Results of an autopsy conducted by the New York City medical examiner's office revealed Friday that Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after a struggle with police last month, was killed by a chokehold administered by an officer.
A report in the New York Times noted that the autopsy showed Garner died as a result of "compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."
The city is now examining the use of the maneuver it banned more than 20 years ago. more >>
A pastor from Linton, Indiana, who drove almost 1,000 miles to officiate a funeral in Houston, got quite a shock Tuesday morning when he woke up to find all four tires missing from his vehicle shortly before the start of the funeral.
Pastor Doug Cassel of Bethel Baptist Church in Indiana told KHOU that he was staying at the Comfort Suites on Highway 59 North in Humble, Texas, when he woke up to find his Chevrolet Avalanche sitting on cinder blocks. This was just two hours before he was set to officiate at the funeral of a family member of one of his parishioners.
"It was pretty obvious. You could see it clear across the lot," Cassel told KHOU. "The day was about honoring the memory of Grandma Jane. We didn't want this to have any part or be any distraction." more >>
A Chicago shooting resulted in one man critically wounded and another dead after an upset executive came into a private meeting with a gun Thursday. Anthony DeFrances, 60, was upset that he had been demoted amongst recent layoffs, so he shot the ArrowStream CEO and chairman Steven LaVoie twice before turning the gun on himself.
The Chicago shooting took place at the 17th floor of the Bank of America building at about 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. DeFrances, of Barrington, Illinois, showed up to a private meeting with the CEO and pulled a 9mm pistol out shortly afterwards.
The two men reportedly struggled before DeFrances shot LaVoie in the stomach and then again in the head before shooting himself. Both men were found on the floor of the office unresponsive but LaVoie was still alive and taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. more >>
Marijuana, especially the legalization of it for recreational or medicinal purposes, has been a controversial topic since the '60s. Overwhelming data exists about the harm this chemical causes, but many people with a loud voice continue to demand access to it — via easier and easier avenues.
One fact is clear: the compulsive and extreme pursuit by those interested in the legalization of marijuana proves that the substance is addicting. Proponents have persevered with a singular focus and have overcome many obstacles and consequences to increase and ease access to their next high. This, almost in itself, would be a strong indication of the addictive component and effects of marijuana.
Think of it this way: What if one of your favorites were taken away? Twinkies, ice cream or ESPN? Would you go to incredible lengths of time, money, energy, effort and consequences to fight for a snack or a TV network? Only if you are addicted to it, because that is the definition of addiction. more >>
Kelsey Grammer is speaking to the man convicted for the 1975 rape and killing of his sister for the first time this week.
Freddie Glenn and two accomplices kidnapped 18-year-old Karen Elisa Grammer from her job at a Red Lobster restaurant in Colorado Springs 39 years ago. The victim was then raped for four hours before having her throat slit, according to The Daily Mail. Glenn, now 57, is serving a life term behind bars at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. On Tuesday, Grammer attended a parole meeting for convict, and even offered forgiveness after listening to his apology.
A bullet hit a sleeping boy in Detroit's Brewster Homes complex Wednesday, killing him, according to reports. Jakari Pearson, 8, was in his bed at home when a shooting started outside, and three of the bullets pierced the brick, one of them fatally wounding the young child.
Pearson had been at home with his mother when the shooting started at about 1:15 a.m., police said. Afterwards, the 8-year-old was taken to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where he was pronounced dead.
"He was sleeping in his room and gunshots were fired from outside," Officer Adam Madera told the Associated Press. more >>