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Sheriff: Female Student Who Was Tossed By Cop Punched Him, He Is ‘Dating An African American Woman’

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Opinion: We’ve seen this act too many times now to not recognize it for what it is.

You may remember the press conference given last year by Ferguson Chief of Police Tom Jackson, during which he conveniently dropped little hints and statements designed to destroy the character of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen whom one of his officers had shot dead, while subtly defending his officer all the same.

Different people, definitely different scale, and no one was murdered, or, reportedly, even seriously injured, but America has learned its lesson and we’re not going to fall for this again. 

Late Tuesday afternoon Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference and explained his disgust with his deputy’s actions Monday.

That deputy sheriff, Ben Fields, made nationwide headlines yesterday after he flipped over a teenaged student in her desk, ripped her from it and dragged her across the classroom floor before planting her face on the ground, placing his knee in her back, handcuffing her, and arresting her, all because she refused to follow an order to leave the classroom. Her crime, according to students in the room, was either taking her cellphone out “for a second,” or chewing gum.

UPDATE: Spring Valley Student Assaulted By Deputy Sheriff Is A Recent Orphan

For good measure, Officer Fields also arrested the one student who was brave enough to stand up for her classmate and say, “no.”

Here’s what Sheriff Lott had to say.

“We’re going to be fair and we’re going to do the right thing.”

Really? For whom?

“If she had not disrupted that school, disrupted that class, we would not be standing here today,” Lott said. “So it started with her and it ended with my officer. What I’m going to deal with is what my deputy did,” except, that wasn’t his full purpose.

When asked by a reporter if race was a factor in the arrest by Fields, who is white, of the student, who is Black, Lott responded, “I don’t know… this deputy has been dating an African American female for some time.”

When asked about the federal lawsuit against Fields (the second, he won the first), Lott said it wasn’t at all similar to what happened Monday – except it kind of is, if you consider the accusations of racism in the case, actually, in both cases.

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Lott suggested in the future it might be best to remove the students from the room the next time this happens. Why would there be a next time? And why would he like to remove everyone from the room? No witnesses wth cell phone cameras.

Lott also said his department’s investigation would be done in just 48 hours from the time the incident took place.

“This is not something that should drag out. By tomorrow I’ll have the results of our internal affairs investigation.”

Police officers are going to interview several dozen students – hopefully with their parents present – a teacher, and a vice principal, and the deputy sheriff, and all that will be done within 48 hours? Or maybe they won’t interview the students, that will make it go faster, right?

Lott also conveniently stated another video has “surfaced,” showing the unnamed student punching the police officer.

“It showed the officer as he puts his hands on her, her punching him,” Lott said.

What do you see? 

“Just because she was wrong in what she was doing doesn’t make what he was doing completely right also,” Lott added. 

Lott also says, stunningly, that the teacher and assistant principal involved have given written statements in support of Officer Fields’ actions.

Perhaps one of the most telling statements about Lott’s motivation is this:

“We have 87 SROs, the largest number in the state. We have an officer in every Richland Two and Richland One school.”

That’s 87 police officers whose salaries are paid. If Lott doesn’t “fix” this issue, he might lose those positions, or people might realize police officers in schools is a bad idea.

Watch a portion of the press conference:

Some responses to Lott’s comments via Twitter:

 

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Watch: Student Who Filmed Officer Dragging Girl Asks, How Did A Cop ‘Let It Get To That Point?’

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Video Catches South Carolina Cop Throwing 15-Year-Old Girl Across The Classroom

 

Image by Loren Thomas/Twitter

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” NBC’s Tom Winter reports.

A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report

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Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special

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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:

 

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