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White Man Gets 15 Years for Shooting 5 People Who Protested Police Killing of Jamar Clark

By MCNS Staff

Allen Scarsella

Allen Scarsella

A man who shot five Minneapolis, MN Black Lives Matter protesters in 2015 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

 

Allen Scarsella argued with protesters who were demonstrating outside Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct police station after the shooting death of Jamar Clark by a police officer. Scarsella was convicted in February of a dozen felony counts of assault and riot.

 

Prosecutors asked the judge for the maximum sentence while the defense stated that Scarsella acted in self-defense.

 

According to CBS News, Defense attorney Laura Heinrich argued that Scarsella was “naïve” at the time of the shooting. She stated that he did not know what life was like for Vlack people on the north side of Minneapolis and that his brain may not have fully developed because he was around 22 years old at the time when he put on a mask and went to the Fourth Precinct to live stream himself shooting five people.

 

Prosecutors showed that Scarsella was deeply racist by presenting months of racist messages he had sent to others leading up to the

Florida Senator Resigns as Result of Protest Over Racist Remarks

By MCNS Staff

 

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Senator Frank Artiles

Republican Sen. Frank Artiles officially submitted his letter of resignation this past Friday, according to CBS Miami.

 

Artiles used racial slurs and explicatives during an exchange with two African-American fellow Senators, Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville and Perry Thurston from Fort Lauderdale last Monday.

 

Gibson and Thurston reported that Artiles called Senate President Joe Negron a “pussy” and called senators who supported him “niggas” while calling Gibson a “girl” and a “bitch.”

 

Artiles apologized on the Senate floor last Wednesday, however he has a history of using crude language and demonstrating aggressive behavior. A college student also accused Artiles of punching him in the face two years ago.

 

Artiles described his behavior as cultural, saying that’s the way people speak in Hialeah, Florida, where he grew up. However, Republican Sen. Rene Garcia, who represents Hialeah took offense to that statement.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam Found Dead in Hudson River

By MCNS staff

 

Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who made history as the first African-American woman to serve as a New York Supreme Court judge, was found dead near the bank of the Hudson River last Wednesday.

 Abdus-Salaam’s husband reported her missing last Tuesday, the day before her body was found floating, fully-clothed, in the Hudson River on the Manhattan side near Harlem.  

Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court. She was appointed associate justice for the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in 2009 and in 2013 she was nominated to serve as an associate justice on the New York Court of Appeals by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come, Cuomo stated.”

Abdus-Salaam was born in Washington, D.C., graduated from Barnard College and received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law where she was a classmate of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Morehouse College Institutes Complete Leadership Change

By MCNS Staff

 

William Taggart will be serving as Morehouse’s interim President during it’s leadership overhaul.

This past Friday, Morehouse College trustees announced major leadership changes within the board of trustees as well as in the college administration.

John Sylvanus Wilson will immediately step down as Morehouse president while Robert Davidson will cease to serve as chairman of the board of trustees and as a board member on June 30, 2017.

In addition, the board of trustee leadership will change altogether as current board officers will be replaced by new board officers who were voted in on the same day of the announcement. Trustees also met with Morehouse faculty to address their concerns.

William Taggart will serve as the interim president of Morehouse College and Willie Woods will serve as the newly elected chairman of the board of trustees.

Morehouse College made changes in order to address issues that were presented by Student