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REVEALED: BART cop involved in shooting of Oakland’s Oscar Grant found “responsible for instigating the events and escalating tensions’

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According to a newly released report, a BART officer involved in the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale train station in Oakland was directly responsible for “instigating the events and escalating tensions” during the incident that inspired protests over police brutality.

KION reports, “The 10-year-old report — recently released thanks to a new California police transparency law — says that Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Anthony Pirone ‘started a cascade of events that ultimately led to the shooting of Grant,’ and that he then lied about those events in an effort to put his own ‘actions and conduct in a more favorable light’.”

The shooting, which inspired the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” occurred on New Year’s Day and  was captured on cellphones leading to outrage across the country.

The KION report notes, “Pirone hit Grant and used profanity and the N-word during the incident, the report says, and later lied to investigators about Grant’s actions, claiming he hit Pirone’s partner and kicked Pirone in the groin,” adding, “Pirone’s account was directly contradicted by video evidence reviewed by investigators.”

While a jury found Johannes Mehserle, the officer who shot Grant, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the report states that Pirone was “responsible for setting the events in motion that created a chaotic and tense situation on the platform, setting the stage, even if inadvertent, for the shooting of Oscar Grant.”

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Pirone was reportedly fired after investigators turned in their final report.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chokes up responding to Trump: ‘Time to move on from his conception of America’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump after he told her to "go back" to her country of origin -- even though she was born in the U.S.

"It's unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color," Ocasio-Cortez explained to NBC News. "It's unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not."

"What I would tell him is that it's time to move on from him," she continued as she seemed to choke up. "And it's time to move on from his conception of an America that we tried to move past for a long time."

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Schumer: If Trump can’t handle a little criticism from Fox News then ‘he doesn’t deserve to be president’

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday suggested that Donald Trump "doesn't deserve to be president" if he can't handle criticism from Fox News.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer noted that Trump recently lashed out at Fox News soon after the conservative network aired World Cup viewers chanting "f*ck Trump."

"I just felt it was important to point President Trump amazingly attacked Fox News in the last few days in a series of Tweets for coverage he viewed as unfavorable to his administration," Schumer said. "This is Fox News, a news outlet that frankly is 90% or more on the president’s side. Their most popular shows seem to just be cheerleaders for President Trump."

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Marine Corps band forced to perform in pouring rain before sparse crowd prior to Trump’s July 4th party

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In a video posted to Twitter several hours before Donald Trump is scheduled to launch his "Salute to America" Fourth of July party, the Marine Corps band was compelled to perform in the pouring rain before a sparse crowd of early attendees and media awaiting the main event.

According to Jim Spellman of CTGN, the sky opened with a deluge of rain that had people running for cover -- only for the military musicians to be paraded out for either a rehearsal or a time-consuming filler until the big show begins.

Earlier in the day, the National Park Service warned that the event could be rained out, with thundershowers moving swiftly into the area.

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