The Pennsylvania man who fatally shot recent high school graduate in a road rage incident last year will spend the next 20 to 40 years behind bars, a judge decided Thursday. David Desper, 29, of Delaware County was formally sentenced in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson, who he shot in the head as the two jockeyed for space while merging onto a highway in Chester County. Desper pleaded guilty to third-degree murder earlier this year. According to CBS Philadelphia, the “emotional” sentencing went on for several hours as Roberson’s family, prosecutors and the judge wiped away tears.
Even Desper’s defense attorney was in tears as her client was sentenced. “I just want to thank them all for doing the right thing by finding justice for my daughter,” said Michelle Roberson, Bianca’s mother. “It’s my daughter that’s lying there dead,” added Bianca’s father, Rodney Roberson. “So it’s her father and mother that have to carry on for her — the strength. And, I want to believe that I’m my daughter’s strength.” The tragedy unfolded back on June 28, 2017 when Desper pulled a loaded gun from the center console of his red pick-up truck while fighting with Roberson over a lane
entering Route 202 in West Goshen Township, FOX 29 reported. Roberson, who’d just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School, was headed home from a shopping trip with her mother and grandmother at Walmart for college supplies. She never made it, however. The teenager’s green Chevy Malibu reportedly swerved into Desper’s truck during the road ruckus, after which Desper fired a single shot into the side of her head. The gunman fled the scene and turned himself into police four days later. “Why did you pull that trigger and kill my daughter?,” Rodney Roberson asked Desper, noting that his daughter had a promising future ahead of her and was headed to college on a full scholarship.
“Was it because she was young? Because she was black? Because she was a woman? Because you wanted to go first in a lane?” Desper cried as he apologized for his actions, insisting he was “afraid” as their cars dueled for space on the highway. Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft acknowledged his remorse but said she didn’t buy that he was scared in that moment. “I listened to everything that was presented here,” Wheatcraft said, wiping away tears. “Mr. Desper, I believe you’re sorry.
I believe you would take it all back if you could. [But] I don’t believe you were afraid. If you are afraid when driving, you hit the break.” Desper’s attorney sought leniency in the case, considering he’d turned himself into police, but Roberson’s family asked for the maximum sentence. Even Desper’s mother, who sat despondently in the courtroom Thursday, had the slain young woman on her mind. “Just please, everyone, just pray for her family,” Wendy Desper cried. “That’s all I ask.” Both families left the courtroom satisfied with the judge’s decision.
Folks across the nation stepped up in a big way to help Jazmine Headley, the Brooklyn mother who had her child ripped from her arms by police during her shocking arrest at a benefits office last week. A GoFundMe campaign launched by Brooklyn Defender Services, the organization assisting Headley, has raised over $35,000 in donations in a matter of days, exceeding its initial $25,000 goal. The money will be used to help Headley, 23, cover her son’s childcare and other expenses, “allowing her to get back to the job and life that’s waiting for her”, the campaign reads.
A judge on Tuesday ordered Headley’s release from jail at Rikers Island, where she spent five days following her arrest Sunday. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez moved to dismiss the charges against her and said he was “horrified” by the violence depicted in the viral video of Headley’s arrest. “It’s clear to me that this incident should have been handled differently,” Gonzalez said Monday. “The consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have led to it; she and her baby have been traumatized.” Videos from the incident showed officers at a Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn wrestling
Headley’s 1-year-old son, Damon, from her arms. Witnesses say she was seated on the floor at the time, as there were no more chairs available in the packed office that day. The cops were called when Headley was asked to get up and refused. “They’re hurting my son! They’re hurting my son!” she screamed while holding on tightly to the little boy. As reported by ESSENCE, Headley appeared in court Wednesday for a warrant stemming from an unrelated credit card case in New Jersey. The charges in that incident were also dismissed, according to BDS policy director Scott Hechinger. Meanwhile, the “peace” officers involved in Sunday’s arrest have since been placed on modified duty pending an investigation. Department of Social Services commissioner Steve Banks said he was “deeply troubled” by the incident and said it’s now under review.
Donnie McClurkin landed in the hospital Wednesday after getting in a car accident caused after he says he passed out at the wheel. But the gospel singer is giving thanks to “two angels” who he credits with saving his life. Taking to his Facebook page the evening of Dec. 12 to share details of his collision with fans, the minister explained the accident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning and he was thankful to be alive. “Was in a serious accident at 12:50am this morning…passed out while driving on the highway. Totaled the car…hospitalized, going through a myriad of tests…..
But I’m alive!!!” he wrote. “Lost consciousness driving…but two human angels followed my swerving car with their emergency blinkers onto stop traffic ….drove behind me until my car crashed into the middle concrete island. I remember none of it except those two angels pulling me out of the passengers side of the crumbled TOTALED car..airbags deployed…crushed metal and Fiberglas!! “I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here!” the “Yes You Can” singer concluded. “God and two angels saved my life! I owe them…
I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord…thank you!” McClurkin did not disclose what caused him to apparently lose consciousness but fans have been pleading with the star to take better care of himself. “My brother, As we get older we must take more precautions; you must become better stewards with what God gave you, ‘Yourself.’ In those late, tired outings, have someone drive you. I’m sure there are many that will be more than willing. Praying for your complete recovery….” “You’re not getting enough rest. Slow down God is with you and you will reach all that you’re called to reach so don’t rush! Hear the words of the Lord.” “Donnie McClurkin, my Brotha, gots to be more careful! … You know I’m going to ask: Where’s your Driver? Your people man? You are precious cargo. So glad GOD said: NOT SO!! GLORY to His Name!! Live on & Live Well! Prayers of Healing ascending on your behalf….???????? We Love you to LIFE!! ????????????”
The music video for the song “Hoova,” featuring Houston rappers Maxo Kream and NFL Cartel Bo currently has over 2 million views on YouTube, and that could be due to Bo’s killer flow or the controversy surrounding the clip. According to local news outlet KRPC, 20 men were arrested for possessing illegal weapons in the video, and the cops used the footage to track everyone down. In fact,
Maxo and Bo had a run-in with police when the visuals were shot in March, and some of the men ran away and left the guns behind when they arrived. A few of the men had open warrants as well. All in all, police said there were about a dozen illegal guns in the clip and some of them were stolen. Throughout the video, you can see Bo and his crew flashing all kinds of handguns, as well as assault rifles. At one point, Bo is even playing one of the rifles like a guitar. Maxo wasn’t seen holding a gun in the video,
so he wasn’t arrested or charged. Bo, on the other hand, was hit with illegal possession of two assault rifles and threatening a police officer, which he was accused of doing on his way to jail. Bo eventually bonded out and was made to wear an ankle bracelet, but cut it off and is now on the run. Police are also looking for nine others who were in the video.
VH1 reality star Benzino is looking at some serious time in the slammer. Raymond “Benzino” Scott is facing 15 years in prison on felony drug-related charges if convicted. In January 2017, he was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia after cops executed a search warrant inside of his Atlanta apartment and found a slew of drugs. Police located 22 grams of THC oil gummies, less than an ounce of marijuana and six MDMA (ecstasy/ molly) pills inside of his kitchen counters and drawers, TMZ reported.
The “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” star and his attorneys contended that the search was illegal, but a Georgia judge ruled indifferent. He was released from jail on a $12,000 bond. However, Benzino believed that being a Black man played a factor in his case and called Cobb County one of the most racist counties in the country. “It’s in Cobb County, Georgia. Do your homework. Cobb County, Georgia is one of the most racists counties, not just in Georgia, but in America,” the music producer before going into further detail about how the search warrant was illegal. Benzino and his legal team were reportedly heading to court yesterday Wednesday, Dec. 12, but there is no word on when his trial will begin.
Sources say it could be as soon as next month if he decides not to take a plea deal. The star also said that if he does go to trial and possibly gets exonerated, he plans on suing Georgia authorities. Benzino appeared on three seasons of “LHHATL” before he was given the boot in 2014 for allegedly making death threats towards his former best friend Stevie J. and cast-mate Joseline Hernandez. However, Benzino denied the allegations and claimed that VH1 producers just wanted to keep a “crackhead whore” on the show. “Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired,” Benzino said.
A lawsuit was launched last week against Utah and Idaho police departments by two Black Idaho State University students who were wrongly arrested in 2016 for a crime they didn’t commit. Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoa Fox were thrown behind bars after police accused them of robbing the U.S. Bank in Malad City, Idaho, Dec. 14, 2016. The two students allegedly fit the description of the culprit, although attorneys representing the pair said the only description that matched the two was race, the Standard-Examiner reported. McFarlin and Fox, then teammates on the Idaho State University football team,
were on Christmas break and headed home from Idaho to California when they drove through Box Elder County, Utah, and were met with icy road conditions. The two slid off the road, damaging their vehicle, forcing them to wait on the side of the highway for AAA help. According to their lawsuit, someone who saw the pair sitting on the side of the road called Box Elder police and reported two Black males sitting inside a white vehicle. The complaint continues by saying Utah Highway Patrol officers pulled up to where McFarlin and Fox were waiting and ordered the two out of their car at gunpoint. The two players were accused of robbing the bank just across the state line in Malad City and despite their offering alibi evidence at the scene,
were taken to jail and spent that night and most of the next day behind bars before being released due to lack of evidence. Authorities later arrested Dakota Shareef Walker at his home in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 10, 2017. Walker would plead guilty to the Idaho robbery and others, receiving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for robbing five banks in four states in 2016 and 2017. Earlier reports described the robber as a Black man wearing a hoodie and driving a Toyota. McFarlin and Fox were driving a 2017 white Chevy Camaro. “They were absolutely racially profiled,” Nicka Fox, the mother of Atoa Fox, told the State Journal in 2016. “If it was two white kids sitting on the side of the road, (the police) would’ve called for backup and assistance to help them. …
They would’ve made sure they were OK. My son doesn’t deserve to have to walk out in these cities and worry about the color of his skin.” Attorneys representing the two Idaho State students are alleging false arrest, illegal search and seizure and excessive force in their lawsuit. They’re seeking at least $10,000 in damages. “The defendants ignored obvious and compelling information and evidence and participated in conjuring up information and evidence that was inaccurate, unreliable, untrustworthy and untrue in order to continue their arrest and seizure of McFarlin and Fox,” according to the suit.
New York’s incoming attorney general Letitia James is planning a massive investigation into President Donald Trump, his family and anyone in his inner circle who might have broken the law, she told NBC News this week. “We’ll use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James told the network in her first extensive interview since she was voted into office in November. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” she added. Among the Trump-related probes she intends to pursue once she settles into her new gig next month are the
Trump Tower meeting with a Russian officials in June 2016, a review of federal subsidies the president received and whether he’s in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause through his New York businesses, among other things. The 60-year-old Democrat ran her campaign on the promise she’d pass a bill amending New York’s double jeopardy laws, ensuring the state can press charges against anyone Trump might pardon over federal charges whose alleged crimes were committed in the Empire State. “I think within the first 100 days this bill will be passed,” James said.”It’s a priority because I have concerns with respect to the possibility that this administration might pardon some individuals who might face some criminal charges,
but I don’t want them to be immune from state charges.” The attorney general-elect acknowledged investigating the president might be her toughest task yet. New York is home to Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as his re-election campaign. It’s also the headquarter of the president’s namesake business and the site of several key events under the microscope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “I think he’s closing in on this president,” James said of Mueller’s Russia investigation. “And his days are going to be coming to an end shortly.” On Wednesday, Trump’s former “fixer” and personal attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for committing several election law violations and then lying to federal investigators about it. Cohen, 52, implicated the president in a hush money scandal where he paid off two women to stay quiet about their alleged affairs with Trump. “As a lawyer, Cohen should’ve known better,”
Judge William Pauley III said. “Each of the crimes involved deception and each appears to be motivated by personal greed and ambition.” Cohen is just one of several Trump associates who’ve faced criminal charges related to crimes committed during the president’s 2016 campaign, including George Papadopoulus and Michael T. Flynn. In just a few weeks, James will take over for acting New York AG Barbara Underwood, who previously filed a lawsuit against Trump, his family and the Trump Foundation, according to NBC News. The charity is accused of engaging in illegal political activity with the Trump campaign, as well as violating legal obligations. Now, James says it’s her turn to challenge the POTUS. “Taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime,” she said.
A South Carolina mother lost four of her children in a fatal car accident in Greenville County on Friday, Dec. 7. “They taught me how to live, but never taught me how to live without them. This dream is so unreal,” Jackie Brown wrote in a Facebook post. “Mommy love ya’ll always and forever don’t forget it.” Brown, who currently resides in Travelers Rest, S.C., after moving from New Jersey, “lost everything” when a car crash led to the death of her four children. South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis told WSPA that the driver who appears to be the father of one of the sons, 27-year-old Arnez Yaron Jamison, veered off the right side of the road and struck several trees.
Arnez Yaron Jamison Jr., 4, Robbiana Evans, 6, and Jamire Halley, 8, were instantly killed in the crash. The fourth child Ar’mani Jamison, 2, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. The coroner’s office said the three children who died in the crash died from blunt force trauma. Investigators couldn’t confirm whether the children were wearing seat belts amid the accident but believe the 2-year-old was wearing one. Jamison, the driver, has been charged with four counts of felony DUI resulting in death, driving under suspension, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and child endangerment, Greenville News reports.
He was hospitalized after the accident before being released to be booked into jail, where he remained without bond after a court appearance Tuesday. “Those children were her strength. She lost everything. She lost everything,” Brown’s co-worker Crystal Griffith said. “She’s not taking it well. … These children were this lady’s life.” Brown’s colleagues at Taco Bell and KFC created a GoFundMe Page for the mother as she mourns the losses of her children. The fund raised a total of $45,000 as of Tuesday morning.
The suburban Denver community of Aurora, Colorado, has gone above and beyond to help a man grieving the sudden loss of his wife, who died hours after giving birth to their daughter last month. Frederick Connie is in dire financial straits as he struggles to juggle life with a newborn still in the hospital while also planning his wife Keyvonne’s funeral. A medical emergency forced his wife, who wasn’t due until mid-January, into early labor Nov. 30 and left Connie to make an impossible decision. “It was either give her the surgery first and maybe save her life, but you’re going to lose your daughter.
Or your daughter can be saved but there’s a chance you might lose your wife,” he recalled doctors telling him. Connie welcomed his baby daughter but ended up losing the love of his life the very same day. Keyvonne was able to see photos of their newborn baby, Angelique Keyvonne Connie, before she passed away. The tragic story hit home for Aurora woman LeQuita Taylor, who felt it in her heart to help Connie in a big way. “Being a mother, it really moved me because 38 years ago when I delivered my son I had preeclampsia and toxemia,” Taylor told FOX31 Denver. “I was in labor for three days. I almost died, as well as my son.” Taylor and her husband,
Michael Taylor Sr., are the owners of Taylor Mortuary and have offered funeral and cremation services for Connie’s late wife, free of charge. “It’s not just a financial burden that would be lifted off of this gentleman, it would be the burden of dealing with his child and at the same time burying his wife,” Michael Taylor said. The couple, who have been in business for 16 years, said they know these tragedies all too well and have had cases where they’ve buried a mother and child together. LeQuita Taylor lamented the fact that there are still so many mothers dying from pregnancy or childbirth complications. “Even with all the high tech and everything, mothers are still leaving a lot of their babies,” she told the station. The community at large has also lent a helping hand. A Facebook fundraiser launched by Connie’s boss has collected more than $25,000 in donations in just a week. Anything you can do small or big is much appreciated! I’ve never done a fundraiser before, but I can’t Imagine any more difficult time then this in a persons life,” Justin Collins wrote on the crowdfund page. “I know as he begins to figure out life, he will deeply appreciate it.”
A hate watchdog group says men arrested in connection to a racially charged brawl that broke out at a Washington state bar over the weekend are known white supremacists. According to local station KIRO 7, authorities arrived to the Rec Room Bar and Grill early Saturday morning after receiving calls about an out-of-control fight that had broken out and involved several patrons. It took help from the Lynwood and Everett police departments, as well as the Washington State Patrol, just to get things settled, deputies for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said. “[Officers] determined they had probable cause to arrest a number of people for a number of crimes,”
Snohomish County Lt. Jeff Brand told the station. He confirmed eight people were arrested. The early morning brawl in Lynwood, Washington, came as a shock to those who frequent the suburban Seattle bar, including general manager Jason Baum. Baum, who admits he’s still reeling from the altercation, said the family-owned pub is run as a place that welcomes people from all different backgrounds, so this is the last thing he would’ve expected. “For something like [that] to have happened was incredibly terrifying,” he said. “[I’m] shaky, emotional and it’s hard to focus every once in a while.”
Recalling the events of that day, Baum said a group of men he thought were in a social club walked into his family’s bar just after midnight. Not long after ordering drinks, he said the men launched a racist assault on his friend and bar DJ, who is African-American. Baum said he immediately jumped in to defend his buddy. “That’s what a friend does,” he told KIRO 7. “A friend’s not going to stand back and watch another friend in need.” Baum said the melee, during which he fought off at least 10 people, left both he and the DJ with concussions. The DJ, who asked to remain unnamed, told The Seattle Times he was in pain “from head to toe.” At least two of the men arrested in the assault, Travis Condor of Philadelphia and Cory Thomas Colwell of Eugene, Ore.,
have ties to some of the nation’s “oldest and most violent skinhead groups,” according to The Southern Poverty Law Center. The civil rights organization said Condor in particular was seen marching with fellow white nationalists at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017. He’s also the head of American Defense Records, which pegs itself as a “patriotic record label” and has released songs with titles like “Liberals Can Die!” and “Strength Thru Hate.” During Saturday’s brawl, authorities said racial slurs were used against the Black DJ, who recalled one of his attackers telling him, “We will find you, and we will kill you.” The DJ said the group of men became agitated after he took too long to play the heavy metal music they’d requested. “What, they couldn’t wait a minute and a half, two minutes? That’s all they had to wait to get to their music?” said the DJ, who played everything from
R&B to Top 40 tunes that night. “For that they beat my ass, and called me a (N-word)?” Moreover, the DJ said one of his attackers shattered the screen to his Mac computer, which carries much of his music. He said the suspect then started taking off his pants and dancing around in his underwear. Police said it’s unclear why the group of about 20 men, most of whom were from out of state, stopped by the Rec Room bar that night. The SPLC noted, however, that white nationalists typically gather on Dec. 8 to commemorate the death of Robert Jay Mathews, a martyr in the white nationalist movement. Mathews, the founder of neo-Nazi group The Order, was killed in a shootout with federal agents on Dec. 8, 1984, in nearby Whidbey Island, Washington.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson handled business on the field, while his wife Ciara held down the half-time portion of the game. The R&B star performed her cut “Level Up” at CenturyLink Field on Monday during the Seahawks’ win against the Minnesota Vikings. She gave a stellar performance too, which folks acknowledged on social media afterwards. For the stage show,
the 33-year-old was dressed in all white, along with her backup dancers and she honored Wilson by wearing a top with the No. 3 on it. In regards to the actual performance, Ciara was in peak form and all of her moves blended together seamlessly without pause or hesitation. Plus, there was a part of the performance where the audience joined in on the choreography and hit all of the same moves as the singer. Then after the halftime show, people said that Ciara should be the one performing in the 2019 Super Bowl instead of the current band that’s booked. “Okay,
just cancel Maroon 5 right now and sign CiCi up for this year’s SB halftime show,” someone demanded. “Super Bowl hear now, Ciara is the f—— truth,” another person wrote. “Like nobody does it like Cici. Her stage presence, her sass, her look, her hair, that body, Ciara is really the Queen of this ish.” Ciara also posted photos of her outfit, which was inspired by a football uniform and people seemed to love that she wore Wilson’s number. “Amazing. I didn’t notice the No. 3 in the video,” one fan commented. “I love the way she loves him,” wrote another.
The Boston College campus is still reeling after racist graffiti was found scrawled in a residence hall over the weekend, leaving students on edge. “All I could do was cry because there were a lot of emotions going on,” BC freshman Grace Assogba told CBS Boston of the incident. “To have to deal with the stress of studying, then also having to deal with the idea that my life is not valued on this campus.” On Sunday, campus police arrested 19-year-old Michael Sorkin for the racist vandalism. Photos obtained by The Boston Globe showed slurs scribbled in what appeared to be a black permanent marker on furniture, walls, blinds, a white board and a bathroom mirror
in the basement of Welch Hall, located on BC’s Upper Campus. University spokesman Jack Dunn confirmed the graffiti has since been removed. Sorkin was suspended from campus and is charged with malicious destruction of property, CBS Boston reported. The sophomore is also facing charges for assaulting a campus officer at the time of his arrest, which followed a separate Saturday incident where he reportedly discharged a fire extinguisher in another campus dormitory. Sorkin was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center where he’ll “likely remain for several days” to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to Dunn. In a statement, Boston College said
“it condemns these reprehensible actions in the strongest terms” and promised to provide assistance to students affected by them. This isn’t the first time the Jesuit Catholic college has been rocked by racial incidents, however. Last October, two Black Lives Matter posters were defaced and, weeks later, pictures of a scorched Philly cheese steak with the caption “I like my steak and cheese like I like my slaves” made its rounds on social media. Sophomore Adin Henderson said that while students are upset, they aren’t surprised because incidents like this happen every year. Fellow sophomore Berlindyne Elie said she’s just happy the vandal was arrested and charged. “This is the first time they’ve ever done anything like that,” Elie told CBS Boston. “They [Boston College Police] should not be applauded for that, we should be saying ‘yes finally!
Thank you for doing your job.’” Still, Assogba and other students argued the college could do more to address anti-Black sentiments on campus. Of the institution’s more than 14,000 students, racial/ethnic minorities account for 33 percent of the student body — and just 4 percent are Black. “It’s something that they really need to address but they don’t,” said Assogba, who’s on student government. “Those daily encounters where people don’t really care about Black struggle or Black history, it’s promoting an environment where people feel this is acceptable.” Sorkin’s next court date is scheduled for December 20th.
A jury recommended life in prison plus 419 years for convicted murderer and neo-nazi #JamesAlexFieldsJr today. Last week he was found guilty of killing civil rights activist #HeatherHeyer and injuring dozens of others when he drove his car into a group of counterprotesters at last year’s “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville, Virginia. The jury deliberated for about four hours over two days and reached a sentence of life in prison plus a total of 419 years and a recommended $480,000 in fines,
according to @NBCNews. The judge accepted the jury’s recommendations, but will not formally sentence Fields until March 2019. The jury reached their decision after listening to statements from Heyer’s mother and multiple people who were injured in the tragic crash. Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told reporters that she trusted the system of justice and the jury in the matter, and that “I was not going to be consumed by hate for this young man, but I was leaving him to the hands of justice.” She thanked the jury, and she also thanked Field’s defense team for “trying to help the young man.” She added that she does not hate him. “But my God, the kid’s messed up. He needs help. Put him away. I’m sorry. He should not be out in society, and I think the jury could see that.”
Last week the jury found that Fields had purposefully rammed his Dodge Challenger into the crowd of counterprotesters after the rally in August 2017. The “Unite the Right” protesters were there in part to fight the removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in the town. Prosecutors said Fields was angry over fighting between the two sides and had posted images of cars hitting groups of people on Instagram before the rally. Fields’ attorney argued that he drove into the crowd as self-defense and that he panicked when he did so but the jury didn’t buy it. Fields, 21, was also charged with 30 federal hate crimes. He still faces trial on those charges, and could face the death penalty if convicted of the charge related to Heyer’s death.
Authorities are dropping criminal charges made against 23-year-old #JazmineHeadley, the woman whose viral arrest involved officers ripping her baby from her arms while she was lying on her back. Headley, who was sent to #RikersIsland in New York following her arrest, will also be released from jail today, @NBCNews reported. The video of Headley’s arrest first went viral on Facebook and outraged many because officers were seen violently pulling Headley’s son from her arms all because she allegedly was blocking a hallway with her child due to there being no available seats at a social services
office in #Brooklyn. The woman who captured the viral video wrote that a security guard was called and that things escalated after the police responded. From the incident, Headley faced possible charges of resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, criminal trespass and obstructing governmental administration. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement that he was “horrified by the violence depicted in the video” and was dropping the case against Headley. “The consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a
result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have led to it,” said the district attorney. “Continuing to pursue this case will not serve any purpose and I therefore moved today to dismiss it immediately in the interest of justice.” Later on today, a judge ordered for Headley to be released, according to a tweet by Brooklyn Defender Services, which is a nonprofit that provides public defense for Brooklyn residents experiencing financial hardship and which had filed an application requesting that the court release Headley. The footage of the incident has led to two police officers being placed on leave. The city’s social services commissioner also said the officers will be put on modified duty when they return to work pending the outcome of the investigation.
A man who was canvassing for a local politician was shot in Chicago on Sunday afternoon. Maxwell Little, 32, was streaming video of himself on Facebook Live as he knocked on doors for Joseph Williams, a candidate for alderman in Chicago’s 15th ward, when he was attacked. Williams, along with his children, was knocking on doors just down the street in the West Englewood neighborhood. In the Facebook Live video, Little can be seen talking when the sound of gunfire abruptly interrupts him.
The video cuts off just as Little was shot in the leg by someone wearing a red mask, according to a police report. An arrest has not yet been made. “It should never have happened,” Williams told ABC-affiliate WLS. “He’s an innocent bystander who’s coming out to do something good.” Activist Jedidiah Brown had just arrived to help Williams campaign when he heard the gunfire. “I’m just kind of wondering if I would have gotten here a little sooner, if I possibly would have been in the line of fire too,”
Brown told WLS. With a bullet embedded in his leg, Little was able to drive himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where he was treated and released. “This is the same type of mindless gun violence we have seen in other neighborhoods. It must be confronted and addressed directly and without excuses,” the incumbent alderman of Chicago’s 15th Ward, Raymond Lopez, wrote in a statement after the incident. “Situations like this that happen in the community are one of the main reasons I chose to run for alderman,” Williams said Monday in a press conference. “Someone has to invest more into our community and help curb the gun violence,” he added,
saying that he aims to bring violence prevention programs back into the area. Williams believes it is possible the shooting was an intimidation tactic from a political opponent, and said it may change how he canvasses in the future. “I have to second-guess bringing my kids out with me. I always have my family with me. After yesterday, I may not be able to bring my family out any more,” he said. But Williams said the shooting will not deter him from continuing his campaign. “We’re going to be out here today; we’re going to be out here tomorrow,” he said. Williams said that Little is recovering at home with his family. “Whoever tried to kill me failed. My political views will not change no matter what,” Little posted on Facebook hours after the shooting. “I prayed before I went canvassing and God looked out.”
New York City police officers are coming under fire after a "troubling" video surfaced showing them ripping a baby from the arms of a mother who had waited at a social services office for four hours seeking help, police and the woman's relatives said. Jazmine Headley, 23, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, committing an act in a manner injurious to a child, criminal trespass and obstruction of governmental administration, according to the NYPD. A judge also issued a restraining order against her, barring her from coming near her baby. Headley was booked into the Rikers Island jail pending a court hearing on Thursday.
Two HRA peace officers were placed on modified duty as a result of the incident, Steven Banks, commissioner of the city Human Resources Administration, said in a statement Monday evening, saying he is "deeply troubled by the incident." Officers and staff will be trained "better" to diffuse situations "before the NYPD is called for assistance" and will also be offered refresher de-escalation trainings, Banks said. "HRA centers must be safe havens for New Yorkers needing to access benefits to improve their lives," Banks said. "...The HRA Peace Officers who were involved in this incident are currently on leave, and they will be placed on modified duty when they return to work pending our investigation of what happened.” James O'Neill, commissioner of the New York Police Department, described the video as "disturbing." "The video, obviously, is disturbing. It's very disturbing to me,"
he said Monday afternoon. "I'm a dad. I have two kids. But being a cop is a really difficult job." O'Neill said an investigation of the incident had been launched by the NYPD and Banks. "We’re trying to get as much video as we can," O'Neill said. "We’ve got to see what led up to the incident. What were the actions of the people from HRA? What were the actions of our police officers?" "We do get called to HRA facilities now and again," he said. "We have to figure out the protocols and work with HRA to figure out a better way to do things." Headley's mother, who witnessed the arrest, claims city Human Resources Administration security guards and police officers were in the wrong and responsible for letting the incident escalate into pandemonium.
"I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson," Headley's mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, told ABC New York station WABC-TV. The office was crowded and there were no seats available when she and Headley arrived, Jenkins said. She said her daughter sat on the floor with her 1-year-old son, Damone, to keep him calm. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, said at a news conference Monday outside the social services office that the "horrific" incident should have never happened. "We are better than the images we witnessed over the weekend," Adams said. "This should be a place where families come to regain their dignity and respect instead of having it ripped from them."
He demanded a full investigation by the NYPD and that all charges be immediately dropped against Headley. "Something's terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can't resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like the president's southern border strategy. We must do better," Adams said, referring to the Trump administration's practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a tweet that the video is heartbreaking and "hard to watch." "This is unacceptable, appalling ...," he wrote. "I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this." NYPD officials said in a statement that they were called to the city Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn just before 1 p.m. on Friday.
"The NYPD was called after office staff and HRA peace officers made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing a hallway," police said in a statement. Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said her office has assigned an attorney to represent Headley. She said the woman went to the social services office to determine why day care vouchers for her child were suddenly cut off. She said Headley took a day off from her job as a security guard in hopes or resolving the day care problems. She said Headley had been waiting at the office for four hours before the police were called on her. "When people come to this office, they are here because they are in crisis,"
Schreibersdorf said. "Instead, they escalated the situation by bringing the police department in." Both Adams and Schreibersdorf said the incident could have been avoided had officials at the office just went and found a chair for Headley or spoke to her calmly. Jenkins said the HRA guards told her daughter she could not sit on the floor because she was blocking a hallway. When she refused to stand, a supervisor called the police, she said. A cellphone video taken by Nyasia Ferguson, one of several taken by people who were also waiting at the office, shows at least three NYPD officers, including a sergeant, on top of Headley, who refused to let her child go. "They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son!" Headley is heard screaming in the video. One officer appeared to grab Damone and yank hard several times in an attempt to remove him from Headley's arms. A crowd of people gathered around the officers yelling for them to stop and attempting to explain that Headley had not been bothering anyone. At one point, an officer is seen in the video pulling out a stun gun and appearing to point it at the crowd, ordering people to step back.
The officer also appeared to point the stun gun at Headley, but it was never deployed, the video shows. "I was just disgusted and scared," Ferguson told WABC. "I thought the cops [are] supposed to help you -- they just straight up came and attacked the lady." Police were eventually able to wrest the baby away and place Headley under arrest. The city Administration for Child Protective Services was initially called in to take custody of the child, who was later turned over to Jenkins. The NYPD called the incident "troubling" and said the encounter was "under review." The statement said the review will include all available video that captured the incident. The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office was also conducting an investigation of the incident. A spokesperson for the district attorney said prosecutors do not plan to proceed with the charges against Headley. Headley was being held on an unrelated warrant from Mercer County, New Jersey, Schreibersdorf said. The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said it was reaching out to New Jersey authorities on behalf of Headley "to expedite her release." Police officials said the HRA guards were the ones who initially took Headley to the floor when she refused to leave. "NYPD officers then attempted to place her under arrest. She refused to comply with officers' orders, and was then taken into custody," according to the NYPD statement.
Police said no one was hurt in the confrontation. "These police officers were put in an impossible situation. They didn't create the dispute at the HRA office -- as always, they were called in to deal with the inevitable fallout when the rest of our City government fails in its task," Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, said in a statement. He said the officers involved in the encounter with Headley were trying to protect the mother and child, while at the same time enforcing the law. "The event would have unfolded much differently if those at the scene had simply complied with the officers' lawful orders," Lynch said. "The immediate rush to condemn these officers leaves their fellow cops wondering: when confronted with a similar impossible scenario, what do you want us to do? The answer cannot be 'do nothing.'"
Two days after dropping a bombshell that she and pastor Chad Johnson are no longer engaged, Michelle Williams has issued another statement on the matter. The Destiny’s Child singer apologized on her Instagram Story Sunday, Dec. 9 saying she wishes her former fiancé well on his future. “To @elevateint, and everybody in leadership that I met through @chadjohnson77, his family and friends. I am so sorry that I couldn’t be what I desired to be to your leader,” she wrote of Johnson’s non-for-profit organization and his loved ones. “To all the young ppl (and some old ones????) that were hopeful and inspired by the love we had,
I’m so sorry that I let you down! We were very public with our relationship, I felt it on my heart to say sorry! Chad is an awesome man with an awesome ministry and future!??” Williams, whose Instagram account was recently made private, posted a similar note to her Instagram Story Dec. 7. “I still remain fearless. I guess I still remain single!” she said. “Things didn’t work out. The healing that needs to take place is a must! I don’t wanna destroy another relationship. Blessings to him, his family and ministry. #FEARLESS.” The message was deleted before noon and in the time since then, Williams has also deleted most mentions of Johnson and their OWN reality series,
“Chad Loves Michelle,” from her Instagram page. The program still has two more episodes to air before it concludes Dec. 22. For the time being, Johnson has still not said a word about the broken engagement, which came after the couple had a controversial disagreement about race and the singer’s depression. Meanwhile, fans have continued to share their thoughts on Johnson’s Instagram page. “Makes you wonder if he really loved her?” “Sad what happened…hope you both find true love.” “I hope the two of you can work it out. Real love is hard to find.”
Civil rights activists in this Virginia city say they hope the first-degree murder conviction of a man who drove into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in 2017 will help with healing their violence-scarred community. In convicting James Alex Fields Jr. of first-degree murder, a state jury on Friday rejected defense arguments that the 21-year-old defendant had acted in self-defense during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Jurors also convicted Fields of eight other charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run.
The jury will reconvene Monday to recommend a sentence. Under Virginia law, jurors can recommend from 20 years to life in prison on the first-degree murder charge. Fields is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of separate federal hate crime charges. No trial has been scheduled yet. During trial, jurors heard that Fields drove to Virginia from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to support the white nationalists. As a large group of counterprotesters marched through Charlottesville singing and laughing, he stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors. Prosecutors said Fields was angry after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier in the day.
The violence prompted police to shut down the rally before it even officially began. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed, and nearly three dozen others were injured. The trial featured emotional testimony from survivors who described devastating injuries and long, complicated recoveries. After the verdict was read, some of those who had been injured embraced Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro. She left the courthouse without commenting. Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy said he hopes the verdict “allows our community to take another step toward healing and moving forward.” Charlottesville civil rights activist Tanesha Hudson said she sees the guilty verdict as the city’s way of saying, “We will not tolerate this in our city.” “
We don’t stand for this type of hate,” she said. White nationalist Richard Spencer, who had been scheduled to speak at the Unite the Right rally, described the verdict as a “miscarriage of justice.” “I am sadly not shocked, but I am appalled by this,” he told The Associated Press of Field’s conviction. “He was treated as a terrorist from the get-go.” Spencer popularized the term “alt-right” to describe a fringe movement loosely mixing white nationalism, anti-Semitism and other far-right extremist views. He said he doesn’t feel any personal responsibility for the violence. “Absolutely not,” he said. “As a citizen, I have a right to protest. I have a right to speak. That is what I came to Charlottesville to do.” The far-right rally had been organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists — emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump — streamed into the college town for one of the largest gatherings of white supremacists in a decade. According to one of his former teachers, Fields was known in high school for being fascinated with Nazism and idolizing Adolf Hitler. Jurors were shown a text message he sent to his mother days before the rally that included an image of the notorious German dictator. During one of two recorded phone calls Fields made to his mother from jail in the months after he was arrested, he told her he had been mobbed “by a violent group of terrorists” at the rally. In another, Fields referred to the mother of the woman who was killed as a “communist” and “one of those anti-white supremacists.”
Prosecutors also showed jurors a meme Fields posted on Instagram three months before the rally in which bodies are shown being thrown into the air after a car hits a crowd of people identified as protesters. He posted the meme publicly to his Instagram page. But Fields’ lawyers told the jury that he drove into the crowd on the day of the rally because he feared for his life and was “scared to death” by earlier violence he had witnessed. A video of Fields being interrogated after the crash showed him sobbing and hyperventilating after he was told a woman had died and others were seriously injured. Wednesday Bowie, who was struck by Fields’ car and suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries, said she was gratified by the guilty verdict. “This is the best I’ve been in a year and a half,” Bowie said
Rosanell Eaton, an African-American voting rights activist who successfully helped challenge voting restrictions supported by North Carolina Republicans, has died. She was 97. Eaton’s daughter, Armenta Eaton, says her mother died Saturday at home in Louisburg, North Carolina. Rosanell Eaton was a poll worker or precinct judge for decades who had registered to vote as a young woman in rural Franklin County despite Jim Crow restrictions. When white men told her she had to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution before she could register to vote, she did it from memory,
her daughter said. Eaton grew up on a farm and went to segregated schools. Her advocacy for voting rights came in the face of racist attacks, as her house was shot at and crosses were lit on fire in her yard, her daughter said. Armenta Eaton said her mother taught her four children to stand for what they believed in, even if it meant standing alone. “She was a lady of principle,” Armenta Eaton said. In her 90s, Rosanell Eaton was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that caused voting restrictions supported by North Carolina Republicans to be struck down. In 2016, a federal court determined tougher ballot access rules adopted in 2013 were written with “almost surgical precision”
to discourage black voters who tended to support Democrats. An evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that it would not restore the GOP-backed law. Rosanell Eaton’s lifetime of civil rights advocacy caught the notice of President Barack Obama, who invited her to the White House in 2016. Armenta Eaton said her mother only agreed to go to meet the president when she found it out the timing wouldn’t conflict with an upcoming primary election. “She didn’t want to go until the primary was over,” Armenta Eaton said.
Matt Barnes wanted a reduction in his child supports payments to his ex Gloria Govan and he got it. A few weeks ago, we reported that he asked a judge to bring down his payments from the $20,000 a month he’s been paying for his twin boys Carter and Isiaiah, to about $6,000 monthly. Barnes stated that he doesn’t make as much since retiring from pro basketball and his payments should reflect that. So now he’ll pay $7,500 each month, but that’s only temporary until he and Govan sort out the rest of their court dispute. The child support decision comes shortly after
the judge granted primary physical custody to Barnes, while Govan is allowed to see them every Wednesday and every other weekend. Just last month, the former Los Angeles Clipper said some women take advantage of the court system and get large support payments that aren’t used for the children. So he’s undoubtedly happy about this recent decision. “We know the system is broken,” Barnes stated. “It don’t cost $60,000, $50,000, $40,000, $20,000 to raise no children. We all know that. Most of these women are out here buying cars, buying bags, taking vacations off that child support money.” “
And the end of the day, it’s just my opinion,”he continued. “Everybody’s got an opinion on something. It don’t really matter. If you don’t like my opinion, don’t like my opinion. I don’t care if you don’t like it. It’s just the way I feel. I’m speaking on personal experience.” Meanwhile, the 38-year-old welcomed a new baby boy over the weekend, Ashton Joseph Barnes, with his girlfriend Anansa Sims, who’s the daughter of model Beverly Johnson. “Just in time for the holidays, wrote Barnes in a photo of the newborn.
A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May – nearly five years after the man’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday. The judge rejected demands from Daniel Pantaleo’s lawyer to delay the officer’s department trial in the death of Eric Garner until July,
when time runs out for federal prosecutors to file civil rights charges against him. The NYPD trial will start May 13 and could take about two weeks, the judge said. Pantaleo, who is white, is charged with reckless use of a chokehold and intentional use of a chokehold in Garner’s July 2014 death in Staten Island. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, could be heard on an amateur video shouting “I can’t breathe!” as Pantaleo placed him in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under police department policy,
after officers stopped him for selling untaxed cigarettes. If convicted, the 33-year-old Pantaleo could face punishment ranging from the loss of vacation days to firing from the department. He was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty after the incident. Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, said the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned chokehold, and will be vindicated. After a brief hearing, his union issued a statement blaming the 350-pound Garner’s poor health and resisting arrest for his death. Pantaleo, wearing a dark suit, didn’t speak during the brief hearing at police headquarters and lingered in the trial room with his head down as a crowd, including Garner’s relatives, emptied out. “I felt sort of numb being in the same space as my son’s murderer,” said Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr. She wants the police department to fire Pantaleo and others who were involved in her son’s arrest. Garner, who had asthma, suffered a heart attack in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in December 2014. The Civilian Complaint Review Board, the police watchdog agency prosecuting his disciplinary case, is seeking transcripts of that proceeding. “This case demonstrates the danger that is inherent in prejudging incidents absent all of the information that must be considered in order to come to a truthful and accurate conclusion,” union president Patrick Lynch said in a statement. Lynch then attacked Garner’s health, saying it was so poor that it was “highly likely” he would’ve died if he had decided to flee police instead of
refusing to be handcuffed. “The exertion and stress would have overcome his already seriously ill body and would have resulted in his death,” he said. Pantaleo’s union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said Thursday that the officer had used “the least amount of force necessary” and that Garner couldn’t have been subjected to a chokehold because his autopsy showed that his windpipe and hyoid bone were intact — an assertion the medical examiner said was wrong. The city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner pushed back at Lynch’s comments, saying that it stood
by the original forensic investigation and determination, which found Garner died from injuries including neck compression. “It is false that crushing of the windpipe and fracture of the hyoid bone would necessarily be seen at autopsy as the result of a chokehold,” Dr. Barbara Sampson, the chief medical examiner, said in a statement. The NYPD decided in July to go forward with disciplinary proceedings,
saying it was running out of patience with the federal government’s indecision about whether to bring a criminal case. Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco declined to comment Thursday on the status of the department’s investigation into the incident. Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who has the final say on officer discipline, said Tuesday: “We want to get this done.”
For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he’s going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993. “I had nothing to do with this man losing his life, period. I wasn’t connected to the murder. I came in after he was already dead. …
The way I look at it is: I denied his family the right to a proper burial because of what I did,” Daniel Green said last week in an interview at the Lumberton Correctional Institution in Robeson County, the same county where Jordan was killed. Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. His body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp. It wasn’t identified until dental records confirmed it was James Jordan. His body had been cremated except for his jaw and hands, which were saved for identification.
On Wednesday, Green goes to court, where defense attorney Chris Mumma and prosecutors from the state attorney’s general office will argue whether he deserves an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial. Mumma says this is the first time a judge will hear all evidence gathered by the defense. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 1996, as did the state Supreme Court in 1999. Green was convicted of first-degree murder. His friend, Larry Demery, testified that Green pulled the trigger and killed Jordan in a roadside robbery gone wrong. Both are serving life sentences. Green, 44, was 18 when Jordan was killed. He’s probably best remembered
for a video in which he rapped while wearing an NBA All-Star ring and gold watch that Michael Jordan gave to his father. Green says he got the jewelry from the car console two days later. Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist will hear the arguments in Lee County court in Sanford. Defense filings make various claims. Several people say they saw Green at a family cookout at the time Jordan was killed. Other issues deal with blood-evidence testimony, the handling of Jordan’s shirt, and ineffective trial and appellate counsel. Green said Demery left the cookout to meet someone for a drug deal and he refused an invitation to accompany Demery. Green said he was just out of prison for a conviction
that was later vacated, and a girl “was kissing on” him so there was no way he’d abandon that opportunity. Demery returned hours later, Green said, and told him he approached Jordan at a motel parking lot because he mistakenly thought Jordan was the drug connection he was supposed to meet. He said Demery told him the two had an altercation and Demery killed Jordan. If that’s true, then much of what people think they know about the murder is wrong, starting with the notion that James Jordan was killed as he slept in his parked Lexus along Interstate 95. “I don’t think anybody knows the truth about what happened to James Jordan – the state or the defense,” Mumma said. Attorney Hugh Rogers, who represented Demery, said no physical evidence tied either man to the shooting.
“It became ‘he said, he said,'” Rogers said. “I guess looking at the various versions each one gave, once Larry got to his ultimate version, there was more corroboration there than there was to Daniel’s ultimate version.” Green said he and Demery became friends in third grade, when they got into a playground fight and a teacher made them apologize and read books together. When he found out Demery had accused him, Green said, he couldn’t believe it. As he wore the jewelry and drove around in the red Lexus, Green said he thought he was using the possessions of a drug dealer. He believes he learned he had helped dispose of the body of James Jordan when he read that in news stories. By that time, Michael Jordan had helped the North Carolina Tar Heels win the 1982 NCAA championship and led the Chicago Bulls to three NBA titles. He would win three more titles with the Bulls; he now owns the Charlotte Hornets. A spokeswoman f
or Michael Jordan declined to comment on Green’s attempt for a new trial. In addition to evidence in the defense filings, Green’s lawyers will contend that no one was convicted of actually killing James Jordan. Demery accused Green, but jurors found in the sentencing phase that Green didn’t kill or intend to kill Jordan, and didn’t plan to use deadly force. The state attorney general’s office says jurors’ opinions at sentencing aren’t relevant to the conviction of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule, which means someone died during the commission of another crime. The district attorney who prosecuted Green said he doesn’t believe it matters who shot Jordan, although he’s confident the evidence showed Green pulled the trigger. “If you ask me who killed James Jordan, I’m going to say Daniel Green and Larry Demery,” said Johnson Britt, who retires at the end of the year.
There aren’t too many college professors who go viral but Nerrisa Reaves did. She’s a model and business owner, who has an undergraduate degree from Spellman and a graduate degree from the University of New Haven. But what people have been talking about the most is her figure. The video that captured everyone’s attention was a clip from Reaves IG Live, which showed her teaching a writing class. She was dressed in tight jeans and heels at the time, and many called the outfit inappropriate.
Some also had a problem that Reaves recorded herself while she taught. “The fact that you’re even recording yourself teaching is literally [wrong], cause you know you have a crazy body,” someone wrote. “Please just stop the bulls–t.” But others said Reaves has the right to wear whatever she wants and her body, nor her choices should be criticized. Some also said the professor is being discriminated against because she’s curvaceous and not skinny. “Nobody cares how you’re dressed, as long as you’re dressed in a tasteful manner, which she was,” someone wrote.
“It just happens to be different for her because she is shaped differently, so people feel some type of way. I have no reason to hate on the woman.” Reaves eventually responded, stating there was nothing wrong with her outfit, given that other teachers wear similar clothes and her students are 18 years of age or older. “I’ve been seeing one of my Lives floating all over social media because apparently,
my jeans are a topic of conversation again,” she wrote. So let me start off by saying that I teach at a local college and therefore all of my students are adults. Additionally, I am allowed to wear what makes me comfortable and I love jeans and heels.” “Forgive me for not wearing baggy jeans from the ’90s,” added Reaves. “Where would I even buy those? Tons of professors at my school wear jeans and heels.”
A man is currently in critical condition after he was shot by a restaurant worker for refusing to pay his bill. China Cafeteria employee Xin Xing Chen was arrested for aggravated assault on Wednesday night after his confrontation with a customer. DeKalb Police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution the incident happened inside the suburban Atlanta restaurant after the patron allegedly dined-and-dashed. Chen and another employee reportedly went outside in the parking lot to confront the diner who “left without paying for food,” said Spencer. The suspect then went back into the restaurant, grabbed a firearm and shot the customer. He also shot his co-worker by accident.
Officer Spencer told the AJC the incident was a triple shooting, but it’s unknown as to who the third victim is or if the alleged culprit accidentally shot himself. Another China Cafeteria employee told Channel 2 his relative Chen had no choice but to shoot the customer. The customer remains in critical condition and the employee who was shot remains in stable condition.
The man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally a little more than a year ago in #Charlottesville, Virginia, has been convicted of first-degree murder for taking the life of a woman. A state jury rejected arguments that 21-year-old #JamesAlexFieldsJr acted in self-defense during a “Unite the Right” rally on August 12, 2017. Jurors convicted him of eight other charges,
including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run, PBS reports. Fields drove from his Ohio home to support the white nationalists. Witnesses testified that as a large group of counterproesters marched through Charlottesville singing and laughing, Fields stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, killing civil rights activist #HeatherHeyer and injuring nearly three dozen others. Video surveillance of the attack was shown to jurors. The trial featured emotional testimony from survivors who described devastating injuries and long recoveries.
The far-right rally had been organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists — amped up by the election of Donald Trump — streamed into the college town for one of the largest gatherings of white supremacists in a decade. Some even dressed in battle gear. Afterward, Trump inflamed tensions even further when he said “both sides” were to blame, a comment people saw
as a refusal to condemn racism. According to one of his former teachers, Fields was known in high school for being fascinated with Nazism and idolizing Adolf Hitler. Jurors were shown a text message he sent to his mother days before the rally that included an image of the notorious German dictator. Prosecutors also showed jurors a meme Fields posted to his Instagram three months before the rally in which bodies are shown being thrown into the air after a car hits a crowd of people identified as protesters. The jury will reconvene Monday to determine a sentence. Under the law, jurors can recommend he get 20 years to life in prison. Fields is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of separate federal hate crime charges.