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Body Cam Video Shows Black Male Shot By Cops Complied With Commands

Paralyzed 19-year-old is suing Milwaukee Police Department as officers' shooting was deemed "justified".

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Body cam footage released from an August 2017 shooting of an unarmed Black 19-year-old male in Milwaukee shows him complying with officer commands as he was shot several times.


Jerry Smith Jr. survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen and head, but is paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. He has had multiple surgeries, infections in his heart, and a bullet still lodged in his body.

Officers Melvin Finkley and Adam Stahl, who both shot Smith, were saying in the video that Smith didn't have a gun on him, but must've had it hidden behind the air conditioner.

Activist Shaun King pleaded with social media to watch the video, which is jarring:

"We're asking the U.S. Attorney's office to now look at this video, make an independent decision or recommend to District Attorney Chisholm to submit this to a grand jury," Daniel Storm, a forensic investigator working with Smith's attorney Walter Stern, said. "His right leg, he has partial use of it. We can only hope that the US attorney would get involved because we may have a violation of civil rights."

"An unarmed man had committed no crime, no criminal history, no drugs and is getting on the ground with his fingers spread when the officer opened fire," said Storm. "Lucky to be alive because the one bullet just grazed his head."

"I really don't know why they shot me," Smith said. "OK, I ran, but he, the officer, scared the hell out of me, man. He got off that bike grabbing his gun, grabbed the gun. Cause I matched the description of someone having a gun, I ran."

Storm released the body-camera video from officer Adam Stahl: "People just need to see this. Police 'can buy toys and all the ice cream they want but until they're held accountable, the Black community will never trust a cop."

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office ruled that shooting was justified. Officer Melvin Finkley said in a statement that he "perceived Mr. Smith was reaching for a weapon concealed behind the air conditioning unit."

"Officer Adam Stahl said that he shot Smith because he "feared for Officer Finkley's safety and for his own."

There is no independent investigation. The officers are on administrative duty and the city is backing them.

Smith is suing Milwaukee and the police department. "I'd like to see some change, real change where we don't have shoot first, ask questions later," added his attorney, Walter Stern.

Reader Question: There was no independent investigation because the DA deemed the shooting justified. Should there have been an independent investigation?

The Conversation (3)
27 Nov, 2018

As a former Law Enforcement Officer it is upsetting that these incidents continue to occur.

1- hold the City, PD and Officers accountable.

2- officers must follow thei training and stop the COWBOY behavior in the street.

3- citizens MUST VOTE politicians that don’t protect the community out of office, replacing them with individuals that care and protect.

votetocorrect27 Nov, 2018

That shooting needs to be investigated by seasoned vets and training officers.

Idaho State Football Players File False-Arrest Suit Against Police

Atoa Fox and Nehemiah McFarlin were accused of robbing a bank.

Atoa Fox and Nehemiah McFarlin

In December 2016, two Idaho State University football players were driving through Box Elder County, headed home to California on Christmas break when Utah police arrested and jailed them for allegedly robbing a bank. A crime they didn't commit.

Atoa Fox and Nehemiah McFarlin filed a lawsuit last week alleging false arrest, illegal search and seizure and excessive force.

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Update: Charges Dropped Against Mother Violently Separated From Child By Cops

Officers put on modified duty, while Jazmine Headley's one-year-old son has bruising from the struggle with police.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that Jazmine Headley, age 23, would not face charges related to her Friday arrest, and called for her immediate release. Justice Craig S. Walker of the State Supreme Court ordered her release.

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KKK Costumes Spark Outrage at an Arizona High School

"There's no justification for it," said a student's parent.

A high school play, in which three students wore Ku Klux Klan costumes, angered many parents at a local Arizona prep school.

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Black Nurse Allegedly Racially Profiled While Caring for Patient

Stephanie Dash was appalled by the treatment she received from Deputy Rhonda Casillas while caring for her patient.

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Home healthcare nurse, Stephanie Dash, claims she was racially profiled while caring for her white patient in Franklin, Tenn.

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Court Says Cyntoia Brown, a Victim of Sex Trafficking, Must Spend 51 Years in Prison

Brown was a teen when she said she killed a white man in fear for her life.

UPDATE: Governor Considering Cyntoia Brown's Bid for Clemency

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A recent ruling in the case of Cyntoia Brown, a victim of sex trafficking sentenced to life for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was a teen, is sparking outrage. The Tennessee Supreme Court has said Brown must serve at least 51 years in prison before she could be released.

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Using Undocumented Immigrants for ​Labor is the Norm at Trump's Golf Club

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," said a woman working at Trump National Golf Club.

As President Trump sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to "defend" (white) America against the caravans of Brown people and bar some from asylum in the U.S., the history of hiring undocumented workers at his properties in New Jersey and Florida continues to come to light.

Trump has a problem with undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, but not when they are hired to wash his clothes or make his bed.

Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.

Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.

"There are many people without papers," said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.

Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.

"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."

During his campaign in 2016, when he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he promised to mandate E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility, and requested $23 million in his 2019 budget proposal to expand the program for nationwide use. He also bragged when a new Trump hotel opened in Washington, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job."

"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."

Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."

Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.

Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.

But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.

Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."

Reader Question: Do we need any more proof that he's a liar about everything?

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Republicans in Florida are trying to obstruct official government business by attempting to undermine the implementations of restoring voting rights to 1.4 million former felons. This would be the largest expansion of voting rights in decades.

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Kevin Hart Steps Down from Hosting Oscars

The Academy gave Hart the ultimatum to apologize or step down over past homophobic tweets. But the Academy has its own issues it needs to face.

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Comedian Kevin Hart tweeted on Tuesday that being selected to host the 2019 Oscars was the "opportunity of a lifetime." On Friday, Hart said that he was stepping down over past anti-gay tweets.

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