Monthly Archives: June 2017

No Alcohol, Drugs Found At Party Where Cop Killed 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards

By Angela Bronner Helm

Adding even more insult to grievous injury, there were no alcohol or drugs at a suburban Dallas house party where a police officer fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was leaving the event.

This contradicts accounts that police came to a Balch Springs, Texas, house party on April 29, 2016, and broke it up because a call came in saying there was underage drinking going on.

As teens were leaving the party, former police officer Roy Oliver shot into a car Jordan was sitting in with his rifle, shooting the African-American honor student in the head and killing him in front of his brothers and friends.

Police took the boys in the car into custody after the incident, forcing them to leave Jordan’s body behind.

None of the teens were drinking nor doing drugs, a law enforcement official told the Dallas Morning News, and an autopsy report this week also showed no traces of alcohol or illegal drugs in Jordan’s system.

Oliver was arrested on murder charges less than a week after the fatal incident, and was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department.

The 37-year-old cop first told investigators that the car carrying Jordan was coming toward him in …read more

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Prosecutor Drops Perjury Charge Against Ex-Trooper In Sandra Bland Case

By Nigel Roberts

The former Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland during a 2015 traffic stop agreed never to work again in law enforcement in exchange for having a misdemeanor perjury charge against him dismissed, CNN reports.

Under the deal announced on Wednesday, Brian Encinia will turn over his police credentials and sign a sworn statement that permanently ends his law enforcement career. He was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with Bland’s death while in police custody.

Charges dropped for Brian Encinia, who is the only cop who faced criminal charges related to Sandra Bland’s death. https://t.co/bOK887ceBI

— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 29, 2017

News of the deal shocked Bland’s family. Their attorney, Cannon Lambert, said the special prosecutor promised the family that he would take the case to trial.

“The prosecutor didn’t even reach out to the family to notify them that they were looking to cut this deal,” Lambert said, according to CNN.

He added: “What was gained — him never being an officer anymore, would have been gained by a conviction. They gave up a chance to seek justice and got nothing.”

Bland’s sister, Shante Needham, who lives in the Chicago area, …read more

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Black Lawyer Petitions Supreme Court To Remove Confederate Emblem From Mississippi Flag

By Nigel Roberts

Mississippi stubbornly refuses to remove the Confederate battle emblem embedded in its official state flag. If one resident has his way, that may change.

Attorneys for Carlos Moore petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to consider his case, which contends that the Confederate battle emblem is a symbol of White supremacy and violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee, the Washington Post reports.

Moore, who is a Black lawyer, filed the lawsuit in February 2016, which was not received favorably in the lower courts. His attorneys argue that the Constitution’s Establishment Clause prohibits states from favoring one religion over another. The lower courts, however, have refused to extend that principle to race.

Attorney Carlos Moore’s lawsuit takes aim at Mississippi state flag – The Dallas Weekly https://t.co/7ZCRxsVz04 pic.twitter.com/EQZUSE9RRi

— Dallas Weekly (@dallasweekly) March 16, 2016

They argue that the Confederate emblem, as a symbol of White supremacy, sends the message that Mississippi favors Whites over other races.

According to The Post, Mississippi is the last state that continues to feature the controversial emblem in its state flag. Mississippi has withstood the wave of national soul searching following the 2015 Charleston church massacre, …read more

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Baby Gangstas Accused Of Robbing Home To Buy Grills, Jewelry And Luxury Cars

By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

What would you do if your teenage son gifted you with a luxury car? Well, in the case of the baby gangsta crew from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, their parents must have looked the other way. Six teenage boys, from 14-16 years old, are accused of robbing a home in Florida, making off with over 200K. After buying grills and other items, they gifted their parents and siblings with luxury cars ranging from a brand new $80,000 Dodge Charger to a used $25,000 Mercedes-Benz.

The Sun Sentinel reports:

The six boys charged this week with breaking into a home and stealing a Porsche, a safe stuffed with more than $200,000 in cash and two loaded handguns were so young that only one was old enough to drive.

But the Fort Lauderdale teens — ages 14 to 16 — are experienced in crime well beyond their years and have lengthy rap sheets, authorities say.

One of the teens, Rural Scott, 15, was on probation and wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor when he told investigators he served as lookout during the April 27 break-in in Fort Pierce.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called the teenagers “thugs” who “intentionally targeted our community, searched …read more

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Chicago PD Now Requires Recruits To Visit African-American Museum

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The Chicago Police Department has made a tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History part of the training requirements for new recruits.

A class of 56 officers visited the venue Monday.

“The one thing I can tell you after 29 years [is] if you don’t know a culture, you tend to fear it,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told Fox 32 Monday, June 26.

The department has required new recruits to visit the Holocaust museum for years to teach soon-to-be officers about other cultures, according to Atlanta Black Star.

Black history was added only after the 2014 shooting death of Black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer. The department also added a lesson about the meaning of implicit bias.

The training is open exclusively to new recruits, but the CPD is open to the possibility of expanding it in the future.

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Alton Sterling’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Louisiana Cops

By Clarissa Hamlin

The children of Alton Sterling on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the police chief and the officers who shot him, reports NBC News.

The move comes after the Department of Justice failed to bring charges against the officers. Sterling, 37, a father of five, was shot six times by Officer Blane Salamoni after a struggle outside of a convenience store on July 5, 2016, just a day before Philando Castile was killed by police in Minnesota.

Sterling’s children said in the suit that the shooting fit a racist pattern by police to use lethal force against Blacks, an issue that many protesters were vocal about during demonstrations following his death.

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over their father’s fatal shooting death at a convenience store last year. https://t.co/lCnTH4dHVy pic.twitter.com/4GUoxRDaiA

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 27, 2017

Alton Sterling’s children file suit against Baton Rouge police in fatal shooting https://t.co/iYR0wfGmKh pic.twitter.com/dPUIijuwr4

— AL.com (@aldotcom) June 27, 2017

Sterling’s kids, who are seeking unspecified damages, also said their father’s death was at the hands …read more

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‘I Just Feel Like Someone Has Her:’ Virginia Mom’s Long Wait For Missing Daughter

By Jeff Mays

Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 37 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database under the age of 18 and 26 percent above the age of 18. 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.


Keeshae Jacobs

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: Jan. 1, 1995
Missing Date: September 26, 2016
Age Now: 22
Missing City: Richmond
Missing State: Virginia
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-3
Weight: 100
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Keeshae Jacobs told her mother she was spending the night at a girlfriend’s house but never returned. keeshae jacobs

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Location Last Seen: Keeshae Jacobs was last seen on September 26, 2016 walking from her apartment building in the Midlothian area of Richmond, Virginia, off Erich Road.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Jacob’s mother, Toni Jacobs, 46, told NewsOne that her daughter said she was going to spend the night at …read more

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Twitter Hires African-American Woman To Lead Diversity Efforts

By Nigel Roberts

In May, Apple hired Denise Young Smith, who is African American, as it first vice president of diversity and inclusion. Another tech giant has made a similar move.

CNN reports that Twitter announced on Tuesday that Candi Castleberry-Singleton is its new vice president of inclusion and diversity.

Twitter has hired Candi Castleberry Singleton as VP of diversity and inclusionhttps://t.co/BtehrRhzvH pic.twitter.com/2cmItzcFJX

— Axios (@axios) June 27, 2017

“I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter,” she said in a statement, according to USA Today.

Excited to announce I’m joining @Twitter as the new VP of Inclusion & Diversity. Can’t wait to help build on the company’s great progress!

— CandiCastleberry (@Candi) June 27, 2017

In 2016, Whites and Asians represented nearly 90 percent of Twitter’s workforce, according to the company’s diversity report. Blacks and Hispanics, combined, represented just 7 percent. The company’s leadership was 74 percent White and only 2 percent Black. And as with most of the technology industry, …read more

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Morehouse College Names New Interim President After Setbacks

By Clarissa Hamlin

Morehouse College on Monday named an alumnus and recent member of the board of directors as its new interim president, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Harold Martin Jr., replaces William “Bill” Taggert, who died earlier this month of an aneurysm at his home in Atlanta. Taggert was named interim president in April following the board’s decision to terminate its contract with John S. Wilson.

Morehouse Board of Trustees Appoints New Interim President, Mr. Harold L. Martin Jr. – https://t.co/1O0fQ2V0or pic.twitter.com/gluMiClvlM

— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) June 26, 2017

Officials said Martin, who built a consulting practice and private investment firm, would take on daily leadership responsibilities until a new president is hired. Martin was valedictorian in 2002 and has now resigned from his seat on the college’s board of directors after joining in 2014.

I will continue to execute on this plan in the days and weeks ahead and look forward to working with Morehouse’s Board, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and donors to solidify Morehouse’s position as an academic leader during this pivotal time in our College’s history,” Martin said in a statement, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Willie Woods, chairman of the Morehouse College board …read more

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Missouri NAACP Issues Travel Warning, Considers Boycott

By Angela Bronner Helm

Given that this was the state where the city of Ferguson erupted over the death of Mike Brown, it is now a felony if one fights in school (wonder who that targets?) and in response to a new bill that would make it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination, the Missouri NAACP has issued an advisory that tells travelers to exercise caution when visiting the state, because there is a chance their civil rights will be violated.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that NAACP state chapter President Rod Chapel issued the declaration on Monday, and cites the bill, which is currently on the desk of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens has not indicated if he will sign the bill or not.

“At this point, I think everybody’s’ civil rights are now in jeopardy,” said Chapel.

Other issues cited in the advisory include a recent attorney general’s report that shows Black Missouri drivers last year were 75 percent more likely to be stopped than whites.

Chapel also said that his chapter is considering a full boycott of Missouri, a tactic that’s been used against other states that have adopted non-progressive policies.

The Missouri NAACP and other opponents of the …read more

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