During slavery, white slave masters hired white men who became what was to become known as “slave catchers.” The job of these low life men was to track down, capture and return runaway slaves to their respective slave owner. Over time the “slave catchers” evolved into what became police departments. Although having the mandate to prevent crime and maintain the peace, a prime component of the police through the years has been and continues to be to “serve and protect white people and “observe and oppress Afrikan/Black people. Fast forward to present day 2015 and you will find police brutality and use of “deadly force” against Afrikan/Black people to be of epidemic proportions. It has become the focal point of discussion in many towns and cities all across the country. Prime examples would be Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland with the recent police murder of Freddie Gray. People have been in the streets nationwide with the stated goal of changing the criminal “culture” of the police. It is a waste of time as the mentality in the police station houses in this country is one of “us against them (Afrikan/Black people).” This is not about ‘good cop versus bad cop,” but rather a “culture of police violence against Afrikan/Black people that has existed for hundreds of years!! You only have to look right here in Boston wherein Mayor Walsh and police commissioner Evans try to promote the false image that the police in this city are different from... Continue reading →
Two unarmed Black men have reportedly been shot by police early Thursday in Olympia, WA.
The men, brothers in their 20s, were identified as Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21.
They were accused of trying to steal beer at the Olympia Safeway, then fleeing the scene. Police officer Ryan Donald, a 35-year-old who has been on the force for three years, claims that one of the young men attacked him with a skateboard when he got out of his car.
Both men were then shot in the chest, then rushed to separate hospitals. Chaplin is in stable condition, while Thompson is in critical condition.
Donald was not wearing a bodycam.
According to The Olympian,
The men attempted to steal beer and were confronted by employees. The men threw the items at employees and left. They called the police and gave them a description of the suspects. The police officer claims one of the suspects attacked him as he exited the squad car. The officer shot the suspect. After another confrontation, he shot the other suspect multiple times in the torso.
The Mayor of Olympia Stephen H. Buxbaum released a statement,
“It deeply saddens me that we have two young people in the hospital as the result of an altercation with an officer of the law,” Buxbaum said. “We are committed to open dialogue where people can gather and share their feelings, show their compassion and stand up for what I think represents our values.”
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The state's attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the announcement Thursday. The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
Mosby has said Gray's neck was broken because he was injured while being handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van. She says his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored.
Gray was arrested April 12. He died in a hospital a week later and became a symbol of what protesters say was police brutality against blacks.
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Black women and girls matter too. Don't forget. #sayhername #BlackWomenMatter #blackwomenslivesmatter pic.twitter.com/SoQde3dshr
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In an effort to stem the tide of violence being waged against African-American women in the criminal justice system, the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday began incorporating women and girls in its protests against police brutality.
The Black Youth Project 100, Ferguson Action, BlackLivesMatter, and We Charge Genocide, among others, led rallies in at least 17 cities across the U.S., including in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the often ignored experiences of Black women and girls with police violence.
Activists also hoped to give voice to their stories about sexual, physical, and structural violence by law enforcement officials, according to a news release from the Black Youth Project.
In a striking case of injustice, the group says, Chicago Police Det. Dante Servin was acquitted last month of the 2012 killing of Rekia Boyd, who was unarmed when she was shot in the back of the head by the off-duty cop.
“This national day of action was catalyzed by a group of young Chicagoans, who decided to call for the immediate firing of Dante Servin during the May 21st Chicago Police Board meeting,” Charlene Carruthers, national director of BYP100, said in a statement.
Via the Black Youth Project:
Sexual assault and harassment continue with impunity, with police rarely being held accountable for the crimes they inflict against the Black community in general and Black women and girls, specifically. A 2014 study released by the Black Women's Blueprint and Women's All Point Bulletin to the Committee Against Torture reports that the over-policing of Black women has increased since 2000, and cites rape and sexual violence as the second ...read more
Alexis Jones-Rhodes has been found safe in Illinois. According to WSB-TV 2, police say there was no foul play involved in her disappearance.
A Clark Atlanta University student disappears on her way to graduation.
Alexis Jones-Rhodes, also known as “AJ” or “Lexi,” left her home in Decatur at 4 a.m. Monday wearing her black cap and gown. She was supposed to check in at the student center for graduation at 6 a.m. but never made it.
She was driving a black Hyundai Sonata with Georgia license plate BPC 6177.
She is 22-years-old.
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A Los Angeles native is speaking out on the dangerous effects of birth control after she suffered a stroke at the age of 26, ABC reports.
In an interview with ABC News, Jordan Ward said that in the middle of planning her wedding, she faced symptoms of nausea, blurred vision, and headaches. After her fiancé suggested she see a doctor, the couple discovered she had suffered a stroke and blood clots in her brain.
To make matters worse, she discovered the stroke was caused by the birth control she was taking.
“When I did get the news, I was in shock,” Ward told ABC's Los Angeles Station, KABC. “I'm 26 years old.”
African-Americans are known to be at a high risk for strokes due to high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, among other factors. Another factor that can double the risks of strokes across the board for all races is smoking, something Ward does.
“Women should always be advised about the risks versus benefits versus alternatives to any form of birth control, and realize that while uncommon, if the worst case scenario happens to them, it is a big deal,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton said.
Ashton suggests a healthy weight, being aware of blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, and stepping away from cigarettes will more than likely decrease someone's chances of getting a stroke.
It is unknown if Ward will stop smoking or taking her birth control, but she says being aware of the dangers have given her a better perspective on life and the future with her soon-to-be husband.
“I'm so thankful for so many things, but especially for the fact that I still get to marry the man of my dreams,” Ward told the station.
To learn more about the factors of strokes, check out more information from the National Stroke Association here.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.
After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but never having enough money. His circumstances worsened when he was ordered to pay more than $700 a month to support three of his children — including one less than a year old.
Months later, he surfaced in Syria, where he went to fight for the Islamic State.
“I think since he lost his job, he was maybe never normal after that,” sister Muna Ahmed told the AP last fall.
“It's unbelievable,” his friend, Farhan Hussein, said recently. “Where did this disease come from?”
Hussein said his friend seemed confused about life, and sometimes felt stressed out by the women with whom he had children: Minnesota court papers show at times he was paying child support to two ex-wives for five of his kids, as well as support for a sixth whose mother is not identified. He wasn't the type to go to mosque or pray every day — instead, he went clubbing and even drank alcohol, Hussein said.
When he felt troubled, Ahmed might turn to his religion for a week or so at a time. But once the blues passed, he would be back to his old self — flirting with women, dressing sharply, listening to rap music, shooting hoops and lifting weights at a local gym, Hussein said.
He dipped sporadically into political discussions, speaking about the Palestinians, the civil war in Libya and conditions in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia where many Somalis live. But the continued atrocities against Syrian civilians committed by the Assad regime apparently made a deeper impression.
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Additional footage of Freddie Gray's arrest by the Baltimore Police has raised questions about the case and Gray's state during the incident that took his life.
In video obtained by the Baltimore Sun, a limp Gray is seen in police custody during the police van's second of five stops to the station. After being placed in leg restraints for his alleged “irate” behavior, the 25-year-old was ushered into the police van head first as his legs dragged on the ground. Bystanders can be heard screaming at the police officers, who included Brian W. Rice, William G. Porter, Caesar Goodson, Garrett Miller, William Porter, Edward Nero, and Alicia White.
Gray was arrested by the officers on April 12 and died a week later due to a severe spinal injury.
Rice is also accused of threatening a man who filmed the incident with a Taser.
Michelle Gross, the woman who filmed the video above, says she was saddened.
“I thought his leg was just broke and that he was just going to the police station and we would hear him that afternoon,” she said recently, as tears streamed down her cheeks.
At this point on the cell phone video, Gross yells to Gray, “You all right?” No response is detectable from the recording and Gross said she didn't hear Gray respond. Her neighbor yells, “Porter, can we get a supervisor up here please?” He said he was yelling at officer William Porter, who would be one of the six charged in the case.
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A Georgia middle school teacher was arrested Tuesday, charged with allowing his students to have sex in the classroom.
Fox News reports:
Multiple news outlets report 25-year-old Quentin Wright, a math teacher at The Champion School in Stone Mountain, was taken into custody Tuesday. He has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
An arrest warrant says Wright arranged times with students when the classroom would be empty and gave them condoms.
The investigation began after a mother said she found text messages between Wright and her son.
A DeKalb County Schools spokesman says they are cooperating with the District Attorney's Office and Wright has been removed from the classroom.
It is unclear if he has a lawyer.
What is the proper sentencing for this kind of crime?
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Roxbury residents Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury hope to bring a new experience to the area with their aptly-named Dudley Café, which will sit on the Warren Street side of the building that has been the center of much of Dudley Square's recent development activity. The couple says they are getting the final details in place to open, including hiring staff. ...read more
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