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Michael Tracey: Minority businesses suffering in Minneapolis following rioting after George Floyd’s death

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The national media might have “moved on” from the riots in Minneapolis, but residents have nowhere to go. Much of the Twin Cities is still in ruins. Boarded-up storefronts still display makeshift notices that read “black owned” or “minority owned” to ward off further destruction. Many locals are reluctant to speak on the record, but some are eager to do so.

“It’s been agony,” says Mohamed Ali, a native of Somalia. “I respect the public anger, but I think we carried it too far, to burn our city.” At the height of the chaos, rioters set a large fire in front of his apartment, which sits atop several streetside shops. He spray-painted desperate appeals onto plywood affixed to the storefront windows: “Don’t burn please … Kids live upstairs.”

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“All these businesses are still boarded, and it’s over a month later,” Mr. Ali said, gesturing in every direction of his Minneapolis neighborhood. ”This was a thriving area,” he said. “Now a lot of minority businesses are burned.”

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Long Her, a Laotian immigrant, has operated a clothing store in St. Paul since 1991. When he surveyed his losses after the riots, he openly wept: 550 suits, 249 pairs of pants, 227 dress shirts and 180 pairs of shoes, as well as his cash register, other electronics and damage to windows and the front door. Many of his most valuable possessions, kept in a heavy-duty safe, were stolen, along with his U.S. citizenship papers.

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A month later, he hasn’t heard anything from the authorities. “They don’t have the law to protect the people,” Mr. Her says. He never had to call the police in nearly 30 years until the riots erupted in late May – and officers still have not come to investigate: “They say no one available.”

His store is open, but the door is boarded up and customers are scant: “They call me,” he says, referring to his largely Hmong clientele. “They say, ‘We would come, but we’re afraid.’ ” He’s had to lay off five employees and sleeps in the store every night, on guard against another possible riot.

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Colorado city to mandate coronavirus face coverings, threatening up to a year in jail for violators

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The city of Englewood, Colo. located just south of Denver, will require all citizens to wear face masks Friday as coronavirus cases are on the rise. Violators will have the right to a trial but could face up to a year in prison or a $2,600 fine.

The emergency order was issued by City Manager J. Shawn Lewis and approved by the city council Monday, detailing that everyone over the age of 6-years old will be required to wear a mask when outside of their homes.

The order directs all members of the public to wear face masks that cover both their nose and mouth while in any retail, commercial, or government offices along with all health care facilities, including veterinary offices.

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All people taking public transportation are required to wear face masks. Drivers of public transportation services, like Uber and taxi services are required to wear a face mask unless members of their family are in the vehicle.

Face coverings are not required when in a personal office and individuals are more than six feet apart from one another.

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The city’s police department has been authorized to ticket first offenders with a $15 fine. The second offense will be an additional $25 fine.

The order also notes that “Any person charged with an offense under this Emergency Order may choose to enter a plea of not guilty and be entitled to a trial as authorized by the law.”

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The maximum penalty someone can receive for not abiding by the mask order is a fine that cannot exceed $2,650 and up to 360 days in prison.

The order follows recent increases in coronavirus cases in the state of Colorado, which has reported more than 35,000 cases and just over 1,700 deaths. Denver has the highest infection rate in the state with over 7,500 confirmed cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

The emergency order will go into effect July 10 at 8 a.m.

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Loose cows block Michigan highway after livestock rig crash

Loose cows blocked a Michigan highway after a livestock rig crashed near Grayling Wednesday morning, according to Crawford County Emergency Management.

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Loose cows blocked a Michigan highway after a livestock rig crash. (Crawford County Emergency Management)

“Cows are roaming the freeway at the south end Grayling exit,” Michigan State Police tweeted.

Crews were working to recover the animals hours after the crash on I-75 around 7 a.m., according to the county.

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Crews were working to recover the animals hours after the crash. (Crawford County Emergency Management)

Authorities closed northbound and southbound I-75 between mile markers 254 and 259 to rescue the cows.

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All lanes were reopened by early afternoon.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Portland police say protests, riots have cost businesses some $23M

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Downtown Portland, Ore., businesses have suffered $23 million in damage and lost business amid weeks of nightly chaotic and violent protests, authorities said Wednesday.

“We’re six weeks into this,” Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis said during a virtual news briefing. “A walk through downtown today will expose you to a scene of boarded-up windows, extensive damage to public property and really an unfortunate scene in our city center.”

More than 100 people — comprised of city employees and the public — have also sustained injuries, he said.

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Davis made the distinction between Black Lives Matters protesters who have peacefully demonstrated against police brutality and racial injustice and a number of “agitators” he accused of attempting to hijack the group’s message and “use it as a cover for criminal activity” and mayhem.

Protesters have demonstrated for several weeks following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in May while in Minneapolis police custody.

The president of the Portland police union that represents rank-and-file officers said Wednesday he has no confidence in city leaders to address the ongoing violence amid their failure to condemn the destructive behavior.

“I have no confidence that [the] City Council will stand up for all of Portland,” Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, said during a news conference. “I have no confidence that the city will stop the rioting and looting and protect the safety and livelihood of Portlanders.”

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Hatfield Courthouse glass door broken during nighttime violence in Portland, Ore. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

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Federal officials announced Tuesday that seven people arrested during the nighttime riots will face charges in connection with defacing the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and assaulting federal officers.

The city’s response to the protests has evolved, The Oregonian reported. City Council members have criticized those engaged in violent acts while others have called on police to stop using tear gas in favor of other tactics.

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Sen. Kennedy bashes BREATHE Act proposed by ‘Squad’ members as ‘effort to compete in the Woke Olympics’

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told “The Story” Wednesday that law enforcement reform legislation announced earlier this week by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass, of Massachusetts “is clearly a serious effort to compete in the Woke Olympics.

“I would give it 9.7,” Kennedy, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told host Trace Gallagher. “As an American who feels gratitude, not hatred for my country, the only way I know how to improve their bill is with the shredder.”

‘SQUAD’ MEMBERS TLAIB AND PRESSLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO DEFUND POLICE, GIVE REPARATIONS

The legislation, known as the BREATHE Act, calls for federal funding of local police and federal agencies to be reduced and the difference diverted to pay for health care, education, environmental, and housing programs. It would also eliminate federal programs and agencies used to finance Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the controversial Department of Defense 1033 program, which transfers excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies.

Other provisions include abolishing surveillance tactics disproportionately used to target minority communities, electronic monitoring — including ankle monitors, smartphone apps and other tools — ending civil asset forfeiture, ending the “three strikes” law and repealing laws that criminalize illegal immigration.

Kennedy told Gallagher that a quick glance at crime statistics in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago should lead anyone to conclude that the BREATHE Act bill is the last thing those cities need.

“There are people in every society, I don’t know why. But there are people in every society who aren’t mixed up and they are not confused, they are not sick — they are just bad,” he said. “A civilization, in order to be civilized, has to have a set of rules and someone to enforce them and we are seeing what happens across America, mainly in our urban areas, when we don’t enforce our law and we don’t have police to enforce those laws.

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“In terms of the bill that the two congresswomen are offering, I don’t think anyone in the Senate is taking it very seriously. I think it’s great we live in a country where two congresswomen have the right to say what they want, but we also have a right to disagree with them,” Kennedy went on.

“I believe in free enterprise. They’re Marxists. I believe in equal opportunity and they believe in government-guaranteed equal outcome. They don’t believe in the Second Amendment. I believe that love is the answer but I also want a handgun just in case.”

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Atlanta offers $20,000 reward for help finding killer of Secoriea Turner, shot to death near Wendy’s

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Atlanta police are hoping newly released video evidence and a $20,000 reward will help them apprehend the man who shot and killed 8-year-old Secoriea Turner near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed after a struggle with officers last month.

The little girl was with her mother and another adult when gunshots ripped through their vehicle — fatally striking her on July 4, police said.

At least two men are believed to have opened fire on the vehicle after it turned into a liquor store parking lot, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Protesters reportedly set up illegal barricades around the Wendy’s, and when the car carrying Secoriea turned off the road, police said a group of armed men confronted the driver.

At least two of them opened fire, shooting multiple rounds into the vehicle, which sped off to Atlanta Medical Center, where the girl was pronounced dead.

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Newly released surveillance video shows a dark-skinned man wearing a white T-shirt and black pants as he walks with a rifle.  (Atlanta Police Department)

Newly released surveillance video shows a dark-skinned man wearing a white T-shirt and black pants as he walks with a rifle. Police said they want to identify and speak with him and at least one other man in connection with the shooting.

The other suspect, who is not visible in the video, was wearing all black, police said.

Secoriea’s slaying prompted Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to crack down on protesters who had occupied the area after Brooks was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting there last month. Two officers have been charged in connection with his death.

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“At the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended,” she said Sunday night.

But hours after she vowed to clear the area, at least three more people had been shot in the vicinity, according to Fox 5. One of them died.

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The reward for information leading to an arrest has been doubled from the $10,000 offered earlier this week. Anonymous tips can be placed with Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or online at StopCrimeATL.com.

Fox News Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Alabama detective’s ex-boyfriend violated protective order and killed her, investigators allege

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An Alabama man faces capital murder charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend, a Montgomery police detective, who had filed a protective order against him earlier this year, authorities say.

Montgomery police Detective Tanisha Pughsley, 27, was pronounced dead early Monday after officers responded to a call from the 6700 block of Overview Drive, city officials said.

Police identified 24-year-old Brandon Deshawn Webster, Pughsley’s ex-boyfriend, as a suspect and arrested him, al.com reported.

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Tanisha Pughsley joined the Montgomery Police Department in 2016.  (MPD)

Court records cited by the outlet say Pughsley had filed for a protection-from-abuser order against Webster in May. In the request, Pughsley alleged that Webster assaulted her in her home while she was holding her “5-month-old Godchild,” the outlet reported.

“His actions caused me to drop the infant,” Pughsley said.

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Brandon Deshawn Webster is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Montgomery Police Detective Tanisha Pughsley.  (MPD)

She further alleged that Webster continued to show up at her residence, assault her and sent threatening text messages.

The order, which was granted in June, was set to expire Dec. 19, al.com reported.

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“Our entire community today mourns the death of one of our own, Tanisha Pughsley. Detective Pughsley answered the call to serve, defend and protect our city,” Montgomery Mayor Steve Reed said in a statement. “We stand today with her family, friends, colleagues and all who love her, praying for comfort, peace and healing during this tragic time.”

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Webster is charged with capital murder during a burglary and attempted murder for firing multiple shots at another man during Monday’s altercation. He is being held without bond.

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New York sheriff on violent crime spikes in NYC: ‘We’re starting to lose control’

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In New York City there was a 130 percent increase in shootings for the month of June– up from 89 shootings last year to 205 this year. And just this past July 4th weekend New York City saw 21 shootings that left 44 people shot and 8 people killed.

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon says these appalling statistics should be taken as a warning that New York City law enforcement is starting to “lose control.”

“When you see the vandalism in all our own communities when you see the assaults, you see Molotov cocktails being thrown at law enforcement vehicles, you have to start to realize that, we’re starting to lose control. And once we start to lose control, we’re not losing control to peaceful protesters, these are criminals,” Toulon told Fox News. “And so once we start to relinquish authority to them, we’re going to have chaos in our streets.”

Toulon says there are multiple reasons behind the increased crime and violence in New York City — one being bail reform. According to Michael LiPetri, the chief of Crime Control Strategies, 3,000 people who were released under bail reform and from Rikers committed “9,000 serious crimes in New York City.”

NEW YORK CITY VIOLENCE: 8 KILLED DURING FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

Many law enforcement officials believe bail reform laws in New York City have made it easier for individuals to be released and are emboldening criminals to commit offenses without any consequences. Sheriff Toulon agrees, but also says people should start looking at New York judges for some answers.

“We should hold the judges accountable and make them explain why individuals are obtaining bail [and] if there are particular groups that seem to be targeted by a particular judge,” said Toulon. “That’s where I believe that we should be focusing our attention on not changing laws or giving individuals the opportunity to return back.”

Former police commissioner Ray Kelly said on Fox News that bail reform could be changed “very easily just by giving judges the discretion to keep people in custody who are a danger to society.”

“Virtually every state in the United States has that privilege except for New York, and the New York State Legislature will not do it,” he said.

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With the country growing more and more divided, many Americans are wondering what it will take to bring people together.

“American citizens are battling each other — almost like it’s becoming a civil war —  and at some point, something has to break so we will start to come together,” Toulon said.

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What is the BREATHE Act? Squad members push wide-ranging bill that slashes police funds, gives reparations

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Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts announced the BREATHE Act on Tuesday — legislation that would radically transform the nation’s criminal justice system by eliminating life sentences, retroactively expunging drug crimes, eliminating multiple federal agencies and permanently close prisons and immigration detention centers, among other agenda items.

The bill also seeks to eliminate gang databases, pilot programs for a universal basic income, allow incarcerated individuals the right to vote, and afford voting rights and “lifetime education” to illegal immigrants.

The bill’s fate in the Democratic-controlled House is unknown, as not all members support defunding the police. The movement that grew out of nationwide protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed after Derek Chauvin, a White Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes — despite Floyd saying that he couldn’t breathe.

The House passed a sweeping police reform bill last month. All 233 Democrats voted in favor of the bill — titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — along with three Republicans. The Senate voted 55-45 in favor of the bill, but it needed 60 votes to move forward.

Republicans have critical of the separate effort to fully defund the police. Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., called the plan “clearly a serious effort to compete in the Woke Olympics. I would give it 9.7….The only way I know how to improve their bill is with the shredder.”

Here’s a brief summary of what’s in the BREATHE Act.

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Section 1: Divesting from police

  • Divesting from agencies like the DEA and ICE as well as moving federal resources away from incarceration and policing
  • Eliminate ankle monitors
  • End civil asset forfeiture, which even some conservatives say is readily open to police abuse
  • End life sentences and mandatory minimum sentences
  • Develop a “time-bound plan to close all federal prisons and immigration detention centers”
  • Decriminalize and retroactively expunge both state and federal drug offenses

Section 2: Community safety

  • Offer a 50 percent federal match for projected savings when states and/or local jurisdictions close detention facilities, including jails
  • End cooperation with immigration authorities
  • Ban “pretextual” police stops and searches, even where police obtain consent. It’s not clear how the lawmakers would define a “pretextual” police stop
  • Abolish police gang databases, as well as armed cops and metal detectors in school
  • Forgive all outstanding court debt
  • Tie state grants to intervention programs that involve specialists other than police responding to some 911 calls
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Section 3: Allocating new money

  • Create a plan to close youth detention centers
  • Pilot programs for universal basic income
  • Develop curricula that examine the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism, native genocide, and slavery
  • Create tools to promote environmental justice, including by subsidizing “community” energy solutions
  • Provide lifetime education for illegal immigrants and the currently incarcerated
  • Ensure all communities have safe access to water
  • Eliminate state laws that bar formerly incarcerated people from serving as guardian for their own children or others in their community

Section 4: Holding officials accountable

  • Pass the Commission to Study Reparation Proposal for African-Americans Act and establish commissions to “design reparations” for mass incarceration to include those caught up in the War on Drugs, border and police violence and the “systemic violation of the U.S. Government’s treaty obligations to Tribal nations”
  • Enfranchise all incarcerated individuals
  • Guarantee private right of action for recovering damages when a federal official has committed a constitutional violation
  • Allowing local and state resident voting for illegal immigrants
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Minneapolis ex-police officer charged in George Floyd killing moves to dismiss charges

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The attorney of one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking the court to dismiss the charges against his client.

Thomas Lane, 37, is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s May 25 death.

Lane is one of four officers charged in the case. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are also facing two charges each of aiding and abetting while Derek Chauvin, the officer seen on bystander video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he struggled to breathe, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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An attorney for Thomas Lane, seen here, asked the court to dismiss the charges against him. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the charges against Lane, arguing there is not enough evidence to establish probable cause the former rookie officer committed a crime. He submitted the Minneapolis Police Department’s own manuals as evidence Lane did not commit a crime in the death of Floyd and consequently, should have his charges tossed.

Gray has made the case for dismissal both inside and out of a courtroom for weeks now.

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“Aiding and abetting you got to have a criminal intent,” Gray said on June 5. “You couple that with the fact that officers have a right to use reasonable force, there’s no way this is aiding and abetting.”

His recent motion includes photographs from the interior of George Floyd’s vehicle documenting apparent counterfeit bills as well as transcripts from police body-worn cameras at the scene.

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