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Bowie State Student sues Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for $3 million due to hazing.

Before I have my say on Mr. Kevin Hayes, here’s the story:

BOWIE, Md. (WJZ) — A renowned fraternity is in hot water, facing a $3 million lawsuit after a Bowie State student says he was hazed while he was pledging—and he has pictures of the abuse to prove it.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on the lawsuit against Alpha Phi Alpha.

A 17-page lawsuit details how the student—a junior at Bowie State—says he was punched and paddled by other fraternity members.

Photos show the injuries 20-year-old Kevin Hayes says he sustained while pledging Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Bowie State University.

“It broke me down. It’s something I never felt before,” he said.

He says his punishers were other fraternity members.

“Something must happen so no one else has to deal with these issues,” Hayes said.

In the lawsuit, Hayes says nights of pledging could last five to eight hours, where he was “punched, hit and slapped.”

“They have a duty under Maryland law to make him safe,” said Jimmy Bell, his attorney.

In a statement, fraternity officials said, “Any member found violating the fraternity anti-hazing policy will be immediately suspended with recommendation for expulsion.”

Bowie State University—which is not named in the lawsuit—did release a statement on the hazing allegation. In that statement, officials say, “Bowie State University has a stringent anti-hazing policy that is coupled with a strong anti-hazing education program. The university considers hazing to be indefensible and contrary to the interest of the university community.”

The alleged hazing incident took place between September 2013 until November. One night, Hayes says an older fraternity member went through Hayes’ phone and found a photo someone took of Hayes’ injuries.

“They began to say `You’re a snitch; you’re always talking. We are going to blackball you.’ They began to ostracize me,” Hayes said.

The lawsuit says Hayes and other pledges were often given jewel shockers, back racks, and fat joes, as well as taking wood during the pledging process.

“This type of stuff, it kills people and it needs to stop,” Bell said.

The alleged incidents of hazing happened off-campus.

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I read this.

Twice. Some parts more.

And my final reaction:

I’m sorry (not sorry), but GROW UP. You cannot sue a fraternity because your desire to belong outweighed your conviction against being physically hazed.

Now. Don’t get me wrong. Yes, I am a member of a Black Greek Letter Organization. And I am aware hazing is illegal. But this right here is a bunch of bull. Let’s say you go one night. This night you find out the members are going to put their hands on you. You decide you are not about that life. You express that and move on to file your complaint. Period. I would understand that. But this guy WENT BACK!? You CONTINUED to go back to 5 to 8 hour nights of physical hazing?

That was a decision you made, and you made alone.

And now, since they found out you were taking photos of your injuries and blackballed you….NOW you want to file a lawsuit? Oh PLEASE. Like I said, GROW UP. Take accountability for your own actions and decisions. Your feelings got hurt. Now you want to sue?

The bottom line, people? “Pledging” is a choice. Going through hours and hours of physical hazing is a choice.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT. As I said before, one time and you decide, “NAH”…I get it. But deciding to sue after going through it for months so you can get attention? Because they blackballed you?

Have a seat, sir.

Alpha Phi Alpha is responding appropriately. Here’s a video of the story with their response:

And my message to all of my fellow BGLO undergraduate members?

It’s not the same.

It’s a new day.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

Houston police restrain high school girl…because she was using her cell phone

Look at this…

HOUSTON – HISD officials are investigating a controversial video. The video appears to show three police officers holding down a female student as she screams.

One of the officers puts his knee on her head.

Students at Sam Houston High School said it happened after the girl was caught using her cell phone in the hallway.

The school district said it’s aware of the video and is working to find out exactly what happened.

{KHOU}

She was armed…with a CELL PHONE.

{featured image via KHOU}

What in the world would justify THREE police officers restraining her in this manner? His knee on her HEAD?

What is going on?

Salt Lake City: Cop shoots unarmed man, Police Chief refuses to give details

This should be against the law. How does one kill another human being, but all the details are withheld? And ONLY because of the occupation of the killer?

Salt Lake City, Utah – Police received a report about a man waving a gun at a convenience store. When officers arrived, three men were exiting the store after making their purchases. The police opened fire and killed one of the men who was reportedly unarmed.

The entire incident was captured on an officer’s body camera; however Police Chief Chris Burbank is refusing to release the video citing “due process.” He is also withholding the officer’s name.

Dillon Taylor received no such “due process.” He was reportedly wearing headphones and was unable to hear the officers’ commands. Dillon’s brother, Jerrail, who was with him at the time of the shooting said

“He couldn’t hear them, so he just kept walking. Then … they had guns pointed at his face. That’s when he turned off the music. I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen. He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him.”

The incident has spawned protests, and the Police Chief refused to compare the incident to Mike Brown’s death stating

“This is not Ferguson.”

{The Anti-Media}

Murder.  That’s what these police officers are getting away with.  Flat out murder. And they are hiding behind the shield to do so. It’s shameful and disgusting.

Also, there’s this:

Withholding the officer’s name also fails to meet common practices by the police department. The police are holding the officer’s name and the body camera footage until their investigation is complete. The department routinely releases the names of suspects. as well as footage, prior to completing an investigation.

Where is the oversight? Where is the transparency? WHO CHECKS THE POLICE?

Here are a couple of comments that were below this article…

Its time the police get the same treatment as our military! They cant shoot till fired on.

^^ Yes.  Let’s do that.

They need time to go and dig up some dirt on the victim before the tape is released.

^^Nothing but truth, here.

In this situation the victim is Hispanic, and we don’t know the ethnic background of the police officer.  All that Chief Burbank gave was that he “is not a white officer.”

This brings up a great question someone brought up on a post I put up about body cameras on police officers (re: Ferguson). Who will be able to view the cameras?  Will there be transparency? Or will it be a case like this, where the police get to keep the footage away from the public?  If that’s the case, then what’s the point?

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Myths about Facebook Messenger

When I logged into Facebook mobile a couple of days ago, I had a message about all of this going on with messenger.  I’ve addressed this already here (telling you to delete the app), and here (telling you to forget what I initially said!)

However, it seems as if some people are still uninformed.

Guys.  The app is not spying on you.

THE INITIAL INFORMATION THAT SCARED EVERYBODY WAS INCORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is what was sent to me via Facebook mobile.
2014-08-27 08.38.57 2014-08-27 08.40.21

Hopefully y’all get it now.

Some more pieces of information:

Calm down everybody. First of all, you can still get your messages on your computer. And second, there is a method to the madness: Facebook has actually improved the message experience with the additional app. I agree that it’s not cool to have to open up another app to do what we always did in Facebook, but messaging this way is truly more robust and, come on — opening the app takes less than a second.

Facebook says by making Messenger a separate app, it can improve the messaging experience by having more room to work within an app dedicated to nothing but communication, instead of having to share space with a growing app that’s mostly about a News Feed, sharing photos and online comments.

I believe they’re onto something, and will tell you why, in a second. But first, let’s also clear up some common, and untrue, urban myths that have blown up over the last two weeks.

Myth: The permissions to use the app are more invasive than ever before.

Reality: The app can grab your contacts, location data and calendar, which sounds pretty horrible, until you realize — they’re the same ones asked by any messaging app, be it Viber, TextPlus or Line.

The Facebook Messenger app does not grab hold of your phone’s microphone to secretly record you. All messaging apps access the mike in case you want to make use of a cool feature — free phone calls from within the app.

{USA Today}

One more:

Here’s what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

—Myth: You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

—Reality: While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.

—Myth: The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

—Reality: Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here: m.facebook.com/policies. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca . Click “view details” under Permissions.

—Myth: Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

—Reality: The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.

{AP/Yahoo!}

And there’s another article on the Wall Street Journal about all of this if you want to read it.

So bottom line, it’s really okay to download the messenger app if you want to.  IT’S. NO. DIFFERENT. THAN. ANY. OTHER. APP. YOU. HAVE.

So yeah. Everybody chill. It’s okay. Just….chill.

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9 year old kills shooting instructor while shooting Uzi, and I mean…DUH.

It’s not rocket science, people.

9 year olds + automatic Uzi?  I mean….

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 9-year-old New Jersey girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators said Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head and one of the discharged bullets struck the instructor in the head, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.

“All right, go ahead and give me one shot,” he tells the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

“All right full auto,” Vacca then says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.

Authorities said the girl, whose name was not released, was at the shooting range with her parents. The family is from New Jersey and was on vacation, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

The owner of the range said instructors are trained to push weapons out of the students’ hands if something goes wrong, but it’s unclear what happened in this case.

“We really don’t know what happened,” said owner Sam Scarmardo. “Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting. If they’re shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they’re left-handed, the same thing.”

{CBS}

So let me get this straight.  You give a 9 year old an automatic Uzi, and she ends up losing control and killing somebody, and you “don’t know what happened?”  I’ll tell you what happened. —–> YOU GAVE A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD AN AUTOMATIC UZI AND SHE LOST CONTROL.

My God how stupid can people be!? In WHAT situation does a 9 year old in America need to know how to shoot an automatic Uzi!?

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot.

He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

“You can’t give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,” Scott said.

EXACTLY!!!!

Ugh.

If not trained properly you have grown men who can’t control an Uzi. WTH makes you think a 9 year old can?? 100% preventable! EVERYBODY involved in this situation is at fault. A certified bunch of dummies.

{featured image – CBS.com}