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'Today' show names Sheinelle Jones new weekend news anchor
Emmy-winning journalist Sheinelle Jones has joined NBC as the news anchor for the weekend edition of the "Today" Show, the network announced on Monday.

Jones most recently served as co-host of Fox's local "Good Day Philadelphia," where she spent nine years before resigning to spend time with her family in March.

Also from TheWrap: Jenna Wolfe Named 'Today' Show Lifestyle and Fitness Correspondent

"We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News," said NBC News President Deborah Turness. "She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team."

The move comes a week after NBC named Jenna Wolfe the "Today" Show's Fitness and Lifestyle correspondent, opening up the new anchor position during the weekends.

Before her time in Philadelphia, Jones served as an evening news anchor and reporter for KOKI, the FOX affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.
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Sep-16-2014 122 0
A New Jersey high school is alleging that its opponent last Friday taunted it with racially charged actions.

North Plainfield High School, which has a large African-American student contingent, claims that bananas were placed in its visitors locker room before a game with Summit High School.

Assistant superintendent of North Plainfield Schools Dr. Robert Rich told The Alternative Press an incident of alleged racism occurred prior to the Summit's 26-0 victory over North Plainfield. Rich also confirmed that there are internal and external investigations into the allegations.

"I have been working on the investigation of the incident with our staff and the Summit Superintendent," Rich said. "The incident has been turned over to New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) for an independent investigation.

A banana "was in the door and you could see through the door, because it didn't have no doorknobs, so you could see right through the hole," North Plainfield football player Anthony Lafond told CBS2 New York. "And they put the banana right through there."

"Right away, there was a banana in the door," North Plainfield football player J.T. Valley told CBS2. "And we told our coach, we're like, 'Coach, there's a banana in there.' So we took the banana, and then all of a sudden, they put another one. And we took the banana out, and there was another one in there. And they kept on putting them in there."

North Plainfield players told CBS2 tears were shed in the locker room before the game.

Jordan Zakarin Sep-16-2014 99 0
Emmy-winning journalist Sheinelle Jones has joined NBC as the news anchor for the weekend edition of the "Today" Show, the network announced on Monday.

Jones most recently served as co-host of Fox's local "Good Day Philadelphia," where she spent nine years before resigning to spend time with her family in March.

Also from TheWrap: Jenna Wolfe Named 'Today' Show Lifestyle and Fitness Correspondent

"We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News," said NBC News President Deborah Turness. "She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team."

The move comes a week after NBC named Jenna Wolfe the "Today" Show's Fitness and Lifestyle correspondent, opening up the new anchor position during the weekends.

Before her time in Philadelphia, Jones served as an evening news anchor and reporter for KOKI, the FOX affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

Jason Molinet Sep-16-2014 142 0
'Baby Andres' was taken off life support Saturday, five days after the infant suffered a brutal beating at the hands of Antwan James Sawyer (right). Adolfo Bravo (inset) is distraught after losing his son.
.A Florida infant was taken off life support Saturday afternoon, five days after a brutal beating.

The 5-month-old boy suffered brain injuries, a lung contusion, bloody eyes and bruises to his buttocks at the hands of the mother's boyfriend, Miami-Dade police allege.

Antwan James Sawyer, 27, of Broward, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated child abuse and attempted felony murder after police didn't buy his story that "Baby Andres" fell from his bed when the two were left alone, The Miami Herald reported.

Those charges could be upgraded to murder, prosecutors said, in the wake of the infant's death, according to Local10.com. Sawyer is jailed at Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility.

"I've been having rough days, seeing my son like that," the baby's father, Adolfo Bravo, 32, told NBC Miami while surrounded by family and friends holding vigil at the hospital. "But I have a certain relief today, he's in peace."

Andres’ father, 32-year-old Adolfo Bravo, has been at the hospital since Tuesday. He said doctors told him his son is brain dead, kept alive by life support.
Adolfo Bravo/via Facebook

Andres’ father, 32-year-old Adolfo Bravo, has been at the hospital since Tuesday. He said doctors told him his son is brain dead, kept alive by life support.

When mother Sascha Marie Garcia returned to her South Miami apartment from work Monday, she found her injured child, according to The Herald. The infant was transported to Miami Children's Hospital, where he was eventually declared brain dead.

"Our children are very fragile and look up to their care givers to show them protection and gentle love," read a message on the family's GoFundMe page seeking help with medical bills.

reuters Sep-15-2014 257 0
Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy whose mother on Monday said fatally shot himself in his middle school bathroom last week because he could no longer endure unrelenting bullying by fellow students.

"The hopelessness was overwhelming," Shaniqua Hawkins, the mother of Lamar "Shaq" Hawkins III, told a news conference.

The boy, a seventh grade student whose growth was stunted by a childhood illness, was found dead around midnight last Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, about 20 miles north of Orlando, authorities said.

The local sheriff's office that is investigating the death has not yet determined whether bullying was a factor, spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said.

The boy's parents met with the school administration about the bullying multiple times, including as recently as two to three weeks before the suicide, said Matt Morgan, a lawyer for the family. Lamar killed himself with his father’s gun, which Morgan said was properly stored.

Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Walt Griffin said in a statement that he was aware that the family maintains that the boy killed himself after being bullied but could not comment while a sheriff’s investigation was underway.

"This is a very tragic circumstance and our hearts and prayers remain with the family during this difficult time. ... The school board has a comprehensive bullying policy that is fully enforced in all of our schools," Griffin said.

Shaniqua Hawkins said the family moved from New York City two years ago to get Lamar away from bullies who picked on him at his school there.

Morgan said the boy was about 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighed less than 80 pounds. The family nicknamed him after retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal for his big personality and grand outlook on life, Shaniqua Hawkins said.

Shaniqua Hawkins said bullies pushed Lamar down stairs and off his chair in the school cafeteria, and mocked him for his small stature.

“We now know that he was unable to continue his fight against the bullies. They won ... I believe he took his life at school to send a message to these bullies that they were to blame for his suffering,” Shaniqua Hawkins said at the news conference.

Oren Yaniv Sep-15-2014 116 0
former clerk at a Bronx courthouse has been indicted for stealing more than $80,000 by under-reporting cash transactions, prosecutors said Friday.

Christopher Goodly, 29, is accused of behaving badly by siphoning fees he had collected as a finance clerk from passport applications and business certificates, pocketing between $200 to $1,000 a day.

He was fired in Sept. 2013 — about 11 months after allegedly starting the scheme — because an audit revealed that he issued more documents than he actually reported, a source said.

He was charged with grand larceny for allegedly taking in a total of $82,225 and is facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Goodly is accused of making the fraudulent reports on 190 different days to hide his no-good deeds and has also been indicted on hundreds of counts of falsifying business records and official misconduct to reflect that.

Goodly, who was extradited from Virginia, was arraigned Friday and ordered held on a $25,000 bail. He worked at the Clerk’s Office in the Civil Court building on Grand Concourse, officials said.

Chiderah Monde Sep-15-2014 159 0
Daniele Watts, the actress who claims she was wrongfully detained and handcuffed by Studio City police for making out with her boyfriend, argued police had no right to demand her identification when they stopped her on Sept. 11.

In audio from the incident obtained by TMZ, Watts is heard arguing with the arresting officer as he repeatedly asks to see her ID.

“Do you know how many times the cops have been called ... just because I’m black and he’s white,” she’s heard saying.

The officer accuses Watts of bring up the “race card,” saying he was called by neighbors in response to a lewd scene.

“I have every right to ask your ID,” the officer says, as Watts protests.

The “Weeds” actress took to her facebook page Thursday to share her experience — which she believes was the result of prejudice against her being black with a white boyfriend. Watts posted photos that her beau, Brian Lucas, took as she stood handcuffed and crying.

Witnesses from nearby buildings apparently told police they saw Watts and Lucas having sex in the passenger seat of their car, according to TMZ.

“Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” she wrote.

“From the questions that (the cop) asked, I could tell (he) thought we were a HO (prostitute) and a TRICK (client),” Lucas added on his own Facebook page.

Watts said she was talking to her father and standing by a tree when the police came. She’s heard telling her father to “hold on” as she talks to the officers in the audio release.

Watts is also heard telling the cops that she “has a publicist” and works as an actor in the studio nearby.

“I am going to say no,” she tells the cop who repeatedly asks for her ID. “And you can say that I’m resisting arrest.”

The officer responds saying Watts was “interfering” rather than resisting arrest and that he had probable cause to ask for identification because of the complaints from neighbors.

The law in California, and in New York, has no statute requiring individuals to present identification when detained on suspicion of criminal activity.

After protest from Watts, the officer requests a female officer be brought to the scene.

“We’re going to get your ID one way or another,” he says. “Thank you for bringing up the race card I never hear that.”

Watts is later heard crying and yelling as her boyfriend has a conversation with the officers. Lucas, a celebrity chef, explained that he presented his own ID without conflict "because of his past experience with the law."

“I was sitting in that back of this cop car, filled with adrenaline, my wrist bleeding in pain, and it occurred to me, that even there, I STILL HAD POWER OVER MY OWN SPIRIT,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away."

The actress maintained that she did nothing wrong, emphasizing that she and Lucas were "fully clothed" and within their rights to show affection publicly. She also claimed the police officer first approached Lucas for her identification.

"He didn't even give me the respect of telling me what happened," she told CNN. "For me, if he would have come to me like 'excuse me ma'am, you seem like a respectable person but someone made a call can we just talk to you for a second,' the whole situation would have been different."

Watts also maintained - knowing that the situation could have been resolved much earlier if she would have presented her ID as asked - that she didn't because she believes "in America and what it stands for."

"Part of my role as a public figure is to raise awareness and be strong enough to say and do the things that people that maybe don't have the advantages that I have...or aren't strong enough, or don't have the know how, or don't have the awareness to do" she said.

"For me standing up for that constitutional right was a gift and a blessing."

Rocco Parascandola Sep-14-2014 199 0
A bus driver says he’s not sure he wants to get back behind the wheel after an unhinged lunatic slashed him across the face while he waited for his bus to get fixed on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

“I'm concerned about going back,” John Browne, 43, said, running his fingers across the six-inch cut across the left side of the jaw. “I could have lost my life. I have a family."

The father-of-seven was in uniform outside his B35 bus waiting for mechanical assistance around 10:45 p.m. near Mother Gaston Blvd. and Hegeman Ave. in Brownsville when a man and woman exited a car, he said.

The man yelled, “What are you looking at?” Browne said.

“He kept walking towards me, saying, ‘I'm talking to you. What the eff are you looking at?’” he said.

In a matter of seconds he was face to face with the angry stranger.

“At first I thought he had punched me. I felt the blood coming down and people started yelling, ‘He has a knife!’" he said.

The man ran away, but Browne said he was able to grab hold of the slasher’s female companion until police came.

She smelled of alcohol, but wouldn’t divulge any information about his attacker’s identity, he said.

Browne was treated at Brookdale Hospital and released at 3 a.m. after getting seven stitches on the gash.

Authorities described the knife-wielder as a 5-foot-10 man with a slim build, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Just last week, another B35 driver was punched in the face and beaten up, a union official said.

Browne said he may ask for a day shift if and when he returns to work. “Driving is my passion, my dream," the former JetBlue rep said. "Most people I drive are good people. This was just random."

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black actress who appeared in “Django Unchained” was handcuffed and detained for kissing her white husband — because police allegedly assumed she was a prostitute.

Daniele Watts burst into tears after she was handcuffed by Los Angeles police in Studio City on Saturday for kissing her husband, Brian Lucas, in public.

Writing on their Facebook pages, Watts and Lucas say they were approached by two officers and the actress was asked for ID.

When Watts refused, police handcuffed her before putting her in the back of a police car.

She was released after her ID was checked by the officers.

Watts wrote: "Today I was handcuffed … after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.

"As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger.

Watts, who played CoCo in Quentin Tarantino's slavery film, said she was crying "for a country that calls itself 'the land of the free and the home of the brave,' and yet detains people for claiming that very right'".

The LAPD refused to comment on the incident.


Sasha Goldstein Sep-13-2014 285 0
The tragic shooting death of a 2-year-old Georgia boy, once thought accidental, was actually a murder, police said.

Detray Shiver, 25, had been charged with shooting and killed his nephew, little Kamarri Lewis, on Monday morning in Stone Mountain, Ga. His wife, Alexia Thomas, 23, is accused of dumping the handgun into a sewer drain outside the Dekalb County home.

The aunt and uncle were already jailed on neglect charges after they first told police the child found the pistol and shot himself around 10 a.m. Monday. The couple was meant to be watching the boy while his mother was at work, but Shiver claimed he wasn’t home at the time of the shooting, while Thomas told cops she was asleep.

But an autopsy found the boy could not have shot himself and was ruled a homicide, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The couple is also each charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after cops found drugs at the Third Street home.

Thomas posted a $45,000 bond while Shivers remains jailed.

Nicole Hensley Sep-13-2014 268 0
A Seattle woman is accused of raping her neighbor as he slept after a party.

The victim shoved the 240-pound woman, later identified as 26-year-old Chantae Gilman, off of him when he woke up to her having sex with him, according to the Seattle P-I.

She apparently broke into the 31-year-old's apartment on June 16, 2013 after a birthday party. It wasn’t until recently that a sample of DNA taken from the victim was analyzed.

Gilman was linked to the crime, but she is apparently undergoing drug treatment, a neighbor told KOMO-TV.

A Facebook page that appears to belong to Gilman frequently notes her sporadic sobriety.

"I've got 2 months pregnant and I'm 31 weeks pregnant," Gilman apparently wrote on Aug. 5.

An arrest warrant was issued for Gilman, a mother of four other children who is reportedly pregnant with another child.

Court documents show Gilman held the victim down during the alleged rape and told him to be quiet. He managed to push her out of his west Seattle apartment.

He then described Gilman as “a drug user in the area.”

In the past, Gilman had been treated for mental health issues and drug abuse. She's also pleaded guilty in 2006 and 2008 to criminal charges, court records show.

She reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and another mental illness, the TV station reported.

During an undated interview, Gilman reportedly told investigators she didn’t remember having sex with the man or being at his home, the P-I wrote.


Kevin Armstrong Sep-12-2014 211 0
It’s another scar for the NFL and this time the victim is a 4-year-old boy, beaten in the back, buttocks, legs and scrotum allegedly by his dad — running back Adrian Peterson.

The Minnesota Vikings moved swiftly, deactivating Peterson for Sunday’s home game against the Patriots.

The gridiron great was indicted in Texas where the boy and his 5-year-old sibling were visiting their dad back in May. The details of the beating — punishment for pushing the other kid off a motorcycle video game — are as disturbing as they are heartbreaking.

Houston’s CBS television affiliate reported that Peterson grabbed a tree branch and stripped away the leaves, fashioning a disciplinary tool known as a “switch.”

Peterson then beat the child repeatedly and later texted the boy’s mother, the station reported, citing law enforcement sources.

You will be “mad at me about his leg,” he texted, adding that he “felt bad after the fact.”

Peterson also told the boy’s mother about his son’s injury to his privates, CBS reported.

“Got him in the nuts once I noticed,” he texted.

The demented dad appeared to revel in his brutality. He didn’t think he did anything wrong.

“Never do I go overboard!” he texted. “But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”

According to the Houston Police Department, these are injuries Adrian Peterson allegedly inflicted on his 4-year-old son.

Police reports obtained by the Houston station show the 4-year-old boy feared his father would punch him in the face if he reported the beating. He said his father had previously beaten him with belts.

Peterson, the boy told his mom, has a “whooping room.”

When cops grilled Peterson about the beating, he claimed part of the switch wrapped around the boy’s leg, leaving the most severe cuts and bruises. He also admitted pulling the boy’s pants down before hitting him at least 10 times.

When the child returned home to his mother in Minnesota, she reportedly noticed the injuries and took the boy to her doctor. The doctor then notified Texas authorities who contacted Peterson. The running back was indicted Friday for reckless of negligent injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb north of Houston.

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, quickly went into damage-control mode, saying the football great is a loving father who never intended to harm his son.

“He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas,” Hardin said in a statement.

The lawyer said Peterson fully cooperated with authorities and testified before a grand jury for hours.

Hardin has represented other troubled athletes like former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens.

Peterson is the second NFL running back to get into trouble recently.
Ray Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video footage of him knocking his fiancée out with a left hook inside an Atlantic City casino emerged. Before the release of the shocking video, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice a paltry two games.

The NFL hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate the league’s handling of the case after The Associated Press reported that a law enforcement source claimed to have sent the NFL in April a DVD of the beatdown. Goodell has said neither he nor any other NFL executive saw the video of the punch until it was released Monday by TMZ.

Several former NFL players, politicians and women’s groups have called on Goodell to resign.

Various biographies list Peterson, who is not married, as the father of a boy and a daughter by two different women. Peterson also had a 2-year-old son by another woman. The boy was beaten to death by the woman’s boyfriend last year.

A six-time Pro Bowler who has rushed for 10,190 yards and scored 86 touchdowns during his eight-year career with the Vikings.

Earlier Friday, Peterson posted a religious message on Twitter that may or may not have anything to do with the case.

"Its your season! Weapons may form but won’t prosper!” he posted. “God has you covered don’t stress or worry!"


Michael Walsh Sep-12-2014 167 0
A Philadelphia woman was convicted Friday of raping a 5-year-old girl after kidnapping her from a school classroom.

Christina Regusters, 21, was found guilty on all counts, including kidnapping, aggravated assault and indecent deviate sexual intercourse.

In January 2013, Regusters wore a Muslim dress and veil so she could pose as the little girl’s mother and pick her up from Bryant Elementary School in the city’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood.

Then she pretended to be three different people to trick the blindfolded child.

The little girl was stashed under a bed for most of the 19-hour ordeal. She recalled hearing a talking bird, which turned out to be a key detail that helped police identify Regusters as the suspect.

The child was found half-naked the following morning in a cold and dark playground. Regusters' DNA was found on a T-shirt the girl was wearing.

During the three-week trial, defense attorney W. Fred Harrison Jr. questioned whether Regusters could have acted alone. But prosecutors said she had viewed child pornography and Japanese anime that depicted the sexual torture of children.

She also researched how to destroy DNA evidence, the prosecution said.

The girl, now 7, testified briefly during the trial. Her family is suing the Philadelphia School District.

After the verdict, Regusters told WCAU-TV that the DNA evidence and Internet searches "proved to be her undoing."

Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15 and she could face life in prison.



ken daley Sep-12-2014 193 0
Two inmates serving the last of their prison terms in an Orleans Parish re-entry program were caught on surveillance video in a sex act with a third prisoner during a work detail, authorities said.

Khiri Daniels, 24, and Laurence Placide, 30, each was booked with oral sexual battery, after a third inmate said he was forced to perform sexual acts inside a kitchen and warehouse building at 3000 Perdido St. If convicted, Daniels and Placide could each see up to 10 more years tacked onto prison terms they had nearly completed.

According to arrest reports, an investigator from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusma's office elicited admissions of involvement from all three inmates in separate interviews, and recovered surveillance video that recorded the Aug. 6 incident at 12:38 p.m.

Placide, an eastern New Orleans man serving a five-year sentence on his third conviction for cocaine possession, had been on target for a Sunday (Sept. 7) release to supervised parole, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said. With proper behavior, he could have completed his full term and been free of supervision by Dec. 6.

Likewise, Daniels was within weeks of hitting the streets. The Kenner man convicted in 2008 in Jefferson Parish of aggravated burglary, second-degree battery and attempted simple robbery was looking at a Nov. 13 release date. Records show Daniels had been jailed from August 2008-September 2010, then released on parole through March 2012. He has been jailed since that month for an unspecified parole violation.

Authorities placed a hold on Placide until the new charge is resolved. Daniels can also expect the new charge to delay his mid-November release date.

The arrest warrants say the third inmate "performed the acts only in fear of safety." The inmate, 25, is serving a five-month sentence on a third prostitution conviction.

All three inmates were participating in the Southeast Regional Re-entry and Rehabilitation Program, a 60-day opportunity for qualifying short-term inmates from Orleans and some adjacent parishes to learn life skills and prepare for their imminent release.

The program is administered and supervised by the sheriff's office and accepts qualifying inmates within 18 months of their release. Inmates are taught how to apply for jobs, manage their finances, develop anger-management skills and prepare for life outside prison. Participants are trusted with work duties and are often housed in the temporary detention center as their release date approaches.

Daniels was re-booked Aug. 21, with bond set at $100,000 on the oral sexual battery count. Placide was re-booked Sept. 2, with his bond on the same count set at $20,000.

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Sep-09-2014 388 0
On yesterday social media went crazy after the video of Ray Rice was released. Within hours Rice was released from the Ravens. Don't think for one second that it was not as a result of the public outcry on social media. The Ravens and the NFL did not have a choice but to release Rice because they had been exposed. However, the saddening part about of all of this is that the powers to be proclaimed they had not seen the video until yesterday.

Why do we live in a society where there's always a cover-up? If we are going to be angry at the police chief in Ferguson, MO for trying to cover up for one of his officers who killed Michael Brown we should also be upset with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach John Harbaugh because it appears that they took part in a scheme to deceive the public and by tuning in to the games as usual we are saying it's okay to cover-up a crime. Sean Payton, head coach of the Saints, was forced to sit out a year because an alleged wrongdoing took place under his watch. In my opinion, the same needs to happen to the Roger Goodell and Coach Harbaugh because somehow I think they knew and if they did not know it's even worse because they allowed a poor investigation to support a two game suspension.

Let's look at the severity of what they did. Their actions in trying to protect the NFL brand send the wrong message to ladies who are victims of domestic abuse. What the message says is that you should protect the abuser if there's something to lose. In this case, it was football games and plenty of revenue for a major brand. Their actions could help persuade a victim of domestic abuse to participate in a press conference in order to save a star and risk her life. This was not the right thing to do because someone following that same example could end up dead.

Releasing and/or suspending Rice for the year was the proper thing to do months ago but there are additional suspensions that need to be handed down before we stop talking about this. Take a year off Mr. Commissioner and Coach Harbaugh because you dropped the ball on this one. Better yet, if you won't suspend yourselves, donate your salaries for the year to a charity that supports domestic violence victims if you are really serious about the mistake that was made.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
Daryl K. Washington Apr-28-2014 803 0
Sadly but real, it appears as though society feels you can treat a black person poorly by simply offering to give them something of value and everything is forgotten. This mindset has to go away otherwise racism and injustices will remain. Whenever I file a civil rights lawsuit the first question the media asks is how much money the family is asking for? My response is always very clear; the family wants JUSTICE and expects for the individual responsible for the act to be held responsible for his/her criminal acts.

On yesterday, 5-10 multimillionaires played a game of basketball despite being made aware that the owner they are earning millions for hates black people, especially black males. By not playing on yesterday they could have sent a major message out and forced the NBA to react immediately but they gave Donald Sterling and the NBA a way out. Let's face it, the Clippers are no candidate to win the NBA Championship this year so this was/is their opportunity to make a change but instead they are showing America that money and a championship is much more important than fighting blatant racism.

I have to admit that I'm truly disappointed in the Los Angeles Clippers. Professional athletes will stage a sit out when they feel they are not being paid enough money but they will continue to play for a racist owner who admitted to not want black people at the game and use the excuse that we are playing for a championship. Will we continue to turn our heads for money?

Many people criticized the football players at Grambling when they staged a protest last year. If those kids lost their scholarships they could probably not afford to attend college but they took the chance because they wanted to take a stand against what they consider poor playing conditions. They had the courage to do something that the Los Angeles Clippers, a group of multimillionaires, are not willing to do. What message are we sending to the World? You can tell millionaires you hate them but they will still work for you as long as they are being paid. Truly a lost opportunity. All money is not good money.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button
Daryl K. Washington Apr-27-2014 839 0
Donald Sterling made comments about Black people that have started a lot of conversation. Many people, including myself, have said that it will place Coach Doc Rivers and the players in an awkward situation but after thinking about it, it will also place White people in an awkward position and here's my opinion why. During the Civil Rights movement there were White people on the front lines and there were many who did not agree with the poor treatment of Black people. They were instrumental in helping with the fight for equal treatment.

Fast forward to today. 95% of the fans at the Clippers games are not Black and the majority are White people. It would be a great show of support if the White fans were as insulted by Donald Sterling's comments as Black people are. The games will go on but wouldn't it be great if the White fans proved to the country that they don't support a racist owner. We know it will not happen but only until everyone voice their dislike of what was said will a true change ever be made.

Donald Sterling's views are shared by so many individuals who will allow our talented Black athletes to attend the large colleges because they earn millions of dollars for the schools but will fight tooth and nails to prevent a young Black kid who may have not scored well on a standardized test from attending.

College athletes are fighting to be paid but I think what should be added to their agenda is the equal treatment of their brothers and sisters who are being denied admission to the same universities they are earning millions of dollars for. The fight should not be for money but for equality. Let’s never allow someone to pay us to keep our views to ourselves. We still have a long way to go. We will never get there unless we ALL come together.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

Daryl K. Washington Feb-16-2014 1059 0
After the Michael Dunn verdict was read many voice their displeasure with the judicial system, rightfully so. However, the killing of our young black men is nothing new. Each time something bad happens we come together as a group for a month or so and then the energy dies down. When the Zimmerman verdict came back there were those who demanded that we stop supporting the state of Florida yet what happened to the follow-up to let us know how effective the efforts were? It reminds me of whenever someone dies. When we run into people we have not seen in years we all make a vow to do better and to make time for each other but after two or three months has past by we are all back to doing the same things.

As a country, we came together after 9/11 but soon thereafter the unity went away. There's so much happening in our communities. I thought the Zimmerman verdict would be our wake up call to do more but our young black men continue to be gunned down at a high rate by Men who don't look anything close to their fathers and most of them get away with it. Just in case you mention the black on black crime, remember that the killer normally ends up in prison.

Just recently, the grand jury failed to indict a North Carolina police officer for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, a young black male, but after there was a public outcry about the injustice that took place he was eventually indicted. Right here in Dallas, Texas we have black men being killed by white police officers and in a great majority of the cases, the police officers are not indicted and judged by a jury of their peers. Instead, the victim is placed on trial and society has become conditioned to believe that it's okay to kill someone if they have a prior criminal record or considered a menace to society. Well, it's not and it's time that it stops.

We need to be proactive and make sure laws that don't benefit us are changed. I will continue to say this until I can't say this anymore; we have to get out and VOTE during the mid-term elections. We need to make sure the right people are elected and the wrong people are removed from office, irrespective of their race. If the same people are in office (local officials) yet we are having some of the same problems, it's time for change. Vote for someone who wants to make a change. Don't just vote based on race or political affiliation; that's what has gotten us to this point where we are today. We have to be proactive or the next Jordan Davis might be our brother, our son, our nephew, our father or our friend. Let's do it. Get involved or get out of the way!!!!!



Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.


















Daryl K. Washington Nov-26-2013 1363 0
ARE WE DOING ENOUGH FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITIES?: I just finished talking to a mother who lost her son as a result of a police shooting. Hearing this mother talk about her son and how much he loved the holidays was simply heart wrenching. She went on to tell me that she's pleaded for help from our local politicians, pastors, leaders, etc. but no one wants to take her call, especially if the cameras are not rolling. To worsen matters, many of the leaders have put her son on trial and he's dead.

On last week they staged a protest in Dallas and sadly, 95% of the protestors were white. That made me wonder why do people make it in life and fail to reach back to help others? Why do people hear about injustices yet fail to say anything about it other than to say "that's sad!" During the 60's the leaders were individuals (black and white) who had college degrees, had bright futures ahead of them but they risk it all for us to be in the positions we are in today. The sad thing is that many of us believe it's all about us.

We must do more. We have to do more. We have to demand that our politicians and pastors step up to help us fight this battle. It truly takes a team effort. We must hold all of our community leaders accountable. When they ask for your vote, ask them to list ten things they did for the community in the last four years. Ask them how many times have they've attended a rally to show support to a grieving mother or father. We have serious issues and it takes all of us to stop this mess. I'm tired of seeing people who have never fought against a single injustice accept the Martin Luther King drum major for justice award. It's time for change.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
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