This video, posted by "Ghost Worm," shows a mysterious myriapod suddenly leaping onto a countertop late at night. The spooky infra-red footage gives the whole thing a "paranormal activity"-esque atmosphere, but I'm quite certain someone just set up the camera and threw the worm in front of it. [via] Read the rest
Leaked footage of a police officer repeatedly punching a pedestrian led to charges for Christopher Hickman, the Asheville, NC cop who also lost his job after the attack on August 24 last year. Hickman claimed that Johnnie Jermaine Rush was jaywalking and had assaulted him when challenged, but bodycam video showed a more sinister incident in which Hickman, who is white, told his black victim "you are going to get fucked up hard core", chokes him, repeatedly strikes his head with his fist, then tases him.
"I beat the shit out of his head," Hickman says on the recording. "Not gonna lie about that."
The police chief, Tammy Hooper, has also offered to resign.
Police said they plan to present an investigation into whether Hickman’s actions against Rush were criminal to the district attorney next week.
“This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should’ve been charged from day one,” local Black Lives Matter leader DeLores Venable said during Wednesday’s meeting, per the Citizen-Times report. “If no one would’ve leaked it or said something, we would be in the dark.”
Hooper issued a public apology March 1, saying, “The acts demonstrated in this video are unacceptable and contrary to the department’s vision and the progress we have made in the last several years in improving community trust.”
Jaywalking is a ridiculous crime to begin with, but "jaywalking" in the dead of night on an empty road in Asheville? No wonder people were curious about the circumstances of the arrest, and no wonder the footage had to be leaked before the public saw it. Read the rest
Isaac Bonsu, 30, faces charges of DWI and weed possession after "a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself."
Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from Tuesday’s incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck.
Bonsu is fine. Guys, remember to engage the parking brake when leaping out of a stolen vehicle in motion. Here is the video.
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The human being watching the live feed has perfect comic timing. Read the rest
I'm certain the flames are CG, because I've seen a few tire fires in my time, but somewhere out there is a more uncannily scary video of the 60 MPH death wheel. Find it for a special no-reward!
You've likely seen the stabilized, enhanced panoramic edit of the famous Zapruder film of JFK's assassination. Here's another angle—the less well-known Orville Nix film—with the same treatment. Though it's not as clear or as long as Zapruder, it's recorded from the other side, showing the grassy knoll and a ground-level view of the assassination. (Note that at least four people filmed the fatal shot, and possibly five.) Read the rest
In this courtroom footage, an accused man executes his cunning plan: smash up a computer. Read the rest
Enjoy this dashcam video capturing a meteorological phenomenon in Russia, where road surfacing work is underway. Read the rest
"Oooooo, well done! Well done. What happened there?" Read the rest
A foolish tourist in Nanchang Zoo, China, climbs into a panda den and approaches one of the enormous bears. Be warned: the predictable results are even more harrowing than the scene from The Revenant where Leonardo diCaprio's character is relentlessly savaged by a grizzly. Fortunately, he's going to survive. Read the rest
After an escalator malfunctioned and reversed its course at high speed, sending shoppers sprawling into a mall concourse, two engineers called in to investigate were themselves arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
Why were the men arrested?
Officials had called in the two technicians, who work for Otis Elevator Company, to assist in investigations hours after the incident. The escalator had been shut down and all personnel involved in the investigation were ordered not to touch it. Late on Sunday night however, officials discovered that the escalator's auxiliary braking system had been reactivated, reported local media. Newspaper Apple Daily said the reactivation could have affected the escalator's computer data records. Officials ordered police to arrest the two men on the spot.
It's important that we realize there's nothing remotely funny about that video of screaming humans piling up at the foot of a haywire escalator.
KodyXO's video has everything going for it, from landscape-oriented 60fps footage to elderly ladies refereeing a wrestling match in a grocery store between a store manager and an alleged shoplifter. There's even an annoying photobomber!
EMPLOYEE: "You're shoplifting, you can't shoplift here!" THE ACCUSED: "Yeah? Why not?" EMPLOYEE: (momentarily baffled) "Wh.. Why not?"
The arrestee was reportedly charged with third-degree robbery.
Big retailers might let you walk off if the cops don't arrive in time, but stores can and do detain shoplifters. Rite-Aid's got its staffer's back, but one imagines there may be a chain-wide round of "why we just let them go" retraining days quite soon.
It's interesting to see how different media cast the events of the video. The local Hillsborough Tribune sticks to the facts, as it sees them...
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The two fight over the purse, with the woman pulling, yanking and twisting in order to pry it from his grip. At one point the woman tries to punch the employee, and kicks him. He tells her that she is not allowed to shoplift in the store. Eventally the man wrestles her to the floor as she attempts to strike him.
"Ma'am, you need to chill out," a voice is heard on the video as the woman is on the ground. "You need to chill."
The woman screams "Let me go!" several times, but eventually relinquishes the purse to the employee as Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrive and arrest her. ... "You can use reasonable force to detain someone," Reimann said.
"You SILLY person!"
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From the newly-released archives.
After collecting dust in high-security vaults for more than 65 years, hundreds of reels of film showing Cold War nuclear bomb tests have been declassified by the United States.
From 1945 to 1962, the United States detonated more than 210 nuclear bombs, with multiple cameras capturing each explosion at around 2,400 frames per second.
There's so many to watch! Read the rest