White man who killed Markeis McGlockton dad over parking spot finally charged

Markeis McGlockton

There has been a dramatic change in the case of the White man who shot a Black father in front of his girlfriend and kids.i

Back on July 19, Michael Drejka, 47, of Clearwater, Florida, decided to confront Britany Jacobs, who was in a car with her two kids in a handicapped parking spot. Drejka yelled at Jacobs to “move the f—ing car,” and Jacobs’ boyfriend Markeis McGlockton, 28, heard the commotion from inside the store and rushed outside, leaving his small son behind. Continue reading “White man who killed Markeis McGlockton dad over parking spot finally charged”

All Charges Dropped Against 11-Year-Old Tased by Off-Duty Cincinnati Officer 

The 11-year-old who was tased in the back by a Cincinnati police officer will no longer face charges after Mayor John Cranley announced on Wednesday that the charges of theft and obstructing official business were dropped at his request.

“Tasing an 11-year old who posed no danger to the police is wrong. I’m sorry for the harm to her and her family,” the mayor said in a statement late Wednesday, according to Fox19. “This evening I called and asked Prosecutor [Joe] Deters to drop charges against the girl. I’m happy to report that he did.” Continue reading “All Charges Dropped Against 11-Year-Old Tased by Off-Duty Cincinnati Officer “

Check out the 1st Trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Released

Paramount just dropped the first trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, the six-part documentary centered around the life and death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that is being produced by Jay-Z.

The docuseries, which is based off the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by Trayvon’s parents, premieres July 30 at 10 p.m on the Paramount Network.

Footage in the docuseries includes interviews with Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as activists such as Angela Rye, Rev. Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and more (h/t Complex). It will also include news footage, home videos and family photos.

Martin’s death in 2012 at the hands of neighborhood watchman (and plague on society) George Zimmerman was one of the horrific killings of unarmed black boys and men that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jay-Z, who has been lending his hand in advocating for criminal-justice reform, also produced a docuseries on Kalief Browder, who was arrested at 16 and held in Rikers Island for three years while awaiting trial after being falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Browder, who spent significant time in solitary confinement while at Rikers, would later kill himself two years after being released.

Watch the trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story below:

WTF Are they Thinking: Florida Police use dead man’s finger to try to unlock his cellphone

LARGO, Fla. — Florida authorities went to a funeral home and used a dead man’s finger to try to unlock his cellphone as part of an investigation.

Thirty-year-old Linus Phillip was killed by a Largo police officer last month after, authorities say, he tried to drive away before an officer could search him. Continue reading “WTF Are they Thinking: Florida Police use dead man’s finger to try to unlock his cellphone”

Black women lead list to replace controversial statue in Pittsburgh

They include an abolitionist, suffragette, newspaper editor, entrepreneur, educator, police officer and several musicians — and all are Black women.

They’re among a growing list of nominees suggested as subjects for a monument to honor African-American women in Pittsburgh that will replace a landmark statue of songwriter Stephen Foster that’s sparked controversy for years. Continue reading “Black women lead list to replace controversial statue in Pittsburgh”

Alton Sterling killing: No state criminal charges against 2 Baton Rouge police officers

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry said there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the two officers in the 2016 shooting.

Louisiana’s top prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will not pursue charges against police officers in the death of Alton Sterling — coming nearly two years after the shooting outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store was captured on graphic cellphone video. Continue reading “Alton Sterling killing: No state criminal charges against 2 Baton Rouge police officers”

California Man Fatally Shot By Cops Who Thought He Was Carrying A ‘Tool Bar.’ He Wasn’t.

A 22-year-old California man was killed by cops in his own backyard over the weekend.

Since the shooting death of Stephon Clark on Sunday night, there have been a number of conflicting reports on what he was carrying at the time of the fatal shooting. Continue reading “California Man Fatally Shot By Cops Who Thought He Was Carrying A ‘Tool Bar.’ He Wasn’t.”