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Oklahoma Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Found Not Guilty Of Manslaughter






The white police officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man whose car stalled in the middle of the road in Tulsa, Oklahoma last year, was found not guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday evening.


Jurors deliberated for nine hours before acquitting the officer, 42-year-old Betty Shelby.






Shelby was responding to an unrelated call on Sept. 16, 2016, when she approached Crutcher’s vehicle. According to CNN, Shelby said she fired at Crutcher, 40, because he reached into his car.


On Monday, she told the court that she feared for her life


The Tulsa Police Department claimed that Crutcher failed to comply with orders from Shelby and the other officers who were on the scene. Videos of the incident, which captured several angles of the shooting, showed police with their guns pointed at Crutcher as he calmly walked toward his car with his hands above his head.


Moments later, he was shot





After the fatal shooting, Shelby was charged with felony manslaughter.


Her attorneys claimed she feared Crutcher was under the influence of PCP, a hallucinogenic drug. Police found PCP in Crutcher’s car, and an autopsy report later revealed that Crutcher had the drug in his system at the time of his death.


Crutcher’s family, who maintain that the shooting was unjustified, accused the police of using the drug possession to deflect attention from the fact that Crutcher was unarmed when police shot him, The Associated Press reported.


Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany told reporters after the shooting that he was a father who was just trying to make his family proud.


“That big bad dude was a father. That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College,” Tiffany Crutcher said. She added that Crutcher “loved God” and would sing at church every week. Friends of Crutcher described him to The Associated Press as a friendly and generous person who went to church and was trying to turn his life around.


During the trial, prosecutors argued that Shelby overreacted, and pointed out that Crutcher was not acting combative when he was confronted by police, per ABC News.


Crutcher’s family said they were disappointed by the verdict, NBC News reported, and called the Tulsa Police Department “corrupt.”  At a press conference, Tiffany Crutcher accused police of a cover-up.


“All the elements of manslaughter was there,” she said. “Terence’s hands were up. Terence did not attack her, Terence did not charge her. Terence was not the aggressor, Betty Shelby was the aggressor.






About 100 protestors who gathered outside of the courthouse yelled “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” after the verdict was handed down, the Tulsa World reported.


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) then asked residents and protestors to respect the verdict and remain calm.


“Those who disagree with the verdict have the right to express their opinions,” Fallin said in an official statement. “I just ask that they do so in a peaceful manner.”


Hours later, peaceful demonstrators collected outside of the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa, where Shelby is believed to be staying, per Fox 23 News.









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may 18 17, 08:53
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Bill O’Reilly On Chopping Block Amid Claim He Called Black Woman ‘Hot Chocolate’






What once seemed unimaginable now seems at least possible.


New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported Tuesday that the Murdoch family is “leaning” toward pulling Bill O’Reilly off of Fox News’ airwaves in the middle of growing pressure from advertisers and activist groups.


  and CNN’s Brian Stelter reported later Tuesday that an O’Reilly exit was being discussed. The board of 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, was to meet Thursday and was likely to discuss O’Reilly, according to CNN. 


The reports came as a new claim against O’Reilly was raised by attorney Lisa Bloom, who said the TV host used to call a black woman who worked as a clerical worker at Fox News “hot chocolate” during her time at the network in 2008. O’Reilly would reportedly make her feel uncomfortable in other ways as well. 



“He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,” Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter. “He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”


Bloom, who said she verified the woman’s story with three witnesses, claims the woman feared she would lose her job if she complained at the time. She added that the woman wants no money, but has registered a complaint with the Fox News hotline in light of recent news about the host ― a service that apparently many female employees at the network only recently came to learn about. 






Later on Tuesday in

, O’Reilly lawyer Marc Kasowitz argued that the claims were part of an “orchestrated campaign by activists” to bring O’Reilly down.


“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially where there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations,” Kasowitz said. 


In a second statement to Beyers, Kasowitz said his client “has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” and “irrefutable” evidence of a smear campaign would be unveiled soon. 






O’Reilly, who remains cable news’ most dominant figure, went on vacation last week as advertisers dropped him by the dozens following a New York Times investigation that revealed the Fox News Network and the host had paid at least $13 million to settle five claims of sexual harassment.


More claims have continued to surface about the host’s actions ― some of them from the most unlikely of sources.






At least 70 advertisers have decided to no longer advertise on “The O’Reilly Factor,” which remains Fox News’ biggest show by far. But “O’Reilly Factor” viewers remain committed to their host. A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 65 percent of people who watch the show still hold a favorable view of him, and only 9 percent of his Republican viewers think the show should be canceled.


The show’s ratings also dropped 26 percent in the first three days he was gone, further proof of O’Reilly’s influence, both nationally and internally at Fox News. 


Sherman reports that James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch have been arguing to their father, Rupert, that the network must rid itself of O’Reilly, but Rupert remains unsure, not wanting to appear to be bowing to outside pressure from outlets like The New York Times. 


But on Tuesday, even Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report couldn’t help but think that O’Reilly’s days might be numbered. 






This article has been updated to include reports that Fox executives are discussing O’Reilly’s exit, and a 21st Century Fox board meeting on Thursday will consider his fate.


Chris D’Angelo contributed reporting.

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apr 19 17, 00:18
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A Truck Driver Has Lost His Marbles — All 38,000 Pounds Of Them

Clean up on I-465. 


A truck carrying 38,000 pounds of marbles lost its trailer in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, causing the contents to spill onto the highway and shoulder near Pendleton Pike.


No injuries were reported, and the lost marbles brought a pop of color to an otherwise bleak winter’s day.


Indiana State Police public information officer Sgt. John Perrine tweeted a photo of the accident:






One lane of the highway remained closed for hours as crews cleaned up the mess. 






Drive safe out there.

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jan 23 17, 14:06
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3 Women Shot Dead Outside Finnish Restaurant In 'Random' Attack, Police Say

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Three women including a local politician and two journalists were shot dead with a rifle in front of a restaurant in the small Finnish town of Imatra around midnight, police said on Sunday.



A 23-year-old local man with a criminal record was detained at the scene, the Southeastern Finland Police Department said. It said the motive for the killings remained unclear.




#BREAKING: Local mayor and two journalists have been shot dead last night by a sniper in #Imatra #Finland, suspect was arrested pic.twitter.com/bWRCa4ABUq

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1)




“At the moment, it looks like the victims were chosen at random,” Detective Inspector Saku Tielinen told a news conference.


Victim Tiina Wilen-Jappinen was chairwoman of Imatra City Council while the other two women were journalists, the police said.




Police still believes victims of the Imatra shooting were randomly chosen. https://t.co/MvNYI8dlcz

— Veli-Pekka Kivimäki (@vpkivimaki)




(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; editing by Jason Neely)


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dec 4 16, 16:16
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Officers Fired Upon In Fatal Los Angeles Area Shooting




A shooting in suburban Los Angeles left one civilian dead and three wounded as officers exchanged fire with an armed individual on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. 


Police in Azusa, California

” as they responded to reports of gunfire around 2 p.m. local time, according to Chief of Police Steve Hunt.


Multiple officers fired at the alleged shooter, Hunt said. No officers were injured.


One person died after being transported to a hospital and two others were in critical condition. A fourth person was “down,”



#BREAKING: 2 people transported after shooting in Azusa, L.A. County Fire Dept. says https://t.co/qMbRwcoD2L pic.twitter.com/01zHfSvnU6

— KTLA (@KTLA)



“We do not have the suspect accounted for,” Hunt said in a press conference, adding that the suspected shooter is a woman “armed with an assault rifle, semi-auto or rapid fire type weapon.” It’s possible that there’s also a male suspect, he said. 


A nearby middle school was on lockdownaccording to KABC, while

were “impacted,” according to the LA County Registrar. The Registrar urged voters to find alternate locations to cast ballots. 



.@LACountyRRCC urges voters to find alternative polling places to Dalton Elem and Memorial Park in Azusa due to active shooter situation

— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA)



 This is a developing story and will be updated.


 

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nov 9 16, 02:15
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Suspected Suicide Car Bomber Attacks China's Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishek on Tuesday, killing himself and wounding three others, officials said.


An Interior Ministry spokesman said the car exploded inside the compound and quoted Deputy Prime Minister Janysh Razakov as describing the blast as “a terrorist act.”



#BREAKING At least 1 killed, 2 injured after a car rammed gate of Chinese embassy in Bishkek & exploded: authorities pic.twitter.com/uYc7pEsAH4

— People's Daily,China (@PDChina)



Police, who cordoned off the building and the adjacent area, and the GKNB state security service said they were investigating the incident, which occurred around 1000 local time (0400 GMT).


Authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a mostly Muslim former Soviet republic of 6 million people, routinely detain suspected Islamist militants accused of being linked to the Islamic State, which actively recruits from Central Asia.


An anti-Chinese militant group made up of ethnic Uighurs is also active in the region. In 2014, Kyrgyz border guards killed 11 people believed to be members of that group who had illegally crossed the Chinese-Kyrgyz border.

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aug 30 16, 09:35
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Obama To Quadruple Hawaii Monument, Creating World’s Largest Protected Marine Area


President Barack Obama, who’s already protected more public acres than any U.S. president, will add to his legacy of conservation by quadrupling the marine monument surrounding the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the White House announced.


The designation, expected to take effect Friday, will expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from 139,797 square miles to 582,578 square miles, making it the largest marine protected area on the planet.


The White House said the move “provides critical protections for more than 7,000 marine species,” including federally protected monk seals, whales and sea turtles, as well as black coral ― the longest-living marine species in the world.


The expansion also is expected to make the area more resilient to climate change-related threats, including rising sea levels, warming ocean temperatures and acidification.


Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who introduced the proposal in June, called Obama’s move “one of the most important actions an American president has ever taken for the health of the oceans.”


“Expanding Papahānaumokuākea will replenish stocks of ‘ahi, promote biodiversity, fight climate change, and give a greater voice to Native Hawaiians in managing this resource,” Schatz said Friday in a statement. “This declaration sets us on a strong path forward for our irreplaceable environment and the generations to come.”



Established in 2006 by President George W. Bush, Papahānaumokuākea was already larger than all of the country’s national parks combined.  


The expansion will extend the monument’s protections, including a ban on commercial fishing, from 50 miles to 200 miles around the remote island chain. The area covered by the expanded monument will be nearly four times the size of California, and nearly as big as Alaska. 


Matt Rand, director of Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project, which worked with Native Hawaiians, scientists, community leaders and others in pushing for the expansion, called Friday’s announcement a “big deal for the planet.” 


“We’re just seeing significant environmental degradation globally, and this is a huge step in changing our course,” Rand told The Huffington Post. “I hope not only does it protect this ecosystem, but I hope it inspires the world.”


Papahanaumokuakea will dwarf the United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the Chagos Marine Reserve in the Indian Ocean, which are 322,000 square miles and 247,000 square miles, respectively. Earlier this year, communities in a remote archipelago south of Tahiti proposed establishing a 385,000-square-mile ocean sanctuary.  





Along with Obama’s latest conservation decision, the White House announced the president will travel to Hawaii next week, where on Wednesday he will address leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. On Thursday he plans to travel to Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea. 


The World Conservation Congress kicks off in Honolulu next month. The congress, held every four years, is the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event.



#BREAKING: U.S. creates world’s largest protected area in Hawaii https://t.co/UYKNyA5ehL #MahaloObama pic.twitter.com/oekgfF7IuJ

— pew environment (@pewenvironment)


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aug 26 16, 07:33
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Southern California Bluecut Fire Forces Mass Evacuations




LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people on Tuesday, after a wildfire broke out in a mountain pass to rapidly engulf 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) of terrain.


Officials said about 700 firefighters were battling to control the blaze in an area called the Cajon Pass, the latest in a series of wildfires that have blackened nearly 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) of the drought-parched U.S. West.


“It is a very fast-moving fire, it has wind behind it,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lyn Sieliet.


Two firefighters were trapped by flames in the effort to evacuate residents and defend homes, but managed to escape with only minor injuries, fire officials said.



#BlueCutFire in Cajon Pass (San Bernardino Co) is 9000 acres, 0% contained, 82,000 residents under mandatory evac. pic.twitter.com/n44GyY2leC

— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO)




*UPDATE* #BlueCutFire is now 15000 acres with 0% containment. I-15 and Hwy 138 remain closed.

— CAL FIRE BDU (@CALFIREBDU)



 


The so-called Bluecut Fire erupted in heavy brush just west of Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area, forcing the closure of one stretch of the highway.


The inferno prompted orders for residents of the community of Wrightwood, about 75 miles (120 km) east of Los Angeles, to leave their homes, said Lynne Tolmachoff, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).


In all, about 82,000 people were ordered to flee, as flames destroyed an unknown number of houses, the Cal Fire spokeswoman said by telephone.


The fire remained unchecked, having exploded within hours to cover an area of 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares), Cal Fire said, up from an estimate of 9,000 acres (3,640 hectares) on Tuesday evening.


The Bluecut Fire, whose cause officials said they were still investigating, came as crews more than 600 miles (970 km) to the northwest began to make headway against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed more than 175 homes and businesses.



The so-called Clayton Fire was 35 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. It has charred 4,000 acres (1,620 hectares) in and around the community of Lower Lake, forcing hundreds of people to flee.


Damin Pashilk, a 40-year-old arrested on suspicion of setting that blaze, and several others in the area over the past year, is set to appear in court on Wednesday.


 



#Firenado spotted during our sister station

's coverage of the #BlueCutFire in SoCal: https://t.co/IvCsqW28r6https://t.co/ox5xBHbx6g

— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea)




#BREAKING: Fire official says more than 82,000 people told to evacuate as Southern California wildfire spreads - @AP pic.twitter.com/2HLYr3VeoM

— Yasmeen Hassan (@YasmeenTV)



Fierce winds fanned the fire, which threatened about 1,500 structures at its peak, after it sparked on Saturday evening. As of Tuesday evening, only 380 buildings were in danger, according to Cal Fire. There were no reports of casualties.


California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County for the Bluecut Fire, which allows state agencies to come to the assistance of local officials. On Monday, Brown issued emergency declarations for the Clayton fire and another in Central California, the so-called Chimney fire.



Sultana High School is now an overnight shelter for evacuees of #BlueCutFire. Watch live: https://t.co/HnKxuj3ICy pic.twitter.com/C85FGmmFfX

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA)



The Chimney Fire was 20 percent contained by Tuesday evening, after scorching 6,900 acres (2,792 hectares) since Saturday. It has destroyed about 40 structures.

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aug 17 16, 03:29
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Marion Christopher Barry, Son Of Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, Dead At 36


Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the dynamic former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, has died of a drug overdose, NBC Washington reports. He was 36. 


NBC4’s Tom Sherwood, who has covered the Barry family extensively, confirmed the younger Barry’s death after speaking with Cora Masters Barry, the ex-mayor’s widow, on Sunday. 



#Breaking. NBC4. Cora Masters Barry, widow of Marion Barry, confirms Christopher Marion Barry, 36, son of the late DC mayor, has died.

— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood)



In 2015, Barry tried his hand at politics and ran for his father’s city council seat after the former mayor’s death, but he was unsuccessful, finishing in sixth place. Barry, who had commonly gone by “Christopher,” put his name on the ballot as Marion C. Barry. 


That same year, Barry narrowly avoided jail time over a disruption at a Washington bank where he allegedly threatened a teller he thought had a grudge against his family and smashed a security camera with a trash can.


Since the early 2000s, Barry had trouble with “minor but serious skirmishes,” including driving and drug offenses, Sherwood said in an interview Sunday.


“Ever since his mother died in 2007, he lost one of the anchors of his life,” Sherwood said. Effi Barry died of leukemia that year.



Barry’s father, who died in 2014, was a powerful and controversial figure in D.C. politics, dubbed “mayor for life” for his long grip on that office.


After holding office for 12 years, the elder Barry was famously arrested in an FBI sting operation in 1990 for using crack cocaine  ― only to bounce back four years later to secure his fourth term as mayor. 


CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Marion Barry was dubbed “mayor for life” prior to his fourth term in office.

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aug 14 16, 20:01
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Dallas Police Search Headquarters Garage After Threat Against Department


DALLAS ― SWAT teams swarmed a parking garage at Dallas Police Department headquarters on Saturday, following reports of a

 in the area. Ultimately, nobody was found, but the early evening search added to tensions in a city where a sniper had killed five law enforcement officers just two days earlier.



Scene escalated outside DPD headquarters. Officers running, guns drawn @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/MroNoArHe6

— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Journalist)



The police department was on high alert Saturday following a threat to harm officers. The nature and origin of that declaration were unclear, but the department said it had received an “anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city and has taken precautionary measures.”



#BREAKING @DallasPD closed Lamar St in front of its HQ, ofcrs w/ AR15s, ballistic helmets out front for new threat. pic.twitter.com/zssh6RYOaD

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely)



As officers focused on the search at department headquarters, reporters and the public were pushed back, and news teams were asked to cut their live feeds.



Witnesses suggested that police were searching for a masked man, although officials did not confirm that. Early media reports also suggested that shots had been fired, but police later said 

 at any person. They said they had used a
and another 
to breach locked entryways in a parking garage.



Officers on top of parking garage near DPD headquarters @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/Yzb4PNvdhw

— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Journalist)



At one point, armored vehicles could be seen near the garage. Police said they had not found anyone after an initial sweep of the garage, but then conducted another search with

.


Shortly before 9 p.m. Eastern time, the department announced via Twitter that the search was concluded: “No suspicious person or items were found.”



Multiple sources say Dallas SWAT deployed after a threat was made by a group from Houston that claims they are armed pic.twitter.com/W1J9j5cQco

— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa)



The city of Dallas was already on edge this weekend over the sniper attack Thursday night. Five officers had been killed and seven more wounded when a lone gunman opened fire at a protest over police violence. The shooting topped off a difficult and sorrowful week in which the country watched videos of two black men shot to death by police in other states.

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