A viral video showing a white police officer arresting a 12-year-old black boy at an Atlanta mall has drawn outrage online from some who say it’s merely the latest example of white officers being too aggressive with children of color.
Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register said the department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred Oct. 6 at Cumberland Mall, but added that so far he has seen no evidence the officer violated any rules.
“The officer was in his legal rights to detain the juvenile,” Register said. “We take any incident like this very seriously.”
According to Toya Brown, a manager at Patchwerk Recording Studios, the boy is Corey Jackson, who raps under the name Lil C-Note.
Brown said Corey has appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and recently toured with J. Cole, Young Thug and Jaden Smith.
The department did not release the name of the officer, who is still on active duty, citing a pending investigation.
The video, which contains explicit language, starts with the officer holding the boy by the arm. It is unclear how the confrontation began.
“You’re 12?” the office is heard asking the boy. “You’re about to go to jail. You’re going to go to a youth detention center if you don’t (inaudible).”
A woman, who later identifies herself as Corey’s aunt, can be heard off-camera defending him.
“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she said to the officer.
“Yup,” the officer replied.
The camera is jostled as an apparent altercation breaks out and the video ends with the officer calling in the incident as another officer restrains the boy. It has been viewed thousands of times and drew heated criticism from some corners.
“Look how this officer (is) touching this young kid,” filmmaker Jason Pollock wrote when he shared the video on Twitter Monday. “He would never be treating a little white kid like this.”
Register said there was more to the story than what is seen in the video, saying that Corey had recently been issued a criminal trespass warning for selling CDs at the mall. Register said security saw him again and called the Cobb officer, who was working part-time for the mall.
When the officer arrived, Register said Corey was “verbally combative,” refused to answer questions and then made to leave, at which point the officer “got physical control” of him.
Register said Corey “pushed or swung at” the officer and then his aunt “physically attacked” him. Eventually, they were both taken into custody, and the child was released to his father, who was also at the mall that day.
Register said Corey is being charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. His aunt is being charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and providing a false name to law enforcement, according to Register.
Register said charging the child with a felony was at the discretion of the officer.
The incident is not the first time Cobb County police have come under scrutiny. A 2017 study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found the department plagued by “perceptions of racism,” although the study said it found no evidence of discrimination.
On Tuesday, Register promised a full investigation and expressed concern that the incident would further damage community-police relations.
“We’re in this together, and we’ve got to work together,” he said.
A Maryland police officer was arrested Monday and accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop last week, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Officer Ryan Macklin, 29, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was suspended without pay, WBAL reported.
Police allege that Macklin forced the woman to perform “a sexual act” while she and the officer were seated in her car in a parking lot in Langley at 1 a.m. Thursday. Macklin was on duty and in uniform, the Sun reported.
According to charging documents, the woman told police that Macklin allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store. Then Macklin allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, and told her he wanted to have sex with her, CNN reported, citing charging documents.
“Within hours of the woman coming forward,” the officer was suspended, police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a news conference Monday.
Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III called the accusation “highly troubling” while speaking at the same news conference.
According to the Prince George’s County Police Department's website, Macklin was honored as patrol officer of the month in he was honored as patrol officer of the month in March 2014 and September 2014.
Macklin was expected to appear in court via closed circuit television Wednesday, CNN reported.
Dennis Hof, who legally owned a Las Vegas brothel and was a Republican candidate for Nevada State Legislature, is dead, according to state authorities.
The Associated Press reported that an employee at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel contacted police around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Nye County Sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz. He also said Hof was not breathing and was found unresponsive.
“Preliminarily, there is no indication of foul play,” Boruchowitz said.
Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly told the Reno Gazette Journal that Nye County Commissioner John Koenig said at a Tuesday commission meeting that Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up.”
Hof’s campaign manager Chuck Muth echoed that statement on Twitter, saying that he “died quietly in his sleep.”
The AP reported that Hof had been campaigning for Nevada State Assembly District 36. He celebrated his birthday Monday night at a hotel on Pahrump, Nevada. Muth told the Reno Gazette Journal that Hof, who turned 72 Monday, was “having the time of his life,” at the celebration.
Porn star Ron Jeremy, a friend of Hof’s, attended the party.
“Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump,” Muth said.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio attended the party, The AP reported. He supported Hof’s campaign.
“The thing I liked about him: He was with Trump and was for the Second Amendment and lower taxes,” Arpaio told The AP.
Muth said an investigation into Hof’s death is ongoing.
So, this baby gator walks into a gas station …
It sounds like a beginning of a bad barroom joke, but attendants at a gasoline station in South Florida were not amused when the reptile strolled into their building early Tuesday, WPLG reported.
“You have a what in where?” the dispatcher at the Miami Gardens Police Department responded to the caller that reported the alligator at a Marathon gas station around 1 a.m., the department said in a tweet.
On its Twitter feed, Miami Gardens police shared photographs of officers Bryan Blanco and Victor Velez posing with the baby gator.
“Thankfully officer Blanco & officer Velez are skilled wildlife handlers,” the tweet read.
Blanco and Velez, both skilled wildlife handlers, removed the small reptile, WPLG reported.
After receiving a recommendation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the police department returned the alligator to its natural habitat, the television station reported.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim to have Native American ancestry is brewing up a storm online, with many Native Americans deriding the official for mistaking DNA with identity.
The subject dates back to the 1980s, when Warren indicated she had distant Native American ancestors on law school faculty forms, but gave no documentation supporting her claims. After years of jabs from President Donald Trump, who nicknamed Warren “Pocahontas” in 2016 and said she has as much Native American blood as he did (none), Warren released a DNA report on her roots Monday.
“The results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the individual’s pedigree, likely in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” Stanford University biomedical data science professor Carlos Bustamante, who analyzed Warren’s DNA, told Politifact.
Warren, who was told her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee, promoted the results of the DNA test in a short video.
“A DNA test does not make you Native!” Twitter user Emilio Reyes, who identifies as a Xicano, wrote. Others echoed Reyes’ sentiments.
Chicano journalist Simon Moya-Smith wrote in an op-ed for CNN.com. “While water protectors were being shot with water from cannons in freezing temperatures, while dogs were set on Natives protecting their ancestors' graves, and while Natives and allies were locked into ‘dog kennels,’ Warren's silence was deafening.”
Moya-Smith continued to point out Warren’s silence on police brutality against American Indians or the issue of sexual assault against Native women.
According to Amnesty USA, Native women are two and a half times as likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other group — and Natives are more likely to die at the hands of police than any other demographic, according to CNN.
“By way of policy and politics, there are few things the Massachusetts senator and I don't see eye-to-eye on,” he wrote. “But I can't ignore the fact the timing of her announcement is just a little too convenient.”
Though Warren’s test reveals she may have Cherokee blood, it doesn’t mean her ancestor was pure Cherokee, said Deborah Bolnick, University of Connecticut professor and the past president of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, told Politifact.
“Different families and groups interacted in different ways with European settlers in the region," Bolnick said. “When there was intermarriage, the offspring sometimes became part of indigenous communities, and sometimes they identified with non-indigenous groups.”
There aren’t any genetic markers specific to tribal nations, she added. “The genetic patterns don’t map on to tribal groups that we recognize today.”
In a live interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. added that it's “wholly unhelpful for any national leader to cling to DNA to establish that they are Native American in this country.”
Full statement from Cherokee Nation:
"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of a pregnant mail carrier who has not been seen in two weeks.
Kierra Coles, 26, was last seen Oct. 2 near her home on the south side of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. According to Coles’ mother, she is about three months pregnant.
Karen Phillips told the Tribune she reported her daughter missing on Oct. 4 after she had heard nothing from her for two days. Coles’ cellphone calls were going straight to her voicemail.
“I talk to her every day,” Phillips told the Tribune. “I knew something was wrong. It’s just not like her.”
The distraught mother told the newspaper Tuesday that Coles’ car has been parked outside her apartment since her disappearance. When she gained access to the vehicle, Coles’ cellphone and purse were inside.
A family friend, Regina Kennedy, said Coles had a lunch bag in the car as though she planned to go to work the day she vanished, the Tribune said. People magazine reported that Coles was seen on a neighbor’s security video Oct. 2, dressed for work as she walked near her home.
See the neighbor’s surveillance video, obtained by Fox 32 in Chicago, below.
Dan Perkins, Phillips’ boyfriend, told WGN-TV in Chicago that Coles passed up her car instead of getting in.
“She seen something that made her turn around that fast and cross the street, and her car was on the other side of the street,” Perkins told the news station.
Despite being dressed for work, Coles never made it to start her shift.
Post office officials told her family she called in sick, People reported. Officers conducting a welfare check at Phillips’ request found Coles’ keys and wallet inside her apartment, the magazine said.
Everything else was in its place -- except her daughter, Phillips told NBC Chicago.
“I’m too scared to feel anything,” Phillips said. “I don’t want to fear the worst.”
Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman Julie Kenney said Monday, when the reward was announced, that her office -- which serves as the investigative arm of the U.S. Postal Service -- is investigating Coles’ disappearance in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department. Coles was not on duty when she vanished, but the agency has the ability to investigate crimes against its employees.
“At this point, anything is possible,” Kenney told the Tribune. “We’re just looking for information.”
Chicago’s branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers has also offered a $2,500 reward and a Chicago-area activist added another $1,000 to the pot, the newspaper said.
According to fliers seeking to find Coles, she is a black woman with a medium brown complexion, brown eyes and black hair. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.
Coles has two tattoos: a heart on her right hand and the words “Lucky Libra” on her back.
Anyone with information on Coles’ whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago Police Department at 312-747-8274 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.
A man accused of shooting at Baltimore police while fleeing in a minivan that contained a 3-year-old girl was arrested Monday night, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Butch Brandford, 32, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, multiple handgun violations and assault by shooting, police said. No officers were injured, officials said.
The girl’s condition was not known Tuesday, the Sun reported. She was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation, the newspaper reported.
Police said they heard gunfire around 7:39 p.m. Monday and noticed a gold Ford minivan leaving the scene with its headlights off, the Sun reported. As authorities followed the minivan, shots were fired in their direction from the vehicle, the newspaper reported.
Police said a man jumped out of the minivan, but they continued to follow the vehicle. More shots were fired toward the officers, the Sun reported.
The minivan eventually crashed and Brandford emerged from the vehicle, the newspaper said. He was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered, the Sun reported.
Twenty-four hours after the big baby announcement, Meghan Markle channeled Princess Diana in her first official event after she and Prince Harry announced they are expecting.
This time she did it with the jewelry she chose for their visit Tuesday during their 16-day tour through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. There are 76 stops on their trip, Express reported.
She wore butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that were owned by her late mother-in-law, The Sun reported.
The earrings, The Sun reported, were the same ones Diana wore shortly after Prince Harry was born while Diana and Prince Charles were on a trip to Canada in May 1986.
The royal couple also got what the Duchess of Sussex said was the baby’s first gift -- a stuffed kangaroo named Joey, Entertainment Tonight reported.
The baby also received a small pair of UGG boots, The Sun reported.
Prince Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting on Monday. The baby is due in spring 2019.
This isn’t the first time Princess Diana’s been honored by the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan wore an aquamarine cocktail ring on her and Harry’s wedding day that had belonged to Diana, The Sun reported. Her engagement ring also includes two diamonds from Diana’s collection.
Diana left the majority of her jewels to both Prince Harry and Prince William with the request that they would pass the treasures on to their future wives.
“I would like to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it,” Diana wrote in a letter, according to The Sun.
Turkish police said Tuesday that a search of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul revealed evidence that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there two weeks ago by a “murder squad” dispatched from Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, 59, vanished after he went into the consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish officials say they believe that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a group of Saudis who flew into the country hours before Khashoggi’s appointment at the consulate.
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