Rodney King was thrust into the public spotlight when a camera captured him being brutally beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991. Four officers involved were acquitted, sparking infamous riots that shut down the city of Los Angeles and created a national controversy.
King was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday. Here is a look back on his life and legacy.
March 3, 1991 – Rodney King is beaten by LAPD officers after a high-speed chase through Los Angeles County. George Holliday videotapes the beating from his apartment balcony.
March 4, 1991 – Holliday delivers the tape to local television station, KTLA.
March 7, 1991 – Rodney King is released without being charged.
March 15, 1991 – Police Sgt. Stacey Koon and officers Laurence Michael Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno are indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury in connection with the beating.
May 10, 1991 – A grand jury refuses to indict 17 officers who stood by at the King beating and did nothing.
November 26, 1991 – Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg orders the trial of the four officers charged in the King beating to be moved to Simi Valley.
April 29 1992 – The four white LAPD officers are acquitted of beating King. Riots start at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South Central Los Angeles. Reginald Denny, a white truck driver, is pulled from his truck and beaten. A news helicopter captures the beating on videotape. California Gov. Pete Wilson declares a state of emergency and calls in National Guard troops.
April 30- May 4, 1992 – Dusk to dawn curfews are enforced in the City and County of Los Angeles.
May 1, 1992 – Rodney King makes an emotional plea for calm, stating, "People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it horrible for the older people and the kids?"
August 4, 1992 – A federal grand jury returns indictments against Koon, Powell, Wind, and Briseno on the charge of violating the civil rights of Rodney King.
February 25, 1993 – The trial of the officers begins.
April 16, 1993 – The federal jury convicts Koon and Powell on one charge of violating King's civil rights. Wind and Briseno are found not guilty. No disturbances follow the verdict.
August 4, 1993 – U.S. District Judge John Davies sentences both Koon and Officer Laurence M. Powell to 30 months in prison for violating King's civil rights. Powell is found guilty of violating King's constitutional right to be free from an arrest made with "unreasonable force." Ranking officer Koon is convicted of permitting the civil rights violation to occur.
April 19, 1994 – The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles awards King $3.8 million in compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. King had demanded $56 million, or $1 million for every blow struck by the officers.
June 1, 1994 – Rodney King is awarded $0 in punitive damages in a civil trial against the police officers. He had asked for $15 million.
April 2012 – Rodney King's autobiography, "The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption. Learning How We Can All Get Along," is published.
June 17, 2012 – Rodney King is found dead in his pool in Los Angeles. There are no preliminary signs of foul play, police say, and no obvious injuries on King's body. Police say they are conducting a drowning investigation.
By the numbers
- Fifty-five people died in the Los Angeles riots. 2,000 were injured.
- More than 1,00 buildings were destroyed or damaged causing an estimated loss¬† of $1 billion.
- More than 3,000 disaster loan applications were filed.
- Government assistance awarded totaled $900 million.
- The Holliday video shows King being struck by police batons more than 50 times. More than 20 officers were present at the scene, most from the LAPD.
- Rodney King suffered 11 fractures and other injuries due to the beating.
- More than 9,800 National Guard troops were dispatched to restore order.
- The highest troop presence was on the night of May 3. There were 1,100 Marines, 600 Army soldiers, and 6,500 National Guard troops on patrol.
Baseball fans who tuned into Sirius XM‚Äôs "Power Alley" on Monday didn‚Äôt hear the familiar voice of analyst Jim Duquette.
Instead, the former general manager of the New York Mets and one-time vice president of the Baltimore Orioles had more important business: trying to save his daughter‚Äôs life.
Ten-year-old Lindsey Duquette has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the New York Daily News reports.
Duquette was scheduled to go under the knife at Johns Hopkins Hospital, not far from the family's Maryland home, where he was donating his right kidney, the Daily News reported.
In many ways Lindsey Duquette is like any other fourth grader: concerned with life's pressing issues, like convincing her parents to give her an e-mail account, the Baltimore Sun reported.
"Can I pleeeaaase have an email account?" she is quoted as saying in the the paper quoted her as asking.
But life is different and at times uncertain for Lindsey.¬†She has suffered nearly her whole life, first showing symptoms at the end of 2004, the same year her father was Mets GM. ¬†She¬†had both of her kidneys removed after going into end-stage renal failure last year.
The Baltimore Sun article described Lindsey's scarred kidneys leaking protein into her blood and draining her of the vibrant personality, though it seems to have returned since she began daily dialysis treatments.
Now, with the help of her father's kidney, Lindsey has a shot at going into remission from the disease, for which there is no known cure.
Lindsey's outlook is positive. She is looking forward to beginning a new phase of her life with "Raven," the name she gave the kidney, in honor of the local NFL team.
[Updated 10:29 p.m. ET] Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said more than 80 bodies had been recovered from the crash site by 1 a.m. (8 p.m. Sunday ET), 10 of which belonged to people who were on the ground. He added that, if there are people still buried under the rubble, he doubts that they are still alive.
[Updated 5:39 p.m. ET] iReport: CNN PRODUCER NOTE ¬†¬†¬† Ilori says he was not at the scene when the plane crashed, but he lives a few streets away from the crash site. He says that when he was traveling back home he came across really bad traffic. 'I saw a lot of people staring at some houses. I was agitated, but then someone told me there was a crash, and the crash happened to be a few streets away from my house.' Read the full story and see images.
[Updated 4:34 p.m. ET] - (CNN) - There were no survivors in the crash Sunday of an airliner carrying 153 people that went down into a residential neighborhood of Lagos, said Mohammed Sani Sidi, director of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency. Authorities have not released any information on casualties on the ground.
[Updated 4:32 p.m. ET]¬†iReport: Images from Lagos, Nigeria
[Updated 3:45 p.m. ET] By the CNN Wire Staff LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) - An airliner carrying 153 people crashed Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Nigeria's most populated city, setting off fires and causing pandemonium at the scene.
Mohammed Sani Sidi, director general of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday evening that authorities are not yet detailing how many people on the plane or on the ground in Lagos died in the crash.
"They're still going through the wreckage," added Patrick Abbah, the general manager for search and rescue from the same agency, at 8:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET). "We haven't had any survivors yet."
The Dana Air flight destined for Lagos from Abuja crashed in the early afternoon into a building, said Akande Iyiola, zone coordinator with the emergency management agency. The neighborhood was about five miles from the city's airport, said Abbah.
The crash triggered three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the agency.
Speaking to CNN around 6:15 p.m., Sidi described the scene as "devastation."
"All efforts are being put together to make sure that a rescue is carried out now," he said.
Hundreds upon hundreds of civilians were gathered around the crash site Sunday afternoon and evening, along with rescue workers and security personnel. Yet at that point, there were no lights on and the area hadn't been cordoned off.
"Everybody is present," said Abbah, referring to firefighters, security and more. "It's all hands on deck."
While the emergency management director said around 6:15 p.m. that "the fire has been stopped now," a CNN reporter on the scene about 45 minutes later could still see "orange flames."
[Updated 3:27 p.m. ET] More details emerge from Lagos.
[Updated 1:52 p.m. ET] CNN spoke to a Nigerian official about today's Dana Air plan crash.
[Updated 12:20 p.m. ET] A passenger plane carrying 153 people has crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, state rescue officials confirmed Sunday. The Dana Air flight attempted to take off from Lagos and went down in a residential neighborhood, resulting in three house fires, said Labaran Ahmed, a rescue officer with the national emergency management agency.
Dana Airlines Limited has run commercial flights since 2008, according to the company's website. Dana says its "fleet currently consists of Boeing MD83 aircrafts which have a higher number of passenger seats and a larger cargo capacity than currently available in the country."
A mystery that has enthralled Americans for nearly a century may be on its way to being solved.
New evidence released¬†Friday revealed clues that may solve the mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart, Discovery News reports.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced that a new study suggests that dozens of radio signals once dismissed were actually transmissions from Earhart‚Äôs plane after she vanished during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.
The announcement was made at the start of a three-day conference in Washington dedicated to Earhart and the group‚Äôs search for the famous aviator‚Äôs remains and the wreckage of her plane.
On the conference website, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery called Earhart‚Äôs unanswered distress calls ‚ÄúThe smoking gun that was swept under the rug.‚ÄĚ
Discovery News reported that the group has determined 57 ‚Äúcredible‚ÄĚ radio transmissions from Earhart after her plane went down.
It has been researching the disappearance of Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, and her Lockheed Electra aircraft for 24 years. Its members have developed a theory that Earhart‚Äôs remains lie on Nikumaroro Island in the Western Pacific.
Nikumoro Island, then called Gardner‚Äôs Island, had been uninhabited since 1892, the group said. In its version of Earhart‚Äôs final days, she and Noonan landed there after failing to find another island. They landed safely and radioed for help, the hypothesis goes. Eventually, the Electra was swept away by the tide, and Earhart and Noonan could no longer use its radio to call for help. U.S. Navy search planes flew over the island, but not seeing the Electra, they passed on and continued the search elsewhere.
The discovery of what is believed to be an old jar of anti-freckle cream may also provide clues to this decades-old mystery. It is suspected that the cosmetic bottle found on Nikumaroro Island once belonged to Earhart.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery¬†will launch an expedition to Nikumaroro Island on July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart‚Äôs disappearance. This is their ninth expedition.
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Are some U.S. citizens paying for the crimes - real or alleged - of their past, long after they‚Äôve done their time?
Donald McMahon, a convicted criminal turned contributing member of society, thinks so and shared his story with CNN. McMahon said he is constantly haunted by the ghosts of his past, his former self constantly resurrected on the pages of publications and websites that post old mug shots then demand large sums of money to remove or hide them.
The story was a catalyst for debate on CNN.com, causing readers to opine on everything from rights to privacy versus the rights of the accused to what‚Äôs fair in the pursuit of earning a dollar.
MugshotMadness: As a publisher of a few "mug shot" sites, I feel that I am doing a service for the communities in which we publish. I understand how having your mug shot posted online could adversely affect someone. You also have to understand a couple other things. This info is public and if you had not been arrested, your photo would not have been on our sites. We are one of the few sites who do not not charge to remove a record IF you can send us verifiable information that the charges were dropped or you were found not guilty. I will admit that I am in this business to make a buck, but that does not mean I do not have a heart. If you show up on my sites, it's because of your actions and not because I am trying to extort you.
MichelleBD: "Stop being a victim/take responsibility...." and similar BS mantra sound like something off Fox News. These people are trying to move on with their lives while this lowlife is digging up dirt and publishing it and then demanding large sums of money to take it off. That's like tossing an anvil to a drowning victim and then blaming them for their own drowning. The people that own these sites could not care less about the public's interest, it's all about making a quick buck instead of working at a real job.
In a digital age - is your reputation your responsibility? Or do we need government intervention?
Kristine Harley: How about creating new content about yourself? Blog your positive achievements, post constructive comments on sites, upload videos to YouTube and get friends to comment on them. Build a website of your achievements, your charitable intentions, etc. At least counter your past with your present.
pearlyQ: We should at least be protected from "for-profit mug shot websites and newspapers" that only wish to exploit and extort. They are currently "legal" because arrest pictures and records are legal. These records should only be legal for government agencies and authorized parties use.
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When a soldier puts on his uniform for the first time, has he joined the ranks of our nation‚Äôs heroes? Or is he simply doing his job? MSNBC‚Äôs Chris Hayes chose Memorial Day to share his opinion that military service alone does not a hero make ‚Äď an opinion¬†he quickly rescinded and publicly apologized for amid a barrage of criticism.
While many thought the newsman was out of line, others supported him as simply¬†exercising his rights to tell an uncomfortable truth.
Ed¬†He should be fired! Not only is it insensitive but shows that he has no understanding of the news that he reports.
Michael¬†So every person that dies is a hero? If that's a case, we need a new word to describe someone who does something heroic.
Obvious Guy¬†Why should he be fired, Ed? I thought we had freedom of speech, which is exactly what he is exercising.
Alex¬†No, he shouldn't. He told an uncomfortable truth. Not every soldier is a hero. Most are just soldiers, very few are heroes, and (thankfully) a very very few are villains. That distribution is representative of humans in general.‚Ä®noun, plural he¬∑roes‚Ä®1. a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities
ConLaw¬†That's right, let's fire him for expressing his opinion. Might as well get rid of the First Amendment while we're at it, the whole right to free speech thing.
Some, including former servicemen, felt that a hero is defined by action in or out of the military.
Beadlesaz The word *hero* is greatly overused. Just serving in the military doesn't make one a hero. If so, what do you call the fellow (or woman) who lays down his life to help his comrades survive? Those who serve in the military do so at possibly great personal peril and the nation should be thankful. But service to one's country should be viewed as good citizenship. And, such service may take many forms ‚Äď not everyone can or should serve in the military. Let's save the hero worship for those who truly deserve it.
- Retired Navy Captain
RootenTooten No real need for Chris to apologize. If anything maybe Memorial Day might not have been the best time to have such a discussion, but fundamentally he's right ‚Äď the mere act of putting on a uniform, any uniform, doesn't make a Hero. To broaden that term to anyone who has put on a uniform only makes it meaningless. I've even seen some who post here making it seem like ONLY those in uniform could possibly be heroes, or even understand heroism or be qualified to comment on it ‚Äď I hate to break it to these folks but plain old civilians save each others lives and sacrifice for others on a daily basis, all over the country and around the world. Are these folks not heroes because they aren't in the military ?
What's most telling about this to me is whenever someone who has performed an act of pure bravery and self sacrifice and saved lives or prevented disaster, military or civilian, is interviewed, the interviewer always asks a question along the lines of "So how does it feel to me/do you consider yourself a Hero ?" and the true Hero always replies "I'm not a hero. I just did what had to be done"
Some debated whether serving in the military is inherently heroic, or just a case of working citizens doing their job.
Phil Dolan The military has defined who is and who is not a hero in the military for centuries. Aren't they more qualified to define a military hero than some news guy who never served? The military rewards men/women who are designated heroes with one or more of several awards for valor.
For example, if you are looking at a soldier wearing a Purple Heart or other award of valor then you are looking at a hero. A real hero.
I served in Vietnam and I've looked in the faces of many heroes. Plus, there is nothing wrong with calling anyone who served a hero. But to say they are not heroes is an insult to everyone who did serve.
Liz Chris is right. For most recruits, joining the service is an economic choice. It's a job, it can pay for college, etc. Just doing what you're paid to do isn't heroic. I'll always whole-heartedly support the troops even though I believe war is wrong and the rationale given the young people is mostly lies. Many, many of them come back disillusioned, traumatized both physically and psychologically, and against war. But heroism is above and beyond what is expected, for the benefit of another.
Sunday is just a little sunnier in the San Francisco Bay today.
It is the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and to honor the iconic structure, project Solar Beacon was unleashed. Solar Beacon is an art installation that sits atop the bridge's towers and shines two lights "that are bright as the sun, but much smaller in size," across the Bay Area. People can log onto the Solar Beacon website and schedule their own personal show by designating where they would like the lights to shine.
"During the 75th Anniversary celebrations¬†and the months that follow, the solar beam will directly link the line of sight between the public and the bridge they love," the project's website reads.
Solar Beacon is a feat of art and science, similar to the "International Orange" suspension bridge itself. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge took four years and claimed the lives of 11 men. It nearly took the lives of 19 more whose fates were changed by a safety net installed under the bridge for workers. These 19 came to be known as the "Half-way-to-Hell Club."
Despite it's gruesome underpinnings, the bridge was heralded for its aesthetics upon its opening to the public in 1937 - prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to call it a "Thirty-five million dollar steel harp!"
The Golden Gate bridge has become a meaningful destination for Bay Area residents - many of whom will celebrate the anniversary at a festival today.
Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:
War crimes sentence expected for former Liberia leader
The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II is expected to be sentenced Wednesday.
Charles Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, was convicted last month of aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror that involved murder, rape, sexual slavery and conscripting children younger than 15.
There is no death penalty in international criminal law, and Taylor, 64, would serve out any sentence in a British prison.
Last month's ruling by the international tribunal was the first war crimes conviction of a former head of state by an international court since the Nuremberg trials after World War II that convicted Adm. Karl Doenitz, who became president of Germany briefly after Adolf Hitler's suicide. Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was tried by an international tribunal, but he died before a judgment was issued.
Earlier this month, Taylor said he was wrongly portrayed, and that he tried to bring peace to Sierra Leone. He said his trial was corrupted by money, and that witnesses were paid off.
Will WikiLeaks founder be extradited to Sweden?
Britain's Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault lodged by two women.
WikiLeaks, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, gained global fame in 2010 with the leaks of documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and then followed up by leaking nearly a quarter million State Department cables. ¬†A U.S. Army intelligence analyst is facing charges on suspicion of leaking¬†hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
Assange has repeatedly denied the rape and sexual assault allegations. While fighting extradition, Assange has been under house arrest in Britain since December 2010. He recently started a talk show that he runs from Britain but airs on a Russian television network.
Youngest spelling bee participant makes history
At 6 years old, Lori Anne Madison from Prince William County, Virginia, will become the youngest speller to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this Wednesday in National Harbor, Maryland.
Madison was born on November 9, 2005. It was determined that she is the youngest according to records from the origination that date back to 1993. According to Mike Hickerson, a communications manager with the bee, there have been four spellers since 1993 that were 8 years old.
This year‚Äôs bee is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday with 278 young spellers. They are competing for the main prize, which includes a $30,000 cash prize, engraved trophy, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, a Nook Color and from Encyclopaedia Brtiannica, $2,600 in reference works.
Medal of Freedom honorees
On Tuesday, 13 people will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. It is the nation's highest civilian honor, awarded¬† to those who make extraordinary contributions to world peace, national interest and security, or other cultural endeavors.
Jan Karski, a Polish Underground officer who delivered the first of the Holocaust's eyewitness accounts to the world, Gordon Hirabayashi, who¬†defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts, will be awarded posthumously.
Also to be awarded: 64th U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, civil rights enforcer and public servant John Doar, musician Bob Dylan, physician and¬†epidemiologist William Foege (who lead a successful campaign to eradicate smallpox), former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, workers and women's advocate Dolores Huerta, novelist Toni Morrison, former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt, former Associate Justice John Paul Stevens and ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres.
Deposed Egyptian president Mubarak sentencing
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to be sentenced on Saturday. A final verdict will also be delivered in his trial on charges of corruption and ordering the deaths of more than 800 people who protested his regime and demanded his ouster.
In the event that Mubarak is found guilty, prosecutors formally requested in January a penalty of death by hanging. Throughout the trial, clashes outside of the courtroom have occurred between police and families of the slain protestors.
The ailing Mubarak, who was president from October 1981 to February 2011, has denied the charges. This sentencing comes more than a week after voting began in Egypt's presidential election
Tony Blair to take the stand in British phone hacking inquiry
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is set to take the stand at the Leveson Inquiry on Monday. The inquiry was established in July to investigate a phone hacking scandal involving media giant Rupert Murdoch¬†and his flagship British publication News of the World. Blair is expected to give oral testimony on the relationship between the press and people in positions of government power in the U.K.
NASA: Space Hubble will predict future of the galaxy 'with certainty'
Is it the end of the world as we know it? NASA scientists will host a public science update in Washington on Thursday explaining how the Hubble Space Telescope will "predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our entire galaxy, sun and solar system." The briefing, which will discuss the odds of the Milky Way colliding with another galaxy billions of years from now, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and www.nasa.gov. NASA will also hold a live web chat following the press conference.
Madonna kicks off world tour
Pop icon Madonna will kick off her "MDNA" world tour ¬†in Tel Aviv on Thursday. There are 76 shows already scheduled for the world tour of the 53-year-old material girl's latest chart-topping album.
It‚Äôs officially a stellar week for Elon Musk, the billionaire engineer behind SpaceX, the company that made history Tuesday¬†launching the first private spacecraft¬†bound for the International Space Station.
The rocket,¬†originally set to hit the stratosphere Saturday, might have taken to the sky a few days late, but the¬†excitement Musk expressed¬†on Twitter about the launch extends a victory streak that also includes more earthly passions.
On Monday, Musk¬†tweeted¬†that Tesla ‚Äď the luxury electric car company he¬†co-founded in Silicon Valley¬†- had reached a ‚Äúmajor milestone‚ÄĚ by completing crash testing and gaining approval for sale to the public.
The 8000ers¬†is an exclusive group, and the of cost of entry is high. Really high.
There are only 14 peaks in the world that extend 8,000 meters (26,247 feet)¬† into the atmosphere, including, of course, Earth's highest point - Mt. Everest. Unfortunately for some, the thrill of reaching that monumental 8,000-meter mark comes with more than just bragging rights. Altitude sickness, a potentially deadly risk of climbing, can set in at 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). And during the weekend, that was the fatal illness that befell some Everest hikers who paid the ultimate price.
Here are some of the telltale signs of and tips for combating altitude sickness:
Climb slowly. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are more likely to get acute mountain sickness if you climb faster and exert a lot of energy.
Stay hydrated, and eat your carbs. Expert's can't say for sure what causes altitude sickness, but longstanding advice says drink lots of (nonalcoholic) fluids, avoid sleeping pills or medicine that can affect breathing, and eat your carbs.
Take ibuprofen. Ibuprofen fights brain swelling, which, in rare cases, can be a fatal aspect of altitude sickness.
Know the symptoms. Other symptoms the National Institutes of Health says to look out for:
Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was¬†sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for spying on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September 2010.
Ravi will also serve three years of probation, complete community service and pay more than $11,000 in restitution for the conviction. But after potentially facing deportation and 10 years of jail time for using a webcam to spy on Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in the Hudson River, the world is taking to the web with their opinions on the sentence.
A miscarriage of justice?¬†
Faiza S Khan ‚ÄŹ@BhopalHouse¬†If the law means vile Dharun Ravi gets 30 days for bullying his roommate to point of suicide, surely something wrong with the law?
A missed opportunity?¬†
Ethel Mertz ‚ÄŹ@boyalexboy¬†Best community service is having Dharun Ravi go out and speak at high schools as a warning to bullies to mind their own business.
John Kultgen‚ÄŹ¬†@getitsally¬†I believe in learning from even the worst mistakes. I don't have any "should" belief of what should happen to Dharun Ravi.
Childish prank or heinous crime?¬†
Bryan Jones:¬†He is a kid that did what hundreds of thousands of kids do everyday... something stupid. The judge did a great job. Don't make it into something it isn't.
Anthony Negron:¬†I think you don't know what you are talking about. If an U.S. citizen did this overseas, they would of made the U.S. kid an example in that country
Heather Anne: Yes, but that there not here and it not what we're about.
An issue of privacy, or an issue of prejudice?¬†
eyeofsauron: That's it? He went out of his way to spy on what people did behind closed doors. He builds his joy on someone else's pain, and he has a fundamental character problem. He should have been locked away and pay for a good part of his life. It would be unfair for him to have a life after what he has done while the other family ended up with a dead kid.
TheTurth: That was his room. The other guy went behind to have some gay fun in their shared room.
CapnHowdyxkl: Once again the homosexual haters are out in force, but in the end you have to ask yourselves , what if this were your son? Would you feel this is justice. Same as the Trayvon case, put yourself in the shoes of those people who lost the light of their lives, would you feel the same?
New documents released today shed light on just what might have happened when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford Florida earlier this year.
An autopsy report¬†revealed traces of the drug THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana,¬† in Martin's blood at the time of his death - fueling more controversy in the already heavily debated circumstances of the killing.
Meanwhile, three¬†police reports chronicled Zimmerman's injuries, officer's first impressions of the crime scene and claims that he was assaulted in the moments before shooting Martin dead. An EMS¬†report¬†and a lab report¬†were made public describing injuries Zimmerman sustained during the melee.
Also released was an FBI analysis of the controversial 911 call, which caused speculation around the country about Zimmerman's potential use of a racial epithet to described the¬† teen in the hooded sweatshirt.
Zimmerman has plead not guilty in the case, maintaining he shot Martin in self-defense during his shift on a neighborhood watch.
Bond for Zimmerman was originally set at $150,000 on April 20. Zimmerman's bond was revoked on June 1 and he was ordered to return to jail when a judge determined Zimmerman lied about his personal finances. A new bail hearing is sceduled for June 29.
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A teary-eyed Rose Mary Sabo Brown accepted the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at a ceremony Tuesday that commemorated the dying act of her husband, Army Spc. Leslie Sabo Jr., during the Vietnam War.
The bestowal of the military‚Äôs highest award 42 years after Sabo sacrificed his own life in a spray of enemy fire and two grenade blasts in Cambodia, saving the lives of his fellow servicemen, sparked an emotional conversation among CNN.com readers who had this to say:
Some readers said they thought Sabo deserved the honor.
Westsacvoice: ‚ÄúTouching story about a foot soldier's sacrifice and efforts that helped save a lot of his comrades. We need more of these types of folks and not just in the military.‚ÄĚ
Others questioned what merits a military award.
Bob:¬†‚ÄúNow this is a REAL honor - not like those other awards they give to anyone who stumbles and gets a skinned knee, just because it happened in a ‚Äėwar zone.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ
Redeye Dog:¬†"Military medals all have their place in recognizing the sacrifices of men and women who, although may have only ‚Äėskinned their knee‚Äô in a ‚Äėwar zone,‚Äô they did so knowing their step forward was one most others would not take in harm's way. The fact is, medals serve people like you more than they serve the people whom they are awarded to.‚ÄĚ
Some readers question the meaning of a hero.
Venus52 8:¬†"Why do they call people in the military heroes? I am kinda getting ill of the word. [I don't know] why, but I am. They always use these coined phrases that get on your nerves after awhile. Just call them by their name. Then we can decide if they are a hero or not. Some people come out of the military and kill their spouse or something terrible or the local park ranger or ... "
caneve: "I'm not sure if you're understanding the fact that 1) This soldier wasn't a paper pusher. He was an infantryman 2) He went above and beyond the call of duty. His actions that day are what coins him a hero, not just because he was in the military. Maybe one day you'll be able to grasp this concept."
What makes a hero?
¬†A service member: "The Medal of Honor isn't an award you seek. You aren't ‚Äėbrave‚Äô or ‚Äėheroic‚Äô because you want to be. Medal of Honor recipients are folks who found themselves in a bad situation, and the odds were badly against them and odds are they died dealing with it. Those that survived did so by the grace of God, and the award of the Medal of Honor is the very least the country can do to acknowledge the impossible situations that the recipients faced.‚ÄĚ
Mark: "A friend of mine who is retired military (and knows/knew many men who won TONS of medals for bravery) told me one time what his definition of a hero is ... he said a hero is someone smart enough to come up with a plan during combat, just crazy or stupid enough to put it into action, and lucky enough to survive the endeavor. Now I say this not to demean our service men and women, I have the utmost respect for all of them ... what I am trying to say is that most of the time when a serviceman (or woman) performs some heroic act, it isn't because they have thought ‚ÄėOh I can get a medal for this!‚Äô it's because their instincts took over and they made a conscious decision to think of someone other than themselves.‚ÄĚ
Despite the disagreements over what constitutes a hero or a heroic act, many agreed that our country‚Äôs military men and women deserve our gratitude and respect in times of war and in peace.
Nelson: "So many brave men and woman who gave their all in a country that didn't honor them. Still let's honor them not just in war but in peace. Being in the military doesn't get the pay nor honor sadly as people in sports do. Many service members who died in war may not have saved someone's life in order to receive this honor but in doing so they helped and honored our/my country. These people were brothers, sisters, husbands, fathers - just plain people ask to do something more only a few dare to do! From my heart - ‚ÄėTHANK YOU.‚Äô"
Are you a veteran? Who was a hero in your unit, or what kind of heroic action hav you witnessed? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below or¬†sound off on video.
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