Monthly Archives: March 2018

Charlottesville Beating Victim DeAndre Harris Still Faces Trial

By NewsOne Staff

The trial for DeAndre Harris, a 20-year-old man who was brutally attacked after the ‘Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August, begins Friday.

Activists had been calling for charges of misdemeanor assault to be dropped against Harris in recent weeks. On Thursday, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Black Lives Matter and other activists gathered outside the Charlottesville General District Courthouse, a day before the trial, to push for justice after that ill-fated day on August 12, NBC 29 reported.

How a Black man who was viciously beaten with poles, suffering a broken wrist and staples in his head during the attack, could be standing trial for charges is beyond infuriating to many protesters across the nation.

Community members hold signs outside court where DeAndre Harris will be tried tomorrow at 10AM. Signs read “Justice ≠ criminal charges for fighting white supremacy,”

— Solidarity Cville (@SolidCville) March 15, 2018

“DeAndre was abused, physically brutalized less that 500 yards from where we stand,” Lisa Woolfork, a Black Lives Matter member, said Thursday. “Tomorrow, we will see if the courts will continue that brutalization or not and we should all be paying …read more

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Jury Acquits White Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Teenager In The Back

By Parker Riley

On April 4, 2015, in Zion, Illinois, which is roughly an hour outside of Chicago, 17-year-old Justus Howell reportedly got into a fight while trying to buy gun. Officer Eric Hill arrived on the scene after someone reported gunfire. Howell and Hill crossed path and reportedly “Hill had been trained to study the way Howell was walking — and he appeared to be armed.” Officer Hill ran after Howell because he believed he was armed, shot the 17-year-old twice in the back.

His reason for shooting him? Officer Hill claimed while Justus was running, he turned around and pointed the gun at the officer. Reportedly, an intern that was with Officer Hill “saw nothing in Howell’s hands.” Justus’ family claims although he was armed, the gun was in his pocket, not aimed at Officer Hill. They alleged the officer doctored the scene to make it look as if a gun was in Justus’ hand. See the surveillance footage below:

The Chicago Tribune reports Officer Eric Hill has been fully exonerated, “On Thursday, after a week-long civil trial at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, a jury sided with Hill and the …read more

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Brazilian Politician Marielle Franco Assassinated

By Parker Riley

Marielle Franco was trying to bring serious change to Brazil. The 38-year-old activist, who was elected to office in 2016 as part of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), was outspoken about police brutality, introducing bills to spark advocacy campaigns about sexual violence and the incarceration of Black youth.

She also was one of many Black Brazilians who were rising up inside and outside statehouses, as well as one of only six women on Rio’s 51-person city council. On the day she was killed in her hometown of Rio de Janiero, reports that she “attended and live-tweeted a panel of young, Black female speakers about creating more structural opportunity for Black women.

She left the event with a press officer and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. While they were on the road, two men reportedly drove alongside them, shooting into their car nine times. Franco and Gomes were killed. The press officer, who sat in the back, survived, with injuries.”

TeleSUR also reports, “Her death was confirmed by councilman Tarcisio Motta (PSOL), who said that ‘several indications point to an execution.’”

France lived in Favela da …read more

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A Judge Allows Five More Accusers To Testify In Cosby Trial

By By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge agreed Thursday to let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as “America’s Dad” as a serial predator who made a sadistic habit of drugging and molesting women.

Judge Steven O’Neill said prosecutors could choose the witnesses from a list of eight women with allegations dating as far back as the early 1980s. They include model Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby knocked her out with pills and raped her during a 1982 trip to Lake Tahoe.

Prosecutors, eager to expand the scope of the underlying he-said-she-said case, had pushed to let jurors hear from as many as 19 of the dozens of women who say Cosby assaulted them over a five-decade span.

“We are reviewing the judge’s order and will be making some determinations,” District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said if her client is picked, she would be “ready, willing and able to testify.” Bloom said Dickinson “has waited decades for this opportunity.”

Cosby’s retooled legal team, led by former Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, went to court last week to block any additional accusers from …read more

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It Takes One: N.C. Black Student Only One To Walk Out For Parkland Shooting Protest

By Diannah Watson,

Like most students around the nation, North Carolina student Justin Blackman prepared to walk out of class at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to protest the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

When the time came Justin calmly got up and exited his Spanish class only to find out that he was the only one participating according to CNN.

Of the 700 students that attend the Wilson Preparatory Academy in Wilson, North Carolina, Justin was the only one outside for the national school walkout.

For 17 minutes, one for each person killed in the shooting, Justin stood outside disappointed that no one came. Earlier that morning he spoke with fellow classmates who seemed to have no clue about it.

“Umm… hello Twitter, there’s going to be like six people watching this hopefully,” Justin expressed in a video posted to his account. “It’s National Walkout Day, I’m the only one from my school out here.”

Wow I’m literally the only one #NationalSchoolWalkout

— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018

After 17 minutes, Justin headed back to his Spanish class hoping he wouldn’t get in trouble. To his surprise he didn’t get in trouble but instead congratulated for …read more

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Sentencing Nears For Ex-NFL Running Back’s Killer

By Associated Press

GRETNA, La. (AP) — The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight faces sentencing in a suburban New Orleans courtroom on Thursday.

Ronald Gasser, 56, could get up to 40 years in prison.

Gasser was convicted Jan. 26.

Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile rolling confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

Witnesses at the trial said McKnight had been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed before the shooting. Prosecutors acknowledged to the jury that he was, in the words of Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute, “driving like a jerk.” But they argued that Gasser escalated the conflict, following him down an exit that he would not ordinarily have taken moments prior to the shooting.

Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open, passenger side window of Gasser’s car before he was shot. But he said physical evidence proved Gasser lied during extensive police questioning when he claimed McKnight lunged at him.

McKnight had been a high school football hero at Louisiana’s John …read more

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Black Student Allegedly Tied To Lamppost By White Students And Whipped

By Diannah Watson,

The headline is just as devastating to read out loud as it is in your head. Even worse, school officials in Bath, England are refusing to expel the group responsible.

According to The Huffington Post, the group of white students allegedly tied their Black classmate to a lamppost and began beating him with sticks while calling out “extreme racist names” to reenact a slave auction.

A parent of a child attending the school told BBC News that the incident was recorded on Snapchat where it was shared with other students. The parent says they never saw the video but that the Black student seemed “really humiliated” and “apparently panicking.”

On January 22, it was reported that several teenagers took part in the incident during a lunch period. At first the head master suspended three of the students responsible for it but the decision was soon overturned by school governors allowing the students back in school.

BBC reports that the incident is being investigated and that at least 6 students have volunteered to be interviewed about the incident.

An incident that took place over 6 weeks ago is now being brought to the attention of parents with kids at the school.

The school released a …read more

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Black Police Chief Denounced By His African-American Officers

By Nigel Roberts

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Black officers in the Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas accused their African-American police chief, Kenton Buckner, of being a tool for racial discrimination against them on the behalf of his White superiors.

Several of those Black officers filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city on Monday, Newsweek reported. Although Buckner is not named as a defendant in the suit, the officers criticized him harshly.

“I don’t know if he has made his career out of being the African-American who is tough on African-Americans and thereby useful to white leadership,” said attorney Mike Laux, who’s representing the officers. “He relieves white folks of a lot of their guilt.”

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner is staying in Arkansas’ capital city, announcing that he has withdrawn his name from consideration to lead police force in Charleston, S.C.:

— Arkansas Right2Know (@ArkansasR2K) March 7, 2018

Buckner became the city’s 35th police chief in …read more

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‘Stocking Strangler’ Set To Be Georgia’s First Execution This Year

By By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is planning to execute an inmate called the “stocking strangler,” a man convicted of raping and killing older women in attacks that terrorized a small city in the state decades ago.

Sixty-seven-year-old Carlton Gary is scheduled to become Georgia’s first inmate executed this year, via an injection planned Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson.

Gary was convicted of three counts each of malice murder, rape and burglary for the 1977 deaths of 89-year-old Florence Scheible, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond and 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff. Though charged only in those deaths, Gary attacked nine elderly women in Columbus in late 1977 and early 1978, prosecutors say. Most were choked with stockings and seven died.

Gary’s lawyers are seeking to block execution plans, saying newly discovered evidence proves his innocence.



Study Claims White Men Buy Guns Out Of Fear Of Black People

By Parker Riley

As thousands of young people across the country march against gun violence, a new study has shed light on America’s obsessions with guns — specifically white men’s obsession with guns.

According to Scientific American, relatively three percent of Americans own half of the country’s firearms. Who fits the profile? White men without a lot of education who are afraid of Black people.

The study, published today, claims, “These are men who are anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market, and beset by racial fears…They tend to be less educated. For the most part, they don’t appear to be religious — and, suggests one study, faith seems to reduce their attachment to guns. In fact, stockpiling guns seems to be a symptom of a much deeper crisis in meaning and purpose in their lives.”

Obama also made these men shed white tears, which meant they needed more firearms. “A lot of people talked about how important Obama was to get a concealed-carry license: ‘He’s for free health care, he’s for welfare.’ They were asking, ‘Whatever happened to hard work?’

Obama’s presidency, they feared, would empower minorities to threaten their property and families,” reads …read more

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