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Los Angeles cop accused of smuggling undocumented migrant back into Mexico

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A 10-year Los Angeles police department veteran who was arrested at the U.S. border in San Diego with a Mexican man lacking immigration documentation was arraigned on smuggling charges in federal court on Monday.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, and Angelica Godinez, 31, pleaded not guilty to one count each of smuggling in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, court documents showed. Bail was set for Quezada at $20,000.

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Quezada was placed on paid home leave pending the department’s internal investigation, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said.

Quezada and Godinez crossed into the U.S. on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, failing to present the man to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

The pair, who said they were headed to Mission Hills, northwest of Los Angeles, were sent to secondary inspection after an imaging device detected anomalies in the rear cargo area of the Nissan Juke that Quezada was driving, according to a probable cause statement.

Inspectors found Antanasio Perez-Avalos, a Mexican citizen without legal documents to enter the United States, in the spare tire compartment, the probable cause statement said.

The smuggling charge comes as a rookie Los Angeles police officer was being sought on suspicion of murder on Monday in the fatal Southern California shooting of another man in a bar district, and authorities warned that he was considered armed and dangerous.

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On Sunday, two Los Angeles police officers suffered minor injuries when they were shot at while traveling through south Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Ken Wills)


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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