Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used her eulogy during Daunte Wright’s funeral on Thursday condemn Columbus Police for shooting Ma’Khia Bryant, which stopped Bryant from stabbing an unarmed girl, describing the act that saved the life of the unarmed girl as “a tragedy.”
“May Daunte Wright serve as a guardian for all of us,” Omar said. “But as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — as one of the youngest and newest members of the Congressional Black Caucus — I also have guardians: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and our chairwoman, Joyce Beatty, serve as guardians for me and many of my colleagues.”
“Joyce Beatty was going to be here and speak on our behalf as the chairwoman of our caucus; but just like we’ve been visited by tragedy here in Minnesota often, she, in Columbus, Ohio, was visited by a tragedy of a young woman whose life was taken by Columbus Police.”
On Tuesday, Columbus police were forced to shoot Ma’Khia Bryant to prevent her from stabbing an unarmed girl. Video of the incident appears to show Ma’Khia Bryant yell “I’ma stab the f— out you, b—-,” clearing up any confusion about her intentions, then attempting to stab the unarmed girl when the officer opened fire, presumably saving the life of the unarmed girl.
“We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” Columbus Mayor Andrew explained after the police department released bodycam footage. “We think it’s critically important to share as much information as possible. We’ll continue to share footage and other information as quickly as possible.”
Omar’s comments were made at the funeral of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old killed on April 11th when he resisted arrest. During a traffic stop, officers attempted to arrest Wright after learning he had an open arrest warrant out “after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.”
Wright was not allowed to possess a gun as a condition of his bail release from a December 2019 case in which he was accused of choking and attempted armed robbery of a woman. In June 2020, he was arrested for missing a court appearance and physically fleeing from police while he was armed.
Bodycam footage showed the incident unfold. As an officer attempted to handcuff him, Wright pried himself loose and jumped back in his car to flee. Former police officer Kim Potter, who has now been charged with second-degree manslaughter, yelled “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” and then pulled out her gun and shot Wright once, allegedly mistaking the gun for her taser.
According to the Washington County Attorney’s Office, “At 2:01:55, [officer Kim] Potter said she would tase Wright. She pulled her Glock 9mm handgun with her right hand and pointed it at Wright, saying again that she would tase him. At 2:02, Potter said ‘Taser, Taser, Taser,’ and pulled the trigger on her handgun at 2:02:01, firing one round into the left side of the victim.”
“Wright immediately said, ‘ah, he shot me,’ and the car sped away for a short distance before crashing into another vehicle and stopping. An ambulance was called and Wright was pronounced dead at the scene,” they continued. “After firing her gun, Potter said ‘Sh–, I just shot him!’”
Employees Completely Helpless as Shoplifters Walk Out With Thousands Worth of Goods at Oregon Lowes
Social media Twitter account @libsoftiktok which states in the bio it posts “all things insane & hypocritical” posted a one-minute video showing “2 people walk out of an Oregon Lowe’s with carts of stolen merchandise. Employees look on and are unable to do anything.”
As the video plays, words highlighted red appear that read, “INCREDIBLE STATE OF OREGON, USA” and “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.” The video takes place at a Lowes store and epitomizes the sad times we are in.
Within the first eight seconds of the video, the two robbers, with filled carts, simply stroll out of the store as if they were paying customers. The Lowes employee asks the men “can you show me the receipts?” The young man appears to flash something while saying “right here.”
2 people walk out of an Oregon Lowe’s with carts of stolen merchandise.
Employees look on and are unable to do anything. pic.twitter.com/bHBy1M8HVK
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 5, 2021
The female employee then says “no, I don’t think so” knowing the men did not pay for the items. The two thieves continue to walk the carts out of the store and a second, elderly Lowes employee attempts to stop the men, shouting “hey” as he follows them.
The female employee stops the elderly male employee from pursuing the robbers saying, “it’s not worth it.” As the robbers have successfully exited the store, into the parking lot, the male recording the video then asks the employees, “doesn’t it suck you guys can’t do anything? I mean I think it’s just amazing.”
The video then shows the men in the parking lot throwing the stolen items into a red Subaru where it appears others were waiting to help. A voice can be heard explaining that the guys are packing the car with stolen goods, and another man explains it happens “every day.”
“Dude that’s thousands of dollars – I’m an electrician, bro” the videographer explains of the sheer amount of goods being stolen. The thieves close the back door and the videographer zooms in to the back of the car to show the “license tag” before the car speeds away. The red highlighted words “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY” remained on the video the whole time.
U.S. Military Hands out Toys, Hygiene Products to Afghan Refugees Arriving at Fort McCoy
11 flights are reported to have landed at Volk Field Air National Guard at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin yesterday, according to the Director of Public Affairs of the 88th Readiness Division at Ft. McCoy.
Wisconsin’s local NBC station reports, “Transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support are being provided for 50,000 Afghan evacuees as quickly as possible.”
“It was not specified the number of refugees that had arrived on those flights” and there are already a few thousand Afghan refugees living at Fort McCoy. More will reportedly be arriving in the coming days.
“In time, more than 10,000 men, women, and children may get processed through the fort before relocating across the country according to figures released by both the Department of Defense, along with state and local officials and agencies” WXOW News 19.
Video shows U.S. Army Soldiers handing out toys and basic necessities such as soap and other hygiene products to the refugees as they arrive at the Fort McCoy base. “Items being handed out are part of 1,600 comfort kits currently being issued by the American Red Cross, reports the U.S. Army 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade.”
“The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, with the support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security is assisting in the effort.
The initiative will provide Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan” adds the NBC News affiliate.
WXOW News 19 detailed a “day in the life” at the fort with the refugees:
Q: What is the day-to-day life currently for the Afghan people?
A: The Afghans are free to conduct their lives as they desire. On any given day you might see some folks jogging or walking in the morning for exercise. Women are washing clothes and hanging them on clotheslines for drying. Kids are playing with balls and a soccer field is available for games. Places of worship with prayer rugs are available to accommodate religious needs. Dining facilities are open for meals. Miscellaneous personal items and some food and drinks are available for purchase through post exchange trailers located in the neighborhoods.
Q: What kind of food is being offered/prepared for them?
A: Dining facilities are available for all meals, and a grab-and-go option is also offered. Culturally appropriate food is available.
Q: What kind of help/volunteers are being allowed on base and what kind of services are currently being offered?
A: We have the USO on the ground to support Soldiers who are part of Task Force McCoy. We are working with a number of interagency partners and non-governmental organizations. These include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and International Rescue Committee, to name a few. Also on the ground to support Task Force McCoy are Team Rubicon, American Red Cross, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Q: Are vaccinations for COVID-19 being offered and are Afghans encouraged to wear masks on base or is it mandated for all persons on base?
A: Medical screening is one of the services offered. Afghans are tested for COVID-19 and will receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Afghans are asked to wear masks.
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