Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘Kill All Koons’ Scrawled Across Black Indiana Church On Thanksgiving Day

By Charise Frazier

Just one month after a Mississippi church was burned to the ground, members of a predominantly Black church in Evansville, Indiana, discovered the message “Kill All Koons” scrawled across the sanctuary doors in chalk on Friday, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

Vandals also wrote “Koons Inside” on the church van, the outlet reports. Members of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church believe someone carried out the act after the sanctuary’s annual Thanksgiving feast.

“I know there seems to be a rise across the country of ill will toward certain groups of people. But we keep preaching, we will overcome evil with good,” said Rev. Todd Robertson, the church’s pastor.

Robertson says he’s never seen anything like this in his 17 years as a pastor. He believes adversaries may have been riled up after watching the diverse selection of volunteers serve meals to over 300 less fortunate Evansville members on Thanksgiving Day.

“We hope the person will be turned in and held accountable,” he said.

This is the second act of vandalism enacted against Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. According to the Evansville Courier & Press, members found and cleared a threatening message found on the sidewalk near the church’s property three weeks …read more

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Retired Dallas Police Chief Hired As Contributor By ABC News


FILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown briefs the media about a shooting at Dallas Police headquarters in Dallas. Brown, who's drawn criticism amid plummeting morale among officers and widespread praise for his response to the July sniper attack that killed five officers, has announced his retirement. Brown issued a statement Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, saying he will retire Oct. 22 after 33 years with Dallas police. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News.

A news release posted on ABC News’ website Wednesday morning quotes a note to staff sent by company President James Goldston announcing Brown’s hiring. The note says Brown will start Jan. 1 as a contributor on topics such as economic inequality, gun violence, race relations, policing and social justice.

A network spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for more information.

Brown announced his retirement after 33 years on the force about two months after the attack. He officially retired on Oct. 4.

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No Charges For Charlotte Officer In Death Of Keith Lamont Scott

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press; TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte police officer who shot and killed a black man at an apartment complex, touching off several nights of unrest in the city, will not face charges, a North Carolina prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray said Officer Brentley Vinson’s actions in killing Keith Lamont Scott were justified.

Scott’s family has said he was not armed.

However, at a lengthy news conference Murray displayed a nearby store’s surveillance video showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott’s ankle, and he gave extensive details about other evidence that Scott was armed.

Plainclothes officers had gone to the complex about 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 looking for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott — not the suspect they were looking for — inside a car with a gun and marijuana, department spokesman Keith Trietley has said in a statement.

Officers saw Scott get out of the car with a gun and then get back in, police said. When officers approached, they said, Scott exited the car with the gun again. At that point, officers deemed Scott a threat and Vinson fired his weapon.

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Push For Federal Law To Allow Families To Instantly Report Missing Adults

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.

Sierra Shields was a 29-year-old adult when she went missing in January. The flight attendant was last seen leaving her supervisor’s office at LaGuardia Airport. It was unlike her to go days without contacting her family or her roommates. And there was no activity on her financial accounts or social media.

But when the Shields family went to police to report her missing, they say they didn’t receive help.

“We thought once we reported her missing something would happen and that was not the case. My other daughter and her friends had gone to a number of precincts and had tried to get the case …read more

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1 Of 2 Inmates Who Escaped From California Jail Recaptured

By Associated Press


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — One of two inmates who sawed their way out of a California jail and vanished last week was recaptured late Tuesday, authorities said. The search continued for the other one.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Laron Campbell was taken back into custody and was being transported back to Santa Clara County. It wasn’t immediately clear where the arrest occurred, and no other details were released.

Deputies are still searching for Rogelio Chavez, it said.

Chavez and Campbell escaped with two other prisoners last Wednesday night from Santa Clara County’s main jail by cutting through the bars covering a second-story window and then rappelling to the ground on a bedsheet rope. The others were quickly apprehended.

Earlier Tuesday, heavily armed deputies surrounded a mobile home in San Jose in which they believed Chavez was hiding — but came up empty-handed.

Deputies placed nearby schools on lockdown and searched several places throughout the county after receiving tips of the possible location of Chavez, said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rich Glennon.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s SWAT team was dispatched to a mobile home parked on an east San Jose street.

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Teacher Suspended For Stepping On American Flag During Lesson On First Amendment

By Roland Martin

11/30/16- Roland Martin talks Lee Francis, the black male teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina after being suspended for stepping on an American flag during a teaching of the First Amendment.

“it was not act of defiance at all. we were teaching about the American Revolution. We were going through each amendment and we get to the part about symbolic speech. I used the flag as a demonstration. It was a couple taps of my foot, I don’t deny that I stepped on it, but that was it. I was not in any way influencing them,” Francis said.

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President Obama Covers Rolling Stone, Says ‘Michelle Will Never Run For Office’

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has tamped down any speculation that first lady Michelle Obama may one day run for office herself.

In an interview with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner conducted the day after the presidential election earlier this month, Obama said, “Michelle will never run for office.”

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He added, “She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

Obama also said in the interview published online Tuesday that once he leaves office in January, he and his wife will “continue to be very active” on their belief that “when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens.”

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Some Blacks Applaud Castro Legacy Of Racial Equality

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press


DETROIT (AP) — The Fidel Castro that Sam Riddle and many other African-Americans admired was not the revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the island nation in an iron grip.

To them, he was a freedom fighter who cared about improving the lives of all Cubans, regardless of race.

Castro, who died Friday at age 90, sought out black leaders. He met with Malcolm X in 1960 in Harlem, New York’s most celebrated black neighborhood. He also had a close relationship with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela.

“It was Fidel who fought for the human rights for black Cubans,” said Riddle, political director of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network. “Many Cubans are as black as any black who worked the fields of Mississippi or lived in Harlem. He believed in medical care and education for his people.”

The dictator’s efforts to achieve racial equality mean he “will never be a monster” to his many admirers, Riddle added. “To me, he’s the essence of humanity.”

Castro led a rebel army to victory in 1959 over the country’s pro-U.S. Batista government. Many Cuban elites fled 90 miles north to Miami, where they spent decades in exile. After his …read more

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Supreme Court Seems To Favor Texas Death Row Inmate

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed likely Tuesday to side with a longtime death row inmate in Texas who claims he is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible to be executed.

A majority of justices during arguments at the high court expressed misgivings with the way the top Texas criminal appeals court evaluates borderline cases of intellectual disability.

That court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, reversed a lower court and ruled that inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled. Moore was convicted in the shotgun killing of a Houston grocery store clerk in 1980.

The Supreme Court held in 2002 that people convicted of murder who are intellectually disabled cannot be executed. The court gave states some discretion to decide how to determine intellectual disability. The justices have wrestled in several more recent cases about how much discretion to allow.

The Texas court’s approach, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opens “the door to inconsistent results, depending on who is sitting on the trial court bench, something we try to prevent from happening in capital cases.” The court’s three other liberal justices and Justice Anthony Kennedy, voiced similar concerns.

Two years ago, Kennedy and the four liberal justices formed a majority when the court …read more

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Slager To Testify In Own Defense At Walter Scott Shooting Trial

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager is taking the stand to tell his version of what happened when he fatally shot a black motorist fleeing a traffic stop last year.

Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, is expected to testify in his own defense Tuesday in a Charleston courtroom.

Scott, who was black, was shot five times in the back while running from the white officer. The shooting was captured by a bystander on cellphone video.

In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 photo, Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager sits in the courtroom, in Charleston, S.C. Slager, who turns 35 next month, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the April 2015 death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The requests are among a flurry of motions attorneys for Michael Slager have filed in recent days. Jury selection begins next Monday, Oct 31, 2016, in Slager's murder trial. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)

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