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The FBI and U.S. attorney are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Democrats are moving to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while the investigation is ongoing.

Last March, Cuomo issued an order sending coronavirus patients from hospitals into nursing homes, rather than to a Navy hospital ship that was anchored in the NY harbor.

Thousands of elderly nursing home residents died after being exposed to the sick patients.

Cuomo came under fire this month when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told a group of key Democrats in a closed-door meeting that Cuomo's administration had initially undercounted the true numbers of deaths of elderly residents by 50 percent.

Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was among those angry over the revelation. His uncle died in a nursing home.

"You can't hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process," Kim said during the virtual meeting.

DeRosa said the administration withheld information requested by the DOJ because “President Trump turns this into a giant political football... He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us... Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the [DOJ] or what we give to you guys... Was going to be used against us..."

Family members are furious that the Democrats were playing politics with their loved ones' lives.

"We need to get people subpoenaed. We need to get them under oath and find out who knew what when," Republican Assemblyman William Barclay said.

The GOP criticized the DOJ for not ramping up the investigation months ago when it was common knowledge that thousands died as a result of Cuomo's order.
 

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The 20-year-old man who filmed himself punching an elderly Army veteran in a Detroit nursing home was moved to the nursing home after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, his father says.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Ok'd the transfer of Covid-19 patients to nursing homes where the most vulnerable elderly population is housed.

"He never should have been housed -- quarantine with the victim that he eventually assaulted. That should have never happened," said the suspect's father who asked not to be identified. He said his son has a history of mental health issues.

Police were unaware of the assault until after the video went viral on social media. The suspect was identified by social media users, but his name has not been released by police.

The suspect is also under investigation for beating a staffer at a group home where he was sent after being diagnosed with Covid-19 at the University of Michigan Hospital.

The attack, which was filmed by the suspect, happened on May 15 at the Westwood Nursing Home in northwest Detroit, police confirmed.

The suspect was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond on assault and battery charges.

The 75-year-old patient is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. The man's family said they had no idea their father was taken from his apartment and placed in a nursing home in northwest Detroit. They said they tried calling him at his apartment but he didn't answer.

The viral video caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted late Thursday: "Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heavily criticized for sending Covid-19 patients to nursing homes in that state. Thousands of nursing home patients died from the coronavirus in NY before Cuomo reversed his decision.

80% of all Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are nursing home patients and people over age 65.

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An employee at a nursing facility in San Diego, California is taking responsibility for the deaths of 11 elderly Trump supporters.

The worker made the shocking confession in a private DM message to a user on Reddit.com.

"Hey, I work in a retirement home and care for lots of trump supporters in their last days," he wrote. "I can tell you with certainty that 11 people (all verified trump supporters) could have been resuscitated/prevented from [dying] had I taken the appropriate measures."

The person added: "I am literally letting you fuckers die off. These people vote like 100% of the time so it counts."

The man went on to blame Trump supporters on Reddit's pro-Trump forum, The_Donald, for his actions.

"Every time I come on The Donald and see something that fucking disgusts me (e.g. "Its Okay to be White" postings) I note it and then take it out on a trump supporter in the home I work at (for example I have loaded food with diuretics, withheld medicine and sample provided the incorrect medicine)."

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The direct message was later deleted, but not before the recipient took a screenshot of the message and posted it to The_Donald and on 4chan, an Internet forum for hackers.

The worker, who appears to be Black, was quickly doxxed (identified) by 4chan. His contact information - including the facility where he works - were posted on both boards.

The man hastily deleted his Reddit and LinkedIn accounts. His comment history on Reddit is littered with anti-Trump commentary such as this comment about Trump supporters: "Literally the worst group of people in this country. Man I HATE THESE people so GODAMN much."

Less than 24 hours later, AMN Healthcare, which operates the nursing facility where the man works, confirmed the person is an employee who still works for the company.

"The individual who works for us is not a clinician, does not work in a clinical setting or work in a location where patients are cared for. However, we take this very seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation."

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AMN Healthcare has not provided an update on Twitter.com in over 24 hours.

Question: Is the employee's hate speech protected under the First Amendment? Would you feel comfortable leaving your elderly loved one in the facility where he works?
 

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A male certified nursing assistant was arrested in Florida on multiple charges of sexually assaulting elderly women in his care at a Clearwater, Florida nursing facility.

Felo Kane told Clearwater police he has a "fetish for older female patients under his care."

Authorities say Kane, 32, is charged with four counts of sexual battery of the physically helpless.

In May 2016, Kane inappropriately fondled and kissed a disabled stroke patient while changing her adult diaper. The patient told him multiple times to stop, but authorities say Kane forced her to touch his genitals.

In a second incident, Kane fondled another female patient while changing her adult diaper.

When she protested, he reportedly told the woman, "don't worry, I'm just cleaning you."

According to WFTS, Kane touched and fondled older patients at two separate nursing facilities from 2016 to 2019.

WFLA-TV identified one of the facilities as Clearwater Center.

Some of the family members of patients at the Clearwater facility are angry over the possibility that Kane fondled their loved ones.

In some states male nursing staff are prohibited from being alone in a room with vulnerable female patients, for obvious reasons.

Channing Butler Dontrell Netter

A male nurse and 3 of his friends are serving time behind bars for sexually assaulting dementia patients at an Illinois nursing facility.

Channing Butler, 28, pictured left, worked alone on the night shift at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in west Champaign, Illinois. Prosecutors say Butler let Dontrell Netter, 24, and two other men into the nursing home at night so he could videotape them having sex with vulnerable elderly victims.

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Chantelle Diabate

A paralyzing blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in the New York area didn't discourage one determined nurse from getting to work.

Braving winds of forty miles per hour, Chantelle Diabate, 32, walked more than a mile through waist high snowdrifts to get to work at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale.

She was the only nursing home staffer who made it in to work on Saturday.

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