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Friend says Kamiyah Mobley, 18-year-old who was kidnapped at birth, knew true identity two years ago
Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old who was abducted from a Florida hospital after birth, discovered her true identity two years ago when she applied for a job, according to a friend.

Arika Williams told People that Mobley repeatedly asked Gloria Williams, 51, for her birth certificate and social security information after the teen was hired at a restaurant.

“Lexy kept being hard on her mother, like ‘Momma, where is my stuff? I want to get this job.’ Then Miss Gloria just broke down and told her this is why right here, you can’t do this. I kidnapped you,” Arika Williams said.

Mobley was born just eight hours before a woman posing as a nurse stole her from Jacksonville’s University Medical Center on July 10, 1998.

Gloria Williams was arrested on kidnapping charges Friday in Walterboro, S.C., where she raised Mobley as Alexis Manigo. She could face life in prison if convicted.

Mobley reconnected with her biological parents — mother Shanara Mobley and father Craig Aiken — in an emotional reunion Friday morning.

According to Arika Williams, Gloria Williams allegedly told her daughter she had suffered a miscarriage during her pregnancy. She also had people who attended her baby shower bring her quilts that said "Alexis" on them.

“Alexis Kelli Manigo was going to be spoiled regardless,” Arika Williams told the magazine. “But I guess she said she lost Alexis Kelli Manigo. She was going to find Alexis Kelli Manigo and went and got Kamiyah.”

Gloria Williams allegedly told her ex-boyfriend Charles Manigo she gave birth to their child when he was away. The pair continued to date until 2003 and shared custody after they separated.


Arika Williams, Mobley's friend, said Gloria Williams (pictured) broke down and told Mobley that she kidnapped her when the teen pressed her for copies of her birth certificate and social security card.

Now Manigo is left daughterless for the second time.

“She's still my child,” he said of Mobley, according to ABC News.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says investigators are still trying to piece together what prompted the kidnapping and isn’t surprised of Mobley’s support for Gloria Williams after learning the truth.

“For all accounts she was well taken care of,” the sheriff said. “She was raised a normal, healthy 18-year-old girl. It is a lot for anybody to process much less a young adult.”
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Elizabeth Elizalde Jan-17-2017 92 0
Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old who was abducted from a Florida hospital after birth, discovered her true identity two years ago when she applied for a job, according to a friend.

Arika Williams told People that Mobley repeatedly asked Gloria Williams, 51, for her birth certificate and social security information after the teen was hired at a restaurant.

“Lexy kept being hard on her mother, like ‘Momma, where is my stuff? I want to get this job.’ Then Miss Gloria just broke down and told her this is why right here, you can’t do this. I kidnapped you,” Arika Williams said.

Mobley was born just eight hours before a woman posing as a nurse stole her from Jacksonville’s University Medical Center on July 10, 1998.

Gloria Williams was arrested on kidnapping charges Friday in Walterboro, S.C., where she raised Mobley as Alexis Manigo. She could face life in prison if convicted.

Mobley reconnected with her biological parents — mother Shanara Mobley and father Craig Aiken — in an emotional reunion Friday morning.

According to Arika Williams, Gloria Williams allegedly told her daughter she had suffered a miscarriage during her pregnancy. She also had people who attended her baby shower bring her quilts that said "Alexis" on them.

“Alexis Kelli Manigo was going to be spoiled regardless,” Arika Williams told the magazine. “But I guess she said she lost Alexis Kelli Manigo. She was going to find Alexis Kelli Manigo and went and got Kamiyah.”

Gloria Williams allegedly told her ex-boyfriend Charles Manigo she gave birth to their child when he was away. The pair continued to date until 2003 and shared custody after they separated.


Arika Williams, Mobley's friend, said Gloria Williams (pictured) broke down and told Mobley that she kidnapped her when the teen pressed her for copies of her birth certificate and social security card.

Now Manigo is left daughterless for the second time.

“She's still my child,” he said of Mobley, according to ABC News.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says investigators are still trying to piece together what prompted the kidnapping and isn’t surprised of Mobley’s support for Gloria Williams after learning the truth.

“For all accounts she was well taken care of,” the sheriff said. “She was raised a normal, healthy 18-year-old girl. It is a lot for anybody to process much less a young adult.”

Elise Viebeck Jan-17-2017 80 0
A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday to protest what they described as his alarming and divisive policies, foreign interference in his election and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia.

There are now more than 50 House Democrats — 56, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week. The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis (D) is “all talk, talk, talk” and should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities.”


Lewis, who sees Trump’s Nov. 8 win as illegitimate because of Russia’s alleged interference in the election, is best known for leading civil rights protests in the 1960s, including the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in which state troopers brutally attacked the crowd. Lewis will not attend the inauguration, he told NBC News in an interview for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

Jan-16-2017 81 0
Eight people were injured after a shooting near Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Northwest Miami-Dade Monday. The shooting happened on Northwest 62nd Street and 32nd Avenue.

Seven of the victims suffered gunshot wounds. One victim is in critical condition. Miami-Dade Police said three of the patients were juveniles.

NBC 6 spoke with a family member of one of the teen victims injured. She said when shots were fired, people started running in a panic.

Police confirmed two people were being questioned. Officers said two guns were seized.
The Pan-African & Caribbean Family Festival was happening at the park Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Chopper 6 footage showed a police perimeter in the area as Miami-Dade officers searched for possible suspects shortly after the shooting. Officers were seen entering a home, which appeared to be abadonded, near 31st Avenue.



kevin johnson Jan-16-2017 63 0
Four months after issuing a blistering indictment of police operations in Baltimore, the Justice Department and the city struck a deal Thursday aimed at mending the "broken'' trust between law enforcement and the community whose African-American residents were targeted with excessive force and unlawful stops.

The announcement at Baltimore's City Hall by Attorney General Loretta Lynch marked her return to the city. The nation's chief law enforcement officer visited during the first days of her tenure as authorities struggled to regain control of violent uprisings after the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. The unarmed man was fatally injured while in police custody.

Six officers were charged in Gray's death. After three were acquitted, charges against the rest were dropped. The federal investigation into police operations resulted in a damning account of unlawful policing that disproportionately targeted black residents in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

"Twenty-one months ago, I took the oath of office as attorney general of the United States on the same day that Freddie Gray was laid to rest here in Baltimore,'' Lynch said. "That was a difficult day for a city that had already endured weeks of tension and protest as feelings of mistrust and suspicion unfortunately boiled over into violence and unrest.''

The conclusions of the subsequent federal inquiry, Lynch said, prompted weeks of "thorough, good faith negotiations'' resulting in an agreement aimed at defusing that long, tense relationship between police and residents.

The core of the agreement calls for a training regimen that touches virtually every aspect of law enforcement operations, from how police interact daily with people on the street and critical decisions related to the use of deadly force to ensuring the secure transportation of prisoners in custody.

Gray died after his arrest in which he was shackled and loaded into a police van.
"The agreement is robust and comprehensive,'' Lynch said. "It includes a range of reforms to achieve our three main goals: to ensure effective and constitutional policing, to restore community trust in law enforcement and to advance public and officer safety.''

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh called the resolution a "great day'' for the city.
"This has been a very, very focused process,'' Pugh said, "a process we didn't think we could get through in time. I think this document represents the city of Baltimore well.''

City and federal officials moved to strike the deal before the end of the Obama administration.
"This is about fairness and understanding,'' the mayor said, referring to the circumstances of Gray's death and the unrest that followed as the impetus for the effort.

"The sacred trust between the Baltimore City Police Department and the people they are sworn to protect is in desperate need of repair,'' the federal lawmakers said in a written statement. "We must ensure that the basic human rights of every Baltimore City resident are respected and upheld by the police officers charged with keeping them safe.''

The Baltimore agreement marks another resolution to more than two dozen federal investigations of police agencies across the country by the Obama administration since 2009. An equally high-profile investigation of the Chicago Police Department by the Justice Department is likely to be released within days.

The inquiries, some of which were requested by municipal leaders seeking to bring stability to troubled agencies, represent a controversial strategy that is likely to be used much more sparingly by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general nominee, has expressed his general opposition to the use of such court-enforced agreements, known as consent decrees to require law enforcement changes.

Eric Stirgus Jan-16-2017 91 0
Morehouse College’s board of trustees has decided it will not renew the contract of its current president, John Wilson, when his contract expires in June.

“I am proud of the work we have achieved and the obstacles we have overcome while serving as President of Morehouse College,” Wilson said in a statement released dated Sunday, the birthday of its most famous alum, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The statement did not explain why the board was not renewing Wilson’s contract.
“I am particularly proud that alumni fundraising was significantly enhanced, with donations from alumni and the Board of Trustees reaching record levels over the last two years.”

Wilson was hired in November 2012.

Tyler Estep Jan-16-2017 130 0
One of the highest elected officials in one of Georgia’s most diverse counties waded into controversial territory over the weekend when he wrote a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis – a Civil Rights legend already locked in a war of words with president-elect Donald Trump – a “racist pig.”

The reaction to Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before the holiday honoring the life of counterpart Martin Luther King Jr. was varied – but swift.
Many took to the comments section of Hunter’s Facebook posts to support him. Others did quite the opposite.

“Hunter is a disgrace to Gwinnett County in particular and Georgia in general, and he should apologize for those comments,” Gwinnett Democratic Party Chairman Gabe Okoye told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

He later called for Hunter to resign. 

Hunter, who was first elected to Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners in 2012 and narrowly won re-election in November, made the Facebook post in question on Saturday afternoon. It came amid a well-publicized feud between Lewis and Trump, which started when Lewis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he didn’t view Trump as a “legitimate president.” 

Trump then responded on Twitter, calling Lewis “all talk” and proclaiming his Congressional district — which includes most of the city of Atlanta — to be “in terrible shape and falling apart.” 
In addition to calling Lewis “a racist pig,” the subsequent Facebook post from Hunter – whose Gwinnett district lies many miles east of Lewis’ congressional one – referred to “Demonrats” as “a bunch of idiots.”

Jan-16-2017 171 0
The woman who was stolen at birth 18 years ago has finally returned to her biological parents, but one person is still heartbroken — the man who raised her.

Charles Manigo is now left without a daughter — technically, twice over — after seeing Kamiyah Mobley, the girl he raised as his own, reunited with the parents who never knew her.

“The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad,” Manigo told ABC News on Sunday.
“She's still my child,” he added.

“I understand what's going on, but she's still my child.” Manigo and his ex-girlfriend Gloria Williams devoted 18 years to raising the girl they named Alexis Kelly in rural South Carolina.

But their family was torn apart last week when the dark truth of the daughter’s origins suddenly came to light.

Williams was arrested on Friday after tips to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children led authorities to charging her for allegedly kidnapping the girl at birth — and then lying to Manigo and saying she gave birth while he was away.

The baby’s disappearance in 1998 set off a national search that ended with no apparent leads.
Williams, 51, has now been charged with kidnapping and interference with custody and could face life in prison if convicted.

Mobley had an emotional reunion on Saturday with Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley — the biological parents she never knew.

She even defended Williams in a Facebook post, saying the alleged child snatcher “raised me with everything I needed.”

Now Manigo has been left alone to deal with the confusion — and loss — brought by another family’s happy reunion.

“One of the hardest things she said on Friday was, 'Dad I love you,' even though she knows what's going on,” he told ABC.

“I talk to her every day. The attention is overwhelming to her. She's still processing everything. It's a shock to me, it's a bigger shock to her.”

jane reid Jan-15-2017 124 0
The Department of Justice released a scathing report this past week on the Chicago Police Department and reached an agreement to reform the Baltimore Police Department.

Both investigations were overseen by civil rights chief Vanita Gupta, who sat down for an exclusive interview.

“The Chicago Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force,” Gupta said on Friday when she issued the long-awaited report detailing unconstitutional policing practices in Chicago.

“We found the Chicago Police Department shooting at moving vehicles, shooting at people who didn’t present an immediate threat, some of whom were fleeing,” Gupta told CBS News.

Gupta believes the problems are a result of poor training and lack of accountability.

“I think, though, what was surprising was just how broken the accountability systems have been and I think how disserved Chicago police officers and community residents alike ... have been because of these systemic deficiencies,” she said.

The training video that these officers watched to learn how to appropriately use force is 35 years old.

“These are the kinds of things that don’t take rocket science to fix or that many resources,” Gupta said.

Gupta dismisses criticism that federal scrutiny of police discourages aggressive policing.

“The notion that the scrutiny is shutting down police activity, I think there just hasn’t been data to establish that,” she said. “And, look, the reality is that today we are in a world where there is a changed sense of technology and public access to the kinds of things that police officers do on the street.”

Gupta said the police department was cooperative and she believes the city’s leadership is committed to serious reform.

When the Trump administration takes over next week, Gupta hopes they’ll be able to work on a court-enforceable agreement. But the presumptive attorney general, Jeff Sessions, testified earlier this week he is not a fan of formal agreements. He may try to pursue other ways to fix all of the problems laid out in Friday’s report.
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ellen eldridge Jan-15-2017 386 0
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long who is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord. Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer. As a man of God with unyielding faith, Bishop Long maintained his commitment to our Heavenly Father as he proclaimed that cancer would not kill his faith nor his spirit. First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, Bishop Long’s wife of 27 years offered the following. “I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. Although, his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”


Deeply committed to his church, even in his last days, Bishop Long delivered his final message to New Birth as we ushered in 2017. He told the church that God was already working in our favor and what we have been praying for was already manifested. In his departure, we receive that and as faithful members of New Birth, we praise God for the life of Bishop Long. Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world. He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer. Long was a family man and spiritual leader who was well respected and loved for his passion to unapologetically and courageously preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Long inspired thousands of believers around the world through his global ministry that literally changed lives. Through his earthly battle, Bishop Long believed that God was once again using him to help others see the power of the Holy Spirit through the love New Birth displayed to him and the countless prayers sent up by others from every corner of the earth.Bishop Eddie L. Long was 63 years old. He is survived by his beautiful wife, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, 4 children Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor and 3 grandchildren. The Long family thanks you for your prayers, condolences and messages of love. The family appreciates your support and respect of their privacy, as they prepare along with New Birth, for the homegoing service to honor Bishop Long. The date and other details will be announced in the near future.


About New Birth Missionary Baptist Church


Internationally recognized as a premiere faith-based organization that leads extensive ministries, catering to children, families, community, business and public outreach initiatives, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is located in Lithonia, Georgia. Under the leadership of Bishop Eddie L. Long, New Birth grew from 300 to a membership of more than 25,000. Bishop Long has been the Senior Pastor of New Birth since 1987. The vision of New Birth is to Love, Live, and Lead like Christ. New Birth is located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia, Georgia, 30038. For more information visit: www.newbirth.org.

JESSICA GRESKO Jan-14-2017 63 0
Thousands are expected in Washington for a march organizers say is designed to "protect the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." and to "preserve the legacy of President Barack Obama."

The National Action Network, the group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, is sponsoring Saturday's "We Shall Not Be Moved" march and rally ahead of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Participants are gathering near the Washington Monument. Organizers' plan is to march down Independence Avenue to a park near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. A rally at the end of the march is scheduled to begin at noon.

Weather could put a damper on things. The National Weather Service says snow, freezing rain and sleet are expected before noon followed by rain and freezing rain.

David Badash Jan-14-2017 336 0
The head of the District Of Columbia's National Guard, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, has been ordered to tender his resignation effective 12:01 PM on Inauguration Day. Because D.C. is not a state the president is responsible for naming the officer who heads the district's national guard unit. Talking Points Memo reports "Donald Trump has demanded" Schwartz step down at that time.

What is extraordinarily odd is Maj. Schwartz, whose official title is Commanding General of the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard, Washington, District of Columbia, and has been in that post since June of 2008, will literally be in the middle of protecting some of the tens or hundreds of thousands of people expected on the streets of Washington, D.C. During the inauguration and subsequent parade, when he will have to step down and turn his command over to someone appointed by Donald Trump.

Schwartz, who began his military career in 1979, told The Washington Post, the "timing is extremely unusual."

“My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz, 65, said. “I’ll see them off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said that he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

Trump and his transition team appear to have blindly ordered most if not all presidential political appointees to resign immediately upon his swearing in, or have not asked them to stay until they are replaced. It is custom that presidential appointees tender their resignations effective January 20, when a new president is sworn in, but usually many are asked to stay in their positions until they are replaced – especially those with highly sensitive jobs.

For example, the Trump transition team did not ask the two civilian heads of a little-known agency that is responsible for ensuring America's nuclear arms are secure, to stay in their posts. Those jobs will be unfilled the moment Trump is sworn in.

There appears to be a strong intention to ensure that no Obama appointees remain in place whatsoever. Overseas ambassadors often are either asked to stay or ask to stay until their children finish the school year. All those requests were denied outright by the Trump team, with no consideration for family needs.

Schwartz says he was not told why he was ordered to step down. The Washington Post did obtain the memo sent to him confirming the order.

Chris Sommerfeldt Jan-14-2017 250 0
A Mississippi city is taking heat for announcing that municipal offices will be closed Monday in observance of "Great Americans Day" — a substitute name for Martin Luther King Day, which celebrates the birth of the legendary civil rights icon.

Biloxi, a predominantly white city on the Magnolia State's gulf coast, made the announcement in a since-deleted Friday evening tweet, and quickly became the target of a slew of sarcastic social media posts.

"Y'all spelled Martin Luther King wrong. Bless your hearts," one Twitter user joked.

Less than two hours after the initial tweet, a social media administrator for Biloxi gave damage control a whirl.

"The city did not name this holiday," a follow-up tweet read. "In fact, Biloxi touts MLK celebrations in our city."

However, the state's website suggests that this claim is inaccurate. In fact, in the eyes of the state the third Monday of January commemorates two holidays: Dr. King's birth and Confederate Army General Robert Lee's birth — but not "Great Americans Day."

The city's website, on the other hand, only lists one holiday for the third Monday of January: "Great Americans Day."

Amid immense social media backlash over the initial tweet, Biloxi Mayor Andrew Gilich announced that he thinks the city council should update the city's code of ordinances first thing Tuesday so that it complies with the official federal name of the holiday.

"In my opinion, that is the appropriate step to take," Gilich said in a statement. "This city's longstanding support of our annual MLK celebrations speaks volumes about our support for this holiday. In fact, we've always celebrated this day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

A spokesperson for Biloxi did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News about when and why the holiday was renamed in the first place.

Biloxi Councilwoman Dixie Newman said she had never heard of "Great Americans Day" before and was shocked after learning about it through social media.

"Use common sense," Newman told BuzzFeed, which first reported on the Friday evening tweet. "It infuriates me because I do not feel it should be anything else other than Martin Luther King Day."

AP Jan-14-2017 75 0
House Republicans have shown no inclination to challenge President-elect Donald Trump on ethics matters. Instead, they are going after the federal ethics official who questioned Trump's potential conflicts of interest.

Democrats slammed the move, saying GOP lawmakers are trying to intimidate an independent watchdog for having the temerity to challenge Trump's business arrangements.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has summoned Walter Shaub Jr., the director of the Office of Government Ethics, to answer questions about his public comments on Trump.

This week, Shaub issued a scathing review of Trump's plan to turn over control of his business to his sons. Shaub said in a speech Wednesday that the only way Trump could avoid a conflict of interest as president would be to divest from his business and have his assets placed in a blind trust. "Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective," Shaub said of Trump.

Chaffetz sent Shaub a sternly worded letter late Thursday requesting that he sit for a transcribed interview. He said the interview would "help the committee understand how you perceive OGE's role, among other things."

"Your agency's mission is to provide clear ethics guidance, not engage in public relations," Chaffetz wrote.

In an interview, Chaffetz said Shaub is offering opinions on conflicts of interest without fully researching the circumstances. "What he's doing is highly unethical," Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz said his own letter was drafted before Shaub's speech. Chaffetz said he has been trying to meet with Shaub since the fall but that Shaub has declined his invitations. "All I wanted to do is try to get him to come in and talk to us," Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz' letter cited a series of tweets by Shaub in November. In the tweets, Shaub congratulated Trump for agreeing to divest from his business — an agreement that Trump never made.

The congressman's letter did not mention Shaub's speech.

In the speech, Shaub noted that members of Trump's Cabinet — some of them very wealthy, like Trump — are required to place their assets in a blind trust. Shaub said the president should be held to the same standard. "The plan the president-elect has announced doesn't meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the past four decades has met," Shaub said.

Shaub's criticism of Trump has been echoed by several government watchdog groups and both Republican and Democratic government ethics experts. They include Norman Eisen, a former chief ethics counselor for President Barack Obama, and Richard Painter, who served in the same role for President George W. Bush.

Congressional Democrats sharply criticized Chaffetz for summoning Shaub.

"The Oversight Committee has not held one hearing, conducted one interview, or obtained one document about President-elect Donald Trump's massive global entanglements, yet it is now apparently rushing to launch an investigation of the key government official for warning against the risks caused by President-elect Donald Trump's current plans," said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, then top Democrat on the committee.

Some Democrats see a coordinated effort by Republicans to undermine the office responsible for ethics reviews of Cabinet nominees and ensuring they will avoid conflicts of interests.

"Instead of honoring his committee's responsibility to hold the administration accountable, Chairman Chaffetz has appointed himself President-elect Trump's chief strongman and enforcer," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

A week ago, Shaub complained that Senate Republicans were moving ahead with confirmation hearings before Trump's choices had reached ethics agreements.

This week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., circulated an online petition that says, "It's time for the bureaucrats at the Office of Government Ethics to pick up the pace on vetting President-elect Trump's nominees for the cabinet."

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Daryl K. Washington Jan-15-2017 914 0
In such a very short time, many are clearing their memories of how Donald Trump mocked a handicap individual, disrespected candidates, women, the media and anyone else who does not agree with him. Donald Trump has insulted women, called them by names other than their own, has disrespected President Obama and most recently insulted Civil Rights Icon, John Lewis. Despite his despicable behavior, many are of the mindset that we must meet with Donald Trump or risk being left out. Until Donald Trump proves this country wrong, I stand with the Honorable John Lewis.

Has Trump announced that he is cutting back major programs President Obama put in place specifically for black people? Some people are behaving as if Trump is now our savior and if we do not bow down to him he will not help us. If the problems in our communities were so bad and needed so much attention, why weren't people lined up the last 8 years to discuss these problems with President Obama?

Trump has succeeded in making people afraid and now some are living in fear. Trump said in his campaign speech that nothing had been done for the black communities in the last 8 years so what do we have to lose. Trump said he would change things and now people are saying we need to meet with Mr.Trump so that he can keep his promise. That alone really makes it appear as if President Obama did nothing for the black communities and Trump was right. Listen, we have to stop depending on the Government and do for ourselves. When you depend on a large machine like the Government it controls you. When something controls you it can destroy you.

Many of the colleges in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. are now dealing with financial issues because of the budget cuts. Most of the colleges are dependent on the Government to survive because of the little support from the communities and believe me that is a recipe for disaster. Have you ever wondered why Asians and other races are not lined up to meet with Trump? It's because they support their own businesses and circulate the dollars within their own communities so they are not as dependent on the Government. We don't need Trump. We need each other. You guys running behind Trump will make him look like the savior he say he is and as a result he will most certainly be in office for the next 8 years. This country is in the best shape it's ever been in for a very long time and will only get better because of the things President Obama put into place. The thing is, Donald Trump will get credit for it all. We will survive, especially if we begin to support each other.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email 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 Sep-20-2016 427 0
One must applaud the efforts and courage of Colin Kaepernick despite all of the negative criticism he’s received from the media, from fans, from athletes, current and former, and from certain owners of professional teams. Some have questioned his sincerity and others have questioned his methods but what many have failed to do is take notice of his message. Kaepernick has voiced on a number of occasions the reason for his peaceful protest yet many have failed to comprehend it.

What Kaepernick has done for the Movement is sparked conversation but many do not want to listen. He used his platform to bring attention to the injustices that are occurring on a daily basis yet an unarmed black man was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma while he held both hands in the air for the world to see.

One has to wonder if this would have occurred if there was more unity on the issues that Kaepernick brought to the forefront. One has to wonder if this would have happened if every professional athlete would have stood in solidarity. One has to wonder if this would have happened if Jerry Jones allowed his athletes to exercise their Constitutional rights. One has to wonder if this would have happened if all of the National Organizations would have issued press releases making their support of Kaepernick known to all. One has to wonder if this would have happened if the media was not so fast to label all police officers as heroes. One has to wonder if this would have happened if the officers who murdered Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile were in jail today.

Colin Kaepernick, did what many have accused athletes of not doing; he took a stance. He pledged One Million dollars to the cause but how many more came in support of his efforts? I would like to believe if more people would have come out in support of Colin Kaepernick, Mr. Crutcher would still be alive today. Colin Kaepernick took a knee and challenged everyone else to do so but instead of focusing on the message, people focused on the National Anthem. When the message is ignored the problems will persist. There is a National Stage. The time is now to bring a plan forward. Stop questioning his method and give him the support he needs. Two weeks ago, two young ladies were wrongfully arrested while eating at a Whataburger in San Antonio, Texas. A few days later, a 13 year old boy was shot multiple times by a police officer. On last week, the officer who killed Eric Garner received a bonus to bring his pay to $120,000. Now, we witnessed the shooting of an unarmed black man but there are those who still don’t get the message. Why? Colin Kaepernick has not received the full support he needs.

Colin Kaepernick took a knee but many have not been there to lift him up. This is not Colin’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem. If you can demand that people stand in solidarity during the playing of the National Anthem, you most certainly should demand that everyone stand in solidarity when there are injustices. Don’t leave it up to one person to do it all alone. We must up take a knee and move forward with a plan.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email 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 Jul-14-2016 782 0
I had the pleasure to witness four NBA superstars issuing a “Call to Action” to the thousands of athletes who were in attendance at the ESPY Awards. It was the moment I waited on for so long because I personally know the influence professional athletes have on society. They have the platform and the power to demand change. We saw the immediate change that occurred when athletes at Grambling State University, Missouri and the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few, decided to take a stance. Athletes have the power, the platform and the support to make a difference but should they have to do it alone?

As a civil rights attorney I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of protests throughout the U.S. I’ve attended rallies and marches where some of my closest friends lived but as I thought about it, I generally did not get to see any of them until after the events were over. I recently received confirmation that there is a perception that the only individuals out marching are the victims’ families, individuals from the communities we moved away from or individuals who are wrongfully labeled as troublemakers. What really confirmed it for me was when it was stated that “men should get off the protest lines and instead fill out job applications.” I know that comment can be taken many ways but the way I took it was that men who are out protesting do not have jobs. The sad reality of it all is the reason statements like that can be made is because many who have been blessed to obtain multiple degrees, fortunate to be employed by major organizations, live in the nice neighborhoods, drive the fancy cars, have the IRA’s and are living what is considered the American Dream will not get involved with the movement out of the fear of losing it all yet those same people have the audacity to call out athletes.

Here is the bottom line. This movement cannot be placed on the backs of a few. Until organizations see their star players out in the communities voicing their concerns, they will think the injustices are acceptable. I know it shocked the conscious of America to see Trauma surgeon Brian Williams publicly share his fear of police officers. There were many who probably thought “how dare a doctor make such comments” and I’m sure Dr. Williams understood that there was some risks involved in making his comments but I'm sure he realized that many would listen if he spoke. His comments needed to be made because America now sees that this problem does not only exist in what many call the hood. Many now understand that for black and brown people the hood is America and we are not safe anywhere.

Just recently I was traveling to conduct depositions. I guess because I had on a suit and was sitting in First Class (I had an upgrade because of mileage) the white gentleman sitting next to me perhaps was of the opinion that I was not concerned about what was going on in the black communities. Little did he know why I was traveling and what I fight for on a daily basis. He had the audacity to say he could not understand why people were so upset about the incident in Baton Rouge given the background of Alvin Sterling. My response to him was when an officer decides to use excessive force against a black or brown person, in most cases they do not know the name of the person or whether they have a criminal background. Only one thing is seen; the color of the person’s skin. They know in most cases that the law and media have been on their side so there is no fear of killing because there will be plenty of support for them. By the time our flight landed he admitted that his own personal biases had not allowed him to look beyond a certain point but because we discussed it, he now had a clearer picture.

I say all of the above to emphasize that athletes are not the only individuals with the power and platform to demand change. There are Black Presidents, CEO’s, Coaches, CPA's, CFO’s, Managers, Politicians, Directors and future stars of large corporations who also have the platforms. There are Black doctors, nurses, dentists, lawyers, pilots, flight attendants, scientists, engineers, sales professionals, educators, business owners, entertainers, etc. who also have the platforms and power to make a change. It’s time that we gave our brothers and sisters, who are out fighting for justice on a daily basis, the help and support they truly need. I can assure you that should you become the victim of police brutality in your nice neighborhoods or fired from you nice jobs, you will then understand the value of being a part of groups that fight for change. We all need to be out protesting so that the victims’ families can properly grieve. We are in this current state of chaos because so many believe it’s not their problem. Just remember, we are in our positions because someone fought for us.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email 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 Jun-24-2016 806 0
On yesterday the officer responsible for the incident in McKinney, Texas was not indicted for the assault on the young teenager that was seen all over the U.S. Also, on yesterday one of the officers in the Freddie Gray case was acquitted. As expected, my timeline on Facebook was flooded with posts from individuals talking about the injustices that take place throughout the U.S. One of my good friends, who is like a brother to me, even blamed attorneys for the injustices throughout the U.S. Generally, I do not comment on these type of issues but because it's Friday I would like to give everyone who this may apply to something to think about.

When is the last time you attended a judicial debate or even contacted an attorney to inquire about a judicial candidate or a DA to see if they had the proper temperament to serve? When is the last time you attended a rally or demanded that a DA present all of the evidence to the grand jury? When is the last time you took a day off from work to support the families who sons or daughters were wrongfully gunned down by a police officer? When is the last time you packed a courthouse to support a family you did not know? When is the last time you sent a letter to the family of a deceased offering your support, financially or emotionally? When is the last time you contacted your local city council member and asked them what they are doing to address the issue of police brutality and police misconduct?

I could go on and on with this but just know, the system will continue as is unless we become proactive and stop being so reactive. This system knows that people will get excited about an incident but once the media is gone, so is the support. As a Civil Rights attorney, I know who is putting it all on the line to bring about change. I know the people who are talking to the DA's, to the Chiefs of Police of various cities, to the city attorneys and others trying to save lives and/or bring about change. I know my friends who attend meetings when I'm in their cities trying to bring about change. It seems like an easy and at times, prestigious job but to be honest, it can be a lonely job. Many nights when most people are sleeping, I find myself in deep thoughts wondering if I could get the thousands of people I know to stand behind us in this fight, a major difference could be made.

Creating the wonderful posts on Facebook help bring attention to issues of injustice but we have to be consistent with our support. One million people strong can take a day off from work with very short notice to attend the CAVS victory parade but let a demonstration for the wrongful death of an unarmed black man or woman be planned and the hardest thing to do is get people to agree on a date or better yet, take off a day to show their support. I know many may not understand how deep this problem truly is but until you step out in the heat and show your support, you may want to stop some of the blaming. Just remember, there will not be change until we all change. Real support is needed to stop the injustices that are occurring throughout the U.S. Let's all come together to bring about a change in this country.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email 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-11-2015 13515 0
For years the question whether college athletes should be paid has been debated over and over only to be kicked down by legal rulings. The NCAA, the television networks, the media and large colleges have all profited off of the backs of primarily Black athletes, while the only colleges that would accept them are being forced to shut down because of a lack of resources. College coaches are earning millions of dollars per season, have large endorsement deals and live in upscale neighborhoods while college athletes, many who come from low income families, are penalize for accepting a meal from a booster, can’t afford to take a date out to dinner or a movie and can only wish that their families could afford to sit in the stands occupied by many who will not speak to them or support them after their college careers are over.

I’ve said on numerous occasions that in order for there to be a change within the system, the ones with the power would have to do something drastic. Two years ago the Grambling State University football team decided to stage a protest because of the lack of equipment and the conditions of Grambling’s facilities. Although I hated to see it come down to that, I understood their frustrations and realized that we were witnessing the beginning of a new movement. The day had come for college athletes to realize that they have as much power as professional athletes, to demand change.

Two years later, the football players at the University of Missouri made a bold statement that will have an everlasting impact on college sports. They walked away from a game they love to support their fellow students. They have now shown athletes at other schools the power they have when they join together in solidarity. As a result, the NCAA’s biggest fear just came to reality. There was not going to be any change or progress at the University of Missouri until the individuals responsible for generating a large share of the revenue said “Enough is Enough.” Within a few days of their walk-out, President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, the top administrator of the Columbia campus, announced their resignation. That's power.

The NCAA has long made the issues with college athletes, a legal one. The NCAA created rules that prevent athletes from earning a living until after they’ve made everyone else rich. College athletes are required to sign over all of their rights in exchange for a scholarship and cannot earn one single dime to support a parent who is sometimes forced to work two jobs and in some cases still don't have the resources to attend a game. LSU’s superstar Leonard Fournette is being questioned about a business venture his family started before his college career really took off. Now that he’s signed away his rights, it’s being frowned upon by the individuals who were earn millions off of him. In other words, we the NCAA and LSU own his rights. The system is old, is broken and it’s unfair. Schools like LSU and Alabama earn over $70 million per year off of football but the players receive $0. The coaches earn over $3 million per season but the players earn $0.

I'm predicting that we are a season or two away from college athletes staging one of the largest boycotts in college sports because they have come to realize that the power is in their hands. The Missouri football players did not have to miss one single game to get what they demanded but the fight is far from over. Today, the students in Missouri are being faced with the harsh reality of the racist society we still live in. They should be preparing for exams but instead they are fearing for their lives. One hundred thousand fans will cheer on black athletes on Saturdays but many will criticize their efforts and make fun of them on Monday morning. I applaud the efforts of our college athletes. It makes me feel good to see that Our future generation will not stop fighting the fight that many started years ago. We can only pray that one day we will be able to take off the gloves. Until that time, the fight must go on so that the future generation can experience what Dr. King died for many years ago; True equality for everyone.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email 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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