Monthly Archives: January 2018

Racist Violence: White Supremacy Violence, Crimes Soar Into 2018

By NewsOne Staff

White supremacist violence has been on the rise following lone wolf attacks and the deadly nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Fifty-nine percent of all extremist-related U.S. deaths were caused by White supremacists in 2017. That figure was up dramatically from 20 percent in 2016, according to a new report from the Anti Defamation League. White supremacists and so-called alt-right groups committed more murders than domestic so-called Islamic extremists, with “2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence since 1970.”

With the blistering report, more questions were being raised about whether crimes will further increase this year.

@ShaunKing Our new report, Extremist Murders in the United States in 2017, reveals white supremacist related killings more than doubled from 2016. Over the last decade, 71% of all extremist-related fatalities were linked to right wing extremists. https://t.co/J7e8odS4QF pic.twitter.com/1efKlZ8IUJ

— Oren Segal (@orensegal) January 17, 2018

The alt-right organizations at the center of much of the violence have come into national attention after Charlottesville in August, ADL National Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt explained.

“While it is impossible to draw a direct line of causation between these brutal acts and the many public …read more

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Judge Delays Sentencing Of Ohio Man Who Plotted US Attacks

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Friday delayed by a few days the sentencing of an Ohio man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S. following a delay in the case when a previous judge withdrew.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, who was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a child, was arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty to plotting those attacks after becoming radicalized in Syria. The attacks were never carried out.

Judge Michael Watson said without explanation he was delaying sentencing until Monday morning. Mohamud’s attorney, Sam Shamansky, said it was a complicated case that needed a few more days.

The government said Mohamud became a citizen to obtain a U.S. passport. He bought a ticket to Greece with a stop in Turkey, where he disembarked before going to Syria, prosecutors said in court documents. They said he never intended to go to Greece.

Prosecutors, who are seeking a 23-year sentence, said Mohamud wanted to travel to Texas and capture three or four soldiers and execute them. They said Mohamud, now 26, was trained in Syria and tried to cover up dangerous terrorist activity.

Shamansky, in asking for leniency, has said Mohamud had realized “the immoral and illegal …read more

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Baltimore Police Leader Fired After Record Year In Homicides

By David McFadden, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following a record year in homicides, Baltimore’s mayor fired the city’s police commissioner, saying Friday that a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly.

Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis’ place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced.

“My decision is because I’m inpatient,” Pugh said at a news conference. “My decision is based on the fact that we need to get these numbers down. … I’m looking for new and creative, innovative ways to change what we’re seeing here every day.”

Violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades and the city has recently been dealing with increasing homicides. Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever — roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, pledged to fight violent crime by putting more officers on the streets, an effort he said is already underway. Additional uniformed officers began rolling out at 9 a.m. as part of a new initiative, he said at the news conference.

DeSousa said he had …read more

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5 Reasons This Year’s Women’s March Is So Meaningful To Black Women

By Clarissa Hamlin

January 21 will mark a year since the Women’s March took its boots-to-the-ground activism to Washington D.C. The crowds, who fought back against the threats of a new Trump administration that threatened civil rights, was full of millions of women, especially Black women.

Tamika Mallory, co-chair of last year’s historic protest and co-president of the Women’s March board, knew the chance to raise a chorus of voices against inequality was real.

“The women’s march has provided an opportunity for women to understand our collective power and to understand that the more public we are, the more we have an opportunity to bring our issues to the forefront,” Mallory recently said to USA Today.

Now, one year later, women will once again descend around the country to fight in several cities including New York City and Los Angeles on the January 20-21 weekend. But just how meaningful is this year’s event for Black women?

Here are five reasons why African-American female activists are standing up:

Political Power

Women’s March organizers will launch a national voter registration tour this year. The Power to the Polls event, taking place in Las Vegas, will call attention to Nevada as a battleground state in the 2018 …read more

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Serial Killer Suspect Tied To Nine Murders

By By TERRY TANG, Associated Press

Maricopa County Sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim’s gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday.

Shell casings, DNA, stolen jewelry and a cellphone taken from a victim were among the pieces of evidence that investigators used to tie Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, to the killings, according to court documents.

“It should appall every one of us in the room that he managed to kill nine people period, let alone in such a short period of three weeks,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The seven men and two women were shot between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17 in their homes, suburban apartment complexes, in a parked car or while outside, the documents state.

Cooksey, described by police as an aspiring musician, knew some of the victims but investigators were still trying to determine motives in a few of the attacks, according to police officials in Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale.

“We have witnesses that are identifying relationships between the suspect and his victims but we have yet to discover what kind of started this entire spree,” Howard said.

A number …read more

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Mother Of Mentally Ill Woman Dumped At Bus Stop Speaks Out

By By DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mother of a mentally ill woman who was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown and socks says the 22-year-old daughter was denied her lawful right to medical care.

Cheryl Chandler said at a news conference Thursday that her daughter faced life-threatening conditions on the street. Speaking at a lawyer’s office, she added she was made aware of her missing daughter’s predicament the night of Jan. 9 only after she happened upon a viral video shot by a passer-by enraged at what happened.

Chandler’s daughter, Rebecca, was escorted out of the hospital by uniformed security personnel with her street clothes in plastic bags, and left at an open-air bus stop with outdoor temperatures in the 30s (near zero Celsius). She was visibly disoriented.

The story is reminiscent of the death of Metrice Richardson, 24, a woman who showed signs of mental illness and was left without a way home outside a Malibu police station. Her remains were found 11 months later.

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White Student Kicked Out of University For Racist MLK Instagram Rant

By Kellee Terrell

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The University of Alabama announced that they have expelled a white student whose racist videos recently went viral.

The situation all started when Harley Barber, 19, posted a series of racist videos of herself on Instagram on Martin Luther King Day. And what she had to say was beyond vile.

The New Jersey native and member of Alpha Phi sorority felt it necessary that let folks know that she can say the n-word whenever she wants. That, and how much she hates Black people.

This is Harley Barber. Harley Barber is AΦ and thinks that she can throw around the N word and not be held accountable for her actions. @UofAlabama let’s prove her wrong. Racism and Bigotry will not and can not be tolerated. Period. pic.twitter.com/oKp8KlNMfo

— Brittney …read more

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Harold Ford Jr. Cleared Of Sexual Misconduct After Morgan Stanley Fired Him

By Clarissa Hamlin

Harold Ford Jr. is no longer facing an accusation of sexual harassment, the ex-congressman said recently. Morgan Stanley, the company that fired him for a misconduct allegation last month, has cleared him of wrongdoing, he tweeted.

“I am gratified to learn that Morgan Stanley now acknowledges what I always knew, that I did not engage in any acts of sexual misconduct or harassment,” Ford said in a statement shared on Twitter. “I only wish for the sake of my good name and reputation that they had admitted the truth five weeks ago.”

I am gratified to learn that Morgan Stanley now acknowledges what I always knew, that I did not engage in any acts of sexual harassment

— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) January 12, 2018

Ford was accused of having physically harassed a woman, referred to as a reporter by some reports, during a professional meeting in New York City several years ago. A misconduct investigation was spurred over the woman’s statements to Morgan Stanley’s HR department, the Huffington Post reported last month.

The ex-Democrat U.S. rep, who represented the 9th Congressional District that includes Memphis from 1997-2006, vehemently denied the allegation. He was …read more

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Haitians Face Hurdles After Protected Status Renewal Delays

By Philip Marcelo & Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump’s administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will release details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 Haitians with the special status, an agency spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

But the information comes too late to help the thousands of Haitians who hold immigration documents that show their legal and work status expiring Monday, said immigrants and advocates, some of whom wondered — in light of the president’s recent remarks about Haiti — if the bureaucratic slowdown was deliberate.

“They told me that if I don’t bring the work papers, they will send me home because it is the law. You have to have work papers. I am under pressure,” said Edelyne Jean, a 35-year-old nursing assistant in Coral Springs, Florida, who supports four younger siblings still in Haiti. “They say that if I don’t bring anything new by Jan. 22 or the 23rd at the most, I am jobless.”

Haitian workers like Jean will be left at the mercy of employers, who could …read more

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They’re Out! Black Democrats Boycotting Trump’s State Of The Union

By Clarissa Hamlin

Trump is on notice once again! Black Democrats are expected to boycott the president’s first State of the Union address on January 30 after his racist rant referring to Haiti and several African nations as “shithole countries” last week.

Here is a list of Democratic Congressional Reps who are tired of Trump.

Four congressional Democrats say they will boycott Pres. Trump’s first State of the Union after “s—hole” remark. https://t.co/eUArB4dDZe pic.twitter.com/mErsgJGwFh

— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2018

Maxine Waters (Calif.)

Auntie Maxine is not having the president’s hate! She called for the immediate impeachment of Trump in a strong statement on Friday.

“Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values who is woefully unfit and undeserving of the office in which he serves,” Waters said. “That this president, a deeply flawed human being with no understanding of public policy, would make such ill-informed and deplorable comments about Haitians, Salvadorans, and immigrants from African countries, merely underscores everything we already know about him: he is a hopeless and ignorant bigot.”

She said that she “doesn’t intend to go” to the SOTU interview on MSNBC’s All In With Chris …read more

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