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Iraq War vet: Scott Olsen injury created ‘collective rage’ among veterans

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Iraq War veteran Joshua Shepherd, a friend of the veteran injured by police at an “Occupy Oakland” protest, appeared Wednesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture in late October after being struck in the head by a teargas canister and has been rendered unable to speak.

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Shepherd told Olbermann the incident created a sense of “collective rage” among veterans.

About 100 veterans marched from New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Plaza to the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in Zuccotti Park on Wednesday to show support for Olsen.

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Trump leveled in brutal Never-Trumper Republican ad accusing him of turning US into a ‘banana republic’

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In an ad released by Republicans Voter Against Trump, the president was accused of turning the U.S. into a "banana republic" after he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone who was convicted of multiple felonies.

Coming just hours after the president handed Stone a get-out-of-jail-card that kept him from turning himself into jail later this month, the dissident Republican group posted their new ad to Twitter which accused Stone of "lying under to oath" to protect Trump, while also noting that Stone was looking at three years in jail.

The ad also notes that a "criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free."

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Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant

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UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.

According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.

In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.

Lubbock police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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‘All lives matter’: Church hangs ‘no trespassing’ sign above Black woman for sitting in the grass

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Officials at a California church were accused this week of harassing a Black woman who was sitting in the grass on the property.

A Facebook post claimed that the incident occurred at St. Paul's First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.

"My friend Alex was sitting under a tree in the shade when this happened," the post explained. "This is deeply disturbing and contrary to Lutheran values and basic human decency."

A video shared by Chris Macke shows a man, who is presumably a Church official, hanging a "no trespassing" sign on a tree above where the woman is sitting.

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