Judge refuses to release 4 accused of beating disabled youth

These booking photos provided by the Chicago Police Department show, from left, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington and Jordan Hill, four people charged, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

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Vicious attack on California homeless man caught on camera at Venice Beach Boardwalk

The victim tries to defend himself from a man beating him with a folding chair.

The victim tries to defend himself from a man beating him with a folding chair.   KNBC

A bystander recorded the brutal beat down after other witnesses called 911. The victim was taken to a hospital and expected to recover — but the suspects were still at large Thursday.

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Wash. State High Schoolers Brutally Beaten in Sports Hazing Initiation: Police

Snohomish County, Wash., authorities are investigating the incident, which they say happened Monday night in a park near Inglemoor High School. Students with the unofficial football fan group the ‘Naked Viks’ were allegedly beaten with golf clubs and PVC pipes.

Snohomish County detectives are investigating if a group of seniors who graduated from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore will be charged in a brutal hazing incident.

Snohomish County detectives are investigating if a group of seniors who graduated from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore will be charged in a brutal hazing incident.    http://www.kirotv.com

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Snohomish County, Wash., detectives are investigating if a group of seniors who graduated from Inglemoor High School in Kenmore will be charged in a brutal hazing incident that left seven juniors with angry welts across their backs.

A group of high school juniors were brutally beaten and humiliated in what authorities said they believed was a hazing ritual for an exclusive sports fan club.

Authorities in Snohomish County, Wash., are investigating the incident, which occurred Monday night in a park near Inglemoor High School, where students with the unofficial football fan group the “Naked Viks” were beaten with golf clubs and PVC pipes.

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Florida teen who beat classmate, hospitalized her banned from county schools

A Jackonsville, Fla., girl attacked her schoolmate outside the school — leaving the 14-year-old with a fractured skull — and, as a result, a judge has banned the attacker from returning to any public schools in Duval County.

Aria Jewett was beat by another student as 30 classmates watched.

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14-year-old attack victim Aria Jewett was beaten by another student as 30 classmates watched.

A teenage girl, who pummeled a schoolmate in a Jacksonville, Fla., middle school and left her with a fractured skull, has been banned by a court order from attending any public schools in the county.

A Florida appeals court has since suspended the order by Florida circuit Judge Henry Davis, who wrote that the alleged attacker — so far unnamed — “is a threat to all of the children at any school. The injunction is a permanent injunction barring this child from returning to any public school in Duval County.”

The unnamed girl attacks Aria Jewett outside the middle school. The aggressor has a history of being in fights.
The unnamed girl attacks Aria Jewett outside the middle school. The aggressor has a history of being in fights.  CBS News

It was two months ago when the victim, 14-year-old Aria Jewitt, was attacked near the Oceanway Middle school by a female classmate, who slammed the victim’s head into a stone wall while about 30 other students watched. The attacker was arrested for aggravated assault.

The event was recorded on a mobile phone, showing how the attacker continued to beat on Jewitt after she had fallen to the ground.

“She had everyone else videotape it,” Jewett said according to CBS News.. “She had the girl bring me over there. She probably had this planned.”

Jewett said that her attacker has a history of videotaped assaults like this. She claims to have seen five of them, “and she still never got expelled or anything.”

Jewett is recovering from a head injury suffered during the beating.
Jewett is recovering from a head injury suffered during the beating.  CBS News

The attack has upset the community, but not the school’s superintendent.

“I don’t think we should use the bad decision that children make outside of school as an example or scapegoat to make a message,” Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said, who countered Judge Davis’ ruling by saying that public education is a constitutional right.

“I believe the perpetrator should be provided the same opportunity,” Vitti said. “It’s a tough decision, but my role as superintendent is to support the law.”

A lawyer for Jewett’s attacker told CBS News in a statement: “Our goal is to return our client, a child, to a public school so she can complete her studies for this academic year.”

Florida couple starved girl, 11, until she weighed just 40 pounds

Former cop John Patrick Bailey, 46, and Jacqueline Michelle Bailey, 45, are accused of keeping the girl from food and sleep, beating her and making her stand in a bucket of bleach.

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 	John and Jacqueline Bailey were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly starving and beating an 11-year-old girl who weighed a mere 40 pounds at the time of her rescue.

John and Jacqueline Bailey were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly starving and beating an 11-year-old girl who weighed a mere 40 pounds at the time of her rescue.

A Florida couple starved an 11-year-old girl in their care until she weighed just 40 pounds as part of a sickening campaign of abuse, police said.

Former cop John Patrick Bailey, 46, and Jacqueline Michelle Bailey, 45, of Tavares are accused of keeping her from eating — by locking refrigerators shut — until she looked like a 4-years-old.

The Tavares High School teaching assistant and his wife also allegedly made her stand in buckets of bleach, giving her severe chemical burns on her feet and ankles, at their Lake County home.

Cops also say the couple beat her naked body with Bailey’s police belt, a ruler and a table-tennis paddle — and made her do jumping jacks if she fell asleep before midnight.

“She probably looks to be 4, 5 or 6 years old to the average person when in fact she is 11,” Children and Families spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner told WESH.com.

“I can’t say who reported this abuse but I will tell you without a doubt that this individual or individuals probably saved her life.”

The duo was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. They have now been released on bond and Bailey has been suspended from his job.

Their alleged victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Hmong Christian Leader in Vietnam Beaten to Death in Police Custody, Sources Say

Electrical shock torture suspected; autopsy report claims he stuck hand in electrical outlet.

The body of Vam Ngaij Vaj, who died in police custody in Vietnam’s Central Highlands after suspected torture by the communist regime.

March 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A Hmong church leader in Vietnam has been beaten to death in police custody, area sources said.

Police beat Vam Ngaij Vaj around his neck and shoulders and likely used electric shock on him, resulting in his death on March 17, said a church leader who spoke with those who viewed the battered corpse.

“They think he could have been electrocuted as well as beaten,” said a Hmong Christian leader in Vietnam.

Vaj, of Cu Jut District, Dak Nong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, and his wife were clearing brush from their field in nearby Dak Ha Commune of Dak Glong District when they were arrested for “illegally destroying the forest” on March 16. Hmong churches in the Central Highlands often report harassment by a communist regime that views Christianity as a threat, and the spurious charge of “destroying forest” on their own property was consistent with such harassment.

The husband and wife were transported to a police station in Gia Nghia Town and placed in separate cells, Christian sources said. That night Vaj was savagely beaten and tortured by police, the sources said, and the next day local authorities informed his younger brother that he had died.

This news came as a shock as Vaj, in his late 30s, was in excellent health, the sources said. They added that the killing terrorized the Hmong Christian community.

Police informed Vaj’s younger brother that an autopsy would be performed, and officers subsequently announced that he had died from electric shock by placing his hand in an electrical outlet.

A photo of Vaj’s neck and shoulders show signs of severe trauma. Those who saw the corpse said they suspected electric shock had been used, consistent with the announced cause of death.

Hmong Christians and their leaders believe such ill-treatment comes because they are Christians. Since the mid-1990s, more than 35,000 Christian Hmong have fled their native area in Vietnam’s Northwest Mountainous Region to the Central Highlands, some 800 miles south, because of pressure and persecution from authorities and sometimes from Hmong animists.

Conditions have not been much better for some who moved to the new area. Pushed to marginal lands, the migrating Christian Hmong with great effort carved out fields, built shelters, and planted crops. It was the experience of many that just when the first crops were ready for harvest, they would be expelled on one pretext or another and have to repeat the back-breaking process.

Local authorities or military officers then sold the confiscated, newly-developed land to ethnic Vietnamese settlers or to large agricultural companies.

The many indigenous ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands, collectively called Montagnards, have long seen their traditional lands confiscated with no compensation or recourse. Mass protests that erupted against land grabs and religious persecution in the Central Highlands a decade ago were brutally crushed by the military. An estimated 100 Montagnard Christian men still languish in northern prisons for their participation in those protests.

Vaj’s body was eventually released to the family, and the church arranged a funeral and buried Vaj on March 21. Vaj’s family members belong to a Hmong Protestant congregation in Cu Jut District, where he served as a church elder. This congregation belongs to the government-registered Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South), Vietnam’s largest Protestant body.

In sending out this news about the murder, Hmong Christian leaders risked their welfare by asking for international intervention in hopes of some justice. Their own denominational leaders, they said, were too timid or afraid to advocate for them.

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