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Espionage Fears as China Buys Up US Land Just a Stone’s Throw from Major Air Base

A China-based company’s proposal to build a wind farm a few dozen miles away from Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas is raising red flags about national security concerns and potential espionage.

The Blue Hills Wind development project, located not far from America’s border with Mexico, is being proposed by GH America Energy, a subsidiary of Guanghui Energy Company, which is owned by a former Chinese army officer, according to Foreign Policy.

The federal government has so far not blocked the project, which is currently undergoing a review to ensure that wind turbines do not impact pilot training at the base.

However, voices are being raised in concern.

“Why this location and why this project?” Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, a former CIA officer whose district includes the project, told Foreign Policy.

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“Why are we allowing a Chinese company to do that in the U.S.? A former U.S. general would not be able to do this kind of project in China.”

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said he has national security concerns about the project.

“It triggered alarms the first time that we got evidence of Chinese money,” he said. “If the electricity stops or the water stops flowing, those bases stop operating.”

Local officials, meanwhile, have shared their concerns with the Trump administration.

Should Chinese firms be banned from pursuing this type of project?

“Our greatest concern is the long-term implications this will have on the Air Force’s mission of pilot training not with a single application, but rather a cumulative strategy that cannot be evaluated in the first filing,” County Judge Lewis G. Owens Jr. and Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano wrote in February to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

“We believe that this project and all future projects of a similar nature will result in unacceptable risk to national security of the United States.”

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also has issues with the project.

‘“Sen. Cruz is particularly concerned by the threat of a Chinese-owned company erecting wind farms near Laughlin. China has demonstrated a willingness to invest billions of dollars in specific, targeted economic initiatives through private companies to expand the global reach of their security and espionage capabilities,” a Cruz spokesperson told Foreign Policy.

“Not only will these wind farms near Laughlin affect training routes, they could also risk our national security.”

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But in Texas, the rules are on the side of development, one expert said.

“On the state and federal level there are no regulations regarding the development of these wind farms,” Jack Hession, a senior vice president at Madison Government Affairs, a lobbying group that is supporting community opposition to the project, told Foreign Policy. “There’s no way to deny it as it was purchased. The proposal to do a wind farm was a viable option for the owner.”

Local officials started paying attention to the issue in early 2018, “after Guanghui purchased properties including nine ranches under the name of Brazos Highland Properties LP, environmentalists say, a holding company controlled by the firm,” according to Foreign Policy.

“The company proposed building 50 to 130 wind turbines that could reach up to 700 feet above ground level, according to estimates that local officials provided to the Trump administration.”

Hurd likened concerns about a Chinese firm connecting to the power grid to similar concerns about Chinese firms hooking into America’s 5G telecommunications network.

“We don’t want to have that same concern when it comes to our grid, right?” Hurd said. “So should another foreign-owned entity be able to put power on the grid which means they’re controlling some of that power right now? I think the answer is no.”

The potential for mischief worries Hurd.

“Would they be able to manipulate the industrial control systems on their side? Obviously, because they would they would own that,” he said. “Is there a way that by being connected to [the] electrical grid, that you would be able to overload that grid?”

Asked if he feared a foreign company could trigger a statewide power outage, Hurd replied: “100 percent.”

One commentator said it is never clear with Chinese firms if they are businesses or arms of the government.

“This gets to a larger debate about China’s economic system itself, about the division between the state and private sector,” Ashley Feng of the Center for a New American Security told Foreign Policy. “Are Chinese private firms that are going abroad and acquiring technology and companies and land, are they actually acting independently from the state? That’s a blurred line.”

Kwast, however, made it clear he believes that everything China does flows from a common strategy.

“This is an economic war,” he said.

“China is looking to invest in anything that can give them a competitive advantage on anything. They want to win this economic war without firing a shot.”

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The New, Woke NBA League Is Becoming Directly Involved in Elections

One could not be faulted for mistaking the National Basketball Association for a left-wing political action committee.

Liberal basketball star LeBron James’ effort to turn NBA arenas into polling places serves as just the latest example of the sports league putting its wokeness on full display.

According to Fox News, James, the current Los Angeles Laker who formed a voting rights group called More Than A Vote, is “joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

So far, NBA venues in Detroit and Atlanta have already signed on to serve as polling locations for the November elections.

The Detroit Pistons have offered use of the complex that also houses the team’s headquarters and practice facilities.

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The State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, will also be used as a polling place:

As Fox News reported, liberals cried foul when Kentucky elections officials opened two huge arenas in the state for June primary voting in June — the Louisville Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. However, now that James, a prominent left-winger, has jumped on board, the left has changed its tune.

The NBA’s latest venture into the political sphere comes not long after reports surfaced that the league would paint the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on the courts of the three Orlando, Florida, arenas that will house NBA games for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

The NBA’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement gives the impression that the league agrees with the notion that America is a fundamentally racist country. NBA executives and players do not realize how good they have it here in the United States.

As Kentucky State University political science professor Wilfred Reilly pointed out in an interview with conservative talk show host Mark Levin, the NBA serves as a perfect rebuttal to the claim that America suffers from “systemic racism.”

After all, the NBA is made up of predominantly black athletes in a country where blacks are a numerical minority. The NBA doesn’t favor athletes because of their skin color, just their talent, Reilly said. The United States as a whole is the same way, he said.

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If the NBA really cared about promoting the idea of racial equality, then it would not work so hard to cozy up to China, one of the most racist societies on the planet.

Yet, the NBA, including LeBron James, came to China’s defense in the fall after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey sent out a tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.

It’s not just the NBA that has succumbed to woke politics. The National Football League, which has also expressed interest in offering its facilities as “mega voting sites,” announced last week that it would play the “Black National Anthem” before football games.

In addition, NFL player Malcolm Jenkins, now with the New Orleands Saints, has joined CNN as a “social justice contributor” and the San Francisco 49ers recently put up a Black Lives Matter flag alongside the American flag. So much for the idea of sports as an escape from politics.

Does the left-wing activism of professional sports leagues make you less likely to tune in to their events?

The political activism of both the NBA and NFL should raise questions about their true motivations for setting up these “mega voting sites.”

The country has come a long way in creating polling places where voters can make their voices heard without fear of harassment or intimidation from partisan interests.

With less than four months to go until Election Day, it remains to be seen how many more NBA and NFL teams will decide to offer their facilities to be used as polling places.

Regardless of what happens in this regard, it seems almost certain that both leagues will continue to battle it out for first prize in the “Wokeness Olympics.”

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Actions ‘Speak Louder Than the #Woke Mob’

On the eve of a big fight, most UFC combatants are probably thinking about the same things.

What are your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses? Striking or grappling? Head shots or body blows?

UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal, however, was also apparently thinking about Goya Foods before Saturday’s welterweight title bout against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251.

While at first blush that may seem like the strangest thing to think about before a championship fight, Masvidal deserves credit for taking a stand against cancel culture regardless of the time or place.

In 2020, canceling things seems to be the left’s go-to reaction after hearing comments they don’t like, so it really should have come as no surprise that Goya Foods came under intense scrutiny and calls for boycotts this week because the company’s CEO had the unmitigated gall to say something nice about the sitting president of the United States.

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“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said during a White House event honoring Hispanic leaders on Thursday.

“We have an incredible builder. And we pray,” Unanue added. “We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country — that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

For some reason, those wholly benign platitudes sparked outrage and triggered a “#BoycottGoya” trend on Twitter.

Celebrities and politicians pounced on the trend to denounce the food producer:

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Masvidal was not having any of that nonsense. The 35-year-old fighter quickly pointed out that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to the philanthropic endeavors of Goya Foods:

Masvidal, who is of Cuban and Peruvian descent, reminded his 533,000 followers that in 2018, Goya donated one million pounds of food to those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“Actions of @GoyaFoods speak louder than the #woke mob. My people don’t get influenced by those that don’t know. They’ve been helping our people when we needed it most,” Masvidal tweeted Friday night.

For what it’s worth, Masvidal is 100 percent correct. Even if you feel that paying a small compliment to President Donald Trump is somehow an unforgivable sin, you can’t argue against the charitable work that Goya Foods has done.

Do you plan to buy Goya Foods products now that the left is boycotting the company?

A million pounds of food is nothing to sneeze at, and you can be rest assured that those aided by it probably don’t care that Unanue thinks Trump is a “builder.”

Speaking of Unanue, he also deserves credit for echoing Masvidal and refusing to apologize for his comments.

Appearing on Friday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” Unanue lamented the backlash and reminded viewers that he also worked with former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

“So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president,” he said. “And you make a positive comment [about another], all of a sudden, that’s not acceptable.”

It’s also worth mentioning that lost amid the Trump compliment backlash on Thursday, Goya Foods actually announced that it would be donating 2 million pounds of food to various food banks in the United States:

According to the “woke” mob, donating millions of pounds of food to those most in need is apparently a meaningless gesture if you dare praise the president, which is made out to be the height of heinousness.

If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the fringes of the far left, nothing will.

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Bath & Body Works Employee Yells ‘F— Donald Trump’ at Man Wearing MAGA Face Mask

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Jeremiah Cota was taking a break from the desert heat and enjoying time with his family when he suddenly heard “F— Donald Trump” yelled at him as they walked through a popular upscale mall in Arizona.

Cota, the director of strategic initiatives for the Republican Party’s Trump Victory Committee campaign in Arizona, was wearing a Make America Great Again face mask when the incident happened in front of the Bath & Body Works at the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Cota, accompanied by his cousin and her little daughter, saw that the expletive had been fired off by an employee standing near the store entrance.

Trump Victory spokesperson Keith Schipper told The Western Journal that Cota needed to take a second to process what he thought he had just heard and then decided to inform the store’s manager.

He proceeded into the Bath & Body Works and asked the woman who had just yelled ‘F— Donald Trump’ at him for her store’s manager. She told him she was the manager.

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Cota recorded the encounter on his phone.

“You said, ‘F— Donald Trump?’” he asked.

Do you approve of how Bath & Body Works responded to the incident?

“Yeah, because that’s how I feel,” she confirmed.

Cota posted the video on Twitter, tagging Bath & Body Works.

As of the time of publication, the video had been viewed approximately 1 million times.

Replies from Bath & Body Works’ official Twitter account followed.

“We’d like the opportunity to speak with you about your experience, Jeremiah. Please DM us your phone number and best time to contact you. Thank you!” was one.

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“We assure you we [are] taking this seriously and partnering with the appropriate team for further review,” the chain added in response to another Twitter user.

The Western Journal reached out to Bath & Body Works and received a response via email stating the employee in question no longer works with the company.

“We absolutely do not condone these actions, as all customers should be treated with respect,” the statement from a spokesperson read.

“We are working to connect with the customer to share our deepest apologies for his experience. The associate in the video is no longer employed by the company.”

Schipper described the incident as sadly another example of intolerance from those opposed to Trump.

“People should be able to go to the mall with their family and enjoy some time and not have to worry whether they’re going to be yelled at for who they support for president,” he said.

Schipper noted it was not the first time Trump supporters in Arizona have experienced unacceptable behavior directed toward them.

He pointed to a far more serious example in late May in Bullhead City, when an object, thought at first to be a bullet, shattered a window at the Mojave County Republican Office, while six people hosting an online MAGA Meet Up were inside.

Fox News reported that local police did not believe it was a bullet, but an RNC official said witnesses, some of whom were military veterans, described the impact as “extremely loud and quick” and said it “seemed like a gunshot, based on their experience with weaponry.”

It was a “scary situation” for the volunteers in the building at the time, the official said.

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Politician Receives Racist Letter – Then Police Discover He Sent It Himself

Getting started in politics is a difficult thing. You need name recognition and, at least at first, you need effort.

Jonathan Lopez was willing to put in the work. He didn’t have name recognition, however. How could he?

The Hermiston, Oregon, man’s first attempt at breaking into the field involved a run for Umatilla County commissioner. He lost in the primary. Nevertheless, he persisted. He decided to think outside the box.

Authorities said he sent a racist letter to himself in late June. Not the most ethically sound strategy for getting some free publicity — but hey, an alleged hate crime hoax worked for Jussie Smollett, however briefly.

“Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this county,” the letter said, according to a photo provided to KEPR-TV. “[W]e will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f—– Mexicans in the area!”

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The letter added that Mexicans were “not welcome here” and “America is for the God fearing, pro gun, pro life humans who refuse to be controlled by the government.”

It was signed, “Sincerely, America!”

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Lopez expounded on his feelings about the letter — which included campaign-worthy language.

“Many don’t know me or who I am and where I stand,” Lopez wrote. “As an American born man who served in the [United States Coast Guard], fire and rescue services. I’m also proud of where my parents and grandparents were born and raised, Mexico. I have lived a life full of obstacles and challenges Including racism. There is no room or tolerance of that.”

Should this former candidate be charged for his alleged hate crime hoax?

This was, he said, an opportunity to check our rhetoric and hearts.

“We now more than ever must address these issues that are destroying and distancing us from unification,” Lopez wrote. “We must be mature and adults about things and address them properly at a table or meeting in which we can come to an agreement or mutual understanding!”

“I hold no resentment for whom ever wrote this; I’m just simply heart broken for the lack of knowledge, education and respect missing. I pray for you and wish you prosperity in your life. God bless us all!”

Our minor-league Jussie Smollett turned the letter over to the Hermiston Police and worked with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office. That didn’t end well.

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According to the East Oregonian, police announced Monday that Lopez had admitted to writing the letter.

“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated,” Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said in an email.

“Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”

“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic,” Edmiston added.

“The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today. As a lifelong resident of this diverse community, I’m disgusted someone would try to carelessly advance their personal ambitions at the risk of others.”

Lopez swears he never meant to mislead, claiming the letter was supposed to be a composite of the kind of hate he’d experienced.

“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out,” he said.

It seems other things have “spiraled out” for Lopez, however. The candidate hadn’t served in the military, police said, which would be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.

Police say they’re investigating other documents presented by Lopez during his run for office that might have been fake, according to KOMO-TV. Filing a false police report is a class A misdemeanor in Oregon. He also had what KOMO called “a lengthy criminal history.”

The case has been passed on to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office for possible charges.

On Wednesday, Lopez apologized to “esteemed Umatilla county commissioners, leaders, representatives, law enforcement, community members and all residents” in another letter, this one somewhat less salacious.

“With the most deepest sincerity of what’s left of my heart and life. I would like to apologize for my wrongful doings,” he wrote. “The letter written by me came from a dark low place. It should have never been written.”

The hate crime hoax arose, Lopez said, from a “moment of weakness and desperation.”

“I know I am only but one man, but one man who can try and hope to come to a place of peace and compassion,” he wrote. “I do with my most sincerity regret that letter and actions. I do encourage the community to work strongly and united to overcome the obstacles that are still ahead of all. To set aside all and any hard differences that are simply opinions and work to make solid solutions for the progression of all!”

Alas, he probably won’t be involved in crafting those solutions, at least as an elected official.

I also don’t think he’s going to get the Smollett treatment from prosecutors, who are less inclined to let admitted hoaxers go with a minor cash fine and some very desultory work with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition if they haven’t starred in high-profile TV shows.

As for the takeaway from the l’affaire Lopez, Britt Griffith probably said it best:

And that’s the thing — what Lopez wants you to know is that even though he wrote a fake hate letter directed at him, you shouldn’t think that liberals are blowing up racist acts for political purposes or anything.

For instance, see if you can parse this answer he gave KEPR-TV on the issue of his hoax:

“It cannot be used as something to discredit any other possible form or way or act of racial issues reason being is law enforcement their job is to secure and protect everyone,” he said.

“If they start thinking because of one bad apple, in this case one bad situation the rest are bad then they are not going to do their job properly or correct and you know that’s not what they are here for.”

Right. Whatever that meant.

But that still means incidents like this — particularly when they’re high-profile and make a political point — shouldn’t necessarily be uncritically accepted.

So, alas, the political career of Jonathan Lopez looks to be over. Then again, America loves a comeback.

I wonder what other hoax he might be able to perpetrate. Maybe those brothers Smollett contracted out for his “attack” can cook something up.

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150 Minneapolis Cops Allegedly File Disability Claims

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More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers.

Their disability claims come as the city is seeing an increase in violent crime and while city leaders push a proposal to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency.

While Floyd’s death in May and the unrest that followed are not the direct cause of many of the duty disability requests, attorney Ron Meuser said, those events and what Meuser called a lack of support from city leadership were a breaking point for many who had been struggling with PTSD from years on the job.

Duty disability means the officer was disabled while engaged in inherently dangerous acts specific to the job.

“Following the George Floyd incident, unfortunately it became too much and as a result they were unable to, and are unable to, continue on and move forward,” Meuser said.

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“They feel totally and utterly abandoned.”

He said many officers he represents were at a precinct that police abandoned as rioters broke in during the unrest. Some officers feared they wouldn’t make it home, he said, and wrote final notes to loved ones. Rioters ultimately set fire to the building.

Mayor Jacob Frey issued a statement saying that unrest following Floyd’s death tested the community and officers in profound ways. He said cities need resources to reflect the realities on the ground.

“In the meantime, I am committed to supporting those officers committed to carrying out their oath to serve and protect the people of Minneapolis during a challenging time for our city,” he said.

Has Minneapolis turned on its own police department?

Meuser said in recent weeks, 150 officers have retained his office for help in filing for duty disability benefits through the state’s Public Employment Retirement Association, or PERA.

So far, 75 of them have already left the job, he said.

The Minneapolis Police Department currently has about 850 officers and will adjust staffing to ensure it can do its job, police spokesman John Elder said.

The city said it has received 17 PTSD workers compensation claims in the last month, but when it comes to PERA duty disability, officers are not obligated to notify the police department that an application was submitted.

Meuser said the city isn’t being transparent about departures and that the numbers it sees will lag, as PERA benefits take months to process.

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Doug Anderson, executive director for PERA, said 150 officers seeking duty disability from one department would be high.

PERA approved 105 disability applications from both police and firefighters statewide in 2019, including 60 claims for duty-related PTSD and 20 for other work-related injuries.

PERA is primarily a retirement plan, in which members and employers contribute funds. Members who become disabled can receive a disability benefit until age 55, at which time retirement benefits kick in.

A high percentage of those on duty disability do not return to the job, Anderson said.

“It’s a disability that as a general rule is a permanent designation entitling them for benefits for the rest of their life,” Meuser said.

Meuser made his announcement amid an increase in violent crime. From Thursday night to Friday morning alone, nine people were shot in Minneapolis, including one fatally.

Police data analyzed by the Star Tribune show that at least 243 people have been shot so far this year, compared with 269 in all of 2019.

Meuser said he believes Minneapolis officers are being unfairly tarnished and that it’s time to call out “decades of failed leadership” in the city.

Meuser opposes calls to dismantle or defund the police department, and said he hopes the news that veteran officers are leaving will make the public reassess the city’s current trajectory.

“The men and women in public safety who give their heart and soul to serve Minneapolis and keep it safe deserve to have Minneapolis leaders to step up and supporting them,” he said.

“Instead of spending time plotting the dismantling of the force, let’s come together to improve community trust and work towards a safer city for all. “

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Dangerous Dog Dispute Ends in Murder of 11-Year-Old Girl, Her Father

A Florida man allegedly killed two of his neighbors, including an 11-year-old girl, on Monday after a dispute over his dog, police said.

The alleged attacker, Ronald Delserro, 82, who was armed with two handguns when he entered his neighbors’ house, was found dead by members of the responding SWAT team, according to the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

Since March, Delserro and his wife Sandra had been in a dispute concerning their dog with their neighbors, the Hansman family.

Harper Hansman, 11, called 911 on Monday saying that a neighbor was in her home and shooting a gun, police said. Officers responded and engaged in a firefight with Delserro.

One unidentified officer was shot twice but was released from the hospital later with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

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The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy removed the 11-year-old from the home during the shooting, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Guy Alexander Hansman, 55, was pronounced dead on the scene. He was the father of Harper Hansman.

Delserro was found dead on the second floor of the home, according to police. An investigation into the cause of his death is ongoing.

“On March 4, 2020, Port St. Lucie Police Department Animal Control Officers responded to the victim and suspect’s residences for a dog bite involving the suspect’s dog, a female gray Mastiff named ‘Roxy,’” police said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The adult female victim reported she was attacked and bitten by the suspect’s dog, which led to a Dangerous Dog hearing.”

The shooting appeared to be directly related to the dog dispute, according to Port St. Lucie Assistant Police Chief Richard Del Torro, Treasure Coast Palm News reported.

Delserro agreed to quarantine the dog in his home for 10 days after the original March complaint, but one day after he signed the agreement, it was seen running around the Hansmans’ yard.

Animal control officers subsequently ordered the Delserros to take the dog to a nearby compound, police said in an updated statement.

The dog was soon returned to the Delserros, but they violated dangerous dog restrictions two additional times, according to police.

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The Special Magistrate declared the dog to be dangerous in June, but when Delserro was presented with a final declaration letter on July 1, he refused to sign.

Four other individuals were in the house when the shooting began but managed to escape, Port St. Lucie police said.

The dog was euthanized on Wednesday.

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Sculpture of Escaping Slave Vandalized with BLM Graffiti

Members of a congregation in Indiana are taking extra measures to protect their church after a statue an African-American woman who escaped slavery in the 19th century was defaced last week.

A statue memorializing Lucy Higgs Nichols, a former slave who escaped a life of captivity and became a nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War, was vandalized at the Second Baptist Church in New Albany — just north of Louisville, Kentucky, across the Ohio River.

The statue depicts the former slave escaping captivity with her infant daughter.

WAVE-TV reported the monument was vandalized Friday by someone who wrote “BLM,” an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, in red spray paint.

Other graffiti was spray-painted on the statue as well:

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Second Baptist Church Pastor LeRoy Marshall told WAVE that the almost 170-year-old house of worship was once viewed as a sanctuary of sorts for escaped slaves who were able to make it across the river to freedom.

Marshall also said members of his church, which WAVE reported has a majority black congregation, are upset that the statue was defaced.

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“This, this whole situation was really depressing for a lot of our church members,” Marshall told the outlet.

“This is a slap in the face to everybody.”

The Second Baptist Church — which was part of the Underground Railroad, according to the Jeffersonville-based News and Tribune newspaper — has taken measures to restore the statue, including enlisting the monument’s creator to chisel away some of the paint as a temporary solution.

But the church also intends to put the entire property under video surveillance.

A nonprofit group called Friends of the Town Clock Church is currently holding an online fundraiser which will use donations to install security cameras around the church.

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The organization’s treasurer, Jerry Finn, said people are stepping up to help.

“All community donations, just people saying, ‘I want to help,” Finn told WAVE. “What it will allow us to do is put cameras in place to monitor the gardens and the church as well.”

“Please join us as the Friends of the Town Clock Church  raises funds to install a security system to protect the building and Underground Railroad Gardens. After getting bids, we have increased the fundraising total to be able to purchase this needed equipment to avoid future vandalism,” a GoFundMe page set up by Finn reads.

As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised more that $5,000, but the group reported that a total of $6,600 had been raised when including other donations.

The church hopes to have its new security cameras installed within 10 days.

The desecration of Nichols’ monument comes as monuments and statues — even of those who fought against slavery — have become targets of vandalism across the country.

This past weekend, a statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass was toppled in Rochester, New York.

Nichols, while not as well known as Douglas, was an important figure in the movement to abolish slavery.

According to the Indiana Historical Bureau, she was born a slave in Tennessee in 1838.

In 1862, during the Civil War, the former slave escaped and joined the 23rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers as a nurse, where she treated wounded soldiers until the conclusion of the war in 1865.

She settled in New Albany and later petitioned Congress for a pension owed to Civil War nurses, but she was denied.

Several years later, Nichols was finally awarded a pension. She died in 1915.

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