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Bodycam shows Michigan cops punching Black man in the face after stop for littering: 'He's lucky he's not dead'
Bodycam footage was released after a violent arrest in Grand Rapids, Michigan in which a Black man was punched several times by police after the car he was in was stopped for littering, TMZ reported, citing police Chief Eric Payne.
The incident happened March 26, but the video was just released showing Diabate Hood, who was pulled over with two other men in the car. Hood refused to step out of the car.
Hood reportedly jumped into the passenger seat, which police took as an attempt to flee. The video shows Hood being held down by three police officers, and one punches him several times in the face. Hood can be heard screaming as officers shouted "stop resisting." Officers then held him down and Hood can be heard yelling, "I can't breathe."
"According to Grand Rapids police, the traffic stop was part of its Operation: Safe Neighborhoods program in response to an uptick of violent crime in the area, and claim they had 'timely and accurate intelligence' to justify it," the report said.
"This is the police work that I expect from my personnel," said Chief Payne. The department then claimed that they searched the car and found four weapons, which they're using to charge Hood with felonies. Hood has also been charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.
Lawyer Tyrone Bynum is representing the men in the car. In a statement, he said, "What I saw in the video was another George Floyd." He noted that the alarming part came from officers who can be heard saying that Hood was "lucky he's not dead."
"You don't have to listen to me, look at the video," said Bynum.
"As with all Use of Force incidents, the encounter was reviewed by supervisors and members of the department's Training Unit. To date there have been no Internal Affairs complaints filed in this incident," said a statement from the police department, according to MichiganLive.com.
See the video below via MichiganLive:
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Music by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky will replace Russia's national anthem at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the country's Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has notified the Russian Olympic Committee that a fragment from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 had been approved," it said in a statement.
Russian athletes are banned from taking part in major international events with their anthem and under their flag until 2020 following a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last year.
Russian competitors also need to wear neutral clothing, and last week Russia unveiled the blue, red and white uniforms that the country's athletes will be wearing at the Tokyo Olympics.
"The difficult process of agreeing everything with the International Olympic Committee has been completed," Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of Russia's Olympic Committee, said in the statement.
Tchaikovsky originally wrote the concerto in 1874 before revising it in 1888.
It was used during the final leg of the Olympic torch relay during the opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and featured in the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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Marjorie Greene wants to debate AOC over the Green New Deal — but admits she's yet to read 'all 14 pages' of the bill
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) claims she is interested in debating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the details of the Green New Deal. According to Business Insider, Greene on Wednesday, April 21, tweeted about the possibility of her and the Democratic lawmaker scheduling a debate in the near future.
Greene's tweet came shortly after the two lawmakers talked on the House floor about Ocasio-Cortez's environmental proposal. However, Greene insisted she would only be willing to debate after reading "all 14 pages."
"I'm glad I ran into you today [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ] to plan our debate about the Green New Deal," Greene tweeted. "After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I'll schedule time for our debate."
Then, on Thursday morning, Greene followed up with another tweet about Ocasio-Cortez's document describing it as a "Communist's manifesto."
I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you. #MTGvsAOC— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1619095826.0
While Greene believes it would be a good idea to debate the Democratic congresswoman, Twitter users believe the political grudge match could end up backfiring for the Georgia lawmaker. Many Twitter users have shared their reaction to Greene's call for a debate. Some expressed interest in tuning in for the debate while others believe it will only be a waste of time.
One Twitter user wrote, "AOC would absolutely DESTROY Marjorie Taylor Greene in a debate on the Green New Deal. Where can I get tickets?"
AOC would absolutely DESTROY Marjorie Taylor Greene in a debate on the Green New Deal. Where can I get tickets?🍿👀— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1619096226.0
Another user wrote, "That would be a big waste of everyone's time. No one wants to watch a conspiracy theorist shout disinformation she heard on 'Fox and Friends' as AOC tries to explain economics and environmental science as if to a child."
However, others raised concern about the fact that Greene has constantly attacked Democratic lawmakers over The Green Deal but inadvertently admitted in the tweet that she'd never read it. "Wait. Let me get this right... you constantly attack the bill and everything it stands for... but you have never actually read it?" one Twitter user pointed out.
In response to the admission, Twitter users surmised that it must have been difficult for the lawmaker to read 14 pages. Another Twitter user wrote, "14 pages is a lot, maybe someone could make an audiobook for her."
According to Newsweek, AOC has not yet said anything about the possibility of debating Greene.
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