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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

What happened to Sandra Bland - Full Story

New video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland during a traffic stop in Waller County, Texas, has been released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The nearly hourlong video starts at the end of a traffic stop involving another vehicle. 

The trooper’s stop of Bland begins at about the 1:45 mark of the video. Watch the edited video below, but dont worry about that we have the full unedited version too.

Bland, 28, was found dead in a jail cell on July 13, after she was charged with assaulting a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop in Prairie View just days earlier. The trooper, Brian Encinia, has been put on administrative leave after a preliminary investigation found he violated the Texas Department of Public Safety’s traffic stop and courtesy procedures during the stop, which was for an improper lane change.

The video was released after a two hour meeting of elected officials, community leaders, police, the district attorney and other law enforcement agencies.

State Senator Royce West said after the meeting that he does not think Bland should have been taken into custody and does not bear any responsibility for what happened.

Authorities say Bland committed suicide in her cell using a plastic garbage bag. But her family and friends say Bland, who had just made a move from Illinois to Texas to work at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, would never have killed herself. They have been joined by thousands on social media calling for a thorough investigation into her death and questioning the police and district attorney’s version of events.

Sandra Bland's Facebook Photo
Police say Bland was stopped for improperly signaling a lane change on July 12 and was then arrested on the more serious charge of assaulting an officer. In the police report, Encinia says Bland was “combative and uncooperative” after he stopped her Hyundai Azera with Illinois plates at about 4:30 p.m. Encinia says he made “numerous commands” that Bland exit the vehicle to”further conduct a safe traffic investigation. Bland was removed from the car but became more combative. Bland was placed in handcuffs for officer safety. Bland began swinging her elbows at me and then kicked my right leg in the shine.”
Encinia said he suffered pain in his right leg and small cuts on his right hand. He said “force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight.”

In the video, Bland’s vehicle can be in the left-hand lane of two lanes as Encinia’s patrol car approaches her. Bland then moves from the left lane into the right lane, and Encinia pulls her over.
Encinia approaches the vehicle and says to Bland, “Hello mam,” to which she replies “hi.” He says “the reason for your stop is you failed to a lane change, got your driver’s license and insurance with you?” and then asks her, “what’s wrong?”

After a few seconds of silence, he asks her, “how long have you been in Texas?” and she replies she got there yesterday. He then returns to his car after asking her to “give him a few minutes.”

Encinia then exits his his vehicle and approaches the driver’s side door of Bland’s car. He asks her “you OK?” and she replies “I’m waiting on you, this is your job.” Encinia then says, “you seem very irritated,” and Bland replies, “I am, I really I am. I don’t know what I’m getting a ticket for, you were speeding up, tailing me, I move over and you stop me. So, yeah I am a little irritated, but that doesn’t stop you from giving me a ticket, so give me a ticket.”
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Trooper Brian Encinia opened the door to the car and threatened to yank Bland out.

Encinia says, “are you done?” and Bland replies, “you asked me what was wrong and I told you, so now I’m done yeah.” He then asks her to put out her cigarette and she replies, “I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette.”

He then says, “well you can step out of the car now,” and Bland replies, “I don’t have to step out.” He, more forcefully, says, “step out of the car,” and then opens her door, repeating, “step out of the car.”
She says, “you don’t have the right,” and he raises his voice higher, again telling her to step out. She repeats that he doesn’t have the right, and he says he does, and that he will remove her if she doesn’t step out.
Bland asks, “I’m getting removed for a failure to signal?” He replies, “I’m giving you a lawful order,” and after she says she’s going to call her lawyer, he says “I’m going to yank you out of here.” Bland says, “Oh, you’re going to yank me out of my car, OK.”

As they continue to back and forth, he calls for backup and then yells at her as she asks what she’s being arrested for, “Get out of the car!” and pulls what appears to be his Taser out, saying “I will light you up.” She then exits the vehicle, still talking to him as she walks away.
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Sandra Bland is led from her vehicle by Trooper Brian Encinia, who is pointing a Taser at her.

They then move out of camera range, and continue to argue. She is holding her phone and he yells at her repeatedly to put her phone down. They continue to argue, and a struggle ensues.
The remaining video includes a conversation between Encinia and a supervisor.
Questions have been raised about whether the video was edited before it was released. Read about that here.
The Texas Department of Public Safety acknowledged that there were errors in the video, but said it was not intentionally edited. It then uploaded a new version of the video.

The original video, which was deleted by the DPS, can be watched below:

She was taken to the Waller County Jail and held on $5,000 bail. Her friends said they planned to post her bond on Monday, but she was found dead that morning in her cell.
The Texas Jail Commission said that they have cited the Waller County Jail for failing to properly monitor Bland.
A bystander’s video of the arrest was previously posted onto YouTube. It shows several police officers standing over Bland while she is on the ground, arguing with them about why they’re being so rough. At one point, she can be heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?” She also thanks the man recording the incident for filming as she is led to a police cruiser.

The Waller County Sheriff’s Office says that Bland was found in her cell Monday morning, three days after her arrest. She was “not breathing from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Police say the officer who found her started CPR, and EMS was called. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy found her cause of death to be suicide by hanging.
Officials said Thursday that Bland used a trash bag to hang herself from a partition separating the bed area and the bathroom, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“Trash bags are a day to day item in the cells,” Sheriff Glenn Smith said at a press conference.
The district attorney says he has no information to suspect foul play. Officials also said video footage did not show anyone entering the cell. On Monday, Waller County officials released the video from inside the jail, showing the outside of her cell prior to her death. Watch that video below:

She had last been seen by guards at 7 a.m., and she talked to them by intercom at 8 a.m. when she was given breakfast.
The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers and the FBI is assisting. The district attorney said the case is being investigated as a murder, not a suicide.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Dr Dre speaks on Suge Knight during talks of the NWA movie

UPDATE: A rep for Dr. Dre and Eminem tells Rolling Stone that despite reports to the contrary, the pair have no plans to tour together either solo or with N.W.A.

With the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton due out August 14th, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube sat down together for a new interview to discuss the film's long journey to the silver screen, a potential reunion tour (with an unlikely Eazy-E replacement) and, for the first time, the Suge Knight hit-and-run. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Dre commented on the incident that left one person dead after the mogul stormed a promotional shoot for the N.W.A movie. "It's just a really unfortunate incident," says Dre. "Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don't know.

"I was there. But I was just leaving, so I didn't know what happened until I was halfway home," Dre said of Knight's fatal set visit. "I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn't have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It's crazy that this happened during the fucking filming of the commercial."

According to Rolling Stone's account of Knight's downfall, the former Death Row mogul arrived on set after hearing that Straight Outta Compton had cast a "Suge look-alike" to appear in the film, and that the movie's plot spilled into the early Death Row era. Knight, feeling someone owed him money for using his likeness without permission, headed out to the production to discuss the matter, which later turned into a shouting match and, eventually, the hit-and-run incident outside a Compton burger joint. (As The Hollywood Reporter noted, the film did add a last-minute scene where someone depicting a cigar-smoking Knight threatens another man with a pit bull.)

Dre and Ice Cube also discussed how attitudes toward hip-hop have changed in the quarter-century since N.W.A formed. While "Fuck tha Police" was a lightning rod for controversy upon its release, the pair still considered the single as vital as ever. "It was always about free speech, being able to express yourself, whether people like it or not," Ice Cube said. "That's the great thing about being in this country, is to be able to speak your mind and not be censored."

"It's crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago," Dre added. "And now, it's just like, 'OK, we understand.' This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It's definitely going to keep this situation in people's minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today."

While N.W.A staged a semi-reunion in June at the BET Experience concert in Los Angeles – sans the late Eazy E and Dr. Dre, who didn't appear with Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella – there are big (but still unconfirmed) plans for the Straight Outta Compton European release: A real N.W.A reunion tour, but with Eminem, Dre's former protégé, substituting for Eazy-E. "We don't have anything settled yet with everyone's schedules," Universal head Donna Langley told The Hollywood Reporter. "But we think it can create a lot of buzz." However, a rep for Eminem and Dre said that the duo have no plans to tour together.

Although plans for an Eminem-infused N.W.A tour are still in the works, one thing is certain: Slim Shady and Kendrick Lamar will both feature on the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pranks that went that LITTLE TOO FAR - #WTF

Admit it, we all enjoy playing a good prank every now and then on some of our unsuspecting friends and family. The art of playing jokes and pranks is as old as time, with historical documentation on pranks being pulled throughout the centuries. No matter how old you are, or what era you’re from, we can all get a cheap laugh at the expense of the people we care about more. Also, if we’re not the ones inflicting the humorous horror, then, thanks to the Internet, we have video documentation of the pranks and we can enjoy them whenever we want. 

But beware, there’s only so much one can do before they finally become one of the innocent victims of a hilarious prank. Let us hope that it is not caught on video tape! But all joking aside, there is a time where pranks can go much too far, such as the pranks involved in this video. Either the victim really didn’t appreciate the prank and lashed out, or someone got physically hurt, emotionally scarred, etc. the list goes on. There is a fine line on what is funny and what is disrespectful, terrifying, or dangerous. Unfortunately, the only way to find out where the line is, is to continually experiment and push those boundaries. Eventually, we become desensitized and almost anything can become an acceptable prank nowadays, which is clear in this video.

Hugo - 3D SBS

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. 

Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.

Edge of Tomorrow - 3D SBS

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. 

Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight -- and his death -- over and over again. However, Cage's fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

Upside Down - 3D SBS

Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he loved once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach... a girl named Eden. 

Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grownup Eden on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back... Not even the law or science!

X-Men: Days of Future Past - 3D SBS

Convinced that mutants pose a threat to humanity, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) develops the Sentinels, enormous robotic weapons that can detect a mutant gene and zero in on that person. 

In the 21st century, the Sentinels have evolved into highly efficient killing machines. With mutants now facing extinction, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back in time and rally the X-Men of the past to help change a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future.

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