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No Charges for Officers Who Shot California Man

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Still from Body Camera Footage in the shooting of Stephon Clark

Last year, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot at least 7 times while he stood in his grandmother’s backyard. Clark was holding his cell phone at the time.

The officers, Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet, had been dispatched over a vandalism complaint. After a brief chase from a side yard to the backyard of the home, police fired 20 rounds, killing Clark. 

Now, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office has made it clear that they will not be charging the officers.

“Was a crime committed? There’s no question that a human being died,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said on Saturday. “But when we look at the facts and the law, and we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is no. And as a result, we will not charge these officers.”

Schubert said that there was probable cause to stop Clark, and that officers are legally justified to use deadly force “if the officer honestly and reasonably believes” he is in danger. 

“We must recognize that they are often forced to make split-second decisions,” said Schubert. “We must also recognize that they are under tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances.”

Sacramento Police Chief Dan Hahn has promised an internal review into the actions of his officers, and that the officers could still get fired if they did not follow procedures, and claims he will share as much of the internal review as he can.

While Clark had fled officers, they claim that he was advancing on them and in a “shooting stance” before they fired. They also claim they saw a light from him, which they mistook as a muzzle flash.

An autopsy conducted on behalf of the family by Dr. Bennet Omalu showed that Clark was shot from behind, not from the front as police claim. 

Body camera footage was inconclusive.

Family members also took Schubert to task for sharing multiple personal details about Clark, including a domestic violence complaint and Clark’s search history that included hunts for suicide options. Clark was also found with a number of drugs in his system. 

“I can’t tell ultimately what was going on in his mind,” said Schubert. “He was in a state of despair and he was impaired, and that may have affected his judgment.”

Tanya Faison, the founder of Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter, criticized the release of the information to the Associated Press. Said Faison, “those officers didn’t know any of that when they had him in the backyard and they killed him.”

Schubert has apologized for offering up these details.

The  press conference led to a protest and renewed calls for justice. Clark’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $20 million from the officers and the city.

Image from the Sacramento Police Department via YouTube.

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‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson

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On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.

“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”

“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”

Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.

 

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WATCH: Biden Leaves Conservative Reporter Speechless After Bringing Up the GOP’s QAnon Problem

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A blunt-talking President Joe Biden shut down a conservative reporter on Thursday night who asked if Democrats are defunding police departments — firing back with a question about a QAnon claim that left the reporter grasping for an answer.

As Biden walked across the South Lawn, he engaged with Shelby Talcott from the conservative Daily Caller following his town hall event in Cincinnati. The exchange went like this, according to White House transcripts:

“Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police”‘ Talcott asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Biden replied before adding, ” I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position. I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”

“Okay,” she replied before asking, “And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?”

“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden shot back. His response left Talcott fumbling as Biden stared then turned on his heel and walked away.

Biden’s comments has since infuriated conservatives — a sampling of which can be seen below:

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Sanders Promises She ‘Will Not’ Take Basic Steps to Fight COVID if Elected, Blasts Biden for Not Praising Trump

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GOP candidate for Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday offered a list of promises of what she would not do to help end the coronavirus pandemic if elected. She did criticize President Joe Biden, saying he should praise his predecessor for “helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively.”

Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, told Fox News, “If I’m elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine, we will not shut down churches and schools and other large gatherings because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. It’s one of the key cornerstones frankly of our country.”

She did not offer any examples of what she would do to combat the deadly virus that is once again spiking across the country.

Arkansas is the country’s eighth-worst state in getting its population vaccinated. Just 44.7% of adults 18 and over have been fully inoculated.

Sanders then questioned President Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ level of seriousness “about helping save lives through the vaccine,” insisting “they should admit they were wrong when they cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed at the very beginning, and give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due for helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively, and into the hands of Americans.”

Many Americans believed President Trump would force the FDA to certify any vaccine to push it out too quickly in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. He repeatedly claimed the vaccine was coming far sooner than it did, and his own Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, in September claimed the coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of that month.

“I think that would make a huge difference,” Sanders claimed, “and I think they should really take some responsibility and step up and fix the mistake that they made by casting so much doubt at the very beginning of this process.”

She also appeared to blame, falsely, the Biden administration for “politicization” of the vaccine.

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