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POTUS Says Black Lives Matter Movement "Can’t Just Keep On Yelling"

The president praised the movement for highlighing racial issues, but said Black Lives Matter should be more willing to work with political leaders.

President Barack Obama issued a harsh critique to the Black Lives Matter movement while meeting with young people in Europe this weekend. During the town-hall style event, Obama encouraged students to get involved with social activism, but warned change is a slow, often arduous process.

After responding to one student's claim his administration did very little to address racial profiling at airports, Obama then turned his response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Obama praised BLM for highlighting racial issues and bringing it to the attention of the masses, but he accused the movement for lack of follow through, and unwillingness to meet with political leaders.

"Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them,” Obama said. "And you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position. The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room, and then to start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved."

Back In February, Civil Rights leaders and activists gathered at the White House, however, Aislinn Pulley from Chicago's Black Lives Matter chapter was a no show and blasted the sit-down as merely a photo-op.

"I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimize the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it," Pulley wrote.

Obama continued his critique by saying once you've entered, the room, it's the responsibility of the movement to have an action plan.

“You then have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable, that can institutionalize the changes you seek, and to engage the other side, and occasionally to take half a loaf that will advance the gains that you seek, understanding that there’s going to be more work to do, but this is what is achievable at this moment,” he continued.

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Daniel Pantaleo Has Been Fired From NYPD

Five years after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in a banned chokehold, officials announced Monday afternoon (August 19) that he's been fired from the force.

"This is my decision and noting there was no pressure from City Hall. Mayor de Blasio," Police Commissioner James O'Neil said."

O'Neil continued: “If I had been in Officer Pantaleo’s situation I may have made similar mistakes. Being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs in the world.”

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner stood outside of Staten Island convenience store and reportedly sold loose cigarettes, also known as loosies, when he was surrounded by several officers. Pantaleo then placed Garner in a chokehold taking him to the ground as he yelled 11 times "I can't breathe."

The fatal encounter was recorded on cell phone footage by Ramsey Orta and shortly after went viral. Garner's final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry heard all throughout the nation as many took to the streets to protest the ongoing tensions of police brutality between law enforcement and minority communities.

Pantaleo's termination comes after The New York Times reported NYPD administrative judge Rosemarie Maldonado said Orta's video and Garner's autopsy showed "overwhelming" proof Pantaleo used the banned chokehold.

The Times also reported that Pantaleo's use of the banned maneuver "fell so far short of objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer."

Shortly after the press conference, news of Pantaleo's termination began to trend on Twitter. New York Attorney General Letitia James said this

For over 5 years, the Garner family & communities across the country have waited for justice in the death of Eric Garner.

With the termination of Officer Pantaleo, today some semblance of justice is finally being served.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 19, 2019

In memory of Eric Garner and the countless others who have unjustly lost their lives, we will continue to fight for reforms to fix our broken criminal justice system and ensure that all of our communities feel safe.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 19, 2019

 

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Woman Sets Man's House On Fire After Calling Her For Sex Then Falling Asleep

A New Jersey woman is being held without bond after police say she set a man's house on fire for falling asleep after the two planned a wee-morning hour sexual rendezvous.

According to The New York Daily News, Taija Russell, 29, received a text message from the unidentified man to come over and have sex. However, the gentlemen caller fell asleep prior to her arrival. Russell reportedly called him eight times and when he didn't respond she grew irate and texted: "I see you wanna die." As well as “You wasted my money to come out here.”

Russell then went to a nearby gas station in Woodbury, N.J., and purchased lighter fluid and a lighter and started a fire at the man's home with him inside.

The victim was able to escape wearing only his T-shirt that was reportedly covered in soot. He then ran to a nearby police station at about 4:30 AM to get help.

Law enforcement said the man's home and his furnishings were completely destroyed, however, firefighters were able to save his dog. Russell was arrested Tuesday (Aug. 13) on arson and attempted murder charges.

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Ohio Racist Arrested For Threatening Mass Shooting At Jewish Community Center

An Ohio man was arrested for making threats against a local Jewish community center.

According to reports, local law enforcement became aware of James Reardon Jr., on July 11 after he posted an Instagram video of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle. Sirens and screams could be heard in the background and officials said the 20-year-old tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the post.

New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio said the video prompted an urgent and swift investigation into Reardon.

"That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation, because of the way the world is," he said.

Reardon has branded himself a white nationalist and anti-Semite. He also reportedly attended  2017's "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the weekend, the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force raided Reardon's home and located a cache of guns, ammunition and other weapons including a gas mask and bulletproof armor.

Eleven men and women were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October just an hour away from the community center in question. Increased security has been offered to the Jewish center prior to Reardon's arrest and will remain until further notice.

"This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist. With the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we do our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly," D’Egidio said.

Reardon is being held n $250,000 bond. He's charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.

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