(Chicago, IL) – The Chicago Police Department is releasing the body cam footage of an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead. In a press conference yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department is releasing the video in the interest of transparency and to dispel inaccurate information.
Violent protests broke out over the weekend after officers fatally shot 37-year-old Harith Augustus during a confrontation in South Shore, Illinois. Two foot patrol officers approached Augustus about a concealed weapon.
Police say Augustus reached for his weapon, which resulted in the officers opening fire. Johnson is urging the public to let the facts guide their decision about the situation, not emotions or political pressure. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is reviewing the incident.
(New York, NY) – Cardi B is leading this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations. The Bronx-born rap artist received ten nominations, including video, song and artist of the year, while Beyonce and Jay-Z received eight nominations.
Other top nominees include Childish Gambino, Drake, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran. The awards will be given out live from Radio City Music Hall on August 20th at 9 p.m. Eastern.
(SL) – A documentary introduced at the SF International Film Festival on the late comedian Robin Williams will make its TV debut tonight. Come Inside My Mind premieres on HBO at 8:00 p.m.
The film uses unaired footage from Mork & Mindy and candid interviews with Williams and his family and friends. Critics are praising the documentary, saying it celebrates his life and is “funny, yet heartbreaking.” The beloved entertainer, who called the Bay Area home, died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 63. Only a handful of people knew Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – A tentative timeline is set for the trial of the accused Parkland school shooter. Nikolas Cruz faces a possible death sentence for the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
A Broward County judge today proposed a September 2019 start date for Cruz’s trial of Nikolas Cruz. The judge also heard arguments on whether statements Cruz made to detectives following his arrest should be made public.
The teen’s lawyers say releasing the statements would taint a potential jury pool.
(Stanislaus County, CA) – California authorities are praising a gas station clerk who helped a woman escape the men who kidnapped her. Last week Savannah Pritchett was at work when a woman walked inside and said she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted and needed help escaping her captors.
Pritchett snuck the victim a cell phone and locked her in the store’s bathroom until police appeared. Police arrested two men in the store and later detained two accomplices. In an interview on Good Morning America, Pritchett shied away from being called a hero, saying she hopes anyone else in her position would do the same thing.
(Atlanta, GA) – Two police officers in Georgia are being placed on leave after they used a coin-toss to decide if they should arrest a woman or not. Body cam footage reveals Officer Courtney Brown and Officer Kristee Wilson discussing what they should do with a woman named Sarah Webb after she was caught speeding.
The officers used the terms A” or arrest for heads, and “R” for release for tails during the coin toss. They ended up arresting Webb and charging her with speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions. A prosecutor has dismissed those charges. Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant says he’s appalled by the incident and an internal investigation has been launched.
(Havana) – Cuba is set to recognize private property under a new constitution, a first for the communist state. Property sales had been outlawed after Fidel Castro took power in 1959 but were allowed after a change in 2011. The new constitution is up for a vote in the national assembly later this month, followed by a popular referendum later in the year.
The changes could offer more protection for private and foreign investors. The proposed constitution also limits presidents to two five-year terms and bans discrimination based on gender, ethnicity or disability.
(Decatur, GA) – A paraplegic man in a wheelchair is facing charges for allegedly zip-tying and shooting a stripper with a stun gun because she wouldn’t have sex with him. Police in Decatur, Georgia say 31-year-old Johnnie Thompson paid a stripper last week to come to his house, then tied her ankles and demanded sex.
She refused, so Thompson, paralyzed from the waist down, shot her in the chest with a TASER then fired a handgun at her. She managed to escape through a window and called 911. Thompson was charged Tuesday with false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Police say it’s not the first time Thompson has been accused of attacking a stripper.
(Louisville, KY) – The founder of Papa John’s is explaining his use of a racial slur in a conference call. John Schnatter says he was conducting a training exercise when he admittedly used the N word as an example of how not to behave. Schnatter also claims his marketing agency tried to blackmail him for six-million-dollars before leaking the call, as reported by WLKY.
Several sports teams are cutting ties with the company over this recent scandal, meanwhile, executives at Papa John’s are working to re-brand the company’s image and advertisements without Schnatter’s face.
(Lancaster, CA) – A trial date is expected to be set Tuesday at the Antelope Valley Courthouse in Lancaster for the teenage student charged with making a threat against Quartz Hill High School. Miguel Pena faced a total of four felony counts in connection with last February’s incident. However — three of them were later dismissed. Prosecutors say Pena made a verbal threat of violence to take place on campus. A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station official said “deputies determined there was no credible threat to the school,” its students or its faculty. Sheriff’s deputies later discovered the defendant was taken to a hospital on an unrelated incident.
Pena was arrested February 28th just before he was released from the hospital. He’s being held on 200-thousand-dollars bail.