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US Ohio Republican Party censures U.S. Rep. Gonzalez for voting to impeach Trump

00:15  08 may  2021
00:15  08 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Police video shows California man died after police held him

  Police video shows California man died after police held him SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police in the Northern California city of Alameda released body cam footage late Tuesday that shows officers pinning a man to the ground for more than five minutes during an arrest last week that ended in his death. Mario Gonzalez, 26, stopped breathing after an April 19 scuffle with police at a park in Alameda. A police statement said Gonzalez had a medical emergency after officers tried to handcuff him. His family contends he was killed by police who used excessive force.The nearly hourlong video from two officers' body cameras shows police talking to Gonzalez in a park after receiving 911 calls that he appeared to be disoriented or drunk.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez on Friday joined a growing list of lawmakers being censured by state Republican Party officials for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Anthony Gonzalez wearing a suit and tie: Oversight of Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response hearing in Washington © Reuters/POOL Oversight of Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response hearing in Washington

Gonzalez, a two-term lawmaker from Ohio and former professional football player, was also called upon by the Ohio Republican Party to resign his seat in Congress, as Trump reasserts his grip on the party.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik said in a statement that the action against Gonzalez "addresses an unconstitutional, politically motivated process that served no purpose," apparently referring to the House impeachment of Trump.

Mario Gonzalez's Brother Says Video Shows Police Were 'Blatantly Lying' About His Death

  Mario Gonzalez's Brother Says Video Shows Police Were 'Blatantly Lying' About His Death The 26-year-old died on April 19 in California after being pinned down by officers using their knees, elbows and arms. © Courtesy of the Gonzalez family Mario Gonzalez (left) with his four-year-old son, also called Mario, and his 23-year-old brother Efrain. The results of an autopsy have not yet been released, but the 26-year-old's family say his death was due to excessive force by the officers and are calling for their arrest.

Last January, Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans voting to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a riot on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer. Trump supporters were attempting to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory as president.

Weeks later, the Senate acquitted Trump on a vote of 57-43, short of the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction. Seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict the former president.

Aides to Gonzalez were not immediately available for comment.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are also scheduled to vote on whether to strip Representative Liz Cheney of her Republican leadership position for challenging Trump's false assertions that last November's presidential election was stolen from him.

Other Republicans censured include Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who was one of the seven voting to convict Trump.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Alistair Bell)

GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote .
House Republicans return to Washington this week embroiled in a bitter battle over the direction of the party, the face of its leadership and what role former President Trump should play heading into next year's elections - and far beyond.All three of those questions will take center stage Wednesday when the GOP conference will gather behind closed doors in the Capitol to decide the fate of Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican whose sustained attacks on Trump for lying about his election defeat have quickly made her a pariah in the eyes of many colleagues. "She's done as a member of leadership.

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