Wednesday, June 20, 2018

More Trump outrage on the Mexican border, plus Police Guild pushback and other morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 9:28 AM


NEWS: Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart says he’d like to start a “discussion” with Greyhound in an effort to limit Customs and Border Patrol’s presence at the city’s Intermodal Center.

"More than likely, this isn’t going to be resolving itself until our lease comes up," Stuckart says.

NEWS: Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue is getting pushback from the Police Guild. According to Logue, the union is resisting three things: access to unredacted body cam footage, access to the department’s internal database and the ombudsman assistant’s attendance at the Deadly Force Review Panel. 

"In my mind, when we talk about what the Police Guild should have bargaining rights over, it should be anything that interfaces with the police department," Logue says. "How I work in my office, that's none of the guild's concern. It's not very independent if they control everything I do."

NATION: Governors from five states are recalling or refusing to send National Guard troops to the border. (New York Times)


Shame! Shame! Shame!
Protesters with the Democratic Socialists of America heckled the Department of Homeland Security out of a Mexican restaurant (of all places!) where she was dining on Tuesday night. (Slate)

“The triumph of cruelty”
President Donald Trump’s policy on family separation will be one of the defining moments of his legacy, writes Dylan Matthews of Vox.

“It’s not just that the policy is dumb, or wrongheaded, or unjustified. It’s cruel.” (Vox)

The timing on this one…
Amid his controversial policies at the southern border, the Trump administration has pulled the U.S. from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. Supporters of the decision have said that the council was inept anyway. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the council is biased against Israel and includes major human rights violators on its board.

Either way, the optics in this moment are questionable. (Associated Press)

What say you, Condon?
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is off to Texas to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy along with other mayors. (Seattle Times)

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