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Black woman died days after prison guard threatened to beat her — now her family wants to know why

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The family of a 36-year-old black woman found dead in a Florida prison cell, days after a prison guard threatened her life, has filed suit against the state claiming prison authorities are engaged in a cover-up.

According to the Miami Herald, the family of Latandra Ellington says the mother of four had been beaten, subjected to inhumane treatment and did not receive proper medical care. Ellington was serving the last 7 months of a twenty-two month sentence for grand theft at the time of her death last year.

Ellington was in protective custody when she died after prison authorities were informed that a guard, identified as Patrick Quercioli, reportedly threatened to kill her by beating her with his radio.

Ten days before her death, Ellington had written to her family about threats from Quercioli — referred to as “Sgt. Q” — and another guard identified as “Thrasher.” According to Ellington, she claimed she had angered Quercioli when she caught him having sex with another inmate.

In her letter she wrote: ““He was gone [sic] beat me to death and mess me like a dog. He was all in my face Sqt. Q then he grab his radio and said he was gone bust me in my head with it…”

Less than 24 hours after being moved, Ellington was found dead in her cell. According to Florida medical examiner Barbara Wolf, Ellington died from heart disease.

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Unhappy with the examiner’s report, Ellington’s family paid for a private autopsy which showed that she had lethal levels of the blood pressure medicine amlodopine in her system. The family also claims she had bruising, a cut on her face and showed other signs of abuse.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Quercioli —who has a prior criminal record of his own that includes illegal  possession of steroids — has left their employment.

No one has been charged in the death of Ellington.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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