Ex-Atlanta officer charged in Rayshard Brooks' death sues to get job back
ATLANTA — The former Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks during an arrest attempt has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and interim police chief seeking to get his job back.Garrett Rolfe contends his firing June 13, the day after Brooks died, violated the city’s policy in the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court. Rolfe says in court documents that Brooks violently resisted arrest and the shooting was justified. The 27-year-old charged with felony murder and other charges is free on bond.But on Wednesday, prosecutors said they will ask a judge to revoke bond for Rolfe, who...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kemp signs Georgia 'police protections' measure into law
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial proposal into law on Wednesday pushed by Republicans to grant police new protections despite stiff opposition from critics who said it creates a messy tangle of legal problems.The measure, House Bill 838, was the most significant proposal left on Kemp’s desk at the close of a 40-day period to sign or nullify bills.In a statement, Kemp said he has attended the funerals of too many law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since he was elected governor and that it was a “step forward as we work to protect those who are risking th...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Now you've got coronavirus,' Florida man tells boy to his face as the spit flies
MIAMI — A boy was sitting inside a Gulf Coast restaurant when a man walked up to him and asked if he was wearing a face mask.The boy said yes.The man then told the boy to take it off and shake his hand. The boy refused. So the man grabbed his hand, held it tightly, closed in on his face and said, “You now have the coronavirus.”The man was so close to the boy’s face “spit particles from the defendant’s mouth landed in his face,” a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says.Deputies charged Jason Andrew Copenhaver, 47, with disorderly conduct and simple battery for the incident at Ricky...
Interior minister promoted to Venezuela's top military rank despite drug charges
The Nicolás Maduro regime promoted Interior Minister Néstor Reverol to general in chief, the highest military rank in Venezuela — even though the officer is charged by federal prosecutors in New York with accepting large bribes in exchange for protecting drug shipments to the United States.The promotion marks the first time that a national guard officer receives the rank, in a move that observers say alters the balance of forces inside the Venezuelan military.The U.S. Department of Justice accuses Reverol of being part of the Venezuelan drug trafficking organization known as the Cartel of the ...
Theranos: Feds throw Molotov cocktail case at Elizabeth Holmes over grand jury request
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Federal prosecutors fighting Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’s request for access to grand jury records invoked the case of a woman accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a New York City police van who made a similar but mostly unsuccessful bid.The woman, Samantha Shader, who has pleaded not guilty to hurling a fire bomb during May protests against police violence, sought access to 23 documents concerning the formation of her grand jury amid the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors in Holmes’ felony fraud case said in a court filing. In a motion last month, Holmes claimed ...
The Mercury News
Legendary journalist and writer Pete Hamill dead at 85
NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning.He was 85.Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip, according to his brother, famed journalist Denis Hamill.Hamill had emergency surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital but his kidneys and heart failed while in the intensive care unit, his brother said.Hamill’s past health woes included a March 2014 stint at the NYU Medical Center, where the writer cheated death before emerging in...
New York Daily News
Natasha Trethewey took years to write 'Memorial Drive,' about the murder of her mother
CHICAGO — As Natasha Trethewey began to garner acclaim for her poetry — notably winning the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her collection “Native Guard” — news reports often mentioned the murder of her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough. Trethewey, who was 19 when her former step-father shot her mother to death after years of abuse, never intended to write about this devastating event. But she has written two volumes centered on it — the 2018 poetry collection “Monument” and now her latest, a memoir, “Memorial Drive.”In only 200 pages, “Memorial Drive” distills her family history as it intersects with t...
LaTurner ousts incumbent Watkins in Kansas 2nd District after voter fraud charges
Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated embattled Republican Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary Tuesday, three weeks after the freshman congressman was charged with voter fraud.LaTurner has 49% of the vote with more than 50% of precincts reporting in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District. Watkins has 31%, while former Kansas Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor has 21% in the three-way GOP race.The Associated Press declared LaTurner’s GOP primary victory around 9:30 pm. He will go on to face Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, who easily won the Democratic nomination with 76 % of the vot...
The Kansas City Star
Leader of white nationalist hate group, 2 others arrested in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — The leader of an alt-right, white supremacist group was arrested in Texas on Saturday after police said he and two other men placed stickers on county property.The Parker County Sheriff’s Department arrested the three men on Saturday after watching them place stickers on two different signs on the Parker County Courthouse lawn in Weatherford, according to the men’s arrest warrants. One of those arrested was Thomas Rousseau, the leader of the group Patriot Front, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Rousseau is identified by SPLC as the founder of the white national...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trump says Epstein was never a Mar-a-Lago member. He was, and new book tells what got him exiled
MIAMI — Donald Trump severed ties with Jeffrey Epstein after the disgraced financier hit on the teenage daughter of a Mar-a-Lago member, threatening the Trump brand of glitz and glamour, according to a new book published about the president’s Palm Beach club.Trump publicly disavowed Epstein a day after the financier’s arrest on July 11, 2019, saying in the Oval Office that the two hadn’t spoken in 15 years after a falling out. He has also claimed that Epstein was never a Mar-a-Lago member.“I’m not a fan of his,” the president said, never disclosing why they fell out.But a new book out Tuesday ...