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When asked to denounce the Proud Boys during a virtual board meeting, a Michigan county commissioner got up and grabbed a gun.

After the woman before her spoke about denouncing the Proud Boys’ activities at Wednesday’s meeting, resident Keli McIntosh, 72, chimed in to echo her sentiment. CNN reports that they criticized the board for allowing members of the right-wing group to speak at a meeting in March about making the county a “gun sanctuary.”

While McIntosh was speaking, Board Vice-Chair Ron Clous got up and grabbed a large gun. He held it against his chest momentarily and then set it down. 

“My request was, can you please make a public statement denouncing the Proud Boys, and his statement was to shove an assault rifle in my face,” MacIntosh, who saw Clous grab the weapon out of the corner of her eye, told CNN. “I didn’t think he was going to shoot me through the screen or anything like that. But the first thing I thought is, how does anyone feel free to speak up lest they do not test the temper of the commissioner, or you will be reamed over the coals by them.”

Clous told the Record-Eagle that he planned to chime in but decided to make a statement with the gun instead.

“I was just going to show the rifle and show that I fully support the Second Amendment, but then I opted not to … I was in my home,” Clous said.

Clous did not respond to CNN‘s request for comment but told the Record-Eagle that he wouldn’t condemn any group, “including Black Lives Matter, the NFL or LBGTQ.”

As for McIntosh, she filed a report with the Michigan State Troopers and intended to speak up at future meetings.

“We cannot back down; the reason our country is like this is because not a single person in Washington said anything to what was going on,” she said. “We cannot let this go unchallenged; we cannot not fight.”




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Pepé Le Skunk scene cut from ‘Space Jam’ sequel

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After canceling Dr. Seuss, the classic cartoon character Pepé Le Pew’s head is next on the chopping block.

The Looney Tunes character was dropped from the live animation sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James.

In one scene, Pepe, the bartender, flirts with Greice Santo’s character by kissing her arm which she rejects with an open handed slap.

Pepe then tells James and Bugs Bunny that Penelope Pussycat filed a restraining order against him. James responds that the skunk can’t go around kissing other cartoon characters without their consent.

Deadline states Santo was “upset” over the removal of the scene, according to her spokesperson.

“This was such a big deal for Greice to be in this movie. Even though Pepe is a cartoon character, if anyone was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her,” said the spokesperson. “Now the scene is cut, and she doesn’t have that power to influence the world through younger generations who’ll be watching Space Jam 2, to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepe’s behavior is unacceptable,” the statement read.”

Deadline.com reports that the French skunk’s scenes were cut after director Malcolm D. Lee took over from the movie’s first director Terence Nance.

Lee desexualized curvaceous Looney Tunes cartoon character Lola Bunny whose curves dominated scenes in the original Space Jam starring the g.o.a.t Michael Jordan.

Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Times, complained on Twitter that Pepe was too overly amorous in old cartoons. He said Pepe “normalized rape culture” and convinced boys that “no doesn’t mean no.”

Blow shared an old cartoon clip on Twitter of Pepe forcibly restraining and kissing Penelope.




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Derek Chauvin’s Trial Delayed Until Reinstating 3rd Degree Murder Charge

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In the coming weeks, the trial of the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd will begin.

Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Jury selection has started in preparation for the trial. The process of selecting the 12 members of the jury from Hennepin County is expected to take three weeks while prosecutors and defense attorneys work to ensure impartiality.

Questionnaires were sent to prospective jurors to see how much they had learned about the case and whether they had developed any opinions.

Some of the questions asked whether they had ever demonstrated against police brutality, whether they think the justice system is fair, and if so, how many times they had seen the bystander video of Floyd’s arrest.

Unlike other jury selection procedures, this jury pool will be questioned individually rather than in a group setting. The judge, defense attorney, and lawyers will all have the opportunity to question the defendant. The defense can object to up to 15 prospective jurors without offering a reason, while the prosecution can obstruct up to nine jurors without providing a reason. If the other side believes the only justification for disqualifying a juror is because of race or gender, they may object to these so-called peremptory challenges.

Both sides will object to an unlimited number of jurors “for cause,” which means they must provide a reason why the juror should not be selected.

Prosecutors will likely seek out jurors who support the Black Lives Matter movement or who are outraged by Floyd’s death, according to Mike Brandt, a local defense attorney, while Chauvin’s attorneys will likely favor jurors who support the police.

A total of 14 people will be chosen, two of which will not participate in the deliberations unless necessary. The names of the jury members will be kept secret until the court issues a new order.

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Initially, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled that jury selection would be today as planned, but prosecutors have said they would petition the state Court of Appeals to order Cahill’s jury selection to be halted before a third-degree murder charge against him is resolved.

Prosecutors replied by requesting that the Court of Appeals put a hold on jury selection until the matter was resolved. They stated in their filing that they want to prevent a mistrial because the district court may not have allowed the trial to proceed. Due to the constitutional defense against double jeopardy, which states that an individual cannot be prosecuted twice for the same offense, the prosecution only has one opportunity to prosecute Chauvin.

Cahill sent prospective jurors home for the day, and the case was put on hold until the Appeals Court deliberated. Jury selection will be postponed until at least Tuesday, according to Cahill.

After a brief recess, Cahill said “I did indicate it was my intent that we’d go forward with motions and the jury selection unless someone tells me not to,” he added, “I think realistically we’re not going to get to any jury selection or we won’t have an answer until at least tomorrow.”




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Arkansas Woman Pregnant By Her 14-Year-Old Rape Victim

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A 23-year-old woman who was caught having sex with a minor is now pregnant with the teenage boy’s child. 

Brittni Gray was arrested on March 1 and faces sexual assault charges up to the fourth degree. 

Gray’s sexual misconduct with a minor first came to light last year. 

 Last February, it was reported to a child abuse hotline that Gray and a 14-year-old boy were in a sexual relationship. 

According to a witness, the relationship had been going on for an entire year.

Then, this past September, either the same or another witness allegedly spotted the duo having intercourse and immediately reported it to the police. This same witness was interviewed again in January 2021, The Sun said. 

The witness told authorities about Gray’s pregnancy, and the police have since confirmed the rumors. 

On Thursday, Gray was released after posting a $5,000 bond. She is expected back in court on April 23. 

 




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