One of the three Portland police officers who had posted on his Facebook page the Portland police badge, covered with a bracelet that read “I AM DARREN WILSON,” has been put on desk duty, the Portland Police Bureau confirmed.
Sgt. Pete Simpson said Wednesday that Officer Rob Blanck, a 24-year bureau veteran, has been reassigned to desk duty in the bureau’s Operations Support Unit, historically known as the telephone reporting unit.
Simpson said the re-assignment was due to an “unrelated personnel issue, not the Facebook post.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said.
Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
The blockage was discovered after she felt discomfort on Tuesday night, the court said. For the past few years, Ginsburg has been working out with a personal trainer at the Supreme Court gym, and a court official said she was there when she felt the discomfort.
Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
In Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged the amendment. They argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.
At least 44 people were arrested as protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night over the Michael Brown case, police said early Wednesday.
Two guns and a Molotov cocktail were seized while rocks, broken tent poles and bottles were hurled at officers, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. Windows were broken at City Hall and tear gas was deployed nearby. However, there was no repeat of the widespread shooting, looting and arsons the wracked the St. Louis suburb overnight Monday.
“Generally it was a much better night,” Belmar told a 2:30 a.m. ET news conference. Most of the arrests were for misdemeanors, he added. They included people residing in New York, Oklahoma and Georgia.
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, says the first public comments from police officer Darren Wilson added “insult after injury,” following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer in the teen’s death.
Wilson’s account “sounds crazy,” Michael Brown Sr. told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. It’s “disrespectful,” McSpadden explained.
Attorney General Eric Holder says “far more must be done to create enduring trust” between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.
Civil rights lawyers at Justice working alongside FBI agents have also been examining whether white officer Darren Wilson intentionally violated the civil rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black man he shot dead August 9.
Proving that Wilson, who was cleared Monday by a St. Louis County grand jury, violated federal criminal law will be difficult, DOJ veterans say.
But in the aftermath of the local grand jury announcement, Holder insisted the federal probe of the policeman is ongoing and independent of St. Louis prosecutors.
Please take this into account if you plan to travel for the holidays.
Travel trouble is brewing for Thanksgiving. In something of a replay of last week’s spring-to-winter cold plunge, traffic-snarling snow and ice are in the forecast from New England to Georgia for Wednesday — the busiest day of the holiday week on the roads, on the rails and in the skies.
And it couldn’t come at a worse time: AAA said 41 million Americans will travel for this Thanksgiving, the most in seven years, and millions of them are in for a mess.
In the Northeast, where temperatures reached into the sunny 70s Monday, conditions could be cold and strong enough to qualify as a Nor’easter within just 48 hours. Highs approaching the record for Nov. 24 in New York City and parts of New Jersey could fall as much as 40 degrees by Wednesday morning as a cold coastal system moves in, dropping rain along the shore and a wintry mix inland.
The streets were quiet but fires continued to burn Tuesday following a night of violence triggered by a grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown.
Demonstrators taunted police, shattered windows and set fire to two St. Louis County police cars at the protest’s furious peek. Scattered, intermittent gunfire was also reported.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference early Tuesday that at least a dozen buildings were set ablaze and that he had heard at least 150 gunshots, none fired by police. A police officer was shot but not seriously hurt, Belmar said.
Police had made 29 arrests.
The family of Michael Brown released a statement immediately following the revelation that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting of their son.
The statement read:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Monday.
Hagel, who has served in this position since February 2013, was forced out by President Barack Obama, CNN confirmed from several sources.
White House officials, however, are portraying this as a mutual decision.
Administration officials said there were a series of discussions over the past several weeks with the President, initiated by Hagel. The talks covered a “broader discussion of national security for the next two years,” a defense official said.