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NYPD head shames Ted Cruz in scathing op-ed: We will not intimidate Muslims to appease shrill politicians

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New York City police Commissioner Bill Bratton slammed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in a Saturday op-ed in the New York Daily News.

In recent days, Bratton, a life-long police officer and former Los Angeles Police Department chief, has made no secret of his feelings about Texas Sen. Cruz’s proposal to have police “patrol” Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels.

“We do not ‘patrol and secure’ neighborhoods based on selective enforcement because of race or religion, nor will we use the police and an occupying force to intimidate a populace or a religion to appease the provocative chatter of politicians seeking to exploit fear,” Bratton wrote in the Saturday piece.

He called Cruz’s views on the topic “fiction.”

“[Cruz] tried to depict the demise of the [NYPD Demographics Unit], as other ill-informed observers have done, as a knuckling under to the forces of political correctness rather than the sensible administrative decision that it was,” Bratton wrote. “The fact is that the former administration had allowed the unit to dwindle down to two investigators. Why? Because the work of the unit, which was to map the ethnic makeup of the city to better understand the domain of the New York metropolitan area, was finished. The two remaining detectives simply had little to do.”

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Bratton then said Cruz knows “absolutely nothing” about counterterrorism efforts in the city that bore the brunt of the September 11 attacks.

“We have in this city, without a doubt, the most effective and extensive counterterrorism capacity of any city in this country and virtually any city in the world,” he wrote. “Let me count the ways.”

He then listed five NYPD units staffed by hundreds of officers dedicated to counterterrorism, including the Joint-Terrorism Task Force with the FBI, the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Bureau.

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“Sen. Cruz’s references to the discontinuance of the Demographics Unit shows he has been hoodwinked by a 21st century fairy tale that refuses to die,” Bratton wrote. “He uses it in tandem with his suggestions that the police create a looming presence to intimidate Muslim neighborhoods with a show of force.”

Bratton then pointed out that more than 900 New York police officers are Muslim and many of them are military veterans.

“Ted Cruz and others seem to be willing to sideline [constitutional] principles because what they stand for shifts with the tide of the campaign and the shrillness of the name-calling,” Bratton wrote. “But as it has been said, when you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. Sen. Cruz needs to do some homework before he speaks again.”


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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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