Questions are swirling in the aftermath of what looked like a simple hit-and-run in Pittsburgh, Penn. about just how police handled a man who fled the crash. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police chased and apprehended a 23-year-old fugitive named Devon Davis who crashed into a car in downtown Pittsburgh and then fled police on foot. The Post-Gazette says police they found Davis "severely injured in a pool of blood" and that though his leg was broken, "it was not clear whether it was broken in the car accident or foot pursuit."
However, witnesses say Davis actually sustained his injuries from police, who tackled and then beat and kicked Davis while he was on the ground. DailyKos quotes one witness as saying, "as [Davis] lay pinned to the ground, the officers began beating him viciously with batons while yelling to ‘stop resisting.’ He wasn’t resisting, and he kept saying ‘I’m not doing anything.’ They beat him for a long time and when they were done, he was laying in a pool of his own blood with what news reports say is a broken leg."
Pittsburgh officials are now seeking an independent review of the incident. "The Office of Municipal Investigations is the city's lead investigative agency and is doing an independent review of this matter," Tim McNulty, spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto, told the Post-Gazette. "As with all use of force cases where impropriety is alleged, OMI will seek an outside review by a third party expert as part of its investigation" ... Discuss
By a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the net neutrality policy, meaning corporations or government agencies will not be allowed to control Internet speeds by forcing content providers—and in effect, consumers—to pay additional fees to access the web. The authority granted to the FCC through the policy means it can formally prohibit "paid prioritization" that could make content providers pay the extra fees to deliver their sites to consumerisms. Before the vote, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained, "The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules" ... Discuss
According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages have been abducted by ISIS during three days of raids in Syria. (Though, that number could be even higher.) The head of the organization told Reuters, “They have taken the people they kidnapped away from the villages and into their territory.” Yesterday, CNN reported that ISIS was preparing to release a new video, confirming the capture of the Christians, and threatening to kill them if the U.S. did not stop conducting airstrikes. Following the new rounds of raids, ISIS now has taken control of 10 Christian villages ... Discuss
According to a new report, ISIS is preparing to release a video threatening to kill a group of at least 150 Assyrian Christians—including children, women and the elderly—who were abducted in recent village raids. The number of captives is higher than initially thought by activist groups. The reports say that the video will show the large group of kidnapping victims, and will be directed at U.S. officials, demanding that airstrikes cease. If not, ISIS claims it will slaughter the hostages. The radical Islamic militant group has routinely targeted minorities, and recently released another video showing a group of 21 Christian men getting beheaded by armed militants ... Discuss
A man in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death by a local court for renouncing his Islamic faith in an online video. A government official told the Saudi Gazette, "In the video he cursed God, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatimah and ripped a copy of the Holy Qur'an and hit it with a shoe. The death sentence was issued after his apostasy was proved." According to The Telegraph, his sentence could change if he decides to "repent." The death sentence comes the same week that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is visiting officials in the U.K. to discuss combating radicalism and ISIS. Amnesty International is urging government leaders in the country to address human rights violations in the country, where public executions happen regularly. They’ve gone as far as saying that U.K. leaders are “wearing a muzzle," with the organization’s head of policy and government affairs adding, in an interview with The Telegraph, “With the deputy crown prince's visit UK officials should try to exert some real pressure on him over Saudi Arabia's disgraceful human rights record" ... Discuss
A Texas judge has sentenced ex-Marine Eddie Ray Routh to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The defense had attempted to argue insanity, a claimed that was rejected by the jury. Kyle is remembered as the deadliest sniper the U.S. military has ever produced, and was featured in the best-selling book and movie adaptation American Sniper. Routh shot both Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield, while at a shooting range. Kyle regularly took veterans target-shooting as a therapeutic exercise. When Kyle and Littlefield unloaded their weapons, they were both shot in the back. After the shooting, Routh stole Kyle’s truck and eventually drove more than 100 miles before surrendering to police ... Discuss