REPOST: “Soooo you mean to tell me that someone down your ancestry line survived being chained to other human bodies for several months in the bottom of a disease-infested ship during the Middle Passage, lost their language, customs and traditions, picked up the English language as best they could while working free of charge from sunup to sundown as they watched babies sold from out of their arms and women raped by ruthless slave owners.
Took names with no last names, no birth certificates, no heritage of any kind, braved the Underground Railroad, survived the Civil War to enter into sharecropping… Learned to read and write out of sheer will and determination, faced the burning crosses of the KKK, everted their eyes at the black bodies swinging from ropes hung on trees… Fought in World Wars as soldiers to return to America as boys, marched in Birmingham, hosed in Selma, jailed in Wilmington, assassinated in Memphis, segregated in the South, ghettoed in the North, ignored in history books, stereotyped in Hollywood… and in spite of it all someone in your family line endured every era to make sure you would get here and you receive one rejection, face one obstacle, lose one friend, get overlooked, and you want to quit? How dare you entertain the very thought of quitting. People, you will never know survived from generation to generation so you could succeed. Don’t you dare let them down!
Give this to your young people who don’t know their history and want to get weak!
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter was arrested late Wednesday morning at the offices of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency said in a statement.
Potter, who resigned from the police department on Tuesday, was booked into Hennepin County jail shortly after noon on a charge of probable cause second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death on Sunday of Daunte Wright, jail records show. The Washington County Attorney’s office was expected to file charges later in the day.
Potter is being represented by attorney Earl Gray, who was not immediately available for comment.
Attorney Ben Crump, who said he has been retained by Wright’s family, issued a statement Wednesday with co-counsel Jeff Storms and Antonio Romanucci in response to the charges.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” the statement said. “This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force,” the statement read. “Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a Taser and a firearm.”
A second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine or both.
Minneapolis defense attorney Barry Edwards said statutory maximum sentences don’t mean much, as judges instead follow guidelines from the state Sentencing Guidelines Commission. In the case of someone with no prior felonies facing a second-degree manslaughter conviction, the presumptive and more likely sentence would be four years, he said. And even then, a judge may consider probation instead of prison.
“If it were my client, I would argue for probation … and expect a good chance of winning,” Edwards said.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman referred the case to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput under a practice adopted last year among metro area county attorney’s offices for deadly police shootings. It calls for the county attorney in the jurisdiction where the shooting took place to refer the case to one of the other counties, or the state Attorney General’s Office, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
The BCA investigated the shooting.
Potter, 48, joined the Brooklyn Center police force in 1995 at age 22. She was placed on standard administrative leave following the shooting.
Potter was training in a new officer on Sunday at about 2 p.m. when she and two officers stopped a car near N. 63rd and Orchard avenues in Brooklyn Center. Former Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon, who also resigned Tuesday, told media that officers stopped Wright’s car because it had an expired tag, and when they checked his name found he had a warrant.
Hennepin County District Court records show a warrant was issued April 2 for Wright after he failed to make his first court appearance on a case filed in March of carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor, and fleeing police, a misdemeanor.
In bodycam footage released by the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Wright is seen getting out of his car during the stop and standing near the open driver’s door as one of the officers pulls out handcuffs. A few moments later, Wright starts to struggle with the officers and gets back into his car. Potter shouts “Taser!” three times before firing a single bullet, then says “Holy shit. I just shot him.”
With Wright in the driver’s seat, the car pulls away. The car crashed a short distance away when it hit another vehicle. Wright died at the scene. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest and labeled his death a homicide.
Potter’s arrest marks at least the third time that a U.S. law enforcement officer faced or faces criminal charges for killing someone in what they claim or what appears to be a mix-up between a gun and a Taser.
A 73-year-old volunteer reserve deputy in Oklahoma was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the 2015 death of Eric Harris. Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a jury trial and sentenced to two years in prison for the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III. A third such deadly mix-up that resulted in the 2002 death of Everardo Torres did not lead to criminal charges against the officer.
Law enforcement on Tuesday erected concrete barricades and tall metal fencing around the perimeter of Potter’s multilevel home in Champlin. Two police cars guarded the driveway behind fortified fences marked with signs reading “Caution: Lasers in Use.” Her street was lined with paper “No Parking” signs and blocked to nonresidential traffic. Motorists entering the area were greeted by a buzzing cellphone alert from local police to “expect protest activity in your neighborhood over the next few days.”
At the home of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last spring, protesters defaced his property in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, scrawling “Murderer” in red paint on the driveway.
When police broke into Andrea LynnBlankenship’s home in Chickasha, Okla., on Feb. 12, they found her body stabbed and her chest mutilated.
Earlier that day, the victim’s neighbor admitted to breaking into Blankenship’s home, cutting out her heart and taking it back to his uncle’s house, police said.
“He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons,” an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said to a judge in a request for a search warrant, which was reviewed by the Oklahoman.
Lawrence Paul Anderson then allegedly killed his uncle and his uncle’s 4-year-old granddaughter in a gruesome case that has rocked the city of 16,400 about 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Anderson, 42, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder and two felony charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and maiming, court records show.
Anderson was denied bond on Tuesday, and it isn’t clear whether he made a plea. Lawyers for Anderson didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.
Police have not said whether they suspect a motive in the slayings.
Police first learned of the crimes on Feb. 9, when they received a 911 call from someone inside the home of Leon Pye, Anderson’s 67-year-old uncle, OSBI said in a news release. Anderson had been staying with his uncle and aunt, 64-year-old DelsiePye, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) commuted his 20-year prison sentence. He was released on Jan. 18 after serving a little more than three years in prison, according to court records.
According to OSBI, the person who called the police quickly hung up, prompting the dispatcher to alert Chickasha police. Once they arrived at the home, police heard someone inside yelling for help and then found LeonPye and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, who was visiting for the day, dead. His wife, Delsie, was maimed with stab wounds in both eyes, KFOR reported.
Delsieand Anderson, who was also injured, were transported to a hospital for treatment, OSBI said.
While in custody in the hospital on Feb. 12, Anderson admitted to killing Blankenship, 41, police said. Anderson said he had walked to her house and used his shoulder to slam into the back door to break it open. He then fatally stabbed her and “cut her heart out,” he later told OSBI agents. Then he walked to his aunt and uncle’s home, where he cooked it and tried to force them to eat it before attacking them, the Oklahoman reported.
After he recovered at the hospital, police transported Anderson on Feb. 15 to GradyCounty Jail. Anderson is scheduled to return to court on April 1.
Anderson has a lengthy criminal past, court records show. He first went to prison in 2006 and served two years for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and for attacking his girlfriend and pointing a gun at her. In 2012, he returned to prison with a 15-year sentence for another crack cocaine distribution charge, but was released early after less than six years. In 2017, he was sentenced to 20 years on drug charges and having a gun, which was in violation of his probation. That sentence was commuted by Stitt last June to nine years before he was again released early.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks (R) condemned the governor’s commutation and blasted the parole board for letting Anderson out. “I really think an offender such as this should have not ever been able to even apply for a commutation,” Hicks said.
A spokesman for Stitt did not immediately return a request for comment.
Hicks added the Oklahoma Department of Corrections warned in Anderson’s application that he was a “high risk to offend.”
Hicks also said he is considering capital punishment.
“The death penalty is absolutely on the table,” he said.
In an interview with KFOR, Haylee Blankenship, Andrea Blankenship’s 18-year-old daughter, remembered her mother as caring and “filled with so much love.”
Speaking for a family still in shock over the details of their loved one’s death, the younger Blankenship hopes the district attorney pursues the death penalty. “I hope that he spends the rest of his life thinking about it until he gets his life taken, just like he took those people’s lives,” she said.
A woman who was found dead inside her New York City apartment was allegedly shot by her own son following a conversation about him needing to get a job, according to family members.
The NYPD confirmed 22-year-old Musa Camara fatally shot Fatoumata Danson in the head in her 15th-floor apartment at Lehman Village Houses. Camara was arrested Tuesday, just half a block from the East Harlem crime scene with the murder weapon still in his possession. His family members are now calling for him to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Yaku Basangari, the victim’s brother, said he wants his nephew “to rot in jail for the rest of his life.”
When asked why Camara shot his own mother, Basangari said, “Because he’s a lazy bastard…and my sister told him to get a job, threw him out of the house…and this was his reaction.”
Danson was a mother of eight and other family members were seen grieving the 39-year-old outside the apartment complex.
Basangari said the family came to New York City from Gambia and Sierra Leone back in the mid-1990s to look for a better life, but Danson’s life was tragically cut short by her own son.
“She always smiled and laughed,” Bansangari said, describing his younger sister as a lovely woman who was kind to everyone.
Police said that Camara was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation following his arrested. He has been charged with murder, the NYPD confirmed early Wednesday.
More than 1.1 million abortions have already taken place worldwide in the first ten days of 2021, according to statistics provided by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).
Using W.H.O. data, a website called Worldometer keeps a running tally of data related to everything from demographics to economics, and also provides a continuously updated total for abortions performed in the calendar year. As of this writing, the number of abortions for 2021 stood at 1,113,770.
According to W.H.O., there are an estimated annual 40-50 million abortions in the world, which corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions performed each day.
Currently, abortion is the leading cause of death in the world, with some 42.7 million abortions performed in 2020, followed by heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
Abortions in the United States disproportionately target the black population, with black children aborted at more than 3 times the rate of white children. This means that by functional standards, abortion is a deeply racist institution, regardless of the intent of the abortion industry.
According to the most recent abortion data (2018) provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women have the highest abortion rate in the United States and white women have the lowest.
Among white women in the U.S., there are 110 abortions for every 1000 live births, whereas among blacks, there are 335 abortions for every 1000 births. Blacks are therefore aborted at over 3 times the rate of whites and more than half of all black deaths in the U.S. are the result of abortion.
More than a third (33.6 percent) of all deaths by abortion in the United States in 2018 happened to black babies, despite the fact that blacks represent just 12.3 percent of the population.
Conversely, non-Hispanic whites, who make up 60.6 percent of America’s population, account for only 38.7 percent of all U.S. abortions.
Even in its origins, the abortion movement, spearheaded by the Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, and EngenderHealth has been no friend to blacks, despite their official propaganda to the contrary.
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., was a notorious racist and eugenicist, and worked tirelessly to reduce the black population. As part of the eugenics movement in the 1930s, Sanger thought that abortion could effectively cull “inferior races” from the human gene pool.
Sanger selected inner cities with a high concentration of minorities as the sites for her first abortion clinics, and still today, 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in black or minority neighborhoods.
Planned Parenthood’s research and propaganda arm, the Guttmacher Institute, was named after former Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher, who was also Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society.
Guttmacher was an advocate of coercive population control, and believed that to achieve a significant reduction of the black population while avoiding accusations of racism, the involvement of the United Nations was indispensable. “My own feeling,” he said in an interview in 1970, “is that we’ve got to pull out all the stops and involve the United Nations.
“If you’re going to curb population, it’s extremely important not to have it done by the damned Yankees, but by the UN. Because the thing is, then it’s not considered genocide. If the United States goes to the black man or the yellow man and says slow down your reproduction rate, we’re immediately suspected of having ulterior motives to keep the white man dominant in the world. If you can send in a colorful UN force, you’ve got much better leverage,” Guttmacher said.
Planned Parenthood has continued to employ Guttmacher’s strategy, using the United Nations to pressure nations to legalize abortion and selecting black women as its spokespersons to conceal its latent racism.
As a 2015 Wall Street Journalarticle concluded: “[I]f liberal activists and their media allies are going to lecture America about the value of black lives, the staggering disparity in abortion rates ought to be part of the discussion.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Police in north Florida arrested a woman accused of repeatedly beating a 3-year-old boy with a tire iron before he died.
Tallahassee police said 23-year-old Te’Lea Jefferson is charged with murder and aggravated battery for the toddler’s death.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Jefferson brought the unresponsive boy to the emergency room at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital at 6:58 p.m. with severe trauma to his head and face.
The toddler had a body temperature of 88 degrees when he arrived at the ER. He was pronounced dead six minutes later by hospital staff, who called Tallahassee police.
Jefferson told responding officers that the little boy was standing on the sink while brushing his teeth when he fell, WCTV reports.
She claimed he struck his head on the toilet, and broken pieces of porcelain caused cuts on the boy’s body.
But the arrest affidavit said the toddler’s injuries were not consistent with a fall, noting he had severe cuts on his face and hands, along with bruises on his arms and legs. There were also indications of older injuries on his torso and shoulder.
After police said her timeline of the events didn’t add up, Jefferson reportedly admitted she attacked the boy because he wouldn’t stop standing on the sink.
The arrest report said she threw the tire iron at him, and admitted to using it to hit the child several times, including after he tried to run away. She then told police she hid the tire iron outside of the home.
Police said she also believed that the little boy was likely already dead before she drove him to the hospital.
Investigators said Jefferson also admitted to physically punishing the boy before, telling officers he was stubborn and “often required more strikes or blows than his older sibling,” the arrest report said.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Jefferson lived with the victim and his 6-year-old brother, both of whom had suffered abuse in the past. According to WCTV, she is in a relationship with the parent, and said she stayed home five days a week to watch the children while the parent went to work.
A judge ordered Jefferson to be held without bond. She is expected to appear in court again on Thursday.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A pastor and self-proclaimed prophet who shot and killed his estranged wife outside her job at a bank near the Mall at Millenia Tuesday morning threatened to kill her during an argument the day before, a newly released affidavit showed.
Shortly after Sylvester Ofori shot Barbara Tommey, 27, in the head multiple times outside Navy Federal Credit Union just before 9 a.m., detectives from the Orlando Police Department contacted Tommey’s sister, who had recorded a fight between the two on Monday.
Tommey’s sister showed detectives the video, in which Ofori threatened to kill Tommey while wearing the same shirt he wore when he shot and killed her, the affidavit said.
Tommey’s sister and brother-in-law told police the couple was divorcing and estranged, and they identified Ofori as the shooter from a surveillance photo.
That morning, bank patrons who had been waiting for the bank to open when the shooting occurred told officers Ofori was holding a gun while following Tommey as she walked toward the bank.
Tommey knocked on the doors for someone to let her in as Ofori continued toward her. He was within feet of her when he shot her once and she collapsed, the affidavit said.
As Tommey was lying on the ground, Ofori shot her in the head a few more times, witnesses told police. The affidavit did not specify how many times he shot her.
After shooting Tommey, Ofori walked back to his car, a rented Dodge Journey, and drove away “as though nothing happened,” witnesses told police.
Tommey was found lying on the sidewalk in front of the bank with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the affidavit said. She was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center that morning.
Police found the car Ofori was driving parked near the couple’s apartment on the 6100 block of Raleigh Street and noted he returned home “after killing the victim and after officers checked the apartment complex.”
Ofori was arrested at his apartment Tuesday on a charge of first degree murder with a firearm. He is being held at the Orange County Jail without bond.
A pastor at Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries in Parramore, 35-year-old Ofori advertised himself as a prophet and motivational speaker on Facebook. In the weeks leading up to the shooting, more than 60,000 followers on his Facebook page watched him post photos and captions centering on personal conflict.
In a post dated Aug. 11, he wrote “Don’t believe your neighbor or trust your friend. Be careful what you say even to your husband or wife. #Micah 7:5.”
The day before the shooting, he posted a photo to his page reading “One thing ppl gotta understand about extremely kind, nice, loving people is that their other side is just as EXTREME.”
Joseph Oberhansley is facing life in prison without parole. (Clark County Sheriff’s office)
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – As the murder trial for Joseph Oberhansley, 38, began on Wednesday, prosecutors went into grisly details recounting the stalking, rape and murder of Oberhansley’s girlfriend just before Oberhansley allegedly cut open her chest and ate her heart and brain.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, in September 2014, Joseph Oberhansley, 38, left the dismembered body of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, in a bathtub in her Jeffersonville home with multiple stab wounds and blunt-force injuries just days after she broke up with him and changed her locks.
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull told jurors Wednesday during opening statements that “Joseph Oberhansley butchered Tammy Blanton like you wouldn’t kill a livestock animal.”
Mull showed the jury a videotaped interview in which Oberhansley told police that Blanton “really wasn’t all that scared, surprisingly,” as if she knew she was about to die.
Carmichael is facing life in prison without parole. Prosecutors agreed to not seek the death penalty so long as Oberhandley’s attorneys don’t use insanity as a defense.
However, while the defense was not allowed to present evidence pertaining to Oberhansley’s sanity, his defense attorneys argued whether or not someone who “eats the brain and heart of his ex-girlfriend is thinking right.”
“Her chest had been cut open. The heart was removed. The heart was eaten,” said Oberhansley’s defense attorney Bart Betteau.
On Thursday, Clark County Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael declared a mistrial after a witness called by prosecutors on the first day of testimony brought up the defendant’s past drug use and time in prison.
Carmichael said that information could have prejudiced the jury.
According to the Journal, the witness was a close friend of Blanton said that Blanton had told her in a previous conversation that drugs motivated him to commit the gruesome acts.
“A simple admonishment to disregard (the comments) would be insufficient and certainly would not clear the prejudices created by the witness’ testimony,” said Carmichael.
The jury had been selected in Hamilton County, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Jeffersonville, which is a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky.
A new court date set for Sept. 3. A new jury will need to be selected.
A hazardous material squad at Berwyn Avenue in Syracuse on Sunday, July 7, 2019.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A woman and three children were found dead in a car in Syracuse on Sunday, according to a man who found the bodies.
Police and firefighters are on the scene at Berwyn Avenue but have not confirmed the deaths at this time.
Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner are all on the scene.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick this afternoon confirmed to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard that a woman and 2-3 children had been found dead on Berwyn Avenue.
The discovery of the bodies has left “everyone pretty shook up,” said Fitzpatrick, referring to the witnesses and first responders.
John Crane, a tow truck driver for Epolito’s Towing Company, told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard this afternoon he found the bodies and called 911.
“It was bad,” he said at the scene.
He said he was called to pick up a Zipcar (ride share) vehicle on Berwyn Avenue when he found the bodies in the car. He said he saw no visible injuries.
Syracuse police and firefighters have shut down Berwyn Avenue, a short street off of East Colvin Street near Interstate 81 and not far from Syracuse University’s Lampe Athletics Complex/Manley Field House.
A fire department hazardous materials truck is on the scene. Other police and fire trucks are on the scene.
Firefighters and police got the call to respond to the street at 1:47 p.m.
Quintin Coleman, a neighbor, said police told him that three kids and a woman were dead.
He said he’s seen the woman in the neighborhood but she kept to herself. He’d never seen a car in the driveway until he saw the Zipcar, a silver Ford Focus, parked in the driveway on July 4.
“She just kept to herself,” Coleman said. “You’d see her bringing her kids to the bus stop when school was in.”
After the discovery and talking to police, Crane stayed on scene, sitting in his red tow truck with the driver’s side door open.
He could be seen holding his head in his hands, recounting what happened to neighbors and smoking a cigarette.
We are on the scene and will update this report as soon as more information becomes available.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man has been charged with murder after police said he punched his one-month-old son in the head out of frustration over losing a video game.
The baby was initially listed in serious condition but later succumbed to their injuries, according to LMPD.
According to an arrest slip, Anthony Trice was home alone watching the child when he was playing video games. Trice started losing the game and became frustrated, throwing the controller and the punching his son in the head.
After punching the infant, police said Trice picked him up to try to quiet him and while carrying him into the kitchen, dropped the child.
Later, Trice made his son a bottle, set him upright and left him unattended to go to the bathroom. When he came back, he noticed the baby was in distress and called 911.
The boy was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where he later died.