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Ack Arias, a 47-year-old photographer arrived at a Cummings, Georgia voting poll donned in his “Black Lives Matter” shirt to cast his vote in this year’s high-stakes election. Living as a liberal in a county that is majority red, Arias said he wasn’t trying to cause any problems, but decided to wear his BLM shirt when he went to vote.

According to the Washington Post, after arriving at the polls, he was told by an election worker that if he planned on voting he would have to remove his shirt—which was said to be a message that relayed activism—to do so. Arias began to film the encounter, as he gave push-back about his supposedly prohibited shirt.

He was later escorted by an election manager who allowed him to eventually cast his vote inside the location.

This incident apparently isn’t uncommon. In the state of Tennessee, Shelby County election officials had to give a poll worker the ax for getting in the way of early voters who also wore T-shirts and masks that represented the advocacy group, Black Lives Matter.

“This is a pattern that we need to be mindful of at a moment that marks an unprecedented movement for racial justice — but it is a movement for justice and not a political position,” Kristen Clarke, the president of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told the Post.

Each state is governed under its own set of rules when it comes to electioneering. While engagement in activities that show support to a particular candidate or party is widely prohibited among polls, it differs by the state when it comes down to what voters can say, wear, or display while voting, the Post reports.

As for the locations where these incidents took place, election officials of both counties say it had been previously mentioned that racial justice slogans were in the scope of plans with the goal of counteracting the risk of voter intimidation or suppression.

Thankfully Arias documented exchange proves what voter rights groups are fighting against. It also will show people—specifically in the state of Georgia that they can’t be turned away from the polls for their freedom of expression.

“I’m against electioneering. I support the fact you can’t take pictures or video inside the election place — that’s fine,” Arias said. “What upsets me about this whole ordeal is that I was not breaking any rule or law or regulation, and yet I was still told I could not vote.” And he furthered pointed out, that if poll workers are looking at the BLM message a political one, they are sadly mistaken, “People’s lives are not political,” he added.

He also said he was impressed by the election manager who was kind and patient with him and was pleased that it was resolved.

As for the unidentified Tennessee poll worker—well Suzanne Thompson, election commission spokeswoman for Shelby County told the news outlet that due to his own belief that the BLM and “I can’t breathe” slogans were “political statements” related to the Democratic Party, he turned voters away. He wasn’t fired until he gave push back on the reminders that racial slogans were permissible.

“Our voters are not going to be intimidated. We’re doing everything we can so that every voter in Shelby County can exercise their right,” Thompson said. And since BLM was not created by a political party, its acceptable among the polls, however, “Make America Great Again” which is directly linked to Donald Trump and his Republican affiliation, it is not allowed.

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Woman Turns Capitol Rioter Ex-Boyfriend Into The FBI After He Called Her A “Moron”

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A woman turned her ex-boyfriend into the FBI for storming the Capitol after he called her a “moron” via text message.

Richard Michetti may have gotten away with his role in the violent Capitol riot had he been a little nicer to his ex-girlfriend. Now, the Pennsylvania man is one of over 200 citizens facing charges for the January 6th riot.

In the arrest warrant, Michetti was arguing with his ex-girlfriend soon after the failed siege. The argument stemmed from him sending photos and videos from the riot to his ex, who remains unnamed. In the messages, Michetti insisted that the 2020 election had been rigged in favor of Joe Biden.

“If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” Michetti wrote in the message.

The next day, the woman contacted federal authorities.

Also included in the arrest warrant are photos depicting the Trump supporter both inside and outside the Capitol on January 6th, as well as a hotel receipt confirming he was in Washington, D.C. on that day.

“We stormed the building, they held us back with spray and teargas and paintballs,” he confessed in one text.

Michetti was arraigned in court on Tuesday. His charges include knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and obstruction of Congress.




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Chilling video captures the moment Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot (Video)

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Harrowing surveillance footage captured the moment when a dog walker for pop singer Lady Gaga was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen.

The dog walker, identified by WENN.com Ryan Fischer, 30, was caring for the singer’s beloved dogs while she is away in Rome, Italy.

The video, obtained by TMZ, shows a man walking three dogs on a sidewalk late Wednesday night.

Then a white sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima or Sentra, pulled up alongside him and two men exited the backseat.

One suspect is heard yelling “You know what this is!” and “Give it up!” as Fischer screamed for help.

One of the dogs escaped while Fischer fought with the suspects who grabbed the other two dogs. One of the thugs shot Fischer in the chest before the suspects sped away with the two dogs.

Fischer fell to the ground, screaming “Help me! I’ve been shot!”

Police confirmed the dog walker was shot once in the chest — not four times as was previously reported.

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Lady Gaga’s team confirmed to PEOPLE that Gaga “wanted” the surveillance video “to be seen to catch the shooter and recover her dogs.”

She offered $500,000 for the safe return of her pets.

Gaga is in Italy prepping to film her new movie “Gucci.” A source told “Entertainment Tonight” that she is “beside herself” and “is horrified that this happened.”

“Her dogs are her babies and she is completely devastated and sickened by this,” the source said, adding that the singer feels “helpless” because she is far away.

CAUTION: This video contains graphic violence and may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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Kyrie Irving Reignites Movement To Make Kobe Bryant The NBA Logo

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Kyrie Irving is pushing to reignite the movement to have Kobe Bryant’s likeness used as the official NBA logo.

On Wednesday, Irving posted a mock-up designed by Tyson Beck, that uses an image of Kobe Bryant with the caption “Gotta Happen, idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE.”

Kyrie’s post garnered lots of support from other celebrities like Dez Bryant, Stephen Jackson, and Kobe’s widow Vanessa- who liked the post.

Jerry West, the NBA legend who is currently featured on the league’s logo, has previously said he’s open to the update as well.

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