Monday, August 25, 2014
Once again, fans over due their emotional expressions at a game. Soccer player Albert Ebosse is dead after being injured during his team's match with USM. No, not a heart malfunction. Ebosse was hit by something thrown from the stands during his teams loss in the Algerian football championship. Ebosse was walking off the field after a 2-1 loss when he was hit in the head. The 24-year-old Ebosse, was the leading goal-scorer in the Algerian league last season. He was apparently hit by the rock thrown from a section of JS Kabylie supporters. The so called fans were angry at their team's loss. Other players were also struck with rocks after they walked off the field. Algeria's interior ministry has requested police to investigate the death.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Did Office Darren Wilson Shoot 18-Year-old Michael Brown Over A $48.99 Box of Cigars or Were Shots Fired In Self Defense?
However, hindsight is always 20/20. Unfortunately the real world sometimes requires split second reactions and the line between a good decision and a bad one may become blurred in the heat of the moment. If nothing else comes out of the protests in Missouri, the message that officer education and training is critical to preserve the delicate balance of preserving freedom and keeping order.
Unfortunately, that is of little consolation to the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Wilson's suburban St. Louis police chief, Thomas Jackson, has now released documents alleging the teen was killed after an alleged robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a box of cigars. The cigars retailed for $48.99.
Monday, August 11, 2014
"He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me, he beat me. I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death." Powerful words after powerful blows.
Monday, August 4, 2014
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A video of the arrest appears to show an officer's arm near Eric Garner's neck as he is taken to the ground. (Garner was allegedly being arrested for supposedly selling untaxed cigarettes so why was it so important to take him to the ground?) Garner apparently shouted, "I can't breathe!" (Of course, in the officer's defense, it is possible that this could be because he was smoking these darn cigarettes.) Several members of the fire department may also be under scrutiny because they may not have taken quick enough action to attempt to save Garner's life. The video above is troublesome because it appears several officers did not recognize the need for prompt life saving efforts. A spokeswoman for the Richmond County Medical Center, did not immediately respond to questions about possible inaction by medics.
Prosecutors and internal affairs detectives are looking into the appropriateness of the officer, Daniel Pantaleo's conduct. Choke-holds are apparently banned under NYPD department policy; however, sometimes such maneuvers are the only practical way to neutralize a suspect. While the investigation continues, Officer Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran of the force, has been separated from his badge and gun. Past history may not help this officer. In the recent past, apparently three men filed suit against Pantaleo in federal court over allegedly unlawful, racially motivated arrests. Yet each case must always be addressed on its own merits. Look at the still shot below from a video. The hands are not locked. Any mixed martial artist knows that at least in the photo below, it is not technically a choke hold. Ultimately, medical personnel and investigators will have to reach some tough decisions. In the mean time, the family of Eric Garner is understandably devastated.
All suspect are innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law!
Update 8-4-14: The man who video taped the alleged choke was subsequently arrested on gun charges. 22-year-old Ramsey Orta was apparently friends of Eric Garner. Orta allegedly had a previous weapon conviction that prohibited him from possessing a firearm. He also faces a court date on robbery charges stemming from a May arrest. He also faces an assault charge.