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Protests Erupt After Minnesota Officer Acquitted In Killing Of Philando Castile

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Big News

Police dashboard footage of Philando Castile’s death was released Tuesday, proving what was known all along: Officer Jeronimo Yanez murdered Castile on July 6, 2016 in Minnesota. The 10-minute video shows Yanez pulling Castile over and asking for his license and insurance. Castile calmly informs Yanez he has a weapon about 30 seconds into the conversation. Moments later, Yanez fires seven shots at Castile with Castile’s girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter in the car. While the details aren’t new, the short amount of time it took for things to escalate is alarming—it only took 40 seconds for Yanez to pull the trigger.

Big Lies

Sean Spicer doesn’t seem to be going anywhere… for now. “I’m right here!” the White House press secretary said during his daily briefing on June 20, though he didn’t deny reports of his possible departure for a new role. “It’s no secret we’ve had a couple vacancies, including our communications director, he’s been gone for a while,” Spicer said. “We’ve been meeting with potential people that may be of service to this administration. I don’t think that should come as any surprise, but we’re always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president’s message and his agenda.” Good luck with that.

Big Facts

Michael Brown’s family has settled a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, with US Federal Judge Richard Webber calling the settlement “fair and reasonable compensation.” According to CNN, the lawsuit stated Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson—who unjustifiably and fatally shot Brown in 2014—used “an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown’s) constitutionally guaranteed right to life.” Brown’s family was originally seeking damages in excess of $75,000, reports CNN. Details of the settlement were not made public.

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