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May 29, 2019

REP. OCASIO-CORTEZ RESPONDS TO “ENEMIES” VIDEO

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says words matter and she’s gotten death threats after hateful messages about her have aired.

The New York Democrat tweeted yesterday after a minor league baseball team in California aired a Memorial Day video that lumped her image with those of Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.

The Fresno Bee says the Fresno Grizzlies apologized to Ocasio-Cortez for the scoreboard video that was broadcast during Monday night’s doubleheader.

The video was called a Memorial Day tribute and featured patriotic images playing behind President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech. Toward the end, when Reagan mentions “enemies of freedom,” the video shows images of Kim, Castro and Ocasio-Cortez.

The team says the slap was unintentional and says it failed to properly vet the video it found on YouTube.

The Triple-A minor-league team is an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

NAVY PROBES WEARING OF TRUMP-THEMED PATCH ON UNIFORMS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy says it is reviewing whether service members violated Defense Department policy or regulations by wearing a uniform patch with the words “Make Aircrews Great Again” during President Donald Trump’s visit to their ship in Japan.

The phrase emblazoned on the patch, along with a likeness of Trump, is a play on his campaign slogan.

The military has uniform dress codes and regulations against partisan political acts while in uniform.

In a brief statement, the Navy said only that the matter was under review by Navy leadership to ensure that the wearing of the patches did not violate policy or regulations.

Trump visited the USS Wasp assault ship yesterday before returning to Washington from four days in Japan.

KOA MANAGER FIRED AFTER PULLING GUN ON BLACK COUPLE LACKING A RESERVATION

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white manager of a Mississippi campground has been fired after video showed her holding a gun while telling an African American couple to leave because they did not have a reservation.

Kampgrounds of America spokesman Mike Gast says the unidentified manager had been fired from the KOA in Starkville.

A video posted Sunday to a Facebook page apparently belonging to Macon, Mississippi, resident Jessica Richardson shows a woman in a KOA shirt holding a gun as Richardson and her husband tell her they didn’t know they needed a reservation.

Richardson did not immediately respond to messages an Associated Press reporter left through Facebook and at the nail salon where she works.

Gast says KOA “does not condone the use of a firearm in any manner” on its properties or franchises.

EX-BALTIMORE OFFICER SENTENCED TO PRISON IN CORRUPTION CASE

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore police officer accused of committing crimes as part of a corrupt department unit has been sentenced to prison.

The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jemell Rayam yesterday to 12 years in prison, following the recommendation of prosecutors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Hines reminded the judge that Rayam once gave guns and police uniforms to two friends and had them break into a home where Rayam knew $20,000 was inside. In another break-in, Hines said Rayam put a gun in a woman’s face.

Rayam was part of the Gun Trace Task Force, which prosecutors say resold looted narcotics, robbed people and falsified evidence. Rayam apologized and his cooperation was credited with leading to the indictment of at least four co-conspirators.

“SAGGY PANTS” LAW DEBATED AFTER LOUISIANA MAN’S DEATH

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man’s death during a police confrontation has sparked debate over the city of Shreveport’s law banning “saggy pants.”

The Shreveport City Council has begun discussing the possible repeal of a 2007 ordinance outlawing pants worn below the waistline with skin or underwear exposed. The move yesterday comes in response to the Feb. 5 death of 31-year-old Anthony Childs. A final vote is expected as early as next month.

News outlets report police confronted Childs over saggy pants and that at some point Childs pulled out a gun and shot himself in the chest. The coroner’s report noted three nonlethal bullet wounds from an officer who fired from a distance.

Childs’ death prompted renewed criticism of the law, which critics say disproportionately affects young black people.

PROSECUTORS SAY PENN STATE FRAT BROTHER ERASED SECURITY FOOTAGE AFTER PLEDGE DEATH

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Penn State fraternity brother erased security camera footage from the night a pledge died because he knew it would be damaging.

Braxton Becker faces misdemeanor charges of evidence tampering, obstruction and hindering apprehension for his actions after 19-year-old pledge Tim Piazza died after a night of drinking and hazing.

The Centre Daily Times says Becker’s lawyer raised questions yesterday about what investigators saw when they watched Becker retrieve video from a basement closet.

Becker’s is the first trial in the case in which about two dozen former fraternity members have faced charges.

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