BLM Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area

Jack Burns–Pedro and Denise Mejia feel lucky to be alive after they were nearly murdered when their all-terrain vehicle broke down and they said they were confronted by federal officers from the Bureau of Land Management who opened fire with on them with no warning.

The couple was exploring the deserts of Joshua Tree National Park when their ATV got a flat tire. They said that because they did not have a spare, they were traveling much slower than they would if they had four properly inflated tires. At around 11:00 p.m. on June 10, they came face to face with federal agents whom the Mejias said immediately opened fire on them. In a hail of bullets, Denise was struck in the head and hand before BLM agents ceased fire. Predictably, police are telling a different story.

press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the shooting, claimed that the Mejias were in a restricted area and failed to heed BLM officer commands to stop:

(A) Bureau of Land Management officer attempted to stop an off-road vehicle and an officer involved shooting occurred.

Incredulously, a detective with the department who is investigating the officer-involved shooting actually blamed the nearly murdered victims for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. RSO Investigator Armado Muñoz reportedly told KMIR News:

Muñoz says armed officers patrol the federal lands and it’s important before you go off roading to know where you’re going, “Before you go out and use those vehicles to make sure that you are driving them in a place where it’s allowed … sometimes people go out and assume that it’s okay so we just encourage you to do some homework.”

Not only were two citizens nearly killed by BLM agents, but no one has been arrested for the unprovoked attack on the couple to date. Equally disturbing is the contention the Mejias are maintaining that they did absolutely nothing wrong, which would have provoked the attack. In their own words, the Mejias describe what happened from their perspective.

Denise Mejia said, The first thing my husband did was say ‘we’re stopping, we’re stopping’. And I immediately put my hands up too, and right after I raised my hand in the air is when he fired the shot.

Denise, who is a nurse, suffered a gunshot wound to her head and her hand. Her husband, Pedro, said blood was everywhere. What I remember the most was the blood, the blood…she had blood everywhere,he said.I remember my wife just screaming ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die.’”

All we had was an ice chest cooler—no alcohol, we had a metal detector, we had a gun in the vehicle, it’s for coyotes, but it was tucked away,” said Pedro Mejia who is now demanding answers.

It’s really an emotional rollercoaster. We are happy to be alive and can say that we are still with our family but at the same time, we are confused about why everything happened,” Mejia said.

The couple claims the BLM officers swooped in and immediately opened fire on them without warning. They said they did not see any officers prior to the shooting and were in no way threatening the federal agents. What’s more, further illustrating the fact that they were entirely innocent, the couple, who was nearly murdered, were not charged with any crime.

Whether or not the married couple was in a restricted area or not, no police officer should be able to open fire on any citizen and get away with it. The attempted murder of the nurse needs to be treated as such and appropriate charges filed against the trigger-happy federal agent. If she had been killed, the story would have been written in an entirely different way, we are sure.

Just as in almost all of the officer-involved cases documented by The Free Thought Project, the officer in question has been placed on administrative leave instead of in handcuffs and in jail where he belongs. If a citizen would have opened fire on a BLM officer, his fellow badge-wearing buddies would have swooped in and killed the man in seconds. But because he has a badge, he is conveniently afforded “qualified immunity.”

The attempted murder case involving the Mejias is eerily similar to the officer-involved murder of a Michigan teenager who was riding an ATV. Former State Trooper Mark Bessner tased 15-year-old Damon Grimes while the boy was riding his ATV on city streets. Several officers attempted to shift the blame for the teen’s death away from the officer—but the county prosecutor charged Bessner with murder, and he is now awaiting trial.

Denise Mejia underwent surgery on her hand and had 15 staples placed in her head following the shooting. If what she and her husband are saying is true, there is no amount of blaming the victims that can be done to distract the public from the fact that the BLM officers who opened fire on them should be charged with attempted murder.

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Smear test campaign drops ‘woman’ from text to encourage checks by transgender men

Launched on Monday, campaign material for Cervical Cancer Awareness Week now uses the phrase “everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix,” as opposed to “women aged 25-64,” as the charity looks to encourage a greater uptake in cervical screening, more commonly known as smear tests, among transgender men.

The campaign comes as cervical screening rates have fallen to a 20-year low in England. Every year more than 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 890 die, according to figures provided by The Times.

Material used on the charity’s social media campaign also looked to tackle some of the common misconceptions around smear tests such as nervousness and embarrassment some people feel which prevents them from getting tested.

Speaking on the new language, Fiona Osgun from Cancer Research UK said: “Cervical cancer develops in anyone who has a cervix,” adding that this “includes women as well as people with other gender identities such as trans men.”

The linguistic rejig also considered where “screening might not be relevant for all women such as those who have had a full hysterectomy,” Osgun said.

“We phrased our information on cervical screening awareness week to reflect this,” she added.

According to research gathered by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, five million women in the UK are invited for cervical screenings each year, however, one in four do not respond.

A spokesperson for the charity told the Times that it too used the phrase “anyone with a cervix” to remind trans men they are also at risk. “But we use ‘women and anyone with a cervix’ in our messaging, so as not to isolate any groups,” it added.

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‘You’re Not Going To F—ing Film Us’ Raging Cop Spits On, Arrests Innocent Woman For Filming


Justice, Illinois – Body camera footage has been posted online from a disturbing incident in which a police officer grabbed a woman’s cell phone out of her hand and threw it on the ground and then proceeded to arrest her for the crime of filming police for accountability and transparency.

The video footage was published on YouTube by the activist “ChiTown Sue,” who routinely posts videos of First Amendment audits and police confrontations. The video from her point of view began as she approached Officer T. Demella, who was walking through her neighborhood, and asked him if he needed help.

Sue followed the officer as he fast-walked down the street in the trailer park and commented, “I sure hope you’re not checking people for drugs,” and then told two teenagers who were also following the officer, “You guys should always record the police, by the way.”

Why are you recording me?” the officer asked when he turned around and passed Sue.

Why not? You’re in my park with no jurisdiction,” she replied. “So I’m just curious to know—you don’t have any jurisdiction here—what’s going on? Where’s the lights and sirens?”

Sue continued to follow the officer as he walked through the neighborhood, commenting, “Where’s the state police? Where’s Cook County? They actually have some jurisdiction here.”

Sue was then confronted by a second officer, J. Bonkowski, who was standing about 40 feet away and yelled, “Yo, go in your house!”

“Hell no, I live around here,” Sue replied. “Can I help you? You guys looking for somebody? Maybe I saw somebody.”

Get the fuck out of here, you could get arrested!” Bonkowski yelled back.

Fuck you! What would I even get arrested for?” Sue fired back, as she turned and started walking towards the officer. “Being held accountable for you, bro. I dare you!

The officers claimed they were pursuing reports of three men with a gun, but when Sue continued to follow and record them from several feet away, Bonkowski, suddenly turned around and started marching toward her, as if a woman with a phone was a more important pursuit than a dangerous man with a gun.

You’re gonna back up, do you understand?” Bonkowski yelled as he walked aggressively towards Sue. “Or you’re going to get arrested, do you understand? Get going! Get going now!”

“Why are you going to arrest me,” Sue asked as the officer leaned in uncomfortably close to her to assert his dominance.

“You’re going to get arrested! I’m giving you fair warning. You keep following us, and you’re going to get arrested,” Bonkowski screamed in the innocent woman’s face. He then grabbed her phone and threw it on the ground.

Sue walked over and picked up her phone, and as Officer Bonkowski continued to scream that she was going to get arrested, she replied, “For what? Walking around my neighborhood?”

Bonkowski started to walk away and then changed his mind, turned around, and yelled “I’m not gonna fucking deal with—I’m going to fucking handcuff you. Put your hands behind your back.“ As he was arresting the innocent woman for filming, Sue says the officer was inadvertently spitting on her as he yelled into her face. Although the spitting was not intentional, this is clearly unacceptable behavior by police.

After she was in handcuffs, Sue brought up the 2012 case of ACLU vs Alvarez, in which it was determined that a strict eavesdropping law in Illinois was unconstitutional, and citizens have the right to record police in public.

I don’t give a fuck what fucking cases you fucking know,” Bonkowski replied.

As Sue continued to calmly ask what she had done that was illegal and warranted an arrest, the officer continued to scream at her.

“When we’re fucking dealing with something serious, you’re not going to fucking follow us. Do you understand that?” Bonkowski yelled. “You’re not going to fucking film us and follow us. I’m not gonna deal with somebody with a possible gun.”

The body camera worn by Bonkowski shows the account of a clearly aggressive, foul-mouthed and unstable officer who continued to attempt to justify the arrest of an innocent woman just because she was “following” the officers—from several feet away—and recording them.

When another officer arrived, he seemed confused as to why Sue was arrested when the officers on the scene were supposed to be searching for three male suspects with a gun. In the description of the video, Sue said that while she was in custody, officers from the Justice Police Department attempted to cover for Bonkowski, and told her that maybe he was acting the way he was because he has “just had a gun pulled on him and he could have been scared himself.”

While it is not clear whether Sue faced any charges as a result of the incident, the Justice Police Department released a statement on Facebook confirming that it has been made aware of the incident involving an officer which was posted to social media. The incident and the actions of the officer are currently under review.”

Officer Bonkowski is still patrolling the streets. If you would like to share your opinion of his actions and the department’s response, call 708-458-2191 or visit their Facebook page.

Watch the incident from Sue’s point of view:

Watch the footage recorded by Bonkowski’s body camera:

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Woman Says Neil Armstrong Gave Her A Vial Of Moon Dust, Sues NASA To Keep It

A Tennessee woman is proactively suing NASA to keep what she says is a vial of moon dust gifted from astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Laura Cicco said Armstrong was a family friend, and that her mother gave her a tube of priceless lunar particles when she was 10, along with a note that read: “To Laura Ann Murray — Best of Luck — Neil Armstrong Apollo 11.” 

Laura Cicco is suing NASA to ensure she retains ownership of this vial, which she says is a gift of moon dust from Neil Armstrong.Laura Cicco is suing NASA to ensure she retains ownership of this vial, which she says is a gift of moon dust from Neil Armstrong.

Cicco told The Washington Post she kept Armstrong’s autograph in her bedroom but didn’t see the dust until she was going through her parents’ possessions five years ago.

NASA has not confiscated the vial, but Cicco says she doesn’t want the space agency to take it, so she filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to proactively assert her rights.

It might seem strange to sue at this point, but proactive law maintains that in some cases, such as those involving trademarks, contracts, and potential disputes, it is easier, cheaper and faster to address problems before they happen instead of reacting to them.

Cicco’s attorney, Christopher McHugh, says Armstrong’s signature has been authenticated by autograph experts. According to court documents, an expert who analyzed the dust would only say the moon dust sample “may have originated” from the moon’s surface.

There’s no law preventing people from owning materials of lunar origin, according to However, McHugh noted that the space agency has seized suspected lunar material from private citizens before. 

For instance, NASA officials staged a sting in 2011 to retrieve lunar material from a 74-year-old woman whose late husband worked as an engineer on the Apollo 11 mission. The agency believed the material was stolen, but a prosecutor declined to bring a case against the woman. A court later ruled she could sue for violation of her constitutional rights, The Washington Post reported.

NASA’s Lunar Allocations Handbook states that lunar samples are the property of the United States government and are only to be used for authorized purposes. Because of that policy, even scientists researching the dangers of moon dust were forced to use simulated lunar dust for a study they published last month, according to Gizmodo.

NASA did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. An agency spokeswoman told The Washington Post that it would be “inappropriate” for the agency to comment on a pending lawsuit.

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Horrific Video Catches Cops Dragging Innocent Woman By Her Handcuffs Across Concrete Floor


Sydney — Multiple police officers stand accused of using excessive force and lying about it after harrowing video showed them handcuff a woman for apparently no reason and then violently drag her by the handcuffs across a concrete floor, leading to multiple injuries.

The defenseless woman, who remains unnamed, was arrested on April 9, 2016 on multiple charges after the ordeal. However, having no evidence of an actual crime, all the charges were then dropped.

The video is now the subject of a hearing of the New South Wales’ Commission, in which the brutal actions of ten police officers are under investigation.

The graphic footage shows one officer dragging the woman across the floor by her handcuffs as another grabs her feet. Because she is surrounded by nearly a dozen cops and in handcuffs, the use of force appears to be entirely unnecessary and excessive.

As the video shows, none of the other officers standing around attempt to prevent their fellow cops from savagely assaulting the woman.

According to ABC, the Counsel Assisting the Commission, David Huen, is now recommending that action be taken against some of the officers.

He recommended that one of the officers should be found to have used “excessive force whilst engaging in an inappropriate method of moving” the woman.

“Officer One engaged in serious misconduct which could result in either serious disciplinary action,” Mr Huen said. “Or referral to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice with respect to a possible prosecution.”

To defend their actions, officers claimed the woman was a “difficult” prisoner and lashed out and assaulted officers in the moments leading up to her brutal treatment captured on video. However, none of this alleged assault was captured on video and officers were caught lying about it.

According to Huen, at least one of the officers lied to cover up the incident and gave false information in the local court and two other officers have committed serious misconduct for their testimonies.

Four other officers are recommended for internal discipline for their unsatisfactory performance in their statements in court as well.

According to reports, the punishments for the officers will be announced at a later date. Below is the disturbing footage.

As the Free Thought Project has reported, Australian police can be just as brutal as their American counterparts. While sleeping in bed with her fiancé in 2016, a former Miss Australia awoke to a police flashbang grenade disfiguring her face and melting her hand. Although she required immediate medical attention, paramedics did not arrive at the scene until 40 minutes later.

Crowned Miss International Australia in 2013, Felicia Djamirze was asleep in bed with her fiancé, Dean O’Donnell that morning, when a police flashbang grenade landed in their bedroom. Accused of drug trafficking, the former Miss Australia was placed under arrest as police waited 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. The cops refused to allow Djamirze to see her injuries even though she suffered third-degree burns to her face and right hand.

“The police treated this like a military operation which was entirely unnecessary,” Djamirze’s lawyer, Chris Ford, told the Daily Mail. “There was a high level of both physical and electronic surveillance. The police must have known my client was sleeping in a confined area when they tossed the stun grenade into her bedroom.”

The former beauty queen is now left blind in her right eye and suffers from PTSD as a result of these Australian cops.



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Body found in search for woman 'dragged into lake' by 12-foot alligator in Florida

A body has been found in the search for a woman thought to have been killed by an alligator as she walked her dogs near a lake.

A necropsy of a 12-and-a-half foot gator, captured at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, found the animal had bitten Shizuka Matsuki, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said they were able to positively identify the 47-year-old from evidence collected from alligator. He did not specify what the evidence was.

Hours later, authorities later announced they had located the remains of Ms Matsuki, of Plantation, Florida, at the nature park.

“This tragedy is heart-breaking for everyone involved, and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time,” the commission said in a statement.

A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs at the reserve. He later noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.

One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side, said Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal.

Earlier news media reports indicated the witness reported seeing the creature dragging the woman into the water.

Jim Borrelli, a friend of Ms Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously.

Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)

The couple did not live in the neighbourhood, but he said she liked to find different places to walk the dogs. Residents said they often saw her walking them in the area.

Mr Borrelli said Ms Matsuki’s husband, who is out of town and trying to fly home, sent him to the park to get more information after being contacted by Davie police.

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that will eat what is readily available and easily overpowered. Feeding wild alligators is illegal as authorities are concerned they could lose their fear of humans.

However, fatal attacks on humans remain rare. The wildlife commission estimates, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during by an alligator unprovoked is roughly one in 3.2 million.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities.

The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a two-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

The park where Matsuki disappeared is near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.

Sharon Estupinan said a park ranger warned her to walk her dogs farther away from the water‘s edge after she saw a 10-foot gator in the pond three days ago.

“I was afraid,” she said. “Every time I walked the dogs during the day, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve gotta keep away from there. I have to call my dogs,’ so they wouldn’t get close to the water or any of the trees near there because he could be hiding.”

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Doctor Spots Woman’s Thyroid Cancer While Watching Reality TV, Tracks Her Down To Get Tested

When an American doctor sat down to watch an episode of HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, he spotted more than just a fixer-upper with lots of potential.

He also noticed a lump on the neck of one of the participants.

“I am watching a TV show and notice this woman has a left thyroid mass,” he posted on Facebook.

“She needs a sonogram and fine needle biopsy. I wonder if she knows and hope it’s benign.”

One of Dr. Erich Voigt’s Facebook followers suggested he inform the show’s producers, so he sent them an email. Others saw his post and got him directly in touch with the woman, Nicole McGuinness of North Carolina, according to reports from Newsweek and ABC News.

“The woman was notified by people who saw my post, amazing power of Facebook!!! She was not aware of the mass. She is now getting the appropriate tests! Let’s hope for a good outcome,” wrote Voigt.

McGuinness got a biopsy, which revealed thyroid cancer. She is now receiving treatment, wrote Voigt.

“She was unaware that she had a mass. Her doctors had never noticed it. She went for the sonogram and biopsy I recommended. She just let me know … the biopsy revealed thyroid cancer. She will be seeing a surgeon and getting appropriate treatment and I hope she will be cured!”

Voigt thanked all the people who helped him find her, as well as the “power of Facebook.”

“I felt obliged to let her know what I saw.”

McGuinness told ABC News that it was “a miracle” that Voigt spotted her problem on television. “I can’t express how grateful and thankful I am.”

This isn’t the first time that an HGTV show has helped someone spot thyroid cancer. In 2013, a registered nurse spotted a lump on the neck of Flip or Flop host Tarek El Moussa.

After she emailed the show’s producers, he went for tests and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 31. His thyroid was removed and he went through thyroid radioactive iodine therapy. The treatments worked, and his cancer went into remission.


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Florida Police Find Missing Woman's Arm In Captured Alligator

Florida wildlife officers made a grim discovery Friday in the belly of a captured monster alligator: the arm of a missing woman.

No one witnessed the attack, but a neighbor said 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was walking her two dogs Friday morning by a lake in Davie, a suburb of Miami, when she vanished. Only her barking dogs remained at the waterfront of Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park. One of the dogs had a fresh wound.

Her dogs won’t leave the pond,” Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel on Friday when the search began. “One of her dogs got bit by the gator.”

Ronald Washington of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday afternoon in an interview on WPLG-TV that the agency had captured a 12½-foot-long alligator at the lake and that a necropsy on the animal revealed the severed arm.

Wildlife commission officers were expected to remain at the park until Matsuki’s body is found. The search will continue through Saturday morning, according to an FWC spokesman.

A Davie resident recalled visiting the park a year ago and seeing a shockingly large alligator swim to the bank after her son threw bread in the water to feed the fish.

“That gator was there in a heartbeat,” she told the Sun Sentinel. “We never went back again.”

Three trappers had been hired to try to capture the animal over the last two years but had failed to do so, according to the newspaper.

“This is heartbreaking for everyone involved and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim,” said a statement from the wildlife commission.

Alligators live in all 67 of Florida’s counties. The last deadly attack was two years ago when a 2-year-old boy was killed at a lagoon at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Twenty-two people have been killed in alligator attacks in the state since 1948.

The area where the attack occurred will be closed to the public until further notice.

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