Monthly Archives: July 2016

70 Arrested At Governor’s Mansion After Protesting Philando Castile’s Death

By Associated Press

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 70 people have been arrested as police cleared demonstrators from the street in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion, police in St. Paul said Wednesday.

Demonstrators have been camping outside the governor’s residence since July 7, a day after Philando Castile, a black man, was shot and killed by a suburban police officer during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his shooting on Facebook.

St. Paul police said the most recent arrests were made at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when 23 people were taken into custody for public nuisance and unlawful assembly. They were taken from the scene by bus. Forty-six people were arrested Tuesday.

The scene was quiet Wednesday morning.

Police had cleared the street before — on July 18 — but protesters went back into the road Sunday. Police told the protesters Tuesday morning that they could no longer block the street and demonstrators began to gather their belongings, police spokesman Steve Linders said.

Police began making arrests around 11 a.m. Tuesday, after one protester allegedly removed a “No Parking” sign from a curb, the Star Tribune reported.

Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds accused police of a “show of military force against unarmed peaceful protesters,” Minnesota …read more

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Florida Dad Kills Baby, Shoots Son Before Killing Himself

By Associated Press

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s investigators say a man fatally shot his 1-year-old daughter and injured his 7-year-old son before killing himself during an argument with the children’s mother along a South Florida road.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in Dania Beach, which is just south of Fort Lauderdale.

Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gina Carter tells local news outlets the family was traveling in their vehicle. She says the mother got out of the car, trying to get to a relative’s home for help.

While she was inside, she heard gunshots. Carter says 32-year-old Timothy Hollis and Kalila Hollis were dead at the scene. Timothy Hollis Jr. was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

Carter says investigators don’t know what sparked the argument. The mother’s name hasn’t been released.

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Charges Dropped For All Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

By Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the case against officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was injured in police custody (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015.

Prosecutors’ decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.

A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.

The death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.

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3:15 a.m.

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Mom Posts Video Of Her Beating Daughter Live On Facebook

By EURWeb

A woman in Savannah, Georgia beat her 16-year-old daughter on Facebook Live for posting a photo of herself in nothing but a towel, and next to her boyfriend.

Despite multiple commenters calling for the mother’s arrest, the Savannah Police Department told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Monday they hadn’t heard anything about the incident.

The mother was identified by TheRoot.com as Shanavia Miller. When she found out that her 16-year-old daughter, Nia Green, posted the risque photo on Saturday, she unleashed a five-minute ass whupping on the child and had someone film it for Facebook Live as part of her punishment.

The mother started off using a piece of wood. “You wanna be a thot on Facebook?” Miller began.

She then tells whoever is holding the camera to follow her into the laundry room, where she continues beating the girl with her hands.

“You nasty as hell,” Miller shouts as she hits Green in the face, stomach and shoulders. “You got me f***ed up!”

“Get your grades up in school before you think about opening your legs. Keep your room cleaned and actually be nice to your sister!” Miller said at one point.

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#MothersOfTheMovement Speak At #DNC

By Associated Press

Hoopla and celebration gave way to somber moments as the convention showcased “mothers of the movement” — women whose children died in gun violence.

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen killed in 2012, said that no mother “would have signed up” for the assignment.

Fulton said Clinton has the compassion to support grieving mothers and the courage to fight for gun legislation. “This isn’t about being politically correct. This is about saving our children,” she said.

Clinton has made gun safety a foundation of her presidential campaign, vowing to push for expanded criminal background checks and a renewal of a ban on assault weapons.

Philadelphia’s police union complained that Clinton was showcasing killings by police without giving equal time to the families of fallen officers. Clinton’s campaign said two members of law enforcement also are on the convention schedule.

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Woman Awakes To Hate Messages Written On Her Home And Car

By Shamika Sanders

When Mia Frias-Russell woke up last Wednesday, she discovered hateful messages written on the facade of her Indiana home and car and sugar in her gas tank.

“I was just shaking and in so much fear of who could have done it and why,” Frias-Russell told local news station WDRB.

Apparently the tension has been building for weeks until it boiled over and neighbors began shouting profanities at her in the street.

“I have been getting yelled n***** b**** out here mowing the grass several times,” the single mother said.

While it appears the harassment stems from racial tensions, Frias-Russell thinks it’s because a private detective allegedly spread lies about her around the neighborhood. “That I am a drug user, drug abuser … that I’m a dangerous person, and none of those things are facts,” she said. “I truly believe … it’s gotten around to the wrong ignorant person, and this is what happened.”

Ma’am, if it wasn’t race-related, they would have spray painted “drug dealer” not n*****.

Frias-Russell livestreamed her reaction to the vandalism on Facebook. The video has been viewed over five million times.

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Miss Cleo Dead At 53

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

TMZ is reporting that infamous television psychic Miss Cleo has died from a battle with Cancer.

TMZ.com reports:

“A rep for Miss Cleo — whose real name was Youree Harris — tells us she died Tuesday morning in Palm Beach County, FL. We’re told she was recently hospitalized, but was discharged last week to a hospice center.

We’re told Cleo was originally diagnosed with colon cancer … but it spread to her liver and lungs.

The rep said Cleo remained a “pillar of strength” during her illness … and died surrounded by family and friends.

Cleo’s Jamaican character and her psychic commercials became a cult classic in the late ’90s … thanks to her catchphrase, “CALL ME NOW!”

Miss Cleo was actually born in L.A. — she just nailed the accent.

After the Psychic Readers Network closed shop, Cleo bounced around to various jobs … including voicing a character in the video game, “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.”

In 2015 she reemerged for a Benefit Cosmetics Flawless Friends Network video.

RIP Miss Cleo!

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Monitor Chosen To Oversee Ferguson’s Police, Court Reforms

By Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Monday chose a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson’s policing and court system, a process expected to cost the St. Louis suburb more than $1 million.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry announced that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in Ferguson. City officials say the cost of the monitoring will not exceed $1.25 million over five years, or $350,000 for any single year.

The team will be led by Clark Ervin, who was inspector general for the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security before becoming a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.

“We are honored to take on this important assignment at such a critical time in our nation,” Ervin said in a statement.

A consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, approved by Perry in April, calls for diversity training for police, outfitting officers and jail workers with body cameras, and other reforms.

“I’m excited that both the City of Ferguson and the Department of Justice have worked together to complete the process of choosing an Independent Monitor,” Ferguson City Manager De’Carlon Seewood said in a statement. “This …read more

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Michelle Obama Electrifies DNC With Passionate Speech

By JULIE PACE, AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only candidate who can be trusted as a role model for the nation’s children. She took numerous swipes at Republican Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name.

“This election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives,” Mrs. Obama said on the opening night of the Democratic convention. “There is only one person I trust with that responsibility, only one person I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is Hillary Clinton.”

The first lady was among a high-wattage line-up of speakers taking the stage, all but wiping away earlier tumult that had exposed deep tensions between Clinton supporters and those loyal to her primary opponent Bernie Sanders.

While Mrs. Obama has often avoided overt politics during her nearly eight years in the White House, her frustration with Trump’s rise was evident. She warned that the White House couldn’t be in the hands of someone with “a thin skin …read more

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Mother Of Florida Nightclub Victim Says She Warned Son Beforehand

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With the Orlando massacre still fresh on everyone’s mind, the mother of a young man who was slain at a nightclub early Monday had warned her son about what to do if there were a shooting: “hit the floor, find a table.”

But when gunfire erupted at the Club Blu parking lot, 18-year-old Stef’an Strawder didn’t have anywhere to hide. He was killed along with a 14-year-old boy, and 17 other people ranging in age from 12 to 27 were wounded during a swimsuit-themed party for teens.

“I told him to look for all the exits if any kind of shooting would go off, to hit the floor, find a table and get out of the way … because I thought about the people in Orlando. That was a big thing,” Strawder’s mother, Stephanie White, told The Associated Press.

Since the shooting happened in the parking lot, “He didn’t have that chance,” she said.

Florida is again reeling from a mass shooting at a nightclub, but instead of being committed by a terrorist spouting Islamist ideology, this rampage may have started with an argument over a rap performance. Police have not yet released a motive.

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