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Jurors begin deliberating in re-trial of Border Patrol agent in Nogales teen's killing

Jurors begin deliberating in re-trial of Border Patrol agent in Nogales teen's killing
Whether Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz shot and killed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodríguez because he was fed up, or to protect himself and fellow officers from rock throwers, is what a Tucson jury will have to decide.

Attorneys on both sides made their closing arguments to jurors Friday in Swartz's federal trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

An earlier federal jury in Tucson acquitted Swartz of second-degree murder in Elena Rodríguez's 2012 death, but couldn't agree on lesser charges. The prosecution decided to retry the case. Swartz is the first Border Patrol agent to be tried in a cross-border shooting.

"Unreasonable and unnecessary. Unreasonable and unnecessary," that's what the shooting was, Assistant U.S. District Attorney Mary Sue Feldmeier told jurors.

When Swartz fired through the border fence at Nogales, down into Mexico 16 times, hitting Elena R…

Teach suspended for wearing Ku Klux Klan uniform to school

Teach suspended for wearing Ku Klux Klan uniform to school On Monday the Poplar Bluff R-I School District said it had suspended a teacher who oversaw a Friday "study group presentation" in the classroom that involved a student dressing up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The district acknowledged that students in a 9th-grade history class were divided into study groups and instructed to make presentations focused on amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

A student assigned to study the 15th Amendment, which guarantees voting rights to Americans regardless of race or color, dressed as a KKK member.

More: Report: Student wore Ku Klux Klan outfit to Poplar Bluff High School for 'study group'

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the KKK dates back to 1865, right at the end of the Civil War. It is a white supremacist/white nationalist group with a history of oppressing, and sometimes killing, African Americans, Jews, Roman Catholics and others.

Monday morning, the Popl…

Cops evacuate neighborhood after finding ‘clandestine laboratory’ at home of Wisconsin neo-Nazi arrested for domestic violence

Cops evacuate neighborhood after finding ‘clandestine laboratory’ at home of Wisconsin neo-Nazi arrested for domestic violence
A Wisconsin man arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and owning hazardous chemicals is known to police for his white supremacist leanings stemming from a 2012 disorderly conduct charge. Green Bay’s WSAW reported that a woman was found “hiding” in the home of 38-year-old Michael Tracy Anderson after he was arrested following a domestic disturbance call. Police began following a car at the house Anderson lives in, the report noted, and saw a woman run out of the car and back into the house. According to Green Bay Police Capt. Jeremy Muraski, the woman was “scantily clad” and not dressed for the state’s snowy conditions. Officers followed her into the house to do a wellness check and then found liquid and powder chemicals that are legal to possess on their own but could be used to make either explosives or meth. The street Anderson lived on was closed o…

Authorities find a rocket launcher and pipe bombs during massive Florida white supremacist sting

Authorities find a rocket launcher and pipe bombs during massive Florida white supremacist sting
Thirty-nine members of the United Aryan Brotherhood and Unforgiven neo-Nazi groups were arrested in a Florida drug trafficking sting — and one had functional pipe bombs in his home. Tampa’s WFTS-TV reported that the multi-agency sting codenamed “Operation Blackjack,” a three-year-long investigation, led to the seizure of more than 110 illegal firearms, a rocket launcher and two pipe bombs from the individuals mostly based in Pasco County, Florida. Authorities also seized “several pounds” of meth and fentanyl. Prosecutors accused one man, 31-year-old Richard Mormon, of having “at least two fully functional pipe bombs” though authorities were unsure what he planned on doing with them. The United Aryan Brotherhood is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s oldest prison-based white supremacist group. The Anti-Defamation League reported that Unforgiven is a Florida-based ne…

Pullman police release video showing 2017 arrest of former Cougars cornerback

Pullman police release video showing 2017 arrest of former Cougars cornerback The Pullman Police Department has released video of the 2017 arrest of a former Washington State University football player who is suing over the incident. Treshon Broughton, who graduated from WSU last year after two seasons as a cornerback, was arrested inside Bob’s Corner Market on Feb. 18, 2017, in view of more than a dozen other patrons of the convenience store. During the incident, he pulled away from officers and refused to place his hands behind his back as they tried to subdue him with a neck hold and other maneuvers. One officer ultimately fired a Taser into Broughton’s back. Officers and witnesses reported Broughton was drunk during the incident. Broughton filed a federal lawsuit against the police department last month, alleging the officers used excessive force, violated his due process rights and “intentionally misrepresented events” to support charges of resisting arrest and obstructing law enfor…

REMEMBER Stokely Carmichael

REMEMBER Stokely Carmichael REMEMBER Stokely Carmichael: Kwame Ture; born Stokely Carmichael, June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998) Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Carmichael said about the Parchman Farm sheriff:
The sheriff acted like he was scared of black folks and he came up with some beautiful things. One night he opened up all the windows, put on ten big fans and an air conditioner and dropped the temperature to 38 degrees. All we had on was T-shirts and shorts.
While being hurt one time, Carmichael began singing to the guards, "I'm gonna tell God how you treat me," to which the rest of the prisoners joined in.
Carmichael kept the group's morale up while in prison, often telling jokes with Steve Green and the other Freedom Riders, and making light of their situation. He knew their situation was serious.
What with the range of ideology, religious belief, political commitment and background, age, and experience, something interesting was always going on. Becau…