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A Grindr user who sent abusive, racist messages to a black man has been uncovered as a Louisiana police officer.

Charles Davis, a gay man who had just graduated from Louisiana State University, was sent a series of abusive messages by an anonymous user on the hookup app.

The user, identifying himself as ‘Top’, accused Davis of stealing the cap and gown he wore to his graduation, called him “black ratchet”, and directed the n-word at him.

You need to be at southern [sic] with the rest of them…” wrote the user.

Charles later shared screenshots of the messages on social media.

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It has since been discovered that the man who sent the messages in question is an officer with the Gonzales Police Department.

While the officer in question has not been named, the Chief of the force, Sherman Jackson, confirmed that an investigation will take place: “We will not sweep anything under the rug.”

The officer in question has been serving with the department for over 20 years. He is still on the force, and Jackson confirmed that he is aware of the officer in question.

The officer has not been put on leave because Jackson says he doesn’t believe he is a “threat to the community,” using the fact that the officer has never received a complaint of racism as justification.

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A Tory candidate is in hot water ahead of the general election, after her connections to a Christian group advocating ‘gay cure’ therapy emerged.

Caroline Ansell was elected as Member of Parliament for Eastbourne in 2015, and she is standing in the constituency again at the upcoming election. It has come to light that Ansell accepted funding (estimated at £8,470) from the Christian Action Research and Eduction (CARE) in the form of an intern.

Four years ago, CARE were exposed for having organised a 2009 conference that sought to train clergy and therapists in so-called ‘conversion therapy’ – in which LGBT+ are ‘converted’ to heterosexuality. The practice is widely condemned by professional bodies and the LGBT+ community, but it still legal in the UK.

Ansell’s connection to the group was uncovered by Buzzfeed. The intern is still in Ansell’s employ and will continue to be until July.

When news of CARE’s involvement in the conference came to light in 2012, many MPs who had been previously involved with the group publicly distanced themselves from CARE. One of these MPs, Liberal Democrat Tim Farron (who is now leader of the party), has been criticised for his own views on homosexuality and gay sex.

Ansell is also a member of the evangelical Kings Church in Eastbourne, which is part of a group of churches that was previously criticised for attempting to ‘cure’ gay and trans people by getting “demons” out of them.

Ansell won her seat in 2015 with a very slim majority. She goes into the general election with a majority of only 733 votes.

In 2015, Ansell told a Christian website that she would’ve voted against marriage equality had she been an MP at the time.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Ansel said: “During my time as an MP I have acted for everyone in Eastbourne regardless of their colour, creed or sexual orientation and there is no-one who will say any different because I have prided myself on fulfilling that role.

“The fact is society should be tolerant of everyone’s beliefs and that is the message I take around my constituency and to parliament. It will also be the message I hope to see and advocate at Eastbourne Pride this summer, a new event for us which positively reflects the diversity in our town.

“The intern from CARE was quite simply the best candidate for the job and I would hope that no-one would like me to discriminate against someone because they are a person of faith?”

The general election takes place on June 8.

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Shop workers have been left extremely distressed after being threatened with a hammer during a robbery.

Two male workers, aged 17 and 22, were working in the RS McColl shop in Kilwinning when a man with a hammer entered.

He demanded money from the pair, threatening to harm them.

The man ran out of the shop, on West Doura Court, with a three figure sum of money.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 10in, stocky built. He was wearing dark trousers and a black hooded top with a McKenzie logo.

Detective Sergeant Craig Semple said: "I'd like to speak to anyone who may have seen the suspect hanging around the area prior to the robbery taking place or anyone who saw him running out of the shop afterwards."

Anyone with information should contact Saltcoats CID via 101.

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A cyclist has suffered serious injuries in a crash with a van in Moray.

The collision happened at about 3.45pm on Saturday on the A96 near Ardgye House in Elgin.

The 59-year-old woman on the bike was taken by ambulance to Dr Gray's Hospital in the town, where she is receiving treatment.

The man driving the silver Volkswagen Transporter van was not hurt.

Police Scotland said both the cyclist and the van were heading east on the road when the accident happened.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The A96 was closed after the incident to allow collision investigations to be carried out.

The family of the off-duty police officer killed in the Manchester attack have released new photos to show her "wonderful character".

"One of a kind" Elaine McIver, 43, was killed as she waited in the foyer of the Manchester Arena with her husband Paul.

They had gone to pick up Paul's 13-year-old daughter and a friend who had attended the Ariana Grande concert that night.

The girls were not with them at the time of the explosion and after being unable to find the couple were kindly driven home by a taxi driver, Elaine's family said.

Paul remains in hospital after being seriously injured in the attack.

It is unclear at this stage if he knows Elaine has died.

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police, Elaine's family said her and "love of her life" Paul were making plans for their future and were looking forward to buying a new house together.

"Elaine was one of a kind and had an impact on so many lives.

"She was a friend of so many and an amazing daughter, sister and aunt.

"Her love for all was immense and she was like the glue that held us all together.

"Our lives have been enriched by the time we had with her, but they will never now be the same again."

Her family said Elaine's "thoughtful and caring nature" was seen just three weeks before she died when she turned up at her parent's house and announced she was taking them out - but didn't say where they were going.

Once they arrived it was revealed they going to a Leo Sayer concert, who her parents had been fans of for 40 years.

"They were full of beans and buzzing when they returned; happier than they had been in a long time," her family said.

"Little did we know that this would be the last outing they would all have together as a family."

Cheshire police officer Elaine was one 22 people who died at the hands of suicide bomber Salman Abedi on May 22.

On Saturday, police released CCTV images of him on his way to carry out the atrocity.

Detectives have arrested 11 people in connection with the attack and say they now have all the "key players" involved.

This is said to include Abedi's brother who allegedly knew what he was going to do.

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The White House has come in for criticism for leaving out the name of the husband of Luxembourg's gay prime minister in the caption of an official photograph of the spouses of Nato leaders.

Although it was later rectified, several comments made clear the omission had not gone unnoticed and many accused the White House of being "disrespectful".

Gauthier Destenay, who married Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel in 2015, was photographed along with the wives of the other leaders at the Nato summit in Brussels last week.

In the official photograph Mr Destenay appears dressed in a black suit and blue tie, standing behind Emine Erdoğan, the wife of Turkey's president, and the US First Lady Melania Trump.

When the photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks, was initially posted on the White House Facebook page Mr Destenay's name was missing from the caption.

That omission was later rectified, but not before it had been picked up online.

Within the US administration Vice-President Mike Pence is known to object to same-sex marriage so the White House's actions in this regard were always likely to come under scrutiny.

"So wonderful to see a first husband," one comment read. "So sad the White House is either too ignorant or too petty to actually name him."

There was no indication from the White House why Mr Destenay's name had initially been left out of the caption.

The marriage between Mr Destenay and Mr Bettel is not the first same-sex political union - Iceland's Johanna Sigurdardottir was the first serving leader to marry her same-sex partner.

She married writer Jonina Leosdottir in 2010.

A mother locked her two young children in the boot of her car while she went shopping, police say.

Witnesses reported seeing the car shaking in the car park of a Wal-Mart in Riverdale, Utah, and heard the youngsters, aged two and five, making noises.

They got out when a bystander went over and got the older child to pull the emergency latch.

Their mother Tori Lee Castillo, 39, has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

Police said welfare services were contacted and the children were turned over to a responsible party.

Two people were fatally stabbed after they intervened to prevent a man allegedly harassing two young women and shouting anti-Muslim comments on a commuter train in the US city of Portland, Oregon, police have said.

Police have charged Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, from North Portland, with murder. He also faces hate crimes charges.

Loren Cannon, an FBI special agent, told a news conference on Saturday, that it was "too early to say" whether the attack was "an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime".

The incident occurred on Friday, hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month.

According to a statement from the Portland Police Department, Christian was shouting ethnic and religious slurs, apparently aimed at two young women, one of whom wore a Muslim head-covering, when the men stepped in.

Army veteran Ricky John Best, 53, died at the scene and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23 died later in hospital, police said..

A third man who was stabbed was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, it was reported.

Ted Wheeler, Portland's mayor, described Mr Best and Mr Meche as "heroes".

The women, who had left the train before officers arrived, were later in contact with authorities, according to police, who have not released their identities.

A small makeshift memorial to the stabbing victims has developed outside the Hollywood Transit Centre where people left tributes to victims.

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