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NY Police Unions Ask State Officials To Include Officers In Policy Reform Discussions

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Eleven New York State Police Unions representing over 200,000 law enforcement officers have signed onto a joint letter condemning state officials for using violent riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death as leverage for political purposes.

Last week, thousands of protestors grew violent, torching and looting businesses and attacking police.

New York State is in crisis. For the past week we have witnessed a level of civil unrest – too often accompanied by violence and destruction – that our state has not seen in a generation,” the groups wrote. “As law enforcement professionals, we share the universal desire for healing and positive change. At this time, however, the first priority of government must be to restore peace and stability. No rational policy discussion can take place against a backdrop of burning police vehicles and looted store fronts.”

Some politicians in the state are seizing on the opportunity to push forward legislation to further regulate the police departments, the unions wrote, adding that the police are occupied with protecting citizens and their property that they haven’t been able to fully voice their dissent.

“This is reminiscent of the legislative process of 2019 that resulted in passage of significant changes to the bail and discovery statutes. Those amendments were infamously drafted with little to no input or discussion with law enforcement and the district attorneys and were included in the State budget. The resulting public outrage regarding the circumstances in which these amendments were enacted and the impact of these changes upon the public and public safety forced the Legislature and Governor Cuomo to significantly amend the law earlier this year – after only being in effect for three months,” they added.

The group also noted concerns over attacks targeting law enforcement and said that the legislative agenda will ‘destroy the morale of law enforcement, subvert our rights and standing in the community, and expose us to increased risk.’

This week, the State’s legislature has already passed an initial reform package, which includes a ban on chokeholds and racial profiling, according to reports.

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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Buys Entire Texas Town

‘No Plans Yet’, Cuban Says About His Purchase of Abandoned Texas Town of Mustang

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Forget becoming Mayor of a town, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now the owner of a town.  Cuban reportedly purchased the entire town of Mustang, Texas. The town is virtually abandoned with no current residents, “and it’s been several years since the last two businesses, Wispers Cabaret strip club and Lion’s Den adult bookstore, operated” reports NBC News.

In a brief email explaining the purchase to NBC News on Friday, Cuban wrote “did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” The town of Mustang is roughly 65 miles south of American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to Mike Turner, president of Dallas real estate firm J. Elmer Turner, the town had been for sale on the market about four years, listed after the principal owner Marty Price became ill and decided to sell.

Price was an attorney who died this past August; a devoted basketball fan with Mavericks floor seats. “Mark Cuban stepped up, and it was a natural for him to buy it” Turner told NBC News. “With his resources and imagination, I’m sure there are endless possibilities.”

Turner did not reveal the final sales price but admitted it closed last month for less than the $4 million asking price. Jerry Newsom, chief of the volunteer fire department in the neighboring town of Angus, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth “we’re excited to have him as our neighbor here, and we’re excited for the growth and the potential it has.”

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