Chaplin Brothers Were Unarmed When Cops Caught Them Lifting Beers
Two minutes after responding to a report that a pair of men tried to shoplift some beer, an Olympia, Washington, police officer critically wounded them on Thursday. Officer Ryan Donald, 35, shot unarmed black stepbrothers Bryson Chaplin, 21 (in critical condition) and Andre Thompson, 24, (stable condition), after employees said the men tried to steal beer and ran when confronted. Olympia police chief Ronnie Roberts said Donald, who is white, told dispatch that one of the men tried to assault him with a skateboard and both were “very aggressive” in a backseat confrontation in the police cruiser. Hundreds gathered to protest the shooting on Thursday afternoon in the city with a 2% black population, where 4 out of 5 residents are white.
Josh Duggar Confirms Molestation Claims
Why are we just hearing about this now? Nearly a decade after the fact, "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar, 27, released a statement on Thursday confirming that he molested five girls when he was a teenager. He also resigned from his post at the Family Research Council, saying he "acted inexcusably" at the time and confessed to his parents and received counseling after alerting authorities in 2006. The incidents allegedly took place in 2002 and 2003 according to a police report and Duggar was able to avoid prosecution because the statute of limitations had expired. Amid the scandal, TLC reportedly aired episodes featuring Josh on Thursday night and had a 7-hour marathon slated for Friday.
Ireland About To Make History With Same-Sex Marriage Vote
Traditionally socially and religiously conservative Ireland is set to make history on Friday when it is expected to become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a national referendum. As voters went to the polls in the 85% Catholic country, surveys showed that roughly 70% of Irish voters supported the change, while the Catholic Church faced a steep hill in defeating the effort. Meanwhile, in Alabama, a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but delayed it taking effect until the Supreme Court issues its expected landmark ruling on gay marriage this summer.
Quick Take 1: After he completed a pretrial intervention program, a New Jersey judge dismissed felony assault charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over his infamous assault on his then-fiance in a hotel elevator. Also in NJ, former Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham plead guilty to posting revenge porn of his former girlfriend.
Quick Take 2: A grand jury in Baltimore indicted all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, with each receiving an additional charge of reckless endangerment. In San Francisco on Thursday, a dozen naked protesters blocked a major intersection in a "black lives matter" protest aimed at drawing attention to the killing of unarmed black girls and women at the hands of police.