By Michael Grant
By Michael Grant
Kurt Chirbas and Alexander Smith of NBC News via MSN.com
Police in Columbus, Ohio, were investigating how a 13-year-old boy wanted for questioning Wednesday night in an armed robbery ended up fatally shot by an officer.
The child — later identified by Columbus police as Tyree King — had “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. As the encounter unfolded, an officer shot King “multiple times.”
The weapon recovered from the scene was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at news conference Thursday morning. She showed a replica image of that BB gun.
“Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon,” said Jacobs, adding, “It turns out not to be a firearm, but as you can see, it looks like a firearm that can kill you.”
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After taking a knee during the national anthem last Tuesday, Brandon Marshall lost two endorsements, but he gained a new one from Russell Simmons.
After Marshall’s protest, CenturyLink announced that it was letting him go: “We completely respect Brandon Marshall’s personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs. While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”
But after reading that news, Simmons, who has long been a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, rushed in to show his support. “Rushcard is in,” Simmons wrote on Instagram. “We will find Brandon, make him an offer and make him a deal.”
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Tallahassee, FL — On September 13, 2016, Victor Holman of Lifecycle Performance Professionals will be launching CopCritic – the first ever live streaming mobile app and website focused specifically on ensuring safe interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
A preview of the app can be viewed on YouTube video here:
CopCritic allows the public to view, monitor, rate, comment on and escalate situations where officers are over aggressive or someone’s life is in danger. The app itself and the 3 L’s process (Launch, License, Let) is designed to de-escalate potential life threatening situations during routine stops.
How the app works:
* User pushes the Live Stream button when confronted by police
* CopCritic notifies app user’s emergency contacts and sends them link to live stream
* CopCritic app broadcasts the live interaction with police
* Stream is archived to a channel based on the police station and location
* Public can view live and archived streams
* Viewers can rate, comment on and escalate live streams
* Data gathered from ratings, comments and forum posts are used to help improve knowledge and training for law enforcement
The mission of CopCritic is to end the avoidable violence, which law abiding citizens sometimes encounter when interacting with police; to balance the systemic injustices and unfair treatment that ultimately lead to excessive force and shootings; to disarm the tensions police have when approaching minorities; and to ensure both party’s safety.
The app also aims to help law enforcement understand what is considered good and poor behavior from the public’s perception, and to provide law enforcement with data and analytics to help the better understand the communities they serve and improve training.
When asked why change is needed, founder Victor Holman said, “Police have killed at least 1,624 people in 2015 and 2016. 198 of them were unarmed. Only 10 cases have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime. The intent of CopCritic is not to charge officers with crimes, but to avoid these incidents all together. CopCritic will save lives.”
According to a recent nationwide survey, 61% of officers do not always report serious abuse by fellow officers. And 52% turn a blind eye to excessive force committed by fellow officers.
“With CopCritic, we will be able to identify officers that have a history of aggressive behavior, and get them the proper training they need before another tragic accident occurs,” Holman adds. “It’s time for transparency in these incidents!”
According to statistics, 11 million Blacks and Hispanics will get pulled over. 716,000 will get searched and 386,000 will experience excessive force. This means that we, and our cell phones, may be the only line of defense when it comes to incidents with aggressive and abusive law enforcement officers.
Benefits to the Public:
* Complete transparency with law enforcement interactions
* A standard process for ensuring safety for police and public
* App user’s loved ones get notified immediately when there is a situation
* Encourages police to be on their best behavior
Benefits to Law Enforcement:
* Officers can increase public confidence and trust
* Streams can be used as training tools
* Complete transparency. Captures more than patrol car can
* Peace of mind knowing citizen is asking for safe, peaceful interaction
* Provides a bridge between law enforcement and community
Benefits to Parents:
* Parents will know when child is in police custody
* Child has a standard, safe process for interacting with authorities
* There is complete transparency in the way their child is handled
* Their children will know loved ones are with them
* Parents can respond faster
* This issue is at the forefront of race relations
* Noted politicians, athletes and other celebrities have called for change
* America (and the UK) is open for ideas to create change
* Because ALL LIVES MATTER
This application launches on Tuesday, September 13th. Funds raised will help cover the hardware, bandwidth, data analytics and law enforcement training expert costs. All are encouraged to make a difference and help fund the CopCritic Kickstarter campaign, which can be found at the following link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/339738421/copcritic-app-helping-police-and-public-communicat
For more information, Victor Holman can be contacted at (888) 861-8733.
Aria Ellise –Blackdoctor.org
WOW! This has to be the most accomplished Bush family you’ve never heard of.
In the town of Boca Raton, Florida a family with the surname of Bush is literally raising geniuses in their family one by one and looking to take over every area of government–one family member at a time.
The family of 11 includes two teenage daughters who have graduated college with master’s degrees and a host of talented brothers and sisters who are scoring off-the-charts in various school subjects.
The Bush family was profiled by the Today show and revealed some astonishing facts about this close knit family.
Because of their upbringing and hard work, three of the sisters, Grace, Gabrielle and Gisla, are all bound for successful careers.
The sisters were enrolled in the dual program at Florida Atlantic University while in high school. All three now have college and graduate degrees.
But don’t just take our word for it. A speaker at the girl’s graduation called the Bush’s, “America’s most amazing family.”
So what’s their secret? Well, all of them were homeschooled.
The children have been home-schooled and have been immersed in the arts and sciences since they were very young. Mother, Gisla who is an architect and attorney says the secret sauce is, “dedication, commitment, perseverance and hard work.”
Homeschooling has proved to have a great track record for many successful people. For those who are looking to get more into homeschooling, here are three tips you may want to consider.
1. Figure out the legalities. Just as public school curricula vary from state to state, so too do the rules about homeschooling. There are 50 different state laws; parents should know what your state requires.
Though all states allow parents to educate their children at home, some states (like California) require parents to register as private schools, while others (like Pennsylvania) mandate that homeschooled children take standardized tests as they reach the third, fifth and eighth grades. Not sure what the rules are in your jurisdiction? Your best bet is to contact your state’s homeschool association or the HSLDA. And to be safe, parents should put in a phone call to their local school district to see if they need to formally withdraw their children from the classroom roster. Otherwise, you might get an unexpected visit from a truant officer investigating “educational neglect.”
2. Decide on an approach. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that it allows parents the freedom to determine what and how their kids learn. Are you looking to re-create a traditional school environment within your home? If so, a structured curriculum approach (also called traditional approach) might be best. Proponents of classical education focus on the great works of Western literature, while “unschoolers” allow their children to determine the course of their own education. Find what you’re most comfortable with and what fits your child.
Sometimes the most effective way to get into your own educational groove is to take cues from other homeschoolers. Talk to other people who have done it, and if you agree with them, go with it, and if not, find something else.
3. Tap into your local homeschool community. Like anything else, homeschooling can get lonely without outside support. But as homeschooling gains in popularity, many zoos and museums are instituting events designed specifically for homeschool parents. In addition, homeschooling co-ops, in which parents trade expertise, are cropping up in different areas.
By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer via MSN.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — When Shaquille O’Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction.
Shaq and Allen Iverson headlined the 10-member Class of 2016 enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. One of the most star-packed classes in recent memory, it also featured international star Yao Ming, WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes, coach Tom Izzo, and owner Jerry Reinsdorf, an architect in the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls championship teams of the 1990s.
“If I know my father, he’s up there arguing with Wilt (Chamberlain) that his son is the best big man in the game,” Shaq said.
Posthumous honorees were: 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; John McLendon, the first African-American coach in a professional league; Zelmo Beaty, the former NBA and ABA star who led Prairie View to an NAIA title in 1962; and Cumberland Posey, who is also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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by Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY via MSN.com
A credit union that serves military families has “ended its partnership” with Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall after he knelt during the playing of the national anthem at Thursday night’s season-opening game.
The Air Academy Federal Credit Union has announced it no longer wishes to have Marshall as one of its ambassadors.
“Although we have enjoyed Brandon Marshall as our spokesperson over the past five months, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (AAFCU) has ended our partnership,” president and CEO Glenn Strebe wrote Friday in a statement on the company’s Facebook page. “AAFCU is a membership-based organization who has proudly served the military community for over 60 years. While we respect Brandon’s right of expression, his actions are not a representation of our organization and membership. We wish Brandon well on his future endeavors.”
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by the grio
Following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, who chose not to rise for the national anthem in protest of the way people of color are treated in the United States, athletes around the country have also chosen to remain seated or to kneel through the anthem.
FOX 11 news reports that on Wednesday, three volleyball players at West Virginia University Tech chose to kneel rather than stand for “The Star Spangled Banner.”
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There is good news for low-income wage earners! Not only are major companies giving minimum-wage increases to their lowest-paid employees, the amount of the raises is higher than what median-income wage earners are getting.
Leading the pack in increasing wages for low-income earners are:
#1 – McDonald’s
#2 – J.P. Morgan Chase
#3 – Nationwide Insurance
#4 – Walmart
#5 – Gap
#6 – Starbucks.
Nationwide Insurance, in particular, has already raised their minimum wage last year from $10.50 to $15 per hour. J.P.Morgan Chase has announced that they will increase their minimum wage to $12 per hour for 18,000 employees, and already giving Starbucks is giving 5 percent raises. Other major companies are also making similar announcements.
Why they are doing it
Since the economy is doing better with unemployment down to 5 percent, there is a smaller pool of workers for companies looking to hire. This increases the competition and has stimulated companies to raise their wages. Other companies like Nationwide have stated that their reason for increasing minimum wage salaries is to attract the best talent.
Either way, it’s a good situation for low-income workers who have struggled to pay their bills and feed their families. The Wall Street Journal stated that these wage increases are the highest they have seen since 2009.