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Chicago Cop Who Murdered Laquan McDonald to be Charged

Another Killer Cop in Chicago looks like he is headed to trial for the killing of a 17 year old black kid.

Coroner’s Report shows the 16 shots which hit Laquan McDonald in the front and back, when he was on the ground by Officer Jason Van Dyke


Reports: Chicago police officer to be charged with murder of black teen shot 16 times

A white Chicago police officer is expected to be charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of an African American teenager caught on dash-cam video, sources close to the investigation told the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times Monday night.

Unnamed officials told the news organizations that Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to appear at a bond hearing at noon Tuesday at which time he is also expected to be charged with murder. His lawyer has said that the officer’s actions were lawful.

“He believed in his heart of hearts that he was in fear for his life…he was concerned about the lives of [other] police officers,” Daniel Herbert told reporters last week.

If Van Dyke is indicted, the case will mark the first time a Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality in 35 years, according to the Tribune.

These reports come just a week after a judge ruled that the footage of the shooting must be released to the public by Wednesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been accused of withholding incriminating evidence over the course of a 13-month investigation into the incident.

Like so many deaths at the hands of police, Laquan McDonald’s seemed at first destined to be mired in an unending he-said, she-said.

The Chicago Police Department initially stated that McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, “lunged” at officers with a knife in a Burger King parking lot. The department’s longtime spokesperson, Pat Camden, said at the scene that McDonald posed “a very serious threat,” leaving one officer no choice but to lodge a fatal bullet into the teenager’s chest.

Reporters and a few witnesses were skeptical of this account, especially after the Cook County Medical Examiner announced that McDonald in fact had “multiple” gunshot wounds. An autopsy later revealed that McDonald had been shot 16 times, in different places all over his body.

Jamie Kalven, the freelance journalist who first obtained the autopsy through a Freedom of Information Act request, called these details “the silent testimony of Laquan McDonald’s corpse.”

Gunshot wound of the left scalp. Gunshot wound of the neck. Gunshot wound of the right upper leg. And so on.

At least two bullets appeared to have gone through McDonald’s back.

The medical examiner described a “well-developed, well-nourished” young man with dreadlocks and several tattoos. One on the right arm read “Quan”; another on his right hand read “Good Son”; a last on the other hand depicted a pair of dice accompanied by the catchphrase “YOLO,” short for “You Only Live Once.”…Read the Rest of this developing story here

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, The New Jim Crow


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Ready for a Riot – Cop Shoots Black Teen 16 times In the Back

This Cop murder is so bad, the Police Department is afraid to release the Dash Cam video for fear of inciting riots and violence. This is in Chicago, where over the last few years the murder rate has hit record numbers.

Judge Orders Chicago Police To Release Graphic Video Of Officer Shooting Teen 16 Times

The Chicago Police must release a hotly contested video showing a white officer repeatedly shooting a black teen, a judge ordered on Thursday.

The dash cam footage showing the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014 has been described as so graphic that the teen’s mother feared its release could trigger racial unrest like what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore after officers killed unarmed black men in those cities.

A city lawyer even said the video was a factor in the unusual decision by the city to approve a $5 million payment to McDonald’s family before his relatives had even filed a lawsuit.

While Michael Brown in Ferguson and Freddie Gray in Baltimore were both unarmed, McDonald had a 4-inch knife. Officials have claimed that he acted erratically and disobeyed orders to drop the weapon when confronted by police in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

The police union has said that an officer shot McDonald out of fear for his life after the teen allegedly lunged at him with the knife. But even the city’s attorney has said McDonald waswalking away when he was shot. The officer shot the teen after he fell to the ground, according to McDonald’s family.

An autopsy found that McDonald had been shot 16 times and had the drug PCP in his system.

Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ordered police to divulge the video by Nov. 25, according to NBC Chicago. Although initially expected to appeal the decision, the cityannounced later Wednesday it would comply with the judge’s order and release the video next week.

The officer, who has not been officially identified, has not been charged with a crime. He’s restricted to desk duty while the shooting gets reviewed. A grand jury’s decision on whether to indict him could come as early as next week.

Media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune had filed various requests to pry the footage from the police department. Police and city officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel had refused to share it, citing an ongoing federal investigation into the shooting and concern that airing it would impede a fair trial later.

But on Wednesday, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan separately ruled against them, saying they had not adequately explained how the footage would undermine a potential fair trial.


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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter


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Men in White

A fun one from some US Navy Academy Middies…”Naptown” in this case is Annapolis, Maryland – which is home to the US Naval Academy. These guys (and women) are dressed up in the Summer whites, and are a common sight around Annapolis when class is out. Have family and extended family who have attended and graduated both the Navy and Air Force Academies now, so I guess the only thing I have to remember sitting in the stands or watching on TV at a family gathering is “Beat Army!”

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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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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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Adele Releases First Album in 5 Years

Like her or not, Adele has a powerful, beautiful voice…She continues with a new Album, “25”, with this first release “Hello – From the Other Side”.

No question this album will top the charts.


Adele Debuts Glorious New Music Video For ‘Hello’

“Hello,” Adele!

Just days after she announced her widely anticipated return, Adele dropped a new music video for “Hello,” the first single off her upcoming record, “25.”

The 27-year-old Brit hasn’t released an album in more than four years. Her last age-themed record, “21,” earned her six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, in 2012. The soulstress also won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Song for the title song for the 007 flick “Skyfall.”

“25” will be released on Nov. 20. You can find the entire track list here.

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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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Sasheer Zamata From SNL Video on White Privilege and Women’s Rights

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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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Take Away His “Man Card”

Yeah …That was misogynist! “Feminism” in a whole new light. Two women take down a 50 year old man and rob him old style (no guns or knives).

Then a brother walks by, and seems to do nothing but offer to assist…

Welcome to NOLA!

These two could be onto something lucrative, after spending the next few years in jail for posing so well for the nice camera which also got their license plate number…

But guy…You ain’t seen that comin’ when the heavier one snuck directly behind you? You get a F-minus for street smarts. And that “Smartphone” is now sitting in the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain.

And the brother walking down the street…Shame.

You two “ladies” make my “Domestic Terrorism” list…

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Domestic terrorism


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