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Last week, a story about a rape on an elevated SEPTA Market-Frankford train in Philadelphia went viral.

According to Upper Darby Police, a homeless man raped a barely conscious woman on board an El train - while riders pulled out their cell phones to callously record the scene.

"I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked," said SEPTA chief Thomas Nestel III at the time.

"We want everyone to be angry, disgusted, and to join us in being resolute in keeping our system safe. We need the public to notify us when they see something that seems to be unusual."

Police arrested Fiston Ngoy, 35, who listed a homeless shelter in Philadelphia as his last address.

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If you wondered why no video of the incident had surface online, you're not alone. It turns out that no such videos exist.

In fact, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, some SEPTA riders may not have even known what was going on.

"There is a narrative out there that people sat there on the El train and watched this transpire and took videos of it for their own gratification," Stollsteimer said at a press conference on Thursday. "That is simply not true. It did not happen. We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative."

The police also said no one called them during the rape incident. That was also a lie. Someone on the train did call police, who arrived and pulled Ngoy off of the victim.

Anger and outrage exploded on Twitter.com on Monday.

Philly mag journalist Ernest Owens wrote: "And there you have it: The police lied big-fucking-time."

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Desperate times calls for desperate measures. San Francisco officials are paying gang bangers $300-a-month to stop killing each other.

Participants could receive an extra $200-a-month if they meet specific goals such as getting a job or going to their parole appointments on time.

The Dream Keeper Fellowship pilot program will pay 10 people to be "public safety ambassadors" in their gangs.

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The new program is an effort to stem the gun violence in the Bay Area by paying gang bangers to put their weapons down.
 
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Initially the money will be paid out monthly in gift cards to 10 of the worst offenders who are at high risk for killing people.

The program will be funded by taxpayer dollars, along with private donations and a federal grant.

If the program is successful, officials will expand it to include more gang bangers on the city's payroll.

The announcement comes after the San Francisco Police Department tweeted an image of a woman leaning out of a Cadillac window while wielding an AK-47 last month.

Police later seized the Cadillac, but were unable to identify the woman.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, insisted the money is not simply "cash for criminals."

"These folks do not have any sort of income. And so part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that money is not a barrier to turning your life around," Breed told KPIX-TV.

She didn't explain what would happen if one of her "ambassadors" kills someone while on the city payroll.

California will also become the fist state to pay drug addicts if they promise to stop doing drugs.

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A Chicago police officer on foot patrol attempted the TikTok "Milk Crate Challenge" while on duty.

The challenge originally began on TikTok but has spread to other social media platforms.

To win the challenge, the person must climb to the top of the milk crate pyramid without losing their balance.

The officer made it to the top of the pyramid before she lost her balance and fell (watch the video below).

According to news outlets, a Dallas woman is in critical condition after serious head injuries when she fell from a milk crate pyramid at a gas station.

Sources say the woman was offered $5 by a group of men to take the challenge.

TikTok has officially issued a statement warning users about the potential dangers of attempting the milk crate challenge.

"TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content. We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off."

FYI, the woman in the video below is not dead.
 

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#Policebae Cherise Souell fills out her uniform nicely as a patrol officer in the tiny town of Camilla, Georgia.

Not much happens in Camilla, Georgia, so Cherise has plenty of time to take selfies and glam shots for her social media pages.

When she's not busy fighting crime (what little crime there is in Camilla), Cherise plays shortstop for the Midway Baptist Hitters softball team.

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Fellas, the quickest way to meet Cherise is to break the law in Camilla, Ga., and she will be all over you (but not in a good way).

You can also hit her up in the DM's on Instagram if you want Cherise to read you your rights.

Some guys don't mind breaking the law if a sexy cop like Cherise slaps the cuffs on them and hauls them to jail.

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Lil Wayne is still in touch with the ex-cop who saved his life when he attempted suicide at age 12 in New Orleans.

Robert Hoobler tells TMZ he and the 38-year-old rapper stayed in touch after they bumped into each other at a radio show in 2019.

Before bumping into each other in New Orleans, Weezy believed Hoobler was dead and he rapped about paying his funeral expenses on his track, "London Roads."

Hoobler, an ex-police officer, said Wayne told him he would provide for him financially. All he had to do was say when.

Hoobler didn't take him up on the offer at the time, but he has since indicated that he would accept an administrative position in Wayne's organization.

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Wayne opened up about his suicide attempt in a recent episode of Emmanuel Acho's "Uncomfortable Conversations" podcast.

The "Lollipop" rapper said he struggled with mental health as young as age 10.

"When you have no one to vent to, no one to get this out to, you can't bring it to your friends at school because you're still trying to be cool to them. You're not tryna let them know, 'I got something going on at home.'"

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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 went into his mother's room and retrieved her gun. He initially planned to shoot himself in the head but pointed the gun at his chest and pulled the trigger.

Hoobler was the first officer to arrive at the scene.

"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?'"

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

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

Wayne recalled the incident on his track, "London Roads."

    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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Medical experts dispute a viral video that shows a rookie cop suffering seizures after contact exposure to fentanyl.

Police bodycam footage captured on July 3 shows San Diego County Deputy David Faiivae testing a white powdery substance believed to be fentanyl.

Corporal Scott Crane warns Faiivae to be careful while handling the substance.

"That's stuff's no joke, dude. That's super dangerous," Crane said.

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Moments later, Faiivae seemed to experience convulsions and collapsed on the ground.

But medical experts disputed the claim that Faiivae overdosed on contact exposure to fentanyl.

"You cannot overdose just by touching fentanyl or another opioid and you cannot overdose just by being around it," Dr Ryan Marino told Reuters.

"It will not get into the air and cause anyone to overdose," said Marino, Medical Director of Toxicology & Addiction at University Hospitals, Cleveland.

"You cannot overdose through accidental contact. People do overdose accidentally, but it is people who are using drugs and either not expecting fentanyl or carfentanil, or something like that, or people who get an unknown dose because they are buying drugs from the street, so overdose that way."

 
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Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, told the Associated Press the viral video "simply creates more fear and irrational panic that fuels further punitive responses to the overdose crisis, instead of the public health approach we need."

And Leo Beletsky, a professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, told KGTV:

"There's zero chance that it was caused by fentanyl exposure, in this case. You would need to be in a room where lots of powder was constantly in the air for hours in order to start ingesting enough of it to experience these symptoms."

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore clarified that he made the determination that Faiivae overdosed, not a medical doctor.

"I saw the video. Everybody that saw the video saw him seize up, go down, fall on his head," Gore told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"The drugs tested for fentanyl. It was classic signs of fentanyl overdose - that's why we called it that. If we were misinformed, so be it. We are trying to correct [it]."

 

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Two Chicago police officers were shot while conducting a traffic stop Saturday night in the Southwest Side's West Englewood neighborhood.

One officer was killed, another was critically wounded when they pulled over a car with three people inside at S. Bell and 63rd Streets.

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The officer who died has been identified as 29-year-old Ella French, a three year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

The wounded officer, Carlos Yanez, is listed in stable but serious condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Both officers returned fire, hitting one of the suspects in the car. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition is unknown.

He and another male suspect are in police custody. A female suspect was captured Sunday morning, the police commander announced at a press conference.

Over 100 CPD officers did not respond to 911 calls for two hours on Saturday night. They assembled outside the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the female officer was pronounced dead.

Dozens of patrol units with lights flashing lined the streets around the hospital.

French was the first CPD officer to die in the line of duty since Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in 2019.

Her body was escorted to the morgue by somber bagpipes as per tradition when a CPD officer dies in the line of duty.

In chilling police dispatch audio, Yanez was able to give a description of the shooter as a Black male wearing all black.

Both officers were members of the CPD's Community Safety Team, created last year to help improve community relations in the South and West Sides.

The team was started with 450 officers. 200 more were added this year.

Update: Ella French's brother, Andrew, told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview that his sister was not married and did not have any children.
 

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College Park Police said Officer Ivory Morris is in stable condition at Grady hospital in Atlanta after a teenager ran over him with a stolen SUV.

Morris told a WSB-TV reporter he looked directly into the teenagers eyes and chose not to draw his service weapon because he didn't want to kill someone's kid.

Morris said he was moonlighting at a part-time job at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he received alerts that a stolen vehicle was in his area.

"I said, 'If it comes back to College Park,' I said, 'We on it,'" Morris told WSB.

"I was looking in that kid['s] eyes. I was like, 'I don't want to hurt this kid.' I didn't want to take nobody's kid away from them," Morris said.

He went to the Hilton Garden Inn at Millenium Center and spotted the stolen automobile in the parking lot, WSB-TV reported.

Morris saw a 15-year-old boy standing near the SUV. When the boy spotted Morris, he walked away from the vehicle. The 17-year-old boy behind the wheel sped away in the SUV, as Morris struggled with the 15-year-old.

At some point, the 17-year-old returned, and the 15-year-old jumped on the hood of the SUV -- with Morris still holding him.

"When I was on top of that car, I had my other hand free to reach for the gun. But I said, 'I don't want to. I don't want to pull it,'" Morris told WSB-TV.

The driver jerked the wheel of the SUV, sending both Morris and the boy sprawling on the ground.

Morris said that's when the driver intentionally ran over both of them and sped off.

The officer suffered a fractured leg and other internal injuries. The 15-year-old boy was also injured and hospitalized.

Morris' supervisor said he had every right to use lethal force against the 17-year-old driver who hit him with the SUV, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Morris said he was willing to sacrifice his life so a mother wouldn't mourn her kid.

"I was thinking, 'These are somebody's kids,'" he said.

The 17-year-old driver is still at large.

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Minneapolis police are refusing to enter the George Floyd Autonomous Zone even when responding to homicide calls.

Shootings are a nightly occurrence in the eight blocks surrounding 38th Street and Chicago Ave, known as "George Floyd Square," where Floyd died.

Multiple Black people have been killed in the zone since its creation last September.

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In one incidence of violence, a Black woman was pushed out of a window during a domestic dispute. Despite her severe injuries and profuse bleeding, police refused to accompany paramedics inside the zone.

"Is it possible to have her move at least a block away, maybe [to] 38 and 10th?" asked the police officer in audio of the 911 call.

The 911 dispatcher replied, "She is bleeding and cut everywhere, but we'll call her back and ask her to move a block away."

Another shooting resulted in the death of a pregnant Black woman late last month. Leneesha Columbus was shot in the zone. Despite her serious injury, police refused to go into the zone.

"We'll meet at 34th and Elliot, see if we can get the victim extracted to a closer location to us. And no lights or sirens, please," an officer told dispatch. When police finally extracted her from the zone, Columbus was pronounced dead.

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Imaz Wright and a second victim, both Black women, were shot during a gang-related incident on March 6th.

Police were told that the victims would be carried to them at the edge of the zone. Wright died before she could receive medical treatment.

Business owners and residents, many of them black, have pleaded with the police to enter the zone because they fear for their lives. The merchants feel abandoned by the police and the city.

"The city left me in danger," Alexander W, owner of the Smoke in The Pit restaurant, told the New York Post last month. "They locked us up in here and left us behind."

Some of the business owners created a GoFundMe page for donations to help them survive in the zone. So far, the account has raised over $13,000 of the stated $400,000 goal.

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The female suspect in a crash that killed an NYPD cop had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.

Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Long Island, said, "I'm sorry," as she was escorted out of the 107th Precinct in Queens on Tuesday.

"I'm sorry that I hit him and now he's dead," she said, referring to Officer Anastasios Tsakos who died early Tuesday.

Beauvais told reporters she was coming from the studio when she hit Tsakos. "I did a podcast," she sobbed as she was placed inside a police vehicle.

Tsakos, 43, had just left the scene of an earlier accident on the Long Island expressway when she hit his car head-on with her 2013 Volkswagen.

Beauvais' podcast on Facebook Monday night included anti-police rants and showed her drinking from a small plastic cup, according to the NY Post.

She is charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, fleeing the scene of an accident, and driving while intoxicated.