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New video shows 2015 traffic stop from Sandra Bland’s perspective



A new video that has emerged this week is raising new questions about the fate of Sandra Bland, a black woman whose death in a Texas jail cell following a July 2015 traffic stop sparked national Black Lives Matter protests, and added fuel to ongoing discussions about the ways black men and women are treated by police officers.

Bland, a 28-year-old woman who had recently moved to Texas from Illinois, recorded the 39-second video on her cell phone after she was stopped for a traffic violation on July 10, 2015. The video had never been released publicly until May 6, when it was reported on by Dallas’s WFAA news station and posted online by a journalism nonprofit called the Investigative Network.

The video begins with Texas state trooper Brian Encinia yelling at Bland to get out of her car as he points a stun gun at her.

When Bland asks the officer to explain why she is being treated so aggressively, Encinia continues to demand that she get out of the car.

“I will light you up!” Encinia yells while holding the stun gun.

“Wow, you’re doing all of this for a failure to signal?” Bland responds. When she leaves the vehicle, Encinia then demands that she put down her phone, as Bland counters that she has a right to record. The video ends with Bland appearing to end the recording.

Encinia claimed that he feared for his safety during the encounter, initially saying that he ordered Bland out of her car because he worried she would reach for something. Bland was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer; Encinia claimed that Bland kicked him, but the encounter was not captured on video.

Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell three days later, and authorities ruled that she died by suicide, a finding that continues to be disputed by Bland’s family and some activists. Encinia was later charged with perjury for allegedly lying about the reason why he ordered Bland out of her car.

Bland’s death, which came in the first years of the growing Black Lives Matter Movement, drew national attention, and racial justice advocates argued that her death highlighted the ways that black women are exposed to police violence.

For Bland’s family, the video has spurred new questions and a desire for a new investigation, and the family says that the footage proves that Bland was not posing a threat to the officer as she sat in her car. “Open up the case, period,” Shante Needham, Sandra Bland’s sister, told WFAA after seeing the video.

The new cellphone video raises questions about what information was released after Bland’s death

Prior to Monday, the only known full video of Bland’s arrest was a dashcam video from Encinia’s vehicle that was released days after Bland’s death. But the discovery of the video recorded by Bland has fueled questions of whether there’s more evidence that has not been disclosed.

In the days after Bland’s death, Encinia’s report of the traffic stop, and his claims that his “safety was in jeopardy at more than one time,” largely shaped how police approached their initial investigation.

Attorneys who formerly represented Bland’s family say that they were not given access to the cellphone video that countered Encinia’s claims, video that they say would have been useful in the family’s civil lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety and the 2016 perjury case against the officer.

“If the video showed that he had no basis of being in fear of his safety, and he lied about that, then you would think they would be using that video,” Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert told the New York Times on Tuesday.

Encinia was the only person to stand trial in connection to Bland’s death; none of the guards at the jail faced charges. Because grand jury records remain sealed, it is unclear if a grand jury was ever shown Bland’s cellphone video.

Local authorities counter that the video was given to the family as part of the discovery process in their civil case. But the family maintains that they never received the video, and were still unaware of its existence when they settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million in 2016.

WFAA notes that the cellphone video was mentioned in an investigative report looking into Bland’s death but that the reference to the video comes 60 pages into the document.

In 2017, the perjury case against Encinia was dropped after he agreed to never work in law enforcement again.

That same year, the Texas legislature passed the Sandra Bland Act, which included new guidance for how officers should avoid escalating police stops, guidance around diverting people who are in need of mental health services away from county jails, and required that an independent law enforcement agency investigate local jail deaths.

Bland’s cellphone video isn’t the first time important details about a high-profile police incident came to light years later

The release of new footage has reignited the controversy over Bland’s arrest, leading local politicians and Texas-based presidential candidates like Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro to call for a new investigation into Bland’s case. But the fact that it took nearly four years for the footage to come out also fits into a larger conversation about what information is—and is not—released in the wake of controversial incidents involving police officers and black citizens.

Bland’s cellphone video is just the latest to raise questions about this.

At the beginning of May, California news outlets reported on the existence of a 10-year old report that shed new light on the controversial 2009 transit police shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old black man. They found that in the moments before Grant was shot by then-BART officer Johannes Mehserle, a second officer had drastically escalated the police encounter.

The report noted that while Mehserle was the one who shot Grant (the officer claimed that he meant to use his Taser), another officer named Anthony Pirone “started a cascade of events that ultimately led to the shooting,” events that included him punching Grant and kneeing him in the face, calling Grant the N-word, and lying about his actions in subsequent police reports.

The report highlighting Pirone’s behavior was only released in the wake of a California police records transparency law that went into effect this year, a law that local police departments and unions have strongly opposed.

And in 2017, years before the new information was released in Grant’s case, a different video offered new evidence about the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, a black 18-year old in Ferguson, Missouri. As Vox’s German Lopez noted at the time, this video appeared to show Brown engaging in some sort of transaction at a convenience store hours before police said he committed a strong-arm robbery at the same spot. The video led to local protests and reignited claims that officers had refused to release information that countered their official account of the shooting.

Taken together, the fact that new information in these cases is being released years after officers have gone through the legal system highlights a concern long held by police reform advocates. It’s a concern that was also strongly voiced in the wake of revelations about the alleged coverup of the 2014 Laquan McDonald shooting in Chicago: that in cases revolving around police misconduct, it can often be difficult—if not impossible— for the public to get fully transparent information about an officer-involved shooting or use of force incident from the departments implicated in these incidents.

This is largely due to the fact that these incidents occur in a system where officers and prosecutors are tasked with investigating their own peers while having significant control over what information makes its way to citizens.

As a result, without that information or bystander videos, it becomes all too easy for an officer’s account to shape early narratives of what happened, which in turn incentivizes some officers to lie about how an incident occurred. That it has taken years to get key pieces of information in high-profile nationally watched cases like those of Bland, Brown, and Grant—and the fact that this information has come from independent investigations and not the law enforcement agencies themselves— raises questions about what goes unnoticed in policing cases that attract far less attention.

In Bland’s case, it is possible that the revelations will lead to a new investigation, though it is unclear exactly what that investigation could do at this point.

“It is troubling that a crucial piece of evidence was withheld from Sandra Bland’s family and legal team in their pursuit of justice,” Texas state Rep. Garnet Coleman, said in a statement after the WFAA investigation was published, adding that his committee will look into the matter. “The illegal withholding of evidence by one side from the other destroys our legal system’s ability to produce fair and just outcomes.”

“[The video] not only shows that [Encinia] lied, but that he really had no business even stopping her, period,” Needham, Bland’s sister, told WFAA. “And at the end of the day, he needs to go to jail.”

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How Self-Hatred Can Insensibly Poison Our Lives




American woman Shelli Wilder Netko wrote a post about what worries all the women in the world — self-hatred, inevitable aging, and the race against time that will definitely be lost. But instead of worrying about these things, we should just focus on loving the people around us. Her post was so moving that we feel for her from the bottom of our hearts.

Here at Bright Side, this post has moved us a step closer to the most sincere love for ourselves. We hope it will do the same for you.

I have never really liked my hands. I have short, calloused fingers, wide palms, and messed up nail beds from a nail-biting stint when I was in grade school. Add to it the effect of knuckle-popping, which I became obsessed with after I saw the cool kid on the block do it in second grade. But nonetheless, I’ve always referred to my hands as looking like “dog paws,” versus the long, graceful hands that my sister has and that I’ve always wanted. I’ve always thought I was in the wrong line when God sprinkled “beautiful hand fairy dust” on the babies.

To add to my hand shame, since my 20s I’ve had the biggest, juiciest veins in my hands and forearms that have always been a phlebotomist’s dream come true, causing my hands to look a bit masculine and old if you ask me. When my kids were young they liked to sit by me during church and “play” with my veins to make the time pass more quickly. They would sometimes ask why my hands were “like that.” The standard mom answer applied here, “They just are, Hun.” But I always liked it — having one of them holding and touching my hands, no matter where or when or why.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done my part to win the anti-aging race with my body and face. Eating healthy, exercising, and spending far too much money taking care of my skin. And yet, when I look down at my keyboard countless times a day, I still see these hands that look much older than my heart feels, and appear as if they could use a nice rest.

When the photographer stopped me to pose for this photo at my wedding in March to capture my sash and ring on the lace pattern of my dress, I automatically blurted out, “Can you edit the picture? I don’t like my hands.” Everyone has something they don’t fully embrace about themselves, don’t they?

But when the wedding photos came back I saw my hands in a whole new light. This picture is so beautiful, it captures everything. I saw the hands that had baked about 200 Birthday cakes, a truckload of cookies, changed thousands of diapers, wiped away a million crocodile tears, and clapped till they were raw cheering my kids on through every sport.

I saw this picture and I saw a gift. These hands may not be the smoothest, most graceful, longest, most feminine hands, but they are perfectly suited for the work that was laid out for me. These hands have been blessed with holding my newborn babies and grandbabies and holding the father of my children as he took his last breath.

I will find a beautiful frame for this picture to remind myself constantly of the love and purpose and duty I have in this life, and to remind myself that I have my mother’s hands — her gift to me.

What do you think of this story? Is there something about your appearance that you don’t like? Tell us in the comment section below.

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A Daughter Wanted to Brag About Her Gorgeous Mom on Twitter and Accidentally Started a Beauty Contest




We’re totally used to social media sites that turn out to be an unpredictable phenomenon today and any post has the potential to go viral. This is what happened to a girl whose screen name is Your boyfriend’s best friend who posted a photo of her 43-year-old mom on Twitter and accidentally started a beauty contest. And even though it was just moms who took part in this sudden marathon, it was a dad who won!

Bright Side couldn’t stand aside and has decided to show you some women who know about the secret of eternal youth. And the winner, of course.

In just one day, a daughter made her mom popular: her post got 23,000 likes and caused a lot of hype in the comments. Twitter users were really interested in her beauty secrets, because this 43-year-old woman looks really magnificent. So some people asked for her cosmetologist’s contact details and others tried to find out the woman’s phone number, promoting themselves as potential suitors.

Some people also wanted to show off their beautiful moms, so they started posting their photos in the comments. As a result, the post turned into a real beauty contest.

The more women who have managed to stop time there were, the more they were suspected in using magic.

Some users even doubted that they were relatives with their moms at all. Let’s agree: when a mother looks better than her daughter, the suspicions about whether they have common genes or not are pretty relevant.

Undoubtedly, all these women are extremely popular with men, even the younger ones.

It’s hard to believe that these hot beauties have 3, 4, or even 5 kids.

The finalists were women who were older than 60. When you look at them, you realize that age is just a number.

But the winner was a dad. Apparently, a user who calls themselves Taste Booster wanted to dilute this beauty flow with a touch of masculinity. All in all, the photo of a man lying down among all the fish he caught, a cat, and a dog hit the jackpot: the picture got 1,700 likes and became more successful than any of the other photos in the comments. The only exception was the photo of the person who started this beauty contest.

Undoubtedly, all the moms who participated in this viral post deserve admiration, but the picture “Dad and some bream” is an amazing sensation. Which one do you like the most?

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Costs of raising pets and changing pet market consumer trends




반려동물 1마리 키우는데 드는 비용과 소비 트렌드 변화

In the past couple of decades, it’s become far more common in Korea to own a pet.
Owning a pet, of course, usually costs some money.
In this report, our Hong Yoo looks at how much that might be and how the petcare market is changing.
More than 10 million people living in South Korea have a pet.
That’s one pet for every four households.
According to a pet report by KB Financial Group, raising a dog costs an average of 85 U.S. dollars a month and raising a cat requires an average of 64 dollars a month.
Most of that money goes on food and treats.
The rest of the money is used for medical care and grooming.
But people are happy to treat their pets because these days pet owners think of their pets as a member of their family.
In Korea, these people are called “PetFam”.
The pet food market alone has seen an average of 19 percent annual growth on the back of this trend.
And because people think of their pets as part of their family, they want to take their pets along with them on trips.
So tour companies have started creating “pet tours”.
“Because there are people who want this kind of tour, we saw the potential of such a product in the market and so we came up with our Jeju pet tour. Pets can accompany their family all the time during the tour to Jeju Island including at the restaurant, tour spots, and the hotel because this tour is pet-centered.”
There are even home spa products for pets such as skin moisturizers, scaling products and grooming mists labeled as premium products because they are organic, eco-friendly, and pet-friendly. They can cost up to 40 dollars.
“Before, people used to think about pets as a living thing that you can buy just like a toy. But because people think of their pets as a part of the family, the pet market has become similar to the baby market. So now, owners are turning to premium products for their pets.”
And there are also luxury pet shops which sell premium products that can cost up to a thousand dollars.
That is the cost of a pet bed made out of oak in the style of the bed of King Louis the 16th.
And at this luxury department store, the most popular dog food costs more than 50 dollars for just 1-and-a-half kilograms.
These changing consumer trends in the pet market show how owners are willing to spend a lot on the best quality products for their pets now that they are seen as part of the family.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.

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