Nevada GOP in danger of nominating three candidates who stand 'almost no chance of winning' a general election: reporter

On Friday, The Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston flagged that Republicans are significantly at risk of nominating three people for important statewide row offices who have "almost no chance" of winning a general election.

The news comes from a poll conducted by The Nevada Independent and Phoenix-based market research firm OH Predictive Insights, which shows Sigal Chattah and Jim Marchant competitive in the Nevada Attorney General and Secretary of State primaries, respectively — and Michele Fiore leading the primary for Nevada Treasurer.

Chattah, who is running for attorney general, triggered outrage in February with a call to hang her Black Democratic opponent Aaron Ford from a "[expletive] crane" — a comment she later claimed was meant to be "tongue in cheek."

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Marchant, meanwhile, was one of the participants in the GOP's "alternate elector" scheme where he signed a fake document claiming Trump won Nevada in 2020, and has made clear he will do so again if elected secretary of state.

Perhaps the most infamous of the candidates is Fiore, a member of the Las Vegas City Council who has backed armed militia standoffs with federal agents and whose campaign manager helped recruit members of the extremist Proud Boys into the state GOP. She has faced an unsuccessful recall over racist remarks, has been accused of assaulting a fellow lawmaker, and has faced an FBI investigation over her campaign finance practices.

All of this comes as Republicans are attempting to win a high-profile Senate and gubernatorial race in Nevada, a perennially-close swing state where Democrats currently have control of the state government.

Trump is about to 'get embarrassed' in Georgia GOP primary: CNN election analyst

On CNN Friday, elections analyst Harry Enten said that former President Donald Trump is likely to be "embarrassed" by the results out of Georgia in next week's primary.

The election will pit an incumbent governor against a Trump-backed challenger — who is likely to crash and burn, and even Trump appears to be bracing for it.

"We're a few days from some big primaries including in Georgia, where the former President Donald Trump has worked hard, really hard, to defeat incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp," said anchor John Berman. "So how is that going for him, Harry?"

"He's about to probably get embarrassed, John," said Enten. "So, look, this is a new Fox News poll that was released on Wednesday night. You need 50 percent of the vote plus one to avoid a runoff. And look at where Brian Kemp is. He's at 60 percent. He's at 32 points ahead of David Perdue. Look at where we were in March, folks. Brian Kemp was at 50 percent. David Perdue 11 points back. In that two-month period, David Perdue has basically fallen to the ground... Brian Kemp, the very clear favorite ahead of that primary on Tuesday."

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"And just to be clear, David Perdue is the candidate that Donald Trump very publicly endorsed; Brian Kemp, the candidate Donald Trump very publicly wants to defeat," said Berman. "There are other races on Tuesday you're watching also. There may be some — the possibility of tough results for Trump there as well."

"Yeah, I mean, one of these is in Alabama," said Enten. "Mo Brooks, remember Donald Trump endorsed him originally and then withdrew that endorsement and it was because he didn't want to get behind a loser. When he withdrew that endorsement in March, Brooks... was behind by ten. Look what happened in that two-month period. Without Trump support, Brooks has gone up. Now you have this possibility not only in Georgia, where you see David Perdue going down, you have this possibility in Alabama where Trump's old candidate does well without him. I think Tuesday could be one of those more embarrassing days for Donald Trump."

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Harry Enten says Trump will be "embarrassed' in Georgia primaries

'This has to stop': Michigan official whom Trump said should be executed speaks out against violent threats

On CNN Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson slammed the ongoing election lies that are fueling violent threats against elected officials.

This comes after new reporting that former President Donald Trump privately called for Benson to be arrested and executed for treason over his election loss in the state.

"Your opponent, Kristina Karamo, said in the past she felt as an overseer in 2020, an observer, that she had seen some election irregularities," said anchor Erica Hill. "She said, actually, that you should go to jail. She's accused you of election corruption, as we know. What are the conversations happening right now on the ground in Michigan?"

"The conversations I'm having are with our election officials, with law enforcement, with lawmakers, are about how we can protect our democracy, and how we can protect those who run it in times like these," said Benson. "I myself allocated $8 million in security funding for our local election officials and clerks so that they can invest in improvements to the security of our processes, and our staff, and I've also called on our state legislature and lawmakers to increase the penalties for those who threaten election officials, because, again, this has to stop, there is no place for rhetoric like this in our democracy."

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"We should be talking about issues that affect our state, the American people, as opposed to continuing to spread conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election and about the security of our processes," continued Benson.

Karamo, in addition to promoting Trump's "Big Lie" and calling for the arrest of Benson, has claimed the January 6 insurrection was a false flag and has spoken at a QAnon conference.

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Jocelyn Benson speaks out after Trump execution demand revealed

FBI agent provides new evidence bolstering Trump special counsel's case against Clinton lawyer

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that an FBI agent provided new evidence bolstering the claim of Trump-backed special counsel John Durham against a former lawyer who represented the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.

"A former F.B.I. official testified on Thursday that when he met in 2016 with Michael Sussmann, a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mr. Sussmann told him that he had come to the F.B.I. on his own," reported Katie Benner. "The testimony bolsters the case brought by the special counsel, John H. Durham, against Mr. Sussmann, who has been accused of lying about his reason for bringing his suspicions to the F.B.I. about a possible secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Russian financial firm with ties to the Kremlin."

"The case centers on whether Mr. Sussmann sought to conceal his ties to Mrs. Clinton in the meeting with the F.B.I., so as not to seem as if he were coming for partisan reasons on behalf of a political opponent of Donald J. Trump," said the report. "While the Sussmann case is a narrow false statement charge, Mr. Durham’s filings have broadly insinuated that the Clinton campaign tried to get the F.B.I. to investigate Mr. Trump over his ties with Russia, and to persuade reporters to write stories about the matter."

Durham made the indictment after a lengthy investigation at the request of former Trump Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which Trump has baselessly called a "witch hunt" against him.

The Sussman case not withstanding, Durham's probe has hit a number of roadblocks.

Earlier this month, a federal judge recently limited the types of evidence that can be brought against Sussman by federal prosecutors. Additionally, Durham himself has sought to debunk far-right interpretations of his court filings, including outlets that falsely claimed he was alleging Clinton's campaign paid to spy on Trump White House servers.

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'They come for the lulz... but stay for rage juice': Conservative blasts 'radicalizing' internet 'messiahs'

On Thursday, in a podcast interview posted to The Bulwark, former RNC official and Jeb Bush staffer Tim Miller walked through the danger posed by the internet's radicalization of "angry young white men" to commit acts of hate.

This danger, Miller argued, is laid clear by the gunman who murdered 10 Black supermarket shoppers in Buffalo, after months of preparation and planning — and inspiration from the darkest corners of online message boards.

"These young men were radicalized not by religious clerics or cult leaders, but by message-board messiahs who cloak their radical ideology in memes," said Miller. "The 18-year-old who carried out the latest white supremacist mass murder left no doubt that’s exactly what led him to do it. He wrote in his 180-page manifesto that the idea for the attack came online: 'Browsing /pol/ one day I saw a short gif of a man walking into a building and shooting a shotgun through a dark hallway.' That man was the perpetrator of the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which he livestreamed on Facebook."

"The Buffalo shooter says he then began researching Christchurch and developed his beliefs, mostly on the internet, where he learned about the Great Replacement theory, which posits that shadowy forces — usually Democrats or Jews — are plotting to replace white European ethnoculture by importing minorities with higher fertility rates," noted Miller. "This replacement ideology has flourished in online forums like 8Chan and Gab and Parler where racist blog boys post dehumanizing memes that they often pretend are jokes when called on it."

The Attorney General of New York has already announced an investigation into the online platforms that allegedly inspired the gunman's murderous rampage.

"They come for the lulz, but stay for the surround-sound of rage juice that tells them that they are the victim of modern woke culture," concluded Miller. "And the most unstable among them get convinced that their only choice is to act. From Christchurch, to Charleston, to El Paso, to Buffalo, we’ve seen the deadly result — which is why we cannot dismiss their lulz as some stupid internet game. I’d like to close this week by remembering the people who are the victims of this latest racist attack."

You can read the whole interview here.

Legal expert: GOP lawmakers could face criminal charges if they hid Jan. 6 activity

On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former federal prosecutor Elie Honig broke down the significance of the new allegations from the January 6 Committee against Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA).

Specifically, the committee alleges that Loudermilk led tours in the Capitol that may have helped the January 6 attackers do "reconnaissance" — and that they have evidence that contradicts his denials.

"Let me get your thoughts on this tour of the U.S. Capitol given by a Republican member of Congress right on the eve of the insurrection," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why is it so important for the Select Committee to get to the bottom of this?"

"There's a pointed and very high-stakes dispute going on here," said Honig. "Certain House Democrats dating back have accused certain House Republicans of giving these tours on January 5th designed to facilitate the attack. If that's true, that's remarkably serious, potentially even criminal. Republicans have strenuously denied this. We have not seen any evidence in public to support this allegation."

"But the most interesting thing in the letter that the committee sent to Representative Loudermilk today is that committee says they have evidence that, quote, 'directly contradicts those denials,'" continued Honig. "So we will see that evidence if they have the evidence, and if it is as the committee describes, that is an enormously big deal."

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The allegations against Loudermilk come after Democrats have long made similar claims against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who allegedly offered "large" group tours of the Capitol in the runup to the attack.

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Elie Honig says Jan 6 committee allegations against GOP lawmakers are "remarkably serious"

Florida deputy charged for Tasing biker while pumping gas — resulting in him being 'cooked alive'

On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that a Florida deputy has been charged with misdemeanor culpable negligence after Tasing a suspect who was pumping gas — resulting in an explosion that caused third-degree burns to 75 percent of the suspect's body.

"Jean Louis Barreto Baerga, 26, has been in the hospital and undergone six surgeries since the Feb. 27 incident, in which his attorney says he was literally 'cooked alive,'" reported Justin Baragona. "Cops were attempting to arrest Barreto, a motorcyclist they say was riding recklessly and had pointed a gun at other motorists. Barreto’s lawyer, Mark NeJame, insists his client hadn’t committed a crime, has no criminal history, and continues to undergo excruciating surgeries in order to save his life."

"At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said a concerned citizen called 911 to report a biker fitting Barreto’s description had waved a pistol at him on the road," said the report, noting that he was soon tracked to a WaWa convenience store. "Deputies soon descended on the location, and one struggled to handcuff a resistant Barreto, Lopez said. In the fracas, Barreto’s dirtbike got knocked over and gas started spilling out of the tank, he continued. That’s when Osceola County Deputy Christopher Koffinas tried to take Barreto into custody by Tasing him, which didn’t 'have the desired effect,' according to Lopez. A second deputy, David Crawford, then yelled at Barreto, 'You’re about to get Tased again, dude,' Lopez said, adding that Crawford called out for someone to cut the flow of fuel to the nearby pumps."

The explosion happened immediately after this pronouncement. According to the department, one deputy immediately tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, and another poured a bottle of Gatorade on Crawford's legs to stop the fire there. Multiple deputies sustained minor burns themselves. Crawford is the deputy charged in the incident.

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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office prohibits the use of tasers in situations where a suspect “could possibly be seriously injured by secondary factors,” which would include the presence of flammable chemicals.

Barreto faces multiple charges including reckless driving and resisting an officer, but has not been arrested yet because he remains in the hospital “without skin on most of his body” and wrapped in gauze, according to the report.

Trump-appointed judge orders sanctions against Mike Lindell for 'frivolous' election lawsuit: report

On Thursday, Bloomberg Law reported that MyPillow CEO and pro-Trump election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell and his attorneys face sanctions for a "frivolous" lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The decision was handed down by federal judge Carl Nichols, an appointee of former President Donald Trump.

"A federal judge in Washington on Thursday imposed sanctions on Lindell and his former lawyers as part of a decision throwing out the CEO’s defamation lawsuits against Dominion Voting Systems Inc. and Smartmatic Corp., which were falsely placed at the center of a vast conspiracy theory after the election," said the report.

"Lindell, an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, filed his suit after the companies sued him for defamation over his election-fraud claims," said the report. "Nichols said the CEO failed to properly allege a conspiracy by the two companies or back up his claim that they defamed him. The judge also partially granted Smartmatic’s motion for sanctions and fees. The amount will be decided later."

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Lindell has repeatedly claimed, with no evidence, that he is on the verge of "reinstating" Trump to office with his legal actions.

"The CEO claimed in his suit that Dominion and Smartmatic 'weaponized' the courts in an act of 'lawfare' to silence him," the report noted. "Lindell has said all the evidence of the conspiracy he alleges is on his website and that the Supreme Court will eventually expose it and rule in his favor."

Tensions boil over during 'unusually tense' meeting between GOP senators and Google exec

On Thursday, POLITICO reported that things got heated at a meeting between a policy committee of Republican senators and a Google executive, in an argument over Gmail's algorithm regarding political emails.

"The Senate Republican Steering Committee, the policy arm of the Senate GOP, had invited Google’s chief legal officer, Kent Walker, to discuss a recent study that found the company has disproportionately filtered Republican lawmakers’ emails into hidden spam folders compared to emails from Democratic lawmakers. Walker said there is no bias in how Google deals with spam," reported Emily Birnbaum and Marianne Levine. "The group lunch grew unusually tense, according to three people familiar with the meeting, granted anonymity to discuss private matters."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) alleged of the meeting, “The lunch was spirited. Google deflected, refused to provide any data, repeatedly refused to answer direct questions.”

"The researchers behind the North Carolina State University study have denied that Google’s filtering is related to political discrimination, concluding it has more to do with factors like past user behavior," noted the report. "Walker reiterated to senators that filtering bias is unrelated to political affiliation and pointed out that the North Carolina State researchers said the discrepancies likely have to do with Gmail’s weighing of 'past user behavior,' meaning Gmail marks emails as spam based on how users have marked emails before. The same study showed that Outlook and Yahoo disproportionately flagged Democrats’ emails as spam."

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The confrontation is part of an ongoing claim on the right that tech platforms are being used to target and silence conservative opinions. This idea, circulated for years, is baseless and not supported by evidence — in fact, studies show Republicans have benefitted greatly from the way many social networks boost content, and Facebook even axed a planned algorithm update to reduce fake news out of fear it would reduce traffic to right-wing sites.

Nonetheless, this controversy has fueled bipartisan momentum for antitrust legislation to rein in the power of tech companies, with one major bill to do so passing the Senate Judiciary Committee in January.

'Stop finding votes!' Trump rages against election being 'rigged' against Dr. Oz

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump took to his platform on Truth Social to rage against the election process in Pennsylvania, where Republican primary candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick are separated by fewer than 2,000 votes and an automatic recount seems almost assured.

With no basis whatsoever, Trump, who endorsed Oz in the race, accused Pennsylvania officials of "finding" extra votes, and demanded that they stop tallying outstanding ballots.

"The Pennsylvania Oz race is ridiculous," he wrote. "How long does it take to count votes. France, same day all paper, had VERIFIED numbers in evening. U.S. is a laughing stock on Elections. Stop FINDING VOTES in PENNSYLVANIA! RIGGED?"

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Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that delays in calling an election result are indicative of fraud or fake ballots, even though this is a routine occurrence when election results are close, depending on how state law lays out the process for counting.

Oz and McCormick's near tie comes after right-wing talk radio host Kathy Barnette, who had previously been surging in polls, failed to produce a strong showing on Tuesday night. Barnette's supporters in turn are also pushing conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from her.

The ultimate winner of the Republican primary will go on to face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November.

Georgia man says he opened fire on local gas stations because he doesn't like 'towel heads'

On Thursday, Fox 5 News reported that a Georgia man, 48-year-old Larry Edward Foxworth, has been indicted on federal hate crime charges for allegedly shooting at gas stations last year.

"Clayton County police said on July 30, 2021, around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of fired shots at a gas station located in the 6000 block of Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro. While investigating, officers heard more shots coming from just a mile down the road," said the report. "Officers arrived at a gas station in the 700 block of Mt. Zion Road and spotted a 2016 Ford Fusion weaving in and out of traffic. During a traffic stop, police said officers spotted an open container and a bag of ammunition including spent shell casings inside the car."

"Foxworth was arrested. As he was being taken into custody police said he told officers that 'I can give you a name and we can make this disappear' and 'this is a hate crime and this is a targeted hit,'" said the report. "Investigators said Foxworth admitted to the shootings because he doesn’t like 'towel heads' and didn’t like people of color calling them 'n----s'. He told investigators that 'after shooting the first location he went down the road and did a U-turn to come back and shoot the location again.' He told investigators he wasn’t aware he was at a second location."

If convicted, Foxworth potentially faces multiple life sentences.

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This indictment comes just after the racially-motivated massacre at a Buffalo, New York supermarket that left 10 Black shoppers dead.

Sikhs and other people of South Asian descent routinely are targeted in hate crimes — and often the incidents aren't treated with urgency. One California Sikh man alleges police told him to avoid confrontation with his harassers by not driving down his own street.

Orban tells right-wing CPAC allies to recruit 'troops' to 'reconquer' American institutions

On Thursday, according to U.S. News & World Report, far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Budapest that liberals are threatening Western civilization and the right must unite to defeat them, in a speech loaded with anti-democratic and anti-Semitic dog whistles.

"Progressive liberals, neo-Marxists dazed by the woke dream, people financed by George Soros and promoters of open societies ... want to annihilate the Western way of life that you and us love so much," said Orban in his speech. "We must coordinate the movement of our troops as we face a big test, 2024 will be a decisive year."

Soros, a Jewish Hungarian-born billionaire philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, is a frequent target of right-wing attacks.

"Orban laid out 12 points which he said were key to ensuring a dominance of conservativism, including playing by their own rules, standing up for national interests in foreign policy and gaining control over the media," said the report. "'We must reconquer the institutions in Washington D.C. and Brussels,' Orban said."

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Orban, who recently was re-elected to a fourth consecutive term, has become a controversial figure for his authoritarian crackdowns on press freedom and judicial independence, and accusations of public corruption, as well as his ties to Russia's Vladimir Putin.

He has become a hero for the right in many western countries, with Fox News' Tucker Carlson in particular promoting him as a model for governance. CPAC, which usually hosts its gatherings in the United States, held its gathering this year in Budapest to give him a prominent role.

"Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union that runs CPAC, told the conference that Budapest was the right place to start a conversation about what is going on in Europe, working with 'freedom fighters,'" the report noted.

Conservative's Big Lie 'documentary' shredded by reviewer: 'A 90-minute safe space for MAGA snowflakes'

On Thursday, writing for The Daily Beast, opinion editor Anthony Fisher tore into far-right filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's latest project, "2000 Mules," which alleges with no evidence whatsoever that hundreds of thousands of ballots were illegally collected by "ballot mules" in the 2020 presidential election.

"Surveillance footage of people taking selfies after dropping their votes in dropboxes is presented as 'A-ha!' evidence — while ignoring the fact that people taking voter selfies was a mundanely common thing to do in 2020 (and for quite a few years prior)," wrote Fisher. "Video clips of people dropping off a few ballots are presented as unimpeachable evidence of voter fraud, even though dropping ballots for family members was also common. And despite the repeated claims by the 'experts' that they’ve tracked literally thousands of vote-dropping 'mules' — not a single one of these supposed professional voter fraud foot soldiers is shown on screen making more than one drop."

As Fisher noted, even D'Souza acknowledges that these pieces of "evidence" don't actually prove anything illegal happened.

D'Souza, who was famously pardoned by former President Donald Trump of campaign finance crimes he pleaded guilty to, has publicly complained that various right-wing media figures have not done anything to promote his project. And there's a clear reason for that, wrote Fisher.

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"Even a Trump-supporting right-wing firebreather like Ben Shapiro can’t bring himself to say D’Souza made a persuasive case with 2000 Mules, because the film’s central thesis simply isn’t backed by any supporting evidence — much less an overwhelming amount of verifiable, unimpeachable data," wrote Fisher. "There’s no reason to watch 2000 Mules, unless you really are looking to be well-equipped to argue with your MAGA relatives at Thanksgiving. The film isn’t meant to persuade anyone, it’s meant to reinforce the already passionate certainty in people who believe in something that simply does not exist."

"It is a vile piece of agit-prop, pushing a falsehood that could very well tear our country apart," concluded Fisher. "It’s also a very stupid movie, packaged as smart, fearless muckraking. In a sense, it’s a 90-minute safe space for MAGA snowflakes who can’t accept the fact that their hero is a loser."

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Prosecution falls flat in 'How to Murder Your Husband' trial after star witness falters

On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the trial of "How to Murder your Husband" author Nancy Brophy for the murder of her chef husband hit a major snag, as the purported star witness put forward by prosecutors — a former cellmate of hers — to claim Brophy had confessed to the killing did not actually say this on the stand.

The trial has been covered by The New York Times, as a bizarre case in which prosecutors allege that she actually committed the act that she referenced in her romance novels.

"As attorneys for the prosecution and defense argued about whether or not the witness, Andrea Jacobs, should be allowed to testify, Multnomah County Judge Christopher Ramras had previously ruled that she could do so only if Brophy’s attorneys introduced evidence that would warrant the state calling her as a 'rebuttal witness' to push back on some information the defense had presented. On Wednesday, Brophy’s lawyers asked what, exactly, Jacobs would be rebutting," reported Winston Ross. "Jacobs would rebut 'the statement that [Brophy] did not kill her husband,' Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet said, by testifying 'that she was so far apart when she shot her husband.'"

However, according to the report, when Jacobs actually took the stand, her account was completely different, and she did not allege any confession from Brophy had been made to her.

"'She told me he was shot two times to the heart,' Jacobs said. 'She showed me the distance, she said it was about, and used her arm span. I said ‘Wow, that must have been close up.’ She said ‘Well it was about this far,’'" said the report. "'Did she say anything about her involvement?' Overstreet asked. 'When we were first talking, she slipped up, and started to say ‘I’ but then switched to ‘It,’ saying ‘It was about this far apart.’'"

"At the end of her testimony, Jacobs insisted she had no desire to be involved in this case, would get nothing out of it and in fact had received a series of threats at the prison camp in Texas, where she’s now incarcerated," continued the report. "'This is not an easy thing to do, and it’s the worst thing when you’re incarcerated is to testify against another inmate,' Jacobs said. 'There’s a certain code of ethics when you’re in person and in jail.'"

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Wichita city government in chaos as mayor and ex-police chief accuse each other of misconduct

On Wednesday, The Wichita Eagle reported that the mayor of Wichita, Brandon Whipple, and the former police chief, Gordon Ramsay, are trading accusations of misconduct in an escalating fight that began with allegations of mishandled racial incidents within the police department.

"In a letter hand-delivered Wednesday by a former deputy chief, Ramsay, without offering evidence, accused city officials of wrongdoing and said there was a 'troubled culture' at the top levels of city hall," reported Michael Stavola. "He urged the City Council and mayor to have a forthcoming third-party investigation into police also look into complaints of corruption against human resources director Chris Bezruki and into police discipline cases that Bezruki overturned, without being specific."

Whipple has fired back, calling Ramsay a "disgruntled ex-employee" and saying that his motivations are questionable.

"The third-party investigation, and the internal committee that released the report criticizing Ramsay, were announced the day after The Eagle detailed the racist and inappropriate messages sent by Wichita officers and the lack of punishment," said the report. "The only officer suspended was one who called Ramsay a tool. Ramsay, in the letter, said Bezruki’s presence on the committee was a 'flagrant conflict of interest.' The committee report found that the police department did not 'fully engage the City Human Resource Department and Law Department in their review of this misconduct.'"

This is just the latest in a series of high-profile controversies at police departments around the country.

Last year, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo was ousted by the city council after he antagonized the city government by claiming they were run by a "Cuban Mafia" — in a move that later turned out to have had the support of the far-right Proud Boys. And in New Jersey, the former Republican mayor of Clark Township was caught on tape saying racial slurs in a conversation with the police chief, after the city had tried to pay to silence a whistleblower from coming forward.