Monthly Archives: December 2015

White Officer Won’t Face Charges In Killing Of Cleveland Boy

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — A grand jury declined to indict a white rookie police officer in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black youngster who was shot to death while carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun, a prosecutor said Monday.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was “indisputable” that the boy was drawing the weapon from his waistband when he was gunned down — either to hand it over to police or to show them that it wasn’t a real firearm. But McGinty said there was no way for the officers on the scene to know that.

He called it “a perfect storm of human error” but said no crime was committed.

Tamir was gunned down by patrolman Timothy Loehmann within two seconds of a police cruiser skidding to a stop near the boy outside a city recreation center in November 2014. Loehmann and his training partner, Frank Garmback had responded to a 911 call about a man waving a gun.

Tamir was carrying a borrowed airsoft gun that looked like a real gun but shot nonlethal plastic pellets. It was missing its telltale orange tip.

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Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon Dead At 83

By Lynette Holloway

Meadowlark Lemon, the humorous Harlem Globetrotter who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, died at his home Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, reports The New York Daily News. He was 83.

From The News:

It’s unclear how Lemon died, but his wife, Cynthia Lemon,confirmed his death to the New York Times. He was 83.

Lemon realized his dream of joining the Globetrotters in 1954 and started a legendary stint that ended in 1978. He earned the “Clown Prince” moniker while playing more than 16,000 games with the basketball troupe.

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Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley on ASBC’s $1 Million Pledge to the Smithsonian

By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

Reverend Dr. Howard-John Wesley, of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, talks about the church’s $1 million pledge to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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The Top 10 News Stories Of 2015 [PHOTOS]

By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

A member of the band Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes pays his respects to 89 victims who died in a Nov. 13 attack, at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal are back at the ravaged Paris theater where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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A member of the band Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes pays his respects to 89 victims who died in a Nov. 13 attack, at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal are back at the ravaged Paris theater where they survived a massacre by Islamic extremist suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Sadly the year ended and began with trouble in one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world. In January, the world was stunned when Muslim extremists stormed the building where satire magazine Charlie Hedbo had their offices, killing 12 staffers. The killers said that the magazine’s parodies of Muslims were blasphemous and that they were acting on behalf of a segment of Al-Queda.

The two brothers in the attacks were shot to death by police. On Friday, November 13, 130 patrons of bars and restaurants, including 89 enjoying a concert at the Bataclan concert hall by the American band Eagles of Death Metal, were shot by a squad of assassins. Though the ringleader was shot dead, one of the attackers is still on the loose. ISIS took responsibility.

As Parisians mourned, the …read more

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Two Killed In Fatal Police Shooting In Chicago; City, Families React

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Grieving relatives and friends of two people shot and killed by Chicago police said Sunday the slayings raised concerns about why officers “shoot first and ask questions later,” saying the city failed residents even as a federal civil rights investigation has begun scrutinizing police practices.

Quintonio LeGrier, 19, was killed early Saturday by police responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on the city’s West Side, along with downstairs neighbor Bettie Jones, 55. Police said Jones was hit accidentally by the gunfire.

Both were black. The shootings came amid scrutiny of police after a series of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of officers across the country gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, during a vigil Sunday placed candles on the porch of the two-story home, where Jones lived in a ground-floor apartment and LeGrier’s father’s in an upstairs unit. On either side of the door, Post-It notes indicated where two bullets hit siding on the house.

“I used to watch the news daily and I would grieve for other mothers, other family members, and now today I’m grieving myself,” Cooksey said at a news conference outside the residence earlier Sunday. She wore a …read more

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Protesters Take Aim at Chicago Shopping District

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest developments in the fallout from fatal police shootings in Chicago and a federal civil rights investigation into the city’s police department (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

Demonstrators are planning to march through downtown Chicago’s high-end shopping district again to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

Organizers are hoping the Christmas Eve demonstration will be a repeat of another Michigan Avenue demonstration in which a few hundred people disrupted shopping there on Black Friday.

A group calling itself The Coalition for a New Chicago says the march will begin a noon at the south end of the Magnificent Mile shopping district and move north.

The area is one of the largest shopping attractions in the Midwest and hosts many high-end stores and hotels.

The release last month of police dashcam video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has led to weeks of sporadic protests.

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5:45 a.m.

Audio recordings of radio calls between Chicago police and a dispatcher show at least one officer had requested a Taser before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager.

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Here Are The Top Political Moments Of 2015

By Lynette Holloway

It has been a whirlwind year in politics as the nation gears up for next year’s presidential election.

Some of the top moments include when Loretta Lynch became the first female African-American U.S. Attorney General and the second woman to hold the position. In another important moment for women, Hillary Clinton threw her hat into the ring to become a Democratic presidential contender in the hopes of becoming the first female commander-in-chief.

President Barack Obama continued his fight to reform the nation’s shaky criminal justice system, defending Black Lives Matter. The president also helped usher in important change outside the borders of the nation, helping the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations.

Check out the gallery for more and let us know what political moment of 2015 stood out for you.

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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NFLer Apologizes For Putting Toys ‘R’ Us on Blast for Racially Profiling Him? [VIDEO]

By EURWeb

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Christmas shopping at Toys “R” Us turned in to an incident of racial profiling, according to Cincinnati Bengals running back James Wilder Jr.

In a video he posted on his Facebook page on Monday (Dec. 21), Wilder puts Toys “R” Us on blast for what he called ‘shopping while black.’ Upon arriving at the store, Wilder stated that the store’s manager confronted him with accusations of trying to steal a care cart full of toys earlier that same day.

“Calls us to the front, calls the sheriff,” the athlete said while revealing the story behind the incident in his Facebook video. “Now I’m sitting up here at the front. Messed up my whole shopping process, messed up my day ’cause we in Kentucky Toys R Us and they say I want to steal, like I got a reason to steal.”

Despite his efforts to prove he wasn’t the man who attempted to steal from the store earlier that day, Wilder said the manager refused to show him store footage and instead called the police. From there, Wilder was asked to leave Toys “R” Us.

Reflecting on what happened, Wilder said the entire incident at the store left him feeling “publicly humiliated, offended and …read more

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Obamacare Signups Grow Among Young People

By EURweb.com

If Donald Trump or any Republican who might manage to win the White House and tries to dump ObamaCare … it’s looking more and more like that’s not going to be easy to do.

According to reports, almost 8.3 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare plans, putting the administration well ahead of last year’s total at the same point in the sign-up season.

Federal health officials announced the latest figures on Tuesday, touting stronger-than-expected demand in December as healthcare customers race to find or switch plans ahead of the deadline to sign up for coverage beginning 2016.

The quicker pace likely indicates people are seeking to avoid the higher cost of being uninsured in 2016. People without insurance by tax season will face far steeper penalties, almost double the fee from the previous year, reports The Hill.

Of the 8.3 million sign-ups, about 2.4 million are new to the marketplace — a figure that is one-third higher than last year’s new total at the same distance from the deadline.

Significantly, this year’s sign-ups include 2.1 million people under age 35 — nearly double the number of young people enrolled during the same period last year.

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