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The prosecutor who sent serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to prison denies Milwaukee police were slow to catch him because they were homophobic and racist.

Former Milwaukee D.A. Michael McCann rejected Netflix's portrayal of Milwaukee cops as racist and homophobic in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

McCann tells TMZ, the notion that Milwaukee officers turned a blind eye to Dahmer's victims because they were gay and Black is ludicrous.

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But Dahmer's neighbor, Glenda Cleveland (played by Niecy Nash in the Netflix film starring Evan Peters), alerted Milwaukee PD to strange sounds and odors coming from Dahmer's apartment multiple times before he was finally captured. Many believe cops ignored her because she was Black.

On May 26, 1991, Dahmer enticed a 14-year-old Lao boy named Konaral Sinthasomphone to his apartment. Dahmer drugged the boy with pills before drilling a small hole in his skull and injecting hydrochloric acid.

Sinthasomphone managed to escape apartment 213. He was naked and heavily sedated when he was spotted by three concerned Black women who called 911.

Over the women's objections, police returned the frightened boy to Dahmer who killed him later that night.

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The officers who returned with the boy to Dahmer's residence said the apartment was tidy. They did notice a foul odor — from another male victim decomposing on the floor of Dahmer's bedroom. But the cops didn't go into the bedroom.

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McCann said Dahmer simply didn't leave a lot of evidence lying around his apartment for police to find.

McCann acknowledges racism and homophobia generally has been a problem historically in law enforcement, but he is still adamant that it played no role in how officers handled Dahmer.

Twitter users accused Netflix of romanticizing Dahmer who killed and ate 17 mostly Black, gay men.

They say Dahmer would not have gone on a killing spree if society was more tolerant of homosexuals back then.

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A Texas police department is defending an officer who took selfies with teenage gun rights activist Kyle Rittenhouse.

The officer pulled Rittenhouse over for speeding in Thrall, Texas, a small city with a population of about 800, near Austin.

The officer took a selfie with the 19-year-old gun enthusiast and the image was posted on the Thrall Police Department's Facebook page.

"Make those stops, you never know who you might meet. Today it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas," the Thrall Police Department wrote in the caption.

The photo went viral, amassing over 1,800 comments, 1,600 shares and 12,000 likes as of Sunday.

The Thrall Police Department declined to identify the officer who is seen smiling with Rittenhouse.

After a furious backlash, the unapologetic police department updated its original post to note that the teenager was found innocent by a jury of his peers in a court of law.

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"I must have missed something, I believed that this young man was arrested, charged, indicted and then found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Is this not how our country works anymore? The hate in these comments is terrible, if you have information that is contrary to that I would honestly love to hear it."

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Rittenhouse (sitting on ground) was only 17 when he crossed state lines to help protect local businesses during rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020.

He was acquitted in 2021 of killing two white men and wounding a third at a Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha.

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Robert Hoobler, the police officer who save rapper Lil Wayne's life after a failed suicide attempt as a child has passed away in New Orleans.

Hoobler was found dead Friday in his Old Jefferson home, his friends tell Nola.com.

The retired cop battled health problems following a serious car accident years ago, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes which led to both of his legs being amputated.

Lil Wayne had offered financial support to Hoobler who saved his life following a suicide attempt at age 12.

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In an interview last year on Uncomfortable Conversations, the rapper, born Dwayne Carter Jr., recalled using a 9mm pistol in his mother's apartment to shoot himself in 1994.

"I knew where she put her gun and it was in her bedroom. And so I went in her bedroom, grabbed the gun," he said.

Weezy said he pointed the gun at his head but then changed his mind and put it to his chest instead because he "got a little too scared."

"I knew I had a mental health problem when I pulled the trigger," he said.

Hoobler was the first officer to arrive at the scene.

Wayne remembers Hoobler, a white police officer, showing more compassion for him than the Black cops on the scene.

Wayne said Hoobler told the other cops to stop searching for drugs in the room and call an ambulance.

"Save the baby!" Hoobler yelled.

"I was spitting all in his face, blood and everything, and all I was trying to tell [him] was I'm not a baby. He kept saying, 'Do you not see the f**king baby on the ground with a hole in his chest?'"

"He was screaming at them (cops)... and he must've been the boss because they all came in the room and was like, 'Oh sorry boss, we called the ambulance.'"

There was no ambulance available, so Hoobler ordered a cop to back his police cruiser up to the residence.

He carried Wayne to the patrol cruiser and gently placed the bleeding boy across his lap in the backseat.

One officer blocked traffic at major intersections, while another officer rushed Hoobler and Wayne to a nearby hospital.

The two men bumped into each other again in 2019. Wayne offered to provide financial support for Hoobler.

"I met him years later and he said to me, 'I'm just happy to see I saved a life that mattered.'"

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Weezy (pictured at age 14 with mentor Birdman) said he was depressed because his mother, Jacita, banned him from rapping.

Wayne recalled the suicide attempt on his track, "London Roads."

At the time, Wayne was under the assumption that Hoobler was deceased.

    Ms. Cita, I remember goin' in your gun drawer
    Puttin' it to my chest and missin' my heart by centimeters
    Oh Lord, I remember dyin' on her room floor
    And wakin' up in some police's arms, he died recent
    So I hope Heaven made more room for him, and I hope he see me
    'Cause if he didn't save that lil boy, there'd be no Weezy
    Oh Lord.

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A man who lost his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant was told to stop riding Vanessa Bryant's "coattails".

Eight others were killed in the January 26, 2020 crash, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and Christopher Chester's wife Sarah Chester, 45, and daughter, 13-year-old Payton.

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Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant and Chester both sued L.A. County after sheriff's deputies shared graphic photos from the crash site in text messages.

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The lawsuit alleged one sheriff's deputy showed crash scene photos on his smartphone to a bartender at the Baja California Bar and Grill on Jan. 28, 2020.
 
RELATED: Vanessa Bryant publicly names officers who shared Kobe death photos
 
Attorneys for L.A. County argue that while Vanessa can prove the photos of Bryant's charred body were shared in text messages among the officers, Chester can't prove that photos of his wife and child were among the images.

The county's attorneys filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in California asking U.S. District Judge John F. Walter and Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick to separate Bryant and Chester's lawsuit into two separate lawsuits.

"Chester cannot point to any evidence of photos depicting his loved ones," the county argued.

"Given Kobe Bryant's worldwide recognition, Bryant's case is distinct. Chester should not be permitted to ride Bryant's coattails and benefit from critical evidence that only pertains to Bryant."

"Chester has shown his propensity to do this in nearly every pretrial filing and again at the July 8 pretrial conference."

L.A. County deposed 40 witnesses who could not identify Chester's family members in the grisly photos.

The county said Chester will "unfairly reap the benefits of the significant impact Bryant and her celebrity witnesses will have on this case."

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Rapper Styles P of The Lox is being praised on Twitter for stepping up and confronting two police officers who body slammed a female delivery driver.

The officers were arresting the woman for a minor traffic infraction. The video footage shows the two officers slam the woman on the ground. One officer restrained her with his knee in her back while the other cop handcuffed her.

That's when Styles P stepped up and yelled at the officers. "Yo! He's a b-tch... Yo, sista, loosen up," he said.

The camera person added, "That's a girl by the way!"

And since it wasn't immediately clear to the cops that the male-identified person on the ground was a female, Styles P and the camera person assumed her gender.

"You slammed a girl for no reason!" Styles P said, referring to the grown woman.

With so many people identifying themselves as non-binary, gender fluid, or transgender, it seems politically incorrect for both Styles P and the camera person to loudly assume the gender identity of the person being arrested.

In its gender etiquette guide, Everyday Feminism says it's rude and deadly to assume a person's identity.

"Why can't you just assume others' a/gender identities? The short answer is: because it's rude, and can cause a lot of harm... Our society has imposed gendered traits onto certain body parts and secondary sex characteristics. They actually are meaningless for determining that person's a/gender identity."

According to the guide, Styles P should have asked the person's pronouns and how they identify themselves rather than assume she is a "girl."

"We need to toss the idea that you can decide someone else's identity without asking them. Because we can’t," says Everyday Feminism.

Watch the video below. CAUTION: Video contains profanity and harmful language about gender identity.

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Chilling video footage shows heavily armed Uvalde, Texas police fleeing down a hallway as a crazed gunman shot school children on May 24.

The gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in adjoining classrooms at Robb Elementary School, while police waited in a hallway and did nothing.

Surveillance footage from cameras in a hallway inside the school shows the cowardly police running for their lives during the horrendous attack.

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The 77-minute video, first obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, shows a small boy peek down a hallway seconds before the gunman entered a classroom and began shooting. The terrified child is seen running back down the hall.

The screams of children being slaughtered was removed from the video footage.

The video shows heavily armed police officers amassing in the same hallway. The cops just stood there as the gunman shot more children. For over an hour they waited in the hallway — sometimes checking their social media accounts and making cell phone calls — instead of neutralizing the 18-year-old gunman and saving lives.

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At one point, the cowardly cops fled down the hallway as the gunman shot at them before barricading himself behind an unlocked classroom door.

Afterwards, police carefully crafted their press statements to portray themselves as heroes.

Many of the children who died could have been saved if the police had acted sooner.

Shockingly, the Uvalde chief of police who gave the stand down orders, was sworn in as a member of the Uvalde City Council just weeks after the tragedy.

Pete Arredondo has since resigned from his seat on the City Council, but he is still police chief of the Uvalde school district.

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Uvalde school district police Chief Pete Arredondo was relieved of his duties on Wednesday, nearly a month after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.

The decision came a day after the Uvalde City Council voted to deny Arredondo a leave of absence.

Weeks after the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, Arredondo was sworn in as a member of the City Council.

Arredondo was placed on paid administrative leave by Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell who determined that police under his command waited 77 minutes to storm a classroom and kill a 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School on May 24.

Harrell completed his investigation, despite police refusing to turn over communications and other documents to investigators.

Parents of the deceased children demanded to know why Arredondo wasn't fired or reprimanded for his decision to order officers to fall back.

"From the beginning of this horrible event, I shared that the district would wait until the investigation was complete before making personnel decisions," Harrell wrote in a press release on Wednesday.

"Today, I am still without details of the investigations being conducted by various agencies. Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective this date."

Surveillance footage from cameras inside the school show officers with bullet-proof shields and high-powered rifles in a hallway about an hour before the gunman was killed.

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The cops allegedly stood there listening as the gunman murdered children. The officers initially claimed they were waiting for keys to unlock the classroom door, but the door was unlocked the entire time.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) testified Tuesday that Arredondo's decision was an "abject failure" and he said the police chief put the lives of cops "before the lives of children."

"Mistakes were made and it should have never happened that way and we can't allow that to ever happen," DPS Director Steve McCraw told state senators. "This set our profession back a decade."

McCraw told lawmakers that the officers in the hallway could have stopped the bloodshed three minutes after the shooting began.

"The officers had weapons, the children had none. The officers had body armor, the children had none. The officers had training, the subject had none," McCraw testified.

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A Mobile, Alabama police Sgt. is going viral for calling out the number of children murdered in his city.

Ciara Jackson, 14, and Lequinten Morrissette, 11, were gunned down within days of each other. Lamonyae Forrest, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested for Ciara's murder.

Sgt. John Young, of the Mobile Police Department, gave an interview to a local news station about the murders of Black children:

"This is the 23rd homicide of the year. It is heartbreaking to me personally. Ciara's 14. She died on the street named after Michael Donald who was the last known lynching by the Ku Klux Klan in 1980. 40 years later, more innocent blood is shed on that street that is supposed to memorialize the death sacrificed. And a Black girl is gunned down on that street by a Black man is disgusting, I said it."

He continued: "There's a subculture of gun violence in the city of Mobile with young Black men and it's high damn time we did something about it. I said it, so no one has to be called a racist anymore."

He then listed the ages of recent homicides in the city. The youngest are 11 and 4. "All Black children," he said. "When are we as a city going to wake up and say, 'Let's address this issue?' I've said it. Now it's out in the open, right?"

Sgt. Young expects to be reprimanded for speaking out about the gun violence committed by Black youth.

"Whatever happens to me, fine... But don't forget these innocent Black lives that have been lost," he said.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson responded to Sgt. Young's commentary. In a video on YouTube, Mayor Stimpson, saying, "I share his outrage."

"I'd like to begin by sharing my condolences with the family of Ciara Jackson. I know that you're heartbroken as so many are. Many people are praying for you. I also just finished listening to Sgt. John Young's interview; I share his outrage. I hope you share his outrage. I hope that it's the thing that we needed to galvanize bringing us together so that we can work together to make sure this doesn't continue to happen, not just to our young people, but to all of our citizens in the city of Mobile. We need your help. It's going to take all of us."

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A Texas top cop broke down in tears as he explained why 19 Uvalde police officers didn't storm a classroom where a gunman killed 19 children and 2 teachers on Tuesday.

Texas' Director of Public Safety Col. Steven McCraw sobbed as he admitted 19 cops were in a hallway outside a classroom at Robb Elementary.

He said Uvalde's Chief of School District Police Department Pete Arredondo told the cops not to storm the classroom because he thought everyone inside was dead.

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At least two children and an adult called 911 pleading for help. But 19 cops stood outside and did nothing, as gunshots rang out inside.

The gunman fired more than 100 rounds within seconds of walking into room 112 at 11:34 a.m. Police did not enter the room until 12:50 p.m. 38 people were shot in classroom 112 and the adjoining room 111.
 
RELATED: Texas cop says police didn’t go into school because they could have been shot
 
"It was clearly the wrong decision," said McCraw. "The incident commander thought at that time there was no more children at risk. Obviously there were children that were at risk," he said.

"With the benefit of hindsight, from where I am sitting now - of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There is no excuse," McCraw said.

Chief Arredondo, a former 911 dispatcher, thought the gunman was shooting at the door, not at kids.

Doctors say the delay in emergency response cost many children their lives because they bled out while waiting for medical attention.
 
RELATED: Police ran into elementary school to rescue their own children
 
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed outrage that he was "misled" by the Uvalde police.

"I was on this very stage two days ago and I was telling the public information that had been told to me," he said on Friday. "As everybody has learned, the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I'm absolutely livid about that."

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Federal authorities were "flabbergasted at the amateurish communications coming from Texas," said a federal source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Rapper Iggy Azalea tweeted: "I'm so perplexed at the police saying they didn’t enter a school with an active shooter inside it because "they didn't believe any children were at risk" Man with gun + school filled with children = RISK it’s an easy calculation to make."

Uvalde police officers rushed into the school to save their own children while parents were tasered and restrained outside.

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Doctors say the cowardly actions of police officers in Uvalde, Texas resulted in injured children dying from their wounds due to delayed medical attention.

Other law enforcement officers slammed the "disgusting" actions of Uvalde police who tackled and tasered desperate parents who tried to rush inside Robb Elementary School to save their children on Tuesday morning.

Texas DPT Lt Chris Olivarez claimed the officers who arrived and heard gunshots inside the school stayed outside because they didn't want to be shot.

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Olivarez made the shocking statement during an appearance on CNN Thursday night.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer challenged Olivarez's statement.

"Don't current best practices, Lieutenant, call for officers to disable a shooter as quickly as possible, regardless of how many officers are actually on site?" Blitzer asked.

The cop replied: "In the active shooter situation, you want to stop the killing, you want to preserve life. But also one thing that, of course, the American people need to understand is that officers are making entry into this building. They do not know where the gunman is. They are hearing gunshots. They are receiving gunshots."

He then claimed credit for locking the killer inside the classroom with dead and injured children - a move Olivarez says saved more lives.

Police initially said the gunman barricaded himself inside the classroom.

"At that point, if they proceeded any further not knowing where the suspect was at, they could’ve been shot, they could've been killed, and at that point that gunman would have had an opportunity to kill other people inside that school," Olivarez said.

"So they were able to contain that gunman inside that classroom so that he was not able to go to any other portions of the school to commit any other killings," Lt. Olivarez said.

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Medics remained outside the school for an hour while waiting for SWAT officers to arrive. They said they could hear gunshots and screams inside the school.

An elite Border Patrol agent who was driving by at the time, rushed into the school without waiting for backup and terminated the threat.

Doctors say the leading cause of death in gunshot wound victims is bleeding out if they do not receive medical attention.

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"You can't wait until patients go to a trauma center, you have to act quickly," said Dr. Ronald Stewart, the senior trauma surgeon at the University Hospital in San Antonio.

Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, officers across the nation have been advised not to wait for backup and to rush into the school toward the sound of gunfire to save lives.

Instructions from the Texas Police Chiefs Association says: "The first two to five responding officers should form a single team and enter the structure."

However, the Uvalde police didn't get that memo.

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More details are emerging about the deadly school shooting in Texas that claimed 21 lives and left 17 injured.

Numerous news outlets report that an elite Border Patrol agent rushed inside the school - without waiting for backup - and exchanged gunfire with the gunman before killing him.

But some parents are disputing that version of events.

Parents now say police officers ran into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, to rescue their own children while the gunman was barricaded inside a classroom.

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Angry parents say police stood around doing nothing while the 18-year-old was inside the school for 50 minutes. He gunned down 32 people, killing 19 children and two teachers.

Fox News aired cell phone video that shows desperate parents pleading with the officers to go inside and save their kids.

The video footage shows officers struggling with one parent and restraining him on the ground as worried parents screamed and cried.

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"Go in there! Go in there!" frustrated women shouted at the officers, said Juan Carranza, 24, who watched the chaotic scene from his house across the street.

Yesterday, it was reported that fathers broke out windows and pulled their children to safety while gunshots rang out inside the school.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he rushed to the school when he heard about the shooting on Tuesday morning.

Cazares was outraged that police weren't rushing into the school. "Let's just rush in because the cops aren't doing anything like they are supposed to," he said. "More could have been done. They were unprepared."

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A Maryland man faces 13 years in prison for impersonating a police officer for 15 years.

Police say Antione Tuckson had a police uniform, a badge, a gun, and a trained "bite dog" as part of his scheme.

Tucson was caught when he called the George's County Police Department during a dispute with two women over an unpaid bill at a restaurant where he worked security.

Tuckson flashed his badge when officers pulled up near the restaurant. Police noticed he left his K9 dog behind in the restaurant - something a real canine handler officer would never do.

According to a police report, Tuckson then called a female friend to verify his identity as a US Marshal. When that didn't work, the friend, Nijea Rich, showed up at the restaurant wearing "police-style" clothing and identified herself as a US Marshal.

Rich was armed with a handgun, handcuffs, a police radio and an expandable baton.

According to documents, Rich asked police: "You locked up a US Marshal?"

The next day, Rich showed up at the Prince George's County Animal Services Division and said that she was a US Marshal. She had the dog released to her.

Police raided Tuckson's home and seized an AR-style rifle with scope and a pump-action shotgun.

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The feds say Tuckson created a fake US Marshal's ID card on a printer they found in his home in Waldorf, Maryland.

Tuckson and Rich were indicted on May 19 and arrested on May 20 in Maryland.

Tuckson was previously arrested on similar charges in 2018. He has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2005. He faces a maximum of 13 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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A Texas deputy has been charged with using her cop boyfriend's taser on her three children, ages 8, 11, and 12.

Xochitl Ortiz, 34, was fired from her job after she allegedly used her boyfriend's taser on her three sons.

She was taken into custody on May 18.

The alleged abuse occurred at Ortiz's apartment in Tumball, Texas between April 1 and April 4. She is charged with using a stun device to cause injury to children under the age of 15.

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Prosecutors allege that Ortiz's children said they do not feel safe with her, according to DailyMail.com.

Ortiz is in the midst of a divorce from the children's father, who reported the abuse to authorities. The children told their father they were tasered in the bottom, hand and shoulder.

Ortiz and her boyfriend, former deputy Christopher Worthington, were both fired from the sheriff's office. They were 2 year veterans of the department.

Ortiz allegedly used Worthington's taser to discipline the three boys. Worthington, who was not charged, was terminated for violating the force's policies.

Ortiz's bail was originally set at $450,000, but it was lowered to $150,000. She has since posted bond.

According to her financial disclosure form, she earns $2,500 a month and has over $4,500 in monthly expenses and $300 cash in the bank.

Ortiz's lawyer told KTRK that his client maintains her innocence and she intends to fight the allegations against her.

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Police released chilling body camera footage that shows two Lawton, Oklahoma police officers executing an unarmed man.

Quadry Sanders was killed on Dec. 5, 2021 but the two officers were only recently charged with his murder.

The Comanche County district attorney has charged officers Nathan Ronan and Robert Hinkle with first-degree manslaughter, city officials announced on Friday.

Body camera footage shows Sanders raise his hands twice. Each time Sanders raised his hands he was shot multiple times by the cops. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His body was riddled with 12 bullets.

The two officers were fired from the police force in January following an internal investigation.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the DA's office concluded that "the shooting of Quadry Sanders was not "justified."

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the Sanders family, wrote on Instagram that he couldn't "find a single redeemable factor that mitigates any aspect of this shooting."

Sanders, a musician, leaves behind 8 children.

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A Florida mother was charged with child neglect after her 3-year-old child was found sleeping on a sidewalk at 1 a.m. on Saturday.

According to a press release, deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office were called to an apartment complex in Fort Walton Beach on April 30.

A security guard making rounds at the Choctaw Village Apartments found the child wrapped in a blanket asleep on a sidewalk and called 911.

"Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of two more young children asleep alone in an apartment at the complex," the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.

The ages of the two other children were not released.

Deputies waited until Shyla Heidelburg, 25, returned home about an hour later. She confessed that she went clubbing and left her three children alone in the apartment.

She "admitted she had gone out to a nightclub about 90 minutes earlier, leaving the children unattended," the sheriff's office said.

Heidelburg was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm, the sheriff's office said.

The children were taken by child protection services.