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Video shows officer using stun gun

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Hammond, Ind.

Video shows officer using stun gun

A cellphone video released Tuesday shows police in Indiana breaking a car window and using a stun gun on a man after police stopped the driver for not wearing a seat belt.

The video, recorded by the driver's 14-year-old son, captured a Sept. 24 confrontation between two adults in the car and police that's the basis of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against several officers and the city of Hammond. After police pulled over the driver, Lisa Mahone, officers demanded that passenger Jamal Jones produce identification — something the lawsuit says Jones did not have with him.

The video shows an officer breaking the front passenger window with a club, with shards of glass showering the vehicle's four occupants, including Mahone's son and daughter. An officer then shocked Jones with a stun gun.

Police said Jones had refused to comply with orders to get out of the car.

Cape Canaveral

Astronauts resume routine spacewalks

Two spacewalking astronauts moved an old, broken pump into permanent storage Tuesday, NASA's first routine maintenance outside the International Space Station in more than a year.

American Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst, both first-time spacewalkers, cheerfully completed the long overdue job 260 miles up.

U.S.-based spacewalks were curtailed in July 2013 after an Italian astronaut nearly drowned because of a flooded helmet. NASA solved the problem with the suit's water-cooling system. Then concern arose over the spacesuit batteries. New batteries arrived late last month, clearing the way for Tuesday's spacewalk and another one scheduled for next week.

Richmond, Va.

Court rejects map for black-majority district

Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into the Third Congressional District in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

The ruling left the state's congressional districts intact for November's elections but ordered the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by April 1 correcting the flawed 2012 redistricting plan. The district has had a black majority since 1991.


Strong earthquake shakes region, kills 1

A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said today.

The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes. At least 324 people also were injured, eight of them seriously, the Yunnan provincial government said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.0 at a depth of 6.3 miles. Its shallow focus was likely to cause greater damage, but there were no immediate reports of serious destruction.


Mexico: Militarized police patrolled the violent city of Iguala in southern Mexico on Tuesday after the entire local police force was relieved of duty, with some members implicated in the disappearance and possible massacre of 43 university students last month.

Pakistan: Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 10 militants, officials said.

Times wires