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'Hurts Like Crazy': Jemel Roberson's Mother on the Death of Her Son

The choir at his funeral wore black T-shirts with "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel" printed on front.

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Beatrice Roberson, the mother of Jemel Roberson, a security guard who was shot and killed by Midloathian police after detaining a shooter at a bar, said her son "died doing what he loved," and that the loss "hurts like crazy."

"He was a good person, he had a good heart," she said during his funeral at House of Hope.


Regarding the unnamed officer who fatally shot her son, she said "I don't hate him, I pray for him."

Avontae Boose, Roberson's girlfriend, the mother of his 9-month-old son who's pregnant with their second child, said, "My heart's broken right now because my kids will not see their father for any holidays anymore."

Lee Merritt, the Roberson family attorney, said the 26-year-old father would tell his girlfriend, "'I'm going to become a police officer. I am going to be able to provide for you and this family.'"

Boose said she would tell her children that their father was a hero.

"I'm going to tell them when they get older — when they get real older — what happened to their father," she said. "That he was a hero, and he saved a lot of people."

The choir wore black t-shirts with white lettering that said "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel."

Shaun King posted a video of Roberson's casket being lowered into the ground while Tristan, Roberson's baby boy, was cradled next to it.

Joseph McNeal, who described himself as a police officer and a mentor to Roberson, blamed himself for not being there. "The truth of the matter is it wasn't about me being there, it was about a cop who needed to believe in justice to be there — to have the power to take life or to restrain it — to believe in equality, and to know that even though a Black man with a gun can be a criminal, another black man with a gun can be a hero," McNeal said. "And that's what my brother was."

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While a federal judge denied the family's request to identify the Midloathian officer involved in the shooting, their attorney has issued a subpoena to the state police requesting that by Friday they turn over all preliminary reports regarding the department's findings about the shooting.

Cook County Sheriff's Police are also seeking additional witnesses to the shooting. They sent out three photos of individuals of interest who they said were at Manny's at or around the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information about them is asked to contact investigators at 708-865-4896.

Preliminary reports from the Illinois State Police Task Force say Roberson wasn't wearing any identifying security clothing and that he ignored verbal commands from the officer. The findings contradict what several witnesses have already said was true.

"They're offering the same lip service while not offering the transparency and justice this community needs," said Merritt.

Roberson's mother said in her remarks that her son's work was done and that he was gone, touting God's purpose for him in his short time on Earth. "Justice will be served, but in God's time," she said.



Reader Question: Do you think society can ever look at Black men as heroes and not criminals?

Bayer's Damion Jones Addresses Intersectionality and How to Find Common Ground with Peers

"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.

Boeing Forecasts Continued Health and Growth for Aircraft Financing in 2019

Funding continues to be balanced, diversified and global.

Originally Published by The Boeing Company.

Boeing anticipates stable growth and broad, diversified funding will continue to support efficient aircraft financing in the next year.

The company's annual Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook (CAFMO), released today, evaluates and forecasts financing sources for new commercial airplane deliveries in the coming year and the industry's overall delivery financing requirements for the next five years. The CAFMO also explores trends within major funding sources and their potential impact on the broader market.

"The aircraft financing market remains healthy, with adequate commercial liquidity, providing a wide range of efficient options available for our customers," said Tim Myers, president of Boeing Capital Corporation. "We expect another year of balanced funding for commercial airplane deliveries in 2019, mirroring the broader industry, primarily split between bank debt, capital markets and cash."

Boeing forecasts continued strong demand for new commercial airplanes in 2019, resulting in about $143 billion in deliveries by major manufacturers, with potential to grow to more than $180 billion by 2023.

"Driven by a growing understanding of aviation's strong growth potential and the industry's attractive returns, we continue to see innovations and first-time entrants into the market, providing increased capacity for funding new deliveries as well as pre-delivery payments, mezzanine debt financing and the secondary aircraft market," Myers said.

New to this year's report is the addition of the secondary aircraft financing market outlook, as well as expanded analysis of other funding sources, including the leasing community, tax equity and the insurance market.

Highlights of the 2019 CAFMO include:

- Funding for deliveries is expected to be balanced between commercial bank debt and capital markets and cash.

- Airlines and lessors are expected to have some of their lowest historical costs of financing.

- Capital markets continue to grow, bolstered by unsecured borrowing.

- Aircraft leasing has grown to represent more than 40 percent of in-service commercial aircraft ownership.

- Export credit agencies remain a small but critical funding source, particularly in the United States.

- Strong industry fundamentals are attracting more participants and investment in new deliveries and the used aircraft market.

The full 2019 CAFMO, as well as additional data on regional-specific financing trends and global financing markets, is available at www.boeing.com/CAFMO.

'We Want Transparency, Not Cover-Up": Jesse Jackson Gave Eulogy for Alabama Man Killed by Cops

Following the funeral of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., a press conference on Monday called for justice as forensics revealed he was shot in the back.

Screenshot from WBRC broadcast

Over 1,000 people were in attendance at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday to mourn Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. and demand justice regarding his police-related death. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. accompanied the family and delivered the eulogy.

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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean.

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New Jersey Teacher Fired After Saying the N-Word and Having a Meltdown

Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."

Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.

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Toyotathon Returns Home For The Holidays With Heartwarming New Ad

A service member is welcomed home with a special greeting in Toyota's latest spot.

Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.

Toyotathon is back for its 39th year with a holiday spot that showcases a heartwarming homecoming. The 90-second "Home for the Holidays" spot premiered Wednesday night, November 28th, on NBC's primetime Christmas in Rockefeller Center, with a throw from NBC's TODAY Host Al Roker.

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