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Florida college cops criticized after bogus gun scare over ‘Middle Eastern’ woman

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Police at the University of Central Florida were on the defensive on Wednesday amid questions over a gun scare prompted by a student’s account of a “panicky and shaky” woman she described as wearing a Muslim hijab, WKMG-TV reported.

“I thought it was problematic that they were able to detect ethnicity but not necessarily the gender,” said Rasha Mubarak, a member of the Florida chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “I think there needs to be a thorough investigation before sending out an alert to 60,000 members of the UCF community.”

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The campus library was evacuated on Tuesday after officials sent an alert warning students about a “possible Middle Eastern gun man/woman” in the area. A SWAT team was also called in to respond to the reputed threat.

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary released the online post that triggered the alert, as well as a 911 phone call in which a woman told the dispatcher that she and a friend were “sitting in the stairwell and this girl came in she’s like wearing full like, Muslim, like a hijab, like everything. She looked really panicky and shaky. I’m assuming she is praying, which is normal, which we didn’t think much of it. My friend, like, saw a silver and black handheld object. It was some sort of weapon. She was like really freaked out to see us.”

The president of the school’s Muslim Student Association, Mohamed Mohamed, also expressed concern over the alert that followed.

“It was surprising, because they didn’t even know the supposed gender of the gunman or woman but they knew they were Middle Eastern,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. “It could have been me, it could have been anyone I know. It’s really scary that people can be so discriminatory and prejudiced.”

While Beary was positive about his department’s response time, he said the incident will be reviewed.

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“We are trying to deal with the lives of young people and get information out,” he said. “If we make a mistake along that way because we are acting quickly to save lives then I’m sorry.”

Listen to the recording of the 911 call, as posted online, below.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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