Police Violence Towards Mentally-Ill People Happens More Than You Think

On October 18, an officer from the New York Police Department shot and killed a 66-year-old woman named Deborah Tanner, who happened to be mentally ill.

After a neighbor called police about a woman behaving erratically and irrationally, officers drove to her apartment. Once there, a sergeant found Tanner holding scissors as a weapon, but he convinced her to put them down. However, when Tanner grabbed a baseball bat and tried to hit him with it, he shot her twice. She later died of her injuries at the Jacobi Medical Center.

Unfortunately, situations like these are occurring way more often than any of us would like to believe.

When police are faced with potentially dangerous situations, it’s a reality that they sometimes have to use their guns. But according to a disturbing recent report, nearly half of the people killed by police between 2013 and 2015 had some kind of disability.


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It isn’t that surprising when you take a look at all of the recent headlines. Just in September, a 30-year-old mentally ill man named Alfred Olango was shot and killed outside of a shopping center in El Cajon, California. Police said he had raised an object at them, but they later found out it wasn’t a weapon.


Again in July, a police officer shot at an autistic patient who was holding a toy truck in his hand near a Miami group home. The bullet hit employee Charles Kinsey instead while he was lying on the ground next to the man with his hands raised in the air. He had been trying to calm the patient down.


But this hasn’t only been happening in the last year, as the report tells us. In 2014, 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, was fatally shot by police during an episode in his North Carolina home. He had been armed with a screwdriver.


(via CNN)

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Though police believed that these people were wielding weapons (and some were), I think many of us can agree that better measures need to be taken when it comes to dealing with mentally ill and disabled people who act out when they aren’t in their right minds.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/police-shooting-disabled-people/

Ever Feel Like Your Throat Is On Fire From Spicy Food? This Guy Had It Much Worse

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a big fan of spicy foods.

When it comes to food, my motto is “the hotter, the better.” Plus, eating spicy foods is a great way to clear out the sinuses and even detox the pores. But even as a heat and spicy enthusiast, I still have my breaking point. And it’s a good thing that I do, because in some cases, too much heat can be detrimental to your health. One man in California has found that out the hard way.

According to The Journal of Emergency Medicine, a 47-year-old man tore a hole in his esophagus after eating ghost peppers.


The man was taking part in an eating contest in San Francisco where he ate a hamburger topped with a ghost pepper purée.


The ghost pepper is considered to be one of the hottest peppers in the world. It ranks in at around 1,000,000 units on the Scoville scale, which is used to measure a pepper’s heat value.


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After eating the burger, the man began vomiting uncontrollably. To try to quell the heat, he drank at least six glasses of water before calling for medical help.


The man was rushed to an emergency room at UCSF Medical Center. There, doctors discovered that he had a one-inch hole in his distal esophagus. A collection of food debris and an overabundance of air in his chest had also caused his lungs to collapse.


The man’s condition kept him in the hospital for 23 days, and when he was released, he was sent home with a gastric tube in place.


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UCSF associate professor of emergency medicine Craig Smollin noted that while the man’s consumption of the pepper had caused a minor tear, it was his reaction that resulted in the severe nature of his injuries.


(via Inquirer)

Well, it looks like I’ll be cutting back on the heat from now on.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ghost-pepper-reaction/

5,000 Ducks March Through Streets In China

 filed this report. In the Chinese city of Taizhou, duck farmer Hong Minghs knows that nature is best. So he marches his ducks to a feeding pond a couple times a year to get plenty of bugs to eat and save on food costs. People stuck in traffic behind the 5,000 bird march don’t seem as pleased about the march. 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/06/25/5000-ducks-march-through-street-in-china/