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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY -- If past is prologue, the Atlantic City Police Department should have seen this coming, according to a federal lawsuit accusing a police officer of brutality. Franco Sydnor's criminal record included a charge of stabbing a man four times in his stomach, chest and back. But that wasn't enough to keep him from getting a job as a city police officer. And what he's been accused of since hasn't been enough for him to lose his job, either. In the nearly 19 years of his career, Sydnor has been further accused of threatening to behead a lover's husband, was the subject of at least 21 complaints and six lawsuits dealing mostly with excessive violence, was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow female officer, and internal investigators determined that he had been credibly accused of raping a woman while in uniform.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Authorities say a former New Jersey police officer who was fired a decade ago continued to wear his uniform in public to receive favors and get a girlfriend. Newark resident Eddie Gonzalez was convicted Thursday of impersonating a police officer and filing false police reports. Gonzalez handed in his badge, but prosecutors say he continued to wear his police uniform. Authorities say he used it in 2013 to enter into a relationship with a woman, whom he accused of stalking him and violating a restraining order. Police say Gonzalez was lying to them. The 39-year-old was forced to resign in 2008 after police said he assaulted a 14-year-old neighbor by forcing his tongue into her mouth.


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