Video: US baseball fan incorrectly lambasted as 'monster' for 'stealing' kid's ball

A US baseball fan who was yesterday widely condemned online after footage of him apparently snatching a fly ball from away a kid on the fence, now appears to have been unfairly attacked.

The adult Chicago Cubs fan copped a barrage of criticism online after footage of him grabbing a fly ball which a Cubs player had tossed to a kid in the front row emerged.

On the face of it, the clip appears to show the man sneakily grabbing the ball from the floor of the stand after the child misses it as it is thrown to him.

Footage of the incident went viral, and Twitter users were brutal in their assessment, labeling the man a "d*****bag" and "monster".

However, NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan has come to the defence of the fan, saying he had actually already helped the boy get a ball earlier in the match.

Kaplan said the man had also given away two more balls that ended up in the stands to kids.

"All is well. Guy is A-OK so let it go people," Kaplan said. 

Family of Australian woman fatally shot by US police officer sues

The family of an Australian-American woman who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit today alleging the officer was inexperienced and unfit for duty.

The lawsuit, filed in a US district court, alleges Justine Ruszczyk Damond's civil rights were violated when she was shot on July 15, 2017, by Mohamed Noor.

The lawsuit also claims Mr Noor and his partner at the time, Officer Matthew Harrity, conspired to cover up the facts surrounding the shooting and made a conscious decision not to activate their body cameras.

The shooting, which drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department's policy on body cameras.

The lawsuit, filed by Ms Damond's father, John Ruszczyk, seeks monetary damages.

It names both officers, the city, and the current and former police chief as defendants.

Justine Damond's legal name is Justine Ruszczyk, but she had been using the last name of her fiance, Don Damond, professionally.

Prosecutors have charged Mr Noor with murder and manslaughter, alleging he acted recklessly with disregard for human life.

They say there was no evidence Noor encountered a threat that justified the use of deadly force.

His criminal case is pending and he was fired from the city's police department.

Prosecutors say the 40-year-old life coach had called 911 on July 15, 2017, to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Mr Noor responded with Mr Harrity, who was driving.

Prosecutors say Mr Harrity told investigators he heard a voice and a thump on the back of the squad car, and glimpsed a person's head and shoulders outside his window.

Mr Harrity told investigators that both officers got "spooked" before Mr Noor fired.

The officers did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting.

There was no squad camera video.

Mr Noor's attorney had said previously that Mr Noor acted as he had been trained and was consistent with department policy.

Messages left today with the city, the Police Department, and Mr Noor's attorney were not immediately returned.

Justine Damond was fatally shot after calling police to report a possible assault in Minneapolis. Source: Associated Press


US man arrested for working out naked in gym told police he was in 'judgement free zone'

A man who stripped naked before working out at a New Hampshire gym told police officers that he thought he was in a "Judgement Free Zone," before being arrested.

NECN reports 34-year-old Eric Stagno, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct yesterday for taking off his clothes and exercising at a Plaistow Planet Fitness.

Police say he walked back and forth and started doing poses on a yoga mat.

He allegedly referenced Planet Fitness' slogan that it is a "Judgement Free Zone."

Mr Stagno is free on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on September 21 in Plaistow District Court.

Mr Stagno could not be reached for comment, and his attorney could not be immediately identified.