A North Carolina man surrendered and has been detained in connection to a hit-and-run that occurred in Johnson City, Tennesee on Saturday, according to the Johnson City Police Department.
Jared Benjamin Lafer, 27, was later identified as the driver of an SUV that over a man at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, according to WCYB-TV.
Lafer was charged with aggravated assault following his arrest, according to local authorities.
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A North Carolina man was arrested for a hit-and-run incident that occurred at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Johnson City, Tennesee on Saturday night, according to local news outlets.
Local police identified the driver as 27-year-old Jared Benjamin Lafer, a resident of Bakersville, North Carolina, after he surrendered to police and was arrested on Monday.
According to the New York Post, Lafer hit a man with an SUV. Police arrived at the scene at approximately 7:20 at a local intersection, according to the Johnson City Police Department.
The victim, Jonathan Bowers —a photographer at the protest against police brutality— was hit while in the crosswalk, WCYB-TV reported.
Footage of the hit-and-run was posted on social media and shows a white Ford Expedition, hit a man, Bowers, before driving off. The SUV also struck another woman, according to WCYB-TV. Bowers was sent to a local hospital for his injuries and according to the outlet has two broken legs as a result of the incident.
Alyjah Gilmer, a protester who witnessed the hit-and-run, told WCYB-TV the incident appeared intentional.
“This guy came around the corner. He came around one of our cars that was in support,” Gilmer said. “He could have turned left. He could have gone around. He chose to come through … with us still in the crosswalk.”
Lafer was charged with aggravated assault, authorities said following his arrest. Lafer posted a 20,000 bail and was released, however, scheduled to appear at Washington County General Sessions Court on Tuesday morning, the Johnson City Police Department said in a news release.
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UN agencies urge “fresh start” for EU’s failed asylum policy
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed to the European Union to set aside years of divisive debate over the best way to manage migrants and refugees and make a “fresh start,” as Brussels prepares to unveil a major overhaul of Europe’s failed asylum system.
The arrival in Europe of well over 1 million migrants, most of them refugees fleeing the war in Syria, in 2015 sparked one of the EU’s biggest political crises. The 27-nation bloc has been riven by disputes over who should take responsibility for those fleeing to Europe and whether other EU countries should be obliged to help the bloc’s hard-hit Mediterranean nations like Greece, Italy and Malta.
In a new effort to end the wrangling, which kept up even as people languished in broken-down boats in the Mediterranean waiting for help or were crowded into squalid migrant camps, the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, on Wednesday will make public its proposals for a “Pact on Migration and Asylum.”
“The pact presents the opportunity for Europe to show that it can uphold the fundamental right to asylum, while cooperating on pragmatic policies to identify those in need of international protection and share responsibility for them,” U.N High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.
The EU relies on the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration to help execute its policies for dealing with people seeking sanctuary or better lives in Europe. Given the bitter divisions, much of the EU’s focus has been on preventing migrants from leaving North Africa or Turkey in the first place.
The two U.N. agencies underlined that “the current approach in the EU is unworkable, untenable and often carries devastating human consequences,” They are calling for “common EU action to take responsibility for search and rescue, and for disembarking people rescued at sea.”
Brussels is likely to use the fire that destroyed the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sept. 9 as a “never again” moment. But aid groups had warned for years about the state of that camp, where more than 12,000 people lived in facilities meant for 3,000.
Other widely-criticized moves include the EU deal with Turkey, under which the EU paid billions of euros toward the protection of Syrian refugees there in exchange for Ankara stopping them from heading to Europe.
The EU also pays and trains the coast guard in conflict-ravaged Libya to prevent people from leaving the lawless North African nation. It has also tried to secure other deals with North African countries to persuade them to discourage would-be migrants.
IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino said it will be important “for the EU to ensure that longer-term policy is coherent in its internal and external aspects, is rooted in genuine partnerships, and aligned with existing international frameworks and agreements.”
Renée Zellweger talks early horror work as ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ [Video]
Renée Zellweger had rarely acknowledged her humble beginnings in the troubled 1995 horror sequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. That was until a 2016 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment, when the actress was returning to the screen after a six-year hiatus, a comeback that would be capped off with her Oscar win last year for the Judy Garland biopic Judy.
“Best workout ever,” Zellweger said when we brought up the slasher flick (watch above). “Live chainsaw — that’s some motivation to get running! Fast!”
The fourth film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, The Next Generation found Leatherface (Robert Jacks) making prom night truly unforgettable for four Lone Star State teenagers. Originally titled The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and premiered at the 1995 South by Southwest Film Festival, the film was released into theaters 25 years ago today — to the tune of only $44,272, making it the 275th “highest grossing” movie of the year. It was then rereleased in 1997 after the profiles of future Oscar winners Zellweger and co-star Matthew McConaughey had both risen.
Like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974, which is considered one of the most successful independent films of all time, Next Generation was a low-budget affair. “We all shared a tiny Winnebago that belonged to the producer of the film,” she recalled. “Makeup was [in] the front seat, and then there was a table in the middle for hair, and then there was a tiny little curtain back by the bathroom, that’s where you put your prom dress and flower on.”
A year before her breakout in 1996’s Jerry Maguire, it was also a major stepping-stone in Zellweger’s career. “I was so grateful, and I was so excited. I had done a little bit here, a little bit there, but nobody had ever trusted me with a role before to carry a film.”
Still, she’s not sure it was all done entirely by the books. “It was ridiculous. How we pulled that off, I have no idea. I’m sure none of it was legal… But what an experience. It was kamikaze filmmaking.”
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is currently streaming on Amazon.
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