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Rep. Karen Bass blasts Jeff Sessions over Justice Department report on ‘black identity extremists’

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During yet another round of testimony and “clarifications” from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) blasted a report about so-called “black identity extremists.”

She began by noting that between 1956 and 1971 the FBI ran a counter intelligence program initiated by former director J. Edgar Hoover that involved abuses of power. She then noted a new Justice Department report into that warned “black identity extremists” were likely targeting law enforcement officers.

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“Who had the power in your department to order a report like this?” Bass asked. Sessions replied that he wasn’t sure how the report got ordered.

“I don’t believe I approved it or directed it,” he said. He also admitted he is familiar with the idea of “black identity extremism.”

“Can you tell me what it means to you?” Bass continued. “Do you believe there is a movement of African-Americans that identify themselves as black identity extremists and what does that movement do?”

He explained that he found it “interesting to see the conclusions” but that he knew there were groups with “an extraordinary commitment to the racial identity” that turned violent.

“You aware of white organizations that do this as well?” Bass asked. “Given the movements such as the neo-Nazis, are they white?”

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She went on to ask if there was a similar report performed on those “white identity extremists,” such as white supremacists and neo-Nazis. “You mentioned you were familiar with black people who identify with the racial identity.”

He replied that he was but the details weren’t coming to him at the moment.

“Not coming to you? Certainly a group such as the Ku Klux Klan,” she commented. He agreed he knew of them as well of skinheads. However, Bass wanted to know if the FBI had done a similar report on “white identity extremists” who target law enforcement officers.

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“I’m not aware of that,” Sessions admitted.

Bass continued asking if Sessions had ever heard of the Sovereign Citizens, a predominately white organization that has targeted and killed police officers. Sessions said he wasn’t exactly sure of their criminal history.

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“Can you name an African-American organization that have committed violence against police officers?” Bass asked. “Can you name one today that targeted police officers in a violent manner?”

“I believe I could, but I would want to confirm that and submit it to you in writing,” Sessions replied. “I believe we had within the last year or so four police officers killed by a group that some have described as extremists.”

“So, what happened is there have been a couple of incidences in which African-Americans did kill police officers but were not associated with a black organization,” Bass continued. “One, for example, in Baton Rouge, was associated with Sovereign Citizens, which is primarily a white group. There is a lot of concern in the community from organizations such as Black Lives Matter. By the way, would you consider a Black Lives Matter an extremist group?”

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Sessions said he wasn’t able to comment on it but that he hasn’t declared it so at the Justice Department.

“You should know that a lot of activists around the country are concerned that we are getting ready to repeat a very sad chapter where people rightfully protesting what they perceive as injustice as a relationship with police officers are being targeted and labeled as extremists and going through periods of surveillance and harassment,” Bass said. “What is your department going to do to protect the rights of average citizens to protest if they have a concern about police officers.”

Sessions swore his department would not unlawfully target people. But Bass asked that Sessions review the report because “I don’t believe they exist.” She explained the organizations that are mentioned in the report are from decades ago. “I would like to know what will you do to essentially roll back what is listed in this report? It’s not accurate.”

Sessions said he’d look into it.

“They usually do an excellent job on those kinds of reports,” he said.

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Watch the exchange below:


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Video shows California cops pointing guns at Black teens who were being threatened by homeless man

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Law enforcement officers in Santa Clarita, California were seen on video pointing weapons at Black teens who were allegedly being threatened by a homeless man.

The video was posted by Instagram user Tammilaray.

"I wanted to share what happened to my son yesterday in SCV when he was with a couple of friends sitting at a bus stop headed home," the Instagram user explained. "He was attacked by a gentleman (homeless guy) who approached them and first asked them if they had any crack then tried to take their things."

According to the report, the manager of the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings called the cops to get help for the teens.

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‘Back the Blue’ members beat BLM protesters in Colorado ditch: ‘Keep punching each other in the face’

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Members of a "Back the Blue" rally were seen fighting with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Fort Collins, Colorado over the weekend.

Video posted on social media shows members of the "Back the Blue" group advancing on Black Lives Matter activists. The confrontation eventually becomes a fighting match in a neighborhood ditch.

"Everybody keep their hands off their weapons!" one man can be heard shouting. "Keep punching each other in the face. Don't shoot anybody."

Ciara Wilson posted video of the confrontation on Instagram.

"I was at the Pro Police FCPD rally today," she wrote. "Counter protestors were violently beaten and had no signs of aggression or hostility. Pro Police protestors forced them to the end of the block and then savagely assaulted them. Afterwards the COUNTER PROTESTORS WERE DETAINED. The officers did not tell them why they were being detained. The pro police protestors who literally assaulted these people for no fucking reason other than being PSYCHOPATHS got away with it. I am so sick and tired of this."

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WATCH: Brutal new ad nails Trump’s decades-long history of racism

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A new ad from progressive PAC MeidasTouch draws upon years of video footage to expose Donald Trump as a racist, going back to him calling for the execution of the Central Park Five -- who were found innocent -- to his present-day dog whistles to racists to support his re-election campaign.

The ad, called "Vote Out Racism," was released late Friday night, also touches on his birther comments about former President Barack Obama that extended into his presidential run in 2016.

You can see the ad below:

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