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Five Quebec City police officers suspended after violent arrest of Black youth

Pacifique Niyokwizera was violently restrained by Quebec City police Friday night outside a bar.
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In footage posted to social media, a Quebec City police officer is seen shoving snow in the face of a Black youth while they are pinned on the ground.
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Five officers from the Quebec City police have been suspended following the violent detainment of Black youths , the force announced Tuesday.
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The suspensions were announced amid an investigation into a video taken Friday night showing a man kneeling on one of the youths and an officer shoving snow in his face while he was being arrested on the ground outside of a bar. On Saturday, the Service de police de la Ville de Québec said it would be opening an investigation after the videos of the arrest came to management’s attention, saying the behaviour of the officers “greatly concerns” them.
The arrest of Pacifique Niyokwizera was recorded on dozens of phones, and the footage has elicited condemnation and concern from the public and politicians. On Tuesday, opposition parties in the National Assembly called for the province’s independent investigations office (BEI) to probe the incident, saying the Legault government’s suggestion that the matter may be investigated by Quebec’s commissioner of police ethics is insufficient.
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The commissioner of police ethics examines complaints of violations of the code of conduct governing police officers, whereas the BEI is called in to investigate whenever a death or serious injury occurs during a police operation.

Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon said Tuesday the incident would be dealt with in a more open and independent manner if investigated by the BEI.

Niyokwizera’s lawyer, Fernando Belton, said an investigation by anyone other than the BEI would make no sense.

“We want an independent investigation to be done because what we’ve heard so far is that the police will be investigating the police, which is nonsense, especially for a case such as this one,” Belton said. “The BEI is there for that. That’s the reason why we created that bureau, so why don’t we want to use it?”
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In light of the incident, Québec solidaire is calling for an independent study on racial profiling in the province. Sol Zanetti, the MNA for Jean-Lesage, tabled a motion in the National Assembly for such a study on Tuesday, but the party said in a statement that the Legault government blocked it.

“The brutal arrest of Pacifique Niyokwizera … is unfortunately not an isolated case,” Zanetti said. “We have taken note of numerous testimonies from racialized people residing in Quebec City who denounce the racial profiling of which they are victims.”

Belton said Niyokwizera is considering suing the city over his treatment.

“The city is responsible for the actions of its police,” Belton said. “In our opinion, there is a serious fault that has been committed on the part of the police, in the way they treated Pacifique. And we’re talking about the question of brutal arrests, but also about an arrest that was motivated and based on racial profiling.”
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Belton said it’s unclear why Niyokwizera was arrested. According to the lawyer, Niyokwizera and his friends were outside the bar following an altercation indoors that didn’t involve him when the group came into contact with police officers who pepper-sprayed everyone.

“What’s notable is the police at a certain point took (Niyokwizera’s) phone, threw it, handcuffed him, searched him,” Belton said. “They drove with him for several minutes and then abandoned him somewhere in the street without a phone, without a wallet, without cards, and they told him to go home.

“I didn’t know that in Quebec we still did that kind of thing.”

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Byron Allen's $10B McDonald's racial discrimination lawsuit tossed

The judge said the media mogul can file an amended complaint
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A U.S. judge has dismissed a $10-billion lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. by media entrepreneur Byron Allen, who accused the fast-food chain of racial discrimination for not advertising with Black-owned media outlets.
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U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles wrote on Tuesday that two companies owned by Allen did not offer enough factual evidence to show that McDonald’s “intentionally and purposefully discriminated against them.”

According to Allen’s complaint, McDonald’s has refused to advertise with lifestyle channels owned by his Entertainment Studios Networks since their 2009 launch, or with The Weather Channel since Allen bought its parent Weather Group in 2018.

Allen said McDonald’s allocation of ad dollars reflected the Chicago-based company’s “racial animus and racial stereotyping.”

Olguin said Allen can file an amended complaint.

“We will be adding more details to the complaint as directed by the court; and fully expect the case to go forward with discovery and trial,” Louis “Skip” Miller, a lawyer for Allen, said in an email on Wednesday.

“This case is about revenue, not race,” Loretta Lynch, a lawyer for McDonald’s, said in a statement provided by the company. “We believe there is no evidence supporting this meritless case.”
 
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BLACK XMAS: Black Lives Matter calls for boycott of white companies
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Rod Matteo, 29, was among the demonstrators gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 3, 2014 in Philadelphia.
Rod Matteo, 29, was among the demonstrators gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 3, 2014 in Philadelphia. Photo by Mark Makela /Getty Images
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Black Friday was not just a day to enjoy some sweet sales leading into the holiday season. For the Black Lives Matter movement, it was also the start of Black Xmas.

The movement shared an Instagram post, calling on people to “support Black-led-Black-serving organizations,” and “buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses.”

It wasn’t just where you spend your money but where you keep it as well.

“Move your money out of white-corporate banks that finance our oppression and open accounts with Black-owned banks,” read the post.

“White-supremacist-capitalism uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life,” it continued. “Let’s use every tool in our toolbox…including our dollars…to end white-supremacist capitalism.”
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The post then directs readers to go to the official blackxmas.org site for resources.

The homepage reads, “We’re dreaming of a #Blackxmas. That means no spending with white companies from 11/26/2021 – 01/01/2022.”

Many on social media blasted the movement, calling Black Xmas “racist,” “derogatory” and “segregating,” and questioning what would happen if it was the other way around, and white people called for a month-long boycott of Black-owned companies.

Black business owners have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, with many having to permanently close — more than double the rate that white businesses did between February 2020 and April 2020, CNBC reported.

Support for Black-owned businesses soared following the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing months of BLM protests, but those businesses reverted to their previous sales numbers.
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Black Xmas began in 2014 in response to the police shooting of John Crawford, a Black man who was fatally shot in a Walmart in Ohio while holding a BB gun that was for sale in the store.

“Black Lives Matter has been challenging people to ‘dream of a #BlackXmas,’ to intentionally use our economic resources to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community,” read a blog post on BLM’s website.

“Let’s harness our economic power to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community.”
 
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Ohio sheriff's deputy charged with murder for shooting Black man in back
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A placard reading "Convict Jason Meade of Murder" is pictured as people protest in reaction to the death of Casey Goodson, a 23-year-old Black man who was killed by police as he entered his home, in Columbus, Ohio, December 11, 2020.
A placard reading "Convict Jason Meade of Murder" is pictured as people protest in reaction to the death of Casey Goodson, a 23-year-old Black man who was killed by police as he entered his home, in Columbus, Ohio, December 11, 2020. Photo by Seth Herald /REUTERS
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A former sheriff’s deputy in Columbus, Ohio, was charged with murder on Thursday in the December 2020 shooting death of a 23-year-old Black man, who was shot in his back five times as he entered his home.
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Former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade, 44, who is white and retired following the shooting, faces two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide for killing Casey Goodson, according to the grand jury indictment filed in Franklin County court.

The killing last year sparked protests amid a wave of racial justice demonstrations that called for accountability for law enforcement officers who gun down Black men in the United States.

Special prosecutors Gary Shroyer and H. Tim Merkle said in a written statement that the charges followed an investigation by the Columbus police department, an FBI corruption and civil rights squad, and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.
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Meade turned himself in on Thursday and will have his first appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday, his attorney, Mark Collins, said in an emailed statement. He will plead not guilty.

Goodson was shot in his back five times and was hit once in his buttock by bullets, according to the coroner’s report released in March, which ruled the death a homicide.

More details about the shooting remain murky. Meade was not wearing a body camera and there are no known eye witnesses to the incident.

Meade was working for a U.S. Marshals Service task force at the time of the Dec. 4, 2020, shooting. He was helping search for a fugitive, who was never captured, when he saw Goodson in the Northland neighborhood of Columbus.
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Meade’s attorney Collins said in his Thursday statement that Goodson was seen by his client erratically waving a gun around as Goodson drove a car, and that he had pointed the weapon at Meade.

The deputy gave a detailed account of what was happening to other members of the fugitive task force team via radio, Collins said. Fellow officers arrived to provide backup, but none witnessed the shooting. Meade followed Goodson as he made his way home. He fired on Goodson after the suspect raised his weapon with his right hand and pointed it toward Meade, according to Collins.

But Sean Walton, a lawyer for Goodson’s family, said by phone that those details amounted to an “implausible story” manufactured by Meade, who he said was desperate to escape conviction.
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Walton said Goodson had no criminal record and there had never been any reports of him behaving in any sort of erratic way with his gun.

“Meade’s story makes no sense,” Walton said. “Casey was a concealed carry permit holder because he believed in following the law, and he cherished his right to bear arms.”

Goodson’s family has said that he was returning home from a dentist appointment with three sandwiches in his hand when he was shot by Meade.

Goodson’s mother, Tamala Payne, said in media interviews last year that her son was armed at the time of the shooting, and confirmed that he had a concealed carry license.

During a press conference on Thursday, Payne said she was “overwhelmed with joy” following Meade’s indictment.

The family on Thursday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Meade and Franklin County in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Walton said.

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said in a statement after the indictment was announced that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but that he was calling on his staff to raise standards and “determine how this agency can best learn from this tragedy.”
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Black man deserves new trial after jury room decked with Confederate tributes: Court

Tim Gilbert, 55, will be tried on counts of aggravated assault and other charges
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Jurors deliberated on the fate of Tim Gilbert, a Black man, in a room filled with tributes to the Confederacy. MUST CREDIT: Evan Baddour
Jurors deliberated on the fate of Tim Gilbert, a Black man, in a room filled with tributes to the Confederacy. MUST CREDIT: Evan Baddour Photo by Evan Baddour /Evan Baddour
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Symbols of the Confederacy filled the room where an all-White Tennessee jury last year decided to convict Tim Gilbert, a Black man.
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Gold lettering on the door welcomed people to the “U.D.C. Room” honouring the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Framed on the wall: The flag known as the “Blood Stained Banner.” A portrait of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis watched over the deliberations.

Three state appeals court judges agreed last week that Gilbert, 55, deserves a new trial on counts of aggravated assault and other charges. They said that some evidence in Gilbert’s trial was improperly admitted and that officials failed to show that the Confederate memorabilia did not interfere with the verdict. The defendant had said the decorations “embolden” juries to act with racial prejudice.

The “slavery and the subjugation of Black people are inextricably intertwined with the Confederacy,” wrote Judge James Curwood Witt Jr., and those ideas “are antithetical to the American system of jurisprudence and cannot be tolerated.”
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A portrait of the Confederate leader Jefferson Davis hangs in the Giles County courthouse, where jurors deliberated in the case of Tim Gilbert. Evan Baddour photo
A portrait of the Confederate leader Jefferson Davis hangs in the Giles County courthouse, where jurors deliberated in the case of Tim Gilbert. Evan Baddour photo Photo by Evan Baddour /Evan Baddour

The ruling is the latest repudiation of government-sanctioned tributes increasingly protested as symbols of hate rather than Southern heritage. A record number of Confederate monuments came down last year amid national outcry over police violence and racism against Black Americans. The last state to have the Confederate battle emblem on its flag, Mississippi, removed the symbol last year.

The Tennessee decision is a victory for the community, said attorney Jonathan Harwell, who helped the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers back Gilbert’s case for appeal. The Confederate tributes were a menace to defendants and jurors of color alike, he said.

The court spoke plainly about the Confederacy’s racism, Harwell said, without “beating around the bush.”
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“If a fairly conservative court in Tennessee can say that, maybe that’s a sign of hopefulness for our country that we’re moving in the right way,” Harwell said.

He credited Gilbert’s attorney, Evan Baddour, for approaching an old courthouse with fresh eyes.
A Confederate flag in a jury room at the courthouse. Evan Baddour photo
A Confederate flag in a jury room at the courthouse. Evan Baddour photo Photo by Evan Baddour /Evan Baddour

“The truth is, dozens, if not hundreds, of other attorneys have been in that courthouse, have seen that jury room, and either it didn’t strike them as problematic, or they weren’t willing to take the stand that he was willing to take,” Harwell said.

Baddour declined to comment Sunday beyond praising the ruling, saying he did not want to interfere with his client’s ongoing case.

“Mr. Gilbert is just trying to get a fair trial,” he wrote in an email. “Anyone criminally accused is guaranteed at least that much.”
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How the Giles County courthouse came to dedicate a room to the United Daughters of the Confederacy – a private group for descendants of Confederate soldiers – is not clear, the appeals court said. A framed letter in the jury room says the UDC Room dates to the 1930s.

“As members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, we must continue to honor our Confederate Veterans, and share the history of the War Between the States,” wrote then-UDC President General Winifred D. Cope in a 2005 letter authorizing the replacement of a door panel. The note was framed in the courthouse.

The UDC says on its homepage that it denounces “any individual or group that promotes racial divisiveness or white supremacy.” The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.
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Those who have pushed to remove Confederate symbols from places of prominence say they cannot be separated from the secessionist movement’s racism.

Reviewing Gilbert’s case, the Tennessee appeals court said Confederate states “identified the right to hold black people in chattel slavery as central to the Southern way of life” and therefore a key justification for their secession from the Union.

Reminders of such racism are especially troubling in a courthouse where juries should mete out even justice and be perceived as fair, Witt wrote. He also said “evidence of the defendant’s guilt was legally sufficient but far from overwhelming,” bolstering the case for a new trial.

The Tennessee attorney general’s office and the local prosecutor’s office did not respond to requests for comment Sunday. Officials had argued that Gilbert “waived the [Confederate symbols] issue by failing to raise it before the jury was sworn” and noted that Gilbert was acquitted in an unrelated case. Witt called the arguments unconvincing.
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Gilbert was convicted of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a weapon after having been previously convicted of a felony, according to court documents. The charges stemmed from a Christmas Eve gathering in 2018.

Gilbert’s daughter told police that the defendant shot at her mother, according to court documents, though she insisted at trial that she never saw her father with a gun and “assumed” he fired shots. Her mother testified that the defendant pushed and choked her, eventually relenting, and that she later heard a “pow, pow, pow” sound as she drove away.

Gilbert testified that he did not have a gun or fire it that Christmas Eve, court documents state. He told the jury that he argued with the woman, who he said hit and pushed him. Then he “grabbed her and pushed her out the door,” he said. He also said she tried to run him over.

Harwell said he expects it will be harder for other Giles County defendants to overturn their convictions based on the Confederate memorabilia. “Tennessee has pretty aggressive waiver rules,” he said, meaning that if “someone doesn’t raise something as soon as they have the opportunity to do so, it becomes very difficult for them to win on that issue in the future.”

“I would assume people will try,” he said. “And they certainly should, because the harm is just as serious to them, whether it happened five years ago or it happened yesterday.”
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Robert E. Lee statue will be melted down by African American history museum
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The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that once provoked a deadly weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Va., will soon be melted down and turned into a new piece of public artwork, following a vote by city lawmakers early Tuesday morning.
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Since taking it down over the summer, the city had been searching for a new owner for the 1,100-pound monument, which had served as the focal point of the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Six proposals were submitted by arts groups, historical societies or individuals, who offered to pay as much as $100,000 for the Lee sculpture and a toppled monument of fellow general Stonewall Jackson.

But the Charlottesville City Council voted 4 to 0 to hand the bronze statue over to the only local bidder: the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, a Black-led museum whose “Swords Into Plowshares” idea would repurpose the metal entirely.

Andrea Douglas, the museum’s executive director, said in a video that the project aims “to create something that transforms what was once toxic in our public space into something beautiful and more reflective of our entire community’s social values.”
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Artists will consult Charlottesville residents in the coming months, including in forums early next year, to determine what the public art might end up looking like. Douglas said she hopes that collaborative process can also provide a framework for other communities debating what to do with toppled Confederate monuments.

The movement to take down the Lee statue began in 2015 with a petition crafted by Zyahna Bryant, who was then a local high school student. City lawmakers responded by voting to remove the Lee statue in February 2017.

A group of residents sued only a few weeks later, sparking a prolonged fight in court over whether the city could topple such monuments. And others took their defense of the Confederate iconography to the streets. At the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally that summer, one man drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The Lee monument was vandalized with paint and graffiti, and residents fought over whether it could be shrouded in black cloth following Heyer’s death. Politicians on both sides of the aisle cited the statue and what it had come to symbolize.

Following that fraught history, Douglas said the “Swords into Plowshares” project will create a new chapter for the statue – and for the city.

“It allows us to understand that history is being made today,” Douglas said in the video. “As we create change, we are in fact creating history.”
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Minnesota prosecutor says cop 'betrayed her badge' in killing Daunte Wright
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Prosecutor Erin Eldridge makes opening statements in the trial against Kimberly Potter, a former police officer who fatally shot unarmed Black motorist Daunte Wright, 20, in a still image from video in Minneapolis December 8, 2021.
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A prosecutor said on Wednesday a white former Minnesota police officer on trial for killing Black motorist Daunte Wright flouted years of training by mistakenly using her pistol instead of her Taser, while the defense sought to blame the slain man for resisting arrest in a routine traffic stop.
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The dueling narratives were presented to jurors during opening statements in the trial of Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center who is charged with manslaughter in the April death of Wright, 20.

“This case is about the defendant Kimberly Potter betraying her badge and betraying her oath and betraying her position of public trust,” Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Erin Eldridge told the jury. “Their duty to their badge and to the community is to protect life, not to take life.”

Potter, 49, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges, which carry maximum sentences of 15 and 10 years respectively. Her lawyers have said Potter thought she was using her Taser when she shot Wright in the chest with her Glock handgun as he tried to flee the scene in his car.
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Eldridge spoke at length about the extensive training received by Potter, which included two Taser-specific courses in the six months prior to the incident. Eldridge said Potter “flouted” her training and escalated the traffic stop.

Potter, who resigned from the police department after the incident, and two other officers were attempting to detain Wright on an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a misdemeanor weapons charge. The officers pulled him over because there was an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror and his license plate tabs were expired, then learned of the warrant.

Eldridge showed the jury video of the incident in which Potter can be heard shouting “Taser, Taser, Taser” before firing into the car as Wright broke free from a second officer and tried to drive away. A third officer, Sergeant Michael Johnson, had entered through the passenger side of the vehicle to assist with the arrest.
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Paul Engh, an attorney for Potter, called the shooting an accident and a mistake. Engh said it was Wright who created the volatile situation by trying to flee. Engh said Potter had a duty to stop Wright because Johnson could have lost his life if he had been dragged down the street in the fleeing vehicle.

“All he has to do is stop and he’d be with us,” Engh said of Wright. “She can’t let him leave because he is going to kill her partner.”

Caught on Potter’s body-worn camera, the shooting of Wright triggered demonstrations in Brooklyn Center, with critics calling the incident another example of police violence against Black Americans.

The shooting occurred just a few miles north of where Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was standing trial at the time in the case of George Floyd, a Black man whose 2020 death during an arrest set off racial justice protests in many U.S. cities. Chauvin was convicted of murder.

The prosecutor wrapped up her remarks by showing jurors a photo of the jacket worn by Wright emblazoned with the phrase “Heart Breaker.” Eldridge said that “it the defendant who broke Daunte Wright’s heart” when she fired a bullet into his chest.

“He had a new baby boy, a loving family and his whole adult life ahead of him,” Eldridge said. “There is no do-over when you take a young man’s life.”
 

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'NOT MY CITY': NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams fires back at BLM leader Hank Newsome
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New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams is ready to tackle a tougher approach on crime – and if that means taking on the Black Lives Matter movement, so be it.
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“We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying, ‘We’re going to burn down New York,’ Adams said at a police event Thursday, according to the New York Post . “Not my city.”

In November, BLM’s leader, Hank Newsome threatened “riots, fire and bloodshed” if Adams reinstates the NYPD’s anti-gun unit that was disbanded by Mayor Bill de Blasio in June 2020 following anti-police views sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome threatened last month . “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”

He told the Post, “To ignore that history and say you’re bringing it back means that he’s tone-deaf,” referring to the unit’s officers who were involved in the deaths of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner.
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During Adams’ successful campaign, he promised to crack down on violent crime and hard drugs, and bring back “a sense of protection” to the city with a “reinvented” version of the task force.

Adams also said he wouldn’t stand for the kind of behaviour and so-called protesting that happened in the wake of Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
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“We’re not going to have a city where anarchists come from outside our city and go into a community such as Queens and destroy the community for their own selfish needs or desires,” he added.

The retired NYPD captain joked that it’s to the city’s benefit he won the Democratic primary over other candidates who were “talking about disarming police.”

“I burn candles and say prayers and Hail Marys that those other characters were not elected to be mayor right now,” Adams said.
 
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White woman falsely accuses Black man of stealing phone
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Woman accuses Black man of stealing her phone, which was in her purse the entire time.
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A white woman accused a black man of stealing her phone at a store in a California mall, but the device soon turned up – in her own purse.
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Video of the incident, posted on TikTok by user T Love, shows a woman searching through her bag at a Spencer’s store in California.

“Karen really pulled this at a Spencer’s. R@sism alive and well,” reads the caption of the video that has more than 2.3 million views.

“Can you call it, because she won’t let us call it?” T Love, the wife of the accused thief, asks the store employee.

The woman starts to say her number but stops herself, claiming the alleged thief may have turned off the ringer.

“Oh, my God!” the accused’s wife replies, before asking, “What, do you want him to get f—— naked, lady?”

The accused thief empties out his pockets to show he doesn’t have anything besides his vape.

The upset shopper says to the man, “You walked right behind me and you took it,” to which the accused calmly replies, “I did not take it.”
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The woman eventually uses the store employee’s phone to call her device and loud ringing can soon be heard — coming from her bag.

“Is it in your purse, ma’am?” the wife of the accused thief asks.

“I am sorry,” she replies. “I apologize.”

She replies, “F— off,” while the accused man says, “No you’re not,” and then they walked away.

She tries once more to apologize, saying she was “freaked out,” but they and the commenters on TikTok weren’t having it.
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Some suspected she realized early on that her phone was there but didn’t back down because the incident was being recorded.
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“The way she was stalling tryna come up with a backup plan after she felt it in her purse,” read one comment.

Others praised the man for staying cool despite the awkward ordeal.

“Accused of stealing and being told to calm down, I would’ve been so triggered,” wrote another.

However, many thought the store employee could have better handled the situation.

“Store clerk needed to acknowledge your right to be upset & not try quiet you as if you were the problem instead of racist lunatic fringe,” wrote one person.

Another added: “Spencer’s, train your employees to not side with racists and expect victims to stay calm. That cashier was absurd!”
 

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Shooting people in the back is much better for officer safety!
It's even better when you shoot them in the back as they're laying face down in the snow while you're tasering them. Just ask David Kessick. Oh wait, you can't because he's dead and the MSM and Dumpycraps don't give a shit because he wasn't Black. The cop was acquitted by a Grand Jury, But yeah, only the families of Black victims go without justice.
 

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It's even better when you shoot them in the back as they're laying face down in the snow while you're tasering them. Just ask David Kessick. Oh wait, you can't because he's dead and the MSM and Dumpycraps don't give a shit because he wasn't Black. The cop was acquitted by a Grand Jury, But yeah, only the families of Black victims go without justice.
Funny, I heard about the David Kassick shooting, even heard enough to know how to spell his name right.

Know where I heard about it? The Columbia Broadcasting System, sometimes known as CBS.

But enjoy your fantasy that "the mainstream media" don't report these incidents.

By the way, I heard about the Daniel Shaver shooting from ABC, and the John Geer shooting in the Washington Post. Clearly "alt" sources.
 

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Funny, I heard about the David Kassick shooting, even heard enough to know how to spell his name right.
Oh, please forgive me the incorrect spelling after 6 years.
Know where I heard about it? The Columbia Broadcasting System, sometimes known as CBS.
Was that before or after the Grand Jury Trial? Because before that the only place I found it was a local Pennsylvania paper. Note that the verdict didn't bring about cries and handwringing from the Democrats and MSM about a lack of justice either.
But enjoy your fantasy that "the mainstream media" don't report these incidents.
Reporting on and turning it into a media circus to push an agenda are two different things. Michael Brown, George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, etc etc.
By the way, I heard about the Daniel Shaver shooting from ABC, and the John Geer shooting in the Washington Post. Clearly "alt" sources.
Yep, and may I direct you to my above response. You see, there's a difference between a news outlet simply reporting on something and a news outlet trying to be part of the show, or put on a show.

One last thing about all this police violence stuff. Cops are unionized and as we all know, unions fight just as hard to protect the crappiest worker as they do the best worker. Unions are a love-child of the left. They insisted that unionizing was a right. They helped to create the monster and yet refuse to take ANY responsibility for it. Instead, it's just easier for them to blame racism whenever there's a Black victim. It doesn't even matter if the killing is justified.
 
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Oh, please forgive me the incorrect spelling after 6 years.

Was that before or after the Grand Jury Trial? Because before that the only place I found it was a local Pennsylvania paper. Note that the verdict didn't bring about cries and handwringing from the Democrats and MSM about a lack of justice either.

Reporting on and turning it into a media circus to push an agenda are two different things. Michael Brown, George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, etc etc.

Yep, and may I direct you to my above response. You see, there's a difference between a news outlet simply reporting on something and a news outlet trying to be part of the show, or put on a show.

One last thing about all this police violence stuff. Cops are unionized and as we all know, unions fight just as hard to protect the crappiest worker as they do the best worker. Unions are a love-child of the left. They insisted that unionizing was a right. They helped to create the monster and yet refuse to take ANY responsibility for it. Instead, it's just easier for them to blame racism whenever there's a Black victim. It doesn't even matter if the killing is justified.
OK, you checked the racist box and the I-hate-unions box. And we already know you hate government regulation of business.

I take it your desideratum is a country with no workers' rights, no prohibition on discrimination, and no government regulation?

Well, there are a few.
 

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BLACK XMAS: Black Lives Matter calls for boycott of white companies
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Rod Matteo, 29, was among the demonstrators gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 3, 2014 in Philadelphia.
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Black Friday was not just a day to enjoy some sweet sales leading into the holiday season. For the Black Lives Matter movement, it was also the start of Black Xmas.

The movement shared an Instagram post, calling on people to “support Black-led-Black-serving organizations,” and “buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses.”

It wasn’t just where you spend your money but where you keep it as well.

“Move your money out of white-corporate banks that finance our oppression and open accounts with Black-owned banks,” read the post.

“White-supremacist-capitalism uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life,” it continued. “Let’s use every tool in our toolbox…including our dollars…to end white-supremacist capitalism.”
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The post then directs readers to go to the official blackxmas.org site for resources.

The homepage reads, “We’re dreaming of a #Blackxmas. That means no spending with white companies from 11/26/2021 – 01/01/2022.”

Many on social media blasted the movement, calling Black Xmas “racist,” “derogatory” and “segregating,” and questioning what would happen if it was the other way around, and white people called for a month-long boycott of Black-owned companies.

Black business owners have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, with many having to permanently close — more than double the rate that white businesses did between February 2020 and April 2020, CNBC reported.

Support for Black-owned businesses soared following the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing months of BLM protests, but those businesses reverted to their previous sales numbers.
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Black Xmas began in 2014 in response to the police shooting of John Crawford, a Black man who was fatally shot in a Walmart in Ohio while holding a BB gun that was for sale in the store.

“Black Lives Matter has been challenging people to ‘dream of a #BlackXmas,’ to intentionally use our economic resources to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community,” read a blog post on BLM’s website.

“Let’s harness our economic power to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community.”
They neglected to tell us how to find these nonexistent black businesses. I just don't see the sense in driving 5ooo miles just to shop at an ethnic store.
 

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Minnesota bank calls cops on Black man trying to cash his paycheque
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A Black grocery store worker was handcuffed while trying to cash his paycheque because the bank employee thought it was fake and called the police.
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Joe Morrow, 23, was working as an order picker for UNFI in Hopkins, Minn., last October when he tried to deposit his cheque into his account at a US Bank branch — but the teller accused him of trying to cash in a phony one, reported KSTP .

Morrow was brought into a room for questioning while the police were called. The officer who arrived placed him in handcuffs.

The bank manager confirmed that the cheque was indeed real but by then, Morrow had been brought out in front of other customers in a “degrading” experience that made him feel like a “criminal” by Sgt. Justin Pletcher of the Columbia Heights Police Department, according to the outlet.

Morrow proclaimed his innocence but the cop warned him, “I need you to calm down. Don’t say anything stupid, because you’re going to get arrested for it.”
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The victim was later told he had been arrested because the bank had previously received fake cheques from UNFI and the bank manager had to verify its authenticity — which it was.

Morrow told the news outlet the bank teller told him “you people always” try to cash fake cheques, which he took to mean “Black people.”

“When I got handcuffed, everybody was looking,” he recalled. “I was handcuffed. Like I’m a criminal or something, like I am doing something bad. I didn’t threaten him.”

The incident was caught on bodycam footage that was released by KSTP after Morrow was recently paid an undisclosed settlement from the bank.

US Bank’s president and CEO Andy Cecere issued a statement, apologizing for the incident and reiterating their commitment to racial equity and inclusion.

“What Mr. Morrow experienced is not the experience any customer should have,” said Cecere. “In the case of Mr. Morrow, we fell short and I apologize on behalf of the bank.”

It’s unclear if anyone at the bank or Sgt. Pletcher was disciplined in any way.
 
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Fordham University lecturer fired after misnaming two Black students
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News outlet Fox 11 Los Angeles reports a Fordham University English Department lecturer was dismissed from his job for his response after allegedly mixing up the names of two Black students who walked into his class late on Sept. 24.
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Was it a case of bad memory or outright racism?
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News outlet Fox 11 Los Angeles reports a Fordham University English Department lecturer was dismissed from his job for his response after allegedly mixing up the names of two Black students who walked into his class late on Sept. 24.

Fordham’s The Observer says the students allegedly felt disrespected and believed it was because they both were Black.

But lecturer Christopher Trogan emailed his students after the so-called mistake and apologized.

“The offended student assumed my mistake was because I confused that student with another Black student,” Trogan said in the Sept. 24 email.

“I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error. It has nothing to do with race.”
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Still, The Observer says one of the two students involved claimed Trogan had repeatedly used the wrong name in four classes.

“I felt really disrespected,” they said. “I did not feel heard because every time he (misnamed me) I would tell him, and it just seemed like he would brush it off or that he did not care.”

Trogan was told on Sept. 26 he’d been suspended with pay and benefits because he was under investigation by Fordham University.

By Oct. 29, Trogan was told he was fired because of the email he sent to students on Sept. 24.

The email said, among other things, “everything he has done for minorities,” according to The Observer , and stated that the English class is “centered specifically and explicitly around issues of justice, equality, and inclusion.”

Meanwhile, Chantel Sims, the other student involved, said Trogan’s response to the incident was overblown and unnecessary.

“It seemed a little excessive, like all you needed to do was say sorry and it would have been fine,” Sims said.

“We were not actually that upset about him mixing up our names. It was more so the random things he would throw into the response.”