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'Just an overreaction' for officers to repeatedly punch woman: Defense attorney

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Wildwood Police(WILDWOOD, N.J.) — The attorney for a 20-year-old woman who was punched multiple times by police on a New Jersey beach insisted on Thursday that officers reacted excessively.

“What they did to her was just an overreaction,” defense attorney Stephen Dicht told ABC affiliate WPVI-TV in a phone interview.

“They asked her to give a breathalyzer; she did it not once, but twice,” Dicht said. “She was very cooperative, but for whatever reason, the police didn’t stop there.”

Dicht also said that his client, Emily Weinman, has had neck, head and back pain suffered from depression since the incident last Saturday in Wildwood.

Weinman was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Dicht’s take on the incident stands in sharp contrast to Wildwood, N.J. Mayor Ernie Troiani Jr, who told the news website NJ.com this week that Weinman “refused to comply.”

“Unfortunately, this is what happened.”

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto told WPVI-TV that Weinman was confrontational and lunged at the officer and hit him in the chest.

The two officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the incident.

Onlookers’ videos of the dispute circulated on social media – and sparked outrage – before police officials released the officer’s body camera footage on Wednesday.

The Wildwood Police Department released the footage from the camera worn by the officer “directly involved,” explaining that it is in three separate videos because the camera had been “turned on and off” during the encounter, according to a press release.

The first video begins as the officer hands Weinman a Breathalyzer.

“Do me a favor,” he says, holding up the yellow tool that somewhat resembles a flashlight. “Take a deep breath, and blow into that, alright?”

After the officer instructs her to “do it one more time,” Weinman says to someone off camera, “Mind your business.”

The camera was worn by the officer who was “directly involved.” There are three separate videos of the incident because the camera had been “turned on and off” during the encounter, according to a press release.

The second video begins with Weinman asking the officer if he is going to let her go. Weinman and the officer start arguing after Weinman refused to give the officers her name.

When the third video starts, the officer is wrestling Weinman to the ground.

“No, let go of me,” she screams.

During the ordeal, Weinman continues yelling expletives and complains that the officer is pulling her hair and choking her. She also screams for someone named Matt, who is apparently her boyfriend.

“I’m not choking you,” the officer says.

Dicht said he intends to fight the charges against his client.

“They didn’t find that she had done anything wrong. So there really wasn’t any reason for them to have her name. If they were going to cite her, they should have said ‘we’re issuing you a citation for whatever, this is why they need your name.’ But they never said that,” Dicht told WPVI-TV.

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Samantha Bee apologizes for calling Ivanka Trump an expletive

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TBS(NEW YORK) — Samantha Bee issued an apology Thursday for using an expletive to describe first daughter Ivanka Trump on her TBS show Full Frontal Wednesday night.

The host referred to Trump as a “feckless c—” during her taped broadcast, which has resulted in sponsors State Farm and AutoTrader suspending their advertising.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” Bee tweeted. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

TBS tweeted its own statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

Bee’s comment came when she was criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children who have tried to enter the United States without proper documentation. Citing a photo Ivanka shared to Instagram several days ago featuring her holding her young son, Bee slammed the first daughter, who works in the White House, as “oblivious.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the controversy, stating, “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

Some are wondering why TBS hasn’t canceled Bee’s show following the swift action by ABC after Roseanne Barr made racist comments about former Barack Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Though Barr later apologized, ABC Entertainment condemned the comedian’s words and canceled Barr’s popular sitcom Roseanne.

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Man who allegedly killed teen in Houston crash had been deported 3 times

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KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — The man accused of killing a teenage girl in a car accident in Houston had previously been deported from the United States three times, federal records show.

Edy Lopez-Hernandez, 27, was arrested after crashing into another vehicle and fleeing the scene Sunday.

He was later determined to be under the influence of unspecified narcotics when he was driving “at a high rate of speed” and crashed into the rear of another car, according to Houston police.

A 17-year-old girl in the back seat of the vehicle that he hit died on impact, police said in a statement about the crash on the evening of May 27.

Lopez-Hernandez, who is from Guatemala, got out of his car with his 2-year-old son and left the scene before being stopped by a witness who told him to go back to the scene, where he was taken into police custody, authorities said.

In addition to the teen who died in the crash, the 65-year-old male driver of that car was critically injured and transported to a hospital. Another passenger was injured but she is expected to recover from her injuries, according to police.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had deported Lopez-Hernandez three times prior to his arrest this week. The first of those deportations took place in 2010 followed by two tin 2011.

He has now been placed in an immigration detainer by ICE.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office confirmed to ABC News that it has filed four charges against Lopez-Hernandez in connection to the deadly crash: murder, two counts of intoxication assault, and one count of failure to stop and render aide.

Because Lopez-Hernandez had two prior offenses of illegal entry to the United States, the office said, his bond was set at $100,000.

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'From shock to horror to anger': Pet store investigation into 41 dead animals continues

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McDonough County Jail(MACOMB, Ill.) — An Illinois pet store owner was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty this week after 41 dead rabbits, hamsters, snakes and mice were discovered in her store, authorities said.

An additional 56 animals were found alive inside the store, as well, and taken to foster homes.

Police in the western Illinois town of Macomb received multiple complaints about a strong odor coming from the Macomb Pet Land, which appeared to be closed.

When they arrived at the store, they were greeted with signs on the door that said “Closed for Maintenance” and “Animals Are Fed & Watered Daily!!,” according to a statement from Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker.

“Once officers entered the business they were overwhelmed with the smell of dead animals and the smell of ammonia.”

Investigators determined that power to the building had been shut off on May 14th due to non-payment of the bill, which means the animals languished without power or ventilation for about 12 days before the survivors were discovered.

Police sought immediate medical assistance for the surviving animals and veterinarian Dr. Karen Blakely was among those who responded.

“Obviously everybody I mean is upset you know, the conditions and how can this happen,” Blakely told ABC affiliate KHQA-TV. “I think everybody pretty much moved from shock to horror to anger.”

Store owner Jessica Spangler told police that she had coordinated with someone else to care for the animals and was unaware of the condition in which they were left, Barker said at a press conference this week, according to KHQA-TV.

Police said in the statement that the investigation is ongoing and that “additional arrests are pending.”

Among the dead animals were eight rabbits, a gerbil, five hamsters, 10 snakes, three hermit crabs, three tarantulas, one lizard, one rat, one guinea pig, one cockatiel bird, five mice and an unknown number of fish.

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Newcomer Abby Anderson will be taking The Long Way with Brett Eldredge and Devin Dawson this fall

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Black River Entertainment/Warner NashvilleNewcomer Abby Anderson will join Brett Eldredge on the next leg of his The Long Way Tour, which kicks off September 13 in Denver, Colorado.

“I’m so excited to have Abby join the Long Way Tour this fall,” Brett says. “She has a voice that grabs you by the heart and demands you listen. It’s well beyond her years and I cannot wait to hear that golden voice every night.”

Abby’s debut single, “Make Him Wait,” was just released.

Brett, Abby and special guest Devin Dawson are already set to play 14 cities this autumn, with more dates still to be announced.

You can check out a recap of the spring leg of Brett’s headlining tour on YouTube now.

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