Horrific Video Shows Cops Release K9, Allow Him to Maul Handcuffed, Compliant Man

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Hayward, CA — A traffic stop for expired tags turned into a nightmare for a California man after Alameda County Police unleashed their K9 on a handcuffed man, who was not resisting. The attack was so horrific that the police did something they almost never do—they apologized.

The victim, Joshua Philips was driving a co-worker home early Monday morning when they were pulled over for having expired tags. The police then accused Philips of being intoxicated and placed him in handcuffs.

“He [an officer] asked me if I had a couple drinks. I said, ‘yes, I just got off work. I’m making sure my co-worker gets home safely,’” says Phillips.

Luckily for Philips, his co-worker decided to film the incident and the entire attack—from beginning to end—was captured on video.

In the video, the woman who is filming, is explaining that the police were profiling Phillips.

As the video shows, without warning, the dog is released from the car. It then circles the car once before it attacks Phillips.

Because he was in handcuffs, Phillips didn’t and couldn’t fight back, so he was at the officer’s mercy.

“He’s just biting and biting and biting. I’m not kicking because I don’t want to assault an officer,” said Phillips.

For nearly 30 seconds, the dog tore into Phillips’ leg as he screamed out in agony.

“I was asking questions and having a conversation with another deputy, so I don’t know why he attacked me. I didn’t have any drugs on me. I wasn’t being aggressive. I couldn’t wave my arms because my hands were handcuffed behind my back,” said Phillips.

According to police, they accidentally allowed the dog out of the car after an officer inadvertently pushed the release button on his remote.

For those who may not know, the police cruisers belonging to K9 handlers are often equipped with special doors that allow an officer to remotely open them in the event the officer is in a struggle.

“We feel very bad that this happened to this man. It was an unfortunate accident. The dog did everything the dog was supposed to do. Unfortunately, our handler pushed the button inadvertently with his equipment,” said Alameda County Sheriff Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

Although police are calling it an accident, as the video shows, the officers appear to be unconcerned that their K9 is loose. The dog is also released as the officer is searching Phillips’ vehicle, suggesting that it could’ve been released to aid in the search.

Indeed, both Phillips and his passenger also responded to the police K9 being released by noting that there was nothing in the car. Phillips is not buying the official story and claims the officers deliberately released the K9.

“When I saw the dog I thought, ‘Oh, he’s going to use the dog to sniff for drugs – ha-ha-ha – I don’t have no drugs.’ That’s the only thing I’m thinking in my head, but he came and attacked me,” said Phillips. “I’m thinking it was on command.”

Also, as the video shows, when the officer points his flashlight at Phillips, the dog attacks as if to react to the light. Officers said that dogs aren’t trained to do this, however, and that it must have been a coincidence.

After they allowed their dog to maul him, police then arrested Phillips for DUI.

“This was a bad day for him and us. We didn’t want to make his day any more difficult, but he was cited for the drunk driving,” said Kelly.

Phillips told KTVU News that he is now planning on suing the department for damages. Because of the graphic nature of the video, it is likely certain that the taxpayers with be held liable for the negligence of these officers.

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ACLU Fighting To Release Gay Man In ICE Detention Since January

The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to end the monthslong detention of an undocumented gay man by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a legal complaint in federal district court, asking the judge to order the release of Jose “Ivan” Nuñez, a Mexican man held by ICE since Jan. 31. According to the court filings, Nuñez came to the U.S. 17 years ago because he feared persecution in his home state of Michoacán due to his sexual orientation.

ICE agents arrested Nuñez in late January, at a meeting he and his husband ― who is a U.S. citizen ― attended with immigration officials from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of the process to obtain a visa. ICE officials “stormed into the room,” as the ACLU put it in its release, and detained Nuñez ― and have been holding him at York County Prison outside of Philadelphia ever since.

Nuñez, 37, has been living in the U.S. since he came here in 2001, at 21 years old. 

“I’ve never had this situation happen, in 13 years working in Philadelphia, that they call another agency to detain him,” Nuñez’s lawyer Audrey Allen told HuffPost in February. “I think the ramifications of this are going to be widespread. It will have a chilling effect on people making applications for fear that they won’t walk out of the building where they are being interviewed.”   

USCIS said in a February statement that “it is the standard practice of USCIS to notify ICE if we have individuals at our offices who have warrants of deportation or are in proceedings.”  

On Tuesday, ICE said in a statement that the agency does not comment “on pending litigation,” but confirmed it was currently holding Nuñez after having arrested him for being “unlawfully present” in the country, since he was removed from the U.S. in 2010 and re-entered illegally. 

Nuñez left the country briefly that year to attend to his sick mother in Mexico, according to the ACLU filing. When he re-entered the U.S., border patrol agents apprehended him and ordered his removal. Nuñez later unlawfully re-entered, still fearing for his life for being gay in Mexico.  

The Trump administration has made it a priority to crack down on illegal immigration. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in June that undocumented immigrants should “look over [their] shoulder.” While ICE has the right to seek removal of anyone in the U.S. without documentation, the agency has increasingly been arresting undocumented immigrants who don’t have criminal convictions. Nuñez has no criminal record in his nearly two decades in the U.S., his lawyer said. 

Nuñez fled Mexico in 2001, after a closeted, gay friend of his was murdered when rumors came out about his sexual orientation, according to the ACLU’s filing. Nuñez himself was also threatened, by the family of a woman he had been dating at age 19 or 20 (when he was still closeted), after people saw him “engaged in public displays of affection” with a man at a party.

In February, an asylum officer with USCIS interviewed Nuñez and approved his claim of a “fear of return” as credible, sending his case on to immigration court. Nuñez’s lawyer then filed an application with ICE late that month, asking them to release Nuñez while his case moved through the courts, which could take months. She says she hasn’t heard from ICE since.

According to the ACLU’s court filing, ICE has the power to release Nuñez at any point.

While Nuñez’s husband has been able to visit him in detention, the center is over two hours away from their home in Philadelphia.

“I am very worried for his well being,” Nuñez’s husband Paul Frame said in the ACLU’s release. “The level of anxiety and sadness that I feel when I think about him at the detention center or when I visit him is unreal, so I can only imagine the toll it has taken on him personally. No human being should be torn apart from their loved ones in this manner.”

Nuñez is seeking a type of relief called “withholding of removal” ― as he does not quality for asylum due to his prior deportation. The next hearing for his case is in August. The ACLU’s legal complaint is requesting that he be released in the interim, as “he poses no danger to the community and is not a flight risk.”

Allen also hopes that simply filing this request in court could pressure ICE into releasing him sooner.

“Sometimes when you file in federal court, it puts pressure on ICE ― maybe they will do their jobs and make a decision,” Allen said Tuesday. “I don’t know if, given the political climate, they just really don’t care.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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BTS release music video for ‘FAKE LOVE’ off their new album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’

A.R.M.Y. — the wait is over. BTS have official released the music video for the lead single off their new album, Love Yourself: Tear, which officially dropped May 18. 

The track, “FAKE LOVE,” is an emotional trip all on its own and the video doesn’t help calm all the nerves and emotions. Instead, your world will feel like it’s falling apart, much like it is in the video. In the video, the boys are seen busting out their impressive dance moves in a worn-down, industrial atmosphere as their surrounding crumble and explode around them. Even through all the emotional trauma they put us through, we still love BTS so bad. 

Fans will be able to see BTS perform “FAKE LOVE” live during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on May 20. Those wanting to catch the action in Las Vegas can still grab tickets to the show, otherwise the performance will be available to stream online. 

Related — Complete list of 2018 Billboard Music Awards performers: BTS, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa and more

According to Forbes, Love Yourself: Tear sold a record 1.44 million copies in South Korea during the first six days after pre-orders were available. The album made BTS the first K-pop group to exceed one million pre-orders with multiple albums and Tear officially become the most pre-ordered album of all time in South Korea, beating BTS’s previous album Love Yourself: Her.

After their performance at the Billboard Music Awards, the boys will make their second appearance on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on May 25. Beginning this September, the band will be back in North America as part of their global 2018 Love Yourself World Tour. Check our their North American dates below:

Related — BTS announce massive 2018 Love Yourself World Tour

BTS 2018 Love Yourself Tour North America Dates:
Sept. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center (Tickets)
Sept. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center (Tickets)
Sept. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center (Tickets)
Sept. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center (Tickets)
Sept. 12 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (Tickets)
Sept. 15 – Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX – Fort Worth Convention Center (Tickets)
Sept. 16 – Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX – Fort Worth Convention Center (Tickets)
Sept. 20 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre (Tickets)
Sept. 22 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre (Tickets)
Sept. 23 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre (Tickets)
Sept. 28 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center (Tickets)
Sept. 29 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center (Tickets)
Oct. 2 – Chicago, IL – United Center (Tickets)
Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL – United Center (Tickets)

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Police release investigation details of boy killed while trapped in van

Cincinnati police revealed officers never left their car to search for 16-year-old Kyle Plush, who suffocated in his van after being trapped under a seat a month ago.

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GERMANY – Protest Erupts Calling for Release of ‘Nazi Grandma’

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Watch: Florence + the Machine’s ‘Hunger’ video; ‘High as Hope’ album release date announced

Florence + the Machine has released a thought-provoking music video for “Hunger,” the first official single from the British band’s fourth studio album High As Hope, which is set for release June 29 on Republic Records. The album’s release date and track listing were announced on the official Internet outlets for Florence + the Machine. (See the track listing at the end of this article.) In April 2018, the album’s “Sky Full of Song” was released on limited-edition vinyl as a sneak-preview track, not as an official first single, according to Republic. A.G. Rojas directed the music videos for “Sky Full of Song” and “Hunger.”

In the “Hunger” music video, various people admire a male statue with stigmata-like wounds, in addition to scenes of lead singer Florence Welch dancing passionately in different settings. The video ends with the statue being covered in moss and flowers and this statement: “How Many Have to Die So That You Can Feel Loved.”

“Hunger” is a song about seeking love and spiritual fulfillment. The video for the song might be interpreted in different ways. Some might say that the statue represents Christianity or Jesus, because the statue has the same wounds that the Christian Bible says that Jesus suffered during the Crucifixion.

Welch commented on “Hunger” in a press release sent via email from her publicist: “This song is about the ways we look for love in things that perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more. I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.”

High As Hope is the first Florence + the Machine album that Welch has co-produced. She produced the album with Emile Haynie. Other collaborators on High as Hope are Jamie xx, Kamasi WashingtonSamphaKelsey Lu and Tobias Jesso Jr. The album was recorded in Welch’s studio in Peckham, England, as well as in Los Angeles. New York City, where the album was mixed, was the inspiration for the album’s title. According to the press release, “the daily view of the skyline—often in stark contrast to the chaos of the wider world—gave the album its title.”

Welch further commented on High as Hope: “There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love.”

In addition to High as Hope, Welch has another new release this summer: her first book, Useless Magic, will be published July 5 by Crown Publishing/Penguin Books. Useless Magic is a collection of poetry, song lyrics and artwork.

Florence + the Machine are expected to do a full-scale tour to support High as Hope. In the meantime, the band is doing a select number of concerts before the album’s release: May 5 at Victoria Theatre in Halifax, England; May 6 at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe, England; May 8 at Royal Festival Hall in London; May 13 and 14 at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; and May 21 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Here is the track listing for High as Hope:

1. June

2. Hunger

3. South London Forever

4. Big God

5. Sky Full of Song

6. Grace

7. Patricia

8. 100 Years

9. The End of Love

10. No Choir

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Interview: Dash Cooper on Co-Op’s debut release

Phoenix hard rockers Co-Op are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album through EMP Label Group on June 15. The band recently wrapped up a spring tour with Flaw and The Crowned.

The release features a solid mix of the band’s hard rock sound with a classic rock undertone that is heightened by vocalist Dash Cooper’s powerful vocals and melodic hooks. Cooper is the son of legendary vocalist Alice Cooper.

Formed in 2014, Co-Op quickly amassed a following in the local Phoenix scene and have shared the stage with Motley Crue, Hollywood Vampires, Kiss and Alice Cooper among others.

Recently, AXS got a chance to speak with Dash Cooper, who had just made it back home to Phoenix after wrapping up the band’s tour the night before.

AXS: You just wrapped up the tour, how do you feel it went?

DC: Yeah, we just got back. I think it went great. It was a great time. We were out for two and a half weeks with Flaw and The Crowned. There were some great crowds and we made some new fans and you can’t ask for any more than that.

AXS: You came through Michigan playing at Diesel. Couldn’t make it out, but heard that the show went well.

DC: Yeah, it was great. It was a lot of fun.

AXS: What is your favorite thing about going out on the road?

DC: Definitely meeting new people and just playing live. It’s always fun to play in front of people that have never heard your songs before. It’s fun to see their reactions. I mean, it’s great to just meet up with them before the set and then after and kind of get their expectations before you play and then have them come up after you’re done and hear, wow, that was awesome!  That’s a really rewarding thing for us.

AXS: You’ve had a chance to play with some bands that have pretty distinct fan bases of their own. Have you seen yourself gaining new fans as a result?

DC: Yeah and actually, I thought this tour was a great blend of styles. The crowds were kind of a heavy industrial/metal one. Flaw has that kind of rap/rock 2000 thing going on, which is awesome, and then we are a modern band with a classic rock feel, so it was a great mix.

AXS: What do you want people to know about your live set?

DC: It’s just a heavy classic rock hit and lead thing. We’ve got a modern guitar tone over it,  so it’s kind of a really good blend that I think everybody enjoys.

AXS: You have your debut album coming out June 15. Can you talk about how it came together?

DC: Yeah, we’ve been working on it for the last year and a half. We got signed to EMP Label Group under David Ellefson from Megadeth. We’ve been working on it for quite awhile now and now we’re finally getting to release it. We’re pretty excited.

AXS: You’ve had the EP and been touring for awhile, but what does it mean to finally have a full-length release?

DC: Yeah we released the EP not that long ago, but we really wanted to get this album out so badly. We had a couple of pre-sale copies and stuff and people are really responding well to it so we can’t wait for it to drop. We think people are really going to love it.

AXS: What do you feel the album says about the band?

DC: It just says that we’re heavy hitters. We call ourselves desert hard rock. We have that kind of gritty, sandy, distorted guitar with a classic rock rhythm. It just blends together so very well and we think people are going to really dig it.

AXS: There’s not a lot of bands out there with that kind of sound right now. Do you feel you are filling a bit of a void?

DC: Yeah, I mean our style of music has a little bit of everything for everybody though. Every other night someone will say that kind of reminds me of this and then someone else will say that kind of reminds me of that. It’s kind of cool to have all those little elements at play. It kind of pleases everybody a bit.

AXS: Being out on the road with different bands and growing up with your father’s tours, what do you feel is the biggest thing you’ve learned out on the road?

DC: I think the biggest thing I’ve learned, especially on this tour, is to be prepared. This was our first time to the Midwest and we didn’t think April was going to freeze us out as much as it did! The weather can really hit you hard.

AXS: What’s the plan after the release?

DC: We’ll get it out and then we’ll hopefully be heading out on another tour. I would hope in the northwest, the midwest or the east coast. We’re going to have about two months to do it because I have my third child being born in late July so I’m obviously going to be home for that.

AXS: Music has always been a part of your life, but was there one particular incident that made you say that this was for you?

DC: I think it was in high school. I mean I had done a lot of stuff before that with church and the choir and various shows in elementary and middle school, but once I hit high school, I just decided that I needed to do something different. I wanted something a little different creative-wise and I started a band and once we played our first show, I said okay, I think I want to do this. After I graduated from college, Co-Op came together. I had a previous project that I done for a while before that as just a fun thing, but after graduation, I realized I still wanted to pursue my music career and that’s when we started around 2013/2014.

AXS: So everyone should check out the album and let you guys know what you think?

DC: Yes!  We can’t wait to hear from everyone!

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Police Release Body Cam Video Of YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam

California police have released body camera footage of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam in her car in Mountain View calmly telling officers she wasn’t going to hurt anyone just hours before she opened fire at the company headquarters on April 3. 

Three people were wounded in the shooting later that day at the YouTube offices in San Bruno, about 30 miles away. Aghdam, 39, died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Aghdam was apparently asleep in the backseat of her car in a parking lot in Mountain View when an officer spotted her shortly after 1:30 a.m. Police called in her license plate number and discovered she had been reported missing by her family in San Diego.

A male and female officer knocked on the window of the car and asked Aghdam if she was aware that her family was searching for her. 

“We didn’t get along together, so I left them,” Aghdam explained, adding that she drove straight to Mountain View from San Diego the previous day. Asked if she wanted to hurt herself or anybody else — or commit suicide, Aghdam responded: “No.” 

Asked why she picked Mountain View, Aghdam said: “I wanted to sleep around here. I wanted to get out of those areas, out of San Diego. I have memories I don’t want to have.” She said she wanted “somewhere new” with “no memories about [the] past.”

She said she wasn’t on medication. Police found no other official alerts about Aghdam and left her, but they called her father,  Ismail Aghdam, to tell him she had been located. He thanked them but later called to say that Aghdam was upset about YouTube and may have been in the area for that reason. But police said he did not warn them about the possibility of violence.

Police did not ask her if she had a gun. The 9-millimeter handgun she used in the shooting had been purchased legally. She went to a shooting range later that day before heading to the YouTube offices.

Mountain View police defended how they handled the situation.

“Our officers followed proper procedure and protocol. They checked on the welfare of a person who, at the time, was reported missing but whose actions, demeanor and answers did not present any information which would cause us to believe she would be a threat to herself or others,” said Chief Max Bosel.

“The tragedy of the incident at YouTube weighs heavily on our hearts, but we support and stand by the actions taken by our officers in their contact with Ms. Aghdam.”

Aghdam was a prolific social media user and had several YouTube channels in multiple languages, including English, Farsi and Turkish. Her videos often showed her dancing or cooking vegan recipes. Her Instagram account had more than 55,000 followers. She began to complain in the months before the shooting that YouTube was suppressing content and was discriminating against her.

“She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,” her brother, Shahran Aghdam, told the San Jose Mercury News from the family’s home in Menifee, California. 

Here’s the complete body cam video:

 

 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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