More Than 180 Protesters Arrested At Rally For Dreamers As Congress Drags Its Feet

WASHINGTON ― More than 180 people, including two Democratic House members, were arrested Wednesday in an act of civil disobedience on the U.S. Capitol steps, while demanding that lawmakers inside the building take swift action to help young undocumented immigrants.

They were trying to draw attention to the plight of the so-called Dreamers, whom Democrats and Republicans alike have said they wanted to help after President Donald Trump ended the deportation protection program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Even Trump, who frequently disparages undocumented immigrants, has expressed some sympathy.

The difficulty for immigrants and their allies has been to convince lawmakers of the need to act immediately, and specifically to include Dreamer protections in year-end spending measures.

“What do we want? The Dream Act. When do we want it? Now,” protesters chanted, raising fists clad in matching green gloves as U.S. Capitol Police led them away from the steps. Two lawmakers, Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), were arrested along with the advocates.

But inside the Capitol building, the Dreamer issue remained at a standstill. Republican leaders have shown little inclination to do anything for Dreamers immediately, and it’s not clear whether Democrats have the votes to force the issue as part of a government funding bill that must pass by Friday, or in a subsequent bill if Congress approves a two-week funding extension.

Those arrested on Wednesday, the thousands of people who participated in an immigration rally in D.C. before the civil disobedience, and other allies won’t accept a delay until next year, Gutiérrez said.

“There will be no tolerance [for delay],” he told reporters. “That would be an act of betrayal. You can’t do it ― it’s got to be this year.”

Gutiérrez said he’s optimistic. He and 24 other Democratic House members vowed in November to oppose government funding bills if they did not get a fix for Dreamers who will or already have lost DACA protections. One Republican, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, has said the same. Gutiérrez said that on Wednesday afternoon, a member of the Democratic whip team had asked him if he would vote against a two-week funding extension if it didn’t include help for Dreamers ― which Gutiérrez said was a good sign.

Some immigrant rights advocates rallied on the steps of the Capitol in an act of civil disobedience. (Alex Wong via Getty Images)Some immigrant rights advocates rallied on the steps of the Capitol in an act of civil disobedience. (Alex Wong via Getty Images)

But Democratic lawmakers aren’t united on the matter. Some have said they would not be willing to vote to shut down the government, and in the Senate, Republicans would need only eight Democrats to vote yes on the funding bill if they kept their own party together.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the leading advocate of the Dream Act and the Democratic whip, gave no firm answer when asked whether his caucus would hold firm against a spending package without DACA measures, as he has previously said he would do.

“We’ll see,” he told reporters. “We’re working on trying to come up with a bipartisan approach.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is often cited as one of the Democrats who would vote against government funding over the DACA fix, did not give a yes or no answer when asked whether she would be willing to support a bill without Dreamer measures. She had said in October that she would “not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country,” which includes some wiggle room: Being “clear about” what to do isn’t necessarily the same thing as passing legislation.

“I’m hoping that we still have room for that to happen,” Harris told HuffPost when asked how she would vote if DACA wasn’t in the deal. “It’s a critical issue. I’m going to wait and see how we progress.”

The most recent proposal from Senate Republicans on DACA ― temporary protections with no path to citizenship, coupled with a slew of conservative priorities for border measures, easier deportations and lower legal immigration ― was rejected by Durbin as soon as it was publicly announced on Wednesday.

The critical moment may come Thursday in a meeting among Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Ahead of the meeting, Trump again said on Wednesday that Democrats want “to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country,” an inauspicious framing of the Dreamer proposals for those who want them in the deal.

McConnell and Ryan each said in the past week that it was not an immediate necessity to address the DACA program, which Trump rescinded in September with a call for Congress to act by March 2018. DACA recipients whose protections will expire after March 5, 2018, were not permitted to renew those protections this year. Should Congress fail to act by March, about 1,000 of them per day would begin leaving the work force and become at risk of deportation.

But March isn’t the real “deadline,” immigrant rights advocates argue, because some Dreamers are already losing protections. An estimated 122 DACA recipients per day have seen their permits expire since Trump rescinded the program.

That’s why, according to advocates, a Dreamer fix is needed urgently. If it isn’t part of a spending deal, some of Wednesday’s protesters had a suggestion on what lawmakers should do about government funding.

“Shut it down,” they chanted.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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African American Arrested for Drinking Iced Tea in Parking Lot Cleared After Two Years


He was doing nothing other than standing in a parking lot and drinking a can of iced tea. But he found out that this can apparently get you arrested, all on it’s own.

Two men had been outside waiting for friends to arrive. They were standing in the parking lot outside of a state-owned ABC Liquor Store. One of those two men was Christopher Lamont Beatty. He was holding a canned beverage, while his friend, Tino Brown, was on his cell phone.

A unidentified and ununiformed man came up to Beatty and demanded to know what he was drinking. The man said he was “the police”, but failed to produce any badge or identifying proof that he was a member of law enforcement.

The ununiformed cop said he was sure the two were drinking alcohol. In reality, however, Tino Brown’s drink turned out to not be alcohol at all. Beatty, for his part, had refused to hand his drink over. He showed it to the unidentified officer, proving that it was only an AriZona-brand drink, “Half-and-Half” iced tea and pink lemonade — not alcohol.

The unidentified stranger told Beatty was under arrest. It turned out this guy actually was a cop, an Alcohol and Beverage Control Law Enforcer, Rick Libero. Officer Libero threw Beatty face-down to the concrete in handcuffs.

Watch the video of the entire incident below…

Prosecutors pressured Beatty to accept a plea deal, but he held out and now he has finally been vindicated. According to the Fayetteville Observer, the Cumberland County District Court Judge Lou Olivera decided to dismiss the charges against Beatty last Thursday. Judge Olivera said that the stop was unconstitutional and that the officer had no reasonable suspicion to stop and question Beatty.

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WATCH: Off-Duty Newark Officer Arrested For Firing Gun From His Pickup Truck


NEWARK, Ohio – A Newark police officer was arrested over the weekend, accused of discharging his firearm from his pickup truck.

Authorities say they got called to Surrey Drive and found shell casings. Officers say they were also near North 21st Street and State Route 16, where they heard more shots, and saw a pickup truck matching the description witnesses gave them earlier.

Authorities say officers stopped the truck and recognized the driver as Newark Police officer Todd Brunton. Inside his car, they found a gun which appeared to have been recently fired. They also say the casings found on the scene matched the gun. Authorities arrested officer Brunton on the spot. Mary, who didn’t want to give her last name, said she knows officer Brunton and finds this shocking.

“I was sick. I just, it’s still unbelievable cause that’s not Todd,” said Mary.

Just last year, the Newark Police Department posted on their Facebook page a fundraiser for officer Brunton to help raise money for his family after he was diagnosed with a non-curable form of leukemia.

Source: http://nbc4i.com/2017/11/27/newark-officer-accused-of-firing-gun-off-duty-in-neighborhood/

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  • thats not him? how is that not him? admittedly he is looney like most cops from steroid addiction but he fired his gun and left casings on the ground. of well we back in the wile wile wesst rite billy?
    dam rite.

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WATCH: IMPD Officer Arrested Following Computer Tampering Investigation


INDIANAPOLIS – Termination has been recommended for a 10-year veteran member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

According to IMPD, an investigation into computer tampering allegations against 31-year-old Francisco Olmos began in November 2015. Police say it was due to his off-duty activity at a death investigation crime scene.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says on Nov. 2, 2015, an 18-year-old female committed suicide and had known Olmos for nine months.

Olmos is accused of accessing the woman’s phone and deleting messages between himself and the suicide victim.

However, it was because of the lack in advancement in technology that detectives were not able to forensically examine the cellphone recovered at the crime scene until August 2017.

The findings of the investigation were turned over to IMPD Chief Bryan Roach, who immediately suspended Olmos without pay and suggested termination from the force.

In addition to IMPD’s recommendation, Olmos is charged with obstruction of justice and computer trespass.

Olmos has been with IMPD since October 2007.

Source: http://wishtv.com/2017/11/30/impd-officer-arrested-termination-recommended-following-computer-tampering-investigation/

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Cops & Gov’t Workers Arrested in Massive Sting, People Buying Kids as Young as 4 for Sex

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Trenton, NJ — Scores of people were arrested this week in a multi-agency sting that targeted child predators. “Operation Safety Net” was led by the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and took down 79 predators, some of whom were attempting to purchase children as young as 4-years-old for sex.

Setting this sting apart from the multiple other stings throughout the country is the fact that it concentrated solely on children instead of simply busting willing adults paying for consensual sex.

As TFTP has reported in the past, arresting consenting adults engaging in sex for money causes far more problems than it prevents by pushing the sex trade into the criminal market and actually fostering illegal human trafficking. Concentrating law enforcement efforts on stopping those who go after children is a much more effective and moral crusade than busting consenting adults for sex.

Operation Safety Net ensnared some of the region’s vilest child predators who Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino’s office called “hands-on” offenders. According to NBC 10, these sickos included George Castillo, 36, of Inglewood, California, who authorities said asked undercover police detectives to send a 4-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl to Los Angeles for sex.

He was arrested at the Los Angeles airport when he showed up to meet the girls, Porrino’s office said.

Castillo faces federal charges of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and production of child pornography, as well as state charges that include child trafficking, according to the report.

Another disgusting human being to be swept up in the sting was Joseph Donohew, 26, of Brownsburg, Indiana, who tried to offer an undercover detective money to have sex with a 9-year-old girl. He had bought the girl a nightgown from a Disney movie, authorities said. He was charged in Indiana with attempted child molestation, according to NBC 10.

To illustrate just how wide-spread the problem is, law enforcement arrested at least one person in every single county in the state, as well as some from out of state.

It wasn’t just basement dwellers and recluses who were busted either. Included in the 79 arrests was a police officer from Trenton—Paul Marinelli, a 20 year veteran of the department—a teacher, a postal worker, and multiple successful IT professionals.

Marinelli was also just arrested in September for possession of child porn and pleaded not guilty. However, it appears that he was able to keep his job on paid suspension only to be busted 2 months later for similar charges.

To aid them in their bust, police used the only electronics sniffing dog in the country to help sniff out USB drives disguised as Lego bricks and other small items like cufflinks.

“The men we arrested lurked in the shadows of the internet and social media, looking for opportunities to sexually assault young children or to view such unspeakable assaults by sharing child pornography,” Porrino said in the statement. “We set up a wide safety net in this operation to snare these alleged predators and to protect children, which remains our highest priority.”

What this sting illustrates is that the problem of child sex abuse exists in all walks of life, including those tasked with stopping it. TFTP applauds the men and women who devoted the last nine months to Operation Safety Net and their work should serve as an example to the countless other departments who spend far more money and time going after people for possessing a plant or for their illegal window tint.

When there is clearly a child predator in every county in New Jersey, wasting taxpayer dollars to kick in doors in the middle of the night to arrest people for possessing a plant becomes one of the most asinine tasks a police officer can do. If these resources that were applied to the drug war were shifted over to stopping the exploitation of children, rest assured, these predators’ days would be numbered.

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‘The Untouchables’–Former IDF soldiers in Columbia arrested/deported for running drug/forced child prostitution rings

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‘Travelling butts’ tourists arrested in Thailand for stripping in front of religious temple

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Two US tourists were detained at an airport in Thailand on November 28 for having taken a photo exposing their buttocks in front of one of Bangkok’s most famous Buddhist temples.

The pair, who were on their way out of the country, were identified as Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38 years old.

The two photographed their bared their buttocks outside the Wat Arun temple, and while they weren’t nabbed on the temple grounds, the widespread sharing of the photo caught the attention of Thai police, who can take disrespect to the nation’s royal and religious landmarks seriously.

“The two American citizens have admitted taking the picture,” district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters.They were fined $153 dollars for public indecency and inappropriate behavior.

The tourists uploaded the photo on their Traveling Butts Instagram account, which contains similar photos at other famous landmarks around the world and has 547 followers.

“Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation,” Col Choengron Rimpadee, deputy spokesman for the Thai immigration police, told BBC.

“They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand,” he added.

The police also claimed that they are preparing more charges against the tourists for posting their naked photos on the internet, which violates the country’s computer law forbidding the posting of pornographic pictures online. The couple is also suspected of committing a similar act at the Wat Trai Mit Witthayaram temple in Bangkok, which contains the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image.

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Georgia Police Sergeant Arrested For Battery And Child Cruelty


GEORGIA – A Roswell police officer was arrested on Thanksgiving and is facing several different charges.

Chad Harris, a sergeant with the department, was arrested in Cherokee County and has been charged with simple battery, battery and two counts of third degree cruelty to children, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A statement from Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said Harris is now on paid administrative leave while the department conducts “an administrative investigation into the facts and circumstances” surrounding Harris’ arrest.

“It’s obviously a concern to us. Anybody in our profession that gets into cases like this and involves a situation such as this, it’s disheartening,” Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marianne Kelley said.

Deputies were called to a “domestic dispute” involving Harris on Thursday, and they arrested him after the initial investigation.

He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Source: http://truthfight.com/roswell-ga-police-sergeant-arrested-battery-child-cruelty/

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WATCH: New Video Shows Off-Duty Cleveland Officer Arrested Twice in One Night


CLEVELAND – New video shows more of what happened the night an off-duty Cleveland police officer was arrested twice in one night.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol first stopped Eric Williams for having a gun and driving drunk.

Troopers released him to a woman with him. Two and a half hours after the first stop, Middleburg Heights police stopped Williams for speeding.

Police also said he had no right to get back behind the wheel after the first stop.

Highway patrol video just released shows a trooper asking Williams if he’d had anything to drink.

Trooper: “Cause I’m smelling it.”

Williams: “Nothing. Nothing, really.”

Trooper: “Nothing, or nothing, really?”

The trooper also wondered if Williams is off-duty and has his credentials.

Video released earlier from the Middleburg Heights traffic stop shows an officer incredulous when he realizes he’s stopping Williams when he had just been hauled in by a state trooper.

Records show since that night, Williams pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the drunken driving case. Charges are still pending from the second stop.

The Cleveland Division of Police said it placed Williams on restricted duty as the court matters play out.

Source: http://fox8.com/2017/11/23/new-video-shows-off-duty-cleveland-officer-arrested-twice-in-one-night/

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Mom Arrested, Charged with Felony for Putting Recorder in 9yo’s Backpack to Catch Her Bully

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Norfolk, VA — For weeks, Sarah Sims said she called and emailed school officials repeatedly to tell them her child was being bullied at school and was never given a response. So, she took matters into her own hands and now she is facing felony charges.

Sims discovered her daughter was being bullied in late September. So, like any parent would do, she reached out to school officials for help. But she received nothing.

“The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration,” Sims added.

After being shrugged off by the school, Sims decided that she would take matters into her own hands and catch her 9-year-old daughter’s bully.

“I tried to be fair, but it’s not fair,” said Sims. “There is nothing fair about this.”

She wanted to obtain proof that nothing was being done to help her 4th-grader, so she put a digital recorder in her backpack to capture audio from inside the classroom.

“If I’m not getting an answer from you, what am I left to do?” she asked.

Shortly after placing the recorder in her daughter’s backpack, it was found by the school who has a no electronic device policy. Her daughter was then moved to a new class and police came after Sims.

“I was mortified,” Sims said. “The next thing I know, I’m a felon. Felony charges and a misdemeanor when I’m trying to look out for my kid. What do you do?”

Local news outlet WAVY contacted the Norfolk School system for a comment and they were told because it is a pending investigation no one could comment on what happened. We were told that in elementary schools, no electronic devices are allowed.

“They aren’t making this about that classroom,” said Sims’ attorney Kristin Paulding. “[These] are charges that carry jail time.”

According to WAVY, Sims was charged with felony use of device to intercept oral communication and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The felony charge could carry five years in prison.

“Instead of comforting her she’s going to a magistrate and being handcuffed,” Paulding added.

For simply listening to what her own child went through during the day via a recording device, this mother is facing a felony charge that can land her in jail. Hopefully, as her attorney notes, these charges won’t hold up in court.

“We are at the very early stages of this, but even at the early stages I think the community needs to know that this is happening because any parent out there that is sending their child to school now could be at risk for something that happened to Sarah,” Paulding said.

Sadly, TFTP has reported on mothers putting recording devices in their child’s backpack to catch bullies after the school failed to act. Megan Dowdy was one of those mothers.

Dowdy said her son had been having night terrors. She suspected something wrong was happening at school, so she placed a recording device in her son’s pocket. Her child, who’s 13-years-old and autistic, has the cognitive skills of a first-grader and the communication capacity of a kindergartener, according to Dowdy. She said his behavior at night led her to believe something terrible was happening at school. She said, “He kept getting up during the night having night terrors, screaming, having meltdowns for no reason.”

What Dowdy found with her recorder was horrifying. Her autistic son’s bully was a cop.

A Pinellas County school resource officer, serving in Osceola Middle School, was caught on audio recordings abusing the autistic child. Ironically, the officer, Ural Darling, had been celebrated as one of Florida’s top school resource officers for his work in preventing bullying. All that has since changed now that Darling has been found to be the bully, caught by the student’s mother verbally torturing the child.

He was fired in August but unlike Sarah Sims in the story above—who merely tried to catch her daughter’s bully—the officer was not charged.

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