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Welcome to Trump’s America where racists feel even more emboldened than usual

(by Christin Carrega)

An Army veteran’s quiet walk with his dog in a Brooklyn park turned into a long night in jail on a false arrest — and being subjected to a pro-Trump cop’s racial taunts, a new lawsuit says.

Najja Plowden, 35, was wrapping up a midnight walk with his dog in Crown Heights’ Brower Park last August when two NYPD cops in a police van stopped and questioned him about being in the park after hours.

The park didn’t have any signs posted indicating it was closed, Plowden said, and the cops also didn’t bother a white man who was there playing fetch with his dog.

One of the officers, Nicholas Loweth, allegedly asked Plowden for identification, but he had left it at home. When the cop ran Plowden’s name, an active warrant came up — a 2013 summons for skateboarding in Union Square Park.

After Plowden told Loweth the warrant and summons had been dismissed in Manhattan Criminal Court three months earlier, the officer allegedly asked Plowden if someone could come get his dog because he was going to be arrested for being in the park after dark.

“I explained that (the summons) was cleared up. I wasn’t even in the country at the time,” said Plowden, who filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday.

Plowden — a married father who served in Afghanistan and now works as an occupational therapist for special education students — was taken to the 77th Precinct after the cops dropped off Lily Cat, his pitbull-terrier mix, at his Dean St. home.

While Plowden was in custody, Loweth, who is white, allegedly made disparaging comments to Plowden, an African-American man, that included “your culture is more problematic, more violent, more prone to crime,” and “you wouldn’t have been stopped and detained if you’d been a white guy in a park at night on the Upper East Side,” according to the lawsuit.

“I started to tear up because I’m a 35-year-old black man, a veteran, with no criminal record,” Plowden told the Daily News. “I said, ‘Please, do not do this. Why are you doing this?’

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Taking In Strays - Chapter 8

A/N: Sorry its take a while to update! I hope someone still wants to read this!
Fic Summary: Emily Embers is at rock bottom, doing what she can to care for her son after the death of her husband. A fall on an icy street finds her in the arms of Steve Rogers, who offers her some assistance that she gratefully accepts, but little does Steve know just how deep he will have to get himself into someone else’s world in order to save them.
Chapter Summary: Emily wakes up in a strange place, but a familar face soon makes her realised where she is and what happened after she was sucked through the portal. Steve meanwhile is thrust into sudden fatherhood much sooner than he was expecting.
Warnings: None (exciting stuff to come in chapter 8 though)

Chapter 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7  


Taking In Strays – Chapter 8

Emily groaned as she came to; the bright lights above her hurting her eyes, shapes moving beyond her focus. Voices started to become clearer as she was able to concentrate on the pounding in her head;

“Miss? Miss? Can you hear me?”

She blinked at the bright lights, holding her hand to her head;

“Where am I?”

“Bellevue Miss”

Emily considered what the voice had told her; Bellevue? The hospital?;

“Where’s Steve? And Mickey?”

“Who? Is that your husband Miss?”

As she pondered what the voice had said she was finally able to focus on the room, seeing a young looking nurse at the foot of her bed, the dark iron frame a stark contrast against the crisp white sheets. Before Emily could answer the questions a middle aged doctor entered the room and dismissed the nurse, checking over Emily’s chart on an old fashioned clipboard that had been hanging over the end of the bed. Glancing at his name badge she read it aloud;

“Dr Erskine”

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Springfield M1903 rifle with Air Service magazine

Manufactured by the Springfield arsenal with an Avis replacement barrel c.1918 - serial number 220495.
.30-06 25-round fixed box magazine, bolt action repeater.

From what I’ve read, Air Service rifles used simpler rear sights and had shortened stocks and handguards, and were used by plane crews, most likely to be used as an effective compact weapon in case they crashed behind enemy lines.

Springfield M1903 Air Service rifle


Springfield M1903 MkI rifle

Manufactured by the Springfield Arsenal c.1903-1918 and converted to use the Pedersen device - manufactured by Remington - c.1918 for the planned WW1′s 1919 Allied Spring Offensive - serial number 1172141.
.30-18 Automatic/7,65x20mm 40-round 45° removable stick magazine, originally a bolt action - bolt replaced by a semi-automatic pistol fitting snugly in the rifle’s barrel.

A clever device brought to us by John Douglas Pedersen, lauded by Browning as the greatest gun designer [sic]. Springfield M1903 rifles were converted to MkI’s by removing the bolt, replacing it by what was basically a pistol, and cutting an ejection port in the left side of the frame. This turned the rifle into a pistol-caliber semi automatic rifle to give greater firepower to American soldiers.
The converted rifles however were never used, as WW1 ended before they were shipped over. They were later destroyed in large number to avoid them falling into the wrong hands, but the cartridge had a second life as the 7,65x20mm Longue for French service pistols of the interwar era.

Mother Mary, patroness of America, as our next president, Donald J. Trump, takes office today let us all pray that he reaches out to the Lord for guidance. He will be the leader of a great nation with a rich culture and many people, but let him never forget who is truly in control. Mary, we ask you that God blesses him and he always does the will of the Lord. Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, we pray that you bless our new president and keep him on the track of trying to rescue this country from the brink of moral and cultural collapse. Amen. 


Springfield M1903 variant prototype

Manufactured c.1917 by the Springfield Armory with experimental rifling, fitted with a Winchester 1909 Patent A5 scope manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut - serial number 716929.
.30-06 five-rounds magazine fed by stripper clips, bolt action repeater.

The older scopes are the sexier.