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Chelsea bomb suspect sued local police claiming discrimination and persecution for Muslim beliefs

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Ahmad Rahami reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against police in his hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey alleging discrimination and “selective enforcement.”

Ahmad, 28, his father Mohammad Sr, 53, and his brother Mohammad, brought a lawsuit against the city in 2011 in Newark federal court, claiming that Elizabeth residents abused them regularly. The suit alleges “discrimination,” “false arrest” and “abuse of process” that humiliated them and hurt their business, a chicken restaurant.

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According to the DailyMail, the family has owned the chicken restaurant since 2002 and allegedly experienced bigotry from the beginning. The suit blames them for a “reckless disregard and deliberate indifference for plaintiff’s constitutional rights of liberty, due process and equal protection.”

It also claims officers said there was “too much crime around here’ and that the area around the restaurant was ‘known for criminal activity.”

Another lawsuit between the family and the city was about their fried chicken business that was open 24 hours a day. They claimed the city persecuted their business because it was run by Muslims and noise complaints were all “baseless.”


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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