Michael Dunn Retrial to Proceed for Jordan Davis’ Murder Over Loud Music

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Michael Dunn Retrial to Proceed for Jordan Davis’ Murder Over Loud Rap Music

Michael Dunn’s retrial for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis will commence September 22, despite calls from the defense for a change of venue due to prior widespread media coverage, a Circuit Judge Russell Healy ruled on Thursday.

Dunn, 47, claimed he was acting in self defense when he shot the teen during a dispute over loud rap music.

Judge Healy said at a hearing on Thursday that he would attempt to seat an impartial jury before ruling on the defense’s request for a venue change, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Michael Dunn testified at his original trial that he started shooting after he felt scared for his life, after he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as the teen started getting out of the car. No gun was ever found in the SUV.

Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions.

2 White Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Say He Had Hands in Air

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2 White Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Say He Had Hands Up in Air

Two new witnesses have come forward in the Michael Brown shooting and they corroborate with the other witnesses told investigators and the media. The two men, who are white, can be seen on video reacting to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting the unarmed teen, CNN reports. The video was shot by a bystander on a cellphone.

One of the men can be heard shouting, “He had his f*cking hands in the air,” in the moments after Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown.

Pine Bluff Police Sued for Shooting Death of 107-Year-Old Monroe Isadore

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Pine Bluff Police Sued for Shooting Death of 107-Year-Old Monroe Isadore

Two Pine Bluff police officers have been sued for violating the civil rights of 107-year-old Monroe Isadore, who was shot to death last year during a SWAT standoff at his home.

Here’s more from Raw Story:

Officers were called Sept. 7, 2013, to the Pine Bluff home of Monroe Isadore, who had allegedly pointed a gun at two people inside.

Police said Isadore fired a gun through a bedroom door after they approached him, and he fired again after SWAT officers slipped gas into the room.

An officer who knew Isadore had hearing difficulties attempted to negotiate with the older man, who fired two more gunshots after SWAT officers threw a gas canister into the room.

SWAT officers were ordered to storm the bedroom before Isadore could reload, and police threw a flash grenade into the room.

Officer Brad Vilches shot and killed Isadore with his rifle.

An autopsy showed he had been shot seven times.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Vilches and Pine Bluff Police Chief Jeff Hubanks of violating Isadore’s civil rights.

The suit seeks damages for pain, suffering, and mental anguish, medical and funeral expenses, in addition to punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

The lawsuit accuses Hubanks for ordering the SWAT team raid and for his alleged  failure to train Vilches and the other officers involved.

DOJ to Launch Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Department

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Justice Dept. to Launch Probe of Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Departments

The Justice Department will launch a “broad civil rights investigation” into the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments, the Washington Post reports. The investigation comes after unarmed black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by a white officer, Darren Wilson, as he and a friend walked in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

More from the Washington Post:

Holder’s decision will represent the Obama administration’s most aggressive step to address the Ferguson shooting, which set off days of often-violent clashes between police and demonstrators in the streets of the St. Louis suburb.

The federal officials said the probe will look at not only Ferguson, but other police departments in St. Louis County. Some, like Ferguson, are predominantly white departments serving majority African-American communities and at least one department invited the Justice Department to look at its practices. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending investigation.

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The new probe will look more broadly at whether the department employed policies and practices that resulted in a pattern of civil rights violations.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that five current and one former member of the police force face pending federal lawsuits claiming they used excessive force. The lawsuits, as well as more than a half-dozen internal investigations, include claims that individual officers separately hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking his family mailbox, pistol-whipped children, and used a Taser on a mentally-ill man who died as a result.

Theodore Wafer Sentenced to Minimum of 17 Years for Renisha McBride Murder

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Theodore Wafer Sentenced to Minimum of 17 Years for Renisha McBride Murder

Theodore Wafer was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years for the porch shooting death of Renisha McBride. His attorney Cheryl Carpenter said the sentence wasn’t “fair or right.” Um, Renisha McBride being shot in the face through the screen door of his Dearborn Heights, Mich., home wasn’t either.

Hundreds March in Ferguson to Remember Michael Brown 3 Weeks After Shooting

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Hundreds March in Ferguson to Remember Michael Brown 3 Weeks After Shooting (Photo Credit: Twitter via @ryanjreilly)

Hundreds march in Ferguson to remember slain teen Michael Brown, three weeks after he was gunned down by white officer Darren Wilson. Marchers include his mother, Lesley McSpadden. Signs called for an end to racial profiling.

The march, a protest “against police killings, brutality, profiling and legal cover-ups,” was made up of a diverse crowd including children and adults. Some people shouted “Justice for Michael Brown,” while many carried signs.

The protesters gathered at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Red’s B-B-Q on West Florissant Avenue, and then marched down Canfield toward the spot where Michael Brown was fatally shot by Darren Wilson.

 

Officers Involved in Ezell Ford Shooting ID’d as Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas

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Officers Involved in Ezell Ford Shooting ID’d as Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas

The officers involved in the Ezell Ford shooting have been identified as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, both assigned to the Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail, the police said in a statement on Thursday.

Ezell Ford, who was mentally ill, was killed in South Los Angeles on Aug. 11. The shooting came two days after unarmed teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down in Ferguson by police officer Darren Wilson.

Ezell Ford will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Ezell Ford shooting:

Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistakened for a Bank Robber

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Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistaken for a Bank Robber (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Just another day in the life of a black man in America:  A black film producer, Charles Belk, was handcuffed and detained for six hours before LA cops realized they had the wrong man.

Belk posted the picture on Facebook saying that he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and was walking alone to his car, which was parked on La Cienega Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m. to check the parking meter, when some cops surrounded him and told him to sit on the curb.

Charles Belk said in a statement, “Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, fingerprinted and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.”

“What I don’t get … is why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the ‘tall, bald-headed, black male’ … did not fit MY description,” according to Belk’s statement.

People wonder why black males are so uneasy walking the streets of America — this is a prime example of racial profiling. Shameful.

Here’s Charles Belk’s Facebook post:

NY Times Under Fire for Michael Brown Obit Saying He Grappled with Problems, Promise

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NY Times Under Fire for Michael Brown Obit Saying He Grappled with Problems, Promise

The New York Times is under fire for “spitting on Michael Brown’s grave” in an obituary talking about his life. The article spawned a #NoAngel hashtag and the outrage went viral on Twitter as the teen was being laid to rest.

I guess Mike Brown wasn’t as respectable as the Unabomber in their eyes.  I think it’s safe to say that a white kid from the suburbs who was shot dead by a police officer wouldn’t be labelled this way. 

Here’s the passage from the NY Times article, “Michael Brown Spent the Last Weeks Grappling with Problems and Promise,” which has caused the uproar:

Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life.  Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar. He got into at least one scuffle with a neighbor.

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In the ninth grade at McCluer High School in Florissant, Mr. Brown was accused of stealing an iPod. His mother said she went to the school, eventually showing a receipt to prove the iPod was his. He left McCluer and went to two other high schools before going to Normandy for most of his final two years.

When his mother moved out of the Normandy District, he moved in with his paternal grandmother so he could remain at that school. But he continued to alternate between his parents and maternal grandmother.

He did not have a criminal record as an adult, and his family said he never got in trouble with the law as a juvenile, either.

This article begs the question, if Michael Brown was “living in a community that had rough patches” and that made him “no angel,” then how do we explain Officer Darren Wilson growing up with a serial con artist (his Mom, Tonya Durso) in his home located in a mostly white neighborhood? Then, add the fact that Darren Wilson learned how to police at the racist Jennings Police Department that has since been disbanded? 

 

 

 

Michael Brown Shooter, Darren Wilson, Began Career at Racist Jennings PD

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Michael Brown Shooter, Darren Wilson, Began Career at Racist Jennings PD

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown six times, began his career at the racist Jennings Police Department. I guess this should make for good fundraising for his supporters, since he managed to keep his record clean. But that doesn’t mean that he had no issues.

The Jennings Police Department was disbanded over racial tensions between law enforcement and the mostly black community. Kinda like Ferguson PD and the black community.

Racial tension was endemic in Jennings, said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member.

“You’re dealing with white cops, and they don’t know how to address black people,” Epps said. “The straw that broke the camel’s back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous.”

Police faced a series of lawsuits for using unnecessary force, Stichnote said. One black resident, Cassandra Fuller, sued the department claiming a white Jennings police officer beat her in June 2009 on her own porch after she made a joke. A car had smashed into her van, which was parked in front of her home, and she called police. The responding officer asked her to move the van. “It don’t run. You can take it home with you if you want,” she answered. She said the officer became enraged, threw her off the porch, knocked her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach.

The department paid Fuller a confidential sum to settle the case, she said.

“It’s like a horror story in my mind. I never thought a police officer would pull me off my porch and beat me to the ground, for just laughing,” Fuller said in an interview.

The Jennings department also had a corruption problem. A joint federal and local investigation discovered that a lieutenant had been accepting federal funds for drunken-driving checks that never happened. Source: Washington Post

This comes as President Obama will send three White House staffers to Michael Brown’s funeral on Monday — Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president and chairman of My Brother’s Keeper task force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement.

A group of pro-Darren Wilson supporters protested on his behalf yesterday, with one of the organizers, who refused to dislcose her name, saying “we are Darren Wilson.” So, I am guessing they collectively shot an unarmed teen six times. Let me me clear, we need to get to the bottom of what happened but Officer Wilson isn’t speaking publicly or through an attorney, for whatever reason. Read more about the Darren Wilson GoFundMe page.