January 7th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

Omaha Police Union posts controversial video they say depicts "thug cycle"

A continuing cycle of "thugs and violence."

That's how the police union in Omaha, Nebraska is describing a disturbing video they posted on their website.

Police union draws fire over swearing toddler 'thug' video

The video shows a diaper clad boy being cursed at and told to repeat profanities and sexual comments by the adults who were taping him.

The union says it's an example of the violent culture they are dealing with in Omaha.

Sgt. John Wells, the union's president, said the video was "disturbing" and "offensive."
"The focus here isn't on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior towards this child," Wells said.

"This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy."

Critics says posting the video goes too far.

"We live in a world where little black boys are seen as violent." CNN Political Commentator Marc Lamont hill argues the video sends a wrong message.

"How come the examples are always black?"

Filed under: News
January 7th, 2014
08:57 PM ET

Police tase, shoot North Carolina teen in his home

"They murdered our son for no reason," North Carolina teen's stepfather says.

A mentally ill teenager was shot and killed by a police officer in his home in North Carolina this weekend, after a schizophrenic episode led his stepfather to call 9-1-1 for help.

'We called for help, and they killed my son,' North Carolina man says

The family of 18-year-old Keith Vidal are demanding action, saying their son was murdered.

David Mattingly has more on the story.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News
January 7th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Daisy Coleman, teen at the center Missouri rape case hospitalized after suicide attempt

Daisy Coleman, a young woman from Maryville Missouri who says she was raped two years ago by a popular school football player has been hospitalized after trying to kill herself, according to her mother.

Coleman's story made national headlines last year after it was revealed charges against the older boy from a prominent political family were quickly dropped.

CNN's Kyung Lah has more on what may have led this young woman attempted suicide and we want to warn you some of the images you're about to see – may be offensive.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • Missouri Rape Case • News
January 7th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Robert Gates' memoir slams Obama: President "doesn't believe in his own strategy"

“As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Fmr. Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes. “For him, it’s all about getting out.”

That's just one part of a shocking and scathing new critique of President Barack Obama - from a former member of his own cabinet.

Republicans use Gates’ new book to hammer Clinton, Biden

In a new memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War", Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates slams the president's leadership and commitment to the war in Afghanistan.

We're just getting the details about what's in this bombshell of a book.

OutFront: CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Political Commentators Paul Begala and David Frum.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • News • Politics
January 7th, 2014
08:18 PM ET

Deep freeze leaves thousands of rail and air passengers stranded

Not a single state in the U.S. escaping this brutal cold.

Below freezing temperatures are being reported in all 50 states, shattering at least 45 cold weather records.

Your first freeze? 5 ways to survive it

The arctic chill is also being blamed on at least 15 deaths.

Weather freezes out much of U.S., causes NHL team to postpone game

And with relief still a day away tens of millions of Americans will have to endure even more delays on the roadways, runways and rails.

CNN's Ted Rowlands is in Chicago with more on the bone-chilling weather.

Filed under: News • Weather
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