Monthly Archives: August 2015

Gunman in TV Killings Remembered As ‘Professional Victim’

By Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.”

When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along better with his co-workers, he accused them of discrimination.

“He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the fact that he was the common denominator in all of these really sometimes serious interpersonal conflicts that he had with people,” said Dan Dennison, the former news director at WDBJ in Virginia.

Flanagan killed two of his former colleagues on Wednesday during a live broadcast and later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On the day he was fired in 2013, Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into Dennison’s hand and said, “You’ll need this,” as two police officers escorted him out. Flanagan’s departure was filmed by Adam Ward, the cameraman who was killed along with reporter Alison Parker.

Parker and Ward died of gunshot wounds to the head and body, the medical examiner’s office said Friday. The woman Parker was interviewing, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and was in good condition at a hospital.

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Prosecutors: No Retrial For White Officer Who Shot Black Man

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state attorneys have decided against retrying a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man after his trial ended last week in a deadlock.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery told the Mecklenburg County district attorney Friday of the state’s decision in the case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick. He had been accused of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former college football player.

The jury in the case deadlocked with an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, leading the judge to declare a mistrial.

Montgomery wrote to District Attorney Andrew Murray that state attorneys will submit dismissal papers to end the case. Montgomery says it’s the prosecutors’ “unanimous belief a retrial will not yield a different result.”

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Lisa Johnson Relives Being Kicked Off Napa Wine Train, Talks #LaughingWhileBlack

By Jacque Reid PLAY AUDIO

Jacque Reid talks to Lisa Johnson, one of the black women that were kicked off the Napa Wine Train. Johnson and a group of black women are part of “Sistahs on the Reading Edge,” a book club from Antioch, California.

“They reached out to us privately. They gave a written statement. During the conversation he ended up saying that this situation traumatized their staff and how they were portrayed in the media. the apology really feels unauthentic. The fact that they invited us back on the train to be as loud as we want us to be…” Johnson said.

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    “Mayor Landrieu Needs To Stop Telling Lies, We’re Not Buying It,” Phyllis Montana Leblanc On The State Of New Orleans, 10 Years Later

    By Krystal Franklin, PLAY AUDIO

    Phyllis Montana LeBlanc talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the anniversary

    “I need Mayor Landrieu to stop telling the lies. We’re not back, that ain’t true. We’re back 50 percent. When you go into the lower ninth ward, which I did yesterday, it looks like Katrina just happened yesterday. Now we’re dealing with gentrification. It’s still a struggle. We had a huge opportunity with millions of dollars coming here, why not bring New Orleans back? Don’t just cherry pick where the money goes,” LeBlanc said.

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    Shooting At Savannah State University Leaves One Student Dead [WATCH]

    By Krystal Franklin,

    A Savannah State University student in Georgia was shot and killed late Thursday in the student union building.

    NBC News reports:

    Christopher Starks, who is from the metro Atlanta area, died at a local hospital, the college said in a statement.

    The campus had earlier been locked down “due to a shooting incident.”

    A reporter for NBC station WSAV spoke with two women who were in the union who said that there was a fight that ended in one person being shot in the collarbone area. The station reported that other students applied pressure to the wound before first responders arrived.

    A reporter for the station said students received an email from the university shortly before 10:45 p.m. telling students to “stay in place” and cooperate with law enforcement.

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handing the case with the assistance of the SSU Police department.

    Savannah State University has about 4,600 students and a campus of more than 200 acres, according to the university’s website.

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    Street Sandra Bland Stopped On Renamed In Her Honor


    Prairie View City Council members in Texas are hoping a road renamed after activist Sandra Bland will serve as a constant reminder of the injustices they say she suffered in Waller County, USA Today reports.

    City officials are also hopeful that the road, which leads to Bland’s alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, will also encourage law enforcement to make better choices and always follow best practices when making stops on University Drive, which will become Sandra Bland Parkway for three to five years before the council votes on the matter again.

    “I am overwhelmed, and I am just truly thankful to the city of Prairie View,” Geneva Reed-Veal, Bland’s mother, said in a press conference here after the decision to rename the road.

    “This is the first step, the very first step,” Reed-Veal said. “There’s still so much more that needs to be done.”

    Bland, 28, was stopped on the same road July 10 for allegedly failing to signal a lane change. When Texas state Trooper Brian Encinia felt his power threatened by Bland’s wit and matter-of-fact tone, he arrested her on a charge of assaulting a public servant.

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    60 Years After His Horrific Murder, Emmitt Till Is Remembered And Celebrated

    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till.

    They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to challenge injustice in their everyday lives. It’s a message that Deborah Watts, a distant cousin of Till’s, sees as relevant amid the killings in recent years of young black men such as Trayvon Martin in Florida and Tamir Rice in Ohio.

    Watts, of Minneapolis, was a toddler when Till was killed. She said that as she grew up, she spoke often with Mobley about Till.

    “It was her motivation to turn his death into something positive,” Watts said Thursday in Jackson.

    The 14-year-old Till was visiting relatives in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta on Aug. 24, 1955, when witnesses said he violated the Jim Crow social code by whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman working behind the counter of a store in the tiny town of Money.

    On Aug. 28, he was kidnapped from his uncle’s home a few miles away. On …read more

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    Obama To New Orleans: ‘You Inspire Me, And America’

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

    “There’s something in you guys that is just irrepressible,” Obama told hundreds of residents assembled at a bustling new community center in an area of the Lower 9th Ward that was once under 17 feet of water. “The people of New Orleans didn’t just inspire me, you inspired all of America.”

    He held out the city’s comeback as a metaphor for what’s happening all across a nation that has moved from economic crisis to higher ground.

    “Look at what’s happened here,” he declared, speaking of a transformed American city that was once “dark and underwater.”

    Still, Obama acknowledged that much remains to be done. And after walking door to door in the historic Treme section of a city reborn from tragedy, he cautioned that “just because the housing is nice doesn’t mean our job is done.”

    Areas of the city still suffer from high poverty, he said, and young people still take the wrong path.

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    Accused Bank Robber Says He Committed Crime To Pay For Daughter’s Chemotherapy Treatments

    By Desire Thompson

    A 23-year-old father says desperation led him to rob a Michigan bank so he could pay for his daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.

    Brian Randolph was arrested Aug. 14 for allegedly robbing a bank two days before. Randolph entered Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12 and passed a note to the teller demanding $20,000. He warned the teller he had a gun, although he did not. Randolph made off with $8,100 in cash, ABC News reports.

    After he was caught, Randolph told law enforcement he committed the crime to pay for his one-year-old daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.

    His daughter is battling retinoblastoma, a form of cancer that develops in the eye. Randolph’s girlfriend, Asia Dupree, told reporters their daughter gets chemo treatment for her cancer every four weeks. After Randolph’s insurance dropped him, his family said he took matters into his own hands.

    “I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up,” Dupree told WXYZ-TV.

    Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department said he’s having a hard time believing the claims, since Randolph was apprehended by the police while in possession of newly purchased high-priced items.

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    Shots Fired On Texas Southern University Campus; One In Critical Condition [VIDEO]

    By Krystal Franklin,

    Police are investigating a mysterious shooting on the campus property of Texas Southern University.

    ABC 13 reports:

    The shooting happened on Blodgett Street around 8:30pm in the parking lot of an apartment complex owned by the university.

    According to TSU Vice President Eva Pickens, the victim was rushed in critical condition to a nearby hospital. A suspect is in police custody.

    Pickens says they’re still trying to figure out what exactly happened and whether anyone involved is a student.

    The campus was not placed on a lock down because officials believe it was an isolated incident, Pickens said.

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