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A Kentucky police officer was let go from the police force on Friday for giving information to a Black Lives Matter organizer during protests last summer.

Officer Jervis Middleton was fired from the Lexington Police Department following a unanimous vote by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council after a nine-hour hearing and two hours of closed deliberations, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Middleton, who is Black, initially denied sharing information via text messages about police movements to his friend, BLM leader Sarah Williams.

The city obtained a search warrant that allowed access to Middleton's cell phone. He admitted his involvement with BLM when he was shown text messages exchanged between himself and Williams.

Middleton's lawyers argued that he shouldn't be fired because the information he shared with Williams didn't put officers in harm's way.

But, according to Lawofficer.com, once an officer is proven to be a liar they are useless as a witness in court.

Middleton claimed he was racially discriminated against by other officers who called him "boy" and "token boy." But the allegations were not investigated by the department because a formal complaint had not been filed.

Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers said that while he understood Middleton's concerns, it didn't justify breaking the department's information-sharing policies.

Weathers, who is also Black, said race was not a factor in the recommendation to fire Middleton.

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Kalina Collier is looking for work after she was let go by her former employer, JetBlue, for allegedly faking her kidnapping in Jamaica.

Collier reportedly made up the elaborate hoax to avoid being quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19.

Collier posted several videos on social media, claiming that her positive Covid-19 tests were fraudulent because the Jamaican government wanted to hold her at a hotel for sex trafficking or organ trafficking purposes.

Foreigners who test positive after arriving on the Caribbean island are quarantined in a hotel at the government's expense until they test negative.

Collier arrived in Jamaica on January 28 and was scheduled to depart on February 1. She previously tested positive using a rapid antigen test.

Not satisfied with the result, she took another test 30 minutes later, which turned out negative.

The Jamaican Health Ministry's protocol for false positive tests is to take a PCR test, which is determined to be more accurate.

On Feb. 2, Collier's test came back positive, which led to the quarantine order.

But Collier took to Instagram, claiming she was being held against her will in an unknown location for sex trafficking purposes.

Among those she reached out to include YouTube star and social media influencer Amanda Seales, who took up Collier's cause.

Soon the hashtag #FindKalinaCollier was trending on social media, as family and friends claimed they couldn't locate her in Jamaica.

Collier recorded videos on her cell phone, saying she didn't know where she was, or the day or date. She also alleged there were cameras in her room watching her.

But social media users quickly identified the "cameras" as motion sensors and smoke detectors.

After the news media picked up the kidnap story, the hotel provided video to show that Collier was being picked up from the hotel every day in a Mazda car driven by her mother.

Collier's story soon unraveled and she was terminated by JetBlue. She was cleared to leave the island on Feb. 15 after quarantining for 14 days.

Jamaican residents were understandably outraged by her behavior.

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Translated: "This is what we have to resort to because she wants to draw Jamaica into the foolishness about kidnapping of a foreigner. We already have so much to deal with and this is what she picks??? Hurry up and go back to your country!!!!! Please and thank you."

Another wrote in Jamaican Patois:

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(Translated: "You shouldn't have rented her the vehicle. Make her walk back home. Who is she to kidnap?")

JetBlue officials issued an apology to the Jamaican government and to the Jamaican people for the "frustration and concern this incident has caused and reiterate our confidence in the health protocols Jamaica has put in place."
 

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NeNe Leakes denies being an unemployed reality TV star without a team.

The former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star denied a report by blogger Love B Scott that she was dumped by her entire team because she was exceedingly difficult to work with.

"For all of you that are asking, emailing, in boxing, blogging, reporting etc. The ONLY statement i have... My team DID NOT let me go! No further statements at this time," she tweeted on Tuesday.

On Monday, Scott reported that NeNe, 53, was no longer represented by manager Steven Grossman, nor was she repped by ICM talent agency, and she was also dumped by her attorney Darrell Miller.

The report suggested that NeNe was being blacklisted after she took on Bravo Network for firing her last year. She also called Andy Cohen a racist.

On Monday, NeNe referenced both Grossman and Miller in a since-deleted-tweet.

"You can't turn on your teammate and get away with this @stevengrossman #DarrellMiller #Foxrothschild," she wrote. "Suppression, retaliation, discrimination, unequal pay, devaluation against black women is real, it’s painful and it hurts. I will fight for all women rights PS: FIX IT."

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Since being booted from RHOA, NeNe accused Bravo of discriminating against black women. She also accused Cohen of being racist. And in December, she urged her followers to boycott the network.

She claimed former co-star Porsha Williams is aware of the unfair treatment of women, but won't speak up because she feared "losing her check."

"I have numerous emails, text messages, RHOA group text, voice recording that go back yearsssss," NeNe tweeted. "I never got rid of anything! Fix your dirty work. Being a racist is so yesterday."

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NeNe Leakes is a former reality TV star without a team. Her agents, publicists and attorneys reportedly grew tired of her shenanigans and washed their hands of her.

NeNe took to Twitter on Monday morning to complain that there's a conspiracy against her.

In a series of tweets, NeNe claimed she was dropped by her manager, Steven Grossman and her former attorney, Darrell Miller of Fox Rothschild LLP.

"You can't turn on your teammate and get away with this @stevengrossman #DarrellMiller #Foxrothschild suppression, retaliation, discrimination, unequal pay, devaluation against black women is real, it's painful and it hurts. I will fight for all women rights PS: FIX IT."

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According to Lovebscott.com, NeNe is no longer represented by Grossman at Untitled Entertainment, or repped by ICM, and she has parted ways with lawyer, Miller.

NeNe, 53, is also no longer being represented by Jonesworks PR.

As you know, NeNe was unceremoniously fired by Bravo TV for insubordination on the set of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to B. Scott, Bravo execs grew tired of NeNe's sometimes violent behavior. NeNe has accused producer Andy Cohen of racism.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of an 11th suspect who received $2,000 in federal CARES Act Funds intended for residents who were financially impacted by Covid-19.

Saget Genoret, 33, a Publix employee in Lakeland, was arrested after he used a falsified letter on a Publix letterhead to apply for the $2,000 benefits. Genoret claimed Publix cut his hours due to the pandemic.

During a Friday afternoon press conference, Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrests of 10 suspects who fraudulently obtained Covid relief funds.

Judd said the fraud started with 49-year-old Phyllis Tirado -- a manager of McDonald's located at 416 West Central Avenue in Lake Wales.

TIrado didn't apply for funds herself, but she allegedly falsified a letter for a McDonald's worker whom she "felt sorry" for.

The employee, 34-year-old Ebony Chaney, received $2,000 in Covid relief funds from the federal CARES Act distributed through the Polk County CARES ACT program.

Authorities say Chaney didn't qualify for the funds she received.

"[Tirado] felt sorry for her employees," Judd explained. "Thought they could use some extra money so she dummied up a letter for one."

The form was then altered to remove Chaney's information and copies were handed out to employees at Publix, a literacy program, and the Scott Lake Health & Rehabilitation.

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"In some instances," Judd said, "they took signed forms, scanned them in... and then wrote the information in. interestingly enough, in one of them, they spelled Phyllis' name wrong."

Judd added: "Yesterday, when we started arresting people, if you were in line at McDonald's, and you got your hamburger and it was cold, it's because we were arresting people."

The investigation, which began in June, is still ongoing. Judd said more arrests are expected. He issued a word of warning to anyone who stole money from the CARES Act: "If I were you, I would beat feet down to the county and give that money back before we figure it out."

He said the judge is more likely to be lenient with those who returned the funds before sheriff's deputies show up at their door with arrest warrants.

The suspects were charged with Obtaining Property by Fraud, Grand Theft, and Criminal Use of Personal ID.

One man, Mervin Suttle, 36, of Bartow, was also charged with fraudulently receiving food stamps and unemployment.

Another suspect, Patricia Taylor, 38, of Lakeland, worked as an LPN at a nursing home.

All of the suspects lost their jobs following their arrests.
 

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NeNe Leakes called out her former colleague Porsha Williams for not supporting her Bravo TV boycott after she was unceremoniously let go last year.

The mom-of-two urged her fans to boycott the network after she was forced off The Real housewives of Atlanta for insubordination.

NeNe is bitter after being ousted from the cast of the reality TV show that she helped develop in the early days.

Now she is calling out Porsha for not supporting her boycott (screengrabs by RhymeswithSnitch).

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A west Georgia police chief and sergeant are out of work after they were caught making racist statements about minorities on a police body cam.

Chief Gene Almond resigned his position in the Hamilton Police Department after a city official reviewed the body cam video and turned it over to the mayor, WTVM-TV reported.

The video showed Almond and John Brooks, a patrolman, having a conversation in front of the police station. Neither man was aware they were being recorded.

boy gif "I don't own no slaves, my folks didn't own no slaves," said Almond during the Black Lives Matter protests in southeast Georgia last summer.

"For the most part, it seems to me like they furnished them a house to live in. They furnished them clothes to put on their back. They furnished them food to put on their table and all they had to do was (expletive) work," the former police chief said on the body cam video.

The police chief also revealed which Black female politician he would rather sleep with -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms or failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

"If I had to **** a (n-word), I'd rather **** the mayor than Stacey Abrams," he said.
 

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A Memphis police officer has been fired and jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty, FOX13 reports.

Patric Ferguson (left) was arrested Sunday after surveillance footage captured the uniformed officer take 30-year-old Robert Howard (pictured right) out of a home in the 3500 block of Twain Street and force him at gunpoint into his patrol car on Jan. 6.

Ferguson, 29, drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where body cam footage captured the cop fatally shoot Howard in the back seat of the patrol car.

Ferguson dropped off the body at an undisclosed location, then returned the next day with an accomplice, Joshua Rogers, who helped him dump the body off a bridge.

Howard's body was fished out of the water by Memphis police on January 10 at Second Street near the Wolf River Bridge, police say.

Howard's girlfriend filed a missing person's report on Wednesday after she used an app to track his cell phone and found the phone at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, according to WKYT.

Evidence on the victim's phone led them to Ferguson who confessed to murdering Howard. Ferguson was immediately terminated and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Rogers, 28, was charged with accessory after the fact for helping dispose of Howard's body, police said. Both men were charged with abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, according to an affidavit.

Mayor Jim Strickland spoke exclusively to FOX13, saying he was "horrified" to learn of Ferguson's crimes.

"It was good investigative work," Strickland said. "We've got video of the actual murder and he confessed."

Investigators built their murder case against Ferguson using surveillance footage and police body cam footage. A receipt from a hardware store revealed Ferguson purchased cinder blocks, chains and padlocks to weigh Howard's body down when he threw him in the river.

A search of Ferguson's phone revealed incriminating internet search history, including searches for "cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence," according to the affidavit.

Strickland told FOX13 he hopes Ferguson spends the rest of his life in prison.

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A Tennessee football coach was fired after he mocked failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a tweet, according to ABC News.

Chris Malone, an offensive line coach for Tennessee-Chattanooga, sent the tweet on Tuesday night after the Democrats swept the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

"Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!! Enjoy the buffet Big Girl! You earned it!!! Hope the money was good, still not governor!"

Head coach Rusty Wright and athletic director Mark Wharton both issued statements admonishing Wright.

"Last night, a totally inappropriate social media post by a member of our football staff was brought to my attention," UTC athletic director Mark Wharton said in a statement Thursday morning. "The entire post was appalling. The sentiments in that post do not represent the values of our football program, our athletics department or our university. With that said, effectively immediately, that individual is no longer a part of the program."

"Our football program has a clear set of standards," Wright said in a statement. "Those standards include respecting others. It is a message our players hear daily. It is a standard I will not waiver on. What was posted on social media by a member of my staff is unacceptable and not any part of what I stand for or what Chattanooga Football stands for."

Abrams has been mocked by Trump supporters since losing the Georgia governor's race to Brian Kemp in 2018, becoming the first Black woman to run for governor.

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NeNe Leakes is still bothered by her wrongful termination from Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 53-year-old, who was let go for being insubordinate, is calling on her fans to join her in protest outside Bravo's Atlanta studios.

RHOA's first million-dollar contract holder tweeted: "Be Smart and DO NOT SUPPORT count down shows TONIGHT that aren’t supporting or respecting BLACK WOMEN creativity/equality and blacklisting us from working if we speak the truth abt their wrong doings [sic]."

She added: "Don't believe me, believe your eyes... In 2021, we will form a March outside these racist studios #blackwomenmatter."

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Earlier, NeNe asked her followers to sign a petition and repost boycott flyers. She also asked fans to "turn off your TVs" and boycott the show.

NeNe retained the services of civl rights attorney Ben Crump in a bid to sue Bravo to get her job back.

During an Instagram live, the former stripper explained why she's accusing Bravo of racism and age discrimination. She said her white counterparts on other 'Housewives' shows were paid more and "elevated" while she was "demoted."

"It's not so much about me having my own show... When you work at any company you want elevation. It's about leveling up. Whether I'm an actress or an executive, everybody wants to level up on their opportunity or their job... as an original Housewife, a lot of these girls were being elevated, I was being demoted.

"I was given less and less episodes and these girls were given more and more episodes. I was given less. Original housewives across the board in different states, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, other places – they were given full seasons and I was given less episodes every season."