Hill Harper, National Lawyers Committee Say 866-Our-Vote Is The Answer To Issues At The Polls

November 8, 2016 bcic_admin 0

1-866-Our-Vote is the hotline that will track voting irregularities in real-time. Both Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Hill Harper, the organization’s national spokesperson talk to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about what to do if you experience any voting issues at the polls.

What happens if you go to vote and your name isn’t on the roll?

“Go to the poll worker in charge. Raise the issue. if they don’t help, call 866-OUR-VOTE. We’re based in Washington, DC, this is the hub. We have 4500 legal volunteers. We get on the phone with local election officials. We roll up our sleeves and do the hard work. We will go to court if necessary.”

Where are the problem areas?

“We never know what’s gong to happen, but these states that are in play…we can see problems anywhere. It can happen as early as in the parking lot with someone saying you can’t park there.”

Click the link above to hear the entire interview.

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A St. Louis Mother Wants Answers After Photo Surfaces Of Officer Posing With Her Dead Son

November 7, 2016 bcic_admin 0

St. Louis area officer gleefully poses and gives a thumbs up next to a Black man they claim died of a drug overdosehttps://t.co/BtLihOUYjW pic.twitter.com/DXTlQgnTre

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 5, 2016

A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after a photo surfaced that shows a white police officer posing with her dead son.

According to FOX 59 News, in August, Kim Staton’s son, 28-year-old Omar Rahman, was found dead from an accidental drug overdose. Staton says she hasn’t heard much from the authorities about her son’s death and was devestated when KMOV News released a leaked photo showing a North County Cooperative officer at the scene wearing gloves, holding onto her dead son’s arm giving a thumbs up.

Staton stresses that there is no reasonable explanation as to why any officer would do something like that outside of being cruel and unprofessional.

[When] they come to a call, they’re supposed to be there to help and protect, not doing what he was doing with thumbs up and a smirk on his face,” she exclaimed.

Staton’s attorney, Antonio Romanucci, echoes her sentiments.

It’s hideous. The implications of this photograph are just astronomical,” said Romanucci. “I have seen thousands and thousands of forensic photographs, I have never seen a staged photograph of an officer next to a deceased body.”

Romanucci is urging that there to be a complete investigation that is done by an agency other than the Co-op.

Who was there that allowed this to go on? Was there any sergeant involved? Those are the questions that need to be asked and that’s what needs to be found here,” Romanucci said.

Meanwhile, the police told Stanton that they lost all of the pictures from that night since their police camera has gone missing.

(How convenient.)

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Trial Resumes In Sam Dubose Police Shooting

November 7, 2016 bcic_admin 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — The trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist has resumed after juror concerns over their privacy interrupted the last court session.

The trial of former officer Ray Tensing resumed Monday after the judge announced one of four alternate jurors withdrew over privacy concerns. Hamilton County Judge Megan Shanahan told jurors she wants them to feel safe and won’t release questionnaires they filled out during jury selection while the trial is going on.

Prosecution testimony resumed with a Hamilton County forensic scientist.

The 26-year-old Tensing is charged with voluntary manslaughter in last year’s fatal shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Tensing has said he feared being dragged to death when DuBose tried to drive away.

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25-Year-Old Man On Way To Funeral Gunned Down By Off-Duty Chicago Cop

November 7, 2016 bcic_admin 0

An off-duty Chicago cop guns down #JoshuaBeal in a road rage incident https://t.co/GUnRn3rVZv pic.twitter.com/AxKmnx101h

— The Root (@TheRoot) November 6, 2016

A 25-year-old man from Indianapolis was killed Saturday afternoon by an off-duty police officer in a predominantly white Chicago neighborhood. The young man was visiting the Windy City to attend his cousin’s funeral.

According to ABC 7, police say that Joshua Beal was in a car during a funeral procession that was stuck in traffic in front a local firehouse in Mount Greenwood. An off-duty firefighter confronted the driver to tell them that they were illegally blocking the fire lane which prompted the cars’ driver and passengers to get out of the vehicle and began a verbal and physical altercation with the firefighter. Shortly after, an off-duty Chicago police officer, who was close by, came to “help” the firefighter.

As the altercation was unfolding, a different Chicago police officer—who happened to be a sergeant—claims he drove by the scene and stopped when he saw a man with a gun. After the man “failed to drop his weapon, shots were fired striking the individual multiple times”—the sergeant was the shooter, police said.

Paramedics took Beal to nearby hospital who was later pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported.

However, the Beals family tells a completely different story.

Chicago police gunned my baby down like a viscous [sic] animal,Tiffaney Boxley, Beal’s mother told ABC7. “They shot him twice in the back and three times in his front,” she added.

According to Beals’ sister Cordney Boxley, while they were on their way to church to bury their cousin, her sister was cut off and almost driven off the road. Immediately after, she said her family and the motorist who had cut …read more

Donors Raise Over $200,000 For Historic Black Church Defaced By Vandals

November 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A GoFundMe account set up to help restore a historically Black Mississippi church defaced by vandals has raised over $200,000.

On Tuesday Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church congregants in Greenville, Mississippi found their sanctuary set ablaze with the words “Vote Trump,” spray painted on one of the church walls, ABC News reports.

According to the outlet, no one was harmed in the fire, but the blaze left behind charred pews and inside structure damage.

At a Wednesday news conference, Hopewell’s pastor, Carolyn Hudson, said parishioners were “heartbroken,” but was faithful that “God would allow us to build another sanctuary in that same place.”

Blair Reeves, a New York Native who organized the GoFundMe campaign, told ABC he felt “compelled” to act and was overwhelmed at the response.

“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore,” Reeves wrote in the campaign’s description. “Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.”

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, said there was no doubt the attack was calculated at Wednesday’s presser.

“We are well familiar that this form of attack on a black church has occurred many, many years ago. It happened in the ’50s, it happened in the ’60S, but we’re in 2016 and [this] should not happen.”

As previously reported, the Greenville Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime, while the FBI announced plans to launch a civil rights probe.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled the fire was “incendiary or intentionally set” and offered an $11,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in a tweet Thursday.

Donors Raise Over $200,000 For Historic Black Church Defaced By Vandals

November 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A GoFundMe account set up to help restore a historically Black Mississippi church defaced by vandals has raised over $200,000.

On Tuesday Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church congregants in Greenville, Mississippi found their sanctuary set ablaze with the words “Vote Trump,” spray painted on one of the church walls, ABC News reports.

According to the outlet, no one was harmed in the fire, but the blaze left behind charred pews and inside structure damage.

At a Wednesday news conference, Hopewell’s pastor, Carolyn Hudson, said parishioners were “heartbroken,” but was faithful that “God would allow us to build another sanctuary in that same place.”

Blair Reeves, a New York Native who organized the GoFundMe campaign, told ABC he felt “compelled” to act and was overwhelmed at the response.

“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore,” Reeves wrote in the campaign’s description. “Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.”

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, said there was no doubt the attack was calculated at Wednesday’s presser.

“We are well familiar that this form of attack on a black church has occurred many, many years ago. It happened in the ’50s, it happened in the ’60S, but we’re in 2016 and [this] should not happen.”

As previously reported, the Greenville Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime, while the FBI announced plans to launch a civil rights probe.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled the fire was “incendiary or intentionally set” and offered an $11,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in a tweet Thursday.

Donors Raise Over $200,000 For Historic Black Church Defaced By Vandals

November 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A GoFundMe account set up to help restore a historically Black Mississippi church defaced by vandals has raised over $200,000.

On Tuesday Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church congregants in Greenville, Mississippi found their sanctuary set ablaze with the words “Vote Trump,” spray painted on one of the church walls, ABC News reports.

According to the outlet, no one was harmed in the fire, but the blaze left behind charred pews and inside structure damage.

At a Wednesday news conference, Hopewell’s pastor, Carolyn Hudson, said parishioners were “heartbroken,” but was faithful that “God would allow us to build another sanctuary in that same place.”

Blair Reeves, a New York Native who organized the GoFundMe campaign, told ABC he felt “compelled” to act and was overwhelmed at the response.

“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore,” Reeves wrote in the campaign’s description. “Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.”

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, said there was no doubt the attack was calculated at Wednesday’s presser.

“We are well familiar that this form of attack on a black church has occurred many, many years ago. It happened in the ’50s, it happened in the ’60S, but we’re in 2016 and [this] should not happen.”

As previously reported, the Greenville Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime, while the FBI announced plans to launch a civil rights probe.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled the fire was “incendiary or intentionally set” and offered an $11,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in a tweet Thursday.

President Obama Shortens Sentences For Another 72 Federal Inmates

November 4, 2016 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting clemency to 72 more federal inmates whose sentences will now end earlier than expected.

Obama has been commuting sentences at rapid-fire pace in his final months, including a batch of 98 last week. All told, Obama has granted 944 people clemency, including 324 who were serving life sentences.

The White House says it’s more than the previous 11 presidents combined.

Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses. Most are considered nonviolent offenders, although some were convicted of firearms charges in connection with drug crimes.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston says the individuals “have earned a second chance.”

Obama isn’t setting them all free right away. Many will see their sentences end in 2017 or 2018, long after Obama has left office.

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President Obama Shortens Sentences For Another 72 Federal Inmates

November 4, 2016 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting clemency to 72 more federal inmates whose sentences will now end earlier than expected.

Obama has been commuting sentences at rapid-fire pace in his final months, including a batch of 98 last week. All told, Obama has granted 944 people clemency, including 324 who were serving life sentences.

The White House says it’s more than the previous 11 presidents combined.

Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses. Most are considered nonviolent offenders, although some were convicted of firearms charges in connection with drug crimes.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston says the individuals “have earned a second chance.”

Obama isn’t setting them all free right away. Many will see their sentences end in 2017 or 2018, long after Obama has left office.

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Dillard Students Arrested And Maced After Protesting David Duke Appearance

November 4, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Six people were arrested and several more were pepper-sprayed Wednesday (Nov. 2) as police at Dillard University attempted to control protests over the appearance of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke on campus.

The white nationalist was among six candidates for U.S. Senate participating in a debate at the historically Black college in New Orleans — their final showdown before the Nov. 8 primary. Debate sponsor Raycom Media had closed the venue to students, the general public, and the media.

“They’re allowing a terrorist, a neo-Nazi Ku Klux Klan member to be secured in a building in which we paid thousands of dollars to attend annually,” said political science major Brielle Kennedy, one of about 70 students reportedly involved in the protest. She was arrested moments later.

According to the Times Picayune, the arrests took place after a group of protesters lay down in front of the university’s main campus, blocking cars from leaving after the debate. They were booked into New Orleans city jail on charges of obstructing traffic, Dillard spokesman David Grubb said Thursday.

While New Orleans Police Department officers were positioned near the doors of the debate hall, it was campus police officers who let loose with pepper spray and made the arrests as several protesters tried to move past officers and into the Georges Auditorium during the debate, the paper reported.

Watch video of the protests below:

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