Ferguson Police Department to be investigated by Feds...
Ferguson Police Department to be investigated by Feds...
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday a Justice Department investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, which has come under fire for its past practices in the uproar over the shooting of Michael Brown. Holder spoke about his recent trip to the area and about conversations he had with its residents. "People consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices and from the lack of diversity on the Ferguson police force. These anecdotal accounts underscore the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson that has received a good deal of attention," Holder told reporters. "Our investigation will assess the police department's use of force, including deadly force. It will analyze stops, searches and arrests. And it will examine the treatment of individuals detained at Ferguson's city jail," he said.Such probes typically focus on paving the way for systemic reform going forward, rather than punishing misconduct from the past, said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Nonetheless, they can produce significant changes within a department. "It's very serious," Toobin said of the investigation, before it was formally announced, "because it can lead to a virtual federal takeover of the police, as happened recently in New Orleans." It is distinct from the Justice Department's previously announced civil rights probe that is specific to the August 9 shooting of Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Proving a civil rights violation would require showing that Wilson was actively hostile to Brown because of his race. The shooting and the fact authorities didn't immediately, and still haven't, charged Wilson spurred emotional and, at times, violent protests on the streets of Ferguson. Dozens were arrested over those tense few weeks, which were sometimes marred by looting and clashes between protesters and law enforcement.Brown's shooting also stirred up locals' gripes about Ferguson police over the years. Some of them said members of the predominantly white police force would routinely and inordinately single out African-Americans, who make up two-thirds of the St. Louis suburb's population.
Home Depot credit card breach may prove bigger than Target's
Home Depot may be the latest in what is becoming an increasingly long list of retailers hit with credit card breaches this year. Some banks say the breach extends back to late April or early May 2014. If this is true, the Home Depot breach could end up being much larger than the now-infamous Target breach. Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake confirmed that the company is investigating a potential breach. Krebs believes this breach may come from the same Eastern European hackers responsible for the Target breach and others.
A 14-Year-Old Kid Refuses to Go to School . . . So the Cops Arrest Him?
Remember when you were a kid, and you had that morning where you REFUSED to go to school? Then your parents got SO angry that you took your minor punishment, gave in, and went? Here's what could've happened if you didn't. There's a 14-year-old kid in St. Augustine, Florida who's a student at R.J. Murray Middle School. And on Tuesday, he decided he wasn't going to go. So his mom went through her list of punishments . . . she took away his laptop, his cell phone, and disconnected the Internet at their house. But none of it got him to go. So finally . . . she called the COPS. When they got there, the kid STILL wouldn't leave for school. Even when the cops told him he could be arrested. He said, quote, "Do what you gotta do, I'm not going to school." So they cuffed him and arrested him for misdemeanor obstruction of justice. The kid's mom told the cops they'd just moved to Florida from New York, and her son had gotten in a lot of trouble up there for skipping school.
PARENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE: MOM ARRESTED FOR SMELLY KID
The stench on a boy turned investigators on to a smelly situation – a Floridawas after her malodorous boy’s stench caused teachers to alert authorities as to possible child endangerment. The 10-year-old’s stink now has his mom in the clink. She was arrested and detained on neglect charges. Writes the Orlando Sentinel: "A Ventura Elementary School teacher noticed one of her students was coming in late every day unwashed, and had a strong smell coming from his clothes, said a spokeswoman for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. The student told Osceola County Sheriff's deputies he took clothes out of a dirty hamper when he got dressed every morning, according to an affidavit." The home of Betsy Beth Velasquez, 34, was searched by deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and child protection officials. Inside, they found deplorable conditions – five filthy and malnourished children, seven unkempt dogs, floors smeared with feces and piss, dirty clothes in piles, week-old leftovers on the counter, and piles of dog food that were so old that moss had started to form. One puppy, near death, was found languishing on a piece of cardboard. Officers also found an upstairs bathtub that was clogged with filthy water, and evidence of mold and mildew throughout the home. What was most shocking was Velasquez’s frank admission of the home’s conditions and of the neglect of her own children, ages 8 to 14. She readily admitted that she had stopped washing her children’s clothes, rarely fed them, and had not made an attempt to clean anything in her home for at least six months. The arrest of this slipshod Kissimmee mom has some wondering just how a mother can allow her home, children and pets to become so grossly neglected. A teacher at her son’s Ventura Elementary School noticed he was consistently tardy, always hungry and had begun to reek of body order. When the boy was questioned, he said he dressed out of the dirty clothes hamper, and couldn’t remember the last time he had bathed. The children were taken out of the home by the Department of Children and Families and placed with family members. Animal Control officials also took away Velasquez’s seven dogs. Details have not yet been released, but some are suggesting that this egregious state of neglect may be a result of a drug addiction or mental illness.
Girl rushed to Hospital after tumbling around in washing machine
Texas police say a 5-year-old girl was hospitalized Tuesday after she somehow got trapped inside a running washing machine. Pasadena police say the child "was tumbling pretty fast" for several minutes before a customer noticed at Le's Washateria laundromat. The girl was airlifted to a Houston hospital. Police say she is expected to survive. Police could not say how the girl became trapped inside the machine nor how it was started. Police say the manager told a woman who had tried to use the machine earlier that it wasn't working correctly and returned her money. Police said that it appears the girl managed to get inside the machine when the adult woman she was with wasn't watching. The laundromat owner says an employee used circuit breakers to stop the machine. It's unclear who was watching the child. Police are investigating.
Dad in hot car death indicted, could face death penalty
Whether the prosecution will seek the death penalty in Justin Ross Harris hot-car death case will be decided in two to three weeks, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Thursday. Reynolds' statement came hours after the Georgia father was indicted by a grand jury on eight counts, including malice murder and two counts of felony murder. "We're pleased with the pace and thoroughness of this investigation, which continues on today," Reynolds said. "The evidence in this case has led us to this point today. Whether it leads us to anyone else remains to be answered." The next step will be to put Harris' case on Superior Court Judge Mary Staley's arraignment calendar, which should happen within three weeks, the prosecutor said. Motions will then be filed before the case goes to a trial calendar.
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A Great Dane Ate 43-and-a-Half Socks
The owners of a three-year-old Great Dane in Portland, Oregon rushed their dog to an emergency animal hospital recently, because he was retching and throwing up all day. And based on some X-rays, he had a severely distended stomach, filled with a large quantity of, quote, "foreign material." So a vet did exploratory surgery . . . and removed 43-and-a-half SOCKS from his stomach. It's not clear if he ate them all in one sitting, or over the course of a few days. It's also not clear if they were clean or dirty. But there's a photo of them all lined up after the surgery, and they were certainly dirty at THAT point. According to the vet, it was probably an anxiety thing. Because when dogs are home alone for a long time, they can get nervous and start chewing on things that smell like their owner. And, quote, "He did have a history of preference for socks." Luckily the dog was sent home the next day, and has been back for check-ups a few times since, and he's doing fine. But it's probably safe to assume the 43-and-a-half socks had to get tossed. No word on whether or not the other half-sock ever turned up.