In a Sunday appearance on CNN, retired Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey said that there are serious holes in Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney’s explanation as to why officers shot Keith Lamont Scott last Tuesday.
Appearing alongside CNN legal analyst and former police officer Philip Holloway, Dorsey said that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s decision to only release a portion of the dashboard and body camera footage of Scott’s death is “problematic.”
“The video is not conclusive with regard to what the officers’ statements are,” Dorsey said. She said that she did not observe any “furtive movements” on Scott’s part, nor any evidence of criminal activity serious enough to warrant the officers leaving their previous post, donning police vests and moving in for an arrest.
“This thing could have been handled so differently,” she said, explaining that the officers who left their surveillance position should have radioed for a squad car and maintained their position and cover.
Anchor Fredricka Whitfield asked Dorsey about claims made by the police that Scott was rolling a marijuana blunt and “possibly brandishing a weapon.”
The Supreme Court, Dorsey said, “has told us that a black man does not have any right that a white man must respect. So, the fact that they say he’s brandishing a weapon in an open carry state and the fact that the officers are now saying that they observed him roll a joint is problematic for me.”
She went on, “I don’t smoke marijuana and I don’t roll joints, but I do know that all that activity happens in your lap. So I’m not sure how these officers were able from their position seated in their car to see Mr. Scott rolling a joint and then conclude that’s criminal activity occurring that’s so egregious and outrageous that they need to leave their post and deal with that.”
“It doesn’t jibe, Fredricka,” she concluded.
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Trump’s new anti-impeachment crusader mangles basic facts about Sondland in her first big TV interview
Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general who recently joined the White House as a communications staffer, repeatedly misrepresented EU ambassador Gordon Sondland's role in the State Department.
The Florida Republican appeared Wednesday on CBS This Morning ahead of Sondland's highly anticipated public testimony in the impeachment inquiry, and she was asked how well President Donald Trump knew the campaign donor-turned-ambassador.
"He was ambassador to the Ukraine, he is ambassador to the Ukraine, and the president knows him," said Bondi, who recently joined the White House to help manage communications strategy against impeachment.
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As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.
"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."
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"Now the big thing is, something that's not addressed, nobody else has seen, and no one's really questioned, is that when David Holmes came out and said, I was hanging out in a restaurant, having a bottle of wine, and I listened over, and there's the E.U. ambassador talking to what I think's the president," said Kilmeade. "Amazingly, he heard both sides of the phone call, and at which time Sondland said to the president that Zelensky 'loves your [ass]' ... Now we have not seen Sondland say that's true or not true, and I also find it hard to believe that people just accept that you can hear both sides of a phone call 3,000 or 5,000 miles away. I've never heard both sides of a phone call when you have it to your ear!"