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Girlfriend of Minnesota black motorist killed by officer mistrusted police

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The Minnesota woman who streamed images of her boyfriend as he lay bleeding to death after being shot by a policeman during a traffic stop said on Tuesday she showed the video because she did not trust police.

Diamond Reynolds, who streamed the immediate aftermath of the July 2016 shooting on Facebook Live, said during emotional testimony at the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, that she was afraid for her 4-year-old daughter, who was in the vehicle’s back seat when the shooting occurred.

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“I know people are not protected against the police,” she said. “I feared for my daughter’s safety and my safety because a gun was pointed in our car.”

The killing of Philando Castile, 32, by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter, sparked national outrage and triggered weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The shooting in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights during a traffic stop, like similar incidents across the United States, fueled public debate about appropriate use of force by law enforcement against minorities.

Yanez fired his gun because Castile was reaching for a weapon he disclosed he had, Yanez’s attorney, Paul Engh, said during opening arguments on Monday.

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Engh said Yanez, who will testify and previously pleaded not guilty, feared for his life. Engh said the police dashboard camera video of the stop showed Castile ignored two commands about not reaching for or pulling out his gun.

On Tuesday, Reynolds, 27, dabbing her eyes with a tissue and sometimes sobbing, said she was “broken, hurt, confused, lost.”

The police video, as well as Reynolds’ Facebook post, were played in court. Yanez fired seven shots, hitting Castile five times, including twice in the heart, prosecutors said.

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Yanez has said he was justified in stopping Castile’s car because he resembled a suspect in a convenience store robbery, according to court documents. Castile’s vehicle also had a broken brake light.

After Castile was stopped, Yanez asked him to present his driver’s license and insurance card. Castile disclosed he was carrying a licensed handgun. The exchange took just over a minute and Castile’s permit to carry a gun was later found in his wallet.

In response to questions by Yanez’s attorney, Reynolds said she and Castile smoked marijuana a lot, but not every day. Marijuana was found in the car.

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(Reporting by Todd Melby; Editing by Dan Grebler and Diane Craft)


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Emmy winners in key categories

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Here is a list of the winners in key categories for the 71st Emmy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"Game of Thrones" wrapped up its run with an Emmy for best drama series -- and 12 total for its final season.

"Fleabag" pulled one of the biggest surprises of the night, sweeping the prizes for best comedy, best actress in a comedy, as well as best writing and directing -- a major disappointment for perennial winner "Veep" in its last season.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: "Fleabag" (Amazon)

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Billy Porter, "Pose"

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Five-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

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A damning new UN report published Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster as a result of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever.

It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit Monday that will be attended by more than 60 world leaders, as Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pushes for countries to increase their greenhouse gas reduction targets.

The report "highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change," said its authors, the Science Advisory Group to the summit.

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‘Nauseating’: Trump displays his utter contempt for the law and the Constitution — again

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Abuse of power must be the label on a burgeoning dossier of complaints about Donald Trump as a president who would order subordinates to ignore congressional subpoenas, to steal money from one approved budget pot to build his Wall, to flaunt ethical protocols – and to do all those obstruction-like things outlined in the Mueller Report.

Now has come a mysterious new problem – a so-called whistleblower case alleging some kind of unidentified bad behavior from the top of the White House. From the descriptions of who is targeted, it seems to focus on Trump, his family, or someone within the top tier. Indeed, The Washington Post reported from sources that the complaint concerned an urgent matter relating to Trump promises to a foreign leader, most probably the prime minister of Ukraine.

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