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Internal affairs investigating controversial arrest where Columbus police are seen beating and kicking Timothy Davis




A Columbus mom wants answers after she says her son was brutally beaten by Columbus police while he was being arrested last week.

“This is no joking matter,” said Valerie Johnson, mother of Timothy Davis, 31, who appeared in court last week in a wheel chair and with bruises on his face.

“This is my child, they messed up my son,” said Johnson.

Cell phone video of Davis being arrested last week by Columbus police for an open warrant related to resisting arrest, started popping up on social media a few days later.

In the video you can see plain clothes officers hitting Davis, and kicking him, at one point his pants fall to his knees.

“In this particular case, there is an internal investigation going on by internal affairs,” said Sgt. Dean Worthington, with Columbus Police.

Columbus police is not talking publicly about the incident, because of the internal investigation now underway.

Charging documents obtained by ABC 6/FOX 28 state, officers identified themselves and told Davis he was under arrest. Davis said he wasn’t going to be placed under arrest and tensed up to fight.

Franklin County Municipal Court documents go on to say, officers grabbed a hold of Davis and he pulled away, he then took an officer to the ground, biting and fighting officers.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs tells ABC 6/FOX 28 she has seen the video but had no further comment.

Law enforcement said they can use whatever force is necessary within reason to get control of the suspect.

“We can match their force with our force, and one step above that,” said Worthington.

Davis is no stranger to the court system. He has an arrest record that goes back years and served time for robbery and kidnapping.

Davis is currently wanted in Kentucky for assaulting a state trooper earlier this year during a traffic stop.

Davis was arrested last week for a nearly year old open warrant in Columbus, that charges him with resisting arrest, including accusing him of kicking a police officer.

Despite her son’s criminal and arrest record, Johnson says he never should have been treated like that by officers.

“His head, his face, his ribs, he’s like almost broken,” said Johnson, “I want justice.”

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Elementary school assignment asks students to ‘set your price for a slave’



MEHLVILLE, MO — A class assignment landed a Missouri teacher on administrative leave and has the NAACP calling for a formal apology.

It happened at an elementary school in Mehlville, Missouri. Students in a fifth grade class were asked to do an assignment setting prices for different things and then reflect on topics such as a free market economy and wealth.

The students set prices for 12 different things: lumber, tar, wool, milk, etc. However, the last item the students were asked to set a price for was quite different than the first 11.

“You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers,” the question began. “You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves. Set your price for a slave. These could be worth a lot.”

“The assignment was culturally insensitive,” principal Jeremy Booker said to KMOV in St. Louis. “The teacher has expressed significant remorse.”

Booker sent a letter to parents explaining the assignment and the steps being taken to rectify what happened and keep it from happening again.

“The school district is continuing to investigate this event,” Booker said. “I am working with district leadership to provide all Blades teachers and staff with professional development on cultural bias in the near future.”

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Meet the CEO of LAX Airport — Yes, a Black Woman



Not a lot of people know that a Black woman, Deborah Flint, is the CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airports – two of the largest and busiest airports in the country. As CEO since 2015, Flint has made significant transformations to help enhance the experience of passengers who travel to and from Los Angeles, California. Read More Here

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Va. woman will serve no jail time for killing, dumping 6 puppies, but Michael Vick…



An Augusta woman will serve no jail time for killing, dumping 6 puppies but Over 380,000 people have signed petition to get the NFL to remove Mike Vick as honorary 2020 Pro Bowl captain

According to NBC12 An Augusta County woman who admitted shooting and killing a litter of puppies and then dumping them over an embankment just before Christmas last year will serve no time in jail.

Betsy Hemp, of Middlebrook, was convicted of six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty on Sept. 24. She also pleaded guilty to six charges of illegal dumping in connection with her disposal of the puppies’ bodies.

Woman charged for shooting 6 puppies to death, dumping them over embankment ]

She had originally faced felony charges of torture of an animal, causing death, but they were all reduced to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges when she was convicted.

On October 10, in Augusta County Circuit Court, Hemp faced sentencing.

During the hearing, her lawyer called John Anderson to testify. He spoke about all of the things Hemp does for his wife and himself, including cooking, running errands like getting groceries and prescriptions, and taking care of the lawn.

Hemp also testified. She said she was angry and frustrated that even though she tried to do the right thing, she wasn’t able to find a place for the animals. Hemp said she regretted killing the animals.

During the hearing, Hemp testified that she thought of the animals as working dogs, and her lawyer argued that meant she saw them differently than the companion animals she also raised.

Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin, who prosecuted the case, argued for Hemp to spend time in jail for her crimes. He said he found her actions disturbing.

The judge ultimately gave her a suspended sentence, pointing out Hemp’s testimony of seeing them as working dogs before doing so.

Hemp will be required to complete 500 hours (which comes out to 20 days and 20 hours) of community service and pay a $1,500 fine for the charges of illegal dumping (related to her dumping of the puppies’ bodies over an embankment on the side of Troxel Gap Road between Middlebrook and Craigsville).

She’ll also have to carry out 60 hours of litter abatement.

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