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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California transgender inmates are claiming that the state’s prison officials are refusing to “fully implement” a law that would allow them to transfer to prisons of the opposite sex. An attorney for the group says the officials “regularly violate” the law.
The original law, SB132, took effect in 2021. The law has already been challenged in federal court last November by the Women’s Liberation Front on behalf of four female inmates who argue the measure endangers biologically female prisoners by allowing men to pose as women.
The suit also claims the law violates the female inmates’ freedom of speech and religion and their right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment by requiring them to treat the male inmates as women.
“The reality that men and women are factually, materially, immutably different, in ways that disadvantage women and necessitate attention to women’s unique needs, supports protection of incarcerated women by providing women-only correctional facilities,” the lawsuit states.
National Review reports:
Inmates have filed at least 321 requests for transfers based on gender identity since the law took effect, but the Corrections Department has granted only 46 of those requests, Portnoi wrote in a filing. Some of those who have had their requests approved have not been moved, he said.
The filing added that one of the transgender inmates was often called a “boy” by prison guards and another was placed in a cell with a man who was a known sexual assailant, who then assaulted the inmate.
The Corrections Department writes on its website that all inmate requests for transfers under SB132 are subject to an “in-depth review” by a committee of prison guards and health care staff led by a warden. The site says transfer may be denied due to “management or security concerns” but not for “discriminatory reasons.”
The department affirmed its commitment to “providing a safe, humane, respectful, and rehabilitative environment for all incarcerated persons,” including transgender inmates, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Women’s Liberation Front’s legal director Lauren Adams again pushed back against the law following the new filing this week.
“This law has already subjected incarcerated women to sexual assault, abuse and intimidation, in addition to the constant indignity of having to shower, undress and use the toilet in front of men,” Adams said. “The ACLU, Lambda Legal and the Transgender Law Center have the nerve to call women ‘bigots’ when they object.”
National Review adds the filing comes after a male inmate identifying as a woman was convicted last month of raping a female prisoner at the women’s facility at the Rikers Island complex in New York.
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