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No Civil Rights Charges to Be Filed Against Officers Who Fatally Shot Jamar Clark

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No Civil Rights Charges to Be Filed Against Officers Who Fatally Shot Jamar Clark

MINNEAPOLIS – Authorities will not file federal charges against two Minneapolis Police officers for their role in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark last November.

The decision was announced Wednesday afternoon by U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger at FBI headquarters in Brooklyn Center. Investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Department of Justice have been working for six months to assess whether the shooting of Clark, age 24, was a violation of his civil rights.

Luger says before making the announcement he and FBI Special Agent in Charge  for Minnesota and the Dakotas Richard Thornton met with the family of Jamar Clark, expressed their condolences for the loss of their son and brother, and shared a commitment to engaging in dialog and progress the narrative to a point where “a tragedy like this never happens again.”

Sources say Lou Raguse that the federal investigation looked into the history of the two Minneapolis Police officers involved in the shooting, Mark Ringgenberg, 30, and Dustin Schwarze, 28. Investigators looked extensively at both officers’ past dealings with minorities and any statements they may have made regarding those of another race to see if any racism was present.

U.S. Attorney Luger says federal investigators worked long hours, weekends and holidays gathering evidence, looking at how evidence in the case was acquired and analyzed, attempting to determine whether Clark’s civil rights were violated.

“We did not take the officer’s statements at face value,” Luger insisted. Instead, his investigators talked to dozens of witnesses and others to determine whether there was reason to doubt their accounts. A great deal of time was spent on the claim that Clark was handcuffed at the time of the fatal shooting, a claim that both officers denied.

Ultimately, Luger says, witness accounts varied widely, with many of those accounts directly opposing each other. Some said Clark was standing up, some said he was laying down, one witness said Clark’s hands were in front of him, others said behind. Those inconsistences would have made it difficult at trial to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ringgenberg and Schwarze was guilty of a crime.

Luger also cited lack of DNA evidence on handcuffs recovered at the scene and no bruising found on Clark’s wrists as important factors that were considered.

Clark was shot after struggling with the two officers in the early hours of Sunday, November 15. Riggenberg and Schwarze were responding to reports that Clark had assaulted his girlfriend at a party, and was interfering with paramedics who were trying to give her treatment.

The FBI focused its investigation on whether or not the fatal shooting of Clark violated his civil rights, following a request that was made by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges last November shortly after Clark, 24, was shot and killed by police.

At that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Division began its own independent investigation.

The decision comes a few months after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced his decision that the evidence in the case did not support bringing charges against either officer.

At that news conference, Freeman ruled the shooting was justified, based on DNA evidence that in part, revealed Clark’s DNA was found on the butt of Ringgenberg’s gun.

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Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Resurface

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A new book by two New York Times reporters says there was more to an allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh than the Senate hearing uncovered.

President Donald Trump leapt to the defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Sunday after allegations of sexual misconduct that had once threatened to torpedo his nomination to the bench resurfaced.

“He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to the accusations as “lies.” The president also accused critics of attempting to influence Kavanaugh’s opinions and suggested that Kavanaugh “start suing people for liable, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue.” (Trump apparently meant “libel,” and later re-issued the tweet with the correct spelling of the word.)

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the court. He was sworn in last October after a confirmation process that focused on the allegations — and the protests, controversy and high drama of the Senate hearing that followed.

Trump appeared to be reacting to an opinion-section article written by two New York Times reporters, published late Saturday, whose book on the Kavanaugh nomination will be published this week. In the book, which was summarized in Saturday’s article, the authors wrote that they had found new corroboration for accusations that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez, a classmate at Yale.

The book, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, also uncovered a new accusation. Citing two officials, the reporters said that a former Yale classmate told senators and the FBI about a different episode of alleged sexual misconduct.

NBC News has not verified the reporting released Sunday.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegation by Ramirez as well as accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school.

“During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been ‘the talk of campus’,” the reporters wrote in the New York Times article. “Our reporting suggests that it was.”

Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that the first time he heard of Ramirez’s allegation was in a Sept. 23 article in The New Yorker.

But according to text messages obtained last year by NBC News, in the days leading up to Ramirez’ public allegation Kavanaugh and his team were communicating behind the scenes with friends to refute the claim.

The FBI opened an expanded background investigation into Kavanaugh after pressure from Democrats in Congress initially delayed his confirmation process.

But dozens of people with potential information into the allegations against him were not contacted, according to multiple sources that include friends of both the nominee and his accusers.

Several members of the Senate Judiciary Commitee on Sunday spoke out about the new reporting, including Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who called for Kavanaugh to be impeached.

“I sat through those hearings,” Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted. “Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., called Kavanaugh’s confirmation process a “sham.”

“I strongly opposed him based on his views on executive power, which will continue to haunt our country, as well as how he behaved, including the allegations that we are hearing more about today,” Klobuchar, also a presidential candidate, told ABC’s “This Week.” “My concern here is that the process was a sham. I don’t think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents. The House would have to get the documents. And the attorney general is shielding documents.”

“If you recall, we were given this moment just a few days every other hour to look at the documents related to other allegations that have been called in on the FBI tip line,” she continued, adding, “I think the whole thing was a sham and that those documents need to be turned over, as well as the documents that the White House hid from his time in the White House Counsel’s Office. All of that needs to come forward to even look at a proceeding like that.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told “This Week” that the new claims amounted to “an amazing level of reporting trying to just really dig up any dirt they can on the guy” adding the “far left” was “trying to smear” Kavanaugh.

“And you know what, I bet you the next Democratic debate, they’ll all be saying impeach Kavanaugh, impeach Trump,” Cruz said. “There’s nobody they don’t want to impeach. And at some point, they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the democratic process actually moves on. And I think it’s time for them to do that.”

Last October, Trump offered Kavanaugh and his family an unusual apology after attending his ceremonial swearing-in.

“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” he said at the time.

Almost a year on, Kavanaugh’s tenure has been largely untroubled by the controversy. But the resurfacing of the allegations led to calls for renewed scrutiny against the judge, seemingly drawing Trump’s ire.

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Trump Makes Political Ploy of Cruelty to Separated Immigrant Kids

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Trump Makes Political Ploy of Cruelty to Separated Immigrant Kids

Rep. Ben Ray Luján talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Trump administration continues to separate immigrant children from their families and subjecting them to appalling conditions both as political leverage against Democrats and as a political show for his base.

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“Human Trafficking The Silent epidemic”

Atrocities rob people of all walks of life of their civil liberties and personal freedoms.

billions of people are sold in to human trafficking, their identities blotted out and altered.

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“The Silent Epidemic”

                                                                                                                                                                                          Atrocities rob people of all walks of life of their civil liberties and personal freedoms.

billions of people are sold in to human trafficking, their identities blotted out and altered. Brainwashed

they are oppressed by their attackers .this problem will not  go away, we must

face it head on attack the problem at its source. this heinous crime exposes our most sensitive

vulnerabilities, families are broken left with out closure. driven by desperation they seek  help from

law enforcement and private investigators. this epidemic affects men, women, and children.

leaving a painful wound , that affects every aspect of their lives.

this  gaping wound is filled with pain, and emptiness. their eternal vision is

distorted by mistrust, anger, worry, anxiety. a deep spiritual unrest that permeates the

the very core of who they are. their self image, and  eternal perception of self is warped

and twisted. their spirits are broken, they are hardened, and apathetic.

the nature of this crime is cold and calculated. deception skews the victims concept of love.

Recovery numbers are hundreds of children per year typically the recovery rate is less then

1% of the actual trafficked population. this nightmare has no boundaries. it robs many nations of

its youth. damaging the  structure of the family keeping it divided and dsyfunctional  the loss of

the structure of the family negatively impacts the world. causing our society  to lack  sensitivity

care, and consideration  desensitized by the depravity of this enormous problem, innocence, awe

and wonder is replaced with speculation,indifference,apathy  no one wants to take responsibility,

no one wants involvement. this erodes love. the capacity to give love and  to receive love is marred by anger mistrust a painful emotional experience that compounds the problem affecting every one

that is suffering from the ill effects of despondency.

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