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Cops in Alton Sterling shooting investigated five times in seven years

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The two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling on Monday have been investigated — and cleared — five times between them in their collective seven years working for the Baton Rouge police department, the New Orleans Advocate reported on Thursday.

Blane Salamoni was accused last August of hitting a man while arresting him. A month earlier, he was accused of failing to follow orders after using a Taser in the course of pursuing a suspect. The only disciplinary action levied against him was a “letter of caution” in 2012 — his first year with the department — for causing what officials called “a preventable crash.”

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The Advocate also reported, citing an unidentified source, that it was Salamoni who shot and killed Sterling after pinning him to the ground outside a local convenience store. Police have said that Salamoni and Howie Lake II were investigating a report identifying Sterling as the person threatening passers-by with a gun, but footage of the shooting runs counter to their argument that the victim had a gun in his hand when he was shot.

Lake, who has been with the department since 2013, has been investigated twice for excessive force in connection with two incidents in 2014. In August, he was accused of injuring a 15-year-old boy while arresting him. Lake was also investigated in connection with the shooting that December of 28-year-old Kevin Knight, who opened fire on Lake and other officers after crashing his car during a pursuit. Knight survived the incident.

Both officers have also received several commendations during their tenures. The New Orleans Advertiser reported that they received a “life saving” award this past April.


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GOP governor blocks local officials from forcing private schools to only hold classes online

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) is overriding a local order from Montgomery County restricting private schools to operating online only, as a safety precaution against the coronavirus outbreak raging in the area.

"Hogan issued an emergency order Monday that said private schools’ reopening would be up to individual schools and not mandated by the state," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "'The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer,' Hogan said."

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‘One whopper after another’: CNN’s Acosta tears into Trump for lying the Postal Service can’t deliver enough ballots

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump's litany of lies about mail-in voting at the day's coronavirus press briefing.

"Right at the end of that press conference, the president was just telling one whopper after another about mail-in voting, at one point saying that he doesn't believe that the U.S. Postal Service has the ability to deal with mail-in balloting at election time," said Acosta. "We just need to point out, the U.S. Postal Service put out a statement late this afternoon that says, 'the Postal Service has ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.'"

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Here are all the ways government made the rich richer during the coronavirus economic crisis

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The disparity between the rich and the poor has expanded in America during the coronavirus pandemic and government shutdowns, NBC News reported Monday.

"The Federal Reserve slashed interest rates, bought more than $2 trillion in debt and created new lending “facilities,” which flooded the financial system with money and rallied stocks," NBC News reported. "That has been a boon for investors, but the vast majority of stocks owned in the U.S. belong to the wealthiest 10 percent."

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