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Gabby Giffords’ gun control push gets high

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Gabby Giffords, the former lawmaker who was shot and then started a nationwide legislative campaign to crack down on Second Amendment freedoms, has a new gun control fundraising friend: Bill Clinton.

The former president is due to serve as the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by Americans for Responsible Solutions — the same gun-control group started by Ms. Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.


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The event is a fundraiser and is set for the home of Bill Rudin, a real estate bigwig who lives in New York City, Breitbart reported.

Ms. Giffords has been seen schmoozing with the Clintons in the last few weeks.

“[She’s] appeared with the Clinton family in recent weeks at a Clinton Global Initiative University community service event in Arizona,” Politico reported.

And now Mr. Clinton appears to be returning the appearance favor — though he has issued a caveat to Democrats that rabid crackdowns on gun rights could anger those “people entrenched in the gun culture,” he has previously stated, Breitbart reported.

The ARS supports such efforts as expanded background checks for all potential gun owners.

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Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates set to take reins in Miami Beach

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Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates arrives at a news conference July 20, 2012, hours after the shooting massacre at the Century Aurora 16 theater. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates is in line to become the new top cop for the…

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An Arab-American civil rights group has launched a new phone app aimed at allowing people to promptly report hate crimes.

The Michigan chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said they have created an app that allows users to report acts of discrimination, harassment, or other types of racism from their cell phones or other mobile devices.

The group developed the app to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The best thing about this app is that all you need is a phone to mobilize civil rights advocacy in your community, no matter your proximity to our offices,” said Fatina Abdrabboh, director of the Michigan chapter, based in Dearborn. The app gives a “platform to engage through mobile technology and social media,” she said.

The app lets users know about their rights “in the workplace, while traveling, and when interacting with federal agents,” the group said in a news release.

Arab-Americans in metro Detroit have reported bias over the years in a range of places, including at airports, crossing borders, at their jobs, and in schools.

The new app also interacts with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It has sections called Know Your Rights, Report an Incident, and ADC Michigan Incident Form, which users fill out to report incidents of bias.

Launched April 11, the app is available for free on Android and IOS devices.

The download the app, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n164534307 or https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id845123049?mt=8

Hurricane man faces federal hate crime charges

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Sex offender arrested near UC Berkeley police station

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Lew Olive was arrested near the UC Berkeley police headquarters. (Photo courtesy of the University of California Police Department)

A registered sex offender was arrested after he allegedly grabbed a child walking with her parents right outside the UC Berkeley police station, authorities said Tuesday.

Lew Olive, 55, is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $105,000 on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and annoying or molesting a child.

The incident unfolded shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when a girl walking with her parents was approached by Olive near Barrows Lane and Bancroft Way, on the south edge of campus adjacent to campus police headquarters in Sproul Hall, police said.

Olive began talking to the girl, which prompted her parents to cross Bancroft Way in hopes of getting away with him, authorities said.

“The suspect followed and grabbed both the child and the father’s arms in an attempt to pull them apart,” police said. “The force of the pulling lifted the child 2 to 3 feet off the ground.”

UC Berkeley officers witnessed the altercation from their patrol car and ordered Olive to release the girl, police said. He resisted arrest but was taken into custody, authorities said.

Alameda County prosecutors charged Olive in connection with the incident. Olive is a registered sex offender with violations for indecent exposure, annoying or molesting a child, and assisting in an act of indecent exposure, according to the California Megan’s Law database.

Police officer trips and pushes students after soccer match in Texas

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Georgetown Police Department George Bermudez, who cops say was caught on video intentionally trying to trip teenage revelers, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.

A Texas police officer tripped and shoved teenagers after a soccer match during an unacceptable power trip.

Students from Vandegrift High School in Austin rushed the field in Georgetown after their girls’ team won its first state championship on Saturday.

Cell phone video shows the Georgetown Police Officer, identified as George Bermudez, trip one boy (who limped away), try to trip a girl, grab a third and shove a forth.

“I want to stress to the community that this behavior is not in line with the way we want to conduct business,” Cpt. Roland Waits told the Daily News. “Know that we take complaints like this seriously.”

Bermudez, who has been with the department since 2005, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

“We started receiving emails on Sunday relevant to the incident Saturday,” Waits said. “The emails had the YouTube video attached to it and the parents that wrote in were very concerned about the officer’s actions.”

Police Chief Wayne Nero issued a release saying that the matter was immediately forwarded to the professional standards division but that  despite the angered public’s insistence — he cannot immediately fire Bermudez.

“As an executive manager, it is my duty to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted,” he said in the statement.

Nero entreated the public for patience while the investigation is conducted so that the “appropriate accountability can take place.”

Authorities said that during the University Interscholastic League (UIL) championship game there were announcements over the loud speaker telling spectators to stay off the field.

But it’s unclear why Bermudez apparently felt justified using force to restrain teens from celebrating a sports win. Bermudez is not allowed to discuss the incident with the media during the investigation.

Rohan Gupta via YouTube An officer, identified as George Bermudez, stares down at the teen boy he just tripped. KXAN The Georgetown cop tries to trip a teen girl who rushed the field to celebrate the soccer win with her classmates. Rohan Gupta via YouTube Bermudez can be seen grabbing a teen boy and telling him to get off the field.

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“We will look into the actions and we want to make sure it gets done, timely, fairly and that it’s transparent,” Waits said.

Veronica Sopher, spokesperson for the Leander Independent School District, said she trusts that Georgetown Police and UIL will handle this incident.

“The thing that I’ve been trying to convey,” Sopher told The News, “is that we want to celebrate the success of our kids and what they put into the soccer season.”

mwalsh@nydailynews.com

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