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San Francisco police shoot wheelchair-bound man twice in the groin

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A man in a wheelchair was shot twice in the groin by San Francisco police outside a mental health facility Tuesday.

A cellphone video uploaded to YouTube Wednesday showed four plainclothes and two uniformed officers surrounding the wheelchair-bound man. He was reportedly armed with a knife and a chunk of concrete.

Police said that the suspect stabbed one cop in the shoulder and slashed tires on a city vehicle.

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San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon explained at a press conference Wednesday that an attempt to subdue the man with a beanbag shotgun had no effect.

In the video, the man can be seen throwing the knife aside and then being shot twice by the cops.

“What the fuck?” a witness can be heard asking. “That was unnecessary.”

Gascon said that both the policeman and the suspect were in stable condition.

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“I want to make sure we put the video in context,” the police chief said, defending the officers. “We have an individual acting violently. He had a knife. One of the officers has been stabbed.”

KQED-FM confirmed that two of the officers have been placed on administrative leave. Police declined to identify the officers or the suspect.

The incident comes just a week after San Francisco police were seen shooting another resident brandishing a knife.

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Vinh Bui, 46, was killed by police responding to a call about a stabbing last Wednesday. Police said the suspect had a history of mental illness.

The stabbing victim was described as “very lightly injured.”

In light of the Tuesday shooting, Gascon renewed the call for San Francisco police to be equipped with Tasers.

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“A Taser more than likely would have ended this scenario, probably at the earlier stages,” he said. “But we don’t have a Taser.”

This video of the shooting was uploaded to YouTube Jan. 5, 2010.

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This of a press conference with San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon was uploaded to YouTube Jan. 5, 2010.


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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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