NEW YORK – In the East Flatbush community of Brooklyn, N.Y. where 16-year-old Kimani Gray was shot dead by undercover officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) last Saturday, the grief is still raw and emotions are running high as one church group struggles to stanch the pain.
On Friday, under the watch of a battalion of NYPD officers patrolling the community in squad cars, on foot and horses, residents of the community struggled to contain their simmering anger. It had already erupted this week in looting and rioting resulting in the arrest of at least 46 people by the NYPD late Wednesday, according to one report.
Kimani Gray was reportedly shot dead by two plainclothes police officers after he ran from a group of young people on their approach. Police say he pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the officers and he was told to "freeze" before he was shot. They said they recovered a loaded gun at the scene. more >>
Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose has offered to pay for the funeral of a 6-month-old baby girl who was shot five times as her father changed her diaper in the front seat of a parked van on Chicago's South Side on Monday.
Despite desperate attempts by doctors at Comer Children's Hospital to save little Jonylah Watkins, who was ravaged in the still unexplained attack, she succumbed to her wounds on Tuesday morning while her father, Jonathan, was reportedly in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
"This sweet baby had almost every organ system touched. Her lung was touched. Her liver was touched. Her diaphragm was destroyed," Dr. Rachel Wolfson of Comer Children's Hospital, said of the extent of the baby's injuries in an ABC News report. more >>
Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Ind., is facing at least 10 years in prison and an additional 10 years of supervision upon release for taking a teen girl across state lines for sex. Lurid details of the illicit relationship have been revealed as the minister awaits sentencing, which is expected next week.
Schaap's attorney and state prosecutors worked out a plea deal after the married father of two pleaded guilty last year to the federal offense, although he claimed he had no idea that it was illegal to transport the minor, an FBC member who was 16 at the time, out of state for sex.
As part of the sentencing process, a memorandum was presented to the court by prosecutors that revealed the content of some of the 637 text messages exchanged between Schaap, 55, and the unnamed 17-year-old parishioner who had initially turned to the minister for counseling. Among those messages, sent between June 21 and July 21, were texts from Schaap claiming that Jesus Christ had sanctioned their relationship, the Chicago Tribune reports. more >>
A Christian ministry worker who encourages and equips believers and the local church inside Pakistan to face persecution, said that the recent rioting against a Christian colony in Lahore, in which 150 homes were burnt, was further evidence of increased Islamization in the country.
"The event did not come as a surprise to the residents of the area called Badami Bagh, in which there is a smaller colony called the Joseph Colony where Christians live," Hana, whose real name was not given for her protection, told The Christian Post earlier this week.
Even though Pakistan's National assembly condemned the action, Hana said it will take more than a proclamation by the government to help curb the problem. more >>
Razor blades in donuts were part of a scheme cooked up by Carole Lee Leazer-Hardman and Michael Condor, who wanted to bring a lawsuit against a local Utah grocery store and receive a big payout. Police arrested the couple and charged them with aggravated assault and filing a false police report.
"During the course of the investigation, we were able to determine that they intentionally inserted these broken razor blades into donuts that they had purchased at Smith's and then swallowed the razor blades with the donuts," Draper police said in a statement.
They became suspicious of the couple's injuries given that the donuts they purchased were in tamper-proof packaging. But Hardman and Condor decided to go ahead with the scheme in order to collect a payout from Smith's Food and Drug store in a local Utah mall. more >>
U.N. human rights officials condemned a recent surge of violence against Albinos in Tanzania in connection with witchcraft beliefs and practices.
"I strongly condemn these vicious killings and attacks, which were committed in particularly horrifying circumstances, and which have involved dismembering people, including children, while they are still alive," said Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to Reuters.
Albinos, who are people born with a congenital disorder caused by the absence of pigment in the skin, have traditionally suffered great hardships in Africa. They have been subject to grotesque crimes, such as having their limbs chopped off by practitioners of indigenous religions. more >>