Somali-American Cop Shoots Minneapolis Woman After She Calls 911

July 17, 2017 bcic_admin 0

A Minneapolis officer is accused of shooting an Australian bride-to-be who called for help. The shooting comes at a time when police around the nation are under fire for escalating random encounters into deadly shootings.

But the complaints against police use of deadly deadly force are usually are lodged by people of color, but on Saturday, the victim, Justine Damond, 40, was a White woman who had studied to be a veterinarian in Sydney before moving to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé, writes The Washington Post.

Further, in the aftermath of the shooting death of Philando Castile, policy requires officers to wear a body camera. But the officers’ body cameras were not turn on before the shooting and the squad car camera did not capture the shooting, the report says.

We all want to know more; I want to know more,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference Sunday afternoon, The Post writes. “I call on the BCA … to share as much information as they can as quickly as they possibly can.”

The incident began before 11:30 p.m. Saturday when Damond called 911 to report a possible assault behind her house. According to a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, two Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to the call and went to an alley near her home in the Fulton neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, writes The Post.

The Associated Press provides more details:

Local media identified the officer who fired as Mohamed Noor, who is a Somali-American. A city newsletter said he joined the police department in March 2015.

His attorney, Tom Plunkett, released a statement saying Noor offered his condolences to …read more

Venus Williams Not At Fault In Fatal Car Accident

July 10, 2017 bcic_admin 0

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Shortly after Venus Williams filed an emergency order in the fatal crash case leveled against her, a video shows that Williams lawfully entered the intersection.

According to USA Today, police said that new video surveillance footage showed Williams entering the intersection on June 9 legally before the collision in Palm Beach Gardens, Flordia. Linda Barson’s car collided with Williams’ SUV in an accident that left Linda Barson with multiple injuries and her husband, Jerome Barson, who was critically injured and later died.

This footage reverses the police’s initial belief that Williams was responsible for Barson’s death.

“Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive,” the police said in a statement.

“As Williams was traveling through the intersection, a Nissan Altima entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams’ vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision.

“The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. The front end of Barson’s vehicle collided the right front of Williams’ vehicle.”

This is a blow to the lawsuit that was filed against Williams on behalf of Barson’s estate.

Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer, told USA TODAY that this update proves his client’s innocence.

“As the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department points out, once Ms. Williams entered the intersection lawfully, she had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way to Ms. Williams.”

He added: “Ms. Williams is grateful for the …read more

Chicago PD Now Requires Recruits To Visit African-American Museum

June 29, 2017 bcic_admin 0

The Chicago Police Department has made a tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History part of the training requirements for new recruits.

A class of 56 officers visited the venue Monday.

“The one thing I can tell you after 29 years [is] if you don’t know a culture, you tend to fear it,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told Fox 32 Monday, June 26.

The department has required new recruits to visit the Holocaust museum for years to teach soon-to-be officers about other cultures, according to Atlanta Black Star.

Black history was added only after the 2014 shooting death of Black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer. The department also added a lesson about the meaning of implicit bias.

The training is open exclusively to new recruits, but the CPD is open to the possibility of expanding it in the future.

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Texas Black Student Given ‘Most Likely to Blend in with White People’ Award

May 29, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Her mother says, “Everyone doesn’t believe that this is real but yes, this certificate shows that this is real.”

— FOX26Houston (@Fox26Houston) May 28, 2017

Days after a student received an award stating she was most likely to be a terrorist, a 7th grade student at the same school was given an offensive award too.

According to FOX 26 News, Sydney Caesar, a student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Texas, received an award that stated she was “Most Likely to Blend in With White People,” from her teacher Stacey Lockett.

Cesar’s sister Lauren Easton told FOX 26 that the teacher’s behavior lacked “common sense.”

“I mean, how can you think that is okay to say it in the first place and then right after a major event has happened. It just doesn’t make any sense.”“I feel really bad for her because I saw her in class, she was really upset about it and she just wouldn’t talk at all for the rest of the day,” she added.

Sydney was so upset that she skipped the last day of class.

Sydney Cesar talks about how receiving the award made her feel… @Fox26Houston

— Lindsey Henry (@LindseyFOX26) May 26, 2017

“It made me feel really embarrassed about what other people were going to say and what’s she gonna dot,” the 7th grader told a reporter.

And her mother Latonya Robinson is concerned that her daughter is going to be bullied next year.

“For that child to either be called a terrorist or she’s not black enough, basically now the students are taking that and that’s her label for the rest of the school year,” Robinson said.

The school issued the following statement:

“The Channelview Independent School District would …read more

Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Say Prosecution Wants To Limit Black Jurors

May 24, 2017 bcic_admin 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to “systematically” keep blacks off the jury after prosecutors used their strikes to keep two black women off the panel.

Judge Steven O’Neill for now rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former detective who had sued Pittsburgh and may have an anti-government bias.

The 11 people chosen so far include one black juror. Lawyers return Wednesday to seek the final juror and six alternates.

O’Neill said he would revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle offered statistical evidence to back his discrimination complaint.

The 100 people summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse so far included 16 people of color. A new jury pool will be summoned Wednesday..

A black woman who said she knows only “basic information” about the case and a white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police are now on the panel.

The male juror said he can put that aside if instructed to do so, and defense lawyers accepted him on the panel.

The jury so far consists of six men and five women. Only one of them is black. Cosby has said he believes the case may have racial overtones.

Lawyers need 12 jurors and six alternates total for the trial starting June 5 near Philadelphia.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.


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