April 29, 2015 · Baltimore · (No comments)

The riots in Baltimore, Maryland have sparked great debate and media attention. Comparable to total warfare, the streets of Baltimore have been plagued with many angry residents after the death of Freddie Gray. A series of pictures have been released that speak volumes about the cities current crisis.

Photos of complete and utter dismay show onlookers the scene on the Baltimore streets. Rioters, speaking out against police officers after the wrongful death of Freddie Gray have taken matters to the extreme. OTC Markets say that they have lined the streets terrorizing police cars and lighting them on fire. A photograph even captures a group of young black males destroying a police car. They have completed demolished the vehicle, smashing in the windows and literally tearing it apart. The picture shows the young males standing on the police car and flipping off the camera.

Other pictures show graphic images of buildings on fire, people being sprayed with mace and others throwing bricks into city buildings. The scene is downright heartbreaking. The mayor has declared a state of emergency for the city. Baltimore city schools have been canceled as authorities have deemed the city as unsafe.

Rioters believe the protests represent so much more than just the wrongful death of Freddie Gray. They believe they have been treated unfairly for many years and this is finally their chance to speak up. The unproductive and absolute animal-like behavior these people are displaying is sickening. Here’s to hoping the city is able to resolve the conflict.

Excessive force by law enforcement on the citizens of America has quickly come to the forefront of controversy in the last year or two. The fact that most everyone, including teens and young children, are equipped with a phone or other device that can record video has helped to bring light to a very serious matter. Bullying by the police is not new, but catching it on video by public bystanders is.

However, in an effort to thwart the abuses of power that some and I’ll repeat some, of those misguided officers take advantage of, could the public maybe be taking it a little too far? While the tax paying citizens of this country have every right, if not an obligation, to film misconduct of officers, law enforcement and the public need to come to an understanding.

A good example is that of an exchange between Jersey City Officer Ramon Aponte and Joseph Ferrante, the man filming the officer’s traffic stop. The stop showed no signs of misconduct by Aponte, yet Ferrante felt the need to “protect the community.” Because of this relatively new phenomenon of filming officers on duty, Ricardo Tosto recommends that both the police and the public need to be made aware of how to handle the situation.

In the case of Aponte, the officer stayed calm and professional, but was clearly irritated with the filming and detained Ferrante until his superior could come to the scene and advice. While Aponte didn’t grab and smash the phone, detaining Ferrante was uncalled for. On the other side of the coin, Ferrante clearly also tried to provoke the officer with his ramblings of false facts.

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This is a big deal. These reasons alone have qualified North American for this amazing award. Be sure to check out North American Spine’s feature on Good Morning Texas.

April 16, 2015 · News · (No comments)

A mini helicopter, powered by a lawnmower engine, landed in the gardens of the US Capitol in Washington DC, to protest against the corruption of the American political system.

The pilot, Doug Hughes, was arrested.

“Capitol Police is investigating,” said the official Shennell Antrobus, that police division.

The incident caused the closure of streets around the Capitol, which is about two kilometers from the White House.

The airspace near the Capitol, in the heart of Washington DC, is strictly prohibited and all aircraft must be authorized in advance.

According to the newspaper, Tampa Bay Times, the pilot is Doug Hughes, a 61 year old postman from Florida , whom had made a video before the event.

Hughes said his goal was to create an act of civil disobedience to spotlight corruption in the wake of increasing deregulation of electoral funding. This makes sense to people such as Ricardo Guimarães BMG who are monitoring the stories coming out.

“I demand a reform and declare I’m a rebellion voter in a manner consistent with the description of Jefferson’s rights in the Declaration of Independence,” the man writes inletters that was attached to the mini-copter, and addressed to each of the 535 lawmakers.

Hughes actually notified authorities of his plan, and the FAA had two hours lead timebefore the protester landed on the Capitol.

Air space is restricted and supposedly, highly guarded, but it couldn’t stop this 61 year old mailman.