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Half of Atlanta Police Department's officers in zones 3, 4 and 6 walked off the job or called out sick last night, hours after Fulton County DA Paul Howard Jr. announced criminal charges against two officers involved in 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks' death.

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Garrett Rolfe (left) faces 11 criminal charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault for shooting into an occupied vehicle while gunning down Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot on June 12.

For the first time in decades, the APD police scanner went silent Wednesday night, as many officers walked off the job and sat in their personal cars, refusing to respond to 911 calls.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was disappointed. She said police morale "is down ten-fold."

In an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night, Mayor Bottoms said, "This has been a very tough few weeks in Atlanta and with the tragedy of Mr. Brooks, and then on top of that the excessive force charges that were brought against the officers involved with the college students, there's a lot happening in our city, and the police officers are receiving the brunt of it quite frankly."

Atlantans were saddened to hear that many of the cops who abandoned their posts on Wednesday were Black.

Michael Harriot, sr. writer for The Root tweeted:

"ATL officers are walking out in support of a cop who killed a black man.

Because police unions have so much power they probably won't be fired but..

ATLiens should demand a list of these cops' names because someone on that list will DEFINITELY be the next to kill a black man."

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Jennifer Lawrence is using her considerable star power to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the Kentucky woman who was fatally shot in her bed by police officers in Louisville, KY.

Lawrence created a new Twitter account to call for the police officers who killed Taylor to be brought to justice.

Breonna, 26, was fatally shot multiple times in her own home in March after officers entered her house with a no-knock warrant, searching for a suspect who was already in custody.

The three cops allegedly involved have not been charged or suspended.

In only her second post on a new Twitter profile created this month, Jennifer wrote, "#SayHerName #BreonnaTaylor," above a powerful statement demanding Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron hold them accountable.

"For three months since her murder Breonna Taylor's family, the people of Louisville, Americans across the country, and many around the world have called out for justice," she said in a statement. "And yet, those calls have gone unanswered. No arrests have been made, the officers responsible for her death remain employed by the LMPD (Louisville Metro Police Department), and disturbingly, the LMPD's own investigation report was woefully inaccurate."

The 'Hunger Games' actress also condemned the "erasure" of black women, stating that it could not "continue in America."

She was likely referring to the fact that Black women are raped or killed with barely any attention given to their stories.

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When rapper 2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, first opened Escobar restaurant in Atlanta, they forgot to secure permission for the use of the name from the family of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The family filed a lawsuit against the rapper over use of the name, and now
Escobar Inc. bosses are demanding no less than $10 million, claiming the hitmaker's two Escobar Restaurants in Atlanta violate federal law by using the Escobar name and likeness without permission.

The restaurants are decorated with large B&W posters of the smiling drug lord taken from his mugshot. The restaurant also sells t-shirts and other merchandise featuring the image.

According to TMZ, the family insists they own the licensing and trademark to Escobar's name and likeness.

They are also demanding an injunction blocking the use of the name and likeness at the restaurants.

2 Chainz has yet to comment.
 

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The half-brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old Black man who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Calif. last week, was shot dead by Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs on Wednesday.

Terron Boone was fatally shot by deputy sheriffs around 4:30 p.m. in a parking lot in Rosemond (Kerne County), about 20 miles north of Palmdale.

A shootout occurred as sheriff's attempted to pull over a car that Boone was a passenger in.

Police allege that Boone opened fire on the deputies who returned fire. The woman driver was shot in the chest. She was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital and released late Wednesday, police say.

A 7-year-old girl was also in the car but she was uninjured, according to reports.

Boone faced multiple charges of assault, domestic violence, criminal threats and kidnapping, according to the LA Times.

Fuller was discovered hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m. Friday, June 12.

Authorities initially said Fuller committed suicide, but a Los Angeles coroner walked back the suicide theory.

A full investigation is underway into the case.

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced arrest warrants will be issued for two police officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

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Brooks was gunned down as he fled on foot after struggling with two Atlanta police officers and pointing a police taser at one of them on June 12.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

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The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe (pictured left), faces 11 charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Rolfe was fired on Saturday, June 13, after his superiors determined his use of deadly force was not justified.

Rolfe's partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty.

Howard said there was plenty of evidence of wrongdoing. His office interviewed 10 eyewitnesses and collected 8 videos from police body cams, dash cam, Wendy's restaurant surveillance video and three cellphone videos. Physical evidence includes spent shell casings, ballistics, police tasers and 911 call logs.

"For 2 minutes and 12 seconds" there was no medical attention for Rayshard Brooks," Howard said during a press conference at the Fulton County courthouse on Wednesday.

Video shows former officer Rolfe calling out to Brooks, telling him to hold on as he administered CPR to the mortally wounded man.

Director Tyler Perry offered to pay Brooks' funeral expenses as well as provide college scholarships for his four children.
 

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Uncle Ben's rice will no longer bear the likeness of a Black rice farmer on its packages, Mars, Inc. announced Wednesday.

The news comes after the Quaker Oats Company, which is owned by PepsiCo, decided to retire the Aunt Jemima logo from its packaging due to the company's long history of racial stereotypes.

Mars, Inc. said the change was long overdue "to put an end to racial bias and injustices." The company added it will look at "all possibilities" to replace the familiar logo on it's rice products.

Mars did not indicate if the "Uncle Ben" name would remain on the packaging.

"As we listen to the voices of consumers, especially in the Black community, and to the voices of our Associates worldwide, we recognize that one way we can do this is by evolving the Uncle Ben's brand, including its visual brand identity,' spokeswoman Caroline Sherman said in a statement.

Earlier, the Quaker Company announced it would retire the famous Black character who graced bottles of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup for over a century.

"We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough," said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America.

The new Aunt Jemima syrup bottles and pancake mix packages will debut in stores in the fourth quarter of 2020, the company said. The name change will be announced soon.

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Tip "T.I." Harris had a strong reaction to a viral video that shows a Clayton County police officer holding 5 Black teens at gunpoint.

The incident happened on Monday night in Clayton County, Georgia after police received a 911 call about a group of teenagers who allegedly robbed a convenience store while waving a gun.

Clayton PD released audio of the 911 call to the local news media. In the 911 call, the clerk tells the dispatcher the boys appeared to be fighting in the parking lot.

According to 11 Alive News, an officer arrived within minutes and was told the direction that the boys ran in.

Body camera footage shows a group of Black teens on foot. He got out of his police cruiser and pointed his service weapon at them.

"Stop! All of y'all stop! Get your hands up! Up! Walk toward me," he shouted at the teens. "Get your hands up or you're going to get hurt... Just relax. Please, I don't want to hurt any of y'all."

The incident was captured on cellphone video and quickly went viral.

Someone is heard saying, "Please, sir. They kids. Don't shoot."

"Why you got a gun out?" another person shouted.

"Because I'm being safe," the officer responded.

When backup units arrived, an officer searched the boys and recovered a BB gun from one of them.

T.I. was irate after viewing the video on Tuesday.

"Why don't we ever see little white kids being held at gunpoint?" the "ASAP" rapper asked.

Other activists and community leaders called for the cop's immediate termination.

A protest march is scheduled for Wednesday.
 

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A video recorded by an emotionally troubled police officer has gone viral online. The female officer -- who has been dubbed "Officer Karen" on social media -- appears to meltdown in a McDonald's drive thru after not receiving an English muffin with her order.

The Caucasian officer said she pulled into a McDonald's drive-thru after working a long shift. The hungry officer ordered an English muffin meal and a cup of coffee.

She said an employee asked her to pull forward and wait for her order. An employee then came out with the cup of coffee, but, apparently, the muffin wasn't ready.

Through tears, the officer said she told the employee to forget about the muffin because she was afraid an employee would put something in her food.

There have been many reports of fast food workers lacing police orders with non-edible items or flat out refusing to serve the police.

Some social media users sympathized with the officer. They recounted their own trips to McDonald's that ended badly when a food item was left off their order. But none could recall crying over the missing item.

Hopefully the officer will be placed on desk duty while she seeks therapy for her apparent emotional problems.
 

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Lonely people searching for a love connection on the Bumble dating website must affirm their support for Black Lives Matter before logging in.

According to the website, Bumble challenges the norms of dating and meeting women online.

"Bumble empowers users to connect with confidence whether dating, networking, or meeting friends online. We've made it not only necessary but acceptable for women to make the first move, shaking up outdated gender norms."

When users log in or register on the Bumble website or app, they see a message asking them to affirm their support for Black Lives Matter.

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Days after parody website The Onion caused Aunt Jemima to trend on Twitter.com, the Quaker Oats Company has decided to retire the famous Black character who graced bottles of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup for over a century.

On June 12, The Onion tweeted, "Quaker Oats Replaces Historically Racist Aunt Jemima Mascot With Black Female Lawyer Who Enjoys Pancakes Sometimes."

Many were fooled by the tweet, including retired rapper-turned-activist Ice Cube, who tweeted: "BUSTED: There's obviously no Black people on your board of directors! GET SOME QUICK."

The bottles will be rebranded with a nw character and name in the wake of nationwide protests and unrest after white police killed Black people in Georgia, Minneapolis and Louisville.

Quaker Oats Company responded to pressure over the years by modernizing the Aunt Jemima character who originally wore a scarf on her head and a neckerchief. But Quaker Oats declined to retire the character until now.

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"As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers' expectations," said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America.

"We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough," Kroepfl said in a press release.

The new syrup bottles and pancake mix packages will debut in stores in the fourth quarter of 2020, the company said. The name change will be announced soon.

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Nightly fireworks and loud explosions have kept many residents awake until early morning hours around the country.

Residents have taken to Twitter.com to complain about the nightly fireworks displays that continue nightly since May.

"It's always like 9, 10 p.m., and at first we didn't know what it was," said Marquita Spraggans. Many thought the loud sounds were protesters blowing up ATM machines.

Philadelphia residents aren't the only ones losing sleep over the loud booms that sometimes shake their houses.

"We've been hearing them every night in San Francisco," tweeted @nina_lacour.

According to NBC New York, nightly fireworks are a nuisance that start at sundown and continue into the early morning.

The fireworks are set off on street corners and rooftops. The city's noise complaint hotline fielded 1,700 fireworks complaints through the first half of June, including 455 complaints just on Sunday.

Twitter users all over the country complain about the mysterious fireworks displays. Residents are determined to find out the source of the fireworks that awaken their children and frighten their dogs.

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund revealed it used only $200,000 out of $35 million in donations to bail out protesters during the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

The unrest has resulted in millions of dollars in donations to help those arrested. But many say they have not seen an accounting of the money from any bail fund organization.

The MFF is a small, volunteer community fund based in Minneapolis -- the city where Floyd was killed by a former Minneapolis cop.

In the last few weeks, the MFF has been hashtagged in posts on Instagram and Twitter, asking for donations to bail out protesters.

But in the last week, donors -- particularly major corporations -- have been asking for an accounting of where the money went -- since many of those arrested are still sitting in jails.

One Twitter user, Evelyn Woodsen, founder of The Affinity Mag, tweeted, "Wait till Twitter wakes up tomorrow and finds out the Minnesota Bail Fund got $35 million and only used $200k to bail out protestors."

After calls for transparency and accountability, the MFF finally acknowledged it was overwhelmed with donations and struggling to figure out what to do with the money.

"We are a volunteer community fund who until last month was doing all we could to pay a handful of misdemeanors each month, steadily paying, getting funds back, raising more $ when we could, doing it again," they wrote.

They removed their "donate" button and tried to redirect funds to other organizations with bail-out initiatives. But donations kept pouring in.

A lawyer contacted by Refinery29 explained the organization's dilemma:

"We were a small organization that was not ready for this kind of influx and so we're working as quickly as possible while being mindful that we have to take slow, necessary steps and have conversations with the group about hiring an accountant and attorney who can help us go through these processes," Mirella Ceja-Orozco, the Immigration Attorney Volunteer on the Board of Minnesota Freedom Fund, told Refinery29. "Before, we were an organization that had two staff members and maybe 8 volunteers and that's completely changing now."

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar lost her father to the coronavirus. Nur Omar Mohamed, 67, passed away on Monday, June 15, from complications related to the coronavirus.

The Minnesota Democrat announced her father's death in a tweet.

"Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return.

It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him."

She also released a statement announcing his death.

"It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19,” Omar's statement read.

"No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him. My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time."

The news was reported over the weekend that the congresswoman's father was fighting for his life in a hospital.

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A new op-ed by Frank Furedi, a sociology professor and author, explores the link between men "shunning” sex, the MeToo movement and the "feminization" of young men.

Furedi notes that "Celibacy has become the new normal," as studies show the number of sexually inactive males is increasing.

A survey published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that sexual inactivity is increasing among men aged 18 to 24.

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1 in 3 young men reported no sexual activity during the past year.

One expert theorized that young men are having less sex because they are taking longer to grow up. Young men are preoccupied, perhaps with video gaming, social media or other young men.

Others say the decline of sexual activity is due to the economic insecurity many young people face.

They blame the "feminization" of young men in cultural and social life. The MeToo movement, for example, encourages a "defensive and anxious approach towards dealing with women."

The MeToo movement serves as a constant reminder of the inferiority of identity. This sentiment is most strikingly expressed through the negative qualities associated with the term ‘white man’. In these circumstances, it is not surprising that many men become hesitant and defensive in their relations with women. Defensiveness can lead to adopting the strategy of avoiding disappointment through disengagement from sexual interaction. Source

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President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order for police reform that includes a national database on troubled police officers who have many complaints from the public.

The executive order comes on the heels of a series of violent incidents involving unarmed Black men killed at the hands of police across the country.

The executive order also urges departments to train their officers with emphasis on de-escalation tactics and banning or limiting the use of chokeholds in incidents where lethal force is allowed by law.

Trump was unapologetic about his defense of the police. He said he was against defunding police departments.

"I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments," Trump said. "Americans know the truth -- without police, there is chaos. Without law, there is anarchy. And without safety, there is catastrophe."

Trump also met with the families of Black people killed at the hands of police before he spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden.

Former President Obama official Van Jones said Trump's speech went left at times, but the executive order pointed the country in the right direction.

"The speech had elements in it that were not good," Jones said. "But the executive order is pointing in the right direction, and we need to keep pushing forward to get more and more done.

Former Richmond, Va. police officer Joe Ested, author of "Police Brutality Matters,” told Fox News those policies already exist within police departments. He said the policies are not being enforced. Police who violate civil rights are not being punished.