following protests at her home 0 replies
St. Louis—Mayor Lyda Krewson has temporarily relocated after a string of protests at her Central West End home. The mayor on Wednesday confirmed that she and her husband, former television reporter Mike Owens, have been living at an apartment, also in the Central West End. “We have not lived at home for 2 months,” Krewson said in a text message to a reporter. “We did it to deescalate the situation, to save police resources, and importantly because our neighbors were being disturbed and threatened.” The mayor said “for me it comes with the territory.”(Snip) Krewson is among mayors around the country
about being black: ‘I cancel myself’ 22 replies
Despite publicly living as a black woman for years, George Washington University associate professor Jessica Krug admitted Thursday that she is actually a “culture leech”—who is white. “For the better part of my adult life, every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies,” Krug, 38, writes in a brief but life-shattering Medium post titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies.” The self-proclaimed “historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora” goes on to detail a lengthy trail of public deception.
charged with killing cops on motorcycles 1 reply
Republican senators on Thursday announced an investigation into a onetime illegal immigrant “Dreamer” who police say plowed into a police officer motorcycle club out for a weekend ride, killing four of them. Ivan Robles Navejas was in the country unlawfully and had a lengthy rap sheet, but had been granted special reprieves by the Obama administration. He won DACA in 2013, about the same time as he was charged with resisting arrest. His DACA status lapsed two years later. In 2016, he was charged with DUI, and came on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s radar but the agency didn’t pursue deportation because drunken driving wasn’t
moment cops shoot dead 18-year-old black
man after he pulled a gun—sparking
protests—as it’s revealed the teen
was a ‘validated gang member’ 18 replies
Washington D.C. police have released bodycam footage showing the moment officers shot dead an 18-year-old black man after he allegedly brandished a gun during a police chase—sparking further protests across the city. Deon Kay died on Wednesday after he was shot in the chest by a Metropolitan Police officer identified on Thursday as Alexander Alvarez. Authorities said Kay was one of two people who fled on Wednesday afternoon when approached by uniformed cops investigating reports of a man with a gun near the 200 block of Orange Street.(Snip) During the foot pursuit, Kay allegedly pulled out a weapon, prompting the officer
12-year-old boy for carrying Trump
campaign sign, tries to steal it 12 replies
Boulder, Colo.—The Boulder Police Department is investigating after a woman allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy and tried to steal a political sign he was carrying.(Snip) The boy was riding his bicycle and carrying a yard sign in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. A woman riding a gray-blue moped drove past the boy and saw the sign. Police said the woman made a U-turn, approached the boy and “began assaulting him because of his political banner.” According to a police report, the woman struck the boy four to five times with a closed fist.
unconscious teen after video surfaces 18 replies
Eight men are facing charges in Rhode Island for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old unconscious girl at a party—after the girl’s mother found footage of the attack on Facebook and shared it with detectives, according to a report. The teen told detectives in Providence she awoke in an apartment on Dec. 20 with vaginal pain and cuts on her thighs, police and court records obtained by the Boston Globe show. She told police she could remember being naked in a bathroom shower, with roughly 15 men laughing at her while possibly taking photos before she recalled being taken into a bedroom.
will cure NYC shooting epidemic 17 replies
With gun violence hitting fever pitch in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would somehow cure the shooting epidemic. “We are dealing with a challenge we’ve never seen in the city. It is, thank God, temporary… there will be a vaccine, there will be a turnaround,” de Blasio said when asked at his daily press conference about the surging gunplay. The NYPD reported Wednesday that shootings have spiked by 151 incidents in August, from 91 to 242, which is a 161 percent increase from the same time last year. For the past 13 weeks, Gotham has been marred
building supersonic Air Force One 11 replies
Air Force One is already one of the fastest passenger planes in the world—but the Pentagon wants to make it a lot faster. The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a contract to the aviation firm Exosonic to begin developing a presidential aircraft that can travel at supersonic speeds. The research award, reportedly worth $1 million, will fund work to “modify” Exosonic’s existing plans for a supersonic commercial plane into a proposal for a presidential-grade aircraft. In a Twitter post this week, the Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center said the contract is intended to “develop a low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft
crime-ridden neighborhoods with lower
sales, higher costs: lawsuit 5 replies
A new lawsuit accuses McDonald’s of steering Black franchise owners to less-profitable restaurants and denying them the same opportunities offered to their white counterparts—a scheme described as a “Big Mac Attack” that allegedly fits the company’s decades-long pattern of “systemic and covert racial discrimination.” The complaint, filed Monday by 52 Black plaintiffs who once owned at least one McDonald’s store around the country, accuses the fast-food giant of misleading Black operators, denying them growth opportunities and the chance of buying more profitable stores, retaliating against them and eventually forcing them out.(Snip) “These neighborhood were the tough areas, often filled with
hit with ‘Defund the Police’ graffiti 6 replies
Graceland, the Elvis Presley estate that is Memphis’ signature landmark and most popular tourist draw, was hit overnight with “Defund the Police” and “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) graffiti. Vandals also struck the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, spray-painting scrawled obscenities—”F— TRUMP” and “F— STRICKLAND,” a reference to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland—alongside “BLM,” “Defund MPD,” “EAT THE RICH” and other phrases. The Graceland vandalism was more elaborate, with “DEFUND MPD” and “BLM” painted in thick black letters on the sidewalk along Elvis Presley Boulevard, alongside “#DEFUND THE POLICE,” “ABOLISH ICE” (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and other slogans sprayed in black and orange letters
LaGuardia Airport, wild video shows 25 replies
These two women duked it out at LaGuardia Airport before even boarding their Delta flight to Atlanta, wild video footage shows. The two passengers were captured brawling on the floor of the jet bridge on Sunday as stunned passengers and employees looked on. Off-camera, someone can be heard saying, “Come get Aaliyah, she’s fighting,” before a woman and a man approach the pair. Destiny Davis, a passenger who shot the viral video, said she thought the combatants are “either cousins or sisters,” according to Storyful.
“Once they started to fight, there was little intervention and the police took a while to show up
has intentionally segregated
communities for generations 14 replies
Levittown, NY—In the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the phrase “created equal” is followed by the passage that Americans are “endowed… with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The writers and signers of the 1776 declaration were white, male property owners who extended those unalienable rights only to people like themselves. It wasn’t until 1856 that all U.S. states allowed non-property owners the right to vote. Even that milestone allowed only white men to be full U.S. citizens, but the precedent had long been set—that ownership of property could be the root of inequity in the U.S. The discrimination and segregation