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Woman whips gator out of her pants when cops ask if she has ‘anything else’ on her

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Florida has become associated with strange news stories over the last several years. One meme was started where internet users are instructed to search for the phrase “Florida Man” and their birthday. Inevitably it will turn up someone in Florida who has done something bizarre.

One Florida woman has now become part of the notorious list of stories. This weekend Florida officials were prompted to investigate after what should have been a routine traffic stop for one Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy, WBBH reported.

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Deputies pulled over a truck in which the woman was riding around 3:15 a.m. for running a stop sign, the incident report said. A 22-year-old man was driving and confessed to the deputies that he and his companion were coming from the underpass of Oil Well Road trying to collect frogs and snakes.

The driver got a warning for the stop sign violation, but the deputy had to ask for more information. He inquired about what wildlife they’d collected to ensure none of the critters were on a list of creatures barred.

The driver showed the deputy a bag near his feet with clothes and personal items in it. The woman opened her backpack revealing 42 small three-striped mud turtles and one softshell turtle.

Deputies then asked if she had anything else. That’s when she whipped out a foot-long alligator from her yoga pants. The deputy did not include any details about his reaction to the shelter options for the alligator in the report.

The Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation Commission was called to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. and worked to navigate the scene.

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The couple was ultimately cited for the critters because, while they are native to Florida, they are regulated.


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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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