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Kentucky police lend bullhorn to demonstrators during ‘die-in’ protest

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Police officers in northern Kentucky loaned their bullhorn to demonstrators during a “die-in” protest of police brutality.

Several dozen protesters gathered outside the Covington Police Department several weeks ago, reported The River City News, as they joined in protests across the nation after police officers were not charged in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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The protesters also demanded justice for 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey, a Covington woman shot to death by a Boone County sheriff’s deputy last year as she tried to leave a field party.

A grand jury decided in November not to charge that deputy, Tyler Brockman.

The assistant city manager reported at the end of Tuesday’s city commission meeting that officers had lent a bullhorn to protesters during the demonstration, so they could be heard over traffic.

“I thought it was a very good thing,” said Frank Warnock, assistant city manager.

Mayor Sherry Carran agreed, saying officers had stayed in constant contact with protest organizers to ensure they got what they needed to keep the event peaceful.

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“I think we impressed upon a group of people how we do our policing,” said Spike Jones, Covington police chief.

Jones said he disagreed with the way protesters characterized police, but he said he and other officers had sworn an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution – which he said included the demonstrators’ right to free speech.

“It’s the first (amendment) because some people felt it was the most important,” Jones said. “These folks were exercising that right peacefully.”

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Watch video from the protest posted online by takethegate:

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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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