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Latino Man Dies In Hospital After Police Take Him To Hospital Mysteriously Covered In Bruises

What happened to Angel Cruz?

Just wanted everyone to know my nephew angel Cruz jr in div. 8 cook county jail past away don’t know what happened in…

Posted by Leo Theelion Vargas on Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Angel Cruz, 20, was found dead at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago while under police custody. The cause of death is still unknown and has prompted his family to demand answers from law enforcement.

Cruz was arrested on March 12 for allegedly stabbing Leticia Vargas, his own mother, and his stepdad. He was taken into custody by police in Countryside, Ill. — a Chicago suburb — before being transferred over to the Cook County’s Sheriff’s office. From the get-go, Cruz was displaying signs of mental illness. He was eventually taken to St. Anthony’s for medical treatment, where he ended up dying.

Vargas told ABC 7 that authorities told her Angel Cruz had died of a heart attack, but she still had questions. After all, Cruz’s body was covered in bruises when he was taken to the hospital.

“This is my only child, I want to know what happened to him. I’m not blaming anyone, I want to know the truth,” she said in a news conference.

Vargas isn’t the only one looking for an explanation. Leo Theelion Vargas, Angel Cruz’s uncle, took to Facebook [seen above] all but alleging foul play.

The police are on the defensive.

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Credit: Cook County Sheriff’s Office (Official)/Facebook

For their part, the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office has been very adamant about their denial of any wrongdoing.

“There were no apparent signs of foul play whatsoever,” Cara Smith, spokesperson for Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement to CBS 2. “We’ll wait to see what the outcome of the toxicology tests show.”

“It’s certainly tragic what happened, but it’s unfair to suggest that harm came to him in the jail or in the custody of the sheriff’s office,” Smith later told the Chicago Tribune. “There’s no evidence of that whatsoever.”

The Cruz and Vargas have legitimate reasons to question the official police narrative, particularly one that’s as vague as this one. We are, after all, talking about Cook, the same county that went to great lengths to prevent the infamous Laquan McDonald dash cam tape from surfacing.

To read more about Angel Cruz’s mysterious death, click here.

READ: Body Cam Footage Shows Man Pleading With Police that He Can’t Breathe Moments Before He Dies

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Naomi Osaka’s Display Of Support For Black Lives Matter Was The Biggest Win At The U.S. Open… Other Than Her Big Win

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Naomi Osaka’s Display Of Support For Black Lives Matter Was The Biggest Win At The U.S. Open… Other Than Her Big Win

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After taking home a massive victory at Saturday’s U.S. Open, tennis star Naomi Osaka cemented her status as the reigning women’s tennis champion of the year. Her victory against Belarusian tennis play Victoria Azarenka meant she took home her third Grand Slam title in just three years. But the biggest part of Osaka’s win was the powerful statement she decided to make in every match leading up to it.

The 22-year-old walked into the Arthur Ashe Stadium each day using her platform to remind the world of racial injustice.

For each of her matches, the tennis star wore masks emblazoned with the names of Black victims of police violence.

For her final match, Osaka arrived with a mask with Tamir Rice’s name. Rice was a 12-year-old boy who was murdered by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann in 2014. At the time of his murder, Rice had been carrying a replica toy gun and had been shot by Loehmann almost as soon as the officer arrived at the scene he’d been called to. Reports notes that the caller claimed that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people but also noted that it was “probably fake.”

Osaka used her platform to also honor Black victims such as Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Breonna Taylor was a Black woman who lost her life after being fatally shot by police in March while she was sleeping in her home. Elijah McClain was killed by police in August 2019 after being put in a chokehold. Ahmaud Arbery was killed while on a jog in February. Osaka also wore the names of Trayvon Martin and Philando Castille. At the time Martin’s death in 2012, he was just 17-years old. Castille was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in 2016.

“I feel like I’m a vessel at this point in order to spread awareness,” Osaka noted to ESPNW after her quarter-final win earlier last week. At the time, Osaka sported a mask bearing George Floyd’s name. Floyd’s murder in May, sparked protests across the country.

In seeing Osaka’s dedication to his son, Ahmaud Arbery’s father Marcus Arbery, Sr. told Osaka in a video message, “God bless you for what you’re doing.” Osaka later remarked in a tweet that after watching the video messages she “cried so much. The strength and the character both of these parents have is beyond me.”

After being asked about the intention behind the masks and what message she was intending to get a cross in a post-match interview, Osaka asked “Well, what was the message you got?… I feel like the point is to make people start talking.”

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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