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Fox News abandons vehicle in Seattle protest zone after hitting Black man: report

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Activists in Seattle said on Monday that a Fox News team hit at least one protester with a vehicle.

The incident was said to have occurred inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone.

“A Fox News reporter shoved a woman in CHOP,” one witness wrote on Twitter. “Protestors surround her to protect and demand an apology from the reporter and in response this individual laughed. They have now abandoned their vehicle.”

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According to the report, “the reporter and camera man actively drove into a black male protestor” while trying to flee the scene.

Video captured by Converge Media showed a black truck abandoned in a crosswalk in the protest area.

“I came in front of the car and he kept driving!” a protester explained to Converge Media. “He would not stop his car. This is a crosswalk. I’m pressing charges. Assault with a vehicle. That’s a deadly weapon. I’m suing Fox News. You’re going to pay this Black man.”

Following publication, Fox News released a statement.

“While covering the news just outside of Seattle’s CHOP zone this morning, a protestor confronted FOX News Channel correspondent Dan Springer and his crew after overhearing him cancel a live report due to ‘filthy language’ in the background. The protestor started yelling at him and threw a cup of coffee in his face and on his jacket,” VP Nancy Harmeyer claimed. “Attempting to de-escalate the situation, the crew returned to their vehicle, which was then surrounded by protestors. Unable to drive away, the crew turned the car off and walked away from the scene. At no point during the situation did the FOX News crew ever physically instigate or retaliate in any way against the protestors.”

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‘That’s Peter Navarro’: Trump excuses trade adviser’s op-ed smearing Dr. Fauci as ‘wrong about everything’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday waived off concerns about an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro which took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States.

In a Tuesday USA Today op-ed, Navarro accused Fauci of being "wrong about everything."

The White House later suggested that Navarro had gone rogue by publishing an unapproved column.

But on Wednesday, Trump declined to admonish his trade adviser.

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‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.

At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."

"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."

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‘Excessive force’: Video catches five NJ cops wrestling Black man to ground over open beer

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Five New Jersey police officers are being accused of using excessive force after they were seen wrestling a Black man to the ground for allegedly having a open beer at a beach.

Video of the incident, which was said to have occurred at Point Pleasant, was shared on social media.

In the video, at least five officers can be seen forcing a man to the ground.

A witness later explained that the officers could have issued the man a ticket instead of arresting him.

"We watched 5 cops surround one man," the witness wrote in an Instagram post. "They stopped him for publicly drinking. One had a ticket book out & I couldn't understand why they wouldn't write him a ticket and send him on his way."

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