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Retired police chief: Daniel Hambrick’s killing is part of ‘the long tradition of police officers shooting first’

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On Wednesday, the Nashville, Tennessee District Attorney released a video showing the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick by Nashville police officer Andrew Delke.

Hambrick was black, and Delke is white.

The video shows Delke firing his gun as Hambrick runs away. One of the bullets hits him in the back and he collapses on a lawn. He was later pronounced dead.

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Prior to the release of the video, the department claimed that Hambrick had been armed and that the gun was found at the scene.

The local Fraternal Order of Police is still standing behind the white officer, claiming Delke’s decision to shoot Hambrick was “absolutely necessary and reasonable” and that currently undisclosed information will exonerate him.

A thorough investigation has yet to be conducted. But it’s hard to see any justification for firing at a man’s back as he flees.

Raw Story spoke with retired Seattle Police Chief and criminal justice reformer Norm Stamper about the video.

“I have an emotional reaction and a professional, procedural reaction,” Stamper tells Raw Story. “My emotional reaction is, this is a classic example of a police officer who appears not to have much respect for the sanctity of human life. A white cop shooting a fleeing black man … and there are all kinds of questions about the gun.” He points out that the gun that was allegedly found near Hambrick’s body is not clearly visible in the footage.

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“With all of the objectivity I can muster, what I see is a police officer who is shooting in the back a man who is running away from him. And there appears to be no immediate threat for the officer’s safety and survival.”

“I’m stuck once again with this feeling that we’re not getting through to our police officers,” Stamper says. “We’re not being effective in communicating to every police officer that the preservation of human life is their top priority.”

Stamper says that during his decades in public service, he’s frequently encountered the attitude that the top priority for police is to make it home to their families at night. That’s understandable. But Stamper adds that it’s somewhat shortsighted to presume that an officer’s safety conflicts with the communities they’re supposed to serve.

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“A philosophy that respects the santicty of human life is beneficial to them because it makes their work easier,” he points out.

“There’s so much distrust between police and communities of color. Between white cops and black citizens. There’s such a long tradition of police officers shooting first and asking questions later.”

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‘Don’t let him rewrite history’: GOP ex-congressman slams Trump for painting fewer than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths as a victory

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At Wednesday's coronavirus task force press conference, President Donald Trump reiterated his claim that if fewer than 100,000 Americans die from COVID-19, it will be a victory for him.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) had none of it.

He ignored the warnings. He ignored the scientists & doctors. He refused to prepare. He lied about the virus. This country wasn’t ready. People got sick. People died. People lost their jobs. Because he cared more about himself than the country.

Don’t let him rewrite history. https://t.co/9snqoJ1VQI

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Wisconsin GOP plots to strip Democratic governor of more power — a day after forcing voters to stand outside in a pandemic

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This week, Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature have faced national fury after their successful lawsuits blocking Democratic Gov. Tony Evers from delaying the election and extending absentee voting.

But just one day after tens of thousands of voters were forced to stand in public lines and risk COVID-19 exposure just to exercise their constitutional right to vote, the Wisconsin GOP found yet another way to weaponize the pandemic for partisan gain.

According to Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Republicans in the legislature have slipped a provision into the state's relief bill authorizing unemployment disbursement under the federal CARES Act, that would allow the state's Finance Committee to make budget cuts without input from Evers — stripping him of power at exactly the moment when the public would be looking to the governor for help.

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CDC quietly deletes hydroxychloroquine guidance as study hyped by Trump comes into question

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday quietly removed bizarre guidelines for using the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the new coronavirus. The unproven treatment has been repeatedly hyped by President Donald Trump in spite of the warnings of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The CDC published "highly unusual" dosing guidance based on "unattributed anecdotes rather than peer-reviewed science" last month amid pressure on federal health officials from Trump, Reuters reported. The agency now appears to have quietly removed those guidelines from its website this week.

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