Police Officer Randall Kerrick’s Trial

Yahtzee has been doing a great job keeping us up-to-date with jury selection and today’s proceeding in the trial of former police officer Randall (Wes) Kerrick.  Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Jonathan Ferrell in September 2013.


Jonathan Ferrell

We will use this post to follow the trial. The court is not allowing live stream from the courtroom.  Some sources are releasing videos with portions of the trial at the end of each day’s proceeding.  WSOC-TV has a special section covering the trial.  There is a press room where reporters can observe the courtroom. Read the rest of this entry

Soaring Sunday

Thanks to a special friend for the title of this post.

hope butterflyThanks to all new subscribed followers and visitors.  Feel free to join us in discussion.

People who are passionate in advocating for equality for all need to refuel from time to time.  I’m going to make it an effort to post an encouraging or uplifting song every Sunday so we begin our week with renewed strength and hope.  The song might be secular, or faith-based, or humorous.

I hope that you enjoy the following.




Confederate Flags Placed at Martin Luther King’s Church


If nothing else, it’s a crime of vandalism, the same as anyone would feel having someone put animal ca-ca on their front porch.

Originally posted on TIME:

(ATLANTA) — Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, but it wasn’t clear whether they had committed a crime.

Atlanta police Chief George Turner said Thursday his officers were working with federal authorities and hadn’t determined what, if any, charges might be sought. Turner said they had not ruled out a hate crime, though Georgia has no state hate crimes law.

An officer from the Atlanta FBI’s joint terrorism task force was on the scene “to better determine if any specific threats were received” and to provide support to Atlanta police, FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett said in an email.

The placing of the flags was the latest provocative act involving the Civil War-era symbol since nine black church members were gunned down during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, and it happened in…

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Officer Indicted For Murder In Cincinnati

Yesterday, the City of Cincinnati was preparing for disgruntled citizens to take to the street in response to the release of a police officer’s body cam video and a grand jury’s decision. The University of Cincinnati even closed its main campus in anticipation. But today, there will be no protests for an arrest in the killing of Samuel DuBose.


Samuel DuBose

On July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing pulled 43 year-old Samuel DuBose over for a traffic stop. Samuel was driving a green 1998 Honda Accord without a front license plate. Tensing shot DuBose in the head.

Officer Ray Tensing’s body camera captured the moment when he killed Samuel DuBose  With the release of the body cam video, also came an indictment for murder in what a prosecutor called a shooting that was “unwarranted” and “senseless.” Read the rest of this entry

Any Topic Discussion

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

There are at least three stories I want to blog about, so I’m working on getting information.

Use this thread to discuss whatever is on your mind.



This week, two long-time subscribers notified me that they are not receiving notifications for new posts.  If Word Press didn’t burp, then the problem might be with your email provider.

Blog administrators have no control over who subscribes and whether they subscribe for email notifications for new posts and/or comments.   Since our number of subscribed followers has not decreased, I suspect the problem is with the email provider.

First, check to make sure that emails from Word Press are not going into your junk mail folder.  I understand that some of the free email providers have changed their system recently.  You will want to approve  “*.wordpress.com” emails.

If that’s not the situation,  when you post a comment, see if the box that appears asks if you want to subscribe to new posts and/or comments.   If that box doesn’t appear, then your subscription notifications should be okay and the problem is with your email.




Roseanne Barr Wins Lawsuit Against George Zimmerman’s Parents

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 1According to the Orlando Sentinel, Seminole Circuit Judge Melanie Chase didn’t elaborate on her ruling but said, “This court finds there is no disputed issue of material fact and that the defendant, Roseanne Barr, is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.”

Robert Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman, parents of George Zimmerman, sued Roseanne Barr for tweeting out the address to their home.  This happened while George Zimmerman was in hiding after killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, and before George’s arrest.

Attorneys for Barr argued that she cannot be held culpable for republishing already publicly available information. To make the case, they showed pages from a phone book found in a library that contained the address.

Barr’s attorney,  David Fink, said that Barr sharing her opinion on social media did not meet the high threshold of intentionally inflicting emotional harm.  Read the rest of this entry

Creative Blogger Award

Blackbutterfly7 has been nominated by Micheline Walker for the Creative Blogger award. Micheline posts on arts, music, history and current events. She does fantastic research. Her blog is a work of art. No wonder she has over 1,400 followers. To be nominated for this award by Micheline is a true honor.


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Sunday Re-Fill – Hope

Danny Gokey – Hope In Front of Me



Search Warrants Executed – The Death Of Kendrick Johnson

Kendrick Johnson 3On January 10, 2013, the body of 17-year old Kendrick Johnson was discovered in a rolled-up gym mat in the gym of the high school he attended. The Lowndes County Georgia Sheriff’s Office conducted the initial investigation and concluded that Kendrick died from a freak accident. They said he was going for a shoe that was at the bottom of the mat, got stuck, and died from asphyxiation.

Kendrick’s body was subsequently exhumed and the family had an independent autopsy performed that among other things, found that all of Kendrick’s internal organs were missing, and had been replaced with newspaper. The private pathologist concluded the teen died of blunt force trauma to the neck.

Videos from inside the school were released, and caused many questions, many of which pertained to missing portions or what appeared to be edits.

In October 2013, the Department of Justice began an investigation under the direction of U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. Read the rest of this entry

6 Things We Know About Brian Encinia, The Texas Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland

Originally posted on News One:

The story ofSandra Bland, the 28-year-old who was found dead in a Texas jail cell earlier this month, was given more context on Tuesday when dash camera footage of her arrest by Texas trooper Brian Encinia was released.

The nearly hour-long video shows an opposite portrait of what the 30-year-old officer painted in his police report.

Bland was booked on a third-degree felony for assaulting an officer on Friday, July 10, and reportedly hung herself with a trash bag two days later. She was pulled over by Encinia for failure to use her turn signal near Prairie View A&M, where she was expected to start her new job the following Monday. Footage of the encounter has been examined by police, activists, and even Hollywood directors.

As more information comes to light, here’s what we know about Texas trooper Brian Encinia.

1. Brian Encinia’s Career As A State Trooper Is Fairly New

Encinia ventured…

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