As the league faces a firestorm of outrage over how it handled recent cases, USA TODAY Sports looked at every case in which an NFL player was accused of domestic abuse since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took office eight years ago.
Three trends emerged:
—A brief suspension: In at least 14 cases, the league or the team suspended or deactivated the players, mostly for just one game. Only one of those was suspended more than two games prior to the league’s recent controversy involving then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after video surfaced that showed he punched his now-wife in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.
—No suspension: In 16 cases, the league did not suspend the player, often in accordance with how prosecutors viewed those cases. Seven of those cases resulted in legal charges being dropped, plus one acquittal. Six others entered diversion programs to avoid prosecution.
—Grandstand justice: In 15 cases, players were released or not re-signed by their teams soon after their arrest and then never played another NFL game. These players often had marginal talent, but teams could make a show of their release by appearing to have a zero-tolerance policy toward domestic violence
Domestic abuse is in the spotlight after allegations surfaced of domestic violence involving NFL players.
But here in the Ozarks, the issue of domestic violence isn’t new - it’s something the community has been fighting for years.
The Harmony House in Springfield is the areas only shelter specifically for victims of domestic abuse. At the shelter women have a safe place to stay. There is a problem though - there simply isn’t enough room. Last year the shelter had to turn away 1,600 women.
Nationwide one in every four women will experience domestic abuse. It’s so common that about every nine seconds a woman is beaten.
In Springfield more than 50% of aggravated assaults are domestic.
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Rocker, right-wing polemicist, and Republican campaigner Ted Nugent has launched yet another racist tirade, penning a column in which he assails “Ferguson thugs” and a purported “plague of black violence” and demands that African-Americans stop supporting liberal politicians.
Nugent’s latest racist outburst - which comes after the entertainer called our first African-American president a “subhuman mongrel” and defended the South African apartheid system and the use of the n-word - arrived in the form of his column for far-right website WorldNetDaily.
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A Florida police chief gets caught with online pills, a North Carolina jail guard gets caught peddling pills, a former Pennsylvania cop heads to the slammer for cooking meth, and a Seattle-area former deputy gets even more prison time for lying during sentencing. Let’s get to it:
In Atlantic Beach, Florida, the former police chief was arrested Tuesday on numerous drug charges just a week after he resigned in the middle of a state investigation. Former Chief Michael Classey went down after federal Homeland Security agents told the Florida Department of Law Enforcement they had intercepted a package of drugs from India addressed to Classey. He was arrested when he went to pick up the package, and a subsequent police search of his home turned up more drugs. He is now charged with 18 counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
In his inaugural speech, Texas state Sen. Charles Perry (R) compared what he called the “spiritual battle” being waged in the United States against religion to the persecution and killing of Jews in the Holocaust.
Moments after laying his hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office Tuesday, Perry recalled a recent visit to a World War II-era concentration camp in Berlin.
“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said, according to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
“Is it not the same than when our government continues to perpetuate laws that lead citizens away from God? The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects,” Perry added.
Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, Secretary General of the Chinese Women’s Research Society (CWRS) and President of the Women’s Studies Institute of China Tan Lin delivers a speech at the forum. [wsic.ac.cn]
The Anti-Domestic Violence against Women Forum, co-sponsored by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was held in Beijing on September 28, 2014.
The forum aimed to highlight the joint achievements made by the ACWF and the UNFPA in their efforts to end domestic violence against women in China, hold discussions with attendees about hot topics in connection with family violence against women, and provide the domestic legislative departments with theoretical and practical assistance in their efforts to draft legal terms on anti-domestic violence against women.
Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, Secretary General of the Chinese Women’s Research Society (CWRS) and President of the Women’s Studies Institute of China Tan Lin delivered an address at the forum, in which she reviewed the achievements made by China in its efforts to fight against domestic violence against women over the past two decades.
Nearly two hours into the Friday morning speeches, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) revved up the crowd with his call to ban abortion, using himself as a reason.
Stutzman told a story about a woman—pregnant, young, and alone—who once considered having an abortion. Finally resorting to tell her mother the situation, she was encouraged to continue the pregnancy. The big reveal, of course, is that the mother who dissuaded her daughter from having the abortion was Stutzman’s grandmother; he was almost aborted, he claims.
“Let this generation be the one to stop abortion in America!” Stutzman declared, leading to a standing ovation among attendants.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continued the personal appeals to push for criminalizing abortion. Predicted to be a Republican presidential contender in 2016, Paul said he would continue to defend the “not yet born.”