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Protesters march in Wisconsin after black teen shot: ‘The whole damn system is guilty as hell’

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Reuters) – Demonstrators marched on Saturday to protest the police killing of a 19-year-old black man in Madison, Wisconsin, an incident that came amid growing scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement’s use of lethal force against minorities, the poor and mentally ill.

Chanting “the whole damn system is guilty as hell,” protesters walked from police headquarters in the state capital to the neighborhood where the apparently unarmed victim was shot by police Friday evening, according to social media.

At least 100 people took part in the peaceful protest, Madison police spokesman Officer David Dexheimer said.

The shooting occurred after a police officer responded to calls reporting that a man was dodging cars in traffic and had battered another person, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters.

The officer followed the suspect into an apartment, was struck in the head and shot the teen, who later died at a local hospital, Koval said. An initial search turned up no gun, but it was too soon to know if the victim had a weapon, Koval added.

Authorities declined to release the teen’s name, though the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper reported that his friends had identified him as Anthony “Tony” Robinson.

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice will oversee the investigation into the shooting instead of local authorities, under a new law that was enacted last year.

Attorney General Brad Schimel offered his condolences to the victim’s family.

“As a parent, I can only imagine the heartbreak they must be feeling right now in the wake of this tragedy,” he said in a statement. “Likewise, I am concerned for the officer involved in this incident, who I imagine is experiencing great trauma, as well.”

State Representative Chris Taylor, who co-authored the bill requiring outside investigators under the direction of the state Department of Justice to probe shootings involving police, said on Facebook she was at a gas station in the area where the teen was shot and observed the events leading up to the shooting.

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Last year, the deaths of two unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City triggered a wave of nationwide demonstrations against alleged excessive use of force by law enforcement.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew Roche, James Dalgleish and Paul Simao)

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Trump was ready to ‘blow up everything’: Biographer Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn’t indict

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It is not an easy task to discern the truth when confronting a president and his allies who have created their own reality, one in which truth and lies have no absolute meaning and are, for them, ultimately interchangeable.

Donald Trump does this on a personal level: he has lied at least 10,000 times while president.

During his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump continued to lie in public, asserting that he did not try to fire special sounsel Robert Mueller. As multiple sources and witnesses agree, this is not true. Trump also asserted that he can do anything that he wants, according to the Constitution: He apparently believes he is a king or emperor. This too is a lie. The Constitution grants the president no such powers, and was drafted by the framers to stop demagogues and would-be tyrants such as Donald Trump.

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CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt

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The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.

On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."

According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.

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Trump’s ‘no collusion’ lie is finally falling apart — but will Americans actually notice?

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Although the Mueller Report has been in the public domain for nearly two months, there’s still a ton of confusion and disinformation around it. The confusion is specifically due to two things: Very few voters have actually read it, and Donald Trump is delighted to exploit that fact. It doesn’t help that Robert Mueller has been more than a little cryptic about his findings — refusing to answer questions or to appear for congressional testimony to clear the air.

Consequently, the president and his Red Hat loyalists continue to repeat the “NO COLLUSION!' lie with very little push-back. The all-caps falsehood gains momentum every time Trump repeats it. Likewise, Bill Barr’s March 24 letter and his subsequent public remarks erroneously confirmed Trump’s lie before anyone, including Congress, was allowed to actually read the report.

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