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Man Posts Snapchat Photo Of Murdered Victim Saying “I don’t know what to do”

A 21-year-old New Jersey man allegedly choked a 19-year-old to death during sex, took a photo of her naked body and shared it on Snapchat, according to authorities. A probable cause affidavit filed by police said that Michael T. Gaffney told officers he knew the victim, Francis Victoria Garcia through mutual friends. 

After strangling her during sex in his car, Gaffney took a photo before alerting their friends she was unconscious. A friend arrived to see Garcia’s lips were purple, although she was still breathing through her nose. After seeking help Garcia was declared dead at Hackensack University Medical Center. 

Gaffney is charged with reckless manslaughter.

According to the affidavit, Gaffney and Garcia began talking on social media a week before they met up with friends. 

“Gaffney and Garcia made plans to hang out with those friends as a group on the evening of [Nov.1],” the affidavit states. “At some point during the evening, Gaffney and Garcia went to her car to hang out. There, the two engaged in sexual intercourse for approximately 20 minutes. At some point, Gaffney placed his hands around Garcia’s neck. She subsequently lost consciousness.”

After Garcia lost consciousness, Gaffney took a photo of her body. He posted the image on Snap Chat with the caption, “Just f***ed this b***h. I don’t know what to do.”

When he finished using social media, he called his friends who were hanging out at a nearby apartment to tell them she stopped breathing. The friend who arrived said he “could feel air coming out of her nose,” but her lips were purple. 

A coroner found Garcia may have died of asphyxiation. 

Although a medical examiner found Garcia had a blood-alcohol level of .256, it is believed it was asphyxiation that killed her. The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office found “compression injuries” on her neck, likely ruling out a drug overdose as the cause, according to the Daily Voice. However, a full autopsy has not yet been completed. 

“I do find it curious that when a woman’s body goes lifeless or still, he takes a naked picture and posts it to 30 people,” Superior Court Judge Margaret Foti said, refusing to release Gaffney on bond because of the callous nature of his actions. 

However, Gaffney maintains that what happened was essentially an accident. 

“The 5-foot-8-inch, 180-pound Gaffney, who has a history of alcohol and drug use, told detectives that they’d taken prescription medication and were having rough sex in her car when she lost consciousness, a law enforcement source said,” according to the Daily Voice.

Gaffney’s attorney, Adam Lustberg told People, we should reserve our judgment until the trial runs its course. 

“I just ask everyone to withhold judgment until all of the facts and evidence come in to allow us to try this case in the court of law instead of the court of public opinion,” Lustberg said. 

The lawyer also remained skeptical until a full autopsy is completed dismissing the asphyxiation presumption as mere paperwork, “there is a death certificate abstract which just lists the cause of death,” he said.

Garcia’s family speaks out about her death in GoFundMe. 

The relatives of Garcia have raised $1,400 of their $10,000 goal on GoFundMe to raise funds for her funeral arrangements. 

“On Saturday November 2nd, 2019 my mother received the news that every parent fears. My 19-year-old sister had been found dead inside her vehicle while she was attending a party. My sister’s life was suddenly shortened by a coward leaving us with a deep sorrow,” Luis Banegas, her brother said on the GoFundMe page. “Her death is still under investigation and the person responsible for her death has been arrested. We ask that you please help our family gather enough funds to give my sister Francis Veronica Garcia a proper burial.” 

Gaffney’s family attempted to start their own GoFundMe to raise funds for his legal fees, however shortly after, the account was shut down by the company. 

“I can confirm that we removed the campaign and all donors have been fully refunded because it violated our terms and conditions. It’s also important to know that the platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means funds are guaranteed to go to the right place or donors will get a refund,” a spokesperson for GoFundMe told TooFab

Within a few days, despite not making their goal, Banegas announced they were able to give Garcia a proper burial due to support from others. 

“We were able to give my sister a funeral that she would’ve loved. My mother was joyful to see all the people that came to support her and came to pay their goodbyes. Again, thank you for all the donations. I will be stopping the fundraiser now because with all your help and the help from family and friends we’ve achieved our goal,” he wrote. 

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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On Sunday morning, drivers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were treated to a sight they definitely don’t see very often: an 11-year-old boy driving a school bus. But it wasn’t just any “ride”; it was an unaccompanied, illegal joy ride.

That’s right, over the weekend, a young Louisiana boy managed to steal a school bus from the local Head Start and take it out for a spin.

He then led police officers on a 45-minute, high-speed chase around Baton Rouge.

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A TikTok user named @lainetaylor captured the chase on video. As the school bus zoomed down the street, it appeared that around a dozen cop cars were in hot-pursuit of the rogue boy.

Witness Joy Gradney described her first-hand experience to the local WAFB news station, saying, “As he got closer and closer and closer, I saw it’s a little boy in there and he was laughing. He was like giggling on the way across Florida [Ave] as he goes right past me. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it’s a little boy!'”

According to authorities, the bus was a “push to start” model, so it was easy for the boy to start the vehicle without any keys. As for how he could reach the pedals, that’s a question we’d like an answer to.

Police also claimed that they little boy was flipping them off and taunting them as he drove the stolen school bus.

The chase eventually ended when the bus crashed into a tree. Thankfully, no one was hurt (although three other cars were apparently hit during the chase). The boy was arrested and put in handcuffs.

Libby Smith, the woman whose tree he crashed into, sounded as shocked as anyone when she found out who the bus’s driver was.

“I’m thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’ And my first thought is that it was a lot of kids on the bus,” she explained to WAFB. “Thank goodness he was okay he was safe, but it was not your typical Sunday afternoon occurrence for sure!”

According to reports, the police charged the boy with “theft of a vehicle, aggravated flight, damage to property and aggravated assault.” We have a feeling he won’t be stealing any more busses any time soon.

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An ICE Nurse Says That Migrant Women Are Having Hysterectomies Performed Without Their Consent While In Detention Centers

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An ICE Nurse Says That Migrant Women Are Having Hysterectomies Performed Without Their Consent While In Detention Centers

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On Monday, news broke that an ICE detention center in Georgia was performing mass hysterectomies on migrants without their consent. The allegations came from a nurse at the facility along with numerous detained migrants and left many people shocked.

However, the U.S. has a long history of forcing people – especially people of color – into unwanted sterilization, which is a human rights violation and a form of eugenics.

Of course, when it comes to undocumented immigrants, who are regularly referred to as “unwanted” “aliens” by the current president, it’s not so surprising that these practices went unreported for so long. One immigrant in the complaint put it best: “This place is not equipped for humans.”

An ICE nurse and several migrant women allege that a doctor is removing women’s reproductive systems without their consent.

According to the complaint filed Monday by Project South, an Atlanta-based non-profit, a high number of detained immigrant women held at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga., are receiving hysterectomies, as well as other “dangerously unhealthy practices” at the prison amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dawn Wooten, who worked full-time at the detention center until July, when she was demoted to work as needed, said she and other nurses questioned among themselves why one unnamed gynecologist outside the facility was performing so many hysterectomies on detainees referred to him for additional medical treatment. She alleged about one doctor that “everybody he sees has a hysterectomy,” and that he removed the wrong ovary from one young detainee.

“We’ve questioned among ourselves like, goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out…That’s his speciality, he’s the uterus collector,” Ms. Wooten said in the complaint.

One detainee, interviewed by Project South, likened the center to “an experimental concentration camp,” adding: “It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.”

“If it wasn’t for my faith in God, I think I would have gone insane and just break down and probably gone as far as hurting myself,” the woman said. “There are a lot of people here who end up in medical trying to kill themselves because of how crazy it is.”

The same prison has also come under fire for its medical practices amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Project South said the complaint alleges “jarring accounts from detained immigrants and Wooten regarding the deliberate lack of medical care, unsafe work practices, and absence of adequate protection against Covid-19.”

It summarizes the disclosures Dawn Wooten made to the DHS’s watchdog, and quotes unidentified detainees extensively. Covid-19 complaints included staff refusing to test symptomatic detainees, failing to isolate suspected cases, and not encouraging social-distancing practices.

For their part, ICE says to take the reports with skepticism.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative released this statement to Law & Crime News in response to the complaint: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not comment on matters presented to the Office of the Inspector General, which provides independent oversight and accountability within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE takes all allegations seriously and defers to the OIG regarding any potential investigation and/or results. That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve.”

Women in ICE custody have long been subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment.

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Immigrant detention centers have long been accused of subpar medical care. However, the issue has become even worse amid the pandemic. The report filed by Project South describes how migrants are forced to live in unsanitary and unsafe conditions and even thrown into solitary if they advocate for basic human rights. But even before the outbreak, immigrant women’s bodies have always been the target of medical malpractice and cruelty.

ICE has allegedly denied treatment to detained women with cancer, brain tumors, and breast cysts, and it has a history of policing their bodies. The Trump administration has been accused of tracking migrant girls’ periods to prevent them from getting abortions, introduced a policy to deny pregnant women visitor visas, and literally ripped mothers apart from their babies during family separation. Azadeh Shahshahani, the legal and advocacy director for Project South, said women held at ICDC have said they are not given clean underwear which leads to infections and rashes.

She said detained women, who are mostly Black and brown, are in extremely vulnerable situations in which “they have no control over their bodies.” “It’s a very exploitative situation,” Shahshahani said of the hysterectomies. “There does not seem to be informed consent … they had pretty much no say in what exactly took place.”

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