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Brekky Wrap: Police Apologise For Officers On Horseback Leading Black Man By Rope

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Texas police have apologised after officers on horseback were spotted leading a black man, arrested for criminal trespass, through the streets by a rope. Photographs of the arrest in Galverston quickly spread online, with the method labelled offensive, unnecessary and racist. Police Chief Vernon Hale said the technique was acceptable in some scenarios but admitted that "officers showed poor judgment in this instance". He assured the public there was no "malicious intent" and confirmed the department's policy has been changed to "prevent the use of this technique".

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Funding increases for universities will be tied to performance under a new scheme to be introduced by the Morrison government. From next year, unis will be measured on graduate employment, student success and experience as well as the enrolment of Indigenous, disadvantaged and rural students. Education Minister Dan Tehan will meet with university leaders in Wollongong today to brief them on the funding plan.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan. Photo:AAP/James Ross

Politicians will continue debating a bill to legalise abortion in NSW today after discussions ran late into the night. The bill would allow abortion after 22 weeks with the consent of two doctors, but both planning Minister Rob Stokes and Attorney General Mark Speakman have raised concerns about late-term abortions.

READ MORE: Time To 'Right A Wrong': MPs Debate Abortion Decriminalisation Bill

Pro-choice advocates hold signs outside NSW Parliament. Photo: AAP

Canadian police have confirmed that items found on a river bed last week belonged to two teenagers suspected of killing Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend. Underwater recovery teams were sent in and roadblocks were established but still, there were no signs of the boys. Officers remain in the Gillam area.

READ MORE: Dive For Canada Teen Fugitives Ends, Police Tight-Lipped About Fresh Leads

Donald Trump will visit El Paso and Dayton in the wake of Sunday’s mass shootings that left 31 dead. Some residents are planning to protest the visit, insisting the President isn’t welcome. It comes amid fury over his anti-immigration rhetoric as he struggles to unite the country in the wake of the attacks.

READ MORE: Walmart Will Continue To Sell Guns Despite Mass Shooting In Its Store

A NSW woman disqualified from driving until 2035 has been charged after she allegedly crashed her car while drunk. Police were called to Pyrmont early Monday morning but by the time they arrived at the scene, the 37-year-old had fled and picked up by a passing driver. She was later arrested and is due to front court today.

READ MORE: Driver Disqualified Until 2035 Caught Allegedly Drink Driving Again

The country’s eastern states are about to be hit with a blast of icy weather.A series of cold fronts are heading towards NSW, Victoria and South Australia, bringing strong winds, plenty of snow and the chance of rain.

A small aircraft carrying the management team of singer Pink has crash-landed and burst into flames in Denmark. Two Australians were among those onboard. No one was injured.

READ MOREPlane Carrying Pink's Management Team Crash Lands, Bursts Into Flames

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Ben Simmons maintains he and his friends felt singled out by security at the Crown in Melbourne. The Casino denies suggestions the group was refused entry of their skin colour, confirming they were allowed in after they showed their ID.

READ MORE: Ben Simmons Claims He Was Denied Entry Into Aussie Casino Over 'Racial Profiling'

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