Thousand Oaks Gunman Visited Site Previously, Wildfire Blazes Near LA County, Trump Administration Issues New Rules

Thousand Oaks Gunman Visited Site Previously, Wildfire Blazes Near LA County, Trump Administration Issues New Rules On Asylum, And More
  • ​​The gunman who opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, had previously visited the location and had interactions with law enforcement. The shooter, identified as Ian David Long, 28, served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Friends of his told CNN that Long had visited Borderline several times to listen to music. Authorities are continuing to investigate the motive behind the shooting, which killed 12 people and injured more than a dozen others.

  • The venue in the Thousand Oaks shooting was considered a safe haven for many survivors of last year’s shooting in Las Vegas, where more than 50 people were killed at a country music festival. “Unfortunately, our young people or people at nightclubs have learned this may happen and they think about that,” said Geoff Dean, the Ventura County sheriff who spoke to The New York Times. “Fortunately, it probably saved a lot of lives that they fled the scene so rapidly.”

  • Authorities ordered the evacuation​ of 75,000 homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California as a wind-driven brush fire moves quickly through the area. The Woolsey Fire has burned 8,000 acres and destroyed at least 30 homes since it began; a local CBS affiliate reported that the blaze was zero percent contained as of 4 a.m. Friday morning. 

  • Prior to his forced resignation, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions curtailed federal oversight of local police departments. Sessions issued guidance that directed U.S. attorneys to limit their use of consent decrees and settlement agreements when addressing abuse and civil rights violations at the local law enforcement level. “Advocates criticized Sessions’ departing order, saying the new procedures will make it more difficult to ensure that law enforcement and other entities such as schools and companies uphold an individual’s constitutional rights,” Reuters reports.

  • The Trump administration issued new rules Thursday that prevent immigrants who enter the country illegally from requesting asylum and put them on a fast track into deportation proceedings. Previously, immigrants could request asylum regardless of if they entered the United States at a port of entry or not. “Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it,” said U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in a statement. Critics, however, say the move by the administration may be illegal and inconsistent with international treaty agreements.

  • In other news, the woman who testified that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager is using a security detail; Florida Governor Rick Scott is suing county election officials, accusing them of fraud; a U.S. federal judge blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline; another U.S. federal appeals court upheld an injunction against the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA; and Google issued a new sexual harassment policy after an employee walkout, but it falls short of worker demands.