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Small Minnesota City Loses Entire Police Force Amid Recruitment Struggles

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In an unexpected turn of events, the city of Goodhue in southeastern Minnesota finds itself without a police force as the chief and other department members tendered their resignations.

Mayor Ellen Anderson Buck conveyed the city’s determination to move forward despite the setback, assuring the public of continued police coverage.

Mayor Buck emphasized, “I want to reiterate that we will have police coverage in the city of Goodhue. That is not an issue.” Police Chief Josh Smith, who will remain in his position until August 24th, attributed the force’s dissolution to the inability to recruit new officers, according to reports from Fox News.

“This has been three weeks now, we have zero applicants, and I have zero prospects,” Smith disclosed on July 26. “I’ve called every PD around for the youngest guys out there, getting into the game. There’s nobody getting into the game.”

Chris Schmit, a Goodhue City Council member, praised the police force for their commitment to upholding law and order in the city, underscoring their invaluable contribution to the community’s safety. “I can probably speak for everyone when I say that they provided excellent safety and security to our community. And the small-town policing that they did, we want that back.”

Smith bared a stark truth to the Goodhue City Council, unraveling the crux of the department’s recruitment turmoil. The resounding echo of low wages and the unrelenting surge of rivalry from neighboring larger communities reverberated through his words. With an urgency born of necessity, he underscored the imperative for swift and substantial transformation to reorient this daunting trajectory.

In a state that has witnessed significant policing developments, including the George Floyd case, Minneapolis serves as a prominent backdrop. The latest ex-Minneapolis police officer convicted in Floyd’s death received a sentence of four years and nine months on August 7. Prior to his sentencing, Tou Thao, the former officer, shared a personal reflection on his faith journey while incarcerated.

Despite repeated attempts, the Goodhue Police Department, the mayor, and city council members remained unavailable for comments.

This unexpected loss of an entire police force underscores the challenges many smaller communities face in maintaining law enforcement personnel amidst increasing demands and competition from larger urban centers.

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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