“If you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”
These words from 11-year-old Girl Scout Lily Talley could have schooled a group of grown adults caught on video taunting and making racially-tinged insults at her troop, whose members came to speak during public comment period of their local Cecil County animal control department.
The girls came to an April 29 Animal Care and Control Oversight Commission meeting after growing concerned over news reports of poor conditions and mistreatment of pets, local WMAR reports.
In a video of the incident the girls, from Chesapeake Bay Troop 176, can be seen standing outside the meeting holding home made signs, when a group of adults starts harassing them with comments like, “go back to Baltimore, where you belong.”
The adults were reportedly supporters of the Cecil County’s animal control vendor, A Buddy for Life.
“They were calling us, like animals and stuff,” Arianna Spurlock, a 13-year-old Scout who is African American, told WMAR. “And I didn’t really know why because if they are calling us animals, aren’t they supposed to be helping animals?”
In the video, troop leaders can be seen trying to defend the girls, with one man saying, “You guys, no racial comments, okay. Saying that they belong in Baltimore because they’re black, that is wrong. Please don’t say that okay?”
The troop got very different responses from the county and from Buddy for Life.
Buddy for Life co-director Jen Callahan, who can be heard in audio of the meeting telling county officials to ignore the Scouts because they had been “coached” on what to say, sent an email to WMAR denying her people were involved with the incident.
“A Buddy for Life, Inc. cannot control the words or actions of citizens that attended that meeting,” she wrote.
Cecil County executive Tari Moore reached out to the girls directly, apologizing for the behavior at the meeting and offering to meet with them and take a tour of animal care facilities. Moore has suspended upcoming Animal Care and Control Oversight Commission meetings while the county analyses the program.
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The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee spent two hours and twenty minutes on his opening arguments in the prosecution of President Donald Trump.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), in his role as lead impeachment manager, laid out the case of why the House of Representatives concluded that Trump should be removed from office following his Senate impeachment trial.
Schiff, who has a reputation as a somewhat-boring former prosecutor, impressed people watching the hearings to the point where "Adam Schiff Rocks" trended nationwide on Twitter.
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a thinly veiled shot at Alan Dershowitz, who has agreed to serve on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team.
During his opening statement, Schiff ridiculed the argument made by Dershowitz that presidents cannot be impeached on charges of abuse of power, which is what Trump has been impeached on and what former President Richard Nixon would have been impeached on had he not resigned.
"You will hear the president's lawyers make the astounding claim that you can't impeach a president for abusing the powers of his office," Schiff said.
Jim Jordan scorched by Dem challenger over OSU sex abuse denials: ‘This is a damning to hell lie’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) denied claims that he knew about the sex abuse of college wrestlers by a team physician when he was a coach at Ohio State University -- and his Democratic challenger Shannon Freshour called him a liar.
At least four former wrestlers and a referee have said they complained to Jordan about Dr. Richard Strauss -- but the Ohio Republican dismissed their claims as ridiculous, reported WCMH-TV.
"The idea that I wouldn’t stand up for our athletes if I thought there was some kind of harm happening to them is ridiculous," Jordan told the station. "I’ve stood up to the FBI. I’ve stood up to the IRS. I’ve stood up to Adam Schiff. I’ve stood up to John Boehner, the speaker of the House from our own state in our own party. So, if I think, there was, if I thought there was something wrong or if I knew there was something wrong happening, I would have stood up for him. But like I said, everyone, every single coach has said the same thing I have because the reason they’ve said that just because that’s the truth."