Dash Cam Footage Of Officer Killing Pedestrian And Refusing CPR Has Been ‘Lost’

ecpecpA few days ago, I posted the story of a speeding officer who struck and killed a pedestrian. In addition to not having his emergency lights and sirens on, witnesses say the officer refused to perform CPR on the dying man.

It wasn’t until minutes later, that another officer arrived on scene and tried to save the man. 22-year-old Christopher Deshon Kimble Jr. died from his injuries, and possibly due to the willful neglect of a person that had sworn to ‘protect and serve’.

The police department claims the officer was ‘in shock’, but witnesses saw the officer ignoring the dying man so that he could check out the damage done to his patrol car.

Now, East Cleveland Police Commander Scott Gardner is claiming the dash cam footage of the accident is ‘lost’.

“We aren’t certain if it was caused by the accident, or when it occurred.  There are issues with it.”

Police are still refusing to identify the officer involved, but do say that he is on ‘paid suspension’.

Since the beginning of this incident, there have been major inconsistencies with what the officer claimed took place and what witnesses said. For example, the unnamed officer claimed to have his lights and siren on. However, multiple witnesses state the officer never had them on.

The officer claimed to have been enroute to an emergency. However, East Cleveland community activist Gerald Strothers stated that he was listening to the police scanner and the officer was not going to any type of emergency. The only thing that the officer said initially, according to Strothers, was ‘man down’.

Now that several media outlets have requested the dash cam footage of the accident, the footage has mysteriously disappeared because of an even more mysterious circumstance. Supposedly, the officer was also wearing a body cam. When asked about releasing that footage, the police department said they no longer have possession of the video, claiming it was turned over to the State Police.

Why Have Police Refused To Name The Officer?

I have to wonder, why haven’t police officials released the name of the officer involved in the accident. Are they hiding something? When doing background research for this article, I decided to dig into the background of the only officer who has been mentioned by name thus far – Commander Scott Gardner.  It seems Commander Gardner is no stranger to illegal activities.

  • In 2013, Scott Gardner was indicted on charges of fourth-degree felony trafficking in tobacco products to avoid taxation, selling tobacco products without a license, third-degree felony tampering with records and fifth-degree felony forgery. Prosecutors said inspectors with the Ohio Department of Taxation discovered that the tobacco license at Gardner’s shop had been altered to make it appear it was current.  Commander Gardner was also charged with failing to pay state taxes on tobacco products he sold.
  • Also in 2013, Commander Gardner was indicted (again) by a grand jury on felony and misdemeanor charges that allege his business failed to collect sales tax and file sale tax returns. They also say he filed a fraudulent tax return in 2012 that didn’t report more than $22,000 in income. These charges stemmed from Commander Gardner’s personal security business called CPACS.

Again, one has to wonder why police are refusing to name the officer involved. Are they hiding his identity because of past illegal actions, like those of his commander? Lastly, if Scott Gardner’s name sounds familiar, he was the detective in charge of investigating 13 of his officers who fired 100+ bullets into the bodies of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Somehow, I seriously doubt the police will find any wrongdoing with the police investigate themselves.

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Man Alleges He Was Arrested On Felony Drug Charges As Retribution For Lawsuit

Leo DuchnowskiLeo DuchnowskiLawyers for a New York man arrested Monday on felony drug charges say police are retaliating against their client for filing a $30 million lawsuit against Nassau County and six police officers back in August that claimed he was unnecessarily shot and beaten during a Bayville traffic stop.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, said Leo Duchnowski was pulled over by officers from the Nassau County Bureau of Special Operations’ Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team engaged in a drug investigation on July 1, 2013, at around 10 p.m..

Duchnowski, who is now 24, was on parole for drug-related offenses at the time and would latter plead guilty to fifth-degree criminal sales of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and second-degree reckless endangerment as a result of the stop. He served 12 months in jail.

The lawsuit alleged however that during the incident, the officers involved used “unnecessary, unreasonable, excessive and deadly force” by shooting Duchnowski in the back and then beating him, before “conspir[ing] to deprive” him of “needed medical care and fabricated and disseminated false accounts regarding the unjustified use of deadly force.”

The suit said the officers were in unmarked cars when they pulled Duchnowski over and Officer Jason Collins “fired several rounds” into the mans black Hyundai Elantra as he was trying to pull away.

“Just because somebody has drugs on him, doesn’t mean they can shoot him in the back, unarmed and driving away from the police,” Duchnowski’s lawyer, Christopher Cassar said. “It’s our position that these officers have to be held accountable. This is a nonviolent offense that they escalated to the next level.”

The lawsuit says that Duchnowski’s “legs immediately became paralyzed” as a result of his wounds and the officers “forcibly removed” him from his car and beat him.

Nassau police have offered few comments on the lawsuit, but at the time of the incident Collins said he fired weapon because he was “in fear for his life” after being knocked to the ground by Duchnowski’s car.

Duchnowski denies that claim and attorneys say ballistics evidence shows the officer “was standing up while he fired th[e] gun” and that there are “no medical records that support he was injured.”

On Tuesday, Duchnowski was arraigned for the charges he received Monday: criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of marijuana.

It appears police were responding to a home invasion and shooting at a residence Duchnowski shares with his brother – who was shot during the incident. As of Wednesday, that man was listed in stable condition.

Police reportedly searched the residence and found “92 grams of concentrated cannabis, 2.9 pounds of marijuana, and 809 [Xanax] pills” in a bedroom closet.

Cassar said Wednesday that the new charges were retribution against Duchnowski for the August litigation.

“There was a home invasion. The brother was there; Leo was not,” Cassar said. “However, [police] did do an investigation. I guess they got a search warrant, and they found drugs in a safe, and the police are now claiming that those drugs are Leo’s. He denies that.”

Police have not commented on the retribution allegations but Nassau Police Benevolent Association president James Carver said Wednesday that he thinks “the arrest of [Duchnowski] with the drugs speaks volumes to what his credibility is.”



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Officer Charged With 36 Counts Of Rape Wants City To Pay For His Defense

Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw is charged with 36 counts of rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, and forcible oral sodomy. His assaults came to the attention of the police department after several women came forward, claiming the officer had sexually assaulted them. (Read the original article by Pete Eyre Here). As of the date of this article, a total of eight women have came forward with claims against Officer Holtzclaw.

He is accused of stopping women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on duty in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors say that Officer Holtzclaw raped two women and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, and police said there may be more victims. According to the arrest report, Holtzclaw told the women that if they didn’t comply with his wishes, they would be arrested or physically harmed.

One of his victims has filed a civil lawsuit against Officer Holtzclaw and the city. His attorney formally asked the city to pay for his legal defense with taxpayer money. It’s estimated that his legal defense could ultimately cost the city tens-of-thousands of dollars, if not more.

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Officer Holtzclaw’s family made the news recently after their Go Fund Me page was taken down after raising almost $8,000 of the $500,000 bond. According to the Go Fund Me terms of service, “Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts” are not allowed.

Besides asking the city to foot his legal defense fund, the family has started a Facebook page, begging the public to donate money.  (I would urge all CopBlock supporters to visit the Facebook page and leave comments). In contrast, a Facebook page has also been setup to support Holtzclaw’s victims.

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw was fired from the department in January of this year. The maximum charge in Oklahoma for one count of first-degree rape alone is life in prison.

Though I shouldn’t be shocked, the city is considering Holtzclaw’s request for the taxpayers to foot the bill. Please contact the elected officials and let them know that you do NOT want our money going to support this ‘alleged rapist’.

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Drunk Cop Crashes Into Car, Punches Victim and Threatens to Shoot Witnesses Who Rendered Aid: Report


He was the president of the department’s Police Officers Association, had spent twenty odd years with the police force, and was a cop at one of the largest school districts in the country – it would not be wrong to expect this man to display model civic sense.

However, Clark County School District police officer Anthony Russo – who has been with the department since February 1994 – was recently arrested on at least six counts following a car crash.

On September 5 the cop was off duty and was driving his white SUV at a speed of 60 mph on the 215 Sunset Beltway when he ran a red light at the intersection of Sunset Road. He crashed into a Hyundai.

Following this he walked over to the other car and punched his victim in the face several times, reports say.

Confused witnesses say the situation got even more complicated when he decided to attack another motorist who had pulled over to help the person in the Hyundai.

Next, the allegedly drunk policeman lifted his shirt to show his handgun which was still holstered.

He then proceeded to draw his gun and apparently pointed it at everyone present.

Another onlooker stood between Russo and the person who had volunteered to help as the enraged cop walked away towards his car.

Highway patrol arrived at the scene shortly after the incident; he declined to take any sobriety tests.

Russo faces a number of misdemeanor charges.

These include driving while intoxicated and well over the legal limit, carrying a deadly weapon while under the influence of alcohol, using a lethal weapon in a threatening manner, two counts of battery and failure to obey the traffic lights.

The community is questioning how a police officer charged with taking care of students could behave in such an irresponsible manner.

Following his arrest he was sent to the Clark County detention Centre and is currently suspended without pay.

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Steve-O Sentenced to Jail for Raising Awareness to Dismal Reality of SeaWorld’s Animal Abuse

Hollywood, CA — Sentenced to 30 days in jail on Wednesday, “Jackass” star Steve-O will allow the government to temporarily imprison him in order to raise awareness for orcas held in permanent captivity at SeaWorld. Although Steve-O risked his life by climbing a 100ft crane in Hollywood, he has also been ordered to reimburse the city nearly $14,000 for its extreme overreaction to his animal cruelty protest.

Wearing his “Blackfish” t-shirt, Stephen “Steve-O” Glover livestreamed a video of himself entering an empty construction site and climbing a 100ft crane on August 9. In an attempt to end animal abuse, Steve-O filmed himself reaching the top of the crane and inflating a large killer whale balloon with the words “SeaWorld Sucks” written on it. He also lit fireworks as numerous emergency response crews coagulated beneath him.

At least 80 firefighters, five ambulances, a helicopter, and a myriad of cops responded to Steve-O’s animal rights protest. Instead of justifying the need for that many first responders, the city ordered the celebrity to pay nearly $14,000 at his sentencing on Wednesday to reimburse the overreaction of emergency crews. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail and 3 years of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor trespassing and illegal use of fireworks.

After his sentencing, Steve-O wrote on Instagram: “Considering I’ve become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I’m ready to go to jail– not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it’s nice to let people know I haven’t lost my edge. What can I say, I’m a jackass. My whole crane-climbing, fireworks debacle really turned out to be pretty meaningful in the end, too. I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!”

In the wild, killer whales swim up to 100 miles a day and live in appropriate climates for their species. Each group speaks their own unique dialect and stays with family members for life. Not a single report exists of a person being killed by an orca in the wild.

In captivity, killer whales live shortened life spans and have caused the deaths of at least four people. SeaWorld’s orcas are often prescribed daily medications to treat chronic diseases brought on by close confinement. Exhibiting unnatural aggression and collapsed dorsal fins, some orcas have been placed on Valium to reduce their stress levels and violence against their trainers or each other. Separating killer whale mothers from their calves causes severe physical and psychological damage resulting in orcas lacerating their faces and breaking their teeth against the gates separating mothers from their children.

Due to adverse public reaction to the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” SeaWorld’s attendance, revenue, and stock prices have continued to plummet. Last year, multiple musicians, including Willie Nelson, Pat Benatar, Trace Adkins, and The Beach Boys, canceled their concerts at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa in protest against animal cruelty. After announcing that CEO James Atchison planned to step down from his post with a pay package of more than $2.4 million, SeaWorld fired 311 employees in a company-wide restructuring the next day.

Steve-O was also cited last year in San Diego for climbing a freeway sign and changing the words “SeaWorld Drive” to “SeaWorld Sucks.” He is scheduled to report to jail in December. Instead of committing an act of compassion and releasing their captive orcas, SeaWorld is considering selling them to Chinese corporations instead.



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Nowhere to Go: Domestic Violence Victims Say Police Enable the Aggressor or Don’t Believe Them


In May, The Free Thought Project reported that calling the cops in domestic disputes can be hazardous to the victim’s health. “Mandatory arrest” laws can intimidate victims from calling, can result in the victim being arrested, and have even been linked to early death in victims and greater numbers of intimate partner homicides.

A new survey conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline has provided more evidence that, in many cases, the police provide no help to victims of domestic violence and actually worsen the situation.

They interviewed 637 women with experiences of partner abuse. About half had previously interacted with police, and the other half had not yet interacted with police.

The results reflect poorly on those whose mission is supposedly to protect and serve.

“Both the women who had called the police and the women who hadn’t called the police shared a strong reluctance to turning to law enforcement for help.

1 in 4 reported that they would not call the police in future

More than half said calling the police would make things worse

Two-thirds or more said they were afraid the police would not believe them or do nothing”

According to the report, this information is already common knowledge to those who work in the field of domestic violence.

“Many survivors report that law enforcement fails to investigate domestic violence cases appropriately. In some cases, the victim is threatened with arrest rather than the offender. Studies show that officers who tend to arrest survivors believe that domestic violence is justified in some situations and that women stay in abusive relationships for psychological reasons.”

Obviously, the general attitude of law enforcement is not compatible with the empathy needed to deal with domestic violence situations. Far too often, cops are conditioned for arrogance and brutality.

There are exceptions, however. Some police officers have been very helpful to victims, providing useful information, safety suggestions and referrals. Some cops provided transportation to safety or the simple but valuable response that what happened to the victim was indeed a crime.

Unfortunately, these noble officers were a small minority.

Domestic violence is a very real problem, and victims should have an outlet for help if family or friends cannot provide it. If the state wants to provide that outlet, it should not rely on their foot soldiers in blue.

Following are some quotes from some of the women interviewed during the survey. They were not only victimized by their partner, but victimized by a system of law enforcement infested with immorality.

“They sympathized with him and said he [just] needed to stay away from me. Then they pointed me in the direction of [City] and said to call someone when I got there and they left me by the side of the road alone in my car with my daughter and afraid.”

“I felt the police were buddy-buddy with my partner and ignored what I had to say and the reality of the situation. I was scared and they ignored me.”

“I am the victim and the third time neighbors called female officers came, one of them was blaming me because I went back to my abuser; I had no money, no place to go and no transportation. She also told my abuser I was crazy.”

“They believed him every time because he didn’t leave marks, but this time he did and they accused me of hitting myself in the face. Before they would tell me I need[ed] to leave, and since I had nowhere else to go, I should sleep in my car. He had cuts on his knuckles from hitting me and they said I could be charged with assault.”

“The cops acted as if they did not care. There have been two cases here that women were killed by their husbands because they did not do their jobs. They sat in the drive while my ex poured gas all over my decks to my home and took what he wanted. Even though I had an OP and told them he could not enter the home.”



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It’s Official: Drug Testing Welfare Applicants FAILS by Costing More than Twice What is Saves


In an ostensible attempt to combat the increasing welfare state in America, the conservatives moved to begin drug testing applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program was hailed by the right as the be all end all to those “lazy welfare recipients sitting at home and smoking their drugs all day. ”

Advocates of the legislation claim that they will save money by getting those “evil drug users off of the government teet, thereby reducing the expense of the welfare system. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Taxpayers should most assuredly not be shelling out money for people to sit at home and “smoke their drugs all day.” But is that really what happens?

The programs like TANF and Food Stamps are a kind gesture by the government to help people in need. However, like any government mandated kindness, the opportunity for abuse within the system is rife. Not only is abuse of the system common, but it is damning to those on the receiving end.

Third and fourth generation welfare recipients often find themselves trapped inside the system. If they attempt to get a job for minimum wage, they risk losing half of their income. Riding the check, has become a way of life and a trap for so many poverty-stricken people across the United States.

But do all these families on government assisted living program all just sit back and “smoke their drugs all day,” like the proponents of this legislation seem to think?

The data says “no.” In fact, the data shows that drug testing applicants to TANF costs taxpayers far more than the perceived benefits sought out in the first place.

According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress,

the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent.

The most recent state to show the abject failure of mixing the War on Drugs with the Welfare State is Tennessee. After spending copious amounts of taxpayer dollars to catch TANF recipients in their ploy to use drugs while receiving aid to feed their children, they uncovered drug use in less the 0.2 percent of all applicants.

According to Think Progress:

The state implemented the testing regime in the summer of 2014, adding three questions about narcotics use to the application form for aid. Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the three drug questions must take a urine test or have their application thrown away immediately. Anyone who fails a urine test must complete drug treatment and pass a second test, or have their benefits cut off for six months.

In total, just 1.6 percent of the 28,559 people who applied for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits in the first year of testing answered one of the three screening questions positively. Out of the 468 people who peed in a state-funded cup, 11.7 percent flunked the test.

With 55 people testing positive for drugs out of an applicant pool of nearly 30,000, Tennessee’s testing system uncovered that a whopping 0.19 percent of those who applied for aid were drug users. Ultimately, 32 applicants were denied benefits for failing to complete the state’s mandatory drug rehab process for those who test positive.

That means a total of 32 Tennessee families were ultimately denied an average of $161 a month in benefits in accordance with the new law.

Now for the epic dose of statist logic: If there were no other costs associated with implementing this legislation, meaning if they paid for the cost of the actual drug test items only, the program cost more than double what it saved.

However, the costs are far more than just the drug test items. The state does not take into account the cost of staff to conduct the testing, the paperwork, the cost to notify the people or any of the other external costs of looking into people’s urine for evil traces of drugs.

What the Tennessee program, and all the other states with similar programs exhibit is the ill-conceived and half-cocked plans of the state wreaking havoc on the tax-payer.



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Russia Exposes U.S. Support for Syrian Terrorists with One Epic Tweet


Russia is no angel when it comes to their worldly affairs and the rights of its citizens, but at least they aren’t drone bombing children, invading countries and overthrowing their democratically elected leaders, arming terrorists, or pursuing a foreign policy that is likely to end in a nuclear holocaust — like the United States.

However, in one epic tweet by the Russian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, they were able to expose the convoluted game being played by the United States in Syria. The U.S. has no legitimate standing under international law to be militarily assisting an armed revolution against a state’s elected leader. The arming of so-called “moderate rebel” groups, which are fighting against the sovereign government of Syria, reveals an imperialistic drive by the U.S. across the globe.

In this strategic geopolitical game, “moderate rebels” are simply the name given to the U.S. backed insurgents who fight side by side with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The end goal of U.S. strategy has obviously become more important than the means used to achieve those goals.

An example of the ends justifying the means is revealed in former key US men in Syria, “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) Col. Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, who operated mostly in the Greater Aleppo area. He was open about his daily communication and collaboration with extremist jihadists from the “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS) and al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

He refers to their fighters as brothers. In video footage after the rebel capture of Menagh military airbase, he even appeared standing next to an Egyptian jihadist from ISIS, Abu Jandal, while thanking him and his group for their contributions. The U.S. is known to have funneled military aid to al-Okaidi and others in the FSA throughout the last couple of years.

The “War on Terror” rhetoric the U.S. government engages in is simply a propaganda war. In truth, the “Free Syrian Army” was from the beginning simply a brand created by Western and Gulf governments. Col. Okaidi and men like him were marketed as the “face” of the Syrian opposition, but in reality were nothing but conduits of covert financial and military support for more effective fighting forces like ISIS and al-Nusra Front.

Support for terrorist groups is actually a focal point of U.S. foreign policy, which has historically been utilized by the U.S. as a means of destabilizing chosen states across the globe, with the intent of regime change.

Like most U.S. related/sponsored terror, the origins of ISIS, which are directly attributable to the United States, have rarely been reported on truthfully by American media. In this insightful video below, Ben Swann’s Truth in Media takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by “inaction” by the United States government or by “direct” action.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and maany other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu



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Were they Ready for Weed, Or What? Oregon Pot Sales Set Historic Record in First Legal Week


After finally legalizing recreational marijuana last week, Oregon dispensaries have accrued an estimated $11 million in sales. Instead of succumbing to procrustean federal law, Oregon has decided to legalize the medicinal plant and begin taxing recreational marijuana sales next year in order to help fund schools, mental health programs, and state police.

On October 1, Oregon legalized the sale of limited amounts of recreational marijuana even though the federal government still considers the drug illegal. Within the past week, adults 21 and over have been violating federal law by purchasing marijuana at medical dispensaries. Although the federal government considers marijuana a treacherous gateway drug, the American Cancer Society believes that classifying marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance only hinders vital research.

According to the Oregon Retail Cannabis Association, members statewide estimated collecting $3.5 million in sales on the first day of legalizing recreational marijuana. Within one week of sales, Oregon has made more than twice as much as Colorado, which sold $5 million in its first week of legalizing recreational marijuana. In its first month, Washington sold $2 million.

“It’s exciting,” a customer named Peter told KGW. “It’s just really weird, it feels like it’s not even really happening to be honest, it’s really bizarre.”

According to a report last year in the American Journal of Public Health, suicide rates in males between the ages of 20 and 39 are reduced in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cannabis has been studied in the clinic and found that it may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer therapies. Cannabis has also been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.

Recreational marijuana sales in Oregon remain tax-free until the end of the year. In January, a 25% tax will be added on in order to help fund schools, mental health programs, and state police within the cities and counties permitting recreational sales.

On Wednesday, the Michigan House approved the legalization of medical marijuana in a 95-11 vote. As House Bill 4209 heads to the Senate, the federal government will soon face the majority of states fighting to legalize a medicinal plant. Will we become witness to the end of the second Prohibition or will the insanity of Reefer Madness continue unabated?



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Facebook’s ‘Like’ button set to get more emotive

(Reuters) – Facebook’s <FB.O> trademark “Like” button is set to get more expressive.

The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of “Reactions”, which will allow users to express a range of emotions including love, happiness, anger and sadness.

In a video accompanying a Facebook post by the company’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, the “Reactions” buttons appear as animated emoticons and pop up when the “Like” button is long-pressed. (http://on.fb.me/1LBnXIG)

The company said it would start the pilot in Ireland and Spain on iOS, Android and desktops.

The feedback from the pilot test will be used to improve the feature and the company hopes “to roll it out to everyone soon,” Cox wrote in the post.

(Reporting By Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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