Marco Zepeda, a blind man was using the bathroom when he was attacked by a police officer. He just came out of nowhere,” Zepeda said.
Zepeda said he was using his fingers to look around for a urinal when the police officer shoved him back. “He grabbed and he screamed at me ‘I told you I was the police.’ But he never did it. I swear to God he never did it,” Zepeda said.
Walter Gastelum, was in the bathroom at that time, and record a video and uploaded it to Snapchat. Zepeda can be heard yelling “I’m blind” in both English and Spanish.
“Marco kept screaming, ‘I’m blind. I can’t see. I’m blind. I’m blind,'” Gastelum said. “You can clearly see that he’s blind. I don’t know how you can miss that.”
“After I opened the door, the police officer stood up, looked up at me, he’s like, ‘He hit me first,'” Gastelum said. “And I was like, ‘He’s blind.'”
The Phoenix Police Department confirmed that the officer hit Zepeda. They also claimed that the officer suffered minor injuries because Zepeda fought back.
“I’m telling the truth. There’s no reason for me to lie to the public,” Zepeda said.
“He’s an officer. He shouldn’t have responded like that. If anything he should’ve guided him,” Gastelum said. “The cops are here to serve and protect, not to harass and collect. That’s the truth.”
Zepeda was charged for aggravated assault, but later the police department dropped the charges.
A Gofundme page has been created to help Zepeda.
‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames
Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?
A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.
While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.
Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers
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The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.
The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.
Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large
There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.
Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.