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‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ witness arrested on drug charges days after suing Ferguson and police

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A friend who was with Michael Brown when he was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was arrested Wednesday, just days after filing a lawsuit against the city.

Dorian Johnson, who told police that Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, was arrested in St. Louis on suspicion of drug charges and resisting arrest.

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Officers responded about 3:20 p.m. to a call about a large group possibly armed with guns, and a police source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Johnson was arrested with two of his brothers.

The source said Johnson had cough medication mixed with what police believe is an illegal narcotic.

The police report shows officers dispersed the crowd, and an officer spotted a man who appeared to have a weapon.

Another man grabbed the officer’s arm as he attempted to pat down the suspect, according to the report, and a third man believed to be Johnson then intervened and allegedly tried to get rid of drug evidence.

All three men, believed to be Johnson and his brothers, were arrested.

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Johnson’s witness account to Brown’s shooting — which sparked months of protest — inspired the slogan, “hands up, don’t shoot,” that many believe was discredited when federal investigators could not confirm the unarmed 18-year-old had tried to surrender.

Johnson sued Ferguson, Wilson, and former police chief Thomas Jackson, claiming the officer assaulted him and violated his constitutional rights.

The suit filed last week claims Wilson, who is no longer a police officer, intentionally and negligently inflicted emotional pain.

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The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $25,000 and an injunction to prevent the city and its police from engaging in assault, unlawful arrest and excessive force.

Watch this video report about the lawsuit posted online by KSDK-TV:

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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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