This column was co-authored by Rob Schwarzwalder.
The rioting in Baltimore is disturbing to all Americans, as the unresolved cause of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody should be, as well.
It is right that political and religious leaders, community groups, business organizations, and law enforcement officials are commenting about all the causes and effects of the riots. But one thing seems missing from the discussion, a factor whose omission is unacceptable. It's called fatherhood. more >>
Paraguay's Health Minister Antonio Barrios has said that an impregnated 10-year-old girl will not be granted the abortion her mother is seeking, despite pressure from human rights groups to allow the procedure in this case. A leading Catholic clergyman has meanwhile said that the controversial case is "dividing the country in two."
"The pregnancy will not be interrupted," Barrios affirmed, according to AFP. "We've already completely ruled out abortion."
The girl's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially brought the girl to a public health clinic back in April, believing she had a tumor, but the clinic affirmed that the girl is six months pregnant. The mother has been charged by authorities as an accomplice in her daughter's rape, and has been placed under arrest. more >>
On May 1, Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers, including two black male officers and one female black officer, with 28 various charges, including murder and manslaughter over the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Caesar Goodsoon, the black driver of the van Gray rode in, was charged by the 35-year-old state's attorney for Baltimore City with the most serious offense, "second-degree depraved heart murder," which means indifference to human life. Baltimore is 64 percent black, and almost half of the Baltimore Police department is black.
The officers are accused of arresting and roughing up Gray, who is black, for no good reason, then neglecting his request for medical care as they took him to the police station. The officers arrested him because they believed he had a switchblade, which is illegal under Maryland law. Mosby declared that he did not have a switchblade, claiming there was no probable cause to arrest him. Mosby said while he was being transported in the back of the police van without a seatbelt on, he suffered a neck and back injury. He died a week later of the injuries. One of the officers charged, Garrett Miller, has said that Gray was arrested "without force or incident."
Mosby announced the charges a mere 12 days after Gray's death, only one day after receiving the results of the police internal investigation and almost immediately after receiving the medical examiner's report. In contrast, a grand jury returned a decision of no indictment against Officer Darren Wilson more than three months later after his death. more >>
It was no surprise that new Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Department of Justice will launch a civil rights investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. This is the second investigation that has been authorized in the wake of the riots that broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. The other investigation is looking into potential violations of Gray's civil rights.
The investigation will examine whether the police department engaged in excessive force or any other discriminatory policies. It follows Lynch's visit to Baltimore earlier in the week in which she promised city leaders that she would do "all she could" to help the city heal.
Lynch's authorization is similar to what her predecessor, Eric Holder, did 20 times, including the investigations following civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. In her confirmation hearings, Lynch promised to continue the policies of Holder, so she is certainly following through on her promises. more >>
A fan of Chris Brown reportedly broke into his home Thursday and vandalized his property, but the rapper who just finished serving six years probation for physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend said he chose to pray for the woman he found naked in his bed after she allegedly trashed the belongings of his daughter and dog.
Brown, the 26-year-old R&B star, returned to his Los Angeles home Thursday where he found the words "I love you" plastered on a wall and the hinges removed from the doors where Amira Ayeb, 21, entered and reportedly left her mark. The singer gave an account of the events that took place on his Instagram page, while posting a photograph of Ayeb.
"I get home and find this crazy individual in my house. She had broken the hinges off the doors," Brown wrote in a post that has since been removed. "She found time to cook several meals. She wrote 'I love you' on the walls." more >>
Already facing eight felony counts of sexual assault of two young girls in Texas, disgraced ex-pastor and founder of the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Richmond, Virginia, Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, is alleged to have engaged in much more abuse of his young parishioners than previously reported, including paying for abortions and passing on a sexually transmitted disease.
A WRIC report noted Monday that the state of Texas is trying to introduce the new information about these alleged crimes and wrong-doing in the trial against the former megachurch pastor expected to get underway next month.
"In one case, it's alleged he (Aguilar) paid for a parishioner to have an abortion and be moved to Michigan. The court documents also state that he allegedly passed on a sexually transmitted disease during affairs with church members," said the report. more >>