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An Aurora police officer is on administrative leave and an internal investigation is underway after video of a violent encounter during a May traffic stop emerged.
Officer Gabriel Nestor is under investigation after Chief Vanessa Wilson viewed police body-camera video of the incident this past week, according to CBS4 Denver.
Reporter Brian Maass first reported the story on Thursday. Nestor is suspended with pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation into the May 15 incident near East Iliff Avenue and South Buckley Road.
At one point during the traffic stop an officer pulls a gun on the driver who was pulled over. The driver gets out of the car and is tackled to the ground. Police allegedly used a Taser on him.
“Aurora police say their Force Review Board looked at the incident in June and suggested additional training for the primary officer involved, including de-escalation, increased communication and traffic stop safety,” CBS4 reports.
By SAMY MAGDY
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s top general on Monday dissolved the government and announced that the military will run the country after his forces arrested the acting prime minister and other officials. Thousands of Sudanese protested in the streets against the coup.
The military takeover threatens to derail Sudan’s long, rocky attempt to transition to democracy two years after protesters forced the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The move came just before the military was supposed to hand leadership of the country’s joint military-civilian administration to civilians next month.
After the early morning arrests of government officials, thousands flooded the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman to protest. Footage shared online appeared to show protesters blocking streets and setting fire to tires as security forces used tear gas to disperse them.
Protesters could be heard chanting, “The people are stronger, stronger” and “Retreat is not an option!” as plumes of smoke filled the air. Videos on social media showed large crowds crossing bridges over the Nile to the center of the capital.
At least 12 protesters were wounded in demonstrations, according to the Sudanese Doctors Committee, without giving details.
In the afternoon, the head of the military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, went on national TV and announced that he was dissolving the government and the Sovereign Council, a joint military and civilian body created to run the country since al-Bashir’s ouster.
He said quarrels among political factions prompted the military to intervene.
Burhan declared a state of emergency and said the military will appoint a technocratic government to lead the country to elections, set for July 2023. But he made clear the military will remain in charge, saying, “The Armed Forces will continue completing the democratic transition until the handover of the country’s leadership to a civilian, elected government.”
The Information Ministry, still loyal to the dissolved government, called his speech an “announcement of a seizure of power by military coup.”
The United States and the European Union expressed concern over Monday’s developments.
Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa, said Washington was “deeply alarmed” by the reports. Feltman met with Sudanese officials over the weekend in an effort to resolve the growing dispute between civilian and military leaders. EU foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell tweeted that he’s following events with the “utmost concern.”
The first reports about a possible military takeover began trickling out of Sudan before dawn Monday. By mid-morning, the Information Ministry confirmed that the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, had been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. Several senior government figures were also detained, the ministry said in a Facebook post. It said their whereabouts were unknown.
Hamdok’s office said in a statement on Facebook that he and his wife were detained early Monday as part of what it described as a “complete coup.”
Internet access was widely disrupted and the country’s state news channel played patriotic traditional music. At one point, military forces stormed the offices of Sudan’s state-run television in Omdurman and detained a number of workers, the Information Ministry said.
Tensions have been rising for weeks between Sudan’s civilian and military leadership over Sudan’s course and the pace of the transition to democracy.
A failed coup attempt in September fractured the country along old lines, pitting more conservative Islamists who want a military government against those who toppled al-Bashir in protests. In recent days, both camps have taken to the street in demonstrations.
After the September coup attempt, the generals lashed out at civilian members of the transitional power structure and called for the dissolution of Hamdok’s government. The Sovereign Council is the ultimate decision maker, though the Hamdok government is tasked with running Sudan’s day-to-day affairs.
Burhan, who leads the council, warned in televised comments last month that the military would hand over power only to a government elected by the Sudanese people.
His comments suggested he might not stick to the previously agreed timetable, which called for the council to be led by a military figure for 21 months, followed by a civilian for the following 18 months. Under that plan, the handover was to take place sometime in November, with the new civilian leader to be chosen by an alliance of unions and political parties that led the uprising against al-Bashir.
Since al-Bashir was forced from power, Sudan had slowly emerged from years of international pariah status. The country was removed from the United States’ state supporter of terror list in 2020, opening the door for badly needed foreign loans and investment. But the country’s economy has struggled with the shock of a number economic reforms called for by international lending institutions.
Sudan has suffered other coups since it gained its independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956. Al-Bashir came to power in 1989 in one such takeover, which removed the country’s last elected government.
Among those detained Monday were five senior government figures, according to two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share information with the media.
They include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, a member of the Sovereign Council, as well as Faisal Mohammed Saleh, a media adviser to Hamdok. Ayman Khalid, governor of the state containing the capital, was also arrested, according to the official Facebook page of his office.
After news of the arrests spread, the country’s main pro-democracy group and two political parties issued appeals to the Sudanese to take to the streets.
One of the factions, the Communist Party called on workers to go on strike in an act of mass civil disobedience after what it described as a “full military coup” orchestrated by Burhan.
The African Union has called for the release of all Sudanese political leaders including Hamdok. “Dialogue and consensus is the only relevant path to save the country and its democratic transition,” said Moussa Faki, the head of the AU commission.
When the new 247Sports.com football recruiting rankings for the Class of 2022 came out this past Wednesday, it was easy to spot the usual suspects. Georgia? No. 1. Alabama? No. 2. Ohio State? No. 4. Oregon? No. 7.
Finding the CSU Rams?
That … took a little more work.
With eight weeks until the early signing period begins on Dec. 15, the Rams checked in at No. 117 on 247’s national rankings, with eight commitments. That nestled them between New Mexico at No. 116 and Eastern Michigan at No. 118.
If that ranking held, it would be the lowest for an incoming Rams class since 2015, which landed at No. 119 nationally and 10th in the Mountain West.
Still, Brandon Huffman, national recruiting editor for the site, wants to share two words with CSU faithful before blood pressures start climbing:
“I think the Mountain West as a whole has had a sharp decline in commitments,” Huffman said. “With the exception of Air Force, and two schools that have new coaches (Boise State and Utah State), only (four) other schools have more commitments than Colorado State. I think, like much of the Mountain West, (the Rams) have to wait for ‘their tier’ to start to become more clear.”
For one, Huffman said, he expects the 3-stars-or-fewer prospects who typically make up the bulk of Group of 5 classes to wait longer before making their collegiate decisions. For another, more FBS coaches are intentionally leaving scholarship slots free for experienced players to sign via the transfer portal.
Of the 22 players who started for CSU (3-4, 2-1 Mountain West) at Utah State this past Friday night, seven were transfers — and five of those transfers were on the offensive side of the ball.
“Unless you’re a top-tier program, you’re probably not signing big classes anymore,” noted Blair Angulo, 247Sports’ West Coast recruiting analyst. “(It’s a) safer bet to take a college-ready transfer than a low-to-mid-3-star (prospect) that will need a couple years of development.
“Unless you’re rooting for a big Power 5 program, you probably won’t see many commitments until closer to the early signing period … schools are waiting to see how rosters will shake out and coaches are strategically leaving some spots open for additions via the transfer portal. Recruits, meanwhile, are also being a bit methodical in their approach, especially within that pool of players that CSU is in on.”
The Rams headed into the weekend ranked No. 11 out of 12 MW schools in 247Sports’ composite ranking.
According to the 247Sports.com database, CSU’s last commit was July 6, via a verbal pledge from John Locke, a 6-foot-4 tight end out of Helotes, Texas.
“No school had more buzz in the Mountain West going into this year than San Jose State, coming off the MW title in 2020, and they have fewer commitments than CSU,” Huffman said. “So I think much of it is based on the screwy evaluation period and still after-effects of COVID.”
After an 0-2 start to the season, the Rams won three of their next five and lost narrowly — and painfully — against the Aggies this past Friday night, 26-24.
If there is a silver lining in FoCo, it’s that CSU plays three of its final five regular-season games at home.
“Reaching a bowl game would be a great step for the (CSU) staff and signal a positive trajectory to recruits,” Angulo said. “Last year, CSU and other new staffs didn’t have the opportunity to recruit in-person, so it’s taken some time to establish connections with some of these recruits outside of the virtual, video meeting that became prevalent.”
In other words, don’t panic. Yet.
“(A bowl) would certainly help,” Huffman said. “You want there to be on a trend upward, not of neutrality or going in reverse.”
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. – Damage from the tornado that hit southwest of Saint Louis Sunday brought down trees and caused structures to collapse in Fredericktown, Missouri.
Fredericktown is just off of Highway 67. Black River Electric Cooperative took a hit to the front of its building where some glass broke.
EMS/Mutual Aid is coming from surrounding departments.
It was rated an EF-0 based on the damage it caused and was on the ground for about three minutes. An EF-0 tornado is estimated to have had winds of 65-85 mph.
A damage survey indicated that the tornado touched down just to the west of Turley Mill Road, damaging nearby cedar trees. Alerts from the NWS at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday reported an observed tornado in Farmington, moving northeast at approximately 45 mph. By 9:10 p.m., the NWS confirmed other tornadoes near Fredericktown and St. Mary.
The Saint Francois County Sheriffs Office shared a post on its Facebook page thanking the citizens who came out and cleared debris off the roadway. The department said they mobilized 12 additional deputies to help with emergency operations. They also said in their Facebook post that they’re not aware of any fatalities in Saint Francois County.
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