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Maryland woman dies in Queens basement after silicone lift goes awry, as phony doctor flees scene: cops
A Maryland woman who adored bootylicious Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj died after receiving butt injections in a Queens basement by a quack doctor who fled the scene, police said Tuesday.

Kelly Mayhew, 34, succumbed to the botched procedure after driving with her mother to Far Rockaway from Maryland on Saturday.

“Her death just came out of nowhere,” said family friend Kem Harris.

Mayhew’s doomed trip to New York ended in a basement apartment in a two-family home on Dickens St. that doubled as the phony plastic surgeon’s office. She and her mother had arrived at the home about 5 p.m.

Mayhew started gurgling and struggling to breathe after the bogus doctor injected silicone into her, her mother told police.

The frantic mom sprang into action — performing CPR on her fading daughter and demanding the “doctor” call 911.

Instead, the suspect grabbed her keys, ran out of the house and sped away in a gray SUV, sources said.

The mother called 911 herself.

By the time cops arrived at 6:50 p.m., paramedics were already there performing CPR.

Maryland woman Kelly Mayhew died Saturday in Queens after she allegedly started gurgling and having difficulty breathing upon getting silicon injections from an unlicensed doctor.
“Too soon only 34 years old, mah heart can’t believe it,” Mayhew’s sister Cece wrote on Facebook.

“Our heart goes out to her family and we extend our deepest sympathies for their loss,” BET spokesman Jamie Owens said in a statement.

An initial autopsy was inconclusive.

“Following the examination, we are doing additional studies and also await the police investigation,” said Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office.

Mayhew’s final post on Facebook was a photo of Minaj and Beyoncé. “Love,” reads the caption.

Her Facebook page also features a collage of pictures showing off her curves.

“Brains Beauty Boobs and Booty!” reads the caption.

Mayhew’s mother told police her daughter was healthy and had five previous butt enhancements.

Sources said Mayhew’s fatal procedure was organized by a family friend.

Mayhew’s mother, sometime after the suspect fled, tried to call the person who set up the appointment but couldn’t reach her. The pal later wiped her social media account clean, sources said.

A woman who answered Mayhew’s mother’s phone Tuesday declined to comment. “We don’t want to talk. I’m so sorry,” the woman said.

Family friend Harris, meanwhile, described Mayhew as the kind of person who would do anything for a loved one.

“She just brought life to everybody,” Harris, 20, said.

Neighbors on Dickens St. were in disbelief.

“I was in complete shock when I heard about how the lady died,” said Judith Johnson, 45, who lives in the home next-door. “I had no idea something like that was going on.”

The suspect didn’t live in the basement apartment, sources said.

The owner of the three-story home said the tenant who was residing there was going through a “financial hardship.”

“I suspected something was going on but I didn’t know what it was,” added the owner, who declined to identify herself.

Mayhew isn’t the first woman to die in a botched butt lift in the city.

Tamara Blaine, 22, died in July 2013 after unlicensed beautician Tamira Mobley allegedly filled her with butt-enhancing injections inside the Liberty Inn Hotel on W. 10th St.
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ROCCO PARASCANDOLA Jun-03-2015 63 0
A Maryland woman who adored bootylicious Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj died after receiving butt injections in a Queens basement by a quack doctor who fled the scene, police said Tuesday.

Kelly Mayhew, 34, succumbed to the botched procedure after driving with her mother to Far Rockaway from Maryland on Saturday.

“Her death just came out of nowhere,” said family friend Kem Harris.

Mayhew’s doomed trip to New York ended in a basement apartment in a two-family home on Dickens St. that doubled as the phony plastic surgeon’s office. She and her mother had arrived at the home about 5 p.m.

Mayhew started gurgling and struggling to breathe after the bogus doctor injected silicone into her, her mother told police.

The frantic mom sprang into action — performing CPR on her fading daughter and demanding the “doctor” call 911.

Instead, the suspect grabbed her keys, ran out of the house and sped away in a gray SUV, sources said.

The mother called 911 herself.

By the time cops arrived at 6:50 p.m., paramedics were already there performing CPR.

Maryland woman Kelly Mayhew died Saturday in Queens after she allegedly started gurgling and having difficulty breathing upon getting silicon injections from an unlicensed doctor.
“Too soon only 34 years old, mah heart can’t believe it,” Mayhew’s sister Cece wrote on Facebook.

“Our heart goes out to her family and we extend our deepest sympathies for their loss,” BET spokesman Jamie Owens said in a statement.

An initial autopsy was inconclusive.

“Following the examination, we are doing additional studies and also await the police investigation,” said Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office.

Mayhew’s final post on Facebook was a photo of Minaj and Beyoncé. “Love,” reads the caption.

Her Facebook page also features a collage of pictures showing off her curves.

“Brains Beauty Boobs and Booty!” reads the caption.

Mayhew’s mother told police her daughter was healthy and had five previous butt enhancements.

Sources said Mayhew’s fatal procedure was organized by a family friend.

Mayhew’s mother, sometime after the suspect fled, tried to call the person who set up the appointment but couldn’t reach her. The pal later wiped her social media account clean, sources said.

A woman who answered Mayhew’s mother’s phone Tuesday declined to comment. “We don’t want to talk. I’m so sorry,” the woman said.

Family friend Harris, meanwhile, described Mayhew as the kind of person who would do anything for a loved one.

“She just brought life to everybody,” Harris, 20, said.

Neighbors on Dickens St. were in disbelief.

“I was in complete shock when I heard about how the lady died,” said Judith Johnson, 45, who lives in the home next-door. “I had no idea something like that was going on.”

The suspect didn’t live in the basement apartment, sources said.

The owner of the three-story home said the tenant who was residing there was going through a “financial hardship.”

“I suspected something was going on but I didn’t know what it was,” added the owner, who declined to identify herself.

Mayhew isn’t the first woman to die in a botched butt lift in the city.

Tamara Blaine, 22, died in July 2013 after unlicensed beautician Tamira Mobley allegedly filled her with butt-enhancing injections inside the Liberty Inn Hotel on W. 10th St.

Rebecca Lopez Jun-03-2015 77 0
Four people are under arrest for beating a pregnant 14-year-old girl in order to force an abortion.

A fifth relative was arrested for sexually assaulting the girl. News 8 has chosen not to name that suspect or his exact relationship to the sexual assault victim as to not reveal the girl's identity.

According to court documents, between January and March 2013, a teenage girl was beaten at a home in Dallas. There were several adults in the house who were upset with the girl's pregnancy.

Those arrested for the beating were cousins of the teenager.

They learned the girl was pregnant after she was sexually assaulted by a relative and wanted to get rid of the baby, so they allegedly beat the girl until she aborted.

According to a court documents, family members first tried to give her multiple doses of birth control pills; then "Plan B" pills; and cinnamon tablets by suspect Sharon Jones, 45.

When that didn't work, Jones "allegedly collaborated with suspects Cecila McDonald, Lonnell McDonald and Cedric Jones to physically assault the girl to terminate her pregnancy," according to court documents.

The assault occurred in the living room of Sharon Jones' house. The girl told police that Cecila McDonald, 25, pinned the girl's "arms down to the floor as Accomplice Lonnell McDonald sat on the complaint's stomach and began repeatedly bouncing up and down. Accomplice Sharon Jones called suspect Cedric Jones Jr. and told him to come over to the house."

Lonnell McDonald, 27, then allegedly told Jones when he arrived that "he had already been kicking the "s*** out of the b****."

According to court documents, the suspects continued to beat, punch, and kick the girl in the stomach.

The assault caused serious bodily injury to the girl. According to the arrest affidavit, Cecila McDonald did not want Child Protective Services involved because the girl was underage and pregnant and she feared she would lose her children. She was heard yelling, "[Expletive], you ain't about to get my kids taken away from me."

The girl then began "throwing up and having severe cramps," the affidavit said, adding these gruesome details:

"She was uncontrollably pushing and delivered what she believed was a stillborn baby ... Accomplice Cecila McDonald entered the bathroom and placed the baby in a white plastic mop bucket and removed it from the room."

At some point after the assault, the baby was placed in a short, pill-shaped, black metal charcoal grill and attempted to burn it."

The affidavit said the family members then plotted to dispose of the body.

"Accomplice Sharon Jones contacted suspect Cedric Jones Jr. approximately two days later and offered to pay him $25 if he would take care of the rest of it. Suspect Cedric Jones, along with a witness, returned to the location at which time Suspect Cedric Jones Jr. placed the remains in a dark green plastic bag with a red drawstring, placed it in his trunk, and stashed the remains in an unknown location."

The suspects have all been charged with engaging in criminal activity because it enhances the charge from an aggravated assault. Police can use that charge when more than two people are involved in a beating and then — in this case — a coverup.

Bond for each of the beating suspects was set at $150,000.

The fifth relative was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. The terms of his bond are unclear at this time.

The victim is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services. Police praised the girl for her bravery in coming forward to report the crime in a news conference Wednesday.

Dallas police spokesman Gil Garza said they are still gathering evidence in the case and they are still searching for the remains of the stillborn baby.

Jun-03-2015 62 0
The board of World Changers Church International, which Creflo Dollar founded, has released a statement saying that the jet is “necessary,” reports The Christian Post.

“A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry. In light of an unfortunate accident that recently resulted in the ministry’s aircraft being declared a total loss, it is our intention to purchase another airplane at a time, place and price of our choosing,” read the statement from WCCI.

While the board announced that it still intended to purchase the expensive jet because it was “the best,” they made it clear that this decision was not made by Creflo Dollar alone.

The statement, in part, reads:

All significant projects, policy changes and financial expenditures, regardless of the circumstances, are presented to the board and approved prior to implementation. A proper system of checks and balances is in place to insure the ministry’s dealings are beyond reproach. When Dollar steps forward to announce a ministry initiative, please make no mistake that it is actually an action of this board.

Our community is centered on biblical principles directly from the Word of God. There is no area of the organization that does not base its foundational principles and operational guidelines on what the Bible has to say to us about God’s love and His grace. We understand that others may interpret biblical truths differently — the freedom to worship as one chooses is a fundamental hallmark of a free society — but wish to assert our God-given right to practice what we believe. This is our faith, the very basis for what we believe, and it is not necessary that we justify it.

The organization confirms its sights are still set on the nearly $70 million Gulfstream G650, saying, “We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. We, the World Changers family, so value the lives, the safety and the well-being of our pastors and leaders that we wish to provide to them the best air travel experience possible.”

Even with the board behind him, it could be a while before the televangelist gets his jet, however. Gulfstream’s sales director for New Jersey, Delaware and New York, Kevin Valik, called the jet acquisition a “tough deal.” Even if WCCI raises the nearly $70 million for the jet, Gulfstream has a long backlog of jet orders to fill through 2018.

Dylan Baddour Jun-02-2015 145 0
Just after 2 pm on Tuesday, as Houston recoiled from dramatic floods the night before, Richard Lee got an unexpected phone call.

It was a deacon at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where Lee attends, calling to tell the 65-year-old that his the casket of his late wife, buried in 2007, seemed to have unearthed and floated about 100 yards away. He told the deacon that was unlikely; his wife was buried in a concrete vault.

But after a long drive from work around flooded freeways, Lee, 65, arrived near the historic Riceville Cemetery on Keegans Bayou and instantly recognize the casket he'd bought.

"I didn't want to look inside because I'd never get that out of my mind," he said.

The burial of his wife Carolyn Lee, a school teacher and social worker who died of lung disease at age 57, had cost $11,000. He couldn't imagine how the casket had gotten out, and no one had an answer. The door of the burial vault was shut. And church officials told Lee he'd have to repay a reduced fee for the reburial.

Now Lee is suing the Robinson Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas, which laid wife to rest, for negligence in the burial process.

"Clearly something went wrong here," said Annie McAdams, attorney for Lee. "Bodies are not supposed to come up."

An inspector hired by Lee concluded the vault lacked the proper holes which would let water pass in and out in a flood, and that it had been inadequately sealed.

The lawsuit also alleges mental anguish incurred to Lee, which Lee said includes having his wife's "charcoaled and sunken" face described to him when the casket surfaced.

The Robinson Funeral Home declined requests for comment.

Lee is also filing a temporary restraining order against the Mount Olive Baptist Church to prevent any interference with the gravesite so inspections can determine what went wrong. McAdams alleged that the vault must have been closed by church personnel, because only through an open door could the casket have escaped.

Lee won't have to front funds for a reburial; The Geo. H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home and its suppliers have volunteered to donate a burial, casket and vault to Lee at no charge.

"We are honored to take part in returning Mrs. Lee to her final resting place," said Geo. H. Lewis CEO John Onstott in a statement.

Rachelle Blidner Jun-02-2015 166 0
A California teen with special needs was fatally shot in front of his mother because he refused to take off his red shoes, his family said.

Tavin Price, 19, and his mom, Jennifer Rivers, were heading to the beach when they stopped at a South Los Angeles car wash Friday, KABC reported.

When Price went to buy cigarettes, a man demanded he take off his shoes because the color red was associated with a gang in the area.

Price told the man he was not in a gang and went back to the car where Rivers was vacuuming.

As the pair rushed to get back in the car, the gunman shot Price four times in the back and chest, KTLA reported. Price later died in surgery, Rivers said.

Rivers chased after the gunman, but he got away. Authorities are still searching for him.

"All I can see is my son’s eyes rolling to the back of his head, grabbing my arm right here saying, ‘Mommy, I don’t want to die. Mommy, please don’t let me die,’” Rivers told CBS Los Angeles.

A vigil was held for Price on Monday — what would have been his 20th birthday — at the car wash. People sang "Happy Birthday" and released balloons in his memory.

But Price looked much younger than his age at 4 feet, 11 inches tall and 99 pounds, his family said.

"(It's) senseless," his sister Nisha Canson told KABC, crying. "He looked like a kid. He looks like a 13-year-old kid. Why would you do that?"

LAPD detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from the car wash and have not released the tapes.

They confirmed that Price was not in a gang.

A woman who was with the gunman is charged with aiding and abetting, the Los Angeles Times reported. Her name was not released.

Price's family wants the gunman to turn himself in.

"I want him to live miserably for the rest of his life," cousin Ceritha Daily said with her arms around Canson. "Because we going to live miserably for the rest of our lives."

Jun-02-2015 284 0
The handwritten letters have arrived with the same return address: Lawrence Phillips G-31982, Kern Valley State Prison, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216.

Yes, that Lawrence Phillips.

The star running back on University of Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. A first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1996 NFL draft. A convicted felon — sentenced to 31 years for driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend — under suspicion for the recent death of his cellmate in a maximum-security prison 140 miles north of Los Angeles.

Authorities have said little about the investigation since finding the body of Damien Soward, a former gang member serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder, unresponsive in his cell on April 11. That same day, a second inmate was named as a suspect in the death of his cellmate in the prison designed to hold fewer than 2,500 inmates but that currently houses more than 3,700 inmates, a prison spokesman said.

Phillips, 40, appealing his sentence, has made no public comment outside of the courtroom in more than a decade. But USA TODAY Sports obtained copies of letters he has written over the past 18 months that offer insight into his state of mind and situation.

He wrote several of the letters to Tony Zane, who coached Phillips at Baldwin Park High School in Southern California. Phillips transferred to the school before his junior year, and Zane recalled starting him at wide receiver, rather than running back, in the season opener. “Shows you what I know,” Zane said with a chuckle.

Zane moved Phillips to running back that next game, and Phillips helped transform Baldwin Park into a powerhouse as the coach and player developed a strong and lasting relationship. Zane said he has regularly sent Phillips care packages that have included everything from a TV to gym shorts to snacks.

Here are Phillips’ letters to Zane and other coaches. (They have been edited for length and clarity.)

JAN. 14, 2014

Dear Coach Zane, How are you doing? I’m doing well. As you might have noticed on the envelope, I have been moved from the cell I was in. I spent some days in the hole for refusing to room with a gang member. They have now took my privileges, which include yard (exercise), canteen, vendor packages, and all personal property for 180 days. I will of course appeal this decision as I was refusing to room with gang members after already having had incidents with gang members. At any rate, I just wanted to write to you and let you know in case that the package I requested was returned. I have not received any mail since moving, so I do not know if you sent the package. They are supposed to re-route mail, but they usually don’t check and make sure they guy in the cell is the correct guy to receive the mail. At any rate, I will appeal the situation and I should get relief due to my several incidents involving gang members. We are on lock down at this time due to a murder and the stabbing of five other dudes. I hope you and your family are well and had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Several letters have been written to Ty Pagone, a retired vice principal and former football coach at Baldwin Park High. Phillips was living at a boys home when he transferred to Baldwin Park and Pagone helped Phillips get on track academically so Phillips would be eligible to accept college scholarships. Phillips and Pagone, a close friend of Zane, also developed a close relationship.


MAY 29, 2014

Dear Coach Pagone, We are still today on lock down due to some stabbings and assaults between black and white inmates. It has been ongoing for sometime. I am glad to hear Marie’s wedding was great. Usually an open bar leads to a lot of dancing. I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.

JUNE 15, 2014


Dear Coach Pagone, I received your letter and package a day apart. We do get the packages in lock down as the companies do not really want the items back. We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me. All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall. Now I understand how people must have felt talking to me. So needless to say I have zero friends inside here. Not one person is in line with my way of thinking. Well that’s all from here, Pagone. I will stay out of trouble. I might have to endure some write-ups for refusing a cell mate though. Better that than them getting me into serious trouble.

JULY 6, 2014

Dear Coach Zane, I hear you were in Hawaii. I am sure you had a good time. Remember when we went out there and kicked their butt in the all-star game and they tried to hold up our bus and all that crap? Good times. Well there is not much happening here. We are still on lock down because they found a hacksaw in someone’s cell. Apparently people use the saw to cut up the bunks and make knives. It is completely nuts in here. It is pretty much a free for all.

SEPT. 14, 2014


Dear Coach D, Huskers kicked butt out there. I only listened to the radio. The game was not televised here. (Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah) has a real chance at the Heisman and the Huskers could win the Big 10, although the Big 10 is a bit watered down with the injury to O-State Q.B. (Braxton Miller). NFL is going through some stuff. Unfair to blame the NFL for what guys do. … These misdeeds by the players (are) being used by the liberal parties and the media to further their particular interests. Next they will be forcing out owners like they did with the Los Angeles Clippers owner (Donald Sterling). Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.



Trymaine Lee Jun-01-2015 149 0
Police officers in Missouri were 75% more likely to stop black drivers though white drivers were more likely to be caught with illegal contraband, according to a report released on Monday by State Attorney General Chris Koster.

The racial disparity in who police officers targeted for vehicle stops in 2014 was the highest since 2000, according to the report.

The annual Missouri Vehicle Stops report comes amid widespread calls for police reform in the wake of last summer’s killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown Jr. by a former Ferguson police officer. Supporters of Brown and his family say Brown was unfairly targeted and that his killing was part of a broader system of racially biased policing that pervades not just the state of Missouri but communities across the country in which blacks are mistreated by law enforcement.

The state legislature passed a racial profiling bill in the summer of 2000 in response to allegations of racial profiling by police, including inappropriate use of race when making a decision to stop, search or arrest drivers.

According to this year’s report, black drivers were not only more likely to be stopped than their white counterparts but police were 73% more likely to search a black driver than they were a white driver. But white motorists were nearly 6% more likely to be found with illegal contraband.

Related: Cleveland to face stringent policing standards

“As it has in the past, the disparity index for African-American drivers continues to be of significant concern,” Koster wrote in his analysis of the report’s findings. “These findings continue a disturbing trend for African-American drivers in Missouri. The disparity index for African-American drivers has increased steadily over the last fifteen years, with only slight, temporary drops.”

Despite noting a continued and dramatic increase in the disparity between who the police choose to stop, who is searched and what group is more likely to have illegal contraband, Koster said there is no single explanation for the disparities and no evidence to prove that police officers are “making vehicle stops based on the perceived race or ethnicity of the driver.”

Meanwhile, the trend lines continue to widen in shocking fashion.

In the state’s first motor vehicle stops report in 2000 black drivers were just 31% more likely to be stopped by police compared to 75% more likely fourteen years later.

Ben Kochman Jun-01-2015 137 0
The 4-year-old Yonkers girl who accidentally shot herself in the face has died, officials said Saturday.

Little Mikalyla Manners, who cops said shot herself Monday in her family’s apartment, died Friday at Jacobi Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Officers help several people leave the Walnut St. building Tuesday where the little girl accidentally shot herself the night before.
Louis Lanzano/for New York Daily News

Westchester authorities continue to investigate how a semiautomatic handgun wound up in Mikalyla’s hands in her Walnut St. apartment. No arrests have been made.

A crowd of relatives and friends set up a makeshift memorial Saturday outside the girl’s apartment, according to numerous reports.

Yonkers police are asking anyone with information about the tragedy to contact detectives at (914) 377-7724.

TOBIAS SALINGER May-31-2015 190 0
The D.C. mansion murder suspect reportedly identified with forensic evidence on a pizza crust at the crime scene doesn’t even enjoy eating pizza, an attorney hired by the family of Daron Wint told the Daily News.

Robin Ficker, who said he completed a two-hour consultation with Wint, 34, on Saturday at the D.C. Central Detention Center, sliced into official accounts of the alleged quadruple homicide in an interview with the News.

“He doesn’t like pizza, he doesn’t order pizza,” Ficker said. “If you don’t like pizza and you’re holding people hostage in a house, aren’t you going to look in the refrigerator for something else?”

Police arrested Wint on May 21 in connection with the brutal murders of American Iron Works CEO Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47, the couple’s 10-year-old son, Philip Savopoulos, and the family's housekeeper, Vera Figueroa, 57.

The family members and their domestic helper allegedly spent a day trapped inside the Savopoulos' home in the tony Woodley Park neighborhood, and firefighters found their lifeless bodies on May 14 when witnesses reported a fire emanating from the $4.5 million house.

But Ficker, who has represented Wint in past cases on the ex-con’s long rap sheet of assault, domestic violence and theft, maintains he’s not capable of killing someone and called the reputed Domino’s pizza connection “hurried analysis.” The popular pies aren’t “a big thing” in Wint’s native Guyana, Ficker noted, saying he plans to speak with forensic experts on Wint’s alleged link to the food.

“When you eat a pizza, you’re not getting the inside of your mouth on the pizza,” he said. “You’re trying to convince us that a touch of someone’s lips on a pizza crust means that a murder was committed hours later by the pizza biter? This pizza stuff is a stretch.”

Police arrested four other unidentified people on the day they collared Wint but later released them. Law enforcement officials are working to locate additional suspects for the heinous murders they say couldn’t have been completed alone.

Relatives and friends of the Savopoulos family will hold a ceremony for three of the victims on Monday, ABC News reported.

May-31-2015 207 0
Police have shot and killed 385 people in the U.S. in the first five months of 2015, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

The newspaper scoured public documents, local news reports and witness accounts to document acts of heroism, scenes marked by chaos, and — in less than 1% of the cases — criminal charges against the cops involved.

But the bottom line rate of around 2.6 deaths per day in the country dwarfs FBI records over the previous decade, which count roughly 400 fatalities per year and about 1.1 deaths daily. The finding illustrates the state of data surrounding the controversial shootings, experts told the Post.

“These shootings are grossly under­reported,” said former police chief and Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”

In just one of several cases that have already sparked controversy, Tulsa reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates says he accidentally shot Eric Harris while reaching for his taser during an undercover sting on April 2.

The numbers also demonstrate a few overarching trends in a time marked by a fraught debate over police interactions with marginalized communities. Over 80% of the shooting victims were armed while 16% either had no weapons or toy weapons. Almost a quarter of the people killed were identified as mentally ill, the Post report found.

And, although the number of white and minority suspects killed was roughly the same, 66% of those killed while unarmed were either African-American or Latino. African-Americans died at three times the rate of other groups when the newspaper adjusted its data according to the population of the areas surrounding the shootings.

A Daily News analysis released in December showed that 222 people died in New York City in officer-involved incidents in the previous 15 years. About 27% of the victims were unarmed, 86% of those identified by race were black or Hispanic and only one officer involved in any of the deaths was convicted of a crime, the report showed.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Justice Department agreed to a wide-ranging settlement with the Cleveland Police Department after the feds uncovered years of alleged civil rights violations at multiple chains of command late last year. Cleveland is one of many cities where killings of African-American suspects at police officers' hands have incited controversy in recent months.
The NYPD hasn’t turned over data about the number of people killed by the police to the FBI since 2006, The News found.

Fewer than 3% of the country’s 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies have taken the voluntary step of submitting data to the FBI about fatal police shootings since 2011, according to the Post.

ap May-31-2015 169 0
While acknowledging he can't appeal an acquittal, an Ohio prosecutor says a judge made serious errors before finding a Cleveland police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed suspects, and he wants an appeals court to order the judge to correct the record.

Cuyuhoga County Assistant Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in Friday court documents posted on The Plain Dealer website (http://bit.ly/1QgnV5G ) that Judge John O'Donnell's reasoning in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Officer Michael Brelo could set a legal precedent that would "endanger the public."

McGinty said Brelo's acquittal last Saturday in the 2012 deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in a storm of police bullets was based on the judge's mistaken analysis of laws concerning police use of deadly force and on homicide involving more than one shooter. He said the judge also considered the wrong lesser charge — felonious assault — when he should have considered attempted voluntary manslaughter or aggravated assault.

"As it stands, the trial court's verdict will endanger the public, allow for one of multiple actors to escape culpability, and lead to more unnecessary deaths by police-created crossfire situations," McGinty said in his filing with the appeals court.

"This court must return the case with the corrections of law to the trial court with instructions to deliberate and reach a verdict with the correct application of the law and correct determination of lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter — attempted voluntary manslaughter or aggravated assault," he said.

The judge wasn't available for comment earlier Friday on McGinty's request, the newspaper said.

Brelo's case is one of many nationwide that has sparked protest over deadly police confrontations. About 70 people were arrested following the verdict, although the protest was relatively quieter than others after grand juries decided against indicting white officers in the deaths of black unarmed suspects in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

In the Ohio case, Brelo and other officers fired 137 shots at a car with Russell and Williams inside it on Nov. 29, 2012. The shooting occurred at the end of a 22-mile chase involving more than 100 Cleveland police officers and 60 cruisers after Russell's car backfired while speeding past police headquarters. During the chase, an officer reported that he thought he'd seen Williams with a gun. At the end, police mistook police gunfire for shots from Russell's car.

Brelo fired 49 of those shots that night, but it was the final 15 fired into the windshield while he stood on the hood of Russell's car that led to his indictment and a four-week trial.

In his Friday filing, McGinty said that reasonable use of deadly force doesn't extend to Brelo's actions.

"The United States Constitution does not provide cover for those officers who abandon all cover and place themselves and other officers in danger, using deadly force not as a last resort but, like Brelo did, in a manner inconsistent with reason, inconsistent with training, and inconsistent with established federal law."

But "... the law as stated in the verdict places no restraint on the tactics civilian police officers are to use, finding the use of any tactics to be justifiable so long as the officer perceives a subjective fear of his or her life," McGinty said.

The prosecutor also said the judge mistakenly reasoned that the state must prove one person among the several who fired that day was the sole cause of the two deaths.

Hugo Daniel May-31-2015 200 0
The California plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West’s mother before her sudden November 2007 death blames the hip-hop star’s cousin for the demise of Donda West.

And Dr. Jan Adams now wants the 21-time Grammy winner to clear his muddied name.

“It baffles me when nobody wants to know the truth,” Adams said in an emotional tell-all interview. “I think (Kanye) should stand up and tell the truth, and the truth will set you free.

“I think the truth needs to be out there. If he had any b---s or if he was any kind of man he could (speak up). But the real answer is he probably won’t.”

Adams claims he was scapegoated after Donda’s death, and points to mistakes he claims made by West’s cousin Stephan Scoggins following Donda’s lengthy liposuction, tummy-tuck and breast-reduction surgery.

Ed Winter, Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief of Investigations, said his office received a terse letter from the state nursing board announcing its probe of Scroggins was dropped.

Scroggins then never followed through on promises to install patient monitors in Donda’s bedroom when she returned home after 5 1/2 hours of surgery, Adams charged. Pictured are Kanye West and Donda West holding his three awards backstage at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006.

Scoggins then never followed through on promises to install patient monitors in Donda’s bedroom when she returned home after 5 1/2 hours of surgery, Adams charged. Pictured is Donda West's home where she died.

“Allegations not sustained,” the letter read. “Case closed.”

“Most people that I run into think she died on the table, they don’t even know this lady was home for a day,” said Adams. “The truth hasn't been revealed.”

He then never followed through on promises to install patient monitors in Donda’s bedroom when she returned home after 5 1/2 hours of surgery, Adams charged.

He also left her under the care of untrained friends one day after the surgery, heading out to a baby shower and ignoring phone calls for help about the ailing patient, according to Adams.

In addition, Donda West took as many as 20 pain-killing Vicodins in less than 24 hours — and wound up choking on her own vomit because she was allow to lie flat on her back in bed, the doctor said.

"She aspirated the food contents into her lungs and that’s that,” said Adams. “And four minutes later you’re dead. Jimi Hendrix, that's how he died. It ain't magical."

She was pronounced dead at Centinela Freeman hospital on Nov. 10, 2007, after a desperate 911 call from her home in Playa Del Ray, Calif.

The coroner’s report, while unable to determine the exact “manner of death,” found both vomiting and “medication use for pain” as contributing factors. Adams was not faulted by the coroner.

Department of Corner Investigator's narrative regarding the death of Donda West.

The report claims that there is no evidence of a surgical procedure problem leading to hemorrhage or infection post-operation or during the procedure.

The official conducting the autopsy report says in their opinion that Donda West died from pre-existing coronary artery disease and several post-operative factors after her surgery. The report also says that the manner of her death could not be determined.

A complaint form claims that Dr. Jan Adams intended for Donda West to be at a center where professional post-operative care could be provided, but instead was seen by a friend and a personal assistant.

The report continues to claim that arrangements to care for Donda West that were claimed to take place did not happen.

Donda West, 58, spent more than 20 years on the English Department faculty at Chicago State University before retiring to oversee her son’s career.

“It’s a complete tragedy,” said Adams, now 61.

“Don't get me wrong, it makes me sick. She was a nice person. I do feel sad about what happened.

“... It didn't need to happen, that’s why it’s sad. She should still be alive."

Scoggins, speaking at his north Hollywood apartment, denied Adams’ allegations about his role in Donda’s death.

“It is absolutely not the case, it’s not, so thanks for stopping by,” said Scoggins, who received his nursing license in 1990.

He brushed off a question about his absence for the baby shower: “That is actually an account that is so long ago and of course the details of that are not even all completely true, but certainly nothing I continue to discuss.”

Adams also came under fire from other doctors after the death, with some charging the operation was reckless because of Donda’s health issues.

She was 5-foot-2, weighed 188 pounds, and battled high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

A rival Beverly Hills plastic surgeon even said he refused to operate on her before she turned to Adams.

But Adams still insists Donda was perfectly healthy for surgery and died only because of her botched aftercare.

Adams recalled speaking twice with Donda on the day of her death — once in the morning, and again at 3:30 p.m., about five hours before her death.

He assumed that Scoggins was on the job, and heard nothing about her condition that caused any alarm.

“I can’t tell you what she said to me, that’s doctor-patient (privilege),” said Adams.

“I think it's fair to say as a patient she had normal post-op pain. It concerned her and for most people post-op, at least first day, that’s their overriding concern: They hurt.”

Adams said he intends to keep fighting to restore his unfairly tarnished reputation — and to keep the pressure on the platinum-selling West.

“What he needs to know is it’s never going to go away,” the doctor vowed.

“It's out there and it ain’t going to go away until we deal with it.

“I don't have to worry, I have truth and God on my side, on this one I'm absolutely correct.”

A rep for West did not return a request for comment.

AP May-30-2015 230 0
The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty model home, her father said Friday.

Gwenevere McCord, 43, was able to speak Thursday for the first time since the May 3 shooting after doctors removed a tube from her throat, her father Ernest McCord told The Associated Press.

Gwenevere McCord and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill were alone in the model home in Gwinnett County, roughly 50 miles northeast of Hill's office, when the shooting happened. Hill called 911 and told an operator that it was an accident that happened while they were "practicing tactics." First responders found McCord by the front door of the home.

Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in the shooting. He was released from jail on a $2,950 bond and has vowed to stay on the job.

Hill's time as sheriff in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, has been filled with controversy. On his first day a decade ago, he fired more than two dozen deputies. He also used a military tank on drug raids as part of a tough-on-crime message during his first term.

He was voted out of office in 2008 but won it back again in 2012 despite facing more than two dozen criminal charges in a corruption case. A jury later acquitted him of all 27 charges, including theft and giving false statements. That cleared the way for Hill to continue as sheriff, and he had kept a relatively low profile until this month's shooting.

Hill refused to make any statements to police after the shooting.

Gwenevere McCord told the detective Thursday evening that she and Hill were practicing police exercises for protection and that the shooting happened when Hill grabbed the wrong gun while teaching her to defend herself, her father said.

A list of items taken from the house by police includes a "gun, badge and knives from front porch," a .22-caliber handgun, a .40-caliber handgun and a blue training gun.

Police said in a statement released Friday that McCord told them she and Hill were practicing "police tactics" when Hill shot her by mistake.

"McCord claimed that Hill would never intentionally harm her," the statement says.

McCord is a real estate agent and wanted to learn self-defense since she's frequently alone in model homes, her father said. She had bought a gun and had been going to a shooting range to practice in recent months, Ernest McCord said.

He said his daughter's condition is improving faster than doctors expected. Growing up the only girl with four brothers made her tough, he said.

"She's a strong fighter," he said.

When doctors told Ernest McCord they were removing the tube Thursday, they warned that his daughter might not be able to speak right away. So he was surprised when he walked back into the room and went to hang clothes in the closet and his daughter said, "Where have you been?"

"I thought, 'Thank you, Lord, she's coming around,'" Ernest McCord said. "I was full of joy."

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Sep-09-2014 1531 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 Feb-16-2014 2119 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 2460 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.
Daryl K. Washington Oct-19-2013 4095 0
I don't know all of the specifics and I most certainly will not respond to all of the comments, especially some of the racists comments I've read because if it continues I will personally make a National Call for all of the black athletes, especially the ones who attend the large institutions like LSU, Penn State, USC, etc., to stand in unity with the players at Grambling so that a true change can be made in college athletics. If you want to see changes made and need to bring attention to problems, you can learn from the athletes at Grambling. Let's see how many people will comment about this when their teams are not playing because the athletes are tired of not receiving a share of the billion dollars. The funniest thing I've read were the comments from some black people who did not attend a HBCU acting like it was not their problem but ours.

When Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis he was there to help the Black garbage collectors, not the Black Preachers. I'm glad he did not see it as their problems. Do we turn our backs on people just because it does not personally impact us? I personally wish things could have been handled differently but now that the ball is in motion, it's time for SOLUTIONS.

I will not let Grambling State University take all of the blame for this. First, we have to look at the leadership of the State of La. and what he has done. A lot of the problems start with him, although a lot of his supporters will beg to differ. Had he not played the politics and did what was in the best interest of the state of La., things may be different. Second, we have to look at the NCAA. For years the NCAA has turned its back to the cheating in recruiting because it does not want to penalize the large schools that help bring billions of dollars to the bottom line. Demand needs to be made to institute a revenue sharing program similar to what's in the NFL so that the small schools that play by the rules receive a share of the revenue made by the big schools who use an unfair advantage to recruit.

Finally, now that this problem has been brought to light, I hope some of the wealthy people in our country remember that but for Grambling and other HBCU's there would be no RG3, Russell Wilson, Michael Vick, Kap, etc. so start giving to the HBCU's. Let's not turn our backs on the HBCUs because you did not attend. Remember, if our President is not able to nominate one or two individuals to the Supreme Court before his term is up, Affirmative Action will be under attack and if some decisions are reversed, where will our kids go if there are no HBCUs? Will it be only our problems then? It's time to wake up.

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 Jul-17-2013 1400944 0
I've finally had the opportunity to review the complaint filed against Paula Deen. For one, many people have been making this incident about the "N" word only, but it's much more than that. I personally find it to be offensive whenever someone from another race is accused of using the "N" word they are somehow given a pass because of the use of the "N" word by some in the black communities. Let me be the first to say that I find the use of the word by anyone to be wrong. However, when it's used in a racist or insulting manner, it hurts more.

I think individuals who are trying to defend Paula Deen's use of the "N' word should probably familiarize themselves with all of the facts of the case against her. Just so you know, in case you didn't know, the person who initiated the complaint against Paula Deen and her brother is not "Black." She is a "white female" who was subjected to years of abuse and was finally fed up with her black employees being treated poorly, so stop thinking it was a black person complaining about Paula Deen's use of the N word. Furthermore, Paula Deen indicated that she used the N word over 20 years ago. That is not what's being alleged against her. She went as far as telling a guy he was as black as a blackboard. That lady is something else and I'm glad I never supported any of her ventures. I personally find it insulting that so many black people are coming to the defense of Paula Deen after reading what she and her family subjected their employees to. When I learned about the major companies dropping Paula Deen without being demanded to do so, I knew it was deep. The fact that any civil rights activist is supporting Paula Deen is insulting and is a slap in the face.

Here's a summary of some of the things being alleged against Paula Deen, her brother Bubba Hiers and the Deen business entities:

Summary:

Paula Deen, while planning her brother's wedding in 2007, was asked what look the wedding should have. She replied, "I want a true southern plantation-style wedding." When asked what type of uniforms the servers should wear, Paula stated, "well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around;

Black staff had to use the back entrance to enter and leave restaurant;

Black staff could only use one bathroom;

Black staff couldn’t work the front of the restaurants;

Brother Bubba stated his wishes: “ I wish I could put all those n*ggers in the kitchen on a boat to Africa”;

Bubba asked a black driver and security guard "don’t you wish you could rub all the black off you and be like me? You just look dirty; I bet you wish you could." The guy told Bubba he was fine as is;

Bubba on President Obama: they should send him to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he could n*gger-rig it;

He shook an employee (Black again) and said” F your civil rights…you work for me and my sister Paula Deen;

Paula’s son Jaime's best friend managed the Lady & Sons restaurant. He threatened to fire all the 'Monkeys' in the kitchen. When Paula found out…she slapped him on the wrist and suggested that the employee visited Paula's $13,000,000 mansion so he felt special and could be massaged.

I feel Paula Deen, her brother and anyone who treats people poorly should not be given a free pass. I wonder if Paula is truly sorry that she used the "N" word or that she was reported by someone who looks just like her. I appreciate the lady having the courage to report Paula Deen. It's people like her and the videographer who leaked the 47% comments made by Mitt Romney who should be receiving the attention, not Paula Deen.


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