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Nashville Officer Charged with Criminal Homicide in Shooting of Black Man

Nashville officer Andrew Delke was charged with criminal homicide for fatally shooting Daniel Hambrick, 25, in the back as he ran from the officer. Delke’s attorney says he plans to plead not guilty in the case.

Nashville Officer Charged with Criminal Homicide in Shooting of Black Man

In late July, Delke was in the area looking for stolen vehicles and became suspicious of an Impala who he says “conceded the right of way by not pulling out in front of him.” After running the plates on the car and determining it wasn’t stolen, Delke continued to follow the car to develop a reason to stop it. When Delke parked his car in a nearby apartment complex, he says that’s when he saw Hambrick running away.

Video footage shows Delke chasing Hambrick and in a matter of seconds, the man falls to the ground after being shot. Delke claims that Hambrick was holding a gun, which he told him to drop, and when he didn’t, the officer shot four times, hitting Hambrick in the head, back, and left torso. Authorities recovered a gun from the scene.

Delke turned himself in on Thursday (September 27) and he was released on $25,000 bail.

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NFL Denied from Getting Kaepernick Collusion Case Dismissed

News broke Thursday concerning the ongoing collusion case against the NFL, filed by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank made the announcement that the case would move onto trial, effectively denying the league’s attempt at dismissing the case. Burbank’s statement read:

“On August 28, 2018, the System Arbitrator denied the NFL’s request that he dismiss Colin Kaepernick’s complaint alleging that his inability to secure a player contract since becoming a free agent in March 2017 has been due to an agreement among team owners and the NFL that violates Article 17, Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.”

At the moment, Kaepernick’s former teammate Eric Reid is still waiting on a decision regarding his grievance filed against the NFL alleging collusion on the same grounds as Kap.

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Florida sheriff won’t charge man in deadly “stand your ground” shooting

Police say they will not charge a Florida man for killing another man in a parking lot after an argument over a parking spot. Surveillance video shows Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton after McGlockton pushed him. Florida’s “stand your ground” law allows people to respond with deadly force with they believe lives are in danger. Protesters gathered at the scene yesterday, demanding justice for McGlockton. Meg Oliver reports.

GA Officers Under Investigation for Using Force Against 10-Year-Old Black Child

A 10-year-old boy upset about his dad’s arrest was pinned to the ground by an Athens, Georgia officer, which was shown in a Facebook video that has quickly gained traction.

The video shows the young boy pinned to the ground with his arms held behind his back. The boy seemed scared when asking officers if he was going to jail while they continued to hold him on the ground.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department released a statement after the video started circulating. They claim that the boy lunged at an officer while trying to get to his dad in one of the squad cars. They added that they were trying to de-escalate the situation by pinning the boy to the ground, and assured that “the child was not under arrest and that we would let him up if he would remain calm.”

An internal investigation into the situation has been ordered in the situation.

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Lil Yachty Holds Memorial Service for XXXTentacion in Atlanta

Many in and out of the music industry continue to mourn the death of XXXTentacion. The week surrounding his murder has been a whirlwind with suspects being brought into custody and the revelation that X was going to be a father. Memorial services and vigils have been held in his honor ranging from the more peaceful in Florida to the more raucous in Los Angeles. Lil Yachty decided to give the X fans in Atlanta a space to mourn the late rapper during the service he organized at Centennial Park in the A.

Yachty spoke to the crowd of fans that packed Centennial Park telling them, “Anybody who know me who know my music then they know I’ve been preaching positivity. And that’s what I’ma do, I’ma hold that legacy for X and gon’ keep promoting this positivity,” adding “All that hate, all that envy, all that bullsh*t. We gotta leave that shit in the past. Life is too short.”

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years after assassination

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The King family will join thousands in Memphis this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King arrived in Memphis Monday afternoon. She was aboard a Delta charter flight. So was FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes, who was the only reporter on board and got to interviewed Rev. Bernice King during the flight.

King talked a lot about what this week will mean not only for her but other members of her family as she returns Memphis. The first time she journeyed to Memphis was in her 30s because the idea of making this trip in the past has been so painful for her. So, this week will likely stir many emotions.

“It’s emotional for me but I’m trying not to let it overwhelm me so I can function,” Dr. Bernice King said.

A wave of emotion came over Dr. Bernice King as she made her way through TSA at Hartsfield Jackson for the trip to Memphis.

“I think I said, you know, I didn’t get an opportunity to go fifty years ago, then I broke down crying. I didn’t know it was coming,” Dr. Bernice King said.

Fifty years ago, a then five-year-old Bernice was left behind as her mother and three older siblings who traveled to Memphis just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

“On April 8, 1968, my mom came to Memphis to lead the march my father would have led which was the day before the funeral and she brought the three older children and I got left in Atlanta,” Dr. Bernice King said.

Monday afternoon, she boarded a Delta charter flight joined by dozens of religious and civil rights leaders, for the pilgrimage to Memphis. King said the number of pastors joining her on this journey really hold special significance.

“Tell them that 50 years ago because my father spoke out against the war in Vietnam he became even more controversial and a lot of churches began to close their doors even black churches. It was hard for him to have mass meetings in churches and very few were welcoming. So, for me to come back here with a group of pastors is unbelievable for me,” Bernice King told FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes.

King toured the Lorraine Motel where her father was shot and killed that fateful day in April of 1968 as he stood on the hotel balcony.

“It’s interesting to be able to have these experiences, connections not knowing my father, but kind of sensing the presence of his spirit,” Bernice King said. “I do feel a connection to his spirit and what he was trying to do.”

Bernice King will be joined by her brother Martin for this week’s commemorative events in Memphis. On Tuesday, they will speak at the Mason Temple, where their father delivered his last speech.

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Stephon Clark Private Autopsy Results Revealed: 7 Gunshot Wounds in the Back

The findings of an independent autopsy commissioned by the family of Stephon Clark reveal that he was struck by a total of eight bullets, with up to seven of them hitting him in the back by the Sacramento police officers who fired on him earlier this month.

When officers responding to reports of break-ins in the Meadowview neighborhood came upon Clark, he was standing in the yard of his grandmother’s house. Moments prior, the 22-year-old was spotted running and hopping fences to the spot where he was located. Without much warning, the cops fired more than 20 shots and waited more than two minutes before beginning to engage an unresponsive Clark from afar. Dr. Omalu estimates that the unarmed suspect died between 3 and 10 minutes after he was struck.

Clark was shot once under the armpit, once in the leg, twice in the neck, and four times in his lower back. The examiner found that he suffered a shattered vertebrae and a collapsed lung.

“These findings from the independent autopsy contradict the police narrative that we’ve been told,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said of the results. “This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances.”

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Disney Donates $1M for STEM Center in Oakland in Honor of ‘Black Panther’ Film

With the success of Black Panther, Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, is set to donate $1 million to expand the Boys & Girls Club STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in Oakland, CA. As the film began to garner more and more attention, the prospects of a box office hit were imminent. Many questioned whether or not some of the money the film was projected to make would go toward the Black community and it seems that Disney is attempting to do just that.

Bob Iger, chairman, and CEO of The Walt Disney Company stated:

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths. […] It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

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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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C-Murder Joins Hunger Strike Due to ‘Deplorable’ Conditions at Angola Prison

C-Murder, aka Corey Miller, was a prominent rapper in the 90’s until a murder charge derailed his career. C-Murder was a part of his brother Master P’s No Limit label, which captured the hip-hop game and introduced the world to Louisiana rap music. Miller was convicted of second-degree murder charges in 2009 and has spent the last decade behind bars.

Angola Prison, which is located in Louisianna, is infamous for its harsh living conditions, and this month C-Murder decided to stand up against the tyranny of the prison staff. According to his Publicist Tammy Ty Page, “C-Murder has chosen to use his platform to voice dire conditions going on at Angola.”

The inmates cite several reasons for the hunger strike at Angola Prison. Visitor treatment, water quality, sanitation, and proper medical treatment are said to be the main factors driving the strike. Visitors have been subjected to strip-searches by guards who have open cases pending against them for various sexual assault crimes, while inmates have to deal with the sex offenders day in and day out.

The Assistant Warden, Barrett Boeker, was charged with raping a woman at his home in Angola Prison two years ago. He currently has several charges pending against him stemming from incidents with various inmates. Warden Darrel Vannoy and James LeBlanc, the Secretary of DOC, have also been implicated in the corruption.

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