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Lawmaker at center of supermarket race controversy suggested Parkland school shooter was victim of ‘the system’

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The Democrat Georgia state lawmaker who recently claimed in a tearful viral video that a white man told her to “go back where you came from” — then walked back her story, before doubling back down on it — sounded a note of sympathy for high school mass shooter Nikolas Cruz last year on social media.

“My heart goes out to Nikolas Cruz!! Some don’t know how to cope with being an orphan. I thank God everyday for getting me through the system in one piece. #FloridaShooting #mentalhealth #PrayforDouglas #prayfornik,” State Rep. Erica Thomas wrote on Feb. 16, 2018.

Several journalists and commentators flagged and condemned the post late Monday, including Harry Cherry, who called for Thomas’ resignation, and Ryan Petty.

Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who’d been expelled for disciplinary reasons, shot and killed 17 people there on Feb. 14, 2018. More than a dozen others were wounded.

On Monday, Thomas reiterated her viral claim that a white man told her to “go back where you came from” during a testy argument in a supermarket checkout lane, after walking back the claim over the weekend. The man has denied the encounter unfolded the way she described.

The episode, hot on the heels of a national controversy over President Trump’s remarks directed at four progressive Democrats, quickly made the rounds on social media.

Multiple news organizations on Sunday portrayed the episode as a plausible instance of racism using the lawmaker’s original claim, though she already had tried to clarify her accusations.

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Thomas herself acknowledged in an interview with local media on Saturday that she did not recall exactly what the man, Eric Sparkes, had said to her.

SMOLLET HOAX SHEDS LIGHT ON SIMILAR HATE-CRIME HOAX ACCUSATIONS — HOW BIG IS THE PHENOMENON OF MAKING UP RACISM FOR ATTENTION? 

“He said, ‘go back,’ you know, those types of words,” Thomas said on Saturday. “I don’t wanna say he said ‘go back to your country,’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references, is what I remember.”

“So, you don’t remember exactly what he said?” a reporter pressed.

Thomas answered: “No, no, definitely not. But I know it was ‘go back,’ because I know I told him to ‘go back.'”

That admission contradicted the tearful video Thomas posted to Facebook this past Friday, in which she said she was with her young daughter in the market and had more than 10 items in the supermarket’s express lane.

“I decided to go live because I’m very upset, because people are getting really out of control with this, with this white-privilege stuff,” she said. “I’m at the grocery and I’m in … the aisle that says ’10 Items or Less.’ Yes, I have 15 items, but I’m nine months pregnant and I can’t stand up for long, and this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a b—h… You need to go back where you came from.'”

Thomas went on to accuse Trump of inciting hate. During the television interview Saturday, she said Sparkes “needs to be held accountable because people can’t just go out and berate pregnant women.”

However, in a press conference with her lawyer on Monday, Thomas doubled down on her original allegation.

“He said, ‘Go back where you came from!'” Thomas insisted, saying the man “kept harassing me.”

“I was embarrassed, and I was scared for my life,” she said.

Sparkes has forcefully denied making the racially charged comment, and in a dramatic moment, showed up in the middle of a television news interview featuring Thomas outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the initial confrontation had unfolded.

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“Did I say that? Is it on video?” Sparkes asked Thomas in front of reporters. He acknowledged calling Thomas “a lazy b—h” because she had taken too many items to the express checkout lane, but he denied the incident had anything to do with race.

Sparkes later told WSB-TV that despite Thomas’ claim he’s white, he is of Cuban descent — and, like Thomas, is a Democrat. Sparkes said Thomas’ accusations were politically motivated.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Mayor in Puerto Rico rebuts embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s claim of support

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A mayor in Puerto Rico has disputed embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s claim that he supports him, amid widespread protests and calls for Rosselló to step down.

Rosselló appeared on “Shepard Smith Reporting” on Monday for his first one-on-one interview since the emergence of allegations that he is corrupt, and that he insulted the people of Puerto Rico, including victims of Hurricane Maria.

During the heated interview, Rosselló named Javier Jiménez, the mayor of San Sebastian — a municipality in Puerto Rico —  as one of his supporters.

PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR TELLS FOX NEWS HE ‘ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY’ FOR ACTIONS IN FIRST ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW SINCE SCANDAL BEGAN

In response, Jiménez told Fox News later on Monday that he does not support the governor at all.

Jiménez told Fox News the statement was inaccurate. He also said he’s awaiting the results of an investigation of leaked on online chats between Rosselló and several other government officials. Those chats are said to show Rosselló insulting women and political opponents and mocking victims of Maria.

Jiménez also issued a public statement on the San Sebastian Facebook page: “I have been clear and consistent in establishing that our Constitution provides mechanisms to interrupt the tenure by which a governor was elected by popular vote.”

The post continued,: “The Puerto Rico House of Representatives has already begun the evaluation related to the ‘chat’ in which the governor participated, assembling a committee of lawyers from different political ideologies who will evaluate whether there are serious or less serious offenses that lead to moral corruption so that an impeachment process could be initiated. I have established that we should expect this committee to issue an assessment on the ‘chat.’”

Rosselló announced Sunday that he won’t seek re-election, but he also resisted calls to resign. The scandal led nearly 100,000 protesters to take to the streets in and around the capital city, San Juan.

PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION BUT REFUSES TO RESIGN 

Many Puerto Ricans have been vocal in calling for Rosselló’s resignation since the chat leaks emerged.

Rosselló said Sunday in a Facebook video that he agreed with the people’s right to protest and was willing to confront the impeachment process, which already had begun in Puerto Rico’s legislature. He said although he will not resign as the island’s leader, he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party.

Rosselló acknowledged his “mistakes” and pointed out that he had apologized in the past. He did not offer a formal apology in Sunday’s video and did not immediately offer an apology during the interview with Smith on Monday.

“Everything that was said I assume responsibility for. I apologize for it,” Rosselló told Smith after he was asked if he had apologized “sufficiently.”

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and other government officials.

In one message Rosselló called one New York female politician of Puerto Rican descent a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of a b—h.”

One chat also made vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin’s sexuality.

The calls to oust the governor have caught the attention of the mainland U.S., where there have been more calls for him to step aside. President Trump has blasted Rosselló on Monday as “a terrible governor.”

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Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Carlos Bedoya and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Georgia man denies telling black female lawmaker to ‘go back where you came from’

A white man confronted a black Georgia state lawmaker in front of reporters Saturday and denied her accusation that he told her to “go back where you came from” during an argument in a supermarket checkout lane a day earlier.

Eric Sparkes that he cursed at state Rep. Erica Thomas for taking too many items into an express checkout lane but denied making the racially charged comment after showing up in the middle of a television news interview featuring Thomas outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the confrontation occurred.

‘SEND HER BACK’ CHANT AT TRUMP RALLY PROMPTS OUTCRY; OMAR RESPONDS

“Did I say that? Is it on video??” Sparkes asked Thomas in front of reporters, before admitting to calling her lazy.

“That’s all you said to me?” Thomas asked. “OK, because that makes you look better because everybody’s after you now.”

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FILE – In this May 7, 2019 file photo Rep. Erica Thomas, D-Austell, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Sparkes later told WSB-TV he is a Democrat of Cuban descent and that Thomas’s allegations are politically motivated. Thomas said she will notify the police and will seek store video of the incident.

In a statement, Publix supermarket said it is “cooperating with local law enforcement as they look into the matter.”

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In a tearful video Thomas posted to Facebook, she said she was with her young daughter in the market Friday and admitted to having more than 10 items in the supermarket’s express lane.

“I decided to go live because I’m very upset because people are getting really out of control with this, with this white privilege stuff,” she said. “I’m at the grocery and I’m in … the aisle that says ’10 Items or Less.’ Yes, I have 15 items, but I’m nine months pregnant and I can’t stand up for long. And this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a b—h… You need to go back where you came from.'”

The incident came days after President Donald Trump tweeted that four minority congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from.

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Those remarks were later adapted by his supporters at a rally earlier this week where they chanted “send her back” at his mention of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

In her video, Thomas accused Trump of inciting hate. During the television interview Saturday, she said Sparkes “needs to be held accountable because people can’t just go out and berate pregnant women.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Virginia Democrats vow to boycott legislature’s 400th anniversary celebration if Trump attends

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Virginia Democratic lawmakers said Friday they will boycott an upcoming ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America if President Trump attends, urging organizers to “Send Him Back.”

The July 30 event will be held in Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English colony, and will mark the founding of the House of Burgesses, which was the first representative legislative assembly in America. It is part of a weeklong celebration of the state’s colonial past — including the first arrival of African slaves in the former British colonies.

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Virginia’s House and Senate Democratic leadership said in a statement that they “will not be attending any part of the commemorative session where Donald Trump is in attendance.”

“The current President does not represent the values that we would celebrate at the 400th anniversary of the oldest democratic body in the western world,” they added before ending the statement with “Send Him Back,” a reference to the “send her back” chant repeatedly shouted by Trump supporters at a July 17 rally in Greenville, N.C. The crowd began the chant after Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

OMAR VOWS TO CONTINUE BEING TRUMP’S ‘NIGHTMARE’ AS HUNDREDS GREET HER IN MINNESOTA

The chant came after Trump targeted four Congresswomen of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar — over the weekend. He tweeted that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, then come back and show us how it is done” in response to their criticism of him.

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and is a U.S. citizen.

Trump’s remarks and the chant at his rally have elicited a firestorm of controversy, with critics saying he revived racist troupes used to put minorities down. Trump tried distancing himself from the chant Thursday, saying he was “was not happy” with it.

“I was not happy with it, I disagree with it, but again I didn’t say that, they did,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked about the controversial moment.

In a rebuke of the president, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday to condemn his tweets as “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” Most Republicans have refused to reign Trump in over the comments.

The invitation to Trump to attend the Virginia event was extended by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and two Republican state lawmakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was also invited to attend but declined.

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Event organizer American Evolution said the White House has not made an announcement regarding the president’s plans. However, the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper reported Friday that Trump did plan to attend the event.

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti releases video directed at illegal immigrants amid ICE raids: ‘We are in this together’

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a Twitter video Saturday explaining why he and the city’s government won’t be cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as they carry out raids nationwide.

President Trump initially announced raids on illegal immigrants in June, before backing off to give Congress more time to find a bipartisan solution. He then greenlit the operation for this weekend, and a senior administration official told Fox News the crackdown was underway in New York City and several other places.

Garcetti, a Democrat, gave legal advice to those living in Los Angeles illegally and informed them of which city resources they could take advantage of — including but not limited to a lawyer.  “We’ve all heard reports the Trump administration is threatening to round up and deport thousands of immigrant families in cities across America this weekend,” he began.

“I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them. Remember, you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agent that doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge. You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement. And, if you need help finding an attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support.”

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Garcetti also told them to keep records of everything happening between them and federal law enforcement officers and recommended taking down names and badge numbers. He also proudly declared his city would not be assisting with the ICE raids.

“Whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questioned, so you can use that information in your own defense,” he said.

“And, most importantly I want you to know, you do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side, and rest assured, here in Los Angeles we are not coordinating with ICE.”

Garcetti ceded time to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, who claimed local law enforcement was staying out of the raids on the basis of federalism. He said it’s the federal government’s job to deal with issues of immigration, while local police deal with safety.

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“Our police force does not do the job of federal law enforcement, so I want to reiterate what the mayor just said. The Los Angeles police department is not assisting ICE in any way,” he said.

“We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the justification of the federal government. Immigration is a federal matter. Safety is a police matter, and we’re not going to mix those two.”

Before Garcetti signed off he said the issue of illegal immigration wasn’t political but simply was about being a “good neighbor.”

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“In Los Angeles, we draw strength from the diverse dynamic communities that call our city home and we support immigrant families because they’re our friends, neighbors, colleagues, confidants, our fellow taxpayers, local business owners, and co-workers. For us, this isn’t partisan politics,” he said.

“It’s about being a good neighbor… and we will never let fear and intimidation win the day. We are in this together.”

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California becomes 1st state to give taxpayer-funded health benefits to illegal immigrants

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., signed a bill into law on Tuesday making young illegal immigrants eligible for the Medicaid program in California, making it the first state to offer such taxpayer-funded health benefits to low-income adults age 25 and younger regardless of their immigration status.

State officials said they expected the plan to cover about 90,000 people and cost taxpayers $98 million. California already covered children 18 and younger regardless of immigration status.

The law will not give health insurance benefits to everyone 25 and younger, but only those whose income is low enough to qualify.

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Newsom and fellow Democrats in the state legislature said they planned to expand coverage to more adults in the years to come.

Advocates of the measure have called it a way to improve the health of immigrants in the state by providing them with access to the medical care they need.

CALIFORNIA DEMS AGREE TO FULL HEALTH BENEFITS FOR MANY LOW-INCOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, IN SWIPE AT TRUMP

Many immigrants in the country illegally already have been enrolled for some government-funded programs, but they covered only emergencies and pregnancies.

Democrats had pushed to expand the coverage to even more adults, but Newsom rejected the proposals, saying it would cost about $3.4 billion to provide coverage to all California adults living in the country illegally.

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But, he still has vowed to keep expanding coverage in future years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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McConnell throws shade at Nike with ‘Betsy Ross’ flag tweet

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, D-Ky., turned to Twittertook to social media on Thursday to wish Americans a happy Independence Day – and to take a thinly veiled shot at Nike and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Happy Fourth of July!,” McConnell tweeted alongside an image of the Betsy Ross flag.

Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. Kaepernick reached out to Nike after learning they planned to release the sneaker to explain that the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

Nike decided to recall the shoe after it had been already sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history.

“If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we’ve got a problem,” McConnell said on Tuesday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoe maker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. I’ll make the first order,” he added.

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Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.

The Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL’s Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

“We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag,” Pitcavage said. “It’s not a thing in the white supremacist movement.”

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Nike said in statement that “it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being “anti-American.”

“Nike is a company proud of its American heritage and our continuing engagement supporting thousands of American athletes including the U.S. Olympic team and U.S. Soccer teams,” Nike said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arkansas judge asks court to allow him to hear death penalty-related cases again

An Arkansas judge is petitioning the state Supreme Court to restore his power to preside over capital punishment-related cases after he was disqualified from those duties following his participation in an anti-death penalty protest two years ago.

In his Monday filing, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who is black, said no white member of the state judiciary has been banned from hearing and deciding an entire category of cases. The document cites the case of a white judge who pleaded guilty to a DWI in 2017 was barred from presiding over similar cases for eight months.

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The state Supreme Court removed Griffen from hearing criminal and civil cases related to capital punishment after he was photographed at the April 2017 demonstration outside the Arkansas governor’s mansion. Griffen had blocked the state from using an execution drug the same day as the protest.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, lying on cot, takes part in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, Ark., in April 2017. (Cheryl Simon via AP) (The Associated Press)

The photo showed Griffen lying on a cot wearing a button opposing executions and surrounded by people holding signs. He said he was portraying Jesus and participating in a prayer vigil when he was laying on the cot.

“Petitioner has engaged in extrajudicial conduct, in his personal capacity and as a pastor in the religion of Jesus, that involves expression of his personal moral and religious opposition to capital punishment based on his personal and religious conviction that the death penalty is morally — not legally — unjustifiable,” the filing said. “At the same time, petitioner has never made any statement, pledge or promise that committed him to rule for or against any party in any case, including any civil or criminal case involving the death penalty or method of execution.”

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Griffen’s petition notes that the state’s Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission panel dropped an ethics case against him on the grounds that too much time had passed between the time a complaint against Griffen was filed and when the commission took up the case. His attorneys argue the disqualification violates the state’s Hunt Decree, which requires that judges serving in majority black voter judicial subdistricts exercise the same powers as other judges, and deprives citizens of “their choice of an elected judge from hearing all the matters heard by Circuit Judges under the Arkansas Constitution.”

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Griffen has challenged his removal before. A lawsuit against the state Supreme Court over his disqualification was dismissed last year. A federal appeals court in August decided not to hear the lawsuit and the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision in place earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Buttigieg town hall devolves into shouting amid anger over South Bend police shooting

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A town hall featuring South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg devolved into chaos Sunday as the city struggled to respond to a deadly police-involved shooting last week.

In his opening remarks, the 37-year-old Buttigieg, a Democrat and candidate for president, said he would send a letter to the Justice Department requesting that its civil rights division look into the June 16 shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan, who was black. The mayor added that he would notify the local prosecutor that he’d like an independent investigator appointed.

Buttigieg also admitted that the city’s efforts to recruit more minority police officers and require officers to use body cameras “have not succeeded and I accept responsibility for that.” Prosecutors said the shooting of Logan was not recorded by Sgt. Ryan O’Neill’s body camera.

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O’Neill, who is white, was responding to a report of a suspicious person breaking into cars when investigators said he fired one shot that hit Logan and another that missed after Logan threatened him with a knife. The investigators said O’Neill’s body camera wasn’t automatically activated because he was driving slowly without emergency lights while looking through an apartment building parking lot. O’Neill has since been placed on administrative leave.

Logan’s death prompted Buttigieg to cancel much of his out-of-state campaigning this week. Buttigieg returned to campaigning Friday with a trip to Miami but skipped a South Carolina event attended by 21 other presidential candidates to fly home for a Friday evening community march.

The town hall was interrupted frequently by outbursts and heckling. At one point, a man yelled at Buttigieg: “You gotta get back to South Carolina like you was yesterday? Talk about ‘all lives matter’ in South Carolina?” Another man approached the stage to yell at Buttigieg and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, ignoring the moderator’s attempts to restore order.

“I don’t want to seem defensive, but we have taken a lot of steps,” Buttigieg said at one point. “They clearly haven’t been enough. But I can’t accept the suggestion that we haven’t done anything.”

Meanwhile, attorney Brian Coffman has said he was preparing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of South Bend on behalf of Logan’s family and has accused the police department and other city officials of tolerating bad behavior by officers.

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“That’s just being reactive,” Coffman told The Associated Press when asked about Buttigieg’s response to the shooting. “It’s not being proactive and making sure this never happened and having rules in place for South Bend police officers and body cameras.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Planned Parenthood plans to defy Missouri law, endangering state’s last abortion clinic, report says

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis reportedly plans to defy a Missouri law requiring that women undergo two pelvic exams prior to obtaining an abortion, as state health officials get set to decide whether to renew the clinic’s medical license.

If the St. Louis facility is closed, Missouri would be the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“We are choosing to provide the best quality, patient-centered care that we’ve always provided at Planned Parenthood,” Dr. David Eisenberg, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis’ medical director, told CBS News on Wednesday. “And that includes doing things that are driven by science, by evidence, and by what’s medically appropriate.”

Eisenberg continued: “Over the last few weeks, I have new evidence to say that 100 percent of the patients who I’ve taken care of who’ve undergone this inappropriate, medically unnecessary, unethical pelvic exam have been harmed by that. Because to do so, in my opinion, is just assault.”

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Anti-abortion activist Teresa Pettis, right, greets a passerby outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. last month. (AP Photo/Jim Salter, File)

Planned Parenthood did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The organization told CBS News it would only conduct one pelvic exam, at the time of the abortion procedure.

Missouri’s case for not renewing the clinic’s license includes a claim that three “failed abortions” there required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother, according to a now-sealed court filing. The documents, a letter and statement of deficiencies the Department of Health and Senior Services sent Friday to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic provide the most specific details to date about a state investigation that triggered a licensing dispute now playing out in court.

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State attorneys filed the records in court after Planned Parenthood sued last month in an attempt to continue providing abortion, despite the state health department’s refusal to renew its license amid an ongoing investigation.

Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue put the health department records on its website before St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer sealed them Monday per a request by Planned Parenthood.

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Jesse Lawder, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said the state violated patient-privacy laws by releasing the records.

According to the documents, three patients remained pregnant after surgical or medical abortions and required follow-up surgical abortions, Missouri Department of Health official William Koebel wrote Friday to Planned Parenthood. Koebel said that one of those patients developed sepsis after the second surgical abortion.

Koebel wrote that a fourth patient was hospitalized with life-threatening complications following an abortion at 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Medical residents performed some of the abortions at issue and have refused interviews with the health department, according to the agency. Part of the agency’s concern, Koebel wrote, is that the residents were not properly supervised.

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Planned Parenthood has said that the residents and several other physicians are not staffers and some no longer practice there, so the organization can’t force them to cooperate. Two on-staff doctors agreed to speak with investigators.

But Koebel warned that it’s “imperative” that Planned Parenthood addresses the agency’s concerns about interviews with the other physicians.

“Refusal of health care providers to cooperate in the Department’s investigations thwarts the Department’s ability to conduct meaningful review of troubling instances of patient care, and obstructs the Department’s ability to ensure that problems will not be repeated,” Koebel wrote.

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The St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The judge has set a Friday deadline for the health department to decide whether to renew the clinic’s license, which was set to expire May 31. Stelzer has allowed the clinic to continue providing abortions as the legal challenge plays out in court.

The fight over the clinic’s license comes as lawmakers in many Republican-led states, including Missouri, are passing new restrictions that take aim at Roe. Abortion opponents, emboldened by new conservative justices on the Supreme Court, hope federal courts will uphold laws that prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable outside the womb, the line the high court set in Roe.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation on May 24 to ban abortions at or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest. Efforts to put the new law to a public vote are tied up in court.

Separately, Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women’s clinic that’s under construction despite the state’s passage of a near-total ban on abortions.

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Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure is now nothing but a steel frame and roof. Workers under the constant watch of security guards appear to be installing electrical wiring, plus heating and cooling units.

The new facility could be complete around November, which is the same time the new state law will take effect unless blocked by courts. Abortion critics vow to oppose the opening, but a spokeswoman for the women’s health organization said neither the new law nor opponents were a factor in the project.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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