The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot dead by a police officer while holding a toy gun, revealed that her 14-year-old daughter was also tackled to the ground by police in the incident, handcuffed and put in the back seat of a police car.
"I asked the police to let my daughter go and they wouldn't at that time and I asked them, 'What's going on?' But they wasn't telling me anything, just saying, 'Calm down, calm down,'" Samaria Rice said at a news conference on Monday, according to ABC News.
"I knew she was crying for me but I couldn't see her hands," Rice said of her daughter, who was inside the recreational center at the time of the shooting. The mother noted that she had to decide whether to stay with her injured son or arrested daughter, but decided to go with Tamir. more >>
I finished teaching my Finance class last Thursday night about 9 pm. As I headed outside our campus building in lower Manhattan, I heard loud beating of propellers from the police helicopter that ominously hovered overhead. There were at least a dozen police vehicles with flashing blue and red lights nearby. I found myself on the edge of a demonstration at the Staten Island Ferry, just across Battery Park from the campus. People were protesting the decision of the grand jury to not indict a New York City policeman in the homicide of Eric Garner.
The media and racial advocates are focused almost exclusively on the facts of a black man's death from a heart attack following a violent struggle with a group of white police. As a white man who has never experienced racial discrimination of the kind faced by black men (e.g., I've never been stopped by police for DWB - driving while black), the racial overtones of the video encounter of this case do not strike me with the same visceral force as they would to a black man.
I am angered however at the senselessness of the whole tragic episode. Why were the police even involved in this confrontation of a man who was bothering nobody? Mr. Garner was engaged in a peaceful act of enterprise (obviously, not free enterprise), trying to earn a little income to live a little better. How does that threaten public safety, in a way that justifies police force? Selling untaxed cigarettes? Really? Does that call forth the power of the police state? Is the state (and the city - according to Mayor Di Blasio, "the law is the law") so offended by this act of defiance to its over-regulating, over-bearing, and over-taxing ways that police force is called for? Were the neighbors offended by his private enterprise, and called in the police? Did his customers complain? more >>
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor who've challenged the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that they cover birth control and abortifacients for their employees.
After arguments were heard by the Denver, Colorado-based 10th Circuit on Monday, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, said she and her order "are not seeking special privileges."
"The government exempts huge corporations, small businesses, and other religious ministries from what they are imposing on us — we are simply asking to carry on our mission to serve the elderly poor as we have always done for 175 years," Maguire said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>
Holy Family Parish of Inverness in Chicago is facing a lawsuit filed by a gay choir director it fired after he became engaged to his partner.
Colin Collette filed suit against the parish on Thursday, arguing that since the state recognizes gay marriages the church should too.
A second night of demonstrations over the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner swept America on Thursday, with people protesting over the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer involved in his death. NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has meanwhile claimed that policing is "under attack" in the wake of the protests, and that police officers feel that they are "under assault."
Reuters reported that the protests in New York and other U.S. cities began during the evening rush hour, with people marching on the streets and bringing traffic to a near-standstill.
Close to 3,000 people congregated at New York's Time Square close to midnight, chanting: "Who do you protect?" at hundreds of police officers. Some of the demonstrators were reportedly shoved on to the sidewalks by officers, while dozens were arrested. more >>