Man accused of fatally driving car into Toronto police officer granted bail: lawyer

Umar Zameer faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Const. Jeffrey Northrup

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TORONTO — The lawyer for a man accused of killing a Toronto police officer says his client has been granted bail.

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Umar Zameer faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Const. Jeffrey Northrup.

The 55-year-old officer died on July 2 after being struck by a vehicle in what investigators have called a deliberate act while he was responding to a report of a robbery in a parking lot at Toronto City Hall.

Zameer’s lawyer, Nader Hasan, says his client’s family is pleased with the outcome of Wednesday’s bail hearing.

Hasan says the standard publication ban on bail hearings prevents him from discussing how the court reached its decision.

Toronto police says today’s decision is one step in a long judicial process and they remain saddened by Northrup’s death.



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Unvaxxed Florida man dies of COVID minutes before grandchild born

An unvaccinated Florida man died from COVID-19 minutes before he became a grandfather, a report said.

Shane O’Neal, 40, died on Sept. 3 just 19 minutes before his daughter Kylie Dean gave birth to a son in the Jacksonville area, USA Today reported.

Dean was in labor when she got the call her father wasn’t going to make it.

“I broke down and was literally sobbing,” Dean told the newspaper. “And my family and friends are standing at my window, watching me just literally break.”

O’Neal was planning to get vaccinated before he tested positive for the coronavirus last month, Dean told First Coast News in an interview while her dad was intubated. He hadn’t had any “underlying health conditions” but ended up in the hospital a week later, she said.

“To know him is simply to love him,” Dean said. “He’s a people person … He’s just a good, home-grown man.”

The family was trying to locate a life-sustaining ECMO machine, the report said.

Dean, an ICU nurse, already sees her father in newborn Preston, she told USA Today. Her father used to signal “I love you” in sign language and the baby sometimes seems to be making the same gesture, she said.

“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but it always brings me back to my dad when I see it,” she told the paper.

About 70 percent of eligible Floridians have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health.

In the week ending Sept. 16, there were more than 75,000 positive cases and 384 deaths related to the pandemic, according to department figures. More than 51,000 have died in the Sunshine State related to the virus, data show.



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FBI arrests man for planting bombs outside Michigan cellphone stores

The FBI has arrested a man for allegedly planting bombs outside cellphone stores in Northern Michigan, the agency announced Tuesday.

FBI Detroit Division Special Agent Timothy Waters announced that the arrest was made in connection to two incidents in which the man allegedly placed explosive devices outside of a Verizon store in Cheboygan and an AT&T store in Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 16.

Each of the devices was found inside of a US Postal Service box and sealed in black duct tape. The bombs had the letters “CMT” written on them and contained written threats to the comms companies, the FBI told the Associated Press earlier this week.

Both bombs were diffused and nobody was injured.

The letters are similar to ones found last month from a group calling themselves the “Coalition for Moral Telecommunications,” which also made demands from telecommunications companies, according to the FBI.

Waters said no more identifying information on the suspect can be released until he appears before a judge.

The homemade bomb was inside a USPS package sealed with black duct tape at the AT&T Store in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
The homemade bomb was inside a USPS package sealed with black duct tape at the AT&T Store in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
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“An investigation this fast-moving cannot be successful without good partnerships,” Waters said in a statement. “The tireless efforts and seamless coordination amongst all the investigative agencies were critical to quickly identifying and arresting the subject, disrupting the threat this individual posed to the public.”

Agencies involved in the investigation included the FBI, Michigan State Police, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Cheboygan Police Department, Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, Sault. Ste. Marie Tribal police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol and ATF.



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Man Who Filmed The Rodney King Video That Changed The Country Dies Of COVID-19

The Los Angeles plumber who recorded police officers beating Rodney King in 1991 passed away from COVID-19 Sunday, according to NBC News.

George Holliday had been in the hospital for more than a month, according to NBC News. He was not vaccinated and was put on a ventilator after contracting pneumonia, the outlet reported.

King was pulled over March 3, 1991, for allegedly driving while drunk and leading police on a high-speed chase when police hit him more than 50 times. He suffered skull fractures, broken bones, and brain damage from the assault. (RELATED: Traffic Stop Video Shows Police Officers Pepper-Spraying Army Officer In Uniform)

The stop outside Holliday’s home woke him up in the middle of the night. He was able to capture the incident on his video camera.

The jury later acquitted all the officers involved in the brutal assault April 29, 1992, reported NBC News. Riots and protests ensued throughout Los Angeles, killing more than 60 people.

King sued Los Angeles in 1994 and was awarded $3.8 million.

Holliday attempted to sell the video camera he used to film the incident last year for $225,000 but it was unclear if it ever sold, NBC News reported.





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Irish Catholic man assaulted for praying the Rosary in reparation for ‘pride’ parade, later suffers heart attack

COOKSTOWN, Ireland (LifeSiteNews) – Irish Catholic man Gerry McGeough was punched in the face while praying the Rosary as an act of reparation for a “pride parade” on September 18 in Cookstown, Ireland, and suffered a heart attack the next morning. He is now awaiting surgery.

“I was personally assaulted,” said Gerry McGeough, 63, after he was punched in the face while praying the Rosary on a street corner as a homosexual “pride” parade went down the street. 

“An individual filed with loathing and hatred came up and punched me in the face,” he continued, “And as a consequence [I] will find myself in hospital for several days [due to a heart attack].” 

The video shows roughly a dozen Catholics on the corner of the street praying and holding up a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima, at which point a woman approaches the group and stands in front of them. 

“Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord-” McGeough begins praying, when he is interrupted by the middle-aged woman punching him directly in the face. 

Immediately after the surprise assault, policemen can be seen lunging and grabbing the lady, apprehending her against the side of a building as onlookers call her behavior “ridiculous.” 

“For me getting punched like that, I offered [it] up to Our Lady, I offered up for the offense itself that has been given,” McGeough stated. 

“And please God there will be a turnaround in the mentality of people, because people have been very cowed down by the whole homosexual agenda and everything that hands it, the abortion issue and contraception, and you name it, everything that’s essentially anti-Catholic,” he added. 

McGeough organized the rally through a pro-life registered charity called the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation (ISFCC), who stated in the video description of the incident, “Please pray for Gerry who is recovering from a heart attack that he suffered on the morning following the incident.” 

The ISFCC was created with the intent “to resist, in the realm of ideas, the atheistic, liberal, and socialist trends of our times and proudly affirm the positive values of Christian Civilization, through the dissemination of religious articles and Catholic literature, especially of the message of Fatima.” 

McGeough said the prayer gathering was not a protest, but instead was “to pray a peaceful rosary of reparation for the offense given to God by a so-called ‘pride parade’ going through the town of Cookstown.” 

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Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.

Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary’s efforts to protect children.

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The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.

This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary’s borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.

Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna’s (Austria) deputy mayor distributed “Rainbow Family” information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border! 

But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has “discriminated” against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.

However, Hungary’s Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:

“This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.

In Hungary’s view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children’s development in a culturally traditional background.”

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Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes.”

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A spokesman for the ISFCC told LifeSite, “We consider public prayer to be of great importance. St Louis de Montfort said that public prayer was far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God, and that Holy Church guided by the Holy Ghost has always recommended public prayer in times of calamity.” 

“In the case of the Rosary in Cookstown, the event was organized in reparation for a public affront to God, that of celebrating the sin of sodomy, so the reparation also had to be public,” he continued. 

According to The Irish News, McGeough’s solicitor Aiden Carlin is requesting the police to treat the incident as an anti-Catholic hate crime, as McGeough was intentionally targeted for a peaceful expression of his faith. 

In a call-to-action, McGeough implores Catholics to “get out there and pray,” reminding them of the intense persecution, even unto death, that Catholics have historically endured to uphold the faith and keep it alive. 

“You might get punched in the face from time to time but that’s nothing compared to being thrown on a bonfire, shall we say ‘hang, drawn, and quartered,’ and who knows, it may well come to that in the future and if it does, we’re ready for it, simple as,” he concluded.  

McGeough is no stranger to standing up for the faith. He was recruited into the Irish Republican Army and the Sinn Féin party in the 1970s at the age of 16, but eventually renounced the left-wing nationalist party over their anti-Catholic views on abortion and homosexual “marriage.” 

Since his departure from the Sinn Féin party twenty years ago, McGeough has stood in staunch opposition to the group he once supported, preferring to peacefully spread the Catholic faith through his homeland of Ireland.  

“I, as an Irish nationalist and Catholic, never want to see the day when there are abortion clinics in every market town in Ireland,” he stated when he left Sinn Féin in 2001. 

“I believe that we have a God-given duty to ensure that the faith is kept alive and passed on to future generations,” he continued. 

In 2019, the first year abortion was legal in Ireland, an eerie 6,666 abortions were performed, something Liam Gibson, Political Officer of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), characterized as “truly shocking.”  

The ISFCC told LifeSite that McGeough is currently in hospital awaiting the insertion of a stent in response to his heart attack, and they are asking for everyone to “Pray for a full recovery for Gerry so that he can continue his courageous defense of the Catholic Faith.” 



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The third man: UK charges another Russian for nerve attack on double agent

A police officer stands at a cordon around the bench where former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after they were poisoned, in Salisbury, Britain March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

September 21, 2021

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) -British police said on Tuesday a third Russian had been charged in absentia with the 2018 Novichok murder attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal, saying they could also now confirm the three suspects were military intelligence operatives.

The attack on Skripal, who sold Russian secrets to Britain, caused one of the biggest rows between Russia and the West since the Cold War, leading to the tit-for-tat expulsion of dozens of diplomats after Britain pointed the finger of blame at Moscow.

Russia has rejected any involvement, casting the accusations as anti-Russian propaganda.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious, slumped on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March 2018. They and a police officer who went to his house were left critically ill in hospital from exposure to the military-grade nerve agent.

A woman later also died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the poison into the country.

In September 2018, British prosecutors charged two Russians, then identified by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with conspiracy to murder Skripal and the attempted murder of Yulia and the officer, Nick Bailey.

Dean Haydon, Britain’s Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said prosecutors had now authorised them to charge a third man, Sergey Fedotov, who was aged about 50, with the same offences. [L8N2QN2MN]

Haydon also said Petrov and Boshirov were really named Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, and Fedotov’s true name was Denis Sergeev. All three were believed to be in Russia, he said. Britain has no extradition treaty with Russia, and Moscow has so far refused to hand over Petrov and Boshirov.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said the issue would be raised with the Russian ambassador to London.

Russians “should recognise that our sense that justice must be done is not abated,” Johnson told Sky News in an interview while on a trip to the United States.

The Russian foreign ministry said Britain was using the poisoning to stoke anti-Russian sentiment.

‘DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS’

The Skripal suspects were a three-man GRU team which had carried out operations on behalf of the Russian state in other countries, and there had been discussions with Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, Haydon said.

“We can’t go into the detail of how, but we have the evidence that links them to the GRU,” Haydon told reporters, the first time police had categorically identified them as Russian spies. “All three of them are dangerous individuals.”

As with the other two Russians, British police had obtained an arrest warrant for Fedotov and they were applying for Interpol notices against him, he said.

The police announcement came on the same day that the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned at a London hotel with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope.

British police say Petrov and Boshirov carried out the Skripal attack, while Fedotov met them several times over the weekend of March 2-4 when the poisoning occurred.

After they were accused by Britain, Boshirov and Petrov appeared on Russian TV to say they were tourists who had travelled to Salisbury to do some sightseeing.

“There’s the famous Salisbury Cathedral. It’s famous not only in Europe, but in the whole world. It’s famous for its 123 metre-spire,” Boshirov said.

(additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellanEditing by Guy Faulconbridge and Peter Graff)





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Pennsylvania Could Put a Homeless Man in Prison Over 43 Cents – Reason.com

A homeless man in Pennsylvania faces years in prison for not reading the fine print.

Joseph Sobolewski picked up a single Mountain Dew from a convenience store, listed as two for $3, according to Penn Live. He left $2 on the counter on his way out the door, unaware that the price only applied if he bought two. Rather than write off the difference—43 cents, including tax—to a misunderstanding, the clerk called the police, who tracked down Sobolewski and charged him for the theft.

Unfortunately, Sobolewski has two prior theft convictions, and under Pennsylvania’s “three strikes” law, the act of paying for most of, but not an entire, beverage requires he be charged with a felony, and face a potential jail sentence of up to seven years. Additionally, despite there being no force or threat of violence involved with the offense, Sobolewski was held with bail set at $50,000—which, to a homeless person with negligible income, may as well be $5 million.

Under the law in question, even though a first offense is treated akin to a speeding ticket, any third retail theft is treated as a third-degree felony, akin to stealing merchandise worth more than $1,000. Sobolewski’s two previous convictions involved stealing a tank of gasoline, and a pair of shoes from Kmart, with each incident occurring a decade ago.

Sobolewski’s case presents a clear example of the fundamental backwardness of how the American criminal justice system operates: For the cumulative theft of goods worth less than $100 over more than 10 years, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Three-strikes laws exist in multiple states and jurisdictions, with stories just as brutally unfair as this one. In Florida, septuagenarian Andrew Sweet was sentenced to three years in prison for “stealing three bags of pistachio nuts and a box of Folgers coffee—worth a total of $44.85—from a Publix. Because of two prior petty theft convictions from 1980 and 1992, the third offense became an automatic felony.” Just like Sobolewski, Sweet was listed as homeless. Elsewhere, a grandfather serves a life sentence for selling marijuana.

Three-strikes laws exact a terrible toll, consigning minor offenders to long stretches in prison and distorting the fundamental constitutional principle that people should face neither “excessive fines, nor cruel and unusual punishments.”



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Man arrested at media-hyped ‘Justice for J6’ rally was actually federal agent; prosecutor declines charges

The media-hyped “Justice for J6” rally was promised to be the sequel to the Jan. 6 riot at Capitol Hill. With a massive police presence, many of whom were dressed in full riot gear, and the Capitol barricaded, the rally turned out to be a complete dud.

There was, however, one arrest of a man who was found to be in possession of a firearm. But it turned out that man was a federal agent.

What are the details?

The man who was arrested is a 27-year-old U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent from New Jersey. He was taken into custody after people at the rally reported seeing him with a firearm.

The United States Capitol Police initially said the man was being charged with violating 40 U.S. Code § 5104 for carrying a firearm on federal property where it is illegal to possess a firearm.

However, the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., said prosecutors were “not moving forward with charges,” the Associated Press reported. The office did not provide additional details.

The CBP agent was not at the rally in an official capacity.

CBP said they were aware of the arrest and are cooperating with the investigation. “CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers to adhere to the oath they take to uphold the laws of this country,” the agency added.

The fate of the CBP agent is entirely different than that of a Drug Enforcement Agent who attended the Jan. 6 rally. That agent, who was also off duty, was hit with numerous charges after flashing his badge and concealed firearm during the riot.

Anything else?

Despite claims the “Justice for J6” rally would bring more violence to the Capitol, media and law enforcement easily outnumbered the number of demonstrators who turned out for the rally, the AP reported.

Only two people, in fact, were arrested during the rally: The CBP agent and another demonstrator who possessed a knife. Two others were arrested around the Capitol area Saturday morning on outstanding warrants completely unrelated to the rally.





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The third man: UK charges another Russian for nerve attack on double agent

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LONDON — British police said on Tuesday a third Russian had been charged in absentia with the 2018 Novichok murder attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal, saying they could also now confirm the three suspects were military intelligence operatives.

The attack on Skripal, who sold Russian secrets to Britain, caused the biggest row between Russia and the West since the Cold War, leading to the tit-for-tat expulsion of dozens of diplomats after Britain pointed the finger of blame at Moscow.

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Russia has rejected any involvement, casting the accusations as anti-Russian propaganda.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious, slumped on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March 2018, and they, along with a police officer who went to his house, were left critically ill in hospital from exposure to the military-grade nerve agent.

A woman later also died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle in which police believe it had been smuggled into the country.

In September 2018, British prosecutors charged two Russians, then identified by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with conspiracy to murder Skripal and the attempted murder of Yulia and the officer, Nick Bailey.

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Dean Haydon, the UK’s Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said prosecutors had now authorized them to charge a third man, Sergey Fedotov, who was aged about 50, with the same offenses.

Haydon also said Petrov and Boshirov were really named Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, and that Fedotov’s true identity was Denis Sergeev.

They were a three-man GRU team which had carried out operations on behalf of the Russian state in other countries, and there had been discussions with Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, he said, the first time that the police had categorically identified them as Russian spies.

“We can’t go into the detail of how, but we have the evidence that links them to the GRU,” Haydon told reporters, describing them as highly-trained. “All three of them are dangerous individuals.”

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As with the other two Russians, British police had obtained an arrest warrant for Fedotov and they were applying for Interpol notices against him, he said.

All three men were now believed to be in Russia, with whom Britain has no extradition treaty and the Russian authorities had so far offered no cooperation, Haydon added.

The police announcement comes on the same day that the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia was was responsible for the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned at a London hotel with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)



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Man who recorded Los Angeles beating of Rodney King dies of COVID-19 complications

George Holliday, the man who recorded the grainy video of four Los Angeles police department officers beating Rodney King in 1991, has died due to complications from COVID-19. Holliday was reportedly hospitalized in L.A. for nearly a month before passing away Sunday. 

According to the Associated Press, Holliday, 61, contracted pneumonia and was placed on a ventilator in recent days – he had not been vaccinated.

In early March of 1991, Holliday, a plumber by trade, awoke from sleep to the sound of a commotion at a nearby traffic stop. He then recorded the infamous incident, which showed officers kicking, punching and using a stun gun on King. The close-to 9-minute video would become key evidence in the trial against the officers nearly a year later. 

The officers were ultimately acquitted in spring of 1992, which led  to the Los Angeles riots. 

King went on to be award $3.8 million in a suit against Los Angeles. He died at the age of 47, in 2012, after drowning in his backyard swimming pool. 



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