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Police chief’s daughter gets 5 to 10 months in jail for attacking Philadelphia gay couple

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A 25-year-old Pennsylvania woman convicted of joining a group attack on a gay couple in a predominantly gay Philadelphia neighborhood was sentenced to five to 10 months in jail, prosecutors said on Monday.

A jury in December found Kathryn Knott, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, guilty of the misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11, 2014 beating, the Philadelphia District Attorney’ Office said in a statement.

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In addition to jail time, Knott was ordered to serve two years probation and pay $2,000 in fines. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Knott, who was immediately taken into custody after her sentencing, is the last of three people to be sentenced in the incident.

Knott’s friends, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, both entered into plea agreements in October.

The trio were celebrating a birthday with other friends in Center City, Philadelphia, where the attack took place.

The victims of the assault, one of whom suffered a broken jaw, have said Williams and Harrigan shouted homophobic slurs before and during the assault. Knott was accused of punching one of the victims in the face.

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Police circulated surveillance video footage of the incident to the public before the defendants surrendered to police.

The three have denied the attack was motivated by anti-gay sentiment. Williams and Harrigan said they were protecting Knott from the couple.

Williams was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. Harrigan was sentenced to three years’ probation for simple assault and conspiracy.

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Both men have also been barred from Center City while on probation.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Frank McGurty and Alan Crosby)

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US military brought in to monitor police brutality protests in 7 states: leaked documents

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According to an exclusive report from The Nation, based upon Defense Department documents, U.S. military members are being dispatched to seven different states to monitor the activities of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops.

The report, by the Nation's Ken Klippenstein, notes that states include, "Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," with the author pointing out, "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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‘Absolute vacuum in leadership’: Internet shreds ‘coward’ Trump for hiding as 75 cities protest

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President Donald Trump is under fire Sunday after the White House announced he will not be seen today despite five days and nights of protests in more than 75 cities across the country and governors in at least ten states activating the National Guard.

Possibly more than at any time during his three-and-a-half year old administration Trump is taking tremendous criticism for how he has managed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and for his handling of the protests against the killing by police of George Floyd.

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Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.

The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

You can see the tweets below:

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

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