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Snoop Dogg 'shoots' Trump character in controversial music video

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 10:07 AM


            President Trump And Twitter
President Trump And Twitter

Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a character dressed as a clown-President Donald Trump and pulls the trigger, unfurling a flag that says "BANG!," in a controversial new video for the song "Lavender."

Earlier in the video, a police officer, also dressed as a clown, shoots a motorist after a traffic stop while a passerby films it on his cellphone.

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The profanity-riddled video directed by Jesse Wellens and James DeFina features “Ronald Klump” as the head clown in chief, running a country of clowns.

"I feel like it's a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody's dealing with the real issue with this (expletive) clown as president," Snoop Dogg told Billboard.

>> See the video here (WARNING: Graphic language and content)

Trump hasn’t yet responded via Twitter, but his one-time rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, told TMZ: “Snoop shouldn’t have done that … You know, we’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country.”

Trump supporters also sounded off on social media:




– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Texas sheriff threatens to charge driver over graphic anti-Trump sticker

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Driver With Anti-Trump Sticker Threatened With Charges By Texas Sheriff

A Texas sheriff is getting angry feedback from free speech advocates after he wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, threatening charges against a driver for a profane anti-Trump sticker on the window of her truck.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo on his Facebook page Wednesday that showed a white GMC Sierra with a window decal that reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” The photo shared by Nehls was censored to block a portion of the offending word.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner.((Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls))

Similar images found online indicate that Nehls also blocked out a middle finger aimed at those reading the sticker. 

In Nehls’ now-deleted post, which was saved and shared by the ACLU, the sheriff asked anyone who knows the owner of the truck to contact his office. 

“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck, as it is often seen along FM 359,” Nehls wrote. “Our prosecutor has informed us she would accept disorderly conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

The ACLU, in turn, asked the driver of the truck to contact the ACLU of Texas. 

“No, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, you can’t prosecute speech just because it contains words you don’t like,” the ACLU’s post read

The Texas branch of the organization also spoke out, posting on Facebook details of the constitutional protections for profane and indecent speech.

“Constitutional Law 101: You can’t ban speech just because it has (expletive) in it,” the post read. “Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas.”

The driver of the truck, Karen Fonseca, did reach out to the Houston Chronicle. Fonseca, 46, said the truck is her husband’s, but she often drives it.

She also said she used to work for Nehls in the county jail.

Fonseca told the Chronicle that the sticker attracted plenty of attention even before the sheriff learned of it. People often honk their horns and take pictures.

“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Fonseca told the newspaper. “It’s just our freedom of speech, and we’re exercising it.”

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She said police officers have pulled her over because of the sticker, but that they failed to come up with a reason to ticket her. She said she has no plan to contact her former boss about modifying the sticker. 

Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey told the Chronicle that the sticker does not constitute a criminal offense, no matter what one of his own prosecutors may have told Nehls. 

“I did not believe it was a prosecutable case based on the definition of disorderly conduct,” Healey said. 

Both Healey and Nehls are Republicans, the Chronicle reported. Though Healey is not running for re-election, Nehls is considering a bid for Congress. 

The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a dangerous confrontation.

“Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck,” Nehls said. “I think they’re walking a fine line.”

Truck driver with anti-Trump bumper sticker arrested on unrelated charge

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 8:18 PM

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner. (Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls)
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shared this photo of a profane anti-Trump sticker on a truck, seeking the owner. Nehls said he was considering filing disorderly conduct charges against the owner. (Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls)

The Texas driver of a truck sporting a large anti-Trump window decal was arrested Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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The truck, and its driver, Karen Fonseca, gained notoriety after a sheriff threatened a charge of disorderly conduct for the decal reading, “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” 

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo of the truck Wednesday on Facebook saying, “If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you.” The photo, which was met with spirited debate by Facebook commentors, has since been removed.

Fonseca was booked in jail for an unrelated fraud charge. 

The sheriff’s office released this statement in response to the attention the situation received:

"The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message. Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further."

Of the decal Fonseca said, “It's not to cause hate or animosity. It's just our freedom of speech and we're exercising it.”

Bodies of rapper Bambino Gold, cousin found, police say

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

Edward Reeves, left. Kendrick Stokes. (Photo: WSBTV.com)
Edward Reeves, left. Kendrick Stokes. (Photo: WSBTV.com)

The bodies of an Atlanta rapper and his cousin have been found in Alabama, according to authorities.

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The bodies of Edward Reeves, whose stage name is Bambino Gold, and cousin Kendrick Stokes were found in Macon County, Alabama, the sheriff confirmed.

The bodies were found Friday night and Saturday, according to a report by WTVM , a Columbus television station.

The first body was discovered in a wooded area off County Road 13, according to the report. The second body was found in the woods off Highway 80, about 4 miles from where the first body was found.

Macon County is about 40 miles east of Montgomery.

Reeves, 29, went missing after he and Stokes left Nov. 5 for Montgomery, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, WTVM reported.

Reeves has collaborated with rapper Lil Boosie, who is best known for the 2006 hit, “Wipe Me Down.”

Sexual harassment at work can increase risk of eating disorders, drug use for women, study says

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Demonstrators participate in the #MeToo Survivors' March in response to several high-profile sexual harassment scandals on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The protest was organized by Tarana Burke, who created the viral hashtag #MeToo after reports of alleged sexual abuse and sexual harassment by the now disgraced former movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Demonstrators participate in the #MeToo Survivors' March in response to several high-profile sexual harassment scandals on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The protest was organized by Tarana Burke, who created the viral hashtag #MeToo after reports of alleged sexual abuse and sexual harassment by the now disgraced former movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)(David McNew/Getty Images)

Workplace sexual harassment can be detrimental. In fact, those who experience it are more likely to suffer from depression, eating disorders and drug use, according to a new report.

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Researchers from the American Psychological Association recently conducted a study, published in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, to further explore how enduring sexual harassment can cause psychological harm.

To do so, they surveyed 2,000 Britons. They found that women are more likely than men to report the effects of sexual assault, which could include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress and a lower level of overall happiness.

Although men may be at a higher risk for mental health issues after experiencing sexual harassment, women are also more likely to report incidents of it. 

Furthermore, researchers found men in the military are 10 times more like to endure sexual harassment, compared with civilian men. However, 81 percent of military men who are harassed keep quiet. 

“Sexual harassment in the workplace is a significant occupational health psychology problem,” APA President Antonio E. Puente said in a statement. “Psychological research has offered understanding into the causes of workplace harassment, as well as some strategies for preventing or reducing it. However, there is limited research regarding the characteristics of harassers, which makes it difficult to predict who will do it and where and when it might happen.”

While the APA acknowledges there is more research to do, it is encouraging organizations to be proactive by establishing policies that prohibit sexual harassment, raising employee awareness and creating reporting procedures.

“Psychology can help, in the form of sexual harassment training,” Puente said, “but it only works if it is part of a comprehensive, committed effort to combat the problem.”