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Cops begin rounding up anti-police brutality protesters occupying Baltimore City Hall

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Activists have taken over Baltimore, Maryland’s City Hall to protest the permanent appointment of the city’s current interim police commissioner.

According to the New York Daily News, protesters from the Baltimore Uprising movement have said they will not leave the building until Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis hear out a list of their demands.

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The group of high school students and community activists stood and chanted in the upper gallery of City Council chambers as a subcommittee prepared to vote whether the city should make Davis’ position as police commissioner permanent. The subcommittee approved Davis and the full city council is scheduled to take up the vote on Monday.

“All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray!” the group chanted. “No justice, no peace!”

Gray is the black Baltimore man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody in April. In May, a grand jury handed down indictments for all 6 police officers implicated in the killing.

In July, police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired from his job and Davis was appointed as acting commissioner.

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Among the protesters’ demands are a request that the police stop using armored military-style equipment and vehicles against civilian protesters. They would also like officers to wear badges and name tags at all times and for protests on a large scale to be allowed in the city.

The Baltimore Sun reported that at least 12 protesters have been arrested and jailed, according to reports posted to the #BaltimoreUprising hashtag on the social medium Twitter.

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Watch a video statement from Tre Murphy of Baltimore BLOC, embedded below:

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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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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’

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As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.

“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.

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California Dem cracks up C-SPAN host: Why are angry GOP callers on the East coast ‘not at work?’

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A caller from California noted to C-SPAN on Thursday that many Republican callers on the East coast do not seem to have jobs.

At the close of Thursday's Washington Journal program, C-SPAN host Bill Scanlan spoke to a Democratic caller named Ray from Napa Valley, California.

Ray began by defending House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

"It wouldn't matter who they picked," Ray said. "The GOP -- the Grand Old Party, that's what I like to call them because they are the old party. You know, they're the dividers. My friends that are Republicans, they're the one that are being divided."

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