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Fresno city councilman accuses colleague of ‘bullying and abusive behavior’ over rule mandating COVID-19 masks

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During a press conference on Thursday, a Fresno City Council member railed at one his colleagues for a proposal — since passed — that would require members to wear masks during meetings.

According to Councilmember Garry Bredefeld he finds the masks — used to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus — “uncomfortable” and he feels he is being bullied by fellow Councilmember Miguel Arias.

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Addressing the resolution to mandate wearing masks, Bredefeld told reporters that Arias, “Put on the agenda was it just the latest example of a pattern for him that includes bullying, abusive, belligerent and bullying behavior.”

Brederfeld also added, “I feel uncomfortable with the mask, physically. There’s differing data that shows that wearing a mask, No. 1, doesn’t prevent COVID-19. I think that it’s clear that it’s not definitively true that if you wear a mask it definitively protects you,”

Councilmember Mike Karbassi, who said he wears masks, fired back, “It shows compassion and makes other people feel comfortable around me.”

With the Bee reporting that “Bredefeld said multiple times before the meeting that he won’t be intimidated and won’t wear a mask,” the councilman added, “For my own personal decision, I just don’t feel the need to wear a mask. People have said very different things, and they’ve been all over the map on masks.”

The report also notes he refused to answer if there was any circumstance when he would agree to wear a mask, dismissing the question as a “hypothetical.

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Suspected Uber driver arrested for allegedly pointing gun at anti-Confederate protesters

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A South Carolina man is facing charges after being accused of pointing a firearm at people demonstrating for the removal of Confederate-era symbols.

According to WIS, the incident occurred on Friday as demonstrators were marking the five year anniversary of the Confederate flag being removed from South Carolina's State House grounds in Columbia.

Protesters said that the man stopped his vehicle and argued with them. Before driving away, the man was said to have brandished a gun.

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Trump leveled in brutal Never-Trumper Republican ad accusing him of turning US into a ‘banana republic’

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In an ad released by Republicans Voter Against Trump, the president was accused of turning the U.S. into a "banana republic" after he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone who was convicted of multiple felonies.

Coming just hours after the president handed Stone a get-out-of-jail-card that kept him from turning himself into jail later this month, the dissident Republican group posted their new ad to Twitter which accused Stone of "lying under to oath" to protect Trump, while also noting that Stone was looking at three years in jail.

The ad also notes that a "criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free."

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Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant

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UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.

According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.

In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.

Lubbock police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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