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Police were ordered to tell journalists the death of a Russian whistleblower was a ‘non-issue’: secret docs

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Newly-released confidential documents have revealed that British police were ordered to tell inquiring journalists that a Russian whistleblower’s suspicious death was a “non-issue.”

BuzzFeed News reported that documents released by the coroner overseeing the investigation into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy show that although US intelligence had “high confidence” the whistleblower was killed by the Kremlin, the officer leading the investigation was to downplay the Russian’s death when interviewed about it.

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Perepilichnyy, a financier, left Russia in 2009 and later handed documents over to Swiss prosecutors alleging the Kremlin was involved in a fraud scheme soon after. In 2012, he collapsed while jogging, and his death along with lawyer Sergei Magnistky exposed potential Russian assassinations in the UK.

Minutes from a meeting about the financier’s death reveal that Olivia Pinkney, then the assistant chief constable of Surrey, instructed detective superintendent Ian Pollard to coordinate with the police’s media office “and make it a non-issue.” Perepilichnyy’s death was classified as “unexplained and under investigation” in the cache of documents released by the coroner following a request from BuzzFeed, and the initial autopsy on him was “inconclusive.”

Despite her instructions, the report noted, Pinkney also criticized Surrey police for missing multiple opportunities to fully investigate whether Perepilichnyy was murdered.


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‘He didn’t do anything!’ Wisconsin cops jump man on bicycle as peaceful protesters object

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On Tuesday, a Twitter user posted an incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin involving a line of police officers and a crowd of peaceful protesters.

In the video, the officers can be seen charging a man on a bicycle, jumping on him as he collapsed. "F**king scum!" the man recording the video can be heard shouting. "He didn't do anything! F**k you!"

The police then gassed the crowd and fired rubber bullets, as people in the crowd shouted "Don't shoot!" and "We are peaceful!"

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This Just took place in Milwaukee, WI.

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‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters

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The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.

Here are some of the videos from the scene.

Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.

Tonight, the cops are opening fire into a completely peaceful crowd. #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/JJpho9iYKm

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Spider-Man scales Manhattan Bridge — as NYPD corner protesters on the structure: report

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Protesters on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City were greeted by a fascinating sight as a person wearing a Spiderman costume climbed the structure.

Tense situation in Manhattan - we’re at the Manhattan bridge where it crosses into Brooklyn. Police are blocking protesters from crossing into Manhattan. Protesters are chanting: let us through. Curfew went into effect at 8pmET https://t.co/PMDkll0RG0

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 3, 2020

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