Virginia Police Chief On Leave Amid Controversy Over Arrest of State Sen., 13 Others After Confederate Monument Protest

A police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, was placed on paid leave on Friday following weeks of controversy stemming from a Confederate monument protest in June.

People gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue on June 4, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd. On Friday, the Portsmouth Police chief was placed on paid leave after her department issued federal arrest warrants for 14 individuals who were allegedly involved in another Confederate monument protest on June 10.

News of Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene’s removal was first reported by The Virginian-Pilot,

After the paper obtained an email sent by Portsmouth City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton.

A spokesperson for the city confirmed Greene’s removal in an email to Newsweek.

“The City confirms that Police Chief Angela Greene is on paid leave,” the statement from Public Affairs Officer Dana Woodson said.

“During this period Assistant Chief Scott Burke is serving as Acting Chief of Police of the City Police Department.”

In the email obtained by The Virginian-Pilot,

Pettis Patton said the removal was “effective immediately and until further notice.”

The city declined to say how long officials expected Greene to remain on paid leave or provide a specific reason for her removal.


Greene’s tenure as police chief has been uncertain over the last few weeks due to federal arrest warrants her department issued on August 17.

The warrants were for the alleged actions of 14 people,

Including a state senator,

At a Confederate monument protest on June 10, at which a man was seriously injured when a falling piece of the statue hit him.

The warrant for Virginia State Senator Lillie Louise Lucas said she allegedly “

[conspired] to intentionally destroy, deface, or damage property belonging to another, with the value of, or damage to, such property being $1,000 or more.”

The warrant said that the property in question was a monument.

The department also issued felony arrest warrants for three NAACP representatives,

A school board member, three public defenders and six other citizens.

Shortly after Greene announced the warrants,

The Norfolk-based television station WTKR obtained an email from Pettis Patton that said Greene previously informed her about a potential conflict of interest in the case.

The decision to issue the arrest warrants was made without Pettis Patton’s knowledge, the city manager said.

The fallout from the arrest warrants continued in the days following as city leaders called for Greene to resign.

In a statement sent to WTKR three days after issuing the warrants, Greene said her department first looked into the incident,

To determine if there was a conflict of interest, due to the presence of city officials at the protest.

Greene said the department later found there was no conflict of interest, enabling their investigation to move forward.

“During our investigation, it was determined that although felonious acts were committed by several individuals,

No conflicts of interest for this department were revealed,” Greene’s statement said.

“Therefore, it was incumbent upon this law enforcement agency to take action.”

Greene was placed on paid leave just over two weeks after city leaders began calling for her resignation.




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In announcing the formation of an independent oversight board with authority to allow or remove content from Facebook and Instagram, the board’s four co-chairs stressed the body’s diversity.


The progressive organization, heavily represented on Facebook’s oversight board, says Soros has given away more than $32 billion of his personal fortune to fund its work around the world.

“The board members come from different professional, cultural and religious backgrounds and have various political viewpoints,” they wrote in a New York Times op-ed on May 6. “Some of us have been publicly critical of Facebook; some of us haven’t.”

Contemporaneous news articles reinforced this message, reporting that the board’s ideologically and geographically diverse members criss-cross the ideological spectrum.

A closer look, however, reveals that 18 of its 20 members collaborated with or are tied to groups that have received funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations – which is one of the most well-funded and influential progressive organizations in the country.

Open Society’s reach is so vast that simply receiving support from the institution is not a proxy for political leanings – one member has received support from Soros and the Charles Koch Foundation. But the fact that 90% of the board’s members have ties to that progressive group raises questions in an environment where conservatives complain about big-tech bias and internet censorship.

Here’s a list of the oversight board’s members:

  • Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei: A program manager at Soros’ Open Society Foundations in West Africa.
  • Evelyn Aswad (University of Oklahoma): U.S. law professor. Recipient of a grant from Knight Foundation, which has partnered with Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Aswad says corporations should align their “speech codes with international human rights law” and be guided by “international law on freedom of expression.”
  • Endy Bayuni: Jakarta Post editor. On the board of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, headed by a “George Soros visiting practitioner chair” who previously worked at a Soros-founded group.
  • Catalina Botero-Marino (co-chair): Dean of a Colombian law school that received $1.3 million over two years from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Serves on an expert panel of Inter-American Dialogue, funded in part by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Also serves as an expert for Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project, funded in part by Open Society Foundations. Served as a board member of Article 19, which received $1.7 million from Open Society Foundations over two years.
  • Katherine Chen: Academic professor, journalist. Often retweets material critical of Donald Trump and supportive of Barack Obama.
  • Nighat Dad: Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, which receives money from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and is a project of Artists at Risk Connection, a project of Pen America, which is sponsored in part by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Served on the board of the Soros-funded Dangerous Speech Project. Adviser on Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Counsel, funded in part by Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Jamal Greene: Anti-Trump on his Twitter account.

  • Jamal Greene (co-chair): Columbia University law school professor. (The Soros family and Foundations are well known funders of and partners with Columbia.) Recently served as aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris, who counts Soros among her donors. His Twitter account shows that he has sided firmly against President Trump.
  • Pamela Karlan: Stanford University Law professor. Member of the Soros founded and funded American Constitution Society, which takes a “progressive” view of the U.S. Constitution. Supported Trump impeachment of and has contributed to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.
  • Tawakkol Karman: Her organization, “Women Journalists Without Chains,” receives funds from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. She serves on the advisory council of Transparency International, which also receives funds from Soros‘ group.
  • Maina Kiai: Director of Human Rights Watch’s Alliances and Partnerships Initiative, which received $100 million from Open Society Foundations. She was founding leader of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, which received $615,000 from Soros over two years.
  • Sudhir Krishnaswamy: Law school vice chancellor. Co-founder of progressive nonprofit Centre for Law and Policy Research, which receives major funding from
    Soros-funded Center for Reproductive Rights, and the lesbian rights group Astrea; editor of the International Journal of Communications Law & Policy (IJCLP), which received grants from Open Society Foundations. Also connected to the Soros-supported Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.
  • Ronaldo Lemos: Brazilian law professor. Co-founder of the Soros-supported Institute for Technology and Society. Serves on the board of the Open Society-funded Mozilla Foundation. Was board member at Soros-funded Access Now.
  • Michael McConnell (co-chair): Stanford University law professor. Head of the Constitutional Law Center, funded by the Soros Open Society Foundations-funded American Constitution Society.
  • Julie Owono (Stanford University, Harvard University): Head of Internet Sans Frontieres, a member of the Soros-funded Global Network Initiative.
  • Emi Palmor: Former head of the Israeli Ministry of Justice.
  • Alan Rusbridger: Former editor in chief of The Guardian. On board of the Open Society Foundations-funded Committee to Protect Journalists.
  • Andas Sajo: Professor. One of the founders of Soros’ Central European University. Formerly on board of Soros’ Open Society Justice Initiative in New York. Former judge of European Court of Human Rights, criticized for its alleged conflicts of interests and Soros ties. (An investigation found that nearly all the judges on the court received funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations.)
Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Socialist former Danish prime minister.

  • John Samples: Founder of Libertarian Cato Institute’s Center for Representative Government, founded by former Congressman Lee Hamilton (D) who was head of Woodrow Wilson Center, which is funded, in part, by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Cato opposes Trump’s positions on illegal immigration and sees eye to eye on the issue with Soros, who has contributed to Cato through Open Society Foundations. Cato is also funded by Google, Ford Foundation, and the libertarian Koch interests, who also favor more open borders.
  • Nicolas Suzor: Law professor at Queensland University of Technology, which collaborated and co-funded projects with Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt (co-chair): Denmark’s socialist former prime minister who advocates “rethinking” democracy. On board of the Open Society Foundations-funded European Council of Foreign Relations. Trustee at the Open Society Foundations-funded International Crisis Group where George and Alexander Soros sit on the board. Advisory board member of Open Society Foundations-funded Atlantic Council. Also sits on the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board, which received approximately $325,000 from the Open Society Foundations-funded Center for Global Development.




Florida woman, 19, ‘offered a deputy oral sex if he’d give back her confiscated Juul’ because she needed it ‘for anxiety’ after she was arrested for urinating in front of a squad car

  • Madison Ann Bryant, 19, was arrested on Sunday in Leesburg, Florida
  • Cops found her ‘heavily intoxicated’ sitting on the median of the US 27 highway
  • She urinated in front of a deputy’s squad car and was arrested 
  • While being taken to the local jail she offered oral sex to an officer to give her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back, according to the arrest affidavit   
  • She was charged with disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor and offering a bribe to a public servant, a felony 


Nineteen-year-old Florida woman Madison Ann Bryant urinated in front of a sheriff’s office squad car and offered oral sex to an officer to get her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back on Sunday, authorities say

A 19-year-old Florida woman urinated in front of a police car and offered oral sex to an officer to get her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back, authorities say.

Madison Ann Bryant was charged on Sunday with disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor and offering a bribe to a public servant, a felony, according to The Smoking Gun.

Sheriff’s deputies found Bryant around 2.20am sitting on the median of the US 27 highway in Leesburg, a city 45 miles from Orlando.

Bryant said she exited a nearby truck after getting into a fight with the driver, her boyfriend, about ‘their relationship issues.’

Deputies spoke with her boyfriend, 22, who smelled of alcohol and he was arrested for drunk driving.

They had been at a party earlier and left because they were arguing.

Bryant ‘appeared to be heavily intoxicated’ and ‘spoke of many topics that did not make much sense’, the arrest report said. She did not initially face arrest.

As she waited with deputies for a ride home she said she ‘needed to use the bathroom and wished to go on the side of the road,’ according to the arrest affidavit.

A deputy offered to drive her to a gas station to use the restroom.

Instead Bryant ‘pulled her pants down and urinated directly in front of’ the squad car, holding onto the vehicle’s push bar as traffic passed by.

Cops found her sitting on the median of the US 27 highway in Leesburg, Florida (above)

While on the way to the county jail, Bryant repeatedly asked a sheriff’s deputy to give back her Juul vaping device, which had been confiscated by officers and offered oral sex in exchange for the Juul, according to the arrest report. File image above

When she pulled her pants back up she was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

While on the way to the county jail, Bryant repeatedly asked a sheriff’s deputy to give back her Juul vaping device, which had been confiscated by officers.

She insisted she needed the Juul ‘for anxiety’.

‘Madison asked me if I was married and had children,’ a deputy said in the report.

When he responded Bryant ‘stated that she was not trying to “fk that up” and that she would “suck my dk” if I gave her her Juul.’

The officer did not reply to Bryant.

Bryant, who was listed as working in real estate in her arrest paperwork, was released from the Lake County jail after posting $3,000 bond.



6 Epic Train Rides In Nevada That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience

Since the early days of silver and gold mining, trains have been an important part of Nevada.

After all, steam locomotives were used to haul out the ore and carry in building material.

Today, there are several train museums located throughout Nevada that preserve this important part of history.

Also, many of Nevada’s historic railroads continue to carry passengers on excursions.

Even a few of Nevada’s finest parks offer train rides for adults and children of all ages.


If you’re a fan of trains, here are 7 epic train rides in Nevada that’ll give you an unforgettable experience:

1. Virginia & Truckee Railroad – F Street 1870 V&T Depot, 165 F Street, Virginia City, NV 89440

Passengers will enjoy gorgeous scenic views while traveling the historic route of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

This train ride takes about 1.5 hours to climb up to Virginia City.

During the ride, your conductor will share the story of the Comstock mines and how the railroad helped make Virginia City the most famous boomtown of the Old West.

No trip to Virginia City is complete without a ride on this historic railroad.

2. Las Vegas Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail, the very first driverless public monorail system in the world,

Is the ultimate way to get around if you’re staying on the Las Vegas Strip.

There are seven stations: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton and Sahara.

The traffic on the Las Vegas Strip is terribly slow,

so why not take a ride on a monorail that’ll take you to your destination at 50 mph in air-conditioned comfort?

Traveling the Las Vegas Strip takes about 15 minutes.

This is a huge deal when you consider the amount of time it takes to drive or walk the Las Vegas Strip.

The Las Vegas Monorail’s hours of operation are 7:00am to 2:00am Monday thru Thursday, and 7:00am to 3:00am Friday thru Sunday.

3. Nevada Northern Railway – 1100 Avenue A, East Ely, NV 89315

“The Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered,

And most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era.

It was established in 1905 to support the area’s booming copper mining industry.”

Today, guests will get to experience the early 1900s while taking a ride on a historic train.

On this train, you’ll have the choice of coach or open-air seating, or you can feel free to roam between the two.

The two most popular train rides are the Ghost Train and the Polar Express.

These are both seasonal events that many people look forward to each year.

The next time you’re in the Ely area, be sure to stop by and take a ride on one of these historic trains. You’ll really enjoy it!

4. Idlewild Park Train – 1900 Idlewild Dr, Reno, NV 89509

The train ride in Idlewild Park is one of the park’s many features.

Passengers of all ages will enjoy riding the train as it meanders its way through the most scenic area of the park.

Beginning March 19 through April 3, the train will operate daily from 11am to 3pm.

It’ll then start running on weekends only from 11am to 6pm, through Memorial Day weekend.

5. Nevada Southern Railway – 601 Yucca St, Boulder City, NV 89005

When riding the Nevada Southern Railway excursion train, you’ll be experiencing history dating all the way back to the 1930s.

You’ll also have the choice of either riding in an open air car or an air conditioned/heated Pullman coach.

The train’s departure times are 10:00am and 11:30am – 1:00pm and 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The train ride lasts approximately 35 minutes.

The 7 1/2″ gauge trains operate on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

6. Carson & Mills Park Railroad – 1111 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701

The entire family will enjoy riding the Carson & Mills Park Railroad.

Passengers will get to ride behind a replica of a diesel switcher engine and either choose an open gondola or a covered passenger car.

This train ride will take you 1.25 miles through beautiful Mills Park and lasts about 15 minutes.

Adults and children of all ages are invited to take a ride on this fun train.

Address: 1100 Avenue A, East Ely, NV 89315

Address: 1900 Idlewild Dr, Reno, NV 89509

Address: 1111 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701

Address: 601 Yucca St, Boulder City, NV 89005

Address: 1870 V&T; Depot, 165 F Street, Virginia City, NV 89440