Cleveland, Ohio, police are seeking to relinquish the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice to an outside agency in order to prevent claims of discrimination or favoritism.
Police officer Timothy Loehmann shot 12-year-old Rice on Nov. 22, setting off a frenzy of protests and accusations of police brutality. Ever since, the Cleveland Division of Police's use of deadly force investigation team has been collecting evidence and testimony in the case but are seeking to possibly hand the case over to Cuyahoga County officials in order to avoid any claims of favoritism and to provide a neutral investigation into the case.
"Not only this investigation, but we would like a different, outside agency to handle all deadly use of force cases," city spokesman Dan Ball told Cleveland.com. "But nothing's set in stone. We want this just as much as anybody." more >>
As the new year is already upon us, The Christian Post would like to offer a brief look back at the major issues and events of 2014.
Pastors in Houston were almost forced to hand over all their sermons that touched on the topic of homosexuality, a major U.S. megachurch became nonexistent, Christians around the world saw a rise in attacks especially with the rise of terrorist group ISIS, and fear spread around the world as the Ebola virus spread rapidly in West Africa. Below is the full top ten list.
1. Liberal Intolerance: 'Duck Dynasty,' Mozilla, Benham Brothers and Houston Mayor Subpoena Scandal more >>
In response to the likelihood that a federal judge will rule that a lift on the state's gay marriage ban will apply to all Florida counties, three Jacksonville-area counties have decided that they'll stop conducting courthouse weddings.
In order to avoid having to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, clerks of courts in Duval County, Baker County and Clay County have decided to put an end to all courthouse weddings in their counties, The Florida Times-Union reported Wednesday.
Although the report states that the clerks listed multiple reasons for their decision, with the state's limbo over gay marriage being one of them, the decision to stop performing courthouse weddings is due largely to trying to avoid performing same-sex weddings. more >>
A Kansas public middle school has prevented a seventh grader from passing out and posting religious fliers inviting fellow students to join her for a prayer session at the school's flagpole before class.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that advocates for religious expression, announced earlier this month that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed student at Robert E. Clark Middle School, located in the suburbs of Kansas City.
The lawsuit claims that the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District policy, which prohibits students from distributing religious materials on school property, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, as well as the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. more >>
The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has unanimously ruled that that the constitutional rights of two Catholic Providence firefighters were not violated when they were forced to drive a fire truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle.
Prior to the 2001 Providence gay pride parade, Roman Catholic firefighters Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno were assigned by the city to drive a fire truck in the parade. Although the two men asked city officials to to be reassigned in light of their religious objection to homosexuality, their request for reassignment was denied.
After 10 years of litigation, the five-judge court voted to throw out the case. Justice William Robinson, who wrote on behalf of all five judges, stated that despite the firefighters' religious objections, their role of driving the fire truck during a ceremonial gay pride parade was deemed a "legitimate" fire department "work assignment." He additionally wrote that their constitutional rights were not violated because their role was "relatively anonymous." more >>
An Oklahoma abortionist who was recently arrested for scamming women who were not pregnant into purchasing and taking abortion-inducing drugs has lost his state medical license.
Naresh G. Patel, the 62-year-old head of the Outpatient Services for Women of Warr Acres who was arrested earlier this month, had his license revoked on Monday.
Patel met with Oklahoma's Medical Licensure Board and agreed to stop working pending an investigation into his practices, according to Graham Lee Brewer of newsok.com. more >>