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Jury Grants Family of Police Shooting Victim Korryn Gaines $37M

After three weeks of testimony and a few hours of subsequent deliberation, an all-female jury overseeing the wrongful death civil trial of slain police shooting victim Korryn Gaines – ruled in favor of awarding her family $37 million, on Friday, February 16.

Gains was gunned down when after a six-hour standoff, officers locked out of her Randallstown apartment with an arrest warrant finally busted in to find her armed with a shotgun. The 2016 incident drew a passionate response from the public over several unsettling tactics used by Baltimore County police. For one, authorities had Gains’ wi-fi cut off as she was live streaming the confrontation, and secondly, many took exception to the force used in disregard of the fact that her five-year-old son Kodi was present to witness the situation unravel.

Kodi will now receive $32 million of the total, as it was determined that County Cpl. Royce Ruby’s use of force, when he fired off the first shot, was not objectively reasonable. The ruling contradicts the findings of a county prosecution that previously established that the shooting was legally justified. In addition to the lions share of the settlement that Kodi will inherit, Gains’ daughter will get $4.5 million, and her father, mother, and general estate will get $300K respectively.

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Reg E. Cathey from ‘The Wire’ and ‘House Of Cards’ Dead at 59

Actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his work on “The Wire” and “House of Cards,” passed away at the age of 59 after battling lung cancer.

Executive producer of “The Wire,” David Simon, wrote on Twitter about Cathey, “Not only a fine, masterful actor – but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking.”

“House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon also added, “Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed.”

Cathey won an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards.” Speaking on the role, Cathey told Today, “I knew it would be something special. I didn’t know whether people would like it or whether they would watch but I knew it was special. I thought it was simply lovely. And we had a ball doing it.”

Cathey, who was born in Alabama and raised in Germany, was educated at the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in many films, including The MaskSe7enSt. VincentFantastic Four and his last credited role, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse

Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison. Over the past two decades, more than 150 women and girls reported that Nassar sexually abused them. CNN reports that he pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

“There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days”, said Nassar.

Previously, he was sentenced to 60 years for a separate case — having child pornography on his computer.

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Trump’s Lawyer Paid $130K to Silence Adult Film Star About Sexual Encounter

The Wall Street Journal recently published a report that Michael Cohen, a Trump Organization lawyer at the time and now Trump’s personal lawyer, paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with the President.

According to the Journal, Trump paid Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, a month before the presidential election as part of a nondisclosure agreement. This was also around the same time that the now-infamous Access Hollywood “grab them by the p***y” tape was released.

Clifford reportedly told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, a year after marrying Melania, while in Lake Tahoe.

Michael Cohen denied the encounter happened when speaking to the Wall Street Journal, but he did not comment on the $130,000 payment. He also added, “This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

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Mother: Alabama Police Beat Black 17-Year-Old Son

An image posted by a mother has since been shared 61,000 times.

Ulysses Wilkerson’s family was searching for answers as to how the 17 year-old ended up like this after an encounter with Troy police.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” said Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. , Ulysses’ father.

Many of the 61,000 shares of the Facebook post said they were outraged.

“From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice,” said his father.

It is said that officers saw Wilkerson coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy. When they tried to speak to him, he fled leading to a foot chase that ended here, on Madison Street. One witness said she saw officers surrounding Wilkerson who appeared to be unconscious.

“You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.” said Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene.

Saying the first thing that came to mind was, “I hope they are not beating him.”

WDHN reached out to the Troy Police Department and to the Troy mayors office, neither would comment.

The family is asking for body and dash camera footage to be released. Also telling News 18 today that any charges against Wilkerson were dropped and that he was never placed under arrest.

“They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice the ambulance came to take him to UAB the took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him,” said his father.

Wilkerson was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham, but remains under medical observation and could possibly undergo surgery after more swelling goes down.

Marijuana and Bullets Found in DeSean Jackson’s Car After Crash

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star DeSean Jackson might be in a bit of trouble after a truck registered to him crashed and was abandoned about three miles from the team’s facility in Tampa, Florida on Christmas Eve. Six grams of marijuana and two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets were also discovered inside the vehicle at the wreck.

Jackson denied any involvement in the crash after he was summoned to the scene by police for questioning. He also said he was not driving the truck at the time of the accident. He later claimed that a friend had borrowed his car.

A spokesperson for Jackson released a statement on Wednesday that once again denied his involvement. “It was a friend of DeSean’s who borrowed his car while he was out of town without his knowledge,” the spokesperson said. “None of what was in the car was his, obviously.

He’s dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled.” Jackson did not immediately confirm that his friend was using the car according to NFL.com. Only after several rounds of questioning, he agreed to reveal his friend’s identity. The Buccaneer’s coach also released a statement confirming Jackson’s cooperation with police.

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George Zimmerman Threatens Jay-Z Over Trayvon Martin Documentary

George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder, after he fatally shot a then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012.

 

The case would become highly publicized as the incident highlighted racial disparities within many communities, and how Black children are often perceived as threatening and dangerous.

At the beginning of this year, Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company announced they would be creating a 6-part docuseries, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” that would chronicle the life of Trayvon through his shooting by Zimmerman and the eventual acquittal. The documentary is set up in the same way they covered the life, arrest, jail time, and suicide of Kalief Browder.

During the shooting of the production, Zimmerman alleged to The Blast that a production team showed up unexpectedly to his home and “harassed” members of his family for on-camera interviews. His ex-wife was also paid to partake in the documentary, due to all of this, Zimmerman has threatened to “beat Jay-Z” and feed him to “an alligator.”

He told the publication, “I know how to handle people who f**k with me, and I have since February 2012,” morbidly referencing the night he fought and killed Trayvon.

The overall fate of the docuseries is currently in limbo due to the scandal with Harvey Weinstein.

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