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Trump Supporter Caught On Camera Using Bear Repellent Against Peaceful Anti-Trump Protestors

A Trump supporter was arrested by Santa Monica police Saturday after deploying a canister of bear repellent to a crowd of anti-Trump protesters gathered at the Santa Monica Pier. The event was organized by an anti-Trump grassroots group called Refuse Fascism to show support for Trump’s impending impeachment proceedings. A sister protest, underway in New York City, successfully marched a group of protesters to Trump Towers. 

Around a dozen Trump supporters were already on the pier, donned in red MAGA hats, waving American flags, and chanting “Trump 2020” when the scheduled Refuse Fascism protesters arrived. According to organizer Atlas Winfrey, the Trump supporters were trying “to intimidate and incite a confrontation.”

Footage from the scene shows a short scuffle breaks out when a cloud of pepper spray suddenly overwhelms the crowd.

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Bystanders recall seeing a man with a backward MAGA hat circling the crowd when he pulled out the can and started spraying as many people as he could. According to Michelle Xai, at least four anti-Trump protesters sought medical attention for their injuries. Xai herself will be wearing an arm sling at the next rally, after being “dropped to the ground by these fascists and basically assaulted.” 

Most of the crowd starts running away from the toxic chemical, covering their faces and wiping tears from their eyes.

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Several people start screaming. The person behind the video can be heard coughing, as they back away from the crowd as well. Reportedly, one woman started vomiting shortly after the attack

David Nicholas Dempsey, 32, was arrested and it was revealed that he is already a convicted felon.

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Police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, and the angry crowd pointed to Dempsey as the culprit. He claimed his innocence but was handcuffed and escorted away to cheers from the anti-Trump protesters. Dempsey was initially charged with the prohibited use of a tear gas weapon, assault with a caustic chemical. After learning that Dempsey carries a prior weapons violation conviction, he’s also facing an additional charge of violating his parole.

The man who bore the brunt of the bear spray is an Iraq war vet.

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“As an Iraqi war vet who has spoken out against U.S. crimes, I have been repeatedly targeted with violence and death threats,” Refuse Fascism member Bo Login said in a statement. “All this demonstrates so clearly the violence Trump/Pence regime is unleashing and why people should join us to prevent a fascist America.”

Login reportedly poured a gallon of milk over his head to help ease the effects of the bear spray, which is similar to other pepper sprays.

The anti-Trump supporters were pulling off a peaceful demonstration on the beach while Dempsey appeared at the pier with a holster of bear spray.

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Refuse Fascism was simply using large stretches of fabric to spell out “Trump-Pence #OutNow” to launch its #OutNow campaign, which seeks to sustain weekly protests against Trump until “the regime is removed,” according to its statement.  

Meanwhile, co-founder of the New York coalition, Dr. Cornel West was pleased with their march. “I stand with those who are willing to put their bodies on the line and make their voices heard to make sure that there will never ever be fascism in the United States of America,” he said in a statement.

RefuseFascim’s next Los Angeles rally will be in MacArthur Park on October 26 at 2 p.m.

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After the bear spray attack, RefuseFascism national spokesperson responded, “We face a political crisis of epic dimension: this regime is rapidly advancing a fascist program. Trump’s “America First” is a program of extreme danger–the vicious twitter finger of Trump is also on the nuclear trigger… The attacks on the #OUTNOW! protest in LA by fascist thugs evidence again the fascist movement that is unleashed by the words and deeds of this regime. We have already seen mass murderers inspired by this regime.”

Dempsey’s social media is a laundry list of conspiracy theories.

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Dempsey’s Facebook page includes a long list of conspiracy theories, including one about the white supremacist El Paso Shooter. “El Paso shooter had 1-30 round magazine, kills 20, wounds 30, it’s impossible people,” reads one post. Another read, “SHOOTER IN EL PASO IS HALF MEXICAN AND KILLED FULL WHITE PEOPLE!” 

Dempsey is expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court for his arraignment hearing on Tuesday. He is currently being held without bail until then. Investigators suspect that a second individual deployed tear gas in unison with Dempsey.

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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On Sunday morning, drivers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were treated to a sight they definitely don’t see very often: an 11-year-old boy driving a school bus. But it wasn’t just any “ride”; it was an unaccompanied, illegal joy ride.

That’s right, over the weekend, a young Louisiana boy managed to steal a school bus from the local Head Start and take it out for a spin.

He then led police officers on a 45-minute, high-speed chase around Baton Rouge.

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A TikTok user named @lainetaylor captured the chase on video. As the school bus zoomed down the street, it appeared that around a dozen cop cars were in hot-pursuit of the rogue boy.

Witness Joy Gradney described her first-hand experience to the local WAFB news station, saying, “As he got closer and closer and closer, I saw it’s a little boy in there and he was laughing. He was like giggling on the way across Florida [Ave] as he goes right past me. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it’s a little boy!'”

According to authorities, the bus was a “push to start” model, so it was easy for the boy to start the vehicle without any keys. As for how he could reach the pedals, that’s a question we’d like an answer to.

Police also claimed that they little boy was flipping them off and taunting them as he drove the stolen school bus.

The chase eventually ended when the bus crashed into a tree. Thankfully, no one was hurt (although three other cars were apparently hit during the chase). The boy was arrested and put in handcuffs.

Libby Smith, the woman whose tree he crashed into, sounded as shocked as anyone when she found out who the bus’s driver was.

“I’m thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’ And my first thought is that it was a lot of kids on the bus,” she explained to WAFB. “Thank goodness he was okay he was safe, but it was not your typical Sunday afternoon occurrence for sure!”

According to reports, the police charged the boy with “theft of a vehicle, aggravated flight, damage to property and aggravated assault.” We have a feeling he won’t be stealing any more busses any time soon.

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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After four long years, we finally know why Trump didn’t want to release his tax returns: abominably, he thought his terrible haircuts and adult age children were worthy of write-offs. Oh yeah… and the year he was elected he only paid $750.00.

Long before his 2016 presidential election bid, Trump dodged calls to reveal his tax returns. At the time of his bid, however, he refused to take part in a 40-year tradition carried out by presidential nominees to release tax returns to the public. During his initial run, Trump falsely claimed that he was unable to release his returns publicly while they were under audit, and throughout his presidency, he has avoided sharing them despite grand jury subpoenas. Fortunately, thanks to a piece published by The New York Times, they’re finally getting a chance to see the light of day.

The New York Times published the first of several reports examining Trump’s tax information.

In 2016, Trump became the first president since 1976 to not release his tax records. The decision promptly roused dismay and questions about whether the records carried “undisclosed conflicts of interest that may impair his ability to make impartial policy decisions.”

According to NYT’s latest exposé, Trump (a man who has long boasted about his wealth and has also claimed a net worth of billions of which he has also declared to be self-acquired) paid a mere total of $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

While the Times report did not cover 2018 and 2019 tax filings, the newspaper looked into 18 years of Trump’s tax returns. They also looked into his business dealings as far back as 2000 and found that in 10 of those years, the president of the United States failed to pay any income taxes “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

The Times also revealed that Trump “racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes” despite millions in income and property. In a statement for the piece, Alan Garten an attorney for the Trump Organization claimed to the Times that “most, if not all, of the facts, appear to be inaccurate.” NoteL the Times underlined that Garten appeared to be “conflating income taxes with other federal taxes.”

According to the article, beginning in 2010, Trump had been given a $72.9 million tax refund from the IRS.

The Times article explains in detail how Trump has managed to handle his business and categorize his wealth. The paper found that most often, Trump claimed his expenses as deductions from his tax bill chalking them up to business expenses. These include nearly $70,000 in hairstyling costs for his time on NBC’s “The Apprentice” over $300,000 for landscaping of the Mar-a-Lago Club and $95,000 written off for hair and makeup done for his daughter Ivanka. That’s right, the president wrote off his own adult children.

Addressing the report, the Times noted that they would not include the actual tax documents in its coverage to avoid outing its sources.

“We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances,” Times editor Dean Baquet wrote in an editor’s note. “Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.”

In response to the reports, Trump called the story “fake news” during a White House press conference on Sunday.

Speaking about the piece, Trump bemoaned that the IRS “does not treat me well.” “It’s totally fake news. Made-up, fake,” he continued. “We went through the same stories, people you could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news… Actually, I paid tax, and you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit,” Trump went onto explain. “They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. … They don’t treat me well; they treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS, they treat me very, very badly…But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you, but that’s just fake news.”

It’s important to note that even an audit could not prevent Trump from releasing his tax records to the public.

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