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President of FL police union cyber-bullies woman who ‘pulled over’ speeding cop in viral video

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The head of the Miami police union is being accused of cyber-bulling a woman who shot video of herself reprimanding a police officer for speeding — but the police union doesn’t even represent the officer she filmed.

Claudia Castillo followed Miami-Dade officer Daniel Fonticiella doing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour on his way to work last week and posted the videos to YouTube. Fonticiella then stops and approaches her open window to see why she was following him. It then becomes apparent Castillo turned the tables and “pulled him over.”

“The reason I pulled you over today is because I saw you, since Miller Drive when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto, and you were pushing 90 miles an hour,” she told him, addding, “You passed me like I was standing still.”

The officer responded like many citizens do when pulled over, saying his didn’t know how fast he was going and that he was on his way to work.

The story didn’t end with the young cop being schooled by the plucky citizen. After the video went viral, the head of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Javier Ortiz, began hounding Castillo on Facebook, posting her business card online and urging people to call her work and her cell phone, the Miami Herald reports. He told people to “be aware of this woman.”

Castillo is afraid that all the angry phone calls to her workplace, prompted by Ortiz, will cause her to lose her job, telling the Herald she was sent home at one point. Ortiz also posted photos of Castillo driving a boat with a beer in her hand.

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“Feel free to call Claudio Castillo at her cell and let her know drinking and driving on a boat isn’t safe,” Ortiz posted, with the vaguely threatening, “It’s important that law enforcement is aware of this woman.”

Ortiz actions irked filmmaker Billy Corben, who began duking it out with Ortiz over Twitter with his 43k followers. Corben and his followers complained to Facebook about Ortiz posting Castillo’s personal information and Facebook took it down. Ortiz then reposted it, the Herald reports.

Neither Ortiz nor Fonticiella have been disciplined for their actions, the Herald reports. As of Thursday evening, Castillo hadn’t lost her job.

Ortiz’s Facebook feed lately shows a slew of posts slamming Castillo, and also betray anti-Muslim sentiment, including such inflammatory headlines as, “U.S. Imam: “Muslims Have The RIGHT To Take The Property Of FILTHY Christians And Jews” from a publication called Supreme Patriot. He posted another article from a publication called JewsNews with the headline, “Female muslim Professor Says It’s OK To Rape Girls To Humiliate Them.”

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The Herald points out posting his troubling opinions on social media isn’t anything new for Ortiz, who referred to 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police for playing a toy gun, as a “thug.” He has also mocked the Black Lives Matter movement.

“When acting in his capacity as [the union’s] president, he does not represent the city of Miami nor the city of Miami Police Department,” Miami police Maj. Delrish Moss wrote to the Herald. “With that said, this is an issue to be taken up with the members who have elected him to serve and not with the city of Miami Police Department.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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