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Baltimore police officer stole $100,000 from citizens in years-long robbery spree — and brought his son along for the crime

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Former Baltimore Police Sergeant Thomas Allers.

A fifth former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in the U.S. Department of Justice racketeering case against the since-disbanded the Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force.

Former Sergeant Thomass Allers, 49, admitted to committing nine robberies over a two year period, including one robbery that included Allers’ son, WBAL TV reported.

“Prosecutors said a west Baltimore man was shot and killed in July 2016 after Allers stole $10,000 from him, leaving him unable to pay off a drug debt,” I-Team reporter Jayne Miller noted.

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Allers was the supervisor of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force.

The Baltimore Sun reports they have ‘been unable to identify or locate’ the adult son, who is not a police officer but allegedly participated in a raid with his father and two other detectives in which they stole $66,000.

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins succeeded Allers as the supervisor of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force.

Detective Sean Suiter was murdered the day before he had been scheduled to testify against Jenkins.

Aller’s lawyer has promised his client is not cooperating with authorities against other officers.

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Allers resigned from the force two weeks ago. He will be sentenced in February. Jenkins will stand trial in January.

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Things are so bad for Republicans the GOP had to send money to Texas

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In 2016, then-anti-Trump Republican Sen. Linsey Graham proclaimed, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." It seems his prediction is coming closer to fruition.

Financial reporting reveals that the Republican Party was forced to send $1.3 million to ruby-red Texas as the election nears.

It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.

"That's never happened before," he tweeted.

He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.

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What the London ‘Blitz’ reveals about how much pain and tragedy people can handle in 2020

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It's hard to imagine how 2020 could possibly get worse. "If we lose Betty White," a friend said on a drive to the Supreme Court to lay flowers.

So many Americans have lost friends or family members to COVID-19. Thousands of Americans survived the virus only to desperately needed organ transplants and forever will struggle to breathe the way they once did. Others are still suffering without smell or taste even three months after having the virus. Millions of Americans are out of work. Debt is stacking up for those trying to survive in the COVID economy. A lack of health insurance can mean hospitalizations from the virus are putting people into bankruptcy.

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Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert

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MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.

Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.

"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."

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