New England Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard Gets Probation For Assaulting Cop

New England Patriots' Alfonzo Dennard Gets Probation For Assaulting CopNew England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard paid the price professionally for his involvement in the attack of a police officer by tumbling in last year’s NFL Draft, but now he will be forced to endure a much more personal hardship.

’30-day jail sentence’

According to Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star, Dennard has been sentenced to probation as well as a 30-day jail sentence for his involvement in the incident. The sentence will begin on March 31, 2014, and he will have to complete 100 hours of community service as well.

According to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe, Dennard was arrested on April 21, 2012, and charged with assaulting a police officer. Dennard was reportedly celebrating with friends at some bars in Lincoln, Neb., before getting into an altercation with another college student.

‘Became aggressive’

Officer Ben Kopsa attempted to diffuse the situation, but Dennard reportedly became aggressive and struck Kopsa. News of Dennard’s arrest spread like wildfire days before the NFL draft, and he ultimately lost a lot of money because of it.

Dennard did land in an ideal situation with the Patriots if nothing else, but he has paid dearly for his actions. According to Pilger, the judge will consider motions to change probation terms, including possibly suspending jail time down the line, so all things considered, Dennard should consider himself to be very lucky.

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Source: Mike Chiari, Bleacher Report

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Bus Monitor Ruthlessly Bullied By Middle Schoolers

A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.

Students taunt Karen Klein, 68, with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule in the back of Bus 784. The bullying continues unabated for about 10 minutes in the video, as a giggling student jabs Klein’s arm with a book. Recorded by a student with a cell phone camera on Monday — the students’ second-to-last day of school — the brazen example of bullying went viral and spurred international outrage. The incident occurred in Greece, New York, near Rochester. Klein is a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District, and the harassers hail from a district middle school, the school district said Thursday on its website, although it did not identify Klein.

Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said Thursday that a juvenile must face a felony or misdemeanor to be charged in family court, while harassment only qualifies as a violation. CNN’s “AC360″ received statements Thursday from two of the accused middle schoolers, as well as the father of a third student, in which they apologized for their behavior.

The video prompted an outpouring of support and a fundraiser by international crowd-funding website that had gathered more than $388,000 by 9:15 p.m. Thursday. The site says she earns about $15,000 a year as a bus monitor. Indiegogo’s Max Sidorov said the video struck a chord with him because he had been bullied himself. Feeling sadness for Klein, the first thing that popped into his mind was to raise enough money “to get her away from that environment and get her on a vacation somewhere.”

While saying that she wasn’t inclined now to push for criminal charges, Klein did say she wanted the four middle school boys punished. She gave a few disciplinary suggestions — like being banned from the bus and athletic activities, or possibly community service. But most of all, the grandmother of eight said she wanted to make sure they don’t bully anyone else.

What would YOU do if you were bullied in the same way as Klein was?

Source: CNN

Image: Examiner