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News outlets misgender Detroit shooting victims as LGBT community faces attacks

One victim is dead and two others injured after a series of shootings in Detroit’s Palmer Park, all of which involved attacks on LGBT people. According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, the third victim, a gay man, was found dead last Friday morning in a parking lot close to the park’s…

Sheriffs across US drawing on right-wing fringe ideas to decide which laws to enforce

Sheriffs are increasingly refusing to enforce gun laws they have determined to be unconstitutional, reported News 21. Although the U.S. Constitution does not mention sheriffs, the position is listed in state constitutions – and most of the nation’s 3,080 sheriffs are elected, and not appointed like state and city police…

Iowa 6-year-old won’t stop playing with mom’s BB gun — so she shoots him to teach a lesson

An Iowa mother was arrested this week after police said that she shot her 6-year-old son with a BB gun because she wanted to teach him a lesson. According to a police affidavit, 25-year-old Courtney Kie-Marie Owens had recently gotten a BB gun, and the 6-year-old boy repeatedly tried to…

Minnesota Democrat to gun rights lobbyist: ‘Come near me, and I’ll blow your head off!’

A Minnesota gun rights group complained that a Democratic lawmaker threatened to blow his head off while seeking comment about his views on firearms laws. Andrew Rothman, president of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, signed an affidavit that outlined the alleged July 19 incident, reported Minneapolis City Pages.…

Cop Tasers compliant teen into fit of seizures: ‘He was trying to kill my son,’ says mom

An African-American teen in Connecticut is recovering in the hospital after being shocked by Hartford police with a Taser, even though his family said that he was obeying officers’ commands. In surveillance video obtained by WTIC, 18-year-old Luis Anglero Jr. can be seen walking up to an officer, and then…

CNN scrubs iReport claiming Capt. Ron Johnson’s fraternity gestures were ‘gang signs’

Conservatives and a CNN iReport incorrectly concluded that Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson was in a gang after seeing photos of him making hand gestures to support his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. The Washington Post on Wednesday fact checked the assertion made by a CNN iReport that photos of…

Cops accidentally kill 22-year-old woman in chaotic nightclub arrest of ‘gun-wielding maniac’

Police in Orlando accidentally shot and killed a bystander early Tuesday during an attempt to arrest a drunken club-goer armed with a gun. Officers were called to the Vixen Bar shortly before 1 a.m., after an employee reported “a gun-wielding maniac” terrorizing other patrons, reported the Orlando Sentinel. “There was…

St. Louis police officer fatally shoots 23-year-old African-American man holding knife

The St. Louis Police Department said on Tuesday that an officer was forced to shoot a man who was holding a knife, CNN reported. According to a spokesperson for the department, police were contacted after a 23-year-old African-American man stole a package of muffins and two energy drinks from a…

Pat Robertson: Michael Brown ‘probably was high on something’ and wasn’t ‘assassinated’

TV preacher Pat Robertson asserted this week that Ferguson police had been right to kill Michael Brown because the unarmed teen was “probably high on something” and “charged the police officer.” On the Tuesday edition of The 700 Club, Robertson weighed in on the shooting, and on the unrest in…

Florida woman shoots 7-year-old grandson she mistook for an intruder

A 7-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida is hospitalized after his grandmother mistook him for an intruder and shot him. The Associated Press reported that around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired. Linda Maddox, 63, said that she and her twin grandsons…

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