As protests continue in Berkeley, California, reports of police action and possible offenses have come to light. One of those allegedly injured by police includes intern minister Cindy Pincus, who showed she had a split head after being hit by a police baton.
"The police began walking forward and in 2-3 seconds were pressed up against us with their batons held parallel between them and us," Pincus told the Berkeley Side. "I shouted, 'Be calm, be calm, we're peaceful!' And they kept walking forward. I looked to the left and a police officer had begun jabbing a protestor with the end of his baton. I turned around to retreat and passed a woman who had fallen and was being trampled. I bent down to pick her up under one armpit while another woman grabbed her other arm."
"As we were lifting her backwards I saw an officer raise his baton over my shoulder and was struck on the back of the head as I was bent forward. My vision momentarily blacked out and I saw stars. I put my hand to the back of my head and started running. I felt a welt rise immediately and blood ran down my neck and covered my hand," Pincus added. more >>
In what activists are claiming is a clear use of excessive police force and a violation of civil liberty, an eighth grader at a Texas middle school was arrested and slammed face-first in the ground by a police officer during a school football game after the student refused to remove his spiritually beloved rosary beads from his neck.
Jacob Herrera, an eighth grade student at Sam Houston Middle School in in Amarillo, Texas, was arrested and detained overnight by local police in late October after he argued with an officer over his right to wear rosary beads on school grounds. The rosary was given to him by his now-deceased brother and has religious and sentimental value to him.
While the Amarillo Police Department holds that rosary beads are symbolism for association with gang violence and asks that students in the Amarillo Independent School District not wear them on school property, Herrera had acquired prior approval from the school's principal that allowed him to wear rosary beads underneath his clothing while in school. more >>
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor who've challenged the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that they cover birth control and abortifacients for their employees.
After arguments were heard by the Denver, Colorado-based 10th Circuit on Monday, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, said she and her order "are not seeking special privileges."
"The government exempts huge corporations, small businesses, and other religious ministries from what they are imposing on us — we are simply asking to carry on our mission to serve the elderly poor as we have always done for 175 years," Maguire said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
A formerly beloved Pakistani pop singer-turned-Islamic televangelist, Junaid Jamshed, is now in hiding in London and has no plans to return to his home country after being accused of blasphemy for allegedly insulting one of the wives of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a video sermon that has gone viral on the Internet.
Jamshed, who was the frontman for a prominent Pakistani pop band called Vital Signs before quitting music in 2001 to dedicate his life to Islam by joining the conservative Islamic movement Tableeghi Jamaat, is now the focus of a serious local police investigation over his alleged blasphemous remarks.
The investigation, which formally began last Tuesday, was spawned after an opposing Muslim party, the Pakistani Sunni Tehreek, issued a formal complaint to authorities about the content of one of Jamshed's video preaching sessions, which was later posted online. more >>
Several members of the NFL and other national sports organizations have shown their support for Eric Garner and others killed by police in very public ways.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush and Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi both warmed up for Sunday's game wearing shirts that stated, "I can't breathe." St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Davin Joseph wrote the message on his cleats. Rams receiver Kenny Britt wrote the names of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and more on his own cleats. All wanted to show their support for Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who died from a chokehold by a member of the NYPD.
The United States seemingly erupted after a video of the incident was posted online and a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer responsible for putting Garner in the fatal, illegal chokehold. However, one week before that grand jury rendered its decision, five Rams players took to the field with their hands raised in the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" position, showing support for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson, Missouri officer Darren Wilson. more >>
Singer John Legend and wife, model Chrissy Teigen offered support to protesters in New York City by providing food for them on Sunday.
The couple did not take credit for hiring two food trucks to feed those who marched in protest of the Eric Garner decision but tweeted out the necessary information to over 500,000 followers. The initial tweet came from @ophelporhush, who used the hashtags #FergusontoNYC #NYC2Ferguson; Teigen retweeted it, encouraging followers to take advantage of a free meal while protesting.
Legend and Teigen have not been vocal about the non-indictments of officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner but have seemingly shown support for protests in other ways. Legend worked with rapper Common on a hit song, "Glory," which is prominently featured in the upcoming film, "Selma," which tells the story of the civil rights campaign in 1965. more >>