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WATCH: California Father Wins $1.1 Million In Excessive Force Case Against Santa Monica Police

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A father of four who won a $1 million verdict said he’s relieved a jury found that a Santa Monica police officer used excessive force while arresting him last April at a park in an incident partially captured on cellphone video.

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Justin Palmer, 36, said Santa Monica police officers tackled him to the ground, knocked him unconscious, and sprayed him with Mace when he said he was told to leave a park where he was charging his electric car after the officers told him to leave because the park was closed.

“It didn’t change anything for me physically,” he said. “All it did was say I wasn’t a liar and I was telling the truth.” Palmer pointed out it wasn’t 11 p.m. yet and that other people were still in the park. He spent the night in jail – but no charges were ever filed.

The jury found that one officer used excessive force, while exonerating the other officer. Palmer’s attorney Justin Sanders said this was a case of an officer misusing his authority.

Read more here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Father-Who-Won-1M-Police-Excessive-Force-Verdict-Speaks-Out-392663451.html?_osource=taboola-recirc

SOURCE: NBC LosAngeles – Angie Crouch

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Bodycam video released of Andre Leshon Lee who lost consciousness when arrested but died 5 days later in Dallas PD custody, Report

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The Dallas Police Department has released a video of Andre Leshon Lee who they say lost consciousness shortly after being taken into custody on August 28. The video released clearly shows he lost consciousness at the site where he was arrested.

The report goes on to say Lee died September 2 in police custody a week after losing consciousness. Something doesn’t add up here.

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According to Fox 4 the investigation by Dallas police into Lee’s death, he and his wife were driving the night of August 28, when his wife said he got out of the car and started running.

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Morehouse School of Medicine students get surprise news that $26M gift will help pay off their debt

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ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.

On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

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Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley under fire for monkey post about black students

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According to WCTV Leon County school administrators, Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.

The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.

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Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:

“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.

#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”

“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.

The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”

McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.

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