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THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell. 

The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line. 

THE WORD | Alabama Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban

On Tuesday night the Alabama senate passed a bill that would almost completely ban abortion. Under the law, women will not be able to get an abortion after 6 weeks of being pregnant, which is when most women find out that they are even carrying a baby.

The ban would also sentence any doctor who gets caught performing an abortion to prison for up to 99 years. It is said that other states are passing similar bills in hopes to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The bill would only allow abortion in cases of when the mother’s life is in jeopardy and doesn’t allow exemptions for incest or rape victims.

According to CNN, American Civil Rights Union of Alabama Executive Director Randall Marshall said that his organization would join with the national ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood of Southeast to challenge the bill in court within "a few weeks" should it become law.




 








THE WORD | An arrest warrant has been issued for Offset of ‘The Migos’

Offset of the Migos has been issued an arrest warrant for “criminal damage to property”. The rapper is facing charges in connection to the April incident shown above where he knocks a cellphone from a fan’s hand after he was approached at a Target in Georgia. The fan, Junior Gibbons, is said to have filed a police report last week. The incident has been classified as a felony due to the cost of the IPhone. Gibbons, phone has been cracked, as shown below. Gibbons and his family state that they simply want the phone fixed. 

 

Although the case continues on, the rapper’s lawyer released a state today calling the charges brought upon his client are both “disgraceful” and the charges should be “dismissed immediately”. 

What are your thoughts? Was Offset’s privacy invaded or is being filmed by fans a part of the celebrity lifestyle?? 

The Word| School Shooting at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Police were called to North Carolina at Charlotte, late Tuesday afternoon about a suspect armed with a handgun who had shot several students. Police disarmed the suspect and took him into custody inside the on-campus building. Leaving two people killed and 4 injured. Three of the injured are in critical condition, and the fourth person was injured but was not in critical condition. Due to the incident happening during finals they have pushed them back a week. Are condolences are sent to all the families involved. #PrayforUNCC

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Dylann Roof found guilty of racially motivated massacre at historically black Charleston church that killed nine

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A jury found Dylann Roof guilty of the Charleston church massacre Thursday, rejecting the twisted 22-year-old’s repulsive racism.

Roof was found guilty on all counts after just two hours of deliberations. Roof stood with his arms by his sides, staring straight ahead as the 33 guilty verdicts were read. He will face the death penalty. 

1 dead and 9 shot during The Bayou Classic

New Orleans police study the crime scene after a fatal shooting on Sunday. (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP)

New Orleans police study the crime scene after a fatal shooting on Sunday. (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP)

One person is dead and nine others were injured during the Bayou Classic this weekend in a popular tourist attraction located on the heart of New Orleans, according to officials.

Police say the shooting occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville streets in the city's French Quarter New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison told reporters during a press conference. At least 30 officers were patrolling the French Quarter at the time because of the annual college football game.

Harrison said Police are not sure as to why the victims — two women and eight men —were targeted  or what was the cause of the shooting. However, two men, including one of the victims, have been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.

“We’ve made a strong message that this was not the place or time to bring firearms to the French Quarter during the Bayou Classic event or any event,” Harrison said at a news conference early Sunday. “This was not something that should’ve happened. This is the wrong place to bring firearms. We’ve made that clear.”

Eleven people, including the two on Sunday, in the past two days, who have no connection to shooting were arrested for carrying weapons.

Police did not say whether any of the victims, or the two men who were arrested, knew each other. Harrison said investigators are looking for witnesses and interviewing the injured. The ages of the victims range from 27 to 37 in age according to the Times-Picayune.

According to Ronnie Buendia, a cashier at a nearby parking garage on Iberville Street, said he heard about four shots. “Everybody was running into the garage to get away,” he said.
 

“This is a very tragic and an unacceptable set of circumstances, especially on a night like this,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters.

Thousands go to Bourbon Street for the Bayou Classic, an annual game between two historically black colleges.

About a year ago, a man was fatally shot on Bourbon Street not far from the site of Sunday’s shooting, the Times Picayune reported. That shooting occurred after an argument.

In 2014, 10 people, including a woman who was killed, were shot as tourists walked along Bourbon Street, according to CBS News.

Officer Charged in Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

The suburban police officer who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday after protestors demanded for his arrest after weeks of marches and protests. 

Jeronimo Yanez, the Officer involved who shot and killed Castile will appear in court on Friday, was also charged with two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

John J. Choi, the Ramsey County attorney said, "It is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified and that sufficient facts exist to prove this to be true."

Castile 32, was a school cafeteria worker who was stopped Falcon Height back on July 6 by Officer Yanez of the St. Anthony police on a busy stretch of road near the state fairgrounds.

According to officials, Officer Yanez fatally shot Mr. Castile after spotting a gun, and a lawyer for Officer Yanez said that Mr. Castile did not comply with orders given by the officer. 

However, Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live which painted a different picture claiming that her boyfriend had a license to carry a weapon and that he had been trying to tell Officer Yanez about the gun. According to sources familiar with the case claim that Castile had been pulled over many times before without any issue, and those who knew him personally claim he was nothing but a "calm and peaceful man." 

After the release of the Facebook video the governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, stated that Mr. Castile’s race might have played a role in the shooting. Protestors spent days camped outside the Minnesota governor’s residence, and at one point blocked traffic and threw objects at officers on a nearby interstate.

This isn't the first time Minnesota has received backlash in terms of the way race and policing are handled. Last year, a Minneapolis officer fatally shot Jamar Clark, another black man, in an incident that also set off protests. And this year, an officer in suburban Edina was criticized by activists for confronting a black pedestrian, and a St. Paul officer was suspended after a police dog bit a man and a colleague kicked him.

Ku Klux Klan's Trump victory parade in North Carolina

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A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan says it will hold a victory parade in North Carolina to celebrate Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton this week.

The Loyal White Knights are planning the parade for December 3, according to a post on the Pelham, N.C., group’s website advertising a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade.”

No exact time or place is specified, just the date and the message, “TRUMP=TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE.”

The Loyal White Knights number between 150 and 200 members, according to the Anti-Defamation League, and were behind a rally in South Carolina last year to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol building.

Emmett Till Memorial Site Found With Bullet Holes

 

The historical sign marking where Emmett Till’s body was found in the Tallahatchie River in 1955 has been riddled with bullets. According to the New York Daily News, since the Emmett Till Memorial Commission put eight markers in place surrounding the Tallahatchie County it has been subjected to vandalism over the years. The 14-year-old from the south side of Chicago was visiting family when he was abducted and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

The murder was rocked by protests and helped the civil rights movement. According to the reports, many of the bullet holes found near the river site are not new.

A photo posted shows that the sign had been shot quite a few times from different angles at that time.

“It shows that there’s still people who do not want to remember or talk about Emmett Till,” Patrick Weems, project coordinator for the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told the Daily News.

Weems told the Daily News that the organization, which is financially struggling, cannot afford to replace the vandalized sign at the moment and that it has instead launched a virtual tour of the sites in the form of the Emmett Till Memory Project The project, which is a site and smartphone app, virtually guides users to 51 different sites in and around the Mississippi Delta that are linked to the teen’s murder and trial.

According to the Daily News, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center is currently trying to raise money to fund the project and replace the vandalized sign; so far it’s raised $4,00 0f the original 15,000 goal.

“My brother was mentally ill” says sister after Police shoot unarmed man dead.

Video released by an eyewitness captured a woman weeping as the body of brother lay in his own pool of blood after El Cajon California police fatally shot him. Officers were responding to a call of an African American male who appeared to be in his 30’s, was reportedly acting erratic, wandering around talking to himself and walking in and out of traffic. “I called the Police three times to help him, he was sick,” the woman said.

The video posted to YouTube showed the woman being confrontational with officers as she question them as to why they didn't have a crisis team come out, “why couldn't you taste him? I didn't call you to shoot him.” 

Although his name was not officially released as police continue their investigation, his along sister along with relatives said the mans name was Alfred Olango who was 30 years old. Police chief Jeff Davis said in a statement that he wants the protests to remain and calm and to let police investigate, “ to shed light on this event” to be open and transparent as it pertains to the law, Davis said. 

It is not clear as to why the mans sister called the police, but when police arrived on scene he was behind a restaurant pacing back and forth as he ignored police demands to speak with them. He allegedly reached into his pocket and drew his “hands” in a shooting position that resembled a stance toward one of the officers. Davis said the man places his hands in the officers face at which the first officer responded by tasing the man while the second officer fired the fatal shot that killed the man. 

While police say the man apparently had an “object” that had been recovered, however, few details were released as to what was recovered. The Cell phone that captured the shooting was voluntarily turned into police as the District Attorney’s office investigate the details of the incident one thing is clear that the video coincides with police statements. The department said both officers who both are veterans with 21 years on the force, we're not wearing body cameras as the department had completed a pilot program and ironically the equipment had not been “ delivered.” 

The incident comes on the heels of hundreds of Police Shootings targeting African American men and women who are unarmed such as the case of Terrence Crutcher whose death sparked a wave of protest. 

While the details remain under investigation, several people including a man who was leaving the shopping center saw the man without a shirt wandering around and acting strange. He claimed that he heard about five shots by police officers. A official released on Twitter disputed some accounts of what happened, but the man was given standard CPR and was taken to a local hospital were he was pronounced dead. 

Chicago announces all Patrol Officers will wear body cameras by 2018

After a series of Police related incidents including Police involved shootings in Chicago and around the Country, the city is looking to ensure that every police officer on duty will be equipped with a body camera by 2018. 

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement released Saturday that " Body-worn cameras provide a rare glimpse into the dangerous situations Chicago Police Officers face every day in an effort to keep our communities safe. After the shooting death of Paul O'neil in August in which police were responding to reports of a stolen car. Body cameras were worn capturing the events leading up to the shooting, however, Johnson asserts that the use of body cameras will aid in better training and community efforts in all areas of the city. 

The department originally launched the pilot program as a test in some of the cities most crime ridden neighborhoods in 2015 that later expand to four more districts. "This expansion is a win-win for the public and for officers,"Johnson said.

The department has gone through several changes over the years and by 2018 investments in technology will made to accommodate monitoring police activity. 

Tax payers won't have to foot the bill because the cost is said to be about $8 million dollars coming from the CPD's operating budget and from grants. 

Riots in Milwaukee after officer fatally shoots man

Violence and protests erupted in Milwaukee overnight after a man was fatally shot by police during a foot chase.

Police said the victim, 23, was armed with a handgun and shot dead by an officer after fleeing a traffic stop on Milwaukee's north side Saturday afternoon.

Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper it wasn't clear if the gun was pointed at the officer.

"Those additional facts will come out in the coming days," Jessup said.

Police said the man shot had a "lengthy arrest record" and was carrying a semiautomatic handgun reported stolen in a burglary in Waukesha in March.

At a press conference late Saturday night, mayor Tom Barrett elaborated on the foot chase, saying that the officer involved in the shooting was chasing the suspect when he was ordered to drop his weapon. When the suspect did not comply with orders, the officer fired several times hitting the suspect with 2 bullets in the chest and in the arm.

Mayor Barrett said the officer was wearing a body camera which was operating at the time of the shooting.

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Angry crowds to the street and set four businesses and several police cars on fire, hurled bricks through police car windows, threw rocks at police and vandalized bus shelters and street lights. Some social media users posted videos of what was said to be an undercover cop car being trashed by angry protestors.

 

An officer was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a brick that came crashing through his squad car's window.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.

BP gas station that was burned down in the riot

BP gas station that was burned down in the riot

The mayor said police presence will be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order. At least three people have been arrested, he said.

Mayor Barrett says he plans to spend Saturday meeting with church and community leaders, adding that the police presence will continue to be very strong.

 

 

Chicago police releases shooting video of 18 year old Paul O'Neal

Chicago Police Department released videos Friday showing the July 28 officer-involved shooting incident of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal. Officers are heard cursing at O'Neal, whose arms appear limp as they put him in handcuffs. The fatal shooting is not captured in the videos, but the shots can be heard.

The footage "as shocking and disturbing as it is, is not the only evidence to be gathered and analyzed when conducting a fair and thorough assessment of the conduct of police officers in performing their duties," said Fairley, chief administrator of Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority.

The video clearly shows officers firing down the street at the car as it speeds away. The city’s use of force policy explicitly bars police from shooting into a car when the vehicle represents the only danger.

Under Fairley, who was appointed in the wake of the McDonald video's release, IPRA has ruled more police shootings unjustified in the past two months than it had in the prior nine years.

Two of the shootings IPRA recently ruled unjustified involved officers shooting at vehicles, as they appear to have done in O'Neal's case. In both of the shootings ruled unjustified, IPRA determined the officers faced no serious danger when they fired.

  Police handcuffing a bleeding O’Neal after he was shot.

 Police handcuffing a bleeding O’Neal after he was shot.

The department revised its deadly force rules in February 2015 to ban firing into a vehicle when the automobile is the only force used against an officer or bystander.

Prosecutors Dropped The Remaining Charges Against Officers In Freddie Gray Case

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges Wednesday against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.

Gray was a black man whose neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015.

Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.

His death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused massive riots in Baltimore.

The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group. A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

 

At Least 3 Officers Dead, 3 Injured In Baton Rouge Shooting

Authorities in Louisiana say three law enforcement officers were fatally shot Sunday morning, and three injured in Baton Rouge. One suspect is dead and a manhunt is now underway for two other possible suspects.

 A witness told WBRZ News that they saw a man, dressed in black and with his face covered, shooting near a car wash around 9 a.m.

Attempts to reach police for comment were not immediately successful.

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Photo from CNN

The shooting follows a similar tragedy in Dallas less than two weeks ago. On July 7, lone gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran, shot and killed five police officers and injured seven others as a Black Lives Matter protest was winding down. He had no association with the group.

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Screen shot from WAFB channel 9

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards condemned Sunday’s shooting in a statement. “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” he said. “Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”

Authorities in Baton Rouge last week thwarted a planned attack on police officers days after the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by police in an encounter that was largely captured on video and raised widespread concerns about the officers’ actions

Updates From The Huffington Post

Two Americans were Killed in the Nice Truck Attack in France

Two Americans from Lakeway, Texas, were killed in Nice, France, when a truck struck a crowd celebrating Bastille Day there.

Sean Copeland, 51, and his son Brodie Copeland, 11, are among the at least 84 people killed in the apparent terrorist attack.

"We are heartbroken and in shock over the loss of Brodie Copeland, an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives, and Sean Copeland, a wonderful husband and father," the family said in a statement, the Statesman reported. "They are so loved."

The Copelands were on a family vacation that had taken them from Pamplona to Barcelona in Spain and then to the French Riviera city of Nice, Jess Davis, a family friend and representative, told the Statesman.

On Twitter, family member Heather Copeland wrote of her heartbreak at the tragedy.

"I don't even know how to put this in words," she wrote. "Today was a very tradgic [sic] day for my family."

Another family member, Haley Copeland, wrote in a Facebook post that the Copeland family was on vacation in Europe celebrating a birthday.

"This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland," she wrote. "Losing a loved one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way is unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated."

Brodie Copeland was a baseball player, and the Hill Country Baseball Club posted a photo of him on Facebook. The photo was sent to the club earlier on Thursday, according to the Facebook post.

"Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family," the post reads in part. "You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Rest in peace, Brodie and Sean, you will be remembered by many."

The Pastime Training Center, where Brodie played baseball, also posted a photo of him.

"Two of the greatest men. We will miss you #8. You will be missed but we know you were needed for bigger and better things," wrote Bill Bishop in a comment on the Facebook post.

 

Story from Mary Hui of The Chicago Tribune 

Activist arrested after protest at Taste released from jail

A man who was arrested Saturday following a Black Lives Matter protest at Taste of Chicago has been released after posting bond.

Ja’Mal Green, 20, was charged with two felony counts each of aggravated battery to a peace officer, and aggravated battery in a public place, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He also faces one felony count of attempting to disarm a peace officer, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

On Monday, Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Green held on a $350,000 bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Green has since posted bond, according to court records. A video posted Tuesday night to Facebook showed him being released from the Cook County Jail, with dozens of supporters cheering and hugging him.

Green was one of 19 people arrested in Saturday’s protests at Taste and around the Loop following police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and near St. Paul, Minnesota; and the deadly attack on police in Dallas.

The group, including Black Lives Matters activists, began with about 50 people outside the Taste at Michigan and Van Buren, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. They were met by a dozen police officers who wouldn’t let them into the free festival with the oversized signs they carried, calling for “Justice for Alton and Philando” — Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were killed by police officers in in caught-on-video shootings that have rocked the nation in recent days.

Four protesters were arrested in the Near North police district, and 15 arrests happened in the Central District, police said. At least two others were arrested in downtown protests on Sunday, and the demonstrations continued Monday afternoon.

 

Story From The Chicago Suntimes

Recreation center part of Bronzeville ‘renaissance,’ mayor says

The new Bronzeville Arts and Recreation Center that opens Saturday will not only provide the community with resources it never had, but also catalyze the “renaissance of Bronzeville,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.

The Arts and Recreation Center in Ellis Park, at 35th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, has been more than a decade in the making. But it wasn’t until 2014 that design and funding plans were developed and 2015 that construction began.

The $19 million Chicago Park District facility has a pool, gym and fitness center. There’s also arts and community spaces, offices and a rooftop terrace.

“This is symbolic of a whole host of things that are happening in this renaissance of Bronzeville,” Emanuel said. “That’s what the community aspired toward and it’s being realized right in front of us.”

Once known as the Black Metropolis or Chicago’s Black Belt for being the center of the city’s African-American culture, Bronzeville has suffered economically in recent decades, like many other South Side communities.

continue reading more at Chicago Suntimes; Story by Jacob Wittich

Chicago Transit Authority Spends $240 Million on 95th Redline Rehab

CTA began its $240 million renovation on the Red Line's 95th Street/Dan Ryan Station on Chicago's South Side. 

"You know this is a tremendous success when there are this many people on this side of the microphone versus the other side of the microphone," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Emanuel said the project will create more than 700 construction jobs.

 The new station will better accommodate the large crowds, according to CTA about  20,000 passengers uses this terminal in cycles, via Bus and trains. The remodel version will look more like an airport terminal than a CTA train stop.

"And I think it will have a sense of openness and safety that the current terminal struggles to achieve on a daily basis," CTA Chief Infrastructure Officer Chris Bushell said.

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Modernizing 95th Street Station is a prelude to extending the Red Line train south to 130th. That plan involves running trains in the median of I-57 for a bit, then they'd turn south and run alongside existing Union Pacific track to 130th. That project would cost billions and displace more than 100 homes, but would also add four new station stops to an area traditionally reliant on buses for mass transit.

"There's a great demand for fast, efficient rail services. We want that for every resident of the city," Claypool said.

The terminal will remain open for the duration of construction, which is expected to be complete in 2016. Details on the project can be found http://www.transitchicago.com/95thTerminal/

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