Border wall group puts up New Mexico segment
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. — A leader with the group that’s been raising funds to build a southern border wall says they erected less than a mile of wall on private land in New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend.
Dustin Stockton, co-founder of the nonprofit WeBuildtheWall Inc., told The Associated Press Monday that they spent about 10 days moving dirt before starting construction Friday. He says the wall segment in Sunland Park is “mostly up” and should be completed by the end of the week.
Stockton, whose group has raised about $22 million, says they don’t have a final tally yet on the cost, but he expects it’ll be somewhere between $6 million and $10 million. He says the site’s steep incline added to the cost.
The government’s cost for the new walls its building is about $22 million a mile.
Japan bus stop stabbing wounds 19, kills up to 3
TOKYO — A man wielding a knife attacked commuters waiting at a bus stop just outside Tokyo during Tuesday morning’s rush hour, killing as many as three people and wounding at least 19, including 13 children, Japanese authorities and media said.
NHK national television, citing officials, said that a man with a knife attacked people lined up at the bus stop in Kawasaki City. The report, quoting police, said the wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals, but one child and two adults were believed to have died.
An official with the Kawasaki fire department said one person was believed killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
NHK said the attacker was captured, and two knives were found at the spot.
No other details, including the man’s identity and motives, were immediately known.
Police union criticized, called youths ‘criminals’
BALTIMORE — The union representing the Baltimore Police Department’s rank-and-file officers stirred controversy on social media by calling some youths “criminals” after officers arrested several people while responding to a large gathering at the Inner Harbor.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 wrote late Saturday on Twitter that while some officers were responding to a crowd of rowdy young people, they should “Protect each other and don’t fall into the trap they are only kids.”
“Some are criminals!” wrote the union president, Sgt. Mike Mancuso. “Keep the current polices and Consent Decree in mind. If ordered to arrest put the name of the on-scene Commander in all reporting.”
The FOP tweeted six hours after police were first called to the Inner Harbor when the crowd gathered. Mancuso did not return calls for comment Sunday.
In a Facebook post, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland responded that Mancuso’s statement was “UNACCEPTABLE!”
“We know that trust between community members and the police has been broken for a long time,” the organization wrote.