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Kenton Library Hosts African American Genealogy Event Dec. 2

Stephen Hanks to present on genealogy resources and methods ...

PSU Hires New Police Chief

Donnell Tanksley brings policing philosophy rooted in community engagement to PSU ...

African American Portraits Exhibit at PAM Ends Dec. 29

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SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

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Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Barbara Starr CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Navy Yard shooting(CNN) -- The Navy was unaware until after the killings at the Washington Navy Yard that gunman Aaron Alexis had been arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires on a vehicle and claiming he had blacked out in anger, a senior Navy official told reporters Monday.

However, the government agency that carried out Alexis' background check in 2007 did know that he omitted information about that brush with the law but granted him security clearance anyway after Alexis explained it.

The Navy said it didn't learn the details of the incident until after Alexis killed 12 people last week at the sizable naval installation in Washington.

In 2007, contractor USIS conducted the security clearance assessment for Alexis, who had just joined the Navy.

A report for the Navy from the Office of Personnel Management, which processes and grants security clearances, didn't mention a gun, the Navy official said.

It said only that Alexis had "deflated the tires on a construction worker's vehicle" in the 2004 incident, which occurred in Seattle.

According to the Office of Personnel Management, the agency uncovered Alexis' arrest for malicious mischief through a check of FBI criminal history records.

The Seattle Police Department would not make records available, and the agency tried to corroborate the arrest through court records.

The Navy said Alexis answered "No" to questions on his security clearance form about whether he had ever been arrested or charged with a felony. Alexis told the security clearance personnel he did not disclose the malicious mischief charge because he was told it was going to be dismissed and removed from his record.

The search of the court records corroborated Alexis' version, the Office of Personnel Management said, but these records did not mention that a weapon was used. During a follow-up interview, Alexis did not mention having shot the tires out.

"Had the Seattle Police Department permitted OPM to obtain the law enforcement records, it is possible that additional information may have been obtained," the agency said in a statement.

Alexis, 34, was a subcontractor last week when he entered the Navy Yard and the shooting rampage began. In addition to the 12 deaths, Alexis wounded eight people before he was killed.

A woman who was wounded in the shooting was released from a hospital Monday. Only one person remains hospitalized -- a police officer who is listed in good condition.

USIS is the same contractor that processed NSA leaker Edward Snowden's clearance and is now under investigation.

 

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