A San Antonio fugitive hijacked a bus and shot two police officers before being killed by law enforcement on Sunday.
Ramon Thomas Villagomez was already wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and for an assault in Brazoria County. Dallas-area police first received reports of an armed man boarding a DART bus on Sunday morning, later hearing word that the man was shooting out the windows of the bus. He compelled the bus driver to drive away from law enforcement, holding the man at gunpoint.
Police went on to chase the bus through Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, and into Rockwall, with the suspect firing upon the authorities as he was pursued.
Video of the event showed police cars chasing the runaway bus down the highway:
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“Throughout the entire time of the pursuit, shots were continuously being fired from inside the bus to our officers, and our officers were returning fire,” said a spokesman for the Garland Police Department. “There was an immediate threat to and danger to the people on the bus. That’s why we were pursuing the vehicle.
The bus was ultimately stopped with the use of spike strips on the northbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike. Villagomez exited the vehicle, and was killed by gunfire from police shortly after.
Two officers were shot, receiving non-life threatening injuries in the course of the pursuit. A bus driver and the sole other passenger who were on the bus were unhurt.
Imagery of the crime scene, which is under the investigation of the FBI and five different police departments:
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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