Saad Mohammad, director of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City told The Oklahoman that leaders of the society’s mosque decided to take extra security precautions to protect Muslims who gather there from any potential retaliatory violence.
Mohammad said anti-Muslim sentiments may have could be heightened because of the beheadings and violence overseas by ISIS.
Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ Oklahoma chapter, said: “It’s very unfortunate that this thing happened because people are going to look at this and draw parallels between it and what happens overseas.”
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Following 9/11 there were no Muslims attacked in religiously motivated assaults in the US. However, since 9/11, there have been quite a number of attacks by Muslims on non-Muslims in religiously motivated assaults.
The shooting took place Sept. 4. Footage of the incident became public this week, followed by the posted the officer’s dash cam video to YouTube.
The video shows South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Sean Groubert firing repeatedly at 35-year-old motorist, Levar Jones, who was not armed and who was not behaving aggressively. Jones was struck at least once, in the hip. He spent time in the hospital and is now home recuperating.
What happened next has shocked almost everyone…
The cop was actually charged with a crime!
The Highway Patrol trooper was arrested and charged this week with “assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature” and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges he wrongfully shot Jones, during a stop prompted by a seatbelt violation.
SOURCES: Washington Examiner, Hot Air.
FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday he’s worried that new privacy standards being adopted by smartphone companies Apple and Google could help criminals evade law enforcement.
“What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” Comey said during a press briefing Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Comey said the agency has begun engaging the companies in talks about the new standards ”to understand what they’re thinking and why they think it makes sense.”
Apple announced last week that with the release of the company’s latest mobile software, iOS 8, user data including messages, emails, photos and contacts will be automatically encrypted in order to protect it from data requests by the U.S. government. Google announced similar new standards shortly after.
Comey said it might be time to have a national conversation about the balance between privacy and security, and about whether we are “doing things that no longer make sense, that are no longer consistent with our commitment that we are a country of law where no one is beyond the law.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 cases of infection with enterovirus 68. But it is likely that many times that number have been stricken. One case involved an adult, and no deaths have been linked to the infection.
“What the C.D.C. is reporting is clearly the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the division director of infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. The hospital was the first to alert the agency last month to an unusual increase in children with trouble breathing. Since then, Dr. Jackson has received calls from colleagues nationwide seeking guidance. Some report that the influx of children to hospitals is “almost outweighing the resources available,” she said.
Three times in the past month, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has had to divert ambulances to other hospitals because its emergency room was filled with children, most of them younger than 5, with severe respiratory illness. Before the outbreak, the hospital had not had to divert ambulances in 10 years, said Dr. Daniel Johnson, the interim section chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the hospital.
Enteroviruses are common, but this strain is not. Symptoms in the current outbreak resemble those of a bad cold, including body aches and cough. But some children progress to wheezing and having breathing difficulties. Scientists say they do not know why it is happening.
SOURCE: New York Times.