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Teenage Inmate Pedro Hernandez Is A Free Man After A Year Of Maintaining His Innocence His Case Was Thrown Out Amidst Allegations Of Corruption By Police

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After spending a year in prison, 17 year-old Pedro Hernandez of the Bronx, has been set free. Hernandez was arrested for the shooting of another teenager back in 2015. When he went to trial, instead of taking a plea bargain that would have set him free and allowed him to take advantage of a college scholarship, he maintained his innocence. His bail was set to $250,000 and his trial date pushed back beyond the date he needed to be a free man in order to accept the scholarship, in essence, losing it. Although things looked bleak for him, Hernandez, found a way to become a leader while incarcerated at Rikers Island, mentoring others and completing his studies.

Things changed when his family hired private investigator Manuel Gomez, who uncovered corruption by the arresting officer, who once gambled with dice for one young man’s freedom. Gomez says there are up to 49 other cases tried by the same prosecutor and police officer where corruption has played a role. At one point, a crowdfunding page was set up to help pay for Hernandez’s bail. After hearing the case, a judge dropped his bail to $100,000, at which point the Robert F. Kennedy human rights organization stepped in to post bail. As of this week, the case was dismissed in court. Hernandez is set to return for another robbery charge in the coming weeks. Those charges are also expected to be dismissed.


[H/T] WPIX11

READ: This Bronx Student Won A Full Scholarship To College But Can’t Use It Because He’s In Jail Trying To Prove His Innocence


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El Elotero Who Had His Cart Flipped Got A New Cart And It's Dope AF

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El Elotero Who Had His Cart Flipped Got A New Cart And It’s Dope AF

New cart for El Elotero

Posted by Aura Bogado on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thanks to some volunteers, this elotero is better than ever.

Benjamín Ramirez captured everyone’s attention this past July when he shot video of his elote cart being flipped over by an angry pedestrian who was later identified as an Argentine singer named Carlos Hakas. Journalist Aura Bogado of LAist has been following Ramirez’s story, and the latest chapter shows that humans can be capable of incredible levels of compassion and kindness.

According to LAist, Benajmín now has a brand new, custom made elotero cart thanks to the labor of different people in the Los Angeles bicycle-making community. According to LAist, Jay Pee, who works for Los Ryderz bike club, and welder Art Ramirez (who is of no relation to Benjamín), first alerted the community to their intention of creating a custom elotero cart for Benjamín. It wasn’t long until a total of 10 people came together to create a moving work of art. After meeting with Benjamín to find out what he needed in a cart, the crew got to work. Benjamín’s new cart includes both traditional and USB outlets to charge his phone, remote-controlled color LED lights, and a powder coat meant to elongate the life of the cart. The project, according to LAist, took five days and cost $2,500 between parts and labor but it was free for Benjamín.

“I was disgusted by what happened [to Benjamín],” Chad Majer, who works with One Big Club and did the electrical work on the cart, told LAist. “So I asked how I could help.”

Read more about the elotero’s new cart @ LAist.

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READ: An Elotero Had His Cart Thrown To Ground And He Got It All On Video

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