Police review defends cop who used George Floyd-style knee restraint on 14yo AUTISTIC BOY & maced his dog in Topeka, Kansas

Topeka Police have concluded that an officer who restrained an already-handcuffed 14-year-old autistic boy with a knee to the neck, and pepper-sprayed his dog, was following procedure – though admitted the choice was “concerning.”

The department conducted an internal review of the teen’s arrest, which left him with a broken wrist, releasing its report on Tuesday. After reading over interviews with arresting Officer David Ziegler and the youth and inspecting multiple bodycam videos, Independent Police Auditor Ed Collazo determined that while the officer’s judgment was “concerning,” and his behavior was not ideal, he had not violated Topeka Police Department policy.

The report’s release was met with surprisingly little media attention, given the neck restraint Ziegler deployed against the youth – a notoriously deadly hold which Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran had previously and repeatedly claimed that his officers do not use. Minneapolis man George Floyd infamously died in police custody in May after an officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes. The boy’s mother, Marlena Mitchiner, condemned the investigator’s leniency, arguing officers should be “held to the highest of standards” so that “further situations like this can be prevented.”

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The youth, whose name is largely omitted from the report except for one reference to “Isaiah,” was riding his bike home with his dog running beside him when Ziegler was dispatched to the scene after a neighbor called police to complain the dog was unleashed in his yard. Two of the bodycam videos (which have not been made publicly available) reportedly show Ziegler, in his patrol car, telling the boy to take his dog home.

The last video, nearly 35 minutes long, shows Isaiah, now on foot, resisting the officer’s command to “come here” and taking off running. Ziegler returns to his car and races to catch up to his quarry, informing him he’s been stopped for “walking on the street where a sidewalk is provided.” When Isaiah says he was looking for his dog and refuses to give his name, Ziegler demands he turn around, finally grabbing his arm and attempting to handcuff him. The teen resists, and the description of the footage suggests he does not understand why he is being arrested.

As Ziegler pulls out his pepper spray, the youth flinches, claiming in a later interview that he believed the cop was about to shoot him, but allows the officer to handcuff him while complaining he is in pain. The arrest is interrupted by the barking of two dogs, which Ziegler maces. He demands the young man put his hands behind his back – though the report admits “they are already there” – and forces him to the ground as he handcuffs him, placing his knee in the detainee’s upper back.

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Mitchiner, who filed the complaint initiating the internal review, saw the later part of the altercation and told the investigator the dog did not even leave the yard until Ziegler grabbed her son – a claim supported by the teen’s interview statement that “the dog got sprayed because he came out to protect me.”

The police auditor insisted the arrest was appropriate, noting that the autistic teen declined to give his name despite being asked repeatedly. The neck restraint, he agreed with Ziegler, was justified by the boy “pulling his right arm forward,” the presence of the “aggressive” dogs, and the approach of Isaiah’s mother and older brother “compiled with his inability to call for back-up.”

Collazo acknowledged that the cop’s behavior was discourteous, and that “particular deference” should be given to vulnerable members of society including “juveniles” and “individuals with mental health issues,” and was even willing to “question the necessity for the handcuffing,” but deferred to Ziegler’s after-the-fact insistence he was in danger. His report declines to recommend disciplinary action other than a “refresher in de-escalation training and use of verbal communication when interacting with citizens,” merely suggesting police take another look at the decision to detain the youth.

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In recent months, police misconduct has come under growing national scrutiny, with high-profile incidents like Floyd’s death and Louisville police’s shooting of EMT Breonna Taylor at her home in March triggering massive protests. Many have pointed to police officers’ inability to handle the mentally ill or otherwise disabled, as recently evidenced in the choking death of Rochester man Daniel Prude – who died naked in police custody with a restraint bag over his head while apparently overdosing on PCP. Some reformers want police at least partially replaced with social workers who would be trained to handle such cases.

The family dog, too, was probably lucky to ‘only’ receive a face full of pepper spray, given the “epidemic” levels of canine shootings that occur in the US on a daily basis. A Department of Justice expert estimated in 2016 that anywhere from 25 to 30 pet dogs are killed daily by police.

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Election Meddling: Twitter Locks Account of Trump Campaign National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley

Two hours before the presidential debate, thirteen days before an election, and on the same day that Jack Dorsey received a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer for his platform’s interference in the 2020 election, Twitter locked the account of the Trump campaign’s national press secretary, Hogan Gidley.

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Man accused of death threat against Flynn judge is denied release before trial

A New York man accused of threatening the judge overseeing the prosecution of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will not be released from jail before trial, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

Frank Caporusso, 52, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of threatening to assault or murder a federal judge in order to interfere with his official duties, and one count of making an interstate threat in connection with a voicemail left earlier this year, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey ruled on Thursday against Caporusso’s petition for pretrial release.

Documents unsealed by the court did not identify the target of Caporusso’s alleged threat, but reports named U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan as the recipient of the voicemail.

In an arraignment hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Fletcher appeared to confirm as much, disclosing under pressure from Harvey that the “Flynn matter” was in front of the judge who received the threat.

At around 8:30 p.m. on May 14, prosecutors say, Caporusso called the judge’s chamber and left a roughly 30-second, expletive-laden voicemail.

“You will not be safe,” the voicemail said. “A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull. You bastard. You will be killed, and I don’t give a f–k who you are. Back out of this bulls–t before it’s too late, or we’ll start cutting down your staff.”

According to court filings, the anonymous voicemail ended by saying: “This is not a threat. This is a promise.”

Though the voicemail came from an unknown sender and without caller ID, prosecutors obtained phone records from AT&T that show a number registered to Caporusso since 2003 placed a call to the judge’s chambers at the same time and lasting roughly the same length as the voicemail.

A day earlier, Sullivan announced that he had appointed a former federal judge in New York to argue against the government’s unusual bid to dismiss the case against Flynn, an ally of President Donald Trump. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about whether he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with its ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration.

Sullivan also said he was seeking a recommendation on whether to charge Flynn with perjury for recanting on his admission of guilt.

A defense attorney for Caporusso, David Benowitz, argued earlier this week that his client should be released ahead of his trial, noting that the government had not uncovered any further plot or plan to threaten the judge or his staff in the government’s five-month investigation.

He asserted that by waiting more than three months to arrest Caporusso after homing in on him as a suspect less than a week after the threatening voicemail, the government had undermined its contention that Caporusso would be a flight risk.

Benowitz rejected the prosecutor’s claim that the more than 100-day span between his client’s interview and arrest was because of a delay while investigators sought to verify Caporusso’s claims of his phone number having been “spoofed.”

“I can’t imagine in this type of case, where the government is alleging there is a danger, that it takes them that long to get cell site data,” he said. “That just doesn’t pass the smell test.”

In his ruling on Thursday, the judge said he did not factor in the government’s delay in filing charges against Caporusso, arguing he did not want to speculate about the reason for the lapsed time and appear as if he were giving prosecutors incentive to rush through investigations.

Harvey agreed that Caporusso had demonstrated he was not at serious risk of flight, but that the severity of the crimes Caporusso is accused of — as well as the lack of capability to monitor his phone and internet usage while on release — outweighed those considerations.

“It took only 40 seconds and a phone line to commit the crime the defendant has been charged with,” Harvey said in Thursday’s hearing. “I know of no condition or combination of conditions that can reasonably assure he won’t have the opportunity to make another threat if he were released.”

The judge cited evidence provided by the government that Caporusso had sought to reach the judge’s chambers multiple times, even after the voicemail function for the judge in question had been turned off, and noted that the threatening voicemail also targeted the judge’s staff.

Caporusso faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

The caller, he said, “does not sound unhinged, out of his mind or intoxicated,” and “confirms his own seriousness” at the end of the voicemail, and took steps to mask his identity — ruling out what friends of Caporusso surmised in letters to the judge must have been a momentary lapse in judgment.

Also factoring in his decision, Harvey said, was that the threat demonstrated a “profound disrespect in the judiciary that undermines my confidence that the caller would comply with court-ordered conditions of release set by a judge,” including not making any other threats.

Moreover, Harvey pointed to half a dozen long guns that Caporusso owns, saying that they spoke to the means to carry out the specific threat that was made.

At the top of the hearing, Harvey said that although neither party was seeking his recusal from the case, as is common in cases involving colleagues on the bench, he had assessed whether to recuse himself and concluded that he would be able to adjudicate the initial proceedings of Caporusso’s case fairly.

Caporusso is set appear before the judge assigned to oversee the rest of his case, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, next Thursday.



Source: Politico, Man accused of death threat against Flynn judge is denied release before trial

WOW! MEDIA CORRUPTION: Fake News Media CNN, MSNBC, OTHERS — TOTALLY IGNORE Historic Bobulinski Press Conference on Biden Family Corruption

On Thursday night former Biden Crime Family associate Tony Bobulinski held a pre-debate press conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

In his 6 minute press conference Bobulinski admitted:
** He worked closely with Hunter Biden on their Sino-hawk deal with the CCP
** Tony met with Joe Biden for a half hour to discuss the deal with the Chinese
** Joe Biden was FULLY AWARE of the family business of using his name and position for influence and pay-for-play schemes
** Bobulinski will meet with Senate investigators on Friday.

And Tony Bobulinski will be a guest of President Donald Trump at tonight’s final debate with Joe Biden.

For the record — FOX News aired the Bobulinski press conference live.

The major media did not air the presser.

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MSNBC —

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Chicago mayor imposes curfew on city bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses as coronavirus cases spike

Chicago mayor imposes curfew on city bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses as coronavirus cases spikeCHICAGO — Days after threatening to roll back restrictions on Chicago businesses if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed through Thursday by imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on all nonessential city businesses. In addition to the curfew starting Friday, the city will again prohibit indoor service at traditional taverns and brewery taprooms without food licenses, and asked …



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NFL Week 7: Fantasy Football Non-PPR Lineup Cheat Sheet Rankings – CBS Sports

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Rays second baseman says postseason slump is behind him

October 22, 2020

(Reuters) – Hitting his first of two homeruns in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe said he felt “pure joy.”

He might have been feeling a little bit of relief, too.

The 26-year-old was Tampa Bay’s best hitter in the regular season, with 14 homeruns – just three shy of his tally during his All-Star 2019 season – and a .269 batting average.

But Lowe saw his performance plummet in the postseason, going 6-for-52 at the plate prior to the World Series, as his team powered past the Houston Astros to win the ALCS and his failed to find his stride.

That changed Wednesday, when Lowe homered in the first inning and brought in two runs in a fifth-inning blast in the 6-4 Game 2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, tying the best-of-seven series.

“To say that my mind wasn’t going different places during that struggle would be lying to you. There were times that I wasn’t feeling too good,” Lowe told reporters, reflecting on his ill-timed postseason slump that he hopes is behind him now.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said keeping trust in Lowe through homers and strikeouts keeps him on track.

“He’s shown over time that he’s a really good hitter, really good player and sometimes guys you’ve got to allow them to go through some tough patches and he’s been in one,” said Cash.

“He can go quiet for a little while but he can get as hot as anybody in baseball. Hopefully that’s the trend that we’re looking at going forward.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Sam Holmes)

Major airline groups push for end to coronavirus quarantines, travel bans

October 22, 2020

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, state governments and some foreign countries should replace quarantines and travel bans on airline passengers with COVID-19 testing of travelers before departure and upon arrival, airline and business groups said on Thursday.

They said the move would boost U.S. international air travel, which is down 78% year-over-year for the most recent seven-day period, according to airline industry data.

The groups, which include the International Air Transport Association, Airlines for America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, airline unions and the U.S. Travel Association, called on the Trump administration, state governors and international partners “to pursue a risk-based and data-driven approach to COVID-19 testing which would obviate the need for quarantines and travel bans so that the travel network can be safely re-opened.”

The groups added that “travel quarantines are decimating our industry.”

Currently, 18 U.S. states have some type of quarantine for arriving travelers, the groups said. Hawaii last week began allowing airline passengers who tested negative for COVID-19 to avoid a two-week mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

The United States still has in place entry bans on nearly all non-U.S. citizens who recently were in China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Iran and countries in the so-called Schengen border-free area of Europe.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers, while the UK allows Americans to visit but requires a two-week quarantine upon arrival.

“The continued restrictions on international travel and differing state and international quarantine policies are hampering the recovery of the U.S. economy,” the letter added.

The Trump administration has been holding high-level discussions with countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy about the possibility of establishing “flight bubbles” that would allow travel or reduce quarantines if passengers agreed to COVID-19 tests before departure and upon arrival.

Under discussion are whether a quarantine would still be required, with some health experts in the Trump administration calling for a one-week quarantine, and what test would be used. Rising coronavirus infections in some countries, such as the United States, pose a hurdle to lifting restrictions.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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“Who Paid For You to Be Here?!” – Hostile Reporter Shouts at Biden Whistleblower Tony Bobulinski After Impromptu Presser (VIDEO)


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Hunter Biden’s associate and whistleblower Tony Bobulinski held an impromptu presser on Thursday evening.

Tony Bobulinski is the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family.

Bobulinski confirmed the Hunter Biden emails were authentic and said the Bidens went behind his back and got paid millions by the Chinese in side deals.

Bobulinski revealed that he was introduced to “the Big Guy” AKA Joe Biden and was told about Biden crime family’s influence peddling business with the communist Chinese.

Tony Bobulinski confirmed that he was warned by his business partner never to mention Joe Biden was involved in Hunter’s shady business dealings because the Bidens (Joe, Hunter and Jim Biden) were paranoid.

Bobulinski is cooperating with senate investigators and provided documents related to his business dealings with the Biden crime family to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Bobulinski is also cooperating with the FBI and announced that he will turn his electronic devices and records of business dealings with Hunter and Jim Biden (Joe’s brother) over to the bureau.

After Bobulinski finished his short presser, he said he would not be taking any questions.

A hostile reporter shouted to him, “Who paid for you to be here?! Who paid for your expenses to be here?!”

As usual, the media refuses to concentrate on the contents of the explosive emails and messages and attacks the messenger.

WATCH:

Tony Bobulinski will be joining President Trump tonight at the debate as a special guest.

Bobulinski said he paid for his own travel expenses to the debate in Nashville.

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