Water shall always be wet, fire shall always be hot, and Keith Olbermann shall always call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked after President Donald Trump does something inflammatory. Olbermann repeated his argument this weekend after President Donald Trump posted a video of himself beating down the CNN logo. The video was a doctored clip…
A Texas paramedic with a history of complaints against him is on administrative leave after he was seen on video kicking a homeless man in the head.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department released video this week from 2019 of paramedic Brad Cox telling police that he believed the homeless man had started a grass fire.
Video recorded on a police officer's body camera shows Cox telling the homeless man to get up before kicking him in the head. The video was obtained by WFAA.
In addition to being a paramedic, Cox is a trained MMA fighter who was wearing a fireman's boot at the time of the assault.
"Get up again," Cox told the homeless man after kicking him.
After the suspect rose to his feet, he was hit with an MMA-style punch by Cox.
Internal police documents showed that the homeless man was left with "a black eye to his right eye, bloody nose, multiple fractures to his face and a swollen right ankle."
Cox was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Dallas Police Department.
The homeless man was identified as Kyle Vess. He is now suing Cox and the city of Dallas.
It's not the first time that complaints have been lodged against the paramedic.
Cox received 12 months probation in 2016 for "falsifying a report to cover up his failure to render aid" to a man who had been robbed. The man later died a day later due to a slow brain bleed caused by the attack.
Watch the video below from WFAA.
Former President Donald Trump's efforts to remake the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department have been completely eliminated by President Joe Biden, CNN reported.
It was mere months after Trump entered the White House that he purged the DOJ of any Obama-era prosecutors, including those working with Trump's transition team like Preet Bharara. After leaving, Bharara confessed that he was fearful Trump would ask him "to do something inappropriate." By Feb. 2020, Trump announced that it was working further to "purge" the Justice Department of what it considered to be "disloyal employees" from the DOJ.
The administration will "take appropriate action" when officials find that Justice Department workers not sufficiently loyal to Trump, a spokesman said at the time.
It was just a few months into the Biden administration that it was announced the DOJ Civil Rights Division would investigate three police departments. The team also said that it would conduct an investigation into Georgia's prison system for possible civil rights violations. A Texas juvenile facility is also under investigation for systemic physical or sexual abuse of children. Within months of taking office, the DOJ announced it would also implement "new limits on chokeholds and no-knock warrants."
"Nationally, Black children are over four times more likely to be incarcerated than White children," said chief Kristen Clarke. "And the disparity is even greater in Texas, where Black children are over five times more likely to be incarcerated."
The boldest of these moves is, perhaps, a review of DOJ police funding that was announced last month. The review relies on a piece of civil rights law known as Title XI, which is often described as the sleeping giant of civil rights law, Bill Yeomans, a former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights told CNN.
Bill Yeomans, a former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights explained that there have been discussions in the past by Democrats for embracing the Civil Rights Division as a way to institute equal rights under Title XI. Now it is finally being implemented to "ensure that public funds are not furthering race discrimination," said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill called it "big shifts," after Biden took over the presidency. "I don't think there's ever been a Title XI comprehensive review by the Department of Justice."
Under former President Trump's administration, the Justice Department focused more on what it considered to be religious freedom concerns.
"It's a really strong sign that Vanita is going to take care of unfinished business," said former DOJ official Julie Abbate. "Not just go back to the way things were, but make things even better than they were before, because the way things were under Obama, it was the floor if anything."
Indicted congressman is ‘longtime’ member of secretive religious org tied to Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill: report
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), indicted on federal charges on Tuesday for allegedly lying to the FBI about campaign finance issues, is a longtime member of the highly secretive, highly political, and largely evangelical Christian group known as The Family.
That organization was recently highlighted in a Netflix documentary inspired by Jeff Sharlet's investigative book, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power."
In addition to its highly secretive political work The Family also hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast, which has been attended by every U.S. President since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Many Americans became aware of the existence of The Family a decade ago when it was revealed the group had ties to the Uganda lawmaker pushing extreme legislation known as the "Kill the Gays" bill. The Family allegedly supported the bill. It provided the death penalty for homosexual acts, and after years of international outrage the text was watered down to become the "Jail the Gays" bill, imposing a life in prison sentence for LGBTQ people. It was signed into law in 2014, and later invalidated by the Ugandan Supreme Court.
On Wednesday The Young Turks exclusively reported Congressman Fortenberry's membership in The Family. TYT notes the secretive organization has also "been tied to multiple political scandals in recent years," although that report does not mention The Family's connection to Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill.
"Fortenberry's involvement with The Family has not been previously reported," TYT adds. "However, his chief of staff, Andy Braner, is a fellow insider, who has spoken publicly about his attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast, dating back to 2014, and has ties to The Family dating back as early as 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile."
Fortenberry has hosted highly anti-LGBTQ guests at the National Prayer Breakfast, including Timothy Broglio, the Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. Broglio, who recently came out against Pope Francis' position on vaccines in order to publicly oppose them, supported then-President Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members. He also opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
TYT's report also says that Congressman Fortenberry "has been invited to multiple events overseas connected to The Family, two of which he was apparently invited to attend on The Family's dime. Congressional disclosure forms filed by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) list Fortenberry as having been invited on at least two of Aderholt's trips sponsored by The Family."
Also unknown to many is that, according to TYT, anti-LGBTQ evangelical activist Franklin Graham is the National Prayer Breakfast's only financial donor.
You can read the entire report here.
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