Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dozens Arrested In New York City Gang Crackdown

By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of suspects were arrested early Wednesday in a wide-ranging investigation of rival street gangs that terrorized a Bronx neighborhood with crimes including murder, robbery and drug trafficking.

Hundreds of federal agents and police officers, some using helicopters and armored trucks, were involved in the predawn takedown. Prosecutors said that more than 100 people were named in federal indictments.

Among those charged was a drug dealer already serving state prison time for killing a 92-year-old woman with a stray bullet, authorities said.

The woman, Sadie Mitchell, was watching television in her Bronx home in 2009 when the bullet went through her living room window and hit her in the hip before puncturing her lung.

Two days later, police arrested Jamal Blair, 18, who lived nearby. Investigators said Blair had admitted during questioning that he fired a pistol during a fight between rival groups in the neighborhood.

An indictment accused Blair of being a member of a gang that also shot and killed two other victims, ages 15 and 18, during the ongoing turf war.

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Families of 3 Drowned Girls Question if Police Tried to Save Them [VIDEO]


The families of three teen African American girls who allegedly stole a car at 4 o’clock in the morning, and then tried to outrun police, before the car plunged into 15-feet of water, causing each of them to drown, is now asking those Pinellas County Florida Sheriff’s deputies:

Did you really try to save our girls?

Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15 are said to have stolen a gold Honda Accord from a supermarket parking lot on March 30. According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times,

“Though the county sheriff’s rules forbid deputies from chasing stolen vehicles, some officers were trailing the car when the car plunged into a pond off a sharp turn in the road around 4 a.m. the next morning.”

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Michelle Obama Encourages Education On College Signing Day

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — High school seniors on their way to college were feted by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and a host of celebrities on Tuesday as she encouraged them to make the most of their college experiences, get involved in campus life and ask for help when they need it.

“We are so proud of everything you’ve achieved, and we don’t take the struggle for granted,” Obama told a roaring crowd of young people in attendance at an event in Harlem.

Obama was marking her third and last College Signing Day, part of the Reach Higher initiative she started to encourage young people to extend their educations past high school. The events were in Detroit and San Antonio the first two years.

Obama told the students the goal wasn’t just to get into college, but to get a degree.

“The minute you get to college this fall, I want you to get right back to work,” she said. “Today is not the end of your journey. It’s just the beginning.”

She recounted her experience starting at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, where she initially felt out of her depth as a first-generation college attendee until she reached out for support.

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“No Tea, Lemonade Please:” Beyonce’s Latest Album Is What It Means To Be A Black Woman In America

By Ashley Wright, Contributing Writer

If you were ever wondering what it’s like to be a Black woman, a Black woman in America, a Black woman scorned, a Black woman disrespected by society, a Black woman being discriminated against, a Black woman in grief, just watch Beyonce’s Lemonade so you can get the sweet and sour taste of what it’s like to be a Black woman.

She serves a video of 11 emotions: intuition, denial, anger, empathy, emptiness, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and redemption; what appears to be the process of the resentment towards her beloved Jay Z, all the while exploring the exploits, genres, and events that have affected Black woman in society.

Yes. Do not psych yourself up to think that this album is solely about infidelity, heartbreak, and a cheating husband.

This album is so much deeper than that. As a Black woman, seeing Lemonade and listening to the lyrics brought tears to my eyes. I felt joy, inclusion, and release for all women of color.

Laced with symbolic and metaphoric imagery, Beyonce evokes nostalgia, tears, and any kind of emotion that you may have or may have never felt. She gives you a piece of your Black grandmothers, aunties, cousins, sisters and mothers, through …read more

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Did Will Smith Fire His Gun First and Accidentally Shoot Wife?


The murder of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith continues with its many twists and turns as reports surface of the New Orleans Police Department investigating claims that Smith was the first person to fire his gun before getting killed.

At the heart of the claims are some witness reports and allegations that the athlete retrieved a gun from his car before he was shot and killed in a confrontation with Cardell Hayes, a notion that authorities are seriously looking at.

Talking with a source close to the investigation, WWL First News reports that detectives are working to determine definitively if allegations are true that Smith not only got his gun out of his car, but also fired at least one shot.

Hayes’ defense attorney, John Fuller, has suggested his client did not shoot Smith’s wife, Racquel and stated that ballistics testing would prove that the wounds to Racquel’s legs were not from bullets from his Hayes’ gun.

According to the source, detectives are investigating if it was actually Smith who accidentally shot his wife as she intervened to try and stop his confrontation with Hayes, who admits, through his lawyer, that he fatally shot Will Smith multiple times. Fuller stated that Hayes …read more

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Police Union Says Tamir Rice Settlement Money Should Help Educate Kids

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of a Cleveland police union said the family of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the dangers of handling real and replica firearms, while an attorney representing the boy’s family blasted the comments.

“Something positive must come from this tragic loss,” said Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm,” he said.

The statement came hours after the city announced a settlement Monday in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

“We have maintained from the onset this has been an absolute tragedy for the Rice family as well as our involved officers and their families,” Loomis said.

Family attorney Subodh Chandra sharply criticized Loomis’ response.

“Anyone has ever wondered whether ‘tone deafness’ is a real thing need look no further than the police union leadership,” Chandra said …read more

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Cleveland Settles Lawsuit Over Tamir Rice Shooting For $6M

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday says the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next.

The wrongful death suit filed by his family and estate against the city and officers and dispatchers who were involved alleged police acted recklessly when they confronted the boy on Nov. 22, 2014.

Video of the encounter shows a cruiser skidding to a stop and rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann firing within two seconds of opening the car door. Tamir wasn’t given first aid until about four minutes later, when an FBI agent trained as a paramedic arrived. The boy died the next day.

A grand jury declined to bring charges against the officers, and a federal civil rights investigation is pending. The shooting raised questions about how police treat blacks, spurred protests around Cleveland and helped spark the creation of a state police standards board to lay out rules about use of deadly force in law enforcement.

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First Flint Mother To Sue Over Water Crisis Found Dead

By Kellee Terrell

Woman (Sasha Bell) who Filed Flint Water Lawsuit Shot Dead in Twin Killing via @EurWeb

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Sasha Bell, the 19-year-old mother that was the first person from Flint to sue for poising thousands of its residents, was found dead in her apartment. According to the New York Daily News, Bell, along with a second woman, Sacorya Reed, were both shot to death last week in the Ridgecrest Village apartment complex.

Police found a 1-year-old that was injured, but refuse to confirm if Bell was the child’s mother. Since the double homicide, the unidentified baby was taken into custody by Genesee County Children’s Protective Services, MLlive reported.

“Sasha was a lovely young woman who cared deeply for her family, and especially for her young child,” her attorney, Corey M. Stern, said, according to MLive. “Her tragic and senseless death has created a void in the lives of so many people that loved her. Hopefully, her child will be lifted up by the love and support from everyone who cared deeply for Sasha.”

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President Obama Says Movements Like Black Lives Matter ‘Can’t Just Keep on Yelling’

By Kellee Terrell

In London, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of young people to about activism, racial profiling and transgender rights. He also threw some indirect shade at The Black Lives Matter Movement saying that movements have to be more than “yelling,” the New York Times.

“Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them,” Mr. Obama said.

He added, “And you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position. The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room, and then to start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved.”

Perhaps Obama’s comments were in relation to numerous BLM activists turning down his invitation to meet with him earlier this year or the shutting down presidential candidates at rallies or private events. Either way, according to the Times, this isn’t the first time that POTUS has “warned” BLM activists telling them in a private meeting in 2014 …read more

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Are These Officers To Blame For Three Black Teens Drowning?

By Zon D'Amour

Following the news that three Florida teens drowned after driving a stolen vehicle into a pond, the victim’s family’s have begun questioning whether or not the police stood idly by instead of attempting a rescue mission.

We previously reported that Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15, had stolen their friend’s Honda Accord and went for a joy ride on the evening of March 30th. Reportedly, it’s against county sheriff’s rules for officers to chase stolen vehicles but a police cruiser was tailing the car when it make a sharp turn and plunged into the 15 foot pond.

According to the Miami Herald, the officers attempted to wade into the water to save the teens, before the darkness and thick swampy mud halted their path.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office also released dash cam footage from the incident via Facebook in efforts to downplay the accusations that the officers allowed the teens to drown.

“The sheriff stated at the time that deputies removed their gunbelts and clothes and tried to enter the water to rescue the girls, but the conditions in the water prevented them from doing so. This is exactly what happened, and we stand …read more

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