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Panic and a chaotic run for exits after police fired tear gas at an Indonesian soccer match has left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled upon or suffocated. Attention immediately focused on the police use of tear gas, and witnesses described police beat them with sticks and shields before shooting canisters directly into the crowds. The president of FIFA called the deaths on Saturday "a dark day for all involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension,” while President Joko Widodo ordered an investigation of security procedures. While FIFA has no control over domestic games, it has advised against the use of tear gas at stadiums. Violence broke out after the game ended with host Arema FC losing to Persebaya of Surabaya 3-2.
JD.com founder Richard Liu has agreed to settle a lawsuit from a former University of Minnesota student who alleges he raped her after a night of dinner and drinks in 2018. Attorneys for Richard Liu and the woman, Jingyao Liu, released a joint statement Saturday night saying the case was settled. They did not disclose a settlement amount, but said the incident resulted from a misunderstanding and they agreed to settle their differences. Richard Liu was arrested on suspicion of felony rape in August 2018. Prosecutors never filed charges, saying the case had “profound evidentiary problems.” He stepped down as JD.com’s CEO this year amid increased government scrutiny of China’s technology industry.
FILE - Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, CEO of JD.com, raises his arms to celebrate the IPO for his company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York on May 22, 2014. Liu has agreed to settle lawsuit from a former University of Minnesota student who alleges he raped her after a night of dinner and drinks in 2018 according to a statement released Saturday, Oct. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Memphis' long-held problems with testing rape kits quickly have come under renewed scrutiny with Cleotha Henderson's arrest last month in the killing of Eliza Fletcher, a mother and kindergarten teacher who was abducted while jogging. Authorities say a rape kit submitted in September 2021 for the sexual assault of a different woman sat untested for nearly a year. It wasn't until Sept. 5 — three days after Fletcher's abduction — that DNA from the 2021 assault matched Henderson's in a national database. That revelation has sparked outrage and left many wondering whether Fletcher's killing could have been prevented. It has also shown a spotlight on continued delays even after Memphis worked through a large backlog of untested rape kits.
Iranian state-linked media say up to 19 people, including a commander in the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, were killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city of Zahedan. It was not immediately clear if the attack was related to the nationwide antigovernment protests gripping Iran. The reports did not identify the separatist group. In a separate development, Iran says it has arrested nine foreigners linked to the protests, which authorities have blamed on hostile foreign entities, without providing evidence. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the last two weeks in an outpouring of anger over the death of a 22-year-old woman.
Civil rights lawyer John Burris is Northern California's go-to attorney when it comes to police brutality. At age 77, he continues to travel the state to appear with victims big and small to allege violations against law enforcement. Burris helped Rodney King win a $3.8 million jury verdict in 1994 for the brutal beating he received by four LAPD officers. The beating was captured on video and opened mainstream America to what was a common occurrence in Black America. The Oakland attorney marvels at the changes in the public's attitude toward police but says people still need to press for reform.
Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration to try and halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for millions of Americans. They're accusing it of overstepping its executive powers. It’s at least the second legal challenge this week to the sweeping proposal laid out by President Joe Biden in late August, when he said his administration would cancel up to $20,000 in education debt for millions of borrowers. As the lawsuit was being filed, the administration quietly scaled back eligibility rules for the debt relief, eliminating a relatively small group of borrowers who are the subject of legal debate in the suit.
A father whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting says his family gets hit by another round of abuse whenever conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says something on his show about the massacre. Robbie Parker testified Thursday on the 11th day of Jones' defamation trial in Connecticut. Jones and his company have been found liable for damages to several Sandy Hook families suing Jones for his calling the shooting a hoax. The jury will be deciding how much he should pay them. Parker and other relatives have testified about years of harassment, including in-person confrontations and death and rape threats by hoax believers. The trial continues Tuesday.
A Maine woman has acknowledged causing the drug-related death of her 3-year-old daughter. Hillary Goding, of Old Town, pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter under a plea agreement in which murder charges were dropped. The 29-year-old was arrested the same day her daughter Hailey was pronounced dead at a Bangor hospital in June 2021. An autopsy indicated the girl died from a brain injury consistent with opioid abuse. A drug screen at the hospital indicated she'd ingested fentanyl.
The boyfriend of a slain 5-year-old boy's mother has been sentenced in New Hampshire to 22 to 45 years in prison on manslaughter and other charges. Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Stapf had filed an intent to plead guilty earlier this month. The sentencing comes nearly a year after the child’s body was found in a Massachusetts park. Stapf also admitted to second-degree assault, falsifying physical evidence and witness tampering in connection with Elijah Lewis’ death. The child was discovered missing and found dead last October. Stapf apologized in court Thursday. Elijah's mother, Danielle Dauphinais, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.