Monthly Archives: September 2016

Did Tiffany & Co. Manufacture Slave Collars?

By Lynette Holloway

Executives at Tiffany & Co., released a statement on Tuesday denying that the company ever manufactured slave chokers after an image appeared on Facebook of an exhibit at a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“We are deeply troubled by the image circulating of a “slave collar” and can definitively assure you that this piece was not made by Tiffany, nor have we ever made any jewelry in our 179 year history for this deplorable purpose,” the post reads, in part.

The image appeared amid celebrations for last week’s opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., but the artifact actually appears at the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tiffany writes in its post.

“We have contacted the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum in Philadelphia where this item was on display (not the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, as rumored), and confirmed that there is no provenance information on the piece, who made it, or any supporting documentation regarding its intended use, the post continues. “The museum agrees and has already removed all Tiffany references from …read more

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‘How Many N-Words In My Store?’ Maryland Girl Records Classmates Chant Racial Slur

By Nigel Roberts

A 13-year-old African-American girl recorded a group of students chanting a racial slur on September 20 while on a school bus, The Washington Post reports.

They chanted: “One, two, three, four, how many n***ers are in my store?” It comes from a 2013 video about racial profiling posted to Vine, in which four teenage African-American males are closely watched by a convenience store clerk who suspects them of attempting to shoplift.

The Rockville, Maryland, middle school student showed the video clip to her parents, who were outraged. Her family wrote in social media posts that their daughter encountered racism for the first time and attached the clip, which exceeded 200,000 views by the next day, The Post said.

Robert Frost Middle School in MD. Kids singing racist song on bus! Please repost and expose injustice!! pic.twitter.com/i2BB2lB38m

— Brandon Long (@B_jamar86) September 20, 2016

“Now we are being forced to choose (quality education or torment),” the girl’s father, Brandon Long, wrote. “These children on this bus have learned this behavior from home. . . . Within their homes lie our judges, lawyers, doctors, and police officers.”

Montgomery County Public Schools pointed out that the students chanting on the …read more

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Jay Z To Produce TV Series On NY Teen Who Committed Suicide After Three Years In Rikers

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

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One day after Jay Z announced his new first look deal with The Weinstein Company to produce film and TV projects, the first fruit from the pact has been revealed. It’s based on a true story about one of the most heartbreaking cases to come out of America’s broken criminal justice system.

Jay Z and The Weinstein Company are teaming with Spike TV for a television event series about Kalief Browder, the African American who was falsely arrested at 16 on charges of robbery and imprisoned without conviction for three years at New York’s Riker’s Island.

In May 2010, while walking to his home in the Bronx, Browder was arrested and charged with second degree robbery. He was on probation for a previous arrest and was unable to make $3,500 bail as a result. Maintaining his innocence, he refused to take a plea bargain that would have released him.

After numerous postponements of his case and 31 hearings, his charges were eventually dismissed and Browder was released in June 2013 – three years after his arrest. For two of those years, Browder was held in solitary confinement or administrative segregation, physically abused by guards and beaten up by other inmates.

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Not Guilty Plea Entered In Tulsa Officer’s Manslaughter Case

By Krystal Franklin, BlackAmericaWeb.com

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of an Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not say anything at her first court appearance Friday, other than acknowledging her name. Her attorney, Shannon McMurray, entered the not guilty plea on her behalf.

Shelby is charged in the Sept. 16 death of Terence Crutcher, whose family sat in the first two rows of the courtroom Friday in Tulsa. Prosecutors allege Shelby acted unreasonably when she shot the 40-year-old Crutcher after she encountered his vehicle abandoned on the street.

Shelby, who is white, told investigators she feared for her life.

Shelby’s next court appearance is set for Nov. 29.

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Family Wants Video Released In California Police Shooting

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

A man covers his eyes with police tape during a protest, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of a black man shot by an officer after authorities said the man pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed black man fatally shot by an officer in a San Diego suburb was unjustly killed and the police department and chief prosecutor are trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting, representatives of the man’s family said Thursday in demanding the full video be shown.

After two nights of angry protests in El Cajon, where the shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon, Alfred Olango’s family gathered with lawyers and religious leaders and urged people to continue demonstrating but implored them to do it peacefully to honor his memory.

Olango’s anguished mother said her son was a good, joyful man who suffered a “mental breakdown” over the recent death of his best friend and needed compassion when police encountered him. Pamela Benge said her family had escaped war-torn Uganda to come to the U.S. for safety and she asked why police didn’t just shock her son with a stun gun or shoot him in the leg.

“He needed someone who was going to calm him down and then take care of the situation,” she said, her voice thick with emotion and dark glasses covering her eyes. “Not to come and …read more

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Philando Castile Murder Case Going Forward, Charges Against Officer Likely

By Danielle Jennings

Back in July, the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop not only left many heartbroken and devastated, but it also left a wealth of unanswered questions as to what exactly happened to him based on the police officer’s explanation. Luckily the state of Minnesota feels they have enough evidence to go forward with the murder case, specifically with charges against the police officer who fired the fatal shot.

The Huffington Post has the details about the latest developments in the Castile murder investigation, including a thorough probe by Minnesota prosecutors who are currently deciding which charges will be filed against Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was responsible for Castile’s death.

Via Huffington Post:

Minnesota on Wednesday handed over to prosecutors a probe into the fatal police shooting of a black motorist, officials said, as the county attorney weighed possible charges in a case that gained widespread attention through social media.

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a division of Minnesota’s public safety department, gave its findings into Castile’s death to the Ramsey County Attorney on Wednesday. The information is not public because of the ongoing investigation.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement that his office would conduct …read more

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PA Cop Fired After Using The N-Word On Snapchat

By Kiyonna Anthony

Officer Melissa Adamson has a msg for the people Of #Pitcairn & #Mckeesport..folks are NOT happy with her #Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/4Rg0OYfli8

— Frank Puddle (@FinallyAaron) September 27, 2016

Social media erupted on Tuesday after a Snapchat screenshot went viral, showing a police officer in uniform with text that included a racial slur.

Pennsylvania officer Melissa Adamson has been fired after an offensive photo which read, “I’m the law today n**gas” made its rounds on the internet. The insensitive pic reportedly cost her two jobs with local departments. On Tuesday, she resigned from her part-time job as a police officer in Versailles.

Adamson told Pittsburgh’s Action News, “I’m not a racist. That’s not how I plan on portraying myself. I love my job. I love what I do. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.” She added that the derogatory term was used loosely by people around her, saying, “Everyone that knows me knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body. And people who don’t know me, I can understand why it was misconstrued to where it looks racist. But like I said, everyone …read more

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Famed 1968 Raised Fist Protesters Support For Kaepernick

By Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality.

The American sprinters who were sent home from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics for what they called a “human rights salute” say the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and others are right to use their platform in an attempt to affect social change 48 years later.

“Don’t hate the kid because he stood up for something to change,” said Smith, who won the gold medal and set a world record in the 200 meters in 1968. “He stood up for the right to exercise Amendment 1.”

Speaking Wednesday at the Team USA Awards, the first U.S. Olympic Committee event they’ve been invited to since their protest, Smith says he’s backing Kaepernick because his protest is proactive and Carlos says there’s no better platform than sports to stand up for something, even if it brings criticism.

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Parents Of Trayvon Martin Have Book Coming In January 2017

By Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen fatally shot in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, have a book coming out on Jan. 31.
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Spiegel & Grau announced Wednesday that it will release “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The book, narrated alternately by the mother and father, will tell of Trayvon’s “life and struggles, his tragic death, and the transformative movement for justice” that he inspired, according to Spiegel & Grau, a Penguin Random House imprint. Martin’s parents also will share the “grief and confusion” they have endured and how they contended with an “indifferent system” as they struggled to make sense of what happened.Like BlackAmericaWeb.com on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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Commissioner Criticizes Gala That Honored Freddie Gray Officers

By Associated Press

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s police commissioner is criticizing the decision of three officers charged but not convicted in the death of Freddie Gray to attend a conservative group’s gala where they were honored for their service.

WBAL-TV reports Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday he doesn’t condone their appearance at the Media Research Center’s annual gala Sept. 22. He wants to examine whether department policy is stringent enough to bar that kind of off-duty activity.

Lt. Brian Rice and officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller walked onstage to loud applause at the group’s annual awards gala in Washington. Officers Caesar Goodson and William Porter, and Sgt. Alicia White do not appear in the video.

Prosecutors dropped all charges after three officers were acquitted and another’s trial ended in a hung jury.

Gray, a young black man, died a week after his neck was broken as he rode in the back of a police van, handcuffed and shackled but not seat-belted in.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Media Research Center has honored the Baltimore police officers who were charged but not convicted in the 2015 death of a young black man whose fatal neck injury in the back of a police van touched off riots in the …read more

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