Brickbats: July 2021 – Reason.com
The state of Pennsylvania agreed to pay $ 475,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man struck by a bulldozer while being pursued by the Pennsylvania State Police. Police had caught Gregory Longenecker growing a handful of marijuana plants on public land. He fled into dense bushes and police used a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer to pursue him. His body was found under the steps of the excavator.
Two former mortuary technicians with the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are facing federal fraud charges. Prosecutors say they took credit and debit cards from deceased people and made purchases for thousands of dollars. Willie Garcon is accused of using cards from multiple deceased individuals to purchase $ 6,500 worth of items, including airline tickets to Florida. Charles McFadgen allegedly used the credit cards of five deceased individuals to purchase $ 13,500 worth of products, primarily from CVS stores.
Male students from Brauer College, a public school in Australia serving grades 7-12, were asked to stand up during a recent assembly and apologize to their classmates “for their gender behaviors that have hurt or offended girls and women, “according to Jane Boyle, the school’s principal. Some parents said they were angry that their children were forced to apologize for things they did not do. “In hindsight, although well intentioned, we recognize that this part of the montage was inappropriate,” Boyle said.
Salisbury, North Carolina Police Officer James Hampton resigned after a local television station broadcast video of him picking up his fellow K-9 by the leash, striking the dog against the side of a police car, and striking to the dog.
In England, a labor court ruled that Nuffield Health discriminated against fitness instructor Ali Burton because of her disability. Burton’s disability is a phobia of bodily fluids, including sweat. Burton said she became anxious when a supervisor asked her to pick up some sweaty towels. She said that when she refused, he told her to put on some gloves and pick them up. When she still refused, he said that he made fun of her by picking them up, spreading his arms, and throwing them in the trash.
Bodycam video footage showed several Seattle police officers waking Howard McCay from a nap at his home and ordering him at gunpoint to lift his shirt to show that he had no weapons on his person. The officers then ordered him to kneel on the ground with his hands on his head, where they handcuffed him. McCay had done nothing wrong. Someone had seen his front door open and called 911 for a welfare check. McCay has since filed a lawsuit against the city.
Peel Public Health in Ontario, Canada, has advised parents whose children must be quarantined due to school exposure to COVID-19 to keep them almost entirely confined to a room separate from the rest of the family for 14 days. Other health care experts cautioned that these guidelines are not practical and could cause psychological trauma to any child who is forced to adhere to them.
The Florida Highway Patrol recommended that prosecutors rescind a $ 166 fine issued to a driver who crashed while trying to avoid a couch on the road. The driver was traveling on I-95 when the sofa fell off a truck in front of her vehicle. The driver swerved to avoid the sofa and her vehicle collided with the median and rolled over. A police officer fines the driver for not driving within a single lane.