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Elderly protester Martin Gugino, shoved by Buffalo cops, sues the city

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An elderly protester who was shoved to the ground by Buffalo cops during a George Floyd demonstration has filed a lawsuit against the city and three of the officers involved, according to a report.

Martin Gugino, 75, filed a civil suit that claims his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly were violated during the June incident that left him with a fractured skull and a brain injury, WKBW reported.

“The use of unlawful force against a peaceful protester can never be justified. It is always illegal. Martin was peaceful,” said one of Gugino’s lawyers, Richard Weisbeck Jr.

“Peaceful protesters, regardless of if a curfew is in effect or not, they have a right to still be in public places. Martin and other people exercising their first amendment rights were selectively treated,” said Weisbeck.

Buffalo’s police commissioner and deputy police commissioner are also listed as defendants in the suit.

Less than two weeks ago, criminal assault charges brought against Buffalo Police Department officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski — who are named in the suit — were dropped by a grand jury.

McCabe and Torgalski had previously faced felony charges for shoving Gugino to the ground.

Gugino spent a month in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

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Protesters gather in Minneapolis on eve of Derek Chauvin trial

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis on Sunday, as tension builds on the eve of ex-cop Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd.

The marchers displayed a white coffin draped with flowers and called for racial justice and a halt to police brutality, one day before jury selection is to begin in the volatile case.

“We have to remember that a man lost his life, a family lost a brother, a family lost a father, they lost a son, they lost an uncle,” Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of CAIR-MN, told the Star Tribune.

The march remained peaceful and included the music of Bob Marley, Prince, and Sam Cooke. It followed a prayer by clergy members with Pray for MN, an interfaith group formed after Floyd’s May 25 death that now has 150 member churches.

“Maybe we should take time to reflect on how frequently it happens,” demonstrator Ilyas Wehelie told the Tribune.

Protesters then gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center, site of the upcoming trial that is due to begin with jury selection on Monday morning, WCCO said in a report.

Chauvin, 44, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Viral video of the incident shows the ex-cop with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleads for air.

The incident sparked worldwide protests condemning police brutality.

Minneapolis officials have beefed up security for the trial, bringing in National Guard troops, and state, county, and city police, and reinforcing the courthouse and police precincts with barricades, security fencing, and barbed wire.

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They were surrounded by soap — but still fighting dirty.

Two women were charged after a wild caught-on-camera brawl at an Arizona Bath & Body Works on Saturday, a report said.

The feud at the Scottsdale store began when one woman was accused of cutting another in line, before devolving into a brawl when employees intervened, police told the Arizona Republic.

“She was standing too close to the African American lady who had a child with her,” witness Genevieve Denslow told the newspaper.

“Race wasn’t the initial problem but racial slurs were called during the fight,” said Denslow, who recorded part of the fracas.

The footage, which was posted to Twitter by Denslow, begins with a woman and an employee exchanging shoves before another worker joins in and wrestles the customer to the ground.

“Oh my god!” somebody can be heard saying as the trio hit the ground.

Two other workers step in, along with a second woman who appears to coming to the defense of the customer.

“Let go of her!” a woman yells, according to the video.

The second woman then starts wrestling with one of the workers before a male employee breaks them up, yelling, “enough!”

“Out now,” the man tells the two women.

“She attacked me,” the first woman responds.

“You attacked her,” the man responds.

It was not immediately clear which two women were charged in the melee.

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Education Dept. curbs decision on race-based ‘affinity groups’

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The US Department of Education suspended a decision that found racial “affinity groups” discriminated against students and staff, The Post has learned.

The goal of the programs — used by the New York City public school system and other school districts — is to separate students and staff by racial groups in order to help address discrimination and “white privilege.”

But the practice of separating schools into racial groups is discriminatory, a determination obtained by the Post found.

The findings — reached during the waning days of former President Trump’s time in office in early January — were in response to a complaint about a Chicago-area school district’s “racial equity” training programs and lesson plans:

Sources said the findings, if implemented, could apply to New York City and other school districts.

The Post last year exclusively reported about city early childhood teachers being asked to be segregated into discussion groups based on skin color, race and ethnicity following the George Floyd killing at the hands of Minneapolis police and the violent protests that followed.

Critics ripped the initiative for perpetuating racial stereotypes.

One Manhattan principal even recently asked parents to reflect on their “whiteness” to address “white supremacy”, “white privilege” and discrimination.

The 18-page “letter of finding” — drafted by federal DOE Office of Civil Rights enforcement director Carol Ashley — was triggered by a complaint filed by a former NYC arts teacher who now works in the Evanston-Skokie, Illinois. school district.

The DOE findings said the Evanston- Skokie School District violated civil rights law by:

— Separating administrators in a professional development training program in August, 2019 into two groups based on race — white and non-white.

— Offering various “racially exclusive affinity groups” that separated students, parents and community members by race.

— Implementing a disciplinary policy that included “explicit direction” to staffers to consider a student’s race when meting out discipline.

— Carried out a “Colorism Privilege Walk” that separated seventh and eight grade students into different groups based on race.

“If you are white take 2 steps forward. If you’re a person of color with dark skin, take 2 steps back. If you’re black, take 2 steps back,” the privilege walk exercise said..

The goal was for white students students to “learn more about white privilege, internalized dominance, microaggressions and how to act as an ally for students of color,” the lesson plan said.

But Ashely of the DOE concluded the school district “engaged in intentional race discrimination by coordinating and conducting racially exclusive affinity groups, which resulted in the separation of participants in district programs based on race in violation of the Title 6 regulation.”

She said “deliberately” segregating students and employees by race reduced them “to a set of racial stereotype.”

“These materials would have led students to be treated differently based on their race, depriving them of a class free from racial recrimination and hostility. Such treatment has no place in federally-funded programs or activities, nor is it protected by the First Amendment,” Ashley said.

She continued, “The District’s policy to impose racial discrimination in discipline has no part in federally funded education programs or activities,” Ashley said.

The teacher-complainant, who wished to remain anonymous, said she received a call from Ashley on January 6, who told her she issued a letter of finding that the Evanston-Skokie school district racial racial affinity group programs violated federal civil rights law.

But she was told she could not get a copy of the letter until the DOE reached a final compliance resolution with the school district within 90 days.

But on January 22 the teacher received a courtesy phone call from Ashley again, informing her that her case was being suspended due to President Biden’s new executive orders on equity to aid racial minorities and LGBT citizens. Biden has taken office just two days before.

The head of the Evanston-Skokie school district confirmed that the Biden order put the discrimination case on ice.

“I do not have specific comments for you because the School District has not received any final decision from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”). Last month, the proceedings were suspended by OCR pending its reconsideration of the case in light of the Executive Orders on racial equity issued by President Biden,” said Evanston-Skokie Supt. Devon Horton said in a statement to The Post.

“At this time, there is no final decision in place with which the School District can comply or to reject,” Horton said..

A US Dept. of Ed spokesman, in a statement said, “OCR [Office of Civil Rights] does not comment on specific facts and circumstances related to open cases. OCR can confirm, however, that on Nov. 25, 2019, it previously opened an investigation of a complaint on the basis of race against the Evanston/Skokie School District (IL) for possible violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

The spokesman added, “The Biden-Harris Administration has put equity at the heart of its agenda and has committed to taking bold action to fight racism and discrimination, as described in the executive orders on Advancing Racial Equity and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. This commitment relates directly to OCR’s mission of ensuring nondiscriminatory access to education for all students through the vigorous enforcement of the civil rights laws.”

The teacher-complainant said of the suspension of recommended actions in her discrimination case, “I am concerned with staff and student safety due to the Department of Education Title VI violation findings.”

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