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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.

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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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‘He still doesn’t get it’: White House source tells CNN’s Acosta that Trump refuses to take the pandemic seriously

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CNN's Jim Acosta on Wednesday reported that President Donald Trump this week attended a meeting with his own White House Coronavirus Task Force -- and it quickly became clear that the president is still not taking the pandemic seriously even after the deaths of 156,000 Americans.

“He still doesn’t get it,” the source told Acosta. “He does not get it.”

Acosta's source says that during the meeting on Tuesday, Trump frequently tried to change the subject away from the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump delivers dangerously false medical claim: Children are ‘virtually immune’ from coronavirus — which is ‘going away’

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President Donald Trump is making dangerously false medical claims once again, this time to advance his agenda of forcing the nation's schools to re-open despite the coronavirus pandemic, which is growing worse in many parts of the country.

On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning Trump said that children are "virtually immune" from contracting the coronavirus, which is false.

"It doesn't have an impact on them," Trump told the Fox News morning team. "And I've watched some doctors say they're 'totally immune,' I don't know I hate to use the word 'totally,' the news will say, 'Oh, he made the word totally and he shouldn't have used that word.' But the fact is they are virtually immune from this problem, and we have to open our schools."

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Historian who predicted Trump’s upset 2016 win now says he’s going to crash and burn in 2020

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Allan Lichtman, a political historian who teaches at American University in Washington, D.C., became famous for correctly predicting President Donald Trump's upset win four years ago.

But in a new interview with The New York Times, Lichtman makes the case that Trump appears very unlikely to win a second term as the country has been racked for months by the coronavirus pandemic, high unemployment, and civil unrest.

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