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DOJ Awards $2.2 Million To Agencies Across the US for ‘Innovative Community Policing Projects’

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In a push to encourage local police and government agencies across the nation to assist in proposing community policing ideas, the Department of Justice is awarding 29 departments for their proposals through the Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.

The different agencies will receive between $15,000 and $100,000 for their ideas on community involvement in fighting human trafficking, school safety, violent crime, and other issues.

Community Oriented Policing Services Office Director Phil Keith called the program a “critical resource to advance innovative community policing projects.”

Keith said the grant awards are a “strategic investment” and pay “huge dividends” to the state and local departments as well as the communities they are tasked with serving.

The push for community solutions to crime follows the demands of protestors in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death. Cities such as Minneapolis have voted to utilize community police instead of traditional forces for some calls. Former Vice President Joe Biden even called for a $300 million increase in police department funding to “reinvigorate community policing.”

The DOJ seems to recognize the demand for policing alternatives and thus funded the program and now have 29 different proposals from the “Phoenix Youth Engagement Project” to the “Narragansett Crisis Intervention Training Project.”

“These awards are being announced at a critical time for our country, when community policing strategies are very much needed to improve police and community relations,” read the DOJ press release.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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