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An Indianapolis police officer filed a lawsuit against the NFL on Monday over video and tweets the league published last year claiming that a Black man he shot and killed died because of “systemic racism.”
The NFL, as part of the league’s “Say Their Stories” campaign, honored Dreasjon Reed in a tweet in December. The NFL said Reed was “one of the many individuals being honored by players and coaches this season through the NFL’s helmet decal program.”
Say His Name: Dreasjon Reed
Dreasjon is one of the many individuals being honored by players and coaches this season through the NFL’s helmet decal program.#SayTheirStories: https://t.co/vwi75WmNxr pic.twitter.com/wWaasw6LBp
— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2020
Indianapolis Metro Police Department Officer De’Joure Mercer filed the lawsuit in the federal Southern District of Indiana Court. Mercer’s lawyer, Guy A. Relford, wrote in the complaint that the materials the league published imply that Mercer “committed occupational misconduct and even criminal acts during the May 6 (e)ncounter with Reed, similar to that which were inflicted upon George Floyd.”
“De’Joure Mercer is a hero. He tracked down a very dangerous criminal wanted by the police, who was a threat to the citizens of Indianapolis,” Relford said in the statement. “He put his life on the line and was nearly killed in that effort. He was completely exonerated after an exhaustive investigation into the death of Mr. Reed. For NFL Enterprises then to suggest he was involved in police or racist misconduct is totally false, defamatory and unacceptable. What happened here has nothing to do with racism.
“While we support NFL Enterprises’ efforts to address social justice issues, Officer Mercer is taking a stand for the many, many good cops on duty across America. He is standing up for his friends and colleagues and sending a message that before you accuse a decorated police officer of misconduct in a national campaign, you had better get your facts straight.”
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‘TEHRAN JOHN’: GOP Senators Demand Answers Over Kerry’s Conversations with Iran About Israel
Republican Senators are calling for new investigations into former Secretary of State John Kerry’s relationship with Iran after leaked audio allegedly shows the top Obama official revealing covert Israeli military secrets to Tehran.
“This is something that deserves a Senate investigation. If it indeed is proven to be accurate, then John Kerry should seriously consider resignation,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“This is something that is serious. This is someone who has served our nation at very high levels, that had information, whether as a Senator or as Secretary of State and knew what was happening on the diplomatic and military front, to give that information to someone who is an adversary is something of tremendous concern to me,” she added.
From Fox News:
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed in recently leaked audio that John Kerry, when he was serving as Secretary of State during the Obama administration, informed him of more than 200 Israeli operations in Syria.
Kerry has previously been accused of colluding with Iranian leaders to undermine the Trump administration. Kerry is now a part of the Biden administration and has a seat on the National Security Council as the special presidential envoy for climate.
Kerry faced criticism on Monday over Zarif’s claim.
“John Kerry was ratting out Israeli covert operations in Syria directly to the Iranian foreign minister. Let that sink in. Wow,” Noah Pollak of the foreign policy-focused Democratic Alliance Group wrote on Twitter.
Former special advisor for Iran at the State Department Gabriel Noronha weighed in on Zarif’s lasting political career, despite his differences with others in Iranian governnment.
“The main reason Zarif has survived as Foreign Minister for 8 years in Iran’s cutthroat political environment is that he serves as the ‘reasonable’ storefront to the world, protecting the more empowered radical elements of the regime from Western and press scrutiny,” Noronha said in a statement.
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AND THE LOSER IS… Ratings for the Golden Globes Hit HISTORIC LOWS, Drop 60% Compared to 2020
Television ratings for this year’s Golden Globe awards fell to record lows; plunging roughly 60% compared to 2020 when firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the star-studded event.
“The final numbers are in for the 78th annual Golden Globes, and they are limbo low. Lacking its clearly vital NFL lead-in, the semi-virtual and controversy-mired Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted ceremony snagged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen,” reports Deadline.
The Golden Globes Gets Horrible TV Ratings. The Viewership Data Is Embarrassing https://t.co/1u3LlD3YQQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 1, 2021
“That’s an all-time low in the demo for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association-hosted show and a near-low in viewership. Only the 2008 show, which was a press conference due to the writers strike, did worse in recent times in terms of sets of eyeballs. That Globes pulled in an audience of 6.03 million. The least-watched Globes for NBC ever is the 3.6 million that tuned in back in 1995, one year after the network had the ceremony back again,” adds the website.
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