Charlotte officer who shot, killed Keith Lamont Scott won't face charges

Apr 22, 2017 16

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott will not face any internal disciplinary action from the department.

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The news followed a lengthy investigation into the September 20, 2016 shooting. 

It was determined Officer Brently Vinson was justified in his actions. 

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Scott’s shooting death lead to several days of protesting and marches in the City of Charlotte. 

Talking with the family’s attorney Charles Monnett, they don’t agree with this ruling. 

“Mrs. Scott is extremely disappointed by the decision. She feels strongly that some sort of disciplinary action was appopriate,” said Monnett. 

Scott’s lawyer refers back to CMPD’s policy which states an officer isn’t allowed to use deadly force against a suspect unless there’s aggravated aggression towards that officer — meaning his or life is in imminent danger. 

He doesn’t feel Scott fit that description.

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Family, friends hold funeral for Facebook shooting victim Robert Godwin Sr.

Apr 22, 2017 17

The family of Robert Godwin Sr. were saying their final goodbyes Saturday to a man they say was kind, gentle and taught them the importance of forgiveness.

“It’s not always easy to forgive, but we know it’s what we have to do, and it’s what my father taught us to do,” said Tonya R. Godwin- Baines, one of Godwin’s 10 children. “So we forgive Mr. Stephens.”

Godwin was shot to death Sunday after an Easter celebration while walking on East 93rd Street in Cleveland.

Steve Stephens, 37, was the alleged shooter and posted video of the killing on Facebook. After a multi-state manhunt, Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pa., Tuesday.

Godwin’s funeral service is being held at River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid. It will begin with a wake from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The funeral service will then begin at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a procession to Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

The service is open to the public.

Family members say they are extremely grateful for all the support they received from the community.

Godwin’s family members say it is very important to them that their father to be remembered for the good he did in his life, not for the horrific video. They are asking people to please not share the video.

“My father loved to fish, he taught me to fish and he taught me so much ,” said Robert Godwin Jr. “I want people to remember him like I do.”

The 74-year-old loved spending countless hours at Lake Erie and being with his family.

“At Thanksgiving this year I had everyone at my house and he really enjoyed that,” said Godwin-Baines. “I am so glad we had that time together.”

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Deputy shoots suspect during confrontation on interstate

Apr 22, 2017 11

A southwest Florida sheriff’s deputy shot a man during a confrontation on Interstate 75.

The News-Press reports (http://newspr.es/2pQo9hu ) that the shooting happened early Saturday. Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters that the deputy had responded to a 911 call for service on the interstate when the suspect confronted her with a gun.

The deputy shot him. Marceno did not release the name of the deputy or the suspect.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The deputy was not hurt.

Interstate 75 southbound in Fort Myers for several hours after the shooting but has reopened.

Assault charge dropped in punch outside Trump campaign rally

Apr 22, 2017 11

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against a 73-year-old man who police say hit a woman outside of a Donald Trump campaign rally in North Carolina last September.

Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams told the Citizen-Times of Asheville (http://avlne.ws/2oTJK7k ) that the case was dismissed after prosecutors spoke to the victim, 69-year-old Shirley Teter.

Teter initially told police she was punched in the face outside of the Trump rally. Williams wouldn’t say why his office decided not to press the case. His office’s court filing cites “prosecutorial discretion.”

A lawyer for Richard Campbell said the man had poor eyesight and was trying to brush off someone who touched his back when he hit Teter.

Charges against three other people arrested outside the same rally have also been dismissed.

Trump visiting Walter Reed military hospital

Apr 22, 2017 10

President Donald Trump plans to visit wounded service members at a military hospital outside Washington.

It will be Trump’s first visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he was looking forward to “seeing our bravest and greatest Americans.”

First lady Melania Trump was expected to join the president.

Trump planned to meet with about a dozen service members who are receiving care at the hospital. He’s also expected to award at least one Purple Heart, the U.S. military’s decoration given to those wounded or killed in action.

Family, friends hold funeral for Facebook shooting victim

Apr 22, 2017 10

The family of Robert Godwin Sr. were saying their final goodbyes Saturday to a man they say was kind, gentle and taught them the importance of forgiveness.

“It’s not always easy to forgive, but we know it’s what we have to do, and it’s what my father taught us to do,” said Tonya R. Godwin- Baines, one of Godwin’s 10 children. “So we forgive Mr. Stephens.”

Godwin was shot to death Sunday after an Easter celebration while walking on East 93rd Street in Cleveland.

Steve Stephens, 37, was the alleged shooter and posted video of the killing on Facebook. After a multi-state manhunt, Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pa., Tuesday.

Godwin’s funeral service is being held at River of Life Ministries on Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid. It will begin with a wake from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The funeral service will then begin at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a procession to Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

The service is open to the public.

Family members say they are extremely grateful for all the support they received from the community.

Godwin’s family members say it is very important to them that their father to be remembered for the good he did in his life, not for the horrific video. They are asking people to please not share the video.

“My father loved to fish, he taught me to fish and he taught me so much ,” said Robert Godwin Jr. “I want people to remember him like I do.”

The 74-year-old loved spending countless hours at Lake Erie and being with his family.

“At Thanksgiving this year I had everyone at my house and he really enjoyed that,” said Godwin-Baines. “I am so glad we had that time together.”

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Tennessee Amber Alert: Kidnapped teen back with family, lawyers say

Apr 22, 2017 10

Attorneys for Elizabeth Thomas, who allegedly was kidnapped in Tennessee last month, say she is “comfortable and resting” in a safe location with family and friends.

The 15-year-old was rescued by police in a remote area of California on Thursday after a man from Nashville befriended the girl and her former high school teacher before calling police.

Attorney S. Jason Whatley in a statement says Thomas is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma. The family says they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the nation and ask for continued prayers as Thomas “becomes able to process the last 39 days.”

The family is also asking for privacy to focus on Thomas’ healing.

Whatley also added a personal note, saying he was “taken aback” that Thomas is a “little child” after meeting her for the first time. “She could easily pass for 12,” Whatley says. “The primary photo used and reprinted so many times by law enforcement, the media, and even our office is inaccurate. She is a little girl in every sense of the word. This was the abduction of an impressionable, little child.”

As Thomas begins her road to recovery Tad Cummins will be arraigned on Monday in a Sacramento, California court on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines. He will also face state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

The Cummins family issued a statement of their own on Friday, sharing their hope for Thomas’ recovery. The family also stated they had no “comment nor opinion” on what should or should not happen” to Cummins.

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Rare parchment copy of Declaration of Independence found by Harvard researchers

Apr 22, 2017 33

An extremely rare copy of the Declaration of Independence has been found in an obscure records office in southern England.

The National Archives in Washington has the only other parchment document like it, say Harvard researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen.

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They uncovered the copy at the West Sussex Records Office, in Chichester, England.

The Sussex archive listed the document as “manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America,” in its online catalog.

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“I’d found vague descriptions of other copies of the Declaration that turned out to be 19th-century reproductions of the signed parchment in the National Archives, so that was what I was expecting,” Sneff  told the Harvard Gazette. “What struck me as significant was that it said manuscript on parchment.”

Sneff was sent a disc with photos of the document.

“When I looked at it closely, I started to see details, like names that weren’t in the right order — John Hancock isn’t listed first, there’s a mark at the top that looks like an erasure, the text has very little punctuation in it — and it’s in a handwriting I hadn’t seen before,” she said. “As those details started adding up, I brought it to Danielle’s attention and we realized this was different from any other copy we had seen.”

The researchers said the signers on the Sussex version are not broken down by state, something that distinguishes it from the copy in the National Archives.

The two dated the document to the 1780s and that it originally belonged to a Duke of Richmond known as the “Radical Duke” for his support of Americans during the Revolutionary War.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Milo Yiannopoulos plans 'comeback' at UC Berkeley

Apr 22, 2017 16

Former Breitbart News editor and professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is planning a comeback at the University of California, Berkeley.

Yiannopolous announced plans for a multi-day event at the liberal university in a Facebook post, Fox & Friends reported Saturday.

In February, protesters threw rocks, broke windows and set fires outside the school’s student union building to protest a campus event featuring Yiannopoulos. The event was cancelled.

That same month, video surfaced of him condoning sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and laughing off the Catholic Church’s pedophile priest scandal.

He resigned from Breitbart after his bosses called his comments indefensible and appalling. He also lost a lucrative book deal.

“In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multi-day event called Milo’s Free Speech Week in Berkeley later this year,” Yiannopolous said on Facebook.

”We will stand united against the ‘progressive’ Left,” he said. “We will loudly reject the venomous hectoring and moral hypocrisy of social justice warriors. Free speech belongs to everyone — not just the spoilt brats of the academy.”

Berkeley is bracing for trouble next week after the conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to show up at an event the university cancelled citing threats of rioting.

Officials, police and even the campus Republicans who invited Coulter say there is reason to fear violence in what is being called the Battle for Berkeley.

Berkeley’s reputation as one of the country’s most liberal universities, in one of America’s most liberal cities, has made it a flashpoint for the nation’s political divisions in the era of Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported.

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Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates

Apr 22, 2017 14

New York City is betting on a plan to offer jobs to released jail inmates as a way to break the cycle of incarceration.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $10 million-a-year “jails to jobs” initiative will guarantee all Rikers Island inmates serving sentences of a year or less a chance at short-term employment once they do their time. The jobs will last up to eight weeks, with hourly wages covered by taxpayer money rather than the pockets of the employers.

Supporters say transitional jobs are a good investment because research shows that inmates who get them are less likely to break the law again and go back to the notorious jail, where costs of housing each prisoner can top $200,000 a year.

Critics say it wastes money by rewarding criminals.