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Chicago officials on Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department over a plan to withhold federal public safety grants to jurisdictions with so-called “sanctuary city” policies.

The lawsuit, announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is the latest strike in an ongoing legal battle between the Trump administration and cities and counties that refuse to help detain and deport people who are in the country illegally.

The challenge centers on new rules attached to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, which provides money to local governments to buy police vehicles and other equipment. The new rules include a requirement that localities give federal immigration authorities open access to jails and notify them 48 hours in advance of plans to release an inmate wanted on an immigration detainer.

Filed in Northern Illinois District Court, the lawsuit argues that the requirements “federalize” local jails and violate the constitutional rights of inmates.

“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City,” Emanuel said in a statement late Sunday. “The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime fighting resources.”

The Justice Department responded sharply Monday, accusing Chicago leaders of putting illegal immigrants above the safety of police and citizens.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined,” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in an email. “So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk.”

The lawsuit comes as President Trump is trying to make good on his promise to crack down on unlawful immigration by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and more aggressively enforcing federal immigration laws. Among his priorities on this front is cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” which in the administration’s view undermine efforts to root out and deport violent criminals who are in the country illegally.

The cities, meanwhile, say they are not required to closely cooperate with federal immigration authorities and that doing so makes it more difficult to build trust in immigrant communities, where they want residents to feel comfortable offering tips and reporting crimes. They also argue that holding foreigners in jail at the request of immigration authorities could force them to keep inmates longer than is permitted under the Constitution.

Earlier this year, a federal judge blocked an executive order aimed at withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities. With the new policy on the Byrne grants, the Justice Department has tried to take a more modest, and potentially more legally defensible, step toward penalizing such communities. If allowed to go into effect, the new policy would begin in September.

The conflict puts Trump in something of a bind over conflicting priorities. While he has taken a hard-line stance against sanctuary cities, he also has tried to show that he is committed to fighting urban crime — a goal he has often emphasized by highlighting Chicago’s homicide rate, the highest in the nation at more than 400 killings so far this year. At one point, Trump proposed using federal resources to rein in the violence. Any attempt to withhold public safety funds from that city would seem to go against that parallel effort.

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Two brothers of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, Michael Ibrahim and Fadi Ibrahim, have been arrested in Dubai as police smash an alleged long-running organised crime syndicate.

The pair are among 14 people arrested, including John’s son, Daniel Ibrahim, and underworld figures Mustapha Dib, who was also arrested in Dubai, and Rock Ahmad, who was taken into custody at his Bankstown home.

Two brothers of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, Michael Ibrahim and Fadi Ibrahim, have been arrested in Dubai as police smash an alleged long-running organised crime syndicate.

The pair are among 14 people arrested, including John’s son, Daniel Ibrahim, and underworld figures Mustapha Dib, who was also arrested in Dubai, and Rock Ahmad, who was taken into custody at his Bankstown home.

A number of police officers could be seen entering the house on Tuesday morning, and even searching through the property’s roof gutters. John was not arrested during the operation.

Australian Federal Police and NSW Police carried out the dawn raids at properties across Sydney.

The operation began on Tuesday at several addresses in Punchbowl, Bankstown, Arncliffe and Dover Heights. Telopea Street in Punchbowl has been closed.

The searches related to “a number of separate, ongoing criminal investigations”, an AFP spokesman said.

“Some of these relate to AFP investigations; some of these relate to joint agency investigations,” the AFP said in a statement.

A NSW police spokesperson said a number of search warrants had been issued.

The raids are being conducted by the Middle Eastern Crime Squad, NSW Joint Organised Crime Group, Australian Federal Police and NSW Police.

John Ibrahim, a colourful Sydney nightlife figure, has owned or controlled more than 40 licensed venues between 1988 and 2014.

The family has had the “dubious and unwanted honour” of watching their lives play out on the front pages of newspapers, he wrote in his recently released autobiography, Last King of the X.

The brothers have also been tied up in shootings and other attacks over the years.

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Police in New York have reportedly boycotted Dunkin’ Donuts, the fast food chain where officers regularly go for coffee.

According to the New York Post the stand off began last week after an employee was accused of declining to serve ice cream to two officers.

Staff at several outlets in Manhattan told the newspaper no members of the New York Police Department, who are usually regular customers, had been coming in.

One of those outlets said it normally served around 20 police officers a day.

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Tuesday’s poll pits incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against veteran challenger Raila Odinga

An estimated 180,000 police officers and members of the security forces have been deployed across Kenya as the country prepares to vote on Tuesday in a fiercely contested presidential election.

Voters will either return the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, in power since 2013, or elect the veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga. Recent opinion polls have not indicated any clear leader in the campaign and turnout will be a key factor.

The country is braced for widespread unrest whoever wins, after a campaign marred by hundreds of violent incidents – including the murder of a high-profile election official – issues with new voting technology and widespread concerns about fraud.

A contested poll in 2007 led to more than 1,000 deaths, and violence could sweep the country again if the losing party refuses to accept the result.

At a church service near his home in Nairobi on Sunday, Kenyatta, 55, called for calm. “Do not allow anything to drive a wedge between you. You have been good neighbours and I urge you to remain so regardless of your tribe, religion or political affiliation,” the president said.

A Kenyan election officer in Nairobi prepares ballot boxes before they are transported to different polling stations.
 A Kenyan election officer in Nairobi prepares ballot boxes before they are transported to different polling stations. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Thousands of city dwellers have been returning to their home towns to vote or to wait out the aftermath of the poll in relative safety or both. Others have been stocking up on provisions in case of trouble. Upmarket supermarkets in central Nairobi were packed on Monday, though many streets have emptied and business has slowed.

“I am buying everything I need for my family for many days. You cannot be too sure, and we are a little bit frightened,” said Rose Maina, a housewife as she loaded flour, cooking oil and soft drinks into a trolley in the Kilimani neighbourhood.

Human rights officials, community leaders and politicians have called on voters to “control their emotions and preserve a peaceful environment” when the results are announced.

“If your candidate wins, do not rub other people’s noses in it, and if your candidate loses, suffer stoically and do not let Kenya down … We must hope for the best but be prepared for the worst,” said Kagwiria Mbogori, the chair of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights.

Local elections for appointments as governors, members of the lower house, senators, county officials and women’s representatives involve 16,000 candidates and are seen as potential flashpoints.

In Mathare, a poor area of Nairobi, several people were wounded and a child killed on Friday as rival supporters clashed with machetes and guns.

Alphonse Were, a mediator in Mathare working with young people, said there was “a section of people” who would not accept their candidate’s defeat in the elections and “believe that they will be forced to fight for justice”.

“As a peacebuilder, I am worried … It is the youth who cause the chaos, but the youth are controlled by the politicians for just 200 shillings (£1.50),” Were said.

About 19 million voters, half of whom are under 35, have been registered. Prisoners are able to vote for the first time.

Uhuru Kenyatta greets the crowd after attending church.
 Uhuru Kenyatta greets the crowd after attending church. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty

Political allegiance in Kenya often reflects ethnic identity. Kenyatta’s Jubilee Alliance is largely supported by the larger Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes, while Odinga has a following among the country’s smaller communities, such as the Luo.

In Mathare, Luo live in one neighbourhood with Kikuyu dominating an adjacent block of ramshackle tenements and tin roofed shacks. If Odinga loses the poll, “people will fight, because the election will have been stolen”, said Brian Aswani, a 22-year-old aspirant actor who is Luo.

Robert Gachie, a Kikuyu supporter of Kenyatta, said that he believed in “peace, peace, peace” but that many others in Machare did not.

Many Kenyans downplay ethnic factors, pointing instead to issues such as rising prices of staple foodstuffs, allegations of corruption and high unemployment.

“It is not about tribes. It is about corruption,” said Paul Ouma, manager of a bus company, who indicated he would be voting for Odinga. “Bread costs the same whichever tribe you are from. This government is not delivering development to the ordinary man and woman. They are heartless people.”

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Woman says she was forced to scoop son’s ashes off floor after police ripped open teddy containing his remains during search

The police watchdog is investigating claims that officers ripped open a teddy bear containing a baby’s ashes and scattered them on the floor in a hunt for a stolen laptop.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was examining an allegation that officers from Staffordshire police spilled the ashes of a 10-month-old baby while executing a search warrant in the Cannock area.

Chelsea Wright complained after police searched her house on 27 June, the IPCC said on Monday. She alleged that officers had opened up a “memory bear” containing the ashes of the couple’s son Nathan, who died suddenly in 2014.

Wright said she had found the ashes scattered around a bedroom after the officers left empty-handed.

“I can’t understand how the police can be so heartless and so inconsiderate. As soon as I went into the bedroom and saw the mess I knew it was Nathan’s ashes spread around the room,” she told the Daily Mail.

“I was just in hysterics. I got on to my hands and knees and tried to salvage the ashes and brush them on to pieces of paper, but it was impossible.”

Wright said she had been carrying the memory bear with her since Nathan’s sudden death and warned the officers to be careful. “I’d even mentioned it to them before they started searching, but the Velcro on the teddy bear’s back had been opened and the bag had been cut open,” she said.

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took aim at President Trump on Saturday over his comments to police officers during a speech in Long Island, N.Y. this week.

Trump suggested officers allow suspects’ heads to hit the doors of police vehicles after they are placed under arrest.

“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,” Trump told an audience of law enforcement officers and crime victims’ families.

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” the president continued. “Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head? I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”

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In response to Donald Trump’s controversial comments on police brutality.

On Friday, Donald Trump was invited to speak in front of a group of law enforcement officers at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, New York. During his speech—which touched on murders committed by the MS-13 gang, border patrol and deportation—Trump seemed to publicly endorse police brutality.

“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” he said. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody… Don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”

The Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) immediately explained where they stand on the issue of police brutality in a few tweets. “The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners,” they stated. “Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”

Since the initial remarks were made, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released an official statement in the form of a blog post on their website. (The association represents 27,000 members of law enforcement within 130 countries.) The statement reads as follows:

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Toronto police say there have been four deaths due to fentanyl and 20 incidents of fentanyl overdose since Thursday.

Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after four deaths likely caused by fentanyl overdose in the past three days in downtown Toronto.

Police said there have been four fatalities and 20 overdose incidents since Thursday.

The most recent incident was on Saturday when a woman was found dead in a stairwell near Queen St. E and Trefann St.

A 27-year-old man died on Thursday in the area of Queen St. W. and Bathurst St., where he allegedly overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that’s about 50 times stronger than heroin.

Police said they believed the substance was bought in the area of Yonge St. and Dundas St.

“It’s definitely worrisome to see these clusters of overdose deaths in Toronto, and I think we will see even more,” said Tara Gomes, epidemiologist and principal investigator of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.

“What we’re seeing is the increase of fentanyl contamination of drugs sold on the street, like fentanyl pressed into OxyContin pills, and heroine.”

Another man was found Friday without vital signs near Bathurst St. and Dundas St. W. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say his death might have been due to a fentanyl overdose.

“We continue to be extremely concerned about the number of people we are losing to overdoses,” Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, told the Star in an email.

“These deaths are preventable and this issue is having a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.”

Toronto’s Overdose Action Plan, launched in March, provides a list of measuresthe city will be taking on, including the launch of supervised injection sites this fall.

In Ontario, 734 people died of opioid-related causes in 2015, according to a report by researchers with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Gomes, who is also a scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, said the most effective ways to respond to the increase of fentanyl contamination includes increased access to supervised injection sites and naloxone kits.

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The city of Austin decided to pull its entire fleet of Ford Explorers off the road after two more police officers were found with carbon monoxide (CO) in their blood, bringing the number of officers who have fallen ill to 20.

“This is my family,” interim police chief Brian Manley said Friday. “I stand here confident that we’re making the right decision today based on what we know with the carbon monoxide exposure issue that we’ve had and the impacts that it has had on our workforce.”

Just hours earlier, federal regulators expanded their investigation into reports that exhaust fumes were leaking into the passenger cabin of Ford Explorers. An estimated 1.3 million of the vehicles, model years 2011 to 2017, could be affected.

Investigators found police cruisers with cracked exhaust manifolds and said “preliminary testing” suggested “CO levels may be elevated in certain driving scenarios.”

And it’s not just police. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it has received more than 2,700 complaints — many from civilians — leading to reports of at least 41 injuries and three crashes.

Regulators have known about many of the complaints for nearly a year but didn’t release the numbers until now.

And despite the growing list of reports, investigators say they still can’t find solid evidence the injuries or accidents were caused by the carbon monoxide leaks.

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According to reports, a Glenville police officer was shot last night after responding to a domestic dispute call. The officer was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

The officer is in stable condition.

Reports say the suspect charged at officers with a weapon and shots were fired. The suspect is dead. He is identified as 32-year-old Brian Skinner, a 5th grade teacher at Orenda Elementary in the Shendahowa Central school district.

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