WARNING: This Sort Of Shock Video Could Become Commonplace With More Police Body Cams

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Ever since the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, there’s been an increasing number of calls for the use of body cameras by law enforcement in big cities as well as small towns. Only a few weeks ago, the Obama administration began a program to study the impact of having officers routinely wear body cams to record interactions with the public, especially with people suspected of crimes or those with whom the officer may have a controversial encounter.

As reported by USA Today, the Justice Department is putting up tens of millions of dollars toward the purchase of some 50,000 body-worn video cameras.

“Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

However, as the video associated with this report graphically shows, what those police body cams capture can also hold the tremendous potential for exposing the public to shocking, even horrifying, scenes.

The New York Daily News reports that a 47-year-old Texas man was caught on body-mounted cameras worn by two police officers as he pulled a gun on the cops, who then dropped the man in a hail of bullets. It all happened on May 31st, starting inside a restaurant in Palestine, Tx., then moving outside, where the man is seen drawing a gun that turned out to be a BB pistol.

Identified as James Bushey of Elkhart, Tx., the man was supposedly wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of beer from a nearby store. What appeared at first to be an incident-free detention of the suspect in the restaurant’s bathroom quickly escalated into a fatal confrontation.

Ater an investigation by police and prosecutors, the two officers involved in the fatal shooting were cleared of wrongdoing and the recording of their actions was released. You can watch what happened by clicking on the video above.

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What do you think? Is it good that the footage from police body cams is released to the public so we can all see just what happened in cases like this? Weigh in on the conversation by commenting below.

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WATCH The Crazy Scene In Mega-Pastor Joel Olsteen’s Church That Had Attendees Scared

Six people were arrested Sunday after allegedly interrupting a sermon by Pastor Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. All of the protesters came from a “revivalist” church in East Texas.

Lakewood Church spokesman Donald Iloff told the Houston Chronicle the men came from the Church of Wells in Wells, Texas. “They came out screaming scriptures,” Iloff said, who noted the group “goes after churches they don’t agree with.” The Lakewood spokesmen also told the Chronicle the group was in the church about a month ago, causing a disturbance before being asked to leave.

Casey Eaglin, a Lakewood member, was close to the protesters when they started engaging Osteen. “He jumped up with his Bible and started screaming ‘Shame on you Joel, shame on you Joel’ and Joel kind of just repeated Scripture and they just escorted them out,” Eaglin told KHOU. “I was terrified for a quick second there. After the first guy, I thought oh it’s just a random heckler, but then you start seeing the second, the third.”

For a second there I started thinking about the church shooting that happened and I was thinking ‘Oh God something bad is about to happen’ but they were real quick.

KHOU also learned from Lakewood that several of its volunteer ushers are also law-enforcement who remain armed during services and are ready to react if necessary. The six Church of Wells members were charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor offense. They are: Jacob Gardner, 26; Kevin Fessler, 27; Mark DeRouville, 25; Matthew Martinez, 27; Randall Valdez, 28; and Richard Trudeau, 32, the Houston Chronicle reported.

h/t: WND

Have you had hecklers ever come disturb your Mass or worship service? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH: Something Big Just Happened In The Case Of This 13-Yr-Old Girl Who Carried Out VISCOUS Attack

A 13-year-old Texas girl is in custody after she was caught on video assaulting a 14-year-old teenager on June 19.

In the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, police identified the suspect Friday and took her into custody Sunday with cooperation from her family. KDFW has the story:

She was immediately processed into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center in Dallas on charges of injury to a child and assault. It is up to a judge on whether she will remain in custody. Her name will not be released because she is 13.

A warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest over the weekend. KDFW notes the 14-year-old victim was babysitting her 3-year-old niece when the incident occurred, and could have been seriously injured.

Several people were on the scene, including a boy in a blue shirt who can be seen dancing around the victim, but no one came to her aid. The news outlet provides further background on the story:

A video clip of the attack was reportedly first posted on YouTube. It shows two young females demand that another girl ‘get up.’ She is holding the young child and refuses.

The aggressor then pulls the girl up by her hair and the child falls to the ground. The child can be heard crying while the girl is dragged off and beaten.

The victim went to school with the suspect, but they only knew each other in passing. Police say the two had a minor altercation during the school year, but nothing major.

Rowland is right next to Garland, Texas, where the ‘Draw Mohammad’ contest was held in May. It was the target of Islamic extremists, one of whom was killed.

h/t: The Smoking Gun

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These Defiant Texas Officials Are Vowing To Push Back Hard Against SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

First it was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) who condemned last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that must be observed in all 50 states. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Abbott’s statement about the high court’s 5-4 decision was defiant, drawing a bold line in the sand when it comes to forcing officials and religious leaders to perform gay marriages in the Lone Star State.

“Texans of all faiths must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious freedom is beyond the reach of government,” Gov. Abbott said. “Renewing and reinforcing that promise is all the more important in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The government must never pressure a person to abandon or violate his or her sincerely held religious beliefs regarding a topic such as marriage.”

Echoing the governor’s sentiments, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also weighed in on the red-hot issue, as the Monitor article notes: “…Paxton defended the religious liberty of state employees in a statement Sunday, saying they would not have to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples and called the Supreme Court’s Friday decision ‘a lawless ruling.’”

As the chief law enforcement officer for Texas, Paxton added that legal help would be made available to county clerks and their employees throughout the state should they face adverse legal consequences for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on religious grounds.

The Monitor’s article on the same-sex marriage ruling adds: “Attorney General Paxton said in a statement that the ruling ‘stops at the door of the First Amendment’ and cannot touch religious freedom.”

The Dallas Morning News reports on Paxton’s defense of Texas officials who balk at providing same-sex marriage licenses:

Paxton’s opinion also said justices of the peace and judges similarly may rebuff requests that they officiate at same-sex weddings, especially if their colleagues in their areas are receptive to doing so.

Judges and justices of the peace, Paxton wrote, “may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections, when other authorized individuals have no objection, because it is not the least restrictive means of the government ensuring the ceremonies occur.”

One of the Supreme Court’s more staunch conservatives — Justice Clarence Thomas, writing in his dissent from the pro-gay marriage decision — warned of the threat to religious liberty inherent in the high court’s highly controversial ruling.

CNS News quotes from Thomas’ withering criticism of the landmark 5-4 ruling:

“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect,” Thomas said in his dissent.

“In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well,” said Thomas. “Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter.”

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This Firefighter Posted A 12 Word Facebook Comment… Automatically Lost His Job

A volunteer Texas firefighter lost his job after writing a comment on Facebook in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting.

Kurtis Cook, a 23 year veteran of the Mabank Fire Department, wrote: “He needs to be praised for the good deed he has done” on a South Carolina newspaper’s Facebook page about the shooting. A social media firestorm followed, with calls for him to be fired and death threats made against his family.

Cook told local ABC affiliate KLTV News that his comment was taken entirely out of context.

“When I was looking at the threads and, you know, I was just reading down and there was a person there [Wyatt] that posted, was donating a large sum of money to the victims, so I just said ‘This person ought to be praised for his good deed,’” Cook explains.

A screenshot taken of the Facebook post that went viral does not include comments preceding Cook’s, and the post is no longer available. Cook has since taken down his Facebook page. KLTV called the newspaper, which was unable to find the original thread.

Image Credit: Twitter/@NYDailyNews

Image Credit: Twitter/@NYDailyNews

On Friday, Cook was asked to come to the firehouse with all of his equipment to discuss a Facebook post he had made.

“We had no idea what kind of comment on Facebook he would have made that would offend anyone,” his wife, Andrea, said.

Cook went to the station, and his fire chief–Ricky Myrick–questioned him about the post. Cook responded by asking what the problem was.

An hour after announcing on Facebook the station was investigating the matter, it posted that Cook had been terminated.

Facebook - Mabank Fire Department

Cook said he did not put up a fight with the fire department because “They were getting so much pressure over there that I just went ahead and just let them go ahead and resign me, or terminate me, so they could go ahead and move on with the fire department.”

“The investigation happened so quickly it was almost like Kurtis didn’t have time to defend himself,” his wife said.

KLTV News reported that Cook eagerly agreed to be interviewed regarding his Facebook post because media coverage was “making me look like I’m standing with this comment, like I’m supporting this Dylann guy, and I would never do that. I’m not racist, never been racist.” he said.

“You can’t put your opinions out there anymore, because somewhere somebody’s going to take that the wrong way and then they’re going to run with it, and that’s what’s happened here,” he added.

Cook was firefighter of the year in 2009 and 2010. “And now I’ll never be a fireman again,” he lamented. “I’m going to lose my full time job and I’m going to have to relocate,” he said through tears. “I’m not trying to just ‘do damage control.’ I’m just telling you the side of the story where I came from on this.”

The fire chief explained that the department has a strict policy on posting on social media and that all members are warned of this and urged to be careful of what they post.

IJReview reached out to Chief Myrick regarding Cook’s claim that it was a misunderstanding.

Myrick responded: “We have a zero tolerance policy on social media so when we start getting slack out of it, we start going down hard. As much slack as we had on this, we had no other option. It didn’t say Kurt Cook on it — it said Mabank fire fighter. It represented me…and I got the blame for it.”

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