Bat-wielding trio of naked women spark police chase in Florida

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Three naked teenage women led Florida police on a wild car chase that ended with them tased and in cuffs after they allegedly tried to attack the officers with their vehicle and a metal bat, according to report.

The revealing incident occurred after Florida Highway Patrol troopers received a call about three women in the buff at a rest stop on northbound Interstate 75 around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, CBS affiliate WTSP reported.

“There’s three women standing in the nude putting on suntan lotion,” a trooper can be heard radioing to a dispatcher, according to the news outlet.

When the trooper confronted the women — identified as Oasis Mcleod, 18, Jeniyah Mcleod, 19, and Cecilia Young, 19 — they said they were simply “air drying” after showering before they hopped back into their white 2009 Nissan Sentra and drove off.

The trooper initially pursued the vehicle on the highway, but backed off because the chase did not fit Florida Highway Patrol protocol, the news site reported.

Shortly after, police went after the Nissan when another motorist called cops to report a “reckless vehicle” on the road.

Authorities then tracked down the Sentra, which they found parked and empty at a convenience store parking lot at State Road 52 and Curley Road in Pasco County.

As a trooper tried to take one of the women into custody as she exited the store, another of the women attempted to drive the car at the trooper, police said.

Then another woman emerged from the vehicle with a metal bat and tried to strike the trooper after he jumped out of the way of the moving vehicle.

An officer in a patrol car purposely crashed into the suspects’ vehicle before all three women managed to flee in their vehicle.

The Dade City Police Department also responded to the chase and used spike strips to deflate the Sentra’s tires.

While in the car, the brazen women interlocked arms in an attempt to avoid arrest after authorities smashed the windows of the vehicle.

Cops used a Taser on the women before they were taken into custody and booked at the Pasco County Jail, authorities said.

They face charges of fleeing to elude, three counts of resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of lewd behavior, according to WTSP.

Several troopers suffered minor injuries in the fiasco.

 

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Morehouse College Will Admit Transgender Male Students In 2020 — But The Policy Excludes Trans Women

“Morehouse is missing a crucial opportunity to become more inclusive by purposefully excluding trans female students,” Tatiana Rafael, a current student who identifies as a transsexual woman, told BuzzFeed News.

Morehouse graduate Jamal Lewis returns for Homecoming, from a 2015 BuzzFeed News feature.

Morehouse College, the only all-male historically black college in the US, announced that it would begin admitting transgender men next year in a new policy that the college’s board of trustees approved on Saturday. While non-binary and gender non-conforming students will be eligible for admission, trans women will not be, and students who transition or begin to self-identify as female during their tenure at Morehouse will not be eligible to receive a degree from the college.

“Once admitted to the College, all students are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse,” the new policy states. And in an FAQ about the policy, the school confirmed that non-binary and gender non-conforming students are also eligible for admission.

“We are a place that’s been around for the last 152 years doing nothing but educating the minds of young men, and we are not stopping that now,” Terrence Dixon, Morehouse’s vice president for enrollment management, told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “We’ve never shied away from social issues, and it’s a time for us to be the leaders that we are … to address gender identity in our rapidly changing world.”

Morehouse, in Atlanta, George, is a college with a rich history and distinguished alumni — among them, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Its president, David Thomas, refers to it as “the West Point of black male development.”

The college’s announcement is the latest in the trend of single-gender schools revisiting admissions policies for transgender students. Mills College in Oakland, California was the first women’s college to admit transgender women in 2014. Spelman College, the all-female HBCU that shares an affiliation with Morehouse, adopted a new gender identity policy for students in 2017, and the first transgender woman graduated in 2018. But the road to colleges reversing their positions on admissions policies for trans students has rarely been smooth. Smith College, in Massachusetts, drew national attention and sparked student protests when it refused to admit a transgender woman in 2013, before finally agreeing to admit transgender women in 2015.

Among all-male schools, Morehouse is the first in the country to adopt a transgender policy. Still, some students and alumni say the school’s policy is not as progressive as it first looks.

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Titi Naomi Tukes, a former Morehouse college student who graduated in 2017 and now works as a management consultant, told BuzzFeed News that they “unequivocally disapprove of” the new policy.

“It appears to be half-baked,” said Tukes, the former co-chair of Morehouse College Safe Space, the school’s alliance for gender and sexual diversities. “And at worst, it is violent and a clear target against trans femmes which includes women and nonbinary femmes.”

In Tukes’ view, the policy would create a hostile environment that implicitly tells certain students that they are not welcome there. “Trans women will be antagonized and expunged from the college,” they said.

Tukes added that to their knowledge, the school did not seek input from trans members of the community before implementing the policy.

Dixon disputed this, saying the policy was in development for 15 months and had “a large swath of community engagement” from members of Morehouse College.

Asked whether the school had any trans women as students, Dixon said he was aware of one, but added that the policy would not have an impact until the fall of 2020.

“This is all very new to the entire community,” Dixon said. “This is not something that’s going to change overnight or for the next year. We will form another group that will talk about how this will all play out for us operationally in implementation.”

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Tatiana Rafael, a current student at Morehouse College who identifies as a transsexual woman, told BuzzFeed News she believes the policy is discriminatory against trans women students. She said she believed the policy would not affect her ability to graduate because she was “grandfathered in” before the policy would be fully implemented. “[I will] make history as the first fully transitioned woman in the school’s 152-year history and the first female on the student record since the 1930s to earn a degree,” she said.

At the same time, Rafael said she feels it is unfortunate for the trans women who come after her at Morehouse College, who won’t be allowed to matriculate. “Morehouse is missing a crucial opportunity to become more inclusive by purposefully excluding trans female students,” she said.

This is not the first time Morehouse College has faced challenges around LGBT or gender identity issues. In 2002, a 19-year-old student was accused of beating a fellow student with a bat when he mistook the actions of the latter as a sexual advance. In November 2015, BuzzFeed News published a story about Jamal Lewis, a Morehouse student who struggled with how to conduct himself/herself as an individual that identified himself/herself outside of the gender binary.

For Tukes, the bottom line is that a student’s gender identity, especially in the crucial formative years of college, is a journey for each person. “In my opinion, a private institution, which offers a social and public good, should not have the right to tell private citizens that they do not have the right to be at a college after they’ve been admitted,” they told BuzzFeed News.

 

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Ilhan Omar Arrested in 2013 For Trespassing, Booked At Hennepin County Jail

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State Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested in 2013 for trespassing and booked at Hennepin County Jail “to prevent further criminal conduct,” according to a newly uncovered police report.

The incident took place on January 18, 2013 following an event at the Minneapolis Convention Center featuring former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali president was set to stay the night at the Hotel Ivy, causing large groups of Somalis to follow the presidential convoy to the hotel, including Omar.

According to the police report, hotel staff requested police assistance in clearing the lobby, saying that anyone without a hotel room key was not welcome on the premises and needed to leave immediately. The officer handling the incident said the majority of people who were asked to leave were compliant. However, Omar, when approached, was “argumentative” and refused to leave.

“As she stood her ground and refused to leave I took hold of her left elbow to escort her from the lobby. Omar then pulled away from me stating, ‘Don’t put your hands on me!’ Others in her group complied and began walking toward the front entry/exit door as I ordered and I managed to coax Omar out with them,” the police report reads.

Ten minutes after the original encounter, the officer reports finding Omar seated in a different area of the lobby. According to the officer’s account, Omar “remained defiant” as he informed her that she would be arrested for trespassing if she didn’t leave.

Since she refused to comply with orders, the officer arrested Omar. The officer reached for Omar’s left arm to get her to stand so she could be handcuffed, but she pulled away. The officer handcuffed her while she stayed seated in the hotel lobby chair.

“Omar was booked at [Hennepin County Jail] as I felt it was likely that she would fail to respond to a citation and she also demonstrated that she was going to continue her criminal behavior,” the officer wrote.

View the police report below:

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