FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A Fayette County man has been arrested after allegedly murdering his mother and wife on Saturday.
FOX 5 reports that around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, deputies arrived at the home of 34-year-old Johnny Edwards IV after a call came in about a domestic dispute.
Edwards was standing outside his home when deputies arrived. Deputies entered the home and found the bodies of two women.
Officials were able to link the 911 call to Edwards, making him the main suspect.
On Monday, deputies identified the victims as the suspect’s mother, 57-year-old Kathy Edwards, and his wife, 31-year-old Venus Quanteh, according to FOX 5.
Residents in the Highgrove subdivision were in shock at the scene that unfolded Saturday afternoon.
“It just hurts my heart to even think about it,” Cheryl Bolmon, a Highgrove resident, told FOX 5. “I really feel bad for this whole family, it’s just a sad thing. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
Sheriff Barry H. Babb told FOX 5 that the investigation is centering around Edwards.
WATERTOWN, Conn. – An argument between a Connecticut teenager and her mother’s boyfriend over his smoking in the house turned deadly after the man shot the 15-year-old and her 16-year-old brother on Tuesday night and then killed himself, according to the Watertown Police Department.
Della Jette and Sterling Jette Jr. were transported to Waterbury Hospital where they both were pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to a news release from the Watertown Police Department. Their mother, identified by CNN affiliate WTNH as Danielle Jette, was on the scene when the shootings occurred and called 911, police said. She was not injured.
Paul W. Ferguson, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said in the news release.
He had moved into the home two weeks before the incident, police said.
The argument began after Della Jette grew upset by Ferguson smoking in the house, Watertown Police detective and spokesman Mark Conway told CNN. Ferguson then retrieved a handgun from his bedroom and shot Sterling Jette — who had attempted to intervene — in the leg, Watertown Chief of Police John C. Gavallas said in a news conference covered by WTNH .
“The mother went downstairs to call 911 when she heard a second gunshot, presumably when he shot the daughter on the deck,” Gavallas said. “He came back in the house and shot the son in the chest.”
Watertown Police were called to the home at around 9:47 p.m. and arrived to find the teenagers suffering from life-threatening injuries. They were transported to an area hospital where they both died, police said.
The teenagers’ deaths were ruled homicides by the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday.
Ferguson was a convicted felon and not authorized to possess a firearm, according to police. He was convicted of first-degree unlawful restraint after an arrest on a sexual assault charge in 2007, Conway said.
Both teenagers were students at Kaynor Technical High School, according to police.
Jeffrey Wihbey, the superintendent of Connecticut Technical Schools, said there is nothing worse that can happen to a school community, according to a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WTNH.
“Our number one priority right now is doing all we can to support our students, staff and families through this crisis,” Wihbey said in the statement. “Prior to the start of the school day, Kaynor Tech assembled the school’s crisis team. The team will provide grief counseling to students and anyone in the school community who may need it over the coming days.”
Watertown detectives, the Connecticut State Police and the Waterbury States Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident. Police say Jette is cooperating with investigators.
This is not the first tragedy to occur at the Connecticut home, police said.
Police responded to the home three years ago when Danielle Jette’s husband and Della and Sterling’s father, Sterling Jette Sr., fatally shot himself after a minor domestic dispute, Conway said.
“This mother is completely distraught as you can imagine,” Gavallas said during a press conference. “Boyfriend moves in the house two weeks ago for the holiday season. He’s gone and both her children are gone.”
Investigators have not revealed any details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but family members said they’re confident that no foul play was involved.
“This was an accident. Fayaadh is an excellent and great kid just like his brother,” their uncle, Hasan Ford, told ABC News on Wednesday as the family prepared for the young man’s Thursday burial. “They were our greatest pride and our greatest joy. They were the ones with the most potential of our lineage.”
He declined to discuss how the teens gained access to the firearm, but he said the brothers had “never dealt with guns prior to this incident.”
Fayaadh has been charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, unsworn falsification to authorities, and obstructing justice, according to police.
John Davidson, assistant principal and head football coach for Mastery Charter School Lenfest Campus, where the brothers were both seniors, said the loss had shaken the school community. He described Suhail as “a scholar athlete” who was fielding college offers from several schools.
“He was a hard worker — on and off the field. He was one of the players that I would love to coach again,” Davidson told ABC News Wednesday following a school-sponsored ceremony in the teen’s honor. “We all admired his work ethic, his commitment to the game and his strive to always be better.”
“As a school, we’ve rallied together to support one another as well as his family in this tragic time,” he added.
Davidson said Suhail had attended the charter school since seventh grade and was a Philadelphia all-star and a three-time All-Public League player. He was also a member of the school’s track team.
The school hosted a balloon releasing ceremony for Suhail at Penn’s Landing, the waterfront park where the school is scheduled to hold its senior graduation later this year. The school is also planning to present the teen’s mother with a trophy and jersey in the near future, according to Davidson.
“He’s been in our school since the seventh grade and his mom has been a part of our fabric since he’s been here. We’re a very small school with a strong family atmosphere,” Davidson said. “We’re trying to heal, but it’s a continuing process and it’s going to go on for some time.”
Classmates remembered the slain teen with a memorial near the school’s entrance featuring his football jersey number, flowers, and numerous photos of him and his friends.
At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as “soft targets” and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, a half-dozen officers said in sworn statements.
“You are stopping too many Russian and Chinese,” one of the officers, Daniel Perez, recalled the commander telling him earlier this decade.
Another officer, Aaron Diaz, recalled the same commander saying in 2012, “You should write more black and Hispanic people.”
The sworn statements, gathered in the last few months as part of a discrimination lawsuit, deal with a period between 2011 and 2015. But they are now emerging publicly at a time when policing in the subway has become a contentious issue, sparking protests over a crackdown on fare evasion and other low-level offenses.
The commander, Constantin Tsachas, was in charge of more than 100 officers who patrolled a swath of the subway system in Brooklyn, his first major command. Since then, he has been promoted to the second-in-command of policing the subway system throughout Brooklyn. Along the way, more than half a dozen subordinates claim, he gave them explicit directives about whom to arrest based on race.
Those subordinates recently came forward, many for the first time, providing signed affidavits to support a discrimination lawsuit brought by four black and Hispanic police officers.
The officers claim they faced retaliation from the New York Police Department because they objected to what they said was a longstanding quota system for arrests and tickets, which they argued mainly affected black and Hispanic New Yorkers.
The authorities have deployed hundreds of additional officers to the subways, provoking a debate about overpolicing and the criminalization of poverty. Videos of arrests of young black men and of a woman selling churros in the subway system have gone viral in recent weeks. Demonstrators have taken to the subway system and jumped turnstiles in protest.
Six officers said in their affidavits that Mr. Tsachas, now a deputy inspector, pressured them to enforce low-level violations against black and Hispanic people, while discouraging them from doing the same to white or Asian people.
Inspector Tsachas declined to comment when reached by telephone this week, but his union representative said the inspector denied the allegations of misconduct. The Police Department also declined to address the allegations.
The department has said in the past that its enforcement of fare evasion is not aimed at black and Hispanic people.
More than three years ago, when Inspector Tsachas was promoted to his current rank, the police commissioner at the time, William J. Bratton, said that allegations Inspector Tsachas pushed quotas were false.
“I have full faith and support in him,” Mr. Bratton said. He added that Inspector Tsachas had “the requisite skills and comes highly recommended.”
Most of the people arrested on charges of fare evasion in New York are black or Hispanic, according to data the Police Department has been required to report under local law since 2017.
Between October 2017 and June 2019, black and Hispanic people, who account for slightly more than half the population in New York City, made up nearly 73 percent of those who got a ticket for fare evasion and whose race was recorded. They also made up more than 90 percent of those who were arrested, rather than given a ticket.
Some elected officials have complained about the apparent racial disparity in arrests, saying it may indicate bias on the part of officers or an unofficial policy of racial profiling by the police.
“The focus of black and brown people, even if other people were doing the same crime, points to what many of us have been saying for a while,” the city’s public advocate, Jumaane Williams, said in an interview. “The same actions lead to different results, unfortunately, depending on where you live and an overlay of what you look like.”
Enforcement has surged nearly 50 percent in 2019, as city police officers issued 22,000 more tickets for fare evasion this year compared to 2018, according to Police Department data from November 10.
While the affidavits focus on a time period that ended nearly five years ago, they suggest at least one police commander openly pushed racial profiling when making arrests in the subway.
“I got tired of hunting Black and Hispanic people because of arrest quotas,” one former officer, Christopher LaForce, said in his affidavit, explaining his decision to retire in 2015.
In the affidavits, the officers said that different enforcement standards applied to different stations across Transit District 34, which spanned stations across South Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Chinatown in Sunset Park; neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish communities; a corner of Flatbush that is home to many Caribbean immigrants; and the Russian enclave around Brighton Beach.
“Tsachas would get angry if you tried to patrol subway stations in predominately white or Asian neighborhoods” Mr. LaForce said in his affidavit. He added that the commander would redirect officers to stations in neighborhoods with larger black and Hispanic populations.
Mr. Diaz, who retired from the Police Department last year, described in his affidavit how on one occasion then-Captain Tsachas seemed irritated at him for having stopped several Asian people for fare evasion and told him he should be issuing tickets to “more black and Hispanic people.”
At the time, Officer Diaz said, he was assigned to the N Line, which passes through neighborhoods with large numbers of Chinese-Americans. He had arrested multiple residents of that neighborhoods for doubling up as they went through the turnstiles, according to his affidavit.
Other officers described similar experiences. Some of the officers claimed in affidavits that Inspector Tsachas urged his officers to come up with reasons to stop black men, especially those with tattoos, and check them for warrants.
Of the six officers, all but one is retired. They are all black or Hispanic. The affidavits were given to The New York Times by one of the four officers who has sued the Police Department, Lt. Edwin Raymond.
The allegations in the affidavits were bolstered by a police union official, Corey Grable, who gave a deposition in June in the same lawsuit that recounted his interactions with Inspector Tsachas. He recalled Inspector Tsachas had once complained about a subordinate who Inspector Tsachas said seemed to go for “soft targets.”
Unsure what that meant, Officer Grable asked if the officer was ticketing old ladies for minor offenses? Inspector Tsachas responded: “No, Asian.”
Officer Grable, who is black, asked, “Would you have been more comfortable if these guys were black or Hispanic?”
“Yes,” Inspector Tsachas replied, according to Officer Grable’s recollection.
Inspector Tsachas joined the Police Department in 2001 and patrolled public housing developments in Harlem for five years. He later analyzed crime patterns in Queens and across the city before being transferred to the Transit Bureau. He was a captain in 2011 when he was appointed to command Brooklyn’s District 34, a position he held for at least four years.
In 2015, he took command of neighboring Transit District 32, where Lieutenant Raymond, who is currently suing him, worked. At the time Mr. Raymond held the rank of police officer.
Lieutenant Raymond has charged in the lawsuit that Inspector Tsachas blocked his promotion by giving him a low evaluation as punishment for not making enough arrests.
Lieutenant Raymond, who is now a patrol supervisor in Brooklyn, recorded a conversation in October 2015 in which Inspector Tsachas encouraged him to arrest more people and gave an example of the sort of arrest he did not want: a 42-year-old Asian woman with no identification arrested on a charge of fare beating.
Lieutenant Raymond, who still had the rank of police officer at the time, responded that it was unconstitutional to consider race when deciding whom to arrest. Inspector Tsachas, a captain at the time, then apologized, saying the comment “didn’t come out the way it’s supposed to.”
Lieutenant Raymond said he believed Inspector Tsachas should not have been promoted. “It’s a spit in the face of communities of color that this man is given more power after being exposed as a bigot,” he said.
R Kelly is still going threw it with the trial of the decade. Where he gave new charges in his sex abuse and having cranial knowledge of a minor.
It is unbelievable how this man has gotten away from charges this long with abusing the trust of his fan base by going after teenage girls for so long. I feel that the justice system have failed these children and there parents for having a super star get away with abusing the trust of his fans .But you have to ask yourself where were these kids parents at and why did they let such things go on for so long?
The sister that helped R Kelly out of jail with a 100,000 dollar bond is now asking for her money back and the court as well as the judge said no to me Love to regain and collect her money for bailing out R Kelly.News report say that R Kelly jump bail and was on the run for a while we’re law enforcement caught up with the star and arrested him and that is why Ms Love lost the bail money she put up to free the super star singer.
R Kelly is one of the biggest singer of our time and probably could have been a legend in music history along side people like Micheal Jackson and Witney Houston but all people are going to remember about R Kelly is the teenage sex abuse and the lives this man destroyed for so long,it is a shame!
R Kelly produced and sang songs like i “I believe I can fly” a song that have been heard in churches all over the United States and beyond.
We do not know how long Kelly trial is going to be or if he might get off or what but this story in my thoughts is bigger then the OJ trial with so many families and lives this man changed for ever.
It is become clear that our super star singers are being allowed to carrying on with there sick fantasies for a time until law enforcement seems to think it time for there sick fantasies to come to an end.For black people it seems like a payment do for the honor to become rich and famous in the music industry. It like a shaming they have to go threw when there contract with the Devil is up.
There is no doubt in my mind there is a sickness in the music industry where they allow such things to happen like what Rkelly is accused of doing .
Mean while Rkelly is reported to be broke and radio stations are taken his music out of there line up by mass with out the man being convicted of any crime yet,unspecified you ask me!!!!I
R Kelly is being held in jail and his property is being auctioned off. If he he convicted of these crimes it is a good chance that Rkelly may never see the light of day again.
A wolman is in custody to day for kidnapping a 2 year old child from Pennsylvania was taking after a urber drive took off with the kid after the father got out of the car. When the man got out of the car the child was in the back set of that car and the farther of that child went to opren the back set to get his child the urber driver took off with the child in the back seat,
Paul Johnson is the name of the father who proceeded to call the driver own ceilphone which the driver of that urber did not pick up to answer the father so the next thing the farther did was call 911.
Police arrested Sharena Nancy, 25 during a traffic stop but did not find the baby. Nancy told police that Mr Johnson sold his kid for 10,000 dollars to a third party and ask Nancy to complete the drop off.
Nancy, who is being held without bail at the Allegheny County jail, was arraigned on Monday after being charged with kidnapping of a minor, interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of a child. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 16.
The child name is Nalani and the child is 2years old and she was not recovered and these to evil people is involved with the the kidnapping of this young child that they sold 10,0000 dollars.
Its a shame what is going on with the children and the parent cl little kids today where is the love
Death Row Records, the iconic record label founded in 1991 by Suge Knight, The D.O.C., and Dr. Dre, has changed ownership. At its peak, the record label once signed iconic rappers like Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, but after its heyday the record label became embroiled in controversies, lawsuits, and the imprisonment of co-founder Suge Knight. Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and was quickly picked up by an entertainment agency. But the record label’s ownership has changed hands: It is now owned by the Hasbro, the worldwide toy and board game company.
The deal followed Hasbro’s acquisition of Entertainment One, which it just attained in a deal for $4 billion, according to Deadline. Hasbro’s most popular games and toys are the well-known Monopoly, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony. They were interested in the deal in order to gain the rights to Entertainment One’s brands like Peppa Pig, but they also ended up with the Death Row catalog as part of the purchase.
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said he’s looking forward to furthering their family-oriented brand. “The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling, which will now include Hasbro’s IP,” he said. Clearly, Goldner wasn’t talking about Dr.
Death Row has changed ownership several times since filing for bankruptcy in 2006. The first company to pick up the record label was WIDEawake Entertainment, who later sold the label to Entertainment One for 15 times the price. The Game, Joe Budden, and DJ Khaled have all released music with Entertainment One, but their masters now belong with the toy company Hasbro.
Trump’s concerns about China is well founded and some kind of action has to be done about China stealing products and copying them and branding in with another copy by stealing its design and the way the product works a product that was intellectually by companies in the United states that is a bad thing But totally stop doing business with China is another.
I do agree that China have been shipping dangerous products for years that got babies sick as well as product that broke easy once you braught them and much much more. China have been making millions even billions shipping these kind of products to the United States for a very very long time . But stop doing Business with China is not a good idea.
If iam not mistaken alot of our business move over to china do to the fact the America raise the taxes on big business and that is why they moved. Even though these business moved like heavy industry like car manufactures and many other business move to China during the taxes was raised on big business during the Bush and Obama’s Administration. These business still do business with America by shipping there products to America from where they are in China.
China is not to be trusted but there is to much to lose there it is to gain to totally cut of china. the terufs are a good idea bit i do believe cutting of China totally can lead to other ills
11:42 AM PT — According to the plea agreement — obtained by TMZ — prosecutors say they’ll push for a lighter sentence than the maximum because Kodak has been cooperative.
11:28 AM PT — Kodak pled guilty to 2 counts of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.
The rapper just did about face and plead guilty for lying on his government gun licence saying that he did not have a case pending for a crime that can land him in jail for more than one year. The rapper confess to the crime of knowingly lying on his government application for a gun.
It amazing how Hip-Hop has drop to such a low to hav people like Kodak Black and 69 at the top of the charts when they are known to brake the law in such away that they did
If you will remember 69 gun arrest that send him to prison. This just a long line of people that is in the rap industry that cannot control there action and do not relies they ar no longer in the streets fighting for there lives.You have to ask yourselves why don’t these people get body guards if he would have thought of that and he makes millions in the rap industry it should be easy to get a body guard ,right? I mean he would not have to get that gun that land him in jail for 10 years and that exacly what he got from a judge for pleading guilty for falsely saying he did not have no charges against the rapper..
The Kodak Black has been in jail since may because the judge have ruled that Kodak Black was a danger to the community, His sentencing is coming in Sept13 but his lawyer said that he might get 10 years
Can these rappers today tell the deference between being in the streets and there conduct they should have when you make it out of the streets. The greatest of rappers know this but these new rappers seem not to understand the difference and make a beautiful thing like Hip- Hop in to something that need to be thrown in the trash when it really should not be that way because Hip Hop has taken over the world. But in my heart i do believe they are trying to put an end to Hip Hop by implementing people like 69 and Kodak Black into the mainstream Hip Hop Culture,
The charge that Kodak Black lied for on his application for a gun was when he beat up an under age female and those charges are still pending
The Portland Police Department reportedly removed the tattoos on the face of Tyrone Lamont Allen, a 50-year old Black man, using Photoshop to make him look like the accused suspect in a string of bank robberies in April 2017.
They say this man (Tyrone Allen) robbed several bank but the tellers of the bank describe the man with out tattoo’s. So the Portland police department decided it was a good idea to photo shop the tattoo’s 0ff his face of the supect to make him look more like the criminal that robbed that bank.
The pulblic reaction was not a good one at all. the public acused the Portland Police of being lazy and and wanted an easy collar to the crimes that happened in Portland.
The Police decided to bring in the witnesses that they acuired and show this photo shop pic with the tattoo’s on the face of Tyrone Allen and they still said it was Tyrone Allen who robbed there Bank.
They are also saying that Tryone Allen could have put make up on his face to cover the tattoo’s . The Police also said that all they did was cover up the tattoo’s like electronic make up to id this man.There’s no telling of how the police collared there suspect will hold up in court and if the suspect civil rights where violated because of this unorthodox way of Policing this case.
The police did not lose there jobs or suffered any penalty for there actions at all despite the way they did it . But, i must say that the public was not happy at all for the way the police handle this case.
Photo shopping supects is an ill practice and can be a Dangerous one to the public.Police can start photo shopping anyone one they want to fit there narrative to any case . This practice can have a negative affect on the public and the further hatred toward police in any state using this practice.
The Police can take advantage of this kind of thing to send innocent people to jail just to meet there arrest quarter for the month. It is a wide range of terror that can be implemented if this is to become a normal practice in policing witch i do not recommend.
Are you kidding me !!!! In Memphis Anwar Ghazali a store clerk shot and killed a young teen by the name of Dorian Harris 17 years old was shot after going to the store to get a 2 dollar cooler. The young man walked ouf the store with out paying for the drink and the store clerk by the name of Ghazail trased after the young man with a gun that was iunder the counter.
Harris wasb shot at about 3 times one fatal shot hit Harris leg thatwounded him and then he bled out from the wound. The clerk did not even call the police to report the crime or shooting,
The young man was found three days later 4 block away deade from his wounds. Ghazali, who is facing up to 60 years in prison for the murder conviction, will be sentenced on September 23.
Family said : The young man was a good kid and did not deserve this. The owner of the store said that the young man would come in the store sometimes and he would give him free stuff when he was short on money.
This is a sad story but it is not about the crime that Harris did but the fact that that clerk shot this young boy over two dollars is that the worth of a young man’s life two dollars? And on top of that he did not even call the police that probably would have saved Harris’s life . Well he have alot to think about when he gets convicted for 60 years over a 2 dollar bottel of wine cooler.
Life does not mean much anymore aspecially a young blackmans life because to alot of people that means less then 2 dollars that also applies to other black men and women in the black community. When will it stop for christ sake.
Joshua Burgess, 32, raped and brutally killed his 15-year-old daughter identified as Zaria Burgess on Hampton Meadows Road in Union County, NC on August 18, 2019.
While racism in America get more and more visable in this country stranger and stranger crimes between whites and blacks are getting more and more brutal.This story in my opinion is the worst story i have ever heard of where a father brutaly raped and murdered his own daughter.
At this time white supremacy are targeting soft targets like women and children and young men but i fear that these evil people will progress to grown black men. at this time white supremacy leaves the torment and the brutalization of blackmen to white supremacy in the police department.
As Trump gains more power in the white house these delusional white supremacist feel that the president of the United States is backing them that is leading to these crazy white supremacist to be more and more boldon.
Joshua Burgess, after raping his daughter walked in a police station and confessed to the murder before it was made known to the public.
Burgess was charged with murder, one count of Statutory Rape of a Person 15 Years of Age or Younger, First Degree Statutory Sex Offense, First Degree Kidnapping and First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
BLACK MOTHER KILLS KIDS IN MURDER SUICIDE INSIDE OF UPSCALE RESIDENCE
Racism is not a joke and i do not see how people can be appart of any group that would do this to such a beautiful young lady. You see, racism is not only a emotion of hate but it in fact in its essence demonic in nature!!! The mother of Zaria Burgess would never imagen that the man she had a child with might have been a white supremist. Then again i feel that alot of black woman do not search these things out and now she paid for that lack of paying attention by the lost of her beautiful daughter.
America is a beautiful country but these race crazed mainiacs that can be found mostly in the white race makes this country into a nightmare for all non whites. They feel that they need to get rid of all non whites out of the United States and then everything will be fine but you do not just get rid of that kind of hatred that can lead you to kill and rape a innocent young woman .That kind of hate can be only tranfered and reshaped. Let say white people do get there dream of having a white nation in America that hate is only going to lead to the cannbalization of the white race themselves.
Lakiya Charleston was shot by a bunch of fools that singled out her families home for no reason at all. These people wanted to play target practice with someones home and truely caused some real damage to a family that had 6 kids in the home.
Don’t get me wrong i have lived in the inner cities for a long time it usualy have to be a reason to shoot up a families home . Despite that there would be no reason a true leader of a gang would shoot at a families house full of kids. So, iam guessing who ever did this to this poor family, if they was a gang! did not have any real leadership and that tels me that these people where eithier having fun or trying to get back at a sister that lived in the house because as usual there was no men in the home.
There where about thirty shots that rang out on that house of 6 children so with all those bullets you have to ask yourselves, what was that woman in that house was doing to get her home singled out and one of children rusted to the Hospital for a gunshot ? That is the question because alot of crazy crap happens in the streets but they usualy have a reason behind it.
There is reports that the young lady that was shot had problems with her organs but other then that there is no real details.
I have made a video of this news coming out of chicago so visit Redzone news TV for the video
New York, NY — Mark Denny, a man who was wrongly imprisoned for almost 30 years for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit, has been awarded a $9.75 million settlement from the city of New York. In exchange, Denny had to surrender his right to file a potential $50 million lawsuit against the city and the NYPD that would have claimed that police officers framed him.In December 1987, then-17-year old Denny was one of the four men accused of robbery at a Burger King in Brooklyn and rape of an 18-year old female employee. In February 1989, he was convicted of rape, sodomy, robbery, and coercion charges and was sentenced to up to 57 years in prison.
Denny has always maintained his innocence until he was finally exonerated in December 2017. An investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office determined he did not commit the crime. The Innocence Project reached out to the Kings County District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit, which further proved that Denny wasn’t at Burger King at the time of the incident.
Moreover, in March 2018, Denny filed a “notice of claim” alleging that he was “targeted and framed” by more than a dozen NYPD detectives investigating the crime.
According to the claim, the detectives allegedly fabricated evidence against him and refused to confirm his alibi. It also accuses them of “intentionally refusing to investigate other obvious leads” as they failed to immediately test hair, fingernail scrapings and other forensic evidence collected from the scene after the crime.
Denny alleges in the claim that detectives made “false representation” and used “outright suggestion to induce” the victim, who was blindfolded during most of the attack, to identify him “at a live lineup after she failed to identify [him] in a photo lineup… as one of the perpetrators.”
It also claims Denny “has suffered, and continues to suffer, severe and ongoing damages,” including “physical and emotional pain and suffering, physical sickness… loss of familial relationships,” loss of income and damage to his reputation.
To avoid a potential $50 million lawsuit, Comptroller Scott Stringer discreetly agreed to approve paying Denny a $9.75 million settlement. On May 24, Denny signed on “general release” papers, agreeing not to sue the city and hold it liable for his arrest and incarceration.
“It was in the best interest of the city to settle pre-litigation,” said Stringer spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays.
Houston, TX — Dionn Megginson, an 11-year old girl from Texas, is making her way to excellence. At such an early age, she has just recently started classes as a 9th grader in high school.Dionn is a student at the school’s inaugural class at the Early College Academy where she’s taking honors Biology, English, Spanish, AP Human Geography, Dance and Culinary Arts.
This week, she just completed her first week in high school and she is already excited for what’s next to come.
Dionn’s parents noticed her thirst for knowledge years prior even at her early age.
“We realized Dionn was unique at a very early age, before she could walk. Teachers at her daycare would always tell us that Dionn was very smart and that she knew a lot for her age. It was suggested by them that we have her tested when she got into elementary school,” said Dionn’s mother, Sharon.
After taking the test while in Kindergarten, Dionn was promoted to first grade through credit by exam (CBE). She received the Principal’s Award each year from grade 1 to 4, which is the highest student recognition at her elementary school. At 9-years old, she entered 6th grade when she was allowed to skip 5th grade.
Now, she hopes to graduate from high school at the age of 14. She dreams of attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she would study Mathematics to be like her role model, Katherine Johnson.
At least 22 people were wounded Saturday during a shooting inside an El Paso Walmart, according to CNN. The extent of the injuries are not yet known.
El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said they had one male suspect in custody, and that there is no imminent threat. He also confirmed there were multiple fatalities, but did not provide an exact number.
“We are searching multiple scenes,” said Carrillo, adding that there “is no active shooting currently.”
At around 11 a.m. local time, the El Paso Police Department confirmed they had received “reports of multiple shooters” and urged the public to stay away from the Cielo Vista Mall area, where the Walmart is located. Other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are assisting police.
Sgt. Robert Gomez said officers also received reports of a shooting inside the mall.
CNN reports several businesses in the area were placed on lockdown.
“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” said Oscar Collazo, who owns a seafood restaurant in the area. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”
Video posted on social media shows the Walmart and mall being evacuated and mall being evacuated.
Several board members have resigned from a neo-Calvinist evangelical group that released a trailer of a planned film linking prominent Southern Baptists with a conspiracy to promote social justice advocacy in evangelical churches.
The resignations, announced August 1 by Founders Ministries President Tom Ascol, come as some Southern Baptist leaders interviewed for the film have distanced themselves from it.
The trailer for the film “By What Standard?” highlights remarks in support of women, such as Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore, who have spoken in pulpits on Sundays. The Southern Baptist Convention’s faith statement says only men can serve as pastors.
The four-minute trailer also shows panel discussions on racial reconciliation at the 2019 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention and on sexual abuse on the eve of that meeting. The abuse-related panel, hosted by the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, featured Moore and Rachael Denhollander, both sex abuse survivors and advocates for churches addressing the issue.
According to statements from two of the three resigning board members — which Ascol said were published at their request and with their permission on his organization’s website — the inclusion of Denhollander in the trailer released July 23 appeared to have been a particular sore point.
“Her presence in the trailer, along with other sexual abuse survivors, seemed to conflate sexual abuse with other problematic views of social justice,” wrote now-former board member Tom Hicks. “All the board members agreed that sexual abuse is very different from social justice issues, but we disagreed about how to go forward in light of the trailer.”
Fred Malone, a board member who said he was resigning after working with the group for almost 36 years, acknowledged in his statement that he was chagrined by the initial inclusion of Denhollander. Though he said the board had agreed to remove the “confusing image” of Denhollander from the trailer, he resigned because the board did not agree on what he saw as the sinfulness of its use.
“By associating her image closely with a confusing statement about powers of darkness, it appeared to many that we were somehow disapproving of her work against sexual abuse,” said Malone, who described himself as “an advocate against sexual abuse, a counselor of numerous victims for almost 35 years in my pastoral work, and a reporter of several cases.”
Denhollander tweeted that the use of her image “was not an accident.”
The New York rapper serving a five-year parole term after she was released from prison in 2014, after having spent six years in prison for a 2007 shooting.
Papoose reportedly shared a video to his Instagram showing the couple getting loose on a yacht celebrating Remy’s freedom.
Pap wrote “And they lived happily ever after!!!! #blacklove Off papers The #queen,”
Its good to see Remy get this behind her, if you recall Remy Ma was arrested back in May for allegedly getting in a fight with Love and Hip Hop: New York star Brittney Taylor. Taylor stated that Remy attacked her, and she had to go to the hospital to get medical attention leading Remy to be charged with misdemeanor assault.
Trump is still angry with House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings. The 68-year-old’s Baltimore home was reportedly robbed and 45’s response was vile.
Trump Tweeted, “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”
CBS reported, “Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday morning. The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue. At this time, police don’t know if any property was taken.”
Cummings released a statement about the burglary to the Baltimore Sun, “An individual attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 AM on Saturday, July 27. I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house. I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.”
It’s not clear if Trump’s attacks on Cummings is what caused the burglary. The president has been having a temper tantrum for weeks about Cummings, tweeting on July 28, “There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!”
He also ranted, “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA.”
TMZ reports, “Rocky left Sweden hours after the judges in his assault case decided to let him out of jail while they noodle on their decision, which is expected on August 14. A$AP returned to the U.S., and he won’t have to return for the reading of the verdict, because it will be a written ruling.”
More than likely he will be acquitted but TMZ says he “Rocky will never go back to the home of IKEA.”
NBC News also reports that the U.S. threatened Sweden with “negative consequences” if the rapper wasn’t released. The U.S. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs wrote to Swedish prosecutors, “The government of the United States of America wants to resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences to the U.S.-Swedish bilateral relationship.”
Sweden’s prosecutor-general, Petra Lundh, denied the demand, writing in a letter, “No other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible.”
It’s not clear if the U.S. had anything to do with Rocky’s release, even though Trump will surely take full credit.
Earlier this week, according to a local media outlet in Sweden, prosecutor Daniel Suneson claims police have the entire video of the incident and “Now we gotta fuck this (inaudible)” is heard being said. There is also a surveillance camera from a restaurant that allegedly contradicts what Rocky posted on social media. You can watch the video, here.
Rocky had been on a European tour when the fight broke out with local media blaming the rapper. The very next day TMZ published the video of the fight, which purportedly showed Rocky and two people in his entourage fighting against one other person. It also showed several men accused of Rocky and his crew of breaking a pair of headphones.
The woman who was accused of urinating on potatoes inside a Pennsylvania Walmart has reportedly turned herself in.
The suspect, identified as Grace Brown, turned herself into authorities Tuesday afternoon, according to WTAE-TV reporter Marcie Cipriani.
Fox News has contacted West Mifflin Police Department for comment.
Police were searching for the woman after she was accused of urinating on potatoes at a Walmart store in West Mifflin.
“The safety of our customers is a top priority for us. This type of obscene conduct is outrageous, and we immediately disposed of the affected products and sanitized the area to ensure its cleanliness and safety for our customers. We’re working with the West Mifflin Police Department to find the responsible party and have them prosecuted,” the statement read.
Chantell Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were volunteers for Mothers Against Senseless Killings and had been camped out at the corner to prevent conflict.
They were shot on Friday evening by the occupants of a blue SUV. No arrests have yet been made.
Supporters say they are shocked by the killing and will honour their memories.
“It is sacred ground, as far as we’re concerned,” said Mothers Against Senseless Killings (Mask) member Maria Pike, referring to the South Side Chicago street corner policed by the fallen mums.
“This was a haven that was built by moms,” she told ABC 7 in Chicago. “The lack of humanity is shocking,” she added.
Grant was a 26-year-old mother of four and Stoudemire was a 35-year-old mother of three.
The women were hit around 22:00 local time (03:00 GMT Saturday) while standing on West 75th Street and South Stewart Avenue in the city’s violence-plagued Englewood neighbourhood.
“It is terrifying. It is heartbreaking. I haven’t slept because I am trying to figure out how we can stop this,” Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mask, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Who’s next? I just keep thinking, Who’s next?”
The group began occupying the corner around four years ago, and host barbeques there throughout the summer, in the hope that their constant presence will deter violence.
They have also offered counselling and guidance to community members, according to friends and activists.
A 58-year-old man who was present suffered a graze wound to his arm.
“It’s too much around here,” said the man, who did not wish to be identified, as he returned to the shooting scene to pay respects at an impromptu memorial.
“The older people can’t come out and sit on the porch; the kids can’t play,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s just, wow. Everyone is scared.”
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that the murders were under investigation, and that investigators “have no evidence that we can point to that suggests the women were the intended targets”.
“We also have no evidence to the contrary,” he added.
A boy who is getting ready to enter the 5th grade is in hot water after being charged with assault following a game similar to dodgeball at his elementary school.
10-year-old Bryce Lindley was playing a game like dodgeball where kids throw balls into the air instead directly at others. According to a police report, Bryce intentionally threw a ball at another boy’s face.
The victim’s mother says her son, “sustained facial tissue damage to his face. He had a black eye and a bruised nose.” Medical records show that the boy also suffered a concussion. The mom says her son has a medical condition that “makes head injuries especially dangerous.”
Lindley was suspended from school for one day. The incident occurred back on April 29th at Ruth Eriksson Elementary school in Michigan. But on July 24th, Bryce’s mother Cameishi got a call from Wayne County Juvenile Court saying he had been charged with aggravated assault for the incident.
Cameishi says, “I couldn’t believe it… I’m sorry that her child got hurt. I’d be sorry for any child that got hurt,” and says she wishes there was another way to resolve the incident outside of going to a courtroom. She also says neither she or Bryce knew that the other student had a medical condition.
Cameishi created a fundraiser to help pay for the legal fees involved with this case which are estimated to be around $4,000.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump attacked another prominent African American lawmaker on Saturday, tweeting that his Baltimore district is a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”Trump’s morning tirade against Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is the latest verbal assault against a minority member of Congress who is a frequent critic of the President. Two weekends ago, Trump — in racist language that was later condemned by a House resolution — told four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four were born in the US, and the fourth is a naturalized US citizen.Trump attacked Cummings, 68, who is originally from Baltimore and represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, for erupting at acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan over border conditions during a congressional hearing on July 18. Cummings’ committee has also launched a number of investigations into the Trump administration related to Trump’s finances and White House practices, including security clearances and Hatch Act violations.Baltimore stands up for its city after Trump tweets ‘no human being would want to live there’The President’s attacks, which went on to mention the Oversight investigation and another Democrat-represented district, continued into Sunday.The President on Saturday suggested that conditions in Cummings’ district, which is majority black and includes parts of Baltimore, are “FAR WORSE and more dangerous” than those at the US-Mexico border.”If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” Trump wrote, arguing that Cummings’ “district is considered the Worst in the USA” and “no human being would want to live there.”In Cummings’ district, about 52% of the population is black, while nearly 36% is white, according to US census estimates.The President gave no indication of the basis of the claim but the tweets followed a segment that aired an hour earlier on Fox News, in which a Republican strategist said conditions in Cummings’ district were worse than those at the southern border.”Mr. President, I go home to my district daily,” Cummings wrote on Twitter Saturday in response. “Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”Cummings told ABC News recently that Trump’s “go back” remarks aimed at the four congresswomen brought back memories of the racism he faced as a boy growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s, echoing the same “very painful” racist insults he had heard during childhood.Trump has used similar language before to criticize Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, and the Georgia district Lewis represents, which includes most of Atlanta.
President’s tweets condemned as racist
Reaction to Trump’s tirade was swift with Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young tweeting that it was “completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero.”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — whose father represented the city in Congress, and, along with her brother, served as its mayor — echoed those sentiments, condemning Trump’s tweets as racist.”.@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot,” Pelosi, who was born in Baltimore, tweeted.Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, two of the four Democratic congresswomen who Trump previously attacked and members of the House Oversight Committee, defended Cummings.”Yo Trump, Hands off #ourchairman @RepCummings who is centered in American values that you will never understand. He is a fighter for the people & a leader you will never be,” Tlaib of Michigan said. “While you go on vacations & tweet, @RepCummings held a hearing on high costs of medicine just yesterday.”Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted of Cummings: “He makes the country better. You want to be on his team.”NAACP unanimously calls on House to impeach President Donald TrumpOther Democrats came to Baltimore’s defense on Saturday, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose national 2020 campaign headquarters is located there.”Baltimore has become home to my team and it’s disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city,” Harris wrote on Twitter.Fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey tweeted in part that “this is a moral, defining moment in America,” adding, “Silence is toxic complicity.”Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told CNN that Trump sending the tweets is “beyond insulting, it is disgusting.”The Maryland chapter of the NAACP dubbed Trump’s tweets racist and called for launching impeachment proceedings into the President.”These latest tweets reaffirm the NAACP Maryland State Conference’s position echoing the call of the National NAACP that this president must be impeached,” NAACP MSC President Gerald Stansbury said in a statement. “A nation is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens, and we are ashamed of his rhetoric. America deserves a president who lifts our cities up, not one who heaps trash talk on them.”The NAACP’s delegates voted unanimously at the group’s annual convention in Detroit on Tuesday to call on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, saying in a statement, “This President has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era.” The move placed the nation’s oldest civil rights group alongside more than 100 congressional lawmakers in calling on the House to take the first step in a lengthy impeachment process.Last week, 95 members of the House voted to keep alive Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green’s effort to impeach the President, though it was ultimately killed by the chamber.
Trump expands his attack
Trump attacked Cummings on Twitter again Saturday afternoon, saying the congressman, “spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’ “”He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!”he wrote, concluding the tweet with the hashtag #BlacksForTrump2020 and retweeted a video purported to be of West Baltimore.Rep. Elijah Cummings: Trump’s ‘go back’ comments bring back painful memories of childhood racismThe President expanded his criticism later Saturday and into Sunday, retweeting Fox News segments on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and probes into the President, an edited video of Democratic leadership and additional videos that Twitter users claimed to be of Baltimore.Taking aim at Pelosi on Sunday, Trump asked that someone explain to the House speaker “that there is nothing wrong with bringing out the very obvious fact that Congressman Elijah Cummings has done a very poor job for his district and the City of Baltimore.” He continued, saying that “Democrats always play the Race Card” and declaring: “Elijah Cummings has failed badly!The President, in the string of Sunday morning tweets, also said Pelosi’s San Francisco district “is not even recognizeable (sic) lately.” Trump did not provide any evidence of the claim.”Something must be done before it is too late,” he wrote. “The Dems should stop wasting time on the Witch Hunt Hoax and start focusing on our Country!”On “Fox News Sunday,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended Trump’s attacks on Cummings’ district.Mulvaney said the President was going after Cummings over the Democrat’s statements about the situation at the southern border. “It has absolutely zero to do with race,” he said.This story has been updated.
CNN’s Sarah Westwood, Faris Bseiso, Sarah Jorgensen, Polo Sandoval, Nikki Carvajal and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.
When the deplorable secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, was asked about Trump’s racist “go back” Tweets targeted at Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he had his classic response. Carson said Trump isn’t racist “at all.”
While talking on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Carson said, “He is not racist at all.” He then added, “He lived in New York. Jesse Jackson gave him an award for the incredible things that he had done in the African-American community. I have never seen anything that even resembles racism.”
The New York Post pointed out, “It’s unclear what award Carson is referring to, but Trump did donate office space to Jackson’s Rainbow/Push Coalition at his 40 Wall Street building that garnered praise from the civil rights leader at the time.”
On July 14, Trump tweeted, “So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……” He continued, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” All three of them are all from American and Omar is originally from Somali.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
This clearly isn’t shocking from Carson. He is the same man who wants to kick out 55,000 American children from public housing. Earlier this month, ABC News asked about how he is enforcing a law to kick families out of public housing if one person lives in their home illegally, “Because it’s the law. We’re a nation of laws and if the lawmakers don’t like it, they need to change it.”
However, Carson selectively uses the excuse of the law.
According to Politico, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined Carson broke the law by buying a $31,000 dining room set for his office and $8,000 dishwasher in the office kitchen. “Agencies are required to notify Congress of expenditures over $5,000 to furnish an executive’s office,” Politico wrote last month.
Looks like Trump and Carson were made for each other.
Hollywood, FL — Jaydon Stubbs, a 15-year old from South Florida, said police brutally arrested him because they were suspicious of him while he was riding his bike with his friends in the street. He said one officer used his police car to hit the bike he was riding, and another even stunned him with a taser!According to police, they spotted Stubbs with four of his friends while riding their bikes near the Publix in Young Circle, where they said recent burglaries happened frequently. The teens were allegedly ignoring traffic laws but when an officer tried to pull them over, they fled separately.
Stubbs said that as the officers chased them, he ended up alone going down an alley. That was when he said police tried to run him over, causing significant damage to the back of his bike.
“When he hit my bike, I fell sideways. So my bike went sideways because my whole wheel just got destroyed,” Stubbs told Local 10 News. “I was coming from this way. I was riding my bike. As soon as I got right here, the police car sped up and it hit my back tire and I fell sideways.”
He got back up and kept running because he said, “if he hit me with his truck, Lord knows what else he would do.”
When officers caught up to him, things escalated again.
“Three or four other police officers came and jumped on my back, put their knees on my back and, as one of the cops is putting me in handcuffs, another cop ran up and tasered me in my upper shoulder,” Stubbs said.
Stubbs’ mother, Ramona Miller, said that although she doesn’t condone her son’s actions, she couldn’t blame him either.
“(With) what’s going on in the world today with these young black boys and the cops, you can’t blame the children for being afraid of the police,” Miller said.
Miller claimed the police went way too far in arresting her son. She said the police report did not include why the officers thought the using a taser on Stubbs was needed or any other details about his actual arrest aside from that he was taken to the hospital after the incident. Police claimed it is because the report was still under review.
Moreover, Stubb’s mother has filed a complaint with the Hollywood Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit, citing excessive use of force.
Karen Harrison and video footage of the argument that later turned into a physical fight
Moultrie, GA — Karen Harrison, a 26-year old mother from Georgia who accidentally dropped her 3-month old son during a fight, has been officially charged with murder. The baby, who was brought to a local hospital for head injuries, has since died.Apparently, Harrison had words with another woman identified as Terra Brown that quickly escalated into a physical fight.
Originally Harrison and her friend, Carneata Clark, told police that the baby was injured after he fell from her friend’s arms while she was holding him. But video footage clearly shows the two arguing and then fighting as Harrison cradles her baby in one arm.
When the two women begin to actually fight, the baby is seen falling to the ground and another woman rushes over to pick the child up.
According to WALB News 10, Harrison was since been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children. Local police say that she has also been charged with simple battery and affray for fighting. Meanwhile, Clark, has been charged with making a false statement and obstruction.
In court Monday, a Hunter supporter was caught on camera rushing toward her and her lawyers. Law enforcement officials stopped the individual and when they went to escort Hunter out of the courtroom, she forced the officer to drag her out.
Former Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter went limp and was forcibly removed from court after being sentenced to jail time on Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hunter was sentenced to six months minus a day in jail at the Hamilton County Justice Center, followed by a year of community control.
The former judge was accused of giving her brother confidential records while he was in the process of being fired as a juvenile court employee after punching a teen inmate.
Hunter was convicted in 2014 of unlawful interest in a public contract, which is a felony, but was convicted on only one of nine charges. She was supposed to begin serving her sentence in 2016, when she was found guilty, but appeals have delayed it until they expired on Monday.
Two people were killed Friday and at least six others wounded — including a 14-year-old girl — in citywide gun violence.
The latest homicide happened in Englewood on the South Side.
A man, 23, was sitting in a vehicle about 11:51 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Laflin Street and was involved in a “verbal altercation” with a group of people across the street, Chicago police said. Gunfire erupted, hitting the man in the chest.
He ran to the corner of 62nd and Laflin where he collapsed, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he later died.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on the death.
Earlier, another man was killed in a shooting a few miles south in Fernwood.
The shooter’s vehicle was last seen driving northbound on Wentworth Avenue from 105th Place, police said. Area South detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.
In non-fatal shootings, a 14-year-old girl was shot when someone unleashed gunfire into a group of people in Lawndale on the West Side.
She was standing on a sidewalk with the group in the 3700 block of West Douglas Boulevard when a dark-vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said.
The girl was struck in the foot and arm about 9:45 p.m., police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment. Her condition had stabilized. She did not appear to be the target of the shooting, a police source said.
About an hour earlier, a man was shot in the chest in Cragin on the Northwest Side.
He was standing on a corner about 8:35 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Wrightwood Avenue when someone came up on foot and opened fire, striking the man, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized. Police said he was being uncooperative with investigators.
About 6:20 p.m., a man was shot by a female in the South Shore neighborhood. The 27-year-old man was barbecuing in a yard in the 7100 block of South East End when he walked up to a gangway and started arguing with the female, police said.
The female took out a handgun and shot the man twice in the hip and torso, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized. The female took off on foot.
Minutes earlier, a 21-year-old was shot in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was walking southbound in the 5200 block of South Maplewood at 6 p.m. when someone in a dark-vehicle approached and fired shots, striking him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in good condition.
The first reported shooting on Friday wounded a 32-year-old woman in South Chicago. She was in the back of a moving vehicle about 1:37 a.m. in the 8500 block of South Escanaba Avenue when she heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. The woman was struck in the buttocks and was driven to Trinity Hospital where her condition was stabilized.
Toledo, OH — Alan Gaston, a Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy who is Black, was completely shocked when Seth Eklund, a security guard who is white, confronted him and pointed a gun at him. Gaston was wearing his police uniform at the time and was armed, and Eklund even tried to arrest him when Gaston tried to leave.Here’s what happend: Gaston was on duty when he reportedly went to the Toledo Internal Revenue Service office to ask about a letter he received. A surveillance video proved that he was dressed in full sheriff’s office uniform with his gun and badge clearly visible.
Suddenly, Eklund confronted him and told him that he could not enter the office with his gun, and encouraged him to leave it in his car. Gaston said he couldn’t do that since he was still on duty so he decided to just leave the office.
While Gaston was walking out, Eklund followed him until the elevator with his gun pointed at his back, the surveillance video shows.
“[I was] basically preparing myself to be shot at that moment. Bracing for a shot in my back,” Gaston told the Daily Mail. “There’s really no way to know how you’re going to act when there’s a gun pointed at you and when you think you’re going to lose your life.”
Before Gaston could even enter the elevator, Eklund tried to grab his arm to take him into custody. Someone in the office noticed the commotion and called 911 but failed to mention that the man with a gun was actually a uniformed deputy officer.
When the responding police officers arrived, Eklund can be heard saying, “He’s got a gun and he won’t leave.”
Eklund has since been charged with aggravated menacing and is expected to appear in court in a future date.
Meanwhile, Gaston, who has been on medical leave after the incident, filed a lawsuit against Eklund seeking compensation and claiming that the
Maleah Davis — the 4-year-old found dead after she went missing in early May — will be buried in a colorful, one-of-a-kind casket, a tribute to her memory and her grieving family.
The casket was built and donated by SoulShine Industries to the Davis family.
“The casket is the most important part of remembering somebody, so it should be special,” said company owner Trey Ganem told CNN.
Ganem said that he received over 200 calls from the community asking him to make a casket for the Davis family. She will be buried in a private funeral on Saturday.
“It was such a blessing to provide something special for this loving family,” Ganem said.
The casket designer Courtney Sublett told CNN she worked closely with the family and the theme quickly became apparent. The final product was a white casket covered with rainbows, the color pink, “My Little Pony,” and even a portrait of Maleah.
“It’s such a tragic thing, I’m glad we could bring a little light to her story,” Sublett said.
The funeral home that is hosting the funeral, Richardson Mortuary, has been collecting flowers and condolences on behalf of the family, CNN affiliate KTRK.
Toys and teddy bears are also being collected at the apartment complex where the Davis family lived. A sign says that the items will be displayed at the funeral and then donated to the Houston Fire Department.
Meleah’s remains were found in Arkansas on May 30, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Her mother’s former fiancé, Derion Vence, is charged with tampering with a corpse in connection to Meleah’s death.
They always giving excuses for these cops that hurt civilians but the fact is that these people have no control of these cops that kill and murder black people with no regard for protocol. You cannot put a bandaid on a bullet hole and that is what this is. Its not the training it is the hiring process That these people that are camera are failing at. not to mention the elected official that allow stuff like this to happen. They don’t get fired and they don’t go to jail that alone she raise eyebrows
AFRICANGLOBE – From 2012 to 2018, the number of people declaring themselves pretos, meaning Blacks, increased by almost 5 million in the country. The população branca (white population) continues to shrink and pardos(browns) continue to be majority.
In 2018, Brazil had 19.2 million people who declared themselves Black – 4.7 million more than in 2012, which corresponds to a 32.2% increase in the period. This is revealed by a survey released on Wednesday (22) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
With the exception of 2014, when the number of blacks remained stable in relation to the previous year, the percentage of the declared black population has increased annually. It is therefore a trend.
“The specific reason for the increase of this declaration, in fact, we don’t have. (see note one) What we realize is that in recent years there has been reinforcement of affirmative policies of color or race,” said the IBGE analyst.
The researcher emphasized that the survey, based on the Continuous National Household Sample Survey (PNAD), is conducted based on the interviewee’s perception of color and race. “It is not the interviewer who determines the color, it is the informant who declares,” said the IBGE rep. (see note one)
On the other hand, the declared white population is declining year to year, which in 2018 totaled 89.7 million Brazilians, against 92.2 million in 2012. The whites were majority in the country until 2014. Since 2015, pardos have accounted for the majority of the population – jumping from 89.6 million in 2012 to 96.7 million in 2018.
“In addition to the possible change in the population’s perception of color and race resulting from affirmative policies, we have to consider the process of miscegenation in the country, which causes us to have a higher percentage of pardos,” said the researcher.
Percentage division (%) of the Brazilian population by color or race
Since 2015, pardos have been the majority in the country.
Asked if such a trend – of increasing black and brown populations and decreasing white – will continue, the researcher said it is not possible to state.
“We don’t know if all this growth is based on affirmative color and race policies. If it is, it will depend on the continuity of these policies. A culture is created in people who have been affected by these policies and they pass on their position in relation to their own color to other people, even if they are not directly benefited,” said the researcher.
AFRICANGLOBE – A white racist who filmed himself uttering racial slurs while vacationing abroad is to appear in a South Africancourt on Tuesday.
Adam Catzavelos will be making his first appearance on a charge of crimen injuria.
In the online rant, Catzavelos used the word “Kaffir” to refer to Black people while on vacation on a Greek island in 2018.
In his so-called apology, which he also shared on social media, Catzavelos said the damage he had caused with his video was unacceptable and that he had been thoughtless and insensitive.
He said he had shown a complete lack of understanding of what “the people have endured”.
Despite his apology, which some have described as insincere, he was allegedly dismissed from his family business and the school where his children had been enrolled banned the businessman from its premises.
The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng laid a criminal complaint against Catzavelos and called for swift action to be taken against him.
Catzavelos posted a video of himself online celebrating the fact that there were no Black people at the beach he was on in Greece, referring to them as “Kaffirs”.
He appeared at the Randburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it anticipated that the defence in the case of crimen injuria against Catzavelos would argue that because the alleged offence was not committed in the country, that he cannot be prosecuted.
Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwana said the State was ready to make a strong case.
He was expected back in the dock in two weeks’ time.
A black cleaner had to take time off work with stress after taking part in a diversity training course where the N-word was repeatedly shouted out.
Theresa Georges was racially harassed by the episode, an employment tribunal has ruled.
She had been working at a housing association in South Wales for two months when she was told to attend the course.
Trainer Lisa Hearn wrote the racist words ‘n*****’ and ‘P***’ on a flipchart. She then asked all 16 of those taking part, of whom Miss Georges was the only black person, to shout out derogatory words that came to mind.
As Miss Hearn went around the room she noted down the words chosen from the board and put ticks next to any that were uttered more than once, the Cardiff hearing was told.
The housing association argued that the exercise was intended to highlight that these words ‘were not to be used under any circumstances’.
But employment judge Alison Frazer said: ‘The word n***** was shouted out three times … the claimant was the only black person in the room and as such, she felt under pressure to say the “N” word but instead offered the word “cabbage”.’
Miss Georges was uncomfortable using this term, which is offensive to those with mental disabilities.
The judge, sitting with two colleagues, unanimously upheld the cleaner’s claim against her employer for racial harassment under the Equality Act.
In a written ruling, Judge Frazer said: ‘We accept that the use of the full “N-word” by the trainer and by the three others in the course had the effect of creating a degrading and offensive environment for the claimant and of violating her dignity.
‘The “N-word” is by its very nature a deeply loaded word with distressing racial connotations which, we find, would necessarily have caused the claimant to feel deeply offended and uncomfortable.’ After the hearing, Miss Georges said: ‘It was awful, I couldn’t believe what was happening. The whole scenario was offensive, pointless and crude.
‘There was no meaning to it, I don’t know what the trainer was trying to achieve.’
Miss Georges, who has remained out of work since, added: ‘I’ve done lots of diversity training in the past and never been subjected to an exercise like that.’
The cleaner was employed by the Pobl Group Ltd from January 4 to March 23 last year at its Clarence Place hostel in Newport. As part of her induction training she attended the diversity course at its main premises nearby on March 8.
The judge said the underlying purpose was entirely appropriate, but the chosen method of delivery was ‘a risky strategy’.
After the course Miss Georges felt in a state of shock. She was signed off work with stress after seeing her GP.
The following Monday she called her line manager Kirsty Thomas and said she was unable to come in because of the the effect of the training.
A week later, she wrote a letter of complaint to the company’s human resources team. This was later rejected. Miss Georges wrote: ‘She seemed to fixate on the N and P-words.
‘As we were going round the room I heard the N-word shouted out three times. I cannot express how uncomfortable I was feeling. It was as if I felt that everyone was waiting for me to say the N-word.’
The tribunal judges ruled that the delegates had no choice but to attend the training, adding: ‘We find that [the] encouragement to say words that were deeply offensive was a crude and unnecessary way of delivering the training.’
Pobl Group said it recognised that the exercise ‘was inappropriate’. It apologised to Miss Georges and said it had made changes. The amount of compensation has yet to be set.
More Americans consider Barack Obama to be the worst President since World War II than they do any other president, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday found that 33% of Americans see Obama as the worst post-war president, while just 8% consider him the best. Another 28% see former President George W. Bush as the worst. Richard Nixon, the only American President ever to resign in disgrace, was picked the worst by 13%, according to the poll.
Ronald Reagan was the most common answer among those surveyed for the best President since World War II, with 35% choosing the Republican icon. Another 18% chose Bill Clinton, and 15% chose John F. Kennedy.
And 45% of Americans think the U.S. would be better off if Mitt Romney had been elected President in 2012, according to the poll, while 38% think the country would be worse off.
The survey of 1,446 registered voters, conducted June 24-30, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
Catherine Pugh published the first book in her popular “Healthy Holly” literary series nearly 15 years ago. But on Thursday morning the FBI raided her home and several other properties linked to the Baltimore mayor and potentially related to the book series that promoted the health of Black children.
It was the latest twist to a scandal in a city which has already long struggled with police leadership stability amid a steadily high crime rate.
One day earlier, acting Mayor Jack Young fired three of Pugh’s staffers.S
With Mayor Catherine Pugh‘s health issues forcing her to take a leave of absence, the Baltimore City Council sent a letter calling for her resignation.
“The entire membership of the Baltimore City Council believes that it is not in the best interest of the City of Baltimore for you to continue to serve as Mayor. We urge you to tender your resignation, effective immediately,” stated the letter signed by all 14 council members except acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.
The letter came one day after a spokesperson for Pugh insisted she would return to City Hall.
Pugh, who has clashed in the past with the City Council on policy issues, has been at the center of a political storm while she’s on medical leave battling pneumonia. She’s engulfed in a scandal and investigation over sales of her children’s books, which promote healthy living for Black kids, to entities that do business with the city. Critics have called the financial deals a possible conflict of interest, but Pugh said it was a “regrettable mistake.”
The 69-year-old was sworn into office in 2016 as Baltimore’s third Black woman mayor. The Philadelphia native who came to Baltimore as a Morgan State University student said she planned to focus her attention on community development, job creation and crime reduction.
From the beginning of her tenure, Pugh and City Councilmembers had a difficult relationship, Roger Hartley, dean of the public affairs school at the University of Baltimore, told the Los Angeles Times.
Many of the council members wanted to see more progressive policies from Pugh, such as raising the minimum wage, spending on after-school programs and sentencing reform for gun possession offenders.
“It’s not the same old Baltimore politics,” Hartley said in 2017. “She’s going to have to bend to the interests of these council members and vice versa. I think we’re seeing the kind of political change that people voted for.”
At the same time, it has been an uphill battle for Pugh to reduce crime in Baltimore, which has been dubbed America’s most dangerous big city. In January, Pugh tapped New Orleans’ police chief Michael Harrison as the city’s fifth police chief in four years.
City Councilman Brandon Scott released a statement Monday, saying in part that, “Baltimore deserves a Mayor who can focus on reducing crime, improving our schools and restoring trust in our government.”
The acting mayor could end up being Pugh’s successor. Young has insisted that he’s only temporarily filling in for Pugh, but he’s well-liked by fellow council members.
Young, 64, was first elected to the City Council in 1996. He was unanimously voted city council president to fill the remaining term of former City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2010 when she took over as mayor after Sheila Dixonresigned following a scandal.
At least nine people who were arrested by a Dallas police officer who was eventually accused of murdering a man in his own home have had their cases dismissed, according to a new report. The development could be damning for Amber Guyger, the now-former cop who was indicted for breaking into the home of Botham Shem Jean before shooting him to death.
All of the dismissed cases originated before Guyger killed Botham Jean, a 26-year-old native of St. Lucia who was simply home watching TV when the off-duty officer illegally entered and killed him under the implausible excuse that she thought he was burglarizing her own apartment. Citing court documents, the Dallas News reported that “Dallas County prosecutors in one case wrote that they were seeking the dismissal because the fired officer was ‘indicted for murdering an innocent man in his own home.’”
If prosecutors were going so far as to dismiss cases that Guyger brought in, that could indicate how strongly they feel their case against the former cop is. The implication was that prosecutors were so confident they can secure Guyger’s conviction that they were already getting ahead of any potential wrongful arrest lawsuits that could be initiated once the former cop is found guilty.
Guyger’s defense attorneys, on the other hand, may not be nearly as confident as their prosecutorial counterparts of their latest move was any indication. Her murder trial was initially slated to begin in August before it was pushed back until late September, more than a year after Guyger killed Jean.
There were also reports that Guyger, who has been out on bail since her indictment in December, may have violated the terms of her conditional release by living her best life and vacationing on a Caribbean cruise, which was subpoenaed for its records last month. In addition to possibly showing Guyger violated her bail, the subpoena could allow prosecutors to portray her as a carefree vacationer following what appeared to be a cold-blooded murder of an innocent man.
There is also the testimony from an eyewitness who recorded video just moments after the shooting, showing Guyger talking on her phone and the paramedics removing Jean’s body. Guyger’s lawyers were scrambling to keep her from the witness stand.
Guyger, herself, has also taken painstaking measures to show her purported innocence, including getting a complete makeover in an apparent play for sympathy from the judge during a court appearance in January.
Still, the apparent evidence is seemingly overwhelmingly not in Guyger’s favor.
On Sept. 6, Guyger said that following a long day on the job as a Dallas police officer, she implausibly mistook his apartment for her own and, after ordering Jean not to move, shot him twice before realizing the error of her ways. Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean’s door was ajar. Videos posted on social media by neighbors appeared to show that apartment doors in the building shut automatically, which seemed to indicate that Guyger was lying.
In addition to the inconsistencies in her alibis, which have changed several times, Dallas police, of which Guyger was a member for five years before being fired, appeared to be helping to cover up the shooting for their colleague. The department was accused of allowing Guyger enough time to scrub her social media accounts and get her story straight before turning herself in three days after killing Jean. It also gave Guyger enough time to move out of her apartment, which was never searched by police despite five warrants allowing them to do so.
Murder charges against a police officer are notoriously hard to prosecute. There are roughly 1,000 police shootings every year in the United States, but officers seldom face justice. According to CNN, only 80 cops were arrested on murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings between 2005 and April 2017. However, only 35 percent of those arrests led to convictions in that 12-year period.
The Atlanta Police Department incident report detailing the fatal shooting of community activist, Oscar Cain, gives very little details on his murder because the police officer’s body camera had been shut off.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the death of an armed man who fled an officers’ pursuit as 31-year-old Oscar Cain. Cain was best known in his Atlanta community as an activist and community organizer; named the Atlanta Field Director for the League of Young Voters Education Fund and later, with the GenY Project of the American Friends Service Committee, took the lead in a campaign to force the Atlanta Police Department to equip police with body cameras.
The incident report in question was written as a result of the Cain shooting which took place on March 31 in Southwest Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “next to nothing” was detailed in the report which only consisted of three sentences; “I, Officer (Marquee) Kelley, discharged my city issued 9mm Glock … at a suspect at 501 Connelle (sic) Avenue…”
Kelley is currently on a three-day leave from the department, a standard practice after an officer’s weapon is discharged during the line of duty. His city-issued Glock is currently in possession of the police department. Black America Webdetails upon Kelly’s return he was placed on administrative duty. That assignment was before the investigation was completed and also before Cain’s burial.
Additional details report Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields originally planned to place Officer Kelley back into full duty before objecting to administrative duties.
A Florida police deputy has been placed on restricted duty after cellphone video footage surfaced of two white officers slamming the head of a pepper-sprayed black teenager against the ground while placing him under arrest on Thursday.
Thousands of people shared videos of the incident on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend, tagging them “#JusticeForLucca,” and demanding that the officers be fired or prosecuted.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement Friday that the department would conduct a “thorough investigation” into the incident and said that Deputy Christopher Krickovich, one of the officers pictured in the video, had been placed on restricted duty.
In the affidavit, Krickovich said that he and his partner, Sgt. Greg LaCerra, responded to a call from a McDonald’s in Tamarac, Florida, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday after employees reported a large group of teenagers gathering for a fight outside the restaurant. He wrote that the McDonald’s was a popular after-school gathering place for students from a nearby high school and the scene of frequent fights — including an incident the day before that had caused damage to a bystander’s car.
Krickovich and LaCerra arrived after the fight had ended, per the affidavit. As they ordered the crowd of teens to disperse, they identified one of the perpetrators from Wednesday’s fight who had been warned not to trespass in the area again and took him into custody.
“While I was dealing with the male on the ground, I observed his phone slide to the right of me and then behind me. I observed a teen wearing a red tank top reach down and attempt to grab the male student’s phone,” Krickovich wrote.
When LaCerra ordered the other boy to stay back, he said, the teenager “took an aggressive stance” toward the officer and “bladed his body and began clenching his fists.”
LaCerra pepper-sprayed the teen in the face and forced him to the ground, Krickovich wrote. There were more than 200 students in the crowd, according to Krickovich, and this is when many of them started recording the incident on their phones.
Per the affidavit, the officers feared for their safety and worked to restrain the teenager on the ground in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. Krickovich said that he hit the 15-year-old with a closed fist on the right side of his head as “a distractionary technique” to get the teen to release his right hand from under his head. “This technique was successful and I was able to place him into handcuffs without further incident.”
Additional videos of the incident taken by other students surfaced on social media throughout the weekend.
The original video and others that emerged were shared across Twitter and Facebook on Saturday, with many calling for the officers in question to be fired or prosecuted for brutality.
In a preplanned meeting with black leaders Saturday, Broward County Sheriff Tony said that he was taking the investigation into the matter seriously but emphasized the importance of following the appropriate procedures.
“That’s the most electrifying and dangerous situation for a law enforcement administrator to handle. Any time a white deputy is involved in contact with using force on a black youth, this thing blows up,” he said. “How we handle that from an administrative standpoint has to be very tactful.”
“I’m not going to sit and try to brush anything under the table,” he said. “The facts are what they are.”
JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community’s history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him.
The 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history, and it gave the company president pause in the discussions about where to locate his firm’s newest facility. Local clergy and community leaders made their case that the town of 7,600 people is not defined by a murder that happened almost 21 years ago.
They were able to convince the executive “that we are a lot different than what the world sees us as,” said Eddie Hopkins, head of the Jasper Economic Development Corporation.
The town’s past will be revisited this coming week, when the convicted ringleader in Byrd’s slaying is scheduled to be executed. Local leaders insist Jasper is a welcoming place that punished Byrd’s killers and will never forget what happened to him. But other townspeople, as well as members of Byrd’s family, believe Jasper has never fully accepted the crime’s place in its history. They say some tensions between the white and black communities remain unresolved.
“I think, quite frankly, people in Jasper are tired of talking about it. They want to forget it,” said Mylinda Washington, 66, one of Byrd’s sisters. “It happened here, and we need to always have that in front of us.”
In the early morning hours of June 7, 1998, three white men beat Byrd after offering him a ride. They then chained the 49-year-old to the back of a truck and dragged his body for nearly 3 miles along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper. Byrd was alive for at least two miles before his body was ripped to pieces. Prosecutors said he was targeted because he was black.
John William King, 44, an avowed racist who orchestrated the attack, is slated to be put to death Wednesday. He will be the second man executed in the case. Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in 2011. The third participant, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.
Before Byrd’s death, the community about 140 miles northeast of Houston, near the Texas-Louisiana border, was known more for the timber industry and for tourism at nearby Sam Rayburn Lake.
Back in 1998, the city was “incredibly progressive” as it was led by an African American mayor and had other African Americans in local leadership positions, said Cassy Burleson, a researcher at Baylor University who has been studying Jasper since the dragging.
The current interim mayor, Gary Gatlin, recalled how community leaders of all races came together and helped the town heal. “It certainly doesn’t go away, and we certainly remember what happened,” Gatlin said.
But racial tension resurfaced after Jasper’s first black police chief was fired in 2012, and two of the three black city council members who hired the chief were ousted in a recall election. The recall effort was marred by racial slurs.
City council member Rashad Lewis, who is black, was 12 when Byrd was killed. He said the dragging death unearthed racial hostility in his hometown. He remembers classmates wearing Confederate belt buckles and shirts right after Byrd was killed.
When he moved back to Jasper several years ago, Lewis said he ran for office because of a lack of minority representation. He is the only African American on the five-member council, which runs a community that is more than half African American. About 34 percent of the African American population lives below the poverty line.
Lewis, 33, is now running against Gatlin, hoping to become the second African American mayor in Jasper history. The election is May 4.
“As long as we keep a blindfold to the incident, we will never be able to move forward,” he said.
During his mayoral campaign, Lewis said, he’s had at least one online racial slur directed at him.
One of Jasper’s religious leaders, the Rev. Ronald Foshage, acknowledges that there is some prejudice in the town. But he said “you are going to find that anywhere.”
“It’s not the majority of our people, and it’s not who we are,” Foshage said.
Lewis said he proposed an annual day to come together in honor of Byrd, but his idea was rejected. While a park was named for Byrd and a bench in his honor was placed outside the courthouse where two of his killers were tried, nothing in Jasper memorializes the dragging death itself.
Gatlin said Jasper has not minimized Byrd’s death but “we’ve just tried to move on.”
In the years since the dragging, Byrd’s relatives created the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing . Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, another of Byrd’s sisters, said her family still hopes to build a multicultural center and museum in Jasper to promote diversity and education.
Both sisters, who live in Houston, said they hope their brother’s death continues to spur people to combat hate, wherever it may occur.
“Hate has not gone away,” Washington said. “Every week in the news, we’re reminded of that.”
A Black corrections employee has settled her lawsuit with Multnomah County, Oregon for $100,000, following complaints about stress and racial harassment that she endured over a coworker’s “Blue Lives Matter” flag, and after she put up an “equity” wall herself.
Karimah Guion-Pledgure, who was a corrections technician with the county Department of Community Justice up until Friday, agreed to resign from her job as part of the settlement, although she will be able to reapply for other positions, her attorney Ashlee Albies told CNN.
Guion-Pledgure filed the lawsuit in January 2019, but noted that she and other Black coworkers had complained about a probation officer hanging the “Blue Lives Matter” flag in the workplace when it first went up in 2017.
In the lawsuit, Guion-Pledgure argued that the Blue Lives Matter flag “co-opts” the Black Lives Matter movement’s well-known slogan and “repurposes it to shift focus to law enforcement — a chosen profession, not a racial identity — and thus denigrates, dilutes, and demeans the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The complaint notes that Guion-Pledgure went to supervisors in late 2017 and early 2018 to complain about the flag, and also took it up to the Multnomah County chief operating officer in 2018.
By July 2018, Guion-Pledgure decided to build an “equity wall” in her workplace, showing photos of people of color killed by police in the U.S., as well as immigrant children separated from their parents at the border as a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
That same month, Guion-Pledgure took leave due to health issues that she said was a result of the harassment she faced. The lawsuit initially sought $20,000 in lost wages and $400,000 for emotional distress and suffering, CNN notes.
As part of the settlement, Guion-Pledgure will have to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, at which point the settlement will be filed with Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Chicago, IL — Jahkil Jackson, an 11-year old boy from Chicago, has already helped over 20,000 homeless people in his city by giving away ‘Blessing Bags’ through his organization Project I Am. At the young age of 8, he started helping people through small ways and he is up for bigger goals as he grows older.“Seeing people on the street made me really sad because I thought everybody had homes,” Jackson told Today.
Jackson was 5-years old when he first saw a homeless person. Since then, he asked his mother if they could buy houses for all homeless people. While it seemed to be a far-fetched idea for a young child, he made efforts to help them through the organization called Project I Am that he established when he was 8-years old.
Through the organization, he gave toiletries, food, and water stuffed in what he called ‘Blessing Bags’ to homeless people in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Virginia, and Idaho. His efforts are not limited nationally. He has also helped people internationally, including those orphans in Mbabane, Swaziland, volcano victims in Guatemala, and hurricane survivors in Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico.
“When I’m giving the bags to people it makes me feel like I’m getting one step closer to demolishing the whole homeless thing… and it makes me happy to see the smiles on their faces,” Jackson said.
Jackson, who was named a Youth Ambassador for one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations Heartland Alliance International in 2016, has also been acknowledged by former President Barack Obama as one of the three most influential people of 2017.
“To know that someone like him knows my name, and supports what I do encourages me to keep moving forward every day,” he said in an interview with Forbes.
Basketball superstar LeBron James has also recognized him and helped promote Project I Am. Jackson, who loves basketball as a fan and a player, dreams of having his own NBA team one day.
Moreover, Jackson continues to help more less-fortunate people in any way he possibly can.
“There’s way more homeless people in the world that I could help, that I need to help.
(NEWSER) – The Islamic State may be harvesting organs from living prisoners for profit, according to a Reuters exclusive. The news company obtained a copy of Fatwa Number 68, which provides a religious justification for organ harvesting. “The apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity,” the document states. “Organs that end the captive’s life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited.” “Apostates” could refer to anyone from captive Christians to Sunni or Shiite Muslims, Reuters reports. The document opens up the possibility the Islamic State is taking organs from prisoners—fatally if need be—and selling them.
The fatwa comes from the terrorist group’s Islamic scholars. Reuters notes their interpretation of Islam does not match that of the majority of Muslims. The document—which was created last January—was obtained by the US government in a special forces raid in May. This is the first time any of the documents from the raid have been made public. While there is currently no proof the Islamic State is trafficking human organs, Iraq has accused them of doing it in the past. An Iraqi ambassador is pressuring the UN to use the document as evidence against the Islamic State. Read the full story here. (Read more Islamic State stories.)
It seems vlike most of these church attack in the United States is not targeting a race like the media wants you to believe i believe these attacks that you are seeing here and abroad is an attack on the institution it self . People have proven to the world that has been watching christians for many years that they have failed and they are seeing the church is the enemy of that failor
A plainclothes officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with an armed man in Upper Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, the police said. The gunman was fatally shot.
The shooting occurred at about 4:30 p.m. inside a paid parking lot on Broadway near West 187th Street, in the Washington Heights neighborhood, the police said.
The officer, Justin Vartanian, 34, was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital with a wound under his right arm, the police said. He was expected to survive.
The gunman, Luis Leizado, 42, was hit in the chest and died a half-hour later at a nearby hospital, the police said. A black handgun was recovered from him. Early reports that there were two gunmen turned out to be false.
The incident began at 4:24 p.m. when a 911 caller reported that someone was firing a gun at the corner of Wadsworth Avenue and 187th Street, the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, said during a news conference at the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.
Moments later, two plainclothes officers from the 34th Precinct arrived in an unmarked car and spotted Mr. Leizado with a gun fleeing down 187th Street toward Broadway, Mr. O’Neill said.
Officer Vartanian got out of the car and chased the gunman on foot as he ran around the corner and into a parking lot on Broadway. The fleeing man hid behind a car at the back of the lot and fired three rounds, hitting the officer under his right arm. The wounded officer managed to fire back once.
“The amount of courage this police officer showed is quite unbelievable,” Mr. O’Neill said.
Then, the second officer, who has not been identified, barreled into the parking lot in the unmarked police car, jumped out and started firing from behind the driver’s side door, the commissioner said. He squeezed off three shots at the gunman. One of the gunman’s bullets went through the windshield of the police car where the driver sits.
“This was a fast, intense episode,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We saw, from the video we observed, a very, very dangerous situation unfold.”
The shootout was filmed by a security camera and by one of the officer’s body cameras, the police said.
Ahuva Kaplan, 25, who lives across the street from the scene, said she witnessed the events through her window. She saw a man hide behind a car and draw a gun. “They chased him into the parking lot,” she said. “Then I heard gunshots, about five.”
She said many more officers arrived over the next few minutes. “A loud speaker on a police car said, come out! Come out!” Mrs. Kaplan said. “They were trying to get him out and there was more fire. He was behind a car, hiding.”
On Thursday evening, dozens of officers combed through the parking lot, sandwiched between two buildings on the east side of Broadway, looking for evidence.
Jorge Ozuna, 65, said he was walking nearby when he heard shots ring out. “It came from inside a parking lot,” Mr. Ozuna said. “A lot of police officers came running with guns in their hands.”
A few minutes later, he said, the wounded officer was carried away by two other officers.
“He seemed alert, conscious,” Mr. Ozuna said. “He was touching his hurt arm.”
Father Ambiorix Rodriguez said he was preparing for Mass at the St. Elizabeth Church on Wadsworth Avenue and 187th Street when he began getting messages about the gunshots and the wounded officer.
“As soon as I heard I began praying for him,” he said. “We have had some shootings here recently.”
FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that happened at Jackson’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon.
At about 2:45 p.m., officers were called to Jackson’s Chapel, which is located in the 5600 block of Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick County, after a reported shooting. A funeral service was taking place at the time of the incident.
Deputies arrived to the scene and found out that two victims were suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds and, although both victims were taken to area hospitals, the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. They are, however, believed to be non-life threatening.
It was reported that the suspect fled the area prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, so detectives are currently on the scene attempting to determine suspect information. Although the suspect has not yet been located, the Sheriff’s Office does not believe that this was a random shooting.
Detectives believe that the shooting occurred after an altercation between individuals at the service.
Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the murder trial of a Gwinnett County woman accused of feeling hurt stepdaughter through a slow and agonizing starvation.
In 2013, Gwinnett County investigators found the charred body of 10-year-old Emani Moss stuffed inside at an apartment complex. Investigators say the girl weighed only 32 pounds at the time of her death.
Investigators say Emani’s stepmother, Tiffany Moss, and her dad, Eman Moss, are responsible for her brutal death.
In 2015, Eman Moss pleaded guilty to felony murder and cruelty to children, saying that he had made a “terrible mistake.” He’s now serving life without parole and is slated to testify against is estranged wife.
In 2015, Moss’ attorney says the father chose not to take Emani to the hospital in the weeks before she died because Tiffany had previously been arrested for beating Emani. His lawyer also claimed he was unaware of the abuse and starvation Emani endured– claiming Tiffany was responsible for taking care of his daughter while he was at work.
Moss was relatively quiet during the first day of jury selection at the Gwinnett County Courthouse, but did ask a few jurors about their ability to be impartial given the gruesome evidence jurors will hear in the case.
District Attorney Danny Porter and Judge George Hutchinson questioned every juror about their ability to impartially hear the evidence and potentially render a death sentence if Moss is convicted.
Tiffany Moss’ trial was scheduled for July of last year but was postponed while two lawyers from the state’s public defender system appealed to try to overturn a lower court’s decision allowing Moss to represent herself.
The Georgia Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, which means Moss will be able to act as her own lawyer.
If she is found guilty, it will be the first death sentence in the state of Georgia in more than five years. Judge Hutchinson indicated jury selection would take the rest of the week, with opening statements from prosecutors and the murder defendant next week.
(UPI) — More than 50 people were arrested for attempting to solicit children for sex or trafficking victims in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this month during the NCAA Final Four, authorities said.
Twenty-eight people were from trafficking situations during the operation, including one minor, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement Wednesday. The five-day sting netted 47 felony arrests for soliciting a minor or prostitutes under 16. Eleven people were arrested on probable cause for sex trafficking.
“This operation is an example of the aggressive steps necessary to stop traffickers and johns who buy and sell people for sex in our communities,” BCA Supt. Drew Evans said.
Officials said undercover agents posed as minors or sex buyers on social media platforms and arranged a meeting place.
“While the eyes of the basketball world were focused on the court at the U.S. Bank Stadium, some were attempting to hide in the shadows of our great community, trafficking and exploiting women and girls, inflicting unimaginable physical and emotional harm, and profiting from pain,” St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said.
Several victims advocate organizations including Alexandria House, Breaking Free and The Linkhave helped the women who were rescued.
A similar sting operation was done in January and February for the Super Bowl in Atlanta. Police there arrested 169 people over an 11-day period.
READING, Pa. – The raid of a rooming house in Reading last month has led to the indictments of eight alleged gang members on federal sex trafficking charges.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia filed the indictment Thursday, accusing the eight suspects of trafficking women and girls by “force and manipulation.”
“We are thankful that the Grand Jury returned this indictment to get these people off the streets of this city,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “Sex trafficking, especially of minor children, is a pervasive problem that demands an aggressive response. We stand ready with our federal and local law enforcement partners to identify and dismantle gangs that perpetuate this abuse.”
The suspects were identified by federal authorities as Shaquile W. Newson, Alexander M. Malave, Karvarise E. Person, Bryanna C. Concepcion, Fatiema Bivens, Savion Garcia, Isaiah Rowe, and Michael Diaz-Walker.
Authorities said they conspired to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, and maintain by any means females to engage in commercial sex acts. Some of the victims, they said, were under the age of 18.
The suspects’ arrests come nearly a month after a team of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, armed with search warrants, converged on a rooming house on South Fourth Street, going room to room as part of their investigation.
The rooming house served as the headquarters for the eight suspects and their violent gang, known as the Sevens, according to federal prosecutors.
The gang’s name, officials said, is derived from the word “loyalty,” which also has seven letters. The Sevens gang, they said, is formed by members of other gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings.
Officials identified Newson, aka “Raw” and “San,” and Malave, aka “Buju” and “Ace,” as the Sevens’ co-founders. Newson gave orders and sanctioned and approved all gang members’ activities; Malave, also a member of the Bloods, ensured that gang rules were followed and resorted to violence when they were not, according to the indictment.
Person, aka “Crazy K,” “Killa,” and “K,” and Concepcion, aka “Bree,” were generals in the gang, officials said. Both worked to recruit women to engage in sexual encounters, with Person helping to determine what rates to charge and Concepcion posting advertisements for paid encounters and training the girls and women to engage in them for money, according to the indictment.
Garcia, aka “Quiet,” and Rowe, aka “Izzy,” served as guards of the rooming house and enforcers in the gang, authorities said. They were tasked with controlling access to and maintaining physical security for the rooming house, including watching for police activity on the block, ensuring that the women and girls did not flee the building, and recruiting women and girls to work as prostitutes, according to the indictment.
Bivens was “a money maker” who engaged in sexual encounters for money and forced, or attempted to force, other females to engage in sexual encounters for money, according to the indictment.
Diaz-Walker, aka “Big Mike,” assisted in posting advertisements for paid sexual encounters, took photos of the females for use in those ads, and drove the females to the locations of the encounters, according to the indictment.
The suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, and in sex trafficking of minors.
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Ernst Cherizard, 38, also shot and killed 23-year-old Eli Junia Normil and her aunt Nicole Guillume, 48, according to a Haines City Police Department news release.
The deadly shooting occurred before 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Ridge Apartment Complex. Two relatives of one of the victims arrived at the apartment complex to check on them, and Cherizard told them that she was not there, police said.
One of the relatives returned and got into a confrontation with Cherizard, who fatally shot her, reports KENS5.
Cherizard reportedly drove off in a burgundy 211 Nissan Altima with Florida tag GZN C82. The car was spotted passing the Boyton Beach, Florida, toll plaza just after midnight Saturday.
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In the wake of the defeat, racially abusive messages were posted on social media site Twitter from a series of anonymous accounts about England international Young, labelling him a “f****** n*****” and an “ape c***”.
Anti-racism group Kick It Out issued a statement to highlight the abuse to Twitter, and called on the social media giants to “take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination” across the social media network.
“Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game,” the Kick It Out Twitter account posted on Tuesday night.
“Again, we’re left asking @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”
Young started the second leg in Barcelona at left-back in the absence of the suspended Luke Shaw and found himself targeted by Lionel Messi, who prospered from United’s defensive troubles by scoring twice in the first half.
But the match has been overshadowed by this latest incident of abuse, which follows a series of issues across England as well as racist chanting aimed as England internationals including Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier victory over Montenegro last March.
Tennessee state legislators want to add a new trick to its Jim Crow voter suppression playbook that could rival Georgia’s racist efforts that most recently proved successful during last year’s pivotal midterm elections.
In a 71-26 party-line vote, the state’s House approved a measure on Monday that would create restrictions on groups that hold voter registration drives and subject them to potential jail time and fines, the Tennessean reported. The bill is now winding its way through the state Senate.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett claimed the law seeks to preserve the integrity of the election process. But opponents said they believe it was created to target African-Americans after there was a surge in Black voter registration in 2018.
“(This bill) discourages people from volunteering in the Volunteer State,” said Tequila Johnson, co-founder of the Equity Alliance, one of several voter advocacy groups that protested the bill on Monday.
The legislation would put up roadblocks that would discourage traditional voter registration efforts at churches and other places.
“An organization registering 100 or more people would have to: provide the county elections coordinator with contact information for the people conducting the drive, notify the coordinator about where the drive is being held, complete voter registration training through the elections coordinator and file a sworn statement stating it’ll abide by all voter registration laws and procedures,” according to CNN.
Failure to comply could result in a criminal penalty.
Under another provision, individuals or organizations that submit 100 to 500 “deficient” voter registration applications could receive a fine ranging from $150 to $2,000. Submitting more than 500 “deficient” forms could result in a fine of up to $10,000.
In March, The House Oversight and Reform Committee asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kempand his secretary of state successor Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, to turn over documents related to the elections.
Kemp as Georgia secretary of state oversaw his own race for governor, which was close but ended in defeat for Stacey Abrams. There was damning evidence that pointed to Kemp using a variety of voter suppression tactics to target Black voters in particular. Abrams was competing to become the nation’s first Black woman governor.
Kemp found himself in the middle of a firestorm before Election Day when the Associated Press reported his office had placed more than 53,000 voter registration applications on hold—about 70 percent of them from African-Americans. He also faced multiple lawsuits, including one from a group of voting rights organizations accusing him of using a racially-biased method to purge the names of about 700,000 voters from the rolls. And on Election Day, predominantly African-American urban districts encountered lots of problems at the polls.
Some academics joined activists in criticizing Tennessee’s suppression effort.
New York, NY — Trellis Robinson, a 43-year old MTA bus driver, suffered from injuries after a man attacked her and threw urine in her face while she was at a bus stop loading up passengers. The incident is just one of many recently reported attacks on bus operators in the New York City area.Robinson was driving a BX2 route last Friday and was stopped at 138th Street and Grand Concourse when a man on the sidewalk suddenly threw a liquid — believed to be urine — on her face.
“I made the right turn to load up my passengers, as they loaded I close the door and I as I proceeded to turn my head to look in the mirror to pull out of the bus stop he was at my window,” Robinson told NBC 4 New York.
Robinson said the shocking incident has been traumatic for her.
“It literally went all in my face my hair, it dripped all down the left side of my body, it went inside my shirt. All around my neck,” Robinson said.
Earlier that day, another female bus conductor was punched in the face and splashed with urine at Brooklyn Avenue Station before the suspect fled.
Both women were treated at a local hospital after suffering from pain, nausea, and redness and burning sensation around the eyes.
Oneshia Portlette-Shade, chairwoman of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, said the attack was a part of a growing problem. In other incidents, bus drivers have been spit on, thrown with bleach, and even stabbed.
“These senseless attacks are disgusting and disgraceful,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford said. “I’ve asked NYPD to step up patrols in response to the subway incident in addition to our prior request to increase police presence on buses, and we will do whatever we can to help NYPD identify the perpetrator or perpetrators including sharing any video surveillance that may exist.”
No one has been arrested yet in connection to the attack. An investigation is ongoing and the police are still looking for the suspect, who was described as “a black male, about 5-feet-7 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, wearing a Navy sweatshirt with a hood, khaki pants and red sneakers.”
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police homicide investigators continue to try to solve an apparent drive-by shooting that left two sisters dead and 2 other people hospitalized in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Juan Perez, the Director of Miami-Dade Police, is calling this case a top priority and stopped by the CBS4 live truck at the crime scene late Monday afternoon to make a public appeal for the community to come forward.
Perez told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I have two daughters of my own. This case is of ultimate importance and I can’t imagine the mother and father’s grief knowing that their daughters lost their lives for nothing being caught up in a crossfire. I can’t even imagine what they are going through and the grief they share. So that’s why I am out here appealing to the community and asking for help. I wanted to spark up some interest in this and I am so grateful that you are here doing this story. Because anytime we accept the horrific gun violence this can be the result and so I am asking that people come forward.”
Just hours before Perez spoke, a Stop the Violence truck drove by the crime scene repeatedly with a flashing message appealing for the public’s help in this case.
Police say Stephanie Telusme, 27, and her 23-year-old sister, Joanna, were shot and killed near Northwest 19 Avenue and 60 Street early Sunday morning.
Their family says they were visiting a friend before they went out for the night.
“They weren’t even the ones who were targeted. They were innocent bystanders, according to their cousin Terry Silien. “It’s just a sad unfortunate situation right now that my family has to go through and have to bury two young ladies,” he continued.
“They were just out to enjoy a Saturday night and this happened,” he said. “They were here to visit friends.”
Two other shooting victims, Robert Allen, 30 and Jennifer Charles, 24, were also shot and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition, Miami-Dade police say.
Officers responded immediately after receiving a ShotSpotter signal around 1:30am Sunday. When police attempted to stop a vehicle leaving the area, the driver refused to stop, and soon after, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Police set up a perimeter and three men were detained and questioned, however, two were released and the third was arrested for an unrelated possession of marijuana charge.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. The motive is still unknown.
Kentucky: A black Army soldier was attack during her drive to work at fort knox . The female Army soldier was driving along when she notice an old white woman was yelling out the her window calling this woman all sorts of racist names. The white ekderly woman follow the 32 year old Army service woman to what looks like a gas station. When they both came to a complete stop at the gas station or strip mall the white woman charged her car opened up the passenger side of the car and tried to pull the black Army service woman out of her own car while scream racial words to this woman.
Kai Waters, 33 is a decorated Army veteran who serve many tours in Iraq and Afganistan. Im mean this woman was loaded with metals for someone so young. When she got out of the car she was armed with a knife to perfect herself. A knife that was given to her as reward from the U.S. Army and she stabbed the woman on the leg. Then she called 911.
When the cops came they was still going at it . The cops did not even try to find out who called 911 and who was the perpetrator they just grab the blackwoman who was in full dress uniform and arrested her. Here is her mug shot1!!!
The judge restricted her to the base when she had a home off base . This highly decorate Army woman did not stand a chance!!!But there is a problem and i know she will get off . She was charged with felony assault and that could have landed her in jail for at least a year and half.
But there is new news coming out for Kai Waters that news is that she one of those self hatting Negro’s that caught up in a racially base road rage. talk about irony !!!! During my research of this story i found out the Kai Waters have a bad habbit of hatting on her on race and uplifting our oppressors in this county. Look at this video.
At this time Kai Waters is fighting for her carrier and lively hood in the military. I used to be in the Navy the military don’t take kindly to of base problems that have felony connected to it. She might get of she might not but after seeing this video and how she us black victimization to her advantage when it suite her. Mind you the white woman she was fighting claimed up into her white privilege . And the cops just took her. Now everthing she has ever worked for after getting that knife from the military is hanging at the balance.:
MEMPHIS, TN : Latoshia Daniels The woman who accused of shooting a pastor is pleading not guilt of shooting the pastier and his wife just after traveling state to state and going to the pastor house where his wife was also there and shooting his wife and the pastor a few times in the head and chest. The wife live and survived with minor injures but the pastor did not survive the encounter.
There are report that Latoshia Daniels claim that the wife had the gun she took it away and she shot both of them in self defense. Ms Daniels retained a high profile lawyer to defend her in her case. The family seemed have reached out to the lawyer and retained his services for this high profile case.
There are reports that Ms Daniels came to the pastord home and shot both of them while screaming “you broke my heart”!!!
Personally, How ever this case comes out the pastor ( Brodes Perry ) was cheating on his wife and caused all of this to happen. There is a Hugh legacy with black pastors cheating on there wife with the members of there congregation. Pastors should be placing a standard of conduct for all of his followers to follow. It don’t seem like the case in the the 21 century and with this case. More and more pastors are getting caught up in these domestic disputes to much now adays. From past reports of pastors cheating on there spouse results in to many shoot outs from the pastor or the one the pastor is cheating on or there mates.
You have to really start to ask yourself are these pastors really pastors or are there pimps with a harem in the churches . Because, in the black community mostly all black churches are load with mostly women in the congregation.
This is a sad story where a family have to dig up there son Kendrick Johnson ,not once ,not twice but three time to find out what happened there loved . Kendrick Johson is the young man that was killed at his school when people found this man upside down in a gym mat. I do believe that this young man organs where missing to !!! The family of Kendrick Johnson is look for answers and at this time the family have got enough evidence that Kendrick did not kill himself and the family is headed to court.
Let me say that these state medical examiners are corrupt to the core. They cannot be trusted at all if the family have to continue digging up there love one to answers to there death. I do believe that the family of Kendick Johnson should go after the other two medical examiners jobs if they find out who kid there kid.
There is a mass cover up concerning this case and the police and the FBI have front row seats to the mayhem. There is reports that Kendrick Johnson might have been killed by a kid at his school that haves a father the works for the FBI.It seems there is always a kid that have a family member in important rolls in law enforcement or Government that thinks that they are above the law. I do not have the name of the suspect that the family of Kendrick that the suspect father is an important person to the Federal Bureau of Investigations though.
With that in mind this case is going to be a hard fight for the family of Kendrick Johnson because what is happening in America today when it come to the killing of young black men who are poor. It will a long up hill battle for the family and the family deserves justice for there child.
It seems like there is corruption every where when i comes to cases like this. First the medical examiner, then the police and the FBI ,what is next the judge!!! Well we are going to find out. I find it amazing that its been about 7 years and this family have not receive no form of justice for there son.
There is also reports that Kendrick Johnson was struck by some form of blount object like a dumb bell and who ever struck the young man with the dumb bell had help and told the other person not to say anything.
It is amazing how they came from Kendrick Johnson was looking for his shoe and fell upside down in the mat and died that way too someone hit the young man with a blunt object and rapped him in that mat.
When i first heard of this story i always knew this story was not on the up and up . No one just falls in a mat and dies . But we will find out who killed him soon enough because the family is going to court and finally after all these years they have enough evidence to do so.
KENDRICK JOHNSON MOTHER Talks being THREATEN & HARASSED! (Full Video Exclusive)
bloody chicago is out of control what in the heck can we do with this problem because if we don’t do something this virus in Chicago will spread you think you have crime in your area let this madness spread threw other cities in America and you will feel like you are in a 3 world country
This man done did someything that has not been seen since the sixties when he decided to burn down 3 black churches by himself in 10 days. You can’t get no closer to the African American history than that. This man is pure evil to do such a thing and we at Redzonenews.Net can no way pass up this kind of story.
Holden Mathews , a son of a law enforcement officer purposely and satanically in all it forms burned down three place of worship. Now the police is trying to tell the public that the reason Holden Matthews targeted these churches is because the heavy music he listened to that talked about burning churches down to the grown
These people think people are stupid!!! Holden Mathews targeted these churches and plan his attack based on racial motivations.Authorities also said they took there time on this case because of the racial implications but people should refuse to believe that this man burned down these church other than hatred for black people and there place of worship.
It is not clear if Holden Matthews is a member of any fascist group and that this was just the work of a single individual. Report say that Holden’s father turned him in and now this man is facing 15 years in prison for his crimes.
The father of this young man was shocked and broken hearted when he found out what his son did and it is a shame a father have to see his son become a criminal and have the feeling that he have failed his son.
The young lady you see above body was just found in a vacant lot in Mt. Airy Forest. Her body was in that vacant lot for almost 4 months before they found her. It is said that the young ladies boy friend had something to do with it and at this time he is on trial for murder. Her boyfriend had an accomplice that help Nickeisha Holloman, 23 boy friend to murder this beautiful young girl.
Nickeisha Holloman family has been looking for her for 4 months. Report says the family thought the police was playing around when she was reportedly missing.There is no motive at this time why this beautiful young queen was murder for. But it is a chance that this young lady was hanging with the wrong crowd , kind of like what happened to Kaneeka Jenkins up there in Chicago where this young lady was raped and stuff in a hotel freezer.
These young black ladies even the older ladies have a thing for thugs and this is the end result of that bad boy affection. This kind of thing is getting more prevalent in the black community where these young girls are hooking up with these bad boys because they think that fast life with guns and drugs as well as parting is the place to be. Where this kind of mind set is promoted among rap artist all over the united states. That is why these black women are attracted to this sort of men .Not knowing that just because you have a bull dog on your side and that bull dog looks good and good to have around don’t mean that dog won’t turn on you!!! This happening more and more in the black community where you can’t trust your man or woman at all
Iam so sorry to make this kind of report on redzone but it haves to be made!!! Because these thug men are now killing woman. Who ever heard of such a thing!!! But these cats have no limits and they live on the edge every day of there life but that is no excuse to murder a woman. It seems just back slapping your girl when she gets out of line is going by the waist side with the times now brothers are just shooting these women.
The families of Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, were searching for both New Yorkers who went missing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic late last month.
The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic on March 23 and was scheduled to return home four days later.
National Police spokesman Col. Frank Felix Durán Mejia said investigators met Monday night and were expected to release information about the case, CNN reported. But there was no timetable for when they would discuss the status of the case.
This comes against the backdrop of President Donald Trump weighing in Monday on the white American tourist who was released by her kidnappers in Uganda over the weekend. The president urged the Ugandan government to find her abductors. As of late Tuesday morning, he hadn’t made a public statement about the missing couple.
Investigators said what happened to the couple after they checked out of their hotel in Samana is a mystery. They failed to board their flight back to the United States, and there’s no record of them returning back home.
Moore’s sister, Lashay Turner, said her brother has a daughter and he would never just run off without a trace, according to WNBC-TV.
“I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m saddened, my family is saddened by this and we just want my brother to return safe and alive,” said Turner who contacted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic before filing a police report when her brother became missing.
Turner recalled that she spoke with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who confirmed to her that the couple did not get on their return flight. The agency declined to speak publicly on the case, WNBC said. However, the U.S. Department of State said it was working with Dominican Republic authorities to locate the missing couple.
“When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts and share information with families however we can,” the State Department said. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to U.S. citizens in need and to their families.”
Meanwhile, the family was sending up prayers for the couple’s safe return.
“When these things happen, you always think of the worst, but we are hoping for the best,” Edith Walters, Moore’s grandmother, said.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — “She’s still on a ventilator and in a coma, but she’s making big progress.”
Into the living room of a home on Byron Street in Henrico last Thursday afternoon, came a bullet which shattered the window and hit young Kemiyah Edwards in her head.
“The bullet came through the widow and hit her near the temple,” said her aunt Monday, asking that I not identify her.
Crime Insider sources tell me her grandmother loaded the five-year-old Glen Lea kindergartner into a car and stopped for help at the Oak Hill Shopping Plaza a few blocks away.
From there she was rushed to VCU Medical Center, where she is now in critical but stable condition.
“Besides prayers we have a GoFundMe set up so she can have what she needs when she comes home,” said her aunt.
Kemiyah is the only girl on both sides of her family. Her aunt credits the child’s stubborn, independent spirit with a splash of tomboy for her miraculous survival. “She is very sassy, a ball of joy to be around,” she said. “Loves trolls and Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins.”
Crime Insider sources tell me investigators don’t believe the shooting was random.
Family members say they don’t know who pulled the trigger, but that whoever did should be ashamed of endangering a lot of young and innocent lives.
The investigation is ongoing Kemiyah’s family praying for her recovery and the gunman’s arrest. “We encourage anyone that knows something to call police,” said the little girl’s aunt. “If this was your daughter, granddaughter, cousin or niece, you would want someone to come forward and say something.”
The first sentence of this story should read: “A Virginia police officer is under fire after he was captured on video insinuating that he can’t wait to subject a group of black middle school children to the horrors of the criminal justice system.”
But that would not be true.
In fact, the Richmond, Va., police officer-turned macabre soothsayer is most assuredly not under fire. The second paragraph of a story like this would usually reveal the officer’s name and explain how the police department disciplined the obviously biased officer, but don’t worry, the officer is perfectly fine. He is protected. Absolutely nothing has changed.Outstream Video00:0000:00
According to NBC News, the Richmond Police Department launched an internal investigation after 13-year-old Cameron Hillard, a student at Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond, Va., shared a clip of a police officer yelling out his cruiser window to a group of students.
In the video posted to Facebook, the students are walking to an afterschool activity when the cop, whom the Richmond Police Department confirmed was white, pulled up in front of the students.
“Someone said a curse word … like ‘F-the police.’” Cameron said. “It wasn’t me and my friends but he didn’t know who said it so he asked who said it.
“Even if we did say that, that’s our choice of words,” someone apparently smarter than the unnamed cop says in the video. Another person says “Yes sir,” which prompts the officer to reveal his hopes and dreams to the teens.
“Wait till your asses turn 18,” yells the officer. “Then you’re mine!”
And then, having fulfilled his civic duty of protecting and serving, he drove off.
In a statement, Richmond Police Interim Chief William C. Smith apologized to the students and said that the department launched an internal investigation into the incident after they were made aware of the video. When law enforcement officials concluded the investigation, they punished the officer harshly by assigning him to another part of the city and … well, that’s it.
“His actions do not reflect the values, training, or policies of the department,” said Smith of the officer whose name was withheld. “While these facts don’t minimize the incident, they do give you the totality of the person.”
Of course they don’t. There are a lot of things we don’t know about the anonymous ass-claimer. No one knows if he