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‘Embarrassed, shocked, and ashamed’: Sheriff arrests 4 deputies in feces-throwing scandal

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Four Alameda County Sheriff’s Department deputies were released on bond after being arraigned on charges for allowing inmates to throw urine and feces at each other.

“Several Alameda County Correctional deputies are under arrest, and soon to be fired, for alleged misconduct at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin,” KTVU reports. “The charges involve allowing, even directing, inmates to pelt other inmates with urine and feces.”

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The practice is known as “gassing” or “chucking” in prison slang.

“The four people arrested Thursday are Sarah Krause, Justin Linn, Erik McDermott and Stephen Sarcos, NBC Bay Area reports. “Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Krause, Linn and McDermott have been placed on administrative leave and Sarcos has resigned. Kelly said bail for Linn and McDermott has been set at $135,000 and bail for Krause and Sarcos has been set at $35,000.”

All four posted bond and were released from jail.

“Linn and McDermott were arrested on suspicion of intimidation of a witness and assault under the color of authority,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. “Krause and Sarcos were arrested on suspicion of assault under the color of authority for a single incident in fall 2016, according to the statement. Kelly said the department believes no other employees were involved.”

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“It has shocked the conscience of our entire agency, it is a terrible event,” Sheriff Greg Ahern told KTVU. “It can’t be explained, it can’t be understood, we are embarrassed, shocked, and ashamed and that’s why we took such harsh actions.”

Even the public defender assigned to the case said he was “horrified and appalled” by the allegations.

“Misconduct like this should never be tolerated,” Brendan Woods said. “Our office will cooperate in any way necessary to ensure that these deputies are held accountable and that this abuse does not continue to happen.”

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An inmate who identified himself as Ruben Febo Jr. wrote a whistle-blower letter to the East Bay Times

“I was placed into a cell that was saturated in feces from the floor to the ceiling and all over the bunk beds,” Febo wrote. “I was made to go into this cell involuntarily.”

Febo wrote deputies target inmates who “had no family to tell” or “lacked to capacity to speak up for themselves.

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“I (bore) witness to an inhuman living environment, illegal criminal procedures/practice at the hands of many housing deputies and an inmate in which the deputies utilized to help carry out torture/torment tactics upon these inmates in these pods,” Febo charged.

“That’s not surprising at all, there are horror stories. That’s one of the lighter ones,” the wife of an inmate told KTVU.

“Folks are not being fed adequate meals, they’re not getting their health care, not getting their mental health care,” Tash Nguyen of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights told KTVU “It’s not a culture of care and healing, it’s a culture of harm and punishment.”

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None of the incidents were captured by prison guard body cameras.

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REVEALED: Russia carried out ‘stunning’ operation that hurt FBI’s ability to track its spies during 2016 election

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Yahoo News is reporting that Russia carried out what is being described as a "stunning" operation in the United States that hampered the FBI's ability to track Russian spies during the 2016 presidential election.

According to Yahoo, Russia in 2016 made a technological breakthrough that allowed it to compromise the FBI's encrypted radio systems used by mobile surveillance teams who keep tabs on suspected Russian spies operating in the U.S. Russia even managed to compromise these teams' backup systems that consisted of cellphones with push-to-talk capabilities, thus further hindering the surveillance teams' ability to do their jobs.

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The DOJ is suing Omarosa over the same law Brett Kavanaugh is accused of violating: Ex-White House ethics chief

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On Monday, former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub noted a massive double standard at the Justice Department, pointing out that government attorneys are suing Omarosa Manigault Newman for financial disclosure violations — while giving a free pass to Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of even more serious financial disclosure violations.

In fact, noted Shaub, not only is the DOJ not pursuing that allegation, Attorney General Bill Barr is giving the DOJ employees who helped fast-track Kavanaugh through Supreme Court confirmation hearings a prestigious award, usually reserved for prosecutors who take down terrorists and mob bosses:

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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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