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Thursday, 9th July 2o2o
White woman drove into protesters in Indiana hit-and-run is arrested!
by ABC News

Bloomington police arrested a 66-year-old Indiana woman in a hit-and-run crash that injured two protesters, officials said Thursday.

Christi Bennett was arrested late Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal recklessness, a felony.

She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, a misdemeanor.

Bloomington police said that at about 9:26 p.m., officers were called to the area after getting a report of a personal injury crash, and upon arriving learned a vehicle that injured protesters had fled the scene.

According to police, a male passenger in a red Toyota exited the car to move an electric scooter out of a blocked intersection.

A 29-year-old woman then stood in front of the car and put her hands on the hood.

Bennett allegedly accelerated, police said, causing the woman to go up onto the hood.

A 35-year-old man grabbed and clung to the side of the car as it "accelerated rapidly" down the street, police said.

Both victims were flung from the car when it quickly turned about two blocks from where it had first stopped, police said.

The 29-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a cut to her head, police said.

She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

The 35-year-old victim had minor bruises, police said.

Police said witnesses provided them with a license plate number for the car and several videos of the incident.

On Wednesday, investigators were able to track down and detain Bennett, the registered owner of the car, and the passenger at a motel in Scottsburg, Indiana.

The unnamed passenger was interviewed and released.

Bennett and her lawyer declined to provide a statement, police said.

Bennett was booked into the Monroe County Jail and later released on a $,2000 surety and $500 cash bail.

The car was impounded to collect evidence.

Bennett is scheduled to appear in court on July 17th  for an initial hearing.

Reads better as a whole story.


It's a lazy afternoon
Just a kind of a day made for lovin' you
Soon the evening breezes will start to blow
Baby, grab your hat now 'cause here we go

I love the things you do
And the way that I feel when I'm close to you
I have dreamed so long, is it really so?
Baby, grab your hat now 'cause here we go

He loved this song the first time he heard Monica singing it. She knew she was doing a cover of a cherished classic and worked hard to ensure her iteration would be both signature and respectful of the original. Though originally sung as a duet Monica recorded it solo and debuted it at number one where its been for the past several weeks.

He enjoyed listening to Soul and R&B music and made a point to do so every visit he made to the States. The Kimoyo bead on his wrist beamed the music right to his ears. While walking the streets he turned off the difussers and white noise buffers so to be alert as he traversed the city to his destination... the Wakandan embassy.

Crossing a main thoroughfare he noticed a small crowd confronting several police officers. Though it was out of his way he walked over to see what the commotion was all about. His eyes widened at the site of a handcuffed man lying face down in the street with a police officer's knee on his neck slowly strangling him. The man gasped "I can't breathe!"

A half dozen questions raced through his mind. What kind of hatred provoked this? What kind of evil coward is this constable? Why aren't the other officers stopping this? Why don't the onlookers rush these police? Why do these events happen so often in this country? What should he do? Without thinking he pushes through the crowd and kicks the kneeling officer in the chest.

He hears Monica say "Baby don't stop, don't you dare, no" as he choke slams an onrushing policeman. The crowd cheers and he ducks under the swing of police baton and punches the officer in the throat. The fourth policeman he downs with a flying knee to the chin rendering the officer unconscious. By now news crews have come on the scene and social media is abuzz.

The kneeling officer gets his gun out and starts to point it at him but people from the crowd stand between the two. News crews filming. More police arrive as do the paramedics. A tense standoff is averted when the police commissioner orders his man to lower his firearm. The police commissioner then says you are under arrest for assaulting a police officer.

Someone in the crowd yells he assaulted more than one. He kicked four cops' asses. Another person in the crowd states that if you arrest him you got to arrest all of us. He sees their bravery and recognizes their solidarity but it is the man whom he saved that brings a tear to his eye. Standing the man mouths the words thank you. He tells the crowd he will go with the police alone.

Downtown police headquarters is a media frenzy. He is placed in an interrogation cell for questioning. They threaten him with lengthy jail sentences and violence. He remains silent and their hostility grows. A few minutes more pass and in walks Everett K. Ross. Don't say anything. I'm your lawyer. Ross then says my client and I need the room to debrief. Please leave.

Well you certainly got yourself in one hell of a situation mister. The charges range from interfering with the police while performing their duty to assaulting a police officer. Hell, I think we'll need to call in Matt Murdock just to get this reduced to twenty five years with no parole says Ross. That will not be necessary so speaks a voice from a dark corner.

T'Challa the Black Panther materializes from the shadows. Wait a minute, is this young man Wakandan? asks Ross. No, he's from Kansas T'Challa replies sarcastically. My king I was on my way to the embassy to meet you when circumstances diverted me says he. I am aware of what transpired and you acted appropriately T'Challa affirms. 

We will take our leave Agent Ross. No... your highness. Please, you can't just leave. We have to explain what happened. I am not in the habit of explaining myself nor the actions of my people, especially to those accustomed to turning a blind eye and allowing such atrocities to occur in the first place T'Challa states matter of factually. 

Your highness, you could help put a stop to this if you let this young man testify says Ross. Mr Ross, do you know the name of the man who was being brutally assaulted? he asks. Yes. His name is George Floyd. Out of respect for this man and for the bravery of the people and honor of this Wakandan we will go to your courts agent Ross. Shall I call Matt Murdock? Ross asks. What for? T'Challa questions. I will defend this young Wakandan personally.

Please explain to your government that he and I are leaving under the laws of diplomatic immunity and shall return in three weeks for the trial. Also inform them that he whose name is George Floyd is under my protection along with every bystander present at this attempted execution. T'Challa the Black Panther gestures and the one called he walks to his king and they disappear into the darkness.

Three weeks later at the trial

Would you please state your name for the record asks King T'Challa. My name is N'Kano. Did you assault the police officers in question? Yes I did. Why did you do this? They were attempting to kill a man whose name is George Floyd. Objection. There was no evidence that the man whose name is George Floyd life was in jeopardy.

Sustained. Very well I will present evidence via a recording made by a Kimoyo bead that shows the life signs of the man whose name is George Floyd were in fact in peril states King T'Challa. Here we see compression of the neck that is causing an increasingly hypoxic state in the brain. Concurrent with this we see traumatic asphyxia occurring due to said compression of the thoracic cavity. Had N'Kano not intervened the result would have been unconsciousness followed by death. To further clarify our findings I bring doctors Reed Richards and Henry Pym to corroborate both the tech and physical diagnosis respectively.

In closing I ask this of the jury. If N'Kano had not intervened on the murderous police officers performing their duties the man whose name is George Floyd would have been killed and for no more reason than hatred and indifference. Assaulting a police officer is against the law in this country but should it be if the police are wrong in both purpose of arrest or detainment and in the execution of duty. Black lives are the matter and don't require your permission to exist. We shall forever remember the man whose name is George Floyd.

Onboard a cloaked talon fighter two Wakandans travel to their homeland. The trial went well my king, thank you says N'Kano. What you did was righteous and it is I who is truly grateful replies T'Challa. It was good to see Dr. Richards, it been awhile since last we spoke. I also saw Matt Murdock there and instinctively waved at him forgetting for a moment he was blind adds N'Kano. Matt Murdock sees more than you know young one T'Challa states emphatically. The talon fighter enters Wakandan airspace and decloaks as it begins its decent.

My Lord King, what do you think would have happened had I not intervened and the man whose name is George Floyd was killed, murdered in fact asks N'Kano?  If in another more cruel time and space such an horrific incident were to happen, I as King of the Dead know exactly what would occur. Just after his pleas for life and right before his last breath the man whose name is George Floyd will call for his mother. Not just his biological mother but his spiritual one. T'Challa walks over to the escape hatch, stands with his arms in the Wakandan salute and drops out of the underside of the talon fighter.

Photo Credit: @stevejungart

His angry and confused spirit would elevate from its body and be greeted by his mother, Mut Ur Het Heru, she whom the righteous first meet upon making transition. She would  try to comfort him but as the spirit of the man whose name is George Floyd views his now vacated shrine... he swells with grief for a daughter he believes he will not see grow up. He remembers begging them not to kill him and his spirit would become pregnant with anger. Sekhmet and Heru Khuti manifest having felt his righteous indignation. They empower the spirit of the man whose name is George Floyd to birth his desired vengeance.

Like the spirit of François Makandal, Dutty Boukman, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Denmark Vesey, Gabriel Prosser, Nat Turner, Cudjoe, Bashenga, Azzari and T'Chaka, the spirit of the man whose name is George Floyd would posses the Afrakan youth, the disenfranchised and the oppressed. His spirit of vengeance would travel the world permeating souls, transforming them into a violent, anthropomorphic disturbance. They would lay waste to whole cities. Law enforcement agencies would find themselves overwhelmed with justified riots, looting, protests and civil unrest. Businesses and commerce would become irreparably damaged resulting in national economic destabilization. 

Their leadership would become desparate and enact martial law culminating in a complete societal collapse. Fear driven they would use their considerable military forces on their own citizens. These events would influence Wakandans like N'Jobu, Nakia and the White Wolf to take action. Then I would have to intervene to save the lives and prevent any attempt at genocide. My demands would be both simple and intractable. I would make two offers.

By CanvasBy

The first is for all those who desire such be allowed to migrate to Wakanda and receive full citizenship. The second would be to form the Republic of New Afraka. To do the later I would have to annex the five states and the Afrakan-majority counties adjacent to them as outlined in the 1968 Declaration of Independence, constitution and framework for a provisional government set up by the late Imari Obadele. I would insist on full reparations being paid and this emerging nation would be under the guidance and protection of Wakanda.

Does that answer your question young one T'Challa asks? It does my liege, it does indeed.


This story hit hard! Did you write this, my brutha Ture?
Technology / Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Last post by Battle on Today at 04:38:42 pm »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o

A 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers every day to keep them in shape for playing video games.

Hamako Mori is the oldest video gamer on YouTube, according to Guinness World Records.

Known as “Gamer Grandma” to her 320,000 subscribers on YouTube, Mori says she hopes to keep herself going and fit to play for as long as possible, and she says her favourite game titles are Grand Theft Auto V and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Vox Populi / Re: Venting about Current Events: BLM 2020
« Last post by Battle on Today at 03:57:39 pm »
Thurday, 9th July 2o2o
New York City paints "Black Lives Matter" in front of Trump Tower
by Audrey McNamara

Work on another Black Lives Matter mural in New York City started on Thursday — this one situated directly in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.

According to CBS New York, Fifth Avenue will be closed between 56th and 57th streets until Sunday morning to finish the mural. 

Other BLM murals have already been painted in Harlem, Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Thursday, 9th July 2o2o
by David Caplan

(Manhattan, NEW YORK) - Individual-1's former lawyer Michael Cohen has been remanded back into the custody of federal authorities and will be sent back to jail, his lawyer Jeffrey Levine announced Thursday afternoon.

Cohen was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NBC News reported.

This comes after he was spotted dining with his wife and another couple last week at the Upper East Side restaurant Le Bilboquet -- Levine said on Thursday his detention may be connected to this outing, which was documented by the New York Post, which posted photos of the night out.

But Levine, defended Cohen’s night out at the time, telling the New York Post, he “is currently on furlough” and that he “did not violate any of the terms and conditions of his release … and any assertion or suggestion to the contrary would be wholly inaccurate and untrue."

Cohen was released from an upstate New York jail because of Covid-19, and was allowed to serve out the rest of his three-year sentence at his Manhattan home.

Feel The Funk / Re: Lady Antebellum are changing their name to Lady A
« Last post by Battle on Today at 02:05:41 pm »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o
Changing your ancestral name doesn't change your ancestral habits
by Mariah Cooper

Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, is suing blues singer Anita “Lady A” White weeks after appearing to have reached an agreement with the artist, who has been using the moniker for years.

Technology / Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Last post by Battle on Today at 10:57:54 am »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o

Spider-Man: Miles Morales coming soon on Playstation 5

Black Panther / Re: Black Panther's Agents of Wakanda
« Last post by CvilleWakandan on Today at 10:33:42 am »
I enjoyed the book. Okoye got the shirt end of the stick. She was director and barely got to truly lead.
Vox Populi / Re: A Victory for Native Americans?
« Last post by Battle on Today at 10:16:17 am »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o
Oklahoma's land remains an Indigenous People's reservation under the treaty
by Adam Liptak and Jack Healy

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within an Indian reservation, a decision that could reshape the criminal-justice system by preventing state authorities from prosecuting offenses there that involve Native Americans.

The 5-to-4 decision, potentially one of the most consequential legal victories for Native Americans in decades, could have far-reaching implications for the 1.8 million people who live across what is now deemed “Indian Country” by the high court.

The lands include much of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second-biggest city.

The case was steeped in the United States government’s long history of brutal removals and broken treaties with Indigenous tribes, and grappled with whether lands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation had remained a reservation after Oklahoma became a state.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, a Westerner who has sided with tribes in previous cases and joined the court’s more liberal members, said that Congress had granted the Creek a reservation, and that the United States needed to abide by its promises.

“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote.

“Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.”

Muscogee leaders hailed the decision as a hard-fought victory that clarified the status of their lands.

The tribe said it would work with state and federal law-enforcement authorities to coordinate public safety within the reservation.

“This is a historic day,” Principal Chief David Hill said in an interview.

“This is amazing. It’s never too late to make things right.”

But Chief Justice John G. Roberts warned in a dissenting opinion that the Court had sown confusion in the state’s criminal-justice system and “profoundly destabilized” the state government’s powers in eastern Oklahoma.

“The State’s ability to prosecute serious crimes will be hobbled and decades of past convictions could well be thrown out,” Justice Roberts wrote. 

“The decision today creates significant uncertainty for the State’s continuing authority over any area that touches Indian affairs, ranging from zoning and taxation to family and environmental law.”

The case concerned Jimcy McGirt, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who was convicted of sex crimes against a child by state authorities in the Nation’s historical boundaries.

He said that only federal authorities were entitled to prosecute him.

Mr. McGirt argued that Congress had never clearly destroyed the sovereignty of the Creek Nation over the area, covering about half the state.

The solicitor general of Oklahoma took the opposite view, saying the area had never been reservation land.

McGirt v. Oklahoma, No. 18-9526, an appeal from a state court’s decision, was the Supreme Court’s second attempt to resolve the status of eastern Oklahoma.

In November 2018, the justices heard arguments in Sharp v. Murphy, No. 17-1107, which arose from the prosecution in state court of Patrick Murphy, a Creek Indian, for murdering George Jacobs in rural McIntosh County, east of Oklahoma City.

After he was sentenced to death, it emerged that the murder had taken place on what had once been Indian land.

Mr. Murphy argued that only the federal government could prosecute him and that a federal law barred the imposition of the death penalty because he was an Indian.

Mr. Murphy convinced the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver.

But when the case was argued before an eight-member Supreme Court, the justices seemed divided and troubled.

(Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who had served on the 10th Circuit when it ruled on the case, recused himself.)

Instead of issuing a decision before the term ended in June 2019, the court announced it would hear another set of arguments in its current term, which started in October.

That was a sign the court had deadlocked, 4 to 4.

But there was no new argument in the Murphy case, probably because it was not clear another hearing would break the deadlock.

Instead, the court heard Mr. McGirt’s case, allowing the overarching issue to be settled by a nine-member court.

*** The New York Times Comment Section ***

Atlanta, GA
5min ago

This isn’t some broad acceptance of native American rights or sovereignty. This is the Supreme Court finding that the original treaty applies in the realm of criminal jurisdiction unless Congress says otherwise. This is super inconvenient for everyone involved other than criminals looking for an excuse to get their convictions overturned in the short term. I can’t imagine that federal judges and prosecutors are happy with the prospect of taking over half of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system. And I’m certain that Congress won’t want to pay for it. I wonder what the headlines will be when Congress turn this back over to Oklahoma.

Paul C. McGlasson
Athens, GA
1hr ago

For now, it is “half of Oklahoma”.  But the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Cherokee nations which were cruelly driven into what would become Oklahoma by Trump’s favorite president, Jackson, will surely eventually be accorded similar status.

On the license plate of every car in Oklahoma is the proud declaration:  Native America.  The SCOTUS just took one step closer toward making that promise true.

Having grown up in Ponca City, OK, I am glad and proud of the decision.

Jim Wilkins
San Francisco
1hr ago

Finally Native Americans win one. But what about all the other treaties that were violated. If the principle holds in Oklahoma it should hold elsewhere. Land in the western (and probably some of the eastern) US was subject to treaties signed between tribes and the US government only to be broken again and again. This is yet another historical wrong that needs to be addressed.
Technology / Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Last post by Battle on Today at 08:53:32 am »
Thursday, 9th July 2o2o

RandomBlackGamer provides more updates to MARVEL:The Avengers!

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