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Reporter can't lift his camera after being shot with rubber bullet covering Brooklyn Center protests
Mark Vancleave, a video journalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, posted a shocking Twitter detailing the aftermath of being shot by police with less-than-lethal munitions while covering the protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
"On Monday night I was shot in the hand by a rubber bullet fired by police in Brooklyn Center while covering a protest. The impact broke my ring finger in two places requiring surgery. I won't be able to pick up my camera again for at least six weeks," Vancleave said.
He posted a gruesome photo of his shattered hand along with x-ray photos.
He also posted a video of his point of view as he recorded his shooting.
"On impact, I lost all feeling in my hand and was rushed to safety by my colleagues where my fingers were bandaged by a protest medic," he explained.
He said two of his colleagues at the newspaper drove him to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
"I'm recovering now and deeply grateful to all my friends and colleagues who've checked in on me this past week. And for the skilled and compassionate care I received at [North Memorial Hospital]," he said. "However, I remain deeply concerned for my fellow journalists working to fairly and accurately report on the crisis unfolding in our communities—particularly as Minnesota law enforcement continues to target journalists with force and disregard theie constitutionally protected role."
"Our leaders must do better," Vancleave said.
Here is his thread:
This video captures the moment I was hit by the projectile fired by an officer from the police station across the s… https://t.co/WuFPCtNPDB— Mark Vancleave (@Mark Vancleave)1618691017.0
However, I remain deeply concerned for my fellow journalists working to fairly and accurately report on the crisis… https://t.co/HfjY3Ub42N— Mark Vancleave (@Mark Vancleave)1618691987.0
Our leaders must do better.
— Mark Vancleave (@MDVancleave) April 17, 2021
Republican blasted for attending sex trafficking summit while refusing to return Matt Gaetz donation
First-term Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) was blasted for attending a Malouf Foundation summit on human trafficking after not returning a $2,000 donation from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Fox 13 reported Saturday.
"I think that it's going to be really hard for any Utahn to take him seriously on sex trafficking when he's taking money from people that are accused of sex trafficking," said state Democratic Party Chair Jeff Merchant.
"Two thousand dollars from Matt Gaetz is not a huge amount of money to return to show the people of Utah that not only does he believe that sex trafficking is wrong, but he's also willing to stand behind what he has to say," he said. "And yet he hasn't bothered to do that."
"I begin to question whether he really cares about this," Merchant said. "He's literally, as we speak, up in Logan today talking about sex trafficking while he has money given to him by someone who has been you know pretty seriously investigated, and continuing to be investigated, by the FBI for inappropriate behavior."
This is not the only scandal the former NFL player has been facing.
The Republican was blasted by The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board on Thursday for his recent fear-mongering on immigration.
"That these words are a string of lies is secondary to their odious intent: To treat anyone who looks new to this country with suspicion. Anyone who doesn't know the language or 'the culture' should be suspected of working for criminal enterprises. That is fearmongering and it stands in stark contrast to the prevailing attitude in Utah," the newspaper wrote. "Utahns don't think of immigrants as a distant threat. When we hear foreign languages on a train or plane, we don't wonder if they're drug dealers. We're smarter and kinder than that. Your words are destructive and your constituents know it."
Although his seat is in Utah, Democrats Ben McAdams and Jim Matheson have both won in the district since the last redistricting.
White pride might not remain as alive and well in the Republican Party as it appeared just one day ago, as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was forced to walk back plans for a new House caucus meant to promote "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions" after Greene's fellow Republicans hit her with swift criticism.
On Friday, Greene, along with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., unveiled a new right-wing caucus called the "American First Caucus," saying the group of legislators intends to "follow in President Trump's footsteps."
According to Greene spokesman Nick Dyer, who blamed "dirty backstabbing swamp creatures'' for leaking the document to Punchbowl News, the first to obtain the caucus' policy platform, the group's final platform is still underway.
"Be on the look out for the release of the America First Caucus platform when it's announced to the public very soon," he said on Friday. The next day, Dyer told CNN Greene "has no plans to launch anything," explaining that "she didn't approve that language."
On Friday, sick and evil POS in the media attacked me with phrases I never said or wrote. They released a staff le… https://t.co/lPIDpa5pjN— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1618679173.0
I believe in America First with all my heart and that means every American, of every race, creed, and color. I wi… https://t.co/cg2N5bgahw— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1618679173.0
I have plans to drive President Trump’s America First agenda with my Congressional colleagues but we won’t let the… https://t.co/apqbIT5L4i— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1618679174.0
Taking specific aim at Biden's immigration policies, the caucus had argued only a day before that "societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country."
It also put forth the notion that immigrants are less educated than they've ever been, a lie which Insider fact-checked with a recent Gallup poll that found "the estimated 44 million immigrants in the United States are better educated than ever, due in part to rising levels of schooling in many of the countries they came from and an influx of high-skilled workers to the U.S. in recent years, especially from Asia."
The caucus' platform additionally touched on President Biden's infrastructure bill, the deliberations around which have devolved into a game of political football. The American First Caucus said it wanted to promote "architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture," which is in keeping with Trump's now-revoked executive order banning federal buildings from taking on certain modern styles, as Forbes noted.
The American First Caucus also parroted election conspiracy talking points, claiming that the 2020 election was riddled with systemic fraud. "Across the country federal elections have been undermined by using voting machines that are readily compromised and illegally accessed whereby results appear manipulated, voters are disenfranchised, and faith in our system eroded," it alleges. "Mail-in voting, long recognized as subject to fraud, has become normalized. We will work towards an end to mail-in voting, implementation of national voter ID and substantive investigations into mass voter fraud perpetrated during the 2020 election." However, a cursory investigation made clear that the 2020 election was the least vulnerable to fraud in the entire history of the country.
Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the project and Greene on Friday.
"The hatefulness ... is only surpassed by its ignorance of American history and values," Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), a major Freedom Caucus member, told Forbes.
Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of toleran… https://t.co/PJGaLeuusR— Liz Cheney (@Liz Cheney)1618608483.0
America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’… https://t.co/EsVSyCfowH— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy)1618605694.0
This is unironically conservative cancel culture. The twitter mob got her. https://t.co/2uRPIG4ruw— Justin Tiehen (@Justin Tiehen)1618694071.0
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