Chicago Store Owner to Sue the City After His Store Is Looted Twice

Chicago: Walid Mouhammad, the owner of a convenience store, is suing the city for police inaction after his store was robbed for the second time on August 9th, resulting in massive damage and the theft of an ATM machine. Mouhammad had invested $300,000 in security cameras and a new steel security door after the first time his store was robbed in May during the George Floyd riots. Mouhammad blames the police for the destruction of his store because they failed to even try to stop the thieves. -GEG

Walid Mouhammad, the owner of a convenience store in Chicago, is suing the city for police inaction after his store was robbed for the second time. Mouhammad had invested $300,000 in increasing security to the store after the first time he was looted in May. Mouhammad blames the police for his destroyed store, claiming “no one came to stop them.”

Mouhammad’s store was devastated when it was first looted in May, causing the store owner to invest heavily in security. He had installed security cameras and a new steel security door, which he watched the looters rip out in real-time through the security cameras. He said that the looting was much worse the second time around, as not only did the looters steal the store’s merchandise, but ripped out the ATM machine as well.

Mouhammad claims that the looters spend around 25 minutes at his store, according to the Daily Mail, during which several calls to the cops were made. “No one came to stop them,” in all that time, he told Fox News, adding that “Officers are seeing what is going on but are doing nothing.” The building’s landlords themselves made several calls as well. “I made six calls myself. The store owners, they made calls, my maintenance guys made calls,” said building owner Tommica Foster-Akin to ABC 7 Chicago.

Mouhammad had only been open for 40 days after the first attack and now refuses to open the store until the city can provide some promise as to safety — not just for him, but for all small business owners in Chicago. “I want to know, are we protected or not? I want them to take care of the small businesses,” he told Fox News. He plans to sue the city of Chicago for taking more than 25 minutes to respond to his distress call.

The looting comes in the wake of a police shooting in Englewood, Chicago, on Sunday, August 9, leading to widespread looting in the city that lasted well into Monday. The Chicago Police Force had promised to have more than 1,000 cops on the streets of the city in order to prevent more such looting.

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Portland: BLM Antifa Beat Man Unconscious

Adam Haner was severely beaten by Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters and was knocked unconscious by a kick to the head. The victim was reportedly standing up for a trans woman who was robbed by the BLM and Antifa mob near where the man’s truck was parked. He tried to leave but crashed his truck after being chased by the crowd that pushed him to the pavement and assaulted him. A man wearing a “security” vest was filmed kicking Haner in the head, and was identified by internet sleuths on 4Chan as Marquis ‘Keese’ Love, whose Facebook profile lists him as a ramp agent at Portland International Airport and a DJ in the evenings. Police are seeking this suspect. -GEG

Portland, Oregon police announced Tuesday they have identified Marquise Love as a suspect in the brutal attack on Adam Haner Sunday night in Portland. Haner crashed his pickup truck while trying to flee violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs who then pulled him out of his truck, beating and kicking him until Love kicked him upside the head and knocked him out cold. Love was sussed out by 4Chan posters who noted he goes by Keese Love.

Police, who have not named the victim, said he is out of the hospital and is recovering.

TGP reported earlier Tuesday the victim’s brother, Brian Haner named him and started a GoFundMe for his brother, Adam. Brian posted a photo of his brother home sleeping, but showing a black eye and swollen face.

Portland police are also looking for the trans woman whom Adam Haner was seen assisting shortly before he was attacked.

Police cautioned against trying to contact Love and about the spreading of incorrect information.

The Portland airport said Monday that Love has not worked there for years and was never a security officer there.

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Update: PPB Identifies Suspect in High-Profile Assault, Efforts to Locate Suspect Underway (Photo)

Yesterday, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) began investigation of an assault that occurred in the downtown area where an adult male associated to a white pick-up truck was violently assaulted. Investigators positively identified the suspect as 25 year-old Marquise Love. Investigators made attempts to contact Love but could not locate him.

Investigators have left messages for Love to turn himself in but will continue to look for him as there is probable cause for his arrest.

PPB Investigators have been made aware of attempts by members of the public to contact Love after possible personal information was posted online. Investigators urge the public to not do this as it can be dangerous. Also, the information circulating on social media is not always accurate.

Other reports around social media claim that the victim in this case is not recovering or has succumbed to the injuries. These reports are false. The victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering.

Investigators are still trying to locate a transgender female who had some of her things stolen in the area of Southwest Taylor and 4th Ave, the location where this incident began. That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at [email protected]

PPB understands the high public interest in cases such as these. The release of information may not be as timely as the public would like. Social media platforms make it quick to circulate information but investigators often need to make other connections not seen in videos. Investigators need to protect the integrity of the cases they are assigned in order to present the best case to prosecutors and sometimes an early release of unverified information can hinder that process.

“The Portland Police Bureau is taking this assault and other incidents of violence extremely seriously,” said Chief Lovell. “Our Detectives continue to investigate this assault as well as other acts of violence directed toward protestors, but we need more than just videos from social media. In order to hold individuals responsible for criminal acts, we need the public to provide information and refrain from tampering with evidence.”

…Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at [email protected]

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Virginia: State Senator, NAACP Leaders, and Public Defenders are Charged with Felonies for Destroying Statues

Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas is facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument causing more than $1,000 in damage during protests that led to a demonstrator being critically injured when a Confederate statue was torn down. Police Chief Angela Greene said, “Several individuals conspired and organized to destroy the monument and to summon hundreds of people to join in the felonious acts, which not only resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the monument but also permanent injury to an individual.” Portsmouth NAACP representatives James Boyd, Louie Gibbs, and LaKesha Hicks – and LaKeesha Atkinson, a city School Board member, are facing the same charges as Senator Lucas. Three public defenders, Brenda Spry, Alexandra Stephens, and Meredith Cramer face a single felony charge of injury to a monument in excess of $1,000.

According to the Washington Post, hours before the monument was destroyed, Senator Lucas appeared on video taken by police telling officers they could not arrest demonstrators who she said were preparing to paint the monument. Later that night, the mob pulled statues down and also painted them.

Last month, Senator Lucas filed a defamation lawsuit against attorney Tim Anderson after he accused her of telling police they were not allowed to disband the protesters and not allowed to intervene while the vandalism was happening. He said, “What we have is an elected state senator telling a mob that it’s OK to vandalize city property, and then, as a result, a person gets hurt, and now it’s the police’s fault for not disbanding the mob. Louise Lucas caused an entirely, very dangerous situation in the city of Portsmouth. She caused a mob to come out there and gave them permission to vandalize the property, and that resulted in somebody getting seriously injured.” -GEG

Portsmouth police on Monday charged state Sen. L. Louise Lucas with being part of a conspiracy to topple the city’s Confederate Monument, drawing outrage from political allies who called the accusations payback for the legislator’s work to rein in police abuses.

Police Chief Angela Greene announced felony warrants against Lucas (D-Portsmouth) and more than a dozen others, including three local public defenders and three representatives of the Portsmouth NAACP.

Greene announced the warrants one day before Lucas was due to join other legislators in Richmond for a special session of the General Assembly called, in part, to address issues of racial inequity and police brutality raised after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May.

Lucas was not in police custody and intended to attend the session, according to several Democrats who said they spoke with her on Monday.

“It’s deeply troubling that on the verge of Virginia passing long-overdue police reform, the first Black woman to serve as our Senate Pro Tempore is suddenly facing highly unusual charges,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you in Richmond tomorrow — so we can get to work.”

At a news conference announcing the charges Monday afternoon, Greene said: “Several individuals conspired and organized to destroy the monument as well as summon hundreds of people to join in the felonious acts, which not only resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the monument but also permanent injury to an individual.”

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California Governor Gavin Newsom: Time to ‘Sober Up’ About Green-Energy’s Limitations

California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state had to “sober up” about the fact that renewable energy sources, wind and solar, had failed to provide enough power for the state during a record-setting heatwave, and needed “backup” and “insurance” from other sources. Hundreds of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in northern and central California lost power during a heatwave with record-breaking temperatures over the weekend. In 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the state to obtain 100% of its energy needs from renewables by 2045, though no one could explain how the state would achieve that goal. In 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, adopted a version of the Green New Deal that commits the US to reach 100% renewables in electricity generation by 2035. -GEG

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state had to “sober up” about the fact that renewable energy sources had failed to provide enough power for the state at peak demand, and needed “backup” and “insurance” from other sources.

Newsom addressed journalists and the public in the midst of ongoing electricity blackouts that began on Friday, as hundreds of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in northern and central California lost power.

There is currently high demand for electricity across the state, as the entire West Coast has been hit by a heat wave and record-breaking temperatures.

One reason the state lacked power, officials admitted, was its over-reliance on “renewables” — i.e. wind and solar power.

There was not enough wind to keep turbines going, Newsom said, and cloud cover and nightfall restricted solar power.

“While we’ve had some peak gust winds,” he explained, “wind gust events across the state have been relatively mild.”

That was good for fighting fires, he said, but bad for the “renewable portfolio” in the state’s energy infrastructure. In addition, high demand for electricity in the evening hours, coupled with less input from solar plants, created strain.

On Friday, Newsom said, the state had fallen about 1,000 megawatts short; on Saturday, it fell 450 megawatts short. Sunday saw only “modest or minor” interruptions. But on Monday, he said, the state would be 4,400 megawatts short of “where we believe we need to be.”

“This next few days, we are anticipating being challenged,” Newsom said, as the heat wave was predicted to last through Wednesday.

“We failed to predict and plan these shortages,” Newsom admitted boldly, “and that’s simply unacceptable.” He said he took responsibility for the crisis, and for addressing it immediately, so that “we never come back into this position again.”

Newsom said the state would try to address shortfalls through conservation, and through procuring new sources of energy.

Though the state would continue its “transition” to 100% renewable energy, Newsom said, “we cannot sacrifice reliability as we move forward in this transition.”

He promised “forecasting that is more sober” regarding solar energy, and a stronger focus on energy storage.

California’s shift toward “green” energy has led the way for Democrats nationwide, who hope to impose even more ambitious targets for renewable energy nationwide.

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Maryland: Teen Brothers Charged in Deadly Assault Get Probation — No Punishment!

Frederick, Maryland: John Marvin Weed, 59, died last year at the fair after two brothers, aged 15 and 16, beat him for refusing to give them $1. The boys repeatedly punched him in the head and knocked him out with a sucker punch before spitting on him while he laid on the ground dying. The 15-year-old, who reportedly delivered the fatal blow, was tried as a juvenile and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Judge Julie Stevenson Solt made the decision to keep him in the juvenile system, even though the state requested that he be tried as an adult. The unidentified teen was placed in a juvenile facility until he completes a ‘behavioral modification program’ where he is being provided with ‘anger management,’ training in social skills, and education. His brother, who was 16 at the time of the killing, was initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault related to the attack, including the act of spitting on the victim as he laid dying on the ground. Judge Solt ultimately ordered the older teen be placed on probation and enrolled in an anger-management program. -GEG

The second of two teen brothers charged after a man died at the Great Frederick Fair last year was placed on probation Wednesday and ordered to complete an anger management program, among other commitments.

The older of the brothers, who was 16 years old at the time of the Sept. 20 assault, was initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault related to the attack that killed 59-year-old Mount Airy resident John Marvin Weed.

Of those charges, one count was for the teen reportedly spitting on Weed after he had fallen to the ground, which was the charge the teen pleaded guilty to July 8 during a hearing in Frederick County Circuit Court. The second assault charge was dropped per a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and Stacey Steinmetz, an attorney representing the teen.

A reporter for The Frederick News-Post was asked to leave the courtroom Wednesday after Steinmetz asked that hearing be closed to the public. Judge Julie Stevenson Solt agreed, saying that much about the case that would be discussed, especially regarding the teen’s past and other details, would be too sensitive to be shared in open court.

Law enforcement officials and prosecutors claim that the younger brother, who was 15 at the time of the assault, approached Weed on the midway of the fairgrounds at about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and asked him for a dollar, according to stories posted previously by The Frederick News-Post. After a brief exchange of words, the 15-year-old punched Weed, igniting a scuffle that was soon joined by the 16-year-old.

Weed was punched repeatedly in the head during the assault with the 15-year-old landing the final blow that left the Mount Airy resident unresponsive on the ground, according to previous stories.

Solt ultimately ordered the older teen be placed on probation and that he complete an anger management program, among other conditions, according to a press release issued after Wednesday’s hearing by the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. The juvenile court maintains jurisdiction over a case until the the case is closed or until the respondent ages out of juvenile court, meaning the maximum term of probation the teen could serve in this case would be until he reaches 21, according to Steinmetz.

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