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Vox Populi / Re: The US War in Africa
« Last post by Battle on Today at 10:08:53 am »
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Nikki Haley Used System for Unclassified Material to Send ‘Confidential’ Information
by Christopher Dickey



North Korea had just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska, and the Trump administration was scrambling to react.

But it seems Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, had lost her password for classified communications.

That’s why on that fraught July 4, 2017, she was typing away on her BlackBerry 10 smartphone, sending “confidential” information over a system meant only for unclassified material.
 
Haley was in a rush as she headed to her office— “On my way in” —shooting emails back and forth with top aides who’d been with her since she was governor of South Carolina.

She needed to make a statement, and they were drafting it for her.

“Let’s clean this up,” she writes after looking at some of the copy.

“Pretty this up for me,” she says.

The next day we discover what the problem is with her communications.

“Can’t find my password for the high side,” she writes.

The stylistic suggestions and the apparent explanation for using less secure messages was in a trove of emails recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the watchdog organization American Oversight.

But most of the content is blacked out—and the redactions note various classification criteria as exempt from FOIA requests, including the B1 category:

“classified national defense and foreign relations information”; 1.4(B) “foreign government information”; and 1.4(D) “foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.”

For an administration obsessed with security lapses others have committed, and for a still-rising star in the Republican Party, this could be more than a little embarrassing.

“The American public has heard for years what the standard is for senior State Department officials mishandling classified information in their emails,” says Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, a self-described “nonpartisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog… investigating the Trump administration.”

“Ambassador Haley may have found it inconvenient to update her password,” Evers told The Daily Beast,

“but, as we all know, ‘convenience’ is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else.”

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Haley requested to see the emails in question and then did not respond further.

Since 2015 at least, when investigations of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email use became a major issue, Donald Trump and the Republicans have made references to her emails a constant refrain.

In 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, Trump famously called on Russia to help him find missing Clinton emails.

Then-FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s practices “extremely careless,” but not worthy of a criminal prosecution, and his brief reopening of the case just before the election may have contributed substantially to her loss.

Now almost three years into the Trump presidency, his administration and his congressional defenders are still fixated on Clinton’s supposed lapses.

They use the issue as a knee-jerk riposte to the many accusations leveled at Trump, including mishandling classified material.

Indeed, the rampant whataboutism has made “but her emails” an inside joke inside the Beltway.

But the Trump obsession won’t go away.

The Washington Post reported in September this year that State Department investigators had notified scores of present and former State Department staffers whose communications were found in Clinton’s unsecured emails that they “have been identified as possibly bearing some culpability” for “security incidents” as the content of those emails is examined and classified ex post facto.

Unlike Clinton, Haley did not use a private email account exclusively, and did not use one to send the emails in question.

She left her Cabinet post in the administration last year when she resigned as UN ambassador.

She is currently pushing her new book, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, pitching herself as one of Trump’s great defenders amid widespread speculation she is looking to replace Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket and eventually make a run for the presidency in 2024.

In July 2017, the issue Haley and her staffers were discussing over the State Department’s OpenNet system for unclassified communications was the clear and present danger of nuclear war with North Korea.

“There was no time to waste,” Haley writes in her book.

“The missile launches were ongoing and the regime’s capabilities were increasing with each launch.”

Precisely because of the crisis atmosphere, Haley’s use of OpenNet for classified communications could be of serious concern.

State Department communications often are targeted by hackers, and the Russians, Chinese, Iranians—and North Koreans—have some of the most effective. In September 2018, State acknowledged there had been what it described as “activity of concern in its unclassified email system.”

The hack supposedly affected fewer than 1 percent of users and involved personal information, according to the State Department alert notice published by Politico.

But the most successful hacks, of course, are the ones that go undetected, and the system’s vulnerability is a matter of record.

After the frantic events of July 4 and 5, 2017, Pyongyang would test more ICBMs, including one capable of carrying a nuclear warhead anywhere within the continental United States.

In early September, Pyongyang tested a hydrogen bomb.

President Trump would threaten North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with “fire and fury” and dismiss him as “Rocket Man.”

Kim would keep on testing missiles and testing Trump, until Kim was satisfied he could threaten major American cities with a nuclear attack.

The situation grew dire indeed until Trump embraced the idea of a summit and claimed the problem was solved. Certainly tensions abated.

But so far, North Korea has kept its nukes and its ICBMs.

One of the emails obtained by American Oversight shows that on July 5, 2017, as Haley continued to communicate on the OpenNet system, and as she was addressing the Security Council, former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich sent a message to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Gingrich struck a Strangelovian note.

If North Korea could not be coerced,

“We may need a war surviving strategy,” he wrote, including “nuclear attack survival systems.”

As Haley tells the story of the United Nations Security Council negotiations for tough new sanctions against North Korea, she first cajoled the Chinese into backing them, partly to avert what seemed to be Trump’s threats of a catastrophic war.

In her book, she says this was a ruse.
 
Trump was just pretending to be a madman, she claims, even though she told the Chinese,

“I can’t promise you the president won’t act on his own if you don’t work with us.”
 
Haley’s approach to the Russians was a little different, and she gives the impression in her book that she shamed them into support of North Korea sanctions.

But according to the emails obtained by American Oversight, on Monday, July 10, 2017, Haley started arranging to share intelligence with Russia about the July 4 North Korean missile test:

“I will try and reach out to Russia wed [Wednesday] and see if they want it. Would aim for the end of the week.”

What happened next?

The Haley emails released so far don’t tell us.



But Russia, if you’re listening …















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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« Last post by Battle on Today at 08:52:19 am »
Wednesday, 20th November2019
California prosecutor accused of using his own daughter as bait to catch suspected child molester
by Nicole Chavez, Stella Chan and Sarah Moon





A prosecutor in Northern California was placed on leave after he allegedly used his daughter to lure a suspected child molester, the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office says.

Authorities had been searching for a man who approached a 13-year-old girl several times between August and September while she was walking her dog at the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in San Jose, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement.

The man touched the girl inappropriately on the last three occasions they met, police said.

The girl was the daughter of a prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities had been searching for a man who approached a 13-year-old girl several times between August and September while she was walking her dog at the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in San Jose, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement.

The man touched the girl inappropriately on the last three occasions they met, police said.

The girl was the daughter of a prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

The prosecutor, who has not been identified, sent his daughter back to walk on the trail while staying in touch with her using cellphones and earbuds, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

In a police report obtained by the newspaper, a police sergeant said the prosecutor told his daughter "to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away.

He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don't interact with anyone for very long."

The prosecutor recorded a video of the man interacting with his daughter and shared it with police before they made the arrest, the Mercury News reported.

Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, was arrested November 12 and charged with lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under the age of 14 and false imprisonment, police said.

CNN has reached out to Lajmiri's attorney for comment.

Lajmiri also told police he had Alzheimer's disease and had trouble remembering the interactions, the police report states, according to the Mercury News.

Lajmiri's bail was set a $3 million, according to a spokesperson with the state's attorney general's office.

The state agency has taken over prosecution of the case because of the conflict of interest with the District Attorney's Office.

The prosecutor was placed on leave as the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office reviews his actions.

In a letter to his staff obtained by CNN, District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he has to be careful about releasing information that could damage the state and local investigations.

"I am sure you are aware of a matter involving the actions of one of our prosecutors and the arrest of a man for sexually assaulting the prosecutor's daughter," the letter said.

"The moment we became aware of this matter, we took immediate action, referring it to the Attorney General's Office and initiating our own internal review. ... As prosecutors, we must never forget that our own behavior -- inside and outside of the courtroom -- matters. The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system."















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Vox Populi / Re: Trump to visit Phoenix AZ for rally
« Last post by Battle on Today at 08:30:53 am »
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
China signs defence agreement with South Korea as US angers Seoul with demand for $5bn troop payment

by Julian Ryall






The defence ministers of South Korea and China have agreed to develop their security ties to ensure stability in north-east Asia, the latest indication that Washington’s long-standing alliances in the region are fraying.

On the sidelines of regional security talks in Bangkok on Sunday, Jeong Kyeong-doo, the South Korean minister of defence, and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, agreed to set up more military hotlines and to push ahead with a visit by Mr Jeong to China next year to “foster bilateral exchanges and cooperation in defence”, South Korea’s defence ministry said. 

Seoul’s announcement coincided with growing resentment at the $5 billion (£3.9bn) annual fee that Washington is demanding to keep 28,500 US troops in South Korea.

That figure is a sharp increase from the $923 million that Seoul paid this year, which was an 8 per cent increase on the previous year.

An editorial in Monday’s edition of The Korea Times warned that the security alliance between the two countries “may fall apart due to Washington’s blatantly excessive demands”.
 
Mr Trump has previously threatened to withdraw US troops if his demands are not met, with the editorial accusing the president of regarding the Korea-US mutual defence treaty “as a property deal to make money”.

The vast majority of Koreans agree, with a recent survey by the Korea Institute for National Reunification showing that 96 per cent of people are opposed to Seoul paying more for the US military presence.

There is also irritation at the pressure that Washington is applying to the South to make Seoul sign an extension to a three-way agreement on sharing military information with the US and Japan.

The General Security of Military Information Agreement is due to expire at midnight on November 23 and South Korea insists that it will only agree to an extension if Japan cancels restrictions on exports of chemicals critical to the South’s microchip industry.

Japan is widely believed to have imposed the restrictions as the latest incident in its troubled relationship with South Korea, which includes the issue of compensation for labourers put to work during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

The two nations' defence ministers held discussions with Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, at the weekend but hopes that a breakthrough might materialise came to nothing.

Just days before an agreement designed to protect the allies from North Korean belligerence runs out, Tokyo and Seoul merely reiterated their long-held positions.

The US demanded in July that Japan pay $8 billion a year to keep 54,000 US military personnel in the country, Foreign Policy reported late last week.

Tokyo currently contributes $2 billion a year to US military costs in Japan.

“This kind of demand, not only the exorbitant number, but the way it is being done, could trigger anti-Americanism”, Bruce Klinger, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation think tank, told Foreign Policy.

“If you weaken alliances, and potentially decrease deterrence and US troop presence, that benefits North Korea, China and Russia, who see the potential for reduced US influence and support for our allies”.

Daniel Pinkston, a professor of international relations at the Seoul campus of Troy University, was more blunt in his assessment.

“It’s just extortion”, he told The Telegraph.

“It’s little more than a mob boss going around and demanding protection money. The numbers that the US is demanding are politically impossible for Seoul and Tokyo to swallow and that is just fuelling resentment."
















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Books / Healthy Holly by Catherine Pugh
« Last post by Battle on Today at 07:29:55 am »
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh charged with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scandal

by Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector





Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children’s book series.

In a grand jury indictment made public Wednesday, prosecutors allege Pugh defrauded area businesses and nonprofit organizations with nearly $800,000 in sales of her “Healthy Holly” books to unlawfully enrich herself, promote her political career and illegally fund her campaign for mayor.

Though her customers ordered more than 100,000 copies of the books, the indictment says Pugh failed to print thousands of copies, double-sold others and took some to use for self-promotion.

Pugh, 69, used the profits to buy a house, pay down debt, and make illegal straw donations to her campaign, prosecutors allege.

At the same time, prosecutors said, she was evading taxes.

In 2016, for instance, when she was a state senator and ran for mayor, she told the Internal Revenue Service she had made just $31,000.



In fact, her income was more than $322,000 that year ― meaning she shorted the federal government of about $100,000 in taxes, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The charges Pugh faces carry potential sentences totaling 175 years in prison.



Prosecutors are seeking to seize $769,688 of her profits, along with her current home in Ashburton, which they allege she bought and renovated with fraudulently obtained funds.

The former Democratic mayor is expected to appear Thursday in U.S. District Court in downtown Baltimore.

“Our elected officials must place the interests of the citizens above their own,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement.

“Corrupt public employees rip off the taxpayers and undermine everyone’s faith in government."

Two of Pugh’s associates ― longtime aide Gary Brown Jr. and Roslyn Wedington, the director of a nonprofit Pugh championed ― have agreed to plead guilty in the investigation, according to just-unsealed agreements.

Brown, 38, an aide to Pugh as a state senator and mayor, pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts:

one for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one for filing a false tax return, and two for conspiring to defraud the United States.

Of the latter two charges, one is related to his work with Pugh, while the other is related to his work with Wedington, the director of the nonprofit training center for which Pugh served as board chairwoman.

Wedington, 50, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and five counts of filing false tax returns.

According to her plea deal, she “knowingly filed false tax returns" each year from 2013 to 2017, with Brown’s help.

Prosecutors declined to say whether Brown and Wedington are cooperating with investigators.

Brandon Mead, an attorney for Wedington, said she regrets her actions.

“Ms. Wedington has been an incredibly hard worker. She unfortunately got put in a situation that many Americans face today, where she was behind on student loans, behind on health care debt, and she unfortunately made some wrong decisions,” he said.

The charges against Pugh, who rose from the City Council to a leadership position in the Maryland Senate before becoming Baltimore’s 50th mayor in 2016, come more than six months after she resigned amid scandal.

“The people of Maryland expect elected officials to make decisions based on the public’s best interests, not to abuse their office for personal gain,” Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore division, said in a statement.

“The indictment alleges that Catherine Pugh betrayed the public’s trust."

Criminal charges against the former mayor are the latest blow to a city plagued by relentless violence, persistent poverty and decades of population loss.

Pugh was once seen as a more ethical option for voters in a city with a history of wrongdoing by politicians.

But her political career came to an end this spring amid public outcry over the “Healthy Holly” book deals.

Those sales were revealed in a series of articles in The Baltimore Sun that began March 13th.


Pugh collected $500,000 over several years selling the books in a no-bid deal with the medical system, where she was on the board of directors.

She later resigned from the board and as mayor amid multiple investigations into her finances and the book sales, including to other entities doing business with the city.

Pugh said she sold the clumsily published books — they contain grammatical and spelling errors, such as a main character’s name being spelled two different ways and the word “vegetable” appearing as “vegetale” — to the medical system to distribute to city schoolchildren.


School officials, however, said they hadn’t asked for the books, never used them for instruction, and had thousands sitting unread in a warehouse.

As some in city and state government blasted what they called self-dealing, Pugh was unrepentant — and called inquiries into her deals with UMMS a “witch hunt.”

But her side of the story evolved.

She acknowledged the medical system paid her more than she had initially acknowledged.

And she later said she hadn’t produced thousands of the ordered books and gave back $100,000 to the hospital network.

Then it came out that ― despite Pugh saying she had sold only to UMMS ― she’d collected at least another $300,000 from other entities.

The Sun revealed health insurer Kaiser Permanente and Associated Black Charities bought a total of roughly 30,000 copies of Pugh’s books, paying her nearly $200,000.

Pugh voted in 2017 to approve a $48 million contract for Kaiser Permanente to provide insurance to city employees.


Associated Black Charities has a deal with the city to manage a $13 million fund that makes grants to groups that help children.

And Columbia businessman J.P. Grant — whose Grant Capital Management has long done business with the city — said his company cut a check for $100,000 to Pugh’s Healthy Holly LLC in 2016.

He received a sample copy of a book, but no documentation of how his money would be used, Grant said.

After being hospitalized amid the emerging scandal for pneumonia, Pugh apologized for the UMMS sales at a March 28 news conference at City Hall.

But at the same event, she disclosed that some 40,000 books UMMS paid for were never produced.

And in a bizarre twist, the still seriously ill mayor showed off a line of “Healthy Holly” baby clothes.

Pressure mounted on Pugh to resign, with the City Council, the governor and the city’s delegation to the General Assembly calling on her to step down.

While she went on leave in April, citing health reasons, she refused to leave office until after investigators raided City Hall, her homes and other locations connected with her in May.


She apologized to the public in a resignation letter read her attorney, Steven Silverman.

“I’m sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor,” Pugh said in the statement.

“Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward."

The Sun’s series of investigative stories resulted in major change at the medical system, a network of hospitals in the state.

The medical system accepted the resignations of CEO Robert A. Chrencik and four other executives.

The General Assembly passed sweeping legislation that demanded the resignation of the entire board of directors.


In the indictment, prosecutors say Pugh’s scheme began in December 2010 when she persuaded the medical system to pay her $100,000 to purchase 20,000 copies of her first “Healthy Holly” book to donate to Baltimore’s schools.

Because the book contained “various grammatical and spelling errors," a school system staffer copy edited the books, and then-CEO Andres Alonso ultimately decided they couldn’t be used for instruction, but would be donated to students, prosecutors said.

Then a state senator, Pugh had about 20,000 copies of the books delivered to the school system, and those copies were stored in a warehouse.



However, Pugh and Brown, who worked as her legislative aide, arranged for thousands of the books to be removed for their “personal use and benefit,” prosecutors say.

Over the years, Pugh re-upped the sales to the hospital network four more times, but never told medical officials she had not used the books as intended, according to prosecutors.



Instead, the mayor stored thousands of copies of the books at her house, the mayor’s office at City Hall, her legislative offices, the War Memorial Building, a public storage locker used by Pugh’s mayoral campaign, her and Brown’s vehicles and the vehicles of other aides.

Meanwhile, Brown, who runs several limited liability companies out of his house, helped Pugh manage her book publishing business, including overseeing “the transportation and storage of the books, drafted invoices, and corresponded with purchasers" while on the clock as "Pugh’s legislative aide and mayoral staff member,” prosecutors say.

During her successful mayoral campaign, Pugh and Brown decided to inflate her campaign finance report through illegal means by using money from the books, prosecutors allege.

On November 8th, 2016, prosecutors say Pugh and Brown decided to “secretly” donate book-sale money to the campaign ― an action that could have been done legally under Maryland law, because candidates may contribute an unlimited amount of their own campaigns.

But because Pugh and Brown believed “that if the voters learned that Pugh had injected her own money into the campaign, she would appear desperate" they decided to make “contributions to her campaign in other people’s names, i.e., to use straw donors, which is a violation of Maryland’s election laws,” according to the indictment.

“Instead of depositing the checks into a bank account, Brown took the checks to the bank where Healthy Holly’s account was located and cashed them at the teller’s window, thereby acquiring untraceable cash to fund the straw donations," prosecutors allege.

Brown later came under investigation from the Maryland State Prosecutor’s office, which questioned the source of funds for some of the straw donations.

To hide the Healthy Holly proceeds as the source, the indictment says Pugh had asked Brown to create a fake independent contractor agreement and business ledger that misrepresented the checks as payments for promotional services rendered by Brown’s company.

Also at Pugh’s urging, prosecutors say, Brown created bogus invoices and backdated them.


In total, Brown and Pugh cashed out approximately $62,100 in Healthy Holly money during 2016, all of which went to straw donors or Pugh, prosecutors say.

The FBI said it had been investigating Pugh since 2016, when her campaign that year for mayor came under scrutiny.

In 2017, Brown was found guilty of violating state election laws for funneling cash to Pugh’s campaign through relatives.

Pugh kept Brown working at City Hall after the conviction.

His home was among those the FBI raided this spring.

According to federal prosecutors, Pugh said she would return the money illegally donated to her campaign, but according to the federal indictment she instead sent it to Brown to pay for his legal defense.

Brown did not cooperate with the earlier state prosecution, and the new federal indictment says the State Prosecutor wasn’t able to identify Healthy Holly as the source of the straw donation funds.

Meanwhile, prosecutors say, Pugh and Brown also defrauded the IRS by falsely representing Healthy Holly checks to Brown as payments for services and therefore deductible business expenses.

Brown’s deductions included fictitious expenses such as fake labor costs for nonexistent employees, prosecutors allege.

When not working as a staff member for Pugh, Brown worked as a part-time freelance tax preparer and included materially false information in all of those tax returns to obtain larger refunds ― totaling more than $100,000 ― for his customers, prosecutors say.

Pugh became the second Baltimore mayor in a decade to quit in connection with a criminal investigation; Democratic Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned in 2010.

In the wake of Pugh’s resignation, Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, then City Council president, ascended to Baltimore’s top job for the duration of her term.




















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Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Last post by Battle on Today at 06:46:47 am »
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Indiana cop fired after stopping black customers for acting 'suspicious'

by Janelle Griffith






A deputy constable in Indiana has been fired after he was seen in a viral video confronting two black men in a store parking lot for "acting suspicious."

In the video posted to YouTube on November 13th, the description says the two men first noticed the officer watching them while they were at a Nordstrom Rack store in the Castleton neighborhood of Indianapolis.

"He watched us buy everything, and then followed us to the car," the YouTube video description says.

According to the description of the 17-minute video posted a day after the incident, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times as of Tuesday morning, the men started filming when they began to exit the parking lot and the officer screamed he was going to run their plates.

"So, we circled back to ask him why he was being invasive and abusing his authority!" the description says.

The men repeatedly ask the officer, identified as Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones by NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, why he approached them in the parking lot and why he wanted to see their driver's licenses.

They also request multiple times that he call his supervisor.

NBC News attempted to reach the two men confronted by Jones in the video, identified by local news stations as Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham, at numbers listed for them but did not immediately hear back.

Jones was off duty and working security for the Nordstrom Rack store.

The store told NBC News on Tuesday that he no longer works there.

"I'm not calling the supervisor," Jones says, to which one of the men says:

"You're not pulling me over neither."

"What do you need my I.D. for, sir?" one of the men asks Jones.

"Because you want to run your mouth," he responds.

After one of the men tells Jones he didn't have the right to run the vehicle's license plates, Jones shouts:

"I got my rights to do anything I want to do, I'm a police officer."

"That doesn't mean anything," one of the men can be heard saying. Jones then threatens to tow their car and arrest them if they do not present their driver's licenses.

"I don't mind showing you my driver's license, but what is your reason for asking," one of the men says.

"Because you're acting suspicious," the off-duty constable responds.

The pair said they were clear about their complaint without being angry and were stern during the confrontation because they believed they did nothing wrong and did not act suspiciously.

After Jones calls for backup, an officer from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department responds and speaks with Jones near the car.

Jones then returns to the driver's side of the vehicle and tells the men they are free to go.

He walks off as they again request his name.

The responding officer speaks with the two men who questioned why Jones ran their plates without just cause.

The officer tells the pair:

"Not necessarily. We can run plates for any reason or no reason at all. What he does have to have is he has to have what's called reasonable suspicion in order to make a stop. He has to have some sort of reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed."

Lawrence Township Chief Constable Terry Burns told NBC News on Tuesday he fired the constable in the video within two hours of viewing it.

He also said Jones had been in the role for about 20 years.
















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