these are questions only for you to ask and answer yourself....some may apply and some may not.
I ask because whats stopping you from reaching your greatest point of potential....
do you not have anything to wake up and go to work for outside of paying bills with enough left over for some sneak...
do you wake up with a sense that you need to better than you was yesterday.
do you wake up and see if the chick you want to smash , texted you in the night..
do you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with what you see or what you have become...
do you have or have you made any future plans..
where are you in your future plans? how far does your future plans go?
are they listed step by step with contingency plans or are they just dreams of something you want?
when was the last time you was proud you completed something, a task?
Are you aware of how your surroundings effect your thoughts?
whats your ringtone? what does it say about you?
Are you strong enough to block out the negative or must you be in the middle of drama to feel alive?
does you music you listen mostly consist of being in the club, fukk this bitch, i fukked a bitch, beat a nigga ass, im tough like Nigerian hair, alpha male, jumpman jumpman? do you understand how these lyrics effect your thought process and how you view the world?
When was the last time you heard or had an inspirational song in your rotation that didnt have nothing to do with getting illegal money or bagging a hoe?
speaking of hoes....are hoes appealing to you?..why?
if they are women who give themselves freely to any man, how is that attractive to you? regardless of how good she looks, do you think you deserve better? even if its just to get a nut, do you think you time is more valuable than to be laid up with a known cumrag.
Are you happy with your health?
are you happy with your body?
they say a man is only as good as his last challenge...what was your hardest challenge....when was the last real challenge. Are you ok with easy more than you are with hard?
Are you the smartest in your group or the dumbest?
are you a man of strong moral values and principle that cant be changed no matter whats in front of you?
are you a manager or you family or a leader?
do you push those around you to be better or are you ok with being the best and fukk the rest?.
Do you share your knowledge or do you keep it to have an advantage over those you hold close?.
do you make your family or does your family make you?
Are you goals something you would like or something you wont stop until you get ?
Are you living for today or planning for tomorrow?
Do you have a plan for your grandkids if your kids fukk up?
If you die tomorrow...will your family be able to move forward without struggles?
If someone asked a lil kid that knows you.....what do they see when they see you...what would they say?
Do you think your viewed as a person to be admired because you are not to be fukked with or a person to be admired because you have strong morals and ethics.
All these questions.......to get you to ask yourself....who are you really.
are you the person you want people to see you as or the person you want to be or the person you think you are.
you deserve your best you.
you have alot of motivating things on this site,
@kai is a black female sceintist
@sion is smart as hell and wont be told he can not be a billionaire and stays up all night to stay ahead of the game. and knows investing.
@Will Munny lived his dream of fight an MMA fight. got his ass beat but he did it.and he is ok with being himself and going hunting and fishing. seems simple....be hes ok being him.
@not_osirus_jenkins building up himself an empire. one flipped house at a time.
are you motivated yet....
@EmM HoLLa. driving around in porches and sneaking in shots of his watch....are you motivated.
@BOSSExcellence be lowkey stuntin.... saying he at the movies and sends a pic to prove it but lets all know he was wearing loubintins.
but i guess your not motivated by money.
@BigBallsNoWorries travels around the world. so does @scorpio4lfe @vagrant-718 @Knock_Twice @Figo @usmarin3 and alot others.
are you motivated yet.....no
@zzombie @Cinco invested in homes and their futures are set . imagine being 30 and not have to go to work anymore....
motivated yet. no
@Young_Chitlin posts weekly links or youtubes about getting outta debt...
helpful posts and links are always in the business forum
@Black_Samson and @SimptimusLEMZUS are into fitness. are you afraid to ask them to hook you up with a program to get into shape. scared to video chat with them to scream at you to motivate you ?
all these examples ....you can choose to think its all a lie....by why come here if you think that. that say more about your mindframe than it does anything else....
do you only come to pass the time.....even passing time...you can network for future potential.
dont trust internet people ? ok,,, do you think an inperson broker can be trusted. they dip out with peoples money everyday.
those that are rewarded are those that take risks.
so many things...where are you in your life. honestly answer yourself.
honestly create a timeline of your life and see where you came from and where you trying to go and where you are in obtaining what you want.
what drives you ..
what motivates you...
are you happy with who your laying next to at night?
are you happy with where you go to work at?
are you happy with where you are living?
are you happy with what you look like?
are you happy with your physique ?
are you happy with what you are driving?
are you happy with what you see when you log into you bank account?
but more importantly
Are you happy with your life.
what are you waiting for....tomorrow will be today in a few hours and yesterday was once today. how many more times does that need to be said to be a better you.
greatness should not be compromised...it should be required.
have a good day people.
Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Monday lifted a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.
The new plan takes effect immediately and fully rolls back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America's streets.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who led the campaign for the program's reinstatement, outlined the President Trump's new executive order Monday in an address at the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union.
The administration's action, first disclosed by USA TODAY, would restore "the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense, along with restoring the full scope of grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources,'' according to a administration summary of the new program recently circulated to some law enforcement groups.
"Assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be re-purposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime."
The FOP and some other law enforcement groups have long been pressing for a reversal of the Obama administration policy, arguing that access to such equipment was needed, especially in cash-strapped communities, to better respond to local unrest.
Civil rights advocates, however, warned that the program's reinstatement threatened to inflame tensions in minority communities where such equipment has been deployed in the past.
"It is both exceptionally dangerous and irresponsible for the administration to lift the ban on the transfer of certain surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement organizations,'' said Janai Nelson, associate director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. "Just a few summers ago, our nation watched as Ferguson raised the specter of increased police militarization. The law enforcement response there and in too many places across the country demonstrated how perilous, especially for black and brown communities, a militarized police force can be.''
Nelson said the timing of the president's decision, against the backdrop of unrest in Charlottesville, Va., "reflects this administrations now open effort to escalate racial tensions in our country.''
Local access to the high-powered gear was put on national display in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., where armored vehicles and heavily-armed police clashed with protesters for days following the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white officer.
The deployment of such equipment, President Obama argued at the time, cast the police as an "occupying force,'' deepening a divide between law enforcement and a wary community.
"We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they're an occupying force, as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them," Obama said in announcing the ban in 2015.
The military gear ban was among a host of policing reform recommendations to flow from a White House advisory group formed in the aftermath of the Ferguson rioting.
The Task Force on 21st Century Policing, chaired by former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a former assistant attorney general, called on law enforcement officials to "minimize the appearance of a military operation'' when policing mass demonstrations.
"Avoid using provocative tactics and equipment that undermine civilian trust," the task force urged.
The previously-banned equipment also included tracked armored vehicles, bayonets and grenade launchers.
The Obama order did allow for the limited use of other surplus — aircraft, wheeled tactical vehicles, mobile command units, battering rams and riot gear — on the condition that such equipment was approved by the federal government.
The surplus sharing agreement, also known as the "1033 program," was created by Congress nearly 30 years ago as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It was originally intended to assist local law enforcement in drug investigations.
The program was expanded in 1997 to include all local law enforcement operations, including counter-terrorism. Since then, according to the government, more than $5 billion in gear has been transferred to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
"Much of the equipment provided through the 1033 program is entirely defensive in nature ... that protect officers in active shooter scenarios and other dangerous situations," the Trump administration proposal says.
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told police on Monday they could kill “idiots” who violently resist arrest, two days after hundreds of people turned the funeral of a slain teenager into a protest against his deadly war on drugs.
Duterte met the parents of the schoolboy, 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, at the presidential palace in Manila on Monday, to assure them their son’s case would be handled fairly.
Delos Santos’ mother, Lorenza, said she was confident the president would help quickly resolve the case, while the father, Saldy, said he no longer feared for their lives and felt reassured by the meeting.
“He promised he would not allow those who have committed wrong to go unpunished,” the mother said in an interview posted online by Duterte’s communications office on a Facebook page after the meeting.
Duterte unleashed the anti-drugs war after taking office in June last year following an election campaign in which he vowed to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs.
Thousands of people have been killed and the violence has been criticized by much of the international community.
Domestic opposition has been largely muted but the killing of delos Santos by anti-drugs officers on Aug. 16 has sparked rare public outrage.
More than 1,000 people, including nuns, priests and hundreds of children, joined his funeral procession on Saturday, turning the march into one of the biggest protests yet against Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign.
Earlier, Duterte broke off midway through a prepared speech at the Hero’s Cemetery on the outskirts of Manila and addressed impromptu comments to Jovie Espenido, the police chief of a town in the south where the mayor was killed in an anti-drugs raid.
“Your duty requires you to overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting ... (if) he resists, and it is a violent one ... you are free to kill the idiots, that is my order to you,” Duterte told the police officer.
Duterte added that “murder and homicide and unlawful killings” were not allowed and that police had to uphold the rule of law while carrying out their duties.
Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley in Manila before he was shot in the head and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage.
Police say they acted in self defense after delos Santos opened fire on them, and Duterte’s spokesman and the justice minister have described the killing of the teenager as an “isolated” case.
U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, described the killing of delos Santos as "murder" in a tweet on Aug. 25, earning the ire of Duterte who in a separate speech on Monday called her "son of a bitch" and "stupid".
"She should not threaten me," Duterte said as he challenged Callamard to visit and see the situation in the Philippines.
A planned visit by Callamard in December was canceled because she refused to accept Duterte’s conditions that she must hold a debate with him. She turned up in unofficial capacity in May to address an academic conference on human rights.
A New Confederate Monument Goes Up in Alabama
Confederate monuments are coming down across America in the wake of this month's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — except in Alabama, where a new one went up on Sunday.
More than 500 people showed up for the unveiling of a small monument to "Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers" at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park, on private land in the town of Brantley, in Crenshaw County about 30 miles north of the Florida line.
Five cannons were fired as a red cloth was pulled off to unveil the monument, which is ringed by a black metal fence and is flanked by two other monuments, NBC station WVTM of Birmingham reported.
The Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans attended the ceremony, along with Civil War re-enactors dressed in period clothing.
David Coggins, the site's owner and developer, said he "had some concerns" about the timing of the unveiling, just 15 days after a woman was killed and 19 other people were injured when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters at an alt-right and white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville rally was called to protest the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
"There are people who are opposed to what we do," Coggins told NBC affiliate WSFA of Montgomery. But he said the timing was a coincidence and that "our intentions are good."
"This was planned several months ago," Coggins said. "Matter of fact, the monument was ordered last year, and it's taken this long to get it in the ground and ready to unveil."
It's a contention that Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama Conference of the NAACP, wasn't buying.
"If they had to unveil it, why would they unveil it on the heels of such a tragic event that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia?" Simelton asked, WSFA reported.
In a separate statement, Simelton said: "The historical meaning, intent and outright disrespect noted in these Confederate symbols and monuments re-ignite the negative history and memories associated with them."
But Coggins insisted that the monument had nothing to do with race.
"There’s nothing racist about us," he told WSFA. "We're not white supremacists.
"As a matter of fact, we have members in our organization who are black," he said. "We have Hispanic members. We have Native American members. We have members from all over and all nationalities, and they shouldn't be concerned about any sign of offense here from us, because we honor all of those veterans.
"We're color-blind as far as that goes," said Coggins, who said he plans to add more monuments.
In recent weeks, statues and monuments memorializing the Confederacy have come down across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. Even in Alabama, Birmingham Mayor William Bell this month ordered a large wood wall erected to conceal a century-old Confederate monument this month in Linn Park.
Well the last thread was deleted along with the rest of my content but the show must go on.
I'm proud of what the last thread became and how many posters got involved, you guys helped not only keep me motivated but keep other posters motivated as well so pat yourselves on the back for that.
Let's keep it up in 2015, what are some of your goals?
Three people were arrested after Ontario police seized 1,000 kilograms of pure cocaine. It's the force's largest ever drug bust.
A tip from a member of the public has triggered the single largest drug seizure in the history of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The force netted 1,062 kg of 97 per cent pure cocaine which had a wholesale value of $60 million and an estimated street value of $250 million, OPP commissioner Vince Hawkes said Monday at a press conference at OPP headquarters in Orillia.
Armed tactical officers stood guard at the press conference near the wall of multi-coloured cocaine bricks on display. There was a further armed guard at the entranceway to the OPP complex.
That cocaine will be destroyed at a secret location, Hawkes said.
“There’s a lot of drugs out there and drugs are killing people,” Hawkes said.
“It’s an amazing size seizure,” OPP deputy commissioner Rick Barnum said, adding the investigation is ongoing.
The OPP declined to elaborate on the tip that started the massive operation.
“This is a massive seizure – bigger than I’ve seen in my 33 years of policing,” Hawkes said.
“Good information was received,” Barnum said.
The initial arrests were made after a traffic stop on Highway 410 in May.
The drug would have been cut down to between 30 and 40 per cent purity before it reached the streets, often with particularly deadly additives liken fentanyl, Barnum said.
“With the amount of pure cocaine seized during Project HOPE, we’ve stopped many criminals from causing more harm to our communities while removing a quarter of a billion dollars from the criminal’s economy,” Hawkes said.
Despite the massive amount of cocaine seized, there hasn’t been a noticeable change in the price of the drugs on the streets, Hawkes said.
Most of the stones containing bricks of cocaine had a kilogram hidden inside. The most found in a single stone was six kilograms, Barnum said.
Some of the stones were seized at a stone supply operation in Stoney Creek.
“Certainly the business was set up to be a front or a cover,” Barnum said, adding it wasn’t known where the cocaine was initially produced.
“There are definitely connections to Mexico and the Mexican cartels,” he said.
The Mexican cartels have members living in the GTA, he said.
The cocaine was smuggled in pallets of building stones.
“Our dogs – CBSA dogs – never detected the cocaine,” Barnum said.
He declined to say who would have distributed the drugs in Canada, except to say they are “extremely high-level organized crime groups.”
The haul was called Project Hope and was in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency, Peel Regional Police, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
The cocaine was loaded onto ships in Argentina, destined for the Port of Montreal and then the GTA, Niagara Region and other parts of Canada, police said.
Luis Enrique Karim-Altamirano, 52, of Vaughan has a bail hearing on Aug. 30. He is charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking and driving while disqualified.
Mauricio Antonio Medina-Gatica, 36, of Brampton, has been freed on bail after being charged May 1 with importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking.
Iban Orozco-Lomeli, 45, of Toronto was charged July 10 with importation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking. He has also been released on bail.
Rich Piana Racist Rant Audio Recording
Rich's Bullshit Apology
Tommin' Ass House Nigga Tryin' "Splane," This Shit
For those who don't know Rich Piana is arguably the biggest name in the fitness industry and has damn near a million Youtube subscribers. My boy put me on to Rich via his ex-wife who was a cute Icelandic chick with an amazing ass and big fake titties. Though not surprised that yet another CAC was exposed as a racist white supremacist, I was kinda disheartened because I fucked with potna. I was using his Bigger By The Day series as my workout regime and I enjoyed watching his vlogs and reading the comment section because the shit was funny as fuck. Unlike most body builders who insult the people's intelligence by denying the obvious, Rich is upfront and frank about his roid usage. Also, his vlogs was kinda like a reality show in that Rich would share with the audience his wedding, his health problems, how ex was tryin' to get his simpin' ass out of green card. Needless to say the bitch ass muthafucka married the bitch after only knowing her for 5 months. The "opened book," aspect of YouTube channel endeared him to his audience which lead to it's growth.
However, after hearing this shit (for of obvious reasons,) I can longer fuck with this racist piece of shit. I can somewhat understand a muthafucka bein' all heart broke after he catches his broad fuckin' around. However, it's the pure vitriol and that "nigger lover," and "black nigger bitch," comment that has me fucked up for some reason. The racist muthafucka says that he's "disgusted," with his bitch and says that she should hang herself. The racist white supremacist bitch made muthafucka is equating having kissing and possibly having sex with a black man on the level of doing a Facial Abuse, half-of-faggot/tranny freak, or beastiality booty movie scene. Anyway, here's the YouTube of this faggot ass muthafucka talkin' about how he was simpin' and trickin' on his ex-wife and how she was tryin' beat him out of a green card.
Gold Diggin' Foreign Bitch Tried To Get Me Out Of A Green Card
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Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.
A trip to a gas station to buy cigarettes turned into a night of terror for two Detroit men who say they were ambushed by two rogue police officers — including one who allegedly maced and body-slammed one of them "WWE-style."
But while the assault went down, the men claim, one of them caught it all on video.
In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Detroiters D’Marco Craft and Michaele Jackson are suing the City of Detroit and two 5th precinct officers, claiming they were harassed and physically attacked for no reason at an east side gas station in May.
Jackson, a 38-year-old bus driver with the Detroit Department of Transportation who claims to have a longstanding good relationship with police, said he never saw it coming.
"I went down WWE-style. I hit the racks with the Twinkies and the Ho Hos ... It was like a nightmare," Jackson said at a news conference today at his lawyer's office in Southfield. "I feared for my life."
Jackson said he never threatened the officers or made any physical contact with them, but was maced from behind while walking away and then thrown to the ground and beaten. He said he was placed under arrest that night and transported to an emergency room by ambulance for injuries — including bruises and cuts — sustained in the attack.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he has seen the plaintiffs' video of the incident and is concerned by it. However, he said, the gas station also has a video of the event and offers more details about what led up to the officer firing mace at Jackson.
"When you look at the store video, there is certainly more activity that led up to that," Craig said. "The suspect did take a swing at the officer. I could not tell if that swing made contact."
When asked if he was concerned about the officer spraying the mace after Jackson had walked away, Craig said: "That's a concern, I'll be candid. But I'm not prepared to make a decision."
According to Craig, Officer Richard Billingslea — the accused attacker — has been working a desk job since shortly after the gas station incident and is still getting paid. He said it's up to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to decide if Billingslea engaged in any criminal activity that would warrant criminal charges.
Craig said that if Worthy decides not to bring charges, he will address the issue administratively. He said the police will release the gas station video later.
The other officer is Hakeem Patterson, who is accused in the lawsuit of standing by and letting the attack happen
Worthy's office said it has received a warrant request regarding only Billingslea, but that it has not yet made a charging decision.
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According to Craft, a 26-year-old criminal justice student who was taping the incident on his iPhone and has had past dealings with Billingslea — here is what went down at the gas station that night:
The two officers were already at the gas station when he and Jackson arrived. Craft recognized Billingslea — claiming the officer had harassed him multiple times in the past year, including driving by his house and flipping him off in front of his mother. So when Craft saw Billingslea inside the gas station, he left to avoid any confrontation.
But the officers followed Craft out of the store, with one of them hollering out to him: " 'You aint' buying nothing today?"
Craft responded no "Cuz I know how you are. F--- you."
Craft said he suggested to his friend they go elsewhere for smokes.
Jackson saw no reason for that. So he went inside to buy his smokes. On his first attempt, Jackson claims he was tackled and thrown to the concrete face-first. On his second attempt, while at the counter, he claims he turned around and was maced in the face and eyes by Billingslea, who then threw him to the ground.
"Billingslea, without any warning whatsoever, then put his right arm around Mr. Jackson's throat and violently spun Jackson around and body-slammed Mr. Jackson to the floor," the lawsuit states. "Billingslea threw Mr. Jackson down to the ground so hard that Jackson was thrown at least 3-4 feet and landed on the floor after first slamming into a metal rack of Hostess treats, such as Snoballs and Dingdongs."
According to the lawsuit, police told Jackson he was going to be charged with resisting arrest. However, the prosecutor's office denied a request for an arrest warrant. To date, he has not been charged.
Craft, who was videotaping the incident, said the officers threatened to arrest him if he didn't hand over his phone and passcode — so he obliged. The officers then smashed his phone on the counter and threw it in a nearby trash can, but another officer later retrieved it, he said.
According to Craft, his phone was held in a police evidence room for one month before he got it back. The video of the gas station incident was not released.
Neither man has any criminal convictions, records show.
Craft described Billingslea as a vindictive officer who smiles when he harasses people. He said Billingslea once got in his face and did a karate-chop move, grinning as he did to intimidate him.
Attorney Ari Kresch, one of two lawyers representing the plaintiffs, lambasted the police department for keeping Billingslea on the job and accused the force of "protecting rotten apples."
"Why, why is Officer Billingslea still on the job?" Kresch said, disputing claims that Jackson fought the officers or resisted arrest.
"They've got to stop lying," Kresch said. "This investigation should take only 30 minutes."
Across the country, verdicts in police-brutality lawsuits range from tens of thousands of dollars to tens of millions of dollars.
On the higher end, a federal jury in Detroit awarded a $36.6-million verdict last November to a man who was beaten, dragged, had his face smashed into a wall and was tied down with a bag over his head inside the Genesee County jailhouse in Flint. A jailhouse camera captured the incident. The jury saw the graphic video and delivered the verdict, which is rare for this area.
In 1999, a jury in Chicago awarded a $28-million verdict in a police brutality case that involved two police officers who beat a man into a coma who also became paralyzed.
In 1992, the City of Detroit paid $5.2 million to the family of Malice Green, an African-American man whose beating death at the hands of two white police officers triggered a firestorm of controversy. Green was beaten in the head with a flashlight after refusing to open his hand and allegedly relinquish a vial of crack cocaine. The two officers, Walter Budzyn and Larry Nevers, were convicted in his death.
Kresch questioned why police won't show the plaintiffs the gas station video, noting he's asked for the video, but police won't give it to him.
Craig said releasing the video right now is premature.
Kresch said Craig is mishandling the case.
"It's a culture of backing up your officers," Kresch said. "The chief was reckless."
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
"The only thing that changes behavior is jail or money," Kresch said. "In this case, there should be jail and money."
Reports: Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Federal Russia Probe
Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
Reuters confirmed, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that Mueller convened a grand jury.
The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in connection with a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer.
Trump Jr. attended the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. It was not clear whether those subpoenas were issued by the grand jury Mueller impaneled.
The shooting of an Australian woman by US police has raised serious concerns after it was revealed the officers did not have their body cameras turned on.
Justine Damond, aged 40, was shot dead in Minneapolis about 11:30pm local time on Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a possible assault.
Her stepson Zach Damond, 22, said she called police after hearing a noise in the alleyway near their house in the suburb of Fulton.
"At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman," the police department said.
"Officers were dispatched. When officers responded, an officer-involved shooting occurred, which resulted in one adult female victim who is deceased and which has prompted our callout to the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension].
"The BCA will now further be conducting this investigation, this officer-involved shooting, from this point forward."
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she was "heartsick and deeply disturbed by the incident".
"I'm seeking answers to the questions we all have, and will make sure to keep the communication flowing," she said.
Ms Hodges said she understood the police body cameras and squad camera, which were introduced to the Minneapolis Police Department last year, were not switched on when the shooting occurred.
The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
A rally organised by local activist Mel Reeves was held at the site of the shooting, while other community members gathered for a vigil in Ms Damond's neighbourhood.
Local media say neighbours are mystified as to what occurred.
Zach Damond spoke at the vigil calling for more information and transparency from the authorities.
"Basically my mum is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know, and I demand answers," Mr Damond said.
"I just know that she heard a sound in the alley so she called the police, and the cops showed up.
"And she probably… thought something bad was happening and then the next thing, they take my best friend's life.
"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bullshit.
"America sucks, these cops need to be trained differently and I need to move out of here."
The shooting has reopened a deep rift between community members and the authorities as it comes one year after Minneapolis man Philando Castile was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez.
A video from the aftermath of last year's shooting was livestreamed on Facebook.
It showed a woman interacting with an armed officer as the fatally injured man lay on the footpath.
The local community was left reeling after Mr Yanez was acquitted of all charges exactly one month ago and fired by the City of Saint Anthony.
Leslie Redmond, the vice-president for the Minneapolis NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), has called for a federal investigation into the latest shooting.
"I am shocked and appalled by the limited amount of information available right now. What are they covering up?" she said.
Minnesota newspaper The Star Tribune reports Ms Damond was dressed in her pyjamas when she went to the driver’s side door of the police vehicle that responded to the emergency call.
She was talking to the driver when the officer in the passenger seat pulled out his gun and shot across his fellow officer.
Remember niggas, when you're in trouble, just call your PALs
You'll get the help you need.
Detroit police probe Tasering of boy in fatal ATV crash
Detroit — Police have launched an investigation into a police pursuit Saturday that ended when a state trooper used a stun gun on a 15-year-old ATV driver, who crashed into a pickup and died.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced the probe Monday, a day after state police suspended the trooper and began an internal investigation.
Demond Grimes was killed about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Rossini and Gratiot on Detroit’s east side. State police, who patrol the 9th Precinct as part of the Secure Cities partnership, say Grimes was driving the ATV on the street, which is illegal, so the trooper ordered him to pull over.
State police Lt. Mike Shaw said Grimes didn’t comply, so the trooper pursued him. At some point during the chase, the trooper deployed his Taser, striking the boy, who then drove the ATV over a curb and slammed into the back of a pickup.
Troopers rendered first aid before medics arrived and began treatment. Grimes was transported to St. John Hospital, where he died. Shaw said the pursuit was over within 49 seconds.
The trooper was suspended Sunday, with Shaw adding: “We had to look at the facts before making a decision (to suspend the trooper).
“We’ll do our own investigation, which we’ll forward to the prosecutor,” Shaw said. “If there’s a determination that a crime or a felony took place, his status will change.”
Shaw added the trooper was suspended because he violated a policy forbidding using a stun gun in a moving vehicle.
Shaw said state police are using troopers from the 1st District in Lansing for the agency’s internal probe. He said investigators are looking into why the trooper deployed his stun gun.
Craig said he decided Monday to launch his inquiry.
“Anytime we have a situation that involves a death with another police agency involved, it warrants an independent investigation,” Craig said. “This in no way suggests any impropriety on the part of the Michigan State Police.”
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office would evaluate the recommendations from the separate police probes as part of its own investigation.
Several law enforcement agencies patrol Detroit, all with their own policies governing vehicle chases. Detroit police restrict chases to violent felons, and even then there isn’t always a pursuit, Craig said.
“Even in the case of a felony, there are a lot of factors to consider: Time of day, road conditions, what impact there might be to the public,” Craig said. “I’m a firm believer that in the event of a pursuit, particularly one that causes a danger to the public, our airship should monitor it.”
Craig added most situations don’t call for chasing someone — “particularly when you talk about a traffic infraction or a misdemeanor,” he said.
State police follow the agency’s own chase policy, even if they’re patrolling in cities that have differing rules, Shaw said.
“Our policy is also very restrictive,” Shaw said. “We teach troopers to take numerous things into (account): what the speed is, age, weather conditions, danger to public. Our helicopters often fly over Detroit, but in this case, it wouldn’t have mattered because the incident was over so fast.”
According to the Wayne County sheriff’s chase policy, “vehicular pursuit is justified only if the officer knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, that the fleeing person has already committed, or attempted to commit, a serious felony that could result in death or bodily injury, or has the intent or means to commit a serious felony that could result in death or bodily injury in the immediate future.”
Meanwhile, friends and others gathered Monday night near the crash scene for a vigil that was postponed because of rain.
“We never thought we would lose someone so important to us to the police,” said Natavia Hamilton, 13, a longtime friend who turned out to honor her friend before she learned the vigil was postponed.
The death highlights a need for policy change, said Sam Riddle, who is active with the National Action Network.
“No one’s life was in danger but his,” he said near the crash scene Monday night. “There must be a policy in Detroit that addresses this and the inhumane manner of outside police agencies using Detroiters for target practice.”
Police chases have proven deadly throughout the years.
In January, two men were killed when Detroit officers from the 10th Precinct chased a minivan after a traffic stop. The minivan crashed into another vehicle, resulting in both deaths.
In June 2015, Makiah Jackson, 3, and Michaelangelo Jackson, 6, were killed while Detroit police chased parole absconder Lorenzo Harris, who drove his car 95 mph through an east side neighborhood as he tried to elude officers. He was convicted of two charges of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 30-50 years in prison.
Both Craig and Shaw said ATVs are a growing problem in Detroit and nationwide.
“We’re getting up to 80 of these things driving on the roadways, threatening people, causing traffic issues,” Shaw said. “The individual was pursued (Saturday) for driving on the roadway; you can’t drive these vehicles on the road in the city of Detroit.”
Craig also said teens driving ATVs have been taunting officers.
“We’re aware of complaints of young people who engage in ... racing (ATVs),” Craig said. “In the 9th Precinct, they would taunt the police, doing wheelies in front of police cars.
“But it amounts to a misdemeanor at best, so our officers know not to pursue. It’s too much risk.”