I have to wonder how many years it will take to straighten out the blunders of the Obama administration.

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD

BY: JOSEPH CURL APRIL 6, 2017

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Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero.

But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant.

President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama.

In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

“The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively,” the auditors wrote.
But there were plenty of other problems, too.

There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion. These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The same problems were detailed for each of the last three audits, and the auditors say the continued problems “were due to an inability to establish a compliant control environment, implement adequate financial accounting systems, retain key financial staff, and identify appropriate accounting principles and policies.”

So, look for Carson to get out his scalpel and start operating. Or perhaps he’ll use a machete.

Maybe our local schools should hire these teens to perform job searches for school officials!! How much did it cost to rid ISD 709 of I.V. Foster? I bet these kids would work for a lot, lot less.

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PRINCIPAL QUITS AFTER STUDENT NEWSPAPER PROBES HER CREDENTIALS
‘We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate’

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Amy Robertson, former Pittsburg Kansas High school principal (Photo: Twitter)
A newly hired high-school principal in Kansas abruptly resigned from her $93,000-a-year position after enterprising student reporters at the school began investigating her background.

Principal Amy Robertson quit her job at Pittsburg High School in Kansas Tuesday, the Wichita Eagle reported.

“She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials,” Trina Paul, a high-school senior and an editor of the school newspaper, the Booster Redux, told the Eagle.

“We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”

Pittsburg journalism adviser Emily Smith told the paper she is “very proud” of the budding journalists.

“They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired. They worked very hard to uncover the truth.”

On Friday, the student reporters published a story questioning Robertson’s alma mater, the private college Corllins University, where Robertson said she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees.

Corllins is an unaccredited university, but officials from the U.S. Department of Education were unable to find proof that it still operates, according to the Kansas City Star. There are dozens of student complaints online, most claiming the school is a diploma mill.

A brief inspection of the school’s typo-ridden website reveals some of its pages haven’t been updated since 2014, and links to its “University of Business,” “University of Information Technology” and “University of Law” are inoperable. The most recent post on the school’s Facebook page is from June 15, 2012.

The Better Business Bureau listing for Collins University states: “The address being used by the company of 2885 Sanford Ave SW, #12844, Grandville, MI is actually that of a company by the name of Mailbox Forwarding Inc. The true physical address of Corllins University is unknown.” The Better Business Bureau says it contacted the company, and it provided the following address: 8721 Santa Monica Blvd., #1249, Los Angeles, California 90069. However, that address appears to belong to a Mail Service Center.

California officials have confirmed that the school was never accredited or approved in the state, the Pittsburg Morning Sun reported.

During a special meeting Tuesday evening of the Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education, board President Al Menendez announced Robertson’s resignation.

“In light of the issues that arose, Amy Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position,” Superintendent Destry Brown said in a statement, the Eagle reported.

The board re-opened the principal position Wednesday.

“Our goal is to find the best person to be our principal that we can find,” Brown said. “I know the students want that too.”

Robertson, who has sporadically lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates over the last 19 years, told the Eagle, “The current status of Corllins University is not relevant because when I received my MA in 1994 and my PhD in 2010, there was no issue.”

She said, “All three of my degrees have been authenticated by the U.S. government.”

According to the Morning Sun report, “Robertson said the department of state verified her qualifications as recently as 2011, and that she has documents proving so signed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

Robertson told the paper she wouldn’t comment on the students’ concerns about her credentials.

“I have no comment in response to the questions posed by PHS students regarding my credentials because their concerns are not based on facts,” she said.

When she was hired for the Pittsburg High School position on March 6, a district spokesman said, “Robertson comes to Pittsburg with decades of experience in education.”

A news release at the time of her hiring said Robertson is CEO of Atticus I S Consultants, “an education consulting firm where she gained leadership and management experience at the international equivalence of a building administrator and superintendent.”

Superintendent Destry Brown said he was surprised the students probed Robertson’s credentials.

“The kids had never gone through someone like this before,” Brown told the Eagle.

He said he encouraged the journalism students in their quest to find the truth.

“I want our kids to have real-life experiences, whether it’s welding or journalism,” he said.

The students began looking into Robertson’s background after a search turned up Gulf News articles about an English language school in Dubai that was connected to her.

“The 2012 articles said Dubai’s education authority had suspended the license for Dubai American Scientific School and accused Robertson of not being authorized to serve as principal of that school,” the Eagle reported. “The private, for-profit school received an ‘unsatisfactory’ rating on Dubai education authority inspection reports every year from 2008 to 2012 and was closed in September 2013.”

Maddie Baden, a 17-year-old junior at Pittsburg High, said: “That raised a red flag. If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/principal-quits-after-students-probe-her-credentials/#iRToHCbdkoTKptrA.99

If this wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.

Man In Drunk Lives Matter Shirt Charged With Drunken Driving

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NEWVILLE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested a man wearing a Drunk Lives Matter shirt for drunken driving.

Police say 44-year-old Elwood Gutshall III’s blood-alcohol content was .217, which is about two and a half times the state’s legal limit for drivers when he was pulled over early on March 19 in Newville.

He was wearing a green St. Patrick’s Day shirt with the saying on it.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Gutshall, who faces a preliminary hearing May 26.

He is facing a list of charges including, DUI Highest Rate, driving under DUI suspension, and traffic violations.

Nobody answered the phone at his home Wednesday.

But…wait…its for the kids, right?

Kindergarten teacher tests positive for booze. But alcohol search in class turns up something else.
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Kindergarten teacher tests positive for booze. But alcohol search in class turns up something else.
After it was reported that Georgia kindergarten teacher

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Melanie Bullard smelled of alcohol at school, a search of her classroom turned up a loaded gun in her purse, officials said. (Image source: Paulding County Sheriff’s Office)

A staff member at Shelton Elementary in Dallas, Georgia, let it be known Thursday that a teacher smelled of alcohol, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

A school resource officer ran an alco-sensor test on Melanie Bullard, and she tested positive for alcohol, the Dallas New Era reported, adding that the 39-year-old also tested positive in a test administered a short time later.

District officials then conducted a search of her classroom and nearby areas for open containers of alcohol, Paulding County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson told the West Georgia Neighbor, when they came upon her purse on the floor under her desk.

And inside her purse officials found a loaded semiautomatic handgun, Henson told the Neighbor. A school resource officer took possession of it, the New Era said.
Bullard — who teaches kindergarten, according to the staff website — was arrested charges of reckless conduct and possession of a weapon on school property, the Journal-Constitution reported. Both charges are misdemeanors, the sheriff’s office told the Neighbor.

She was released Friday on $3,500 bond, Henson told the Journal-Constitution.

School district officials declined to comment on Bullard’s employment status because it’s a personnel issue, a spokeswoman told the Neighbor. District policy states that employees who test positive for alcohol use on school property can go through medical treatment or resign, the Neighbor said.

(H/T: EAGNews)

This has to be one of the largest taxpayer funded scams in history.

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Despite ‘serious concerns,’ Dayton to allow health insurance rescue plan become law

By David Montgomery / St. Paul Pioneer Press Today at 11:25 a.m.

 

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will allow a rescue plan for the state’s individual insurance market to become law despite having “serious concerns” about how Republican lawmakers wrote the bill.

The program, called “reinsurance,” will absorb up to $271 million per year in expensive medical claims over the next two years. Those costs would ordinarily have to be paid for by insurers and passed on to their customers in the form of higher premiums. Premiums in the individual market could be lower by 20 percent in 2018 than they would be without reinsurance, the state Department of Commerce estimated.
The $542 million bill will be paid for out of the state’s general fund and a special fund intended to provide health care to low-income Minnesotans.

But Dayton objects to how this plan is paid for, how it’s structured, and to Republicans’ rejection of his preferred fix. HMOs also refused his request for assurances that they would offer plans next year if reinsurance was passed.

“Having received no responses, I could not sign this legislation for that reason alone, in addition to my other concerns previously stated,” Dayton wrote in a letter Monday, April 3. “However, I agree with you, this bill’s authors, and those legislative leaders, who believe that this subsidy must be committed to the health insurance industry at this time, to try to induce their participation in Minnesota’s Individual Market in 2018 at the lowest possible rates.”

Torn between feeling the bill was necessary and feeling it was flawed, Dayton chose a middle ground between signing it and vetoed it: he took no action. Under the Minnesota Constitution, that means the bill becomes law without Dayton’s signature.

The “individual market” affected by this measure covers around 4 percent of Minnesotans who buy insurance directly, rather than getting it through an employer-sponsored plan or as part of a government program such as Medicare or Medical Assistance.

Is it possible that common sense is once again ruling policies in the White House?

WH: Crime-Ridden Sanctuary City of Chicago Can’t Have It Both Ways: No Federal Funds for Situation They Created

By Melanie Arter | March 31, 2017 | 7:41 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) – When asked whether President Donald Trump would still cut off law enforcement funds to the city of Chicago because it’s a sanctuary city even though it could hamper police from fighting violent crime, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said sanctuary cities can’t have it both ways – refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials and still expecting to get law enforcement grants to handle a situation they created.

“You can’t be a sanctuary city and at the same time seem to pretend or express concern about law enforcement or ask for more money when probably a number of the funds that you’re using in the first place are going to law enforcement to handle the situation that you’ve created for yourself,” Spicer said.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Justice Department would not only block sanctuary cities from receiving future DOJ grants, it would recoup the federal funds it already sent to those jurisdictions.

“Chicago gets about $12 million a year in law enforcement assistance from the federal government. Would President Trump cut off those funds due to the sanctuary city status even though it would greatly hamper the police fight against street violence, something the president has repeatedly said troubles him greatly?” a reporter asked.

“It’s interesting, you talk about street violence and then we cut off the funding for sanctuary cities. I think it would be interesting to want to send more money to a city that is allowing people to come into the country who are breaking the law, who, in many cases, are committing crimes — member of gangs,” Spicer said.

“And so you can’t be a sanctuary city and at the same time seem to pretend or express concern about law enforcement or ask for more money when probably a number of the funds that you’re using in the first place are going to law enforcement to handle the situation that you’ve created for yourself,” he said.

Spicer noted that the president’s belief on sanctuary cities is shared by “upwards of 80 percent of the American people” that U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund cities, counties and, in some cases, states that allow people illegally in this country to potentially do us harm.

Spicer said the president’s “intentions have been very clear from the beginning.”

“I think it’s vastly supported by the vast majority of the American people, but I think that to suggest that somehow they’re not inextricably linked is a failure to fully appreciate the scenario,” the press secretary said.

“Does that mean the president is more interested in deporting illegal immigrants than he is with putting shooters and killers in jail?” the reporter asked.

“No. Because if a shooter or killer is here illegally, and he’s in this country, then I think that — again, I think, respectfully, you’re delinking the two issues. If you have people who are in this country illegally that are part of a gang, that are … a threat to public safety or committing a crime, then funding that activity and allowing that to fester is in itself a problem,” Spicer said, adding that “by not rooting that out in the first place is allowing the problem to continue and not exactly showing an attempt to solve it in the first place.”

 
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Legalized robbery. Asset forfeiture has evolved into something that was not the original intent.

Billions in Civil Asset Plunder
A new DOJ report sheds light on a very problematic police revenue source.

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Our federal government has spent nearly a half-century fighting a “War on Drugs” with varying levels of success. One tactic introduced early on was the seizing of assets of those who were demonstrated to have acquired them through illegal means. Over the years, government at all levels has managed to make it even easier to secure billions of dollars of alleged profits from an illegal industry — the drug trade.

Yet while the fight against drugs has shifted over the years, from the marijuana and hallucinogens of the late 1960s, to the crack and cocaine of the 1980s, to a more recent surge in methamphetamines, the current opioid epidemic is different. It doesn’t necessarily affect the same younger, lower-class peer group as the previous drugs of choice did, nor does it have the same sort of distribution system as other narcotics. But the federal government continues to utilize asset forfeiture as a tactic, despite long-standing abuse of the process and past attempts to both document it and rein it in.

Loopholes in the current system allow for local law enforcement to partner with the federal government to assure that both get a nice piece of the action. This money has, in turn, allowed local investment in assets like drug-sniffing dogs, new police cars and equipment, and other paramilitary gear that police departments claim assists them in getting drugs off the streets. And seizure is politically popular, since people assume that only criminals are having their assets seized and therefore deserve it.

It’s no surprise, then, that yet another government review — the latest was put out this week by the Inspector General’s Office at the Department of Justice — delivers a scathing look at a practice that, by this estimate, raked in $28 billion of assets over the last 10 years. That’s a big revenue stream, and thus the real answer for why the practice continues to expand.

The IG’s 74-page review notes that the vast majority of these funds come from the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Yet, according to the report, out of 100 asset forfeiture cases selected for further review by the Inspector General’s office, “the DEA could verify that only 44 of the 100 seizures, and only 29 of the 85 interdiction seizures, had (1) advanced or been related to ongoing investigations, (2) resulted in the initiation of new investigations, (3) led to arrests, or (4) led to prosecutions. When seizure and administrative forfeitures do not ultimately advance an investigation or prosecution, law enforcement creates the appearance, and risks the reality, that it is more interested in seizing and forfeiting cash than advancing an investigation or prosecution.” In other words, the majority of those who had their assets seized were, essentially, found guilty without due process.

And it’s the perception of “policing for profit” that civil libertarians have seized on in trumpeting the report.

“This report only further confirms what we have been saying all along,” added Institute for Justice attorney Darpana Sheth. “Forfeiture laws create perverse financial incentives to seize property without judicial oversight and violate due process.” Sheth added that the “only solution” to the issue would be to end the use of asset forfeiture entirely. The Institute has long been an advocate against the practice, with their second (and most recent) report on “Policing for Profit” released in 2015.

Ending civil asset forfeiture, however, would leave law enforcement with a fiscal hole to fill — in some jurisdictions, a massive one. No one wants to call for a tax increase, and seizures act as easy money: once assets are seized, there is about an 80% chance that no recovery will be sought by the owner, and even the majority of those efforts are unsuccessful. Others might simply consider it the price of doing business or may be embarrassed by how those assets obtained.

But the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment prohibits illegal search and seizure for a reason, and it stands just as clearly now as it did when the Bill of Rights was first adopted 226 years ago. Carrying a large sum of cash is not illegal, and there are many who do so for legitimate reasons. (The same goes for certain cash transactions, although the IRS has begged to differ on that subject.)

Shaking down innocent people for cash would be called extortion if a criminal did it, so why should it be legitimate for governments to do the same? It’s indeed time to end this plunder once and for all.

Do you still wonder why so many LEO’s develop attitudes?

Police Officer Sucker Punched—Suffers Broken Nose—For Helping Man Cross the Street

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 30, 2017 | 4:57 PM EDT

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Sgt. Don Nelson of the Richmond Police Department in photo posted by the RPD on Facebook.

Sgt. Don Nelson of the Richmond, Calif., police department was sucker punched and suffered a broken nose after helping a man who “appeared intoxicated” navigate a dangerous street crossing.

The alleged perpetrator, as the San Francisco Chronicle first reported, was the man Sgt. Nelson helped.

“The department is relieved that Sergeant Nelson was able to go home to his family after this violent confrontation,” the Richmond Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook. “He will recover from the broken nose and contusions he suffered for merely trying to help the man. This is yet another reminder of the dangers of our profession even as community guardians, attacks occur with no warnings and for no reason.”

A Facebook posting by the Richmond Police Department described the event as follows:

“A Richmond police sergeant sustained injuries after trying to help a man in the middle of the street.

“RPD Sergeant D. Nelson was driving his patrol car in the 700 block of 23rd St. at 10:15 PM when he noticed a man standing in the middle of the busy street, in the opposing lane. He saw several cars swerve to avoid running the man over. The sergeant quickly made a u-turn and positioned his car to shield the man, as he wanted to help him get to a safe location.

“The sergeant got out of his car and contacted the man who appeared intoxicated. He helped the man cross lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalk. While the sergeant asked where the man lived so he could help him, the man became belligerent and agitated. Without any warning, the man punched the sergeant in the face. A physical struggle ensued and the sergeant was eventually able to physically detain the suspect. The suspect was ultimately arrested and charged for assaulting the sergeant.

“The department is relieved that Sergeant Nelson was able to go home to his family after this violent confrontation. He will recover from the broken nose and contusions he suffered for merely trying to help the man. This is yet another reminder of the dangers of our profession even as community guardians, attacks occur with no warnings and for no reason.”
h/t San Francisco Chronicle

Of course, what the author or the paper does not tell you is John is a MPCA commissioner, likely worried about his job and pushing his agenda to keep the gravy train flowing.

I always find it funny when the “rulers” don’t follow the rules.  This is a copy of the court record of the author of the letter below published in the DNT and apparently, he cares little about following laws and rules that apply to all of us…but is awful damn fast to dictate how we, the underlings, should think and live…according to him.  Higher standards for a public official?  Its nothing less than a fantasy.  For a better view of the court record, click on the image, or look it up yourself.

 

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Letter: MN anti-environment bills put politics ahead of science
By John Linc Stine Today at 2:51 p.m.

Some of the best clichés are short, sweet and accurate.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is just such a truism.
Right now in the Minnesota Legislature, there are at least 15 bills that would change longstanding environmental protections to fix “problems” that none of their supporters can actually define.

These proposals reduce or eliminate public input, put political considerations ahead of vetted science, and bog down the same environmental permits the critics already say take too long to approve and issue.

So, what is the problem they’re trying to fix? MPCA currently issues 97 percent of priority permits on time. Priority permits are construction focused permits that have the most impact on jobs and growth. Whether it’s a new business, or a city with a wastewater treatment plant, permit applicants want certainty and predictability about their permits. Instead, these laws will do the opposite by introducing uncertainty, red tape and delay.

Proposals like these seem to make the rounds every few years, making the claim that Minnesota environmental protections are “job killers.” Yet, Minnesota is proving that we can have robust environmental protection while also growing our economy. Those promoting these bills ignore economic measures that show Minnesota with low unemployment (in fact, we have a labor shortage), an economy that is outperforming neighboring states, national recognition as one of the best places to do business, and eight consecutive operating budget surpluses. At the same time, we are making progress in reducing air pollution, which is down over the last 10 years, returning contaminated brownfields to productive use, and making headway on improving water quality with 25 percent of waters with clarity improving, while only 10 percent are getting worse. Yet without offering any evidence, some people continue to repeat the false accusation that these same environmental protections are standing in the way of progress, and need to be changed.

If enacted, these laws would throw Minnesota’s successful protection programs into disarray. One law proposes to suspend state-approved and court-tested water quality standards for two years. Another would require a lengthy, expensive and duplicative scientific review process where one already exists. Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration has championed rational, reasonable environmental regulation focusing on timely, effective decision-making. Although our processes are not perfect, we are committed to continuous improvement and more efficiencies. Many, if not all, of these proposals are headed for a veto, but there is no telling which ones may survive through a second round of negotiations.

Instead of a false fix, Minnesota policymakers should focus on protecting and restoring our natural assets. In Minnesota, our plentiful, fresh water is a tremendous resource. It is an asset to all of us for drinking and recreating, and is critical for agriculture and economic opportunity for our local communities. Polluted or scarce water, on the other hand, is a disincentive to start or grow a business, and is far more costly to clean up than to protect from contamination in the first place. Protecting our natural assets is smart for Minnesota, but it does not come free or without oversight. In this equation, our existing environmental protections are reasonable, rational approaches to maintaining our assets while mitigating liabilities.

It’s one thing to debate the value and efficiency of specific regulations and environmental protection — that is a discussion we welcome. However, these proposals focus on the short-term interests of lobbyists and a handful of regulated parties, over long-term protections for air, water, land, and our most critical resource, the people of Minnesota. We invite citizens and legislators to consider these choices carefully before fixing what isn’t broken.

Mid week “good news” story. Cops get hurt every day and rarely are those responsible held accountable.

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Judge Refuses To Dismiss Police Officer’s Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter Leader, DeRay Mckesson, For Inciting Violence

BY COWGIRL ON MARCH 29, 2017

The lawsuit against Black Lives Matter leader Deray Mckesson is still in progress.

Officer’s Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter Leader DeRay Mckesson Still Active

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – DeRay Mckesson, the organizer of a violent Black Lives Matter riot, is being sued by a Baton Rouge Police Officer for injuries received during the riot. Mckesson urged a federal judge to throw the lawsuit out on Monday, but the judge has so far allowed the case to go forward.

According to The Advocate, the Baton Rouge Police Officer was injured during the riots that occurred four days after the death of Alton Sterling. An unknown suspect threw a chunk of concrete at the officer, which knocked out part of his teeth and caused other injuries.

In response, the officer sued Mckesson, who organized what is described as a protest but in reality was a riot.
The riot occurred outside Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters on July 9, 2016. Mckesson is a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and came to Baton Rouge in July, 2016, “for the purpose” of “rioting to incite others to violence against police and other law enforcement officers,” according to the lawsuit.

Mckesson not only organized the riot, he was also in charge of it, and gave orders throughout the day and night. The officer’s lawsuit states that the unknown suspect who injured the Officer was “under the care and custody” of Mckesson.

The officer’s attorney said that Mckesson was directly responsible for the protest turning into a riot. She said that the rioters were “begging for the Officers to come out and confront them.”

She also asked for the officer to remain anonymous out of fears for his and his family’s safety. He was in court for the hearing on Monday.

Mckesson’s attorney said there is no danger to the police officer, ignoring the five Dallas Police Officers who were assassinated two days later, or Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy and two other officers who were killed in a dispute a week later.

His attorney also said that there is no justification for allowing the police officer to sue Mckesson or Black Lives Matter anonymously despite the known “pattern of some pretty violent activity” which define what they call protests and what are actually riots.

At least three law suits are pending against the City of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Police Department, and three Baton Rouge Police Officers from Black Lives Matter rioters accusing police of civil rights violations.

Baton Rouge Police Officers arrested nearly 200 rioters following Sterling’s death after days of rioting and chaos within the City. The prosecutor’s office then chose not to prosecute most of those arrests, resulting in the criminals feeling justified in their unlawful actions. Mckesson was one of the suspects arrested who had charges dropped.

The city of Baton Rouge then agreed to pay the rioters $500 each for arresting them when they illegally blocked a highway.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson took all arguments under advisement on Monday and said he would issue a ruling within a few days.

This Baton Rouge Police Officer suffered permanent injury, and continues to fear for his and his family’s health and safety. None of this might have happened if DeRay Mckesson had not come to Baton Rouge and incited a riotous crowd. He is responsible, and the officer has the same right to sue that the rioters do.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Officer and his family.