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About the AuthorErin Taylor Neuman was born in Miami and raised in West Palm Beach. She is currently attending school at The University of Alabama, majoring in Telecommunications and Film in the Electronic News Sequence with a minor in Theater. She has interned for iHeartMedia, Inc., WVUA TV and was a part of the WVUA Radio News cast. Erin lives by her dad's quote, "Never look back on your life and say, I should have done that."
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Tuscaloosa Man Beaten In Front Of Green Bar After Being Asked If He Was Gay
A Tuscaloosa man was reportedly beaten up last Friday by two men after they asked him whether he was gay.
The alleged attack took place outside of the Green Bar according to WIAT.
The victim in the case, Johnny Bishop said that two men attacked him after they peppered him with questions about his sexuality. There was also a woman involved in the incident, she seems to have served as the driver of the getaway car.
“Despite the fact that my face was gushing blood and I was sitting on the pavement and the assailant was right there next to us, police said they could not make an arrest at that point,” Johnny Bishop the victim in the case told WIAT.
Bishop was with his friend Katherine Snider during the time of the incident.
She also spoke to local tv about the situation.
“He was bleeding so badly, I’m not sure where the third guy was, at about that time they drove out of here in the SUV with the girl driving, she had the window down and was kind of smirking,” Snider told WIAT. “This is extremely traumatic, I’m scared to go to my favorite bar now, I’m scared to go to any bar in Tuscaloosa now.”
Both Bishop and Snider are Tuscaloosa residents.
Tuscaloosa police obtained a warrant to arrest one of the suspects in the beating.
WATCH: WIAT interview with Bishop
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Unclear Whether Cop Who Shot Charles Kinsey, And Almost Shot Autistic Man Was Properly Trained
The personnel jacket of North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda does not include information regarding whether he was properly trained to interact with people with developmental disabilities like Autism, a RISE NEWS investigation found.
Aledda has come to national attention after he shot unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey three times in the leg last week in a North Miami street.
The Miami-Dade police union president said that Aledda was not trying to shoot Kinsey, but rather his autistic patient named Arnaldo Eliud Rios.
The jacket, which was released by the police department last week details Aledda’s history as a police officer in the city of North Miami.
It also shows some of the trainings Aledda received.
Notably missing from the document is any indication that Aledda received Crisis Intervention Team Policing training (CIT) from the Eleventh Circuit Court.
CIT is often cited by police departments as a top local training method for officers to learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.
The training also includes a small section (one page) about Autism and other developmental disabilities.
North Miami police spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth said that roughly 85% to 95% of North Miami officers have received CIT training.
“If you don’t see it, it’s not there,” Buissereth said of Aledda’s missing CIT training certificate in his personnel jacket.
READ: Personnel Jacket Of The Cop Who Shot Charles Kinsey
However, Buissereth also said in a phone interview with RISE NEWS, that she would follow up to double check whether Aledda was CIT trained.
Calls to the CIT office have not been returned.
According to information found on the Eleventh Circuit website, CIT officers are pretty important.
“CIT officers respond to crisis calls involving possible mental health issues,” a frequently asked question page about the program says. “They evaluate and de-escalate potentially volatile situations and as necessary transport individuals suffering from a mental illness to community-based facilities for evaluation, treatment, and referrals, instead of subjecting them to immediate arrest when appropriate.”
WATCH: RISE NEWS report from the scene of the Charles Kinsey shooting
Aledda’s personnel jacket paints him as an ambitious and talented young officer who is always volunteering for extra responsibilities.
“Officer Aledda reports to work with a clean and pressed uniform,” A performance evaluation from June of 2016 reads. “He represents a good image for his peers and employees to follow.”
While it is not clear whether Aledda was trained in how to deescalate stations with people who have developmental disabilities, his personnel jacket does show that he is trained in a number of other areas, including as a member of the SWAT team and as a volunteer member of the Strategic Action for Enhanced Enforcement and High Intense Visibility and Enforcement teams.
According to a performance review from August 2014, Aledda “productivity” is “consistently substantially above his peers.”
For example, in July of 2014, Aledda conducted 26 arrests, answered 82 calls for service and issued 138 traffic citations.
For comparions sake, 1 out of every 68 people are autistic.Post Views: 1,099
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BREAKING: Police Responding To Bomb Threat At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami
UPDATED: 8:21 PM EST
After an hours long search of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, police did not find any threat to public safety. Things are not getting back to normal at the hospital.
WPLG TV in Miami is reporting that police are responding to a bomb and shooting threat at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
No injuries have been reported and the entire hospital has been evacuated.
Miami-Dade Police said in a tweet that the evacuation of the hospital was “precautionary”.
#UPDATE: Precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of patients, staff & surrounding areas of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) July 8, 2016
Video of the evacuation:
#BREAKING: Police situation at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; partially evacuated. https://t.co/vsX2m8yBgo
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) July 8, 2016
The hospital is located in a heavily residential area of Miami.
People have been told to get out of the hospital building and many are standing in yards of people’s homes.
Police have not yet confirmed the threat and are currently ongoing a sweep of the facility.Post Views: 843
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