Officer who rammed car into armed man details encounter
running him over told
investigators he felt it was his only option.
The dramatic encounter in the Tucson suburb of
Marana in February
gained worldwide attention this week after dash-cam
video showing the officer ramming into the suspect was released.
Prosecutors have cleared
Officer Michael Rapiejko of wrongdoing.
In a recorded interview
released to The Associated
Press on Friday, Rapiejko
is heard explaining his
thought process and
why he chose to run over
36-year-old Mario Valencia
instead of shooting him.
Rapiejko said he was
too far to shoot his
handgun accurately and
that shooting it would have
posed a risk to other officers
Rapiejko is back on the force,
and the Marana
Police Department has
stood by him.
Exclusive: William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California
And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers.
(He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.)
The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even enough to scratch the surface.
O'Malley knocks Clinton for flip-flopping on gay marriage
"I'm glad Secretary Clinton's come around to the right positions on these issues," O'Malley said at a forum at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
"I believe that we are best as a party when we lead with our principles and not according to the polls.
"Leadership is about making the right decision, and the best decision before sometimes it becomes entirely popular."
ESPN Suspends Reporter Over Rant Recorded By Towing Company
Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry.
After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.
"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.
Video of the encounter, which reportedly took place earlier this month, spread quickly after it was published Thursday on LiveLeak. In it, McHenry, who is based in Washington, D.C., vents her anger about her towed car at the counter clerk, who points out the surveillance camera.
In the footage, McHenry says, among other things: "I'm in the news sweetheart. I will ******* sue this place." "That's why I have a degree and you don't." "I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this. Makes my skin crawl even being here."
Qaeda takes key Yemen army camp, heavy weapons: official
Aden (AFP) - Al-Qaeda militants in southeast Yemen on Friday seized heavy weapons as they overran a key camp in Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla, consolidating their grip on the city, an official said. "Today Al-Qaeda fighters took control of the 27th Mechanised Brigade's camp and seized heavy weapons including tanks and artillery,"
the official told AFP, confirming that Al-Qaeda now controlled all of Mukalla a day after seizing its airport. Residents of the city confirmed the camp had been seized "without resistance".
Until Friday, the camp in eastern Mukalla had remained loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour al-Hadi and was the only military site not taken over by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
E-cigarette use triples among US teenagers
The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled in one year among teenagers in the United States, the government reports. Electronic cigarettes mimic the effects of real ones, producing a vapour that is less harmful than cigarette smoke. Increasing numbers of smokers have started using electronic cigarettes since bans on smoking in enclosed public places became more common. Novelty e-cigarettes flavours have also attracted teens. E-cigarettes flavours include cotton candy and breakfast cereals like Cap'n Crunch. Many use e-cigarettes as a way of stopping smoking regular cigarettes. But the vapour usually contains nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes.
Study finds illegal immigrants pay $11.8B in taxes
A new nationwide study on the fiscal implications of illegal immigration concludes that millions of undocumented immigrants are paying billions of dollar in taxes into state and local coffers, and that substantially more would be generated if President Obama prevails in imposing a new executive order protecting many of those workers from deportation.
The 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released on Thursday found that roughly 8.1 million of 11.4 million undocumented immigrants who work paid more than $11.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2012, even while they were living illegally in the country.
Racist Posts on NY Cop Blog Raise Ire at Time of Tension
African Americans are called “apes;” a retired officer says one of the blessings of retirement is not having to work the Puerto Rican Day parade, with its “old obese tatted up women stuffed into outfits that they purchased or shoplifted at the local Kmart store;
a Middle Eastern cab driver berated by an officer is termed a “third worlder” who should have his “head split open.”
And week after week, the department’s top officials are, at once, embarrassed and powerless.
“It’s very disturbing stuff. Outrageous stuff,” said Stephen Davis, the chief spokesman or the NYPD.
“We see it. It’s a problem.”
Millions of dollars in World War II silver recovered from deep ocean
For most of those years, the money was deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, the monetary casualty of a cruel World War II sinking.
In November 1942, the unguarded SS City of Cairo was sunk by a German U-boat while carrying 296 civilians and cargo that included 100 tons of silver.
Report: Tulsa sheriff's employees were told to forge Bates' training records
Bates' training has come under scrutiny since the 73-year-old volunteer deputy killed Eric Harris on April 2.
Bates claims he meant to use his Taser, but accidentally fired his handgun instead.
Dylan Goforth, one of the two Tulsa World reporters on the story, said the paper starting hearing "almost immediately" from different sources that Bates' training records had been falsified.
Seattle CEO to cut his pay so every worker earns $70,000
He's already gained new customers, too. "We've definitely gained a handful of customers in the last day or two," said Stefan Bennett, a customer relations manager at Gravity Payments, a credit card payment processing firm.
"We're showing people you can run a good company, and you can pay people fairly, and it can be profitable."
For some workers, the increase will more than double their pay. One 21-year-old mother said she'll buy a house.
Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder
Relatives of the victim wept in the Massachusetts courthouse as the verdict was announced on live television.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He was arrested in 2013 and charged with killing Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
Lloyd's body was found with six bullet wounds less than a mile from Hernandez's home.
Sewol ferry disaster: A year later, South Koreans search for solace
Ms. Park has found little solace in the passing of time since the tragedy, one of South Korea’s worst peacetime disasters.
The body of her 17-year-old daughter, Huh Da-yoon, remains lost at sea along with the remains of eight others – all victims of a school trip gone horribly wrong.
“I have been coming out here to picket to say to the presid
ent, ‘Please find my daughter,’” Park says outside the Blue House, the official residence of President Park Geun-hye, several days before the April 16th anniversary.
"Ms. President, please keep to what you said, your promise.”
Park’s solo protest is one of many continuing reverberations from the ferry sinking.
After initially uniting the country in grief, the tragedy swiftly became a source of public anger and shame, and triggered lasting political division and acrimony.
Copter lands on Capitol grounds
"The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating a gyrocopter with a single occupant that has landed on the grassy area of the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol," said a Capitol Police spokeswoman.
"The U.S. Capitol Police continues to investigate with one person detained and temporary street closures in the immediate area."
The security breach is sure to spark questions about how the pilot was able to land the small aircraft on the grounds of the Capitol.
A restaurant owner's gesture of kindness has spread wildly on social media.
After noticing that someone had been rummaging through the rubbish outside her restaurant one morning, Ashley Jiron decided to post a note on her skip (or in American parlance, "dumpster") letting the person know that if they were hungry, they should simply come inside for a free meal.
"You're a human being worth more than a meal from a dumpster," the note reads, and invites the person to come into the restaurant, J.B. Jams, for a sandwich, vegetables and water free of charge.
UK jets sent to intercept Russian aircraft near British airspace
(CNN)The UK Royal Air Force on Tuesday scrambled Typhoon jets to intercept Russian bombers flying near British airspace, the British Defence Ministry said. Further details about the incident weren't immediately available. It is one of the latest incidents in what NATO has said is an increase in Russian military flights near alliance members' territory.
Michael Slager and 'corrupt cops' sued by black man who says he was tased
was tased in the back by Michael Slager while lying face-down
on the pavement.
Slager is among three patrolmen named in a lawsuit filed by Julius Wilson, who said he was arrested after being stopped in his car in August last year.
Wilson is also suing the city of North Charleston, the city police department and the police chief, Eddie Driggers.
Wilson was stopped by an Officer Edwards, he said, who was joined 10 minutes later by Slager and an Officer Clemens despite Wilson calmly “making small talk and laughing”.
Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many times
PHILADELPHIA — A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count. Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white "college-boy ... khaki-pants types" who were "easy to intimidate."
That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids.
Protesters gather in NY to rally against police violence
Some 250 placard-bearing activists organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network rallied at Union Square in Manhattan to protest the latest incidents of violent police tactics used against minorities. "Stop murder by police" and "Stop killer cops," the signs read.
Galvanizing their cause was the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The shooting was captured on video, and the officer has been charged with murder.
Family members of several unarmed black or Hispanic men or boys who died in encounters with police called for more oversight. "What this protest right here is about is that too many are being murdered," said Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son Nicholas Heyward Jr. was shot dead at age 13 in public housing by a police officer 20 years ago while playing cops and robbers with a toy gun.
The surprising downsides of being clever
Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, or Lisa Simpson – lone stars, isolated even as they burn their brightest.
As Ernest Hemingway wrote:
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Obama tells Congress he plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday that he plans to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing away the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies after more than half a century of enmity.
Obama's decision comes on the heels of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama where Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down on Saturday for the first meeting of its kind between U.S. and Cuban leaders in nearly 60 years.
Prison time for some Atlanta school educators in cheating scandal
(CNN)There was nothing routine about a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Atlanta that wrote the final legal chapter of one of the most massive school cheating scandals in the country. Educators were convicted April 1 of racketeering and other lesser crimes related to inflating test scores of children from struggling schools. One teacher was acquitted.
One by one, they stood, alongside their attorneys, before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter.
Tehran wants 'nuclear-free world': Iranian FM
Astana (Kazakhstan) (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday insisted his country wants a "nuclear-free world," days after Tehran's leadership cast doubt on an outline deal to curb its nuclear programme.
Zarif made the comment during a visit to ex-Soviet Kazakhstan as he praised the Central Asian nation for giving up its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the USSR.
"Kazakhstan is an important player in this field, as a country firmly committed to a non-proliferation regime and which voluntarily refused nuclear weapons," Zarif said in a meeting with the head of Kazahstan's Senate.
Chile's Lagos criticizes Venezuela's Maduro
Lagos complained Monday that Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro hasn't even allowed the International Red Cross to visit jailed opposition leaders. He says that even Gen. Augusto Pinochet "allowed the Red Cross into Chile," during his 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Bookmaker Paddy Power backtracks over 'African-American beatings' tweet
The tweet, a pun on the name of the famous home end at Liverpool Football Club, alluded to recent controversial incidents in the United States in which unarmed African-American men have been killed by police.
As police claim accidental shooting, Twitter homes in on 'F**k your breath'
Video of Eric Courtney Harris' final moments on April 2 -- following an undercover weapons sting and a foot chase -- shows Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates announcing he is going to deploy his Taser but then shooting Harris in the back with a handgun.
Bates immediately apologizes, saying, "I shot him.
Harris, who is bleeding, calls out.
He's been shot and didn't do anything, he says.
An officer yells at him,
"You f**king ran! Shut the f**k up!"
"Oh my God, I'm losing my breath," Harris cries as a deputy's knee pins his head to the asphalt.
"F**k your breath," an officer tells him.
"What a horrid article. ... Auditory exclusion? slip and capture? the deputy as the victim? You should be ashamed," wrote Catherine Johnston (@mscathyanne) in a tweet to CNN.
Asked Michelle (@shelbert): #EricHarris "F**k Your Breath" When will police killings stop. When will the #DOJ actually do something to stop this."
Lawyers: Death row inmate's release shows need for review
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Defense attorneys said the release of a man after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row is an argument for the establishment of a conviction integrity unit to investigate claims of innocence.
The units, established in some areas of the country, review claims of innocence, separate from the court system. North Carolina in 2006 established the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission to investigate claims based on new evidence.
Prosecutors' offices in a handful of large cities, including New York and Dallas, have created their own integrity units.
"It's not a burden. It's not an incredible cost to have some commission that can look at this and review things," said former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones said.
Ray Hinton was freed earlier this month after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row when new ballistics tests directly contradicted the evidence used to convict him in 1980's.
Hinton was convicted of killing John Davidson and Thomas Wayne Vason during separate 1985 robberies at Mrs. Winner's and Captain D's restaurants in Birmingham.
Black DA to decide charges against white Wisconsin officer
A white police officer kills an unarmed black man, sparking waves of protests before a white prosecutor ultimately decides not to file charges or hands the case off to a grand jury.
That narrative looks different in Wisconsin's capital city, where a liberal biracial prosecutor will decide whether to charge a white officer in an unarmed biracial man's death.
Black protesters have likened last month's fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by police officer Matt Kenny to the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City and Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee.
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula hit by deadly bomb attacks
At least six people died and 30 others were injured in an explosion outside a police station in El-Arish. Elsewhere, seven soldiers lost their lives and two were wounded in an attack on an armoured vehicle,
near the northern town of Sheikh Zuweid. Militants from the Sinai Province group, affiliated to Islamic State,
have said they carried out the attacks.
A statement on a Twitter page attributed to the group read:
"An armoured personnel carrier for the army of the apostates was destroyed... killing and wounding all aboard."
Video released of deadly shooting in Tulsa after police chase
(CNN)Deputies wanted evidence on camera. But when they recorded a sting against an alleged illegal weapons dealer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month, cameras continued to roll as Eric Courtney Harris ran, and as he was fatally shot.
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released the video on Friday. The shooting was an apparent accident, it has said.
The reserve deputy thought he had his Taser in hand, not his firearm, and shot Harris "inadvertently," according to the sheriff's office.
Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'genocide' claim
Turkey has recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 as "genocide". Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope at a service in Rome earlier on Sunday.
Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were killed by Ottoman forces in 1915.
But Turkey has always disputed that figure and said the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1.
Hundreds defy ban to protest Saudi Arabia in Iran's capital
Over 300 protesters gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy in north Tehran to call for its closure.
: "Shame on you!" and "Death to House of Saud!" in reference to the ruling family.
Earlier, Mohammad Reza Yousefi, director of Tehran's Governor Office for Political Affairs, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying any public protest would be illegal.
The protesters walked toward the embassy, wanting to pull down the Saudi flag, but anti-riot police stopped them.
The demonstration came after two male Iranian pilgrims alleged abuse after Saudi officers at Jeddah's international airport searched them.
Details of the claimed abuse have not been made public though Iran formally has called for the Saudi officers to be punished.
Democrat "1832" & Republicans "1854" It's time for a party that represent the 100%
IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PARTY TO BEGIN
Police Brutality on any human being is equally as wrong
The Power of Voting,
The Guarantee..., is really "not our job"....
I didn't do it..., wasn't enough
Arab Spring demanded a government in non governmental nations
Defy, then justify, and finally
How & What they are doing
How is this not worse than "Burning of a Koran"?
Where are the scenes of panic, anger, visceral response to the absolutely destruction of the most precious historic artifacts known to man?
Where are the seething responses by the same Muslims who burn the American Flag when an idiot American Preacher burned a copy of the Koran?
The Destruction of built items that were..., in fact...,
being built when the Profit Mohamed walked the earth...,
and not a peep out of the Muslims.
Where are the senior historians of the Muslim World?
First..., it was the Taliban destroying items built thousands of years ago, and then it was al quaeda destroying building and structures built thousands of years ago, and now it's IS that is destroying valuable history with today's weapons of mass destruction.
If this were a western nation destroying these same artifacts,
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt would be massing in the streets, screaming bloody murder.
Where is the anger in the Muslim People......?
Disparities in the enforcement of law based on race and location
we continue to see how a law can be enforced
with extreme differences based on the location of that law,
based on who that law is being applied too.
For Blacks & Hispanics,
the same law being applied by police officers in every American State,
is inherently different,
with this specific case being the best example as to the degree that white race
are treated with the degree of patients that is actually described by the rules of lawful police enforcement:
The Family, not only defy the police officers, they attack the police officers physically and it wasn't until one of the family member's act of actually shooting an officer in the leg,
did the police officer respond with deadly force.
Compare this type of police enforcement to the treatment that
Walter L. Scott received by Michael T. Slager.
There is no acceptable possible explanation that could be presented as to the reasons why these two differences in the application of enforcing law is so contrastingly different.
It is the lack of consequences to flawed behavior by any and all law enforcement officer that allows this disparity to exist.
Unintended consequences of laws... may cause unexpected reactions
is the intentions to protect the innocent from harm and abuses by others.
Rules are designed to ensure that parameters are in place that cause one to act within the boundaries.
When the Law or a Rule
causes psychological or emotional distress based on the enforcement of that Law or Rule,
human behavior in an individual can be unpredictable because no two human beings could ever be the same.
" "I wanted revenge against those who ruined me," Claudio Giardiello, 57, told police who arrested him after the shooting in Milan on Thursday. "
When a Law or a Rule is created,
who it directly affects, must be the deciding factor as to the effectiveness of the design of that Law or Rule.
No Human Being is perfect and it is our flaws that makes us perfect
In the eyes of someone,
you are loved.
It doesn't matter if your a drug addict,
It doesn't matter that your not perfect in your ability to convey your thoughts or emotions effectively,
It doesn't matter that you may have bad breath,
It doesn't matter that you are argumentative,
It doesn't matter that you are short and over weight,
It doesn't matter if your old and set in your ways,
It doesn't matter if your homeless,
It doesn't matter that you have psychological and emotional issues that cause you to be unable to show love,
It doesn't matter that you have committed a crime and have gone to jail.
There will always be one that loves you and for that reason,
there is no justification to allow any police officer to kill any human being whom the police officer believes is unworthy of life.
Every Life Matters to someone, or many
The World has become The Good & The Bad
is assembling a force and they are buying hardware.
is planning to build a
European Military Force.
The Arab League
is planning a force that can back out their talk.
All of this is taking place due to Russia's actions and the radical Islamic State that is practicing barbarism across the Muslim Nations.
The Lack of consequences for the flawed behavior in the leaders who sit in the seats of power in
Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea and Israel
has placed the entire world in a state of defense.
The Citizens of the world have yet to understand that if the citizens refuse to fight for a flawed leader, then the leader has no power.
War of any kind,
isn't fought by any leader, nor any leader's cabinet.
War is fought by the poor who joined the military for a steady check to feed a family, and those who suffer the most from war
are the citizens, while the leaders who beat their chest,
and hide away in a very safe bunker.
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