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Border militia’s ‘commanding officer’ turns out to be a felon, arrested on gun charge

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The self-described “commanding officer” of a militia group patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested this week on federal weapons charges, along with another “patriot” group member.

Kevin “KC” Massey was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was taken into custody Monday by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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The 48-year-old Massey, who was seen in a recent video chasing and then detaining three migrants who crossed the border, was convicted of burglary in 1988.

The “American Patriot” militia volunteer was arrested at a motel in Brownsville, Texas, and denied bond at a court appearance Tuesday.

Massey was among the first volunteers to set up Camp LoneStar on a privately owned ranch near the Rio Grande to patrol for suspected undocumented immigrants.

Neighbors and law enforcement have complained about the patrols, saying they complicate an already difficult situation.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent fired several shots Aug. 29 at an armed militia member who also turned out to be a convicted felon illegally possessing a firearm.

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That group member, 44-year-old John Foerster, was arrested Tuesday on federal weapons charges.

The Brownsville man pleaded guilty to felony burglary in 2001 and served a prison term, and Foerster later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a switchblade and brass knuckles.

Another “American Patriot” was arrested in September on a third-degree felony charge after he allegedly left an unlicensed 9 mm handgun in a convenience store restroom.

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A militia member who attempted to claim ownership of that weapon was charged with making a false report, a misdemeanor.

Massey said at the time that the pair would not be permitted to rejoin the militia group because their actions damaged the patrol’s reputation and distracted from its agenda.

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A volunteer from Indiana who attempted to organize a protest to shut down border crossings said he left Camp LoneStar because group leaders dismissed his concerns about felons carrying weapons.

“We have a Second Amendment to protect your right to bear arms, but we are also a nation of laws — and there’s a reason we don’t let felons own guns,” said Rob Chupp, an Indiana militia volunteer.


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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