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California GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen: Police justified in killing Stephon Clark because he ran away

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Conservative Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) lashed out at Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Sacramento police in his backyard.

Assemblyman Allen, a controversial lawmaker, made the remarks on Sunday at a gubernatorial candidate forum co-hosted by The San Diego Union-Tribune and ABC 10 News.

Allen is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the June 5th primary.

“As governor what would you do to help skeptical Californians, particularly people of color, have more faith in law enforcement?” the candidates were asked.

“Very simply, the man that was unfortunately shot in Sacramento, the reason this whole thing happened is he was breaking into cars. He had smashed a couple of car windows because he was stealing from those cars, apparently,” Assemblyman Allen claimed. “He was then chased by a helicopter and he ran from the police—”

“He was not breaking into cars,” former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa interrupted.

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“I’m not sure that investigation has …” Matt Hall, the editorial and opinion page director of The U-T interjected.

“Excuse you?” Allen replied.

“I’m not sure that investigation has concluded to prove he was doing that,” Hall fact-checked. Indeed, the family has disputed such claims.

“To the best of my understanding it is very clear that this individual was breaking into cars. When the police helicopter began to follow him, he then ran from police. When police finally apprehended him, he approached them with something in his hand,” Allen continued. “Listen, number one, this person should not have been breaking into cars and number two he should not have been running from the police.”

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“It had nothing to do with the color of his skin. There is no police officer that wakes up in the morning and wants to shoot someone,” Allen claimed. “We must back the badge, respect our law enforcement and understand that there are laws enforced by our police officers in California.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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