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Militant Atheist: What is it? An atheist has as much right to live as anyone else. We are not the souless, moral-less, demonic pieces of shit that Christians, Muslims and others have made us out to be. We are more moral, more human than they are if you come down to it. We atheists do not want to put to death Christians and Muslims because they believe in their god or practice their religion. We want to be left the fuck alone by these psychopathic Abrahamist freaks who want to harm us atheists, thinking they are morally superior to us, because they worship some god and follow some psychotic religion of bigotry, misogyny, hate, and vile evil. When you proclaim your religion is one of love and peace and non-judgment? And you seek to put atheists to death? Then you are a shitstain on the underwear of humanity and NO ATHEIST? SHOULD EVER LAY DOWN FOR YOU TO MURDER BY YOUR PSYCHOTIC RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WE HAVE EVERY DAMN RIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES, OUR LOVED ONES AND OUR FELLOW ATHEISTS, AND OTHER FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS THAT COME UNDER VILE, EVIL, BIGOTED, HATEFUL, DISGUSTING ATTACKS BY PSYCHOTIC BRONZE AGE BELIEVING PSYCHOPATH RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS WHO SEEK TO KILL US, OR DO US ANY DAMN HARM. OR? ANY ONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. It is far past time? Atheists stop laying down for this shit. In 13 Muslim countries? Atheists among others? Have a death sentence punishment upon them. Christian majority countries do all they can to deny rights to atheists, including the right to hold office, the right to adopt children, the right to even hold a job. And there are many psychotic ChristoTaliban pastors and preachers of hate and death in the United States, psychopaths like Teddy Shoebat, Steven Anderson and others? Who constantly call for either a death penalty punishment of atheists or all our rights be taken away and we be sent to prison for life. FUCK THAT SHIT BOYS AND GIRLS AND IT IS FAR PAST TIME? WE ATHEISTS DROP OUR FUCKING NUTS AND STAND UP TO THIS SHIT TOOTH AND NAIL. Now? Myself personally? I do not give a flying fuck who you worship. I liken people worshiping gods to rocks. You can worship what ever damn rock you want to worship. You can worship multiple rocks if that is what floats your damn boat. Or? Hey, you can worship no damn rock at all. But if YOU take your damn rock and start to beat on another person with that rock, who either does not believe in your rock, or believes in another rock, or does not believe in any rocks? Then you should have done unto you as you do unto them, and reap back what the fuck you sow and get your own head beaten with your own rock. Christians, you all proclaim yourselves a follower of Jesus Christ. Yet? Even Jesus would reject 99% of you mental midget morons who DARE call yourselves Christians. His greatest commandment was that you were to love ALL your neighbors, and even more so? Those who YOU consider your enemy. And you all fucking fail miserably because even you who say you are not like this? REFUSE TO STAND UP TO THOSE SCUMBAG CHRISTOTALIBAN PASTORS OF HATE AND DEATH AND BY NOT DOING SO? YOU ARE JUST AS FUCKING GUILTY AS THEY ARE OF THE RESULTS OF THEIR BEING ALLOWED TO SPREAD HATE AND DEATH IN THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY AND JESUS CHRIST. SO SUCK IT UP AND DEAL WITH IT CHRISTIANS. AND AS YOUR OWN BIBLE SAYS? THE RULES OF KARMA IS? AS YOU SOW? SO SHALL YOU REAP AND DO UNTO OTHERS? AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU. SO IF YOU PROCLAIM YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN AND SPREAD HATE AND DEATH? YOU WILL FIND THIS MILITANT ATHEISTS? ALL UP IN YOUR FOUL MOUTHED GRILL STANDING UP TO YOUR PUNK ASS WITHOUT ONE SHRED OF FEAR OF YOU, CAUSE ALL YOU ARE TO ME? IS A PUNK ASSED BULLY AND I USED TO KICK BULLIES ASSES ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS A KID. AS FOR MUSLIMS? MOTHERFUCKERS!!! STOP MURDERING PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF YOUR FUCKING ALLAH, ESPECIALLY MY ATHEIST BROTHERS AND SISTERS. HOW FUCKING DARE YOU TELL ME THAT YOU ARE A RELIGION OF PEACE, LOVE AND NON-JUDGMENT AND THROW PEOPLE OFF OF BUILDINGS, BEHEAD THEM AND FUCKING STONE THEM TO DEATH. THIS IS NOT EXAMPLES OF PEACE, LOVE AND NON-JUDGMENT AND ANYONE TELLS YOU OTHERWISE? ARE FUCKING SHITSTAIN, GOAT FUCKING, PISS DRINKING LIARS. AND THE SAME GOES FOR YOU MUSLIMS WHO TELL ME WE ARE NOT ALL LIKE THEM. FUCK THAT SHIT, GO AND PUT A STOP TO YOUR EXTREMISTS AND GET SOME BALLS AND STAND UP TO THEM TOO. YOU OUTNUMBER THOSE ASSHOLES BY AT LEAST 1,000 TO 1. DROP YOUR FUCKING NUTS AND DO SOMETHING TO STOP YOUR TERRORIST EXTREMISTS TOO. OR BY YOUR OWN GOD'S NAME? YOU WILL NOT GET TO SEE ALLAH. LEAVE US ATHEISTS, US FREE-THINKERS AND ALL OTHERS ALONE. YOU WANT TO WORSHIP A ROCK? FINE, WORSHIP YOUR DAMN ROCK. BUT STOP TELLING ME THE ROCK YOU WORSHIP IS ONE OF LOVE, PEACE AND NON-JUDGMENT AND THEN TRY TO BEAT MY HEAD IN OR THE HEAD IN OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING CAUSE THEY DO NOT WORSHIP YOUR FUCKING ROCK. AND GUESS WHAT ASSHOLES? WE ATHEISTS? LGBTS? WOMEN? ALL OTHERS? YOU ROCK WORSHIPING PSYCHOPATHIC FREAKS WHO WANT TO MURDER US ALL? FUCK YOU. CAUSE YOU ASSHOLES THINK YOU ARE TOP DOGS? YOU ARE NOT. YOU ARE PUNKS, BITCHES AND BULLIES, AND YOU WILL BE PUT DOWN LIKE THE LOW LIFE RABID DOGS THAT YOU ARE CAUSE THERE ARE IN FACT? MANY ATHEIST MILITANTS RISING, CAUSE WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF ESPECIALLY YOU PSYCHOPATHIC ABRAHAMISTS THROWING US OFF BUILDINGS, SHOOTING US IN THE HEADS, ETC. AND WE GOT AS MUCH FUCKING RIGHT TO DEFEND OUR LIVES, THE LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES, FELLOW ATHEISTS AND OTHERS YOU PUNKS ATTACK? AS YOU PUNKS SAY YOU ALL DO. AND TRUST US.... THE DARK AGES ARE OVER MOTHERFUCKERS...TRY BURNING US NOW.

Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Asks Trump To Use ‘Hollow-Point Bullets’ On Portland Protesters

Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Asks Trump To Use ‘Hollow-Point Bullets’ On Portland Protesters
By Michael Stone
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/07/christian-tv-host-asks-trump-to-use-hollow-point-bullets-on-portland-protesters/

ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles deserves to reap what he sows and have done unto them as he wants done unto the BLM protesters.

More Of That Christian Love: Christian TV host Rick Wiles asks President Donald Trump to use “hollow-point bullets” on protesters to “put down this communist revolution” in Portland, Oregon.

Hill Reporter reports:

Rick Wiles, pastor, radio host, and conspiracy theorist, believes that there is a secret stockpile of bullets hoarded under the Obama administration for the purpose of quelling an uprising. Now, he says, Donald Trump should put those two billion bullets to use in stopping the protests that are ongoing in Portland.

ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles
Hey, ChristoTaliban Rick Wiles, this is my 50 cal Desert Eagle, and I will use it to give YOU or any other scumbag Trumpturd ChristoTaliban a full frontal lobotomy should you try your shit with me or mine.

Wiles, appearing on a recent broadcast of his TruNews show, said:

Mr. [Mark] Meadows, please tell President Trump that he is now in possession of Obama bullets — 2 billion ‘Bama bullets. You’re in possession of them now. You got the ‘Bama bullets and you can put down the [insurrection] … you can put it down. You have the ‘Bama bullets in your hands.

You don’t have to tolerate this anymore. They were purchased for the purpose of putting down an insurrection. Well, you got one, so put the hollow-point bullets to good use and get out there and put down this communist revolution so the rest of us can live our lives peacefully.

Radical conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles tells Trump to take the billions of bullets that Obama supposedly stockpiled and put them “to good use” against protesters. pic.twitter.com/yESP8TriTy

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 24, 2020

Wow. Can you feel the Christian love?

Commenting on all that alleged ammunition, the TruNews show notes that “the federal army and arsenal at President Trump’s disposal to quell the insurrection,” exists because of  “the billions of bullets Barack Hussein Obama hoarded to round up Christians and constitutionalists under a President Hillary Clinton.”

Wow. Can you feel the insanity?

Wiles is a popular but controversial conservative Christian leader prone to making outrageous and alarming claims. For example, before the 2018 midterm elections, Wiles warned his viewers that if Democrats won the election they would slaughter “tens of thousands of Christians.” Yet even though the Democrats did win the House in the midterm election, as of today, there have been no reports of Christians being slaughtered.

Previously the Christian TV host warned his followers that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was preparing to lead a bloody coup to overthrow the Trump administration. 

Yet for those who want to dismiss Wiles as a lone lunatic, it is important to note that he is a popular conservative Christian broadcaster with a large audience, and White House press credentials

Bottom line: Christian TV host Rick Wiles asks President Donald Trump to use “hollow-point bullets” on protesters to “put down this communist revolution” in Portland, Oregon.

Christian Hate-Preacher Launches Dating Website to Help Bigots Meet Bigots

Christian Hate-Preacher Launches Dating Website to Help Bigots Meet Bigots
By Hemant Mehta
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/17/christian-hate-preacher-launches-dating-website-to-help-bigots-meet-bigots/

Have you been searching for that special someone but want to make sure that person’s heart is full of utter contempt for LGBTQ people?

Well, you’re in luck.

New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist preacher Roger Jimenez just launched a dating website for fellow bigots. Jimenez is perhaps most famous for responding to the Pulse nightclub massacre (in which nearly 50 people were murdered) by telling his congregation that the real tragedy was “that more of them didn’t die.” He also longs for the government to round up all the gay people, “put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”

That’s the guy who wants to play matchmaker. He just launched NewIFBSingles.com through his Verity Baptist Church ministry, and he says in the promo below that “it’s not a dating site” but rather “a place for you to be able to connect with other singles.”

Jimenez says he (or his team) will personally approve all profiles on the site. If you say you attend a certain church, they’ll contact your pastor. If you list your profession, they’re going to check if it’s a job that can support a family.

My favorite part? If you actually meet someone through the site, you won’t be able to chat with them in private. You can only chat through a public forum that will be monitored by the ministry.

And here’s the most NIFB aspect of the whole website…

As for education level, hobbies, personality traits, or anything else that might make you unique, they don’t bother asking about it because, of course, it doesn’t matter. (And you can bet that if they ever ask about your sexual preferences, the only multiple choice option will be “missionary.”) In this cult, they just want bodies who can produce more bodies.

Good luck to any couple that meets through here. You’re going to need it.

Federal Agents Unleash Militarized Crackdown on Portland

Federal Agents Unleash Militarized Crackdown on Portland
By Sergio Olmos, Mike Baker and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/federal-agents-unleash-militarized-crackdown-on-portland/ar-BB16RViK?li=BBnb7Kz

Peaceful protesting against police brutality and their murdering black and other people of color are anarchists, but Trumpturds walking down the street with this on their shoulders? Protesting mask wearing, social distancing and lockdowns, are perfectly ok. And these scum do not get Federal Troops called out on them when these Trumpturds invade Federal Buildings, screaming into law enforcement faces and even threatening Democratic politicians with death or harm. Trump Fascism has truly arrived.

Federal agents dressed in camouflage and tactical gear have taken to the streets of Portland, unleashing tear gas, bloodying protesters and pulling some people into unmarked vans in what Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon has called “a blatant abuse of power.”

The extraordinary use of federal force in recent days, billed as an attempt to tamp down persistent unrest and protect government property, has infuriated local leaders who say the agents have stoked tensions.

“This is an attack on our democracy,” Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland said.

The strife in Portland, which has had 50 consecutive days of protests, reflects the growing fault lines in law enforcement as President Trump threatens an assertive federal role in how cities manage a wave of national unrest after George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police.

One Portland demonstrator, Mark Pettibone, 29, said he had been part of the protests before four people in camouflage jumped out of an unmarked van around 2 a.m. Wednesday. They had no obvious markings or identification, he said, and he had no idea who they were.

“One of the officers said, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK,’ and just grabbed me and threw me into the van,” Mr. Pettibone said. “Another officer pulled my beanie down so I couldn’t see.”

Mr. Pettibone said that he was terrified — protesters in the city have in the past clashed with far-right militia groups also wearing camouflage and tactical gear — and that at no point was he told why he was arrested or detained, or what agency the officers were with. He said he was held for about two hours before being released.

“It felt like I was being hunted for no reason,” Mr. Pettibone said. “It feels like fascism.”

So should Black Lives Matter protesters start showing their Second Amendment rights to protest with weapons like these Trumpturd Terrorists who were protesting Covid-19 rules? I guess we all should fucking arm ourselves huh?

In a statement issued on Friday, Customs and Border Protection said agents who made the arrest had information that indicated a suspect had assaulted federal authorities or damaged property and that they moved him to a safer location for questioning. The statement said that the agents identified themselves but that their names were not displayed because of “recent doxxing incidents against law enforcement personnel.”

The agents in Portland are part of “rapid deployment teams” put together by the Department of Homeland Security after Mr. Trump directed federal agencies to deploy additional personnel to protect statues, monuments and federal property during the continuing unrest.

The teams, which include 2,000 officials from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard, are supporting the Federal Protective Service, an agency that already provides security at federal properties.

Agents have been dispatched to Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C., to guard statues, monuments and federal property, such as the federal courthouse in Portland, according to homeland security officials.

But the response by the homeland security agents in Portland has prompted backlash over whether the federal officers are exceeding their arrest authority and violating the rights of protesters by detaining demonstrators in the area around the federal courthouse.

So this is apparently the right way to protest in our country, armed and stupid huh? So how come Homeland Security did not start shooting and gassing these protesters when they invaded Federal buildings, screamed, foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs at cops and threatened Democratic politicians? Because they are Trumpturd Fascist protesters who want to murder others because they do not want to abide by Covid rules.

The agents have the authority to make arrests if they believe that a federal crime has been committed. Homeland security has pointed to dozens of possible crimes in Portland, such as damaging of the federal courthouse, spray-painting of graffiti on federal property and the throwing of rocks and bottles at officers.

Law enforcement officials say it is rare for local police departments to request help from federal authorities — or for the federal government to deploy in a city without that consent — because of the risk of escalating an already volatile environment.

“The last people you really want are any of these federal officials,” said Gil Kerlikowske, the former commissioner of Customs and Border Protection and the former chief of the Seattle Police Department.

Billy J. Williams, the U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, said in a statement on Friday that he was asking the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to investigate reports of officers detaining protesters.

Governor Brown said in an interview that she asked the acting homeland security secretary, Chad F. Wolf, to remove federal officials from the streets and that he refused. She said the Trump administration appeared to instead be using the situation for photo-ops to rally his supporters.

“They are provoking confrontation for political purposes,” Ms. Brown said.

In early June, the administration deployed an array of federal agents to cities like San Diego, Buffalo and Las Vegas.

In Washington, tensions were heightened when the Park Police and Secret Service used chemical agents to disperse a crowd of protesters in Lafayette Park for a photo opportunity by Mr. Trump. Federal agents without any insignia also sparked fear and confusion in the demonstrations, and military helicopters flying below rooftop level sent protesters scurrying for cover.

Mr. Wolf, who arrived in Portland on Thursday, called the protesters a “violent mob” of anarchists emboldened by a lack of local enforcement.

No, these Trumpturds are the real Fascists and Anarchists. But we do not see you sending in troops on these armed scumbags invading federal buildings, screaming in the face of cops and threatening murder of Democratic elected officials. All because these Trumpturds do not want to wear masks.

Federal officers on the ground in Portland have deployed a range of forceful tactics: They appeared to fire less-lethal munitions from slits in the facade of the federal courthouse, one officer walked the street while swinging a burning ball emitting tear gas, and camouflaged personnel drove in unmarked vans.

Homeland security officers have been dispatched to help local law enforcement in the past, but typically when a request was made by local government or when there was a “national special security event” taking place that could be especially vulnerable to terrorism, such as the U.N. General Assembly or the Super Bowl.

Harry Fones, a homeland security spokesman, did not answer questions seeking additional details about the tactics of the officers in Portland, instead referring to a Customs and Border Protection statement that said the federal officers did display insignia.

Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said in a series of tweets on Friday that the agents from BORTAC, the equivalent of the agency’s SWAT team, would “continue to arrest the violent criminals that are destroying federal property & injuring our agents/officers in Portland.”

The demonstrations began in the aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, drawing thousands of people to the streets to denounce police violence and racial injustice. On some nights, protesters would blanket the Burnside Bridge, each lying face down on the pavement for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in remembrance of Mr. Floyd.

Those mass demonstrations have waned, but hundreds have continued on, clashing with the police almost nightly. They have set off fireworks, lit fires and attempted to create an autonomous zone similar to one that existed up Interstate 5 in Seattle. Police officers have responded with tear gas, although a federal judge has since limited the use of that tactic, and dozens have been arrested.

The persistent unrest has frustrated city leaders, including Mr. Wheeler, who has often been a target of protesters. Some Black leaders in the community have also expressed disappointment, suggesting that the predominantly white protest crowd was seizing an opportunity and detracting from the vital efforts needed to reform policing.

City leaders have tried a variety of tactics to calm the tensions. Mr. Wheeler has pleaded for calm. The city’s police chief resigned. City commissioners have moved to cut some $16 million from the police budget.

But the protests have continued.

Mr. Trump has vowed to “dominate” protesters and said last week that he had sent homeland security personnel to Portland because “the locals couldn’t handle it.”

“It’s a pretty wild group, but you have it in very good control,” he told Mr. Wolf.

But armed terrorists invading federal buildings, screaming into the faces of police, terrorizing Democratic politicians over Covid rules is ok.

One recent video appeared to show a protester, Donavan La Bella, being struck in the head by an impact munition while he was holding a sign across the street from the federal courthouse, leading to a bloody scene. His mother has told local media that he suffered skull fractures and needed surgery.

Members of Congress from Oregon have called for an investigation, and Mr. Williams said the encounter had been referred to the Justice Department’s inspector general for further investigation.

Kelly Simon, the interim legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said that the alarming federal tactics, such as the unmarked vans, have been used at times to intimidate immigrant communities, and that she worried the use of the tactics was growing.

“What we’re seeing in Portland should concern everybody in this country,” Ms. Simon said.

Portland mayor tells Trump: Get your troops out of my city

Portland mayor tells Trump: Get your troops out of my city
By Andrew Selsky and Gillian Flaccus
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/portland-mayor-tells-trump-get-your-troops-out-of-my-city/ar-BB16Stz3?li=BBnb7Kz

Dicktater Wanna Be Donald J Trump finally pulling off his mask and revealing who he truly is.

The mayor of Portland, Ore., demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect.

“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Trump is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere. It also serves as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing spiking numbers of infections in Oregon and the nation.

Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is “extraordinarily concerning and a violation of their civil liberties and constitutional rights.”

The ACLU of Oregon said the federal agents appear to be violating citizens’ rights, which “should concern everyone in the United States.”

“Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. “The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.”

Police stand as protesters gather during a demonstration, Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Portland, Ore. Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters late Thursday. The actions came just hours after the head of the Department of Homeland Security called the protesters “violent anarchists.” (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday. Some have been detained by the federal courthouse, which has been the scene of protests. But others were grabbed blocks away.

“This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data,” Wheeler said. “And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”

One video showed two people in helmets and green camouflage with “police” patches grabbing a person on the sidewalk, handcuffing them and taking them into an unmarked vehicle.

“Who are you?” someone asks the pair, who do not respond. At least some of the federal officers belong to the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that its agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaulting federal agents or destroying federal property.

“Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location. For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location,” the agency said. However, the video shows no mob.

In another case, Mark Pettibone, 29, said a minivan rolled up to him around 2 a.m. Wednesday and four or five people got out “looking like they were deployed to a Middle Eastern war.”

Pettibone told The Associated Press he got to his knees as the group approached. They dragged him into the van without identifying themselves or responding to his questions and pulled his beanie over his eyes so he couldn’t see, he said.

“I figured I was just going to disappear for an indefinite amount of time,” Pettibone said.

Pettibone said he was put into a cell and officers dumped the contents of his backpack, with one remarking: “Oh, this is a bunch of nothing.”

After he asked for a lawyer, Pettibone was allowed to leave.

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a tweet.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams in Portland said Friday he has requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General investigate the actions of DHS personnel.

In a letter Friday, Oregon’s two senators and two of its House members demanded that U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf immediately withdraw “these federal paramilitary forces from our state.”

The members of Congress also said they’ll be asking the DHS inspector general as well as the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland.”

“It’s painfully clear this administration is focused purely on escalating violence without answering my repeated requests for why this expeditionary force is in Portland and under what constitutional authority,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said.

On Thursday night, federal officers deployed tear gas and fired non-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters.

Wolf visited Portland on Thursday and called the demonstrators, who are protesting racism and police brutality, “violent anarchists.”

But this is not a group of violent anarchists huh Wolf?

Wolf blamed state and city authorities for not putting an end to the protests. But Portland police said Friday they wound up arresting 20 people overnight.

At least two protests occurred Thursday night, one near the federal courthouse and the other by a police station in another part of the city. Police told protesters to leave that site after announcing they heard some chanting about burning down the building. Protester Paul Frazier said Friday the chant was “much more rhetorical than an actual statement.”

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell told reporters Friday that his officers are in contact with the federal agents, but that neither controls the others’ actions.

“We do communicate with federal officers for the purpose of situational awareness and deconfliction,” Lovell said. “We’re operating in a very, very close proximity to one another … so it’s important for us to know if they’re going to take some type of action and it’s important for them to know if we’re going to take some type of action.”

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Friday added the federal government to a lawsuit it filed earlier to halt the use of crowd control measures, including tear gas and rubber bullets, against journalists and legal observers at protests in Portland.

“The lawsuit is one of many the ACLU will be filing against federal authorities in Portland for their unconstitutional attacks on people protesting the police killing of George Floyd,” the group said.

Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks, particularly after an officer with the U.S. Marshals Service fired a less-lethal round at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him.

The protests following the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police. The unrest has caused deep divisions in a city that prides itself on its activism and progressive reputation.

Schumer says McConnell and Republicans refuse to meet with Democrats on stimulus as GOP proposal looms

Schumer says McConnell and Republicans refuse to meet with Democrats on stimulus as GOP proposal looms
By Akayla Gardner and Phil Mattingly CNN
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/schumer-says-mcconnell-and-republicans-refuse-to-meet-with-democrats-on-stimulus-as-gop-proposal-looms/ar-BB16S6El?li=BBnb7Kz

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that Democrats have had no contact with Senate Republicans or the Trump administration about stimulus negotiations, just days before the GOP is planning to release their draft bill.

“We have not heard a peep from (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell or the Republicans or the administration on any proposal, even though we’ve been asking for weeks and weeks and weeks,” Schumer said on a conference call with public workers and advocates pushing for significant state and local funding — a flashpoint of the looming negotiations.

Schumer decried McConnell’s decision to draft the proposal entirely within his own conference, noting that Democratic support will be necessary for any final package to pass the Senate.

“McConnell knows from the previous bills that passed in the Senate he’s got to work across the aisle,” Schumer said.

Citing the past negotiations that produced nearly $3 trillion in emergency federal funding to try and arrest the dual economic and public health crises created by coronavirus, Schumer said that when McConnell has sought to negotiate among only Republicans, “it fails.”

Pressure is mounting for Congress and the White House to pump money back into the American economy still suffering from the pandemic as the virus resurges around the country and many of the emergency measures, including enhanced federal unemployment benefits and the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program, are set to lapse in the coming weeks.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has taken a methodical approach to the next round of federal aid, in large part because his members have pushed to slow the process down as they watch how previously approved money is spent. Republicans have worked through the last two weeks to pull together the pieces of their legislation, which McConnell has repeatedly said will be focused on three primary issues: “kids, jobs and health care.”

Schumer said he has not seen the two-page summary of a central plank of the Senate GOP plan — liability protections for companies, schools and hospitals that McConnell has said must be included in any final proposal, but did tweak Republicans for its emergence. “I think it’s interesting that the first piece of the first proposal the Republicans are offering is something they negotiated with lobbyists that protects big corporations.”

The proposal, obtained by CNN, has been circulated inside the White House and among GOP senators. It would provide temporary legal protections for organizations that make reasonable efforts to comply with public health guidelines and don’t demonstrate gross negligence. Defendants would have the right to move suits to a federal court, according to the summary document, which would cover the period from December 2019 until 2024.

While Schumer didn’t lay out any red lines of his own specifically, he reiterated that Senate Democrats will push for the $3 trillion stimulus measure, known as the HEROES Act, passed by the House.

“The bottom line is we’re going to fight for the whole HEROES bill period,” Schumer said.

He told Senate Democrats on a private conference call this week there would be no negotiations without House Democrats in the room, according to a person on the call.

Breonna Taylor was alive after police shot her. But no one tried to treat her.

Breonna Taylor was alive after police shot her. But no one tried to treat her.
Tessa Duvall and Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/breonna-taylor-was-alive-after-police-shot-her-but-no-one-tried-to-treat-her/ar-BB16RyLK?li=BBnb7Kz

© Courtesy Tamika Palmer Breonna Taylor

Just after midnight March 13, three Louisville police officers fired more than 20 bullets into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, striking her five times.

But she didn’t die — not right away.

For at least five minutes, she struggled, coughing for breath, according to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who told investigators she was alive as he called her mom and yelled for help.

“(Police are) yelling like, ‘Come out, come out,’ and I’m on the phone with her (mom). I’m still yelling help because she’s over here coughing and, like, I’m just freaking out,” Walker said in a recorded police interview 3 hours after the shooting.

For more than 20 minutes after she was fatally shot at approximately 12:43 a.m. by Louisville officers, Taylor, 26, lay where she fell in her hallway, receiving no medical attention, according to dispatch logs.

“Breonna, who was unarmed in her hallway, was struck by several rounds of gunfire. She was not killed immediately,” attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker wrote in a revised lawsuit filed on behalf of Taylor’s family. “Rather, she lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home.”

Outside, officers shouted for Walker to exit and rushed to treat Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, putting a tourniquet on his thigh after Walker had shot him while he and two other plainclothes officers forced their way into Taylor’s South Louisville apartment while executing a “no-knock” search warrant.

No one went inside to try to help Taylor, records show.

What happened after Breonna Taylor was shot?

The Courier Journal reviewed multiple documents to recreate the minutes that followed Taylor’s shooting, looking at search warrants, arrest citations, Taylor’s death certificate and the coroner’s news release, dispatch logs and court filings, as well as recorded police interviews with Mattingly and Walker.

In the months since her death, Taylor’s name has become a rallying cry for protesters seeking racial justice in Louisville and around the nation, lifted up in the same breath as George Floyd and other Black Americans who died at the hands of police.

The records show that police didn’t take Walker into custody until more than 15 minutes after the shooting and didn’t radio in to dispatch about Taylor being inside the apartment until 1:10 a.m. — nearly a half-hour after she was shot by police.

“F (female) inside with gun kicked under the bed,” the dispatch log shows at 1:10 a.m.

Two minutes later: “F sup to be laying on ground in hallway.”

A copy of Taylor’s death certificate obtained by The Courier Journal lists her time of death as “approx. 0048.”

That time has since come into question by the coroner herself, however. Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The New York Times this month that the 12:48 a.m. time was “an estimate,” even a “flip of the coin.” 

Weakley-Jones did not respond to The Courier Journal requests for interviews left at her office and by email. 

But she told the Times that the deputy who filled out the death certificate was untrained in reading autopsies, and claimed that Taylor’s injuries would’ve been lethal even had medical attention been given. 

She told the Times that Taylor likely would have died in “less than a minute.”

“Even if it had happened outside of an ER, we couldn’t have saved her,” Weakley-Jones said.

Taylor’s family has alleged in a court filing that for “more than five minutes,” she was still breathing and “fought for her life.”

That amended complaint argues that not only did Louisville police recklessly and needlessly break into her apartment while serving a search warrant with a no-knock clause as part of a narcotics investigation, they failed to give her medical assistance after repeatedly shooting her.

Taylor’s shooting is under investigation by the FBI and state attorney general, both of which are expected to evaluate whether criminal charges against police officers involved are warranted. 

Police haven’t said who fired the five shots that struck Taylor but have said the officers who fired their weapons were Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and Detective Brett Hankison.

© LMPD The three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their guns that night — officer Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove

Spokeswoman Jessie Halladay declined to comment for this story, saying it’s “not proper to comment” while the case is under review by the state attorney general. 

Mattingly and Cosgrove are on administrative reassignment, while Hankison was fired in June and is appealing his termination. Attorneys for Taylor have alleged Hankison, who was outside the apartment and has been accused of firing “blindly,” fired at least one of the fatal shots. 

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has declined to say whether the scope of his investigation has expanded beyond Hankison, Mattingly and Cosgrove, but at least one other officer, Joshua Jaynes, who sought the no-knock warrants used in the investigation that night, has been administratively reassigned by the department.

To reconstruct a timeline of the aftermath of the fatal police shooting, The Courier Journal used timestamps from 911 calls, dispatch logs, police interviews and the amended complaint filed by Taylor’s family.

Here’s what they show happened in Taylor’s final moments:

Breonna Taylor ‘should be there alone’

Before Louisville Metro Police officers banged on Taylor’s door at 12:40 a.m., setting into motion the events that led to her death, Walker and Taylor were at home, in bed, watching the movie “Freedom Writers” on TV.

They’d gotten back about 9 p.m., after eating at Texas Roadhouse and giving a friend’s kids rides across town. It was Taylor’s first night off after a few consecutive days with 12-hour shifts as an ER technician, Walker told investigators in a recorded interview hours after the shooting.

She fell asleep as the movie was still playing, and Walker wasn’t far behind, he told police in that interview. 

“Literally, the night was over. If nobody knocked, we would’ve been asleep within 10 to 15 minutes,” he said. 

Meanwhile, about 10 p.m., Mattingly and other officers were being briefed on the plan to execute a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment as part of a larger narcotics investigation, Mattingly said in an interview after the shooting.

He said they were told that Taylor wasn’t believed to have children or animals, “but they weren’t sure.”

Taylor “should be there alone, because they knew where their target was,” Mattingly told investigators. 

A man named Jamarcus Glover, who was also named on the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, was arrested the same night, 10 miles away at a house on Elliott Avenue in the Russell neighborhood.

At that interview, about two weeks after the shooting, an investigator asked Mattingly if he remembered the name of the search warrant’s target.

“Not offhand,” he responded. “We didn’t write it. We didn’t do any of the investigation. We did none of the background.”

Detective Joshua Jaynes, a member of a different unit in Mattingly’s division, had requested the warrant for Taylor’s apartment and done much of the surveillance and investigation himself, according to the affidavit.

Another officer was responsible for watching Taylor’s apartment earlier that night, Mattingly said.

The door ‘comes off its hinges’

At 12:40 a.m., police officers were in place outside of Taylor’s apartment. Mattingly said he began to bang on the front door.

Inside, Walker said he and Taylor were in her bedroom when they heard the knocking.

They called out, asking who it was, but got no response, Walker said. He said later he thought it might have been Taylor’s former boyfriend.

He didn’t suspect it could have been police, according to his interview hours later.

Outside, Mattingly heard no response and banged on the door again, later telling investigators: “At that point we start announcing ourselves ‘Police! Please come to the door. Police! We have a search warrant.'”

Mattingly estimated he banged on the door “six or seven different time periods,” which “seems like an eternity when you’re up at a doorway.”

The knocking lasted 45 seconds to a minute, he estimated, before police decided to use a battering ram to force their way into Taylor’s apartment.

An officer hit the door with the ram three times before it opened, Mattingly said.

Inside, Walker grabbed his gun, “scared to death,” as both pulled on clothes and went to answer the door. They left the bedroom and hadn’t made it down the hallway before the door “comes off its hinges,” he said. 

Walker told police he fired one shot as a warning, aimed at the ground, still unable to see and unclear on who was at the door.

“But you can’t see anybody, though, when the door comes off its hinges,” Walker told investigators. “It happened fast, like an explosion. Boom, one shot. Then all of the sudden, there’s a whole lot of shots. We both drop to the ground. But I just hear her (Breonna Taylor) screaming.”

Mattingly told investigators that while he was in the doorway, he saw a man and a woman in the hallway. Then, there was a shot

“And as I turned the doorway, he’s in a stretched-out position with his hands, with a gun,” Mattingly said. “And as soon as I clear, he fires. Boom.”

Mattingly felt a pain in his leg. He fired four times.

He went around the door and fired two more rounds.

A series of shots in the apartment

At 12:42 a.m., neighbors in the St. Anthony Garden Apartments start calling 911.

The first two calls were just one second apart, and the third came 24 seconds later, according to a dispatch log.

All three callers reported gunshots.

“In the apartment behind me, there was a lot of gunshots just now,” one neighbor told 911.

“It just came out of nowhere. And it almost sounded like somebody was shooting back but I’m not for sure.”

A dispatcher asked a different neighbor who called when she heard the gunshots.

“I called you as soon as I realized what it was,” the woman said.

At 12:43 a.m., the first call came into dispatch saying an officer had been shot.

Mattingly said he remembered Hankison yelling on the radio that an officer was in trouble.

“10-30,10-30! Officer down! 10-30! Officer shot on Springfield,” one officer called on the radio, according to a copy of the audio obtained by The Courier Journal. “Officer shot on Springfield. 10-30!”

Walker was later arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine dismissed charges in late May and called for more investigation.

Breonna Taylor was alive after police shot her. But no one tried to treat her.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just after midnight March 13, three Louisville police officers fired more than 20 bullets into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, striking her five times.

But she didn’t die — not right away.

For at least five minutes, she struggled, coughing for breath, according to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who told investigators she was alive as he called her mom and yelled for help.

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“(Police are) yelling like, ‘Come out, come out,’ and I’m on the phone with her (mom). I’m still yelling help because she’s over here coughing and, like, I’m just freaking out,” Walker said in a recorded police interview 3 hours after the shooting.a woman sitting on a table: Breonna Taylor © Courtesy Tamika Palmer Breonna Taylor

For more than 20 minutes after she was fatally shot at approximately 12:43 a.m. by Louisville officers, Taylor, 26, lay where she fell in her hallway, receiving no medical attention, according to dispatch logs.

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“Breonna, who was unarmed in her hallway, was struck by several rounds of gunfire. She was not killed immediately,” attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker wrote in a revised lawsuit filed on behalf of Taylor’s family. “Rather, she lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home.”

Outside, officers shouted for Walker to exit and rushed to treat Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, putting a tourniquet on his thigh after Walker had shot him while he and two other plainclothes officers forced their way into Taylor’s South Louisville apartment while executing a “no-knock” search warrant.

No one went inside to try to help Taylor, records show.

What happened after Breonna Taylor was shot?

The Courier Journal reviewed multiple documents to recreate the minutes that followed Taylor’s shooting, looking at search warrants, arrest citations, Taylor’s death certificate and the coroner’s news release, dispatch logs and court filings, as well as recorded police interviews with Mattingly and Walker.

In the months since her death, Taylor’s name has become a rallying cry for protesters seeking racial justice in Louisville and around the nation, lifted up in the same breath as George Floyd and other Black Americans who died at the hands of police.

The records show that police didn’t take Walker into custody until more than 15 minutes after the shooting and didn’t radio in to dispatch about Taylor being inside the apartment until 1:10 a.m. — nearly a half-hour after she was shot by police.

“F (female) inside with gun kicked under the bed,” the dispatch log shows at 1:10 a.m.

Two minutes later: “F sup to be laying on ground in hallway.”

A copy of Taylor’s death certificate obtained by The Courier Journal lists her time of death as “approx. 0048.”

That time has since come into question by the coroner herself, however. Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The New York Times this month that the 12:48 a.m. time was “an estimate,” even a “flip of the coin.” 

Weakley-Jones did not respond to The Courier Journal requests for interviews left at her office and by email. 

But she told the Times that the deputy who filled out the death certificate was untrained in reading autopsies, and claimed that Taylor’s injuries would’ve been lethal even had medical attention been given. 

She told the Times that Taylor likely would have died in “less than a minute.”

“Even if it had happened outside of an ER, we couldn’t have saved her,” Weakley-Jones said.

Taylor’s family has alleged in a court filing that for “more than five minutes,” she was still breathing and “fought for her life.”

That amended complaint argues that not only did Louisville police recklessly and needlessly break into her apartment while serving a search warrant with a no-knock clause as part of a narcotics investigation, they failed to give her medical assistance after repeatedly shooting her.

Taylor’s shooting is under investigation by the FBI and state attorney general, both of which are expected to evaluate whether criminal charges against police officers involved are warranted. 

Police haven’t said who fired the five shots that struck Taylor but have said the officers who fired their weapons were Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and Detective Brett Hankison.Troy Barron et al. posing for the camera: The three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their guns that night — officer Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove © LMPD The three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their guns that night — officer Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove

Spokeswoman Jessie Halladay declined to comment for this story, saying it’s “not proper to comment” while the case is under review by the state attorney general. 

Mattingly and Cosgrove are on administrative reassignment, while Hankison was fired in June and is appealing his termination. Attorneys for Taylor have alleged Hankison, who was outside the apartment and has been accused of firing “blindly,” fired at least one of the fatal shots. 

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has declined to say whether the scope of his investigation has expanded beyond Hankison, Mattingly and Cosgrove, but at least one other officer, Joshua Jaynes, who sought the no-knock warrants used in the investigation that night, has been administratively reassigned by the department.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron: Still no timeline on Breonna Taylor investigation

To reconstruct a timeline of the aftermath of the fatal police shooting, The Courier Journal used timestamps from 911 calls, dispatch logs, police interviews and the amended complaint filed by Taylor’s family.

Here’s what they show happened in Taylor’s final moments:

Breonna Taylor ‘should be there alone’

Before Louisville Metro Police officers banged on Taylor’s door at 12:40 a.m., setting into motion the events that led to her death, Walker and Taylor were at home, in bed, watching the movie “Freedom Writers” on TV.

They’d gotten back about 9 p.m., after eating at Texas Roadhouse and giving a friend’s kids rides across town. It was Taylor’s first night off after a few consecutive days with 12-hour shifts as an ER technician, Walker told investigators in a recorded interview hours after the shooting.

She fell asleep as the movie was still playing, and Walker wasn’t far behind, he told police in that interview. 

“Literally, the night was over. If nobody knocked, we would’ve been asleep within 10 to 15 minutes,” he said. 

Meanwhile, about 10 p.m., Mattingly and other officers were being briefed on the plan to execute a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment as part of a larger narcotics investigation, Mattingly said in an interview after the shooting.

He said they were told that Taylor wasn’t believed to have children or animals, “but they weren’t sure.”

Taylor “should be there alone, because they knew where their target was,” Mattingly told investigators. 

A man named Jamarcus Glover, who was also named on the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, was arrested the same night, 10 miles away at a house on Elliott Avenue in the Russell neighborhood.

At that interview, about two weeks after the shooting, an investigator asked Mattingly if he remembered the name of the search warrant’s target.

“Not offhand,” he responded. “We didn’t write it. We didn’t do any of the investigation. We did none of the background.”

Detective Joshua Jaynes, a member of a different unit in Mattingly’s division, had requested the warrant for Taylor’s apartment and done much of the surveillance and investigation himself, according to the affidavit.

Another officer was responsible for watching Taylor’s apartment earlier that night, Mattingly said.

Related: Breonna Taylor’s mother endures national spotlight to make sure Black women’s lives matter

The door ‘comes off its hinges’

At 12:40 a.m., police officers were in place outside of Taylor’s apartment. Mattingly said he began to bang on the front door.

Inside, Walker said he and Taylor were in her bedroom when they heard the knocking.

They called out, asking who it was, but got no response, Walker said. He said later he thought it might have been Taylor’s former boyfriend.

He didn’t suspect it could have been police, according to his interview hours later.

Outside, Mattingly heard no response and banged on the door again, later telling investigators: “At that point we start announcing ourselves ‘Police! Please come to the door. Police! We have a search warrant.'”

Mattingly estimated he banged on the door “six or seven different time periods,” which “seems like an eternity when you’re up at a doorway.”

The knocking lasted 45 seconds to a minute, he estimated, before police decided to use a battering ram to force their way into Taylor’s apartment.

An officer hit the door with the ram three times before it opened, Mattingly said.

Inside, Walker grabbed his gun, “scared to death,” as both pulled on clothes and went to answer the door. They left the bedroom and hadn’t made it down the hallway before the door “comes off its hinges,” he said. 

Walker told police he fired one shot as a warning, aimed at the ground, still unable to see and unclear on who was at the door.

“But you can’t see anybody, though, when the door comes off its hinges,” Walker told investigators. “It happened fast, like an explosion. Boom, one shot. Then all of the sudden, there’s a whole lot of shots. We both drop to the ground. But I just hear her (Breonna Taylor) screaming.”

Mattingly told investigators that while he was in the doorway, he saw a man and a woman in the hallway. Then, there was a shot

“And as I turned the doorway, he’s in a stretched-out position with his hands, with a gun,” Mattingly said. “And as soon as I clear, he fires. Boom.”

Mattingly felt a pain in his leg. He fired four times.

He went around the door and fired two more rounds.

‘No-knock’ searches vs. ‘stand your ground’ laws: A deadly duo in Breonna Taylor shooting

A series of shots in the apartment

At 12:42 a.m., neighbors in the St. Anthony Garden Apartments start calling 911.

The first two calls were just one second apart, and the third came 24 seconds later, according to a dispatch log.

All three callers reported gunshots.

“In the apartment behind me, there was a lot of gunshots just now,” one neighbor told 911.

“It just came out of nowhere. And it almost sounded like somebody was shooting back but I’m not for sure.”

A dispatcher asked a different neighbor who called when she heard the gunshots.

“I called you as soon as I realized what it was,” the woman said.

At 12:43 a.m., the first call came into dispatch saying an officer had been shot.

Mattingly said he remembered Hankison yelling on the radio that an officer was in trouble.

“10-30,10-30! Officer down! 10-30! Officer shot on Springfield,” one officer called on the radio, according to a copy of the audio obtained by The Courier Journal. “Officer shot on Springfield. 10-30!”

Walker was later arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine dismissed charges in late May and called for more investigation.

‘Somebody come help her!’ Kenneth Walker yells

Events moved quickly as the calls came in:

12:44 a.m.: Police call in that they need EMS now and that SWAT is needed at Taylor’s apartment on Springfield Drive.

12:45 a.m.: “Subj is still inside with AR,” a dispatch log said. A recording of calls radioed in, without time markers, included a report apparently from an officer that, “Officers encountered rifle fire.” He adds: “Officer down!”

12:47 a.m.: Walker hears people outside and screams.

© Special to the Courier Journal Kenneth Walker has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after officers burst into his girlfriend’s apartment on a search warrant. Walker says he thought intruders were breaking in and he acted in self-defense.

“Somebody come help her!” he said. After waiting a few minutes to no avail, Walker calls his mom, and she tells him to, ‘call 911 right now.’

Walker does at 12:47 a.m.

“I don’t know what is happening,” Walker, 28, told a dispatcher. “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend.”

The dispatcher asked Walker where Taylor was shot.

“I don’t know,” Walker responded, crying. “She’s on the ground right now. I don’t know.”

The dispatcher asked if Taylor is awake and able to speak.

“No, she’s not,” Walker said, then shouted: “Bre!”

The dispatcher asked if Walker could turn her over and see where she was shot.

Walker described seeing blood, and cried out again, “Oh my God!”

Then he hung up. Dispatch tried to call back, but there was no answer. The entire conversation and call back took less than 3 minutes.

‘Come out, come out,’ police tell Kenneth Walker

With police officers descending on Taylor’s apartment complex, Walker stayed inside and called Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. That’s when, he said, he heard her still coughing.

“When I was on the phone with her, that’s when I kind of realized that it was the police because now they’re yelling, like, ‘Come out, come out,'” Walker told investigators.

He added: “What really made not realize it was the police was because nobody was like rushing in after all this happened. They all like stayed outside, so I’m like, what the heck was that?”

12:47 a.m.: “Any unit to Spring Field need rifels (sic),” a dispatcher logged.

12:48 a.m.: One of Taylor’s neighbors called 911, saying shots were fired next door. Some bullets went into her apartment and shattered her glass door, though no one was injured. The dispatcher told her to stay inside.

12:48 a.m.: The approximate time Taylor died, according to the coroner’s news release and her death certificate.

What does Breonna Taylor’s death certificate say?

Attorneys for Taylor initially claimed she was “shot at least eight times,” according to an April lawsuit, but the death certificate lists her cause of death as five gunshot wounds to the body.

The manner of death checked is “homicide.” 

Infectious disease specialists ask U.S. govt to ensure remdesivir… Taco Bell is slashing potatoes from the menu, and vegan and… Breonna Taylor was alive after police shot her. But no one tried to treat her.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just after midnight March 13, three Louisville police officers fired more than 20 bullets into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, striking her five times.

But she didn’t die — not right away.

For at least five minutes, she struggled, coughing for breath, according to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who told investigators she was alive as he called her mom and yelled for help.

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“(Police are) yelling like, ‘Come out, come out,’ and I’m on the phone with her (mom). I’m still yelling help because she’s over here coughing and, like, I’m just freaking out,” Walker said in a recorded police interview 3 hours after the shooting.a woman sitting on a table: Breonna Taylor © Courtesy Tamika Palmer Breonna Taylor

For more than 20 minutes after she was fatally shot at approximately 12:43 a.m. by Louisville officers, Taylor, 26, lay where she fell in her hallway, receiving no medical attention, according to dispatch logs.

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“Breonna, who was unarmed in her hallway, was struck by several rounds of gunfire. She was not killed immediately,” attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker wrote in a revised lawsuit filed on behalf of Taylor’s family. “Rather, she lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home.”

Outside, officers shouted for Walker to exit and rushed to treat Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, putting a tourniquet on his thigh after Walker had shot him while he and two other plainclothes officers forced their way into Taylor’s South Louisville apartment while executing a “no-knock” search warrant.

No one went inside to try to help Taylor, records show.

What happened after Breonna Taylor was shot?

The Courier Journal reviewed multiple documents to recreate the minutes that followed Taylor’s shooting, looking at search warrants, arrest citations, Taylor’s death certificate and the coroner’s news release, dispatch logs and court filings, as well as recorded police interviews with Mattingly and Walker.

In the months since her death, Taylor’s name has become a rallying cry for protesters seeking racial justice in Louisville and around the nation, lifted up in the same breath as George Floyd and other Black Americans who died at the hands of police.

The records show that police didn’t take Walker into custody until more than 15 minutes after the shooting and didn’t radio in to dispatch about Taylor being inside the apartment until 1:10 a.m. — nearly a half-hour after she was shot by police.

“F (female) inside with gun kicked under the bed,” the dispatch log shows at 1:10 a.m.

Two minutes later: “F sup to be laying on ground in hallway.”

A copy of Taylor’s death certificate obtained by The Courier Journal lists her time of death as “approx. 0048.”

That time has since come into question by the coroner herself, however. Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The New York Times this month that the 12:48 a.m. time was “an estimate,” even a “flip of the coin.” 

Weakley-Jones did not respond to The Courier Journal requests for interviews left at her office and by email. 

But she told the Times that the deputy who filled out the death certificate was untrained in reading autopsies, and claimed that Taylor’s injuries would’ve been lethal even had medical attention been given. 

She told the Times that Taylor likely would have died in “less than a minute.”

“Even if it had happened outside of an ER, we couldn’t have saved her,” Weakley-Jones said.

Taylor’s family has alleged in a court filing that for “more than five minutes,” she was still breathing and “fought for her life.”

That amended complaint argues that not only did Louisville police recklessly and needlessly break into her apartment while serving a search warrant with a no-knock clause as part of a narcotics investigation, they failed to give her medical assistance after repeatedly shooting her.

Taylor’s shooting is under investigation by the FBI and state attorney general, both of which are expected to evaluate whether criminal charges against police officers involved are warranted. 

Police haven’t said who fired the five shots that struck Taylor but have said the officers who fired their weapons were Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and Detective Brett Hankison.Troy Barron et al. posing for the camera: The three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their guns that night — officer Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove © LMPD The three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired their guns that night — officer Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove

Spokeswoman Jessie Halladay declined to comment for this story, saying it’s “not proper to comment” while the case is under review by the state attorney general. 

Mattingly and Cosgrove are on administrative reassignment, while Hankison was fired in June and is appealing his termination. Attorneys for Taylor have alleged Hankison, who was outside the apartment and has been accused of firing “blindly,” fired at least one of the fatal shots. 

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has declined to say whether the scope of his investigation has expanded beyond Hankison, Mattingly and Cosgrove, but at least one other officer, Joshua Jaynes, who sought the no-knock warrants used in the investigation that night, has been administratively reassigned by the department.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron: Still no timeline on Breonna Taylor investigation

To reconstruct a timeline of the aftermath of the fatal police shooting, The Courier Journal used timestamps from 911 calls, dispatch logs, police interviews and the amended complaint filed by Taylor’s family.

Here’s what they show happened in Taylor’s final moments:

Breonna Taylor ‘should be there alone’

Before Louisville Metro Police officers banged on Taylor’s door at 12:40 a.m., setting into motion the events that led to her death, Walker and Taylor were at home, in bed, watching the movie “Freedom Writers” on TV.

They’d gotten back about 9 p.m., after eating at Texas Roadhouse and giving a friend’s kids rides across town. It was Taylor’s first night off after a few consecutive days with 12-hour shifts as an ER technician, Walker told investigators in a recorded interview hours after the shooting.

She fell asleep as the movie was still playing, and Walker wasn’t far behind, he told police in that interview. 

“Literally, the night was over. If nobody knocked, we would’ve been asleep within 10 to 15 minutes,” he said. 

Meanwhile, about 10 p.m., Mattingly and other officers were being briefed on the plan to execute a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment as part of a larger narcotics investigation, Mattingly said in an interview after the shooting.

He said they were told that Taylor wasn’t believed to have children or animals, “but they weren’t sure.”

Taylor “should be there alone, because they knew where their target was,” Mattingly told investigators. 

A man named Jamarcus Glover, who was also named on the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, was arrested the same night, 10 miles away at a house on Elliott Avenue in the Russell neighborhood.

At that interview, about two weeks after the shooting, an investigator asked Mattingly if he remembered the name of the search warrant’s target.

“Not offhand,” he responded. “We didn’t write it. We didn’t do any of the investigation. We did none of the background.”

Detective Joshua Jaynes, a member of a different unit in Mattingly’s division, had requested the warrant for Taylor’s apartment and done much of the surveillance and investigation himself, according to the affidavit.

Another officer was responsible for watching Taylor’s apartment earlier that night, Mattingly said.

Related: Breonna Taylor’s mother endures national spotlight to make sure Black women’s lives matter

The door ‘comes off its hinges’

At 12:40 a.m., police officers were in place outside of Taylor’s apartment. Mattingly said he began to bang on the front door.

Inside, Walker said he and Taylor were in her bedroom when they heard the knocking.

They called out, asking who it was, but got no response, Walker said. He said later he thought it might have been Taylor’s former boyfriend.

He didn’t suspect it could have been police, according to his interview hours later.

Outside, Mattingly heard no response and banged on the door again, later telling investigators: “At that point we start announcing ourselves ‘Police! Please come to the door. Police! We have a search warrant.'”

Mattingly estimated he banged on the door “six or seven different time periods,” which “seems like an eternity when you’re up at a doorway.”

The knocking lasted 45 seconds to a minute, he estimated, before police decided to use a battering ram to force their way into Taylor’s apartment.

An officer hit the door with the ram three times before it opened, Mattingly said.

Inside, Walker grabbed his gun, “scared to death,” as both pulled on clothes and went to answer the door. They left the bedroom and hadn’t made it down the hallway before the door “comes off its hinges,” he said. 

Walker told police he fired one shot as a warning, aimed at the ground, still unable to see and unclear on who was at the door.

“But you can’t see anybody, though, when the door comes off its hinges,” Walker told investigators. “It happened fast, like an explosion. Boom, one shot. Then all of the sudden, there’s a whole lot of shots. We both drop to the ground. But I just hear her (Breonna Taylor) screaming.”

Mattingly told investigators that while he was in the doorway, he saw a man and a woman in the hallway. Then, there was a shot

“And as I turned the doorway, he’s in a stretched-out position with his hands, with a gun,” Mattingly said. “And as soon as I clear, he fires. Boom.”

Mattingly felt a pain in his leg. He fired four times.

He went around the door and fired two more rounds.

‘No-knock’ searches vs. ‘stand your ground’ laws: A deadly duo in Breonna Taylor shooting

A series of shots in the apartment

At 12:42 a.m., neighbors in the St. Anthony Garden Apartments start calling 911.

The first two calls were just one second apart, and the third came 24 seconds later, according to a dispatch log.

All three callers reported gunshots.

“In the apartment behind me, there was a lot of gunshots just now,” one neighbor told 911.

“It just came out of nowhere. And it almost sounded like somebody was shooting back but I’m not for sure.”

A dispatcher asked a different neighbor who called when she heard the gunshots.

“I called you as soon as I realized what it was,” the woman said.

At 12:43 a.m., the first call came into dispatch saying an officer had been shot.

Mattingly said he remembered Hankison yelling on the radio that an officer was in trouble.

“10-30,10-30! Officer down! 10-30! Officer shot on Springfield,” one officer called on the radio, according to a copy of the audio obtained by The Courier Journal. “Officer shot on Springfield. 10-30!”

Walker was later arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine dismissed charges in late May and called for more investigation.

‘Somebody come help her!’ Kenneth Walker yells

Events moved quickly as the calls came in:

12:44 a.m.: Police call in that they need EMS now and that SWAT is needed at Taylor’s apartment on Springfield Drive.

12:45 a.m.: “Subj is still inside with AR,” a dispatch log said. A recording of calls radioed in, without time markers, included a report apparently from an officer that, “Officers encountered rifle fire.” He adds: “Officer down!”

12:47 a.m.: Walker hears people outside and screams.Marcus Cromartie wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Kenneth Walker has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after officers burst into his girlfriend's apartment on a search warrant. Walker says he thought intruders were breaking in and he acted in self-defense. © Special to the Courier Journal Kenneth Walker has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after officers burst into his girlfriend’s apartment on a search warrant. Walker says he thought intruders were breaking in and he acted in self-defense.

“Somebody come help her!” he said. After waiting a few minutes to no avail, Walker calls his mom, and she tells him to, ‘call 911 right now.’

Walker does at 12:47 a.m.

“I don’t know what is happening,” Walker, 28, told a dispatcher. “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend.”

The dispatcher asked Walker where Taylor was shot.

“I don’t know,” Walker responded, crying. “She’s on the ground right now. I don’t know.”

The dispatcher asked if Taylor is awake and able to speak.

“No, she’s not,” Walker said, then shouted: “Bre!”

The dispatcher asked if Walker could turn her over and see where she was shot.

Walker described seeing blood, and cried out again, “Oh my God!”

Then he hung up. Dispatch tried to call back, but there was no answer. The entire conversation and call back took less than 3 minutes.

Read more: What to know about the investigations into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor

‘Come out, come out,’ police tell Kenneth Walker

With police officers descending on Taylor’s apartment complex, Walker stayed inside and called Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. That’s when, he said, he heard her still coughing.

“When I was on the phone with her, that’s when I kind of realized that it was the police because now they’re yelling, like, ‘Come out, come out,'” Walker told investigators.

He added: “What really made not realize it was the police was because nobody was like rushing in after all this happened. They all like stayed outside, so I’m like, what the heck was that?”

12:47 a.m.: “Any unit to Spring Field need rifels (sic),” a dispatcher logged.

12:48 a.m.: One of Taylor’s neighbors called 911, saying shots were fired next door. Some bullets went into her apartment and shattered her glass door, though no one was injured. The dispatcher told her to stay inside.

12:48 a.m.: The approximate time Taylor died, according to the coroner’s news release and her death certificate.

What does Breonna Taylor’s death certificate say?

Attorneys for Taylor initially claimed she was “shot at least eight times,” according to an April lawsuit, but the death certificate lists her cause of death as five gunshot wounds to the body.

The manner of death checked is “homicide.” 

The death certificate notes that an autopsy was performed and that its findings were available to determine the cause of death. It does not say where on Taylor’s body she was struck.

The Courier Journal requested a copy of Taylor’s autopsy report, but the coroner’s office denied the request. The news organization has appealed the denial to the attorney general’s office.

12:54 a.m.: EMS left Springfield with Sgt. Mattingly.

A patient care report released by the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District, which responded to Springfield Drive, states that they were dispatched “to back up” another unit. When PRP Fire arrived, that unit was “backing out of the scene and had (redacted) in their ambulance.”

Two paramedics from PRP Fire got into the Louisville Metro EMS ambulance with Mattingly, according to the report’s narrative, and rode with them to the hospital. Several additional lines are redacted.

Louisville Metro EMS has refused to release similar reports.

12:54 a.m.: Walker prepares to leave the apartment.

12:57 a.m.: “Calling subj out,” according to the dispatch log.

A video taken by one of Taylor’s neighbors showed multiple officers, including several with guns drawn, giving Walker directions.

Walker can be heard crying as officers tell him to “keep walking backwards” and “walk straight down the steps.”

As he got closer, an officer shouted: “Get on your knees!”

1 a.m.: Walker was arrested. 

He tells police investigators hours later that officers on-scene to arrest him said he was going to jail for the rest of his life and that a dog was going to be let loose on him. 

“They had the dog right there, right behind me, barking. I’m out there with no shoes on, clearly nothing, walking in water and stuff, backwards. And he’s like, ‘I’m going to let this dog on you. You’re going to jail for the rest of your life.’ Look at my record, I don’t even get in trouble. Not violent or anything,” Walker told investigators.

“(An officer) asked me, ‘Were you hit by any bullets?’ I said no. He said, ‘That’s unfortunate,'” Walker adds.

1:10 a.m.: Once in the apartment, roughly 27 minutes after Taylor was shot, police tell dispatch there’s a “F (female) inside with gun kicked under the bed.”

The Courier Journal has requested all dispatch audio relating to the shooting, but Louisville Metro Emergency Services has denied the records, citing an ongoing investigation. The news organization is appealing to the attorney general.

At the same time, records note: “1st Div – family headed to hospital.”

It’s not clear whether it was Taylor’s or Mattingly’s family.

Palmer, Taylor’s mother, has previously said that when she arrived at the apartment, an officer told her an ambulance had already taken a young woman who was hurt to the hospital. Palmer waited at a local hospital for hours but was told Taylor wasn’t there and there was no record of her being transported there. 

She drove back to Taylor’s apartment on Springfield Drive and waited hours longer until a detective asked her if Taylor had any enemies or if she and Walker had been having problems. 

1:12 a.m.: Two minutes later, Taylor is reported to be “laying on (the) ground in hallway,” according to dispatch. Police request crime-scene tape.

1:46 a.m.: EMS received permission to leave Taylor’s apartment.

3:35 a.m.: Police returned with a second search warrant for Taylor’s apartment.

Inside, they found shell casings and bullets. There was no rifle of any kind located — just Walker’s Glock 43x handgun and a holster on his pants.

Police recovered no drugs.

3:53 a.m.: Walker’s interview with Public Integrity Unit investigators — which would later be used as evidence in the criminal case against him — begins, roughly two hours and ten minutes after he watched his girlfriend’s death. 

Mattingly was interviewed 12 days later.

The long-awaited results of the internal investigation examining the officers’ conduct is now in the hands of Attorney General Cameron and the FBI, which will present its findings to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The charges against Walker have since been dismissed. But it is up to Cameron and federal prosecutors to decide what, if any, charges police officers may face in Taylor’s death.

Neither has given any indication when a decision will be made.

Customs and Border Patrol fires 4, suspends dozens over racist, violent Facebook groups

CBP fires 4, suspends dozens over racist, violent Facebook groups
By Daniella Silva
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cbp-fires-4-suspends-dozens-over-racist-violent-facebook-groups/ar-BB16S5Hd?li=BBnb7Kz

Customs and Border Protection fired four employees and suspended more than three dozen others without pay after a year-long investigation into their involvement in Facebook groups featuring violent, sexist and racist posts against migrants and Latino members of Congress.

CBP said in a statement to NBC News on Friday that after an investigation into 138 cases of “inappropriate social media activity,” four employees were removed from service, 38 were suspended without pay, 33 were disciplined with reprimands or counseling and 63 of the allegations were unsubstantiated. The Los Angeles Times first reported news of the firings on Thursday.

As of July 15, six of the cases remain open, CBP said in the statement.

A year ago, officials initially announced 70 current and former CBP employees were under investigation for participating in a secret Facebook group in which users joked about dead migrants and made sexist, derogatory comments about Latino lawmakers.

The group, which at one point had roughly 9,500 members, shared comments about member of Congress, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, ProPublica reported last year. The group was called “I’m 10-15,” the code used by Border Patrol for migrants in custody.

Escobar said on Twitter the secret Facebook page mocked the deaths of migrants, “vulnerable people dehumanized by a broken system.”

She said she was one of the Latina members of Congress targeted by the “hateful attacks” in the group and never received the investigation results from the agency.

“The posts shouldn’t have just triggered firings but also an investigation into why other members never reported it,” she wrote in the post.

“Facebook is a cesspool,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A CBP spokesperson confirmed the data in their statement represented investigations related to Facebook pages revealed last year.

Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement to NBC News, for “far too long, there has been a rancid culture and systemic problems within Customs and Border Protection.”

“Firing four border patrol officers for racist and sexist posts against immigrants and members of Congress is a step in the right direction to demonstrate that federal law enforcement agents cannot act with impunity,” he said in the statement.

Castro said the caucus would be requesting more information from the Department of Homeland Security, of which CBP is a part of, on why “so few individuals were terminated and held fully accountable.”

KristoTaliban Pastor Robert Jeffress: We Allowed Atheists and Infidels to “Pervert Our Constitution”

KristoTaliban Pastor Robert Jeffress: We Allowed Atheists and Infidels to “Pervert Our Constitution”
By Beth Stoneburner
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/16/robert-jeffress-we-allowed-atheists-and-infidels-to-pervert-our-constitution/

Not only is America a Christian country, but the Constitution has been perverted by infidels and atheists, according to MAGA cultist and Trump sycophant Pastor Robert Jeffress.

He made the comments on his “Pathway to Victory” broadcast during a series of episodes earlier this month promoting the Christian Nation myth. In the excerpt below, he was complaining about Supreme Court decisions that removed mandatory Bible readings from public schools.

And here’s the question: What has changed? What has changed? In these 150 years​, has the Constitution changed and nobody told us? Is that what happened? Of course not. What has happened is we have allowed the secularists, the humanists, the atheists, the infidels, to pervert our Constitution into something our Founding Fathers never intended. And it is time for Americans to stand up and say ‘Enough! We’re not going to allow this in our Christian country anymore.’ It is time to put an end to this.

It’s been said before, but conservative Christians like Jeffress always mistake religious equality for persecution because they’re so used to receiving special treatment.

It’s time to once again reiterate that the Bible says far more about welcoming the immigrant and serving the poor and marginalized than anything about abortion or LGBTQ issues — which Jeffress also brought up elsewhere in his episodes. (Interestingly enough, helping the poor would also result in fewer abortions, a fact Jeffress never seems to care about.)

Pretending we live in a Christian Nation doesn’t make it true. Lying about the past won’t change reality either. The fact remains if our government treated atheism or Islam the way we’ve historically treated Christianity, Jeffress would never stop whining about it.

Mary Trump Says ‘Virulently Racist’ President Used Racial, Anti-Semitic Slurs

Mary Trump Says ‘Virulently Racist’ President Used Racial, Anti-Semitic Slurs
By Nick Visser
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mary-trump-president-racial-anti-semitic-slurs_n_5f10dc79c5b6d14c33653b1d

Mary L. Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, said Thursday she has heard her uncle use racist and anti-Semitic slurs, the latest bombshell claim made after the publication of her book about the president and his family.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Mary Trump said she had directly heard the president use the N-word but that the public shouldn’t be surprised due to his history of making racist statements and his defense of white supremacists while in office.

Maddow: “I have to press you on it a little bit if just to ask if the president, if your uncle, was an exception to that in your family or if you ever heard him express, either use anti-Semitic slurs, or the N-word or other racist slurs or other sentiments like that, did you hear it from him, too?”

Mary Trump: “Oh, yeah, yeah, of course I did. I don’t think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today.”

Maddow: “Have you heard the president use the N-word?”

Mary Trump: “Yeah.”

Maddow: “And anti-Semitic slurs specifically?”

Mary Trump: “Yes.”

BREAKING: President Trump’s niece tells @maddow that she’s heard Trump use anti-Semitic slurs and the N-word.

The latest for @NBCNightlyNews: pic.twitter.com/55FERVVXgX— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 16, 2020

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the claims. The full interview with Maddow is set to air later Thursday.

Mary Trump has given a series of scorched-earth interviews this week following the publication of her controversial book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” The president’s younger brother had sued for a temporary restraining order last month to stop its publication, saying the contents violated a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed. But the courts rejected those arguments, and the book broke its publisher’s first-day sales record, with 950,000 copies purchsed

The White House has moved to undercut Mary Trump’s shocking assertions, saying simply the book “is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.”

It’s not the first time the president has been accused of using an offensive slur. Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who served in the White House before she was firedclaimed in her own book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used the N-word while he hosted the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Her accusations were never substantiated.

Speaking with ABC News this week, Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s oldest brother, the late Fred Trump Jr., called on the president to resign and said if he were elected to a second term it would be the “end of American democracy.”

“He is utterly incapable of leading this country,” she told ABC host George Stephanopoulos. “And it’s dangerous to allow him to do so, based on what I’ve seen my entire adult life.”

KristoKracker Krazies

A few stories of the KristoKracker Krazies who want to kill their followers.

Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, Back on Facebook, Mocks People Wearing Face Masks

Christian evangelist and hate-preacher Joshua Feuerstein was temporarily banned from Facebook but made his unceremonious return this week, cranking out a fresh dose of insanity to his 2.6 million followers.

Take, for instance, this video condemning face mask mandates as something only “sheep” would follow.

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/15/evangelist-joshua-feuerstein-back-on-facebook-mocks-people-wearing-face-masks/

‘Not Asking for Permission’: Hundreds of California Churches Plan to Open May 31

Nearly 500 California pastors are preparing to open their doors on Sunday, May 31st – whether or not they have guidance from the state. 

“The churches are not asking for permission,” said Bob Tyler, a religious freedom attorney advising the pastors. “The governor is sitting here as a dictator, trumping the Constitution and is kind of hanging on to this state of emergency for as long as he can hold it.”

Tyler says the pastors, including Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Matt Brown of Sandals Church in Riverside, and Danny Carroll of Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, have signed a petition and plan to advise Gov. Gavin Newsom of their plans which include social distancing. 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/may/not-asking-for-permission-hundreds-of-california-churches-plan-to-open-may-31

Evangelical Churches Sue California Governor Over Ban On Singing During Services

Gavin Newsom is violating religious liberty rights by prohibiting singing and chanting at worship services as the state tries to curb COVID-19, the suit says.

The evangelical congregations insist Newsom is infringing on their religious liberty by forcing them to stop singing and chanting during indoor services, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento.

“To prohibit group singing and chanting is to effectively prohibit corporate Christian worship,” the complaint states.

California’s health department updated its guidelines for houses of worship on July 1, adding new restrictions on singing and chanting. The guidelines explain that these activities “negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing” since there is a greater chance that COVID-19 will spread through “contaminated exhaled droplets.” 

But the Northern California churches ― Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel of Fort Bragg and River of Life Church in Oroville ― don’t appreciate the government telling them how to worship. The churches are seeking an injunction against the health department’s ban in a lawsuit that names Newsom and three health officials as defendants

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-churches-sue-gavin-newsom_n_5f10b3d8c5b6d14c3364ffed.

190 pastors in Nevada demand churches be allowed in-person services

Pastors and other religious leaders from around that state are demanding that restrictions on in-person services be lifted immediately, reports KTNV in Las Vegas. Some 190 of them signed a letter objecting to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency order limiting gatherings to 10 people, including in churches. They say it is unnecessary.

David Oberg, pastor of Faith Alive Christian Center in Reno, summed it up in a press release: “We simply ask for him to reconsider that decision and allow us the freedom of religion and to peacefully assemble again.”

https://christianaction.org/top-stories-of-the-day/190-pastors-in-nevada-demand-churches-be-allowed-in-person-services/

Christian leaders rally in Raleigh demanding reopening of churches

Churchgoers from across the state gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday to rally against Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and demand the right to hold services inside their buildings.

The group leading the charge, Return America, is led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, the group announced that they had filed a lawsuit against Cooper over not allowing indoor assemblies at churches.

Berean Baptist Church, Pastor of the church and Return America President Ronnie Baity and People’s Baptist Church filed the federal lawsuit to block enforcement of rules covering religious services. Those filing the suit say the state’s restrictions violate the First Amendment and treat churches differently from retailers.

https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/christian-leaders-rally-in-raleigh-demanding-reopening-of-churches/19097741/

‘The governor is a servant of the state. I am a servant of God’: 3 pastors defend why they’re leading the charge to reopen churches

Diego Mesa was driving in Southern California on Thursday evening when he passed shops selling donuts, clothes, and cannabis.

It boggles his mind that these businesses were marked as essential and permitted to reopen on May 8, as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan moved into its second stage. Churches, however, were shelved until the plan’s third phase — lumped in with personal care, exercise, and entertainment facilities.

“Our ideals differ in what we view as essential,” Mesa told Business Insider. “When we are deemed as non-essential, there’s an agenda there.”

As the pastor of the Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Mesa is among more than 1,200 religious leaders in California who’ve signed a Declaration of Essentiality for Churches, vowing to host in-person services on May 31, Pentecost Sunday, with or without Newsom’s blessing. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/pastors-leading-charge-reopen-churches-coronavirus-first-amendment-2020-5?op=1