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A Guy In A Fake ICE Jacket Showed Up To A California Church And Took Pictures Of Churchgoers

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What should have been a peaceful Sunday in a sanctuary ended up being a frightful experience for many churchgoers at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in San Raphael, Calif. Many of the parishioners had a truly uncomfortable encounter with someone they thought was an immigration official.

A white male wearing a black jacket, with the words ICE written on it, entered the church on June 4 and startled people during the Spanish-language service. According to several news outlets, the man in question was “seen taking photos and video with his cellphone in the church parking lot.” He also took pictures of people inside the church. To those unsuspecting people, the act of an “ICE official” taking pictures of Latinos would seem as if he was reporting on who was there. He was also seen driving a government vehicle registered to the city of San Francisco.

One of those brave people inside the church also took pictures of the man and quickly called authorities. According to police, the man is not a government official, nor a police officer, but a San Francisco city employee, possibly a San Francisco International Airport worker.

When police questioned the man, he couldn’t find the right words to explain why he wore a fake ICE jacket to a Latino church.

According to the Marin Independent Journal San Rafael police Lt. Raffaello Pata said that the man went to the church for a matter not pertaining to immigration at all.

“Detectives contacted the subject who was cooperative with investigators and explained why he was at the church,” Pata said. “He said he lived near the church and had prior unresolved complaints about amplified noise from church services. The subject said he went to the church to document the noise via cellphone video.”

Pata also said that the man was not charged or arrested for impersonating an ICE official.

READ: Latina, Mother Of Two, Gets Deported After Meeting With Her Immigration Agents

What do you think of this man wearing a fake ICE jacket? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sia's Music Video For 'Free Me' Aims To Raise HIV Awareness With Powerful Performance By Zoe Saldana

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Sia’s Music Video For ‘Free Me’ Aims To Raise HIV Awareness With Powerful Performance By Zoe Saldana

Enigmatic Australian singer Sia, who is known for songs such as “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” — as well as hiding her face as much as possible — teamed up with Julianne Moore and Zoe Saldana recently. They collaborated on a music video for Sia’s new single, “Free Me,” and to also raise awareness for #EndHIV, a campaign to raise funds for HIV treatment research.

In this powerful music video for Sia’s “Free Me,” actress Julianne Moore narrates a deeply emotional moment where a pregnant mother (Zoe Saldana) is told by her doctor that she has HIV.

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The doctor continues, telling her that without proper treatment, she could possibly pass the virus on to her child. The music swells and the world around the mother, played perfectly by Saldana, melts away.

We proceed Sia-style, through a dark world of dance and emotions.

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Dancers join her, throwing her around, catching her, moving with her and seemingly ripping her apart as she tries to come to terms with what is happening to her. The dancers fight with one another, signifying the battle going on in her body.

At one point, Saldana dances alone with a backdrop of lights.

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She performs an interpretive dance to the hypnotic music, reaching out with clawed hands, only to have those hands pulled back. It’s a truly intense and bewildering dance that evokes some really strong and powerful emotions.

The video ends in with a powerful message.

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It also ends in tears: the mother’s tears, her baby’s tears and of course, our tears. A message for HIV awareness is narrated again by the sweet-voiced Julianne Moore as the video fades to black.

Watch the whole video below for the full effect.

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Remember to bring the tissues.

And if you know someone struggling with HIV, go to EndHIV.com to learn about the experimental treatment the video is promoting.


READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption


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