Trump: Black Lives Matter instigator of violence against police
Donald Trump said on Monday he believes the Black Lives Matter movement has been the cause for the recent killings of police officers across the nation and suggested he would direct his future attorney general to investigate the group of civil rights activists. When asked by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly if the group has been “a fuse-lighter in the assassinations of these police officers,” Trump responded, “Certainly, in certain instances they are.” He continued, “They certainly have ignited people and you see that … It’s a very, very serious situation and we just can’t let it happen.” Trump called the group a “threat” and accused the group of calling for the killing of police, apparently in reference to a 2014 video of New York City protestors who chanted about wanting “Dead cops.” The Black Lives Matter movement formally disavowed those protestors. “We are going to have to, perhaps, talk to the attorney general about it or do something,” Trump said. “At a minimum, we’re going to have to be watching because that’s really bad stuff and it’s happened more than once.” Trump’s comments came right as the Republican National Convention was beginning.
Leslie Jones takes on Twitter trolls
“Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones took to Twitter on Monday to fight back against people tweeting her racist and misogynistic comments. Instead of allowing her haters to hide behind profile names, she retweeted and posted screenshots of the tweets for all of Twitter to see. “You know I’m gonna stop blocking so y’all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs. You won’t believe the evil. It’s f****** scary,” Jones tweeted. Support for Jones flooded in, with users tweeting the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ. “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig showed his support for Jones, tweeting, “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”
Bus gets lost on Metro route
A bus that was supposed to serve as an alternative for commuters during Metro’s track work zone ended up dropping off passengers on the wrong side of the Potomac River on Monday morning. The driver of route DASH AT4 had apparently missed the exit for the Pentagon. “The main problem for me was just the lack of communication, because I feel like several passengers were trying to figure out what was going on,” Rachel Harms, a frequent Metro D.C. rider, said. “And there was definitely like some concern: Like, is this guy taking us somewhere else? Like, what is going on? He seemed lost but … he wasn’t communicating so that just was unnerving.” In an email, DASH Director of Operations Lorenza Myers said the driver had no other way off Interstate 395 from the HOV lanes before crossing the river after missing the Pentagon exits. Only one rider decided to stay on the bus back to the Pentagon – the rest of the passengers got off near the Smithsonian Metro Station.
Virginia police participate in new training
This week, police officers in Virginia are taking part in a new training program designed to help police build safer communities while treating citizens fairly. Participating officers have come from 15 area law enforcement agencies and will share what they learn with their departments upon returning. On Monday, instructors taught officers about fair and impartial policing. Officers were told to be aware of implicit biases they may hold against people while still treating everyone fairly. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also met with the training group and discussed the necessity of building trust within a community, which creates a safer environment for its citizens as well as its officers.
I-895 bridge project begins
The right lane on northbound Interstate 895 across the Patapsco River Flats bridge will be closed continuously due to construction for a major repair project. The closure will affect the Baltimore bridge between Exit 4/Md. 295 and Exit 6/I-97 and Md. 2 spur. Motorists were told to expect delays during heavy travel times by the Maryland Transportation Authority, who said Interstate95/Fort McHenry Tunnel could be used as an alternate route. The repairing process began Monday night as part of a year’s long $48.5 million project to repair the bridge. In August, the right lane on the southbound lane will be closed for repair. State officials said both lanes are expected to reopen in the fall and construction will shift to the left lanes. The entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
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