Police in North Carolina are under fire after a video emerged of an officer choking and slamming an African-American man.
In a video posted to Facebook, an officer in a tactical vest can be seen pushing a young African-American man in formal attire against a wall, choking him and then hurling him on the ground in front of a Waffle House.
“Get your hands off me”, the man repeatedly shouts.
The town of Warsaw, North Carolina’s chief of police told the Raleigh News & Observer that his department was investigating the incident, as was district attorney Ernie Lee.
“We are currently investigating the whole incident, interviewing witnesses and gathering additional video”, police chief Eric Southerland said in a statement.
Anthony Wall had taken his 16-year-old sister out for food after she attended prom and got into an argument with Waffle House employees, the 22-year-old Mr Wall told ABC11. When the police arrived, he said, things turned violent.
“I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat and that’s when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me”, Mr Wall said.
He was charged with resisting arrest and with disorderly conduct relating to his altercation with the restaurant staff.
Video of the incident has garnered hundreds of thousands of views.
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For some, May 1 is International Workers Day; In the USA it has been Loyalty Day since 1958; this year, it is apparently particularly contentious in the USA. According to one source, “In Seattle, where unions, socialists, anarchists and workers organizations plan to hold demonstrations on Tuesday, the far-right Washington State Patriot Response will hold a counter-rally dubbed “May Day Seattle – Stand Against Rioters”.”
Perhaps we should all just relax, go outside and hug a tree, and get May Day back to its roots. Here is a reprise of our earlier coverage:
Happy May Day, which used to be green instead of red
The Greeks had their sacred groves, the Druids their oak worship, the Romans their games in honor of Floralia. In Scotland the herdsman formed circles and danced around fires. The Celts lit bonfires in hilltops to honor their god, Beltane. In the Tyrol people let their dogs bark and made music with pots and pans. In Scandinavia fires were lit and the witches came out.
Everywhere people “went a-Maying” by going into the woods and bringing back leaf, bough, and blossom to decorate their persons, homes, and loved ones with green garlands. Outside theater was performed with characters like “Jack-in-the-Green” and the “Queen of the May.” Trees were planted. Maypoles were erected. Dances were danced. Music was played. Drinks were drunk, and love was made. Winter was over, spring had sprung.
Harpers Magazine coverage of Haymarket Massacre/Public Domain
Really, everyone was having such a good time, until the industrial revolution and the long hours that made a thing such as May Day impossible for most workers. In 1886 there was a nationwide call to limit working hours to 8 hours a day; On May 1, in Chicago’s Haymarket Square, it turned into a debacle. Dynamite was thrown; Police reacted by shooting into the crowd, killing four; a trial was held and four workers were hanged, who came to be considered martyrs for the labor movement. From that day on, it became a day of protest about workers’ rights. In 1889 the Second International declared it to be International Workers Day. The Russian revolution started on it, which really turned the day from green to red in the minds of Americans, many of whom do not think much of the labor movement. Everybody has been trying to kill it ever since.
In 1921, in response to the Bolshevik revolution, May 1 was observed as Americanization day. In 1958, President Eisenhower declared it to be Loyalty Day, ” a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.” That’s where it remains today in America.
Village Scene with Dance around the May Pole, Bruegel./Public Domain
It was so much more fun before it got political. In honor of how it used to be, get outside today and admire a tree.
Ealing Council’s cabinet voted for the implementation of a safe zone outside the Marie Stopes clinic in order to ensure pregnant women are able to pursue their termination without fear of being harassed.
Richard Bentley, managing director at Marie Stopes UK, said he was pleased authorities finally realized the toll such demonstrations take on patients.
“This is a landmark decision for women,” he said, ITV reported. “We are incredibly grateful to Ealing Council for recognizing the emotional distress that these groups create, and for taking proportionate action to protect the privacy and dignity of women accessing our clinic in the borough.”
Bentley added: “This was never about protest. It was about small groups of strangers choosing to gather by our entrance gates where they could harass and intimidate women, and try to prevent them from accessing healthcare to which they are legally entitled.”
Hansen Brevetti, the clinical operations manager at the clinic on Mattock Lane, said protesters told women their fetuses would come back to haunt them, imitated a child saying “mummy mummy don’t kill me,” and threw holy water and rosary beads at them.
However, not everyone agreed with the ban. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign group Be Here For Me, opted out of having an abortion when approached by a protester outside the clinic.
The Ecuadorian government specifically cited Assange’s activity on social media, claiming that his recent posts may have jeopardized Ecuador’s relationship with the UK, the EU and other nations.
“The action was taken following Assange’s breach of a written agreement signed with the Ecuadorian government at the end of 2017, in which he vowed not to send messages interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states,” the government said in a statement Wednesday. “The Executive remains open to the possibility of further sanctions in cases of future breaches of the agreements by Assange.”
Neither WikiLeaks nor Assange has made an official statement regarding the reports. Kim Dotcom has called on Assange supporters to gather outside the embassy building in solidarity, with several protesters already congregating there by Wednesday afternoon.
Dotcom decried what he dubbed a “gagging agreement” and tweeted to say that the Ecuadorian government was making a “grave mistake” by “silencing Julian Assange.” Dotcom demanded that the Ecuadorian authorities “#ReconnectJulian.”
Former Greek Minister of Finance Ioannis Varoufakis also tweeted about Assange Wednesday. He called for people to rally around Assange to force the restoration of Assange’s connection to the outside world.
🚨 URGENT ASSANGE ALERT 🚨
Julian Assange has had his Internet disconnected and is not allowed any visitors
If you’re in LONDON please gather immediately outside the Ecuadorian Embassy
Demand “Reconnect Julian”
Until Julian is back online
“It is with great concern that we heard that Julian Assange has lost access to the internet and the right to receive visitors at the Ecuadorian London Embassy. Only extraordinary pressure from the US and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador’s authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian,” Varoufakis wrote in an online statement.
“A world in which whistleblowers are hounded, small countries are forced to violate their cherished principles, and politicians are jailed for pursuing peacefully their political agenda is a deeply troubled world – a world at odds with the one the liberal establishment in Europe and the United States proclaimed as its artifact since the end of the Cold War.”
Statement by Brian Eno & Yanis Varoufakis: Restore Julian Assange’s access to visitors and the outside world. Now! https://t.co/QNVvtGBo7b#Yanis Varoufakis
Assange’s latest tweet before his alleged disconnection and digital isolation came Tuesday, March 27. He responded to an apparent insult during a question and answer session in the UK House of Commons.
As a political prisoner detained without charge for 8 years, in violation of 2 UN rulings, I suppose I must be “miserable”; yet nothing wrong with being a “little” person although I’m rather tall; and better a “worm”, a healthy creature that invigorates the soil, than a snake.
Dotcom announced a so-called “online vigil” will take place later on Wednesday. “Let’s join together and demand the immediate restoration of Julian’s human right to communication,” Dotcom tweeted.
Suzie Dawson and I are about to launch an online vigil for Julian Assange supporters from around the world. Let’s join together and demand the immediate restoration of Julian’s human right to communication.
A 22-year-old man living in the U.S. illegally has been charged with a federal crime after police in Indianapolis, Indiana, found him in possession of guns on two occasions in January, The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday.
Police responding to a Jan. 20 call from security at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Indianapolis saw Ahmed Alaklouk was in possession of a firearm described by the Star as “an AR-15-styled rifle,” which he reportedly told police was “fully tricked out.”
Alaklouk, described as as a Tunisian native and Saudi Arabian citizen in federal court documents obtained by the Star, had been renting a room at the Hyatt when hotel security contacted the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department around 3 a.m. after they saw several weapons in his parked truck. There were six handguns in the backseat and an assault-style rifle in the front seat, according to the Star.
Police reportedly told Alaklouk to keep his firearms in a hotel safe and out of sight in his truck to avoid a potential break-in. Officers said the rifle had been modified to function like an AR-15 and was equipped with a scope, bipod and bump stock, reported the Star.
Federal law prohibits people in the U.S. illegally from possessing guns and ammunition, prompting federal prosecutors to file a federal gun charge against Alaklouk on Wednesday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security placed an immigration detainer in Marion County Jail for Alaklouk so he may be held in custody while federal agents obtain a warrant to begin deportation proceedings, the Star reported.
Hotel security reportedly contacted police a second time around 7:45 a.m. when they found Alaklouk’s rifle in the front seat of his truck again and were concerned about his hotel room overlooking the area where thousands of Women’s March participants were expected to gather hours later.
Police and hotel security then removed Alaklouk and two other unidentified men from the hotel, according to the Star.
AR-15-style rifles are often the weapon of choice for mass shooters, including the suspected gunman in last month’s deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Bump stocks are a type of gun modification that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic weapons. Stephen Paddock had outfitted his rifle with a bump stock, which enabled him to fire hundreds of rounds into a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival in Las Vegas last year.
The hotel’s general manager, Joe Pinto, confirmed the incident Monday in a statement emailed to HuffPost.
“At Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, the safety of our guests and colleagues is a top priority,” Pinto wrote. “On January 20, hotel security was alerted to firearms in a vehicle parked in the garage. The police department was in touch with the vehicle owner to notify him of the policy violation, which requires firearms to be unloaded and stored in a locked container, and the guest left the property soon after.”
A week later, police responded to another firearm-related incident involving Alaklouk roughly four miles west of the hotel. A woman called 911 after Alaklouk pointed his rifle at her and her father and threatened to kill them over a business disagreement at Alaklouk’s store, Medo Tire Shop, according to the Star.
Charges were filed against Alaklouk on behalf of the state on Jan. 31 in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis. He is being charged with two felony counts of criminal confinement, two felony counts of intimidation, one felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm and a battery misdemeanor.
A representative for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Alaklouk was arrested, but did not provide additional comment. Jennifer Lukemeyer, Alaklouk’s attorney in the criminal case, declined to comment.
Illegals in New Jersey flaunted their unlawful immigration statuses outside of ICE headquarters during protests Monday over the DACA Act.
Newark police escorted a march of some 200 illegals and supporters from Rutgers University to the US Customs and Immigration Enforcement office, as protesters carried signs reading, “We are the future of America,” “Pass the Dream Act,” and, “Stop racism now.”
The “No papers, no fear” protests took place on March 5, the deadline for DACA recipients who did not apply for a renewal by October 5, 2017, after which “Dreamers” who were not granted an extension would be eligible for deportation.
President Trump indicated on Tuesday that a federal judge had ruled the DACA program, set in motion by an Obama administration memo, could legally be ended.
“Federal Judge in Maryland has just ruled that ‘President Trump has the right to end DACA.’ President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn’t. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills!” the president tweeted.
Back in September, a “DACA talking points” DHS memo obtained by CNN stated Dreamers should “use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.”