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Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old Chicago activist who gained national attention for his defund the police efforts, was shot and killed over the weekend.

The Mather High School student died Sunday after being shot in the head in Chicago's West Rogers Park on the North Side across the street from his home.

Officers responding to a 911 report of shots fired, found Reed on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the head around 1 p.m. He was pronounced dead at

In a June interview with ABC7 News, Reed spoke out against police in public schools.

33 people were shot and 9 killed in ongoing violence in Chicago over the weekend. Two juveniles, including Reed, are among the dead.

Reed was one of the more well-known Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago. His youth and determination to rid schools of police made him a favorite among the local and national news media.

"It's not fair to know that a young person who fought so hard is no longer here anymore," said Meyiya Coleman who worked with Reed at Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE).

"Caleb was really trying to change the way we value and love black lives and young people of color," said Maria Degillo of VOYCE.

Coleman and Degillo will be joined by members of VOYCE and Caleb Reeds' parents and sister for a balloon launch at Mather High School to honor Caleb's life Tuesday, ABC7 reported.

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Black Lives Matter protesters blocked courthouse doors across the country to prevent landlords from filing thousands of evictions.

Some governors imposed moratoriums preventing landlords from evicting their tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protesters blocked courthouse doors, preventing landlords from filing evictions in cities where the eviction moratoriums expired.

More than 15,000 renters are facing evictions in New Jersey, despite Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order preventing people from being kicked out if they don't pay rent.

The moratorium doesn't prevent the filing of evictions, but it stops the courts from enforcing evictions until November. New Jersey residents can stay in their homes until then, even if they don't pay their rent.

BLM activists fear a "tsunami of evictions" after the November elections.

New Jersey could see as many as 304,000 evictions filed over the next four months, an estimate 600% increase since last year.

Tensions between landlords and renters have escalated since moratoriums were placed on evictions in some states.

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A Connecticut man decapitated his landlord with a sword after being told he had to move out for failure to pay his rent.

Hartford police arrested Jerry Thompson, 42, for the murder of his landlord, Victor King, on Sunday. King had called police on Saturday to report his roommate was waving a sword around and behaving erratically.

Thompson was gone by the time police arrived. King gave officers Thompson's cellphone number, but it isn't clear if police got in contact with Thompson before the murder.
 

 

 

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is under fire from Black Lives Matter activists for not cleaning up the defaced Black Lives Matter logo in front of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

The NY Post reports New Yorkers are blaming the "pathetic" mayor for ignoring the paint-splattered mural on Fifth Avenue a week after a vandal was arrested.

Mark-David Hutt, 31, was arrested twice for pouring paint on the large yellow logo just after 5 p.m. on July 25, and again the next morning before 10 a.m.

Hutt was issued desk appearance tickets on both days. But the paint remains dried on the logo after one week.

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Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told The NY Post the mayor and City Hall don't seem to care about the logo now that the cameras are gone.

"It's been a full week and I asked the cops why the DOT hasn't repaired the BLM paint job," Sliwa told The Post. "They said City Hall doesn't seem to care any longer about this BLM logo. The mayor seems to have ADD on this matter, like he does most matters in NYC."

A police source told The Post that the BLM logo is no longer "the flavor of the month".

"That's what makes him a horrible mayor. Black Lives Matter isn't the flavor of the month anymore. Very short attention span, we know that already. It's just a waste of taxpayer dollars in the first place. You got between five and 15 cops sitting out there on overtime watching that stupid s--t and shootings are piling up. They're there to protect the mural, and obviously they're not doing a good job of that."

Matthew Martin, 30, called it "pretty disappointing" that the city hasn't cleaned up the logo, "considering this is probably the most notable Black Lives Matter mural in the country."

Martin said, "Leaving it like this for a week is pretty pathetic, honestly, and is a pretty good indicator of the kind of leader the mayor is."

A spokesman for de Blasio's office told The Post "inclement weather" on Friday was to blame for the delay in removing the paint and said the city Department of Transportation should be removing it on Monday.

The spokesman said the city's DOT "were doing some similar work out in Queens on Thursday."

Mayor de Blasio helped paint the movement's slogan on Fifth Avenue and on Jamaica Avenue near 150th Street in the Queens borough of NYC.

Both logos were vandalized by anti-BLM protesters.

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Soulja Boy and celebrity guests celebrated his 30th birthday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement last night.

The intimate bash was hosted by real estate broker Tai Savet and Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates.

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Soulja Boy also filmed his music video at the private estate and Tai Savet and real estate agents recorded scenes for their reality TV show "Love and Listings".

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Celebrity guests included singer Sunny Malouf, left, reality TV actress Ajani Scott (Love and Listings) right, rapper Micky Munday (Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood), and more.

Tai Savet, Agents of LA CEO and real estate broker for the stars, hosted the star studded celebration. DJ Darius was on the wheels of steel and Brick Burgers catered the event.

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The Sacramento Police Department released body cam footage that shows the tense standoff between officers and Jeremy Southern before he was shot and killed.

According to police, officers went to the upscale Crossings apartment complex near Sacramento State University on Tuesday afternoon to follow up on an earlier shooting there.

Police spotted Southern who matched the description of the shooter walking with a female acquaintance. When Southern spotted police, he ran toward the building.

Unable to gain entry to the apartment building through a locked door, Southern, 22, pulled a handgun and pointed it at police.

Despite repeated commands to drop the weapon, Southern continued to point the weapon at them. "I'm gonna die today!" he yelled at police while pacing in the courtyard.

Officers showed great restraint by attempting to deescalate the situation. At one point, they even waited for him to finish a phone call before commanding him to drop his weapon.

A police sniper arrived at the scene about 20 minutes later and fired an AR-15 rifle, striking Southern in the chest.

Despite a sucking wound in his chest, Southern tried to crawl toward his gun and was shot a second time.

Sacramento police and fire rescue tended to him and transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from suicide by cop.

Southern's sister, Ida Southern, said her brother was a good man. "He wanted a better life and I feel like life just kept taking away from him," she said.

"I'm just worried about my daughter because they were so close," Southern said.

"No, he was not completely innocent, but this was not what was supposed to happen to him," she said, adding that her brother grew up in a home with six foster siblings and may not have gotten the love and attention a child needs.

Ida Southern was planning on celebrating her brother’s 23rd birthday with him this Friday, according to KCRA. Instead, she will attend a vigil in his honor on Thursday night hosted by Black Lives Matter Sacramento.

"We're gonna be marching for another young black man that's been killed by Sac PD," said BLM Sacramento founder Tanya Faison.

Faison said Tuesday's shooting is another example where police should be held accountable.

"I think if he had a gun, that he should have been detained. They should have deescalated and he should have gotten his due process," Faison said. "There have been situations where Sac PD has been faced with gunfire and they have been able to deescalate and arrest somebody and given them their due process. The police do not play the judge, the jury. They don’t play the executioner. Their job is to deescalate and detain."

Ida Southern said she doesn't know if her brother had a gun that day.

"He was scared. For somebody who goes through as much as we went through, he was scared. He wouldn't have just had it out and about," she said. "If he really had a gun like they say he did, then of course he has some of the blame to share."

Court records show Jeremy Southern had a lengthy criminal record that included a domestic violence conviction. He served four years in prison for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

"He wasn't this monster that everybody's trying to make him out to be," Ida said. "Not only did he grow up going through abuse, but as a young adult, he didn't have anybody that was able to help him either. I did everything I could, but it still wasn’t enough."

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A special education teacher at Cedar Grove High School near Atlanta was terminated after he wrote a Facebook post urging a Black Lives Matter supporter to kill a white child.

Brian Papin made the comment after he viewed a viral photo of a BLM supporter named Isaiah Jackson kneeling on a screaming white baby's neck in a viral photo.

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Papin wrote: "Again! Your [sic] doing it wrong! One knee on the center of the back one on the neck and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop f***ing around!"

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The photo was a recreation of the infamous video of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he died.

Jackson was later arrested on a probation violation.

A DeKalb County Schools spokesperson confirmed Papin was no longer employed at the school following the public backlash.

"The teacher is no longer employed with DCSD. Again, there is no place for racism or abuse in our school district," DeKalb Schools tweeted on Friday.

Papin resigned his position at the school, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

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A Black Lives Matter protester was gunned down by a motorist at a demonstration in Austin, Texas on Saturday night.

Witnesses say Garrett Foster, 27, was killed after he reportedly pointed an AK-47 at a driver who was blocked by demonstrators in the roadway. The driver shot Foster with a handgun before he sped off.

Foster was pushing his fiancee Whitney Mitchell in a wheelchair in downtown Austin in the moments before he was shot. Mitchell, a quadruple amputee have dated since they were 17.

A grainy photo circulating on Twitter.com shows Foster with his AK-47 near the driver's side window of the vehicle. Whitney is not seen in the photo.

Austin police confirmed a 911 caller told the dispatcher he was just involved in a shooting after 10 p.m. on Saturday. The caller said he shot a man who approached his vehicle and pointed an assault rifle at him.

The caller was instructed to park his vehicle and an officer would be dispatched, according to Austin police.

Officers arrived and brought the caller to the homicide division where he was interviewed. His handgun and vehicle were secured as evidence.

Officers at the scene of the shooting spoke with witnesses and received several different versions of the incident.

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Police spoke with another individual who said he heard the first volley of gunshots and observed the vehicle speeding away.

The witness said he drew his handgun and fired at the fleeing vehicle. His handgun was also taken into evidence and he is cooperating with police.

Both individuals were released by police. Both men had valid carry/conceal licenses.

Cell phone video captured the sounds of the shooting. Gunfire from a semi-automatic rifle can be heard, then a brief pause followed by several shots from a small caliber weapon.

Reddit.com users identified the first shots as gunfire from a semi-automatic rifle similar to an AK-47.
 

A police officer is seen securing the Ak-47 in another cellphone video after the shooting.

Foster was interviewed moments before he was killed. He said he was licensed to carry a weapon and that he carried the AK-47 to protect himself. "They don't let us march in the streets anymore, so I've gotta practice some of our rights," Foster said in the video.

When asked if he planned to use the weapon, Foster said, "Nah… If I use it against the cops, I'm dead. I think all the people that hate us and want to say sh** to us are too big of pussies to stop and actually do anything about it."

Foster's mother, Sheila Foster, told ABC News her son and his fiancee were demonstrating in the street, when the driver, "got out of his car and started firing shots, and my son was shot three times."

An unidentified protester told a reporter, "A car drove up. We were taking the streets, and he shot Garrett. Garrett is the husband of Whitney, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, and he is her caretaker and has been for like 10 years. They've been out here for ... all 50 days so far."

Other witnesses described a blue car "swerving" into the crowd of demonstrators. Some of the protesters pounded on the trunk of the car. No one mentioned Foster firing the AK-47 in the seconds before he was killed.

Foster's friends and family say he is a hero for protecting his girlfriend.

In a Facebook post, Foster appeared to approve of three federal officers suffering permanent blindness after BLM rioters pointed lasers at their eyes.

"They're cops it doesn't matter," he wrote.

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An Ohio man who kneeled on the neck of a crying 2-year-old baby boy in a viral photo was arrested and may be charged with child abuse.

Isaiah Jackson, 20, of Clark County, was arrested on a probation violation unrelated to the shocking incident.

Clark County officials are reviewing potential charges against Jackson, who is shown kneeling on a crying baby's neck in the photo.

The photo was a recreation of the image of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd.

The baby boy's arms are being held by someone off camera. It is not clear if the person restraining the child will also be arrested.

investigators made contact with Jackson, the child's mother and the child immediately after the photo went viral with the caption "Blm now mf."

The baby was evaluated at a local hospital but he was unharmed. The mother, who is dating Jackson, was not aware of the photo having been taken, or its contents, until she was informed by other parties after the photo went viral, according to WHIO.

The mother and baby are Caucasian, Jackson is mixed-race.

The baby's grandmother posted screenshots of text messages er daughter exchanged with a friend that show her defending Jackson's actions.

"We are looking into this case; however, it is still an active investigation. At this point, we are actively looking into it and we are VERY early on into this investigation," Major Chris Clark added in an e-mailed statement.

Lt. Shultz said the county prosecutor's office will "provide a determination of the scope and breadth of the felony charges" Jackson is likely to face.

Facebook is suspending the accounts of users who post the photo for violating the community's standards on hate speech and nudity.

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The NBA unveiled a Black Lives Matter logo on the court at the NBA "bubble" facility at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA's season is set to restart on July 30, with all players quarantined inside the bubble away from their families and friends. The NBA season was suspended on March 11 after two players tested positive for the coronavirus.

The official @NBA Twitter account shared photos and videos of the logo painted in black letters on the court.

ESPN reporter Malika Andrews posted photos of the player's bench that shows seats spaced evenly 6 feet apart.

The bench spacing made no sense to NBA fans.

"I'm all for precautions but what is the point of socially distanced bench when they’re playing hard and physically on each other for 2 hours and all being tested daily?" tweeted one user.

Another user wrote: "What's the point of spacing out bench chairs if it's a contact sport on the court?"

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The person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner turned himself in to police on Wednesday.

Julian Conley, 19, was accompanied by his attorney Jackie Patterson when he arrived at police headquarters in Atlanta at 4:30 p.m., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Patterson said his client was "formally charged" in the fatal shooting around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"When you have a warrant out, you have to turn yourself in," Patterson said. "So that's what we are going to do."

Conley is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in Secoriea's death.

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Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed near the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

As many as four Black Lives Matter activists opened fire on the family's SUV in a parking lot off University Avenue. More arrests are expected, police said.

Conley turned himself in after police circulated his photo last week. Police also released video footage that shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle.

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Conley told police he was at the Wendy's location but he never fired a weapon.

"At the end of the day, I had nothing to do with it," he said.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio kept his promise to paint "Black Lives Matter" in huge yellow letters outside President Trump's former home, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The mayor was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and a group of BLM activists and volunteers on Thursday.

Trump slammed de Blasio's plans to paint the BLM mural outside his luxury apartment building. In a series of tweets last week, the president referred to BLM as a "symbol of hate" on one of NYC's "greatest streets." He called on police to stand up to the mayor and not let the mural happen.

Trump also criticized the mayor for not doing enough to curb violent crime in his city. Shootings in NYC have skyrocketed 200%. There were 49 shootings and 9 murders in NYC last weekend.

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Atlanta police released video of a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday.

Video footage shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle. The rifle is equipped with a tan bump stock and tan grip.

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"I'm confident that somebody knows the name of this man, and with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers," Lieutenant Pete Malecki said on Tuesday.
 

Malecki said the suspect is one of three males wanted in connection with Secoriea's murder.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoriea's killer on Sunday night.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."
 

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Police reclaimed the area of downtown Seattle, formerly known as CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone) early Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m., police moved in to dismantle the area around the East Precinct 29 days after Black Lives Matter activists took over six city blocks and chased the police out.

Six people - all Black - were shot by CHOP zone "security" forces over the past 2 weeks. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed by CHOP security.

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City workers used heavy machinery to clear out barricades, tents, sofas, armchairs and other junk from the area. They removed tons of trash.

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BLM activists were rousted out of their sleep by police who ordered them to evacuate their tents in Cal Anderson Park. 23 arrests were made when some activists refused to leave.

Police tweeted anyone who remains in the area or returns to it will be subject to arrest.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan, who initially supported the protesters, signed an executive order allowing police to clear the CHOP zone and arrest protesters if necessary.

"Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order," the Seattle Police Department tweeted on Wednesday.

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"As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.?But enough is enough," she said.

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CHOP was previously called CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), but the name was changed after the shootings began and police and paramedics refused to enter the autonomous zone to treat the wounded.

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President Trump sparked outrage and condemnation when he referred to the Black Lives Matter logo as a "symbol of hate."

Trump reacted angrily to the news that NY's City Council cut $1 billion from the NYPD's budget and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that a Black Lives Matter logo will be painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.

Trump tweeted that the Black Lives Matter logo painted in huge yellow letters would "denigrate" prestigious Fifth Avenue.

"NYC is cutting Police $'s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the.... horrible BLM chant, "Pigs In A Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon". Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won't let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York's greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!"

Twitter's response to Trump's tweets were a mix of outrage and support.

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Fans of the "Golden Girls" were outraged after Hulu removed a popular episode of the beloved sitcom due to an alleged reference to blackface in the episode.

Amid the Black Lives Matter protests taking place around the world, numerous U.S. TV shows, including The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock have removed episodes or were taken off replay services because of references to blackface - a term used to describe a non-Black person wearing darkened theatrical make-up to present a caricature of a Black person.

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Hulu pulled the Golden Girls episode "Mixed Blessings" from season 3. In the episode, Bea Arthur's character Dorothy meets the family of her son's fiancee, an older black woman (played by Rosalind Cash).

Rue McClanahan's character Blanche and Betty White's Rose both enter the room wearing mud masks on their faces.

As the audience laughs, Betty White says, "This is mud on our faces. We're not really black."

The decision to remove the episode didn't sit well with fans of the show, who took to social media to slam Hulu for cheapening the Black Lives Matter movement.

"First of all, they were in mud masks not blackface," one person tweeted. "And second of all, in what world does 'Stop killing us.' sound like 'Please remove episodes of Golden Girls'? I didn't see that [asked] on anyone's protest sign..."

Another user tweeted: "Yeah, these companies and media platforms are trivializing the situation by sending the message that our demand for justice is as petty as removing episodes of the Golden Girls off a streaming platform. This is a calculated effort to cheapen our message."