A man from Ohio has been arrested for attacking a black reporter on television
Earlier this week (September 2), a Dayton, Ohio, man was arrested after being seen on live television assaulting a black news reporter.
As stated by the U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, Benjamin Eugene Dagley was arrested after a few days of being on the run. Our task force members worked quickly to arrest this violent fugitive fleeing from his Gulfport charges, Elliott said.
The task force members received information that Dagley was still driving his truck, which bore an Ohio license plate, according to the statement. In the parking lot, members of the task force found the truck that led to the arrest of the driver after watching him exit the store.
MSNBC reporter Shaquille Brewster reported on Tropical Storm Ida live on Monday (Aug. 30). Dagley pulled into the news crew’s area and ran towards Brewster in his white pickup truck in the middle of his segment.
The irate man was initially ignored by Brewster as he continued his weather coverage. Despite this, Dagley ran straight up to the reporter, got in his face, and demanded, “Report accurately.”
In addition to assault charges, Dagley will now face one count of disturbing the peace and another count of violating a curfew. For traveling without permission to Gulfport, he could also face probation violation charges.
When Dagley broke into Cleveland Plating in 2017, he was charged with vandalism, attempted assault, and causing panic.
It is reported that he entered the warehouse and drilled holes into tanks of dangerous chemicals, including cyanide, hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid.
An five-year probationary period and 30 days in jail were imposed on him. A fine of $5,000 and restitution of $10,000 was also imposed.
PLAINTIFF FILES WRONGFUL PROSECUTION LAWSUIT AGAINST DISTRICT ATTORNEY
The district attorney who put Curtis Flowers on trial six times has been sued by the Black man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years.
According to ABC News, Montgomery County District Attorney Doug Evans and three investigators have been named in a lawsuit filed on Friday (Sept. 3). Evans and the investigators are accused of engaging in wrongdoing, including “pressuring witnesses into fabricating statements about seeing Mr. Flowers on the day of the murders and ignoring other possible suspects,” according to the lawsuit. Amount of money sought by Flowers is not stated in the lawsuit. A jury will make that decision.
Flowers, who was convicted in the 1996 shooting deaths of four people, spent nearly half of his life on death row. Up until two weeks before the shootings at the Winona Tardy Furniture Store, he was employed there. Bertha Tardy and three of her employees, Carmen Rigby, Robert Golden, and Derrick Stewart, were shot to death in the head.
Despite no known motive and little evidence, Flowers was charged with the homicides. Several experts hinted at the possibility of more than one person being involved in the shooting, but Flowers was the only one charged. As a result, he was convicted four times: twice for all four murders and twice for the individual murders. There have also been two mistrials involving all four deaths, with every conviction getting overturned. Lynn Fitch, Mississippi’s attorney general, announced in 2020 that the state would not pursue Flowers’ seventh trial, freeing him at long last after 23 years in prison.
Accused of shooting at police during George Floyd protests gets acquitted
During a protest following the death of George Floyd, Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul, Minnesota resident, fired shots at Minneapolis Police officers and was charged with two counts of attempted murder. Almost a year after the trial, he was found not guilty.
Stallings’ attorney told the Associated Press on Friday (Sept. 3) that he used self-defense as a defense during his July trial. When he fired three bullets at the unmarked white van, Stallings believed that he was being attacked by civilians in the area, and that he started firing after being hit with a non-lethal rubber bullet in the chest. Apparently, after firing at the officers, he realized what he had done. In the end, neither of the officers was injured. It is reported that after realizing that he had shot at them, he surrendered to authorities.
It was revealed Tuesday in a report published by the Minnesota Reformer that video captured by SWAT officers Justin Stetson and Andrew Bittell appears to show them kicking and punching Stallings when he is on the ground. They said Stallings, who was seen in his mugshot with bruised face, had been resisting arrest. However, from the footage, it is evident that he remained still on the ground for 20 seconds, contradicting the previous information.
Judge William Koch concluded in a pretrial order that “Officer Stetson and Sergeant Bittell were overcome by anger and/or fear and beat Mr. Stallings for nearly 30 seconds before attempting to handcuff him. Stallings did not resist arrest by any means, but instead submitted to their authority in the video.”
In this stage of the investigation, it is unknown whether any punishments will follow. Apparently, Stallings will now consider additional legal action than what he had planned now that he has been acquitted.