A new report from Syracuse University finds that federal prosecution of child sex trafficking cases has significantly declined since 2017, the year President Trump took office.
“In the wake of protests following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a member of the ‘Boogaloo Bois’ opened fire on Minneapolis Police Third Precinct with an AK-47-style gun and screamed ‘Justice for Floyd’ as he ran away, according to a federal complaint made public Friday,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“A sworn affidavit by the FBI underlying the complaint reveals new details about a far-right anti-government group’s coordinated role in the violence that roiled through civil unrest over Floyd’s death while in police custody.”
An Idaho man who twice launched long-shot bids for governor has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews, who disappeared in 1984 and whose remains were found in a rural part of Colorado last year, NBC News reports.
A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on two counts each: exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence, KSDK reports.
The McCloskeys had waved guns at Black Lives Matters protesters last summer.
“Bracing for possible civil unrest on Election Day, the Justice Department is planning to station officials in a command center at FBI headquarters to coordinate the federal response to any disturbances or other problems with voting that may arise across the country,” the Washington Post reports.
Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News.
New York Times: “Violent crime is expected to be addressed during the first presidential debate Tuesday, and President Trump has long attacked ‘Democrat cities’ for not doing enough to stop it … A deeper dive into publicly available 2020 crime data paints a more complicated picture than the party-driven explanation President Trump and the Department of Justice have offered. More cities are run by Democratic mayors than by Republican ones, but murder is rising pretty much everywhere, regardless of a mayor’s political party.”
“What is clear is that murder is rising across a wide swath of America — irrespective of ruling political party and of designations of ‘anarchist’ havens — while other types of crime are generally flat or falling.”
“Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend,” The Guardian reports.
“Cans of tuna fish. They go out and buy tuna fish and soup. You know that, right? Because they throw it. It’s the perfect weight, tuna fish, they can really rip it, right? And that hits you. No, it’s true. Bumble Bee brand tuna.”
— President Trump, quoted by CNN, speaking at a rally about what he claims are protesters’ methods.
Texas deputy sheriffs were allegedly rewarded by superiors for using force on the job with steakhouse gift cards, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
“Hours before federal police officers cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas on June 1, the lead military police officer in the Department of asked if the D.C. National Guard had a kind of military heat ray that might be deployed against demonstrators in the nation’s capital,” NPR reports.
The Washington Post reports federal officials “began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire.”
The most interesting finding in the new CNN poll in Wisconsin:
When likely voters were asked whether they approve of the candidates’ handling of the “situation in Kenosha,” President Trump is underwater at 42% to 54% (-12), while Joe Biden is at 48% to 42% (+6).
A new Monmouth poll finds neither presidential candidate has a decisive advantage in public trust on this issue.
Slightly over half (52%) are very or somewhat confident that Joe Biden can maintain law and order if he is elected president, while slightly under half (48%) say the same about Donald Trump if he is reelected.
“Law enforcement agencies described 911 dispatchers being overrun with calls about a false online rumor that ‘Antifa’ members had been arrested for setting the fires — a claim promoted by the anonymous account behind the QAnon conspiracy theories,” CNN reports.
“The incident highlights how online conspiracy theories, a sustained right-wing campaign to create increased fear of anti-fascist groups, and amplification of false claims by QAnon followers, have real consequences.”
Ben Collins: “Nobody is appropriately gauging how quickly QAnon (and Q by other names) has taken over among suburban and rural white women. It is everywhere.“
Washington Post: “The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing appear to be turning on each other, with each offering significantly different versions of the infamous arrest that acknowledge Floyd should not have been allowed to die that day but also deflect the blame to others.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) praised the the 17-year-old who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week, saying he acted in self-defense and showed “incredible restraint,” the Louisville Courier Journal reports.
Said Massie: “He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness. He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd.”
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds a significant majority of Americans believe President Trump’s rhetoric on the unrest in parts of the country is making matters worse — with even members of his own party divided on his approach.
“Over half of the country — 55% — in the new poll said they think Trump is aggravating the situation, while just over one in 10 Americans, 13%, said they think he is making it better.”
“Among his base, 30% of Republicans say the president is improving the situation, compared to 26% who say he’s having an adverse impact. Only 18% of white, non-college educated Americans, another core constituency for the president, believe he is having a positive effect on the protests, while 41% view his comments on the demonstrations amid the debate over racial equality as having a negative influence.”
“A Black man who had run naked through the streets of a western New York city died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released by the man’s family,” the Associated Press reports.