Dead people voting…

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BY JOEL GEHRKE

Local officials in Colorado acknowledged “very serious” voter fraud after learning of votes cast in multiple elections under the named of recently-deceased residents.

A local media outlet uncovered the fraud by comparing voting history databases in the state with federal government death records. “Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman told CBS4 while discussing what he called a “very serious” pattern of people mailing in ballots on behalf of the dead.

It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations.

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“We do believe there were several instances of potential vote fraud that occurred,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “It shows there is the potential for fraud.”

Colorado is a perennial battleground state in presidential battleground states. President Obama beat Republican nominee Mitt Romney by 51-46 in 2012. Clinton leads Trump by 2.5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average, although there is wide variance in the three most recent surveys. One shows Trump leading by four, another shows them tied, and the third shows Clinton up nine points.

Williams plans to pursue criminal charges in the incidents uncovered by CBS4, such as the case of an El Paso County woman who died in 2009 but had ballots cast in her name in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. It’s difficult to prove that any particular person committed the fraud, however. “If our laws are not strong enough to prosecute this case, I don’t know what can be prosecuted,” Broerman told the Denver Post.

Voter fraud is a perpetual concern among Republican politicians, often scoffed at by Democrats. Some studies show that it is not a widespread problem, but certain high-profile incidences have kept the concern alive on the right.

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It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations. The Milwaukee (Wis.) Police Departmentreported in 2008 that there was an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of [the 2004] election in the state of Wisconsin.” There were more votes counted than the number of voters who officially cast ballots, according to the report — about 5,000 more, in a presidential battleground decided by 12,000 votes.

El Paso County officials found 78 deceased people on their voter rolls after the CBS4 report was published, according to the Post, but they have previously removed 448 people from the registered voter list since 2012.

Williams suggested that the system would be more effective if state lawmakers give the secretary of State’s office more discretion in deciding that the name of someone who died matches the name of someone listed as an active voter.

“Our office is working to ensure all such incidents are prosecuted and that laws and rules are adjusted to make vote fraud as difficult as possible,” he told the Post. “[D]oes it make sense to broaden criteria to allow us to make a decision even if the name may be different?”

WALMART Looted… VIDEO…

Protesters break into Walmart after shutting down part of I-85

– Protesters headed to the Walmart on N. Tryon in the University area after shutting down Interstate-85 at WT Harris Blvd. early Wednesday morning following the shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. 

Officers in riot gear blocked the entry to Walmart after it was broken into. Employees could be seen sweeping up shattered glass at the front entrance.

One employee told FOX 46 Charlotte some technology was stolen including, a flat screen television and iPads.

RELATED: I-85 at WT Harris reopens after protesters shut down roadway

Walmart is using pallets to block the front entrance and grocery carts to block the parking lot. They have not yet released a statement.

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TROUBLES COME TO CHARLOTTE

Charlotte faces aftermath of protests ignited by fatal police shooting; 16 officers injured

BY JOE MARUSAK, ELY PORTILLO, MARK PRICE AND ADAM BELL
MSPRICE@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM

Charlotte officials say they are preparing for more protests today following a night of violence over a police officer’s fatal shooting of an African-American man Tuesday in the University City area. The dead man was identified as Keith Lamont Scott, 43.

Sixteen police officers were injured Tuesday night in a series of clashes, and there were reports early Wednesday of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged when protesters threw rocks, bottles and traffic cones off interstate overpasses onto traffic below.

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The officers hurt suffered mostly minor injuries, though one was hit in the face with a rock, officials sad.

At a Wednesday news conference, city leaders appealed for calm and promised a thorough investigation.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts staged a Wednesday press conference and urged the community to remain calm and wait for the facts in the case to be released before jumping to conclusions about the shooting.

Her comments came just an hour before one activist group held its own press conference, asking for the black community to start an economic boycott of white owned businesses Charlotte.

Roberts says she has been contact with the governor’s office, the White House and the NAACP, and said the city was going to work to get out information as quickly as possible, while also dispelling rumors being spread on social media.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the department is still viewing video from the scene, though the officer involved in the shooting himself was not wearing a camera. Putney said the officer who fired the shots was in plain clothes, wearing a vest and was accompanied by uniformed officers when they approached the victim.

It remains unclear Scott was pointing a gun at the officer when he was shot, Putney said. The officer was also African-American.

Putney added that officers have not found a book at the scene of the shooting, contrary to social media claims that Scott was holding a book.

“I can tell you we did not find a book that has been referenced to,” Putney said. “We did find a weapon. The weapon was there and witnesses have corroborated it, beyond just the officers.”

Putney said the department would be staffed Wednesday in expectation of more protests, which he believes will be peaceful. “We’ll be prepared for whatever we see…We’re hoping for best but will be prepared for the worst,” he said.

The destruction late Tuesday and early Wednesday included blocking all lanes of Interstate 85 and looting a Walmart on North Tryon Street at about 3:30 a.m. The store was closed early Wednesday, with wooden pallets piled in front of the doors and shopping carts blocking the driveway into the lot.

Three or more tractor trailer trucks were stopped and looted on Interstate 85, and at least two fires were started on the interstate, as the protesters burned items taken from the trucks.

Motorists were reportedly stuck on Interstate 85 for hours at the height of the protests, which ignited at a time when the nation has seen a spate of police shootings of black men, which has led to protests from Ferguson, Mo., to Tulsa to Chicago and started the Black Lives Matter movement.

Only one person has been arrested so far, police said. The neighborhood where the incident occurred was quiet Wednesday, aside from a large media presence.

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Charlotte’s Tuesday night protests began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a University City apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.

The officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, a police statement said.

Police said they had been searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road when they saw Scott leave his car holding a gun.

Officers approached Scott after he got back into the car. He emerged from the car again armed with a firearm “and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers, who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said in a statement. “The officers immediately requested Medic and began performing CPR.”

Medic took Scott to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Scott was not the person officers were searching for to arrest on the outstanding warrants, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told reporters later.

Police said they recovered the firearm Scott was holding. But a woman who said she is Scott’s daughter claimed on a live-streamed video on Facebook that Scott was unarmed when he was shot. The video went viral, with more than 521,000 views by 9:30 p.m.

In the video, the woman said her father was sitting in his car reading a book and waiting for the school bus to drop off his son. She claimed that her father was Tasered and then shot four times, and that he was disabled.

“IT WAS A BOOK” one protester’s sign read.

Police declined to respond directly to the woman’s accusations.

A public records search shows that Scott was convicted in April 2004 of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County. Other charges stemming from that date were dismissed: felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and misdemeanors assault on a child under 12, assault on a female and communicating threats.

His mother, Vernita Walker of Charleston, SC, said Wednesday her son had seven children.

“He was a family man,” she said. “And he was a likeable person. And he loved his wife and his children.” She said she had just talked with her son on the phone that day.

In April 2015 in Gaston County Court, Scott was found guilty of driving while intoxicated.

[Charlotte dominates national headlines for fatal police shooting]

[Unrest timeline: How the protests started and spread]

Roberts tweeted early Wednesday that: “The community deserves answers and full investigation will ensue. Will be reaching out to community leaders to work together.”

The protesters began to gather as night fell, hours after the shooting. They held signs that said “Stop Killing Us” and “Black Lives Matter,” and they chanted “No justice, no peace.” The scene was sometimes chaotic and tense, with water bottles and stones chucked at police lines, but many protesters called for peace and implored their fellow demonstrators not to act violently.

A CMPD helicopter circled very low over the crowd, shining a bright searchlight on the protesters. Old Concord Road was shut down. Some protesters began to throw water bottles and rocks.

Shortly before 11 p.m., police donned gas masks. Soon, clouds of tear gas bloomed in front of their lines.

Protesters damaged at least two CMPD vehicles, one cruiser and one SUV, which were removed from the scene. One officer was hit in the face with a rock, CMPD said. Observer news partner WBTV said three of its reporters were hit during the protest, and at least one went to the hospital after a blow to the head.

At one point, the crowd began pushing down the ramp from Old Concord to Harris Boulevard West, blocking the road. Police deployed tear gas on that road as well.

Not all the interactions were so tense. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police were seen handing bottles of water to the several dozen people who were still protesting.

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As is standard procedure with any officer-involved shooting, CMPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed.

Per department protocol, Vinson will be placed on administrative leave.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 704-432-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

London’s Muslim Mayor Tells New York Terror Attacks Normal

by LIAM DEACON

On a trip to New York City, London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan has said terror attacks are “part and parcel” of urban life, just hours after an Islamic terrorist bombed the city.
Mr. Khan also seized the opportunity to launch an explicit attack on the Brexit vote and rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He compared to two movements, claiming they are both driven by “scapegoating”.

“All these problems will not be solved by voting to leave the EU or voting for – I don’t want to name the candidate – a president of the USA,” he said.

He said that he and Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York, “believe in building bridges rather than walls” and that there are leaders “who address people’s concerns” and others “who play on people’s fears”.

The London Mayor joked that he “shouldn’t really get involved in the American elections”, but added: “I hope the best candidate wins – I’m sure she will”, repeating his endorsement of Hillary Clinton which he first made in Chicago last week.

The two left-wing mayors, of London and New York, were speaking at an event called ‘Building Progressive, Inclusive Cities’ in New York. It is the second time the men have met, after coming together before at the Labour party conference in Britain last year.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Khan had spoken at a “meeting for Muslim community leaders” where he also addressed the attacks.

“It is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things,” he said, the Evening Standard reports.

“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice,” he added.

At the meeting with New York’s Mayor, he began: “It’s important, in the context of the explosion last night, for me to say this to you: Londoners stand shoulder to shoulder with New Yorkers.”

He then appeared to draw an equivalence between people who say offence things and terrorists who commit violence.

He slammed “some people who try and divide our communities”, people who “say things they shouldn’t be saying”, along with “people who try to commit acts of terror”.

“We are the West”, he asserted, insisting that it is “compatible to be someone with Western liberal values… [and] to be a mainstream Muslim”.

In New York, he also said of the Brexit it Vote: “I tell you what happened when we voted to leave the EU, there was a spike in race attacks”, despite the fact this claim has been widelydiscredited.

Mr. Khan also attacked those who raise concerns about his connections with radical Islam, claiming his Conservative opponent in the London mayoral election ran a “negative” and “divisive” campaign containing “some of the worst sorts of Islamophobia you have every seen”.

During the campaign, it emerged Mr. Khan had shared a platform with numerous anti-Semites, defended 9/11 terrorists as a barrister, and had a brother-in-law who was a member of banned jihadi group Al-Muhajiroun.

And since taking office, he has appointed an extremism-linked “Integration Deputy Mayor”, as Breitbart London revealed last week.

Khan of Londonistan pitches first ball at Mets game…

SADIQ Khan made his pitch for London as he threw the first ball for the New York Mets last night.

The Mayor of London is in the Big Apple on a five-day trip to North America in a bid to prove the capital is still “open for business”.

The Labour politician is in North American to convince investors that London is still open for business

And the Labour politician was given the honour of opening the play at the Mets’ Citi Field ground before their clash with Minnesota Twins.

Khan – who replaced Boris Johnson as mayor in May – donned the Mets iconic jersey as he chucked the ball on Sunday evening.

He later tweeted: “Fantastic to throw the first pitch at today’s @Mets game. #PitchingForLondon #LondonIsOpen.”

The visit to the States has not passed without hiccup.

He made a veiled dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by talking of the need to “build bridges rather than walls”.

The comments was seen as a reference to businessman Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US/Mexico border if he is elected later this year.

Khan and Trump have clashed before when the 45-year-old mayor labelled Trump “ignorant” for his plan to ban Muslims from entering the USA.

The Apprentice star responded by calling Khan’s comments “rude” and “nasty”.

Khan plans to meet with Major League Baseball chief Rob Manfred in a bid to bring baseball to London in a similar way that American football has been.

Khan has also met with his Chicago counterpart Rahm Emanuel during the whistlestop tour

He will also hold talks with Canadian premier Justin Trudeau after visits to Chicago and Montreal.

Ahead of the trip, Khan said: “In the wake of Brexit it is hugely important that we strengthen London’s ties with other major cities.

“The key theme I will take into every meeting on this visit is that London is and always will remain open for business.”

London’s muslim mayor Sadiq Khan accuses Trump of ‘playing into hands of ISIS’ on US visit

During a five-day tour of North America, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has accused presidential contender Donald Trump of “playing into the hands of Daesh [Islamic State]” by seeking to ban Muslims from the US.

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Khan, who is the first Muslim mayor of a major Western city, attacked the Republican nominee for seeking to “divide us” by implying it is impossible both to hold Western values and be a Muslim.

Speaking at events in Chicago and Montreal, the London mayor effectively endorsed Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton, describing himself as “a big fan” of the Democratic nominee.

Khan did not mention Trump by name, but attacked the New York property tycoon’s controversial proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States, which he made after the Orlando massacre.

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Speaking at a global progress summit in Montreal with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the London mayor said: “Donald Trump said that Muslims from around the world – I’m paraphrasing – would not be welcome into the United States of America.

“Not only does that show a lack of understanding and awareness of the great country that is the USA and its history and legacy, it’s also inadvertently playing into the hands of Daesh and so-called ISIS [Islamic State/IS, formerly ISIL] because it implies it’s not possible to be a Western liberal and mainstream Muslim.

“I think it’s important that the USA maintains her role as a beacon for tolerance, respect and diversity,” he added.

Speaking before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Khan said it was not for him to get involved in a presidential election in another country,” but went on to throw his weight behind Clinton.

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“She’s arguably the most experienced candidate to run to be the president,” he told reporters.

“As the father of two daughters, I think the message it sends when the most powerful politician in the world is a woman is phenomenal, and hope she wins.”

Clinton, who remains the bookies’ favorite for the race to the White House, has seen her lead in the polls against Trump drop significantly in recent days.

A CNN poll of polls released on Thursday found the former US senator leads against Trump by just two points with voters who are likely to cast their ballot.