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Feds Investigating Friend of Charleston Shooter:  A friend of the man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners in a Charleston church is under investigation for allegedly lying to police and having knowledge of the crime before or after it was committed and failing to report it.  The AP reports that 21-year-old Joey Meek shared information regarding 21-year-old Dylann Roof to authorities and the press, and said that he contacted authorities when he recognized Roof in surveillance footage from the church.  Authorities believe that Meek was being dishonest with them during the investigation.  Federal authorities opted to inform Meek, who is currently on probation for possession of a stolen vehicle, that he was under investigation "in the hopes that the subject will get an attorney."  

Police Chief Forced to Retire over Facebook Post:  The police chief of a small costal town in North Carolina says he was forced to retire following a Facebook post decrying the Black Lives Matter movement.  CBS reports that in former Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead's post, he labeled the Black Lives Matter movement as a "terrorist group" and criticized President Obama for dividing the U.S. racially.  Though the information was meant to be read by his friends, colleagues and peers, "it was a public statement and there are people that were offended."  Halstead apologized and deleted the open letter, which was originally posted on Sept. 3, but says he was forced to retire or face termination.  "I was thrown under the bus for expressing my 1st amendment rights and speaking the truth and concerns for law enforcement," he said in a later post.

NY Gov's Aide Shot Before Parade Dies:  An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was in a coma after being shot hours before New York City's West Indian Day parade, died on Wednesday.  Fox News reports that 43-year-old Carey Gabay, a Harvard University-educated lawyer, was walking with his brother in the early morning hours of Sept. 7 near the Brooklyn parade route when he was caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs and shot in the head.  No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, but police are actively investigating two well-known gangs in the area.  Gabay's shooting was just "one of several outburst of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the parade."

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