Monthly Archives: August 2016

Thousands Sign Petition To Release Teen Accused Of Murdering Her Abusive Father

By Danielle Jennings

Suffering through years of physical abuse is enough to drive anyone to their breaking point regardless of age. As previously reported, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows was arrested on July 28 for fatally shooting her abusive father in an attempt to protect herself and her family. Now a show of support has emerged for the teen, as thousands have signed a petition urging for her release.

According to Bresha Meadows’ mother, she supports her daughter fully and completely corroborates her story that she and her daughter suffered long-term abuse at the hands of her husband. The Huffington Post has all the details of this latest development, as well as the next steps for Meadows’ case.

Via Huffington Post:

Over 6,000 people have signed a petition calling on Trumbull County prosecutors to drop charges against Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old girl accused of killing her abusive father. “As a child impacted by extreme violence, Bresha needs a safe and supportive environment to heal and rebuild,” it reads. “Bresha should be released immediately and not have to endure the re-traumatization of prosecution and incarceration.”

The teen has been held in a juvenile detention center in Warren, Ohio, for over a month. She spent her …read more

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Philando Castile’s High School Classmates Raise Over $25,000 For Scholarship

By Charise Frazier

On Sunday, supporters of Philando Castile gathered at his high school in Minneapolis to celebrate his life by putting on a scholarship event, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The event, titled “Central Honors Philando,” was held at Castile’s alma mater, Central High School. Castile graduated from the school in 2001. Prior to Sunday’s gathering, fellow alumni and community members had raised over $10,000. By the end of the evening, the event raised over $25,000.

“We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that,” said Karla Basta, an event organizer who attended high school with Castile. “Central is a really loyal school, and this was all done by Central alumni.”

More than 500 people attended the event, which included music, food, and kids’ activities, according to The Tribune. The scholarship will go to an underprivileged Central student who plans to study education or child development. Many who attended the event were students who knew Castile personally; he was a food service worker at nearby J.J. Hill Elementary.

“[Castile] worked at a school, didn’t have his education license, but he definitely affected …read more

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Missing Arizona Boy Jesse Wilson Has Run Away Before, Police Records Show

By Jeff Mays

Although African-Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African-Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African-Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile missing persons and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.

Jesse Wilson

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: March 16, 2006
Missing Date: July 17, 2016
Age Now: 10
Missing City: Buckeye
Missing State: Arizona
Case Number: NCMEC1272890

Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 4-0
Weight: 60
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Records released by police show missing 10-year-old Arizona boy Jesse Wilson has left his home in the middle of the night before.

According to police body camera video released by the Buckeye, Arizona Police Department, a neighbor called police in April when he found Jesse on his property in the early morning hours.

Asked by police why he was out of his home and wearing his school uniform, Jesse …read more

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FSU Player Eats Lunch With Autistic Student Sitting Alone

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For one day, a mother says, she didn’t have to worry about her autistic son eating lunch by himself.

A small gesture of kindness by Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph — captured in a photo and shared on Facebook — had tears streaming down the face of the sixth-grader’s mother, Leah Paske.

“I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say it will not soon be forgotten,” she wrote. “This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes.”

Rudolph was among several FSU players visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee Tuesday when he saw Bo Paske sitting alone in the cafeteria, grabbed a slice of pizza and asked if he could join him.

The child said, “Sure, why not,” Rudolph recalled after returning to campus.

“We just had a great conversation. He started off, telling me his name was Bo, telling me how much he loves Florida State. We went from there,” the player said. “It was real easy … you’d never think anything was wrong …read more

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Black Professionals Cheer On City Students Starting School

By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It was just the start of another school year, but the greeting was anything but routine for students arriving at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

One by one, the students received high-fives as they filed past rows of black professional men on their way to the school entrance, introduced individually like members of a playoff team taking the court.

“Isaiah is going into the 1st grade!” one man shouted, leading the crowd in cheers of encouragement.

“Lily, 2nd grade! Let’s show her some love.”

Dozens of businessmen, policemen and others answered a call to show up to the dilapidated Hartford school in their work clothes or uniforms on Tuesday.

Organizer and local pastor, A.J. Johnson, said the welcome ceremonies began last year as a way to counter stereotypes of black men, and do something positive at a time of heightened tensions over police shootings of black men. But he said the ceremonies, which are planned this week at other schools in the city’s poor, largely black neighborhoods, also aim to give a lift to students in traditional public schools that have seen many leave for charter and magnet schools.

“What we wanted to do was support the kids who did not …read more

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President Obama Commutes Sentences For 111 Inmates

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama cut short on Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

Obama has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug convictions, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and incarceration rates unseen in other developed countries.

White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said the commutations underscored the president’s commitment to using his clemency authority to give deserving individuals a second chance. He said that Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.

“We must remember that these are individuals — sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents — who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance,” Eggleston said. “They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes.”

Eggleston noted that Obama also granted commutation to 214 federal inmates earlier in the month. With Tuesday’s additions, Obama has granted the greatest number of commutations for a single month of any president.

Eggleston says he expects Obama to continue using his clemency authority through the end of …read more

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Latest ‘Racist’ Remarks Prompt Maine GOP To Muzzle Gov. Paul LePage

By Nigel Roberts

Maine Gov. Paul LePage‘s racially insensitive remarks and conduct have gone too far—even for his GOP colleagues in the Maine Legislature.

State Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said they plan to hold a private meeting with their governor before deciding how to muzzle him, WMTW-TV reports.

Thibodeau urged LePage to take “corrective action” for his “unacceptable” conduct to prevent a possible censure, according to the news outlet.

At a recent town hall meeting, the governor said he kept a three-ring binder with pictures of illegal drug dealers who travel to Maine:

“I don’t ask them to come to Maine to sell their poison but they come. And I will tell you, that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book … are Black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut; the Bronx; and Brooklyn.”

LePage dug a deeper hole when he defended his first comments by describing his state’s drug problem in terms of war:

“A bad guy is a bad guy. I don’t care what color he is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red. … You shoot at the enemy. …read more

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Prosecutor To Mull Death Penalty Opposition In Nuns’ Slaying



DURANT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation.

Relatives and colleagues of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill have publicly expressed their opposition to execution. A judge denied bond Monday to Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, who is charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of burglary and one count of grand larceny.

Capital murder under Mississippi law is a killing committed along with another felony. It is punishable by execution by lethal injection or by life in prison.

Held and Merrill, both 68, were found stabbed to death in their home in Durant after they failed to show up to work last Thursday at a medical clinic in nearby Lexington, where they were nurse practitioners.


“We are going to consider the heinous nature of the crime and their wishes,” District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver said Monday, referring to the death penalty opposition by families of the sisters and their religious orders.

Sanders has been held in an undisclosed jail since his arrest late Friday. …read more

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Justice Department Focuses On Police Treatment Of Mentally Ill

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill.

The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department’s policies found that officers end up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with mentally disabled people who in many instances haven’t even committed crimes.

The report cited instances of officers using a stun gun to subdue an agitated man who refused to leave a vacant building and of spraying mace to force a troubled person — said by his father to be unarmed and off his medications — out of an apartment.

Though past federal investigations have addressed the problem, the Baltimore report went a step further: It was the first time the Justice Department has explicitly found that a police department’s policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The finding is intended to chart a path to what federal officials hope will be far-reaching improvements, including better training for dispatchers and officers, diversion of more people to treatment rather than jail and stronger relationships with mental health specialists.

“Through the course of our work in the last several years on this bucket …read more

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Ohio Man Shoots Woman To Death After Hitting Her Car

By Allison McGevna

Oh my God. #DeborahPearl

Shot & killed by a white man after HE crashed his car into hers

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 29, 2016

A 53-year-old Ohio woman was brutally murdered by a man who caused a car accident with her vehicle in the Cleveland area Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Deborah Pearl, a mother and employee of a Cleveland Area Harley Davidson diner, was reportedly shot by Matthew Ryan Desha, a 29-year-old man toting a high-powered assault rifle, who police say killed her after hitting her with his jeep.

Shortly after 7:20 a.m., Pearl was headed to work when Desha reportedly ran a red light at an intersection and hit her car, flipping his vehicle multiple times in the process. Afterward, Pearl is said to have stepped out of her car to assess the damage, at which time he grabbed his high-powered assault rifle and shot at her at least 12 times, reports say.

According to the NY Daily News, she could be heard screaming on 911 call tapes. Witness testimony revealed that she had her hands up in the air as the man approached her …read more

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