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Florida sheriff's deputy seen fatally shooting 23-year-old US airman

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A Florida sheriff’s office released body camera video that showed the fatal shooting by a sheriff’s deputy of a 23-year-old U.S. airman.

Body camera footage released by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office showed a sheriff’s deputy responding to Senior Airman Roger Fortson’s apartment on May 3, for a disturbance call. 

The video showed the deputy arriving at a Fort Walton Beach apartment building and speaking to a woman outside who described someone hearing an argument. The deputy then went up an elevator and walked down an outdoor hallway.

In the video, a deputy was seen knocking on Fortson’s apartment and announcing that he was with the sheriff’s office. 

“Sheriff’s office, open the door,” the officer is heard saying. “Step out.”

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Roger Fortson, 23, died Friday, May 3. (Hurlburt Field)

The deputy then opened fire on Fortson just moments after he opened his apartment door while holding a gun pointing down. 

“Drop the gun, drop the gun,” the officer said.

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“I don’t have it,” Fortson said.

Following the shooting, the deputy is heard telling Fortson to not move and then is heard calling on his radio for emergency medical services before the video ends.

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Roger Fortson was shot and killed in his apartment in Florida on May 3. (The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

During a news conference, Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden told reporters it “pained” him to show the video.

“It pains me to show the video, but I know that you all need to see it,” he said.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Fortson’s family, accused the deputy of going to the wrong apartment and said the shooting was unjustified.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said that on Friday afternoon, “our deputy responded to a call of a disturbance in progress where he encountered an armed man,” and the deputy shot him. (The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

The 23-year-old was transported to Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the Air Force via dignified transfer at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Crump said.

His family is preparing for his funeral on Friday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia.

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Fortson was stationed at Hurlburt Field and was assigned to the 4th Special Operations Squadron. 

He was assigned as a gunner aboard an AC-130J, and earned an Air Medal with a combat device, Hurlbert Field announced in a Facebook post

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Supreme Court upholds GOP-drawn voting map in South Carolina gerrymandering case

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The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to reverse a lower court’s decision that said a South Carolina redistricting map was unconstitutional, rejecting the idea that it was racially discriminatory.

In a 6-3 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court said that “a party challenging a map’s constitutionality must disentangle race and politics if it wishes to prove that the legislature was motivated by race as opposed to partisanship. Second, in assessing a legislature’s work, we start with a presumption that the legislature acted in good faith.”

“In this case, which features a challenge to South Carolina’s redistricting efforts in the wake of the 2020 census, the three-judge District Court paid only lip service to these propositions,” the decision states.

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“That misguided approach infected the District Court’s findings of fact, which were clearly erroneous under the appropriate legal standard,” Alito wrote.

The case stems from a challenge by the ACLU and the NAACP claiming that the redrawn maps following the 2020 census were illegally gerrymandered and had urged the justices to rule in time to impact upcoming congressional races.

However, a federal court panel that had initially struck down the maps as unconstitutional said in late March it was “plainly impractical” to wait for the Supreme Court to decide, and allowed the disputed maps to stand.

It is unclear the extent the high court’s ruling may will have on other 2024 elections, with many states already holding primaries or setting deadlines for early voter registrations.

The high court’s conservative majority in its ruling expressed concern over a federal court ruling that initially ordered South Carolina to create a new congressional map in time for the November 2024 election.

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The South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina (Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images)

That three-judge panel found the coastal 1st Congressional District, now held by Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., was an unlawful racial gerrymander when Republican lawmakers shifted about 30,000 Black voters from Charleston County over to the state’s 6th Congressional District, which became more solidly Democratic than it was before.

That seat is held by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., a longtime member of Congress who is Black.

However, the high court’s delay in issuing its ruling means the disputed map will remain in place for the 2024 elections.

Justice Elana Kagan, backed by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson, dissented, saying, “In every way, the majority today stacks the deck against the Challengers. They must lose, the majority says, because the State had a ‘possible’ story to tell about not considering race—even if the opposite story was the more credible.”

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“And they must lose again, the majority says, because they failed to offer a particular form of proof—which they did not know would be relevant and which this Court recently told plaintiffs was not required,” she said. 

“It does not matter that the Challengers offered extensive evidence, including expert statistical analyses, that the State’s districting plan was the product of racial sorting.”

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Louisville police officer violated protocols during Scottie Scheffler arrest by failing to turn on bodycam

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An officer with the Louisville (Kentucky) Metro Police Department (LMPD) received “corrective action” after an internal investigation into the arrest of two-time major winner Scottie Scheffler revealed that the officer did not follow proper protocols by failing to turn on his body camera.  

Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel announced Thursday morning, in a joint press conference with Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, that Detective ​​Bryan Gillis was counseled by his supervisor after an investigation found that he did not turn on his body-worn camera, as he was required to. 

Scottie Scheffler speaks during a news conference after the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

“Detective Gillis should have turned on his body-worn camera, but did not. His failure to do so is a violation of the LMPD policy on uniforms and equipment, subject category body worn camera,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.  

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“We understand the seriousness of the failure to capture this interaction, which is why our officer has received corrective action for this policy violation. This corrective action has been notated on a performance observation form, which is in line with our disciplinary protocol and practices. We respect the judicial process, and we will allow the course to proceed accordingly. We will not be able to make any further statements as relates to this matter.” 

Greenberg spoke about the importance of police body-worn cameras, adding that all parties involved, including Scheffler, “want to move forward.” 

“Activating body-worn cameras, it is critically important for our police department to have evidence to maintain the community’s trust, to be transparent,” he said. “LMPD needs to be focused on reducing the amount of violent crime in our city, reducing the amount of gun violence, protecting and keeping people safe. That is what they do every day. That’s what they’ve done since last Friday when they were working with the detail out at Valhalla and on Shelbyville Road. And that’s what they will continue to do.”

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Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks at a press conference at Metro Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 11, 2023. (Michael Swensen/Getty Images)

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The internal investigation was launched after Scheffler, a fan favorite on the PGA Tour, was handcuffed and arrested just outside Valhalla Golf Club early Friday morning before the second round of the PGA Championship. 

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According to an arrest report, Scheffler was driving a credentialed PGA courtesy car when an officer said he “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging” the officer to the ground. 

Police were already on the scene investigating a volunteer’s death, who was hit by a bus just outside the golf course. 

Scheffler, 27, is facing four charges, including felony assault over injuries a Louisville police officer sustained during the encounter.

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Scottie Scheffler reacts to his putt on the eighth green during the third round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding,” Scheffler said after the second round, also expressing his condolences to the family of the volunteer. “I can’t comment on any of the specifics of it, so I feel like y’all are going to be disappointed, but I can’t comment on any specifics, but my situation will be handled.” 

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Scheffler also commended the officers he dealt with during the encounter. 

“They were really kind. I’m grateful that we have such strong police, and they’re our protectors out there, and like I said, we just got into a chaotic situation this morning. That’s really all it was,” he said. 

Scheffler’s initial court date was postponed by a Kentucky court until June 3. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Biden border chief must answer after Jordanian nationals nearly breach Quantico: senators

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Exclusive: A group of Republican senators signed onto a letter to Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas demanding more details on the two Jordanian nationals who were arrested after attempting to breach Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

“This incident and a number of similar incidents in recent months are in stark contrast with your statements to Congress that the border is ‘secure,’’ ‘no less secure than it was previously,’ ‘closed,’ and that DHS has ‘operational control’ of the border,” the letter, which was penned by Sen. Ted Budd, R-N.C., said. “The military community at Marine Corps Base Quantico and the American people deserve answers regarding the terrorism and counter-intelligence threats posed by the Biden administration’s open border policies.”

The letter comes as mystery still surrounds the two Jordanian nationals who attempted to breach Quantico by posing as Amazon drivers earlier this month, with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) still declining to release the pair’s identity to the public.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

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One of the two suspects crossed into the U.S. illegally in April, multiple Department of Homeland Security sources told Fox News Thursday, crossing the border and the San Diego sector and later released with a notice to appear in court because of a lack of derogatory information found on him.

The other Jordanian national was also in the country illegally, the sources told Fox News, having overstayed a student visa.

Neither man had a criminal history in the U.S., the sources said, while both suspects are now in ICE custody awaiting removal proceedings.

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The main gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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But the letter, which was signed by over a dozen GOP senators, notes that many questions remain unanswered, including whether or not one of the individuals was on a terrorist watch list. 

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The senators also noted that similar incidents have taken place in recent months, including a March attempt by a Chinese national who was in the country illegally to break into Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California. 

The letter comes at the same time as a similar effort from House Republicans, with Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark E. Green, R-Tenn., and other committee leaders issuing a letter to Mayorkas and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding answers.

“The Committee fears that the Department of Homeland Security’s relaxed vetting standards, which complement President Biden’s avowed desire to ‘surge the border’ with inadmissible migrants, have created an environment ripe for exploitation by individuals aiming to undermine the United States at its most critical points,” reads the House letter.

Meanwhile, the Senate letter pointed out that such attempts by Chinese nationals to gain access to U.S. military installations has happened as many as 100 times, including an instance of a group of Chinese nationals attempting to push their way past guards at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, claiming they had hotel reservations on the base.

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A group of over 100 migrants attempting to enter the US illegally rushing a border wall Thursday, March 21, 2024. In the process, the migrants knocked down Texas National Guardsmen before they were halted by the border wall. (James Breeden for New York Post / Mega)

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“All of these events occur in the context of increasing U.S. Border Patrol encounters of aliens on the terrorist watchlist as well as a record number of Chinese national encounters at the southern border during the Biden administration,” the letter reads.

Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; Rick Scott, R-Fla.; Josh Hawley, R-Mo.; J.D. Vance, R-Ohio; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Mike Braun, R-Ind.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Roger Marshall, R-Kan.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas, John Hoeven, R-N.D.; and John Kennedy, R-La.

DHS did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

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