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.

aurora.century.16.800Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The families of 28 victims — many of whom survived, but with horrific injuries — filed sued against Cinemark for the July 2012 massacre that left a dozen dead and seventy wounded, arguing that the lack of minimal security precautions meant the company deserved some of the blame. Here’s why the jury disagreed. Westword has the story.


Amongst the worst places to base your drug dealing business: a cop’s house. Even if that cop is your own father

Just ask Tyler Palmer. The 20-year-old son of a Miami-Dade Police major was busted earlier this month for dealing drugs out of his family’s home.

The investigation was carried out by the Professional Compliance Bureau, also known as internal affairs. The bureau specifically deals in cases of police misconduct, indicating that this wasn’t a random happenstance. They knew they were dealing with an officer’s son.

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.

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Jeffrey Jason Cooper lured Asian college students to Florida for the summer with the opportunity of doing clerical work for his Miami Beach yoga studio. When they arrived, the students were informed that no such yoga studio existed. Instead, Cooper ran an erotic massage parlor and forced the students into performing sex acts for money instead.

Those are the claims made in an indictment handed down this morning from the Southern District of Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office. Cooper faces 11 charges related to the sex-trafficking scheme.

jeffrey.falk.cbs4Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The first case that came to light against Falk allegedly involved him hiding a camera with remote access capability inside a victim’s home — and after news of his arrest broke, more accusations surfaced. His guilty plea arrived just as another teacher nearby was busted for sex assault. Westword has the story.

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