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Portland recorded a higher number of homicides in July than they had during any other one-month period over the last 30 years, The Oregonian reported.

The surge in crime comes after the Portland City Council voted to cut over $15 million from the police budget.

The homicide numbers come as the city also deals with a spike in assaults, burglaries, vandalism, and shootings, according to the report. 15 people have been killed in Portland in July so far, bringing the total number of killings this year to 24. Compared to past years, person-to-person and property crimes have fallen, police data shows, according to The Oregonian.

Shootings have more than doubled in July compared to last year, according to the report. The Portland police’s Gun Violence Reduction Team is one of several police units that was disbanded by the City Council’s budget cuts, which were passed last month.

Protestors gather at City Hall in downtown Portland to voice their opinion following the US elections on November 11, 2016. (Photo by Ankur Dholakia/AFP via Getty Images)

Police Chief Chuck Lovell expressed concern Thursday over the rise in crime. He said that the city council’s budget cuts hurt the department’s ability to perform follow-up investigations and that officers were being pulled from the detective’s division to help with investigations.

Protests in Portland have been ongoing since the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Many of the demonstrations escalated into riots during which the federal courthouse was set on fire and protesters clashed with police. President Trump sent federal agents to the city to help local law enforcement deal with the escalating violence.

Author: Jordan Lancaster

Source: Daily Caller: Portland Recorded More Homicides In July Than Any Month Over Last 30 Years

4 men in Los Angeles have pleaded no contest to a voter fraud scheme in which they offered homeless people money and cigarettes in exchange for their fraudulent signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Richard Howard, Louis Thomas Wise, Christopher Joseph Williams, and Nickey Demelvin Huntley were each charged with a felony, the DA’s office said in the news release. Howard was sentenced to 3 years in prison, Wise was sentenced to 16 months in prison, and Williams and Huntley were both given 3 years’ probation.

5 men faced charges for a similar scheme in February, according to the DA’s office.

One of the defendants charged in connection with the crime, 63-year-old Norman Hall, was sentenced to 1 year in county jail and 3 years of probation after pleading guilty to “circulating a petition with false, forged or fictitious names.” 3 of the other defendants are awaiting a pretrial hearing, which is scheduled for September 1. The last defendant, Jakara Fati Mardis, hasn’t been apprehended, according to the news release.

The DA’s office said that the indictment indicates that the voter fraud schemes also occurred during the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Concerns have been raised about potential voter fraud in the 2020 election due to the mail-in ballot system, which will be relied on more heavily as polling centers close due to coronavirus. A recent poll from the RNC found that 57% of voters were concerned about voter fraud related to mail-in ballots.

Last month, officials in New Jersey faced charges after 1 in 5 mail-in ballots from a special election in May were found to be fraudulent.

President Donald Trump suggested that Congress should delay the 2020 election due to concerns of voter fraud, an idea that was rejected by Republican leaders Thursday.

Author: Jordan Lancaster

Source: Daily Caller: 4 Men Admit To Voter Fraud Scheme In Los Angeles

Three women were chastised in a video for removing graffiti from the Lafayette building in Washington, D.C. Thursday morning.

The video shows the three white women removing spray paint that reads “BLM,” short for “black lives matter.”

The “black lives matter” slogan is associated with protests that have spread across the country following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

The demonstrations have turned into riots in many places, including in D.C., where the rioters have looted businesses, vandalized buildings and set fires around the city.

The spray paint was left on the federal building that is home to the Export-Import Bank of the United States and some offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Three women are working to scrub it off when another woman drives up, starts filming and asks “why are you guys removing ‘black lives matter’ graffiti?”

One of the women says, “This is a federal building and we care about our country and our city.”

In response, the person filming replies, “So you don’t care about black lives, then.”

“That’s not at all what we’re saying … we certainly do care about black lives,” one woman responds. “We don’t disagree with the message, it’s just on the building, so we’re trying to clean it.”

“Not a great way to use your white privilege ladies,” the driver says, before stopping the video. “That’s disgusting.”

A series of photos taken after a night of riots and protests shows extensive damage to the Lafayette Park area, including graffiti and shattered glass.

The Lafayette building is one of many places in D.C. that was vandalized, including the World War II memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and several other places around the National Mall.

Author: Jordan Lancaster

Source: Daily Caller: Women Chastised For Removing Graffiti: ‘Not A Great Way To Use Your White Privilege’

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