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Rookie NYPD cop who shot unarmed black man texted union reps before radioing for help: report

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The New York Daily News reports that instead of immediately calling in the accidental shooting of Akai Gurley in Brooklyn last month, the officer who shot him began to text his police union representative.

On Thursday, November 20, two rookie NYPD officers — Peter Liang and Shaun Landau — were patrolling pitch-black vertical stairwells in a Brooklyn housing complex when Liang attempted to open a door on the seventh floor.

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According to the Daily News‘ police source, Liang may have been trying to open the door with the same hand in which he was carrying his Glock .9 mm.

When Gurley opened the door, a startled Liang accidentally discharged his weapon. The bullet ricocheted off the stairwell wall and into Gurley’s chest. Gurley ran away, unaware that he had been shot until he collapsed, bleeding, on the fifth floor.

Instead of radioing in for help, however, a source told the Daily News that Liang and Landau began to frantically text their union representatives.

For six minutes, both a 911 operator who had been alerted to the shooting by a neighbor and the pair’s commanding officer tried, unsuccessfully, to contact them. According to their text messages, the rookie cops did not even know the address of the building they were patrolling.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the shooting “a very unfortunate tragedy,” noting that Liang’s partner had not even drawn his weapon from his holster.

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Watch a report on the shooting via PIX 11 below.

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Trump lawyers ripped for pushing ‘conspiracy theories written by Russia’ to distract from impeachment trial facts

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President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team was harshly criticized for pushing debunked conspiracy theories to distract from the facts.

Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann pushed the conspiracy theory, which originated from Russian intelligence, on Monday.

The pair were harshly criticized for the distraction.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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CNN’s Jake Tapper demolishes Rudy Giuliani’s denials by confronting him with his own words

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On Monday, while the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump dragged on, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter to assert that he never, in fact, was looking for "dirt" on former Vice President Joe Biden and his family:

Jane Raskin is doing a masterful job defending me in my role as defense counsel. As she pointed out, I did not dig up dirt on Joe Biden. The information RE his outrageous criminal conduct was handed to me, along with a video tape, 4 witnesses &...

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 27, 2020

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‘Like watching someone get worked up over a dog show’: Internet mocks ‘corrupt’ Pam Bondi trying to impeach the Bidens

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President Donald Trump's legal team brought up Pam Bondi at the end of the first day, where she proclaimed that the Republicans didn't want to have to address Joe Biden, but they're now forced to because the House brought it up. It was a hilarious claim since it has been the Republican's excuse for Trump breaking the law to begin with.

Bondi was criticized for basically doing what Ukraine refused -- smear the Biden family and put them on trial. But as one professor and legal analyst pointed out, if what the Bidens had done was illegal, Attorney General Bill Barr would have prosecuted them. It's been nearly four years and he still hasn't.

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