Ohio traffic stop after black man’s ‘eye contact’ with officer prompts scrutiny

John Felton posted video on Facebook in which an officer said he had pulled the 25-year-old African American over due to a failure to a late turn signal

An Ohio traffic stop that a police officer justified by saying a black driver “made direct eye contact” has prompted a promise of review by the Dayton police department and an acrimonious response from police supporters defending the stop.

On the night of 15 August, according to a Facebook account by 25-year-old John Felton, he was driving with his brother to his mother’s house in Dayton when an officer pulled him over for failing to use his turn signal “100ft prior to your turn”. Unnerved by how the patrol car had followed him, Felton said he turned on his phone’s camera and questioned the traffic stop.

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How hard it is to ride a Segway?

The collision between a hapless Segway-mounted cameraman and Usain Bolt has thrust the motorised scooter into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. But how tricky can they be to master? Rebecca Nicholson gets on a roll

Steve Jobs famously declared that the Segway would be “as big a deal as the PC”, until he actually saw one, at which point he recanted and decided that “it sucks”. Since its launch, the self-balancing motorised scooter has had just one other big moment in the spotlight, in 2011, when Jimi Heselden, the British businessman who acquired the US-founded company, rolled off a cliff to the great scrapyard in the sky. Far from changing the world, the Segway has been an underwhelming innovation, limited in its reach, lacking in transformative powers. It evokes images of retirees gently trundling through Florida towards the golf course, or portly security guards trundling towards the coffee machine, or tourists with tired legs trundling around European landmarks. Trundle is not a very sexy word.

Until last week, when a humble, trundling scooter took out the fastest man in the world. At the World Athletic Championships in Beijing, cameraman Song Tao interrupted Usain Bolt’s 200m victory lap, knocking the world’s greatest sprinter clean off his speedy feet with a misjudged lean against an unseen barrier. The Segway was everywhere, again, for the wrong reasons, again. It looked as if Tao’s battery-run vehicle had careered out of control. It looked painful. But how hard can it be to learn to ride the world’s most talked-about gyroscopic balancing machine? I went to Segway Unleashed to find out.

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