Italian police allege 12 suspects from the De Micco clan of the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia were using aggravated means such as arson to extort victims in the Ponticelli neighborhood of Naples as reported by ANSA.
Nineteen-year-old Joshua Williams, a fixture at the anti-cop protests in Ferguson, MO after the tragic death of Michael Brown, has been charged "with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store last week . . . after looters shattered its glass doors during protests of the death of Antonio Martin, 18, who a police officer had shot earlier at the Mobil station across the street" as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "he is also charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor stealing for allegedly taking a lighter, gum and money from the store."
Apparently Williams was a media darling for talking a good game about peaceful protests.
After a racially mixed grand jury wisely refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the street thug's stepfather Louis Head took to his soap box outside the police station with repeated calls to "burn this motherfucker down" and "burn this bitch down."
Ferguson police now are investigating whether Head's apparent exhortations were an unlawful attempt to incite a riot as reported by KMOX: "violent protests broke out following the decision, as dozens of buildings and businesses were looted and set fire."
"The investigation includes multiple arsons, robberies, destruction of properties and larcenies," Officer Shawn McGuire, a department spokesman, said in an email. "The statements made by Louis Head are also under investigation. When the investigation is completed, our department will forward everything to the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office."
Charles Barkley aptly characterizes the rioters as "scumbags," and the NBA great agrees with the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson as reported by CNN:
In an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday, Barkley repeatedly came back to one point: He doesn't believe that white cops are out to shoot black people because of racism. "That's ridiculous," he said.
Meanwhile, Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is under investigation for her alleged role in an assault and robbery against other family members who were selling Brown swag as reported by KTVI.
La Cantina restaurant in the north end Italian section of Montreal, QB Canada was firebombed last night as reported by CTV News: "according to several sources, Vito Rizzuto, the former Mafia boss of Montreal, was a regular at La Cantina," and "in August 2009, co-owner Federico Del Peschio, a Rizzuto clan associate, was shot dead in the back of the restaurant."
Del Peschio previously had been convicted on drug charges, and La Cantina "was described, during the 2002 trial of a Montreal lawyer charged with [and later acquitted of] drug smuggling for the Rizzuto clan, as a known hangout for drug traffickers" as previously reported by The Edmonton Journal.
Mob watchers suspect that the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has backed a breakaway group from the Rizzuto clan of the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug rackets in Montreal and New York, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.
Vito Rizzuto, an oft-described "drug trafficking mastermind," died last year from lung cancer. The mob boss was released from a U.S. prison in 2012 after serving several years on a racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murders of three Bonanno capos in New York City, and while he was doing time the mob rebellion claimed his son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010.
Police suspect the Rizzuto rebellion was led by Raynald Desjardins. Desjardins currently is in prison awaiting trial for his alleged role in the November 2011 slaying of ex-Bonanno boss Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna who police suspect had allied himself with the breakaway group until the relationship soured.
Earlier this year Italian and American police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in a joint drug smuggling plot between the Gambino family and the Calabrian Mafia.