MODESTO, Calif. — The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance sued the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Authority and 27 similar entities in a challenge to their groundwater-sustainability plan for the San Joaquin Basin, in Stanislaus County Court.
“He’s got my dick! Spray him, spray him! He’s got my dick,” yelled Officer Steven Prudhom.
The Wisconsin cop was trying get an unruly suspect into the back of a Kenosha Police Department squad car around 2:30 AM Saturday when the man “grabbed Officer Prudhom’s pants, in the crotch area, with his hands, which were still handcuffed,” according to a criminal complaint.
In a flash, Prudhom felt defendant Jerry Watkins’s hand “crushing down on his penis.” Watkins, 30, then allegedly “tightened his grip which caused a very sharp and very intense pain.”
Watkins, cuffed behind his back, ignored the cop’s demands to release his penis, and was unmoved by Prudhom’s “arm strikes to the defendant’s face in an effort to get him to let go.”
It was then that Prudhom yelled for fellow officers to pepper spray Watkins, who police first encountered following a disturbance at a bar. Upon being sprayed, Watkins (seen above) finally let go of Prudhom’s penis.
The officer sought treatment at a hospital emergency room after “observing some discoloration to his penis.” Though a physician told Prudhom that he “did not observe any injury,” since there could be “unobservable injury,” the doctor suggested that the cop follow up with a specialist.
Watkins was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and causing “substantial bodily harm/soft tissue injury,” both felonies. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
Watkins, a Racine resident, is locked up in lieu of $2500 cash bond. Upon his release from custody, Watkins has been ordered by a judge to refrain from possessing or consuming alcohol or controlled substances without a prescription. He has also been directed to have no contact with Prudhom, the Factory Bar, and a female bartender.
DAWG SAYS: BEEN THERE DONE THAT BEFORE, I AM SUPRISED HE DID NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL FIRST…….
A California law requiring gun manufacturers to adopt a bullet-tracing technology has been held up for a decade by legal challenges and concerns that it is not technically feasible.
A San Francisco legislator now is pushing the firearms industry to comply by proposing to scale back standards for the technology, known as micro-stamping, and remove older gun models from the market.
On Monday, Assemblyman David Chiu introduced AB2847, which would require that semiautomatic pistols sold in the state leave a single unique imprint on bullets that are fired — rather than two, as currently required. The marking, which reveals a gun’s make, model and serial number, is meant to help law enforcement investigations.
Under the measure, for each new gun model introduced in California with the micro-stamping technology, the state attorney general would remove three that do not meet the standard from a list of handguns certified for sale.
“It creates a mechanism for unsafe guns to be phased out and safer guns that assist with crime-solving to enter the market,” said Chiu, a San Francisco Democrat.
California originally passed its micro-stamping requirement in 2007, calling for gun manufacturers to incorporate the technology within three years. Supporters argued it would help police trace bullets to their source and connect crimes where the same weapon was used, while the industry countered that micro-stamping was unreliable and could be undermined by dropping bullet casings from another weapon at a crime scene to confuse officers.
But the law has not yet had any practical effect: It was delayed for years as the state waited for a patent held by the inventor of the technology to expire. Then, in 2014, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, and others went to court to challenge the standards that they said could never be met.
Even though the state Supreme Court ultimately upheld the law, manufacturers simply stopped introducing new models to the California market and continued to sell pistols without micro-stamping technology that remained on the certified handguns list.
During the case, gunmakers acknowledged micro-stamping was possible, but said it couldn’t be done in two separate places.
Chiu said that by reducing California’s requirement to one marking — etched by the firing pin as it strikes the back of the bullet when the gun is fired — he was “calling their bluff” and removing their excuse to “boycott the law.”
“Their argument that they can’t do this goes away,” he said.
If new models finally became available in California, Chiu said buyers would also have access to guns that have undergone other safety improvements, such as indicators that show when a gun is loaded to reduce the chances of accidental shootings.
But Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said micro-stamping remains unworkable. He said the etching on a firing pin does not provide a legible imprint on every bullet casing and can easily be removed with sandpaper or by switching out the engraved firing pin with an unmarked spare.
“It doesn’t work every time,” he said. “There are better ways to address the crime problems that California has than putting new requirements on manufacturers.”
Oliva said the micro-stamping requirement is already infringing on gun rights in the state by choking off access to semiautomatic pistols as older models fall off the certified handguns list. He said continuing to pursue the “failed technology” of micro-stamping amounts to an empty gesture by lawmakers.
“They don’t seem to hear about a gun control idea that they don’t love,” he said.
DAWG SAYS: MAN THESE PEOPLE ARE HIGHLY MOTIVATED TO STOP GUNS.
A Harvard University professor and two other Chinese nationals were federally indicted in three separate cases for allegedly lying to the US about their involvement with China’s government. The US attorney for the district of Massachusetts announced Charles Leiber, who chairs the prestigious school’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was taken into custody at his office. He has been charged with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement – and was set to appear Tuesday in federal court in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts.
“Unbeknownst to Harvard University, beginning in 2011, Lieber became a ‘Strategic Scientist’ at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from in or about 2012 to 2017,” a statement from the Office says.
“China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruitment plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security,” it continues. “These talent programs seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.”
Charles Leiber has been charged with lying about his connections to China.
Prosecutors say Leiber’s research group at Harvard – which specializes in nanoscience – has received more than $15 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense. The grants, they say, require “the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, including financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities.”
But federal investigators allege Leiber “lied” about his involvement with China and the Wuhan University of Technology. Under the terms of his Thousand Talents contract, they say, the school paid him $50,000 a month and awarded him more than $1.5 million to set up a research lab there.
The Wuhan institution also allegedly provided Leiber with round-trip, business class flights to and from China, prosecutors say.
“In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT ‘not less than nine months a year’ by ‘declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of’ WUT,” the district attorney’s office said in its statement.
U.S. prosecutors say around April 2018, “during an interview with investigators, Lieber stated that he was never asked to participate in the Thousand Talents Program” and that he “‘wasn’t sure’ how China categorized him.”
The statement also says Lieber, later that year, “caused Harvard to falsely tell NIH that Lieber ‘had no formal association with WUT’ after 2012, that ‘WUT continued to falsely exaggerate’ his involvement with WUT in subsequent years, and that Lieber ‘is not and has never been a participant in’ China’s Thousand Talents Plan.”
Harvard officials, in response to Leiber’s arrest Tuesday, say he has been placed on “indefinite” paid administrative leave and has been barred from the campus, according to the Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
“The charges brought by the U.S. government against Professor Lieber are extremely serious,” University spokesperson Jonathan Swain said in a statement. “Harvard is cooperating with federal authorities, including the National Institutes of Health, and is conducting its own review of the alleged misconduct.”
In a separate indictment unsealed Tuesday, Yanqing Ye, a 29-year-old Chinese national, was charged with visa fraud, making false statements, conspiracy and being an unregistered agent, the US attorney’s office said.
Yanqing had falsely identified herself as a “student” on her visa application and lied about her military service while she was employed as a scientific researcher at Boston University, according to the indictment. She admitted to federal officers during an April 2019 interview that she held the rank of lieutenant with the People’s Liberation Army, court documents show.
Yanqing is accused of accessing US military websites and sending US documents and information to China, according to documents.
Last week, a cancer researcher, Zaosong Zheng, was indicted for trying to smuggle 21 vials of biological material out of the US to China and lying about it to federal investigators, Lelling said.
Zaosong, 30, whose entry was sponsored by Harvard University, had hidden the vials in a sock before boarding the plane, according to Lelling.
“This is not an accident or a coincidence. This is a small sample of China’s ongoing campaign to siphon off American technology and know-how for Chinese gain,” Lelling said.
Lelling said Boston is a target for this “kind of exploitation” because of its universities, hospitals, research institutions and tech companies in the area.
Lieber is scheduled to appear later Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. Yanqing is currently in China.
Zaosong was arrested and charged last month. He has been detained since December 30.