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‘Buy These Or I Take Your Car’: Anti-Gay Police Officer Shakes Down Driver, Calls Him A ‘Fruitcake’

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“Either you buy these or I take your car,” a police officer threatens a man before telling him, “You look like a fruitcake.”

After pulling a man over for driving an unregistered vehicle last Thursday, Officer Matthew Zagursky, a nine-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police department, flashed tickets to a fundraiser and proceeded to shakedown the driver.

“Either you buy these or I take your car, ’cause it’s unregistered.”

The tickets were for the Hero Thrill Show, an annual fundraiser that helps pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen officers and firefighters.

Video of the interaction shows the driver handing over $30 to the police officer in exchange for the tickets, and the privilege of keeping his car. After officer Zagursky receives the funds, he then starts spewing homophobic commentary.

“What’s up with the (audio beeped out) wipers?” he asks the driver. The Huffington Post reports that the uncensored version says, “What’s up with the faggot ass wipers?” After the driver explains the pink windshield wipers are in support of his grandmother who went through breast cancer, the officer quickly snaps back.

“Breast cancer I can understand, but can’t you support breast cancer in another way? You look like a fruitcake, you know? What the hell?”

“No part of that video is good,” explained Commissioner Charles Ramsey after the video footage went viral. “He used the tickets as a lever to not do his duty; that’s extortion.”

According to Philly.com, officer Zagursky has been pulled from North Philly’s 24th District and placed on administrative duty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXqC0H33Fl0

 

Image: Screenshot of Facebook video via Rob Stay Faded

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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'CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT'

#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave

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Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.

 

 

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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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