In the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a key witness for the defense was the former Maryland chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who contradicted most other expert witnesses in the trial and suggested heart trouble and other issues, not the police restraint, caused George Floyd's death. The decision by Chauvin's legal team to rely on Fowler's testimony shocked many in Maryland, where he is being sued by the family of 19-year-old Anton Black, an African American teenager from Maryland who died in 2018 after he was electrocuted with a Taser, pinned in a prone position and crushed under the weight of three white police officers and a white civilian as he struggled to breathe and lost consciousness. After an autopsy, Dr. Fowler ruled Black's death an accident, and no one was charged with a crime. The wrongful death lawsuit says Dr. Fowler delayed release of an autopsy report for months and covered up police responsibility for Black's death. Sonia Kumar, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Maryland, says there is "a pattern of conduct in Maryland involving police violence against Black people that then are characterized as anything other than homicides." We also speak with Richard Potter, the founder of the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black and president of the Talbot County branch of the NAACP, who says officials in Anton Black's case spent months dragging their feet after the teenager's death. "Nobody was giving the family any information in terms of a cause of death," he says.
Newly unredacted documents reveal a litany of allegations from Mike Pompeo’s time at the State Department
Newly unredacted records from a whistleblower complaint in the State Department have shed light on more allegations against former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and members of his former staff.
According to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Pompeo and others were accused of misconduct.
The publication reports: "The alleged misconduct included false or misleading statements to the agency's legal department, misuse of government resources on personal and political activities potentially prohibited by the Hatch Act, verbal abuse of employees by Mike and Susan Pompeo and directives to staff not to communicate in writing in order to evade transparency laws."
The unredacted documents come two years after the redacted version of the whistleblower complaint was filed with the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is said to have excluded many of the previous redactions in the version of the documents released to CREW.
"The complaint alleges "[s]everal senior career Foreign Service officials who held positions of responsibility within the Executive Secretariat" turned a blind eye to Pompeo's "questionable activities" and, in some cases, "facilitat[ed]" them, according to CREW.
Employees in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser "expressed concern that some of these activities may have violated [the] Hatch Act or other regulations," but the whistleblower was "unaware that any resolution was reached, potentially because senior officials in the Executive Secretariat repeatedly declined to seek clarification or guidance from [the Office of the Legal Adviser] despite requests from subordinates to do so."
The new documents also detail the aftermath of former Inspector Steve Linick's removal from his post, which was part of a larger Trump-led effort to oust inspectors. The report also indicated that staff members were "stunned" by the directive.
"[T]his is all so surreal three days later. I'm nervous about the future," the OIG employee wrote in a May 18, 2020 email. In a later email, the official added, "I just heard Trump say we needed to get rid of the 'Attorney Generals' as a whole…Oh dear."
CREW has also received other documentation as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit aimed at uncovering information about Pompeo's attempts to hinder the investigation into the allegations of misconduct against him.
Bill Barr gave Trump a profanity-filled analysis of why he was going to lose the 2020 election: Bob Woodward
Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claim that former Attorney General Bill Barr last year gave former President Donald Trump a brutally honest -- and profane -- analysis of why he was going to lose the 2020 presidential election.
Business Insider, which has obtained a copy of the reporters' new book "Peril," reports that Barr told Trump that he would not win the election if he kept alienating suburban voters that Republicans have traditionally relied upon to win national elections.
"There are a lot of people out there, independents and Republicans in the suburbs of the critical states that think you're an assh*le," Barr told him, according to Woodward and Costa. "They think you act like an assh*le and you got to, you got to start taking that into account."
Trump would also regularly berate Barr and tell him that he wanted to see prosecutions of his "deep state" enemies such as former FBI Director James Comey ahead of the election, but Barr told him that wouldn't be enough to drag him over the finish line.
"Your base cares about seeing [Comey] and the rest of those guys held accountable, but these other people don't," Barr said. "They don't care about your f*cking grievances. And it just seems that every time you're out there, you're talking about your goddamn grievances."
Trump refused to back down, however, and told Barr that his base loved him because he was a "fighter."
A horrifying video was just released showing a San Antonio Police Department detective dragging a Black man down the street while handcuffed, reported KSAT News.
The department released a statement saying that they had suspended Det. David Pantoja for 20 days and he's already back to work. The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 30 and the investigation took six months.
The video shows Pantoja dragging the handcuffed man screaming. The officer then refused to provide any medical help, the investigation showed. The report claimed that the man was "unnecessarily dragged."
"Pantoja and another officer, later identified by officials as Robert Ferguson, were seen dragging the man, Joshua Coney, by his handcuffed arms as Coney faced away from them, Pantoja's suspension paperwork states," according to the report. Ferguson was suspended for six days for his connection to the issue.
Pantoja then invented a misdemeanor citation for "failure to ID," from the incident which isn't "a citable offense," the records explained.
"Detective Pantoja did not thoroughly understand the laws and ordinances which he was charged with enforcing when he issued the citation in question," the suspension paperwork claims. Although, Pantoja has worked for the SAPD since 1996, so it's unclear how he was promoted to detective if he "did not thoroughly understand the laws."
Pantoja claimed that they were forced to drag the man because he "made his body go limp." He then said that Coney "attempted to place both of his legs under the rear of my patrol vehicle to appear as if he had been run over by the police vehicle."
See the video below:
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