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‘Resisting suffocation is not resisting arrest’: Ex-prosecutor explains why police defense in George Floyd killing won’t fly

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The host of 'The Laura Coates Show' on SiriusXM.

On CNN Thursday, former federal prosecutor Laura Coates explained why police cannot use the defense the George Floyd was “resisting arrest” to excuse his death.

“If these officers can prove there was some kind of resistance at some point, might that complicate the task of the Hennepin County attorney, were he to bring charges?” asked anchor Jake Tapper.

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“It’s a consideration, but it would not be a full explanation or defense of behavior,” said Coates. “Resisting suffocation is not resisting arrest. Let me be clear with that. The code and the policy of the police officers is that they have to use only the amount of force necessary to repel a force against them. This is a man on his stomach, handcuffed behind his back, gasping for air, calling out for help and saying he cannot breathe.”

“And following the shooting death of Jamar Clark just a few years ago in Minneapolis, the actual policy manual of the PD department in Minneapolis changed to then require a duty to intervene. Fellow officers who were looking at their colleagues viewing the use of force, and if the amount of force being used was either excessive or no longer necessary to restrain someone, then they had a duty to intervene. Hence, the probably rapid firing of the other officers who were on the scene.”

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Ex-Trump staffer says conservative media ‘brainwashed’ her into hating Democrats

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On CNN Wednesday, Jessica Denson, the former coordinator of the Trump 2016 campaign's Hispanic outreach who starred in a recent ad for Joe Biden, opened up about how she was taken in by the Trump campaign — and why he must be defeated.

"My motive to go and help that campaign and be of service to the American people was sabotaged, and I've seen my experience repeated in the experience of one public servant after another over the past four years," said Denson, who spearheaded a lawsuit to free former Trump campaign officials from nondisclosure agreements. "I have seen that this campaign continues to go out brandishing a Bible and an American flag and claiming that they have anything to do with freedom, but I've lived first-hand that they have nothing to do with freedom. They have worked very much against free speech and democracy."

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Jared Kushner is ‘infantilizing the president’ in new Bob Woodward audio tapes: CNN host

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White House advisor Jared Kushner was "infantilizing" President Donald Trump during comments he made to journalist Bob Woodward in April, CNN host Brianna Keilar said Wednesday.

In an audio recording released by CNN, Kushner tells Woodward that "the most dangerous people around the president are over-confident idiots" because they can get past Trump’s “defense mechanisms.” He added that those advisors had been replaced with "more thoughtful people who kind of know their place."

CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel said the clip revealed two important things about Trump.

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‘He seems to really like dictators’: Former GOP voter explains how Trump pushed him out of the party

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A former lifelong Republican told CNN this week that he's been so displeased with President Donald Trump's performance that he's no longer a member of the Republican Party.

During a CNN voter roundtable, a man named Dale explained that the GOP's embrace of ignorance and misinformation under the president had really soured his opinion on the entire party.

"When I joined the Republican Party, when I turned 18 years old... it was known as the party of ideas, it was a party of pragmatism, it was a party of logic," he said. "It seemed like those ideals are becoming further and further away from the party that I had joined."

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