FROM THE GUARDIAN: Police attempted to use a Taser on Ahmaud Arbery, the slain Georgia jogger, after questioning why he was sitting alone in his car in a park one morning in November 2017, according to records and a police video obtained by the Guardian.
The video comes to light as law enforcement in the area faces scrutiny after Arbery was shot dead by two white men while out for a run in February.
Police did not initially arrest Gregory and Travis McMichael, who chased down and killed the unarmed Arbery, and a prosecutor assigned to the case wrote a lengthy memo explaining why the killing was legally justified.
In a joint statement to the Guardian, lawyers working for the Arbery family described the video as a clear depiction of ‘a situation where Ahmaud was harassed by Glynn county police officers’.
In a joint statement to the Guardian lawyers working for the Arbery family described the video as a clear depiction of “a situation where Ahmaud was harassed by Glynn county police officers”.
The lawyers said there was “no justifiable reason” for Arbery to be threatened with a Taser. “This appears to be just a glimpse into the kind of scrutiny Ahmaud Arbery faced not only by this police department, but ultimately regular citizens like the McMichaels and their posse, pretending to be police officers.”
|Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a male at 3119 Bay Street about 2:50 p.m. last Friday (May 15).|
The suspect, Rogelio Castillo (H/m, 20), is charged with capital murder in the 338th State District Court. A booking photo of Castillo is attached to this news release.
The identity of the victim is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Officers R. Naughton and L. Patterson reported:
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the above address and found the victim, unresponsive, lying next to a wrecked, black sport utility vehicle. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers canvassing the area then found a Hispanic male suspect (Castillo) that matched witnesses’ descriptions of a male walking in the area with blood on his hands. Castillo was detained and identified by witnesses as the shooter. Castillo confessed to his role in the shooting and stated he was attempting to rob the victim.
Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
By: Mike Emery
This semester, community members stepped up to the plate to support University of Houston-Downtown students affected economically by the coronavirus.
Soon, local eateries will be serving up plates that further help UHD’s Gators accomplish their academic goals.
During the week of May 18 – 24, Houston-area restaurants will participate in “Grub for Gators,” a fundraising initiative benefitting UHD students challenged by the pandemic. Each day, a featured “Grub for Gators” restaurant will contribute a percent of its sales to UHD’s Gator Emergency Fund, which assists students with expenses incurred as a result of the Coronavirus (rent, utility bills, groceries, tuition and more). Patrons should inform participating restaurants that they are supporting “UHD Grub for Gators” when placing orders.
“We are grateful that restaurants throughout the Greater Houston Area recognize the challenges faced by our students,” said UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. “Their support will not only make a difference for our Gators but will ultimately impact the region. When our students succeed, it’s a win for Houston and for Texas. I thank those businesses who have joined UHD in the ‘Grub for Gators’ initiative.”
Both Houston’s Downtown District and Historic Market Square also are supporting this initiative during the free Virtual Blanket Bingo on Thursday, May 21. During this online game of Bingo, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the Gator Emergency Fund.
A list of “Grub for Gators” restaurants and the designated dates that proceeds will be applied to the Gator Emergency Fund is below. A map of where these businesses are located also is available.:
Monday, May 18
Gringo’s (Spirit Day) – 12330 Southwest Fwy, Stafford
Patrons can mention “UHD Grub for Gators” or present this flyer (on cell phone or printed out) or when ordering.
Bullritos (Charitibull Event) – 2617 Underwood Dr., La Porte
Patrons can mention “UHD Grub for Gators” or present this flyer (on cell phone or printed out) when ordering.
Tuesday, May 19
Fuddruckers – 7511 FM 1960 West
Wednesday, May 20
King’s Court – 903 Hutchins St.
Thursday, May 21
Hitter’s BBQ & Catering – 12829 Westheimer Rd.
Friday, May 22
Saint Arnold Brewing Company – 2000 Lyons Rd.
Sunday, May 24 – noon to 8 p.m.
Raising Cane’s – 9527 Broadway, Pearland
UHD launched the Gator Emergency Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to take some of the pressures off students during this pandemic. By supporting students’ expenses, the fund ultimately allows them to focus on their health and academic studies.
Both “Grub for Gators” and the Gator Emergency Fund complement UHD’s other efforts to help students. These include providing computers for online courses and summer scholarships to cover up to two courses this summer.
“Our students’ strength in the face of COVID-19 is indeed inspiring,” said President Muñoz. “These are uncertain times, but our Gators can count on one thing during this pandemic … the support of both their University and the community.”
THE MOTHER OF A GEORGIA MAN WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN WHILE JOGGING SAYS SHE WANTS AN EYE FOR AN EYE WHEN IT COMES TO JUSTICE.
OUR ISIAH CAREY SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE MOTHER AND FAMILY ATTORNEY FOR AHMAUD ARBERY.
HE JOINS US LIVE FROM HIS HOME WITH A LOOK AT WHAT’S TO COME ON THE FACTOR UNCENSORED TONIGHT AT 10:30. ISIAH?
WELL GUYS AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW ARBERY WAS SHOT AND KILLED BACK IN FEBRUARY WHILE JOGGING THROUGH A GEORGIA NEIGHBORHOOD.
POLICE HAVE SINCE ARRESTED FATHER AND SON GREGORY AND TRAVIS MCMICHAEL FOR THE MURDER OF THE 25 YEAR OLD.
WE SPOKE WITH ARBERY’S MOTHER WANDA COOPER JONES AND HER ATTORNEY LEE MERRITT.
WE ASKED HER HOW SHE FELT THAT HER SON’S WAS DORMANT UNTIL THE ACTUAL VIDEO WAS LEAKED OUT.
HOUSTONIAN BONNIE BANGZ TOLD ME THIS WEEK SHE WILL BEGIN SERVING A TWO-YEAR SENTENCE FOR HER PART IN A SCHEME TO HELP PEOPLE ILLEGALLY CROSS THE BORDER.
BONNIE IS A TATTOO ARTIST, MUSICIAN, AND HAS EVEN PREFORMED ON THE FACTOR BEFORE… AND WHEN I HEARD SHE WAS GOING AWAY, I WAS SHOCKED.
SO WE CHECKED IN WITH HER AND TALKED WITH HER BEFORE SENTENCE BEGAN.
|NOON TODAY is the deadline to sign-up for direct deposit for your|
Cares Act Federal Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check) if you have not yet received it.*
If you are eligible and have not yet received your Cares Act Federal Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), today at noon* is the deadline to sign-up to for direct deposit of those funds. If you miss this deadline, you will have to wait for a paper check to be mailed in late May or early June.
If you have not received your payment and are eligible,visit the IRS website to get more information.
Additional charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of three men and the wounding of a fourth at three separate locations in southwest Houston on May 6.
The suspect, Joshua Kelsey (w/m, 35), was charged with an additional charge of murder in the 178th State District Court. He is also charged with capital murder in the 351st State District Court and murder in the 178th State District Court. A booking photo of Kelsey is attached to this news release.
Identities on the three deceased victims are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Officers J. Caten, D. Higgs, C. Lamont and L. Lange reported:
From 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were dispatched to 14000 Bridgeport Road, 5200 Kelling Street and 13500 Hooper Road for shooting Incidents. Homicide investigators were advised one person was deceased at each location.
It was determined the three scenes were possibly related and involved one suspect. The suspect was identified as Joshua Kelsey and his information was provided to law enforcement personnel.
Hours later, about 4 a.m. on Thursday (May 7), officers observed a stolen vehicle being driven by Kelsey and a pursuit ensued. Kelsey ultimately stopped and surrendered. He was taken into custody and subsequently charged.
Further investigation determined Kelsey’s role in the fatal shooting at 5200 Kelling Street and, on Tuesday (May 12) he was charged in the incident.