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Dallas Police Find Marijuana In Botham Jean’s And Attempt To Smear His Image

Dallas Police Find Marijuana In Botham Jean’s And Attempt To Smear His Image

The lawyer for the family of Botham Shem Jean,who was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer in his own apartment, says law officials are trying to discredit the victim by making public details of a search warrant conducted on his home.

Jean, 26, died on Sept. 6 after off-duty officer Amber Guyger walked into his apartment, allegedly thinking she was in hers (which is located one floor below) and shot him twice.

In the week since his death, Guyger’s messy story has changed multiple times, most likely to drum up support and sympathy from racist white folks. At first, she said Botham’s door was locked and she repeatedly tried to get in until he opened the door. Then she said his door was shut but unlocked. Now she says his door was never even shut and she gave Jean commands that he didn’t listen, The Associated Press reported.

Following the shooting death of Jean, multiple search warrants were executed at his apartment as part of the investigation, CBS News reports. Attorneys for Jean’s family are outraged that the document describing drug evidence became public on the same day of his funeral. They believe this was an attempt to discredit the victim. “They immediately began looking to smear him,” said attorney Lee Merritt.

“26 years without blemish and it took being murdered in his own home by a white Dallas police officer to make #BothemShemJean a criminal,” he wrote on Twitter.

One of the warrants listed several items found in Jean’s apartment, including a small amount of marijuana. Most of the items found during the search appear to belong to Guyger. The items seized include:

2 fired cartridge casings

1 laptop computer

1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork

1 insulated lunch box

1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings

10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags

1 metal marijuana grinder

2 RFID keys

2 used packages of medical aid

The document does not say where any of the items were located in the apartment or who they belong to.

“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said attorney Lee Merritt. “I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”

“It doesn’t change the story,” said Daryl Washington, attorney for the Jean family. “She claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn’t claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity.”

“I know because of how he lived his life it won’t stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously,” Merritt added. “But it’s unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”

Attorney Pete Schulte, who is not connected to the case, says the defense will likely bring it up in trial if the marijuana turns out to be his.

“I’m not saying Mr. Jean is a bad guy because he had some marijuana in his apartment,” Schulte said. “But it could help add some explanation to this crazy case. It just adds another layer of complexity.”

“This is nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate the character of a wonderful young man,” said Ben Crump, attorney for the Jean family.

According to the report, there have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in the case but it’s unclear if those requests included any warrants to search Guyger’s apartment. She did consent to a blood draw the night of the shooting. Toxicology reports for both her and Jean are still pending.
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Chingo Bling Is The Alter Ego That Took Over!

Chingo Bling Is The Alter Ego That Took Over!

Comedian and rapper Chingo Bling dropped by the Red Velvet Cake Studios and told us how he came up with his name.

Chingo Bling started as one of his alter egos when he did college radio. Bling was the cousin who wanted to be a rapper and came on the show to promote his music. People started to request Chingo Bling and it just took off from there.

He a taco truck that he used as his billboard and it said “They Can’t Deport us all” on the side. Sometimes he’d show up and someone had crossed out the T so it read “They can deport us all” or they’d write “we can try” under it. But he laughed it off and didn’t let it stop him!

You can see Chingo Bling this weekend in Arlington, Texas or check his website to see when he’ll be in your area.

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Huggy Lowdown: Donald Trump You’re The Bama Of The Week, Again!

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Inside Her Story: ‘Black Girls Are Going To Change The World’

Inside Her Story: ‘Black Girls Are Going To Change The World’

In April a video of two police officers wrestling a black woman to the floor of an Alabama Waffle House went viral. The woman’s bare breasts were exposed and she says that the whole incident started when she asked for plastic silverware.

Jacque Reid goes Inside Her Story with Chikesia Clemons who was slammed to the ground by two Alabama police officers and found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Clemons says that police were called “two minutes” before anything transpired, leaving her to believe that she and her friend were “set up.” According to her, when police arrived no questions were asked, the first thing an officer did was grab her and slam her into a chair.

According to police Clemons was was drunk and escalated the situation. But, Clemons says that she had not been drinking.

When asked if the police officers were punished she said, “nothing happened to them.” Adding that “they actually investigated themselves,” and decided what they did was right.

After the video went viral Clemons says she was harassed and threatened so much that she had to move out of the state. But she hasn’t let the incident stop or slow her down; she has spoken on several panels and may even run for office one day.

“Black girls are going to change the world one day,” she said.

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Fans Accuse Marc Jacobs Of Trying To Sabotage Rihanna’s NYFW Show

Fans Accuse Marc Jacobs Of Trying To Sabotage Rihanna’s NYFW Show

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Famed designer Marc Jacobs is being accused of trying to sabotage Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show Wednesday night during the final day of New York Fashion Week.

Traditionally, Jacobs’ 6 p.m. show is last and closes out the entire week. That is until this year when Rihanna scheduled her Savage x Fenty lingerie show for 7:30pm — making her the closing presenter.

Jacobs hasn’t said anything about it, but as noted by instyle.com, he is famously known for being one of the few who starts his show on time. But he began an hour and 26 minutes late. It’s unheard of, the outlet reports.

This created quite a dilemma for showgoers invited to both Jacobs’s and Rihanna’s shows, especially considering the physical distance between the two venues. RiRi’s event was in Brooklyn.

NYT Styles‏ called it “One of the most expensive 90 minutes of quiet boredom in the history of media.”

AP reported that Jacobs’s staff blamed a clothing delivery issue, while The Cut‘s Emilia Petrarca wrote that “sewing machines [were] seen being carried in at the time the show was originally supposed to start.”

Fashion News Writer Emilia Petrarca wrote on Twitter: “My first Marc Jacobs show had all the D-R-A-M-A I’d heard so much about… 90 minutes late with an almost-exit from AW… but was a humbling reminder that good fah-shun is worth the wait!”

Peep some reactions below from Twitter and check out the photo sideshow below of Savage x Fenty lingerie.

Priceless: Rumors that Marc Jacobs held his 6pm show late tonight to spite Rihanna – by making people miss her 7:30pm Fenty show – for taking his NYFW-closing time slot.

— Christina Binkley (@BinkleyOnStyle) September 13, 2018

So Marc Jacobs tried to spite Rihanna at #NYFW and ran his 6pm show late so people would miss Rihanna’s show at 7:30pm……. however 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽… REAL PEOPLE KNEW THE DEAL 🙌🏽🙌🏽 congrats @rihanna @SavageXFenty on an amazing show!!! pic.twitter.com/USKX9UJk2d

— ᏦᎯᏆℋᎽ (@__missperfect27) September 13, 2018

Living for the Marc Jacobs shade/play by play on the @nytimes fashion Instagram. pic.twitter.com/yMycWxiIJa

💥Megan Ann Wilson💥 (@shegotgame) September 12, 2018

AP on why Rihanna was forced to start her show late. It's because MJ started later than scheduled: "Marc Jacobs' staff said the issue was an errant clothing delivery, no doubt caught in rush-hour traffic, exacerbated by the rain."

— Burak (@RihannaDemos) September 13, 2018

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How Black Lives Matter Is Taking A Grassroots Approach To Stop Gun Violence

How Black Lives Matter Is Taking A Grassroots Approach To Stop Gun Violence

Gun violence across the nation has reached a human rights crisis level: from the out-of-control situations in Chicago and Baltimore to tragedies like the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and most recently the Dallas cop who killed an unarmed Black man in his own apartment.

NewsOne spoke with Philadelphia-based Black Lives Matter (BLM) national organizer and activist Asa Khalif about his grassroots effort to help stem the crisis in Philadelphia, where shootings have increased by 10 percent this year and homicides in southwest Philadelphia have surged by 26 percent.

Amnesty International released a new report on Wednesday that examined how the U.S. government has allowed gun violence to become a human rights crisis “on a massive scale” and accuses the powers that be of violating international human rights standards.

U.S. officials are required to comply with certain global treaties that touch on the right to live free of violence, including the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the global human rights organization said. But gun violence has disproportionately affected Black communities. African-Americans represented approximately 13 percent of the population in 2016, yet they constituted nearly 60 percent of gun homicides nationwide.

Naomi Wadler—the 11-year-old activist who delivered a poignant speech about gun violence at the March for Our Lives demonstration in March—will be honored by the NAACP. https://t.co/ofDM1xm1El pic.twitter.com/1egG1Cei3g

— NewsOne (@newsone) July 15, 2018

Khalif said he supported Amnesty International designating gun violence a human rights crisis. Last year, he and other activists started an initiative in Philadelphia to reach out to young people in the community. He said they see themselves as uniquely positioned to contribute to a solution through preventing potentially violent situations from getting worse.

NewsOne (NO): How is BLM organized to combat gun violence in Philadelphia?

Asa Khalif (AK): We have defused and de-escalated at least 25 to 30 incidents last year, and 45 this summer.

We know the players because we live in the community. When we get information, word on the street that there will be beef, often through Instagram or Facebook, it’s very easy for us to approach ‘Raheem’ and say, “Can I talk to you? I heard there’s a misunderstanding, could we have a conversation before it gets to a certain level.”

A lot of this violence comes from misunderstandings. A lot of times the brothers don’t even want to engage in violence. A lot of it is ego, peer pressure, false pride. And they’re looking for a way out. Intervening helps both parties to save face and walk away without looking like a quote, punk.

We are concerned about this issue. We live in the community. The myth is we only show up when there’s a police shooting. We are on the front lines when it comes to gun violence because it affects us. We have loved ones who have been victims.

NO: The interventions you described are important, but what’s the bigger solution?

AK: Gun violence is a virus in our community. We know the virus; we’ve detected the virus, and we know where that virus is coming from. It’s up to us, organizers and people in the community. We have the cure. We have to come together as people of color to make sure gun violence is not an issue in our community.

There’s a church on every block in our community, and those churches go behind safe walls and preach to themselves. It’s time now for ministers and congregations to link up with the activists, and not be afraid of BLM activists who have been deemed militant.

As I’ve said when the movie Black Panther was playing, we–the activists, community leaders and mothers and fathers who are standing in our communities–are the superheroes. Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Batman, those are people who don’t exist and are not coming to save our community, and so we have to pick up the torch.

In #Philadelphia we #WearOrange, we march and we say #Enough to Gun Violence @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/aGkcyWXa5R

— Jme B GunSafety (@archymomjaime) June 2, 2018

NO: Do you share Amnesty International’s view that the government bears a lot of blame for the gun violence? Aside from the legislative failures toward achieving gun control, has other government policies contributed to the problem?

AK: I’ve been extremely critical of the federal government, which has always had a hand in the flow of guns into the community. We have to hold the government and gun dealerships accountable. We need to call on law enforcement, instead of occupying our community and shooting us in the back, to do the job you were sworn to do. If you’re going to rush into our community, make sure the busts you do are the gun dealers, the ones who are making the big dollars, not ‘Raheem’ who sold a gun for 50 bucks.

The government is also 99 percent to blame in setting the conditions that make gun violence an issue. We have poverty in our community, unemployment, our schools are not as well-funded as white counterparts. It all gives a sense of hopelessness. When you have those conditions and you have no self-worth, it’s very easy to pick up a gun and shoot someone who looks like you because you don’t value yourself.

If you give people hope, you’ll see a turnaround. Give a man a job and you’ll see a drop in crime. Young people need a place to go and a purpose, an alternative to standing on the corner and selling drugs.

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