Sunday, July 31, 2016

‘Active Shooter’ in Austin Leaves 1 Dead And 4 Injured - For some horrifically saddening reason there seems to be this epidemic in the United States, and around the world, where shooting has become more common these past few years. Early this morning, fear arose in the city of Austin, Texas where someone was firing a weapon into a crowd. Saddening news arise that an ‘active shooter’ in Austin, Texas left at least one dead and four others wounded early Sunday morning.

Witness reports that someone was ‘firing a weapon into a crowd’ in busy E. 6th Street which was followed by a 911 phone call minutes later.

Police took to social media like Twitter to warn the people of the city to ‘stay away from downtown’ and update them on exactly what was occurring ‘active shooter’, ‘multiple victims’.

Five people were struck by the shooter, which included a woman aged in her 30s who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shots were being said to have been fired at a parking garage.

However, investigations later determined that there were “two unrelated incidents that occurred in close proximity both in location and time”, Manley said (Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley).

One of the scenes was in the vicinity of the Friends Bar.

One Dead In Ellicott City Flooding; State Of Emergency Declared - Heavy rains on Saturday night caused flooding in Ellicott City and parts of Baltimore City.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman confirms one woman died in the flooding, and more than 100 people were rescued.
Kittleman told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that a woman's body was found in the Patapsco River overnight on the Baltimore County side of the river.

Kittleman describes the damage as "devastating," and worse than the damage in 1972 from Tropical Storm Agnes.
Governor Larry Hogan toured the damage this morning and declared a State of Emergency in Howard County, allowing officials to get aid quicker.
WBAL-TV 11 Weather meteorologist John Collins reported 6 inches of rain had fallen in Ellicott City in 2-3 hours.
Part of Main Street collapsed in the flooding.
Kittleman said there was damage to buildings and cars in Ellicott City.

"We've had severe damage in the lower part of Ellicott City on Main Street," Kittleman told 11 News. "There's severe damage in Ellicott City and a lot of road closures in that area."
Kittleman said the Department of Recreation and Parks has opened the Roger Carter Community Center at 3000 Milltowne Drive for anyone who needs shelter.
"We've had some water rescues. I have not heard of any serious injuries, thankfully," Kittleman said.
There were thousands of power outages reported, particularly in Howard County, where BGE reported as many as 8,400 outages at one point.

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One Winner In Powerball - Lottery officials say only one winning ticket was sold in Saturday night's $478-million Powerball drawing.
The winning ticket was sold in New Hampshire.
The winning  numbers were 11-17-21-23-32, Powerball 5, Power Play 2x.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of Powerball results.

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Cop Who Saw Sandra Bland Arrested Was Threatened Not to Cooperate - One of the first officers to arrive at the scene of Sandra Bland's arrest has been speaking to media about what he witnessed on that July day in 2015, claiming to have been dissuaded from testifying about what he saw as damning evidence against the arresting officer. Prairie View officer Michael Kelley says there were details left off of the official report that were essential to the case against state trooper Brian Encinia, and that he had been warned by a county prosecutor to keep silent, telling the Huffington Post: "He told me it wouldn't be good for my career," if he supplied the Texas grand jury with his testimony.
“My opinion is that he (Encinia) messed up. He did not have probable cause to detain her after he pulled her out of the car,” Kelley told the publication.
Kelley attests to having overheard Encinia consulting his supervisor on what might be an appropriate charge for the arrest, a conversation that was actually captured on audio. He also says that upon arriving he noticed signs of Bland having been visibly manhandled, with bruises on her forehead. Bland, whose story would set off national outrage when three days after she was taken into custody, she was found dead in her jail cell and determined to have committed suicide, was ultimately the victim of a traffic stop gone wrong. According to reports, Encinia pulled Bland over for failing to signal a lane change. But dashcam video of the stop fueled many to conclude that her detention had more to do with Encinia abusing his authority, as he is seen attempting to drag her out of the driver's seat and threatening: "I will light you up! Get out!" Encinia would eventually lose his job and be indicted on perjury charges for providing false statements about the arrest.
Kelley's claim comes days after revelation broke from a corrections officer who admitted during a deposition for the Bland family's federal lawsuit, that he had falsified jail logs kept during Bland's detention. The Houston Chronicle has since reported that the C.O.'s testimony has pushed the Waller County attorney's office to request a gag order of the remaining proceedings.

Off-Duty Cop, Shoots Fellow Officer Responding To Domestic Dispute, Flees To Ohio. Arrested & Charged With Attempted Murder - An off-duty Indianapolis police officer is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting a fellow cop.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the wounded Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was responding to a domestic dispute call involving 42-year old cop Adrian Aurs, and his estranged wife on Friday, July 30.
During the investigation Aurs reportedly came back to the apartment and started shooting.
The on-duty detective returned fire, but missed Aurs.
The detective suffered wounds to his elbow and back. Authorities aren't sure if the bullet that hit his elbow ricocheted into his back or if he was shot twice. He was hospitalized in good condition

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Major Rich Riddle provides an update shooting involving off-duty officer and a detective.
"Some kind of domestic incident occurred involving one of our off-duty IMPD officers and what we believe to be his estranged wife at the time," IMPD Major Rich Riddle told reporters. "Our (Special Investigations Unit) detective came to the scene to begin that investigation into the allegation of a domestic violence situation."
Aurs fled the scene in his car, but was caught in Ohio following an hour-long standoff with Cincinnati police, according to the Associated Press.
"Our detectives are on their way to Cincinnati to continue their investigations," Riddle said.
Aurs has been suspended without pay, pending termination from the department.

Former NFL Linebacker Antonio Armstrong & Wife Murdered By Son - A former NFL linebacker and his wife were shot dead by their 16-year-old son in their Houston home early Friday morning, July 29. No motive has yet been established, and details into the moments leading up to the execution of former Miami Dolphin Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn, are not known, but it has been reported that a note reading "I've been watching you," was recovered at the scene. The teen, whose name has not been released to the press, has been charged with murder.
Police arrived on the scene after Armstrong's son himself made a 1:30 a.m. call to report the shooting. Police are continuing to investigate, with hopes that information provided by Armstrong's other two children, a 20-year old son and teenage daughter who were in the home at the time of the incident, could lead them in the case. According to sources in the community, the Armstrongs were a model family who seemed to have a stable and loving family life, leading to questions as to what might have been the cause of the tragic killings. Armstrong had become an Associate Pastor in a local church, and together with his wife, owned a fitness company with three area locations.

Armstrong was selected in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft after having established himself as an All-American with Texas A&M. After being released due to injury he was picked up by the Dolphins. His family has created a GoFundMe page to help the couple's survived children. Armstrong was 42 years old.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Man Waving Knife at Costco Gets Shot by Off-Duty Corrections Officer - A knife-wielding man was shot outside of a Costco in Modesto, California on Thursday [July 28], after pacing the store with the weapon, then refusing to comply with the orders of an off-duty officer. Gary Harlan Scott, 61, is said to have just been discharged from a mental health facility, when at around 5 pm, Modesto police were dispatched to Pelandale Avenue, near Sisk Road, where Scott appeared to be provoking an encounter. The plain-clothed cop bore significant period of restraint before firing off, putting Scott in critical condition.

There were reported to have been approximately 300 people present when the aisles cleared and customers flooded out of the store at the sight of the armed man. He wandered without aggression for most of the of the while but drew urgent concern when he began to approach employees, poking his knife forward at them. Upon making egress from the store, Scott was met by the officer, who works for the California Department of Corrections, and is seen backing up while attempting to talk him out of approaching any further, on a recording taken of the confrontation.

On Friday Scott's sister, Suzanne Perez told the press that only hours before the incident she had gone to pick him up from the local Doctors Behavioral Health Center, where he has spent much of July on suicide watch. According to Perez, Scott informed her that he wanted to take his life, and when she attempted to address the issue, he refused her ride and went his separate way.

Mosby, Schatzow Continue Claims Of Police Obstruction, Call For More Accountability For Police - State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office is contradicting reports they simply approached and did not use the assistance of Maryland State Police during their investigation of Freddie Gray's death.
Mosby also dismissed some of the claims made by former police commissioner Anthony Batts about how police handled their investigation, and spoke against structures she said make it hard to hold police accountable. She and Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow were in studio with C4 Friday.

Mosby reiterated the decision was one she grappled with, but that proceeding with the three likely bench trials to follow was sure to be fruitless, with the same evidence and the same trier of fact, Judge Barry Williams.
"His rationale, he didn't believe the state's theory of the case and he's well within his right to do so, he's the judge," Mosby said.
However, Mosby and Schatzow defended the legitimacy of the charges, which they said was affirmed in ruling after ruling denying motions for acquittal which Williams based on the fact there was enough evidence for a juror to reasonably convict.
She also spoke more about the obstruction, she, Schatzow and fellow lead prosecutor Janice Bledsoe have spoken of since the charges were dropped. Mosby blames it not on Baltimore police generally, but a few detectives who failed to execute warrants and one, Dawnyell Taylor, who prosecutors say fabricated notes that contradicted Gray's autopsy. Mosby's investigators do not have police power. While their investigation was done in cooperation with sheriff's deputies, she said that relying on police to investigate police creates unavoidable conflicts.
"If I'm prosecuting my brother, I would be recused from doing so. Why don't we hold the police to that same standard," Mosby said. "You have the police that come in and they recant their statements. They don't want to testify against their brothers."
They also said that comments made by then-police commissioner Anthony Batts were also little help. They accused him of spreading misinformation and other investigatory details prosecutors did not want made public.
"The fired former commissioner was having press conferences every day and disclosing inf that shouldn't be disclosed," Schatzow said. "He told me he would not go on to give any information without passing it through me and 45 minutes later, he was having another press conference."
The Baltimore Sun reported this week that Mosby's office, in the course of investigating Gray's death, approached state police but didn't actually use their help. That's not the full story, Schatzow said.
Mosby declined to directly respond to Batts' comments this week assailing Mosby's competency and prosecution.
"I think there's a reason why he's no longer the commissioner," she said.

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Hot Air Balloon Carrying at 16 People Crashes in Texas; Likely No Survivors - Federal officials said a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday.

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said there doesn't appear to be any survivors.

"The balloon was occupied and it does not appear at this time that there were any survivors of the crash," Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel Law said in a statement. "Investigators are determining the number and the identities of victims at this time."

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the accident happened about 8:40 a.m. near Lockhart when the hot air balloon crashed into a pasture. Lockhart is about 30 miles south of Austin.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Native American Woman Holding Scissors Killed by AZ Police - A Navajo woman who was shot dead by a police officer in Arizona has sparked protests. The shooting of 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine in March led tribal officials to urge the US Justice Department to investigate the treatment of Native Americans who live in towns that border the reservation.
Footage of the 30-second encounter between Tsingine and the police officer has been made public after a ruling that officer Austin Shipley was justified in shooting her because he feared his life, and he feared his colleague was in danger.
The body camera appears to show Tsingine resisting arrest as Shipley tries to restrain her.  She falls to the ground where her belongings spill out of her purse. Among the items was a prescription for Aripiprazole, an antipsychotic medication.
When Tsingine gets back up, she is seen walking quickly towards Shipley with medical scissors in her left hand, pointed down. She seems to yell while walking towards him and it's at that point officer Shipley raises his gun and fires five times, with his partner scrambling out of the way.

The police officer was responding to a shoplifting call when he shot Tsingine on a sidewalk close to the convenience store where the alleged theft had happened. It's not known what was said between Tsingine and Shipley during the confrontation as the video has no audio, city attorney Ellen Van Riper said.
Maricopa County prosecutor Bill Montgomery announced on Friday that his office found no evidence of criminal conduct by Shipley in Tsingine's death. An investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety concluded that Shipley had told Tsingine to stop resisting, get on the ground and drop the scissors, but she refused to do so. That story was also backed up by witnesses, according to the department.
The shooting comes during heightened tension across the country concerning police involved shootings and perhaps excessive use of deadly force. The decision to clear Shipley prompted a small protest outside of the prosecutor's office earlier this week with another demonstration expected on Friday. A full investigation report is expected to be released next week by officials in Winslow.
Documents previously released by Winslow officials show that officers who trained Shipley had serious concerns about his work and one of them recommended he should not serve the city as an officer.
Tsingine had a lengthy arrest record, including an incident last year when she allegedly tried to grab an officer's gun as he tried to arrest her. Her relatives have filed a $10.5 million notice of claim against the city, seeking $2 million for her husband and $8.5 million for her 8-year old daughter. The suit says Shipley violated Tsingine's civil rights and Winslow was negligent in "hiring, training, retaining, controlling and supervising" Shipley.
Shipley is on paid administrative leave while the Mesa Police Department conducts an internal affairs investigation.

Nicki Minaj's Brother's DNA Matches Semen Found on Tween Rape Accuser - Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, was in court in on Tuesday (July 26), where the Nassau County District Attorney's Office revealed that his DNA is more than billion to one match to the semen found on the teen accuser. According to Bossip, assistant district attorney Anthony Pirri, told the judge about his findings with the DNA test, which revealed, "...A DNA profile, a partial profile matching the defendant or consistent with the defendant, your honor, to the point in the hundreds of billionths of chance of it being any other individual, was discovered in the...pants of the complainant in this case, and also tested positive indicating the presence of semen."
The 12-year-old victim claims that Maraj repeatedly raped and sodomized her between April 1 and Nov. 30, 2015. He was arrested on December 1, one day after the victim claims is the last day he raped her. He is facing 15 years to life on top of the charges which include predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree sexual conduct against a child.
According to Pirri, before Nicki's brother was indicted he was offered a seven-year prison deal for the class-B felony for course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree, which he rejected. He is due back in court in August, and the case is still expected to go to trial in November.
Source: Bossip

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Prosecutors On Gray Trials Defend Handling Of Case, Elaborate On Mosby's Statement - The day after State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped charges against the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the two lead prosecutors in the trials to this point sat down with reporters to discuss the case publicly for the first time.
Janice Bledsoe and Michael Schatzow shed light on the timing of the decision, moves made during the case, and certain claims made by Mosby during her statement Wednesday in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Gray's fateful arrest took place.
Much was made in the wake of Mosby's public statement about her effectively accusing individual detectives of sabotage and fabricating notes. Schatzow confirmed one of those detectives was Dawnyell Taylor, the lead detective on the case who was later called as a defense witness in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson.
Taylor testified about two interviews with Dr. Carol Allan, the assistant medical examiner who performed Gray's autopsy, in which Allan, as Taylor wrote in her notes, called Gray's death a "freakish accident that no human hands could cause." That contradicted Allan's own testimony.
"She was doing things without notifying us and doing things that were counter to what a primary detective should be doing on a case and she was doing them on her own, so we brought this to the attention of the police department," Schatzow said.
Furthermore, they said police neglected to execute warrants for text exchanges from the officers' cell phones.
"The Baltimore Police Department did not execute those warrants in the correct amount of time and they expired," Bledsoe said. "There was an explanation given as to why, which was not given by command. It was sort of more by lower command."
She referred questions as to why those warrants were not executed to police. For their part, spokesman Lt. Jarron Jackson said Commissioner Kevin Davis' Wednesday statement would be all said by police on the matter.
"We will not engage in public banter with our criminal justice system partners, nor will we entertain media requests that seek responses to remarks made by persons now offering retrospective opinions," Jackson said in an email.
The charges were dropped at the start of what's called a Kastigar hearing in the case against Officer Garrett Miller. Miller was compelled to testify in other cases under a form of limited immunity, as a result of a ruling affirmed by the state Court of Appeals. The state would have had to prove no evidence from Miller's prior testimony would be used against him in his own trial. However, Schatzow said the timing of the move to drop charges had nothing to do with any worries about clearing that high bar, and that one of the remaining trials, that of Sgt. Alicia White, didn't involve such a hearing.
He said the state's attorney's office had a "clean team" that was not exposed to the immunized testimony and a "filter team" ensuring the former wasn't exposed to any evidence derived from that testimony.
"We need to talk to them and we do talk to them, but no immunized testimony was ever disclosed to the clean team by the filter team, by us or by anybody else," Schatzow said.
He also offered a retort to claims made by a defense attorney Wednesday that the decision to prosecute was in contrary to the findings of a police task force.
"One of the things to keep in mind is that the police investigation prior to the death of Mr Gray was done by the [Force Investigation] Team," Schatzow said. "This big task force they put together, they did not put together until after Gray's death."
Rather, Schatzow and Bledsoe said, they began meeting with police as early as the day after Gray's April 12, 2015 arrest and injury, and continued to work with the force investigation team and review evidence through the week that followed. Many critics of Mosby have said the charges were rushed after Gray's death, but Schatzow disputed that.
"I don't think that we felt that we were rushing," Schatzow said. "I don't think we felt that there was material that was overlooked. I think much of the evidence was in the statements of officers who gave statements and much of that was in by Apr 17," two days before Gray died, Schatzow said.
He also talked about the knife in Gray's possession and the questions of whether it was legal or illegal and, therefore, whether Gray's arrest was legal or illegal. They sent out an investigator to find out.
"She came back with this advertisement in the police headquarters," he said. "They were advertising with a BPD insignia on it, the very knife that Freddie Gray had in his possession. Our theory is that Freddie Gray was arrested before the knife was found. The defendants filed motions to keep out of evidence whether the knife was legal or illegal."
He said their theory to file charges for involuntary manslaughter and, in Goodson's case, second-degree murder, was based on footage of Gray at the van's prior stops that showed Gray bearing his weight. Schatzow said that indicated, in consultation with Allan and an outside neurosurgeon, something happened to Gray after that point. He said that while court precedent bars charging police for violating standing orders, police are still responsible for the safety of those in their custody, and actions taken and not taken on Gray's behalf constituted violations.
He said he and Bledsoe were ready to continue pursuing the cases, but that Mosby "correctly determined" it would have been a fruitless endeavor with little new evidence to present to Judge Barry Williams, and defendants likely set to opt for bench trials in front of the same judge who has already acquitted three in the same case.
"If this was his view, and I''m not questioning the propriety of the view...he had every right to find the verdicts that he found, and he found them," Schatzow said.
Schatzow also acknowledged there are those who want to know definitively what happened to Gray, but said that a criminal trial may not be the ideal venue for that as he echoed Mosby's call for changes to police policy.
"We can't know what happened to Freddie Gray unless the people involved tell us what happened to Freddie Gray," he said. "Now they have told us some things and maybe they have told us everything they know. The trial is not about answering broad questions...The fact that people have lingering concerns and lingering questions simply reflects a limitation on the process to answer those questions.

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Baltimore Co. Police Officer Struck By Car - Baltimore County Police say an officer was struck and injured by a car in Dundalk.
The officer was hit at Aldworth and Manchester roads around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and taken to Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said. It's not yet known whether the officer's car was marked or unmarked.
A car involved has been found, but it's since been determined it was not the car that struck the officer. Two are in custody.
This story is developing.

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Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Explains Decision - Shortly after the charges were dropped against the remaining officers charged in the police in-custody of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby gave an impassioned speech in front of the Freddie Gray Memorial in west Baltimore.
Mosby defended her decision to charge the officers in May 2015. Mosby told WBAL-TV 11 News the decision to drop the charges was not an easy one for her and her team.
While many may look at it as a loss for her, she told 11 News in a one-on-one interview that she sees it a different way.
"I have decided not to proceed on the case against Officer Garrett Miller, Sgt. Alicia White or relitigate the case against William Porter," Mosby said.

In the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where Gray was arrested and with a mural of his memory behind her, Mosby announced she will not try the three remaining cases surrounding Gray's death, saying the deck was stacked against her. She cited the following reasons: a judge did not see the evidence that her office did and push back from the Baltimore City Police Department.
"There was a reluctance and an obvious bias consistently exemplified, not by the entire Baltimore police force, but by individuals within the Baltimore Police Department at every stage of the investigation," Mosby said.
During 11 News' one-on-one interview, Mosby said, "We are up against a system that, unfortunately was against us."
Mosby explained why she and her office made the decision, which she said was a difficult one.
"We're ready to proceed in these cases, and it was a matter of, 'Is this in the best interest of the city? Is this in the best interest in justice for Freddie Gray?'" Mosby said.
Ultimately, Mosby and her staff felt dropping the charges would still be the best way to continue reforms within the police department despite not getting a conviction.
Mosby was asked about her critics that said all along that she made a rush to judgement. She said the evidence in the medical examiner’s report was the tipping point.
"When she came back and determined that it was a homicide, that's all that we needed. We had all the officers' admissions, so we had a story and a timeline as to how the incident occurred. There was nothing else that they found, even after the fact the charges were filed the counter what we did initially," Mosby said.
Mosby also said things are a lot more transparent in the police department than when this all started, citing new protocols when it comes to arrests, the implementation of body cameras and training wagon drivers.
"There are so many things. Although we did not get the verdict, we still were able to pursue justice, and we were in a much better place than we were 14 months ago. That's not to say that it's the best, but we have a lot of work to do, and now is the time to do it," Mosby said.
Mosby also wanted to make it clear that she felt the current police administration led by Commissioner Kevin Davis has been cooperative to work with going forward.
She also still stood by her original statement 14 months ago that she believes Gray’s death was a homicide.

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Richard Sherman Says He Finds it Hard to Fully Support Black Lives Matter - Outspoken Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman stopped short of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday [July 26], but he didn't rule out joining in with the unified front of social justice seeking athletes Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James recently proposed. In an interview with The Undefeated, Sherman went into great detail, as he acknowledged that police violence is a problem, while also including violence within the Black community as a notable area of concern. He then said he struggles with fully embracing Black Lives Matter because grouped in with those who protest behind the mantra, are some with views that are too radical for his comfort.
"It’s hard to formulate an opinion and generalize because they have several different messages. Some of them are peaceful and understandable, and some of them are very radical and hard to support. Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic. They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement," said Sherman. "I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently. I want them treated like human beings. And I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong. Those are innocent lives."
Many news outlets focused their coverage on Sherman saying that he better identifies with the idea that all lives matter, but readers of the full interview transcript will note that he first declared that he doesn't believe race exists. Sherman endorses the idea that race is a social construct, which would naturally explain why he wouldn't feel authentic distinguishing Black lives. He made clear that he does believe there is such a thing as systemic racism, but implied that obsessing over such a notion might be holding Black people from striving to transcend such imposed limitations. "I will continue to use my platform to encourage our youth to overcome "systematic" circumstances. I will challenge them to be great," he would tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
Sherman said that he would get on board with an all-sports movement to address issues in the Black community, but said it would have to be a unified message he can get behind, specifying gang violence as an issue he'd like to tackle. In discussing who he might rally to support him from within the NFL ranks, he named Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, and Tyrann Mathieu as outspoken players. When asked whether he feels the NFL should do more to speak to issues of violence and race he affirmed, but gauged that it would be unlikely seeing how such issues are primarily the concern of African-American players and that the league would not see it "affect their bottom line."

Bill O'Reilly: Slaves That Built The White House Were “Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodging.” - Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, July 25, was fantastic and will be remembered and referenced for a long time to come.
One passage in particular resonated with a lot of viewers.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn," the First Lady said.

It was a reminder of both an ugly period in America's history and how far we've come as a nation.
Bill O'Reilly fact-checked Obama's comments and found them to be true. Slaves did in fact, build the White House.
During a segment on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," the controversial host gave his take.

O'Reilly pointed out that "free blacks, whites and immigrants" also helped in the construction, before adding that "slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
Twitter users and celebrities ripped O'Reilly a new one Wednesday, July 27.
"I don't care if the slaves who built the White House were paid in gold and housed in mansions, Bill O'Reilly -- THEY WERE SLAVES!!!," Cole Haddon wrote.
"The idiocy never ceases to amaze me. Try slavery, Bill. Let us know how good the food is while you wear chains," Shonda Rhimes chimed in.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Police Officers In Freddie Gray's Death - Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is set to hold a press conference Wednesday morning. The defense attorneys have not yet set a time for their own press conference.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, has yet to release any statement on the decision to drop charges, nor has there been any comment yet from Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015.
Prosecutors' decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group. A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.
Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.
The death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.

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Trump & Bannon Fail in Alabama: Democrat Jones Wins

Republican Roy Moore is defeated in a huge blow for President Donald Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon. - D...