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Minneapolis robberies ‘unacceptable,’ police chief says: ‘Has to be consequences’

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Minneapolis police report 20 people have been arrested, 18 of them charged, in connection with two brutal mob-style robberies caught on tape in viral videos.

The suspects range in age from 15 to 27 and were charged with various counts of robbery relating to two vicious robberies in August in which mobs surrounded young men and beat them unconscious. Some suspects were charged with first-degree felony robbery, which carries up to 20 years in prison.

Police told Fox News mobs targeted “vulnerable” victims for valuables like cell phones.

Brendan O’Brien, 24, told Fox News he was out celebrating his birthday in Minneapolis when he was surrounded by one of the mobs and then beaten. The video appears to show O’Brien clinging to his belongings until he finally was knocked out.

VIDEOS OF MINNEAPOLIS ROBBERIES, MOB-STYLE BEATINGS GO VIRAL

“I didn’t realize how hard I’d been kicked in the face. It was much more brutal than I thought it was going to be. I assumed that they hit me a couple of times and I gave up and they went on their way but I was knocked unconscious,” O’Brien told Fox News.

O’Brien says he suffered a concussion and injuries all over his body. He now has trouble with memory, sleeping and has a sense of fear.

“I don’t feel as safe as I used to. I think that’s the best way of putting it is that something like this kind of takes a part away from you and I don’t know if I’m gonna’ get that back,” O’Brien said.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told Fox News the attacks seen in the videos are abhorrent.

“It is truly unacceptable for me as chief and it’s unacceptable for our Minneapolitans,” Arradondo said. “No one wants to tolerate that type of criminal behavior.”

Police told Fox News a team of investigators worked for three weeks in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department to track down the assailants.

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER SHORTAGE REACHING CRISIS LEVEL

“There has to be consequences for your actions,” Arradondo told Fox News. “I don’t want there to be a small group of people that feel that they can go unchallenged, unchecked.”

The videos appear to show groups of black men beating white males but Minneapolis police told Fox News the attacks do not qualify as hate crimes because the attackers didn’t target their victims for class or race. Rather, they were targeted because they were “impaired” or “compromised.”

The videos are emerging as Arradondo said his office is dealing with a crippling police shortage. He has requested a staggering 400 additional officers by 2025. But he said he has to convince an entire city council made up of some members that don’t want to add a single officer to the force.

“I’m going to continue to make the case and hopefully we’ll continue to get the resources that we need to help support the men and women who are doing this job,” Arradondo told Fox News.

So far, Mayor Jacob Frey has proposed 14 additional officers.

The public safety committee chair, Alondra Cano, told Fox News that the city council is now considering adding up to 30 or 40 additional officers to the force. However, the final number won’t be decided until a budget is passed in December.

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Cano said a beefed-up police department might have been able to prevent or quickly solve the violent robberies seen on video.

“It was really concerning to me to see those videos and that’s not what I want people to feel Minneapolis is like or about,” Cano said. “We probably could have been able to connect some of these robberies together at an earlier time if we had more support and officers for our investigations unit.”

Cano told Fox News the city is investing in and diversifying its force to better represent the community along with investing in juvenile crime prevention programs.

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Minneapolis robberies ‘unacceptable,’ police chief says: ‘Has to be consequences’

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Minneapolis police report 20 people have been arrested, 18 of them charged, in connection with two brutal mob-style robberies caught on tape in viral videos.

The suspects range in age from 15 to 27 and were charged with various counts of robbery relating to two vicious robberies in August in which mobs surrounded young men and beat them unconscious. Some suspects were charged with first-degree felony robbery, which carries up to 20 years in prison.

Police told Fox News mobs targeted “vulnerable” victims for valuables like cell phones.

Brendan O’Brien, 24, told Fox News he was out celebrating his birthday in Minneapolis when he was surrounded by one of the mobs and then beaten. The video appears to show O’Brien clinging to his belongings until he finally was knocked out.

VIDEOS OF MINNEAPOLIS ROBBERIES, MOB-STYLE BEATINGS GO VIRAL

“I didn’t realize how hard I’d been kicked in the face. It was much more brutal than I thought it was going to be. I assumed that they hit me a couple of times and I gave up and they went on their way but I was knocked unconscious,” O’Brien told Fox News.

O’Brien says he suffered a concussion and injuries all over his body. He now has trouble with memory, sleeping and has a sense of fear.

“I don’t feel as safe as I used to. I think that’s the best way of putting it is that something like this kind of takes a part away from you and I don’t know if I’m gonna’ get that back,” O’Brien said.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told Fox News the attacks seen in the videos are abhorrent.

“It is truly unacceptable for me as chief and it’s unacceptable for our Minneapolitans,” Arradondo said. “No one wants to tolerate that type of criminal behavior.”

Police told Fox News a team of investigators worked for three weeks in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department to track down the assailants.

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER SHORTAGE REACHING CRISIS LEVEL

“There has to be consequences for your actions,” Arradondo told Fox News. “I don’t want there to be a small group of people that feel that they can go unchallenged, unchecked.”

The videos appear to show groups of black men beating white males but Minneapolis police told Fox News the attacks do not qualify as hate crimes because the attackers didn’t target their victims for class or race. Rather, they were targeted because they were “impaired” or “compromised.”

The videos are emerging as Arradondo said his office is dealing with a crippling police shortage. He has requested a staggering 400 additional officers by 2025. But he said he has to convince an entire city council made up of some members that don’t want to add a single officer to the force.

“I’m going to continue to make the case and hopefully we’ll continue to get the resources that we need to help support the men and women who are doing this job,” Arradondo told Fox News.

So far, Mayor Jacob Frey has proposed 14 additional officers.

The public safety committee chair, Alondra Cano, told Fox News that the city council is now considering adding up to 30 or 40 additional officers to the force. However, the final number won’t be decided until a budget is passed in December.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Cano said a beefed-up police department might have been able to prevent or quickly solve the violent robberies seen on video.

“It was really concerning to me to see those videos and that’s not what I want people to feel Minneapolis is like or about,” Cano said. “We probably could have been able to connect some of these robberies together at an earlier time if we had more support and officers for our investigations unit.”

Cano told Fox News the city is investing in and diversifying its force to better represent the community along with investing in juvenile crime prevention programs.

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New video places Jussie Smollett, ‘attackers’ at scene of alleged hoax

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New video obtained by Fox News appears to show Jussie Smollett and the two Osundairo brothers –whom police insist the actor paid to pretend to beat him – walking around the vicinity of the alleged attack perhaps just minutes before it happened, according to police notes.

The video was obtained from the Chicago Police Department via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA).

According to police notes, the surveillance video is likely between 1:45 and 2 a.m. on January 29 and appears to show Smollett in the same white, patterned sweater he was later captured wearing by Chicago Police body cameras when officers entered his apartment to respond to the 911 call about his alleged hate crime.

A portion of the newly released surveillance video shows Smollett walking away from his luxurious Chicago high-rise apartment building. He walks in a calm manner toward the direction of the Subway sandwich shop, where he told police he went and later returned to encounter his alleged attackers. The video also appears to show Smollett releasing a puff or two of smoke, which was also noted by investigators in handwritten police documents obtained by Fox News.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE DOCUMENTS

The surveillance video also shows Abel and Ola Osundairo walking around the same area near the time of the reported attack. Chicago police and the brother’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, tell Fox News the two men in hooded sweatshirts seen on the video are the brothers.

At one point in the video, one of the brothers can be seen wearing a red-brimmed hat. Police notes indicate that surveillance video from a hardware store appears to show the brothers purchasing the red-brimmed hat, along with thin white rope and other supplies they claim Smollett instructed them to buy for the alleged hoax.

“Two subjects now known to be [redacted] and [redacted] enter the store and purchase several items, which included gloves, face masks and a red hat,” Chicago police notes read.

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The red-brimmed hat was also documented in a detective’s notes of surveillance video, “they linger together, walk SB out of view [one wearing a red brim cap].”

Schmidt believes the new video shows the brothers arriving early before the incident that police say was a staged attack. In the video, the brothers can be seen sitting near a bench, which is where Schmidt said the brothers were instructed to base themselves.

CHICAGO POLICE TOLD NOT TO ‘INVESTIGATE’ JUSSIE SMOLLETT WEEKS BEFORE CHARGES DROPPED, DOCUMENTS REVEAL

Fox News reached out to Smollett’s attorneys at Geragos and Geragos law firm to see if the actor wanted to comment on any of the surveillance videos but did not hear back.

Smollett maintains his innocence and insists he was the victim of a true hate crime.

A veteran judge in Cook County ruled a special prosecutor will investigate the handling of the Smollett case after critics say Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx botched the investigation. The actor could be charged with the same or new criminal charges.

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Doctors don’t need to testify at hearing on Missouri abortion clinic, judge says

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A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that non-staff doctors at the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic do not have to comply with subpoenas to testify at a Wednesday hearing on whether Missouri health officials can force the state’s only abortion clinic to close its doors.

Missouri’s Health Department declined to renew the clinic’s license to perform abortions last week, claiming that inspectors found dangerous health violations including “failed abortions” and legal violations like avoiding state-required pelvic exams.

PETER CHERNIN AIMING TO RAISE $15M TO FIGHT ANTI-ABORTION LAWS

Planned Parenthood sought a temporary restraining order to keep the clinic open and St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled Friday that abortions could continue pending the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing.

Planned Parenthood has argued that it is complying with the state’s demands, even agreeing to remove trainees from abortion procedures at the clinic. The organization claims it’s being targeted by the state, one of nine to recently enact law a controversial, restrictive abortion bill.

“Planned Parenthood bent over backwards to meet some frankly medically unnecessary and inappropriate requests from the state,” said M’Evie Mead, director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri.

But Republican Gov. Mike Parson says inspectors uncovered more violations that he can’t talk about during an active investigation.

Dozens of pro-life supporters rallied outside the St. Louis clinic on Tuesday, where prayed and spoke with patients about natural birth control.

One patient who did not want to give her full last name told Fox News that she visits the St. Louis clinic for birth control and opposes the new law, which prohibits abortions after eight weeks.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG LASHES OUT AT NIKKI HALEY OVER PRO-LIFE STANCE

“So what if I get pregnant by accident, and now I have to keep it and I know I’m not ready?” said the patient, Lauren B. “Then what? You’re just setting me up for failure.”

Mary Syron, one of the pro-life activists rallying outside the clinic, told Fox News she doesn’t understand why the focus is always on the mother and not the innocent fetus.

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“A lot of states are going backwards because their citizens are demanding it,” Syron said.

If the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic is closed, Missouri would be the first state in more than 45 years without a single abortion clinic, though one is located in Granite City, Ill., less than 10 miles from the St. Louis facility. Another clinic in the Kansas City area is located in Overland Park, Kan., just two miles from the state line.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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More ripples in state attorney’s office follow Jussie Smollett case

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As embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continues to stand by her office’s decision to suddenly drop 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett, three ranking staffers have now parted with Foxx including Chief Ethics Officer April Perry; the director of the conviction integrity unit, Mark Rotart; and the director of external affairs, Kiera Ellis. Perry and Ellis have not given exact reasons for their resignation. Rotart tells Fox News his departure was planned months ago.

Cook County Inspector General, Patrick Blanchard, is reviewing Kim Foxx’s office’s decisions during the Smollett case. Two separate petitions have been filed in Cook County for a special prosecutor to investigate the case, and President Trump says he’s asked for a federal review. And now, another criminal case that Foxx’s office is prosecuting raises new questions about Foxx’s personal and professional relationship with another alleged Chicago victim that her office might not be prosecuting to the fullest extent.

At an April 6 rally for Foxx lead by The Rev. Jesse Jackson at his Rainbow Push headquarters on the south side of Chicago, Foxx posed for at least one picture and stood alongside known Chicago activist Jedidiah Brown.

Foxx’s office is currently prosecuting 32-year-old Brown for allegedly assaulting Chicago police officers David Alvarez and Jeffrey Shafer while Brown resisted arrest in July 2018.

STATE’S ATTORNEY KIM FOXX CALLS JUSSIE SMOLLETT ‘WASHED UP CELEB WHO LIED TO COPS’ IN TEXT MESSAGE: REPORT

Following the April event at Rainbow Push, Brown posted this picture with Foxx to Facebook with the caption “Let the record reflect, I stand with Kim Foxx. Blue Klux Klan we aren’t going without a fight you’ll never forget!”

Attorney James McKay, who represents the two police officers who Brown allegedly assaulted, tells Fox News the picture of Brown and Foxx just looks bad.

“This is not right. The guy’s got a criminal case pending. A prosecutor has the duty to avoid the slightest appearance of impropriety. Not be with him. Period. It’s just improper,” McKay told Fox News.

McKay filed a petition in Cook County criminal court this week requesting that Foxx’s office be removed from the Brown case and a special prosecutor assigned. The president judge could rule on the petition as early as Tuesday.

McKay’s petition indicates that on July 19, 2018, Brown and a “band of protesters” did not comply with Chicago police officers’ requests to limit a demonstration they organized in the city to areas that would not impede with the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Police say they warned Brown and his group multiple times not to interfere with traffic. The warnings were audio recorded and videotaped, according to McKay’s petition.

Police allege Brown was aggressive, defiant and resistant to police commands to march peacefully, resulting in his arrest in which Brown kicked and punched the police officers. McKay tells Fox News he has obtained an online video that shows Brown preparing to potentially physically engage with police by removing his jewelry on his way to the protest.

McKay says after Brown’s arrest, as detectives investigated, Chicago police held Brown on felony charges of aggravated battery against two on-duty police officers but high ranking members of Foxx’s staff showed up and rejected the felony charges police recommended — despite what McKay says is abundant amount supporting video evidence for felony charges. Brown’s attorney, Michael Oppenheimer, acknowledges to Fox News there is some type of videos that exist. Their exact content is not clear.

Brown was charged with two counts of lesser misdemeanor battery, one count resisting arrest and one count of obstruction of traffic, McKay tells Fox News. Brown’s assault charges are pending in Cook County criminal court.

Oppenheimer tells Fox News his client is innocent of the charges. “All the allegations in the criminal complaint, they are unfounded,” Oppenheimer said.

Oppenheimer says he can’t comment on direct details of the case but he is taking it to trial and says taking a picture with Foxx is not a conflict of interest. “I think having a photograph together with the State’s Attorney, lots of people do, it’s really not a conflict of interest. Kim Foxx takes photos with lots of people. That’s up for the judge to decide.”

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It appears Brown and Foxx’s relationship might go beyond taking a picture and appearing together at Foxx’s April rally. McKay writes in his complaint that Brown and Foxx had a working relationship during Foxx’s campaign for state’s attorney in 2015. Fox News cannot confirm the exact relationship between the Brown and Foxx, however Brown is quoted in this Al Jazeera article saying “we worked hard to get Kim Foxx elected,” and Brown is seen in this photograph just days before the Kim Foxx event facing off with police at a police protest against Kim Foxx outside of her downtown office.

Fox News made multiple requests to Kim Foxx’s office for comment or guidance but emails and phone calls were not returned.

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Kim Foxx’s chief ethics officer, integrity unit director resign following Smollett controversy

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Two ranking executives inside the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office have submitted their resignations — including State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s chief ethics officer, April Perry, whom Foxx cited as the person who advised her to “recuse” herself from the Jussie Smollett case that has rocked the Chicago office, Fox News learned Thursday.

Mark Rotert, the director of the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, has also submitted his resignation, according to a Foxx spokesperson. Perry and Rotert are scheduled to work their last days on the job in May.

“While I feel lucky to have been able to spend the last 15 years of my career in public service, I am looking forward to my next endeavor in the private sector where I have the opportunity to continue to work toward increasing the safety of our community,” Perry wrote in an April 15 letter obtained by Fox News.

Chicago’s top prosecutor has been criticized for how she handled Smollett’s criminal case — including her questionable recusal and how her office suddenly dropped the charges against the 36-year-old “Empire” actor on March 26.

A grand jury indicted the actor on 16 counts in early March. Foxx’s office dropped the charges about three weeks later, explaining that Smollett was offered “deferred prosecution” because he forfeited his $10,000 bond and performed some community service. Much of the legal community has rebuked Foxx’s explanation including the National District Attorneys Association and the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association which concluded that Foxx “fundamentally misled the public” and should have recused her entire office from the case.

STATE’S ATTORNEY KIM FOXX REPORTEDLY CALLS JUSSIE SMOLLETT ‘WASHED UP CELEB WHO LIED TO COPS’ IN TEXT MESSAGE

Last February, during the height of the investigation into Smollett’s claim that he was a victim of a hate crime, the state’s attorney’s office released a statement saying Foxx recused herself from investigating Smollett “out of an abundance of caution” because Foxx had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. “Shortly after the incident occurred in late January, State’s Attorney Foxx had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns, and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department who were investigating the incident,” a statement from the office read.

In media interviews, Foxx revealed it was Perry who advised her to recuse herself and touted Perry as the office’s first ethics officer. However, her office later had to clarify that Foxx recused herself only in the “colloquial” sense — not what was accepted as the standard legal recusal which would involve her entire office, and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

On March 8, it became public that Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police over a staged assault against himself earlier this year — after discussing the move with Perry.

Foxx has stood by her office’s decisions. She invited the Cook County inspector general’s office to investigate the case, and the IG confirmed to Fox News that it was.

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President Trump said last month he’s asked for a federal review of Foxx’s decisions.

Rotert, meanwhile, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Smollett controversy “had absolutely zero percent to do with my decision.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chicago police union wants Rep. Rush to retract claim that it’s the ‘sworn enemy of black people’

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The head of Chicago’s police union demanded Wednesday that Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., retract his weekend assertion that it’s “the sworn enemy of black people.”

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President Kevin Graham said Rush’s comment was “wholly baseless and is in fact a slanderous remark which meets the textbook legal definition of defamation.”

Rush, 72, made the comments after an April 1 demonstration by members of the union protesting the decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to drop charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett has been accused of faking a hate crime against himself. Foxx has denied claims that Smollett, who is back and gay, received special treatment from her office, and she has ignored calls by various critics to resign.

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An NPR-affiliated station in Chicago reported that members of white nationalist groups attended the union’s protest, which was also met by counterprotests by members of left-wing groups including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. A union spokesman issued a statement on Facebook the day after the protest, denying any knowledge of those groups.

“The suggestion, implication, or even correlation that the FOP would in any way associate itself with a racist hate group is a sign of just how biased, malevolent, and extreme the media is in their antipathy toward the police,” Martin Prieb said in the post.

“The FOP is the sworn enemy of black people, the sworn enemy of black people,” Rush said Saturday. “The FOP has always taken the position that black people can be shot down in the street by members of the Chicago Police Department, and suffer no consequences.”

He added, “I would certainly hope that the FOP and whatever their disagreements may be, whatever concerns that they may have about my ability or leadership, would at least expect the people of their union to not inject racism or white nationalists into the conversation.”

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“We could not control who showed up for the April 1 protest, just as you cannot control who has shown up to many of your protests throughout your career,” Graham wrote to Rush. “We never acknowledged these people, we never encouraged them, and, if they in fact were present, we never gave them any legitimacy. The FOP denounces any hate group regardless of what side of the political fence they sit.”

Graham accused Rush, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chapter in the 1960s, of having “fanned the flames of racial division, and made many outlandish and false comments that have encouraged many radical and unhinged people to engage in the most vile and irresponsible speech.”

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“The comment shows an amazing indifference to our city, a fundamental misunderstanding of the people who keep us safe and a disturbing mendacity,” wrote Graham, who noted that 25 percent of the police union’s membership is African-American.

“You owe us an apology.”

Rush had no immediate response to the letter.

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