Crime

Loretta Lynch Addresses Surge In Hate Crimes [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: In a video message Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded to a spike in hate crimes that the federal government found in 2015, saying the increase should be “deeply sobering” to Americans. The FBI reported a six-percent increase in hate crimes nationally in 2015, with anti-Muslim crimes increasing by a staggering 67 percent, Lynch said on …

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NEW YORK: AG Formally Announces Trump’s Surrender In Trump U Lawsuits, $25M Settlement For Scam

The New York Times reports: Donald J. Trump has reversed course and agreed to pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University, finally putting to rest fraud allegations by former students, which have dogged him for years and hampered his presidential campaign. The settlement was announced by the New York …

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Sweden Rejects Ecuador’s Demand For Guarantee That Julian Assange Won’t Be Extradited To United States

But only because the US hasn’t yet formally asked. ABC News reports: Ecuador’s Foreign Minister says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should receive guarantees that he will not be extradited to the US if he faces justice in Sweden after four years of living in the South American nation’s embassy in London. Mr Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing a flood …

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REPORT: Trump To Settle Both Trump University Fraud Lawsuits For $25M, Won’t Admit To Any Wrongdoing

The New York Daily News reports: In a complete turnaround from his previous position, President-elect Donald Trump is nearing a settlement of the fraud cases brought in New York and California involving his now defunct for-profit Trump University, the Daily News has learned. Under the emerging deal being negotiated by Trump’s lawyers, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and …

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ARIZONA: Flagstaff Cop Placed On Leave After Video Shows Him Punching Arrested Woman In Face [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Flagstaff police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him punching a woman in the face surfaced Wednesday on Facebook, according to a police spokesman. The Flagstaff Police Department “became aware” of the video, which shows Officer Jeff Bonar striking the woman during a Wednesday afternoon arrest, about 7:30 p.m. MT, police Sgt. …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Launches Hate Crimes Hotline In Reaction To Trump-Inspired Incidents

Via press release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a toll-free hotline to report incidents of bias and discrimination across the state. The hotline will bolster the state’s efforts to protect New Yorkers and allow those who are the victim of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights. Following an …

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Julian Assange To Ask Trump For Presidential Pardon As Payment For Helping To Sabotage The Election

Via Breitbart: Lawyers for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange are set to launch an appeal to US President-elect Donald Trump to end criminal investigations over the release of classified documents. Assange, who is currently seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, is wanted by American authorities after releasing classified documents surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan provided by former …

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OHIO: Trump Supporter Arrested After Body-Slamming Protester Down Flight Of Concrete Stairs [VIDEO]

From Ohio State University’s student newspaper: As protests popped up across the country after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election last week, Columbus has not been immune. The past week has seen multiple protests, both on and off campus. Locally, protests have not been violent — until Monday evening. During a protest that ended up concluding in the Ohio …

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Trump University Fraud Trial To Proceed

Via Politico: Donald Trump’s legal troubles in New York aren’t going away any time soon, even as he secured enough electoral college votes to become president elect of the United States Tuesday. According to a spokeswoman with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, there’s no post-election change of plans for the case against Trump and his now-shuttered university. “The …

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MICHIGAN: Trump Fan Charged With Seven Felonies For Holding Children At Gunpoint Over His Yard Sign

The Southgate News-Herald reports: A 56-year-old Allen Park man has been charged with seven felonies after he allegedly pointed a gun at six children he accused of destroying his Donald Trump lawn sign. Michael Robert Kubek was arraigned Nov. 1 before 24th District Judge John Courtright. He was charged with six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one …

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NEW JERSEY: Former Staffers For Gov. Chris Christie Found Guilty Of All Charges In Bridgegate Scandal

CBS News reports: Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been convicted in a plot to use traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge for political retaliation. Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty Friday of all …

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NEW YORK CITY: No Charges For Man Who Spurred Terrorism Alert At Metropolitan Opera Performance

Last weekend two performances of the Metropolitan Opera were canceled when a counter-terrorism response team evacuated Lincoln Center after a man scattered the ashes of his “opera mentor” into the orchestra pit. Yesterday the NYPD announced that the man will not be charged with any crime, even though his act cost the Met an estimated $500,000. The New York Times …

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Trump Supporters Impersonate Clinton Campaign With Tweets Advising That Voting From Home Is Possible

Buzzfeed reports: Yesterday, Robert McNees, a physics professor at Loyola University, was curiously scanning through the popular alt-right account @TheRickyVaughn when he came across a number of tweets apparently designed to spread misinformation about voting among African-American and Spanish-speaking citizens. The tweets told voters they could “avoid the line” and “vote from home” via text (which, to be clear, they …

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MISSISSIPPI: Black Church Destroyed In Suspected Hate Crime Fire, “Vote Trump” Found Painted On Wall

The Atlantic reports: A black church in Greenville, Mississippi, was set on fire on Tuesday night. Fire fighters arrived to find Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church “heavily engulfed in flames,” Mayor Errick Simmons said in an interview; the fire took nearly an hour to contain. No one was in the church at the time, and no one was injured. On the …

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IOWA: Suspect In Killing Of Two Cops Had Recently Been Ejected From Football Game Where He Protested Against National Anthem “Sitters” By Waving The Confederate Flag At Black Attendees [VIDEO]

The Des Moines Register reports: Authorities are investigating whether the suspect in Wednesday’s killings of police officers is tied to a man’s removal from Urbandale High School’s football stadium on Oct. 14 after the man claimed his Confederate flag was stolen by other spectators, police and school district officials said. The stadium is at the intersection where one of officers …

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Video Shows Trump With Mobster He Denied Knowing

Yahoo News reports: A newly uncovered video appears to contradict Donald Trump’s claim that he never knew a high-stakes gambler who was banned from New Jersey casinos for alleged ties to organized crime. The reputed mob figure, Robert LiButti, can be seen standing alongside Trump in the front row of a 1988 “WrestleMania” match in Atlantic City, N.J. LiButti wasn’t …

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IOWA: Trump Supporter Busted For Voter Fraud Says She Did It Because The Polls Are Totally Rigged

Iowa Public Radio reports: A Des Moines woman has been charged with Election Misconduct, a Class D felony, after allegedly voting twice for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Terri Rote says she was afraid her first ballot for Trump would be changed to a vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur …

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Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty In Retrial For Anti-Gay Bullying That Led To Suicide Of Tyler Clementi

The Associated Press reports: A former Rutgers University student whose roommate killed himself after being secretly recorded on a web camera kissing another man pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted invasion of privacy. Dharun Ravi’s plea comes after a New Jersey appeals court last month threw out a 15-count conviction against him and ordered a new trial on other counts. The …

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IOWA: Republican Woman Busted For Voting Twice

Voter fraud is REAL. The Des Moines Register reports: A Des Moines woman has been arrested on suspicion of voting twice this month in the general election, police and court records show. Terri Lynn Rote, 55, was booked into the Polk County Jail about 3:40 p.m. Thursday on a first-degree election misconduct charge, which is a Class D felony. Rote, …

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