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Security guard indicted for choking, punching 11-year-old shoplifter

AndreyPopov/iStock(BOSTON) — A security guard at a clothing store in Boston has been indicted for choking and punching an 11-year-old girl who was shoplifting.A grand jury returned indictments on Tuesday charging 36-year-old Mohammad Khan of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his New Jersey-based employer, Securitas Security Services, with one count each of assault and battery on a…read more »

Washington State University student died hours before classmates called 911, coroner says

iStock(WASHINGTON) — A Washington State University student died four hours before fellow fraternity members first called 911 to report that he was unresponsive, investigators revealed Wednesday.Sam Martinez, a 19-year-old freshman, died at the Alpha Tau Omega house in Pullman, Washington, at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, according to Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers. Police…read more »

‘Bigotry in our midst’: 4 Syracuse students suspended after racist incidents

iStock(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — Four Syracuse University students have been suspended in the wake of approximately a dozen racially charged incidents reported recently at the school.Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said Wednesday night that those suspended have been accused of verbally assaulting a black, female student.The “immediate issue,” the chancellor said in an address to the…read more »

Lawmakers mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, highlighting transphobia, grim stats

iStock(NEW YORK) — Congressional lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls marked this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance by encouraging their social followers to speak the names of those who died of anti-transgender violence.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., were among dozens of lawmakers who tweeted in support of the…read more »

Friend of Dayton gunman Conner Betts pleads guilty to federal firearms charges

iStock(KETTERING, Ohio) — The friend of the gunman who killed nine people in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, in August has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Kettering, Ohio, resident Ethan Kollie, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally possessing firearms and lying on federal firearms forms at…read more »