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San Francisco police probe video of officers joking about shootings

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San Francisco police on Friday said they are investigating video clips posted on social media that appear to show two officers joking in graphic detail about what they would and would not want recorded on body-mounted cameras if they shot someone.

The two clips, posted on the popular photo-sharing service Instagram, show the policemen talking in what appears to be a public cafe.

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The officers appear to joke about how they would want a suspect pointing a gun at them to be captured on video when shot but not a suspect putting their hands up.

In one clip, an officer can be heard saying “what you want is video of the guy holding the gun still” directly at the camera before being shot multiple times. 

In the second clip, the same officer can be seen pantomiming someone raising their hands and being shot, before the two joked that the “red splatter” and “cherry pie all over the wall” would not look good.

“Upon learning of these videos clips, the Department initiated an immediate investigation that is ongoing,” San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said in a statement. “Disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.”

The filmed conversation follows a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and high-profile killings in cities from New York to Los Angeles that sparked waves of sometimes destructive protests over police violence, particularly against minorities.

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The shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson in August 2014 prompted protests in which chants of “hands up, don’t shoot” became a rallying cry.

Police departments across the country have turned to the so-called bodycameras in part as a way to restore public trust in the wake of the killings, several of which were caught on film.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has budgeted millions to equip the city’s force with the devices.

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The city’s police officials called on the person who recorded the clips to turn them in for examination.

An Instagram user who posted the videos under the account name “lastrella,” could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday.

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DOJ employees urged to revolt against Bill Barr for throwing IG report ‘in the trash’ to defend Trump

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne excoriated Attorney General William Barr for his partisan suppression of the inspector general's conclusions about the FBI's Russia investigation.

"Here's the problem. The inspector general has already found that the — the investigation was not motivated in the way that Bill Barr is saying it is, and he's directly taking all the work of all the people and he's throwing it in the trash," said Alksne. "And he's added this other layer of an investigation and now he's broken all the rules, because one of the rules in an investigation is you don't talk about it in the middle, and he's done that. And it's a very threatening thing to the person who did the initial investigation, and it's also a way of putting his thumb on the scale with the guy who's doing the followup investigation, [U.S. Attorney John] Durham. He was talked into issuing a press release that was completely improper."

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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GOP lawmaker scrambles for excuses after being cornered with McConnell’s promise to rig Trump impeachment

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On CNN Saturday, anchor Martin Savidge confronted Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), one of Trump's biggest defenders on cable television, about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that he was "coordinating" the impeachment strategy with the White House.

"Where is the impartiality there?" asked Savidge. "And it has to be a concern because, as you point out, you are an attorney and you would be worried if a member of the jury had already stated how they were going to consider."

"Yeah, we heard those comments yesterday, as everyone did," said Johnson. "You know, I've actually talked about this with some of my Democrat [sic] colleagues, those who are very much in favor of impeachment. I said isn't it a fair description of what he said? The way I heard that, Mitch McConnell is talking about the scheduling of the trial, what length of trial or what would be involved with that, with the White House, which is not unprecedented. That's what happened in the Clinton proceedings as well, they coordinated with the White House on scheduling. I don't think he's talking about the merits of the case. I think he's talking about how long will be allowed for this to go forward so I don't think there's anything inappropriate about that."

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