Archive for January 20th, 2012
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – Some customers at a Fort Myers gay bar claiming Lee County Sheriff’s deputies used excessive force.. They shot one man with a taser and sent another to the hospital. The Sheriff’s Office says it appears the deputies’ actions were justified. Four in your Corner’s Mike Mason exposing the information that could spark an investigation.
Robert Ortiz can’t forget the night a Lee County deputy tazed him in the parking of Fort Myers gay bar, The Office Pub, “I feel like trash when he did that to me. it was so wrong.”
On January 7th two deputies were serving a warrant at the club Babes on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. That’s when deputies say they heard gunshots and noticed a crowd of people outside The Office Pub next door. Seven of the bar patrons, including the owner, claim there were never any gunshots. Instead, Bill Broccio says he was upset and slamming his car door, “I slammed it three times.”
He and seven other witnesses say that’s when deputies approached them. Bar owner Warren Miller says the two deputies ran towards them and, “they were charging at us with their guns drawn and flashlights on us and said get on your knees and we didn’t move to get on our knees right away so then they said (***expletive***) get on your knees or we will shoot you!”
According to the Deputies’ reports, everyone was ordered to the ground but Robert Ortiz did not comply. Ortiz says, “I can’t put my arms up and I can’t talk cause I’m like this and there’s nothing there.” Ortiz points to his tracheotomy, showing how he can’t speak when he doesn’t have his finger on it. Ortiz says the deputy then ordered him, “Get on your knees now” and I said I can’t and he fires his taser at me.”
Deputies tazed Ortiz to get him to the ground but he says he was still unable to get down because he is handicapped. During that time Broccio says a female deputy slammed his head on the pavement while he was already on the ground, “She banged my head against the floor and told me next time you’ll listen.”
Records show Broccio was treated at a hospital and given pain meds.. That incident wasn’t in the deputies’ reports. Four in your Corner’s Mike Mason asked Sheriff spokesman Lieutenant Larry King, “If his head was banged into the ground by the deputy is that something that should have been included in the report?”
King replied, “well, yes absolutely.” King also says the Sheriff’s Office will investigate if there is a legitimate reason, “We’ll hold our people accountable if they’ve done something wrong.”
Another bar patron who witnessed the event, Pam Anderson, says, “We don’t need to be treated like that. I don’t care who you are in this community you don’t need to be treated like that at all.”
All seven bar patrons say they plan to file complaints against the two deputies. If they do, the Sheriff’s Office will investigate. We’ll let you what happens.
from FOX 4
GLAAD has named the film “J. Edgar,” Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way,” and a TV interview by David Letterman with Chaz Bono among its nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Thursday 116 nominees in English-language categories and 35 nominees in Spanish-language categories.
Other nominees include the film “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close, and the TV series “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “NCIS,” as well as the wedding of a gay staffer aired on the talk show “Conan.”
The awards are meant to recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the gay and lesbian community. The winners will be announced March 24 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and at ceremonies in April and June.
from The Associated Press
For A Complete List Of The Nominees:
NBC comedy “30 Rock” often finds laughs in real-life events in the show business world it inhabits.
But Thursday’s edition targeted one of its own cast members, Tracy Morgan, who found himself in real-life hot water last June after making anti-gay remarks during a stand-up appearance in Nashville, Tenn.
On the “30 Rock” episode, Tracy Jordan, the character Morgan plays, sparked a protest after making a couple of ridiculous gay-oriented jokes at a club date.
A contrite Jordan mistakenly apologizes to the makers of Glad bags, rather than to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, known as GLAAD.
Jordan’s boss, played by series star Tina Fey, is forced to apologize for him.
“He’s not capable of hate,” she assures the media. “He’s just an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s saying.”
In real life, Tracy Morgan publicly apologized to his fans and the gay and lesbian community for what he called “my choice of words.” He denied being a hateful person and acknowledged that “even in a comedy club” what he said went too far “and was not funny in any context.” During his rant, Morgan had said in part that if his son were gay, he would “pull out a knife and stab” him.
Fey, who is also the creator and an executive producer of “30 Rock,” issued a statement at the time declaring “I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at `30 Rock.’”
Mirroring that real-life statement on Thursday’s episode, Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, chides Jordan by saying, “Do you know how many of your hardworking and dedicated co-workers are gay?”
from The Associated Press
Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Anti-Gay Comedy Rant