July 8, 2020

USA: Great Twitter Thread About Atlanta Police Dept And Their Efforts Trying To Improve Community Relations Over The Past Decade.


11Alive published July 1, 2020: Bodycam video shows Atlanta Police officer borrowing cyclist's bike to catch up with murder suspect. APD said during a foot chase, one of the officers was able to borrow a bicycle from a passing cyclist in an attempt to catch up to the suspect.

๐Ÿ‘‡ Spelman and Morehouse college students ๐Ÿ‘‡

This is what you are teaching our youth to NOT OBEY OUR LAWS and NOT OBEY OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. As you can see in this police bodycam footage, as the officer approached their vehicle police tells driver to step out and the Morehouse student drives off. If a police officer tells you to sit down you sit down. They are OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. These students RESISTED ARREST and then act like victims of police brutality. 9 out of 10 times you put yourself in these situations and then claim to be victims. Americans need to teach their children that these students are not role models as to how to react when approached by a police officer. The news only shows the public the video of the students being tasered and pulled out of the car. The news and the Mayor don't care about what led up to this moment. I've actually watched many news outlets interviewing these two college students and portraying them as innocent bystanders that were victims of police brutality for not doing anything wrong. (emphasis mine)

PoliceActivity published June 1, 2020: Bodycam Footage From Fired Atlanta Officers After Arrest Of College Students

Friends identified the two as 20-year-old Spelman College student Teniyah PilgrIm and 22-year-old Messiah Young, a graduate of Morehouse College. Pilgrim was detained and later released at the scene without charges. Young was taken to Grady hospital and released Sunday morning. He was initially charged with fleeing the scene and driving with an expired license, but the mayor later ordered those charges to be dropped.

UPDATE 7/8/20 at 6:58pm: Added info below.

WSAV3 published May 31, 2020: Protests continue in Atlanta, mayor pleads for peace.
These are NOT PROTESTS. These are RIOTS otherwise known as UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY. Americans have the first amendment right to PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE to publicly vent our grievances whereas NOT TO INTERFERE with others lives. (emphasis mine)

Fox News published June 15, 2020: Hannity: More unrest in Atlanta (GRAPHIC VIDEO). What would have been a simple DUI and misdemeanor charge results in a fatal officer-involved shooting
UPDATE 7/8/20 at 8:44pm: Added info below.

Fox News
written by Yael Halon
Tuesday June 9, 2020

The attorney for two Atlanta police officers who are suing the city's mayor and police chief after they were fired for using stun guns on a pair of college students during a protest told "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday that the body camera footage of the incident was "edited multiple times."

"What has been edited out is the probable cause for the arrest," Lance LoRusso said.

"The officers told the driver to move his vehicle ... he refused," the lawyer added. "They open the door and he drives away violently, almost pulling one of the officers off their feet."

The footage shows former investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter pulling two college students from a car and using stun guns on them. LoRusso said the video was revised to create "this narrative that the officers just surrounded this car in traffic and started breaking out the windows, and that is not true."

The officers claim that they were fired in violation of the city's code, without investigation, proper notice, or a pre-disciplinary hearing.

"Nobody ever interviewed my clients, who have a total of close to 40 years of law enforcement experience," LoRusso said. "One of them was a task force agent with the FBI for 10 years, one of them was a task force agent with the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] ... maybe after all this training they know what they're doing and maybe you should ask them why."

When asked by Ingraham whether he thought the firings could have something to do with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' standing as a potential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden, LoRusso answered, "I'm sure it comes into play."

USA: Organizational Structure of Black Lives Matter BLM Is A Fiscally Sponsored Project Of Thousand Currents Nonprofit. You're Donating To A Money Laundering Scheme For Democrat Politicians.

Capital Research Center
written by Robert Stilson
Thursday June 18, 2020

The May 25 killing of George Floyd by a police officer Derek Chauvin—who was subsequently charged with Floyd’s murder—touched off a nationwide wave of protests and riots that have thrust Black Lives Matter back into the forefront of America’s consciousness. But what exactly is Black Lives Matter as an organization?

In the broadest sense, Black Lives Matter refers to a protest movement spawned by recent and repeated instances of black men and women being killed under apparently controversial to outrageous circumstances. It traces its origins to the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman (who was acquitted of Martin’s murder) and to “three radical Black organizers—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.” The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is frequently employed to show opposition to police brutality, as well as in connection to other racially charged issues. Used in this way, it does not imply affiliation with any particular organization.

However, a number of distinct entities operate to one degree or another within the broader Black Lives Matter framework, and they make use of the term or a closely related variant. Two groups in particular—the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and the Movement for Black Lives—appear to be networks of particular coalescence.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is probably the central Black Lives Matter organization. It claims Garza, Cullors, and Tometi as co-founders and operates the BlackLivesMatter.com website. It has been a fiscally sponsored project of Thousand Currents, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, since 2016. Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement through which an organization that does not have its own IRS tax-exempt status can operate as a “project” of an organization that does. In the case of 501(c)(3) fiscally sponsored projects, this allows for tax-deductible donations.

According to the Thousand Currents website, the official name of this Black Lives Matter entity is “Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc.” (hereafter referred to as BLM Global Network Foundation). This is also the name the group has used on recent press releases. The group’s name is itself a source of confusion, though, because it also uses the name “Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc.” on its About page and “Black Lives Matter Global Foundation, Inc.” in its website Privacy Policy.

Things are further complicated by the existence of a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit named “Black Lives Matter Foundation,” based in Santa Clarita, California (EIN: 47-4143254). Recent reported statements from both this organization and BLM Global Network Foundation have emphasized that they are not in any way affiliated. But Thousand Currents (the fiscal sponsor of BLM Global Network Foundation) reported a combined $90,130 in grants to the Santa Clarita–based Black Lives Matter Foundation on its fiscal year 2018 and 2017 tax filings.

Comprehensive financial data for fiscally sponsored projects such as BLM Global Network Foundation are often difficult or impossible to discern because projects do not file their own tax forms with the IRS. In a 2019 audit, Thousand Currents disclosed $3,354,654 in donor-restricted assets for Black Lives Matter. That number was $2,622,017 in 2018.

According to grants reported on their respective tax filings and websites, organizations that have specifically earmarked contributions to Thousand Currents for Black Lives Matter (and thus presumably for BLM Global Network Foundation) include the NoVo Foundation ($1,525,000 from 2015 to 2018), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($900,000 from 2016 to 2019), and Borealis Philanthropy ($343,000 from 2016 to 2018). Given current circumstances, funding totals will likely be significantly higher in 2020, as BLM Global Network Foundation recently announced a $6.5 million grassroots organizing fund thanks to “the generosity and support of donors.”
They're so oppressed. [/sarcasm] (emphasis mine)
In addition to its own operations, BLM Global Network Foundation serves as the center of a network of 16 affiliated local chapters, such as Black Lives Matter Chicago and Black Lives Matter NYC. In some cases these chapters are themselves fiscally sponsored by other nonprofit organizations. For example, Black Lives Matter Detroit is sponsored by a 501(c)(3) called Allied Media Projects, while Denver-based Black Lives Matter 5280 is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Donations made directly to these chapters would be routed through (and reported as contributions to) their respective fiscal sponsors, rather than through Thousand Currents.

The Movement for Black Lives

A second organization that functions as something of a hub for official Black Lives Matter organizing is the Movement for Black Lives. This group also operates under a fiscal sponsorship arrangement as a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. On its website homepage, the Movement for Black Lives describes itself as “a collective of more than 50 organizations,” while its donation page says it “is made up of over 150 organizations.” One group listed among the 150 is the “Black Lives Matter Network,” though it is unclear whether this refers to BLM Global Network Foundation.

The Movement for Black Lives and BLM Global Network Foundation do appear to share a common history, and there is some level of organizational overlap between the two. Black Lives Matter Boston, for example, is listed as a chapter of BLM Global Network Foundation, while also explaining on its website that “Black Lives Matter Boston remains committed to being active in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and its broad mission platform.”

The Movement for Black Lives does not disclose its financial statements due to its status as a fiscally sponsored project. The Alliance for Global Justice, though, has reported in its tax filings giving $326,078 to the group from 2016 to 2018. Other organizations that have reported grants to the Movement for Black Lives (through the Alliance for Global Justice) include Borealis Philanthropy and the San Francisco Foundation.

Movements Versus Legal Entities

The upshot of this is that the structure of Black Lives Matter means something different depending on what part of the movement is being referenced. To the person using it on social media or the protestor writing it on a sign, it might simply reflect that individual’s anger at events such as George Floyd’s killing or serve as a way of expressing support for policy changes. But this ambiguity can cause confusion among observers and commentators when decentralized movements are conflated with actual existing legal entities that accept tax-deductible donations.

Consider a recent example: Michael Jordan released a statement saying “Black lives matter” and committing $100 million over 10 years “to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.” This was sometimes reported as a $100 million contribution to Black Lives Matter. While the context makes clear that Jordan intends to give in conjunction with the broader goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, he did not indicate which entities would be the recipients—and there are many, many out there that could fit his description. The unique way that Black Lives Matter straddles the border between decentralized protest movement and organized nonprofit entity makes this confusion understandable and likely to persist.

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The Hill
written by Justine Coleman
Monday June 15, 2020

Millions of dollars were mistakenly raised for a Black Lives Matter group that is not associated with the well-known movement, BuzzFeed News reported Monday.

The Black Lives Matter Foundation raised at least $4.35 million in the first weeks of June, according to BuzzFeed News estimates. The foundation is actually a Santa Clarita, Calif.-based charitable organization with one paid employee, founder Robert Ray Barnes, a 67-year-old music producer in Los Angeles.

Barnes told BuzzFeed News that his foundation doesn’t “have anything to do with the Black Lives Matter Global Network.”

According to its most recent public tax filings from 2017, the foundation aims to “use our unique and creative ideas to help bring the police and the community closer together to save lives.”

A Black Lives Matter spokesperson told The Hill that the entities are “two completely separate organizations,” adding that Barnes’s foundation “has nothing to do with us.”

“The Santa Clarita group is improperly using our name,” the spokesperson said. “We intend to call them out and follow up.”

The Black Lives Matter movement, formally registered as the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Inc. in 2017 in Delaware, has a different approach to police relations by promoting the defunding of police and the redistribution of that money to black communities.

But Barnes said “no one owns the concept,” adding that, as a black man, he has had painful encounters with police, including the 2011 death of his wife’s ex-husband allegedly involving Los Angeles police.

Barnes declined to tell the news outlet how much his foundation has raised but said he plans to use the money for “prototypes” for community and police bonding, including “Community Organized Programs” such as an annual buffet dinner. His 2017 tax filing indicated almost $300,000 had been raised in donations that year.

Benevity, a fundraising platform used by corporations such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Dropbox, reported raising $4 million between May 31 and June 7 for the foundation, the company’s founder, Bryan de Lottinville, told BuzzFeed News.

The company reportedly at first added a disclaimer to the Black Lives Matter Foundation’s page before deactivating it on June 7.

A Benevity spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that the funds have not been distributed "per our standard vetting and disbursement process."

GoFundMe told The Hill that 180 campaigns have raised $350,000 for the Black Lives Matter Foundation and that GoFundMe has put holds on all of the funds.

“GoFundMe placed all funds on hold and we are working with PayPal and the campaign organizers to ensure all of the money raised is transferred to the Black Lives Matter movement via their fiscal sponsor,” the statement read.

The platform uses the PayPal Giving Fund database, which listed the Black Lives Matter Foundation, because it is an IRS-registered charity, a PayPal spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Barnes registered his organization in May 2015

"A number of donors have recently given to PayPal Giving Fund in support of the Black Lives Matter movement by making donations through one of our platform partners," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "We are diligently looking into the matter and working with the donors, our partners, campaign organizers and charities involved to ensure that the funds are granted as quickly as possible."

The company declined to tell BuzzFeed News how much money had been raised for the foundation because it was included in the database.

The phrase Black Lives Matter started as a hashtag in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman and gained popularity. At first, the movement did not have centralized leadership.

USA: Why No Outrage? Atlanta Shootings Surge, But It’s Not The Cops. 5 Dead, 31 Victims In Atlanta 4th Of July Weekend Shootings. 1 Killed, 4 Injured Drive-By Shooting On Tuesday June 30th.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
written by Bill Torpy
Monday June 29, 2020

The exchange was surreal, a sign that the wheels may be falling off public safety in Atlanta.

Fittingly, it happened Monday during the City Council’s Public Safety Committee hearing as council members and interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant were grappling with the unrest plaguing the city.

Councilman Antonio Brown, who represents the district just west of downtown, was getting ready to speak in the virtual meeting when he told the chief: “I was just notified there was a young man who was just shot and killed at 377 Westchester Boulevard. Can you get a unit out there? He’s been on the ground and there’s no police who have come. He’s dead already, he’s on the ground and the residents have put a sheet over him and the police still haven’t arrived.”

It sounds like Afghanistan: Can you please come and pick up the body?

But there’s more.

On June 13, as angry protesters milled around the south Atlanta Wendy’s the day after Rayshard Brooks was shot in the parking lot by a cop — and hours before the restaurant was burned down — there was a wild shootout in the Edgewood neighborhood in east Atlanta. Five people were wounded and two were killed. Residents reported hearing perhaps 40 gunshots.

Earlier this month, the owners of a bar in the popular Edgewood Avenue nightlife district posted a photo online of the business’s window smashed by a bullet. They said they felt unsafe and were closing “until the city gets its #@&! together.”

What caused this? Eight people were shot nearby in six days.

Friday in south Atlanta, police found the body of 80-year-old Clarence Knox inside his home. Residents reported at least 20 shots the night before, and cops think he was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting.

And over the weekend there was this headline: “6 injured in 3 overnight drive-by shootings in Atlanta.” One of the victims is a 10-year-old boy.

Violence is off the chain in Atlanta.

During the first three weeks of this month — May 31 to June 20 — 75 people have been shot in Atlanta. Last year during that period, 35 people were shot in the city.

At this rate it’ll be 100 shot by July.

Eleven people have been killed during that three-week period. Last year? Five.

These are not police shootings. They’re civilians shooting civilians. They don’t carry the outrage and notoriety that a cop shooting someone will. But the victims are just as dead.

The carnage coincides with the protests of George Floyd’s killing in Minnesota. On May 29, demonstrations started in downtown Atlanta and things got crazy. Squad cars burned, stores were looted, and protesters and police clashed.

Sure, the overwhelming number of protesters are law-abiding and want positive change. But there are those up for mayhem. And as cops attend to them, the city’s criminals are emboldened.

“Crime doesn’t take a holiday,” said Councilman Michael Bond. “Crime doesn’t care about activists or protests. Crime doesn’t care about black men getting shot down in the streets. The criminals know the police are diverted. They are taking advantage of the situation.”

Bond was part of a council majority (8-7) that voted against withholding funding from the Atlanta Police Department budget as a way to force reforms.

“The irony about defunding to reform police is that residents in those areas are begging for more police,” he said. Many residents, especially those who are older, are frightened about crime and “don’t want the police to go away,” he said.

Then there’s this: Many cops have taken a more hands-off approach to policing following the arrests of six officers for using Tasers on two college students this month, and the arrests of two officers in the killing of Brooks. Cops are reticent to get out and deal with angry people in the streets.

A video shot after a shooting near the burned-out Wendy’s shows cops being forced back into their cars by a threatening crowd. In the third week of June, Atlanta cops made 50 traffic stops. In the corresponding period a year ago, they made 3,000. (Yes, those numbers are right.)

Scores of cops have called in sick, and the so-called “proactive” policing — which is investigating situations to try to stop crime before it occurs — is now largely nonexistent.

“Officers will respond to high-level calls and protecting each other,” said Jason Segura, a cop who heads the department’s union. He said the recent firings and quick arrests of officers without detailed investigations has police thinking the city does not have their backs.

He took issue with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who until now has had a good relationship with cops, having pushed through a long-awaited pay raise.

“She’s going to listen to the mob” in calling for arrests of and sanctions against police, Segura said. “This is politics and the citizens are suffering. Being proactive will probably get you indicted under the current state of affairs.”

In a statement, the mayor’s office said overall crime is down 17% in Atlanta. “But like some major cities, we have seen an increase among certain crimes as more people resumed activity outside their homes since the end of May. Now that bandwidth is less strained following weeks of demonstrations, APD resources are freed up to increase patrols on the streets and curb illicit activity,” the mayor’s office said.

I called Elbert Bartell, a Westside resident who used to head the local Neighborhood Planning Unit and who lives near where the body of an 18-year-old lay in the street. He was angered by the slow response.

“It’s just another example that police are more interested in themselves than the interests of the public,” he said. “We know they want to deliver a message to (the city administration). But in that, we lose. We lose with the brutality and then we lose when they pull back.”

He senses a bad vibe in the streets. “Everything is getting tense and the summer is just starting,” he said. “It is a free-fall. You ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s going to get buck-wild.”

Bartell said the city must “try to redefine the relationship between the public and police” and quickly hire a new chief, someone who “understands community policing and hard-nosed policing.”

But, he added, “The community has to step up. We have to get into violence management in the neighborhood. We can’t lump it all on police. We are letting it happen. Our nephews and nieces are shooting each other.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Man fatally shot at Atlanta gas station was helping driver with their car
written by Asia Simone Burns
Wednesday July 8, 2020

A man who was fatally shot Sunday — at the same gas station where an 8-year-old girl was killed the previous day — was trying to help someone with their car, according to Atlanta police.

Investigators said 53-year-old Christopher Brooks was aiding a driver when he was killed in a triple shooting at the Chevron on Pryor Road, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery told AJC.com.

When police arrived at the gas station about 7:20 p.m., officers found Brooks and one other person who appeared to have been shot.

Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, who was grazed by a bullet, was taken to a hospital and a third victim later arrived at Grady Memorial Hospital in a private car, according to police.

It is not clear if the person Brooks was helping was one of the other shooting victims.

The fatal shooting happened at the same time as a news conference where Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced violence at the gas station after 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s death. The child was shot while sitting in a car at the station, which is across the street from the Wendy’s parking lot where Rayshard Brooks was killed by an Atlanta police officer last month.

Atlanta police have not named any suspects in Christopher Brooks’ death. Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlanta police.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
written by Chelsea Prince
Tuesday June 30, 2020

One man is dead and four others are injured after a drive-by shooting in northeast Atlanta on Tuesday morning.

It is the latest in a string of drive-by shootings investigated by the Atlanta Police Department, including one incident Saturday night that injured a 10-year-old boy.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 600 block of Parkway Drive in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to investigate a report of a person shot. They found a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as Marcus Sams, died after he was taken to a hospital. Four others injured in the same shooting showed up at a hospital in a private vehicle, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.

One of the four is in critical condition, while the others’ injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said.

“Detectives learned that the five victims were standing together on the sidewalk on Parkway Drive when a burgundy-colored Dodge, possibly a Challenger or Charger, drove up and the occupants of the vehicle began shooting at the victims,” Avery said in a statement.

Hours earlier, police were called to another drive-by shooting in the Bankhead neighborhood of northwest Atlanta. A 71-year-old man was shot in the chest when someone in a white vehicle opened fire, according to police.

The man was found about 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and taken to a hospital. He was stable Tuesday morning, Avery said. At least six others have been injured in drive-by shootings since Saturday. That night, officers responded to three separate incidents, two in northwest Atlanta and one in the southwest corner of the city.

The 10-year-old boy was among three people injured in a shooting at his apartment complex on Center Street. A 63-year-old woman was shot while sleeping on a sidewalk on Crew Street, and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting outside Revel Lounge on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, according to police. All five incidents are still under investigation, and police have not said if any suspects have been identified.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
written by Asia Simone Burns
Tuesday July 7, 2020

Gunfire and violence that broke out across Atlanta over the July Fourth holiday weekend left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and 26 more injured, police said Monday.

From Friday through Sunday, police said there were 31 confirmed shooting victims in 11 incidents. Five of those victims were killed, according to spokesman Officer Steve Avery.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
written by Shaddi Abusaid
Saturday June 27, 2020

Three people, including a 10-year-old boy, were injured early Saturday during a drive-by shooting at a northwest Atlanta apartment complex, authorities said.

It was the first of at least three drive-by three shootings Atlanta police investigated overnight, none of which were fatal. Officers responded to the Rolling Bends Apartments on Center Street about 1:20 a.m., Atlanta police said in a statement. They arrived to find three people with gunshot wounds.

A 38-year-old woman told officers she was sitting outside with friends when a white Toyota and a Silver Nissan drove into the complex and began shooting at buildings, damaging at least eight units. A 20-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy were also struck, police said.About 40 minutes later, officers were called to the 880 block of Crew Street in southwest Atlanta after a 63-year-old woman said she was shot in the wrist while sleeping on the sidewalk. The woman told officers she was lying down when a black pickup truck pulled alongside her and fired a single shot. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

Two more men were injured just before 3:30 a.m. during a drive-by outside a northwest Atlanta nightclub. A 34-year-old told police he was in the parking lot of the Revel Lounge on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard when shots were fired from a nearby car.

The man told officers he believed the shooting was the result of an earlier dispute inside the club, and that he was not the intended target. Officers later learned a second man was injured in the shooting and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, police said Saturday. That victim, a 38-year-old, was in surgery and unable to speak with detectives.No arrests have been made, and all three shootings are still being investigated.

USA: Armed BLM Protesters Who Took Over An Area Blocked A Car, Began Shooting Into The Vehicle Killing An 8-Year-Old Girl. There Have Been 75 Shootings In Atlanta This Month Alone.

11Alive published July 7, 2020: Police release video clip showing person of interest in Secoriea Turner's murder case. The 8-year-old was killed on the Fourth of July.
I want to note that this news report is saying Tyler Perry is paying for the funeral for this little girl who was murdered by the BLM movement he is part of. Tyler Perry who I once loved is pushing for abolishing the police with the Marxist radical Black Supremacists BLM movement.  This 3rd world lawlessness will become the "new normal" if we defund or abolish our police departments across America. Was Secoriea Turner merely a casualty in your war to dismantle, crush the United States of America? (emphasis mine)

11Alive published July 5, 2020: Officials say murder of child was last straw after weeks of lawless behavior. Since the death of Rayshard Brooks, neighbors say the area has been under siege.
WSBTV2 News, Atlanta local
written by Staff
Sunday July 5, 2020

ATLANTA — An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday night in Atlanta near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

Police identified the child Sunday as Secoriea Turner.

Officers said they responded to a 911 call near University Avenue and I-75/I-85 around 9:50 p.m. The location of the shooting was in a parking lot across the street from the now burned-out Wendy’s, which has been occupied by demonstrators since Brooks’ death at the hands of an Atlanta police officer.

Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they exited the interstate at University Avenue. The driver tried to turn into the parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road when he was confronted by an “group of armed individuals” who had blocked the entrance.

“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” police said in a statement.

Police said the 911 caller told them they were heading to Atlanta Medical Center with the victim. The child died at the hospital.

On Sunday night, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blasted protesters who had turned violent.

“You cant blame this on a police officer. You can’t say this about criminal justice reform,” Bottoms said. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

“Enough is enough,” Bottoms continued. “If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”

Bottoms said there were at least two shooters and begged anyone with information to come forward.

“I am just asking you to please honor this baby’s life,” Bottoms said. “If you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us.”

Later, Turner’s mother, spoke a few words before bursting into tears and being carried out of the room by family members.

“She was only 8 years old,” Charmaine Turner said. “She would have been on Tik Tok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn’t have anything to do with that. We’re innocent. My baby didn’t mean no harm.”

Turner said in the news conference that her daughter died in her arms.

Secoriya Williamson, Secoriea’s father, also spoke out.

“They say black lives matter,” Williamson said. “You killed your own this time. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

Bottoms said the crowd outside the Wendy’s had re-erected barriers that the city had already taken down. The family was trying to get around the barrier when the confrontation happened.

Bottoms announced that after weeks of trying to negotiate with protesters occupying the Wendy’s, the efforts are over and the area will be cleared.

“A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended,” Bottoms said.

Interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant also spoke about a plan to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We cannot tolerate losing a child from the city of Atlanta,” Bryant said. “We have to do a better job as a community and as a police department and as the citizens that live in this city,”

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Secoriea’s killers. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com.

Tipster do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

Police are describing one of the shooters as a man wearing all black and dressed like a bounty hunter. The other shooter was a man wearing a white T-shirt.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement on Twitter Sunday night saying that his family is praying for Secoriea’s family.

There have been 75 shootings in Atlanta this month alone.

MEXICO: Mexican Military Forces Killed 16 Gunmen From A Paramilitary Force Of Los Zetas Drug Cartel In The Border City Of Nuevo Laredo. This Is What BLM, Islam, And Kaepernick Want For America.

Breitbart News
written by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby
Sunday July 5, 2020

Mexican military forces killed a total of 16 gunmen from a faction of Los Zetas in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The gunmen wore cloned military uniforms and were part of a paramilitary cartel force known as Hell’s Troop or Tropa Del Infierno.

The shootout took place on Friday early morning in the Los Fresnos neighborhood when members of the Mexican army were patrolling the streets of Nuevo Laredo. The soldiers encountered a convoy of SUVs filled with cartel gunmen in military-style uniforms, Breitbart Texas initially reported.

During the initial clash, military forces killed 12 cartel gunmen and forced the rest to flee. Soon after, authorities found the body of a gunman in the Villas de San Miguel neighborhood. That gunman had been fatally wounded in the shootout but managed to flee the initial clash.

In the aftermath of the attack, Tamaulipas state authorities were called to some private medical clinics in Nuevo Laredo where three additional gunmen had been taken and ultimately died from their injuries, state law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart Texas.

The deceased gunmen are believed to be members of a paramilitary group known as Hell’s Troops or Tropa del Infierno. The group is part of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. That criminal organization continues to have full operational control of Nuevo Laredo and in recent months, has been taking part in a large expansion campaign to take over the key smuggling areas that have no border fencing and are currently controlled by the Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel.

That expansion led to numerous shootouts in the border areas immediately south Roma and Rio Grande City, Texas, as the two cartels fight for control of those smuggling routes. The CDN has also been linked to much of the ongoing violence in the border state of Nuevo Leon as the criminal organization tries to take over the lucrative drug distribution market.

i24NEWS English published June 28, 2020: Mexican Police Chief Shot 3 Times in Mexico City
ABC13 News, Houston local
written by AP
Friday June 26, 2020

Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Mexico City's police chief in a brazen operation that left three people dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday.

MEXICO CITY -- A high-sided construction truck and a white SUV pulled into the path of Mexico City's police chief just as dawn was breaking Friday on the capital's most iconic boulevard and assailants opened fire with .50-caliber sniper rifles and grenades on his armored vehicle.

The cinematic ambush involving two-dozen gunmen left chief Omar Garcรญa Harfuch wounded with three bullet impacts and shrapnel. Two members of his security detail were killed, as was a woman who happened to be driving by.

The high-powered armament and brazenness of the attack suggested the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and hours after the attack, Garcรญa blamed them via Twitter from the hospital.

"This morning we were attacked in a cowardly way by the CJNG," Garcรญa tweeted, using the Spanish-language acronym for Mexico's most violent criminal group.

"Two colleagues and friends of mine lost their lives," Garcรญa wrote. "I have three bullet wounds and various pieces of shrapnel. Our nation has to continue standing up to cowardly organized crime. We will continue working."

His office later said he was undergoing surgery.

Federal Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo, referring to Garcรญa's tweet blaming the Jalisco cartel, said in a news conference that "this is one of the hypotheses that the Mexico City prosecutor's office is investigating."

Durazo said Mexico's intelligence agency apparently had information that the cartel was planning an attack, but did not offer additional details. He said Garcรญa was shot in the shoulder, collar bone and the knee.

Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy Ramos said on Twitter that 12 suspects were arrested and that her office was investigating the attack.

The attack was meticulously planned and involved a total of 28 gunmen hired three weeks before, according to Ulises Lara, the spokesman for the Mexico City prosecutors office. It was so closely studied that three separate possible ambush points were set up on major thoroughfares, including one - which wasn't used - in the heart of Mexico City, one block from the Independence Monument.

Lara said the gunmen had been divided into four different cells and were given ski masks and guns the night before. They were taken to the ambush points at 4 a.m. to lie in wait for their target.

Lara said the 12 suspects detained after the shooting included one Colombian, and men from five different states - Jalisco, Guerrero, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Michoacan - as well as Mexico City.

However, Lara did not say who the suspects said had hired them, or how much they were paid.

Jalisco is the same gang that U.S. prosecutors said tried to buy belt-fed M-60 machine guns in the United States and that once brought down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. In October, cartel gunmen ambushed and killed 14 state police officers in Michoacรกn.

But such a high-profile attack in Mexico's capital is a blow to a federal government struggling to respond to record levels of violence across the country.

The gang has established a nearly national presence, from the white-sand beaches of Cancun to Mexico City and the country's most important ports, as well as key border cities traditionally controlled by other cartels.

Friday's attack came two weeks after rumors swirled for a day that Jalisco's leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as "El Mencho," had been captured or killed - though officials later denied that. Oseguera is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's most-wanted fugitive, with a $10 million price on his head.

In March, U.S. authorities arrested hundreds of Jalisco operatives in raids across the country. They said the gang controls between one-third and two-thirds of the U.S. drug market.

"This kind of attack is not normal, they crossed a line. You have to read it like an exceptional act," said security analyst Alejandro Hope. "You have two very serious attacks in two weeks. First, the murder of the federal judge and now the attack on the city's police chief."

Earlier this month, a federal judge and his wife were killed at their home by gunmen in the western state of Colima. The judge had handled several cases related to organized crime.

If it is the Jalisco gang, the government would have to target them like it did with the hyper-violent Zetas gang between 2010 and 2013, Hope said. They have become a systematic threat to government authority. There should be "an exceptional response, dismantle the criminal group ... like they did at the time with the Zetas."

Hope said the Jalisco gang has long had a presence in the capital. In this case, they likely recruited local gunmen through their alliances, he said.

The attack, which lasted barely a minute, occurred along a stretch of Mexico City's grand Paseo de la Reforma that is home to foreign embassies and large houses surrounded by walls. Grainy security camera footage showed at least seven men standing up in the bed of the truck and firing in a blaze of light while more gunmen fired from the ground.

Later, forensic technicians began marking hundreds of shell casings that littered the street. Relatives of the bystander who was killed embraced and cried.

While authorities rarely like to name cartels, especially in Mexico City, the Jalisco gang's name has been coming up more and more.

In May 2019, local news media reported that federal authorities had arrested the gang's Mexico City boss. In July, Jalisco was blamed for the murder of two Israeli men in an upscale Mexico City mall and eventually Mexico City police tracked one of the killers to Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco state. Earlier this year, alleged Jalisco operators warned in a video of cleaning the criminal competition out of two Mexico City bproughs.

President Andrรฉs Manuel Lรณpez Obrador offered his support and solidarity to Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and the city's police forces.

"It has to do without a doubt with the work he is carrying out to guarantee peace and tranquility," Lรณpez Obrador said.

Durazo, who was travelling with the president, condemned what he called a "cowardly" attack. "It's clear that the work of the (police) is touching strong criminal interests," he tweeted.

Garcia, 37, is a former head of the Federal Police investigation division and from 2016 to 2019, he led the branch of the federal Attorney General's Office that leads investigations and arrests of organized crime members.

Before being named Mexico City police chief, he spent several months as the mayor's intelligence coordinator.

Hope, the analyst, said Friday's attack could have stemmed from an earlier period in Garcรญa's career. "It could have something to do with a story years back, it could be some kind of revenge for something he did," he said.

UPDATE 7/8/2020 at 4:19pm: Added vid below.
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