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.
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.
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.
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
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 – 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.
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.
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.:
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)
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 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 wears boxers or briefs. The short video also does not indicate whether or not he likes Brussels sprouts. Perhaps he was playing an augmented reality game on his phone, attempting to catch the elusive and rare Negro Pokemon.
However, the footage does show that there’s an officer who works for the Richmond Police Department who can barely wait for the day when he can subject black children to his ill intent. Of course, it is possible that the policeman was only referring to those specific children, in which case, it totally makes sense to just send him to the other side of town. Richmond is only 48.2 percent black, so I’m sure no other children are in danger.
On a positive note, the officer finally answered a question that has gone unanswered for decades.
Now we know: A dream deferred does not dry up like a raisin in the sun. Neither does it fester like a sore—and then run. However, it does stink like rotten meat … But only until our children black asses turns 18.
Unless, of course, someone like this officer in the Richmond Police Department with a gun, badge and the full authority of the law just “can’t wait.”
Detroit, MI — The family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year old girl shot and killed by a Detroit police officer, has received an $8.25 million settlement almost 9 years after the tragic incident. The settlement was finalized just days prior to the scheduled civil trial.On an early Sunday morning of May 2010, Aiyana was sleeping on a couch beside her grandmother, Mertilla Jones, when police officers suddenly entered the home in search for a murder suspect. The raid apparently went wrong as Aiyana got shot in the head after a short altercation between her grandmother and officer Joseph Weekley.
The officer claimed what happened was an accident and his gun discharged as he was struggling with Aiyana’s grandmother.
The incident was captured by a film crew for The First 48, a documentary series that shows real-life scenes in a homicide investigation. It was reportedly used as evidence in the lengthy investigation and two trials in connection to Aiyana’s death.
Weekley was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter, which was dismissed during the second trial in 2014. He was even allowed to return to the police force in 2015.
Geoffrey Fieger, the family’s lawyer, confirmed the settlement could help the family move on but it “won’t provide full justice. The only full justice would be to bring Aiyana back and I can’t do that.”
Meanwhile, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said in a statement, “Aiyana’s death was a tragic loss for her family and has been a heavy burden on our community. We believe today’s settlement is fair because it balances the needs of Aiyana’s family and our responsibility for the city’s finances. We hope this resolution will provide everyone involved with a measure of closure.”
ATLANTA — Three historically black churches have burned in less than two weeks in one south Louisiana parish, where officials said they had found “suspicious elements” in each case. The officials have not ruled out the possibility of arson, or the possibility that the fires are related.
“There is clearly something happening in this community,” State Fire Marshal H. Browning said in a statement on Thursday. “That is why it is imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is.”
The three fires occurred on March 26, April 2 and April 4 in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette. A fourth fire, a small blaze that officials said was “intentionally set,” was reported on Sunday at a predominantly black church in Caddo Parish, about a three-hour drive north.
“But just as we haven’t connected the three in St. Landry, we haven’t connected the one in Caddo,” said Ashley Rodrigue, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, on Friday.
Local officials said that they were still investigating the fires, and did not say if they knew of any suspects, a motive, or whether racism was an element.
“There certainly is a commonality, and whether that leads to a person or persons or groups, we just don’t know,” Mr. Browning said at a news conference on Thursday.
The F.B.I. and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are involved in the investigation, said Jeff Nowakowski, a spokesman for the A.T.F.’s New Orleans field division.
The Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, La., was driving to work on Thursday morning at around 4:45 a.m. when his wife called him to say she had seen on social media that their church was ablaze.
Mr. Toussaint was aware of the two other fires that had been set at nearby houses of worship, St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas. He rushed to the scene
The church, which was founded in the 19th century, had undergone extensive remodeling two years ago. Now it is nearly gone, he said, except for a brick wall and corridor in the front.
“I’m trying to find out who did it, why they did it, did it have anything to do with me,” said Mr. Toussaint, who drives trucks for a living. “I don’t know none of this.”
He also said he did not want to speculate, for fear of angering potential arsonists, or prompting copycat crimes.
St. Landry Parish is a rural area studded with crawfish ponds and bayous in the heart of Cajun and Creole country. It is 56 percent white and 41 percent black. Mr. Toussaint said that relations were generally good between black and white residents.
Since the 1950s, black churches across the South have been the targets of numerous racist attacks, from arson to bombing to armed assault. In 2015, a white supremacist shot and killed nine people at a Bible study at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C.
In 2006, a string of arsons at Alabama churches, some predominantly white, some predominantly black, proved to be the work of three college students that officials characterized as a “joke” that had spun out of control.
Last month, a black member of a predominantly black congregation, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss., pleaded guilty to burning his church. The church was spray-painted with the words “Vote Trump” in an effort to make the attack seem politically motivated, a Mississippi official said.
he former New York Knicks star is the target of an NYPD investigation after a woman came forward and accused him of rape.
The woman claims Kristaps Porzingis invited her to his Manhattan penthouse in early February (reportedly just hours after he tore his ACL in a game at the Garden against the Bucks) and held her down and raped her.
The alleged victim told authorities that Porzingis pinned her down on a bed in his guest room, penetrated her and then got violent. The woman also told cops he hit her in the face several times, spit on her, called her “my bitch” and “my slave” and said he owned her.
The woman, who’s in her 20’s, reported the rape to police Thursday.
The accuser reportedly told cops Porzingis promised to give her $68,000 in hush money to pay for her brother’s college tuition, but then reneged … which is why she waited to report the alleged sexual assault.
Porzingis was traded by the Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks in February. Mavs owner Mark Cuban says the team has been instructed by federal authorities not to comment on the rape allegation.
Taemon Blair reportedly died by suicide on March 16, according to police in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, his grieving family is refuting those claims and believes someone lynched the father-to-be.
“We just want him to get justice. That’s all we want. We just want to find out exactly if somebody did it who did it and why, and we want to open it back up to see,” Dee Smith, Blair’s older brother, said to FOX 46 Charlotte, where Blair lived.
Blair’s death has received little media attention from prominent celebrities and activists, except for rapper T.I. posting about his mysterious passing on his Instagram page Tuesday.
Blavity reached out to Fort Wayne police to inquire about the case and was told, “Until the investigation is complete, the police department is not authorized to provide any further information regarding Taemon’s death.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Smith, who penned an emotional plea for assistance in his brother’s funeral costs.
“All of our lives we’ve had to struggle. In and out of foster homes, and group homes. Taemon went through a rough patch in his life. He went to jail for a year. When he got out he promised to change his life. He went and got his diploma. He had straight A’s in HS. He has always been on the A honor roll. My brother finally got his life on track!”
Per Smith, Blair’s colleague found him hanging from his neck in the back of his delivery truck. Initially, the unidentified witness believed the driver committed suicide, which is the same conclusion the Allen Country Coroner’s Office came to in a brief and vague statement released Thursday about Blair’s passing.
“The Cause of Death is Asphyxia due to Hanging, and the Manner of death is suicide,” deputy coroner Christopher Meihls wrote.
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Smith is having trouble accepting that outcome and discussed his family’s theories on the GoFundMe page, as well.
“But something in my heart told me that he didn’t commit suicide. He was 6’5, I thought to myself, how could he hang himself inside of a truck when he’s so tall,” Smith argued.
Blair’s passing has sparked the hashtag #JusticeforTaemon, with many on Twitter coming together to seek the truth in this probe.
A mother from Akron applied for her kids to go to school that was not in her district in 2011 was convicted on felony charges for lying about living in a district that her and her kids did not have residents in. I remember this because when i was young my mother sent me to a school where it was mostly white kids.At the time i was in grade school she did the same thing this woman did almost and she did not get in no trouble,but this woman did.
Her name is “I felt that the sentence was draconian and really, the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, it’s such a microcosm of everything that is wrong with America when it comes to access to educational quality, when it comes to economic inequality and when it comes to inequality in the criminal justice system,” Syracuse University Professor Boyce Watkins said at that time. r at the time she was homeless and wanted a better life for her two girls. It is total madness that in America you can’t send your kid to a better school then the one that is in your area. I mean , it is not High School or college. She just want her kids to get a good start in life and want to be a good mother and give them a future
It is sad that white people have no problems getting there kids in good school but this country is going to hand this woman a felony charge for the very same thing white people do!!
Because she lied she will have to serve ten days in jail and 80 days of community service for her action in 2011. On top of that William – Bolar was perusing her decree in teaching. This will no doubt her her chances on getting a teaching job as a teacher.
They hired a private investigator to track William-Bolar down where she had to pay 30,000 dollars in back tuition . When they come after you they come after you hard .
When white people get jammed up like this and get caught for sending there kid to a school they are not suppose to be in the Law gives them time to remove there kids from the school. In the case of black people this is not the case you are handed a felony charge that will sticjk with you where ever you go. To every application you ever sign for a job and destroy your credibility. Basically you are still in prison with out the bars until you have no choice to do something stupid and go to prison
“I felt that the sentence was draconian and really, the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, it’s such a microcosm of everything that is wrong with America when it comes to access to educational quality, when it comes to economic inequality and when it comes to inequality in the criminal justice system,” Syracuse University Professor Boyce Watkins said at that time.
Its seem that Amber Guyger had a court date today . That no one knew about, This meet is just a assessment for miss Guyger’s defense . Also the judge would like to communicate with the defendant and see if there lawyer was talk to the defendant;
This part of the court room is a time that most people do not know about. Where the Lawyer can talk to there defendant about evidence and a game plan for the upcoming Trial that will take place on Aug 12.
Amber Guyger is the former police officer that shot a man in his own apartment after she thought that Botham Jean was an intruder in her apartment that was one floor above Botham Jeans apartment.
After Botham Jean was shot Botham Jean can be heard screaming out “why did you do that”. Meaning, why did you shoot me? Just before he died. The particle video of the indecent was caught on camera by a bystander at the housing complex.
Now , The former officer is in the fight for her life but she looks confident going in the court room today.
The world have to come to grips that this cop might get off. You know why i say that? It because this woman could have made that mistake thinking that Botham Jean was in her apartment. It’s true they have been seen with each other in pictures that the news displayed to further criminalize and and radicalize this case. My thought’s are that the former office had a hard day at work and was not pay attention what floor she was on and made a mistake. Because there was report that the door was already open when she got there.Or this woman is just stupid and made a deadly mistake. But , what flame the whole thing was not the shooting itself, But the reason why police went in Botham Jean home looking for drugs witch bang on suspicions of a cover up. But with further review of this case and looking at all the facts.In my unqualified opinion it was a devastating mistake.
In the time that we are having in the united state with all the racism every little or even large story can and will be transformed in some kid of racist ploy by the public and the media to inflame America even more into madness and hate and fear.
Amber Guyger is going to get off but the family can go after the police dept who employed in my Amber Guyger for wrongful death and can sue the department this will be logical move for the family. That if the killing Bathom Jean was not intentional and the defense can prove this.
in Concussion: African American’s as a race can no longer have the conclusion that every case of a police officer shooting a black man had racial intent accident happen and we as a people have to give this possibility in every case when it come to the police. We are all human and we make mistakes what we have to do is learn from our mistakes and work to lean on solving mistakes that happens in this crazy world we live in.
A Columbus Police officer named Andrew Mitchell who is 55 years old, Been on the force about 30 years and a veteran of the Ohio Police Department, was arrested by the FED”s on Monday.Department of Justice said that Mitchell kidnapped serval women under the banner of arrest before forcing them to have sex with him in exchange for them to be set free.
Mitchell, who was place on desk duty in september after being under the investigation for the fatal shooting of a 23 year old Donna Castle Berry, a mother of two Mitchell in the process of shooting Mis Castleberry manage to stab her to death with unissues to the police like a knife
Report say that Castleberry had a knife as well so the cop did not have the knife he took it away from his attacker.
Maine: I thought before you get into a police cruiser they are suppose to frisk you that is standard before you are hand cuffed for a crime . These cops now a days are let criminals in there car with out a pat down or hand cuffs that is very dangerous on there side of things. Unless the cops in Columbus want something to happen!!!!!
Reports also says that this cops rental properties have been link to over 600 calls to police since 2013 His arrest was first reported by WBNS.
Maine: What kind of cop is this ? To have over over 600 hundred calls to your properties it smells of domestic violence and the police covered it up for some reason. Totally unprofessional if you ask me!!! Why was this man on the force for so long if this many calls was link to his properties?
Mitchell , was a detective assigned to a vice unit in march of 2017 after joining the force in 1988,Mitchell have’s extra police protection since being place on leave.He was indicted last week on three counts of depriving individuals of their civil rights under the flag of law and two counts of witness tampering.along with a single charge of obstruction of justice.His indictments was made public Monday.
According to WBNS, Mitchell have arrested at least 200 women over the last two years while he was a detective for the city’s Vice Unit.A woman came out and said she was charged after refusing to have sex with him. He also lied while being questioned by FBI.
The FBI got personal and asked Mitchell did he have sex with prostitutes and he lied to the FBI
Maine: This man is sick i do not know how he have a job any where much less the Columbus Police Department!!! And i question him on the killing of Donna Castleberry. You mean this woman was in your car , you did not frisk her or put hand cuffs on her before you put her in the car with you? On top of that Donna Castlebery manage to hide a knife to kill a police officer ,really? Something is extremely fishy here!!!
Of hundreds of arrests,Mitchell victimizes at least three women, Trading sex for there freedom.
As the district atorney process for a grand jury at this trial Donna family is in pain said Bobbi McCalla, Donna’s sister. “It will be seven if it goes into April since my sister was killed. I think we are due answers.”
“It’s been hell,” said Donna’s mother Michelle Dalton. “It’s still sad, it’s still really sad.
(CNN)The police officer who fatally shot 12-year-oldTamir Rice in Cleveland four years ago was recently hired by a police department in eastern Ohio, CNN affiliate WTOV-TV reported, citing the department’s police chief. Timothy Loehmann is one of six new officers hired in the Village of Bellaire, about 65 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The town on the Ohio River has a population of about 4,170.Bellaire Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan told WTOV that Loehmann applied to several police departments and still wanted to be a police officer. “He’s not quitting on being a police officer. He made a decision (in 2014) that’s going to stay with him the rest of his life,” Flanagan said. “Like anybody else, if you make a mistake, someone’s got to give you a second chance, give someone opportunity. There is no worry, I stand behind this officer … I’ll stand behind this officer like I will any of my officers.”CNN’s efforts to reach Flanagan during the weekend were not successful.Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra said on Twitter that Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, feels that “Loehmann doesn’t belong on any police force anywhere & shouldn’t be foisted upon the citizenry anywhere.””But she hopes that this does mean he will never return to Cleveland,” Chandra’s tweet read.
The shooting and verdict
Loehmann shot and killed Tamir Rice in 2014 after a witness called 911 to report that someone was brandishing a gun in a park. The caller noted that the person was “probably a juvenile” and that the gun was “probably fake,” records show. The dispatcher did not share those qualifiers with Loehmann or the officer who was driving, Frank Garmback. Video of the incident shows Loehmann, then a trainee, arriving in a squad car driven by Garmback. The car moves close to Rice, and less than two seconds after the vehicle arrives, Loehmann shoots the boy. Loehmann and Garmback both said in written statements dated November 2015 they thought Rice was pulling out a real gun from his waistband.
A grand jury decided not to indict Loehmann or Garmback. However, Loehmann was fired in May 2017 for being untruthful on his job application. He applied to the Cleveland Police Force in 2013 after resigning from the police department in the suburb of Independence, and after failing a written exam while applying for a job with police in Maple Heights. An internal review panel investigating the Rice shooting found that Loehmann would have been fired from the Independence department had he not resigned.
Garmback was suspended for 10 days for violating tactical rules relating to how he drove to the shooting scene. A
dispatcher was suspended for eight days in March 2017 for failing to
relay a citizen’s 911 report that Rice was “probably a juvenile” and
that his gun was “probably fake,” and another officer was suspended for
two days at that time for working a second job near the shooting scene
without permission.The city of Cleveland settled a wrongful-death lawsuit in 2016 with the Rice family for $6 million.
CNN’s Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.
FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Members
of the National Action Network said they won’t give up until justice is
served in an investigation involving allegations of excessive force by
two Florence County deputies as they were arresting a man earlier this
month in Florence.
group held a news conference Wednesday outside the Florence County
Sheriff’s Office. They held signs saying, “No Justice No peace.” The
group is advocating for 34-year-old Tyler Fleming.
Fleming said he was assaulted by two deputies at a store two weeks ago on East Palmetto Street in Florence.
people said they witnessed the entire incident and can’t understand why
deputies had Fleming pinned to the ground in what appeared to be a
choke hold while in handcuffs.
Fleming said all he did was ask a deputy for a ride to Mullins.
James Johnson with the National Action Network said he is upset that
the two witnesses haven’t been interviewed by an investigator assigned
to look into the allegations. James said he is also very upset the two
deputies involved in the incident are still working and haven’t been
placed on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
two witnesses, along with several others, expressed their frustrations
with the investigation. The group is asking to meet with Florence County
Sheriff Kenney Boone about their concerns.
“We tried to meet with
him. To communicate with him by phone. He refused to call my office
back. This led me to believe that he don’t want to resolve this problem.
And I want to send a strong message to him that choking Mr. Tyler will
not go away. Not one bit. So, I would like to sit down and talk with Mr.
Kenney Boone about the two officers,” said Johnson.
Sheriff Boone said a special investigator was assigned to the case from the day the allegations surfaced.
a statement, Boone said, “While being detained for further questioning,
the subject refused to follow reasonable verbal instructions and
resisted officer’s attempts to properly detain him, forcing the officer
to take the subject to the ground. “
Fleming is being represented by attorney Cheveron T. Scott.
said, “Tyler is in good spirits and looks forward to his day in court
on these criminal charges but more importantly, he would like to do
whatever he can to make sure that this does not happen to another human
DeSoto police officers accused of brutalizing a family
after a 911 call last August either did not activate their body cameras
or wear them during some of the most heated moments, according to
police officials and footage obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
The lapses ran afoul of the Dallas suburb’s policies
requiring officers to wear cameras and keep them running during most
encounters with the public, police chief Joseph Costa acknowledged in an
His confirmation comes after The News
obtained the officers’ body camera footage through Texas’ open records
law and compared it to a dashcam video released last year. Since that
time, the chief had maintained his officers did nothing wrong.
The Dallas County district attorney’s office, meanwhile,
will be investigating the family’s allegations of brutality, a
spokeswoman told The News. The decision was made last week following a meeting with the family.
The dashcam captured six DeSoto officers responding to the home of
Sammie Anderson on Aug. 7 after she asked a friend to call for help in
breaking up an argument between her two oldest sons. The caller
suggested someone was wielding a weapon, but by the time police arrived
the dispute was over. Police tackled Anderson and Tased one of her adult
sons, who had already complied with orders to lie on the ground and
appeared to be no threat.
Because the dashcam footage was shot
from a distance, it was difficult to identify which of the five officers
surrounding the man Tased him, and how many times, among other details.
By syncing footage from the separate videos, The News
found that three officers’ cameras were dark during the Tasing. The
department’s policy says officers should activate their cameras before
arriving at scenes.
A fourth cop’s camera caught only blurry images. A
fifth’s was too far away. And a sixth officer at the scene didn’t wear
one, Costa said.
Warning: this video includes images of
violence and strong language. It has been edited for length and clarity
and to remove personal information such as birth dates
A dispute over one dog humping another prompted a woman to call the police on a black man in Massachusetts, according to dog owner Franklin Baxley.
In an interview with HuffPost on Friday, Baxley said he took his pitbull Dusse and his nephew’s dog to Attleboro Dog Park, where a woman called the police to report him because his dog was humping hers. An officer eventually arrived, but no citation was issued.
Baxley, a former attorney, posted several videos of the incident to Facebook on Thursday, where it has drawn nearly 1 million views. In the videos, the woman says into a cellphone that she is being “verbally assaulted” and later accuses Baxley’s dog of assaulting her dog.
“You’ve heard of Barbecue Becky ― because this is the newest one here,” he says to the camera as the woman appears to be on the phone with police.
While defending his dog’s behavior, Baxley tells the woman, “I’ve seen every single dog hump another dog here.”
“Your dog keeps humping my dog and assaults,” the woman can be heard saying in another video.
“I asked you to leave because your dog was humping my dog. That’s the rules,” she says later after an officer arrives.
A third woman can be seen in the video telling Baxley his dog is behaving “inappropriately.” Baxley also continues filming the woman, who tells him to get away from her.
Meanwhile, the three dogs continue to play with each other with no apparent issues as both owners follow them.
The videos have sparked a furor online. Critics of the woman have nicknamed her Dog Park Diane.
This is the latest case in an ongoing phenomenon of white people calling 911 to report on people of color who are doing ordinary things, including having a picnic, entering their apartments or babysitting.
Baxley said he let his two dogs out of his car to play inside the gated dog park, which at that time had no dogs inside, while he watched from his car. Later, the blond woman entered the park, prompting him to leave his car to be with his dogs. As the dogs greeted the woman’s dog, sniffing each other’s rear ends, Baxley said Dusse humped the woman’s dog, which made the woman “visibly frustrated.”
Baxley said he told his dog to stop and apologized to the woman. Then the woman asked Baxley to leave the park, a request that Baxley declined.
“She immediately says, ‘I’m going to call the police,’” Baxley told HuffPost. “She turned her back to me and picks up the phone and starts calling the police.”
Baxley said he believes the woman called the police because she was uncomfortable that he was black. He continued to film the woman and criticize her for making a big deal out of dogs humping at a dog park.
“If I were white, I don’t think she’d call the police to gain any sort of advantage in this minor dispute about dogs humping at a park,” he told HuffPost.
A law enforcement officer later appeared at the park and told Baxley that he couldn’t leave his vehicle’s engine running, which was a “motor vehicle citation.” The officer also told Baxley that he shouldn’t have stood next to the woman to explain his dog’s behavior because that “could be considered an assault … even if you don’t touch the person.”
The Attleboro Police Department did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Baxley said he believed the woman was being racist and accused her of using the police as a “weapon” against him because he is black.
“The way my anxiety is set up, I feel threatened whenever I’m confronted by the police,” Baxley said, referring to a comedian’s joke that he can relate to as a black man.
“I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a black man in America to feel uncomfortable around police officers given the current state of affairs in this country,” he added.
Many argue that police still aren’t being held accountable for unnecessary violence and prejudice against black men. Baxley said this could be seen in the way the officer approached him.
“This is the America we live in, and it’s sad,” he told HuffPost. “It’s sad that this woman felt her first response to a conflict with a black man was to call the police when it’s completely minor and there is no crime being committed.”
Neither woman in the video has been identified, though Baxley said the brunette woman may have been a volunteer for the dog park.
Nationwide — Fashion brand Burberry has apologized for designing a hoodie with a noose around the neck which was showcased during its London Fashion Week show. The design, which received harsh criticism online even from one of the brand’s own models, has already been pulled out from the collection, the fashion house said.“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection,” Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said in a statement provided to CNN.
“Though [the] design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake,” he continued.
Liz Kennedy, the model who wore the hoodie on the show, was the first to express criticism about the noose. She said she tried to object on having the noose placed on her neck, but her concerns were just dismissed.“Suicide is not fashion,” Kennedy wrote on her Instagram post. “It is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.”
Kennedy also noted the “horrifying history of lynching” associated with the noose. However, she claimed that some of the staff were even joking about the design before the show while the noose was hanging from the ceiling.
“I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was ‘it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,’” she said.
The UK’s Mental Health Foundation also condemned the design and cited the need for fashion houses to be more careful and diverse in their creative process.
“It is disappointing to see this representation in our day and age considering how much ground we have covered in mental health in recent years,” said Antonis Kousoulis, associate director of research at the charity. “Highly influential global brands like Burberry certainly have a role to play in giving a voice to diverse views, respecting people with lived experience, and being role models.”
Meanwhile, Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s chief creative officer and the designer of the A/W 2019 “Tempest” collection, apologized over the controversial design as well, saying he now realized it was “insensitive.”
“It was never my intention to upset anyone. It does not reflect my values nor Burberry’s and we have removed it from the collection. I will make sure that this does not happen again,” he added.
In his most shocking move since becoming president two weeks ago, Donald Trump’s regime is making changes to America’s domestic terrorism programs. He’s officially legalizing religious profiling of Muslims and is removing dangerous white supremacist extremist groups from the watch lists; although they are responsible for most of the domestic terrorism that occurs in America.
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
Authorities have blamed radical and violent ideologies as the reason a white supremacist shot nine Black people inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and Islamist militants for shootings and bombings in California, Florida, and New York. A reporter tweeted that getting rid of the tracking of America’s homegrown extremists such as the KKK, “patriot” groups, and neo-Nazi groups, will hamper all that the CVE program does to track known hate groups and criminal enterprises.
The Republican Party has made it a point to instill Islamophobia into public policy and now terrorism will only be referred to as “radical Islam.” This policy is a strategy by the Trump administration to give false justification for his Muslim ban which affects one out of every eight Muslims worldwide from seven countries. The removal of white supremacists and violent extremist groups from federal tracking programs appears to be a direct move by Trump’s advisor, Steve Bannon to foster racial hatred and religious discrimination. Trump’s administration has already removed the CVE’s 5-point counterterrorism strategy page from the State Department’s website.READ Video: Black Musician Explains How and Why He Became Friends With White Supremacists
Reuters’ news agency has said Trump’s attempt to brand terror as something solely carried out by Islamic groups is impractical and extremely unproductive. The news agency noted:
Hoda Hawa, director of policy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said she was told last week by people within DHS that there was a push to refocus the CVE effort from tackling all violent ideology to only Islamist extremism. “That is concerning for us because they are targeting a faith group and casting it under a net of suspicion,” she said.
While some Republicans in Congress have pressed the use of the term “radical Islam” as a strategy to help focus deterrence efforts; others have said it’s a terrible way to ostracize over three million people in America that practice Islam in a peaceful manner.
Those who oppose the Trump proposal of only singling out Muslims as possible terrorist, feel his program will make it that much more difficult for Muslims to trust his administration. Especially considering the fact he just signed an executive order banning Muslims from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering America only one week after being in office.
For several years now, American law enforcement agencies have said the greatest risk of domestic terrorism comes from white supremacists or terrorists like the KKK, neo-Nazis, and those who share their viewpoint. Which is in stark contrast to groups like al-Qaeda, who are more focused on exploiting the struggle for control in the Middle East.
It makes obvious sense that America needs to be vigilant against ISIS-inspired attacks but the government also has to pay attention to white supremacist hate groups as well.
Baltimore, MD — The family of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed by a police officer three years ago, is disappointed after a Baltimore County judge has overturned the decision of a jury that awarded them over $38 million in damages for her wrongful death.In 2016, local police officers went to Gaines’ apartment to serve an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for two different charges. Gaines, who was found inside the apartment with her boyfriend and her two children, allegedly pointed a gun at the officers.
After a 6-hour standoff, police officers fired shots when she allegedly threatened to kill them, although their neighbors told different stories. Gaines was fatally shot and her now-6-year-old son, Kodi, was injured.
Her family filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County Police and Cpl. Royce Ruby, the officer who fatally shot her, claiming that they used excessive force. The jury sided with the family and last year, they were awarded $38 million in damages, which included $33 million to her son, Kodi, $4.5 million to her daughter, Karsyn, and $9,000 to her parents and estate.
However, Judge Mickey J. Norman recently dismissed the claims and denied the family of the award. Norman stated in his ruling that Ruby’s actions were “objectively reasonable” and did not violate her rights against unlawful seizure. He noted the “qualified immunity” that protect law enforcement and government officials from civil liability when doing their job.
Gaines’ family said that they are planning to appeal the judge’s ruling.
“It’s devastating to a certain extent, but they’re a very faithful family,” J. Wyndal Gordon, the family’s attorney, told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s not over.”
The still-not-sorry editor and publisher of an Alabama county newspaper has resigned and turned over control of his publication to a black woman following outrage over his editorial calling for the “Ku Klux Klan to night ride again.”
Goodloe Sutton told the Montgomery Advertiser on Friday that the Democrat-Reporter now has a new “publisher, owner and editor.” He refused to explain whether he had sold the publication in Linden, in western Alabama, or simply turned over control, calling the reporter “dumb” for asking, according to the Advertiser.
A news release from the Democrat-Reporter announced that local woman Elecia Dexter became publisher and editor on Thursday. Dexter is African-American and has worked at the newspaper for several years, according to the Plainsman. Dexter told The Associated Press that, although she will run the 3,000-circulation newspaper, Sutton will continue to own it.
The statement said Dexter would continue the newspaper’s 140-year-old tradition of providing “quality news” as well as “moving the paper into a new direction.”
Sutton, 80, wrote in his editorial last week that it was time for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” as he complained about Washington “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” The white supremacist Klan carried out murderous lynchings and other attacks on black people and their supporters during their night rides.
He later told the Advertiser, “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off.” Asked to explain what he meant, he responded: “We’ll get the hemp ropes out and loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”
He also insisted the Klan “didn’t kill but a few people” and “wasn’t violent until they needed to be.”
The community had complained for years about the racist perspective of the editorial page, the Advertiser reported.
The statement from the Democrat-Reporter said that the “Sutton family devoted this newspaper to integrity and excellence in journalism which has been led over the past 50-plus years by Goodloe Sutton and his [late] wife, Jean.”
It added that “Ms. Dexter is coming in at a pivotal time for the newspaper and you may have full confidence in her ability to handle these challenging times.”
Here’s the Democrat-Reporter’s full statement on Sutton stepping down:
The Democrat-Reporter is pleased to announce effective February 21, 2019, Elecia R. Dexter will be the Publisher and Editor of the newspaper going forward. The Democrat-Reporter has provided the community of West Alabama with quality news for over 140 years and you may have full confidence that Ms. Dexter will continue in this tradition as well as moving the paper into a new direction. We are pleased to make this announcement as her family has strong roots and a rich history in Marengo County where her dad, John Dexter Jr. was born.
She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Bachelors in Speech Communication. She continued her academic pursuit by getting her Masters in Human Services from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and her Masters in Counseling from Argosy University. Over the past 10 years, she has been a strategic leader with expertise in human resources, operations and change management.
The Sutton family devoted this newspaper to integrity and excellence in Journalism which has been led over the past 50 plus years by Goodloe Sutton and his wife Jean.
Ms. Dexter is coming in at a pivotal time for the newspaper and you may have full confidence in her ability to handle these challenging times.
Attorneys representing the family of Harvey Hill, who died nine months ago at the Madison County jail, announced on Tuesday that they filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff and other officials, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
Hill was arrested for trespassing on May 6 and died in custody one day later.
Part of the family’s frustration is that after nine months they still have no official answers about the exact cause of Hill’s death. They don’t believe that Hill, 36, died from possible cardiac arrest, as they were told. The family believes he died after jail guards “brutally” beat him.
“That is totally unacceptable,” attorney Carlos Moore said, noting that the family still has not received an official autopsy report. “Had the results been in the county’s favor, they would have released them by now.”
Hill’s death was one of three such deaths at the jail in 2018, in which families suspect foul play. Larry Thompson, 51, died three days after his release from the jail in November. And in December, Lanekia Michelle Brown, 37, was four weeks pregnant when she was reportedly found dead in her jail cell.
The lawsuit accuses the jail guards of beating and pepper-spraying Hill while he was handcuffed because he failed to show proper respect to one of the guards. They allegedly returned Hill without medical care to his cell, where he was found dead.
In Brown’s case, she was reportedly discovered dead in her cell when a nurse went to check on her after she had complained about having stomach pains, according to the official account. Brown’s mother said she was not allowed to see her daughter’s remains in the days after her death. She demanded answers but received no explanation about how she died.
Moore, who is also representing Brown’s family, said at a news conference in January that he was looking into whether Brown was given proper medical care. He suspected that jail officials discriminated against her.
Thompson’s family said he was healthy when he walked into the jail but was nearly unconscious and unable to walk when he was released. While incarcerated, Thompson called home and said he had been beaten, his son recalled. The family said witnesses at the prison also told them that jail officials had assaulted Thompson. They too are demanding answers.
Many are comparing Pedro Gonzaga in Brazil to Eric Garner.
The killing of a Black teenager in Brazil, which has a long history of police violence against Afro-Brazilians, sparked a movement to protect Black lives. This comes against the backdrop of a new law-and-order Brazilian president coming to power with an anti-Black agenda.
Demonstrators rallied in five major cities in Brazil after the death on Feb. 14 of 19-year-old Pedro Gonzaga whom a supermarket security guard choked—fueling a Black Lives Matter movement, the Guardian reported.
It’s unclear exactly what led to the confrontation. The security guard reportedly used a sleeper hold on Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack at a hospital. A video showed at least one bystander pleading with the security guard to stop. “He is suffocating him,” a woman is heard saying on a video of the incident. Gonzaga was taken unconscious to the hospital.
Parallels to Eric Garner, the unarmed African-American man who died after a New York City cop used a chokehold to arrest him, were widely noted by the demonstrators.
“There has never been a Black Lives Matter [movement] in Brazil to compare to the United States, but this year I think it will happen more often because the black community is more and more united,” Rene Silva, a protest organizer in Rio, said.
In July 2018, Amnesty International, a global human rights organization, noted that police killings of Black youths in Brazil continue 25 years after the infamous Candelária massacre, in which eight young boys were killed by off-duty police officers in Rio de Janeiro. The incident sparked international outrage, yet little has changed more than two decades later.
“The struggle to protect Black Brazilian youths from police violence and deliver justice for the victims of the past remains as vital and relevant as ever,” Amnesty International said.
Unfortunately, things seem unlikely to change any time soon. In January, far-right politicianJair Bolsonaro, who was once on trial for racism, was sworn in as Brazil’s president. He has a long history of making hateful comments about women, the LGBT community and Afro-Brazilians.
A 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a Chicago police officer Saturday night on the West Side died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The officer shot the boy after police tried to pull over the vehicle he was riding in, officials said.
The teen, identified by authorities as Michael Elam, was initially taken to an area hospital after the shooting in critical condition. But on Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the city agency that investigates police-involved shootings, said the teen has since died.
Two weapons were confiscated at the scene, according to Chicago police, and no officers were hurt.
The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. near 21st Street and Keeler Avenue in the North Lawndale community after Ogden District tactical officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, police said.
As officers followed the vehicle, they saw it hit a parked vehicle and a curb before coming to a stop, police said.
The teen passenger exited the vehicle before “an armed confrontation ensued,” prompting one officer to shoot the teen, police said. The COPA spokesman said the suspect was shot by the officer when he tried to flee as police pursued him on foot.
As required by Chicago Police Department policy after police-involved shootings, that officer will be placed on desk duty for 30 days.
As a matter of routine, COPA will conduct an investigation into whether Police Department protocol was followed during the shooting.
Gucci has announced plans to boost cultural diversity and awareness within its company after it received backlash for one of its clothing items resembling blackface caricatures.
The luxury brand released a statement on social media Friday sharing its first set of initiatives to address the incident in what it says is the start of a “long-term plan of actions.”
“We accept full accountability for this incident, which has exposed shortfalls in our ongoing strategic approach to embedding diversity and inclusion in both our organization and in our activities,” Marco Bizzarri, Gucci president and CEO, said in the statement.
Roland J. Bourgeois Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison, as well as five years of supervised release in the racially-motivated shooting.
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Roland J. Bourgeois Jr., 55, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for shooting three young Black men who were trying to evacuate New Orleans following the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Bourgeois targeted the three young men due to their race after they came into the neighborhood where he lived. The men had gone into the neighborhood to reach a ferry landing that state and federal agencies were using to evacuate victims when Bourgeois shot them.
All of the men were injured in the shooting, with one of the men being struck in the neck and back, and the other two being hit in the arms, back and legs, the New York Times reports.
Court documents detailed that Bourgeois and other white men in the neighborhood tried to prevent “outsiders” from entering Algiers Point, a suburb which borders the Mississippi River, using downed trees to block off the streets near their homes and patrolling the streets with guns.
The three Black men passed a barricade on their way to the ferry and Bourgeois fired his weapon at them. The men ran away, and Bourgeois boasted that he had “got one,” using a racial slur to describe the man, and promised to kill him.
Bourgeois also showed off a bloodied baseball cap that had fallen off of one of the men’s heads.
Bourgeois later told a Black neighbor who pleaded with him to not shoot her family that “anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot,” according to the Times-Picayune.
When he was initially indicted, he claimed that he thought the men were looting, before later admitting that that was not the case.
Bourgeois was originally charged in 2010 with conspiracy, civil rights violations, obstruction of justice, making false statements and firearms violations, however, his case was delayed all these years as his physical and mental competency to stand trial was evaluated. He was evaluated six times since 2010, the Times notes and was finally declared competent in 2018.
In October 2018, he pleaded guilty to interference with rights and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
He was sentenced to five years in prison for each count, and will also serve five years of supervised release.
Six police officers in Vallejo, California, are on administrative leave pending an investigation after they fatally shot a man moments after he woke up in the driver’s seat of his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru.
The Vallejo Police Department and Solano County District Attorney’s Office say they have launched a “thorough and in-depth” investigation into the Saturday night shooting.
Police say they were called to the scene ― around 30 minutes northeast of San Francisco ― around 10:36 p.m. after an employee of the fast-food joint realized a customer behind the wheel of a silver Mercedes in the drive-thru lane was “slumped” over and motionless.
Two officers then arrived on the scene, according to the department. They reportedly noticed the driver was alone in the car with a handgun on his lap and called for backup. When two other officers arrived, the group attempted to open the door and quickly retrieve the gun, the department said, but the Mercedes was locked. Noticing the vehicle was also in drive, officers began positioning one patrol car at each bumper to prevent “erratic movement.”
With even more officers arriving on the scene, the man woke up. Police say they gave him “several commands to put his hands up,” but that he reached down toward his firearm instead. Six officers shot him “fearing for their safety,” the department said.
It was all over in about four seconds. The man was declared dead at the scene after lifesaving efforts failed.
Family members who spoke with The Guardian believed the officers’ response was unwarranted.
“There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution,” Marc McCoy, Willie McCoy’s older brother, told the outlet. “The police’s job is to arrest people who are breaking the law ― not take the law into your own hands.”
“We’re never going to get over this,” he added.
“It’s a really big loss. Really, really unexpected,” a cousin, David Harrison, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “There’s a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing.”
The six officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Results of an autopsy, not yet available, will include how many times McCoy was hit by gunfire, as well as a toxicology report.
As The Guardian noted, the Taco Bell incident is just the latest in a series of recent violent confrontations between police and residents of the town. Last August, the Vallejo Police Department defended its officers’ actions after a video circulated online showing one officer straddling a man on the ground while a second officer strikes him with a flashlight.
According to the Chronicle, Saturday’s shooting was the third time in recent years that Bay Area police shot an armed man after trying to wake him up.
A substitute teacher in North Carolina is under fire after she reportedly told a class of elementary school students that assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. killed himself.
The teacher is also accused of telling the kids that if anyone who didn’t support Donald Trump was not a real Christian and told one child that the athletic gear he wore to school was “prison attire.”
It happened Friday during a music class at Rand Road Elementary in Garner. The sub, later identified as Elizabeth Temple, was apparently having a hard time getting the kids to settle down, according to parent Billy Byrd, whose son, Nathan, was singled out for his clothing.
Temple was supposed to show a video to the class but had a hard time getting the students, including Nathan, to settle down.
For some reason, Temple went on a different tack and told the student that King’s assassination was a complete fabrication.
“What book is she reading and obviously it’s not the right one, and for her to say this to a classroom full of kids, giving them that misinformed information is just bogus,” Billy Byrd told local station WTVD. “We can’t afford to have anybody in the school system that is teaching this damaging rhetoric to any kid ― white or black.”
In a Facebook post, Byrd said that instead of teaching music, the sub “constructed her own lesson plan that glorified President Trump and his love for God, country and all Americans.”
Byrd also said the teacher ”found the need to comment on my son’s appearance and the clothing that he was wearing” and “told my son and his fellow male peers of color that their clothing marked them for PRISON…..YES PRISON!”
The fatal police shooting of an armed Alabama man after he was mistaken for a mall shooter in November was “justified and not criminal,” authorities said Tuesday.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall decided that the Hoover, Alabama, officer who fatally shot 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” F. Bradford Jr. will not be criminally charged in the Thanksgiving night shooting.
The officer, who was not identified, mistakenly targeted Bradford after he was seen running toward one of the shooting victims while holding a hand
The officer’s actions “were reasonable under the circumstances and were consistent with his training and nationally-accepted standards for ‘active shooter’ scenarios,” Marshall’s report states.
The officer identified Bradford “as an immediate deadly threat to innocent civilians and thus shot Bradford to eliminate the threat.”
Surveillance video released from inside the Riverchase Galleria mall shows people running shortly after police say shooting suspect Erron Brown, 20, opened fire, wounding a 12-year-old and an 18-year-old.
Bradford appears in the video’s frame and after a brief pause runs in the opposite direction that people are fleeing. After taking several steps he collapses to the ground and his handgun slides to the floor ahead of him. At least one police officer can be seen approaching him from behind with a firearm drawn.
Though the mall’s policy forbids handguns, Bradford’s father, Emantic Bradford Sr., said his son had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Marshall’s report says there was no evidence that Bradford’s handgun was fired at the mall. It adds that the FBI also reviewed the case and, from his understanding, found no evidence to initiate a case against the officer for civil rights violations.
The Waller County Jail was supposed to implement reforms after Bland’s death.
An African-American inmate was recently found dead after apparently hanging himself in the same Texas jail where Sandra Bland also died in 2015, the Houston Chronicle reported. Authorities at the Waller County jail said on Wednesday that Evan Lyndell Parker, 34, attempted suicide on Jan. 25 and died two days later in a hospital.
Parker was accused of killing a 64-year-old co-worker on Jan. 9, according to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the jail the next day on charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Waller County District Attorney stated that it was unclear what led to Parker to attempt to kill himself.
“All outside agency investigations that include the Texas Rangers and Texas Commission on Jail Standards are pending along with autopsy results,” Sheriff R. Glenn Smith said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Bland’s death prompted police reforms that could have prevented Parker’s death. For one thing, face-to-face cell inspections were supposed to occur more frequently after she died. The Chronicle noted that Parker died a month after inspectors found that the jailers failed to meet standards for observing prisoners.
Bland was found hanging in her cell on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop. Although her death was ruled a suicide, her family members and activists disputed the cause of death and said racial violence was involved. Her family settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million with Waller County officials and the state trooper who arrested Bland near Prairie View A & M University.
It was unclear if foul play was somehow involved in Parker’s death.
“All I can say is, it’s extremely unfortunate when it happens,” Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said. “Even with the best of precautions, it is always possible that somebody intent on taking their life could be successful. All we can do is make sure we meet guidelines and do the routine checks. At this point, it looks like that was done.”
Duhon also rejected criticism from inmate advocates who raised questions about standards at the jail.
“They’re certainly entitled to their opinions, but anybody who wants to come down to our jail and see all the changes and processes we’ve made since 2015 is welcome to do that,” Duhon added.
At 1:44 the man is handcuffed to the fence buy both wrists so the police officer then saw fit to deal out some personal punishment in the form of an assault. Regardless of what the man in cuffs has done that does not condone assaulting him when he is defenseless like that. This is why the police are hated so much.
Sgt. Gregg Lewis was fired last year for reportedly making several racist comments to his precinct in Portland, Oregon. Lewis’ comments were not publicly shared until this week when his termination letter was released by the Portland mayor’s office.
Lewis told about 20 other cops during a roll call meeting on Feb. 12, 2017, that if they come across a black homeless person to “just shoot them,” according to many meeting participants who were quoted in the letter obtained by Oregon Live.
Lewis made the remarks during a meeting with fellow officers in which he was leading a presentation about an officer’s authority to handle an intoxicated citizen who is in a private parking garage. Multiple officers who were in the room reported Lewis the next day, and many of their accounts are cited in the termination letter.
According to one account, the room went silent after Lewis’ comment. There was some nervous laughter in the room and another officer said “Oh my god!” Lewis reportedly “laughed, threw his hands in the air and said, ‘Fuck it. What do I care?’”
The reports made by several officers were all slightly different. One officer recalled Lewis saying, “Go out and shoot black people,” while another remembered him saying the remark with slight variations: “If they’re black and homeless shoot them or kill them.”
Earlier in the presentation, Lewis reportedly told officers to “be smart” about whom they chose to “detox” in parking garages.
“If you come across a guy in a suit and tie that came downtown and had a little too much to drink … he’s probably not the guy you want to detox straight out of the garage. He will most likely sue you,” Lewis said, according to the accounts cited in his termination letter, which is dated Jan. 12, 2018. “If it’s a homeless guy, you will probably be safe. I doubt he’s going to sue you.”
Lewis made the comments just days after an unarmed black teenager named Quanice Hayes was shot and killed in Portland by fellow police officer Andrew Hearst. Police mistook Hayes for a suspect in an armed robbery and Hearst shot him three times. Hearst told a grand jury that he saw Hayes had a gun and he was protecting himself. It was later revealed that Hayes had a toy gun, which the cops only found after Hayes was shot dead. Hearst was cleared of any wrongdoing.
In response to the complaints against him, Lewis told investigators that he has a “habit of sometimes being a little sarcastic,” according to the letter, and he does not discriminate against people based on their race. He also apologized and admitted that he now realizes his comments are inappropriate.
“This person sworn to protect us made clear that he views certain types of people expendable in our society. I thank his fellow officers for reporting this heinous comment and elevating it as a punishable offense,” she said. “What Mr. Lewis said makes my stomach turn.”
Lewis, who has been with the Portland Police since 1991 and briefly retired for a month in 2016, was fired in early February 2018, a year after his initial comments. His remarks are only being made public now because the police union filed a grievance that could possibly overturn Lewis’ firing, discussion of which spurred the mayor to comply with an open records request.
Since city officials believe there is a good chance Lewis’ firing could be overturned, they have proposed a settlement that would give Lewis back pay of about $100,000 and consider him to be retired. Under this settlement, he would also receive pension throughout retirement.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz said in a Wednesday council chambers meeting that she felt “personally ill” with the terms of the settlement, but her highest priority is to ensure Lewis never serves as a police officer again.Subscribe to the Black Voices email.Amplifying black voices through news that matters.
“The most important thing is to get rid of this person on the police force, and to make absolutely certain he can never wear the officers, the police officer’s uniform, never carry a Portland police gun, never be out in our community, and this settlement is the only way we can make sure this happens,” she said.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly added in the same meeting: “None of us are happy with this outcome. This is an imperfect solution made within a flawed system.”
Lubbock, TX — My Little Playhouse, a daycare center in Texas, is under fire after one of its workers was caught on video pulling a young black girl’s hair trying to make her eat her food. Police and state officials are now investigating the situation.
The video shows the daycare worker pulling on the girl’s braided hair, seemingly forcing her to follow her instructions and eat in a cafeteria while other children are around.
The officials of the daycare, My Little Playhouse, confirmed that the worker shown on the video and the worker who took the video has been terminated already.
They have issued a statement saying, “The owners and Directors of My Little Playhouse Learning Center LLC were made aware of video footage posted on social media at approximately 11:45 a.m. Staff involved were fired immediately. Local authorities (LPD) has been notified and are investigating accordingly. Texas Department of Childcare Licensing has also been notified.”
Paul Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said that the agency will also conduct an investigation regarding the incident for apparent abuse or neglect. The Department of Health and Human Resources, which handles licenses for child care providers, will decide depending on the results of the investigation.
Meanwhile, Shanna Walker, the grandmother of the girl on the video was shocked and furious when she watched the video 20 minutes before she came to the daycare to pick up her granddaughter. She thought that the daycare workers are “supposed to be people that are taking care of [the kids] that has their well being at heart,” she told WLBT.
“I know that everyone thinks that their grandchildren are the best,” she added. “But this little girl, she is the sweetest little girl that you could ever know. And she’s very quiet and very timid. So, for her to sit there and just to pull on her hair — it’s very infuriating. I mean I’m standing here right now, feeling like I’m about to boil over.”