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San Francisco police chief calls for probe of his own force, as reporter whose home was raided seeks an apology
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- In an extraordinary move that capped two weeks of growing outrage sparked by the court-sanctioned San Francisco police raid of a reporter’s home, the city's police chief William Scott on Friday night acknowledged for the first time that the raid may have violated California state law and called for an outside, independent investigation into his own department. “Over the last 48 hours, I conducted a top-to-bottom review of San Francisco Police Department’s criminal investigation into the unauthorized release of the Jeff Adachi police report,” Scott wrote in a statement released Friday evening. “At the...
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Beloved mailman's retirement GoFundMe goal surpassed after Twitter thread chronicling last day goes viral
Jennifer Brett/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (MARIETTA, Ga.) -- A Twitter thread chronicling the story of mailman Floyd Martin's last day on the job in Marietta, Georgia, after 35 years of service, has gone viral reaching thousands and eliciting an overwhelming response both in sentiment and dollar signs. After the thread by Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Jennifer Brett propelled Martin to internet stardom, a GoFundMe campaign started to help Martin accomplish his retirement goal of traveling to Hawaii solicited more than $19,000 in donations and gained the attention of Delta Airlines, which offered to take care of his flight free of charge. Brett's...
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911 calls, body-cam footage released in fatal shooting of Australian woman by police
iStock/bizoo_n (MINNEAPOLIS) -- The 911 calls and some of the body-camera footage, capturing the scene after a Minneapolis police officer shot a woman who had called 911 repeatedly to report a possible sexual assault behind her home, have been released by a judge. On July 15, 2017, Justine Ruszczyk Damond called 911 to report what she feared was a woman being sexually assaulted in the alley behind her home in the city's Fulton neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint. "I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped," Damond tells the dispatcher in the first 911 call, which was...
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'I took back my freedom': Jayme Closs' powerful statement read as her kidnapper faces sentencing
DNY59/iStock (GORDON, Wis.) -- Jayme Closs vowed to never let her kidnapper take her freedom or her spirit from her in a powerful statement read at the sentencing hearing of Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to abducting 13-year-old Closs, killing her parents and then holding her captive until she escaped. "I was smarter," Closs said through a statement read in court on her behalf Friday. "I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take my courage. He thought he could...
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Rolling Thunder set to take final ride this Memorial Day weekend
Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- “Ride for Freedom”, comes to a close this Memorial Day weekend, bringing to an end a 31-year tradition of Rolling Thunder veterans riding motorcycles through the streets of Washington D.C., according to the event's organizers. The spectacle started in 1988 and has gradually accumulated support – netting more than a half a million participants last year – and pays tribute to American veterans. Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, told the Military Times that costs have become too much to handle at the national...
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More 'Varsity Blues' parents plead guilty as one parent who previously pleaded guilty in college admissions scandal assaulted by son
iStock/Graffizone (NEW YORK) -- A few days before beverage magnate Gregory Abbott pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the college admissions cheating scam, police say he was beaten up by one of his children in the family's swank Fifth Avenue home. Malcolm Abbott, who raps under the name "Billa," repeatedly struck his father with a ruler, and punched, bit and kicked him inside the family’s New York home on Sunday, the NYPD said. Malcolm Abbott was arrested two days later and charged with assault in the second degree. Gregory Abbott and his wife Marcia, who split their...
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5 former priests charged with sexual misconduct: 'Just the tip of the iceberg'
WXYZ (DETROIT) -- Calls to a tip line led to the arrests of five former Michigan priests over allegations of sexual misconduct. Michigan's attorney general announced the arrests Friday and detailed the charges against the men, who previously worked at different dioceses in the state. Michigan is one of at least 15 states or territories that have an active inquiry into sex abuse by Catholic clergy. Four of the five men named by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at a Friday news conference have been arrested. The fifth is now living in India and Nessel said authorities hope to extradite...
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Patrick Frazee pleads not guilty to the murder of his fiance Kelsey Berreth
Teller County Sheriff via KMGH (WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of killing his fiancé, Kelsey Berreth, in a vicious assault in her home, pleaded not guilty on Friday.At Friday's court appearance Frazee was shackled, dressed in a jail jumpsuit with a bulletproof vest, as his mother and sister looked on. Charges against him include murder and solicitation to commit murder.His trial was set for Oct. 28.Prosecutors allege the attack unfolded on Nov. 22, at Berreth's Woodland Park, Colorado, home.Frazee allegedly blindfolded Berreth and had her guess the scents of different candles, according to an arrest...
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Stormy weather awaits Plains, Midwest over Memorial Day weekend
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The storm system that brought 97 reported tornadoes to the central U.S. this week finally moved into the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, bringing an EF-1 tornado with winds of at least 86 mph.Meanwhile, the rain earlier in the week has caused the Arkansas River to continue to flood. It will be in record flood stage this weekend in the state of Arkansas.A very active holiday weekend pattern is expected from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes.The storm system that brought 11 tornadoes to western Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday expands and moves north into the...
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New virtual reality training tech takes cops directly into the minds of the mentally distressed
ABC (NEW YORK) -- It seems to happen almost every week: a cop in America is called to respond to some sort of disturbance -– a man with a weapon, a woman disrupting the midnight calm at an apartment complex, an escalating domestic dispute.Law enforcement arrives, confusion ensues, a shot is fired, and suddenly the subject is on the ground.Only in the aftermath does it emerge that the cop was not dealing with a violent criminal but someone having a psychiatric emergency: a schizophrenic episode, a problem with their medications, drug-induced psychosis, or a person with autism who is lost...
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Not enough 'outrage' in wake of rampant anti-transgender murders: Activists
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (DETROIT) -- Julisa Abad said she's one of the more fortunate transgender women in Detroit's Six Mile and Woodward area.The 34-year-old said she's never worked in the sex industry, but she understands why many others feel as if they don't have a choice."When I first moved to Detroit, despite everything that I brought to the table, I couldn't find employment," Abad told ABC News. "I hated that the social stigma, especially within the area that I lived in, was that all trans women are sex workers."Abad eventually landed a position as a victims' rights advocate with the...
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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts apologizes for alleged racist behavior toward black students
Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images (BOSTON) -- The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is apologizing after a teacher posted publicly that her middle school students were the subjects of racist behavior during a visit last week.Marvelyne Lamy, a seventh-grade teacher from Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester, Mass., just outside Boston, posted on her Facebook page on Monday that the school group was "racially profiled" during a trip to the museum on May 14. The class was made up entirely of black and brown students, she wrote."At the very beginning of the tour, one of the staff gave an overview...
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