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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.

Lil Wayne Views On Black Lives Matter

Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage  Lil Wayne attends the Tidal X Collegrove at The Tabernacle on March 30, 2016 in Atlanta.

Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage

Lil Wayne attends the Tidal X Collegrove at The Tabernacle on March 30, 2016 in Atlanta.

I guess as long as his b****** love him that’s all that matter nowadays to Lil Wayne is not a fan of Black Lives Matter movement and he had no problem letting anyone know his views. He sat down with ABC’s Linsey Davis for a Nightline interview on Tuesday (Nov.1) and he was didn’t shy away from his disconnect from the movement and twitter took to twitter to express their views.

The rapper stated he didn’t like to label police involved violence with names: “That just sounds weird, I don’t know, that you put a name on it. It’s not a name, it’s not ‘whatever, whatever,’ it’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked up reason.”

He doesn't hold back his views that Black Lives actually matter. “I am a young black rich motherfucker,” he added. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherfuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”

“That man white; he filmin’ me. I’m a nigga.” He then threw his arms up in frustration while looking at the camera said, “I don’t know what you mean, man, don’t come at me with that dumb ass shit, ma’am. My life matter.” Then, he looked into the camera, smiled, said,

“Especially to my bitches,” and winked.

Of course his comments erupted on twitter as fans expressed their views:

In the Clip below weezy told Davis “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. If you do, you crazy as shit. Not the camera, you. Feeling connected to something that ain’t got nothin’ to do with you? If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”

In the full segment that aired on ABC, Wayne removed his mic and walked out of the interview early, saying, “I ain’t no fuckin’ politician.”


Anthem singer at NBA game kneels during performance

  (Photo Cred: Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Denasia Lawrence kneels while singing the national anthem before the Heat-76ers preseason game on Friday night, revealing a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Lawrence, called the Black Lives Matter movement a "rallying cry" while explaining her decision to kneel in a Facebook post early Saturday.

"We're being unjustly killed and overly criminalized," Lawrence wrote. "I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us."

‘Black Wall Street’ Being Brought to Life by John Legend and Tika Sumpter


After breaking records with the hit TV show Underground, John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. are aiming to uncover another tale from Black History. The production company–which is also responsible for Turn Me Loose, an Off-Broadway production about comedian and activist Dick Gregory, and Southside With You, a film about the Obamas–will join forces with Tika Sumpter to create a series based on Black Wall Street for WGN.

“We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,” Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson told Deadline. “Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about.”

“The story that many know nothing about” is based on Greenwood, Oklahoma, an all Black community, known as Black Wall Street that built their own wealth and stood economically independent back in the 1900s. The thriving town was attacked and literally burned to ground by White rioters, becoming one of the most tragic acts of terrorism in U.S. History. Once the home of prominent Black leaders, entrepreneurs, doctors and more, over 300 Black people lost their lives and more than 9,000 were left homeless.

Still early in the development stage, Black Wall Street could debut in 2018 if picked up as a series.

To learn more about the real story about this part of our history check out: Black Wall Street: A Legacy of SuccessThe Destruction of Black Wall Street, and Black Wall Street: A Look Back [Photos].

Chicago Rapper King Yella Shot While Filming A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Music Video

King Yella is pushing forward with his “No More” movement. To raise awareness on his movement, the South Side Chicago native took to the Windy City streets to film his “Black Lives Matter” music video

Side shot I'm good I'm bout to go so hard on my grind thank u God 🙏🙏 for another chance 💯

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The Chicago rapper was shot while shooting the music video. He was hit twice and posted a video up early this morning where he shows himself bandaged up from the gun wounds. Yella seems to be in good spirits and kept saying “God got me” into the camera while sipping on some Remy Martin.

He’s laying in a hospital bed in the clip. Try to stop the violence but n***as want to still be on that,” he said. “They tried to take me out this sh*t. God got me though. This sh*t crazy.” To see more check out the video above.

Side shot I'm good I'm bout to go so hard on my grind thank u God 🙏🙏 for another chance 💯

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Michael Jordan releases statement on police violence, and donates one million

 Michael Jordan today released the following statement:

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

"I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers -- who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all -- are respected and supported.

"Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change."

"To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police's newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Institute for Community-Police Relations' policy and oversight work is focused on building trust and promoting best practices in community policing. My donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the nation's oldest civil rights law organization, will support its ongoing work in support of reforms that will build trust and respect between communities and law enforcement. Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference.

"We are privileged to live in the world's greatest country -- a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn't happen overnight and they won't be solved tomorrotw, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities."

 statement provided by ESPN

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.

Photo from CNN

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.

Screen shot from WAFB channel 9

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

Officer Edward Nero found not guilty in the Freddie Gray case

Mixed feelings filled the court room, as another police officer, Edward Nero, was proven not guilty in connection to the death of an African American man, Freddie Gray, in 2015. Nero was one of six officers who had been involved in the arrest of Gray. As reported by CNN, he was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly touching Gray during an arrest that prosecutors said was illegal. He also faced two counts of misconduct, as well as reckless endangerment for not putting a seat belt on Gray, after placing him in the police van. Gray died, a week later, due to spinal injuries.

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, accused State Attorney Marilyn Mosby of unreasonably leveling charges. According to CNN, Ryan felt that, in doing so, she destroyed the lives of the police officers involved, and she destroyed the relationship between the Baltimore Police Department and her office.

Mentioned by CNN, Ryanstated, “None of these officers did anything wrong…being prosecuted for reasons that have nothing to do with justice, is a horror that no person should ever have to endure."

Judge Barry Williams questioned prosecutors, who believed that Nero and other officers searched and arrested Gray, without reason. Prosecutor Janice Bledsoe argued that searching and handcuffing are equivalent to assault, especially when there’s no probable cause. However, Williams then countered her argument by stating, “If you touch someone, it could be assault, it could be a hug”. At the end, Williams declared that Nero didn’t arrest or detain Gray; he also couldn’t have questioned the process of his arrest.

Nero, who was one of three officers involved in the initial encounter, looked to be extremely relieved, as Judge Barry Williams read the decision. It wasn’t a surprise to see that Nero was found not guilty. What shocked people was the fact that Williams had been praised for his decision, on both sides of the case. While Nero and his family showed appreciation for the judge’s ruling, no one expected for Gray’s family attorney to also be grateful. He explained that even though Judge Barry Williams was an African American male, he wasn’t moved by the black community’s emotional response to Gray’s death. He also stated that Williams was clear minded in his decision-making.

There are still four more that have to take place. The trial for the van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., will start June 6.