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Friday, April 20, 2018

Newly released body camera footage shows the moment Utah officers opened fire on an unarmed Black man as he removed his right hand from his pocket -- which the officers instructed him to do. West Valley City police officers pursued 20-year-old Elijah James Smith on April 8, as he matched the description of a suspect accused of stealing from a nearby cell phone store, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Police said Smith hopped the fence to the backyard of a home in an effort to flee, but the homeowner asked him to leave. That's when he barged into another neighborhood home and hid in its garage. When officers arrived at the second home, a 13-year-old boy answered the door and told them a man had enterered into his house. Two other children, aged 9 and 10, were also inside the home at the time of the incident.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A police officer forcefully arrested 16-year-old Tiffany Rodriguez at Por Vida Charter High School on Wednesday, according to San Antonio's Fox 29. The San Antonio Police Department said the incident first happened because Rodriguez was cussing and raising her voice. The cop was called to the school to remove a lady from the office. Rodriguez said the lady only spoke Spanish and believed the officer was treating her unfairly. "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out like translating Spanish, because he didn't know Spanish," said Rodriguez. It was at this point the officer, who has not been identified, allegedly used excessive force on the young girl. "He slammed me against the door and I have a bump right here to show it," Rodriguez said. "And when he had me against the door, I told him to stop like to let me go he grabbed my arm and he twisted it."

Michigan House bills recently introduced would require the driver's license for many legal immigrants to have visual markers indicating the length of their immigration status, raising concerns from immigrant advocacy groups who say it will lead to profiling and discrimination. A pair of House bills proposed last month by Republicans, state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township, and state Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan, call for the driver's licenses of noncitizens to state when the legal status of the license holder expires and also to be "visually marked," indicating they are different from regular licenses. The bills, which deal with both driver's licenses and state identification cards, are now being considered by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. A committee hearing is planned for Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"I'm calling your supervisor," Aubin said. "I'm gonna get you fired." Aubin took out his cell phone, called the sheriff's department, and started walking back towards his house. But before he made it inside, Durkin arrested him. The charge: intimidation of a public official -- a felony that in Louisiana carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment. The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office (whose jurisdiction includes Livingston Parish) ultimately declined to prosecute Aubin. But in a lawsuit filed in April 2016 in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana against Durkin and his supervisor, Sheriff Jason Ard, Aubin challenged the constitutionality of the statute that led to his arrest.

Washington, DC - Just weeks before a white supremacist rally turned deadly last August after a neo-Nazi allegedly drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of the rally's organisers discussed ways to use cars as weapons in an online chatroom. On July 17, one of those organisers, operating under the alias "Tyrone", posted a picture of a farm machine known as a combine harvester, writing it "sure would be nice". He then wrote: "Is it legal to run over protesters blocking roadways?" Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias. That changed recently, when an anti-racist activist exposed Tyrone's identity as Michael Joseph Chesny, a 36-year-old active duty marine who was stationed at an airbase in Havelock, North Carolina with a speciality in explosives.


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