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Playboy’s Brian Karem files lawsuit against Trump, Grisham for suspending White House pass

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Playboy magazine’s White House correspondent filed a lawsuit against President Trump and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham Tuesday in an effort to have his press pass restored.

Lawyers for Brian Karem argue that the White House violated the journalist’s First and Fifth Amendment rights, and called for his press credentials to be immediately reinstated.

“Today we filed a lawsuit against President Trump and Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham asking the federal district court in Washington, D.C. to order the immediate restoration of the press credentials of Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem and to enjoin the ongoing violation of his First and Fifth Amendment rights,” Karem’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous, said in a statement.

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Boustrous added: “We are confident that the administration’s latest punitive and lawless action against a journalist will not stand, and we look forward to our day in court.”

Karem, who is also a CNN analyst, had his credentials taken away after an altercation with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11 following a summit of conservative social media figures.

Gorka and Karem got into a shouting match that was captured on video after Karem described the summit participants as a “group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”

After a bit of back and forth, Gorka shouted at Karem, “You’re a punk, you’re not a journalist, you’re a punk.” Karem then told Gorka to “get a job.”

At one point, Karem suggested they take their conversation “outside,” although they were already in the Rose Garden.

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Grisham said in a recent letter that she based the suspension on Karem’s “insulting invited guests,” threatening a physical altercation and not leaving when asked by a White House staffer during the event.

Last fall, the White House suspended the credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, after a contentious exchange with Trump during a news conference. The White House claimed Acosta had placed his hands on a female intern who was trying to take the microphone from Acosta.

CNN sued and a federal judge ordered Acosta’s credentials restored nine days later.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Detroit PD responds after Tlaib crudely attacks their use of facial recognition technology

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., got an invitation Tuesday to observe her hometown police department’s use of facial recognition technology soon after she crudely attacked the controversial tool on Twitter.

“You should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls—,” Tlaib tweeted at the Detroit police department early on Tuesday.

Her comment came as she promoted news that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called for a ban on the technology, which received some bad press during the summer.

Later on Tuesday morning, the police department responded to Tlaib’s tweet by inviting her to see how the technology worked in identifying criminals involved in violent offenses.

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“Before you criticize the software, come to our Real Time Crime Center to see how we @detroitpolice responsibly use it in efforts to identify criminals involved in violent crimes. Let’s set a date,” the department tweeted.

Tlaib followed up by accepting the invitation but asked the department to review data that she said revealed the technology’s flaws.

“I would ask that you please review the 2 @OversightDems hearings … on facial recognition & see the indisputable data that it’s flawed,” she said.

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Although the department didn’t respond over Twitter, it “liked” Tlaib’s tweet. Tlaib had linked to an Oversight Committee hearing on the tool.

Back in June, the Michigan congresswoman called for a ban on the technology until the federal government did a better job of addressing it.

“There just seems to be a lot of unanswered questions,” she previously told Michigan Radio. “That to me is very much calling for a moratorium and back off in using this technology until we do something about it on the federal level.”

In July, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that when it tested Amazon’s facial recognition techology, it identified almost 30 lawmakers as police suspects. The identified lawmakers were disproportionately people of color.

While the technology has raised concerns about false arrests, Detroit police chief James Craig has insisted his department only used it when they had an “articulable reasonable suspicion” the suspect committed a crime.

“DPD does not violate the constitutional rights of citizens,” he reportedly said. “As emphasized in our policies, the facial recognition software is only utilized within the ambits and parameters of the law to assist law enforcement in reports of criminal activity.”

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He was responding to a Georgetown University report which warned that the technology “affords police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings.”

The report’s authors said: “It’s tempting to think that it is a remote, future concern for the United States. But for the millions of people living in Detroit and Chicago, face surveillance may be an imminent reality.”

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Veteran walks from Washington state to Disney World to raise awareness for suicide among service members

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They say it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

That’s definitely true for one army veteran who is walking to Disney World. Considering that his starting point was in Washington state, that’s a pretty long trip.

Jimmy Novak, 42, started walking from his home in Washington on March 22, Fox 35 reports. He plans on reaching Disney World on Aug. 22, after walking 22 miles a day.

There’s a reason why the number 22 keeps appearing in Novak’s journey: Novak is walking to raise awareness for veterans who die by suicide, reportedly currently at 22 veterans a day.

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“I’m very grateful to still be here,” Novak told Fox 35. “So, what I hope to do by being out here is to encourage people who are struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to reach out and seek help early.”

While the journey hasn’t been easy, Novak has found help along the way. “Everywhere I go, people want to help me be successful,” Novak told the outlet. “So, I’ve walked into strangers’ yards to ask for water and had them not only fill up my water, but offer me a place to stay for the night and a meal.”

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“I have 2,738 miles on my feet as of right now since March,” Novak continued. “So, it’s been a good summer.”

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Novak’s family will be waiting for him at Disney World on the 22. Aside from being the end of his walk, that day is also his birthday, so he’ll be spending it at the perfect spot.

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Facebook’s anti-conservative bias audit sparks backlash

Facebook audit which found the company needs to do “significant work” to satisfy the concerns of conservatives has prompted a backlash from conservatives and liberals alike.

The Menlo Park, Calif. firm conducted the year-long audit in consultation with 133 conservative organizations or politicians and was led by former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. It found that interviewees had concerns about Facebook’s content distribution and algorithms, content policies and enforcement, ad policies and ad enforcement, and workplace viewpoint diversity.

“Facebook insists that it is committed to safety, equal treatment and building community. …This may involve some tradeoffs between safety and free expression, we do not believe there is any need to cut off robust diversity of thought,” Kyl stated in the report. “Indeed, conservatives consistently expressed the view that, while platform users should be protected from harm, no one has a right to not feel offended or to be immune from criticism.”

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Facebook’s audit of alleged anti-conservative bias prompted a backlash.

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The report detailed a range of recently announced policy changes meant to address some of these concerns, but the audit itself was blasted by Republicans and liberal activists.

“Merely asking somebody to listen to conservatives’ concerns isn’t an ‘audit,’ it’s a smokescreen disguised as a solution,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., in a statement shared with Fox News. “Facebook should conduct an actual audit by giving a trusted third party access to its algorithm, its key documents, and its content moderation protocols. Then Facebook should release the results to the public.”

Liberal groups such as Color of Change and Muslim Advocates, which urged the tech giant to conduct a civil rights audit in recent years, slammed Facebook for even agreeing to probe potential anti-conservative bias.

“When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed to a ‘bias’ study last year, he conceded to Joel Kaplan’s political views and the right-wing’s playbook of victimhood, undermining the company’s stated commitment to protect civil rights on the platform,” said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson in a statement emailed to Fox News. “Claims of anti-conservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups.”

Muslim Advocates called the allegation of anti-conservative bias an “unsubstantiated cynical ploy” by the Trump administration and its allies.

“Facebook’s anti-conservative bias report is a smokescreen masking the reality that the company continues to allow violent, white nationalist content to thrive on its platforms,” said Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry, in a statement.

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Both organizations also hit Facebook for Kyl’s own history of what they characterize as anti-Muslim views.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs and Communications, said the audit is ongoing and that the tech giant will inevitably make mistakes that will offend some of its users.

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“But even if we could craft [our policies] in a way that pleased all sides, when dealing with such nuanced issues, involving policies that apply to billions of posts, we will inevitably make some bad calls, some of which may appear to strike harder at conservatives,” Clegg, the United Kingdom’s former deputy prime minister, said in a blog post.

The audit discussed a range of policies and areas where Facebook could make changes, including providing more transparency in its News Feed ranking, sharing more details about how its Community Standards evolve, building an oversight board for content decisions and boosting its appeals process for content that’s been removed from the platform.

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Obamas’ debut Netflix documentary slammed as ‘lefty propaganda,’ an attack on Trump

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Barack and Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary “American Factory” hits the streaming service on Wednesday and the film is already being slammed as an attack on the current president.

The documentary focuses on a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans.

Journalist Ted Johnson labeled it the Obamas’ “first big anti-Trump statement of 2020” in a piece published Tuesday by Politico.

“Its message is clear: Trump’s promise to reinvigorate the industrial heartland is going to take a lot more than a campaign slogan. There are no easy solutions. And if some manufacturing jobs do come back, they’re going to look nothing like they used to,” Johnson wrote.

“Americans will have to accept a new reality to stay competitive in the global marketplace — one that they might not like, and one that Trump doesn’t acknowledge,” Johnson added.

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Earlier this year, the Obamas’ production arm, Higher Ground Productions, announced a total of seven projects — both films and series — that the former president said will entertain but also “educate, connect and inspire us all.”

Political satirist Tim Young told Fox News that he isn’t surprised that the Netflix film would take shots at President Trump, who is not mentioned by name.

“This isn’t even remotely shocking,” Young said. “Did anyone expect the Obamas to produce anything other than anti-Republican propaganda films for Netflix?”

“Did anyone expect the Obamas to produce anything other than anti-Republican propaganda films for Netflix?”

— Tim Young

Young, who hosts “No Things Considered,” then joked, “What will their next project be, a film called ‘Keeping My Doctor’ where the government takes over health care and everyone in America is suddenly in perfect health?”

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Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that “this documentary is the very kind of film liberals want to ban if it comes from the right,” calling it “lefty propaganda” — but he agrees with Young that the hypocrisy shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.

“How can anyone be surprised that Netflix does a hit job documentary on Trump leading up to the 2020 election? This is the same company that added Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice to its board of directors,” Gainor said. “Pushing a left-wing agenda should come naturally to them. Maybe instead of making a documentary, Obama might have done more as president to aid industrial workers.”

Conservative strategist Chris Barron thinks President Obama is attacking the wrong politician, but he has a theory on why Obama is going after his successor.

“Given how much 2020 Democratic Presidential hopefuls are trying to distance themselves from Obama and his policies, maybe he should be taking shots at them rather than at President Trump.”

— Chris Barron

“Given how much 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are trying to distance themselves from Obama and his policies, maybe he should be taking shots at them rather than at President Trump,” Barron told Fox News.

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“The truth is that Obama promised hope and change and never even tried to deliver on either. I can imagine how frustrating it must be for him to watch President Trump do the very things Obama claimed weren’t possible,” Barron added.

Spearheaded by Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, the Obamas launched Higher Ground in an effort to produce a diverse mix of content, which includes a scripted series, an unscripted series, a docu-series, as well as documentaries and features, according to a previous press release from the streaming giant, which announced the multi-year agreement.

“American Factory” hits the streaming service on Aug. 21.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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California gang members laugh in court while receiving life sentences for attempted murder of cop: report

Two California gang members, convicted of attempted murder in the 2015 shooting of a police officer, smiled and laughed as a judge handed them life sentences on Monday, according to a report.

Jamie Caudillo and Steven Rincon were on trial for shooting at former Merced Police Officer Ryan Rasmussen during a routine traffic stop in Merced, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2015.

Caudillo, the passenger, reportedly fired at Rasmussen, while the driver, Rincon, sped off. Caudillo reportedly hit Rasmussen’s bulletproof vest and his hand. Fellow officers fired at Caudillo, hitting him at least once, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

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Jaime Caudillo, left, and Steven Rincon, were both charged with attempted murder of a police officer, according to a report. (Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

A manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies lasted for 10 hours before Caudillo and Rincon were found and arrested.

In May, Caudillo was found guilty of shooting Rasmussen, and Rincon of being the getaway driver, the Merced Sun-Star reported. Both were charged with attempted murder, the report said.

Rasmussen, who lost his right pinky finger in the encounter and was forced to retire from police service, said Caudillo “stripped me of my career.”

Merced County Judge Carol Ash said neither gang member appeared to express remorse during the trial.

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“I pray that they ask God for forgiveness,” said Rasmussen’s mother, Judith, as Rincon reportedly laughed and shook his head.

Caudillo was sentenced to 50 years and eight months to life in prison, while Rincon received 80 years to life in prison, the Sun-Star reported.

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Rincon, a third strike offender, already was facing charges for a jailhouse murder, according to court records.

The men’s attorney said they would be appealing their sentences and convictions.

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Doreen Denny: Planned Parenthood chose to give up federal funding – It wasn’t forced out of Title X program

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Planned Parenthood claims it was “forced out” of the federal Title X family planning program by the Trump administration. Hardly. The choice to exit was Planned Parenthood’s alone.

Title X is the federal program that provides access to contraceptive services, supplies and information. Priority goes to serving low-income individuals.

When the law was enacted in 1970, Congress prohibited funds from going to promote or perform abortion as a “method of family planning.” That requirement has never changed.

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Rules prohibiting abortion were bent and unenforced under previous administrations. President Trump determined to realign Title X regulations to uphold federal law. The new rules were finalized in March after a public comment period that gave Americans the chance to weigh in.

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The new rules require a clinic to have full financial and physical separation from abortion services and prohibit telling patients where they can obtain abortions. However, the new rules permit counseling that can include – but no longer require – discussion of abortion. Similar Title X regulations were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991.

Planned Parenthood applied for grants this year knowing full well that the Trump administration would be enforcing the new rules. A week ago Planned Parenthood made a high-profile threat to exit the program and begged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court for a reprieve. The appeals court refused. Monday was the deadline for grantees to start complying with the new rules or leave the Title X program.

Americans should thank the Trump administration for demanding that Planned Parenthood is now expected to abide by federal law.

For pro-life Americans, Planned Parenthood’s exit is another sign of the Trump administration’s commitment to stop federal funding of abortion. Trump gets a win with his supporters, while Planned Parenthood cries foul and lets the fundraising begin.

Planned Parenthood’s board made headlines recently by firing Dr. Leana Wen as president after less than nine months on the job. Wen’s ouster publicized internal dysfunction as well as the organization’s highest priority: abortion advocacy.

Abortion is the centerpiece of Planned Parenthood’s business. Last year the organization performed 332,757 abortions and its growth strategy includes a rising number of dangerous chemical abortions.

Planned Parenthood believes pregnancy is a physical condition that can be treated with abortion. They call it “health care.” Anyone reading this had a mother who thought otherwise and is healthier for it.

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Planned Parenthood’s public showdown over Trump’s new Title X rules put the organization’s advocacy resolve to the test. To stay would have required major changes. To leave untethers the group from an anti-abortion law it doesn’t like, but not without leaving money on the table.

Americans should thank the Trump administration for demanding that Planned Parenthood is now expected to abide by federal law. That’s the kind of taxpayer accountability we need in programs passed by Congress.

Planned Parenthood chose to stick with its abortion mission. Had the organization wanted to hang onto federal funding, it would have figured out a way to disentangle its abortion business from other family planning services. But that was never Planned Parenthood’s intent.

Other Trump administration requirements now in effect may have complicated Planned Parenthood’s mission. These requirements include greater transparency; increased accountability; and full compliance with state reporting laws for women and children who visit Title X clinics and are victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence or human trafficking.

These rules could be major constraints for Planned Parenthood, which has operated for decades as if it was entitled to Title X funds. The federal government has repeatedly renewed grants without asking questions.

Lack of oversight has enabled serious violations. The group Live Action documented numerous cases in states across the country of Planned Parenthood’s complicit business shielding sexual abuse and sex traffickers. Clinics failed repeatedly to report these cases to law enforcement.

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A jury in Arizona just ordered Planned Parenthood to pay a former director $3 million in damages after firing and intimidating her for reporting illegal conduct. Charges included endangering women, falsifying documents and failing to report statutory rape.

With Trump’s Title X rules in force, federal taxpayers are finally getting untangled from abortion. Planned Parenthood has staged a walkout and is now unbound by federal rules. Pro-life Americans can only hope the net result is more lives saved.

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RNC chairwoman responds to Democrat Stacey Abrams’ claim of RNC plans to intimidate voters: “Flat-out lie”

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On Fox Nation’s “Reality Check with David Webb”, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, who recently suggested that the RNC may try to intimidate minority voters during the upcoming 2020 elections.

“[A U.S. District Court Judge] just lifted a consent decree that’s kept Republicans and the RNC from going into local communities and intimidating voters by having off-duty officers tell people that they are monitoring their votes,” Abrams told MSNBC last week, adding, “For the first time since 1981, the RNC will be allowed to cheat and lie and go into polling places and scare voters, particularly voters of color.”

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McDaniel told Webb that Abrams’ claims are completely untrue.  “It is a flat-out lie. It is totally irresponsible.  She should be ashamed of herself.  She is the one fear-mongering and lying.  The RNC does nothing to intimidate or suppress.  We don’t work with off-duty cops.  It is just despicable… and it’s interesting that she’s being considered as a top contender for V.P. among many of the candidates.”

Abrams’ comments referred to a federal consent decree that originated in 1982 after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sued the GOP for allegedly trying to discourage African-Americans from voting.  The decree was renewed several times, and the DNC attempted to extend it again.  But in 2018, an appointee of former President Obama struck down that effort.  U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazquez ruled that the DNC did not show that the GOP had violated the 1982 agreement, and thus, he ended the decree.

“This is the politics that the left is engaging in.  Let’s create fear.  Let’s create division.  Let’s turn Republicans into monsters.  How are we going to heal this nation after this?” said McDaniel.

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America’s first restaurant to serve legal marijuana to open in California

A restaurant in California will be offering marijuana to customers as part of their regular menu.

The Lowell Cafe in West Hollywood confirmed to Fox News that they will become America’s first “full-service restaurant and lounge to offer farm-to-table cannabis and cuisine.” To that end, diners over the age of 21 will reportedly be able to enjoy a menu designed to “enhance the cannabis experience.”

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The website describes the restaurant as “a welcoming space for those who are cannabis connoisseurs and those who are canna-curious.” (Lowell Cafe)

According to their website, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe was one of eight establishments granted a cannabis consumption license in West Hollywood. There were reportedly over 300 applicants, and Lowell Café states that they were granted the first license.

The cafe will offer a “flower menu,” which they say will change daily “based on seasonal harvests available from our network of family farms.” Guests will also be able to purchase prepackaged cannabis-infused products, although current legislation prevents them from offering any infused dishes.

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The cafe will offer a “flower menu,” which they say will change “daily based on seasonal harvests available from our network of family farms.” (Lowell Cafe)

The website describes the restaurant as “a welcoming space for those who are cannabis connoisseurs and those who are canna-curious and looking to experience cannabis in a welcoming atmosphere. There hasn’t been anything like this in existence for over 100 years, dating back to pre-prohibition era cannabis tea pads. We’re excited to set the standard on what a cannabis cafe is and create this experience for the community.”

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Chef Andrea Drummer created the menu, which the cafe calls “the first-of-its-kind.” The restaurant says that the menu will be “reflective of California flavors with its farm-to-table experience for both cuisine and cannabis.”

Chef Drummer is also “highly regarded for her ability to pair a strain with a dish that compliments its particular flavor profile,” according to press materials released by the Lowell Cafe.

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The Lowell Cafe will open in September and will start taking reservations two weeks before the official opening date (which has not been revealed yet).

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Detroit girl, 9, killed by dogs, owner in custody: police

The owner of three dogs is in custody after they viciously attacked and killed a 9-year-old girl who had been playing in an alley near her home in Detroit, police said on Tuesday.

Emma Hernandez was riding her bike Monday afternoon when the three dogs – described as pit bulls or pit bull mixes – escaped from a yard and attacked her, police told Fox 2.

She died at a hospital and the dog’s owner was arrested. No charges have been filed.

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“I tried my best. I tried CPR. I tried helping her. I did everything I could in my power,” Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, told WWJ-AM on Tuesday. “She was gone when I reached her.”

Deborah Golden, a neighbor who tried to help Emma, told WXYZ-TV she heard the girl screaming and “was aware something bad had happened.”

“I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off,” Golden said. “I started CPR and I had the dad grab the neck and hold it.”

I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.

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A bystander shot and killed one of the dogs while a medical crew tried to save the girl. The other dogs were captured. Neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack, police said.

“They were not stopping,” Edward Cruz, who said he hurled a brick after hearing screams, told The Detroit News. “I had to step in.”

Hernandez said the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had argued with the neighbor about them last week. Hernandez said the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

“I knew the dogs were there. I knew the neighbor,” he said. “We had an argument about it just last week and he just didn’t take care of his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.”

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Hernandez said he kept replaying the tragedy and felt “empty.”

“I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it,” he said. “Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.”

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Animal Control took possession of the remaining dogs, WXYZ reported.

City officials said the dogs will likely be euthanized. Prosecutors are now determining what charges, if any, their owner may face.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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