Judge Orders Birdman to Show Cash Money Receipts in Lil Wayne Lawsuit

Lil Wayne was granted a breakthrough in his legal battle over unpaid royalties this week.

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A judge has ordered Birdman to open up his books to provide a record of what a $100 million advance Cash Money received from Universal Music Group, has gone towards. Disputed in the case is $70 million of those $100 million dollars, which Wayne was supposed to get a split of for marketing and recording expenses, in addition to the royalties he claims to have never received.

BIRDMAN SUED FOR SAMPLING MUSIC

Lil Wayne’s legal team recently demanded a more comprehensive money trial, after his attorneys dismissed the 22,015 pages of legal documents provided by Birdman’s accountant as useless. Lawyers handling the case for Birdman have asserted that they provided what was available, confirming that much of the financial records for the company were mismanaged for a period of two years, TMZ reports.

The judge overseeing the case has given the defense 30 days to locate and hand over all pertinent financial documents.

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SWIZZ BEATZ SUED FOR $42 MILLION

Swizz Beatz is in legal trouble over an alleged leasing luxury car scheme in New York. According to the New York Post, Swizz Beatz was served with a $42 million civil racketeering lawsuit, which was filed in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday (Sept. 21).

SWIZZ BEATZ SUED FOR $42 MILLION

According to TMZ, Beatz formed a car leasing company years ago and used another company Metro-Gem to fund venture by paying for expensive whips ranging from Bentleys to Ferraris. Now, the company is suing Swizz Beatz for allegedly not living up to his word and taking money from them over a three year period.

SWIZZ BEATZ SUED FOR $42 MILLION

The suit alleges that Long Island car dealership owner Macky Dancy leased cars to Beatz “for use for him and his wife Alicia Keys,” only for Beatz to re-lease them at rates of up to $7,000 per month. Metro Gem asserts that Beatz and Darcy conspired to mark up prices to unsuspecting third parties. Beatz allegedly leased out 10 cars in the last four years, including a Bentley Continental and a Ferrari F12

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Charlotte Police Release Video of Fatal Shooting

Videos released by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows a deadly confrontation between police and Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man who was shot to death Tuesday, triggering riots in North Carolina’s largest city.

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The two videos from body cameras and dash cameras from officers confronting Scott were released Saturday after days of calls by protesters to make the footage public.

One of the videos shows Scott getting out of his car and turning to his left, standing in the parking lot for about three seconds before he is shot and seen falling to the ground.

A second video does not show Scott before he is on the ground. The audio on this video has been removed for the first 23 seconds.

http://www.voanews.com/embed/player/0/3523698.htmlA fifth day of protests against the shooting was largely peaceful after the release of the videos. On Sunday, dozens of protesters chanted, “Black lives matter!” outside the Carolina Panthers-Minnesota Vikings professional football game in Charlotte.

The Panthers’ star quarterback,Cam Newton, wore a T-shirt in pregame warm-ups quoting civil rights icon Martin Luther Jing Jr., saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The major question about the shooting – whether Scott was holding a gun when police ordered him to step out of his car – was not answered, even with the release of the video, which shows Scott exiting his car and backing slowly away as police officers order him to drop his weapon.

Police said Saturday that two plainclothes officers in an unmarked car had been in Scott’s neighborhood Tuesday to serve a warrant to someone else when they spotted Scott sitting in his car holding what they believed to be a marijuana joint [cigarette].

Police Chief Kerr Putnam told reporters Saturday the officers also believed they saw Scott holding a gun, and reasoned that the combination of drugs and a weapon constituted a threat to public safety.

http://www.voanews.com/embed/player/0/3523699.htmlPutnam said the officers retreated, donned protective gear that was marked “Police,” and returned to confront Scott, ordering him loudly to drop his weapon, something that can be heard on the video. Police say Scott did not comply, even after a police officer in a marked SUV drove up and pounded with his fist on Scott’s passenger-side window.

Police said Scott then got out of his vehicle, but did not surrender a weapon, and one of the officers fired the fatal shots.

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In a news conference Saturday, Scott’s family questioned how the situation could have turned deadly so quickly. After seeing the video, Scott’s brother told reporters, “Unfortunately, now we are left with more questions than answers.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced earlier Saturday the video would be released, a central demand by protesters who have been marching in Charlotte since Tuesday night.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered near police headquarters Saturday as Putney held his news conference.

Putney said he had been assured that making the video public would not interfere with an ongoing investigation of the killing. He said the images were being released “in the spirit of transparency.”

The police chief defended his officers’ actions, saying they acted correctly in firing at Scott because he had marijuana with him at the time and also had a firearm.

The question of whether or not Scott had a gun with him, and whether he brandished it at police, has been central to the public debate over this case in North Carolina’s largest city.

Scott’s family members have said repeatedly that he had no weapon, and that he was sitting in his car, reading a book and waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus, when police approached him.

The dead man’s widow, Rakeyia, has released a recording she made with her mobile phone on Tuesday, calling out to police over and over again that he was unarmed, and at the same time calling out to Scott to obey all police orders and come out of his car.

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A marijana “blunt” cigarette that police said was in the possession of Keith Lamont Scott is seen in a picture provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 24, 2016.
Neither Rakeyia Scott’s video nor the images released by police Saturday show clearly whether or not Keith Scott was holding a gun. As she yells that he is unarmed, police can be heard shouting at Scott: “Drop the gun!” Gunshots then ring out, and Scott can be seen lying prone in the street.

Authorities said the police were in the area looking for someone else when they saw Scott was holding a gun, and turned toward him.

Soon after the shooting, it was learned the police had video recordings of what happened, and those images became the focus of angry demonstrations. Wednesday’s protest turned violent, with store windows smashed and scuffles with police, who fired tear gas at the crowd.

A 26-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded, by someone in the crowd, authorities have said, not by a police officer.

Demonstrations have been more peaceful since then, and the city has ordered a midnight curfew, which police have chosen not to enforce while anyone still on the streets at that hour is peaceful.

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Prosecutors & Media Demand Footage from Shooting in NC

The police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked outrage all across the country.

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In Charlotte, there were two nights of riots. The first night rioters shut down a freeway, looted semi-trucks, and then burned the cargo. The second night a civilian was killed and multiple people were assaulted.

Since that time, the media and those protesting Scott’s death, have demanded video footage of the moment Lamont was shot and killed.

The New York Times obtained exclusive footage of the incident via Scott’s wife, Rakeyia. At the very beginning of the video, you can hear Rakeyia say:

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“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon.”

At the same time, the police are yelling, “Drop the gun!”

Yet, Scott’s wife then claims “he doesn’t have a gun, he has a TBI” (Traumatic brain injury). She then tells the police on the scene that he “isn’t going to do anything” and “he just took his medicine.”
And law enforcement officials are continuing to order Scott to “drop the gun.”

Rakeyia then says, “Keith don’t let them break the windows, come on out of the car.” And asks repeatedly for husband to get out of the car.

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Four seconds later, gun shots can be heard. Rakeyia exclaims, “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be f***** dead. He better not to be f***** dead.”

Moments later, Rakeyia can be heard on the phone talking to someone about officers who shot her husband. She continues to say, “He better live.”

Then, the footage clearly reveals that Scott has been taken down and is unresponsive.

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Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated the pending opening of the Smithsonian’s new African-American museum and said the institution, decades in the making, is a powerful place because it tells “the story of all of us,” not just the famous.

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men.

The country’s first black president, Obama was scheduled to preside over an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was built on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument.

“The thing about this museum is that it’s … more than just telling stories about the famous. It’s not just about the icons,” Obama said at a White House reception celebrating the museum. He added that the museum has plenty of space to feature black icons like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and others.

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

“What makes the museum so powerful and so visceral is that it’s the story of all of us, the folks whose names you never heard of, but whose contributions, day after day, decade after decade, combined to push us forward and the entire nation forward,” Obama said, mentioning maids, porters and others who stood up for themselves despite daily assaults on their dignity.

Obama pointed out that the hundreds of people who were invited to the reception in the Grand Foyer included people like artists Quincy Jones and Phylicia Rashad, astronaut Mae Jemison and Oprah Winfrey, “the woman who owns the universe.” Civil rights legends like Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Jesse Jackson attended, along with representatives of a new generation of activists, including DeRay Mckesson of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

Everyone in the room can think of an unsung hero, Obama said. “But the point is that all of us cannot forget that the only reason that we’re standing here is because somebody, somewhere stood up for us,” he said. “Stood up when it was risky. Stood up when it was not popular. And somehow, standing up together, managed to change the world.”

Obama said the museum opening this weekend, following the shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, would allow Americans to “put our current circumstances in a historical context.”

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

“My hope is that, as people are seeing what’s happened in Tulsa or Charlotte on television, and perhaps are less familiar with not only the history of the African-American experience but also how recent some of these challenges have been, upon visiting the museum, may step back and say: ‘I understand. I sympathize. I empathize. I can see why folks might feel angry and I want to be part of the solution as opposed to resisting change,’” the president said.

Obama took his wife, Michelle, their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, on a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum earlier this month. He and the first lady returned Thursday, where they were interviewed by “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts.

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

The museum features Obama’s groundbreaking presidency. He told Roberts the museum put in context his presidency and what he has tried to do for the country and “explains that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants.”

He said he and Mrs. Obama were “humbled” to be included “but I think we think of ourselves as a pretty small part of the story.”

Mrs. Obama, a descendant of slaves, said the museum is “one of the few places on earth that tells the complete story of my existence” and said it will be a “point of pride for this nation.”

Obama: African-American Museum Tells ‘Story of All of Us’

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Charlotte shooting: State of emergency amid protests

North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man.

Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday.

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One protester remains in a critical condition after a “civilian on civilian” shooting, police said.

Nine protesters were also injured while police arrested 44 people, according to the police chief.

Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said charges included looting, failure to disperse and assault.

Five officers also required medical care, including two for minor eye injuries, he added.

Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine
Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine

Mr Scott was the third black man killed by US police in a week. Such shootings have sparked nationwide protests.

 

SOURCE: BBC

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter

Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler told reporters Thursday.

Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his SUV stopped in a roadway last week.

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“We reviewed the facts of the allegations. It is our responsibility to determine if the filing of a criminal charge is justified under the law,” Kurnzweiler said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Shelby and arrangements have been made for her surrender, he said. It was not clear when she would turn herself in.

The criminal complaint against Shelby said her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting” Crutcher. She is accused of “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting Crutcher after he did not comply with her “lawful orders.”

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Attorneys for Crutcher’s family said they were “happy charges have been brought” against the officer and they will be seeking a “vigorous prosecution” of this case that results in a conviction.
The attorneys also expressed gratitude to the Tulsa Police Department.
“Today, we are thankful to TPD, we are thankful to (police) Chief (Chuck) Jordan for providing information to the District Attorney’s office, and we are happy that charges were brought,” attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said during a news conference.
“This is a small victory,” Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany told reporters.
“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” she added. “We know the history.”

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The possible penalty for conviction on first-degree manslaughter in Oklahoma is four years to life, according to Susan Witt, the public information officer for the district attorney’s office.
CNN reached out to Scott Wood, the attorney for Shelby, but has not received a response.
Earlier this week, Wood said his client thought Crutcher was behaving strangely and ignored her commands, and that she was afraid that he might be reaching for a weapon.

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
Multiple police cameras, including ones mounted in squad cars and in a helicopter, captured the Crutcher shooting on tape. In the video, Crutcher can be seen with his hands raised above his head prior to his death. He walks away from Shelby towards his car.
None of the videos showed whether the vehicle window was open or closed.
There was no weapon found in the car. Activists planned a rally Thursday night in Tulsa. In a tweet the group WethePeopleOkalhoma said, “There is still work to be done.”
“There is currently no credible information that any of the gatherings, protests, or rallies will be anything other than peaceful,” according to a statement on the Tusla Police Department Facebook page.
The department was aware of several demonstrations in the Tulsa area, it said.

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It all started after a 911 call Friday from a woman said an abandoned car was blocking the street and a man was running away. The man warned that it was going to blow up, the caller said.
Shelby was the first officer to arrive on the scene, though she was not responding to the 911 call. Her attorney said she was on her way to a domestic violence call when she saw Crutcher.

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