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All charges have been dropped against a Chicago-area man, who was charged last month with reckless driving and resisting arrest, after a police dashboard video showed the arresting officer beating him until he collapsed. That officer has now been charged with aggravated battery and is on administrative leave pending disciplinary action.

The incident occurred on March 28, when Ronald Bell was driving home after an evening out with friends. Officer James Mandarino allegedly saw Bell spin his tires before heading down a side street and followed the car until it pulled up outside the residence Bell shares with his brother’s family.

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Mandarino ordered Bell and his passenger, Nolan Stalbaum, out of their car. He then tasered Stalbaum and ordered Bell to kneel on the ground. Even though Bell complied, Mandarino began striking him repeatedly with his baton, resulting in a concussion and multiple contusions.

In the video below, Mandarino can be seen beating Bell as Bell’s brother Stacey runs outside and attempts to argue with the officer. “He always had his hands in the air … and then (the officer) just started going to town on him, beating the hell out of him,” Stacey Bell told the Chicago Tribune.

“I told him he didn’t have to do this,” Bell explained to the Chicago Sun-Times. And he just said, ‘I told him to get down.’ He might have had a bad night or something going on in his personal life because he lost control.”

Both men were charged with multiple misdemeanors, but the suspicions of a Streamwood Police Department official were aroused the next day after seeing a booking photo of Bell with his head bandaged. The official checked the police reports and found the dashboard video of the unprovoked attack.

In announcing the felony charges against Mandarino, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez called the dashboard camera “a wonderful tool” and said of the alleged beating that it was “not only disturbing. It’s outrageous. It’s unacceptable.”

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Now all charges against Bell and Stalbaum have been dropped and Mandarino is out on bail awaiting disciplinary action. “We’re elated,” Stacey Bell said. “If he loses his badge and loses his job and goes to jail, then I’ll feel vindicated.”

This video is from Sun-Times, broadcast April 15, 2010.


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‘The president isn’t above the law’: Supreme Court expected to rule on two key Trump cases on Thursday

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Can Donald Trump refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States? The Supreme Court will rule Thursday on two related cases to answer this, with potentially widespread political implications.

The decision by the nine justices could lift the veil on Trump's finances ahead of the November 3 election.

Unlike all of his predecessors since Richard Nixon in the 1970s, New York real estate mogul Trump refused to release his tax returns, despite promising to do so during his 2016 White House campaign.

Trump made his fortune a key component of that campaign, and his lack of transparency raises questions about his true worth and possible conflicts of interest.

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Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury

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Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China's crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was suspending its extradition agreement with the city and, in addition to extending the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in the country, threw open the door to thousands more wanting to start a new life Down Under.

Morrison said the decisions were taken in response to China's imposition last week of a tough new security law in Hong Kong, which he said "constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances" for the semi-autonomous territory.

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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned

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"Glee" star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, local officials said, with rescuers to continue a search for her on Thursday.

The Ventura County Sheriff's office earlier tweeted it was looking for a "possible drowning victim" at the lake, and said a dive team was being deployed to the area.

Rivera, 33, is best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in "Glee", the TV series that she starred in for six seasons.

She rented a boat on Wednesday to take her four-year-old son onto Lake Piru, northwest of Los Angeles, local media cited the County Sheriff as saying.

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Chicago-area cop charged for beating unarmed man

Officer James Mandarino has been charged for beating an unarmed man. The Sun-Times has more details.

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‘The president isn’t above the law’: Supreme Court expected to rule on two key Trump cases on Thursday

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Can Donald Trump refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States? The Supreme Court will rule Thursday on two related cases to answer this, with potentially widespread political implications.

The decision by the nine justices could lift the veil on Trump's finances ahead of the November 3 election.

Unlike all of his predecessors since Richard Nixon in the 1970s, New York real estate mogul Trump refused to release his tax returns, despite promising to do so during his 2016 White House campaign.

Trump made his fortune a key component of that campaign, and his lack of transparency raises questions about his true worth and possible conflicts of interest.

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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned

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"Glee" star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, local officials said, with rescuers to continue a search for her on Thursday.

The Ventura County Sheriff's office earlier tweeted it was looking for a "possible drowning victim" at the lake, and said a dive team was being deployed to the area.

Rivera, 33, is best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in "Glee", the TV series that she starred in for six seasons.

She rented a boat on Wednesday to take her four-year-old son onto Lake Piru, northwest of Los Angeles, local media cited the County Sheriff as saying.

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This government official tried to share optimism about vaccines — but he also hinted at a dark possible future

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Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, the director for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, joined CNN's Anderson Cooper for a recent TV interview to discuss the ongoing work to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. And in many ways, his remarks brought good news about the development process and progress toward a safe and effective vaccine. But he also hinted at a dark potential future for the virus, a consideration that has not yet received much public discussion.

"I am very optimistic that we will have a vaccine in the near future, a safe vaccine," he said. "How effective that vaccine will be — time will tell. And I don't think there's going to be just one vaccine. There'll be multiple vaccines that we try to get across the finish line, as quickly as possible. And we may need multiple interactions of the vaccine going forward, season to season."

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