Man Who Shot & Killed Postal Worker Was Mad She Didn’t Deliver His COVID-19 Stimulus Check Because of His “Aggressive” Dogs

An Indiana man is facing serious charges after he allegedly shot and killed a postal worker who refused to deliver his mail because of his “aggressive” dogs.

21-year-old Tony Cushingberry-Mays was arrested Wednesday (Apr. 29) and charged for the murder of USPS mail carrier Angela Summers.

Cushingberry-Mays is accused of shooting Summers, 45, as she delivered mail Monday afternoon near his home on North Denny Street in Indianapolis, reported.

19-year-old Alondra Salazar was asleep in her home on North Denny Street when she awoke to a loud bang at her door.

She said she looked through her peephole and didn’t see anything, but when she opened the door, she found Summers slumped on the porch suffering from a gunshot wound.

Salazar said there was blood and undelivered mail beside Summers, along with a small bottle of hand sanitizer and a can of pepper spray. She said she held Summers’ hand and comforted her until paramedics arrived.

“She couldn’t speak, she was hyperventilating,” Salazar said of Summers. “I think she said something about her kid and that’s when I started crying.”

Summers, a mother-of-one who’d just joined the U.S. Postal Service in 2018, was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead about an hour-and-a-half later. The coroner classified her death as a homicide.

After Cushingberry-Mays’ arrest, he told police that he saw Summers walk past his house Monday afternoon (Apr. 27).

Mail delivery to the man’s home had been temporarily suspended due to an ongoing issue with “aggressive dogs” at the residence, court documents stated.

Cushingberry-Mays said he followed Summers as she continued her route and repeatedly asked her for his home’s mail, but the woman ignored him.

The man said he was standing on the porch steps of his home about six feet away from Summers when she turned and pepper-sprayed him.

Cushingberry-Mays told investigators he immediately pulled a gun from his waistband and fired a single shot at Summers. According to the affidavit, the man “acknowledged the mace was not deadly, but led to discomfort from his asthma.”

Cushingberry-Mays then dropped the gun and fled to his aunt’s house, the criminal complaint states.

Paul Toms—president of the Indianapolis branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers—and another person who witnessed the shooting told WTHR 13 News that the confrontation between Cushingberry-Mays and Summers happened because Cushingberry-Mays was upset about not getting his COVID-19 stimulus check.

Summers, however, couldn’t deliver his mail because of the ongoing issues with the dogs at his residence.

Prosecutors said the USPS Linwood Indianapolis Post Office sent a letter to the residence on April 13th saying they would have to pick up their mail from the post office until the issues with their dogs were resolved.

Toms said that, in compliance with USPS guidelines, Summers had reported an issue with dogs at the home, and after three warning letters were sent, mail delivery to the home was stopped for about two weeks and “wasn’t even given to Angela that day of the incident.”

Toms added: “She was just following protocol and the Postal Service curtailed the mail. It was not her fault that she didn’t have the mail that day. My understanding is that she tried to explain that the mail could be picked up at another location and an argument ensued. I heard she was called horrible, horrible names.”

Two days before the fatal shooting, Summers wrote a lengthy post on Facebook complaining about a Chihuahua barking at her. “This dog is a nasty devil that I’ve actually had to spray—twice!” she said.

Summers also wrote that the family threatened her with violence when the post office stopped delivering their mail due to the dog complains and said that she felt “seriously unsafe” after the threats.

Summers wrote in the post dated April 25th:

“So there’s this house with a chichi. The dog is a nasty devil that I’ve actually had to spray – twice!

“The people just let it run because it’s a chihuahua, what kind of trouble could possibly be to anyone else, right? The kids have been out with it and twice I’ve made them gather it and take it inside. Adults have been out with it and twice I’ve told them to take it inside.

“Three times they’ve gotten a dog warning card in their mail box with their address on it. [That’s] more generous than I usually am to most problem owners. Still the dog is allowed to run loose.

“A month ago, the last time the dog was loose and wouldn’t stop coming after me, they stopped receiving mail. Now stimulus checks are going out. Guess who did not get one yesterday.

“This house had to checks. One was addressed to a former resident, DW. One was addressed to a current resident, AC. Before I left the office, I put DW’s check in to forward because there’s a forwarding order for it.

“When I got to the street and saw the check for the current person, I pulled it to go with the rest of the ‘dog letter’ mail (they have to sign a dog letter before they can get their mail or re-establish delivery).

“After I pass this street, I get a call asking if this house got a stimulus check today. Well, no, I respond, all of their mail is on hold until they sign a dog letter. There was a check for them but they get nothing until they sign that latter. What about DW, I am asked. Well, he got a check too, but I put it in to be forwarded, I respond.

“So this morning DW and his lady mouthpiece are on the phone – again – calling to ask about that check. Where is it going? When was it sent there? Can’t they just pick it up at the post office? (Why the stock answer is not, “sure you can pick it up at the post office once you rent a PO box” is beyond me, but you know 15 years in sales doesn’t just turn off because you said so!)

“Anyway, [these] are utterly ridiculous questions and at this point I’m done with the whole mess. They’ve already involved a clerk, two carriers, and a supervisor and I’ve had to REPEAT myself five times in less than 24 hours. I am over these lunatics.

“Today I’m walking past said house and loads of people are on the porch…I mean LOADS. There are a half dozen kids running around too. And the chichi. The chichi starts backing and I move to the sidewalk to pass the house.

“A woman stands up and hollers for my attention. She tells me that she’s the ‘lady of this house’ and that if I EVER mace her dog again she’ll personally mace me. (Yup, that was definitely a threat to a federal employee *note*)

“Then she proceeds to yell ‘bitch this and kick your a** bitch that’ at me. I keep walking. I get to the other side of this house’s yard and am putting mail in the [box] at the next house and she’s yelling that if I talk to these kids again she’s going to set a pit bull loose on my bitch ass (two clear threats now, I’m beginning to feel seriously unsafe, how exactly does race factor in this, is she threatening to commit a hate crime against a federal employee?)

“I turn to go to the next house (yup, quite literally turning my back on that sh**show) and she finished up with ‘And you BETTER deliver my mail, bitch!’ (Is she really serious? Like I’m gonna set one single foot on that porch between now and when hell freezes over after being verbally assaulted and threatened with physical harm and a hate crime…)

“I spoke not one single word. Not one. Oh, most assuredly she was showing her a** for her friends and family. Oh, most assuredly there’s a form I can fill out about that too. I do not know what it is, but man these people either love me to death or hate me with a driven passion.”

Immediately after the shooting, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service launched an investigation and offered a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

Tony Cushingberry-Mays was taken into police custody on Wednesday, though it wasn’t clear if the arrest was made due to information obtained through the reward.

“U.S. Postal Inspectors are charged with ensuring the safety and security of USPS employees, and that is a charge that we do not take lightly,” Felicia George, USPI Detroit Division Acting Inspector in Charge, said in a statement.

“Anyone who threatens, assaults, or otherwise harms a postal employee fulfilling her critical mission will be apprehended and held fully accountable.”

Cushingberry-Mays is facing a number of federal charges, including (1) murder in the second degree, (2) assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, and (3) discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The man said he’d never spoken to Summers before April 27th. He admitted to the shooting, but told investigators he “did not mean to kill the letter carrier, but wanted to scare her.”

According to federal law, killing a federal employee while on duty can be punishable by death or life in prison.

“Angela was such a joy to be around, she was such a breath of fresh air. This is the worst thing that’s happened in my career,” Paul Toms, president of the Indianapolis branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told The Daily Beast.

“This is a federal crime but more importantly this is a senseless crime that should have never happened. It breaks my heart.”

A GoFundMe has been established to help with Summers’ funeral expenses.

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NFL Linebacker Telvin Smith Arrested for Knowingly Having Sex With 17-Year-Old, Offered Her $200 to Keep Quiet

Former NFL linebacker Telvin Smith has been arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times.

Smith—who was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars until 2018—was arrested on Wednesday (Apr. 29) and charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

The charge is a second-degree felony in Florida.

He was arrested at his Jacksonville home in a gated community. He was released later that day on a $50,003 bond.

According to the police report, DNA evidence proved Smith, 29, had sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl at his home and in his car last year.

The two first met at the girl’s place of employment and she told Smith that she had just turned 17. A witness corroborated that Smith was aware of the girl’s age. They continued to communicate via social media.

The report states that after the first sexual encounter, Smith offered the girl $200 to keep quiet. She initially refused the money, but ultimately took $100.

He also told her to call him her “mentor” if anyone ever questioned their relationship.

Police have been investigating the matter at least since last year. Police spent several hours at his home in November and towed his Cadillac Escalade. The matter was connected to the sex with a minor investigation.

A court date has not been scheduled.

Smith was drafted to the Jaguars in 2014 and remained with the team until he decided to take personal time off in 2018, leaving behind $9.75 million last season.

With three years left on his contract—earning around $10 million per year—Smith could return to the Jaguars. However, this is could now be jeopardy due to the arrest.

“The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith,” the team said in a statement. “The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation.”

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Iggy Azalea & Playboi Carti Reportedly Welcome Their First Child Together, A Baby Boy!

Congratulations are in order for Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti. The couple reportedly just became parents.

According to reports Azalea, 29, and Carti, 23, welcomed their first child together over the weekend, a baby boy!

There has not been an official announcement from the new parents, but DJ Akademiks confirmed the news after he “talked to some people.”

The baby news is even more of a surprise given that it was never officially reported that Azalea was even pregnant. Rumors of a pregnancy swirled last year, but faded out after nothing was ever confirmed.

Interestingly, Azalea has been absent from social media since December, possibly in an effort to keep her pregnancy as private as possible.

Azalea and Carti began dating in 2018.

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Virginia Teen Dies After Summoning Ancient Haitian Voodoo God Papa Legba

The recent death of a Virginia teen has been blamed on her practicing Haitian Voodoo spells to summon the deity known as “Papa Legba.”

19-year-old Katelyn “Kat” Restin was found dead after she allegedly drowned in a bathtub, according to posts on social media from her friends.

Restin’s unexpected death came just two days after she claimed to have seen Papa Legba apparently after a summoning spell people warned her not to try.

Papa Legba is a “loa,” which are spirits of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo.

Legba represents a West African and Caribbean Voodoo god and has many different names depending on the region in which he’s worshipped, though he’s most commonly known in Haiti as Papa Legba.

According to a description of Papa Legba from Wikipedia, Legba “stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages.”

Papa Legba was famously depicted in 2013’s American Horror Story: Coven (Season 3) as a crossroads demon and the character was portrayed by Lance Reddick. The character briefly returned in 2018’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse (Season 8).

Katelyn was a part of a group on social media that practices spells, and one day she decided to get into “voodoo.”

When people warned her not to play around with that stuff, she clapped back on Twitter, saying that there’s nothing wrong with trying something new.

“Let people live and have their own religion,” she wrote in a post dated March 29th. “If someone is into something different accept that. Stop saying ‘no you come from God.’ I’m Wiccan and I always will be so shut the f**k up and let me be.”

Three weeks later, Kat posted on April 17th that she’d seen Papa Legba and was “scared.” Two days later, she “passed away unexpectedly in her mother’s home,” according to her obituary, which also notes that she “was a proud new mom and adored her baby, Aaliyah.”

Kat’s obituary continues: “She was always the bright spirit of any gathering, and her resilience to keep going in challenging times inspired many of her family and friends. Katelyn always will be so deeply loved and very missed by all.”

Posts on social media suggest that Katelyn’s death was supposedly caused by drowning after she had a panic attack in a bathtub.

Someone from the Facebook group she was a part of said they “did a reading on her,” and it wasn’t Papa Legba she saw … it was actually another Haitian Vodou spirit named “Baron,” who is referred to as “the master of the dead.”

Katelyn’s family has set up a GoFundMe to establish a trust for her five-month-old daughter Aaliyah.

“She leaves behind a beautiful daughter…Aaliyah, whom she loved more than anyone or anything. ‘I never thought I could ever love anyone as much as I love her,’ Katelyn would say following her birth.

“She didn’t expect or plan on leaving her so soon in her young life. Aaliyah is only 5 months old,” the page reads.

“Katelyn was blessed with a loving family and many supportive friends. Many have asked how they can help, and they want to be there for Aaliyah.

“Therefore, in honor of Katelyn (and the love she had for her daughter), this GoFundMe account is set up to establish a trust fund for Aaliyah, to assist financially in the next phase of her life without her beloved mother. Katelyn was a single mother, with a limited income, so your donations will help to give Aaliyah a better start in her life.”

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Video Shows White California Cop Repeatedly Punching Black Teen Over Possession of Swisher Sweets Cigar

Video footage has gone viral showing a white California cop viciously attacking a 14-year-old black boy while trying to detain him because he thought he had weed on him.

The shocking footage, which was shot in Rancho Cordova, shows the officer punching the teen in the face and slamming his head into the pavement after accusing him of possessing marijuana, which he didn’t have. It turns out the only thing in the teen’s possession was a Swisher Sweets cigar.

The video was originally shared by an older sister of one of the boy’s friends and has over 6 million views.

“RCPD brutally tackled and hit my best friend’s 14 year old brother today over a swisher sweet!” she wrote. “The officer had no reason to brutalize and traumatize this boy like this! He has a pre existing health condition which could be fatal under this kind of stress! Unjustifiable!”

Criminal defense attorney Rebecca Kavanagh shared the disturbing video on Twitter after the boy’s family sent it to her.

“The child was not charged with marijuana possession. Just resisting arrest,” she wrote. “He has a serious heart condition and this sort of brutal assault could have had fatal consequences. He is still suffering chest pain.”

She added: “Also let me clarify, the child didn’t have marijuana on him. Just a Swisher. I think it matters zero if he was smoking marijuana, but there are a bunch of people in the comments already using that as justification for the brutality, so there’s that.”

Senator Kamala Harris—a former Democratic presidential candidate who was California’s attorney general and a prosecutor in San Francisco—also shared the video on Twitter. She called the incident a “horrific abuse of power” and said that the officer “must be held accountable.”

Julian Castro, another former Democratic presidential candidate who was the former mayor of San Antonio and President Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, tweeted: “This video of a @RanchoCordovaPD officer beating a 14-year-old is sickening, and demands immediate action. How many of these videos must we see before we do something about police violence in this country?”

The officer hasn’t been identified, though family members have identified the teen as Elijah and are using the hashtag #JusticeforJah to bring attention to the incident.

Elijah’s family members are also calling for the officer to be fired and face criminal charges.

Elijah’s sister said on Twitter: “He was charged with ‘resisting arrest.’ But what was he even being arrested for?? For having a swisher? & they ended up letting him go so what was all of this for?? Smh he was left with scratches and chest pains! this was so unnecessary!”

The boy’s uncle, Justin Tufono, wrote on Instagram, along with a longer version of the footage: “This is my 14-year-old nephew being shoved into the ground by a Rancho Cordova police officer triple his size. 14 F**KING YEARS OLD! And he’s handling him like a man equal his size! For what? Possession of a swisher? Is all this sh** really necessary? He already had him held down and he felt the need to punch him AFTER shoving his face into the ground!? He acts like he f**king hurt somebody!”

Tufono added in a lengthy post on Facebook:

This is my 14 year old nephew Elijah being restrained by this Rancho Cordova cop who felt the need to man handle him. Look how skinny my little man is!!! That cop is triple his size!!!

What did he do for all that???
Petty theft? No need for all that.
Possession of Marijuana? No need for all that.
He didn’t hurt anybody. No need for all that.
Was all this fucking necessary?!
He didn’t f**king murder anyone! He’s not armed!! Why the f**king harsh treatment?

I remember telling Elijah, “you’re gonna experience the world in a very different way and I want you to know that it isn’t fair,”…

My blood is boiling. Why did this man feel the need to shove his face in the dirt and throw punches after obviously restraining him with all his weight!

Note: he has a chronic heart condition that prevents him from doing strenuous activity. This could’ve gone a whole different way if he had an episode during all this.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department has since issued a statement confirming that the incident was being investigated and giving the officer’s version of events.

The department identified the officer in the video as a “Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer” who “was proactively patrolling the area of Mills Station Road and Mather Field Road. The deputy was in the area due to complaints from citizens about hand-to-hand sales of alcohol, tobacco and drugs to minors.”

The department added that the officer’s use of extreme force on a juvenile was warranted because the boy resisted arrest.

“It’s important to put video footage into context, especially in relation to a use of force incident,” the department’s statement read. “In this case, the deputy saw what he believed to be a hand-to-hand exchange between an adult and juvenile. As the deputy turned around, he lost sight of the adult, who left the area.

“When the deputy approached the juvenile, the juvenile was uncooperative and refused to give the deputy basic identifying information. He told the deputy he was 18 years old. Having reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was occurring, the deputy attempted to detain the juvenile so he could conduct further investigation.

“The juvenile became physically resistive at that time, causing the deputy to lose control of his handcuffs, which landed several feet away. The deputy attempted to maintain control of the juvenile without his handcuffs and while alone waiting for his partners to arrive and assist him.”

Rancho Cordova Police Department’s statement continued:

“Ultimately, the deputy recovered tobacco products from the 14-year-old juvenile, which is presumably the reason for his resistance. The juvenile was cited and released to his guardians.

“This type of situation is hard on everyone–the young man, who resisted arrest, and the officer, who would much rather have him cooperate. The community should know our deputies have a heart for the Rancho Cordova community, especially for the youth they serve through the schools, PAL sports, and our new Youth Center.

“These are the facts as we know them. The Sheriff’s Office and Rancho Cordova Police Department, however, have proactively started an investigation into the use of force by our deputy in order to gain a complete and thorough understanding of the events that took place during this incident. Maintaining the public trust and remaining transparent are of paramount importance to the Sheriff’s Office and Rancho Cordova Police Department.”

Sheriff’s spokesperson Sergeant Tess Deterding also pointed out that the investigation is “in its infancy and the facts as we understand them now are subject to change as we conduct a more thorough and complete examination of the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

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New England Patriots Draftee Apologizes for Far-Right Militia Tattoo, Says He Will Have It Removed: “That’s Not Who I Am”

The New England Patriots draftee who proudly dons a tattoo of the symbol for a far-right militia group now says he had no prior knowledge of the organization’s anti-government stances and that he will be removing the controversial tattoo soon.

Justin Rohrwasser received heavy backlash after being drafted by Donald Trump’s favorite team as a kicker last week because of a tattoo dedicated to the Three Percenters: the Roman numeral three surrounded by stars.

Though the Three Percenters is not designated as a hate group, it does exhibit hate group characteristics and the Anti-Defamation League has classified it as “anti-government.”

The pro-gun, far-right group was established after the election of Barack Obama and opposes federal government overreach. They’ve also been accused of advocating against immigrants, refugees and minorities.

“The first time I found out what [the tattoo] was linked to was Saturday,” Rohrwasser told CBS Boston on Monday (Apr. 27).

“As soon as I saw what it was linked to on Saturday, at exactly that time I knew I had to get it totally taken off my body. I said cover it up but I want to get it removed from my body. It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly.”

Rohrwasser—now 23—said he got the tattoo when he was 18 years old and that it was described to him as a symbol of patriotism and military support.

“Coming from a military family, I thought that really spoke to me,” he explained. “I always was proud to be an American. I’m very proud to be an American.”

“I’m sorry for all my [friends] and family that have to defend me,” he continued.

“Putting them in that compromising position is one of the biggest regrets I’ll ever have. To them I’m sorry, and I’m going to learn from this. I’m going to take ownership of it… No matter what, that’s not who I am and hopefully you all will find that out.”

But many are wondering if this is this enough.

Are we to believe that Rohrwasser really didn’t know the meaning of that tattoo he permanently getting his body? And no one ever questioned it before?

And if he does get it removed, that definitely doesn’t remove the shared beliefs he may hold with the far-right group.

As of now, Rohrwasser is still expected to join the same NFL that ousted Colin Kaepernick for protesting police brutality against black bodies on the Patriots’ roster.

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“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi” Actor Irrfan Khan Dead at 53 After Battle With Colon Cancer

Indian film star Irrfan Khan—known for his roles in films such as Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi—has died at the age of 53 following a two-year battle with colon cancer.

Khan was reportedly rushed to a hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday (Apr. 28) after suffering a kidney infection. He was placed into intensive care and died a day later on Wednesday, April 28th.

According to reports, the actor was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018, but continued to act while battling the disease.

His spokesman said he “spent his final hours surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about.”

A touching statement from Irrfan’s family to Indian media outlets read:

“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away.

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it.

“Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said: ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it.’”

Yesterday, Khan’s spokesman released a statement confirming the actor’s hospitalization.

“Yes, it is true that Irrfan Khan is admitted to ICU at Kokilaben in Mumbai because of a colon infection,” the statement read.

“We would keep everyone updated. He is under doctor’s observation. His strength and courage have helped him battle and fight so far and we are sure with his tremendous willpower and prayers of his well wishers, he will recover soon.”

The news of Irrfan’s death was quickly met with a flood of industry condolences, with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan calling Khan “an incredible talent,” “a gracious colleague” and a “prolific contributor to the World of Cinema” that “left us too soon.”

Nimrat Kaur, who starred alongside Irrfan in The Lunchbox said: “India has lost one of her biggest icons today.”

Khan was widely considered one of India’s biggest actors—starring in Indian films like Paan Singh, Tomar, Haider, Gunday, and more—but he also achieved notable success in international and U.S. markets.

His career spanned thirty years and his filmography includes dozens of movies, including his screen debut in the 1988 Academy Award-nominated film Salaam Bombay!

Khan went on to star in several other films in Bollywood and Hollywood, and had supporting roles a number of big Hollywood films like 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi, Jurrasic World (2015) and Inferno (2020).

He’s received numerous awards, including the National Film Award and multiple Filmfare Awards.

Khan’s last film was the Bollywood flick Angrezi Medium, which was released days before India’s nationwide lockdown was announced.

Local media previously reported that Khan’s mother had passed away on Saturday (Apr. 25).

He’s survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons: Babil and Ayan Khan.

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Chicago Residents Continue to Defy Stay-at-Home Order As New Video Shows House Party With Stripper

Chicago residents obviously don’t G.A.F. about catching coronavirus because there’s ANOTHER video that has gone viral showing yet ANOTHER house party amid the nationwide quarantine showing folks not following proper social distancing guidelines … and this one features a stripper!

Over the weekend, viral footage showed hundreds of people (possibly 1,000) attending a massive house party in the westside area of Chicago.

While police have already hit the homeowner with fines and cited her for disorderly conduct for having so many people in one place (amid a global pandemic, mind you), it seems as though Chicago officials might have their sights on another homeowner real soon.

A second video obtained by TMZ shows another house party that went down in Chicago this past weekend.

This one features a stripper and shows dozens of people not wearing masks and not practicing social distancing as they listen to music and toss cash all around the dancer.

It isn’t clear exactly how many people attended this particular gathering, but TMZ noted that the stripper party had the potential to get even bigger as the woman behind the camera was inviting anyone watching on Facebook Live to come through.

For what it’s worth, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted the partygoers seen in the first video, saying that their reckless behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic was “distressing.”

“They put themselves at risk, but not only that, every single person there who put themselves at risk puts the next person and the next person that they come into contact with at risk,” she said. “That’s why, for me, that scene is so distressing.”

You gotta think … if we’ve seen two videos so far of house parties in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic, imagine how many have gone down that weren’t on camera?

On Tuesday (Apr. 28), NBC Chicago reported that Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll rose the highest amount in a single day since the pandemic began, with 144 deaths reported in just 24 hours, raising the total number of fatalities associated with the virus above 2,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the death toll from the virus was at 2,125 and health officials said 80% of the most recent deaths were reported in northern Illinois.

Cook County (Chicago) has so far reported the highest number of cases (nearly 32,000) and deaths (1,347). Statewide, there have been over 48,000 confirmed cases and nearly 2,000 deaths.

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No Charges for White Father & Son Who Chased Down & Fatally Shot Black Man Jogging in South Georgia Neighborhood

25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in a quiet suburban neighborhood near his home in Brunswick, Georgia back in February when he was pursued, shot, and killed by a father-son duo who suspected him of committing robberies in the area.

However, months later, a prosecutor said the pursuers were justified in their actions because of Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, and they will not be facing any charges for the time being.

Ahmaud Arbery was a former football player and enjoyed running to stay fit. His friends and family said it wasn’t unusual to see him running around the town of Brunswick, Georgia.

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 23rd, Ahmaud ran past Gregory McMichael in his son’s front yard.

According to the police report, McMichael—a retired district attorney investigator—called out to his son, homeowner Travis McMichael, to grab their guns.

“Travis, the guy is running down the street, let’s go,” the elder McMichael told police he said to his son.

Gregory grabbed a .357 magnum handgun and Travis grabbed his shotgun. The two then got into a truck and proceeded to follow the young man.

Via The Brunswick News:

Travis McMichael drove down Satilla Drive toward the intersection of Buford Road, the report said. They spotted Arbery running down Buford Road. Travis drove down Burford Road and tried unsuccessfully to cut off Arbery’s escape with the truck, the report said.

The Brunswick man then turned and started “running back in the direction from which he came,” the report said. Travis McMichael again tried without success to cut Arbery off with the truck.

Greg McMichael jumped into the truck’s bed at this point and the pursuit resumed. At one point in the pursuit, the two McMichaels hailed, “Stop, stop, we want to talk to you,” the report said.

Travis McMichael pulled up beside Arbery and again made it known they wanted to talk, the report said. At this point, Travis McMichael exited the vehicle, shotgun in hand.

“McMichael stated he saw (Arbery) begin to violently attack Travis and the two men then started fighting over the shotgun, at which point Travis fired a shot and then a second later there was a second shot,” the report stated. “McMichael stated the male fell face down on the pavement with his hand under his body.”

McMichael then searched Arbery for a gun, the report said.

“McMichael stated he rolled the man over to see if the male had a weapon,” the report said. “I observed blood on McMichael’s hands from rolling (Arbery) over.”

Arbery was shot and least twice and died from the gunshot wounds. The police report doesn’t state whether he was armed during the incident.

Arbery’s shooting death happened three days before the eighth anniversary of the 2012 killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, and the cases are eerily similar.

Neither of the McMichaels have been charged or arrested in connection with the killing, and the case has received little attention beyond Brunswick, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though it has raised serious questions in the community about racial profiling and how the state’s self-defense laws are interpreted.

“There are a lot of people absolutely ready to protest,” Jason Vaughn, a Brunswick High School football coach who coached Arbery told The New York Times. “But because of social distancing and being safe, we have to watch what’s going on with the coronavirus.”

Pictured: Wanda Cooper and her son Auhmad Arbery

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, added: “We can’t do anything because of this corona stuff. We thought about walking out where the shooting occurred, just doing a little march, but we can’t be out right now.”

“Everybody in the community knows he runs,” Mr. Vaughn said of Arbery, adding that he himself was once followed by a white woman in a van while trying to jog through his own neighborhood and has cut down on the activity since.

Others, however, contend that Arbery was up to no good.

On the day of the shooting, and apparently just moments prior to the chase, a neighbor called 911, telling the dispatcher that he saw a black man in a white T-shirt trespassing inside a house that was under construction.

“And he’s running right now,” the man told the dispatcher. “There he goes right now!”

Pictured: Gregory McMichael and his son Travis

The case has since been transferred to another county after the Waycross County D.A., George E. Barnhill, recused himself, citing the fact that his relationship with his former colleague, Gregory McMichael, would be a conflict of interest.

According to The Brunswick News, Gregory McMichael “served for more than 30 years as an investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office before retiring last May” and was a Glynn County police officer for seven years prior to that.

However, despite recusing himself from the case, the Times reported that Barnhill still took the time to write a letter to police mentioning Arbery’s criminal past including a conviction for shoplifting and a 2018 probation violation.

Five years prior, according to The Brunswick News, Arbery was indicted on charges that he took a handgun to a high school basketball game.

Still, even if Arbery committed a property crime the afternoon he was killed, activists and family members said it wouldn’t have warranted a chase by armed neighbors, the NY Times noted.

Rev. John Davis Perry II, president of the Brunswick chapter of the NAACP, called the shooting “troubling.”

Perry wrote in an e-mail to the Times: “This incident was at the least a case of overly zealous citizens that wrongfully profiled the victim without cause. These men felt justified in taking the law in their own hands.”

Pictured: Ahmaud Arbery

Ms. Cooper said she doesn’t believe her son committed any crimes that day and the men simply judged him by his skin color. She said even if her son did commit a crime, “he should have been handled by the police.”

Mr. Barnhill wrote in his letter that he didn’t believe there was evidence of a crime because the McMichaels had been legally carrying their weapons under Georgia law, and because Arbery was considered a “burglary suspect,” the McMichaels, who had “solid firsthand probably cause,” were justified in chasing him under the state’s citizen’s arrest law.

Barnhill also stated in a separate document that video existed showing Arbery “burglarizing a home immediately preceding the chase and confrontation.”

Barnhill also wrote in his letter to police that a third pursuer filmed a video of the shooting that shows Arbery attacking Travis McMichael after he and his father pulled up to him.

Barnhill wrote that the video shows Arbery trying to grab the shotgun from Travis McMichael, which amounts to self-defense under Georgia law.

Barnhill concluded that Travis McMichael “was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself,” and noted that it was possible that Arbery caused the gun to off himself by pulling on it.

He also pointed out Arbery’s “mental health records” and prior convictions, which, he said, “help explain his apparent aggressive nature and his possible thought pattern to attack an armed man.”

Michael J. Moore, an Atlanta lawyer and former U.S. attorney in Georgia, reviewed the incident’s initial police report as well as Mr. Barnhill’s letter to the Glynn County County Police Department, and told the Times in an e-mail that he believed Barnhill’s opinion was “flawed.”

Moore said, in his opinion, the McMichaels appeared to be the aggressors in the confrontation, and aggressors aren’t justified in using force under Georgia’s self-defense laws.

“The law does not allow a group of people to form an armed posse and chase down an unarmed person who they believe might have possibly been the perpetrator of a past crime,” Moore wrote.

After Mr. Barnhill recused himself, the case was assigned to another prosecutor, Tom Durden, who is based in Hinesville, Georgia, and must now decide whether to present the case to a grand jury.

Durden said in a recent interview with the Times that he would be looking at the case with fresh eyes.

“We don’t know anything about the case,” he said. “We don’t have any preconceived idea about it.”

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