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Oregon man threatened to ‘mow down’ former Christian school teachers: police

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Police arrested an Oregon man and charged him with federal weapons offenses after FBI agents linked him to murderous online threats against teachers at a Christian school he once attended, court documents showed on Monday.

Zachariah Peterson, 29, allegedly wrote that he was mistreated while studying at the unnamed Christian school and planned to return to “catch each one of the abusive teachers and mow them down with a shotgun,” said an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court on Friday, the day of his arrest.

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The posts were made under the username “Vote McCain” on a web forum called “General [M]ayhem.” Peterson is accused in the affidavit of writing on the forum that he also planned to kill teachers and administrators at an adjoining elementary school, before proceeding to “have my way” with students.

The original post was deleted by forum moderators, who reported the comments to law enforcement.

According to the affidavit, investigators were able to trace the post to an Internet connection at Peterson’s home address.

When contacted by state and federal agents, he acknowledged making the post and admitted to possessing a shotgun, a handgun and two rifles, the affidavit said.

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An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the case.

Peterson, who has prior Oregon felony convictions for growing and distributing marijuana, was arrested by Oregon state troopers who seized his weapons and ammunition, court documents showed.

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He is being held on $100,000 bail in Multnomah County Jail as he awaits a court date, according to county records. He has not been assigned a defense attorney, and no hearings have been scheduled in the case.

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NYPD finally fires cop who killed Eric Garner

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The New York Police Department announced on Monday that it was firing Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner by placing him in a choke hold in 2014.

James O'Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, made the announcement of Pantaleo's firing during a Monday afternoon press conference in which he recounted the actions taken by the former NYPD officer five years ago.

Although O'Neill did not believe that Pantaleo intended to grievously harm Garner while he was resisting arrest, he said that there was no reason for the officer to continue keeping Garner in a choke hold while he was on the ground and complaining that he was having difficulty breathing.

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Fox News contributor: Criminal justice reform not needed because ‘it’s the least racist system in the country’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy insisted on Monday that the U.S. criminal justice system is the "least racist system we have in the country."

McCarthy made the remarks during a Fox News segment about justice reform proposals from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to curb incarceration rates and root out institutional racism.

"It's a funny thing, I worked in the justice system for a long time," McCarthy said. "I think it's the least racist system that we have in the country, if that's possible."

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President Donald Trump just declared war on the man he personally picked to head the Federal Reserve. The President is furious that one in three economists are predicting recession by the end of the year, and many believe the U.S. will plunge into a recession within the next 6 to 12 months.

At the top of the list of causes for the Trump recession is the president’s trade war with China, which he said a year ago was easy to win.

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!

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