Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times. Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times. All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. Based on ballistic and other evidence, "it appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by police," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters on Saturday at a community event in Harlem.
A federal grand jury has demanded that Los Angeles County sheriff's officials turn over all correspondence they have had with a county commission created to examine allegations of excessive force by deputies in the county jails, according to a sheriff's email obtained by The Times.
The subpoena suggests that federal authorities, in the midst of a widespread investigation of the jails, are expanding their probe to include allegations unearthed by the commission.
In recent months, that county panel has heard testimony from current and former sheriff's supervisors who have publicly alleged that top managers fostered a culture of abuse inside the jails.
But many more sheriff's employees have spoken to the commission privately. The subpoena could inadvertently force those sheriff's officials to out themselves to the department as informants.
Massacre of striking mine workers and murder of white supremacist are both symptoms of chasm between South Africa's haves (whites), have nots (Blacks)
A World Bank report in July focused on the persistent inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid.
"At the heart of the inequality lies the inability to create employment opportunities on a large enough scale," said the bank report. The report and plan by Manuel's group goes further and says income disparities, together with national unemployment conservatively estimated at 25 per cent, must be confronted or there will be chaos.
South Africa needs to maintain an economic growth rate of at least 5.5 per cent a year - it's now 2.5 per cent - and to create 11 million jobs in the next 18 years, says the Manuel group.
Kwame Kilpatrick lost an appeal Friday of a judge's order denying him access to jury records in hopes of dismissing the City Hall corruption indictment because there aren't enough blacks in the jury pool. A three-judge panel said Friday that Kilpatrick's appeal is premature but could be reviewed if the former Detroit mayor is convicted and sentenced to prison.
"The District Court's ruling is effectively reviewable on appeal from the final judgment although the remedy for any alleged violation may require the dismissal of the charges against Kilpatrick," the judges wrote Friday.
Newark mayor Cory Booker is reportedly weighing a challenge to New Jersey governor Chris Christie when Christie runs for reelection next year. According to PolitickerNJ, some state Democratic officials see Booker as the only viable candidate to run against Christie in the gubernatorial race. Both New Jersey politicians will be getting a national platform when they speak at their party’s respective conventions over the next two weeks.
Christie will be delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention next week, while Booker will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention the following week “to present the party’s platform.” A source in the New Jersey Democratic party tells PolitickerNJ that following Christie’s speech, they want to be able to recruit a counterpoint “who can present more than token opposition” in the upcoming gubernatorial race.
Booker may end up being that counterpoint, because recently he has been meeting with party officials throughout the state with possible plans to run against Christie.
In a video recently unearthed by Jezebel, Megan Lochte made a number of racist remarks in a talk-show appearance after returning from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
When asked by the host of the Closing Time talk show about her visit to China, Megan immediately went off the deep end with a racist rant. "We were there for a little bit over a week. China was (ethnic slur) out," she started.
It gets worse. "Like it was totally like Chinese. Everything. (ethnic slur). There was only (ethnic slur) everywhere."
The host of the show, Mickey Cucchiella, interrupted and suggested she stop using "that word." But Megan Lochte continued, apparently under the impression she was being funny because of the audience laughter and the host being flabbergasted.
"(Ethnic slur)? But ... but like it fits them because they're like (ethnic slur)."
Megan went on to complain about how "they take pictures of everything" and called the Great Wall a "huge OCD fence." Easily the greatest irony out of everything is that on Megan's Facebook page, she lists her college degree in multicultural marketing.
Failed Republican presidential candidate and snigger Herman Cain defended soon-to-be GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney against 'birther' criticism he generated Friday for comments he made at a campaign event.
Cain, an African-American who for a time was leading the Republican field in polling before he was forced to suspend his candidacy due to sexual allegations, says it was clear to him Romney was merely playing up his own roots and not calling into account President Barack Obama's legitimacy.
Thousands of Republicans from around the country will descend upon Tampa, Florida next week for the Republican National Convention, and if recent history is any guide, so too will hundreds of protesters.
To prepare, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has ordered the Orient Road Jail, a 1,700 bed prison in Tampa, emptied, relocating some inmates to another nearby prison and releasing others on bond. The entire facility has been transformed into a one-stop booking, detention, and bond-issuance center capable of handling large numbers of arrests, which begs the question: will Tampa police keep demonstrators on a short leash?
A rally for Muslims in Joplin, Missouri, drew hundreds of people on Saturday night, nearly three weeks after a local mosque was destroyed by a fire which members of the Islamic community suspect was a hate crime, the organizer of the event said.
The gathering at a city park was promoted on a Facebook page as a way to show "that love is stronger than fear or hatred." Organizers saw the rally in part as a giving-back to the local Muslim community because their mosque was a relief center for victims of the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, which took 161 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 buildings.
Rodney King, whose 1991 videotaped beating made him a symbol of police brutality and racial tension in Los Angeles, was in a drug- and alcohol-induced "delirium" when he accidentally drowned in his swimming pool, coroners ruled on Thursday.
The final autopsy report was issued by medical examiners in San Bernardino County two months after King, 47, was found submerged at the deep end of a swimming pool at his home in Rialto, 50 miles east of Los Angeles.
Undocumented immigrants who qualify for temporary work permits under the Obama administration’s deferred action directive will soon be allowed to get driver’s licenses in Georgia. Sam Olens, the state’s Republican attorney general, wrote in a letter to Governor Nathan Deal (R-GA), “While I do not agree with the actions of the President in issuing the directive, it has been implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, and state law recognizes the approval of deferred action status as a basis for issuing a temporary driver’s license.” The Department of Homeland Security left the decision to give the eligible immigrants driver’s licenses and benefits to each state
The attorney for the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin says he is shutting down a Facebook page the defense team was using because it was leading to unhelpful discussions.
Attorney Mark O’Mara announced the decision Wednesday on a separate website set up to distribute information on George Zimmerman’s defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting and has pleaded not guilty. He claims he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense.
O’Mara says the Facebook page served several purposes over the past three months, including giving Zimmerman and the defense team an official social media presence. But O’Mara says it also allowed for discussions of evidence and Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence.
Florida has dominated voting rights news for its attempts to restrict registration and early voting, for its questionable voter purge, for the local elections officials who've opposed such measures, and for the flurry of lawsuits that have followed.
But what most of us haven't heard about is the issue of absentee voter fraud that, while not widespread, has occurred in parts of Florida for the past 20 years. While voter fraud in general remains nearly nonexistent, two cities with high Cuban-American populations in Florida have seen incidents where absentee ballots have been illegally brokered. Florida's changes to its electoral system, meanwhile, haven't addressed the ballot brokering, but have created changes that make it harder for other people of color to vote.
A Texas leader is warning of what he calls a 'civil war' and possible invasion of United Nations troops if President Barack Obama is re-elected. Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is convinced that Mr. Obama winning a second term would lead to a revolt by the American people, and he is pushing a tax increase for the District Attorney's Office and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. He says the money is needed to 'beef up' its resources in case President Obama wins the November election.
Amid a rising spate of Jewish extremist violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank, two prominent US Middle East scholars are urging the United States to officially designate as terrorists those Israeli extremists who perpetrate terrorist violence against Palestinian civilians, Israeli citizens and even moderate elements of the settler movement. The US, "much like Israel... should consider designating individuals involved in acts of violence against Palestinians as terrorists," Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, researchers at the Brookings Institution Saban Center, wrote in the current issue of Foreign Afffairs.
The girlfriend of a man who was fatally shot in the back of an Arkansas patrol car told an investigator that he called her from the car and said he had a gun with him, police said Wednesday. Jonesboro police offered those and other new details in a four-page statement about the investigation into the July 28 death of 21-year-old Chavis Carter. The death was ruled a suicide in an autopsy report released earlier this week. So he also could make calls while he was handcuffed?