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New Footage Shows This Latino Father Was Put Into A Deadly Chokehold By The Husband Of An Off Duty Cop

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Video was recently released of 24-year-old John Hernandez, a father and Houston resident, being choked to death by the husband of an off-duty deputy outside of a Denny’s restaurant. As Fox 26 reported, on May 28, Hernandez’s wife took him to Denny’s for some coffee after a night out drinking and watching a sporting event. From the video above, you can see Hernandez wearing what appears to be a Chivas jersey, the Mexican soccer team that had won the league championship earlier that day. According to reports, Hernandez had been drinking heavily and went outside to relieve himself in front of the Denny’s.

Although there is no footage of Hernandez urinating outside, investigators say a man named Terry Thompson saw him do it and confronted him, which led to a verbal altercation that eventually became physical. The 41-year-old Thompson held Hernandez in a strangle hold on the ground until he became unconscious. At that time his wife, Deputy Chauna Thompson, began CPR until paramedics arrived, but they were too late. Upon arrival at the hospital, Hernandez was in a coma and was removed from life support within a few days.

Footage of the altercation taken by a bystander was posted online. The video showed the chokehold, the deputy helping restrain Hernandez, and other bystanders trying to stop the person recording from getting a good look at what was going on.

This footage of Hernandez being strangled by the husband of an off-duty deputy was just released.

(WARNING: Some viewers may find this footage disturbing.)

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When police finally arrived on the scene, Hernandez was taken to the hospital and Thompson was released. Police are saying he isn’t getting preferential treatment just because his wife is a deputy. Hernandez’s family feels differently.

Protesters marched in East Houston for action to be taken against the Thompsons.

They carried signs that read “Justice for Johnny.”

Several of Hernandez’s family members led the march and gathered with protesters at a press conference to call for justice.

Hernandez’s aunt named the District Attorney, the Sheriff as well as Deputy Thompson and her husband, urging officials to take action.

According to Houston’s NBC affiliate, Hernandez’s death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner.

“It’s not fair just because he’s Mexican nobody helped him. It’s because the other guy was married with the [deputy],” said Gilberto Garcia, who attended a vigil on Sunday by Hernandez’s family and supporters.


Update 6/8/17:

Terry and Chauna Thompson have been charged by a grand jury with the murder of John Hernandez according to KHOU-TV, a Houston based CBS affiliate. In an article on their site, they quoted District Attorney Kim Ogg who said: “We believe that this grand jury true bill is a reflection of our community’s belief that a crime occurred and that crime was murder.” As of Thursday evening the two have not yet been taken into custody and have been allowed to surrender.


READ: Family Of Unarmed Man Who Was Killed By Off-Duty Police Officer Says They Had A History


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Racists Threatened To Call ICE On This Mexican Restaurant After They Kept Their Mask Rule

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Racists Threatened To Call ICE On This Mexican Restaurant After They Kept Their Mask Rule

Several states across the country (mostly governed by Republican leaders) have decided to repeal their mask mandates despite their own health officials urging against such moves.

Yes, the vaccine roll out has improved under the Biden administration – with nearly 2 million people getting vaccinated each day – but that is still not enough for the United States to reach herd immunity over night.

Now, thanks to these irresponsible moves by Republican governors, Americans are left to fend for themselves against anti-makers. In fact, a Mexican restaurant in Texas that decided to keep its mask mandate for diners is now facing racist attacks with people threatening to call ICE on its workers.

Texas Mexican restaurant is facing a backlash for sticking to its mask rules.

Houston’s Picos Restaurant, a small family-owned Mexican restaurant, is facing racist threatening comments after deciding to prioritize public health amid an ongoing pandemic. Several people sent hateful messages through social media and called the restaurant, threatening to report staffers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“It was just horrific,” co-owner Monica Richards told the Washington Post. “People don’t understand unless you’re in our business what it felt like, how hard it was to go through everything we went through during covid. For people to be negative toward us for trying to remain safe, so that this doesn’t continue to happen, just makes zero sense to us.”

Picos decided to maintain their mask mandate as the governor lifted the state-wide one.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) rescind the statewide mask mandate despite the fact that a vast majority of his state’s residents remain vulnerable to COVID-19. The governor has ignored the advice of his own public health officials who say the state should wait on lifting these mandates until their is a greater incidence of vaccination in communities.

With Abbotts order, Texas will become the largest state in the nation to no longer require masks, which has not come easily for many businesses that are navigating enforcement mask rules to protect employees and customers while facing backlash.

Experts agree that masks are among the most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19, but they’ve also become a partisan symbol. Masks have become so symbolic that one conservative group is set to hold a mask burning party the day the order is lifted, according to the Washington Post.

Picos hasn’t been the only restaurant facing such a backlash.

In fact, another Mexican restaurant in Houston, Cantina Bar, has been the victim of similar threatening messages, while several staff have been intimidated by screaming customers who refuse to wear masks even while it was required by a state order. Another Houston Mexican restaurant, Cantina Barba, received similar intimidating messages, and staff have been bullied by some screaming customers who refused to wear masks while it was required statewide, co-owner Steven O’Sullivan said.

“This has been ongoing through covid,” co-owner Steven O’Sullivan told the Post. “We’ve had threats of calling ICE. I had one guy just stand there and berate one of my bartenders and tell her ‘you’re an absolute idiot, you don’t know what you’re doing. If you think these masks are going to save your life, you’re stupid’ blah, blah, blah. Nobody wants to deal with that stuff.”

Another employee at a separate restaurant had to get stitches after he was hit in the head with a glass by a maskless customer he approached, Houston Police said. Hopefully, the governor will still encourage his constituents to do what’s right and continue to wear masks when asked to do.

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Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character

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Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character

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It seems like Ted Cruz can’t stay away from the spotlight. On the heels of a very public* scandal, Cruz is now drumming up some more controversy for himself. But now he’s inserting himself into some pre-existing drama.

This time, Rafael Cruz decided to share his opinion on a recent dispute in the Star Wars universe. Yes, you read that right.

Ted Cruz–who has had his fair share of celebrity feuds— decided to pick a fight with Star Wars actress, Daisy Ridley.

The drama started when Cruz tweeted about the ongoing conflict between Disney and “The Mandalorian” actress, Gina Carano.

As background, Disney fired Carano from the hit show after she shared various controversial, far-right opinions on social media. Her posts included anti-mask rhetoric, Q-Anon conspiracies, and promoting false election fraud rumors. Oh, and she also compared being a conservative in Hollywood to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.

Since Carano’s firing, many conservative figures have publicly come to her defense. One of them being Ted Cruz.

Recently, Rafael tweeted out: “Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her.”

For those who aren’t well versed in the Star Wars universe, Cruz’s tweet seemed to be throwing subtle shade at the character of Rey–a female Jedi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Sure, you could call Rey “emotionally tortured”…or you could call her a normal person who expresses normal feelings. *Shrug*

Anyway, Daisy Ridley–the actress who played Rey–soon caught wind of the diss when an interviewer brought it to her attention.

The interviewer than asked if Ridley had any response to her character being classified as an “emotionally tortured Jedi”.At first, Ridley seemed visibly surprised that Cruz shaded her character. But she quickly regained her composure–as well as her wit.

“I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn’t leave their state when it’s having a terrible time,” she quipped.

Looks like Cruz had to learn the hard way not to mess with the Force.

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