Washington (AFP) - US lawmakers agreed on pandemic spending powers for the Federal Reserve late Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported, clearing the way for a vote on a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package for millions of Americans. The deal would maintain the central bank's ability to set up emergency lending programs without congressional approval, the Journal said, but the Fed would require approval to restart similar existing programs once they expire later this year. Republicans had sought to limit the Fed's ability to provide credit for businesses and other institutions, whil...
On Thursday, SFGate reported that the police department in Santa Rosa, California is investigating an incident in which an officer allegedly called mask-wearers "slaves" through a bullhorn at a popular shopping center.
"As first reported by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, a 21-year-old woman posted a TikTok on Monday recounting an alleged incident she had just witnessed at the Santa Rosa Marketplace — which houses a Target, Costco, Trader Joe's and other large retailers," reported Joshua Bote. "She told the paper that she heard someone say, 'Take off your masks, don't be slaves,' through a bullhorn while she was grabbing bagels at the shopping center. Other people at the nearby Menchie's Frozen Yogurt shop were shouting similar remarks, she said. (She also noted that the cop was wearing a mask, despite railing against them publicly.)"
The woman's TikTok did not include the incident itself, but only her response to it, and she reportedly deleted it after receiving online death threats and harassment.
According to the report, "Sgt. Christopher Mahurin, a spokesman for Santa Rosa police, said that the department's professional standards team is investigation [sic] the situation, but added that there is currently no evidence that this incident took place."
Anti-mask demonstrators have popped up all over the country during the coronavirus pandemic — many of whom ironically have had to be arrested by police, including a woman in Galveston, Texas.
Authorities in Florida have launched a manhunt after the shooting of a police officer.
"Othal Wallace, the man accused of shooting Daytona Beach Police Officer Jayson Raynor Wednesday night, was likely to try to kill any law enforcement officer he encountered, said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood. Wallace, 29, is accused of shooting Raynor in the head. Raynor is now fighting for his life at Halifax Health Medical Center. Wallace is on the run, with hundreds of officers searching for him," The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Chitwood spoke to reporters on Thursday.
"I think this was going to happen. In my opinion any cop that stopped him was going to get it, he was going to try to kill," Chitwood said Thursday. "This poor kid (the officer) just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Authorities believe they have identified a Facebook account linked to the suspect. The account features pictures of a Black man holding an AK-47 rifle and an AR-15 rifle.
"At a press conference Thursday night, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said authorities are also "monitoring" a Facebook page of someone called 'O-Zone Wallace' that includes photos that appear to be Othal Wallace. The page gives the same birthdate as the suspect. Young, though, did not confirm that the page belongs to Othal Wallace. The page indicates a connection with several groups, including the NFAC Black Militia, the New Black Panther Party, and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club Alabama Chapter. Newton was the founder of the Black Panthers," the newspaper reported. "Sheriff Chitwood said that investigators believe with 'reasonable certainty' that the 'O-Zone Wallace' on Facebook is the same person as Othal Wallace."
On Thursday, CNN reported that an upcoming book on former President Donald Trump by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender alleges he demanded that military and law enforcement groups "crack skulls" during efforts to control the George Floyd protests last summer.
"Titled "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost," the book reveals new details about how Trump's language became increasingly violent during Oval Office meetings as protests in Seattle and Portland began to receive attention from cable new outlets," reported Zachary Cohen. "The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior, the excerpts show."
"That's how you're supposed to handle these people," Trump is quoted as telling officials. "Crack their skulls!" He added that he wanted them to "beat the f**k" out of the civil rights demonstrators — although when military officials and then-Attorney General William Barr pushed back, he said, "Well, shoot them in the leg — or maybe the foot."
Trump drew furious protests after he posed with a Bible at the church near the White House as police were tear-gassing protesters, although a recent inspector general report claimed that the attacks on protesters weren't directly tied to Trump visiting the church.
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