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‘Looks like an ISIS video!’: Internet hammers Florida cops over anti-heroin ‘propaganda’ video

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office this past week put out a new video detailing its strategy for combating heroin use — but it quickly drew fire from critics because it looked like a video ISIS might release.

In the video, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell stands at a podium while four officers stand behind him wearing masks and sunglasses. During the video, Grinnell sends out a warning to heroin dealers in Lake County, Florida that their crimes will no longer be tolerated.

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“To the dealers that are pushing this poison, I have a message for you: We’re coming for you,” he said. “As a matter of fact, our undercover agents have already bought heroin from many of you. We are simply awaiting the arrest warrants to be finalized.”

Grinnell then decided to kick things up a notch.

“Enjoy trying to sleep at night, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges,” he said. “We are coming for you.”

The video’s harsh warnings, combined with the images of several masked men standing silently in the background, drew immediate comparisons to videos released by Islamist terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Commenters on the Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook page were quick to pick up on the similarities, as one of them said he was waiting for Grinnell to “saw off some dude’s head off with a dull knife.”

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Some more choice reactions — along with the original video — follow below.

 

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‘NPR will not be intimidated’: Mike Pompeo blasted for attacks on reporter Mary Louise Kelly

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National Public Radio (NPR) is standing by "All Things Considered" host Mary Louise Kelly after she was attacked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"One day after a contentious interview followed by an expletive-filled verbal lashing of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is publicly accusing her of lying to him — 'twice,'" NPR reported. "He does not explain how and offers no evidence, but in their recorded interview the nation's top diplomat declined to respond when Kelly asked if he owed an apology to Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted from that post last year after allies of President Trump accused her of disloyalty."

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Trump lawyers argue ‘the president did absolutely nothing wrong’ as GOP presents impeachment trial defense

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White House lawyers began their defense of Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, saying the president did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and American voters -- not Congress -- should decide his fate.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone said it would be a "completely irresponsible abuse of power" if the Senate follows the lead of the House of Representatives and votes to remove the 45th US president from office.

"They're asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done," Cipollone told the 100 senators gathered on a rainy Saturday morning for a rare weekend session at just the third impeachment trial in US history.

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Louise Linton defended Greta Thunberg against her husband’s attack — but deleted her comments in less than an hour

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The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stood up against her husband online on Saturday, but quickly deleted her comments.

At the World Economic Forum, Mnuchin told climate action activist Greta Thunberg to "go study economics."

"I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either)," Linton posted on Instagram.

"We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels," she explained.

"Keep up the fight @gretathunberg," she urged.

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