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Simon McCormack
Communications Officer at the New York Civil Liberties Union

Entries by Simon McCormack

Gov. Cuomo's BDS Blacklist Is An Affront To Free Expression

(132) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 4:46 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order this week requiring state agencies and authorities to divest from any company or institution that supports the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. The order not only threatens to punish constitutionally protected political speech but also...

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Homem fica cego de um olho depois de dormir de lente de contato (IMAGENS FORTES)

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 2:23 PM

AVISO: Imagens explícitas abaixo.

Há cerca de um mês, Chad Groeschen, 39 anos, trabalhava até tarde quando percebeu que seu olho esquerdo estava coçando.
Pensou que fosse uma alergia.

Ele contou que acordou no dia seguinte com seu olho “estranho” e a vista enfraquecida. No...

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Kentucky Clerk's Husband Says His Wife Is 'Not Gonna Bow'

(66) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 9:43 AM

The husband of a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who's in jail because she refuses to issue marriage...

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Judge Won't Divorce Straight Couple Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

(32) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:49 AM

A Tennessee judge said the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide has left him unable to determine what constitutes divorce.

A Signal Mountain couple, Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner, are still legally married even though they don't want to be because of Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton's stance, according to...

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Even Prison Officials Want To Curb Solitary Confinement

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 10:02 AM

A group representing prison leaders around the country came out strongly Wednesday in favor of severely limiting or even ending the use of solitary confinement.

In a a statement accompanying a new report called "Time-in-Cell: The Liman-ASCA 2014 National Survey of Administrative Segregation in Prison," the Association of State...

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Mom Says She Pulled Gun On Teens Threatening Her Son

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 3:53 PM

A Missouri woman has admitted she pulled a gun on two teens, but insists she did so because she feared for her family's safety.

"Did I intend to use the gun? Absolutely not,” Tracey Leeser told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But I felt that was my only safeguard against...

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White Ex-Police Chief Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Avoids Jail Time

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 4:19 PM

 A white ex-police chief agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to misconduct in office in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, a far lesser offense than the murder charge that ended in two mistrials.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge against 38-year-old Richard Combs, who is the former...

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Fox News Suggests Black Lives Matter Is A 'Murder' Movement, 'Hate Group'

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Fox News ran an onscreen banner during Monday night's episode of "Fox & Friends" referring to the Black Lives Matter movement as a "murder movement," and one Fox host wondered why the movement wasn't labeled a hate group.

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade was speaking with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke about the death of Deputy Darren Goforth of Harris County, Texas, who was fatally shot while pumping gas in a Houston suburb on Friday night. Goforth was white, and the man who police believe killed him, Shannon Miles, is black.

There is no evidence that Miles has any connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, but the "Fox & Friends" segment made a point to strongly imply that Black Lives Matter was at fault for Goforth’s death.

An onscreen banner during the segment read "Murder Movement" above a subhead that said, "Sheriff: #BlackLivesMatter Is Out Of Control." Clarke told Kilmeade on the show that he's "sick and tired" of seeing headlines emphasizing the race of white officers shooting unarmed black people. The headline he’d like to see is "Black Man Shoots White Defenseless Police Officer," Clarke said. 

“President Obama has breathed life into an ugly movement … we now have to counter this slime. This filth coming out of these cop-haters,” Clarke said as Fox showed footage of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Clarke, a frequent guest on Fox News, is regularly critical of Black Lives Matter. He's bashed the movement for not protesting black-on-black crime, and told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that he would have been embarrassed of Sandra Bland if she had been his daughter.

He's also not the first person to associate Goforth’s killing with the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking in a news conference on Saturday, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman made similar remarks about the movement.   

“When the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassinations of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said. “We’ve heard 'black lives matter.' All lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too.” 

However, he offered no proof to support his theory that the movement and the killing are linked.

Prosecutors have not suggested a motive for the deadly attack on Goforth, who was killed as he filled up his patrol car gas tank on Friday night. Miles, 30, allegedly came up from behind Goforth and shot him in the head. He then continued to fire at Goforth while standing over him in a "cold-blooded assassination," Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in court on Monday.

When asked by reporters if tensions between the community and law enforcement could have played a role in the killing, Anderson said, "I have no idea whether it does or not."

Miles has a criminal history and was also declared mentally incompetent in 2012, when the Travis County District Attorney's Office charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly got into a fight over a remote control at a homeless shelter.

Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson condemned those who jumped to conclusions about the shooting in a tweet on Saturday. Mckesson decried those who had decided to “politicize this tragedy.”

Meanwhile, a slew of other Fox News reporters and pundits have also accused Black Lives Matter of being dangerous. 

In a different segment of “Fox & Friends,” which can be viewed below, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked conservative writer Kevin Jackson, "Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? How much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”

Jackson responded by saying, "Well, they should do it, but unfortunately, it's being financed by the leftists."

A Fox spokeswoman later referred The Huffington Post to the following tweet, which Hasselbeck reportedly wrote as a response to the controversy surrounding her "hate group" comment:

Also on Monday, comedian Tom Shillue called Black Lives Matter a “criminal organization" during his appearance on Fox talk show "The Five." Later that night, on the "O’Reilly Factor," Bill O’Reilly called the movement a “hate group” and declared he was “going to put them out of business.”

This story has been updated to include a tweet from Elisabeth...

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Cop Appears To Whip, Stomp Police Dog On Video

(7) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:27 AM

A Peoria, Arizona, cop was caught on video apparently whipping and stomping on his police dog.

A woman who requested anonymity when she sent the clip to KPNX said she recorded the video on Saturday.

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Mom Allegedly Drowned Her Twin 2-Year-Old Boys

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 9:12 AM

An Arizona mom said she intentionally drowned her twin 2-year-old sons and tried to drown a third child...

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Teacher Was Fired After School Found Out She Was With Black Man: Suit

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 4:48 PM

A white Florida teacher claims she was discriminated against for having a black boyfriend and associating with black staff members.

A lawsuit filed by former Edgewater High School math teacher Audrey Dudek against Orange County Public Schools last week alleges that she was fired in 2013 after school administrators found out...

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Clerk Who Refuses To Marry LGBT Couples Performed Trans Man's Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 1:56 PM

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Maryland Teen Allegedly Sexually Abused Child Since She Was 3

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 11:46 AM

A 17-year-old teen is accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Jonathan Fleming, of Carroll County, Maryland, is charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Huffington Post does...

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Dad Allegedly Robbed Bank To Pay For Daughter's Cancer Treatment

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 1:27 PM

A Michigan father accused of robbing a bank told police he did it to pay for his daughter's cancer treatment.

Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12, according to WXYZ-TV. He was arrested two days later in Detroit.


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Virginia Shooting Suspect, Vester Lee Flanagan, Has Died

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:07 AM

The man police believe shot and killed two journalists and wounded their interview...

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Curt Schilling Tweets Meme Comparing Muslims To Nazis

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Curt Schilling posted and then deleted a tweet Tuesday that seemed to suggest "extremist" Muslims posed as much...

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Jared Fogle's Charity Reportedly Never Gave Out Any Grants

(10) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:31 AM

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's charity was billed as a multi-million dollar effort to combat childhood obesity when it was launched in 2008, but it never gave out a single grant.

The Jared Foundation gave most of the money it did spend to its embattled executive director, Russell Taylor, 

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Sweet Cakes By Melissa Sends Passive-Aggressive Treats To LGBT Groups

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 10:01 AM

This week, the owners of an Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple sent out 10 specially made cakes to LGBT groups.

Sweet Cakes By Melissa sent the cakes, which say "We really do love you!" in white writing over...

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Man Goes Blind In One Eye After Sleeping With His Contacts In (Graphic Photos)

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Chad Groeschen says he has a "cautionary tale."

WARNING: Graphic images below.


While at work late last month, the 39-year-old noticed his left eye was especially itchy. He thought...

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FBI Informant Who Recorded Jared Fogle For Over 4 Years Comes Forward

(13) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:20 AM

A woman who helped authorities secure a conviction against former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle said she's "relieved" the...

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