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Texas police bash ‘unethical’ news station for airing video of cops killing suspect

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Texas police upset that a local news station aired footage of Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shooting a man with hands up want the public to express outrage — at the news station.

Gilbert Flores, 41, can be seen in the cell phone video aired by KSAT standing outside his San Antonio-area home during a domestic violence call. He raises his hands over his head then abruptly crumples to the ground after he is apparently shot by deputies.

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“They just cold-blooded shot that [expletive],” the man holding the camera says.

Both the county D.A. and the sheriff’s office have opened investigations into the shooting. Both deputies, Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez, are on paid administrative leave, KSAT reports.

But the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department is angry about the news station’s decision to air the entire video, which also appears to show officers handcuffing Flores’ lifeless body.

The department also called the airing of the video “unethical and sad” on its official Facebook page.

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“These deputies have not been charged with a crime and a family lost their loved one. This is unethical and sad,” the post reads. “If you agree, let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn’t fly in Bexar County.”

Many comments in response questioned why the department would criticize the news station for releasing the footage.

“I support the police. But for a law enforcement organization to seek to suppress the public’s access to evidence of police actions is unprofessional, and undermines the public confidence that police need, and need to foster. The issue isn’t the press showing the killing – the issue is the killing of the person, as shown in the video,” one man responded.

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The news station said it decided to air the entire video because it allows the public to make their own call.

“Providing the video on KSAT.com allows for viewers to make their own decision on whether to click on a link to see the video,” KSAT reports. “Other than editing for language, the video is the entirety of what we received from Michael Thomas.”

Sheriff’s officials previously said the deputies tried to subdue Flores with less lethal means, including Tasers and shields. They said he had injured a woman and 18-month-old child.

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Watch the report from KSAT here:

The entire video, which shows Flores being shot, can be seen by clicking here.

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

Photojournalist Steve Rhodes attended the meeting and documented the outrage among climate activists, including the "a failure of leadership" chant.

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President Donald Trump is claiming extraordinary powers in his escalating trade war with China.

On Friday, Trump demanded that American companies look for alternatives to China.

"Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA," Trump tweeted.

Of course, the president has no power to order such a thing.

Trump then announced massive tariffs on China, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.

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On MSNBC Saturday, former professor and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed blasted President Donald Trump's inability to behave like a world leader at the G7 summit, or to have meaningful dialogues with the heads of allied countries.

"Abdul, do you think there is any chance that Donald Trump gets through this weekend without any drama?" asked anchor Alex Witt.

"Well, look, if you used the last week as any indication, I think it's no chance," said El-Sayed. "We're talking about the president of the United States as if he's a child going to a playdate."

"Honestly, we have to have a serious conversation about the fact that he's just headlong pitched our economy down the tubes," continued El-Sayed. "He's been doing it because of a spat that he has with a leader in China. And we're talking about whether or not he's going to have a good time at the G7. This is the president of the United States. We have to treat him as such and we have to be asking about whether or not we are willing to get serious about the conversation that we need to be having about what's going to happen in our future."

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