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Racists Beat Down Oregon Man, Police Are Not Investigating as Hate Crime

Meanwhile, Parsham Rabiee, a Lyft driver, now can't work to save the life he took years to build.

Parsham Rabiee was attacked by two white Lyft passengers outside of Portland, Ore., who verbally and physically assaulted him, including repeated use of racial slurs and making fun of his music. But the Gresham police are claiming it wasn't a racially-biased attack.

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Police Wrongfully Arrest Young Black Man in Oregon

The department and the city of Ashland "recognize this as a police department failure."

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A 20-year-old Black man from Ashland, Ore., was wrongfully arrested after officers responded to a call about physical harassment at a store in the town.

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According to reports from Oregon Live , a substitute teacher, Bruce Niemann, in Portland is being accused of abusing a student by hitting him on the head with a clipboard and calling him the n-word.

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White Man Calls Cops on Black Politician: 'They Are Waiting for Drugs at the Local Drug House'

Despite her experience, politician Sheila Stubbs exchanged numbers with the officer, offering to help the police with race relations in other neighborhoods.

Sheila Stubbs was canvassing a predominantly white neighborhood in her jurisdiction of Madison, Wisc., when the police showed up to question her. They asked how Stubbs knew what houses to approach, and for her materials, which she provided. Then police apologized, saying, "I'm sorry this happened to you."

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Homophobe Threatens Lesbian Couple, Calls Woman ‘Gay Pride-a** B*tch,’ Cop Does Nothing: Video

The cop made a "judgment call" and returned to more pressing matters, one of the women said.

A video of a homophobic man verbally harassing a lesbian couple has made its way around the Internet. What's not caught on camera, though, is a police officer refusing to document the incident.

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#BeingAPoliticianWhileBlack: Woman Calls 911 on State Rep. for Canvassing in Neighborhood

"I asked to meet my constituent who thought I was suspicious, but she was on the road by then," Oregon State Rep. Janelle Bynum said on Facebook.

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State Rep. Janelle Bynum said police were called on her while she was going door-to-door to canvas in a Portland, Ore.-area neighborhood — her own district.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Bynum shared that a resident called 911 on her as she knocked on doors and talked to residents. The lawmaker, a Democrat who's running for re-election this fall, said the caller thought she was suspicious because she spent too much time typing on her cellphone after each house visit.

"Live from the mean streets of Clackamas!" Bynum wrote. "Big shout out to Officer Campbell who responded professionally to someone who said that I was going door to door and spending a lot of time typing on my cell phone after each house — aka canvassing and keeping account of what my community cares about!"

Bynum included the hashtag: #letsbebetterneighbors.

A Clackamas County deputy pulled up to her around 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday while she was taking notes on her cellphone from a conversation, "with someone at the second to last of about 30 homes on her list," according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

"I don't believe this," Bynum, 43, said she thought when the officer approached her.

When he asked if she was selling anything, she told him that she's a state legislator out canvassing. This was the first time someone reported her to police. In 2016, Bynum won the election to the state House of Representatives.

She said the deputy told her a woman called 911, but the caller's race was unknown. Bynum wanted to meet with the woman, but the deputy said she wasn't at her residence.

"It was just bizarre," she told the newspaper. "It boils down to people not knowing their neighbors and people having a sense of fear in their neighborhoods, which is kind of my job to help eradicate.

"But at the end of the day, it's important for people to feel like they can talk to each other to help minimize misunderstandings."

Bynum's Facebook post comes at a time when there's been multiple reports of authorities being called on Black people only trying to do their jobs. For example, in Southern California, a resident called 911 because a Black firefighter was working in the neighborhood. And in Tennessee, a white woman called authorities on a Black real estate investor for taking photos of a rundown house for which he had a contract to repair.

Officials Saw Signs of 'Abuse,' 'Neglect' in Black Children Killed in SUV Crash But Did Not Intervene

Oregon DHS officials were also aware of previous allegations of abuse in another state.

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Officials were aware of signs of abuse and neglect but said there was "no identified safety threat" in the home of the six Black children who were adopted by Jennifer and Sarah Hart, according to records from the Oregon Department of Human Services. They also knew that Jennifer Hart had been accused of abuse when the family was living in Minnesota.

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'Kill Them All': Louisiana Congressman Calls for Violence Against Suspected Islamic Radicals

In a Facebook post, Rep. Clay Higgins said radicalized Islamic suspects should be hunted down and killed as "all of Christendom is at war with Islamic horror."

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Port Barre, La.) wants to use "every conceivable measure" to hunt down and kill anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical. Higgins' rhetoric is similar to when he was a sheriff's captain and threatened to hunt and trap suspected gang members he referred to as "animals."

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States Join Lawsuit to Block Muslim Ban

The revised executive order "will cause severe and immediate harms," according to a complaint filed Monday.

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Several states have joined a Washington lawsuit to prevent President Donald Trump's updated Muslim ban from going into effect, arguing that it is still as discriminatory as the original.

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Double Standard: Treatment of Blacks vs. Whites by Police

Nearly half of all people killed by police in 2015 were minorities, and more than a quarter of the victims were Black — despite Blacks only making up 13.2 percent of the nation's population.

Left: Dylann Roof's arrest; right: Eric Garner's arrest

Data released from The Guardian estimates that 1,136 people were killed by police in the U.S. in 2015. According to the statistics (which are difficult to collect because it is not currently required for police stations to report it), 50.9 percent of these people were white. The remaining fatalities were either minorities or unknown. Specifically, the victims were 26.9 percent of the victims were Black, 16.8 percent Hispanic, 2.4 percent unknown, 2 percent Asian and 1 percent Native American.

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Oregon's Kate Brown to Become First Openly Bisexual Governor

When she was elected Oregon's secretary of state in 2008, Kate Brown became the first bisexual to win a statewide elected office.

By Julissa Catalan

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