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Footage confirms Rikers Island guard ignored diabetic inmate’s request for help before dying

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Security footage shows guards at Rikers Island in New York ignoring — and even stepping over — a 45-year-old diabetic prisoner during his imprisonment, despite his request for medical attention.

The footage, which was posted by the New York Times on Tuesday, also shows the prisoner, Carlos Mercado, carrying a plastic bag with him, which he used to hold his vomit. Mercado reportedly threw up on several occasions after being arrested in August 2013 for allegedly trying to sell heroin to an undercover police officer.

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The New York State Commission of Correction determined late last month that prison officials were to blame for Mercado’s death inside a holding pen, where he was placed with 14 other prisoners.

The video also corroborates the commission’s statement that Corrections Officer Eric Jacobs stepped over Mercado as he lay on the floor, ignoring his request for help. Mercado can be seen collapsing as officers opened the door to his cell at 10:45 p.m. on the night of his arrest, nearly four hours after he was taken in. He died the following morning from a lack of insulin.

The New York Daily News reported that Jacobs has been cited twice for “improper reporting of use of force” and once for insubordination during his stint at the prison. He also told investigators that Mercado “must have given some indication that he was alright,” but could not remember Mercado making such a statement.

The report said that Jacobs, along with colleagues Maurice Brown, Brian Chin and Reginald Faulkner, lied to investigators to cover up their actions and broke prison rules concerning inmate care.

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Mercado’s family filed a lawsuit against the city last year. Their attorney, David Rankin, is reportedly negotiating a settlement in the matter. Think Progress noted that the city paid a $17.5 million settlement to the family of another diabetic inmate, Jose Vargas, after he suffered brain damage stemming from a lack of insulin.

Watch the video, as posted by the Times, below.

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Kanye ripped for latest Trump defense: Always someone willing to write a check to ‘a black person defending white supremacy’

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Kanye West hugging Trump

A panel discussion on recent concerts put on by Kanye West in Salt Lake City and Howard University turned to his new recent comments he made defending his support for Donald Trump -- with one panelist saying the rapper is getting paid on the side for siding with the president.

Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, guests Danielle Moodie-Mills and Clay Cane were harshly critical of West trying to drum up black support for the president as well as his recent comments on slavery.

"What is going on here?" Gibson began. "So you saw the pictures of Kanye West in the middle of Salt Lake City. He drew about 10,000 people here at Howard University, it was a smaller crowd because they didn't get the e-mail about it until 6:00 a.m. on homecoming weekend. Largely, a lot of people who are going to these shows are black folks. These are some of the scenes in Salt Lake City, so people are wondering: is he sort of like Trump's secret weapon, a secret outreach to the black community? "

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WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear

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Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.

Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.

In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.

Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.

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Veteran journalist Sam Donaldson: Trump’s rabid followers will never get their ‘white Christian country’ back

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Veteran White House reporter Sam Donaldson insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump's supporters do not represent the diversity of the United States.

"His strong supporters -- I mean, lock her up, I mean, all the things he says, all the vicious, mean things he says, they love it," Donaldson told CNN host Brian Stelter. "They’re good Americans otherwise. They’ll probably give you the shirt off their back, they’ll help you if you need it, but they have this fixation."

"They want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again," he continued. "They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that.

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