Tuesday, 23 August 2011

News: Man dies after he was pepper-sprayed and arrested by 'ELEVEN officers'

Inquiry as man, 25, dies after he was pepper-sprayed and arrested by 'ELEVEN officers'

By Rob Cooper

A 25-year-old man collapsed and died after being overpowered with CS spray as he was being arrested by up to eleven police officers.

Jacob Michael was sprayed in the face inside his home in the Widnes area of Cheshire, but managed to flee officers before being brought down on a verge 30 metres away.

He was taken to a police station where he suddenly became unwell and was rushed to hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead two hours later.

Today police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it had begun an investigation into Monday's incident. Tests are due to be carried out into how Michael died.

The dead man - who was known as Jake - had been with his family and is believed to have dialled 999 himself over a threat made to him when police arrived at the semi-detached home at 5pm.

Police said they were arresting him on suspicion of affray but there was a struggle and Michael was blasted in the face with the spray.

Despite him being temporarily blinded by the effects, Michael managed to run out of the house and got to a grass verge before being tackled and brought to the ground by other police officers who were waiting nearby.

Neighbour Ann Blease, 40, said: 'I didn't know Jake that well but he seemed like a good lad, he was pleasant and good with all the kids, very friendly and happy-go-lucky.

The victim's distraught father, also called Jacob Michael, was pictured today at the family home, along with a female relative

The victim's distraught father, also called Jacob Michael, was pictured today at the family home, along with a female relative

'As far as I know he didn't have a job but lived with his parents and was just a really popular guy who knew a lot of people.'

The mother-of-three claimed: 'What the police did was outrageous. He was handcuffed, on the floor with his legs restrained and they didn't even have the decency to pull up his pants.

'They seemed to be kneeing him in the back of the head. I counted 11 cops. They were all sat on him, giving him a kicking and giving him side digs. There was one woman officer, the rest were men, and she was getting her kicks in as well.

'They were chasing him in the street. I saw it because they chased him in front of my house.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene where Michael was arrested

Floral tributes have been left at the scene where Michael was arrested

'His mum told me Jake was the one who rang the police himself, saying that someone was threatening him with a gun.

'They started chasing him and hitting him in the back of the legs with batons. They said, "Why don't you stand up and give yourself some dignity," to him. But he couldn't even stand up after they'd hit him with the batons.

'It was so upsetting to see. I couldn't believe the police could do that. It was like something you see on those TV cop shows.

'I went to speak to his mum. She didn't know what happened. She was mortified when they knocked on her door those hours later and told her, "Your son's died".

'They had banged his head on the floor and they were giving him punches. He was already handcuffed and he was restrained when I saw him. I don't know what happened in the house, I just saw when they were on the street.

'He was shouting, "Help me, help me". He wasn't coherent. I don't know why they were bringing him in for affray. It doesn't matter, he didn't deserve that.

'He's never been in trouble before as far as I know.

Sympathy cards were also left at the spot where Michael was apprehended

Sympathy cards were also left at the spot where Michael was apprehended

Tributes to Jacob Michael

'The officers threw him into the van by his arms and legs after they beat him. He was shouting for help. We were saying afterwards with the neighbours, nobody saw him get sprayed.

'It's an absolute disgrace. I don't think the police realise how many eye-witnesses there were. We were all shouting, "Get off him". We were scared for him. They weren't listening, they didn't seem aware of us, or that there were kids watching.

'It lasted for 15 minutes that I saw, and he was handcuffed the whole time. I don't know why they kept hitting him. All he was doing was shouting for them to get off him.

'His parents are absolutely mortified. Jake was a popular, well liked lad. He was a friend of a friend of mine and was house sitting for her this week. She's absolutely distraught.

'It's a waste of a young life. It's a disgrace.'

Today Michael's father, a retired businessman who is also called Jacob, emerged from the property with his daughter after police officers spent 30 minutes speaking to them.

The incident occurred after Michael fled his family home in Widnes, Cheshire

The incident occurred after Michael fled his family home in Widnes, Cheshire

Mr Michael Snr said: 'I cannot say anything at this stage because it's far too early to say what happened and we need to know how Jake died.

'All I want to know is what happened to my son and I'm sure everyone feels the same about that. All I can say is that the whole family are devastated at Jake's death and we need time to reflect on it before we say anything about it.'

Floral tributes with messages saying: 'RIP Jacob' were left at the scene.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: 'At about 5.15pm a number of police officers attended an address in Widnes in response to a call received.

Taser death: Body builder Dale Burns, 27, died after being shot with the 50,000 volt gun

Taser death: Body builder Dale Burns, 27, died after being shot with the 50,000 volt gun

'They arrested a 25-year-old man for alleged affray. During the course of the arrest it is understood police deployed pepper spray. The man was restrained and taken by police van to Runcorn police station.

'Shortly after arrival he became unwell and paramedics were called. He was then taken to Warrington General Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead at 7.09pm

'Investigators have been deployed to Widnes this morning to begin gathering evidence and gain initial accounts from police officers.

'A post mortem is due to be carried out. The man's parents have been informed and investigators will be speaking to them today to explain the IPCC's role and what is known at this stage.'

A Cheshire Police spokesman confirmed: 'The Independent Police Complainants Commission has been informed and will independently investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.'

CS Pepper spray is an inflammatory product which causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing.

The duration of its effects depends on the strength of the spray but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours.

Although considered 'non-lethal', it may be deadly in rare cases, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths in Britain where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor for those people suffering from asthma.

Last week bodybuilder Dale Burns, 27, became the first person in Britain to have died from a police Taser after officers shot him three times with the powerful 50,000-volt gun after reports of a disturbance at his bedsit in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Sports - Tiny Iron Vs MVK Valkabious





Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Poem: Thinking About Your Love

What can fill the empty void that plague my bleeding heart,
Until I felt your gentle kiss I knew not what was love,
I hath but one desire in your tenderness to bask,
The more time that I spent with you my feelings thus unmasked,

Oh how do I long for another dance beneath your gold,
A chance to make an imprint eternally within your soul,
You are the sunshine of my life,
Golden rays like summer skies,
Deep child in time no longer visible to I,

Where have you gone and left me? stressfully thinking about all of,
The moments that flash before my eyes I sink without your love,
You doth complete me make me whole,
Bittersweet time takes it's toll,
Verily only your touch can bring me great resolve.

- Alfonso P. Sosa

Fonzo & Big Mike England 2 New York ft. UK Yo (Live)

A little bit of footage from the show with Keith Murray in Leeds, below is some footage of Keith doing his thing supported by us.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Blog - Riot or Revolution??


"The decision to choose the enemy is generally thought of as a chaotic and random event fueled by the circumstance of injustice but paralleled by the finite rate of purpose" - Charlie Sheen

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening/Night Comrades!

As I'm sure pretty much everyone who pays attention to the global news world wide is aware of the recent events in and around the U.K. So I know opinions on this are at a high. I will start at some form by beginning that habitually in the UK people are apt at sweeping things under the rug. In a spell of the past 5 months around the UK there have been "protest for justice" marches led by (British race equality campaigner) Lee Jasper for the lives of people who have died whilst in police custody from Kingsley Burrell to musical sensation Smiley Culture. The latest name in a list that over time has reached a toll of well over 300 was 26 year old Mark Duggan who last week was shot dead by police officers in Tottenham (London).

It has been reported that on that particular protest for answers around his death an altercation with the police on the scene sparked violence to ensue between protesters & officers. What then transpired was an unnerving that not only resonated with the victims family and supporters of the injustice but a civil unrest that was so wide spread it evoked the involvement of socially disaffected youth, student protesters, looters, hooligans & a whole lot more! It became a scene of chaos where from the news (through media outlets) most of us around the country watched various cities around London go up in flames.

At first I had to look objectively was this a flash mob? Or was this a firing shot of revolution against an establishment that the masses of the people had clearly become restless of. Or was it mindless thuggery as the media and politicians had depicted it. Coming from where I'm from I have saw many visions of mindless thuggery from petty crime to lost lives through carelessness and it struck me with those that hold such debilitating effects I haven't witnessed such a media storm or out rage towards than that of looted high street stores.

Within a matter or days the unrest intensified as we saw images or burning buildings, stored being looted, and a majority of young people from all ethnic backgrounds getting there figurative "hands dirty" some with heinous acts which could be defined as plain vandalism. I had concerns that similar events would follow in Birmingham, as being a part of the communities public & private sectors I hold an awareness that people hold a similar affinity. It did "kick off" in Birmingham with looting and rioting in the city center. Many stores burglarized & even a police station set a blaze (in what seemed to be a political act). By the next day like a ripple effect alarm bells rung in Walsall, West Bromwich, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol! & other cities across the U.K. with similar actions.

The events lasted a few days making worldwide news and culminated when the Prime Minister returned like a superman-esque hero to the U.K. vowing to solve the afflictions the "people" have with the police's lackluster response. 3 men whom were forced into vigilantism protecting there business because police had been ordered to stand down from immediately solving the issue lost there lives, and countless others were hurt physically, mentally & emotionally left reeling. The youth were criminalized as having a sickness, many were fast tracked though the legal system, parents were scorned and over 16,000 police were added to the city streets at which things soon subdued as some applauded.

Hmmm now we get to the fun part (though this topic doesn't bring me joy) contrary it fills me with sorrow. I was extremely disappointed in how swiftly that people were to slander the Youth of the country with looking at the contributing factors. I feel an unrest has been there with the detachment of a lot of children & young people from adults in society. Instead of looking at it from an issue of Criminal Justice should it not be treated as a Public Health issue?? Where we are looking at youth who have been transgressed by society and feel they have little or no place that truly matters.

We saw David Cameron describe there youth as having a sickness, religious groups pontificate, youth workers express there frustrations (some stupidly even saying there ashamed of there nationality as if to imply one set race of people took part). But what I failed to hear anybody really ask is WHY?? Why is there this detachment which the youth, WHY?? was the police ordered to stand back and create future unrest? WHY?? did it cease when it did at an almost instantaneous halt!!
The answer you may ask for lies in between the lines! England is known for being a country that ultimately sweeps things under the rug over a cuppa and a biscuit, whereas situations like this occur many times over all around the world but here uprising happens none. Now I'm not saying that this was a revolutionary event as there are many facets I disagree with. But it had the power to be which became consumed by some senseless acts such as muggings.

En the aftermath I wonder has insurrection stemmed from an isolation induced society what marginalize those whom failed to meet the status-quo. With reports of provocateurs socially manipulating the poor pockets of society to engage in such disarray for the sake of a profit seeking enterprise. Despair seemed to spring forth in volumes.

Its hard for the simply minds to weigh the hazard to the benefits, but when looking where the situation stands now we have a system of one camera for every 14 people (maybe more). A fast track prison system including something I's never saw before in court hearings at night!! I mean violent criminals have received bail for more immense crimes yet 14 year old's where rushed in and out of court to jail. I for one feel a huge disservice has been done to the youth where fences should be built and solutions put in place not those that suit the government but the people. Now we will see much more stringent control measures which will effect the civil liberties and basic human rights of us all.

My standpoint on this is one that strives for the establishment of good and I live my life for truth, freedom, justice & equality. Amongst those whom evade chaos and strive for peace not among those who create corruption on the earth. Moving forward from this I have released a song that encompasses not only the defense of the youth (not defending the negative effects) but the cause and making some sense of there plights but also being a voice for the voiceless at a time of turmoil. it has been wonderful to see the communities pull together in such a tough time and if it wasn't just misfortune that evoked such love and solidarity the world would be a much more free and better place. That's my 2 pence!!
Peace, Love & Guidance - Fonz

I will also be working on a grass roots documentary of how people feel about what went on and how we all can move forward positively and build together, and anything else I can continue to do to be an advocate for the rights of children, young people, and the masses of the people.

Below is a video of some of my thoughts, hope you enjoy!

Below is a record i wrote inspired by the events.
Fonzo - Watch This City Burn (UK Riot Anthem) by Bout Dat Music

"They are imploding our entire world into there own control & we're going to see more riots, looting (things that actually just hurt the general public). Unless we reverse this system" - Alex Jones
- Also be sure to check out the Petition for David Cameron's resignation which can be signed HERE

Sunday, 7 August 2011

News: Outkasts Big Boi Arrested for Viagra Possession

Antwan Patton AKA Big Boi, was arrested in Miami on drug charges for apparently having MDMA powder, ecstasy pills and Viagra.

He was caught by customs and border patrol canines as he was exiting a cruise line.

According to Miami-Dade County officials, all charges for the controlled substances would be considered felonies. Big Boi is currently being held on a $16,000 bond at the Pre-Trial Detention Center in Miami.

He is being charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

News: Police Academy's Hightower dead


The 6ft 7ins was found dead in his Los Angeles home yesterday, reports TMZ.

Matterata said: 'Time to crack out Police Academy, all of them, High Tower died today.'

While asa1889 posted: 'Police Academy's Bubba Smith dies. This guy was a legend in Academy films!'

Bubba Smith, Hightower, Police Academy
Bubba Smith starred as gentle giant Hightower in Police Academy (Warner Bros)

The 66-year-old actor and former American Football star was best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the hit comedy movie series Police Academy.

According to TMZ, police were called to his home in the Baldwin Hills area around 1pm this afternoon local time.

When they arrived, the found the star already deceased.

It appeared that he died of natural causes although the coroner is investigating.

Bubba, as he was affectionately known, began his career as a defensive end in the National Football league, playing for the Baltimore Colts in 1967.

He played in the NFL for nine seasons before becoming an actor in the early 1970s.

He landed the role of Cadet Moses Hightower in Police Academy in 1984 and appeared in all but one of the seven sequels.