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Portland Man Arrested For Trying To Steal Local Gay Bar's Pride Flag

Svobodapng-79869cb4bb321451Over the weekend Portland police found Daniel Svoboda attempting to scale the face of a local gay bar in broad daylight, apparently attempting to steal the establishment’s gay pride flag.

Authorities discovered Svoboda 14 feet in the air, clinging to the drainage pipe attached to Silverado, which is located in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood.

According to the officers that arrested him Svoboda appeared to have been confused and disoriented at the time of his arrest. It’s unclear exactly why he was trying to steal the flag.


NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault on Gay Couple


The NYPD says it has identified the suspect involved in an assault on a gay couple in the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea as Bayna El-Amin, ABC 7 reports:

Detectives have been tracking him for about a week, but have not been able to take him into custody. They will put out his picture later Tuesday.

"I have him identified, we are seeking him now. He's been identified for about a week. We will see if we can get him in," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. "He is a career criminal. We believe he has fled the state."

DNAInfo adds:

Bayna shouted anti-gay slurs at the men before hitting them with the chair, according to police.

El-Amin has 18 prior arrests spanning back to 1993, police said. All but two of those incidents took place out of state.

He has arrests on record in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey for assault, shop lifting, drug possession, credit card fraud, forgery and possession of stolen property. El-Amin's two most recent arrests took place in New York state in April 2012 and October 2013, but both cases were sealed, police said.

Animal New York adds:

Bayna El-Amin’s Facebook appears to have been deleted, but Google’s cache for the page shows that he says he works in “Personal Security for Sketchie ENTertainment,” a nightclub promotion company. Both people who answered the phones at the phone numbers listed on Sketchie’s Facebook page said it was the wrong number. An email to Sketchie has not received a response.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect on May 7, one day after disturbing video emerged of a brawl inside the restaurant during which Jonathan Snipes was cracked over the head with a wooden chair.

San Diego Man Who Purposefully Spread HIV Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail


Thomas Miguel Guerra, the San Diego man accused of having purposefully spread HIV to unknowing sexual partners, has been sentenced to a six-month stint in jail. Six months was the maximum penalty that Guerra could have been hit with for having sexual relations with at least 24 different men in the past few months, knowingly spreading HIV in each instance. Earlier this year Guerra pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charges leveled against him, and during his sentencing he refused to accept the terms of the three-year probation. 

Jan Goldsmith, San Diego’s City Attorney, expressed that during the sentencing, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis explained that while the maximum sentence was being handed down, the maximum “was inadequate given the damage done to the victim and the danger to the public posed by the defendant.”

The victim who filed the lawsuit against Guerra first began to suspect that something was amiss while the two men were in a relationship in 2013. It wasn’t until after Guerra’s ex was contacted by another one of Guerra’s former sex partners who had similar suspicious that the man began dig deeper. 

Guerra’s ex would eventually discover texts "where he's stating he's negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his 'positive load.’ It's crude, it's...I don't know how someone could treat another individual like that." He soon after decided to pursue legal action.

Freddie Gray's Death Ruled Homicide, Six Baltimore Police Officers to Face Charges: VIDEO


Six Baltimore police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died last month after being injured in police custody, The Baltimore Sun reports:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, assault, manslaughter, misconduct and other charges.

Officer William Porter, 25, and Lt. Brian Rice, 41, were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Officer Edward Nero, 29, and Officer Garrett Miller, 26, were charged with assault and misconduct.

CNN adds:

MosbyBaltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters Friday that her office's investigation, coupled with a medical examiner's determination that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges. 

Mosby said no crime was committed by Gray and that he was illegally arrested.

Gray's death triggered an avalanche of protests in Baltimore and more than one angry confrontation with news reporters.

Watch Mosby's news conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Baltimore Protester Fires Back at MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Over Media Coverage of Riots: VIDEO


The media's reporting (and framing) of the unrest in Baltimore has been frustrating for many city residents, as evidenced by heated exchanges between protesters and talking heads like Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. 

On Tuesday, Roberts interviewed protester Danielle Williams about whether rioting and looting were the best way to represent a community searching for justice. Williams said it wasn't before quickly putting the spotlight back on Roberts and the wider media coverage of the Freddie Gray case:

"My question to you is, when we were out here protesting all last week for six days straight peacefully, there were no news cameras, there were no helicopters, there was no riot gear, and nobody heard us. So now that we've burned down buildings and set businesses on fire and looted buildings, now all of the sudden everybody wants to hear us. Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry? I mean, enough is enough. We've had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. 

Watch the tense exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Baltimore Set Ablaze with Riots After Funeral of Freddie Gray; National Guard Called, Curfew Set

As you are probably aware, Baltimore erupted in riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray yesterday, the 25-year-old man who died while in police custody.

RiotsAt least 15 police officers have been injured, and the National Guard has been called in. Businesses have been destroyed and looted, and vehicles set ablaze.

A 10 pm - 5am curfew has been instituted starting on Tuesday by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Sun reports:

She drew a distinction between peaceful protesters and “thugs” she said engaged in rioting Monday intend on “destroying our city.”

“It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody,” Rawlings-Blake said.

At Rawlings-Blake's request, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating the Maryland National Guard. The order does not affect citizens' rights, but is required to activate the Guard and authorize federal assistance, Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said. It is not "martial law," Maryland National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh said.

The governor is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, he said in a press conference.

Let's hope for peace.


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