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WATCH: Florida judge flips out when attorney claims black man fled to avoid getting shot by cops



A Florida judge reacted angrily when a defense attorney suggested his client fled police because he feared officers would shoot him because he’s black.

Police arrested 26-year-old Stephen Hall Clarke early Monday after a brief pursuit that began when a bullet was fired at a Fort Lauderdale police officer’s unmarked patrol car and grazed the plainclothes officer’s head, reported the Sun Sentinel.

The officer, who was not badly injured, had been following a suspicious vehicle prior to the shooting, and police chased several suspects that scattered after the gunshot was fired.

Clarke was found hiding under a dock and wearing an empty holster when police arrested him, and his attorney argued he had a reasonable excuse for running.

“Your honor, in light of what’s happening in this country with unarmed black men being killed by police, him running from shots being fired is a very reasonable response,” said public defender Dale Miller.

Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley strongly disagreed.


“Don’t give me that,” Hurley said. “That is so off base.”

“We’ve got a young man — I don’t care what color he is — he’s in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in at 1:41 in the morning, hiding under somebody’s dock in the water with a holster on after a police officer had a shot taken at him,” Hurley said.

“Don’t hand me this, ‘running from police brutality,'” the judge continued. “That is not appropriate in this case. I’m not going to let you poison this case with bringing in something that has nothing to do with it.”

Three other suspects have been arrested in the case on burglary and other charges, but police have not said who they believe shot at the unmarked cruiser.


The judge took a brief recess after his outburst and apologized to the attorney when he returned.

“I got a little worked up there, but I just want to be clear that we stick to the facts of the case and we don’t go off on tangents,” Hurley said.

Hurley has previously made news for admonishing a suspect who yawned while standing before him and saying, “I don’t care, man,” and another suspect who called him a “cock.”

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?



The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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