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Alaskan cop who 'kindly assisted' innocent man by savagely beating him has pleaded guilty, sentenced to 120 days in jail

A former Bethel cop who claimed that he "kindly tried to assist" Alaska Native Wassillie Gregory into his cruiser has pleaded guilty to assault and has been sentenced to jail. Andrew Reid, 40, pleaded guilty by telephone in Bethel District Court to two misdemeanor charges — fourth-degree assault and official misconduct — after a video surfaced which shows his treatment of Gregory was anything but kind.

In the video obtained from a store surveillance camera, Reid can be seen repeatedly picking up and slamming an inebriated Gregory to the concrete before arresting him. Gregory clearly has poor motor control and is pushed away from the cruiser before being tossed around like a sack of potatoes. He sustained a fractured rib and shoulder injury that required surgery.

A visitor from Arizona witnessed the brutality on July 12, 2014, and reported it to police. Gregory pleaded guilty to harassment two days later without a lawyer present. However, the complaint from the witness prompted Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee to investigate the incident, whereupon he obtained the video footage.

It wasn't until Gregory's new lawyer, Sean Brown, got the video in May 2015 that Gregory's conviction was dropped, and the City of Bethel paid $175,000 to settle a civil suit.

After this, the city sent the investigation to the FBI, which referred it to Alaska's Office of Special Prosecutions. The charging document states that Reid's use of force "was excessive and unnecessary."

Comment: Alaskan officer faces charges for fourth-degree assault on resident


Eye 1

Man scales airport fence, strips down to boxers while being chased, rams pickup truck into plane

© David Postier
A man being chased by police after breaching a security gate at Omaha's Eppley Airfield airport Thursday night, proceeded to strip down to his boxer shorts, steal a truck on the runway and ram it into the nose of a Southwest Airlines aircraft, authorities said.

The incident kicked off around 9:30 p.m. when officers at Eppley Airfield encountered a man in front of the airport acting "bizarre" and screaming that people were trying to kill him, Tim Conahan, Chief of Police for the Omaha Airport Authority told ABC News.

With officers in pursuit, the man -- whose identity remains unknown -- ran into a parking garage, exited through another entrance and scaled a fence onto a runway, and jumped into an unlocked Southwest pickup truck which had its engine running, Conahan said. During the chase, the man stripped down to his boxers.

Apple Green

Unbelievable: Hawaii school defends Michelle Obama poverty breakfast because it 'meets federal guidelines'


Michelle Obama breakfast - it's got electrolytes!
At Waipahu High School in Hawaii, students recently received a scoop of rice and a tiny "ham link" for breakfast, and parents were understandably upset.

At least one parent wrote in to KHON to complain about the paltry school breakfast served to students Tuesday, and officials are now scrambling to explain away the "unacceptable" meal.

"One of my friends even said if my kindergartner was given this, she'd probably get upset," the unidentified mother told the news site.

The woman explained that students are often subjected to uncomfortably hot classrooms, and the skimpy breakfast only makes matters worse.

"To me, that's just unacceptable to have such a small meal like that provided before they have classes in the heat, and just the misery and bad conditions that they're in with the heat alone, I just feel like it's unacceptable," she said.

Comment: These people are idiots. Maybe American students and their parents should do some research, and demand meals that don't resemble those you might see in a concentration camp.


Star of David

Israeli soldiers kill unarmed Palestinian in West Bank for 'rapidly approaching' a guard post

© Flickr/Israel Defense Forces
IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge
The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) soldiers shot dead an unarmed Palestinian, who had been rapidly approaching a guard post in the village of Silwad near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, according to the Ynetnews media outlet.

The IDF soldiers reportedly followed the procedure to stop Eyad Zakaria Hamed, a 38-year-old Palestinian, and in accordance with the rules, had to shoot a suspicious individual dead.

No soldiers were injured. The Palestinian was not found to have either weapons, or explosive devices. The investigation is underway, according to the news outlet, citing the IDF Spokesperson Unit.

Cowboy Hat

Poklonskaya blasts Kiev as 'progressing senility' for calling Crimean elections 'illegal'

© Sergey Malgavko / Sputnik
While Ukraine's authorities have branded the upcoming elections in Crimea "illegal," the republic's chief prosecutor noted that Kiev's current regime, itself, was installed undemocratically, while slamming its statement as "speculative and irresponsible."

"This is nothing but senility and we can say that their senility is progressing," Natalya Poklonskaya told RIA Novosti. "They should rather deal with their own elections, bearing in mind that in 2014 they had an illegal armed power grab, after which they just appointed their own people to all the posts, in violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. They have plenty of things to do there."

Her remarks came soon after the Ukrainian Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons issued a statement in which it called all elections that are to take place in the Republic of Crimea on September 18 - all-Russia election day - "illegal," while threatening to hold all those who participate in organizing the polls criminally responsible.

Sheriff

France suspends "illegal" burkini-ban in southern town

France's highest administrative court has suspended the burkini ban imposed by the southern town of Villeneuve-Loubet. The ban "seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom," the judgment, expected to set a precedent, said.

It added that local authorities could only restrict individual liberties if there was a "proven risk" to public order, according to AFP. The top administrative court, Le Conseil d'Etat (the State Council), made the ruling public on Friday ahead of the official announcement, which is to provide its full legal basis.

The decision follows a demand from the League of Human Rights to overturn the burkini ban in the French Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, saying the prohibition violates civil freedoms.


Snakes in Suits

Stanford sex assault case judge facing recall efforts will no longer preside over criminal cases

© Stephen Lam / Reuters
Activists deliver boxes of signed petitions to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench after his controversial sentencing in the Stanford rape case, in San Francisco, California, U.S.
Following the massive outcry Judge Aaron Persky received for sentencing convicted sexual assailant Brock Turner to six months in jail, Persky will no longer preside over criminal cases. Instead, the judge will be responsible only for civil cases.

Beginning September 6, Judge Persky will not have the power to sentence anyone to jail time. This may come as good news to the almost 1.3 million people who signed a petition to remove Persky from the bench altogether.

Persky became a national figure after he sentenced Brock Turner to only six months in jail after being found guilty of three felonies related to the sexual assault of a woman.

Persky explained a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on the college athlete's future. The judge's ruling led to a Change.org petition to recall him.

Comment: 350,000+ sign petition to recall judge who gave rapist Brock Turner a mere 6-month sentence


Heart - Black

Populace divided: Texas couple says vandals poured bleach in their gas tank and murdered their dog over Clinton yard sign

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Dallas, TX residents Matt and Beth Steadman and their Clinton yard sign
A couple in Dallas, TX says that they've been subject to escalating acts of vandalism since they put up a sign supporting Hillary Clinton for president in their yard, but now someone has poisoned and killed their beloved dog, Abby.

KXAN News spoke to Matt and Beth Steadman, whose Clinton yard signs were stolen one after the other. The thefts seemed innocuous enough at first, said Matt Steadman, but the couple never dreamed that someone would harm their pet.

First, the yard signs began to disappear, which the Steadmans took in stride, simply putting out another. Then, someone vandalized their SUV beyond repair by pouring bleach into the gas tank.

On Sunday, they woke up to discover the yard sign gone and a "Hillary for Prison" flyer under the doormat. Beth went out, but Matt noticed that Abby — a 4-year-old shepherd mix who the Steadmans adopted as a puppy — was acting strange.

"She started tremoring and she started shaking," Matt Steadman said. "I called Beth around 4 and said, 'I think somethings wrong with Abby.'"

Comment: Free speech anyone? Serial Trump sign thief leaves note: 'Not even a great wall will stop me'


Bug

Deranged woman tossed crickets all over subway train before peeing herself, sending fellow riders into state of panic

© errayj/facebook
A woman sent straphangers into a frenzy when she released crickets on a train over the Manhattan Bridge.
A wacky subway rider released a cloud of crickets and urinated on herself in a rush hour train crossing the Manhattan Bridge, sending horrified straphangers into a frenzy.

The bizarre incident took place on a Brooklyn-bound D train about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

"Woman just let crickets out on the D Train as we went over the Manhattan Bridge," passenger Ezra Mechaber wrote on Twitter. "Panic ensued. Someone pulled the E-Brake. Stuck. New York."

Rory Frizell, 34, who rode in the train car while commuting home to Bensonhurst, told the Daily News he initially feared the worst when the commotion broke out and he heard a woman yell out, "she has a jar" and "close that!"

"We thought there was like a chemical attack," he said.

Frizell said there was pure pandemonium, with the crickets and worms causing a "bum rush" to the other side of the train.

The woman told the passengers she needed to vomit and started to dry heave. Then she said, "I have to s---" and tried to lift her dress.

A man on the train was able to calm her and kept her from making the frenzied situation worse, Frizell said.

"It was, in a word, chaotic. It was just utter chaos," he said.

Control Panel

Small plane crashes into Indiana home, two hospitalized

© Via [email protected]_WTHI
A small plane has crashed into a house in Vigo County, Indiana. Two passengers in the single-engine Cessna were airlifted to a hospital, and emergency crews on scene are keeping the public at bay, according to reports.

Emergency crews, including a helicopter, were at the scene of a plane crash in west of Indianapolis, Indiana, across from the Sky King airport on Thursday.

There is no word yet on injuries, but two people were loaded onto an emergency helicopter, according to WTHI.

Emergency responders told the local news station no one was inside the house at the time of the crash. They also urged the public to keep the area clear.