A police chief, Michael Pimentel, while confronting a motorist during a traffic stop, got shot multiple times on Saturday. Although the police chief was being transferred through air ambulance to a San Antonio hospital, he could not survive his wounds.
It was in a small south Texas town, Elmendorf with a pollution of about 1,500 people that the police chief was assigned with the traffic duty. While his attempt to confront with a motorist named Joshua Manuel Lopez, 24, the officer got shot by the motorist. The incident took place shortly before noon with Pimentel being injured with multiple gunshot. Although the motorist is being taken into police custody, much is not known yet about what actually took place between the two individuals that took such a brutal turn. The accused will be charged for capital murder of a police officer.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau stated, “We don’t know exactly what ensued between the two individuals, but it did result in the suspect firing a weapon that hit the chief several times. This tragedy today reinforces the fact that our law enforcement officers’ jobs are dangerous and you never know what they might encounter. Here was a quiet and peaceful community in south Texas that in an instant turned to tragedy.”
The police chief, aging 60, was a sincere officer to the department with his service as the chief completing only a year and a half. The small department he was in-charge includes a sergeant, two officers along with several volunteer reserve officers.
Stating the reason for the motorist being stopped, Pamerleau said that he was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for graffiti.
Due to the continuous seismic activity taking place at Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano on Saturday, Iceland’s Met Office has issued a warning to airlines regarding the potential risks due to the expected eruption of the volcano located under Europe’s biggest Vatnajokull glacier. Officials said they have noticed very strong signs of magma movement through underground fractures.
The Met Office switched the Bardarbunga aviation color to orange, the second last level on the five-grade scale to indicate “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.” The officials reported of an earthquake of magnitude 4 on Monday. According to the previously recorded data, it was the hardest in the region since 1996.
According to the news agency, the Met Office said, “Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial eruption, leading to an outburst flood (jökulhlaup) and ash emission.”.
The 15.5-mile-wide volcano stands at an altitude of 6,234 feet above sea level. Its last eruption was reported in 1910. The Discovery News stated that the traces of undiscovered eruptions may have been buried beneath the chunks of ice.
The Met Office said that seismal actions have been slowly rising in Bardarbunga over the past seven years. In the mid of May, over 200 tremors were recorded. Recently, about 300 earthquakes have been recorded.
In the words of Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at the Open University in Scotland, “The clues from the pattern of earthquakes show that seismic energy is being expended in two main clusters — one to the northeast on the glacier margin, and one to the east under the ice.” He further added, “The good news for air travel is that both these clusters are away from the heart of the main volcano, as it’s in the heart that the kind of magma is produced which leads to highly explosive eruptions that produce the abundant fine ash capable of being transported long distances through the atmosphere.”
When after hours of peaceful march and demonstration of protest by the demonstrators, police confronted them in Ferguson, tensions seems to be rising again. The condition has deteriorated to such a level that police are forced to release bullets on the demonstrators leading to one person being shot.
It was on Monday when the police ordered the protesters gathered for demonstration to vacate the intersection and ended up with creating a new clash between the demonstrators and the police. It took to reach midnight when the clash finally ended.
US President Barack Obama, following the incident, commented, “While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines rather than advances justice.”
The police officers while trying to handle with the protesters were seen entering into the crowd armed with body armor and gas masks and tried to pull out the protesters. It all took place at 10:20 p.m. in front of dozens of television cameras which led to arouse the anger of a small group of aggressive demonstrators.
The police first, in an attempt to dislodge the protesters, released gas with eye-burning material which let the protesters wear gas masks. Some of the demonstrators turned provocateurs and started provoking the police. The demonstrators even created a human chain to stop the group of aggressive protesters from reaching the police in order to control the situation from going worse.
The unrest prevailing in the city of Ferguson has led to declaration of curfew between midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Sunday and Monday. Following this, the scene on the street by the mid afternoon of Monday was calm and quiet with the protesters only holding signs to show their protest. But the uniformed officers entering into the crowd asking them to keep moving and quit the place created all the disturbances.
Days after the death of the great US comedian cum actor Robin Williams, his wife Susan Schneider has come up with sharing what Robin was struggling with lately. According to the diagnosis shared by her on Thursday, Williams was a patient of the early stage of Perkinson’s Disease!
This has indeed, appeared as shocking news for another American actor, author cum advocate Michael J. Fox who had also been diagnosed with the disease in 1991. Michael had not shared it with anybody till seven years, but later on he took it up as a mission to help his fellow sufferers face this trauma by becoming a vocal advocate for them.
Hours after being aware of the late comedian’s diagnosis, Michael tweeted like this, “Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.”
The late comedian’s widow’s revelation on the disease has now left world realize what pain Robin was suffering from. It was in the early stage of PD that the actor was and this was one major reason for him to suffer from depression and take such a decision of ending his life through suicide.
Quoting Robin Williams’ struggles in the days before his death, Susan states, “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly. It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”
She also stated that Robin’s fight with life and his depression should stand as an instance for others suffering from same issues in life ad feel less afraid of the unfavorable situations.
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has reached a fourth night on Wednesday and yet the violence and protest of the demonstrators are reaching no compromise with the police. The streets of the Ferguson city have revealed utter racial unrest between the demonstrators and the police.
Protesters claiming for justice for Brown’s death, who was unarmed and had his hands up while being shot by the police, are distributing buttons and badges carrying Michael Brown’s picture. Police is firing tear gas on the protesters lately to drift them away from the location. However, this has only fueled up the racial division between the police and common people. It is said that out of the three police forces involved in controlling the situation, 53 are white, while two-thirds of the city’s 21,000 residents are black. More than a protest for claiming justice, the situation has now turned into a racial fight.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, stated, “Unfortunately, an undertow (of racial unrest) has bubbled to the surface. Race relations is the top priority right now.”
Initially, the protests were raised objecting the killing of an 18 year old unarmed boy and now the scene has turned into a more violent and out of control.
As stated by the police, the boy was shot multiple times by an officer who has remained unidentified. The body had to lie for hours on the sidewalk due to the procedures carried out by the Ferguson police and then the St. Louis County Police Department. This has also raised reasons for criticizing the police who did not think of removing the body from the spot immediately after the mishap.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has, however, ordered the law enforcement to respect the rights and emotion of the residents and also the media members who were being detained by police for presenting first hand perspectives on the incident.
About 32 people have been taken into custody by the police in Missouri, a state in the US. This was done to establish peace after a night of violence preceded by the murder of a disarmed black teenager by a Ferguson’s police officer.
The 18-year-old boy Michael Brown was killed on Saturday afternoon in the burb of St Louis. According to the media reports, Brown was brutally shot many times following a fight in a police car on August 9, 2014.
Crowds came on the streets demanding justice. The angered people forayed shops, vandalized cars, and put the petrol station on fire when the police tried to restrict access to various areas. The surge of violence was seen after thousands of people came from the candlelight vigil for the murdered man.
While the occupants started cleaning up, they said that many of them believed that the riot was not over yet.
A 30-year-old resident of Ferguson, DeAndre Smith said to the St Louis Post-Dispatch that the rebel showed injustice in the residential area. He further said, “I don’t think it’s over honestly. I just think they got a taste of what fighting back means.”
St Louis County police has announced that the FBI has been given the charge of continuing the investigation into Mr Brown’s death.
Grievers paid their respects at the place where the killing took place. Some of the civil rights leaders have equated the murder of Mr Brown with the slain of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
John Gaskin, a member of the civil rights group NAACP announced, “We’re outraged because yet again a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement.”
Mayor James Knowles commented that he understood that people “want to vent their frustrations. We understand they want to speak out.” He further said that “We’re going to obviously try to urge calm.”