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A White Man Pulled A Gun On Black Muslim Teens Inside Of A McDonalds

"I've had people being racist towards me before, but I've never had a gun pulled on me until now."

Police are investigating an unidentified white man who reportedly pulled a gun on a group of black Muslim teens inside of a Minnesota McDonalds.

The investigation was birthed after one of the teens posted a video to social media Monday. The clip quickly went viral garnering more than a million views at the time of this post.

While speaking to Buzzfeed News Tuesday (Nov. 20) 16-year-old Farida Osman said she thinks the potential fatal incident occurred because of her race and religion.

"I think it’s because we were black and Muslim," Farida said. "I've had people being racist towards me before, but I've never had a gun pulled on me until now."

Farida said she and a group of friends, three other girls, and about 10 boys, were at a library down the block from the McDonalds and decided to get some food. The boys sat down and the girls got in line to order.

Another girl within the group Jihan Abdullahi attempted to pay with Apple Pay but after several tries was unable to, in essence holding up the line. Jihan's friend Amal tried to pay for her food with Apple Pay as well but couldn't. It was then the man in the video began making comments.

"He was being kind of aggressive," Amal, who was wearing a red Hajib said. According to Amal, someone behind the teens and in front of the complainer attempted to quell the rising tension. "Sir, we're all waiting for our dinner."

The manager then instructed Amal and Farida to get out of line if they couldn't pay, which they did. As the two got to the back of the line, the complainer commented the girls would probably pay for their meal with an EBT card, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, a form of payment given to those on welfare.

"Jihan said, 'Just because I'm black does not mean I use EBT.' Basically, after that, he was trying to say, 'You do use EBT,' and Jihan was saying, 'No I don’t,' and telling him to stop being racist."

Farida began to fear when the man began to approach her friends. "He started walking towards Amal and Jihan screamed at her and at this point, when I tried to get my phone out to start recording, he backed away," she said.

Farida said she could see the man ball up his fists. She then called for her guy friends who came to their defense. "Once he saw a big group of Somali boys, he felt even more threatened, even though nobody made threats or touched him," she said.

As the confrontation continues, a McDonald's manager can be seen yelling at the group of teens and telling to them get out. As one of them screams the man had a gun, the manager still tells them to leave. It was only after a man, who did not identify himself, corroborates the teen's story the manager believes him.

"Don't send them out there when the dude just pulled a f**king gun on them. You better f**king call the cops."

Farida said she was thankful the man spoke up. "I’m so thankful that one man was there," Farida said. "I feel like if he wasn’t there, we would have had to leave; they would’ve called the cops on us."

In a statement, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota police said they're investigating the circumstances of the incident to determine if a crime was committed.

"We’re children," Farida said. "If the good guy who helped us wasn’t there to help us, we would’ve been kicked out and we could've been shot."

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The Viral Covington Catholic High School Teen Is Suing The Washington Post

Nicholas Sandmann, the 16-year-old Kentucky teen who went viral after footage showed him wearing a MAGA hat starring at a Native American man, has launched a lawsuit against The Washington Post to the tune of $250 million.

According to reports, Sandmann's lawyers filed a complaint Tuesday (Feb. 19) and argued the newspaper neglected to add context to the video, which resulted in damage to the teen's reputation, as well as him allegedly being bullied and harassed.

"[The Post] intended to harm Nicholas because he was a white, Catholic boy wearing a MAGA hat, and consciously ignored the threats of harm that it knew would inevitably ensue, in favor of its political agenda," the complaint outlines.

Nicholas and veteran Nathan Phillips crossed paths in January at the March For Life protest in Washington, D. C. While at the Lincoln Memorial, Philips was singing and playing a drum after the Indigenous Peoples March. Scenes from the video show teens in the background making tomahawk chopping gestures with their hands as Philips moves through the crowd, as Nicholas is seen smiling directly in his face.

Longer videos, however, provide more background. Black Hebrew Israelites were shouting and a confrontation ensued between Native Americans and tourists. BuzzFeed News spoke with Hunter Hooligan another attendee of the Indigenous People's March and described Nicholas' behavior as "mob mentality."

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"What made me feel scared was the mob mentality of the situation," Hooligan said. "That type of tactic of instilling fear and intimidation and overpowering and outnumbering has been a consistent weapon of white supremacy against indigenous people."

The lawsuit claims Nicholas was singled out by the paper's coverage of the incident and was motivated by their own political agenda.

"The Post must be dealt with the same way every bully is dealt with, and that is hold the bully fully accountable for its wrongdoing in a manner which effectively deters the bully from again bullying other children."

Speaking to Buzzfeed News, The Post is planning to "mount a vigorous defense."

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Stockton Launches Basic Income Program Gifting Residents With $500 A Month

Stockton, California has launched its basic income plan gifting dozens of residents with $500 a month, the Huffington Post reports.

Last year, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded to criticism over the program which was designed to help close the poverty gap as residents struggle to stay afloat amid California's skyrocketing rent prices and increase in homelessness.

The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

Exciting! Congrats to the team, the city, and to the recipients. We’ve learned so much getting to this point and I am looking forward to learning more. Stockton lead the way @stocktondemo #ReinventStockton https://t.co/j2OPkA4zG8

— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 15, 2019

Stockton's median household income is just under $50,000 a year. Residents are chosen through an “algorithm” to make sure that the selection is representative of the community’s diversity.

The money is funded by a grant from the Economic Security Project, in addition to other funds raised, Tubbs said.

“There’s no restriction on how people can use the money,” he pointed out. “If people use it for drugs and alcohol that’s there prerogative. [But] if I didn’t believe in the capacity of the folks who elected me to make good decisions, I probably shouldn’t be mayor.”

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Boyfriend Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend And Her Son Jumps In Front Of Train

An ex-con who's suspected of brutally beating his girlfriend and her son to death committed suicide by jumping in front of Metro-North train six hours after the murders.

According to The New York Daily News, Hector Cruz, 51, is believed to have stabbed and used a workout weight to bludgeon Marisol Ortiz, 51 and her 14-year-old son Alanche del Orbe in their Bronx apartment.

Ortiz's 21-year-old daughter, Chantal del Orbe, found the bodies after returning home from a friend's house. Before bursting into tears, Chantal hung a birthday banner over a makeshift memorial created for her brother who was killed a day before his 15th birthday.

“He was sweet all the time,” she said of her brother. “It was all love in that house.”

Grieving friends, family and those in the neighborhood say they have no doubt Cruz is the killer. “Go in peace my aunt with my nephew. Wow, I feel so powerless why do things like this have to happen. My God. Mourning. What a great loss," Emiluz Ortiz wrote on Facebook.

Cruz was released from prison in 2016 after serving seven years for first-degree assault, and while speaking with the Daily News Chantal said Cruz showcased signs of possessiveness.

“He was a bit jealous. He was strange. He would look through (Ortiz’s) phone but he was never aggressive. He always said he wanted the family united,” she said. “He never really convinced me. Days before he was acting strange.”

The crime was so severe, Ortiz’s cousin Haydee Leonardo said it's affected the funeral.

“They’re going to cremate the bodies because they were told that their faces were so brutally beaten, you can’t see who they were. You can’t see their faces,” he said.

Cruz was reportedly killed by a northbound Metro-North train at the Hartsdale station Sunday morning (Feb. 17) at 9:45 AM.

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