Pedestrian Gets Tasered by Police

By Trissean McDonald

Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Patrol Division used a taser before arresting a male Hispanic in his 30s at the intersection of Normandie Avenue and Pico Boulevard for not complying to an initiated stop for a pedestrian.

A helicopter flew overhead as officers tried to detain the man. The reason for the initiated stop was not immediately given. However, “there was a stop initiated and [the suspect] failed to comply,” according to Sgt. Soulema of the Olympic Patrol Division. The incident remains as an ongoing investigation. Sgt. Soulema said that since the investigation was still in the beginning stages that he was not authorized to comment any further on the incident.

The suspect reportedly battered an officer which prompted officials to call for backup and to use a taser on the man. The incident occurred around 5:25 p.m. on Sunday, July, 22. Paramedics rushed to the scene and examine the suspect, then took the man to a local hospital, followed by a police squad unit. The suspect will be incarcerated for battery to a police officer after being discharged from the hospital.

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Platform TKO

By Trissean McDonald

(Source: Instagram-Unknown Originator)

A white male supposedly calls a black man a nigger. The black male retaliates by throwing several blows at the white male and literally knocks the man off the train’s platform. Commuters stood back and were shocked as one yelled, “wait, wait, wait!” You could also hear another screaming, “no!”

16-Year-Old Suspected of First-Degree Murder

Police got permission from a judge to release the identity of a 16-year-old boy who is suspected of fatally shooting two male victims and seriously wounding a third person.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on June 30, as gunshots were fired near the Cube Nightclub, in the area of Queen Street West and Peter Street. Two males and a female victim were struck by bullets. The female victim, who was not identified and is 37-years-old, is expected to survive. However, Jahvante “Smoke Dawg” Smart, 21, and Ernest “Kosi” Modekwe, 28, were both pronounced dead after arriving at a hospital.

One of the suspects that police said who was involved in the shooting is Abdulkadir Handule, 22, of Toronto. He is expected to face two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, investigators said. The other suspect is Keyshawn Jones of Toronto. He is faced with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

(Keyshawn Jones: Left) (Abdulkadir Handule: Right)

CODE OF ETHICS

By Trissean McDonald

  • Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.

Immigration laws have caused families to become separated, incarcerated, and deported from the United States. President Donald Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy is the blame for the atrocity. Trump’s administration has been demonstrated against, even has been criticized for allowing more than 2,000 children to become separated from about 2,000 parents, according to an AP (Associated Press) article titled “Zero tolerance sowed confusion from start.” The article adheres to the code of ethics that requires the reporter to be vigilant and courageous about holding those in power accountable. Reporting on the Trump administration is as if walking into a fiery furnace. If the administration is told of their wrongdoing, they’ll not only deny the accusation, but the administration would even give the impression that the source that covered the story is producing “false news.”

  • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality.

Jay Solomon, a former employee of the Wall Street Journal, was fired after an investigation was executed on the journalist. The investigation found that Solomon had secretly conspired, received bribes, as well as a possible hefty check of $725 million from the United Arab Emirates. There was a deal with an offer of a 10% stake in a now-defunct company. The AP witnessed from the investigation communication between Solomon and Farhad Azima, an Iranian businessman. Solomon received a “good luck” from Azima for closing a $725 million deal with the United Arab Emirates, according to a Wall Street Journal article titled “Wall Street Journal’s reporter fired over ethical violations.” This violated the code of ethics that prohibits a journalist from receiving gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment that may compromise integrity or impartiality.

  • Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
  • Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.

Hollywood’s best-known family, the Kardashians, has recently fired their make-up artist, Joyce Bonelli, according to a Star Magazine article titled ”Kardashian fire and unfollow longtime makeup artist Joyce Bonelli.” The article violates the code of ethics by providing misleading content that oversimplifies the reason behind the termination. Instead of speaking with both parties to get both sides of the story, the reporter relied on social media for information that could be convoluted. The reporter states that the makeup artist retaliated by wearing a bathrobe on Instagram which read, “F**k with me. I dare you.” However, Bonelli still followed the family. On Wednesday, June 27, Bonelli even wishes Khloe Kardashian a “Happy Birthday” via Instagram. Although the Kardashian fired the makeup artist, it does not mean that there is personal strife. The reporter is trying to create controversy by using visual aids from social media that aren’t substantiated in order to support the content of the story.

  • Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
  • Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heighten sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment.

Chicago’s City Council on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, approved a $2.5 million settlement for a 3-year-old girl who was assaulted by police with a gun to her chest, as officers physically abused her mother while being handcuffed, according to a WGN9 article titled “Chicago City Council approves $2.5M payout for 3-year-old girl traumatized by police.” The reporter shared that Chicago Police Department reformation fails to address how officers are supposed to treat children during arrests. The source of the information came from Aretha Simmons’ lawyer. The reporter also stated that in 2017 a Justice Department’s report questioned and criticized Chicago police for gratuitously using excessive force, including against children. The reporter adhered to identifying the sources of the information, as well as, is sensitive to not showing any images of the child or sharing the child’s name. The reporter respects the fact that the girl is a juvenile and shows compassion while delivering the story.

Waters Tsunami Wave

REUTERS | MIKE SEGAR

By Trissean McDonald

“I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong what they’re doing on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president,” Rep. Maxine Waters said. “For these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store, the people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president ‘no I can’t hang with you, this is wrong this is unconscionable and we can’t keep doing this to children.'”

She continued, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up, and if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere… Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you can’t get away with this.”

Groped Live

By Trissean McDonald

Reporter Julieth Gonzalez-Theran was sexually assaulted during a live broadcast from the World Cup.

Gonzalez-Theran is a correspondent for the German news station Deutsche Welles. While giving a live report from a city square in Saransk, Russia, a random man approached Gonzales-Theran, groped her breast and kissed the reporter on the cheek.

Despite the [assualt], Gonzalez-Theran remained professional and continued her live coverage.

Homeless Man Stabbed and Left to Die

By Trissean McDonald

Detectives are searching for a person of interest in the death case of George McKinney, a homeless senior citizen, who was last seen in West Hollywood (WeHo), where he engaged in an altercation that had him succumbed to his injury.

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, George Mckinney and an unknown man began to quarrel. Witnesses from WeHo saw the two men arguing outside of a fast food restaurant, and again, moments later, at a second location several blocks west. The two incidents occurred in broad daylight.

After the second encounter, in which [it] left McKinney lying in the street, the alleged suspect fled the scene at Hilldale Avenue and headed westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard. The man continued southbound on Robertson Boulevard.

Mckinney had suffered traumatic bodily injury and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

The person of interest is described as a male black, between 22 and 38 years old, approximately 5’10” tall, and with a thin built. The vehicle that he drove was a Mazda 6 Sedan. The car had four doors and was dark in color.

If you witnessed the incident, or have any information about the person of interest or his vehicle, contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call ”L.A Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the ”P3 Mobil App” on Google Play or the Apple store or use the website HTTP://lacrimestoppers.org

Mermaid Swims Away With Traffic Current

By Trissean McDonald

Bohemia Incorporated is reeling in the public’s interest with beautifully crafted art that is mounted on the walls of freeways and other unusual places in order to display their meticulously sculpted figurines.

BINC’s artwork is exquisite in detail, beholding to the eyes that looks upon it, and all done without painting over public property. BINC introduces the world to a new form of street art that does not require graffiti. The artistry behind their sculptures makes the artwork look realistic.

“[We’re] bringing you some of the world’s best street art. No more spray cans, only sculptures in the form of street art, ” said one of BINC’s executives.

BINC found a place for a mermaid to swim alongside the west side of the interstate-10. However, the sculpture at times went unnoticed because of its size and positioning of its location. Therefore, those who were able to spot the mythical creature, their imagination would awaken within seconds.

“There’s no good answer for why we did a mermaid,” BINC said, according to a Los Angeles Times article. “We used a lot of scraps for that one and sometimes you look at a scrap and that inspires the image.”

Sculptures from BINC have a lifespan that could range from minutes to hours, or from days to years. The mermaid endured 3 years before its removal in March 2018. Although Ariel’s voice may have been snatched by Ursula, the voice of the mermaid lives on in some motorist hearts.

“We’ve gotten so much positive input on that one,” BINC said. “We even had someone send us a picture of it from the back of a motorcycle. That was the best.”