(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.
(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.
(Bronx, NY) – Five people are under arrest in the brutal murder of a Bronx teenager. Speaking with NY1, the victim’s mother said she is heartbroken by his senseless death.
Two of the suspects in the killing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz were taken into custody in the Bronx. Three others were in Paterson, NJ. Police say more arrests are expected. The five are allegedly members of a Dominican gang known as Trinitarios.
Guzman-Feliz was hacked to death in a bodega on East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue with a machete and knives in what officials believe was a case of mistaken identity. The teen was a member of the NYPD’s Explorers youth program and wanted to become a detective.
A wake is being held today and tomorrow, a funeral on Wednesday, for the Bronx teenager murdered in a machete attack
(Santa Fe, TX) – The family of the Texas high school shooting suspect is speaking out after the tragedy. The Pagourtzis family released a statement yesterday saying they’re just as shocked and confused as everyone else and are eager for answers as to why this happened.
The family says while they haven’t been told much about Friday’s mass shooting, the media reports they’ve seen seem “incompatible” with the boy they love.
They said they will cooperate with authorities and also extended condolences to those impacted by the incident. Ten people were killed and 13 injured when suspect 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School.
(New York, NY) – Rudy Giuliani says President Donald Trump paid back attorney Michael Cohen for the 130-thousand dollar payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. That contradicts statements Trump made that he was not aware of the payment and didn’t know where Cohen got the money.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Giuliani said the payment was “perfectly legal” because it was not campaign money. The former New York City mayor and former federal prosecutor recently joined Trump’s legal team. Daniels claims she was paid the money by Cohen to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
When asked if Trump knew about the payment, Giuliani said he knew about the “general arrangement” but didn’t know the specifics.
(San Diego, CA) – The first members of a migrant caravan are being allowed into the U.S. to seek asylum. Eight women and children entered U.S. territory at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego to make their claim for asylum.
They’re part of a group of Central American migrants who traveled across Mexico to the border in hopes of getting protection from U.S. authorities. A larger group from the caravan is waiting on the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana in hopes of being allowed to ask for asylum in the U.S.
(Washington, DC) – Joe Biden is giving himself until the end of the year to decide whether to run for President in 2020. In an interview on MSNBC, the former vice president says he would decide by the end of the year whether to seek the Democratic nomination.
The Delawarean noted he has favorable polling on his potential candidacy, and is waiting to see whether Democrats will field a viable winner before making his choice. The 75-year-old Biden didn’t run in 2016 after the death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer.
He will weigh a possible run against the impact it might have on his family.
(Washington, DC) – The Justice Department announced multiple indictments in the seizure of Backpage.com. Four Valley residents are charged in the 93-count indictment, including founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, Scott Spear, and John “Jed” Brunst.
Three Texans are also charged. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Backpage.com was the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults.
(Mansfield, TX) – (AP) Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested Wednesday at his North Texas home and charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend accused him of beating her severely at his home. Boykin was arrested at his Mansfield, Texas, home after Mansfield police reviewed footage of a March 21 incident captured by Boykin’s security video system, according to a police statement.He’s been booked into the Mansfield city jail and remains without bond, pending arraignment.
The Seattle Seahawks released Boykin from its practice squad Tuesday after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin’s girlfriend in which she alleged he broke her jaw. Boykin, 24, has denied the allegations, and his agent Drew Pittman told the station the allegations are false. Calls to Pittman by The Associated Press went unanswered Wednesday.
The assault allegation is the latest off-field issue for Boykin,who has spent his NFL career with Seattle.He was arrested in Dallas last year when a vehicle he was a passenger in hit several people on a sidewalk. He fled the scene on foot but was later arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana.In 2015, Boykin was arrested for assaulting a police officer and public intoxication shortly before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio during his senior season at TCU. Boykin, who was the team’s quarterback, was suspended for the bowl game.
(Bellefonte, PA) – Involuntary manslaughter charges are being dismissed for the five former fraternity members in the hazing death of Penn State sophomore. A judge rendered the decision today involving the Beta Theta Pi members during a preliminary hearing that began Friday.
The judge bound over conspiracy to commit hazing charges for two of them. Timothy Piazza was heavily intoxicated when he fell several times during a pledge event last year and died of head and abdominal injuries.
The same judge also tossed the same involuntary manslaughter charges and felony charges of aggravated assault last year.