Photo Credit: NBC News
Protesters in Rochester
By Aniesa Vasquez
On February 1st, three police officers were seen on video pepper-spraying a 9-year-old girl in Rochester, NY which has caused a lot of backlash the past few days. Only one of the officers was suspended while the other two were placed on leave.
The little girl’s name has not been given out for her protection according to recent updates. It was suspected that the little girl had threatened to harm both herself and her mother which is why the police separated the little girl from the family.
The child was trying to be taken to a hospital by the police officers, but after being resistant to getting into the car, she was then handcuffed and pepper-sprayed.
In a video posted by NBC News, the little girl was yelling back and forth with the officers which lead to her constantly calling out for her father and stating that she wants to see him. Later in the conversation as the arguing progressed, at one point in the conversation one of the officers is heard saying “You’re acting like a child!” to which the girl replies “I am a child!”
Reports say that the little girl was later taken to the hospital as first intended and then later on released afterward.
CNN reports that the mother of the little girl intends to eventually sue the police for “emotional distress and trauma” as well as physical injuries. The mother shares that the little girl had run out of the house after her stepfather and mother were fighting.
After the video was released, anger from the public began to rise and BLM protesters started to march the streets of Rochester, NY. Videos show the protesters repeatedly stating “No justice, no peace.”
The footage also shows the protesters marching down to the police station that the officers worked at, repeatedly shook the front gate of the station and continuously shouted about the little girl. As of lately, there hasn’t been much coverage or updates of the protesters in action.
By Erick Gutierrez
Photo by: Jeepers Media
Only 6 months ago the shares of GME (Gamestop Corporation) were under $5. In 2019 the GME stock crashed from 16 to a mere $4 and stayed that way for over a year. It was only recently that the price of a GME share skyrocketed and peaked at $347 a share. That's an increase of 8,000% from 6 months ago. But why was GameStop a hot stock all of a sudden? Actually, it wasn't the games or Gamestop. It is what happens when the internet community comes together to change the stock market.
Reddit’s online forum, wallstreetbets, are the people responsible for the explosion in Gamestop’s stock. At 8.7 million members, the forum is powerful when they make a collective action. On the forum, people were urged to buy shares of GME, and just to simply hold them. Their goal was to make a share worth $1,000, but the market for GME had already fallen.
Many who were actually investing made thousands from the GME spike. One Redditor posted an image of his earnings from the GME spike. It showed that he made $959,663 off of the $1,295 he invested as an individual. Not only did some individual investors make thousands of dollars, but some hedge funds also made millions as well. Richard Mashaal and Brian Gonick are two hedge fund managers from New York who made 700 million in profits from the GME spike.
But did anyone lose anything? Short sellers have been a victim of massive losses because of Gamestop’s success. Short Sellers are people who borrow shares of stock, sell them, and buy them back when the stock price goes down and then return the stock to the person they borrowed it from. Their aim is for the stock price to go down, so the difference between the price at which they sell and buy is their profit. In total short sellers have lost a whopping 12.79 billion dollars from Gamestop this year alone.
One hedge fund, Melvin Capital, has also been losing a lot of money. In January they had lost 53% of their investment due to GME.
It is clear that the Reddit community has targeted Melvin Capital, and definitely won. It was also intentional that they damaged short sellers as well.
However the party is over. As of February 9th the price of GME is only 50$. It had officially crashed just as January ended. It plummeted from 325$ on January 29th to a mere 90$ on February 2nd. Although GME is no longer a hot topic, it greatly impacted the stock market and those who invested in GME. Many online Redditors on wallstreetbets have proved to take advantage of this event very well. And other bigger hedge funds and short sellers not so much. Millions of dollars have been gained and lost in what many people called a meme stock.