Author: Christian Medina Beltz

Christian Medina Beltz is a well-traveled emcee, journalist, educator and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who now lives in Miami. A messenger of many mediums, his work primarily focuses on addressing social concerns, with healthy yet measured doses of sarcasm, rebellion and humor.

California Cops Held Family at Gunpoint, Threatening to Arrest Daughter for Recording, Lawsuit Alleges

California Cops Held Family at Gunpoint, Threatening to Arrest Daughter for Recording, Lawsuit Alleges

A California couple filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the San Jose Police Department, claiming that an officer held their family at gunpoint for no apparent reason, threatening to arrest the couple's 14-year-old daughter as she dared to record the incident. According the suit, E ...
South Carolina Police Refuse to Release Dashcam Video of Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

South Carolina Police Refuse to Release Dashcam Video of Cop Shooting Unarmed Man

South Carolina police find themselves in the midst of controversy once again, this time for a dashcam video of a cop killing a man so 'horrible and offensive,' state officials have refused to release the footage. On April 7, the same day North Charleston Officer Michael Slager was arr ...
New York Police Chief Defends Cops Caught on Video Making False Arrest Without Having Watched Video

New York Police Chief Defends Cops Caught on Video Making False Arrest Without Having Watched Video

What began as an afternoon playing basketball in a Western New York park quickly escalated when 17-year old Donte Bertino was arrested by some overly aggressive police officers. The incident captured on camera Monday, shows Brockport police officers approaching Bertino and his friends ...
Baltimore Cops Leave Man Hospitalized With No Explanation as to How or Why

Baltimore Cops Leave Man Hospitalized With No Explanation as to How or Why

A Baltimore man is clinging to life after an encounter with city police officers Monday,  prompting an internal use-of-force investigation of the officers. Part of the altercation was video recorded by a witness, showing the man screaming in pain as officers drag him to a police van. ...
How Florida School Administrators Decided to Lift Suspension of Student Who Recorded Verbally Abusive Teacher

How Florida School Administrators Decided to Lift Suspension of Student Who Recorded Verbally Abusive Teacher

A string of emails between Florida public school administrators reveal the principal who suspended an 11-year old girl for recording her teacher verbally abusing another student  last month refused to formally explain the reasoning behind her decision. Samuel Gaines Academy Principa ...
Dash Cam Video of Florida Cop Shooting Mentally ill Man Made Public

Dash Cam Video of Florida Cop Shooting Mentally ill Man Made Public

A dashcam video released Wednesday shows a Florida police officer blasting five shots at a man out of the camera's frame, resulting in his death. Miami Gardens police said they feared for their lives because Lavall Hall, who suffered from mental illness, was wielding a broomstick. ...