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Brooklyn subway shooter posted profanity-filled YouTube videos with ‘Black nationalist rhetoric’

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Police are searching for Frank R. James, a man of interest in connection to the Brooklyn Subway terror attack during Tuesday morning’s rush hour commute. At least 29 people were injured in the bloody attack, a few in critical condition but are expected to survive. Investigators believe the gunman, wearing a gas mask and bright construction vest, set off smoke grenades and fired rounds out of a handgun before it jammed.

James, 62, rented a U-haul van which was later found, unoccupied, near a subway station where investigators believe is where the gunman entered the train system. Many have looked into James’ social media where he discusses pro Black nationalist rhetoric.

James created many profanity-filled YouTube videos. The Associated Press reports the videos “are replete with Black nationalist rhetoric, violent language and bigoted comments, some of them directed at other Black people. One, posted April 11, criticizes crime against Black people and says drastic action is needed to change things.”

Several videos mention New York’s subways, and New York Mayor Eric Adams is a recurring theme of the videos, reports the AP. The Mayor’s security has been heightened since the attack.

In a February 20 video, James said New York’s mayor and governor’s plan to address homelessness and safety for its subway system “is doomed for failure.” He also refers to himself as a “victim” of the mayor’s mental health program. A January 25 video criticized Adams’ plans to end gun violence.

Police said the weapon used in the attack, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, detonated and undetonated smoke grenades, a black garbage can, a rolling cart, gasoline and the key to a U-Haul van were found by police.

Chief of Detectives James Essig said the gunman was sitting in the back of the train’s second car when he tossed two smoke grenades on the floor, pulled out a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and started firing.

One rider and witness Juliana Fonda, said passengers in the smoke-filled car pounded on the door to the adjacent car attempting to escape.

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  1. Daniel McGuire

    April 13, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I wonder about his criminal record. If he was “known to the police” it would seem he has one. When will it come out?

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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