Video Of Florida State Attorney Pulled Over For No Reason Goes Viral
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Video Of Florida State Attorney Pulled Over For No Reason Goes Viral

Something seems odd here.

Aramis Ayala, a state attorney for Florida's 9th Judicial District (the first African American to hold that position), was pulled over on June 19 by Orlando police. While officers explained to her that this was a sort of routine stop... something didn't seem right. The stop seemed questionable.

Recently, some social media users were thinking that some sort of racial bias was at play. The police officer who stopped Ayala was wearing a body cam,.

In the video, we hear the officer explaining why he pulled over Ayala. He said that he ran her tags and the car didn't come up, and also that her windows were dark. Now, it's important to note that both the officer and Ayala are very respectful in this encounter.

Although Ayala is clearly confused as to why she was pulled over, she remains calms and respectful in the interaction, as is the police officer.

It's also important to note that both the Orlando Police Department and Ayala have said that the stop was lawful. There was nothing illegal about the stop. But, it does seem questionable as to why she was even stopped in the first place.

It's also important to note that Ayala herself wasn't doing anything illegal. The officer says in the video that they routinely check tags, that her tags weren't coming up in the system, but it still doesn't really add up to me.

The officer also claimed that her darkly tinted windows was another reason she was stopped, but Alaya herself said that her windows did not violate any Florida laws. I think it's pretty fair to say that a state attorney would be aware of such laws.

Now, I'm not a police officer and I am not an attorney, but this stop still seems fishy to me. It's not clear if racial profiling was at play, or if it was a random stop that shouldn't have happened... it's hard to say.

I am an aspiring attorney, which is why this headline in particular grabbed my attention. I mean, if there's anyone you don't want to mess with when it comes to a questionable stop... it's a state attorney.

Again, nothing illegal was done on either Alaya's part or the officer's part. It's just unclear as to why she was pulled over, because to me (and a lot of people), the stop was really unnecessary. What's important is that Alaya has responded to the situation professionally.

She wants to have a discussion with the community and law enforcement about strengthening our relationship with our police, and how situations like this may affect it. She wants to talk with the Chief of Orlando Police about the incident, and how we can achieve that goal of respect between law enforcement and the community.

My hope is that while this incident has gone viral, that there is a discussion that takes place, and we work toward that goal of mutual respect between law enforcement and the community.

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Kendall Jenner's Pepsi Ad Creates Backlash

The crowd may be cheering but Twitter is screaming.

If you haven't heard of the Kardashian or Jenner family you must be living under a rock. This family is currently ruling the world with Kylie's lip gloss line, Khloe's Good American jean line, Kendall dominating the model industry, and Kim being the wife of Yeezus.

However, the family is currently feeling some backlash from Kendall's new Pepsi ad, which is sparking a huge controversy with Twitter and the public.

Pepsi is infamous for creating ads and commercials that exude coming together and peace and that's just what their thoughts were with this commercial featuring Kendall, but it just didn't go there way.

The commercial has Jenner posing in a blonde wig during a photo shoot, while a peace protest marches by. She decides to ditch her wig and joins the protest with a Pepsi in hand.

She than moves to the front of the crowd and hands her Pepsi can to a police officer who doesn't look too happy. The police officer than drinks the Pepsi and the entire crowd begin to cheer.

The crowd may be cheering but Twitter is screaming.

The commercial was also being compared to the image of Leshia Evens who was arrested in 2016.

According to CNBC a Pepsi spokesperson when asked to comment on the backlash stated, "This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony, and we think that's an important message to convey."

If you haven't had a chance to check out the Pepsi ad, here it is.

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Alabama Senate Approves Church Police Force Bill

I have so many questions.

In a move that could only be made by the states of the Deep South, the Alabama Senate has voted in favor of allowing a church to have its own police force. The church has about 4,000 members and wants a police force to protect its K-12 school and theological seminary. Sounds great and all, but giving private institutions their own police force gets us into dangerous territory.

The scary thing is that the vote was not even close. The Alabama Senate voted 24-4 in favor of the bill.

There are important questions that need to be address such as: what happens if a police officer in this force breaks the law? Who is going to regulate this force? How much power do these officers have? Do they have control over the entire community or just people directly involved with the church and others who try to attack the church in any way? Why are security guards not good enough? Why does it need to be an entire police force?

Okay, that was a lot of questions, but this is a pretty unprecedented action and it is surprising the Senate voted so strongly in favor of it.

This seems like a total Scientologist move to me. Get a police force for a private institution and next thing you know, people are being blackmailed by the police to donate or attend certain events that push the church's agenda. They say their reasons for proposing this bill are for the protections an safety of its members, but this just seems a little too seedy for me.

Now that this has passed, is every private institution going to be able to get its own police force? It seems like an Oprah bit where she gives everyone in the audience something. "You get a police force! You get a police force! Everybody gets a police force!!!!!!!" *crowd goes wild*

It will be interesting to see what comes of this bill if it does end up getting signed into action. You may be hearing more about this in the months to come.

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Why You Shouldn't Eff Around with Drinking and Driving

A DUI is a serious offense.

If you're out having a few drinks at a bar, restaurant, house party, or wherever, please, whatever you do, do NOT get in the car and drive home. A DUI is one of the most serious misdemeanor offenses out there, and unfortunately, no one really knows much about the associated consequences until it's much too late.

Even for a first offense, some of the potential penalties are the temporary loss of your driver's license, completion of community service, completion of an alcohol safe driving class, paying court costs and attorney fees, and possibly having to go to jail for a weekend or longer.

If you've never been arrested before, and at the time of the incident you had a valid driver's license, registration, insurance, and no one was injured, then you may be eligible for a first-time offender program (such as ARD), which may limit some of the consequences and keep the case off your record. With ARD, there's no jail-time and the license suspension is a bit shorter than usual, but all of the other above penalties will still apply.

For a second DUI offense, there's definitely no ARD, and you could be looking at a few months in jail. And for a third offense, you could be going away for at least a year! DUIs are no joke; and there's a lot you should know about them.

First of all, a DUI is not only for people with alcohol in their system above a certain level (.08 is the cutoff in Pennsylvania). You can also be charged with a DUI if you have any drugs in your system.

As a result, lots of times the police will give you a blood test, because it brings up any drugs and alcohol that are in your system (as opposed to a breathalyzer, which only tests for alcohol).

And the most important thing to realize is that with drugs, in the eyes of the law, it doesn't even matter if you're actually high at the time of driving. All that matters is that the drugs are in your system at the time of driving. So if you smoked a joint a few days ago, weed is probably still gonna be in your system, even though you obviously aren't still high a few days later.

You do have the right to refuse a breathalyzer or blood test. But if that's what you choose to do, the police officer should tell you (and I will definitely tell you) that you will automatically lose your driver's license for a year, just for the simple fact of refusing the test.

So be really careful when you're deciding whether to drive. Particularly if you're not sober or you have drugs in your system, taking a cab, Uber, Lyft, or having a designated driver, can really pay off.

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The Pulse Shooting, A Year Later

Remembering the lives lost and taking care of the community.

One year ago, at a gay nightclub called Pulse, 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Pulse was hosting a Latin night when Omar Mateen committed the massacre, leaving survivors, victims' friends and family, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly Latinx LGBTQ+ individuals, wondering how to cope with what had happened and where to go next.

I remember waking up and going on Twitter, seeing what had happened and feeling the deep, deep pain that reverberated throughout the community. Nobody I knew was there, but I immediately texted my LGBTQ+ friends to check in on them. I remember sitting there blankly, wondering, "What now?"

I remember how quickly attention was drawn away from the pain of the community and what had just happened, a hate crime of the most abhorrent degree, and immediately to the phone call that Mateen had made pledging allegiance to ISIS and the subsequent blatant Islamophobia that permeated the media for days afterwards.

The deaths of 49 queer people was now a vessel for anti-Islam sentiments, and were no longer lives to be genuinely mourned, lost to hatred and bigotry.

I myself had only just come out as pansexual a few months prior, and had struggled to feel like I belonged to the community--until June 12th, 2016. The fear, the mourning, the hard edges of pain that cut through the community unfortunately cut into a place where I found myself. To this day, I wish it hadn't been this moment.

The thought of "This could happen anywhere, this could happen to me," ran through many heads that day. A year later, it still runs through mine.

In a series of voicemails left on a CNN mailbox about their experiences, some LGBTQ+ people discussed how they've returned back into the closet after the shooting. A 50-year old transgender woman named Fifi from Louisiana explains, "We have fought so far--so hard. And, honestly, I thought we were making huge progress. And now, because of one incident, everybody is looking over their shoulder again."

Fifi, who once wore five-inch or higher heels, makeup and earrings, has returned to presenting consistently as James, her birth name, instead of as herself, explaining that it is easier and safer to do so. She mentioned that in public, on the day of the shooting, she saw people watching the televised coverage and laughing at the scenes of LGBTQ+ people running from the nightclub.

Others have come out since the shooting, and have subsequently began helping with LGBTQ+ clubs and other groups to support the community. Others still have said that they avoid gay bars now.

Meanwhile, protections for the LGBTQ+ community are under fire again, and many members of the community expressed their disappointment in the lack of political efforts to protect LGBTQ+ rights.

The deputy director of the LGBT rights and special litigation project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, said in an interview, "I had thought that a mass attack on the LGBT population might have given people an impetus to develop empathy, and that it might spark a conversation about all of the ways in which LGBT people are still excluded."

Instead, there are efforts to withdraw rights. Alabama signed a law allowing state-funded adoption agencies to refuse LGBQ+ couples in May, while Texas attempts to restrict transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identities.

28 states still allow private employers to terminate employment of LGBTQ+ people, and of course, there's talk of the rolling back of the marriage equality that was granted in 2015.

There is something to be said about how unsafe the community feels now, the politicization of the massacre and the pushes to remove LGBTQ+ rights. People no longer feel that they can safely be who they are, and feel that they must put up fronts to protect themselves. People now look over their shoulders in places where they once felt accepted.

What I beg of you, as a reader, on this day, is to take a moment to remember the lives extinguished that night. I beg of you to support LGBTQ+ people and communities around you, to check-in on them today and to support them every single day. I beg of you to use your privileges, should you have any, to uplift and protect the marginalized around you.

I beg of you to let them speak, if they feel comfortable, but not to pressure them, and instead, offer a listening ear and a hand to support them.

Clearly, the government does not care. Clearly very few media outlets care. Clearly even many Americans do not care, but we only have one another. We must take care of each other. The scars of this tragedy might not ever fully heal, but together, they can become less mangled, less painful. Nobody should ever have to experience hatred for being who they are.

Please remember these people today:

Stanley Almodovar III, Amanda L. Alvear, Oscar A. Aracena Montero, Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, Antonio Davon Brown, Darryl Roman Burt II, Angel Candelario-Padro, Juan Chavez Martinez, Luis Daniel Conde, Cory James Connell, Tevin Eugene Crosby, Deonka Deidra Drayton, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Mercedez Marisol Flores, Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Paul Terrell Henry, Frank Hernandez, Miguel Angel Honorato, Javier Jorge Reyes, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, Alejandro Barrios Martinez, Brenda Marquez McCool, Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, Kimberly Jean Morris, Akyra Monet Murray, Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Joel Rayon Paniagua, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Enrique L. Rios, Jr., Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, Edward Sotomayor Jr., Shane Evan Tomlinson, Martin Benitez Torres, Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, Luis Sergio Vielma, Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velazquez, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, and Jerald Arthur Wright.

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Police Officers Grant Little Girl's Wish

A lemonade stand turned into a dream come true.

Hannah Pasley is three years old and can be anything she wants. For as long as her parents can remember, she has idolized police officers. From the time she could start speaking, Hannah has always asked her mom about police officers, and every time she sees one around town, she always takes the time to shake their hand and talk to them.

Hannah Pasley even understands the concept of working for something you want. So, like many kids do at her age, Hannah decided to set up a lemonade stand in order to raise money to buy herself her own police costume.

By the middle of the day, she raised over $40 and enough for her aunt to drive to Toys"R"Us to purchase the police outfit for her.


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The only thing that could make this day better, would be a real-life police officer visiting the stand. As word started to break on social media, police officers found out about Hannah's efforts and decided to make her dream come true.

Throughout the rest of day, Hannah's mother said, "we had K-9 units, mounted patrol, deputies, a helicopter patrol and officers who came from different jurisdictions just to meet my Hannah."

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It is awesome to see this little girl's efforts rewarded. The police officer occupation has become a thankless job today with the heavy scrutiny they face in the media. We are constantly reading and seeing stories of officers who cross the line and take advantage of their authority. We rarely see the stories where officers are performing heart-warming actions like these.

It's nice to see that Hannah can still look up to the role model police officers of the Kansas City Police Department.