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This Miami Police Officer Is Finally Getting A Medal Of Valor For His Badass Moment

In 2013, Officer Mario Gutierrez of the Miami-Dade Police Department foiled an attack that could have left many people seriously injured or even dead. Three years later, Gutierrez is being recognized for his bravery in a huge way. After receiving numerous awards for his moment of incredible bravery, Gutierrez is one of 13 police officers being awarded the Medal of Valor by President Obama in 2016.

This is Miami-Dade Police Officer Mario Gutierrez.

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Gutierrez, 57, has been on the police force for more than two decades. But, don’t let his age fool you. This viejito is a boss that deserves EVERYBODY’s respect.

On Oct. 29, 2013, Gutierrez was on his regular patrol when he stopped at a Shell gas station close to Miami International Airport.

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This random stop on his route would proved to be one of the most fateful moments in the officer’s career.

While at the gas station, Gutierrez noticed a man trying to start a fire by dropping burning newspaper into the two 8,000-gallon tanks of gasoline below the gas station.

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Gutierrez hit the emergency shut off button to prevent the gasoline from flowing through the tanks as a precaution before confronting the suspect.

Gutierrez tried to subdue the suspect with a taser, but the man became enraged and attacked Gutierrez.

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The suspect, later identified as Dominique Jean, stabbed Gutierrez several times with a knife and screwdriver. The attacker even tried to bite Gutierrez’s thumb off. Gutierrez fought back, eventually having to resort to shooting and killing Jean to end the altercation.

Since the gas station attack, Gutierrez has received local and state awards for his bravery and quick thinking that potentially saved lives.

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Officer Gutierrez just sees it as doing his job and credits his love for family for his fight and survival. “The determination to see my family, that was the most important thing. I did not want to die and never see them again,” Gutierrez told CBS Miami.

Gutierrez definitely has the scars to prove how much he loves to protect his community.

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“I love what I do. I love being a policeman. I love serving the community. It’s a calling. It’s a passion,” Gutierrez said, according to NY Daily News.

And now, this badass abuelito has a new award to add to the collection: the Medal of Valor.

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The Medal of Valor is the highest award that public servicemen and women can receive. Recipients are given the award once a year by the president.

And, this year, Gutierrez is one of 13 officers that get to take home one of these prestigious awards. Kudos!

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Watch the video of the attack below:

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Latina Porn Star Was Slut-Shamed By Drunk Miami Dolphins Fan And It Was All Caught On Tape

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Latina Porn Star Was Slut-Shamed By Drunk Miami Dolphins Fan And It Was All Caught On Tape

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The Miami Dolphins lost 17-16 to the Redskins and the loss still stings. However, not all of the action was happening on the field last Sunday. A Miami fan who’d had a little too much to drink at the Hard Rock Stadium unloaded an expletive-rant on adult film star Valentina Jewels. The actress confirmed that it was, in fact, her who had been verbally attacked during the NFL game posting a video of the incident on Twitter and wrote: “That’s me”.

Latina porn star Valentina Jewels was enjoying a day out at the stadium when a drunk party-pooper insulted her.

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The Honduran-born actress was enjoying her day at the game with other employees of the adult film company, Bang Bros. The unidentified man jumped up just as the Dolphins scored a touchdown and launched the verbal attack. Holding a cup of beer and wearing a Dolphins jersey the man shouted “You’re girl’s a f***ing w***e, you ain’t got s*** on me, f***ing b**** ass mother*****” at the man accompanying Jewels. 

Jewels was attending the game with fellow Bang Bros employees on official “Bang Bus Stop” business

Bang Bros, a Miami staple, has spoken of its closeness to the city and even offered a $10 million bid to bag naming rights for the Miami Heat stadium. They took the opportunity to get close to their fans on Sunday by taking their #bangbusstop to the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot for fans to meet their porn-star idols and take pictures with them.

Fans!!! Have you ever wanted to take a picture with the World Famous Bang Bus?” read the Instagram post on the company’s official page. “We are here at the Hard Rock Stadium! West lot 31 Dolphins vs Redskins! #BangBusStop #football.”

Despite the fireworks and rivalries inside the stadium, both Redskins and Miami fans were encouraged to make a pit stop at Bang Bros’ prized attraction in the lot.

The unidentified man must’ve thought that the porn star was attending the game in support of the Redskins and proceeded to slut-shame her when his team was on the losing side of things.

The aggressive man may have been misguided in his anger against Jewels. BangBros have been very public about their support of Miami teams in the past. The adult film company even wanted to change the name of the Miami Heat stadium to BBC or ‘Bang Bros Cares’ or the ‘Bang Bros Center’ and went as far as to make a multi-million bid to make that happen. The red and white BangBros colors may have tricked the drunk man into thinking that Jewels and her companion were at the game in support of the Washington Redskins.  

Jewels confirmed that the person in the video was her via Twitter.

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Jewels reported that she was the Bang Bros girl who was being yelled at by the Dolphins fan by sharing a video of the incident on Twitter and took to Instagram to call out the disrespect and shine a light on “how hard it really is to deal with being a ‘star’ in a SW industry.”

“We deal with the same problems you do and on top of that we deal with masses having their fingers pointed at us,” she captioned the post. “I’m glad everyone’s getting sneak peek of how it feels like being a SW, can’t even enjoy a game without being disrespected. It’s not about “freedom of speech” there’s a bigger underlining issue there. I’m not gonna stay quiet about this, we are treated poorly & unfairly on the daily basis.”

While views on the adult industry are increasingly progressive, the widely held perceptions of the women and men in the frame remain static. 

In an interview with the Independent, porn veteran Raylin Joy, a singer and actress in the Showtime mini-series ‘Submission’ spoke about the stigma and disrespect that women receive for working in the porn industry.

“Sometimes the stigma that can come with porn is too much for some girls to handle,” she said, “Because it is not even the porn world that can really get to girls, it’s the bulls**t that girls can experience from the outside world because people think they have this idea of porn and that if you are a girl who does it then you must be a little bit weird or something.”

Bang Bros gave a great response to questions regarding the incident.

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For their part, when asked about an official stance, Bang Bros responded to questions about the incident via a DM to Busted Coverage; “Idk, some fans can’t control their drinking. Stadium security did a great job. We had a wonderful time at the game.”

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A City Claims A Family Can’t Sue Over A Wrongful Death Because Undocumented People Don’t Have Rights Under Constitution

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A City Claims A Family Can’t Sue Over A Wrongful Death Because Undocumented People Don’t Have Rights Under Constitution

The original wording of the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution stated, that “‘each man’s home is his castle,’ secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of property by the government. It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.” A revised version states, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” In other words, authorities cannot probe into people’s private information, home or belongings, without probable cause. Those laws apply to everyone, right? That’s not what some officials in one city in the United States believe. They’re claiming those laws do not apply to undocumented immigrants. 

In 2017, police were called to check on a domestic abuse suspect in Southaven, Mississippi. They went to the wrong house and shot and killed Ismael Lopez. 

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On a late Sunday evening, in July of 2017, police were called to serve a warrant for the arrest of a suspected domestic abuser named Samuel Pearman. His address was 5878 Surrey Lane, CNN reported, and police ended up going to a mobile home across the street where Ismael Lopez lived with his wife. Police entered Lopez’s home and ended up shooting him in the back of the head. He died on the scene. 

“It is so troubling to learn that not only this man died but that this man died running away from people who were trespassing on his premises after he was in bed lawfully,” Murray Wells, an attorney representing the Lopez’s family, told reporters, according to CNN

The Lopez family filed a $20 million lawsuit for his death after a jury failed to indict the police officers on the scene. The City of Southaven fired back with their own lawsuit saying Lopez has no rights under the constitution because he was an undocumented immigrant.

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This case is like most cases involving the police, the investigation had conflicting reports. Lopez’s wife claims the police came in unannounced, and the lawyer says bullet holes outside of the home support her story. The police say that Lopez pointed a gun at them. However, Lopez’s wife said that wasn’t the case. The police also shot and killed their dog. City attorneys are also questioning the credibility of Lopez’s widow, with claims they were never married, and that she was married to multiple men. Lopez’s attorney showed the documents to prove they were legally married in 2003. 

“It’s a real shame that they have to use these tactics to soil someone’s name when she lost her partner, the love of her life, in a tragic accident,” attorney Aaron Neglia said according to the Washington Post

So, does the constitution protect undocumented immigrants? The answer is a resounding yes even though the matter is still taken up in courts all the time.

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“Yes, without question,” Cristina Rodriguez, a professor at Yale Law School told PBS. “Most of the provisions of the Constitution apply on the basis of personhood and jurisdiction in the United States.”

Undocumented immigrants have the right to legal counsel, under the Sixth Amendment, they also have the right to due process under the Fifth Amendment. So, if the courts are already practicing the law under the constitution when it applies to undocumented immigrants, then the Fourth Amendment and all of them for that matter apply to them as well. 

Southaven attorneys have a different point of view. According to the Washington Post, attorney Katherine S. Kerby wrote, “If he ever had Fourth Amendment or Fourteenth Amendment civil rights, they were lost by his own conduct and misconduct. Ismael Lopez may have been a person on American soil but he was not one of the ‘We, the People of the United States’ entitled to the civil rights invoked in this lawsuit.”

We shall see how this case plays out in court.

Watch the full news report below.

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