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Cobb cop during traffic stop: Remember, we only shoot black people

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Cobb County police lieutenant has been moved to administrative duty for making what the department deemed were “inappropriate racial comments” during a traffic stop last year.

Channel 2 Action News reported that its request for body camera footage of the incident prompted an internal investigation of Lt. Greg Abbott.

The footage shows a white female driver pulled over during a DUI traffic stop telling Abbott that she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops ... ”

“But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people,” the police veteran of nearly three decades can be heard saying. “Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/local/cobb-cop-during-traffic-stop-remember-only-shoot-black-people/I3RAuy3GVMmoM4WsXBGN7H/

US revised second-quarter GDP up 3.0% vs 2.7% rise expected

Source: CNBC

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its quickest pace in more than two years, and there are signs that the momentum was sustained at the start of the third quarter.

Gross domestic product increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said in its second estimate on Wednesday. The upward revision from the 2.6 percent pace reported last month reflected robust consumer spending as well as strong business investment.

Growth last quarter was the strongest since the first quarter of 2015 and followed a 1.2 percent pace in the January-March period. Economists had expected that second-quarter GDP growth would be raised to a 2.7 percent rate.

Retail sales and business spending data so far suggest the economy maintained its stamina early in the third quarter. Other data on Wednesday showed private employers ramped up hiring in August, adding 237,000 jobs to their payrolls. That was up from 201,000 jobs in July.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/30/us-revised-second-quarter-gdp.html

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer

Source: The Guardian

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement.

Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.

The source’s false tips included an allegation, which has been aggressively circulated by Mensch and Taylor, that Trump’s inactive fashion model agency is under investigation by New York authorities for possible sex trafficking.

The hoaxer, who fed the information to Taylor by email, said she acted out of frustration over the “dissemination of fake news” by Taylor and Mensch. Their false stories about Trump have included a claim that he was already being replaced as president by Senator Orrin Hatch in a process kept secret from the American public.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/28/trump-tweets-hoax-louise-mensch-claude-taylor

It's a shame, but confirms what many suspected for awhile, that these two were full of shit.

Woman jailed for 10 years for making series of false rape claims

Source: The Guardian

A woman who made a series of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.

Jemma Beale claimed she had been seriously sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine, all strangers, in four different incidents over three years. The 25-year-old was found guilty in July at Southwark crown court of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice.

Sentencing her on Thursday, the judge, Nicholas Loraine-Smith, said: “This trial has revealed, what was then not obvious, that you are a very, very convincing liar and you enjoy being seen as a victim.

“The prosecution described your life as a ‘construct of bogus victimhood’.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/woman-jailed-10-years-false-rape-claims-jemma-beale

Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

Source: BBC

Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining.

The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and Para, and is thought to be rich in gold, and other minerals.

The government said nine conservation and indigenous land areas within it would continue to be legally protected.

But activists have voiced concern that these areas could be badly compromised.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41033228

Thousands of Trump-shaped ecstasy pills seized in Germany

Source: The Hill

German police on Tuesday announced the seizure of thousands of pills of the club drug ecstasy bearing a likeness of President Trump.

In a translated statement on a police website, officials say the pills — worth tens of thousands of dollars — were allegedly in the possession of a 51-year-old man and his 17-year-old son, who said they were traveling in northwestern Germany after unsuccessfully attempting to buy a car in the Netherlands.

“In the control of the car, the officials found 5000 Ecstasy Tablets, with the portrait of the American President Donald J. Trump. In addition, a large amount of cash has also been secured,” reads the statement. Also in the car was a "larger amount of cash," according to police.

The orange pills are shaped to resemble the president's head, with his face on the front. The back features his name and may have been designed to look like the New York real estate mogul's campaign signs.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/347472-thousands-of-trump-shaped-ecstasy-pills-seized-in-germany

I lol'd.

PETA to pay family $49,000 for euthanizing 9-year-old girls dog

Source: NY Daily News

PETA apologized to a Virginia family and said it will pay them thousands of dollars for taking and euthanizing their pet Chihuahua.

Wilber Zarate filed a lawsuit against the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking his 9-year-old daughter’s dog from their mobile park home and then putting the pooch down ahead of the state’s mandatory five-day grace period.

A pair of women affiliated with the animal rights group said they traveled to the Accomack mobile park in 2014 because its owner asked for help capturing wild dogs and feral cats. While there, they removed the leash and picked up an unattended Chihuahua named Maya — she’d been a Christmas gift for Zarate’s daughter, Cynthia.

The pup was put down the same day despite a law that requires such organizations wait five days before euthanizing animals. PETA paid a $500 fine for the violation.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/peta-pay-family-49-000-euthanizing-9-year-old-girl-dog-article-1.3419753

Mattis warns North Korea of 'end of its regime,' 'destruction of its people'

Source: ABC News

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis cautioned Wednesday that North Korea's actions "will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates," a day after President Donald Trump issued a similar warning in the wake of reports North Korea is continuing to advance its nuclear capabilities.

Mattis added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should "take heed" of the United Nations Security Council's "unified voice," referring to recent sanctions issued against the nation, and called for the country to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/mattis-warns-north-korea-end-regime-destruction-people/story?id=49116627

Portland mayor selects first African American woman to be next chief of police

Source: Oregon Live

Danielle Outlaw, a 19-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department who started as a police explorer when she was in high school, will serve as Portland's next police chief, only the third outsider named to lead the Police Bureau.

Her appointment Monday by Mayor Ted Wheeler comes at a critical time when community and police relations are strained and the force faces a daunting list of federally mandated reforms.

The mayor said Outlaw shares his goals of improving bureau relationships with Portland's communities of color, increasing diversity on the 950-member force and embracing equity.

Outlaw, 41, who has served as a deputy chief since 2013, rose to the top of a pool of 33 candidates who applied for the job. She becomes the first African American woman to lead Portland's police bureau.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/08/portland_mayor_selects_outside.html

Bout time.

Venezuela Troops Take Prosecutor Office as Enemies Targeted

Source: US News

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Security forces surrounded the entrance to Venezuela's chief prosecutor's office Saturday ahead of a session of the newly installed constitutional assembly that is expected to debate removing the onetime loyalist turned arch government critic.

Luisa Ortega denounced what she called a military "siege" on Twitter, publishing photos apparently taken from security cameras showing some 30 national guardsmen in riot gear standing outside her headquarters in Caracas. Access to the downtown block where the building is located was completely restricted amid a heavy troop deployment.

The move comes as members of the all-powerful constitutional assembly pledged to move quickly against President Nicolas Maduro's opponents beginning as early as Saturday, when the body meets for just the second time.

"Don't think we're going to wait weeks, months or years," former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday after she was voted unanimously by all 545 delegates to lead the assembly. "Tomorrow we start to act. The violent fascists, those who wage economic war on the people, those who wage psychological war, justice is coming for you."

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-08-05/head-of-venezuelas-super-assembly-vows-to-target-opponents
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