Tuscaloosa police released officer body camera footage of the cop at the center of a controversy that has been roiling the west Alabama city since early November.
The officer and a group of other cops conducted a rough arrest on three University of Alabama students after the police were called to an off campus apartment in the early hours of Nov. 8 because the students were allegedly playing music too loudly.
The incident came to light after the student newspaper, the Crimson White obtained and published a series of brutal cell phone videos.
The videos show multiple Tuscaloosa police officers grab three students out of an off campus apartment and throw them onto the concrete hallway where they are arrested and one is tased and beaten with a nightstick.
Tuscaloosa’s chief of police Steve Anderson quickly called for an internal investigation of the three main officers involved and put them all on paid administrative leave while the matter was being looked into.
WATCH: Tuscaloosa Police Storm Into Dorm And Arrest Three Students, Taser One
“Based on what I’ve seen, the individual did not have to exit the apartment,” Anderson said according to AL.com.
When he was asked if the officers had the right to go inside of the apartment, Anderson responded, “Based on what I’ve seen, no.”
While the footage released Wednesday didn’t show anything “earth shattering” according to Anderson, it was still important to make public the footage for the sake of transparency.
WATCH: Police Body Camera Footage of Tuscaloosa Rough Arrests
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-The NoMi Night Market has split into two separate market operations after the co-founders split after a personal squabble.
-The newly named Urban Habitat Night Market [led by Howard Tonkin] will continue to take place Friday nights at a property located near the intersection of NE 123rd St and NE 13th Ave
-The NoMi Night Market [led by Laura Hill] vows to relaunch in the future, but is currently looking to secure a permanent space.
-Hill and Tonkin had worked together to bring North Miami’s first night market into being and it opened to a nice amount of support from the community on Nov. 3.
Personal differences have split a promising North Miami happening into two, only a few days after it officially started.
The NoMi Night Market is now the Urban Habitat Night Market or just a night market that happens at Urban Habitat, depending on who you ask.
And the NoMi Night Market is not dead, just looking to continue on at a different venue, depending on who you ask.
RISE NEWS attended the first weekly NoMi Night Market when it debuted on Nov. 3.
There were around 10 vendors and a smattering of local residents who popped in to sample various organic and sustainable products.
We even did a video on the opening:
But in the days following that opening, the co-founders split into two competing organizations.
As a result, North Miami may end up with two separate night markets.
What caused the split is based on who you believe.
Laura Hill and Howard Tonkin were the co-founders.
Hill is a North Miami activist and organizer, and Tonkin runs Urban Habitat, a sustainable landscaping business.
They both agree that they worked together to launch a night market at Tonkin’s new Urban Habitat property in North Miami.
But that’s about all they seem to agree on.
The biggest sticking point?
Just who came up with the idea in the first place.
Tonkin told RISE NEWS that the night market has been a dream of his for years, dating back to his time in Australia when he would visit the Mindil Beach night market.
He said that he’s wanted to bring the concept to Miami for years and that it is part of his overall long-term strategy for Urban Habitat.
“It’s my dream to bring people into my market,” Tonkin said. “It’s exciting to bring people into the market at night. That’s when the plants come alive.”
But Hill said that she came up with the idea.
“I’ve been around [Tonkin] for four years and I haven’t really heard him talk about the night market,” Hill said. “NoMi Night Market was the market we were bringing to that space. I brought the market together. Everything.”
What actually tore them apart is unclear as they each have wildly different versions.
“His vision and his methods made it clear to me that we had to rethink the market,” Hill said of Tonkin. “I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours putting the thing together. He’s very upset with me because I decided to part ways. Our philosophies of running a business are just different.”
Tonkin said that he felt that Hill was trying to “sabotage my business and take the idea and run with it on [her] own.”
No matter what caused the split, it could actually end up benefiting North Miami in the long run.
Now, the city and surrounding communities will have two night markets to choose from.
The Urban Habitat Night Market will take place every Friday near the intersection of NE 123rd St and NE 13th Ave.
The NoMi Night Market is looking to secure a space but plans to open in the near future.
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This year has been all about loving yourself and acceptance for all body types, but when it comes to women’s clothing things are a bit different.
Not all women are created equally is fashion. And the main woman who isn’t included is the busty woman.
Kristen Allen understood the struggle and decided to do something about it by opening her own online store.
It is called Exclusively Kristen: Clothes for “Busty” Women.
In an interview with RISE NEWS, Allen said ever since she was a teenager she’s had the issue of finding tops that fit properly because of her cup size.
She explained that the idea to start a business of this sort has always been in the back of her mind but there was always had school or work standing in the way.
Allen said that this is something she never thought she could do, but when she moved to New York she was inspired by everyone’s grind because everyone seemed to have a side hustle there.
She also said after doing research with many resources at her disposal she realized that she was still young so why not take the risk?
Exclusively Kristen has been a business for almost two years, launching in 2014.
Allen said that starting her company has been rewarding since she is solving a real problem that many women face.
“There are few companies in the United States catering to the busty woman,” Allen said. “And I’m the only one that has a variety of things to choose from.”
She said that with her business she wanted to start out with some basic pieces with a range of appeal without being too trendy.
“So this is just a product of me being the target audience, but my body type isn’t the same as everybody else’s,” Allen said. “I wanted everyone to pretty much try it out and then give me feedback. Now that I’ve gotten enough feedback from customers now I starting to do more adventurous pieces.”
she wants her customers to know that they do have options and they don’t have to settle for oversized sweaters just to fit their bust.
“I want them to know that we’re here to solve a problem and we’re here to help women look good and feel comforted in the clothes that they’re wearing, that the clothes will be tailored to them, to their bodies,” Allen said.
Allen’s products range from $25 to $100 and they’re all made in the United States.
Allen is involved in every aspect of the creative process. She said she draws a rough draft of the designs and then has someone make the technical sketches.
She is also the fit model and does all of the fittings and does quality control on each garment.
After her approval, the clothes go to the manufacturer.
Allen said she wants other women to be inspired to own a small business.
Allen explained that she is proud of what the company has accomplished so far.
Allen has future aspirations that involve more products on the website, a petite line and a plus sized line.
Her long term goal is to open stores in different states catering to women with D-plus cups.
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We here at RISE NEWS came across the photo below on social media a day before the tragic slaying of five police officers in Dallas.
We found it absolutely repugnant at the time but did not say anything.
We were wrong not to.
We all need to take a stand when we see people post horrific images because sometimes they can inspire people to do horrific things.
Here is the image in question:
We will not be “outing” the person that posted the image because they are a private citizen and we hope they will learn from this mistake without their reputation being damaged in the process.
From the post:
“This photo may offend some individuals and I clearly don’t give AF! America needs to realize that it’s not about BLACK OR WHITE PEOPLE. It’s more about these crooked ass so called law enforcement officers. Now, there are some good ones and I applaud you for standing in unity and going against negativity and protecting this country but some of you abuse your authority when you in a little position of power. #RIP #AltonSterling”
No one posted arguing that the image was terrible.
In fact, some people egged it on.
One person wrote:
“There are good cops out the there. But there are too many bad ones too. Racism is strong in this country. A lot of the problems with these deaths is because of a racist society. I’ve been here long enough to see a lot of it. Just think what our parents and there parents have seen.”
“I take issue with the so called good ones too because most of them allow this shit to go on and don’t say anything.”
We agree that Black Lives Matter.
There is no question that police violence and systemic racism in our justice system are real issues that we have not done a good enough job in weeding out as a country.
There are racist cops. There are dirty cops. There are bad cops.
But there are also really great cops who take their jobs seriously and work everyday to protect the people of this country. Without them, we will have no peace. Without them, we will have no democracy.
While the Black Lives Matter fight must continue to go on as the deaths of young black men in this country will undoubtedly continue as this summer grows hotter, we must all do our part in lowering the rhetoric.
Posting a photo to social media depicting a police officer having his throat slashed by a ISIS like figure with American flag colored gun straps is not helping.
It is not good social commentary. It is not interesting. It is only vile.
Of course this does go both ways.
All of us have seen countless racist memes pop up on our feeds from time to time or the words All Lives Matter as a substitute for real conversation about what is needed to make things better.
We are wrong when we don’t confront people who post those images as well.
We can make things better in this country. We can create a better future where the relationship between the police and people of color can be strong and respected.
But we can certainly not have this future if we don’t trust each other. And we certainly can’t bring about that future if we hate each other.
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