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Philando Castile’s sobbing girlfriend exposes how cops treated her and 4-year-old like criminals

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Diamond Reynolds, the woman who streamed the aftermath of her boyfriend’s shooting death at the hands of Minnesota police live on Facebook, said Philando Castile lay dying in the car and no one came to his aid, according to a testimony on Facebook Live.

Reynolds said she posted the video so people would see what happened. She said Castile worked for a school in St. Paul and had just gotten his hair done for his upcoming birthday. The couple had been grocery shopping when they were stopped by an officer for a broken tail light.

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Reynolds said Castile was reaching for his wallet to get his identification, as the officer had asked. She also said Castile told the officer he was carrying a gun, which he was licensed to have. She said the officer opened fire on him even though he was not threatening them.

She sobbed as she recounted what had happened, and talked about the need to unite to stop police officers from killing innocent people.

“He was licensed to carry,” she said in the haunting video. “And as he was reaching for his ID in his back pocket, the police bear arms. The police officer stopped us for a busted tail light that was not busted. They pulled us over on the side of the road and asked for license and registration. As he was reaching for his license and registration, he told the officer that he was licensed to carry and [had a firearm]… The police took four or five shots at him for no reason.”

She said her daughter was in the car and witnessed the entire incident.

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“The police did this to me,” Reynolds sobbed.

Reynolds then said she was taken to jail and separated from her 4-year-old child. She said they were not fed or given water even though they were held for hours, and police “treated me like a prisoner.”

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She said the police took her phone and took over her Facebook account.

Reynolds described Castile as a “hard-working man” who worked at J.J. Hill Montessori School and was looking forward to celebrating his 35th birthday.

“It’s not fair and it’s not right,” she sobbed.

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Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’

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Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.

During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.

Gifford did not respond positively.

"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."

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China lashes Taiwan over offer to Hong Kong protesters

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China slammed Taiwan Monday for offering asylum to Hong Kong people facing prosecution for involvement in anti-government protests, telling the island's leaders to "stop meddling" in the territory's affairs.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen voiced support last month for granting asylum to some Hong Kong protesters, with the semi-autonomous financial hub in the midst of an unprecedented political crisis.

Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Chinese cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, warned Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party to "stop undermining the rule of law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs, and stop indulging criminals in any way".

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Trump ‘puppet master’ Stephen Miller: 21 things you need to know

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Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd. According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark.

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