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Cleveland Zoo Plans to Seek Charges After Boy Falls Into Cheetah Exhibit

Cleveland Zoo Plans to Seek Charges After Boy Falls Into Cheetah Exhibit Enjoylife2/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Zoo plans to seek charges against the parents of a 2-year-old boy who fell into its cheetah exhibit, saying witnesses indicated that the boy was held over the railing and then dropped.The boy suffered a leg injury and was taken to Metro Hospital on Saturday, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo officials said. The cheetahs ignored the boy, whose parents climbed into the exhibit to get him out, zoo officials said."You could just hear the screams and all you could see was the adult that jumped in got the kid," Michael Lurie, another visitor to the zoo who witnessed the incident, told WEWS-TV. "Then somebody pulled him out."The zoo planned to file child endangerment charges against the boy's parents on Monday, zoo officials said."Unfortunately, we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the railing," Christopher Kuhar, executive director for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, told ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Evacuation Order Lifted After SC Train Derailment

Evacuation Order Lifted After SC Train Derailment HaraldBiebel/iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, S.C.) -- Most residents of the South Carolina town where a freight train derailed on Friday night have been allowed to return to their homes after a brief evacuation order.According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, 39 train cars derailed in Trenton on Friday night. One of the cars, which did not leak, contained anhydrous ammonia, while a second containing ammonium nitrate spilled some of its contents. In the immediate aftermath, officials ordered the evaucation of the area near the scene. Hazmat crews report 39 train cars total derailed in Trenton SC, NO leaks of dangerous materials, scene turned over to Norfolk Southern.— SCEMD (@SCEMD) April 11, 2015 All evacuated residents except those living on Salter Pond Road in Trenton, SC, are now able to return home.— SCEMD (@SCEMD) April 11, 2015 Later, the SCEMD said, it was determined that no dangerous chemicals had spilled and that all residents -- with the exception of those living on one street -- were able to return to their homes. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Video Released in Officer-Involved Shooting in Tulsa

Video Released in Officer-Involved Shooting in Tulsa aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released video on Sunday of an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead earlier this month.On April 2, 45-year-old Eric Harris, who had allegedly sold methamphetamine to undercover investigators, was set to meet with those investigators again to sell them a pistol and ammunition. When deputies attempted to arrest him, Harris fled. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed Harris, even though he says he intended to use a stun gun on the man.During the chase, Bates says he believed he had pulled his Taser from his tactical carrier, but had grabbed his service weapon instead. He fired one round, which killed Harris, the TCSO says. In the video, Bates can be heard saying "I shot him! I'm sorry."The TCSO says it has concluded its investigation into the shooting and has sent the information to the Tulsa County District Attorney for review. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies ‘Detain’ Baby Seal

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies ‘Detain’ Baby Seal Courtesy San Diego Police Department(SAN DIEGO) --  San Diego sheriff's deputies put a real slippery suspect behind bars, "detaining" a baby seal that took a day trip to a local high school.The seal managed to get five blocks from the shoreline to Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, California, on Friday before officers caught up with the pup, police said.They managed to "detain" the seal in their patrol car until animal control officers and Sea World employees arrived."While Deputy Sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer," police said in a news release. #FeelGoodFriday @SDSheriff Deputies from @CityofIB Substation rescue baby seal from Mar Vista High School. pic.twitter.com/oy1Y8fmDY4— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) April 10, 2015 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Man Shoots Himself Near US Capitol; Suspicious Package Investigated

Man Shoots Himself Near US Capitol; Suspicious Package Investigated Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A man shot himself near the U.S. Capitol Building on Saturday, prompting the building to be put on lockdown for several hours and staff told to shelter in place.The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building early Saturday afternoon, according to police. He later died from his injuries. Although the man shot himself, the Capitol was locked down as a precautionary measure, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said. The man was wearing a blue backpack and had a sign taped to his hand. There was concern about the man's backpack being suspicious, but Capitol Hill Police Chief Kim Dine said in a news conference early Saturday evening that the bag posed no danger.“We continue to investigate the incident. Metropolitan police department is on the scene. They will be responsible for the death investigation,” he said. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 4 p.m. local time. Dien said the area is now clear, but authorities continue to investigate the incident.  “There seems to be no nexus to terrorism or anything like that but obviously we will continue to investigate the gentleman,” he said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Decorated Boston Police Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot

Decorated Boston Police Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot Boston Police Department(BOSTON) -- A police officer who was honored for his role during the Boston Marathon bombings was released from the hospital, the city's police department said Saturday, a day after they released video of him being shot. The Boston Police Department described officer John Moynihan's condition as "serious but improving." He has been hospitalized since March 27 when he was shot just below his eye during a traffic stop. The shooting suspect, Angelo West, was killed during an ensuing shootout with police. Surveillance video shows officers approaching West's car after he was pulled over. As Moynihan, 34, approaches the driver's side, the video shows a flash and he falls to the ground. West, 41, then runs off while continuing to shoot at the other officers. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has described the shooting as "unprovoked" and said West had a violent criminal past. Moynihan was one of seven officers who came to the aid of MBTA Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue during the Watertown, Massachusetts, shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in 2013 shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing. He was honored at the "Top Cops" ceremony at the White House in 2014. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Walter Scott Remembered at Funeral, Week After Fatal Shooting

Walter Scott Remembered at Funeral, Week After Fatal Shooting Acquired by ABC News(SUMMVERVILLE, S.C.) -- The family and friends of Walter Scott remembered him on Saturday, one week after he was shot and killed by a police officer. Scott's funeral was held at the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, South Carolina, about 20 miles away from North Charleston where Scott was fatally shot by Michael Slager on April 4. Slager has since been charged with murder and dismissed from the police department. "Thank God my brother was used as a catalyst for change." Scott's brother said. "Nobody deserves to go out like that." Scott's daughter, Samantha, also contributed, reading a poem to the crowd. "I had your love from the start... You brought so much joy into my life," she said. "I will always be your little girl. But I know I need to grow up and move on. But I will never move on from you." Pastor George Hamilton then went to the podium. "It's one thing to have a loved one die... It's another to have to watch them die... and see how they died," he said. "Walter's death was motivated by racial discrimination," Hamilton said. "You've got to hate somebody to shoot them in the back. "This officer is a disgrace to the North Charleston Police Department" and to "all of the law abiding" police officers, Hamilton said. "We will not indict the entire law enforcement for the act of one racist," he continued. "You don't tase a man and then shoot him," Hamilton said, adding that a "badge is not authority to murder." After Hamilton spoke, the casket was opened and guests were invited to view the body. Funeral services for Walter Scott getting underway in South Carolina pic.twitter.com/1XU3uAaNu1— kendis gibson (@kendisgibson) April 11, 2015 Chaotic scene with people trying to get into the church for the funeral of Walter Scott pic.twitter.com/ES2OL6CWEY— kendis gibson (@kendisgibson) April 11, 2015 A lot of emotion pouring out of the room, where Walter Scott's funeral is being held. Choir singing Order My Steps.— washnews (@WashNews) April 11, 2015 The crowd was overwhelming at the entrance to the church before the service, and Scott's family members were asked to raise their hands to be ushered inside the full sanctuary. The hearse carrying Scott's body was accompanied by a police escort, according to ABC News affiliate WCIV-TV. Officials attending the service included Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, Sen. Tim Scott, state Senator Marlon Kimpson and Representatives Mark Sanford and Jim Clyburn. Slager was charged with murder Tuesday after a witness came forward with video that appears to show the moment when he fatally shot Scott as Scott was running away from him. The victim's family attorney, who gave the video to ABC News, said he believes it could prove that the officer used excessive force. Slager has not yet had to enter a plea. His attorney, Andy Savage, who was retained by Slager after his first attorney dropped his case, issued a statement to ABC News saying that it is "too early for us to be saying what we think." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

FBI Launches Civil Rights Investigation Over Alleged Beating Video

FBI Launches Civil Rights Investigation Over Alleged Beating Video Ruskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN BERNANDINO, Calif.) -- The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into a video that appears to show sheriff's deputies beating a man in California after he attempted to get away on horseback. Ten San Bernardino County deputies were put on paid administrative leave following the release of the video, Sheriff John McMahon said Friday. KNBC-TV captured the video from a helicopter on Thursday. It shows the deputies pursuing the suspect, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, who is riding on a horse through a desert-like landscape, and then appearing to beat him after he is lying on the ground. McMahon said he was "disturbed and troubled" by the video. "It doesn’t appear to be in line with our policies and procedures," McMahon said. McMahon said his department has launched an internal investigation regarding the use of force, and members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of Pusok, 30, and the deputies involved. Pusok had fled a home where police were attempting to serve a search warrant in connection with an identity theft investigation, McMahon said, but didn't expect to see Pusok or anybody else at the residence. On a prior occasion, authorities had seen Pusok shoot a puppy, he added, and for that reason and others believed he had an "aggressive nature," McMahon said. Though he wasn't the target of the home search, Pusok fled the scene in a vehicle and failed to yield when sheriff's deputies tried to stop him, McMahon said, speculating that he may have feared he was being approached over a potential parole violation. Pusok later ditched the vehicle and stole a horse, and he later was booked on suspicion of felony evading, theft of a horse, possession of stolen property and reckless driving, McMahon said. Pusok tentatively is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 12:30 p.m. via video in Victorville Superior Court, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office tweeted. The chase continued for miles through rough terrain, with Pusok on horseback and officers the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol on foot, in vehicles and in helicopters, McMahon said. When Pusok falls off the horse, two officers, who the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said were from its Victor Valley Station, can be seen on the news video approaching him and appearing to stun him with a Taser. Pusok then falls face down on the ground with his arms spread out, barely moving. That’s when the two officers on the scene appear to kick Pusok in the head and groin, and to punch his back repeatedly. Immediately, Pusok puts his hands behind his back and does not appear to resist. Pusok’s injuries included abrasions and bruising, according to police. He was treated a hospital before being moved to a detention center. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New York Woman Accused of Marrying 10 Men Without Getting Divorced to Most

New York Woman Accused of Marrying 10 Men Without Getting Divorced to Most WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A Bronx woman is being dubbed a "serial" bride after she married 10 husbands, apparently without divorcing some of them, according to court records obtained by ABC News. Liana Barrientos pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday morning on two counts of offering a false instrument for filing after police accused her of lying on her recent 10th marriage application and license in 2010 by indicating she had never been married before. If she is convicted, she could face four years in jail, officials said. Police said they then discovered Barrientos, 39, had nine other marriage licenses filed in the Bronx, Westchester County, Long Island and elsewhere in New York, according to court records the Bronx's District Attorney Office gave to ABC News Friday. Barrientos never changed her first and last name in any of the marriages, though the spelling of her first name was written as "Lyana" and the spelling of her last name was written as “Barrientes” in her ninth marriage certificate, according the records, which added she filed her 10th marriage license on March 4, 2010. The New York state records revealed nine of her alleged 10 marriages happened between November 1999 and August 2002, and were listed as follows (ABC News has abbreviated the men's names):1. Nov. 5, 1999 - Groom listed as M.G, bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Eastchester. 2. Nov. 8, 2001 - Groom listed as A.A., bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Rye. 3. Nov. 26, 2001 - Groom listed as H.R, bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Yonkers. 4. Feb. 14, 2002 - Groom listed as D.K., bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Hempstead. 5. March 1, 2002 - Groom listed as D.G., bride listed as Liana Barrientos, filed in Ramapo. 6. March 14, 2002 - Groom listed as A.P., bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Huntington. 7. May 24, 2002 - Groom listed as V.D., bride listed as Liana Kristina Barrientos, filed in Greenburgh. 8. July 22, 2002 - Groom listed as R.R., bride listed as Liana K. Barrientos, filed in Mamaroneck. 9. Aug. 3, 2002 - Groom listed as K.K., bride listed as Lyana Cristina Barrientes, filed in White Plains. The 10th husband, whom Barrientos married in 2010, had the initials S.K., the Bronx District Attorney's Office said. Barrientos' attorney, Christopher Wright, told ABC News he had no immediate comment. Barrientos used her personal identifying information "including Social Security number, date of birth, place of birth and mother's and father's names and location of birth," the records indicated. "She is believed to be currently married to four people, and at one time she was married to eight of them at the same time," the Bronx District Attorney's Office said in a statement after her arraignment. "The case was brought to the attention of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Investigation Division. They indicated that seven of the men are from so-called 'red-flagged' countries, which included Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan and Mali. In 2006, Groom No. 8 ... was deported to his home country of Pakistan following an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force." Former FBI agent Manny Gomez told ABC News that the case is serious. "This is a huge breach in security," Gomez said. "Potentially, somebody in al Qaeda can come in, marry this [woman] and be in this country legally." The Bronx District Attorney's Office told ABC News it is investigating where Barrientos' 10 "husbands" currently are and why they came to the U.S. Later in the day, Barrientos and a relative, Tracy Barrientos, 19, were arrested after neither paid the subway fare at a station in the Bronx, New York City police said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Police: Remains Identified as Missing Virginia Teen Anjelica ‘AJ’ Hadsell

Police: Remains Identified as Missing Virginia Teen Anjelica ‘AJ’ Hadsell Norfolk Police Department(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Remains recovered by police in Virginia have been positively identified as missing college student Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell, Norfolk Police said Friday, as the investigation into her death continues. The remains were found in Southampton County, Virginia, on Thursday, police said, and were sent to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to be identified and to determine the cause of death. Police said they have not made any arrests and the cause of death has not been determined. Norfolk police told ABC News in a statement Friday: "Chief of Police Michael Goldsmith and the dedicated members of the Norfolk Police Department express their deepest sympathies to the Hadsell family and thank the many federal, state, and local agencies that have assisted throughout the course of this investigation. The department’s efforts are now focused on bringing closure to the Hadsell family, as the investigation into A.J.’s death continues." Hadsell, 18, had been missing since March 2, according to police. She was a freshman at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, and was home for spring break in the coastal community of Norfolk when she disappeared, police said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Robert Durst Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Weapon Charge

Robert Durst Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Weapon Charge HBO(NEW ORLEANS) -- Real estate heir Robert Durst is not only facing state weapons and drug charges for being a felon in possession of a gun in Louisiana, but federal charges as well. On Friday, a federal indictment was returned against Durst on similar charges. In court documents obtained by ABC News, a federal judge has ordered that Durst be transferred from state custody in Louisiana to federal custody by the afternoon of April 14.Police said a gun and drugs were found when Durst was arrested in New Orleans.  The federal charge could bring 10 years in prison. Durst is still wanted in California on murder charges. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Sentencing Set for April 21

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Sentencing Set for April 21 FBI(BOSTON) -- The next phase of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial won't start until almost two weeks after a guilty verdict was delivered by the jury.The same jury that found Dhhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on 30 federal counts won't start deciding whether he should be put to death until April 21. On Friday, a judge granted a request to give Tsarnaev’s lawyers time to work out logistical issues with witnesses for the sentencing phase.The delay also means the trial will skip over two significant dates: April 15, the second anniversary of the Marathon bombings, and April 20, the date the Marathon will be run this year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hikers Rescued From Glacier in Alaska

Hikers Rescued From Glacier in Alaska U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard have rescued three hikers who were stranded on glacier about 50 miles east of Anchorage.The rescue crews set off in two helicopters Friday morning to the Knik glacier after weather conditions improved from earlier this week, Lt. Col. John Morse, deputy director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, said in a press release on Friday. Pararescuemen from the Air National Guard were able to reach the hikers and assessed their condition, which indicated minor frostbite, before loading them onto a helicopter for transport to a hospital in Anchorage.“They were stuck at approximately 8,500 feet in elevation,” Morse said.Multiple attempts were made to reach to the group beginning early Wednesday morning, but officials said poor weather conditions hampered efforts by rescuers. Before reaching the hikers, four supply bundles, one of which included a radio, were dropped onto the glacier Wednesday and Thursday, Morse said.The group had originally set out on April 3, but was unable to make their scheduled pick up two days later because of bad weather.The climbers were forced to take shelter in an ice cave after high winds damaged their tent, according to Morse. The group was able to send a text message to a friend using a satellite-based device, who later contacted Alaska State Troopers. “The crews did an incredible job battling the weather, thinking of creative ways that we could get supplies to the climbers and persevering throughout the last four days,” Morse said in a news release. “Everyone was leaning forward, doing everything they could to ensure the climbers were safely rescued.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Armored Truck Highway Dash for Cash Prompts Police Warning to Motorists

Armored Truck Highway Dash for Cash Prompts Police Warning to Motorists Bill Manning/iStock/Thinkstock(WEATHERFORD, Texas)  -- Police in Texas said they want to "remind" drivers who found cash blowing on the side of an interstate on Friday that their discovery could land them behind bars. A Brinks Armored Truck was traveling west along Interstate 20 Friday afternoon towards Abilene, Texas, when the truck’s passenger door opened and a “substantial” amount of cash fell out of the truck, according to a statement from the Weatherford Police Department. The money was dropped over a seven-mile stretch of highway, police said. Officers dispatched to the area around 3 p.m. on Friday found small amounts of money, along with a few individuals who picked up some of the loose cash off the road. Authorities believe most of the money that was lost by the truck has been picked up by drivers traveling along the highway. Video posted to Facebook shows several vehicles pulling over to the shoulder of the road, with people walking to their vehicles with handfuls of cash. Police asked on Friday that anyone who picked up some of the money off the roadway to return to them or Brinks. “Weatherford Police would like to remind everyone that the loose money is property of Brinks Armored Car Service,” police said in a statement. “Weatherford Police will investigate and potentially prosecute any individual that has picked up any of the loose money and not returned it to either Brinks or the Police Department.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Walter Scott Shooting: New Dash-Cam Footage Shows Witness Taping Police Shooting

Walter Scott Shooting: New Dash-Cam Footage Shows Witness Taping Police Shooting The Scott Family(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- New dash-cam video from a patrol car responding to a fatal officer-involved shooting in South Carolina shows the witness who taped the altercation as well as the officer who's now being held on murder charges. This was the third piece of dash cam footage to be released in the ongoing investigation into the Saturday shooting where then-police officer Michael Slager fatally shot Walter Scott. The new footage comes from a different vehicle, the officer behind the wheel responding to Slager’s calls to dispatch about the shooting. The video shows a police car turning down the street opposite the small road where the shooting took place. For the first time, the witness, who has now been identified as Feidin Santana, is seen as he records the altercation on his cell phone from the other side of a chain link fence. The police car then makes two left turns onto the road and is seen at the scene approaching what appears to be the first two officers on the scene, Slager and another officer whose name has not been released. The footage from this second police car was released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the state agency leading the investigation, just hours after they released a second recording from a dash camera from inside Slager’s police car. The second recording shows a different officer patting down and then questioning a male passenger who was in the car when Scott was initially pulled over. Scott, 50, was pulled over for a broken taillight in North Charleston and ran from Slager. Authorities have not released the passenger's name. Slager fired eight shots at the fleeing man, killing him. The exact timing of this second dash-cam footage is unclear, so it was not immediately known how long after Slager's shooting of Scott it took place. Both this and the earlier footage showing Scott running off were recorded on the dash cam of Slager’s patrol car. Slager, who is not pictured in this new footage, was charged with murder Tuesday and is in custody but has not yet had to enter a plea. His new lawyer, Andy Savage, who was retained by Slager after his first lawyer dropped his case, issued a statement to ABC News saying that it is “too early for us to be saying what we think. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ten California Deputies Placed on Leave Over Video of Alleged Horseback Suspect Beating

Ten California Deputies Placed on Leave Over Video of Alleged Horseback Suspect Beating shiyali/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN BERNADINO, Calif.) -- Ten California deputies have been placed on administrative leave following a video that appears to show them beating a man after he attempted to flee on horseback, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters Friday. The video shows the deputies pursuing the suspect, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, 30, who is riding on a horse through a desert-like landscape, and then appearing to beat him after he is laying on the ground. "I am disturbed and troubled by what I see in the video," McMahon said. "It doesn’t appear to be in line with our policies and procedures." McMahon said his department has launched an internal investigation regarding the use of force, and members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of Pusok and the deputies involved. Pusok had fled a home where police were attempting to serve a search warrant in connection with an identity theft investigation, McMahon said, but didn't expect to see Pusok or anybody else at the residence. On a prior occasion, authorities had seen Pusok shoot a puppy, he added, and for that reason and others believed he had an "aggressive nature," McMahon said. Though he wasn't the target of the home search, Pusok fled the scene in a vehicle and failed to yield when sheriff's deputies tried to stop him, McMahon said, speculating that he may have feared he was being approached over a potential parole violation. Pusok later ditched the vehicle and stole a horse, and he later was booked on suspicion of felony evading, theft of a horse, possession of stolen property and reckless driving, McMahon said. Pusok tentatively is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office tweeted. The chase continued for miles through rough terrain, with Pusok on horseback and officers the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol on foot, in vehicles and in helicopters, McMahon said. When Pusok falls off the horse, two officers, who the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said were from its Victor Valley Station, can be seen on the video approaching him and appearing to stun him with a Taser. Pusok then falls face down on the ground with his arms spread out, barely moving. That’s when the two officers on the scene appear to kick Pusok in the head and groin, and to punch his back repeatedly. Immediately, Pusok puts his hands behind his back and does not appear to resist. More officers arrive on the scene, and Pusok continues to get hit. "We have identified 10 deputies involved in the use of force during the arrest and & they have been placed on paid admin leave," McMahon tweeted following his news conference. "This is as bad, if not worse, than what they did to Rodney King. This was terrible. It kept going and going and going," Pusok's attorney, Jim Terrell, told ABC News station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.   Booking photo of Francis Pusok pic.twitter.com/nfzXxZfIAl — SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) April 10, 2015     Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Virginia Beach Police Officer Shown on Cellphone Video Using Stun Gun on Teen

Virginia Beach Police Officer Shown on Cellphone Video Using Stun Gun on Teen vetkit/iStock/Thinkstock(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) -- Police in Virginia Beach say they are investigating an officer's use of force after he appeared to use a stun gun on a teenager twice, which was caught on citizen-recorded cellphone video. The incident began at a traffic stop Jan. 10, the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a statement Thursday. In the exchange, which appears to be recorded from the perspective of the driver's side dashboard, the officer says the teen driver is being detained because of the smell of marijuana in the car. The officer can be heard repeatedly telling the driver and teenage passenger in the back seat to get out of the car, but the teens stay inside. The driver can be heard saying the "video" is on. The male passenger says to the officer, who is off-camera, "I'm 17 years old, stop. Stop it now. Stop it, I'm calling my mother, stop it. I'm 17 years old, stop it. I'm 17 years old. I'm 17 years old." The officer says several times to "get out" or "you're going to get tased." The dramatic video, obtained by ABC News affiliate WVEC-TV, then captures the male passenger screaming in pain from the electric shock of the stun gun. The officer then tells the passenger to get out of the car or he'll be stunned again, and after the passenger ignores the officer's request, the cop uses the stun-gun for the second time. Police Chief Jim Cervera said Friday he was "very uncomfortable" watching the video, according to WVEC-TV, and promised a full investigation. The video stops after an officer picks up the phone, WVEC-TV reported. Police said Thursday they recovered narcotics and made arrests during the incident, although it's unclear whether they were charged because Virginia Beach police do not release information on juveniles. The lawyer for the teen who was stun-gunned would not comment on possible charges but said the traffic stop was initiated because of a brake light. Police, who have not commented beyond their written statement, did not offer a reason for the stop. "The Virginia Beach Police Department immediately began investigating this incident based on the officer’s self-reported Use of Force Report and video captured from the officer’s TASER camera submitted the night of the incident," the police department said in a press release. The police department said the investigation was not based on a citizen complaint and said it wasn't aware of the citizen-recorded video until Thursday. The officer involved is on administrative duty, police said. The teen driver is "certain" police deleted her video of the incident, she told WVEC-TV. After she got her phone back, she noticed the "video was in my recently deleted folder," according to WVEC-TV, but it was still retrievable. Chief Cervera said it would be a "big problem" if an officer deleted the video, WVEC reported Friday. Gary C. Byler, an attorney for the family of the male teen, told ABC News that the family wants to thank the police department and is happy the police are investigating. Byler said in a statement Friday on behalf of the family, "While the family is understandably shaken by the violent nature of the video they are willing to give the internal Virginia Beach Police investigation a chance to be completed.  The family is grateful the Department began in investigation on its own and trusts they will conduct a thorough investigation using all video evidence available.”“As alarming as the apparent violence is the allegation that a member of the Virginia Beach Police Department attempted to delete the images. The family believes civilian videos are an important component of civil order,” the statement continued. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Walter Scott Death Leaves Unanswered Questions in SC Police Shooting

Walter Scott Death Leaves Unanswered Questions in SC Police Shooting The Scott Family(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The fatal shooting of a man who was running away from a police officer in South Carolina has prompted national outcry and frustration partly because of a string of unanswered questions that remain nearly a week after the altercation.The investigation into the shooting death of Walter Scott has been handed over from the North Charleston Police Department to state authorities and the FBI has launched its own investigation and the official report will likely take months to be released.Slager was charged and arrested for the alleged murder Tuesday and is in custody but has not yet had to enter a plea. His new lawyer, Andy Savage, who was retained by Slager after his first lawyer dropped his case after the release of the witness video, issued a statement to ABC saying that it is “too early for us to be saying what we think.”In the meantime, the strongest piece of evidence in the case is footage that a witness captured on his cellphone but even that leaves a number of questions unanswered.What Did Police Officer Michael Slager Drop by Walter Scott’s Body?The witness video shows that after a second officer arrives on the scene, Slager walks away from Scott, whose body is lying face down on the ground and has been handcuffed. Slager appears to bend down to the ground. Moments later, the footage seems to show that he has an object in his right hand that was not there before he bent down.Slager then goes back toward Scott. A slowed-down, rotated version of the video appears to show Slager dropping an object from his right hand. It lands near Scott's body. At this point, a second officer has arrived on the scene. It is unclear what the object is. Scott’s family has said publicly they believe the object is a stun gun but that has not been confirmed by any investigating authority.Feidin Santana, the witness who recorded the video of the fatal shooting, told ABC News he saw the officer drop something by Scott's body but he could not be certain what it was."I saw that he dropped something," Santana said of Slager. "He picked it up and he put it back down."John Cohen, an ABC News consultant and a former police officer, said one thing that struck him while watching the video was that the officer would move anything at a crime scene, regardless of what it was. Cohen said such a move is “highly unusual.”Who Was The Passenger In Scott’s Car When He Was Pulled Over?The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, which is the state authority tasked with investigating the incident, released dash-cam footage Thursday from Slager’s police car that shows there was another individual in Scott’s car when he was pulled over for a broken taillight.The passenger appears to remain in the vehicle when Scott runs off, and the person has not yet been publicly identified.Was There a Struggle Between Scott and Slager?Arguably the biggest question in this case comes from the gap between the dash-cam footage and the witness video. Scott is seen running from his car pulled over to the side of the road and the beginning of the witness footage takes place on a nearby path on the other side of a chain-link fence from where Santana recorded the video on his phone.Slager called in that he was in a foot pursuit of a subject and had deployed his Taser. He later called in saying, according to the police incident report. "Shots fired and the subject is down, he took my Taser," he said. It is unclear whether there was a physical confrontation between the two men that prompted the use of the Taser, and Slager has not publicly commented on the case.Would Slager Have Been Charged with Murder If There Were No Video?The video was not released publicly or shown to police until Tuesday, three days after the fatal shooting, and the witness who recorded the footage said the reason he started sharing the video was because the North Charleston police department’s version of events that was being reported up until then was “opposite” of what he had seen, Santana told ABC News.Even North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey admitted Tuesday afternoon that the video played a major role in deciding to charge Slager with murder.“The video is very demonstrative of exactly what happened,” Summey said Tuesday. “Without the video, and that was the only witness there was, it would be difficult to ascertain directly what did occur.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two ISIS-Inspired Kansas Men Accused in Ft. Hood-Type Attack Plot

Two ISIS-Inspired Kansas Men Accused in Ft. Hood-Type Attack Plot iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A 20-year-old Kansas man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an ISIS-inspired attack on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, while another man was arrested for failing to tell police about the plot, federal authorities announced Friday. John T. Booker of Topeka, Kansas, was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempt to provide material support to ISIS, and attempt to destroy U.S. property, officials said. A second man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, was charged with failing to report a felony. Booker enlisted on Feb. 7, 2014, and was due to ship to basic training on April 7, 2014. However, his enlistment was terminated on March 24, 2014, at the request of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command because of Booker allegedly making statements that he intended to harm federal personnel. Since then, he developed a plan to launch a car bomb attack on a military installation in Kansas, prosecutors allege. Blair was aware of the plot and loaned Booker money so he could rent a storage unit where he could store materials for a bomb, according to the indictment. He's the latest alleged ISIS sympathizer nabbed by the FBI following a string of arrests involving Americans allegedly plotting to join the terror group overseas or launch attacks on their behalf here in the U.S. It was not immediately clear if Booker or Blair had attorneys. Booker came to the FBI's attention after an unidentified citizen complained to federal authorities about messages he had posted on his Facebook page. "Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!!" he allegedly posted on March 19, 2014. "I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am eager to meet my lord." The next day, FBI agents approached Booker and interviewed him, according to court documents. In that interview, he admitted he enlisted in the U.S. Army months earlier with the intent to commit an insider attack on American forces like the Ft. Hood in 2009, when Maj. Nidal Hassan killed 13 and injured dozens more, court documents show. Seven month later, an FBI informant began engaging with Booker, and during those conversations Booker "repeatedly expressed his desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of [ISIS]," the FBI alleges in court documents. Specifically, on Oct. 10, 2014, Booker told the FBI informant he "joined the United States Army" and "was going to go in there and kill the American soldier," the court documents say. Booker said he did not want to kill “privates” but hoped to target someone with power, federal authorities allege. In the past month, with the FBI informant and another FBI cooperator, Booker made two of his own propaganda videos on behalf of ISIS, saying in one: "This message is to America. ... Today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep," court documents say. At around the same time, Booker and at least one of the FBI informants allegedly began acquiring components for a bomb. The plan was for Booker to drive the bomb Fort Riley, Kansas, where he would detonate it, according to court documents. Booker was arrested earlier today outside the military installation, as he was “making final connections” to what he thought was a car bomb, the documents say. He chose Fort Riley “because the post is famous and there are a lot of soldiers stationed there,” the Justice Department alleges. Exactly a week ago, FBI agents arrested a Philadelphia woman for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the group now so infamous for its brutal propaganda videos and the havoc it’s wreaking in war-torn Syria and Iraq. The day before, the FBI field office in New York announced it has arrested two ISIS-inspired women for plotting to detonate a bomb inside the United States. The week before, two cousins -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- were arrested in Chicago for allegedly trying to launch ISIS-inspired attacks in the U.S. and overseas. A week earlier, a U.S. Air Force veteran, 28-year-old Tairod Pugh of New Jersey, was indicted for his own ISIS-inspired plans. On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos. In February, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group's behalf in the U.S. Over the past two years, nearly 50 Americans have been charged with trying to join ISIS or are suspected of taking action inspired by the group. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(KILLEEN, Texas) — Friday the military awarded the victims and survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood attack with Purple Hearts and other medals, after a more than five-year-long bureaucratic struggle over whether the awards were deserved.Kimberly Munley, the former police sergeant credited with stopping the attack, and civilian Michael Cahill, who was killed, were honored with Defense of Freedom Medals.For years the survivors have fought to get the military to recognize the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan as a terrorist attack, which would make them eligible for the Purple Hearts and other combat-related benefits. But the military pushed back, likening the attack to workplace violence.A Pentagon position paper obtained by ABC News in April 2013 said that giving the victims the Purple Heart could "irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration" and "undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan's ability to receive a fair trial."Thirteen people were killed and another 32 were injured when Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at the Texas Army facility in November 2009. Hasan said during his trial the troops were about to deploy to Afghanistan where they would pose an immediate danger to the Taliban, whom he said he was defending.Three years after the attack, Munley told ABC News she felt "betrayed" by President Obama, who had welcomed her as a hero at the 2010 State of the Union Address."Betrayed is a good word," Munley said. "Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of...in fact, they've been neglected."Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death in August 2013. But still, the military pushed back on awarding Purple Hearts to the victims until last month.The move was precipitated by a change in the law that broadened the strict eligibility rules for the medal, which is awarded to those wounded in combat. Advocates for the victims gained support from members of Congress who succeeded in including legislation in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that broadened the definition of an attack by a “a foreign terrorist organization" to include contacts the perpetrator may have had with a foreign terrorist organization prior to the attack and “if the attack was inspired or motivated by the foreign terrorist organization.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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