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Video catches NYC cops punching handcuffed man in head

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Two New York City police officers have been suspended without pay after video surfaced of them punching a suspect who was handcuffed and lying on the ground.

The video, obtained by the New York Daily News, shows officers John Cicero and William Green repeatedly hitting Johnathan Baez in the head. Baez was one of eight men apprehended during an undercover drug sting gone awry in the Bronx on Jan. 5.

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“This is not an isolated incident,” Baez’ lawyer, Jeffrey Emdin, said. “What sets this apart is that it was caught on tape.”

Baez was initially charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, but the charges have been dropped, the New York Times reports. It’s not known yet if the two officers involved will be charged. Two supervising officers who were on the scene and did not prevent the attack on Baez have been placed on desk duty.

Two other NYPD officers were injured during the Jan. 5 drug bust, when one of the officers opened fire on a charging pit bull. The shrapnel from the bullet wounded two officers.

A friend of Baez, Louis Miranda, told the New York Post that he too was assaulted by officers, and that in his case the violence was “even worse” than what was caught on film.

Both Baez and Miranda plan to sue the police department.

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This video is from Daily News, posted to the Web Jan. 22, 2010.


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Melania Trump brags her husband ‘sees potential’ in the gays

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In a bizarre moment, the first lady announced that President Donald Trump is all for gay people.

Speaking to a crowd in Atglen, Pennsylvania, Melania Trump described the president as someone “who sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

She didn't use the typical term LGBTQ or even mention transgender people. But mentioning LGBTQ voters likely isn't a good idea in the Trump administration because of the laundry list of things they've done to hurt the community.

“Donald loves helping people and he loves seeing those around him and his country succeed,” Mrs. Trump added, claiming he has a “very big heart and a great sense of humor.”

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Veteran Republican operative drops a scathing op-ed as he leaves the GOP: ‘Real Americans don’t pledge fealty to a strongman’

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Mike Gillis has served in numerous Republican administrations over the decades. In an op-ed published in the New Yorker this Thursday, Mike Gillis announced that he's leaving the Republican Party.

"...I cannot stand idly by and watch as these crooks take over the party I love. I cannot abide this coarsening of discourse, and so on and so forth, etc., etc. Here are the reasons that I am leaving the Republican Party," Gillis writes.

According to Gillis, Trump is "ruthlessly" dividing the country.

"Brother pitted against brother, cat against dog, exterminator against cockroach, sentient robot against mad inventor. Americans must accept that, no matter our particular beliefs, we are all citizens of the United States—whether we be Republican or Democrat, Canadian or Bulgarian, Mesopotamian or Sumerian."

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‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy

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The Trump administration knew it would not be able to reunite refugee and other migrant families as it ripped children—including infants—from the arms of their parents but did so anyway, according to a congressional report released Thursday on the U.S. government's family separation policy.

"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."

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