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‘Sovereign citizen’ accused of shooting federal official in northern California

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A 60-year-old California man calling himself a “sovereign citizen” was accused of shooting Bureau of Land Management agent and a California Highway Patrol officer, Talking Points Memo reported on Tuesday.

Officials in Nevada County, California said Brent Douglas Cole shot the two officers after getting into an argument on June 14 with them at a campground in the Tahoe National Forest. Cole was also shot during the incident. All three men are expected to recover from their injuries.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Cole has described himself online as a “sovereign American Citizen attempting to thwart the obvious conspiracy and subterfuges of powers inimical to the United States.” He was also arrested and charged in January 2014 for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon.

According to the SPLC, Cole used a common “sovereign citizen” legal tactic and sent a deluge of court filings in Nevada County, calling himself a “a statutory Attorney General of the United States” and saying the local sheriff’s department inflicted a “swat [sic] team style assault” upon him. The SPLC has reported that members of the anti-goverment movement typically reject the notion of law enforcement and believe they decide which federal laws they need to follow.

“I was attacked and molested, unconstitutionally arrested, unlawfully incarcerated, repeatedly intimidated and coerced to plead guilty to having committed a crime, held in secret for five days, and my property and liberty taken from me since January 26, 2014,” he wrote in one document. “I am being persecuted for being a gun owner.”

Watch a report on the shooting, posted online by the SPLC, below.

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Councilman ignites chaos at meeting by whining about people being mean to Phoenix cops who threatened to kill black family

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An incident in which Phoenix police threatened to kill a black family over an allegedly stolen doll has sparked outrage in the community.

Protesters have demanded that the officers be fired and that the $721 million budget for police should be held until that happens, the Washington Post reported.

In response, Phoenix councilman Sal DiCiccio chided protestors in a video flagged by News One.

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Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts

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During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.

Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.

"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."

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CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’

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A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.

During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.

Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.

"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."

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