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Poll- 77% of Americans Concerned About Rising Crime

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A majority of Americans say they are concerned about rising crime in U.S. cities, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill on Monday. Seventy-seven percent of respondents say they are concerned that crime is rising in the nation’s cities, while 46 percent of respondents said they were concerned about rising crime in their own communities. "At the same time they see an increase of violence and crime and are concerned that prosecutors are not prosecuting the crimes — they blame the protests and the high unemployment when asked what is responsible for the spike in violence," said Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director Mark Penn. "They also single out social media for being used to coordinate violence and in their view not doing much to curb it." “At the same time they see an increase of violence and crime and are concerned that prosecutors are not prosecuting the crimes — they blame the protests and the high unemployment

Utopian Goal, Meet Violent Reality. Place Where George Floyd Died Becomes Police No-Go Zone

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The NY Times reports that the area in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed has become a memorial of sorts for people from all over the country who come to pay their respects. Because of the obvious tension with police, it has also become a no-go zone for the cops. And that has been fine during the day when things remain peaceful, but at night it becomes a different story: Two months after the police killing of George Floyd, the four-block area of South Minneapolis where he gasped his last breaths remains a sacred space, a no-go zone for officers. There is a neatly trimmed garden, anchored by a sculpture of a raised fist. There are colorful murals and the words “I can’t breathe” painted across the pavement, as well as the names of dozens of other Black people killed by the police.   At night, though, the space is increasingly a battleground, with shootings and drug overdoses. The area has had an uptick in gun violence similar to what other cities have seen in the wake

Barr Nukes Mainstream Narrative

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There was a lot of coverage of the Democrats’ efforts to take on Attorney General Bill Barr yesterday during a hearing largely about the federal response to the BLM riots. As has been reported, it largely blew up in their faces. There was even a highlight reel of his responses, which is terrific. Not only did Barr successfully defend himself from attack and “eat their lunch,” in the words of pundit Michael Goodwin, he went after them for their failure to condemn the rioting across the country and the people behind it with an assist from Jim Jordan, as we reported. Here’s the clip that Jordan played, that showed the widow of David Dorn among other victims and a lot of the horrible attacks and violence that have been a part of these riots. That really puts paid to the ‘peaceful’ narrative Democrats have tried to construct. It's your choice, America pic.twitter.com/9L1VpbOvHU — Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) July 28, 2020 To see more CLICK HERE .

D.A.- "Bail Reform has not made our community safer. It’s done just the opposite."

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Since the passing of New York’s Bail Reform laws, there’s been an increase in the number of people re-offending before having their day in court. "On most cases that we get right now that people are released, they catch a second charge." Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara is now fielding many calls from victims who are wondering how the offenders are back out on the street. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is getting the same calls. "Bail Reform has not made our community safer. It’s done just the opposite." The District Attorney says the criminals know they aren’t going to jail, and aren’t afraid to admit it. "Increased crime which means increased victimization, and making the community less safe, and right now you know it’s the wild, wild west we’re dealing with right now. I mean it’s like people are saying to the police: you can’t arrest me for this." The Sheriff spoke about a number of cases where there’s

Meet Tony "T.J." Wiggins, 26, Has 230 Previous Felony Charges, Arrested for 3 Murders

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said detectives have arrested two men and a woman responsible for the fatal shootings of three friends found dead while they were headed to a fishing trip near Frostproof on Friday night. At a news conference Wednesday, Judd identified the suspects as Tony “T.J.” Wiggins, 26; his girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27; and Wiggins’ brother William “Robert” Wiggins, 21. Tony Wiggins was first arrested at age 12 and has a history of 230 felony charges including battery and weapons charges, Judd said. He has been convicted 15 times and served two terms in state prison, Judd said. “He’s wild and he’s out of control.  He's pure evil in the flesh," the sheriff said. A video recording shows that the fatal encounter apparently began when the victims and suspects ran into each other Friday night at a nearby Dollar General Store, Judd said. In describing the shooting scene, the sheriff said T.J. Wiggins screamed at one of the victims, “

"The Cost of Bail Reform was My Daughter's Life"

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Less than a year ago, life was good.  I was the proud mother of  two beautiful daughters and grandma to the sweetest eight-month old girl  you'd ever seen.  We were planning a gender-reveal for the arrival of  Caitlynne's second baby when everything went wrong. My daughter's husband, Alex Guajardo, had been on a downward spiral.  In May 2019, he  was arrested for a second DWI and a hit-and-run.  He received what is called a personal recognizance or free PR bond and was released from  jail.  In July, he was arrested again on a charge of assault-family  violence for assaulting Caitlynne, who was then 17-weeks pregnant.  My daughter made a brave move and filed criminal charges against Alex for  beating her up. Immediately following Alex's arrest, I begged Caitlynne to stay with me so I could protect her and the babies.  She refused.  Caitlynne had convinced herself that the system would protect her.  She reasoned that because her husband was going befor

UPDATE- Federal Judge Attacker Commits Suicide

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The suspect was a white man who wore a face covering and a FedEx uniform, law enforcement sources told ABC News, and he used an ordinary car to make a getaway. At about 5 p.m. Sunday, the gunman knocked at the door to the family's North Brunswick home. Mark Anderl answered the door and was shot first, before his son was also shot. "He was shot through the heart," Womack said of Daniel Anderl, who was a student at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The suspect was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound near Liberty, New York, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News. A municipal employee discovered the body in a car. The deceased suspect was an attorney who had a case before Judge Salas in 2015, sources said. A FedEx package addressed to Judge Salas was discovered in the car, sources said. The suspect who opened fire at the New Jersey home of US District Judge Esther Salas died by suicide near Liberty, NY, multiple law enforcement sources

Gunman Posing as Fedex Delivery Driver, Kills Federal Judge's Son, Shots Husband, Judge Uninjured

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A gunman shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge as he answered the door of the family home Sunday in New Jersey and shot and wounded the judge’s husband before fleeing, according to judiciary officials. The shootings occurred at the North Brunswick home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured in the attack, Wolfson said. Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person, was not in custody, the official said. The FBI tweeted Sunday night that it’s looking for one suspect in the shootings. Daniel Anderl, a college student, was the couple's only child, the official said. Salas, seated in Newark, was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirm

The Day the New York Times Died

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New York Times editor Bari Weiss announced Tuesday she is leaving the paper, issuing a blistering resignation letter that some feel proves the Gray Lady is censoring diversity of thought. Weiss published the resignation letter she sent to Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger on her personal website, saying, "Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery." She wrote she was bullied by colleagues in an "illiberal environment,” “Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences” and "intellectual curiosity” is a liability at the Times, among a variety of other devastating feedback. Bozell doesn’t think the once-proud Times can restore credibility with its current leadership, pointing to the paper caving to social media backlash as evidence. “I thought the most salient observation she made was to declare that it’s Twitter that is leading the news today, that reporters are looking at their Twitter feeds and dete

Texas Republican Convention- Ping Pong Ball Edition

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Friday’s ruling allowing the Republican Party of Texas to host an in-person convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center. On Friday, Judge Lynn Hughes, of the Southern District of Texas, had ordered that the city of Houston violated the GOP’s constitutional rights by canceling the convention. Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston First canceled the contract with the Texas GOP, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus. The convention was initially set to run from Thursday to Saturday. To see more CLICK HERE .

NYPD Again Blasts Bail Reform Laws

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At a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea expressed his frustration over the decision to release Quaran Campbell without bail, after Campbell was seen on video and body camera knocking a police officer unconscious who later required eight staples to the head, fracturing the orbital bones of a lieutenant and punching NYPD Chief Terence Monahan during a unity march followed by a counter-protest on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday. “There needs to be consequences for people that just have no regard for laws,” Shea said.  The Manhattan Assistant DA had requested that Campbell’s bail be set at $75,000, but the judge set the assailant free, leaning Monahan to tweet that “Judge Robert Rosenthal’s reckless decision to release Mr. Campbell WITHOUT BAIL endangers every New Yorker and the officers who risk it all to protect them.” Quran Campbell is captured on video for the nation to witness him viciously assault 3 cops in uniform — 1 who lost cons

Chicago UPDATE- Outnumbered and Unprepared, 18 Police Officers Hurt Regarding Christopher Columbus Statute Protest

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Eighteen Chicago Police officers were injured in a protest Friday, the department said in a statement. A large group gathered for a protest around 4:20 p.m. local time, the department said. Officers were there "providing security and protecting their First Amendment right to peaceful assembly," the statement said. Approaching a statue of Christopher Columbus, some people in the crowd used rocks, fireworks, frozen bottles and other objects to attack officers, the statement said. The attack resulted in 18 officers injured, the statement said. Some were taken to area hospitals by paramedics for further treatment and some were treated at the scene. About 12 people were arrested and could potentially face charges that may include battery to a police officer, mob action, and/or other felonies, according to the statement. 'We were outnumbered and unprepared,' officer says. A veteran Chicago Police officer said Saturday some police officers felt they weren't ready for Fri

The Faces of Bail Reform and the Victims of Bail Reform- Vol. I

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This is your community and this is what you are allowing to take place.  It will continue if you allow it.  Speak to your representative about meaningful reform.  Any reform that just releases a defendant no matter the crime and no matter the defendant's criminal history is not reform it is criminal justice surrender.

Black Community Leaders Ask NYPD to Return Plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit

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Nearly one month ago the New York Police Department announced that it was disbanding its anti-crime unit of approximately 600 plainclothes police officers, Law Officer reported. Their job was to blend in with the general population and to combat crime, particularly getting guns off the streets. However, some claimed it had been stoking distrust with law enforcement in minority communities. Yet the loudest voices were always those aligned with people committing crimes. “This is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city,” Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement at the time. “I would consider this in the realm of closing one of the last chapters of ‘Stop, Question and Frisk’… I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force.” Shea conceded that the decision does not come without “risk” and said the move is “squarely on my shoulders,” as it occurred

New York- Bail Reform Rollbacks Go Into Effect; Do They Go Far Enough?

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The hotly contested changes to the state’s bail reform laws went into effect on Thursday.  These changes, however, did not go far enough for many Republican lawmakers who have been calling for a full repeal to this law.  Assemblyman Joe Giglio says he was never against making reforms, but believes many crucial points were never fixed.  “Criminal justice is just like everything else, it needs to evolve,” Assemblyman Giglio explained. “The first part of that is we’re not as the Republican conference against bail reform. We never said that. We just said, ‘let’s do this right.’ ” Republicans in both the Senate and Assembly held hearings around the state on ways to improve the current bail reform law. Assemblyman Giglio says what he heard the most from law enforcement was the need to restore judicial discretion.  “Our communities have the right to be safe, and all we were saying was, ‘let’s do this the right way,’ ” Giglio said. “No one wants lower level criminals in jail because they cost

New Hampshire Passes Law Rolling Back Portions of Previous Bail Reform Bill

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Gov. Chris Sununu signed a criminal justice bill Thursday that bans chokeholds by police officers and requires them to report misconduct. The governor said the bill will move New Hampshire in the right direction, ensuring transparency and prohibiting private prisons in the state. The bill bans choke-holds and requires the reporting of misconduct. The bill also takes additional steps in bail reform to make it easier to detain dangerous defendants. "Pretty early on, I think everyone realized that (bail reform) wasn't right," Sununu said. "We could've done a much better job, and we really tasked the legislature to go back, work with stakeholders and find solutions, and a lot of those reforms are in this bill, as well." The bill adds a bail commissioner to the Commission on Pretrial Detention and provides immunity from arrest or prosecution for some alcoholic beverage violations. The new law also requires psychological screening for law enforcement trainees befo

Woman Arrested for Bashing Multiple Officers Described as "Kind, Generous and Peaceful"

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The woman accused of bashing police officers with a wooden cane on the Brooklyn Bridge this week was ordered held on $7,500 bail during her Friday morning arraignment. When Officer Antonio Torres tried to arrest her, she kicked him and locked her arms — prompting Torres to request help from other cops, according to the complaint. “The defendant then bit one of the arresting officers in the head,” Khazly said. The woman was brought to the 5th Precinct station house in Lower Manhattan, where she was escorted out in handcuffs and leg irons and put into an ambulance shortly after noon. Exclusive video shows that although her wrists were shackled behind her back, she managed to work her hands around to flip the bird at reporters. Asked to explain her alleged actions on the bridge, the woman — who wore a shirt saying “WANTED” in yellow letters — denied any involvement in Wednesday’s incident. “I didn’t attack nobody,” she said. Reyes has been charged with second-degree assault, obstructing g

NYP Commissioner "The World Seems Like It's Upside Down"

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City officials mount a sharp attacked on the court system after a man accused of attacking several cops – including Chief of Department Terence Monahan — was released without bail. “I think the world like this at times seems like it’s upside down,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. “There needs to be consequences for people who just have no regard for the law.” “To see someone assault him, the chief of department, is absolutely unacceptable. Assaulting any police officer is absolutely unacceptable. There have to be consequences and I say we need to have the court system to be up and running,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The comments came at a press conference where  the mayor and the police commissioner unveiled a new plan to deal with the city’s spiraling gun violence. Both had the court system squarely in the crosshairs. They have a litany of complaints, claiming those arrested for gun crimes are free to roam the streets and shoot again because, they say, courts have been closed d

Chicago Police Guarding Statute of Christopher Columbus Attacked by Rioters

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Black Lives Matter rioters in Chicago throw projectiles and fireworks at police officers guarding the Christopher Columbus statue. pic.twitter.com/YI7ZO2T55s — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 18, 2020 To see more CLICK HERE .

Houston Mayor S. Turner Vows Appeal of Federal Court's Order Overturning His Dirty Political Trick

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The mayor of the City of Houston, Sylvester Turner, remained defiant after he was ordered by a federal judge to allow an in person Republican Convention in Houston, overturning his unilateral cancellation of the city's contract for the convention. Turner said, "Upon receiving a written order from the federal judge, the City of Houston and Houston First will appeal." To see more CLICK HERE .

Man Who Beat NYPD Chief of Police and 2 Other Officers Released for Free Without Bail

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The man who allegedly beat a top official in the New York City Police Department and two other police officers this week was released from jail without bail. “Quran Campbell, 25, is accused of socking the highest-ranking uniformed cop [NYPD Chief Terence Monahan] several times in the face as Monahan tried to arrest him after Campbell had allegedly punched another NYPD officer and lieutenant” near the Manhattan approach to the Brooklyn Bridge, The New York Post reported. The Post noted that a second man, 25-year-old Banks Shaborn, was also arrested for allegedly “clocking the same lieutenant, Richard Mack, of the department’s Strategic Response Group, multiple times in the face during the scuffle.” Both of Mack’s orbital bones were reportedly broken during the attack. “They are part of this anarchist group that has been infiltrating this Black Lives movement since the beginning,” Monahan said. “This is what we dealt with since the first protest after George Floyd. It is a legitimate mov

Man Accused of Molesting 7 year old Released on Free PR bond

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Russell Debreceni, 31, was arraigned at Hillsborough Superior Court on aggravated felonious sexual assault charges on Tuesday – but the bail outcome has enraged New Hampshire police. Debreceni was held on preventative detention following his arrest but he's now free on personal recognizance bail, to the "disgust" of Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano. He was booked on July 1 after his fiancée allegedly walked in on him molesting her child, reported Boston’s 7 News. The mom cornered Debrecini, who admitted that he had been inappropriately touching the girl, a sworn affidavit stated. Before his arrest, Debrecini went to the police station with his own mother before and requested a lawyer. There, Debrecini's mom reportedly informed investigators that he told her he was "sick” and that “it happened a few times over the last year.” 'DANGER TO THE PUBLIC' “It is very concerning that the court would allow Mr. Debreceni to walk free, rather than see him as a da

Federal Judge Reverses Houston's Dirty Trick of Cancelling In-Person Republican Convention- GREEN LIGHT TO PROCEED!

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A Houston federal judge ruled Friday that the Republican Party of Texas may proceed with its in-person convention, according to lawyers involved in the litigation, a striking last-minute development as party officials have struggled to get a virtual gathering underway. Jared Woodfill, an attorney for Houston activist Steve Hotze, who helped file the lawsuit, said Judge Lynn Hughes ruled that the party can hold an in-person convention both this weekend and next weekend — and “that the City of Houston may not interfere with it.” According to Woodfill, Hughes concluded that the state party, which joined the lawsuit Friday, “made a good-faith effort to have a virtual convention" and that Houston put the party "in an untenable position to do it [virtually] in a very short period of time.” Earlier this week, the party’s State Republican Executive Committee voted to move the convention online after losing separate legal battles to proceed with an in-person gathering, which was set t