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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

Julio Urías is out on bail after being arrested for alleged domestic violence. Fans are upset to learn that the young man was arrested. The incident was reported by a witness who claimed that Urías knocked a woman to the ground. Here is what we know so far about the arrest and accusations.

The 22-year-old was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after a witness called the police in fear for a woman’s safety at a shopping mall.

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According to TMZ, the witness saw Urías in the parking lot of the Beverly Center arguing with a woman before he “shoved her to the ground.” TMZ reports that several witnesses were adamant that they saw Urías push the woman.

Security footage from the parking garage appears to back up eyewitness accounts.

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That video footage has not been released yet. The evidence was enough to prompt the LAPD to arrest Urías and book him for misdemeanor domestic battery.

He spent last night in county jail before he posted his $20,000 bail.

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Fans reacted to the news that Urías, who had overcome so many odds to make it to the Major Leagues, was charged for domestic violence. Many took to Twitter to let out their frustrations.

A survivor of domestic violence made a point that public displays of violence are often worse at home.

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There have been no other reports of domestic violence charges against Urías. This survivor is speculating based on her own experience.

The victim told the police that the incident was not violent.

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It’s common for victims of domestic violence to deny abuse or feel that they are responsible for the crimes of their abuser. Some fans are pointing out that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, as our judicial system and society dictate.

One fan thinks that the media is attacking Urías without cause.

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“Have you seen the video fo Julio Urías committing “domestic violence”? I see that everyone is already crucifying him because of a story from one white source source,” @JorgeEduardooA tweeted. “It’s always Mexicans supporting Mexicans.”

While the video has not been released to the public, the LAPD officials seem to think that it’s enough to charge Urías. Fans want to see and decide for themselves.

The incident is sparking heated debates online.

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This user made a joke that went mildly viral and folks are commenting on how inappropriate it is to make jokes about domestic violence under any circumstance.

People are calling for the same kind of energy against Urías as other sports figures accused of abuse in the past.

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The Dodgers released the following statement in response:


“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Needless to say, fans are devastated for a number of reasons.

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Urías played for the Mexican National Team since he was 10 years old and was scouted by the minor leagues when he was just 14 years old.

Some are angry that Urías may have just thrown his career away for something unforgiveable.

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The MLB has a domestic violence policy that would require a suspension from the league for this kind of behavior. MLB suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer after video footage was released of him pushing his wife to the ground.

Some are taking the opportunity to discuss the impact of America’s xenophobia on young boys.

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While the President’s campaign message that Mexican immigrants are violent rapists doesn’t excuse that behavior (much like it doesn’t excuse the hate crimes associated with that message), Twitter wants to talk about how America has culturally produced this behavior.

No Mexican madre condones treating any woman like this.

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Domestic violence is not new to Latino culture. It is embedded in our own culture, while simultaneously combatted by the Latina women in our lives.

This is a developing story. Check back with mitú for updates.

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Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva Threatens To Cut Sexual Assault Investigation Unit Because Of Proposed Budget Cuts

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Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva Threatens To Cut Sexual Assault Investigation Unit Because Of Proposed Budget Cuts

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Law enforcement in Los Angeles is facing budget cuts already because demonstrators are keeping up the pressure for police reform. COVID-19 has added pressure to Los Angeles County to make some additional cuts and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva is warning what the cuts mean to the department at large.

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva is warning residents about the impact of the proposed budget cuts.

Sheriff Villanueva issued a statement titled “DEFUNDING THE LASD BUDGET $145.4 M.” In the letter, Sheriff Villanueva warns that the budget cuts will lead to the elimination of the Special Victims Bureau. The bureau is responsible for investigating the physical or sexual abuse of children and women. The sheriff names other departments that will be eliminated in response to the upcoming budget cuts.

“It’s unconscionable,” Sheriff Villanueva told CBS Los Angeles. “These are the major detective units of the entire department. They serve the entire county of Los Angeles. Those four units…are the cream of the crop of investigative units throughout the entire nation, and as the largest county in the nation, I cannot see how we move forward without these four units,” he said.

The sheriff took the time to attack the “Defund the Police” movement.

“The CEO and the Board have embraced the “Defund the Police” movement and are cynically hiding behind accounting maneuvers, knowing well that loss of revenue in sales tax can be made up by equitable distributing more stable revenue streams like property taxes,” reads part of Sheriff Villanueva’s statement. “This is not acceptable and a willful abandonment of the top priorities of local government: keep people safe.”

Sheriff Villanueva is also refusing to enforce orders to close the beaches for the 4th of July weekend in Los Angeles County.

Sheriff Villanueva told the press that his department was not included in talks about the closure so the sheriff’s office will not enforce the order. Los Angeles County is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases as the rest of California deals with the same. The Los Angeles Health Department ordered the beaches, piers, and boardwalks closed for the holiday weekend to fight the sudden spike in cases.

“Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said in a statement. “The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.” 

Sheriff Villanueva’s actions as sheriff are making some Los Angeles County residents wanting him to leave the office.

At the beginning of his term as sheriff, Villanueva rehired a police officer who was fired for domestic violence allegations. The police officer who was rehired set off a legal battle that landed in court with a judge having to decide whether or not to let the police officer stay.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff handed down an injunction ordering rehired police officer Caren Carl Mandoyan to surrender his gun and badge. Additionally, the judge ordered, “Sheriff Alex Villanueva cease to recognize or hold Mandoyan out as a Deputy Sheriff or a County employee.”

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

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