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Annapolis killer was allowed to buy a gun — even after woman he stalked warned he’d be ‘next mass shooter’

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Jarrod Ramos, the man accused by police of fatally shooting five people and wounding seven others at the Annapolis Capital Gazette newspaper, was legally allowed to buy a shotgun even though the woman he once stalked warned police years ago that he would be “your next mass shooter.”

As reported by WBAL-TV investigative reporter Jayne Miller, Ramos in 2011 pleaded guilty to harassing an unnamed woman who has had to change her name and move multiple times after Ramos became “fixated” with her.

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That woman subsequently reached out to Miller and explained that she warned police that he was an extremely dangerous person.

“He’s a f*cking nut job,” she told Miller of Ramos.

The woman also said that she told a former police officer at the time that Ramos “will be your next mass shooter.”

Despite this, however, Ramos successfully passed a federal background check and was allowed to purchase a pump-action shotgun.

According to Miller, there were possibly two reasons that he was allowed to buy the weapon despite his troubled past. First, she says, long guns such as the one Ramos bought are easier to obtain than handguns in Maryland.

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Second, she notes that Ramos’ conviction for harassing the unidentified woman was struck by a judge, who subsequently “issued probation before the judgement.” This means that his criminal record for stalking the woman was wiped out, and thus likely didn’t show up on background check queries.

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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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