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Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Muslim Teens in McDonald's Arrested

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was a "hate incident."

Lloyd Edward Johnson / screenshot (KSTP-TV)

By Luke Visconti and Sheryl Estrada

Lloyd Edward Johnson used his gun to threaten four Somali-American teens at an Eden Prairie, Minn., McDonald's. The racist has been arrested.


At 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police arrested the 55-year-old under probable cause for second-degree assault, the city of Eden Prairie said, in a statement. Johnson is in custody at the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center.

On Monday evening at McDonald's, one of the teens attempted to pay for food with Apple Pay, but had issues getting it to work. Johnson made a comment that they were trying to pay with an EBT card —a card that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits. Farida Osman asked him if he said that because they are Black.

"Just because I'm Black, doesn't mean I use EBT," Osman said to him, according to MuslimGirl.com.

Johnson and the teens got into an argument and he began "cussing them out." As he became increasingly aggressive, Amal Mohammed had to call for her friend seated in a booth nearby because she thought Johnson might physically harm her.

Videos were recorded by one of the teenagers and posted to Twitter.

In the following video, one of the teens yells, "He has a gun," and the group turns to run away from the man, who exits the store. The teens then tell the white, female store manager what just happened.

Her response: "I don't give a f**k, get out of my store now."

(Warning: Explicit language)

The police were eventually called.

Steve Easterbrook is the president and CEO of McDonald's. Easterbrook leads a predominantly white corporate executive leadership team with only one Black man. McDonald's has never participated in the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies competition.

The owner and operator of the Eden Prairie McDonald's franchise location, Paul Ostergaard, said in a statement: "Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and employees. We take this matter seriously and are working with local law enforcement while we investigate the situation."

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a Facebook post that the occurrence at McDonald's was another "hate incident." Minnesota has the nation's largest Somali population at an estimated 57,000.

Just last week, in St. Cloud, a white man, along with his son, dumped deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men, according to The Associated Press.

Reader Question: Should the manager at the McDonald's in Eden Prairie be held accountable for her behavior toward the teens?

The Conversation (6)
GunnyMack27 Nov, 2018

To many TV Lawyers commenting on this story.

CAIR is a Hate Group and loves to pull the race card. None of us were there when this happened, yet are commenting as if they witnessed the entire incident.

Chill out and wait until the investigation is completed and is forwarded for trial

votetocorrect24 Nov, 2018
Lloyd Edward Johnson needs to be prosecuted for a Hate Crime! A black person should not have to die to have a white racist prosecuted for a Hate Crime!
23 Nov, 2018

Yes, she should ! she handled the entire incident unprofessionally and needs diversity training and moved to another store after being reprimanded by management.

23 Nov, 2018

The store manger should be FIRED by McDonald’s for putting the customers in harms way. Her actions are against the restaurant’s policy.

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?

Viral Video Sparks Debate on Racial Disparities in How Police Use Force

A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.

Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.

So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.

People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:

There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".

FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.

Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.

For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."

Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?

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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Holocaust Scholar at Columbia Frightened by Swastikas Spray-Painted on Her Office

The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.

Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, experienced first-hand the resurgence of anti-Semitic crimes across the country since President Trump took office.

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Update: Former Police Chief Gets 3 Years in Prison for Framing Black Men

A Black man who was unjustly convicted because of Raimundo Atesiano's actions was deported back to Haiti.

UPDATE: Nov. 28, 2018

Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced to three years in prison for a conspiracy in his department to frame Black people. The former Biscayne Park police chief was allowed him to remain free for two weeks before surrendering to care for his mother, who is dying of leukemia, according to the Miami Herald.

"When I took the job, I was not prepared," Atesiano told a federal judge. "I made some very, very bad decisions."

ORIGINAL STORY

As racial disparities continue to plague the criminal justice system, a former police chief in Florida admitted to purposely sending Black men to prison. Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano acknowledged at his plea hearing in Miami federal court that he told his cops in 2013 to frame three Black residents, one of which was a 16-year-old, for a series of unsolved home and vehicle burglaries in order get a 100 percent clearance on the department's property crimes record.

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Trevor Noah Sounds Off About Another Black Hero Killed By Police

"The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks," said Noah.

Jemel Roberson, a Black hero shot dead by police, was laid to rest last weekend as was Emantic Bradford Jr., an innocent Black 21-year-old male mistakenly identified as a mass shooter in an Alabama mall and also shot dead by police.

"How does this shit keep happening?" Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," asked after discussing the incident.

"The cops are called into a situation. They see a Black person. And then immediately they shoot."

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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.

Screenshot of CBS Chicago broadcast

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.

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