Claremont — Activists and community members in Claremont are calling on police to provide more information after allegations that a young boy was injured late last month in a racially motivated incident.
The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy said he was taunted with racial epithets by a group of young teenagers and then intentionally pushed off a picnic table with a rope around his neck in the backyard of a home near Barnes Park.
Ten days after the incident, aside from confirming an ongoing investigation, police have refused to release any details about the case, citing the confidentiality that protects juvenile proceedings.
But Twin State activists involved with racial justice issues said that by not offering any information about the case, officials could be stifling an important community conversation about racism.
“Folks don’t just deserve to be informed about what’s going…
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Today we recognize that 16 years ago a handful of whacked out turds flew planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania….the worse case of terrorism to ever hit the shores of America.
This is an op-ed written for the Washington Times……a look at what has become of the society since that fateful day…..(I do not totally agree with some of their assumptions but a pretty good piece all around)…….
The approach of an anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 always concentrates my mind. It was, astonishingly, 16 Septembers ago that a team of foreign terrorists hijacked three American passenger planes and used them as weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone forget the images of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being consumed by fire and smoke, the twin towers collapsing, the ashes rising, children struggling to come to terms with the fact…
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It skirted Puerto Rico, caused death in the Caribbean islands, and is heading to Florida with winds up to 180 mph. And, it is HUGE!
The following video is live tracking.
I have a doctor’s appointment and anticipate being placed on knock-out medication, so would appreciate that those following this event post follow-up comments in the comment section below.
Fantastically expressed. Thank you.
Adding another thing to the list of “Terrible things Happening in America at this very second”, today the President rescinded DACA, effectively putting the lives of 800,000 people in limbo.
If my anger is palpable, I’m sorry. Immigration is a topic that really grinds my gears. It always has been. I get so angry when people forget the humanity of others, and immigration seems to be the time that it happens the most. I’m not going to pretend America doesn’t need immigration reform because we do. I’m not going to pretend illegal immigration isn’t wrong. But this was cruel. Senseless, and it’s going to do more harm than good.
But Tricia, you ask, What is DACA? Why should I care?
What is DACA?
DACA is an Obama-era policy that has protected 800,000 undocumented children from deportation. Because of this, they were able to grow up, get educations, start families and…
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Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned President Trump that he would speak out publicly if his new administration ever targeted Dreamers. Well, it’s happened. Trump pulled the trigger this…
Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Here is a disclaimer that might be necessary because of people who want to pick at every word I write to falsely accuse me of practicing law or trying to be a lawyer. What follows regarding the constitution and state rights are things that I learned in my senior year of high school. My freshman year college political science class and junior college class in business law also play significant roles in what I learned and retained about courts and the law. So there!
When I heard about Alex Wubbels, the nurse in Utah who was taken into custody for refusing to allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient, it was as if I was taken back into time. Not only was I taken back in time to remember those political science, social studies and business law classes, but also because I thought the controversy over blood draws and hospitals had been resolved years ago.
When reading the opinions of some others, I wonder if the books assigned to classes or even the teachers or professors fully addressed that the issue in America’s Civil War was over the rights of the states? That war was to decide whether the federal government had political power to regulate or abolish slavery within individual states. The federal government did abolish slavery in the land, and also gave states the right to legislate their own laws as long as those laws do not violate the U.S. Constitution.
When the Supreme Court of the United States decides to hear cases involving state laws, they decide them based on the U.S. Constitution. Read the rest of this entry
It was July, 2016 when a police lieutenant in Cobb County, Georgia by the name of Greg Abbott pulled over a vehicle he suspected of Driving Under the Influence. The white woman who was sitting in the passenger’s seat appeared incredibly nervous and said she was afraid to move her hands in front of the police officer due to the fact that she’d seen “way too many videos of cops” – an obvious reference to numerous videos of cops shooting people and then falsely claiming their victims appeared to be reaching for a weapon. What Lt. Abbott said to the woman in response, perhaps trying to assuage her fears, only confirmed in the eyes of many what they’ve long suspected was an unwritten rule of police protocol.
Sandra Bland is an example of the different way cops react when they interact with a Black person during a traffic stop.
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The verdict is unprecedented. Marco Proano has been convicted in federal court on criminal charges from an on-duty shooting. Proano was convicted of two felony counts of using excessive force, violating the victims’ civil rights. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. His sentencing is scheduled for November 20, 2017. Proano’s victims survived, and it has taken almost 4 years for this day to arrive.
On December 22, 2013, Proano spotted a stolen car that was filled with teens on Chicago’s Southside. One of the teens exited the vehicle and ran. Another attempted to get out but the door would not open because a cop cruiser had pulled up on the side. Yet another teen in the backseat, reached over to the front driver’s side and with his hands, pressed on the gas.
Proano opened fire, and continued shooting even after the stolen car ran into a light pole and stopped. Two of the teens were wounded.
There is dash cam video, but there was also some controversy to make it public,as reported in the below video by Roland Martin. During a civil case filed by the teens, the court sealed the video. It took a news publication to get the video to make it public. A lawsuit brought by the two wounded teens was settled by the City of Chicago for $360,000.
Proano’s trial began on August 21, 2017 in U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman’s courtroom. On August 28, 2017, the jury deliberated 4 hours and returned the verdict of guilty on both counts. Read the rest of this entry
There’s a Change.org petition. The title of the petition reads, “18-year old high school football player has been charged with murder defending his mom.” The petition asks that all charges against Luis Moux be dropped. I read the body of the petition three times and after a very long sigh, decided that I would share this.
According to CBS News, and the New York Post, Stanley Washington, (43-years old) arrived at the apartment where Luis Moux and his 37-year old mom, Lorena Sesemer live. An altercation took place between them and Luis found Washington on top of his mom. Luis wrapped his arm around Washington’s neck to pull him off his mom. Washington fell unconscious and died.
The New York Daily News reports that Luis had bite marks on his forearm and knee.
Luis was charged with manslaughter. Some reports say that Luis bail was set at $50K. Others say that his bail was set at $25K cash. Either way, Luis has been released on bail.
According to police, the boyfriend, Stanley Washington had a long criminal history that ranges from assault to criminal possession of a weapon, to menacing, criminal trespass and possession and sale of marijuana. Police had been to Sesemer’s apartment several times in the past to sort out domestic disputes involving Washington.
The New York Post reports that Stanley’s brother stated that he had taken care of Luis since he was 2-years old and that his brother was not violent. Djuana Martinez, identified as Stanley Washington’s wife, said that Stanley “has a heart of gold.”
That is the story.
People, this is where the rubber meets the road. I am now coming back full-circle to where I was during the George Zimmerman case. Anyone who follows this blog should know that I stand for equality for all and that includes equal justice. You might also know that I am opposed to Stand Your Ground law. This particular case, for me, is not one of taking sides of who is right or wrong. Rather, this is a case of people being careful of the things they request or demand of government officials in petitions. This is why … Read the rest of this entry
“Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”
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Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources as authorities in and around Houston scramble to save those trapped by the high waters.
Hopes for an immediate respite from Harvey’s wrath seem unlikely as the National Weather Service calls the flooding “unprecedented” and warns things may become more dire if a record-breaking 50 inches of rain falls on parts of Texas in coming days.
The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey’s rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond.
“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before,” the weather service said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”
The storm killed two people in Texas, authorities said, and the death toll will likely rise. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned that some 911 calls are going unanswered as operators “give preference to life-threatening calls.”
Here are the latest developments: Read the rest of this entry
In case you’re unfamiliar with doxing, it is term that describes using the internet to search for and obtain the personal information of others, and to post it publicly on the internet with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass or incite the commission of a crime of violence against a person or a member of the immediate family of that person.
Some states consider doxing to fall under stalking laws and include an intent to cause the person doxed extreme emotional distress. In fact, in some prosecuted cases of cyberstalking, the victim’s personal information can be the personal knowledge of the perpetrator who posts it publicly on the internet for a malicious purpose.
The personal information that is publicly posted does not have to be accurate. In fact, it can be for someone totally different, which can then lead to civil lawsuits for defamation and identity theft. Doxing has become a serious problem in the United States.
There is a current federal statute for protecting individuals performing certain official duties from having their personal information and that of their families made publicly available. The statute is 18 U.S.C. § 119. It makes it a federal crime to make publicly available the Social Security number, home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, restricted personnel.
The federal statute defines restricted personnel as a grand or petit juror, witness, officer in or of any court of the United States, or an officer who may be, or was, serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate; an informant or witness in a Federal criminal investigation or prosecution; or a State or local officer or employee whose restricted personal information is made publicly available because of the participation in, or assistance provided to, a Federal criminal investigation by that officer or employee. Family members are also protected under the statute.
I’ve often wondered why our federal government does not seem to believe that all citizens want the same protection and the right to be let alone. Maybe that will change soon. Read the rest of this entry
In the comment section of this blog on the post written by towerflower titled We Want His Badge, we discussed the shooting of Levar Jones in Columbia, South Carolina on September 4, 2014.
On September 4, 2014, State Trooper Sean Groubert pulled into a gas station behind Levar Jones for a seat-belt violation. He asked Levar for his license. Levar reached into his vehicle to get his license and Groubert shot him 4 times.
Sean Groubert was terminated from his job, and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The judge issued a $75,000 cash bond. Groubert remained in jail and in March 2016, he plead guilty.
The State reports that Groubert’s defense attorneys said that Groubert developed PTSD after an August 2012 car chase and shootout with a suspect. The disorder, which they say went undiagnosed, contributed to Groubert overreacting and shooting Levar Jones during the traffic stop in September 2014.
At his sentencing, prosecutors argued that while in jail, Groubert complained that black people in South Carolina “had a chip on their shoulder.” Read the rest of this entry
Born Richard Claxton Gregory on October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, he transitioned today at the age of 84. There is no list that can pay due honor to his accomplishments and inspirations.
As a teenager, Dick Gregory earned a track scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale but his education was cut short when he was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1954. His commanding officer noticed that Dick had a knack for joking, and Dick entered and won several military talent shows. In 1956 after his discharge, Dick returned to the University but then dropped out saying that the university “didn’t want me to study, they wanted me to run.”
As a young man, Dick moved to Chicago and became part of a new generation of Black comedians along with Nipsey Russel. They broke with stereotypical Black entertainers by drawing on current events, including racial issues. As Dick Gregory said once, “Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?”
Even with his talent, Dick Gregory did not give up his day job. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He attributed the launch of his career to Hugh Hefner. Hefner saw Dick perform where he told the following;
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night.
Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, “We don’t serve colored people here.” I said, “That’s all right. I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.”
Then these three white boys came up to me and said, “Boy, we’re giving you fair warning. Anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.” So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, “Line up, boys!”
Hefner hired Dick Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club to replace “Professor” Irwin Corey. Read the rest of this entry
Today Steven Bannon, The Chief Strategist for the President, was fired by the White House.
According to sources the departure of Steve Bannon was in the works for a few days but the thing that kicked it into high gear was after Bannon was quoted in an interview with the American Prospect contradicting President Trump on North Korea and asserting that he was able to make personnel changes at the State Department.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, Confirmed that Bannon was out but that it was a mutual decision between White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly and Bannon and issued the following statement.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,”
So now we sit back and wait to see if Bannon goes back…
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Tadrint and Micah Washington, the owners of the car struck in the protests held in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, have filed a lawsuit in the Charlottesville, VA circuit court.
James Alex Fields has been arrested and charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death. Fields was a participant in the “United the Right” demonstration organized by White Nationalists in Charlottesville, VA.
Fields allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. At his appearance on Monday in court, Fields told Chief Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. that he cannot afford a lawyer. The 20-year old Fields has been assigned court appointed attorney Charles Weber. Fields’ next court appearance is on August 25, 2017. He is currently held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and was denied bond.
The Washington’s allege in court documents that they were driving home when Fields drove through a group of people, ramming their vehicle from the back injuring them.
The lawsuit names Fields, “Unite the Right” rally organizer Jason Kessler and about two dozen alt-right leaders and organizations as defendants. Read the rest of this entry
Heather Heyer, was killed when a Dodge Charger, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields, a self-identified white supremacist, plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters. Heyer was attending an Alt-White Rally, protesting the removal of a confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was a counter-protester when she was murdered. 20 others were severely injured. Heyer, was a paralegal at the The Miller Law Group, also in Charlottesville. According to their website,
Heather Heyer is one of our Paralegals here at Miller Law Group and continues to be an irreplaceable asset to our firm. Heather was born and raised in the beautiful state of Virginia. Originally from Ruckersville, VA, Heather now resides here in Charlottesville.
After being struck, Heyer was transported to UVA Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
Virginia Governor Terry McAulife tweeted that Heyer:
“died standing up against hate & bigotry.”
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I hear David Duke say that the protests were to take “our” country back. Back from what? That question has not been answered.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Hours before a noon rally was set to begin Saturday, violent skirmishes broke out between bands of white supremacists and counterprotesters who have converged on this college town around the issue of a Confederate statue.
Men in combat gear, some wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets and carrying clubs and sticks and makeshift shields fought each other in the downtown streets, with little apparent police interference. Both sides sprayed each other with chemical irritants and plastic bottles were hurled through the air.
A large contingent of Charlottesville and Virginia state police in riot gear were stationed on side streets and at nearby barricades but did nothing to break up the melee.
Further reading: Who Are the Alt-Right Leaders Behind Virginia Rally?