News 3’s Top Trends: July 11

Osama bin Laden’s son surfaces and vows to avenge his father’s death, 2 Memphis police officers are suspended for an offensive Snapchat, and Texas inmates break out of their cell to save a guard.

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Osama bin Laden’s son vows to avenge father’s death

In this image made from Al-Jazeera in 2001, a young boy, left, identified as Hamza bin Laden, holds what the Taliban says is a piece of U.S. helicopter wreckage. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera via APTN/CBS News)
In this image made from Al-Jazeera in 2001, a young boy, left, identified as Hamza bin Laden, holds what the Taliban says is a piece of U.S. helicopter wreckage. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera via APTN/CBS News)

The son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the U.S. for assassinating his father, according to an audio message posted online.

In the recording released Saturday by al-Qaida media arm As-Sahab, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the U.S. in response to its “oppression” of Muslims.

“If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he says.

Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 U.S. raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His son’s whereabouts is not known. Analysts speculate that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al Qaeda.

According to reports at the time of bin Laden’s death, his widows told Pakistani security officials that they believe the 19-year-old Hamza bin Laden escaped amid the confusion following the raid on his Abbottabad compound.

Hamza bin Laden has been dubbed in the British tabloids as “the Crown Prince of Terror.”

Hamza is the youngest of bin Laden’s surviving children. Reports differ, but bin Laden is suspected of having fathered around 20 or so children.

 

2 Memphis police officers suspended for offensive Snapchat

The Memphis Police Department’s director calls a Snapchat shared between two officers “disgusting” and the two have been suspended without pay.

The Snapchat now being shared on social media shows a man pointing a gun at an emoji of an African-American man running. A Memphis police officer took the photo, and a second officer posted the picture on Twitter.

Director Mike Rallings says the Snapchat was taken the night that five Dallas police officers were killed in a sniper attack, and days after two African-Americans were killed on camera at the hands of police.

“The image is disgusting and will not be tolerated” says Rallings. “We are certainly responsible for the decisions we make, and we are held to a higher standard.”

North Texas jail inmates break out of cell to save guard

Inmates at a North Texas lockup say they broke out of a cell to help save a jailer after they saw the armed guard lose consciousness.

WFAA-TV reports the jailer continues to recover from an apparent heart attack. Parker County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Arnett says he believes the prisoners helped save the guard’s life.

Surveillance video from a courts building in Weatherford shows part of the June 23 incident.

Some inmates were in a basement holding cell when the lone guard slumped and fell. The inmates yelled for help, banged on doors and broke through the cell door.

Sheriff’s deputies who were upstairs responded to the commotion. Paramedics helped the jailer as deputies put the inmates back into the cell.

WFAA reports Friday the holding cell has since been reinforced.

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