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Dishonorably Discharged Ex-Navy Bronx Resident With A History Of DWI Mows Down Innocent People In NYC

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On the hottest day of the year in NYC so far, with temperatures reaching into the ’90s, Times Square was abuzz with people. Some were taking lunch, others were being tourists and enjoying the weather. All that changed with a tire-screeching U-turn on 42nd and 7th. A car mounted a sidewalk, drove down several streets and left one 18-year-old tourist dead and more than 20 people injured.

Richard Rojas, 26, a former member of the U.S. Navy, was apprehended at the scene of the crime right after crashing his vehicle on 45th and Broadway — probably one of the busiest intersections in the world — and jumping out. Witnesses claim he was crazed and lunged at police as they tried to apprehend him. Some said he was clearly intoxicated at the time. According to NBC News, Rojas was dishonorably discharged from the Navy in 2014 after resisting arrest in Florida. He held the rank of electrician’s mate fireman apprentice.

Rojas crashed into the bollards (those metal rods on the sidewalk) outside of the Swatch flagship store in Times Square.

The incident ended across the street from the Viacom building, where hundreds of people work.

After climbing up on the sidewalk with his burgundy sedan, Rojas plowed through large groups of people on the busy sidewalk, hitting many in his way before crashing hard, almost flipping the car and running out as flames engulfed the vehicle.

Sidewalks were completely blocked as police and firemen got the situation under control.

Sources say that Rojas has a history of DUIs and may have been smoking synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

After a struggle with police, where his shirt was ripped from his body, he was eventually subdued and arrested.

Mayor Bill De Blasio arrived on the scene to reassure New Yorkers it was not being considered a terror attack.

Video footage shows that safety barriers recently erected by the city saved lives today, eventually bringing the vehicle to a stop.

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According to Reuters a 6-year, $55 million renovation was recently completed in Times Square to help with congestion, and to erect the safety bollards that eventually stopped Rojas and his vehicle today.

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This Town In Mexico Was Fed Up With Cartels Trying To Take Their Avocado Farms So They Fought Back

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This Town In Mexico Was Fed Up With Cartels Trying To Take Their Avocado Farms So They Fought Back

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The increase in demand for avocados has caused friction in their native land. Just like with diamonds in Central and Western Africa and oil in the Middle East, U.S. demand for certain goods can cause locals to fight amongst themselves for their livelihood.

Mexican avocado farmers recently faced the same friction with the cartels who wanted the business for themselves. But the avocado farmers in Tancítaro, Michoacán in Mexico weren’t having that shit. Not one bit.

An article in The Guardian recently said that Tancítaro, Michoacán in Mexico is “the world capital of avocado production.”

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With Avocados growing into a billion dollar industry, due to increased excitement for the fruit in the U.S. and around the world, cartels tried taking over.

Avocado farmers then created a civilian task force to protect their crops.

They’ve created fortress-like check points and have amassed weapons of all kinds from machine guns to sticks and bulletproof-glass-lined trucks.

The civilian defense force, as the Guardian reports, “was inspired by Mexico’s now well-known vigilante movement – led by controversial civilian autodefensa militia.”

However, having heard that cartels were gathering members by the dozens and attacking police and officials in towns nearby, the farmers knew they had to be ready, locked and loaded. They went about essentially building a small army, and have slowly, but surely, taken back their lands.

The farmers council created a group called the Tancítaro Public Security Force, or CUSEPT in Spanish.

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They have hired guns, who are mostly ex-military and help defend the billion-dollar industry that the avocado workers have tried so hard to sustain. Although CUSEPT is essentially a mercenary alternative, with the government’s hands tied up and busy with the Trump administration, many cities have experienced boosts in violent crime and have little time to train and support police forces around the country.

The fascination in the U.S. with the avocado isn’t helping and although CUSEPT is working right now to keep the cartels at bay, there’s no telling what the future holds.

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READ: Report Claims Mexico Is Second Deadliest Country And Mexico Isn’t Having It

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