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A Utah Mother Tried Telling Police Officers That She Was Her Daughter To Avoid Being Arrested

When you see those cop lights flashing behind you, what’s the first thing you think of? How am I going to get out of this? That’s my first thought anyway. I’m sure others thing “don’t shoot!” or “it wasn’t me!” Some can get out of a ticket by crying and making up a lie or acting oblivious about not knowing the speeding the limit. But when you have outstanding warrants under your name you better come up with a better story than just pretending to be naive. This hilarious but unfortunate case should be a lesson to all.

A 38-year-old woman tried to pass off as her 21-year-old daughter after she was stopped by police and discovered she had several outstanding warrants under her name. 

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Meet Heather Garcia, a woman from Davis County, Utah. Police stopped her while she was driving a silver BMW. They allegedly found a white substance in her car and drug paraphernalia. When officers asked her who she was, she said her name was Mercedes and that was born in 1998. Now we know it’s not proper to ask a woman her age, that is unless you’re talking to law officers. Her quick thinking would not have the impact on the police officers she was hoping for.

Police did not buy her story of being born in 1998, so they arrested her for the outstanding warrants and other charges.

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Garcia was charged with “several drug charges including possession or use of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to inmate records,” obtained by Fox News. Cops claim to have found a white, powdery substance in Garcia’s car along with drug paraphernalia. We know that some police departments have issued questionable arrests in the past, however, they have to perform their investigation before anyone knows exactly what is going on. As for the marijuana charges, some states have started to overturn old marijuana charges and it is becoming more and more legal across the country. However, Utah only allows for medicinal marijuana making the possession of marijuana charges a serious one for Garcia.

“By providing individuals a path to have their records expunged, including those who have been unjustly impacted based on their race or ethnicity, and reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a fine, we are giving many New Yorkers the opportunity to live better and more productive, successful and healthier lives,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement, provided by CNN. Garcia was pulled over because her car didn’t have a license plate, according to te police.

We still can’t help but feel bad for Garcia. Why hasn’t anyone told her that the 1980s chola look isn’t in fashion anymore? 

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A good chola style is always incredible, especially that old-school veterana look, but Garcia went too far with the eyebrows and undereye wingtip. We didn’t even think that was actually possible. We’re all fans of Sad Girl, Mousie, Giggles, Baby Doll and the whole gang from “Mi Vida Loca.” Unfortunately, Garcia took those standards to another level and it worked against her, especially with her age.

Some people on social media said Garcia’s chola look actually looked more like Tim Curry in “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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Alright, we see the resemblance, it’s the eyebrows, dark eyeliner, and red lipstick, but isn’t that a little cruel? 

Now, we know what you’re asking yourself…

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Yes, we’re wondering that too. If Garcia honestly thought she could pass off as her daughter, she must look exactly like her, right? We are all wrong. 

Her daughter is beautiful!

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This 21-year-old Mercedes and she’s stunning, which means she has her mom’s genes. We just know that beauty is underneath all that makeup. Imagine her mom with naturally curly hair. She would look younger in an instant. 

We just know if Garcia wore less makeup we could see her natural beauty!

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Less is more is our motto, and we think Heather is being wrongfully judged for her exaggerated chola look. We are certain if she had a make-under, her true beauty would shine and she would no longer get judged in this harsh manner. We also believe people can turn their lives around. It is possible. Si se puede!

READ: Real Cholas Shut Down Fake Chola Fashion

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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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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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