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Cops Wrongfully Arrest A Man After Finding Bird Poop On Hood Of His Car That They Assumed Was Cocaine

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Sometimes, cops pull you over for the craziest reasons. A veces, it’s a simple misunderstanding, but how are you going to put up a fight when you’re being confronted by authority?

In Georgia, Shia Werts, a college quarterback, was pulled over for speeding but was arrested for something completely different. 

In the 33 minute video, you can see the police officers pull Werts’ car over for allegedly speeding. They make Werts get out of his vehicle to talk to the cop that stopped him. As the conversation carries on, it ultimately leads to Werts getting handcuffed and taken away from his car. 

In the video, you can hear Werts say, “Can I call my mom?” 

The officer responds, “No. You can’t call anyone until we get to the jail.”

The video continues and you can hear Werts let out a deep sigh in the background as the 3 police officers surround the outside of his car to examine it. 

For minutes, you see the three men search the car inside and out, trying to find a way to incriminate Werts. They take out his personal belongings out of the car and look through them as well. One officer can be seen taking out pieces of clothing, one by one, as he looks through a backpack. He disregards Werts’ clothes completely, which is incredibly frustrating to watch because all of this happened because he was supposedly speeding. 

After searching, they come up empty-handed, except for the white substance they discover on the hood of his car. 

At 15:14, you can hear the cop ask Werts “What’s the white stuff on the front of your hood?”

Wert responds, “Bird shit.” 

The police officer is not ready to let Werts go and replies, “That ain’t bird shit.” 

The two keep going back and forth about the white substance being bird poop. 

“I promise you that’s bird shit.” 

“I promise you it’s not though.”

“I swear to God…”

“I swear to God it’s not because I just tested it and it turned pink.” 

Both the cop and Werts continue disputing as Werts’ voice rises, clearly upset by the situation. The man then leaves to make a phone call and Werts is left in the car alone again. 

Yup, you read that right. Cocaine. 

In a video that shows close-up bodycam footage of the situation, viewers can see one of the cops be visibly astonished by what they find on the hood of Wert’s car. It looks as if he just hit the jackpot since the car is covered in bird poop, oops, I mean cocaine. 

Even after the cop tells Werts that the droppings came back positive for cocaine, the rest of the officers continue to search the car again. One of the men goes into a deep search of Werts’ car trunk. In the background, you can hear Werts sighing and becoming more frustrated because he has nothing to hide. 

They keep Werts waiting in the car without a clear answer to what is going to happen to him. They search his car, stop to talk with one another, and then each of the three men continues doing their own thing before going to talk to Werts again. 

The police officer repeatedly emphasizes the fact that the test came back positive for cocaine even though Werts claims that it is bird droppings. 

When Werts is left alone again he says to himself, “This man talking about cocaine…” as if he can’t wrap his head around the situation either. 

After 30 minutes, Werts’ Miranda rights are finally read.

Although Werts’ Miranda’s right were read, Werts keeps discussing how it doesn’t make sense for the white substance on his hood to be cocaine. Even the officer agrees with him that it’s not clear how it came positive, but continues to cling to the field test that came back pink.

Werts was charged with speeding and given a misdemeanor for possessing cocaine, which suspended him from participating in sports activities with teammates. 

However, those charges were ultimately dismissed because once the supposed cocaine was tested at a lab, the results came back as 100% bird poop

Watch The Dramatic Video of a Colombian Man Being Arrested for Illegally Recording “Upskirt” Videos of Women

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Watch The Dramatic Video of a Colombian Man Being Arrested for Illegally Recording “Upskirt” Videos of Women

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Another day, another devastating story illustrating how pervasive the sexual harassment of women is in the world. As technology develops, there will always be predators looking to use technological advancements as simply another means to take advantage of women. The prevalence of camera phones, as well as social media, has made it easier than ever for people to exploit women anywhere at any time. Luckily, as the Me Too movement wages on, many women no longer feel like they have to be silent to protect themselves. And because of this, the general public has recognized the lasting damage that structural sexism and sexual abuse has had on women as a whole.

This change has never been more clear than with the newest viral headline making the rounds on the internet. On Wednesday, Spanish police announced to the press that they had arrested a 53-year-old Colombian man suspected of taking more than 500 “upskirt” videos of unsuspecting women and uploading them to porn websites. The man, whose identity has not been revealed, was caught mid-act following a long investigation. 

The police were first aware of the suspect after the unconsensual videos were uncovered on a pornographic website. According to authorities, at least two of the women filled were minors. 

On Wednesday, the Spanish police posted a video to their social media accounts of the suspect’s arrest.

The police captioned the video as follows: “In the Madrid subway, we stopped one of the biggest predators of women’s privacy. He recorded videos under skirts and dresses and published them on pornographic websites. He acted daily and compulsively.”

The video starts mid-arrest and paints a dramatic scene, the man struggling against the police as they restrain him. 

Eventually, they wrestle him to the ground in the subway and are finally able to handcuff him. According to police, the man’s behavior was “compulsive” and he filmed women everywhere from subways to supermarkets. The man allegedly hid his phone in a pocket of his backpack and sometimes even approached victims under the pretense of making small talk in order to better capture his recordings. He then uploaded the videos to various websites, sometimes adding music to the recordings and editing them to be in slow-motion.

To say the man was a predator would be an understatement: he uploaded approximately 283 videos online to pornography websites–some videos including shots of the unsuspecting women’s faces. Other than his predatory behavior, the Colombian man apparently led a very nondescript life, working at a warehouse in Pinto and living a quiet life in the Madrid suburb of Usera. According to authorities, he used the time in his daily commute to film his victims–once up to 29 women in a single day. 

But what’s possibly even more disturbing than his behavior is the popularity of his porn account: the suspect had 3,519 subscribers, 85,000 visitors, and almost 1.4 million video views altogether. 

The popularity of the account proves that these kinds of boundary-crossing pictures are in high demand on the internet. The man’s arrest has launched an important debate among the public about technology, social media, and the different ways it is being used to exploit and take advantage of women. While countries like the United Kingdom outlawed the act of “upskirting” in April (with offenders facing up to 2 years in jail), other places have been slower to act. In fact, women in South Korea have taken to the streets to march against the common practice as well as other hidden-camera recordings of them. Even in Spain, the act of “upskirting” isn’t technically illegal, and this suspect was instead arrested under the charge of “privacy violation” and “corruption of minors.”

Many places don’t consider upskirting a crime because many of the photos aren’t “graphic”, as many of the women have underwear on. 

Additionally, in many places, perpetrators can’t be charged with voyeurism because the intimate photos they’re taking are being done in public places. According to many laws, voyeurism only applies to pictures and videos taken in private areas (like bathrooms and changing rooms). 

But any woman who has been violated by photos taken or shared without their consent will tell you that it’s not always the content of the photos and videos that is so humiliating, but the fact that they have no agency in its distribution. Women shouldn’t have to monitor what they wear or walk around in fear simply because they’re afraid that some man will take a picture of them without them knowing. But as we shine spotlights more often on the consequences of this practice, and as more and more women come forward with their stories, it seems as if the tides are turning. In this case, we’re glad for the arrest and we hope for justice to be properly served.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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