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Cops Intimidate Witnesses Into Changing Their Stories In Fatal Shooting

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times in Chicago. Chicago officials released hundreds of emails Thursday Dec. 31, 2015 related to the video that wasn't released until more than a year after the shooting.  The emails, including some between city officials asking how they should respond to demands for the video, were released to media outlets that have been pressing for the documents for weeks.  (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)

According to Gawker, “Just when it seemed impossible for Chicago police officers to come off any worse in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, lawyers for the family now assert at least three witnesses were interrogated for hours, threatened and forced to lie about what they saw.” Full Story …

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Oregon Sheriff Shakes Ammon Bundy’s Hand Instead Of Shooting Him

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On Thursday, Harney County, Oregon Sheriff Dave Ward met Ammon Bundy in a remote area near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Bundy has been leading an illegal armed occupation of a federal building for almost a week. But Ward greeted Bundy with a firm handshake instead of handcuffs. Full Story …

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Chicago pays $5.5m in reparations to police torture victims, too little too late?

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All but “five or six” of the 57 individuals who allege they were tortured under the Jon Burge reign of terror were given around $100,000 in reparations this Monday.  Burge (in above photo) was the police commander brought to justice in 2011 for running his “midnight crew,” which routinely tortured …

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