Monthly Archives: July 2017

Man Rapes A 14-Year-Old To Only Serve 180 Days In Prison

By Diannah Watson,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 12: Remnants of crime scene tape lay on the ground near the spot where 16-year-old Pierre Loury was shot yesterday by a Chicago police officer on April 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Police have said Loury took off running when the vehicle he was in was pulled over by police because it matched the description of a vehicle used in an earlier drive-by shooting. The chase, according to police, ended with an “armed confrontation”. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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How does a grown man get 180 days in prison for rapping a mentally disabled 14-year-old girl?

Darmalo R. Crawford will serve 180 days in prison for the assault of his victim

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, 19-year-old Damarlo R. Crawford walked his young victim home after school in September 2016. When they get to the house he asked her if she’d ever been kissed by someone.

As he kissed her, Darmarlo began to take her clothes off and raped her.

Darmalo R. Crawford was familiar with the girl and her family as he’s done chores for them in the past. According to the police …read more

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Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

By Associated Press

(Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.

Three of the injured remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night, authorities said at a late-night news conference.

“The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said Republican Gov. John Kasich.

The man who was killed was one of several people who were thrown when the ride malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said earlier.

Dramatic video captured by a bystander shows the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off, throwing riders to the ground.

A company providing rides at the fair this year describes the Fire Ball as an “aggressive thrill” ride.
On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become “one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway.” The company description of the ride …read more

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More Black Women Are Killed In U.S. Than Any Other Race, Says CDC

By Kellee Terrell

Depression in women

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An eye-opening report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) suggests that Black women have the highest homicide rates of any other women in the United States.

Looking at data from 18 states that included 10,018 female homicides committed between the years 2003 and 2014, CDC researchers found that Black women are killed at a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people, indigenous women at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000; and other races (white, Latina and Asian) were between 1 and 2 per 100,000.

They also found that more than half are at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands. Latinas had the highest rates of deaths due to domestic violence with 61 percent, while DV-related deaths among Black women were 51.3 percent.

The new report also found the following:

  • 57.7 percent of Black women died of a gunshot wound
  • 98 percent of the homicidal partners, regardless of race or method used to kill, were men
  • Overall 15 percent of women ages 18–44 years were either pregnant or recently had a baby, but Black women had the highest rate with 18.6 percent
  • Black women were more likely to be killed by an acquaintance with 29.0 percent compared to …read more

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Georgia Governor Candidate Stacey Abrams Gets A Book Deal


In this July 25, 2016, file photo, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

NEW YORK (AP) — Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a book deal.

Henry Holt and Co. told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Abrams’ “Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change” is scheduled for next spring. According to Holt, her book will combine her life story with “real-world, how-to advice” for women and minorities “who must grapple with the implications of race, class, gender and otherness.” Abrams, a Democrat, is hoping to become the country’s first black woman governor. She is calling her book “‘Lean In’ for the rest of us.”

“This is a book about how potent and compelling being the minority can be and how it can transform your destiny when properly harnessed,” she said in a statement.

Her candidacy was endorsed this week by Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. Abrams, 43 years old and an attorney from Atlanta, has been active in voter registration and often joined Lewis as a surrogate for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she ran for president in 2016.

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Michelle Obama Heard And Felt Insults And Shade While She Was First Lady


Michelle Obama appeared before a crowd of about 8,500 at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary event in Denver to discuss her experience as America’s first black first lady.

She was interviewed Tuesday by WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel at the Pepsi Center ― the same venue where she addressed thousands at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Casteel asked which of the falling glass shards cut the deepest, according to the Denver Post.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

The former first lady endured a barrage of racist insults while her husband, former President Barack Obama, was in office, including the “ape in heels” comment made by two West Virginia officials who lost their jobs over the Facebook comment celebrating Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory.

In Denver, the Post added, Obama said that she doesn’t pretend such vicious attacks don’t hurt her, because it lets those doing the hurting off the hook.

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5 Year Old Drowns At Georgia Day Camp

By Diannah Watson,

5-year-old Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III, drowned at Cochran Mill Nature Center in a waterfall on July 24, 2017 near Atlanta, Georgia. Kamau was attending Camp Cricket with 13 other children as part of a summer camp. On that day the children took a trip to the center to have lunch, hike and play in the water fall. The only problem, Kamau didn’t know how to swim.

Kamau was gone for almost an hour before camp workers noticed that he was missing from the group.

A missing child report was filed and the Chattahoochee Hills Police and Fire department, as well as surrounding jurisdictions, responded and began searching.

Officers talked with the camp director, counselors and others that responded to get a better understanding of what happened to Kamau. In addition to talking with camp members, police also talked with the family.

Speaking out after the tragedy Kamau’s mother wants other people to know that “What happened to my son shouldn’t happen to anyone…No one should ever feel as broken as I feel right now.”

The day camp has been ordered to close after the death of Benjamin ‘Kamau’ Hosch III

(Source: CBS News)

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‘It Made Me Have To Be Tough:’ Mike Tyson Opens Up About Childhood Sex Assault

By Lynette Holloway

From the time Mike Tyson became the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion in the mid-1980s, the Brownsville, Brooklyn, native never tried to hide the fact that he had overcome great obstacles. By the age of 13, he had been arrested a total of 38 times, and served a stint at a boys home in upstate New York.

Turns out, he was hiding an even deeper secret, he told ESPN‘s Jeremy Schapp in a recent interview: He was sexually assaulted as a child. About the age of 7, Tyson says he “was grabbed by a man who tried to pull him into a building, but wouldn’t go into details about what was done to him,” the New York Daily News writes.

When questioned further, Tyson, 51, demurred, saying, “Well I don’t like to talk about that, I like to keep that where it was in the past, but I was molested as a child.”

But he added that the experience “made me have to be tough for the world I lived in.”

Indeed that pain and so-called toughness played out in the headlines in a multitude of ways, including allegations of spousal abuse, serving time in <a class="colorbox" href="" target="_blank" …read more

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No Foul Play: Burundi Robotics Teens Likely Meant To Vanish

By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn’t find his kids.

He looked in the college dorms where the six teens — ages 16 to 18 — had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone. Maybe they got on the wrong bus? Officers swept through DAR Constitution Hall. They were gone.

Police now say that two of the six were seen crossing into Canada, and they don’t suspect foul play with any of them. Event organizers said Thursday that their disappearance may have been “self-initiated.” A member of the Burundi-American community was a little more straightforward, saying he has little doubt the teens are seeking asylum, though he emphasized he had no direct knowledge of the situation.

Police in D.C. posted missing-person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the teens, who had last been seen at the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday’s final matches.
Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were later seen crossing into Canada, Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown said Thursday.

Marilu Cabrera, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services, which receives asylum applications, …read more

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Groups To Train Volunteers To Record Police Interactions

By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups are planning to train a legion of volunteers on how to record police encounters in minority neighborhoods in hopes that fear of being videoed will deter misconduct like illegal shootings of unarmed men and women.
The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and other groups officially announced the Santana Initiative on Thursday, which will train citizens on their rights to record police interactions with the public.

The recording of the deaths of several black men at the hands of police, including Walter Scott, Philando Castile and Eric Garner, has made police relations with minority communities a national topic, said Kim Keenan, the MMTC president. Video becomes a tool to help prosecute wrongdoing, or even clear police officers when they are in the right, she said.

“So we have to have a way to record this, so the truth comes out,” Keenan said.

The program, which is being supported by groups like the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce and the National Congress of Black Women, is named after Fieden Santana, who in 2015 recorded the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting By Officer

By  Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

(AP Photo/Maria Alejandra Cardona)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.

In a statement released Friday, Harteau said: “I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.”

Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief’s resignation after assessing where the department needs to go.

“I’ve lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further … it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,” Hodges said. “For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD.”
Hours later, Hodges was interrupted as she tried to elaborate on Harteau’s departure at a City Hall news conference. A few dozen protesters entered the room and demanded her resignation, chanting “Bye-bye Betsy as they waved signs that said “Messy Betsy” and “You are next.” Hodges eventually walked out as they surrounded her at …read more

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