16.9.14

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13.9.14

Zimmerman accused of threats.

ORLANDO, Fla.

A driver says George Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

The driver, whose name hasn't been released, told Lake Mary police officers that a truck pulled up to his car Tuesday, and the driver yelled, "Why are you pointing a finger at me?"

The truck's driver then asked the man, "Do you know who I am? I will kill you," the man told police officers, said Officer Bianca Gillett, a police spokeswoman.

The man said he recognized the truck's driver as George Zimmerman. The man pulled into a nearby gas station and called police officers, but the truck was gone by the time they arrived, Gillett said.

Two days later, the man said that he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his work.

"He was in fear of having encountered the vehicle a second time," Gillett said.

The man called police, and officers who arrived confirmed the truck driver was Zimmerman, the police spokeswoman said.

The man declined to press charges, Gillett said.

Zimmerman's divorce attorney, Howard Iken, didn't return an associated Press phone call Friday.

Zimmerman was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot the unarmed, black teenager in self-defense during a confrontation in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.

Relatives of Martin accused Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, of racially profiling the teen and instigating the fight. The case triggered a national debate about race and an examination of self-defense laws.

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law:

— Last year, he was arrested on charges of aggravated a$sault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn't pursue the case.

— Earlier that year, Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed. No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.

— Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.

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11.9.14

SWAT Raid that Injured Toddler to go to Grand Jury

HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. —

A grand jury will soon begin to look at a case of a child injured in a SWAT raid earlier this year.

District Attorney Brian Rickman said 23 citizens will examine every piece of evidence surrounding the raid that critically injured a 19-month-old child.

"The grand jury is made up of ordinary citizens. They're not law enforcement officers, they're not attorneys," Rickman said.

Bounkham Phonesavanh, nicknamed baby 'Bou-Bou,' and his parents were staying with relatives at a home in Habersham County the night a SWAT team raided it.

The family says officers threw a flash bang grenade into the home while serving a no-knock warrant in the middle of the night, critically injuring the child.

The Habersham County sheriff says an informant purchased drugs at the front door of the home the day before the raid, and told officers there was no indication of children inside the home.

The night of the raid in May, a deputy used a flash-bang device. It landed in Bou-Bou’s crib and exploded.

"The first question they'll address is, ‘Are you comfortable with this investigation?’" Rickman said.

Rickman is referring to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the raid and what led up to it.

"The second question is, ‘Do you recommend criminal charges against any person, (and) if so, for what?" Rickman added.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh spoke exclusively to Rickman about his decision. He met with representatives for the Phonesavanh family to inform them about the grand jury process. The group met in Coweta County, where the district attorney is working on the investigation as an independent adviser.

"The hope obviously is that there are officers that were involved that were held accountable for the actions of May 28," Mawuli Davis, attorney for the Phonesavanh family, said.

Davis was joined by several civil rights advocates who all want justice for the boy.

"At the end of the day, a baby was blown up. A nose was detached. A cavity was blown open," Rev. Tim McDonald said.

The grand jury will begin Sept. 29 and should last four days.

As a potential criminal process is underway, the child's medical process continues back in his home state of Wisconsin.

He will undergo his eighth surgery on Wednesday to remove the stitches that were used to reattach his nose after the incident.

The county has refused to pay the child's medical bills, leaving the family responsible for funding the surgeries.

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Walmart May Make Up to $78 Million Forcing Employees to Pay for New Work Uniforms

On August 5, Walmart HR executive Barbara Simone wrote to employees on the corporation’s internal website explaining the corporation’s new dress code. A Walmart employee sent Gawker a screenshot of her enthusiastic message, titled: “Updated: Customer Service: A new look.”

“The pride we take in our appearance should make us feel good when we help customers,” Simone wrote. “It’s a reminder that each one of us is part of something big—helping millions of people save money and live better.”

She then goes on to explain why employees won’t be saving money and living better any time soon. They have until September 29 to purchase clothes that adhere to Walmart’s new dress code of white or blue collared shirts and khaki or black bottoms. Simone suggests employees shop for their new uniforms at, you guessed it, Walmart. She cheerfully reminds workers to apply their 10 percent a$sociate discount “for additional savings.”

Many Walmart employees are outraged that they have to pay for these new uniforms. These low-wage workers began leaving comments on Simone’s post. Gawker reported that one employee wrote:

This is more of a financial burden to our family since this is our only source of income with my wife and two kids. We can hardly afford to live on my income now with us having to pay for a new uniform.

Another wrote:

When will you admit you and the big fish at Walmart were wrong and scrap this busy work project that you and others are using to justify your big paychecks...every few months you guys dream up something new to torture the a$sociates with...let us just get on with our work ...making you more money ... don't worry ...you'll still collect your big paychecks.

As this commenter mentioned, it seems Walmart changes its dress code policy frequently, forcing employees to fork up cash in order to maintain their jobs. One Walmart worker told Business Insider that in the past three years working at Walmart, he has “gone through more required dress code changes than I can count.”

On Monday, Richard Reynoso, a Walmart employee and OUR Walmart member, sent a letter to Walmart’s headquarters explaining why the corporation should cover the costs of the new employee uniforms. Reynoso makes between $800 and $900 a month.

“The sad truth is that I do not have $50 laying around the house to spend on new uniform clothes just because Walmart suddenly decided to change its policy,” he wrote in his letter, as reported by the Huffington Post. “If I have to go out of pocket for these new clothes, I’m going to have to choose which bill to skip.”

Making Change at Walmart, a campaign anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers pushing to improve working conditions at the corporation, found that Walmart may make tens of millions in sales from the dress code change. Making Change at Walmart used a photo of the new uniforms’ prices that were on display in an Alabama Walmart store’s break room. They calculated that if one million of the 1.3 million American Walmart employees bought three uniform sets at the prices listed in the photo with their 10 percent employee discount, Walmart would gain $51-$78 million in sales, depending on if employees purchased the low-end or high-end uniforms. They added that the Walton family, Walmart’s heirs, could buy one million employees three uniform sets with just six days of their Walmart dividends.

Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project told the Huffington Post that “Walmart was very smart” in picking its dress code, because it is legal to make employees pay for work clothes—as long as they are not branded and can be worn outside of work. Walmart, for example, has to pay for the new Walmart-branded vests they will be requiring workers to wear.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is being sued by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is being sued by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her.

Jana Weckerly, a former exotic dancer, filed a suit in Dallas County District Court on Monday alleging Jones assaulted her in 2009. Read the PDF of the entire lawsuit here. (Warning: Graphic content.)

Weckerly's lawyer told the Dallas Morning News that his client is still dealing with "trauma" from the alleged incident.

The suit also claims that Jones and the Cowboys conspired to cover up the a$sault. Weckerly seeks more than $1 million in damages.

Weckerly's lawyer sent a press release to several media outlets last week, claiming Weckerly was the person who took the photos of Jones posing with strippers. The pictures were taken in 2009 and recently leaked. Jones said the photos were "misrepresented."

Ray Rice Drama..... #nfl

Now Joe Budden is no stranger to stirring up some shit, but he may be on to something with this one…

Joe shared with his followers who he “heard” may be the woman behind the alleged text messages sent to Ray Rice prior to the elevator altercation with his now wife Janay Palmer.

Word is Rice has been messing around with G.O.O.D. Music’s Teyana Taylor for years and even forked up some dollars to invest in her clothing and hair line.

According to Hip Hollywood, Budden tweeted:

“It may be hearsay, but if the beef between Ray Rice and his wife was over the woman that some are saying?!?! Then #### … smh. If ya’ll know who I’m referring to, then that #### is crazy to me,” He later reveals the “woman” he was talking about, and that was Taylor.”

A few photos have surfaced of Taylor rocking Ravens gear, including Rice’s jersey…

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10.9.14

Florida boy wounded after reaching into deputy dad’s pocket at Wendy’s, causing gun to fire

A Florida boy was wounded last week after he accidentally discharged his father’s handgun while looking for a snack.

The off-duty Clay County deputy, whose name was not released, was eating Thursday with his son at Wendy’s in Middleburg when the child reached into his pants pocket.

That jostled the deputy’s handgun, which he owned privately and was not a service weapon, and caused it to fire inside the eatery.

The child was injured by a bullet fragment that ricocheted off the floor and cut his legs and foot, investigators said.

A Wendy’s employee also suffered minor injuries from bullet fragments but declined medical treatment.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy’s work status was not affected by the incident.
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