Monthly Archives: November 2015

Man Who Allegedly Shot at Minneapolis Protesters Charged

By Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Prosecutors are filing charges against four men who were arrested last week after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by police.

Twenty-two-year-old Allen Lawrence Scarsella, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of riot while armed with a dangerous weapon and five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

The criminal complaint says Scarsella fired the shots that left five protesters injured on Nov. 23.

Prosecutors plan to announce charges against three other men on Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened near a police precinct where dozens of protesters have been camped since the Nov. 15 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

Police say Clark was fatally shot after struggling with officers. But some people who said they saw the shooting allege the 24-year-old was handcuffed.

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11:55 a.m.

One of five people who was shot and wounded last week outside a Minneapolis police station says he has no plans to stop demonstrating despite pleas from city leaders.

Eighteen-year-old Wesley Martin was among some two dozen people at the encampment Monday outside a north …read more

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Chicago Man Charged In Execution-Style Shooting Of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee

By Desire Thompson

A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the suspected gang-related shooting of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, The New York Daily News reports.

The announcement was made on Twitter early Friday by Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. A press conference is expected to reveal more details behind Corey Morgan’s charges.

Tyshawn was lured into an alleyway earlier this month and shot execution-style in the head and back, police said.

Chicago Police detectives have made an arrest in the unspeakable murder of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. Press announcement later this morning.

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 27, 2015

Last week, Morgan, 27, was arrested on gun charges and considered a person of interest in the shooting.

From the NY Daily News:

Police first questioned Morgan two days after the fourth grader’s Nov. 2 death, the Chicago Tribune reported, but he was released without charges.

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Colleges Grapple With Best Ways to Address Race Incidents

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hunger strike, a threatened boycott by the football team and ultimately, the resignations of two administrators.

At the University of Oklahoma, damage over a racist chant that was caught on video was kept to a minimum when the school president acted quickly to expel the students and condemn the episode.

Swift action is high among the best practices that school leaders can use to help defuse campus tension, experts say.

“There’s no such thing as having a perfect plan, but you have to continually be in the motion of creating a better campus climate,” said Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma’s vice president for the university community.

Benjamin Reese, president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, said administrators should not wait for students to demand a meeting. Instead, he said, they can invite students to strategic meetings and join students in protests if it’s over an issue they agree with. Administrators should know what they are going to do before something happens and be willing to speak out immediately, Reese said.

For example, Harvard University President Drew Faust immediately condemned the taping …read more

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High Stakes For Baltimore As Freddie Gray Trials Begin

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward.

Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the mistreatment by police of another young black man. The narrative of Gray’s life and death instantly became a thread in the fabric of the Black Lives Matter national movement.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful for several days, but on the day Gray was buried, looting and rioting started. Businesses were burned down and the unrest ended up costing the city millions of dollars in property damage. The troubles forced an incumbent mayor in the throes of a re-election campaign to drop out of the race, and toppled the career of a reform-minded police chief who was unceremoniously fired. The homicide rate soared and the blood continues to spill on Baltimore’s streets at a pace unseen in decades.

Six police officers were indicted in Gray’s death. Jury selection in the first trial begins Monday. A verdict will likely set the tone for the city: If Officer William Porter …read more

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Trumped: Donald Trump Cancels Press Conference With Black Pastors When Endorsements Don’t Happen

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star.

“It’s a miscommunication,” said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who has helped to arrange meetings between Trump and black pastors in recent months. Trump’s campaign “thought it was going to be a press conference for an endorsement when it wasn’t,” Scott said Sunday in an interview.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that Trump would still be holding a private meeting with the group on Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia. She did not respond to additional questions about the cancellation.

Trump has been courting the support of evangelical black clergy members as he works to broaden his appeal in a crowded Republican field. He has held several meetings with pastors from across the country in recent months.

His campaign issued a press release last week that read: “Mr. Trump will be joined by …read more

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Autopsy Report Reveals 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee Spent Final Moments Trying To Block Gunshots

By Maria Mora

Corey Morgan is one of three men who have been charged in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. During his court hearing, horrific details surrounding the young boy’s final hours were revealed.

Prosecutors gave a grim description of the moments that led up to Lee’s death, who they believe was targeted after Morgan’s 13-year-old brother, Tracy, was murdered in a gang-related feud.

ABC News reports, “Shortly after the shooting, [Morgan] stated that since his brother was killed and his mama shot, he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” prosecutors said. “After that day, [Morgan] and two others went out daily armed with guns, looking to retaliate.

Before he was shot and killed, Lee was at a Chicago playground, where police say he was lured into an alley.

The site continues:

Prosecutors revealed witnesses’ accounts that allegedly place the three suspects in the park at different times while Lee was in the play lot, swinging in a swing set with his basketball down next to him. At one point, Morgan and one of the other men drove away in a black SUV while the third suspect stayed in the park, according to …read more

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Protest Over Chicago Teen’s Shooting Set For Retail District

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, demonstrators were poised to disrupt Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city’s most famous retail district.

Demonstrators scheduled the march on Friday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season that packs Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. Activists hope to bring attention to the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and an investigation into his shooting that some say was mishandled.

“This is going to give an opportunity for all of Chicago to come out, demonstrate their outrage and their anger in a nonviolent way, (and) interrupt the economic engine of Black Friday,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest and prominent local activist.

The graphic dashcam video that shows McDonald being shot repeatedly by Officer Jason Van Dyke was released Tuesday, the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. He’s been ordered held without bond.

In recent days, there has been talk that marchers taking part in the Black Friday protest would engage in acts of civil disobedience, such as blocking store entrances to prevent shoppers …read more

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Black Fox News Co-Host Asked if She ‘Makes Kool-Aid’ [WATCH]

By EURweb

Oh my, this was one awkward moment. Or as comedian Paul Mooney would say, someone just got their “n*gger wake up call.”

If you missed it, on Wednesday (11-25-15), black Fox News host Harris Faulkner appeared momentarily stunned during a Thanksgiving cooking segment when host Brian Kilmeade asked her if she served Kool-Aid with her meals.

Yep, the idiot went there. Here’s the set up:

It was the final episode of “Fox & Friends” before the Thanksgiving holiday and Faulkner shared her recipe for making peach cobbler.

As with most short morning show cooking segments, Faulkner was rushing to explain how the dish was prepared until Kilmeade forced her to do a double take.

“Do you make Kool-Aid?” he asked.

“Uh, do I do what?” she replied.

“Make Kool-Aid,” Kilmeade repeated.

“Uh, no,” Faulkner stuttered. “I – I don’t make Kool-Aid.”

Like we said awkward.

Watch the video below.

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‘I Was Deeply Disturbed’ – President Obama On Laquan McDonald Shooting

By Lynette Holloway

A day after Chicago police officials released graphic video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down by a Chicago police officer, President Barack Obama took to Facebook express concern.

Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor. And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.

Chicago is Obama’s adopted home. First Lady Michelle Obama is a Chicago native and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were both born in the city, which has been racked by violence in recent years.

The post, which went out about 7 p.m. ET, garnered 18,000 likes and 1.6k shares. Needless to say, most commenters agreed with Obama.

President Obama, I agree,” wrote Nita Thomas Dye. “This Thanksgiving I will be praying for our troops and our citizens to be safe and peaceful. I support you, sir. I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!”

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#UPLIFT: White House Invites Homeless Choir To Holiday Party

By NewsOne Staff

This homeless choir got a personal invite to a White House holiday party https://t.co/Xv50o95tBP pic.twitter.com/umJyXUQmMy

— Dr. Pope (@drjcpopeonline) November 22, 2015

Here’s some good news to make you smile, right in time for the holidays.

A choir comprised of men from Atlanta’s Central Night Shelter are making their way to the nation’s capital in December to perform at the White House Open House Holiday Celebration, the Huffington Post reports. The Atlanta’s Homeward Choir — which was founded three years ago as “a group of men who get together to sing, make music and come in out of the cold,” founder Donal Noonan told the Post — owe the visit to a joke he made after the choir completed their last season, the Post writes.

“A friend congratulated me and asked how I was going to top that,” he said. “I responded jokingly next stop the White House and … that planted a seed.”

And, if the invitation is any indication, the power of speech made it happen.

Noonan made some calls to a friend who had worked in the government, but didn’t hear back for a while. Then, a few weeks ago, the director and his chorus got a …read more

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