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Five California University of Pa. football players arrested and charged in assault that leaves victim with severe brain trauma
Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling “Football strong!” The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

Police said the California University of Pennsylvania players attacked Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, as he was trying to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police said witnesses heard the players yelling “Football strong!” as they fled to a car and Campbell lay unconscious.

The university declared later Thursday that its Division II football team would forfeit Saturday’s against Gannon University, jeopardizing its best season in three years.

“Behavior has consequences,” the university’s interim president, Geraldine Jones, said in a statement.

Officers said they arrested the players — Jonathan Barlow, D’Andre Dunkley, Corey Ford, Rodney Gillin Jr. and James Williamson — at practice Thursday afternoon.
They are charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. They remained jailed Friday in lieu of $500,000 bond. Information on their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.

The California football team has won seven of eight games this season and this week reached No. 19 in D2Football.com, its highest ranking since 2012. The team has two games scheduled after Saturday’s forfeit. It is unclear if they will be played.

The team took swift action Thursday to scrub its website of the arrested players, removing their names from the roster and deleting their biography pages.

Ford, a 22-year-old senior from Harrisburg, and Gillin, a 20-year-old junior from Reading, were starters at defensive back, according to a cached version of the team’s website.

Barlow, a 21-year-old sophomore defensive lineman from Pittsburgh, and Dunkley, a 19-year-old tight end from Philadelphia, have seen limited action.

Williamson, 20, of Parkville, Maryland, transferred this year after two seasons at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Jones said they would face university sanctions for potential violations of the student code of conduct, in addition to any penalties imposed through the legal system.

At the same time, she said, “it must be clearly understood that the actions of a small group of individuals are not representative of our entire student body, nor of all Cal U student-athletes.”
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AP Oct-31-2014 142 0
Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling “Football strong!” The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

Police said the California University of Pennsylvania players attacked Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, as he was trying to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police said witnesses heard the players yelling “Football strong!” as they fled to a car and Campbell lay unconscious.

The university declared later Thursday that its Division II football team would forfeit Saturday’s against Gannon University, jeopardizing its best season in three years.

“Behavior has consequences,” the university’s interim president, Geraldine Jones, said in a statement.

Officers said they arrested the players — Jonathan Barlow, D’Andre Dunkley, Corey Ford, Rodney Gillin Jr. and James Williamson — at practice Thursday afternoon.
They are charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. They remained jailed Friday in lieu of $500,000 bond. Information on their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.

The California football team has won seven of eight games this season and this week reached No. 19 in D2Football.com, its highest ranking since 2012. The team has two games scheduled after Saturday’s forfeit. It is unclear if they will be played.

The team took swift action Thursday to scrub its website of the arrested players, removing their names from the roster and deleting their biography pages.

Ford, a 22-year-old senior from Harrisburg, and Gillin, a 20-year-old junior from Reading, were starters at defensive back, according to a cached version of the team’s website.

Barlow, a 21-year-old sophomore defensive lineman from Pittsburgh, and Dunkley, a 19-year-old tight end from Philadelphia, have seen limited action.

Williamson, 20, of Parkville, Maryland, transferred this year after two seasons at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Jones said they would face university sanctions for potential violations of the student code of conduct, in addition to any penalties imposed through the legal system.

At the same time, she said, “it must be clearly understood that the actions of a small group of individuals are not representative of our entire student body, nor of all Cal U student-athletes.”

Nicole Hensley Oct-30-2014 177 0
An upstate New York bus driver is jailed after allegedly masturbating behind the wheel while taking a 14-year-old boy to school.

Robert Bertart, 60, of Orangetown, has been fired by Vel Coach Company after his bosses learned of his arrest by Ramapo Police on charges of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Journal News newspaper.

The bus’ lone teen on his way to a church school early Tuesday morning allegedly caught Bertart in the act after glancing at a large mirror aimed right at the driver’s lap, the newspaper added.

Bertart had his gentials exposed during the brief, but disturbing 7:30 a.m. incident, according to a statement released by Ramapo Police Department.

The unnamed teen had been picked up by Bertart at Suffern High School and later reported the driver’s alleged acts to his parents and school officials after being dropped off.

"The student is very credible, old enough to understand what was going on," Lt. Mark Emma told WABC-TV.

The Journal News reports Bertart has never had an incident in his six-year employment with Vel Coach. He passed all their background checks.

This is the third arrest of a bus driver by Ramapo Police this year.

Robert Cosenzo and Michael Cunningham are both former bus drivers in the Ramapo area arrested over the summer on sex charges with minors.

Oct-30-2014 176 0
Disturbing Halloween decorations depicting the hanging of what appears to be a black family have been removed from a yard on a Kentucky military base after neighbors complained.

A picture of the scene at the Fort Campbell Army base shows effigies of three people, two adults and a child, hanging from a tree, fake blood splattered across their shirts.

All have their hands tied behind their backs, while one has a sign hanging from its neck and the child has a knife stuck in its back.

The display was put up on Lutwin St. in the base, which sits just above Kentucky’s border with Tennessee some 60 miles northwest of Nashville.

Several people complained of the over-the-top display and the homeowner, who never meant to offend, took down the ghoulish decorations, ClarksvilleNow.com reported.

The homeowner apologized, a Fort Campbell public affairs officer said in a statement.

“The Fort Campbell leadership remains committed to maintaining a community that reflects our Army values and a family-friendly environment for Fort Campbell employees and residents and is reminding residents to ensure that all outdoor displays are consistent with these standards,” Rayna Holley said.

Nicole Hensley Oct-30-2014 200 0
The Indiana man suspected of killing 13-year-old Kobe Jones hated neighborhood kids, according to court documents.

Khanji Fairley intended to “spray up the whole block” with bullets, according to court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune, and later gunned down the teen on the porch of his Gary, Indiana home, police believe.

Witnesses said Jones laughed at Fairley after the 30-year-old accused the teen of breaking into his home the afternoon of Oct. 24.

“He didn’t deserve this,” the child’s stepmother, Starr Jones, repeatedly said to WXIN-TV. “How are you that angry that you kill a 13-year-old boy?”

An enraged Fairley shouted belligerently at his neighbors.

“I see them laughing over there ... I know they did it,” Fairley allegedly said. He settled down, but waited until evening to confront Kobe, the documents allege.

The Tribune reports Fairley crept through the alley next to the teen’s Polk St. home and opened fire while Jones was on the porch steps. Police told WXIN Kobe was shot nine times.

He drove off in a black Camaro but was charged Monday in Kobe’s murder.

The teen died after crawling back inside his home.

“My son was laughing at him. I mean he didn’t deserve it,” Kaunda Jones told the TV station. “It hurts when somebody brings it up or asks what happened.”

His son did not have insurance, so the Joneses are crowdsourcing funds for Kobe’s funeral on GoFundMe.

The teen is survived by his family, which includes 14 siblings.

Nicole Hensley Oct-30-2014 150 0
For the past 28 years, a Detroit man has owed child support for a child he never fathered.

Paternity tests confirm Carnell Alexander is not the father of a child born in 1987, even though paperwork initially filed for welfare assistance by his ex-girlfriend declared him the baby daddy.

“I had to turn to welfare to get assistance to take care of them and I had to put him down as the father. That was the only way I could get into the system,” the child’s unnamed mother told WXYZ-TV.

That paperwork followed Alexander for two decades, racking up more than $69,000 in child support debt. He didn't learn of the child until 1991, when a police officer called him a “deadbeat dad” during
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was blown back,” Alexander told the TV station. “I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go.”

He could have learned of the child sooner, but a summons failed to reach Alexander. He was in jail for an unrelated charge when a process server stopped by his home with a summons. But the process server reported back that Alexander refused to sign it, according to WXYZ-TV.

The child’s mother admits “everything is my fault,” she told the TV station. “He shouldn’t have to pay it at all. I want everything to go away for him so he can get on with his life.”

The judge eventually forgave the debt owed the child’s mother, but not half of the original sum owed to the state of Michigan.

If Alexander does not payback $30,000 in welfare support the state provided, he faces legal consequences unless he fights it in court, the TV station added.

Oct-29-2014 191 0
Dramatic and graphic new video has emerged of a homeless Michigan man being gunned down in a hail of bullets fired by Saginaw police officers in 2012.

Martin Hall, 49, was facing eight screaming officers in a parking lot. A K-9 unit dog was lunging and barking at the homeless and mentally ill man, who was holding a pen knife.

Officers fired 46 times as Hall collapsed and died on the pavement.

Local and federal authorities declined to file charges against the officers, despite a flurry of protests from across the country.

On Monday, the ACLU released violent footage of the incident from a dashboard camera as part of its presentation to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington.

Included in the presentation was footage from an interview with his mother, Jewel Hall, who said her son’s blood was “running down the street like water. And he wasn’t a threat, I mean, he had a little pen knife. He had no idea that those policemen would do that to him.”

The police had responded to a call from a shopping center merchant who had gotten into some kind of argument with Hall.

The ACLU obtained the video, taken by a police cruiser dashcam, from the Hall family, whose attorneys had requested it.

In declining to prosecute, the cops and U.S. Department of Justice said investigators did not find evidence the officers had demonstrated “willful misconduct.”

Deborah Hastings Oct-29-2014 178 0
A 17-year-old high school football player in Florida lost his right leg after his knee was injured during a game.

Leshawn Williams, a defensive lineman, went down during a play, and at first seemed to have a serious, but fairly routine, injury to his MCL (medial collateral ligament), which is an inner knee ligament.

But days after the Friday night game, surgeons were forced to remove the 6-foot, 330-pound teen's right let from above the knee.

"I don't think he's grasped it all yet. He's still recovering," said his mother, Bonita Copeland. "We're all trying to understand it," she told the Tampa Bay Times.

The high school game was stopped for nearly 30 minutes while medical workers examined Williams' leg, trying to determine if he had broken it or was suffering ligament damage, the paper said.

Copeland then said it looked like damaged ligament.

"When I first looked at it, it looked like he had an MCL. Every time he lifted his knee he had pain. Then you could see the blood clot in the back of his knee."

Doctors spent the weekend trying to return circulation in the teen's leg, but were unsuccessful. They decided to amputate on Sunday night.

Evan Perez Oct-28-2014 164 0
The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to step down as part of the effort by city officials to reform the Police Department, according to government officials familiar with the discussions ongoing between local, state and federal officials.

Under the proposed plan, after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson leaves, city leadership would ask the St. Louis County police chief to take over management of Ferguson's police force.

The announcement could come as soon as next week. It would be one step in what local officials hope will help reduce tensions in the city as the public awaits a decision on whether the St. Louis County grand jury will bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Jackson said Tuesday he is not being pushed out.

"Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated," he said on the phone to CNN.

Jackson had faced criticism over his department's handling of the Brown shooting and the protests in its aftermath.

Last month, weeks after the Justice Department announced it was investigating Ferguson police, Jackson told CNN he would not step down despite calls for his ouster.

Asked Tuesday whether there is a plan in place for the police chief to step down, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles responded "no."

When asked whether the federal government was pressuring the city to force out the police chief, he told CNN: "People have been saying that for months, I mean for him to step down. But we've stood by him this entire time. So there is no change on that."

In an interview with CNN on September 29, Jackson said of the job and the fallout over the Brown shooting that "this is mine, and I'm taking ownership of it."

The Justice Department is conducting a pattern and practice inquiry of the Ferguson police. That complicates plans expressed by some officials who want to dissolve the entire Ferguson Police Department and turn over law enforcement to county police.

In an interview with CNN last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department was looking at the leadership of the Police Department as part of its ongoing investigation of the department's practices.

"We have an ongoing -- having a practice investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. And we're looking at a whole variety of things, including the leadership of that department, the practices that the department engages in, the nature of the interaction between the department and the community that it is supposed to serve," Holder said. "So I think it's a little premature for me at this point to comment on the leadership of the Ferguson Police Department. That is certainly something that we are looking at."

Nncy Dillon Oct-28-2014 148 0
The former "Scandal" actor was slapped with another bench warrant when he missed a mandatory hearing in his felony battery case related to an alleged bar fight last March.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who issued the warrant also revoked the actor's prior bond and doubled his bail, Short's lawyer said.

The lawyer said Short tried to make the hearing but was bumped from a flight in Atlanta.

"His failure to appear was due to circumstances beyond his control," lawyer Michael Levin told the Daily News.

He said Short was still trying to make his way to California late Monday but was worried the warrant might kick in quickly and cause him to be arrested before boarding a flight in Atlanta.
Levin said Short was considering "alternative transportation" to get to the Los Angeles courtroom without being taken into custody in another jurisdiction.

Short, 32, recently spent several days in jail for an earlier bench warrant issued Aug. 21 over a prior missed appearance in the felony case.

He was a no-show because a different judge at another courthouse had deputies place in handcuffs the morning of Aug. 21 when he arrived late for an unrelated misdemeanor domestic violence case involving his estranged wife Tanee McCall.

He copped a plea deal in the misdemeanor case hours later and was sentenced to three years probation, 30 days of community labor and counseling.

He recently told The News he wants another crack at the domestic abuse case, claiming he only pleaded no contest because he was under duress and wanted to race across town for the felony appearance.

"I took a deal when I didn't really know what was going on. It was so rushed. I was in custody, and I was trying to make it to the courthouse (for the felony case)," he told The News.

"That day was hell," he said.

Short was adamant he never hurt McCall.

"I've never touched a woman, never touched a woman like that in my life," Short claimed in an exclusive interview.

Short, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty to the felony battery of alleged victim Felton Hyche III.

Hyche claims Short "viciously lunged" at him after they had a verbal disagreement outside an engagement party at Gabe's Bar and Grill.

The 37-year-old resident of San Bernardino, Calif., claimed Short knocked him to the ground with a "cowardly" sucker punch.

"I'm going to fight this all the way," Short said of the felony case last month.

Jason Molinet Oct-27-2014 254 0
A Missouri woman was indicted by a grand jury after her 10-week-old son suffocated to death while she was drinking and smoking marijuana, authorities allege.

Jordan Danielle Glenn, 24, of Wentzville, Mo., was indicted by a St. Charles County grand jury last week on felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Glenn was arrested Oct. 22 and released on $50,000 bail.

Glenn drank alcohol and was high on pot and pain killers when she failed to check on her child, identified only as A.H., police said.

She also didn’t feed the baby for more than 16 hours and left the boy sleeping on his abdomen in an adult bed, police said.

The child suffocated and died May 4, an autopsy revealed, Westplex Daily News reported.

Two other children in the home at the time were removed and placed in protective custody.

AP Oct-27-2014 216 0
The family of a black man shot 14 times by a white police officer in a Milwaukee park marks the spot where he died with red spray paint before starting a rally and marching through city streets.

“Shame on you. People of color are people, too,” protesters chant while carrying signs declaring, “Black Lives Matter.”

The rallies are one way Dontre Hamilton’s family has kept his name in the news in the six months since his death. Smaller and more orderly than those in Ferguson, Mo., the protests have not drawn national attention but have produced results.

The man who shot Hamilton was fired, the first Milwaukee officer in decades to face such discipline in a fatal on-duty shooting. Now the family wants more: criminal charges for the officer, and improvements in the way mentally ill people — Hamilton had schizophrenia — are treated by police and social service programs.

“They messed with the wrong family. ... I’m not going to back down,” said Nate Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton’s brother.

Hamilton’s family participated in a vigil days after his April 30 death but then said little publicly as they waited out an investigation into the shooting.

They wanted details about what happened and the officer disciplined. They were frustrated months later, when protests erupted in Ferguson following the shooting of a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by a white officer.

“We tried to be accepting and respectful of the way the system works. ... Until it got to the point where the Mike Brown thing happened,” Nate Hamilton said. “Now, you know who this police officer is, you’re seeing them get information, and in Milwaukee, we’re not getting no information.”

The family joined a Milwaukee demonstration organized to support those in Ferguson, and attention quickly focused on the similarities between the Brown and Hamilton cases.

Nate Hamilton acknowledged some missteps, such as when protesters blocked a freeway exit ramp or became disruptive at a Police and Fire Commission meeting. But overall, the protests have been peaceful, which Nate Hamilton said is crucial to building support for the family’s goals.

While the protests have highlighted that Manney is white and Hamilton was black, Hamilton’s family is focusing on broader issues, including mental health.

Police Chief Edward Flynn promised more training for officers dealing with people with mental illness and, on Oct. 15, fired Officer Christopher Manney for instigating the fight that led to the shooting. Manney has appealed.

Hamilton’s family wants to see Manney charged. The district attorney’s office has delayed a decision until it gets a recommendation from a national use-of-force expert.

The Hamiltons have been studying the law and police policy to better advocate for changes. They’re also finding other ways to channel their grief. Hamilton’s mother is organizing a support group for women whose sons died in police shootings or custody and hopes to address shortcomings in mental health and social service programs.

Maria Hamilton had struggled to get her 31-year-old son care after insurance problems caused him to miss his medication last winter. Until then, he had been doing well, living in group housing and working.

Without the drugs, he became paranoid and began moving from place to place, eventually ending up in the park, where he was sleeping when Manney responded to a call from a nearby business about him.

“Had he had that medication, he might still be sitting here with us,” Maria Hamilton said.

Nate Hamilton and another brother, musician Dameion Perkins, wrote a song expressing their grief, anger and frustration. The song describes their “worst fear” — a brother “shot 14 times, didn’t do no wrong. Laying in the park, really I don’t see no harm. The investigation is still going on.”

Proceeds from the song sold on iTunes will benefit a foundation established in Hamilton’s memory.

“We can’t bring Dontre back,” Perkins said, “but what we can do is help somebody along the way.”

Perkins and Nate Hamilton remain bothered by police descriptions of their brother as homeless and violent. They describe Hamilton as fearful, but not dangerous. He checked into a hotel two days before the shooting and had almost $150 in cash on him when he died.

“He wasn’t dressed bummy, he was still dressed well, he had some Air Jordans on his feet ... so we just felt like that was uncalled for,” said Nate Hamilton, who followed his brother into the roofing business before starting a remodeling company.

Maria Hamilton moved her sons from Gary, Ind., to Milwaukee in 1995 to escape growing gang violence. She raised them to work hard, have faith and look out for one another.

But Perkins said the shooting showed them that they had to be leaders.

“It’s taught us,” he said, “to use our minds on a broader scale.”

Oct-26-2014 315 0
When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.

“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” he said in an interview on CBS Philadelphia 94 WIP’s “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis.” “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.”

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school and they’re successful ... It’s just typical B.S. that goes on when you’re black, man.”

Oct-25-2014 214 0
Kenneth J. Stokes of Norwood, Mass., won the state lottery this week in the “Lucky For Life” contest that paid $25,000 a year.

And then he remembered that other lottery ticket he had, the one his family had bought for him based on several birthdates in their clan.

The numbers on the two tickets were identical.

And so Stokes won twice.

Lottery spokesman Christian Teja said Stokes’ luck was no small feat, the Boston Globe reported.

“For a game like this, where there’s so many winning combinations ... people rarely buy the same ticket with the same numbers.

“They have to be really confident that those numbers will come in,” he said.

Stokes opted to cash out his winnings and received two checks for $390,000 each, according to Teja.

The lucky man intends to pay for his son’s college tuition, take his family on vacation and give his daugher enough money to pay off her car.

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Sep-09-2014 605 0
On yesterday social media went crazy after the video of Ray Rice was released. Within hours Rice was released from the Ravens. Don't think for one second that it was not as a result of the public outcry on social media. The Ravens and the NFL did not have a choice but to release Rice because they had been exposed. However, the saddening part about of all of this is that the powers to be proclaimed they had not seen the video until yesterday.

Why do we live in a society where there's always a cover-up? If we are going to be angry at the police chief in Ferguson, MO for trying to cover up for one of his officers who killed Michael Brown we should also be upset with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach John Harbaugh because it appears that they took part in a scheme to deceive the public and by tuning in to the games as usual we are saying it's okay to cover-up a crime. Sean Payton, head coach of the Saints, was forced to sit out a year because an alleged wrongdoing took place under his watch. In my opinion, the same needs to happen to the Roger Goodell and Coach Harbaugh because somehow I think they knew and if they did not know it's even worse because they allowed a poor investigation to support a two game suspension.

Let's look at the severity of what they did. Their actions in trying to protect the NFL brand send the wrong message to ladies who are victims of domestic abuse. What the message says is that you should protect the abuser if there's something to lose. In this case, it was football games and plenty of revenue for a major brand. Their actions could help persuade a victim of domestic abuse to participate in a press conference in order to save a star and risk her life. This was not the right thing to do because someone following that same example could end up dead.

Releasing and/or suspending Rice for the year was the proper thing to do months ago but there are additional suspensions that need to be handed down before we stop talking about this. Take a year off Mr. Commissioner and Coach Harbaugh because you dropped the ball on this one. Better yet, if you won't suspend yourselves, donate your salaries for the year to a charity that supports domestic violence victims if you are really serious about the mistake that was made.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
Daryl K. Washington Apr-28-2014 995 0
Sadly but real, it appears as though society feels you can treat a black person poorly by simply offering to give them something of value and everything is forgotten. This mindset has to go away otherwise racism and injustices will remain. Whenever I file a civil rights lawsuit the first question the media asks is how much money the family is asking for? My response is always very clear; the family wants JUSTICE and expects for the individual responsible for the act to be held responsible for his/her criminal acts.

On yesterday, 5-10 multimillionaires played a game of basketball despite being made aware that the owner they are earning millions for hates black people, especially black males. By not playing on yesterday they could have sent a major message out and forced the NBA to react immediately but they gave Donald Sterling and the NBA a way out. Let's face it, the Clippers are no candidate to win the NBA Championship this year so this was/is their opportunity to make a change but instead they are showing America that money and a championship is much more important than fighting blatant racism.

I have to admit that I'm truly disappointed in the Los Angeles Clippers. Professional athletes will stage a sit out when they feel they are not being paid enough money but they will continue to play for a racist owner who admitted to not want black people at the game and use the excuse that we are playing for a championship. Will we continue to turn our heads for money?

Many people criticized the football players at Grambling when they staged a protest last year. If those kids lost their scholarships they could probably not afford to attend college but they took the chance because they wanted to take a stand against what they consider poor playing conditions. They had the courage to do something that the Los Angeles Clippers, a group of multimillionaires, are not willing to do. What message are we sending to the World? You can tell millionaires you hate them but they will still work for you as long as they are being paid. Truly a lost opportunity. All money is not good money.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button
Daryl K. Washington Apr-27-2014 1032 0
Donald Sterling made comments about Black people that have started a lot of conversation. Many people, including myself, have said that it will place Coach Doc Rivers and the players in an awkward situation but after thinking about it, it will also place White people in an awkward position and here's my opinion why. During the Civil Rights movement there were White people on the front lines and there were many who did not agree with the poor treatment of Black people. They were instrumental in helping with the fight for equal treatment.

Fast forward to today. 95% of the fans at the Clippers games are not Black and the majority are White people. It would be a great show of support if the White fans were as insulted by Donald Sterling's comments as Black people are. The games will go on but wouldn't it be great if the White fans proved to the country that they don't support a racist owner. We know it will not happen but only until everyone voice their dislike of what was said will a true change ever be made.

Donald Sterling's views are shared by so many individuals who will allow our talented Black athletes to attend the large colleges because they earn millions of dollars for the schools but will fight tooth and nails to prevent a young Black kid who may have not scored well on a standardized test from attending.

College athletes are fighting to be paid but I think what should be added to their agenda is the equal treatment of their brothers and sisters who are being denied admission to the same universities they are earning millions of dollars for. The fight should not be for money but for equality. Let’s never allow someone to pay us to keep our views to ourselves. We still have a long way to go. We will never get there unless we ALL come together.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

Daryl K. Washington Feb-16-2014 1257 0
After the Michael Dunn verdict was read many voice their displeasure with the judicial system, rightfully so. However, the killing of our young black men is nothing new. Each time something bad happens we come together as a group for a month or so and then the energy dies down. When the Zimmerman verdict came back there were those who demanded that we stop supporting the state of Florida yet what happened to the follow-up to let us know how effective the efforts were? It reminds me of whenever someone dies. When we run into people we have not seen in years we all make a vow to do better and to make time for each other but after two or three months has past by we are all back to doing the same things.

As a country, we came together after 9/11 but soon thereafter the unity went away. There's so much happening in our communities. I thought the Zimmerman verdict would be our wake up call to do more but our young black men continue to be gunned down at a high rate by Men who don't look anything close to their fathers and most of them get away with it. Just in case you mention the black on black crime, remember that the killer normally ends up in prison.

Just recently, the grand jury failed to indict a North Carolina police officer for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, a young black male, but after there was a public outcry about the injustice that took place he was eventually indicted. Right here in Dallas, Texas we have black men being killed by white police officers and in a great majority of the cases, the police officers are not indicted and judged by a jury of their peers. Instead, the victim is placed on trial and society has become conditioned to believe that it's okay to kill someone if they have a prior criminal record or considered a menace to society. Well, it's not and it's time that it stops.

We need to be proactive and make sure laws that don't benefit us are changed. I will continue to say this until I can't say this anymore; we have to get out and VOTE during the mid-term elections. We need to make sure the right people are elected and the wrong people are removed from office, irrespective of their race. If the same people are in office (local officials) yet we are having some of the same problems, it's time for change. Vote for someone who wants to make a change. Don't just vote based on race or political affiliation; that's what has gotten us to this point where we are today. We have to be proactive or the next Jordan Davis might be our brother, our son, our nephew, our father or our friend. Let's do it. Get involved or get out of the way!!!!!



Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.


















Daryl K. Washington Nov-26-2013 1562 0
ARE WE DOING ENOUGH FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITIES?: I just finished talking to a mother who lost her son as a result of a police shooting. Hearing this mother talk about her son and how much he loved the holidays was simply heart wrenching. She went on to tell me that she's pleaded for help from our local politicians, pastors, leaders, etc. but no one wants to take her call, especially if the cameras are not rolling. To worsen matters, many of the leaders have put her son on trial and he's dead.

On last week they staged a protest in Dallas and sadly, 95% of the protestors were white. That made me wonder why do people make it in life and fail to reach back to help others? Why do people hear about injustices yet fail to say anything about it other than to say "that's sad!" During the 60's the leaders were individuals (black and white) who had college degrees, had bright futures ahead of them but they risk it all for us to be in the positions we are in today. The sad thing is that many of us believe it's all about us.

We must do more. We have to do more. We have to demand that our politicians and pastors step up to help us fight this battle. It truly takes a team effort. We must hold all of our community leaders accountable. When they ask for your vote, ask them to list ten things they did for the community in the last four years. Ask them how many times have they've attended a rally to show support to a grieving mother or father. We have serious issues and it takes all of us to stop this mess. I'm tired of seeing people who have never fought against a single injustice accept the Martin Luther King drum major for justice award. It's time for change.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
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