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Weekend Update: Cop gets caught ‘bragging,’ a PS5 fight, and the Trumps’ eyebrow-raising Christmas photo

Here's what you missed this weekend.

Dec 21, 2020, 9:24 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan

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Two women were caught on camera physically fighting over a PS5 in Walmart. The fight ended with one woman stomping on the other, eventually knocking her out. Here's what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Sergeant brags about hitting BLM protesters with car—fellow cop reminds him bodycam ‘is on’
  • People think Melania and Donald’s Christmas portrait is Photoshopped
  • Can you drink alcohol after getting the coronavirus vaccine?

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Sergeant brags about hitting BLM protesters with car—fellow cop reminds him bodycam ‘is on’

A police sergeant was placed on administrative leave after he was caught seemingly bragging about hitting Black Lives Matter protesters with a car. 

In a video that is going viral across social media, a sergeant with the Boston Police Department recalls "f*cking hitting people with the car" when speaking with another officer. 

Mid-story, the officer walks away from the sergeant before circling back to tell him, "It's on. This thing is—," referring to his bodycam. The sergeant seems to try and play it off, saying "I know" before changing his tune and story.

“Oh, no no no. I know. ... I didn’t hit anybody,” he says. 

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The officer seems apologetic for having his bodycam on. “This thing just f*cking went on automatically,” he explains to the sergeant. 

Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said in a statement that in addition to the "sergeant involved in this incident" being placed on administrative leave, an investigation by the Bureau of Professional Standards is underway.

The incident occurred when the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, spurred by the police killing of George Floyd, was at its height in June. The footage is part of the hours of footage featuring Boston police's response to the protests that the Appeal received from attorney Carl Williams, who is representing some of the protesters.

Read the full report here, and catch up on more you may have missed below. 

—Eilish O'Sullivan, news wire editor

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A CHRISTMAS MYSTERY

People think Melania and Donald’s Christmas portrait is Photoshopped

People online are claiming that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump's final Christmas portrait was Photoshopped. But experts who spoke with the Daily Dot say there is likely a much simpler explanation for the photo's appearance.

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2020, 3:00 am