Monthly Archives: June 2017

Three Chicago Police Officers Indicted In Laquan McDonald Shooting

By By MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, saying the officers lied when they alleged the teenager “aggressively” swung a knife at officers and attempted to get up from the ground still armed with the knife after he was shot.

In an indictment approved Monday and announced Tuesday, a Cook County grand jury alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014 when Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the black teenager 16 times.

The narratives of the officers contradict what can be seen on police dashcam video, in which the teenager can be seen spinning after he was shot and falling to the ground as the officer continues to fire shots into his body. The indictment further alleged that officers lied when they said McDonald ignored Van Dyke’s verbal commands and that one of the officers reviewed a report that claimed the other two officers were, in fact, victims of an attack by McDonald.

“The co-conspirators created police reports in the critical early hours and days following the killing of …read more

Source:: Black America Web

CBC Urges Uber To Consider African Americans For Top Executive Positions

By Nigel Roberts

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling on Uber to diversify its corporate leadership by considering African Americans for senior executive positions.

On Monday, the CBC sent a letter to the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company that noted several senior-level vacancies, including CEO and COO, that “would benefit from African-American leadership.” They also noted that the company has no Black members on its board of directors.

Read our letter urging @Uber to prioritize #techdiversity as it looks for a new CEO: https://t.co/ru6qv6bsqV https://t.co/W9i5syF3Nz

— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) June 26, 2017

“These transitions present Uber with the opportunity to improve the culture of the company itself by diversifying its board,” the letter stated, signed by caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

An Uber spokesman told the tech publisher Recode, in response to the letter, that the company is “committed to making Uber a more diverse and inclusive workplace at all levels of the organization, and we’ll continue to engage with community leaders like the CBC as we work to achieve this important goal.”

Business …read more

Source:: Black America Web

Another Emmett Till Sign Defaced In Mississippi

By Clarissa Hamlin

With hate crimes on the rise since the election of President Donald Trump, many Black historical sites have been targeted by racists across the country.

A memorial for Emmett Till was recently erased and vandalized in Money, Mississippi, reports CBS News. The kidnapping and lynching of 14-year-old Till after he was accused of whistling at a White woman in 1955 and helped spur the civil rights movement.

Civil rights historical marker remembering life and death of Emmett Till has been vandalized in Mississippi: https://t.co/ZxwMJlwsXv pic.twitter.com/apsXyBWLeV

— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 27, 2017

A group discovered that the vinyl panels had been torn off of the back of the marker, which had photos and writings about Till, whose family was in talks to meet with the Department Of Justice after Carolyn Bryant admitted in February to lying about Till touching her several years ago.

This was not the first time that the sign, erected in 2011 as part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, was defaced. Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm constructed the marker, on Monday said vandals scratched the marker with a blunt tool in May. But students from St. Louis tried to …read more

Source:: Black America Web

Bill Cosby Tour About Education, Not Assault, Rep Says

By AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby says the outcry over his plan to hold town hall meetings is misguided.

In a CNN interview, Ebonee Benson said the meetings are intended to restore Cosby’s legacy, not discuss sexual assault.

Benson’s remarks contrasted with comments she and colleague Andrew Wyatt made last week in another TV interview with an Alabama TV station.

They appeared on Birmingham station WBRC after Cosby’s mistrial on felony sexual assault charges.

In the WBRC interview, Wyatt said young people should guard against misbehavior, an issue he said also affects married men.

Benson called the reports that followed an example of media sensationalism.

She and Wyatt told CNN on Sunday that Cosby will discuss the importance of community and education at the invitation of churches and other groups.

Like BlackAmericaWeb.com on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Share your email below to receive our daily newsletter!

Close

Thank you for subscribing! Please be sure to open and click your first newsletter so we can confirm your subscription.

…read more

Source:: Black America Web

Philando Castile’s Family Reaches $3 Million Settlement In Fatal Police Shooting

By Nigel Roberts

St. Anthony, Minnesota reached a $3 million settlement with the family of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a police officer last year, CNN reports.

A joint statement, released on Monday, called the shooting “a tragedy” for Castile’s family and the community.

“The parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward for the Castile family, for the people of St. Anthony Village, and for all those impacted by the death of Philando Castile throughout the United States,” the statement continued, according to CNN.

A jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of second-degree manslaughter on June 16, which unleashed a public outcry for justice.

Hundreds march in protest of verdict in Philando Castile shooting. Read more: https://t.co/A8xfVdbP0n pic.twitter.com/kFyWZxIyxm

— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 17, 2017

Funds for the settlement will be paid through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, ABC News reported. City officials underscored that no taxpayer funds are going toward the settlement.

Yanez stopped Castile for a broken taillight on his vehicle. Castile notified the officer that he had a weapon in his car. Yanez claimed …read more

Source:: Black America Web

A 2nd Mistrial: Jury Deadlocks In Ohio Cop’s Murder Retrial

By AP

(Cara Owsley /The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

The Hamilton County jury had deliberated more than 30 hours over five days after getting the case Monday. The jurors had told Judge Leslie Ghiz earlier Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Ray Tensing, but Ghiz sent them back to try again on the counts of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Instead, they sent her another note some three hours later saying: “We are almost evenly split regarding our votes.” The note said they didn’t foresee reaching a unanimous verdict. Ghiz said as a result, she had to declare a mistrial; she thanked the jurors and dismissed them.

Tensing looked down, his hand on his face, as the judge announced the mistrial. He and his family left quickly without comment.

The first trial against the 27-year-old Tensing also ended in a mistrial after the jury deliberated 25 hours over four days in November without reaching a verdict.

The case is …read more

Source:: Black America Web

Grand Jury Indicts Dallas Cop In Fatal Shooting Of 21-Year-Old Woman

By NewsOne Staff

A Dallas grand jury indicted a police officer for aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes in her vehicle, the Guardian reports.

Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman https://t.co/bGS8kBd5Nh

— Guardian news (@guardiannews) June 24, 2017

The Guardian said Dawes’ mother, Mary Dawes, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officers, police department and the city, which accuses the police of excessive force and is separate from the criminal prosecution of the officer.

In January, after receiving a suspicious person report, Officers Christopher Hess and Jason Kimpel came across Dawes, a mother of two, and her partner Virgilio Rosales sleeping in a vehicle near downtown Dallas. Unbeknownst to Dawes, the car that she bought legally was actually stolen.

The lawsuit says that she panicked when the officers came toward the Dodge SUV with flashlights. Unaware of what was going on, Dawes reversed the vehicle but crashed into a police car. Officer Hess and Kimpel fired 13 rounds into the vehicle, hitting Dawes four times. She was transported to Baylor Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

According to the police version, Dawes was trying to escape. The …read more

Source:: Black America Web

DC Councilman Denounces Arrest Of Black Teens Selling Water

By NewsOne Staff

After three Black teenagers were handcuffed for selling water without a license on the National Mall in the nation’s capital, a District of Columbia councilmember is condemning the officers for the arrests, Think Progress reports.

D.C. councilmember condemns police who handcuffed black teens for selling water https://t.co/pAtTEBRhoK pic.twitter.com/67cXP9mc5q

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) June 24, 2017

Councilman Charles Allen, the head of the council’s Public Safety Committee, issued a letter claiming that the actions of the plainclothes U.S. Park Police officers were racially charged and unnecessary.

“While I understand the need to maintain consistency in permitted actions, I do not understand why the enforcement cannot take place with uniformed personnel and actions less severe than handcuffing individuals suspected of the sales,” Allen wrote, according to the source. “I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand in the same spot.”

Think Progress reported that U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose said the boys were handcuffed for safety measures.

The concept of “fear” seems to be a common excuse when police officials make uncalculated and brash decisions in many of …read more

Source:: Black America Web

A 2nd Mistrial: Jury Deadlocks In Ohio Cop’s Murder Retrial

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press

(Cara Owsley /The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

The Hamilton County jury had deliberated more than 30 hours over five days after getting the case Monday. The jurors had told Judge Leslie Ghiz earlier Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Ray Tensing, but Ghiz sent them back to try again on the counts of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Instead, they sent her another note some three hours later saying: “We are almost evenly split regarding our votes.” The note said they didn’t foresee reaching a unanimous verdict. Ghiz said as a result, she had to declare a mistrial; she thanked the jurors and dismissed them.

Tensing looked down, his hand on his face, as the judge announced the mistrial. He and his family left quickly without comment.

The first trial against the 27-year-old Tensing also ended in a mistrial after the jury deliberated 25 hours over four days in November without reaching a verdict.

The case is …read more

Source:: Black America Web

Black Washington Student Posts Emotional Video Against Racist Bullying

By Clarissa Hamlin

An African-American elementary school student in Bellevue, Washington sends a powerful anti-bullying message in an emotional Facebook video, which has gone viral, KIRO-TV reports.

So emotional is the video of 9-year-old Nasir Andrews that she doesn’t have to say a word. Nasir, who is finishing fourth grade at Ardmore Elementary School, holds up index cards with written words and phrases that tell her disturbing story at the hands of mean-spirited, racist classmates in the video.

Her story starts in September when her peers began tormenting her. Classmates of Nasir, who is one of about 40 Black students at Ardmore Elementary which has a large number of Hispanic, Asian, and Indian students, referred to her using racial slurs including “Nutella” and “servant,” KIRO reported.

VIDEO: Fourth-grade girl makes a plea for help after racist bullies called her “Nutella,” and “servant” https://t.co/LeZPSemESx pic.twitter.com/idufqeR1iQ

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 22, 2017

A student called me ‘Nutella,’ and I told my after-school teacher and she said it wasn’t racist and she made me write the definition of racist,” said Nasir, whose video was shared more than 17,500 times and reached more than 670,000 …read more

Source:: Black America Web