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Officer who stopped Sandra Bland for lane change indicted by grand jury for perjury

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A grand jury in Waller County, Texas indicted the state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland on Wednesday for perjury, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Brian Encinia’s indictment came after the jury reconvened to review the lack of indictments connected to the case. Bland died in jail three days after being arrested in July 2015.

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Bland’s death was ruled a suicide, which her family has questioned. Authorities later suggested the family contributed to her death by not paying the $515 necessary to release her on bail.

Her death fueled a series of protests against excessive use of force by police against communities of color, including a Black Lives Matter demonstration against presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Martin O’Malley at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix. Bland’s family later filed a wrongful death suit against the county.

Update, 5:59 p.m. EST: Think Progress reported that Encinia was indicted for falsely stating on his report that he pulled Bland out of her car during their initial encounter.

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‘Blasphemous and sacrilegious’: Texas pastor blasts Trump’s ‘second coming of God’ claim — and ‘silent’ evangelicals

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Much of the strong criticism that President Donald Trump receives from Christians typically comes from Mainline Protestants (especially non-fundamentalist African-American churches) or Catholic Democrats; Trump is still quite popular among far-right fundamentalist white evangelical groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. But one self-described evangelical who is furious with Trump and his apologists is Jay Lowder, who leads Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries in Wichita Falls, Texas and declares in a Washington Post op-ed that equating Trump with God is “blasphemous.”

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Trump’s old NBC boss pitches $60 million plan to use mass surveillance to predict potential mass shooters

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President Donald Trump's old boss at NBC has briefed him on a surveillance program intended to identify potential mass shooters.

The proposal is part of a larger effort to establish a new agency called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA, modeled after the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, reported the Washington Post.

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‘Archie Bunker is in the Oval Office’ flailing around searching for a fight: columnist

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President Donald Trump's doctrine of global policy is ambiguous at best and erratic at worst, a Daily Beast reporter pointed out in a Thursday morning piece.

Thus far, the president's dogma has been a hodge-podge of assumptions and ambiguity that changes depending on the feud of choice he has waged on any given day. The only consistency is Trump's unfaltering support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his loyalty to Benjamin Netanyahu. Outside of that, the Trump doctrine seems to be based on the ill-informed whims of a president who conducts foreign policy based on near-daily squabbles.

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