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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.

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.

Fact check: Debunking 7 widely shared rumors in the Breonna Taylor police shooting

“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.” 

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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.

Fact check: Debunking 7 widely shared rumors in the Breonna Taylor police shooting

“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.

Hate-Filled Bill Pig Face Donohue Crying About Hate: “THE SUMMER OF HATE” CONTINUES UNABATED

From Bill “Pig Face” Donohue’s Catholic League for the Defense and Protection of Roman Catholic Pedophiles and Crimes

https://www.catholicleague.org/the-summer-of-hate-continues-unabated/

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on another spike in church vandalism:

“The Summer of Love,” as the clueless mayor of Seattle put it, has turned into “The Summer of Hate.” Blood in the streets of urban America is a staple on weekends, and the destruction of historic statues—including Catholic ones—is spiking. While the carnage is the work of reckless thugs and left-wing activists, the tone is set by the elites: many either support these assaults or are too spineless to do anything about them.

The police across the nation are acting rationally by not extending themselves. If they do their job as expected, they risk being sued, risking sanctions that put their retirement benefits in jeopardy. The result is mayhem.

A total of 18 people were shot in New York City from mid-day Saturday through Sunday night (a tropical storm kept the killers indoors on Friday). The previous weekend, 64 were shot and 10 were killed.

In Chicago this past weekend, 64 were shot and 13 were killed. Over the previous weekend, 70 were wounded and 17 were murdered.

Other cities seeing a sharp increase in shooting and killings include Philadelphia (a 6-year-old was shot in the chest on July 5); Minneapolis (a pregnant woman was shot this past weekend); and Cleveland (an 8-year-old girl was shot over the 4th of July weekend).

Denver and Louisville have seen the murder rate increase by 40% this year as compared to last year during the same time period. On the 4th of July itself, there was a spate of killings. In Atlanta an 8-year-old girl was murdered; in Washington D.C. an 11-year-old was killed; and in San Francisco and St. Louis, a 6-year-old and 4-year-old were murdered.

When young people aren’t being killed, Catholic property is being destroyed.

Over this past weekend, a statue of Our Blessed Mother was set on fire in Boston and another statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized in Queens, New York. In Ocala, Florida a man crashed his minivan into a Catholic church while parishioners gathered for Mass; he then poured gasoline in the church’s foyer and set the church ablaze.

San Gabriel Mission Church in Los Angeles County was set on fire on July 11, destroying parts of the 249-year-old iconic structure. It was founded by Saint Junípero Serra in 1771, the priest who was a staunch defender of the rights of Indians (statues of Serra have been destroyed in many towns and cities throughout California).

Vandals were charged with a hate crime after they partially disfigured Mission San Jose, a church in Fremont, California. Swastikas and anti-Catholic comments were recently found on the graves of several Dominican friars on the campus of Providence College.

Sacred Heart Catholic school in Gallup, New Mexico was broken into last week and a statue of Jesus was vandalized. A statue outside St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Wasco, California was smashed last month. Church buildings were also attacked in Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, and Colorado.

This astonishing drop in respect for persons and property is the direct result of a culture turned against itself. The grievance culture is literally eating away at the social fabric. Charges of racism are everywhere, the effect of which is to dilute serious expressions of it. Claiming victim status is chic and pointing fingers is the latest fad.

This kind of cultural madness will continue until and unless political and cultural leaders insist on respect for human life and the heritage of Western civilization. Unfortunately, “The Summer of Hate” has a long way to go.

But apparently Bill “Pig Face” Donohue is ok with these crimes of hate and murder perpetrated by those who call themselves Christians and Trumpsters huh?

Trumpturd Terrorists: Vehicle strikes multiple protesters in Washington, 2 people sent to hospital

https://abcnews.go.com/US/vehicle-strikes-multiple-protesters-washington-hospital/story?id=71606896

Trumpturd Terrorists: Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle

https://abcnews.go.com/US/protester-dies-struck-speeding-car-black-lives-matter/story?id=71617592

Trumpturd Terrorists: White man charged with hate crime in car attack on Black people

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/white-man-charged-with-hate-crime-in-car-attack-on-black-people/ar-BB16Js7o?li=BBnb7Kz

Trumpturd Terrorists: Vehicle strikes multiple protesters in Washington, 2 people sent to hospital

https://abcnews.go.com/US/vehicle-strikes-multiple-protesters-washington-hospital/story?id=71606896

Now? Let’s see these murderers and terrorists of the Reich-Wing Trumpturd Talibans shall we?

A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/blame-abc-news-finds-17-cases-invoking-trump/story?id=58912889

After a Latino gas station attendant in Gainesville, Florida, was suddenly punched in the head by a white man, the victim could be heard on surveillance camera recounting the attacker’s own words: “He said, ‘This is for Trump.'” Charges were filed but the victim stopped pursuing them.

When police questioned a Washington state man about his threats to kill a local Syrian-born man, the suspect told police he wanted the victim to “get out of my country,” adding, “That’s why I like Trump.”

Reviewing police reports and court records, ABC News found that in at least 12 cases perpetrators hailed Trump in the midst or immediate aftermath of physically assaulting innocent victims. In another 18 cases, perpetrators cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others. And in another 10 cases, Trump and his rhetoric were cited in court to explain a defendant’s violent or threatening behavior.

When three Kansas men were on trial for plotting to bomb a largely-Muslim apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, one of their lawyers told the jury that the men “were concerned about what now-President Trump had to say about the concept of Islamic terrorism.” Another lawyer insisted Trump had become “the voice of a lost and ignored white, working-class set of voters,” and Trump’s rhetoric meant someone “who would often be at a 7 during a normal day, might ‘go to 11.'”

Thirteen cases identified by ABC News involved violent or threatening acts perpetrated in defiance of Trump, with many of them targeting Trump’s allies in Congress. But the vast majority of the cases – 41 of the 54 – reflect someone echoing presidential rhetoric, not protesting it.

ABC News could not find a single criminal case filed in federal or state court where an act of violence or threat was made in the name of President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush.

The 54 cases identified by ABC News are remarkable in that a link to the president is captured in court documents and police statements, under the penalty of perjury or contempt. These links are not speculative – they are documented in official records. And in the majority of cases identified by ABC News, it was perpetrators themselves who invoked the president in connection with their case, not anyone else.

The perpetrators and suspects identified in the 54 cases are mostly white men – as young as teenagers and as old as 75 – while the victims largely represent an array of minority groups – African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and gay men.

Federal law enforcement authorities have privately told ABC News they worry that – although Trump has offered public denunciations of violence – his statements have been inconsistent and Trump’s style could inspire violence-prone individuals to take action against minorities or others they perceive to be against the president’s agenda.

“Any public figure could have the effect of inspiring people,” FBI Director Chris Wray told a Senate panel last year. “But remember that the people who commit hate fueled violence are not logical, rational people.”

Now? Here are the psycho Trumpturd Terrorists and Haters Crimes:

Aug. 19, 2015: In Boston, after he and his brother beat a sleeping homeless man of Mexican descent with a metal pole, Steven Leader, 30, told police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” The victim, however, was not in the United States illegally. The brothers, who are white, ultimately pleaded guilty to several assault-related charges and were each sentenced to at least two years in prison.

Dec. 5, 2015: After Penn State University student Nicholas Tavella, 19, was charged with “ethnic intimidation” and other crimes for threatening to “put a bullet” in a young Indian man on campus, his attorney argued in court that Tavella was just motivated by “a love of country,” not “hate.” “Donald Trump is running for President of the United States saying that, ‘We’ve got to check people out more closely,'” Tavella’s attorney argued in his defense. Tavella, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to up to two years in prison.

April 28, 2016: When FBI agents arrested 61-year-old John Martin Roos in White City, Oregon, for threatening federal officials, including then-President Barack Obama, they found several pipe bombs and guns in his home. In the three months before his arrest, Roos posted at least 34 messages to Twitter about Trump, repeatedly threatening African Americans, Muslims, Mexican immigrants and the “liberal media,” and in court documents, prosecutors noted that the avowed Trump supporter posted this threatening message to Facebook a month earlier: “The establishment is trying to steal the election from Trump. … Obama is already on a kill list … Your [name] can be there too.” Roos, who is white, has since pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered explosive device and posting internet threats against federal officials. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison.

June 3, 2016: After 54-year-old Henry Slapnik attacked his African-American neighbors with a knife in Cleveland, he told police “Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of Donald Trump,” according to police reports. Slapnik, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to “ethnic intimidation” and other charges. It’s unclear what sentence he received.

Aug. 16, 2016: In Olympia, Washington, 32-year-old Daniel Rowe attacked a white woman and a black man with a knife after seeing them kiss on a popular street. When police arrived on the scene, Rowe professed to being “a white supremacist” and said “he planned on heading down to the next Donald Trump rally and stomping out more of the Black Lives Matter group,” according to court documents filed in the case. Rowe, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of assault and malicious harassment, and he was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Sept. 1, 2016: The then-chief of the Bordentown, New Jersey, police department, Frank Nucera, allegedly assaulted an African American teenager who was handcuffed. Federal prosecutors said the attack was part of Nucera’s “intense racial animus,” noting in federal court that “within hours” of the assault, Nucera was secretly recorded saying “Donald Trump is the last hope for white people.” The 60-year-old Nucera, who is white, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three charges, including committing a federal hate crime and lying to the FBI about the alleged assault. He was convicted of lying to the FBI, but a jury deadlocked on the other charges, so Nucera is now awaiting a second trial. He has pleaded not guilty.

September 2016: After 40-year-old Mark Feigin of Los Angeles was arrested for posting anti-Muslim and allegedly threatening statements to a mosque’s Facebook page, his attorney argued in court that the comments were protected by the First Amendment because Feigin was “using similar language and expressing similar views” to “campaign statements from then-candidate Donald Trump.” Noting that his client “supported Donald Trump,” attorney Caleb Mason added that “Mr. Feigin’s comments were directed toward a pressing issue of public concern that was a central theme of the Trump campaign and the 2016 election generally: the Islamic roots of many international and U.S. terrorist acts.” Feigin, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sending harassing communications electronically. He was sentenced to probation.

Oct. 10, 2016: Police in Albany, New York, arrested 55-year-old Todd Warnken for threatening an African-American woman at a local grocery store “because of her race,” according to a police report. Warnken allegedly told the victim, “Trump is going to win, and if you don’t like it I’m gonna beat your ass you n—-r,” the police report said. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the case and completed a local “restorative justice program,” allowing the charges against him to be dismissed, according to the district attorney’s office.

Oct. 13, 2016: After the FBI arrested three white Kansas men for plotting to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, where many Somali immigrants lived, one of the men’s attorneys insisted to a federal judge that the plot was “self-defensive” because the three men believed “that if Donald Trump won the election, President Obama would not recognize the validity of those results, that he would declare martial law, and that at that point militias all over the country would have to step in.” Then, after a federal grand jury convicted 47-year-old Patrick Stein and the two other men of conspiracy-related charges, Stein’s attorney argued for a lighter sentence based on “the backdrop” of Stein’s actions: Trump had become “the voice of a lost and ignored white, working-class set of voters” like Stein, and the “climate” at the time could propel someone like Stein to “go to 11,” attorney Jim Pratt said in court. Stein and his two accomplices were each sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.

Nov. 3, 2016: In Tampa, Florida, David Howard threatened to burn down the house next to his “simply because” it was being purchased by a Muslim family, according to the Justice Department. He later said under oath that while he harbored a years-long dislike for Muslims, the circumstances around the home sale were “the match that lit the wick.” He cited Trump’s warnings about immigrants from majority-Muslim countries. “[With] the fact that the president wants these six countries vetted, everybody vetted before they come over, there’s a concern about Muslims,” Howard said. Howard, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation, and the 59-year-old was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Nov. 10, 2016: A 23-year-old man from High Springs, Florida, allegedly assaulted an unsuspecting Hispanic man who was cleaning a parking lot outside of a local food store. “[H]e was suddenly struck in the back of the head,” a police report said of the victim. “[The victim] asked the suspect why he hit him, to which the suspect replied, ‘This is for Donald Trump.’ The suspect then grabbed [the victim] by the jacket and proceeded to strike him several more times,” according to the report. Surveillance video of the incident “completely corroborated [the victim’s] account of events,” police said. The suspect was arrested on battery charges, but the case was dropped after the victim decided not to pursue the matter, police said. Efforts by ABC News to reach the victim for further explanation were not successful.

Nov. 12, 2016: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, while attacking a cab driver from East Africa, 23-year-old Jacob Holtzlander shouted racial epithets and repeatedly yelled the word, “Trump,” according to law enforcement records. Holtzlander, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of ethnic intimidation, and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Nov. 16, 2016: Police in San Antonio, Texas, arrested 32-year-old Dusty Paul Lacombe after he and a companion assaulted a black man at a convenience store. According to a police report, Lacombe “stepped out of a vehicle and walked to the [victim] and stated he was a Trump supporter and swung at him several times.” The victim “was punched in the face several times,” the police report said. When police arrived, Lacombe – who “smelled strongly of alcohol” – “stated something about Trump and admitted to fighting with [the victim],” the police report noted. Lacombe was charged with misdemeanor assault and ultimately received “deferred adjudication,” which is akin to probation. Lacombe ultimately pleaded “no contest” to the charge and was granted “deferred adjudication” with a $450 fine.

Jan. 25, 2017: At JFK International Airport in New York, a female Delta employee, wearing a hijab in accordance with her Muslim faith, was “physically and verbally” attacked by 57-year-old Robin Rhodes of Worcester, Mass., “for no apparent reason,” prosecutors said at the time. When the victim asked Brown what she did to him, he replied: “You did nothing, but … [Expletive] Islam. [Expletive] ISIS. Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you.” Rhodes ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “menacing,” and he was sentenced to probation.

Feb. 19, 2017: After 35-year-old Gerald Wallace called a mosque in Miami Gardens, Florida, and threatened to “shoot all y’all,” he told the FBI and police that he made the call because he “got angry” from a local TV news report about a terrorist act. At a rally in Florida the day before, Trump falsely claimed that Muslim refugees had just launched a terrorist attack in Sweden.

Wallace’s attorney, Katie Carmon, later tried to convince a federal judge that the threat to kill worshippers could be “protected speech” due to the “very distinctly political climate” at the time. “There are courts considering President Trump’s travel ban … and the president himself has made some very pointed statements about what he thinks about people of this descent,” Carmon argued in court.

Feb. 23, 2017: Kevin Seymour and his partner Kevin price were riding their bicycles in Key West, Florida, when a man on a moped, 30-year-old Brandon Davis of North Carolina, hurled anti-gay slurs at them and “intentionally” ran into Seymour’s bike, shouting, “You live in Trump country now,” according to police reports and Davis’ attorney. Davis ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of battery evidencing prejudice, but in court, he expressed remorse and was sentenced to four years of probation.

May 3, 2017: In South Padre Island, Texas, 35-year-old Alexander Jennes Downing of Waterford, Connecticut, was captured on cellphone video taunting and aggressively approaching a Muslim family, repeatedly shouting, “Donald Trump will stop you!” and other Trump-related remarks. Police arrested downing, of Waterford, Connecticut, for public intoxication. It’s unclear what came of the charge.

May 23, 2017: George Jarjour and his brother, Sam Jarjour, were getting gas at a station in Bellevue, Washington, when 56-year-old Kenneth Sjarpe started yelling at them to “go back to your country,” according to a police report. Sjarpe then drove his truck toward the brothers, rolled down his window, and declared, “F–k you, you Muslims,” and “I’ll f—ing kill you,” the police report stated. When police officers interviewed Sjarpe the next day, according to the report, he “became animated and his voice got louder as he started talking about how he hated those people… [particularly] Iranians, Indians and Middle Easterners.” And, the report recounted, “He said he supports Trump in keeping them out.” A week later, Sjarpe threatened another man at a local business, yelling, “I hate foreigners,” according to a police report. He was arrested days later. Sjarpe ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of malicious harassment and was sentenced to six months behind bars.

Oct. 22, 2017: A 44-year-old California man threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for her frequent criticism of Trump and her promise to “take out” the president. Anthony Scott Lloyd left a voicemail at the congresswoman’s Washington office, declaring: “If you continue to make threats towards the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine. Cause we’ll kill you.” After pleading guilty to one count of threatening a U.S. official, Lloyd asked the judge for leniency, saying he suffered from addiction-inducing mental illness and became “far too immersed in listening to polarizing political commentators and engaging in heated political debates online.” His lawyer put it this way to the judge: “Mr. Lloyd was a voracious consumer of political news online, on television and on radio … [that are] commonly viewed as ‘right wing,’ unconditionally supportive of President Trump, and fiercely critical of anyone who opposed President Trump’s policies.” The judge sentenced Lloyd to six months of house arrest and three years of probation.

Feb. 21, 2018: A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted a former U.S. diplomat – William Patrick Syring, 60, of Arlington, Virginia – on several counts for threatening employees of the Arab American Institute. He had previously served nearly a year in prison for threats he made in emails and voicemails to the same organization in 2006, but soon after serving his time he began emailing the organization again. In January 2017, a week after Trump was inaugurated, Syring sent one email saying: “It’s time for ethnic cleansing of Arabs in America. Elections have consequences. President Trump will cleanse America of [AAI President James] Zogby … and all Arab American terrorists.” Within months, he began sending particularly “charged” rhetoric that constituted “a true threat” – and emails like the one from January 2017 reflect the type of language that was “part and parcel of” his threats, prosecutors said in court documents. In May 2019, a federal jury convicted Syring on all 14 counts against him, including seven hate-crime charges and seven interstate-threat charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

June 8, 2018: Federal authorities arrested Nicholas Bukoski of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for threatening to kill Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California. “You wouldn’t want to be caught off guard when I use my second amendment protected firearms to rid the world of you,” Bukowski wrote to Sanders via Instagram on March, 24, 2018. Two minutes later, he wrote to Harris saying he will “make sure you and your radical lefty friends never get back in power … because you won’t make it to see that day.” At a mental treatment facility shortly after his arrest, he said, “He was watching the news and social media, which made him want to send the threats. He stated that he was frustrated with liberals and he is very supportive of the current president,” court documents signed by Bukoski recount. Other court documents describe Bukoski’s criminal past unrelated to politics, including a series of arsons he committed in 2017 and early 2018 and an armed robbery he committed in January 2018. In the most recent case involving threats to lawmakers, he ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting interstate threats and was sentenced to six months in prison.

August 2018: After the Boston Globe called on news outlets around the country to resist what it called “Trump’s assault on journalism,” the Boston Globe received more than a dozen threatening phone calls. “You are the enemy of the people,” the alleged caller, 68-year-old Robert Chain of Encino, California, told a Boston Globe employee on Aug. 22. “As long as you keep attacking the President, the duly elected President of the United States … I will continue to threat[en], harass, and annoy the Boston Globe.” A week later, authorities arrested Chain on threat-related charges. After a hearing in his case, he told reporters, “America was saved when Donald J. Trump was elected president.” Chain has pleaded guilty to seven threat-related charges, and he is awaiting sentencing.

Oct. 4, 2018: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida arrested 53-year-old James Patrick of Winter Haven, Florida, for allegedly threatening “to kill Democratic office holders, members of their families and members of both local and federal law enforcement agencies,” according to a police report. In messages posted online, Patrick detailed a “plan” for his attacks, which he said he would launch if then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh was not confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, the police report said. Seeking Patrick’s release from jail after his arrest, Patrick’s attorney, Terri Stewart, told a judge that her client’s “rantings” were akin to comments from “a certain high-ranking official” — Trump. The president had “threatened the North Korean people — to blow them all up. It was on Twitter,” Stewart said, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Patrick has been charged with making a written threat to kill or injure, and he has pleaded not guilty. His trial is pending.

Late October 2018: Over the course of a week, Florida man Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed at least 15 potential bombs to prominent critics of Trump and members of the media. Sayoc had been living in a van plastered with pro-Trump stickers, and he had posted several pro-Trump messages on social media. Federal prosecutors have accused him of “domestic terrorism,” and Sayoc has since pleaded guilty to 65 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. “We believe the president’s rhetoric contributed to Mr. Sayoc’s behavior,” Sayoc’s attorney told the judge at sentencing.

Oct. 21, 2018: While Bruce M. Alexander of Tampa, Florida, was flying on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston, Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, he assaulted a woman by “reaching around the seat” in front of him and “offensively touching” her, he acknowledged in court documents. When federal authorities then arrested him, he “stated that the President of the United States says it’s ok to grab women by their private parts,” an FBI agent wrote in court documents. Alexander ultimately pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor count of simple assault and was sentenced to two days behind bars.

Dec. 4, 2018: Michael Brogan, 51, of Brooklyn, New York, left a voicemail at an unidentified U.S. Senator’s office in Washington insisting, “I’m going to put a bullet in ya. … You and your constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights, reproductive rights.” He later told an FBI agent that before leaving the voicemail he became “very angry” by “an internet video of the Senator, including the Senator’s criticism of the President of the United States as well as the Senator’s views on reproductive rights.” “The threats were made to discourage the Senator from criticizing the President,” the Justice Department said in a later press release. Brogan has since pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a U.S. official, and he is awaiting sentencing.

Jan. 17, 2019: Stephen Taubert of Syracuse, New York, was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police for threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and for threatening to “hang” former President Barack Obama. Taubert used “overtly bigoted, hateful language” in his threats, according to federal prosecutors. On July 20, 2018, Taubert called the congresswoman’s Los Angeles office to say he would find her at public events and kill her and her entire staff. In a letter to the judge just days before Taubert’s trial began, his defense attorney, Courtenay McKeon, noted: “During that time period, Congresswoman Waters was embroiled in a public feud with the Trump administration. … On June 25, 2018, in response to Congresswoman Waters’ public statements, President Trump tweeted: ‘Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has … just called for harm to supporters … of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!'” As McKeon insisted to the judge: “This context is relevant to the case.” A federal jury ultimately convicted Taubert on three federal charges, including retaliating against a federal official and making a threat over state lines. He was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Jan. 22, 2019: David Boileau of Holiday, Florida, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly burglarizing an Iraqi family’s home and “going through” their mailbox, according to a police report. After officers arrived at the home, Boileau “made several statements of his dislike for people of Middle Eastern descent,” the report said. “He also stated if he doesn’t get rid of them, Trump will handle it.” The police report noted that a day before, Boileau threw screws at a vehicle outside the family’s house. On that day, Boileau allegedly told police, “We’ll get rid of them one way or another.” Boileau, 58, has since pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Feb. 15, 2019: The FBI in Maryland arrested a Marine veteran and U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, who they said was stockpiling weapons and “espoused” racist and anti-immigrant views for years as he sought to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” In court documents, prosecutors said the 49-year-old “domestic terrorist” compiled a “hit list” of prominent Democrats. Two months later, while seeking Hasson’s release from jail before trial, his public defender, Elizabeth Oyer, told a federal judge: “This looks like the sort of list that our commander-in-chief might have compiled while watching Fox News in the morning. … Is it legitimately frustrating that offensive language and ideology has now become part of our national vocabulary? Yes, it is very frustrating. But … it is hard to differentiate it from the random musings of someone like Donald Trump who uses similar epithets in his everyday language and tweets.” Hasson ultimately pleaded guilty to federal weapons-related charges, and he was sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison.

March 16, 2019: Anthony Comello, 24, of Staten Island, New York, was taken into custody for allegedly killing Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the reputed head of the infamous Gambino crime family. It marked the first mob boss murder in New York in 30 years, law enforcement officials told ABC News the murder may have stemmed from Comello’s romantic relationship with a Cali family member. Court documents since filed in state court by Comello’s defense attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said Comello suffers from mental defect and was a believer in the “conspiratorial fringe right-wing political group” QAnon. In addition, Gottlieb wrote: “Beginning with the election of President Trump in November 2016, Anthony Comello’s family began to notice changes to his personality. … Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support. Mr. Comello grew to believe that several well-known politicians and celebrities were actually members of the Deep State, and were actively trying to bring about the destruction of America.” Comello has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. His trial is pending, and he has pleaded not guilty.

April 5, 2019: The FBI arrested a 55-year-old man from upstate New York for allegedly threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. She is an outspoken critic of Trump, and Trump has frequently launched public attacks against her and three other female lawmakers of color. Two weeks before his arrest, Patrick Carlineo Jr. allegedly called Omar’s office in Washington labeling the congresswoman a “terrorist” and declaring: “I’ll put a bullet in her f—-ing skull.” When an FBI agent then traced the call to Carlineo and interviewed him, Carlineo “stated that he was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,” according to the FBI agent’s summary of the interview. Federal prosecutors charged Carlineo with threatening to assault and murder a United States official. He has since pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one year in prison.

April 18, 2019: The FBI arrested John Joseph Kless of Tamarac, Florida, for calling the Washington offices of three prominent Democrats and threatening to kill each of them. At his home, authorities found a loaded handgun in a backpack, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In later pleading guilty to one charge of transmitting threats over state lines, Kless admitted that in a threatening voicemail targeting Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., he stated: “You won’t f—ing tell Americans what to say, and you definitely don’t tell our president, Donald Trump, what to say.” Tlaib, a vocal critic of Trump, was scheduled to speak in Florida four days later. Kless was awaiting sentencing. In a letter to the federal judge, he said he “made a very big mistake,” never meant to hurt anyone, and “was way out of line with my language and attitude.” Kless was sentenced to one year behind bars.

April 24, 2019: The FBI arrested 30-year-old Matthew Haviland of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, for allegedly sending a series of violent and threatening emails to a college professor in Massachusetts who publicly expressed support for abortion rights and strongly criticized Trump. In one of 28 emails sent to the professor on March 10, 2019, Haviland allegedly called the professor “pure evil” and said “all Democrats must be eradicated,” insisting the country now has “a president who’s taking our country in a place of more freedom rather than less.” In another email the same day, Haviland allegedly wrote the professor: “I will rip every limb from your body and … I will kill every member of your family.” According to court documents, Haviland’s longtime friend later told the FBI that “within the last year, Haviland’s views regarding abortion and politics have become more extreme … at least in part because of the way the news media portrays President Trump.” Haviland has since pleaded guilty to charges of cyberstalking and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. He is awaiting sentencing.

June 5, 2019: The FBI arrested a Utah man for allegedly calling the U.S. Capitol more than 2,000 times over several months and threatening to kill Democratic lawmakers, whom he said were “trying to destroy Trump’s presidency.” “I am going to take up my second amendment right, and shoot you liberals in the head,” 54-year-old Scott Brian Haven allegedly stated in one of the calls on Oct. 18, 2018, according to charging documents. When an FBI agent later interviewed Haven, he “explained the phone calls were made during periods of frustration with the way Democrats were treating President Trump,” the charging documents said. The FBI visit, however, didn’t stop Haven from making more threats, including: On March 21, 2019, he called an unidentified U.S. senator’s office to say that if Democrats refer to Trump as Hitler again he will shoot them, and two days later he called an unidentified congressman’s office to say he “was going to take [the congressman] out … because he is trying to remove a duly elected President.” A federal grand jury has since charged Haven with one count of transmitting a threat over state lines. Haven has since pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting a threat over state lines. He was sentenced to time served.

Aug. 3, 2019: A gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring 24 others. The FBI labeled the massacre an act of “domestic terrorism,” and police determined that the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, posted a lengthy anti-immigrant diatribe online before the attack. “We attribute that manifesto directly to him,” according to El Paso police chief Greg Allen. Describing the coming assault as “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” the screed’s writer said “the media” would “blame Trump’s rhetoric” for the attack but insisted his anti-immigrant views “predate Trump” — an apparent acknowledgement that at least some of his views align with some of Trump’s public statements. The writer began his online essay by stating that he generally “support[s]” the previous writings of the man who killed 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand earlier this year. In that case, the shooter in New Zealand said he absolutely did not support Trump as “a policy maker and leader” — but “[a]s a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure.” Crusius has been charged with capital murder by the state of Texas.

Aug. 16, 2019: The FBI arrested Eric Lin, 35, of Clarksburg, Maryland, for sending threatening and hate-filled messages over Facebook vowing to kill a Miami-area woman and “all Hispanics in Miami and other places,” as the Justice Department described it. Over two months, the woman received 150 pages’ worth of messages from Lin, the FBI said. In June 2019, Lin allegedly wrote: “In 3 short years your entire Race your entire culture will perish only then after I kill your [epithet] family will I permit you to Die by Hanging on Metal Wire.” A month later, on July 19, 2019, he allegedly wrote: “I Thank God everday President Donald John Trump is President and that he will launch a Racial War and Crusade to keep the n—-rs, S—s, and Muslims and any dangerous non-White or Ethnically or Culturally Foreign group ‘In Line.’” On his Facebook account, Lin says he “Studied at Trump University,” and he repeatedly praises Trump for, among other things, “fomenting racial hatred” and “Making Racism Ok Again.” At the same time, a few of his posts seem to praise Democrats and minorities. In January, Lin pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting a threatening communication. He has yet to be sentenced.

Oct. 25, 2019: The FBI arrested Jan Peter Meister of Tucson, Arizona, for threatening to kill House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-California. Three weeks earlier, he left a voicemail at Schiff’s office in Washington, D.C, promising to “blow your brains out.” According to court documents filed in the case, Meister told FBI agents that “he strongly dislikes the Democrats, and feels they are to blame for the country’s political issues.” In other court documents, Meister’s attorney, Bradley Roach, noted that the charge his client ultimately accepted “involves threats of injury of death against a political figure who figures very prominently in the ongoing impeachment of President Trump.” Meister has pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a U.S. official. A plea agreement with prosecutors calls for Meister to be sentenced to time already served.

Nov. 1, 2019: Clifton Blackwell, 61, of Milwaukee was arrested by local police after allegedly throwing acid on a Peruvian-American’s face and accusing him of being inside the United States illegally. Before attacking the victim outside of a Mexican restaurant, Blackwell allegedly asked the victim “Why you invade my country?” and “Why don’t you respect my laws?” The attack was captured on video by surveillance cameras, and the victim suffered second-degree burns on his face and neck. When police then searched Blackwell’s home, they found gun parts and “three letters addressed to President Donald Trump,” a police report noted. And when police interviewed an employee at a grocery store frequented by Blackwell, the employee told police that Blackwell “many times talked about his political support for President Trump,” according to a police report. “She stated she was even warned by the security guard James to not talk about political issued when [Blackwell] is in the store because of how he acts.” Blackwell was charged with first-degree reckless injury during a hate crime. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Feb. 19, 2020: The FBI arrested Salvatore Lippa II, 57, of upstate New York for allegedly threatening to kill Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In late January, he left a voicemail at Schiff’s office in Washington, D.C., calling Schiff a “scumbag” and threatening to “put a bullet in your [expletive] forehead,” according to charging documents. Two weeks later, he allegedly left a voicemail at Schumer’s office in Albany, New York, saying “somebody wants to assassinate you.” When federal authorities confronted Lippa, he “admitted that he made the threatening calls because he was upset about the impeachment proceedings” targeting Trump. Lippa has been charged with threatening to kill a U.S. official and is currently engaged in plea negotiations with the government, according to court records.

Now some more stories Billy on the psychotic terrorists and haters known as Trumpturds

Trump, Kristo Kracker Krazies and Trumpturds want to Boogaloo? Let’s Boogie then
Don’t you all get sick and tired of these troglodyte Trumpturds and Taliban Kristo Kracker Krazies spewing from their well used outhouse pieholes how they want to start a race war and take over the country and install their Fascist Kristo Kracker Krazie Turd Reich upon us all. For almost 12 years straight? We have heard these generational inbred, farm animal fucking, twisted pieces of shit, who think they are supreme to all the rest of us, spew how they are going to rise up and take over. Their Civil War for Traitor Trump, or their Boogaloo for their White KKKunts.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/06/27/trump-kristo-kracker-krazies-and-trumpturds-want-to-boogaloo-lets-boogie-then/

Trumpturd Terrorists: White man charged with hate crime in car attack on Black people
A white Southern California man was jailed on $1 million bail after being charged with a hate crime stemming from an incident in which police allege he screamed racial slurs at a group of Black people before driving a car at them, injuring two, including an off-duty security guard who fired shots at the charging vehicle.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/07/14/trumpturd-terrorists-white-man-charged-with-hate-crime-in-car-attack-on-black-people/

If This Had Been Me? I Would Have Shot These Trumpturd Karen’s and Darren’s
Psychopathic, Fascist Trumpturd Karen’s and Darren’s terrorizing a black man and his family in a car.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/06/28/if-this-had-been-me-i-would-have-shot-these-trumpturd-karens-and-darrens/

Trump Hate Map: People of Color Harrassed by Trump and His Supporters
This map shows documented instances where President-elect Donald Trump, his supporters, or his staff have harassed or attacked Latinos, immigrants, Muslim-American, African-Americans, and other minority and marginalized groups.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/06/28/trump-hate-map-people-of-color-harrassed-by-trump-and-his-supporters/

White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter
A Twitter account claiming to belong to a national “antifa” organization and pushing violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The spokesperson said the account violated the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. Twitter suspended the account after a tweet that incited violence.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/06/19/white-nationalist-group-posing-as-antifa-called-for-violence-on-twitter/

Christian Conspiracist: Black Lives Matter and Antifa Leaders Must Be Executed
John Guandolo, a disgraced former FBI agent who appears to treat all brown people with beards as a threat to national security and once said Muslim women shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office, now has an even worse opinion. He wants to see Black Lives Matter and Antifa leaders executed.

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/06/13/christian-conspiracist-black-lives-matter-and-antifa-leaders-must-be-executed/

ChristoTaliban Racists: After Backlash, Jerry Falwell, Jr. Issues Half-Assed “Apology” for Racist Tweet

After Backlash, Jerry Falwell, Jr. Issues Half-Assed “Apology” for Racist Tweet
By Hemant Mehta
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/06/08/after-backlash-jerry-falwell-jr-issues-half-assed-apology-for-racist-tweet/

It took more than a week for Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell, Jr. to admit he’s an idiot. And even then it’s a half-hearted acknowledgment.

On May 27, Falwell tweeted this remarkably tone-deaf “joke” in an effort to mock a mandate by the governor of Virginia that people must wear masks in public spaces:

I was adamantly opposed to the mandate from @GovernorVA requiring citizens to wear face masks until I decided to design my own. If I am ordered to wear a mask, I will reluctantly comply, but only if this picture of Governor Blackface himself is on it!

Just hilarious…

Falwell was bringing up the governor’s blackface scandal out of nowhere — by using an image of a man in blackface and another wearing KKK garb — in order to own the libs.

It backfired. One Black professor resigned. Nearly three dozen Black alumni published an open letter demanding his resignation.

It took all of that — and who knows how much additional pressure in private — for Falwell to issue a pathetic nonpology today.

It took all of that — and who knows how much additional pressure in private — for Falwell to issue a pathetic nonpology today.

After listening to African American LU leaders and alumni over the past week and hearing their concerns, I understand that by tweeting an image to remind all of the governor’s racist past… I actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused and offended some by using the image to make a political point. Based on our long relationships, they uniformly understood this was not my intent, but because it was the result… I have deleted the tweet and apologize for any hurt my effort caused, especially within the African American community.

Oh boy… Here are the problems with that pathetic statement:

He’s still trying to explain his “joke.”

The only person he labels as “racist” is the governor, not himself.

He claims he only offended “some” people.

He suggests those critics from Liberty “uniformly” knew he wasn’t actually promoting racism… which would be more believable if they said that themselves, which they haven’t yet.

He deleted the old tweet, which is a convenient way to try to scrub it from the internet. Thank goodness people took screenshots. (That said, deleting it was one of the requests made by those Black alums.)

He apologizes “for any hurt my effort caused,” but doesn’t say he was wrong to begin with.

In other words, he’s sorry for the backlash, but not the principle of what he did. He’s sorry you don’t find him as funny as he finds himself.

He’s not resigning, of course. He sure as hell didn’t say that anything would change moving forward.

Bottom line is that Liberty is still a school run by a racist. Not just a racist, but a racist who didn’t even see a problem with tweeting out a racist picture, and who then blamed the world for calling him out on his racism.

Every student who goes there will be judged by Falwell’s actions, fairly or not, but his constant awfulness should at least make them ashamed of their degrees. If they’re not ashamed, then they’re just as morally bankrupt as he is.

Trumpturd Terrorist: Protesters in Indiana and New York injured in alleged car attacks, days after Seattle demonstrator was killed

Protesters in Indiana and New York injured in alleged car attacks, days after Seattle demonstrator was killed
By Bill Hutchinson
https://abcnews.go.com/US/protesters-indiana-york-injured-alleged-car-attacks-days/story?id=71647189

Protesters were injured in New York and Indiana by drivers who authorities say appeared to deliberately target demonstrations just days after a Black Lives Matter march on a Seattle freeway turned deadly.

A demonstrator in Bloomington, Indiana, and two others in Huntington Station, on New York’s Long Island, were hurt Monday evening during peaceful protests, police said. The driver who allegedly ran over two people in New York was arrested, while police were still searching Tuesday afternoon for the operator of a red car who fled following the Indiana incident.

“This only fuels our fire even more. I promise you I’ll be right back out here [Tuesday],” Patrick Ford, one of the organizers of the Bloomington civil unrest, told ABC affiliate station WRTV in Indianapolis.

Ford said several hundred protesters had gathered in downtown Bloomington to demonstrate and show support for Vauhxx Booker, a Black civil rights activist and a member of the Monroe County, Indiana, Human Rights Commission, who said he was attacked on the Fourth of July by a group of white people who shouted racial slurs and called for someone to “get a noose.” The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement is investigating the attack that was caught on cellphone video and has gone viral since being posted on social media.

Booker was let go after a group of people intervened and filmed part of the attack.

Ford said Monday night’s incident unfolded as the protest in front of the Monroe County Courthouse was ending.

Bloomington police said that about 9:26 p.m., officers were called to the area after getting a report of a personal injury crash, and upon arriving learned a vehicle that injured protesters had fled the scene.

Protester Geoff Stewart, 35, told WRTV that the suspect was driving a red four-door Toyota. He said he asked her to wait to drive in the area until demonstrators cleared the street.

“A woman driving in the vehicle had come up to the stop and had started revving her engine towards us and we tried to stop her and let her know that crowd is clearing up [and] just wait a second,” Stewart said. “But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away.”

He said the car began to nudge into him and another protester who was in front of the vehicle with her hands on the hood of the car. He said he and the other protester jumped on the car as the driver accelerated around a vehicle blocking the street in support of the demonstration.

Stewart said he grabbed onto the driver’s side door, while the other protester jumped on the front of the hood.

“I was trying to block her vision so she would slow down,” Stewart said. “I tried to pull myself as far into her way to kind of obstruct her view, but she drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car.”

The Bloomington Police Department said the other protester, described as a 29-year-old woman, suffered lacerations to her head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

Bloomington, Indiana, police are looking to question this man and this woman in a red car suspected of driving into protesters, injuring one, on July 6, 2020.Bloomington, Indiana, police are looking to question this man and this woman in a red car suspected of driving into protesters, injuring one, on July 6, 2020. Blomington Police Department

Police said witnesses provided them with a license plate number for the car and several videos of the incident.

Ryan Pedigo, a Bloomington police captain, told ABC News Tuesday afternoon that police are still searching for the vehicle and attempting to identify the driver and her male passenger.

The Long Island incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Monday during a Black Lives Matter protest in Huntington Station.

Suffolk County Police said they arrested the driver who allegedly hit two people taking part in a Black Lives Matter protest.

Police said Anthony Cambareri, 36, of Coram, New York, drove into the protesters hurting them as they and others participated in a demonstration on the street. The two victims were taken to Huntington Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver sped away, but police caught him a short time later.

Cambareri was arrested on charges of third degree assault. He was issued a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a date yet to be determined.

The incidents in New York and Indiana came just three days after a protester was killed and another was injured when a car barreled into a Black Lives Matter protest on a closed freeway in Seattle.

Protester Summer Taylor, 24, was killed early Saturday on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Demonstrator Diaz Love, 32, was seriously injured in the episode that occurred about 1:40 a.m., according to police.

The driver, Dawit Kelete, 27, who is Black, allegedly got onto the freeway by going the wrong way on and off ramp, police said. Surveillance video showed the white Jaguar Kelete speeding and swerving around a vehicle blocking the roadway in support of the protest before striking Taylor and Love, police said.

State police said the suspect continued to drive south on the freeway and was chased by a demonstrator in a car for about a mile before the protester managed to get in front of the Jaguar and force it to pull over.

Kelete was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault. He appeared in court on Monday and a judge set his bail at $1.2 million.

A photo of Summer Taylor, who suffered critical injuries and died after being hit by a car while protesting on July 4, 2020, sits among flowers at the King County Correctional Facility where a hearing was held for the suspect, July 6, 2020, in Seattle.A photo of Summer Taylor, who suffered critical injuries and died after being hit by a car while protesting on July 4, 2020, sits among flowers at the King County Correctional Facility where a hearing was held for the suspect, July 6, 2020, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP

He remained in custody on Tuesday at the King County Jail, according to online jail records.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is expected to file formal charges against Kelete by Wednesday afternoon.

Trumpturd Terrorists: Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle

Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle. One other demonstrator hit by the luxury vehicle was critically injured.
By Bill Hutchinson
https://abcnews.go.com/US/protester-dies-struck-speeding-car-black-lives-matter/story?id=71617592

A young protester has died from injuries suffered when a luxury car plowed into Black Lives Matter demonstrators Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said.

Summer Taylor was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours after a 27-year-old man in a white Jaguar drove onto a closed section of Interstate 5 where ongoing demonstrations have been occurring and slammed into Taylor and another protester, Diaz Love, 32, who was seriously injured, police said.

Surveillance video captured the 2013 Jaguar apparently speeding down the freeway, swerving around cars supporting the protest that were blocking the lanes and striking Taylor and Love, who were walking on the shoulder, knocking them into the air, over the roof of the vehicle and onto the pavement.

“Absolutely heartbreaking. Summer Taylor was only 24-years-old, peacefully protesting for Black Lives Matter when they were struck by a car,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, said in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday morning. “Thinking of their family during this difficult time and everyone in the movement today.”

The incident unfolded about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday when the driver who was arrested and identified by authorities as Dawit Kelete, 27, of Seattle, allegedly entered the closed freeway by going the wrong way on an exit ramp and drove at high-speed toward a crowd of people protesting the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.

“Very candidly, we don’t know, at this point in the investigation, what the motive was, what the reasoning was,” Capt. Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol said at a news conference.

Mead said that that according to the preliminary investigation drugs or alcohol were not factors in the incident.

Following the episode, authorities cleared I-5 and warned protesters that anyone caught attempting to march on to the freeway will be arrested.

“The freeway is simply not a safe place … We feared something like this would happen,” Mead said.

Mead said the driver was initially arrested on charges of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. Kelete remained in jail without bail on Sunday.

“Those [charges] could be upgraded depending on the progress of the investigation,” Mead said.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a tweet that “many others were almost hit and witnessed this horrific event.”

Early this morning two women were hit by a car and very seriously injured while peacefully protesting. Many others were almost hit and witnessed this horrific event. Our city stands beside their friends, families and loved ones in praying for these women and all who were there.— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) July 4, 2020

Prior to news of Taylor’s death, friends had established a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping Taylor recover from the injuries.

“Summer is an incredibly strong and independent spirit,” wrote Becky Gilliam, who organized the GoFundMe page that as of Monday morning had raised more than $62,000.

Gilliam wrote that Taylor worked at a veterinary clinic and described Taylor as a “bright and caring person who’s presence elicits joy and laughter in others.”

For weeks, law enforcement authorities have warned pedestrian protesters not to use the highways as the setting for demonstrations.

The section of Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle has been closed multiple times in recent weeks due to large-scale protests.

Taylor was pronounced dead after being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Love of Bellingham, Washington, was in serious condition at Harborview, Mead said.

Love had been broadcasting the protest for about two hours on Facebook Live under the caption “Black Femme March takes I-5.” The video ended abruptly after someone, according to the Associated Press, is heard yelling, “Car!”

State police said the suspect continued to drive south on the freeway and was chased by a protester in a car for about a mile before managing to get in front of the Jaguar and forcing it to pull over.

The incident came about a month after a man allegedly drove a car drove through a barricade and brandished a gun at a group of protesters that had commandeered a section of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and turned it into an autonomous zone. Following several shootings, police cleared out the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, or CHOP zone, last week.

Trumpturd Terrorists: White man charged with hate crime in car attack on Black people

White man charged with hate crime in car attack on Black people
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/white-man-charged-with-hate-crime-in-car-attack-on-black-people/ar-BB16Js7o?li=BBnb7Kz

© Torrance Police Department Dennis Wyman, 42, of Redondo Beach, Calif., is pictured in a photo released by the Torrance Police Department with a press release naming him as the suspect in an alleged hate crime attack that occurred on June 29, 2020.

A white Southern California man was jailed on $1 million bail after being charged with a hate crime stemming from an incident in which police allege he screamed racial slurs at a group of Black people before driving a car at them, injuring two, including an off-duty security guard who fired shots at the charging vehicle.

Dennis Aaron Wyman, 42, allegedly fled the confrontation last month in a hotel parking lot in Torrance, California, police said. He was arrested during a July 8 traffic stop in Rodando Beach where he lives and was charged on Monday with multiple felony counts, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges against Wyman were filed following a string of recent incidents across the country in which people have driven into crowds, mostly at protests, injuring multiple people and killing one Black Lives Matter protester during a freeway demonstration.

Wyman was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in serious injury. He was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail, according to online records, and is scheduled to appear in Torrance Municipal Court on Tuesday.

It was unclear if Wyman has an attorney.

Police said Wyman was involved in an incident on June 29 at the Staybridge Suites in Torrance.

Wyman allegedly approached a small group of African Americans in the hotel’s parking lot about 11:30 p.m. and allegedly began yelling racial slurs at them, according to a statement from the Torrance Police Department. The disturbance prompted a member of the group, a 23-year-old man, to call his father, who was working nearby as a security guard, police said.

The 50-year-old security guard arrived just as Wyman allegedly got into his Chevrolet El Camino and began to drive toward the crowd, police said.

The security guard, who was armed, drew his gun and fired several shots as the charging car struck him and injured another person in the group, according to police.

The driver of the El Camino then drove away from the scene.

The security guard who was struck by the car was taken to a hospital with injuries to his lower extremities, police said. Details on the injuries to the second victims were not immediately available.

The episode came amidst a series of incidents in which people have used cars to attack groups of protesters across the country.

A Black Lives Matter protester was killed and another was seriously injured on July 4 when a 27-year-old man allegedly drove onto a freeway in Seattle that had been closed due to a protest and barreled into the demonstrators at high speed, police said. The suspect, Dawit Kelete, who is Black, was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in the incident that left Summer Taylor, 24, dead and Diaz Love, 32, seriously injured.

On July 6, a 66-year-old white woman allegedly injured two protesters when she drove into a crowd of demonstrators in Bloomington, Indiana, and drove off. Christi Bennett was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal recklessness, a felony. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury — a felony — and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, a misdemeanor.

On that same day, a 36-year-old white man was arrested after he allegedly drove into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Huntington Station, on New York’s Long Island, injuring two demonstrators. The suspect, Anthony Cambareri, of Coram, New York, sped away but was caught a short time later, according to Suffolk County Police.

Cambareri was charged with third-degree assault and was issued a desk appearance ticket. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a date yet to be determined.

Trump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization as GOP points fingers at extremists

Trump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization as GOP points fingers at extremists
The move comes after violent protests across the country over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
By Allan Smith

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-says-he-will-designate-antifa-terrorist-organization-gop-points-n1220321

Traitor Trump and his Nazi Trumpturd Fascists hate Anti-Fascists. Why? Because the Fascists like Trump and his Trumpturds got their asses kicked three times so far by Antifa

Donald Trump said Sunday that he will designate antifa as a terrorist organization after Democratic and Republican officials pointed to extremist groups and out of town demonstrators as responsible for violent episodes at protests in major cities across the country.

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

Trump and Attorney General William Barr had earlier pointed to anti-fascist organizers and anarchists as culprits behind the mayhem following the death of a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police. Others said right-wing extremists such as Boogaloo followers, who hope to bring about a second Civil War, were pushing for such uprising in the protests.

In a Sunday statement, Barr said the Justice Department is taking aim at “apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.”

The attorney general said that “to identify criminal organizers and instigators,” federal law enforcement officials are utilizing “our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces.”

“Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed,” Barr added. “The violence instigated and carried out by antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”

But these psychotic Trumpturd Terrorists, flying the flag of our enemies and terrorizing peaceful protesters with their small dick substitutes and this is ok with the Fascists Traitor Trump and his Fascist US AG Barr huh?

There is no domestic terrorism statute and legal authority for the U.S. to designate any domestic organization as a terrorist group, as the Justice Department’s domestic terrorism coordinator has said publicly on multiple occasions in recent years. A 2018 Congressional Review Service report on antifa said that “presumably” the FBI “would investigate antifa followers suspected of criminal activity as domestic terrorists, categorizing them as a type of anarchist extremist.”

“As this tweet demonstrates, terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused,” American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi said in response to Trump’s post. “There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns.”

The Trump administration also took aim at antifa during the Sunday political talk shows. Speaking with CNN’s “State of the Union,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said violence “is being driven by antifa.”

“And they did it in Seattle. They have done it in Portland. They have done it in Berkeley. This is a destructive force of radical — I don’t even know if we want to call them leftists,” O’Brien continued. “Whatever they are, they’re — they’re militants who are coming in and burning our cities, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”

Antifa, meaning “anti-fascist,” is a coalition of protesters, left-wing activists and self-described anarchists who seek to physically confront and bring down what they deem as the far right. Trump and his administration have long targeted the loosely affiliated group, which has made its presence felt at protests throughout his presidency.

O’Brien called for the FBI to engage in surveillance of antifa and to prosecute its members.

“And if they haven’t been doing that, we need a plan right away to make sure that happens,” O’Brien told reporters after appearing in the Sunday shows. “I think the attorney general has already been in touch with (FBI) Director Wray, and I think the President wants to know what the FBI has been doing, and what their plan is going forward, and if they haven’t been doing anything about antifa.”

O’Brien said that while he condemns “all extremists,” he pinned the violence on left-wing radicals.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted the “big story” being missed is that in “city after city we have a rogues gallery of terrorists from Antifa to ‘Boogaloo’ groups encouraging & committing violence.”

“They may not be ideologically compatible but share a hatred of govt & police & are taking advantage of the protests,” Rubio, acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, added, saying the demonstrators “don’t fit a simple left vs. right identity.”

These individuals want to “tear the whole system down even if it requires a new civil war, Rubio said.

3 groups of people at protests:

1. Peaceful protestors angry at the murder of Mr. Floyd but who have even protected police officers at protests

2. Locals who see the opportunity for wilding

3. Domestic extremists taking advantage of lawful protests to advance their own agenda— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 31, 2020

The protests began last week after a video showed Minneapolis police officers pinning Floyd to the ground as he exclaimed that he could not breathe. One officer, Derek Chauvin, was seen holding his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he begged for mercy — with Chauvin continuing to pin Floyd down even after he became unresponsive.

Chauvin was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers were also involved in Floyd’s detainment. They have not been charged with any crimes stemming from the incident.

The protests ratcheted up over the weekend after demonstrations became violent in Minnesota. Peaceful protests across the country became increasingly tense as night fell upon cities this weekend, with fires breaking out in many of them. Meanwhile, police at the protests have been recorded using harsh force against demonstrators and journalists.

Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, told “State of the Union” that some of the protesters are driven “by a passion for our community, by a love for our community, and by a deep desire to never see a loss of life like the killing on the video, the killing of George Floyd we all saw this week.”

“Then there’s folks in the street who are there to burn down our black-owned barbershops, to burn down our family-owned businesses, to burn down our immigrant-owned restaurants and it is very clear to me those people are not driven by a love for our community,” Carter said. “And there is no way you can argue those actions are designed to produce a better future for our community, quite the opposite.”

Carter had apologized Saturday after saying that “every person” arrested in the protests were from out of state, saying he was given inaccurate information during a police briefing. Local media examined local jail data that found nearly all of the people arrested at the protests live in Minneapolis or the surrounding metropolitan area.

Other top officials in Minnesota, like Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, had said out-of-staters were responsible for some of the looting and arson.

Speaking with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a Democrat, said he’s become aware of “very suspicious” people taking part in the demonstrations through video recordings made at the protests.

“The truth is, nobody really knows,” he said of who is responsible for the more violent activity. “I talked to people who were demonstrating, they say they think some of those folks are from Minnesota. And they also say some people have come from out of town. What the exact political motivation is unclear at this point. We need to investigate it.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pointed to Walz’s comments on out-of-towners in an interview with “This Week.”

“Let’s have a look at what really is happening, who is making what, taking what actions,” Pelosi said. “But we should not ignore the fact that there is a room for peaceful protests in all of this.”

Also on “This Week,” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said the large Floyd protests are happening because people “want bold and systematic change to take place, so that they can feel like their voices are heard.”

“This is what happens when people are tired, just marching every single day, just to have their humanity be recognized,” she said. “In Minneapolis, we have marched. We have protested. We have organized. And when we see people setting our buildings and our businesses ablaze, we know those are not people who are interested in protecting black lives.”

In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up

In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up
Towns from Washington state to Indiana have seen armed groups begin patrolling the streets after rumors spread on social media about an antifa invasion.
By Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/klamath-falls-oregon-victory-declared-over-antifa-which-never-showed-n1226681

About 200 protesters came to Sugarman’s Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung up in cities across the United States, the group was made up of white, black and Latino people, members of the Native American Klamath Tribes and people in the LGBTQ communities: a diverse coalition in a county of 68,000 where 9 out of every 10 residents are white, according to Census estimates. They held signs, many of which have become common during recent protests: “Black Lives Matter” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Though it was a small gathering, they had company.

Just across the street, hundreds of their mostly white neighbors were there for decidedly different reasons. They leaned in front of local businesses The Daily Bagel and Rick’s Smoke Shop wearing military fatigues and bulletproof vests, with blue bands tied around their arms. Most everyone seemed to be carrying something: flags, baseball bats, hammers and axes. But mostly, they carried guns.

They said they came with shotguns, rifles and pistols to protect their downtown businesses from outsiders. They had heard that antifa, paid by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, were being bused in from neighboring cities, hellbent on razing their idyllic town.

Frederick Brigham, 31, Klamath Falls resident and musician who goes by “Wreck the Rebel,” said he never thought Black Lives Matter protests would come to his town. As one of the few black men who lives there, he felt compelled to attend.

But the presence of armed people who clearly did not support their group was chilling.

About 200 protesters came to Sugarman’s Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung up in cities across the United States, the group was made up of white, black and Latino people, members of the Native American Klamath Tribes and people in the LGBTQ communities: a diverse coalition in a county of 68,000 where 9 out of every 10 residents are white, according to Census estimates. They held signs, many of which have become common during recent protests: “Black Lives Matter” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Though it was a small gathering, they had company.

Just across the street, hundreds of their mostly white neighbors were there for decidedly different reasons. They leaned in front of local businesses The Daily Bagel and Rick’s Smoke Shop wearing military fatigues and bulletproof vests, with blue bands tied around their arms. Most everyone seemed to be carrying something: flags, baseball bats, hammers and axes. But mostly, they carried guns.

They said they came with shotguns, rifles and pistols to protect their downtown businesses from outsiders. They had heard that antifa, paid by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, were being bused in from neighboring cities, hellbent on razing their idyllic town.

Frederick Brigham, 31, Klamath Falls resident and musician who goes by “Wreck the Rebel,” said he never thought Black Lives Matter protests would come to his town. As one of the few black men who lives there, he felt compelled to attend.

But the presence of armed people who clearly did not support their group was chilling.

“It felt like walking through an enemy war camp,” he said.

While large rallies in major cities have been the most visible part of recent social efforts to change how police treat black people, hundreds more have popped up in small, rural towns, where residents have marched and kneeled to protest police brutality.

Those protests — and some of the violence and looting that have accompanied them — have become the source of growing skepticism and paranoia in conservative circles. The most persistent rumors center on groups of antifa members being put on buses and sent to small towns to wreak havoc.

The rumors are unfounded. But that hasn’t stopped people in some communities, like Klamath Falls, from preparing for the worst. Towns from Washington state to Indiana have seen armed groups begin patrolling the streets after receiving warnings about an antifa invasion, often spurred by social media or passed along from friends. Those actions have yet to erupt in major violence but often bring heavily armed people in close contact with protesters, as it did in Klamath Falls.

The rumor

Tensions were already high in Klamath Falls. Peaceful protests 150 miles north in Eugene, Oregon, had been followed by a fire in the street and looting. On local social media, rumors were swirling that buses filled with outsiders were planning to infiltrate Klamath Falls to wreak similar havoc.

So some Klamath Falls residents armed themselves and hit the streets. Those that had children to look after watched the downtown protests from Facebook, according to comments left on the stream.

“As you can tell, we are ready,” one armed man said in a Facebook Live stream with 124,000 views. “Antifa members have threatened our town and said that they’re going to burn everything and to kill white people, basically.”

Beyond protecting the businesses on Main Street, the armed group asked: “Why would Black Lives Matter need to protest in Klamath Falls?”

The rally lasted about four hours with Klamath Falls Police Department officers standing between the two sets of protesters. On the north side of the street, protesters chanted “George Floyd.” On the south side of the street, chants of “USA” and “go home” erupted throughout the night.

“A lot of these people came out because they swore that antifa buses were in town,” Brigham said. “They couldn’t believe that I was from here. They thought I must be a black man that came from somewhere else.”

Like nearly every other county in the U.S., Klamath County and the county seat of Klamath Falls have private Facebook groups dedicated to local news, mostly filled with postings about lost dogs, local announcements and constant chatter about what’s heard over the police scanner. It was on Klamath County’s local Facebook news group that some 4,800 members came to talk about the potential threat of antifa, according to posts reviewed by NBC News.

Since nationwide protests began, President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr have without evidence blamed the antifa movement — a loose network of groups made up of radicals who rely on direct action, and sometimes violence, to fight the far right and fascism — for the looting and property damage seen during some of the otherwise peaceful rallies. Last week, Trump announced that he planned to designate antifa as a terrorist organization.

That unsubstantiated finger-pointing has coincided with viral rumors on social media — posts on Facebook and Nextdoor that buses filled with thousands of antifa members and anarchists were on their way to loot suburban neighborhoods. Some seen by NBC News featured a screenshot of a tweet by a fake antifa Twitter account that Twitter said was created by a white nationalist group.

The first mention of the buses coming to Klamath Falls came on Facebook.

“I am not one to spread false information,” one of the earliest posts stated. “There are two buses heading this way from Portland, full of ANTIFA members and loaded with bricks. Their intentions are to come to Klamath Falls, destroy it, and murder police officers. There have been rumors of the antifa going into residential areas to ‘fuck up the white hoods.’”

Some responding to the posts were incredulous, but few could argue when a screenshot of a direct message from Col. Jeff Edwards, the commander of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, was posted in one of the groups.

“Team Kingsley, for your safety I ask you to please avoid the downtown area this evening. We received an alert that there may be 2 busloads of ANTIFA protesters en route to Klamath Falls and arriving in downtown around 2030 tonight,” the post stated.

Maj. Nikki Jackson, a spokeswoman for the 173rd Fighter Wing, confirmed in an email that the message had come from Edwards.

“This was an internal message sent by Col Edwards to the Citizen-Airmen of the 173d Fighter Wing for their situational awareness and safety,” Jackson said. “The alert was received from local law enforcement agencies here in Klamath Falls.”

As the day went on, the town buzzed with talk of the incoming rioters, and residents swarmed to Facebook to report what they were seeing.

“I saw some scattered SJWs and some in black at Albertsons,” one woman posted. “SJW” is a derogatory reference to social justice warriors.

The antifa buses became a kind of local scavenger hunt. Someone spotted an empty green bus at Klamath Community College. A white bus with “Black Lives Matter” and peace signs painted in green and blue was spotted in the Walmart parking lot. A local recognized that bus as belonging to a local musician, but others didn’t buy it. Someone reported a U-Haul in front of T.J. Maxx, or maybe it was the House of Shoes.

Same rumor, different states

Rumors of marauding antifa buses have popped up on local social media networks all across the country, sometimes leading to direct, dangerous action by locals and police departments.

In Forks, Washington, locals felled trees with chainsaws to block a road, fearing that a bus filled with antifa was headed to town. According to the Peninsula Daily News, the bus was occupied by a multi-racial family of four heading home from a campsite. It was eventually surrounded “by seven or eight carloads of people in the grocery store parking lot.”

Forks residents were warned of the antifa invaders by a local gun dealer’s viral video on Facebook.

Police and 911 dispatchers in South Bend, Indiana, were inundated with calls warning of “busloads of people coming in from the toll road.” One tweet, posted by several different, brand-new accounts using identical language, warned South Bend residents to “be in by 9 and lock all of your doors.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot decried a “concerted effort out there to misinform” after the city’s police scanner repeatedly warned of antifa buses on their way into town amid protests Saturday night.

NBC News reviewed similar warnings and posts of panic in local apps like Nextdoor and Facebook groups from all throughout the country this week. “Friends in the NYPD” warned of antifa “being sent to the suburbs” in one post. A post in a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Facebook group implored residents to “protect yourselves, your family and your businesses” from a “serious rumor” about a group “organizing to riot and loot.”

Similar warnings were posted in Nextdoor groups everywhere from Jacksonville, Florida, to Danville, California. Some local police departments and sheriff’s offices in Idaho and South Dakota posted to social media to assuage residents of the false antifa bus rumors that had gripped local social media.

Four hours away from Klamath Falls, in Coquille, Oregon, Curry County Sheriff John Ward warned residents on Tuesday in a Facebook post that “3 buss loads of ANTIFA protestors are making their way from Douglas County headed for Coquille then to Coos Bay.”

That night, hundreds gathered at the Coos County Courthouse with guns, awaiting arrival of the antifa buses, the Bandon Western World reported.

The morning after the non-riot, a local couple, Douglas and Debra Bankler, published an op-ed in the Western World, saying “there’s not a whole lot worth ‘looting,’ and ‘burning down’ in Coquille — and we mean that in a good way!”

The op-ed was titled “Taking on an imaginary enemy.”

Douglas Bankler told NBC News the antifa bus rumor may have started on Facebook, but it spread through the town like a real-life game of telephone.

“We live in a tiny, podunk, little Oregon beach town. Five square miles,” he said. “God, please don’t tell us this is going on all over the place.”

‘Antifa retreats’

In the end, Klamath Falls’ largest Black Lives Matter protest saw no looting, no fires and little violence, apart from a few thrown punches, instigated by the armed side of the street, several of the Black Lives Matter protesters told NBC News.

“There was never the feel of a large contingent of a lot of out-of-town folks,” Klamath Falls Police Department Capt. Ryan Brosterhous told local newspaper Herald and News.

One person was cited for disorderly conduct and several were detained and released. “Mostly intoxication,” Brosterhous told the newspaper. The Klamath Falls Police Department did not return emails and phone messages from NBC News.

The armed man who livestreamed the protest, who was worried about antifa coming to murder white people, posted an update to his Facebook page acknowledging the risks had been overblown. “I know your hearts and minds were in the right place,” he wrote, “but a lot of the info was bad.”

Still others remain convinced that antifa had been there that night, run off by the sight of hundreds of armed patriots.

And that’s the story spreading online.

“Antifa RETREATS From Suburb After Business Owner and Neighborhood Show Up With Guns,” stated the headline on the website NewsPunch, one of the internet’s most notorious fake news destinations. The article quotes a Facebook post by Dan Kline, the owner of a local billiards bar.

“I have never felt a threat to my business as I did last night,” Kline wrote in his post. “Antifa didn’t make it to the courthouse and my bar had no incidents. Antifa walked into a hornet’s nest. It was like a sixth grade football team walking into the Oakland Coliseum to take on the Raiders.”

Kline’s post received thousands of likes and shares and was posted in other local Facebook groups from Macomb County in Michigan to Sandpoint, Idaho, according to Facebook’s social media analysis tool, CrowdTangle.

Reached by phone, Kline said he was proud of the way the counterprotest took a stand against antifa and showed the world what would happen should any outside group try and bring a fight to Klamath Falls. But he also described a different scene than in his Facebook post: a peaceful protest from a “small group of kids.”

“I can see why they felt threatened somewhat, because they actually were,” Kline said of the Black Lives Matter protesters who faced the militia on Sunday. “We didn’t know what we were up against, you know?”

“They were just trying to make a peaceful demonstration, and they ran into a fight.”

Free from the threat of antifa, the armed residents of Klamath County have mostly stayed home in recent days. But Brigham and dozens of other protesters have continued to gather nightly at Sugarman’s Corner.

“It’s been a long time since I felt this much love,” Brigham said in a livestream from Thursday night’s protest, as a large van drove by.

“They got the big guy RV,” Brigham said to an audience of 14 viewers. “That’s not antifa. It’s just somebody in an RV trying to go on vacation.”

“A lot of people still think buses with antifa are coming,” he said. “Don’t believe in the fear. Believe in this love.”

Twitter says fake “Antifa” account was run by white supremacists

Twitter says fake “Antifa” account was run by white supremacists
By Graham Kates
June 2, 2020

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/twitter-fake-antifa-acount-white-supremacists-removal/

Twitter has shut down multiple accounts that it says were operated by a white supremacist group posing as liberal groups encouraging violence.

Twitter said the white supremacist group Identity Evropa used one fake account, @Antifa_US, to call for violence in majority white suburbs, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement. The account’s removal was first reported by NBC News.

“This account violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules” the company said.

Twitter said it has also targeted other fake accounts run by Identity Evropa, but did not provide examples. The company said the accounts posted hateful tweets targeting race, religion and sexual orientation.

A screengrab of a tweet that Twitter says was posted by white supremacists posing as supporters of the left-wing anti-fascist movement Antifa.

An Identity Evropa account purported to be associated with Antifa, a collection of loosely connected groups that organize against fascism. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr said Antifa was associated with violence at recent protests. Officials have yet to show evidence to support this claim.

Without identifying any particular group, a May 31 Department of Homeland Security note warned that well-coordinated groups had “potentially compromised” law enforcement radio communications in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. The note warned that those seeking to incite violence in other locations could be “monitoring local law enforcement communications to identify vulnerabilities in their operational security posture.”

Democratic officials, including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, have said without evidence that white supremacist groups have been involved in violence. 

On Friday, Denver police seized assault rifles from at least two people associated with a group called the  “Boogaloo Bois” near the site of a protest.

In a report Monday, the Anti-Defamation League described the “Boogaloo Bois” as “right-wing anti-government extremists have also reacted to the protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd.”

“ADL’s Center on Extremism has been closely monitoring the protests nationwide, and it is our initial assessment that while a number of extremists – including anti-government agitators, anarchists and a handful of white supremacists – are taking an active role, these protests should not be categorized as “extremist” events at this point,” the organization said in its report.

The nonprofit said that although there are white supremacists among the “boogaloo” followers, the group’s focus is not explicitly race.

“Some white supremacists have also adopted the boogaloo concept, but most boogalooers are not white supremacist.  Rather, their orientation is anti-government and vehemently anti-police, a fact that has largely shaped their reactions to the protests against George Floyd’s killing,” the ADL said.