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Police probe use of stun gun on boy

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OTTAWA — Canadian police said Monday they have launched an investigation into a federal police officer’s use of a stun gun on an 11-year-old boy during his arrest for an alleged stabbing.

“As a result of a recent incident in Prince George during which a pre-teen was Tasered by an RCMP officer, the chief constable of the West Vancouver police department has been asked by the RCMP to investigate the circumstances of this incident,” West Vancouver police Corporal Fred Harding said in a statement.

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Investigators arrived in the remote logging community 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Vancouver on Sunday to gather information for their investigation, he said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Prince George said they had responded to an emergency call over the stabbing of a 37-year-old man and located his alleged young attacker in a nearby home.

“Efforts were made to get the individual out of the house, and when he emerged from the home a conducted energy weapon was deployed by a member,” said an RCMP statement.

The boy was taken into custody after being transported to a local hospital for assessment, along with the stabbing victim who remains in hospital in good condition. The boy’s condition was not divulged.

Public broadcaster CBC said the aboriginal boy had been in foster care.

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The incident comes after the October 2007 death of Polish traveler Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport when being stunned five times with a Taser device and then physically restrained by four officers.

Dziekanski, a new immigrant from Poland, had spent some 10 hours lost at the airport before becoming distraught and throwing furniture.

The confrontation and his death minutes after police arrived at the scene was captured on a bystander’s video, and made international headlines.

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A public inquiry later found that police were not justified in using the Taser and that its use as well as the physical struggle “contributed substantially to Mr Dziekanski’s death.”


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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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