Sex offender caught in bed with teens by roommate: cops

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A registered sex offender in Florida was caught in bed with two teenage girls after his roommate reported him to authorities, police said.

Mitchell Thurston, 34, was arrested after his roommate called his probation officer and reported that Thurston had a young girl staying with him, WESH reports.

The probation officer later responded to Thurston’s home in Orlando, where he was found in bed with two juvenile girls, one of whom told investigators she had been homeless and lived in a nearby wooded area before meeting Thurston at a bus stop. Thurston then invited her to his home, where she had been staying for about a month, she told police.

The second girl — who was previously reported missing by her mother — also met Thurston at a bus stop before going to his home, police said. He’s now facing battery and child molestation charges.

One of the girls said Thurston touched her inappropriately on two occasions while they were together in bed. Both are about 16 years old, WFTV reports.

In 2008, Thurston was convicted sexual battery on a child under 12 and was sentenced by a judge to nearly two years in prison. He was also placed under supervision as a registered sex offender for 10 years, according to the station.

Thurston’s roommate, who asked not to be identified, said he simply had to act after spotting the young girls with Thurston.

“It’s just something that I had to do,” the man told WFTV. “I just don’t feel right. Something should be done.”

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Watch: Dashcam video released of woman who claimed a Texas cop sexually assaulted her!!

sheritaThe Texas Department of Public Safety released arrest footage of a black woman who claimed the arresting officer repeatedly sexually assaulted her. But an internal investigation rendered reports that said the dashcam footage did not support the woman’s claims.

Texas law enforcement released footage featuring the arrest of Sherita Dixon Cole, and her account of the night — which included lurid allegations of sexual assault — were proven entirely false as a result.

Now the state’s Department of Public Safety is calling Cole’s lie a “despicable, slanderous, and false accusation,” and even Cole’s attorney has jumped ship on his support for her.

What’s the background here?

Activist and writer Shaun King reported allegationson Sunday that a Texas state trooper sexually assaulted a black woman during a traffic stop.

According to the report, an officer pulled the woman — Sherita Dixon Cole — over early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

After standard sobriety tests — and passing them, according to King — the officer reportedly decided to take Cole into custody anyway, simply because he didn’t like her “attitude.”

The officer reportedly placed Cole in the front seat, and the rest, as they say, is history.

King reported Cole’s graphic account, which alleged that the officer had sexually assaulted her several times on the way to the police station.

Cole was reportedly booked for DUI/DWI upon arrival at the station.

She reportedly visited a hospital after she was released later on Sunday.

An internal investigation rendered reports that said the dashcam footage did not support Cole’s claims.

A statementfrom the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that dashcam footage would be made public so long as the district attorney cleared the reveal.

What is being said now?

The district attorney did clear the tape’s release, and the footage was revealed Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video and wrote in a statement shared on Facebook:

On May 20, 2018, at approximately 1:32 a.m., a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper observed a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Interstate 35 in Ellis County near U.S. 287. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Based on the traffic stop, the driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The driver, identified as Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, from Grapevine, was arrested and transported to the Ellis County Jail, where she was charged with DWI.

Following the arrest, spurious and false accusations related to this traffic stop were made against the Texas Trooper. Upon learning of those allegations, the Texas Department of Public Safety immediately took action to review the video in connection with this traffic stop and arrest. The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect. The Department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.

At the department’s request, the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed video of the traffic stop and arrest, and authorized the release of the video. The department today proactively and publicly released the video captured by the Trooper’s body camera, which can be viewed in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aptl7ot189o.

(Note: Certain sections of the video have been blurred or rendered inaudible to protect information that is confidential by state statute, including Cole’s personally identifiable information.)

You can watch the video in its entirety below.

S. Lee Merritt, Cole’s attorney, released a statement on Tuesday defending the Texas police department.

Merritt wrote:

The body camera footage released directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office. There is no readily apparent evidence of tampering with the footage. Officer Daniel Hubbard seems to comport himself professionally during the duration of the traffic stop and arrest and— without more— should be cleared of any wrongdoing. It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern. This office regularly receives hundreds of complaints of abuse from across the nation and we are obligated to filter these messages thoroughly before relaying them to our powerful allies. Our office necessarily takes claims of abuse— particularly by law enforcement officers— very seriously. It is our responsibility to call for swift, transparent and thorough investigation into any such accusation. Our calls for professionalism and adherence to protocol, however, should not be misconstrued as a rush to judgment. To the contrary, our goal in presenting claims of misconduct is to arrive as quickly and as accurately as possible to the truth. We are thankful to the members of the community willing to echo our demands for transparency and justice. However, in this matter it seems your righteous vigilance was abused.

King has yet to tweet about the latest development, and has, in fact, apparently removedhis initial posting from Facebook, which went viral shortly after the time of posting.

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A white woman sees a black man inspecting a house and calls the cops. But there’s a twist!

The police show up — and arrests, or angry conversations, or cries of racism follow.

That seemed to be the trajectory of an incident in Memphis earlier this month, but then there was an unusual twist. When the police showed, they backed the black guy.

A wave, then a dispute

On May 5, African-American real estate investor Michael Hayes was inspecting a house he’s interested in buying in a Memphis neighborhood.

He was pulling a board off the boarded-up home’s front down when a woman next door came outside. Hayes said he waved to her. The woman, who is white, asked him what he was doing. He pointed to the sign he had placed in the front yard.

“I told her that I had a contract and that I was an investor,” Hayes, who wanted to get inside the house to take pictures, told CNN. “But she wasn’t listening to that. She didn’t want to hear it.”

She said he had no right to be in her neighborhood and should leave, Hayes said. Then she called the police.

The police show up

At this point Hayes, who often records his activities as a real estate investor for his YouTube channel, pulled out his smartphone and started recording.

He was rolling when a squad car from the Memphis Police Department rolled up. The video shows Hayes explaining why he was at the home to a Memphis police officer.

The officer, soon joined by a second officer, seems to be convinced that Hayes has done nothing wrong and tells him that if he has anymore problems with the woman to call him back over to the house “and she will go to jail today.”

The officer then walks over to the woman’s yard and talks to her, warning her to leave Hayes alone.

“He’s just gonna go in there and do what he’s got to do. You’re going to let him do what he’s going to do,” the officer, motioning to Hayes and the house, says to the woman. “If you try to do anything to stop him, I’m going to take you to jail.”

Hayes then asks if one of the officers will stay on the scene for about five minutes so that he can finish his work.

A police report on the confrontation was not filed because “no criminal act was committed,” Lt. Karen Rudolph of the Memphis Police Department told CNN in a statement. “This incident was handled as an on-scene complaint.”

The woman’s version

Hayes commended the police officers for protecting him, saying the officers “handled it perfectly” and made him feel safe. He also alluded that the woman called the police on him simply because of his race.

“This type of stuff is still going on,” he said in the video. “You know why the lady called the police on me.”

CNN has reached out to the woman, Tiffany Albert, and is waiting to hear back.

But in an interview with CNN affiliate WMC, Alebert said she made her look like a racist.

“I’m Spanish,” Albert said. “My boyfriend is black. It’s nothing racist about it.”

Albert said people used the house to do drugs before the city finally boarded it up. She didn’t want the boards removed, she said.

“It took us so long to get these two houses boarded up,” Albert told the affiliate.

The entire incident shocked Hayes, he told CNN, because “I didn’t give her any reason to believe I was a threat, but she perceived me as a one.”

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Racist White Woman Doesn’t Want Black Men in Her Neighborhood!

James Ochoa made a U-turn on a street in a suburban neighborhood in Nevada. A white woman by the name of Summer Berlinger demanded to know why he was on her street, began yelling “Help! Gun!” at the top of her lungs (James was unarmed). Apparently, Summer Berlinger was attempting to trick one of her neighbors into shooting an unarmed man, James Ochoa!

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Man makes police brutality claims; 2 officers get fired!

In this May 18, 2018 photograph taken from news video, James Barnett of Laurel, Miss., shows the injuries he allegedly sustained after two Laurel police officers pursued and arrested him after he turned around from a police checkpoint May 16. Barnett said the officers repeatedly kicked him in the face when they arrested him. Laurel police Capt. Tommy Cox says it became apparent to supervisors on duty that there was a problem with the way the arrest occurred, and the officers were fired. WDAM-TV, via AP Shakari Briggs.

LAUREL, MISS.

Two Mississippi police officers have been fired after a man said they repeatedly kicked him in the face when they arrested him.

WDAM-TV reported Monday that Laurel police Capt. Tommy Cox says it became apparent to supervisors on duty that there was a problem with the way the arrest occurred, and the officers were fired. Police say the department has been in contact with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to look into the possibility of criminal charges against the officers.

Thirty-six-year-old James Barnett tells WDAM-TV the officers pursued and arrested him after he turned around from a police checkpoint May 16. Barnett says he exited the vehicle, lay down on the ground and was continuously kicked. He was charged with resisting arrest. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Three black actresses arrested for using bathroom at Houston’s, T.I. calls for boycott.

It looks like Houston’s is the latest restaurant chain to engage in racist treatment toward black folks after a police officer dragged three black actresses out of the dining destination because they were taking too long in the restroom.

Rapper, actor, and activist, T.I. has called for a boycott of the restaurant chain in response to the incident that landed the women in jail with one of them suffering injuries including a black eye.

Brittany Marie Lucio, Asia’h Sharrell Epperson (American Idol, Greenleaf) and Erica Walker say they were assaulted by an Atlanta police officer, Jay Guzman, who moonlights as a security guard at the restaurant. The ladies reportedly entered the restaurant after it was closed to use the bathroom. The officer admits he grabbed Lucio by the wrist and tried to “lead” her out the back door, but the video footage paints a much more violent picture of the ladies being man-handled and their attorney insists the officer threw them into the bushes.

“We are seriously concerned with the level of force that was used and we want answer to why they ended up in the bushes,” said their attorney, Gerald Griggs.

When asked why his clients refused to comply with the officer’s initial request for them to leave the restroom, he gave a pretty reasonable response.

“You can’t just leave the restroom after you just finish using it. You have to wash your hands. Have to make sure that you have taking care of all of your needs,” he said.

Lucio, Walker and Epperson were arrested and booked at the Fulton County Jail. All three were charged with Criminal Trespass and Lucio was also charged with Felony Obstruction. Their attorney wants all of the charges against them dropped.

“(The) response from Houston’s is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing case and we hope to be able to come to a swift resolution with the charges being dropped.”

Lucio shared photos of the injuries including cuts, scrapes, bruises and a black eye she alleges were inflicted by the officer on social media.

 

Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR!!!! ACCOUNTABILITY IS MANDATORY!!!! U WILL PAY FOR THIS!!! COWARD!!!! ??????Houstons & Guzman!!!

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Police: Syracuse man pointed loaded gun at officers before being arrested!

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Nahshon Nance, 20.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A Syracuse man who pointed a loaded gun at officers after a domestic dispute was arrested Monday, according to Syracuse police.

Nashon Nance, 20, of Syracuse, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, menacing, menacing a police officer and harassment, police said.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Smith Lane at 11:33 p.m. after receiving a call about a domestic dispute that involved a weapon, police said. The victim told officers her boyfriend, Nance, punched her in the mouth and pulled out a handgun, police said. He pointed the gun at her and threatened to shoot her, she told officers.

During the officers’ investigation, Nance returned to the apartment, police said. When officers saw Nance, they told him to show his hands, police said. Instead, Nance pointed the gun at the officers before running away, police said. He dropped the weapon as he ran away, but officers arrested him outside of an apartment building, police said.

The gun was a loaded Smith and Wesson Colt 45 revolver, police said.

Nance is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center, pending his arraingnment, police said.

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