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Michael Brown Audio Tape May Kill Cops Case

August 27, 2014

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Michael Brown Audio Tape May Kill Cops Case

The police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri has been hiding out and laying low since the shooting.  However, a new audio recording of the shooting could keep Officer Darren Wilson on the run for good.

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The FBI has questioned an unidentified man who says he has recorded gunfire of Michael Brown being shot on August 9th. The man, who requested his identity be hidden, lives very close to the site of the shooting.  He was engaged in a video chat with a woman online and happened to be recording the conversation at the time Brown was shot.

In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots.  According to forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg, his analyzation of the recording detected at least 10 gunshots, which included a cluster of 6 then 4 shots.

“I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired,” the man’s attorney, Lopa Blumenthal, said on CNN. “And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.”

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If this tape is indeed authentic, it is perhaps the most compelling evidence of what truly happened the day Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

OK WASSUP! tracks the top news today, including a new audio tape from the day Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, MO.

Michael Brown Laid To Rest

August 26, 2014

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Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, has been laid to rest. Services were held yesterday at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, where thousands of mourners came to pay respects.

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"Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest. Please. It's all I ask," Michael Brown Sr. said at a rally in St. Louis on Sunday.  The city took heed to Brown's request, as crowds remained controlled and allowed the family to mourn in peace.

President Obama sent a White House contingency to the funeral, including Broderick Johnson, head of the White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force, as well as Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster, who are both part of the White House Office of Public Engagement.  Incidentally, Foster is a St. Louis native who attended high school with Brown's mother.

The service provided a myriad of speakers, including the Rev. Charles Ewing, Mr. Brown’s uncle. “There is a cry being made from the ground, not just for Michael Brown, but for the Trayvon Martins, for those children in Sandy Hook Elementary School, for the Columbine massacre, for black-on-black crime,” Ewing said.

Rev. Al Sharpton also provided a very pointed message.  “America, how do you think we look when the world can see you can’t come up with a police report, but you can find a video?” Sharpton said, referring to the Ferguson police department's failure to release a report about the shooting, but their swiftness in releasing a video that appears to show Michael Brown shoplifting at a convenience store the day of his death. “How do you think we look when young people march nonviolently asking for the land of the free and home of the brave to hear their cry and you put snipers on the roof and pointed guns at them?”

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In related news, the owner of the store where Michael Brown allegedly stole cigars from is denying any theft and is saying he never reported any crime to the police department.

The store owner has disputed any claim that he or an employee called 911, saying a customer inside the store likely made the call.

According to Jake Kanzler, who is the Ferguson Market attorney, police did not see the surveillance video they eventually released until after Michael Brown was shot dead in the street.

"During the course of Ferguson's investigation, the police department from Ferguson came to the store and asked for to review the tape," Kanzler said. "Any alleged theft of cigars had nothing to do with Michael Brown being shot to death by Ferguson police."

The alleged theft of cigars was so insignificant to the Ferguson Market that they never bothered to call 911.  However, the Ferguson Police Chief initially pretended the alleged shoplifting of cigars is what prompted Officer Darren Wilson into shooting and killing Michael Brown.  If the Ferguson Market never reported any crime at their store, how could Brown have been a suspect who deserved to be shot on the street??  Hmmm...

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Today's article:  Michael Brown is laid to rest in Ferguson.

POLL: Are Amusement Parks Becoming Too Dangerous?

August 25, 2014

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POLL:  Are Amusement Parks Becoming 
Too Dangerous?

With amusement parks feeling the pressure to present bigger thrills and greater risks, while trying to stay a step ahead of the competition, roller coasters and amusement rides are becoming more and more dangerous.  However, this summer alone has seen more accidents and stranded passengers than in previous summers. Have amusement parks crossed the line and become too dangerous?

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current events entertainment healthHigher.  Faster.  Longer.  More high tech. These are the buzz words today's amusement parks rely on to keep long lines of customers streaming into their venues.  But when does a ride become too high, too fast, too long and too high tech?

In July, 4 people were injured on the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, when a tree branch fell on the tracks and derailed a roller coaster car. The derailed car was left dangling precariously with its occupants stranded nearly upside-down for hours. Once rescued, 2 of the 4 injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Also in July, a cable on the Skyhawk swing ride at Cedar Point near Cleveland snapped, striking and injuring 2 riders while the swing was in motion.

The ride features 2 giant arms that hold up to 20 passengers on each, which swing back and forth 125 feet in the air and at speeds of up to 60 mph.  According to an eyewitness, a thick metal cable broke loose from one of the arms early in the ride. The cable, estimated by witnesses to be about 100 feet long and 1½ inches thick, broke free from the top of one of the arms, fell to the ground, then flailed wildly as the swing continued to move back and forth.

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"There were shooting sparks when it hit the ground," said the eyewitness. "It took out fences on both sides. That was a pretty gnarly accident."

This month, rescuers pulled stranded riders from a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland after the ride halted on the tracks.

A train on the Joker's Jinx roller coaster stopped about 45 feet from the ground on August 10th with 24 people aboard.  Luckily, no one was injured.

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When patrons visit an amusement park, they assume the rides are safe and technologically sound and tested.  However, a recent rash of mishaps is proving this may not always be true.

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Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, published a study tracking amusement ride injuries among those 17 and younger via emergency room reports between 1990-2010.  His finding: More than 4,400 kids are injured every year in amusement-ride-related accidents, at both permanent parks and fairs and carnivals.  The most common injuries are caused by falls, followed by hitting a body part on a ride or being hit by something while riding. At least 1.5% of these accidents resulted in hospitalization.

"Yes, these rides are relatively safe," acknowledged Dr. Smith, whose specialty is pediatric emergency medicine. "But we can make them safer."

Do you ever consider safety before boarding a ride at an amusement park or makeshift traveling carnival? Do you believe these rides are always properly inspected and safe? Are amusement parks becoming too dangerous?


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TGIF: Is Reality Really Real?

August 22, 2014

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TGIF:  Is Reality Really Real?

Is reality real? Are the things we think of as real actually there, or are they merely a figment of our imaginations? If our dreams are so vivid, how do we know our concept of "reality" is not just another dream?

Interesting questions, huh? Check out the video below for more pondering of our definition of reality.


Cop Threatens: 'If You Don't Want To Get Hurt, Don't Challenge Me!'

August 21, 2014

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Cop Threatens: 'If You Don't Want To Get Hurt, 
Don't Challenge Me!'

"I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me."

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Those are the words of Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, who injected himself into the national debate over the shooting death of Michael Brown via a controversial column for The Washington Post.

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In the article, which has gone viral and caused a tidal wave of backlash, Dutta said: "Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you."  HUH??????

For those who are protesting daily in Ferguson, Missouri, Dutta's words are Exhibit A on why Americans, particularly African-Americans, have an issue with trusting police.

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Because he is a police officer, Dutta is saying Americans need to "shut up and take it, because even the slightest bit of intransigence is grounds for the cops to unleash a world of hurt," writes Benjamin Freed of the Washingtonian.

"To say that putting up a verbal argument warrants bringing out the billy clubs, stun guns, or actual guns only stokes what's been seen coming out of Ferguson in the past week -- images of peaceful demonstrators being met with lines of officers rigged with military-grade equipment, marchers being fogged with canisters of tear gas, and people being slugged with rubber bullets after not moving quickly enough," Freed said.

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Dutta is demanding "unresisting submission to police without argument or even legal protest," J.D. Tuccille writes at "Just how do you 'refuse consent to search your car or home' without running afoul of the no-nos Dutta warns may get you 'shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground?'"

Dutta's words have also caused an overload on social media.

"So, 'Do what I say or I will hurt/kill you?' How does that even remotely correspond with 'To Serve and Protect?'" Carter Gaddis wrote on Twitter.

"I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me."

If this is the motto cops are operating from, no wonder they are protesting day and night in Ferguson!



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including a controversial article from a LA police officer 
threatening pain and suffering for anyone who challenges him.

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