As the case of Michael Brown continues, we have recently seen that the National Guard was brought into Ferguson to supposedly, help “calm” things in the town.
Yet, according to CNN host Don Lemon, who has spent several days reporting from Ferguson; said on Tuesday that a member of the National Guard had called protestors the n-word.
As CNN aired a town hall event about the racial divide in the United States, a member of the audience asked what precautions could be used to prevent officers from overreacting when dealing with African-American men.
The Black Sphere’s Kevin Jackson said that putting body cameras on officers can change the dynamic in police stops.
“If there is a camera, he knows he’s got to check himself, and if you know an officer has a camera, you also have to check yourself,” explained Jackson.
Lemon then added that cameras could also make a “certain type of person” think twice before they decide to go into law enforcement to begin with.
“Last night, one of my producers said that they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard. And they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white. Because there n-words, you know, you never know what they’re going to do,’” Said Lemon.
The CNN host added that this was a true story, “I kid you not. 2014, a member of the National Guard, and my producer doesn’t lie,” he added.
What is your opinion on this? Should the member of the National Guard be punished in some way for using racial slurs? Or is it his Freedom of Speech to say exactly how he feels about the situation? Let us know what you think.
For the last 11 months, Gucci Mane has remained behind bars awaiting the verdict of a firearms charge that came from an incident last September. On August 20th, the judge made the final ruling.
As Gucci pleaded guilty to possession of a Glock 40-caliber handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition, he was sentenced to 39 months in jail, and another three years of probation. The judge also recommended that “the rapper serve his sentence in a west coast prison with a drug rehab program to allow him to get away from local influences in Atlanta.”
Although Gucci has served 11 months already, he has 28 more to go. It’s predicted that he will get out in December 2016. In spite of his sentence, the U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones told GuWop that, even though he is unfamiliar with the ATL rapper’s music, “young people- my nieces and nephews- tell me you are quite cool.”
What is your opinion about this? Is it fair that Gucci serves another 28 months on top of his already served 11? Or nah?
Ty Dolla $ign is days away from releasing his free album, Sign Language, which drops on August 25th. As he spoke about the upcoming project, he revealed a new mixtape as well.
The artists revealed that he has locked down several tracks with Rich Homie Quan and that this would result in a joint mixtape. The tape is titled Rich Homie Dolla $ign.
“ME and Rich Homie been doing a little project together, we like ten songs in. We gon’ do that with Drama, it’s probably gonna be called Rich Homie Dolla $ign, ya feel me,” added Ty.
What do you think about this collaboration? Will this turn out to be a great mixtape? Or is it even worthwhile?
Also, don’t forget to check out his newest mixtape, Sign Language; scheduled to drop in five days.
For the first time, the Highway Patrol captain in charge of security in raging Ferguson, Missouri; is backed by the National Guard. On Monday, they vowed that burglars and vandals would not disrupt “the soul of this community.”
The pledge was made by Capt. Ron Johnson, one day after the worst events yet happened between police and protestors who are protesting the police shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.
“Tonight, we will ensure the safety of the citizens of Ferguson, the visitors to Ferguson, the business of Ferguson,” Capt. Ron Johnson stated. “We will not allow vandals, criminal elements, to impact the safety and security of this community.”
Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to provide additional security to the town. Later the governor added that the National Guard’s mission is limited to protecting the officers already in place.
Nixon also added that the midnight-to-five a.m. curfew would be lifted. The governor added that police and protestors fought both nights that the curfew was in place. This fighting turned into robbery, vandalism and an attempt to take over the law enforcement command center and law enforcement officers were also targeted by gunfire.
Troops in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/je2bkSckuZ— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 18, 2014
Meek Mill will remain to be incarcerated until at least October 11, 2014. The Philadelphia rapper pleaded to be released from jail, on Monday August 18, 2014; so that he could continue with his music career and be able to support his son and others as well.
Even though the rapper begged, the judge who sentenced him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. Instead, she ordered that Meek takes anger management classes and a parenting class.
Meek Mill has been on probation for about five years, and has not been accused of committing any crimes throughout that time. Yet, he failed a drug test in 2014 and appeared with a gun in a music video last year. Mill’s attorney claims that Meek had a prescription for the OxyContin after an injury and that the weapon used in the video was a water pistol, not an actual gun.
The rapper was reportedly incarcerated because of his behavior while on probation and was sentenced three-to-six months in jail.
What do you think? Was the judge right to have sentenced Meek Mill? Or has he done his time?
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