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Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jail

Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jailOfficials said they're investigating an assault on Larry Mitchell Hopkins that occurred Monday at the Doña Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.



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FBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins

FBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell HopkinsPAUL RATJE/GettyThe FBI arrested a 69-year-old New Mexico man who allegedly illegally detained immigrants crossing the border under the guise of working for the United States Border Patrol.Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border, was arrested by FBI in New Mexico Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Recent video footage released by UCP shows two members holding what appear to be semi-automatic rifles near immigrants, many of them children. The group also peddles conspiracy theories and produces a radio show where members spread information about QAnon, and accuse migrants of associating with ISIS. Hopkins has also claimed that president Trump has personally asked him about ‘Muslim immigration.’UCP and Hopkins claim to work with Border Patrol, which has publicly denied doing so. Border Patrol agents sometimes appear in the periphery of the groups videos, which show camo-clad UCP members interacting with migrants at the southern border.“There’s no question about whether or not we work with Border Patrol,” said Jim, a UCP spokesperson who declined to give his last name. “That’s all documented, and not just once. It’s documented hundreds and hundreds of times over in the videos that I post.”“U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands,” a Border Patrol official told The Daily Beast.Border Patrol is not supposed to interact with border vigilantes, but has been documented doing so. A Mother Jones reporter who embedded with a border militia in 2016 witnessed the group getting information from Border Patrol agents.UCP is only one of several vigilante groups patrolling the southern border with guns.New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement on Saturday, praising the FBI over Hopkins' arrest. “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Balderas wrote in a statement. “Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”Hopkins, of Flora Vista, N.M., is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Monday. Federal authorities said they would not released additional details about Hopkins’ arrest until after the appearance.The arrest was the latest fallout for the group. On Friday, the UCP Facebook group announced to its members that they no longer accept donations through PayPal, as the service has suspended their account. “TO ALL PATRIOTS, I wish to thank all of you that has donated to the Border Ops mission up till now. We can no longer accept payments thru PAYPAL, they have permanently suspended our account,” the post read. “… And is hold $ 1300.00 in donations for 180 days. I am looking for another outfit that we can go thru.”PayPal and GoFundMe announced Friday that they would no longer allow UCP to raise funds on their platforms.A PayPal spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in a statement that UCP had been banned from their platform following a video that shows the group rounding up nearly 200 migrants.“The account associated with United Constitutional Patriots has been closed due to a violation of our Acceptable Use Policy,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Larry Woodruffe is second man charged in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Larry Woodruffe is second man charged in death of 7-year-old Jazmine BarnesCapital murder charges were filed against a second black man in the drive-by shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, authorities in Houston said Tuesday.



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Larry Nassar Survivors Rail Against New Head Of USA Gymnastics

Larry Nassar Survivors Rail Against New Head Of USA GymnasticsUPDATE: 4:45 p.m. ― Mary Bono announced Tuesday that she is resigning after



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Larry Nassar's First Accuser Demands We Do Better With Brett Kavanaugh Allegation

Larry Nassar's First Accuser Demands We Do Better With Brett Kavanaugh AllegationRachael Denhollander knows just how terrifying it is to publicly accuse a



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Larry Nassar Accuser: 'Faith Communities Can Be Breeding Grounds For Abusers'

Larry Nassar Accuser: 'Faith Communities Can Be Breeding Grounds For Abusers'The #ChurchToo movement, which started as a offshoot of Me Too, has become a



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Larry Nassar And Trainer Debbie Van Horn Charged With Child Sexual Abuse

Larry Nassar And Trainer Debbie Van Horn Charged With Child Sexual AbuseLarry Nassar and former USA Gymnastics trainer Debbie Van Horn were charged



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Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack, Trump says

Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack, Trump saysThe White House economic adviser had spent the past day defending his remarks over the president's appearance at the G7 meetings in Canada.



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Trump Aide Larry Kudlow Calls Justin Trudeau Trade Comments A 'Betrayal'

Trump Aide Larry Kudlow Calls Justin Trudeau Trade Comments A 'Betrayal'White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday intensified the



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Larry Burrows revisited — iconic images of the Vietnam War

Larry Burrows revisited — iconic images of the Vietnam WarIn the 1960's, Larry Burrows became the preeminent photographer documenting the Vietnam War. “Larry Burrows Revisited” exhibition will be on view at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City through June 29, 2018.



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