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Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Facing Likely Murder Charges

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back twice in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia, as he ran away, will be charged. AP reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Wednesday that officer Garrett Rolfe would face charges. 11Alive News reports that Rolfe faces 11 charges, including one for felony murder.

Howard told reporters that Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay dying on the floor, while officer Devin Bronsan "stood on his shoulder," all after the shooting. Bronsan will also be charged. Howard told news outlets that the warrants have been signed for the officers' arrests, but that the exact nature of all of the charges will not be known until then. The charges believed to be in play are murder, felony murder, and involuntary manslaughter.

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When The Cops Are Their Own Worst Enemies

You may have seen it: a black and white American flag with one stripe highlighted in blue. The Thin Blue Line flag is used meant to show solidarity with the police. As Thin Blue Line USA says, it "represents all who faithfully serve and protect. A line that separates order from chaos, and a line that represents all who serve and all who stand for #justice."

Early on the morning of June 1, most of those who make up the thin blue line of the Chicago Police Department were straining to deal with hooligans. But according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown, 13 of their fellow officers were taking it easy in the burglarized campaign office of Rep. Bobby Rush as nearby shops were being ransacked.

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Trump Says Police Chokeholds Are ‘Perfect,’ While Protests Were ‘Riots’ And ‘Unnecessary’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump is weighing in on critical issues in the national conversation, by defending police chokeholds as "innocent," "perfect," and at times necessary, while suggesting that perhaps they should be banned, yet offering hypothetical examples of when they are necessary. He also says the nationwide protests against the killing of George Floyd, by a white police officer who pressed his knee into the unarmed, handcuffed, Black man's neck for nearly nine minutes, are not only "unnecessary," but "riots."

"I think the concept of chokeholds sounds so innocent, so perfect," Trump told Fox News host Harris Faulkner in a pre-recorded interview that aired Friday afternoon, "and then you realize if it's a one-on-one now if it's a two-on-one that's a little bit of a different story – depending – depending on the toughness and strength, you know we're talking about toughness and strength, we are talking there's a physical thing here also."

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Most Americans Now Support Kaepernick’s NFL Protest

A majority of Americans -- now 52 percent -- support NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality targeting black Americans, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll released Thursday showed.

Support for the protests has increased since 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt at a game. At that time, just 28 percent considered them "appropriate," according to Yahoo Sports/YouGov polls.

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