Minneapolis police release video of fatal shooting of black man as family calls for cops to be charged

first_imgMinneapolis Police (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis police released multiple videos on Sunday of the frenetic chase that led to the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in an alley as he fled from officers.The video shows the chase, which lasted only about a minute from when police officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly pulled up to the scene to when Thurman Blevins was shot and killed in an alley in North Minneapolis. The officers were responding to the area after a 911 call was made saying someone was firing a gun into the air.Bodycam footage from both of the officers shows them pull up to the location and immediately jump out of the vehicle, with one of the officers shouting, “He’s got a gun!”Schmidt, who was in the passenger seat, can be heard shouting “Drop the f—— gun!” as Blevins immediately runs from the scene. Schmidt repeatedly shouts for Blevins to stop running and drop the gun while Blevins shouts back “I did nothing, bro” and “Leave me alone.”The officer shouts “Put your hands up, I will f—— shoot you!” multiple times before he eventually does open fire and strike Blevins.When slowed down, the video shows Blevins pulled out a gun in his waistband just before being shot by both officers, but it is unclear if Blevins fired the weapon.Family members saw the video for the first time on Sunday as well, according to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.“Regardless of the facts and circumstances that took place on the afternoon of June 23, and regardless of how our own life experiences and backgrounds inform the conclusions we draw, let us all recognize one conclusion: a life was lost and that, in and of itself, is a tragedy,” Frey said at a press conference Sunday in which the footage was released. While the body camera footage is now released, this is just one part of an effort to bring greater transparency to these processes. In the weeks and months ahead, we will undoubtedly learn more. In this quest to bring about greater transparency there will be pain.”The family, as well as protesters, had been calling for the release of the video since the shooting took place on June 23. Both officers were placed on paid administrative duties while the investigation is underway.The graphic video was made available on the city’s website.Sydnee Brown, Blevins’ cousin who has served as a spokesperson for the family, continued calls for Kelly and Schmidt to be charged in the shooting after seeing the video.“Officers Ryan Kelly and Justin Schmidt should be fired without pay and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Brown told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP.Frey took special care to discuss the racial aspect of Blevins, a black man, being shot by two white officers.“I did not experience the pain of inequities that continue to exist in areas well beyond policing and public safety,” he said. “But we all need to understand that this pain is felt acutely by people of color. That must be acknowledged.”Frey said he has met with Blevins’ family and would be willing to do so again.Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo would not comment on the footage as an investigation into the shooting continues.“While Chief Arradondo is currently prohibited by data practice law from commenting on the specifics of this case he will continue to remain engaged, active and listen throughout the community,” a statement from the department said.Schmidt’s lawyer, Kevin Short, defended his client’s actions, saying in a statement to KSTP, “The video shows Thurman Blevins fired one shot at officers. It’s gratifying to know the actions of the officers were justified. Hopefully the public learned a lesson to wait for all the facts and video to come out before vilifying officers.”Kelly’s lawyer did not comment.The Office of Police Conduct Review, where complaints about officers’ behavior can be made and reviewed by an independent party, shows both Schmidt and Kelly have had three complaints lodged against them during their time on the force. They were all closed without discipline, and the reasons for complaints are not made public.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

MLB rumors: Phillies land lefty Drew Smyly

first_img Nathan Eovaldi injury update: Red Sox pitcher to join bullpen this weekend According to MLB.com, Smyly could make his first start for the Phillies Sunday in Pittsburgh.The Phillies had apparently been in the market for a left-handed starter for some time, reportedly eyeing free agent Dallas Keuchel in April, and more recently considering Rangers starter Mike Minor. Related News The Phillies bolstered the back of their rotation Friday, signing veteran left-hander Drew Smyly to a major-league contract, according to multiple reports.Smyly went 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA with the Rangers to start this season before being designated for assignment. After signing a minor-league deal with the Brewers, he went 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in Triple-A before opting out of the contract last week. MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke The 30-year-old Smyly, who missed the 2017 and 2018 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has a career mark of 32-32 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.last_img read more

Zarikoff one hits Northport as LVR romps to 10-0 victory

first_imgZarikoff was unstoppable, tossing a one-hitter and striking out 12 Northport batters. The Bomber chucker surrendered one walk as LVR did not commit an error in the game for the first time this season.The Bomber hitting attack was lead by Zarikoff Austin and Reese Tambellini, Gun Woo Park, and Hano Southam, each collecting two hits.In the opener, Austin Tambellini pitched a complete game giving up two hits, three walks and at one point in the game struck out 11 batters in a row.The difference in the game was the six unearned runs by Northport.LVR was led offensively by Zarikoff, Austin Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Matt Brind’Amour all collecting two hits. The L.V. Rogers Bombers gained a split during a doubleheader against Northport Monday in the Washington State town.Braeden Zarikoff pitched a complete game to power the Bombers to a 10-0 win over Northport.The host team won the opener 7-6.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2016)–In tight quarters at the rail turning for home, veteran Holy Lute proved best in Friday’s second division of the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes under Jamie Theriot, as he negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s newly installed hillside turf course in 1:11.23. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Class Racing Stable, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute notched his second win in a row and won with authority over course specialist Boozer.A neck winner of a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar Aug. 31, Holy Lute was off at 10-1 in a field of 11 three year olds and up and paid $23.40, $9.00 and $7.60.“I knew if this horse had a good break, a clean trip, he’d run well,” said Cassidy. “It was a little awkward at the start, but it turned out very well. More than likely, I’d say the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Nov. 5 at Santa Anita) is where we’re headed.”In his ninth try over the course, Holy Lute notched his second win to go with four seconds. Holy Lute improved his overall mark to 27-6-6-3 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $507,332.“He ran phenomenal today,” said Theriot. “I told Jim he would run big. I told him I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t, but he did.”Boozer and third place finisher Guns Loaded survived a claim of foul for interference in mid-stretch by the rider of second choice Ohio, with Boozer securing the place by a head.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Boozer was off at 5-1 and paid $6.80 and $4.00.“He ran great, my horse ran great,” said Stevens before it was announced that the stewards ruled there would be no change to the original order of finish.Guns Loaded, the narrow 3-1 favorite with Rafael Bejarano, paid $4.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.38, 43.14 and 1:05.31.First post time for a blockbuster 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. –30–last_img read more

QPR v Huddersfield line-ups: Redknapp opts for change

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has opted to play with a second striker against Huddersfield, with Andy Johnson handed a starting place. QPR: Green, Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, O’Neil, Henry, Carroll, Kranjcar, Austin, Johnson.Subs: Murphy; Onuoha, Traore, Diakite, Phillips, Zamora, Wright-Phillips.Huddersfield:Smithies; Clayton, Hammill, Smith, Dixon, Norwood, Wells, Wallace, Hogg, Ward, Gerard.Subs: Bennett, Woods, Gobern, Lolley, Scannell, Vaughan, Holmes.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more

The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative – Module Seven

first_imgThe Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA).  The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture.The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources.Module Seven of the AMRI includes the following documents:–       Staff Contacts List–       Competition Management Checklist–       Risk Assessment Tool–       Risk Register–       Crisis Management Plan–       Traffic Management PlanModules One, Three, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below:https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related Filesintroduction_to_module_7-pdflast_img read more

Looking back at 100yearold musical legacy of India

first_imgIt was a star stuffed affair at the premier of Taranjiet Singh Namdhari’s documentary ‘Sangeet – Saroop – Satgur’ which showcases the work done by Satguru Jagjit Singhji in mobilising every youngster from a village called Bhaini Saheb in Punjab to learn classical music for 100 years. Present at the premiere was current master of the Namdharis – Satguru Uday Singhji along with Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma among others.The documentary portrays impact of music and a 100-year-old legacy. Narrated through incidents by industry stalwarts who have promoted and catalyzed the process by imparting their knowledge to village children, filmmaker Taranjiet Singh Namdhari depicts one of the most astounding stories of a true patron of classical music. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Very few maestros have had such an impact on our generation in all spheres of life – on music, on spirituality or on life in general – educating everyone as to how they can lead an ideal life specially though the field of music. The blessings that Satguru ji gave us artists cannot be found in another parallel in this life or era of ours”, said Ustad Zakir Hussain. “Satguruji’s efforts will be written in the annals of history with gold. His rhythmic play of the tarab on the Dilruba was incomparable”, said Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSatguru Jagjit Singh was one of the biggest patrons of classical music in India and his love and dedication for it has inspired many a musician around the world. He believed that learning classical music everyday instills a certain discipline and focus in an individual, which is necessary right from childhood. As a young adult, he made it compulsory for all children in Bhaini Sahib to learn classical music. The current master of the Namdharis – Satguru Uday Singh, has taken forward the tradition with equal vigour after Satguru Jagjit Singh passed away in 2012. From Bismillah Khan, Kishan Maharaj and Vilayat Khan to Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Amjad Ali Khan, the tradition has attracted many a music maestro to Bhaini Sahib to impart their knowledge to the children. The documentary is a musical journey that discovers the hidden gems of Bhaini Sahib, and the mesmerising story of Satguru Jagjit Singh that has remained untold. Sangeet – Saroop – Satgur premiered in Mumbai on July 26, 2019.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.last_img read more

Has the US Mens National Team Plateaued

Has the US Mens National Team Plateaued

This view suggests the U.S. may have reached a new plateau. The performance of the 2002 team, for instance, is problematic from this vantage point. If the U.S. fails to beat Belgium on Tuesday, that means it will have gone three World Cups without equaling (much less improving upon) the 2002 team’s performance. Perhaps we’re left with the global soccer equivalent of the Atlanta Hawks: a team that will usually make the “playoffs” then lose in the first round.This might seem like a contrived reading of the evidence. But mapping the Americans’ trajectory from 1986 onward is also selective: It’s easy to make an upward pattern look more impressive by starting from what you know to be a low point.There’s a credible story behind each theory. Under the steady-improvement theory, the story is one of demographic and cultural trends abetted by some measure of self-perpetuating success (a positive feedback loop). Soccer has been a big youth-participation sport since the 1970s, but immigration from Latin America may be giving the U.S. even more young athletes who are interested in soccer. The occasional successes of the U.S. men’s national team, along with an increasingly popular domestic league (and improved television visibility for the English Premier League and Liga MX) may motivate some of these young athletes to play soccer professionally instead of transitioning into baseball, football or another sport.The punctuated-equilibrium theory suggests that the U.S. was badly underachieving its soccer potential for many years. Then it got its act together when it was chosen to host a World Cup: better facilities, more investment in the national team, a sustainable domestic league and so forth. But it was picking low-hanging fruit. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a super-wealthy country like the United States, which excels at so many other sports, to be half-decent at soccer if it tries.What’s more challenging is going from a country that sometimes makes the knockout phase to one that sometimes makes the World Cup semifinals — or beyond. It’s not clear that the U.S.’s wealth, or its athletic prowess, implies that it ought to be much more successful at soccer than it has been in recent years. For instance, we can compare each country’s GDP (taken as a natural logarithm) against its soccer team’s Elo rating as of June. There’s certainly some relationship, but it’s rough (soccer is a comparatively inexpensive sport). The trendline in the chart implies that a best guess for the United States is an Elo rating somewhere in mid-1,800s, almost exactly where it is today.The same story holds if we compare the number of medals each country has won at the Summer Olympics since 2000 (again taken as a natural logarithm5Because a number of countries have won no medals since 2000 — meaning that their natural logarithm would be undefined — I instead take the log of the number of medals won plus one.) against its soccer team’s Elo rating.There’s a high margin of error on these estimates. China’s GDP (and its Olympic medal count) is just a little less than the United States’ — but its soccer team has qualified for only one World Cup and has gotten worse in recent years. Germany also has a big economy and a big medal count — and its soccer team is great. The point is that the U.S. men’s national team is no longer underachieving reasonable expectations, as it was before the 1990s. Nor is it exceeding them. Perhaps what we’ve seen is about what we’re due to get in a populous, wealthy, athletic country — where interest in soccer is average, at best, by global standards.The success of the U.S. women’s national soccer team stands in contrast to that of the men’s. But soccer players are among the highest-profile female athletes in the U.S., suggesting that part of the problem for the men’s side is competition from other sports.The punctuated-equilibrium theory would imply that it may take some time for the U.S. men’s team to reach the next plateau. Perhaps an external catalyst would help: another American World Cup, a run to the World Cup semifinals, the emergence of an American soccer player who is recognized as among the best in the world. (Personally, I’d hope for him to be as brash as Cristiano Ronaldo, the better to spark headlines and stoke rivalries with other countries.) But it could be a long while before any of those things happen, and there could be some further delay before their feedback effects kick in.Or it could be that the steady-improvement theory is right. It also reflects a reasonable interpretation of the evidence. The data on youth interest in soccer is very encouraging, for instance.Tuesday’s game against Belgium will provide us with one data point — but just one. Unlike in the past, however, we might not need to wait four years for the next one. Instead, in 2016, the United States will host the Copa América Centenario, a special one-off tournament that will feature the best teams from both North and South America. It could serve as a preview of our soccer future. Playing at home produces the equivalent of an 100 Elo-point bonus — equal to eight years of improvement for the U.S. based on its 1986 to 2014 trajectory. If the U.S. will be ready to compete with the Colombias and Argentinas and Brazils of the world on neutral turf by 2022 and 2026, it should be able to do so on home soil in 2016.CORRECTION (July 1, 4:54 p.m.): A chart in an earlier version of this post mislabeled the Elo ratings vs. Olympic medal counts for China and Russia. The chart has been updated. For the United States, almost every recent World Cup match has been billed as the most important game in the history of the men’s national team. Its knockout-stage match against Belgium on Tuesday isn’t receiving quite as much hype.1The New Republic does describe the U.S.-Belgium game as the “most important sporting event in American history.” That’s apparently a joke, however. But a win would advance the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals for a Saturday afternoon match against Argentina or Switzerland. That would probably be the most-watched game in U.S. soccer history — the first World Cup quarterfinal that many American fans would ever see their men play live.2The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002, but its game against Germany was played in South Korea at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time on a Saturday morning — not ideal viewing hours. The U.S. also advanced from its group to the semifinals in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, but that was when just four teams made the knockout stage.It’s tempting to say that these matches are the soccer equivalent of political “game changers” — much-ballyhooed events that seem exciting at the time but which rarely have as much lasting impact as the pundits claim. But it’s not unreasonable to feel as though every World Cup game is more important than the last. It’s a consequence of the long-term state of U.S. soccer.On the one hand, expectations are getting higher. The U.S. advanced from the group stage in 1994, 2002, 2010 and now 2014. Matches against England or Portugal or Germany are now thought of as opportunities rather than sure losses. On the other hand, the men’s national team has never quite had its breakthrough moment.When might the bar be raised? When might U.S. fans view a Round of 16 exit as a travesty and not a triumph?If you’re in your mid-30s, like me, the advance of the U.S. men’s national team might seem as inevitable as that of gay marriage. You’ll be just old enough to remember that the U.S. was once a soccer backwater. But you might not remember how long it took the Americans to get where they are today. The trajectory since the 1980s has always been upward:This chart shows the Elo rating for the U.S. in each World Cup year3Specifically, it shows the U.S.’s Elo rating as of the date of the World Cup final — whether or not the U.S. actually qualified for the tournament. For 2014, I’ve used the U.S.’s Elo rating at the end of the group stage. since 1986 — the last World Cup where the Americans failed to qualify, and the last one before 1988, when FIFA declared the 1994 World Cup would be played in the U.S.From this perspective, the upward trend has been extremely steady. In fact, other than the 2002 team arriving in the quarterfinals a little ahead of schedule, it’s been almost perfectly linear. Since 1986, the U.S.’s Elo rating has improved by almost exactly 50 points every four years.Imagine that the trend continues. Right now, the U.S. team’s Elo rating is nearly 1,850, which places it 15th in the world. Add another 50 points, and by 2018 it would be at 1,900 — somewhere around eighth or 10th in the world and near where Belgium and Uruguay and France are today. That’s a team that could be a dark-horse World Cup contender. By 2026, its Elo rating would be 2,000 — not far from where Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands began this year’s tournament. So in just 12 more years — in a World Cup that could possibly be held in the United States — the U.S. will be a global soccer powerhouse.Or perhaps not. Consider another look at the evidence, one where we run the numbers back further. For much of the 1970s, there was a lot of hope surrounding the growth of U.S. soccer, but the men’s national team repeatedly failed to qualify for the World Cup. In one year, the U.S. failed to win a single qualifying match. But let’s go back ever further, to 1950. This tells a different story. The men’s national team got worse from 1950 to 1958, bottomed out for almost 30 years with no sign of life, improved rather sharply in a concentrated period from 1986 through 2002, and has been fairly steady since.Yes, the U.S. has still gotten better by this reckoning — but it looks more like a case of punctuated equilibrium — a sudden change after years of stasis.4The so-called punctuated trend in the chart is drawn by fitting a regression with a dummy variable that is taken as zero between 1950 and 1986 and one between 2002 and 2014 and allowed to vary at a linear rate only in the intervening years. read more