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Texas security guard racially profiled three separate Black women shopping at Kroger — and assaulted one: report
On Thursday, FOX 26 reported that a security guard at a Kroger grocery store in Houston, Texas is being accused of racial profiling, with him allegedly targeted three Black women in separate incidents — and assaulting one of them.
"All three encounters were captured on video. On June 21, Shelondra Peavy recorded her inside the Kroger on 249 and Antoine," reported Gabby Hart. "She says she couldn't carry anymore in her hands, so she dropped some of her items in a clear Kroger produce bag and continued shopping. That's when she says the Allied Universal Security guard seen in the video accused her of stealing. During their encounter, the guard can be heard admitting that he called her 'Black and ugly.'"
"Just two months prior on April 13, Stephanie Teel, a woman with special needs had an encounter with the same security guard," said the report. "Stephanie was with her cousin, Kamesha Sterling, when she opened a Kroger burger inside the store and started eating it. Sterling says she had every intention of paying for it when they got to the register. But the security guard approached them, an altercation ensued, and eventually, he pepper-sprayed and dragged Stephanie from the store."
A third woman, Teel's cousin, says that the same guard followed her out of the store a month later and demanded to know if she was carrying something in her bag.
According to the report, Kroger has released a statement that the guard in question will be terminated. "We expect all third-party contractors to live up to those values, which also include respect, diversity, and inclusion," said the company. "We will not tolerate this type of behavior from third-party providers that operate within our stores."
This report comes just weeks after ten Black shoppers were gunned down in a Buffalo, New York grocery store by a white supremacist — an incident that, along with the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, led to President Joe Biden and Congress passing the first major new federal gun safety legislation since 1994.
Watch the original report below.
'He does not read the transcripts': Michael Cohen disputes mafia-style threats to protect Trump to Jan. 6 committee
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) revealed on Tuesday that there have been people in former President Donald Trump's orbit sending messages or leaving voice mails that could be considered witness tampering.
\u201cWe commonly ask witnesses connected to Trump whether they have been contacted by anyone attempting to impact testimony.\n\nBelow are examples of answers we have received to this question.\u201d— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1656442519
"[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he's thinking about you..." one note begins. The "he" implied is that it's Donald Trump. Another witness testified that "Trump does read transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceeded through my depositions and interviews with the committee."
According to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump doesn't read the transcripts. Speaking to CNN, Cohen explained Trump typically has someone else read the transcripts and put together bullet points for him.
Another fact check CNN asked was the alleged ketchup-throwing story. Former top White House aid Cassidy Hutchinson said that she heard noise from the presidential dining room and went to check it out. That was where she found a White House valet who said that the president was angry. He was cleaning up broken plates and wiping ketchup off of the wall.
Cohen explained he's never known Trump to throw a burger and ketchup against the wall, but the ex-president has thrown other things.
"I have not seen him take a burger and ketchup and throw it against the wall. I have seen him get incredibly, incredibly angry. I've seen him throw things, newspapers, a magazine, some paper, but I've never seen him throw ketchup," Cohen specified. "Is it possible? Sure. But one of the problems that — look, everybody who saw those Jan. 6th hearings will say the same thing. This was a great, great fly-on-the-wall presentation. I mean, it's like going to see "Top Gun Maverick." you walked out and felt good that finally, something was going to happen. this was the impetus for Merrick Garland to do something by the DOJ. The problem with the testimony is that it's all hearsay. As it relates to Donald Trump."
Cohen explained that Trump will say that there's no proof to what Hutchinson said because there's no document to prove it. He recalled that Trump was trained by Roy Cohn, who explained why he can never put anything in writing so that there would never be any proof. Where Trump has run into trouble with the attempt to overthrow the election, however, is that everyone around him was putting things in writing. Justice Department officials were taking notes, and there were other staffers exchanging emails about requests from the president.
As for the violence in the SUV, Cohen isn't certain about that either.
"I've never seen or heard that Donald Trump has been in a physical altercation," he said. "I'm not talking as an adult. Even as a kid. So the fact — you could rest assured that while this was going on, if he really wanted to go to the Capitol, he would be this irate. There is no doubt about that. Does that mean he would lunge at a secret service agent, he go to grab the steering wheel? I'm not sure."
He noted, however, that the claim is a kind of "double hearsay," because Hutchinson heard it from someone else. These kinds of colorful factoids aren't going to be what indicts Trump, however.
"Again, that's not going to be the nail in the coffin that we all are looking for in order to see Donald perp-walk with his hand behind his back and his cotton candy flopping in the wind," Cohen quipped with a smile.
See the full interview with Cohen below:
Michael Cohen's thoughts on Cassidy Hutchinson youtu.be
Four election deniers appeared at a startling number of events in 45 states since J6 coup attempt: NPR
Even after Donald Trump's lies about election fraud resulted in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, four prominent election deniers have toured the country pushing the conspiracy theory.
An NPR investigation tracked events attended by four prominent election deniers and found they have spoken at at least 308 events in 45 states.
The four included in the investigation included MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who was at 45 events in 20 states.
Former Ohio high school teacher Douglas Frank, also known as "Dr. Frank," appeared at 137 events in 29 states.
Former New Mexico State University business law professor David Clements was at 62 events in 25 states.
Former Army officer Seth Keshel, also known as "Captain K," attended 121 events in 36 states.
This map represents the future of election denial in this country.
The movement, once headquartered on Donald Trump's twitter account, has moved to churches, backyards, and car dealerships in communities across the U.S.
A new @NPR investigation.https://t.co/woCdQ4blw3
— Miles Parks (@MilesParks) June 30, 2022
"The scale of their movements paints a portrait of an election denial movement that has evolved into a nationwide force, beyond just swing states — and despite the Jan. 6 Committee's investigation and efforts by voting officials at every level to combat disinformation. NPR's investigation is the first such effort to document the scope of these influencers," NPR reported.
The four aren't just talking to activists, they're also talking with policymakers.
"NPR found that over the past year and a half, the men met or appeared with at least 78 elected officials at the federal, state and local levels — many of whom will have a role in how future elections are run and certified," NPR reported. "At least two secretaries of state, two U.S. senators, 10 U.S. representatives, two state attorneys general and two lieutenant governors met or appeared with the figures NPR tracked. More than three dozen members of state legislatures, many of whom have introduced legislation in their states that would affect how Americans cast ballots, have also appeared at events with them."
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told NPR that an increase in threats following the events.
"I think it's logical to conclude that they know better. And that they're knowingly spreading misinformation ... to win elections, to raise money, to gain attention and celebrity," Benson said. "Whenever there is an appearance in which the former president or Lindell or others come out attacking our system we know to expect an uptick in threats and add additional security as a result."
\u201cEven as voting officials everywhere have spent the past two years fighting disinformation.... These influencers only seem to be gaining steam:\u201d— Miles Parks (@Miles Parks) 1656620889