CAIRO (AP) — A video of an enraged tuk tuk driver unloading on the state of Egypt’s suffering economy has gone viral, underlining growing popular discontent over shortages of food staples.
Filmed in the crowded narrow lanes of a working class Cairo neighborhood, the video shows the driver, surrounded by locals, slamming the government for spending money on ceremony and pomp while the poor suffer.
He says that Egypt’s image on television looks like a wealthy European city, but that down in the streets it looks closer to Somalia.
By Thursday, the segment, which was originally aired a night earlier on the pro-government Al Hayat television channel, had gained 1.5 million views and 44,000 likes on Facebook. It has since been pulled from the network’s media sites.
ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — A video posted online in 2009 that appears to show a captive woman is a fake and is not connected to the disappearance of a 15-year-old Wisconsin girl the same year, police said Wednesday.
The video shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend, then shows a crying and apparently bound female. Kayla Berg, of Antigo, went missing a couple of months before the video was posted online.
A tip from the public led investigators to a man on the East Coast who acknowledged he produced the video, according to Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller. The man didn’t know the video had received so much attention and has apologized, Roller said.
“He did feel bad that it had gotten to this level,” Roller said. “He got a little bit of reality when we told him how it affects missing person cases.”
The video had about 940,000 views on YouTube before it was taken down Tuesday.
Roller says the video also generated about 250 tips to police.
“We need to look back at all the tips we got and go through them all and see if there’s something that relates to Kayla,” the chief said.
While the video producer may have violated YouTube policies, it’s unlikely he will face criminal charges, Roller said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several people have been arrested while protesting a video that appears to show a Connecticut police sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man.
Black Lives Matters activists organized the protest at Hartford City Hall on Monday. Organizers say eight protesters were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while marching to the mayor’s home.
A police spokesman did not immediately return calls.
Police cruiser camera video released Oct. 5 shows the aftermath of a car chase in June. Two Hispanic men were arrested. Officials say Sgt. Sean Spell, who is white, is seen stomping on one of them.
Activists are protesting Spell’s actions and a delay in releasing the video.
Spell retired in August. His attorney says the video didn’t capture all that was going on at the scene.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ice Cube’s music is going straight onto a video game.
Cube and producer DJ Shadow created the original song “Nobody Wants to Die” for 2K’s “Mafia III” launch trailer, which premieres Thursday. The crime video game focuses on character Lincoln Clay’s revenge against the Italian mafia in 1968 in the city of New Bordeaux, a fictional re-creation of New Orleans.
“It’s all about getting some payback,” said Cube, whose distinctive voice was used on “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” ”It’s cool to do something on this level for hip-hop. Most of the time it’s for movies, commercials or TV.”
Cube isn’t much of a gamer and initially didn’t know a lot about the game. But the rapper-actor said he knew that recording the track would be worthwhile after his sons showed excitement when their father brought home a copy of the game.
The rapper said watching the story line of the video game demo helped him create the lyrics for “Nobody Wants to Die.” He called the game an “intelligent piece of work” and “interesting.”
“I’ve been doing music for a longtime and in the rap game,” he said. “Just the fact that they want to hear my voice, it makes me feel good. They could’ve grabbed one of the new artists. But it made me feel good that we have a new game, and they are still going back to one of the originators.”
The game is expected to go on sale Friday.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A video released by Connecticut police appears to show a sergeant stomping on the head of a handcuffed man who was on the ground.
The video was taken June 4 during the arrests of Ricardo Perez and Emilio Diaz after a car chase from Hartford into West Hartford. Police say Perez struck a detective with a stolen car and damaged four police cruisers.
Booking photos show the men with serious facial injuries.
The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2dSFLEA ) the video released Wednesday appears to show Sgt. Sean Spell drop his left leg onto a man’s head. It’s unclear if the man was Perez or Diaz. Authorities say Spell is now retired.
A prosecutor is investigating whether officers used excessive force.
Spell, Perez and Diaz can’t be reached for comment.
Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college says it has suspended two students over an online video showing a student in blackface lampooning the Black Lives Matter movement.
Albright College President Lex McMillan III said on the school’s Facebook page that the two students most directly involved in what he called a “hurtful, offensive act” have been suspended pending further investigation.
“They have been advised to leave campus immediately and remain available for communications with college officials,” he said.
The Reading Eagle reported that the roughly 40-second video posted Tuesday night on Snapchat featured a female student wearing an Albright T-shirt putting on blackface makeup. In the video, the student, who calls herself “Carlisha,” makes disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and places padding in her pants to increase the size of her but, performing a “twerking” dance made popular in hip-hop videos, the paper said.
McMillan said officials had learned that “multiple students of multiple races” had been involved and officials would continue to review the facts to determine “the most appropriate sanctions.” He said earlier that the students who posted the video voluntarily come forward and expressed remorse.
Niani Marz, an Albright senior from Brooklyn, New York, told the newspaper she had been “floored” by the video, which she said had started a debate on campus with some seeing it as a freedom of speech issue with others focused on what they considered disparaging racial overtones. Marz said she had talked to several students who planned to demonstrate at some point during the weekend’s homecoming activities.
“I feel like there’s a disconnect between our community,” Marz said. “We’re so diverse, yet we know nothing about each other. And I want us to be more united and understanding.”