Ohio police officer saves 7 yr old who was trying to sell teddy bear for food

As the City of Milwaukee becomes the latest city to face race riots due to the death of an accused Black man by police, another side of what the nation’s police officers see in their duties appears. On August 9th, an Ohio police officer showed with this actions how those who serve and protect do so for the betterment of their communities and that their everyday heroism is overlooked. The actions of police officers across the country are under a microscope but too many times the only actions that are reported are those of conflict.

Franklin, Ohio Police Officer Steve Dunham was on duty, Tuesday, when a call came in that a child was trying to his sell toys in front of a store because he needed money to eat. The child was 7 years old and was trying to sell his teddy bear. Officer Dunham approached the boy, who Dunham said was “really nervous at first.” Chief Russ Whitman stated what Dunham reported that the boy stated that he had not eaten for several days. Fearing for the health and welfare of the boys reported brothers, ages 11, 12, 15 and 17, the officer called in for help to check on their welfare while Dunham took the child out to eat at Subway sandwich shop. As officers were going to check on the boy’s sibling he was able to sit at the police station, watch cartoons with a dispatcher for a few hours and wait until a family member picked him up.

Officers who arrived at the home found the other children living in deplorable conditions. Officer Dunham stated that at the home that they found garbage and liquor bottles everywhere, and there was a strong smell of cat urine. Officers noted that there was a substantial risk of health and safety by neglecting the cleanliness in the residence, having a large amount of bugs and spoiled food throughout the residence, not having properly prepared and packaged food for the minor children to eat.”

There were two parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel, were in the home who were then taken into custody for and charged then with five counts of child neglect. The parents told police they were unaware that the 7-year-old had even left the home. They pled not guilty after their arrest but will have pre-trial conference in September. Child Protective Services contacted another family member to pick up the boys. The parents were allowed to remain free while the case continues through the judicial system.

Chief Russ Whitman said of his department’s actions, “I’m very proud of my officers for what they did, but officers across the nation go above and beyond every single day,” Whitman said. “We just happened to be put in the limelight. You can find stories like this everywhere with police officers every day. That’s why we get into this business, to help people.” Continuing the Chief said, “treated them like their own kids, and that’s exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this. How would we want someone to treat our kids?” Whitman told WLWT. “Hopefully, these officers’ actions change these kids’ lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents.”

Nikki Hawkins, the victim’s advocate who was called to the scene, wrote about the officers involved and the good work that took place helping these children. She wrote on the Facebook page of the police department that “We see sad cases all the time and sometimes it just feels like ‘another day in the life’, but you all fed this little boy and his brothers and made him feel safe in the middle of a nasty situation The way you treated and took care of this little guy touched my heart. Thank you for taking the steps to not only keep him safe and healthy, but also going the extra mile to comfort him and show him that people care about him. I’m lucky to work beside officers like you.”

Milwaukee officials call for calm after unrest over police shooting — Global News

Simmering anger over the fatal shooting of a man by police erupted in violence on Milwaukee’s north side, with protesters skirmishing with officers over several hours and setting fire to at least four businesses.

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The uprising that broke out Saturday evening didn’t subside until after midnight, after Mayor Tom Barrett and other city leaders appeared at a news conference to plead for calm. Police said three people were arrested, and one officer was hurt by a brick thrown into a squad car.

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The triggering event came Saturday afternoon, when a man fleeing police after a traffic stop was shot and killed. Police said the man was armed, but it wasn’t clear whether he was pointing the gun or aiming it at officers. Barrett said the man was hit twice, in the chest and arm. Neither his race nor the officer’s was immediately released, nor were they identified.

The shooting was being investigated by the state. The officer was wearing a body camera, Barrett said.

The mayor said the uprising was driven by social media messages instructing people to congregate in the area.

“We have to have calm,” Barrett said at the news conference. “There are a lot of really good people who live in this neighbourhood.”

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Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton echoed Barrett’s plea for help restoring order.

“We understand the frustration people feel with the police community nationally. … We have to go through the process of finding justice, but we have to be able to restore order to these neighbourhoods,” Hamilton said. “Please participate in restoring order to these neighbourhoods.”

Alderman Khalif Rainey, who represents the district where the violence occurred, said the city’s black residents are “tired of living under this oppression.” He said he didn’t justify the violence “but nobody can deny that there are racial problems here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that have to be rectified.”

Barrett said the 23-year-old man who died was stopped by police for “suspicious activity.” Police said earlier that he was carrying a gun that had been stolen in a March burglary in suburban Waukesha.

“This stop took place because two officers … saw suspicious activity,” the mayor said. “There were 23 rounds in that gun that that officer was staring at. I want to make sure we don’t lose any police officers in this community, either.”

As many as 100 protesters massed at 44th Street and Auer Avenue between 8 and 9 p.m., surging against a line of 20 to 30 officers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that officers got in their cars to leave at one point and some in the crowd started smashing a squad car’s windows. Another police car was set on fire. The newspaper reported that one of its reporters was shoved to the ground and punched.

Around 11 p.m., police with shields and helmets moved slowly into the intersection, telling a crowd of about 50 people to disperse. Some threw rocks and other debris at police, who held up their shields. People in the crowd also threw objects at a business a half-block from the intersection. A nearby traffic light was bent over and bus shelters overturned.

The businesses that burned included a BMO Harris bank branch, a BP gas station, an O’Reilly Auto Parts store and a beauty supply store. Firefighters held back from the gas station blaze because of gunshots.

Police said the man who was shot had an arrest record. The 24-year-old officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative duty. The officer has been with the Milwaukee department six years, three as an officer.

The shooting occurred just a few blocks from two fatal shootings Friday and Saturday, part of a violent stretch in the city in which five people died in shootings during a nine-hour stretch. Assistant Chief Bill Jessup alluded to the violence in discussing the fatal shooting.

“As everyone knows, this was a very, very violent 24 hours in the city of Milwaukee,” Jessup told the Journal Sentinel. “Our officers are out here taking risks on behalf of the community and making split-second decisions.”

 

Simone Manuel Becomes First African-American To Gold Medal In Swimming Event — AM 1310: The Light

Source: VALERIE MACON / Getty Simone Manuel made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics last night. Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold medal in an Olympic swimming event. 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia, and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada for gold in the 100-meter freestyle event. The two…

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Manuel told NBC Sports, “I hope that I can be an inspiration to others, so this medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point.”

Manuel continued, “I think that this win helps bring hope and change to some of the issues that are going on in the world, but I mean, I went out there and swam as fast as I could and my color just comes with the territory.”

In the 2012 U.S. Olympics trials, Manuel came in 17th in the 100-meter freestyle.  Her hard work and dedication has paid off, as she stood on the top podium celebrating her gold medal win with Canada’s Oleksiak.  Read more on Manuel’s historic win here, and watch her emotional interview here.

Donald Trump walks back claim Obama founded ISIS: ‘Sarcasm’ — WTVR.com

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Friday attempted to walk back the widely criticized false claim he repeatedly made over the last two days that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were “co-founders” of ISIS — saying he was being sarcastic. Trump tweeted Friday morning that the media was missing his sarcasm. “Ratings challenged @CNN reports…

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Trump tweeted Friday morning that the media was missing his sarcasm.

“Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?” Trump wrote.

The tweet was the first move by Trump to moderate his comments, which he had repeated multiple times since he featured them in a speech Wednesday night and which came under fire from the Clinton campaign and many Democrats. Media outlets also pointed out in their coverage that Trump’s claim was false.

Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” on Friday that his boss would have to speak for himself on the issue of Obama and ISIS, but decried the media for over-analyzing Trump’s words.

“Only Mr. Trump can answer and will answer for his tweet and statement,” Cohen said. “The mainstream media wants to pick on every single word. Again, I think Mr. Trump will answer this question better than anybody else, and I think it should be left for him to answer.”

Cuomo stressed that Trump has open invitation to appear on CNN and explain.

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Clinton endorser and Democrat from Massachusetts as well as an Iraq War veteran, said the incident was evidence that Trump is “reckless and unfit to be our commander in chief.”

Unfriended? Divisive presidential campaign roils Facebook — WKBN.com

CINCINNATI (AP) – Some friends don’t let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. Others are on “unfriending” sprees or have just shut down their accounts to get a break from the heated political debates. The giant social network has emerged as a virtual town hall for politics, a popular place to share opinions – and…

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The giant social network has emerged as a virtual town hall for politics, a popular place to share opinions – and vitriolic attacks – about the two polarizing presidential candidates.

Facebook says that from Jan. 1 through Aug. 1, 100 million people in the United States generated 4 billion posts, comments, shares and reactions about the election. More than 1 billion of those came in July, the month of the national conventions.

American University’s Scott Talan suggests using civilized tones, posting questions instead of strong statements, taking a breath before commenting, and generally, don’t be “like the candidates.”

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