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Maryland cop shot and killed by fellow officer in ‘tragic’ misunderstanding

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The shot that killed a Maryland plainclothes detective during a gunfight with a suspect with a history of mental illness was deliberately aimed at him by another officer in a “tragic” misunderstanding, a police official said on Wednesday.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry Stawinski told reporters that the act was not malicious, and said on Twitter he did not believe the officer who fired the fatal shot had deliberately targeted a fellow officer.

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“It’s another tragic dimension to this unfolding story,” Stawinski told a news conference. “The environment was incredibly chaotic. We had officers under fire immediately trying to seek cover.”

On Sunday, Prince George’s County Police Officer First Class Jacai Colson, 28, who was off duty, died following a gunfight that began when a man with a history of mental illness began shooting outside a police station near Washington, D.C., as his two brothers videotaped the action, authorities said.

Stawinski declined to say if Colson was mistaken for a suspect.

The accused gunman, 22-year-old Michael Ford of Landover, Maryland, faces 25 criminal counts in connection with the shooting, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks told the news conference.

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His brothers, 21-year-old Malik Ford and 18-year-old Elijah Ford, drove him to police headquarters and each face 10 charges, including three first-degree assault charges and six attempted murder charges, as well as conspiracy to commit murder, Alsobrooks said.

The three are being held without bond, she said.

There were six officers involved in the incident and some of them have not provided statements, officials said.

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The entire department is receiving counseling, Stawinski said. Forensic analysis is expected to be concluded on Wednesday, he said.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)


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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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