Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mike Pence & Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law Represent An American Problem

By Michael Arceneaux

Mike Pence

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In a complete waste of time, Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a press conference on Tuesday morning to “clarify” the intent of the law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would allow business to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Pence said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to discriminate against anyone.” Pence went on to add, “I don’t support discrimination against gays or lesbians or anyone else. I abhor discrimination. No one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe.”

The problem with Pence’s comments are that they are dishonest and disingenuous. Pence is the same person who, when serving in Congress, voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which proposed to ban discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation. As Think Progress’ Kay Steiger notes, Pence claimed not to support discrimination of any kind, and yet, argued “that by extending the reach of Federal law to cover sexual orientation, employment discrimination protections, in effect, can wage war on the free exercise of …read more

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NYPD Officer Who Placed Eric Garner In Chokehold Hit With Civil Suit Over Car Crash

By Lynette Holloway

The New York Police Department officer cleared in Eric Garner‘s chokehold death is being sued over a 2010 car crash that left a man with “severe and permanent” injuries, reports the New York Daily News.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was recently named as a defendant in a civil suit filed in Queens Supreme Court against the department, charging that the officer crashed a police vehicle into another man’s car on Staten Island on June 20, resulting in “severe and permanent” injuries to the victim’s neck, back, left shoulder, and knee.

According to the New York Daily News:

Leonardo Aguirre claims that Pantaleo was speeding and following him too closely in his 2010 Chevrolet when the two got into an accident about 15 minutes away from the cop’s 120th Precinct stationhouse, according to legal papers filed with the city…

The Friday afternoon collision occurred just weeks before the officer prompted a national outcry about police tactics after he was caught in a video — first published by the Daily News — putting the unarmed Garner in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes on July 17.

Garner’s death sparked ongoing protests against police violence in the Black community, which ramped up …read more

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Know Your Rights: What To Do When Stopped By Cops

By Kenon White

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If law enforcement officers stop you, do you know what you should do to make sure the encounter does not turn into a deadly confrontation?

Do you know what your legal rights are? Monique Pressley, principal of The Pressley Firm PLLC, explained what you should and should not do during a police encounter, even if you feel your rights are being violated.

Pressley believes the information shared on NewsOne Now will help you make it home safe, and in some instances, keep you alive.

Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, asked Pressley, “If I get stopped by the cops, do I have to obey every single order that they give?”

She replied:

“There are two answers, the first one is the one that is going to keep you alive and that’s yes. The second answer is the one that reflects what your rights actually are, and that’s no, not if they’re giving you an order that is unlawful.”

Pressley expounded on her second answer, saying, “If they (police officers) are supposed to be just stopping you and …read more

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Black Banks: CEO Of Carver Bank Talks About Growing Black Financial Institutions [VIDEO]

By NewsOne Now

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In 1987 there were 91 African American owned banks in America. Today there are only 24. Many Black financial institutions are struggling to stay afloat in the face of the recession and have to contend with fierce competition for customers in areas that they once dominated in.

One of the nation’s largest Black financial institutions, New York-based Carver Bank, was also recently struggling, but recently turned the corner. Michael Pugh, the new President and CEO of Carver, joined Roland Martin Monday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the bank’s turnaround and ways to expand the reach of African-American-owned financial institutions.

Prior to joining Carver Bank, Pugh worked with two “super regional banks.” He spent five years at Capitol One and fourteen and a half years at Citizens Financial Group. When he left these institutions, Carver said he received some questions about his next career move. He told Martin he choose to become head of Carver because “of the mission of the financial institution — what it stands for and the real need to have Black talent that’s there to help those financial institutions, like Carver to continue to grow.”

“I knew it was …read more

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Transgender Activist & Homecoming King Tragically Commits Suicide

By Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor

18-year-old Blake Brockington died after an apparent suicide last Monday. Brockington was crowned homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School, where he attended last year, making history as the first transgender homecoming king in North Carolina. It was after Brockington won the title that he realized how terrible people could be.

“That was single-handedly the hardest part of my trans journey,” he said. “Really hateful things were said on the Internet. It was hard. I saw how narrow-minded the world really is.”

Brockington had always felt like a male and he came out publicly as transgender in the 10th grade. “Throughout my life, I haven’t really been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this, always, and everybody has always told me I couldn’t do it,” he told a local NBC affiliate at the time. “Even though you go through some things, and you have some negative encounters in your life, anything is possible, you can do anything you set your heart to.”

Brockington decided he wanted to live with a foster family to help make his transition go a bit smoother. His family told him that he was already Black and they …read more

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UPDATE: Two Suspects Arrested in MetroLink Assault

By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

A 18-year-old and 15-year-old are in custody after being caught on camera assaulting a man on the St. Louis MetroLink.

FOX 2 Now reports:

St. Louis police have announced arrest in connection to an assault on a MetroLink train a week ago. Police say they have taken into custody a 15-year-old male juvenile and 21-year-old male. The other male pictured in the surveillance video was identified and is no longer wanted in connection to the assault.

The attack that happened a week ago showed a 43-year-old male victim being attacked by several suspects after a man in a red hat asked him what he thought about the Michael Brown case. That’s when other suspects began to punch the man in the face.

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Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump Retained For Monroe Bird III Security Guard Shooting

By Christina Coleman & Sheryl Huggins

Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented the families of Michael Brown Jr., Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin, has been retained in the case of a Tulsa, Okla. man shot and paralyzed by a security guard in February 2015.

On Monday, the family of Monroe Bird III gathered at the Greater Grace Temple church with both Crump and attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons to announce their involvement and call for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to consider charging the security guard who shot the 21-year-old in the neck, striking his C3 vertebrae and paralyzing him for life.

The Deerfield Estates Apartment guard, identified as Ricky Stone, told police that he fired his weapon because Bird attempted to back a car into him. According to Tulsa World, District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said that the facts presented at this time do not warrant any charges. He would, however, be willing to reconsider if other information is presented, the news site reports.

But in an exclusive interview with NewsOne, Crump said that it’s impossible for things to have happened the way Stone alleges, adding that the female witness in the car said Bird was immediately paralyzed after being shot. Police say Stone approached …read more

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Man Assaulted On St. Louis MetroLink For Refusing To Talk About Michael Brown Case

By Desire Thompson

Police are on the lookout for two men who assaulted a passenger on a St. Louis train for refusing to speak about the Michael Brown case, the New York Daily News reports.

The incident took place last Monday evening when David Autry was riding the MetroLink train home. He was approached by a group of men who were talking about Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by former officer Darren Wilson last year. The case prompted a national eruption of demonstrations and protests in Ferguson and influenced the outcry of other police killings in 2014.

When Autry declined to comment on the case, one of the men (seen on the video wearing a red shirt) punched him several times. A man in a gray coat also punched him before jumping out of the train.

Autry says he’s happy there’s footage showing the fight, but is disappointed no one tried to stop it from happening.

“I think it was disgusting that no one (helped),” he told the station. “People were sort of laughing and smiling about it. No one offered to help and no one attempted to call 911.”

Surveillance footage also caught two clear images of …read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump Retained For Monroe Bird III Security Guard Shooting

By Christina Coleman & Sheryl Huggins

Benjamin Crump

Source: Benjamin Crump (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented the families of Michael Brown Jr., Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin, has been retained in the case of a Tulsa, Okla. man shot and paralyzed by a security guard in February 2015.

On Monday, the family of Monroe Bird III gathered at the Greater Grace Temple church with both Crump and attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons to announce their involvement and call for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to consider charging the security guard who shot the 21-year-old in the neck, striking his C3 vertebrae and paralyzing him for life.

The Deerfield Estates Apartment guard, identified as Ricky Stone, told police that he fired his weapon because Bird attempted to back a car into him. According to Tulsa World, District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said that the facts presented at this time do not warrant any charges. He would, however, be willing to reconsider if other information is presented, the news site reports.

But in an exclusive interview with NewsOne, Crump said that it’s impossible for things to have happened the way Stone alleges, adding that the female witness in the car said Bird was immediately paralyzed after being …read more

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President Obama To Travel To Kenya This Summer

By Eurweb.com

The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will make his first trip to his father’s native Kenya as President this summer.

Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments, reports CNN.

“His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

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