Police, Officials Resign After Tyrus Byrd Elected Parma’s First Black Mayor

Nearly Entire Police Force Resign After Tyrus Byrd Elected Parma's First Black Mayor

Nearly Entire Police Force Resign After Tyrus Byrd Elected Parma’s First Black Mayor (Photo Credit: KFVS video screengrab)

Tyrus Byrd and Parma MO police drama

Tyrus Byrd, who is black, was elected mayor of Parma, Mo., and five of their six police officers and several other top officials have resigned, out of “fear for their safety.”

The residents of Parma say they have no idea why the mass resignations occurred but we all know why….a black mayor.

Byrd’s election victory was overshadowed by the city attorney,  clerk and water treatment supervisor, as well as the five police officers leaving.

“I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance, but I don’t think they hurt the town with quitting because who needs six police for 740 people?” resident Martha Miller told KFVS-TV .

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, there are 713 people living in Parma, of which 57 percent are white and 41 percent are black.

Report: Tampa Police Officers Targeting Black Cyclists

black cyclists

Report: Tampa Police Officers Targeting Black Cyclists (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Tampa police officers targeting black cyclists

BIKING WHILE BLACK:  A recent study by the Tampa Bay Times has found that Tampa cops are targeting black cyclists more than any other race.

The analysis of more than 10,000 bicycle tickets issued by the Tampa police over the past 12 years found that 79 percent of those ticketed are black. The Times reports blacks make up 25 percent of the city’s population.

Tampa police have written 2,504 bike tickets in the past three years the Tampa Bay Times reports:

Tampa police are targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars.

Officers use these minor violations as an excuse to stop, question and search almost anyone on wheels. The department doesn’t just condone these stops, it encourages them, pushing officers who patrol high-crime neighborhoods to do as many as possible.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Cantor issued a statement saying bicycles have “become the most common mode of transportation for criminals.”

Missouri National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters “Enemy Forces”

Missouri National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters "Enemy Forces"

Missouri National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters “Enemy Forces”

Ferguson protesters called “enemy forces.”

CNN:  “As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN. ”

“.. The National Guard’s language, contained in internal mission briefings obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, is intensifying the concerns of some who objected to the police officers’ actions in putting down riots. They broke out after the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by city police officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the case. “

Flint High School Students on College Tour Called N*ggers at Florida Econo Lodge Motel

Flint High School Students on College Tour Called N*ggers at Florida Econo Lodge Motel

Flint High School Students on College Tour Called N*ggers at Florida Econo Lodge Motel (Photo Credit: Live Oak Econo Lodge Motel)

Racism at Live Oak FL Econo Lodge motel

A group of students from a Flint, Mich., high school got a rude lesson in racism during a college tour trip.

Brittany Clerkley and a group of about 90 adults and teens were wrapping up a college tour. On their way back to Flint, their bus had mechanical issues. They ended up spending the night at the Econo Lodge in Live Oak, Florida.

Coordinator Blake Odum says right after dinner, is when the trip took a much different and disturbing tone. “It was owned by white people. And they started taking pictures of all the kids as we were walking in and out of the hotel,” said student Melissa Blacque. “I heard one of the ladies, she said, ‘If I see one more of them, I’m calling the law,'” Odum said.

Blacque says the students were peaceful, but felt uncomfortable at the hotel. “They were calling us the N word and called Blake the N word. We were just like ‘whoa,'” Blacque said. Source: ABC12

More on the Flint high school students racist treatment:

Deli Owner Shuts Down After White History Month Sign Sparks Outrage

White History Month Sign Sparks Outrage

Deli Owner Shuts Down After White History Month Sign Sparks Outrage

A white deli owner has closed down after posting a controversial White Heritage month sign in the window of his establishment, only to shut down.

Jim Boggess, who owns Jimbo’s Deli on Main Street in Flemington, NJ, was in for a rude awakening after he posted sign in his shop window in early March, declaring, “Celebrate your white heritage in March. White History Month.”

Boggess eventually took the sign down after he outraged many. He even apologized to Bhakti Curtis, a biracial neighbor who first noticed the sign. Business started falling off, eventually leading to him shuttering Jimbo’s Deli.

Boggess started a GoFundMe campaign as he struggles financially. He claimed the response to his sign was unfair and called it “Jimbo’s white history sign gone bad.” He should have thought the financial fallout that was a real possibility before he decided to stand up for “white power.” Boohooo, he can’t pay his creditors for his business and home.

Boggess writes, “I don’t think I deserve this just because I wanted to be proud of being white and be able to celebrate my heritage like everyone else does. If you read this, please leave a comment and what state you’re from so I can see where my support is from.”

So far, Jim Boggess has raised $215 as of this writing.

H/T: CBS, NJ.com

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting

Fox News Wants a Return to Literacy Tests That Kept Blacks from Voting (Photo Credit: Ferris State University)

I try to ignore the right wing bluster, but sometimes I just can’t ignore the load of crap unloaded on Obama-hating Fox News. A suggestion was made to bring back the explicitly racist literacy tests.Um, anything to keep non-white people from voting.

After Fox News reporter Jesse Watters interviewed several New Yorkers who could not identify Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade observed that “studies show that Americans are poorly informed on government and politics.”

“So, is it time to revisit a test for people to be able to vote?” he asked. “Does it bother you that your vote counts as much as somebody who does not know what’s going on?”

“More than I can say,” Coulter agreed. “I just think it should be, well for one thing, a little more difficult to vote. There’s nothing unconstitutional about literacy tests. Instead, we have ballots being given in 124 different languages. And I’m pretty sure Senate debates will not be taking place in Urdu. So, what are they voting on?”

Fox News wants the kind of tests, like poll taxes, that only white people can pass, like back in the days of overt racial discrimination. And while they are at it, they would be happy if women didn’t bother voting either. They would also love it if property ownership was the an automatic qualifier for people to vote. So much for RNC chief Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. That’s all just lip service.

Of course, they will make the argument that it was the Democrats who engaged in “fake literacy tests” used “after the Civil War” to “keep blacks from voting.” Of course, they have taken over from the Democratic Party on that front.

Walter Scott Family Should Run from New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz

Walter Scott Family Should Run from New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz

Walter Scott Family Should Run from New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

If the family of Walter Scott wants to maintain their credibility, they should run like Usain Bolt from New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz. He claims Walter Scott’s family is behind him. If they are, they should rethink that strategy.

Shabazz was interviewed by CNN’s Carol Costello in a testy exchange during which he implored President Obama to get involved. He claimed the blood of black men was running in the streets and were being hunted like “deer and like dogs.” Um, really?

Shabazz, the national president of Black Lawyers for Justice, told Costello that the black community was “outraged” over the treatment of black men in the aftermath of Walter Scott’s shooting death by white South Carolina officer Michael Slager.

“The community here is in pain, and the community here and all over the country is outraged that black men are being killed and hunted down like deer and like dogs,” Shabazz said.

He added, “There’s outrage here and throughout America because no black man and almost no black person can say they will make it through the day or through the week without seeing another black man unarmed shot and killed. And so there is a tremendous amount of pain here and a tremendous amount of pain with that family.”

Shabazz claimed he was invited by the community of North Charleston and expected to meet with Walter Scott’s family, though he would not say exactly when. To the family of the slain man, run like Usain Bolt from Malik Shabazz. He will diminish your credibility and derail your attempts to get justice for your loved one.

Shabazz also had some choice words for 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton: She “should not get one black vote unless she is held accountable for the murder of and the blood of black men in the streets.”

Black Renter Thurmeka Muller Upset Over Racial Slur on Apartment’s Facebook Page

Black Tenant Thurmeka Muller Upset Over Racial Slur on Apartment Complex Facebook Page

Black Tenant Thurmeka Muller Upset Over Racial Slur on Apartment Complex Facebook Page (Photo Credit: WFAA Video Screengrab)


A Dallas apartment apologized to resident Thurmeka Muller who was called “n*gger” by an employee after posting a maintenance complaint on the company’s Facebook page.

Muller, an Iraq War veteran, was upset over the filthy condition of her bathtub when she moved into the Timberlodge Apartments. She said the building’s managers had assured her that the issue would be fixed before she moved in. She said several repairs were needed in addition to the uncleanliness of the bathtub, which she claimed had not been cleaned in “years and years.”

Thurmeka Muller posted her dissatisfaction on the apartment complex’ Facebook page, and found herself in a war of words with a Timberlodge employee, who wrote “N*GGER” in all-caps.

Once Muller’s story went public, the comments left on the apartment complex’s page were negative, prompting the community manager, Franchesca Harris to post an apology to her. Harris wrote:  “We would like to apologize for you having to be a witness for our Facebook account being hacked and one of our employees saying the N-word. Please reconsider rating us a higher star!”

The employee was suspended for three days.

Watch the full report below, courtesy of WFAA-TV:

Walter Scott Did Have Child Support Warrant at Time of Shooting

Walter Scott Wasn' Wanted on Child Support Warrant at Time of Shooting

Walter Scott Had Child Support Warrant at Time of Shooting (Photo Credit: Facebook)

According to public records Walter Scott did have a bench warrant for child support at time of his shooting death by North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager. He did did owe almost $18,00 in back payments, NBC News reports. This contradicts an earlier report by the Associated Press, that said he did not have an open warrant.

Scott’s family said he may have run from Patrolman Slager because feared going back to jail over back child support.  He did have several brushes with the law with regard to delinquent child support payments.
Walter Scott, Back Turned, Don't Shoot

Walter Scott, Back Turned, Don’t Shoot (Courtesy Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

I have to ask, what difference does it make that Walter Scott had a warrant for a low-level crime such as being behind on child support payments? I am sure when Officer Slager ran his license, he would have realized that much, so was it really worth it to shoot the man in his back five times? He was fleeing. He had his license. How does a 50 year-old man outrun a 33 year-old cop?

Separately, Charleston County prosecutor Scarlett Wilson, said will seek a grand jury indictment on the murder charge against Michael Slager.

Walter Scott Family “Bars” Al Sharpton, No Ferguson-Type Circus

Walter Scott Family Don't Want Ferguson-Type Circus, "Bars" Al Sharpton

Walter Scott Family Don’t Want Ferguson-Type Circus, “Bars” Al Sharpton

Walter Scott funeral

The family of Walter Scott don’t want another Ferguson-type circus and has asked Rev. Al Sharpton to stay away from his funeral, the New York Daily reports.

Stay away, Rev. Al.

That was the message from the family of South Carolina police shooting victim Walter Scott to the civil rights activist Thursday two days before the funeral for the slain father of four.

“We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here,” a source close to the Scott family told The Daily News.

That was a reference to the Missouri town that was rocked by violent demonstrations last year after black teen Michael Brown was killed by a white cop.

Walter Scott’s wake will be held at Fielding Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and is open to friends, family and the public. His funeral will be held at the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center at 301 Crosscreek Drive, Summerville, SC 29485. It is open to the public.