On Tuesday, NBC News reported that two police officers in Idaho Springs, Colorado are being sued by a deaf man who claims they assaulted and wrongfully imprisoned him for four months after he was unable to comply with their verbal commands.
"Brady Mistic said he was wrongfully jailed for four months over the Sept. 17, 2019 incident. He's now suing Officers Nicholas Hanning and Ellie Summers, as well as the city of Idaho Springs and the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners," reported Minyvonne Blake. "The suit, filed this month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, says the incident began just after 7:30 p.m. with Mistic allegedly running a stop sign before he pulled into the parking lot of a laundry mat. Unaware that police had followed him into the parking lot, Mistic exited his vehicle and began walking toward the laundry mat, according to the lawsuit."
The suit further alleges that Mistic attempted to communicate with officers in American Sign Language, but "warning or attempt to communicate," Officer Hanning then grabbed Mistic and threw him against the concrete before pinning him to the ground on his back.
The Idaho Springs Police Department said in a statement, "The officers gave verbal commands for Mr. Mistic to get back in his vehicle. It was later determined Mr. Mistic was deaf, but this fact was not known to the officers during the initial encounter."
Lawsuits against police acting in the course of their duties can be tremendously difficult because of the doctrine of qualified immunity, which the Supreme Court has extended to a broad scope of police conduct. A bipartisan effort earlier this year to reform policing, which included some new restrictions on qualified immunity, was defeated by Republicans.
'Empty shells of pathetic losers': Nicolle Wallace burns Texas GOP for caving to Trump's 'audit' demands
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday had blistering criticism of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for indulging Donald Trump's delusions of election fraud by conducting an Arizona-style audit.
"We're learning again today just how low Republicans will go to satiate the twice-impeached, disgraced ex-president's appetite for what, something? Rewriting the 2020 election," Wallace said. "Politico is reporting on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's response to that letter that Trump sent demanding Abbott pursue an audit of the presidential election results in Texas in 2020 despite the fact that he won."
"This is some sick bleep," Wallace said. "I mean, they're like hostages with guns to their head. Trump tells them to take his pants off, is he going to do it? What is going on with these weak, pathetic leaders whose salaries are paid by taxpayers?"
"Well, it is self-hostage taking here," conservative journalist Charlie Sykes replied. "What is interesting, this occurs after we have the face-plant be in Arizona, where the Cyber Ninja audit failed to overturn the election, which normally would have been an embarrassment if facts mattered, if shame mattered."
Wallace, who was a top GOP communications strategist before her career in broadcast journalism, had harsh words for Texas Republicans.
"This isn't about Donald Trump, this is about shells of men. This is about empty shells of pathetic losers who have nothing to do except run looking — I mean, Trump can't even tweet, so I don't even know how they track it. They're like at the fax machine looking for the latest missive from the exiled leader," Wallace said.
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On Tuesday, Alaska Public Radio reported that Anchorage's Republican mayor tried to pin hospital staff shortages on vaccine mandates, suggesting that health care workers are resigning in droves rather than comply. But hospital officials are smacking down this suggestion, saying this is simply not happening.
Alaska is currently experiencing a massive surge of COVID-19 cases, which has forced the state to authorize care rationing.
"While Alaska hospitals say they're overwhelmed with an unrelenting surge of coronavirus patients, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is pointing to vaccine mandates as one reason hospitals can't keep up," reported Liz Ruskin. "'The lingering pandemic, coupled with historically busy hospitals this time of year, as well as some employers forcing employees who chose not to be vaccinated to lose their jobs, have contributed to a staffing shortage,' Bronson said in a Facebook post Sunday."
According to the report, hospitals in the Anchorage area have not reported any such thing.
"Jared Kosin, head of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, said the high volume of complex COVID patients is the reason hospitals are overwhelmed. Blaming the staffing shortage on hospital-imposed vaccine mandates is reckless, he said," continued the report. "'From all hospitals and nursing homes that are dealing with this, I have not heard a single concern that there's going to be a mass exodus of staff over these requirements,' he said."
As new vaccine mandates have come down around the country, a number of public officials have threatened mass resignations, but so far few have been reported. The union representing the Massachusetts State Police threatened that "dozens" of officers would resign from the force of roughly 1,800, but so far only one has actually moved to do so.
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