A suspect has been arrested in Plantation in the investigation into suspicious packages that were sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, according to reports.
CNN broke the news, followed soon after by an NBC News report that a man “has been taken into custody for questioning.” Both reports cited unnamed law-enforcement sources.
Sarah Isgur Flores, director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, later confirmed the basic details on Twitter: “We can confirm one person is in custody,” Flores tweeted.
She said there will be a press conference at 2:30 p.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a tweet that he had been briefed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on “developments regarding the attempted bombings.”
“ANY attempt to harm others is disgusting & has no place in Florida or our country,” Scott said on Twitter. “I appreciate the hard work of law enforcement to bring swift justice to whoever is responsible for these cowardly acts.”
The suspect’s identity and his role in the plot remain unclear. CNN reported that the suspect, a man in his 50s with a criminal history, has an Aventura address and ties to New York.
A police source told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that authorities tracked the suspect to Plantation, near Broward Boulevard and State Road 441, but no other information was available.
Meanwhile, Jim DeFede of CBS4 News in Miami reported, citing a law-enforcement source, that the arrest was made about 10:30 a.m. at an auto parts store in Plantation.
DeFede reported a “loud explosion” — possibly from a law-enforcement device — was heard during the arrest.
Lucy Parsons Project Racists Protest Pakistanian Middle Eastern Cafe in San Fransisco
Looks like the GOP can’t help funding fake “progressive” organizations under the guise of fighting for black rights. What’s the new “cause?” A half dozen white women have been daily protesting a local Middle Eastern Cafe owned by a Manny Yekutiel, a man of Pakistani Jewish Descent whose family fled persecution in Pakistan.
Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central, accessible and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen,” he told the San Francisco Examiner.
Manny’s has earned praise for hosting talks with speakers on issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to urban sustainability.
But Yekutiel, who is Jewish, is being protested weekly, accused of espousing “racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals.” His café has been vandalized and painted with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans over and over again — mainly by White racists.
The only allegation seemingly against him is that he is Jewish. Yekutiel has even said he does not support everything the Israeli government does and disagrees with its treatment of the Palestinians — and has many friends who are Palestinian.
Yekutiel reportedly has met nearly all the requirements of United to Save the Mission, a coalition of more than a dozen neighborhood nonprofits and activist groups. They include bilingual signage and staff, moderate prices (a cup of coffee is $1.75) and food prepared by a nonprofit employing homeless, formerly incarcerated and low-income community members, who earn all the food revenue. Community groups can use the space for free.
Brooklyn District Attorney Drops Charges Against Mother Who Had Child Ripped Away by Police
A video showing NYPD officers violently removing a woman’s one-year-old child from her arms has sparked national outrage — even after NYPD and the Brooklyn DA informed us that they would be not pursuing charges. Additionally, NYPD Commissioner O’Neill has informed the public he is personally looking into the case..
Nyesha Ferguos posted the video to her Facebook page on Friday. It shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headly clinging to her son, Damone, and telling officers they are hurting him as they attempt to yank the child away from her. One officer waves a yellow stun gun at the outraged crowd, which includes children, several of whom are filming on their cell phones.
When she refused to stand, security called the police. The situation quickly escalated. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told CBS2 News that “a Taser was used” and that HRA peace officers tried to remove Headley because of what they described as “disorderly conduct towards others and for obstructing the hallway.”
NRA Lost $55 million in 2017, and Expected to Lose More
According to tax records obtained by The Daily Beast, the NRA reportedly lost a whopping $55 million in income from 2016 to 2017—a devastating downswing for an organization whose public profile has only grown in the gun-loving radiance of the Trump administration. Notably, almost 20 percent of the $98 million dollars taken in by the NRA in 2017 came from a single—and wouldn’t you know it, anonymous—donor.
Also, should be noted the National Rifle Association is doing away with free coffee and water coolers for employees at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters — a cost-cutting move that has NRA insiders “freaking out.”
The coffee cutback is the just latest indication that the NRA is hurting for cash.
In May, the gun group sued Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, claiming that his state’s zealous regulatory efforts against its Carry Guard insurance program had cost the NRA “tens of millions of dollars” in lost revenue, legal fees, and other damages. (A federal judge recently ruled that the suit can go forward.)
Additionally, the FBI investigation into their connection to Russia is “on going” and will most likely lead to more legal fees and financial problems.