Cross Country Team Suspended: Naked Run Was Planned


November 12, 2015

By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

Can you guess Esquire Magazine’s selection as the best new restaurant in America? It’s Shaya in New Orleans, and they serve only Israeli food (Esquire Magazine, November 2015).

A Dodger Stadium tour is about 90 minutes long and you might visit the dugout, the press box and much, much more (

The New York Police Department will soon allow cops to handcuff criminal suspects with their hands in front t instead of behind their backs as part of the use-of-force overhaul – a change one police source called “total lunacy.

They want to say they’re a kinder, gentler police force by coming up with a new policy on front cuffing but it invites danger” (New York Post).

Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, suspended its men’s cross-country team because the school concluded the runners were planning a naked run that amounted to hazing. University police responded to a report of students at the school’s track on the evening of September 5 and found team members preparing to run laps naked. The school launched an investigation of the men’s team.

I just cannot believe that in New York the suspect was so angry at getting a traffic ticket that he lashed out at the meter maid writing the summons in the Ozone Park district at 8:40 a.m. The bad guy snatched the handheld summons-printing device and smashed it. This occurred at 101st Avenue and 95th Street. He then knocked off the meter-maids’ cap and splashed water on the poor soul before speeding off in a black Nissan.

A woman from Long Island, New York claims she was held in the mental ward of a hospital for eight days because police didn’t believe she owned a BMW. Kamilah Brock says she was stopped by police while driving in Harlem with her music blasting. Officers asked her why she didn’t have her hands on the wheel and she told them that she was dancing in the car to the music on the radio while she was at a stop sign. Brock says she was taken into custody, held for a few hours and released, but could not retrieve her car until the next day. When she went to pick up her car, she was handcuffed and taken to Harlem Hospital and injected with sedatives and lithium while doctors kept asking her to deny she owned a BMW. Brock has no record of mental illness and does in fact own the BMV she was driving. Her lawsuit is pending.

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As mentioned in The Week, drinking sugary sodas has been proved to lead to obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. Now researchers have found evidence that the drinks could also speed up the body’s aging process. One of the signs of the aging process is that the caps on the end of people’s chromosomes, known as telomeres, tend to shrink. When scientists at the University of California at San Francisco studied the DNA of more than 5,300 healthy Americans, they found those who drank more sodas generally had shorter telomeres. People who drank 20 ounces of sugary drinks a day, about 21 percent of the sample, had telomeres reflecting an additional 4.6 years of aging.

I just read the “Proposed Police Body Camera Policy” from the City of Long Beach:

When to activate the camera:

• The camera should be turned on when the officer or detective has reasonable suspicion that someone is violating the law, such as when handling dispatched calls, traffic stops, and pedestrian checks among other encounters.

• Officers are not required to get consent from someone when the person is in a public place or in a location where there is no expectation of privacy, such as a building where the officer is doing an investigation.

• Any contact that would not require the camera be turned on but becomes adversarial.

When to stop recording:

• The body camera should stay on until the incident is over, which means after all arrests have been made and suspects transported as well as completing all interviews with witnesses and victims.

When to consider stop recording:

• In a hospital emergency room for the privacy of patients, including patients not part of the investigation.

• Any time a person’s private health information is being discussed.

• Any time the body camera might cause a crime victim emotional distress, such as a sexual assault.

When to release body camera data:

• Media and Public Records Act requests will be considered on an individual basis.

How long recorded material must be saved:

• All recorded material will be saved a minimum of two years.

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