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SF attorney arrested for keeping her client from being photographed: ‘This is not Guantanamo Bay’

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The San Francisco public defender’s office ripped police for arresting one of its attorneys as she challenged a detective photographing and speaking to her client, SFGate.com reported.

“This is not Guantanamo Bay,” the head of the office, John Adachi, said. “You have an absolute right to have a lawyer with you when you’re questioned.”

Adachi’s office released video of deputy public defender Jami Tillotson stepping between Inspector Brian Stansbury outside a courtroom on Tuesday. Stanbury can be seen telling the client, “I just want to take some pictures, OK, and he’ll be free to go.”

Tillotson, who was defending the client against a misdemeanor theft charge, immediately steps in. Stanbury asks her to step away from the client, then walks back toward her and asks her to step aside.

“I’m pretty sure that we’re OK,” she replies. “We don’t need any pictures taken, thank you.”

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“No, you’re not pretty sure,” Stanbury says. “If you continue with this, I will arrest you for resisting arrest.”

“Please do,” Tillotson says. Stanbury quickly takes a pair of handcuffs from an officer and places her under arrest. She states that she not resisting arrest and is representing her client before another officer leads her away. At that point, Stanbury goes back to taking pictures of her client.

Tillotson was held for an hour on charges of resisting arrest before being released. Police spokesperson Albie Esparza said on Wednesday that Stanbury was justified in his actions because her client was a person of interest in a separate investigation.

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Esparza also said that the matter will be forwarded to the local district attorney’s office for review “when appropriate.”

The San Francisco Examiner reported that one of Stanbury’s colleagues filed a federal civil rights suit against him accusing the inspector of racial profiling.

Watch footage of Tillotson’s arrest, as posted online on Wednesday, below.

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.

Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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