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The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday, but some Republican Senators are warning that Democrats could try a number of procedural and legislative delays to push the vote further into October.

Fox News reports that the committee is giving its members a week to mull the nomination, “as is custom,” and plans to meet to “consider Barrett’s nomination at 1 pm ET on Thursday, Oct. 22.”

“The committee will vote to send the nomination to the floor (technically the ‘calendar,’ but that’s another story),” the outlet reported late Saturday. “A nominee does not have to have a ‘favorable; recommendation from the committee to go to the floor. Robert Bork received an ‘unfavorable’ recommendation from the committee in 1987 (and was defeated on the floor). Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was sent to the floor with ‘no recommendation’ in 1991 before being confirmed.”

“The committee will need a simple majority vote to advance the nomination to the full Senate,” Fox continued.

Barrett’s nomination is expected to pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a strict party-line vote, but questions remain as to whether Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) might join with Republican colleagues, after being on the receiving end of waves of hatred last week, simply for complimenting Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on his expedient handling of Barrett’s hearings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he plans to move on the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation immediately and send Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate for a vote on Friday.

In order to force the Senate to consider Barrett’s nomination, Fox notes, McConnell needs to take the Senate out of “legislative session” and move it into an “executive session,” and that’s where Democrats can trigger a number of roadblocks designed to delay Barrett’s vote. They will not, however, be able to delay the process for very long; McConnell needs a simple majority vote to move forward with Barrett’s nomination and McConnell needs the same number of votes to file for cloture, ending Senate debate on the subject and putting Barrett to vote a maximum of 30 hours later.

Last week, Democrats, through Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), indicated their willingness to throw up procedural roadblocks in order to push back Barrett’s confirmation. Durbin was the only Democratic legislator to show up for hearings on Thursday, Fox News reported at the time, and openly challenged the GOP’s decision to proceed with testimony from Barrett’s witnesses regardless.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also made a “motion to indefinitely delay the vote on Barrett, which tipped off debate from multiple senators, including from Democrats and accusations of hypocrisy, criticism of Barrett, criticism of the process this close to the election and reprisals of Democrats warnings that Barrett might decide to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”

Blumenthal’s motion failed.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Coney Barrett Supreme Court Vote Planned For Thursday, Dems Consider Legislative Delays

Nearly 70% of the individuals arrested during the riots and unrest in Portland, which stretched from the end of May through early October, had their charges dismissed by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, according to data released Thursday.

The Portland DA “released a new statistical dashboard that analyzes protest-related cases referred to his office by law enforcement for prosecutorial review and potential issuing,” the office announced on in a statement on Thursday, laying bare Multnomah County’s strategy in handling cases of individuals arrested during protests, demonstrations, riots, and unrest, referred to them by Portland’s Police Department.

The results are not surprising. Multnomah DA Mike Schmidt pledged, near the beginning of the unrest, that his office would drop “lesser charges that the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) often arrests protesters for, such as rioting, disorderly conduct, and ‘interfering with a peace officer’—a catch-all term for not following orders or bothering a cop,” according to the Portland Mercury. In that statement, Schmidt noted that his office’s policy would be retroactive to May 29th, when Portland PD began arresting demonstrators.

“If we leverage the full force of the criminal justice system on individuals who are peacefully protesting and demanding to be heard, we will cause irreparable harm to them individually and to our society,” he said. “The prosecution of people exercising their rights to free speech and assembly in a non-violent manner takes away from the limited resources that we have to prosecute serious crimes and to assist crime victims.”

Thursday’s numbers show Schmidt was serious. Of 974 cases referred to the Multnomah DA’s office for prosecution, 666 were rejected — 68% of all referred cases.

Most were rejected “in the interest of justice,” — the office’s own vague catchall.

  • 974 demonstration-related cases have been referred to MCDA;
  • 182 of those cases are pending review;
  • 95 felony cases have been issued;
  • 33 misdemeanor cases have been issued;
  • 543 cases have been rejected in the interest of justice;
  • 44 cases have been rejected due to insufficient evidence
  • 12 cases have been rejected due to a legal impediment
  • 67 cases have been rejected pending investigative follow up from law enforcement. These cases can be resubmitted to the district attorney’s office for prosecutorial review once law enforcement completes its follow up.

Schmidt hailed the database — and the limited number of prosecutions — as an achievement.

“This is a major step forward for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office,” Schmidt said in the press release, adding that his office has embraced a “smarter approach” to justice. “Transparency in the work we do is a keystone to my administration. Moving this data online for the community to easily use will have a significant impact on understanding cases that arise from mass demonstrations.”

Oddly enough, as Portland Mercury points out, the DA’s “smarter approach” does seem to involve a racial disparity: “Of the cases the MCDA has accepted so far, the defendants have a slightly higher chance of being Black or Hispanic when compared to all protest-related cases referred by police.”

To make up for the DA’s lack of prosecutions, the Department of Homeland Security deputized members of the Oregon State Police and the Portland Police Department. Individuals arrested by or for inferring with those officers can be referred to the United States Attorney’s office for prosecution if the DA declines to follow up.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: REPORT: Nearly 70% Of Portland Rioters Had Charges Dropped By Progressive DA

Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler is trailing his opponent, a far-left activist who recently declared, “I am Antifa,” by a shocking eleven points according to Portland’s independent media organization Willamette Week.

Wheeler has, of course, worked to create in-roads with Portland’s progressive community, largely supporting massive anti-racism and anti-police brutality demonstrations even when they gave way to more than 100 days of unrest — unrest that often turned violent and destructive and, at one point, required federal intervention.

As the unrest wore on, though, Portland’s “anti-fascists” became “anti-Wheeler,” and, as The Daily Wire reported last month, Wheeler’s home in a high-end residential area of Portland became a prime target for the nightly protests and, ultimately, an arson attack that left part of the building damaged. Wheeler was forced to relocate and even apologize to high neighbors for attracting destructive demonstrations.

“I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” Wheeler said in an email to the other residents of his $840,000-per-unit condominium building. “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”

His far-left policies, it seems, simply aren’t enough for Portland residents who blame Wheeler for encouraging even the low level of law enforcement intervention that some activists blame for encouraging the ongoing “anti-fascist” unrest, even though Wheeler forbid police from using most non-lethal means of crowd control and strenuously objected to state and federal efforts to step up enforcement in Portland.

Wheeler is up for re-election and his constituents seem prepared to jettison him in favor of Sarah Iannarone, described by Willamette Week as “an unknown Portland State University bureaucrat…preaching the value of sustainability and smarter transportation and land-use policies.”

Iannarone is about as far-left as politicians come. Back in early July, when the Portland demonstrations were still in their infancy, she tweeted that she was “Goddamn tired of watching reporters, medics, legal observers, peaceful protesters, and, yes, vandals getting targeted, arrested & assaulted by Portland Police. F*ck you, Ted Wheeler, seriously.”

She later declared her allegiance to the “Antifa” movement, calling herself an “everyday anti-fascist,” and declaring that, “I am Antifa.”

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Iannarone has a distinctive campaign wardrobe, which includes a skirt featuring the silkscreened likenesses of a number of Communist dictators.

The patchwork skirt has icons of Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara among others.

She’s also beating Wheeler by 11 points according to the latest polls compiled by a polling agency that is reportedly favorable to Wheeler.

“Wheeler polled at 30% to Iannarone’s 41%, with the remaining 29% of surveyed voters split between writing in a candidate (16%) or remaining undecided (13%),” Willamette Week noted. “It’s an especially notable result given that the poll was not conducted by either campaign, though PBA is supporting the mayor. (The poll has a four percentage point margin of error.)”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Ted Wheeler Losing Mayoral Race To Far-Left Progressive Who Declared ‘I Am Antifa’

A Black Lives Matter activist based in Atlanta, Georgia, is facing federal charges for money laundering and wire fraud after allegedly appropriating $200,000 in his organization’s funds for personal use, including the purchase of at least three weapons.

Tyree Lavelle Conyers-Page, also known as “Sir Maejor Page” was arrested in Toledo, Ohio, Atlanta’s Fox affiliate reports, by federal investigators who later charged him with “one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering,” after a months-long investigation by the FBI’s Toledo field office.

“Page ran a Facebook page called Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta and solicited money through a GoFundMe account, the FBI said in a news release,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted on Monday, adding that Page had also been under investigation by local media outlets who suspected something amiss with the local Black Lives Matter group.

According to the Journal-Constitution, Page’s operation never raised more than $5,000 in a single month between April of 2018, when he founded the group and May of 2020. But following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department — an incident that triggered massive, national anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests and brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of a national conversation on race, Page was suddenly able to raise nearly a half a million in just a few months.

“Between April 2018 and May 2020, the group’s balance never exceeded $5,000, but donations started pouring in earlier this year after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, officials said. Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta raised nearly $470,000 between June and August, and the funds were transferred to an account that was owned and operated by Page,” the outlet noted.

The money, Page told donors, was going to fund the activities of the Atlanta BLM, but “authorities received a complaint that Page was fraudulently using the account to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for himself.”

“Numerous videos and livestream videos were posted to Page’s personal social media pages showing himself in what appeared to be newly purchased clothing, hotel rooms and office space in Atlanta,” according to a statement by the FBI. “Several audio statements are made by Page in the videos boasting about the money he has, his tailored suits, his nice cufflinks and ‘$150 dollar ties.’”

He also bought real estate and weaponry.

“Page is also accused of spending $112,000 on a home and adjacent lot in Toledo, Ohio, and transferring donations into his personal account to buy a pistol and two rifles earlier this month,” the Journal-Constitution notes. “In all, the 32-year-old is accused of spending more than $200,000 in donations with ‘no identifiable purchase or expenditure for social or racial justice.’”

GoFundMe cut off Page’s fundraisers and now says that individuals will not be able to donate to Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Atlanta BLM Activist Facing Fraud Charges After Raising $200K And Reportedly Spending It On Himself

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron explained a Louisville grand jury’s decision to indict only a single officer as a result of a March incident that left emergency room technician Breonna Taylor dead.

Cameron noted that witness testimony indicated officers appeared to correctly execute a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment in connection with a drug case and that the two other officers involved in an ensuing shootout with Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were justified in their use of force because Walker fired first.

“The Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death ‘knocked and announced’ themselves — and did not execute a ‘no-knock warrant’ as previously believed, Kentucky’s attorney general said Wednesday,” per the New York Post. “At a press conference, AG Daniel Cameron said a neighbor corroborated cops’ claims that they knocked on Taylor’s apartment door and announced themselves as police in the early hours of March 13.”

Former Lousiville police officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree” for firing his service weapon “blindly through a door and window in Taylor’s building,” according to CNN.

“Evidence showed officers knocked and announced their presence at the apartment,” Cameron noted.

The two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, were not charged, despite FBI ballistics evidence showing that Cosgrove fired the bullet that ultimately killed Breonna Taylor. Cameron noted that, based on the evidence, Walker, not Cosgrove, fired first, setting off a tragic chain of events.

“Our investigation found that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired on by Kenneth Walker,” Cameron said.

Cameron tried to use the press conference to calm tensions in Louisville, as demonstrations are expected and riots are predicted.

“The decision before my office is not to decide if the loss of Breonna Taylor’s life was a tragedy,” Cameron said. “The answer to that question is unequivocally yes.”

He added that the case was “gut-wrenching” and that he encouraged a lengthy grand jury investigation so that his office could “get this right.”

“I certainly understand the pain that has been brought about by the tragic loss of Ms. Taylor,” he said. “I understand that as an attorney general who is responsible for all 120 counties, in terms of being the chief legal officer — the chief law enforcement officer, I understand that. I understand that as a Black man — how painful this is, which is why it was so incredibly important to make sure that we did everything we possibly could to uncover every fact.”

Cameron went on, though, to stress the importance of pursing justice, even in “emotional” cases, and that community members should not allow outside forces to “influence our thinking.”

“I understand that Miss Breonna Taylor’s death has become a part of a national story in conversation,” he said. “We must also remember the facts and the collection of evidence in this case are different than cases elsewhere in the country. Each is unique and cannot be compared.”

“Our reaction to the truth is the society we want to be,” Cameron continued. “Do we really want the truth? Or do we want a truth that fits our narrative? Do we want the facts? Are we content to blindly accept our own version of events? We, as a community, must make this decision.”

“There will be celebrities, influencers, and activists who having never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understood the facts of this case and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do,” he concluded. “They don’t.”

Author: Emily Zanott

Source: Daily Wire: Kentucky AG: Breonna Taylor Warrant Was Not ‘No-Knock,’ Officers ‘Justified In Use Of Force’

Protesters, demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refrain from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s now-vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court, “occupied” parts of his neighborhood Saturday and at least one demonstrator was arrested, though the anemic protest disbanded after just three hours.

After an abortive march to McConnell’s Washington, D.C., residents Friday night — McConnell was not home to witness the event — Democrats and progressive activists pledged to target the Senate Majority Leader’s Louisville, Kentucky, home. It was not clear on Saturday that McConnell was present at that residence, either.

As The Daily Wire reported, “Democrats and, particularly, progressive activists have pledged ongoing protests targeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his plan to shepherd a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the Senate confirmation process ahead of the November presidential election.”

They made good on their pledge.

“At least one protester was arrested Saturday after a group of about 100 people gathered outside” McConnell’s home Saturday, Fox News reported. “‘Ruth Sent Us,’ and ‘No Ethics No Shame,’ read some of the signs carried by crowd members in Louisville…’Hey-hey, ho-ho, Mitch McConnell has got to go,’ others chanted.”

The protest, though, was short-lived — it ended after just three hours — and largely low-key.

“One protester was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and improper parking, after police determined she used a pharmacy parking lot without planning to patronize the store,” per Fox, citing the Louisville Courier-Journal. Police confronted several other protesters who parked cars in “no parking” zones on the residential streets surrounding McConnell’s home.

The group also pressed for locals to vote against McConnell in November. He is running against Democrat Amy McGrath and currently leads McGrath by a 2-to-1 margin.

McConnell is front and center in the fight over whether to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat, left empty when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer on Friday at age 87.

Democrats say McConnell should abide by Republicans’ 2016 pledge to keep a seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia open pending the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, despite then-President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Merrick Garland to the bench.

McConnell, in contrast, has pledged to shepherd a Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process if President Donald Trump appoints one — something the president is expected to do sometime this week.

McConnell says he’s changing his position on the issue “because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.”

“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary,” he added in a statement. “Once again, we will keep our promise.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Protesters ‘Occupy’ Mitch McConnell’s Louisville Home Over Plan To Fill Supreme Court Seat, One Arrested

A new poll from Rassmussen Reports suggests that “Riot Zone” voters — those who live in and around areas affected by recent looting and destruction — favor President Donald Trump’s approach to handling unrest by a 2-to-1 margin.

The Washington Examiner reports that the poll, which, as The Daily Wire pointed out Wednesday, also has Trump leading for the first time, shows that “63% of voters who have seen violent protests in their community ‘strongly approve’ of the president — just 35% don’t.”

“The survey is the latest showing Trump winning the ‘law and order vote’ as the country sees violence from the protests expand from big cities to smaller communities, such as Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” per the Examiner.

“Trump’s position is not only winning fans but may also be helping his overall approval rating,” the outlet notes. “Rasmussen, for example, also said that Trump’s approval rating is 51% for a second day. At this stage of his presidency and reelection campaign, former President Barack Obama had a 49% approval rating.”

More concerning, perhaps, for Biden, is the number of voters who see protest-related violence in their communities as a top issue in the upcoming election.

“The law and order vote is a big one. Rasmussen said that 42% of likely voters said that their communities have hosted the anti-police protests in their communities. And nearly half said those protests turned violent, making them a big issue, even to those who haven’t witnessed the violence,” the Examiner noted.

The number of voters who say violence is a “very important” issue for them ranges from 65% to 76%, with the higher number being voters who live in districts that have actually seen protest-related violence.

The poll numbers may not be surprising to either Trump’s re-election team or Joe Biden’s campaign; Biden, of course, shifted his tone on ongoing unrest dramatically after riots broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin—a more residential city in a swing state. They may, however, be surprising to the Black Lives Matter movement overall, which is seeing its popularity decline as Trump’s rises.

A second poll, this one from Pew Research, shows a marked decline in overall support for Black Lives Matter, from 67% at the height of national anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests, to 55% now. “The share who say they strongly support the movement stands at 29%, down from 38% three months ago,” Pew adds.

“The recent decline in support for the Black Lives Matter movement is particularly notable among White and Hispanic adults,” the outlet notes. “In June, a majority of White adults (60%) said they supported the movement at least somewhat; now, fewer than half (45%) express at least some support. The share of Hispanic adults who support the movement has decreased 11 percentage points, from 77% in June to 66% today.”

The problem, the New York Post adds, is that many white voters are conflating the Black Lives Matter movement with ongoing, often violent unrest, even though much of the rioting and violence in places like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, is separate—and often at odds—with the anti-racism protest movement.

Voters are still largely torn on who they believe will be better at leading the country through this crisis. Recent polling from both Monmouth and Fox News both note that, while voters generally approve of Trump’s job as president, they do believe Joe Biden is better equipped to handle a national crisis on race.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: POLL: ‘Riot Zone’ Voters Favor Donald Trump By 2-To-1 Margin

Former President Barack Obama gave advice to a number of NBA players, including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Oklahoma Thunder’s Chris Paul amid discussions about a possible playoff boycott following an officer-involved shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left a 29-year-old black man in critical condition.

CNN reports that Paul reached out to the former president last week following the shooting in Kenosha, to ask whether Obama would consider speaking with a small group of NBA players who were considering drastic action to draw attention to social justice causes.

The call included LeBron James, who is widely believed to have led a player effort to force the NBA to cancel its playoffs — an effort that ended with the NBA postponing, but not canceling, games and pledging to have the playoffs go forward as planned.

The players, including James, ultimately agreed to end the boycott after just one day citing fears that other, less well-paid professional basketball players, might find themselves in dire financial straits if the season came to a swift and unplanned conclusion.

“Before NBA players decided to resume playing, National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul reached out to Barack Obama, a person familiar with the call told CNN and asked the former President if he would offer his counsel to a group of NBA players,” the outlet reported. “The source also confirmed that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was on the call. It was Paul, the source said, who organized the discussion.”

Obama’s spokesperson, Kate Hill, told the network that Obama simply provided the players with an opportunity to discuss the matter.

“As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials,” she said. “When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday night to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.”

Obama reportedly helped the small group of players establish terms under which they would agree to return to play.

“They discussed establishing a social justice committee to ensure that the players’ and league’s actions this week led to sustained, meaningful engagement on criminal justice and police reform,” Hill said.

The NBA struggled with its own players last week after the Jacob Blake shooting. The Milwaukee Bucks announced that they were boycotting their playoff game altogether in protest of the incident, which saw police officers, reportedly called to the scene by Blake’s former girlfriend who claimed Blake was defying a restraining order, tangle physically with Blake before he escaped, returned to a gray SUV, opened the door, and reached down into the floor on the driver’s side. A Kenosha police officer, holding Blake by the back of his shirt, fired seven rounds into Blake’s back.

Blake is said to be paralyzed from the waist down. The officers are suspended pending an investigation.

The NBA resumed play after a one-day boycott last week.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Barack Obama Counseled LeBron James, NBA Players On Playoff Boycott

Some public schools are considering revamping their history curriculum after a study from the EdWeek Research Center found that more than 80% of teachers support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Daily Mail reports that educators are looking to institute a new history curriculum with a greater focus on “black history and experiences” and which recasts the story of the United States to better showcase progressive movements against oppression.

EdWeek’s survey, taken just after George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, and just as the national anti-police brutality and anti-racism movement was ramping up, “found that 81 percent of US teachers support Black Lives Matter” according to The Daily Mail.

The sea change in how Americans view racial justice is, the outlet found, bleeding into decisions about curriculum. Several school districts around the country are considering major changes to their history education and others are looking to supplement history curriculum with outside resources that better showcase the decades-long civil rights battle.

“We can’t control what happens with the police, but we can control what happens in our school systems,” Michael McFarland, head of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the superintendent of a school district in Texas, told the outlet.

“We’re not just talking about a couple of lesson changes,” another curriculum activist noted. “We’re getting to the quintessential work of trying to put race, equity, and inclusion inside of our curriculum.”

Even the National School Boards Association is getting in on the act, providing schools with instructions on how to alter curriculum to handle social justice needs.

“They’re making sure teachers are teaching the right history in their classrooms,” the organization’s executive director told the Daily Mail.

The call to change how history is taught in schools is not new, but as students return to school — virtually or otherwise — curriculum decisions have moved to the forefront, buoyed by a series of prominent stories involving lawmakers looking to make their own changes to how students are taught about racial justice.

In early August, CBS Chicago reported that one Illinois lawmaker was proposing a radical change to history curriculum in that state: eliminating most traditional history education altogether.

“I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history,” Democratic state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford said in a press conference. “Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”

School districts in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., are reportedly considering incorporating elements of the “1619 Project” into their curriculums, according to Reason Magazine, supplementing traditional materials with The New York Times essay series which claims, controversially, “that the institution of slavery was so embedded in the country’s DNA that the country’s true founding could be said to have occurred in 1619, rather than in 1776.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced a bill in Congress earlier this year to prohibit schools from teaching the 1619 project.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: REPORT: Public Schools ‘Revamping’ History Curriculum After Study Finds Vast Majority Of Teachers Support BLM

Georgia voters have booted Paul Howard, the embattled Fulton County district attorney who charged the police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks with murder, from office by a shocking margin.

Howard is the subject of two Georgia Bureau of Investigation probes – one into his handling of the Rayshard Brooks incident, and one into whether he redirected grant money from the city of Atlanta, meant to be used by community non-profits, into his own pocket. The GBI is reportedly also considering several other investigations.

Howard made national headlines back in June when he charged an Atlanta police officer, Garrett Rolfe, with murder (as well as ten other crimes) in the death of Rayshard Brooks. Brooks had fallen asleep in a Wendy’s drive-thru and, after an extended interaction, threatened officers with a taser. Rolfe shot Brooks, according to reports, killing him.

Rolfe contended, in a statement issued through his attorneys, that Brooks was displaying aggressive behavior, had stolen the taser from one of the officers, and pointed a weapon in Rolfe’s direction. Howard, in his own statement accompanying the murder charges, says Brooks did not display aggressive behavior in, at least, the 41-minute interaction leading up to the tussle over the taser.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had already assumed responsibility for investigating the officer-involved shooting, but Howard went ahead with charges anyway.

As The Daily Wire reported back in July, the GBI quickly instituted their own investigation into Howard’s decision.

“Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has asked the GBI to expand the scope of its current investigation regarding Howard after Carr learned about subpoenas Howard’s office issued regarding Officer Garrett Rolfe and the use of force against Brooks, whom Rolfe shot after he resisted arrest and fired a taser at him during a DUI arrest,” Daily Wire noted.

Those subpoenas, the Attorney General contends, were issued while grand jury deliberations were suspended over concerns about coronavirus, and issuing subpoenas while a grand jury is knowingly out of operation could constitute an ethical – or even a criminal – violation.

In addition, Atlanta’s Fox affiliate reports, Howard is under investigation for his use of non-profit grant money.

“Howard recently came under fire after the FOX 5 I-Team uncovered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was looking into allegations that Howard used grant money from the City of Atlanta to nonprofits under his control,” the outlet said. “One of those non-profits paid Howard at least $140,000 in city grant money. He agreed to pay a $6,500 state ethics fine for failing to disclose his role as a CEO for two non-profits.”

In addition, there may be other investigations against Howard pending, including one involving a sexual harassment allegation.

It’s not clear what Howard’s loss means to the Rayshard Brooks case. That decision will likely be left up to Fani Willis, who defeated Howard by a shocking forty-five points to become the new Fulton County DA.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Georgia Voters Boot Fulton County DA Who Charged Officer With Murder In Rayshard Brooks Case

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