Saturday, September 27, 2014

Officer Sean Groubert Shoots Unarmed Levar Edward Jones

Police dashcam video shows a now-former South Carolina state trooper named Sean Groubert [pictured above] repeatedly shooting a black man named Levar Edward Jones as Jones reaches into his car to produce his license after being pulled over for a seatbelt violation. The video of the Sept. 4 incident was released Wednesday night by law enforcement officials. Groubert has been fired and charged with felony assault and battery. Jones survived the shooting.
In the video, Groubert can be heard asking to see the Jones's license. When Jones then reaches into the car, Groubert yells, "Get out of the car! Get out of the car!" and begins shooting.

Sidebar:  This fool better not walk.  All officers and police vehicles should be equipped with video and/or dashcam cameras.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nazerah Bugg Shot and Killed in Paterson, NJ

"Back in the sixties our brothers and sisters were hanged.  
How can you gang-bang?
I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan. 
And I shouldn't have to run from a Black [or Latino] man."
Kool Moe Dee (Self Destruction)

Authorities are asking people to call 973-321-1120, 973-321-1342 or 973-523-TIPS; callers can remain anonymous. 

Funeral Funding for Nazerah Bugg:  Click here to donate.

She was walking with friends along Clinton Street, less than a block from the basketball court she dreamed would be a way out of Paterson, when an all too familiar sound shattered the night. 
Soon after gun shots pierced one of the last nights of summer, 14-year-old Nazerah Bugg lay dying in the arms of a friend, as police arrived at the scene of yet another shooting that took the life of a North Jersey
Nazerah’s death comes a little more than two months after 12-year-old Genesis Rincon was fatally shot as she rode a scooter on Rosa Parks Boulevard, sparking an emotional outcry for anti-crime measures in a city where shootings have become commonplace.
Nigel Smith, who held Nazerah after the shooting, said they were with a group of young people heading to Mom’s Fried Chicken when they heard six shots. Smith said he called 911 and flagged down a police officer.
Police said they found two teenage girls hit by bullets when they arrived at Clinton  and North Main streets after getting a call at 11:26 p.m.  
Nazerah, a freshman at International High School who was set to play varsity basketball at Kennedy High School, later was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, according to police. They said the other girl, who is 15 years old, was in stable condition at the hospital Sunday. 
Authorities said the shooting happened just hours after an 18-year-old man was wounded in the shoulder by gunfire on Holsman Street. (Source

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Dianne (Miller) Ruth, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away from this world to the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 29, 2014, in her home surrounded by family.

She was the eleventh of thirteen children born to Robert and Geneva Miller in Winchester, Tennessee, where she began her education at Townsend Grammar School.

At the age of 12, Dianne was relocated to Paterson, New Jersey alongside her mother, younger sister and brothers. She continued her education within the Paterson Public School System attending Public School #10.  

She received her High School diploma from Central High School, now known as John F. Kennedy High School, in June of 1968. Determined to be self-sufficient, Dianne acquired keypunch training after graduation and worked as a keypunch operator for several years.

In June 1968, she married her high school sweetheart , Ronald "Ace" Ruth, shortly before he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War.  The two remained married until her husband's sudden death in 2003.  

In September 1982, she graduated from Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, NJ and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, a career that she loved and passionately enjoyed until she reluctantly retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in 2011, due to her illness.

Dianne was outspoken and stubborn.  Yet, she was an extremely supportive, caring and virtuous woman who loved her family dearly.  She never failed to share her opinion with others. On many occasions, she said her only fault in life was being too nice.

For 10 years, she continued to enjoy life while battling breast cancer on her terms with dignity, strength and determination. She never complained.

She attended Voices of Faith Ministries located in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Dianne will be greatly missed by her daughter, son, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.