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Dallas Police Sergeant Files Defamation and Civil Rights Complaint Against Dallas Morning News and Others for $290 Million

(Washington, D.C., August 15, 2019). Larry Klayman, a former federal prosecutor and founder of both Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, in his private capacity filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Case No. 3:19-CV-01945-N) alleging defamation and racial and other forms of invidious discrimination on behalf of Dallas Police Sergeant Demetrick "Tre" Pennie. The complaint prays for over $290 million in actual and punitive damages and can be viewed at

The Backstory: On September 7th 2016, the Dallas Morning News publicly endorsed then-Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton for President. On September 16th 2016, Sgt. Pennie filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against Black Lives Matter, and a several others including Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam, and then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants incited violence against the police and generally stoked a race war. On September 19th 2016, the Dallas Morning News responded to Sgt. Pennie's lawsuit by saying "DPD sergeant's suit against Black Lives Matter does more harm than good." The article went on to say that Pennie didn't understand the issues that led to racial tensions in these communities. The fallout between Sgt. Pennie and Dallas Morning News carried over into 2018.

The Alleged Set-Up: On July 6th 2018, Sgt. Pennie's foundation filed a lawsuit against another organization for allegedly stealing checks and then downplaying it as an accident. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on case #4:18-cv-00481. Later that month, Sgt. Pennie met with the Dallas Morning News in "good faith" about the impending case. Sgt. Pennie would later learn that the DMN article was not about the case, but instead a "hit piece" about him.

Then on August 17th 2018, the alleged defamatory news article was published by the Dallas Morning News regarding Sgt. Pennie and his two foundations. Sgt. Pennie alleged that the article was a "decapitation attempt" on his character for suing the other organization and his prior lawsuit against Black Lives Matter et. al. Sgt. Pennie alleged that this was a coordinated attempt by the Dallas Morning News, the former Dallas mayor, and other involved organizations to destroy his reputation and harm him in other ways. Pennie stated "the cronyism and corrupt discriminatory practices that have governed the City of Dallas for years has to end. The backroom politics and slanted media stories have negatively affected me and my family and has put us at great risk of even physical harm."

About Sgt. Demetrick Pennie: Sgt. Demetrick "Tre" Pennie is currently running for U.S. Congress Texas District 30. He has a doctorate degree from Texas Tech University and has previously served as an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the police force, Sgt. Pennie served honorably in the U.S. Army as an artillery specialist. He is currently the President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.

To view the complaint go to or contact or (424) 274 2579. Learn more about Sgt. Pennie at: or

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July_USMCA fuels America's innovation economy
By Erik Paulsen

The new North American trade agreement, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), is a much-needed modernization of NAFTA, which was signed more than 25 years ago.

USMCA will catalyze growth across the economy, especially in sectors that rely on strong intellectual property (IP) protections. America's creators and innovators depend on lawmakers' quick approval of USMCA as negotiated by its three signatory nations.

Innovation is the heart of the U.S. economy. Today, America's IP is worth an astonishing $6.6 trillion and accounts for more than half of all U.S. merchandise exports. These vital industries -- from tech, to manufacturing, and even agriculture -- support more than 40 percent of U.S. economic growth.

When NAFTA was drafted in the early 1990s, the internet was in its infancy. To most Americans, WiFi, smartphones, and high-speed internet weren't even imaginable.

USMCA modernizes NAFTA to account for several decades of innovation and establishes a fair framework for American inventors.

For starters, it requires Mexico and Canada to extend their copyright protections to match America's. This change is crucial to the health of the arts.

The recording industry adds nearly $10 billion a year to the economy. And our movie and television industries are the envy of the world, generating $134 billion in sales in 2016 and supporting two million jobs.

Inadequate copyright protections in Mexico and Canada deprive American artists of well-deserved earnings: local companies are allowed to prematurely create knock-off products and steal sales. This abuse leads to lost revenues, lost jobs, and a hobbled economy here at home.

USMCA also cracks down on piracy. The Chamber of Commerce estimates that piracy costs Hollywood $71 billion every year. USMCA beefs up border security, empowering agents to more effectively identify counterfeit and pirated goods. This will ensure that American innovators can reap the full benefits of their labor.

USMCA will power decades of American prosperity. Mexico has already ratified it. And Canada has indicated it's waiting for America to move next.

The next step is clear. Congress must ratify USMCA. This deal protects the innovation at the heart of the American economy.

Erik Paulsen represented Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019. He served on the House Committee on Ways and Means and Subcommittee on Trade during his time in Congress. He currently serves as honorary co-chairman of the Pass USMCA Coalition.

Mosquitoes and Detention Basins in Riverside County

Due to a mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile virus, the Riverside County Vector Control Program scheduled ultra-low volume ground applications using truck-mounted sprayers to reduce the number of adult mosquitos in late July. The treatment occurred in Nuevo and the Mystic Field area using EPA approved product.

In addition, vector control staff are intensifying mosquito surveillance, searching out breeding sites, and conducting larval control where appropriate.

If you have been recently bitten by a mosquito and experience any flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.

While the risk for West Nile, Zika, and malaria are currently low in Riverside County, it is advised to be proactive in protecting yourself, your family, and your pets from bites. Dead birds in the area are an indication of local disease carrying mosquito breeding grounds. Be especially watchful of detention basins in your neighborhood.

Residents are advised to call the Riverside Vector Control office at 951-766-9454 to report a mosquito problem.

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