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The chief of Farmington Hills Police Department in Detroit is asking the public for forgiveness after a Boy Scout troop taking a tour of the department found paper targets of Black men at their shooting range, WXYZ reports.
“I’ll take this one on the chin,” Police Chief Jeff King said at a public meeting. “I apologize to each and every person in this room, this community, my department, my city council, my city manager. I can’t overlook this.”
Farmington Hills Mayor Vicki Barnett said all of the targets have been removed and the city will conduct a legal review.
"Silhouette would have been most appropriate; I don't see a good reason to use those targets, I don't really at all," said councilman Michael Bridges.
Farmington Hills police officer Kevin Clark says they use various targets, which are colored black, white, and gray.
“I have never been trained to shoot at any particular race, gender, age, or anything of this nature," said Officer Clark, but a resident says pictures from a parent who was on the Boy Scouts tour shows differently.
"What I see here is these are actually Black men in hoodies and they are actually holding guns, and they are actually Black men, they are not black, gray or white," the resident said during the meeting.
Councilmember Ken Massey said that of the 2,300 images used in target practice, 185 are of Black men.
So-called 'pro-life' Republican who paid for his mistress' abortion goes silent after Roe is overturned
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), a physician, has been very quiet over the past week since the Supreme Court eliminated a woman's right to privacy over her healthcare.
Politico awarded him in 2014 "the biggest hypocrite in Congress" award, pointing to his scandal-plagued life that should have ended any other political career.
In 2012, the rumors began about the affairs the congressman had with co-workers and patients that were well documented in his divorce. He ultimately fell under an ethics investigation after pressuring a patient to go to Georgia to abort the pregnancy he caused.
"DesJarlais claims he was trying to get her to admit she wasn’t really pregnant," Politico reported. It turns out she was actually pregnant. "DesJarlais’ lawyers fought the file’s release, even though it was a public record. The day before the election, they and Democratic attorneys still were arguing in a Chattanooga courtroom over how fast the documents could be transcribed. DesJarlais lost the case, but the ruling came too late for the voters. Tennesseans didn’t learn the full extent of his behavior until after their ballots had been cast."
Since then, the voters in the state don't seem to care about his hypocrisy, his affairs, his ethics investigations or that he's been fined by the medical boards for misconduct.
Some officials simply don't post on social media that much. But DesJarlais has remained silent on Facebook and Twitter since the announcement. He also hasn't published any statements from his office or been quoted in any local or national news publications for the past week. It's as if the entire office pinned a "Gone Fishing" sign to the digital office door.
The Beast speculated, "it just might be that DesJarlais isn’t exactly the best messenger" when it comes to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
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I have done my best over the last year to understand Trump supporters and what makes you all tick. And the results are in.
I don’t hate you. It was tempting at times, but I decided there’s no upside in that.
It does seem that you really don’t like elites, at least with elites you disagree with. I know my patience with the elites of the far left is stretched sometimes. I tire of them talking about how our country would be so much better if we only listened to them and taxed everything that moves or doesn’t move. I generally agree with their goals, but I think getting there with the government they have in mind is unrealistic. If they did get there, “their” government would simply bog down under its own weight and strangle the America we all love.
Speaking of elites, though, l honestly don’t get what you see in former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Jim Jordan. I could go on, but you catch my drift. They all talk about freedom, and I’m all for that too, just not unlimited freedom in any part of our public or private lives.
You also seem a little thin skinned. AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez) gets under your skin regularly, from what I read. She gets me a little steamed too, though not for the same reasons. Her views are not my views, and certainly not those of the Democratic Party as a whole. But she is one of ours, and if she is a problem, she is our problem. Not yours. Yet I don’t know why you care what she says. She has no real power in Congress, and her proposals are going nowhere fast.
On the other hand, Marjorie Taylor Greene said Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason, “And it’s, uh, it’s a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason,” and liked a January 2019 Facebook post that called for “a bullet to the head” of Pelosi. I admit that can get a little steamed when I hear an elected official publicly using the words “death” and “bullet” related to the speaker of the House.
This use of inflammatory speech by a member of Congress collides with my love and respect for our democracy, which I know you share with me. But back to AOC. Remember that AOC is not talking about killing anyone. She just has a vision of what this country should be about.
As to your vision for this country, it just doesn’t grab me. No offense. What you think about this country is fine. To you, it’s right. Just remember, it may never be right to me no matter how much I might try to get it.
Abortion is a case in point. I know you as Trump Republicans almost categorically feel it is right and morally necessary to keep women from having an abortion. But not all Republicans feel that way, for your information.
As a Kansas legislator during the 1980s, I voted several times on bills that would curtail abortion. After one such vote, I asked a state representative from southeast Kansas why he voted against restrictions. He was white, older, had a 1940s haircut, and came from a very Catholic area.
His answer was straightforward. In his youth, well before the Roe decision, he saw what women went through in their desperate attempts to end their pregnancies. That included going to quack doctors, trying to abort pregnancies themselves, and often leaving themselves maimed or even dead. He didn’t want to see that kind of thing again.
During my entire adult life, the Roe decision kept me from having to see what my fellow representative had experienced. Now, our collective memory of those times is gone. It’s easy for some to pretend it didn’t even happen. But it did.
I don’t think you are evil for your views on abortion, or anything else. I know some people to your left may sometimes call you evil. That’s over the line for me. Some actions are evil perhaps, but not people themselves. We must just get past this kind of thinking. I ask you to remember that others with a completely different take on what should happen in this country feel just as strongly as you do.
Feeling strongly about what needs to be done does not make it right for either side.
I remind myself often that no matter how passionately I believe something is right, I might change my views at some point in the future. When I had bosses during my work life, they weren’t right all the time, but the good ones kept adjusting their approach to get it right ― as much as possible at the time. Not forever.
Some of you, perhaps, may think that things are either right or wrong. Nothing in between. For me, being right is too high a bar. Being right is about being perfect, and I know I’m not. I’d rather fumble along in our democracy where I have a voice, and I can keep working to create a solution that lets us move forward, even if neither of us are completely happy.
Getting to whatever is “right” for us at this time in Kansas is our job. Regardless of our political views or party affiliation, we must be up to that task. Otherwise, we are left to fight over the crumbs in the bowl rather than creating a better and bigger bowl that reflects all the beauty in ourselves. It’s now or never.
I’ve tried to understand you better. All I ask is for you to do the same. It’s a start for both of us.
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