The case of Freddie Gray may be coming to a close, albeit a controversial one. Yesterday, Baltimore city police officer Edward Nero was acquitted on all four charges against him for his involvement in the arrest and later, death of Freddie Gray—the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody from a spinal cord injury in April of last year.
Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. He decided against a trial by jury and opted instead for a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.
Prosecutors said Nero detained Gray without justification and and put Gray in a police van without buckling the seat belt. Williams ruled that there were "no credible facts" to prove that Nero was integral in Gray's arrest, which meant that Nero did not arrest Gray without probable cause. He also said Nero was not necessarily at fault for not buckling Gray in the van because it could've been assumed that another officer would do it.
Nero was one of six officers charged in connection with Gray's arrest and death, and the second to stand trial. The first officer's trial ended in a hung jury. Discuss
The man who just took home the awards for Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist at the Billboard Music Awards has some strong opinions about awards shows themselves.
After the show this week, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to explained why he looked so bummed out during the broadcast. And, honestly, he sounds both enlightened about and jaded by the whole celebrity experience.
He wrote (in part):
I don't know about these award shows … I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with…
These award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.
He said that he’s concerned the whole show seems like it’s celebrating the wrong things.
I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol.
But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.
It’s not the first time Bieber’s been blunt about the spiritual trappings of being a young celebrity. Back in March, he told the Mirror that there’s a real danger in a culture that worships celebrities: “I would really suggest to people, ‘Don’t put your faith in me’. Because I’m gonna disappoint you every time … I just want people to know humans aren’t meant to be worshipped. We’re just not. So when a human is being worshipped, this is dangerous. ’Cause it does nothing but give you pride.”
The 22-year-old pop star has also been increasingly open about his own personal faith, telling Complex that his goal is to be more Christ-like: “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins.”
A day before the post calling out award shows, he posted another image to Instagram: A screen shot of Bethel Music’s “No Longer Slaves” playing on his iPhone with the caption, “This song puts my heart and soul at ease.”
Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory, the super-anticipated sequel to the incredible Finding Nemo, comes out next month. And this newest trailer offers our closest look at the storyline yet. Hint: it involves a lot of water.
According to Syrian human rights groups and reports from the region, between 120 and 150 people were killed in a series of bombings in Syria yesterday. Terrorists from the radical Islamic group ISIS set off car bombs, suicide bombs and even launched rockets in three Syrian cities. The attacks targeted Alawite Muslims, a minority sect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs to.
The cities targeted in the attacks—Jableh and Tartus—have been Assad strongholds up to this point, and have been relatively isolated from the violence of the country’s long-running civil war.
The bombings targeted civilians: In addition to striking a crowded bus station, another of the blast went off in the emergency room of a hospital. Discuss