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Latino Teen Is Being Charged As An Adult For Allegedly Throwing Rocks At A Cop During An Anti-Trump Protest

The Albuquerque Police Department have made three arrests so far in connection with the violent protests that broke out at a Donald Trump rally last month. One of the three detained is 14-year-old Marcus Griego, who is now being charged as an adult for allegedly throwing rocks at a cop during the protest.


Marcus Griego, 14, is one of three people arrested in connection with the anti-Trump protests in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Donald Trump held a rally at the Albuquerque (N.M) Convention Center on May 24. Hundreds showed up to protest.


The protests, which started as a peaceful gathering, quickly turned violent.

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There were reports of police officers being injured during the altercations. Rocks were thrown at officers and people attacked police cars and horses as the protest raged on.


ABQ PD claims that the 14-year-old threw rocks at the officer.

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Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Celina Espinoza told KQRE, “The commander actually witnessed Marcus throw a rock directly and hit the sergeant that was standing next to him.” After the rock was thrown, police confronted Griego, taking this picture and claiming that he laughed off the situation.


During a June 2 press conference, Albuquerque Police Commander Donovan Olvera said they wanted to lead Griego down the right path instead of making an example out of him.

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Olvera called Griego out by name in the press conference, offering some insight into what the Albuquerque Police Department thought should be done with a 14-year-old involved in the protest.

“We are working hard with Mr. Griego and his family to not only show him that his acts were wrong, but I feel, and the department feels, that he’s young enough to learn that what he did was wrong,” Olvera told the press. “Our goal is to lead him to the right path in hopes of bettering himself, still dealing with the consequences of what he did, but better understanding the roles of the police department.”


But the district attorney’s office had a different goal in mind, according to KRQE. They charged Griego with two felony counts of aggravated battery and will seek to try him as an adult.

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“NOTICE OF INTENT TO INVOKE ADULT SENTENCE: The State of New Mexico, through Vince Martinez, Children’s Court Attorney, hereby gives notice, pursuant to N.M.S.A. §32A-2-20(A) 1978, of its intent to seek an adult sentence in the matter and to have this matter presented for indictment or preliminary hearing,” the court filing read.


After the DA’s office made its announcement, the Albuquerque Police Department reiterated its wish to help rather than make an example of Griego.

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Rather than being tried as an adult, APD has expressed interest in having Griego spend more time with the police department. APD spokesperson Espinoza told KRQE that they would like the boy to participate in ride-alongs or help out with the police horse stables.


Even Griego’s attorney, Tom Clear, was blindsided by the DA’s decision to try his client as an adult.

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“Certainly to ask for a $20,000 cash-only bond would indicate a different scenario than one where they’re not trying to destroy this child,” Clear told KRQE.

Griego is currently in a juvenile detention facility. The judge in the case has set a $10,000 bond or surety before he could be released to await trial. For its part, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, who’s prosecuting the case, told Mitú that they don’t comment on cases involving juveniles.


(H/T: KRQE)


READ: Anti-Trump Protest In Orange County Got So Chaotic 17 People Were Arrested

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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Michael Cohen’s New Tell-All Book Talks About Trump’s Scandalous Golden Shower Moment And His Hair Secrets

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Michael Cohen’s New Tell-All Book Talks About Trump’s Scandalous Golden Shower Moment And His Hair Secrets

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By now, we’re pretty certain the Trumps have had their fill of scandalous tell-all books. After all, each one seems to published by former members of their inner circle who no longer want to be the keepers of their dirty laundry. In the weeks leading up to the upcoming election, the Trumps have seen some of their worst secrets and darkest moments spilled by family members and ex- BFFs. Now, the president’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen is taking a jab at yanking out the skeleton’s in Donald Trump’s closet.

In his latest book Disloyal: A Memoir Cohen tallies of an insane list of “dirty deeds” which he claims he performed for Trump. And of course, while Cohen is a man whose credibility has been tainted various times, we couldn’t help but take a peek at the dirty Trump laundry he’s airing out in the book. Particularly because he started writing it while in prison after pleading guilty to criminal lies and financial crimes carried out on Trump’s behalf.

Check out the book’s biggest spills below!

Trump isn’t a big fan of his own son Donald Jr. 

In his book, Cohen writes about Trump’s frequent dismissals of his eldest child son Donald Jr. “Over time, I would come to learn that his father held him in extremely low esteem,” Cohen writes in his book recalling a moment in which Trump had been getting ready for a cameo at a WWE wrestling event when his son asked him if he was nervous.

“I’m going in front of millions of people. What kind of stupid fucking question is that? Get out of here,” Cohen recalled of the moment Trump made his son leave the room. “That kid has the worst fucking judgment of anyone I have ever met. What a stupid thing to say — to put that thought in my head.” 

Cohen thinks Trump is a pretty big racist.

“The Trumps were actually racist,” Cohen writes about Trump and his father Fred. “As a rule, Trump expressed low opinions of all black folks,” Cohen recalled in the book. “What he said in private was far worse than what he uttered in public.” 

In his book, Cohen also claimed that Trump criticized countries led by Black leaders the moment Barack Obama became elected president.

“Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a shithole,” Trump asked Cohen. “They are all complete fucking toilets.” 

“South Africa was once a beautiful country twenty, thirty years ago,” Cohen claimed Trump said. “Mandela fucked the whole country up. Now it’s a shithole. Fuck Mandela. He was no leader.”

Trump is extremely jealous of Barack Obama.

Which we all knew but this bit below is particularly hilarious.

“Watching Obama’s Inauguration in 2008 with Trump, with the massive, adoring, joyful crowd on the Mall, incensed the Boss in a way I’d never seen before — he was literally losing his mind watching a handsome and self-evidently brilliant young black man take over,” Cohen wrote in the memoir. “When Obama won the Nobel Prize, Trump went ballistic.”

Trump’s hair myths are worse than you thought.

According to Cohen, Trump’s bizarre hairstyle is a result of a botched scalp surgery. Cohen alleges in his book that a hair-implant operation in the 1980s disfigured Trump’s scalp. Apparently, to hide his scars, he uses his hair (which when undone) hangs down below his shoulder on the right side. 

“The three-step procedure required a flop up of the hair from the back of his head, followed by the flip of the resulting overhang on the back of his pate, and then the flap of his combover on the right side, providing three layers of thinly disguised balding-male insecurity,” Cohen writes. 

Cohen says Trump really did get a golden shower

Cohen admits that he and the president attended a strip show in Las Vegas where an act “involved two strippers drinking champagne and pretending to snort coke as they undressed, while one of them simulated giving the other a golden shower as the other caught the fake urine and drank it.” 

Cohen claims in his book that he didn’t witness that part of the show personally but that it was performed that night after seeing it on the club’s Facebook page. 

He also says that he doesn’t know what happened at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. There the notorious “dossier” alleged Trump hosted strippers who peed on each other in his hotel room as part of a performance. Of course, Trump denies this ever happened. 

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