Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SONY BMG MUSIC SETTLES WITH BLACK ATTORNEY IN LANDMARK CASE

Photo from RapRehab.com
Excerpts from the orginigal article published on RapRehab.com:
(NEW YORK) – What started out as an ugly dispute over platinum albums nearly a decade ago has turned into a landmark amicable settlement for an Atlanta-based music lawyer who sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment for telling urban artists not to use his law firm.
[Attorney Anthony] Walker filed a 13[-]count complaint alleging among other things that [ ] Verity Records [now called RCA Inspirational, a division] of Sony BMG[,] plotted consistently to defame his name[ ] and rip clients from his small Connecticut based law firm –which is currently relocating to Atlanta.  The label also allegedly threatened the artists if they used Walker’s services.The trial was scheduled to start on April 29th  in Bridgeport, CT, but the two parties agreed to an amicable settlement.
Filed nearly a decade ago in 2005, the law firm, led by Attorney Walker, accused Verity Records, Provident Distribution and Max Siegel, former Sony exec and President of Verity, with tortuously or illegally interfering with contractual relationships that the law firm had with dozens of artists.  The case received a plethora of national attention.
According to the lawsuit, the bad faith continued with a number of [high profile] clients told not to use the top-rated attorney [o]n their mega publishing and copyright deals. 
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
 “For every black attorney or black representative, whether manager, publicist or agent, who has been told that he or she is 2nd rate and cannot get the job done; we celebrate this lawsuit and settling it amicably,” said Walker.
Walker, a graduate of Howard and Yale and former in house counsel for the Source Magazine. He is also a regular guest contributor to CNN, BET, ABC, FOX, Court TV, HLN and Arise TV networks.  [H]e is [currently] working with the Granville Law Firm Group and the Greene Legal Group. (SOURCE)
You can read this article in its entirety at www.raprehab.com.

Sidebar:  Pearl clutch to AngieTweets12 on Twitter for alerting me about this story.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Derrick Rose Acquitted In Civil Lawsuit for Rape

(Photo from NewsLine.com) Derrick Rose and his attorney leaving court.
On Wednesday, New York Knickerbockers point guard Derrick Rose was found not liable in a civil lawsuit for sexual assault filed by an unidentified female plaintiff.
The plaintiff, referred to as “Jane Doe” in court documents, sued Rose for sexual battery, battery, trespassing, conspiracy, gender violence and emotional distress. She also stated in her complaint that she did not pursue a criminal complaint for fear of retaliation by Rose.  She sought $21.5 million in damages.
Doe accused Rose and two friends of drugging, breaking into her apartment and gang-raping her in August 2013 while she was unconscious.  She claimed she woke up that August morning to find her bedroom in disarray with used condoms on the room.  
But Rose’s lawyer, Mark Baute, argued that the woman was the “sexual aggressor” on night in question and had consented to sex.  He said, in fact, Doe even brought a “sex belt” called a monkey bar with her.
In court filings Doe admitted she brought the sex belt with her at Rose’s request.  However, the woman’s roommate testified Doe was more upset that Rose didn’t reimburse her for the belt.
During trial, there was explicit testimony from various witnesses stating that the accuser had engaged in poolside group sex at a Beverly Hills mansion rented by Rose and that there were multiple consensual sexual encounters throughout the night and into the next morning.
On Wednesday, an eight-person Los Angeles jury unanimously acquitted Rose on accounts contained in Doe's complaint. The jurors found the woman’s story to be incredible.
No criminal charges have been filed against Rose. 
Sidebar: Pearls clutch to SandraRose.com for this update.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gospel Singer Israel Houghton Is Being Sued For Child Support


Grammy Award Singer Israel Houghton has found himself in court again.  This time for a child support action involving two sons fathered with a mistress during his marriage to his first wife, Meleasa Houghton.
De Vawn Moreno, 31, is seeking back and current child support, as well as medical expenses and health insurance, for two sons, Kingston, 4 and Khristian, 2.
According to Bossip.com:
The Texas State Attorney General’s Child Support Division has sued the gospel singer to force him to pay for the upkeep of the two love children he allegedly fathered while still married to his wife of two decades, BOSSIP has learned. 
The state wants Houghton come up with his tax returns, checking and savings accounts statements, 401K info, proof of health insurance coverage and income history so that the court can figure out how much he owes. And if Houghton doesn’t play ball, the attorney general’s office said it’s not above garnishing the man’s wages to pay for the children’s needs. (Source)
Earlier this year, Houghton took to his Facebook page to confess to cheating on his wife and confirmed that the couple had quietly divorced, but never mentioned fathering in love children.  He was subsequently placed on indefinite leave from his position as worship leader at Joel Olsteen's Lakewood Church.
Houghton is currently engaged to The Real Talk show host  Adrienne Bailon.  The couple has not yet announced a wedding date.  
This is another celebrity court case that I will be watching very closely.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gabrielle Union Sues BET for Breach of Contract

Actress and Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the cable TV network BET and BMJ series producer Breakdown Productions for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
According to HollywoodReporter.com:
The actress claims the network agreed it would never produce more than 13 episodes per season, but now is trying to tape two 10-episode seasons back-to-back to "cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union's contract."
Union's attorney Martin Singer claims the network is combining seasons four and five to avoid paying his client's contractual raise and to extend its option to engage her services for another year. Under her contract, Union is set to receive $150,000 per episode for season four and $165,000 per episode for season five. 
BET only produced eight episodes in the first season and 12 in the second. This prompted Union's representatives to renegotiate her contract so she would be paid for 13 episodes, even if BET didn't order that many. In 2015, her contract was amended again to include an executive producer credit and to require that at Union's request a BET executive be physically on set during taping, according to the complaint. The suit also claims that Walker has been appointed the executive on set despite no longer being a BET employee and having no authority to act in response to production issues. 
After season three wrapped in June 2015, the series lost its showrunner. So season four didn't start filming until last month. Union wasn't notified until a week before principal photography began that BET intended to slate all 20 episodes as season four. 
Union never would have agreed to star in Being Mary Jane if BET executives hadn't assured her they'd shoot no more than 13 episodes, according to the complaint. She's seeking damages of at least $1 million and an order that her contract be amended to reflect that there be a maximum of 13 episodes per season. (Source)
Being Mary Jane is one of my favorite cable show series so I will be watching this case very closely. 

Kim Kardashian Files Lawsuit Against MediaTakeOut.com for Libel


According to SandraRose.com, reality star and celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian has filed a libel lawsuit against MediaTakeOut.com for three blog posts claiming that she basically staged a robbery to a file fraudlent insurance claim.

MediaTakeout.com LLC is owned by attorney Fred Mwangaguhunga, who is also named in the lawsuit.

Kim’s legal team uncessfully tried to get the site to remove the slanderous posts, which resulted in the filing of the lawsuit.

According to the Associated Press
[On Monday, October 3rd,] armed robbers forced their way into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry, police officials said. 
A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star, who was in Paris attending fashion week shows, was badly shaken but physically unharmed. (Source)
Kardashian has not been seen in public or on social media since the robbery.

Earlier this year,  former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, won a $140M judgment against the online site Gawker Media in an invasion of privacy lawsuit.  
At issue was a one minute and 41 second video which Gawker posted that showed the famed wrestler having sex with Heather Clem, the wife of his best friend. Bollea sued Nick Denton’s Gawker Media and the former editor of Gawker.com. (Source)
Bollea was awarded $60 million for emotional stress, $55 million in economic damages.  He was also awarded  $25M in punitive damages - Gawker Media was ordered to pay $15M, owner Nick Denton was ordered to pay $10M, and former editor Albert J. Daulerio was ordered to pay $100K.

Florida Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell subsequently upheld $140M verdict.  

Consequently, the large verdict forced the notorious website to go dark in August of this year after being in operations for approximately 13 years.

We shall see if MediaTakeout will met the same fate as Gawker.

I will be watching this case very closely.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WE tv 'MONEY. POWER. RESPECT.' Premieres 10/13



My very supportive Twitter sister @AngieTweets12 just alerted me about a new reality show called "MONEY. POWER. RESPECT." scheduled to air on October 13th at 10 p.m. ET on WE tv.

According to Broadwayworld.com, the docu-series introduces a new set of elite, high powered female entertainment attorneys and is based in New York. 
[The six (one-hour) episodes will follow] a group of gorgeous and ambitious professional women who help each other, use each other-and sometimes throw each other under the bus-in their efforts to get ahead. Whether dealing with failed partnerships, cheating boyfriends, stolen clients and back-stabbing best friends, these driven women use the tricks of their legal training to always get what they want. 
  Viewers will get a rare and intimate look inside the glamorous yet cutthroat world of the Hip Hop music industry, and experience what it's like to turn artists into stars and negotiate lucrative deals for their clients and themselves. The women mix fun with pleasure as professional lines are drawn and personal alliances are forged. They attend exclusive events and mix with music's top power movers-- all the while struggling to balance their ambitions, love lives, checkbooks and friendships. (Source)
MEET THE CAST:

WENDYCREDLE - Entertainment Lawyer & Executive Coach


A&R executive turned entertainment lawyer, Wendy has made her mark in the music industry navigating the careers of several multiplatinum, Grammy award winning artists, including Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, and Chrisette Michele. Wendy's contract negotiations are legendary and are regularly sited and referenced by other attorneys. Wendy considers herself to be the O.G. of the group but the younger generation of attorneys are determined to steal her crown and take over her throne.

KENDELLKELLY - Intellectual Property Attorney


D.C. based intellectual property attorney, Kendell worked at NASA beginning in High School, which she graduated from at 16, and continued working there throughout college at Spelman and Georgia Tech. Kendell has always been a go-to attorney for technical and entertainment IP advice, fielding questions for the likes of Albert Sye-beverage brand consultant to Core-Hydration, Conjure Cognac and celebrity trainer Hollywood Hino, in addition to many other celebrity brands artists and athletes. Kendell is moving to New York to be "where the power is," but first she has to deal with a cheating boyfriend and a rival attorney who wastes no time throwing shade on her emotional stability.

DANAWHITFIELD - Trial Attorney


When she's not suing major corporations for massive settlements as a litigator, Dana negotiates deals for artists, like her husband, Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian. As Lord Jamar's attorney, Dana has handled his transition into acting, negotiating his contracts to appear in "The Sopranos," "Oz," and his current role on HBO's "The Night Of." Now that Jamar has his own music production company, Dana has been busy handling contracts for all of his new artists. But now, Dana wants more - she wants to become an entertainment attorney, AND an artist manager. Dana intends to expand into artist management, but has to overcome the barriers put up by her opinionated husband --who doesn't want his "Queen" to be mixing with "grimy" music industry wannabees.

KELLYSHAPIRO - General Counsel Attorney


Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA, Kelly (aka Malibu Kelly, aka #ShapiroTheHero) knew she wanted to be an attorney at a young age, and was always fascinated with east coast hip-hop and the entertainment lawyers behind the scenes. Kelly graduated from Harvard Law School and started her career in Philadelphia, practicing corporate law by day, and learning entertainment law by night, assisting artists through pro bono organizations. After almost 10 years on the east coast, Kelly returned to the west coast to work at a real estate investment trust. A few years ago, Kelly made entertainment law her full-time job. In addition to representing many celebrity clients, Kelly also serves as General Counsel of a fashion-tech startup - Thesis Couture. Kelly is looking to expand her entertainment law practice to the east coast and can't wait to dump her LA boyfriend and move to New York - where she won't let friendship get in the way of earning more power, more money, and more respect.

NAKIATHOMAS - Corporate/Fashion Attorney


Nakia, who was born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, is a double Ivy League alum who attended Brown University at the age of 16, where she excelled academically and athletically, and the University of Pennsylvania for law school. Nakia has worked as a corporate transactional lawyer in Philadelphia, Dubai and New York City - all while nurturing her passion for fashion. She started her StyleChile fashion and lifestyle blog when she was a second-year lawyer in an international law firm. Nakia's blog has facilitated introductions to emerging and established designers, fashion and lifestyle entrepreneurs, investors, entertainers and models. Nakia wants to make strong corporate alliances to enhance her fashion brand, and has no trouble switching allegiances between her friends to be on the winning side.

TIFFANYBALLARD - Entertainment Attorney


Tiffany is a street smart and book smart attorney who represents writers and producers that create huge hits for some of the world's biggest artists. Some of her clients include Grammy nominated Anonymous (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, BeyoncĂ©, EMPIRE TV show), Syk Sense (Drake, Bryson Tiller, Kendrick Lamar, Tinashe), Deonte' (Chris Brown, Lloyd), singer-songwriter Kris Collins, production duo The Watcherz (Wiz Khalifa, Bow Wow) and others who have written/produced for BeyoncĂ©, Jay-Z, Ciara and B.O.B. The other women look down on Tiffany for being too "hood" but she currently has the hottest roster of artists and producers--and loves calling out the others on their bourgie "fakeness."

EDWOODS - Entertainment Attorney


Ed is at the center of the hip hop entertainment lawyers. He has worked closely with some of the biggest names in the industry from Diddy and Usher to Wesley Snipes. Some of his management clients included Cassie and Ryan Leslie, and he previously represented Jay-Z, FUBU, Allen Iverson, Peter Gunz, Stephanie Mills, and the majority of Bad Boy's Hitmen producers. Currently, Ed provides legal advice for Stevie J, Kelly Price, Cisco, and Tara Wallace, just to name a few. Additionally, Ed works in the Music, TV, Film, Merchandise, Literary, Branding and Social Media Industries; he is a motivational speaker and author; former chairman of BESLA (Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association); and an Adjunct Entertainment Law Professor at Howard University School of Law. Ed is a mentor to many of the ladies in the group, but finds it hard to stay above the fray when the group's dramatics ignite.

SNEAK PEAK







CREDITS:  "Money. Power. Respect" is produced for We tv by Monami Entertainment and Eastern TV; and executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple, Carmen Mitcho and Jacob Huddleston for Eastern TV. Rhonda Cowan is Co-EP. Executive Producers for We tv are Lauren P. Gellert and Lauren Lazin.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

WENDY WILLIAMS LOSES CHEVROLET SPONSORSHIP (VIDEO)

As you’ve probably already heard, while discussing Jesse Williams’ BET Awards acceptance speech during her ‘Hot Topics’ segment, Wendy basically denounced the existence of both HBCUs and the NAACP.
“On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” said Wendy. 
Well, sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that Wendy LOST the show’s Chevrolet sponsorship as a result of her anti-HBCU and anti-NAACP comments.
In April of this year, The Wendy Williams show struck an all-inclusive deal with Chevrolet, Carat Media and ACE Media Corp. to include on-air promotion of the 2016 Chevy Malibu. The activation included custom digital content, social media marketing, and was set to continue for the rest of the year.
Not anymore.
We’re not sure who exactly pulled the plug, but it should be noted that Andrea Holmes Thompkins, President and CEO of ACE Media Corp (the company responsible for facilitating the Chevy partnership), graduated from Howard University. (Source)
*** Pearl Salute to Attorney Dawn Blakely-Harper for the story.




UPDATED: BLACKS MURDERED, RAPED OR BEATEN BY COPS IN AMERICA IN VIOLATION OF THE US CONSTITUTION (Videos Included)

Updated 7/10/2016



HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston police say two officers shot and killed an armed man on Houston's south side early this morning.
Police says the officers involved were wearing body cameras and they each fired multiple shots.

The shooting happened on Cullen near Ward around 12:40am. Officers say they saw a man with a revolver standing in the road. There were two officers in one vehicle and they asked the man to put the revolver down. Police say a witness also asked him to drop the weapon. Officers say instead of dropping the gun, the man raised his weapon pointing it in the air. He then lowered it and pointed it at the two officers.

Immediately after, HPD says they each fired multiple shots and he died at the scene.

A woman who says she's the man's wife identified him as Alva Braziel.


One of the officers is a 10-year veteran of the force. The other has been with the force for 13 years. As is routine following any officer-involved shooting, the officers will be investigated by internal affairs, along with Harris County. (Source)





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Philando Castile was shot this past Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota . The aftermath was broadcast live on Facebook by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year old daughter, was in the car with him.
Reynolds said Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled them over because of a broken light, but she said the lights worked fine. A Star Tribune reporter at the scene soon after the shooting confirmed the headlights were both working. (Source)



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Alton Sterling, 37, was selling music CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart when he was approached by 2 Louisiana police officers in the early morning of July 5th.

Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake were reportedly responding to a 911 call about a man threatening someone with a gun.

Cell phone footage show two overly agressive officers using their tazers and then tackling Sterling to the ground.  Within seconds, one of the officers appears to yell that Sterling has a gun, then a series of gunshots. 

Sterling is seen lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest.






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From NYPost.com
An off-duty NYPD cop waited just one second before ­fatally gunning down another driver in a Brooklyn road-rage incident early Monday.
Exclusive video obtained by The Post shows the moment that Officer Wayne Isaacs fired two shots through his car window at Delrawn Small, who collapsed and died in the street.
The NYPD and the state Attorney General’s Office are investigating the shooting, which the victim’s family said was a clear case of excessive force.
The footage, from Atlantic Avenue and Bradford Street in East New York just after midnight, shows Small, 37, cross two lanes of traffic to reach Isaacs’ car.
He barely has time to look the cop in the eye or even utter a word before Isaacs opens fire, causing him to stagger back.
He stumbles to the ground, gets up for a moment and then collapses again for good.
Isaacs, meanwhile, lurches his car forward a few feet before slamming on the brakes and getting out. He appears to tuck the gun into his waistband as he walks over toward Small.
Isaacs looks in the direction of the dying man, pausing for a few moments near his body, before returning to his vehicle. (Source)

Updated 5/19/2016


From TheRoot.com 
Symone Marshall and a female friend were driving along Interstate 45 [on] April 26, when they were involved in a single-vehicle crash. Police and paramedics arrived on the scene and say Marshall and the passenger were evaluated and that both women refused medical treatment.Both women were arrested and issued misdemeanor and felony charges of cocaine possession. Marshall was also charged with providing a false identification, KHOU reports. 
The passenger posted bond and was released the next day, but Marshall was unable to secure the $5,000 needed to be released so she spent the next two weeks in custody. 
Symone Marshall, a single mother, told her sister that she wasn't feeling well, her head was hurting and she felt like blacking out, Honey Marshall told the news station. 
Honey Marshall said she called the jail demanding that her sister be taken to a hospital. 
"They told me she's seen the doctor at the jail," Honey Marshall said. "I told them she needs to go to a real hospital." 
On May 10, just weeks after being arrested, Symone Marshall suffered a seizure and, according to prison officials, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. (Source)


Updated 3/19/2016


India Beaty
From Wavy.com

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department confirms officers shot and killed [25-year-old India Beaty] who allegedly brandished a weapon at them early Saturday morning.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed they got a call about a shooting in the 9500 block of Shore Drive around 1:20 a.m.
No officers were hurt, according to Corporal Melinda Wray, a spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department.
Officers were in the parking lot of the East Beach Shoppes on another call, when they saw people fighting.
A woman involved allegedly waved a weapon at them.
“Police challenged her and as a result of the encounter, she was shot by police,” Wray wrote in a news release.
10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks spoke with family members, who say the 25-year-old shot and killed was India Beaty, a mother of four.
Investigators have not said what kind of weapon Beaty had, or how many officers shot at her.
Officers involved in the shooting as well as other eyewitnesses were at police headquarters Saturday morning to give their acocunts, according to Wray.

Kisha Michael

[Kisha Michael, 31, a single mother of three sons, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, a single father of four daughters] were mortally wounded during an officer involved shooting were unconscious when Inglewood police first responded to where they were sitting in a car, said Inglewood Mayor James Butts Tuesday in response to questions about the incident.
For at least 45 minutes, police attempted "to rouse" them in an effort "to de-escalate the situation," said Butts. It is the first public explanation for what transpired early Sunday morning during the time between the initial call and the shooting. Police previously had stated responding officers saw the woman had a gun, retreated to behind cover, and then gave orders for the couple to exit the vehicle. 
"Obviously at some point they were conscious because somebody felt threatened," said Butts, a retired law enforcement officer who previously had served as police chief in other cities. He said it is important for police to finish their investigation, and verify facts, before commenting further.

During his comments, Mayor Butts made a point of extending his condolences to the families of those who died.
Sidebar:  How can two unconscious people pose a threat to heavily armed police officers?  Blank stare.


Updated 2/9/2016

Natasha McKenna


"You promised you wouldn't kill me. I didn't do anything." These were some of the last words spoken by Natasha McKenna before she died in custody after Fairfax County Jail officials tasered her four times with 50,000 volts. Despite the fact that video of McKenna's cold-blooded killing has been available to the public since September, journalists and activists have resoundingly failed to draw the outrage to her story that it merits.

Around this time last year, McKenna was taken into custody in Fairfax County Jail after police were called as first responders during a mental health crisis and discovered an outstanding warrant. McKenna had been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. Rather than providing the care she needed, jail officials tasered McKenna four times with 50,000 volts while attempting to "extract" her from her cell. McKenna died a week later in the hospital. Her cause of death was recorded as "excited delirium," a term not recognized by the American Medical Association, which is used almost exclusively in fatalities following police use of tasers.

On September 10, 2015, Fairfax County released footage of the encounter that led to McKenna's death in an effort to show the "professionalism" and "restraint" demonstrated by the officers involved. On September 9, they announced that those responsible for her death had been cleared of any professional wrongdoing. (Source)
Updated 1/29/2016

Janet Wilson


From Mlive.com

DEARBORN, MI -- Dearborn police on Wednesday were involved in their second police-involved shooting death since Dec. 23.
Janet Wilson, 31, of Detroit died of multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday after police say she attempted to crash her Chevrolet HHR into two security guards and Dearborn police officers when they tried to stop her.
State police are conducting the homicide investigation, and Lt. Michael Shaw said there is audio and video evidence under review, although it won't be released publicly until the investigation is concluded. 
The Wayne County Medical Examiner completed the autopsy Thursday and identified the woman.

Shaw said Dearborn police were called to Fairlane Town Center Mall because the woman was causing "a disturbance." Upon arrival, security guards told the officers she nearly hit two security guards with her vehicle, one on foot and another in a security vehicle. (Source)

Updated 1/24/2016

Gynnya McMillen

From CBSnews.com 

Officials in Kentucky are investigating a the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, who was found unresponsive early in the morning of Jan. 11, at the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Ky. 
State and local officials are investigating, but a week after McMillen's death, officials have released few details in the case.
Hardin County Coroner William Lee, Jr. said in an interview Monday that in an initial autopsy on Jan. 12, he saw no outward signs, such as "visual bruising," that could conclusively signal a cause of death. Lee also said it was unlikely she had a heart condition.
Lee said the full results wouldn't be available for weeks, until after pathology tests were done.
On Jan. 15, a person claiming to be McMillen's sister created a Facebook page called "Justice for Gynnya McMillen," on which she pleads for more information related to the case.

"My 16yr old sister died in custody of a detention center but they're not giving out any info on how she was found and they're saying (her) autopsy shows no cause of death," the person wrote in a post that has been shared more than 19,000 times. It is not clear why McMillen was is custody at the time of her death. (Source)

Updated 1/13/2016
BETTIE JONES



Bettie Jones, a mother of five and grandmother, was accidentally killed the day after Christmas by a Chicago police officer responding to a 911 call from her landlord, who lived on the top floor of the same home, about his son acting erratic and wielding an aluminum bat. 

19-year old Quintonio LeGrier, who was NIU honor student, was allegedly in the throes of a mental health crisis when he and Jones was fatally shot by the responding officer within seconds of his arrival at their home.

Chicago police officials have acknowledged publicly that Jones was killed by accident.

According to Attorneys for the Jones family, they have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
"That's absolutely reckless conduct, it's inexcusable and you can anticipate that you're not going to hurt, and this case kill, someone when you're firing through walls of a home,' said Larry Rogers Jr., an attorney for the Jones family. (Source)
India Kager


***Article information taken from Fox5DC.com***

According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, on September 5, 2015, four officers were surveilling 35-year-old Angelo Perry, who was allegedly the suspect in a murder investigation. Police believed he was about to commit a crime when they approached his car.  
Please note there were no active warrants for Perry for the suspected commission of any crime.
Police said Perry shot at officers first, and the four officers returned fire by shooting over 30 rounds into the car filled with three occupants that included Kager and Perry's 4-month old son in less than 15 seconds after cornering the car in unmarked vehicles.  
Although Kager (who owned the vehicle and was driving) was not the intended target, she was shot multiple times while in the driver seat of her car. Perry and Kager were killed, but their infant son was unharmed.
The four Virginia Beach police officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave while an alleged investigation continues. 

“There’s no excuse for police firing a volley of 30 rounds of indiscriminate gunfire, and my sister was hit multiple times,” said Brandon Bailey, the victim’s brother.

Sidebar:  The responding Virginia Beach police officers confiscated the surveillance tape of the entire shooting from the 7Eleven store where the killings took place, and Chief Jim Cervera refuses to release the video and the names of the officers who killed Kager and Perry to the public.

Kager's Mom Gina Best and community activists have attempted to obtain a copy of the video from 7Eleven's General Counsel.  While he acknowledges that 7Eleven is in his possession of the video, he said he could not release it to Best for legal reasons and ordered  Best and activists to not contact him or any company employee regarding this matter outside a lawsuit or subpoena.

13 Black Women 



This police brutality case involves an Oklahoma City officer raping 12 American Black women and a minor while on duty.

The fired officer and now convicted felon, whose name is Daniel Holtzclaw, was found guilty yesterday by an all-White jury on 18 of the 36 counts he was charged with in August 2014.

Although Holtzclaw was charged last year, he was not fired from the police force until January 2015.

After deliberating for 4 days, jurors chose punishments ranging from 5 to 30 years -  if served consecutively, would total 263 years.

Holtzclaw, who had been on the police force for 3 years, would prey on black female victims who lived in predominately poor neighborhoods and had brushes with the law.  He would pull them over and rape them at abandoned locations throughout Oklahoma City.  

Hotlzclaw finally came under investigation when a 56-year old grandmother filed a complaint against him for raping her.

At a press conference held today, 2 of the 13 victims, accompanied by Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal team, spoke to reporters about their traumatic and brutal ordeal:
"I was violated in June by a police officer," Janne Lygons, one the victims, said. "He did things to me I didn't think a police officer would do." 
Lygons said she felt that her life was in danger and thought that if she knew his name, he was going to kill her. She called police about the attack, which started the entire investigation. 
“I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I was in survivor mode, so I had to do what he was making me do,” Sade Hill said.
Hill’s parents asked how Holtzclaw could have been operating so long and demanded that he get the harshest sentence possible.
Hill’s parents asked that several city leaders and state leaders be investigated. (SOURCE)
Grace Franklin, who is one of the founders of OKCART4JUSTICE, stated during the press conference that Holtzclaw was acquitted of raping or sexually abusing 5 of the 13 victims.  So 5 of the 13 victims did not receive justice with the guilty verdict.  

Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years on January 21, 2016.


Sandra Bland


The American Black community is faced with yet another murder of a U.S. citizen while in the custody of police.

This time the victim's name is Sandra Bland.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 10, Bland was driving a silver Hyundai Azera in Waller County, TX near Prairie View A&M University when state trooper Brian Encinia pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change.

What should have been a routine traffic stop quickly escalated to in an illegal and brutal arrest of Bland by Encinia which was caught on the trooper's patrol car dash-cam video. 





Over the next couple days, Bland called her family several times to assist her with posting her $5,000 bail, relatives said. She also told them she thought her shoulder or arm was broken.  Her family began making arrangements to get her released.

In a voice mail to a male friend on the day after her arrest, Bland said: "I'm still just at a loss for words, honestly, about this whole process. How this switching lanes with no signal turned into all of this, I don't even know.

According to Waller County Jail officials, the last time Bland seen alive was about 7 a.m. on Monday, July 13. Just before 8 a.m., she asked about using the phone. An hour later, a guard went to her cell and saw her hanging from a partition with a plastic trash can liner around her neck. Medical workers were alerted, and guards tried to resuscitate her. 




Bland was subsequently booked at the Waller County Jail for the third-degree felony and was placed alone in a cell that typically accommodates four inmates, according to authorities. 

Sidebar:  If this young woman's death does not facilitate comprehensive police reform and lead to the arrest of Brian Encinia as soon as possible, there is about to be another civil war on American soil.

Americans will not continue to allow rogue police officers to continue to abuse their police powers without immediate repercussions.

Poor police training, lack of appropriate supervision by supervisors and blatant racism have been the leading causes of police brutality against American Blacks.


Spring Valley High School student


A female Spring Valley High School student was brutalized by former school resource sheriff officer Ben Fields when she refused to leave the classroom. The unidentified student has a cast on her arm and suffered neck and back injuries, along with rug burn to her face as a result of the assault by Fields. 

Fields, who was called "Officer Slam" by students, was subsequently fired from the sheriff office in October 2015.

Alexis McGovern
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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death of a 28-year-old female inmate on [July 17, 2015,] at the City Justice Center.
Alexis McGovern, 28, of High Ridge, MO, experienced what’s being called a “medical emergency.” She had been confined to the Medical Infirmary and was found lifeless in her bed. A police investigation revealed that she suffered from medical issues and had recently had surgery. There were no signs of trauma.
Jail staff performed CPR until she could be transported to a local hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Dajerria Becton
McKinney police Cpl. Eric Casebolt yank 15-year-old bikini-clad Dajerria Becton onto her stomach and then kneel on her as he points his gun at other partygoers. 
A fight at the community pool broke out after white adults told some black partygoers to “go back to their Section 8 Housing,” the party’s host told Fox 4. 
Police said they were originally called to the pool because neighbors reported that the swimmers didn’t have permission to use it. When they showed up, the partygoers refused to follow orders. 
Becton said she was an invited guest at the party who had permission to use the pool. She was trying to leave the area and get away from the chaos when Casebolt approached her, she said.
The cop threw her on to the ground, rolled her over so her face was in the grass and sat on her back, video shows. 
“He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and started pulling the back of my braids,” Becton told the TV station. “I was telling him to get off me because my back was hurting bad.”
She struggled to get up, but Casebolt kept pinning her down, she said. The 15-year-old was eventually released when her family came to pick her up.

Michelle Cusseaux



Michelle Cusseaux was killed at close range by a Phoenix police officer who had been called to take the 50-year-old woman to a mental health facility. The officer, Sgt. Percy Dupra, claims Cusseaux threatened him with a hammer so he just shot and killed her.  

Blank stare.

Kindra Chapman




Chapman was just 18 and had been in an Alabama jail for less than two hours when she was found hanging from a bedsheet in her cell July 14, just one day after Bland was found dead. Officials also ruled her death a suicide. In this case, her family has concurred with the ruling.

“We want the world to know what a wonderful soul she was. At the same time, we want the world to know that her death was a suicide. We have hired lawyers to investigate how this could have happened while she was in police custody,” the family said in a statement.

Chapman was arrested after allegedly stealing a cellphone and was booked at about 6:22 p.m. on a first-degree-robbery charge. At approximately 7:50 p.m., she was found dead.

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the case.

Joyce Curnell




About eight days after Chapman’s death, a 50-year-old South Carolina woman was found dead in a Charleston County jail, according to the Post and Courier.

Curnell, who was from Edisto Island, was found dead in her cell July 22 around 5 p.m. Curnell had been arrested the day before on shoplifting charges. The older woman had been taken to a local hospital for an unidentified medical issue before being transported to jail.

According to the report, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has asked the state Law Enforcement Division to investigate the death.
Updated 4/20/2015:




From CNN.com

(CNN)Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died after his lawyer says his neck was partially severed and he lapsed into a coma while in police custody, was arrested "without force or incident" on a weapon charge, according to documents obtained Monday.
While the court documents allege that Baltimore Police Department Officer Garrett Miller arrested Gray after finding a switchblade in his pocket, the Gray family attorney called the allegation a "sideshow." Gray was carrying a "pocket knife of legal size," attorney William Murphy told CNN.
Police never saw the knife and chased Gray only after he took off running, the attorney said.
That seems substantiated by the court documents, which said Gray "fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence." (Source)


Updated 4/8/2015


From PostandCourier.com

A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.

Walter L. Scott, a Coast Guard veteran and father of four, died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael T. Slager, 33, shot him in the back.

Five of the eight bullets hit Scott, his family’s attorney said. Four of those struck his back. One hit an ear.

The footage filmed by a bystander, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on Saturday after Scott ran from a traffic stop. It was the first piece of evidence contradicting an account Slager gave earlier this week through his attorney.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that FBI investigators would work with the State Law Enforcement Division, which typically investigates officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, and the state’s attorney general to examine any civil rights violations in Scott’s death. (Source)

Updated March 31, 2015



A 26-year-old Megan Hockaday  was killed in an officer-involved shooting after confronting an Oxnard police officer with a knife Friday morning.

At 1 a.m. [on March 28, 2015], a man called authorities about a domestic dispute between him and his live-in girlfriend in an apartment in the 500 block of West Vineyard Avenue.

As an officer at the scene began talking to the man who reported the argument, the woman approached them with a knife. An officer-involved shooting occurred and Hockaday was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting took place less than 20 seconds after the officer's first contact, police officials said.

Three young children were inside the apartment during the incident and were taken to Oxnard Police Department for evaluation.

The 8-year veteran officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard police procedure. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oxnard Police Department Det. Miguel Serrato at (805) 385-7688. (Source)



COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens is the officer who fatally shot Nicholas Thomas last week, the Smyrna Police Department announced Monday. 

Owens has been with the department since September 2001 and currently serves as a sergeant with the Street Crimes Unit. 

Thomas, 23, was shot to death Mar. 24 outside Goodyear Tire in the 2400 block of Cumberland Parkway. He was killed while police officers from Smyrna and Cobb County tried to serve an arrest warrant. 

Witnesses say Thomas was in a customer's Maserati when police told him to stop, he didn't. According to Smyrna police, at one point Thomas backed the car toward officers. 

Two other Smyrna police officers -- Chris Graeff and Mark Cole -- were with Owens when Thomas was shot. The shooting is still under investigation. (Source)



A black University of Virginia student was arrested and reportedly beaten in front of classmates by police over an ID discrepancy [on March 18, 2015].
Witnesses say Martese Johnson, a third-year honor student and member of the historically black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, did not resist arrest when state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents approached him. The incident left him bruised and bloodied — the school paper, the Cavalier Daily, writes that the young man sustained a head wound that required 10 stitches.
The above picture — an image of Johnson bloodied and handcuffed — is circulating the internet along with an email penned by UVA’s “Concerned Black Students” that details Johnson’s experience and calls for a thorough investigation into the incident. (Source)


On March 9, 2015, a DeKalb County (GA) Officer Robert Olsen responded to The Heights at Chamblee apartment complex around 1 p.m. on a “suspicious person” report in which a man, later identified as 27-year old Anthony Hill, who lived in in the complex, was naked and knocking on apartment.
Hill, an Air Force veteran who appeared mentally ill, allegedly ran at the officer and ignored demands to stop before being shot twice and died at the scene.

Updated 3/9/2015


From ChicagoTribune.com

Madison (WI) Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old unarmed Tony Robinson during a confrontation on Friday. Kenny was responding to a call of a man jumping in and out of traffic after assaulting someone.

Kenny shot Robinson late Friday while investigating a call that the young man was jumping in and out of traffic and had assaulted someone. The officer heard a disturbance and forced his way into an apartment where Robinson had gone. Authorities said Kenny fired after Robinson assaulted him.

Officer Keenny had previously been involved in a fatal shooting, authorities said.

Officer Kenny was not only exonerated from wrongdoing in the 2007 shooting and received the medal of valor the following year for that incident.

Kenny, a 12-year veteran of the Madison Police Department, is now on paid administrative leave as the investigation into the Friday shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson continues. (SOURCE)



Updated 1/26/2015

 From the NYDailyNews.com
[Muskogee, Oklahoma] Officer Chansey McMillin shot and killed Terence D. Walker on Saturday after the armed 21-year-old suspect ran from police who were responding to a domestic complaint.
The footage showed McMillin — one of between 50 and 60 officers Muskogee officers with a body camera — begin to pat down Walker in front of the Old Agency Baptist Church. When the cop found Walker’s gun, the suspect ran, police said.
From KJRH.com 
Saturday, January 17 was not the first time Officer McMillin was involved in a shooting.Officer McMillin was involved in a shooting in July of 2014 in Muskogee. Officers say a man armed with a knife was trying to hurt himself and others. 
Police say the man lunged at officers with the knife, that's when McMillin shot the man. It was determined legal force was justified and the officers involved returned to work.


Updated 1/25/2015
It is with great sadness that I have to update this post to include another Black man killed by a rougue trigger-happy cop.  This time the lynching by gun took place in my home state of New Jersey.

36-year old Jerame Reid was a passenger in a Jaguar that was pulled over by Bridgeton Police Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley for allegedly minor traffic offense.  

In the video, Officers Braheme Days, who is Black and appeared to overly aggressive, approaches the passenger's side of the vehicle and asks for Reid's identification. Blank stare.

At some point, Reid exited the vehicle with his hands raised.  Rogue Officer Days backs away and opens fire on Reid.   

Although the killing took place on December 30, 2014 in Bridgeton, NJ, the dash cam footage of the shooting was released by Bridgeton Police this past week in compliance with the Open Public Records Act request by South Jersey Times.


Update:  Now Cleveland Police have murdered a 12-year old baby. This lynching of Black people with guns by officers will stop now.  



Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by Cleveland police officers on November 22, 2014.  
[The] officer-involved shooting [occurred] on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Recreation Center located at 1910 West Blvd.
Officers responded to the center for reports of a male with a gun. Police said witnesses reported that a male in the playground area was waving a gun and pointing it at people.
A 911 call to emergency dispatchers has been obtained by newsnet5 and the caller states a child is "pulling a gun in and out of his pants and pointing it at people.
"The caller goes on to say, "It's probably fake.
The man described the child as black, wearing a camouflage hat and a grey jacket with black sleeves.  


Update:  Another innocent Black man murdered by an NYPD cop.  The murdering of our Black children by racist and incompetent cops will stop now.




On November 20, 2014, at approximately 11:15 pm, unarmed 28-year old Akai Gurley and his girlfriend entered the seventh-floor stairwell of the Pink Houses Housing Project in Brooklyn, New York. Two New York City police officers were also in the pitch-black eighth-floor stairwell, one of them, Peter Liang, a 27-year old rookie, with his 9-millimeter semiautomatic gun drawn. "In the darkness, a shot rang out from the officer’s gun, and the 28-year-old man was struck in the chest and, soon after, fell dead. The shooting [ ] invited immediate comparison to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo. But 12 hours later, just after noon on Friday, the New York police commissioner, William J. Bratton, announced that the shooting was accidental and that the victim, Akai Gurley, had done nothing to provoke a confrontation with the officers." (Source)

Peter Liang, 27, a probationary officer with less than 18 months on the job.







A 14-year old boy was allegedly assaulted by Tullytown (PA) Police on November 18, 2014, after being arrested for retail theft at Walmart.

Authorities claim that after the teen was handcuffed, but before he was placed into a police car, he took off running along Route 13.
Bucks County District Attorney claims police officers yelled warnings at the teen and fearing for his safety, they fired a stun gun to subdue him. The D.A. says the Taser struck the boy in the face and with his hands cuffed, the boy had no way to brace himself against falling face-first. 

"That doesn't sound right. There's no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a taser in the front of his face," said Marissa Sargeant. 

While D.A. Heckler doesn't believe there was any wrongdoing from police, he says his office is now investigating the incident after a request from the Tullytown Police Chief. (Source)




On November 13, 2014, a 37-year-old schizophrenic woman died after police slammed her to the pavement outside her family's home, her brother said.
Tanisha Anderson was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic early Thursday after an altercation with officers nearly two hours earlier on the 1300 block of Ansel Road.
Two male officers escorted Tanisha Anderson, who was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, to the police cruiser. She sat herself in the backseat but became nervous about the confined space and tried to get out, Anderson said. 
Police struggled to keep her in the car and an officer eventually drew a Taser. Joell Anderson said he begged the officer not to use the weapon on his sister.
Tanisha Anderson called out for her brother and mother while an officer repeatedly pressed down on her head to get her into the backseat. After several attempts, the officer used a takedown move to force her to the pavement, Joell Anderson said. 
The officer placed his knee on Tanisha Anderson's back and handcuffed her. She never opened her eyes or spoke another word, her brother said. (Source)



On October 9, 2014, 18-year old Vonderrit Myers was shot and killed by a St. Louis (MO) police after the teen allegedly shot at cops. 

According to Myers' family, witnesses told their investigator that Myers was fleeing and “begging for his life” before the officer walked up and delivered the final shot. The Meyers' family deny that Myers fired or even had a gun. (Source)

The unidentified officer was working for Hi-Tech Security, a private security company employed by a residents’ association in the Shaw neighborhood.







On September 4, 2014, unarmed Levar Jones, 35, was shot by South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert in the parking lot of a gas station just outside Columbia, SC during a routine traffic stop. The shooting was caught on trooper's dash-cam.

Groubert, 31, was subsequently fired and has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, a felony that could get him up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 




On August 11, 2014, unarmed Ezell Ford was walking on a South Los Angeles sidewalk when he was accosted by two veteran LAPD gang officers.  Ford was shot and killed by one of those veteran officers. Blank stare.


On August 5, 2014John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek (OH) police officers: Officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow.  

According to Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers, "the officers arrived on the scene within three minutes of the 911 call when they encountered Crawford and shot him. Both are on administrative leave."




On August 2014, 18-year old Mike Brown was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer allegedly named Darren Wilson as he raised his hands to surrender after being initially shot by Wilson.  

Wilson had not been fired or arrested in the shooting death of Mike Brown.



On July 17, 2014, 43-year old Staten Island resident Eric Garner was murder by Officer Daniel Pantaleo when Pantaleo, who has had a history of being sued for his repeated violations of law and US Constitution by several Black American men, applied an illegal choke hold to Garner's neck which lead to his death. 

To date, Daniel Pantaleo has not been fired or charged with Mr. Garner's murder. (Note:  His murder was caught on cell phone video)










Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old homeless woman, was violently beaten and detained by Officer Daniel L. Andrew on July 1, 2014, on a California highway.  The violent arrest was caught on cellphone camera by a passing motorist. 

Pinnock sued California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and Officer Andrew in federal court for civil rights violations.  The case was settled for $1.5M.  

Officer Andrew, who joined the CHP in 2012 and had been on paid administrative leave since the violent incident, has recently resigned. 


The CHP forwarded the results of its internal investigation of the incident to the Los Angeles Prosecutor's Office last month.  No charges have been filed yet.










From jsonline.com


A veteran Milwaukee police officer on foot patrol shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after a struggle in Red Arrow Park downtown, just across from City Hall.
Police Chief Edward Flynn said the 38-year-old officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, had been dispatched to the park about 3:30 p.m. after a call involving the suspect.
When he arrived, the suspect was lying on the ground near the park, Flynn said at a news conference outside City Hall.
Flynn said the officer helped the suspect to his feet and began to speak with him. As the officer began patting the man down, a struggle ensued. The officer withdrew his wooden baton and began to defend himself, Flynn said. During the struggle, the man took the baton from the officer and began to beat the officer in the head.
"The officer withdrew his sidearm and fired several shots at the individual, striking him numerous times and ultimately causing his death," Flynn said.
Flynn said he did not know how many of the shots struck the man. An autopsy has been scheduled.
Eyewitnesses, including a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter, said they heard at least five shots fired. Flynn said it could have been as many as 10 shots.
Mayor Tom Barrett, who was in a sixth-floor meeting room on the south end of City Hall, said he believed he heard at least five gunshots.
The officer used a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson gun in the shooting, which occurred near a temporary Starbucks trailer within sight of moving traffic on N. Water St. and Kilbourn Ave. and as people walked along sidewalks.
Shortly after the burst of gunfire, people scurried for cover, some behind cars and some underneath the canopy that surrounds the sidewalk around City Hall.

The officer, whom police did not name, was taken to Froedtert Hospital for head injuries but was later released. The man, who has not been identified, died at the scene. The baton was found underneath his body. (Source)
UPDATE: 12/22/2014:  In one of the most highly anticipated legal decisions in recent memory, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday that former Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park.
Chisholm determined that Manney's use of force was justified self-defense. (Source)





___________________ORIGINAL POST________________

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Ultimately, these words endeavor to protect two fundamental liberty interests - the right to privacy and freedom from arbitrary invasions. (Source)

The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from denying any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the lawsSee U.S. Const. amend. XIV. In other words, the laws of a state must treat an individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. (Source)

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241 enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States  that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as "public accommodations"). (Source)


Sidebar:  In a nutshell, the Constitution and all its protections applies to Black Americans and human beings with darker skin complexions.






From CNN.com
[O]n October 3, [2013]. [Mariam] Carey approached a White House checkpoint and was approached by Secret Service officers. She made a three-point turn, striking an officer who was trying to move a barricade into her path, before driving away, according to an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant. 

Police said the car sped down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol, where security vehicles stopped it at Garfield Circle. Carey put the car in reverse, hit a police car and drove away as officers fired at her. 

Dramatic video footage by a videographer for Alhurra TV, a Middle Eastern news outlet financed by the U.S. government, showed the black vehicle then speeding around a nearby traffic circle with a police car in close pursuit and then heading away. The car crashed into more security barriers a few blocks later, witnesses said. 

More shots were fired after the vehicle stopped, and the woman was hit several times, said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. The child was unharmed.




On September 14, 2013, Unarmed 24-year old Jonathan Ferrell, a former football player at Florida A&M University, was murdered by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick while Ferrell sought help after being in a severe car accident. 

A North Carolina grand jury indicted Randall Kerrick on voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.  



On June 14, 2012, Shantel Davis, 23, was shot the chest by during a wild struggle with police after she tried to drive away from the smashup on Church Ave. and E. 38th St. in East Flatbush on Thursday, cops said. No gun was found on Davis.  Ttwo plainclothes officers — who were later identified as Detective Phillip Atkins, 44, and Police Officer Daniel Guida, 27 —  claim that they began following Davis  in their unmarked car after she blew threw a red light  and began speading down Church Ave, at approximately 5:35 pm.  The offices stated that Davis went through several red lights before she crashed, cops said.

 "The 5-foot-6, 185-pound Davis slid into the passenger side of the car in an attempt to flee, cops said.  After a brief struggle with Guida, Davis hopped back in the driver’s seat and tried to drive away. Atkins, holding his service-issued Smith & Wesson 9-mm., began to grapple with the frantic woman and tried to stop her from putting the car into gear. But Davis managed to put the car in reverse and hit the gas. During the struggle, Atkins fired one shot, hitting Davis in the chest and killing her." (Source)
According to NYDailyNews.com, Shantel Davis was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry that she allegedly stole the week before. However, it was unclear whether the two cops knew the car was stolen when they descided to chase Miss Davis after she wrecked it.







On November 19, 2011 in White Plains, NY, 68-year 0ld Marine Kenneth Chamberlain, a retired-former Marine and 20-year veteran of Westchester County Department of Corrections, had inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant. Cops arrived and called Chamberlain a racial epithet before forcing down his door, tasering him, shooting him with a beanbag gun and then shooting him twice.  Mr. Chamberlain died two hours later. Officer  Officer Anthony Carelli was identified as the officer that fired the fatal shots.



grand jury reviewed the case and decided that no criminal charge would be made against police officers involved in Kenneth Chamberlain's killing.




In October 2010,  Danroy Henry Jr., a 20-year old junior defensive back studying at Pace University, was shot and killed by Pleasantville (NY) Officer Aaron Hess outside a Westchester County bar. 

A New York grand jury in Westchester County declined to indict Officer Aaron Hess in the shooting death of Danroy "DJ" Henry. DJ's family is still seeking justice for their beloved son.







In May 2010, Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley shot and killed 7-year old Aiyana Jones during a raid targeting an alleged murder suspect. 

The Officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, and careless discharge of a firearm causing death, a misdemeanor.







On January 1, 2009, unarmed Oscar Grant was shot in the back by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle as Grant laid face down on the train platform. Grant's murder was captured on cell phone cameras and served as the inspiration for the movie, "Fruitvale Station," which is the name of the platform where the shooting occurred. 

Mehserle was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served only half of his two-year sentence.   






On November 21, 200692-year old Kathyrn Johnston was shot and killed by Atlanta Police Officers: Jason Smith, Greg Junnier and Arthur Tesler. 

Smith was sentenced to 10 years while Junnier and Tesler were sentenced to six and five years, respectively. An investigation determined that the November 2006 raid at Johnston's home was "based on falsified paperwork stating that illegal drugs were present. The incident prompted a major overhaul of the Atlanta Police Department's drug unit."






Unarmed groom-to-be Sean Bell and his friends were fired upon 50 times by New York Police Officers on Nov. 25, 2006, outside a Jamaica strip club that had hosted his bachelor party. Bell was killed just hours before his wedding. 

From NYPost.com 
"[Officers  Michael Oliver and Michael along with Detectives Gescard Isnora, Paul Headley and Marc Cooper wereconducting a prostitution sting at Club Kalua saw a man in Bell’s party arguing with another man outside the place and believed they were retrieving a gun from their car.
Within seconds, a team of cops closed in on Bell’s Nissan Altima and fired 50 rounds at it, killing him and wounding his two pals, both also unarmed."
*  Officer Michael Oliver, who fired his gun 31 times, and even stopped to reload, left the NYPD with his pension intact and collects $40,000 a year starting this year.


*  Detective Gescard Isnora was the only officer involved who was terminated outright with no pension or benefits.  He was the first to shoot that morning, firing 11 times and starting a chain reaction that set off the 50-shot fusillade.
* Detective Marc Cooper, who fired five shots, is raking in $55,000 a year and an annual $12,000 supplement.
* Officer Michael Carey and Detective Paul Headley, who fired three rounds between them, were allowed to keep their jobs.
“You have to move on,” said Napoli, who didn’t fire his gun that morning. “One incident could change the lives of so many people? It’s just a shame, and we all have to live with it.”
The former vice-squad boss, now working a per-diem security job, said he tries not to reflect on the shooting.
“It was just a tragic event,” former NYPD Lt. Gary Napoli, who was commanding the undercover team, told The Post. “It was just a combination of circumstances that led to the confrontation.” (SOURCE)



On February 4, 1999Amadou Diallo, an unarmed 22-year old West African immigrant with no criminal record, was killed by four New York City police officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo as he was in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building.






In 1997, a 30-year-old Haitian immigrant named Abner Louima was arrested and sodomized with a broomstick inside a restroom in the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn.



On October 29, 1984, 66-year old Eleanor Bumpers was shot and killed by NYPD officer Stephen Sullivan, who was armed with 12-gauge shotgun, as he and other officers went to Ms. Bumpers' apartment to enforce a city ordered eviction because Ms. Bumpers was four months behind on her monthly rent of $98.65. 

From NYTimes.com:
"Acting Justice Vincent A. Vitale of State Supreme Court, ruled that the evidence was ''legally insufficent'' to indict the officer, Stephen Sullivan, for manslaughter or any other offense in the death of the woman, Eleanor Bumpurs. After reviewing testimony before a grand jury that voted an indictment in January for second-degree manslaughter, Justice Vitale said Officer Sullivan followed the existing Police Department guidelines when he fired twice at the 66-year-old Mrs. Bumpurs last October."