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‘We are allowed to kick’: Ohio Police defend brutal beating of unarmed black man

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Cell phone video recorded by bystanders in a Columbus, Ohio store appears to show police officers using excessive force on a black man who police said was resisting arrest.

According to local TV station NBC4i, the man’s name is Timothy Davis, and video shows officers repeatedly kicking and punching Davis while he was down. Police claimed Davis “tensed up to fight,” and took officers down with him.

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In cell phone videos, people at the store where Davis was arrested said the police used excessive force.

“They’re beating the f**k out of him,” one man said. “They’re beating his ass. That’s a lawsuit.”

“We are allowed to punch and we are allowed to kick,” Police Spokesman Sgt. Dean Worthington told the NBC affiliate. “That’s part of our use of force continuum and it all depends on what the behavior of the suspect is at the time.”

Davis, who has a warrant out for his arrest, reportedly has a record of charges related to resisting arrest and assault.

Public outcry about the alleged use of excessive force led to anti-police brutality protests in Davis’s honor in Columbus.

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Raw Story has reached out to the City of Columbus’ police division for commented.

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You can watch cell phone video of the incident below.

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UPDATE — 9:31 PM EST:

In a statement, Columbus police spokesman, Sgt. Dean Worthington, told Raw Story that while officers are legally allowed to use “reasonable force” to arrest suspects, there is currently an Internal Affairs investigation within their police division as to whether the force officers used on Davis was, in fact, reasonable.

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“We’re looking into it,” Worthington said in his statement.


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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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