Monthly Archives: January 2015

Kendrick Johnson’s Parents Won’t Serve Jail Time

By NewsOne Staff

Earlier this week, the parents of Kendrick Johnson, a teenager whose body was found rolled up in a gym mat at his Georgia high school, went to court to face misdemeanor charges related to a protest in 2013. His parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson (pictured), were convicted but won’t serve any jail time. State Court Judge Mark Mitchell initially sentenced them to 12 months in jail, but put a suspension on the sentence so that they won’t have to serve time, pay a fine, or receive probation. Five other family members were convicted along with his parents for blocking the entrance to the Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta, Georgia, during the 2013 protest. The demonstration took place after Johnson’s family was upset with the sparse details that they got from investigators about what happened to their son. .


Judge Grants Use of Marvin Gaye Song in Copyright Trial

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N.Y.C. Activist Makes Latest Court Appearance For Arrests Stemming From Last Year

By Hannington Dia

Well-known N.Y.C. activist Edward “Noche” Diaz (pictured left of center) of the Revolutionary Communist Party made his latest court appearance Thursday morning, answering charges stemming from arrests last August and November.

Officers first arrested Diaz during a mass Times Square demonstration August 14th against the Michael Brown shooting. He received six misdemeanor charges, including riot, obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment.

A November 25th arrest for participation in protests against Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in the case brought five additional charges, including another disorderly conduct charge, unlawful assembly, and inciting to riot.

Prosecutors cut Diaz a break Thursday, dismissing his inciting to riot, resisting arrest, unlawful assembly, and the disorderly conduct charges from November; however, they added two additional charges to that case: obstructing governmental administration and a new disorderly conduct charge.

Diaz and supporters held a brief press conference outside the courthouse after the hearing, where he discussed his case in detail. He also revealed that prosecutors offered him a plea deal.

“Before they said that they were gonna drop all these charges, they offered time served if I pled to all the charges,” he revealed.

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Is Newsweek’s Latest Sexism Cover Offensive To Women?

By Shardae Jobson

Have you seen the latest cover of Newsweek? The issue, “What Silicon Valley Really Thinks Of Women” features an unassuming working woman who realizes her skirt is being lifted by an arrow. The message was loud and clear: women, even when in sophisticated and respected workplaces, like the infamous Silicon Valley, are ultimately undervalued in their work ethic and written off as sexual objects.

The illustration is honest without being crude about the subject it refers to. However, the critics on Twitter are telling a different story; female and male users alike pounced on Newsweek for its cover choice. A lot of people found it to be in poor taste, while others defended the art for highlighting exactly what is wrong and what happens when sexism is virtually allowed despite being illegal in the workplace.

Sad Newsweek used a skeezy cover image for a hard-hitting look at Silicon Valley sexism. Kinda reinforces the point. http://t.co/OnVLAV0oc0

— Kevin Werbach (@kwerb) January 29, 2015

Nevermind what Silicon Valley thinks of women, what the hell is Newsweek thinking? http://t.co/U99KVAcfz5 pic.twitter.com/namMeBnkZV

— San Sharma (@sansharma) January 29, 2015

We are a little surprised about @Newsweek‘s new cover about uncovering systematic …read more

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Police Viciously Sent Dogs To Attack A Female Student For Resisting To Answer Their Questions

By Shardae Jobson

On Norfolk State University grounds, police sent dogs to attack female student and Army Reserve private London Colvin. According to reports, she refused to answer any of their questions or give any information about a fight at a party she wasn’t even involved in. Right before the cops had the dogs charge at her, two of them sat on Colvin and then the dogs mauled her, according to eyewitnesses.

Colvin, a current Sociology major was leaving an off-campus party at 2:15 on a Sunday just as a fight erupted. She and her friends were approached by police about what happened or how it started and because she had nothing to do with it, she didn’t want care to have a discourse about it. The aftermath of her resistance has been shared through her cousin Whitney Dunn via the local paper Potomac Local. On Colvin’s behalf, Dunn said this:

“Her and her friends continued to walk, and she said that she definitely continued to be loud, however they were walking away. The two other police officers approached her – asked her to stop. Whatever the case may be, they had her down on the ground when the dog came. Two of …read more

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Head Of St. Louis’ Police Dept. Wore ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristband & Started A Brawl At City Hall [VIDEO]

By Shardae Jobson

At a Wednesday night meeting held at St. Louis City Hall, a verbal exchange between the head of the St. Louis Police Officers Association Jeff Roorda and St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy went from 0 to 100 when Roorda heckled Kennedy by shouting from the back of the room, screaming, “How about some order here?” Roorda then pushed and shoved his way towards the front to get to Kennedy, upsetting everyone by his behavior and incited complete chaos in the court room.

The vibe of the meeting was relatively calm, according to reports, but it went left when Roorda (rocking a “I Am Darren Wilson” wristband) yelled at Kennedy because a cop had been interrupted by another attendee. Kennedy responded to Roorda asking for order by saying, “You do not tell me my function,” and from there, Roorda started charging towards the front. In trying to do so, he shoved a woman, Catchet Currie, who was just trying to get from her seat and leave. Currie said, “Roorda just jumped out into the aisle, pushed me over, and tried to get to Kennedy. I’m like ‘wait a minute, don’t push me.’ Then he …read more

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Head Of St. Louis’ Police Dept. Wore ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristband & Started A Brawl At City Hall [VIDEO]

By Shardae Jobson

At a Wednesday night meeting held at St. Louis City Hall, a verbal exchange between the head of the St. Louis Police Officers Association Jeff Roorda and St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy went from 0 to 100 when Roorda heckled Kennedy by shouting from the back of the room, screaming, “How about some order here?” Roorda then pushed and shoved his way towards the front to get to Kennedy, upsetting everyone by his behavior and incited complete chaos in the court room.

The vibe of the meeting was relatively calm, according to reports, but it went left when Roorda (rocking a “I Am Darren Wilson” wristband) yelled at Kennedy because a cop had been interrupted by another attendee. Kennedy responded to Roorda asking for order by saying, “You do not tell me my function,” and from there, Roorda started charging towards the front. In trying to do so, he shoved a woman, Catchet Currie, who was just trying to get from her seat and leave. Currie said, “Roorda just jumped out into the aisle, pushed me over, and tried to get to Kennedy. I’m like ‘wait a minute, don’t push me.’ Then he …read more

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FOUND! Police Find 16-Year-Old Aysia Monique Lewis Safe With Man She Met Online

By Jeff Mays

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Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.

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Prosecutors: Ex-NFL Star Hernandez’s DNA Ties Him To Slaying

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez’s DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star’s trial got underway.

Jurors were to hear more testimony Friday in the case against the former New England Patriots standout, whose lawyers portrayed him as a man with “the world at his feet” and no reason to kill.

With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, Hernandez listened intently to Thursday’s opening statements. They offered insights into the prosecution’s case against him and the defense’s strategy to prove his innocence in the 2013 slaying of semipro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, 25, who caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots’ 2012 loss to the New York Giants, is charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home, not far from Gillette Stadium.

Hernandez — who had a $40 million contract as a tight end but was cut by the Patriots hours after his 2013 arrest — could get life in prison …read more

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Dems Meet Obama in Philly; Plan To Stay On Message, Help Middle Class

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.

Despite big setbacks in the midterm elections, Democratic lawmakers say they’re sticking to their top priorities: a higher minimum wage, tax hikes on the rich, advancing the president’s health care law and other measures largely associated with President Barack Obama.

This time, they’re counting on Obama’s rising popularity — and fading headlines on Ebola and terrorist beheadings — to help persuade voters they’d be better off with a Congress run by Democrats and not the Republicans who now control both chambers.

In a Thursday evening speech, the president vowed to pitch in. “I’m not giving up the last two years, standing on the sideline,” Obama told the House Democrats, who gave him a standing ovation. “There is no economic measure by which we are not better off” than when he took office, he said, and Democrats must tell that story.

Americans generally agree with Democrats on big issues, Rep. Adam Schiff of California said in an interview, “but we need to do a better …read more

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Denver Police Chief: Unclear How Officer Got Hurt In Fatal Shooting Of Teenager

By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.

The possibility raised during a preliminary investigation of the shooting clouded Chief Robert White’s initial statement that two of his officers opened fire after one was struck by the car.

The shooting occurred early Monday after the officers found Jessica Hernandez and four other teenagers inside the car in an alley. White said the officers told the teens several times to get out of the vehicle.

He wouldn’t comment further on Thursday about the sequence of events or what prompted the officers to fire, stressing that the investigation is in its early stages.

A passenger in the car, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, has disputed the official account, saying officers came up on the car from behind and fired four times into the driver’s side window.

The passenger also said the officers did not yell any commands before they fired, and that the car struck the officer after Hernandez was shot and lost control of the …read more

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