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Black men arrested with weapons at protest while armed white militia men avoid charges in Greensboro

As a peaceful protest was dispersing on Tuesday night, Greensboro police arrested six African-American men, charging them with violating a North Carolina statute called “Weapons at Parades Etc. Prohibited” and seizing guns from five of them.

In contrast, three white men, including one with a history of firearms training with open white supremacists, showed up armed with handguns and rifles while wearing paramilitary gear at the protests on the first three nights while making violent posts on Facebook, and have so far managed to avoid incurring any similar charges from the Greensboro Police Department.

Jason Passmore, a Greensboro native, has been active with the Stokes County Militia, whose executive officer Brandal T. Payne has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as member of the white supremacist group Identity Dixie. Before joining the Stokes County Militia, Passmore organized the Guilford County Militia, whose members showed up at then-candidate Donald Trump’s June 2016 campaign stop at the Greensboro Coliseum. The now-defunct Guilford County Militia adopted the Guilford Courthouse battle flag, which members carried to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. in August 2017 (Passmore did not attend that event).

Howard Graves, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Passmore’s activism fits “within the umbrella of militant, anti-government extremism.”

Read more: https://triad-city-beat.com/black-men-arrested-weapons-protest-armed-white-militia/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 07:33 AM (2 replies)

Enough!

by Thomas Mills


Republicans are losing the national narrative. They’ve followed Trump and their own base down a dead end road that’s leaving them further and further from an emerging American majority that will guide this nation in the future. They keep falling back on tired tropes that worked for them a few decades ago but don’t resonate with much of the country today. They are missing the societal shifts moving the country to be a more tolerant and equitable nation.

The pandemic was the turning point. When the threat of the disease became obvious, governors stepped up to protect their citizens, locking down their economies and issuing stay at home orders. Republicans almost immediately pushed back, calling the measures overreactions and complaining that the disease is most lethal to people who are either old or sick. As the economy tanked, Trump started attacking the governors, demanding they reopen their states and, in North Carolina, demanding that the Republican National Convention be held in Charlotte with no limitations.

Polls showed the people sided with the cautious Democrats. They believed that the economy needed to stay closed as the death toll crossed 100,000 people. In response, conservatives on social media started flailing, accusing the governors of wrecking the economy by killing jobs and small businesses. For the time being, the people believe the governors protected them while the GOP is putting them at risk. That’s not a great place to be heading into an election.

While the pandemic left Americans uncertain about the future, the taped killing of George Floyd enraged the nation. The pent up anxiety caused by months of social distancing, unemployment, and disease exploded into national protests that led to rioting in cities across the country. But a strange thing happened. Public sentiment stuck with protesters. Voice after voice condemned the property destruction but defended the protesters’ right to be heard.

Read more: https://www.politicsnc.com/enough/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 06:41 AM (0 replies)

State Board of Education takes on racism in response to civil unrest

Racism is a “social pandemic” in conflict with the nation’s founding principle that “all are created equal,” State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis said Wednesday.

Davis made his comments in response to ongoing civil unrest in American cities over the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed by a police officer.

The chilling video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee planted lethally on Floyd’s neck has sparked outrage across the nation and throughout the world.

Chauvin was initially arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The murder charge was upgraded to second-degree on Wednesday.

Read more: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2020/06/03/state-board-of-education-takes-on-racism-in-response-to-civil-unrest/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 06:20 AM (0 replies)

Army reverses plan to send Fort Bragg troops, others home from Washington area

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests Wednesday but then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief.

Both Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper also drew stinging, rare public criticism from Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, in the most public pushback of Trump’s presidency from the men he put at the helm of the world’s most powerful military.

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division remain on standby at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and Fort Belvoir in Virginia outside Washington.

Esper angered Trump early Wednesday when he said he opposed using military troops for law enforcement, seemingly taking the teeth out of the president’s threat to use the Insurrection Act to send soldiers to states to “dominate” their streets. Esper said the 1807 law should be invoked in the United States “only in the most urgent and dire of situations.” He added, “We are not in one of those situations now.”

Read more: https://www.fayobserver.com/news/20200603/army-reverses-plan-to-send-fort-bragg-troops-others-home-from-washington-area
(Fayettesville Observer)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 05:48 AM (1 replies)

PAC criticizes ABC11 for not airing its ad critical of Trump and the Confederate flag

RALEIGH -- The Lincoln Project, a PAC formed in 2019 by a group of influential Republicans and former Republicans, has criticized local TV station ABC11/WTVD for not airing an ad critical of President Donald Trump and his supporters who brandish the Confederate flag.

The ad, called “Flag of Treason,” calls the Confederate States’ efforts in the Civil War an act of treason against America, and notes that some Americans still embrace the flag.

Over a montage of images of the flag at Trump rallies, the ad asks: “Why does it keep showing up at events that support Donald Trump, and why does he call the folks who carry it ‘very fine people’?”

The PAC released a statement on Tuesday condemning the Disney-owned-and-operated WTVD for not selling them air time for the ad. They called the station’s refusal “an act of cowardice” and said the station told them the ad was “too inflammatory.”

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243210261.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 05:16 AM (1 replies)

NC senator hasn't decided if she'll press charges against fellow senator

RALEIGH -- The dismissal of an ethics complaint filed by a North Carolina state senator doesn’t mean the issue is dropped.

State Sen. Erica Smith, a Henrico Democrat, could still press charges against Sen. Paul Lowe, a Winston-Salem Democrat, for an incident last year during a caucus meeting. A General Assembly police report summary found that Lowe had committed a simple assault.

At an online public forum Wednesday evening, Smith said she had not decided whether to press charges.

“Senator Paul Lowe has an anger management problem,” Smith said. “The reason I held off on criminal charges as a last resort is because I want to change the institution.”

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243239276.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:58 AM (1 replies)

CMPD chief asking courts to release video footage of use of chemicals on protesters

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney will ask the courts to release all videos associated with a troubling incident from Tuesday evening, when officers appeared to use chemical agents against peaceful protesters in uptown.

The chief would make his request once the State Bureau of Investigation reviews those police actions, the department said via Twitter on Wednesday night. But Mayor Vi Lyles told reporters earlier Wednesday that the review of the incident “would take some time” — though answers would come “sooner than later.”

CMPD’s announcement came just hours after Lyles and Putney sought to reassure thousands of people gathered outside the Government Center on Wednesday evening that they had the right to protest safely.

During the listening session, residents demanded a strong showing of city leadership as they marched through uptown and past CMPD headquarters.

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article243243201.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:49 AM (0 replies)

Rocky Mount to remove 103-year-old Confederate monument

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — After 103 years on a grassy rise at Battle Park in Rocky Mount, a monument to Confederate veterans will come down. City council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of removal after the words etched in the granite monument pricked the conscience of the crowd, drawing the attention of protesters.

On Sunday evening, more than 300 people rallied at the Confederate monument in Rocky Mount. The marker was sponsored by a Confederate veteran in 1917.

The crowd came to protest police brutality and racial injustice – the monument as backdrop was no accident.

"It's a monument that represents a lot of pain for a lot of individuals in this community. In fact, I dare say, a majority of our resident population," said Mayor Sandy Roberson.

Read more: https://www.wral.com/rocky-mount-to-remove-103-year-old-confederate-monument/19126999/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:25 AM (0 replies)

Asheville's fourth night of George Floyd protest ends with more tear gas, an earlier end

ASHEVILLE -- On the fourth night of protests in downtown Asheville, demonstrators continued to defy an 8 p.m. curfew and were eventually met with another show of force from the Asheville Police Department.

Hundreds gathered near the Vance Monument June 3 in a continuation of the nationwide response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

June 3 was the second night of the curfew issued by the city of Asheville, and demonstrators remained defiant as members of the national guard and local police lined the road in front of the downtown police station.

Protesters defy curfew

As curfew approached, several organizers urged the crowd to leave.

Luis Mejia, of Asheville, was among those who headed home just before 8 p.m., saying that he couldn’t get arrested. But he also supported others’ decision to stay.

Read more: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/06/03/george-floyd-protests-ashevilles-fourth-night-ends-quickly-more-tear-gas/3140995001/
(Asheville Citizen-Times)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:12 AM (5 replies)

Former Buncombe Sheriff Bobby Medford dies of COVID-19 in federal custody

Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford, who was serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison on corruption and extortion charges, has died from COVID-19.

Medford, 74, died Wednesday, June 3, at a hospital outside of the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina, according to a Bureau of Prisons press release. Medford was first evaluated for hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, on May 20, by medical staff at the prison.

Medford was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where he tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Durham television station CBS17 first reported Medford's death and shared the press release, which had not yet been posted to the BOP website June 3, with the Citizen Times.

"On Thursday, May 21, 2020, his condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator," the release states. "On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Mr. Medford, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease, was pronounced dead by hospital staff."

Read more: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/06/03/former-sheriff-bobby-medford-dies-federal-custody-covid-19/3138985001/
(Asheville Citizen-Times)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:02 AM (0 replies)
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