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Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as weapons and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town for the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, a law enforcement source said.

Early Sunday, Santa Monica police received a call of a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Patrol officers responded and encountered an individual who told officers he was waiting for a friend. That led officers to inspect the car and find several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb.

The car had Indiana plates. The man, was was arrested, made comments that he was in town for the Pride event in West Hollywood this weekend. The source said they believed there was no connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning and the Santa Monica incident. The investigation has been taken over by the FBI. The source said the man appeared to be white.

Authorities said the arrest occurred at 5 a.m. The suspect told authorities he was looking for a friend at the festival, said acting L.A. County Undersheriff Neal Tyler. The suspect is being questioned and authorities were trying to find the person he said he was looking for, he said.

Santa Monica Police spokesman Saul Rodriguez confirmed that the suspect was from Indiana and that weapons were found in the car, but added that police “were not aware of what the suspect’s intentions were at this point.”

Neighbors called police after he was spotted knocking on doors and “loitering in the area,” Rodriguez said.

Santa Monica Police were searching the suspect’s White Acura on Sunday morning near the intersection of 11th Street and Michigan Street where the arrest was made. All four of the car’s doors were open, and a drab green blanket, red gasoline canister and sever other smaller items were being piled on the sidewalk next to it.

A city official in West Hollywood also confirmed the arrest and stressed that officials were beefing up security at the gay pride event.

"They found him with weapons that were very disconcerting," said the source, adding officials are "taking the appropriate safety precautions."

The parade comes hours after the attack at the Orlando club that killed 50 people. At least 53 were injured in the deadliest shooting in modern American history after a gunman took hostages. The gunman has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

One source in West Hollywood said there was discussion of calling off the parade but that officials decided to go forward, with heavy security including undercover officers in the crowd.

The sources spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.

West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath said in a statement that Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials are stepping up security efforts around Sunday’s parade and other festivities. But she said officials do not believe there is any threat around Sunday’s activities.

“We are hearing absolutely devastating news reports from Orlando this morning,” she said. “Gun violence on the LGBTQ family during Pride Month makes me sick. The deadliest mass shooting in America happened to LGBTQ people on Latin night. While we mourn this heartbreaking loss, we must also rededicate ourselves to the fight for full equality for all people. No one is equal unless everyone is equal.”

A reporter for ProPublica tweeted out a Sheriff’s Department bulletin detailing the arrest.


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gay-pride-la-weapons-20160612-snap-story.html

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Wow, Crunchyroll is becoming a better news source than /r/news
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Poor moderators, your other thread keeps getting locked. I think once you decided to put "Islamic Extremist" in the tittle, it was bound get volatile. So much hate.
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I have a bad feeling about this.....
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Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


To the LBGT folks on CR: Stay safe


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Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


To the LBGT folks on CR: Stay safe




Well, it has been approximitely a year since gay marriage was made legal in all 50 states of the U.S.
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Glad they caught him before he could hurt anyone.
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Wow, Crunchyroll is becoming a better news source than /r/news









The damage control has been glorious.



They keep trying to control the narrative (now it's "There's no censorship here, look at all the threads!"), but they still can't tolerate dissent, so they allow new threads but delete all the comments.
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Seriously, after today I'm honestly having a hard time figuring out why the fuck americans (lgbt ones in particular) aren't having a mass exodus to canada or the uk or something.
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Nogara-san wrote:

Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


Pretty much: June is officially "Pride Month", which comes as a surprise to those of us who don't remember which day Pride Day is.
In our area, it's May 1, in LA, it's June 12...heck, let's just let them have one six or seven times a year, every time they got bored and not noticed enough!

And as I joke every year, "Pride Day? C'mon, when do the other Six Deadly Sins get a holiday? I see plenty of Greed, Jealousy and Anger, when do we get down with the Lust, Gluttony and Sloth parties?"
(And you don't know how many forums that joke gets mod-pulled off of, after the Usual Butthurt Suspects complain. )
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Nogara-san wrote:

Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


Pretty much: June is officially "Pride Month", which comes as a surprise to those of us who don't remember which day Pride Day is.
In our area, it's May 1, in LA, it's June 12...heck, let's just let them have one six or seven times a year, every time they got bored and not noticed enough!

And as I joke every year, "Pride Day? C'mon, when do the other Six Deadly Sins get a holiday? I see plenty of Greed, Jealousy and Anger, when do we get down with the Lust, Gluttony and Sloth parties?"
(And you don't know how many forums that joke gets mod-pulled off of, after the Usual Butthurt Suspects complain. )


Nah..I knew what you meant. THat's actually pretty clever when you think of it.

But wouldn't St. Valentines day be Lust Day?

I think Philly celebrates it in June as well. There used to be a film festival but I haven't been near Philly in years.
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Nogara-san wrote:

Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


To the LBGT folks on CR: Stay safe




Well, it has been approximitely a year since gay marriage was made legal in all 50 states of the U.S.


Has it been a year already? Wow.
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Ejanss wrote:

And as I joke every year, "Pride Day? C'mon, when do the other Six Deadly Sins get a holiday? I see plenty of Greed, Jealousy and Anger, when do we get down with the Lust, Gluttony and Sloth parties?"
(And you don't know how many forums that joke gets mod-pulled off of, after the Usual Butthurt Suspects complain. )


Nah..I knew what you meant. THat's actually pretty clever when you think of it.


Yes, you can't really use Jon Stewart's "Yeah, I have sex too, I just don't hold a parade about it down Main Street every year" anymore, since the Silent Straight Majority have started adopting that as an actual argument.

(And think it is June, our college town just celebrates in May because half the town clears out in the summer.)
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Ejanss wrote:


Nogara-san wrote:

Was today national 'KILL LBGTS' day or something?! Jesus Christ....


Pretty much: June is officially "Pride Month", which comes as a surprise to those of us who don't remember which day Pride Day is.
In our area, it's May 1, in LA, it's June 12...heck, let's just let them have one six or seven times a year, every time they got bored and not noticed enough!

And as I joke every year, "Pride Day? C'mon, when do the other Six Deadly Sins get a holiday? I see plenty of Greed, Jealousy and Anger, when do we get down with the Lust, Gluttony and Sloth parties?"
(And you don't know how many forums that joke gets mod-pulled off of, after the Usual Butthurt Suspects complain. )


I thought we did have Lust Day? Doesn't Mardi Gras count?
And Gluttony, isn't the State Fair the cause due to all those fat and sugary foods?
Sloth? That's hard but I think with the convenience of modern technology, its every day!
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