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Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Last post by Battle on Today at 07:07:35 pm »
Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Cop fired after punching, using Taser on woman in front of her daughter

by Elisha Fieldstadt

An Atlanta police officer has been fired for using unnecessary force after he punched, tackled and used a Taser on a woman — whom he believed had an outstanding warrant for a speeding ticket — in front of her 4-year-old daughter.

Sgt. James Hines was fired on May 17 after the Atlanta Police Department investigated the May 1 arrest of Maggie Thomas, according to a statement from the department.

"The Office of Professional Standards determined that the force used during the arrest was unnecessary and inconsistent with Atlanta Police Department training," the statement said.

Video of the incident posted by Thomas' lawyer, Gerald A. Griggs, on Twitter shows Hines forcibly remove Thomas from her car and throw her to the ground. As Thomas screams, her daughter looks on, crying "Are you going to jail?"

The person filming the incident, who appears to be on the phone with authorities, says, "I'm recording this. He slammed her on the ground. He's tased her like three times. This is crazy. … He slammed her on the car."

According to an incident report by Hines, he "saw a black female sitting in a silver Infiniti" and "had gotten an earlier lookout on a silver Infiniti."

When Hines approached Thomas in her car she "became agitated and asked why I was looking at her car and what was I doing back behind her apartments," Hines wrote.

"She said something about there shouldn't be a white officer harassing her."

Hines left Thomas but then "began to wonder why she became so agitated" so he looked up her records, he wrote.
He saw she had a warrant for her arrest due to a speeding ticket, called for backup and went "back to the parking lot to make sure Ms. Thomas did not get away."

When Hines approached Thomas again, she refused to hand over her license or get out of the car so he handcuffed one of her hands and she held her daughter with the other, he wrote.

Thomas started honking her horn with her head, at which point people came out of the apartments, and one of them took the little girl from the car.

"I then took Ms. Thomas to the ground and she still refused to give me her right hand. I took out my Taser and drive-stunned her to her back," Hines wrote.

Hines handcuffed Thomas' other hand, at which point she bit him on his hand, the officer wrote.

"I immediately punched her in the face and she fell to the ground," Hines wrote.

Another officer put her in Hines' police car as Hines tried to verify the arrest warrant.

"The warrant for her arrest was unable to be confirmed due to the computers being down for the City of Atlanta," Hines said.

He arrested her anyway for disorderly conduct, but not before medics treated her for a swollen eye and determined there were no marks on Hines' hand "from being bitten," he wrote.

The Atlanta Police Department has recommended that the disorderly conduct charge against Hines be dropped.

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Acting / Re: Jason Mitchell
« Last post by Emperorjones on Today at 06:57:39 pm »
Okay, you're speaking as someone who has some information from people who are close to this, and I think that's a different situation than our standard reaction to just assume the people accused of misconduct are automatically guilty of said misconduct. If this is true it is very unfortunate. He was rising. I liked his work in both Compton and Superfly.
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T’Challa secures a legendary victory against N’Jadaka and his Intergalactic Empire! At last, the king can return to his throne and the loved ones he left behind. But even at home, T’Challa isn’t free from the Empire’s long shadow…
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Is it really over? How will a decade and change being gone be resolved. Going to need to see more of those guys riding the rhinos. Based on the cover looks like Tchalla is returning to MCU Waknanda. Lol


And while I would probably applaud pretty much any GOOD writers getting a crack at T'Challa in Wakanda...and especially GOOD BLACK WRITERS getting a crack at T'Challa of the MCU flava in Wakanda...the mere notion of TurnCoates writing MCU T'Challa absolutely fills me with prescient disappointment. TurnCoates...if given a fraction of a decimal of an opportunity...would absolutely screw up any and everything good done for T'Challa in the MCU, and permanently ensconce T'Challa as King of Suckaville [ until he found a way to depose T'Challa...who would be apologizing this whole time...and reinstall him as Administrator of Apolgoies and Chief Crap Licker of The Empire of Emasculated Bruthas. Then he'd find a way to endow some character we never heard of yet somehow everybody is supposed to know with all of T'Challa's vaunted abilities, this character will punk T'Challa, and then this character will go on to be...completely without use in the arc or the story; then this character will disappear into oblivion ].
In The News / Re: Black History Month Fails
« Last post by Battle on Today at 04:37:37 pm »
Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Judge rules that Jussie Smollett's case file can be unsealed
by Jason Meisner

A Cook County judge Thursday ordered the case file in the aborted prosecution of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett unsealed, marking a victory for the Chicago Tribune and other news organizations and adding another twist to a case with seemingly no end to controversy.

Smollett’s attorney had succeeded in sealing the court records at the same unannounced hearing in March at which State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office abruptly dropped all charges that the actor had staged a hate crime attack on himself.

After news organizations sought to unseal the records, Smollett’s legal team opposed the request, citing the actor’s privacy rights.

But Circuit Judge Steven Watkins held that those privacy rights had been trumped by Smollett and his attorneys going before the cameras to declare his innocence.

“These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone,” Watkins said in a 10-page ruling that he read aloud in court.

“While the court appreciates that (Smollett) was in the public eye before the events that precipitated this case, it was not necessary for him to address this so publicly and to such an extent. By doing so, the court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed.”

Tribune attorney Natalie Spears, who represented the news media in the case, said after court that the judge’s decision should be applauded.

“This is about transparency and trust in the system, and we believe the public has a right to know what their government did here and why,” Spears said in the lobby of the Leighton Criminal Court Building, the county’s main criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue.

Brian Watson, one of Smollett’s attorneys, would not say Thursday whether the actor might appeal Watkins’ decision to a higher court.

After the ruling came down, reporters waited for several hours in the circuit court clerk’s office — which maintains the criminal records — for the documents in the case to be scanned.

In the end, however, little new was revealed — not surprising since Foxx’s office had abruptly dropped the 16-count indictment against Smollett just less than three weeks after he was charged.

In fact, the majority of the 192-page file consisted of the media’s motions objecting to the sealing of the file in the first place.

But the judge’s ruling still could have a significant impact.

The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office had both denied public records requests on the grounds that the file was sealed.

After the seal was lifted, Foxx’s office said it was reviewing its records and expected to release more documents by June 3rd.

Meanwhile, the legal fallout over the Smollett case is continuing on several fronts.

As reporters waited for the criminal file to be unsealed, former state appellate judge Shelia O’Brien held a news conference to talk about her efforts to get a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Foxx’s handling of the case.

She called the judge’s decision unsealing the court file a “good first step” but said more needs to be done to ensure transparency.

“It’s not the court file that’s all-important, it’s Ms. Foxx’s file and the decision-making process in how this case was handled,” O’Brien said in the courthouse lobby.

In her petition, O'Brien highlighted how Foxx recused herself early in the investigation after communicating with a Smollett relative -- only to later claim that it was not a recusal "in the legal sense" that would have required the entire office to withdraw from the prosecution.

Communications later released to the Tribune showed Foxx had asked police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn over the investigation to the FBI after she was approached by Tina Tchen, a former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.

A hearing on O’Brien’s request is scheduled for Tuesday before Judge Michael Toomin.

O’Brien said she planned to ask Toomin to step aside and let a judge from outside Cook County decide the case to avoid any appearances of bias — a decision the judge already shot down last week.

Asked why she was spending so much time and effort to get a special prosecutor appointed, O’Brien said it was simple.

“This case made me jump up off the couch, and my conscience said somebody has to do something,” she said, clutching copies of her court pleadings in a yellow folder. “And I have time and a typewriter, so I started typing.”

In addition to O’Brien’s petition, the county’s inspector general, at Foxx’s request, is conducting a review of how her office handled the Smollett prosecution.

Smollett, meanwhile, is facing a pending suit filed by the city seeking repayment of the $130,000 in police overtime it cost to investigate his allegations.

In addition, Smollett’s attorneys have been sued for defamation in federal court by two Chicago brothers who say their reputations were ruined by claims that they orchestrated the attack on the TV star.

And the FBI has been investigating a threatening letter purportedly sent to Smollett a week before he was attacked at the West Side studio where “Empire” is filmed.

In arguing that the actor’s criminal records should be unsealed, Spears, the Tribune attorney, told the judge in a hearing earlier this month that it was pointless to keep the high-profile charges against Smollett — and their subsequent bombshell dismissal — under wraps because it had already made news all over the world.

“There is no way to secrete the fact of Jussie Smollett’s arrest. At this point it is widely and publicly known from here to Helsinki and back,” Spears said.

“No potential employer, let alone anyone with a pulse, does not know about Jussie Smollett’s arrest at this point.”

Watson, the Smollett attorney, argued at the time that the actor is entitled under the law to have his file sealed from public view. Opening it back up because of his high-profile status would set a dangerous precedent, he said.

“The argument is circular and it’s self-serving,” Watson said at the May 16 hearing before Watkins.

“The root of this problem is not Mr. Smollett. The root of this problem is that the media, Mrs. Spears’ clients, created publicity, and now her clients want to use that against someone who wants to get their rights back.”

In his ruling, Watkins said there was “a certain irony” in the media’s argument that Smollett’s case should be treated differently from the average criminal defendant whose request to have records sealed would go unnoticed.

But the judge said Smollett himself added to the media frenzy over his case — particularly with his interview with “Good Morning America” reporter Robin Roberts in March in which he discussed the purported attack in detail, as well as Smollett’s comments to reporters in the courthouse lobby shortly after the March 26 dismissal of the charges.

“(Smollett) voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case,” Watkins noted.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, reported in late January being the victim of an attack by two people shouting racist and homophobic slurs.

But he was charged after Chicago police determined that Smollett had agreed to pay $3,500 to two brothers he knew to stage the attack.

Foxx has faced fierce criticism over her office’s abrupt dismissal of the charges, including calls for her resignation by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

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Acting / Re: Jason Mitchell
« Last post by Mastrmynd on Today at 04:07:33 pm »
According to my's bad.
Really bad.
He's a predator.
SEVERAL instances of bad behavior...

I was rooting for the guy.
Big fan.
I wanted to work with him.

Now...i'm just disappointed.
He lost everything.
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