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Rebecca Lawrence is a freelancer in Brooklyn, NY. She is owned by two blind cats. Tweet at her @rebeccalawrence
John Franklin McGraw

Breaking: Man Who Punches Trump Protester In Viral Video Identified And Arrested, Says “We Might Have To Kill Him” Next Time

A 78-year-old local man was arrested by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for assaulting a protester at a Fayetteville, N.C. rally for presidential-hopeful Donald Trump.  Using cell phone video recorded at the rally, authorities were able to identify John Franklin McGraw.  McGraw was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and …

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Protesters outside of a rally for Donald Trump in Fayetteville, NC

Trump Rally Turns Violent As Supporter Sucker Punches Protester in Fayetteville, NC

Violent incidents at rallies for GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump have become so commonplace that Slate is now keeping a running tally of violent altercations between supporters, protesters, campaign security, police, members of the media and campaign staffers. Last week in Louisville, KY several Trump supporters including known-white supremacist Matthew Heimbach …

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Mayor Todd Strange - Is opening an MPD investigation good public relations or the beginning of a cover up?

Montgomery Police Open Their Own Investigation Into Greg Gunn’s Death Because Officers Are Angry Over Aaron Smith’s Arrest

Monday evening Mayor Todd Strange of Montgomery, Alabama said that city officials along with the Montgomery Police Department would begin their own investigation into the Feb. 25 officer-involved shooting death of Gregory Gunn.  The officer was arrested and charged with murder last Wednesday. Gunn, an unarmed 59-year-old black man with …

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(Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

A Senior Justice Department Official Believes Children As Young As 3 Can Represent Themselves In Immigration Court

Jack Weil, a Virginia-based senior official in the U.S. Justice Department, shocked many in his testimony in a Seattle federal court by repeatedly arguing that young children as young as 3 or 4 can be taught to represent themselves in immigration court.  Weil was deposed by the ACLU after the Justice Department recommended …

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Marty L. Rainey (Photo: Dave Marner/Gasconade County Republican)

Missouri Ex-Cop Indicted In Federal Charges Of Sexually Abusing 4 Women, Luring A Minor Into Prostitution

A former sheriff’s deputy in eastern Missouri has been indicted on federal charges and will stand trial for sexually abusing four women, civil rights violations, and enticing a minor into prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis announced Friday.  Marty Rainey, 52, could be facing life in prison. The …

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Lawyers say Smith (pictured holding hands with mother Kim, and with attorneys behind him) was placed in a situation which justified the use of deadly force, though few details of the killing have emerged
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Defense Attorney For Officer Who Shot Unarmed Greg Gunn Says He Was Only Arrested To Silence Protesters; Second Autopsy Results Are In

Two days ago Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith was arrested for murder after state investigators determined there was enough evidence that the man he shot and killed last week was not a threat to the officer.  District Attorney Daryl Bailey stated that the arrest was made because they had determined …

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Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Screengrab: NY1)

NYC Prisons Report 27% Increase In Injury Claims Last Year, Cost City $13.1 Million In Settlements

At a press conference on Wednesday, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer presented data on the human and financial costs of the city’s correctional facilities, offering stern warning on the future of Rikers Island, the prison complex he called a “humanitarian crisis.” According to Stringer, claims filed for personal injuries–both from routine accidents, …

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WATCH: Video From A Baltimore School Shows School Officer Kicking And Slapping A Teenager–And It Turns Out The Officer Had A History Of Misconduct

Two school officers and Baltimore Schools Police Chief Marshall Goodwin were put on administrative leave Wednesday as the Baltimore Police Department began investigating a deeply-troubling video of an officer slapping, kicking, and cursing a teenager which is going viral around the country. CBS Baltimore WJZ first brought the video to the …

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Priest convicted of raping two street children in Honduras, Joseph D. Maurizio, Jr.

Western Pennsylvania Priest Joseph Maurizio Sentenced To Nearly 17 Years For Victimizing Honduran Children In ‘Sex-Tourism’ Mission Trips

At the end of a criminal trial linked to Tuesday’s report of systematic sexual abuse of children in the Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses and the two bishops responsible for hiding their crimes, the first of approximately 50 Western Pennsylvania priests accused of raping children was sentenced to a long prison term. A 71-year-old Catholic priest in Pennsylvania …

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