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06/07/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Son of Black Police Chief Arrested and Acquitted After Pulling Gun on Plain Clothes Cops Files Lawsuit

Son of Black Police Chief Arrested and Acquitted After Pulling Gun on Plain Clothes Cops Files Lawsuit

Police and prosecutors normally stick together to watch each other’s backs. Apparently, however, that blue blood doesn’t always flow to protect black officers or their children.

The son of Allentown, Pennsylvania’s then-police chief was acquitted of pointing a gun at two Lehigh detectives after a 2014 road rage incident.

Christopher Fitzgerald, who is black, claims he was racially profiled by detectives and that his prosecution was retribution against his father– former Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.

The lawsuit alleges that detectives followed Christopher Fitzgerald in an unmarked car while on their way to meet an informant because he was black, The Morning Call reports. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Lehigh District Attorney Jim Martin went ahead with the prosecution against Christopher, even though the evidence was weak, because of personal animus toward Chief Fitzgerald.

 

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Detectives accused Christopher of causing them to fear for their lives, but he claimed the plain clothes officers who’d been tailing him throughout Allentown caused him to fear for his life.

Christopher testified that he pulled his gun only after detectives pulled alongside his car and boxed him in, but denied ever pointing the gun, as the detectives alleged.

“It frightened me that the car stopped,” he testified. “If this man was going to approach my car, I didn’t want him to get close to my family. I wanted him to see the gun.”

After Christopher pulled the gun, detectives backed off and called for back-up. They arrested Christopher outside of a local shopping mall.

Christopher has a permit to carry the gun and was acquitted by a jury. Even though he was found not guilty, he still lost his job as a prison guard.

Joel Fitzgerald has taken a job as police chief in another state.

The lawsuit seeks $1 million dollars in damages.

 

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27/06/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Family Outraged After Video of Relative Getting Stabbed to Death on Chicago Train Emerges on Social Media

Family Outraged After Video of Relative Getting Stabbed to Death on Chicago Train Emerges on Social Media

Video showing accused killer Arthur S. Jones stabbing Jessica Hampton to death on a Chicago train has popped up all over social media. No one recording the video is seen trying to intervene during the attack, however.

“My sister was beautiful, gifted young lady. She didn’t deserve to go the way she did,” the deceased woman’s sister, Lorel Hampton, told CBS Chicago.

“This family was watching that video yesterday. They were looking at the pictures on Facebook that people were spreading, not knowing until 9 o’clock last night that that in fact was their loved one that they were looking at,” said crisis responder Dawn Valenti.

Jones was arrested for fatally stabbing Hampton on Chicago’s Red Line on Thursday afternoon. The argument was over a child, Homicide Watch Chicago reports.

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“This is domestic in nature,” First Deputy Supt. John Escalante said Thursday. “We’re sure of that.”

Witnesses told investigators that some onlookers tried to stop the attack at first but backed off after they realized the assailant had a knife.

Jones is charged with first degree murder.

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25/06/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

For 5th Time, Black History Museum Robbed of Air Conditioning Units

For 5th Time, Black History Museum Robbed of Air Conditioning Units

The Griot Museum of Black History has been robbed of its air conditioning units for the fifth time, Fox2Now reports.

The museum contains wax figures that tell the stories of African-Americans in St. Louis, but in this scorching heat, museum workers are having a hard time keeping the wax figures cool.

For museum founder Lois Conley, the situation is disheartening.

“It makes me mad, it make me sad, makes me sorry, makes me regretful that we’re still treating each other this way.”

The wax figures are not going to end up “on the floor”, Conley told the St. Louis Dispatch, but they will be a lot less “durable than they once were.”

 

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The non-profit museum would have to pay a $2,500 deductible for the insurance to cover the air conditioning units.

Although theft is nothing new, it is highest among communities with few opportunities, and in America those communities are largely African-American.

In 2013, CNBC described copper theft as an “epidemic” sweeping the country:

 

Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find it: an electrical power station in Wichita, Kan., or half a dozen middle-class homes in Morris Township, N.J. Even on a Utah highway construction site, crooks managed to abscond with six miles of copper wire.

 

Those are just a handful of recent targets across the U.S. in the $1 billion business of copper theft.

 

“There’s no question the theft has gotten much, much worse,” said Mike Adelizzi, president of the American Supply Association, a nonprofit group representing distributors and suppliers in the plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial pipe industries.

As the economy continues to decline, we should expect to see more, not less, of these thefts.

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09/06/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Innocent Teen Imprisoned for 8 Years Even After Hitman Confessed to Murders Finally Released

Innocent Teen Imprisoned for 8 Years Even After Hitman Confessed to Murders Finally Released

A Detroit teen was finally released from prison for a 2007 quadruple killing that he did not commit.

Davontae Sanford was only 14 when he was convicted of committing the murders after police found him in his pajamas near the crime scene, NBC News reports. Sanford lived near where the murders occurred and had been standing outside when police were canvassing for witnesses.

Sanford was sentenced to 37-90 years in prison.

Hitman Vincent Smothers admitted to the murders only two weeks after Sanford was sent to prison according to The Detroit News,  even telling police where the murder weapon was hidden. Even after Smothers’ confession, prosecutors insisted they’d arrested the right person.

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An investigation determined that Smothers and Ernest Davis were responsible for the crime.

Attorneys with the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law assisted in Sanford’s fight for freedom.

“The justice system took many years to acknowledge the complete breakdown that allowed for Davontae to sit in prison for nine years,” David Moran, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, said. “Davontae can now return to his family and, for the first time in his adult life, live as a free man.”

Family lawyer Valerie Newman recounted how her client suffered in prison.

“He’s suffered so much. He went into jail when he was 14; prison when he was 15 years old. He grew up in prison. So to think that now he’s coming out as a 23-year-old man, it’s very overwhelming in a lot of ways.”

Sanford also attempted suicide in 2009 and was accused of assaulting guards who thwarted the teen’s attempt to take his own life.

Sanford said it felt “wonderful” to be out of prison.

“It feels wonderful, you know,” he said. “I want to try to put this behind me and move on with my life. And move forward with my family, you know. Take one day at a time, one step at a time and just go from there.”

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01/06/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Man Beaten by Police and Thrown Inside Storage Closet for 4 Days Awarded $22 Million by Jury

Man Beaten by Police and Thrown Inside Storage Closet for 4 Days Awarded $22 Million by Jury

An Ohio man who was beaten by police to the point of requiring brain surgery and thrown in a storage closet was awarded $22 million dollars by a jury.

Arnold Black told Fox 8 that he was arrested by East Cleveland police in 2012 and thrown in a storage closet for four days.

Black claims the officers refused to reveal why he was being arrested.

“I asked them why they arrested me and they wouldn’t say,” Black said.

Black says he called out for help when he needed to use the restroom but no one came so he relieved himself in a locker. In addition, Black says he wasn’t given any food during his stay in jail.

Black sued police and a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas jury awarded him $22 million dollars.

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“There was a policy that we found at the city that had been going back for three chiefs, that had people being essentially abused by police” said Black’s attorney, Bob DiCello.

“Eight people in our county stood up for the rights of ordinary people,” DiCello said of the jury.

The police department intends to appeal the decision.

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