Connect with us

Uncategorized

‘Im going to Cleveland to riot: Pennsylvania men indicted on conspiracy charges involving Cleveland demonstrations

Published

on

Cleveland protests

[ad_1]

CLEVELAND, Ohio Two Pennsylvania men were indicted on federal conspiracy charges that accused them of bringing a gun and fire-starting materials to last months protests in Cleveland, authorities said Friday.

A grand jury charged Devon Poland, 22, and Brandon Althof Long, 23, both of Erie, in a four-count indictment involving the May 30 demonstrations. They are accused of conspiracy to riot and cause civil disorder; conspiracy to use fire to commit a felony; interstate travel to riot; and transporting a firearm in furtherance of civil disorder.

In documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Assistant U.S. Attorney Duncan Brown said Poland sent a message to an unidentified person on Snapchat, saying, Im going to Cleveland to riot. In another message to the same person, Poland wrote, Im gonna see if I cant break into a designer store, according to the filings.

Earlier in the day, Poland wrote to another person, saying, Im going to set s–t on fire, according to Browns filing.

The protests began peacefully downtown over the case of George Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes.

The protests later turned violent, as some demonstrators burned police cars and vandalized stores and the Justice Center. Police arrested dozens, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson ordered a curfew that he subsequently extended for six days.

More charges are expected. A task force of Cleveland police and FBI agents is examining photographs and videos of the protest to identify others involved.

In documents, an FBI agent said the two men discussed going to Pittsburgh or Cleveland to see the protests. They decided on Cleveland and drove about 90 miles to the city.

They were initially stopped by Cleveland police and charged with curfew violations at 11:55 p.m. May 30 off Huron Road. Officers found a .45-caliber Glock, two bottles of fire starters and spray paint in Longs car, according to records prosecutors filed.

Long said he carried the Glock for protection, but he did not take it during the demonstrations. Cleveland police turned the case over to the FBI. Authorities obtained a warrant to search the mens phones and found the messages.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing you can witness and maybe participate in, Long wrote to Poland before they left Erie, according to the affidavits.

Poland later asked, Should we bring Molotov supplies?

Long responded: Sadly enough, I think I have everything needed for a Molotov in my car. Like normal.

Poland also sent a message to someone else moments before he was stopped by Cleveland police in which he said that he and others broke into some bars. I gotta whole a– bottle of liquor, according to Browns filing.

Maria Goellner, an attorney who represented Poland after his Pennsylvania arrest, could not be reached for comment.

Mitchell Yelsky, Longs attorney, said, The government has yet to show me any evidence that Brandon committed any act of violence or provoked or encouraged anyone to commit violence in the city of Cleveland.

[ad_2]

Uncategorized

Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

Published

on

Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories - KTVZ

[ad_1]

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

[ad_2]

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

HHS official sorry for conspiracy theory video

Published

on

HHS official sorry for conspiracy theory video

[ad_1]

HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

[ad_2]

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

Published

on

unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS...

[ad_1]

My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

[ad_2]

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2017 Zox News Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by WordPress.