Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: May, 2015

Cosby interrupted by hecklers after sexual assault allegations

77-year-old predator called out during Atlanta show

ATLANTA — Bill Cosby’s Far From Finished tour may be over.

But, he’s far, far from finished with the sexual assault allegations.

“It beats me how you treat — the way you treat women!” screamed a woman at Mr. Cosby 40 minutes into his performance in Atlanta on Saturday.

Just over 24 hours earlier, two new women, one of which starred as a guest on his self-titled sitcom, the Cosby Show, accused the 77-year-old disgraced comedian of sexually assaulting them.

Kaya Thompson, who was among those protesting his appearance, talked to local media and to the Atlanta cable media.

She met Mr. Cosby in 1988, when she was an underaged model, she said.  He had been mentoring Ms. Thompson since 1987. In 1989, an unwanted sexual encounter with Mr. Cosby occurred at his New York City home, she said.  The age of consent in New York is 17, which is why Mr. Cosby is not being investigated for child rape.

“Even at 17, it was then very clear what was expected of me,” said Ms. Thompson, now nearly 43.  “I made a lot of excuses to get out of the house as quickly as I could, and I cried the whole way home.”

Ms. Thompson, whose account has previously been widely reported, was joined by her parents.

“We’re here primarily because Bill Cosby is a serial predator,” said her mother, Judy Thompson. “However, our tolerance of rape culture in this country is a bigger story.”

While Ms. Thompson was speaking to CNN, people who had attended the show shouted profane-laced obscenities at the protesters, telling them to go home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Conservative policies criminalizing safe sex lectures lead to massive increase in sexually-transmitted diseases in Texas schools

Crane Independent School District sends a letter to parents about diseases

Today's News Briefs

CRANE, Texas — Texas mandates conservative policies on sex education, such as abstinence only, be taught at schools, with criminal bans on teachers teaching pupils about safe sex.

Those policies are a direct contributor to the massive spikes in sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs for short, in schools.

At the Crane Independent School District, there has been an outbreak of several STDs, including chlamydia. That caused the district to send a letter to parents of Crane High School pupils informing them that 20 cases of chlamydia had been confirmed at the school.

Roughly 312 pupils attend Crane.

And that’s just a microcosm of the rampant rise in STDs across the Lone Star State. There has been a 31% increase in the numbers of primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses in Dallas County from August 2012 to August 2013, according to the county’s Health and Human Services.

A report done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows that there are 600 new cases of chlamydia for every 100,000 people in the El Paso/Cuidad Juárez Binational Metropolitan area. Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 8 of the 11 states with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were in the South – places where abortion providers are barred by law from teaching sex education courses to kids and where teachers are barred by law from lecturing kids about safe sex.

State health officials had notified the district of a significant number of chlamydia cases reported in Crane County and adjacent Upton County. Crane District officials plan meet with the school’s advisory committee of teachers, parents and school officials to ‘discuss’ the situation Monday, all the while refusing to attack the Texas Legislature in Austin for the major role they played in the STD spike.

Chlamydia is curable, but if left untreated can cause permanent damage to women’s reproductive systems.

CBS Dallas
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Body cams coming to Drakesboro?

Muhlenberg Sheriff’s Office may require body cams on officers

Today's News Briefs

GREENVILLE, Ky. — Body cameras have been all the talk since the August 9, 2014 murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson (Mo.) Police Office Deputy Darren Wilson.

That talk ramped up even more when Walter Scott was murdered by former North Charleston Police Office Deputy Michael Slager a few weeks ago.

Now, Muhlenberg County could be the first county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to require body cams on their officers.

The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office is one of several law enforcement offices in western Kentucky looking to purchase body-cams.

Sheriff Curtis McGehee says body cameras are a good tool for police organizations because they protect both the officers and citizens.

He believes body cameras would be positive for his officers too.

“We want to maintain the highest level of safety for the community and our officers and we feel like body cameras could be beneficial to us, should a critical incident occur,” McGehee told WFIE.

Right now, Sheriff McGehee says the Central City Police Office is the only police organization in the county to have body cameras.

Sheriff McGehee is trying to weigh the pros and cons, saying the only negative is the high cost to purchase the equipment.

He says right now, the cameras would only be used for officers on patrol both on foot and by car.

Again, he says they’re still mulling over the decision.

WFIE 14 News
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Two Marion deputies get slaps on wrist for tasing disabled woman

Cops get at least 12 months in federal jail for incident

Today's News Briefs

MARION — A couple of Marion Police Office deputies will spend a paltry one-plus years in jail for assaulting a disabled woman 24 months ago.

Eric Walters and Franklin Brown were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in October 2014 to deprivation of rights under color of law.

Deputy Brown got a bit more time than Deputy Walters. Deputy Brown got 18 to 24 months in prison, while Deputy Walters got 12 to 18 months.

This is because Mr. Brown shocked a 40-year-old woman while she was in a vulnerable position.

Prosecutors said the deputies, who were fired about three weeks later, should have known the victim was mentally disabled, and her caretaker said in a lawsuit the woman was well known in the small town.

Twenty-four months ago, Deputy Walters approached the victim while on patrol. He spotted her leaving the yard of a home for sale and suspected she might have broken into it.

The deputy asked the victim what she was doing and then shocked her with a Taser in an unprovoked manner, court records show.

Deputy Walters then commanded the woman to place her hands behind her back after she fell to the ground and then shocked her four more times before she had ample time to comply, prosecutors said.

Deputy Brown noticed one of the woman’s hands slip from the handcuffs – which Deputy Walters had applied improperly – and shocked the victim three more times until she rolled over to be handcuffed again.

The deputy offered to let the victim go if she let him shock her with the Taser one more last time in the forehead.

Deputy Brown told the other deputies at the scene that he had shocked the victim with the Taser because he “did not want to touch that nasty bitch.”

Both officers are white.
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It’s an Alabama getaway!

LINCOLN, Ala. — The largest and fastest bus ride will happen this weekend.

And it all happens at the largest and highest-banked track on the schedule, and one that looks like the world’s largest vagina.

Talladega Superspeedway.
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