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Breonna Taylor was alive after being shot — but police let her die without aid: family says

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Breonna Taylor’s family, who is currently in a lawsuit against police and the city of Louisville, announced that the slain EMT was still alive after police shot her, but they didn’t do anything to save her from dying.

The New York Times reported Monday that Taylor’s family said she was alive for up to six minutes after being shot.

“The document also contends that the post-midnight raid on March 13 was motivated by the mayor’s desire to clear a block in one of Louisville’s most blighted neighborhoods for redevelopment,” said the report. “The court papers amend an earlier lawsuit against the three officers who fired into Ms. Taylor’s apartment while executing a search warrant, seeking evidence against an ex-boyfriend who was a convicted drug dealer.”

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Officials in Louisville claim it is a “gross mischaracterization.” The coroner who performed her autopsy said that Taylor’s injuries would have been lethal even if the police had done something to save her.

“Even if it had happened outside of an ER we couldn’t have saved her,” coroner Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones explained.

In a 31-page complaint, it is alleged that police were “wanton” and “reckless” in the way that they filed warrants and decided to conduct a no-knock service of the warrant.

“In the six minutes that elapsed from the time Breonna was shot, to the time she died, we have no evidence suggesting that any officer made entry in an attempt to check and assist her,” said the family’s lawyer Sam Aguiar. “She suffered.”

State officials don’t agree, saying that cops did whatever they could, tending to an injured officer before asking Taylor’s friend, Kenneth Walker, come outside. When he was handcuffed, officers then went back in, seeing Taylor dead.

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Officers didn’t have to serve the no-knock warrant the way they did. It could have been a civilized warrant where they knocked on the door. It could have been served during the day so both sides could see what was happening.

The first 911 calls from neighbors indicate the shooting began around 12:42 a.m. Taylor’s time of death was “approximately 12:48,” the documents show.

Read the full report from The New York Times.

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‘Completely shameless’: Pompeo faces backlash for violating his own guidelines on political activity

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President Donald Trump's secretary of state has been increasingly "brazen" about appearing at political events, in apparent violation of his own directive to the department's employees.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wanted to accept the president's invitation last year to speak at a campaign rally, but a congressional aide said he backed down after being told that would violate existing rules, reported Politico.

However, that's all changed this year.

“What he is doing is entirely unconventional,” said Harry Kopp, an author of books on U.S. diplomacy. “The employees of the State Department have, by now, I think, no illusions about the partisan nature of their secretary of state.”

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Trainer for anti-COVID lockdown group caught on camera telling supporters how to break the law

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A signature-gathering trainer for a Michigan group working to overturn Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic restrictions has been caught on camera advising the group's supporters on how to break the law.

The Detroit Free Press, which obtained a copy of the video, reports that trainer Erik Tisinger instructed supporters for Unlock Michigan in assorted nefarious practices for illegally collecting signatures.

Among other things, Tisinger told Unlock Michigan backers that it is "super easy" to give misleading answers under oath if they're compelled to testify by a court of law about their activities; that they could leave copies of their petitions with store clerks to collect signatures even though getting signatures without properly witnessing them would be illegal; and that they could trespass on private property to collect signatures even without business owners' permission.

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Trump’s latest COVID-19 lie is both ‘dangerously misleading and aggressively hypocritical’: analysis

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In an analysis for the Washington Post this Tuesday, Philip Bump says that President Trump's recent downplaying of the coronavirus' effects on young people is "both dangerously misleading and aggressively hypocritical."

“You know, in some states thousands of people, nobody young — below the age of 18, like nobody — they have a strong immune system. Who knows. You look — take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system, but it affects virtually nobody," Trump said at a rally in Ohio on Monday.

Bump points out that as Trump spoke, the death toll from the virus approached 200,000 -- a boundary that Trump repeatedly insisted this spring and summer that we probably wouldn’t near. While it's true that the virus affects primarily older people, the notion that “virtually nobody” who is younger has been affected simply isn't true.

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