There is a crisis happening in predominantly Afrikan/Black Flint, Michigan. The population of that city is slightly over 100,000 and until recently under State “receivership.” Apparently in an act that seemed to be genocidal in nature, an alleged “cost saving measure” was implemented that resulted in the highly contaminated Flint River being utilized as the primary water source as a replacement for the Detroit River. Seemingly racism played a major role in that decision. The end result has become the ultimate health disaster for the residents of Flint. Due to the high lead level content in the Flint River, there are confirmed reports that many, including children, have seen their health put in a hazardous state. We are talking about serious medical issues that would include several potential health maladies such as severe brain damage. The switch from the Detroit River as the water source to the Flint River was deliberate and at the very least, criminal in nature. There are those who have called for criminal charges against many involved in this travesty of justice, including the person who is head of State and that would be Governor Snyder himself. The national guard has been dispatched to go door to door to hand out bottles of water and the Obama administration has declared Flint as a “disaster area.” That support has been minimal monetarily and not nearly enough to address the magnitude of this drastic situation. Also there have been donations from some in entertainment world and as expected,... Continue reading →
Is this how it's going down in the Black barbershops of America? For the second time this year, a barbershop story is making the news. First there was a robbery attempt at a South Carolina barbershop that was foiled by an armed barber and a customer. Now, there's this story of a woman in San Diego, who after leaving her barber a big tip, returns to the shop with a gun and tries to shoot him because she said she no longer liked the haircut.
A woman unhappy with her haircut tried to open fire on the stylist who cut her hair, but he escaped unharmed after her weapon jammed, police said.
According to San Diego police, 29-year-old Adrian Blanche Swain received a haircut Wednesday morning at a hair salon in the 3900 block of 30th Street in North Park.
However, police said Swain returned to the business a few hours later to complain about the end result.
Swain tried to open fire at the stylist with a pistol — pulling the trigger three times — but police said the “gun had bullets but malfunctioned.”
“619 Barber Shop has been in business for 20-plus years here in North Park, we've never had any incident like that,” barber Chris Tatum said. “When she came in she seemed to be a very pleasant young lady.”
A barber named Manny cut her hair, Tatum said....read more
NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.
The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. He had no comment after the verdict.
The manslaughter charge, a felony, carries up to 15 years in prison. While Liang awaits sentencing April 14, he was dismissed from the New York Police Department right after the verdict, department spokesman Peter Donald said.
But an uncertainty remains: Brooklyn state Supreme Court Danny Chun has yet to rule on Liang's lawyers' request to dismiss the charges; Liang also was convicted of official misconduct, a misdemeanor. The request was made before the verdict, which brought Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson to the courtroom audience to watch.
The shooting happened in a year of debate nationwide about police killings of black men, and activists have looked to Liang's trial as a counterweight to cases in which grand juries have declined to indict officers, including the cases of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. Like Gurley, Brown and Garner were black and unarmed.
Relatives of other New Yorkers killed in police encounters had joined Gurley's family to speak out about the case outside court during the trial.
“Police must be held accountable,” Gurley's stepfather, Kenneth Palmer, said Monday.
Meanwhile, supporters of Liang, who is Chinese-American, have said he has been made a scapegoat for past injustices.
Deliberations stretched into Thursday evening, after jurors asked to review the New York Police Department firearms guide late in the afternoon. Earlier, they had reheard testimony from Liang ...read more
ATLANTA (AP) — More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state's prisons.
Since September, about 130 people — including prison employees, inmates, former inmates and others accused of helping them — have been indicted.
The indictments resulting in the Thursday arrests were filed over the last three months and unsealed Wednesday.
A majority of those charged were Georgia Department of Corrections officers accused of agreeing to protect a person they believed was a high-level drug trafficker. The indictments say the officers agreed to wear their uniforms during the drug transports to deter law enforcement interference.
The officers charged worked at nine different prisons.
Other indictments unsealed late last month accused 51 people of participating in a financial fraud scheme masterminded by inmates using cellphones from their prison cells. Among those indicted were 15 correctional officers or former officers and 19 inmates or former inmates at Autry State Prison in Pelham.
Just a few weeks earlier, federal prosecutors accused 17 people of participating in a drug trafficking ring that distributed significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine in metro Atlanta and elsewhere. Three inmates used cellphones to manage a network of brokers, distributors and runners from their prison cells, prosecutors said.
In September, federal prosecutors in Atlanta filed two other indictments that also targeted alleged criminal activity by Georgia inmates using cellphones. Those indictments alleged that inmates used the cellphones to traffic drugs, smuggle in contraband, steal identities and, in at least one case, to arrange a violent attack on an inmate suspected of snitching.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland is asking Tamir Rice's estate to pay $500 for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer.
The city requested the money as the 12-year-old boy's “last dying expense” in a creditor's claim filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Probate Court. The claim states the money is overdue.
A Rice family attorney calls the claim “callous and insensitive.”
Rice, who was black, was shot by a white officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in November 2014. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer or his partner for the shooting.
A Cleveland police union president calls the city's claim “unconscionable.”
City spokesmen didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
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The WNBA has new president in the form of former Atlanta vice mayor Lisa Borders.
According go to Jet, news of Borders' WNBA status was announced by the league on Wednesday. The publication adds that Borders is set to start her new job as WNBA president on March 21.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver touted Borders' love for the WNBA and the game of basketball as he voiced better things to come under the former Coca-Cola executive's watch.
“As a proven executive with a passion for the WNBA and the game of basketball, Lisa is the right leader at a pivotal time in the league's history,” Silver said in a statement. “She will be responsible for spearheading our efforts to strengthen the WNBA and accelerate its growth.”
The announcement of Borders as the WNBA's fourth president comes three months after the league's former president, Laurel J. Richie, stepped down from the position.
Prior to becoming the new WNBA president, Borders served as the vice mayor of Atlanta as well as president of Atlanta's city council. During her time as vice mayor, Borders was among those who helped bring the (WNBA) Dream (team) to Atlanta in 2008. Although she ran for mayor of city in 2009, Borders failed to get enough votes to advance to a runoff election.
In addition to her work for the city, Borders' professional accomplishments include being president of Grady Health Foundation, the fundraising division of Grady Health System as well as her most recent position as chairwoman of the Coca-Cola Foundation over the last few years.
As she gears up for the WNBA's 20th season, which kicks off in May, Borders will walk the same line as Richie in that she has no managerial experience in sports. Adding to that will be the WNBA generating its lowest average attendance in league history during the ...read more
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old suspect shot and wounded three people, including two students, after a high school basketball game in western Michigan before a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded him, authorities said Wednesday.
The attack happened Tuesday night outside of Muskegon Heights High School after a game between its varsity boys' team and that of Grand Rapids' Ottawa Hills High School. Officers were stationed in the parking lot before the game because they had been warned about the possibility of a dispute, which may have started last week in Grand Rapids, authorities said.
The Muskegon County prosecutor's office said Wednesday that Clarence McCaleb (pictured) of Grand Rapids, was arraigned on assault and gun charges after being treated for a gunshot wound. Police say a sheriff's deputy shot McCaleb after McCaleb pointed his gun at the deputy following Tuesday night's attack.
McCaleb is being held on two bonds totaling $500,000. His lawyer, Adam Masserang, didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat told The Associated Press the police investigation into the shootings continues and additional charges could be filed against McCaleb.
“The suspect is in custody and presents no safety concerns for the public,” he said.
Maat said authorities also have taken into custody a friend of McCaleb's they describe as a “material witness” who was with him and saw the shootings....read more
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.
Snyder's plan would direct $195 million more toward the Flint emergency and $165 million for statewide infrastructure needs, at least a portion of which could replace lead and copper water lines elsewhere. He said $25 million of the Flint funding would replace 5,000 known old lead lines running from city streets to houses, calling it a “seed investment” until the state has a better handle on just how many of the pipes there are.
The Republican governor cited aging infrastructure as a pressing priority, along with restructuring the troubled Detroit school district and addressing skyrocketing specialty medicine costs.
“These areas merit special attention,” Snyder said, in a departure from his typically rosier focus on traditional budget spending. “These are issues that we need to take head-on, in a positive, constructive way, with solutions.”
Snyder has apologized for his administration's role in the disastrous lead contamination of Flint's water supply but was met with a few dozen protesters who could be heard chanting throughout his nearly hourlong presentation to GOP-controlled legislative budget committees.
His proposal Wednesday drew mostly positive reaction from lawmakers who will consider the legislation in the coming months and likely approve a plan in early June.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al Pscholka, a Stevensville Republican, said he was happy to see a more intermediate- to long-term plan for Flint beyond the “stopgap” measures previously approved unanimously by the GOP-controlled Legislature.
The governor and legislators have already directed more than $37 million toward the disaster, including funds for bottled water, filters, testing, ...read more
Two Corrections Officials Are Fired After 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen Is Found Dead In A Kentucky Jail
16 yo #GynnyaMcMillen was "taken down" w/ a "Aikido" move by officers and now she's dead. https://t.co/k2dEkutC0O pic.twitter.com/nRb2jtAnS0
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) February 3, 2016
Kentucky's commissioner of its Department of Juvenile Justice Center and an employee at the juvenile detention center were terminated amid the investigation that has been launched onto Gynnya McMillen's death in a local prison cell.
Commissioner Bob Hayter was fired for his not informing his higher-ups that an employee who was suspended for the investigation had a long past of disciplinary problems. Hayter held office since 2014.
Ten days after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was found dead in her cell, Reginald Windham, a supervisor at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center, was placed on special investigative leave for failing to check on the girl every 15 minutes, as required at the center for juveniles who are isolated. Windham also falsified reports, claiming to have made the checks, according to documents first obtained by BuzzFeed.
‘Before news accounts late Friday, the Justice Cabinet was not made aware that the employee's work record included previous disciplinary actions,' Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said in an emailed statement. ‘While these disciplinary actions were not connected to the death, they reveal a pattern of unacceptable behavior for someone who supervises youth.'...read more
Days after performing her new song “Formation” during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Sunday, Beyoncé continues to generate negative feedback from police who are taking the singer to task for what they feel is total disrespect for law enforcement displayed in her video for the tune.
Chatting with Fox Business host Jo Ling Kent, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a black man, took the grievance a step further by comparing Beyoncé's performance to someone dressing up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Media Matters reports.
“Look, musicians have long used their music, their trade to make political statements in their music. We may not like it, but I don't want to make a huge deal about it,” said Clarke, who acknowledged the right of a music artist to make a political statement before slamming Beyoncé. “Them coming out, Beyoncé in those Black Panther-type uniforms, would that be acceptable if a band, a White band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion? We would be appalled and outraged.
“The Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America,” he continued. “I think she could have done a better job, but I think Bruno Mars was a better halftime act anyway.”
Clarke's criticism echoes many who labeled Beyoncé's performance “racist” for promoting a group that often battled against police.
Media Matter notes that despite its run-ins with law enforcement the Black Panther Party was created to combat police brutality, much like the efforts of today's generation of activists who are also fed up with unfair treatment of black people at the hands of the police. As a result, the Panthers “took on more control in Black neighborhoods and kept tabs on police activity in those areas.
“The Panthers also never claimed to be anti-White, but anti-racism,” the ...read more
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says he met one-on-one with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Wednesday at a Harlem landmark, where they discussed issues that affect the African-American community around the country.
Sharpton says, “I think it is very important that he sent the signal that on the morning after a historic victory…he would come to Harlem and have breakfast with me.”
Sharpton says the two men talked at Sylvia's Restaurant about affirmative action, police brutality and the water disaster in Flint.
Sharpton adds that he and various heads of national civil rights organizations plan to meet with Clinton next week.
He says he won't endorse a candidate until after that meeting with Clinton.
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