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Hung jury ends trial of female US cop who shot man in back

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Jurors in the US state of Wisconsin were unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the trial of a female police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back after a brief scuffle.

Officer Devon Kraemer was charged with shooting a 28-year-old man without warning in a Milwaukee suburb, after he had been escorted off a bus for complaining about the bus fare and struggled with police as he was put to the ground to be handcuffed.

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The case had the same racial undertones as several recent high-profile police shootings — the officer is white and the person who was shot is African American.

Two days of arson and civil unrest took place in Milwaukee in August 2016 after police shot and killed another African American suspect, who in that case was armed with a pistol.

He was one of 963 shot and killed by lawmen in the United States that year, according to a data base maintained by The Washington Post.

In the latest Wisconsin case, Manuel Burnley survived the shooting and testified that Kraemer’s fellow officer had used a racial epithet before he was shot, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

After a two-week trial and testimony from experts about the March 2016 shooting in a Milwaukee suburb, a hung jury resulted when the panel could not reach agreement on the officer’s guilt, according to US media reports.

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Kraemer testified that after Burnley was taken off a city bus for belligerent behavior, he fought with officers and Kraemer feared he was reaching for one of the officers’ guns, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Burnley contradicted that testimony, saying he was not resisting, while policing experts were divided over whether the officer’s actions were appropriate, according to the newspaper.

US prosecutors have had difficulty securing convictions against officers accused of wrongful shootings, with trials resulting most often in hung juries or acquittals, which at times have caused civil unrest in American cities.

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‘Trump was caught’: Every major GOP excuse for president’s conduct destroyed by ex-prosecutor

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Former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade said Thursday's marathon impeachment hearing left her "shouting" at her television, so she gathered her thoughts and blew up Republican defenses one by one.

McQuade, an MSNBC legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, exposed the weaknesses in each of the GOP's sometimes contradictory defenses of President Donald Trump against impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Here are the GOP defenses I have heard so far to articles of impeachment, along with the knee-jerk responses I have been shouting at my television.

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‘Selfie-seeking frat boy’ Matt Gaetz scorched in brutal takedown after House committee blow-up

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In a brutally blunt look at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the New Republic's Jacob Bacharach paints a portrait of a publicity-seeking Washington newcomer storming the nation's capital with an eye on mirroring the actions and rhetoric of the blustery president that he slavishly defends.

Following Gaetz's "drama queen" performances while serving on the House Judiciary Committee, Bacharach recalls, "On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Gaetz had hoped to expose the supposedly secretive nature of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. “Stormed” was his own overly dramatic word (though Gaetz soon topped it by comparing his crew to the 300 glorious, nearly naked Spartans who, as you may recall, lost to a numerically superior force during the Battle of Thermopylae). A more accurate description would be to say they barged into a committee room like a bunch of entitled fussbudgets, argued with the committee chairman, took selfies, and then trundled off to hold a press conference."

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How the ‘liberal’ media put Trump in the White House

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The American mainstream news media made many mistakes in its coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

It treated Donald Trump as a harmless curiosity because he was a reality TV show star and professional (alleged) billionaire.

Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings — both real and perceived — were amplified. Trump’s were downplayed if not largely ignored.

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