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screen_shot_2016-09-23_at_4-08-14_pmJerry Ford Jr., on his way home from class, thought the man sitting outside his apartment building was a University of Houston student who had been locked out. But before Ford, a graduate public policy student at UH, could even put his key in the door, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. He took Ford’s wallet and his phone, running off into nearby MacGregor Park.
In the days following, Ford would talk with other students, the community at large and eventually KTRK about his experience — making otherwise normal comments that would soon be blown out of proportion across the country.

In the news clip, titled “Students Concerned About Increased Crime Near University of Houston Main Campus,” Ford and a few other students talk about recent crimes they’ve experienced or heard about, concerned about the fact that, since they live off campus, UH security does not patrol the area surrounding the Campus Vue apartments. The students, including Ford, hoped UH officials would change their mind about that.

Here’s what national conservative media turned the story into–using Ford’s Black Lives Matter association against him.


sobemugsphotos via Miami-Dade Corrections; montage by David Cypkin/rakontur

Three weeks ago, Miami Beach police rolled out a new crime fighting initiative aimed at stemming a tide of robberies in South Beach, and they’ve had some recent success. Some of the arrests may be due to beefed up manpower and squads of detectives working longer hours (with overtime benefits, of course.)


One of Rafael Pedroza’s earliest acting credits was a burglar on the Colombian soap opera Me Amaras Bajo La Lluvia (or, in English, You Loved Me in The Rain). Now he’s a suspect in a real life robbery in Miami-Dade.

Sunny Isles Beach Police are on the hunt for Pedroza and fellow Colombian actor Farid Duque. They believe the pair pulled off a June 12 heist at an apartment on the 19300 block of Collins Avenue. The duo is believed to have stolen more than $20,000 in goods.

The majority of suspects in a ring that allegedly stole $6 million worth of Rolexes and other high-end watches was behind bars today, authorities said.

The crew was responsible for a brazen, $1.63 million heist at Geary’s Rolex Boutique in Westfield Century City last summer in which two of three suspects were carrying assault-type weapons, according to federal officials and Los Angeles police.

One of the suspects opened fire after a security guard intervened, but no one was hit.


A group of robbers using a late-model white Mercedes has been targeting a decidedly low-end demographic: immigrant gardeners.

That is what the Los Angeles Police Department alleges.

Multiple thugs use a semiautomatic handgun and demand money from gardeners who have been working at residences in the LAPD’s 77th Division area of South L.A., cops say. It has happened at least eight times in the city since March 18, the department said in a statement.

houston-press-swift-featurePeople who knew Swift remain skeptical of the police account. They said he would never threaten anyone with a knife. They doubted he would really rob a house — Swift had a clean criminal record in Harris County, and although he had been in trouble before, it was never for anything as serious as an armed burglary. (Swift was accused of swiping an iPod in 2012, but the charge was dismissed.) Swift, they said, was not perfect, but he did not deserve to die that night. How could human fallibility alone serve as justification for a fatal shooting?

No one has been charged in Swift’s death, and the case will soon be heard by a Harris County grand jury. If the grand jury indicts the shooter, then details of what happened could emerge during a public trial. But if the grand jury declines to indict the shooter, then the true story behind Melvin Swift’s death will likely remain forever untold.

chan.dual.liethBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The cops say Lieth would almost let officers catch him before taking off again. But then they cornered him outside a convenience store, and his escape attempts were for naught. But did law enforcers go over the line when they gunned him down? A series of photos from the scene offer a close look at this violent end. Westword has the story.

samuel.pinney.mug.shot.800.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: At first, authorities who discovered the two men whose bodies were found in a burning truck had been the victims of a terrible traffic accident. But more investigation revealed that they’d been dead before being incinerated — and before long, Pinney and others involved in what’s thought to have been a drug deal went wrong were under the microscope. Westword has the story.

david_johnsonScreencap via Facebook

In the midst of an already tense weekend in Miami Beach, David H. Johnson uploaded a video to Facebook informing friends he had been robbed and was temporarily without a phone. His face was marred with stitches, contusions, cuts, and scrapes, and the video soon spread beyond his friend group to other concerned Miami Beach citizens. The video has now racked up almost 25,000 views.

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