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Onnes/iStock(NEW YORK) -- An NYPD sergeant who supervised an officer fired this week for causing the death of Eric Garner will not face a departmental disciplinary trial and officials said all disciplinary actions stemming from the incident have now been concluded.

Sgt. Kezzy Adonis, however, will be docked 20 vacation days for failure to properly supervise former officer Daniel Pantaleo, who according to a disciplinary judge put Garner in a department-banned chokehold, which contributed to his death.

"This disciplinary case was adjudicated," NYPD Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye said in a statement on Wednesday.

Adonis had pleaded guilty to departmental charges and accepted the loss of her vacation days, eliminating the need for a departmental trial, officials said.

She remains a sergeant on full duty, officials said.

Kaye said that at the time of the confrontation with Garner on July 17, 2014 -- when he was accused of selling untaxed cigarettes in the city's Staten Island borough -- Adonis was a newly-promoted sergeant, had no prior disciplinary history and had received positive evaluations on her prior and current assignments.

"The Police Commissioner evaluated Sergeant Adonis’s supervision of officers under her command that day, and found that it was lacking in certain areas," Kaye said in the statement without elaborating. "That analysis concluded by noting that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Mr. Garner."

The decision came two days after NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill fired Pantaleo, saying it was "an extremely difficult decision."

"If I was still a cop, I'd probably be mad at me ... [but] it's my responsibility as police commissioner to look out for the city,” O'Neill said.

Pantaleo's dismissal followed his disciplinary trial in May and June this year. No criminal charges were ever filed in the case.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Judge Rosemarie Maldonado recommended that O'Neill remove Pantaleo from the force after holding a disciplinary hearing in May and June this year.

O'Neill said Pantaleo initially used justifiable force when Garner resisted arrest but erred when he kept Garner in the chokehold once the two men tumbled to the ground.

The incident was captured on video, showing Garner repeatedly crying, "I can't breathe," which became a rallying cry at subsequent protests.

The administrative judge found the chokehold contributed to an asthma attack that led to Garner’s death, a consequence that O’Neill said required accountability.

Prior to his termination, Pantaleo, 35, of Staten Island, had been on desk duty while collecting an annual salary of more than $97,000, according to public records.

There was no immediate comment from Garner's family on the outcome of Adonis' case, but the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader who has supported Garner's loved ones in their five-year pursuit of justice, said the decision is "too little too late."

"In fact, the loss of vacation days is akin to no penalty at all," Sharpton said in a statement. "If the penalty for not doing your job is that you can keep doing your job, it is an injustice to the family of Eric Garner and the residents of New York City."

He said the Garner family wants "all of the officers involved in Eric's case to be brought to justice," including a lieutenant, NYPD Lt. Christopher Bannon, who texted another officer that Garner's death was "not a big deal."

"We will continue to press for justice on all avenues," said Sharpton.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the committee will hold hearings in the fall to "strengthen police-community relations."

"We must continue to work at every level of government, within our local police departments and on the ground in our communities to ensure positive change," he said in a statement.

O’Neill’s decision to fire Pantaleo elicited a swift rebuke from Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, who said the commissioner "has chosen politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead."

Lynch also prompted concerns that there could be a work slowdown by rank-and-file members of the department after he said, "We are urging all New York City police officers to proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed 'reckless' just for doing their job."

"We will uphold our oath, but we cannot and will not do so by needlessly jeopardizing our careers or personal safety," Lynch said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- People in New York and Boston should expect a rough evening commute home Wednesday as severe storms hit the Northeast.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Boston and Maine.

The storms will be scattered but could bring hail, wind gusts up to 70 mph, with the chance of a tornado in New England.

Flash flooding is possible during some of the heaviest downpours.

The severe thunderstorm watch is set to last through 10 p.m.

Summer heat

Summer heat is slamming the East Coast and the Southwest Wednesday with excessive heat warnings and heat advisories in effect.

In Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, the heat index -- or what it feels like -- could reach 95 to 100 degrees in the afternoon.

Several states in the south central U.S. are under a heat advisory; it will feel more than 100 degrees from Dallas to Memphis.

And in the Southwest, a streak of triple-digit temperatures will continue. Phoenix could reach a record high Wednesday at 114 degrees.

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Connah/iStock FILE(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- An 11-year-old Canadian boy was bitten in an apparent shark attack while on summer vacation in Florida, escaping with only "very minor" injuries, according to officials.

Christian Mariani said he was in about knee-deep water on his way out of the ocean when "the shark came and bit my right foot."

"It almost felt like human teeth. I felt it clamp down and then it let go... and then I ran out screaming," Christian told reporters from the hospital on Wednesday. "It was really scary because I knew something bit me, but the fear of not knowing what bit you and what's gonna happen to your foot after, that's the scariest feeling that I think I have ever experienced in my life."

Christian was at a Fort Lauderdale beach Wednesday morning when what appeared to be a small shark attacked him, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan told ABC News.

Christian, who was in the water with his dad and older brother, said he didn't see it beforehand.

He suffered a "very minor" puncture wound to his right foot and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gollan said.

"It was pretty painful. Like, really painful," Christian told reporters. "I'm feeling fine. It's not like it still hurts or anything like that."

 Christian needed 17 stitches and is expected to be discharged Wednesday, doctors said.

"I feel more lucky than unlucky," Christian said. "I know it's a very low chance to get bit by a shark, but to be in the condition I am right now, that is also very lucky."

This was the first shark attack Gollan was aware of in Fort Lauderdale this year.

He said the shark likely mistook the boy's toes as small fish.

"This time of year we see a lot of bait fish that are moving down the coast," Gollan said.

And when there are more small fish, there are more bigger fish -- like sharks -- too, he added.

"Sometimes they see a toe and they think it's another small fish they're going after," he said of the sharks.

Christian seemed to agree.

As for why the shark quickly unlatched from his foot, Christian said, "I don't know. Maybe it thought it was something else, then it realized and let go."

Christian said once he's healed he'll probably go back in the water.

Click here for tips on how to stay safe from sharks.

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U.S. Coast Guard(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials will assess whether to continue the search for two firefighters who went missing on a fishing trip off the coast of Florida after six days of operations.

The search was launched after Jacksonville, Fla., firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Va., firefighter Justin Walker failed to return from a fishing trip off the coast of Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, on Friday, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Since then, the sole piece of debris located from the 22-foot boat the missing men launched is a fishing bag belonging to McCluney, which was found by a civilian about 50 nautical miles east of St. Augustine Monday morning. Nothing has been found since, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun told reporters in a news conference Wednesday.

More than 100 searchers are continuing to operate out of Jacksonville, Brunswick, Ga., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Keith Powers told reporters.

The search has become "quite extended," covering about 5,000 square miles all the way up to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Vlaun said. The current from the Gulf Stream is so strong that it is pushing any possible relevant debris upward and outward, making the search area "truly extensive and massive," he added.

Searchers in the air are looking for the men up to 200 miles offshore, Vlaun said.

Others challenges in finding relevant debris is the large amount of trash in the ocean, Vlaun said.

Because of how large the search area has become, and due to the likelihood that the two men could still be alive on the water, officials will re-evaluate whether to continue the search for a seventh day at the end of Wednesday's operations, Vlaun said.

"Based on what we learn here throughout the evening, we'll start having to have discussions about whether we can still actively search or whether we need to accept another posture," he said.

Vlaun reiterated that the search for McCluney and Walker is "a race against time."

"That is becoming even more acute as we move forward," he said.

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kali9/iStock(ONTARIO, Calif.) -- A 4-month-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were found dead in the garage of their southern California home in a suspected homicide, and their mother has been named a person of interest, authorities said.

Police in Ontario, Calif., said the girls' identities and cause of death have not been released.

Their mother was taken to a hospital on Tuesday, police said. On Wednesday authorities said she's considered a person of interest.

Ontario police are expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to release additional details.

One local resident described the neighborhood as very safe.

"You can walk out at 2 in the morning and feel safe here," the resident told ABC Los Angeles station KABC. "Nothing like this has ever happened."

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iStockA 4-month-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were found dead in the garage of their southern California home in a suspected homicide, and their mother has been named a person of interest, authorities said.

Police in Ontario, California, said the girls' identities and cause of death has not been released.

Their mother was taken to a hospital on Tuesday, police said. On Wednesday authorities said she's considered a person of interest.

Ontario police are expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to release additional details.

One local resident described the neighborhood as very safe.

"You can walk out at 2 in the morning and feel safe here," the resident told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. "Nothing like this has ever happened."

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iStockHarvey Weinstein wants his upcoming criminal trial moved because of a “circus-like atmosphere” that exists in New York, according to a recent court filing.

An attorney for the disgraced film producer said in the filing that Weinstein has been demonized by “unending and ever-expanding deluge of local, national and international news, press coverage and online social media hysteria” and suggested the case be moved to Albany County, Suffolk County or elsewhere in the state.

The defense filing called Manhattan “ground zero” for #MeToo activism and it referenced more than 11,000 mentions of Weinstein in Page Six of The New York Post, which the defense called “a mainstay of local New York City news.”

“It is safe to say that New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could receive a fair trial, where jurors could hear evidence, deliberate and render a verdict in an atmosphere free of intimidation from pressure to deliver a result that the politicians, the activists, the celebrities and the media demand,” defense attorney Arthur Aidala wrote in the court filing.

There was no immediate response from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which charged Weinstein with several criminal counts based on the accounts of two women, but prosecutors are expected to oppose the venue change.

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Owen Leipelt(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Two people are lucky to be alive after their plane lost power and went down in Half Moon Bay off the coast of California on Tuesday – and they caught the entire dramatic ordeal on tape.

David Lesh, 34, and his friend Kayla were visiting San Francisco from Denver to do an air-to-air photo shoot of Lesh's new Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft he had purchased only a few weeks ago, according to San Francisco's ABC television station, KGO-TV.

"We were going to go fly over the Golden Gate Bridge and do a whole Bay tour," Lesh told KGO-TV. "Obviously didn't make it there."

In the other aircraft flying close to Lesh was Owen Leipelt and a passenger who was tasked with taking pictures of Lesh's plane.

As they were flying over Half Moon Bay, Lesh's plane lost all power and he was unable to get the engine back up and running, he said. The plane began suddenly descending.

"I would guess that we probably didn't have much more than maybe a minute or two from the time I figured something was wrong to the time we hit the water," Lesh added.

Dramatic video taken from Leipelt's plane shows the moment of impact as Lesh's plane hit and skidded across the water about 9 miles south of Pillar Point Harbor.

"It skipped along the water a few times. There was like no impact. We were totally fine," Lesh told KGO-TV. "Got the door open right away, we piled out. I grabbed my phone, grabbed some stuff to float with and we stood on the wing as long as the plane was floating which was probably 30 seconds or 40 seconds."

Leipelt, who was piloting the other plane, said he lost them at one point.

"I had been circling and I couldn't see them anymore, and David called me on the phone as he was bobbing in the water," Leipelt said. "He turned me around and he guided me right to where he was."

Leipelt immediately contacted air traffic control, which then relayed information to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center, as he continued circling the location of the plane crash to make it easy for authorities to find the crash victims.

"Coast Guard watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircraft and the Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Monterey," according to a press release issued from the United States Coast Guard.

Lesh recorded their ordeal in the water while they waited to be rescued by authorities.

"Alright, we are floating around now in the [expletive] Pacific Ocean," said Lesh as his friend Kayla laughed in the background. "I'm holding onto my window shade as a floatation device."

"I'm on the seat cushion," said Kayla in the video.

According to the Coast Guard, the Dolphin helicopter crew arrived about 20 minutes after they crashed in the ocean. Lesh managed to record their arrival while bobbing in the water.

"The second pilot's quick response to report the downed plane and remain on scene greatly aided the Coast Guard's prompt response and ability to save two lives," said Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Murphy, the Air Station San Francisco Dolphin helicopter pilot.

Lesh and his friend were then hoisted into the helicopter and were taken to Air Station San Francisco, where they were then seen by fire department personnel and released.

"For as terrible as it was, as it could've been, it really wasn't bad," PO1 Mikol Sullivan told KGO-TV. "It was really a miracle."

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ginosphotos/iStock(SHISHMAREF, Alaska) -- "Heartfelt greetings!" the note began.

Tyler Ivanoff found the surprise of a lifetime in a bottle on the shores of western Alaska earlier this month.

While gathering firewood off the coast of Shishmaref, an area 600 miles northwest of Anchorage, he noticed the bottle -- with a note inside written in Russian 50 years ago.

"I showed my kids and when I got home later that evening around midnight, I shared it on Facebook," Ivanoff told ABC News.

"I found a message in a bottle today," Ivanoff wrote on Facebook. "Any Russian translators out there?"

After several of his friends shared the post overnight, about 10 reporters reached out to him. The post eventually landed in the hands of Rossiya 1, a state-owned Russian media network. Ivanoff said it only took one day for the network to track down the author of the letter.

Rossiya 1 told Ivanoff the author of the message was a sailor named Captain Anatoly Botsanenko, who wrote the note, marked June 20, 1969, while aboard a Russian ship named Sulak.

"From the Russian Fleet Far East shipping Company VRXF (East Fish Freezing Fleet) depot ship Sulak," the translated note read. "I greet those who find the bottle and ask to respond to the address Vladivostok-43 VRXF Sulak to all crew."

"It was pretty interesting," Ivanoff told ABC News. "I thought it was just a random person; I never thought it would be the captain of a ship."

At first, 86-year-old Captain Botsanenko didn't recognize his letter, but burst into tears of joy after a second glance in a video produced by Russia 1, and translated by the BBC.

"That doesn't look like my handwriting…" he told Russian TV channel Rossiya 1, "Oh yes, look! East industry fishing fleet!"

His 50-year-old note concluded, "We wish you good health, long years of life and happy sailing."

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Simon Dannhauer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Kileah and Samuel Junker were thrilled to welcome two siblings, including a newborn, into their family as foster children. Then, less than a month later, they got the news that Kileah was pregnant, with twins.

Kileah, 25, and her husband Samuel, 27, reached out to Good Morning America after watching a segment that immediately struck them as familiar: an Ohio couple who learned two weeks after adopting a pair of siblings learned that they were pregnant with twins of their own.

The Junkers had always been attracted to the idea of adopting. Samuel lived down the street from an orphanage while stationed with the Navy in Japan and Kileah had always been active helping children through community service with her college basketball team.

While stationed in Key West, the couple decided to begin the process of becoming foster parents. They drove three hours to Key Largo once a week to take the required courses to enter the foster care system. Right when they were ready to take in kids in need, Hurricane Irma hit Florida and pushed the process back a couple of months while they recovered.

Finally, on Jan. 8, 2018, Kileah and Samuel got the news they could foster two siblings: 17-month-old Zayla and 2-week-old Zymanni.

The adjustment didn’t come without struggle. Kileah said Zymanni was born five weeks premature and addicted to drugs and although Zayla was just 17 months old, she had experienced physical and emotional trauma.

"It was heartbreaking. We thought our son was cold because he would be shivering all the time. We learned that he was actually going through withdrawals," Kileah said. "We also got our daughter into the different therapies she needed."

Just when the Junkers were getting a handle on their two new children and their needs, another curve-ball was thrown their way. Just one month after they took in Zayla and Zymanni they learned that Kileah was pregnant – with twin girls.

"I was pretty much in disbelief," Kileah said. "Everything happened so quickly. We were happy but it was hard to be happy, because we felt like the kids that we fostered needed more time and love. It’s hard for a child to adjust when you go from not being loved and then throw more kids in the mix."

Just like that, their new family of four changed to a family of six. After spending nine years in the Navy, Samuel changed his role so that he would no longer be deployed and could spend time with his family.

On April 2, 2019, the Junkers legally adopted Zayla and Zymanni and their house full of children has become their new normal.

"The house is never quiet and it’s always something," Kileah said. "It’s so nice to see the kids playing together."

The couple says this process with their new family has been a journey that has shown them a lot about themselves.

"We are just trying and grateful," Kileah said. "We know the journey won’t be easy but we are killing it. God is not going to give us anything we can’t handle. We are thankful."

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TheaDesign/iStock(ATLANTA) -- At least four people were wounded Tuesday night when a shooting broke out at a back-to-school block party on a college campus in Atlanta, police said.

An unidentified shooter opened fire into a crowd of about 200 people at the block party in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black private university located in Georgia's capital. An initial investigation seems to indicate that the gunshots erupted around 10:30 p.m. local time after an argument between two groups at the party, according to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department.

Campus police rendered aid to three women at the scene who had been shot. They were then transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

A fourth woman who had been shot later showed up at the hospital to receive treatment. All four victims were listed in stable condition, according to police.

Two of the women, ages 18 and 19, are said to be students at Clark Atlanta University while the other two, ages 17 and 18, are reportedly enrolled at Spelman College, a black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. Both schools are part of the Atlanta University Center, the world's largest and oldest academic consortium of black colleges and universities.

Investigators do not believe the women were the intended targets of the shooting, police said.

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday morning.

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holgs/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A flotilla of volunteers answered the call on Tuesday to join the search off the Florida coast for two firefighters who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday.

As the search for Jacksonville, Florida, Firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Virginia, Firefighter Justin Walker stretched into its fifth day on Tuesday, search-and-rescue crews clung to hope of finding the two men alive but conceded they are in a "race against time."

Search crews focused on an area of ocean where a civilian found a bag belonging to McCluney on Monday.

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun declared at a news conference Tuesday that the search mission has not changed.

"We remain optimistic, but guardedly so. At this point it is 100% still a rescue operation," Vlaun said.

More than 200 people, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and local law enforcement, were out combing the ocean in boats and aircraft.

For the second consecutive day, Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers sent out word for volunteers with boats that have the fuel capacity and capability to safely travel at least 60 miles offshore.

He said that on Wednesday the search would shift further north and asked for volunteer boaters from Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia, to join the rescue effort.

"I would say the next 24 hours are absolutely critical," Vlaun said on Tuesday afternoon. "I can't put it any clearer that we are absolutely in a race against time at this point."

He said searchers found a top to a cooler on Tuesday in the general vicinity McCluney's bag was discovered floating on the surface of the ocean. He said "we assume" the cooler top came from the boat McCluney and Walker were on.

Vlaun said another big challenge is the strong gulf current moving north and taking any new clues with it.

"Without additional clues, the area becomes vast," Vlaun said.

On Tuesday, more than 75 boats were deployed, nearly doubling the number from Monday, to search an area about 50 nautical miles off the coast of St. Augustine, where McCluney's fishing tackle bag was located, officials said. Eleven airplanes were also involved in the search on Tuesday.

McCluney's wife, Stephanie, confirmed in a Facebook post that she identified the bag recovered from the ocean as belonging to her husband.

"I wholeheartedly believe this is a bread crumb they [threw] overboard to say, 'We are here, come find us,'" Stephanie McCluney said in her Facebook post on Monday night, which included a photo of the bag.

Coast Guard officials said the search, using boats and military aircraft, have covered more than 50,000 square miles of ocean since it began Friday night. Crews searched 13,000 square miles on Tuesday alone, Vlaun said.

McCluney and Walker were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, which is near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

One of the main reasons McCluney and Walker were taking the fishing boat out for the day was to honor Brian McCluney's recently-departed father, Stephanie McCluney said.

"[Brian] wanted to get those lines wet one more time. You know, one big final hurrah for his dad and it was just supposed to be one great day in his honor … he was excited to get out there on the water," said Stephanie McCluney.

When the men failed to return to shore by 8 p.m. on Friday, their family members reported them missing.

About 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard in searching for the lost firefighters, combing the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.

When asked on Tuesday how much longer the search will continue, Vlaun said, “ultimately, that’s a decision that will fall to me and I can only tell you that for today we’re continuing to search and we’re searching heavily based on what we learned today."

"Each day we effectively have to take a look at what did we find the day before ... and do we still have a reasonable chance for success," Vlaun said. "For today, that answer is yes."

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danielfela/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A group of detained immigrants are alleging in a new lawsuit that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has systemically failed to ensure individuals in the agency's care have been given access to adequate medical and mental health care.

"This lawsuit is against ICE in terms of the people who are held in facilities across the country -- it's a class action lawsuit that includes every facility in which ICE detains people … which we estimate is about 160 to 170 facilities today, and that includes about 55,000 people who are in ICE custody," Elissa Johnson, a senior supervising attorney with Southern Poverty Law Center, told ABC News in a phone interview.

Johnson called the lawsuit "the first of its kind" in its effort to challenge "the conditions of confinement in ICE custody on a national level through class-action litigation."

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 15 immigrants who were detained at eight facilities in multiple states. It "challenges ICE's systemic failures to enforce constitutional and statutory requirements at the approximately 158 facilities across the country where people in immigrant detention are held," according to a news release from the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the groups who filed the lawsuit.

When asked for comment, the agency said it does not comment on pending litigation.

An ICE official noted that individuals who are detained have comprehensive medical care while in the agency’s care and said that detainees receive a comprehensive medical exam within the first two weeks at the facility. The official also said that detained individuals should expect timely medical care based on their needs.

The lawsuit alleges that ICE has both delayed and denied medical and mental health care to detainees, challenges "the punitive use of solitary confinement" and argues that ICE has discriminated against people who need "disability accommodations," according to the press release.

The plaintiffs' allegations include two detainees who, the lawsuit says, have diabetes and indicates that they both "were denied their daily dosages of insulin on multiple occasions."

The lawsuit also says one of the plaintiffs who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression and suicidal ideation has allegedly "spent approximately nine months in near-total isolation without even a guard adequately monitoring her well-being."

Another plaintiff in the case is deaf, according to the complaint, which alleges that he "has been denied an American Sign Language ('ASL') interpreter in detention, which has prevented him from receiving effective communication with medical staff and his lawyer."

All of the plaintiffs are "individuals currently detained by ICE in repurposed prisons and jails," the news release said.

"This administration's horrific mistreatment of immigrants is not limited to individuals at the border," said Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director for the SPLC.

"The fact that immigrant detention is supposed to be civil, and not punitive, is a distinction without a difference when it comes to how detained immigrants are treated. At least 26 people have died since Trump took office, and tens of thousands have suffered as a result of the federal government's abject failure to provide basic medical care at the facilities where taxpayers are spending billions to detain immigrants. More will suffer, and more will die, without court intervention," her statement continued.

SPLC was joined by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in filing the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California.

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Gulf County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) -- An escaped Georgia inmate who was named as the suspect in a fatal shooting over a botched drug deal in Florida earlier this week took his own life on Tuesday night as authorities closed in.

The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Stephen Michael Smith, was spotted driving on a highway in Florida's Gulf County late Tuesday evening. As a task force from the United States Marshals Service and deputies from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office surrounded the car to apprehend him, Smith placed a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Smith failed to return from a work release program on Aug. 15 at the Clayton Transitional Center in Georgia, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery.

Then on Monday morning at a home near Florida's Saint Joe Beach, Smith allegedly shot and killed Daniel Lee Upton, 30, of Lakeland, Florida, before fleeing the scene. Investigators believe the deadly shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad, according to the sheriff's office.

Smith's alleged accomplice, 44-year-old Destiny Jene Terry, was arrested early Tuesday morning after investigators determined she was present during the shooting and helped facilitate the meeting between Smith and the victim.

Terry remains in custody at the Gulf County Detention Facility and faces a principal to second-degree murder charge, according to the sheriff's office.

The Georgia Department of Corrections issued a statewide "be on the lookout" order for Smith on Tuesday.

The U.S. Marshals Service had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Smith's arrest.

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U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of New Jersey(NEW YORK) -- A 57-year-old man charged with owning a cache of weapons, including a grenade launcher, and with the intent to sell methamphetamine also owned a document "purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave," according to the Department of Justice.

Joseph Rubino, of Lafayette Township, New Jersey, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rubino crashed his vehicle on July 24, and when state police officers responded to the accident they saw "numerous weapons and ammunition inside," according to the statement.

After obtaining a warrant, authorities seized from Rubino's vehicle and home a collection of weapons. Among them:

  • TEC-DC9 semi-automatic assault handgun
  • 9 mm semi-automatic assault pistol with high-capacity magazine
  • .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle loaded with hollow-point cartridges
  • .223-caliber bolt-action rifle with scope
  • Two sawed-off double-barrel shotguns

Rubino also owned silencers, an assault rifle scope and a ballistics vest, along with the grenade launcher, according to the DOJ.

Also recovered from Rubino's home were roughly 70 grams of meth, 7 kilograms of marijuana and 200 marijuana vape cartridges. Additionally, authorities found clothing and bumper stickers with neo-Nazi symbols and a document titled, as specified in the DOJ statement, "N****r Owner's Manual."

At least one of the charges could result in a life sentence for Rubino, whose next appearance in federal court has not been scheduled.

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