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A National Tragedy: Police Violence and the Black Community

An Ongoing Parade of Police Violence

The country of late has been front-and-center witness to an ongoing parade of police violence, particularly against young black men. Since the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to Freddie Grey’s death in a Baltimore police van in April of this year, there has been a steady stream of fatal incidents involving the police and black men, for the most part, young men. And these are just the incidents that have made national headlines.

At the center of these violent endings to black lives lies the violation of a trust that we, the American public, have long chosen to place in the men and women that are charged with enforcing our laws. That trust entails only enforcing the law, does not include the power of judge, jury, and executioner as a small number of officers seem to think. It goes without saying that the job of police officers is a highly dangerous one, sometimes requiring split-second life or death decisions. Yet, almost all of the recent headline grabbing killings have resulted from circumstances in which there was no split second decision, there was an opportunity for a choice.

Is Cyberbullying a Crime?

As more and more teens take to the Internet and social media as part of their everyday lives, bullying has gone from hallways and locker-rooms to Facebook and Twitter. But is cyberbullying legally considered a crime? And if so, how do you protect your kids and also protect your kids from being falsely accused of it?

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as the use of the Internet and/or mobile technology to harass, intimidate, annoy, or cause harm to another. While bullying is not a new thing, it has become far more prevalent and some might say harsher now that it has moved to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as text messages and emails. Now bullying can be viewed by peers and acquaintances, causing a much wider spread of embarrassment, shame, and depression. Almost all 50 states have cyberbullying laws in place, or at least electronic harassment provisions.

Internet Crime and Your Defense

As internet crime becomes more prevalent across the U.S., it’s important to know how to protect yourself against it, but also to know how to protect yourself if you are accused of it.

People Fear Internet Crime and Want More Security

According to a survey of 2,028 U.S. adults conducted in September by the Harris Poll, nearly 3 out of 4 adults have change their online behaviors as a result of the threat of cybercrime. That means that 74% of those surveyed believe that they needed to change their habits in order to remain safe when using the internet.

Bail and How Bail Bonds Work

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious crime, chances are you will need to secure a bail bond to be released from jail. While most people’s knowledge or interaction with bail bonds is likely limited – you might imagine a judge banging his gavel and yelling “Bail is set at 1 million” – this is not quite how bail bonds work. You might also have seen numerous ads and commercials advertising bail bonds, but until you’ve dealt directly with needing to post bail, chances are you will need to brush up on your bail bond knowledge.

What Does “Bail” Mean?

Bail is an agreement that is made between the court and the defendant, in which the defendant agrees to post a certain amount of money in order to ensure that they will return to their scheduled court date. When the defendant returns to court on that day, as has been stated in the agreement, they get their money back.

Willie Reed Facing Domestic Violence Charges

Willie Reed of the Los Angeles Clippers was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor battery charges. He allegedly attacked his wife following an argument.

Charges of Domestic Violence Against Willie Reed

According to Reed’s wife, the basketball center dragged her across the apartment, pulled her hair and grabbed her by the wrist during an argument this past Saturday night in Miami.

Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver Hits 8 People in Los Angeles

According to authorities, this past Sunday a suspected hit-and-run driver plowed into a crowd of diners on a Los Angeles sidewalk, injuring at least eight people.

8 People Hit in Los Angeles by Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver

According to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. C. Barlow, the suspected hit-and-run driver, ran a red light and smashed into a tan Ford at an intersection outside The Fish Shop restaurant in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood.

Basketball Star Faces Assault and Battery Charges

A couple have filed an assault and battery lawsuit against Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors in connection with two alleged physical encounters that occurred in Michigan last summer.

Assault and Battery Charges Against Basketball Star

Jermaine Edmondson and his girlfriend Bianca Williams of Woodland Hills, CA allege that Green assaulted and bullied them when they ran into him on two successive evenings last summer in East Lansing, Mich.

Uber Driver Faces Sexual Assault and Kidnapping Charges

According to Los Angeles police, a 46-year-old Uber driver was recently arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping. According to the police report, the intoxicated Uber passenger was taken to a hotel and attacked.

Sexual Assault and Kidnapping Charges Against Uber Driver

Los Angeles police are alleging that Alaric Spence, a driver for the popular ride-sharing system Uber picked up a 24-yearold woman in downtown LA and took her to a motel on Lankershim Boulevard and sexually assaulted her. The woman was intoxicated and had called the service to drive her from downtown to her home in Hollywood.

The ACLU Responds to LAPD Use of Body Cameras

Body cameras have now become a part of LAPD crime enforcement despite outcry by the ACLU.

Recent Use of Body Cameras

Just yesterday two LAPD officers responded to a call reporting a woman armed with some sort of knife. The woman, Norma Guzman, 37, died at a hospital following the officer involved shooting, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Cosby Case Declared a Mistrial

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case has ended in a mistrial after the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania jury announced they were unable to come to a unanimous decision. Deadlocked for the second time after deliberating for multiple days.

Mistrial Declared in Cosby Case

Cosby’s sexual assault trial, which centered on charges that the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, was declared a mistrial after a jury found itself deadlocked after multiple days of deliberations. According to one juror, the decision was held up by two of the twelve jurors.

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