Nashville Church Shooter Was Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts

September 26, 2017 bcic_admin 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man charged in a mass shooting at a Tennessee church expressed suicidal thoughts in June and had a volatile relationship with a woman that twice involved law enforcement this year, according to police records.

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, is charged with the fatal shooting of one woman and is expected to face several more charges following the rampage that left six others wounded on Sunday.

Samson wore a tactical vest and fired 12 rounds from a .40-caliber handgun, reloading it once, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said. He was also carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun and had a .22-caliber pistol and military-style AR-15 rifle in the car he had left running outside the church, police said.

Police did not find any AR-15 ammunition on the scene, Aaron said.

According to an affidavit, Samson told Nashville police after his arrest that he arrived at the church armed and fired upon the building.

Court documents do not indicate whether Samson has an attorney. His first court hearing is Wednesday.

Police in Murfreesboro, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of the church, responded to a call from Samson’s father, who had reported that his son had texted him June 27 to say: “Your phone is off, I have a gun to my head, have a nice f—— life.”

Samson’s phone was traced to a Nashville business and officers checked on Samson’s welfare. They described his demeanor as “professional” and said they had “no reason to believe” that he would harm himself, Aaron said.

In January, Murfreesboro officers responded to two domestic disturbances between Emanuel Samson and a woman who accused him of cheating on her. Samson cut his hand when he punched a small TV on her desk, according to statements to police.

In March, police were dispatched to Samson’s home, where he said the woman …read more

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Little Rock Nine Celebrated On 60th Anniversary

September 26, 2017 bcic_admin 0

HOLD FOR STORY TO RUN SUNDAY, SEPT. 24 – FILE – In this Sept. 4, 1957, file photo, students of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., including Hazel Bryan, shout insults at Elizabeth Eckford as she calmly walks toward a line of National Guardsmen.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton told surviving members of the Little Rock Nine on Monday that they could wear dancing shoes to celebrate their integration of Central High School but must be ready to don marching boots as struggles for equality continue.

Inside the school’s auditorium — 60 years after nine black students had to be escorted by troops past an angry white mob to enter the previously all-white high school — Clinton said the world had returned to a “tribalism” that must be overcome.

“The answer to everything went to ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ That’s why democracy requires diversity and debate,” Clinton, who is also a former Arkansas governor, said in a half-hour address.

Eight of the people who integrated Central High under a military escort Sept. 25, 1957, are still alive. Jefferson Thomas died in 2010, and on Monday an empty seat stood amid the group, beneath a sash of black and old gold — the school’s colors.

“I feel like I’m visiting a religious shrine,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. of the Hutchins Center at Harvard, told the crowd of 2,000. “This is a shrine. These are the saints.”

Then-Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, saying he feared violence, ringed the school with National Guard troops to keep the black children out. President Dwight Eisenhower sent units from the 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, to enforce a 1954 Supreme Court order that schools integrate “with all deliberate speed.”

Current Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday praised the students for their courage, fortitude and …read more

Police Defend Their Actions In Missouri Protest Arrests

September 25, 2017 bcic_admin 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis-area police agencies are defending their actions in arresting nearly two dozen protesters at a mall amid complaints that the demonstrators were taken down forcefully, including a female pastor allegedly put in a chokehold.

A protest Saturday at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, Missouri, was one of several since mid-September when a judge acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley in the death of a black drug suspect.

Media and social media photos of the arrests generated concerns, and a group of elected officials and faith leaders planned a news conference Monday to criticize what they’re calling “military tactics” used by police.

Both St. Louis County and Richmond Heights police said their actions were justified.

The protest began with about 150 people marching without incident through the upscale mall. Things took a turn when some protesters blocked an escalator and demonstrators sought to go the second floor, against the wishes of mall management.

Someone threw a trash can at officers. Richmond Heights Capt. Gerry Rohr used a bullhorn to announce that the protest was no longer peaceful and the crowd must disperse. He said Monday he issued the same warning two additional times over several minutes as St. Louis County police arrived to assist.

Rohr said most of the protesters left, but the 22 who remained were arrested. Seven were charged with rioting and resisting arrest, and some had to be subdued, Rohr said.

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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months In Sexting Case

September 25, 2017 bcic_admin 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.

Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by Judge Denise Cote. After the hearing ended and Cote left the bench, he sat in his seat for several minutes, continuing to cry. He said nothing as he left the courthouse and must surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.

The sentencing completed the sordid downfall of the New York Democrat, whose penchant for exchanging lewd messages and photos with young women online destroyed his career in Congress in 2011, doomed his bid for mayor of New York in 2013, wrecked his marriage to Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and became entangled in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Admitting “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for illicit contact with a North Carolina teenager.

He sought to be spared from prison, tearfully telling Cote on Monday that he was “a very sick man for a very long time.” Weiner, weeping as he read from a written statement on a page he held in front of him, called his crime his “rock bottom.”

Prosecutors said he sent her porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kramer on Monday urged Cote to give Weiner a significant prison sentence to end his “tragic cycle” of sexting.

The FBI was investigating Weiner’s contact with the high school student when it …read more

Congressional Black Caucus Event Ponders Trump Impact

September 25, 2017 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

An answer came during the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual legislative conference this past week: Everything.
“We are losing essential freedoms,” said Brittany Packnett, who became an advocate for criminal justice reform after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “The mood is resolute. No one is confused about the amount of work that lies ahead of us.”

Those who flocked to the nation’s capital for the gathering of black lawmakers, leaders and policy experts identified multiple ways that black Americans are losing ground under President Trump’s watch.

The conference, which ended Sunday, took place against the backdrop of yet another attempt by the GOP-controlled Congress to undo a signature domestic achievement of the country’s first black president, the Affordable Care Act.

Over the past eight months, black Americans have also been alarmed by the administration’s attempt to undo federal housing programs, a lack of funding for historically black colleges, and a retreat from discussion of disparities in policing of minority communities.

The conference also happened as Trump attacked NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. Since last season, several players have knelt or raise fists when the anthem is played to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice.

This year’s CBC conference was the first since President Barack Obama left office, shifting the national black political leadership mantle from the White House back to Capitol Hill. The heavily Democratic caucus — currently boasting its largest-ever membership with 49 representatives and senators — so far has had a testy relationship with Trump, who got only 8 percent of the black vote when he was elected …read more

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Gunman Arrested In Nashville Church Shooting That Killed 1, Injured 7

September 25, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Emanuel Kidega Samson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A masked gunman opened fire at a Nashville church Sunday, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said.

An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the struggle before he was arrested, police said.

The FBI said Sunday night it has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

No motive was immediately determined. Church members told investigators that the suspect had attended services a year or two ago, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department. Nashville police did not immediately comment on several bizarre posts on the suspect’s Facebook page in the hours before the shooting.

The gunman pulled into the church’s parking lot as services were ending. He fatally shot a woman who was walking to her vehicle, then entered the rear of the church with two pistols and kept firing, hitting six people, Aaron said.

Authorities identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro, who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and was a legal U.S. resident.

It was unclear whether the self-inflicted wound to the chest was intentional, Aaron said.

The gunman was discharged hours later from Vanderbilt University Hospital but remained in police custody. Warrants charging him with murder and attempted murder were pending, Aaron said.

Witness Minerva Rosa said the usher was “a hero.”

“He’s amazing,” said Rosa, a member of the church for eight years. “Without him, I think it could be worse.”

The suspect said nothing as he fired. While the gunman made his way down the aisle, Rosa said, the pastor started shouting, “‘Run! Run! Gunshots!’”

Aaron called the usher, 22-year-old Robert Engle, “an extraordinarily brave individual.”

The woman who was killed in the parking …read more

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Howard University Students Protest James Comey’s Convocation Speech

September 22, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Several Howard University students banded together to protest a Friday morning convocation speech delivered by former FBI Director James Comey. Comey was invited by the institution to welcome the incoming class of 2021.

— #HUResist (@HUResist) September 22, 2017

The students appear to belong to a student group named HU Resist. Chanting “No justice! No peace!” in between the chorus of “We shall not be moved,” the protesters caused Comey to halt his speech while a presentation about Howard’s relation to the Civil Rights movement played on the livestream. Comey eventually stepped back in front of the podium to finish his address.

A twitter page and hashtag under the name tweeted several posts explaining why the students choose to speak out during the ceremony.

We deserve to be safe, respected, and heard. @HowardU chooses to stand for police violence and anti-Blackness before their students today.

— #HUResist (@HUResist) September 22, 2017

Corey’s appearance at the historically Black institution was met with resistance because during his tenure as the head of the FBI, the bureau repeatedly found no evidence to press charges in several notable police shootings.

Today, @HUPrez17 sent out the following email making several false claims about the character of James Comey.

— #HUResist (@HUResist) September 20, 2017

Even after several reports during the bureau’s multiple investigation showed that multiple police departments were defunct and introducing polices that disproportionately affected Blacks and other minority communities. Not to mention the bureau’s history of policies and surveillance tactics that directly impacted people of color.

“I just wish the students knew how to have a conversation. A conversation is when you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen,” Comey said during the chanting. …read more

Cops: Owner Taken For Ride When Test Driver Leaves With Car

September 22, 2017 bcic_admin 0

DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back.

Police in Carroll Township in York County say the bizarre theft occurred Tuesday night.

Investigators say the car’s owner advertised it online and met a man interested in buying his red 1995 Acura Integra with a charcoal gray hood.

The owner drove the prospective buyer around for a while, then stopped and got out of the car to let the prospective buyer get into the driver’s seat. But police say the buyer drove away in the car before the owner could get back in.

The car was last seen in Dillsburg on Route 15, possibly headed toward Philadelphia.

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Public Shaming Likley But GOP Wary Of New Laws After Equifax

September 22, 2017 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it’s unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.

Since early this year, President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have strived to curb government’s influence on businesses, arguing that regulations stifle economic growth. Lawmakers have repealed more than a dozen Obama-era rules and the House voted in June to roll back much of Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent future meltdowns.

Several bills unveiled after Equifax are so far missing a key ingredient for success: Republican co-sponsors.

And most important, there is history. Despite numerous high-profile security breaches over the past decade at companies such as Target, Yahoo, Neiman Marcus and Home Depot, legislation that would toughen standards for storing customer data has failed to gain the necessary traction.

Jessica Rich, a vice president at Consumer Reports, said she has questioned over the years what event it would take for lawmakers to impose tougher data security regulations.

“I’m hoping this is the final wake-up call for Congress,” Rich said.

Consumer advocacy groups seek legislation that would enhance the standards for companies that store consumer data and require prompt notification to affected Americans when breaches do occur. They also seek tough civil penalties for those who break the law. But, so far,

Congress has opted to let states handle the issue.

Business groups are also worried that federal regulation will stifle innovation.

“When it comes to security, attempts to regulate today will become outdated tomorrow,” said a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Senate and House Republicans say they are in the fact-gathering mode before moving on any legislation. Separate hearings are scheduled the first week in October, with …read more

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