Cop Who Held Black Mom and Kids at Gunpoint Runs for Sheriff
Last August, a video of four terrified young Black girls face-down on hot asphalt and surrounded by police officers with guns drawn stoked fury around the country—a scene initiated by an Aurora, Colorado, cop who wrongly believed the family was in a stolen car. Brittany Gilliam, 30, told The Daily Beast that she pleaded with Officer Darian Dasko to let her prove she owned the car after she was removed from it with her 6-year-old daughter, her 17-year-old sister, and two nieces aged 12 and 14. But as the girls cried on the ground, Dasko ignored her, she said.She said she’s never forgotten his aggressive tactics or his cold-hearted response.
A pro-Trump sheriff in Michigan has launched a probe into voting machines in his county, despite former President Donald Trump winning the region with 65 percent of the votes.
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has claimed, as has Trump, that there was voter fraud leading to President Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election. This claim has led the sheriff to open an investigation into voting machines in Barry County, as officials there have denounced the probe as "absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous," CBS local affiliate News Channel 3 reported on Friday.
Texas House and Senate Advance Restrictive GOP Voting Bill After Marathon Overnight Hearings
Nearly 300 Texan opponents of the measures signed up to testify on the bill, with some lining up for more than 17 hours.Republicans pushed to advance new restrictions after overnight hearings this weekend in a state that already has some of the country's strictest rules on voting. A Texas House committee voted Sunday morning to move forward a new election bill that would ban 24-hour polling locations, drive-thru voting and drop boxes, among other provisions. Texas state senators followed later in the day, voting to advance the bill to the floor for a major vote by the full chamber, expected this week.
While Biden won Michigan by more than 150,000 votes—or about 2.8 percent—Trump won Barry County by a wide margin. Official election results from the county showed Trump garnered 23,471 votes there compared to just 11,797 that went for Biden. With 36,146 total ballots cast in Barry County, that means Trump won about 65 percent of the vote while Biden garnered less than 33 percent.
Nonetheless, animated by Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, Leaf has launched a probe into the voting machines used by his county, according to Channel 3. Local election clerks told the news station that they were questioned by a private investigator who was accompanied by a sheriff's deputy.
Donald Trump May Already Be Violating Campaign Laws
In his latest round of will-he-or-won’t-he, Donald Trump on Sunday got closer than ever to indicating he will run for president again, telling Fox Business he’s already made up his mind but can’t reveal his answer because of campaign finance issues. The thing is, experts told The Daily Beast, in his quest to avoid violating election laws, Trump may have done just that. Asked on Sunday about a possible 2024 bid, the former president told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, “I do know my answer, but I can’t reveal it yet because that has to do with campaign financing.
"I want to know the price tag and who's paying because this is absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous," Rutland Township Clerk Robin Hawthorne, told Channel 3.
Hawthorne said she was "offended" by the investigation.
"I've been a clerk for 18 years. I'm offended anyone would say there's anything hinky about my elections," she said.
Barry County Clerk Pam Palmer pointed out that "everything was canvassed and balanced perfectly," asserting that there was "no signs of fraud."
Bridge Michigan previously reported in early July that emails showed Leaf coordinated with Trump allies via email regarding his efforts to seize voting machines in Barry County. The news organization reported that the sheriff's attorney was in correspondence with pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell—who filed numerous widely criticized election challenge lawsuits in support of the former president—as well as retired General Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's White House national security adviser in 2017.
Embattled Texas Dems Plead for Voting Rights Action; Biden Gives Speech
Five hours before President Joe Biden was set to speak on the existential threat to American voting rights, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) made the stakes of Biden’s address crystal clear. “If he is serious about saving our ailing democracy, he will voice his support for, at the very least, reforming the filibuster to pass the For the People Act on a simple majority vote in the Senate,” Jones said in a statement, referring to Democrats’ bill to expand voter access and reform elections. “Anything less at this point,” Jones said, “is an insult to the voters, organizers, and activists who understand the dire stakes of this moment and are counting on him to act.
Flynn and Powell, along with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell among others, have been key to promoting Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen." This extraordinary allegation has already been thoroughly litigated and wholly discredited, but the former president and his loyalist supporters continue to promote the groundless claim to rally supporters
Palmer told Channel 3 that he thought Leaf may be attempting to access the voting machines to find a way to switch votes.
"I think what Dar is doing is using Barry County as a template trying to see if they can figure if there's a way these machines to switch the vote from Republican to Democrat or Democrat to Republican," the local county official said.
Barry County Undersheriff Jason Sixberry confirmed to the local news station that a deputy had been assigned to the investigation. However, he said that funds from the sheriff's office were not being used to pay the outside investigator who questioned local election officials.
Newsweek reached out to the sheriff's office for further comment on Saturday, but did not immediately receive a response.
AG Garland violates pledge to remain nonpolitical in fiery statement blasting state’s election laws
Attorney General Merrick Garland violated his pledge to avoid "politicizing" the Department of Justice (DOJ) by blasting state's election laws in a statement honoring the one year anniversary of the death of civil rights giant Democratic Rep. John Lewis. "Since 2013, there has been a dramatic rise across the country in legislative efforts that make it harder for millions of citizens to vote. This increase accelerated after the 2020 elections," Garland said in a Saturday morning statement. "The recent further narrowing of voting protections only underscores the need for legislative action.
Michigan already carried out the most-extensive audit of its 2020 election results in history, completing the process at the beginning of March. This included a thorough audit of the election procedures, the votes that tabulated the votes, and the ballots themselves, Detroit Free Press reported at the time.
"It is time for leaders across the political spectrum to tell their constituents the truth, that our election was the most secure in history, and the results accurately reflect the will of Michigan's voters," Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asserted in early March. Although Trump carried Michigan in 2016 by a narrow margin of just 0.2 percent, the midwestern state had gone for Democrats in every prior election going back to 1992.
Dozens of election challenge lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters have failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and fellow Republicans have rejected the often bizarre allegations. Audits and ballot recounts—including in key battleground states where Republicans who voted for Trump oversaw the election—have reaffirmed Biden's win.
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who was widely viewed as one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet officials, said in early December that there was "no evidence" to substantiate the claims of widespread fraud. Additionally, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security asserted after the election that it was the "most secure in American history." The federal agency, which was led by a Trump appointee at the time, said that there was "no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
LA Sheriff Refuses to Enforce New Mask Mandate: 'Not Backed by Science'
The county's Democratic party members have voted in favor of the sheriff's resignation as he has increasingly appeared on Fox News shows to criticize the city's Democratic leaders.The county's indoor mask mandate went back into effect on Saturday by order of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). The DPH cited rising COVID-19 case numbers as the reason for reinstating the mandate. The mandate requires all people to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Nonetheless, polling has shown that a significant majority of Republican voters do not believe that Biden is the legitimate president. Thousands of Trump supporters continue to regularly attend rallies led by Trump loyalists—like Lindell, Powell and Flynn—where debunked conspiracy theories and baseless claims about the election results are promoted.
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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Washington sheriff's detective: cops .
The prime suspect in Friday's fatal shooting of a Washington sheriff's detective was located and arrested in Oregon on Sunday, authorities said. Detectives from the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force and the Salem Police Department arrested Guillermo O. Raya in Salem, about 50 miles southwest of Portland. Authorities said Raya was the suspected shooter in the killing of 46-year-old Detective Jeremy Brown. He had been described as "armed and dangerous." Details about the arrest were not released by police.