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Officers of color blast SF police union for ‘tone-deaf’ image comparing Black Lives Matter to dogs

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The union representing San Francisco police officers is under fire for a photo that appeared in its monthly newsletter that seems to belittle the Black Lives Matter movement, SFGate reports.

The photograph shows two dogs sitting side by side, one appears to be a yellow lab and the other with black fur. The black lab is wearing a sign that reads, “Black labs matter” while the light-colored one is wearing a sign that reads, “All labs matter.”

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“I think that it’s clear that the POA continues to be tone-deaf around the real issues surrounding police accountability,” Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. “They characterize as rhetoric what is actually a really concerning problem of a lack of accountability, a lack of transparency and a lack of professionalism in that department.”

The image appeared in the August copy of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal. It’s accompanied by the words, “Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric.” But it’s had the opposite effect.

“It’s so inflammatory, and they still don’t get it,” Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice, an SFPD organization representing officers of color. “They still choose to inflame situations, and it’s just really insulting.”

The police union’s president, Martin Halloran, did not comment on the story but pointed SFGate to a radio ad recently released by the organization.

“In light of the rising violence against police officers, we hope everyone can start to turn down the volume,” the ad said, according to SFGate. “Anti-police rhetoric has been cited as a contributing factor to the violence against police officers. I think we can all do better and the police will do our part. We will continue with our best efforts to build bridges of communication and understanding between us and the community that we serve.”

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The Bay Area publication points out that the photograph ran in the midst of a review of the police department by the Department of Justice after San Francisco police shot and killed Mario Woods, a stabbing suspect that was shot more than 20 times by officers.

The department is also facing scrutiny and allegations of racism after two separate sets of racist text messages sent between officers were revealed.

“The POA is as good at sticking their foot in their mouth as Donald Trump,” Williams told SFGate. “So much for reform, that’s what that looks like. Reforms aren’t going to happen until you get them to concede that they’ve been doing things wrong, and this does not look like a concession or even an understanding or a desire to understand.”

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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