There has been a shooting at Watson Valley Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. On the first day of in-person classes, one student has been shot. The shooter fled and was found in a nearby neighborhood. With more than 80% of teens reporting mental health issues, this is something I've been very concerned about. The Covid lockdowns have been terrible for youth mental health and with schools now opening, I'm extremely worried that we'll start seeing many more violent incidents in schools.
Sen. Josh Hawley: "The United States Government is bound by the First Amendment. They cannot encourage or coerce or incite or collude with a private party to get around the First Amendment. You just said to me today that that's basically what they did. That you coordinated with them repeatedly over a pattern of months and years to adjust and target your speech policies, for protected speech, at the behest of the United States Government. I have to tell you, I've got a big problem with that and I think all your users should too."
The LAPD have released video footage from an OIS involving a suspect armed with a machete on August 17th.
On August 17, 2022, at around 7:00 A.M., West Valley Patrol Division officers responded to a report of a man smoking narcotics and armed with a machete in the alley to the rear of a residence in the 17300 block of Sherman Way. Upon their arrival at scene, the officers located the suspect and ordered him to drop his machete. When the suspect refused, the officers broadcast a request for a back-up and followed him in their vehicle as he left the alley on a bicycle. The suspect ultimately returned to the alley where the officers originally contacted him. As the officers continued to follow behind the suspect, he abruptly dismounted his bicycle and confronted one of the officers, while holding the machete, resulting in an officer involved shooting