NEW YORK — A member of New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board raised eyebrows during a recent virtual meeting when he suggested that if NYPD cops are prohibited from flirting with the public while on duty many officers would never meet their future spouses. The comment was made by Frank Dwyer, a former NYPD cop, during a Feb. 10 hearing to discuss guidelines it will follow when investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against cops. Dwyer suggested the word “unwanted” or other words such as “aggressive” or “rude” be added to the watchdog group’s definition of sexual misconduct. T...
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On Friday, CNN's KFILE reported that Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent had more meetings with white nationalists than previously known — including an interview in June with a pro-Nazi activist he had publicly disavowed and claimed not to know anything about.
"While Republican Joe Kent touted his support for prominent far-right figures like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green and Paul Gosar and supported MAGA policies, he was speaking with Greyson Arnold, a Nazi sympathizer," reported Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck. "Kent’s exchange with Arnold is all the more notable because just weeks later Kent’s campaign worked to distance him from Arnold after photos surfaced of the pair together. A Kent campaign strategist told the Associated Press in July that the campaign did not do background checks on those who took selfies with the candidate."
Arnold is an white nationalist and anti-Semitic activist who has repeatedly praised the Nazis, saying that Hitler was “a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand," and has promoted content that called Nazi men the "pure race" and said that “Jewish led colored hordes of the Earth” are being used to wipe out White people.
According to previous reports, Kent also appeared on the podcast of Nick Fuentes, a prominent white nationalist leader, and begged for forgiveness over his public disavowal of Fuentes' political beliefs. As the report noted, "Kent’s website also features an endorsement from Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers who was censured by the Republican-controlled Arizona senate after she gave a speech to the white nationalist conference calling for public hangings."
Despite all this, Kent is actually seen as a traitor to Trump by some far-right groups, some of whom have blasted him as "an agent of the Deep State" and a "lifelong Marxist Democrat."
Kent secured the GOP nomination for Washington's 3rd Congressional District earlier this year in a top-two jungle primary, narrowly beating out incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had become a focus of former President Donald Trump's rage as one of a handful of House Republicans who voted to impeach him for inciting the January 6 insurrection. He now faces Democratic candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the general election.
Trump accuses publishers of conspiring to only release books filled with 'bad things' about his presidency
Former President Donald Trump, apparently still hurt by embarrassing revelations about his presidency made in a new book from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, accused the entire publishing industry of conspiring against him.
Writing on his Truth Social platform, the former president claimed that major publishing houses have systematically rejected multiple former administration officials who purportedly wanted to write books about how wonderful it was to work for him.
"I know many people that wanted to write a really good book about me, but their publishers wouldn't let them," he wrote. "They were not interested in any way, shape, or form unless they were willing to say bad things. Some took a pass, and some sold out to the Enemy."
In fact there have been some books released that have painted his administration in a more positive light, including those written by former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer.
However, neither of those books sold well, while tell-all books that depicted Trump's White House as a stream of nonstop chaos instantly rocketed up the bestseller list.
The San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies who killed a 15-year-old girl while were engaged in a shootout on a California freeway with her father were not wearing bodycams at the time of the shooting, The San Bernardino Sun reports.
"Such video could have been important evidence in determining how Savannah Graziano, who at the time was believed by Fontana police to have been kidnapped by her father, wound up getting shot as she ran toward deputies from the disabled car along the 15 Freeway in Hesperia while wearing chest armor and a tactical helmet," The Sun's report states.
As The Daily Beast points out, California officials have been changing their story in regards to the shootout, which ended in the deaths of Anthony John Graziano and his daughter, Savannah. Anthony is accused of fatally shooting his wife before fleeing with his daughter.
"Officials initially said Savanah was killed as she ran towards deputies in a tactical vest, then they said it appeared she had joined the shootout," The Daily Beast's report states. "They walked back that claim Friday, saying Savannah appeared to be unarmed. Police have also walked back their initial description of her as an abduction victim, saying she may have willingly escaped with her dad."
Lolita Harper, executive director of the Sheriff Employees Benefit Association, said on Thursday that they desperately want the bodycams that were promised.
“We’ve been asking and pushing for them for a very long time,” Harper said. “I think it’s been overwhelmingly obvious that body-worn cameras are a great start to being able to show various perspectives and for us, we recognize they are a benefit. … Studies have shown they help more than hurt and exonerate more deputies than anything.”
Read the full report over at The San Bernardino Sun.