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Chief: Alabama officer accused of fake shooting in alleged case of ‘stolen valor’

An Alabama police officer is accused of staging a shooting and making a fake a distress call last month in what his police chief called a case of “stolen valor” and “stolen honor.”

Birmingham Police Officer Keith Buchanan was arrested Thursday and charged with making a false report and discharging a firearm in the city limits, Al.com reported. He had already been placed on administrative leave when he was taken into custody.

Prosecutors believe Buchanan notified a police dispatcher that he was making a traffic stop just after 1 a.m. on July 21 near the city’s border with Tarrant. Minutes later, he allegedly put out a call about shots fired and never finished his radio transmission.

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Birmingham Police Officer Keith Buchanan allegedly made a fake distress call while on patrol last month.  (Birmingham Police Department )

Dispatchers were unable to reach him for close to 30 minutes. A Tarrant officer found Buchanan’s patrol vehicle with bullet holes but couldn’t find him.

He was ultimately located uninjured a short distance away near railroad tracks.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Thursday that an investigation couldn’t corroborate Buchanan’s story of events. He was relieved of his duties last week.

“This officer did a lot on that night to present a false image of heroism,” Smith told reporters during a news conference. “He endangered the lives of the community by discharging his firearm, and also other officers, as they responded from all over the city to be at his side and do everything that they can to help.”

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Smith said Buchanan’s actions only helped to tear down the trust built by the police department and the community. He called it a case of “stolen valor” and “stolen honor,” a reference to those who lie about heroic acts  to reap profit or gain accolades.

Buchanan faced discipline issues in 2016, 2015 and 2014, for filing a false report and keeping a stolen gun from a theft suspect for four months without notifying a supervisor, according to the news outlet.

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Tulsi Gabbard: Kamala Harris ignored challenge from me, lobbed ‘cheap’ smears instead

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, ripped fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., claiming she refused to answer direct criticism of her record.

Harris is the wrong candidate to be heralding a record of criminal justice reform because of her record as a former California state attorney general, Gabbard claimed Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Voters deserve to know the truth,” she said.

“The decision that the American people have before them is a critical one. The decision that Democrats have before them about who their nominee should be is a very important one.

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“They deserve to know the truth about the candidates that are before them, and especially on the issue of criminal justice reform that’s impacting so many people across this country because it is so broken and it is an unjust criminal justice system.”

During Wednesday’s debate, the Gabbard challenged Harris’ record, claiming she imprisoned hundreds of people for marijuana violations then made light of her past reported use of cannabis during a more recent interview.

“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said.

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“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”

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In a February appearance on New York’s “The Breakfast Club” radio show, Harris spoke about her opinion of marijuana.

“I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,” Harris said at the time.

In her interview with Carlson, Gabbard said the California Democrat owed an apology to some of those she helped put behind bars.

She added the state AG role offered an opportunity for Harris to effect change in criminal justice reform.

“Senator Kamala Harris was in a position to be able to make a difference on that when she was serving as Attorney General,” she said.

“As I pointed out last night, she did not fulfill that promise that she claims to have, which is to be a champion for the people, a champion for the oppressed. In fact, she did the exact opposite.

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“She made decisions that ended up hurting people.”

In addition, Gabbard said Harris’ campaign “smeared” her following the debate.

“The responses from her and her campaign… was basically to lob cheap smears and basically say that I’m a traitor or a foreign agent or a Trojan horse or whatever.”

“This is concerning on many levels about how a Senator Harris would govern as president, that if there are those who are critics of her or her record — you know for me I’m a two-time veteran of Middle East deployments, I’m a soldier currently serving in the Army, I’m a sitting member of Congress — and she’s smearing me in this way. Imagine what she would do to anyone else.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.

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Watch: Anti-ICE protesters interrupt Trump rally in Ohio

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At least two protesters stood and began waving large white cloths with slogans scrawled on them during President Trump’s Cincinnati, Ohio campaign rally on Thursday.

Trump was in the midst of remarks on how he believes Democratic leadership in some urban areas lead to their decline.

“The Democrat record is one of neglect and corruption and decay — total decay,” he said.

Democrats have taxed and regulated jobs and opportunity out of these cities — they’ve squeezed the blood out of them. So many of these mayors… are in jail.”

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When Trump claimed Democratic lawmakers care more about illegal immigrants than their own constituents, the trio began making a commotion at stage left.

One banner read, “immigrants built America,” while another had a crude slogan that has at times been used as part of anti-ICE protests across the country.

Two Trump supporters appeared to confront two protesters, as a man exchanged words with a male protester.

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Another man wearing a suit leaned over to snatch a female protesters’ cloth.

Amid the commotion, the typically large crowd in the arena began chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” as law enforcement sought to remove the protesters.

One young protester flashed the crowd an obscene gesture during the proceedings

Those chants transitioned into, “USA, USA, USA” and cheers that erupted as the protesters were led away.

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During the incident, the president leaned forward on the dais to ask supporters in the front row if Cincinnati had a Democratic mayor.

After nodding, he returned to the microphone and said, “You must have a Democrat mayor?”

“Well, that’s what happens,” he continued, transitioning into a commentary on the size of the crowd in the arena and those who were unable to get in.

The city’s mayor, John Cranley, is a Democrat. He is in his second term and previously lost two bids to unseat the area’s congressional lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, — in 2000 and 2006.

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Top US official says border is ‘still in crisis,’ even as Mexico steps up its assistance

The crisis at America’s southern border is continuing, even as Mexico steps up enforcement measures to help, according to a top U.S. official.

The number of migrants apprehended at the border dropped for the month of June, but that figure is on track to cross the million mark by the end of the year, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said Thursday on “Special Report.” He called that projected figure “unprecedented.”

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“We’re still in the crisis. Even with what we’re expecting the July numbers to show, which is still another 20 percent drop … from last month, that’s still 80,000 apprehensions along our southern border.

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“What complicates the matter … is the demographic.”

To that end, Perez blamed immigrant smuggling organizations, which are “really fueling the crisis.”

“Incredibly vulnerable populations … are being taken advantage of,” he said.

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He also called on Congress to act to fix existing laws that aren’t alleviating CBP’s burdens.

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Perez said America’s southern neighbor is working to secure its southern border with Guatemala, and to take on the mass migration problems in its own country. In June, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and makes other revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. At the time, Mexico planned to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala to slow the arrival of migrants.

A checkpoint near Ciudad Cuauhtemoc was manned by nearly 10 soldiers with black armbands together with federal police and immigration officers. The officials pulled at least two suspected migrants lacking required documents from vehicles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Booker praises protesters who interrupted his remarks to chant, ‘Fire Pantaleo’

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker praised a group of protesters who interrupted his opening statement Wednesday during the second round of Democratic debates to call for the arrest of a New York City police officer accused of using a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner.

Booker was speaking at the Detroit debate when several members of the audience began chanting, “Fire Pantaleo,” referring to Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of choking Garner in 2014 during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

While on the ground, Garner repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe!” That became a rallying cry against police brutality.

Booker paused during the interruption while the protesters were escorted from the building.

“To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago—good for you. That’s how change is made. #DemDebate,” he tweeted later, referring to another of the Democratic candidates for president, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The shouting was also heard when de Blasio gave his opening remarks.

“To the protesters in the audience today: I heard you. I saw you. I thank you. This is what democracy looks like and no one said it was pretty. #DemDebate,” he later tweeted.

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Garner’s death, along with others involving white police officers and people of color, sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced it would not charge Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

A Staten Island grand jury also declined to indict Pantaleo.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar faces challenge from Chris Kelley, a celebrated Iraq war veteran

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ignited steep controversy in March with her September 11 comments, it was then that “some people did something,” and a longtime cop in her neighborhood decided he needed to do more than just bemoan what he perceived as a shocking trivialization of a terrorist attack that tore through the fabric of his beloved country.

Now, Chris Kelley, who has collected eleven military medals as a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and clocked more than 36,000 hours patrolling the Minnesota streets as a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Force, has his sights set on knocking Omar from her seat representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2020.

“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” Kelley, who is campaigning as an Independent, told Fox News. “And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”

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In his view, current representative Omar has devoted too much time to crafting her “celebrity” than on being of service to the community, which he insists he will serve honorably if elected.

“As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda,” noted Kelley, who deployed once during Operation Desert Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst and also holds an master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul. “I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that.”

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Kelley deployed once during Operation Desert Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst. He also holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul. (Courtesy Chris Kelley)

He isn’t totally a political rookie. Kelley campaigned for the Republican Senate endorsement in 2016 and, while unsuccessful, it gave the 49-year-old a taste for what Minnesotans wanted and needed.

“Immigration is a big issue right now. I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need,” he said. “But I would also like to see a pathway to citizenship for those under DACA; they couldn’t help they were brought here and need a shot to be able to stay here.”

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Kelley stressed that he also remains firmly committed to boosting Medicare, while ensuring private health insurance remains available and the costs are driven down. He also supports term limits on representatives of both the House and the Senate.

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., holds a ‘Medicare-for-all’ town hall with other lawmakers, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Furthermore, as the father of a 5-year-old, he also underscored the importance of addressing the ever-looming elephant in the room.

“A big concern I have is our national debt, and I would like to work on bringing this down. It should be a priority,” Kelley continued. “I have a 5-year-old and this debt will be in our children’s lap.”

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“September 11 was a terrible loss of life not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” Kelley, who is campaigning as an Independent, told Fox News. “And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.” (Courtesy Chris Kelley)

And despite the blatant political differences he has with Omar, the local police officer is vowing to run a “positive, fact-based campaign” that won’t entail attacking or ridiculing his opponent.

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“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal. I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day – the homelessness, the opioid crisis; I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them,” Kelley added. “I want to do anything I can to make people’s lives better; I just want to sit and listen to people and make some positive change.”

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Child porn investigation ensnares Miami-Dade County day care

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Police and the Department of Homeland Security launched an early-morning raid Monday on a family-run day care in the Miami-Dade County area as part of a child pornography investigation.

Little Seeds Academy, located about two miles south of Florida International University, was raided before dawn, WSVN reported. Investigators detained two men in the raid on the in-home day care, then made one arrest later in the day. One of the men detained in the earlier raid was a family member who did not work at the day care but was a suspect.

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“I really hope that none of all this is just like something he did in his free time, and didn’t involve any of our kids,” Zaira Perez, one of the parents whose children attended Little Seeds Academy, told WSVN. “That’s my main concern. I don’t know if you guys are mothers, but it’s really hard for us to be in this situation.”

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Investigators were expected to remove items including computers from the home and day care for hours on Monday, WSVN added.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report. 

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Hunt on for gunman after off-duty LAPD officer murdered

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Authorities in Southern California were searching for a suspect after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot and killed early Saturday.

Juan Jose Diaz, 24, had been with the LAPD for two years and was most recently assigned to the department’s Professional Standards Bureau.

“Officer Diaz was a dedicated public servant and Angeleno that put service to others above all else,” the department said on Twitter. “The void his loss leaves within our ranks will not soon be filled.”

The Associated Press, citing an official briefed on the investigation, reported that Diaz was out with his girlfriend and two other men at a taco stand in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles when he noticed man vandalizing something nearby and approached him. The man left, but returned a short time later returned with a group of other males and lifted up his shirt to display a handgun, the official said.

The official added that Diaz and the others tried to get into a car to avoid violence but the man started shooting.

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Assistant Police Chief Beatrice Girmala told reporters that a passerby flagged down an LAPD motorcycle officer shortly before 1 a.m. Other officers arrived at the scene and found Diaz and another man suffering from gunshot wounds. Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second man was hospitalized in unknown condition.

The official told the AP that police believe the gunman is a member of the Avenues gang, which is now the focus of the department’s investigation. It is not clear whether Diaz identified himself as a police officer during the initial confrontation with the suspect.

“I don’t believe there was any exchange of gunfire,” LAPD spokesperson Meghan Aguilar said. “He [Diaz] was targeted, he was murdered. And this was not a run and gun battle of any nature.”

“Our hearts break today as one of our officers was murdered while trying to enjoy an evening out with friends,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement. “We mourn the loss of our brother and we will always remember his service and sacrifice to the Los Angeles Police Department and the residents of our city … We urge the Chief of Police to utilize every available Department resource to ensure the coward and his accomplices who are responsible for this heinous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

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Chief Michel Moore has asked for the public’s help finding the attacker. Anyone with knowledge of the gunman’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or (877) 527-3247

“Words cannot match the depth of sorrow that Angelenos are feeling today,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, adding: “Our hearts are with Officer Diaz’s family and friends. They are experiencing a loss that no one should have to suffer, under circumstances that outrage us all. My promise is that we will hold them close, stand with them every step of the way — and never tire until we find and prosecute the vicious criminals responsible for this horrific tragedy.”

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Off-duty NYPD officer dies of suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

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[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

An off-duty New York City police officer was found dead Saturday afternoon of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, a department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

The officer’s colleagues found him dead in his Staten Island home around 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said. They were concerned when he didn’t show up for work and had gone to check on him.

No additional information was released by the NYPD. The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted that the officer was a sergeant, but did not give any other details

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The officer is the fifth member of the NYPD to commit suicide since early June.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill last month said the department had a “crisis” on its hands after three officers took their own lives over a 10-day period.

“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” O’Neill said at the time. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

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According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 106 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. The same organization recorded 167 verified officer suicides in 2018 and 169 in 2017.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

An off-duty New York City police officer was found dead Saturday afternoon of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, a department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

The officer’s colleagues found him dead in his Staten Island home around 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said. They were concerned when he didn’t show up for work and had gone to check on him.

No additional information was released by the NYPD. The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted that the officer was a sergeant, but did not give any other details

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The officer is the fifth member of the NYPD to commit suicide since early June.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill last month said the department had a “crisis” on its hands after three officers took their own lives over a 10-day period.

“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” O’Neill said at the time. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

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According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 106 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. The same organization recorded 167 verified officer suicides in 2018 and 169 in 2017.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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