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Taraji Henson, 'Empire' actress, apologizes over claims that Glendale cops profiled her son
“Empire” star Taraji Henson apologized to Glendale cops after a video contradicting her claims that officers racially profiled her son during a traffic stop surfaced, according to reports.

The 44-year-old Emmy-nominated actress said the stop influenced her decision to send her college-bound son to Howard University in Washington, D.C., instead of USC.

But footage obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubts on Henson’s initial claim that police improperly targeted her son.

“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” she said in an Instagram message after the paper released the video. “A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's. Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case, I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”

Henson’s 20-year-old son, Marcell Johnson, was pulled over by a Glendale police officer on Oct. 18 last year after failing to yield to a pedestrian.

When asked if he had anything illegal in his Honda Civic, Johnson admits to having marijuana and the prescription drug Ritalin in the car.

He then admits to smoking pot about two hours earlier and says that the Ritalin was given to him by a friend.

After consenting to a search and a sobriety test, the cops let him off with a citation and a warning.

“I am giving this to you too because you smoked weed about two hours ago … and a warning if you have Ritalin on you and you’re not supposed to, don’t do it,” the cops said. “That’s a big violation and I wouldn’t want to do that to you.”

Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro said the racial profile allegations resulted in threats against the department.

“The contact and actions with Marcell Johnson were legal, professional and empathetic,” he said.
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Denis Slattery Mar-28-2015 57 0
“Empire” star Taraji Henson apologized to Glendale cops after a video contradicting her claims that officers racially profiled her son during a traffic stop surfaced, according to reports.

The 44-year-old Emmy-nominated actress said the stop influenced her decision to send her college-bound son to Howard University in Washington, D.C., instead of USC.

But footage obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubts on Henson’s initial claim that police improperly targeted her son.

“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” she said in an Instagram message after the paper released the video. “A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's. Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case, I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”

Henson’s 20-year-old son, Marcell Johnson, was pulled over by a Glendale police officer on Oct. 18 last year after failing to yield to a pedestrian.

When asked if he had anything illegal in his Honda Civic, Johnson admits to having marijuana and the prescription drug Ritalin in the car.

He then admits to smoking pot about two hours earlier and says that the Ritalin was given to him by a friend.

After consenting to a search and a sobriety test, the cops let him off with a citation and a warning.

“I am giving this to you too because you smoked weed about two hours ago … and a warning if you have Ritalin on you and you’re not supposed to, don’t do it,” the cops said. “That’s a big violation and I wouldn’t want to do that to you.”

Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro said the racial profile allegations resulted in threats against the department.

“The contact and actions with Marcell Johnson were legal, professional and empathetic,” he said.

AP Mar-27-2015 84 0
Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday.

Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 51, was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, heroin and marijuana, the Federal Bureau of Investigations said in a statement.

Foster and Fresno residents Rafael Guzman, Jennifer Donebedian and Randy Flowers were arrested as result of a yearlong joint investigation by the FBI and ATF that involved wiretaps and surveillance, the FBI said.

Foster, a 29-year-veteran of the Fresno Police Department, oversaw patrol operations for the department's four police districts. He has been a deputy chief since January 2007.

Foster has been put on paid administrative leave while the Fresno police conduct an internal investigation into alleged criminal and policy violations, the Fresno Police Department said in a statement.

"This is a very sad day for the Fresno Police Department, the citizens of Fresno, the law enforcement profession, and for me personally," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

An affidavit by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Sherri L. Reynolds shows Foster told Flowers in a Dec. 23, 2014, phone call that he had "100 of those things" for Flowers.

Foster picked up a prescription for 100 oxycodone tablets at a Rite Aid pharmacy drive-thru and then drove his black BMW to Flowers' home on West Church Ave. in a pocket of southwest Fresno just outside city limits. Foster picked up another prescription of oxycodone pills on Jan. 27, 2015, and then drove to Flowers' home.

Flowers has a criminal history in Fresno County that includes a 1988 conviction for possession of cocaine base for sale; a 1994 conviction for being a felon and addict in possession of a firearm; and a 2010 conviction for delivery of a schedule II controlled substance from Marion County, Ore., the affidavit says.

Neither the FBI nor the Fresno Police Department could provide the name of a defense attorney to comment on the charges.

Mar-26-2015 172 0
A Georgia garbage collector says he is spending his weekends in jail for picking up trash too early.

Kevin McGill will spend the next 14 weekends in jail for starting his trash run at 5 a.m.

A Sandy Springs city ordinance prohibits trash runs before 7 a.m., according to the Atlanta Sun Times website.

Chief prosecutor Bill Riley said predawn trash pickups were a recurring problem and prompted widespread calls to 911. He recommended sentencing McGill to 30 days in jail.

McGill chose to serve his time on weekends, spreading his sentence out to about three months.

Mar-26-2015 121 0
A Detroit man was pulled from his Cadillac at gunpoint, thrown to the pavement and put in a chokehold by police in a shockingly familiar scene caught on dashboard camera video.

An officer put Floyd Dent, 57, in a chokehold with one arm and began throwing right-handed haymakers to the man’s head. Video shows the full, vicious assault: 16 blows to the head and a kick to the arm, and another officer shocking Dent with a stun gun three times, Click On Detroit reported.

“I’m lucky to be living,” Dent told reporters Wednesday about what was a simple traffic stop. “I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they choked me. I was on my last breath. I told them, ‘Officer please, I can’t breathe.’”

“I can’t breathe” became a national catchphrase for police brutality after Staten Island man Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold during a July 17 NYPD arrest gone wrong.

Police followed Dent’s car in a suburban Detroit area known for drug dealing and pulled him over Jan. 28 for not properly stopping at a stop sign. The police report claims Dent was trying to flee in his car, but the video shows otherwise.

“Next thing I know, he took out his gun. He’s talking about blowing off my head,” Dent said. “Then he grabbed me out the car and started beating on me. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Officers said Dent yelled, “I’ll kill you.”

But police microphones were off.

Cops arrested Dent on a slew of charges, including driving with suspended license and possession of crack cocaine they allege was found in the car, according to Click On Detroit.

“I’m lucky to be living,” Floyd Dent told reporters Wednesday about what was a simple traffic stop. “I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they choked me."

Dent has no criminal past and a blood test at the hospital revealed no drugs or alcohol in his system.

State police told Dent’s attorney this week they were investigating the incident.

William Melendez, the Inkster, Mich., officer who placed Dent in the chokehold, was accused of misconduct as a Detroit police officer in 2004 as part of a group of cops acquitted in a federal trial for civil rights abuses, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.


A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Floyd Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.
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A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Floyd Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.

“I get tears thinking about it,” Dent told reporters. “I don’t want to watch the tape of them beating me because I get upset.”

AP Mar-26-2015 126 0
The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has been released from an Alabama prison after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in cpaign funds.

Rev. Jackson confirmed around 5:30 a.m. Thursday that his son has been released from the Montgomery, Alabama, facility, calling it a "joyous reunion." He says his son is doing "very well."

The 50-year-old Jackson will serve the remainder of his sentence at a Washington, D.C., halfway house. Jackson began his 2 1/2-year sentence in 2013. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015.

The Illinois Democrat pleaded guilty to misspending the money on items including furs and vacations.

Jackson's wife must serve a related, year-long term after her husband completes his sentence.

Christian Boone Mar-25-2015 141 0
When she came to collect her son’s belongings from the Chamblee apartment where, a day earlier, he was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer, Carolyn Baylor-Giummo received a much-needed hug.

“He was my friend,” a little girl, and neighbor, told Baylor-Giummo.

Anthony Hill made a lot of friends in his 27 years, his mother said. His funeral, held last week in Moncks Corner, S.C., had to be moved to the a high school auditorium to accommodate all the The Air Force veteran was buried in his uniform, his coffin draped in the American flag. Hill survived Afghanistan, where he loaded bombs onto carriers, but but came home with bipolar disorder, his mother said. His struggle to find the proper medication would play a significant role in his death.

DeKalb police officer Robert Olsen was dispatched to The Heights apartment complex on March 9 on a report of a person acting strangely. Hill had climbed down from his second floor apartment, nude, knocking on neighbor’s doors but threatening no one, said Christopher Chestnut, the attorney for Hill’s family.

Hill was still nude, and obviously unarmed, when Olsen, a seven-year veteran of the DeKalb force, arrived on the scene. Witnesses said Hill was walking briskly towards the officer, who ordered him to stop. Hill continued to approach the officer but his gait slowed, Chestnut said, his arms either outstretched or over his head.

Olsen, according to DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander, interpreted a threat and shot Hill twice in the chest. His death has been the subject of headlines nationwide and protests locally. The GBI is investigating.

“I’m a Christian. I pray for (Olsen),” Hill’s grandmother, Theola Baylor, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The question is why. We still don’t understand why (Hill was shot).”

GINGER ADAMS OTIS Mar-24-2015 175 0
George Zimmerman spoke out for the first time Monday since being cleared of violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights and his message was simple: it’s all Obama’s fault.

Zimmerman, 31, staring directly at the camera, talked for 13 minutes in a faux interview conducted by his Tampa divorce lawyer, Howard Iken.

Asked by Iken who he blamed for inflaming racial tensions around his case, Zimmerman didn’t hesitate to name names.

“By far, the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama,” Zimmerman said in the March 8 video.

The President’s bias was evident during a Rose Garden press conference when he said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” according to Zimmerman.

“To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty, pitting Americans against each other solely based on race,” Zimmerman said.


“For (Obama) to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution, he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects,” the vigilante argued.

The President committed the ultimate sin of trying to prosecute “an innocent American,” Zimmerman insisted.

The President should have said “Let’s not rush to judgment,” he added.

Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in February 2012 when he shot and killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Trayvon’s death sparked national outrage and prompted waves of civil rights protests, plus a debate about Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter in 2013 — and he says that ruling helped him keep his faith that justice can prevail.

“I believe that the American judicial system failed in the sense that I should not even (have) gone to trial, but I do believe that the jury process succeeded,” he said in the video.

Asked if he had a clear conscience, Zimmerman nodded.

“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” the President had said during a press conference around the time of the February 2012 shooting.

“Yes, sir,” he said.

“In all fairness, you cannot as a human feel guilty for living, for surviving,” he said, when asked if he wished the encounter with Trayvon turned out differently.

The former wannabe cop was cleared of violating Trayvon’s civil rights by the U.S. Department of Justice last month.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his office found “insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges.”

The 31-year-old’s life has unraveled since his deadly run-in with 17-year-old Trayvon.

Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, filed for divorce two months after his acquittal for the 2012 killing.

He’s been largely unemployed since and gotten into numerous scrapes with the law, most of which have resulted in arrests but no charges.

AP Mar-23-2015 323 0
Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday in Arizona after pleading guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in November 2013, the Maricopa County Attorney's office confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Sharper, 39, entered his pleas Monday in Arizona from Los Angeles, where he was expected to appear in court later in the day and enter a guilty plea in connection with two other rape allegations from 2013 and 2014.

The pleas are part of an attempted "global" plea agreement that could resolve all nine rape charges against him in four states. In addition to the charges in California and Arizona, he faces two rape charges in Las Vegas and three in New Orleans, where is expected to enter guilty pleas within the next month.

The sentences will run concurrently in federal prison, said Jerry Cobb of the Maricopa County Attorney's office. Sharper is not eligible for early release in Arizona, but will be credited for time served in Los Angeles, where he has been in jail without bail since Feb. 27, 2014.

By agreeing to the plea deal, Sharper, 39, avoids the risk of receiving an even worse punishment in the future and expensive litigation that could drag on indefinitely in four states. If convicted, he faced life in prison in Louisiana and more than 30 years in Los Angeles.

For prosecutors, the plea deal avoids the risk of going to trial, where juries might be influenced by Sharper's fame and celebrity defense attorneys.

His suspected string of serial rapes ended in January 2014, when he was arrested on a suspicion of rape in Los Angeles. At the time of his first arrest, he had 20 zolpidem pills in his possession – a sleep drug known by its brand name Ambien. Sharper obtained a prescription for the drug after suffering sleep problems he attributed to his 14-year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, according to a workers compensation claim form he filed in 2012.

The drug can be slipped into drinks to knock out women and rape them, and that's what authorities say Sharper did time after time, according to court records.

Sharper ultimately was charged with nine rapes in four states, including three in consecutive nights in two different states in January 2014.

None of the cases went to trial or even received an evidentiary hearing except in Arizona, where a judge ruled last April there was "proof evident" Sharper raped a women there in November 2013. DNA found inside the women's body partially matched Sharper's, and a witness reported waking up and seeing Sharper naked and making thrusting movements over the woman, according to a detective's testimony at the hearing.

The detective said the woman hadn't known Sharper before that night and didn't remember what happened to her after consuming a drink Sharper made her. Zolpidem was found in the cup in subsequent tests.

Though Sharper's attorney noted that none of Sharper's sperm was found on the alleged victims in Arizona, the detective said he was told that Sharper had a vasectomy, which could explain the lack of sperm.

The revelation caused a stir that day in Arizona, where Sharper was charged with drugging three women and raping two of them.

In Los Angeles, he was charged with drugging and raping two women – one in October 2013 and one in January 2014. In the first one, Sharper met two women at a club in West Hollywood and later invited them to his hotel room, where he offered them a drink, according to a police report of the incident filed in court.

Joel Landau Mar-23-2015 240 0
A former Alaska TV reporter who quit her job while on live air to advocate for medical marijuana is getting the fight she wanted.

Authorities searched the Alaska Cannabis Club on Friday after receiving multiple reports of illegal sales of pot and other derivatives at the medical marijuana dispensary, the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement. Police did not reveal any other information about the investigation.

The facility is operated by Charlo Greene, a former reporter for KTVA-TV who famously quit her job while on the air in September. She told the audience that she was the secret owner of the facility and wanted to run it full time and to become an activist for the legalization of marijuana.

"Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," Greene said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f--- it, I quit."

In November, Alaskan residents passed a referendum allowing for the legalization of marijuana, which went into effect last month.

Residents older than 21 can grow and use the drug, but it still illegal to sell it until the state Legislature sets guidelines for business practices, according to KTUU-TV.

But Greene, who is also known as Charlene Egbe, told her former station her store does not sell any marijuana. Authorities seized drugs and paraphernalia, computer records, bank statements, and two vehicles.

"This is basically a medical marijuana dispensary," Greene said. "We don't sell any recreational marijuana, we don't sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for card holders to come and share their own cannabis."

She posted a defiant message on her Instagram page Saturday night and assured the public the club continued to remain open.

"Today, a day after we were robbed by the Anchorage Police Department at gunpoint, we met with an endless flow of club members that stopped by to simply say, 'You're still here, and so are we,'" she wrote. "I can't tell you all how much this meant to me and my family but know that just trying to express my gratitude right now through text has me in happy tears."

The club will continue to remain resilient, she said.

"THE PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT BEING VICTIMS IN THIS WAR ON DRUGS," she wrote. "WE ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED, bitch."

Mar-23-2015 249 0
The lead prosecutor who locked wrongfully accused Glenn Ford in a “hell hole” at Angola’s death row in Louisiana in 1984 has apologized for a “miscarriage of justice.”

Then-33-year-old A.M. (Marty) Stroud III celebrated his successful conviction of Ford with a round a booze with his friends, a memory he now calls “sick” in a public apology published this week.

Stroud only blames himself, according to his Shreveport Times guest column.

“I was arrogant, judgemental, narcissistic and very full of myself,” Stroud wrote. “I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family.”

A judge freed Ford from the Lousiana State Penitentiary a year ago when evidence, believed to have been suppressed during the trial, surfaced exonerating him from the all-white jury’s decision in the murder of a nearly blind Shreveport watchmaker, Isadore Rozeman.

Glenn Ford was released from death row at age 64 and has since been diagnosed with lung cancer that gives him only months to live.

He was the longest-serving inmate on the state’s death row to be let go.

But Ford’s first injustice gave way to another.

The state is denying his request for compensation typically bestowed upon those wrongfully convicted because he did not prove he is factually innocent, according to a lawsuit.

Even if he wins his compensation, he may not reap the benefits, but his decendants, an adult son and grandchild, might. He is battling stage-four lung cancer and doctors believe he has only months to live.

Another lawsuit claims “indicators of cancer” were found in 2011 while he was incarcerated, but he was denied proper medical care, according to USA Today.

“Glenn Ford deserves every penny owned to him,” Stroud added, using his apology to advocate on Ford’s behalf and calling for the abolishment of capital punishment, an “anathema to any society that purports to call itself civilized.”

Stroud admittably mocked Ford during sentencing, he revealed, and said Ford wanted to stay alive to prove his innocence, which he considered “an affront” to the jurors.

“He showed no remorse, only contempt for your verdict,” Stroud recalled saying in court.

The jury relied on few articles of evidence for a conviction after detectives accused Ford, Rozeman’s landscaper, of shooting and then robbing the 68-year-old business owner.

No murder weapon was ever recovered.

The new evidence discovered in 2013 showed Ford was not at the scene of the crime, nor did he participate in it.

“Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago,” Stroud said.

A motion filed last year said the evidence would have saved Ford from an arrest and indictment in Rozeman’s death.

AP Mar-22-2015 235 0
A Bloomsburg University baseball player has been dismissed from the team for an offensive Twitter post about Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis.

The user account belonging to Joey Casselberry had been deactivated as of Saturday night, but screen captures of the tweet show that the player used an offensive word while criticizing news that a Disney Channel movie was being made about Davis.

Casselberry made reference to Davis’ loss to Nevada during the LLWS.

Bloomsburg announced the dismissal of the junior first baseman on Twitter. The university in Pennsylvania said it was “deeply saddened” by the player’s tweet.

Davis, from Philadelphia, was the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the LLWS last summer, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Dareh Gregorian Mar-21-2015 217 0
The family of a comedian who died in the horrific crash that nearly killed funnyman Tracy Morgan settled their wrongful death suit against Walmart for $10 million, it was reported Friday.

The staggering sum was revealed in court documents filed in Westchester, the Associated Press reported.

The out-of-court settlement between James (Uncle Jimmy Mack) McNair’s estate and the company was the first stemming from the June 7 crash in which a Walmart truck slammed into a limo van carrying Morgan and others home from a show in Delaware.

The deal itself was announced in January, but the financial terms were not disclosed because of a confidentiality agreement.

The sum was revealed in a court filing where McNair’s lawyer, Daryl Zaslow, was arguing that he’s entitled to a $3 million fee for his work on the case, the AP reported.

Zaslow did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

When the deal was signed last month, he told the Daily News that it means McNair, 62, “can look down and be assured that his family is well taken care of.”

“Whenever you have a situation like this, you always have mixed emotions, but the family could not be happier to have this piece done and try to move on with their lives,” he said.

The report doesn’t say how the money will be divvied up.

The executors of McNair’s estate are his children, Jamel, 26, and Danita, 19. The settlement came without the family filing a formal lawsuit.

Danita praised Zaslow’s work in an affidavit included in the court filing, according to DNAinfo.com, which first reported the settlement amount.

“While no amount of money could replace my father, the amount of money Mr. Zaslow was able to obtain again greatly exceeds anything I imagined and I could not be more grateful,” she wrote, the website reported.

Morgan and the others injured in the smash-up have a lawsuit pending against Walmart in federal court in New Jersey.

A rep for Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When the McNair deal was announced, Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said, “We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair, but Walmart and his family have worked closely together to reach an agreement. Walmart will continue to work to conclude all of the remaining issues and we’re committed to doing what’s right.”

David Boroff Mar-21-2015 202 0
A North Carolina doctor sexually assaulted at least 31 people, authorities say.

Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan turned himself into police on Thursday after he was charged with 16 counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of sex offense.

The Charlotte doctor had been busted in late January for the sexual assault of two patients.

According to the initial arrest warrants obtained by WBTV, Dr. Edosomwan exposed his private parts during the examinations of the victims. He also "lifted the (second) victim's shirt and bra and then rubbed her breast during a medical exam without the victim's consent," according to the warrants.

The victims were not sedated during the alleged assaults, the station reported.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has identified 31 total victims and say eight additional cases have been identified as being outside the statute of limitations.

The North Carolina Medical Board ordered Dr. Edosomwan to stop practicing medicine in early February following the initial charges, according to WBTV.

Dr. Edosomwan, an internist, "vehemently denies" all the allegations, the station reported.

According to the station, he had previously obtained medical licenses in South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and Nigeria.

Dr. Edosomwan practiced medicine at the AmeriCare Health Family Medical Center, the station reported.

"He's a good guy," a patient who identified herself only as "Victoria" told WBTV. "Never had any problems with him. Never. Never."

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Leon D. Richard Mar-05-2015 250 0
We know that racism is prevalent throughout our society. Some places it

is more overt than in other places. Wherever it is, it is our responsibility

to remove it. Whether it is present in our community, state or in our

country, it is our moral obligation to remove it.

Racism is an evil that we must all fight. It is a battle that, I for

one, believe is a devouring entity whose sole purpose is to destroy. We

must realize that this battle will never end as long as we do not

acknowledge it, stomp it out and provide our families with protection from

those who would tear our communities apart.


Righting Injustice is the responsibility of everyone. Robert Kennedy said

that:

"Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And

when the law loses, freedom languishes."


Denial of freedom and in equitability for the poor and the oppressed will

continue as long as the righteous do not stand up for the injustice that is

exercised by the oppressor. If we, as righteous men, do not grasp the entity

of racism and destroy it; wherever or whenever we see it, it will slowly

destroy all of us.



Robert Kennedy also stated that:


"There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream

of things that never were, and ask why not."


We must not only ask why racism cannot be destroyed, we must remove the

stumbling blocks that racist use to impede our progress to a more harmonious

and peaceful society. No father or mother wants their child to be hindered

or deprived of developing his or her true and full potential or his or her

dreams.

The founding fathers of this country were dreamers. They dreamed of an

America that would be governed by equality and equitable justice for all

men.

Dr. Martin Luther King in his "I Have A Dream Speech stated that:

"I say to you today my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties
of today and tomorrow I, still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in
the America dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up,
and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal."

That dream is not realized by the Martin family. Tragically, that dream is

dead to Trayvon Benjamin Martin and Michael Brown but, it is not dead to all.

Many young adults believe that equal justice for all in America is a

pipe dream. They believe it to be a fanciful or impossible plan or hope that

is an unrealistic notion of justice. Certainly, Trayvon Martin did not

receive justice. Any dreams or hopes that he had or his parents had for him

were destroyed by George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson.

When will injustice stop? When we, the adults, decide to stand up against

all forms of racial injustice and never allow our children to be valueless

in the eyes of a system that was never designed to protect them. We must

protect them from a system that is designed to tear them down. That type of

system will never be equitable for us. When will our children not only be

able to dream, be able to live without the fear of losing their dreams and

and live to see their dreams come true? When? When we decide to lift our

children above the injustices that deprive them of the ability

to succeed, or the opportunity to fail. When we decide to become the fathers

and mothers that our ancestors hoped and prayed that we would become. When?

NOW! Stand up for your child's present and future. Remove the atrocities of

RACISM.


They will destroy us all.




Leon D. Richard, P.D. R.Ph.
Sep-09-2014 1227 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 1608 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 1604 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 1846 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.


















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