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No charges for Chicago cop who gunned down Ronald Johnson as he ran away

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Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Chicago police officer who killed a black man last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said video recorded by a dashboard camera shows Ronald Johnson III was wielding a gun shortly before the Oct. 12, 2014, fatal shooting, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Alvarez said Officer George Hernnadez’s actions were “reasonable and permissible” when he shot the fleeing Johnson in the back because the suspect was running toward a police vehicle and public park.

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Prosecutors sent the video to an FBI laboratory to establish visual proof that the 25-year-old Johnson was carrying a gun as he ran from police on the city’s South Side.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn McCarthy said officers saw the weapon in Johnson’s hand after he fell to the ground.

The loaded gun was connected to a 2013 shooting, investigators said, and a witness suggested Johnson may have planned to shoot someone who fired gunshots at the car he was riding in shortly before he was killed.

Police said Johnson resisted arrest and then fled when officers responded to a report of shots fired.

An attorney for Johnson’s mother said Hernandez fired five times within two seconds after Johnson got out of the car.

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The shots struck Johnson in the back of the knee and the back of the shoulder.

The fatal shot traveled through his shoulder, severed his jugular vein and exited his eye socket, the Tribune reported.

The attorney said police found the “old and rusty” pistol after Johnson was killed, and he said the gun cannot be seen in video footage — which was turned over as part of a wrongful death suit.

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“There was nothing in his hand, not a gun, a cellphone, a bottle of water — nothing,” said attorney Michael Oppenheimer.

Johnson was killed eight days before another officer shot and killed Laquan McDonald.

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The 17-year-old McDonald was armed with a knife as he fled, and Officer Jason Van Dyke faces first-degree murder charges in the teen’s death.

Video of that shooting was released two weeks ago, setting off protests of Chicago’s use of force policies and calls for Alvarez’s resignation.

Watch video of Johnson’s fatal shooting posted online:

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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