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Bill Cosby’s reps compare rape conviction to Emmett Till’s lynching in combative ABC interview

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Appearing with “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos, the spokespersons for comedian Bill Cosby attacked the guilty verdict a jury in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania delivered against their client, with publicist Ebonee Benson comparing the result to the lynching of Emmett Till.

Speaking with the host, spokesperson Andrew Wyatt got right to the point, saying, “This became a public lynching.”

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Sitting with Benson in a Norristown studio, the two attacked the three guilty verdicts handed down over accusations of sexual assault.

“You’re saying all these women, all 60 of these women are lying?” Stephanopolous asked.

“May I ask a question?” Benson shot back. “Since when are all people honest? Since when are all women honest? We can take a look at Emmett Till, for example. Not all people are honest.”

Wyatt then jumped into attack attorney Gloria Allred, saying she was selective in which Cosby victims she represented while adding a further racial component despite the fact that not all of Cosby’s accusers are white.

“What Gloria Allred was able to do, what she did, was take a salt and pepper shaker — she shaked [sic] out a lot of salt and sprinkled in a little black pepper,” Wyatt charged. “And the south came east. And that’s what we saw.”

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Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old, was lynched in Mississippi in August 1955, after a white woman accused him of grabbing her by the waist and making crude comments in a grocery store. Years later his accuser recanted her charges.

You can watch a clip of the interview below via Twitter:

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US planning to slash troops in Germany: report

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US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently assigned to Germany postings.

The Journal also said a cap of 25,000 would be set on how many US troops could be inside German at any one time, whether in permanent postings or temporary rotations, half of the current allowance.

The move would significantly reduce the US commitment to European defense under the NATO umbrella, though it could also impact Pentagon operations related to Africa and the Middle East.

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Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’

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The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.

"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.

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Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest

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On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.

The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.

"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."

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