CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig...
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Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California on Wednesday revealed a fascinating detail uncovered by her colleagues on the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Lofgren worked for the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate and is the only member of the select committee to have participated in all four modern presidential impeachments.
She was interviewed on Wednesday evening by Anderson Cooper.
"The messages shown by Vice-Chair Cheney at the end of yesterday's hearing seemed to open the door to potential witness tampering," Cooper said. "Is the committee in possession of more messages along those lines? Has that evidence been shared with the Justice Department?"
"Let's just say, we're concerned," Lofgren replied.
"As you know, in a prior hearing, we talked about the hundreds of millions of dollars that the former president raised. Some of that money is being used to pay for lawyers for witnesses and it's not clear that that arrangement is one that is without coercion potential for some of those witnesses," she revealed.
"So, let's just say this," she continued. "It's a concern and anyone who is trying to disway or tamper a witness should be on notice that that's a crime and we are perfectly prepared to provide any evidence we have to the proper authorities."
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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Wednesday that a 158-year old Arizona law declaring that any woman or provider who facilitates a procedure that causes a miscarriage or abortion can face a prison sentence between two to five years is now in effect and effectively bans abortion in the state.
“Our office has concluded that the Arizona legislature has made its intentions clear regarding abortions laws,” Brnovich’s office said in a Tweeted out statement. “(The law) is back in effect and will not be repealed in 90 days by SB1164. We will soon be asking the court to vacate the injunction which was put in place following Roe v Wade in light of the Dobbs decision earlier this month.”
Lawmakers this year passed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks, the bill referenced by Brnovich, but that legislation was designed to go into effect only if Roe was not overturned.
The law states that a “person who provides, supplies or administers” any “medicine, drugs or substance, or uses or employs any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of such woman, unless it is necessary to save her life, shall be punished by (imprisonment) in the state prison for not less than two years nor more than five years.”
The law has no exception for abortion in cases of rape or incest but interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has said she is unlikely to prosecute cases of survivors of rape and incest. The law effectively bans abortion in the state of Arizona except for in cases where the woman’s life is in danger and some have read the law as a possible way to ban Plan B and inuterine devices due to its plain language. The law was first created by the first territorial Arizona legislature in 1864.
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A man from suburban Atlanta who was attacked by a police dog at an arrest at his home will soon be turning the tables, his lawyers say.
Travis Moya, 37, of Alpharetta, GA, learned today that Fulton County District Attorney’s office that he was not be prosecuted for charges of resisting arrest for an incident office his home on July 25, 2021, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported today.
“Senior District Attorney Melissa Roth said in a court filing dated June 2 that after reviewing police bodycam video “the state believes a jury would find insufficient evidence to support a finding of guilt,” against Moya, it was reported.
“Moya’s attorney Chris Stewart said the law firm plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Alpharetta Police department. Stewart has said Moya was experiencing a mental health crisis when his stepson called 911 last July. The attorney says police used excessive force resulting in a concussion and multiple dog bite wounds,” the paper reported.
Police had been called to Moya’s home when he reportedly was having a mental health crisis. Here’s how Atlanta’s CBS affiliate 46 News described the situation today.
“Moya and his wife Kami say they still suffer from physical and emotional distress from that day back in late July of last year. Kami calls it the worst day of her family’s life,” the station reported.
“Our kids are at the door. The dogs barking, officers are yelling,” said Kami Moya.
It added, “An unarmed and handcuffed Travis could be seen and heard in police body camera footage begging the officers to get the dog off him.
“I’m lying on the ground. My neck is right next to my shoulder. I don’t know whatever could happen,” said Travis. “But I definitely believe it could have been dealt with a whole lot better.”
“On that day, Travis was eventually taken into custody and charged with felony obstruction, along with a slew of other charges.
“We all saw from the video that Mr. Moya didn’t do a single thing in order to be charged,” said L. Chris Stewart, the Moya’s’ attorney.
Nearly a year after that brutal attack, Fulton County dismissed all charges against Travis. His attorneys say they plan to file a lawsuit next month against the Alpharetta Police Department. They claim the dog has a history of violence.
“We have also discovered that not only was Mr. Moya unfairly attacked, but the night before the same canine was let loose on another individual,” said Stewart.Here’s the video posted by the Journal-Constitution in which Moya is begging police to “get this dog off me, please!”