Baby boy mauled to death by family dog in Bad Koenig, Germany

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A seven-month-old baby has been savaged to death by his family’s Staffordshire-cross dog.

The infant received huge bite wounds on his head at his home in Bad Koenig near Frankfurt.

His 23-year-old father raced him to hospital where he died hours after the Monday evening attack.

The child is the third person to die following a dangerous dog attack in Germany in the past few days.

On April 3 a Staffordshire dog called Chico killed a wheelchair-bound woman and her son at their flat in Hanover.

The bodies of the woman, 52, and her son, 27, were found in their home by the young man’s sister.

The sister alerted police after peering through a window of the flat to see her brother dead on a sofa. She told them to beware of the ‘fighting dog’ inside.

The dog was caught in a noose before officers entered the apartment to find the victims with their throats ripped out. Media reports spoke of a ‘bloodbath’ in the flat.

In recent years Germany significantly tightened laws governing ownership of dangerous dogs following a number of fatal attacks on children.

Both the father and the mother, 28, of the baby killed on Monday are now under sedation for shock.

The dog was taken to a local shelter where it was described as ‘very aggressive.’

Shelter director Anja Bernd said: ‘The police brought him to us. He is in a cage and muzzled. He is a little calmer.’

Police have opened a criminal probe into what happened.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are classified as fighting breeds by many authorities and are part of the ‘pit bull’ group of breeds.

In Lower Saxony, dog owners need a certain dog handler’s licence to acquire a new animal, a measure introduced to reduce attacks by pit bull-type animals.

Before getting a dog, owners must first pass a theoretical exam and then a practical test during the first year of the ownership.

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Police Warned by Family San Bruno Shooter Would Go After YouTube, Found Her BEFORE Shooting

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San Bruno, CA — Chaos erupted in California on Tuesday as a woman, now identified as 39-year-old San Diego resident Nasim Aghdam, walked into YouTube’s headquarters and began shooting people with a handgun. Aghdam wounded three YouTube employees in her rampage before reportedly turning the gun on herself and ending her life.

According to a spokesman for the San Francisco General Hospital, a 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.

During the shooting, multiple employees inside the building were updating their family members in real-time using social media. One of those employees, Salahodeen Abdul-Kafi, a company product manager, posted on Facebook that he was OK before giving his eyewitness account.

Abdul-Kafi explained to his friends and family—incorrectly thinking Aghdam was a male—that “He had a shooting mask on, full body armor and was calmly walking and firing a handgun.” He added, “We jumped to the floor then ran as fast as we could.”

Employee Dianna Arnspiger also noted that the shooter had her face covered and was using a “big huge pistol.”

“It was a woman and she was firing her gun. And I just said, ‘Shooter,’ and everybody started running,” Ms Arnspiger said.

Zach Vorhies, 37, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said he also saw the shooter out in the courtyard where she was yelling, “Come at me, or come get me.”

Adding to the mystery surrounding the case, Aghdam was reportedly a prolific YouTuber and an animal rights activist. According to reports, Aghdam ran a website with an alleged manifesto that targets YouTube for censorship and demonetization of her video content.

She wrote on her website, nasimesabz.com, “Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!”

She goes on to quote Adolf Hitler saying, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”

The rest of her message targets YouTube and censorship. “There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos.”

As TFTP as reported, YouTube has since started cracking down on channels whose content they deem “extreme,” and, in some instances, pulling funding for the simple reason that the channel is too small. Aghdam was apparently affected by one of these. Though Aghdam’s main English channel had more than 5,000 subscribers, according to ABC 7, many of her videos appeared to be demonetized.

Her father confirmed this Tuesday when he told the Bay Area News Group that she was angry at YouTube because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform.

YouTube had “stopped everything” and “she was angry,” Ismail Aghdam said in a telephone interview with the local news agency.

According to Ismail, he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she stopped answering the phone for two days. Oddly enough, police were apparently in contact with his daughter the day of the shooting as they found her sleeping in a car around 2 am the morning of the shooting.

What’s more, Ismail reportedly warned police that his daughter may be trying to attack YouTube because she “hated” the company.

As WTOP reports, Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed officers located a woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle asleep in a Mountain View parking lot on Tuesday morning. Ms Nelson said the woman declined to answer further questions but would not be drawn on whether police were warned Aghdam might go to YouTube.

Adding even more mystery to this shooting is that even though Aghdam’s website was rife with anti-YouTube sentiment, and her father reportedly warned police about his daughter’s “hatred” of the company, law enforcement said the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute.

The Free Thought Project will keep reporting on this situation as it unfolds.

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Saudi strike in Yemen kills over a dozen members of same family

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More than a dozen civilians have been killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft carried out separate airstrikes against residential areas across Yemen as the Riyadh regime continues with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

A local medical source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Saudi warplanes targeted a refugee camp in the al-Hali district of Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah on Monday afternoon.

The source added that the aerial assault left 14 people dead and nine others injured.

The victims were all from the same family. There were seven children among the deceased.

Earlier in the day, Saudi fighter jets launched three airstrikes against an area in the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Sana’a.

There were, however, no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

“After three years of conflict, conditions in Yemen are catastrophic,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.

He added, “People’s lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes.”

Ging said cholera had infected 1.1 million people in Yemen since last April, and a new outbreak of diphtheria had occurred in the war-ravaged Arab country since 1982.

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Parents who drove family off California cliff had been reported for child abuse by neighbors

The two Washington mothers who drove off a Northern California cliff with at least three of their six adopted children in the vehicle on Monday were reportedly being investigated for child abuse before the fatal crash.

The California Highway Patrol said it recovered the bodies of partners Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both 38 years old, and three of their six adopted children, Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14.

Three of the Hart children, Hannah, 16, Sierra, 12, and 15-year-old Devonte, who was captured in a viral photo hugging a police officer during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2014, are all still missing.

Although authorities maintain that they have no evidence the couple deliberately drove their SUV off the seaside highway, they also noted that they didn’t find skid marks on the portion of the road where the vehicle went over.

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According to the Oregonian, neighbors of the Harts had recently called Child Protective Services after Devonte repeatedly showed up at their house claiming his parents were “punishing them by withholding food” and begging them for something to eat.

Neighbor Dana DeKalb told KGW that when a social worker showed up to investigate on Friday, the Harts refused to answer the door. Hours later, DeKalb claims the family disappeared.

“The next morning when we saw that the vehicle was gone, and then Sunday morning when it still wasn’t there, we figured something was off,” Bruce DeKalb, Dana’s husband, told KGW.

The DeKalbs also told the station that one of the Harts’ adopted daughters rang their doorbell at 1:30 a.m. one day last year claiming her moms were abusing her.

“She was at our door in a blanket saying we needed to protect her,” Bruce DeKalb said. “She said that they were abusing her.”

Sarah Hart had also been accused of child abuse eight years ago when her family was living in Minnesota, according to KATU

According to a criminal complaint attained by the station, the couple’s 6-year-old adopted daughter told her teacher she had “owies on her tummy,” and when the teacher lifted her shirt to check, she saw the child had scattered bruises on her stomach and back. 

Sarah told investigators at the time that she “let her anger get out of control the previous day,” admitting that she took the child into the bathroom and bent her over the edge of the bathtub, hitting her over the backside. She was given a three-month suspended jail sentence and a year of probation over the incident.

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Iowa family’s death caused by faulty water heater, investigators say

Kevin and Amy Sharp, along with their two children, were found dead in a rented condominium during a family vacation to Mexico. Investigators say a gas leak from a faulty water heater is to blame.

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Police policy: Cop pulls gun, shoots family dog in front of kids, lies about it

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A police department has determined that its officer acted within policy when he opened fire on a dog in front of two children and then proceeded to fire a stray bullet into a neighboring house.

The department has determined that Officer Traevon Williams should face no consequences for his actions and has simply recommended that he take an online course to learn how to deal with animals after he opened fire in a residential neighborhood and endangered the lives of several innocent people.

The incident occurred on March 8 when Williams was visiting a house for a follow-up investigation. The footage from his body camera shows him walking up to the front porch where two young girls are standing, and asking them if their parents are home.

One of the girls opens the front door, and as a woman can be heard yelling in the background, a dog comes running out. Williams immediately starts running back off the porch, grabs his gun out of its holster and fires two rounds in the dog’s direction.

Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn told the Chillicothe Gazette that Williams did not do anything wrong because the department’s use of force policy states that officers “can shoot at a vicious dog if there’s risk of serious harm or death to an officer or a bystander.”

“In this case, the officer felt the pit bull charging him (could potentially cause) imminent physical harm, so he shot at it,” Washburn said.

In his report, Williams claimed that “a large Pitbull” charged at him, growling, and that it was only after he retreated and the dog continued to charge at him that he opened fire.

However, the body camera footage shows that the dog was not growling, and mere seconds passed between the time the dog emerged and the time Williams opened fire, which raises questions about how much he was able to discern about the dog’s demeanor before he attempted to kill it.

It was only after Williams fired two rounds at the dog-one of which entered a neighbor’s home and damaged their front window-that it can be seen that the dog was not charging at him specifically.

In fact, as Williams stands on the street with his gun pointed at the dog, the dog stands on the sidewalk and looks around before running back to his owner when she exits the house. If he had really been intent on harming Williams, he would have continued to run towards him and would have likely been barking or growling.

“He just growled at me,” Williams told the owner.

“He won’t hurt you!” the woman responded. “He don’t bite.”

A second officer is standing near a patrol car and after watching the scene unfold, he is looking back at Williams with a giant smile on his face. If he truly believed his partner’s life was in danger, there is a good chance he would not have responded by smiling and chuckling.

Traevon Williams is incredibly lucky that his reckless actions caused minor damage to the dog and to the neighboring house, and that the two young children who were present were not injured by the gunfire.

As The Free Thought Project reported, a dog in Alliance, Ohio, met a very different fate after it was shot by Officer Josh Tenney in July 2017. Tenney’s body camera showed him beckoning a trio of dogs and calling out, “Come here puppy!” When one of the dogs did begin to run towards him, he opened fire and shot at least five rounds, killing the playful puppy and leaving its owner shocked and confused.

In both cases, police officers were caught on camera recklessly opening fire on dogs while failing to take the time to discern whether they were being playful or aggressive, and endangering the public as a result. The police departments in Ohio are responding by teaching their officers that it is legal to lie in their reports, even when video evidence proves otherwise, as long as they make the blanket claim that they feared for their lives.

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WATCH: Cop Pulls Gun, Shoots Family Dog In Front of Kids, Lies About It—’Within Dept Policy’

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Chillicothe, Ohio – A police department has determined that its officer acted within policy when he opened fire on a dog in front of two children and then proceeded to fire a stray bullet into a neighboring house.

The department has determined that Officer Traevon Williams should face no consequences for his actions and has simply recommended that he take an online course to learn how to deal with animals after he opened fire in a residential neighborhood and endangered the lives of several innocent people.

The incident occurred on March 8 when Williams was visiting a house for a follow-up investigation. The footage from his body camera shows him walking up to the front porch where two young girls are standing, and asking them if their parents are home.

One of the girls opens the front door, and as a woman can be heard yelling in the background, a dog comes running out. Williams immediately starts running back off the porch, grabs his gun out of its holster and fires two rounds in the dog’s direction.

Chillicothe Police Chief Keith Washburn told the Chillicothe Gazette that Williams did not do anything wrong because the department’s use of force policy states that officers “can shoot at a vicious dog if there’s risk of serious harm or death to an officer or a bystander.”

“In this case, the officer felt the pit bull charging him (could potentially cause) imminent physical harm, so he shot at it,” Washburn said.

In his report, Williams claimed that “a large Pitbull” charged at him, growling, and that it was only after he retreated and the dog continued to charge at him that he opened fire.

However, the body camera footage shows that the dog was not growling, and mere seconds passed between the time the dog emerged and the time Williams opened fire, which raises questions about how much he was able to discern about the dog’s demeanor before he attempted to kill it.

It was only after Williams fired two rounds at the dog—one of which entered a neighbor’s home and damaged their front window—that it can be seen that the dog was not charging at him specifically.

In fact, as Williams stands on the street with his gun pointed at the dog, the dog stands on the sidewalk and looks around before running back to his owner when she exits the house. If he had really been intent on harming Williams, he would have continued to run towards him and would have likely been barking or growling.

“He just growled at me,” Williams told the owner.

“He won’t hurt you!” the woman responded. “He don’t bite.”

A second officer is standing near a patrol car and after watching the scene unfold, he is looking back at Williams with a giant smile on his face. If he truly believed his partner’s life was in danger, there is a good chance he would not have responded by smiling and chuckling.

Traevon Williams is incredibly lucky that his reckless actions caused minor damage to the dog and to the neighboring house, and that the two young children who were present were not injured by the gunfire.

As The Free Thought Project reported, a dog in Alliance, Ohio, met a very different fate after it was shot by Officer Josh Tenney in July 2017. Tenney’s body camera showed him beckoning a trio of dogs and calling out, “Come here puppy!” When one of the dogs did begin to run towards him, he opened fire and shot at least five rounds, killing the playful puppy and leaving its owner shocked and confused.

In both cases, police officers were caught on camera recklessly opening fire on dogs while failing to take the time to discern whether they were being playful or aggressive, and endangering the public as a result. The police departments in Ohio are responding by teaching their officers that it is legal to lie in their reports, even when video evidence proves otherwise, as long as they make the blanket claim that they feared for their lives.



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