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When Daunte Wright called his mother shortly before he was shot by former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter, he told her he was being pulled over for an air freshner.
It turns out, he was pulled over for expired tabs even though there were delays of multiple months to obtain tabs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs of The New York Times reported police had added two rows of fencing, on which protesters were hanging air freshners.
Some new additions in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, tonight:
• Two rows of fences in front of the police department
• Roads blocked off by police in all three directions
• Protesters have hung air fresheners to the fence pic.twitter.com/Kw6V0yrxJn
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) April 16, 2021
Fox 9 anchor Karen Scullin posted video showing a large number of air freshners hanging from the outer fence.
Demonstration smaller - vocal - 2 layers of fencing https://t.co/QpUHhql2xd— Karen Scullin FOX9 (@Karen Scullin FOX9)1618535982.0
On Thursday, writing for Slate, Aymann Ismail blasted Capitol Police leadership following the new watchdog report that revealed how, ahead of and during the Capitol insurrection, higher-ups ordered officers to stand down from their most effective riot control methods even as they pleaded for backup.
"I expected police in military gear and a response as aggressive as I've come to anticipate covering and observing protests over the past year, where a single water bottle thrown at a cop line can bring a volley of tear gas and percussion grenades in retaliation," wrote Ismail. But instead, "I'd never seen law enforcement show this level of restraint at any protest, much less a riot."
As Ismail noted, inspector general Michael Bolton "found that Capitol Police leadership dismissed threat assessments and forbid rank-and-file officers from appropriately responding to the threat" even though the agency's own intelligence noted that "Congress itself is the target on the 6th" and "Stop the Steal's propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike." The officers were told not to use stun grenades and were given faulty equipment, including shields that shattered on impact with rioters' weapons.
All of this, wrote Ismail, spoke to how the pro-Trump rioters were subject to a completely different standard of law enforcement than that brought to bear against Black Lives Matter protesters.
"I have no idea what was in the heart of the former police chief or his leadership, but his and others' actions seem to fit a pattern that any hyphenated American is very familiar with, the chasing of perceived threats and the abandoning of evidence-based policing based on stereotypes, or just plain racism," wrote Ismail. "Not only does that drive a dagger through a community's trust in law enforcement, but it's also proven to be an obstacle in hindering actual police work. As much as this new report reveals, it leaves a fuller institutional reckoning with what happened on Jan. 6 for another day."
You can read more here.
The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Thursday updated his viewers on the latest news on the alleged Matt Gaetz sex scandals.
The host played a clip from CNN.
"We've learned these parties were held at a house in a gated community in suburban Orlando. The women we spoke with said, when some of the women arrived, there were rules. For example, the first thing some of them were asked to do was put away their cell phones," CNN's Paula Reid reported. "And we're told folks mingled and shared drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy."
Meyers focused on the details in the reporting.
"You know, my grandmother used to say nothing good happens after midnight and I'd say the same is true about anything that happens at a party at a gated community in suburban Orlando where they make you give up your phone," he said.
"As a general rule, never go to a party at a gated community in suburban Orlando where they make you give up your phone," Meyers explained.
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