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Parents Of Shot Black Teenager Say Latest Shooting Was Racially-Motivate

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The US state of Missouri is bracing for a new wave of racial unrest after another black teenager was killed by an off-duty white cop.

The shooting of Venderrit D. Myers, the third fatal incident of a black male by Missouri police, happened as activists and other protesters prepared for four days of rallies starting on Friday, over the shooting of Michael Brown two months ago.

Police said Myers was shot on Wednesday after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers’ parents said he was unarmed.

Some activists and politicians said Myers was targeted because he was black and were asking the Justice Department to investigate the shooting.

“This here was racial profiling turned deadly,” said state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed.

Police said Myers was both armed and aggressive, using a stolen 9mm gun to shoot at the officer, however, Syreeta Myers told the AP news agency by phone on Thursday that her son was holding a sandwich, not a gun.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer spotted Myers and two other males, and became suspicious when one of them started to run.

When the officer made a U-turn, all three ran and the officer chased them in his car and then on foot, Dotson said.

During the chase, he got into a physical altercation with Myers, who reportedly ran up a hill, turned and fired at the officer, the chief said.

The officer, who was not hurt, shot back and fatally struck Myers. The officer fired off 17 rounds but it’s not clear how many bullets hit Myers.

Ballistic evidence shows Myers fired three shots before his gun jammed, Dotson said. Police said they recovered the 9mm gun, which had been reported stolen on September 26.

The 32-year-old officer, who has been with the department for six years, and whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

The Ferguson case was on protesters’ minds as they gathered after the latest shooting.

Organisers said the demonstrations include a march on Saturday in the city of St. Louis.

Brown’s August 9 death spurred weeks of unrest in Ferguson and the St. Louis region. A state grand jury is deciding whether the officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, will face charges.

In the aftermath of the latest shooting, Dotson said some in the St. Louis crowd shouted obscenities at officers and damaged three police cars, smashing windows and tail lights.

Police said one man was cited for being a felon in possession of a handgun after an officer spotted him putting on a ski mask inside a car, prompting a search.

Online court documents show Myers was free on bond when he was killed. He had been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting arrest in June in St. Louis.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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