Around 10 a.m. Monday, Nashville police were notified of a school shooting.
You already know what happened next: Police responded to the scene to neutralize the shooter, parents descended on the school to see if their children were still alive, advocates begged Washington lawmakers for gun law reforms, and many of those politicians responded by offering their thoughts and prayers.
In many ways, the shooting at the Covenant School was exactly like all the ones that came before it. But the identity of the now-deceased shooter has complicated the usual story, fueling an already raging anti-trans culture war on the right.
Hello, friends, I’m Erin B. Logan. I cover national politics for the Los Angeles Times. This week, we are going to talk about guns, kids and the culture wars.
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Anti-trans sentiment rises again
Virtually all mass shootings in the United States are perpetrated by cisgender white men. But the alleged Nashville school shooter — Audrey Hale, 28 and a former student of the Christian school — identified as transgender.
Some on the right seized on this single data point as evidence that their wide-ranging concerns about trans people are well-founded.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)said that people should stop blaming guns for the shootings. “How much hormones like testosterone and medications for mental illness was the transgender Nashville school shooter taking,” Greene tweeted.
Former PresidentTrump’s son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that “rather than talking about guns we should be talking about lunatics pushing their gender affirming bullshit on our kids?”
Americans’ easy access to guns is the actual cause of mass shootings in this country, gun control advocates countered. “People who are trans are much more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, replied on Twitter. “It’s the guns.”
The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a New York City-based author, noted that the high levels of coverage focused on the assailant’s identity.
“All these headlines about a trans shooter when almost every other mass shooting is committed by cisgender men,” Lewis, who is also an author, tweeted. “There’s a story about shootings and gender, but you’re not writing it.”
After the Uvalde school shooting in 2022, PresidentBidenapproved a sweeping and bipartisan anti-gun-violence bill. Advocates have said that the law, though substantial, will not prevent most shootings because it did not ban assault weapons or mandate background checks for those purchasing firearms.
These measures were left out of the bill were left out to ensure it could pass.
Speaking from the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, Biden said he has “gone the full extent of my executive authority to do, on my own, anything about guns.”
He added: “The majority of the American people think having assault weapons is bizarre. It’s a crazy idea. They’re against that. And so, I think the Congress should be passing the assault weapons ban.”
At the moment, though, most GOP lawmakers have no appetite for banning assault weapons.
Speaking from the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday claimed that the problem of mass shootings, which are much more common in the U.S. than in other developed countries, is unsolvable.
“It’s a horrible, horrible situation. We’re not going to fix it. Criminals are going to be criminals,” he told a reporter, suggesting that nothing can stop someone who wants to do a mass shooting.
(The shooter, who had experienced “emotional issues,” had legally purchased seven firearms from five local gun stores, Times writer Alexandra E. Petri reported.)
When asked what could be done to protect people like his young daughter from shootings, Burchett replied, “Well, we home-school her,” he said.
He added: “Some people don’t have that option… It just suited our needs much better.”
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The latest from the campaign trail
— Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) announced Sunday that he will co-chair Rep. Barbara Lee’s campaign for U.S. Senate, Nolan D. McCaskill reported.
—The Manhattan grand jury that has been hearing testimony about hush money paid on Donald Trump’s behalf will not take up that inquiry again this week, meaning any potential vote on an indictment won’t happen until next week at the earliest, the Associated Press reported.
— San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced Sunday night he would be seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse and would be ending his state Senate campaign, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
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— Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is a legendary master of political survival, Tracy Wilkinson and Laura King reported. For once, he may have overplayed his hand.
— Top Democrats are warning Biden against restarting the practice of detaining migrant families who cross the U.S. southern border without authorization, Courtney Subramanian and Hamed Aleaziz reported. As he prepares for an expected 2024 presidential campaign, Biden has tried to distance himself from the left, showing more willingness to crack down on illegal immigration.
— Is it a crime or free speech for someone to “encourage” immigrants to come to this country illegally, or remain here after their visas have expired? The Supreme Court grappled with that question Monday in a clash between immigration law and the 1st Amendment, David G. Savage reported.
— California lawmakers on Monday approved Gov. Gavin Newsom’s legislation to increase transparency in the oil industry, ending a special session he called last year to penalize excessive profits, Taryn Luna reported.
— Workers on Monday began dismantling the fence that has surrounded Echo Park Lake, two years after a massive homeless encampment was cleared out of the historic park, David Zahniser reported.
— For years, law enforcement agencies across California have been trained to quickly question family members after a policekilling in order to collect information that, among other things, is used to protect the involved officers and their department, Brian Howey reported.
I was at my local coffee shop, chatting with a local cop buddy, when I mentioned a story I’d read about China setting up local police stations in foreign countries—including the United States. His look of disbelief told me I should at least get this on cop’s and supporters’ radar screens.
With all that cops have to think about these days, when every shift begins with not only the risk of injury or death but also discipline, firing, or prison, they don’t need anything else. But that’s not how the world works—especially a cop’s world.
On the heels of numerous reports that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is buying up land, some of which is located near U.S. military installations, comes a report of a Communist Chinese cop shop located in the United States of America.
Chinese Police officers in Beijing.
According to FOX News, China operates some “54 [police] stations in 30 different countries.” An international human rights group is concerned about “the potential human rights abuses associated with the stations, including using harassment and intimidation methods, such as threatening the family members of the overseas citizens.”
China justifies it is providing essential services to Chinese nationals living abroad. However, the services provided are things normally done by staff at embassies and consulates. The CCP also cites combatting “‘fraud’ by its citizens living overseas, in part by opening several police stations on five continents that have assisted Chinese authorities in ‘carrying out policing operations on foreign soil.’”
Safeguard Defenders, a group that monitors human rights abuses, recently released a report, “110 Overseas: Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild,” detailing the concerns. “These operations eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and violate the international rule of law, and may violate the territorial integrity in third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods.”
This issue won’t immediately affect most American cops, as China only has one “police station” in the U.S., in New York City. They also operate three stations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Safeguard Defenders says the CCP uses these “overseas police service stations” to keep tabs on Chinese citizens “living abroad.”
The report also notes these are “operations that have resulted in 230,000 Chinese nationals being ‘persuaded to return’ to China ‘voluntarily’ over the last year to face criminal prosecution.” As with radical Islamists attempting to enforce Sharia law in the West, including the U.S., which runs counter to the Constitution and other American laws, China enforcing its laws on U.S. soil will likely also present problems for U.S. law enforcement.
Again, outside of New York City, most American cops will likely remain unaffected. However, it’s not a stretch to see how China could attempt to extend their reach, using NYC as a base, to operate in other parts of the U.S. Still, knowledge is power, and for cops, and ordinary American citizens, having this information in the back of their minds is important.
It seems obvious the U.S. shouldn’t allow its most significant geopolitical rival, an oppressive communist regime, to buy up American farmland, some of it near military bases, or to establish police stations in the U.S. Particularly, while there are so many current reports that China continues its human rights abuses, is extending its influence abroad, purchasing real estate, appropriating U.S. intellectual property and other secrets while operating in the U.S.
A few years ago, my wife and I visited friends in West Yellowstone, Montana. We were struck not only by the number of Chinese folks visiting but also by the number of official government signs written in Chinese. We didn’t think much of it at the time, but now it makes us wonder about the CCP’s influence in America.
Earlier this year, I penned an article which appeared at Lifezette.com titled, “CCP’s Unrestricted/Hybrid Warfare Includes Attacks in Rural America.” I wrote, “Americans need to know what else the CCP has been up to. Not only in China, where authorities are ethnic cleansing the Muslim Uyghur population and brutalizing the people of Shanghai with lockdowns, but also what the CCP is up to in the U.S., specifically, in upstate New York.”
It primarily dealt with the CCP’s alleged harassment of Shen Yun, a Chinese performing arts company that bills itself as “China Before Communism.” The Epoch Times conducted an “investigation [that] included reviewing ‘thousands of pages of documents, internal Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents, and over a dozen interviews, uncovered a decade-and-a-half-long campaign by the CCP on U.S. soil.’”
That seems more the stuff of CIA-type international intrigue and wouldn’t normally concern us regarding local law enforcement. However, the usefulness of CCP police stations in the U.S. becomes even more apparent with such disconcerting reports. Incidents included evidence of sabotage of Shen Yun transport vehicles.
American cops and those who support them should remain aware of anything that could potentially bring harm to the nation and its law enforcement officers. Communist China operating police stations in America seems like one of those things.
On Oct. 2 in a subway at Times Square in Manhattan, a group of black females in neon green outfits assaulted & robbed people. A mother of one of the victims said none of the men watching helped. The assailants fled the scene & have not been arrested. #NYCpic.twitter.com/PffXdTFfNu
Two law enforcement officers, a 36-year-old Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol officer and a 44-year-old member of the Montgomery County Bomb Unit, were injured in the shooting that happened shortly before 10 p.m. near the Parkway Welcome America Festival.
A photo shows a bullet lodged in the blood-stained hat worn by a Philadelphia police officer who was shot in the head on July 4, 2022. (John McNesby/Chris O’Connell/Fox 29)
Photos of the hat worn by the highway patrol officer show a bloodied photo inside the cap with a bullet lodged in its side. The photo is a memorial card for a Philadelphia police chaplain who recently died.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 boss John McNesby provided the photos to Fox 29.
“It is miraculous the fact that the round stopped in his hat,” Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “I think initially it went up the inside and hit his forehead and then the round stopped in his hat.”
Do you do the ‘right thing’ when nobody is watching? We have rules and regulations to deter people from performing certain actions that are deemed negative by society. What happens if there are no specific laws that prohibit a certain negative action? This brings us to the Shopping Cart Theory that I came across online.
The Shopping Cart Theory first appeared on 4chan in 2020.
Summary Of Shopping Cart Theory
It is a test to see if a person can do the right thing when not forced to
Returning a shopping cart is objectively the right thing to do
Unless there is an emergency, there is no reason why one should not return the shopping carts
There is no punishment if you decide not to return the shopping cart to the appropriate area
You gain nothing by returning the shopping cart
Someone who doesn’t return their trolley is no better than an animal
Return = good person
Don’t return = bad person
In Singapore, we do have a direct benefit from returning the shopping carts as there is a deposit system. The reason why we have the deposit system is to encourage the return of shopping carts.
Besides shopping carts, another example that can apply to the Shopping Cart Theory would be the hawker food trays before 1 September 2021. We cannot be trusted to do the right thing so from 1 September 2021 onwards, it would be an offence to leave behind food trays or litter after eating.
Why Do People Return Shopping Carts?
It is just the right thing to do. Mostly these people do not inconvenience other people like the staff and other shoppers. The staff would have to go around collecting the abandoned carts while other shoppers might have difficulty finding a shopping cart if a lot of these carts are not at the original place. The shopping carts might also be blocking the parking space
If there is a deposit system, the user would want to get back their dollar after using the shopping cart.
Of course, some people return the carts to prevent being judged or cancelled if there are other people around.
Why Do People Not Return Shopping Carts?
These people value their own time and effort over others. Some reasons they gave are
Return receptacle is too far away
Someone else’s job
Doing a favour for the next user as the cart can be easily accessed
While doing my research, I see some people giving lousy excuses of giving the staff a job or giving them a “break” when they get to go out and collect the abandoned shopping carts. These excuses help them rationalize leaving the shopping carts wherever, turning a negative deed into a positive deed in their mind. Not returning your shopping carts does not only inconvenience other people but also wastes resources.
There is also the emergency excuse mentioned in the Shopping Cart Theory. Let’s be honest with ourselves, how many emergencies can happen to an individual every time they need to return their shopping carts?
5 Types Of Shopping Cart Users
From a Scientific American article, shopping cart users can be mainly classified into 5 groups.
Returners who always return the shopping carts to the receptacle
Never Returners who never return their shopping carts
Convenience Returners who only return their shopping carts if it is convenient
Pressure Returners who will return the shopping carts if there are other people around
Child-Driven Returners who treat it as a game as it is fun for their child
From these 5 categories, we can see that it is not so straightforward to determine whether you are a good or bad person based on your shopping cart actions.
Are You A Good Or A Bad Person?
I would say that using savagery or animal to describe people who do not return their trolleys would be a bit exaggerated. One bad action shouldn’t determine whether you are a good or bad person. It also doesn’t take into account that you might learn your lesson and start doing the right thing. Cancel culture likes to place judgement on someone with minimal chance of redemption and it can be difficult to come back from there.
But if you don’t return your shopping cart consistently, even after you know that you are directly affecting other people, I would say that you are a bad person who doesn’t care about other people. There are no surveys done specifically but I predict that there is an overlap with people who consistently litter and people who do not return their shopping carts.
Even if you return the trolley, it doesn’t mean that you are a good person. In an era where you can get cancelled just like that, it keeps people in check where being cancelled can directly severely affect their relationships or job security. Even without a cancel culture, the reason some people return shopping carts is the fear of being judged if they get caught, not because it is the right thing to do.
The Shopping Cart Theory is just a thought-provoking theory that shed some light on the actions of people who do not return their shopping carts. It cannot be used as a definitive test to see whether someone is a good or bad person.
Do We Really Need Laws For Everything?
Singapore is famous for being a ‘fine’ city. After implementing a law from clearing trays, will shopping cart abandonment grow into such a big problem that a law will be enacted specifically for this problem? It is quite sad that we need laws to help guide humanity’s actions as we cannot be trusted to do the right thing.
I previously wrote an article on trolley abandonment and how it wastes resources. It costs FairPrice S$150,000 a year to collect and replace abandoned trolleys.
Besides laws and fines, we will need to educate the public on doing the right thing by returning their shopping carts. It will be hard to change the mindset of some adults so we should focus on children so they grow up with a civic mindset and they can also set an example for their future children.
The Shopping Cart Theory attempts to determine if you are a good or bad person depending on what you do with your shopping cart at the end of your shopping session. It is not so straightforward as there can be some nuances. Besides implementing laws, we should start educating since young on responsibility and civic-mindedness. We shouldn’t fully depend on laws to hope people do the right thing.
This is a video I took in 2018. Like he's been doing this for YEARS with no one ever complaining. The police usually enjoy it. No you don't need a permit to perform in the subways. Fuck this country. pic.twitter.com/D85zZTeOUJ
U.S.|Pelosi’s Husband Charged With D.U.I. in California Car Crash
A blood sample taken from Paul Pelosi, 82, more than two hours after the crash had a .082 percent blood alcohol content, the office said.
June 23, 2022Updated 10:11 p.m. ET
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been charged with alcohol-related offenses in connection with a car crash in Napa County, Calif., in May, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
The charges include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level or higher and causing injury, prosecutors said.
A blood sample taken from Mr. Pelosi more than two hours after the crash had a .082 percent blood alcohol content, the office said.
The office said that the punishment for the charges includes a minimum of five days in jail and up to five years of probation. Mr. Pelosi, 82, is scheduled to be arraigned in Napa County Superior Court on Aug. 3.
“Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony,” Allison Haley, the county district attorney, said in a statement. “Based upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim, the district attorney filed misdemeanor charges. This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries.”
A spokesman for Mr. Pelosi declined to comment on Thursday. A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said in May that the speaker would not be commenting on the “private matter,” which occurred while she was on the East Coast.
On May 28, Mr. Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche and attempted to cross State Route 29 when his car was struck by another vehicle, a Jeep, at 10:26 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The statement from Ms. Haley did not make clear the nature of any injuries. The California Highway Patrol had said there were none. Neither Ms. Haley nor the California Highway Patrol could be reached late Thursday.
Mr. Pelosi and Ms. Pelosi own a vineyard in Napa Valley. The couple met at Georgetown University and married in 1963.
Monica Cannon-Grant, a Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader in Boston, and her husband, Clark Grant, were hit with an 18-page federal indictment for fraud and conspiracy on Tuesday.
Federal authorities allege that Cannon-Grant and Grant have defrauded a large sum of donor dollars out of over $1 million in grants and donations given to their nonprofit, Violence in Boston, which aims to help violence survivors in the city.
Cannon-Grant, a prominent BLM organizer, was arrested outside of her Beantown home Tuesday and declined to comment at the courthouse after being released on personal recognizance, meaning she’ll remain free without bail but with a written promise to appear in court.
Monica Cannon-Grant, front left, leads demonstrators as they march from Nubian Square to Boston Police headquarters, April 21, 2021, in Boston, as they celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and demand for an end to police brutality. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday, March 15, 2022 that Cannon-Grant, and her husband Clark Grant, of Taunton, Mass., have been charged in an 18-count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP)
The BLM activist has claimed innocence online and, under the terms of her release from Judge Judith Dein, is allowed to continue to work at her nonprofit twice a week but cannot handle the finances. She will be arraigned next week.
Prosecutors did not say how much money was allegedly taken by the couple.
Cannon-Grant’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, said “we are extremely disappointed the government rushed to judgment here” in a statement outside the courthouse.
“VIB (Violence in Boston) and Monica have been fully cooperating, and their production of records remains ongoing,” Goldstein said. “Drawing conclusions from an incomplete factual record does not represent the fair and fully informed process a citizen deserves from its government, especially someone like Monica who has worked tirelessly on behalf of her community.”
Michael Harris protests in front of the Glenn County Courthouse (Matt Leach/Fox Digital)
“We remain fully confident Monica will be vindicated when a complete factual record emerges,” he continued.
Grant was arrested last October by federal agents who raided the couple’s home and was previously charged with lying on a mortgage statement and collecting pandemic unemployment benefits illegally.
The lengthy indictmentalleges Cannon-Grant and her husband engaged in three different fraud schemes: lying on a mortgage application, defrauding donors and illicitly collecting approximately $1 million in pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
The couple is accused of using a $6,000 grant meant for a trip for at-risk young men for personal expenditures.
A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
According to a trip proposal, the venture was “to give these young men exposure to communities outside of the violence-riddled neighborhoods that they navigate daily.”
Instead, the pair spared no expense on a vacation, according to federal authorities, eating a meal at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., buying merchandise at Walmart and taking visits to a nail salon among other expenditures.
Prosecutors also allege that Cannon-Grant told both the state attorney general’s office and the IRS that she took no salary from her nonprofit while paying herself $2,788 a week beginning in October 2020.
Cannon-Grant, 41, is the founder of Violence in Boston and was previously named “Bostonian of the Year” by Boston Globe Magazine.
The jury acquitted 38-year-old engineer Brandon Bostian of causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment after a little more than an hour of deliberations.
Eight people died and more than 200 people were injured when the train rounded a curve at more than twice the speed limit and derailed in north Philadelphia. Amtrak agreed to pay $265 million in civil settlements to victims and their families.
Bostian’s lawyer described him as a lifelong train buff who had a perfect work record until he was distracted by people throwing rocks in the area just before the crash. Prosecutors say he acted with reckless disregard for the safety of his passengers, who were traveling from Washington to New York that Tuesday evening. The train had stopped at Philadelphia’s 30th Street station about 10 minutes earlier and was heading north.
Federal safety investigators concluded that Bostian lost what they call “situational awareness” on the track, thinking he was past an S-curve and on a straightaway when he accelerated from about 65 mph to 106 mph. In fact, he was in the middle of the S-curve, and going more than twice the speed limit. Investigators found no evidence he was impaired or using his cellphone at the time.
Amtrak settled the civil litigation with victims and their families in 2016 for $265 million, a new, higher limit set by Congress after the crash. The criminal case had a more unusual history.
Philadelphia’s top prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges after the National Transportation and Safety Board released its findings. The state Attorney General’s Office later took the case to trial, after some victims’ families pressed for charges.
The jury had begun weighing the charges Friday morning when the judge announced around noon that an alternate would step in. The jury then began its deliberations from the start.
The jury had to decide whether Bostian sped up intentionally, knowing the risks — the threshold required for criminal negligence.
Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott said the juror whose sister died Thursday night came to court Friday and began deliberations before asking to be relieved.
FIRST ON FOX: Brianna Kupfer‘s alleged killer Shawn Laval Smith allegedly chomped on a cop’s hand and drew blood about one year before allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old UCLA graduate student to death in a random daylight attack in Los Angeles, Fox News Digital has learned.
After Smith, 31, allegedly vandalized a stranger’s car in Daly City, California, on Jan. 20, 2021, officers arrested him and placed him in the back of a cruiser, where he grew agitated, according to records.
Brianna Kupfer and and her alleged killer’s mugshots. ( )
“I tried to speak to him, but he was just yelling over my words and not listening,” wrote officer Jay Mulitauopele in paperwork. “Then Smith started yelling ‘I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you!'”
Smith bobbed back and forth and screamed while repeatedly kicking the cruiser’s rear left door. Mulitauopele and two other officers pulled Smith from the cruiser to the ground and tried to place him in a WRAP restraint device.
“He moved his head quickly and bit my right index finger latching on with full force,” Mulitauopele wrote in the report. “I screamed in pain.”
After removing his latex glove, the officer saw that his finger was bleeding and imprinted with Smith’s teeth marks. Smith hurled profanities at the officers as they attempted to subdue him.
Composite of Shawn Smith’s mugshots.
Earlier, police had responded to a Nation’s hamburger restaurant after Smith allegedly climbed on top of a staffer’s car and violently jumped on the hood, leaving a huge dent and causing nearly $4,000 in damage, according to records.
At one point he tried to enter the fast-food franchise, but the door was blocked by a table, the victim, who did not know Smith, told responding officers.
Police pursued the rampaging suspect to a nearby Starbucks where he was yelling at two strangers sitting outside on a bench. Smith allegedly snatched one of their cellphones, then tried to fight them as police arrived, the report says.
The suspected killer of 24-year-old UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer appeared on surveillance video at a nearby 7-Eleven store buying a vape pen just 30 minutes after her murder. (LAPD)
The career criminal, who was living in a homeless shelter in San Francisco at the time, was hit with three felonies: assault on a police officer, resisting an executive officer and vandalism. Police also recovered from him an orange flare gun with bullets, a knife and a Nintendo Switch.
The South Carolina native was out on a $50,000 bond in Charleston for allegedly shooting a flare gun at a stranger’s rear car window as a toddler sat in the backseat during a road rage incident in Nov. 2019.
Due to a COVID-19 backlog of cases, he has not had a single court date since his release — but as a condition of his bond he was not allowed to leave South Carolina.
A makeshift memorial for Brianna Kupfer outside Croft House, the LA furniture store where she worked and was stabbed to death on Jan. 13. (Fox News Digital)
Smith ultimately pleaded guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court to resisting an executive officer after serving 133 days in jail for biting the cop’s hand. He was released on probation on June 1, 2021, but failed to check in with his probation officer or provide an updated address. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest six months later, court records show.
It’s unclear why his California contacts with law enforcement didn’t trigger Charleston’s solicitor to revoke his $50,000 bond and jail him. Solicitor Scarlet Wilson didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
The 24-year-old was studying design as a grad student at UCLA. (Todd Kupfer)
“Typically the prosecutor’s office in the sending state, in this case California, would notify the receiving state, in this case South Carolina, and the receiving state would tell them whether they intend to extradite,” said former Assistant Manhattan prosecutor Daniel Bibb.
If South Carolina requested extradition, they would have 90 days to pick him up, Bibb said. It wasn’t immediately clear if San Mateo County authorities notified the Charleston solicitor.
But a year after the assault on Mulitaupele, Smith allegedly entered Croft House, an upscale furniture store on North La Brea Avenue, and plunged a knife into Kupfer, who was working there as a design consultant.
Police said there is no known motive for the Jan. 13 attack. After a one-week manhunt, Smith was busted in Pasadena Wednesday for the alleged slaying of the student who had dreamed of launching her own clothing line one day.
Smith has a lengthy rap sheet including at least 11 arrests in Charleston stretching back to 2010, court records show.
“Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out,” grieving father Todd Kupfer, 60, told Fox News.
His 24-year-old daughter, Brianna Kupfer, was murdered Thursday by a person who walked into Croft House, an upscale furniture store where she worked, and plunged a knife in her.
Brianna Kupfer, 24, who was stabbed to death Thursday in Los Angeles. (Todd Kupfer)
“We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that’s the answer to getting votes,” Kupfer said.
Brianna Kupfer was studying design at UCLA and had been working part-time for about a year as a consultant at Croft House on North La Brea Avenue.
“She was a kind soul and always was trying to make herself better and everything around her better,” said Kupfer, fighting back tears. “She cared about people.”
The slain woman loved to sew and made a lot of her own garments by hand.
From left to right, Todd and Lori Kupfer and their children Mikaela, Brianna, Tucker and Brandon. Brianna, 24, was stabbed to death in a random attack Jan. 13 in Los Angeles. (Todd Kupfer)
“She liked fun clothes and thought they said something about people’s personalities,” he said. “She wanted to create a clothing line.”
Brianna Kupfer graduated from the University of Miami before returning to California to pursue a degree at UCLA.
“She was the kind of person we need on this Earth,” her dad said. “She was strong and vivacious.”
Kupfer grew up in the Pacific Palisades – about 3 miles north of Santa Monica – where she lived with her father, her mother Lori, her little sister Mikaela and her brothers Tucker and Brandon.
Mikaela, 21, is gutted by her sister’s sudden and violent death, the father said.
The Croft House in Los Angeles. Brianna Kupfer, 24, who worked at the furniture shop, was stabbed to death Thursday by a homeless man, police said. (Google Maps)
“They were best friends,” Kupfer told Fox News. “She is not doing well. She’s completely broken.”
Todd Kupfer said his daughter was an avid reader who “wasn’t glued to her phone” like many young people. She had traveled extensively – including jaunts to Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Europe – but had more far-flung destinations she couldn’t wait to explore.
She was focused and ambitious and kept a bucket list on her phone, where she mapped out her plans, her dad said.
But those aspirations came to an abrupt and tragic end on Thursday when a man, wearing a dark hoodie, a white N-95 mask, and dark clothing, entered Croft House at about 1:50 p.m., police said.
For no reason, he stabbed her to death then fled out the backdoor into a rear alley, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Surveillance video captured him calmly strolling down the alley toward Oakwood Avenue.
Brianna Kupfer (LinkedIn)
A customer entered the store 20 minutes later and found Brianna Kupfer dead, lying in a pool of blood, police said.
Kupfer was alone in the store, which was unusual, her dad said. Usually, there were two employees present during business hours.
Police Monday declined to comment on the progress of the investigation, and Todd Kupfer said he had not received any recent updates from detectives.
The murder rate in Los Angeles has soared in recent years and violent crime has rocked even the city’s wealthiest enclaves.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, a Democrat, won over voters last year with promises of sweeping criminal justice reforms that critics say put the interests of criminals before the safety of the community.
“We can’t afford to have the good constantly knocked down by the bad,” Todd Kupfer said.
The City of Chicago said last week that it will still go after convicted hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, a felon, for more than $100,000 in costs incurred by the city’s police department during their investigation into the hate crime that he staged on himself.
“The City filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett to recover costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department investigating what the City believed to be Smollett’s false police reports that he was a victim of a hate crime,” the city said in a statement. “While using a different standard of proof, the jury’s finding of guilt convicting Jussie Smollett of criminal charges stemming from the incident confirms that the City was correct in bringing its civil lawsuit.”
The statement continued, “The City intends to continue to pursue its lawsuit to hold Smollett accountable for his unlawful actions and to demand that he compensate the City for costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department which took his false claims of harm seriously.”
Smollett was found guilty on Thursday of five Class 4 felonies for telling police officers and detectives myriad lies from the staged hoax that he tried to blame on purported Trump supporters. A Class 4 felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 3 years per count.
Count 1 accused him of telling responding Chicago Police Officer Muhammed Baig at around 2:45 a.m., some 45 minutes after the purported attack, that he was the victim of a hate crime. He said two attackers put a rope around his neck. Count 2 referred to Smollett telling the same officer he was a victim of a battery, describing attackers beating and pouring bleach on him.
Counts 3 and 4 stemmed from Smollett making the same claims but to a different officer, Kimberly Murray, later that morning, just before 6 a.m.
Count 5 accused Smollett of again telling Murray at around 7:15 p.m. that he was the victim of a battery. Count 6 referred to Smollett reporting on Feb. 14, 2019, to detective Robert Graves that he’d been a victim of an aggravated battery.
Speaking with reporters following the verdict, Nenye Uche, lead attorney for Smollett, said that the now-convicted felon was “100 percent confident” that he would be found innocent on appeal.
“We feel 100 percent confident that this case will be won on appeal,” Uche said. “Unfortunately, that’s not the route we wanted but sometimes that’s the route you have to take to win, especially a case where we remain 100 percent confident in our client’s innocence.”
“He’s a human being; he’s disappointed — but I will tell you this: I am very proud of him. I’m very, very proud of him,” he added. “He’s holding up very strong; he’s committed to clearing his name and he’s 100 percent confident that he’s going to get cleared by the appellate court.”
Congressman Chip Roy of Texas gives one of the best speeches that you will ever hear from the peoples House, but you won’t hear about it because the mainstream media won’t report the truth.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Newsmax, they are all corrupt to the same political machines and refuse to report the truth, but we will.
Chip Roy in this 48 minute speech on the House floor addresses the issues of the out of control budget, the fact that the vaccine doesn’t stop the spread of the virus, or prevent you from getting the virus, that people are losing their jobs and their lives because of mandates.
Roy addresses the Omicron variant.
“One of the first doctors to discover the variant in South Africa said, most of patients are seeing very very mild symptoms, we’ve been able to treat these patients conservatively at home.”
“On the 626th day into 15 days to slow the spread, we have had enough. The American people have had enough of being lied to and told what to do by a tyrannical government and so called experts that we should not trust.”
He even goes into the fact that doctors are being attacked for trying and using preventative medicines that are saving lives like Ivermectin, Z-Pacs, Hydroxychloroquine, and even simple antibiotics they refuse to prescribe because of criticisms.
“We don’t want to have a debate on vaccine mandates, why would we want to do that? My colleagues I’d assume would not want to take a vote on vaccine mandate funding repeal. Otherwise why not have the vote, why not have the debate?”
Roy absolutely crushed this speech, I encourage all of you to watch this, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in my lifetime.
“The more and more that we turn over the decision making to a small group of people in this body, and a small group of people in the Senate, and a couple other people on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the more and more this Republic is getting ripped apart thread by thread. And it’s happening no matter who is in the White House, and no matter who is in charge of this body.”
After a contentious week of witness testimony, counsel arguments and deliberation, the jury found Smollett guilty on the first five counts and he was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.
Smollett was stoic as the jury read the verdict. The actor sat upright and stared straight ahead without showing any real emotion.
Judge Linn said he will order a pre-sentencing investigation and attorneys will meet via conference call to determine a date for pre-sentencing motions
The judge also said the jury will not be speaking to the media today, if they ever choose to. He is also having deputies escort them to their cars.
The 39-year-old “Empire” alum was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct related to false statements to Chicago police officers in regard to a 2019 hate crime against himself. In 2019, he claimed that two men attacked him due to his skin color and sexual orientation.
A verdict has been reached in ‘Empire’ alum Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax trial. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
Among the surprising claims made in Smollett’s testimony was the revelation that the actor received a text from CNN’s Don Lemon, supposedly relaying information that the Chicago Police Department didn’t believe Smollett’s account of what happened.
The actor claimed to have been attacked in Chicago by two men in 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Additionally, he pushed back against testimonies from Bola Osundairo, one of the alleged attackers, claiming that he’d purchased drugs from the man and “made out” with him at a gay bathhouse.
Osundairo testified that he is not gay and their relationship was not sexual in nature. He also previously stated that he did not sell drugs to Smollett but merely acquired them for him.
The charge is a class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if convicted, Smollett would likely be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service.
Fox News’ Matt Finn and Ruth Ravve as well as The Associated Press contributed to this report
Jussie Smollett lawyer says they ‘100 percent’ plan to appeal guilty verdicts, ‘confident’ on reversal
Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney said they will be appealing the actor’s guilty verdicts Thursday following the conclusion of the trial.
A jury found Smollett guilty of five of the six charges of disorderly conduct against him following a nearly two-week trial.
After the verdict was read, Nenye Uche told reporters Smollett was disappointed and that he is “100% innocent.” He said Smollett’s team is confident “he’s going to be cleared of all, all accusations on all charges.”
“The verdict is inconsistent,” he said during a press conference following the verdicts. “You can’t say Jussie is lying and say Jussie is not lying for the same exact incident.”
Actor Jussie Smollett, center, returns to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago. Smollett was convicted Thursday on five of six charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))
The defense attorney remained confident in the appellate system and the Illinois Supreme Court.
“We are confident in our appellate system,” Uche said. “We are confident in our Illinois Supreme Court, and we’re confident that at the end of the day, what’s out there in the news media and in the gossip forums are not going to stand a chance in court.”
Smollett’s return came after the jury notified Cook County Judge James Linn that they have reached a verdict in Smollett’s trial. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
The “Empire” actor was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.
In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction.
The jury found the 39-year-old guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct — for each separate time he was charged with lying to police in the days immediately after the alleged attack. He was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.
The parents of the teenager accused of killing four classmates and injuring a number of others at a Michigan high school have gone missing and now a massive man hunt is underway.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police are searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley.
A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school, saying they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — “blood everywhere” — that was found at the boy’s desk.
And apparently — the parents were not under surveillance.
From the Associated Press:
School officials became concerned about the younger Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.
Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.
On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” McDonald said.
There also was a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above it: “Blood everywhere.”
Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding. He also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.
The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, McDonald said.
The Crumbleys failed to ask their son about the gun or check his backpack, McDonald said. The teen returned to class and the shooting subsequently occurred.
“The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable — it’s criminal,” the prosecutor said.
Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.
James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and that Ethan might be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.
That agreement with attorney Shannon Smith was sometime in the morning, McCabe said around 2 p.m. Friday.
“Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said.
McCabe said Fugitive Apprehension Team officers still were out searching for the couple as of mid-afternoon Friday. The Crumbleys own a 2021 black Kia Seltos with the license plate DQG5203 and a 2019 white Kia Soul Station Wagon with the license plate DZH8994, according to the sheriff’s office and Secretary of State records.
Thanks to our friends at ToddStarns.com and the AP for contributing to this article.
Louisiana Western District U.S. Judge Terry Doughty’s decision follows an identical ruling Monday from Missouri U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp, but Schelp’s decision only covered 10 states.
Doughty ruled on the lawsuit led by Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and joined by 13 other states, but Doughty added a nationwide injunction in his ruling.
“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands,” Doughty wrote. “If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the ruling and slammed Biden for “villainiz[ing] our healthcare heroes with his ‘jab or job’ edicts.”
“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconstitutional and immoral attack on not only our healthcare workers but also the access to healthcare services for our poor and elderly,” Landry said. “I will see this case through to the end – fighting every step of the way to prevent the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed.”
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "...truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity--it is simply true and that is the end of it" - Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
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