Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times
Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted 'Justice for Floyd'
MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of protests following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a member of the “Boogaloo Bois” opened fire on Minneapolis Police Third Precinct with an AK-47-style gun and screamed “Justice for Floyd” as he ran away, according to a federal complaint made public Friday.A sworn affidavit by the FBI underlying the complaint reveals new details about a far-right anti-government group’s coordinated role in the violence that roiled through civil unrest over Floyd’s death while in police custody.Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old from Boerne, Texas, is charged with one count of ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mary Schmich: When a Chicago cop finds a stash of old letters in the trash, he's transported to Chicago during World War II. And vows to get the letters back to the family
CHICAGO — One day this summer, in the midst of the pandemic, Eric Wolforth took a walk to the store to buy milk and diapers. He followed his usual route, west along Catalpa Avenue, then a right turn into an alley.A few doors up he spotted piles of junk around a cluster of garbage bins. Knowing that Chicago alleys often contain discarded treasure — he once salvaged a fancy stroller — he headed toward the mess.On top of one garbage bin sat a small box. Poking from the top were red and blue stripes he recognized as the marks of old airmail envelopes. He pulled out several letters.In the upper lef...
The Chicago 7: A timeline of the protests, the clashes, the trial and the fallout
The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago in August 1968, in the summer of a tumultuous year. The events of that month, and a subsequent court case, are the subject of the new Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Here is a timeline of the protests and subsequent trial that the film explores.THE BACKGROUNDThe year 1968 was a year of increasing protests against the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy in June and Martin Luther King Jr. in April and subsequent unrest, including in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhoods.The convention was held over four days...
Wisconsin man 14th person arrested in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot
DETROIT — A 51-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged with material support of an act of terrorism for his alleged role in plans to storm the Michigan Capitol and harm government officials, including kidnapping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.Brian Higgins of Wisconsin Dells was arrested in Wisconsin on Thursday and will be extradited to northern Michigan’s Antrim County, where three of the other 13 suspects in the alleged kidnapping plot have been arraigned, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office.Higgins participated in surveillance of Whitmer’s vacation home, according to a Michigan State...
The Detroit News
Tourist brought AR-15 rifle, handgun to Disney World over worries about Orlando protests
ORLANDO, Fla. — A South Florida man brought an AR-15 rifle and 9mm handgun with him on his Disney World vacation because he was worried about his family’s safety during the social justice protests in Central Florida last month, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.The 43-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man checked into the Polynesian Village Resort with his guns in a tennis bag on Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a newly released sheriff’s incident report.The man had a concealed weapons permit and was not arrested, so the Orlando Sentinel is not identifying him. D...
20 years after deadly bombing, honoring the USS Cole's legacy
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Two decades after the attack that cost the lives of 17 sailors, the legacy of USS Cole lives on — and Senior Chief Will Merchen has proof.He was a damage controlman on the Cole on that Oct. 12 in Aden, Yemen, his first deployment. He and his shipmates kept the destroyer afloat after a suicide bomb nearly tore the ship in two.In February, he was back. Merchen is now an inspector with Afloat Training Group Atlantic, responsible for seeing if sailors are hitting their marks on damage control tasks. In February, his job was to see how the 2020 crew of the Cole was doing.“I insp...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
In reversal, Facebook bans Holocaust denial content
Facebook updated its hate speech policy Monday to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, a move that had long been called for by Jewish organizations and survivors of the Nazi genocide.In addition to the new ban, anyone searching for Holocaust posts on the platform will now be directed to “authoritative sources to get accurate information,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who admitted that his “own thinking has involved” as he sees data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence around the world.“I’ve struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and...
New York Daily News
Michigan law enforcement on alert in response to 'plan to target and kill police'
DETROIT — Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed an alleged plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a “plan to target and kill police.”“We’re cautious. We’re absolutely more careful,” said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. “This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. if you’re mad at the government, you’re mad at the police.”The alleged plot was unveiled last Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice charged six men with conspiracy to k...
Detroit Free Press
Album reviews: Public Enemy, Carla Bruni, Chris Smither
Public Enemy“What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?”(Def Jam ** 1/2)The times could hardly be more right for a new Public Enemy album.Politically charged rap that aimed to “reach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard,” as Chuck D put it in “Don’t Believe the Hype,” peaked with 1988’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” and 1990’s follow-up “Fear of a Black Planet.”“Fight the Power” is forever. The emphatic, fist-raised single that soundtracked Spike Lee’s 1989 “Do the Right Thing,” still speaks loudly in 2020.“What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?” aims to bring hard-earned...
The Philadelphia Inquirer