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The former Missouri police officer was charged after hitting a man in his car



Moments before an unmarked police car hits man who jumped out of another vehicle.

Joshua Smith, who works for Florissant, Missouri, the Police Department, faces indictments of first and fourth level offenses and armed criminal acts, St. Charles District Attorney Tim Lohmar said Wednesday.

The accusation was filed after a review of footage from a citizen surveillance camera recorded on June 2, prosecutors said. Smith was fired June 10.

“When the vehicle aimed the headlights at the victim, it became a 4,000 pound missile,” Lohmar told reporters.

Smith’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, told CNN that the video was a small part of the meeting “and failed to tell the whole story” of the incident, which he called an accident “in exceptional circumstances.”

The officer was involved in chasing a vehicle.

“We have a situation where the driver, after taking off, jumps from a moving vehicle – allowing the vehicle to continue empty,” Rosenblum wrote in an email. “Unexpectedly the injured man also jumped from the car. Mr. Smith never intended to hit him. Nor did other residents expect to jump in front of him from a moving car.”

The video from the scene shows the man got hit as he ran from the car while slowly rolling on the road.

This fourth-degree attack began with a former officer who kicked the victim while he was on the ground, already suffering from a broken ankle, Lohmar said.

A statement of possible causes said Smith also hit the man before handcuffing him.

“It’s shocking, to say the least,” Lohmar said from the video.

Jerryl Christmas, a lawyer for the unknown injured man, told CNN affiliate KMOV that his client “suffered a serious injury that required surgery and remained traumatized by this shocking incident.”

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Smith, who had been with the Florissant police for nine years before he was fired last week after the release of the previous video, had carried out security details for “looting and vandalism” following anti-racism protests in the area, Lohmar said.

Smith, 31, and two other police officers in the SUV followed a car that matched the description of the car involved in the “shot fired” incident from a few days earlier, Lohmar said.

The car did not immediately pull over when Smith turned on sirens and unmarked Ford Explorer lights, officials said. Finally, it stopped in a residential area, when the inhabitants came out and ran, Lohmar said. The victim is one of the three, according to Lohmar, he said.

Florissant is in the north of St. Louis and close to Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown died in a confrontation with police in 2014 that gave impetus to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gregory Lemos from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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