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Former Northwestern University Student Wins $1.25M Settlement After Bogus Arrest

"I want to take my experience and use it as an example for change — change that leads to a society where what happened to me is less likely to happen again to anyone," Dr. Lawrence Crosby said.

After two years of litigation, former Northwestern Ph.D. student Lawrence Crosby, who earned his doctorate, won a $1.25 million settlement from the city of Evanston, Ill.


In 2015, Crosby was fixing his own car and a woman accused him of being a car thief. Once Crosby got back on the road heading toward Northwestern, she called the police and they responded.

He was later arrested and charged with disobeying officers and resisting arrest. This was even after officers learned the car belonged to him.

According to the police report, officers also tackled and struck him with open-hands during the arrest after he got out of his car with his hands raised. It was "determined" that the police didn't act inappropriately by beating the young Black man — mainly because they thought the car was stolen.

At one point in the video, an officer was heard saying during the stop: "I didn't shoot you … you should feel lucky for that."

An Evanston Police spokesperson alleged Crosby told officers the reason he hadn't immediately complied with their instructions was because he was trying to move within viewing range of his self-installed dash camera.

Crosby held a press conference on Sunday stating that he wanted to bring police bias to the forefront.

"I want to take my experience and use it as an example for change — change that leads to a society where what happened to me is less likely to happen again to anyone," he said. "I have just completed a three-year journey to clear my name. But my journey is not finished. Today I am starting on the next leg of that journey.

To date, Dr. Crosby is still dealing with the effects of his traumatic ordeal. He suffers from PTSD, nightmares and has an intense fear of the police.

Formerly on the fast track to completing his doctorate in engineering, he admits that it took longer to complete the program due to what happened. "It is not easy for me to go back to that situation," Crosby said on Sunday. "I don't know if I'm ever going to get over that in my lifetime."

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marl112327 Jan, 2019

Another excellent example of why stereotypes are bad...No one should ever generalize his or her experience to include an entire ethnic group. Look beyond your past experience and you will find good in people of all ethnic group. The lady used stereotype or poor judgement to called the cops and the cops used stereotype of poor judgement interacting with Dr. Crosby.

Evelyn Miller25 Jan, 2019

I wonder what happened to the stupid police officers who abused and detained him even after the vehicle was identified as belonging to Dr. Crosby. Kudos to him for having the presence of mind to record the incident on his dashcam. I hope he gets the help he needs to move past this traumatizing incident and continue on his life's journey.

Obama Teams Up With NBA, FIBA to Launch Basketball Africa League

"I've always loved basketball because it's about building a team that's equal to more than the sum of its parts," Obama tweeted.

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It is well-known that former President Barack Obama is a basketball aficionado. From filling out his NCAA bracket to leading pick-up games at the White House, basketball has always been a part of the 44th president's life.

While some people coach high school when they retire, Obama is thinking global. On Saturday, the NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the launch of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), a joint effort of the NBA and International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Who is the go-to player for this project? None other than Obama.

He tweeted on Saturday about BAL:

Obama will have a role with the league, but the extent of his involvement has yet to be announced.

BAL, the NBA's first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America, will be built on the foundation of current club competitions FIBA is organizing in Africa. The inaugural season will begin in 2020, and will feature squads from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

The NBA shared a video of Obama speaking to African basketball players about the importance of sports, then hitting a long-range 3-pointer.

"I hope you know through sport that if you put in effort you will be rewarded, I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team and that even if you are the best player your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better," Obama says.

For years, the NBA has fostered a program, with the assistance of FIBA in Africa, called Basketball Without Borders. This program grows the game by promoting and identifying young talent from all areas.

"The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa," said Commissioner Silver, in a statement. "Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa."

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Explains Her Race and Ethnicity

"I am the descendant of African slaves. I am the descendant of Indigenous people. I am the descendant of Spanish colonizers," explained Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an MSNBC interview.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

Conversations around race and ethnicity have been prominent in the media because of the onslaught of diverse newly elected public officials. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is one of them. In an interview on MSNBC, she addressed her heritage with respect to her race.

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White Supremacist's Apology Doesn't Deter Judge From Giving Him a Life Sentence

Family and friends said the apology was insulting, and that Timothy Caughman's death was their "life sentence."

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James Jackson, 30, a white supremacist, killed Timothy Caughman, 66, a Black man with a sword. Jackson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

His apology: "I just wanted to apologize to everyone who has been negatively affected by this horrible and unnecessary tragedy. If I could do it all over again, this never would have happened."

Caughman's friends dismissed the apology, as fake.

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Virginia Church Pays $100,000 Worth of Debt for Howard University Students

Black students are more likely to borrow, less able to make progress on paying down their loans, and almost half defaulted on their school loans. Many do not graduate. Now 34 seniors can.

Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., decided to clear the debt of 34 Howard students.

95 percent of Howard students are on financial aid. About 4,000 church members fasted and prayed for 30 days, saving money to donate to something charitable.

They donated $100,000 to 34 students.

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MLB Changes 'Disabled List' to 'Injured List'

Disability rights advocates urged Major League Baseball to rename the roster designation for players recovering from injury.

Major League Baseball is renaming its league-wide medical database from the commonly known "Disabled List" to the "Injured List".

"The principal concern is that using the term 'Disabled' for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports," explained Jeff Pfeifer, Major League Baseball's Senior Director of League Economics and Operations, informing the league's teams in a December memo that was obtained by ESPN.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to 2020 Presidential Candidates: ​'We Can Be Audacious'

In a viral video, the congresswoman talks about the Green New Deal.

In a video posted on Twitter that has more than 1 million views, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says she doesn't want to be "placated as a progressive."

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