Case Reopened Into Miami Teen Who Killed Himself After Cops Shot Him Six Times in Back


At 3:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, Miami-Dade County Police Officer Luis Perez drove his squad car through the Hammocks area of West Kendall on a hot and humid morning. He passed a teenager, later identified as 16-year-old Sebastian Gregory, wearing a baggy black sweater, black pants, beanie cap, black shoes, and what Perez later claimed was a gun sticking out of the teen’s pants. Perez claimed Gregory reached for the supposed gun while he was lying on the ground, so the officer fired six rounds into the teenager’s back.

The gun turned out to be a metal baseball bat.

Gregory miraculously survived and sued MDPD in April 2013 for using excessive force and violating his civil rights. But before he could see the case to its end, he killed himself in January 2016 after struggling for years with medical problems stemming from his wounds, including a paralyzed leg.

Gregory’s father, Andres, continued to fight in court. Though Officer Perez initially succeeded in having the case killed, on November 17, Gregory’s family won a judgment against the cop and the police department in a federal appellate court and succeeded in reopening the case, which will now proceed with a full trial.

The judge in the case suggested police will have tough questions to answer about why Perez shot an unarmed teen so many times as he lay on the ground.

“This case involves not just any battery — such as punching, kicking, or beating — but an egregious, aggravated battery of shooting Gregory with a firearm in the back,” federal circuit Judge Frank Hull wrote. “Under Gregory’s pled facts, there is not even a pretense of a lawful right to shoot Gregory in the performance of Officer Perez’s duties.”

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“All I See is Pain”: Boy Kills Himself to Stop Hurting After a Cop Shot Him 6 Times in the Back

Miami, FL — A Miami teenager who was shot six times by police, committed suicide in 2016 after suffering from years of pain. The judge in Sebastian Gregory’s civil case just ruled in favor of the teen, posthumously, and the case into the intentional shooting by a Miami police officer will now be reopened.

Gregory was just 16 years old when Miami-Dade County Police Officer Luis Perez made contact with him in the early morning hours of May 28, 2012. Perez ordered the teenager to get onto the ground, face down—an order with which Gregory did comply.

Perez claimed he believed the teenager had a gun and was reaching for it, so he decided to kill Gregory by shooting him in the back six times. The ‘gun’ turned out to be a baseball bat.

However, Gregory did not die, and Perez was not charged with attempted murder. However, his actions that night would eventually lead to the death of Gregory. Instead of dying instantly in the hail of gunfire, Gregory died a slow death of pain and depression. One of his legs was paralyzed, and he felt constant pain as a result of the shooting.

The Miami New Times described Gregory’s pain and suffering:

…although doctors feared Gregory would never walk again, he did eventually regain the use of one leg and was able to move around using a walker. But one leg remained paralyzed. He also told the TV station he became sexually impotent and said he also missed walking his dogs to the park and playing sports with his friends. His mother, Amalia, told NBC that her son was depressed and had trouble getting out of bed. After fighting multiple rounds of court appeals, Gregory killed himself January 16, 2016.

Judge Frank Hull announced a judgment in the case, awarding Gregory’s family with an undisclosed amount of money. Potentially of more interest to the family were Hull’s comments about the shooting.

This case involves not just any battery — such as punching, kicking, or beating — but an egregious, aggravated battery of shooting Gregory with a firearm in the back.

Hull also claimed that Officer Perez had no legal basis for shooting the child in the back. “Under Gregory’s pled facts, there is not even a pretense of a lawful right to shoot Gregory in the performance of Officer Perez’s duties,” Hull wrote.

He stated that by shooting Gregory in the back, Perez violated the young boy’s constitutionally protected Fourth Amendment rights.

…shooting a non-resisting suspect who has done nothing threatening and thus posed no immediate danger violates the Fourth Amendment right to be free from the use of excessive force…InsteaD, Gregory Wobbled.

The teenager testified earlier that the baseball bat was causing him discomfort, and he moved to readjust the bat. It should also be noted that Officer Perez had a previous interaction with the teenager, having arrested him on another occasion for being in possession of the same baseball bat, as well as a knife. On the near-deadly encounter, however, he claimed he believed the teen to be in possession of a firearm.

Hull’s comments now call into question Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s decision to clear the officer of any wrongdoing in 2014. In fact, she has cleared every officer of wrongdoing, who has been involved in an officer-involved shooting, since 1993 when she took office as the State’s Attorney. The appellate judge’s comments now serve as a reminder that the State’s Attorney is also supposed to arrest and try police officers when their actions are found to be criminal.

The judgment and reopening of the case against their son’s killer will do nothing to get Gregory back. Andres Gregory, the boy’s father, is extremely upset that Perez has kept his job as a police officer. He said:

He shot a kid…My son was 16 years old, and [Perez is] in the street like nothing happened. I’m afraid for the other kids on the street and what could happen to them.

The boy’s stick figure drawing and written description tell the horrifying tale of his life after encountering one of Miami’s finest. “This was me when I was 16,” Gregory wrote. “All I see is pain. All I feel is loneliness.”


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WATCH: Man Tries to Pay $10 Fine in Pennies, So Cops Beat Him Until He Defecated Himself

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Royal Oaks, MI – A young man was recently attacked by court officers after attempting to pay a parking fee of $10. After the court refused to accept his payment they allegedly asked him to leave, and on security camera footage you can see him turn to walk away just before he is attacked. The video shows the guards grabbing him and choking him out, then slamming him to the ground. The attack knocked the man unconscious, and when he awoke moments later he had found that he soiled himself.

To add insult to injury, the victim, Anthony Sevy, was then charged with Disturbing the Peace and assault, and while the assault charge was dropped, he was forced to plead no contest to the other charge, fearing that it would be his only chance of escaping a 2 year prison sentence for assaulting a court officer.

Now, Sevy plans on filing a lawsuit against Royal Oak and the guards involved.

“He wasn’t happy about [the fee] so, in symbolic protest, he brought back penny rolls to pay for his ticket. The clerk wasn’t too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls. As he was leaving the courthouse with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself,” his attorney Jonathan Marco said.

“I don’t think anyone paying in penny rolls, whether it’s a preferred thing to do for a court clerk, warrants this type of this assaultive behavior and violation of constitutional rights. I think the more profound and long-lasting injury is the psychological injuries he’s suffering as a result of this. He’s supposed to be in a safe place. I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” Marco added.

It was not just the $10 or the principle of the parking ticket that had Sevy mad enough to go to the courthouse with pennies, it was also the fact that he would have been charged $1.75 to pay the fee online with a credit card, essentially tacking another 20% onto his fee.

Royal Oaks is fairly notorious for their predatory revenue collection schemes in regards to parking fees and fines. Back in 2012, there was a huge local debate when Royal Oaks took advantage of a new state law that allowed them to revoke the driver’s license of anyone with 3 or more unpaid parking tickets. It was widely reported that this change could bring in nearly a million dollars in additional revenue each year. Prior to that, the city issued roughly 100,000 tickets each year, raking in millions.

“Our downtown parking system does generate about $2.15 million in revenue per year for the general fund; in turn, about 70 percent of that fund pays for police and fire, including paramedics. If you want to avoid getting a ticket, then just check out the map on the city website and park in one of our three structures for a flat fee,” City Commissioner Jim Rasor told The Patch at the time of the controversy.

Over the years it has become a popular form of peaceful protest to walk into a courthouse and pay a ridiculous fee in pennies. However, as the trend has become more popular, frustrated authoritarians have begun using the only tool they know or understand, violence. Earlier this year, police were called on a veteran attempting to pay a ticket in pennies.

As The Free Thought Project has stated before, “police need you to break traffic laws” because writing tickets and receiving funds from doing so is a considerable revenue generator for police departments. It’s how police states maintain their control over the citizenry.

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‘I Don’t Believe In Science,’ Says Flat-Earther Set To Launch Himself In Own Rocket

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Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers

UPDATE: Nov. 25 ― Hughes has had to postpone his planned launch for the time being, The Washington Post reported Friday. Hughes said he was unable to obtain the required permits to launch on public land, but now plans for it to take place sometime next week on private property.

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A self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.

“Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, told The Associated Press that he’ll be lifting off over the California ghost town of Amboy, traveling about a mile at 500 mph, reaching 1,800 feet in altitude and then exiting via parachute.

The amateur rocket scientist has been making national headlines not just for the stunt, but for his self-professed bizarre attitude toward science, given the circumstances.

For one thing, his primary sponsor in the endeavor is reportedly a group called Research Flat Earth. Photos that Hughes has posted on Facebook show the words “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” painted in large letters across the bright red rocket’s side.

“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes told AP. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”

His ultimate plan, he said, is to launch a rocket into space so he can see for himself whether or not the earth is flat.

While a homemade rocket built by someone who claims to not believe in science seems a little alarming, Hughes does have some experience under his belt. In 2014, he flew a manned rocket more than 1,000 feet over Winkelman, Arizona.

In 2016, he planned another launch up the side of Texas’ Palo Duro Canyon, but ultimately canceled after some of his last-minute tests were “absolutely brutal,” the Amarillo Globe-News reported at the time. He was also awarded a 2002 Guinness World Record for the longest ramp jump in a limousine.

The Washington Post has raised the question of whether Hughes’ flat-eartherism may be more opportunistic than sincere, pointing out that he only “converted” to the philosophy after failing to come up with enough money to fund his latest project on his own. The rocket has cost about $20,000 so far, according to AP.

When Hughes first conceived of the launch, he attempted to fund it via a Kickstarter campaign that didn’t mention any skepticism about science or the generally acknowledged shape of the planet. 

According to Hughes’ website, the launch is set to take place Saturday. The event won’t be open to the public, but “will be available on internet [pay-per-view].”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Palo Duro Canyon was in California. It’s in Texas.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Man to Launch Himself Into Space in Homemade Rocket to Prove the Earth is Flat

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Though physics debunks the concept that the Earth is flat, the science isn’t convincing enough for California resident Mike Hughes. This weekend, the flat-Earth conspiracy theorist will launch himself 1,800 feet high in a rocket made from scrap material. His goal? To prove that the planet is, indeed, flat.

There is a good chance the journey will kill him. After all, he will be traveling through the Mojave Desert at 500 mph. But if he survives, Hughes says his experiment will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.

The 61-year-old’s ultimate goal is to do a subsequent launch that will put him miles above the Earth. The limousine drive plans on taking a camera with him to capture evidence of the disc we all live on. Said Hughes in a fundraising interview: “It’ll shut the door on this ball earth.”

The Washington Post reports that during the interview, Hughes addressed a number of conspiracy theories, including NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets. “John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes said at one point. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.” The event ended with him promising other flat-Earth believers that he would expose the conspiracy once-and-for-all, using nothing more than a steam-powered rocket which will launch from his mobile home on Saturday.

Hughes admits he still has much to learn when it comes to rocket science. “This whole tech thing,” he said earlier this year. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”

Admittedly, there is a chance Hughes could survive. In 2002, the visionary set a Guinness World Record for a limousine jump, according to Ars Technica. Since then, he’s been building rockets for years… though, not every launch has one according to plan.

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Hughes built his first manned rocket in 2014. Surprising to some, it managed to fly a quarter-mile over the town of Winkelman, Arizona. The crash landing caused injuries which put him in a walker for two weeks, however. While this is a notable achievement, it is a quarter of the distance he will attempt this weekend.

Only recently did Hughes accept the flat Earth theory. For months, he struggled to raise funds for his follow-up flight over the Mojave desert. But after finding like-mindedness in those who believe the Earth is flat, he raised over $8,000 for his project, as well as procured additional funds.

In the initial pitch video, showing Hughes standing in his Apple Valley, California, living room, he said: “We want to do this and basically thumb our noses at all these billionaires trying to do this. They have not put a man in space yet. There are 20 different space agencies here in America, and I’m the last person that’s put a man in a rocket and launched it.”

Hughes won’t be able to test the rocket before he climbs inside this Saturday. Additionally, there will be no test launches before he attempts to steam himself at 500 mph across one mile of desert. However, he is determined to follow through with his mission — and for that, we commend him.

Already, Hughes is considering his next mission. It may involve floating in a balloon up to 20,000 feet above the ground, reports Ars Technica. Then, he would rocket-pack himself to outer space.

“It’s scary as hell,” Hughes told the Association Press. “But none of us are getting out of this world alive.”

How true.

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Newcomerstown Police Officer Accused of Shooting Himself and Lying About it Pleads Guilty


NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH – The former Newcomerstown police officer accused of shooting himself, causing panic, an hours-long manhunt and a statewide blue alert pleaded guilty on Nov. 8.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said Bryan Eubanks, 37, pleaded guilty to the following charges:

One count of inducing panic, a felony of the fifth degree.

One count of making false alarms, a felony of the fifth degree.

One count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree.

One count of workers’ compensation fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Investigators said Eubanks faces the possibility of prison time.

His peace officer certification will be revoked.

A sentencing date has not been set.

At about 10:15 a.m. on April 11, Eubanks told officials that he was “shot by two male suspects in a black Geo Tracker…Male suspects are armed and dangerous.” Eubanks said the incident happened in Newcomerstown at Johnson Hill Rd SW & Post Boy Rd SW.

About an hour and a half later, the state issued a “Blue Alert,” a statewide alert issued only when a police officer has been critically injured or killed and the suspect is still at large.

Cleveland 19 spoke to Eubanks hours after he said he was shot.

When asked if there was anything he would like to say to the suspects he claimed shot him, Eubanks responded, “We’re coming. All of us. This is a brotherhood and sisterhood and we’re all coming.”

Eubanks also spoke about his wife and three children, and shared what seemed like moment by moment memories of the alleged crime.

“He was actually aiming the gun towards my face when I turned the gun shot, and shot me in the arm I ducked down to take cover and head back to my cruiser and that’s when he shot the second round,” said Eubanks.

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Dr. Duke Quotes Jewish Extremist Who Exposes Himself by Warning Jews Not to Tell Truths that Dr. Duke can Quote!

Dr. Duke Quotes Jewish Extremist Who Exposes Himself by Warning Jews Not to Tell Truths that Dr. Duke can Quote!

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In today’s show Dr. Duke quotes an article by a Jewish writer by the name of Elad Nehorai who warns Jews like comedian Larry David against saying anything about Jewish power or Jewish misbehavior for fear that David Duke will quote it. Nehorai wrote of his own experience of writing about Jewish control of the media in a Jewish publication aimed at a Jewish audience, only to have Dr. Duke bring it to the attention of the goyim. The article was pulled from the internet, but in this latest article Nehorai acknowledges its existence and the motive for pulling it.

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Man Suspected of Killing Wife Then Himself Was Longtime Chicago Police Officer


The man who fatally shot himself moments after his estranged wife was found slain nearby was a longtime former Chicago police officer who had threatened to harm her before, according to her request for an order of protection against him years ago.

Police were trying to make contact with Raymond Zene at his Plainfield home early Saturday afternoon when they heard a gunshot and later found him dead in his garage from a self-inflicted wound, according to a Plainfield police news release.

About a half-hour earlier and a few miles away, Zene’s estranged wife, Elaine Zene, 65, was found lying on the ground bleeding to death in a Jewel-Osco parking lot on Route 59. Police said witnesses described the offender as an older male.

Authorities had been sent to Raymond Zene’s home to check on his welfare after one of his relatives reported receiving a “disturbing text,” police said.

Elaine Zene, of Woodridge, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident they have described as a murder-suicide.

Raymond Zene spent 30 years as an officer with the Chicago Police Department, from 1966 to 1996, and a month after he retired he took a new job with the Cook County sheriff’s office, officials confirmed. He retired from that department in 2008 as a deputy chief investigator.

The Zenes were in the midst of a divorce, court records show, and years ago Elaine Zene wrote in a court filing seeking an order of protection against her husband: “I am very afraid of him.”

She filed for divorce last year in Will County and, at a hearing on Oct. 17, her attorney argued that an amendment to the couple’s prenuptial agreement, waiving Elaine’s rights to her husband’s Cook County sheriff’s pension, was invalid. The amendment was made after the couple married in 1999, according to court documents. The case was set to be heard again Tuesday for a “prove-up,” which typically signals both parties had reached an agreement in the proceedings.

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Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont turns himself in to Belgian police – public broadcaster

Four former Catalan ministers who arrived with Puigdemont in Brussels also turned themselves in to police, VRT reports.

LIVE: Belgian prosecutor’s office on sacked Catalan leader Puigdemont

Puigdemont appeared in Brussels alongside other members of his cabinet on Monday. That same day, the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had filed a lawsuit against him, other members of his cabinet, and some regional MPs on rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement charges with the Spanish National Court.

The ousted leader spoke to press in Brussels. When asked whether he will be seeking political asylum in Belgium, Puigdemont said that he did not go to Brussels for that reason.

On Friday, a Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont, whose request to testify by videoconference was rejected. Later that day, Belgium’s prosecutors confirmed they received the arrest warrant for Puigdemont and promised to study it.

Catalonia’s referendum on October 1 saw the region overwhelmingly (over 90 percent) voting to break away from Spain. Fewer than 50 percent of those eligible to vote took part, with pro-independence activists blaming Madrid’s crackdown, including the blocking of polling stations and confiscation of votes, for the turnout.

The Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain following a vote on October 27, almost a month after the referendum. The vote was boycotted by MPs supporting union with Spain.

In response, the Spanish Senate triggered Article 155, stripping the Catalan government of power. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy set snap elections in the region for December 21.

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