Four days after a Philadelphia policeman was gunned down by brazen bank robbers, 15 officers dragged 3 black shooting suspects out of their vehicle and beat them with their fists, feet and batons after a slow speed chase. The incident was caught on tape by a FOX news helicopter.
The beatings drew a firestorm of protests from the mothers of the 3 suspects and city officials including the Mayor. “I burst out and cried. I was appalled,” said the mother of one of the suspects after viewing the video.
In the media’s rush for ratings following the incident, very few reporters mentioned the fact that police officers witnessed these guys shoot three men.
In the wake of the acquittal of 3 NYC police officers who fired 50 shots into a car killing Sean Bell on his wedding day, the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to shut the city down.
Sharpton made good on his promise by organizing a peaceful pray-in at the spot where Bell lost his life.
Sharpton, two survivors of the shooting and the slain man’s fiancee were among about a dozen people arrested on disorderly conduct charges near the base of the bridge. Police led away demonstrators at several other bridges and tunnels in the city.
The protests were part of a coordinated campaign to urge federal authorities to investigate the November 2006 shooting of Sean Bell. Three officers were acquitted of state charges last month.
Sharpton, shooting survivors Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, and Bell’s fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, lined up and peacefully put their hands behind their backs as police put plastic handcuffs on them. Sharpton and Bell were placed in a police vehicle.
The civil rights leader is seeking a federal civil rights probe into Bell’s shooting outside a Queens nightclub. The case raised questions about police use of deadly force in minority neighborhoods.
Star Jones responded to Barbara Walters allegations about her in her new book. In the book, Walters said she and her other View cohosts were forced to lie about Jones’ gastric bypass surgery which made Walters uncomfortable.
But Jones responded by questioning Walters’ character. Walters admitted in her book and on Oprah yesterday that she had a three-year affair with a married man who happened to be black. Well I Googled the man that Barbara had the affair with and it turns out he’s biracial.
Not that it matters, but he looks more white than black to me, so why not call him what he is which is mixed or biracial?
“It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book,” Jones told Us. “It speaks to her true character.” (Source)
NFL star Michael Strahan and Eddie Murphy‘s ex Nicole Murphy were spotted out last night at the Sport Musem of America gala in NY.
Is it just my imagination or does Nicole Murphys’ features look softer and more feminine since she escaped split from Eddie Murphy?
Michael, Nicole, Mike’s teammate Osi Umenyiora and a host of professional ballers will be in town next week for Osi’s “Strike For a Cure Charity Weekend” festivities May 16 through the 18th (Click to see event flyer).
Following the chain snatching incident involving rapper 50 Cent at a concert in Angola last week, singer Akon will leave his bling at home when he travels to Africa tomorrow night.
Speaking via teleconference from his home in Atlanta, Akon confirmed that he had recovered from a sore throat that forced him to cancel a show last week. He will fly to Africa on a private jet chartered by the concert organizer.
Meanwhile, the African youth who snatched Fiddy’s bling was turned in to police by his own parents who recognized their crumb snatcher on a grainy video.
About 15 cops set on 3 black shooting suspects in Philly and stomped them senseless after a slow speed chase. Like Eddie Murphy suggested in the movie “Trading Places” – they used their nightsticks on ’em.
Let me be clear: I don’t like criminals and I have no sympathy for them when they are injured or maimed in the process of committing a crime.
If these were 3 innocent black men I would feel differently. Now watch Al Sharpton and Michael Baisden run to their defense.
Jay Z wasn’t at his wife’s side at the Costume Institute Gala the other night. But before tongues could start wagging, Beyoncé made sure she attended the Heart of the City Tour celebration at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club last night.
It’s amazing how Jay Z’s mind works: he doesn’t feel the need to accompany his wife to the biggest fashion event of the year. But she damn sure better be at his side for his little 2-bit affair to make him look good.