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Nonwhite Minnesota corrections officers blocked from guarding Derek Chauvin: complaint

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Eight minority corrections officers in Minnesota say they were sent to a separate floor of a county jail and barred from guarding fired Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin after his arrest in the death of George Floyd, according to a report.

The minority officers working in Ramsey County, who have filed a discrimination complaint, also say a supervisor told them they were viewed as a potential “liability” regarding Chauvin’s stay in the jail because of their race, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

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The jail superintendent who made the decision affecting the minority officers has since been demoted, the newspaper reported.

The matter has adversely affected morale among the county’s corrections officers, Bonnie Smith, attorney for the eight officers filing the complaint, told the newspaper.

One of the minority officers, whom the paper did not identify, wrote his reaction to the superintendent’s order.

“I understood that the decision to segregate us had been made because we could not be trusted to carry out our work responsibilities professionally around the high-profile inmate — solely because of the color of our skin,” the acting sergeant, who is black, wrote, according to the complaint. “I am not aware of a similar situation where white officers were segregated from an inmate.”

The superintendent, identified as Steve Lydon, said he made his staffing decision quickly, upon hearing that Chauvin would be arriving at the jail in 10 minutes.

“Out of care and concern, and without the comfort of time, I made a decision to limit exposure to employees of color to a murder suspect who could potentially aggravate those feelings,” Lydon reportedly said during an internal investigation, the Star Tribune reported.

Chauvin, 44, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Floyd’s death on May 25 on a Minneapolis street. It was Chauvin who was seen in a viral video with one of his knees on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, with Floyd saying “I can’t breathe” before becoming unresponsive. Floyd was later declared dead at a hospital.

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Chauvin and three other officers were fired the next day and arrested later in the week. Chauvin was arrested May 29 on initial charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.

As of early Sunday, two of the fired officers – Thomas Lane, 37, and J. Alexander Kueng, 26 – were free after posting bail, while Chauvin and Tou Thao remained behind bars pending further legal action.

The three other officers faced charges of aiding and abetting in connection with Floyd’s death.

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Kathy Barnette: Police misconduct isn’t biggest problem facing black Americans – here’s what is

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Contrary to what many claim, the main problem facing black Americans is not police misconduct. Our main problem is that we don’t have a seat at the table when it comes to revitalizing our communities.

We watch as primarily white liberals come into predominately black communities and tell us what our problems are and how to fix them. And now they have decided that our chief problem is policing that discriminates against us.

Those living in predominately black communities do not need to be told their issues. They are living them every day. What we need is to be empowered to resolve them – and that starts with giving the black community access to influence the world in which we live.

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Maximum community participation is the only thing that will change the landscape of a community. That change must come from within, not from an outside source.

I am a black woman, married to a black man, and raising black children. I have a personal stake in how all of this mayhem we’ve experienced over the past several weeks pans out. I have a personal stake in making sure we, as a community, do not settle for just marches in the street and pretty little speeches.

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We must capture this moment – and the heart of this nation – to bring about real change that brings even greater inclusion in sharing in the nation’s prosperity. But if we aren’t careful, all we will be left with will be peaceful marches, pretty little speeches, looted buildings, broken glass, destroyed lives, rapidly rising crime rates, and no real influence to create sustainable change.

Keep your empty gestures of toppling Confederate statues and renaming buildings to yourself. I want a seat at the table when the black community is being discussed.

I grew up below the bottom rung of the economic ladder. I was raised on a pig farm in southern Alabama. Our home had no running water, no insulation, an outhouse in the back, and a well on the side.

I know what it feels like to claw my way out from under a rock. I understand the weight of economic disparities. I’ve stood in front of an empty refrigerator and wondered where my next meal was going to come from. I’ve sat in a dark room because my single mother couldn’t afford to pay both the rent and the electric bill.

We do not need to pick up bricks, light fires and destroy our own communities to convey our needs.

I also know what it takes to build a respectable life for yourself.  I know what it takes to be the first in your family to go to and finish college, to spend 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, to work in the financial industry and corporate America, to become an adjunct professor of corporate finance, to speak to millions, to author my first book, and now to run for Congress. I know.

We cannot look to white liberals and liberal politicians to lead us toward full inclusion. Their way of thinking is the elephant in the room. All too often, they go behind closed doors to discuss the “black issue.”

And all too often, we in the black community are not included in those early discussions. White politicians speak to one or two black people, think they understand centuries of marginalization, and begin to create policies that will impact us all.

In each of the major cities with large black populations, one would be hard-pressed to find a conservative thought. These cities have been in the pocket of the Democratic Party for decades. There’s little-to-no diversity in thought or political competition.

Here’s a shining example of the subtle racism of low expectations towards black people: Liberal leaders have called out to the American people to just “give space” to rioters and looters after the killing of black people by police. They claim that there is so much pent up frustration over oppression in the black community that we just need to be allowed to vent.

Well, black people are not animals. We are not stupid. We can string together coherent sentences to communicate our frustrations, our hopes and our desires for our community. We do not need to pick up bricks, light fires and destroy our own communities to convey our needs.

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During the days of slavery, white owners viewed us as property – and it seems as though not much has changed for some white liberals in how they view the aptitude of blacks.

Where we go from here is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue – it’s an American issue. Respecting the dignity of every individual is key.

While the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation gave more than 3 million black people freedom, it was the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 that put us on the path to equality. Today, 56 years later, we continue down that path towards full inclusion – a path that has been slowed by a lack of adequate access, charged with erratic acts of racism, and troubled with limited partnerships and opaque policies.

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But we continue on because that’s what we must do. This inclusion is what we should be seeking out of all of this chaos – not solely adjustments in policing.

I am a proud black American. I have the blood of slaves coursing through my veins. I stand on the shoulders of giants who have come before me, and because of their sacrifices, I am now the first black person to ever run for Congress in Montgomery County, Pa. I will not be silenced. I want a seat at the table. I am standing at the door knocking. Who will let me in?

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Atlanta investigators identify suspect in Wendy’s arson case

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Atlanta arson investigators said Saturday they’ve identified a female suspect who is being sought in connection with a Wendy’s fire that was set after the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

The Atlanta Fire Department obtained an arrest warrant for Natalie White, 29, for first-degree arson, which is considered a felony in the state of Georgia, Fox 5 reported.

White’s face was captured on video surveillance and shared during a news conference on Tuesday at a fire station on Manford Road.

Previous pictures reportedly showed one suspect wearing black clothing and a facial covering, while the other — who turned out to reportedly be White — went without a mask and wore a black top with a purple shirt wrapped around her waist.

Officials said White is suspected of setting fire to the Wendy’s on June 13 and that additional arrests may be forthcoming.

The State Arson control board had offered an additional $10,000 reward in the Wendy’s case after authorities previously announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with potential information about White’s location, or additional tips related to the fire, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-282-5804.

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The restaurant, which is in the southwest part of the city, was the site where Brooks was shot dead by police last Friday. Officers were responding to a call about a man asleep behind the wheel of his car near the drive-thru.

Body and dashboard camera video show now-former officer Garrett Rolfe and officer Devin Brosnan speak to Brooks for nearly 30 minutes on suspicion of DUI. His blood-alcohol level registered as .108 when the legal limit is .08, according to reports.

Brooks broke free and struggled with the police, knocking their body cameras off. In the video, they could be heard warning Brooks that he was going to be tased. Brooks eventually got ahold of Brosnan’s Taser in the struggle, before a chase ensued. A few moments before the shots rang out, Brooks reportedly turned toward the officers with the Taser in his hand. He was shot twice in the back.

Rolfe was fired from the force following the incident. The move followed the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields.

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Rolfe and Brosnan both surrendered to authorities on Friday, after charges were filed against them by the Fulton County District Attorney.

Brosnan, 26, had a signature bond on charges of aggravated assault and three counts of violating his oath of office in connection to the incident.

Rolfe, 27, will face 11 charges, including felony murder and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The felony murder charge against him carries a term of life in prison or the death penalty if prosecutors decide the case warrants such measures.

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UK suspect arrested after stabbing attack, police say

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Local authorities in England issued several tweets on Saturday regarding details of a stabbing attack that injured several people and ended with one arrest, according to police.

There is no clear indication of motive yet, but Britain’s interior minister said she was “deeply concerned,” according to The Associated Press.

The Thames Valley Police included a link to their website with details of the case and a request that the public share any video or photographic evidence, instead of posting it on social media.

The stabbing took place in Reading, at Forbury Gardens around 7 p.m. Police and emergency services were called in following reports of the attack. The officers arrested a suspect at the scene who’s currently in police custody.

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Injured bystanders were taken to the hospital for treatment. Law enforcement asked the public to avoid the area.

Local residents with knowledge of the suspect, or the crime, are asked to call the Thames Valley Police by dialing 999, “quoting reference 1159 20/6.”

The Royal Berkshire Hospital said it treated two injuries, but there was no word on fatalities, The AP reported.

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The attack reportedly happened only hours after a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Forbury Gardens, however, one of the event organizers claimed on social media that protesters had cleared out of the area by the time the incident took place.

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At least 17 people injured in multiple shootings overnight in NYC

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One man was killed and at least 17 other people injured in 13 unrelated shootings across the Big Apple during a troubling 12-hour span, police said Saturday.

The mayhem touched every borough except Staten Island, beginning at around 9 p.m. Friday in the Bronx, when someone fired a bullet that went through Airleyda Lora’s Morrisania apartment window, striking her refrigerator door, according to police sources.

Lora, 28, was not injured.

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About two hours later in Brooklyn, police found Leyshaun Morris, 29, with a gunshot wound outside of 203 Montauk Avenue in East New York, according to police sources.

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He told responding officers he was watching fireworks when he felt a sharp pain in his calf and noticed he’d been shot.

His account echoed that of several other victims who said they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Carjacker sits on driver, leads police on wild chase from NJ to Pennsylvania

A man forced his way into a vehicle and sat on the driver, pinning her to the seat, before taking police on a wild chase from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, authorities said.

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Police said Tomasz Dymek, 31, of Astoria, Queens, approached two women on Thursday in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy and asked for money.

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 Tomasz Dymek pinned a 66-year-old woman underneath him during a carjacking and fled police, driving through New Jersey and Pennsylvania before he was finally arrested. 

The women gave Dymek a dollar, but he “was not satisfied” with the money so he forced his way into the vehicle, the Ewing Police Department said in a statement.

Onlookers followed the vehicle while alerting police. The unidentified 66-year-old victim was pinned underneath Dymek “during the entire ordeal and was unable to access the vehicle’s brake,” police said.

Dymek briefly stopped near the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office in Trenton but sped off when he was approached by Ewing police.

He drove into Pennsylvania before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot. He was quickly arrested, police said.

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The female victim did not suffer any injuries, authorities said.

Criminal and traffic charges are pending.

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Minnesota legislature fails to reach deal on police reforms, adjourns special session

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Minnesota’s state legislature failed to agree on an acceptable compromise for police reform before ending a special session, state leaders announced.

As the only state with each chamber of its legislature controlled by a different party, any kind of agreement seemed a tall order. In the early hours on Saturday morning, both chambers voted to adjourn, leaving the matter unresolved.

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The week-long special session was, at times, tense, with some lawmakers criticizing their counterparts for taking half-measures or asking for too much. The Republican Senate leader and Democrat House leader both blamed the other party for creating the impasse.

The Democrats had attempted to capitalize on the national protests and sentiment following George Floyd’s death to push for farther-reaching reform, including the restoration of voting rights for felons and putting the state’s attorney general in charge of prosecuting police killings.

“If they decide to leave here without getting anything done, it’s on their hands,” Jeff Hayden, a Democrat, said.

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The Republicans, meanwhile, had pushed for what they deemed to be more “common-sense” reforms, including a ban on chokeholds and requiring colleagues to intervene in cases of unreasonable force.

“If they’re not interested in this, I don’t think personally that they’ll ever be interested in something we can agree on,” Paul Gazelka, the senate leader, said.

Some activists worry that if action isn’t taken soon, the window to change these laws will be snuffed out by the upcoming election season.

“Too many members of our Legislature are not taking this seriously,” Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer and former president of the Minneapolis N.A.A.C.P., said. “It sends a signal that black lives don’t matter. We feel like we’re under siege in our own state.”

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While the state struggles to compromise on appropriate reform, local efforts, such as those of the Minneapolis City Council, are taking far-reaching action, approving a plan to rebuild the police from the ground up. Mayor Jacob Frey has rejected the call, but the city council’s vote was unanimous, making it an uphill battle for Frey to maintain the department.

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Seattle police union chief calls for ‘leadership’ after reports of fatal shooting in CHOP zone

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Reports of violence inside Seattle‘s police-free Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone are very troubling” and a direct result of the failure of city leadership, according to Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth Saturday, Solan remarked that it is “no longer the summer of love” like Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan claimed, but the “summer of chaos.”

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According to The Seattle Times, police homicide and assault detectives are investigating an early morning shooting in CHOP that left one person dead and another in critical condition.

The Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) public information officer Sgt. Lauren Truscott told the Times that while she did not yet know whether detectives had taken anyone into custody, the department was reviewing public-source video and body-camera video for evidence.

Solan said Saturday: “Early this morning, that violence was raw and real where one of our community members lost their life and police are still not allowed into that area and were prevented to providing that police service to the area to locate victors and/or render aid. [It’s] very troubling what’s going on.”

SPD’s closest East Precinct building lies abandoned following days of tense confrontations with protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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New cement and wood barricades bear the name CHOP, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle. The city put the barriers in place Tuesday in hopes of defining an area where emergency, delivery, and other vehicles can travel through the area while still preserving space for protesters, who have been there since police pulled back from near the department’s East Precinct after recent clashes with people protesting the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

“It can’t stand in America, and this is a direct result of city leadership, elected officials failing the reasonable community of Seattle to enforce the rule of law,” Solan told Hegseth. “And, this just isn’t the area occupied in a six-block zone where police are still forbidden and still don’t have their East precinct. This is now impacting our entire city.”

According to Solan, the department’s West precinct was also defaced with anti-police graffiti overnight.

“And again, we’re left wondering what’s next?” he asked. “And, now our elected officials have removed our ability to have less lethal chemical munitions that are effective for us to disburse unruly violent crowds to protect those police facilities — let alone ourselves.”

“So, we’re in a very, very troubling time in Seattle and it’s deeply concerning that…Everybody across this country needs to be aware of what’s going on in Seattle,” he urged.

But, as protests have now continued for a month in the liberal Pacific Northwest metropolis, Solan does not yet see a solution or compromise on the horizon.

“Well, you’re going to have to have the political backbone to finally enforce the rule of law, because if this continues to spiral down — which we saw earlier this morning with a homicide — I don’t see what the remedy is,” he admitted.

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“So, we need leadership now more than ever,” asserted Solan. “And, I find it ironic that the same public officials [who] are creating these decisions that put everybody’s public safety at risk are now calling out for defunding the police. And, those two aren’t compatible.”

“You can’t have ‘defunding the police’ and better police services because the first thing to go — as you and I both know, Pete — is training. And, if you remove the training budget, you remove quality police service,” he concluded. “And, we know that separating good cops from bad is all about training.”

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Steve Levy: Defund the police? Tried that in the ’60s and ’70s. Here’s how it worked

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“Defund the Police” is a ridiculous movement, so say 64 percent of Americans. Yet, it is scary that a good third of our population, led by the more radical wing of the Democratic Party (including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.), thinks it is a palatable goal.

Democratic leadership, terrified that this lunacy could alienate the suburban moms they are counting on this November, have defensively postured that it’s really not a call to end police funding, but merely one to transfer a good chunk of our street protection funds over to noble social programs that will presumably eradicate crime and lift the destitute out of poverty.

But wait a minute. Haven’t we tried this all before? It was called the War on Poverty.

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Liberals in the 1960s and ’70s attacked law enforcement and allowed criminals to control our streets and prey on innocent residents and shop owners. The $22 trillion “invested“ in social programs would not only lift the poor out of poverty, they predicted, but it would eliminate the very need for police.

How did that work out?

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The era between 1969 and1980 was among the most crime-ridden of any in U.S. history. Meanwhile, the economy suffered due to massive inflation and limited opportunity.

Program after expensive program was tried, and failed. The poverty rate at the end of the experiment was almost as high as it was when the well-meaning feel-good programs were initiated. Yet crime skyrocketed, leading to a flight of the taxpaying middle class to the safer suburbs. Why would we want to repeat that fiasco?

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Billions invested in pre-k programs were supposed to give low-income, especially minority, children an opportunity to close the education gap between whites and blacks. Yet, a study by research psychologist David Elkind showed that by the third grade, any potential gains garnered from the program washed out.

The $1.2 billion invested in the federal 21st Century Community Learning (After School) Program in the 1990s “didn’t affect student outcomes,” according to the Brookings Institute.

A McKinsey Institute study concedes that despite $300 billion spent annually by the feds on job training, these programs “don’t work.“

It added, “Most training and workforce programs don’t achieve what they set out to. The World Bank estimates that only 30 percent of youth employment programs are successful — and many of those have limited positive effect.”

Data shows that it’s a job and a strong economy – the type we experienced in the last few years prior to the pandemic – that does more to lift poor minorities out of poverty than does any government program.

More recently, New York City’s socialist mayor, Bill de Blasio, wasted somewhere around a billion dollars on contracted mental health programs run by his wife, with analysts still trying to figure out what the nonprofit program was doing, let alone what it achieved. Meanwhile, his $700 million Renewal school program was shuttered due to unsuccessful outcomes.

Over the past 30 years, states have increased spending on education by 375 percent in an effort to raise test scores and mitigate disparate racial outcomes. Yet, test scores remained relatively flat.

So what does work?

1. Maintaining a strong economy 

Data shows that it’s a job and a strong economy – the type we experienced in the last few years prior to the pandemic – that does more to lift poor minorities out of poverty than does any government program. By 2019, there were 1.4 million fewer poor people than in 2017.

Peter Cove, the author of “Poor No More,” was a one-time liberal social worker and adviser to President Bill Clinton. Over time, Cove realized that massive spending on social programs was succeeding only in making the poor more dependent on government.

The prelude to Cove’s book says, “In the 1960s, America set out to end poverty. Policymakers put forth an unprecedented package of legislation, funding poverty programs and empowering the poor through ineffectual employment-related education and training. However, these handouts produced little change, and efforts to provide education and job-training proved inconsequential, boasting only a 2.8 percent decrease in the poverty rate since 1965. Decades after the War on Poverty began, many of its programs failed. Only one thing really worked to help end poverty – and that was work…”

Clinton’s workfare reforms did far more to reduce poverty than did placing people on government assistance. By 2001, the average monthly number of TANF recipients was 56 percent lower than the AFDC caseload in 1996.

2. Strengthening the family unit  

The proportion of black children under 18 living in poverty decreases from 45 percent for mother-only households to just 12 percent for married-couple households.

Out of wedlock births in the African-American community hover near 70 percent. Changing laws that incentivize parents living apart would be a far more effective policy than yet more well-meaning social programs.

3. Charter schools  

Studies in three states have demonstrated that attending charter high schools boosts college entry and persistence, while others link charters to decreased criminal activity.

4. Reducing crime 

Violent crime was cut by more than half from 1990 to 2015.

But after cops started pulling back in 2015 due to public pressure following the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson Mo., by the next year, homicide rates in cities with populations of 1 million or more people increased by 20 percent.

The victims were predominantly African-Americans.

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The economic expansion for all races in New York City correlated to the dramatic reduction in violent crime ushered in by the Mayor Rudy Guiliani administration. A reduction in crime correlates to increases in consumer confidence.

As the saying goes: Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. The call to shift money from cops on the street to nebulous well-meaning programs failed in the past. Hopefully, the wiser elders among us can warn the more idealistic younger generation about the horrific consequences to economic growth and public safety that comes from the “Defund the Police” policies that were tried – and failed – before.

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Fmr. US Atty Brett Tolman: DA in Rayshard Brooks case more concerned about politics than justice

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The Fulton County, Gadistrict attorney who charged former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe with murder -seems to be more concerned about politics and “the emotion of the moment” than he is about justice, former federal prosecutor Brett Tolman said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Tolman, also the former U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah, said that he believes D.A. Paul L. Howard Jr. has pressing personal issues that he is more concerned about than the case against the fired officers involved in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.

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“There are allegations about this district attorney that are alarming,” Tolman remarked. “Then you have this incident occur. And, you have him take the microphone and stand in front of the public before they’ve finished their investigation, before [they have] finalized what occurred, where the people were at, what the video [showed], what the audio tells us as we review it.”

“Not only that, but he makes statements when he makes the announcement that, in my opinion, [are] an ethics violation by this prosecutor,” he added.

“And, if I were instructing him, at a minimum I would ask that he recuse his office so that an independent office can look at this, assess all of the evidence that is there, and make an informed decision that…has the confidence that the community needs right now,” Tolman stated.

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Fulton County, Ga. District Attorney Paul Howard faces a tough primary fight and a criminal investigation as he leads the prosecution of Garrett Rolfe. (Office of the Fulton County District Attorney)

Brooks, a father of four, was shot and killed outside a Wendy’s restaurant where he’d apparently fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test — and ultimately was seen wrestling with the officers and running with one of their Tasers leading up to the shooting.

In a Tuesday news conference, Howard explained that investigators had reviewed at least eight videos of the incident, including police body and dashcam images as well as Wendy’s surveillance footage and cellphone recordings taken by witnesses at the scene.

“We’ve concluded, at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers,” he told reporters.

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11 charges were brought against 27-year-old Garrett Rolfe. Devin Brosnan, a second officer involved in Brooks’ death, is facing three charges, including aggravated assault.

According to Howard, Brosnan had agreed to give a statement against Rolfe and become a “state’s witness,” but Brosnan’s attorneys later disputed that claim.

However, following Howard’s announcement on Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed via Twitter they were never consulted on the charges he had filed. In a Facebook post later in the day, they wrote that they were still in the process of conducting an impartial investigation and “have not completed [their] work.”

Additionally, Howard is currently facing a criminal investigation and a primary runoff in a difficult fight to remain in office after his challenger secured more votes than he did in the June 9 primary.

Tolman told Hegseth he was not surprised that the cards were stacked in Howard’s favor.

“When I was a prosecutor, I thought I was the greatest attorney in the world. I didn’t realize when I was in the courtroom, I won all the time because the deck is stacked in favor of my side,” he admitted.

Tolman also pointed to Howard’s comments regarding charging the officers without using a grand jury.

“You know, this prosecutor made the comment that he wished he could charge this officer without using the grand jury,” he said. “The grand jury is a safeguard and a requirement in Georgia. It’s written in their constitution. It’s there because it is a message to that community that we will work together when we charge someone with a crime and we are arguing that we should take their liberty away.

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“But, instead, he makes those statements and then other outrageous statements before he even understands the evidence.”

On Thursday, both Rolfe and Brosnan surrendered to authorities a day after Howard filed charges against them.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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