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Privacy Issue Denied in Televising Man’s Death

     (CN) – Since ABC did not identify a man whose death it filmed for a medical-documentary series, it does not owe his widow damages, a New York appeals court ruled.     Anita Chanko and her three chi…

Cleveland Boy Fatally Shot after Pulling Fake Pistol

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo of a BB gun taken from a 12-year old shot by Cleveland police is shown. A 12-year-old boy shot by police after apparently grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to an emergency call about a someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. One officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon, which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle, from his waistband but had not pointed it at police, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Cory Schaffer)

This Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo shows Cleveland police investigating a scene after an officer fired two shots, killing 12-year-old Tamir E. Rice, who police said pulled a gun from his waistband. The gun was later determined to be a BB gun with the orange safety cap removed. (AP Photo/Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cory Schaffer)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator’s call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.

The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said.

“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.

Police described the weapon as an “airsoft” type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun. The orange safety indicator had been removed, police said.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the officers are a first-year rookie and a 10-year department veteran.

The police department has collected surveillance video and other evidence and will present it to the county prosecutor’s office, the newspaper said without citing a source. It said after reviewing the evidence prosecutors will present the case to a grand jury, which will decide whether the officer was justified in using force against the boy.

An attorney for the boy’s family, Timothy Kucharski, said Tamir went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to his shooting.

“I don’t want to make a rush to judgment,” he said.

Kucharski said he wants to talk to witnesses himself and get more facts. “We’re ultimately going to find out what happened,” he said.

A man who called 911 told dispatchers the boy was on a swing set and pointing a pistol that was “probably fake” and scaring everyone.

The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his pants.

“I don’t know if it’s real or not,” the caller said.

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the officers were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake.

The officer called to the playground outside a city recreation center saw the pistol sitting on a table or bench, and watched the boy grab it and put it in his waistband, Follmer said.

State Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati announced Sunday that she will introduce legislation to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent fluorescent strips. It is modeled after a bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Reece, president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, said she is introducing the bill in response to the fatal shootings of the boy and 22-year-old John Crawford III. It could help “prevent future deadly confrontations,” she said in a statement.

Crawford was fatally shot by police Aug. 5 after a man called 911 to report that Crawford was carrying a gun in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store. Police said they believed the air rifle Crawford had picked up was a real rifle and that he didn’t respond to commands to drop it.

A special grand jury concluded police officers’ actions were justified. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.

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Thomas Beatie, AKA “The Pregnant Man,” Arrested For Stalking Estranged Wife

At one time, Thomas Beatie was best known as “The Pregnant Man” after he gave birth during his gender reassignment. However, recent criminal behavior is earning him a different nickname.

Beatie was arrested and booked on Thursday after an Arizona police officer found a GPS tracking device on his estranged wife’s car, which explained how Beatie knew the exact whereabouts of his ex, Nancy, over the past six months.

After being booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of stalking, Beatie told investigators he did indeed install the device. Once installed, he was able to track the car’s movements online and recharge the battery when it was low.

The alleged stalking first happened after Mr. Beatie was denied a divorce in March 2013. At the time, the Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach didn’t grant the request because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

(Translation: Arizona didn’t recognize the marriage, so the government couldn’t acknowledge a divorce.)

The 40-year-old man was released from jail Thursday night and released on his own recognizance.

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Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

In Ferguson “Media Circus,” Reporters Accused Of Seeking “Riot Porn”

November 24, 2014 10:57:00 am

Whatever happens in Ferguson, Mo., this week will be televised, and until then, every part of the lead-up will be, too, says the Washington Post. Shop owners boarding up stores have found themselves giving impromptu news conferences. Media galleries form to listen in on church sermons. Television trucks hum in the parking lot of a tire shop, a front-row seat across from police headquarters. The national media has assembled with a grand jury deliberating whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a black teen. The any-day-now anticipation, coming with ever-revised cable news speculation, has returned this city of 21,000 to a spotlight it understands and sometimes bristles at.

Many residents, business owners and elected officials welcome the scrutiny, saying that a media presence helps expose systemic, race-related problems in the police force and the justice system. Others, particularly those who haven’t taken part in the protests, say news organizations have produced a warped portrait of Ferguson, a small city with middle-class homes and a historic shopping district. They’re worried that reporters are here to document the next round of violence, if there is one, not the underlying problems. “Riot porn” is what Democratic committee member Patricia Bynes called it, referring to images of young black men with their shirts off, using them to guard their faces from tear gas. CNN anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper said on Twitter that they had met secretly with police officer Darren Wilson to solicit an exclusive interview. It’s “a media circus,” said David Carson, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer.

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