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Louisville police officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting to be fired, mayor says

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One of the three Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired, the city’s mayor announced Friday.

Mayor Greg Fisher said interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder has started termination proceedings for officer Brett Hankison. Two other officers remain on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated.

Taylor, who was black, was gunned down by officers who burst into her Louisville home using a no-knock warrant, according to the Associated Press. She was shot eight times by officers conducting a narcotics investigation on March 13. No drugs were found at her home.

Fischer said officials could not answer questions about Schroeder’s firing because of state law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New details in Massachusetts nurse’s murder emerge

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New details in the murder of a beloved Massachusetts woman include a fake UPS package and a wig disguise worn by the accused shooter and former neighbor.

Robert Bonang, the man charged with murder in the gruesome death of local school nurse and health director Laurie Melchionda, wore a gray wig, a surgical mask and brown clothing when he showed up at the woman’s house in Braintree around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to prosecutors and a police report obtained by the Boston Globe.

Bonang, whom prosecutors said Thursday was described by a witness as looking like a “fake UPS driver,” approached Melchionda’s front door holding a box emblazoned with a “UPS” sticker, according to the report. But the witness – a teenager who was babysitting at the time – said the “weird” box wasn’t typical for the company, the outlet reported.

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Bonang was frantic as he rang the doorbell, the Globe reported. Someone screamed and the witness turned to find the gunman “shooting from the box,” according to the police report. Bonang is accused of shooting Melchionda in the head and back with a rifle when she opened the door, according to authorities.

After firing at Melchionda, 61-year-old Bonang wandered into her front yard, where he fired a second gun into the grass a half-dozen times, according to a witness statement in the police report.

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Robert Bonang is accused of shooting Laurie Melchionda to death in Massachusetts June 17.

Authorities previously confirmed he was still at the scene when officers arrived. Investigators recovered the firearm, a .22-caliber pistol, the wig, and the box Bonang was allegedly carrying, among other items, according to the outlet.

“The ‘UPS’ box was modified so that on the front of the box, there was a cutout, which exposed the muzzle,” the police report stated. “In the opposite corner of the box, the flap was cut to allow manipulation of the trigger. On the left side of the box, there were two ‘squares’ of cardboard, which were taped on the side, to allow a right handed shooter to grab the box with his ‘off hand.’”

The box, discarded by the front door, also reportedly featured interior cushioning “for the purpose of stabilizing the rifle,” the police report states.

Bonang was arrested and charged with murder, two counts of carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence and unlawful possession of ammunition, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said.

Investigators have not released a motive in the attack.

He was ordered held without bail during his arraignment via videoconference on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty and told the judge he planned to hire private counsel, the district attorney’s office said.

A UPS spokesperson told Fox News Bonang has never been employed by the company.

Bonang used to live across the street from Melchionda, but moved roughly 20 miles away to Marshfield, Mass., according to a previous report from the Boston Globe. At times, the pair butted heads, Norfolk D.A. Michael Morrissey said Wednesday.

The police report described how Bonang had lived with his father, who died in 2014 at age 90.

He was “hardly ever was seen outside of the home, and was basically taken care of by his elderly father,” according to the Globe’s detailing of the report.

His sister had called the police twice in the past, in 2009 and 2014. In 2014, she asked police to have him committed after acting “delusional and exhibiting ‘paranoid behavior,’” the report states. And in 2009, she reportedly told police he had been “institutionalized” more than once.

Melchionda worked as the director of health services for Weston, Massachusett’s Public School system, and was also a local school nurse, Weston Public School Superintendent Midge Connolly wrote in a message on the system’s website.

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“She was an incredibly dedicated healthcare professional and an outstanding person who gave her all to the communities she served,” Connolly wrote. “She embodied all of the positive traits of a high quality nurse … Laurie’s zest for life and love of her family were evident in all that she did and will always be cherished.”

Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros described her as “a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her, myself included.”

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“I know I speak for Superintendent Hackett and the School Committee when I say that Laurie dedicated her life to helping others,” Korokos wrote in a statement posted to the town’s Facebook page, “and her kindness and love will be sorely missed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Atlanta cop calls shooting death of Rayshard Brooks a ‘tragedy,’ looks forward to clearing name

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Devin Brosnan, one of the Atlanta police officers charged in connection with the death of Rayshard Brooks, called the incident a “tragic event” — but added that he was looking forward to clearing his name.

“I have faith in the criminal justice system,” Brosnan told MSNBC on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to cooperating with any investigators who are interested in having a conversation about what happened that night.”

Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe, the other arresting officer involved in Brooks’ death, turned themselves in earlier Thursday.

The day before, prosecutors filed 11 counts against Rolfe, the police officer who shot 27-year-old Brooks in the back twice during an incident at a Wendy’s parking lot on June 12. He faces felony murder, which carries the possibility of execution or life in prison without parole. Rolfe was fired from the department following Brooks’ death.

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Brosnan was charged with four counts, including aggravated assault. If convicted, he could spend 20 years behind bars. He was placed on administrative desk duty.

During the nationally televised interview, Brosnan and his lawyer Don Samuel, pushed back on claims made by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard that Bronsan would be a state’s witness in the case.

“We are being fully cooperative,” Samuel said. “We’re going to answer all the questions that they have or the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) has. But he’s not a ‘state’s witness,’ he’s not a defense witness. He’s a witness… He’s not cooperating against anybody. He’s going to provide accurate information about what happened.”

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Brosnan also said that he felt Brooks had been “friendly” and “respectful.”

“For my initial encounter with him, I felt he was friendly. He was respectful. I was respectful to him and I felt that this seemed like someone who potentially needed my help,” he said. “I was really just there to see what I could do for him and make sure he was safe.”

Brooks’ death came as protesters across the country have called for police reforms in the wake of several unarmed shootings against black men and women.

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Following the announcement of charges against Rolfe and Brosnan. Jason Segura, the president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Loca 623, claimed Atlanta police officers were calling out sick, quitting or asking to be transferred to other jurisdictions.

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The heroic moves by police officers this week

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Law enforcement has been under fire for weeks now, demonized by activists and politicians, following the death of George Floyd on May 25, with calls to defund and dismantle the police, but here are a few examples highlighting the good officers do for their communities.

This week, South Carolina Deputy William Kimbro, who saved Kemira Boyd’s choking daughter during a traffic stop in 2019, became Ryleigh’s godfather, making the routine call a “life-long bond” for both of them.

“I’m so happy and just blessed. It’s the world to me,” Kimbro told “Fox & Friends First” about the new honor.

Saving a choking baby at a protest

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It was later learned the boy had swallowed a coin, which got stuck in his throat and blocked his airway, officials said. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office)

In a similar story, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared video this week of a California sheriff’s deputy, who was monitoring a protest last month, jumping into action to save an 11-month-old baby.

The dramatic footage shows two women running into a parking lot after the baby boy stopped breathing during a demonstration at a park in Palmdale, about 60  miles north of Los Angeles, on May 31, after he swallowed a coin.

The baby’s mother stopped to pat his back and the other woman flagged down Deputy Cameron Kinsey, who was monitoring the protest.

“None of that other stuff matters,” Kinsey said in a statement. “Just the baby.”

Kinsey immediately assessed the situation, and using his finger, performed a “mouth sweep” to clear vomit from the child’s mouth. After several blows to the boy’s back, he began breathing again before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

“Mom did the right thing,” Kinsey told the Antelope Valley Press. “She was quick-thinking and started patting him on the back to dislodge whatever he had stuck in there. I saw that. I saw she was scared and kind of frantic, so I ran over and I grabbed the baby. At that point, training just took over.”

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Pennsylvania police save man from jumping off bridge

With the aid of a Good Samaritan, Pittsburgh Police plainclothes officers saved the life of a man dangling his legs off a bridge, WTAE-TV reports.

Pittsburgh Public Safety shared a video of the dramatic moment.

Two officers arrived Monday morning to a man–sitting on the edge of the Roberto Clemente Bridge–who told officers he was going to hurt himself by jumping on the 10th street bypass.

When officers were close enough, they grabbed him from behind and took him to Western Psych where he will receive help.

Heroic efforts by police officers save twins

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San Diego Police Department K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese with his own young son and daughter. (San Diego Police Department) 

San Diego Police Department K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese is being praised by colleagues for scaling down the side of a cliff to rescue twin 2-year-old sisters after their father allegedly drove off a bridge, flipping their car upside-down into the ocean below.

Wiese was the first to arrive on scene after the girls’ mother called the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning to report her daughters’ father was suicidal and threatened to drive off the Coronado Bay Bridge, police told the Times of San Diego.

The 22-year-year veteran of the force immediately jumped into action, using a 100-foot leash in his patrol car from SWAT missions, removed his gun belt, tied the tether around his waist, “and by then, four or five other cops had shown up, so I pretty much threw the end of the leash to them and then I said, ‘hang on,’ and I just jumped off.”

After being lowered 30 feet down the side of the cliff, Weise said he drew on his previous water rescue training to reach the father and girls and successfully tow them to the rocks. One girl suffered minor injuries, while the other was hospitalized in critical condition. However, both are expected to make a full recovery, police said.

“I didn’t do the job to be liked every day, I didn’t do it to become rich. I did it because I want to be out there making a difference and helping people, as cliché as that might sound, but I was just glad I could be there,” Wiese told KGTV. “You just do what you have to do, but after everyone was safe, it hits you and you just want to go home and hug your kids, that’s for sure.”

SDPD Police Chief David Nisleit praised Weise for his actions: “That’s probably the most heroic thing I’ve seen in my 32 years.”

Weise, a father of a daughter, 2, and a son, 4, was awarded the Officer of the Year last year, for arresting the gunman who opened fire at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, Calif., about 20 miles north of San Diego, on April 27, 2019.

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Nebraska officer fixes fallen US flag

A Nebraska cop was caught on surveillance video attempting to rehang a fallen American flag outside an auto repair shop Sunday.

A security camera from Kearney Tire & Auto Service videotaped the cop folding the flag and placing it against the building after he noticed the flag holder was damaged.

“We were out of town on Sunday and this kind officer stopped to rescue [Old Glory] and show the respect it deserves when our holder broke,” the shop wrote in a Facebook post.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our officers on the KPD,” the post read. “We were called right away with the issue and we were so thankful. We are blessed by each officer and hold them in the highest regard for all they do to keep us safe. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!!”

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Cops aid mom after employees call police on her child

A Pennsylvania Boston Market employee called the police on a customer’s 10-year-old autistic child last week because he wasn’t wearing a coronavirus face mask.

Nadina Newsman entered the Jenkintown restaurant location with her son Colin, who in addition to his autism also suffers from Down Syndrome and is non-verbal, according to ABC 6.

Newsman said she went to pick up dinner for her family, when her car broke down. She said she donned a mask but, because of the hot weather, allowed her son to go without one.

“It was 91 degrees outside, Colin wasn’t feeling well, we needed to go inside so Colin could cool off,” she told ABC 6. “So I asked her [the employee] if we could sit there for about 15 minutes until our ride came and she said ‘I have to call the owner.'”

Newsman said she was really “shocked” that the Boston Market employee didn’t have “proper training, the proper information and nor did she have common sense.”

The officer arrived and gave her and her son a ride home. No charges have been filed.

“The police arrived and were problem solvers and peacemakers,” Abington Deputy Chief Kelley Warner said. “Officer McMenamin did his job and we couldn’t be more proud.”

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Officer prays with protester

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Nashville, Tenn. Officer Garren Hoskins prayed with a protester Saturday, May 30, 2020 during a peaceful protest. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

And despite calls for abolishing the police at some demonstrations, images of officers and protesters embracing and showing signs of unity have emerged.

Officer Garren Hoskins prayed with a protester in Nashville earlier this month in an image that went viral.

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“It was very touching,” Hoskins told the media. “That gentleman was such a nice guy. I believe it created a solidarity there between him expressing his freedom of speech and me there as a police officer and that’s something the world needs to see.”

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace, Danielle Wallace, Frank Miles, and Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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Teens who vandalized St. Patrick’s Cathedral amid George Floyd protests are arrested, police say

Two teenagers caught on video spray-painting the side of St. Patrick’s Cathedral during recent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd were arrested.

Anaya Diaz, 18, of suburban Westchester County, and a 17-year-old girl whose name was withheld by New York City police, were charged Thursday with criminal mischief and making graffiti.

Police said the pair spray-painted the words, “F–k”, “BLM” — for Black Lives Matter — “NYPDK” and “No justice no peace” on the walls of the iconic cathedral in late May.

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New York City Police say surveillance cameras captured the pair vandalizing St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan in late May. (NYPD)

“Reward up to $2500. Seen them?” NYPD Crime Stoppers tweeted before the suspects were arrested this week.

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The archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, decried the graffiti – and the issue of defacing places of worship – in a ‘Fox & Friends’ interview Wednesday.

“It has a special violence to it when it is the house of worship that represents the noblest, uplifting sentiments in the human project, so that’s a particular kick in the stomach,” Dolan said.

Fox News’ Joshua Nelson, Robert Gearty and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tucker Carlson: There’s a reason racial tension is rising in America – it’s by design

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If you’ve been paying attention recently, and you probably have, you’ve likely sensed that something profound is happening to this country right now, something that could transform what America is. You can feel it happening.

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Our leaders deny it. Officials on both sides reassure us they’re not planning wholesale changes to the country. They’re just trying to fix specific problems.

A man was brutalized by police officers in Minneapolis. Another man was shot to death in the parking lot of Wendy’s. Those things were bad, they are telling us, and abuses like that are what they are fighting against.

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They say we need new laws, more good faith, more attention to injustice, and that sounds right to most Americans. Americans are decent people. They want to do the right thing. Certainly, Republicans in Congress appear to believe all of this — or maybe they’re just so scared, they pretend they believe it.

Either way, just Wednesday, the GOP leadership enthusiastically backed a Law Enforcement Reform Bill. They’re proud of that. They seem to think that reining in the police will fix the underlying problems. And pretty soon, we can all get back to living in 2014 again. Republicans appear to believe this is a policy debate.

Is anyone in power defending absolute equality under the law? If there was ever a time to remind America that we all have equal value under God, that time is right now. But no. No one in charge is saying that. Our leaders are cowards when we need them to be brave. They are muddled when we need them to think clearly. It’s possible they no longer even believe in equality.

But Democrats know better than that; they don’t lie to themselves. They understand there is a revolution in progress. The death of George Floyd may have sparked widespread outrage — sincere outrage — and they may share that outrage. But they also know that what is happening now has very little to do with George Floyd or people like him. Like all revolutions, the point is to destroy the current system and replace it with something new.

Or replace it with what? That’s the question the rest of us should be asking right now. We should know what’s coming.

We know what we have now. Our current system has been in place for hundreds of years. It’s based on a very simple idea: All people are created by God with equal moral value. Period. Every one of them.

For that reason, and that reason alone, all Americans are treated equally under the laws of the United States. In this country, we judge you for what you do, not how you were born. That idea has been the defining principle of America since the 18th Century. It’s the main reason we are the fairest society in the world. It’s the reason people move here.

To the extent America has failed to live up to that principle of equality, we are ashamed of it — we should be. Equality is the most important thing we have. We should defend it. We should practice it.

Now for the first time in our history, we’re witnessing a broad and powerful attack on the principle of equality. Daily, we are told that all people are not in fact created equal. Some were born with moral stain, others were not. Some Americans are guilty, some are innocent. Nothing can change this because it was all determined at birth. All we can do is respond accordingly.

People in favored groups must be held to one standard. Those in disfavored groups, the morally tainted ones, must be held to another standard. The country retains one set of laws mostly for the sake of formality. But we must apply those laws in very different ways, according to the DNA and the background of the accused.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because this kind of system we just described — this system based on heredity and blood guilt — has been very common in history. It was the rule in feudal Europe, for example, and the totalitarian regimes on that continent more recently. It’s still in practice in parts of the world.

In North Korea, children are sent to prison camps for the sins of their ancestors. And unfortunately, we have seen it here, too. You may have wondered how politicians could have justified practices as perverse as slavery and Jim Crow in a country with a constitution like ours and the answer is simple — by arguing that not all people are created equal.

Some had lesser moral value from birth. That’s what they said. Those people carried the stain of sin with them. You are allowed to treat them differently based on who they were.

The promise of absolute equality under the law is all we have. Laws are designed to protect the weak, not the strong.

At the time, many understood that this was a lie. Slavery persisted for hundreds of years, but there were always some in authority who considered it evil. Not evil simply because it was abusive, which of course it was, but because the existence of it violated the central principle of this country. And they were right.

Where are those people now? Look around. Is anyone in power defending absolute equality under the law? If there was ever a time to remind America that we all have equal value under God, that time is right now. But no. No one in charge is saying that. Our leaders are cowards when we need them to be brave. They are muddled when we need them to think clearly. It’s possible they no longer even believe in equality.

Forty years ago, this was a middle-class country and as a result, America had strongly egalitarian values. Pretty much everyone used commercial airports and ate at McDonald’s. Do you remember that? People talked without irony about their rights as citizens and taxpayers.

You couldn’t pay extra to jump to the head of the line at Disney World. The idea that someone like Jeffrey Epstein could beat a sex charge because he was rich would have shocked us then. We would have demanded an investigation into just how Jeffrey Epstein died. Why? Because Americans hated corruption. They saw corruption as an offense against equality.

That was 40 years ago. Things were moving in the opposite direction ever since. We now accept, uncritically, the claim that some people deserve better treatment based on how they were born, and some deserve worse.

This is the most poisonous and the most destructive of all ideas. Other nations understand that. Rwanda has made it a crime to make ethnic appeals during elections — to practice identity politics — because they know very well where that leads.

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Yet, identity politics is accelerating here. It shouldn’t surprise you that most of the people pushing this poison are benefiting from it. They’re using the recent chaos to codify dangerous trends already in progress, a permanently unequal society where some citizens are elevated and others are crushed. Winners and losers preordained by law. That’s the country they’re working toward.

At the same time — and this is always the tell — they lecture you with maximum self-righteousness about how they’re doing precisely the opposite of that. What they’re really doing, they claim, is upholding equality under the law. “No one is above the law,” they scold, meaning you aren’t.

You are not above their laws. You must obey those laws to the letter,or you will face certain punishment. Others, meanwhile, get a pass for an entirely separate set of laws. Revolutionaries don’t acknowledge universal standards. Increasingly, they admit this out loud. They’re not pretending anymore.

In California, Democrats are moving to repeal Proposition 209. Proposition 209 explicitly bans racial discrimination in hiring and education. In other words, Democrats in California are now fighting for discrimination. This is not considered strange in 2020. No one even mentions it.

A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced plans to bring universal health insurance to his state, but not for all citizens, just for people with the right skin color. Everyone else would pay, but only certain ethnic groups would benefit.

Andy Beshear is still in office. No one has tried to impeach him for suggesting this because ideas like this are everywhere now. They’re totally unchallenged.

This is the most divisive possible way to run a country. If you wanted to make certain that your children would hate each other, you would hold them to different standards, and they certainly would. There is a reason that racial tension is rising in this country — it’s by design.

But race is not the only dividing line. The coronavirus lockdowns have nothing to do with race, with white or black, thank God. They’re probably the only thing in America right now that doesn’t. Quarantines are instead scientific. They’re purely a matter of public health. That’s what they told us and we believed them. We sat passively as they destroyed our country’s economy as they indicted Americans for trying to make a living.

And then the Black Lives Matter riots started, and we learned that it was all fake. The very same officials who threatened us with arrest for going outside urged their own voters to flood the streets. And they did, and no one was punished.

How could this happen? It was such a flagrant, double standard, not even hidden, right in your face. They didn’t try to explain it. They didn’t bother to justify it. Why?

Anyone familiar with totalitarianism regimes can tell you exactly why and what’s going on. This is ritual humiliation. Forcing people to accept mistreatment is a time-tested way to subdue them. Of course, we’re not treating you fairly, they’re telling us. You don’t deserve fairness. You deserve what you get. That’s the message.

And after awhile, the population accepts this. Some believe it. They blame themselves. That’s the goal. But we should never accept it. The promise of absolute equality under the law is all we have. Laws are designed to protect the weak, not the strong.

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At the moment, the people leading this revolution against our system are strong. That’s why they’re trying to subvert our laws. If they succeed, there will be nothing to protect the rest of us in this country. We cannot let them do that.

In the United States of America, all of us are equal under the law. Period. Say that as loud as you can.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on June 18, 2020.

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Atlanta cops continuing to call out of work amid claims of ‘no direction’ from new leadership: report

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Atlanta police officers are continuing to call out of work while concerns are emerging over a lack of direction from the department’s new leadership, according to a report.

The call outs began Wednesday after a district attorney announced charges against two Atlanta officers in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. Fox5 Atlanta says it has received tips of officers calling or walking out of the job again during the night shift Thursday, although the department has not confirmed the information

“The police officers are like you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” retired DeKalb County Police Major K.D. Johnson told the station. “I have heard that there have been some call outs and some refusing to respond to calls.”

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The June 12 shooting of Brooks prompted the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. Interim Corrections Chief Rodney Bryant is now serving as the city’s interim police chief until a permanent replacement is found.

But the transition hasn’t been smooth, Fox5 Atlanta is reporting.

“The officers I’ve spoken to say they have no direction from the new leadership and that’s a concern because they need to know who’s got their back,” Johnson told the station.

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Johnson said officers are now feeling conflicted over whether or not to call out from the job going forward.

“They took an oath, so when you call out sick, your fellow officer is possibly put in danger because he or she will not have the proper backup. So, you’re going to have some officers that are going to go to work, but are they going to be proactive?” he added. “When the police officers don’t know what to do, they are just going to sit and do nothing and the public is going to be at risk.”

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Army veteran and congressional candidate: Proposal to make Juneteenth federal holiday ‘a step in the right direction’

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Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, is about American tradition, struggle and progress, said Texas Republican congressional candidate and U.S. Army veteran Wesley Hunt.

In a Friday interview on “Fox & Friends” with host Griff Jenkins, Hunt said that the holiday is “very special” because it shows the strides America has taken as a nation in “just a handful of generations.”

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“My sister went to West Point, I went to West Point, and so did my brother. My dad did 23 years in the Army. And so, when you think about that, and you think about the sacrifices that have been made by all walks of life –­ white people, black people, everyone coming together as Americans to progress this country –­ I want to see that same progress over the next five generations for my posterity and my 16-month-old baby girl and everyone’s children as well,” he remarked.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday he would introduce a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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(The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.)

Texas was the first state to make June 19 a state holiday in 1980. Earlier this week, both New York and Virginia honored the day as a state holiday, meaning state employees will receive a paid day off or overtime pay.

Forty-three other states and the District of Columbia recognize the day, but not as a state holiday.

This year marks the 155th anniversary of the holiday when Texas –­ the last confederate holdout –­ officially abolished slavery in 1865. On June 19, 1865, the Union army rode into Galveston, Texas, with news the Civil War had ended and that the state’s more than 250,000 enslaved people were then free.

Hunt said he supports Cornyn’s bill.

“I think it should have happened a long time ago,” he stated. ” And, I’m glad that we actually bring attention to those [who] sacrifice for this country.”

“Again, the idea of freeing slaves is something that it’s an American ideal. It’s a constant progression. It’s recognizing places where we fall short and fixing that. And, what Senator Cornyn has actually proposed is a step in the right direction,” he asserted.

Cornyn’s announcement comes in the wake of the police-involved killing of George Floyd –­ and others in recent months –­ sparked a renewed focus on the civil rights movement and weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

“We have to work together to get this done,” Hunt urged. “Racial inequality has been with us since our original sin of slavery. But, as my family has shown, we can get beyond this. We can get past this.”

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“Iron sharpens iron. And, right now we are in a place in this country where it seems like there’s a lot of unrest. It seems likes we are really struggling right now. But, this is how we get better and we are doing it as we speak,” he assured.

“Let’s have conversations. Let’s talk. Let’s reach across the aisle and let’s work together,” Hunt told Jenkins.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Ohio anti-police protesters burn US flag after city council limits public input at meeting

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A group of anti-police protesters in Cincinnati set fire to an American flag on Thursday night after the city council cut short the public-input portion of a budget meeting, according to a report.

City Council member David Mann ordered the public-input portion to end after crowd members started jeering and booing a speaker who wanted the city to increase — not decrease — funding for its police department, FOX 19 of Cincinnati reported.

“This went from an emotionally charged evening to close to a mob,” Mann told the station. “We had one speaker who spoke in favor of the police, and he was shouted down. I said, ‘Hey listen folks, we are here to listen to each other,’ and then I was shouted down.”

“This went from an emotionally charged evening to close to a mob.”

— David Mann, Cincinnati City Council member

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Mann later need a police escort to leave the building, the station reported.

Photos posted later on social media showed several people appearing to use cigarette lighters to set Old Glory ablaze as the flag was lying on a sidewalk outside the city’s Duke Energy Convention Center.

Other people, upon seeing the fire, poured water on the flag in an attempt to save it from burning, according to a local journalist.

The flag had been flying outside the convention center then was set on fire around 11 p.m. after the crowd left the meeting around 8:30 p.m., FOX 19 reported.

Some members of the crowd hoisted a “Juneteenth” flag in place of the American flag, while others painted “Defund the police” in the street outside the convention center, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Some painted graffiti on the convention center, including “Blue Lives Murder,” the newspaper reported.

The speaker at the meeting, identified as city resident Carl Beckman, argued that the city police department deserved more funding, amid calls of “Defund the police” that have spread in cities across the U.S. during the recent Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Mann said he didn’t appreciate that “Defund the police” supporters didn’t seem willing to listen to other viewpoints.

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“There was a single point of view to be expressed again and again, it was a lot of very vigorous positive response. That’s OK,” he told FOX 19. “But we have to be willing to listen to the other side also.”

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Other council members remained after Mann left, and they allowed the crowd to resume speaking after the audience became more orderly, FOX 19 reported.

“We don’t need an official, quote-unquote, meeting to hear the voices of the people of Cincinnati,” council member Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney told the station. “This was a forum for them to speak, and so we stayed to hear them speak.”

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Manhunt underway after officer killed, another wounded in New Zealand: report

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An unarmed police officer was shot and killed and another was wounded after they tried to pull over a car in New Zealand’s largest city Friday morning, police said. A large search was being conducted in Auckland for the alleged shooter and another person who escaped in a second car.

A bystander was also hit by the suspect’s car and injured. By Friday evening, police said they had found a gun and were talking to two “people of interest” in the case. They said police would remain on armed alert until they had confirmed they had the suspect in custody.

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While trying to pull over the car, the officers briefly lost sight of it and it crashed soon after, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said. As police approached, a man got out with a long-barreled gun and fired multiple times at the two officers, Coster said.

The officers weren’t carrying guns. New Zealand police do not routinely carry guns but typically have them available in the trunk of their vehicles.

“This is a shocking situation. It is the worst news police, and police officers’ families, can ever receive in the course of what we do.”

— Auckland Police Commissioner Andrew Coster

“This is a shocking situation,” Coster told media. “It is the worst news police, and police officers’ families, can ever receive in the course of what we do.”

Coster said the injured officer was hospitalized with serious leg wounds, while the bystander also suffered serious injuries and remained in a hospital. Both were in a stable condition.

As the manhunt unfolded, eight schools in the area were put into lockdown, Coster said, and police set up road cordons. They advised people to stay away.

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The second car was found abandoned. Local media reported that heavily armed police had raided at least one home near the site of the shooting and had also stopped a car.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the news of the officer’s death was devastating.

“To lose a police officer is to lose someone working for all of us, but also a family member, someone’s loved one and friend,” she said in a statement.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said the officer “was a man who dedicated his career to keeping us safe.”

Witness Elaine Taniela told The New Zealand Herald she was at home when she heard gunshots. She said a friend who was on his way to her house at the time described seeing an officer on the ground shaking.

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The last time a New Zealand police officer was killed in the line of duty was 11 years ago.

New Zealand last year enacted new gun control laws banning the deadliest types of semiautomatic weapons after a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers.

Auckland is home to about 1.7 million people.

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