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Boy who hugged cop in iconic protest photo may have been killed in fleeing adoptive mother’s cliff crash: report

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A black boy who hugged a white police officer in an image that went viral during the protests over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson may have been one of the children killed when his adoptive moms drove off a cliff while evading Child Protective Services, the Oregonian reports.

Devonte Hart was famously photographed 2014 crying and hugging a white Portland police officer in a tender moment during an otherwise heated “Black Lives Matter” protest. The hug was seen as a hopeful moment of reconciliation and the image was seen everywhere from to the Guardian to the Washington Post to Today. CNN dubbed it “the hug shared round the world.”

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Devonte’s adoptive moms, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 39, drove off a 100-foot cliff near Mendocino on Monday. The women were confirmed killed along with three of their children, Martin, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, 14.

Devonte Hart in a video from the protest/Screenshot

Authorities are still looking for three other children: Devonte, now 15, and and siblings Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12.

Jeni Wren Strottup, a friend of the family and a journalist who writes for a local weekly newspaper, said the women had just celebrated the ninth anniversary of the adoption of the children a few days ago.

“I don’t know how it was possible,” she wrote. “I don’t know many people who shared the deep love and hope of the world that you as a family did, inspiring so many.”

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Friends on Facebook say they are still hoping that Devonte and his two missing sisters are found alive.


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Trump’s using protests to gain ‘illegitimate power’ as part of his ‘American Führer’ fantasy: forensic psychiatrist

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A Yale psychiatrist who has repeatedly sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump's mental health warned that his "displays of false strength" foreshadow his reaction to the November election if he loses.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine, author of the textbook "Violence," and editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President." Lee, who heads the World Mental Health Coalition, focuses on public health approaches to violence prevention and has led various think tanks that seek to "draw connections between individual, community, and societal violence, as they are interrelated."

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Trump gives strongest hint yet that Roger Stone is getting a pardon: ‘He can sleep well at night!’

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President Donald Trump on Thursday gave his strongest indication yet that convicted ally Roger Stone would be getting a pardon.

In response to a tweet from right-wing activist Charlie Kirk about Stone serving time in prison after being convicted of multiple felonies, Trump seemed to say that Stone would never have to serve out his term.

"No. Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history," Trump wrote. "He can sleep well at night!"

Stone last year was found guilty on seven different charges that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago buddy used his ‘shadow’ sway over the VA to promote his Marvel comic book empire

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Two and a half years ago, top officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Standing on the podium with them was a cheering, flexing Captain America. Spider-Man waved from the trading floor below.

The event had been billed as a suicide prevention awareness campaign. No one could figure out what the Marvel characters were doing there. David Shulkin, the VA secretary at the time, said in a memoir about his tenure that he was as surprised as anyone.

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