ATLANTA — Months after Atlanta was the site of weeks of unrest in response to police brutality across the country, a Republican state senator and former police officer has filed legislation that would increase penalties for people who commit crimes during a protest. Senate Bill 171 would increase the penalties for crimes such as blocking a highway, assaulting someone or damaging property when gathered in groups of two or more. The bill's sponsor, Cataula Republican state Sen. Randy Robertson, said the bill was inspired by both protests last year that got out of control in Atlanta and last mont...
CNN's Erin Burnett shreds GOP lawmakers for jumping on FBI false flag conspiracy theory: 'You're crazy'
On CNN Thursday, anchor Erin Burnett tore into Republican lawmakers who are embracing a conspiracy theory, most recently embraced by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, that the Capitol riot was a false flag facilitated by FBI agents.
"Tucker Carlson is now saying the FBI was part of the riot guilty of assaulting America's Capitol?" said Burnett. "This is an incredible thing to say. It is incredibly irresponsible. Of course, members of Congress who refuse to admit their actions and Trump actions leading up to January 6th, were the real cause of the insurrection that day, and they have picked up on this new, baseless theory, rushing to it."
"The usual suspects here," said Burnett. "I give you Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). She tweets, 'We need names and answers about the FBI operatives who were involved in organizing and carrying out the January 6th Capitol riot.' And Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is under FBI investigation over sex trafficking allegations involving a minor, sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray. He sent him a letter asking how many FBI agents were at the Capitol during the siege."
"This is making something completely up and then telling people that they have to prove that you're wrong, as opposed to telling you you're crazy," said Burnett. "Officers did not lie in wait planning to execute innocent bystanders. There was violence. It was perpetrated by the people there, the rioters, some of whom had weapons including metal pipes. They were the violent ones, not the officers trying to defend those in Congress and the Capitol itself."
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Authorities in the United Kingdom have made two more arrests for the shooting of an equal justice activist.
"Police have charged two more men over the shooting of black equal rights activist Sasha Johnson," the BBC reported Thursday. "Ms Johnson, a 27-year-old mother of two, remains in a critical condition after the attack at a house party in Peckham, south London, on 23 May."
Prince Dixon, 25, and Troy Reid, 19, were charged on Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder. Cameron Deriggs, 18, and Devonte Brown, also 18, were previously arrested for the shooting.
"Ms Johnson was rushed to hospital following the incident, which happened in the back garden of a house," the BBC noted. "She has undergone two operations to release pressure on her brain since but remains critically ill."
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On Thursday, Business Insider reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is no longer welcome at Fox News as his legal scandals continued to mount.
"In March, Gaetz appeared on Fox shows at least 19 times, according to an Insider review of Fox News clips, including those the congressman posted to his YouTube channel," reported Robin Bravender and Tom LoBianco. "In April, May, and so far in June? Not once. Gaetz has been 'excommunicated within the Fox News circles,' said a former Gaetz staffer who spoke to Insider anonymously in order to protect professional relationships."
Gaetz is currently under federal investigation amid allegations he and a Florida county tax official, now cooperating with federal prosecutors, transported a teenage girl over state lines for sex, and that drugs and campaign cash were involved in transactions with prostitutes. He has denied all allegations and claimed he is being targeted by a "Deep State" plot.
"It's not worth it for the conservative network to risk putting Gaetz on its airwaves while the high-profile sex trafficking investigation is playing out, according to Republican insiders and media watchdogs," said the report. "Gaetz hurt his relationship with Carlson during the infamous March 30 interview, sources told Insider." During that interview, Gaetz noted that Carlson was also "falsely accused of a terrible sex act," leading to an exchange Carlson said on air was "one of the weirdest interviews I have ever conducted."
The news comes after reporting that Gaetz was considering stepping down early from his office to take a position with the far-right cable network Newsmax, but was not offered a job there.
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