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Watch: Texas cops taser autistic teen for throwing rocks in neighbor’s yard — then report he was on ‘narcotics’

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Newly released video shows police officers in Graham, Texas violently arrest an autistic teen for throwing rocks into his neighbor’s yard.

Michael Moore, 19, has autism and lives in the small town west of Fort Worth, reports the Star-Telegram.

Moore was allegedly throwing rocks into his neighbors yards, so the neighbor called police. The neighbor warned police that he was mentally challenged in some way, and asked to talk to the officers before they confronted the autistic teen, but the dispatcher did not relate this information to the police, who instead instigated a violent confrontation with the man over the alleged rock throwing.

The video shows Moore being thrown to the ground and tasered twice as he screams for his mother to come help him. One of the officers puts his hands around the teen’s neck. He suffered injuries and had to be taken to the hospital.

Even after talking to the teen’s mother, one of the officers wrote that Moore was on drugs: “Based on my training and experience as a police officer I believed that Michael may have been under the influence of some type of narcotic.”

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The police have said the officers will not be disciplined.

“It is our opinion that our officer made a judgment call based on the limited information available, as the job forces them to do every day,” the department wrote on Facebook.

Even in small–town Texas, the police have gotten an angry response.

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“I tend to back the blue, but I can’t get behind this decision,” wrote one woman on Facebook. “Extremely excessive actions were taken by these officers when he posed no threat or aggressive behavior. He was nervous, scared and clearly didn’t behave as a normal 18 or 19 year old. I believe these Officers should have asked the appropriate questions instead of jumping to a sobriety test (which still did not give them assurance he was high or intoxicated) and arresting him(for what exactly by the way).”

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US House of Representatives kills attempt to impeach Trump

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The U.S. House of Representatives by a wide margin just voted to not take action on a resolution to consider impeaching President Donald Trump over his racist remarks. The forced vote, which is still ongoing, currently stands at 331 in favor of "tabling," or putting aside, the motion, and 93 voting against tabling, meaning 93 voting to consider the motion.

The motion was brought by Democratic Congressman Al Green, who has been trying to impeach President Trump.

This is the first time the House has weighed in officially on the issue.

Some who support impeachment voted against the motion, saying it needs to go through proper channels, generally the House Judiciary Committee.

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‘Fat people don’t wear shorts’: North Carolina girl goes viral after being body shamed in church

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On Wednesday, WCTI News Channel 12 reported on a viral video circulating of a girl in North Carolina being body-shamed at her own church by a community leader.

"She had came [sic] in and said you're too fat to wear those shorts, fat girls don't wear shorts," said 19-year-old Jenna Munger, describing the encounter, which happened as she was visiting the restroom while singing in the church choir.

On the video, which has already gathered more than 5 million views, the woman can be heard saying, "She's a chubby girl, but she's got a dress on that's appropriate; it comes down to the top of her knees."

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Trump administration diverts development aid meant for Guatemala and Honduras to boost Venezuela’s Guaido

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President Donald Trump's administration is diverting nearly $42 million intended for development aid in Guatemala and Honduras to support Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido, including staff salaries, an internal document showed.

In a memo obtained by AFP, the US Agency for International Development called Venezuela's political crisis "a significant, exigent event in the US national interest" that required a switch in $41.9 million in funds.

The United States and more than 50 other countries recognize Guaido as president of Venezuela, but leftist leader Nicolas Maduro remains in power despite nearly half a year of international efforts.

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