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Multiple people killed, several injured after fiery highway pileup

MattGush/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- Multiple people died and at least 10 others were injured in a fiery crash on a Colorado highway that involved at least 15 cars and semi trucks.

Officials did not specify the number of people killed, but said there were "multiple fatalities" in the Thursday crash and subsequent fire on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, about 8 miles west of Denver. One firefighter was among the people taken to a local hospital when debris, possibly a tire, exploded.

The accident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. when a semitrailer slammed into several stopped cars at a high rate of speed during a traffic jam, police said. The driver of that semi survived.

"I-70 eastbound traffic was at a standstill or close to a standstill because of a crash way up ahead. … The semi was eastbound and ended up colliding with the stopped cars," Lakewood Police Department agent Ty Countryman said Thursday night. "We're almost four or five hours into this and our crash investigation has really yet to begin -- given the magnitude of the size of this crash."

Authorities avoided giving firm numbers at a press conference on Thursday evening because rescue workers were still working to put out hot spots on the scene.

"The back of my truck lifted up and shoved me forward, and I was hitting other cars," Brian Dickey, who was caught up in the accident, told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH-TV. "When I came to a stop I look in my rearview mirror and all I saw was a bunch of flames. And I jumped out of the vehicle as fast as I could. There was so much fire at the time that I couldn't even really approach any of the other vehicles to see if there was any other survivors or what."

Countryman said the accident could end up being one of the worst in the city's history.

"This is looking to be one of the worst accidents we've had here in Lakewood," Countryman said.

Authorities said at least 12 cars and three tractor trailers were involved, but Countryman said those figures could change by Friday morning as investigators start "pulling things apart."

"It's very hard to tell, given the fire that happened when the crash took place," Countryman said. "It is true carnage there as far as the debris, what's left of cars and trucks, along with the cargoes that were in the semis and things like that."

Countryman said one semi was carrying wood, another was carrying gravel and the third may have been hauling mattresses. The truck carrying wood appears to be the "one that drove into it all," he said.

Investigators say they are looking at social video from the scene that captured footage of a semi speeding past stopped cars just seconds before the collision. The highway was closed in both directions after the accident and drivers were urged to avoid the area.

No charges had been filed against any of the drivers as of late Thursday evening.

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Hundreds under quarantine at UCLA, Cal State University after measles scare

mattjsosa/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Students and staff at two Los Angeles universities were under quarantine on Thursday amid fears that they may have been exposed to measles.

More than 300 students, faculty and staff at UCLA and Cal State University, Los Angeles were under quarantine while health officials work to determine if they have been vaccinated, the universities said.

University health officials said 198 staff and student employees at Cal State were ordered to stay home, avoid contact with others and notify to authorities if they develop measles symptoms, according to a statement from the university released Thursday.

The university said those affected may have been exposed to measles at a campus library on April 11 and they were either unvaccinated or couldn't immediately verify that they are immune.

"The Department of Public Health has asked Cal State LA employees who were potentially exposed through their presence in Library North on the specified date and times to provide immunization records or be checked for immunity at the Student Health Center and not return to work until they receive clearance from Department of Public Health officials," Cal State said in a statement. "The Department of Public Health has determined that there is no known current risk related to measles at the library at this time."

Separately, UCLA said it screened more than 500 students, faculty and staff who may have come into contact with a student who contracted measles. Of those people, 119 were initially placed under quarantine. On Thursday night, the university announced that 43 of those people established proof of immunity and were released.

"We expect that those notified will be quarantined for approximately 24–48 hours until their proof of immunity is established. A few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a statement Wednesday. "A few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days. We have arranged for those who live on campus to be cared for at UCLA while they are quarantined."

Jade McVay, a UCLA student who was quarantined, described the situation as "really stressful at that moment."

"I was calling my bosses and trying to explain to them that I wasn't gonna be at work as I should be," McVay added. "And I was like, 'Oh, shoot, now i have to email my professor and explain to him that I might not be able to be back in time for my midterm that I had later that afternoon.'"

Measles are highly contagious and can be transmitted through coughing or sneezing.

"I ended up being cleared at the end of the day, but that was an initial fear: Was -- am -- I going to cause harm to myself and others?" McVay continued. "I think I got lucky in my time frame that I was there, 'cause my friend that was in there was quarantined for, I think, 18 hours, whereas I was in and out in just a couple. I think it's wild the different levels of experiences that we had. I do appreciate UCLA's efforts in making it as stress free as possible, even though it may be a little be stressful."

The quarantines came on the heals of a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announcement that confirmed 695 reported cases of measles in the U.S, marking the highest level since the disease was domestically eradicated in 2000. California had reported 38 measles cases as of Thursday.

CDC officials attributed the "high number of cases" to large outbreaks in Washington state and New York, which began late last year.

The spike in cases stems, in part, from the spread of misinformation about vaccines online. Anti-vaccination activists have gained more traction on social media amid false claims linking vaccinations to autism.

The measles vaccine, now administered along with immunization for mumps and rubella, is regarded by public health practitioners as safe and highly effective. The CDC recommends for all Americans above age 1 to get vaccinated.

"I know there is concern about measles, particularly among the very small percentage of our community who have not been vaccinated," UCLA Chancellor Block said. "Please be assured that we have the resources we need for prevention and treatment, and that we are working very closely with local public health officials on the matter."

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Amid spate of deaths at Grand Canyon, officials say over-the-edge fatalities are rare

tupungato/iStock(GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.) -- A string of deadly falls at the Grand Canyon in recent weeks has garnered public attention and national headlines. But officials say over-the-edge fatalities are actually pretty rare -- and that this year's total isn't unusual.

Some six million people visit Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona every year, and just 17 will die from myriad causes.

Some of the more common causes include cardiac issues and heat-related medical issues, according to Grand Canyon National Park spokesman John Quinley.

The average number of those who die falling from the edges of canyon rims within park boundaries is typically in the low single digits, between zero and four, Quinley added.

"Some were clearly accidents, others are determined as suicides and others are unknown," Quinley told ABC News.

So far, a total of five visitors have died inside Grand Canyon National Park this year, including two who fell from the rim this month.

A 67-year-old man died April 3 after falling about 400 feet from the South Rim. A 70-year-old woman died Tuesday after falling some 200 feet from the South Rim. It's unclear what caused their falls.

A tourist from Hong Kong died falling over the rim into the canyon within the Hualapai reservation, just outside the national park's boundaries, on March 28. He was taking a photo at the time, authorities said.

More than 318 million people visited U.S. national parks last year, and the Grand Canyon is among the most popular. The number of visitors has surged over the past five years, from 4.7 million in 2014 to 6.3 million in 2018, according to Quinley.

On average, six people die every week in national parks, at national monuments or other conservation or historical properties within the park system.

There were a total of 265 search-and-rescue incidents at the Grand Canyon last year, below the 10-year average of 294, Quinley added. The incidents cover a wide range of events, from helping fatigued hikers to recovering fatalities.

The National Park Service encourages all Grand Canyon visitors to stay on designated trails and walkways, always keep a safe distance from the edge of the rim and stay behind railings and fences at overlooks.

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Severe storms pose threat to Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The same storm system that brought 11 confirmed tornadoes to the South will move east Friday and bring severe thunderstorms from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic while heavy rain arrives in New England.

There were seven tornadoes in Louisiana from Wednesday into Thursday, including the strongest, an EF3 tornado in Ruston that killed two people.

As the storm reaches the East Coast, the greatest threat for severe weather and the heaviest rain will be Friday afternoon and into the evening hours.

The most severe storms will cover an area extending north from Wilmington, North Carolina, through Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and into Philadelphia.

The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds over 60 mph, and possibly a few tornadoes and flash flooding.

Spring snowstorm

A storm system will move out of the Rockies late Friday into Saturday morning and spread rain and snow into the Dakotas for Saturday morning.

The storm system will move into the Midwest on Saturday afternoon, spreading a swath of snow from southern Minnesota into Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.

The heaviest snow will fall in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, where some areas could see close to a half a foot of snow.

At this time, it looks like the heaviest snow will stay south of the Twin Cities and just north of Chicago, but since Chicago is very close to the heavy snow it could be in trouble if the storm track shifts further south.

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'Hero' girl kept baby brother alive after parents' apparent murder-suicide

aijohn784/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles police are praising a little girl for keeping her baby brother alive after the apparent murder-suicide of their parents.

Officers found the two young children unharmed inside their home in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles on the afternoon of April 14. The bodies of their parents were discovered in the upstairs bedroom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Detectives believe the 46-year-old man shot his 38-year-old wife while she lay in bed then turned the gun on himself on April 11, with their two small children also inside the home. Police entered the residence three days later in response to a radio call about an "assault with a deadly weapon shots fired."

It was unclear who made the initial 911 call.

"Our little angel was able to keep herself and her brother alive," Los Angeles Police Capt. Maureen Ryan said at an emotional press conference Tuesday. "The baby is a miracle baby and the little girl is a hero. She's an absolute hero."

The two children were taken to a local hospital for observation. They are now in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services of Los Angeles County and both are said to be doing well.

Officials did not identify the parents or the children since the investigation is active.

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Stolen 400-year-old Bible from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library recovered

FBI Pittsburgh(PITTSBURGH) -- What's a two-year wait for a 400-year-old Bible.

The Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh unwrapped its Geneva Bible, dating back to 1615, on Thursday, two years after it was stolen. The Bible was recovered in the Netherlands -- purchased by the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden -- and sent neatly to the U.S. in a small metal box and tucked in a decidedly post-17th century invention: bubble wrap.

The owner of the museum, dedicated to the refugees who fled England over religious persecution, discovered the book had been stolen when it was announced last year.

"This Bible is more than a piece of evidence in a case," FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones said at a press conference. "It is a priceless artifact of religious significance to people of many faiths."

The thefts -- as well as many books that were not stolen, but damaged -- were discovered in July 2018. There were a total of 288 rare, historical books either stolen or damaged at the Carnegie Library, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Some were worth tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The thefts, allegedly an inside job and conducted over two decades, resulted in the arrests of archivist Gregory Priore, and a bookseller, John Schulman, who allegedly conspired with him, according to The New York Times.

The stolen and damaged material was worth a total of about $8 million, according to authorities.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala commended the museum owner for being "an honest person" and contacting authorities.

"Since the investigation was initiated, with the help of the FBI, 18 books have been recovered, 293 associated maps, plates and pamphlets have been recovered from areas all over the United States of America, as well as London and now the Netherlands," Zappala said.

The recovered edition is a rare version of a Geneva Bible, called a Breeches Bible. The word "breeches" refers to a printing change in the story of Adam and Eve that refers to them wearing breeches.

The investigation and recovery of the missing books continues with authorities asking anyone with information to get in touch with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

Carnegie Library's main location and five smaller branches were established in the late 19th century thanks to a $1 million donation by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, once acclaimed as the richest man in the world.

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Andrew 'AJ' Freund, 5-year-old allegedly killed by parents, died from multiple blunt force injuries: Coroner

Kuzma/iStock(CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.) -- Andrew "AJ" Freund, the 5-year-old Illinois boy allegedly killed by his parents, died from head trauma due to multiple blunt force injuries, according to the McHenry County coroner's office.

AJ's parents, Andrew "Drew" Freund Sr. and Joann Cunningham, allegedly forced the boy to stay in a cold shower "for an extended period of time" and may have "struck" him, according to court documents.

Both parents have been charged with his murder, police said.

AJ, of Crystal Lake, was reported missing on April 18, prompting a massive, week-long search. The deadly assault occurred on or about April 15, according to court documents.

AJ's parents ultimately provided information that led investigators to his body, Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black said at a news conference on Wednesday.

AJ's body was found on Wednesday in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic, in a rural area near Woodstock, Illinois, Black said.

Cunningham, 35, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder; four counts of aggravated battery; two counts of aggravated domestic battery; and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.

Freund, 60, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder; two counts of aggravated battery; one count of aggravated domestic battery; two counts of concealment of homicidal death; and one count of failure to report a missing or child death.

Both are due to be arraigned on Monday.

During the search for AJ, his younger brother was placed in a different home under a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) safety plan, a DCFS spokesman told ABC News earlier this week.

DCFS has been in contact with AJ's family since AJ was born with opiates in his system in October 2013, DCFS officials said.

In November 2013, AJ was taken into protective custody and placed in foster care, DCFS officials said. AJ was returned to his home in June 2015, according to the agency.

In March 2018, DCFS officials investigated allegations of neglect by AJ's parents; the allegations were unfounded, according to DCFS.

The last contact between DCFS and the family was in December 2018, after Cunningham called the cops to report that AJ's father stole her cellphone and medication. Responding officers found a bruise on one of the children, but were "unable to make a determination of abuse," and released the kids back to the parents, according to police reports. Child protection staffers investigated the allegations of abuse and neglect, but the allegations were unfounded, a DCFS spokesman said.

The news of AJ's death is "heartbreaking," Marc Smith, acting director of Illinois DCFS, said in a statement Wednesday.

"Our priority is the care and safety of Andrew's younger sibling," Smith said. "The Department is committed to conducting a comprehensive review of the entirety of our work with Andrew's family to understand our shortcomings and to be fully transparent with the public on any steps we are taking to address the issues."

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FBI agents search homes and office of Baltimore's embattled mayor Catherine Pugh

Paul Marotta/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- FBI agents are searching the office and homes of Baltimore's embattled mayor, ABC News has learned.

Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the FBI's Baltimore field office, confirmed that search warrants were being executed Thursday morning at homes belonging to Mayor Catherine Pugh as well as at Baltimore City Hall. However, the nature of the investigation and substance of the searches are under seal.

The mayor's office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Pugh is on a leave of absence due to deteriorating health from a bout with pneumonia. The mayor announced her departure earlier this month, on the same day Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called for a criminal investigation into Pugh's lucrative book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was a board member.

Pugh has since stepped down from her board position and returned $100,000 to the medical system for the last order of her self-published children's book, Healthy Holly, according to ABC Baltimore affiliate WMAR-TV.

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Judge indicted in Massachusetts for refusing to allow undocumented immigrant to be detained

Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(BOSTON) -- A state judge in Massachusetts was indicted Thursday for refusing to allow ICE to take custody of an undocumented immigrant, according to court papers.

Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, of Natick, was charged in the case along with a court officer, Wesley MacGregor, 56, of Watertown.

In court on Thursday, the judge and court officer were released after appearing. The undocumented immigrant is in deportation hearings but not in custody and

“The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. "We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law."

According to officials, police in Newton arrested a suspect on March 30, 2018, for being a fugitive on narcotics charges. Officials discovered that the suspect had been deported twice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer.

On April 2, 2018, a plainclothes ICE officer came to the district court in Newtown to take custody of the suspect and was told to wait in the lobby.

But during the course of the proceedings, Joseph allegedly arranged for the suspect, his lawyer and an interpreter, to leave through a different exit, escorted by MacGregor.

“The actions of the judge in this incident are a detriment to the rule of law and highly offensive to the law enforcement officers of ICE who swear an oath to uphold our nation’s immigration laws,” said Todd M. Lyons, the acting field office director of ICE in Boston.

The defendant, who’s not identified by name in court documents, had been previously deported twice from the U.S., officials said.

According to the court documents, Judge Joseph arraigned the immigrant facing deportation on those charges, but later in the day she recalled his case. At that point, according to court documents Judge Joseph asked the ICE officer to wait outside the courtroom while proceedings took place.

The indictment includes court transcripts from the hearing which took place on April 2, 2018.

“ICE is gonna get him?” she asks the defendant’s attorney before turning off the court recorder, which the indictment said is a violation of Massachusetts court rules.

According to the government, 52 seconds later court recordings were turned back on.

The court clerk then asked the judge if she wanted to let the ICE officer back in, because he was set to visit the lockup portion of the jail, she declined and lets the unidentified subject go.

"That's fine. I'm not gonna allow them to come in here. But he's been released on this,” she says.

The court officer, who is also charged, asks if he is released. The judge said yes.

“He is. Um, [Defense Attorney] asked if the interpreter can accompany him downstairs, um, to further interview him...- and I've allowed that to happen,” she continued.

After that, the government says without the knowledge of the ICE officer, MacGregor released the alleged suspect out the back door, the government alleged, and said that "defendant Joseph and the Defense Attorney discussed devising a way to have A.S. avoid being arrested by the ICE Officer."

“Immediately following the proceeding, defendant MacGregor escorted A.S. from the Courtroom downstairs to the lockup, accompanied by the Defense Attorney and an interpreter," the indictment reads. "Once inside the lockup, defendant MacGregor used his security access card to open the rear sally-port exit and released A.S. out the backdoor at approximately 3:01 p.m,," the indictment stated.

Shelley previously served as a criminal defense attorney and was appointed to the Massachusetts district court by Governor Charlie Baker in 2017.

When the allegations first surfaced, Governor Baker told the Boston Globe that the judge should be removed from hearing criminal cases pending an investigation into her conduct.

“Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice," Baker said.

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Arson attempt caught on video at Muslim community center

Austin Fire Department(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Investigators in Austin, Texas, are still searching for the man who was caught on camera attempting to set a Muslim community center on fire.

The suspect was captured on security video at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday going through a fence, "pouring what appears to be gasoline on the side of the building and then attempting to light the pieces of paper on fire," Austin Fire Capt. Andy Reardon said at a news conference Wednesday. The suspect then tried to throw the paper on the North Austin Muslim Community Center, he said.

It appears he was at the center for about 20 or 30 minutes, Reardon said.

At about 6:30 a.m., fire crews were called due to an odor of gasoline and investigators then found crumpled up, burned pieces of paper in a field near the building, Reardon said.

"We are working vigilantly with law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrator," the community center said in a Facebook post Wednesday. "As a Muslim community, we stand against all acts of violence against sanctified places of worship: whether it be against a church, a mosque, a synagogue, or a temple."

"We will continue to be vigilant as a community to keep the Masjid and its congregants safe," the center continued. "We are undeterred and will continue to worship and serve. "

Austin police have stepped up patrols in the area, Reardon said.

Authorities are looking to pursue a minimum charge of attempted arson, a second-degree felony, he said.

The suspect tried to disguise his face as he reached the cameras, Reardon said.

"We're hoping somebody in the public can recognize him and come forward," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crimestoppers Tip Line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS).

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Mother, 14-year-old son killed as tornado slams Louisiana

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A mother and son were killed when a tree fell on their home during a tornado in Ruston, Louisiana, on Thursday, state officials said.

The son was 14 years old and a high school freshman, said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In Ruston, about 70 miles east of Shreveport, "the damage is extensive," the governor said at a news conference Thursday. "From the air, if anything, it is more remarkable than it is from the ground."

"Our prayers are with the people of Ruston today," Edwards tweeted.

The governor said he declared a state of emergency for the entire state.

 Tornadoes and severe storms slammed Texas and Louisiana overnight and at least four tornadoes have been confirmed in the area.

Tornado watches remain in effect from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, Thursday evening.

 Winds up to 70 mph and flash flooding are also possible.=

By 7 p.m. Thursday, the severe storms will move out of Louisiana and Mississippi and into the Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola area,

The storm will then move east on Friday, bringing heavy rain to the Carolinas and the Northeast.

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RI man arrested for allegedly threatening professor and abortion clinic

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.) -- A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sending a series of graphically violent and threatening emails to a college professor who has advocated for abortion rights.

Matthew Haviland of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, is accused of emailing the unnamed professor approximately 28 times over several hours on March 10, with several messages allegedly containing direct threats such as, "I will bite through your eyeballs while you’re still alive, and I will laugh while you scream," according to the complaint.

The professor -- who works and resides in Massachusetts and is referred to as "Victim 1" -- has spoken in favor of abortion rights and published "highly critical views" of President Donald Trump, according to the complaint.

In an email to the professor, Haviland allegedly wrote, "You will be held accountable for every f------ baby you murdered through your horrible deception of they are not humans [sic]," according to the complaint.

In another email, Haviland allegedly wrote he "will kill every Democrat" to stop abortions, according to the complaint.

"This office will take a hard line on threats of violence motivated by politicized issues, regardless of whether those issues arise on the right or the left," Andrew Lelling, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said in a statement Wednesday. "Americans are responsible for what they say, and if they put others in fear for their lives, we will prosecute."

Between March 15 and 16, Haviland allegedly sent approximately 11 similar emails to the admissions department of a professional school at the university where the professor teaches, according to the complaint, including one that suggested bombing the school.

Additionally, between April 4 and 5, a women's medical center in Rhode Island received approximately 114 voice messages from a male caller who "spoke of babies being murdered and drew comparison between Nazis and a doctor who worked" there, according to the complaint.

During a phone interview with authorities, Haviland admitted he made those calls and apologized, saying he had no intent to harm, according to the complaint.

Authorities say they also obtained copies of violent text messages regarding abortion Haviland allegedly sent an acquaintance.

Haviland faces federal charges of cyberstalking and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, which altogether carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

He appeared in federal court in Boston on Wednesday afternoon and is being held pending a detention and probable cause hearing scheduled for Monday, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

"Simply put, words matter, and today’s arrest of Matthew Haviland should serve as a warning to others who think they can use the internet to terrorize people. Don’t do it," Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division, said in a statement Wednesday.

"Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but when you threaten, harass, intimidate, and put others in fear for their lives, it’s a federal crime," he added.

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Police release bodycam video of 'offensive' arrest of Alabama woman

Tuscaloosa Police Department(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Police investigating the brutal arrest of an Alabama woman have released body camera video of the encounter after witness video posted on social media caused outrage.

Officers were called to a scene in Tuscaloosa at 6:40 p.m. on Friday in reference to someone leaving the scene of an accident.

Approximately 25 minutes later, officers located the vehicle that they said left the scene, allegedly driven by Jhasmynn Alexiss Sheppard, according to Tuscaloosa police.

After pulling Sheppard out of the vehicle, video shows the officers having a physical confrontation with her in an effort to take her into custody.

After a video of the incident posted on social media went viral over the weekend, the Tuscaloosa Police Department released body camera video from one of the officers, only identified by his last name, Ward, on Wednesday.

In the five-minute body camera video, the two officers pull over Sheppard. Before she can give them her license and registration, officers begin to pull her out of the car.

The officer tries to put Sheppard in handcuffs, but she tries to turn away and before being cuffed, she goes to the ground. Ward asks her if she's "lost her freakin' mind."

Much of the rest of the video is obscured because the camera was knocked off Ward’s body. The camera of the second officer, only identified by his last name, Lackey, was covered by a raincoat at the time.

Sheppard cries out as an officer is heard cursing and threatening her, while one officer is heard shouting that he is going to kick her teeth out.

One of the officers can be seen taking out and striking Sheppard with his police baton. She’s heard whimpering, “It hurts so bad."

An officer, believed to be Ward, is heard telling her she’s "lucky I didn’t put my gun in the back of your noggin… I could’ve shot you! Do you know how stupid you are?”

In a press conference Wednesday, Police Chief Steven Anderson said the video is “offensive to many. The language and conduct. It is also offensive to myself. It does not reflect the trainings to teaching that we do here at the Tuscaloosa Police Department. It’s unacceptable and we do not condone that.”

Sheppard left the scene of an accident she was involved in, Anderson said, which was why she was pulled over.

She was charged with resisting arrest, second degree assault and disarming law enforcement.

Anderson said that when he first saw the bystander’s video of Sheppard’s arrest, “I didn’t think that the force was excessive but I did feel that it warranted a second look and a more in-depth investigation.”

He said the investigation began on Saturday.

“It was not until Monday afternoon when I saw this body camera video did I become concerned,” Anderson said. “I had a serious problem with the conduct and threats they were making. I was disappointed and disgusted.“

Anderson said he had been speaking with the city attorney about possibly getting the charges against Sheppard dismissed.

Both officers have been at the department for less than two years and have both been assigned to desk duty while the investigation continues.

The officers will go before a disciplinary board, who will make a recommendation to Anderson, who will then make his own recommendation to the city attorney.

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Border Patrol finds 3-year-old boy alone in corn field with phone number on his shoes

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(BROWSNVILLE, Texas) -- U.S. border agents found a 3-year-old boy alone and crying in a Texas cornfield after he was likely abandoned by smugglers, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Border Patrol officers were on patrol outside Brownsville, Texas on Tuesday morning, pursuing people who they believed crossed the border illegally. When the agents tried to apprehend them, they ran in different directions through an overgrown cornfield, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

After searching the field, the agents found the young boy. His name and phone number were written on his shoes. CBP was attempting to reunite the boy with his parents using the phone number.

The young boy, wearing denim pants and a dark blue jacket, was photographed watching a computer screen surrounded by federal officials in an image released by the U.S. government.

Early this morning, #USBP Agents found a 3-year-old boy alone and crying in a corn field in TX. He had his name & phone numbers written on his shoes. #CBP is attempting to reach his family. We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered Agents. pic.twitter.com/0s0zwmFxih

— CBP (@CBP) April 24, 2019

The boy will be transferred to a Health and Human Services facility, a CBP spokesperson said.

The news was first reported by NBC.

Authorities have apprehended record numbers of migrant families and children attempting to cross into the U.S. recently. Border agents took nearly 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children into U.S. custody in March, which is the highest monthly total in years.

Figures show there were at least 418,000 total apprehensions as of last week, compared to 404,142 year-to-date in 2018.

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Bodycam shows Florida officer punching man handcuffed to hospital bed

Broward County Sheriffs Office(DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida sheriff's office on Wednesday said it had opened an internal investigation after video surfaced showing a deputy punching a suspect who was handcuffed to a hospital bed.

Officer bodycam footage showed Broward County Sheriff Deputy Jorge Sobrino punching David O'Connell and aggressively twisting his arm at a South Florida hospital in January.

Sobrino arrested O'Connell, 26, at a Walmart in Pompano Beach, Florida, while responding to a domestic disturbance report. O'Connell was apprehend on charges of resisting without violence and taken Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach, Florida, for injuries he sustained during the arrest.

That's when the two got into a heated exchange.

"Hey, I don't want to be here. I don't want to be here. I wanna sign off!" O'Connell is heard yelling in the video. "I wanna sign off!"

Sobrino then closes the door, and orders O'Connell, who had one hand cuffed to the hospital bed, to sit down -- but he refused.

"Now you're going to f---ing close the door and beat my ass again," O'Connell is heard saying. "F--- you! Now you think your all big now because you're a f---ing cop?"

The officer then appears to throw O'Connell's legs on the bed, punch him in the face and twist his arm behind his back. Sobrino was aware that he was being recorded and he even pointed to the camera at one point after the confrontation.

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said the officer's conduct was "unacceptable" and called for his firing.

"Unacceptable and outrageous for a deputy sheriff to punch a male who is handcuffed to a hospital bed," Bogen said Wednesday. "Abuse of power cannot be tolerated. Deputy needs to be held accountable by being fired."

He said he recommended the State Attorney's Office open a criminal investigation into the incident.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said it's internal affairs division opened a preliminary investigation on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Broward County Public Defender's Office, which is representing O'Connell.

"He clearly wanted to beat up Mr. O'Connell rather than use some deescalation techniques," Broward County Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes told ABC affiliate WPLG-TV on Wednesday. "It shows how brazen and how comfortable he is in using this type of force and that he will use it even when he knows the camera is running."

The video surfaced just days after Broward County deputies were seen beating and pepper-spraying a 15-year-old boy during an arrest outside a Fort Lauderdale high school. The sheriff's office suspended two officers in connection with the arrest on Tuesday as video of the violent encounter went viral.

That case is also under an internal investigation.

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