Monthly Archives: October 2015

UPDATE: Police Investigate Foul Play After Body Of Baltimore Stylist Damon Jennings Found In Ditch

By Jeff Mays

Maryland State Police say the body of missing Baltimore stylist Damon Jennings, 22, was found Thursday alongside a road in Somerset County, Md., about 45 minutes from Baltimore.

Jennings was last seen leaving a Baltimore County restaurant at 11 p.m. on Oct. 16. At around 2 a.m., Jennings’ uncle texted to ask when his nephew was coming home.

The family received a text from Jennings’ phone that said: I’m heading home,” Jennings’ mother Angela Braxton told NewsOne.

Instead, Jennings’ body was found in a ditch two weeks after he was last seen by a person walking in the area.

“Jennings’ body was found shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday by a person walking along Backbone Road near Seatick Road, in Eden, Md. Responding troopers observed trauma on the man’s body and the State Police Homicide Unit was called to conduct an investigation,” Maryland State Police said in a statement.

Jennings’ clothed body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine cause of death.

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Anonymous Plans To De-Hood 1,000 Ku Klux Klan Members

By Desire Thompson

As the one-year anniversary of the Ferguson protests approaches, Anonymous members have once again launched an attack on the KKK.

Anonymous tweeted their warning on Tuesday, promising to out at least 1,000 members of the White supremacy organization. Last year, the hacktivists created #OpKKK, known as “Operation Ku Klux Klan,” during which they took over the social accounts of the group’s members.

The KKK incurred Anonymous’ wrath in November of last year, when they threatened to use lethal force against protesters after a grand jury failed to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Anonymous released a press release on Tuesday along with the warning tweets.

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Ex-Addict Who Became Prominent Pastor Found Dead in Church

By Associated Press

IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A former heroin addict who turned to religion and became a prominent pastor after he was released from prison was found dead Friday in the church where he preached and ministered to those who walked in his shoes.

A family member found the Rev. Ron Christian, 51, inside the Christian Love Baptist Church, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Foul play was not suspected, but officials were awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death.

Christian was a prison guard who battled heroin addiction before he lost his job and was sentenced to prison in 1996 for theft. Upon his release in 1997, he joined a church in Newark where his father, a retired pastor, was working.

He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a minister, which led him to this community where drugs and violence are daily problems. He became pastor of Christian Love Baptist Church in 2000. The church, which had just a dozen members, has since grown to a congregation of 6,000.

He was known for being a pastor whom wanted murderers, drug dealers and other criminals could turn to: Christian would encourage them to do what was right and turn …read more

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Corey Jones’ Funeral Plans Released, Rev. Al Sharpton Will Deliver Eulogy

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Rev. Al Sharpton has been scheduled to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Corey Jones, the Florida church drummer shot dead by a police officer while waiting by his disabled car.

USA Today reports:

Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, has delivered eulogies at the funerals of several people whose deaths caught the nation’s attention. Sharon Walker from the Carriers of the Glory International Ministries in Tallahassee, Fla. will also deliver a eulogy.

Corey Jones, 31, died around 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18 while waiting for a tow truck. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department says officer Nouman Raja got out of his car to investigate what he thought was an abandoned vehicle and was suddenly confronted by “an armed subject” who the officer then shot dead. Authorities say a gun was found on the scene.

At Payne Chapel AME in West Palm Beach, Fla., a wake for Jones will be held Friday, followed by a funeral on Saturday. The church plans to livestream the services on their website. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to the Corey Jones Memorial Fund through a GoFundMe account.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Jones’ family, says that based on …read more

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Corey Jones’ Funeral Plans Released, Rev. Al Sharpton Will Deliver Eulogy

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Rev. Al Sharpton has been scheduled to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Corey Jones, the Florida church drummer shot dead by a police officer while waiting by his disabled car.

USA Today reports:

Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, has delivered eulogies at the funerals of several people whose deaths caught the nation’s attention. Sharon Walker from the Carriers of the Glory International Ministries in Tallahassee, Fla. will also deliver a eulogy.

Corey Jones, 31, died around 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18 while waiting for a tow truck. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department says officer Nouman Raja got out of his car to investigate what he thought was an abandoned vehicle and was suddenly confronted by “an armed subject” who the officer then shot dead. Authorities say a gun was found on the scene.

At Payne Chapel AME in West Palm Beach, Fla., a wake for Jones will be held Friday, followed by a funeral on Saturday. The church plans to livestream the services on their website. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to the Corey Jones Memorial Fund through a GoFundMe account.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Jones’ family, says that based on …read more

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Clinton to Pitch Sentencing, Police Changes to Black Voters

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is using a Southern campaign swing to outline criminal justice proposals she says would treat black Americans more fairly.

The trip to Georgia and South Carolina comes as Clinton works to solidify her advantage in the African-American community over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both candidates have called for ending mass incarceration in the United States, an issue that resonates strongly among black voters who will play a key role in choosing a nominee.

In Atlanta on Friday, Clinton will call for eliminating sentencing disparities between crack cocaine crimes and those that involve powder cocaine. Clinton proposes making the change retroactive, according to her campaign. The changes would build on a 2010 act of Congress that narrowed the disparity between crack crimes — which are concentrated among minorities — and powder crimes, which are more likely to involve whites.

The former secretary of state also will propose a legal ban on racial profiling by police. The policy would forbid federal, state and local officers from “relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities,” unless they have information linking a suspect to a crime. The campaign has not yet released details explaining …read more

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Clinton to Pitch Sentencing, Police Changes to Black Voters

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is using a Southern campaign swing to outline criminal justice proposals she says would treat black Americans more fairly.

The trip to Georgia and South Carolina comes as Clinton works to solidify her advantage in the African-American community over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both candidates have called for ending mass incarceration in the United States, an issue that resonates strongly among black voters who will play a key role in choosing a nominee.

In Atlanta on Friday, Clinton will call for eliminating sentencing disparities between crack cocaine crimes and those that involve powder cocaine. Clinton proposes making the change retroactive, according to her campaign. The changes would build on a 2010 act of Congress that narrowed the disparity between crack crimes — which are concentrated among minorities — and powder crimes, which are more likely to involve whites.

The former secretary of state also will propose a legal ban on racial profiling by police. The policy would forbid federal, state and local officers from “relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities,” unless they have information linking a suspect to a crime. The campaign has not yet released details explaining …read more

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Florida Cop Who Killed Corey Jones Was Unqualified For Plainclothes Work, Still On Probation

By Lynette Holloway

Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, who shot and killed Corey Jones as he waited for roadside assistance, was still on probation and therefore unqualified for undercover surveillance work, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News.

Nonetheless, at about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18, Raja, 38, who was in his sixth month with the department, pulled up alongside the stranded Jones, 31, in an unmarked van and exited wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and a ball cap, the report says. He had been conducting surveillance on suspected burglaries.

Via Yahoo News:

But the department’s written procedures, obtained by Yahoo News through the Florida open records law, require that surveillance operations be carried out by tactical officers or detectives. As a new hire, Raja was still on probationary status and assigned to patrol. Nothing in his personnel file indicates other duties…

“It looks like they assigned an untrained officer to conduct surveillance,” said police practices consultant Chuck Drago, who read the department’s surveillance policy at Yahoo News’ request. “Surveillance is an art and it takes training and practice. I think the PD will have to explain the use of an untrained officer in such a position.”

Palm Beach Gardens chief Stephen Stepp, …read more

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Eric Garner’s Son Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Manhattan Citi Bike

By Desire Thompson

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The son of the late Eric Garner was arrested for allegedly stealing a Citi Bike on Tuesday evening, The New York Daily News reports.

Emery Snipes was stopped by NYPD officers for riding the bike against traffic and entering a park after dark in lower Manhattan. The 16-year-old was then unable to provide officers with a receipt for the rented bike. Citi Bike is a sharing system that allows residents to ride bicycles throughout the city and surrounding boroughs.

Snipes was issued two summons: one for riding the bike against traffic, and the other for being present in a city park after dusk. He was also given one day of community service. A judge informed the teen he could avoid charges if he stays out of trouble for six months.

Snipes’ father was killed by a police officer in July 2014 after being placed in an illegal chokehold. Protests and outcry spread throughout the nation after the incident was recorded on a pedestrian’s cell phone. Charges were not brought against the officer involved.

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Young Baltimore Stylist Disappears After Hanging Out With Friends

By Jeff Mays

Damon Jennings

Case Type: Endangered

DOB: Jan. 1, 1993

Missing Date: Oct. 16, 2015

Age Now: 22

Missing City: Baltimore

Missing State: Maryland

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Dark

Height: 5-4

Weight: 150

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Short

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Leaving a restaurant in Baltimore.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Jennings’ mother Angela Braxton said her son left his uncle’s house at about 8 p.m. on October 16 for a business meeting with a group of friends and associates. Jennings was known around Baltimore for his skills as a clothing stylist; the meeting was with a web designer and photographer about their latest project.

“That was his passion. He was always into clothing,” Braxton told NewsOne in an interview. “He’s pretty well-known in Baltimore and he is a good kid. Never in any trouble and I didn’t have any complaints.”

After the meeting, the group of friends went to a lounge to hang out and left around 11 p.m., said Braxton. Around 2 a.m., Braxton said her brother texted Jennings and asked when he would be home.

“At 2:19 a.m. my son texted: ‘I’m heading home,’” said Braxton.

It was the last time anyone heard from Jennings. A woman says she saw Jennings driving his car in the Windsor Mill section of …read more

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