Mom says Texas cop choked boy before aiming gun at kids

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Updated 10 July 2018
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Mom says Texas cop choked boy before aiming gun at kids

  • The video, which has been viewed millions of times online, shows an El Paso officer briefly pointing his weapon at a group of boys.
  • According to court documents, Julian Saucedo was told multiple times to get off the roadway. But the video shows the officer who arrested him did not give such an order before approaching the teenager.

DALLAS, US: Court documents obtained Monday reveal inconsistencies between a police account and a viral video that shows a West Texas officer pointing a gun at a group of children before arresting a teenager recording the confrontation.
The video, which has been viewed millions of times online, shows an El Paso officer briefly pointing his weapon at a group of boys. One boy is heard cursing at the officer right before the officer draws his gun, points the weapon at the group and says, “Back up, (expletive).”
An internal investigation into the incident is ongoing and the officer remains on desk duty, said El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez on Monday. He did not identify the officer.
Elizabeth Flores told the El Paso Times the video started after the officer choked one of her sons and forced him to the ground. Flores said the video also shows two of her sons, Julian Saucedo and Jacob Saucedo, being taken into custody.
Officials previously said one minor and one adult were arrested. Both were taken into custody for interfering with the duties of a police officer, according to the officials.
The confrontation began after officers were dispatched for a criminal trespass call. Police received information that a large group of children might have been inside a vacant apartment without the owner’s permission, according to a complaint affidavit obtained Monday.
Officers detained the group, the affidavit said, but Jacob Saucedo walked off the wall and began cursing at the officer. The child also said he would leave, according to the document, and refused to get against the wall.
The video recording begins with Jacob Saucedo on the ground. Moments later, the officer is seen briefly pointing his handgun at the group before holstering the weapon. Children are heard hurling more profanities at police throughout the video. After pointing the weapon at the group, the officer drew a baton as another officer handcuffed Jacob Saucedo on the ground.
The officer then arrested teenager Julian Saucedo, who was filming the confrontation and handed off the phone to his mother before being taken into custody. The video shows her running away from the officer.
The affidavit, however, said an officer saw Julian Saucedo walk onto the road once his brother had been put in the back of a squad car. According to the affidavit, Julian Saucedo was told to get off the road. He did not comply and “attempted to walk near the patrol unit and behind officers at times.”
The video shows that both brothers were put into the cruiser at the same time.
According to court documents, Julian Saucedo was told multiple times to get off the roadway. But the video shows the officer who arrested him did not give such an order before approaching the teenager.
The footage does show the teenager being arrested after he is heard saying, “We’re gonna put a report on these two fools. It’s all good.”
The affidavit also did not mention that an officer drew his weapon during the confrontation.
Gomez said a complaint affidavit only speaks to the probable cause elements of the offense and the specifics of why authorities are charging a person with a crime.
“It’s not a full narrative of the full incident,” he said.


‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

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Updated 23 July 2018
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

  • The characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail

CHENNAI: Nothing can be compared to Japanese animation, especially the works of cinematic art created by Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Wind Rises”), which is not just sharply political but also intensely emotional. In comparison, American animated films may seem somewhat plastic, though the Hotel Transylvania franchise has risen above the mundane. The latest installment,” Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation,” from director Genndy Tartakovsky, depicts a battle between good and evil.
The plot sees Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), her human husband Johnny (Andy Samberg) and the entire monster entourage go on a cruise vacation to Atlantis. On board, widowed and lonely Dracula falls head over heels in love with the director of the event, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However — plot twist! — she is a human being and several centuries younger. Even worse, she is the granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), whose bitter enmity with Dracula dates back to the 1800s. It is liberally interspersed with humor, which comes courtesy of the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the giant puppy that Dracula's grandson smuggles aboard the ship.
Tartakovsky, who helmed all three editions of the franchise, undoubtedly employed a brilliant set of animators — the characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail. The wit flows at a breathless pace, but what is lacking is a certain novelty, which one expects in an ongoing series.
One plus point is that parents will not find themselves wanting for entertainment. Dracula's romance with Ericka may be lost on children, but it will keep the adults entertained. At 97 minutes long, however, the film could have been far more fantastic.