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A member of the NRA board of directors files a motion to intervene in the New York AG case. Roscoe “Rocky” Marshall argues that NRA leaders like CEO Wayne LaPierre and organization outside lawyer William A. Brewer III are not acting in the best interests of the organization. In themselves, these arguments are not new. However, it is important that a board member do them in the context of the Attorney General’s prosecution. The judge may consider Marshall’s request to intervene more favorably than a previous request for intervention by two members of the NRA, which he rejected. In his motion, Marshall also argues that board members acted as a “rubber stamp” and failed in their oversight obligations. He calls for the appointment of a receiver to help run the NRA while a new board is elected; the new board would subsequently appoint new executive officers. Marshall, who runs a trucking equipment company, was one of three board members who requested the appointment of an outside investigator to examine the Attorney General’s allegations against the NRA during the recent offer to bankruptcy of the group. – Will Van Sant, editor-in-chief
Oath Keepers emails, chat logs and donor information are part of a big new data breach. DDoSecrets, a collective of transparency and journalists, said it obtained five gigabytes of data from a hacker and published much of the information in a public database. The collective said it was only providing a list of members it had obtained, along with information on donors and finances, to journalists and researchers. “The Oath Keepers leak provides an unprecedented view of the group’s membership, donors, structure and operations, both in the months leading up to and immediately following the Jan.6 insurgency attempt,” the co-founder said. from the collective to the Daily Dot. It’s unclear whether the data breach was the result of the recent massive hack by Epik, a domain registrar that hosted Oath Keepers’ online infrastructure and is popular among far-right groups and platforms. At least 19 of the 40 people facing U.S. Capitol Hill insurgency conspiracy charges are affiliated with the Oath Keepers, whose members include former law enforcement and military personnel.
There have been 11 mass shootings since last Thursday’s shooting at a Tennessee grocery store. Fourteen people have died and 40 others have been injured in the incidents since a gunman killed one person and injured at least a dozen others at a Kroger store in Collierville, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a shooting of mass like four or more people killed. in an incident. Two of the 11 shootings also took place in Tennessee, leaving a total of six dead in Athens and Chattanooga.
Philadelphia takes a dark step: 400 homicides this year. This is just the second time since 1996 that the city has reached this level in a year; in 2020, the city recorded a final total of 498 homicides. “I am heartbroken and outraged that we have already lost over 400 Philadelphians to preventable violence this year,” the city mayor said in a statement. From the trace: Up The Block is our resource center for Philadelphians affected by gun violence.
The Department of Justice provides $ 187 million in grants for community safety. The awards, which are part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance to Justice Grant, have been distributed in all 50 states, tribal lands and territories of the United States and can be used for many fundraising purposes, ranging from building activities from law enforcement to community-based and victim-focused interventions. support initiatives. The DOJ said the program – a component of President Joe Biden’s strategy for responding to community violence – will allocate an additional $ 85 million to communities in the coming weeks.
Oregon’s state capitol firearms law, with requirements for safe storage, comes into effect. The statute, signed in June by the state’s Democratic governor, amended a law that allowed concealed porters to bring handguns into state house. The bill also gives colleges and schools the ability to restrict guns and requires residents to safely store their guns at home.
At least 7 – since the murder of George Floyd, the number of states that have passed laws requiring investigations into deaths of police officers in custody to be carried out by state officials or investigators outside the local police agency. A new report on a similar system in Texas shows a checkered record for a policy that seeks to ensure accountability and transparency in fatal police incidents. [The New York Times]