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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.

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“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.”

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.

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“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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Elementary school cheer squad parents raffling off an AM-15 automatic weapon as a fundraiser

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Just weeks after a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio killed nine people, only 200 miles away in Richmond, the cheer squad is selling raffle tickets to sell a semi-automatic gun.

Fox19 reported Wednesday that the Junior Lions Cheer Team have infuriated Heather Chilton, who's 7-year-old daughter is on the squad for the first time.

"This is absurd, you're having elementary kids sell your AR-15. Why?" Chilton said. "I highly doubt that something would happen with the gun, but say it did. Say one of the kids in the high school got a hold of it — got the AR-15 or AM-15 and shot up a school with it, and I'm the one that sold the raffle ticket to his dad?"

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Gov. Jay Inslee withdraws from presidential election

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that he was officially leaving the presidential race Thursday.

He said that he got into the race with the intention of trying to raise the important issue of climate change and demand the issue be part of the conversation in the debates.

The Democratic Party has refused to have a debate that focuses exclusively on climate change, despite the numerous plans, ideas and approaches from the 20-plus candidates running for president.

He said that he isn't currently endorsing other candidates for 2020, but he hopes that his "atlas" for a climate plan will be adopted by other candidates.

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Scorching WaPo editorial tells Trump to own his bad economy and stop blaming the fed

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

In a scathing piece from the Washington Post editorial board, the team at one of the nation's top papers told President Donald Trump to stop trying to pretend it's the Federal Reserve's fault for a slumping economy.

Trump has tried to claim that the economy isn't just fine, but outstanding and excelling expectations. Yet, in the same breath, Trump claims that that the Federal Reserve is responsible for all of the problems he says don't exist. It's enough for The Post editorial board to note the economic message is "remarkably dissonant."

Trump decided to that the Fed must lower interest rates and engage in “quantitative easing” to lower bonds. It's part of a tactic the Fed uses during tough times, which Trump says don't exist. Even during the worst financial crisis in a generation, in 2008, "quantitative easing" was controversial. Then there is the matter of a payroll tax cut, something Trump said he was looking at before saying he wasn't looking at it. But if there's no crisis, then why is it necessary.

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