Prosecutor: 2 Buffalo police charged with assault in shovingBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault Saturday, prosecutors said, after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old protester in recent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, who surrendered Saturday morning, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault. They were released without bail. McCabe, 32, and Torgalski, 39, "crossed a line" when they shoved the man down hard enough for him to crack his head on the ground, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference, calling the victim "a harmless 75-year-old man." The officers had been suspended without pay Friday after a TV crew captured the confrontation the night before near the end of protests. If convicted of the felony assault charge, they face up to seven years in prison. Phone messages were left on Saturday with their lawyers. The footage shows the man, identified as longtime activist Martin Gugino, approaching a line of helmeted officers holding batons as they clear demonstrators from Niagara Square around the time of an 8 p.m. curfew. Two officers push Gugino backward, and he hits his head on the pavement. Blood spills as officers walk past. One officer leans down to check on the injured man before another officer urges the colleague to keep walking. The police officers "knew this was bad," Flynn said of the video. "Look at their body language." The video of the encounter sparked outrage online as demonstrators take to cities across the country to protest racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes. "I think there was criminal liability from what I saw on the video," Gov. Andrew Cuomo...
Peaceful protests continue into weekend around CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Protesters marched, paddled, cycled and even staged "die-ins" as outrage over the death of George Floyd expressed itself in peaceful but colorful ways around California. Crowds ranging from hundreds to thousands thronged the streets Friday in downtown Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco and smaller communities. More protests were planned Saturday, including a march across the Golden Gate Bridge. "I hear them saying all lives matter, but right now, it's our lives that are chalk lines on the ground," one woman who took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Riverside told KABC-TV. "We just ask can we be taken into custody, instead of the morgue." In recent days the demonstrations have been boisterous but non-violent, in contrast to last weekend when a minority of protesters smashed windows, burned police cars and confronted cordons of riot-clad police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Gone, too, was most of the looting that ransacked dozens of stores and which authorities say appeared mainly to be the work of non-protesters. Cities and counties have begun easing or ending curfews that resulted in the arrests of thousands of demonstrators and on Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom urged local authorities to end reliance on thousands of California National Guard troops who were deployed to major cities, saying "conditions have changed for the positive." He suggested they could be redeployed to food banks that are helping people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Los Angeles, thousands of flowers were placed on the sidewalk outside the county Hall of Justice after people were asked to bring roses symbolizing people they believe were victims of state violence. At City Hall, demonstrators chanted "no more names" and sang "Happy Birthday" on the 27th birthday of...
Sci-Fi Short Film “Tree House Time Machine" | DUSTAn eager 12-year-old boy and his friends secretly travel back in time in the hopes of unraveling the mystery surrounding his mother's untimely death before the rightful owner of the machine realizes it's gone missing. "Tree House Time Machine" by Alan Ritchson Subscribe to the DUST Newsletter: https://bit.ly/signal_newsletter #DUST #scifi #shortfilm Now available on demand in US & Canada BUY IT HERE: Google Play: http://bit.ly/Prospect-Google-Play iTunes: http://apple.co/2qNYKUA More About Tree House Time Machine: If a time machine powered by lightning isn't dangerous enough, Charlie and his friends are playing a game of Russian Roulette whenever they decide to travel through time and space. With no way to control when or where they end up, it's anyone's guess as to whether they'll be dancing to the real Elvis or running from a T-rex. For one brave and earnest 12-year-old boy, Charlie, the risk is worth the reward. He wants nothing more than to go back to a time when his mother is alive again. His fiercely loyal best friends, Puck and Vincent, are always up for the adventure. But after what happened the last time they traveled, they swore a sacred oath to end time travel for good. When a particularly haunting storm rolls through town, Charlie's desire tp travel gets the best of him. But his friends know him all too well. They bust him at Charlie's tree house, their preferred place to travel from, before he can take off. Unfortunately, for the "Three Musketeers,' Pucks blabbermouth has brought some uninvited guests along for the ride. With the secret finally out, the group is forced to travel with the impulsive and audacious 13-year-old Maggie and her 18 year old meathead brother Bruiser. When Charlie's father, Jason is awoken by their dog Sunny, he realizes Charlie's gone missing. As he and Sunny race to trace Charlie's steps through the rain, he notices the tree house as it explodes with the mysterious electromagnetic energy of the activated time machine. But before he can reach the kids, he notices an ominous hooded figure watching the tree house from the dark forest nearby. Tree House Time Machine is a proof of concept short intended for an episodic television format. Set in the 90's, it captures the in-demand nostalgia of that era and is akin to Goonies meets Back to the Future. A dramedy with as much heart as laughs, Tree House Time Machine is sure to entertain kids of all ages. About DUST: DUST presents thought-provoking science fiction content, exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. From timeless classics to cutting-edge movies, series, short films, and podcasts, DUST acquires, produces and distributes all content types. Connect with DUST Website: http://www.watchdust.com Sign-up for DUST newsletter: http://eepurl.com/b_SKAz Watch DUST on your TV: Available on Roku, Samsung TV, Apple TV, Android TV...and more Watch more on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2amTSen Follow Us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2aqYgtZ Follow Us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2amAhRt Listen to the DUST podcast: Apple: http://bit.ly/DUST-Audio Spotify: http://bit.ly/DUST-Spotify Stitcher: http://bit.ly/DUST-Stitcher Castbox: http://bit.ly/DUST-Castbox iHeart: http://bit.ly/DUST-iHeart About Gunpowder + Sky: Creating content that resonates and impacts pop culture conversation, by empowering creators to take risks and experiment relentlessly in the pursuit of novel stories and formats. Sci-Fi Short Film “Tree House Time Machine" | DUST https://www.youtube.com/watchdust
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