When Kristan Morgan joined the U.S. Bureau of Prisons three years ago, the 30-year-old nurse expected to spend her days caring for the chronically sick and injured inside the nation’s largest correctional system.
What she didn’t expect: Being abruptly plucked from the busy medical unit in Tallahassee to pull guard duty in cell blocks — including a wing for solitary confinement.
An off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department has died after he was “senselessly murdered” in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th District, was chasing a suspect when he was “shot multiple
times,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.
Johnson stated that earlier Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police saw someone “acting suspiciously” who quickly fled from the tactical officers. A description of the suspect was broadcast on police radio, and when Bauer, who was off-duty, saw the offender, he reportedly approached the individual.
A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.
The lawsuit accused the Weirton Police Department of wrongfully terminating officer Stephen Mader after he chose not to shoot a 23-year-old man while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2016.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said in a news release by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.
(CNN)The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise’s history on Sunday, but several players have already indicated that they will not participate in the traditional White House visit, citing their opposition to President Donald Trump.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who also raised his fist during the National Anthem this past season, told CNN on Monday that he intends to skip the White House visit.
This administration loves to talk about small government and states’ rights – until it benefits working class people. Under my watch, California will continue to resist the policies of the Trump/Pence/Sessions administration that hurt the people of California.
No cooperation between California law enforcement and Border Patrol/ICE.
No immigration holds on people arrested for state crimes. No participation in turning people over to be deported. Prosecutors will receive training on the law mandating them to take immigration consequences into account when prosecuting legal residents and undocumented immigrants (this can tie into elimination of bias continuing legal education that is mandatory for all lawyers).
No collusion between California and the Feds on their draconian stance on marijuana.
The people of California have spoken. Marijuana is legal here and it’s here to stay. I would oversee a review of past prosecutions under laws changed by Prop 64, with a priority toward anyone currently incarcerated who should be released. There are convictions that need to be reversed and felony convictions that need to be reduced to misdemeanors. The burden should not be on those prosecuted to file petitions, especially if incarcerated. For decades, there has been disproportionate punishment of people of color in the war on drugs from policing through sentencing, and I won’t stand for a racial divide where past marijuana policy is still punishing many while others profit.
Cindy Falco-DiCorrado at the Dec. 5 Boynton Beach City Commission meeting. (Photo handout: Adam Wasserman)
A Boynton Beach volunteer board memberaccused of being a white supremacist and racist, based on comments she made while discussing sanctuary cities, announced her resignation in a late Sunday night e-mail.
Residents accused Cindy Falco-DiCorrado of spewing racial slurs toward them at the Dec. 5 commission meeting when the city’s leaders spoke about whether to become a sanctuary city at the request of Commissioner Christina Romelus. Boynton discussed the issue, but ultimately decided against becoming a sanctuary city.
After, officials fielded emails about Falco-DiCorrado, who opposed Romelus’ pursuit, from residents asking for her to be fired from the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board. Resident Mathi Mulligan said Falco-DiCorrado told him at the meeting to speak “better English ” and allegedly told black residents, “You’re lucky we brought you over as slaves, or else you’d be deported, too.”
Mulligan added: “We will keep pressing on until the City Commission fires this white supremacist from a job that gives her direct power over the lives of people of color.”
Falco-DiCorrado previously told The Palm Beach Post her comments were misunderstood and she didn’t mean any harm.
Vice Mayor Justin Katz last week asked for her to resign but she declined. Commissioner Joe Casello, who appointed her to the board, planned to discuss her position at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.
However Falco-DiCorrado did not wait until Tuesday.
She wrote to the city’s clerk that she received a new career opportunity and would have a conflict in time if she didn’t resign from her position on the CRA board and also on the art council.
“I also heard that the City of Boynton Beach is being attacked through my stance on Sanctuary cities and things that I said that were taken out of context and it just keeps getting worse as those who have hate in their hearts only can hear and see hate,” she wrote. “I ask if anyone was hurt by things that I said that could of been misconstrued, taken out of context or due to misunderstandings to please forgive me. For the record I am NOT a racist nor a white supremacist (which I had to look up what it meant) I forgive them too.”
She added: “I see that a lynch mob was put out on me which keeps Boynton Beach in a negative light. I do love the City of Boynton Beach and I don’t want to see lies and vileness spewed for an agenda of a certain group.”
The CRA advisory board members make recommendations to the CRA board, composed of the City Commission, on redevelopment and other agency business in the Heart of Boynton. The CRA is tasked with removing slum and blight.
Casello said Falco-DiCorrado did the right thing.
“I think she saved herself a lot of embarrassment. I think she saved the city a lot of embarrassment,” he said.
He added he does not think she is a racist. He said statements she might have said could have been taken out of context.
After Al Franken resigned last month due to allegations of sexual misconduct, democrats have been rallying around cries for Trump to step down because of the numerous sexual assault allegations leveled against him by more than a dozen women. Today, Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones spoke out against these voices, saying that he doesn’t believe that Donald Trump should resign, and that “we need to move on”.
Days after being elected in an upset in one of the reddest of states, Senator-elect Doug Jones had a message for his new colleagues: I’ll work with both parties.
The Alabama Democrat, whose long-shot candidacy was boosted by allegations of sexual misconduct against his Republican opponent, also said that President Donald Trump doesn’t need to resign, as some members of his party have urged.
“Don’t expect me to vote solidly for the Republicans or Democrats,” Jones, the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in more than two decades, said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“Those allegations were made before the (2016) election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election,” Jones said when asked whether Trump should resign. “We need to move on and not get distracted by those issues. Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing the people of this country right now.”
According to reports obtained by NBC 4 Washington, The White House is plagued with cockroaches, mice and ants. NBC obtained work orders and building maintenance files that have revealed there are multiple rodent and bug infestations around the premises.
The work orders, which all came from the past two years, included multiple requests for mouse traps and bug lights — including one for the office of top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway — and an order to exterminate “cockroaches in the dining room.”
Cockroach infestations were found in at least four parts of Donald Trump’s official residence, while a colony of ants were living in Chief of Staff John Kelly’s office. Mice were also discovered to be living in the Situation Room and the White House Navy mess food area.
General Brian Miller, a former General Services Administration (GSA) inspector, told NBC maintaining the White House was an “enormous job”.
“GSA hires contractors and subcontractors for the work. Then the agency must watch over the contractors.”
He added: “They are old buildings. Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work.”
Beverly Young Nelson said she was 16 years old when Roy Moore allegedly tried to force himself on her after offering a ride home from her job as a waitress.”I tried fight him off while yelling at him to stop,” she said, adding that he locked his car to prevent her escape.
Moore, 70, denies the allegations, describing them as a “witch hunt”.
But Senator Cory Gardner, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, said on Monday he believes Moore’s accusers “spoke with courage and truth” and the former Alabama chief justice should be expelled if he is elected.
“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” he said.
Nelson’s accusation comes after four other women detailed allegations of sexual assault by the conservative firebrand while they were teenagers in Alabama.
The 56-year-old said she met Mr Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsen, Alabama, where she worked as a waitress while she was a teenager.
She claimed Moore, a 30-year-old deputy district attorney at the time, offered to sign her high school yearbook and wrote: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas.”
He signed it “Love, Roy Moore, DA”, according to a copy of the yearbook page provided to reporters by her attorney, Gloria Allred.
About a week or two later, he allegedly offered to drive her home and instead drove to the back of the restaurant car park.
“I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought he was going to rape me,” she told reporters at a news conference on Monday.
“At some point he gave up and he then looked at me and he told me, ‘You’re just a child,’ and he said, ‘I am the district attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you”, Nelson said, adding that her neck was bruised in the struggle.
“He finally allowed me to open the door and I either fell out or he pushed me out.”
A different kind of glass ceiling could be broken this Election Day by a Democrat aiming to become Virginia’s first transgender office-holder — and the first openly transgender person elected to any state legislature.
Danica Roem, 32, is running for a delegate seat in the Virginia state legislature to represent a district that favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by 5 percent. She holds a coveted endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden in an effort by national Democratic leaders to end the 16-year GOP reign in the Virginia state chamber.
Roem told Cosmopolitanthat she’s not running to directly oppose President Donald Trump — after all, the state Democratic Party asked her to run for office before Trump even won the White House — but she understands the importance of her voice in Trump’s America.
As Trump pushed anti-LGBT policies like a ban on transgender people serving in the military, Roem used her voice — and fundraised based on the discriminatory rhetoric from the White House. “For our president, who opted out of serving in the military, to attack transgender people for being unfit to serve… is the height of hypocrisy,” Roem told The Washington Post. “Transgender military members… have done more to serve and protect their country than Donald Trump ever will.”
Roem has campaigned on infrastructure fixes, economic development, marginally raising the state’s minimum wage, sweeping school funding reform and civil rights issues. She called the civil rights issues a way to “improve [the] quality of life” of people in Virginia.
She hopes to unseat Robert Marshall, a Republican who sponsored Virginia’s transgender bathroom bill and a ban on gay people serving in the Virginia National Guard. His campaign website highlights his authorship of an anti-gay marriage amendment, which was struck down by a federal judge. He also opposed protection for LGBT people in the state, saying there is no evidence that it’s needed in Virginia.
“Success of the GLBT agenda in recent years has largely depended on identifying the homosexual movement as a modern version of the Civil Right struggle,” Marshall said on his campaign website. “This is, of course, nonsense.”
The polls in Virginia close 7 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.