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Video released of police beating

VIDEO shows Tyre Nichols being beaten and kicked by Memphis police officers (City of Memphis).


Video footage of the beating death of Tyre Nichols – a Black man – by five Black police officers in Memphis, Tennessee was released on Friday, showing not only brutal attacks on the victim but profane celebrations by officers.

All five officers have been fired and are facing second degree murder and other charges. Also fired and facing prosecution are two fire department employees who apparently waited 10 minutes after the incident to render any medical aid to Tyre.

According to The New York TImes, his mother pleaded with the public to protest peacefully.

The officers are believed to have been part of a special “street crimes unit” called SCORPION.

Gunman kills seven in Jerusalem

Seven people were killed and three wounded when a Palestinian man fired shots outside a synagogue in east Jerusalem Friday night before being himself shot and killed by police.

According to The Associated Press, the gunman, who was not immediately identified, may have acted in reaction to a Israel military raid in the West Bank that killed nine people.

Sports: Kings cage the Panthers, rise to 1st

Four players scored goals as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 on the road Friday night.

Anze Kopitor, Adrian Kempe, Viktor Arvidsson and Matt Roy lit the lamp for the Kings, whose record improved to 28-17-6. The win lifted the team into first place in the NHL Pacific Division with 62 points. Seattle and Las Vegas are tied for second with 61 points.

Also in sports …The Los Angeles Rams have hired Mike LaFleur of the New York Jets as the team’s new offensive coordinator …

Weather: Clouds and then showers

The West Orange County area will see a brief return to winter weather. Saturday should be partly cloudy with a daytime high of 63 and an overnight low 51.  Sunday should see showers with a high of 57 during the day and an overnight low of 46. The light rain should continue on Monday with a high of 57, low of 40. Sunny skies, however, are expected to return on Tuesday with a high of 62 and a low of 39.

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