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A Duluth police sergeant's Facebook post about almost shooting an unarmed Black man went viral.

Sgt. Matt McShane, of Duluth, MN, shared his story on the Duluth Police Local 807 Facebook page last week.

McShane said he and other officers responded to shots fired between two vehicles and a pursuit of the suspect who may have been armed.

In his post, "I almost shot an unarmed Black man last night," McShane shared the thoughts that went through his mind as he approached the suspect.

"I level my pistol at him. I put my finger on the trigger. Is this it? Is he going to shoot us? Am I going to have to shoot this man to save myself and others? Will my wife wake up a widow, will my children no longer have their father? Is our community going to change forever because of me? Will everything burn only because we want to help? Because we want to live and not die?"

The reaction to McShane's first-person account of his split-second decision to live or die was widespread condemnation and outrage.

At first, Police Chief Mike Tusken praised McShane, but the post was later deleted and replaced with an apology.

"It was not my intention to cause further hurt and traumatize community members and I am deeply sorry my actions were insensitive and hurtful," McShane wrote.

Chief Tusken said he sympathized with his sergeant's message amid the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minnesota in May.

"Officers are experiencing disrespect and anger from community members who are frustrated at the institution of policing," he wrote. "I have witnessed more tears from officers this year than from all my years past."

But Duluth community organizer Jordon Moses, who is Black, was unsympathetic. He said the Duluth Police Department has a "culture of not wanting to dive deep on these issues."

"When communities and citizens push, institutions push back," said Moses. "We're supposed to be grateful the cop didn't pull the trigger? That's kind of your job. You have tools, you have training."

However, retired Minneapolis police officer and expert on police use of force Mylan Masson said McShane's message is "right on."

"We have to keep remembering police are human beings. They are going to make mistakes. They don't want to make mistakes," she said. "'What if I did shoot him?' That's a terrible thought."

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Shaun King fears for his life after he discovered a private Facebook group plotting to take him out.

The transracial activist says the private group is run by law enforcement officials who wrote comments discussing ways to kill him.

"A private Facebook group of law enforcement officers is literally plotting to kill me," King wrote in a post on Instagram on Thursday. "Sadly, I receive death threats daily."
 

The 40-year-old Kentucky native angered Christians when he called for protesters to tear down statues of "white" Jesus Christ and destroy stained glass windows and other images of Jesus and his "white" mother.

The transracial Caucasian activist, who claims to be a Black man, says historians believe Jesus likely had the appearance of people who typically lived in the Middle East rather than the white, bearded man depicted in the Holy Bible and other Christian literature.

"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been."

He added: "In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down."

King took to Twitter to complain that he received death threats after his anti-religion rant was not well-received.


 

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In an unexpected move, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sided with President Trump in his feud with Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

After Twitter fact-checked one of Trump's tweets about mail-in-ballots, Trump threatened to end Twitter's immunity from liability (lawsuits) by signing an executive order today.

Trump tweeted that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent." But Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey fact-checked Trump's tweet, essentially moderating the president.

"Per our Civic Integrity policy, the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don't need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We're updating the link on @realDonaldTrump's tweet to make this more clear," Dorsey tweeted.

Trump's executive order removing Twitter's status as a public forum will not only affect Twitter adversely, it will also affect Facebook and other social media platforms.

Twitter and Facebook are privately owned companies and can not be regulated by Trump. But Trump can remove their protections by changing their status from public forums to publishers.

Publishers such as bloggers, who edit and delete content, are vulnerable to lawsuits and do not receive special protections from liabilities as forums do.

That's why Zuckerberg slammed Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, saying Twitter should stop policing what Trump tweets.

"I don't think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth," Zuckerberg told "Squawk Box" co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview that aired Thursday morning. "Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say."

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Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg on Friday, tweeting:

"This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.' Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves."

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush, said Dorsey was "incredibly stupid" to correct Trump's tweets. "Where does it end? He hasn't done that to the Iranian president. He hasn't done that to Chinese leaders. Why is he doing it?"

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A Louisiana police office lost his job after commenting "how unfortunate" the coronavirus didn't kill all Black people.

According to KLFY, former Kaplan officer Steven Aucoin was relieved of duty and terminated after he made the comment on Facebook during the governor's press conference on Friday.

One commenter posted, "Virus that was created to kill all the blacks is death." Aucoin responded, "Well it didn't work... how unfortunate."

Chief of police, Joshua Hardy, said Aucoin's behavior is not tolerated within the police department and Aucoin was fired after an investigation revealed he wrote the comment.

"We're held to a higher standard than the normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do, you got to watch what you say. You can't just go and post anything you want on social media," said Chief Hardy.

Fellow cops and Kaplan residents defended Aucoin, calling him a good cop and saying the screenshots were taken out of context.

But Chief Hardy was adamant that Aucoin was fired after a thorough investigation. "There were some comments that... was not suitable for a police officer to put up on Facebook," he said.

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A Black artist was forced to take his Facebook page private after he posted artwork that showed a young Black girl taking up a weapon against the two white males who killed Ahmaud Arbery.

Maurice Jackson created the artwork as part of his hip-hop ballerina series. The picture, posted on May 8, shows a young Black girl wearing a pink tutu with her natural hair in afro puffs. She is armed with a rifle and is facing down two Caucasian males wrapped in the confederate flag.

She is holding a photo of Arbery, who was killed by a former cop and his son in south Georgia on Feb. 23. The two men were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Jackson captioned the artwork: "*NEW ART* 'I THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SUSPICIOUS' #AuhmadArbery [sic] #RIP #hiphopballerinaseries."

The artwork earned praise from fellow artists and Jackson's supporters. But Black women unleashed their fury on him for portraying a minor child as the protector of Black males.

Art is supposed to be purely subjective. But the anger and bitterness expressed in the comments really reflects the frustration that many Black women feel toward Black men who abandoned them and their children for other men or women of other races.

When will Black women accept some responsibility for what Black males have become?

Most Black males were raised in homes where women were head of household. Only 33% of Black women who gave birth were married in 2019. It has been proven that Black women can't raise Black boys to be men.

It's time to do some serious self-reflection.

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Donald Trump Jr slammed Facebook for taking down thousands of anti-lockdown protest posts and ads on the social media platform.

"Why is Facebook colluding with state governments to quash peoples free speech?" he tweeted on Monday, April 20.

The president's son accused the social network of "colluding" with blue state governments to block free speech.

As thousands took to the streets to protest the forced lockdowns in their states, Facebook has been deleting posts and advertisements about the locations and dates of scheduled protests.

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On Monday, Facebook took down pages that had been set up to organize and inform residents about rallies in California, Nebraska and New Jersey.

Some governors in blue states denied reaching out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to take down the posts. They insist Facebook staffers called them.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company reached out to officials in various states "to understand the scope of their orders," but not about removing specific posts placed on Facebook's platform.

"We remove posts when gatherings do not follow the health parameters established by the government and are therefore unlawful," Facebook's spokesperson said.

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In response to complaints by Kanye West and others, Instagram has banned sexually suggestive emojis, including the eggplant and the peach, which resemble parts of the human anatomy.

The eggplant emoji has been used to suggest an erect phallus, while the peach resembles a woman's buttocks. The water drops resemble ejaculation.

Instagram bosses say users on their platforms can no longer use those emojis - even to cover up genitals on photos.

The emojis can still be used in captions, but not to convey sexually suggestive content or ask for anything sexual. The changes will cut down on sex workers plying their trade on the social media platform.

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The new changes have been implemented in Facebook's Sexual Solicitation Community Standards which took effect on October 24. Sex workers will no longer be allowed to advertise their services on Instagram or Facebook.

Users who are not sex workers still can't use the emojis in their photo posts. The changes have sparked fury online.

One user wrote:

"Facebook's about to start banning people for smutty art and butt shots. They still won't ban Nazis and TERFs because 'free speech,' but god help you if you use an eggplant emoji."

Kanye West complained that social media entices men like him to stray from their marriages by hosting free photos of half naked women.

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A Florida man fatally shot his wife of 33 years and mother of his five children after suspecting her of cheating on him.

Police say Eddie Harris shot and killed his wife Shanica Harris in their Liberty City home before turning the gun on himself on Saturday night. The couple's 2 grandchildren were in the house at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.

Neighbors called 911 to report gunshots in the house at 24th Avenue and 60th Street around 8:51 pm.

Police arriving on the scene saw two men running from the 2-story stucco home. The men said Eddie Harris shot his wife inside the house and he had a long rifle with him.

Harris was arrested after a stand-off with SWAT officers. The grandchildren, ages 6 and 9, were rescued through an open window.

The Harrises shared 5 children and three grandchildren. They met when they were both 15.

"He barricaded himself in the house and kept my sister at blood death, with my grandniece and grandnephew in the house," Shanica's sister, Thomasina Goddard, told Local 10 News.

Just one week earlier, Eddie bought his wife a new Mercedes-Benz SUV. Shanica took to Facebook.com to complain that she didn't get the color she wanted. Shanica said she preferred the color red.

"Now he knows I love red cars!!! But OMG!!!!!! Why couldn't I pick out my own car," she wrote on September 21.

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Facebook friends say Eddie Harris suffered from psychological problems and delusions. They say his mind hasn't been right since his namesake son, Eddie Harris Jr., 19, was shot dead in the street in 2016.

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Eddie and Shanica posed with a standup cut out image of Eddie Jr. at an event in his honor in 2016.

On September 27 Eddie wrote a series of Facebook posts about his wife cheating on him and setting him up to be killed.

In one post featuring a photo of a grey Mercedes SUV, he wrote: "I f*cked up buying this car for the wrong girl shanicaharris."

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In another post, he wrote: "...my wife Shanicaharris cheating on the train now she playing sick on the job."

In other posts he wrote that his wife had a boyfriend who drove past the house in a white Impala.

"Shanica Harris got them trying to kill me," he wrote. Shanica was dead hours later.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg, left, took to Instagram to strongly disagree with Facebook over the banning of Minister Louis Farrakhan, right. In a profanity-laced video, Snoop invited Mark Zuckerberg to ban him from Instagram. He also suggested a boycott of Facebook and Instagram. "What if we ban y'all?" he asked.

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Minister Louis Farrakhan has been banned by Facebook and Instagram as a "dangerous individual." Facebook, which owns Instagram, made the announcement on Thursday. Farrakhan was banned along with conservative bloggers Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson and others who are deemed "dangerous individuals and organizations."

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