Woman killed, man injured in Miami Gardens shooting

A woman is dead and a man was injured after shots were fired early Tuesday in Miami Gardens.

Police told Local 10 News that Paula Danis, 69, was found dead at a home near Northwest 17th Place and Northwest 157th Street. Jude Danis, 32, was wounded.

He was airlifted to a hospital. A medical helicopter landed at nearby North Dade Middle School.

Sky 10 flew above the scene, where a body on the ground was covered by a tarp.

“My neighbor said there was a body lying out in the yard,” Willie Harrell, who lives nearby, said.

The SWAT team was called to the scene.

“I heard, like, somebody was chasing somebody, and I heard a lot of gunshots,” Harrell said.

Jasmine Kearse said police showed up to her home about 6 a.m., banging on her door. Kearse said they ordered her out of her house “because they needed to make a barricade in the back.”

Miami Gardens police said there is probable cause to arrest Emmanuel Saint Fleur, 34, on a first degree murder charge. 

Police said the shooting was domestic-related. 

Officers said Saint Fleur’s ex-wife lived at the home with her mother and brother. He fatally shot his former mother-in-law and wounded his former brother-in-law, investigators said. His ex-wife escaped the gunfire.

“I (have) been trying to call him since last night, just to make sure he’s OK and everything is good with him,” Saint Fleur’s friend, Castel Jean Louis, said.

Jean Louis said he hasn’t spoke to Saint Fleur in nearly two weeks.

Miami-Dade County Public School District officials said outdoor activities were limited Tuesday at North Dade Middle School because of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 305-474-1560 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Stakes high for Trump, Democrats in Georgia House race

The eyes of the political world are on Atlanta’s northern suburbs Tuesday as voters go to the polls in a special election that’s about much more than the House seat up for grabs.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is aiming to win the seat outright — topping 50% and avoiding a runoff. If he succeeds, it would deliver a major blow to President Donald Trump and suggest the GOP’s House majority is in jeopardy in the 2018 midterms.

The race is to replace new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District — long a reliable Republican stronghold and the seat Newt Gingrich held on his rise to becoming House speaker in the 1990s.

It’s a “jungle primary” featuring 18 candidates — including 11 Republicans and four Democrats. If no one tops 50%, the top two finishers will advance to a June runoff.

Really, though, it’s all about Ossoff — the only candidate who is expected to be in the ballpark of 50%.

The 30-year-old former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker carries the weight of the anti-Trump resistance on his shoulders. In large part thanks to the liberal blog Daily Kos, Ossoff raised a staggering $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 — a figure made possible by his stature as the only Democrat with a clear path to flipping a Republican-held seat in one of the four special elections to replace Trump Cabinet selections this spring.

Ossoff benefits from being the only serious Democrat candidate, while Republicans have seen infighting among their 11 candidates — including several with high-profile support and campaigns, including former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Sen. Judson Hill, businessman and former state Sen. Dan Moody and Johns Creek City Councilman Bob Gray.

For Democrats, the race also offers a preview of its 2018 roadmap. The suburban district has all the characteristics — diversity, including Latino voters, higher-than-average education levels and a younger population — of those it hopes to flip in areas like Orange County, California, and the Texas suburbs.

It took a sudden evolution for the district to become competitive at all. Mitt Romney carried it over Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election by more than 23 percentage points, after all.

But 2016 told a much different story. Trump bested Hillary Clinton in the district by just 1.5 points. And Clinton carried Cobb County — a key population base of the district. It was the first time a Democrat had won Cobb County since Georgia’s Jimmy Carter was on the ballot.

Trump weighed in himself on the race Monday, tweeting: “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia (congressional) race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!”

He followed it up by recording a robocall attacking Ossoff the evening before the special election and telling voters they need to vote for any of the Republicans in the field.

“If you don’t vote tomorrow, Ossoff will raise your taxes, destroy your health care and flood our country with illegal immigrants,” Trump said. “Vote Republican.”

Republicans have long believed that all they must do is survive Tuesday without Ossoff hitting the 50% mark. If he falls short, the party believes Republican voters will coalesce around their nominee, preventing Ossoff’s numbers from climbing any higher in a runoff.

Democrats, though, note that Ossoff — who has dominated the airwaves — has still faced an onslaught of more than $4 million in attack ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.

“Ossoff will finally have an opponent to set up a clear and beneficial contrast. Until now, the Republican candidates have faced very little scrutiny or negative ads,” said Meredith Kelly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s communications director.

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When Daesh is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

By Ramzy Baroud Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached Al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalised its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been […]

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Student in police beating video says he feared for his life

The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12.

Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report.

Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window.

He also said he recognized Bongiovanni from an August 2016 traffic stop.

“That’s when I reached over to get my phone,” Hollins told CNN on Monday.

“[Bongiovanni] started yelling at me and saying that I’m not going to get video of this, ‘You’re not going to make any phone calls, nobody is going to know about this,'” Hollins said.

Hollins said Bongiovanni ordered him to get out of the car. Cell phone video recorded by a witness and posted on social media shows Hollins getting out of the car with his hands up.

“I tried to let him know I didn’t have anything where I could hurt him and, of course, me getting out with my hands up, that means basically I’m surrendering,” Hollins said.

Bongiovanni wrote in the police report that Hollins resisted arrest: “Hollins refused to place his hands behind his back, spun around and began to actively resist arrest by bending at the waist and trying to push me away.”

The cell phone video does not show Hollins attempting to push Bongiovanni.

Seconds later, the video shows Bongiovanni strike Hollins in the face with his elbow.

There is no mention of the strike in the police report.

“This sergeant, in his report, tried to portray Demetrius as some type of criminal he had to defend himself against, but really it’s the exact opposite,” Hollins’s attorney Justin Miller said.

Second officer on the scene

“After I got my hands up and he hit me, that’s when he stepped back and tased me in the back,” Hollins said. “I fell to the ground and then that’s when it stopped. The Taser stopped and that’s when he just did it again,” Hollins said.

As he lay on the asphalt, Hollins said he had one goal: Don’t move.

“He put me in handcuffs and I thought the whole ordeal was just over with and that’s when I seen another officer come out of nowhere and straight drop-kick me in the face; just stomp on my face,” Hollins said.

A second video posted to social media shows Gwinnett County Police Officer Robert McDonald kicking Hollins.

The Gwinnett County Police Department fired both officers on Thursday.

“The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking. We are fortunate that this second video was found and we were able to move swiftly to terminate a supervisor who lied and stepped outside of his training and state law,” the department said in a press release.

A previous incident

Wednesday’s traffic stop was not the first encounter for Hollins, Bongiovanni and McDonald. Bongiovanni pulled Hollins over in the same car and near the same intersection several months ago. According to Bongiovanni’s August 2016 report, Hollins was pulled over for a broken tail light. The sergeant said he smelled marijuana and found a loaded gun, a scale with “green leafy material” on it and a bottle with a fake compartment with green, leafy material inside.

The Gwinnett County Solicitor-General has dismissed that case against Hollins along with 88 other cases in which Bongiovanni and McDonald were the principal officers or necessary witnesses.

“The actions of these officers completely undermine their credibility and they cannot be relied upon as witnesses in any pending prosecution,” the Solicitor-General’s office said in a news release Friday.

A criminal investigation has been launched into each officer.

“These are crimes. It’s not something that you do in the line of duty. They are above and beyond the scope of what a police officer should be doing,” Miller said. “If these officers saw Demetrius do what they did to him to someone else, they would immediately put him in jail and he’d be tried and convicted — so, we want the same thing to happen to them,” Miller added.

Mike Puglise, an attorney for Bongiovanni, did not address the case specifically in an email response to questions from CNN. He said his client “served the citizens of Gwinnett County with honor and distinction. His efforts have been a reflection of his foremost desire to keep this community and its citizens safe.”

According to Puglise, McDonald does not yet have an attorney. CNN has been unable to contact McDonald.

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Oldest Palestinian Woman Dies at Age 109

The oldest Palestinian woman died at age 109 on Monday, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa. Labiba Mahmoud Odeh, who was born in 1908, died of natural causes in the Nablus-area village of Qaryut in the northern occupied West Bank, her son told Wafa on Monday. Odeh – a mother of five […]

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