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Separate shootings during protest leave Metro officer on life support, suspect dead

police outside Circus Circus
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Protests Monday night turned violent leaving a Las Vegas police officer fighting for his life and a suspect in a second shooting dead.

Metro police sources confirm to 8 News Now that a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer who was shot in the head near Circus Circus late Monday night is on life support at UMC.

According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo who held a news conference at 3 a.m., police were attempting to disperse protesters in front of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino when people in the crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at the officers and the officers began to take some people into custody.

Comment: More chaos from around the country:

Police detain store owners live on air after they use shotguns to PROTECT property from suspected looters
Police have detained store owners who used firearms to defend their premises from alleged looters in Los Angeles. The dramatic incident was caught in a live broadcast by a local news crew.

The tense standoff at the city's Van Nuys neighborhood was filmed by a FOX 11 news crew. According to the reporter at the scene, several vehicles drove up to a gold store, and a group of apparent looters attempted to enter the premises. They were confronted by the store's owners, two of whom were wielding shotguns. Another person at the scene had a large machete-type knife on his belt.

The people, identified by the reporter as the store's owners, were heard yelling: "We're closed, bro." When the police arrived, several men had fled the scene, and were chased down by the officers.

The police handcuffed and detained the people that had come out of the shop, prompting the reporter to shout: "They're the store owners! They're protecting the store!"
WATCH as Virginia police fire tear gas at KNEELING protesters with hands in the air
The mayor and chief of police of Richmond, Virginia, have each apologized after police opened fire with tear gas on kneeling protesters with their hands raised above their heads, roughly 30 minutes before a citywide curfew.

Police claimed they'd fired on protesters attempting to tear down confederate statues located on Monument Avenue in downtown Richmond, adding that several officers had been cut off by violent protesters.

The tear gas was deployed on protesters on Monument Avenue, who had just completed a peaceful march through downtown.

Addressing "peaceful protesters," Richmond police said: "We stand with you today and will keep supporting your rights to express your opinions in safety."

The officers who opened fire with the tear gas have allegedly been pulled from field duty and face disciplinary action by the Richmond police department.


Disney World enlists 'Star Wars' Stormtroopers to enforce social distancing

Stormtroopers at Disney World
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To help enforce social distancing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Walt Disney World has enlisted Stormtroopers from "Star Wars."

On May 20, parts of its Disney World reopened, including outdoor restaurants, entertainment venues and its shopping district, Disney Springs. Visitors must now follow rules that require all guests to wear face coverings, pass fever tests and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other guests whenever possible.

Attractions Magazine shared a video last week of two Imperial soldiers encouraging visitors to "move along" and "stay in your sector" as they patrol from a balcony above a shopping plaza.

Pre-recorded banter between the two troopers can be heard over a loudspeaker.

"Hey, you! With the face covering!" yells one Stormtrooper in the video.

"They all have face coverings," the other mocks.


FBI arrests alleged Islamic State supporter planning mass shooting in Tampa

Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari
© Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to a federal criminal complaint. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail at the request of federal agents.
A Tampa man faces federal charges after FBI agents said he gave "material support" to the Islamic State and may have scouted Honeymoon Island State Park for a possible attack.

Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Al-Azhari was arrested Sunday in a federal sting operation in which he acquired weapons from an FBI informant with whom he'd shared his desires to carry out a mass shooting on behalf of a terror group, according to a criminal complaint.

The document refers to the terror group as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS.

Al-Azhari, a U.S. citizen, served three years in prison in Saudi Arabia after being convicted in 2015 of attempting to join a terrorist organization there while traveling to Syria to fight against the Syrian government, according to the complaint. In late 2018, he returned to the U.S. — first to California, where his grandmother lives, and then to Tampa.

He spent much of this spring trying to illegally acquire guns from an undercover FBI agent posing as an eBay seller, the complaint said. Al-Azhari called off the deal after Tampa police arrested him for trying to carry a pistol into a Home Depot. The complaint goes on to say that Al-Azhari worked at a Tampa Home Depot, though it doesn't specify which one.

Comment: Al-Azhari reportedly told the informant the following:
An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded as expressing admiration for Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016, and even drove there to scope out the location. In a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI says, Al-Azhari said "that's how I want to die, to be honest."

The informant then asked how many people Al-Azhari wanted to kill.

"I don't want to take four or five, no. I want to take at least 50," Al-Azhari replied on the recording, according to the affidavit. "You know like, brother Omar Mateen in Orlando did. He took 49 with him."
"Know America. Today is your emergency. Today we kill from you guys like you killed from us," he is overheard saying, according to the affidavit. "This is a revenge for Muslims."
His lawyer had this to say - important to keep in mind given the history of FBI sting operations resulting in the capture of inept terrorist-wannabes with no actual connections to terrorist groups:
Samuel Landes, the attorney representing Al-Azhari issued this statement:

"The government's charges in this case unfairly attempt to portray this United States citizen as a terrorist. The allegations misunderstand both the law and the evidence. I'm thankful that in this country everyone enjoys a presumption of innocence, and I look forward to Mr. Al-Azhari's day in court before a jury of his peers."
That said, by all indications, Al-Azhari seems to be the kind of low life who would want to join ISIS, but is just too incompetent to actually do so.


The horrifying things I learned at a Contact Tracing course

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"This is what I found out when I went to class for contact tracing, and you should be nervous! And it 's coming to every state."

Comment: Kiss anything resembling the life you used to know. All in the name of keeping us "safe".


On being 'unpersonned' by Twitter for 'wrongthink' over George Floyd riots

Peter Lloyd journalist twitter
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Peter Lloyd
How very rude. I am now officially, according to the social media giant, unauthentic and not of interest. Somebody should tell Jack Dorsey that Orwell's 1984 was science fiction, not an instruction manual.

No email, no explanation, no courtesy call or text.

That's what happens when your Twitter account is de-verified by the SJWs in Silicon Valley - as I discovered first-hand today.

According to them (and for reasons unbeknown to me) I am no longer deemed to be a person who is "authentic" or "of public interest" - something, admittedly, my closest friends have been telling me for years.


Syrian children throw stones at US military convoy trying to enter Damascus-held area

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© Sputnik / Attia Al-Attia
US forces remain in Syria despite having no legal basis such an invitation from the government or UN Security Council mandate to carry out operations there. Washington continues to ignore demands by Damascus and members of the international community to withdraw its troops illegally stationed there.

Four armoured US military vehicles were stopped by Syrian Army forces while attempting to cross a checkpoint on the M4 highway in the province of Al-Hasakah near the suburbs of Tall Tamer. The American military convoy was travelling towards the village of Derdara as it tried to cross a sliver of territory in the country's northeast controlled by the Syrian Army, and was forced to turn back.

But as the convoy was turning to drive away from the checkpoint, locals poured out from their homes to express their discontent with the presence of US forces. Videos and photos, shot by a local Sputnik correspondent, show how around a dozen children living near the checkpoint started pelting the leaving American military transport with stones.

Comment: Not the first time. Won't be the last.


'Mayhem': 4 police officers shot during long night of violence and destruction in St. Louis

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden
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St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden speaks to media about the shooting of four police officers on June 2, 2020.
Four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis early Tuesday as a day of peaceful protests turned into a violent and destructive night in the city.

Hundreds of people had gathered across the St. Louis region Monday to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A rally in O'Fallon, Missouri, drew upward of 2,000 people and featured marchers walking arm-in-arm with police officers.

But tensions rose after the sun fell in downtown St. Louis.

Just after midnight, four officers, all men, were shot near 16th and Olive streets. All four were conscious and authorities said their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

"I believe some coward randomly shot at the police line," St. Louis police Chief John Hayden said.

Hayden held a news conference about 1:45 a.m. and said two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and one more was shot in the arm.

An exasperated Hayden said he was trying to make sense of the night's "mayhem."

"I don't know what else to say," Hayden said. "This is horrible."

Comment: In Buffalo, New York, a driver rammed their vehicle into a group of police:

Two officers sustained serious injuries. A similar incident took place in NYC:

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New lockdown laws in England make it illegal for couples living apart to have sex indoors

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New coronavirus laws in England have made it illegal for couples who live in different homes to have sex indoors and stay overnight.

The Health Protection Regulations previously banned people leaving home without "reasonable excuse", but the provision has been replaced by stringent curbs on where people can sleep and gather together.

The law, which will be laid in parliament on Monday, says: "There is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other."

While the powers are in force, "no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place outdoors, and consists of more than six persons, or indoors, and consists of two or more persons".


We were told for months we'd never gather in public again 'because Covid-19.' Where do the week's riots leave 'social distancing'?

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The same people who convinced Americans to lock themselves inside for months for fear of a killer virus have forsaken Covid-19 to urge us all to join nationwide protests. If anyone took them seriously before, those days are over.

Media, politicians and celebrities who spent the past three months lecturing Americans about the importance of staying home and keeping at least six feet away from all other humans lest they catch or spread the deadly coronavirus have suddenly pivoted on a dime - seemingly as one - to cheering on those Americans defying their advice to pour into the streets and join nationwide protests against police brutality.

Wall-to-wall Covid-19 coverage gave way overnight to endless footage of police whaling on protesters, rioters burning buildings and looting, and massive crowds in the streets of every major American city. Nary a word was spoken about social distancing, or lockdowns, or anything relating to the "new normal" we'd been ordered for months to understand was our only future.

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Stacks of BRICKS mysteriously appear near riot hotspots all over US, journalists demand answers

bricks riots
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Stacks of bricks left seemingly unattended in riot hotspots across the US - as if begging to be snatched and thrown by unruly mobs - have protesters and journalists wondering whether the violent street clashes are orchestrated.

It's not every day one sees a stack of bricks just lying around unattended, especially when there's no construction to be seen - but a rash of reports of pallets of bricks turning up as if by magic in over half a dozen cities over the weekend has investigators trying to get to the bottom of who's seemingly giving would-be rioters the tools they need to turn what began as peaceful protests violent.

A group of protesters in Dallas called attention to the unexpected bounty of construction materials near the city's courthouse on Saturday. "Ain't no damn construction around here!" a savvy demonstrator says in the clip, while another urges his fellow protesters to "do better."

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