ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A contestant on the TV reality show “American Ninja Warrior” put some different skills to use when he rescued a motorist who was choking alongside a New York street.
Exterminator Pavel Fesyuk (PAY’-vehl feh-SHOOK’) says he was driving a Town and Country Pest Solutions vehicle with his cellphone camera recording video from the dashboard when he spotted a man bent over the trunk of his car Tuesday on a Rochester street.
The video shows Fesyuk approaching the man, who motions for Fesyuk to pat his back. Fesyuk patted the man’s back, but when that didn’t help, he got behind the man and performed the Heimlich maneuver.
Fesyuk says the man then swallowed whatever was blocking his air passage. The video shows both men heading to their vehicles before driving away.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has granted a civil trial for a Kenyan man who alleges immigration agents violently attacked him at a Kansas jail for refusing to be fingerprinted before deportation, an incident captured on jailhouse surveillance video.
The lawsuit by Justine Mochama, an international college student who overstayed his visa, has languished in federal court in Kansas for almost three years.
But on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil refused to throw out his claims that two agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement used excessive force during the January 2014 altercation.
“It is a good outcome and hopefully it sends a message to ICE that you can’t beat up a pretrial detainee because you want his fingerprints — even if you are frustrated or mad with him. You don’t have authority to do that,” said Matthew Hoppock, the attorney who represents Mochama.
Mochama’s lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated initially listed the Department of Homeland Security and various other parties, but the judge decided the case could only go forward against the two ICE agents involved in the altercation.
The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said Friday the agency does not comment on pending litigation but takes seriously all allegations of employee misconduct.
At the time of the incident Mochama had already been in custody for six months waiting to be deported to Kenya, and had filed a petition for release pending deportation. He wanted his attorney to first look at a form ICE before putting his fingerprint on it, as the ICE agents wanted.
The jailhouse video, which Hoppock provided to The Associated Press, shows Mochama calmly standing with his hands in his pockets when the agents pulled at his arms and lifted him into the air. The lawsuit contends one of the agents, Timothy Zwetow, then punched him in the stomach. During the scuffle Mochama sinks to the floor, and his head is slammed into the concrete floor. At one point, Zwetow gets up to retrieve the form and inkpad while the other agent, Rodney Nichols, remains on top of him.
He was eventually taken to the ICE office in Wichita, where another altercation with agents occurred. He was eventually returned to the Butler County Detention Facility where he saw a nurse who gave him Tylenol and escorted him back to his cell.
The lawsuit contends he still suffers severe headaches and nightmares, which he attributes to the head injuries that day, and contends the jail did not screen him for a concussion or internal injuries.
Machama is still in custody in the Butler County jail pending deportation while his civil case plays out in the courts. He has agreed not to fight deportation and the government has agreed not to deport him while his civil lawsuit is in the courts as long as he does not contest his continued detention, the agreement shows.
Vratil rejected the government’s request to dismiss all claims in the lawsuit, finding a reasonable person could find that the amount and type of force used against Mochama by the ICE agents at the jail was unreasonable. She noted that Mochama had not created a serious security problem and was not actively resisting but “merely had his hands in his pockets.”
However, Vratil sided with ICE on other claims related to a second altercation later that day at ICE offices in Wichita, finding that in that instance Mochama was combative and the officers had reason to be concerned about their safety.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah father who was skiing with his children captured dramatic video of a boy dangling from a ski lift by his backpack.
Clint Ashmead said the incident occurred Monday at the Sundance Mountain Resort south of Salt Lake City.
He says operators moved quickly to stop the lift and put a mat on the ground below in case the boy fell.
The boy kicked off his skis and threw his poles down as two operators propped a ladder to the lift and pulled the boy into it.
Ashmead says the boy was rescued within about seven minutes and was OK.
It was the second time in the past three weeks that a young person has been stuck on a lift with a backpack at Sundance.
Sundance Mountain Resort officials weren’t immediately available for comment.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana tourism official has been placed on paid administrative leave after inadvertently sharing an adult video on her employer’s Instagram account while on business in Baton Rouge.
The half-hour video with nudity went live on the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Instagram account Dec. 19 and sent notifications to followers. .
Board President Jerry Madden tells The Minden Press-Herald (http://bit.ly/2iErXOP) that placing Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lynn Dorsey on leave is not a disciplinary action.
Dorsey has said it was a “horrible, honest mistake.” She said she intended to send a private message to her husband, but was a new Instagram user and pressed the wrong button.
Madden said Dorsey has done a great job for many years. He said the board will review the situation at its next meeting later this month.
Information from: Minden Press-Herald, http://www.press-herald.com/
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Wednesday that they’re investigating a video circulating on social media that shows several people beating a man at a residence.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference that four suspects, two males and two females, are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.
The victim, who has “mental health challenges,” is recovering, Johnson said.
He also called the video “sickening,” and Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said the suspects made “stupid decisions.”
While police officials did not confirm the races of the suspects or victim, video from Chicago media outlets appeared to show someone off-camera using profanities about “white people” and President-elect Donald Trump.
But police said it’s too soon to determine whether the attack was racially motivated.
Investigators will “determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving,” Duffin said when asked about the language used in the recording.
The video also shows bottles of alcohol in the room during the attack.
Officers were called to a residence on the city’s West Side Tuesday evening where they found signs of a struggle and damaged property.
Police said that around the same time, officers on patrol encountered the victim on a nearby street.
Duffin said the victim knew one of the suspects.
Video of the alleged incident was initially posted on Facebook, but was later removed from the social media site.
A Facebook spokesman told The Associated Press the company removed the video because it does “not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook.”
OREM, Utah (AP) — A 2-year-old boy in Utah has been caught on a nanny cam saving his twin brother by pushing a fallen dresser off him.
The video shows the Orem toddlers climbing on open drawers before the dresser tips over, pinning one boy to the ground. The boy cries and struggles before his brother is able to push the dresser off him.
The boys’ mother, Kayli Shoff, tells KUTV-TV that she didn’t hear the dresser falling and only saw what happened after watching the video.
The boys’ father posted a link to the video on Facebook on Sunday. He wrote that his son is OK and that he was sharing the video to raise awareness of the importance of securing dressers to the wall.