Prosecutors filed felony aggravated robbery charges against a 32-year-old Minneapolis man after he was caught on video punching a child in the face and stealing the boy's iPad.
Police in Hennepin County were dispatched Thursday to the intersection of 28th Street and Nicollet Avenue South after a report that a man was being chased by a group of Somali men.
Upon arrival, the police met 32-year-old Aaron Wayne Stillday, who said that men had chased him for no reason. However, police learned that the pursuit began when Stillday punched an 8-year-old boy walking out of daycare and stole his iPad.
Stillday allegedly approached the boy, saying: “Give me that, n****.”
In the video, the boy can be seen lying motionless on the ground as his nose bleeds.
The boy was taken to the hospital and Stillday was taken into custody.
On Monday, Stillday was charged with felony first-degree aggravated robbery.
Long Island man Kyle Rodgers was bar hopping over the weekend when he potentially became the latest victim of the “Knockout” game.
The 23-year-old had just left the Sweet & Vicious bar on Spring St. and was headed to another in the East Village when someone attacked him from behind.
Rodgers was attacked at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. The attacker, who knocked Rodgers unconscious, was caught on camera.
After knocking Rodgers to the ground, the attacker casually walked away.
Rodgers woke up in Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including a broken jaw.
“It’s just really bad,” Mike Rodgers, Kyle’s father, said “It’s cowardly more than anything.”
Police reported that the two men had no contact prior to the attack, and would not confirm whether or not the attack was part of the "Knockout" game.
A Pottstown, Pa. assistant teacher quit her job because she was asked to transfer to another facility 35 miles away. After applying to get unemployment benefits, she has officially been denied by the Commonwealth Court.
Theresa M. Keim was working her $11.48-an-hour job at Montgomery Early Learning Center when her boss told her she was being transferred to a facility that was 35 miles away. Keim made the decision to quit because the commute “would result in more wear and tear on her car.” In addition, Keim told the court that it was “a bit too long of a drive” and “she is not a long-distance driver.”
The Unemployment Compensation Board of Review initially turned down her request for benefits, so Keim turned to the Commonwealth Court with her request.
Senior Judge James Gardner Collins said that Keim never even tried to commute to the new job before quitting. Collins also noted that she never tried to see if she could carpool with anybody or take public transportation. In the end, the court decided that the longer commute didn’t present a “necessitous and compelling” reason to quit.
A disturbing video showing a man being arrested in the Bronx has gone viral.
The video shows a man sitting down after exiting a bus on Pelham Parkway. Two officers are restraining him while the man questions why. He keeps saying that he gave them his identification and ticket so there should be no reason why they are restraining him. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, reports say that the officers may have accused the man of not paying his bus fare, but witnesses say that he showed them his receipt.
The man becomes agitated as the officers refuse to stop holding him, so as he tries to stand up, a struggle ensues. The two officers are then joined by four other officers who all struggle to arrest the man, eventually pulling him to the ground.
"Oh my God," yells the man. "Please don't do this to me!"
Eventually, with six officers all on top of the man, he is cuffed. As the officers get up, one clearly kicks him in the head for no reason at all.
After the video was posted on Facebook by Dariel Reyes, it quickly went viral. The NYPD says they are aware of the video and are investigating the incident. According to the Daily News, the petition has already gotten over 100 signatures.
A Maryland man is suing the Ethiopian government after it was discovered that it infected his computer with spyware, wiretapped his calls made via Skype, and monitored his family’s computers for months.
"We have clear evidence of a foreign government secretly infiltrating an American's computer in America, listening to his calls, and obtaining access to a wide swath of his private life," said Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Nate Cardozo. "The current Ethiopian government has a well-documented history of human rights violations against anyone it sees as political opponents. Here, it wiretapped a United States citizen on United States soil in an apparent attempt to obtain information about members of the Ethiopian diaspora who have been critical of their former government. U.S. laws protect Americans from this type of unauthorized electronic spying, regardless of who is responsible."
This case is part of a larger operation by the Ethiopian government to spy on people it believes are political opponents. The man, who goes by Mr. Kidane in order to protect his family, reportedly opened a Microsoft Word document that was sent to him, and upon opening the document, his computer became infected.
“I would be extremely hesitant to continue to seek legal redress in this case should I be denied this request to proceed pseudonymously, as I fear the litigation would put my life and the lives of my family at substantial risk,” said Mr. Kidane. The man, who is originally from Ethiopia, won political asylum 22 years ago and has lived in Silver Spring, Md., ever since.
"The problem of governments violating the privacy of their political opponents through digital surveillance is not isolated – it's already big and growing bigger," said Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "Yet despite the international intrigue and genuine danger involved in this lawsuit, at bottom it's a straightforward case. An American citizen was wiretapped at his home in Maryland, and he's asking for his day in court under longstanding American laws."
Reports claim that Ethiopia is not alone in spying on the activity of perceived opponents to its government.
The family of Luis Rodriguez, who died in the custody of police officers, is claiming the officers beat him to death.
Nair Rodriguez and her daughter Lunahi got into an argument at the Warren Theater Friday night. Nair slapped Lunahi and then stormed away, reports News9.
Luis -- her husband and Lunahi’s father -- went after her, and that is when they claim police officers confronted Luis and asked to see his identification.
Luis tried to bypass the officers so he could stop his wife from driving in her angered state. The officers responded by allegedly beating Luis to the ground.
Lunahi Rodriguez said there were five officers and that they beat her father to death right in front of her, in the movie theatre’s parking lot.
"When they flipped him over you could see all the blood on his face, it was, he was disfigured, you couldn't recognize him," Lunahi said.
Nair says when it was all over she knew her husband was dead.
"I saw him. His [motionless] body when people carry it to the stretcher," Nair explained. "I knew that he was dead."
Police are claiming that Luis tried to fight with them and that he was placed in handcuffs, reports NewsOK.
Lunahi contends that Luis did not resist police force and that he was beaten by them repeatedly.
Nair took a video of the altercation, but claims police took her phone from her with the recording on it.
Three of the police officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while Luis’ death is investigated.
The family plans on seeking legal action.
Meredith Howard was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abusing two children. She has been released after serving only 10 months in jail.
The judge released Howard with the stipulation that she could serve the rest of her sentence on probation, as long as she spent the next two years on a ranch-type setting out of state, reports NewsOn6.
The families of the victims are obviously upset by the judges’ decision.
"I haven't gotten justice for my child," said Matthew Stafford. "Ten months in prison for that? People are getting offenses for marijuana and going away for 20 years."
Stafford’s daughter Sophie, 4, was one of the children abused by Howard.
Sophie was abused when she was 19-months-old and attending John Knox development center, where Howard worked.
Howard’s abuse of Sophie was forced penetration. She required repeated surgeries and nearly bled to death on the way to the hospital. The long-term impact of her injuries is unknown.
Sophie still cries when she sees a hospital or an ambulance.
The other child, a boy, had his thigh bone broken by Howard.
The judge ordered Howard to be sent to Rainbow Acres in Arizona for two years.
Rainbow Acres describes itself as a place where “adults with developmental disabilities receive loving care and enjoy a beautiful, ranch-style campus amid the scenic beauty of Arizona’s Verde Valley.”
Rainbow Acres does not usually accept people with a history of violence.
Mike Kowalski, director of ranch operations and staff development, believes the staff and residents will be safe with Howard at Rainbow Acres, reports Verde Independent.
“We would have said this isn't the right place. We put our ranchers' safety first here. First and foremost, the safety of our ranchers is our priority. We can ask anyone to leave who doesn't meet our behavior criteria," Kowalski said.
Howard was examined by a psychologist who found she has low to average intelligence and functions more like a child socially.
"They get to go on shopping trips, sporting events, go on vacation," said Sarah McAmis of the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office. "I would like that, but if you've been convicted of abusing two kids, that shouldn't be an option for you."
The District Attorney is concerned for the safety of other children.
"We sincerely hope this defendant is not allowed to hurt any other innocent, helpless babies," McAmis said.
Howard is allowed to be around children in her own family, but not others.
Mohammad Tabibar Rahman, a science teacher and Bangladeshi immigrant, has been banned from taking anyone to court after 50 cases in 10 years.
Rahman’s ban was made official by Justice Michael Adams, who ruled he was a “vexatious litigant,” using the judicial system to “harass, annoy or achieve another wrongful purpose.”
As a vexatious litigant, Rahman cannot start legal proceedings without first gaining the court’s consent.
Being put on the vexatious litigant register is not stopping Rahman from making one more trip to court.
Rahman plans to fight to have his ban overturned, reports the Telegraph.
“This is a crime against humanity, I will take them to the International Criminal Court if I have to,” Rahman said.
The first time Rahman filed a lawsuit was in 2001, when he failed an English exam and was denied teaching at NSW. He filed a complaint for racial bias with the Anti-Discrimination Board, and when it was rejected he began legal proceedings.
Since 2001, Rahman has taken legal action over social security payments, speeding tickets, a failed job interview with the Department of Immigration, and a suspension from studying law at the University of Technology.
When he sued his own legal team over their bill he ended up paying more when he lost the case.
“He has persistently undertaken proceedings which were bound to be futile as they had no proper basis either in law and fact and, to bolster his cases, has resorted to allegations of corruption, bias and incompetence,” said Justice Adams.
Rahman blames his losses on a “corrupt” and “racist” judicial system.
His constant legal battles have had a huge financial impact.
It is estimated that Rahman’s legal battles have cost between $500,000 and $1 million. His two homes, valued at about $980,000, are now at risk and his bank account has had $57,000 removed.
“Taxpayers cannot be expected to foot the bill for the private and never-ending court battles of malicious, vindictive, unreasonable individuals,’’ Attorney General Greg Smith said.
But Rahman still believes he has made the right decisions.
“I am not wrong, they are doing the wrong thing, they are not following the right procedure,” Rahman said.
Victorian Psychiatrist Grant Lester said about 50% of vexatious litigants demonstrate the behavioral disorder querulousness.
“Those who use the courts extensively will often appear as unrepresented litigants, sometimes because they have exhausted their funds or the patience of lawyers,” Lester wrote in a research paper co-authored with psychiatrist Paul Mullen.
Rahman denies he has an obsession with litigating people, or that it is a problem.
“Do you think this is obsessive? Is it not my legal right?” Rahman said.
Forget the late fees. Failing to return a movie rental could land you in jail.
Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, went to the county sheriff’s office to report a crime, and was arrested for an active warrant against her for not returning a movie, reports the Huffington Post.
In 2005, Finley rented the Jennifer Lopez movie Monster-In-Law from Dalton Video, which is no longer in business. She had 72 hours to return the VHS tape, and never did.
According to the warrant, multiple letters were sent to Finley requesting she return the video but she never responded. It also said a certified warrant was sent to her on September 12, 2005, reports FOX 5.
Finley claims she did not receive any communications from Dalton Video or the certified warrant.
The charge of petit larceny has been made against Finley and she plans to fight the charges.
"It's obvious that Pickens County has nothing better to do," Finley wrote to Fox Carolina via Facebook. "I fully intend on fighting this. It's ridiculous that I had this happen to me."
Rajaram Babar was convicted of double murder ten years ago in India after a dog barked at him during a police line-up. He has now been set free after the High Court ruled there was no evidence proving he committed the murders.
In September 2004, the bodies of Subhadrabai and Nivrutti were discovered lying in front of their home. A police investigation found that Babar and Subhadrabai were in a dispute over the laying of pipes, reports The Times Of India.
The dog squad was called in by the police and a tracker dog was given blood stained stones from the site of the murder to sniff. When the dog went up to Babar and barked at him, he was arrested for the double murder, reports India TV.
In a trial court, Babar was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Babar then approached the High Court regarding his case.
Ten years later, the High Court has ordered his release.
The ruling by judges P. V. Hardas and Ajay Gadkari came after it was found that there was no evidence to prove Babar committed the murders, even with the "crucial" piece of evidence that the dog had barked at him from a line-up of suspects.
"The evidence of the tracker dog is not substantive piece of evidence and in the absence of proof of the dog barking at accused as well as proof of the article which was given to the dog for sniffing, no reliance whatsoever can be placed on the evidence of dog tracking. We find that there is no other evidence of corroborative nature which would corroborate the evidence of dog tracking," said the judges.
The entire case has been said by the court to have rested on circumstantial evidence.