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Texas Superintendent Resigns After Racist Remark About QB

By Free Radical

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has taken the high road after a Texas school officials made a racist remark about him.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has taken the high road after a Texas school officials made a racist remark about him.

A Texas superintendent resigned days after he was exposed for posting a blatantly racist Facebook message about NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden, who headed the Onalaska Independent School District expressed last Sunday that “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.” However, in his resignation letter Redden admitted that his comments were “wrong and inappropriate.”

When questioned about his post earlier in the week by the Houston Chronicle, Redden said that he thought his message was private. However, he added the unscientific claim that “Over the history of the NFL, [black quarterbacks] have had limited success.”

The Onalaska school board had planned to hold a meeting to discuss Redden’s fate on Saturday but the former superintendent’s resignation letter preempted the gathering.

The incident is further bad press for the NFL which has given the impression that it racist. In discussions over the league’s anthem policy, the Texans’ owner infamously stated, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

Nonetheless, team quarterback Deshaun Watson brushed off the racist rant. “That’s on him – let peace be with him,” Watson said. “I’m all about love.”

Jean’s Attorney Notes Character Smearing by Police

Botham Jean, a Dallas area accountant was shot in his own apartment by an off duty police officer.

Botham Jean, a Dallas area accountant was shot in his own apartment by an off duty police officer.

By Malcolm Speaks

Protests are taking place in Dallas, Texas over the killing of an unarmed black man in his own home last week by a White off-duty police officer.

Botham Jean, 26, a rather meticulous accountant from St. Lucia, was shot and killed in his apartment by officer Amber Guyger on September 7. However she wasn’t arrested until three days later, despite Deputy police chief Renee Hall’s announcement the following day that her team was seeking an arrest warrant on manslaughter charges.

A search warrant for his apartment was recently made public. The document states that officers found several items in the apartment, including two fired cartridge casings, and 10.4 grams of marijuana. This detail has no clear relevance to the case. Therefore, Jean family attorney Lee Merritt identified this as a clear attempt to smear Mr. Jean’s character.

Interestingly, a black backpack with police equipment and paperwork as well as a black ballistic vest with “police” markings were also found in Mr. Jean’s apartment under the search warrant. Therefore, questions exist regarding a prior relationship between the shooting victim and the police officer.

Officer Guyger reported that she “entered the building and walked down the fourth-floor hallway to what she thought was her apartment,” according to the arrest warrant that was made public this past Monday. “She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door keyhole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”

When the door opened, she saw a “large silhouette” in the nearly completely dark apartment and believed it was a burglar, according to the warrant.

However, “Independent witnesses have already come forward to say that they heard this officer pounding on the door and demanding to be let in,” Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing the Jean family, told ABC News. “The contradictions begin to build from there.”

Additionally, attorney Merritt said the witnesses “hear a male voice say, ‘Oh, my God, why did you do this?’

Attorney Merritt also said Guyger’s narrative seemed highly implausible. It would have been “uncharacteristic” for Jean to leave his door ajar, Merritt added.

“He’s a very meticulous young man,” Merritt said. “He paid attention to detail and his security was something that was always forefront on his mind. So when he went into a room he closed the door behind him. He locked the door; he put his keys in a specific place.”

The arrest warrant also read “due to the interior darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment.”

Officer Guyger was still in uniform but was no longer wearing a body cam, for the device had been left at the station.

Botham Jean was taken by ambulance to Baylor Hospital, where he died. However, officer Guyger has been released on $300,000 bail and is on administrative leave while a court date for her has yet to be set.

Pressley Likely First MA Black Congresswoman

By Free Radical

Ayanna Pressley is slated to become the first ever Black Congresswoman in Massachusetts.

Ayanna Pressley is slated to become the first ever Black Congresswoman in Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, Boston Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley scored a surprise victory in the Massachusetts 7th District Congressional Democratic primary race. In winning, she defeated the 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano. She is now poised to become Massachusetts’s first ever Black Congresswoman, as there is no Republican challenger in the general election.

Capuano is a long-standing liberal and both candidates admitted that they share similar ground on most legislation. Capuano was gracious in his concession speech in which he told his supporters, “I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but this is life, and this is O.K. America’s going to be O.K. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that Massachusetts will be well served.”

While they had few ideological differences, the issue of representation came to the fore in the race. The 7th District is the only one in Massachusetts that has a majority nonwhite population

In her campaign, Pressley stressed that voting appropriately is not enough in the era of Trump. With repeated assaults on people of color, they need representation that looks like them and who can more closely identify with their experiences

Pressley joins a list of Black progressive candidates who can potentially shake up the political establishment. Andrew Gillum’s and Stacey Abrams’s Democratic gubernatorial primary victories in Florida and Georgia respectively have made national headlines in recent weeks. There have also been impressive mayoral victories in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

Cop Sentenced to 15 Years for Murder of Black Teenager

Charmaine Edwards, the mother of Jordan, has pressed on for justice.

Charmaine Edwards, the mother of Jordan, has remained steadfast in her pursuit of justice.

By Malcolm Speaks

Former police officer Roy Oliver received a 15-year prison sentence from a Texas jury for murdering an unarmed black teenager.

Oliver was a police officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs when he killed Jordan Edwards in April of last year. He and his partner were responding to reports of underage drinking.

Shortly after the officers’ arrival, Oliver fired five times at a vehicle moving away from him, striking 15 year-old Jordan Edwards in the head and killing him. Jordan was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Oliver said he believed the vehicle was moving toward his partner, endangering him. According to The Associated Press, however, “police later admitted that body cam video showed the vehicle was moving forward as officers approached. Oliver’s partner told jurors he didn’t believe his life was ever in danger.”

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson described Oliver as a “killer in blue” who violated his oath to protect citizens.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of at least 60 years, while the defense argued for 20 years or less. The jury decided upon a 15-year sentence for the disgraced ex-cop.

Oliver was convicted of murder on Tuesday and sentenced Thursday. Additionally, he was charged a $10,000 fine. He will be eligible for parole in 7 1/2 years, his lawyers reported to the Associated Press.