Latest on the awful shooting that happened in Oregon.
At this point, I just want to know what it would take for a cop to found guilty of ANY violence-related charge in a court of law. Not only was Officer Michael Brelo acquitted of manslaughter, but also the lesser charge of felonious assault. Do you think he was he justified in his actions?
According to a source familiar with the facts of the case, a court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.
The apparent domestic violence assault would be the latest in a series of revelations about O’Reilly’s disturbing treatment of his family members, and his ex-wife in particular.
With scenes of the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson, MO still ripe in the minds of many, the clips that have been circulating of what took place in the Freddie Gray protests yesterday should not come as a surprise. In fact, they should be expected. Because when such displays of extreme disregard for human life are the catalyst for these actions, in communities where many of its downtrodden occupants already feel like they and others who look like them are walking targets, it is inevitable. Then, those whose duty it is to hold criminals accountable have the audacity to put the perpetrators of these contemptible acts on administrative leave with pay, while imposing mandatory curfews on those demanding justice and telling them how and where to protest. No, that’s not how it works. You do not get to dictate how the People choose to express themselves when your actions and/or failure to take necessary action is/are the reason(s) the People are protesting in the first place.
If we allow those whom we are protesting against to determine what is acceptable and what is not without applying any type of pressure, what is stopping these things from happening again if they feel they can contain the level of response? And if they know the People will ultimately acquiesce to their requests? Could this be a reason why we are seeing no change in the excessive use of police force across the country?
Besides police, I have heard quite a few people pass judgment on how protesters choose to express themselves. If you aren’t living in the same conditions as many of them or are so far removed from the urban community and the experiences of those living there that you can’t empathize with their struggle, then what right do you have to tell them how they should conduct their protests? How can one remain peaceful when your People have been getting harassed, assaulted, and killed by those whose job it is to protect and serve you and getting away with it for generations? How can you keep faith in the idea that justice will be served when time after time, it isn’t?
Do I condone one form of protest over another? No. I just am not naïve enough to believe that simply protesting peacefully is the only answer. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was as peaceful as they come, and he was still shot down in cold blood. Not everyone who uses aggressive action as a form of protest is a thug, hoodlum, animal, or opportunist; many of them are just tired of not being heard. If they were to take their aggression out on the police rather than their surroundings, then what would you say?
When things like social unrest start moving into areas like Downtown Baltimore, as shown in the video below, where the people of higher classes are known to frequent, clearly there is a communication barrier that exists that we all need to address, because the death of Freddie Gray is not just a Black issue, it is a human issue. To some, the Orioles game or the White House Correspondents Dinner held more value than showing solidarity with our brothers and sisters (Black, Brown, White, whatever) in demanding justice for this man’s life. And let’s be realistic, telling people to make sure they vote in the next ballot or election does absolutely nothing to help them right now. You can’t expect those being affected to just sit on their hands and remain passive until the polls open while injustice continues to plague their communities. Enough is enough. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the protests in Baltimore, check this extensive article written by WBALTV. What are your thoughts on the protests and the current state of society in the U.S.?
via CHICAGO (CBS) — While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal. Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass. Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway? Continue reading
This stuff in Chicago and across the nation is out of control. The youth are solving their problems by killing each other. I am lost as to how to stop this. While we sit around and worry about Rihanna and Chris Brown and the cast of clowns on Love and Hip Hop our children are committing the most heinous acts against each other. Another life snuffed out. I cannot imagine how her parents are going to cope with this tragedy.
While everybody talks about it, this courageous woman is doing something. Watch this and learn a thing or two instead complaining on the safety of your couch.
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Chicago (CNN) — In Roseland, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, many residents stay off the streets to protect themselves from rampant gang violence.
But one grandmother opened her door and invited gang members to come inside.
Yeah he removed this because I guess he knew he look like a total asshole abhoring violence and holding a gun at the same time.
This is definitely not something I wanna start off our tuesday with, but it is a brutal reality that woman suffer in these countries that are ruled through an iron clad fist. Break the law and this is many times what happens. More information below:
via Huff Post
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Sudan’s judiciary opened an investigation into a video of a woman being flogged that has been widely circulated on the Internet, the state news agency reported Sunday.
The video shows a woman in a voluminous cloak on her knees screaming and pleading with blue-uniformed policemen, identified as Sudanese, who take turns whipping her across the head and feet.
Source: MTVNews.com Steven Roberts, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
Following death of Derrion Albert, rapper says it’s ‘our responsibility’ to teach kids to value their own lives.
In the wake of the tragic death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, many hip-hop artists have spoken out about violence, not only among the youth of Chicago, but in other cities like Atlanta and Newark. Nas wrote an open letter to Chicago teens following the honor student’s senseless beating death, urging them that they were fighting the wrong war.
Killer Mike blogged forXXLmag.com, apologizing to Albert and the four teens charged with his murder, Silvonus Shannon, 19; Eugene Riley, 18; Eugene Bailey, 17; and Eric Carson, 16, for letting them down. David Banner also addressed the situation in his song, appropriately titled, “Something Is Wrong.”
MTV News caught up withCommon at Wednesday’s Hennessy Artistry 2009 Seriesshow in New York, and the legendary Chicago MC echoed their sentiments. “For me, I grew up around it, but I have a great mom, have a wonderful stepfather and great family around, and I know every kid is not provided that blessing which we should naturally have,” Common said.
Since the early 1990s, science has suggested a link between antisocial behavior and a defect in the gene that codes for an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A). A low level of activity on the MAO-A gene results in an excessive breakdown of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which helps keep humans calm and happy. The defect thereby increases the urge to react aggressively to threats or fears, leading MAO-A to be referred to as the “warrior” gene. (See 20 ways to get and stay happy.)
The latest research, however, takes the association one step further. It is the first to link low activity on the MAO-A allele in young men both to an increased likelihood of joining a gang and to a greater tendency to use weapons and violence. “For the first time, we were able to establish a direct connection between the MAO-A gene and the choosing of a violent lifestyle,” says Kevin Beaver, a biosocial criminologist at FSU and lead author of the study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry. Continue reading
I had to basically re-post this whole article because of how underreported this violence in Chicago is and how it is mainly black on black men killing each other for basically what amounts to nothing.Kudos to Foster Kamer for shedding the light on this tragedy.
A gruesome string of violence in Chicago in being investigated right now to see if any of it is connected in any way whatsoever. It’d almost be more comforting if it were. Otherwise, these numbers are incredibly frightening – not just for Chicago, but for any city.
From around 6AM Saturday to 6AM Sunday, seven deaths. All of the shootings that took place last night spanned the city. Something like this happened last year. Most of them are being looked at as gang related, with exception to a few.
The shootings, in no particular order: A grocery store owner was found fatally shot yesterday morning in the back of his store on the North Side. A drive-by on the Near West Side that killed one. Three brothers, one fatally shot in a drive-by on the South Side. Three men shot, two fatally after a verbal spat on the West Side. A 26 year-old fatally shot in a drive-by on the Southwest Side. A 28 year-old fatally shot on the Southeast Side, sitting outside his home.
Elsewhere, Thursday night, five were shot in a drive-by on the South Side, including a 15 year-old kid, Friday evening, a guy who hijacked an empty school bus with one other employee aboard was killed at the end of the confrontation by police, and this morning, a 46 year-old man at a grocery store on the South Side was leaving with his groceries when he – as the story goes – pulled out a gun and aimed it at the store’s security guard. After a struggle, the guard managed to shoot his assailant in the leg twice; the assailant’s now in stable condition. “Police said the man may be homeless and credited the guard,” notes the story, but there’s something strange about a homeless guy being able to produce a gun. Possible, but doesn’t seem likely. Finally, a 65 year-old man killed himself after a long standoff with police.
What’s going on in Chicago that’s causing all the violence this weekend? Totally rampant speculation: probably some unconnected extreme instances, and gang violence heating up (as it tends to do in the summer, when younger members are less likely to be in school). It can’t help that their cops – like so many other large cities – have a reputation for being crooked. But Chicago’s? In the last week, a Fire and Police City Council chair being brought up on corruption charges, in addition to a cop being indicted with a mob boss.
The only story on the wires about this is a small AP piece noting the number of shootings of the last night. Not to suggest some kind of vast, far-reaching, Salinger-backpocketing media conspiracy, but it’s going to be interesting to see how these types of things are treated over the next few months in the Chicago and national media with the city’s Olympic bid decision coming up in four months. Could just be a random string of shootings. It could be a pattern of American Violence that simply goes unnoticed until it comes up in number clusters like this. Whatever it is, it’s really, really terrible for all of us. And a kick-you-when-you’re-down item I had nowhere else to put: a Chicago petting zoo burned down Thursday, killing 75% of the animals in it. So maybe Chicago’s just having one of those terribly unforgiving weeks. Probably not, though.
A man was reportedly shot after a concert by Young Money’s Drake and Sly Polaroid over the weekend in Illinois.
The incident occurred shortly after the hip-hop show came to a close.
Just after 4 a.m. police responded to the area around the House of Blues on Saturday (May 16) morning. More than 1,000 people had gotten out of a show at the concert venue about that time, so crowd control was also a factor. Police found the victim shot in the buttocks. The House of Blues was host to the rap acts Drake and Sly Polaroid for a show that began at 11:30 p.m. Friday. (WBBM News)
An altercation reportedly took place which sparked the near-fatal shooting.
The victim was involved in an “altercation” with someone who displayed a handgun, then shot the man and fled, said Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli. The victim, who was not identified, was listed in stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Detectives are investigating the case, and no one was in custody as of Saturday evening, police said. (Chicago Sun-Times) Continue reading
The nation of Jamaica has instituted an island-wide ban of all music which glorifies violence or sexual activity.
The ban, which became official earlier this week, is targeted at quelling the growing dancehall trend called “daggering,” where participants stimulate sexual intercourse on the dance floor.
The style was popularized by dancehall star Mr. Vegas, who released a song and video of the same name last June.
Under the new regulation, all music with lyrics detailing murder, arson, rape, and gun violence cannot be heard over Jamaica’s TV and radio broadcast systems.
Furthermore, DJ’s are not even allowed to be play censored versions of songs, as the intent and suggestive nature of the tracks would still be discernible.
As the country’s most popular music genre, dancehall stands to be the most affected by the new ruling.
In recent years, the genre has endured heavy international criticism for the vehement anti-gay stance many of its artists advocate.
However, the decree will also limit the accessibility of Soca and Hip-Hop on the island.
Soca music is rarely explicit, but sometimes utilizes sexual innuendo in its lyrics and is a staple sound of Jamaican street carnivals.
Hip-Hop has strong roots with the Caribbean island due to Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, who helped launch the genre of Hip-Hop in the 70s, after migrating to New York City in the late 1960s.
At press time, there has been no organized movement to challenge the government’s ruling on free speech grounds.
(CNN) — An audio message reportedly from al Qaeda’s deputy chief vows revenge for Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza and calls the Jewish state’s actions against Hamas militants “a gift” from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
The speaker, identified as Ayman al-Zawahiri, addresses Muslims in Gaza. He said the violence “is one part of a series of a crusade war against Islam and these air strikes are a gift from Obama before he takes office, and (Egyptian President) Hosni Mubarak, that traitor, is the main partner in your siege and killing.”
The message, posted Tuesday on various Islamist Web sites with a picture of al-Zawahiri next to an image of a wounded child, urges militants to rally against Israel.
“My Muslim brothers and mujahedeens in Gaza and all over Palestine, with the help of God we are with you in the battle, we will direct our strikes against the crusader Jewish coalition wherever we can.” Continue reading
CHICAGO (AP) – Katherine Graden doesn’t really like shoot-’em-up video games. She prefers games on her Wii system that test her fitness and agility—the ones her guy friends tease are her “sissy games.”
“I’m like, `Fine! Go play your violent games. I’ll stick with mine,'” the high school freshman from Chicago says, chuckling.
It’s a common scenario, according to a new national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project that illustrates just how ingrained games have become in youth culture.
The survey found that while young Americans don’t necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them—girls included—play video games of one kind or another.
And they don’t just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with Internet friends. Continue reading
Source: Breibart via AP
This is has to be the wildest story of the year !!!
A Florida teen has been arrested for making his elderly grandmother hold a gun and participate in gangster video. This is truly unbelieveable!!!
Source : EURweb.com
A new report accuses BET and MTV of showing excessive sex and violence during hours that teens are viewing. The report reinforces heavy criticism that has been lodged against these networks for years. Recent episodes from cult favorite Boondocks were banned due to their harsh criticism of B.E.T CEO Debra Lee and even referrred to the network as the Black Evil Network.
Full story below:
“What BET and MTV are offering to children on these three programs is full of offensive and vulgar content, the likes of which cannot yet be found on broadcast television,” said Tim Winter. President of the Parents Television Council, who conducted the study in partnership with the Enough is Enough Campaign.
A young couple got into a fracas over which gang their 4 year old will join. The mom is a Crip and the father is a Westside Baller and apparently the tot’s gang affilation is major arguement in the household. Unbelieveable.
On Saturday, Joseph Manzanares stormed into the Hollywood Video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays and even a computer, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval said.
His girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, the woman said.
Full story here
According to a recent study, Hip-Hop music may be responsible for an increase in smoking amongst teens it was recently revealed. Over 75% of the most popular Hip-Hop songs of 2005 contained some kind of explicit reference to using drugs, alcohol or tobacco, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that 48 out of 62 rap songs studied as part of a larger look at music in general, contained one or more references to substance use. The study examined Billboard’s 279 most popular songs of 2005, finding that a 41.6 % of those songs had a drug reference of some kind. “Overall, 116 of the 279 unique songs had a substance use reference of any kind,” wrote the researchers. “Ninety-three songs (33.3%) contained explicit substance use references.” “Only four songs contained explicit anti-use messages, and none portrayed substance abuse refusal,” the study also found.
It seeems the city of Compton wants nothing to do with Suge Knight or the Piru Blood Gang he has been associated with for years. The city is saying these gang organizations and Suge himself, are the cause of many of the murder, drugs, and violence that plagues Compton and many other communities across the nation. With Suge’s money problems,the unresolved murders of Big and Pac still over his head, and the rise of Crooked I,this is just another thing he probably wish would go away. Full story at Thug Life Army…
Former Bloods Gang founder T Rogers works now to keep youth out of gangs across America.