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Famed author J.K. Rowling was dragged on Twitter.com for agreeing with a woman who was fired for saying men can't change into women.

Rowling, the first author to achieve a net worth of $1 billion, took sides with Maya Forstater, who lost her job last year for tweeting that a man can't be a woman.

Forstater tweeted in September 2018:

"What I am so surprised at is that smart people I admire, who ... champion human rights & womens rights are tying themselves in knots to avoid saying the truth that men cannot change into women (because that might hurt mens feelings."

After Forstater was fired for stating a biological fact, she received support from prominent public figures, including Rowling.

The Harry Potter author returned to Twitter.com after a hiatus to double down her defense of Forstater.

"Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. Live your best life in peace and security," the 54-year-old tweeted. "But force women out of their jobs for stating that [biological] sex is real?" she asked.

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Angry Twitter users lashed out at Rowling, accusing her of being “transphobic."

One disappointed user tweeted:

"I grew up as a trans child reading your books as an escape. I would often pick out names and characters to give to myself, before I ever felt comfortable in who I was. This decision, to support people that hate me, and want to do me harm. It brings me to tears... Why. Why?"

A British mum of a male-to-female transgender tweeted:

"My daughter, who is trans, is a big fan of yours. It breaks my hears to see you post something indicating that discrimination against her is perfectly fine behaviour for an employee."

She added, "The world's most credible medical orgs affirm trans people. Please catch up."

Another Twitter user accused Rowling of using her massive platform to try and "destroy the left and ruin the lives of trans people."

A third user wrote:

"There is literally no excuse at this point for not knowing that jk rowling is a transphobic who hates trans people, especially trans women."

Some of Rowling's 14.5 million followers threatened to boycott her books and movies.

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CNN fired a 16-year employee who filed multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination and accused his boss of threatening his life. Dewayne Walker filed discrimination lawsuits after he applied for 31 jobs at CNN.

Walker was fired for litigation abuse and accusing a CNN executive of threatening his life.

According to Walker's complaint, he filed 31 applications for jobs at CNN, and "has never been contacted for a vast majority of his applications."

Walker also complained that he wasn't promoted at CNN because of his race.

In a new lawsuit filed in November, Walker claimed his life was threatened by his boss Whit Friese, Vice President and group creative director at CNN.

Walker, who is Black, claimed Friese, who is white, threatened him in a restroom on August 15, 2019 at CNN Center.

The lawsuit alleges Friese ordered Walker to drop his discrimination lawsuits. "Just drop it," Friese allegedly said.

"Or?" Walker replied.

Friese then approached Walker at the urinal and quietly whispered: "If you f**k with my money, I will kill you."

Walker was placed on administrative leave with pay after he met with CNN's HR manager to complain about his encounter with Friese in the restroom.

A court hearing was scheduled to get Walker reinstated to his job. Walker complained in his lawsuit that being on leave hurt his stature and his career.

"It's a travesty and a sham, said Walker's attorney Mario Williams. "You're using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of office on administrative leave with pay even though he's the victim."

After an internal investigation, CNN determined Walker "fabricated" his accusation against Friese. Walker was then let go from his job.

The AJC's Rodney Ho learned Walker was fired after he showed up to an empty courtroom to cover Walker's reinstatement hearing which was scheduled for Dec. 11.

Walker's attorney had written in a court filing, "this hearing is moot due to recent events."
 

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NFL star Janoris Jenkins was let go by the NY Giants after he insulted a fan on Twitter.com and then refused to apologize.

Jenkins responded to a Twitter user’s comment by calling him a word that is hurtful to people with special needs and delayed developmental disorders.

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When asked about using the word - which is banned by organizations such as the Special Olympics, Jenkins shrugged and said it was just "hood" talk.

The Giants asked Jenkins, 31, to publicly apologize, and when he refused, he was fired. Jenkins is nearing the end of his career. The cornerback struggled on the defensive line, which didn't help the Giants' dismal 2-11 record this season.

All of which means Jenkins may not be signed by another NFL team.

This is bad news for Jenkins' baby mama, Sontaevia Armstrong, who received an increase in child support for her two kids in 2016.

Jenkins, who signed a $62 million contract with the Giants in 2016, was paying Armstrong $4,000 a month. But Armstrong asked a judge to increase his voluntary child support after he signed that fat contract.

Jenkins has had his share of troubling headlines. In 2018, his brother was charged with manslaughter after a dead body was found in the basement of Jenkins' mansion.

Police arrested William Jenkins and charged him with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene.

Janoris told TMZ that Rene was a "good friend" and "it hurts my heart to know the he's passed."

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34 West Virginia cadets who gave Nazi salutes in a "disgraceful" class photo were suspended without pay and three were fired a day after the photo went viral, sparking outrage around the world.

The cadets who participated in a basic training class at the West Virginia Division of Corrections are seen raising the Nazi salute in the photo. The basic training class was held from Oct. 21 to Nov. 27.

Their faces are obscured to protect their identities during the "ongoing investigation", according to the NY Post via the NY Daily News.

Gov. Jim Justice told the Post that he wanted everyone in the photo fired. He said he "ordered the termination of all those that are found to be involved" in the photo - including the photographers.

The photo is captured "HAIL BYRD!", which the Post claims is in reference to a class instructor - not the late Senator Robert Byrd, a known racist and KKK Grand Wizard who admitted creating a Ku Klux Klan chapter before he entered politics. Byrd died in 2010 at age 92.

Byrd was close friends with Hillary Clinton, who said she looked up to him for advice during her terms in the Senate and as U.S. secretary of state.

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NBC has opened an investigation into racism and sexism allegations against America's Got Talent creator Simon Cowell, right.

The network tells Deadline.com they have a "deeper understanding of the facts" after meeting on Wednesday with Gabrielle Union, who was let go as a judge on the talent competition series.

Both NBC and Union called their 5-hour meeting "productive". Union, 47, asked for the meeting to hear her suggestions on improving the "toxic environment" on the set.

"The initial conversation was candid and productive," said the network. "While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution."

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Deadline says NBC plans to investigate Union's allegations that Cowell is "acerbic and overlording" on the set.

"The next step in the process for NBC is to have an as yet undetermined independent investigator prioritize moving things forward," Deadline writes.

"The ball is in NBC's court to see if they can get Cowell to agree to make some changes to the way things are done on the show," an insider tells Deadline.

Another source told People magazine that Cowell "Rubbed a lot of people the wrong way" on AGT. And he is "rarely told no."

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A Miami United Parcel Service worker was charged with hiding packages worth nearly $3,000, then returning to steal the packages later.

Police say Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr., 18, a seasonal delivery driver for UPS, hid packages containing electronics while his co-worker wasn't looking. He then returned later to steal the packages, police said.

Reggin Jr. was caught on camera hiding the packages under a dumpster at an electronics business where he and a co-worker had delivered 5,500 packages.

The next day, he hid more packages under the dumpster. He was caught when a manager at the business saw him on surveillance video retrieving three boxes from under a dumpster.

The packages contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4 game consoles, according to WSVN-TV.

Cops arrested Reggin and recovered the stolen electronics. He was charged with third-degree grand theft.

In a statement to WSVN-TV, a UPS spokesperson said Reggin Jr. was no longer a seasonal employee at the company.
 

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Gabrielle Union and NBC bosses sat down for a "productive" five-hour meeting to discuss the actress' issues with Simon Cowell's America's Got Talent show.

Gabrielle, 47, was fired as a judge on the talent competition TV series last month, amid reports she complained to bosses about racism and sexism on the set.

NBC executives called the actress in for a meeting on Tuesday after fellow celebrities sided with the mother-of-one and called out Cowell on social media.

"The initial conversation was candid and productive," a network spokesman tells Deadline.com. "While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution."

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Gabrielle, who served one season as a judge on the show, took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm she was happy with the meeting too, writing:

"We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."

Gabrielle and fellow judge Julianne Hough's terminations from the show are currently under investigation by bosses at the SAG-AFTRA acting union, according to WENN.com.

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Simon Cowell's production company has brought in the lawyers to speak with Gabrielle Union about the alleged racism and sexism on the set of America's Got Talent.

As you know, Union was let go as a judge after hosting just one season of AGT for a reported $15 million salary. But the 47-year-old Scorpio refused to go quietly without hurling accusations of racism and sexism on the set.

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Among her complaints were a joke made by by Jay Leno and notes passed to her by staffers complaining about her ever-changing hairstyles.

A source told Variety.com that staffers complained Union's hairweave was "too black" for the audience.

Cowell's production company Syco brought in lawyers for a scheduled meeting between Union, Syco NBC and producers Freemantle.

Variety.com reports that NBC plans to speak with Union to ask her about her concerns regarding the environment on the set.

A source confirmed to Page Six: "The companies are retaining outside counsel to assist us in learning more about the facts in this matter, starting with hearing from Gabrielle, which we expect to happen this week."

A source told Deadline.com that Union was anxious to meet with NBC to discuss how she can help them to improve the "toxic environment" on the set.

"Gabrielle believes there is a toxicity that has become normalized at 'Talent,'" an insider told Deadline on Monday.

"She wants to help fix that, because she loved a lot of her time on the show last season, even with the issues with Simon and what have you. But she could never go back, even if they did a [180] and asked her to for another season — no."

But sources say the "toxic" environment on the set improved as soon as Union left. They say her constant complaints to the network bosses is the main reason why she got the boot.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, left, sparked controversy after she fired Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car.

Lightfoot announced Johnson's termination during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2. Johnson, who was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement.

The harsh action was taken after Johnson reportedly lied to investigators after he was found slumped over the wheel of his car around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. Johnson was not far from home when he fell asleep at a stop sign.

The officer who responded to the scene did not test Johnson for alcohol intoxication. Johnson told the officer that he was on his way home after dining with friends and he pulled over because he felt tired.

Mayor Lightfoot said Johnson later told her that he'd had a "few drinks" at dinner that night and that the alcohol reacted with blood pressure medication he had taken.

The mayor said Johnson lied to her and investigators about where he'd been and what he had been doing. She said surveillance footage proved Johnson had been deliberately "misleading" investigators.

Johnson's supporters were concerned that he might lose his pension and other benefits, but CBS reports he will not lose it unless he is convicted of a felony.

Late Monday night, after the public backlash to Johnson's termination, Lightfoot defended her actions, saying, "It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable."

She refused to release details, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children, but she said his behavior amounted to conduct that was "unbecoming" of his position.

CBS Boston reported Monday night that the 60-year-old police chief had been drinking with a woman who was not his wife before he was found asleep in his car.

Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured below, 2nd from right) were married in 2017.

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In early November Johnson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference with the newly-elected mayor and his family at police headquarters.

"Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there," Mayor Lightfoot said.

Photos taken of Lightfoot at Johnson's press conference show her glaring at Johnson and giving him dirty looks.

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Sources say that Lightfoot, a 57-year-old male-identified lesbian, had it in for Johnson and his police department after they investigated openly homosexual Empire actor Jussie Smollet for lying about a racial attack in January 2019. Smollett, 36, was arrested in March for filing a false police report.

Johnson is named personally in a lawsuit filed by Smollett against the city of Chicago last month. Smollett filed the countersuit after the city sued him, indicating it wanted over $390,000 plus "further relief as this Court deems just and equitable" for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies.

 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep in his car. Lightfoot announced Johnson's termination during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2.

Johnson, who was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years.

According to published reports, Johnson was found sleeping at the wheel of his car around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. He told police that he was on his way home after dining with friends and he pulled over because he felt tired.

Lightfoot said he later told her that he'd had a "few drinks" at dinner that night and that the alcohol reacted with medication he had taken.

She said surveillance footage proved Johnson had been deliberately misleading with investigators and he lied about where he'd been and what he had been doing.

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The mayor said she would not reveal where he had been to "protect his wife and children." She said his behavior was "unbecoming" of his position. Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured right) were married in 2017.

In early November Johnson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference with the mayor at police headquarters.

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But sources say Lightfoot, a Democrat who is openly homosexual, had it in for Johnson and his police department after they investigated openly homosexual Empire actor Jussie Smollet for lying about a racial attack.

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Gabrielle Union's smear campaign against NBC has gotten her quick results. In a statement on Sunday, NBC said they are working with the former America's Got Talent judge to "hear more about her concerns."

NBC and America's Got Talent producers Fremantle and Syco said in a joint statement:

"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate."

Union, 47, and fellow judge Julianne Hough, 31, were let go after Union reportedly became difficult to work with on the set.

Variety.com reported that Union complained about a "toxic workplace culture" on the series. A "source" revealed that Union was offended by an on-camera joke told by guest star Jay Leno.

Leno cracked a joke about a portrait hanging in NBC headquarters that showed producer Simon Cowell and his dogs. Leno said the dogs looked like something on the menu at an Asian restaurant.

Union reportedly asked HR to escalate her complaint about Leno's joke, which was cut before the episode aired.

The "source" also said Union was pestered with notes from NBC staffers complaining about her various lacefront wigs and hair weave accessories. The staffers reportedly said Union's hair was "too black" for AGT's audience.

After NBC released a statement on Sunday, Union retweeted a "covering your own ass" meme by writer Joelle Monique that outlined the three steps to a "solid apology".

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But not everyone is convinced that Union is a victim of workplace harassment. Many are convinced that she is an unlikeable narcissist who would stoop to exploiting an emotionally troubled child to boost her career in Hollywood.

A Variety.com reader writes in the comments section (bold emphasis mine):

[Union] and Hough were fired because they were both horrible. The difference is Hough is a professional and didn’t play the race card when she was fired. If NBC and Cowell were actually racists, they wouldn't have hired a black man (Terry Crews) for next season. Union is going to find herself unemployable much like Monique because no one will want to deal with her toxic drama."

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Gabrielle Union thanked social media fans for cheering her up after she lost her lucrative gig as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week.

Lovebscott.com first reported that Gabrielle and fellow new judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the popular show after just one season, leaving fans to speculate over the reason for her dismissal.

Following reports of a "toxic" atmosphere on set regarding "racism" and "sexism", VAriety.com reported that the 47-year-old actress was offended by staffers complaints about her ethnic hairstyles.

Union took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank fans for their continued support, saying she was "lost" and all "alone" after being let go from her job.

"So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever," she tweeted.

While the mother-of-one and stepmother of four didn't address the NBC show directly, she went on to like a tweet from a reporter who mentioned she'd been "fired" from the franchise.

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Union spoke out after her retired NBA star husband Dwyane Wade shared his support for his wife by suggesting network bosses tried to pin a drop in viewership on the new judges.

"Men lie, Women lie, numbers don't," he tweeted, quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wade, 37, expressed surprise upon learning that Union was fired from the show. They thought for certain that being LGBT allies would elevate her status in Hollywood.

"Over this past year I've been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they've started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show. So when i got the news that my wife was being fired - my first question was obviously why!? Iam (sic) still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she's an advocate for our community and culture."

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Gabrielle Union was let go as a judge on America's Got Talent after she made one too many complaints to bosses about the show's "toxic culture" on the set, according to WENN.com.

The outspoken 47-year-old actress served as a judge on the competition reality TV show this year, alongside Julianne Hough, who was also let go from the show in November.

According to Variety.com, numerous incidents left Union uncomfortable - such as when guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made a racially insensitive joke while visiting the show's offices.

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"Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of the show's Simon Cowell, surrounded by his dogs. Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find 'on the menu at a Korean restaurant'," according to four people who were present at the time of Leno's wisecrack.

According to Variety, Union asked producers to report the incident to Human Resources but, following a conversation with a NBC executive, the matter was dropped.

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Other incidents Union complained about included one involving a white male contestant, who wowed the audience with his quick changes between costumes. At one point, he donned dark make-up to look like the American singer Beyonce - which angered Union and caused her to object to the contestant being in the show.

The contestant was apparently still allowed to audition, but the audition was cut before the show aired.

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The Variety report also claims that both Union and Hough (pictured) were consistently given "excessive notes on their physical experience," which had a big impact on their morale - particularly for Hough.

However, Hough, who wants to keep working in Hollywood, denied the claims in a statement to E! News, telling the outlet: "I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."

Meanwhile, NBC hit back at the report in their own statement, which read: "America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.

"The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

Union has yet to publicly respond to the allegations.

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Gabrielle Union was unceremoniously fired from America's Got Talent after speaking out against "problematic" racism and sexism on the show.

The story was first reported by lovebscott.com. Gabrielle Union, 47, was let go from America's Got Talent and, according to B. Scott, there's apparently a lot more to the story than what was officially announced.

NBC sources tell lovebscott.com exclusively that Union's termination came as a result of her speaking out about "problematic” situations on the set. A source tells lovebscott.com there were racist and sexist situations on the set.

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"[Gabrielle's] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV," the source tells B. Scott.

"They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim. She wouldn't walk away from $12 million because she's 'busy.' Based on weekly interactions on social media, by the time AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?"

NBC reportedly fired Union to switch things up on the show. The NBC sources continue:

"Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn't on social media. Juliane and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie. The idea the network wants to "switch things up" only applies to women and Black folks. Nick Cannon wasn't crazy. He walked away from 8-figures over how [AGT] operates."

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Jermaine Whitehead was released by the Cleveland Browns hours after he went ballistic and issued death threats on Twitter.com following a team loss on Sunday.

The former Browns defensive back went on a profanity-laced Twitter rant that included racist language and death threats after the team lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Whitehead targeted Browns TV and radio broadcaster Dustin Fox after Fox tweeted "Whitehead's effort tackling today is a joke."

Whitehead reacted by calling Fox a "cracker" and warned the reporter not to "get smoked", which is urban slang for getting shot.

Whitehead, 26, also issued death threats to Browns fans and offered one fan a place to meet him to fight.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Athletic's Zac Jackson reported that Whitehead was still wearing his Browns uniform when he lashed out on Twitter.com and that a team public-relations staffer separated him from media in the postgame locker room, where Whitehead did not speak with reporters.

Twitter suspended Whitehead's account and the team released a statement addressing Whitehead's tantrum.

"Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the statement reads. "We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments. The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This matter will be further addressed internally."

On Monday the Browns cut Whitehead from the team, according to the Associated Press.

Whitehead was in his second season with Cleveland. He was signed last year after the Green Bay Packers waived him two days after he threw a punch during a game. The Browns are 2-6 on the season.

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A routine shoplifting trip to a Family Dollar store ended with the termination of one of the Phoenix officers who responded to the scene.

Iesha Harper, 24, and Dravon Ames, 22, took their daughters - ages 1 and 4 - to the Family Dollar on May 27.

After leaving the store with items they didn't pay for, the couple complained that the police pulled their car over and pointed guns in their faces.

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The store employees had called the cops, saying they believed the family stole items from the store. A worker had observed the 4-year-old girl leaving the store with a doll.

Cell phone video shows the cops pointing guns at the family and ordering them out of their car. The video quickly went viral, and social media activists went nuts. The drama escalated because the family was Black and the cops were Caucasian.

On Tuesday, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said one of the cops, Officer Christopher Meyer, was notified of his termination.

A disciplinary review board had recommended he receive a 6-week suspension, but Williams, who is Black, said the punishment was "not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects on our department and our community."

"I expect more. You deserve more," she said, according to the NY Daily News. "Unlike other professions, we don't have a luxury of a do-over."

Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time of the incident, approved of Meyer's firing - although she said she had hoped both officers would lose their jobs.

"I think I might be able to get a good night's rest for once knowing that he's fired, and it won't happen to no one else," she said. "I think it's a step in the right direction."

The second officer seen in the video received a reprimand for using foul language.

The family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city.
 

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TMZ has fired veteran reporter Van Lathan after an on-air argument with another TMZ staffer escalated to verbal threats.

According to Page Six, TMZ handed Lathan his walking papers after he got into a nasty confrontation with fellow reporter, Michael Babcock, right.

Lathan famously confronted former rap producer Kanye West who said "slavery was a choice" on TMZ Live in May 2018.

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While Lathan was praised for checking Kanye on the air last year, he was let go this week for doing the same thing to Babcock.

According to Page Six, the two men argued over a political matter that escalated out of control when threats were leveled. The shouting match was edited out of the segment on "TMZ Live" last week.

After the segment, Lathan, who hosts the popular "Red Pill" podcast, confronted Babcock, who is more conservative in his political views.

A source tells Page Six that Lathan threatened Babcock, saying there would be trouble if he "ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again."

Insiders say that Lathan met with TMZ's attorneys, and that he was suspended after the meeting. He was officially let go a few days later, Page Six reports.

Sources tell Page Six that Lathan was "a huge part" of TMZ's success over the past few years, and that they were stunned he had been fired from the show.

Lathan declined to speak with Page Six on the advice of his attorney. Babcock reportedly hung up on a Page Six reporter.

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Jason Mitchell has successfully completed a mental health counseling course after he was fired from The Chi amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with several female co-stars, including his onscreen girlfriend, Tiffany Boone.

Mitchell was fired after Boone complained to Human Resources about his inappropriate behavior that made her feel unsafe on the set. The actor was also dropped by his agents.

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'The Chi' writer Lena Waithe, 35, (pictured above with Mitchell) caught flack for turning a deaf ear to all the complaints.

In a public statement last year, Waithe, who is a male-identified lesbian, said she was taking steps to handle the complaints against Mitchell, who she treated like one of her boys.

Since being terminated Mitchell has been unable to find work in the acting field, as news travels quickly and Hollywood is quick to blacklist undesirables.

Now Instagram blog TheShadeRoom reports a source saying that Mitchell has worked on his anger management issues, self-awareness, acceptance of responsibility, and purpose (whatever that means).

The source also confirmed Mitchell is a changed man at age 32, and he won't molest any more women if Hollywood gives him a second chance.

History tells us that lecherous men don't change their stripes at age 32. Once a dog, always a dog.

Question: Would you trust him around you or your adult daughter? Do you believe he's a changed man? Would you support him if he returned to The Chi?
 

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The school resource officer who arrested two minor children at an Orlando elementary school has been fired.

Officer Dennis L. Tuner was initially suspended from the Orlando Police Department after he arrested a 6-year-old girl for kicking another student at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter school on Thursday.

When the child was taken to the provincial's office, she screamed and kicked Officer Turner, who was the school's resource officer.

The child was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Assessment detention center where she was booked and had her mugshot taken. She was charged with battery on an officer of the law.

The 6-year-old's grandmother complained to the local news media that her granddaughter was arrested for "throwing a tantrum at school."

Meralyn Kirkland says her granddaughter was acting up in school because she was "sleep deprived."

She said when she told the officer her granddaughter had a sleep disorder, he replied, "Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don't behave like that."

When the story initially broke, Officer Turner was misidentified as a white officer - which furled the backlash on social media.

CBS News reports Turner, who was suspended after the incident, was fired on Monday.

At a press conference on Monday, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón apologized to the children and their families.

He explained his decision to fire Turner in a post on the OPD Twitter page.

Later that day, Turner arrested an 8-year-old boy in a separate incident at the same elementary School.

Turner was fired after 23 years on the force.

Turner's supporters say he only "arrested" the children to teach them a lesson, but social media has an annoying habit of demonizing people with good intentions.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter.com on Tuesday to announce he fired his national security adviser John Bolton. But Bolton texted a Fox News reporter to say he wasn't fired - he quit.

"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump said in a tweet. Trump added he "strongly disagreed" with Bolton's suggestions.

"I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning," Trump tweeted. He said he would name a new national security adviser next week.

But Bolton denied the president's claims that he was fired.

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"Let's be clear — I resigned," he texted Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade, who read the text on the air.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up the president at an afternoon press briefing. Pompeo told reporters, "there were many times where Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed, that's to be sure."

I've lost count on how many cabinet members Trump shoved out the door of the White House in the last 2 years.

Before Trump was elected president he oversaw thousands of employees. So we know he can retain employees.

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