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St. Louis cop beat cuffed suspect and shoved gun down his throat — and prosecutors covered it up

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A former St. Louis prosecutor admitted she helped a police detective cover up his videotaped assault on a handcuffed suspect — including shoving a pistol down the man’s throat.

Bliss Barber Worrell admitted Monday in federal court that she failed to tell supervisors and a judge what she knew about the assault and then helped file a bogus charge against the suspect, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 28-year-old Worrell pleaded guilty to a felony count of misprision, which carries a three-year prison term, but prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend 18 months in prison.

Worrell, the daughter-in-law of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell, has agreed to testify against others who may be involved in the cover-up.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said an unspecified number of Worrell’s colleagues, who knew about the assault and cover-up but failed to report them, have left the prosecutor’s office, although it’s not clear whether they were fired.

A St. Louis police detective, identified in media reports as Thomas A. Carroll, is accused of beating up 41-year-old Michael Waller, who was caught July 22, 2014, using a credit card that had been stolen from the officer’s daughter’s vehicle.

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Worrell, who said she had a “close friendship” with Carroll, said the detective called her that night while she was at a Cardinals baseball game and told her about the incident, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Waller, who has a lengthy criminal record, was charged the following day with receiving stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card and escape, relative to resisting arrest.

Worrell discussed the assault July 23, 2014, with colleagues during a conference call with the detective — who told the prosecutors that he had thrown the handcuffed Waller against a wall, beat him, threw a chair at him and shoved a pistol down the suspect’s throat.

Court records show that Worrell helped a novice prosecutor, who has not been publicly identified, file a bogus resisting arrest charge to help justify the beating and hand-walked the case to a judge.

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Worrell then began asking around the prosecutor’s office to find out whether colleagues had spoken to supervisors about the case.

Prosecutors dismissed the escape charge against Waller, who is white, four days later — the same day that Worrell and Katherine Dierdorf, a prosecutor for only five months and the daughter of former NFL player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf, both resigned.

Carroll, a 25-year veteran, resigned about two months later, and all charges against Waller were eventually dropped.

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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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