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11Couple Gets Rejected From People Magazine Contest Because Of Pictures Posed With Guns

An Illinois couple is upset after People magazine turned down two of their entries for a photo contest because they depicted the wife posing with a gun.

Bob Ferris says he and his wife Sandra decided to take pictures for People’s “Real Beauty At Every Age” contest, and when they were deciding how to set the pictures up, Bob decided it would be a good idea to have Sandra pose with a .45 caliber Colt.

"That was my husband's idea," said Sandra Ferris.

So Bob grabbed his camera, posed his wife, and took a picture of her holding the gun. The Ferris’ sent one picture in and hoped that People magazine would pick them for their feature.

Some time later, Bob and Sandra received word that the picture was rejected.

"It just so happens that the photo I liked the best has her holding a .45 automatic,” said Bob Ferris. “I didn't think they'd reject the photo. I was a little shocked at first.”

The magazine told the couple that they rejected the photo for at least three potential reasons including size, focus, or inappropriate content.

Bob wanted to see if the reason behind the rejection was because she was holding a gun, so he took another picture of Sandra with a firearm and sent it in. Once more, the picture was rejected for the same set of reasons. Bob sent in a third picture, this time without the gun, and finally, the picture was accepted.

"I don't see anything wrong with the picture and women with guns," said Sandra Ferris.

The contest rules say that they can reject a picture for any reason if they consider it offensive. Bob Ferris doesn’t believe that these pictures were offensive.

"Guns are part of our life," he said.

Regardless, Sandra will still be featured in the magazine, although the Ferris’ say they never had a subscription to begin with.

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11Cop Points Gun At 11-Year-Old Building A Tree Fort (Video)

An 11-year-old Georgia boy claims that a police officer pulled a gun out on him while he and his friends were building a tree fort, and now, the boy’s mother is filing an excessive force complaint.

Fifth-grader Omari Grant says that he and his friends were playing in the woods behind his home, a usual hangout for the group, when they decided to build a tree fort. They began cutting down branches and gathering materials when a concerned neighbor called police to complain about what they were doing.

Two police officers eventually showed up, one pointed a gun at the boys, and both made them lie on the ground with their legs spread. Grant also alleges that the officers cursed at them.

"I was thinking that I don't want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said," said Grant to WSB-TV.

Once the officer left, Grant ran to his mother and cried about what happened to him and his friends.

"I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’" said Omari’s mother Janice Baptiste. “So my son was of course traumatized by that.”

Now, Baptiste says she has filed an excessive force complaint against the Henry County Police Department. Sgt. Joey Smith says that the department is currently investigating the happenings.

“If it was justified then we'll deal with it, if it wasn't we'll address it as well," said Smith.

Omari Grant says that he has not yet gotten over having a gun pointed at him.

"I learned that they're supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside," said Grant.

Henry County police have refused to release the identity of the officers involved.

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11Surveillance Video Catches Drunk Cop Point Gun At Store Clerk (Video)

An off-duty police officer in Tucson, Arizona was fired after being caught on surveillance video pulling a gun on a convenience store clerk while seemingly intoxicated.

23-year-old Kyle James McCartin was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault for the incident. According to reports, McCartin and another man walked into the gas station convenience store wearing bulletproof vests, and McCartin was, according to multiple reports, "visibly drunk."

While the other man was paying for his items, McCartin proceeded to stumble around close to the register and pull out his gun on the cashier. His friend appears to try and stop him, but McCartin, clearly belligerent, keeps waving the gun at the store clerk. Eventually, both men leave, and later, the local sheriff’s department came to investigate.

Now, McCartin has officially been fired and has pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He had only been a Tucson police department for less than a year when the incident occurred. Reports claim that despite pleading guilty and being fired from his job as a police officer, he will probably not serve any jail time.

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11British Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Back Allegedly On Way to Robbery

An Islington man was found with a gunshot wound to his back on Monday after he accidentally shot himself. According to multiple reports, he was on the way to perform a robbery in north London.

Police suspect that while the man was riding his moped, the gun in his backpack was triggered and he was shot in the back. A man on another scooter is believed to have picked up the gun and driven away.

Dry cleaner employee Sumaira Naeem said the shot man walked into her Essex Road shop and begged for help.

“He showed me a hole in his back,” Naeem said, “but there wasn’t a lot of blood everywhere like you would think.”

Naeem immediately called for help. A few minutes into the conversation, the man took the phone from her and pleaded for an ambulance to be sent quickly.

The incident occurred just days after an 18-year-old man lost his hand in an axe attack just two streets over. While some have suggested that the events are connected, police have denied the accusations.

“Islington is a safe borough,” Islington Council Cabinet member Paul Convery said, “and we’re determined to keep it that way.”

Sources: The Week, MSN

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11Man Suing Michigan Police For Open-Carry Arrest Incident (Video)

A Flint, Michigan man is suing the Flint Township police after he says he was wrongly arrested for openly carrying his legal gun on Christmas Eve, causing him to miss the holiday with his family.

John David McMorris, 21, was walking along the side of the road around 11:30 p.m. on December 24 when a police officer suddenly pulled over to question him. When the police car stopped on the side of the road, McMorris raised his arms in the air to show him that he was openly carrying his .40 caliber pistol. McMorris is legally allowed to openly carry a gun, but doesn’t have the license to conceal it.

The officer told McMorris that he had driven by him earlier and didn’t see the weapon the first time around. He claimed he only saw the weapon when McMorris raised his arms in the air and that earlier, he must have had it concealed. McMorris attempted to apologize, explaining that, unbeknownst to him. his jacket must have been covering it up, but the officer still arrested him.

"I didn't know the front of my coat was covering it, sir," said McMorris to the officer in the dashcam video. "I'm very sorry."

McMorris was handcuffed, brought to jail, and was forced to spend Christmas Day in a cell. McMorris was released the following day.

"I think that was the biggest insult to injury," said McMorris’s attorney Craig L. McAra of the man having to spend Christmas in a jail cell.

McMorris was released without any charges filed against him, but now, he is suing the police department for what he says was a wrongful arrest. McMorris is seeking $25,000 in damages for false arrest, civil rights infringement, and malicious prosecution.

Watch the dashcam video of McMorris’s arrest below.

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11St. Louis Man Arrested, Records Officers' Threats in Cruiser

A St. Louis man who claims he was unfairly handcuffed and detained by St. Louis Metropolitan Police used his cell phone to record the officers’ conversation in the police cruiser.

Terry Robinson, 21, said that officers saw him outside in the Blair neighborhood on Monday. After handcuffing him, they pretended to drive back to the police station.

Robinson has been arrested before and is currently on probation. Although he is now back in school and working to turn his life around, he faces at least nine years in prison if he gets in trouble again.

Robinson said that two officers have been harassing him for weeks. The officers have allegedly threatened to arrest him if he doesn’t give them the name of someone to plant a gun on.

He said that although the officers had a gun, which they claimed was “a fully-loaded 38,” they never showed it to him.

Officers were unaware that Robinson was recording the interactions that transpired.

The following statements were recorded during the car ride:

“Your nine years are going to seem like four times more."

"I know y’all said you need a gun and a body."

"Got to have a body with it."

"I don’t need no gun case. You know I’ll get you somebody.”

If Robinson didn’t give up a name within the next 24 hours, the officers threatened to “write this case up as you ran from me but you got away. But I know who you are and you had this gun.”

Robinson pleaded with the officers to give him more time. Later, he contacted his lawyer.

The video has now been turned over to authorities. Detectives with internal affairs are investigating the situation.

Sources: http://www.kmov.com, http://www.blackyouthproject.com, http://www.yourblackworld.net

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11Homeowner Kills Intruder In Fifth Similar Incident In Two Weeks (Video)

Last month, Opposing Views reported that three Detroit home invasions in one week ended in the homeowners defending themselves against the intruders using guns. Since that initial report, there have been multiple stories just like it out of the Motor City, and the latest one happened just last week.

According to reports, the homeowner heard glass break in the afternoon on Thursday, and when he went to investigate, he saw a person trying to climb through his window.

The quick-thinking homeowner wasted no time and, almost immediately, grabbed his gun, aimed, and fired at the intruder.

"One burglar partially inside of his house…he went and retrieved his weapon and fired off a couple of shots, hitting the individual coming through his window," said Detroit police Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson.

The 17-year-old suspect fell onto the driveway and was soon pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Another suspect in his 20s was reportedly with the now deceased teen, but he was able to get away on foot. Police were not able to apprehend the other suspect.

"It's a message to the criminals - stop coming in to people's homes unannounced and uninvited. Crime no longer pays in the city of Detroit," said Deputy Chief Johnson.

Reports claim that there have been at least five home invasions like this in the last two weeks, all resulting in shots being fired by the homeowner.

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11Security Guard Awarded For Stopping Gunman From Entering Bar (Video)

A St. Paul, Minnesota bouncer is being called a hero today after he bravely fought off a gunman that was attempting to enter the bar he was working at.

Eric Wasson, a security guard at Johnny Baby’s, is shown on surveillance video sitting at the entrance of the bar when a man holding a gun is about to walk through the doorway. As the gunman starts to enter, another security guard notices him coming with the gun in his hand and immediately runs in the opposite direction. Wasson notices his colleague run and looks down the hall to see the gunman walking in that direction. Just as the man starts to enter, Wasson springs into action.

While everyone around him ran for cover, Wasson acted quickly and pushed the man back, trying to stop him from shooting the gun. During the struggle, two shots were fired, but thankfully, nobody was injured. The gunman was arrested and convicted in court, and now, St. Paul police have given Wasson an award for his bravery.

"Mr. Wasson, you were indeed a hero that evening," said St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith as he presented Wasson with the Chief’s Award for Valor. "We don't know what that suspect may have done if he was allowed inside of the bar. You displayed a great amount of courage when you chose to disarm the suspect and protect the customers in the bar."

At the time of the incident, there were 150 people inside the bar, and thanks to Wasson’s courageous actions, all made it out of the harrowing situation alive.

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11Man Arrested For Falsely Claiming He Was Carrying A Gun On A Public Bus

A Portland, Ore. man riding a public bus has been arrested for claiming to have a “loaded and cocked” gun on him during the ride.

According to reports, 41-year-old Patrick O’Brien Nolin announced that he had the gun, and when the bus driver overheard, she decided to call the police.

When police arrived, they carefully approached the bus to apprehend Nolin. Once they got him into custody, they discovered that he didn’t really have a gun on him at all.  Even though police didn’t find a firearm on Nolin, and he didn’t break any laws in that regard, authorities still arrested him.

Nolin was charged with interfering with public transportation and is currently being held at Multnomah County Jail.

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11Sock Donated with Gun Inside of it, Thrift Store Worker Killed

A bag of clothing dropped off at a thrift store in the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood had a deadly surprise hidden in one of the socks: a gun.

Two co-workers were sifting through the dropped-off clothing in the back room of the store in the 9400 block of South Ashland Avenue on Friday morning. When Maria Carmen Dominguez’s male co-worker shook out a sock, a .22 caliber handgun fell out and discharged, striking her in the chest.

Dominguez was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The medical examiner’s office pronounced her dead at 10:47 a.m.

She is survived by her husband her two children, a son in his 30s and a 17-year-old daughter.

“It’s tragic,” Dominguez’s husband, Victor Campos, said. “We don’t know what we are going to do.”

Dominguez, 54, had worked at the thrift store for more than 25 years and had recently been promoted.

Dominguez’s niece, Anel Mendoza, described her aunt as a family-oriented person. “She was always there for us. She was such a good person.”

 “So sad, so sad,” said regular customer Barbara Paradise. “It breaks my heart. That’s why I came back, because I knew her.”

The Department of Labor is investigating the incident as an accident.

“I can’t believe it,” Campos said. “We have a 17-year-old daughter. She’s in high school, and she doesn’t know what is going on.”

Sources: http://www.nbcchicago.comhttp://chicago.cbslocal.com, http://www.suntimes.com

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