Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has come under criticism after stating that a new scholarship program offered exclusively to ’persons of color’ by his state’s NBA team does not discriminate against white students. ’Looking for ways to lift communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted isn’t racist at all,’ Cox, a Republican, said.
The suspected gunman in the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two ’assault rifles’ believed to have been used in the attack, police said Saturday. Brandon Scott Hole, 19, bought the rifles last July and September. A day earlier FBI confirmed that a ’shotgun was seized’ from Hole in March 2020 after his mother raised concerns about his mental health.
One person was killed and five others were injured due to gunfire at an Ohio strip mall parking lot where a memorial vigil was being held to honor another person killed a year ago at the same location. Columbus police Lt. Dan Hargus said that all of the injured were in stable condition Mayor Andrew Ginther slammed the violence, and said ’Enough! Put down the guns.’
According to reports, a BLM activist from Seattle has been arrested for an alleged anti-Asian hate crime. Christopher Hamner, 51, was charged with allegedly attacking three Asian-American women in two separate incidents last month. According to a Facebook page, Hamner has posted photos of himself at BLM protests last summer, and recorded video from Seattle’s CHOP protest zone.
A man was killed and a woman injured Saturday inside a Nebraska shopping mall when a gunman opened fire. Omaha police officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Westroads Mall at noon. Investigators said the shooting did not appear to be random. The suspects fled the mall and are being sought.
Four police officers in Sacramento were hospitalized with injuries after they were sprayed with a liquid irritant during protests Saturday night. The demonstrators had gathered at the state Capitol downtown to protest the police shooting deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. The police had two reports of vandalism, but no arrests had been made.
The family of the gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis has reportedly apologized to the public. His family claims that they tried to get 19 year old Brandon Scott Hole help prior to the shooting, for which no motive has yet been given. ’Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy,’ a statement from the family read.
California Rep. Maxine Waters joined protesters who thronged Brooklyn Center, Minnesota during the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright. The lawmaker, addressing the crowd, said ’We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice.’ A day earlier, nearly 100 people were arrested after the crowd tried to tear down a fence surrounding a police station.
Facebook is preventing users from sharing a New York Post story about property acquisitions by BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. Attempts to share the story Friday produced an error that read, ’Your content couldn’t be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards.’ The Post’s report goes into detail about the four homes Cullors recently purchased for a total of $3.2M.
A shooting attack at a FedEx warehouse on Thursday night took the lives of eight, which included four members of the Indianapolis’ Sikh community. ’Our community has a long road of healing — physically, mentally, and spiritually — to recover from this tragedy,’ said a community member via a statement released by the Sikh Coalition.
A riot was declared by the police in Portland after protesters smashed windows of downtown businesses and lit fires during a demonstration. This was the third night in five days when the police declared a riot, in the wake of police shootings nationwide, including those claiming the lives of Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago and Daunte Wright, 20, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On Saturday, the US government issued an ’urgent warning’ to prevent consumers from purchasing the Peloton Tread+ treadmill. This decision comes after reports of 39 children being ’sucked beneath’ the machine, which included the death of one. Peloton CEO, John Foley, stated that the company was only aware of a few such incidents.
Breonna Taylor’s mother has blasted the Louisville chapter of BLM as a fraud. In a Facebook post, Tamika Palmer criticized BLM and state Rep. Attica Scott who has pushed for legislation to ban ’no-knock’ warrants in Kentucky. ’I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, Attica Scott another fraud,’ Palmer wrote.
Rebecca Jean Rogers, a waitress at Bob Evans, was behind the counter when her ex-boyfriend, Richard Nelson openly shot her. Rogers was taken into immediate care, however, she succumbed to her injuries. Although Nelson fled the scene right after the shooting, he was caught post a foot chase.
52-year-old Patricia Lio, a white police officer from Massachusetts is currently facing criminal charges after she reportedly assaulted her husband and threatened her son’s Black friend in a heated dispute over the Black Lives Matter movement. A district court clerk magistrate ruled Thursday there’s probable cause for criminal charges against the police officer.
Two more bodies were recovered by the US Coast Guard from a boat disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The Seacor Power, a 129-foot commercial ship, had capsized during a violent storm. 19 people became trapped underwater off the coast of Louisiana, as a result. Six crew members were rescued Tuesday, but three days later, the rescue efforts turned into a recovery effort.
The DOJ filed a civil lawsuit on Friday against Roger Stone, accusing him of owing the government about $2M in unpaid federal income taxes. Investigators said Stone and his wife, Nydia, owed about $1.5M in unpaid taxes from 2007 and 2011, and an additional $407,000 from 2018. According to the complaint, the Stones used funds meant for an entity they controlled ’fund a lavish lifestyle.’
The teenager who shot dead eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis before killing himself was a former employee of the company. The shooter was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole. Hole last worked for FedEx in 2020. A motive for the shooting is not yet known but Indianapolis Deputy Police Chief said police had seized a gun from him last year.
The president of the Chicago Police Union said the officer who fatally shot Adam Toledo was ’justified’ although the boy appeared to drop a handgun and raise his hands before he was killed. The remarks from John Catanzara came after Chicago’s Office of Civilian Police Accountability released bodycam footage of the March 29 incident. Catanzara said that the actions were ’100 percent justified.’