Gardena officer dies following motorcycle collision

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A Gardena police officer has died following a collision that occurred as he rode his police motorcycle to work, officials announced Thursday. (Gardena Police Dept.) SHARE Jory Rand and ABC7.com staff Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:56PM GARDENA, Calif. (KABC) — A Gardena police officer died one day after being hit by a car as he rode his police motorcycle to work, officials said.Officer Toshio Hirai was injured Wednesday morning and hospitalized in critical condition. The department announced his death Thursday night.The 34-year-old is survived by his wife Kristen and their 2-year-old son Takeo.
Gardena Police Officer Toshio Hirai died following a motorcycle collision and was survived by his wife Kristen and their 2-year-old son Takeo. With rows of law enforcement officials standing behind him, Gardena Police Department Chief Thomas Kang spoke about the beloved officer the department lost.”He’s an officer that would go out of his way to help anyone. He’s a mentor to a lot of our officers, and we’re truly going to miss Officer Hirai,” he said. “I shed a lot of tears today as if Toshio was my own son.” Gardena PD announcing the death of Officer Toshio Hirai, a 34 year old husband and father of a 2-year-old son, who was involved in a crash yesterday while on patrol on his motorcycle. Chief of Police calls it “devastating.” — Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) November 16, 2018 The collision happened in Los Angeles near 238th Street and Western Avenue around 7:30 a.m. The other driver was a 17-year-old girl who stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She was licensed and neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected as factors in the crash. No arrests were made.”Toshio was one of the smartest people in the room,” the department said in a written statement. “He spoke five languages, loved life, had the best sense of humor. He worked hard for our community. Most of all he absolutely loved and cherished his wife and 2-year-old son.”Hirai, who grew up in Gardena, started with the department in 2006 and had served on the SWAT team and as a traffic investigator.”Our sons are a couple months apart. I know his wife’s going to have a hard time with this,” said Officer Patrick Goodpastor. “She’s a tough woman and he’s going to have a lot of father figures from Gardena PD to help him with that process.”The Gardena officers union has set up a fund to assist the Hirai family available at this link. Checks can also be made payable to the Gardena Police Officers’ Association and mailed or brought to the Gardena Police Department at 1718 W 162nd Street, Gardena CA 90247. Related Topics:

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17 Things That’ll Make Millennials And Gen Zers Say “YUP!”

We are the best. 1. We’re the best tippers: noss @onionsandbread Say what u want about millennials and gen Z but we’re the best tippers and that’s that
08:18 PM – 12 May 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 2. And we treat staff well! trevør jønes @jonestm97 baby boomers: “The youth of today is so disrespectful.” also baby boomers: “I asked for a burger with only ketchup, but you didn’t put pickles on it and I like pickles, so I’m gonna need to scream at you until your manager offers me a coupon for a free large coffee.”
06:13 PM – 06 Mar 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 3. We know enough to never leave our phones on loud: Georgia @Joejuh_Peach Baby Boomers act like they know the answers to life’s greatest questions but these motherfuckers are actually out here never putting their phones on silent
01:44 PM – 14 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 4. We can rotate PDFs: Gangsta Fred @LikwidCyance Baby boomers be making 170k a year and don’t know how to rotate PDFs
06:05 PM – 16 Nov 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite 5. We have the best sense of humor: elsa!! @yogurtspov Gen X: social media isn’t real! People put their best selves on Facebook, don’t worry if you feel like you’re missing out! Millennials/Gen Z: whats up twitter I’m having a panic attack and I sneezed on the cute guy at the grocery store today
01:13 AM – 02 May 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 6. Like, it may be different, but it’s ultimately the same message: hduece.tumblr.com 7. We have the best comebacks: jaboukie young-white @jaboukie We fucked with tinder We get home drunk w lyft We work 2-5 jobs because old ppl ruined everything We don’t carry paper maps like lewis & mf clark We listen to mitski & young thug with spotify We mentally breakdown on finstas We self diagnose on google No one uses facebook anymore https://t.co/KcKUylUadL
06:30 PM – 22 Aug 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 8. Our humor isn’t problematic: jones bbq and foot massage @ahoybailey “This generation can’t take a joke” Our entire generation laughs at fucking internet memes all day long we just don’t like racist jokes
06:24 AM – 22 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite 9. We know how to use technology: reddit.com 10. We don’t fall for dumb shit: Zach Wallen @Zach_Wallen I love baby boomers who say “kids don’t even know how to write cursive” in a negative way like ok grandma you can’t even turn your laptop on without getting 6 viruses and wiring half your retirement money to a Nigerian Prince
02:00 PM – 13 Mar 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 11. Like, how did this happen to y’all every week? Simon Holland @simoncholland “Don’t open an email from me, I’ve been hacked.” -Baby Boomers
10:04 PM – 20 Mar 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 12. We’re on our phones, but not always for dumb reasons: snorlaxatives.tumblr.com 13. And we have so much more to offer than cable logins, like boomers: Tracy Marquez @tracy_marq The only thing baby boomers have to offer is their cable login
07:42 PM – 17 Mar 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 14. We’re not lazy: Zea Dixon (RSQ) @ZeaDixon Baby boomers are now crying “clickbait” on every link just because they have to click it and actually read. I thought we were the lazy ones.
04:04 PM – 11 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 15. We’re hilariously dramatic: maralie.tumblr.com 16. WE DON’T HAVE IT EASY. AT ALL. sophie @sophxthompson “kids these days have it too easy” said the generation that could buy a house on a wage from unskilled work at age 21
06:24 PM – 13 Jan 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite 17. And lastly, we — for the most part — have each other’s back: Michelle 😎 @m__lussier Friendly reminder: Gen Z might not be the best right now but let’s stop the generation shaming because they’re about to be dope as shit and help us (millennials) rule the world someday. Also that’s what was done to us and we hate it so let’s practice what we preach mmkay.
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Democrats seek to turn Hyde-Smith’s comments into a surge in black turnout in Mississippi Senate runoff – CNNPolitics

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) To have a shot at another stunner in a Senate race in the Deep South, Democrats knew their candidate, Mike Espy, needed something dramatic to shift the landscape.
Then a progressive blogger posted videos in which Espy’s opponent in the late-November runoff, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, said she’d attend a “public hanging” if invited by a supporter, and that suppressing the votes of college students might be a “good thing.” On defense, Hyde-Smith called the comment about attending a public hanging “an exaggerated expression of regard.” Her campaign said she was “making a joke” when, in front of a group that included students at Mississippi State University, she praised the idea of making it “just a little more difficult” for “liberal folks in those other schools” to vote. But Democrats saw an opening. Last year, in another runoff special Senate election in Alabama, a surge of African-American turnout led to a stunning victory for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore, who had been accused of sexually molesting and assaulting teenage girls. Read More The allegations gave voters in the state who don’t typically support Democrats something to vote against. Espy, a 64-year-old former congressman and agriculture secretary, now hopes Hyde-Smith’s comments will similarly turbocharge turnout and tilt voters in the November 27 runoff against her. “Here’s what you’re not going to get from me: You’re not going to hear any talk about voter suppression. You’re not going to hear any talk about public hanging,” Espy told more than 100 women gathered at a hotel here on Saturday morning. Instead, Espy said, he would focus on education, gender equity and health care. He said his election would reflect “a Mississippi that’s moving forward, a Mississippi with a better image.” Espy told the group of mostly black women that Jones had won in Alabama because of support from women. “What that did for Doug Jones in Alabama, you’ve got to do for me in Mississippi, you know what I’m saying?” he said. Nationally known Democrats — aware that the state holds an early primary that could be key in the Democratic presidential nominating process — are also flocking to Mississippi to campaign with Espy. California Sen. Kamala Harris campaigned with Espy on Saturday, telling the crowd at the hotel to “make a point about who we are as a country, symbolized by what the state of Mississippi is.” Asked about Hyde-Smith’s comments after Saturday’s event, Harris called them “harmful and hurtful” as well as “neglectful of understanding what those words mean in historical context.” Another potential 2020 presidential candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, will travel to Mississippi on Monday. ‘The ingredients are present’ Mississippi is a long shot for Democrats — but it’s not impossible. In 2016, Donald Trump won the state by 18 percentage points. That’s a blowout, but it’s still closer than the margins were in other red states like Indiana and Missouri. The state’s elected attorney general, Jim Hood, is a Democrat, though a conservative one who downplays his party ties — and he’s running for governor in 2019. Nearly 40% of Mississippi’s population is black, and those that turn out to vote do so overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates. And the mayor of Jackson, 35-year-old Chokwe Lumumba, is seen nationally as a rising progressive star. “The ingredients are present,” Lumumba said in an interview. “You have people that want something different. And I think you have a population that feels unsatisfied with the results.” Still, to win the Senate runoff, Espy must walk a tightrope, overperforming among African-American voters and college students in the state’s urban areas in a runoff being held on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving weekend while also winning a share of voters who typically back Republicans. It’s difficult to do both. “We need to be as radical or progressive as the circumstances dictate we should be,” Lumumba said. “If you say yes to everyone, then ultimately you say no to everyone. If you play the middle in that regard, then no one feels organized, no one feels engaged.” National parties jockeying National Democrats say the results in Alabama give them hope, but that Mississippi is even more difficult than some other deep red-state battles Democrats have won over the last two years. The party is likely to follow the same path it used in other states and districts typically hostile to Democrats, shielding its involvement through maneuvers like funding obscurely named super PACs. If any Democrat has a chance of producing a Doug Jones-style overperformance among African-American voters, where they make up more of the electorate than they do the population, it’s Espy, one national Democratic operative said. “It’s a hard race in a hard place, and we’d need to catch all the breaks,” the operative said. Republicans, meanwhile, are working to avoid another embarrassing loss in the Deep South. The National Republican Senatorial Committee — the Senate GOP’s campaign arm — is also spending $1.1 million on an ad that highlights Espy’s work as a lobbyist and casts him as part of the DC “swamp.” And Trump will campaign for Hyde-Smith the evening before the election, with stops planned in Tupelo and Biloxi, Trump’s campaign announced Saturday. The President’s visit “will be a good boost to make sure all conservatives know they have a very clear choice in this runoff election,” Hyde-Smith said in a statement. Her campaign said she was unavailable for an interview this week. She was in Washington, with the Senate in session. Backlash over Hyde-Smith’s comments The controversy over Hyde-Smith’s comments about a “public hanging” continues to spark backlash against her campaign in Mississippi, a state where the Confederate flag remains a part of the state flag. More than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for her removal from office created by Mississippi Matters, a coalition of progressive groups. The group held a protest Friday outside Hyde-Smith’s office in Jackson. On Sunday, Jackson City Council member Aaron Banks organized rally against “hate and racism” at the state Capitol. Hyde-Smith’s campaign, meanwhile, sought to defuse the controversy over the newer video, in which she calls it a “good idea” to make it harder for college students to vote, with a tweet in which she is seen at the same event where the video was recorded laughing with two students — one of whom is black. “It’s ok to still have a sense of humor in America isn’t it?” the tweet posted to Hyde-Smith’s account said. “These students enjoyed a laugh with Cindy despite out of state social media posts trying to mislead Mississippians.” On Friday evening, the black student in the picture, J.R. Coleman, took to Twitter with scathing criticism of Hyde-Smith’s campaign over its use of the photo. “As a Political Science major I want to understand and inform myself about every candidate. But I do not, however, support Cindy Hyde Smith. I am disgusted. The sole purpose of this picture being posted is because I am black,” he said. In another tweet, Coleman added, “She is attempting to show herself in a different light by using this photo of me. We were not laughing in regards to her terrible statements, and I don’t appreciate this post trying to make it seem so.” She is attempting to show herself in a different light by using this photo of me. We were not laughing in regards to her terrible statements, and I don’t appreciate this post trying to make it seem so.
— JR Coleman (@JR__Coleman) November 16, 2018 Hyde-Smith’s campaign deleted its tweet with the photo that included Coleman.

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