National Guard troops were dispatched to famous Texas ranches with private security as part of border mission

The dispatching of troops to the sprawling private ranches, far from the border, raises questions about the use of National Guard troops, who have widely decried the mission as aimless, political and oversized, as the cost of the effort has already ballooned to $2 billion a year. Earlier this year, about 30 Texas National GuardContinue reading “National Guard troops were dispatched to famous Texas ranches with private security as part of border mission”

Florida deputy fired after he is accused of framing innocent man in revenge plot

Former Lee County Deputy Niko Irizarry worked with two others in the scheme, alleged the sheriff, who said drugs were planted in the man’s car. A Florida sheriff’s deputy was fired and arrested after an investigation that alleged he took part in an effort to frame an innocent man, authorities said. Former Lee County Sheriff’sContinue reading “Florida deputy fired after he is accused of framing innocent man in revenge plot”

Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests

The initial findings of an independent autopsy performed on former New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster Jr. suggest he was strangled when he died in the custody of Alabama authorities earlier this month. “Glenn Foster’s death, while in the Pickens County sheriff’s custody and care, was not from natural causes, as the independent autopsy suggests there wasContinue reading “Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests”

Idaho: Sheriff charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly threatening youth group with gun

A local sheriff faces serious felony charges for allegedly threatening a youth group with a gun in November. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office charged Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland on Tuesday with felony aggravated battery, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor exhibition of a gun. Referring to the incident on Nov. 9, Rowland told Blackfoot PoliceContinue reading “Idaho: Sheriff charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly threatening youth group with gun”

Ohio deputy charged with murder in Casey Goodson Jr. shooting

The Ohio sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times was charged Thursday with murder in an encounter that led to racial justice protests, yet is still largely unexplained and involved no body camera or dash cam footage. An attorney for the family of Goodson, who was Black, also announcedContinue reading “Ohio deputy charged with murder in Casey Goodson Jr. shooting”

More than a year after Donald Trump’s loss, Wisconsin Republicans wage relentless attacks on the state’s election commission

Republicans in Wisconsin are engaging in a multi-pronged attack on the state’s bipartisan election commission — in one of the latest efforts to relitigate the 2020 election in a key presidential battleground state. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has publicly urged fellow Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature to take over the running of federal electionsContinue reading “More than a year after Donald Trump’s loss, Wisconsin Republicans wage relentless attacks on the state’s election commission”

Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses

DeSantis mentioned the New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago and Seattle police departments as possible targets. Law enforcement officers who risk losing their jobs for not wanting to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or make their vaccination statuses known could get $5,000 bonuses to work in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday on Fox News that he wants out-of-stateContinue reading “Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses”

Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his second in command on Thursday defied subpoenas requiring them to testify before an oversight commission about ganglike groups of deputies and an investigative unit that has targeted the sheriff’s critics. The snub is the latest ploy in an increasingly hostile power struggle between Villanueva and the Sheriff Civilian OversightContinue reading “Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas”

Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream

A membership roster for the Oath Keepers, a violent extremist group whose followers have been charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection, includes state lawmakers, congressional candidates, and local government and GOP officials. North Carolina state representative Mike Clampitt swore an oath to uphold the Constitution after his election in 2016 and again in 2020. ButContinue reading “Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream”

Three Children Attacked a Black Woman. A Sheriff’s Deputy Arrived — and Beat Her More.

Black residents of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish have long accused the Sheriff’s Office of targeting them. A new video, which shows a deputy slamming a Black woman’s head into the ground, raises more questions. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy accused of holding a Black woman by her hair and slamming her headContinue reading “Three Children Attacked a Black Woman. A Sheriff’s Deputy Arrived — and Beat Her More.”

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