HOUSTON - Cell phone video obtained by KHOU 11 News Friday captures the moments a Houston police officer kicked a man he had just shot. The video led a grand jury to indict former HPD officer Bruce Johnson for how he handled a burglary suspect he caught at his own home. Johnson had just shot the man who's pictured lying in the grass after investigators say that man -- Derek Carr -- had broken into his home. Prosecutors say Johnson was angry and delivered repeated blows to Carr after he was down. We counted at least 10 of them. Some are more brutal and vicious than others. All these led to prosecutors charging Johnson with a misdemeanor assault. He faces a felony charge as well for tampering with evidence. A contractor working in that northwest Houston neighborhood saw what was going on that February day and took out her cell phone to record the whole thing. Perhaps, though, what's most troubling is heard at the end of the video. Johnson is heard saying, "Y'all gonna call the police?" To which the contractor says, "Aren't you the police?" Johnson responds: "Yeah." Johnson spent more than 23 years with HPD before retiring a month after the incident. Johnson turned himself into authorities Friday but will not go through probable cause court.
An Oklahoma woman is outraged after the uncle convicted of molesting her as a child moved in next door, which he's free to do under current laws. Danyelle Dyer was 7-years-old when she was molested by Harold English. After serving several years in prison, English has moved in with his mother next door to Dyer. She is now fighting for a change to the laws.
A Queens baby shower ended with a spray of gunfire that left two revelers critically wounded. The shots rang out on 101st St. near 32nd Ave. in Corona around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. A gunman enraged by a post-party argument stalked the couple back to their BMW 5X SUV before pumping seven bullets into the side of their parked vehicle, cops said. Incredibly, a 14-year-old boy riding in the backseat emerged unscathed — and actually notified police about the attack after the bleeding driver sped a half-mile to the 115th Precinct stationhouse. Anthony Lugo, 31, and Mildred Neal, 43, had walked a few blocks from Elite Class Events on Northern Blvd. to their parked luxury car with the teenage boy. Family members and a police source said the boy was Neal’s son. Once the couple climbed in the front seats and the teen got in behind them, a dark-colored pickup truck appeared suddenly alongside their SUV — and the gunman inside opened fire, cops said. “That guy is something else. Very dangerous,” she said, her voice full of pain and anger. “He’s very bad. Very bad.” She said her daughter tirelessly tried to provide for her three children, working long shifts as a taxi driver, but Lugo took advantage of her. “She works very hard and he takes money from her. Oh my God,” she said. Five bullet holes were visible in the SUV’s shattered window, with another pocking the front door. The wounded Lugo slammed on the gas and headed directly to the Queens precinct, stopping just past the front entrance of the building on Northern Blvd. The teen left the two gunshot victims inside the car and bolted inside to notify cops about the shooting. “My parents just got shot!” the boy exclaimed to officers at the stationhouse, according to a police source. By the time the BMW reached the precinct, Neal was already unconscious in the passenger seat, a source said. Lugo was hit in the elbow and stomach, while Neal took bullets in the back and arm, sources said. The shooter took off in the truck following the surprise attack, police said. Sources said that Lugo knew the gunman although the nature of the argument was still unclear. No arrests were made, and both gunshot victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, officials said. Jara said that her daughter had a lung removed and will require more surgery for her wounds. “She can’t talk too much,” she said. “I feel so bad but thank god she’s alive.” The woman said she had warned her daughter about her relationship with Lugo. “I told her, ‘Don’t hang out with that guy,’” she said. “I told her, ‘You will be in a problem with that guy. You will be in danger.’”
Grassley: “After that meeting, I publicly called for Mr. Comey to tell the public what he had told us about whether President Trump was under investigation. The public had a right to know. Mr. Comey told me and other Congressional leaders that President Trump was not under investigation. He even told the President himself–repeatedly. But, Mr. Comey didn’t listen to my request for transparency. He didn’t listen to the President’s request. Only months later has the truth finally come out.”
“So the media was wrong. So the Democrats were wrong. So the wild speculation and conspiracy theories ended up harming our country. They played right into Russia’s hands. And how did we all learn about this truth? In President Trump’s letter removing Mr. Comey from office.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders did not hold anything back Thursday when he condemned the House passage of the Republican-backed bill to replace Obamacare.
"If the bill passed today in the House became law, thousands of Americans would die, because they would no longer have access to health care," Sanders told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360."
The Vermont lawmaker and former presidential candidate claimed the Obamacare replacement provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%.
"What kind of health care bill are we talking about when you throw 24 million people off of health insurance," Sanders said.
Cooper asked Sanders to weigh in on health care giant Aetna pulling out of Obamacare in Virginia, citing major losses.
"What (Republicans) are doing now is consciously sabotaging the Affordable Care Act," Sanders said. "For example, not enforce the individual mandate -- many billions of dollars are not coming into the system and then rates are going up. And then they say, 'Oh look, it's a terrible situation rates are going up'."
Arrests were made and one antifascist protester was brought to the floor by police during a demonstration against a far-right English Defence League (EDL) rally in central London, Saturday.
The EDL, known for its anti-Islam stance, planned to march on the Houses of Parliament, allegedly calling on politicians to do more to combat the "Islamic terror threat" in the UK.
However, before the far-right protest got underway, counter protesters cornered several of the anti-Muslim activists, forcing them behind police cordons.
A search for survivors is underway in southwest China after a landslide buried more than 120 people alive inside their homes. At least 15 bodies have been recovered. Ben Tracy has more.
Watch as this Muslim girl attempts to inject herself into a Britain first protest and quickly finds out that's a huge mistake because people simply don't agree with her allowing Muslim men and the Koran to oppress her by forcing her to wear a burqa simply because the men incapable of not raping the women because of their bodies being shown.
Protest like this are constantly subjected to Muslim and left-wing hatred and attempts to stop the protest by inciting violence and harassing those who attend.
First it was Kathy Griffin.
Then the Trump “Shakespeare Assassination Play” just DAYS later.
Then Johnny Depp’s assassination talk.
And in between an ACTUAL case of liberal violence against conservatives in the form of the James Hodgkinson shooting spree.
Judge Jeanine argues that Democrats have NORMALIZED violence and hatred against the President and conservatives.
They are reckless, and they are going to have blood on their hands when this leads to deaths.
In an effort to diversify its doll offerings, Mattel released a new collection of Barbie and Ken dolls with varying body types, hairstyles, and skin tones. Among the assortment of new toys is one in particular that has the internet up in arms: a Ken doll who sports a patterned shirt, distressed denim shorts, and a prominent man-bun hairdo. If you were wondering, the answer is yes, we have officially reached peak 2017.
As soon as news of this bun-topped doll hit the internet, people couldn't resist sharing their candid reactions to Ken's new look, and they're hilarious. Although some Twitter users were delighted to see the popular toy company being more inclusive with its doll designs regardless of their feelings toward man-buns, others simply couldn't resist hysterically trolling the new addition.
Dramatic video captures the moment a 14-year-old girl plummeted about 25 feet from a ride at an upstate Six Flags amusement park — and was caught by a group of guests and security workers. The teen fell from the Sky Ride, a gondola that spans several feet across Six Flags Great Escape, around 8 p.m. on Saturday, The Glens Falls Post-Star reported. The ride’s operator brought it to a stop after receiving a radio transmission from park staff on the ground that a rider was in distress, according to the report. “Her neck is stuck!” people down below yelled as the teen dangled from the car she was riding in, Facebook video posted by witness Loren Lent shows. She was in the car with a child relative, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office told the Post-Star. Suddenly, someone yelled, “They’ll catch her!” and the girl dropped from the car. A group of people immediately caught her — and cheers erupted in the crowd. The teen was treated by emergency medical personnel on scene and rushed to Glens Falls Hospital — and was later taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, the Post-Star reported. The girl, from Greenwood, Delaware, was reported to be in stable condition, with no serious injuries reported. A 47-year-old man from Schenectady, who helped to catch the teen, was treated at Glens Falls Hospital for a back injury, the paper reported. Sheriff’s investigators and park personnel inspected the ride and the car the girl was riding in and determined that everything was in proper working order. “The safety and security of our guests is our top priority,” park spokeswoman Jessica Hansen told the Post-Star in an email. “This does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction for further review.”
Nina Skye, 21, declared 'I love teaching, I love sex' before being confronted by her shocked bosses over appearances in porn films.
Reese Bowman, an eight-month-old white baby, was killed at the Rocket Tiers Daycare in Baltimore, MD. Police say that Leah Waldon, a 23-year-old black female, was caught on camera intentionally killing the baby.
Waldon has been charged with 1st-degree murder. Col. Stanley Branford of the Baltimore City Police described the incident as “torture.” He says that Walden can be seen striking, bodyslamming, and swinging the baby by one arm. She also appears to be smothering the baby with blankets and pillows. Brandford says that Bowman keeps looking around to make sure no one else can see what she is doing.
The murder has been a leading story in Baltimore for several days, but no media outlets are showing a picture of the baby or disclosing that the baby is white. Compare this to the murder of a black college student by a white college student at the University of Maryland. The same media outlets begin their articles by stating the race the of the perpetrator and the victim. Then they aggressively speculate about a possible racial motive.
The staff at Rocket Tiers is all black, so most of the children are probably black. Local media have featured reactions from black people almost exclusively. However, the victim is definitely white.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.
Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe. Sanders' top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents' allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People's United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.
According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders' office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.
Burlington attorney and Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy has reportedly been hired to represent Sen. Sanders. And high-profile Washington defense attorney Larry Robbins, who counseled I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is protecting Jane Sanders.
Ms. Sanders' push for the liberal arts college's costly land acquisition was cited in a press release by the college when it shut down in 2016.
Brady Toensing of Burlington, the man responsible for the claims filed to the U.S. attorney for Vermont, was a chairman for the Trump campaign in his state.
"I filed a request for an investigation in January 2016 and an investigation appears to have been started right away," he said in an email to CBS News. "It was started under President Obama, his Attorney General, and his U.S. Attorney, all of whom are Democrats."
"My only hope is for a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation," Toensing added.
Trump Supporter Pays For A Billboard Bashing ABC On Their Fake Russian Narrative - Deplorable News
A Donald Trump supporter in Texas has paid for a billboard attacking ABC News for its coverage of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Local resident Kyle Courtney, who paid for the advertisement, told San Antonio’s NBC News4 in a statement:
ABC News was the only channel I watched as a child growing up in Texas but I think they have lost touch with America and forgotten the working man. They don’t represent our voice anymore.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was funded by the Clinton Foundation in close coordination with the media, and now we’re seeing them try to fix what they couldn’t fix during the election. They are doing everything they can, night after night, to create narratives and sway people’s direction to impeach Donald Trump.
Our democracy is at stake when a major political party and the media are in bed together. I’m not asking anyone to boycott the Democratic party. I’m not in the brainwashing business, but the liberal media is.
According to News4, the billboard, which was put up on Tuesday, will remain up for around two months and may be accompanied by a follow-up message when its lease ends.
Lana responds to anti-Whites who tell White Americans to "go back to Europe," but would they be allowed in?
Little did they know the overwhelming majority of Latin Americans are actually of Spanish heritage and are equally as European as most of the whites that they insist go back to their own continent.
The Black - Lives - Matter movement is known mainly from the USA, among other things the police there against blacks. Why do you organize a demonstration in Germany under the same name?
Josephine Apraku : Racism is also alive in Germany and painful everyday life for many black people. For example, they do not have the same access to education, to the employment and housing market. They are pulled out of circulation during police checks, disproportionately often, and they experience racist violence . And their identity as a German is recognized.
ZEIT ONLINE : What do you mean by that?
Apraku : In the US, for example, it is not at all questionable that blacks have a US citizenship. Terms like Black American are quite self-evident. Black people in Germany, on the other hand, are not thought of as German after many generations. The term Afrodeutsch is for many a contradiction. In their logic one can not be black and German.
ZEIT ONLINE : On the other hand, blacks are being shot on the street in the USA. This does not sound like a state that should be modeled on anti-racism.
Apraku : When we deal with the issue of racism, we quickly organize the violence - as if resistance were necessary only when real life is threatened. I believe that it is always worthwhile to work for equality and equal participation. For example, if the human rights are not respected by a friend, then that is always my human rights. If we are universally committed to equality, then we are always committed to ourselves.
After realizing her custody check is about to get cut in half this mother freaked out when a judge dared grant joint custody to the child's father.
While claiming the father was unfit to see the child the crazy mother proved the exact opposite was true and that she was the unfit one after losing it in court and refusing to comply with orders from the bailiff to remain calm.
The woman was escorted out of the room and is now facing charges herself.
Listen to this racist pro-Mexico protester DEMAND whites leave the North American continent and go back to Europe.
The pro-immigration movement has become much more blatant in its real goal of to rid the continent of whites despite the fact that most of the Latinos that are still in America have absolutely no Native American descent whatsoever.
Little did they know, their heritage actually comes from Spain for the most part which was equally as brutal as Britain and other northern European countries were in ridding the continent of Native Americans.
Despite legal warnings from the state and a press conference from Mayor Karen Weaver urging action, Flint City Council voted 5-3 Friday to postpone a decision on the future of Flint's drinking water.
The council committee meeting was held on Friday, June 23, three days before the deadline set by the state Department of Environmental Quality for Flint to approve a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) or face legal action.
But council, citing a need for more information and clarification on the long-term GLWA plan, voted 5-3 to delay the decision. Eric Mays, Herbert Winfrey and Monica Galloway - of the 1st, 6th and 7th Wards, respectively - cast the dissenting votes.
Mays and Winfrey pushed for the council to instead find an "alternative plan" to suggest before Monday, while Galloway said she "did not need any more time" to consider her vote of "no."
Fifth Ward Councilman Wantwaz Davis remains in the Genesee Council Jail on a probation violation and was absent from the meeting.
"Why the rush?" questioned Council Vice President Vicki VanBuren. "Does that mean everything else stops for us then, and we are on our own? I think (the state) wants us to vote on this and then walk away. Who is taking responsibility for the water we are drinking now? No one's talking about it, they're saying just sign this 30-year contract.
Projections provided to council and the public have only laid out costs for the first 20 years of the 30-year deal.
In May, the council requested to delay a vote on the contract to allow more time for public comment on the matter.
The city is in a short-term contract with GLWA, set to expire in July. Council previously voted to request an extension of the contract through November while it reviewed a long-term deal, but it's a decision that Weaver said she opposes as it will increase water rates by 4.7 percent and cost the city an extra $600,000 per month.
David Sabuda, Flint Interim Chief Financial Officer, said during the meeting that the 30-year contract with GLWA will allow the city to "fix the long-term deficit."
He said without going with GLWA, Flint residents may be looking a 42 to 48 percent increase in water rates.
GLWA was created from part of the old Detroit water system, which supplied Flint with pre-treated water from 1967 until 2014.
That water authority has also agreed to compensate Flint for its long-term debt tied to the construction of the new KWA pipeline in exchange for a 30-year contract.
Flint broke away from the Detroit water system while the city was being run by a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014, choosing to treat Flint River water in the short term -- until the KWA pipeline was completed.
Appearing on CNN Saturday morning, Green Party candidate Jill Stein gave a rambling explanation for why she met Russian President Vladimir Putin before the election saying no one cared about it until after former Secretary Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.
Speaking with host Michael Smerconish, Stein seemed incredulous that attention was focused on the meeting in Russia organized by Russia Today.
“Take me inside the dinner you had with Vladimir Putin in 2015 and the prominence it afforded you,” the CNN host began. “My question is was that in and of itself a form of meddling along the lines of ‘let me give some attention to green party candidate Jill Stein’ — you know the theory — any vote for Stein that otherwise would have gone to Hillary. What was that dinner about?”
‘Let’s be clear, that was a conference,” Stein replied. “That picture didn’t start to circulate until long after the election. It essentially wasn’t covered here in the U.S. there was media at that conference, and it was a day-long conference where my message was very clear. It was the message of my campaign. which is that we need a peace offensive in the Middle East. Now, this was a message that was particularly friendly to the Russians. It was saying to them that we need to stop the bombing. they had just begun bombing in Syria.”
“I would have loved for that message to have gotten out but there’s basically zero coverage,” she continued. “It’s now circulating. It’s funny, Michael, you have to ask why is that picture kicking up a storm right now? I think it’s very related to the fact that the Democrats are looking for someone to blame.”
The weeks of protests, threats, and closures of Evergreen State College in recent weeks became a headline and talking point across the country.
They escalated following students speaking out and disrupting courses over a professor unwilling to support a yearly walkout over racial discrimination and awareness.
Evergreen State College President George Bridges said during a state Senate committee work session Tuesday that the national news stories “blew up with misinformation,” and stoked divisive coverage by conservative media.
The hearing that included state lawmakers, Bridges and other staff focused on the balance between free speech and safety. But no students were invited and no public comment was taken.
Lawmakers did hear from state Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, who blamed the protests on radicalized campus culture. He teaches at Central Washington University, not Evergreen, and supports removing state funding for the college. He blamed the problems on campus on the campuses themselves.
“So I don’t think they’re coming to college with these attitudes and if that’s the case, then we need to assume that this is something that they may be learning while at the university or college environment,” he said.
The mostly all-white speakers and all-white lawmakers did not allow or invite any students to share what the protests were about in the first place: racial disparities and protection for LGBTQ students.
A small group of them said exclusion from the hearing proves their point that protests were needed.
“We got to the point that we got to point that we got to, because we have not been listened to and we’ve been ignored and we have not been thought about for so long,” said a student who gave her name as Keah.
“The intent was not talked about whatsoever. I heard a lot of times that they were talking about students trying to shut down free speech---when free speech is not actually the issue in question here,” said student Vee Ramsey.
Because of threats, the Evergreen State College graduation had to be moved to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and cost the college around $100,000 for state patrol and county sheriff protection.
Six people including three children have been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a crowd of Muslims leaving Eid prayers outside a sports centre in Newcastle.
Police said the collision outside the Westgate Sports Centre around 9.14am is not believed to be terror-related.
An eight-year-old boy is said to have been critically injured, the BBC reports.
A 42-year-old woman has been arrested and is currently in police custody.
Footage from the scene showed members of the public running towards the scene of the crash amid the sound of shouts and screams.
Hundreds of people were at the sports centre to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The six injured people were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We received our first 999 call at 9.15 this morning to report a car that had mounted the kerb.
"We have taken six people to hospital, they have gone to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, three children and three adults."
Six people including three children have been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a crowd of Muslims leaving Eid prayers outside a sports centre in Newcastle. Police said the collision outside the Westgate Sports Centre around 9.14am is not believed to be terror-related. An eight-year-old boy is said to have been critically injured, the BBC reports. A 42-year-old woman has been arrested and is currently in police custody. Footage from the scene showed members of the public running towards the scene of the crash amid the sound of shouts and screams. Hundreds of people were at the sports centre to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The six injured people were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We received our first 999 call at 9.15 this morning to report a car that had mounted the kerb. "We have taken six people to hospital, they have gone to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, three children and three adults." Assistant Police Constable Darren Best, from Northumbria Police, said: "A 42-year-old female had been celebrating Eid with her family. She then got into her car and has collided with six people in the crowd. "We have no information to suggest this is a terror-related incident. However, this is a serious collision, with multiple casualties and extensive inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances around this tragic incident. "The six people injured, three of which are children, have been taken to hospital. "As it currently stands, two of the children are now in paediatric intensive care and one adult is in the trauma high dependency unit. The remaining injured are believed to have serious but non-life threatening injuries." He said extra officers would be on patrol to answer any questions or concerns the public may have. He said it "appears to be a road traffic collision that we are dealing with."
More than 2000 people were evacuated from homes, campsites and hotels due to the threat from a forest fire in southern Spain, emergency services said on Sunday (June 25). Like much of Spain, the area near Huelva is on high alert for forest fires because of a heat wave. Last week, 64 people died in a forest fire in neighbouring Portugal. The blaze was spotted on Saturday (June 24) night in the Moguer region near Huelva and was being treated as a level 1 - or maximum - threat by emergency services. Jose Fiscal, environment minister for the Andalusia regional government, said on Sunday the fire was likely to have been caused by arson, Spanish newspaper El País reported. Emergency services were working to contain the fire but adverse windy conditions made it difficult to predict when the blaze would be brought completely under control. By 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Sunday emergency services had deployed 11 planes, 10 helicopters and dozens of land vehicles against the flames in a joint military-civilian operation.
Police arrested a suspect Monday in the murder of a 20-year-old man following a consensual threesome in New York City. Police say the victim, Manos Ikonomidis, had a threesome with an unnamed woman and a 21-year-old man. The woman got upset when one of the men tried to film their encounter and later told her boyfriend, 24-year-old Christopher Membreno, she had been raped. Police say Membreno and two other men showed up at an apartment building early Monday, stabbed Ikonomidis multiple times, and hit him over the head with baseball bats. Ikonomidis knocked on neighbors' doors asking for help while "gushing" blood. One building resident says it was like "something out of a horror movie." Police found Ikonomidis in the apartment building unconscious; he died at the hospital. Membreno was arrested Monday evening. Police say they have no evidence the threesome wasn't consensual.
Over 100 people have burnt to death after an oil tanker overturned, spilling its payload onto a highway in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local media report.
An 81-year-old going out for "coffee" led cops on a slow speed chase in Texas Thursday. The elderly woman was going 25 miles per hour while driving the wrong way in Denton, Texas, early Thursday morning. When she finally stopped, the first thing officers did was deflate her tires with a knife. Then the officer shattered her window with a small device on his key ring. She was taken into custody but never handcuffed due to her age.
A woman was threatening to jump off a bridge in Beijing to commit suicide on Friday. Firefighters soon arrived at the scene and got close to the woman with a crane. The firefighter grabbed the woman quickly when she tried to jump, and at the final moment the woman was saved.
A mother’s two sons were racially discriminated against when a 7-11 convenience store clerk asked the teens to leave while they were buying snacks for their school lunches, the woman claims—and her confrontation with the cashier was captured on video.
According to a press release from Chicago activist Ja’Mal Green, the boys, 13 and 15, entered the store, at 600 S. Dearborn St., about 10:45 p.m.
Thursday in the Printers Row neighborhood. Minutes later returned to their mother who was waiting in their car, the release says.
“He put us out because we were black, let’s just go mom,” the boys told their mother, according to the release.
The mother then went into the 7-11 and recorded a video asking why the boys were kicked out of the store, the release says.
According to the press release, the clerk said the boys were acting suspicious and looked like they were going to take products out of the store.
The family has filed a formal complete with 7-11’s corporate office, the release says.
“Every customer is important and should be treated with respect,” 7-11 said in a statement to NBC 5.
“We are investigating the matter and will ensure it is handled appropriately.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.
Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.
California taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.
It’s unclear what practical effect California’s travel ban will have. The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017. Travel to conferences or out-of-state trainings are examples of trips that could be blocked. Becerra’s office couldn’t provide information about how often state employees have visited the newly banned states.
Texas was added to the list because of a law that lets child welfare organizations deny services and adoptions to families because of “sincerely held religious beliefs” that Becerra’s office says would allow LGBT discrimination. Similar laws were enacted in Alabama and South Dakota. Kentucky’s new law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools, according to Becerra’s office.
“California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas,” said John Wittman, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.
Fresno State, a public California university, is scheduled to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. A request for a legal opinion on whether public university sports’ travel is exempt from the ban has been filed with Becerra’s office, but no ruling has been issued.
Germany's first so-called liberal mosque has opened its doors in the capital, but according to its founder, the grand opening has been a struggle. Locals in Berlin are split over the idea of a mosque which has taken over from a Protestant church.