Missouri police poke fun at ‘jorts-wearing bandit’ who robs Walgreens stores

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mokee81/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Someone call the fashion police.

Missouri police poked fun at a “jorts-wearing bandit” who has burglarized multiple Walgreens stores in the St. Louis County area.

On Aug. 9, the St. Louis County Police Department tweeted a photo of the suspect, instructing the public to contact either them or the fashion police if they are able to identify the man.

This guy wears jorts and robs Walgreens stores. Contact us or the fashion police if you can identify. pic.twitter.com/mZgxVp4knh

— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) August 9, 2017

On Monday, the police department tweeted that the man in the questionable garb was at it again.

“The jorts-wearing bandit is back,” police wrote. “His disregard for the laugh is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends.”

In both instances, the man is seen wearing a baseball cap, short-sleeved shirt and “jorts,” which are shorts made of denim.

It is unclear how many stores the unstylish suspect has robbed.

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University of Florida denies white nationalist’s request to speak on campus

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Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — White nationalist Richard Spencer has been denied a request to rent space at the University of Florida to give a speech next month, according to a school statement.

The “likelihood of violence and potential injury – not the words or ideas – has caused us to take this action” to deny Spencer’s request for a Sept. 12 speaking engagement at the Gainesville
campus, the school president W. Kent Fuchs said in the statement released today.

The denial comes after an eruption of violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, another college town, where a white nationalist rally Spencer attended and promoted on social media
collapsed into chaos and resulted in the death of woman protesting the gathering that included white supremacists.

Spencer has said he is neither a racist nor a white supremacist, which is someone who believes that white people are superior to other races. Instead, under the label of “alt-right,” which Spencer
is credited with coining, white nationalists like him espouse “white separatist ideologies,” as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal advocacy organization that monitors
extremist groups.

But it’s difficult for many critics, including the SPLC, to make a distinction.

“The term alt-right is really nothing more than a re-branding of white supremacy for the digital age,” Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen told ABC News in December. “I don’t think
anybody should be fooled by what it is at its core and that is white supremacy.”

Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, which says it is a white nationalist organization “dedicated to the heritage, identity and future of people of European descent in the United

States,” has become a lightning rod for criticism since the election of Donald Trump.

A December 2016 event he held at Texas A&M was swarmed with protesters.

“We triggered the world,” Spencer told ABC News at the time. “I think it’s good to trigger people a little bit. When you get triggered it means that you’re shocked, you thought something that you
haven’t thought before. It means that you have an open mind and you can start to see the world differently.”

Fuchs, the University of Florida president, addressed Spencer’s ideology directly in his statement.

“I find the racist rhetoric of Richard Spencer and white nationalism repugnant and counter to everything the university and this nation stands for,” he wrote.

Spencer did not immediately respond today to ABC News’ request for comment.

He came to national attention when video surfaced of him at a Washington, D.C., conference in November shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” as some members of the crowd raised
their hands in a Nazi salute.

Spencer said he yelled out “Hail Trump” in the “spirit of irony and exuberance.” He added that he saw the then-president-elect as someone who “sling-shotted our movement into fame.”

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Charlottesville teachers sing ‘Lean on Me’ after violence

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garytog/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — More than 700 teachers and staff members from Charlottesville, Virginia, public schools broke into song Tuesday at a back-to-school convocation just days after protests
and deadly violence shook their city.

The school officials sang “Lean On Me” and held glow sticks to symbolize light coming from darkness during the convocation at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville
High School.

“It was emotional,” Rachel Wilson, a photography teacher at the high school who posted video of the moment on Facebook, told ABC News. “We’re all still kind of processing what happened here and
figuring out how to help our students process it and also continue on with what we need to do as educators.”

The convocation was planned before the protests at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, according to Beth Cheuk, the community relations liaison for Charlottesville City
Schools.

The tone of the event — which was held on teachers’ first day back for the new school year — was changed on Monday after a meeting among district officials and school principals.

“They were very emotional as they came together for the first time after the news [and] realized they needed an event where they could meet people where they were,” Cheuk told ABC News.

One woman was killed in the protests — local resident Heather Heyer — while two officers — Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates — died in a helicopter
crash while responding to the violence. The three were honored at the convocation by a display of three heart shapes made out of glow sticks on seats in the auditorium.

Charlottesville City Schools will hold its first day of classes on Aug. 23.

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Total solar eclipse 2017: What is it and what will happen?

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dreamnikon/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You’ve probably heard by now to watch out for a total solar eclipse in the United States on Aug. 21. But do you know exactly what it is and what will happen when it occurs?

Here’s what you need to know:

What is a total solar eclipse?

To truly understand a total solar eclipse, you must be familiar with the different types of eclipses.

An eclipse is when one astronomical body, such as a moon or planet, moves into the shadow of another astronomical body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: a lunar eclipse and a solar
eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth moves between the sun and the moon, with its shadow blocking the sunlight that causes the moon to shine. This can only occur when the moon is full, according to
NASA.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow onto Earth. There are four main types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, total and
hybrid, according to NASA.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for up to about three hours from beginning to end.

Total solar eclipses occur once every 12 to 18 months while partial solar eclipses, when the moon blocks only part of the sun, occur more frequently, though visibility varies, according to NASA.

You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. The path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse is a 70-mile-wide ribbon that will arc across the continental United States from
west to east. This stretches from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PDT to Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT.

From there, the moon’s shadow leaves the country at 4:09 EDT.

What happens during a total solar eclipse?

During a total solar eclipse, the lunar shadow will darken the sky and temperatures will drop while bright stars and planets will appear at a time that is normally broad daylight.

Retired NASA astrophysicist and photographer Fred Espenak said the experience usually lasts for just a couple minutes, but it’s truly out of this world.

“It is unlike any other experience you’ve ever had,” Espenak, popularly known as Mr. Eclipse, told ABC News. “It’s a visceral experience; you feel it. The hair on your arms, on the back of your
neck, stand up. You get goosebumps.

“You have to be there,” he added.

Espenak said the rare and striking astronomical event can last as long as seven minutes. For the Aug. 21 eclipse, NASA anticipates the longest period when the moon obscures the sun’s entire surface
from any given location along its path will last about two minutes and 40 seconds.

Some animals may react strangely to the celestial phenomenon. Rick Schwartz, an animal behavior expert with the San Diego Zoo, said there have been observations of animals going to sleep during
total solar eclipses.

“The animals take the visual cues of the light dimming, and the temperature cues,” Schwartz told ABC News.

“You hear the increase of bird calls and insects that you usually associate with nightfall,” he added. “Farmers have said that the cows lay down on the field or the chickens go back into the coop.”

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US military service chiefs condemn racism, stand up for military values after Charlottesville

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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The heads of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have weighed in on Twitter in the wake of last weekend’s violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, condemning racism and standing up for military values.

It is rare for the nation’s top military leaders to weigh in on political events because of the Department of Defense’s tradition of remaining apolitical.

Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, first posted on Saturday night, calling the events in Charlottesville “unacceptable” and saying the U.S. Navy “stands against intolerance and hatred.”

Earlier that day, a woman was killed and several others were injured after a car rammed into demonstrators protesting against white nationalists. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is charged with second-
degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene in the incident.

The Army confirmed Sunday evening that Fields had briefly attended Army basic training in 2015, but was released due to a failure to meet training standards.

Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, tweeted Wednesday morning, “The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our Values and everything we’ve stood for
since 1775.”

Also weighing in was Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, who posted on social media Tuesday, shortly after it was reported that a leader of a white supremacist group — whose
members marched in Charlottesville over the weekend — was a former Marine recruiter.

Neller tweeted that there is “no place for racial hatred or extremism” in the Marines.

Former Staff Sgt. Dillon Hopper, the reported leader of the neo-Nazi group “Vanguard America,” served in the Marine Corps for 11 years and completed two deployments, later becoming a recruiter.

The Marines issued a statement in response to Hopper’s service, condemning hate and extremist groups.

“We are proud of the fact that Marines come from every race, creed, cultural background and walk of life,” the statement said, adding, “The guidance to Marines is clear: participation in supremacist or extremist organizations or activities is a violation of Department of Defense/Marine Corps orders and will lead to mandatory processing for separation.”

On Wednesday morning, Gen. Dave Goldfein, chief of staff for the Air Force, joined his fellow service chiefs, saying “we’re always stronger together” and espousing Air Force values of “integrity,
service and excellence.”

On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters he was “very saddened” by the violence he saw in Charlottesville, but wouldn’t comment further about the events of that weekend or
Fields’ military service.

“I don’t know the circumstances around this young man’s four months,” he said in reference to Fields’ short stint in Army basic training.

“I don’t want to comment on it, but generally speaking we don’t sign people up for four-month tours of duty. So, once the full reality is out, I’m sure you’ll have an explanation how he came in and out, but I can’t comment on it. Right now, I just haven’t seen it,” Mattis said.

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Special counsel’s Russia probe loses top FBI investigator

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FBI veteran Peter Strzok has left Robert Mueller’s team.

Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville: ‘This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy’

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La_Corivo/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — At a memorial service on Wednesday Heather Heyer, the woman killed Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in
Charlottesville, Virginia, Heyer’s mother was met with a standing ovation as she said, “They tried to kill my child to shut her up — well, guess what — you just magnified her.”

“Although Heather was a caring, compassionate, person, so are a lot of you. A lot of you go that extra mile,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said to those at the memorial service. “And I think the
reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord is because we know that what she did was achievable.”

Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, had dialogues on Facebook, her mother said, telling the mourners, “Conversations have to happen. That’s the only way we’re going to carry Heather’s spark through.

“Find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way,” Bro said. “Say to yourself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile.

“I’d rather have my child, but by golly, if I have to give her up, we’re going to make it count,” Bro said to a round of applause.

“I want this to spread, I don’t want this to die,” she said. “This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy.”

Heyer’s memorial was held Wednesday morning at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., were among the over 1,000 attendees.

“You never think you’re going to bury your child,” Bro said at the service, adding that a public memorial is what her daughter would have wanted.

She “had to have the world involved, because that’s my child,” Bro said. “Always has been.”

Heyer’s grandfather, Elwood Shrader, said at the service, “She showed her passion at an early age.”

As a child, when Heyer would return home from school, she was animated as she explained her day, Shrader recounted. She would stand at the corner of the dining room table, waving her hands, almost
dancing as she went over a story, Shrader said.

Heyer wanted fairness and justice in her early years, he said, and “could call out something that didn’t seem right to her.” And even if she didn’t agree with someone’s viewpoint, she still wanted
to understand it, he said.

Heyer, who worked as a paralegal, had that desire for justice throughout her life, Shrader said, adding, “how ironic that she ended up in a law office.”

“She realized we all need forgiveness and we all must extend forgiveness,” he said. “As we think about her today, we’re very proud of her.”

Shrader also expressed his appreciation for the community’s support at this time.

Heyer’s father, Mark Heyer, gave an emotional speech, saying, “No father should have to do this.”

“She wanted equality,” he said, “and in this issue of the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate. And for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other.

“I came here today and I was overwhelmed,” he said. “I was overwhelmed at the rainbow of colors in this room. That’s how Heather was. It didn’t matter who you were or where you were from. If she
loved you, that was it. You were stuck. So for that, I’m truly proud of my daughter. “

The Saturday crash that killed Heather Heyer took place at a Unite the Right rally spurred by Charlottesville’s plan to remove a Confederate statue from a local park. The rally was attended by
neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Two Virginia State troopers helping with the response to the clashes also died that day in a helicopter crash.

The Paramount said friends and family attending the service were asked to wear purple, Heather Heyer’s favorite color.

Heather Heyer’s cousin, Diana Ratcliff, read a letter at the service she said she wished she could have shared with her.

Emotionally, Ratcliff read, “Did I ever tell you how much I loved you? Heather, when my children ask me who I admire most I will tell them you. My baby cousin, who is larger than life and too good
for this world.

“You will always be in our hearts,” she added.

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US military chiefs condemn racism, stand up for military values after Charlottesville

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It’s rare for the nation’s top military leaders to weigh in on political events.

Business leaders continue to resign from manufacturing council amid Trump criticism

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Leaders have resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.

Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville: Heather’s legacy is just ‘beginning’

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Heather Heyer, 32, was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd.

What is a total solar eclipse?

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The rare and striking astronomical event is taking place on Aug. 21.

Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore

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Dozens of people cheered as the monuments came down, WMAR reported.

Five missing after report of downed Army helicopter off Hawaii

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Responders are searching for five missing crewmen after receiving a report of a downed U.S. Army helicopter off the coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The search was reported late-Tuesday night local time, about 2 miles west of Kaena Point, the westernmost tip of land on the island of Oahu.

Lt. Colonel Curtis Kellogg, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division, said two helicopters were taking part in a nighttime training mission off the shore of Kaena Point Tuesday night and, at 9:30 p.m., the second helicopter lost visual and radio contact with the first one.

The helicopter was reported down and a search-and-rescue mission was launched immediately, Kellogg said.

A debris field was spotted near Kaena Point at 11:28 p.m. local time Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

Helicopter and boat crews are involved in the search, the Coast Guard said.

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Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Four Confederate monuments were removed in Baltimore, Maryland overnight, days after Charlottesville, Virginia, became the center of a deadly clash over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

The removed statues, according to ABC’s Baltimore affiliate WMAR, included the monument of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson; the Confederate Women’s Monument; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument; and the monument of Roger B. Taney, who wrote the 1856 Supreme Court ruling that denied citizenship to African Americans.

Dozens of people cheered as the statues came down, WMAR reported.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said the removal process began Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. and was completed today at 5:30 a.m.

Pugh said at a news conference this morning, “I felt that the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight.”

She thought it was important to move quickly and quietly because of “the climate of this nation,” she said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Tuesday that he is asking the State House Trust to remove the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds.

“As I said at my inauguration, Maryland has always been a state of middle temperament, which is a guiding principle of our administration. While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said.

The removal of Baltimore’s statues comes days after a protest in Charlottesville turned deadly.

White nationalists, neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members joined together in a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Lee statue. Hundreds of counterprotesters also showed up, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into a group of people who were protesting the white nationalists, killing one and injuring many others. The suspected driver is in custody and facing charges.

Two Virginia State Troopers helping with the response to the clashes also died that day in a helicopter crash.

Beyond Baltimore, the violence in Charlottesville has put a new spotlight on Confederate monuments around the nation, and from California, to Kentucky, to New York, there are calls for some Confederate symbols to be removed.

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Inside the turf war between Texas and New Mexico over dirt

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New Mexico State Land Office(NEW YORK) — New Mexico is tired of Texas playing dirty, and now the two states are digging in for a turf war — over actual soil.

The Lone Star State has come under fire after years of allegedly dispatching road workers across state lines to collect protected New Mexico State Trust land soil to repair a spartan two-lane dirt road across the border. The road crews are accused of pirating the prized dirt from a parcel of New Mexico’s land just north of Road 506 in Otero County and then allegedly making a four-mile trip to Dell City, a small hamlet with a population of 425 people in Hudspeth County, Texas.

“They’re likely the same three or four guys in a road crew and they cross state lines and took the dirt and went to use it on their roads in Texas,” New Mexico’s State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn told ABC News. “We’re calling them dirty bandits and dirt desperados for doing this to the [school] kids.”

Dunn said New Mexico uses the profits from minerals found in the soil to fund its public schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, which is why they’re fighting back against the alleged theft. But that blame game isn’t sitting well with Hudspeth County Judge Mike Doyal in Texas, who said he is considering taking New Mexico to task for enjoying all the years of what he calls cost-free road maintenance.

The result is a battle over uninhabited dirt — an irony not lost on either side.

“It’s the Wild West, what can I say?” Dunn said.

 Doyal said Texas doesn’t plan to back down anytime soon.

“It’s my thought if they want to push the issue, we’ll push the issue for 20 years of maintenance [of the state line road],” Doyal told ABC News.

He acknowledges the workers decided to use that soil as “a matter of convenience,” wheeling their front-end loaders and dump trucks to scoop it up and transport it back to Texas.

“These workers are typically so far away it’s easier for them to handle it right close by,” Doyal said. “It’s there.”

Doyal also said state borders around the “uninhabited” territory are arbitrary.

“There’s no line drawn in the dirt,” he said. “You’ll find signs, but there are times it gets a little vague on that state line road.”

Standing on principle

But New Mexico officials disagree, claiming that Texas is encroaching on the state’s 9 million acres of surface estate, which have been held in the trust since 1850. Surface estate refers to the land itself, not including any minerals, oil or gas beneath it. Today, the state also has 13 million mineral acres.

While some may mock Dunn making a fuss over Texans “pilfering” New Mexico’s dirt, Dunn believes he’s standing on principle.

“It’s bad to take anybody’s property no matter what it is,” he said. “It could be a sign out on a yard, a mailbox, or a car — it’s still theft.”

 Dunn explained that his office has proof that the Texans have been caught “red-handed” stealing sand and gravel.

To prove their case, Dunn said his department supplied Hudspeth County officials with before-and-after images taken from Google Earth that show a swath of purported New Mexican terrain on Jan. 29, 2012 transform into a barren cavity by March 16, 2014. Dunn said removing the soil has left a gaping 8-feet-deep hole that is approximately “15-feet long by 20-feet wide.”

On July 18, Dunn’s commission sent a stern letter to three Hudspeth County Commissioners and their attorney demanding mining operations “cease and desist” until its office has assessed the totality of mining and “has been paid for the minerals mined and removed to date.”

Dunn’s letter also referenced the Google Earth images, and described the Texans’ alleged land extraction as “greatly expanded mining activity occurring on the site.”

 The letter also mentioned how the mining and removal of state-owned minerals “without authorization from the Commissioner of Public Lands, or just compensation, constitutes a taking in violation of the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”

A line in the sand

For its part, Texas officials are not denying that they have taken the soil, but rather arguing that the state boundaries are unclear.

In a July 27 letter sent by C.R. “Kit” Bramblett, the attorney for the Hudspeth County Commissioners, he asked how Dunn or anyone else can certain of where the state borders are.

“My first question is where is the line between Texas and New Mexico,” wrote Bramblett, who said he’d “lived in Hudspeth all my life” as a rancher, farmer and now a lawyer. “There is a fence just north of the road in the picture and we have always thought that was the state line between Texas and New Mexico. How do you suggest that we determine exactly where the line is?”

In response, Dunn’s team conducted a field assessment to determine exactly where tire marks appear to have breached the brass caps set into the ground that designate where Texas ends and New Mexico begins.

 In an Aug. 9 letter, the attorney for the New Mexican commission responded to Bramblett, saying that the State Land Office’s field inspection “included a visual ground search for survey markers.”

The conclusions from that inspection, the letter claimed, confirmed that the site where the valuable sand and gravel was sourced allegedly without authorization “is located north of New Mexico Road 506” and north of the brass caps that designate state lines.

“From this evidence,” the letter stated, “the State Land Office determined that the mineral removal occurred on New Mexico State Trust land.”

Dirt worth fighting for

The states’ dust-up over dirt, first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, has raised the issue of how lush and lucrative the grounds are.

According to the New Mexico State Trust Land Office, revenue from oil, gas, and minerals — as well as ranching, farming, and commercial development — is used to fund public schools, universities, hospitals and correctional facilities.

Grazing land rights claimed by cattle ranchers can fetch “a dollar an acre” in funds for public projects, Dunn said.

“We own these minerals,” Dunn added, pointing out that the state also has 13 million acres containing oil, gas, and minerals.

Profits from these resources generated almost $545 million in revenue in the fiscal year 2017, according to New Mexico State Land Commission data.

 The dirt itself, Dunn and experts agree, is also ideal for patching roads.

“It’s got a lot more limestone in it, so it packs real well,” Dunn said.

Dunn said the Texas road crews are loading up on a caked layer of earth made up of accumulated calcium carbonate, also known as caliche, to help firm up their road surfaces.

Caliche is essentially crystallized calcium carbonate, or as Nancy McMillan, a New Mexico State University geology professor, calls it: “the white stuff that forms inside your shower.”

“It’s nature’s concrete,” McMillan told ABC News. “It’s fairly hard, fairly durable and it crystallizes around sand grains.”

New Mexico’s mix of arid and rainy conditions creates a lot of caliche.

Cliff Lucas, the district lab supervisor in the Roswell office of New Mexico Department of Transportation, said caliche is also convenient and binds well.

“Native caliche is a good road building material, and if you’re 50 or 90 miles from anywhere, it can be cost prohibitive to a construction project if you don’t use native building materials,” Lucas told ABC News. “Most caliche pits are all over the state and a lot of alternate roads and county roads are paved with it.”

But caliche’s sand and gravel makeup is a draw for road construction projects because it naturally wards off erosion and “doesn’t get polished by tires and become slick easily,” McMillan said.

‘We’re just hoping they pay us’

Doyal, who said he was a sheriff’s deputy before becoming a judge, said that the fight over dirt has him trying to make peace.

“How much is caliche worth?” he asked. “It’s something that the road is [made of], yea, but it’s still dirt.”

But Dunn said the dirt allegedly stolen by the Texans is worth thousands of dollars.

And if Texas wants peace, Dunn said they could get it by cutting a check.

“We’re hoping they just pay us,” he added.

But failing that, Dunn said New Mexico is willing to “fight this battle in court” if it comes down to it.

Doyal is confident that things can be settled as they used to be — with both states working together.

“You gotta understand the old country way of things: if it helps you out on this deal, then we want to do that. But we also want to help our citizens, too,” he said.

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Family, friends to gather at memorial service for woman killed in Charlottesville attack

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Facebook(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A memorial service is set for Wednesday morning for the 32-year-old woman killed after a car rammed into a crowd of people who were counter-protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

The memorial for Heather Heyer of Charlottesville is expected to begin at 11 a.m. at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater.

The Saturday crash that killed Heyer took place at a Unite the Right rally spurred by Charlottesville’s plan to remove a Confederate statue from a local park. The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members, and the white nationalists were met with hundreds of counter-protesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counter-protesters, killing Heyer and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Two Virginia State Troopers helping with the response to the clashes also died that day in a helicopter crash.

Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told ABC News that her daughter, who worked as a paralegal, was a “very passionate person. … She had very strong beliefs, and even as a small child she was fierce about defending her beliefs.”

According to a statement from the Paramount, Heyer “was an outspoken, outgoing, determined and passionate individual and had a special regard for social injustices and especially those concerning race relations.”

Bro told ABC News she is numb over the loss of her daughter, but she doesn’t want “more hate brought by my daughter’s death. … I want peace that she would want. I want change. I want equality. I want fairness, and I want it done peacefully.”

The Paramount said seating at the memorial service will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and that friends and family attending the service are asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color.

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Woman arrested for helping to topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

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iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) — Deputies in North Carolina arrested a woman on Tuesday, who says she helped pull down a Confederate statue in Durham.

According to ABC affiliate WTVD, Takiyah Thompson, 22, is charged with disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, damage to real property, participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500.

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Thompson said her actions were justified because Confederate statues represent white supremacy.

She climbed a ladder to the top of the statue to tie a rope around its neck before the crowd tore it down.

A video showing protesters pulling down the statue in downtown Durham, North Carolina, went viral Monday.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews on Tuesday referred to the action as “civil disobedience that is no longer civil.”

“I am grateful the events that unfolded Monday evening did not result in serious injury or the loss of life, but the planned demonstration should serve as a sobering example of the price we all pay when civil disobedience is no longer civil,” Andrews said in a statement.

 The sheriff said his office focused on “restraint and public safety” during the protest, but it would use the video to investigate the incident as an act of vandalism.

“As the sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct,” the statement said. “With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue.”

Andrews said restraint does not mean inaction, adding that if had he instructed his deputies to engage with the hostile crowd, there would have been injuries and further chaos.

Damaging the Confederate statue was a blatant violation of the law, he said, and his department plans to pursue felony charges against those who did it.

The statue, which had sat in front of the city’s old courthouse since 1924, depicts a Confederate soldier wielding a muzzle rifle and lugging a canteen and bedroll, and is dedicated “in memory of the boys who wore gray.”

It is unclear if Thompson has an attorney.

 

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94-year-old retired judge builds pool to bring joy to his home and neighbors

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A retired judge, whose home seemed empty and quiet since the death of his wife, came up with an unusual and generous way to fill the void.

He built a custom, in-ground pool for his neighbors and their children to enjoy.

“The house was pretty darn quiet when she was gone,” Keith Davison, 94, told ABC News about his wife, Evy, who died in April 2016.

“She was the most important thing in my life and always was for years. So I went through the initial grieving process and I felt like I needed to do something more,” Davison said.

He decided he could reinvigorate his own home and bring a bit of joy to his small Minnesota neighborhood by building one thing the community lacked — a pool.

“We live in a nice neighborhood with a lot of good friends, and they have quite a few kiddies, I thought it’d be a neat thing to do,” he said.

A neighbor of seven years, Jessica Huebner, told ABC News that the Davisons always treated her four kids like adopted grandchildren and loved to spend time with them, sharing stories and enjoying their company.

“He and his late wife Evy have always been the most gracious, kind, loving neighbors, and he loves children and having kids play out in the yard,” Huebner said.

Davison contacted a family-run company in Hopkins, Minnesota, that had built a pool for his previous house 40 years ago. “They were still in business and did such a great job before, so they came out and planned it,” Davison said.

Kevin Mulvaney who works on new pools for the company helped Davison with everything, from initial planning and completing contracts back in March to teaching him how to filter the water once the pool was finished in July.

“We got the crew assembled, had the pool excavator and utilities in there — it’s probably a monthlong process and before you know it you’re filling the pool with water,” Mulvaney told ABC News. “Keith is a fantastic man, he’s just so pleasant to be around and it was just a real nice atmosphere, he even had pictures and shared stories of my dad [Virgil ‘Red’ Mulvaney] building their first pool,” he added.

 And Davison’s neighbors were ecstatic to see the plans come to life.

“One day he said, ‘I’m going to put a pool in, Jess,’ and I thought he may just be talking, but then sure enough he marked his yard for utilities, a cement truck came in and before we knew it, in goes this amazing pool,” Huebner recalled.

The 16-by-32-foot pool has a shallow end that slopes down to a eight-foot deep end complete with a six-foot diving board.

“The pool opened up around the first part July and we’ve been over there a handful of times,” Huebner said, adding that many of the neighborhood kids have had a chance to go play and swim there this summer.

“Sometimes he’ll sit out there and visit, other times he’ll be in his house doing his own thing, but he really enjoys it,” she said.

Davison said, “They love to swim, I just require that a parent or a grandparent come with.”

“I have my rules, I was a lawyer and a judge,” he said.

Besides giving children a place to swim, Huebner said Davison has offered something far more valuable.

Her kids see him “doing something out of the goodness of his heart and in return they learn to be kind and respect him as an adult and have conversations and share their life with him,” she said.

Davison, however, said his gesture is “not a big deal.”

“You know it turned out to be a great idea, but it’s really not a big deal, I just thought it’d be something fun for them and bring some joy, and it has,” he said.

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The state of the white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups in the US

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Critics blame racism for weekend violence in Charlottesville.

Lincoln Memorial vandalized with explicit graffiti

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National Park Service(WASHINGTON) — The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized with bright-red graffiti early Tuesday morning at around 4.30 a.m.

Officials with the National Park Service (NPS) said the red spray paint appears to state “[expletive] law” on one of the memorial’s columns overlooking the National Mall. Another instance in silver spray paint was also discovered on a Smithsonian wayfinding sign in the 1400 block of Constitution Avenue.

Work to remove the graffiti is already underway using a mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper, according to the NPS. The gel won’t affect the preservation of the memorial’s historic stone.

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The crew will apply the treatment and let it set on the stone for approximately an hour, then rinse it with “clean, potable” water, according to the NPS. The process is repeated until “all evidence of the graffiti is gone.”

This isn’t the first instance of vandalism on the Lincoln Memorial or other national monuments.

In July 2013, the giant statue of the 16th president was splashed with green paint on the left pant leg. The Washington Post reported that this was the first incident of vandalism on the monument since its dedication in 1922.

More recently, over the President’s Day weekend in February 2017, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and World War II Memorial, three of D.C.’s most popular monuments, were vandalized with marker pen. Local ABC affiliate WJLA-TV reported that the graffiti included small phrases that appeared to be conspiracy theories, such as “Jackie shot JFK,” “blood test is a lie, leukemia, cancer HIV get 2nd opinion” and “9/11/01 Misty pilots fly planes into WTC 1, 2, P, F.”

The World War II Memorial’s North Dakota column was also defaced with spray paint in November 2016, in what was believed to be a sign of protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to The Washington Post.

The United States Park Police has asked anyone with information to contact the agency at 202-610-7515.

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Lincoln Memorial vandalized with explicit graffiti

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This isn’t the first instance of vandalism at the memorial.

The state of the white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups in the US

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ABCNews.com(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored the re-emergence of white supremacy and nationalist groups in the United States, some experts say.

Racist hate groups have been a part of U.S. history for much of the country’s existence, but their recent revival has reached a startling point, according to one expert.

“Since the era of formal white supremacy — right before the Civil Rights Act when we ended [legal] segregation — since that time, this is the most enlivened that we’ve seen the white supremacist movement,” said Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a legal advocacy organization that monitors such extremist groups.

The Alabama-based nonprofit’s statistics for hate groups in 2017 are not yet available, but it reported finding 917 of the groups across the country last year.

The SPLC breaks down the groups by category, noting that there were 99 neo-Nazi groups, 130 outposts of the Ku Klux Klan, 43 neo-Confederate groups, 78 racist skinhead groups and 100 white nationalist groups. Various other groups – those classified as anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, Christian identity or general hate groups – could also share some ideology with white supremacist or white nationalist groups.

The overall number of U.S. hate groups jumped about 17 percent in 2016 from 784 in 2014 , according to SPLC research.

Beirich noted that there has been “massive growth” in recent years, and pointed to the expansion of groups that are associated with neo-Nazi news website the Daily Stormer.

“The Daily Stormer went from one chapter in 2015 to about 30 in 2016,” she said, noting that many of the new groups were having in-person meetings and not just communicating online.

GoDaddy, the web hosting company, posted on Twitter that it notified the Daily Stormer that it had 24 hours to find a new domain hosting service after the site mocked the woman who died at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally when a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters.

The Daily Stormer then switched to Google, which canceled the site’s “registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” according to a Goggle statement.

The website, which is no longer accessible online, has not issued a public response but a cached version states that, “We here at the Daily Stormer are opposed to violence.”

Beyond the groups, a number of self-described white supremacists such as Richard Spencer and David Duke, a former Louisiana lawmaker who was once imperial wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, have re-emerged in the spotlight since last year’s presidential campaign. Both were in Charlottesville this weekend, and Duke spoke about how many attendees of the “Unite the Right” rally felt emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump.

“This rally represents a turning point for the people of this country,” Duke said in Charlottesville Saturday. “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said we’re going to take our country, back and that’s what we got to do.”

Trump disavowed Duke last year but only after criticism of the president’s initial statement that he needed “to look into” Duke’s group before distancing himself from the former lawmaker’s endorsement.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, said the difference this year is that white supremacists and nationalists seem to sense that “this was a moment of opportunity to move from the margins to the mainstream.”

“Trump harnessed this movement and also injected energy into it,” Greenblatt told reporters on a call Monday.

Greenblatt alleged that Trump has been “sort of winking and nodding to them with tweets and racist statements.”

Trump’s campaign raised questions about the state of the KKK in the United States after neo-Nazis and white supremacists were sometimes spotted at his events and a white nationalist super PAC not associated with the Trump campaign made robocalls on Trump’s behalf, among other incidents.

Trump received criticism from a number of Republicans and Democrats over the weekend after he initially condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” on Saturday. Two days later, Trump made more forceful comments.

“Racism is evil,” he said in remarks from the White House Monday. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

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Sheriff pursuing felonies after Confederate statue torn down

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A sheriff says protesters will face felony charges for toppling a nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building

Recent flashpoints in the controversy over Confederate symbols

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ABC News(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — As of 2016, the U.S. was home to more than 700 Confederate monuments or statues on public property, according to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But Confederate symbols, such as the Confederate flag and statues of leaders of the Confederacy during the Civil War, have often been the source of controversy for their perceived racial ties. As part of a groundswell calling for the removal of these symbols, many have come down since 2016 — often stirring conflict.

This weekend’s rally over a Confederate statue in Virginia that turned deadly joins a list of recent incidents sparked by Confederate symbols on public grounds.

Columbia, South Carolina

In July 2015, capping an emotional and long debate, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its post on the state Capitol grounds in Columbia, a change approved by then-Gov. Nikki Haley.

The flag had been a source of contention for years. Opponents of the flag contended it is a symbol of segregation and fuels racism, while some supporters called it an important relic of history that does not symbolize hate. The debate returned to the forefront in June 2015 after nine black parishioners were shot and killed at a church in Charleston.

The state decided to remove the Confederate flag from its state capitol on July 10, 2015, and cheers of “U.S.A.” erupted as the color guard took it down.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Following a 2015 City Council vote, New Orleans’ four Confederate monuments were removed.

The City Council vote was on a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who also cited the June 2015 Charleston church shooting.

The last monument removed was the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee that towered over the center of what was commonly called Lee Circle along St. Charles Avenue. The removal on May 19, 2017, was met with cheers from an attending crowd.

St. Louis, Missouri

A Confederate monument in a St. Louis park was removed in June, 2017. In the weeks leading up to the removal, it was the site of protests.

The monument showed a Confederate soldier leaving his family for the Civil War with an angel hovering above them.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville’s plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park became the center of the deadly incident on August 12, 2017.

The plan to remove the statue was protested by white nationalists, including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members, who formed a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The white nationalists were met in the college town by hundreds of counter-protesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into a group of people who were protesting the white nationalists, killing one and injuring many others. The suspected driver is in custody and facing charges.

Two Virginia State Troopers helping with the response to the clashes also died that day in a helicopter crash.

Durham, North Carolina

Two days after the Charlottesville violence, activists and protesters who attended a rally in Durham to coax officials to remove a Confederate soldier statue that’s been in front of the city’s courthouse since 1924 decided to remove it themselves.

During the rally on August 14, 2017, protesters surrounded the base of the statue, which depicts a Confederate soldier wielding a muzzle rifle and lugging a canteen and bedroll and is dedicated “in memory of the boys who wore gray.”

Some protesters used a ladder and looped a rope around the statue before yanking the soldier from its concrete perch.

While dragging it to the ground, the angry demonstrators stomped on the statue repeatedly.

The Durham County Sheriff said his office will seek charges against those who pulled down the statue.

A renewed push to remove Confederate symbols

The violence in Charlottesville has put a new spotlight on Confederate symbols around the nation.

In New York, a member of Congress and the Brooklyn Borough President are renewing their calls for the names of Brooklyn streets General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Way to be changed, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

And in Kentucky, a rally is expected Wednesday to call for the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the Capitol, the Courier Journal reported.

The state’s governor, Matt Bevin, condemned the recent violence in an interview with WVHU radio on Tuesday, but added that he “absolutely” disagrees with removing Confederate symbols and monuments from government property, calling it the “sanitization of history.”

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How to safely view the 2017 total solar eclipse

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Here’s how to safely watch the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

Confederate-statue toppling in Durham may lead to criminal charges

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The statue was toppled in an incident that was recorded and went viral.

Confederate-statue toppling in North Carolina may lead to criminal charges

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iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) — Protesters who pulled down a Confederate statue in North Carolina in an apparent response to violence over the weekend in neighboring Virginia may be charged with vandalism, authorities said.

A video showing protesters pulling down the statue in downtown Durham, North Carolina, went viral Monday.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews referred to the action Tuesday as “civil disobedience that is no longer civil.”

“I am grateful the events that unfolded Monday evening did not result in serious injury or the loss of life, but the planned demonstration should serve as a sobering example of the price we all pay when civil disobedience is no longer civil,” Andrews said in a statement.

The sheriff said his office focused on “restraint and public safety” during the protest, but that they would use the video of the event to investigate the incident as an act of vandalism.

“As the sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct,” the statement said. “With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue.”

The statue, which had sat in front of the city’s old courthouse since 1924, depicts a Confederate soldier wielding a muzzle rifle and lugging a canteen and bedroll, and is dedicated “in memory of the boys who wore gray.”

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Charges sought against those who toppled Confederate statue

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A North Carolina sheriff is working to identify and charge protesters who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue

School-bus driver shortage across the US sparks growing concern

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As a new school year nears for more than 50 million U.S. students, many districts worry how they will get children to school.

The country has a shortage of school-bus drivers which 22 percent of private bus contractors call “severe,” according to a recent survey by School Bus Fleet Magazine.

Five percent of school-bus contractors are “desperate” to find drivers, the survey found.

“We’re seeing some school districts having to cut school-bus routes or consolidate them, having fewer stops,” said Thomas McMahon, the magazine’s executive editor said.

The director of transportation for the Douglas County school district in Colorado said bus driving is not as attractive a job as it may have been recently.

“The economy’s better so people are going back to jobs that they had done previously, or they find the need to stay at home,” Donna Grattino told ABC News Denver affiliate KMGH.

The Denver-area district still needs at least 40 more school bus drivers and is considering enlisting stay-at-home parents to help fill the gap by allowing them to bring preschool-age children with them on the route, Grattino said.

“As long as they can walk up on a bus, we can get them into a car seat and make sure they’re safe,” she said.

But becoming a bus driver can take time.

The process to get a commercial drivers license, including obtaining a permit, training time and taking the test can in many states take up to 12 weeks, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers also often have to undergo extensive drug tests and background checks.

Average starting-pay at the 50 largest school-bus companies rose to $16.90 an hour in 2017, up from $16.24 in 2016, School Bus Fleet said.

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Police officer is on paid leave after ‘violent struggle’ during traffic stop arrest caught on video

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ABCNews.com(EUCLID, Ohio) — A police officer in Euclid, Ohio, is on paid administrative leave as authorities continue to investigate an incident in which he was captured on cellphone video as well as dashcam footage punching a man repeatedly in the head during a traffic stop arrest.

According to a Euclid Police Department media release, around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, officers stopped a 2011 silver Hyundai being driven by Richard Hubbard III because of an alleged traffic violation.

“During the process of the traffic stop, police ordered Hubbard out of the car and to face away in order to take Hubbard into custody. Hubbard ignored the order to face away and as the officer attempted to take Hubbard into custody he began physically resisting,” the release said. “A violent struggle lasting over three minutes ensued and additional officers were needed to eventually take Hubbard into custody.”

A bystander across the street released cellphone video of the incident Saturday. Afterward, the Euclid Police Department released six-minute dashcam footage taken from the officer’s vehicle.

In the dashcam video, an officer pulls over the Hyundai and can be heard telling Hubbard that the registered owner of the car shows a suspended license. The officer asks for a license and whether Hubbard has a warrant out for his arrest.

Hubbard appears to protest the traffic stop and a female passenger in the vehicle can be heard telling him, “Stop arguing.”

Moments later, the officer opens the car door and tells Hubbard to exit and face away from him. According to police, that is when Hubbard ignored the order and started to resist. As the officer attempts to arrest Hubbard, the two end up on the ground. A second officer, who was on the passenger side of the vehicle, attempts to help in the arrest.

In both the cellphone video and dashcam footage, the arresting officer can be seen punching Hubbard.

The female passenger, who was not identified, gets out of the car as well and appears to speak to Hubbard. She later tapes the incident on her phone.

According to the police release, Hubbard was medically examined after his arrest at the Cuyahoga County Jail Euclid Annex. The arresting officer was treated and released from a hospital.

Hubbard posted bond on charges of driving under suspension and resisting arrest. Police said he is due in court Aug. 24. The arresting officer, whom the department did not identify, was put on paid administrative leave pending investigation.

In a statement, the Euclid Police Department said: “It is the mission of the Euclid Police Department to provide professional and transparent service to the residents, business owners, and visitors to the City of Euclid. This entire incident will be reviewed, in detail, so that the public can have a full and open understanding of the series of events that eventually led to this violent encounter.”

And today, Euclid Mayor Kirsten Gail released a statement to ABC News, saying the City of Euclid and the Euclid Police Department are committed to providing a safe community and to treating “all justly and with dignity and respect.”

“We have made great strides in building a bond between the community and its police department. Violence and use of force in any situation is disturbing and difficult to watch. The videos of the incident on Saturday morning raise some very serious concerns. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all use of force by police are both lawful and justified. I can assure you the incident will be reviewed thoroughly and appropriate action will be taken. We certainly do not want this incident to erase all of the good work that has happened and continues to happen every day in Euclid or to define who we are as a community. We will continue to work with residents, our faith leaders, and community partners to improve our community and ensure Euclid remains a community where we all can be proud to live, work and visit,” Gail said.

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