However, what happened next shocked him even more. As Flores’ girlfriend, Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, approached, still screaming at officers, an officer can be seen grabbing the woman’s leg and sending her crashing to the ground directly on her stomach. Lazos-Guerrero is seven-and-a-half months pregnant.
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I’ve often received emails from black men who wanted me to cover a story about some form of police brutality or misconduct. If I had to depend on video evidence or “being there” to witness the act, for example, to determine if they were telling the truth, I’d have no story to report because there usually isn’t any video evidence of a crime or violation. And, of course, I wasn’t there. Using this logic, the media would have no justification for covering Trayvon Martin’s killing at the hands of George Zimmerman. We weren’t there, right? How do we know for sure what happened?
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“There’s no explanation for anybody that has been paying dues for a church that long, for him to make me have to roll my mother’s body around town, and somebody finally picks her up and says, ‘Yeah, we’ll do the best we can.’ They knew she was ill! They don’t care! All they care about is getting money, money, money, money, money!”
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According to the report, Smith was taking a jitney from New York City to Sag Harbor, on Long Island, where she and husband Dan Gasby have a home. She was last seen in Southampton, also on Long Island, around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
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And at the same time, I’m dealing with Eric Garner’s family in the Staten Island, N.Y., case and the Akai Gurley case—this young 28-year-old killed in the stairwell in the housing project. These three families I’m personally dealing with—counseling, talking with—and so it is particularly a painful period for me. When you get involved personally, even when you have staff there, the families often want to talk to you, even if it’s as a minister. So it’s dealing with their pain and dealing with it times three.
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