A group of six individuals have filed a $40 million lawsuit against Ferguson, St. Louis County and several police officials for what they say was violations of their civil rights during the unrest that followed the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The plaintiffs detailed a series of “militaristic displays of force and weaponry," including being shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, beaten and arrested during demonstrations following the shooting of the black teen by a white police officer. The attorney who brought the case told Reuters, “This is a blatant example of how police handle African-Americans ... how it can go terribly, terribly wrong. You have a right to peaceful assembly" ... Discuss
A few months back, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced widespread criticism for suspending running back Ray Rice for just two games following a domestic violence incident. In a letter to team owners obtained by ESPN, Goodell now admits, “I didn't get it right.” Surveillance camera footage after the incident showed the Baltimore Ravens player dragging his unconscious fiancée off an elevator following a dispute in which he violently assaulted her. Rice was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
This week, after suspending Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon for an entire year for a repeat violation of the league’s marijuana policy, social media users once again took the NFL to task for its seeming double standard. In the new letter, Goodell wrote, “We clearly must do a better job of addressing [domestic violence and sexual assault] in the NFL. And we will.” He’s informed owners that according to the NFL’s new policy, players will be suspended for six games for their first offense and will face a lifetime ban from the sport if they perpetrate domestic violence or sexual violence ever again ... Discuss
The terrorist group that has taken over massive areas in Syria and Iraq is making millions of dollars every day from oil and various criminal enterprises, according to a new report. ISIS—or The Islamic State, as they are calling themselves—is known for their extreme brutality against locals who do not adhere to their radical ideology. And because of their large funding sources, they may be even difficult to stop. From Bloomberg:
“The Islamic State is probably the wealthiest terrorist group we’ve ever known,” said Matthew Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury terrorism and financial intelligence official who now is director of the counterterrorism and intelligence program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “They’re not as integrated with the international financial system, and therefore not as vulnerable” to sanctions, anti-money laundering laws and banking regulations.
A U.S. intelligence official told the finance site that because of the group’s widespread use of “extortion, kidnapping, robbery, oil smuggling” and other illicit revenue-generating methods, they may be bringing in up to $2 million every single day. After invading towns throughout Iraq, the organization now controls several large oil fields, and may have extorted as much as $10 million in ransoms from the families of kidnapping victims ... Discuss
Kids these days, with their Ariana Grande, Tumblrs and high-minded ideas about "eating healthy," are getting a little too cool for McDonald's. The company has been struggling with flat sales, and they're blaming Millennials, who are just too fancy-schmancy for fast food anymore. Or, at least, if they're going to get some fast food, it's going to be of the more customizable, natural variety, like Chipotle. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Increasingly, younger diners are seeking out fresher, healthier food and chains that offer customizable menu options for little more than the price of a combo meal.
The percentage of people age 19 to 21 in the U.S. who visited McDonald's monthly has fallen by 12.9 percentage points since the beginning of 2011, according to Technomic, while the percentage of customers age 22 to 37 visiting monthly during that period has been flat.
Come on, Millennials. Get your act together. McDonald's is counting on you ... Discuss
Online fundraising pages for police officer Darren Wilson—who was identified as the officer who shot unarmed, black teen Michael Brown six times during a confrontation weeks ago—have raised more money than a page set up by the Brown family’s lawyer to “assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael's behalf." As of Monday morning, the Michael Brown Memorial Fund page has brought in nearly $242,000 compared to two “Support Officer Wilson” campaigns that have combined to raise more than $347,000. According to the new page for Darren Wilson, the donations go through “’Shield of Hope,' a certified charity, and the official nonprofit organization accepting donations for Officer Wilson at this time.”
The shooting of Michael Brown—and the Ferguson police department’s slow response to critics and crackdown on protestors—sparked days of public demonstrations, and at times, violence in the St. Louis suburb. A Grand Jury is still deciding whether charges will be brought against Wilson in the case ... Discuss