Monthly Archives: July 2015

Two Cincinnati Cops In DuBose Shooting Were Sued In Earlier Death Of Unarmed Black Man

By Lynette Holloway

Five years before University of Cincinnati officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated the seemingly false…

— DisarmTorontoPolice (@disarmthepolice) July 31, 2015

Two University of Cincinnati police officers involved in a fellow officer’s alleged cover-up in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose were also entangled in the fatal shooting of another unarmed Black man in 2010.

From the Huffington Post:

Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd were among seven University of Cincinnati police officers and other officials named in a lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mentally ill university hospital patient. Hospital staff summoned officers to help subdue Brinson, who became agitated when put in seclusion, according to court documents first reported by The Guardian. Kidd and Weibel gave written statements that they restrained Brinson, while another officer used a Taser stun gun on him.

Brinson went into cardiac arrest and died days later, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Hamilton County coroner ruled Brinson died from natural causes. His family settled the lawsuit for $638,000.

The suit comes to light just days after news spread that Weibel and Kidd were on hand to assist Ray Tensing, 25, during …read more

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Not Guilty Plea in Federal Court for Church Shooting Suspect

By BRUCE SMITH and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal magistrate entered not guilty pleas on 33 federal charges, including for hate crimes, for a white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston.

During Friday’s hearing for 21-year-old Dylann Roof, his attorney told U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant that his client wanted to enter a plea of guilty to all the counts. But the lawyer said that because the government hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty on some of the counts, attorneys could not advise Roof on the issue.

Marchant then entered the not-guilty plea on all counts.

Roof appeared in a gray striped prison jumpsuit, his hands in shackles. He answered yes several times in response to the judge’s questions but otherwise didn’t speak.

Marchant also heard briefly from family members of victims of the June 17 attack.

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HBO to Air Documentary About Jordan Davis, Teen Killed Over Loud Music


HBO today announced among its upcoming documentary slate “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets,” about the shooting death of Jordan Davis by a middle-aged white man over loud music.

Following an angry exchange of words, Michael Dunn fired multiple times into the car where Davis was sitting outside a convenience store.

The film, winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, includes interviews with Davis’ parents, exclusive courtroom footage and recordings of Dunn while detained by police.

Director Marc Silver chronicles the disturbing effects of racial bias and the quest for justice within the judicial system.

In October, Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” premieres on Nov. 23.

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NAACP Set to Embark on 860-Mile ‘America’s Journey for Justice’ March

By The Nightly Spirit

The journey for justice never ends.

Back in June, Cornell William Brooks and the NAACP announced they would be embarking on a 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington DC in an effort to protect and fight for our civil liberties.

Led by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, America’s Journey for Justice – a historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC – will mobilize activists and advance a focused national policy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. America’s Journey for Justice will unite partners from the social justice, youth activism, civil rights, democracy reform, religious, not-for-profit, labor, corporate, and environmental communities to call for justice for all Americans under the unifying theme “Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter.

The march kicks off in Selma, Alabama on August 1, 2015. Here are the following dates by state:

Georgia: August 7

South Carolina: August 20

North Carolina: August 26

Virginia: September 3

Washington, D.C.: September 16

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Campus Officer Pleads Not Guilty in Traffic Stop Shooting


FILE - In this July 19, 2015 file photo from a body camera video provided by the University of Cincinnati Campus Police, university Officer Ray Tensing stands next to motorist Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate in Cincinnati. DuBose was fatally shot by the officer after a struggle ensued when he refused to provide a driver's license and get out of the car. Tensing was indicted Wednesday, July 29 on a murder charge. (University of Cincinnati Campus Police via AP, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail.

Fired UC officer Ray Tensing later posted 10 percent of that amount and was released, the Hamilton County Court clerk’s website said. He was freed at about 6:30 p.m., county sheriff’s spokesman Mike Robison confirmed.

People in the courtroom audience had erupted into cheers and clapped when Tensing’s bail was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of Judge Megan Shanahan.

“Ladies and gentlemen! This is a courtroom,” the judge said sharply.

Tensing also pleaded not guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose, who was stopped for not having a front license plate.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews said there are two sides to the case and the officer’s much-viewed body camera video of the traffic stop can be interpreted differently from the prosecutor’s version.

He described Tensing as “very depressed” and “in shock,” adding the officer felt “like he’s been run over by a train from the start of this case.”

Tensing, 25, was fired soon after he was indicted. He had been …read more

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Suspect in Charleston Church Shooting Due in Federal Court

By BRUCE SMITH and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of slaying nine parishioners as they worshipped at a South Carolina church was expected in court Friday to face dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion.

Dylann Roof, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned in Charleston. The hearing, which was expected to be brief and would be his first appearance in federal court, was originally set for July 27 but was rescheduled to allow attorneys more time to prepare.

The federal prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Church. Early on, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice said they felt the case met the qualifications for a hate crime, and Roof was indicted by a federal grand jury about a month after the killings.

Roof, who is white, appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning and desecrating U.S. flags. Federal authorities have confirmed his use of a personal manuscript in which he decried integration and used racial slurs to refer to blacks.

Because South Carolina has no state hate-crimes law, federal charges were needed to adequately address a motive that prosecutors believe was unquestionably rooted in racial hate, U.S. …read more

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Chicago Man, Cleared After 17 Years In Prison, Shot Dead In Robbery

By Lynette Holloway

Man wrongly imprisoned for 17 years shot dead on Near West Side: “The streets are so vicious”

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 30, 2015

Three years ago, Chicago man Alprentiss Nash, 40, was freed from prison after serving 17 years for a crime he didn’t commit, reports the Chicago Tribune.

On Tuesday, he was fatally shot after a “failed” robbery attempt during “some sort of transaction.” The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said “Nash died of multiple gunshot wounds.” A suspect is in custody, the report says.

CBS News reports that Nash was convicted in the 1995 South Side murder of Leon Stroud based on witness testimony, and had proclaimed his innocence throughout.

From CBS News:

He was released in August 2012 after DNA tests on a ski mask recovered from the scene matched the genetic profile of another man.

Nash later received a certificate of innocence and a settlement of more than $200,000 from the state. A federal civil rights case pending against the city of Chicago and the police department will continue with Nash’s 22-year-old son serving as the plaintiff, said Zellner, who helped free the elder Nash.

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Two White Men Sought After Placing Confederate Flags At Ebenezer Church & King Center

By Lynette Holloway

In the latest example of persistent and ingrained racism in America, police are searching for two White men spotted on video placing Confederate flags at the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center in Atlanta, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Church and civic leaders were unbowed by what they condemned as an act of terror, the report says. Local and federal investigators were called to the church about 6 a.m. Thursday when a maintenance worker discovered the flags at the historic church that was once led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are buried adjacent to the church.

The incident comes after nine Black church members were gunned down by self-professed White supremacist Dylann Roof earlier this month at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. After the shooting, which rankled the nation, Roof was spotted on social media holding the Confederate flag, long a symbol of racism in America. The image sparked a push to remove the flag from government buildings around the country, including from the South Carolina statehouse.

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

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EXCLUSIVE: Meet Zipporah Joe’l Peay, The Artist Behind The Famous Confederate Flag Sweatshirt

By Desire Thompson

Black Lives Matter begins their rally at the SC Statehouse.
Paul Zoeller (@pzoeller) July 18, 2015

When two hate groups took their place on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse earlier this month, words were exchanged between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party. In an ironic moment of extremes demanding justice from one another, one image seemed to stick out from the rest.

A Black activist demanded the attention of social media and the nation with his sweatshirt — a middle finger placed upon the Army of North Virginia rebel flag. Malik Stroman came up with the idea of the shirt two years ago, and 25-year-old artist Zipporah Joe’l Peay was more than happy to create it.

NewsOne spoke with Peay about the design, how it came to be, and her artistic journey so far.

Aggressive behavior from members of the KKK and Neo-Nazi supporters was clear to see on July 18, when the pro-flag groups gathered just blocks away from anti-flag supporters on South Carolina’s Statehouse steps. Tensions were high and several fights broke out. Five people were arrested for various crimes, including disorderly conduct and simple assault. Peay says …read more

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Instagram’s ‘Hot Gay Dads’ Call it Quits


The “Hot Gay Dads” of Instagram have broken up.

People reports that the breakup was revealed to the pair’s 187,000 followers by Caleb Anthony, who stated that he and Kordale Lewis are “no longer together.”

News of the break up comes after Anthony and Lewis captured the nation’s attention last year when they posted a pictured of their morning hair routine with their girls with the caption, “Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30 am, making breakfast, getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30.”

The Atlanta-based pair has two daughters and a son who range in age between 6 and 8.

Although Anthony and Lewis projected a loving and united vibe in January for a two-minute video produced for Nikon’s “I Am Generation Image” campaign, things were not as it seem as Anthony dropped hints of what led to the split. In his letter.

“Loving someone shouldn’t be hard, it should be easy and stress free,” he writes. “You should never have to question your worth or compromise your morals when you’re with your soulmate.”

While things seemed to point to Anthony and Lewis making an effort to resolve their issues, feelings of “disrespect” ultimately doomed …read more

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