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Video of Cleveland cop shooting 12-year-old boy released to family representatives

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Cleveland officials said on Monday they have released a video recording of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by police to representatives of the boy’s family, and will eventually release it to the public.

Tamir E. Rice was shot by police on Saturday after he brandished a pellet gun at a Cleveland recreation center. He died of his injuries on Sunday.

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Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference that the Rice family had been invited to see the video, but had declined. He said family representatives have had a chance to view it, and will discuss it with the family.

Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tumba said the video was “very clear on what took place.”

Police had responded to a report of someone with a pistol who was scaring people. Officers told the boy to raise his hands, but Rice reached to his waistband for the gun, and was shot, police said.

The officer who shot the boy was about ten feet away from him, police said. The officer is on administrative leave.

Authorities said the gun held by Rice was an Airsoft-type replica gun, which typically shoots plastic pellets, and resembles a semi-automatic pistol. Williams said it was indistinguishable from a real firearm.

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Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the officer who shot Rice was on the job for about a year, and didn’t know the 911 caller had told a dispatcher the gun was “probably fake.”

“Every officer you talk to would have done the same thing,” Follmer said, who saw the video.

The shooting comes as the country awaits a Missouri grand jury’s decision over whether to indict a Ferguson police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager. That case has led to multiple protests and a renewed focus on police interactions with African Americans.

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Both Rice and Brown were African American.

Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland told reporters the ongoing Ferguson case didn’t matter in the Rice case.

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“What matters to me is that it happened in Cleveland and it happened to a child,” Jackson said.

Williams said police were looking at video and forensics evidence, and conducting interviews with possible witnesses.

“Kids need to know that guns aren’t toys and we shouldn’t provide them to our kids, plain and simple,” Williams said.

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An Ohio grand jury last September decided not to press charges against two police officers who fatally shot a man while he held a pellet gun at a Dayton-area Walmart.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


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‘You don’t get to dictate terms’: Trump soundly mocked for demanding speedy resolution to impeachment

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President Donald Trump broke with his Republican defenders, who say impeachment is moving too fast, and demanded a quick resolution to the constitutional process.

House Democrats moved the impeachment process from the Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee after nearly two weeks of testimony, and Trump called for a speedy end to the matter.

"The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House," Trump tweeted. "They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy."

"Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business," he added. "We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to 'Clean the Swamp,' and that’s what I am doing!"

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‘Our democracy is what’s at stake’: Pelosi shreds Trump in blistering endorsement of impeachment

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday endorsed drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and made the case that the president's actions made him a threat to American democracy.

During her address, Pelosi explained that the stakes in impeaching Trump were the very foundations of American government.

"Our democracy is at stake," she said. "The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security, and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections."

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InfoWars made up lies about Islamic community to help Alex Jones generate more traffic: former writer

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On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Josh Owens, a former staffer at the fringe conspiracy theory site InfoWars, admitted that his team knowingly promoted fake stories about Islamberg, a rural religious community founded by mostly Black Muslims from New York City on the border between New York and Pennsylvania.

According to Owens, InfoWars initially conducted interviews with people near the community, hoping that they would tell horror stories about a group of militants hellbent on enslaving America under Sharia law. Instead, locals described the people of Islamberg as "kind, generous neighbors." This wasn't a story Alex Jones would have been able to sell to his far-right conspiracy theorist audience — so, Owens said, his team decided to just lie.

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