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Local LGBT Leaders ‘Troubled’ by Mike Pence’s Upcoming Visit Invite Him for a Tour and an ‘Education’



Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Savannah, Georgia for the annual Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade but local LGBT leaders are not happy. Citing Pence’s long anti-gay history, including his opposition to marriage equality, and the repeal of DADT, nevertheless they are willing to invite him to spend time with the community – in the hopes of educating him.

“We certainly welcome Mr. Pence to tour our LGBT center here to meet with LGBT activists. We can introduce Mr. Pence to queer and trans LGBT members throughout the spectrum of our community to tell their stories and we would love for the opportunity to continue to educate our elected leaders,” Dusty Church, president of Savannah Pride, tells WSAV.

Pence earlier this year was embroiled in an anti-LGBT battle with Olympian Adam Rippon, who the Vice President essentially accused of lying.

Church is willing to be a good host, but does not appear to be willing to forget, calling the Vice President “one of the most anti-lgbtq political crusaders to serve in government.”

“As a member of Congress he voted against he Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, cosponsored a deal to define marriage between a man and a woman and sought to cut off HIV funding,” Church says.

Pence’s “anti-gay policies have followed him throughout his entire political career and as his political career advances all the way up to the White House he’s gotten stronger and stronger, more vocal and more anti-LGBTQ, rather than honoring the Constitution with equality for all,” First City Network President Michael Ploski added.

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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis



Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”


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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message



On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

Watch below:


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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd



Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.


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