Two Police Officers Plead Not Guilty to Assault Charges After Shoving 75-Year-Old Man to the Ground

Two Police Officers Plead Not Guilty to Assault Charges After Shoving 75-Year-Old Man to the Ground

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UPDATE: Both police officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, surrendered themselves on Saturday morning after being charged with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly pushing an elderly protester outside City Hall on Thursday night, according to NBC News.

The two officers pleaded not guilty to their charges and were released on their own recognizance, after they were virtually arraigned on Saturday morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Hannah. They are both scheduled to return to court on July 20 for a felony hearing, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office stated.

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After viral video emerged of a man shoved to the ground by police, two officers have been suspended. 

In the footage of the incident on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y., which originally came from local NPR affiliate WBFO and has since been circulated widely online, an unidentified 75-year-old man can be seen walking up to a large group of approaching police officers donning tactical gear and saying something before some officers shout at him and push him so hard that he falls backward onto the ground. In the footage, many officers continue to walk past him as the man remains lying on the ground, a pool of what appears to be blood visibly forming at his head. While one officer appears to kneel down toward the man on the ground, he is pushed to continue walking by a fellow officer. Shouts to call a medic and a claim that he is bleeding from his ear can be heard. Toward the end of the video, officers can be seen tending to the man, who is still on the ground. E! News has reached out to the Buffalo Police Department for comment and has not yet heard back. 

According to NBC affiliate, WGRZ, “An initial police statement claimed the man was injured when he tripped and fell in front of Buffalo City Hall.” However, late Thursday, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a statement on the incident, revealing the unidentified victim is 75 years old while announcing that two police officers have been suspended.

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“Tonight, after a physical altercation between two separate groups of protesters participating in an illegal demonstration beyond the curfew, two Buffalo Police officers knocked down a 75-year-old man,” read Brown’s statement, posted to Twitter. “The victim is in stable but serious condition at ECMC.”

He continued, “I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. He directed an immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have been suspended without pay. After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, Police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening. I hope to continue to build on the progress we have achieved as we work together to address racial injustice and inequity in the City of Buffalo. My thoughts are with the victim tonight.”

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office also issued a statement on Twitter, which read, “The Erie County DA’s Office continues to investigate the incident captured on video outside City Hall that resulted in the injury of protester. The victim was taken to ECMC to be treated for a head injury. He was unable to provide a statement to investigators last night. We will provide an update as the investigation progresses.”

“He’s 75” has since become a trending topic on Twitter. 

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Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the situation, tweeting, “This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful. I’ve spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation. Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union also addressed the situation publicly, stating, “The casual cruelty demonstrated by Buffalo police officers tonight is gut-wrenching and unacceptable. Suspensions and an investigation are already in order, but there is little more we have to see to know what took place. Police officers cannot to hide behind the lice that they are protecting and serving. City leaders need to take this as a wake-up call and seriously address the police violence during this week’s protest and the culture of impunity that led to this incident. There is no place for military-geared police to enforce a curfew by inflicting violence on the very people they are supposed to protect.”

Their statement continued, “We are in solidarity with Buffalo’s protesters and demand that demonstrators can protest without the threat of police brutality on the streets tomorrow.”

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

(This story was originally published on Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 7:15 a.m. PST)

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Faith Stowers Details Her Experience on “All-White” Vanderpump Rules: “It Was A Lot”

Faith Stowers Details Her Experience on "All-White" Vanderpump Rules: "It Was A Lot"

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UPDATE: Following Faith Stowers‘ accusations about the Vanderpump Rules cast, some brands have stated to E! News that they’ve cut ties with Stassi Schroeder.

“Billie is ending all partnerships with anyone who isn’t supporting the fight against racism, including Stassi,” the brand said in a statement. Secret Deodorant also shared, “We find these comments and actions offensive and inexcusable. We have ended our relationship with this influencer. “

You can read about Faith’s experience on Vanderpump Rules below.

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As Faith Stowers put it simply, “It was a lot.”

In a recent Instagram Live, the reality star, who appeared as a recurring character on the fourth season of Vanderpump Rules and later returned briefly as a guest in the sixth season, revisited her experience as the only black character on the Bravo series. 

While talking remotely with fellow MTV star Candace Renee Rice on Tuesday, the topic of Stowers’ experience with former castmate Stassi Schroeder was raised by a fan comment. 

“I did a show with [an] all-white cast,” Stowers told Rice. “I was the only black person on the show.”

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Referencing when cast member Jax Taylor had cheated on his then-girlfriend Brittany Cartwright with her, Stowers explained, “I felt like after their friend did something that we both were involved in that he’s done like, a thousand times…they wanted to attack me instead of him. It was like they wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. ‘I was wrong and I was this and I was that,’ calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths.”

While Stowers didn’t initially name specific co-stars, she did eventually reference Schroeder and Kristen Doute. “I believe it hit the ceiling for me, and made me really want to run for the hills, when Kristen and Stassi decided they were going to call the cops on me,” Stowers recalled.

She continued, “This is when I quit—like, I left the show. I was invited back to tell my truth, but decided it wasn’t going to do anything for me. So, I ended up not coming back, so I decided to go over to MTV. Once I did that, I felt like they got upset with me.”

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In regard to why they had called the cops, “There was this article…where there was an African American lady,” Stowers described. “It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people…The woman was at large…and they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview.”

According to Reality Tea, Schroeder discussed how she and Doute had called the police to report Stowers in an April 2018 interview on The Bitch Bible podcast. The episode has since been taken down.

Around that same time, Doute tweeted a link to a report about the unidentified woman, who was accused of meeting men at a nightclub and then allegedly drugging and robbing them after going home with them.  

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 “Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?” Doute wrote. “Someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there,” she added, seeming to hint at Stowers, who went on to star on Ex on the Beach and The Challenge. E! News has reached out to Schroeder’s rep for comment. Both she and Doute have since expressed support of the Black Lives Matter movement on social media. 

As Stowers said, “It was just funny, because they thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave.” She told Rice, “So, they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me…It didn’t work, so they were upset about that.”

hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?

someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there. https://t.co/4682a7jyzG

— kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽 (@kristendoute) April 26, 2018

“I get people being upset [with the cheating],” Stowers acknowledged, “but I didn’t understand why I was getting so much heat and the man wasn’t, who’s still filming and doing what he normally does.” Taylor and Cartwright are now married

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In regard to the show’s star and executive producer, Lisa Vanderpump, Stowers alleged, “When she first approached me, she was very like…happy about the fact that there was a black person gonna be on the show and she was like, you know, I want you to put them in their place, kind of give them this Nene Leakes kind of attitude and I was very nice coming in, I wasn’t really giving nobody real attitude and giving her like that show she needed from me, I felt like.” Stowers blamed that as the reason for why she never got to be in any “confessionals.” 

“I didn’t have anything like that,” Stowers told Rice. “This could be different on their end, but in my opinion, I thought it was weird that everybody on the show got to do interviews and confessionals and I didn’t get a chance to even do that, to tell my story, which was a very interesting story, being a black woman in the military at the time. At the time, I was still in the army…leaving military drill…to come film with y’all…I didn’t feel like they appreciated that.”

While confessionals are typically reserved for main cast members, recurring cast members have participated in the past. 

“It was a lot,” Stowers said of the overall experience. “But I feel like now I’m in a way better position anyway, so it’s fine.” 

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Stowers reacted to the response to the Instagram Live, telling E! News, “I have been receiving so much support. It’s crazy…It’s been overwhelming and it makes me feel like I was actually heard this time.”

“I just want to say this is not an attack on Vanderpump Rules,” Stowers clarified. “It wasn’t done on the show.”

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

(This story was originally published on Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 3:44 p.m. PST)

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George Floyd’s Life Celebrated at Public Memorial Service in North Carolina

George Floyd’s Life Celebrated at Public Memorial Service in North Carolina

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Large crowds of mourners came out today to pay respect to George Floyd, who lost his life at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, sparking nationwide protest.

A two-hour public viewing was held in Raeford, about 25 miles outside of Fayetteville — where the 46-year-old man was born. For a period, Floyd also lived in Houston, Texas before making his way to Minnesota.

Grievers and peaceful protesters lined the road outside the Cape Fear Conference B building, where inside the church Floyd’s casket was placed in the center of the of the lobby. Mourners were allowed inside in groups of 10 and asked to wear a mask, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, the peaceful crowds cheered as men arrived on horses, and upon the arrival of a motorcade by a local motorcycle club, all in honor of Floyd.

In a live stream of the second private memorial service from NBC News, a choir sang the popular gospel song, “I Shall Wear a Crown,” as masked mourners danced and sang in celebration of Floyd’s life.

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Earlier this week, the Hoke County Sheriff’s department issued a statement on the service, asking those in attendance to “be respectful to the sensitivity of the family’s time of grief,” adding that the service “is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness.”

Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, is a resident of Hoke County, according to Raleigh news station WRAL.

Floyd will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 9, in Houston, following a viewing of his body on Monday at the Fountain of Grace Church.

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck, has since been fired and arrested. He is being charged with second-degree murder, following an upgrade from his original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three officers who witnessed the incident without intervening — J.A. Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — have also been fired and arrested.

According to court records from the state of Minnesota, the former officers are each facing two felony charges: Aiding and Abetting Second Degree Murder and Aiding and Abetting Second Degree Manslaughter.

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock Feels Like She’s the “Least Favored” Member Because of Her Race

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock Feels Like She’s the "Least Favored" Member Because of Her Race

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock is opening up about her experience in the music industry.

As the Black Lives Movement continues to grow around the world, the Little Mix member took to Instagram Friday morning and shared her perspective about race. 

While she may be a member of one of the biggest girl groups, Leigh-Anne explained that it didn’t make her exempt from feeling mistreated by fans. 

“My reality was feeling lonely while touring to predominantly white countries. I sing to fans who don’t see me or hear me or cheer me on,” she explained while holding back tears. “My reality is feeling anxious before fan events and signings because I always feel like I’m the least favored. My constant reality is constantly feeling like I have to work 10 times harder and longer to mark my place in the group because my talent alone isn’t enough.”

The former X Factor contestant continued, “My reality is wanting to see other artists who I know are so talented but will never get the opportunities I have had because to the industry, they are not marketable. But they will get behind someone else with aspects of black culture the world wants to see but leave behind the aspects they feel make me unmarketable. My reality is all the times that I have felt invisible in my group but part of me is fully aware that my experience would be even harder to cope with had I been dark-skinned.”

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Another moment Leigh-Anne remembered was when choreographer Frank Gatson, who is black, shared some advice during the making of “Wings.”

“There comes a point in every black human’s life, no matter how much money you have or what you have achieved, you realize racism does not exclude you. Nine years ago after joining Little Mix, I had the biggest awakening of my life,” she recalled. “He said to me, ‘You are the black girl. You have to work 10 times harder.’ Never in my life had someone told me that I would need to work harder because of my race. Later on, what Frank Gatson said made sense. I learned that the dream of being in the biggest girl band in the world came with its flaws and consequences. Consequences such as knowing about the existent underlying racism in the creative industries.”

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Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news. In the past I have mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race. More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand. I'm not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I'm doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place. In doing this we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community. 🖤

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For those wondering why Leigh-Anne decided to make a video, she explained her mindset in a caption.

“I’m not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I’m doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place,” she wrote. “In doing this, we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community.”

Her post received support from many artists in the industry including Fifth Harmony member Normani.

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“I am YOU and you are ME,” she wrote. “I see you sis.”

And although Leigh-Anne has spoken out before, she will continue in hopes of a better future.

“You learn to understand that you can’t be seen as too loud or too opinionated, otherwise you’re deemed a diva or aggressive. You learn that by walking into a room, you are deemed as unapproachable or offish, before anyone has even approached you.You learn that by voicing your opinion about the lack of diversity within the industry is like smashing your head against a brick wall,” she shared. “We are no longer in a position where we need to be quiet on this matter. And let’s all continue to speak up on racism and keep this movement going.”

For more ways to take action and get involved with the Black Lives Matter, click here.

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NFL and Roger Goodell Admits Wrongdoing in ”Not Listening” to Players About Racism

NFL and Roger Goodell Admits Wrongdoing in ”Not Listening” to Players About Racism

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come forward to say the league was wrong for “not listening” to players’ concerns regarding racial inequality. 

In a new statement voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Goodell said Friday via video message, “It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular Black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality.”

“We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black people,” he continued. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.

The issue of racism within the NFL garnered renewed exposure when in 2016, Colin Kaepernick protested against police brutality by kneeling when the national anthem played during games. After being unable to sign with a new team the following year, Kaepernick filed a collusion complaint against NFL owners. The complaint was privately settled in 2019. 

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In 2018, the NFL approved a policy that would require players and league personnel on the sideline to stand during the national anthem, but offered individuals the option to remain inside the locker room if they did not want to stand. The policy was ultimately never enforced. 

Looking toward the future, Goodell has vowed to do better. 

We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv

— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020

“I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League. The protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” he said in the video. 

“We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better, more united NFL family,” Goodell concluded. 

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Earlier this week, Drew Brees faced criticism from fellow athletes for describing the national anthem protests as disrespectful. 

Brees issued an apology, which read in part, “In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy.”

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The Bachelor’s Bekah Martinez and Garrett Yrigoyen Argue Over Police Support Amid Protests

The Bachelor’s Bekah Martinez and Garrett Yrigoyen Argue Over Police Support Amid Protests

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Bachelor Nation is divided after Garrett Yrigoyen posted a statement in support of “Thin Blue Line,” a phrase used in association with Blue Lives Matter countermovement.

In a lengthy statement, the 31-year-old expressed that he stands in solidarity with the “hundreds of thousands of men and women of all races that represent this Thin Blue Line.” He explained, “It’s important for me to recognize the ones who stand in the gap and put their lives on the line each and every single day for humans of different race and ethnicity, including those who hate them. The Thin Blue Line represents each officer protecting protestors, properties, and businesses while being threatened, attacked, shot, shot at, hit with vehicles, and other forms of brutality.” 

The star, who is engaged to former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, added that he’s sympathizes with the “over 300 [law enforcement officers] injured, shot, or killed in just one week.” According to a NBC News report, numerous law enforcement officers have suffered injuries during protests. Despite Garrett’s suggestion, which he did not provide sourcing for, the rate of police injuries or fatalities is not publicly clear.

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“They continue to put in overtime away from their families, stay silent while being threatened, hated, and assaulted. We can’t judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few. We can’t judge the peaceful protesters by the actions of the few violent protesters, and we sure can’t judge all cops by the actions of a few bad ones,” Ygrigoyen continued. “Remember when they put on the badge they’re still humans, with raw emotion, the more brutality they face the more on edge they become, they make mistakes, they have compassion, and no matter how terrible they are treated or whatever negative is said to them, they still show up for us when we need them!”

He concluded his message by imploring his followers to “remember” the law enforcement officers across the country. 

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His post drew ire from numerous people, including fellow Bachelor Nation members  including Bekah MartinezNick Viall and Kendall Long among others. 

“Uhhhhh law enforcement CHOOSES to put on a blue uniform. Black people don’t choose to be black. big difference. also “the more police brutality they face the more on edge they become”…. that’s scary as f–k,” Bekah commented. She also wrote “it’s interesting” that Garrett was “silent” when he posted a plain back square, referencing Black Out Tuesday, but voiced his support for cops. 

“You’ve made your views known before and here’s a great reminder that not much has changed,” she stated. 

The situation escalated when Garrett responded to Bekah’s criticism on his Instagram Story. In the post, he screenshotted Bekah’s comment and wrote, “I remember you saying how much you loved me to Becca and that you made a mistake for judging me in the past without knowing me… Needless to say you never got to know me, still don’t know me and you’re no longer invited over.” 

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Yrigoyen also explained that he was “advised to not caption” his black square, but insisted that it “doesn’t make me a racist nor does it take away” from the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Without directly mentioning Garrett, Bekah expanded on her stance in a separate Instagram post.  

“Here’s the thing: being black is not a uniform you can remove on your days off, it definitely does not protect you from the justice system, it is not something you get PAID to be, and it is most certainly not something you can quit or retire from,” she reasoned. “STOP COMPARING THE EXPERIENCE OF A CHOSEN CAREER TO THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING BLACK. You can love a cop, marry a cop, have a brother who’s a cop…and you can still hate the Blue Lives Matter movement and what it represents. you can choose to support cops AND understand that the ‘thin blue line’ flag now represents and signals BLUE LIVES MATTER to the majority of the population.”

In the comments section, Bekah clarified that she doesn’t “hate cops or don’t think their lives matter,” but she believes the Thin Blue Line flag “is in direct opposition to Black Lives Matter, regardless of whatever it was originally intended to represent.”

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As her final say on the matter, Bekah revealed she made a $1,000 donation to the National Police Accountability Project in Garrett’s name.

The back and forth between Garrett and Bekah has seemingly stopped for the time being, but his fiancée Becca announced on her Instagram Story that she would address the controversy on the next episode of Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel Lindsay.

In addition, she stated that she’s having “many conversations” behind the scenes. “Because I’m silent on my IG right now doesn’t mean I’m silent in my life,” Becca wrote.

In 2018, Becca and Garrett’s relationship was thrust into the spotlight when Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey posted screenshots that suggested Garrett liked several offensive posts, including some that mock Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg and the trans community. He apologized for his actions and explained that he didn’t realize “the effect of a double tap or like on Instagram,” but hoped Becca would understand.

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Then, as it was revealed that Becca accepted a proposal from Garrett, the couple shared they were working through the controversy together. “The Instagram situation, I don’t condone that,” Becca said at the time. “I know that he stands by his apology and he feels so bad for everyone that he did offend, and he didn’t mean it, but I just want to move forward and to learn and to grow, and to continue to educate ourselves, and that’s all you can ask for in another person, is that somebody who recognizes if they make a mistake and do something wrong, and want to learn and grow from it, and that’s what he’s shown me.” 

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