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Nashville cops release bodycam of fatal police shooting

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Newly released bodycam footage and 911 audio recordings capture the lead up to the police shooting death of an armed and mentally ill homeless man in Nashville Saturday.

Jacob Griffin, 23, was shot at a homeless encampment behind a local Goodwill store in the Tennessee city after police negotiators tried for nearly five hours to get him to drop his weapon and surrender, according to a videotaped briefing released Sunday by the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the department, said events began to unfold around 2:30 p.m. when Griffin’s mother called 911 and told the dispatcher her son was armed and dangerous.

“He is schizophrenic, and for about the last hour has been texting me messages that he plans to kill me and other people,” Karen Griffin told the dispatcher. “He does have a gun. He has texted me pictures of a full magazine of bullets this morning. So he is armed.”

“I personally would consider him dangerous, though he has never actually been violent,” she said. “I really don’t want the police to kill him, but I don’t want him to kill anyone else either.”

She said her son used to work at the Goodwill store and was fired, and in the past “has threatened to enter the Goodwill with a weapon and kill anyone he can find.”

“Not today. He has not specifically threatened the Goodwill today, but he has talked about, quote, mass murder today in the texts he has sent me,” she said.

Police footage shows cops, including SWAT officers, trying to negotiate with Jacob Griffin, who is heard yelling at one point, “I am a hypnotist. Get off my property!”

“Jacob, put down your gun. Come halfway. You see that we’re still caring enough to get you out without being hurt,” one cop is heard telling him.

“If you really want us to leave, it’s all up to you,” the cop said. “You make all the choices.”

Around 7:20 p.m., Griffin fired off a shot from his pistol.

“Jacob you can’t be playing with a gun,” the officer said.

“Get off my property!” Griffin screams. “Now!”

“You just fired a shot. You just upped it up, Jacob,” another cop says. “You fired a weapon… You have to understand, you just upped the game.”

According to Aaron, police then decided, with darkness falling, to move in and try to distract Griffin by sending in a police canine.

“Show me your hands show me your hands,” SWAT officer Matthew Grindstaff is heard yelling. “Where’s the gun? Where’s the gun?”,

Griffin then allegedly fired off another shot, prompting Grindstaff to open fire.

Aaron said Griffin was taken to Vanderbilt Unversity Hospital, where he died.

He said the state Bureau of Investigation is now probing the shooting.

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

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A 2-year-old boy in Maine shot his parents Wednesday morning with a gun he picked up from a nightstand, a report said.

The toddler’s 25-year-old father was hit in the head, and the mother, 22, was struck in the leg in the shooting at their home in West Bath, WMTW reported, citing Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

The baby was injured by the recoil of the gun, authorities said. All three family members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Merry.

“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Merry said, according to the report.

“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending,” the sheriff said.

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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