Joe Biden Pushes to Confirm DOJ Picks in Derek Chauvin Verdict Speech

President Joe Biden advocated for his Department of Justice (DOJ) nominees to be confirmed during his address to the nation following the Derek Chauvin trial verdict on Tuesday.

“I’ve also nominated two key Justice Department nominees, Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, who are imminently qualified, highly respected lawyers who have spent their entire careers fighting to advance racial equity and justice,” Biden said.

“Vanita and Kristen have the experience and the skill necessary to advance our administration’s priorities to root out unconstitutional policing and reform our criminal justice system, and they deserve to be confirmed,” he continued.

In March, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and four Republican attorneys general wrote to Biden asking him to withdraw Gupta’s nomination to be the next associate attorney general, saying her support for defunding law enforcement and other “radical” views disqualified her, Breitbart News reported.

“Ms. Gupta’s past comments and track record have demonstrated her disinterest in meaningful police reform in favor of destructive policies that would defund the police,” the attorneys general said.

“Her nomination will further divide our nation instead of implementing policies to protect our communities and support law enforcement,” they continued.

Clarke, who is Biden’s nominee to serve as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, was scrutinized last week during a hearing for an op-ed she wrote calling to “defund the police,” according to Breitbart News.

“Republicans at the hearing who intensively questioned Clarke, who now claims she does not want to defund the police, include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR),” the article said.

On Thursday, Cruz criticized Gupta during a speech on the Senate floor, saying there was no doubt she is a “hard left partisan radical.”

Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty on Tuesday on the three charges he faced in the death of George Floyd.

The charges were second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, Breitbart News reported.

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Maxine Waters Requested Police Escort to Minneapolis Protests

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) reportedly asked for a police escort to Minneapolis over the weekend where she urged activists to “stay in the streets” during protests against police.

Townhall obtained and published the document on Monday appearing to show the request with Waters’ name listed as the primary protectee and “Police escort In & Out” listed underneath special requests.

“Waters flew from Dulles International Airport to Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 17, just days ahead of a verdict in the George Floyd, Officer Derek Chauvin trial,” the report said.

Video footage showed Waters surrounded by protesters and reporters outside the police station in Brooklyn Center where she told citizens to hit the streets unless Chauvin was convicted for murder.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” she said. “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, if nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.”

However, Waters claimed Monday she is “nonviolent” in response to criticism after her call to protesters to “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is cleared in Floyd’s death, Breitbart News reported.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to take action against the congresswoman because of her comments.

“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” he tweeted Sunday:

McCarthy later exclusively told Breitbart News he will move to formally censure Waters over her call to violence in Minnesota:

McCarthy’s move, which comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to hold Waters accountable, will force a censure vote in the House. Pelosi cannot stop McCarthy’s resolution censuring Waters from receiving a vote, because it is a privileged resolution. If Democrats lose just three of their members on this vote and all Republicans vote for it, then Waters will be formally censured by the House and likely lose her powerful position as chair of the Financial Services Committee.

“Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire,” McCarthy explained in a statement.

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Anarchists Targeting Crews in ‘Day to Day Assault’

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) EMTs and paramedics are being attacked and need help but no one is listening, their union chief claims.

Since the beginning of the year, the windows of at least four ambulances have been smashed and vehicles parked outside an EMS [Emergency Medical Services] base in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, have been vandalized, according to Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507 of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors union.

“On Jan. 1, an EMS crew was driving on Marcus Garvey Boulevard near Quincy Street just before 6 p.m. when someone hurled an unknown object, smashing a passenger side window, police said. No one was reported injured,” the New York Post noted.

Barzilay told the Post his crews are being targeted, adding the most recent incident happened when someone threw a brick at crews responding to a call.

“These incidents are causing a delay in getting the public the help they need as these units are placed off-service for investigation, the wellness of our members and repairs,” he continued.

On Tuesday, two ambulances near FDNY EMS Station 57 reportedly had “FTP” spraypainted on them, which is slang for “Fuck the police,” according to the Post.

The union chief asserted his crews come up against “day-to-day assault,” but receive no safety, self-defense, or de-escalation training and have 20-year-old bulletproof vests to wear.

In December, an ambulance team was allegedly ambushed and robbed at gunpoint in Brooklyn, according to Breitbart News.

The team, consisting of a man and woman, arrived at an address noted on a 911 call only to make it to the building’s 11th floor where they were reportedly robbed.

“The suspect(s) allegedly ‘took their supply bag’ and sent them back to their ambulance. The bag was later recovered ‘with the radio and tablet missing,’” the article read.

During his interview, the union president said there was no indication anything was being done to address their concerns about safety.

“The [FDNY] department is only reactive when someone gets killed,” he stated.

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Officials Close TX Facility for Unaccompanied Migrant Girls

Around 450 unaccompanied teen migrant girls relocated from a Houston housing facility Saturday and authorities have reportedly not offered much information about the closure.

However, an immigrant advocate claimed it was due to an incident that took place there on Friday, Fox News reported.

The advocate said ambulances and law enforcement vehicles were spotted outside the building located near Bush Intercontinental Airport and cited information he reportedly received from an employee of his group.

“There seemed to be a lot of confusion as to what was happening,” said Cesar Espinosa, director of the group FIEL Houston.

“The people that were there looked like they were in a sad stance, kind of with their head down and seemed like they were wiping tears away,” he explained.

The Fox article continued:

The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that the closure followed its reporting about crowding at the facility — and that an adult staffer from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had died there Friday night in an incident that was unrelated to the transfer of the girls. The girls at the Houston facility had been there since April 1.

The site was known as an Emergency Intake Site for Unaccompanied Children and operated by the National Association of Christian Churches, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The death of the volunteer, who was also a federal employee, was not related to the site’s closure, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) told ABC 13.

The volunteer reportedly experienced a medical emergency Friday and later passed away.

“That was the only reason that there were ambulances there the night before,” the representative said, adding the person’s death was due to underlying health conditions.

It was not immediately clear what led up to the episode and the person’s name is not public.
Espinosa told reporters he toured the facility and claimed there was no room for social distancing.

“They were only allowed to get up from their cot to use the restroom as well as to shower,” Espinosa commented, adding everything brought in was temporary, such as showers and restrooms.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement on Saturday regarding the closure:

Today, HHS announced that all of the children in HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) care at the Emergency Intake Site (EIS) for Unaccompanied Children at the National Association of Christian Churches site in Houston, Texas (NACC Houston) will be immediately unified with sponsors or transferred to an appropriate ORR facility.

Meanwhile, U.S. Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security detention facilities have been flooded with Central American migrants smuggled into the country by cartel-connected actors, Breitbart News reported on April 2.

“Some of those facilities are at 10-times their capacity as officials try to move arriving migrants along the process, while others are released without court dates,” the outlet said.

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DOJ Sues Roger Stone, Alleging Nearly $2 Million in Unpaid Taxes

Plaintiff, the United States of America, brings this civil action to reduce to judgment and collect unpaid federal income tax liabilities owed by Defendants Roger J. Stone and Nydia B. Stone (collectively “Roger and Nydia Stone” or “the Stones”) for the years 2007 through 2011 and 2018. Drake Ventures LLC (“Drake Ventures”) is liable for these tax liabilities as an alter ego of the Stones. Similarly, the United States asserts a claim against the Bertran Family Revocable Trust (“Bertran Trust”), which holds title to the condominium where the Stones reside— (the “Stone Residence”)—as their nominee.

Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones’ use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

However, Stone reportedly said his tax bill has been public knowledge for a long time, and described the claims of his lavish lifestyle as “a laughable joke,” according to the New York Post.

“This is yet another example of the Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department in violation of the rule of law. I will fight these politically motivated charges and I will prevail again,” he commented.

In December, former President Donald Trump issued pardons to sixteen people, including Stone.

“Trump also pardoned political operative Roger Stone, after commuting his prison sentence in July, citing the unfair investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Breitbart News reported.

The lawsuit alleged the Stones “used Drake Ventures to receive payments that are payable to Roger Stone personally, pay their personal expenses, shield their assets, and avoid reporting taxable income to the IRS.”

The case is United States v. Stone, No. 0:21-cv-25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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Girl Raises over $1K for Children’s Hospital, Animal Rescue

A girl who was stuck inside her Locke, New York, home, when her dad tested positive for the coronavirus in January, used the time wisely.

Eight-year-old Kendall Manuel kept herself busy thanks to a teacher who dropped off the items she needed to keep making potholders from cotton loops, an effort that began as a school assignment, CNY Central reported Friday.

Since she began, Kendall has made more than 150 potholders and has yet to slow down.

“I wanted to keep going because they’re fun,” said the artistic child, who makes about three a day.

In the beginning, Kendall decided to sell them and her mother, Amy, thought her daughter was going to spend the money.

“I thought for sure she’d be buying her Nintendo Switch, as she says – no!” Amy noted.

Instead, Kendall chose to give the funds to Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Home Stretch Dog Haven in Moravia.

“When she told me I instantly started crying because I was so proud,” her mom said, adding, “at her age I never would have thought of that.”

The animal rescue shared photos Sunday of Kendall with her potholders and urged people to visit her Facebook page:

Kendall has been making pot holders and selling them to raise money for the dog rescue! Stop by her page at Kendall’s Potholder’s and check things out!

Posted by The Home Stretch Dog Haven, Inc on Sunday, April 11, 2021

So far, the young artisan has raised more than $1,300 and people keep asking for their own hand-made potholders. In every order, Kendall includes a handwritten thank you note.

“I love making potholders, so I wanted to keep doing it for other people,” she explained.

The animal rescue shared a photo Monday of Kendall with a load of items she donated to the organization that included toys, treats, and cleaning items:

Kendall came to the Haven with so much wonderful stuff! Not only did she donate all of these items for the dogs but she donated money also! Please stop by her Facebook page..

Posted by The Home Stretch Dog Haven, Inc on Monday, April 12, 2021

In a post on Saturday, her product’s Facebook page said she was still taking orders and donations.

“Along with doing her school work and making potholders, Kendall is still doing chores to earn enough money to buy the Nintendo switch that she gave up so that she could donate the money that she has made from the potholders! This 8 year old is AMAZING!” the post concluded.

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Old Dog Tags Found Inside 445 Pound SC Alligator’s Belly

The owner of a butcher and taxidermy shop in Ravenel, South Carolina, said his team recently discovered five dog tags and several other items inside the belly of a 12-foot alligator.

“The gator, which weighed in at 445 pounds, was killed by Ned McNeely, who owns the Adams Run property where he found it,” WCSC reported Friday.

He transported the creature to Cordray’s to have it processed where the team later found the items, the outlet said.

The state reportedly bases the number of tags hunters get based on their acreage and the alligator population.

“McNeely said he has twin 7-year-old girls, three labs and a variety of duck impoundments at his property as well as a lot of swampland near the Edisto River,” the WCSC report stated.

He asked the shop’s Kenneth Cordray about looking inside the alligator’s stomach and Cordray said that is not something the team normally does but decided to grant his request.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the business shared photos of the animal and detailed the other items the employee’s found.

“5 dog tags, 1 bullet jacket, 1 spark plug, loads of turtle shells, and several bobcat claws were inside. Two of the tags were legible and one phone number still worked. The owner said he had that lease 24 years ago and those were from his deer dogs. Pretty interesting,” the post read:

Ned McNeely brought in this 12’ long 445 lb. private land gator this morning! We don’t usually open up the stomach but…

Posted by Cordray’s on Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cordray picked up the phone and dialed the number on one of the dog tags.

“I talked to him and he was an older gentleman and he said that he had a lease down on the other side of the river from where the gator was killed, 24 years ago,” he commented, adding that because there were so many alligators there, dogs do go missing.

“And that’s what they always figured is the dogs got eaten by the gators,” he noted.

The men had difficulty estimating the creature’s age, but McNeely described it as “an old man.”

“They grow according to their habitat and their food supply and their population,” Cordray explained, adding, “But, I mean, he’s up there because he was big enough to eat [full grown hunting dogs] 25 years ago.”

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the American alligator is the only crocodilian native to the state and can live to be more than 60-years-old.

McNeely has so far not made up his mind about what to do with the animal once it is processed.

“My wife is upset with me because I’m talking about doing a full mount, or I might do a rug mount. I haven’t decided just yet,” he said.

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Portland Plans to Combat Crime with Unarmed Park Rangers

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler reportedly backed down from his request the police bureau be given $2 million in emergency funds and instead voted with city commissioners to spend $6 million on grants to community groups and also hire 24 park rangers.

“The deal gives police no money but calls for the Portland Police Bureau to assemble a new gun violence team to replace the one eliminated last June, when the city defunded its police by $15 million in the midst of nightly social justice protests,” Fox News reported Friday.

The group will be known as the Focus Intervention Team (FIT) and have civilian oversight, the article read.

However, Police Chief Chuck Lovell expressed concern that it could be hard to find officers who want to join FIT and may cause staffing shortages.

“We’re so lean right now, it’s really hard to find a place where there’s a dozen officers to pull from,” he commented.

Jim Ferraris, who is president of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, said the Portland Police Bureau is one of the most understaffed departments in the nation and bringing in park rangers will not curb gun violence.

“Park rangers aren’t really going to have an impact,” he noted, adding, “That’s not what they’re trained for, that’s not what they’re hired for, that’s not what they signed up for. They don’t even have ballistic vests for protection.”

According to the Fox article, park rangers carry pepper spray and a radio.

“Their job is to de-escalate conflict. But if a situation becomes unmanageable or a weapon is involved, police are called,” KOIN reported.

Portland for Positive Impact Founder Randy Philbrick echoed Ferraris’ comments during an interview with Fox 12.

“I know the level of respect they won’t get as we’ve already seen this week with a couple park rangers getting a Taser pulled on them, so we’re setting these guys up for failure,” he commented.

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Troopers Surprise Girl Who Lost Parents with Easter Gifts

State troopers in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut joined forces to make Easter special for a little girl who recently lost her parents.

Connecticut State Police shared a video Saturday of troopers delivering the big surprise, reported.

“New Hampshire State Troopers met Eyvie a few months ago when she tragically lost both of her parents in separate incidents,” the post read:

The New Hampshire State Police weren’t able to make the trip to Connecticut, but they wanted to make sure a few special presents made their way to their friend Eyvie. New Hampshire State Troopers passed Eyvie’s gifts to our friends at the Massachusetts State Police who then met with Connecticut State Troopers from the Traffic Services Unit, Public Information Office, and the Connecticut D.A.R.E. Program to coordinate the delivery to Eyvie this morning.

The video showed the excited little girl squeal with delight as she opened her Easter presents while the troopers watched:

We would like to thank our state police neighbors to the north for including us on this very special assignment which took place today! Today, the New Hampshire State Police coordinated the surprise delivery of a very special package to young Eyvie. New Hampshire State Troopers met Eyvie a few months ago when she tragically lost both of her parents in separate incidents. The New Hampshire State Police weren’t able to make the trip to Connecticut, but they wanted to make sure a few special presents made their way to their friend Eyvie. New Hampshire State Troopers passed Eyvie’s gifts to our friends at the Massachusetts State Police who then met with Connecticut State Troopers from the Traffic Services Unit, Public Information Office, and the Connecticut D.A.R.E. Program to coordinate the delivery to Eyvie this morning. We are honored to have been given the opportunity to take part and meet Eyvie. She is an amazingly strong and resilient girl and we were honored she shared her bright smile with us this morning!

Posted by Connecticut State Police on Saturday, April 3, 2021

“We are honored to have been given the opportunity to take part and meet Eyvie. She is an amazingly strong and resilient girl and we were honored she shared her bright smile with us this morning!” the department said.

Meanwhile, school officials in Madison Heights, Michigan, recently identified families in need of support, and local officers stepped in to make the special Easter deliveries, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

“The kids were just ripping up their Easter baskets and I literally sat down and I started crying and my son was like, ‘Why are you crying? We’re happy,’ I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m crying,’” one mother told the outlet:

Police Chief Corey Haines said he hoped the gesture let community members know how much officers with the department care about them.

“We’re here to be servants, to be civil servants and to assist in any way we can,” he explained.

A similar instance occurred Friday in Forward Township, Pennsylvania, where local officers also gave neighbors some Easter goodies, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

“Don’t be surprised if you find an Easter basket on your doorstep today,” a post on the department’s Facebook page read:

Don’t be surprised if you find an Easter basket on your doorstep today. Myself and Officer Barrerio will be out and…

Posted by Forward Township Police Department on Friday, April 2, 2021

“Myself and Officer Barrerio will be out and about delivering a few baskets to Forward Township residents. -Chief Stoffer (aka The Easter Bunny),” it concluded.

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Woman Allegedly Shoots at Burger King Workers over Wait Time

A drive-thru order took a bad turn on Tuesday when a woman allegedly opened fire into the window of a Burger King in Memphis, Tennessee, according to police.

“The Memphis Police Department said it all started when a woman got angry about how long she was waiting for her food at a Burger King on Winchester Road,” Fox 13 reported.

The woman was reportedly in the drive-thru line when she exited her car, approached the window, then began arguing with an employee.

Memphis police detailed the events in a Facebook post on Friday, along with photos of the suspect who appeared to be wearing a blue jacket with a red hood:

Video surveillance shows the suspect retrieve a black handgun from the vehicle, extend her upper body through the drive-thru window, and fire several shots at the Burger King workers. The workers fled from the gunfire through the rear door of the business and were unharmed. The suspect was accompanied by a male who was the driver of the gray sedan.

According to police, no arrests have yet been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Aggravated Assault5305 Winchester RoadReport#2103012830MEOn Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Memphis Police responded to a…

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, April 2, 2021

One resident told Fox 13 he was not surprised when he heard about the shooting.

“More security, more police in the area [would] probably help,” said Eddie House.

Another resident, Dewayne Wilson, was relieved no one was injured during the incident.

“Kids weren’t there so, you know, that’s the thing,” he commented, adding, “That’s kind of messed up. I’m glad that everyone’s okay.”

Citizens with information about the suspect’s identity were asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. Tipsters will receive a secret ID number and their identity will remain anonymous, the department’s post read.

“You can also submit your tip at where you will be able to review wanted fugitives and safely send investigators any helpful information on the suspect or suspects responsible for this crime,” it concluded.

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