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Unrest In America: Over 300 people charged with federal crimes amid nationwide riots

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that over 300 individuals in 29 states had been charged with federal crimes in connection to nationwide riots.

The charges range from attempted murder, assaulting a law enforcement officer, arson, burglary of a federally-licensed firearms dealer, damaging federal property, malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, unlawful possession of a destructive device, inciting a riot, felony civil disorder, among others, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department noted that several individuals allegedly caused damage and destruction of local businesses and others where suspects allegedly violently attacked law enforcement. For example, on June 1 a Boston man shot at least 11 rounds towards officers under the guise of a peaceful protest.

The crimes range in possible jail sentences, however, the more violent and destructive crimes, such as assaulting a police officer could carry charges of up to 20 years. There were 35 suspects charged with assaulting a police officer and the like.

Moreover, 30 suspects were charged with crimes classified as “civil disorder,” some of them using social media sites to organize violence and destruction across the country. Additionally, a number of individuals were charged with burglary and carjacking.

The Justice Department’s announcement comes at a time when racial tensions and attacks on law enforcement are all too common. This week was no exception as rioters took to the streets of several major cities to protest the Grand Jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case. Amid the unrest, two Louisville, Kentucky police officers were shot and one suspect is in custody. The two officers are expected to survive.

Earlier this month, Attorney General William Barr explained that some of the violence originates from anarchist groups like Antifa and there’s evidence of their tracks in many of these cities facing the worst of the riots.

“I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there has been major violence and they all have identified antifa as the ramrod for the violence,” Barr said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “They are flying around the country. We know people who are flying around the country.”

He continued, “We see some of the purchases they are making before the riots of weapons to use in those riots. So, we are following them.”

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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