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23/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Firefighter of the Year Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Black Couple Outside Applebee’s Only Charged With Misdemeanors

Firefighter of the Year Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Black Couple Outside Applebee’s Only Charged With Misdemeanors

A former Savannah, Ga. Firefighter of the Year is only facing misdemeanor charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a black couple outside an Applebee’s restaurant.

Capt. Barry R. “Ricky” Arnold Jr. pointed a gun at a black couple in an Applebee’s parking lot after shouting racial slurs, witnesses confirmed.

According to the police report, Arnold first began making racial comments about the waitress to his wife. When a black male patron asked him to calm down, Arnold responded by hurling racial slurs at him as well, then the  two men began fighting.

When the black man and his wife left the restaurant, Arnold followed them to the parking lot, then retrieved a gun from his car and pointed it at the couple.

Arnold was only charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and pointing a gun at another, according to the Savannah Morning News. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

A spokesman for the Savannah Fire and Emergency Services confirms that Arnold has been placed on administrative leave.

Rev. Leonard Small said at a press conference that Arnold should be fired.

“If this man is a firefighter working for the city of Savannah, with our taxpayers dollars and he is brandishing the ‘N-word,’ we want him off that job now,” he said.



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15/10/15 Black Media , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

White People Use “Next Door” Website to Report “Suspicious” Black Neighbors Making U-Turns, Walking

White People Use “Next Door” Website to Report “Suspicious” Black Neighbors Making U-Turns, Walking

An investigative report by East Bay Express found that white residents of an Oakland community were using a website to broadcast “suspicious activity” about their black neighbors.

At issue is how the website, intended as a private social network, is being used to warn white neighborhood residents about blacks doing ordinary things.

From Express:

Over the last two years, their neighborhood has become overrun with racial profiling — but not by police, rather by mostly white residents incorrectly assuming that people of color who are walking, driving, hanging out, or living in the neighborhood are criminal suspects. These residents often don’t recognize that they may have long held racial prejudices or unconscious biases, but recently, they’ve been able to instantly broadcast their unsubstantiated suspicions to thousands of their neighbors with the click of a mouse.

White residents have used the website to organize against blacks in the community and target them for police harassment. They have deemed people of color suspicious for minor things such as walking and making U-turns in the street.

“These posts cast such a wide net on our young Black men,”  Shikira Porter, an Upper Dimond resident, told Express. “You start seeing this over and over again, and you understand quickly that, oh, it’s the Black body that they’re afraid of.”

Now co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia is planning to make some changes to the website to combat the rampant racial harassment of black and brown people.

“We are incredibly saddened that some neighbors have used Nextdoor in this way. Simply stated: we consider profiling of any kind to be unacceptable,” he said.

He continued: “Moving forward, we are creating ways to remind members of these Guidelines when they post in the Crime and Safety section. We are investigating better techniques for keeping divisive discussions productive, and we are partnering with conflict resolution experts for training and product feedback. This is an important cause for us and we won’t let up.”

Watch the report below:


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15/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Cop to Black Family: “I Don’t Have Time For This Because All of You Are a Bunch of Stupid Bi*** A** Nigg***”

Cop to Black Family: “I Don’t Have Time For This Because All of You Are a Bunch of Stupid Bi*** A** Nigg***”

A Louisiana deputy who allegedly hurled the “N” word at African-Americans while out on a routine patrol was arrested this week on an unrelated charge.

According to KATC, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Lofton was arrested on a simple assault charge for allegedly threatening to kill another deputy.

Lofton, who has been with the department for less than a year, was already being investigated for allegedly insulting an African-American family in need of help.

Idia Anderson and her sister Barbara told WBRZ  that a relative was trying to jump start their car when the officer pulled up.

“Flipped the lights on, get out, I need registration and driver’s license,” Barbara Anderson recalled Lofton saying. “Really behind booster cables. There was no traffic coming. He was the only one sitting on the highway.”

What happened next caused the family to file a complaint against Lofton.

“I don’t have time for this because all of you are a bunch of stupid bi*** a** nigg***,” Anderson recalled him saying. “I said who are you talking to…who are you talking to?”

Another person at the sheriff’s office said Lofton had also used derogatory language during a traffic incident.

“I told him give me my license back,” said retired police officer Kevin Sterling. “I’m not going to entertain that. Then he replied to me and said i was a bi***.”

After being arrested, Lofton was only in jail for 20 minutes before he was released on bond.


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13/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Howard Univ. Students Allegedly Handcuffed After Making White Customers “Uncomfortable”

Howard Univ. Students Allegedly Handcuffed After Making White Customers “Uncomfortable”

A black man identified by Twitter handle @darealbighomiee alleges that he and a friend were “harassed and assaulted because ‘someone felt uncomfortable around us.”

“We where approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank, this is how the police responded …” @darealbighomiee tweeted.

Both the man and his friend have been identified as Howard University students, Raw Story reported.

Police released a statement on Tuesday, WJLA reports.

“The initial call was for a suspicious person, three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM,” Officer Sean Hickman of MPD said in a statement Tuesday.

“The location for the call was 6th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Officers in the area responded to the assignment. One individual fled on foot from the police, was chased, and then taken down. The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop. The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated. Neither individual was arrested.”

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07/10/15 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

White Cop Files $1.7 Million Dollar Discrimination Lawsuit

White Cop Files $1.7 Million Dollar Discrimination Lawsuit

A white Illinois police officer has filed a $1.7 million dollar discrimination lawsuit after having been passed over for promotions.

According to CBS Chicago, Daniel Murphy, a University Park police officer, has applied to be chief three times in 23 years. Murphy says each time he’s applied, he’s been passed over for less qualified and less experienced Africa-American officers.

From the Chicago Tribune:

The suit says Murphy was a sergeant in 2011 when he first applied for police chief, and village trustees hired Melvin Davis — a “less senior, less experienced and less qualified African-American officer” who was named by Mayor Vivian Covington despite the village committee, which was assigned with finding a new police chief, not naming him as a finalist.


In 2013, Murphy again applied for the chief’s job but lost out to another black officer, Edward Bradley, according to the lawsuit.


It says Bradley promoted Murphy in November 2014 to acting commander, and Murphy was later promoted to acting police chief in June 2015 after Acting Chief Daryl Stroud retired.


One month after becoming acting chief, Murphy applied for the permanent appointment but was bypassed for another black officer who was 15 years younger, John Pate, the suit claims.

Joe Hoeven, Murphy’s attorney, says this is a clear case of discrimination.

“The fact that he is working in a predominately African-American community with a predominantly African-American police force and an entirely African-American governing body, we think although it’s unique, the facts are there and there’s really no other explanation for his not being promoted than his race,” Hoeven said.

Murphy has been with the department since 1992.


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