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Alabama police shoot and kill naked college student

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Relatives and peers of an Alabama college student say police mishandled the incident that ended in an officer shooting and killing him Saturday.

According to WALA-TV, officials at the University of South Alabama said 18-year-old Gilbert Collar approached the campus police station naked and banged on the door, challenging the unidentified officer who answered to a fight.

“The man repeatedly rushed, and verbally challenged, the officer in a fighting stance,” said university spokesperson Keith Ayers. “The officer, with weapon drawn, ordered the individual to halt. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation.”

When Collar continued to rush the officer, Ayers said, the officer shot him once in the chest.

Collar fell to the ground, but got up one more time and challenged him again before dying.

Ayers confirmed that the officer’s report made no mention of Collar being armed, and that security cameras around the building recorded the incident, but offered no further details. The officer, he said, has been placed on administrative leave.

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The Alabama Media Group reported that the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the local District Attorney’s office will investigate of the shooting.

Collar’s mother, Bonnie, told CNN that when she was notified of his death, no one told her he was trying to attack someone before being shot.

“The first thing on my mind is, freshman kids do stupid things,” she said. “Campus police should be equipped to handle activity like that without having to use lethal force.”

Some of Collar’s fellow students echoed his mother’s criticism despite officials’ attempts to explain the situation.

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“A cop has more than a gun,” one student told WALA. “He could have pulled out a taser, pepper spray, nightstick, anything like that. So why was his gun drawn at this kid, who was probably drunk or something like that? It just feels like it could have been handled in a better way.”

Watch WALA’s report on the reaction to Collar’s shooting, as aired Saturday, below.

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Trump’s only winning strategy is to tear down Democrats — because he has nothing to promote: MSNBC panel

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President Donald Trump has little to promote for 2020, so political analysts on MSNBC think that he'll likely spend the campaign working to tear everyone else down.

Howard Fineman noted that if Trump intends to do a "tear down" campaign, the most important things Democrats will have are policy proposals to set themselves apart from a White House that is unwilling to pass anything through Congress.

"It's just a question of can he do what he did in 2016 and 2018, which was, frankly, mobilize voters in a fear-tactic kind of way," said Fineman during Monday's "Meet the Press."

Host Kasie Hunt said that it seems the new Trump poll numbers show that his base is losing enthusiasm as they go into the election.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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Congress needs to ‘follow the rubles’ on Trump: Oversight congressman

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told host Wolf Blitzer that Congress needs to "follow the rubles" on Trump to find out why he expresses an affinity for Russia to the point of contradicting U.S. national security interests.

"As you know, The New York Times is reporting that President Trump is being largely kept in the dark by his own administration about cyberweapons being developed for use against Russia's infrastructure as a warning to the Russians not to use their cyber warfare capabilities against America's power grid and America's infrastructure," said Blitzer. "What national security concerns does this raise, the president not being fully informed about what is going on?"

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