Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. Franz-Peter Terbartz van Elst, nicknamed the "bling bishop" by the international media, had been under fire for…
Arizona State Police admit it is not possible to know immigration status by smelling someone: report
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is admitting that it is not possible for state troopers to learn a person's immigration status by smelling them.
"On April 16, 2021 at 0617 hours, an Arizona Department of Public Safety state trooper initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 10 at Milepost 159 (in the cities of Chandler/Phoenix)," the department announced on Twitter at the time. "Upon contact with the driver, a U.S. citizen, the trooper observed 17 undocumented aliens in the vehicle."
However, the Arizona Mirror obtained a copy of the incident report that shows the trooper was focused on the smell of the individuals after stopping the van for driving 5 miles below the speed limit and not making eye contact.
"I exited my patrol car and approached the side of the van," wrote Sergeant Travis Smith in the incident report. "The passenger window was rolled down and I immediately smelled an odor that was consistent with smuggling of illegal aliens from past experiences. Once I was at the passenger window, I noticed numerous persons in the van and the driver looked scared."
The stop was blasted by American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona attorney Yvette Borja.
"That sounds racist to me. I don't know how somebody smells like an immigrant," she said.
Bart Graves, a spokesperson for the department, said the sergeant who initiated the stop has 20 years of experience.
"The Department does not consider the 'odor that's consistent with smuggling of illegal aliens' as an acceptable factor to establish reasonable suspicion that a person is a noncitizen and unlawfully present in the United States," Graves said in an email. "The Department acknowledges that the information in Sergeant Smith's report should have been better articulated."
Here's how the department initially described the stop:
In response to media inquiries, the Department is releasing the following statement: On April 16, 2021 at 0617 hou… https://t.co/sxJs7VzmXw— Dept. of Public Safety (@Dept. of Public Safety) 1618604641.0
Absent response from the agencies with jurisdiction on immigration violations, the AZDPS trooper issued the appropr… https://t.co/fRYOBhkevw— Dept. of Public Safety (@Dept. of Public Safety) 1618604737.0
According to private chat logs obtained by Vice News, a neo-Nazi and ex-Marine has plans to turn the state of Maine into an all-white ethnostate.
Chris Pohlhaus, 34, who has thousands of followers on his popular far-right social media network, sent a series of messages on Telegram that details his plans for white people to move to Maine and make a "white future" for themselves.
Speaking to Vice News, Pohlhaus said that he's "not doing anything illegal."
"I want to be in the coldest, [furthest], whitest area I can be," he said.
Reacting to his messages in the Telegram private chat room, some of Pohlhaus said that they now have ambitions to move to Maine. One person suggested a "Nazi home owners association" during the discussion.
"I don't see Maine ever getting below 75% white ever," another user wrote. "Maybe with our efforts we can raise it higher than it is now."
Pohlhaus is known for posting threats and racist statements in the online far-right ecosystem. He once said that "race traitors will get no human rights" in the coming "war." He also recently praised the Canadian man who mowed down a Muslim family of five (killing four of them) with his truck in an Islamophobic terror attack in London, Ontario.
Read the full report over at Vice News.
A Black woman was dragged down the stairs at a Washington, D.C., bar during a violent dispute.
Video shows 22-year-old Keisha Young being pulled downstairs by the hair by security guard at Nellie's Sports Bar during the city's Pride Week celebration in what she says is a case of mistaken identity, reported WUSA-TV.
"It was an altercation in there," Young said. "They were trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else and I got hit and dragged down the steps."
Protesters demonstrated outside the LGBTQ-friendly bar, which issued a statement promising a full investigation of the incident.
TW:// Police brutality A SECURITY OFFICER AT NELLIES IN DC DRAGGED A YOUNG WOMAN DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS BY HER H… https://t.co/46WDTEKYUp— 🦁⃤• big unc •(they•them) (@🦁⃤• big unc •(they•them)) 1623614001.0
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