TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge partially blocked enforcement of Florida’s new anti-riot law Thursday, saying it is too vague and could lead to selective enforcement by police and the arrest of innocent people exercising their right to free speech. The law’s “new definition of ‘riot’ both fails to put Floridians of ordinary intelligence on notice of what acts it criminalizes, and encourages arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement, making this provision vague to the point of unconstitutionality,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of Tallahassee wrote in a 90-page ruling. Walker’s order is a ...
Gun shop owner charged with involuntary manslaughter after shooting employee in the face during prank gone wrong
A South Carolina gun store owner is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after shooting one of his employees in the face during a prank gone wrong, WSOC reports.
Coastal Firearms owner Jon Whitley was arrested this Monday nearly a month after the death of Stefan Mrgan.
"A police affidavit states that Whitley placed a replica Glock BB gun among real firearms in the store with the intent of pranking Mrgan. Instead, Whitley mistakenly picked up and fired a real gun at Mrgan, according to an incident report," WSOC's report stated.
Mrgan, a former member of the Army Special Forces and father of three, was found dead on the scene by police officials who were called in the wake of the shooting, according to the Post and Courier.
A police affidavit filed in the case describes Whitley's actions as "unintentional" but also "reckless" and a “departure from common firearm safety practices," the paper writes.
Whitley is a former reserve deputy for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
A 71-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged by the Department of Justice with assaulting police officers during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Like many other MAGA rioters that day, Howard Charles Richardson of King Prussia was captured on video as part of the crowd fighting with law enforcement outside the building. But Richardson was also betrayed by an unusual witness, according to the Feds: His own diary.
The FBI visited Richardson October 25 at his home, according to the criminal complaint against him. Here’s how that went:
‘Agents executed a search warrant for Richardson's residence and person. During the search, agents located two red hats and a black and blue windbreaker with a "Brigantine Beach" logo on the upper left chest, which matches the jacket Richardson is seen wearing (at the riot). Agents also found a day planner that Richardson acknowledged was his. Richardson wrote that he parked at 11:00 a.m., was at the front of the Capitol building at 12: 15 p.m., "gates were breeched" at 1:00 p.m., "moving up to steps" at 1:30-1 :45 p.m., and "got pepper sprayed" at 2:00 p.m. He noted that he "started to leave" the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. (U.S. Capitol surveillance footage in fact shows RICHARDSON, identified by the same blue windbreaker and khaki pants, walking away from the Capitol building at approximately 3: 10 p.m. on January 6.)”
The FBI also cited more conventional video evidence against Richardson, as reported in a DOJ new release:
“Video footage depicts Richardson in a group near the bicycle rack-style barricades outside the Capitol. At approximately 1:38 p.m., carrying a metal flagpole with a blue flag attached, he approached an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department. In the video, Richardson can be heard yelling, “here it comes,” before swiftly approaching the officer’s position and striking the officer with the flagpole three times. He only stopped swinging after the flagpole broke in his hands.”
Richardson is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.
You can read the FBI complaint against Richardson here.
Stacey Abrams announces run for governor in Georgia -- just over a year after she helped flip the state blue
Stacey Abrams is setting herself up for a rematch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Abrams on Wednesday announced her intention to run for governor in the Peach State next year, and released a video where she said that "my job has been to put my head down and keep working toward one Georgia, for that farmer in Peach County, for that teacher in Sparta, for that mechanic in College Park."
Abrams is widely credited with helping President Joe Biden win Georgia in 2020 with her work identifying and registering Democratic voters in her state.
In addition to helping elect Biden, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992, Abrams also helped elected Sens. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), who together gave Democrats their current majority in the Senate.
Incumbent Brian Kemp, who narrowly defeated Abrams in 2018, has been the focus of ire from former President Donald Trump, who even went so far as to suggest that he would prefer to see Abrams win the state than for Kemp to win reelection.
Watch Abrams's campaign video below.
I\u2019m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn\u2019t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol\n\nBe a founding donor to my campaign:\nhttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/afg22-tw?refcode=120121\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/z14wUlo8ls— Stacey Abrams (@Stacey Abrams) 1638390049