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Fact Check- We Still Coming, the Real Story: Amy and Ian Hicks saw their unique wedding photo and the story about it everywhere in recent weeks — in People magazine, the New York Post, the Daily Mail and of course on Reddit, where the tale went viral. But they didn’t recognize what they were reading. The articles all said different things, but the thrust was that the couple in the photo had accidentally sent a text message to a stranger inviting him to their wedding photoshoot. The photo accompanying the story in People showed the dude wasn’t lying. The wedding party in the photo was surrounded by a a group of new friends. It just didn’t happen. “I really wish they knew the real story,” Amy Hicks said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It’s amazing how many legitimate news publications will post anything online.” Here’s what really happened.
Butt Wait: Nicki Minaj fires back at critics with more images. (more…)
If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws and carefully adhering to the following rules.
Rule #1: Know the Law (Wherever You Are)
Rule #2 Don’t Secretly Record Police
Rule #3: Respond to “Shit Cops Say”
Rule #4: Don’t Share Your Video with Police
Rule #5: Prepare to be Arrested
Rule #6: Master Your Technology
Rule #7: Don’t Point Your Camera Like a Gun
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/videotape-police/#dw4dZxtQWHGVKMqr.99
On June 18th Abby and her babysitter were home alone when two men broke into the house stealing the family’s iPod, Xbox and Wii consoles.
The 17 year-old sitter told the police that two armed black men had broken into the house and that one of them looked like the family’s African-American neighbor, Cody Oaks. Soon after, police arrested Oaks and questioned him for hours. But it wasn’t until Abby spoke up that they were able to solve the crime. Abby told the police that “It wasn’t the right skin color,” explaining that the invaders had been white, not black. (more…)
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve a bitterly fought civil rights lawsuit over their arrests and imprisonment in the sensational crime.
The agreement, reached between the city’s Law Department and the five plaintiffs, would bring to an end an extraordinary legal battle over a crime that came to symbolize a sense of lawlessness in New York, amid reports of “wilding” youths and a marauding “wolf pack” that set its sights on a 28-year-old investment banker who ran in the park many evenings after work.
The confidential deal, disclosed by a person who is not a party in the lawsuit but was told about the proposed settlement, must still be approved by the city comptroller and then by a federal judge. (more…)
After feeding the hungry in a Daytona Beach park every weekend for more than a year, it’s just as easy to imagine Chico and Debbie Jimenez given a ticker-tape parade as what they actually got: a slew of citations and a permanent ban from the park.
Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a husband and wife team, aren’t handing out food in the Florida heat every Wednesday because of a court order or for a paycheck. They do it because they believe helping the poor is their religious duty. The pair run a Christian outreach group, Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word Ministry, that gives food to the needy every week, pointing to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (more…)
“We provide armed response,” according to a Montana militia member named Jim Lordy. Lordy traveled to Nevada in order to support a local rancher for believes that he should not have to follow federal court orders. When he arrived there, he told a local reporter that “[w]e need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.” (more…)
You’d think it was the Koch Brothers’ birthday.
Today, the Supreme Court predictably ruled in favor of the wealthy in McCutcheon v. FEC. Prior to this ruling, a wealthy donor was limited to a cap of $123,200 per federal election cycle. Now, that same donor can give more than $3.5 million.
The influence wealthy donors have over our democracy is greater than ever before. This decision comes just days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to pass public financing of elections in his state.
Petition language to Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Anthony Kennedy:
“The McCutcheon decision is yet another blow to our democratic process. The corrosive and corrupting influence of campaign cash on our democracy is obvious. Overturning Citizens United is the first step towards real reform. Until then, here’s a robe for you to wear complete with corporate logos so you can at least be forthright about whose side you’re really on.”
The man trying to get into Jason Roberts’ car was clearly a professional. His movements were quick, skilled and evidently practiced. He began to attract the notice of skeptical onlookers. Who was that man breaking into the Mazda? Shouldn’t someone do something?
A “professional” was exactly what he was, and, having called AAA for help getting into his locked car, Roberts expected nothing less. He was, however, unnerved by the stares of the people questioning the motives of a mechanic who was only trying to help. Then it hit him — they were suspicious because, unlike him, the mechanic was black.
Roberts, a host on the YouTube channel Simple Misfits, decided to replicate the situation, this time camera in hand, so that everyone could witness the same unacceptable double standard that he had. He didn’t realize how intense the response would be. Watch the video above to see for yourself (warning: NSFW language). (more…)
JACKSONVILLE — Jurors have ended a second day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Floridian Michael Dunn, charged in the 2012 shooting death of a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud rap music. Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, says he feared for his life and was acting in self-defense on Nov. 23, 2012, when he fatally shot Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot.
Dunn testified that music coming from the Dodge Durango where Davis sat with three friends, all black, was “obnoxious,” and said he fired 10 shots at the SUV. Davis was hit three times and died a short time later. The case has been compared to the racially charged Trayvon Martin case, in which neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman said he killed the Florida teen in self-defense during a February 2012 altercation. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.
Dunn testified in court this week that he felt threatened as Davis hurled insults at him from the SUV. Dunn also testified that Jordan reached down, picked something up and slammed it against a rear passenger door of the Dodge Durango where he sat. Assistant State Attorney General John Guy testified that Davis never was a threat. Prosecutors said no weapon was found in the Durango. Some facts however, are undeniable (more…)
Ray Nagin was the business executive who swept into City Hall on promises of reforming how government does business, only to see those ideas disintegrate. He was the face of the city after Hurricane Katrina, shouting anguished distress calls to the world, seeming urgent but also at times unhinged. He was the nontraditional politician who corralled support across racial groups and then turned divisive with an awkward attempt at welcoming back storm-displaced African Americans to a “chocolate city.”
Nagin was the first New Orleans mayor indicted and tried on federal charges for corruption. On Wednesday, he was the first to be convicted.
Jurors overwhelmingly agreed with the prosecution’s narrative in finding him guilty on 20 of 21 charges: Nagin sold his office for personal gain. (more…)
(CNN) — The Department of Justice is investigating the death of Alfred Wright, a physical therapist who disappeared and died under mysterious circumstances in an isolated section of Texas, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Monday.
Wright, 28, a resident of Jasper, Texas, was last seen alive November 7 when he stopped at a liquor store because he was having trouble with his pickup truck. He was on his way to treat a patient.
Local law enforcement authorities searched but gave up. His family found his partially clothed body 19 days later in an area that officers had supposedly searched.
Adding more confusion, a medical examiner said the death was accidental, but a different pathologist hired by the family said there appeared to be “severe trauma” to the body. (more…)
George Zimmerman, acquitted four months ago in the killing of Trayvon Martin, was arrested on Monday after his girlfriend called 911 during a domestic dispute, telling police he broke a table in her home and pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her.
Zimmerman, 30, was booked into Seminole County Jail, where he is being held without bail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon — a felony — and battery and criminal mischief.
According to Lt. Dennis Lemma, police responded to the domestic disturbance call at Samantha Scheibe’s home in Apopka, Fla., at 12:30 p.m. When deputies arrived, Scheibe indicated Zimmerman had forced her out of her home and barricaded the door with furniture. (more…)
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida family filed a complaint with a state disciplinary board on Friday alleging that a medical examiner covered up a homicide by a police officer whose dashboard camera in May recorded him pursuing and running over a 38-year-old black man.
The family of the victim, Marlon Brown, also sent letters to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, according to family attorney Ben Crump. The family is asking for an independent investigation into Brown’s death and the handling of the autopsy by Volusia County Medical Examiner Marie Herrmann, who ruled the death an accident.
“I believe it’s a cover-up. The medical examiner’s report is not what we’re seeing on the videotape,” said Brown’s former wife, Krystal Brown, 38, a licensed practical nurse and occupational therapist in DeLand who is the mother of Brown’s two adolescent children. (more…)