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VIDEO: Teens knock down 80-year-old Asian man, punch and slap and rob him — all amid high-pitched giggles as victim cries out for help

A pair of teenagers were caught on surveillance video knocking down an 80-year-old Asian man in a northern California neighborhood Saturday before punching him, slapping him, and robbing him — all amid high-pitched giggles presumably from a third teen as the victim cried out for help,
KGO-TV reported.

What are the details?

Police told the station the suspects are as young as 16.

The elderly man was on a walk around 4 p.m. when the attack on Acapulco Road occurred, police
told KNTV-TV, adding that the suspects ripped off the victim’s Fitbit. KGO said the 80-year-old’s watch was stolen and that he sustained minor injuries.


Image source: KGO-TV video screenshot

A neighbor who didn’t want to be identified told KNTV the victim said the attackers “tried to take his wallet, but luckily he wasn’t seriously injured.”

The neighbor added to the station that he heard the elderly man tell police he’s noticed anti-Asian crime increasing in the Bay Area of late, and “he thought he was targeted for being Asian as well.”

KGO said a vehicle similar to the one seen in the surveillance video was observed during a strong-armed robbery in San Leandro less than two hours later. The station added that the victim in the latter incident is a younger woman whose purse was stolen.

Nearly 300% spike in attacks against Asian Americans

Two months ago San Leandro police revealed that
violent crimes against Asians jumped by 283% in the city from 2019 to 2020, KNTV reported — and San Leandro is only 36% Asian American.

Police told KGO they can’t say how many incidents were hate crimes or race-motivated — but San Leandro police Lt. Ali Kahn noted to the station that “numbers don’t lie.”

In nearby San Francisco, surveillance video caught the moment an
Asian man was punched, fell to the sidewalk, and then was hit with about a dozen punches to the head and back on April 30 — all while the victim’s 1-year-old child sat in a stroller just feet away.

The neighbor whose surveillance video caught the attack on the elderly Asian man in San Leandro told KGO he wants to see “more consequences” for the teen perps and others committing similar crimes: “Because it seems to be ongoing … That’s really the best thing that could happen, so they can learn.”

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Young people can be intimidated by social media messages that use periods — yes, periods — since they apparently signal anger, linguists say

Social media messages using periods, believe it or not, can intimidate teens and young adults, who interpret such punctuation as a sign of anger, the Daily Mail reported, citing linguists.

Say. It. Ain’t. So.

It seems the aforementioned age group — otherwise known as Generation Z — has grown up with smartphones they use to send short messages without periods, the outlet said.

According to a 2015 study from State University of New York, Binghamton, those who finish messages with periods are viewed as insincere, the Daily Mail said, adding that the debate resurfaced after writer Rhiannon Cosslett tweeted: “Older people — do you realize that ending a sentence with a full stop comes across as sort of abrupt and unfriendly to younger people in an email/chat? Genuinely curious.”

The outlet said several Twitter users couldn’t believe it — particularly because Cosslett’s own tweet ended with a full stop (i.e., period). One Twitter user even accused her of “peak snowflakery,” the Daily Mail said.

Enter crime novelist Sophie Hannah, who replied, “Just asked 16-year-old son — apparently this is true. If he got a message with full stops at the end of sentences, he’d think the sender was ‘weird, mean or too blunt,'” the outlet said.

Experts say young people used electronic communication to break up their thoughts by sending each one in a separate message without punctuation — and the only time a period is used is when they want to communicate annoyance or irritation, the Daily Mail said.

In regard to the SUNY Binghamton study, which surveyed 126 undergraduates, research found that text messages ending in periods were perceived as less sincere while those ending in exclamation points were seen as heartfelt or more profound, the outlet said.

The researchers therefore concluded that punctuation “is one cue used by senders, and understood by receivers, to convey pragmatic and social information” such as irritation, the Daily Mail said.

“When speaking, people easily convey social and emotional information with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses and so on,” research leader Celia Klin said, the outlet noted. “People obviously can’t use these mechanisms when they are texting. Thus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have available to them — emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our data, punctuation.”

Owen McArdle, a University of Cambridge linguist, told the Telegraph that periods “are, in my experience, very much the exception and not the norm in [young people’s] instant messages, and have a new role in signifying an abrupt or angry tone of voice,” the Daily Mail said.

More from the outlet:

Professor David Crystal, one of the world’s leading language experts, argues that the usage of full stops is being “revised in a really fundamental way.”

In his book, “Making a Point,” he says that the punctuation mark has become an “emotion marker” which alerts the recipient that the sender is angry or annoyed.

He wrote: “You look at the Internet or any instant messaging exchange — anything that is a fast dialogue taking place. People simply do not put full stops in unless they want to make a point. The full stop is now being used in those circumstances as an emotion marker.”

This writer’s perspective!

Ah, youth (Look Ma! No period!)

I fondly recall in the previous century when folks commonly ended sentences and complete thoughts with periods, and no one got offended. (Sorry, kids) Now a “full stop” means the writer is, well, mean? May it never be!

I’m not sure Elaine from “Seinfeld” had a problem using the period, but her publishing company boss sure didn’t like her overuse of the exclamation point!


Elaine and Mr. Lippman – Exclamation points

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Or her guy pal!


Seinfeld – Exclamation Point

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Young ones, take heed 🙂

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Deadly shooting of teen was ‘retaliatory’ for savage mass stomping of girl, police say

The killing of a teenager in Brooklyn earlier this week was a “retaliatory shooting” for the savage mass stomping of a 15-year-old girl in March, police told the New York Daily News.

What are the details?

Tyquan Howard, 16, died Tuesday night, hours after he was shot in the abdomen on St. John’s Place near Utica Avenue, officials told the paper.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told the Daily News Thursday that the shooting location was just steps away from where authorities said Howard and over a dozen other teens stomped and beat the girl March 5 before one of them pulled her Air Jordan sneakers right off her feet.

Harrison told the paper his detectives linked the two incidents: “[This was a] retaliatory shooting that stems from the young woman jumped and robbed by a group of boys over by the Albany Houses. All of it is stemming from crew-on-crew, gang-on-gang violence.”

Howard was among several teens charged after police released surveillance video of the attack on the girl, the Daily News said, adding that he was conscious after being shot and told police he didn’t know the shooter. No arrests have been made, the paper said.

What’s the background?

In the March mass assault caught on video, the girl apparently was knocked to the sidewalk by one male before others joined the attack and began stomping her:

Image source: YouTube screenshot

At least a dozen suspects surrounded the victim, kicking and punching her.

After the attack one of them pulled her Air Jordans right off her feet:

Image source: YouTube screenshot

One witness said the victim was “bleeding like crazy” on the sidewalk.


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In the aftermath, five males between the ages of 14 and 17 were arrested and charged with robbery and gang assault. A mother of one suspect told the New York Daily News she made her 14-year-old son turn himself into police.

“When I saw the video I literally wanted to kill him with my own hands. I was very, very pissed off,” Donna Howell told the paper. “He didn’t want to go at first and I said, ‘No you’re going to go, you’re going to turn yourself in.'”

Judge calls sneaker-stealing suspect ‘youthful offender’ rather than ‘defendant’

A 14-year-old accused by prosecutors of stealing the girl’s sneakers was referred to as a “youthful offender” by Judge Ruth Shillingford rather than “defendant” during his arraignment, the Daily News said in a separate story. It isn’t clear if the teen in question is the same one whose mother made him turn himself in to cops.

The Brooklyn district attorney requested $10,000 bail for all 11 suspects eventually arrested, but that was rejected — instead they were hit with after-school curfews, the Daily News said.

The Daily News also talked to the victim’s neighbors who described her as a quiet girl who lives with her mother and sister.

“She doesn’t get in trouble, she doesn’t deserve that,” 13-year-old neighbor Jacob Black told the Daily News. “She’s a basketball player, that’s all she does.”

“She goes to school and comes home. She’s quiet,” a next-door neighbor who declined to share her name added to paper. “Those were animals. I can’t see how those young boys did that to her.”

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Teen accused in savage mass stomping of girl is shot dead, police sources say

A teenager accused of taking part in a savage mass stomping of 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn in March was shot dead Tuesday, the New York Post reported, citing law enforcement sources.

Tyquan Howard, 16, was shot about 1 p.m. in front of a building on St. Johns Place near Rochester Avenue and died hours later at a hospital, police told the paper.

It’s not clear what was behind the shooting, and no arrests had been made as of early Wednesday, law enforcement officials added to the Post.

Sources told the paper Howard was arrested and charged with robbery and gang assault in connection with the March 5 mass attack on the girl that was caught on surveillance video. The circumstances of his release were not clear, the Post noted.

What’s the background?

The girl apparently was knocked to the sidewalk by one male before others joined the attack and began stomping her:

Image source: YouTube screenshot

At least a dozen suspects surrounded the victim, kicking and punching her.

After the attack one of them pulled her Air Jordans right off her feet:

Image source: YouTube screenshot

One witness said the victim was “bleeding like crazy” on the sidewalk.


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In the aftermath five males between the ages of 14 and 17 were arrested and charged with robbery and gang assault. A mother of one suspect told the New York Daily News she made her 14-year-old son turn himself into police.

“When I saw the video I literally wanted to kill him with my own hands. I was very, very pissed off,” Donna Howell told the paper. “He didn’t want to go at first and I said, ‘No you’re going to go, you’re going to turn yourself in.'”

Judge calls sneaker-stealing suspect ‘youthful offender’ rather than ‘defendant’

A 14-year-old accused by prosecutors of stealing the girl’s sneakers was referred to as a “youthful offender” by Judge Ruth Shillingford rather than “defendant” during his arraignment, the Daily News said in a separate story. It isn’t clear if the teen in question is the same one whose mother made him turn himself in to cops.

None of the suspects knew the victim, lawyers said during the arraignment hearings, the paper reported.

The Brooklyn DA requested $10,000 bail for all 11 suspects arrested at the time, but that was rejected — instead after-school curfews were given to them, the Daily News said.

The paper also talked to the victim’s neighbors who described her as a quiet girl who lives with her mother and sister.

“She doesn’t get in trouble, she doesn’t deserve that,” 13-year-old neighbor Jacob Black told the Daily News. “She’s a basketball player, that’s all she does.”

“She goes to school and comes home. She’s quiet,” a next-door neighbor who declined to share her name added to paper. “Those were animals. I can’t see how those young boys did that to her.”

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Policeman lauded as hero after he rescues 2 teens caught in a raging river

A Georgia police officer is a hero after saving two teenagers from a raging river last week.

What are the details?

Canton Police Officer Luis Salas received a call about two teens in need of rescue at Etowah River Park.

Salas, who is also a U.S. Marine Corps vet, saw the two teens submerged in the raging river while clinging for life to a nearby tree branch.

“I took off my gear, took my belt off quickly, and my vest off,” he said. “So I immediately get in the water and swim my way down that way until I finally catch up to them.”

Salas said that he calmly told the two teens who he was and what he aimed to do: Save their lives.

“I need y’all to trust me with your lives,” he recalled telling the teens. “Please just trust me and calm down, for we can get out of this, all three of us alive, and go home.”

Salas said that one of the teens did not know how to swim.

“The female, the juvenile female, told me she cannot swim to save her life, that she’s scared,” Salas said. “So I told her to calm down, hold on to me, and I’ll get us all to safety.”

What happened next?

Backup arrived shortly after Salas began his valiant rescue and helped tow Salas and the teens from the swollen river. The teens were sent to a hospital for observation, but were later released to their homes in good condition.

“I’ve been in the Marine Corps so I have taken swimming qualifications many times, and it’s always been in cold water,” he said. “Always. It’s never been warm.”

On Monday, the department requested its Facebook followers to issue a great, big “thank you” to Salas for his heroic deeds.

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Physician arrested, charged with strangulation after attack on teen girls. They said he was angry they were outside amid social distancing.

Police arrested a Kentucky physician and charged him with strangulation after an attack on teenage girls caught on video — and the girls told WLKY-TV the good doctor was angry they were outside amid social distancing guidelines put in place to quell the spread of the coronavirus.

What went down?

Three witnesses said the incident began when the attacker and a woman accompanying him confronted a group of nine teens who were watching the sunset at the Norton Commons Amphitheater, the Courier-Journal reported, adding that it’s an upper-class neighborhood.

One of the witnesses contacted the station Sunday saying the alleged attacker — identified as John Rademaker, a Louisville-area physician — and the woman cursed at the teens Friday evening for being outside while COVID-19 social distancing guidelines are in place.

Video of the incident shows Rademaker exchanging words with the girls, after which he points at “this asshole right here” — and then shoves at least two girls.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Then he bends over before kneeling down and appears to put his hands around the neck of a third girl, who was lying on the ground. The woman with him had her hands around the third girl’s leg.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

WLKY said video it obtained showed the attack stopping after a young man ran up and told Rademaker to back off. The attacker and the woman left the scene immediately after, witnesses told the Courier-Journal.

Police told the station that the victim in the attack suffered minor injuries; the paper noted that she was checked at the scene by medical personnel and didn’t require hospitalization.

What happened to Rademaker?

Rademaker — a 57-year-old from Prospect — was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with first-degree strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact, the Courier-Journal reported, citing a Louisville Metro Police statement.

Rademaker was released from jail later Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond, the paper added, citing online court records.

The Courier-Journal noted that Rademaker didn’t have an attorney listed in online court records as of Wednesday morning, and a May 8 arraignment hearing is scheduled at Jefferson District Court.

Baptist Health officials told WLKY that Rademaker is with an anesthesia group Baptist Health contracts with, and he was put on administrative leave following the incident.

That group released the following statement Tuesday, the station said:

SIAC, a division of One Anesthesia PLLC is aware of the incident that occurred in Norton Commons with one of its physicians, who was not on official call or due to report to the hospital in any official capacity. With that said, the partners of SIAC, a division of One Anesthesia PLLC have decided to place the physician that appeared in the video on administrative leave as of April 5th pending further investigation. Our well wishes extend to all parties involved and we will continue to monitor this situation as new information develops.

What did police have to say?

“Obviously, we do not advise individuals concerned about social distancing to take matters into their own hands and confront people about it, especially in any physical way,” police said in a statement, WKLY noted. “We ask people who are concerned about large gatherings to call 311 or 911 to report their concerns.”


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Fed-up Italian leader threatens to send flamethrower-armed police officers to storm parties during lockdown

Italian leaders, both local and regional, are taking interesting routes in attempting to crack down on people who aren’t social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

One mayor even decided to go “Robocop” on his citizens, and threatened to send police officers armed with flamethrowers to kids’ graduation parties if they refused to lock down and engage in social distancing, the Jerusalem Post reported.

What are the details?

Vincenzo De Luca, president of Italy’s Campania region, issued a threat against citizens who refuse to follow the country’s lockdown protocols. De Luca even went as far as to threaten teens who are insistent on partying for graduation.

In a video that’s since gone viral on the internet, De Luca can be heard issuing the directive.

“I’m getting news that some [people] would like to throw graduation parties,” De Luca says in the video. “We will send the police over. With flamethrowers.”

Cateno De Luca, mayor of Messina, Sicily, issued a similar promise.

“I’m going to catch you,” he warned, the Post reported. “Tomorrow, not in a year. Tomorrow! I’m the mayor. You won’t stroll in my town. I can’t formally ban you from leaving your house? Nice. I will ban you from stepping on public soil, if not for proven necessities.”

Giuseppe Falcomatà, mayor of Reggio, Calabria, was also on video claiming that he had a friendly interaction with a citizen, whom he politely told off.

“Look, this isn’t a movie,” he said. “You are not Will Smith in ‘I Am Legend’. You have to go home.”

Perhaps in one of the more colorful public offerings, Massimiliano Presciutti, mayor of Gualdo Tadino, Perugia, blasted citizens in a profane video. In Gualdo Tadino, citizens have reportedly been using their dogs as excuses to leave the house on an incessant basis.

“Where the f*** are you all going?” he shouted. “You and your dogs … which must have an inflamed prostate.”

Antonio Tutolo, mayor of Lucera, Foggio, implored the public on a more personal level to stay home.

“Getting in mobile hairdressers? What the f*** is that for?,” Tutolo ranted. “Do you understand that the casket will be closed? Who the f*** is supposed to even see you? With your hair all done in the casket?”

At the time of this writing, there has been 80,539 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. At least 8,165 people in Italy have died because of the deadly pandemic.

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