For college students at Case Western Reserve University, a dislike of cops takes precedence over education.
Case Western Reserve University will be closed for business next week. That’s because students can’t handle the presence of cops. Controversy started when the private university agreed to house police officers for the RNC convention.
The convention has nothing to do with the students and the officers won’t be doing police work on campus, but the students claim “safety” is an issue. Students and their compatriots complained about the police presence through a Change.org petition.
In the petition, students decided that police are racist, homophobic and dangerous:
“I am scared and concerned for students of color, queer* and trans* students, and all university community members,” wrote one supporter, who also urged the university to protect it “as a safe space for all bodies.”
Another said that the police presence “reinforces the reality that our lives and mental health does not matter” […]
University President Barbara Snyder apologized for agreeing to house police without asking students first.
Heat Street reported that “classes will likely be held off-campus. Faculty are not encouraged to come to their offices, and students on-campus will be assisted in finding alternate housing.”
Cleveland.com reported that the “university will offer counseling and support services and a ‘safe space’ for those who want to express their concerns about housing police on campus and the convention,” Cleveland.com reported.
A man believed to have taken part in the shooting that killed at least three police officers from Baton Rouge, LA was from the metro area.
Sources tell KCTV5 the shooter’s name is Gavin Eugene Long.
Three police officers were killed and three additional police officers were wounded Sunday morning in Louisiana.
On Sunday evening, police taped off a scene believed to be Long's most recent home in the 1100 block of East 77th Terrace.
Police surrounding the home and say there is a person inside with a gun. They are treating the area as if there is an imminent threat to surrounding residents and businesses.
Long was a former Marine, according to CBS News. He graduated from Grandview High School in 2005. The University of Alabama confirms Long attended the university for a semester in 2012 and made the Dean's List. The university says UAPD did not have any interaction with him as a student.
Long was a sergeant, according to records. He served in the military from Aug. 22, 2005 until Aug. 21, 2010.
He was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medcal, National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.
A Grandview High School classmate tells KCTV5 that Long converted to Islam three years ago. He said Long was quiet and nice.
The Louisiana governor called the shooting of Baton Rouge deputies and officers "an absolutely unspeakable heinous attack" Sunday, as the city mourned the deaths of three officers and prayed for the recovery of one "fighting for his life."
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards described Sunday morning's deadly ambush on six Baton Rouge officers as "unjustifiable" and said, "the violence, the hatred just has to stop."
Officials said the officers were shot Sunday after responding to a call about a man walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle at approximately 8:40 a.m. outside a store in Baton Rouge — about a mile from police headquarters.
Authorities did not name the shooter, but sources identified him to Fox News as Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Mo., who they said carried out the attack on his 29th birthday.
Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, including one deployment to Iraq, according to officials.
Three officers are confirmed dead in the ambush. Three others are injured, including one critically. The gunman was shot and killed at the scene.
Baton Rouge police department identified two of the slain officers as Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald.
Jackson, 32, served on the force for 10 years and had a 4-month-old child, while Gerald, 41, served for less than a year.
Authorities talk to the driver of a car near an area where several officers were shot while on duty less than a mile from police headquarters, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mike Kunzelman)
The third slain cop was identified by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office as Brad Garafola.
A Baton Rouge policeman who was once injured trying to save a toddler from a burning building and recently welcomed a son of his own was one of the three officers killed in a Sunday morning shooting.
A cousin and family friend said Sunday that Montrell Jackson, 32, a 10-year-veteran of the Police Department was one of the officers killed. Also, three other officers were wounded in the shooting.
During a news conference Sunday with Gov. John Bel Edwards and law enforcement, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux only identified their officers involved in the shooting by their ages: a second Baton Rouge officer, 41, and one deputy, 45, were killed; and two deputies, 41 and 51 years old, and one police officer, 41, were wounded. Gautreaux said the 41-year-old deputy was in critical condition.
Last month, Jackson had his 10th anniversary with the Baton Rouge Police Department, according to online city records.
"He loved his job," said Darnell Murdock, one of Jackson's friends.
"It motivated him to go out and change people's lives. He was on (the force) to help people, to make you have a better day," Murdock said. "He was humble, kind and sweet. … He wasn't on there to write tickets. I don't understand how this could happen to someone like him."
The officer recently welcomed a son, Murdock said.
In 2007, Jackson was injured trying to save a toddler from a burning apartment building. A group of officers were called to the Newport Villa apartment complex where a mother said she was able to save one of her children, but a young boy was still trapped inside.
A Youtube account operated by Gavin Eugene Long and discovered by The Daily Caller reveals key insight into what might have motivated the 29-year-old black man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers Sunday morning.
Videos on Long’s account show that he was a former Nation of Islam member. He also ranted against “crackers” and made references to Alton Sterling, the black man killed by police in Baton Rouge on July 5.
Other information about Long shows that the Kansas City native, who CBS reported was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2010, went by the name Cosmo Ausar Setepenra.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a 28-page report Friday arguing most of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s governing agenda is unconstitutional, and promises to keep a running tally of all Trump’s policy goals that run afoul of the Constitution.
Titled “The Trump Memos,” the analysis encompasses the New York billionaire’s proposals on immigration, torture, libel, abortion, and government surveillance. It effectively serves as a blueprint for the legal arguments the ACLU would marshall when challenging Trump’s initiatives if elected president.
“Donald Trump’s proposed policies, if carried out, would trigger a constitutional crisis,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero wrote Wednesday in the Washington Post. “By our reckoning, a Trump administration would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth amendments if it tried to implement his most controversial plans.”
“But we need to be prepared because the very freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution could come under a sustained attack by a President Trump in the Oval Office,” he continued. “If that day comes, make no mistake: We’ll be seeing him in court.”
At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.
The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt on Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.
"At least two F-16s harassed Erdogan's plane while it was in the air and en route to Istanbul. They locked their radars on his plane and on two other F-16s protecting him," a former military officer with knowledge of the events told Reuters.
"Why they didn't fire is a mystery," he said.
A successful overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled the country of about 80 million people since 2003, could have sent Turkey spiraling into conflict and marked another seismic shift in the Middle East, five years after the Arab uprisings erupted and plunged its southern neighbor Syria into civil war.
A senior Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that Erdogan's business jet had been harassed while flying from the airport that serves Marmaris by two F-16s commandeered by the coup plotters but that he had managed to reach Istanbul safely.
A second senior official also said the presidential jet had been "in trouble in the air" but gave no details.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into neighboring Colombia to buy food and medicine on Saturday after authorities briefly opened the border that has been closed for almost a year.
A similar measure last week led to dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets and highlighted how daily life has deteriorated for millions in Venezuela, where the economy has been in a freefall since the 2014 crash in oil prices.
Colombia's foreign ministry said in a statement that at least 35,000 Venezuelans entered Colombia on Saturday, and their entry took place "in an orderly manner and under conditions of security." The border was opened for roughly eight hours and will be opened again on Sunday, it said. Roughly 35,000 people also crossed during last week's 12-hour border opening.
Saturday's opening took businesses in the Colombian border city of Cucuta by surprise since it had been announced that the border would opened on Sunday.
Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said "we have made a great effort to have sufficient supplies" for the Venezuelans expected to stream across the border on Saturday and Sunday.
Gov. Jose Vielma of the Venezuelan border state of Tachira said that President Nicolas Maduro supported the opening, ordering that people "not be disturbed" when they crossed into Colombia.
Maduro blames the shortages of food, medicine and basic staples in Venezuela on his opponents, who he accuses of trying to sow economic chaos to oust him from office. His critics accuse his socialist government of economic mismanagement.
Maduro ordered the 1,378-mile (2,219 kilometer) border shut in August 2015 to clamp down on criminal gangs smuggling over the border goods and gasoline sold at subsidized prices in Venezuela.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say that several officers have been shot in Baton Rouge while on duty.
The shooting happened early Sunday, less than 1 mile from police headquarters.
Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola did not know the extent of the injuries or give the precise number of officers injured. He says they were rushed to a local hospital.
He said that authorities believe the "scene is contained," meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.
Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since the killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers earlier this month after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet.
Conflicting reports as to how many officers shot, most saying 7 shot.
BATON ROUGE – Police have closed streets between Baton Rouge Police Headquarters and I-12 where law enforcement officers have been shot.
Sources say two Baton Rouge Police officers and one East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy are dead following the shooting. Another officer was critically injured.
A witness told WBRZ News 2, a man was dressed in black with his face covered shooting indiscriminately when he walked out between a convenience store and car wash across from Hammond Air Plaza. Shots were fired around 9 a.m. Sunday.
A very large manhunt began immediately with officers hurrying to "contain" the scene.
Both lanes of Airline Highway were shut down from Goodwood to Old Hammond and from Old Hammond to Drusilla Drive. LA DOTD confirmed the closures were related to police presence in the area.
There is limited information available. A police spokesperson was not ready to release specifics.
Reports shooter dead, but scene not secure because they are checking for explosives. Mayor says he believes it was an "ambush".
Scanners reporting 3 shooters, 1 shooter down.
More shots reported fired…
Officials have confirmed that three law enforcement officers have died and several others were injured during an early morning shooting on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge. They also say one suspect is dead and believe two others may still be at large.
One other officer was brought to Baton Rouge General Hospital.
Two men detained in Addis for going into a Walmart, being dressed in black, and changing their clothes there. They were reported to police, who caught them and are now questioning them.
One of officers killed, identified by his cousin. This is Officer Montrell Jackson and his son. Baton Rouge police have an appreciable number of officers who are black, so if you're trying to set up an ambush to kill officers, you may very well get black officers. Apparently black lives(if they were cops) didn't matter to these killers.
Video taken by witness at scene of shooting (warning for language)
Suspect black male, Gavin Eugene Long, 29 years old, born July 17, 1987, today was his birthday. He had been a Marine.
The U.S. is awaiting a formal plea to turn over a Pennsylvania-based cleric suspected by Turkey of inspiring a military coup attempt, said Secretary of State John Kerry dismissing as “irresponsible” any accusation of U.S. involvement in the uprising.
“We have not had a formal request for extradition — that has to come in a formal package” and be sent to the Justice Department, Kerry said on CNN’s “State of the Union” broadcast on Sunday. “Give us the evidence, show us the evidence. We need a solid legal foundation that meets the standard of extradition in order for our courts to approve such a request.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s ordered massive reprisals for the failed attempt to oust him, confirmed Sunday from Istanbul that such a formal request will be submitted. On Saturday he had challenged President Barack Obama directly to turn over Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher who lives in exile in rural Pennsylvania, saying Turkey’s NATO ally needs to do what is necessary “if we are truly strategic partners.”
Kerry pushed back against an insinuation, made most forcefully by Turkish Labor Minister Suleyman Soylu, that the U.S. was involved in the military uprising that left almost 200 dead before the Erdogan-led government regained control Saturday.
“The United States is not harboring anybody, we’re not preventing anything from happening,” Kerry said. “We think it’s irresponsible to have accusations of American involvement when we’re simply waiting for their request” for the extradition.
In a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry said that in one of three conversations he had Saturday with Turkey’s foreign minister, “I reiterated that the faster they get us the evidence, not allegations but evidence, we will immediately evaluate it.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's office tells The Daily Beast he cannot ban open carry of firearms at the Republican convention in Cleveland. "Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we've again seen attacks on officers," spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said in a statement. "Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested." Hours earlier, the president of the Cleveland police union asked Kasich to ban all open carrying of weapons in Cuyahoga County after six police officers were shot in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, three of them fatally.
Strange isn't it? That Deray Mckesson can see the need to wait for the facts when there is a shooting of cops that looks like a targeted killing, but never wants to afford cops that when cops are involved in a shooting of a suspect.
Indeed, not only does Deray not wait in that event but he consciously stirs the pot, going so far as to lie about the facts to gin up controversy, as in the case of Sandra Bland, where he lied about the facts, and claimed she was murdered by police (she committed suicide), as well as in a host of other cases.
Al still making a living off of a false narrative.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized efforts to mute the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, saying a sustained protest is the only way to force change.
"It's mind changing time," Sharpton told listeners during his weekly address at the National Action Network's "House of Justice" in Harlem.
He urged others to ignore the calls from critics to scale back or stop rallies organized by the Black Lives Matter movement.
He spoke a day before the two-year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, saying a series of unjustified killings by police officers demanded an outcry. Garner died in a police chokehold in the New York City borough of Staten Island on July 17, 2014.
"We promised the Erics of the world that we won't stop until they change things," Sharpton said. "It may take longer than we want but we've got to get there. There's no better place to go."
Sharpton said numerous protests create a climate for change and provide participants a sense of sanity amid rising gun-related violence. He also deplored the killing of police officers in Dallas last week.
"Don't paint us as anti-cop. We are not anti-police. We're anti-wrong," he said.
Later, Sharpton led a march of over 100 people through Brooklyn. At intervals, they chanted "RIP Eric Garner," ''No justice, no peace" and "I can't breathe."
Marching down Atlantic Avenue, Sharpton told a reporter: "We're dying that two years later that we still have not seen justice and we wanted people to know that we were not going to let the fact that it's been two years deter our aggressive activism."