California officer placed on leave after threatening teen skaters at gunpoint

first_imglzf/iStock(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) — A California police officer was placed on administrative leave this week after video appeared to show him threatening a group of teen skaters at gunpoint, authorities said Thursday.Cellphone footage showed the off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy pointing a handgun while visiting a skate park in San Clemente after a teen raised his skateboard at him. Witnesses said the confrontation began on Saturday night when the plain-clothes officer approached the teens and ordered them stop playing loud music.Things escalated when the officer appeared to grab the teen’s hand. The teen is seen pulling his hand away and begins to back away while raising his skateboard.That’s when the man pulled a small handgun out of his pocket, prompting the teen to drop his skateboard and retreat with his hands in the air.One of the teen’s parents told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the man did not immediately identify himself as a law enforcement officer. The man did appear to pull out a badge later on, although it was partially obscured by his fingers.“My friend didn’t know he was a cop. He was coming up to a friend very fast and aggressive, so my other friend jumped in and put his hand out for him to stop … the guy grabbed his hand aggressively,” a witness told CBSLA in an on-camera interview Wednesday. “My other friend held up his skateboard for him to stop, then the guy pulled a gun and said ‘I’ll shoot you in the f—ing face if you don’t stop.’”The Orange County Sheriff’s Department did not release the officer’s identity, but it confirmed he was placed administrative leave pending an internal investigation.“Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty,” the department said in a statement. “We take this incident seriously and will fully investigate. The investigation will be turned over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office at its conclusion.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Miami Herald Ranks Jamaica Among Most Prepared for COVID-19

first_imgPRECIOUS TIMEThe stringent measures do have one clear benefit, however: They buy time.Jamaica has been using its measured response to buy ventilators, protective gear and hospital beds, explained Health Minister Christopher Tufton.“Early in the day we decided it was better to take fairly strong measures – starting with public education, and then graduating into other restrictions in order to at least contain it, even while we prepare our public health system to deal with the inevitable,” he told the Miami Herald. IS IT WORKING?Now, while Jamaica has *30* coronavirus cases, neighboring Cuba has 80 and the Dominican Republic has at least 580, according to Pan American Health Organization, PAHO.While health professionals say such draconian, isolating measures are the only true safeguard against a novel virus, it’s still too soon to tell if the strategy is truly working. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has been noted by South Florida’s Miami Herald newspaper among countries that were most prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.The island joins a small hemispheric club that includes Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Peru and a handful of others that responded to the crisis with forceful measures that seemed excessive just days ago but now seem prescient.Jamaica was one of the first countries in the Caribbean to react to coronavirus, after seeing its first case on March 10. The country barred flights from hotzones, restricted the movement of tourists, enforced quarantines for all new arrivals and canceled school, among other measures. It also put part of an entire town, Bull Bay, on lockdown.last_img read more

Alex Wood and Ross Stripling are in the Dodgers’ starting rotation

first_imgLUX-URY RESERVEGavin Lux wasn’t in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day Monday, and the rookie is one of four players in the mix to play second base when the regular season begins, Roberts said. Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy are the others.“I think it’s open,” Roberts said. “I think that it’s going to be shared time. There’s a lot of things with Gavin’s swing … just trying to get him more at-bats in live (at-bats) and simulated. I thought his last at-bat last night, even though it was a strikeout, it was a good one.”An early hopeful for the National League Rookie of the Year award, Lux batted .240 with two home runs in 23 regular-season games for the Dodgers after debuting last September. He also had two hits, including a home run, in nine NL Division Series at-bats last October.KERSHAW’S CHALLENGEKershaw featured prominently in a short video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The video, released four days ago, kicked off an “In This Together” campaign to benefit the California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California: Our Kids, Our Future Fund.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Another starting pitching prospect, right-hander Mitchell White, dazzled the Diamondbacks on Sunday by retiring 15 of the 16 batters he faced. But he will not begin the season on the Dodgers’ 30-man roster.“Mitchell, if he continues to do what he’s doing, we’ve got to keep him built up,” Roberts said. “Anything could happen. To see him playing for us this year wouldn’t be a surprise at all.”Stripling, a 30-year-old right-hander, has shuffled between the bullpen and the rotation in four seasons since his debut. Wood, a 29-year-old lefty, was also on the bubble for a rotation spot after the Dodgers signed him to an incentive-laden contract in January. Both pitchers became more integral to the team’s plans this month.Last Tuesday, right-hander Jimmy Nelson underwent surgery on his lower back. He’ll need the entire 60-game regular season to recuperate. Left-hander David Price opted out of playing this year due to concerns with the novel coronavirus.Teams are allowed to begin the season with 30 players on their active roster. Roberts said he expects “15 to 17” pitchers to make the cut. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts throws after catching a fly ball during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gestures in the dugout during an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas (15) celebrates his home run with teammate David Peralta (6) during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows through on a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger warms up during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta (6) is picked off trying to steal second base by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas, top left, during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin, bottom, walks back after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, top left, during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson follows on a 2-RBI double during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandDodgers manager Dave Roberts effectively announced his starting rotation Monday, when he revealed Ross Stripling and Alex Wood were in the group of five.Roberts previously chose Clayton Kershaw to start on Opening Day, this Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. Julio Urías and Walker Buehler are also in the group.The most likely order? Stripling threw a simulated game Saturday, which lines him up to start Friday against the Giants. He’ll be followed in some order by Wood (who threw a simulated game Monday) and Urías (who started Monday’s exhibition game against the Diamondbacks). Buehler is slated to face the Houston Astros on July 28.That means right-hander Dustin May, whose promising rookie season in 2019 carried over into exhibition games this year, is ticketed for the bullpen. Roberts previously said it’s “certainly a possibility” that May will piggyback Buehler’s start against the Astros. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw also released a statement on June 19 – the Juneteenth holiday – in support of Black Lives Matter.Advocating for minorities is a new role for one of baseball’s most recognizable stars, and not without some risk. When the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on the street outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the President referred to the words as a “symbol of hate” in a subsequent tweet.If there has been any negative reaction to Kershaw’s activism, it hasn’t reached the pitcher.“Talking with guys, teammates, getting texts from people across the league, I think it’s been welcomed,” he said. “That’s not the reason to do it obviously. We did it because it’s the right thing to do. We believe that as a team, which was really cool to see. It wasn’t meant to be divisive, it wasn’t meant to be political. It was just meant to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. I think we did a great job of representing that message. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”ALSORoberts indicated pitcher Scott Alexander might not be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. “We haven’t made the decision yet on what his next steps will be,” Roberts said. Alexander, who has Type 1 diabetes, is allowed to opt out of the season and still receive his pro-rated pay and full service time. … Alexander and Pedro Baez both threw to teammates Monday, Roberts said. … Baez is not expected to appear in an exhibition game but will be in the Dodgers’ Opening Day bullpen. … Kershaw has been toying with a changeup in exhibition games. “I feel average with it,” he said. … Catcher Austin Barnes was able to catch in the bullpen session one day after leaving Sunday’s exhibition game with a sore left hand. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more