HERMISTON, OR– Talk about desperate for attention.
Authorities released information regarding Oregon politician, Jonathan Lopez. Lopez, who is Latino and was a recent candidate for Umatilla County commissioner has confessed to penning a racist letter to himself after he initially claimed it was anonymously sent to him.
Lopez originally claimed that he discovered the hate-filled letter in his mailbox on June 23rd.
According to local news station KEPR-TV, he shared a photo of the letter on his now deleted Facebook account, which said that Lopez and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here.” The letter is laced with derogatory and racist terms and addressed to Jonathan Lopez. In one line from the letter, the author said:
“Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this country we will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f***** Mexicans in the area!”
The letter was signed, “Sincerely, America!” In his original Facebook post, Jonathan writes about the experience of receiving the letter and his background as a person. Lopez states:
“Many don’t know me or who I am and where I stand. As an American born man who served in the USCG, fire and rescue services. I’m also proud of where my parents and grandparents were born and raised, Mexico. I have lived a life full of obstacles and challenges including racism. There is no room or tolerance of that.”
PLANTING THE EVIDENCE: Oregon Democratic official cried “hate crime” and now admits he wrote racist letter to himself https://t.co/LTIwT0X7VI
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2020
Lopez had previously posted a photo of a typed letter full of racist, homophobic, and misogynist slurs to Facebook. Lopez also writes:
“We must be mature and adults about things and address them properly at a table or meeting in which we can come to an agreement or mutual understanding!”
Lopez ended his original Facebook post saying that he isn’t mad at the person who wrote the hateful letter. He says:
“I hold no resentment for whom ever wrote this; I’m just simply heartbroken for the lack of knowledge, education, and respect missing. I pray for you and wish you prosperity and your life. God bless us all!”
“KEPR-TV News reported police determined Jonathan Lopez – who recently ran for public office in #Umatilla Co. #OR – sent a racist letter to himself he claimed he had received, and that Lopez in a written statement admitted to fabricating the letter.”https://t.co/SpE9PWq7xg
— Robert Dolezal (@RobertDolezal) July 7, 2020
When the authorities followed up with Lopez about the alleged incident, he confessed to writing the letter himself. According to Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston:
“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated. Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”
Chief Edmiston said that the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for review on charges for initiating a false report. He also said in a statement:
“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic. The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today.”
Lopez lost a primary election for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners this past May. He claims that he never intended to file a police report about the bogus letter. Lopez initially stated that it was a big misunderstanding.
He said he just meant to speak with Chief Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience, but often don’t speak out about publicly. According to Lopez:
“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out.”
Lopez also said he never meant to “mislead” the public. When questioned further about his statements on Facebook and the fact that he told an East Oregonian reporter on June 24th that he had found the letter in his mailbox when he got home, he confirmed that he had told a police officer the same story.
Chief Edmiston also alleged that HPD has learned that Lopez never served in the U.S. Coast Guard as stated, which would be a violation of the 2013 Stolen Valor Act. Lopez has not provided documentation to the East Oregonian to confirm his claim of Coast Guard service when asked.
FBI says no hate crime – “noose” was a door pull. Driver Bubba Wallace insists they are wrong.
It seems that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is doubling-down on his claims of having a “noose” in his assigned garage at Talladega Speedway – despite an FBI investigation concluding that there was no “hate crime” actually committed.
The noose found in Nascar driver Bubba Wallace's garage on Sunday was actually a handle on a garage door and had been there since last year, an FBI investigation concluded.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 24, 2020
There’s an old adage that “if you look for trouble, you’ll find it”. In today’s world, it’s more like “if you look for racism, you’ll find it where it doesn’t exist”. Take for example, a rope used to pull down a garage door.
Wallace was recently assigned a particular garage at Talladega Speedway that had a relatively innocuous rope affixed to a garage door that happened to host a tiny loop at the bottom of it. But, according to Wallace, that rope attached to the garage door was “a straight up noose”.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 24, 2020
While speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, after the FBI wrapped their investigation, Wallace stated the following:
“I’ve been racing all of my life. We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So, people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”
Well, the FBI managed to find out that the “noose” had been hanging inside of that garage since at least October of 2019. The timeframe is important, as there was literally no way that someone in 8 months earlier could have predicted that Wallace would be assigned that particular garage.
While there are some coming to defend this honor of Wallace online after the discovery that the “noose” was a garage door pull, this has caused Wallace to be granted the online moniker of “Bubba Smollett” for obvious reasons.
Actually, some of the memes cropping up online as a means to troll the NASCAR driver is pretty inventive.
Which, they seemingly come across as just desserts, since the moment that Wallace was told of the “noose” in his garage, he immediately ran to the cameras.
— 2 Shaye (@ShayeMarr) June 23, 2020
Prominent conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza posed his opinion as to what may have spawned the motivation to make this a national headline:
“Before this, hardly anyone heard of [Bubba Wallace]. Now everyone has. So there’s motive for you! #BubbaSmollett”
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 23, 2020
Whether or not one agrees with D’Souza’s theory on the motivation, there’s truth to the matter in that while hardly anyone outside of the NASCAR fandom would know who Bubba Wallace is – now he’s plastered online and in the news non-stop.
Speaking of Jussie Smollett, here’s the latest on his fiasco.
The saga of Jussie Smollett continues. A Cook County judge had denied the actor’s legal team’s motion claiming a violation of double jeopardy in relation to the charges Smollett is currently facing regarding the alleged hate-crime hoax.
Hate crime hoaxer's facile double jeopardy claim rejected https://t.co/fPfjwF6Lmv
— Georgia Log Cabin (@GeorgiaLogCabin) June 14, 2020
Most are likely well-aware at this point what the Smollett case encircles, in which the “Empire” actor claimed he was attacked by two Caucasian men donning MAGA hats and holding a noose in January 2019.
Flash forward to February of 2019, and police had reason to believe that the actor had perpetrated a hoax and actually hired two Nigerian men to stage the hate-crime.
On February 20th, 2019, police had indicted Smollett under charges related to disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. But, by March of that same year, prosecutors decided to drop the case altogether.
The dropping of the charges proved to be a fairly controversial decision and was rightfully met with criticism. So, in February of 2020, Smollett found himself being indicted once again after a special prosecutor conducted an investigation into the alleged 2019 attack and charged Smollett with six counts of filing a false police report.
— PacePublicRelations (@PACE_PR) June 15, 2020
In response to these new charges, Smollett attempted to say that the six counts levied were somehow a violation under the double jeopardy clause.
There’s just one glaring issue with the motion to dismiss the case under the double jeopardy clause: Smollett never actually engaged in any officiated legal proceedings in 2019 since the charges were initially dropped.
Cook County Judge James Linn was quite aware of the aforementioned, and said the following with regard to dismissing Smollett’s motion citing the double jeopardy clause:
“There was no trial in this case, there was no jury empaneled, no witnesses were sworn, no evidence was heard, no guilty pleas were ever entered … nothing like that ever happened. There was no adjudication of this case.”
Jussie Smollett’s new criminal charges do not violate his right against double jeopardy, a Cook County judge ruled Friday https://t.co/OXoGKHePVg
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) June 12, 2020
Basically, Judge Linn gave Smollett the old “nice try buddy” and thus the case is moving forward against the actor.
We at Law Enforcement Today have been keeping up with this case, and all the ridiculous elements attributed to it. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Nigerian brothers who allegedly helped Smollett bring to life the hate-crime hoax are prepared to testify against Smollett.
Word spread relatively fast about the actor having charges brought up against him for the alleged stunt he pulled last year.
While producers of the show Empire hinted at possibly bringing Smollett back on the cast, he might just be trading that “Empire” in for a 6×8 “bed and breakfast” if convicted.
They done finally caught Juicy Smooyay https://t.co/xiVfrSMzVE
— runningerins.co (@JustErinSmith) February 12, 2020
Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo are frankly tired of being insulted by the legal team behind Smollett’s defense.
Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, one of the attorney’s representing the Nigerian brothers, noted that they don’t have any grudge against Smollett, they just want the truth to be finally told.
Apparently the two brothers have been getting smeared as liars by Smollett’s legal team throughout the entire debacle that’s been playing out.
Schmidt Rodriguez stated:
“Who is really attacking their character is just the lawyers. It’s not Jussie. It’s his lawyers who painted my clients to be self-serving sycophants to create a ruse to escape liability. It’s so offensive and so hurtful.”
When you understand the levels that Smollett’s legal team stooped to, you’d understand where the brothers’ sentiments of offense come from.
Tina Glandian, Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, actually suggested that Smollett described his attackers as “white” to police because the brothers “might have been wearing white face”.
Glandian then justified this statement by pointing to a 2016 YouTube video where Abel Osundairo dressed up as the Joker from Batman.
At this point, the brothers believe they won’t feel better unless it’s proven that Smollett has been the one lying all along. Schmidt Rodriguez commented on that note:
“They don’t feel vindicated. A real vindication would be when a court of law says, ‘OK Mr Smollett — you were guilty of lying.’ At that point they would.”
Nigerian brothers entangled in Smollett case ready to testify, will feel ‘vindicated’ when actor found guilty https://t.co/rW6ALzeKPD
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 13, 2020
According to the attorney for the two brothers, had they known this was going to blow up the way it did they would have had no part of it:
“If they would have known the fall out, they would have never done this. They would have said, ‘ugh Jussie — thanks for nothing.’”
From what the Osundairo brothers allege, Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with the goal to boost the actor’s career.
Although, we’re curious to know if the brothers or Smollett came up with the line “this is MAGA country” – because that had to be one of the most ridiculous elements of Smollett’s version of events.
Actually, the more radical idea was someone out walking to get Subway sandwiches at 2:00 a.m. in Chicago while the average overnight temperature is 22 degrees in January.
Whatever comes of this case, hopefully the prosecutors don’t drop this one again.
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