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Minnesota city official says Philando Castile’s girlfriend will spend her settlement cash on ‘crack cocaine’

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Diamond Reynolds, who watched in horror when her boyfriend Philando Castile was fatally shot in front of her by a police officer in 2016, received an $800,000 settlement this week from two Minnesota cities for the trauma she endured, both for witnessing the shooting and for being wrongly arrested afterward.

Now CityPages reports that official from the town of Elysian, Minnesota, has criticized the settlement by predicting that Reynolds will blow all the money she’s getting on drugs.

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“She needs to come off County and State Aid now that she has some cash,” wrote Elysian City Councilor and Rice County Police Sgt. Tom McBroom on Twitter about Reynolds. “It’ll be gone in six months on crack cocaine.”

One person responded to McBroom’s tweet and asked him why he thought Reynolds would blow all of her settlement money on cash.

“History,” McBroom replied.

When contacted by CityPages, McBroom initially denied that he was the man who wrote the tweet, although he later confessed to lying about this when confronted with additional evidence that he was its original author.

He then explained that his declaration that Reynolds would spend $800,000 on crack wasn’t meant to be a racist statement, but was rather a statement of concern for how people who win large settlements often invest that money unwisely.

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“I’ve seen them come to court,” he said. “They’ve lost their children, but they come to court dressed to the nines with Michael Kors purses. To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in. I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?”

The Rice County Sheriff’s Office says that it is reviewing McBroom’s statements about Reynolds.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe nails it: Trump’s new spy chief did same foreign work ‘that got Paul Manafort sent to jail’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped President Donald Trump's new spy chief -- who just got busted for apparently breaking the same law as Paul Manafort.

The "Morning Joe" host blasted Rick Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, for lacking any relevant experience for the job, and now he may not even get the security clearance he needs to do the job.

"So he's doing work for a foreign politician, but he didn't register," Scarborough said. "That sounds like a crime. Haven't people been arrested for doing that? Sure as hell he knows he's not going to be able to get a security clearance."

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‘Mind-boggling’: Trump accused of hiding Russia documents until they can be destroyed

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According to a report from NPR, the administration of Donald Trump is coming under increasing fire from historians and activists for keeping documents about his meetings with foreign leaders -- including Russian officials -- and immigration-related documents out of the public eye until they can be destroyed.

The reports states, "Historians and activists charge that the White House has failed to keep notes of the president's meetings with foreign leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that other papers, including records of alleged abuses of undocumented immigrants, could be destroyed," before adding, "Immigration activists fear that records relating to the treatment of undocumented immigrants — including detainee deaths, complaints about medical conditions and alleged sexual assault and abuse of detainees — could be destroyed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

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Trump’s shock troops: So much for conservative ‘small government’

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

The authoritarian does not make idle threats. He makes promises and then follows through on them.

Three years into Donald Trump's term, and with eight months to go until Election Day 2020, the gears of his cruel machine grind on. He and it will never be satisfied.

Trump's proposed 2021 federal budget includes billions of dollars to expand his system of detention centers and concentration camps, build more of his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and deploy more ICE, Border Patrol and other paramilitary forces.

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