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Indian American Police Officer Janak Amin Fired, Charged for Aiming Gun at Handcuffed Black Man




An Indian American Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office sergeant in Tampa, Florida, has been fired and charged with a felony for aiming his handgun near a handcuffed black man’s head and threatening to kill him.

Sgt. Janak Amin, a 21-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, escalated to pulling out his gun when the handcuffed man refused to give him his name, according to Sheriff Chad Chronister, the Washington Post reported.

Amin was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon July 10 for threatening the life of the unarmed black man on July 9, Chronister said at a July 10 news conference, the Post reported.

Chronister called Amin’s behavior “despicable,” saying the man under arrest was not being aggressive with officers in any way.

He was only quiet — apparently enraging Amin, Chronister said at the news conference, according to the report.

“I assure you, he wasn’t being uncooperative,” the sheriff said of the victim, whom the sheriff declined to identify. “The bottom line is there is no reason, no rationale or justification why anyone had to point a gun at his head and threaten his life simply because he refused to identify himself.”

According to a report July 15, Amin’s attorney, Paul Sisco, told the Tampa Bay Times that Amin followed proper protocols during the arrest and that other witnesses will contradict the allegations Sheriff Chronister outlined at the news conference last week.

“This was a political opportunity in search of a set of facts and I am hugely disappointed by the sheriff’s premature actions and defamatory press conference,” Sisco is quoted as saying in the report.

The victim was under arrest in the first place because employees at the Hillsborough County Jail had accidentally released him, the Post report said.

Chronister said the man had been “inadvertently” transferred to DACCO Behavioral Health, a treatment facility in Tampa for those with substance-abuse or mental-health issues, where he was not supposed to be, the publication said.

He then left the facility.

Once the sheriff’s office realized the mistake, they went looking for him. They found him hiding behind a trailer, Chronister said in the report.

When officers confronted the man and put him in a “prone position” — lying flat on his stomach on the ground — the handcuffed man would not give his name, Chronister said, according to the report.

So Amin knelt down next to him. He drew his firearm and pointed it inches from the man’s head, the sheriff added.

Then, he told the man that if he refused to give his name, he would “splatter his brains all over the concrete,” the Post report said.

“He said those words,” Chronister said at the conference.

The victim said in a statement later that he didn’t give his name because he was “scared to death,” Chronister added in the report.

Chronister said he did not believe “this had anything to do” with the victim’s race.

The sheriff applauded the deputies on scene who reported Amin to the command staff immediately after witnessing his behavior.

He said they were following recent training requiring them to intervene when they witness excessive force by colleagues, according to the report.

That policy has been newly implemented at police departments across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis on May 25, the report added.


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‘God Bless and Roll Tide’: Family Receives Amazing ‘Blessing’ Following Cruel Prank on 7-Year-Old Son



Seven-year-old Brody Kirk really likes the Alabama football team. In fact, he’s such a big fan, he cried happy tears when the team scored its first 66-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Mac Jones during last weekend’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and the Auburn Tigers.

After Brody’s dad, Cody Kirk, posted a video of his son’s excitement over the impressive pass to wide received DeVonta Smith, some cruel prankster called the Kirk household, pretending to be an employee with the University of Alabama. The person gave the 7-year-old boy a fake invite to come meet the entire team and coach Nick Saban. But it was all a ruse.

When the family found out it was a mean-spirited trick, the kid’s mom, Brooke Kirk, wrote about it on social media. On Thursday, Brooke shared quite the surprise with people who have followed the story.

Greg Byrne, the athletic director for the university, caught wind of what happened to Brody and reached out to Cody. The entire ordeal, Brooke recalled, “upset [Byrne] very much.” So the athletic director asked for the family’s address so he could send Brody “a surprise.”

“This ‘Bama box’ came in the mail today!” Brooke wrote in a Facebook post published Thursday, sharing photos of a prize-filled package, which included a football signed by Saban and his wife as well as an autographed picture of the famous coach. Brody’s mom called the unexpected gift “such a blessing.”

“Brody was so excited and so incredibly thankful for this sweet gift!” she continued. “This was just another amazing example of how God works all things for the good of those who love Him. He took this crude prank that someone played on our 7 year old and turned it into a blessing that made my sweet boy so happy. We didn’t avenge. God did. He got the last laugh and we got a ’Bama blessing. God bless and roll tide!”

The 69-year-old Saban was not able to be with his team in-person for the weekend game because he recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantining. He described the distance as “very hard,” particularly given he feels “great.”

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ന്യൂയോർക്ക്∙ അമേരിക്കയിൽ തൊഴിലില്ലായ്മ വേതനത്തിന് അപേക്ഷിക്കുന്ന അമേരിക്കക്കാരുടെ എണ്ണം കഴിഞ്ഞയാഴ്ച 712,000 ആയി. യുഎസ് സമ്പദ്‌വ്യവസ്ഥയും തൊഴിൽ വിപണിയും ബിസ്സിനസ്സ് – വ്യവസായ മേഖലകളും കോവിഡ് വ്യാപനത്തിന്റെ വൈറൽ പൊട്ടിത്തെറിമൂലം സമ്മർദ്ദത്തിലാണെന്നതിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ സൂചനയാണിത്.

യുഎസ് സമ്പദ്‌വ്യവസ്ഥയെ വൈറസ് തളർത്തുന്നതിനു മുൻപ്, കഴിഞ്ഞ മാർച്ചിൽ ഓരോ ആഴ്ചയും തൊഴിലില്ലായ്മ ആനുകൂല്യങ്ങൾക്കായി അപേക്ഷിക്കുന്നവരുടെ എണ്ണം ഏകദേശം 2,25,000 ആയിരുന്നു. പുതിയ സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ച വൈറൽ കേസുകൾ ഇപ്പോൾ ശരാശരി 1,60,000 കവിയുന്നതിനാൽ, സമ്പദ്‌വ്യവസ്ഥയുടെ മിതമായ വീണ്ടെടുക്കൽ കൂടുതൽ അപകടത്തിലാണ്.

പകർച്ചവ്യാധി കാരണം കഴിഞ്ഞ ഒൻപത് മാസത്തിന് ശേഷവും നിരവധി തൊഴിൽ രംഗങ്ങൾ മന്ദഗതിയിലായതിനാൽ പലതും നഷ്ടത്തിലാണ് ഇപ്പോൾ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്നത്. തന്മൂലം തൊഴിലുടമകൾ തൊഴിലാളികളുടെ ജോലി സമയം വെട്ടിക്കുറയ്ക്കുകയോ, ജോലിക്കാരെ താൽക്കാലിക അവധിയിൽ പ്രവേശിപ്പിക്കുവാനോ നിർബന്ധിതരാവുന്നു.
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