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Parents furious after cops arrest kids ages 6 to 10 at school for not stopping neighborhood fight

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Parents in Tennessee are furious after at least five children — between the ages of 10 and 6 — were handcuffed and arrested last week at their elementary school over an incident that happened in their neighborhood.

The children were accused of failing to stop a fight that happened near their homes, and angry parents and community members lashed out at the Murfreesboro police chief and city manager Sunday at a neighborhood church, reported the Daily News Journal.

“There are innocent kids that have been arrested that have been entered in a system they have no business in,” said Zacchaeus Crawford, who said that three of his children were handcuffed in front of classmates at Hobgood Elementary School.

During a community meeting at First Baptist Church, City Manager Rob Lyons and Police Chief Karl Durr promised changes to prevent similar situations, but neither official offered any details.

Police obtained arrest warrants for the students after watching video recorded of the fight and determined the children had not done enough to break up the altercation.

The school’s safety and education officer praised school officials and employees, but he said the arrests deeply disturbed him.

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“I hope we’re not setting a precedent where there’s a fight and we send everyone and their mom to jail,” said Christopher Williams, a youth pastor at First Baptist.

Crawford, whose children were arrested, said the situation added to the already tense racial climate in Murfreesboro, and school board candidate David Settles demanded police and city officials address the situation.

“I’m sorry for the new police chief because you came into a fireball, and when I say fireball — hell is about to break loose if you do not get a handle on this,” Settle said.

School officials have not commented about the arrests.

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Parents complained that their children were handcuffed in front of their peers, and some said police did not immediately notify them of the arrests.

“They are getting carted off and being detained for something they didn’t have anything to do with,” Crawford said. “My anger is not just festering. I’m not going to lie to you, my anger is over-boiling.”

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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