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Daniel Prude death: Rochester mayor sacks police chief over ‘spit hood’ case

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Mayor Lovely Warren addressed the media earlier this month alongside police chief La’Ron Singletary

The mayor of the US city of Rochester has sacked the police chief and suspended two other officials over the death of a black man who was hooded and restrained during an arrest.

Mayor Lovely Warren said a review had found that the police department had “a pervasive problem”, viewing everything “through the eyes of the badge”.

Police chief La’Ron Singletary announced his retirement last week.

At the time he said his handling of the case was being distorted.

Daniel Prude’s death in New York State in March led to days of protests in Rochester and was one of the key events in months of unrest over racial injustice in the US.

Mr Prude, 41, had been suffering from acute mental health problems and had run out of his brother’s home in Rochester when police were called. Officers found him running naked in the street and restrained him with a “spit hood”, which is designed to protect police from detainees’ saliva.

While being held down he stopped breathing and died a week later after being taken off life support.

At a news conference on Monday, Ms Warren said she had permanently relieved Chief Singletary and suspended Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin and Communications Director Justin Roj without pay for 30 days. She said the move followed a review of the city’s role in Mr Prude’s death.

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Daniel Prude died a week after he was restrained by police

“This initial look has shown what so many have suspected, that we have a pervasive problem in the Rochester Police Department – one that views everything through the eyes of the badge and not the citizens we serve,” she said.

“It shows that Mr Prude’s death was not taken as seriously as it should have been by those who reviewed the case throughout city government at every level.”

She said other recommendations included that the US Justice Department conduct a review of Rochester Police.

“I have apologised to the Prude family and this community f

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‘Bizarre & deeply disturbing’: MSM think that RT’s Trump deepfake parody is ADMISSION he is ‘Putin’s pawn’

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By Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT

A satirical video using “deepfake” technology to show US President Donald Trump as coming to work for RT after the November election was taken very seriously by ‘Russiagate’ peddlers at the Daily Beast and the Lincoln Project.

In a pearl-clutching piece written by a journalist based in Scotland, the Beast called the ad – which features an actor made up to look like the president uttering actual Trump soundbites taken out of context – “bizarre and, frankly, deeply disturbing.” The author, Jamie Ross, argued its message was “to not-so-subtly suggest that Putin is Trump’s personal hero and that the US president is in the pocket of the Kremlin.”

A bizarre and disturbing ad from the state-controlled RT network shows a deep-faked President Trump joining the channel as an anchor. “They’re very nice. I make a lot of money with them. They pay me millions and hundreds of millions,” the character says. https://t.co/3h6OLO4FfH

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 23, 2020

That’s not the only bit of mind-reading Ross indulges in, either, as he opens the piece by declaring, “We know that Vladimir Putin takes his lifelong campaign to disrupt American democracy and destroy the very foundations of Western civilization extremely seriously.”

It’s a bit rich for the outlet that purports to ‘know’ this, and has spent the past four years furiously insisting that Trump is Putin’s puppet, to now take umbrage at RT supposedly saying so. It’s even richer when the “Lincoln Project” – a group of disgruntled Republican campaign consultants, whom Trump made unemployable, now in the service of Joe Biden and the DNC – takes the RT video literally.

What neither the Beast nor the “Lincolns” seem to have realized is that the joke was entirely on them. The video doesn’t mock Trump as much as the US media and activists – like them – who have obsessed for the past four years over the very claim it lampoons, that the former real-estate mogul-turned-president was somehow an “agent” of Russia that seeks no less than to “disrupt American democracy and destroy… Western civilization” (see Ross, above).

Mind you, the Daily Beast is the same outlet that on Wednesday promoted its exclusive interview with the director of ‘The Comey Rule,’ a miniseries promoting the disgraced former FBI director’s version of history, in which he’s of course a hero. Incidentally, RT’s “deepfake” Trump doesn’t look any worse than what Showtime makeup artists did with Brendan Gleeson there.




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Ross worries about “what a deep-faked video of Joe Biden saying something unconscionable could be if it spread like wildfire on Facebook before any kind of correction could be heard.” But nobody’s made deepfakes of Biden because they don’t need to. He provides plenty of meme fodder with his actual unscripted statements, only for the Beast to leap to his defense. 

Ross himself actually did so Wednesday, when he described a Republican report on the foreign misadventures of Biden’s son Hunter as “a politically motivated… hatchet job.”

If writers and editors at the Beast, or their Project Lincoln pals, actually paid attention to the RT video, they’d have noticed the repeated parody disclaimers. That they didn’t, suggests they see only what they want to see.




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Breonna Taylor: Police officer charged over fatal shooting

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A grand jury has charged one police officer over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor at her home in the US state of Kentucky.

Ms Taylor, 26, a hospital emergency room technician, was shot multiple times during a police raid on 13 March.

Her death has become a rallying cry for anti-racism protesters, who have called for the three officers involved to be arrested and charged.

Officials earlier agreed to pay her family $12m (£9.3m) in a settlement.

Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of “wanton endangerment” over the shooting.

He was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June after investigators found he had “wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds” into the apartment, according to his termination letter.

The other two officers who discharged their weapons that night – Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove – have not been charged.

What happened to Ms Taylor?

Ms Taylor was at home in Louisville on 13 March when police officers entered her apartment shortly after midnight, her family says.

Narcotics officers raided her home and used a battering ram to take her front door off its hinges. No drugs were found on her property and Ms Taylor had no criminal record.

Police were acting on a controversial type of search warrant – known as a “no-knock” warrant – that allows police to enter a home without warning. Police claim they knocked and announced themselves before entering, but Ms Taylor’s family and a neighbour have disputed this.

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US election 2020: Trump attacks McCain widow after Biden endorsement

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Cindy McCain endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Twitter, drawing Mr Trump’s attack

Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on John McCain, after his widow announced her support for the president’s Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Cindy McCain announced her support for Mr Biden in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he was the only candidate “who stands up for our values as a nation.”

Mr Trump tweeted that he was “never a fan” of the veteran Republican senator, who died in 2018.

Mr McCain was one of the president’s most outspoken Republican critics.

Mr Trump, in turn, publicly questioned his heroism during the Vietnam War.

In her tweet on Tuesday, Mrs McCain said while her husband and Mr Biden had some “passionate arguments” and while she did not “always agree on the issues” with the Democratic presidential candidate, “he is a good and honest man”.

In response, President Trump said she “can have Sleepy Joe!” – a nickname the president has for his rival.

He also accused Mr Biden of being Mr McCain’s “lapdog”, denouncing “bad decisions on endless wars”.

“I hardly know Cindy McCain,” he added, “other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request.”

Cindy McCain made an address at the Democratic National Convention last month, and her endorsement may prove a hindrance to President Trump, who is trailing Mr Biden in most national polls.

Mr Biden has since thanked her, saying on Twitter t

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