The Missouri couple who went viral for waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year have been pardoned by the state's Republican governor.
In June, 64-year-old Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, while his wife, Patricia, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and a misdemeanor, according to online court records.
Both husband and wife were fined and ordered to turn over the weapons used in the incident.
Videos circulated on social media last year showed the white couple shouting at what appeared to be an unarmed crowd to keep off their property, at the height of the George Floyd protests.
Patricia McCloskey pointed a handgun at the protesters while her husband held a semi-automatic weapon.
The couple has claimed they were frightened for their lives.
Nearly two weeks after a racist petition to bring back slavery circulated at her daughter’s school, Julie Stutterheim is still angry. She says it was yet another example of a racist incident at Park Hill South High School in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. CNN’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan wore a mask on the House floor that read “Let’s go Brandon,” a coded phrase adopted by the Right signifying “F*** Joe Biden.” CNN’s Maggie Haberman analyzes what the lack of decorum signifies.
Donald Trump is supporting a trio of candidates whose troubled pasts have come under scrutiny, as he continues to influence the standards of the GOP from his post-presidency perch. CNN’s Sara Murray has more.
A poll worker named Eric Frank was paid $25,000 by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, from the governor’s own campaign account, after Frank reported a Republican voter in Pennsylvania for trying to vote twice in the 2020 election. Neither Gov. Patrick’s office nor campaign responded to multiple requests for comment.
Former President Donald Trump has found the loophole to get back on social media after being banned from all available major sites – by launching his own platform. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza discusses the highly anticipated debut of “TRUTH social” and how its future success seems … dismal.
When the word ‘woke’ was named word of the year in 2019, it reflected the ongoing culture wars around issues on race, gender and climate change.Since then, ‘wokeism’ continues to be used as a provocative expression - often on social media.It is being used more often now as an insult, amid clashes of ‘cancel culture’. Perhaps the most high-profile example in recent months was the fallout from the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan. Those who sided with the Sussexes over a series of claims about how they were being unfairly treated by the palace were often accused of being too woke.Earlier this year, Boris Johnson was even asked if Joe Biden was woke, to which he replied, “There’s nothing wrong with being woke.”When celebrities led the public in #Blackout Tuesday during BLM protests after George Floyd’s death last year, brands, organisations and individuals were called ‘woke performative activists’ for posting one when it wasn’t believed they had demonstrated consideration for race relations in the past.Watch the video above to find out more about the origins of the word.
After months of negotiating, the bipartisan talks around overhauling policing laws have broken down without a deal. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spoke with George Floyd’s cousin, Tera Brown, about the talks ending for now.