Here's the Real Reason Shemar Moore Left 'Criminal Minds' –

Shemar Moore played B.A.U. heartthrob Derek Morgan for 11 years on Criminal Minds. Viewers were obsessed with the hunky profiler who wasn’t afraid to chase down the most dangerous serial killers in the country.

But fans were crushed in 2016 when Shemar said farewell to the CBS series, and there are still a lot of questions today. Why, exactly, did he leave? And will he be back for the final episode ever of Criminal Minds? Here’s what we know.

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What Happened to Morgan on “Criminal Minds?”

Thankfully, the Criminal Minds writers took it easy on our hearts. While Morgan did have an emotional last season—he was kidnapped, nearly killed, found out his girlfriend and future wife was pregnant, etc.—Morgan didn’t die at the end of it.

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Instead, his character chose to exit the B.A.U. to spend time with his family, particularly his newborn son. Many tears were cried during his final moments, but the characters all supported Morgan’s decision to leave, including his BFF Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and his “baby girl,”, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness).

Why did Shemar Moore really leave?

Shemar had similar reasons as Morgan for wanting to exit the show, and none of them were hostile. He told TVGuide that he wanted to explore other opportunities and “see what I’m capable of.” But Shemar was also searching for some personal growth, as well.

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“I wanted to see what the next chapter of my acting career is and also have a little balance so I could pursue other avenues of my life,’ he said. “I want to get married, I want to have kids, I want to travel.”

What episode does Derek Morgan come back to on “Criminal Minds?”

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Because his exit wasn’t contentious, Shemar was open to the idea of returning to Criminal Minds, and he did so during the season 12 finale, and once more in season 13.

So, do we think he’ll appear in the series finale?

If we had to guess, we’d say there’s a pretty good chance. Although he’s busy with S.W.A.T., Shemar appears to have nothing but love for his former show, so it seems likely that he’d want to be a part of its goodbye.

“If I’m asked intermittently to come back like they did at The Young and the Restless, from my heart, the answer is yes, yes, yes, yes,” he’s said in the past. “But I don’t know where I’m going to be in my career and my life when that time comes. But is it possible? Yes, it’s possible.”

Fingers crossed!

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Curt Rockway's National Anthem Attack Because Of Trump, Says Lawyer | Crime Time – Oxygen

Curt Brockway, a 39-year-old military veteran, who allegedly choke-slammed a 13-year-old — and fractured his skull — for refusing to remove his hat during the national anthem at a Montana rodeo was indirectly given “permission” to carry out the attack by President Trump’s language, according to his attorney.

Criminal defense lawyer Lance Jasper said President Trump’s divisive rhetoric drove Brockway to grab a teenager by the throat and slam him to the ground at Mineral County Fairgrounds. 

“His commander-in-chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” Jasper told the Missoulian. “He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”

He added that he also plans to use “mental illness or brain injury” in his client’s defense. 

Brockway was honorably discharged from the military due to severe brain trauma sustained during a vehicular accident, he stated, adding that the damage to his client’s frontal lobe perpetually plagues Brockway’s judgement and decision-making. This condition, combined with Trump’s language — like the president’s verbal attacks on kneeling football players — triggered Brockway’s violent outburst, he said. 

“[Brockway] owes a big portion of accountability for what took place, but it’s certain that there was other things at work here that definitely contributed,” Jasper explained. “Trump never necessarily says go hurt somebody, but the message is absolutely clear. I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president.”

“Whether that passes muster with the court as a viable defense is for a different day,” he said.

Jasper didn’t respond to’s request for comment.

Brockway has been charged with felony assault on a minor. He was previously stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, the New York Post reported. 

Mineral County District Attorney Ellen Donohue said Brockway felt justified in his actions, the New York Post also reported. The prosecutor said she thought Brockway believed “he had every right” to harm the teen because he was disrespecting the national anthem.

The teen, police say, turned 13 in February. When Brockway demanded the teen take his hat off, the boy allegedly swore at Brockway. Police said Brockway then slammed the teen so hard that the boy was bleeding from his ears and required to be airlifted for treatment. 

“It’s just a lot of pain in my head,” the teen, who has not been named, told local television station KPAX after the incident. 

“I don’t remember anything — the rodeo, the helicopter — nothing.” 

The teen has since been released from the hospital.

Brockway’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 14, according to the Mineral County officials. 

In 2011, Brockway was convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon, after he pulled a semi-automatic handgun on a family member in a road rage incident, according to Mineral County court documents obtained by Brockway was serving a 10-year probationary sentence related to that conviction, but he successfully petitioned for early release in February, according to the Missoulian. 

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Hong Kong activists use 'Pokémon Go' and Tinder to organize as police crack down on protests

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  • Protesters in Hong Kong have made creative use of technology like AirDrop and Tinder to spread information about the pro-democracy protests, despite increasingly brutal tactics by the Hong Kong police.
  • China is also using tech platforms to distribute information about the protest to mainlanders — pro-military propaganda videos shared via the Chinese version of TikTok.
  • While China has not yet intervened in the protests, which started in response to a proposed extradition bill that would allow Hong Kongers to be sent to mainland China for trial, officials have warned against continued protest. A representative for China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Bureau sent a warning to protesters, saying that “those who play with fire will perish by it.”
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As protests in Hong Kong continue into their third month, the police response has become more violent, masked men with gang ties have beaten protesters, and the Chinese government is making veiled threats. And as the crackdowns get more severe, activists are becoming more creative with their organizing tactics, using Tinder, “Pokémon Go,” and the iPhone’s AirDrop feature to organize.

Tinder, the popular dating app, is one method of sharing information about demonstrations. Gavin Huang, an editor for Goldthread, shared a photo of a Tinder profile he encountered on Twitter.

The South China Morning Post reports that, while most online organizing is still done on LIHKG, Hong Kong’s version of Reddit, protesters are exploring new ways of sharing information, including with Chinese mainlanders visiting Hong Kong. 

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Because most information mainlanders receive about the protests is limited to government propaganda, Hong Kongers are using AirDrop to share information with them about why the protests are happening — namely, the desire for more democratic freedoms for the semiautonomous territory.

Protesters are also using the Apple feature to share protest information with one another, the South China Morning Post reported.

The Hong Kong police are using new tactics meant to deter protests and target activists, including marking protesters with colored ink, which makes them easier to track. Protesters have been using green lasers to obscure their faces on facial-recognition cameras.

While the Chinese government and armed forces are not directly involved in the protests, the government is also using 21st-century tech to spread its message about the protests. According to the outlet Abacus, the Chinese government is using Douyin, its version of TikTok, to share video of an anti-riot drill by the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison. The video got 88 million likes.

A representative for China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Bureau warned protesters that “those who play with fire will perish by it,” according to The Independent. The representative, Yang Guang, released a document warning pro-democracy protesters that punishment from the mainland was “only a matter of time.”

“I would like to warn all of the criminals: don’t ever misjudge the situation and mistake our restraint for weakness,” he wrote.

Yet the protests continue. When the Hong Kong police refused to allow a demonstration in a suburban neighborhood, protesters told them they came to play “Pokémon Go.”

SEE ALSO: US military bases are still using Chinese surveillance video cameras just weeks before a federal ban takes effect

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