‘TOTALLY NUTS’: Giuliani Calls Out Left’s Efforts to Defund Police

WASHINGTON– Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday calls by Democrats to defend police departments are “totally nuts.”

While acknowledging police officers need better training, Giuliani said defunding law enforcement would only lead to disaster.

“They don’t want us to have police?” Giuliani, who also serves as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney asked during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “Each one of them said some silly things about terrorism, right? Have we forgotten September 11? Have we forgotten the Boston Marathon? Have we forgotten all of the attempts to attack us in New York that the New York City Police Department and the FBI stopped?”

The answer, he said “is to increase the number of police in this country.”

However, Giuliani said he would be “a fool” to deny there are “bad apples” in law enforcement.

“I put 70 bad apples in jail when I was a mayor,” said Giuliani. “I know it a lot better than these jerks who are talking about ridiculous solutions. I know how to catch them. I know how to put them in jail.”

“They need better-trained police (with) intensive training in courtesy, professionalism, and respect,” Giuliani said. “I’m calling for actually a very intense course. You review that every three years … you put it in their evaluation.”

Giuliani then pointed out that Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in the death of George Floyd, had nearly 20 documented infractions, something that Giuliani said was beyond the pale.

“That is a very poorly run police department,” said Giuliani, pointing out there were no supervisors on the scene. “That should never have been allowed to happen.”


‘JUSTICE FOR FLOYD’: Tensions mount after unarmed black man dies in encounter with police

MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis Tuesday evening to express their outrage after 46 year old George Floyd died after what witnesses described as a deadly encounter with police.

The unarmed Floyd was arrested Monday evening after officers responded to a call regarding an alleged forgery in progress. Cell phone video captured by bystanders shows Floyd being handcuffed and pinned to the ground as one police officer presses his knee against his neck. Several times Floyd could be heard pleading with officers that he was in pain and couldn’t breathe. Shortly after, Floyd, who had appeared to stop breathing, was taken to a nearby hospital and declared dead.

According to Minneapolis police, the encounter between Floyd and police occurred just after 8 p.m. Monday, when officers were called to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South after store officials claimed Floyd had attempted to use forged documents at Cup Foods.

A police spokesperson said officers located Floyd sitting in a parked vehicle and that he appeared intoxicated as officers ordered him to exit the vehicle.

“After he got out, he physically resisted officers,” police spokesman John Elder told reporters early Tuesday. “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress.”

But a video posted to Facebook by witness by Darnella Frazier appears to contradict some of the officer’s claims that Floyd had resisted arrest. During the 9 minute clip Floyd repeatedly groans and says he can’t breathe while being held face down on the pavement.

“He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro,” one bystander tells the officer and his partner, in the video. “You’re f—ing stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?”

The four officers involved have been fired as a result of the footage.

“It is the right decision for our city, the right decision for our community. It is the right decision for the Minneapolis Police Department,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a news conference with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “We’ve stated our values, and ultimately we need to live by them.”

WHERE IS LUCAS? FBI joins search for missing 5-year-old boy

WICHITA, Kan. — The FBI has teamed up with local law enforcement officials to search for missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

Hernandez reportedly disappeared from his home on Saturday. The boy’s step-mother says she last saw him playing in his room at around 3:00 pm before lying down in her room to take a nap. She claims when she awoke at around 6:15, the boy was gone.

“He’s a bright little boy. He loves school. He loves his dad, his stepmom and his siblings. We just want him home safe, and if you have any information, anything about Lucas, please bring him home safely,” a relative of the boy told KSN (https://tinyurl.com/y9s53cak).

Police say there is no evidence to suggest that Lucas was abducted, so no Amber Alert has been issued.

Officer Charley Davidson of the Wichita Police Department said information sent to them through a tip line led investigators to search a nearby park, but there was no sign of the boy.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families, who had previously visited the family’s home last spring after a report that the child may be in danger (https://tinyurl.com/y8ukeog7) released the following statement in regard to the child’s disappearance:

“We share the public’s concern regarding Lucas Hernandez. In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is legally prohibited from publicly discussing its possible history with this family. We urge anyone with any information on this child’s whereabouts to contact law enforcement right away.”

Lucas’s biological mother, who lost custody of the boy when he was just 6 months old, spoke to the media in a plea to find her son.

“Find my son. He’s terrified of water so the fact that the search has moved to a park that’s surrounded by water, terrifies me. Lucas is a sweet boy; please find my son.”

The boy’s father is also calling for the public’s help in finding Lucas.

“Lucas is the sweetest, kindest, smartest most gentle little boy,” his father told KSN. “He loves school, fishing, riding his bicycle and playing with his siblings. It makes me so proud to say I’m his father and that we love him very much. He’s a wonderful, helpful big brother. He’s never been the type to run off without asking permission to do so first. He’s must be terrified being away from his family with no way of finding us. Please, if anyone in the public has information on the whereabouts of Lucas, please contact the proper authorities. We are pleading for his safe and prompt return home! We will not stop searching for him until he is found! I’d like to thank law enforcement, the public, prayer groups, friends, family, and anyone keeping an extra diligent eye out for my son, Lucas. We are all hoping and praying. We love you Bubba”

Local police in conjunction with state FBI officials have set up a command center dedicated to locating the boy.

“We are going to be there as long as it takes,” Officer Davidson said. “Right now, our concern is to find Lucas.”

Lucas has brown hair and brown eyes, weighs approximately 60 pounds and stands four feet tall. He was last known to be wearing black sweats, white socks and a gray shirt with a bear on it.

No arrests have been made in connection with the boy’s disappearance and thus far no one has been officially named a suspect.

Anyone with details regarding the boy’s disappearance or with information on Lucas’s whereabouts is urged to call the Wichita Police Department at (316) 383-4661 or dial 911.





SHOOTER IDENTIFIED: Police name suspect accused of killing 1, injuring 8 inside Tennessee church

ANTIOCH, TN — Police have identified the gunman who they say opened fire inside a suburban Nashville church.

Officials say the gunman, Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was taken into custody after he allegedly opened fire after a church service in Antioch. One person has been confirmed dead and at least 8 others are confirmed injured.

“This is a mass casualty situation,” the Nashville Fire Department announced on Twitter. “All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”

The incident took place shortly after 11:00 am in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ just after the morning service had concluded. Witnesses say the gunman was in the church’s parking lot as the service was letting out and shot a woman as she exited the building.

The suspect then entered the building and “began indiscriminately shooting,” say those present.

Among those injured during the rampage were the church’s minister Joey Spann, 60, and his wife, Peggy, 65, said Nashville Christian School in a statement on Facebook. Four others were injured by gunfire and still another was pistol whipped, say police.

An usher inside the church, later identified by police as 22-year-old Robert Engle, confronted the gunman in an effort to stop the carnage, said Don Aaron, a police spokesperson.

“It would appear he was not expecting a brave individual like the church usher to initiate the struggle and confrontation,” Aaron said. As Engle battled Samson for the gun, Samson accidentally shot himself, leading to non-life threating injuries. He has been taken to nearby Vanderbilt University Medical Center under police guard.

“It is our belief that the gunman’s condition is not life-threatening,” Aaron said.

The shooting has rocked the close knit community and those who live there say they are in shock.

“It’s just a little country church,” said Steven Whidby, who lives about six houses from the church. “It’s just a sad day when people do something like that at a church.”

“This is a terrible tragedy for our city,” said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry in a released statement (http://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/News-Article/ID/6817/Mayor-Megan-Barry-Statement-on-Burnette-Chapel-Church-of-Christ-Shooting.aspx). “My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones. Their lives have been forever changed, as has the life of their faith community at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. My administration, especially the Metro Nashville Police Department, will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution, and promote non-violence.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R) Tenn., has weighed in on the shooting as well, offering his condolences to the victims via Twitter.

“We are closely monitoring reports of a church shooting in Antioch. As we await more details, please join me in praying for the victims.”

A motive has not yet been revealed and investigators say they are still interviewing witnesses.

All victims were sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and are reportedly listed in stable condition, with the exception of David Spann, who officials say remains in critical condition.



FORT WALTON BEACH, FL — Police in Florida were recently given a tip on an alleged drug dealer, courtesy the dealer himself after a man, angry that his stash of cocaine had been stolen called the cops pleading that they help him located his hijacked stash.

Police say David Blackmon, 35, of Fort Walton Beach, called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday to complain that someone had stolen a bag of cocaine and $50 in cash from his car.

When officers arrived, they say Blackmon voluntarily confessed to being a drug dealer and claimed that someone had broken into his vehicle while it was parked, stealing the money and a quarter ounce of cocaine.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, deputies say they observed what appeared to be powdered cocaine in clear view on the center console along side a rock of crack cocaine. Officers say they also observed a crack pipe on the car floor near the driver’s seat.

Shortly after Blackmon was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence, possessing drug paraphernalia and felony possession of cocaine. Records show (http://www3.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ArchonixXJailPublic/DetailPages/InmateDetails.aspx?ReferenceID=12815&InmateID=151138) he was released a short time later after posting a $4,000 bail.