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Robbery suspect beat Texas officer with his baton before being fatally shot

suspected robber was shot and killed at a Texas motel early Tuesday after grabbing a police officer’s baton and beating him with it, authorities said.

Crederick Joseph, 37, of Opelousas, La., was shot dead just after midnight at the Merit Inn and Suites in Beaumont, located 90 miles east of Houston.

Officers were dispatched to the motel after receiving reports of a trespasser, according to a Beaumont Police Department statement.

While en route, officers were told the suspect assaulted a clerk and was attempting to rob the motel.

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A Texas police officer was assaulted by a robbery suspect before shooting him dead at a motel early Tuesday, authorities said. (Google Maps)

The first officer to arrive took Joseph into custody. However, he was able to grab the officer’s baton while he was being handcuffed and began to hit him with it, authorities told KBMT-TV.

The officer, who suffered deep cuts to his face, shot Joseph, Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s not clear how many shots were fired or where Joseph was hit.

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The clerk suffered minor injuries. The officer, who has been with the department for 17 months, was placed on administrative while the shooting is being investigated.

Local media outlets reported that Joseph had a long criminal history, including evading arrest.

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Suspicious packages prompt security scene in front of Supreme Court

The U.S. Capitol Police briefly moved protesters away from the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning after the discovery of two suspicious packages, but safely cleared the scene as oral arguments began in a high-profile day for the court.

The packages were discovered around 8 a.m. ET and officers closed some streets to traffic in the immediate area around the Supreme Court. Police did not evacuate the court itself, though they did move a large group of protesters from the area in front of the court steps where the court was to hear three cases about discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in the workplace.

The second protest location was not far from the original.

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Police officers watch as protesters demonstrate about a block from the Supreme Court Tuesday morning after a report of suspicious packages moved the event from the Supreme Court steps. Capitol Police later said there was not a threat and the incident was cleared. (Fox News – Tyler Olson)

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“It’s not gonna stop us,” said David Barrows, who held a pro-LGBT rights sign while wearing a “Dump Trump” hat. “But it is too bad we can’t be out front where the action is taking place.”

Barrows, along with other protesters, expressed confidence in the Capitol Police to keep the demonstrations safe, saying they were simply waiting for the scene to clear. He said he stayed because he is concerned the high court might rule to “betray human rights” by upholding precedent that it is not illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people for employment.

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Barbara Ehardt, an Idaho state representative and former Division I women’s basketball coach, was walking toward the Supreme Court before the scene in front of the building had been cleared. The staunch Republican who has spoken out against the transgender movement in the past said she was slated to speak at another rally.

“It’s simply not fair and right that boys and men can take the place of girls and women in sports,” she said.

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While there were protesters on both sides of the cases being argued Tuesday — Bostock v. Clayton County, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda and R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — those in favor of gay and transgender rights made up a large majority.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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Minneapolis’ liberal mayor trying to ‘bully’ President Trump out of Minnesota, says head of police union

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The mayor of Minneapolis, a Democrat, is trying to “antagonize” and “bully” President Trump to discourage him from coming to the historically blue state, a police union leader said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said on “Fox & Friends,” that Mayor Jacob Frey is discriminating against Trump ahead of his upcoming rally at the Target Center on Thursday.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Frey of “abuse of power” late Monday over a proposed $530,000 security fee to use the arena.

“It’s disparate treatment,” Kroll said. “They have not charged nearly that much for other events…”

A campaign press release states: “The radical leftist mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is abusing the power of his office and attempt to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign by conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security in an effort to block a scheduled Keep America Great rally.”

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The dispute came after Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the implementation of a new rule barring off-duty officers from appearing in a uniform at political rallies or events. Officers will still be assigned as security.

The new rule quickly drew the ire of members of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, which sees the timing as a direct jab at the president, who is determined to flip the state’s 10 electoral votes to the GOP.

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Chief Arradondo pushed back at the notion that the move was political in a news conference last week, saying that the department is “not showing favor or bias toward a particular political party or candidate,” and that the step has been under consideration for a year after local constituents protested officers in uniform endorsing local and state politicians.

“I don’t want the Minneapolis Police Department to be politicized at all,” said Arradondo.

The police union has responded by creating red “Cops for Trump” shirts for the officers and others to wear, selling online for $20.

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“In compliance with policy, we don’t want any issue,” Kroll noted. “So, we just thought you know what we’ll turn the place into a sea of red with the shirts we designed. And, they’re available and we can’t keep them on the shelves. They’ve been selling out as fast as they come in!”

Kroll pointed out that, under previous administrations, officers in Minneapolis were ordered to stand behind presidents, calling out local politicians as “very left.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Machete-wielding California man shot, killed by deputies

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Los Angeles County investigators on Monday said deputies shot and killed a man who was advancing towards them with a machete after holding the weapon to a woman’s throat.

The shooting unfolded in Whittier – about 20 miles east of Los Angles – after a caller reported a man banging and screaming on a neighbor’s door while holding the knife, according to the sheriff’s department.

Responding deputies said they found the suspect inside the home. Family members identified him as 37-year-old Antonio “Tonito” Vasquez, who they said had a history of mental illness.

A mental evaluation team with the sheriff’s department initially spoke with the suspect and determined he was no longer a threat, Fox 11 reported. Deputies and the mental health team determined he had committed no crime and left the scene.

However, police received another 911 call 30 minutes later. The caller reportedly told cops that Vasquez said he wanted officers to shoot him.

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Responding deputies found the suspect in the garage, holding the knife to a woman’s throat, Fox 11 reported. He allegedly advanced towards them and they ordered him to drop the weapon, the station added. LASD said three of the four deputies opened fire. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told KABC “there was no time at that point for a mental evaluation team. Action had to be taken.”

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The three deputies were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Neither the deputies nor the woman was injured in the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Former Georgia cop who fatally shot unarmed fleeing man acquitted of manslaughter

A since-fired Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man fleeing after a confrontation was found not guilty Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

However, Zecheriah Presley was convicted of violating his oath of office by shooting Tony Green, 33, in Camden County last year. Presley was fired from the Kingsland Police Department as a result of the incident and indicted by a grand jury after Green was found to be unarmed.

Presley was ordered to be jailed pending sentencing Oct. 18. He faces a prison term of one to five years. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

News4Jax reported that the trial judge ordered deliberations to continue with an alternate juror earlier Saturday after the only black member of the panel fell ill.

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Kingsland Police Department shows Officer Zechariah Presley. .(Kingsland Police Department via AP, File)

Though Presley’s body camera recorded the ordeal, darkness and something covering the camera lens left the jury without a clear video of the shooting and the moments leading up to it.

Presley said he followed Green’s car on the night of June 20, 2018, because he believed Green was driving on a suspended license. Dash camera video showed Green drive off the side of the road, open the car door and run. He returned to the vehicle briefly to grab an object, then fled again.

Presley chased Green on foot down a dark street, before a short struggle that was not seen on video. The recording picked up the electrified clicking sound from Presley’s Taser, followed by eight gunshots.

Presley told another officer who arrived on the scene that Green had been on top of him, trying to grab his taser. “And then I was going for my gun, and he started taking off. And I fired,” Presley said on the video. “I thought he was going to kill me,” he added, according to First Coast News.

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An autopsy found Green had been struck by bullets eight times. He’d had small amounts of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and a tranquilizer in his system.

On the witness stand Wednesday, Presley added new details to his account. He said he opened fire only after Green turned back to face him and extended an arm, making Presley believe he had a gun. Investigators found Green was carrying a cell phone.

“Tony Green was not shot because of misdemeanor offenses,” said defense attorney Adrienne Browning in her closing argument Thursday. “He was shot because of bad decision after bad decision until the threat was overwhelming and Zech feared for his life.”

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“He made a fatal mistake and it was a mistake that cost a man his life,” prosecutor Rocky Bridges said of Presley in his closing argument. “You don’t have to like Tony Green. … He ran from the police, not a good decision. But he was not armed. He did not turn on officer Presley. He did not deserve to die.”

Prosecutors said Presley had 474 days from the shooting to the beginning of the trial to craft his story in compliance with the law. “If he really thought he grabbed a weapon, if he really thought that’s what happened, you get on the radio and call for backup. You don’t run and chase after an individual with your Taser drawn,” Bridges told the jury, according to News4Jax. “He had the opportunity to say, ‘I thought I saw a gun. He pointed the gun at me. He turned on me.’ You didn’t hear that.”

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“My son was murdered,” Green’s father, Wayne Anderson, told News4Jax after the verdict was read. “The man that murdered my son gets to go home to his sons … and can only possibly serve one to five for murder.

“This ought to serve notice to a lot of our young black men and black men, period, that you can run up and down the football field, you can run on down the courts, you can hit baseballs, you can do it,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, when [they] see you, they see a black man.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial shot and killed days after guilty verdict

A key witness in the murder trial of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was shot and killed at an apartment complex late Friday, according to an attorney representing the family of the man Guyger shot.

“Joshua Brown, the next-door neighbor of [Botham Jean], was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant,” S. Lee Merritt posted to social media on Saturday.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the 28-year-old Brown was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the complex near the city’s Medical District at around 10:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

The paper reported that witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the complex parking lot.

“An ADA [assistant district attorney] has confirmed that it was, in fact, Brown who was killed, although they have yet to identify a suspect or motive for the shooting,” Merritt said. “The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department.”

Brown lived across the hall from Jean at the South Side Flats apartments and testified in court about the night Jean was killed.

“Brown’s testimony stood out as a fact witness who was approaching his apartment directly across from Botham Jean’s apartment when shots rang out,” Merritt said. “Brown was still visibly shaken up from the incident when he took the stand to testify on behalf of the prosecution. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America.”

Merritt said Brown was a former athlete turned entrepreneur, and he “lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state-sanctioned or otherwise.”

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“We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family,” the lawyer said. “The Dallas County criminal justice system must [be] mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder.”

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, who headed up the prosecution of Guyger, told The Morning News that Brown “bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t.

“If we had more people like him, we would have a better world.”

Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for killing Jean on the night of Sept. 6, 2018. The four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was fired and charged with manslaughter after she entered Jean’s apartment, believing it to be her own, and shooting him twice in the belief he was a burglar.

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Joshua Brown testifies in the murder trial of Amber Guyger on Sept. 24. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Guyger was still in uniform at the time but was off-duty, having just finished a 13-hour shift

She allegedly parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex by accident, even though she lived on the third floor.

According to the police arrest warrant affidavit that recounted Guyger’s recollection of events, she entered Jean’s apartment through the partially ajar front door and drew her gun when she saw “a large silhouette” in what she believed was her apartment. Jean ignored Guyger’s verbal commands and she shot him.

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The case drew national attention and outrage, highlighting racial tensions between the black community and law enforcement and causing many to question the use of deadly force by white officers against black people.

Guyger’s sentence also sparked anger over what many considered to be a light sentence.

“That 10 years in prison is 10 years for her reflection and for her to change her life, but there is much more to be done by the city of Dallas,” Jean’s mother, Allison, said. “The corruption that we saw during this process must stop and it must stop for you. After now, I leave Dallas but you live in Dallas, and it must stop for everyone.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Illinois man accused of driving SUV into family, killing 1 and injuring 4

An Illinois man was charged with first-degree murder Saturday after he allegedly drove his SUV into a family outside a soccer game, killing a man and injuring four other people.

Priscilian Carranza, 22, of Waukegan, fled the scene but was later taken into custody after a patrol officer stopped a damaged SUV that fit the description provided by witnesses.

According to a Waukegan police statement, officers responded to reports of a fight at the Lake County Sports Center parking lot on the city’s west side.

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Priscilian Carranza. (Waukegan Police Department)

“It was also reported that someone was struck by a vehicle,” the statement said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “While en route officers were updated that the suspect vehicle had fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was described as a black SUV. Upon arrival, officers located multiple victims that had been struck by the suspect vehicle.”

A man in his 40s was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity is currently being withheld pending an autopsy scheduled for Monday, according to the Tribune.

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Three of the injured – two teenagers and a 10-year-old girl – were reportedly related to the man who was killed. A fourth injured person was described as a man in his 20s who is not related to the other three. All the injured victims except for the 10-year-old girl were taken to an area hospital and are expected to survive, according to Fox 32.

Police told the outlet that the altercation began at a parking lot in the complex as a soccer match was finishing up.

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“As the investigation was beginning, a patrol officer spotted a black SUV with front-end damage and conducted a traffic stop,” the statement added. “The black SUV was occupied with three people. Those three people were brought to the Waukegan Police Department.”

Carranza appeared in court on Saturday and was ordered held in Lake County Jail on a $5 million bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.

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Billy Hallowell: Amber Guyger’s murder trial ended with an amazing act of forgiveness

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Americans are captivated by the amazing forgiveness story out of Texas – a young man’s bold decision to not only forgive, but to openly embrace the ex-cop who killed his brother.

Video of the courtroom moment Wednesday when Brandt Jean – the 18-year-old brother of victim Botham Jean – chose to forgive and then embrace convicted killer Amber Guyger left many viewers in tears as the power of true faith and restoration was on full display.

But there was another element of the story that sparked some intense controversy: the presiding judge’s decision to also embrace and give her Bible to the convicted killer.

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Judge Tammy Kemp brought a Bible into the courtroom after Jean’s stunning act of forgiveness and handed it to Guyger before delivering a powerful message about hope, redemption and life change.

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“You can have mine. I have three or four at home,” Kemp told the convicted killer when the judge handed her the Bible. “You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith. You start with this.”

And Kemp wasn’t done there. She referenced John 3:16, embraced Guyger and offered an essential truth that can benefit all of our lives: “You haven’t done so much that you can’t be forgiven. You did something bad in one moment in time. What you do now matters.”

This was a moment that further touched many hearts, but some critics like writer Jemele Hill took a starkly different view on the matter, calling Kemp’s handling of the matter “unacceptable.”

“How Botham Jean’s brother chooses to grieve is his business. He’s entitled to that,” she tweeted. “But this judge choosing to hug this woman is unacceptable. Keep in mind this convicted murderer is the same one who laughed about Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, and killing ppl on sight.”

Hill is entitled to her opinion, but she and others miss the mark on the true depths of the remarkable moment that unfolded before the eyes of a weary and divided nation – a country so culturally splintered and desperate for hope, forgiveness and compassion that the bold audacity displayed by both Jean and Kemp stopped nearly everyone in his or her tracks.

Their extraordinary display placed grace, humanity, love and forgiveness in front of hate, anger and condemnation. As for Kemp – an official charged with upholding the law – she could have simply left the courtroom; she could have chosen to ignore Guyger and move on with her day.

But, instead, the judge looked beyond herself and outside of the terrible and horrific mistakes that Guyger made, and she saw a human being – an individual in need of truth, restoration and the saving grace that can only be found in the gospel narrative.

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Regardless of what one believes about faith and God, the judge’s kind act is not only commendable, but it’s essential. It doesn’t wipe away Guyger’s crime; instead, it offers her a pathway to the only spiritual antidote available.

Perhaps people don’t realize the true call Christians have to “love God” and “love others.” These aren’t mere words. They are a true and oft-times difficult calling for believers to live like Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus implores his followers to love their enemies and “pray for those who persecute you.” In Romans, Paul tells Christians to feed and help their enemies.

On the cross, Jesus himself asks God to forgive those crucifying him, saying, “they do not know what they are doing.” I could go on and on, as this is the central message of the Bible.

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Kemp both saw Guyger as more than a convicted killer. She saw her as a human being in need of God’s love, and that’s a powerful reminder of the level of kindness and compassion that we are called to as Christians and human beings.

No matter what you believe about faith, it shouldn’t be difficult to understand this judge’s pure motive to help this woman seek true heart change.

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