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Friday April 16, 2021 @ 04:34:38 AM mt

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Friday April 16, 2021 @ 04:34:27 AM mt

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Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 08:06:53 PM mt

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Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 06:43:10 AM mt

Asian man kidnapped attempted to sexually assault Asian woman 'because he thought she was white' police say

Police in Irvine, California, arrested an Asian man last week after he allegedly kidnapped and attempted to sexually assault an Asian woman because he thought she was white. The crime was reportedly a retaliation for recent hate crimes committed against Asian Americans.

Michael Sangbong Rhee, 37, allegedly targeted the woman while she was exiting her vehicle at an apartment complex near Harvard Avenue and Coronado Street about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday, the Irvine Police Department reported in a news release about the incident.

According to police, Rhee approached the woman with what appeared to be a handgun and told her that if she wanted to live, she needed to get back in the vehicle. At that point, the woman allegedly offered Rhee her wallet and money, but then Rhee responded by saying they would "do that later."

He then opened the rear passenger door and pushed her into the backseat of the car. During the struggle, Rhee allegedly committed sexual battery against the woman.

The woman believed she was going to be sexually assaulted or killed and began yelling for help and attempting to escape. She was able to alert a nearby maintenance worker that Rhee was armed, prompting the suspect to flee the scene, running through the apartment complex and back into his vehicle before he sped away.

Police used surveillance camera footage to identify Rhee's license plate and track him to his home in Lake Forest, where they executed a search warrant. During the search, officers reportedly recovered "several items" connecting him to the crime, including a BB-gun similar to the weapon described by the woman.

Rhee was subsequently arrested and booked on the charge of kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assault and was being held on $1 million bond. He has since been released after posting bond, inmate records indicate.

In the news release, police claimed that Rhee mistakenly believed his victim was white and that he carried out the attack as retaliation for recent violence against Asian Americans.

"Based on the totality of the investigation and statements made by Rhee, detectives believe he targeted the victim because he thought she was white," the report read. "Detectives also believe the assault was retaliation for hate crimes committed against the Asian community."

Hate crime charges are expected to be added to the complaint filed with the Orange County district attorney's office. An investigation is underway.

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Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 06:43:08 AM mt

Obama wants Americans to 'reimagine policing' as Democrats demand abolition of police departments

Former President Barack Obama wants Americans to "reimagine policing" after two new incidents propelled the issue of police tactics and officer-involved fatal shootings back into national headlines.

What is the background?

Over the weekend, news broke that an Army officer had filed a lawsuit against police officers in Windsor, Virginia, after they "drew their guns, pointed them at him and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution before pepper-spraying him and knocking him to the ground" during a traffic stop in December, the Associated Press reported.

One of those police officers, Joe Gutierrez, was fired Monday.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Law enforcement said the officer who killed Wright did so accidentally, discharging her firearm when she meant to draw her Taser.

That officer has since resigned.

What did Obama say?

Obama said Wright's untimely death is the impetus for Americans to "reimagine policing and public safety."

Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country.

Michelle and I grieve alongside the Wright family for their loss. We empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers, and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy. And we will continue to work with all fair-minded Americans to confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue.

What are other Democrats saying?

Far-left Democrats agree with Obama.

Recycling the "defund the police" narrative that gained momentum after George Floyd's death last year only to fizzle out when violent crime skyrocketed in major U.S. cities Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), among others, are calling for radical policing reforms.

"Daunte Wright's killing was not a random, disconnected 'accident' it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Cameras, chokehold bans, 'retraining' funds, and similar reform measures do not ultimately solve what is a systemic problem. That system will find a way killings happen on camera, people are killed in other ways, retraining grows $ while often substituting for deeper measures."

"It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence," Tlaib said. "I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

Moderate Democrats, however, disagree with their colleagues.

Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) specifically attributed anti-police rhetoric for significant losses that Democrats saw in 2020, which almost caused them to lose their majority in the House.

Peters predicted in February that Democrats will lose badly in 2022 if they employ similar campaign messages, and Spanberger, in a post-2020 election conference call, agreed.

"If we run this race again we will get f***ing torn apart again in 2022," Spanberger predicted last November.

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Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 06:43:05 AM mt

Horowitz: Why Daunte Wrights aggravated robbery charge matters so much

Here we have yet another example of a saintly youth needlessly shot dead by police simply because he was black.

That is the narrative the media wants you to believe about the Daunte Wright shooting, but the reality is that while the shooting was obviously a clear mistake, his criminal record and the fact that he was not behind bars are precisely why the police are now confronted by violent fugitives who either run or fight with them.

No, Daunte Wright was not just a young man living an upstanding life who wound up dead because the police pulled him over for an expired car registration or for an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. According to documents obtained by the U.K. Daily Mail, the outstanding warrant police were attending to after they pulled Wright over was for aggravated robbery at gunpoint.

According to charging documents, Wright was sleeping over at the house of a young woman after a party on Dec. 1, 2019, when he suddenly pulled a gun on her and demanded she hand over money she had obtained from an ATM. He proceeded to choke her and threaten to shoot her while she kneeled.

After he was arrested, Wright was released from jail after a bondsman posted $40,000 bond, but in July 2020, his bail was revoked by a judge when he was caught with a firearm, a violation of his bail, and failed to check in with his probation officer.

Wright is one of thousands of young males in every major city of this country who have become increasingly violent, successfully thwart the law, suffer few consequences, and thus feel invincible against law enforcement.

We often hear protests and hand-wringing over the fact that young men, black or otherwise, wind up dead because of "stupid crimes" or a traffic stop. But in almost every case, there is a reason for it. In a previous era, these people would have been behind bars, but recently our justice system keeps them on the streets. When police confront them, either to serve a warrant or often because of lower-level traffic stops, the criminals either because of their violent nature or because they know they have reason to fear the law explode. They fight because they are criminals and they know that police are now watched closely and treated as if they are the ones on probation.

Many violent career criminals are often caught committing low-level crimes. Cops approach them as if they are innocuous, just as in this case, where clearly the cops treated him just as anyone else pulled over during a traffic stop. But there's something interesting about violent criminals who barely serve time for past offenses: They are not deterred from acting violent again. Cops never know when someone is going to turn violent on them.

Obviously, this particular case is anomalous, because the cop meant to fire the Taser after Wright resisted, but tragically picked up the gun, a reality borne out clearly by the bodycam video. But police are confronted with these situations more and more, which will trigger stress-related responses appropriately or inappropriately that get themselves or others killed.

So what is the answer?

Do we terrorize the police into being even more passive? Well, we need not speculate about the consequences of such a strategy. The past 11 months or so show that the body count in our major cities is set to skyrocket to levels we've never seen before. Those who fight with the police are not the sort of people who will live very long within the civil population without exhibiting violence. If the police ratchet down their encounters by laying off warrants and terminating traffic stops, law-abiding citizens will be the new line of defense and body count. That is already happening.

With woke judges refusing to hold almost any repeat violent offender and with few of them ever getting convicted and serving meaningful time, we will have more people like Raquan Wilson out on the streets. This is just one of endless examples, but a Brooklyn, New York, judge recently released Wilson on charges of illegal weapons possession, even though he had four open cases for packing loaded pistols and for armed robbery.

Just like Wright, Wilson, 19, had been charged with pointing a gun at someone's head. At just 15, he was also arrested for attempted murder and then a slew of other crimes over the past two years, including one incident in which he allegedly pistol-whipped his victim in an armed robbery. All through the process, he was bailed out on extremely low bail and appears never to have served time in prison, despite breaking the condition of his bail in the most dramatic way imaginable.

Wilson was arrested a few weeks ago during a traffic stop and was caught in possession of a gun. Luckily for the cops, Wilson did not resist arrest, but his criminal record was never even brought up during his bond hearing by the woke judge or Soros prosecutor, and he is out again. Multiply this story times 1,000, and you have endless scenarios where cops are pulling over people and discovering their violent records, often with outstanding warrants or bail/parole violations, and it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to realize why police will likely face more violence than ever before.

This is exactly what the "criminal justice reform" crowd wanted more people out on the streets rather than behind bars. What that means is that cops will be dealing with prison-like situations in the volatile environment of the open streets. Many criminals are on drugs more than ever and are emboldened to fight with the police more than ever. Most of the time, the cops will react appropriately, and often, even with underwhelming force (although you never hear about those cases). But once in a while, mistakes will occur.

To continue promoting the de-incarceration agenda and the war on cops as the solution will only lead to even more record crime and thousands more homicide victims every year. The real story is that repeat violent gang members with a history of armed robbery and gun charges are given endless chances, not just "second chances," as called for by the liberal governors in both parties with their mindless tropes and slogans.

So no, this is not just a case of "driving while black" or getting pulled over for hanging an air freshener from a mirror. It's that the same liberals who cry over gun control suddenly don't find gun violence to be a problem when it's perpetrated by career criminals. In this case, they think Wright was a saint and had no problem with him remaining on the streets, despite his violation of the conditions of his bail for a violent gun crime.

At its core, "criminal justice reform" is the agenda to keep repeat violent gang members out of jail whenever they are caught with more gun and drug charges and probation violations. But those are the people who go on to commit murder and mayhem, which is why the crime bubble is exploding. Yet rather than speaking with one voice against the cause of this entire cycle of violence and volatile police interactions, Republicans like Tennessee Governor Bill Lee suggest that this agenda "is a natural fit for conservatives" and will "make Tennessee communities safer." Yes, sort of the same way Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson believes chemical castration is a natural fit for conservatives and would have been embraced by Ronald Reagan and Bill Buckley.

Because a generation of Republicans forgot what it meant to be conservative on crime, the Left has been free to pursue a radical de-incarceration agenda with impunity. They use examples of the symptoms of this problem to aggravate rather than cure the underlying ailment of undeterred violent crime. We will pay for it on our streets, one way or another.
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Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 06:43:03 AM mt

Teacher who blasted students and parents concerned about distance learning gets suspended and uglier accusations emerge: 'She ... called me a moron'

The California high school teacher caught on Zoom blasting students and their parents who are concerned about distance learning has been suspended pending an investigation, Fox News reported and additional accusations about her behavior have emerged.

What's the background?

Alissa Piro, an English teacher at San Marcos High School, told her students that parents with concerns about her performance amid distance learning can "come at me."

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @ReopenCASchools

"If your parent wants to talk to me about their profession and their opinion on their profession, I would love to hear that," she said during a video session. "I know very little about anything else in the other world other than education."

Piro then added that "if your parent wants to come talk to me about how I'm not doing a good enough job in distance learning based on what you need as an individual just dare them to come at me. Because I am so sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job."

Another clip showed Piro hollering at a student who inquired about forming a "white student union" amid other clubs being formed on the basis of race to which she replied, "You don't need a white student union, Jace! You get everything!"

Students, parents fire back

That student Jace Jonas told Fox News that Piro's outburst came after he wrote in the Zoom chat box on the heels of a school announcement regarding the formation of an Asian student union.

"I wanted to make a comment in the Zoom text box, not disrupting the class," Jonas told the cable network. "I commented, 'Why do some races get student unions but others do not?' We should have a student union for all races or no races for true equality."

Jonas told Fox News that Piro paused her lesson before shouting "Goddammit."

"She started berating me about how as a white male I get everything, and it's my duty to look out for minorities and all these racist remarks against whites and males," he recalled to the cable network. "She later called me a moron."

To make matters worse, Fox News said some students sent Jonas hateful messages over his comment.

One mother added to the cable network that she was appalled by Piro's demeanor and that "because of our history with this teacher, I knew I needed to speak out with the abuse and bullying and frankly racism that I saw on that video. The saddest thing to me is that she created an environment in that Zoom classroom for some of the other students to comment mean things..."

Jonas' father contacted assistant principal Kelley Brown about Piro, Fox News said, and described the teacher as "unhinged."

Image source: Fox News video screenshot

"I don't know what school she got her degree at, but maybe she can get her money back," Jonas' father added to the cable network.

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At least three other parents who saw the exchange also reported it to the school and the district, they told Fox.

Jace was granted permission to skip Piro's class for five days. Before he returned, Jace and his father sat down with Piro and Principal Adam Dawson for a "restorative meeting" during which he said Piro apologized.

Despite this, Jace's dad was surprised to find that his son's grade in Piro's class had dropped weeks later.

"Jace was getting straight A's in school. After that incident he had a B in that class," Jim recalled. Piro blamed a computer error and eventually corrected it.

A political debate or English class?

A former student told the cable network that Piro would demean students on a regular basis if they voiced political views opposed to hers.

"She's a good teacher when she's teaching, but these rants aren't new," the former student added to Fox News.

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The student recalled being afraid to participate in Piro's class, a sentiment that was shared by more than three students who spoke exclusively to Fox. She said most of her classmates knew they had to write assignments that were in line with Piro's political views to pass the course and spare themselves the embarrassment of being belittled before their peers.

"I knew I had to change my political views just to please her and get a passing grade," the former student added to Fox News. "She'd either yell or fail you, or make us feel small for what we believe in."

Another student told the cable network that Piro "does often get political about COVID and how she thinks a return to school isn't safe" and that she often railed against former President Donald Trump's policies.

Anything else?

Principal Adam Dawson agreed that Piro's behavior was "inexcusable" and vowed to address it, Fox News reported, adding that school officials were "deeply concerned" as well but that her "due process and privacy rights" would be upheld amid their investigation.

The cable network said Piro did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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