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Mentally Handicapped Black Man Held as a Slave in South Carolina

This is pitiful.I sincerely hope they lock these two abusers up for a long, long, time in general pop.

Bobby Paul Edwards tortured and abused mentally ill black man in his restaurant

Mentally handicapped black worker rescued after 4 years of torture and enslavement by SC restaurant owners

Two brothers in Horry County, South Carolina are facing charges that they treated a mentally handicapped black employee like a slave for years, beating and overworking the man, who lived in squalor on property owned by their restaurant.

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, two Charleston attorneys filed a civil suit on behalf of Christopher Smith, who worked at the J&J Cafeteria in Conway for 23 years, but was hideously abused and exploited from 2010 to 2014.

The suit lists 14 counts against J&J owner Ernest J. Edwards and manager Bobby Paul Edwards, including false imprisonment, discrimination and exploitive labor practices. Bobby Edwards, 50, was arrested a year ago in connection with the case. Those charges are still pending.

Last October, Smith was rescued when social workers received a tip from an anonymous source who expressed concern for the man’s safety. Attorneys Mullins McLeod and David Aylor said that while the civil suit cannot change the past or rectify the harm done to Smith, hopefully it will “bring about positive change in the future.”

The Post and Courier explained that Smith worked at the Edwards brothers’ business for more than two decades, but it was when Bobby took over as manager in 2010 that Smith’s situation turned ugly.

Smith was routinely called the N-word, according to the suit. He was savagely beaten with a frying pan, hot tongs, butcher knives, belt buckles and fists. He worked 18-hour shifts Monday through Saturday and 11-hour shifts on Sundays with no breaks, receiving little pay. His total wages for each year added up to less than $3,000.

The complaint against the Edwards said that Smith was often abused on the job, dragged into the walk-in freezer where he could be heard screaming in terror and pain by other employees and begging his abusers not to kill him.

Smith told social services workers that he was too afraid to run away or leave his job at the J&J Cafeteria because he believed the Edwards brothers would hurt him even worse or murder him.

When he wasn’t at work, Smith lived in a filthy, cockroach-infested apartment owned by the Edwards brothers. The lawsuit described Smith’s living conditions as “subhuman.”

McLeod and Aylor reported that when Smith was examined by medical professionals and the Conway, SC police, he was covered in scars and other evidence of prolonged, brutal abuse.

He was targeted for abuse by the Edwards brothers, they said, because he is black.


Posted by on November 17, 2015 in The Definition of Racism, The New Jim Crow


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School Cop Who Violently Attacked Girl To Be Fired

About time…

South Carolina sheriff’s deputy who was caught slamming student to be fired

The white sheriff’s deputy who was caught on video flipping a black high school student out of her classroom chair in Columbia, South Carolina, will be relieved of duty, MSNBC reported on Wednesday.

MSNBC, citing sources, said the firing of Ben Fields, a sheriff’s deputy in Richland County, South Carolina, is expected to be announced during a noon news conference.

A spokesman for the Richland County sheriff’s office declined to comment when asked about the report.

And “race” has nothing to do with this a**hole being fired.

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Domestic terrorism


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The Black Girlfriend Defense For School Cop

Got a new one for the School Cop who physically abused a black teen…

According to the Police Chief – he has a black girlfriend.

Chief really doesn’t understand that the Cop is being accused of over-the-top violence. Nobody gives a damn who, or what his off-hours honey is.

Sheriff Says Cop in Classroom Arrest Video Has a Black Girlfriend, Is Definitely Not Racist

At a press conference this afternoon, Richland County sheriff Leon Lott told reporters that his office is conducting a speedy internal investigation to determine whether theofficer caught on video violently arresting a high school girl in Spring Valley, South Carolina this week deserves to be fired. Lott said investigators are looking at three separate videos of the incident, one of which he said shows the girl hitting Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields with her fist, and will make a decision about whether he will remain employed within 24 hours.

Lott called the video “disturbing” several times during the press conference, and emphasized that the student’s behavior in the situation will be “irrelevant” in evaluating whether Fields violated proper procedure. “What’s relevant,” Lott said, “is his actions.” He added that Fields has been suspended without pay.

What might have been a perfectly unobjectionable presser included one jawdropping moment, when the sheriff said he did not believe race played any role in what happened between Fields, who is white, and the student, who is black. In fact, Lott reportedly said, it is his understanding that Field “has been dating an African American female” “for quite some time.”


Posted by on October 28, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter


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Student Who Filmed School Cop Attack Also Arrested


SC student arrested for recording school cop’s violent assault on classmate sitting in her desk

A South Carolina high school student who witnessed her classmate being physically abused by a school resource officer was arrested and held on $1,000 for filming the incident.

Niya Kenny, 18, told WLTX she was shocked and disturbed when she saw Officer Ben Fields flipping her female classmate out of her desk and pinning her to the ground for refusing to leave class.

“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” Kenny told WLTX. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”

The video, posted Monday by New York Daily News writer Shaun King, shows Fields wrapping his arms around the neck of the pony-tailed girl. He then flips her desk over backwards and throws her onto the ground, saying “put your hands behind your back.”

Kenny said her classmate is only about 5’6″ and said she never saw anything like it before.

“A man used that much force on a little girl, a big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle,” Kenny told the station. “I was like no way, no way, you can’t do that to no little girl.”

Her classmate wasn’t participating in math class at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, and was asked to leave by the teacher. The girl refused, so the teacher called an administrator, who called Fields.

Kenny’s mom, Doris Kenny, said her daughter was just standing up for the girl and said Field’s actions were excessive.

Niya Kenny was charged with “disturbing school,” which her mother questions.

“Who was really disturbing the school?” Doris Kenny asked. “Was it my daughter or the officer who came in to the classroom and did that to the young girl?”

Update – The girl who was slammed around suffered multiple injuries, and had just lost her Mom, and was placed in Foster care.

Black teen attacked by school cop has multiple injuries — and is an orphan who recently lost her mother

…Rutherford told the New York Daily News that the teen recently lost her mother and is living in a foster home. The teen’s foster mother said the girl was “devastated and emotionally traumatized by all that has happened to her,” according to the Daily News.

Rutherford said that lawmakers must tighten up restrictions on use of force by school resources officers such as Fields — who students say was “known for slamming”pregnant women and teenage girls to the ground.

“The legislature needs to take action, and make sure our students are not the targets of rogue police officers called ‘Officer Slam’ who are going to walk in and brutalize them at a moment’s notice,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford, who serves as the Democratic Minority Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives, also plans to represent 18-year-old Niya Kenny — who was also arrested for “disturbing school” while video recording the violent attack on her classmate.

“We passed that law several years ago, and when we did arrests of students shot through the roof,” Rutherford told the TV station. “They were getting arrested for everything because it meets with the statute. The statute is unconstitutionally broad, and everyone knows it.”

The lawmaker said he was shocked by the deputy’s actions — which he said were completely unjustified.

“I had no words because that was something that simply should not happen,” Rutherford said. “It was a classroom. We’re not talking about a roadside setting where you’re worried about the safety of an officer, we’re not talking about any setting where the officer’s safety is in jeopardy and he needs to make sure he controls the situation. It was a classroom.”

He said school resource officers are placed in schools to protect students from outsiders and threats involving guns or knives — and not to punish students for showing disrespect…


Posted by on October 27, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism


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Dashcam Video Shows Officer Shooting Teen in Pot Bust

Once again, video evidence contradicts statements made after the killing…

New video shows SC cop gunning down unarmed teen as he drives away from weed bust

A South Carolina police officer won’t face any charges in the shooting death of an unarmed man during a drug bust.

Prosecutors declined to charge Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller in the July 26 shooting death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond as he attempted to drive away from the officer in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.

Investigators finally released dashboard camera video, which shows Tiller park his patrol car directly behind the car where Hammond and a friend, Tori Morton, were eating food while on a first date.

Video shows the officer get out of his patrol car and draw his gun as Hammond backs up and attempts to drive around the approaching Tiller.

“Hands up, stop, stop, stop,” the officer screams at Hammond.

The officer gets close enough to Hammond’s car to place his hand on the hood before he can turn the wheel and switch gears to drive forward past the officer — who is leaning into the open driver’s side window with his handgun drawn.

Hammond continues driving as the officer keeps his hand on the car’s hood, and Tiller steps back once — out of the car’s path — and opens fire twice less than 6 seconds after getting out of his patrol car in the Hardee’s parking lot.

An independent autopsy found that Hammond had been shot twice, once in the left shoulder from behind and once in the left side of his chest.

A witness said Tiller pulled Hammond’s body from the car, went to the rear of his patrol car and pulled something out that he placed under the slain driver’s body.

A police officer from a neighboring department said Seneca police officers lifted Hammond’s lifeless hand and slapped it for high-fives.

The initial police report did not mention the shooting, which Chief John Covington said was justified because Tiller believed Hammond intended to run him over.

Chrissy Adams, the 10th Circuit Solicitor, announced Tuesday that she would not charge Tiller at the state level, saying the officer’s actions were justified.

“What may seem ‘reasonable’ to any of us who are not in the heat of the moment or at risk of losing our life is a far cry from an officer actually being in a tense situation where he or she is force to make a split second decision while facing a criminal assailant,” Adams said in a statement….The Rest Here

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism


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SC School Cop Body Slams and Throws HS Girl Across Room

This one is hard to watch.

Parents outraged over video of confrontation between high school student and school resource officer

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — A school district in South Carolina is investigating the actions of a school resource officer after video circulated widely on social media Monday showing him violently removing a student from her desk.

It’s not known what led up to the incident Monday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

WIS-TV reported the student was asked to leave the classroom. When she refused, the officer was called in, according to WIS-TV.

The officer, identified as Ben Fields, can be heard on cell phone video telling the girl to get up from her desk.

“You’re either going to come with me, or I’m going to make you,” he says.

When she remains seated, he tells her, “Come on, I’m going to get you up,” before picking her up from the desk and throwing her to the floor.

As he continues to try to restrain her, she is thrown several feet across the classroom as the officer tells her repeatedly to put her hands behind her back.

Richland School District Two Superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm said in a statement that safety is the district’s “top priority,” and that officials are working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in an investigation.

“The district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students,” Hamm said.

The officer has been told not to return to school during the investigation and has been placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff’s Department.

The video was trending on Facebook and the hashtag #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh was the No. 1 trending topic Twitter on Monday night as people reacted to the incident. Many expressed shock at the force used, while others noted the girl was not complying with the officer’s demands.

Facebook users inundated the Richland County Sheriff’s Department with comments expressing outrage over the officer’s actions and called for his firing.

A spokesman for the department said Sheriff Leon Lott is aware of the video and “was very disturbed by it.”

“He has questions like everyone has — and he wants answers and once he has those answers, he will address them,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson.

Fields did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment Monday night.

Parents of students at the high school are reacting to the video. A group called the “Richland Two Black Parents Association” called the video “unacceptable.”

“Parents are heartbroken as this is just another example of the intolerance that continues to be of issue in Richland School District Two particularly with families and children of color,” the group said in a statement, according to WIS-TV. “As we have stated in the past, we stand ready to work in collaboration to address these horrible acts of violence and inequities among our children.”




Posted by on October 27, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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Man Found With 7,000-10,000 Guns in His House

An accused Drug Dealer and Fencer of stolen merchandise was arrested by police, and when they searched his house they literally found enough guns to fill a tractor trailer.

Most of the guns were stolen, likely as payment for drugs – and the majority were hunting rifles and shotguns. According to the first reports very few pistols were found. It is unknown whether he just sold off the handguns.

A second tractor trailer was required to haul away the ammunition.


Neighbor speaks, man arrested after 7,000+ stolen guns found near Pageland


Deputies estimate that they’ve seized between 7,000 and 10,000 stolen guns from a house and warehouse near Pageland. Brent Nicholson was arrested in connection to the stolen goods.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says the seized guns, ammunition, and hundreds of other items were all found on a single property off of Highway 9 outside of Pageland city limits.

Brooks says the guns and ammunition filled multiple tractor trailers.

Nicholson was arrested and charged with trafficking opium and heroin, earlier in the week in Union County. Deputies reportedly went to serve him with a subpoena Friday and noticed what appeared to be stolen goods in his front yard.

The deputies say they wrote out the reports for the stolen property just days before.

The raid started Friday night, according to SLED. It’s reportedly part of an ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions that could have ties to counties in North Carolina as well. Sheriffs from other jurisdictions were there as well as SLED and ATF.

“None of us have ever seen anything anywhere close to this,” Brooks said. “No telling how many break-ins this will held wrap up.”

Over 100 law enforcement officials were on the scene Friday and Saturday. Brooks says 20 agents will be sifting through the evidence “piece by piece” starting Monday. Their goal will be to eventually find the rightful owners. Deputies estimate that 99 percent of the seized goods were stolen.

Brooks says Nicholson lived at the home where the items were found. It is believed that other people stole the guns for him.

Rusty Fender says he has lived next to Nicholson his entire life and never suspected the hoarding of weapons.

“He’s always been a good cat, but you know, people do things,” said Fender.

Fender said the discovery of the weapons scared him and explained that the recent investigation has raised a lot of questions.

“What was you thinking? Why was you collecting that many firearms? What was you planning on doing with them? I mean was you planning on starting a riot?” questioned Fender.

When asked what Nicholson was doing with so many guns, Brooks said, “(he) looks like a gun hoarder to be honest with you.” Deputies have found no evidence that he ever sold any of the guns.

“You know he just had 7,000 guns,” Brooks said. “99.9 percent are hunting rifles and shot guns.”

Brooks called the items found a “menagerie” of stolen property which also includes 150 chainsaws, 4-wheelers, and taxidermy supplies.

Fender said he can’t remember a bigger event happening near Pageland during his years living in the area. He explained that ultimately he is happy the weapons have been seized.

“I don’t understand why he done the things he done, but I’m glad it’s off the streets.”

Nicholson and his father ran a liquor store in Pageland, but according to Brooks it’s been on his radar for a long time in connection to cases of stolen property.

Warrants were also drawn up for his fathers home, their liquor store, and a farm that Nicholson owned.


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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in News


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