Monthly Archives: April 2015

Three Injured In Separate Shootings During Ferguson Protests For Freddie Gray

By Desire Thompson

Three people were injured in two separate shootings in Ferguson this week during community marches for Freddie Gray.

The shootings occurred late Tuesday evening as a group of about 50 protesters marched near West Florissant Avenue near Canfield Drive, the same area where Michael Brown was shot and killed by former officer Darren Wilson last year, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.

Acting Ferguson Police Chief Al Eickhoff informed reporters that five arrests were made during the protests when people unrelated to the cause interfered. Eickhoff took over the position after Thomas Jackson resigned in March.

“This community is trying to move forward and there are people who are just set on violence,” Eickhoff said. “(The people who committed crimes) were not protesters, they were just a criminal element set on undoing all that this community has done to move forward.”

Two victims were shot in the neck by Windward Court, while the other was shot in the leg near Florissant Drive. The shooters are as yet unknown. The injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

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Author Details The Challenges Exonerated Men & Women Face Once They’re Freed

By NewsOne Now

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After serving nearly 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, being released back in society should be the easy part for James Woodard, but for many individuals who have been exonerated, the transition is very difficult.

Woodard’s difficult journey post-jail is chronicled in the book Exonerated: Brief and Dangerous Freedom. Author and fiancée of James Woodard, Joyce King, joined Roland Martin on the set of NewsOne Now to discuss the book and the challenges that many wrongly convicted Americans face once they are freed.

From JoyceKing.com:

Falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend, James Woodard served more than twenty-seven years in prison. In April 2008, James became the seventeenth man exonerated by DNA evidence in Dallas County. The same day he was granted his freedom, James laid eyes on Joyce King, the “prison wife” he’d fantasized about falling in love with for nearly three decades. It was the happiest day of his life.

Their mutual attraction was immediate, but a major hurdle complicated their relationship. Joyce was a prominent activist, the first non-lawyer to serve on the board of directors for the Innocence Project of Texas, the nonprofit …read more

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Rand Paul Blames ‘Absent Fathers’ For Baltimore Protests Just Days After Son’s Arrest For DUI

By Desire Thompson

In the days following the riots in Baltimore, presidential candidate Rand Paul decided to reveal what he thought was the reason behind the city’s looting and arson — absent fathers.

Paul made his statements during an interview on Tuesday with conservative radio host Laura Ingram. Labeling the tense moments seen throughout the nation as “thuggery and thievery,” Paul listed a few reasons for the outrage, blaming low-income woes and absent fathers.

“There are so many things we can talk about: the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of a moral code in our society,” he said. “This isn’t just a racial thing.”

The riots followed the funeral of Freddie Gray on Monday. The 25-year-old died at the hands of six police officers who arrested him on April 12. A week after falling into a coma, Gray passed away from a severed spinal cord. Further autopsy results revealed his vertebrae was crushed in three places. Just last Friday, Baltimore …read more

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Doc States Witness In Van Heard Freddie Gray “Trying To Injure” Self

By NewsOne Staff

Amid questions of how Freddie Gray‘s spine was severed while he was in Baltimore police custody – questions that led to days of peaceful protests, as well as rioting – comes a report from the Washington Post of a leaked document that actually suggests Gray was trying to injure himself.

Reports the Post:

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.

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TIME Releases Powerful But Sad Baltimore Cover [PHOTO]

By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

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The most recent issue of TIME Magazine has gone viral.

Featuring a photograph from an aspiring 26-year-old West Baltimore native named Devin Allen, the black and white image a young black man running in the streets of Baltimore with a sea of police officers behind him. Although a striking image, what is most impacting and sad about the image is the caption, “America, 1968” with the year 2015 etched above along with the statement, “What has changed. What hasn’t.”

See the cover below.

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(Photo credit: TIME/Devin Allen)

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DeRay McKesson: “America Has Criminalized Blackness” [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

By The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer wanted to focus his interview with activist, DeRay McKesson, on the violence against police in Baltimore. But it was clear DeRay McKesson wasn’t having it. “You’re suggesting broken windows are worse than broken spines,” McKesson shot back in response to Blitzer’s commentary on the “violent riots.”

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Watch This Activist Drop A Major Truth Bomb On Wolf Blitzer [VIDEO]

By HelloBeautiful Staff

Wolf Blitzer tried it.

On Tuesday, the CNN host interviewed community organizer Deray McKesson, a rising star in the modern day Civil Rights movement, questioning him on the events in Baltimore. When Blitzer tried to push McKesson to denounce the protesters as violent and reckless, McKesson politely shut him down.

“The people that have been violent since August have been the police,” he tells Blitzer.

Unsatisfied, Blitzer brings up statistics about arrests, injured cops and vehicle fires saying, “there’s no excuse for that kind of violence, right?”

McKesson quips right back,

“There’s no excuse for the seven people the Baltimore police have killed in the last year, either, right?”

Undeterred, Blitzer basically comes out and says that McKesson is not saying what he wants him to say.

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#BlackLivesMatter Takes Over Forever 21, Bruce Jenner’s Nail Movement & More Fashion News You Won’t Believe

By Jessica C. Andrews

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#BlackLivesMatter Activists Take Over Forever 21

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Fashion and beauty is more political than ever this week as the news topics sweeping our nation spill over into the style realm. As the country reacts to uprisings in Baltimore in response to the brutal killing of another Black man at the hands of the police, a group of activists decided to shed light on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in an unforgettable way.

Never 21, a collective formed to honor underage victims of police killings, dressed up as Forever 21 employees and covered mannequins in the store windows with “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts. They placed their tees on racks and hung a banner inside the store where it remained for 20 minutes before employees noticed and removed it. Never 21 representatives maintain that their demonstration was not directed toward Forever 21; it was simply a way to spread awareness.

“This was not an attack on Forever 21,” they said. “In actuality, it is an opportunity for the popular retail conglomerate to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Whether they choose to support our message or be against it, this will not stop us from making sure that these voices continue to be …read more

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UPDATE: Baltimore Police Hand Report on Gray Death to Prosecutor; New Van Stop Revealed

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray has revealed a new stop the police van made while transporting Gray.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said the stop was previously unknown to investigators. It was one of four stops the wagon made after Gray was put inside.

Before Gray was put in the van, he asked officers for an inhaler, but didn’t get one. At the first stop, Gray was put in leg cuffs because police said he had become irate. The second stop — which was only revealed Thursday — was discovered by a privately owned camera.

Police did not say whether anything happened during the stop or why it was made. Online maps show the street corner appears to be deserted with three vacant lots and a store nearby.

The van stopped a third time, and the driver asked for an additional unit to check on Gray. At a fourth stop, the wagon picks up an additional prisoner.

Gray suffered a critical spinal injury at some point during his arrest and died a week later.

Baltimore police have completed their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and turned over their findings to prosecutors — one day earlier …read more

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Baltimore Police Hand Report on Gray Death to Prosecutor

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have completed their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and turned over their findings to prosecutors — one day earlier than the department’s self- imposed deadline, the commissioner said Thursday morning.

Authorities have said the state’s attorney’s office will review the information, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who was stopped by police April 12. He suffered spinal injuries while in custody and died a week later.

In his announcement at a news conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts did not give details of the report or take questions. He said the department dedicated more than 30 detectives to working on the case and report.

“I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency. … That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time,” Batts said.

Batts also said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney.

At the same news conference, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis reviewed the timeline of Gray’s time in custody and his death. Gray was arrested after he made eye contact with officers and ran. After a chase, officers pinned him down and handcuffed him. They …read more

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