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Neo-Nazi Protest Responsible for 1 Death and 35 Injuries

By MCNS Staff

Saturday's demonstrations became deadly when a vehicle rammed into protestors in Charlottesville, VA

Saturday’s demonstrations became deadly when a vehicle rammed into protestors in Charlottesville, VA

A violent clash between white supremacists (which included neo Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members), counter protesters and police took place this past Saturday morning. The white supremacists protested the removal of a Robert E Lee statue at Emancipation Park at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The white supremacists wore helmets and held semi-automatic rifles, clubs, bats, shields and sticks. 16 people were injured in the clash.

In response to the incident, Donald Trump said “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

According to MSNBC, a 32 year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio is being held in a Virginia jail in connection with the vehicular homicide near the gathering, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. According to CNN, the suspect is a member of the white supremacist group, Vanguard America. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. Witnesses stated that the ramming was clearly intentional.

Additionally, according to the Cavalier Daily, on the night prior to this clash, hundreds of white supremacists engaged in a procession through the University of Virginia campus on Friday night carrying torches as they chanted “blood and soil,” a phrase used in Nazi Germany. The white supremacists marched through the Charlottesville campus and stopped at the doorway of an interfaith church while service was going on and continued the chanting, thus terrorizing church goers.

They continued on to the Jefferson Statue where a small contingent of counter-protesters circled it and linked arms with their backs toward the statue. The white supremacists surrounded the counter-protesters and continued chanting until a fight broke out. Police declared the procession an unlawful assembly and separated the groups, however several people were injured and reported being pepper-sprayed. White supremacists then began swinging and throwing their torches at counter protestors.

According to Politico, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a federal investigation into the day’s racially charged violence while Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told the white supremacists to “go home and never come back.”

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Cops Won’t Be Charged in Death of Arkansas Teen

Arkansas teen Aries Clark

Arkansas teen Aries Clark

By Free Radical

On Wednesday, prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington deemed the July 25 police shooting and killing of 16 year old Arkansas youth, Aries Clark, justified. Clark is Black and the two officers who fired their weapons, Brannon Hinkle and Wesley Smith, are White.

According to a letter Ellington wrote to the Arkansas State Police, the officers “ordered, cajoled, encouraged and begged” Clark to drop a weapon that was later identified as a BB gun.

The standoff took nearly ten minutes by the East Arkansas Youth Services building in the city of Marion. According to theroot.com, Clark had been in DHS custody for less than a week as his family worked to resolve some internal issues. Clark had run away from the facility and the police standoff began after he returned. Video footage shows Clark moving towards police and pointing his gun at them.

According to the killed by police database (www.killedbypolice.net), by August 9, 748 individuals have been killed by police in 2017. August 9 is also the three year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown by then Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was unarmed at the time.

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Body Cam Footage Appears to Show Baltimore Police Planting Drugs, Again

By MCNS Staff

indexBaltimore police officers are under fire again, for the second time in two weeks, possibly being caught on video planting drugs while on duty.

Another video of police appearing to be planting drugs was released last Tuesday by Josh Insley, a Baltimore defense attorney for Shamere Collins, whose traffic stop and search was at the subject of the police body camera footage.

Officers arrested Collins on November 29, 2016 after a traffic stop in which they said that they said someone on the passenger side of the vehicle appeared to be engaging in drug sale activity according to case records. After approaching the car, they stated that they smelled marijuana. The officers then searched the vehicle and said they recovered bags of heroin as well as marijuana. As a result of this claim, Collins was charged with felony distribution of narcotics.

“Those drugs were not in that car when we were pulled out, the state dismissed the case against me and my attorneys are reviewing the tapes to see what steps to take next,” Collins said in a statement. “I think they put something in my car,” Collins told NBC News.

Three separate police body camera videos of the incident may support her claim.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the existence of the footage was first made public by the office of the Baltimore public defender, which represented Collins in the criminal case. That office said the video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”

One video, time-stamped at about 11:50 pm, shows an officer searching the driver’s side, including between the seat and console and under the seat. He spends about a minute searching the area and does not find anything.

In a second video, time-stamped about 12:20 am, officers can be seen standing around as one officer asks if anyone had searched the area near the driver’s seat. He begins searching and quickly pulls out a small bag.

In a third video, also time-stamped about 12:20 am, and recorded from the body camera of the officer conducting the search, the officer can be seen pulling the bag from the driver’s seat area, which he suggests contains marijuana and other drugs.

The video, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, was authenticated by the Baltimore Police Department.

Although none of the police in the video have been named, police say that the officer who found the drugs is different from the officer who conducted the initial search, and had a stronger notion of where to look.

The video is the most recent incident that has increased already intensified scrutiny of the Baltimore police department, in a city with high crime rates and questionable police actions like the death of Freddie Gray Jr., who died after a being arrested and transported in the back of a police van. A scathing U.S. Department of Justice report described the Baltimore Police Department as engaging “in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal law.” As a result, a federal judge approved a consent decree that mandated sweeping changes to the department.

Two weeks ago, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender released a similar video that showed an officer plant, then later, retrieve drugs in the back yard of a Baltimore residence. The video shows three officers were involved.

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Michelle Obama Recounts Racist Stint as First Lady

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama

By Free Radical

Michelle Obama, like her husband, former US President Barack Obama, is often reticent when it comes to the racist backlash she received as America’s only Black First Lady. However at a Women’s Foundation of Colorado event in Denver, she expressed the disappointment she felt by racist attacks.

According to Obama, “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

Yet despite her frustrations with the racism she faced, she maintained her characteristically hopeful outlook, stating that “The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent. Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”

Though Obama is usually mum about her encounters with racism, she has mentioned them before.

At a commencement address at Tuskegee University last year, she recalled, “And over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. One said I exhibited ‘a little bit of uppity-ism.’ Another noted that I was one of my husband’s ‘cronies of color.’ Cable news once charmingly referred to me as ‘Obama’s Baby Mama.’ And all of this used to really get to me. Back in those days, I had a lot of sleepless nights, worrying about what people thought of me.”

It seems as Obama feels a comfort in Black spaces as she addressed similar themes at another address at an HBCU. Last year, in the midst of an extremely mucky presidential campaign season, she visited Jackson State University where she advised students “I wish I could say otherwise, graduates, but the question isn’t whether you’re going to come face-to-face with these issues. The question is how you’re going to respond when you do.”

It was at Jackson State that she used her famous mantra which would become popularized months later at the Democratic National Convention, “Lift up your head and do what Barack Obama has always done, as he says, ‘when they go low, I go high.’ That’s the choice Barack and I have made.”