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domestic violence

11Sports Bar In Hot Water For Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke On Sign

An employee at a Philadelphia sports bar was fired over the weekend after posting a joke about domestic violence on the bar’s sign.

“I like my beer like I like my violence … domestic,” read the sign at Bar-Ly.

It’s the same joke that got an Austin man fired from a bar in October when he wrote it on a sandwich board outside.

The signed was removed after the Chinatown bar received complaints, but a spokesman told NBC 10 that he didn’t feel the sign was offensive.

“We didn’t want to offend people, so we took it down,” a representative of Bar-Ly said. “I personally didn’t think it was offensive.”

The representative said the sign was not approved by the bar owner, Buu Ly, before it was posted.

Ly said the staffer who posted the sign did so with “very poor judgment.”

"In no way does Bar-Ly condone domestic violence nor do we find it humorous," according to statement from the bar. "We are sorry to everyone who was offended."

More than one in three women are victims of domestic violence, according to the Philadelphia-based advocacy group Women Against Abuse.

The group estimates 2,000 emergency room visits by Philadelphia women per year are likely the result of domestic violence.

Sources: UPI, NBC News

11Police Ask If Domestic Violence Victim "Deserved To Get Hit" In Accidental Voicemail Recording (Audio)

The commander of Nova Scotia’s RCMP, or Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is apologizing to a victim of domestic violence after officers accidentally left a message on the woman’s voicemail mocking her abuse allegations (audio below).

The initial domestic violence complaint happened after the woman and her boyfriend got into an argument and he left with her cellphone. She was worried that he would make harassing phone calls to her family and friends, so she went to retrieve it from him, and that’s when the physical abuse took place.

The woman contacted police and filed a report, and some time after, the inadvertent phone call by officers happened. According to reports, an officer had his cellphone in his pocket and mistakenly dialed the woman’s home. She did not answer, but the voicemail did pick up, and the officers were recorded mocking the woman’s claims.

"The way she was talking she was very nonchalant about everything," said one officer on the recording.

"She said it was from the fucking door jamb or something like that, on the door," said another officer, adding, “It's fucking foolish."

"So did she deserve to get hit?" asked an officer.

When the woman eventually heard the message on her voicemail, she immediately called the RCMP and filed a complaint.

"I was ashamed to be a female from Nova Scotia," said the anonymous woman. "How could I do my own job to advise people to contact the RCMP for help? When it was clearly apparent that there was no help to be had. We're not in the '70s. We are in 2014. People need to learn that when they get paid to do a public service, they need to actually do their jobs and not be Neanderthals. That's exactly what I feel like I've been dealing with. Not only my partner but with the RCMP, the local RCMP, I'm appalled and stunned.”

Responding to fallout from the accidental voicemail, RCMP Chief Brian Brennan said that the comments made by the officers were completely inappropriate.

"The RCMP has zero tolerance for this type of behaviour," said Brennan. "As the commanding officer, I was extremely disappointed. The comments on this recording in no way reflect the core values of the RCMP. It's not how I want our members to be talking in terms of victims and domestic violence.”

The RCMP has reportedly met with the woman and apologized to her for the incident. They also confirmed that the woman’s boyfriend has been charged with assault.

11Russian-Born UMass Teacher Tells Police ‘Putin Tells Me I Can’ Hit My Wife

A Russian-born math professor arrested for assault shocked Massachusetts police when he declared Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him permission to hit his wife.

Lowell police found UMass-Lowell professor Konstantin Rybnikov, 42, Tuesday morning in a house strewn with garbage, fleas, dirty dishes, and animal excrement.

Rybnikov was “passed out” in a bed when police confronted him about the domestic violence complaint.

"I can hit my wife whenever I need to, Putin tells me I can,” Rybnikov told officers.

He resisted arrest by kicking and punching officers before he was subdued and taken into custody.

Police also found an extremely malnourished dog, covered in fleas. The animal was in such poor condition it was sent to a local animal hospital.

"The dog began to shake and was in desperate need of care," police wrote.

A cat, which also lives in the house, couldn’t be located due to all the garbage in the home.

The Board of Health was notified.

Due to his level on intoxication Rybnikov was taken to Lowell General Hospital, Saints Campus.

Hospital staff described him as disruptive, shouting and telling someone to call the CIA.

He allegedly threatened to "kill all of you when I get out” and spit on hospital staff, police said.

He insisted he had to be released to teach class this morning. If his RateMyProfessors score is any indication, he wouldn’t have been missed.

"Never take a class with this man ever. I REPEAT! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!" wrote one student.

"Terrible at everything. Talks low with thick Russian accent so hard to understand. Doesnt follow the book, which is also very useless," wrote another.

Rybnikov pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, assault, animal cruelty, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 23.

His wife, Michelle Rooney Rybnikov, also pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.

Sources: Lowell Sun, Rare

11Girlfriend Beat With Anger Management Book, Cops Say

A South Carolina man hit his girlfriend in the face with an anger management workbook, according to Spartanburg police.

Sheelah Thompson, 22, and Tyler Ford, 23, were allegedly fighting about their relationship Monday when Ford rolled up his anger management workbook and hit Thompson on the face.

Thompson then cut Ford with a box cutter.

She says she did it because he was trying to strangle her.

He says she stabbed him because she was angry after being hit in the face.

Deputies reported Ford had a deep cut on his arm.

The couple was charged with criminal domestic violence.

Sources: New York Daily News, The Island Packet

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1115-Year-Old Wyoming Boy Shoots, Kills Would-Be Abductor

A 15-year-old boy shot and killed a man after he tried to abduct a woman in Wright, Wyo., Campbell County sheriff’s officials say.

The shooting happened on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 19.

According to The Gillette News Record, Sammy Michael Fears, 48, of Casper, Wyo., allegedly tried to abduct the woman from her home in Wright. However, when sheriff’s officials arrived on the scene, they found Fears in the driveway, suffering from a gun shot wound.

Sheriff’s deputies performed CPR on Fears until paramedics came and took him to a local hospital, but he died on the way in an ambulance, according to the Star-Tribune.

It’s not clear how the teen got involved in the altercation. According to reports, the boy is not related to either the woman or Fears.

The woman had a long history of domestic violence with Fears, Sheriff’s Cpl. Gary Sams says.

Due to the boy’s age his identity has not been released, but he has not been charged, the Record reports.

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11Texas District Attorney Candidate Thinks Domestic Violence is "So, So Overrated"

On Wednesday, Democrat Lloyd Oliver informed the world that he considers domestic violence to be “so, so overrated.”

Oliver is running for district attorney in Harris County, Texas. Posing a startling contrast to his statement is the fact that Harris County has the highest rate of domestic violence homicide in the state.

Shocking as Oliver’s newest statement concerning domestic might be, this is not the first time he has made comments of this nature.

In 2012, while appearing on the weekly call-in show “Reasonable Doubts”, which is sponsored by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Oliver said that domestic violence victims should “maybe learn how to box a little better.”

When he was later asked to clarify, Oliver specified that he believed domestic violence to be a part of some couples’ sexual routines.

“There are some people – I don’t understand it – but part of their making love is to beat one another up first,” Oliver said.

“Why do we want to get involved in people’s bedrooms?” he asked.

Oliver has been a criminal defense attorney for 40 years. He came within five points of winning the district attorney’s seat in 2012. In the Democratic Primary on March 4, he will face Kim Ogg, a former prosecutor.

Oliver has indicated that if elected, he would redirect resources away from family violence to focus on other issues. He has also spoken out about the need for super-speedy trials.

On the amount of time it takes for cases to come to court, Oliver said, “You see those filthy baby-rapers – they get tried, what, nine months later? A year later? Why not two months later? How long does it take to prepare a case?”

He has also stated that, since “justice delayed is no damn justice at all,” his plans include ensuring that “the district attorney will have a trial going at every court at every hour every day when I’m elected.”


Sources: Huffington Post, www.thewire.com, www.newsmax.com

Photo Source: http://app1.kuhf.org

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11Bystanders Tackle Man Beating His Girlfriend At Bakersfield, Calif., Store (Video)

A man who was beating his girlfriend at a convenience store in California was brought down by bystanders and restrained him until law enforcement arrived.

According to TheBlaze, the fight, which was all caught on video, broke out Wednesday morning outside the Flower Street Market in Bakersfield, Calif., when 21-year-old Aidan Jose Cruz began arguing with his girlfriend. The argument was made worse when the man started assaulting his girlfriend, forcing her to run for help at a nearby store.

The unidentified domestic violence victim was followed by the man, and continued to beat her.

That's when fellow customers moved in.

“This happened in my store this morning,” the video’s description reads. He “beats his girlfriend outside of the store and she runs in asking for help.”

Deputies arrived as soon as the store clerk called police.

“Deputies were dispatched to the market regarding an assault in progress,” Ray Pruittr, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman, told TheBlaze Friday. “The suspect at one point had his hands around her neck and started choking her and then began striking her in the head.”

“When deputies arrived, the suspect was being held down on the ground by several customers inside the store,” he said. “Deputies were able to handcuff him and take him into custody without incident.”

The victim did not suffer from any serious injuries, Pruittr said.

Cruz was taken into custody for spousal battery and was due in superior court Friday afternoon. His bail was set at $50,000.

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11Father Threatened To Shoot Daughter For Stepping On Dog's Tail

Cleveland Police arrested a man accused of threatening to shoot his daughter if she stepped on his dog’s tail.

The father is identified as Daniel Roman. Roman is the father of a 9-year-old girl and two 7-year-old twins. Last month, the children were playing with Roman's dog during a visit.

The 9-year-old kept stepping on the dog’s tail. Her actions bothered Roman so much that he told his daughter, “Step on the dog’s tail again, and I will pull the trigger.”

He allegedly then turned to his younger twin children and said “You tell anyone, I will hurt you and your sisters.”

The girl’s stepfather told Cleveland station KSLA that Roman called him the day after the threat and denied any wrongdoing.

"He called us denying it so I knew there had to be some truth in it,” the stepfather said. “Cause why would he call us if we didn't ask him any questions?"

Roman’s grandmother was present when the alleged threats were made. She denied Roman ever threatened his children with a gun.

After being taken into custody, Roman was charged with menacing, child endangering, and domestic violence. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is due back in court next week. 

Sources: KSLA, Raw Story

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11Man Assaults Wife, Attempts To Stab Cat Over $1 Pack Of Freezer Bags

A Massachusetts man was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly kicking his wife and trying to stab their cat because she purchased a $1 package of freezer bags.

Kwadwo Amoafo Amaniampong, 24, flew into a rage over the freezer bags, throwing them onto a neighbor’s roof and kicking his wife.

When he calmed down, she allegedly told him she wanted to separate, and he became enraged again.

She says he grabbed one of her cats, choked it, and threw it against a wall in their Spencer home. When she tried to retrieve the frightened animal as it hid under the couch, Amaniampong took a butcher knife and tried to stab it.

When her husband finally left for work, the woman said she took her two cats and fled in her vehicle.

Amaniampong, a native of Ghana, was later arrested at his office.

Due to the serious nature of the allegations Assistant District Attorney Michael Luzzo suggested he be held on $500 bail.

A restraining order was granted to his wife.

Luzzo said after he left the home he texted his wife that she doesn’t “want to see his other side.”

Amaniampong is charged with assault and battery and animal cruelty.

His court-appointed attorney, Patricia Cantara, said he has no prior criminal record.

Sources: Worcester Telegram, Raw Story

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11Domestic Fight Over Whether Gun Will Fire Turns Deadly For 65-Year-Old Man

An argument over whether a gun would fire turned deadly in Chicago.

Joeann Smith was arguing with 65-year-old Willie Smith about whether a gun would fire around 7 p.m. on Wednesday at her home in the 1700 block of East 72nd Street, authorities told the Chicago Sun Times.

During the argument, Joeann pointed the gun at Willie's face and pulled the trigger. The bullet hit Willie in the eye and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was ruled brain dead and died around 9 a.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The argument between Joeann and Willie has been classified as domestic by police, but the exact relationship between them is not known at this time.

Joeann Smith has been charged in the shooting and will appear in court Saturday, reports ABC 7.

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