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A Pastor And His Family Were Arrested Outside Of Their Church In Georgia And The Video Has Gone Viral

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On March 26, a family was arrested in front of their place of worship in the outskirts of Atlanta. The video of the arrest has gone viral on Facebook because it appears to show excessive force by the police officers. But the story about what led up to this arrest is a lot more complicated than what the four-minute video shows.

The video, which has more than a million views, shows a white officer confronting a Latino family.

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Posted by Constantino Espinoza on Monday, March 26, 2018

The viral video has even been shared by former judge Jeanine Pirro — a Fox News legal correspondent. She captioned the video by saying: “Not complying with Police. Assaulting Police Officers. Stealing Police property (radio and tasers) Yep, you’re all going to jail.”

From some sympathetic commenters on social media, the uproar seems to be that the officer used excessive force on a teenage boy and an older woman. The officer is seen using tasers and pepper spray on the suspects, but the video does not show why the officers are there, or what led up to the arrest.

Police arrested Pastor Wilmer R. Cruz, his wife Cristina Cruz and their two teenage sons.

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The arrest occurred at Inglesia Cristiana Evangelica Church in Lilburn, just outside Atlanta.

In an interview with mitu, Chief Bruce Hedley said that Lilburn Police were called to the scene after the mother of a teenage female runaway reported her missing. She said that her daughter was with 17-year-old Wilmer Cruz.

Chief Hedley says that the two young people are in fact dating and that the female was staying with the family. He also added that the mother of Wilmer, Cristina, had a restraining order against her and that she was in violation of that restraining order. The police department did not specify who filed the order. He didn’t, however, specify who had initiated the restraining order. 

Authorities released the body cam of the officer, which shows the family did not want to allow the female teen to speak to the officer.

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Posted by Constantino Espinoza on Monday, March 26, 2018

The video also shows Wilmer interaction with the officer and the family begins to crowd the officer in order to prevent him from taking the teenage female that was in the car at the time.

“Officers repeatedly instructed people to stand back and continued to attempt to speak to the missing juvenile in the parked car,” Lilburn Police Department said in a statement. “Several people did not comply and in turn challenged and assaulted the officers. During the altercation, officers were kicked, choked, and attempts were made to take officer’s equipment. Eventually officers were able to contain the situation using crowd control training tactics and kept the situation from escalating further.”

Chief Hedley also says that the officer was initially outnumbered and that he showed “extreme levels of constraint.”

In another video provided by police, Cristina tells an officer than the her back was hurt during the arrest.

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The body cam shows the officer speaking to Cristina in Spanish and then goes over to the officer in question to tell him about the complaint from Cristina but the sound is then muted.

The family is currently in custody awaiting trail at Gwinnett County Jail. The teenage female has since been reunited with her family.


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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

Georgia has been in the news for some not so good legislation, much like Alabama. However, the recent news from an Atlanta all-girls STEM school is touching hearts and making people cry. Lupita Nyong’o used her fame and her money to give young girls of color hope for their future.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o surprised female 6th-grade students with a $25,000 donation.

The “Us” star stopped by at the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership school in Atlanta to show support for the girls and their studies in science and technology.

“Good Morning America” voted the students “Most Likely To Succeed” for their quail-raising program.

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“I feel like I’m looking into the faces of the future and it gives me deep hope to see how open, how alive and how positive that future could be,” Nyong’ o said, according to ABC. “When I look into this room I see problem solvers. I see creative thinkers. I see activists. But most importantly I see women who are learning how to learn and learners change the world.”

The money will go toward school supplies, classroom projects, and more.

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The girls have been nurturing quail and selling the quail eggs to people in their community. It’s a way for them to provide fresh food and also raise money for their program.

“Being a quail guardian has taught me respect and responsibility and just how to be a better person in general,” student McKynzie Spearman said, according to ABC.

Check out the moment that Nyong’o walked to surprise the students.

Her words will remain with them forever. You can see in the faces of the girls that their life changed by being praised by someone they have immense respect for.

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A News Agency Faces Well-Deserved Backlash After Reporting That Veladoras Are Actually Causing Cartel Activity

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A News Agency Faces Well-Deserved Backlash After Reporting That Veladoras Are Actually Causing Cartel Activity

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Local Atlanta news station WSB-2 garnered a firestorm of criticism on social media after they tweeted out a promo to a story they were airing that night that sensationalized the emergence of veladoras in the Atlanta-metro area. The news station claimed that the Catholic prayer candles devoted to saints were tools used largely by “cartel traffickers” to keep themselves from being captured by the police.

The news station claimed in their Tweets that they would be “investigating” the surge of prayer candles on the streets of Atlanta.

“Cartel traffickers pray to their own set of ‘narco saints’ that make them more dangerous,” the news station tweeted. “@MarkWinneWSB goes undercover to see just how common they are and where they are on display in metro Atlanta”.

They went on to post an equally-alarmist follow-up tweet. “Statues and candles worshiped by drug dealers are popping up across Georgia”. They then posed the question as to if the candles were “making our streets more dangerous”.

Spotting the misleading reporting for what it was, many Twitter users spoke out against what they believed was groundless fear-mongering.

One Twitter user in particular, political expert and British historian Dr. Jennifer Wunder, quickly took action to have the Tweets taken down. Dr. Wunder condemned the Tweet for what she called “irresponsible” reporting.

“Stop this irresponsible nonsense, WSB,” she said in a Tweet responding to the news story. “You are showing pictures of common prayer candles, yet using language & suppositions that evoke both fear & discriminatory behavior from people who don’t know any better.”

She went on to criticize the news outlet for erroneously painting all people who purchase and own veladoras as “dangerous drug traffickers”.

Contrary to the misleading Twitter posts, veladoras, or votive candles, are widely used across Latinx and the larger Catholic community as a way to honor and express devotion to a chosen saint.

Naturally, some common-sense Twitter users called the news station out on their yellow journalism.

The truth is, media coverage like this negatively impacts the way the general population thinks about Latinx communities.

This woman gave the news station a much-needed history lesson.

Anyone who has a basic knowledge of Latinx and Catholic communities know that lighting candles in honor of Saints is not a practice reserved for narcos.

This woman made a very accurate point about the widespread and harmless use of Saint-worship as part of spiritual life in the US.

What’s next? A regular ceremonia de confirmación being reported as a Satanic ritual?

This Latina pointed out the very-likely lack of representation behind the scenes at WSB.

Media content like this is the reason the Latinx community is rallying for more equal representation behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera–without an insider’s perspective on stories that portray Latinx life, it is much more likely that stories will continue to be inaccurately reported.

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