Well, whilst Travyon was getting all the attention, this has been ignored. glad charges have finally been laid. sad, cruel case. calling something ‘hazing’ does not excuse the behavior. Especially if it is criminal.
Five months after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr. died following a pummeling by fellow members of the marching band, 13 people have been charged in his death.
The death of the 26-year-old Champion, who was gay, has brought about a focus on college hazing rituals. The beating took place aboard a chartered bus parked outside of a Orlando hotel after a performance.
Eleven are charged with hazing resulting in death which is a felony. Two others face misdemeanor charges. The felony and misdemeanor offenses could result in nearly six years in prison if convicted.
More serious charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter were not pursued.
‘I thought it should send a harsher message,’ the victim’s mother, Pam Champion, said in an interview with CNN after the charges were announced.
JESUS VERY FULL ON. FROM PEOPLE…….
The father of Glee actress Charice Pempengco was stabbed to death in the Philippines after a run-in with another man in a grocery store, the Associated Press reports.
Ricky Pempengco, 40, was shopping in San Pedro township when he bumped into Angel Capili, who allegedly stabbed Pembengco in the chest and back with an ice pick, said Laguna province police chief, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz.
Capili then fled the scene, and a manhunt has since been launched, with a reward of 20,000 pesos ($470) for information leading to his arrest.
THIS PHOTO IS FROM 2010 AND IT IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET. OCCUPY OAKLAND WAS A DUMB MOVE LAW ENFORCERS, PEOPLE ARE NOW SHARING STORIES OF BRUTALITY…..SHARE AWAY………
The dog was named Parrot. This was taken moments before Parrot was murdered by the cop. The cop drove his knee into the middle of Parrot’s back while stretching Parrot’s forelegs behind him, as one would do with an armed criminal. Without waiting to determine whether this technique would calm Parrot, the cop grabbed Parrot, lifted him off the ground, and brought him to the top of the concrete staircase. He threw Parrot over the banister, down twelve steps, and onto the concrete floor. Then, the cop stood at the top of the stairs, drew his weapon, and executed Parrot. Aaron, the animal’s owner, cannot recall the number of shots fired. Witnesses state that Parrot was not harming anybody and was simply frightened by the cop.
UPDATE – Last Sunday afternoon, Aaron Block brought his two-year-old Pit bull mix to the Adam Morgan Festival in Washington,DC; a family oriented street festival celebrating the area neighborhoods, artisans, street vendors, and businesses. As Block walked up 18th Street with his rescue dog Parrot, Sheila Martins and her Bichon-poodle mix walked by, Parrot attacked the smaller dog. Block was able to separate the dogs and was subduing Parrot when the police arrived.
The story now takes on two conflicting sides.
According to Block, Parrot was calming down when the policeman came over, grabbed the dog and threw the dog over the steps. The dog was getting up, and the officer shot him. He’s a ” very people-friendly dog with absolutely no bite history,” stated Block about the dog he was fostering from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
Officer Scott Fike, a 25 year veteran fired one shot at Parrot killing the dog and claimed the dog started running at him to attack. Jacob Kishter, commander backed up the officer’s story. Police witness Tony DePass, a former DC police officer also stated the dog was charging.
Now according to multiple eyewitnesses, ” Parrot had already been subdued and was being held securely by his foster Aaron Block, when the police arrived on the scene; Parrot was not ‘out of control.’ Lucky Dog Animal Rescue states the dog did not charge officers either. ” The dog was just getting to his feet when the officer drew his gun and opened fire without provocation.” Eyewitness, Jennifer Naideth, a festival participant supported Block’s story, and called the dog killing ” so unnecessary and so violent.”
Vigils were held last night across Iowa in honor of Marcellus Andrews, who died after a fatal beating last Friday in which anti-gay slurs were used. The police are refusing to investigate it as a hate crime.
KCRG reports on the vigils, and interviews some of his drill team teammates.
The Des Moines Register reports:
Organizers said they were hoping for 25 people, at most, for the hastily arranged Thursday night vigil honoring slain Waterloo teen Marcellus Andrews. Instead, more than 100 people marched from the Blazing Saddle bar to the Capitol and back, many of them clad in purple, some waving rainbow flags, most with candles.
The police insisted again yesterday that even though anti-gay slurs were used, it was not a hate crime, the WCF Courier reports:
Dan Trelka, director of safety services for Waterloo, said Thursday that police acknowledge that “offensive and disparaging” remarks were being used during the attack, it does not meet the threshold of being a hate crime.
“The investigation has revealed that the motive for this crime was not based upon the victim’s status, or perceived status, as is required by Iowa code to deem such an incident a hate crime,” Trelka said…
…Trelka said Thursday “it can be difficult to distinguish a hate crime from other crimes. In order to pursue charges under Iowa’s hate crime code, police have to provide proof that the intent to commit the crime was a bias-motivated act. Although offensive and disparaging words were being used during this incident, it does not rise to the threshold required by Iowa code to indicate a bias-motivated crime.”