A 400 pound asthmatic father of six died Thursday after an NYPD officer locked him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against a sidewalk in Staten Island, New York, according to witnesses, after he tried to break up a fight.
A nearly 3-minute video of the encounter posted on YouTube, shows the father, identified as 43-year-old Eric Warner by the New York Daily News, screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," repeatedly before falling silent as cops swarmed him when he refused to be handcuffed after expressing surprise that the officers were harassing him for trying to break up a fight.
He also told an officer on the scene "… every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today," as community members watched the encounter unfold. more >>
Police in Mesa, Arizona say they are currently searching for a man suspected of being responsible for six Bible arson fires in the area.
In each of the instances, a suspect has set fire to an entire Bible or pieces of paper outside the door of one of six local churches. Local clergy members have been alerted of the crime and have been advised to take security precautions, as minor damage has been made to one of the church doors. Churches are being advised to confirm their security systems are working at their church.
Sgt. Diana Williams, a spokeswoman for the Mesa Police Department, told The Republic that police are describing the matter as bias crimes, since the arsonist appears to be intentionally targeting churches. "It is being looked at as a bias crime because of the place and the manner where it is taking place,'' the spokeswoman said. "It's a message of some sort, but it's hard to tell what it is." more >>
A Florida pastor was arrested earlier this week on charges that he raped at least one of the women who stayed at a shelter he ran for the homeless population.
Pedro Custodio，44, was arrested Monday following allegations from three women who accused the leader of sexually battering them.
Since being arrested, Custodio has admitted to having sexual relations with the women at Our Father's House of Refugee Ministries, which is located in the city of Eustis. However, he has denied charges that it was not consensual, including allegations from one woman who accused him of asking her to help him move boxes before locking the door and raping her. more >>
A Florida-based Christian school teacher and former youth pastor has been accused of possessing and producing child pornography.
Matthew Graziotti, 42, was arrested Monday by FBI agents following their alleged discovery of child porn on his laptop, reported the Orlando Sentinel, according to a criminal complaint filed in Orlando federal court.
Following his arrest, Warner Christian Academy, where Graziotti has taught fifth grade, announced it would suspending the teacher without pay. Graziotti has also driven the school bus on several occasions and is a summer camp director. more >>
Complete strangers and well-wishers have donated more than $300,000 to help 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, the sole survivor of the brutal execution-style massacre carried out by her ex-uncle at her family's Texas home last Wednesday, which left her mother, father and four younger siblings dead.
Tuesday evening, a gofundme campaign established on behalf of Cassidy and the Stay family had already raised more than $311,000 of their $350,000 goal in just five days.
"This past week we have been shocked and deeply saddened with the senseless taking of the lives of Stephen and Katie Stay and four of their precious children, Bryan, Emily, Rebecca and Zachary," noted a message from the campaign's organizer, Jody Dellinger. more >>
A Miami police officer has been suspended with pay after he unknowingly stopped a superior officer for speeding, and then ended up in a tense scuffle with him after his superior allegedly refused to provide his driver's license, told him to "get back in his car, and attacked him as he tried to do his job last month.
A leaked copy of a video of the incident recorded by the officer, Marcel Jackson, using his personal GoPro camera and made public in a report by Al Crespo, has now become a damning piece of evidence in favor of Officer Jackson who worried shortly after the incident that he could suffer untold repercussions for simply trying to do his job. He was consoled in one clip of the recording, however, that there were several witnesses to what happened and expressed that it was God's way of getting back at the "nasty" Lieutenant to ensure any investigation of the incident would not simply be a case of the superior officer's word against his.
The clip of the traffic stop shows Officer Jackson pulling over a silver Chevy for speeding. He is then shown walking up to the driver's window where there is an inaudible exchange and brief waiting period until suddenly the driver appears to leap from his car and officer Jackson is shown grabbing the driver and wrestling him to the ground. Other officers are shown arriving at the scene during the scuffle and after a tense exchange with the man on the ground, the officers quickly realize that the speeding driver is Lieutenant David Ramras, assigned to Internal Affairs. more >>