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Citing violent crime in Atlanta, Georgia governor declares state of emergency and calls up National Guard
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.
Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta."
The governor's statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.
One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.
Brother of Little Rock mayor steals car with two kids inside: cops
At least 6 kids killed by gun violence over holiday weekend
Michigan 4-year-old shoots sister in head while parents were asleep
Grandfather of 11-year-old gun violence victim says police are not the problem: 'Go after the people that look like me that hurt people that look like me'
Halle Berry Wants to Play a Transgender Character? (Updated with Video + Berry’s Apology)
Okay. I was not expecting Oscar-winner Halle Berry to publicly share that she’s interested in playing a transgender character for a new project she was pitched.
I’m a huge fan of Halle Berry. I’m looking forward to watching her directorial debut Bruised (which will premiere during TIFF 2020). She will also begin filming the sci-fi Moonfall this Fall. Due to her hard work over the decades, Berry has become the type of established actress in Hollywood who can do what she wants (including creating projects). And I’m here for all of her future projects. However, what she said about wanting to play a transgender character in a movie is what made me go, “Wait a minute!”
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
The words and phrases permeate nearly every aspect of our society.
"Master bedrooms" in our homes. "Blacklists" and "whitelists" in computing. The idiom "sold down the river" in our everyday speech.
Many are so entrenched that Americans don't think twice about using them. But some of these terms are directly rooted in the nation's history with chattel slavery. Others now evoke racist notions about Black people.
Racist Social Media Posts From Students Are Forcing Colleges to Respond
The Disunited States: Heavily armed Black Panthers target Confederate monument used by KKK as American flags are burned near Trump Tower and in Washington as Fourth of July protests sweep the country
More than a hundred heavily armed Black Panthers descended on the country's largest Confederate monument to demand its removal, while demonstrators burned American flags near Trump Tower as tens of thousands across the country attended Fourth of July protests.
On Saturday, as Donald Trump hosted hundreds at the White House for a July Fourth fireworks display, thousands of Americans ditched their traditional cookouts and celebrations for rallies and sit-ins, including a march in Washington DC in the searing 90-degree heat near the National Mall.
Flag burnings were also seen in Washington, as well as in New York City outside the Trump Tower, and on Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Nightmare in New York: How Covid-19, BLM protests and a liberal mayor are turning the city into a no-go zone as murders skyrocket, shops are looted and 500,000 middle-class residents flee
Shootings soar 205 percent after NYPD disbands anti-crime unit
Shooting investigation, alleged wild chase top Staten Island crime stories of week
The Mug Shot, a Crime Story Staple, Is Dropped by Some Newsrooms and Police
NYPD arrests suspect in slashing of 2-year-old boy in stroller
Black Lives Matter protesters return to St. Louis mansion where lawyer couple drew guns on demonstrators because 'they feared for their lives' - but this time they just sit and watch from their balcony
Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
A Starbucks barista received nearly $80,000 in tips after being singled out for refusing to serve a customer not wearing a mask
A Starbucks barista who was publicly shamed by a customer after asking her to wear a face mask has received nearly $80,000 in virtual tips after a Facebook post that criticized him went viral.
Lenin Gutierrez, 24, was working his usual shift at a San Diego Starbucks on a Monday morning when a woman -- who was not wearing a mask -- walked in and attempted to place an order, he told CNN.
Gutierrez asked her if she had a face mask -- but before he was even able to show her company guidelines requiring customers to wear one, the woman flipped him off and "started cursing up a storm," he said.
Black Lives Matter co-founder describes herself as ‘trained Marxist’
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.
“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.
It also expresses its appreciation for the work of the US Communist Party, “especially Black communists,” as well as its support for “the great work of the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, Young Lords, Brown Berets, and the great revolutionary rainbow experiments of the 1970s,” Breitbart reported.
'I'm leaving and I'm just not coming back': Fed up with racism, Black Americans head overseas
Ligero Reportedly Released by WWE After Assault, Harassment Allegations
NXT UK Superstar Ligero reportedly has been released by WWE after being the subject of allegations via the #SpeakingOut movement.
According to PWInsider's Mike Johnson, Ligero's profile was removed from WWE.com on Friday, and a source later confirmed that he has been let go by the company.
Several female wrestlers from the United Kingdom wrestling scene have said that Ligero engaged in misconduct and abuse. Johnson noted that Violet O'Hara said Ligero "indecently assaulted" her when she allowed him to lay next to her in bed.
Man guilty of murdering flatmate in ‘vicious and frenzied attack fuelled by jealousy’
Forced disappearances are increasing in Venezuela -- and the coronavirus is making them last longer, rights group says
Fury in Colombia as soldiers admit rape of 13-year-old indigenous girl
California man who was seen on video pulling AR-15 rifle on George Floyd protesters and yelling 'Back the fuck up' is charged with assault with a deadly weapon
A California man was was caught on video earlier this week pulling an AR-15 and yelling profanities at a large group of George Floyd protesters has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Jacob Bracken, 38, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested on two felony counts of assault of a firearm stemming from his actions during a June 1 clash between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Donald Trump supporters carrying American flags in Upland.
Queens man under fire for tearing down Black Lives Matter sign, using racial slurs
Video: One driver is very upset that the protesters are out tells them to “stop looting.” This has been a peaceful protest
Moment a baseball bat-wielding grandmother confronts peaceful protesters in Michigan and accuses them of 'rioting'
Guy Benson: 'A disconnect' is emerging between some elites and majority of Americans
“A lot of Americans looking at their television screen for the last five or six nights are horrified by the violence in our streets, the burning of American cities and, at least one poll, [conducted by Morning Consult,] shows that a two-to-one margin are in favor of the idea [of deploying the military] if it becomes necessary,” Benson told "America's Newsroom."
Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War
Far-right extremists are showing up, with guns, to the protests against police brutality that have exploded across the country.
Others are egging on the violence from behind their computers, urging followers to carry out acts of violence against black protesters with the goal of sparking a “race war.”
Their presence makes an uneasy addition to the escalating unrest, which was triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who was choked to death by a white Minneapolis police officer earlier this week.
But there’s a range of motivations that’s driving far-right interest toward the protests, which are being led by community members and Black Lives Matter, and bolstered by antifascists.
For example, the so-called Boogaloo Bois — a group of armed anti-government extremists made visible by their Hawaiian shirts — have reportedly shown up to some of the protests.
Despite lockdown orders, murder rates are rising in cities across America
The Police Executive Research Forum examined data on crime in 30 US cities for the period from March 16 to April 12. The law enforcement think tank found that murders increased in nine cities over the same four-week period last year.
Nashville reported the biggest bump, a 233% increase, from 4 homicides in 2019 to 14 in 2020.
Often "the victims and suspects knew or likely knew each other, or had been engaged in some type of dispute," Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron told Insider.
The PERF report also found varying increases in Baltimore; San Diego; Denver; Detroit; New Rochelle, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Newark, New Jersey; and Prince George's County, Maryland.
Cities not included in the study have also seen spikes.
New York City reported 67% more homicides in April 2020 than April 2019, an "incredibly troubling" number of which resulted from domestic violence, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told 1010 WINS.
False news swirls around Minneapolis officer in fatal arrest
Catholic bishops are calling for the US federal government to crack down on porn, claiming it causes “pain” and “ongoing harm”.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter US attorney general William Barr on April 30, calling on the Trump administration to “confront the ongoing harms wrought by the pornography industry”, especially as use of porn sites has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, the bishops wrote: “The current pandemic is exacting a heavy and widespread emotional, social, and financial toll in our communities.
“In the face of the pandemic, the Church expresses her solidarity with all who are struggling or alone.”
Anti-LGBT+ Christian group accused of ‘actively promoting gay conversion therapy’ while masquerading as a charity
Britain's biggest Islamic authorities say child sexual abuse in Muslim communities is 'underreported' because young victims are too scared to tell anyone about it
Anti-LGBT+ Catholic activists just found out what a ‘glory hole’ is and they are not OK
District Attorney, law enforcement will make presentation on reducing violent crime and gang activity
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - District Attorney Ben David said he could not speak directly to the pending case of three teens charged with first-degree murder in a shooting that led to a fatal car crash on Oleander Drive, but he did say his office is working with law enforcement on an initiative to further combat violent crime and gang activity in the Cape Fear.
David said his office, along with the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, will be making a presentation about the effort in the coming weeks.
He acknowledged there has been an increase in violent crime in the Port City in recent years, gang-related and otherwise, and said the goal of the new program will be to combine efforts of enforcement, prevention, and intervention.
In particular, he said they want to focus on creating an environment where those who are victimized will report to law enforcement, rather than attempting to get justice themselves.
“What we’re seeing now is where people are taking the law sometimes into their own hands instead of reporting that crime, so today’s victim becomes tomorrow’s defendant. And we’re seeing this, this never-ending cycle of violence,” he said.
Another issue his office has faced is the lack of cooperation among witnesses to crimes.
Deranged attacker stabs San Antonio trans woman to death because “God told him to”
N.Y. Pregnant Woman and Boyfriend Are Killed in Botched Home Invasion with Girl, 1, Nearby
MTA worker sexually assaulted by perv who broke into conductor’s cab, cops say
An Elementary School Repeatedly Dismissed Allegations Against Its Principal. Then, an FBI Agent Pretended to Be a 13-Year-Old Girl.
Victoria Crime Stoppers is requesting information regarding an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Orangeburg teen accused of killing 17-year-old on Whitman Street
KCKPD receives federal grant for violent crime task force
Battery, 'Mob Action', Strangulation: Lake County Crime Reports
Man arrested in Gibsonburg on sex crime charges from Las Vegas
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Lockdown protesters resemble “child soldiers” and “urban gangs”
A Yale psychiatrist has warned that pro-Trump lockdown protesters, who exhibit similar psychology as "child soldiers," could quickly turn into "armed troops in the streets" if the president loses his re-election bid.
Lee has also served as a project group leader for the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. She told Salon that Trump's recent call to "liberate" Democratic-led states was a dog whistle to his core supporters.
"Subconsciously, it is a loyalty test for the people," Lee said. "In Africa, where I did some ethnographic work, child soldiers would be recruited and made to kill a family member to demonstrate their allegiance to the government and not to the family. Similarly, in urban gangs in America, one may be challenged to kill a police officer to prove one's willingness to uphold gang rules over societal rules.
"When Donald Trump suggests that the virus be taken as a 'hoax', that people gather in churches or that people protest for their own sacrifice, he is actually testing people's loyalty to the 'laws' of his mind over the laws of nature, or even impulse for survival. The more he abuses them, the greater their devotion grows, since the psychological cost of admitting their mistake is ever higher — and so it becomes easier to dig a well of unreality than to see the obvious truth.
NEWS HEADLINES: Surveillance Videos Show Ahmaud Arbery Trespassed Into Man’s Home Before Shooting
Newly released surveillance videos show Ahmaud Arbery trespassed into a home — which the homeowner says was robbed of $2,500 worth of fishing gear earlier this year — before running away down the street after a neighbor called 911.
Arbery can be seen walking down the street — not jogging — then stopping on homeowner Larry English’s lawn and looking around. After seeing no one was in the area, he then trespassed into the house at around 2:09 p.m. on the timestamp, which is actually most likely around 1:08 p.m as police said the first neighbor to call 911 did so at 1:08 p.m. Arbery is seen exiting the building around 5 minutes later and took off running or “jogging” after 911 had been called on him (possibly by the onlooking man who is seen standing next to a tree across the street that appears to be holding a phone up to his left ear and likely would have been in Arbery’s view).
North Carolina Deputy Fired, Charged After Leading White Mob To Black Teen's Home
Southern Charm's Kathryn Dennis Apologizes for Racially
Trucker Accused Of Murdering 3 Women In 1990s, Including Two Who Were Pregnant
Wis. Boy, 5, and Sister, 3, Found Dead in Feb. from 'Intentional' Injuries — But No Arrests Yet
Ohio State to pay $41 million to settle sex abuse lawsuits naming former wrestling team doctor
Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims
PICTURED: The 18 members of a 'mob' who 'ambushed and tried to kill a New Jersey state police detective when he was investigating a home invasion'