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This is the shocking moment a dying suspect is ignored by cops after pleading for help from the back of a police car.

Andrew Kearse died of cardiac arrhythmia on his way to a police station in Schenectady in May 2017 after being arrested for fleeing a traffic stop.

Harrowing footage shows him struggling to breathe in the back of the police car of Officer Mark Weekes during the three-mile drive to the station.

Documents and footage released by the Attorney General’s office reveal Kearse became unresponsive en route to the station after informing Weekes he couldn’t breathe and calling out to officers for help 20 times during seven minutes at the scene.

In the shocking footage released by the Attorney General this week, Kearse can be seen struggling to breathe in the back of the cop car
In the shocking footage released by the Attorney General this week, Kearse can be seen struggling to breathe in the back of the cop car
A report released alongside the footage said Kearse asked for help 29 times in the eight-minute drive to the station alone
A report released alongside the footage said Kearse asked for help 29 times in the eight-minute drive to the station alone

Weekes then drove Kearse directly to the station, but at a normal speed, and during the first eight minutes of the drive Kearse called out for help another 29 times without reply from the police officer – the Attorney General’s Office said.

The victim was then said to have collapsed in the back seat of the cop car and fallen silent just before they made it to the station.

Officers placed him on the sidewalk at the station, but it took Weekes another six minutes to begin chest compressions. Shortly after starting those, he called for paramedics, the report reads.

The video, along with a report, was released as a grand jury cleared city officer Mark Weekes of wrongdoing in Kearse’s death.

Acting Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood on Friday said the grand jury declined to file charges despite her office’s efforts.

‘After an exhaustive investigation, which we describe in detail in today’s report, we concluded that there was sufficient evidence that a crime had been committed to warrant a presentation to a grand jury,’ Underwood said in a prepared statement.

Another section of footage taken outside the police station shows Kearse collapsing and receiving CPR on the sidewalk
Another section of footage taken outside the police station shows Kearse collapsing and receiving CPR on the sidewalk
Kearse was said to have collapsed on the back seat of the police car just 40 seconds before it arrived at the police station
Kearse was said to have collapsed on the back seat of the police car just 40 seconds before it arrived at the police station

‘The grand jury, however, declined charges; we are prohibited by law from discussing what occurred in the grand jury.’

‘Regardless of the grand jury’s decision, Mr. Kearse’s death was a tragedy that never should have happened, and reforms must be made to prevent similar future tragedies,’ Underwood said.

‘To that end, we are urging crucial reforms to how police departments across the state handle medical emergencies.’

‘I want to be clear: A complaint about breathing difficulties should not be dismissed because the arrestee is able to talk,’ Underwood’s statement reads.

Kearse’s widow, Angelique Negroni-Kearse, both disappointed at the decision and hopeful at the recommendation.

‘I’m very disappointed in the grand jury, that they didn’t indict the officers,’ Negroni-Kearse said Friday afternoon.

Police officer Mark Weekes (center) was cleared of wrongdoing by the Attorney General's office on Friday
Police officer Mark Weekes (center) was cleared of wrongdoing by the Attorney General’s office on Friday
Kearse was said to have died from cardiac arrhythmia after an autopsy was carried out on him
Kearse was said to have died from cardiac arrhythmia after an autopsy was carried out on him
Kearse was said to have died from cardiac arrhythmia after an autopsy was carried out on him
Kearse was said to have died from cardiac arrhythmia after an autopsy was carried out on him

She hopes changes in the law for better medical response will be called ‘Andrew’s Law.’ She said that means something would come of her husband’s death.

‘For this tragedy to save other lives, then he didn’t die in vain,’ Negroni-Kearse said.

Kearse, who was freed April 26 from a two-year stint in prison for stealing credit cards and electronics from a car, was in Schenectady visiting on May 11 when he was pulled over for driving erratically.

He parked and took off. Why exactly the Kearse ran from police is unclear, but he’d failed to report to his parole officer after his release and an ‘absconder’ warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to correction records.

‘Officers themselves were judge, jury and executioner for my husband,’ said his widow, who learned of the death from news reports before police contacted her. ‘They did not give him the medical attention he asked for.’

Kearse's widow Angelique Negroni-Kearse filed a notice of claim announcing her intention to file a $25 million lawsuit against the upstate police
Kearse’s widow Angelique Negroni-Kearse filed a notice of claim announcing her intention to file a $25 million lawsuit against the upstate police
Weekes (right) was said to have taken six minutes after he arrived at the station to begin chest compressions
Weekes (right) was said to have taken six minutes after he arrived at the station to begin chest compressions
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Footage has emerged of the moment two family groups clashed in a wild confrontation in which a man fired a rifle and chased a car with a baseball bat.

Frederick Denis Cameron was sentenced to two years and 10 months’ imprisonment on Friday over the incident on his farm at Bowhill, east of Adelaide, in February.

Shocking video of the skirmish was filmed by the victims from the confines of their car.

Frederick Cameron (pictured) chases multiple intruders after firing a gunshot from a rifle he collected from his shed (back left)
Frederick Cameron (pictured) chases multiple intruders after firing a gunshot from a rifle he collected from his shed (back left)

Despite Cameron being filmed smashing windows and shooting a rifle multiple times, District Court Judge Gordon Barrett said both sides need to take some responsibility, the Advertiser reported.

Cameron can be seen in the footage chasing down a car while brandishing a baseball bat, only moments after shooting a bolt-action rifle into the air.

Cameron claimed the car was trespassing on his property and believed he was within his rights to defend himself.

The incident unfolded a day after an alleged road rage incident between the car’s occupants and Cameron’s son.

The men in the car, who were filming, told the court they were on Cameron’s property to photograph the car ‘that was involved in the incident the day before’.

Instead, what they captured on camera was a sequence of reckless driving, gunshots and violence.

Cameron (pictured) took a swing at the car only moments after shooting a gun in the air
Cameron (pictured) took a swing at the car only moments after shooting a gun in the air

The police were shown footage taken on a mobile phone of a black Holden sedan careering past them along Cameron’s paddocks, heading their car off as they approached the house on a gravel driveway.

Cameron can be seen exiting his car as both come to a stop, and reaching under a jet ski in his shed for a rifle.

He fired a single shot into the air, presumably as a warning.

Despite the gunshot, the intruders remained filming in their car as a furious Cameron screamed abuse and took a swing at their car with a baseball bat.

Several other men also tried to reach the car, armed with bats and a crowbar.

The intruders appeared to egg on Cameron, telling him they would be showing the video to police.

‘The police are getting this, yeah, the police,’ the cameraman said repeatedly.

‘Come on, keep it going.’

‘You damaged the car,’ he can be heard saying.

Cameron (left) and another man pursue the intruders after already taking swings at the car
Cameron (left) and another man pursue the intruders after already taking swings at the car

The men commented that they heard a second gunshot, as they were met by another group of men around the corner of the house, who broke another window.

The final charges weren’t laid until days after police were shown the footage because police could not locate the rifle.

Three days after the video was taken, Cameron’s son approached police, who soon after found the weapon abandoned 3km away from the property.

Initially, the son supported his father’s version of events, saying he didn’t know anything about a gun.

Judge Barrett brought this up at Cameron’s sentencing.

‘In his statement to the police, [one of your sons] said that he was more scared of you than he was of getting into trouble with the police.’

Cameron (wearing green) and three other men are seen in the footage brandishing bats and crowbars
Cameron (wearing green) and three other men are seen in the footage brandishing bats and crowbars

Cameron is the sole offender who has been jailed over the confrontation, in large part due to prior convictions, the judge said.

Cameron has a criminal record that dates back to his teens, as well as a 2014 offence of possessing a crossbow and an unregistered sawn-off shotgun.

Judge Barrett dismissed Cameron’s claim that the shotgun in the 2014 arrest was for ‘target practice’ and to put down injured or distressed sheep.

‘No one seems to have said anything about how unsuitable a sawnoff shotgun would be in putting down a distressed sheep or [for] target practice,’ Judge Barrett said.

Cameron has been jailed for two years and 10 months and will be eligible for parole next August.

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Father of murdered doctor expresses his pain as killer is sentenced

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Oct 27, 2018 1:30 PM
Businessman Rajivee Soni, 37 was sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder of Dr Bhavish Sewram. Picture: Shan Pillay/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Durban – “I would exchange my life for his if I could.”

Those were the words of Parmanand Sewram, 70, speaking about his son, Dr Bhavish Sewram, 33, who was gunned down by a hitman in 2013.

On Friday in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, the mastermind behind his son’s killing, businessman Rajivee Soni, 37 was sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder.

After the sentencing, Sewram senior spoke about the loss of his son and the impact the tragedy has had on his family.

“Although there was a sense of relief when judgment was passed, nothing will bring back my son. The loss of a child via a despicable deed is a loss that can never be overcome,” he said.

“We, as a family, would like to thank the investigating team, the prosecutor and the investigating officer for the excellent work done. Thanks also go out to family, friends and the community for their support and encouragement during this difficult time,” said Sewram.

He added that the family were disappointed that Soni would not spend a lifetime behind bars.

“I would exchange my life for (Bhavish’s) if I could,” said Sewram.

Soni was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for murder, 5 years for defeating the ends of justice, 18 months for assault and 5 years for conspiracy to commit murder. The sentences for the secondary charges will run concurrently with the other two sentences, effectively resulting in 30 years imprisonment.

The sentencing brought a trail of intrigue, jealousy and destruction to an end. It started when Soni thought his wife and friend, Bhavish Sewram, had become involved in a romantic relationship.

During the trial, the court heard that Soni shared a close friendship with Bhavish Sewram until January 2012, when he became angry after suspecting the affair.

Deciding to take revenge, Soni influenced two women on two separate occasions to lay false charges of sexual assault against Bhavish Sewram. The campaign to ruin the doctor’s reputation continued, with evidence showing Bhavish Sewram endured threats and intimidation. Soni also hired people to shoot at the doctor with a high-powered paintball. Sewram sustained injuries in the attack.

Soni then decided he had to kill his former friend and approached Brian Treasurer, a former policeman, with an offer of R100 000 to carry out the deed.

Treasurer enlisted the help of Mfaniseni Nxumalo and Sabelo Dlamini to help him and on May 13, 2013, the trio drove to the doctor’s surgery. Treasurer waited in the vehicle while Dlamini got out and shot Bhavish Sewram, who died at the scene.

The trial lasted five years.

In aggravation of sentence, senior State advocate Johan du Toit handed in a victim impact statement by Bhavish’s father, Parmanand Sewram. It highlighted how his family relied on the deceased for emotional, as well as financial, support. In the statement, Bhavish was described as a kind-hearted person who contributed to the healthcare of the community.

The accused’s co-conspirators, Treasurer, Dlamini and Nxumalo had previously been sentenced. Dlamini had pleaded guilty to the murder and had received a 25-year-sentence, while Nxumalo and Treasurer were sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2015.

Treasurer died earlier this year while serving his sentence.

After the sentencing, Soni applied for leave to appeal, which was granted and set down for November 21 at the Durban High Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, advocate Moipone Noko, welcomed the sentence and conviction.

“I hope this sentence will assist in curbing the scourge of violence and killings that is currently reigning in our province,” said Noko.

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Oct 26, 2018 6:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump (all times local):

President Donald Trump is confirming that a suspect in the mail bomb scare is in custody and says he will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

Trump, in his first remarks since Cesar Sayoc, 56, was apprehended in Florida, declared that “we must never allow political violence take root in America.”

More than 10 mail bombs have been sent in recent days to political opponents of the president.

Trump declared that “these terrorizing acts are despicable” and said Americans “must unify.”

But his remarks came just hours after Trump tweeted a complaint that the media’s focus on bombs was distracting from Republican efforts in the upcoming midterm elections.

He also put the word “bomb” in quotes, a seeming nod to those who believed the scare was a hoax.

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12:30 p.m.

The name of the man detained in connection with the pipe bomb scare is Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, according to law enforcement officials.

Four officials familiar with the investigation identified the man to The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record.

It was not clear whether Sayoc had been formally charged in the rash of devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation and covering the vehicle with a blue tarp. (Oct. 26)

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11:59 a.m.

Law enforcement officers were seen on television Friday examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation, Florida.

The stickers included images of American flags, and what appeared to be logos of the Republican National Committee and CNN, though the writing surrounding those images was unclear.

Officials covered the vehicle with a blue tarp before removing it from the Florida neighborhood where it was found.

Law enforcement officials have not said whether the van in question was connected to the person taken into custody in Florida in connection with the mail bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

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11:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he will “address the investigation into the bomb packages” shortly.

Trump is scheduled to speak Friday at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House. He tweeted that he will speak about the investigation at the event.

Trump’s tweet came after the Justice Department said federal authorities arrested a man in Florida on Friday in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages.

The development came amid a coast-to-coast manhunt for the person responsible for a series of explosive devices addressed to Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation and covering the vehicle with a blue tarp. (Oct. 26)

Earlier in the day, Trump referenced “this “Bomb” stuff” on Twitter, saying the scare was distracting from Republican efforts in the midterm elections.

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11:42 a.m.

A law enforcement official says the person in custody in connection with package bombs sent to prominent Democrats is a man in his 50s.

Two other law enforcement officials said the man was taken into custody in Florida. The person’s name was not immediately released. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities have located 12 devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation and covering the vehicle with a blue tarp. (Oct. 26)

The targets have all been high-profile critics of the president.

The Justice Department has scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference to discuss the investigation.

—By Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo

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11:26 a.m.

Two law enforcement officials say a person was taken into custody in Florida in connection with package bombs that were sent to high-profile critics of the president.

The officials weren’t authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The person’s name was not immediately released.

Video from television news helicopters showed federal agents and police officers examining a white van in the parking lot of a business in Plantation, Florida.

The van had several stickers on the windows, including American flags.

Officials located 12 devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation and covering the vehicle with a blue tarp. (Oct. 26)

— By Michael Balsamo

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11:10 a.m.

The Justice Department says a person has been taken into custody in connection with a series of package bombs sent to prominent Democrats.

Spokeswoman Sarah Flores says a news conference is scheduled for later Friday. The person’s name was not immediately released.

Officials have located 12 devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation and covering the vehicle with a blue tarp. (Oct. 26)

The FBI said Friday that a package addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, was intercepted in Florida. Another was discovered at a Manhattan postal facility and was addressed to former national intelligence director James Clapper at CNN’s address.

The targets have all been high-profile critics of President Donald Trump.

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11 a.m.

President Donald Trump is arguing that a mail bomb scare targeting Democratic politicians and CNN is distracting from his midterm election efforts, dismissing it as “this ‘Bomb’ stuff.”

Trump tweets Friday morning: “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”

The president’s comments came as two more suspicious packages were discovered Friday. They were addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

That brings the total number of devices to 12 in recent days. The targets have all been high-profile critics of the president.

Trump initially called for unity, but quickly turned to blaming the press for the divisive political climate.

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10:10 a.m.

A law enforcement official has confirmed to The Associated Press that the suspicious package addressed to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker was found during an overnight search of the Opa-locka, Florida, mail facility that lasted until 4 a.m. Friday.

The official said the package was similar to the others sent to targets of right-wing anger, with the return address listed as the Sunrise, Florida, office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The official did not know if the package was outgoing or a return-to-sender mailing.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to reporters on the ongoing investigation.

— By Curt Anderson in Miami

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9:50 a.m.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says he is not surprised he has been targeted with a suspicious package.

Clapper told CNN Friday morning that the devices sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump in recent days were “definitely domestic terrorism.”

Two officials told the AP that a package was discovered at a postal facility in Midtown Manhattan. One official said it was addressed to Clapper. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clapper described the situation as “serious,” but said it is “not going to silence the administration’s critics.”

Clapper stressed that he did not want to suggest any direct link between Trump’s past rhetoric and the packages. But he said Trump should bear responsibility for the “coarseness and uncivility of the dialogue in this country.”

— By Michael R. Sisak in New York and Michael Balsamo in Washington

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9:40 a.m.

Robert De Niro is calling on people to vote in light of the series of bombs mailed to targets of right-wing anger.

In a statement released by his publicist on Friday, the actor says “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People must vote!”

A suspicious package containing what authorities described as a crude pipe bomb was discovered at De Niro’s New York City office on Thursday.

De Niro says he is thankful no one was hurt. He also thanked “the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us.”

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9:25 a.m.

Two law enforcement officials say a package closely resembling parcels sent to critics of President Donald Trump has been found at a postal facility in New York City.

A police bomb squad was responding to a post office in Midtown Manhattan to check out the item, which was discovered by postal workers. One official says it was addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police were advising pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area while they investigate.

The post office is near several Broadway theaters

— By Michael R. Sisak in New York and Michael Balsamo in Washington

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8:55 a.m.

The FBI says a suspicious package addressed to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has been recovered in Florida and is similar in appearance to the other ones received in the last few days.

That’s the 11th package this week.

The targets of packages containing pipe bombs have been prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

Other packages have been intended for people including former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, philanthropist George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Maxine Waters.

The FBI is doing a nationwide manhunt for whoever is sending the pipe bomb packages. Officials are trying to determine if the sender or senders was trying to sow fear or actually cause physical destruction.

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5:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump claims he’s being blamed for the mail bombs addressed to some of his most prominent critics.

Trump says in a tweet sent before dawn Friday, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’”

Pipe bombs were sent to Trump critics including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and to ex-CIA director John Brennan at CNN but didn’t explode.

Trump tweeted Thursday much of the anger in society is caused by the “Mainstream Media.”

Brennan replied Trump should stop blaming others and should “Look in the mirror.” Brennan advises Trump to “try to act Presidential.”

CNN hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment before business hours.

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1:30 a.m.

Investigators have been searching coast-to-coast for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day.

Three more devices were linked to the plot Thursday — two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and one to actor Robert De Niro — bringing the total to 10 in an outbreak of politically loaded menace with little if any precedent.

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening. A search of a postal database suggested at least some may have been mailed from Florida.

For the AP’s complete coverage of the mail-bomb scare: https://apnews.com/PipeBombAttacks

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