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.
A British man living in Sri Lanka is dead after accidentally hitting a pedestrian with his car, rushing to help the injured man, and having a heart attack on the scene.
According to reports, 65-year-old Nicolas Allen Thorn was driving through Puttalam when he accidentally hit a pedestrian. He immediately stopped, got out of the vehicle, and attempted to help the man he hit. Upon seeing him, however, Thorn had a fatal heart attack.
Both Thorn and the pedestrian were rushed to the hospital, but sadly, Thorn was pronounced dead. The accident victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Thorn had been living and working in Sri Lanka for some time before his death.
The president of Egypt’s Cairo University is coming under fire today after partially blaming sexual harassment on the female victim and the clothes that she was wearing.
Last week, a video showing the unidentified woman being harassed by a huge group of males while walking through campus popped up on social media. The video quickly went viral, and people all over were outraged at the behavior of the men.
Following the incident, Cairo University President Dr. Gaber Nasser added insult to injury when he appeared on an Egyptian television program to address the issue.
"The girl took off her abaya [traditional Muslim cloak] inside the university and appeared with those clothes – which was a reason for what happened … we don't require a uniform here but clothes should be within the tradition of our society,” said Nasser. “The girl's mistake doesn't justify what happened to her at the hands of those students. We referred the whole incident to an investigation and everything is recorded by the university cameras. We will find out who is guilty – whether the girl or the [other] students – and we are going to punish them with the proper punishment, which might be expulsion from the university."
Following Nasser’s statement, women’s rights groups all over were outraged that he would even bring up her choice of clothing in the conversation, regardless of whether or not he was fully blaming the incident on the woman.
"The worst is that people always find justification for the harassment and blame it on the victim," said Fathi Farid, founder of the “I Saw Harassment” campaign.
Nasser later clarified his statement, saying that it was taking out of context and that he does not blame the incident on the woman.
“It is clear that a false perception has been generated among some people that I placed the responsibility for what happened on the student," said Nasser. "I assure you that this is not true and I apologise [sic] for the misunderstanding."
The woman has not yet publicly come forward, and the university says the incident is under investigation.
William Jeffrey Dumas was convicted of repeatedly raping a 24-year-old woman with Down syndrome on October 18, 2010.
Judge Christopher McFadden, who is an appeals judge but was temporarily presiding as a Superior Court judge in Fayette County, Ala., sentenced him to 25 years in prison.
Now, McFadden has issued the ruling on a request for a new trial for Dumas.
In the ruling, McFadden stated that the woman first complained of the attack one day after the alleged rape occurred. He noted that neither the victim nor the perpetrator seemed to act as one would expect each to act, writing that Dumas did not “behave like someone who had recently perpetrated a series of violent crimes.”
To strengthen his case that the convictions “do not have the approval of the court’s mind and conscience,” he also cited discrepancies in other witnesses’ testimonies.
Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard prosecuted the case. When presented with news of the retrial, Ballard’s reaction was one of “disgust.”
Ballard said that he had to inform the “Down syndrome woman who was the victim of the rape” that “even though a jury had convicted her assailant of the crime, the judge was giving the guy a new trial.”
He noted that the woman’s parents were “outraged.”
The District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion requesting that McFadden remove himself from the case. In the motion, they noted that, as established in the trial testimony, Dumas’ semen was found on the bed in which the woman was sleeping on the night of the alleged attack.
Furthermore, the DA’s office has stated that the doctor had examined the woman and had confirmed that her condition was consistent with the claim that she had been forcibly raped.
On Wednesday, McFadden issued a statement saying that judicial ethics prevent him from making any further public comments on the pending case.
“I cannot go beyond my written orders,” McFadden said. “The code of Judicial Conduct prohibits me from commenting further.”
McFadden denied the prosecution’s motion on Feb. 5, and will remain on the case.
Ballard is now appealing this decision to the same appeals court on which McFadden sits.
Of the upcoming case, Ballard said, “I just hope we can get some justice.”
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George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin last year, claimed during an interview on CNN today that he was somehow a "scapegoat" for President Obama.
At one point in the interview, CNN's Chris Cuomo referred to Martin as the victim, but Zimmerman said he was the "victim," noted TalkingPointsMemo.com (video below).
"No, I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten, I wouldn’t say I was not a victim," stated Zimmerman.
The admitted gunman, who claims he acted in self-defense, went on to say that he was a scapegoat for "the government, the President, the attorney general."
"And they would be scapegoating you, why?" asked Cuomo. "Just to show that they're taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?"
"I don’t like others speaking for me, so I try to give other people the benefit and not speak for them," said Zimmerman. "I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it, all I know is that is that they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have."
In a separate interview with Univision on Sunday night, Zimmerman said that he was homeless, broke and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, notes CBS Miami.
However, he gets money from his family.
Zimmerman claimed that he owes $2.5 million to his attorneys, but has raised more than $300,000 via donations to his website and is suing NBC News for airing an edited version of his 9-1-1 call from the Martin shooting.
After a harrowing attack involving a blowtorch, one woman thought fast and was able to get away by plunging a screwdriver into the eye of her attacker.
Reports say that the woman was casually walking down the street when a man came up behind her, put a gun to the back of her head, and forced her into a small beige car.
“Once inside the vehicle, he struck her several times in the face,” said Detroit police officer Adam Madera. “And then he began ripping her clothes off.”
While assaulting her, the man grabbed a blowtorch and began to burn the victim’s legs. Quickly, the woman grabbed a nearby screwdriver, stabbed her attacker in the eye, and ran out of the car naked to a nearby house for assistance.
Police immediately responded to the scene, and the anonymous victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for major burns on her legs. Police are actively searching for the suspect, who they say is around 23-years-old.
According to WXYZ, "Detroit Police believe the attacker is the same man who sexually assaulted two other women in July and used a blow torch to burn them."
After being taken at knifepoint and brutally raped, a 25-year-old Indian woman, with help from her mother and brothers, invited her 38-year-old rapist to her home, doused him in kerosene, and lit him on fire.
According to The Indian Express, the rapist, identified as Raju Vishvakarma, died at the hospital the following day.
Months before being burned alive, the man had already been arrested for the rape but was released on bail not long after.
Before dying, as noted by Buzfeed, Vishvakarma told authorities that the woman had called him to her family’s home to discuss an out-of-court settlement for the rape case. The man said they demanded a large sum of money to settle the case, but he told them he couldn’t afford that much. So, the rape victim and her family proceeded to light him on fire.
"We have just received the information of his death,” police superintendent Rajesh Hingankar told the Times of India. “We have booked the rape victim and her family members on charges of murder going by Raju's statement.”
A 26-year-old woman got revenge on her rapist after discovering she was pregnant with his child by shooting him, stabbing him and then cutting off his head.
The Turkish woman, identified as Nevin Yildirim, was reportedly five months pregnant with the murdered man’s child and claimed that he had abused her for months prior to the killing.
When police came to arrest Yildirim, according to the Daily Mail, they found her right near the severed head. She pointed to it and said, “That is the head of one who toyed with my honor.”
The woman told the Hurriyet Daily News she was not worried about the consequences of what she did because she believes she did what had to be done.
The rapist apparently took naked pictures of her and threatened to send them to her parents unless she willingly had sex with him.
“He kept saying that he would tell everyone about the rape,” said Yildirim at the time of the incident, as noted by Samuel-Warde.com.
“My daughter will start school this year. Everyone would have insulted my children. Now no one can. I saved my honor. They will now call children the kids of the women who saved her honor.”
Disturbing surveillance video shows the body of 24-year-old Jheryl Wright lying in the doorway of a convenience store in Kalamazoo, Michigan while customers walked by unaffected.
Wright had been gunned down at the entrance of the convenience store just minutes before what’s shown in the video, and according to reports, the store clerks didn’t even check to see if he was alive or dead. People came in and out of the store, stepped over him, and acted as if there wasn’t a dead body in front of them.
"He was a father figure, provided for his family," said Wright’s uncle Barry. "He wasn't a troublemaker. He wasn't some street-type thug. I can't say a bad thing about him."
During Wright’s trial, prosecutors released the surveillance video to help convict the shooting suspect. Wright’s mother Jackel says she is disturbed after watching the video of people ignoring her son.
"When they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it," said Jackel. "I just can't believe people in this world would do something like that. I can't. How can you step over someone lying in the doorway and not help; how would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there? I hope God have mercy on your soul because you was wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead. I hope y'all can't sleep at night because that was awful. Just plain awful."
Eventually, as it shows in the video, a man stops and calls the police to report it. Watch the disturbing surveillance video below.
St. Louis woman Ashley Depew was forced to have reconstructive facial surgery after becoming yet another victim of the “knockout” game.
Depew was picking up a friend outside of The Trophy Room when she was attacked and punched in the face. Her case went viral when she posted a picture of her injured eye to Facebook.
Brigette Ulmer-Loynd, Depew’s dance teacher, posted a warning to Facebook asking that no one fall victim to the game.
“These groups of teenagers will punch out anybody, then scatter to run,” Ulmer-Loynd wrote. “Please don’t be a victim and always be aware of your surroundings!”
The knockout game has been a problem in St. Louis since 2011, and his since become an epidemic across the nation. Just last week St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay arrived at a bloody knockout scene, where one teenager revealed he had participated in 300 knockout games.
Last week, Bill O’Reilly suggested that the attacks may be racially motivated, noting that the majority of them are carried out by young black men.
“They’re sold a bill of goods by the civil rights people that white society is the fault,” O’Reilly said. “Because you’re unhappy, it’s the whites doing it to you and so they’re whacking whites!”