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  • #16
    BLM activist who told CNN he entered the Capitol simply to document the siege is arrested after video footage reveals he shouted 'it's our house' and 'we got to get this s**t burned'
    • John Earle Sullivan, 26, entered the Capitol Building during the siege last Wednesday
    • The left-wing activist, who has previously participated in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, claimed he was simply documenting the event on his phone
    • He was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN afterward, where it was implied that he was passively observing the situation as it unfolded
    • However, Sullivan has now been arrested after video footage appeared to show him inciting rioters
    • He is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and interfering with law enforcement
    • Sullivan is already facing rioting and criminal mischief charges 'stemming from a Black Lives Matter protest in Utah last year', Rolling Stone reports
    Left-wing activist is arrested in relation to siege on Capitol Building | Daily Mail Online

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    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    District of Columbia
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, January 14, 2021


    Utah Man Charged in Federal Court Following Events at the United States Capitol


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Utah man was charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

    John Earle Sullivan was charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder. The defendant was arrested today in Utah.

    The Complaint alleges that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, Sullivan, wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside. The Complaint also alleges that Sullivan admits to filming and being depicted in video footage that shows him present, outside of the Speaker’s Lobby within the U.S. Capitol, at the shooting of a woman by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

    The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

    The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Salt Lake City and Washington Field Offices, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

    The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

    The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

    The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/u...states-capitol

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  • #17

    LAPD chief calls out deadly crime surge



    JAN. 16, 2021
    5:51 PM

    The first two weeks of 2021 saw 59 shooting victims in Los Angeles compared with seven last year, L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore said in a tweet Saturday, calling attention to a deadly crime surge that has coincided with a devastating pandemic.

    Moore’s tweet provided an exact comparison with the prior year, but an earlier Twitter post, from the police headquarters account, reported 68 shootings and 24 homicides, with the total of shootings “being the highest year-to-date start in over 10 years.”

    The ongoing pandemic — which has kept many businesses closed and many people at home — may be one factor.

    more..

    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...medium=twitter

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    • #18
      Bad news. It could be in a semi and headed anywhere in the country.

      https://www.dailynews.com/2021/01/16...umvee-in-bell/

      By City News Service | news@socalnews.com |
      PUBLISHED: January 16, 2021 at 5:38 p.m. | UPDATED: January 16, 2021 at 6:49 p.m.

      BELL — The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of military Humvee stolen Friday in Bell.
      ...
      The Humvee was described a four-door high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, Eimiller said. It was up-armored, upgraded and considered a combat vehicle...
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      “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

      (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
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      • #19
        https://apnews.com/article/biden-ina...c9fefed1242ae8
        FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

        By LOLITA C. BALDOR2 hours ago
        WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event...
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        “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

        (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
        Never forget Excalibur.

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        • #20
          Source: https://www.amny.com/news/gang-of-ma...-in-chinatown/

          12-strong male and female gang rob, humiliate victim in Chinatown
          By Hazel Shahgholi
          Posted on January 24, 2021

          A 12-strong gang of male and female criminals robbed and assaulted a lone individual in the vicinity of Canal Street and Allen Street on Friday Jan 22.

          The group was made up of 12 dark-skinned male and female individuals, and the motivation for the attack remains unknown.

          The victim, a 26-year-old male, suffered lacerations to his head, torso and hands, inflicted with an as-yet unknown object...

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          • #21
            Date Issued: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:00 am ET

            Summary

            The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.

            Duration

            Issued: January 27, 2021 11:00 am
            Expires: April 30, 2021 01:00 pm

            Details
            ...

            https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/na...anuary-27-2021


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            Date Issued: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:00 am ET
            View as PDF: National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - January 27, 2021 (pdf, 1 page, 292.01KB)
            Summary




            The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.


            Duration

            Issued: January 27, 2021 11:00 am
            Expires: April 30, 2021 01:00 pm


            Details
            • Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity. DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities.
            • Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.
            • DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.
            • DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.
            • Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.
            • DHS, as well as other Federal agencies and law enforcement partners will continue to take precautions to protect people and infrastructure across the United States.
            • DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views.
            • DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.
            How You Can Help
            • We ask the public to report suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online activity, to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or their local Fusion Center.
            • Your choice can make a difference. Choose non-violent ways to make your voice heard and support friends and family in doing the same.
            • Communities are strongest when they are not divided: Strengthen your community by standing together against violence.
            Be Prepared
            • Avoiding large crowds, including protests, is safest due to ongoing pandemic conditions. However, if taking part in protests do so peacefully, safely, and wear masks.
            • Be responsible for your personal safety. Make note of your surroundings and security personnel. Carry emergency contact as well as medical and other needs information with you.
            • Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees.
            Stay Informed
            • Local, state and federal agencies will provide specific information about emerging threats as additional information is identified. The public is encouraged to listen to local law enforcement and public safety officials.
            • Last year, DHS released a Homeland Threat Assessment to the public examining the threat environment through 2021.
            • The DHS Lexicon on terrorism includes terminology for DVEs and HVEs.
            Types of Advisories

            Bulletin


            Describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.


            Elevated Alert


            Warns of a credible terrorism threat against the United States.


            Imminent Alert


            Warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States.

            If You See Something, Say Something™. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911.
            Last edited by sharon sanders; January 27, 2021, 03:33 PM. Reason: added full copy

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            • #22
              Source: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/polic....cfm?id=291523

              A small protest caused delayed police response and ended with some broken windows in downtown Portland.

              On Friday, February 12, 2021 at about 8:00p.m., a protest of about 30-50 people gathered at Director Park, 815 Southwest Park Avenue. The group marched to Central Precinct at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, where the group began throwing objects and yelling at officers. There were police vehicles parked outside the precinct. As officers went out to move their cars in an effort to prevent them from being damaged, the officers were pelted with icy snowballs by participants.

              In an effort to avoid confrontation and de-escalate the situation, and due to lack of available resources, officers remained out of sight as much as possible. However, officers were forced to monitor in case the group became more violent or caused damage to city property. While officers were occupied with that, there were calls stacking up in the precinct, including numerous calls for welfare checks on houseless community members who were exposed to the frigid weather. Among other duties, officers were facilitating getting those individuals to warming shelters if they wished.

              The precinct, which is the only police facility open to the public 24 hours a day, was locked for security. As officers from other precincts approached to access the intake for the Multnomah County Detention Center, the hostile group surrounded their cars. Traffic was very limited due to the treacherous weather, but the group stood in the street blocking the way.

              At about 10:45p.m., the group went on a short march. Officers discovered that windows were broken by participants of the crowd during the march. A coffee shop in the 1300 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue and a medical clinic in the 900 block of Southwest 5th Avenue were damaged (photos).

              The crowd dissipated by 11:30p.m. No arrests have been made and no one was injured. If anyone has information about the suspects who vandalized the businesses or harassed officers, please refer to case number 21-39817 and e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

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              • #23
                Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...ckm-story.html



                Protesters marching in Black Trans Liberation rally vandalize East Village restaurant, scare patrons
                By Thomas Tracy
                New York Daily News |
                Feb 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM

                A group of protesters vandalized an East Village restaurant, damaging the outdoor dining structure and harassing customers, police said.

                The crew approached Jackdaw NYC on Second Ave. near 14th St. around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, threw drinking glasses onto the ground and defaced the outdoor dining booths and windows with spray paint, markers and sharpies, cops said.

                They scrawled phrases on the windows, including “Black Women Matter” and “Black Kids Matter,” officials said.

                They also yelled and harassed workers and patrons, but no injuries were reported. A short time later, the group shoved someone to the ground nearby, but the person wasn’t injured, cops said.

                The belligerent crew was part of a group of roughly 50 people taking part in a Black Trans Liberation NYC rally at the historic Stonewall Inn in the West Village...

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                • #24
                  Source: https://katu.com/news/local/violence...-more-protests

                  Violence and vandalism 'unacceptable,' Multnomah County DA says ahead of more protests
                  by KATU StaffFriday, March 12th 2021

                  PORTLAND, Ore. – Following a night of vandalism and destruction during downtown Portland protests, and ahead of potentially more “criminal activity” through the weekend, Multnomah County’s District Attorney issued a statement Friday.

                  “Acts of violence against people and damage to property are unlawful and unacceptable,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said. “I have adamantly and repeatedly said that property damage and violent behavior will not be tolerated.”

                  On Thursday night, federal officers clashed with demonstrators in downtown Portland just days after the Department of Homeland Security removed fencing around the Federal Courthouse.

                  DA Schmidt’s statement comes as authorities say they expect more unrest over the weekend, including a protest in the Pearl District Friday night.

                  Recent riotous activity and wanton destruction of private property that targets businesses struggling to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear connected to the calls for social justice and system reform, which I strongly support. Instead, these destructive acts only serve to harm our community. My office will continue to prosecute acts of violence and property destruction.

                  The district attorney’s office reinforced that while they prioritize prosecuting “crimes that endanger life safety and crimes involving property destruction,” they also review felony and misdemeanor cases – including protest-related crimes like Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace or Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct – that are referred by police....

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                  • #25
                    bump this

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                    • #26
                      https://www.opb.org/article/2021/03/...rst-interview/
                      What OPB learned from accused eco-saboteur Joseph Dibee’s first interview
                      By Conrad Wilson (OPB) and Ryan Haas (OPB)
                      March 12, 2021 8 a.m. Updated: March 12, 2021 8 a.m.

                      ...
                      He also discussed why he fled the country in 2005 after FBI agents said they were bringing charges.

                      “I’m a Middle Eastern person, and it’s not lost on me the implications of that in the United States,” Dibee said. “So, the government started the conversation by saying, ... ‘Do you want to do what we tell you to, or are we going to come get you?’ That’s a very thinly veiled threat. I took it as that.”

                      Dibee talked about his life as a fugitive in Syria and Russia, where he worked on environmental projects. He also talked in detail for the first time about what transpired during his capture in Cuba.

                      “I got tortured, there’s no other way to say it,” Dibee said. “I was definitely threatened.”


                      Dibee’s facing a possible trial at the same time Congress and federal law enforcement debate what constitutes domestic terrorism, especially in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.

                      Decades ago as charges were first brought against Dibee and his co-defendants, the federal government labeled them as terrorists. And for Dibee that label has stuck, at least in the eyes of the Justice Department, which in 2018 announced agents had arrested a “domestic terrorism suspect” in Cuba. Now, law enforcement is under pressure to more clearly define whether property damage is the same as acts that threaten life or democratic process.

                      Dibee’s case and interview with OPB offer insight into pressing questions about whether federal law enforcement needs more power to quash domestic extremism, or if this moment is a chance to reconsider the word terrorism and when its applied.
                      Read the full story here.
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                      “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

                      (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
                      Never forget Excalibur.

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                      • #27
                        Source: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/polic....cfm?id=301580



                        Portland Police Bureau
                        March in Pearl District Ends With Property Destruction, Group Detained (Photo)
                        March 13, 2021 04:03

                        Officers detained a group of about 100 in a march that devolved into property destruction in the Pearl District.

                        On Friday, March 12, 2021 at about 9:00p.m., a group began marching in the street, blocking vehicular traffic, from Jamison Park, 810 Northwest 11th Avenue. They were advised by loudspeaker that the street was open to vehicular traffic, but the crowd continued to march in the street.

                        At about 9:15p.m., at Northwest 15th Avenue and Northwest Overton Street, some in the crowd began breaking windows (photo). Officers moved in to address the criminal behavior. They created a perimeter around the group on Northwest Marshall Street between Northwest 13th Avenue and Northwest 14th Avenue.

                        The group was advised that they were being detained for investigation of crimes, they were not free to leave, and they should comply with officers' lawful orders. Failure to comply may result in arrest or force being used against them to include, but not limited to, crowd control agents, impact weapons, or tear gas. Legal observers, press, and anyone who was medically fragile or anyone who needs immediate medical attention were invited to leave the enclosed area if they wished. Those that were being detained were identified and photographed, as part of a criminal investigation, before being released. Some refused to comply and locked arms together in an effort to interfere with the investigation. Officers escorted them away and they were arrested. A suspect in the earlier window vandalism was arrested and charged.

                        Officers discovered numerous items left behind by people inside the perimeter, including a crowbar, hammers, bear spray, slugging weapon with rocks, high impact slingshot, and knives (photos).

                        As the event unfolded, groups formed on the outside and physically challenged officers. Some threw rocks and full cans of beer at officers (photo). Officers deployed some OC (pepper) spray and one impact munition. Arrests were made, including two suspects carrying firearms, wearing body armor and helmets.

                        Thirteen people were charged with crimes...

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                        • #28
                          Some estimate 50k homeless in Los Angeles. The CDC rent moratorium is due to expire in a week.

                          One of many areas in LA....these homeless have apparently been offered hotel rooms....



                          Protesters, police face off at Echo Park Lake before clearing of homeless encampment

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTCQia98sts

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                          added video:

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POTvLZEaGUY
                          Last edited by sharon sanders; March 25, 2021, 12:20 PM.

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                          • #29
                            Man pulls gun on 11 National Guardsmen delivering COVID-19 vaccine in West Texas

                            March 23, 2021 Updated: March 23, 2021 10:12 a.m.
                            Dan Carson

                            A group of National Guardsmen are safe after a dangerous encounter with an armed man on a highway in West Texas, according to KCBD Staff and WAFB9.

                            Larry Harris of Arizona was arrested Monday after allegedly following a caravan of National Guardsmen en route to Matador, Texas to deliver a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Harris is accused of cutting their vehicles off and pulling a loaded gun on the unarmed officers.

                            https://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...573.php???????

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                            • #30
                              Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/street-...18002?mod=e2tw

                              Street Violence in Portland Makes Reopening Economy Difficult
                              Struggling downtown businesses are still contending with vandalism nine months after protests began
                              The past year has been especially difficult for businesses in downtown Portland, Ore.
                              By Ian Lovett
                              | Photographs by Mason Trinca for The Wall Street Journal
                              March 22, 2021 9:00 am ET

                              PORTLAND, Ore.—When the fence that had surrounded the federal courthouse here was removed earlier this month, city leaders touted it as a sign that Portland was returning to normal after nine months of protests that often turned violent.

                              But within days, bands of rioters were back in downtown Portland. They blocked streets, broke windows, threw a can of beer at police and, once again, vandalized the courthouse. Thirteen people were arrested following a protest on March 12 and the fence around the courthouse is now back up.

                              The violence downtown has become a persistent roadblock in Portland’s attempts to reopen and revive its economy as vaccinations spread, Covid-19 cases fall, and business restrictions are loosened. Local officials who had supported the racial justice protests last summer are now pledging to crack down on those causing the destruction.

                              “The community is sick and tired of people engaging in acts of criminal destruction and violence,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference last week. The rioters, he said, were harming the cause of racial justice, and “also standing on the air hose of the economic recovery for a lot of our small businesses.”...

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