White Man Stabs Black Woman During Racist Subway Attack

A Black woman was punched and stabbed when she got off the subway in Brooklyn by a man yelling racially charged words, her family and police said.

The victim, 57-year-old Ann Marie Washington, was hospitalized Sunday after having surgery for a collapsed lung due to the stabbing, her family told NBC 4 New York.

Washington, a mother of two, was on her way home from work Friday evening and had just stepped off the subway at the Church Avenue stop in Brooklyn when she was attacked, advocates said.

The man, who was white, punched her in the mouth and stabbed her in the chest while calling her a “black b—-,” advocates said. Washington, who is black, is a native of Trinidad.

The attacker fled on a Q train, police said. The victim said he appeared to be in his early 30s, about 5-feet, 3-inches tall, and wearing grey and black sweatpants and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Police didn’t initially call the attack a hate crime, leading to outrage from neighborhood advocates who held a news conference Sunday.

“If this was a white resident, a new gentrifier to this neighborhood, there would be swarms of cops here,” said Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush. “But when it is a black person who is attacked by a white racist, there isn’t anything.”

Afterward, the NYPD said its Hate Crimes Taskforce would look into it. Police said they didn’t have all the details at the time the crime was reported.

2 Police Officers Arrested in Double Homicide Case

SODUS, New York — A third person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a couple shot last month in Sodus.

Bron Bohlar was arrested Tuesday evening at his home in Dumas, Texas, announced the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The 34-year-old police officer was wanted on a warrant accusing him of being part of the conspiracy that led to the deaths of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn.

Bohlar has been charged with second-degree conspiracy, a felony. Deputies said he is a police officer in Sunray, Texas.

Niles, 28, and Washburn, 24, were shot to death in the driveway of their Carlton Street home on Oct. 22. At the time of the shooting, the couple’s 4-year-old son was in the back seat of a car parked in the driveway. He was not injured.

Bohlar was third person arrested this week in connection with the double homicide.

The ex-girlfriend of one of the victims and her current husband have also been charged in connection to the deadly shooting.

Charlene Childers, Niles’ ex-girlfriend, has also been charged with conspiracy. Her current husband, Timothy Dean is facing first and second degree murder charges. Investigators believe Dean, the former police chief in Sunray, Texas, pulled the trigger.

Dean is the former police chief in Sunray, the same department which now employs Bohlar.

Niles is the father of Childers’ two children. The exes were involved in a “heated” custody dispute before Niles’ death, reported WHEC. A few months ago, Niles was granted custody of their children, a family member told the Democrat & Chronicle.

Childers and Dean live in Sunray, Texas.

The sheriff’s office said it appears Childers was in Texas when Niles and Washburn were killed. She traveled to Sodus after the double homicide and attended a vigil for the victims.

Childers and Dean were previously charged with injuring a child in Texas in May 2018. Both were arrested last week in connection with the Texas case.

In the Sodus case, Childers has been charged with second-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Dean has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree conspiracy and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Bohlar and Dean were both held in custody in Texas pending extradition to New York. Childers is being held in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or a $200,000 bond.

Wayne County detectives and Texas investigators are continuing to investigate, deputies said.

 

Florida Women Steal Service Dog

Police have identified and arrested two Florida women accused of stealing a service dog from a Vietnam veteran last month.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Oct. 28 that a Pomeranian service dog had disappeared without a trace. Its owner:  a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, the dog’s owner, 67-year-old Joseph Hanson, died the day after his dog was taken.

Surveillance video shows one woman starting an altercation with the victim, while the other comes from behind, unleashes the dog, named Kira, and walks off with her, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Jennifer Gotschall, 53, and Monique Cosser, 51, were identified Wednesday after a tip to police from a “concerned citizen” led them to the pair. The Pomeranian, named Kira, was found on Monday and was recovered “in good health,” police say.

“It’s sad and we wanted to return his dog to his as soon as possible so he could be reunited with his family member and unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Maj. Jacob Ruiz of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies have not provided details on where the dog was found.

Gotschall and Cosser have been charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years’ incarceration. Officials said they are thought to have been released on bond.

Cop Caught With Child Porn

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department was arrested for child pornography charges Wednesday night.

Officer Jonathan Dew was booked into the Davis County Jail for three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, court documents state.

Dew was placed on administrative leave as the incident is pending an open and active investigation by an outside agency. He will be on leave until the investigation is completed, a press release stated.

On Oct. 20, agents received requests to download files of known child pornography files, court documents state. Agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served requests to download over 10 known child porn files. Agents then used the IP address associated with the request to identify the subscriber.

On Nov. 7, the ICAC Task Force executed a residential search warrant at the subscriber’s home in the Syracuse area. A woman and two children were there. Agents forensically previewed and located several computer devices at the home.

Agents found a silver HP computer laptop that had links to files that contained child pornography. The woman told the task force that the laptop belonged to her husband, Dew, court documents stated. The laptop was found in a closet in a room where only Dew frequents in the residence. The woman said she thought that the laptop was broken.

Agents attempted to interview Dew at his home, but he requested an attorney after being read his Miranda Warning.

New York City to Open 4 Supervised Safe Injection Sites

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday committed to opening four supervised injection facilities where drug users can inject under medical supervision — putting the NYC at the forefront of a controversial practice that’s sparked debate across the country.

The sites are slated to open as one-year pilot programs at existing needle exchange centers in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, Midtown West and Washington Heights in Manhattan, and Longwood in The Bronx.

The city would need authorization from the State Health Department, district attorneys and the local council member in each pilot district in order to move forward with the plan.

The opioid epidemic has killed more people in our city than car crashes and homicides combined,” said de Blasio. “After a rigorous review of similar efforts across the world, and after careful consideration of public health and safety expert views, we believe overdose prevention centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat this deadly addiction.”

City officials said they’ll take 6 to 12 months to have discussions with the impacted communities before opening the sites, which currently don’t exist anywhere in the country.

A number of US cities are taking steps toward opening supervised facilities – including Philadelphia and San Francisco — but none have opened to date.

Dozens of safe injection sites have opened in Europe, Canada and Australia in recent decades.

The facilities are meant to provide drug users and addicts a safe place to inject heroin in the midst of a national opioid crisis — while giving service providers a place to approach users about changing their habits.

The sites would also help move drug users and their needles indoors — away from park benches and fast-food restrooms — and would make anti-overdose medications available on site.

But opponents of the facilities say they wrongly sanction the use of dangerous drugs and can lead to safety and quality-of-life problems for the surrounding neighborhoods.

There were 1,374 overdose deaths in the five boroughs in 2016 — up 47 percent from the 937 deaths in 2015. Preliminary data shows those numbers edged up slightly in 2017 — to 1,441 deaths from overdose.

A Health Department study commissioned in September 2016 by City Council and released alongside the mayor’s plan on Thursday said the pilot program could save as many as 130 lives and up to $7 million annually.

Cops Kill Black Security Guard Who Stopped Bar Shooting

ROBBINS, Ill. — Witnesses said a Midlothian police officer responding to a shooting inside a south suburban bar shot at the wrong person early Sunday morning.

After security asked a group of drunken men to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Sunday, witnesses said someone came back with a gun and opened fire. Security returned fire, and according to witnesses, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men involved outside.

“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris said. Soon after, witnesses said, an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson — killing him.

“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard,” Harris said. “And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”

Witnesses also say Roberson was wearing his uniform, including a hat emblazoned with the word “security,” and was holding a firearm he was licensed to carry.

Authorities were releasing few details Sunday night. Four other people, including the suspected shooter, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Roberson had a valid FOID card, but did not have a concealed-carry license.

Midlothian police confirmed that two officers responded to the scene at the bar on Sunday and that one of them opened fire.

“A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital,” Chief Daniel Delaney of the Midlothian Police Department said in a statement.

Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches, who had plans to become a police officer.

Every artist he’s ever played for every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” the Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church said. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.

“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” the Rev. LeAundre Hill of Purposed Church said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation of the original shooting, while the State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the police-involved shooting.

U.N. Calls Homeless Crisis in San Francisco and Oakland ‘inhumane’

– A United Nations expert on housing explicitly singled out San Francisco and Oakland as the only two U.S. cities that are part of a “global scandal,” describing homeless encampments there as “cruel and inhumane.”

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Canadian attorney Lelani Farha, presented her 23-page report on Oct. 18 in New York at the U.N. General Assembly after touring the world and visiting the Bay Area in January.

She also visited Berkeley and Los Angeles, but did not mention those cities in her report. On Tuesday, Bay Area housing activists held a rally at Oakland City Hall to discuss the findings.

Farha issued 31 recommendations, namely earmarking enough money for the homeless, making sure building materials are affordable, prohibiting discrimination and stopping the eviction of homeless people and the criminalization of their behavior.

“I visited California and saw firsthand the human rights’ violations being experienced by people who are homeless,” Farha wrote. “They are the victims of failed policies—not the perpetrators of crime.”

Farha said she learned a great deal touring encampments and drop-in facilities serving homeless people.

“The community repeatedly expressed that they simply wanted to be treated as human beings. It is dehumanizing, demoralizing, and unjust to criminalize hundreds of thousands of people due to their housing status,” she wrote in her report.

Farha noted that there was major rat infestation in Mumbai, India due to a lack of waste removal. In Belgrade, Ireland she saw children playing on garbage piles as if they were trampolines. In Lisbon, Africa, people had no electricity. And in California, she wrote, people had no access to toilets or showers and lived in fear of being “cleared off the streets.”

“In North American countries, I’ve visited encampments under highway overpasses deliberately deprived of portable toilets that are subject to having their tents and belongings swept away at any time,” she said in a statement.

Oakland has between 1,900 to nearly 3,000 homeless people in a city of about 425,000 and San Francisco has at least 7,500 in a city of about one million.

City leaders in San Francisco, Oakland and agencies including Caltrans and BART, who own property where homeless people live, have said that they have no choice but to periodically make camps move so that areas can be cleaned and sanitized. Officials worry about hepatitis outbreaks or other dangers, in addition to mountains of garbage that build up near the camps.

In Oakland on Wednesday, a small group of homeless people were ordered to pack up their belongings and tents and vacate the pathway at Lake Merritt near the estuary channel. A man told KTVU that the group was told to relocate to a shelter by the Kaiser Convention Center but that the center was already full.

Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that crews went to Lake Merritt to clean up overflowing garbage from the homeless residents living in the 20 Tuff Sheds the city put recently, but the situation got “confrontational” and the work wasn’t able to be completed. But, she added, that the city needs to remove the other, non-sanctioned camps. She said that the city is providing other “shelter options” in the Tuff Sheds, which are now called the “Lake Merritt Community Cabins,”, where there are 14 spaces available, or beds at St. Vincent de Paul.

Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that crews went to Lake Merritt to clean up overflowing garbage from the homeless residents living in the 20 Tuff Sheds the city put recently, but the situation got “confrontational” and the work wasn’t able to be completed. But, she added, that the city needs to remove the other, non-sanctioned camps. She said that the city is providing other “shelter options” in the Tuff Sheds, which are now called the “Lake Merritt Community Cabins,”, where there are 14 spaces available, or beds at St. Vincent de Paul.

Farha is the executive director of the NGO, Canada without Poverty, based in Ottawa. For the last 20 years, she has worked both internationally and domestically on the implementation of the right to adequate housing for the most marginalized groups and on the situation of people living in poverty. She is part of the U.N. Human Rights fact-finding team.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the U.N. on Dec. 10, 1948 and rooted in the principle that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Farha gave a deadline of 2030 so that the world will stop “accepting the unacceptable.”

Man Killed By Police During Wellness Check

Minneapolis, MN- The man shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer on Friday has been identified by his roommate.

Thirty-six-year-old Travis Jordan was the man shot in the front yard of a home on the 3700 block of Morgan Avenue North about 2 p.m., according to his friend Paul Johnson.

Jordan was living with Johnson and Johnson’s wife. Jordan and Johnson also worked together in the hospitality industry.

Sunday, Johnson stood outside his home, looking at the spot where Jordan fell.

“Why are tasers not pulled out, why is that not what’s in their hand?” he said. “Why is the lethal form of de-escalating the situation and ending it in their hands and not all the other ways that could’ve been done?”

A press release from the Minneapolis Police Department said the man was armed with a knife. Two officers from the 4th Precinct responded to a welfare check at the home. Both are on administrative leave.

According to a 911 transcript released by police Sunday, a caller told dispatch Jordan had been “having a lot of suicidal thoughts because, um, depression, anxiety, but he’s not taking any pills for that. Um, he’s just taking alcohol for it.”

The caller told dispatch they had spoken to Jordan earlier and he said “he doesn’t want to live, he doesn’t even think about his future anymore.”

“I told him I was gonna call the cops, ‘cause I was really worried about him, and he threatened me and said go ahead and call the cops, I’ll talk to them when they get here,” the caller told dispatch.

At one point, the dispatch operator asked the caller if weapons were involved or mentioned. The caller said no.

Later in the conversation, the caller said, “I’ve looked through his text messages before and he’s asked for like to find him a gun for him from someone. And then I confronted him about that a long time ago and he said he wasn’t gonna do it.”

Also Sunday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Jordan died from multiple gunshot wounds.

John Elder is the spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department and said the officers’ body cameras were on, recording both audio and video of the shooting. Plus, Elder emphasized every officer on the street has been through state-mandated training on how to safely handle people in crisis. Of the 376,000 calls for service citywide this year, more than 3,200 of them involved reports of emotionally disturbed persons.

“It was a wellness check and now our friend is dead instead of alive and getting the help that he needed,” Johnson’s wife Allison Reinke said.

Police officials say body cameras of the officers involved in the shooting were turned on and rolling during the entire incident, and should provide important clues into what led up to the incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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Labour frontbencher Keir Starmer concerned about Met police’s handling of spate of robberies of premises used for sex work in London

Common Myths About Sex Work, Debunked By Sex Workers

Sex work is one of the most maligned forms of labor, and often subject to misrepresentation and speculation. We asked two leading sex worker activists to break down some of the most common misconceptions.

With 42 killed, California’s Camp Fire is state’s all-time deadliest

The Human Identification Laboratory sorts through fire rubble to try and find victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Sunday.
The Human Identification Laboratory sorts through fire rubble to try and find victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Sunday. Photo: Randy Vazquez/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

The Butte County Sheriff on Monday reported 13 more fatalities had been discovered on Monday from the Camp wildfire, which all but wiped out the town of Paradise, located about 90 miles north of Sacramento. This brings the death toll to 42, which eclipses the Griffith Park Fire of 1933 as the deadliest wildfire recorded in state history. It already holds the title of the most destructive wildfire on record.

Details: With more than 200 people still unaccounted for, the death toll may increase further. The wildfire has consumed over 6,400 homes. The latest death toll comes after President Trump said on Twitter that he had approved a request to declare the fires in California a major disaster. People affected would be eligible for federal government aid.

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The big picture: The Camp Fire is part of a spate of destructive wildfires that have ravaged California communities in the north and south, with evacuations still in effect in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the damaging Woolsey Fire, which has claimed 2 lives and destroyed more than 300 structures.

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Firefighter loses job after posting about ‘pinto bean feeders’ at the border

A part-time firefighter with the City of Bellaire and the Westfield Fire Department in Texas has been fired after an incendiary Facebook post.

Earlier this week, Chris Bush posted this message on Facebook. “We should buy deer feeders fill them with pinto beans put them on the border and make a new hunting season. I wonder how many Texans will buy that hunting licenses and how many tags we would be allowed…”

A student threatened to bomb his high school to ‘cleanse’ it of LGBT kids

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A South Carolina teenager has been charged with making a bomb threat against his school and specifically naming LGBTQ students as a target.

Jonathan Logan-Guy Radford, 18, allegedly tweeted that he wanted to “cleanse” Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, of LGBTQ people.

“The ultimate cleansing of all anti straight and non Christians will happen to day at 8:10 at James F Byrnes High School,” said one of the tweets, which is no longer publicly available.