A horrifying case is emerging from a San Francisco, Cali. jail, where public defender Jeff Adachi says four police deputies forced prison inmates to fight "gladiator-style" and placed bets on who would win. Adachi says the deputies staged “outrageously sadistic scenarios that sound like they’re out of ‘Game of Thrones,'” promising hamburgers to the winner and says inmates were “threatened with Mace, handcuffed beatings, and transfers to dangerous housing quarters if they refused to fight.” Inmates were also threatened with tasering if they sought medical attention for any injuries sustained in the fights, the inmates say.
Deputy Scott Neu, one of the deputies accused of orchestrating the fights, allegedly told the inmates that "anything goes ...Just don’t punch the face so no one can basically see the marks. But anything goes, other than the face.” Neu had been previously accused of forcing inmates to perform sexual acts. That case was settled out of court. But new lawsuits allege that Neu forced inmates to gamble with their food clean up human waste and vomit without protective gear.
All the deputies involved in the case are white—the inmates in question are not. Adachi says at least two bailiffs knew about the fights, but didn't say anything. Neu and others have been transferred to administrative roles, and the San Francisco County Sheriff's Office has asked the Department of Justice to oversee an investigation. Discuss
Passion Pit's crazy catchy new single "Lifted Up (1985)" has a very strobe light heavy music video. It's not for the seizure prone, but it is for people who like seeing lead Passion Pitter Michael Angelakos singing his song while being jostled around in the club. And for seizure prone people who like seeing Michael Angelakos jostled around in the club, you'll just have to make the call on your own. Discuss
There has been a lot of information floating around about the unspeakably disturbing case of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors believe deliberately crashed Flight 4U9525, killing all on board. It's difficult to separate fact from speculation right now, but here's what is known. Lubitz had a psychiatric condition that he kept hidden from his employer. Several doctors' notes were recovered from Lubitz's home in Germany—including one that was shredded—but it remains to be seen what clues, if any, they'll reveal about the motives for his act of mass murder. In fact, Lubitz's psychiatric state had been evaluated by a German hospital twice in the past two months.
There has been no clear proof of any political or religious motivations for Lubitz (early reports that Lubitz may have converted to radical Islam are very dubious). Despite the natural human desire for some sort of clear narrative, this is one instance in which the evil and terror just may not fit into any neat box. Discuss
Ever wonder what it would look like to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from America’s border with Mexico all the way to the Canadian border? Thanks to Andy Davidhazy’s time-lapse video below—which features a selfie taken every mile for the entire 2,660-mile journey—you can at least catch a glimpse ... Discuss
Jake Gyllenhall—probably the actor with the second hardest name to spell after Matthew McConaughsomeletters—got ripped beyond all sensible measure for his role as a down-and-out boxer in the upcoming Southpaw. The washed-up fighter with one last shot at greatness is kind of a tired hat at this point, but some intriguing family drama looks to set this one apart (and it's directed by the great Antoine Fuqua). Keep your hands up and keep moving. Discuss
Just a day before the country’s presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has retaken the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s self-declared capital of its Islamic caliphate. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters tweeted: "FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate." Along with the militants who captured or killed in the operation, the military said it is now working to find escaping Boko Haram fighters and rescue hostages.
According to a BBC report though, the battle was also tragic. A local told their reporter that the militants gathered all of the areas elderly people and said that “as they were unable to defend themselves from a military attack, they would be helped on their way to paradise,” before slaughtering them. The country’s military has teamed with forces from several nations in their fight against the radical Islamic group, known for their campaigns of terrorism, mass abductions, village raids and murder. The military claims it now as recaptured all of the area once claimed by Boko Haram ... Discuss