Teen Dues D.C. Police For Violent Detention After Woman Felt Uneasy At ATM
A Black D.C. teen is suing the Metropolitan Police Department officers for failing to prevent false imprisonment, assault, and battery.
According to the DCist, Jason Goolsby, a 19-year-old Black college student, was arrested in 2015 after an unidentified woman called the cops because she felt “uneasy” at a Citibank ATM machine and believed she was going to be robbed by Goolsby and friend Mike Brown. Yet according to Goolsby, all he did was pause to open up the bank door for a couple with a stroller.
When the police saw the young men walking down the street after leaving the bank, they still “converged on the teenagers as if they were apprehending a dangerous felon,” despite knowing that the boys had not committed a crime. Fearing for their lives, Goolsby fled the scene and when the police caught up with him, they violently apprehended him, as shown in the video, which was taped by Brown.
Goolsby is seen twisting in pain while his friend yells that Goolsby didn’t do anything.
Meanwhile, the MPD determined in a month-long investigation that the officers used force that was “reasonably necessary to bring this situation under control” and to “overcome the level of resistance.” But Goolsby is now suing for $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
“It scarred him for life—physically and emotionally,” said Goolsby’s attorney, Peter Grenier.
President Obama Lifts All Limits on Cuban Cigars and Rum
Finally, you can have a real Cubre Libre folks!
On Friday, the Obama administration announced new measures to further ease trade and financial restrictions in Cuba which now includes allowing American travelers to bring home as many Cuban cigars and rum can fit in their bags, reports Reuters.
“Today, I approved a Presidential Policy Directive that takes another major step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with Cuba,” POTUS said in a statement.
He said that his goal was to “make our opening to Cuba irreversible.”
However you can’t order these products online and have them sent to the States and these items can only be for personal use. Prior to this announcement, travelers could only bring back $100 worth of these products.
Additionally, Cuban pharmaceutical companies are now able to apply for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for their drugs and Cubans and Americans can do joint medical research together.
The U.S. law still bans general tourism to Cuba, but the administration has made it easier for Americans to visit the island under 12 officially authorized categories which includes intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; humanitarian projects; and research or educational institutes to name a few.
Oh No! US Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones From Airplanes
If you have a Galaxy Note 7 phone, we have some bad news for you.
On Friday, the US Transportation Department banned the Samsung phones from all airline flights after nearly 100 incidents of the devices overheating and sometimes injuring owners, USA Today wrote. The ban is effective beginning Saturday.
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,”Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
“We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
This ban shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given that Samsung has received 96 U.S. reports of batteries overheating, 13 reports of burns, and 47 reports of property damage associated and a recall last month.
The South Korea-based Samsung company said they are working to let their customers know about the ban to help lessen the risk of injury.
“We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers,” the company said in a statement Friday. “We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”
The company estimates the recalls will cost it $5.3 billion, USA Today noted.