Police In St. Paul Suburb Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop A graphic video filmed by the man’s girlfriend shows him bleeding in the car while her young daughter watches

Police shot and killed a man Wednesday in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and his girlfriend recorded the aftermath in a graphic video shot using the Facebook Live feature.

The video shows the man bleeding from gunshot wounds as his girlfriend films from the driver’s seat. The police officer “shot him three times because we had a busted tail light,” the woman filming can be heard saying.

Officials have not officially released the victim’s name, but his family identified him as Philando Castile, local news station WCCO reported. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and relatives told The Star-Tribune he died at the hospital.

The 10-minute video of the incident was posted to Facebook by user Lavish Reynolds, and was removed for several hours Wednesday night before being reposted with a warning about its graphic content.

While filming, the woman explains that the officer asked her boyfriend for his license and registration, and that he told the officer he had a pistol and was licensed to carry.

In the video, the woman describes the police as shooting Castile between three and five times. An officer in the video can be heard saying, “I told him not to reach for it. I told him to get his hand out.” Then, officers can be heard ordering the girlfriend out of her car and seen escorting her into the back seat of a police car.

“He doesn’t have no records or anything,” Castile’s girlfriend can be heard telling the police. “He’s never been in jail, anything. He’s not a gang member, anything.”

A police officer can be seen in the background holding a young girl who is presumed to be the woman’s daughter, according to the Star Tribune.

The St. Anthony Police Department later confirmed that at least one man was injured during the traffic stop in an officer-involved shooting, according to local FOX affiliate KMSP.

A police spokesperson said during a press conference Wednesday that the shooting is currently under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and that no officer was injured during the incident.

The original Facebook Live video is included below

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Alton Sterling’s Wife Fights Back Tears In An Emotional Call To Justice

 

Early Tuesday morning, Louisiana police shot a black man point-blank in front of a Baton Rouge convenience store. Witnesses later revealed that the man — a father of five named Alton Sterling — had a weapon in his pocket but never moved to remove it. And video footage, coupled with witness statements, showed that police shot him four to six times after pinning him down. This sparked protests in Baton Rouge, and even though Jesse Williams’ BET speech is still fresh in the public consciousness, a revisit seems proper. But first, Sterling’s wife has her own must-watch speech.

Quinyetta McMillan addressed the media with what can only be described as superhuman strength. She was surrounded by supporters and the couple’s 15-year-old son, Cameron, who broke down in tears while calling out for his father. The entire speech is simply heartbreaking, and this portion calls for justice:

“This is the image of a man who simply tried to earn a living. With that said, the individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended on their daddy on a daily basis. As a mother, I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father. That I can’t take away from him. He is at an age of understanding, I hurt more for him and his loss. As a parent, one of the greatest fears is to see your child hurt and know there’s nothing you can do about it.

“What I saw last night from the citizens of Baton Rouge will forever warm my heart. We are a complete community of individuals who will carry this burden and also stand together that this event will not go unnoticed, especially for the future. I, for one, will not rest or not allow him to be swept in the dirt.”

ABC News notes that the two officers involved in Sterling’s death have been placed on administrative leave. Sterling’s family has requested that state police take over the investigation, but Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana has gone further. He wants the Department of Justice “to conduct a full and transparent investigation into this incident” with the full cooperation of state and local police. (Update: The Department of Justice has formally opened an investigation into Sterling’s death.) Meanwhile, Tuesday night’s protests have continued outside Baton Rouge City Hall.

Let’s close out this sad update with a few more affecting tweets.

Fox News Sources: Gretchen Carlson Wasn’t The First Roger Ailes Victim “He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would fuck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera

WASHINGTON ― Some Fox News on-air personalities are unsurprised by the news that former host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

“We thought it would happen after she was taken off of ‘Fox & Friends,’” said one Fox News source who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “She kept quiet because Roger gave her the afternoon show, but everyone at Fox knew it was eventually coming. He hated her and would tell people that she was ‘a crazy, vindictive bitch.’”

Other sources inside Fox confirmed that Carlson had first threatened to file the lawsuit after Ailes removed her as a host of “Fox & Friends.” But sources say Carlson held off on filing a suit when Ailes agreed to give her the afternoon show.

Carlson was a host of the popular “Fox & Friends” morning program from 2006 until 2013, but was allegedly removed from the show after complaining about her male co-host Steve Doocy. (Disclosure: I was a Fox News contributor from 2014 to 2015.)
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An excerpt from Carlson’s lawsuit describes the hostile work environment allegedly created by Fox host Steve Doocy.

In the suit, Carlson alleges that she was mocked by Ailes for complaining about unequal treatment by male colleagues, and that she was demoted to the afternoon show with reduced pay as retaliation. Carlson also claims that Ailes demanded sex as a way to improve her standing at Fox News and told her to “turn around so he could view her posterior.”

Carlson’s not the only woman to accuse Ailes of such behavior. One female Fox News contributor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she had a similar encounter with Ailes.

“He asked me to turn around so he can see my ass,” the contributor said, describing one of her meetings with the chairman.

Another Fox News employee, who likewise asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that Ailes told her she could only wear dresses on air. She also described a story that she said Ailes often told about his hiring process for on-camera personalities.

“He always brags to people about how he doesn’t do polling or testing when he chooses his on-air talent. He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would fuck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera,” the employee said. “He then said if it was a man he’d think about whether he could sit down for a baseball game with him and not get annoyed of him. If he could, then he’d hire him.”

Carlson’s lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, alleges that she was eventually fired for refusing Ailes’ sexual advances.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

The FBI Calls Clinton ‘Extremely Careless’ But Recommends No Charges Over Her Private Email Serv

The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state may soon be over. This investigation culminated with a three-and-a-half-hour FBI interview this weekend after a messy situation involving Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton on an airplane. Lynch distanced herself from the storm by revealing that she would defer to the FBI’s eventual desired outcome, but everyone — even WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — admitted that an indictment was unlikely. WikiLeaks did release 1,200 emails, which featured a trove of cut-and-pasted media articles, letters sent to Clinton, and other flotsam.

Although none of the released emails (which came from the State Department after a Freedom of Information Act request) set off individual alarms, the matter has affected Clinton’s perceived trustworthiness during the election. Certainly, there are matters of security to consider here, and the FBI agrees. After a thorough investigation, the bureau found no reason to indict Clinton, but they do brand her “extremely careless” in handling “highly classified information.” Comey’s full statement contains the following relevant portions:

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

Comey continues with — as he notes — an unusual amount of detail that he’s revealing to the public about the nature of government communication. He discusses several email chains that were “classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level,” and he says there’s plenty of evidence to show that Clinton and her employees should have known they were speaking on an unclassified system. He brings the hammer down:

None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government — or even with a commercial service like Gmail.

Comey also notes that Clinton’s use of a private server could carry severe implications because “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.” Still, the FBI doesn’t believe there was any intentional mishandling of classified information, including Clinton’s deletion of work emails. And then, in the interest of “unusual transparency,” Comey issued the bureau’s final recommendation. He admits finding evidence of statutory violations, but there simply isn’t enough strong evidence of intent, so “no charges are appropriate” in this case:

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

Comey stressed that this determination isn’t a suggestion that any other persons or officials caught up in similar circumstances would receive a similar ruling. He simply says, “that is not what we are deciding now.” So, while the Department of Justice will make the final call here, the FBI has issued their findings on the matter. Comey concludes by admitting many people will be upset by the bureau’s recommendations, but “opinions are irrelevant.” Speaking of opinions, Donald Trump has already spoken on the matter.