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Internal report: Capitol Police unprepared for Jan. 6 riot

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/14/21, 05:14 pm

U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton is expected to describe to members of Congress on Thursday what went wrong with security earlier this year when rioters stormed the Capitol. His investigation reportedly found problems with intelligence gathering, outdated equipment, poor leadership, and faulty dissemination of information. Army Staff Secretary Walter Piatt is quoted telling then–Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund “we don’t like the optics” when he asked for National Guard support.

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Officer charged for Brooklyn Center shooting

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/14/21, 04:29 pm

Before the 10 p.m. curfew on Tuesday, a crowd aimed fireworks at the Brooklyn Center police station and threw objects at officers, who responded with flash-bangs and gas grenades. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput on Wednesday charged former officer Kim Potter with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believed Potter fired her gun by mistake instead of a Taser.

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Infamous Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff dies

by Glory Reitz
Posted 4/14/21, 04:23 pm

Last year, a court declined a request to release Bernard “Bernie” Madoff during the coronavirus pandemic due to medical conditions. Madoff died in prison in North Carolina early Wednesday, his lawyers and the Bureau of Prisons confirmed. He was 82.

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