Monthly Archives: June 2016

WATCH: Wisconsin Police Knee, Punch, & Taser 18-Year-Old Teen During Arrest

By Charise Frazier

A tense police confrontation was caught on camera between an 18-year-old Wisconsin teen and two police officers on Tuesday.

Authorities say they were called to a local Taco Bell in Madison, Wisconsin, where they allegedly found Genele Laird yielding a knife, KABC reports.

Laird, they say, was at the restaurant to retrieve her cell phone from an employee who had stolen it.

When the video begins, Laird is handcuffed, but after a series of struggles, officers begin kicking her and bring her down to the ground, where they can be seen punching her. One officer then uses a Taser in the side and in the leg.

Laird screams in pain as she is tasered multiple times. Officers then cover her head with a spit mask and put her in the back of a patrol car. An internal investigation is being conducted at this time, police say.


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Chicago Woman Stabbed To Death In Domestic Attack On Train

By Charise Frazier

A woman was stabbed to death Thursday (June 24) on Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line after a confrontation with an unidentified man.

The suspect in question is currently in police custody. Police are withholding his name until they announce charges.

“This was domestic in nature. We’re sure of that,” First Deputy John Escalante said in a news conference outside the 47th Street station.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jessica Hampton, according to The Chicago Tribune. Hampton was riding a southbound train when she was fatally stabbed around 12:35 p.m., police say. CTA halted service at the 47th Street station for several hours to conduct an investigation.

DEVELOPING: Jessica Hampton, 25yo, was stabbed to death Thurs on the Red Line in #Chicago @fox32news #heartbreaking

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethFox32) June 24, 2016

Witnesses say they overheard Hampton and the man exchange a few words before he stabbed her multiple times, slitting her neck and torso.

One person who witnessed the crime later found out she and Hampton were cousins. Andrea Patterson told The Tribune she was sitting across from the couple with her headphones on, when she saw the man ask …read more

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No Charges For Texas Cop Who Pinned Down Black Teen At Pool

By Nigel Roberts

A Collin County, Texas grand jury declined on Thursday to indict a former McKinney police officer caught in a firestorm for subduing a bikini-clad Black girl at a pool party last summer, CBS News reports.

“We’re glad that the system worked in his favor in this case,” Tom Mills, the attorney for Eric Casebolt, told The Dallas Morning News.

The newspaper could not reach the family of 15-year-old Dajerria Becton for a comment.

A video shows Casebolt, who is White, throwing and pinning Becton to the ground, as he draws his weapon on other teenagers. He was responding to a call about rowdy behavior at a pool party in the upscale community.

The image of a White officer with a knee pressed against Becton’s back sparked outrage. For many, it was more evidence of excessive police force against African-Americans.

Grand Jury Will Not Indict “Out Of Control” McKinney, Texas Pool Party Cop via @HipHopWired

— HipHopWired (@HipHopWired) June 23, 2016

According to The Morning News, the Texas Rangers investigated the incident and sent its report to the county prosecutor in January.

The City of McKinney released this statement:

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State Drops Charges In Delaware Mom’s Death After Only Witness Recants

By Charise Frazier

Arteise Brown, a 24-year-old mother of two, was walking with a friend and two children on April 28, 2015, in their Delaware neighborhood, when 13 shots rang out.

Brown fell to the grown after a bullet struck her in the lower back. Medics attempted to revive her on the sidewalk and in the ambulance, but despite their efforts, she died at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington.

Another 19-year-old woman was also hit in her upper thigh by a bullet as she stepped out of her car. She survived her injuries.

No charges in Del. mom’s shooting death after witness recants via @USATODAY

— I’m a human (@emmad000) June 22, 2016

On Tuesday, state prosecutors were forced to drop charges against Mateo Pinkston, the Wilmington man identified as the shooter, USA Today reports. The only witness who agreed to testify recanted her statement, saying she did not actually see Pinkston and only identified him because that was “the word on the street.”

Pinkston was arrested in May 2015 and faced second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and weapons charges in connection with the shooting.

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Nation’s Largest School Desegregation Program To Phase Out

By Nigel Roberts

The largest and longest-running school desegregation program in the nation is coming to an end, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Since the 1980s, more than 60,000 African-American students in St. Louis attended predominantly White county schools. At the same time, White students from the suburbs were allowed to attend magnate schools in the city. But the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, the group that oversees the desegregation program, says it’s time the student transfer program winds down.

“It is a legal requirement that the program cannot continue forever,” David Glaser, executive director of VICC, said at a meeting of superintendents and representatives of the 12 participating school districts, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Under consideration is a plan, beginning in fall 2019, to limit county school admissions to students who have a sibling already enrolled. A vote on that plan is expected by the end of this year.

That plan would be the final extension of a program that came into existence more than three decades ago, following a federal desegregation lawsuit. There was a 10-year extension in 1999, after St. Louis Public Schools and Missouri won federal approval to end federal oversight of the program. Other extensions were later enacted. But as the …read more

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Freddie Gray Van Driver Acquitted Of All Charges


Officer Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore Police officer and van driver accused of giving a “rough ride” that killed Freddie Gray, was found not guilty by Judge Barry Williams on Thursday.

Goodson faced the most serious charges of the six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. He was found not guilty of 2nd degree depraved heart murder, and also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

Prosecutors argued Goodson had five chances to render aid to Gray after his neck was broken in the back of the van, which they said demonstrated a “depraved heart.” They also said Goodson was the direct cause of the injuries, driving the van in a reckless manner that threw the shackled black man around in the back of the van’s steel cage. As a certified field training officer, prosecutors said Goodson knew Police Department rules and broke them.

But Goodson’s defense argued that officers who checked on Gray didn’t know he was seriously injured, and that Goodson deferred to decisions of other officers not to put a seatbelt on Gray.

Williams, a former city prosecutor who also investigated police misconduct for the Justice Department, heard Goodson’s case …read more

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NYC Seeks Dismissal Of Teacher’s Lawsuit Over Central Park 5 Lesson

By Nigel Roberts

New York City asked a federal judge to throw out a teacher’s lawsuit, which claimed that she was fired over her lesson plan about the five Black teens wrongfully convicted of a violent gang rape in Central Park, NBC News reports.

Convicted in 1989, the so-called Central Park Five were exonerated in 2002 of raping a White female investment banker. DNA evidence backed up the confession of the actual rapist. The city ultimately settled a federal lawsuit with the five men for $40 million, but that didn’t end the divisive turmoil. Many New Yorkers of color point to that case as evidence of police misconduct and ongoing systemic injustice.

23 Years Later the Falsely Accused “Central Park Five” Gets Justice

— Black Then (@4BlackThen) May 29, 2016

Jeena Lee-Walker, the teacher at the center of the controversy, claimed that she received negative performance reviews because her lessons on the Central Park Five appeared biased in favor of the wrongfully convicted Black teens.

New York English Teacher Jeena Lee-Walker Fired Over Central Park 5 Lessons

— BCNN1 (@bcnn1) January 9, 2016

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NYPD Failed To Give Dying Black Man CPR For 10 Minutes, Video Shows

By Charise Frazier

A surveillance camera at Yankee Stadium caught the startling actions of responding NYPD officers who stood over a New York City man for 10 minutes as he lay unconscious after a severe asthma attack.

Moments later, 25-year-old Barrington Williams went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead at Lincoln Medical Center.

Last year, Williams’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NYPD. The suit names Officers Joel Guach, Agenol Ramos, and Robert O’Brien as defendants, according to the New York Daily News.

Jason Leventhal, the family’s lawyer, reviewed the tape once investigators turned the video evidence over.

“For 10 minutes the officers were indifferent and apathetic to Barrington’s life, and those 10 minutes can be the difference between life and death,” said Leventhal.

Williams was caught selling MetroCard swipes on September 17, 2013 and ran from the police. He was eventually tackled to the ground and restrained by handcuffs at 1:57 p.m., according to the surveillance footage.

At 2:08 p.m., a medic arrived and administered chest compressions on Williams’ unconscious body. But the family was troubled that for 10 minutes in between the time he was handcuffed and the chest compressions, officers did not administer CPR.

Karen Brown, Williams’ mother, says her …read more

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Iowa Republican Lawmaker Wants To Block Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

By Charise Frazier

Apparently there’s one outspoken GOP congressman who doesn’t want to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) filed a measure that would block the Treasury Department from spending money to redesign paper money or coin currency, the Huffington Post reports. King hopes his addendum will be attached to a wider bill that addresses overall Treasury funding.

The congressman is no stranger to controversy. In 2014, he doubled down on the following statement in regards to granting citizenship for undocumented immigrants: “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds – and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

Tubman, a titan in the abolitionist and Women’s Suffrage Movement, was announced as Jackson’s replacement on the $20 bill in April. The swap spurred opposition from many notables, like GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Others hailed it as a victory for equality and a step forward after generations of White men dominated the imagery on American currency.

SOURCES: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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Emanuel AME Pastor Moved After Five Months In The Role

By Staff

Reverend Dr. Betty Deas Clark was named the first woman pastor of the Emanuel AMA church a few months ago – unfortunately, her tenure has reportedly already ended.

WCBD reports:

She has lead the church since the interim pastor Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff returned to his position as presiding elder over the Seventh District AME Church. Dr. Richard Norris is the Bishop of the 7th district.

Sources say that Dr. Clark has been moved to a church in a Georgetown. The name of the church has not been released. Several calls were made to Emanuel AME church requesting interviews with Dr. Clark. A spokesperson for the church would not confirm that she has been reassigned. Reverend Clark came to Mother Emanuel after the minister State Senator Reverend Clemente Pickney and 8 people were gunned down during Bible study.

Dr. Anthony Thompson confirmed that he would lead the Bible study on Wednesday night. He said that he is “shocked” by the news that Reverend Clark has been reassigned.

The news come just a year after nine people were killed in the historic church.

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