim Gardner’s action toward the McCloskeys is outrageous,” Parson wrote on Twitter Monday. “Even worse, the Circuit Attorney’s office has admitted there is a backlog of cases and dozens of homicides that haven’t been prosecuted, yet she has accelerated this case forward.”
The Washington Post, meanwhile, is touting a statement put out by 67 left-wing current and former district attorneys defending Gardner’s “exercise of discretion” in the McCloskey case, and condemning what they call racist attacks on her by the president and Republican office holders in Missouri.
1/ BREAKING: 67 DAs and CJ leaders speak out in defense of @StLouisCityCA Kim Gardner, defending her exercise of discretion in McCloskey case, & condemning racist attacks on her by @POTUS , AG Barr & others.
“You know, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. We had every right to do what we did,” McCloskey told Fox News on Wednesday.
“Every single person in my neighborhood was trespassing. All those people were trespassing. They’re admitted criminals. None of those people have been charged with anything. We are the only people [who] have been charged,” he noted.
“We get charged with felonies for doing nothing more than defending ourselves. If we get convicted of felonies, we can’t own weapons again. We can’t practice law. It takes our livelihood away,” he told host Martha MacCallum.
“And so, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the circuit attorney has made the decision that her job – instead of protecting law-abiding citizens from criminals – is to protect the criminals from law-abiding citizens,” McCloskey concluded. “There’s just something fundamentally wrong with that.”
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On Tuesday, a judge in Minnesota formally lifted the gag order that had been placed on the four officers involved in the George Floyd case, allowing them and their legal teams to give statements to the press once again, as reported by The Hill.
The gag order was vacated by Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who declared that it “didn’t work,” and “if anything, may have exacerbated the issue,” due to the officers and their defense attorneys being incapable of responding to negative press reports.
In the incident that sparked nationwide race riots and a far-left movement to abolish America’s police, George Floyd, a black man, died after being restrained by four officers in Minneapolis on May 25th. A bystander filmed the arrest in a video that went viral, where White officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck to restrain him. Although the autopsy confirmed that several drugs, including fentanyl and methamphetamine, were in Floyd’s system at the time, as well as Floyd testing positive for the coronavirus, Chauvin was accused of murdering Floyd.
All four officers seen in the video were soon fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while the other three officers – J. Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao – are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
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On Saturday, three different “Black Lives Matter” street murals in New York City were vandalized by the same black woman, Bevelyn Beatty, as reported by Fox News.
The 29-year-old Beatty live-streamed herself in all three cases, first striking at the infamous mural painted on 5th Avenue just outside Trump Tower. She dumped black paint all over the mural while shouting “Refund the police” and “Jesus matters,” while also declaring that “we will never support Black Lives Matter.”
Although she was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, she was released shortly afterward. That same evening, she did the same thing at two more Black Lives Matter murals: One located in Harlem, and another located in Brooklyn. In both cases, she was yelled at by angry leftists as she filmed herself live in the act.
During the Brooklyn stunt, she declared that “we’re taking our country back,” and that “the police need our help. They can’t stand alone. Don’t just sit idly by and watch your country go to the ground.”
The mural on 5th Avenue, painted by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) and radical racial provocateur Al Sharpton, has been the target of several acts of counter-protest by those opposed to the Black Lives Matter mural. Beatty’s actions mark the fourth time that someone has thrown paint on the mural over the course of just one week.
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Eighty-seven far-left demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday for gathering outside of the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, as reported by ABC News.
The gathering was one of many radical demonstrations by a Black Lives Matter-affiliated group called “Until Freedom,” demanding “justice” for alleged police brutality and so-called “systemic racism.”
The protesters staged a “sit-in” on Cameron’s lawn, and refused to leave after being ordered to do so by police, thus forcing the police to arrest them. During the protest, they could be heard chanting that they would “burn it down” if they didn’t get their way.
As such, police determined it as “an attempt to intimidate, persuade, or influence the attorney general,” and thus charged the protesters with the class D felony of “intimidating a participant in a legal process,” which includes a possible sentence ranging from one to five years in prison.
Among the protesters who were arrested was a football player named Kenny Stills, and reality TV actress Porsha Williams of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Cameron, a Republican, is the first African-American Attorney General in the history of the state of Kentucky. Cameron condemned the protests, pointing out that they would only serve to cause “further division and tension within our community.”
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A 24-year-old Indiana woman was shot dead earlier this month after someone in her ethnically diverse party said “all lives matter” to a group of “Black Lives Matter” supporters during a racially-charged altercation.
The incident happened at around 3:00 a.m. on July 5 when Jessica Doty Whitaker, her fiance Jose Ramirez, and two others were walking along the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis.
Whitaker was a home health nurse and the mother of a toddler.
“She shouldn’t have lost her life. She’s got a 3-year-old son she loved dearly,” Ramirez told Fox 59 after the shooting.
In a telephone interview Monday, Ramiraz told American Greatness that before the altercation, his group had celebrated the 4th of July at his mother’s house, and then went to a bar where they’d each had about one drink before they headed downtown.
In addition to Whitaker and Ramirez, the party consisted Michael, who is Hispanic, and Micala, who is black. Whitaker was the only white person in the group, the grieving man said.
During their walk, according to Ramirez, one of the friends used the term “nigga” in a slangy, non-racist way and a nearby group of Black Lives Matter supporters overheard the word and angrily confronted them.
The BLM group consisted of three black males, one black female and a baby, according to Ramirez. One of them hollered, “what’d that bitch say?!” he said.
At one point, someone in the BLM group yelled, “black lives matter!” and someone in Whitaker’s group responded with, “all lives matter!”
After much “cussing and yelling,” guns were drawn, at which point, Ramirez said he tried to deescalate the situation.
He told American Greatness that he tried to reason with the BLM group, pointing out that since they had a baby with them and his side had kids at home, they should stop fighting and just go their separate ways.
The groups reportedly “then fist bumped and walked away from each other.”
A few minutes later, however, multiple shots rang out from a nearby bridge, and Whitaker was struck. Ramirez told American Greatness that he thought they were aiming for Whitaker.
“It was squashed, and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot,” Ramirez told Fox 59.
Ramirez said he returned fire but did not hit anyone.
He told Fox 59 that it fell upon him to explain what happened to Whitaker’s little boy.
“It’s hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, ‘I love you mom,’” Ramirez said.
The shooting marked the second homicide in the canal in a week, and Indianapolis police have stepped up patrols in the area.
Police have not made any arrests in the case and have not released any suspect information.
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The Trump Administration rejected Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s (D-Minn.) request for federal funding to repair the damage done to the city of Minneapolis by the race riots in May and June, as reported by the Star Tribune.
Walz had requested that President Trump declare a “major disaster” for the Twin Cities area, so that FEMA and other federal resources could be allowed to take part in the rebuilding process, including funding. If the request for federal funding had been approved, it mostly would have gone to local governments to cover their efforts at cleaning up and removing debris.
In the first week of riots following the death of George Floyd, Minneapolis was the epicenter of racial violence as businesses were looted and buildings were burned to the ground. Although President Trump eventually sent in the National Guard on Walz’s request and largely restored peace within a week, the damage was calculated to be as high as $500 million.
U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) sent a letter to President Trump asking for a “thorough and concurrent review” of the state and local government’s initial response to the riots, saying that if the federal government were ever to provide funding to Minnesota, it would have “an obligation to every American…to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again.”
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In Seattle, the driver who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest on a freeway and hit two protesters now faces charges including vehicular homicide, as reported by ABC News.
On Saturday evening, 27-year-old Dawit Kelete, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from the northeast African country of Eritrea, was driving on Interstate 5 when he came upon the Black Lives Matter protest, where protesters and a parked van were blocking traffic. Kelete swerved around the van to avoid hitting it, only to end up driving directly into the crowd.
In a video that has since gone viral, Kelete’s white Jaguar can be seen striking two protesters, sending them flying into the air, before he drives away. The two protesters were 24-year-old Summer Taylor, a White woman who believed she was “non-binary,” and 32-year-old Diaz Love; Taylor died of her injuries at the hospital, while Love remains in serious condition.
Once police eventually found Kelete, they determined that he was not under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. His lawyer has since said that Kelete was “remorseful” over the news that someone had died.
On Wednesday, Kelete was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless driving. After appearing in court on Monday, the judge set Kelete’s bail at a staggering $1.2 million.
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The mayor of Atlanta is saying “enough is enough” after an 8-year-old black girl was shot dead by Black Lives Matter agitators at a demonstration site over the weekend. Authorities say at least two people opened fire on a car trying to drive through an occupied protest area, hitting the girl. There’s now a $10,000 reward for information on the child’s killers.
Sunday night, another shooting at the site reportedly left one person dead at the scene and two others injured. Anti-police activists also damaged Georgia State Patrol headquarters in Atlanta early Sunday, according to ABC 13.
BLM activists have been occupying a parking lot across the street from a now burned-out Wendy’s where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer, last month.
The intoxicated Brooks was confronted by officers as he slept in a car blocking the Wendy’s drive-through lane. After Brooks assaulted the officer, wrestled a taser from him and fired it toward him, the officer shot him twice from behind. Officer Garrett Rolfe and officer Devin Brosnan then allegedly assaulted Brooks after he had been shot. According to witnesses and video footage, Rolfe kicked Brooks and Brosnan stood on his shoulder.
In an interview with NBC’s TODAY, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Brooks “could’ve been any one of us.”
The Fulton County District Attorney announced eleven charges against Rolfe: felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, four police oath violations, and damage to property.
Saturday, little Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they tried to drive through the occupiers’ illegal barricades to get to a parking lot near the occupied area.
A “group of armed individuals” who were blocking the entrance reportedly surrounded the car, according to Atlanta PD,
“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” police said in a statement. The child died at the hospital.
On Sunday night, the Atlanta mayor finally lost patience with the “protesters.”
“You shot and killed a baby,” the mayor said. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
“You can’t blame this on a police officer. You can’t say this about criminal justice reform,” she added. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?
“Enough is enough,” she continued. “If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”
After police announced the $10,000 reward, the mayor urged anyone with information to come forward.
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, says "Enough is enough… you shot and killed a baby." during a press conference today addressing the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl last night in southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNewspic.twitter.com/zFmPfCV30g
“She was only 8 years old,” said her mother, Charmaine Turner. “She would have been on Tik Tok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn’t have anything to do with that. We’re innocent. My baby didn’t mean no harm.”
Charmaine Turner, mother of 8-year-old shooting victim Secoriea Turner, pleads with the public for help to find the person responsible for killing her daughter last night on University Ave. and Pryor. A $10,000 reward is being offered to help solve the crime. @11AliveNewspic.twitter.com/tToUxavgAS
President Trump on Monday tweeted out comments made by acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Fox News.
“This is no longer about peaceful protesting, this is about angry, violent, criminal mobs taking over certain (Democrat run) cities,” Wolf said on Fox and Friends. “It is a lack of political leadership in that city.”
“This is no longer about peaceful protesting, this is about angry, violent, criminal mobs taking over certain (Democrat run) cities. It is a lack of political leadership in that city.” Chad Wolf @DHSgov@foxandfriends@NYGovCuomo@NYCMayor
In addition to the two deaths, more than 20 people were injured in gunfire and violence in Atlanta during the holiday weekend, according to Atlanta PD.
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A 33-year-old Black Lives Matter supporter was arrested Tuesday night in connection with the shooting of an SUV driver during a riot in downtown Provo.
Jesse Taggart, of Salt Lake City, “was booked into the Utah County Jail and held on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening the use of a weapon during a fight or quarrel, criminal mischief, and firing a weapon near a highway, according to Provo Police.
As American Greatness reported on Tuesday, video footage of the altercation on Monday showed someone shooting into a white SUV while it was being mobbed by violent agitators.
Zoomed in and slowed down video of the anti-police militant firing a handgun into the vehicle as it attempted to escape the mob. pic.twitter.com/qsAIb24NG2
The driver reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, but the injury was not life-threatening.
In addition to Taggart, police also arrested 27-year-old Samantha Darling, of Ogden, “on charges of obstruction of justice and rioting.”
Samantha Darling, 27, of Ogden, Utah, was arrested at the Black Lives Matter riot in Provo. She's been charged with obstruction of justice & rioting. Her social media posts are filled with support for BLM. https://t.co/LG7vv72U8Gpic.twitter.com/3t2FVSWbq2
In a nearly incoherent Facebook post Tuesday, Taggart attempted to justify the alleged shooting.
Taggart wrote: “a aggravated driver [sic] drove up and onto the curb/sidewalk to pass 6 or 8 cars held up in the lanes due to protestors [sic] occupying the intersection and declaring first amendment rights of peacefully gathering and assembly of free speach. [sic] Deciding to forcefully and with a lifted SUV [sic] drive into and through the protestors [sic] flinging one into the air and slamming the pavement along with a dozen others rammed to get allegedly shot for doing so. [sic]
“The Provo Police Department extends its thanks to citizens who gave evidence and testimony to investigators and to allied agencies and officers who assisted this investigation, notably Ogden and Salt Lake City Police Departments,” Provo police said in a statement announcing the arrests.
An investigation into other criminal acts connected to the street demonstration in Provo is ongoing, police said.
“If you have information about the identity of persons involved in damage to vehicles, please contact Det. Nick Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org,” Provo Police tweeted.
Provo’s Mayor Michelle Kaufusi released a video statement about the violent demonstration Tuesday, saying that “the violent events of the protest were unacceptable” and stressing that she did not issue a stand-down order.
“I have been very upset about the events last night. Crimes were committed, and our police response was inadequate,” Kaufusi said. The mayor added that she has spoken to a family member of the shooting victim, and that she felt terrible for him and his family.
The June 29 anti-police demonstration in Provo was organized by a Salt Lake City-based antifa group, Far Left Watch reported.
In a Facebook event post. the group instructed the participants to “wear all black”, “wear masks” and “wear protective eye gear.”
Please wear all black
Wear your masks
Wear protective eye where if you got it
This is a counter protest to Provo Back The Blue!
“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down,” the “Salt Lake City Antifascist Coalition” said in its post.
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According to police, the driver suffered a gunshot wound, but the injury is not life-threatening.
“Several protesters began crowding around the vehicle. A male protester ran to the SUV on the passenger side, pointed a handgun at the driver and shot one round,” said Deputy Chief John Geyerman, Provo PD.
Additional video footage taken by videographer Hootie Hennessey shows rioters climbing on a different SUV which was attempting to drive through the mob and a rioter throwing a bottle at a minivan.
A man in a gray pick-up truck decided he didn’t want to be a victim of BLM mob violence last night:
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For several weeks now, activists have been squatting in a six-block area of downtown Seattle known as “CHOP” or “CHAZ” to protest police violence against black males, yet spasms of violence against black males keep erupting in the “police free” area.
Early Monday, a CHAZ “security” team allegedly opened fire on a white SUV as it drove through the area, critically wounding a 14-year-old boy, and killing a 16-year-old boy.
Far left agitators online are celebrating this latest shooting of black teenagers in the CHOP zone as a victory against fascism.
The first black youth to be shot and killed in the occupied zone was 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson on June 20.
Six people have been shot in the Capitol Hill protest zone in multiple shootings.
There are conflicting accounts of what led to the violence Monday night.
According to the Post Millennial, agitators on the ground told livestreamers that the teens had been engaged in drive-by shootings in a stolen vehicle and had also robbed someone while armed with knives, but no video footage has emerged to confirm that.
Others have claimed that the SUV was doing doughnuts in the nearby field at Cal Anderson Park before the incident and that they may have been throwing fire crackers.
Whatever sparked the violence, the comments suggest that the black youths were seen as a threat to the CHAZ community and were thus neutralized.
Police investigators may never get to the bottom of it.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best explained that the crime scene had been tampered with by the time law enforcement arrived and that witnesses are “not being cooperative with our requests for help.”
“It’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP,” Best said. She elaborated that the victims “at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter but they’re gone. They’re dead now. And, we’ve had multiple other incidents — assaults, rapes, robbery, shootings — so this is something that’s going to need to change.”
Perhaps cognizant that repeated episodes of violence against black people during a occupation to protest violence against black people might not be the best public relations narrative for the CHOP zone, some online antifa supporters came up with another creative narrative to mitigate the PR damage.
Antifa Twitter accounts openly celebrated the gruesome carnage and called it a victory against “fascism.”
The Post Millennial’s Ian Miles Cheong highlighted some of their tweets.
“2 guys in a stolen SUV shot up #CHOP tonight. They came through and fired ~15 shots, then maybe 15 mins later, drove across Cal Anderson field and opened fire again… and got f***ing MURKED by security on the ground,” tweeted Malice Antifa Superstripper.
A tiny sampling of Antifa and Antifa-supporting leftists celebrating the murder of a 16-year-old black boy for making the mistake of joyriding near CHAZ. This was a victory against fascism. pic.twitter.com/xYEGqNutqj
There were two deadly shootings in occupied Black Lives Matter protest zones over the weekend, one in Seattle’s “autonomous zone” and the other in an occupied park in Louisville, Kentucky.
One person is dead and a 14-year-old is in critical condition following a shooting in the “CHOP” or “CHAZ” occupied area in Seattle. There were reports on the ground that the victims were shot by CHAZ “security.”
According to witnesses, a white SUV drove into Cal Anderson Park in an attempted drive by shooting and CHOP “security” returned fire. CHOP “security” is made up of armed of armed protesters.
However, from pictures on the scene, the windows of the SUV appear to have been rolled up at the time they were shot out calling into question the initial reports.
Another shooting in #CHOP overnight. Witnesses report that a white SUV drove into Cal Anderson Park firing shots, then armed protesters (acting as CHOP security) opened fire on the SUV. Two in critical at Harborview. @SeattlePD is investigating. #Q13FOXpic.twitter.com/7YaayKqsur
According to King5.com, one of the victims had gunshot wounds to his hip, arm, and temple. The individual is the second person in a week to die of a gunshot would from within the occupied zone. Six people have now been shot in the CHAZ in a total of four shootings.
During an interview with a trans activist at the Seattle “autonomous zone,” live rounds were fired in the background.
There are no suspect descriptions to report at this time.
The CHOP zone was supposed to be dismantled last week, but after encountering resistance from armed agitators, authorities backed off, the Post Millennial reported.
The shooting comes as CHOP faces an uncertain future. On Friday, crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation arrived to begin dismantling CHOP but they were met by protesters. According to one report, occupiers pulled a gun on them.
The city’s crews sat around all day Friday and eventually left as negotiations continued between various protests groups and Mayor Jenny Durkan. The crews did not return over the weekend.
Protesters in Louisville have occupied Jefferson Square Park for the past month to protest the death Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in her home during a drug raid that resulted in a shootout with other occupants of the house.
Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is facing “charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment for killing Tyler Gerth, a 27-year-old Louisville photographer, Saturday night.
A cell-phone video shows Lopez shooting Gerth in the face at close range. Fellow protesters returned fire, wounding Lopez in the leg.
Although some in the media initially reported that Lopez was a “white supremacist,” he has been a frequent participant in “Louisville’s month of protests,” according to local media.
Steven Nelson Lopez has been in police custody since the shooting occurred Saturday around 9 p.m. https://t.co/KIvW1zNuqC
Earlier this month, Lopez was arrested on two separate occasions in Louisville for offenses that include, rioting, disorderly conduct, and unlawful assembly.
On June 17th Lopez was arrested for inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, harassment and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. Just two days later, records show Lopez was arrested yet again on June 19th. Those charges included unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
Lopez had reportedly been asked to leave the premises, earlier Saturday by other protesters for his “disruptive behavior.”
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In a video expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement last week, the CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington denounced his own church and charitable organization as “racist.”
“In America, racism is no longer a question. But rather, it’s the toxic water in which we all swim,” said Rob McCann, president and CEO of the Spokane-based nonprofit. “My Catholic Church and my Catholic Charities organization is racist.”
“For me as a white person, saying I’m not a racist is like saying a fish is not wet,” McCann intoned.
“How could we not be? Our Catholic faith tradition was BUILT on the premise that a baby born in a manger in the Middle East was a white baby,” McCann continued. “So how can we be surprised to know that we are a church that must still fight against this racism even now.”
Earlier this week, Black Lives Matter organizer Shaun King seemed to expand on McCann’s thoughts regarding depictions of “white Jesus” by calling for the destruction of Christian statues, murals and stained glassed windows, calling them “tools of oppression,” racist propaganda,” and “a gross form of white supremacy.”
As American Greatness noted, while Christ has historically been depicted as white by Europeans, he has also been depicted in art as African, Asian, Indigenous and Indian in those cultures. Most Christians are aware that Christ was Jewish and feel no need to apologize for artistic depictions that helped various cultures identify with him.
McCann went on to accuse the Catholic Church of having “a long, terrible history of owning slaves,” operating Native American boarding schools and “unknowingly” being part of institutional racism.
He also condemned Catholic Charities as racist because its leadership team is “mostly white” while most of the people the organization serves are “disproportionately people of color.” He said the group he leads, while well intentioned, is “part of the problem.”
McCann argued that BLM “in its purest nonviolent form” is a “Christlike” movement that honors the church’s teachings.
In a statement of principles, however, the Marxist Black Lives Matter organization espouses a number of objectives that are an anathema to Catholic teaching and values.
For instance, the group seeks to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” and dismantle what it calls “cisgender privilege” to “uplift” black transgenders. The staunchly pro-abortion organization also claims to be “a queer‐affirming network.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Hawk Newsome, Chairman of BLM’s Greater New York chapter, declared a “war on police,” saying the group is “training our people to defend our communities” in Black Panther style armed “patrols.”
McCann stressed that Catholic Charities would continue to defend the sacredness of every human life, but he didn’t have anything to say about the thousands of victims of criminal violence each year.