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Texas police officer facing DWI charges after being found passed out at drive-thru

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Corpus Christi Police Department officer is facing DWI charges after being found passed out at a drive-thru this weekend.

Donnie Mersing, Jr., 51, was arrested at 3:08 a.m Saturday. According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the Whataburger on the 4000 block of IH-69. An off-duty officer said he found Mersing sitting in the driver seat of his truck, asleep in the drive-thru.

That off-duty officer said Whataburger staff told him Mersing had ordered and was passed out between the two drive-thru windows. The off-duty officer walked outside and started hitting the the vehicle window to wake up Mersing.

According to the report, “it took him awhile to wake up but when he did he found that Mersing seemed out of it.”

The off-duty officer had Mersing pull into a parking stall in order to clear the line of vehicles waiting behind him.

Once Mersing pulled into a parking spot, he handed the officer his driver’s license and his Corpus Christi Police Department’s identification card.

When an officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department arrived, she found that Mersing had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

According to the report, he “had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting for his person.”

Mersing told the officer he had been up since 5:30 a.m. He was tired and fell asleep. Mersing said he just stopped at Whataburger to get a breakfast burger and was heading back home.

According to the report, Mersing told the officer he was coming from his home. He also said he had a six-pack of Bud Light around noon and also had a beer with dinner.

Mersing was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the City Detention Center where he refused to provide a breath specimen.

A judge set Mersing’s bond at $2,500. He bonded out of the Nueces County Jail later that day.

There’s no word yet on Mersing’s status with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

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Petition wants NFL to remove Mike Vick as honorary 2020 Pro Bowl captain

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is expected to be honored by the NFL as one of the four “legends captains” at the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Arguably one of the most talented former NFL players known for his speed and elusive style of play, he arrived to Philadelphia on a second chance after serving a federal prison sentence for dogfighting.

A Change.org petition is now circulating calling on the NFL to revoke the honor. Over 380,000 people have signed the petition. Other petitions have also surfaced online since the news spread.

The petition cites the cruel and inhumane killing of dogs that led to Vick’s conviction.

Fans are split.

Vick did do a lot of work with animal organizations after he served his time to redeem himself.

Some fans say that is not enough for them.

“Certain things you learn to forgive and forget, but to be a great person is to be all-inclusive and I don’t think that’s who he is. He had a lot of shortfalls,” said Rabbi Barry Blum.

“I am a Michael Vick fan and I do believe if you served your time and paid your dues you should get what you deserve. What he did off the field–he paid for, and what he did on the field he should be rewarded for,” said Eugene Stevens.

The Pro Bowl is set for January 26, 2020.

If you disagree with removal – Stand with Vick – 2020 Pro Bowl Captain – Sign Petition

The NFL has not commented on the petition.

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Cheerleader Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Backlash to Her Kneeling During Anthem at Football Game

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According to local reports, Kennesaw State University senior Tommia Dean has reached a $145,000 settlement from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services more than a year after filing a suit alleging her First Amendment rights had been violated when she and four other football cheerleaders were said they were punished for kneeling during the national anthem in September 2017.

“I didn’t think it was right for minorities to have to walk around and be terrified every day, and to see a police officer and to not know how should I act, what should I do,” Dean explained in September 2018 about her motivation to kneel while speaking to hosts at “The View.”

Tommia Dean and her fellow cheerleaders sparked backlash when they began kneeling in protest during the national anthem at a September 2017 Kennesaw State University football game. (Photo: “The View” video screenshot)

Tommia Dean and her fellow cheerleaders sparked backlash when they began kneeling in protest during the national anthem at a September 2017 Kennesaw State University football game. (Photo: “The View” video screenshot)

At the following football game on Oct. 3, the entire cheerleading team was kept in the stadium tunnel until the end of the anthem.

In her suit, Dean alleged cheerleaders were always on the field during the singing of the anthem prior to the kneeling incident on Sept. 28.

Kennesaw State officials told local outlets 26 months ago the decision to keep the cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem was prompted by changes in how the university handles games and was unrelated to the protest.

The decision was made just days after cheerleaders took a knee on the field. Dean and the other cheerleaders, who became known as the Kennesaw Five, believe the decision was motivated by the university disagreeing with their choice to kneel, an act of protest that was emulating that of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

They were only let back on the sidelines after the University System of Georgia interfered, saying the students have a constitutional right to freedom of speech, which includes their right to peaceful protest.

The cheerleaders’ quiet protest of injustice and police brutality was met with backlash from Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and Republican state Rep. Earl Ehrhart — both were named in Dean’s suit filed Sep. 5, 2018, a filing that included Kennesaw State President Sam Olens, deputy athletics director Matt Griffin, and senior associate athletics director Scott Whitlock as defendants.

Text messages from Warren, who publicly spoke out against the cheerleaders “disrespecting the flag,” and Ehrhart showed both demanding the now-former President Olens take action against the Kennesaw Five. The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Dean’s settlement ends her case against four of the defendants. Warren was dropped from the suit by a court, a decision Dean’s attorneys say they will appeal.

Dean believes she and three of the other cheerleaders were not brought back to the team due to the kneeling protest. Of the Kennesaw Five, only Shlondra Young, who is the oldest of the group, was brought back the following year.

Keith Boykin interviews the Kennesaw Five (Video: Keith Boykin/Youtube)

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Community activist shot to death hours after speaking out at city council meeting

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PORT ALLEN – An outspoken member of the Port Allen community was found shot dead less than 24 hours after speaking out against violence at a city council meeting.

Police Chief Esdron Brown pleaded for the community to come forward with any information that could catch his killer.

“He was a good guy,” Brown said. “He talked to us all the time, just a good guy, was against violence. Me and him talked two or three days ago. He supported the police.”

Authorities say they first got a call in reference to a death on Avenue A in Port Allen around 8 a.m. Thursday. Both the Port Allen Police Department and West Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate.

The Port Allen police chief identified the victim as Larry Profit, a longtime activist in the community. Witnesses say Profit was seen at a city council meeting just last night, where he spoke out about violent crime in the area. Those who attended council meetings would routinely see him, and he was not afraid to stand up for causes whether they were popular in the community.

The shooting left people like Michelle Wilson in utter shock. Wilson was Profit’s goddaughter.

“He was a quiet guy…a good guy would give you the shirt off of his back,” Wilson said. “He was just a real great guy.”

No details about a potential suspect or motive have been made available at this time.

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