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Darren Wilson skips court case where he’s accused of ‘roughing up’ pot suspect

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A grand jury will review a 2013 drug case involving the Missouri police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Christopher Brooks was arrested last year after Officer Darren Wilson said he found drug paraphernalia and several ounces of marijuana in a car, reported the Associated Press.

An attorney for Brooks claims Wilson “roughed up” and “manhandled” his client after he refused to hand over keys to PT Cruiser parked in his grandmother’s driveway.

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“(Wilson) beat my ass in my front yard while I was handcuffed then gave me 6 felonies,” Brooks said in a Facebook post that has since been deleted.

The officer, who has made no public appearances since the fatal shooting, failed to show up for a preliminary hearing in the Brooks case.

That puts the case at risk, and prosecutors asked for the case to be reviewed by a grand jury in hopes of compelling Wilson’s testimony.

Defense attorney Nick Zotos wants the marijuana distribution charge dismissed because he doesn’t expect Wilson to show up in court.

The defense attorney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he had been assured by Wilson’s attorneys that the officer would not show up for any cases for at least the rest of the year – potentially jeopardizing all of those prosecutions.

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“Wilson is compromised as a witness,” Zotos said.

A spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office said about a half-dozen pending criminal cases involved Wilson, the Post-Dispatch reported, and prosecutors will decide what to do with those on a “case-by-case” basis.

The AP reported that it’s not clear whether Brooks accused Wilson of unnecessary force before or after the officer shot Brown – setting off weeks of protests in Ferguson.

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Ferguson police released a heavily redacted report from the Brooks arrest that showed Wilson was called about a suspicious vehicle possibly involved in a drug sale, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Wilson said Brooks slapped his hand away when the officer reached for his keys, and Wilson pushed or pulled Brooks to the ground and radioed for help.

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The report shows Wilson never struck or used a weapon against Brooks but only used “hand control” or his own body weight to subdue the suspect.

Wilson received a commendation from the Ferguson City Council for his role in Brooks’ arrest — and some of the only public photos of the officer came from the meeting he attended to accept the honor.

The Brooks case will not be heard by the same grand jury that is reviewing evidence in Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death.

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A decision is expected in the Brown case in mid-October or early November, prosecutors said.

Watch this video report on Wilson posted online by AP News:

Update: A previous version incorrectly reported the Brooks case would be heard by the same grand jury as the Brown case.

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Trump supporters linked to Steve Bannon pushing ‘fantastical rumors’ to try to ‘pizzagate’ Joe Biden: report

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NBC News on Thursday published a blockbuster report on efforts to smear former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, with similar falsehoods. Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media," NBC News correspondents Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny reported Thursday.

"The fantastical rumors, which NBC News is declining to repeat verbatim, echo specific plot points central to 'pizzagate,' a viral disinformation campaign that predates QAnon but also falsely alleges a vast conspiracy of child abuse," NBC News explained. "There is an important difference, however. The pizzagate-style rumors in 2016 were largely confined to far-right message boards like 4chan and parts of Reddit. But the Hunter Biden iteration of the same conspiracy theory took off last weekend with the help of speculation from conservative TV hosts and members of Congress. Their theorizing can be traced back to a new website that has been promoted by President Donald Trump and his surrogates."

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Pennsylvania AG warns Trump campaign poll watchers to stop videotaping voters

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that the attorney general of Pennsylvania is warning Trump campaign surrogates to stop videotaping voters dropping off mail-in ballots.

"In a statement, Josh Shapiro, the Democratic state attorney general, said, 'Pennsylvania law permits poll watchers to carry out very discrete and specific duties — videotaping voters at drop boxes is not one of them,'" reported Blake Montgomery.

"The campaign has filed complaints with Philadelphia officials based on the videos, alleging fraud on the part of several voters who submitted two or three ballots, according to The New York Times," continued the report. "The Trump campaign initially said the purpose of the videotaping was to catch voters who dropped off a large number of fraudulent ballots rather than one or two, according to the Times."

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GOP candidate attacks opponent with racist website about his adviser working for ‘non-white males’

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The 2020 campaign cycle continues to get uglier with a North Carolina Republican making explicitly racist attacks on his Democratic Party opponent.

"Anew attack website put up by the Madison Cawthorn campaign includes an explicitly racist broadside against his opponent, Moe Davis (D-NC), for associating himself with people who want to 'ruin white males.' For real," Tim Miller of The Bulwark reported Thursday.

"The website, MoeTaxes.com takes aim at Davis over one of his advisors Tom Fielder. It says that Fielder 'quit his academia job in Boston to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker who aims to ruin white males.' Putting the atrocious syntax aside… Quitting one’s job to work for someone who isn’t white is . . . a problem now? Booker’s blackness is the issue that offends you?" Miller asked. "In Donald Trump’s white grievance party, apparently so."

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