Former inmates often talk about prison as a place in hell.
By definition, prison is a facility that is meant to confine a person while also denying them a variety of freedoms as punishment for their crimes. It is also meant to rehabilitate them so that they can return to society a better person. As a government institution, it is also meant to protect the prisoners inside of it. It is not, meant to be a facility for torture. Anyone tuning into the news today has to be aware that when it comes to the criminal justice system, women, particularly Black and Latino ones, are treated extremely unfairly. Police violence against, Black women, in particular, can be extremely alarming.
A video, which recently went viral, is an example of the startling pattern of violence against Black women by police.
Gruesome footage from an Ohio jail shows prison guards beating up a mother of three.
Chantelle Glass, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to jail after her mother called the police on her because Chantelle and her sister had a verbal dispute in 2018. Chantelle remained in prison because she had a 2016 traffic violation. That is all the Ohio police had on this woman: an argument and traffic violation.
County officials tried to prevent the video from being released because they knew full well the ramifications that this would cause.
The video, and it is scary to watch, shows the officers tying Chantelle to a chair. She is literally restrained in every capacity, which made it even easier for the guards to beat her.
In total, ten jail employees were “charged in a variety of cases investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, including five other officers charged in connection with three attacks on inmates,” Cleveland.com reports.
“She had no idea she was about to be tortured,” Subodh Chandra, Chantelle lawyer told a Fox affiliate. “She comes into the room pretty cooperatively.” She added, “They wanted to hurt her.”
Glass, who is a mother of three, suffers from asthma and says she could hardly breathe in the two hours the officers had her tied to the chair.
“That day, I thought I was going to die,” Glass said in a recent interview. “I sat in that cell I prayed to God that I wouldn’t die because I couldn’t breathe. I prayed that I wouldn’t die there.”
Now, eight months after the incident Cpl. Idris-Farid Clark and officer Robert Marsh, two of the officers involved have been indicted. Previously they were on paid leave.
On Monday, Clark was charged with second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor counts of assault. He was also charged with interfering with civil rights as well as unlawful restraint. Marsh has also been charged with assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. All of which are misdemeanors.
In the video, officers pepper-sprayed Chantelle, dumped water on her head, and punched her in the head. See the video below, but be warned it’s hard to unsee.
Lamborghini cars are synonymous with extravagance and dreams of wealth that are unattainable for the vast majority of people. Ferraris are also a denominator of wealth and sometimes of a midlife crisis (generally “suffered” by white dudes who need to reaffirm their masculinity by driving a fancy, roaring car).
By the amount of Italian luxury cars one is able to spot in Latin America, you wouldn’t think that the region suffers from constant economic crisis and that vast segments of the population live under the poverty line. However, the fact that some individuals are willing to spend on a car more than some people make in their whole lives speaks to the deep and wide inequalities that exist in the region.
The Brazilian police just revealed that they uncovered a secret operation in which a father-son duo were actually manufacturing fakes! Yes, you read that right. If you thought that making fake Prada and Louis Vuitton handbags that look like the real deal sounded complicated, just wait until you read this story that falls under the category of magical realism.
Lamborghinis are expensive, like REALLY expensive.
If you wonder why someone would go through the trouble of making a fake luxury car, wonder no longer. An authentic Lamborghini costs no less than $200,000 USD. Just think about this: the minimum wage in Brazil is 998 reals a month, which translates into $257.5 USD. Yes, we are talking MONTHLY wage. So you can imagine what owning a Lamborghini in Brazil, even a fake one, means in terms of what some people consider important as a definer of class and social status.
The Brazilian police made a fantastic discovery in the region of Santa Catarina.
The Brazilian police received complaints from two Italian manufacturers, Lamborghini and Ferrari. Investigations led them to Santa Catarina, a state in southern Brazil famous for its beaches and nightlife , and about 840 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro, where they made the arrests.
They proudly announced the bust on social media, and guess how the cars were being sold.
The Brazilian police, which is getting a boost from conservative new president Bolsonaro, proudly announced the bust on their Twitter account. As reported by Business Insider, the father-son team also used digital networks for their marketing and distribution: “The shop was offering the cars on social media for $45,000 to $60,000, which is far less than what the genuine exotic supercars cost”.
The “company”, Autos Fibra, even had an Instagram account!
Descarados! The workshop even had an Instagram account and some YouTube videos, so they were not very secretive about their operation. It makes us think of how copyright and intellectual property are legal matters, of course, but also about how the notions of originality can vary from country to country. In China, for example, making knock-offs is not necessarily seen as a bad thing, as ideas are considered communal rather than individual assets.
They really thought this through: the level of detail in the replicas is really amazing… in a criminal kind of way.
We are not condoning criminal activity here, but you got to appreciate the craftsmanship in making all this from scratch, from used car parts and without the original blueprints for the vehicles. Only a trained eye would be able to spot the difference at first glance. The Sun UK reports: “Upon raiding the operation, police discovered eight replicas which were in the process of being assembled. Photos captured by police show some of the motors covered in dust and wrapped in plastic covers. The crooks were even fitting fraudulent badges, seats and accessories emblazoned with the iconic Italian brands”.
Everything was seized in the raid.
When the police arrived they found a well-oiled (pun intended!) operation. As CNN reports: “Tools, molds, fibers and frames used to manufacture the cars were also seized during the raid, police said. The shop was owned by a father and son, who were both arrested and face criminal charges for falsifying commercial property. The pair are thought to be the largest manufacturers of bootleg luxury vehicles in Brazil”. According to the two men who were arrested, they were making “legal prototypes”. Yeah, sure!
This has happened before elsewhere in the world.
The manufacture of bootleg luxury cars is not unique to Brazil. Nine years ago in 2010, a Thai man was made famous for his ability to build replica Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins. Thailand is one of the epicenters of global counterfeit of replicas of luxury goods.
Social media soon found some humor on the story of the Brazilian fake Italian supercars.
This dude, Peter Malcolm, bluntly claims that he has a Lambo: do we believe him or is he just bluffing?
These are some cool new words that need to enter the Oxford Dictionary!
This news story led to the creation of some fantastic new words. “Shamborghini” and “Fauxrrari” should definitely enter the dictionary as socially acceptable words. One thing is for certain, this duo, whose identity is concealed due to legal reasons, will go down in the history of counterfeiting as infamous legends.
And some people lauded the father-son duo as true entrepreneurs, products of Latin American neoliberalism!
As we said before, we do not condone this criminal activity. The car industry invests millions of dollars in the manufacturing, design and distribution of its products, and hundreds of jobs depend on it. But, as some social media users pointed out on CNN’s Facebook page, we gotta give them some credit. As one Gideon K. Langat pointed out: “They are actually offering a solution to the financially challenged with taste of class”. Well, if not being able to afford an Italian luxury supercar means being “financially challenged” then we all are, aren’t we?
BTW, an American father-son duo built a Lamborghini Aventador using a 3D printer!
An American dad and his son were playing video games when they suddenly decided to build a replica of one of the cars featured in the game. As The Sun UK reports: “Sterling Backus was inspired to build the supercar after his son said he liked it when they were playing video game Forza Horizon 3. But as he didn’t have the budget to buy a brand-new Aventador, valued at more than £270,000, he decided to get creative. Despite having no experience, the physicist turned to 3D printing to build the impressive motor. Over the past 18 months, the duo have spent an hour each day painstakingly gluing each panel onto the home-made chassis”. Wow, that is what we call parental dedication. This dude deserves some sort of Father of the Decade award.
A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has sentenced drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 30 years for his role in leading Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. A life sentence was mandatory; U.S. prosecutors had asked that three decades be added onto Guzmán’s punishment.
The sentence also includes a multibillion-dollar financial penalty for the wealthy drug dealer.
The former drug lord was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
A federal jury convicted Guzmán in February, finding him guilty of a raft of serious charges, from drug crimes to a murder conspiracy. His conviction included 10 counts of crimes such as narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in drug crimes and money laundering.
The 62-year-old former drug lord was extradited from his native Mexico to the US in January 2017. The terms of his extradition included a pledge that US authorities would not seek the death penalty.
The drug kingpin has repeatedly made headlines during his criminal career — first for the vast power he ruthlessly amassed and later for his seeming ability to break out of any prison in Mexico. In 2015, he escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time, after spending more than a decade eluding Mexican authorities. He lived outside the law for an additional six months, before he was captured in a high-profile operation in early 2016.
He’s also been ordered to pay more than $12 billion for his negative impacts on the country.
Drug kingpin El Chapo was ordered to forfeit more than $12.6 billion in ill-gotten drug money today. Many are already coming out with ideas on hote government should best spend that money.
While others are pointing out the irony in the government taking drug money as if it was simply taking its cut.
El Chapo’s attorney reiterated his call for a new trial over alleged misconduct by jurors.
This case was simply an inquisition. It was a show trial, and how it ended is exactly perfect for that description,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said. He said the government’s witnesses had included “lunatics and sociopaths and psychopaths” and that “up to five jurors broke the law — violated the law while they were judging Mr. Guzmán for crimes.”
After Guzmán was convicted, his defense team said the trial was tainted, claiming that members of the jury had ignored the judge’s orders not to read about the trial outside of court proceedings.
Guzmán plans to appeal, Lichtman said.
People were anxiously waiting to see if Guzmán would speak at his sentencing.
El Chapo spoke publicly for the first time since his conviction on Wednesday, complaining to a judge that his incarceration at a Manhattan lockup has been absolute “torture” before being sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
“I’ve been forced to drink unsanitary water. I’ve been denied access to fresh air and sunlight. The only sunlight I have in my cell comes through in the air vent,” the 62-year-old convicted drug kingpin told Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan ahead of his sentencing.
Guzmán concluded his lengthy remarks by saying, “The United States is no better than any other corrupt country that you don’t respect.”
So where will El Chapo likely be spending the rest of his life?
Since he was sentenced to life, El Chapo will likely be serving that sentence in just one facility – the supermax prison just outside of Florence, Colorado. That is, of course, as long as he doesn’t successfully escape…again.
Many were just counting down the weeks or months until his third escape.
Some on Twitter pointed out that he’s already evaded authorities bascially four times now and made two high-profile escapes, including from a supposed supermax prison facility in Mexico.
Many are questioning how long it will take him and his Sinoaloa cartel to break him out of his cell in Colorado…