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Jessie J considers co-star collaboration

Jessie J would be ‘honoured’ to collaborate with her The Voice co-stars.

The British songstress is appearing as a judge and mentor on the UK version of the hit talent show alongside will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue.

Jessie respects each artist, and would jump at the chance of recording music with any of them.

‘Yes, definitely,’ she told British magazine more! when asked if she’d want to collaborate.

‘Your career is about moments and things that inspire you, and all three of them are amazing artists. I’d be honoured to work with any of them. I’d love to collaborate with Tom especially, and I think that will happen very soon.’

Jessie has revealed which judge she is closest to. The raven-haired star says all three coaches are easy to spend time with.

‘Am I allowed to say all of them?’ she quipped.      ‘ ‘They’re all wonderful. I’m like a sponge around   Tom, just soaking up all his timeless energy as an artist. will.i.am and I just really get each other and we’re really silly together, but he’s serious when he needs to be and I’m the same.

‘Danny’s just the sweetest guy. He’s definitely going to be the heart-throb of the show, I think. Just look at his eyelashes!’

Jessie J considers co-star collaboration

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CIA Secret Prison: Polish Leaders Break Silence About Black Site

By VANESSA GERA

Poland Secret Prison

WARSAW, Poland — For years, the notion that Poland could allow the CIA to operate a secret prison in a remote lake region was treated as a crackpot idea by the country’s politicians, journalists and the public.

A heated political debate this week reveals how dramatically the narrative has changed.

In a string of revelations and political statements, Polish leaders have come closer than ever to acknowledging that the United States ran a secret interrogation facility for terror suspects in 2002 and 2003 in the Eastern European country.

Some officials recall the fear that prevailed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and defend the tough stance that former U.S. President George W. Bush took against terrorists.

But the debate is sometimes tinged with a hint of disappointment with Washington, as if Poland’s young democracy had been led astray – ethically and legally – by the superpower that it counts as a key ally, and then left alone to deal with the fallout.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday that Poland has become the “political victim” of leaks from U.S. officials that brought to light aspects of the secret rendition program.

In his most forthcoming comments on the matter to date, Tusk said an ongoing investigation into the case is proof of Poland’s democratic credentials and that Poland cannot be counted on in the future in such clandestine enterprises.

“Poland will no longer be a country where politicians – even if they are working arm-in-arm with the world’s greatest superpower – could make some deal somewhere under the table and then it would never see daylight,” said Tusk, who took office four years after the site was shuttered.

“Poland is a democracy where national and international law must be observed,” Tusk said. “This issue must be explained. Let there be no doubt about it either in Poland or on the other side of the ocean.”

To some, it sounded like a long-delayed admission that Poland allowed the U.S. to run the secret site, where terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics that human rights advocates consider torture.

“This statement is quite different from any others,” said Adam Bodnar, a human rights lawyer with the Helsinki Foundation in Warsaw. “From the general context, he’s kind of admitting that something is in the air. You can feel that this is an indirect confirmation.”

For years Polish officials and the public treated the idea that the CIA ran a prison in Poland as absurd and highly unlikely – even after the United Nations and the Council of Europe said they had evidence of its existence. Polish officials repeatedly rebuffed international calls for serious investigations. The idea slowly only began to get serious consideration after Polish prosecutors opened an investigation into the matter in 2008.

A new breakthrough came Tuesday when a leading newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, reported that prosecutors have charged a former spy chief, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, for his role in allowing the site. Siemiatkowski was reportedly charged with depriving prisoners of war of their freedom and allowing corporal punishment.

Siemiatkowski has refused to comment, telling The Associated Press he was bound by secrecy laws on the matter. But he did not deny the report.

The issue is hugely sensitive because any Polish leaders who would have cooperated with the U.S. program would have been violating Poland’s constitution, both by giving a foreign power control over part of Polish territory and allowing crimes to take place there.

Any officials who were involved could – in theory – be charged with serious crimes, including crimes against humanity.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush writes in his memoir “Decision Points” that he ordered the CIA to subject about 100 terror detainees to harsh interrogation techniques, arguing the methods did not constitute unlawful torture and that they produced intelligence that prevented further attacks. Neither he nor the CIA have officially said where the “black sites” were based, but intelligence officials, aviation reports and human rights groups say they included Afghanistan and Thailand as well as Poland, Lithuania and Romania.

Former CIA officials have told the AP that a prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003, and that prisoners were subjected to harsh questioning and waterboarding in Stare Kiejkuty, a village set in a lush area of woods and lakes. Human rights groups believe about eight terror suspects were held in Poland, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks; Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the attack in 2000 on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors; and Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian terror suspect.

Poland is the only country that has opened a serious investigation into the matter, something which Bodnar says is a sign of maturing in this 23-year-old democracy, with prosecutors, journalists and human rights lawyers all trying to seek truth and accountability.

“Poland deserves credit for this step, as the first European state to begin to deal with CIA torture on its own soil,” said Cori Crider, legal director for Reprieve, a British human rights group.

The Polish leaders in office at the time – former President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller – have vehemently denied the prison’s existence.

But they nonetheless have voiced support for the rendition program in principle, arguing that the U.S. and its allies were at war with terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks and that tough measures were needed.

“I will always stand on the side of hurt women, children and the victims of attacks,” Miller said in a radio interview this week. “I won’t shed tears for murderers. A good terrorist is a dead terrorist.”

Even former President Lech Walesa, the iconic democracy fighter, said he is “against torture … but this is war and war has its particular rules.”

Miller, the head of the Democratic Left Alliance, an opposition party, has been the main target of criticism by political opponents this week. Some even say he should face the State Tribunal, a special court charged with trying state figures.

Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, a senator who was the foreign minister when the site operated, said Miller should take responsibility for what happened 10 years ago.

“About a CIA prison in Poland, if it existed, I didn’t know,” Cimoszewicz said on Radio RMF FM. “But everything indicates that the CIA used a villa in Stare Kiejkuty.”

Human rights lawyers and activists welcome the new openness.

“There is some satisfaction here,” said Bodnar. “The most important thing is accountability. Intelligence agencies cooperate with each other, but after this they will remember that they need to obey the constitution and that some things they cover up could become public at some point.”

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After Threats, No Signs Of Attack By Hackers

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A threat to attack a crucial part of the Internet on Saturday by members of the mercurial, leaderless hacker collective calledAnonymous appears to have had no discernible impact so far.

By Saturday morning in the Eastern United States, and well into the evening in Asia, there were no major signs of an attack, said several people monitoring the Domain Name System. Some Anonymous hackers had threatened six weeks ago to attack that system, which converts domain names like google.com into numeric addresses that computers use. It led to a quiet global multimillion-dollar effort to strengthen the Domain Name System in recent weeks.

“This is kind of anticlimactic,” said Bill Woodcock, whose nonprofit Packet Clearing House has been part of that campaign. “That was kind of the goal.”

One person monitoring traffic over one of the 13 root servers that are part of the Domain Name System said there was only a five-minute spike in traffic at midnight Greenwich Mean Time after which network traffic seemed to have subsided; the person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of his job to maintain Internet infrastructure.

The effects of a sustained attack on the Domain Name System can be felt only after several days, when parts of the system would be impaired by very heavy flow of network data.

On Twitter, which is what the hackers affiliated with Anonymous use as a soapbox to spread their message, there was little chatter Saturday about the prospective attack. Instead, Anonymous called on its student supporters to put on masks and register their protest against restrictions on freedom of speech. “Anonymous challenges you to gather your friends and to show your support by wearing a mask, educating your friends about their rights and showing your teachers that school is a place of learning and expression,” itannounced on one of its blogs.

After Threats, No Signs Of Attack By Hackers

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Gang tiff sparked funeral home shooting that left 2 dead, 12 injured

An argument among members of several gangs mourning a North Miami friend escalated into a mass shooting outside a funeral home.

A tiff among gang members at a North Miami-area funeral home sparked a mass shooting that injured 12 people and killed two men, according to Miami-Dade police and law enforcement.

The gunmen, who fired a barrage of bullets at a crowd of mourners Friday night, remained on the loose. Investigators have not released information about the shooters, only that a white car may have been involved.

One of the victims, a 43-year-old man, died outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel funeral home, authorities said. The other, a 27-year-old man, died at the hospital. Witnesses at the funeral home had said one of the two people killed was shot in the chest.

Among the wounded was a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the leg. She is hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

The funeral was for Morvin Andre, 21, of North Miami, who was buried Saturday morning at Southern Memorial Park next to the funeral home.

Andre was killed March 16 after he tried to jump 22-and-a-half feet from the fourth floor of the Aventura Mall parking garage to escape pursuit from Bloomingdale’s loss prevention employees. Andre landed on his feet, but then fell back and hit his head, according Aventura Police Major Skip Washa, a spokesman.

Washa said Saturday the county medical examiner’s office has ruled Andre’s death a suicide because the Bloomingdale’s employees were one floor below Andre when they told him to stop. Instead, he jumped.

Originally, it was reported that Andre, a nursing student at Broward Community College, had been killed in a shooting, according to mourners at the funeral home.
A law enforcement official told the Miami Herald that the shooting involved members of several South Florida gangs who were in attendance at his wake Friday night to pay their respects. Andre was not part of a gang himself, the official said.
Certain gang members took offense when someone touched Andre’s body in the casket, setting off an argument that spilled out into the street.

Members of one gang retrieved an assault rifle and a handgun from a car and opened fire at other gang members in front of the funeral home, a police commander told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4.

Shooting erupted as more than 100 people were gathered outside the funeral home, in the 14900 block of West Dixie Highway, outside the city limits of North Miami.

“I was on my way out of the chapel when I heard the shots,“ said A.D. Lenoir, the pastor who officiated at the service. “I told people to look for cover. It was chaos.”

Lenoir, 29, said people were screaming, crying and yelling.

Several victims were taken to Jackson, and others to local hospitals.

The West Dixie Highway corridor has been the scene of several shootings in recent years. In 2007, the owner of a martial arts studio was fatally gunned down in a drive-by.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

 

Trayvon Martin marchers to Sanford, Fla., police: ‘We want an arrest. Shot in the chest’

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Justice lead a march and rally in front of the Sanford Police Department for Trayvon Martin on Saturday.

Civil-rights leaders from the NAACP and other groups led thousands of other protesters on Saturday in a march to the city’s police headquarters to demand the arrest of the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous were among those leading the rally through Sanford’s streets, marching behind a huge yellow banner with the words “Justice for Trayvon.”

“We want an arrest. Shot in the chest,” marchers chanted.

With  gospel music playing in the background, protesters were marching from a technical high school campus on 13th Street through a predominantly black neighborhood to the Sanford Police Station several blocks away. The throng stretched for blocks, weaving past homes, churches and small businesses, many of them boarded up.

The rally was organized by the NAACP. Its chapters from South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama arranged buses to bring participants to the rally, while others traveled by car.

“Because of the age of the young man and because of the circumstances of his death, every community can identify with that,” said Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama state conference of the NAACP. “We’ve had things like that happen in Alabama where somebody gets killed and the police just sweep it under the rug. It just touches everyone.”

The marchers were demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman who says he was defending himself when he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin during a scuffle. Martin, who was black, was unarmed as he walked from a convenience store, and the case has become a racial flashpoint with protesters across the nation calling for his arrest. Zimmerman’s father is white, his mother Hispanic.

Sanford police did not immediately arrest Zimmerman, saying they had no information to disprove his assertion that he acted in self-defense. A special prosecutor has since been named to look into the case.

Are old photos of Martin, Zimmerman deceptive?

At a press conference before the march, Jealous and Sharpton denied media reports that Sharpton planned to call for an economic boycott of Sanford or the surrounding central Florida area, calling it a “media fabrication.”

“Put to rest the rumor that there is any discussion of a boycott of the community,” Jealous told reporters.

Sharpton said there could still be unspecified action against national corporations that support the “Stand Your Ground” laws like the one police cited when they declined to arrest Zimmerman. The law gives citizens wide latitude to use deadly force when a threat is perceived.

Sharpton declined to identify those corporations but said, “We take nothing nonviolent off the table.”

A Florida NAACP leader said that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee’s stepping aside temporarily was not enough, and that he should be fired.

Martin’s death has also attracted international attention.

About 300 people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in London on Saturday in a show of solidarity for the Martin family’s cause. Some read poems and others carried placards with the slogan ‘No Justice, No peace.’ At the end of the three-hour vigil, 17 black balloons where released in honor of the slain teenager.

Trayvon Martin marchers to Sanford, Fla., police: ‘We want an arrest. Shot in the chest’

SIMON COWELL MAY NOT WANT BRITNEY SPEARS AS ‘X FACTOR’ JUDGE

by: Amy Sciarretto

Britney Spears Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell really can’t get it together when it comes to the ‘X Factor‘ panel. One day he’s offering Britney Spears$10 million to join. The next, he’s all up in Rihanna‘s grill about taking the gig. Then, he’s saying he doesn’t needA-listers to comprise the panel. All these rumors about who he will get to fill the two vacant seats are running rampant. Today’s top ‘X Factor’ panel story suggests that the producer and judge may have changed his mind about Brit Brit.

“Simon’s worried she won’t be able to deliver good advice, and he’s afraid contestants won’t take her seriously,” a source told Us Weekly about why Cowell flip-flopped on Spears. He had gushed how she is still hot, how people still care about her and buy her records and about how generally resilient the ‘Criminal’ singer is. Guess he’s no longer of that opine

He supposedly wants someone with more experience, but Brit is not newcomer. She was allegedly offered $10 million but asked for $16 and then talks stalled

And the drama mill continues to spin regarding ‘X.’

Who do you think would be the ideal replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul?

SIMON COWELL MAY NOT WANT BRITNEY SPEARS AS ‘X FACTOR’ JUDGE

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Physical violence from pupils affects a third of teachers

by    Richard Ross

A teacher who was dangled off the sixth floor by a pupil’s brother reflects on the issues involved, and the importance of parental engagement

Pupil reacting aggressively to being told off

A third of education staff have dealt with physical violence from pupils in this school year, and most blame lack of positive role models at home. Photograph: http://www.alamy.com

An ATL report published today reveals that a third of education staff have dealt with physical violence from pupils this school year, and most found that parents of the pupils involved failed to back the schools.

Most teachers surveyed believe the problem of poor behaviour is getting worse and count the lack of positive role models at home as one of the main reasons. You can read the ATL reporthere.

Our blogger, who has had over 10 years experience working with children with behaviour problems in mainstream schools and PRUs, writes about his experience:

It’s an interesting and challenging time to be teacher for children with behaviour difficulties.

When I say interesting what I mean is there has been a great deal of media coverage around young people, parenting and education following the UK riots and now this new survey by the ATL revealing a third of education staff have dealt with physical violence this year.

Historically these children – and their families have been marginalised/demonised/poked fun of in the media for drinking, swearing and often simply for being poor.

After the riots, however it stopped being as funny to laugh at people who like Reebok classics and McKenzie hooded tops.

Post-Riot attention has shifted to who exactly is to blame for the state of “All The Terrible Children Who Do Terrible Things” (ATTCWDTT as it is commonly known).

There is nothing quite as frustrating, head bangingly predictable and utterly transparent about the blame game around the subject.

Boris Johnson blames teachers for reasons that seem to be a) not voting for him and b) having a summer holiday, while the Head of Schools blames the parents of ATTCWDTT for not being teachers and therefore not being his responsibility.

In my experience it is when people work to together for the common good of the young person that things get better. I say that, of course, not being a political figure desperate to support my own agenda.

I have been working with “hard to reach” children (that’s shorthand for ATTCWDTT) one way or another for nearly 10 years and at the moment am a teacher in a special school for primary aged children with behaviour problems. A normal day can include anything from pupils trying to set fires to a debate around whether if a child throws a “warning punch” it should count as violence.

Although the anecdotes can make enjoyable social safari, the sad truth behind the story of ATTCWDTT is that most of the time they come from a complex family background raised by well meaning but sometimes struggling, unskilled parents who themselves have often been through traumatic and scarring events in life.

These parents are often the most distrusting of any type of professional involvement, understandable as a lot of their experiences with the school system have been negative.

Again, as a society we may laugh at the mindset of a parent who thinks that is ok for their child to punch someone for disrespecting their Lego man. (“You can’t say the Lego man looks queer and get away with it”) but the reality is that as professionals these are the parents and children we need to support the most. Sadly, they are also the easiest to ignore, blame or further isolate. That isolation can come from ridicule or simply through lack of trust and interest from both parties.

Although there has been a lot of good will and sporadic effort towards the engagement of parents there is little guidance, formal policy and training offered to teachers about how to engage with parents successfully.

Often due to this lack of training, teachers and the wider school workforce can lack confidence in attempting to support parents. I know that once when I was dangled off the sixth floor of a tower block by a pupils’ brother for ringing his mother; I thought “I don’t feel prepared for this”. While it is arguable that no amount of teacher style training can prepare you for the wrath of an angry 18 year-old when cornered, some guidance around the topic would have been useful.

Offering guidance on how best to tackle these relationships is a welcome addition. Family Lives’ guide aims to support teachers around the minefield of parental engagement by setting boundaries, offering guidance for appropriate relationships and further contacts so teachers can inform parents whom they should contact for professional support.

Although some of the advice is pretty straight forward (stay safe at all costs, parental relationships are vital), it’s good to have these things spelt out. I know that after a day of being called a “fat lesbian” (I am a skinny man) or being encouraged to “FXXk my poo”, it’s hard to remember any professional standards, especially ones that could in turn lead to more aggressive name calling. Imbedding much of the ethos from the Family Lives’ guide into good practice would surely help the teaching profession as a whole.

I am not saying that there is not a huge amount of fantastic parental support going on already, indeed reading the guide I was encouraged to see how much the staff I work with do in terms of good practice. However from experience, it varies greatly from teacher to teacher and school to school. If we are going to educate and help people from isolated communities, the teaching profession needs to continue developing and maintaining relationships with the most hard to reach parents. In this sense Family Lives’ guide sets a good basic standard from which all school and teachers could set their base.

The problem of troubled youth is not a new one and will surely not be disappearing any time soon. Whether the teaching profession, parents or politicians like it or not we are all in it together, should we all not try and move forward together instead of blaming one another?

• Richard Ross (a pseudonym) has been working with children with BESD in mainstream schools, special schools and PRUs for almost 10 years.

The national charity for families, Family Lives, working in conjunction with the only independent charity for teachers Teacher Support Network, has launched an online resource: Guidance for Head Teachers and School Staff: How to Support Pupils’ Parents to advise educational professionals on how to better work with their pupils’ parents and where they can go for additional support.

Physical violence from pupils affects a third of teachers

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Green Day announce three more European summer shows

California punks line up three German gigs for later this year

Photo: Photo: PA

Green Day have announced three more European headline shows for later this year.

The band, who are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2009’s ’21st Century Breakdown’, will play three shows in Germany in late August.

The band will first play Munchengladbach’s Hockey Park on August 29, before moving on to Berlin’s Wuhkheide on August 30. They then play Rock Am See festival in Konstanz on August 31.

The new dates mean the California punks have a total of seven summer shows lined up after they previously announced headline slots at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, Italy’s I-Day festival in Bologna and France’sRock En Seine event.

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The band have previously said that their new ninth studio album will move away from the concepts of their last two records ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’ and be more straightforward.

Green Day’s American Idiot musical will tour the UK later this year. The musical, which is currently touring North America, begins a three-month UK in September and finishes in late December with a two-week run at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo.

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D.C. high school offers $50 gift cards for high scores on tests

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Like many D.C. public schools, Woodrow Wilson High School has dangled numerous carrots before students to motivate and inspire them to do their best on the DC CAS. The annual standardized test — a high-stakes event for teachers and principals who are evaluated on the results — is sometimes a less-compelling exercise for students, whose grades are not impacted. Dinners, trips, iPod raffles and other inducements have not broken through.

So this spring at Wilson, the carrots have turned to cash.

According to a story in the latest issue of The Beacon student newspaper, Wilson administrators are offering $50 VISA gift cards to the school’s 400 sophomores for every proficient or advanced score they register on the CAS, which will be administered for two weeks beginning April 17. The Beacon’s account is consistent with parent and staff e-mails I’ve received over the last couple of weeks.

In an interview Thursday evening, principal Peter Cahall said the point of the program was to spur more student enthusiasm for a test that hasgrown increasingly important to the careers of teachers. Reading and math instructors in grades 3 through 8 and ten have 50 percent of their evaluations tied to test score growth.

“I want to hold on to my teachers,” Cahall said. “I’m looking for a creative way to do that. “You have a high stakes assessment that has no bearing on the kids. There’s no reason for taking it. It’s about having good instruction and great teachers in every classroom but then you have to get kids to come and take it seriously.”

Last year 65.7 percent of Wilson sophomores scored proficient or better on the CAS reading assessment. The pass rate on the math test was 52.2 percent. The school did not make adequate yearly progress as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

History teacher Jim Leonard, the Washington Teachers’ Union field representative, said he supported the idea. He said he’s seen students come into the testing room, fill in random bubbles on the answer sheet and put their heads on the table.

“The whole testing procedure in the District has no real incentive for kids,” he said. “There’s no accountability on the part of children. This might be the carrot that makes the difference.”

According to The Beacon, Wilson business manager Ajibade DaSilva said the incentive program is being funded through federal Title 1 money, appropriated to school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. A smaller amount is coming from the Redskins Foundation, DaSilva said. Forty-three percent of Wilson students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Cahall said that Title 1 funds are being used only to pay teachers for tutoring students in preparation for the CAS, a legitimate purpose. Funding for the $50 dollar gift cards is yet to be determined, he said, and that it could be Title I or a private source.

“We’re looking at multiple funding sources,” he said.

David Thompson a Wilson instructional coach, told The Beacon that the incentives are “a small price to pay if all of our students are advanced or proficient. If we were to get 100 percent proficient or advanced and it only cost us $40,000 to do it, that’s huge.”

Wilson PTSA president Leticia Barnes-Long said Thursday evening that she was aware of the effort and that the school had been searching for ways to build enthusiasm for the test.

“We were looking for reasons for incentives. The DC CAS is a test that isn’t really counted. The students are aware of that. But it is important data..We’ve looked at ways to really engage the students.”

Matthew Frumin, a Wilson parent and chairman of the non-profit that raises money and supports school programs, declined to comment on the cash awards.

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D.C. high school offers $50 gift cards for high scores on tests

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Man considered victim, turned suspect in shooting

By GREG RISLING

PASADENA, Calif. — Police initially considered Oscar Carrillo a victim of an armed robbery and rushed to the spot where Carrillo claimed one of two young men pointed a gun in his face.

Now police are laying part of the blame for the fatal shooting of Kendrec McDade, whom officers believed was one of the armed thieves, on Carrillo, arresting him on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors are weighing whether to file charges.

Police say Carrillo admitted that he lied about the men being armed in a 911 call so officers would respond faster. “The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

The unusual arrest raises questions about the role and responsibility of reporting crimes and led to criticism that police were deflecting the blame from officers.

“They can’t blame the caller because they shot an unarmed black man,” said Caree Harper, an attorney representing McDade’s family. “He didn’t pull the trigger and the officers can use discretion.”

Police arrested Carrillo on Wednesday, the same day that Harper called on authorities to prosecute him for filing a false police report.

Sanchez said a videotape shot near a taco truck where the alleged theft occurred shows a 17-year-old reaching into Carrillo’s car and allegedly grabbing both a backpack and a laptop computer. McDade acted as a “lookout” during the alleged burglary, Sanchez said.

Police declined to release the videotape

No weapons or the stolen items have been found.

The juvenile with McDade was charged with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation.

Police said the teens matched descriptions provided by Carrillo, witnesses and surveillance footage.

Scott Thorpe, of the California District Attorneys Association, said he’s not aware of any cases in the state where prosecutors have filed charges against someone for the consequences of a false 911 call.

On the call, the dispatcher asked: “Do they have any weapons?”

“Yeah, they have a gun,” Carrillo replied.

McDade was spotted in an alley about two blocks from the spot where Carrillo told police he’d been robbed, Sanchez said. McDade ran from police until an officer used the police cruiser to block his path in an alley and rolled down his window, authorities said.

McDade made the motion at his waistband and the officer opened fire, police said. A second officer who was chasing McDade on foot also opened fire. McDade, a Citrus College student and a high school football standout, died at a nearby hospital.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it’s not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime — especially if they are the victim — most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it’s not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime — especially if they are the victim — most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

Police haven’t charged Zimmerman, who has a white father and Hispanic mother. That has set off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.

Pasadena police haven’t released the officers’ names or their ethnicities.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said that like the Martin case, the Pasadena shooting highlights the need for a continuing discussion about racial profiling.

“The bigger picture is bias and racism,” said Mitchell, secretary of the Legislative Black Caucus. “And while the particulars of the two cases may be different — while the perpetrator who actually fired the weapon may be different — the fact of the matter is two young black men are dead.”

The Los Angeles County of Independent Review will investigate McDade’s shooting, Sanchez said.

Harper, the McDade family attorney, said she is considering filing a federal civil rights lawsuit but will hold off on any decisions until a full investigation is done.

“We will let the police do their investigation but we are mindful of the facts as they stand now are suspicious,” Harper said. “To continue to perpetrate the story they are giving only exacerbates the family’s emotional distress.”

Man considered victim, turned suspect in shooting

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