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South African Cops Out Brutalize US Counterparts

The US media has been abuzz lately over the almost weekly incidents of police brutality caught on video by the general public. In New York City, on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed by New York police, including officer Daniel Pantaleo who appeared in a video to be holding Garner in a choke hold.

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Although the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, a grand jury declined an indictment. Pantaleo was not charged.

And what terrible crime did Garner commit? He was charged with selling “loosies,” which are single cigarettes sold without the proper tax. (1) What does a single cigarette sans tax sell for? 20-25 cents?

For want of tax on a two-bit cigarette, Eric Garner, father of six, gave his life. Naahh! That doesn’t sound like police overkill to me. Clearly, it was justifiable homicide. We cannot have common criminals cheating the government out of 5 cents tax, now can we?

In South Carolina cops dispense with the choke holds and shoot unarmed motorists in the back, or at least that is what patrolman Michael Slager allegedly did last April 4, 2015.

Slager, who is white, pulled over African American motorist Walter Scott for a broken tail light, a capital crime if ever there was one. For some reason the confrontation escalated, Scott tried to flee, and Slager emptied eight rounds into Scott’s back.

It’s a good thing that Slager loaded up on hollow points the previous week. An officer needs all the fire power he can muster in these troubled times.

Here’s a pictorial showing the course of events:

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The big question here is why did a simple traffic stop escalate into the death of a motorist? Slager said that Scott grabbed Slager’s taser at which point Slager “felt threatened.” Other pundits speculate that Scott was afraid of being arrested for an outstanding warrant for unpaid child support, making him behave in a threatening manner.

Perhaps Officer Slager simply woke up that day and decided to end someone. Slager appeared calm, cool and collected throughout the video, even nonchalant. Maybe he calmly looked Scott in the eye and said something like, “Run, (N-word) cuz I’m gonna kill ya.”

That would make me run. I’m handicapped and cannot run, but hearing those words from a crazed looking cop would make me run anyway.

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In 1985 in Tennessee v. Garner, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment permits police to shoot at a fleeing suspect only when he “poses a threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others.” (2) That, of course, or a broken brakelight. It’s a little known codicil to the Court’s decision that Police can shoot you if you have a broken brakelight.

Despite all of the hullabaloo about the violent behavior of U.S. police officers, the USA is no where near the worst in the world when you compare police violence.

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Compare U.S. police escapades to that of their South African counterparts and the U.S. cops simply pale by comparison. Mido Macia would undoubtedly confirm that statement, if he were still alive that is.

Emidio Josias Macia, known as Mido, was a Mozambican immigrant to South Africa and a taxi driver who was killed near Johannesburg while in the custody of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on February 26, 2013. (3) The manner in which Mido came to be in police custody and part of the cause of his death were captured on video.

Watch the following video only if you have a strong stomach, cuz it ain’t pretty. NSFW:

The brazenness of the SAPS in this video is remarkable. They had to know that at least one person in the large crowd of onlookers would be filming their brutality, yet they deliberately tortured the man to death anyway.

Just how did the Police justify their behavior? They claimed that Macia had caused a traffic jam and then resisted arrest. (4) Well, that explains it then. Case closed.

Macia was found dead hours after his dragging in a police holding cell, lying half dressed in a pool of blood. (5) Half dressed means he was discovered sans trousers even though the video shows him wearing what appeared to be blue jeans at the time of his “arrest.”

A second autopsy that was ordered after the first autopsy, which was a typical whitewash, blamed Mido’s death on a jailhouse fight. The second autopsy stated that Macia died of hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen, “but he also sustained deep cuts to his arms, possibly in an attempt to defend himself, and there were bruises over his body, his face and his genitals. Almost all of his internal organs were damaged, and he had suffered bleeding around his brain.” (6)

See how creative the SAPS are? They don’t rely on the old tried and true to eliminate their victims. Any number of Macia’s injuries might have eventually killed him, so the SAPS left nothing to chance. Very thorough, those SAPS lads.

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Compare that to South Carolina’s Officer Slager, who dispatched Walter Scott with eight rounds to the back. No creativity there.

A British newspaper, The Guardian, reported that during a recent five year period a total of 11,880 criminal cases were opened with the South African Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). This resulted in just 2,576 prosecutions and 129 convictions‚ meaning that only 1% of criminal cases opened against police officials ended in a conviction. (7)

That 1% probability of any penalty would explain the SAPS’ brazenness in the Macia case. Why not do the crime if you know you won’t do the time?

And what has happened in the two + years since Macia’s death? Nine SAPS have been charged, and the trial has been postponed and postponed again. The latest trial date is set for July 2015. What do you want to bet it will be delayed again?

U.S. cops have a long way to go to catch up with the vile violence of their South African counterparts, but don’t sell our boys and girls in blue short. Yankee ingenuity has won out in the past.

Now all of you American cops get busy and start offing the public.

Citations:

(1) Death of Eric Garner, Wikipedia. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(2) South Carolina Cop Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Motorist in the Back, reason.com. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(3, 4) Death of Mido Macia, Wikipedia, Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(5, 6) Dead taxi driver who was dragged behind South African police van ‘was facing homicide charge’, The Independent. Retrieved 6/14/2015.
(7) South Africa reports of police brutality more than tripled in the last decade, The Guardian. Retrieved 6/14/2015.

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Nasty Dude Urinates on Drug Store Cough Drops – Caught on Video

A big, scary nasty dude is caught on CCTV video urinating on Walgreens drug store cough drops right out in the open. The public urination appears to have occurred around 10:30 PM local time in Sanford, Florida.

Be careful buying cough drops in Sanford, Florida, although the police have apprehended the alleged desparado and identified him as Larry Donell White Jr., who was arrested after Sanford police received a tip from someone who saw the story on the news.

White allegedly caused $301 in damage by choosing the drug shelves for relieving himself ruining about 100 packages of cough drops in the process. White was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and culpable negligence.

It seems that White refused to inform the police why he chose to urinate when and where he did. Maybe he just had to go?

Mother Throws Newborn Baby into Snowbank

21-year-old Ashley Couch allegedly threw her newborn baby into the snow in Minneapolis Saturday morning and then left her there in 12 degree temperatures. The baby was only 18 days old at the time and still had a newborn hospital tag on her toe.

Keith St. Pierre was getting off a bus Saturday morning when he saw a woman throw her baby into the snowbank and run away.

St. Pierre quickly crossed the street and picked up the newborn infant. The girl, whose skin was red, was cold to the touch and would not wake up, St. Pierre told police officers who responded to the scene. He rubbed her chest for about 10 seconds until she eventually responded. He then wrapped the baby in his jacket while calling 911.

St. Pierre was so excited when he dialed 911 that the police dispatcher hung up on him calling him hysterical. He again called 911 remaining calm enough to induce the dispatcher to send a squad car to his location.

At that time Ashley Couch, the baby’s mother, returned to claim her child. According to a police report, Couch was angry at her newborn’s father when she allegedly threw the baby.

‘I can’t believe you did that to my baby!’

Police stated that Couch allegedly chased her baby’s father down a street Saturday and, when she caught up to him, allegedly threw their newborn girl into a snowbank.

“I can’t believe you did that to my baby!” the child’s father repeatedly screamed at Couch as police arrived at the scene at about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Police stated that the child’s father was upset and crying. He reportedly told officers that Couch had “slammed” their baby into the snow bank, the police complaint said.

It is not clear from the police report why the father did not intervene to care for the baby after the incident.

Couch told police officers at the scene that the baby’s father took some money from her and fled their home. She told them that she grabbed the baby and a blanket, chasing him down the street.

She claimed that when she caught him, she pushed him and the baby fell out of her hands into the snow bank, according to the police complaint. However, Couch’s version of what happened differs markedly from what Keith St. Pierre said he saw and from what a second witness also saw.

The baby was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. Doctors said she was lethargic with cool skin and a body temperature of 95.8 degrees. They placed the child in an incubator treating her for hypothermia, and she recovered.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged the mother, Ashley Renee Couch, with child endangerment and child neglect, which are both gross misdemeanors.

The Hennepin County Attorney also states the baby has no lasting problems and is now in protective foster care.

Shooter Jared Loughner Mug Shot and Video That Got Him Suspended

Prior to obtaining his 15 minutes of fame, Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in the Tuscon, Arizona, shooting that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a hospital fighting for her life, shot a video last Fall on the campus of Pima Community College.

The video portions are innocuous enough, but the audio portion of the vid scared Pima College authorities enough to suspend Loughner indefinitely.

The video portion merely depicts the college campus including a shot of the local police station. On the audio portion Loughner denigrates the police station saying “This is where the whole shaboozie goes down with illegal activity.”

Loughner begins his audio diatribe by saying, “We’re examining the torture of students. We’re looking at students who have been tortured.”

Loughner shouts out to someone in the dark, “How’s it going? Thanks for the B–I’m pissed off.”

The man responds, “What’s that?”

After the brief exchange of words, Loughner laughs out loud for some time, finally saying, “I lost my freedom of speech to that guy.”

Soon Loughner starts the monologue that probably got him suspended from school, “This is what happens. I’m in a terrible place.”

“This is my genocide school…where I’m going to be homeless because of this school.”

The genocide remark would scare any school official, especially in these violent days.

As he wanders into the cafeteria Loughner says, “This is Pima Community College, one of the biggest scams in America…The students are so illiterate it affects their daily lives.”

As he wanders past the bookstore Loughner says, “They’re controlling the grammar. They control the grammar.”

Later he says, “All the teachers that you have are being paid illegally. This is genocide in America.”

Finally Loughner signs off saying, “Thank you. This is Jared from Community College.”

Despite the rambling, incoherent nature of some of Loughner’s monologue, it is for the most part little worse than what you will find on millions of blogs or video sites on the Internet. If Loughner had not said the words “genocide” or “torture,” he probably would not have been suspended from school because of this video.

If Loughner had not been so short sighted to go on his violent rampage, this video would be of no interest to anyone. So how do we know, in the future, which videos posted to YouTube are from madmen like Loughner rather than from just a somewhat confused youth?

 

Autistic Boy Gang Beaten, Robbed, Kidnapped

A 16-year-old Saint Paul, MN, boy with autism was gang beaten, handcuffed, robbed, kidnapped and finally shot in the face with a bb gun at point blank range by three adults and two teens.

Tiffany Ann Clock, 21, Anthony Martin Ramos, 24, and Trenton Eugene Johnson, 22, were each charged with one count of aggravated first-degree robbery and kidnapping for the purpose to terrorize. Two other defendants in the case, ages 17 and 15, were likewise charged in juvenile court.

The 16-year-old victim remains unidentified to protect him.

One of the teens lured the victim to a secluded area where the five surprised the victim and then took turns repeatedly punching, beating and knocking down the disabled boy. They also stole his CD player, camera, phone and money.

While beating him the five were also telling him they knew where he lived and would “return and hurt him and his family” according to the criminal complaint on file at the Ramsey County courthouse.

Anthony Ramos allegedly then shot the victim in the cheek and the left side of his head with a BB gun at point blank range. After a few more threats to his family, the group then reportedly “made the victim run around in circles and laugh out loud” according to the complaint.

The five finally left their victim face down in the snow bleeding. The complaint states that he told police that “up until he was shot with the BB gun he thought the gun was a real gun and he thought he would die.”

The following video is a local media report of the incident:

“This was an outrageous attack on a most vulnerable victim. This office will prosecute these cases vigorously,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Each felony count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. No word is available on the condition of the 16-year-old victim.

 

Rehab Bound Ted Williams Mug Shots

Media sensation Ted Williams, the velvet voiced radio announcer who was recently rediscovered panhandling for spare change on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, appears to have acquired quite a lengthy rap sheet and a healthy number of mug shots to accompany it.

Williams’ mug shots were recently released by Ohio authorities, and it is a bit of a shock to see how many times the silver tongued spokesman has been photographed by police.

Police released no less than 12 mug shots of the silky throated wonder.

Thesmokinggun.com has also found a simple police complaint from July, 2010, that resulted in a trespassing charge against Williams. Here is the police report of that incident:

It is rather surprising that this is all TheSmokingGun could come up with considering Williams arrest record. A hardened criminal he is not.

In the meantime Dr Phil has convinced Ted to enter a rehab facility for his alcohol and drug addiction. It appears that Ted has not really been clean for two years like he told America in his first viral video interview with the Columbus Dispatch.

“If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol,” Dr. Phil said. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”

Ted appeared several times on Dr. Phil’s TV show this week. Neither Dr. Phil nor a spokesman would tell where Ted will undergo rehab therapy.

The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team has agreed to stand by Ted, so his job offer with them remains open after Ted has finished Rehab. EOnLine.com reported that Tad Carper, spokesman for the Cavaliers, was quoted, “The Cavaliers, Quicken Loans and our entire family of companies wish Ted Williams and his family the best as they continue their unique journey.”

Shootout In Waco – Caught on Video

Two armed robbers try to rob a tobacco store in Waco, Texas, but the shop owner has a different idea in mind, as he casually shoots it out with the crooks. Best of all, the action is caught on the tobacco store surveillance camera. In the above photo, the desperados’ hand guns are highlighted in yellow.

Watch the video and you will see that Amar Kayeh, the owner of the Fiesta Smoke Shop, is one tough merchant.

The action begins when Amar and a store employee are minding the store shortly after Midnight on Wednesday morning.

Two armed robbers suddenly burst into the store with guns drawn and point them at Kayeh and his clerk, who are behind the counter. The crooks demand money and cigarettes, which Kayeh readily hands over.

“I knew what they wanted really so I opened up the cash register right away and waited for my chance to shoot them.” Kayeh says. He keeps a loaded revolver hidden behind the counter.

The robbers were evidently aware that he kept a gun because he says they continually insisted that he hand it over to them. “I was just trying to avoid the question, so every time he asked, I said take some cigarettes, take some money over here.”

As the marauders attempt to make their getaway the shooting begins. Amar believes one of the perps was shot, but he and his clerk are uninjured.

Kayeh says that during the shootout, “he was only in his zone,” and he was not frightened during the shooting.

Why did he take the risk and fight back? “He wanted to teach the bandits a lesson,” says Amar. This is not the first time his store was robbed, and this robbery is only the latest in a string of robberies plaguing Waco convenience stores.

Says Amar, “I don’t want to be no easy bait…If you don’t shoot them, every day you have somebody come in here trying to rob you. I just wanted to make an example out of them.”

Amar is leaving the bullet holes just as they are as a warning to other would be robbers.

Body in Suitcase Dumped on NY Street – Caught on Video

In East Harlem New York at around 11pm Tuesday night a man is caught on video on a dimly lit street wheeling a suitcase behind him. Unknown to other people on the street the strangled, limp body of 28-year-old Betty Williams of the Bronx is crammed inside the suitcase.

The man apparently waits on the sidewalk until people who had gathered near Rao’s clear the area. Once he seems to believe no one is looking, the suspect casually drops the suitcase off near the trash waiting for collection at 435 East 114th Street, which is about four doors down from the well-known Rao’s restaurant. He then makes his escape by simply walking away.

The above photo shows the man who dumped the suitcase. The police are certain that the man in this photo and in the video is also the murderer. They are asking the public to keep an eye out for this man and call 911 if they see or know him.

The first video is short and to the point–just the vid itself:

The second video is a more in depth report by the Associated Press:

The suitcase was found by someone rummaging through the trash early the next morning. It is difficult to imagine one’s surprise upon discovering the body inside.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2′s reporter, Pablo Guzman, “Our investigative premise [is] that the body was brought there and left at that location, rather than the murder happening in the immediate vicinity.”

Residents also believe that the suspect is not be from around the neighborhood.

“My husband works at the restaurant. You have this, you know, very busy restaurant. No way that he was walking up here; I think he just got scared and dropped it,”said Shelby Kimber, a longtime resident of East Harlem.

Upon hearing about the murder, Frederic Larrieu, who had recently relocated to the neighborhood, said it was a complete shock to him.

“Yeah, you see it in the movies. A lady in a suitcase? You kidding me? What kind of guy can do that,” said Larrieu.

What kind indeed?

Purse Snatchers Meet Vigilante Justice – Caught on Video

Two purse snatchers in Wenzhou, China, are meted out a dose of vigilante justice after the street turns alive with would-be Sir Galahads who pummel and beat the purse snatchers with sticks, furniture and anything else that happens to be handy.

In the photo below two men on a motorcycle are approaching a female pedestrian holding her purse in her left hand as she walks down the street. Inside the area highlighted in yellow you can see the passenger on the motorcycle is reaching out to grab the pedestrian’s purse.

Immediately after the purse is snatched the motorcycle turns the corner with the two men still aboard clutching the victim’s purse. The men speed off and that should have been the end of it, a perfect crime with a clean getaway–almost.

Something occurs around the corner out of the camera’s field of view that spoils the thieves’ getaway. People begin appearing from everywhere and nowhere rushing to the victim’s aid.

Soon the street is literally filled with vigilantes intent upon rectifying the theft. The thieves are chased back into view of the camera by what has become an angry mob of vigilantes.

One of the thieves, who was dubbed “Bold Gangster” and “Diabolical Gangster” by the Chinese blogosphere, brandishes a knife with a near 20 inch (50 cm) blade, swinging at any vigilante who dares come near him.

Despite the danger of the “Bold Gangster’s” weapon, the mob surges ahead subduing the robbers, who eventually disappear off camera.

Chinese bloggers have been hailing the vigilantes as heroes and bestowing upon them such monikers as “Broom Man,” “Stool Man” and “Cardboard Box Man” depending upon their choice of weapon to help subdue the crooks.

This remarkable demonstration of solidarity by the Chinese people of Wenzhou proves that today’s Chinese people bear character that Americans can only wish for. Compare this incident with a recent incident in New York City during which pedestrians ignored and stepped around a man dying on the sidewalk (Passersby Ignore Good Samaritan Dying on NYC Sidewalk – Video).

China is clearly a nation of the future, and the US will be an also-ran nation unless Americans somehow manage to heal some serious character flaws.

Passersby Ignore Good Samaritan Dying on NYC Sidewalk – Video

A homeless Good Samaritan, Hugo Tale-Yax, who rushed to the aid of a woman being assaulted on a New York City sidewalk last week, paid the ultimate price for his good deed when he was stabbed to death by the assailant.

While he lay on the sidewalk dying, over two dozen pedestrians casually strolled by either unaware or unconcerned of his condition or situation.

Tale-Yax lay face down, unmoving, on the sidewalk outside an apartment building for about an hour with blood profusely pooling underneath his body. Pedestrian after pedestrian passed by without lifting a hand to help him.

One used his cell phone to take a photo of him, while another did attempt to turn him over. But no one called 911 until it was too late.

Police believe that the woman knew her assailant, which is possibly why she has not come forward.

Update to Dominick Calhoun: Mother Left and Returned during Beating

Corrine Baker, Dominick's Mother

A Michigan news web site is reporting today that Corrine Baker, the mother of four-year-old Dominick Calhoun, who was beaten and tortured to death last week, left the apartment on Friday to keep a doctor’s appointment.

Baker’s parents picked her up to go to the doctor and then returned her home again to her apartment.

Friday was the second day of a four day torture spree during which Baker’s live-in boyfriend, Brandon Hayes, allegedly beat and tortured Dominick to death.

Brandon Hayes

According to a petition filed by the Department of Human Services, at no time during her brief trip away from her home, the site of an ongoing murder, did Baker attempt to notify anyone about the horrific events that were occurring in her home while she was at the doctor.

She told no one about it–not the police, not her doctor and not even her parents who chauffeured her to the doctor.

Although it is difficult to imagine why Baker would tell no one about the beating and torture that was happening in her apartment at the same time while she was at the doctor, apparently that is what happened.

Baker “did not report that anything was wrong between herself, children or (Hayes),” the petition said.

Baker, herself, was also allegedly beaten by the 24-year-old Hayes during the four day torture spree, including when Hayes allegedly pulled out clumps of her hair.

Lil' Dominick

Court documents also stated that Dominick suffered burns to his genitals, although he was not sexually assaulted.  “Thank God, really,” said Argentine Township police Chief Dan Allen. “He went through enough.”

Thus far, the 25-year-old Baker has not been charged by authorities with any crimes related to the four day beatings, but authorities have not ruled that out.

Dominick’s older half-brother, Tyler, was not injured during the beatings, but he has been placed in protective care. The state of Michigan has filed the necessary paperwork to terminate Baker’s parental rights to Tyler.

The court has ordered Baker not to contact her son, Tyler, or to attend Dominick’s funeral.

A memorial page to Dominick has been set up on Facebook.

For more extensive details about the murder please go to Memorial to Dominick Calhoun, 4-year-old Tortured to Death.

Memorial to Dominick Calhoun, 4-year-old Tortured to Death

Four-year-old Dominick Calhoun left this world on Monday, April 12, 2010, after suffering four days of God awful torture, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Brandon Hayes.

Dominick lived in an apartment with his mom, Corrine Baker, his brother, Tyler, and Corrine’s boyfriend, Brandon Hayes, South of Flint, Michigan.

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According to Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell, Dominick wet his pants while sitting on the sofa on Thursday, April 8th, angering Hayes, who allegedly began savagely beating poor young Dominick.

Said Sheriff Pickell, supposedly “he was trying to give a sense of discipline to little Dominick.”

Pickell said that Hayes then turned his anger toward Corrine, Dominick’s mother, striking her in the face and pulling out chunks of her hair. As he allegedly beat Corrine, Hayes complained about who was going to pay for the sofa.

The beating resumed on Friday when Hayes allegedly kicked four-year-old Dominick in the head and in the genitals, again…and again. Many times during the beating Corrine tried to protect her son by covering him with her body, but that simply turned Hayes’ rage toward her instead.

According to the police investigation Hayes screamed at Corrine that he was tired of raising the boy and Dominick deserved to die, calling Dominick “just a little crack head.” Pickell said that “she (Corrine) did crack while carrying (Dominick).” Hayes also complained that they were not receiving any money from Dominick’s father to help care for him.

On Saturday Dominick lay in bed in a listless state until Hayes dragged the little boy from his bed by his arm. Hayes then allegedly once again started beating Dominick. “He hit and kicked him again and again,” Pickell said, even though the boy was in an unconscious condition.

On Sunday, April 11, when Christine Baker, Corrine’s younger sister, dropped by to buy drugs, she realized what Hayes was doing to Corrine and Dominick. Christine informed Richard Calhoun, Dominick’s paternal grandfather, who brought in the police.

When Dominick arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced brain dead and was placed on life support.  On Monday, April 12, he was removed from life support and Dominick passed away.

Doctors said that Dominick had repeatedly been kicked in the genitals and head over and over again. They told Sheriff Pickell that Hayes had poked at the boy’s eyes with his thumbs and fingers. Doctors had to remove a portion of Dominick’s skull because his brain was swollen so badly.

“This case goes beyond torture,” said Pickell. For the police officers involved in the investigation Pickell said this has been gut wrenching.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said, “This was simply a vicious killing, bad as anything you could imagine. The pictures are indescribable.”

“I think everyone with the law enforcement community and the prosecutor’s office has been shaken by what we’ve seen over the last several days. It’s our job to see that justice is rained down upon the perpetrators of these crimes. We have probable cause for each charge.”

Leyton said this type of torture charge is not common, “It’s rare. This cried out for the torture charge.”

Hayes has been arraigned on nine counts, including torture, three counts of felony murder, child abuse, assault, and lesser drug charges.

Following her release from the hospital, Corrine Baker was arrested and released pending further investigation. Dominick’s older brother Tyler was placed in protective custody.

A memorial page to Dominick has been set up on Facebook.

Girl Brutally Beaten as Security Guards Merely Watch – Video

A bus tunnel security video shows a 15-year-old girl, Aiesha Steward-Baker, being brutally beaten while three unarmed security guards for the Seattle Metro Transit appear to be merely watching making no effort to intervene.

According to the Seattle-King County Metro Transit that is exactly what the guards are supposed to be doing, even though one guard apparently cannot keep himself from intervening when he is shown trying to shoo the female perpetrator away.

Unarmed security guards with Metro Transit are trained and under orders not to intervene physically when such violent situations arise in the course of their duties. They are, instead, trained to call it in to 911, which the guards in this incident did.

The first video is one from YouTube which shows the encounter pretty much in its entirety:

The public outcry over the video has prompted Seattle’s Metro Transit and King County authorities to remark that they wished the guards had broken up the fight even though they are directed not to do so.

“We are very disappointed in what people see in that video,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said. “It was absolutely unacceptable.”

Baker’s lawyer, James Bible, is playing the race card. “If this young lady had had blond hair and blue eyes and told police ‘These black kids are following me,’ the response would have been different,” Bible said Friday.

Baker said she asked Seattle police for help several times at a shopping center and Macy’s in the hour before the Jan. 28 attack, but her pleas were rebuffed.

However, the Seattle Times reports that friends and relatives of the four arrested have said the situation has been blown out of proportion. They said the two girls have fought often over the past two years, and that Baker has usually won.

The second video is a CBS News report of the incident:

The video has prompted both King County Metro Transit and the Seattle police each to instigate a review of the video to determine whether any policies need changing.

Robber Asks Victim Out on Date – Video

Stephfon Bennett of Columbus, Ohio, must be one hopelessly romantic son of a gun. Either that or he is so full of himself that he assumes women can not resist his charms.

The question is do his charms consist of a boyish grin and a sparkling wit, or instead do they comprise just the business end of a Saturday night special?

You see, it seems that 20-year-old Stephfon and two accomplices allegedly robbed Diana Martinez and her friend late last Sunday night on the North side of Columbus and they did point a gun at Diana’s head in the process.

But that is the ordinary part of our tale, if you can call having a pistol pointed at your head ordinary. The extraordinary part is that two hours after the robbery, Stephfon returned to the scene of the crime and asked Diana out on a date.

Quick thinker that Diana is, she asked her cousin to call the police while she talked to Stephon, stalling him until police arrived. And arrive they did, arresting Stephfon right in front of the house on charges of aggravated robbery.

“We are not exactly sure what he was thinking at the time,” said Columbus police Sgt. Sean Laird. “It’s never happened, in my eight years and some months. I’ve never had anything like this before.”

Stephfon’s yearning for love has landed him a home in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $92,000 bail, and maybe he will also receive a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most naive robber.

Did he believe that he looked rather dashing and impressive as he held his pistola to Diana’s temple, so much so that he assumed that he stole her heart in that one fleeting moment? Why else would he have returned to the scene of the crime to parlay his freedom for one solitary chance at love?

The following video is a TV news report on the incident:

Stephfon must be one optimistic Romeo, or is he so hubristic that he cannot imagine any woman turning down an offer of love with the Stephfon Bennett?

Is it possible he had recently watched the movie Bonnie and Clyde, and did he picture Diana as Bonnie Parker and himself as Clyde Barrow? Did he believe she would drop her life to run off and live with him as 21st century desperadoes on the lam?

And what do his accomplices in crime think as they, in total shock, watch the details of Stephon’s folly on TV? Are they bright enough to realize that Stephfon is right now making a deal for a shorter prison sentence in exchange for providing their names and location to the police?

Aah! The folly of young love never ceases to amaze.

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Walmart Patron Slaps Stranger’s Toddler Daughter

Stone Mountain, Georgia, resident, Roger Stephens, allegedly slapped a stranger’s two-year-old daughter Monday in a local Walmart for crying too much.

Stephens had been shopping at the Rockbridge Road Walmart in Stone Mountain, which is a suburb of Atlanta, when he apparently grew increasingly annoyed at the continual crying of a two-year-old girl in the store.

The child’s mother, Sonya Mathews, told police that her daughter was crying as they walked down one of the aisles.

Just moments later, slightly before noon, Stephens approached the child and Mathews, both of whom he did not know, and allegedly said, “If you don’t shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you.”

Shortly afterward, Mathews and her daughter were in another aisle, and the girl was still crying. Stephens allegedly grabbed the girl and slapped her on the face. According to Police he hit the child four or five times.

Afterward he allegedly told Mathews, “See, I told you I would shut her up.”

Another shopper stepped forward and held Stephens until store security arrived. The police report stated that, before police arrived on the scene, Stephens did apologize to Mathews for hitting her child.

The toddler suffered redness to her face but, otherwise, was uninjured. She was treated at the scene and left with her mother, who later told CBS Atlanta that she forgives Stephens, but she feels he may have mental issues.

Stephens was arrested and is being charged with felony first degree cruelty to children. He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

The following video is a report of the incident by CNN:

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Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Still Baffles LA Police

The Grim Sleeper, as he is called, has taken 11 lives thus far over a period of more than two decades in the South Central area of Los Angeles. Yet this psychopath is a serial killer who has the LA homicide detectives baffled so far. They have been unable to stop him or discover his identity.

Plus he is also involved in one other case of attempted murder where he shot the victim at point blank range inside his car and then tossed her out of the car to die on the streets of South Central LA.

The victim of that attempted murder was Enietra Margette (not her real name), who did not die on that fateful day 21 years ago and who is the Sleeper’s sole surviving victim. Enietra describes the killer as an African American in his early 30’s (which would make him in his early 50’s now).

On the day she met him on Saturday, November 19, 1988, he looked neat, tidy and kind of geeky. He was a thin preppy type and wore a black polo shirt which was tucked into khaki trousers.

The killer offered her a ride multiple times, but she declined continuously until, finally, she relented.

His vehicle of choice that fateful day was an orange Ford Pinto with a white racing stripe on its hood. To Margette “it looked like a Hot Wheels car,” but the interior impressed her.

The car’s standard gear shift knob had been replaced with a marble ball the size of a ping-pong ball. The car’s interior was white with a white diamond-patterned upholstery.

Enietra and the killer exchanged banter for a while, then he suddenly pulled a pistol from a compartment in the Pinto and shot her in the chest while they were driving.

A surprised Margette remembers being totally baffled about what had just occurred. Why did he shoot her, she thought, and who would take care of her kids if she died?

The following podcast is a 911 call perhaps made by someone who witnessed the killer dump the body of the fourth victim:

Read the transcript of the 911 call.

Blood began trickling down her face onto her blouse, which quickly became soaked with blood. Enietra fell unconscious but was awakened by a flash bulb. The killer had taken her photo and had raped her.

She begged him to take her to a hospital, but he refused because he said he did not want to get caught. They sped through the night with her in the passenger seat beside him, bleeding.

Finally the killer pulled the car over to the side of the road, and there he beat her repeatedly over and over with his gun. After that he pushed her out of the car onto the street and into the darkness of the night to die.

But Enietra refused to die. Somehow she managed to walk several blocks to a friends house leaving a circuitous trail of blood in the street and on parked cars along the way.

When she finally arrived at her friend, Lynda Lewis’, house, Lynda wasn’t home. Instead Lynda and her husband had gone ahead to a party that Enietra had also planned to attend. Enietra collapsed on the front porch.

Lewis and her husband returned home about 1 AM, finding Enietra lying on their porch, nearly incoherent.

Once in the hospital, doctors were unsure if she would survive the night. Somehow she did survive, and Enietra began the long, hard journey back to a normal life fighting through physical therapy sessions and the like.

Enietra is the only known survivor of an attack by the Grim Sleeper. But at least 11 other victims were not as fortunate as she. The Sleeper’s tally of victims thus far is 11-1, or at least that is the running total of the victims that we know of.

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