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    Lugo’s attorney, Daniel Griffin, told WPRI that his client "never should have been arrested. He’s a kid who wanted to serve the city, who wanted to serve his community, and he was railroaded. He’s acquitted now, and we just hope that the city of Providence does the right thing and puts him back to work.” A Providence police spokesperson said the department still wants to terminate Lugo — who's been on paid suspension since the altercation — despite his acquittal, the station said. Lugo can’t be fired outright due to the Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights, WPRI said, adding that it's unclear when the LEOBOR hearing will occur. Lugo, a Republican, dropped out of the state Senate race shortly after the incident. Rourke, a Democrat, lost to another Republican as the seat held by retiring Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey was up for grabs.What did Black Lives Matter have to say?The executive director of the Black Lives Matter RI Political Action Committee told WPRI he was at the pro-abortion rally, that Rourke only was trying to deescalate things,...
    Moderate Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin joined a growing chorus on the left calling for 'new blood' to lead her party on Sunday. The former CIA analyst-turned-lawmaker also shared veiled criticism for her fellow Democrats' messaging on inflation, chiding them on NBC's Meet The Press. 'We don't win any points by trying to pretend it's not there. It's there,' she said.  In the end, however, Slotkin conceded that she'd support 79-year-old President Joe Biden if he sought another term. 'He's the sitting President. If he decides to run again, I'm going to support him, the party's going to support him,' Slotkin said. 'But I have been very vocal, including with my own leadership in the House, that we need a new generation, we need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party.' She said the sentiment extended to 'the House, the Senate, and the White House.' 'I'm one of just a handful of members of Congress who hasn't voted for Nancy Pelosi as speaker, and I've said, "I think we need new leaders." I would love to see some Midwestern leaders in...
    An FBI report tied to 'Brangelina's' spat that led to the couple's divorce in 2016 revealed that Brad Pitt hit his son Maddox and told his then-wife Angelina Jolie that she was 'ruining the family' onboard a private jet, adding that one of the children 'looked like a f**king Columbine kid.'  The FBI documents, which have yet to be publicly released, were obtained by several news outlets on Tuesday. In the report, Jolie told authorities that Pitt was drunk and made multiple menaces to her and their six children while onboard a private flight from France to Los Angeles International Airport on September 14, 2016.  The 'Maleficient' actress, 47, requested the release of the FBI documents under the anonymous 'Jane Doe,' after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request in April.  In its final report on the investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services concluded that Pitt, who has previously admitted to problems with alcohol, did not physically abuse any of his children. Pitt was also cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing. Four days later,...
    Report: Kaepernick drawing interest from multiple teams 10 things you think are cheaper at Walmart—but aren’t Unrest is changing the way Americans spend money The back-to-back shocks of a deadly virus, lockdowns and civil unrest have a growing number of Americans reevaluating not just their life priorities but also how — or even whether — they’ll spend their money. Load Error Good.Must.Grow, a Los Angeles company, said its Conscious Consumer Spending Index, which tracks expected purchases of socially responsible brands, suddenly rebounded after trending down since 2017, jumping 15% in May from the previous study in November. Asked what criteria would influence their post-pandemic spending, almost 70% of respondents cited a company’s ability to make a positive impact on society and the environment. The firm polled more than 1,000 Americans.  “The environmental crisis has become better understood by more people in recent years,” said the consultancy’s founder, Heath Shackleford. “You layer on what’s happening with Covid, with George Floyd and all these things — I think we’re going to see a bigger piece of the economy taken up by companies that are purpose-driven.” In another survey this month...
    A founder of the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday said the organization is pushing not only for a “reinvestment into Black communities” — but has set a “goal” to “get Trump out” of the White House. In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead,” Patrisse Cullors, an author, activist and one of the founders of BLM, was asked how Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden compares to President Donald Trump when it comes to issues important to the BLM movement. “Hands down Trump not only needs to not be in office in November but he should resign now,” she replied. “Trump needs to be out of office. He is not fit for office. “ “And so what we are going to push for is a move to get Trump out while were also going to continue to push and pressure Vice President Joe Biden around his policies and relationship to policing and criminalization,” she continued. “Thats going to be important.” “But our goal is to get Trump out,” she said. Cullors also said the country, amid coast-to-coast protests of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her record — including her help torpedoing Amazon’s thwarted plan to open a massive headquarters in Queens — while coming under withering attack from her chief Democratic primary rival Michelle Caruso-Cabrera during the final debate before Tuesday’s vote. The first-term incumbent squared off with challengers Caruso-Cabrera and Badrun Khan during the face-to-face debate sponsored by the Parkchester Times and BronxNet Wednesday night. The congresswoman initially said she would skip the debate but changed her mind. Democratic socialist AOC and former business journalist Caruso-Cabrera donned face masks and sat at tables opposite each other to abide by social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic. A masked Khan sat between them at the Golden Palace. Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest ever elected to Congress two years ago after toppling longtime Congressman and Queens Democratic Party chairman Joe Crowley. She gave a cheerful opening statement on why she deserves to be re-elected. see also Husband of Dem challenger pumps money into anti-AOC super PAC The GOP-backing husband of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic primary challenger... But Caruso-Cabrera pounced immediately during her...
    On the road to recovery. “Vanderpump Rules” star Brittany Cartwright’s mother, Sherri Cartwright, is out of the intensive care unit after suffering complications from bladder surgery. “Sheri [sic] is out of ICU and in a room and improving daily,” the family’s Kentucky-based pastor, Ryan Dotson, commented on Instagram on Thursday. A source also tells Page Six that Brittany is by her mom’s side and her husband, Jax Taylor, has been an amazing support system for her. Dotson’s update came about a week after he asked for prayers for Sherri, whose health, he said, was “uncertain” following emergency surgery. On Thursday, Brittany also thanked fans for their continued thoughts and prayers on her Instagram Story and said “she has a long road ahead but she is so so strong and amazing!!”
    Danielle Bregoli is out of rehab. The rapper known as Bhad Bhabie completed her 30-day stay for prescription pill abuse and childhood trauma and is now focusing on her music, according to TMZ. The 17-year-old was released Wednesday. The “Gucci Flip Flops” rapper also took to Instagram live this week to discuss her treatment, telling fans she’s “back and better than ever.” She also said she needed to separate herself from “some people.” “It was a lot going on in my personal life,” she said in the video. Reps for Bregoli didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment. Bregoli — who got famous after appearing on a “Dr. Phil” episode in 2016 — entered the undisclosed facility at the end of May. “We are very proud of Danielle for recognizing that she needed help and seeking it out,” her management team told TMZ at the time.
    U.S. women’s soccer player Crystal Dunn admitted Tuesday she was “scared” to follow Megan Rapinoe in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in 2016. Rapinoe was the first white athlete to commit to the protest and demonstrated before a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) match at the same time Colin Kaepernick’s protest was sparking a firestorm in the NFL. Rapinoe also knelt before a U.S. match against Thailand. EX-SOCCER PLAYER ONCE CLAIMED HE WAS LATE TO PRACTICE IN CHILE BECAUSE HE WAS ABDUCTED BY ALIENS, FORMER TEAMMATE SAYS Dunn, during a Bleacher Report roundtable on race, said she was initially scared to follow Rapinoe because she was afraid to lose her spot in the lineup. “I also remember telling her that I had to stand because I don't know what's going to happen. I'm scared for my job. I'm scared that it's going to look differently if a black girl on the team kneels,” Dunn said. PREMIER LEAGUE BACK WITH DOUBLEHEADER AFTER 100-DAY SHUTDOWN Dunn said the treatment Rapinoe received also influenced her. “I...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Tweet: In the two weeks since George Floyd’s killing, cities around the nation have begun implementing changes such as banning chokeholds. But advocates and demonstrators say they are pushing for long-term reform, not quick concessions. In the two weeks since George Floyd’s killing, police departments have banned chokeholds, Confederate monuments have fallen and officers have been arrested and charged amid large global protests against violence by police and racism. The moves are far short of the overhaul of police, prosecutors’ offices, courts and other institutions that protesters seek. But some advocates and demonstrators say they are encouraged by the swiftness of the response to Floyd’s death — incremental as it may be. “Everywhere you look, you see something that gives you hope,” said Frank James Matthews, 64, an activist in Alabama. “But we have no illusions because something that’s embedded like racism is hard to kill.” Matthews spent years pushing for the removal of a Confederate monument in Birmingham near the site where four black girls died in a racist church bombing in 1963. The city...
    (CNN)As a person of color, Kaneesha Willie has dealt with racism her entire life.Participating in her hometown's protest in Paducah, Kentucky, gave her an opportunity to show her young, mixed-race kids that their voices matter, especially as black people are fighting to be heard in the wake of George Floyd's death.The 23-year-old said she was proud to see her small town fight for justice in such a big way at the Chief Paduke statue, a historical marker for the town."We all bleed red," Willie said. "We are all one and the protest really showed that our community came together. It was beautiful." And the message that Willie believes has been sent to her kids is this: "They are powerful, unique, brave and should be unapologetic about who they are and what they stand for," Willie said.Read MoreThousands have demonstrated in communities across the world to protest and demand racial justice in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. The 46-year-old black man died May 25 at the hands of Minneapolis police with his last moments caught on video.The national stage has...
    “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is taking accountability after actress Vanessa Morgan called out the CW show for their portrayal of black characters. “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right,” he said in an Instagram post on Thursday. “We will do better to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color.” Amid the George Floyd protests, Morgan, who plays Toni Topaz on “Riverdale,” said she was “tired of being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads.” “CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen,” Aguirre-Sacasa, 44, added in his response. “Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.” The screenwriter said all of the show’s writers also made a donation to the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles organization. Morgan retweeted the response, seemingly accepting the apology. When the 28-year-old first spoke out on Twitter Monday, she also said that she was “tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous...
    “Riverdale” actress Vanessa Morgan is slamming the show’s writers for making black characters “sidekicks” amid the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the nation. “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people,” she tweeted on Monday. “Tired of us also being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.” The next day when a Twitter user pointed out that her character, Toni Topaz, is also the only LGBTQ member, 28-year-old Morgan responded, “Lmao too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least
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