Family of Harry Dunn to bring private prosecution against Dominic Raab over dealings with case – The Sun

THE family of Harry Dunn are bringing a private criminal prosecution against Dominic Raab over his dealings with their son’s case, it emerged last night.

Mr Dunn, 19, was killed while riding his motorcycle last August in a head-on collision diplomat’s wife Anne Sacoolas, thought to be a CIA employee.

She had pulled out on to the wrong side of the road after leaving a US intelligence base at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

She claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to America, and was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Mrs Sacoolas has apologised over the crash but is refusing to return to the UK to face justice.

But Mr Dunn’s distraught family now claim that the foreign secretary broke the law and his office allowed the suspect to flee the country.

His dad Tim Dunn said: “We need this for everybody to know how the decisions were made and why the procedures and guidelines weren’t followed and for me to get some justice and a bit of peace.”

The family’s spokesman Radd Seiger told Sky News: “There’s a very clear rule that it’s for the police to establish who has immunity.

“That rule was broken and we allege it constitutes a serious instance of misconduct in a public office.


“That effectively stopped their investigation and we say that amounts to perverting the course of justice – two potentially serious crimes.”

A private prosecution is a prosecution started by a private individual who is not acting on behalf of the police or other prosecuting authority.

The US State Department has previously said returning Mrs Sacoolas would be highly inappropriate.

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Who is Christian Cooper and what happened in Central Park? – The Sun

CHRISTIAN Cooper asked a woman to control her dog – and chaos ensued in Central Park when she called police and complained that an "African American man is threatening my life."

Amy Cooper, no relation, would later lose her job with an investment management company.

Who is Christian Cooper?

Christian Cooper, 57, attended Harvard and previously worked as an editor for Marvel Comics.

He is an avid bird watcher, an interest that spawned on Long Island when he was a child, according to The New York Times.

It was his passion for birds and nature that led him to ask Amy Cooper to put her cocker spaniel on a leash during the confrontation on Monday.

Christian told her that having a dog on a leash is required by law in The Ramble area of the New York City park.

Amy refused his request.

“Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it,” he told her, according to The Times.

Christian pulled out dog treats and began to film the dispute.

"Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop recording me," Amy can be heard saying.

"I'm going to tell [the police] there's an African-American man threatening my life," she adds.

Christian responds: "Please, tell them whatever you like."

Amy is seen backing away from the man as she follows through on her vow.

"There's a man, an African-American, he's recording and threatening me and my dog," she told the dispatcher.

Who is Amy Cooper?

Amy Cooper, who served as head of insurance investment solutions for Franklin Templeton until recently, has apologized.

The police responded to her call on Monday and found that "two individuals had engaged in a verbal dispute," according to The Times.

"I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash," she wrote in a public apology.

"When Chris began offering treats to my dog and confronted me in an area where there was no one else nearby and said, 'You're not going to like what I'm going to do next,' I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone.

"He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required.

"I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.

"I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of forty years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology."

She said her life was being "destroyed" after video of the incident went viral.

It has also been revealed that she once accused an ex-lover of cheating her out of $65,000 she had paid him to leave his "abusive" wife.

Why was Amy fired from Franklin Templeton?

Franklin Templeton said Tuesday that "we do not tolerate racism of any kind."

"Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately," the company said.

Did Amy Cooper lose her dog?

Cooper returned the canine to the rescue group she had adopted him from a few years before.

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Boxer Amir Khan breaks lockdown rules AGAIN to reunite with parents after three-year feud – The Sun

AMIR KHAN has flouted lockdown rules for a second time to reunite with his parents after a three-year feud.

The boxing champ met his family in Bolton this week for the emotional reunion, after hosting a birthday party with five friends in April.

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Mr Khan ignored government guidelines when he met his parents, siblings and cousins with his wife and three children to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

It was the first time his parents Shah and Falek had met their grandson, Muhammad Zaviyar, who was born three months ago.

The family celebration to mark the end of Ramadan was also the first time Mr Khan’s parents have seen their son since December 2018.

The Khan family have been in a bitter feud since 2016, when Mr Khan’s parents branded his wife Faryal Makhdoom “evil” and a bad mum.

A family source said there were “a lot of tears of joy” at the gathering.

They told MailOnline: “It was a very emotional reunion because both Shah and Falak have really missed not seeing Amir and his family.

“They were also devastated that they had not seen their grandson and there were a lot of tears when they laid eyes on him for the first time.

“There’s been a lot of harsh words exchanged between the two sides over the past few months, but this current coronavirus situation has made them see what’s really important. And that is your family."


Another source said the Khan family “wanted to settle their differences”.

They said: “It was a beautiful day and wonderful to see the Khans reunited again. There were a lot of tears and hugging and a lot of healing took place.

“Because of coronavirus, everybody wanted to settle their differences and start building a new family life again.”

Pictures of the get together showed the boxing champ grinning on the sofa with his parents, son and wife.

Another showed Mr Khan standing outside with his wife and son.

Mr Khan has fallen foul of the coronavirus lockdown rules before, having been slammed for hosting a takeaway with friends in April.

The boxer enjoyed a takeaway curry for a pal's birthday and posted a video of the gathering on his Instagram feed.

He later deleted the video, saying he was “truly sorry to the British public.”

The Khan family became embroiled in a public spat in 2016 when Mr Khan's wife accused his parents of bullying her.

Shah and Falek, meanwhile, branded Ms Khan a bad mum – leading to Amir not speaking with them for six months.

His wife Faryal then took to Snapchat to blast her in-laws, claiming she was being abused by them.

Mr Khan subsequently announced that he was divorcing his wife, before calling it off when she announced she was pregnant with their second child.


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France to reopen pubs, restaurants and hotels in June as country declares coronavirus ‘under control’ – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS is 'under control' in France meaning many lockdown restrictions will be lifted, the country’s Prime Minister said today.

Britain’s neighbour will next week allow restaurants, bars and parks to open and the reopening of schools will speed up, Édouard Philippe explained.

Cinemas, theatres, museums, swimming pools and leisure centres are also going to be back in business by the end of June, along with tourist accommodation including hotels and campsites.

Mr Philippe said:‘Tourist accommodation, holiday villages, and campsites can open from June 2 in all departments, except those that are subject to particular vigilance.

"In these departments, the accommodation in question can only reopen in the third phase of confinement, that is after June 22."

During a press conference in Paris, Mr Philippe said: ‘The virus is still present in varying degrees throughout the country.

"But that means that its speed of circulation, its speed of spread, is at this stage under control. We are a little better than where we hoped to be. So this is very good news.’

In another boost, the 100 kilometre limit for personal travel, in place since 17 March, was also scrapped.

This is very good news

Mr Philippe said the virus is still present in varying degrees throughout the territory, particularly in the Val d'Oise department north of Paris, and in the Indian Ocean overseas territory of Mayotte.

Restrictions being maintained are a limit of 10 people in groups, tables will have to be three-feet apart, and everybody will still be encouraged to wear masks.

Paris will be part of a new ‘orange zone’ – as opposed to a high risk ‘red zone’ – where only café and restaurant terraces will be back open for business.

Mr Philippe warned that France still had to fight against an economic recession, saying that unemployment went up in April by 800,000 people compared with March.


But Mr Philippe said of the gradual ending of lockdown: ‘This good news is not the product of a miracle.

‘It is the result of the good work of all those who are mobilised against the epidemic – care givers, of course."

There were 66 deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in France, with 1,501 people in intensive care on Wednesday, 54 less that the day before.

Although the figures since the first phase of lifting lockdown on 11 May were reassuring, the Mr Philippe said that it was too early to say that the epidemic was over.

UK pubs and bars may be allowed to open in June as long as social distancing measures are followed and table orders are put in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

The famous pub chain Wetherspoons shut all their doors on March 20, but have since revealed their plan to reopen over 875 pubs across the UK.

Wetherspoons has said they are investing £11million into this new plan to make sure the new measures keep both their staff and customers safe.

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Who is the mayor of Minneapolis and what did he say about the George Floyd video? – The Sun

JACOB Frey said Thursday that George Floyd was killed "because he is black."

The Minneapolis mayor also told CBS News that the arresting officer "killed someone."

Here is the lowdown on the 38-year-old mayor of the city of 400,000.

Who is the mayor of Minneapolis?

Jacob Frey has been the mayor of Minneapolis since January of 2018, when he was sworn in.

He had served on the city council from 2013 until his election as mayor four years later.

The Democrat feuded with Donald Trump last year, saying the president's "message of hatred" will never be welcome.

Trump tweeted ahead of a trip to the city: "Radical Left Dem Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is doing everything possible to stifle Free Speech despite a record sell-out crowd at the Target Center."

"Presidents Clinton and Obama paid almost nothing! The Minneapolis Police have been incredible…."

Is Jacob Frey married?

Frey has been wed to Sarah Clarke since 2016.

Clarke, a lobbyist, revealed earlier this year that she is pregnant and their baby is due in September.

It will be Frey's first child.

The Virginia native had been married once before, but split from his first wife in 2014.

What happened to George Floyd?

Floyd lost his life while being arrested by Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.

Chauvin had placed his knee on Floyd's neck while the black man was on the ground.

Floyd would become unresponsive and later died after showing no signs of life in the ambulance.

Chauvin and three other police officers were fired on Tuesday.

Another officer involved was identified as Tou Thao.

The arrest took place after Floyd allegedly tried to use forged documents at a local deli.

A petition demanding justice has been signed by hundreds of thousands of people.

A protester scrawled "A murderer lives here" outside of Chauvin's home.

What did Jacob say about the George Floyd video?

Frey told CBS This Morning on Thursday that Floyd would be alive today "if he were white."

"I'm not a prosecutor, but let me be clear, the arresting officer killed someone," he said.

Frey added: "The facts that I've seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved."

"I don't know whether or not there's explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved – let's be very clear."

Using the handle @MayorFrey, the city leader has also been vocal on Twitter.

"Being black in America should not be a death sentence," he wrote in a lengthy statement on social media.

"For five minutes we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man's neck. Five minutes."

"When you hear someone calling for help, you're supposed to help.

"This officer failed in the most basic, human sense."

Frey also pleaded with his citizens for peace after devastating riots and looting took place in the city.

Huge buildings were burned to the ground.


"Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy," he wrote.

"The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight."

It was revealed that a woman in a wheelchair was terrorized by looters.

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Deaf mother makes face masks with plastic mouth window for lip reading

Deaf mother is inundated with hundreds of orders from care homes after designing face masks with a plastic window over the mouth to allow lip reading

  • Justine Bate, 42, designed the masks to help herself and her daughter Teona, 10 
  • She worried Teona, who is also deaf, would not be able to socialise with friends 
  • The Manchester graphic designer sold 42 masks in one morning for £5.99 each

A deaf mother has been swamped with hundreds of orders from care homes after designing face masks with a plastic window over the mouth to allow lip reading.

Justine Bate, 42, created the masks to help herself and her daughter, Teona, 10, to communicate, as they are both deaf. 

The graphic designer was worried Teona would not be able to socialise with her friends back at school if she is not able to see their mouth to lip read.

Her husband and carer Carl Bate, 50, also wears one and since debuting them on social media, Mrs Bate has been inundated with orders from care homes.

Justine Bate, 42, (pictured) from Manchester, has been swamped with hundreds of orders after designing face masks with a plastic window, allowing her to lip read

Other deaf people in their community have also placed orders for the masks, which she makes on her sewing machine in her loft.

They already sold 42 on the morning of May 27 for £5.99 each, including postage and packaging.

Mr Bate, from Manchester, said: ‘We can’t make them quickly enough for what people need.

‘From the messages we are getting a lot of people from care homes – people who have got dementia and children who have got certain types of autism where they are actually scared of people with this full face mask on.

‘It is easier as they do not get scared.

‘A lot of messages are from people with carers that work with care homes that want these masks where they can actually see the lips so it is not scary.

The graphic designer was worried her daughter Teona, 10 would not be able to socialise with friends back at school if she is not able to see their mouth to lip read

‘They look a bit different but it is the interests of the patient that is important. You can look stupid but as long as your patient is feeling calm it is a benefit for that person.

‘It was not to do with making money it was to do with doing something for our daughter for making her life easier.’

Mrs Bate was deaf since birth and her parents were also deaf. She knows sign language but only staring learning that around age 16.

The couple said the reactions to the face masks has been ‘overwhelming’ but has helped to bring the deaf community together.

Mr Bate said: ‘She’s a bit apprehensive but she’s been honest with people that it’s not PPE quality as there is no filter.

‘Even people from the care homes said they are not bothered because of the ability to communicate with disabled people in an easier way.

Her husband and carer Carl Bate, 50, (right) also wears one and since debuting them on social media, where the post received more than 12,000 shares, Mrs Bate has been inundated with orders from care homes

‘It’s quite overwhelming but she’s loving it. The deaf community can be quite a hard place to socialise. It does bring a lot of deaf people together.

‘The amount of people who have come up to her and asked for these masks is quite overwhelming.

‘She’s loving the fact that she’s helping others make a better quality of life in this situation.’ 

Mr Bate said his wife has ‘always been someone who can put her hands to something’. 

They tried many different ways of making the masks to make sure they were effective without being too thick, but have now found the ‘perfect’ method. 

Mr Bate said: said: ‘She needed something that is easily going to be able to stitch because the plastic is stitched into the fabric.

‘The plastic it stitched into the fabric and it needed to be something that’s not going to be too thick that it’s not going to blur the lips when lip reading with condensation.

The already sold 42 on the morning of May 27 for £5.99 each, including postage and packaging. The masks have also helped children with certain types of autism, where they are scared of people wearing a full face mask

‘Somebody mentioned that if you rub household soap on it then rub it off with a dry cloth it doesn’t condensate.

‘A few people have messaged asking if we are going to put a filter in but that’s impossible with the clear plastic – you are defeating the object of the plastic.’

He said they are still working on getting in to a rhythm to speed up production and admitted ‘there were a lot of arguments’ in the house when they first started.

Mr Bate said: ‘It wasn’t easy. I had my ways of doing it and she’s got her way – but her way was the best way.’

It took around four days of trial and error and trying different styles before perfecting the art with ‘three or four different designs put into one’.

The masks are designed for adults and can be adjusted for size with an elasticated band, but they do not yet make children’s masks.

Mrs Bate shared the masks on Facebook, where the post received more than 12,000 shares.

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AG Barr appoints special prosecutor to review 2016 election ‘unmasking’

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a US Attorney in Texas to review the “unmasking” process that took place at the time of the 2016 presidential election, his spokeswoman announced.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed the new probe in an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening, saying that Barr had tapped John Bash, US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, after he had “determined that certain aspects of ‘unmasking’ needed to be reviewed.”

Kupec told the network that US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s investigation into the Russia probe, which Barr ordered in last May, had been looking into “unmasking,” but the attorney general wanted that process to be addressed separately.

Durham’s work on “unmasking” was part of his larger review of the origins of the FBI’s maligned investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and “collusion” by the Trump campaign.

US citizens sometimes have conversations incidentally picked up through surveillance practices by the intelligence community that monitor foreign officials. Those citizens’ identities are supposed to be kept private, or “masked,” absent a warrant to reveal their identity.

US intelligence officials, however, can request the names of those citizens via a warrant, if they feel the information is pertinent to understanding the intelligence. This is called “unmasking.”

The news comes amid a flurry of controversy over the practice of “unmasking” with regard to the investigation and prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about the conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He later tried to withdraw that plea ahead of sentencing, claiming he did not intentionally lie.

The Justice Department moved to drop the charges against the former national security adviser earlier this month, after a four-page document released as part of a re-examination of the case showed then-counterintelligence director of the FBI Bill Priestap openly questioning whether the agency’s “goal” was to “get [Flynn] to lie.”

“What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Priestap wrote. “If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ & have them decide. Or, if he initially lies, then we present him [redacted] & he admits it, document for DOJ, & let them decide how to address it.”

The notes were taken in January 2017 by Priestap following a meeting with Comey and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to Fox News.

In May, former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell released a list of 23 Obama-era officials who allegedly tried to reveal the identity of Flynn during the presidential transition period through the “unmasking” process.

The Obama-era officials who were named by Grenell included former Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, former intelligence chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper, Obama chief of staff Dennis McDonough and former US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Kupec said in her interview of the process, “Unmasking inherently isn’t wrong, but certainly, the frequency, the motivation and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic, and when you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation — like John Durham’s investigation — looking specifically at who was unmasking whom, can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”

She went on to note that Bash would be looking specifically at occurrences of “unmasking” that occurred before and after the 2016 election.

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Mother slams crowds at beach despite travelling 125 MILES to get there

Mother slams huge crowds at Blackpool seafront for ‘risking everything’ during lockdown – despite travelling 125 MILES to get there

  • A Birmingham mother decided to take her children on a 215 mile trip the beach
  • The unnamed 27-year-old then filmed crowds and criticised a lack of distancing 
  • Weeks prior the woman became a viral hit after visiting a beach in Wales 
  • She likened the people on the Blackpool beach to being in the wrong like she was in Wales, yet failed to realise the irony of herself making the same journey
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A Birmingham mum has felt the wrath of social media, after uploading a video of herself berating members of the public for being out in Blackpool… despite making the 125 mile journey herself to soak up sun on the beach.

The woman could be heard accusing people of ‘risking everything’, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as she filmed them on the streets of the seaside resort on Bank Holiday Monday.

Astonishingly it is the second time the woman has been circulated on social media, following a recent trip to Barmouth beach in Wales amid the pandemic lockdown, during which she filmed a confrontation with police safety officers.

Sounding audibly irate, the woman slammed a lack of social distancing on the promenade

In the footage she exchanged heated words and demanded to know why herself and her young family were being escorted from the beach, which brought about instance criticism online.

The video, which went viral when posted last week, the woman called locals a ‘bunch of b******s’ when police confront her and claims she ‘didn’t realise Wales wasn’t in England.’

This time around she made the 125-mile trip to Lancashire on Bank Holiday Monday – but returned home immediately believing it to be ‘dangerous,’ as report Birmingham Live.

The mother captured the footage while sitting in the front passenger seat of a car, driving though the tourist hotspot and later posted the video to her Facebook page.

She could be heard narrating: ‘So today we’ve come to Blackpool, just thought we’d come and take the kids for a walk.

‘Obviously I’ve had a video that’s gone viral when we went to Wales in Barmouth, and they [people online] have had a go.

The Birmingham mum captured the footage of crowded Blackpool streets while sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle, after making a 125 mile trip to take in the sun

‘But then we’ve come here today, and I’ve had loads [of abuse] online for that video. Now I’ve come to Blackpool and look at all these people.

‘Two metre distance? Where’s the two metre distance? So coronavirus is really, really getting protected right now yeah? 

‘Everybody’s on the beach, but I get slandered for my video when I went to Wales. I understand I was in the wrong.

She added: ‘There’s too many people risking everything just because of the weather.

‘We’re going straight back home because this is dangerous.

‘People are moaning over sending their kids to school because of the coronavirus, but then they’re happy to bring them to a beach where there are thousands here.

‘You can’t two-metre distance on a beach. There’s too many people all walking past each other.’

Footage quickly went viral across social media, with many people re-sharing to condemn the ignorance of the mum in question. 

The 27-year-old, who did not want to be named, later told BirminghamLive: ‘Blackpool was horrible as thousands were there.

‘People weren’t social distancing. We stayed five minutes and then left.

‘There were new born babies in prams and people coughing walking past.’

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George Floyd protests turn deadly after man shot outside pawn shop

A man was shot dead outside of a Minneapolis pawn shop Wednesday night as violent protests over the death of George Floyd rattled the city, authorities said.

Minneapolis cops are investigating reports that the victim was a looter shot dead by an owner of the business, police department spokesman John Elder said at press briefing early Thursday.

The man was found with a gunshot wound outside of Cadillac Pawn and Jewelry on East Lake Street near Bloomington Avenue at about 9:25 p.m. local time, Elder said.

“That is one of the theories that we’re working into,” Elder said in response to a reporter questioning if there’s any credence to the narrative that the owner shot dead a looter trying to break into his store.

“As I said, the body was found outside. And we have a couple of different scenarios as to what may have happened,” Elder told reporters.

Elder said police have a suspect in custody and that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

He noted that the shooting occurred “close to the area of protests” over the death of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.

Floyd was seen on viral video being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, yelling, “I can’t breathe” before he died.

Protests over his death escalated on Wednesday night, with demonstrators looting a Target and lighting fires that severely damaged several buildings, including an AutoZone store.

Crowds on Wednesday also gathered at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct for a second-consecutive day, with some vandalizing the building.

Elder condemned the chaos that unfolded Wednesday night.

“This isn’t how you do it,” he said. “It’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking — it really is. People are utilizing this as a purpose to just make bad decisions.”

But not all demonstrations were violent. A group of protesters on Wednesday peacefully danced in the street at the intersection where Floyd was being arrested.

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Racist officer who said it’s ‘unfortunate’ coronavirus hasn’t killed more black people is fired – The Sun

A LOUISIANA cop who mocked Covid-19’s deadly toll on black people via Facebook has been booted out of the force.

Racist Steven Aucoin was fired from Kaplan Police Department after posting that it was “'unfortunate” coronavirus hadn't killed more African-Americans.

Chief of Police Joshua Hardy said Aucoin had upset people after commenting under a live feed of the governor's news conference.

One person posted under a local news station's live-stream of the event that the “virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death."

Aucoin then viciously replied: “Well it didn't work… how unfortunate.”

Local broadcasters obtained screenshots of the offensive post.

After an outcry, Kaplan Police said on Facebook: "We are writing to inform everyone that we were made aware of the situation with the comments on Facebook from Steven Aucoin.

"Chief Hardy had the incident looked into and the officer was terminated.

"Chief Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter."

Aucoin's termination was hailed by residents, with Councilman Craig Gregory posting: "I applaud your swift and decisive action regarding this matter."

The Mt. Calvary Baptist Church official added: "Your willingness to serve notice on bigotry and ignorance is a genuine representation of leadership that is necessary during these difficult times."

But there were others who questioned how long the force had known about Aucoin's attitude towards black people.

One man posted on Kaplan Police Facebook's page: "He wasn't fired because you found out about it.

"He was fired because we found out about it. His behavior is all too common in policing."

Those who uphold the law must be held to the highest standards of conduct.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) applauded Aucoin being booted off the force.

Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper said: “We welcome the action taken by Kaplan Police in response to the racist comments by the officer.

“Those who uphold the law must be held to the highest standards of conduct.”

He noted there has been an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

African-Americans are more likely to die from Covid-19, highlighting longstanding disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care, experts have said.

A May 8 article in The Lancet reported that analyses of Covid-19 deaths from some states show "there are more deaths in African-Americans than in White Americans.

"For example, in Chicago, nearly 52 per cent of deaths from [coronavirus] were among African-Americans, although they represent only about 30 per cent of the city's population.

"In New York state and in some other states, Covid-19 has been more deadly for African-American and Hispanic people than for White people.

"These noticeable disparities have been highlighted by advocates, the US Surgeon General, and politicians."

Last month the Surgeon-General, Jerome Adams, stirred controversy when urging black and Latino Americans to "step up".

"Do it for your abuela," he said. "Do it for your granddaddy. Do it for your big mama. Do it for your pop pop."

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