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Athens Police Investigate Alleged Rape Caught On Camera

 

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” An Ohio University student says she was raped, and the alleged assault was photographed and shared on social media.
     
Investigators say they have spoken to both the man and woman in the photo, and they are trying to determine exactly what happened.
    
They say one thing is clear: there were witnesses, and investigators want to speak with them.

The 20-year-old woman contacted Athens Police Sunday night and said she had been raped.
    
She said the assault happened on Saturday morning sometime between 1 and 6 a.m.
     
Within hours, photos and video of the incident were online and sparking outrage.”

 

 

   Make no mistake here , we are certainly not apologists for barbaric male behavior as many of our previous posts can attest , yet none can deny that many young men have been railroaded into scandal and/or criminal charges by vindictive lovers .

While the facts remain to be brought to light in this case , one must admit that the possibility exists that the sex that was witnessed on a public street between two adults and photographed could very well have started out as consensual but once it became a spectacle on social media the woman , in a desire to avoid shame , cried rape .

     We take only the side of truth here , caution readers not to rush to judgement , let the truth will out . Remember more than one innocent has been sent to jail because of the pride of another .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighbor Tells Court Trayvon Martin Was Straddling And Punching George Zimmerman Before He Was Shot

 

 

” A resident of the gated Florida community where Trayvon Martin was shot dead told the court today he believed the unarmed black teen was straddling George Zimmerman and raining down punches on him.

John Good is a key witness for the defense as his testimony refutes that from other Sanford residents that it was actually Zimmerman on top and Trayvon Martin calling desperately for help.

When questioned by the prosecution, Good – who works in finance – said that the ‘lighter-skinned man’ was underneath wearing ‘white or red clothing’ and could not move because the person on top – who was in dark clothing – was performing a ‘ground and pound’ move, a popular MMA action.

He said that though he could not be totally sure, he believed that Trayvon was punching Zimmerman, who was screaming for help.

The testimony corroborates Zimmerman’s claims that he shot the 17-year-old in self defense because he was being pummeled. He is charged with second-degree murder.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Deadly Police Beating, Witness Cellphones Confiscated

 

 

” Following the death of father of four David Sal Silva last week, his family’s attorneys are calling for police to release bystander video evidence that reportedly shows California’s Kern County officers brutally beating the 33-year-old. A video from a surveillance camera (which does not show the scene close-up) has been released and shows the man repeatedly struck with a baton.

Local press have also reported on details from a 911 call made, in which witness Sulina Quair, 34, said “There is a man laying on the floor and your police officers beat the (expletive) out of him and killed him. I have it all on video camera. We videotaped the whole thing.” Officers say they were responding to a call about an intoxicated man and that Silva had fought them.”

 

 

Published on May 12, 2013

” Bakersfield – A California man begged for his life as a pack of Kern County sheriff’s deputies beat him to death before seizing the cell phones of witnesses who recorded the incident on video.

The Bakersfield Californian reports that 33-year-old David Sal Silva, a father of four young children, died early Wednesday after deputies responded to a call about a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center (KMC) in Bakersfield.
According to the Kern County Sheriffs Office, Silva resisted deputies, a canine unit was deployed and when more deputies arrived, they beat him with batons. He then had difficulty breathing and was taken to KMC, where he died.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol were also reportedly involved in the incident. 

As many as nine total police officers took part in the beating.
Witnesses, some of whom recorded the fatal beating with their cell phone cameras, told a different story. Ruben Ceballos, 19, was sleeping in his home when he was awakened shortly after midnight by screams and commotion outside.
“When I got outside, I saw two officers beating a man with batons and they were hitting his head so every time they would swing, I could hear the blows to his head,” he told the Californian. Ceballos said that although Silva was on the ground screaming for help, the officers kept beating him. After several minutes, Silva stopped screaming.
“His body was just lying on the street and before the ambulance arrived one of the officers performed CPR on him and another one used a flashlight on his eyes but I’m sure he was already dead,” Ceballos told the Californian.

“He wasn’t resisting arrest, he was begging for his life,” a witness who gave only his first name, John, told Bakersfield Now.
“They (deputies) jumped out, reached for their bats, and beat that man until they killed him right in front of my face,” witness Jason Land told Bakersfield Now. Land said the deputies behaved like “animals.”
Land then called local media to report what he’d seen. He said he felt like he was being followed by deputies and became so paranoid that a friend drove him to the hospital. While there, he was arrested for being under the influence of the drug PCP. But Land insists he was not high and that he was arrested for reporting the deadly police beating.
“If I wouldn’t have said nothing, I wouldn’t have been in cuffs,” Land told Bakersfield Now. “But since I said something, I’m in cuffs.” Land said he is now “in hiding” out of fear of police retaliation.
Deputies seized other witnesses’ cell phones following the fatal beating.
“The true evidence is in those phones witnesses have that apparently the sheriff’s deputies already took,” brother Christopher Silva told the Californian. “But I know the truth will come out and my brother’s voice will be heard.”
Criminal defense attorney John Tello, who is representing two of the witnesses who recorded the brutal beating, told the Californian that his clients are “shaken” by what they saw and how they were treated by police.
“When I arrived to the home of one of the witnesses that had video footage, she was with her family sitting down on the couch, surrounded by three deputies,” Tello said, claiming that the witness was not allowed access to her cell phone and was prevented from leaving her home. Tello claims he was not permitted to speak privately with the woman with the phone and that he was informed that the recording of the deadly attack was evidence to the investigation.
“This was not a crime scene where evidence was going to be destroyed,” Tello told the Californian. “These were concerned citizens who were basically doing a civic duty by preserving the evidence, not destroying it, as they (deputies) tried to make it seem.”
Tello also claims that the witnesses’ phones were seized before any warrants were served. He also claims deputies threatened one witness, telling him he could either surrender his phone the easy way or the hard way.

Silva leaves behind a girlfriend and four children, ages 2 to 10.
“How am I going to tell the kids… the father that they love is now dead?” 
Salvador Silva, David’s father, asked Bakersfield Now. “

 

 

 

House Panel To Hear From Eyewitnesses On Benghazi Attack

 

 

” House Republicans scheduled a new hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attacks and suggested it would include new testimony from eyewitnesses to the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate who will provide firsthand reports about what happened that day.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., scheduled a May 8 hearing entitled “Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage.” It will be the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to demonstrate that the Obama administration misled the public about the true nature of an attack that killed four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Issa did not disclose the witness list but promised the hearing “will expose new facts and details that the Obama administration has tried to suppress.”

The FBI on Wednesday released photos of “three individuals who were on the grounds” of the Benghazi consulate when it was attacked.

The photos, which were posted online by Foreign Policy magazine, are accompanied by an FBI request for information about the attack “from Libyans and people around the world.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Administration Officials Threatened Whistle-Blowers On Benghazi, Lawyer Says

 

 

 

” At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

 

 

 

 

 

GOP Should Subpoena Benghazi’s Silenced Witnesses

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” Benghazi: The House GOP has threatened to subpoena the survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack, those who know the truth, and hold up the? nomination of our murdered ambassador’s replacement. It should do both.

The Obama administration is fond of using a familiar tactic, the shield of an “ongoing investigation,” to cover up its malfeasance in the deaths of Americans serving their country.

  It was used to hide the truth regarding the administration’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation to Mexican drug cartels, which resulted in the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata. They are using it again concerning Benghazi.

   The only American witnesses to the Benghazi attack who have been named by the Obama administration are the four whom the terrorists killed in the Sept. 11 attack on our Benghazi mission — Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were working for the CIA.”