PHILADELPHIA — Amid growing calls for police reform and national debate over the deadly use of force, police departments are struggling to retain and attract officers, law enforcement officials say. Across the nation, police officials and union leaders described the state of recruiting as in “crisis” mode. “It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members, because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” said Mike Neilon, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Polic...
A 17-year-old was killed Wednesday night in an apparent shootout with a former police officer who had been harassing his friend for "driving carelessly."
Amber Roseborough told the Denver Gazette that after her daughter and some friends pulled up to her home in Aurora, Colorado, at about 10:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, a man drove up in a truck, boxed in her vehicle, and started yelling at her.
"My daughter came in the door and said 'Mom, this guy is yelling at me for speeding and he called me sweetheart,'" Roseborough said.
The shooting was captured on Roseborough's doorbell camera. Three of her daughter's friends ran inside the house, while two remained outside arguing with the man.
"Right when I opened the door, the shots were happening.," Roseborough said, adding that she heard 9-10 gunshots.
In the video, the man in the truck can be heard yelling "I love you" at Roseborough's daughter as she fumbles with the doorknob, according to the newspaper. "After more arguing, someone shouts, 'This is not your neighborhood!' Seconds later, shots are fired."
Roseborough rushed outside and started performing CPR on one of her daughter's friends.
"It was during this time, she said, that the man moved his truck twice and then returned to the scene," according to the newspaper. "She told The Gazette that the man was shot in the hip and was yelling, 'What the hell? I can't believe this!'"
One of her daughters friends — a 17-year-old male — later died at a hospital. His identity had not been released.
The man in the truck was identified as a 36-year-old former police officer in Greenwood Village, Colorado, but his name has not been released. He suffered a gunshot wound but is expected to recover. Police said they are working to determine "who acted as the primary aggressor."
"Roseborough says her daughter wasn't speeding through the neighborhood, but said the car is loud and the man may have been upset about the noise," the newspaper reports.
Watch the doorbell camera video here.
Jared Kushner trying to raise Saudi cash after cozying up to crown prince while working for Trump: report
On Friday, The New York Times reported that former President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is trying to raise money for his new investment firm in the Middle East.
"So far, he is having only mixed success," reported Kate Kelly, David D. Kirkpatrick, and Alan Rappeport. "Qatar, whose leaders saw Mr. Kushner as an opponent in the administration, declined to invest in his firm, a person familiar with those conversations said. So did the main Emirati sovereign wealth funds; Emirati rulers saw Mr. Kushner as an ally but questioned his track record in business, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions."
There is one government in the region that is coming to Kushner's aid, however.
"The Saudis are more interested, according to four people briefed on their continuing negotiations," continued the report. "The kingdom's $450 billion Public Investment Fund is negotiating with Mr. Kushner over what could prove to be a sizable investment in his new firm, two of those people said."
In the Trump administration, Kushner was known as the former president's point man for helping to cut diplomatic deals in the Middle East, playing an outsized role in a series of agreements to make several Arab and North African states recognize the Israeli government — often at the cost of the United States legitimizing human rights violations by those countries. He has since founded an institute to promote the ongoing survival of these agreements.
Kushner has presided over some high-profile investment failures in the business world, most notably his failure to turn a profit on a large office tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
On CNN Friday, former Mitch McConnell adviser Scott Jennings slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her comments joking that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was a suicide bomber.
"Scott, was it just another day at the office and they got these folks in the far right in certain parts of the caucus that they just can't control?" asked anchor Jim Acosta.
"Senator McConnell serves in the Senate," said Jennings. "I guarantee you, I know what he's thinking. It's a garbage comment from a garbage politics. I'm as anti-Squad as the next [Republican], but there's plenty of ways to debate these folks without stooping to this garbage rhetoric. I noted, by the way, that Boebert has been forced to apologize. I assume that didn't happen in a vacuum, but she's of course committed the ultimate sin, which is the people she's being performative for here would say you never should apologize."
"Ultimately this is not the future of the party, not the future of the country, not the future of what any of us wants," added Jennings. "These are not the leaders that we need for America or for the Republican Party."
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