The Beverly Hills Police Department is being sued over allegations it targeted Black people on prestigious Rodeo Drive.
The court documents, obtained by TMZ, cites arrests of Black people, in some cases, for minor infractions.
Renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump filed the lawsuit, claiming the City of Beverly Hills created a police task force to harass Black people for minor violations.
The result was 106 arrests - of which 105 detainees were Black. The one non-Black detainee was Latino. Crump says the Latino could have easily been mistaken as Black.
2 plaintiffs in the lawsuit -- Jasmine Williams and Khalil White -- say they were riding scooters on the sidewalk a year ago, when they were stopped by Beverly Hills cops.
They were handcuffed and taken into custody. According to the suit, prosecutors later dropped the case.
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The lawsuit claims examples of other "crimes" for which Black people were arrested included roller skating, jaywalking and minor traffic infractions in Beverly Hills.
The lawsuit names BHPD Captain Scott Dowling as a defendant. Dowling allegedly directed officers "to seize, interrogate, use force, falsely arrest, and maliciously prosecute any African-Americans who traveled on Rodeo Drive" with the sole purpose of "keep[ing] out African-Americans, who were deemed as 'criminals.".
The lawsuit references another incident last October involving Salahe Bembury -- VP of Sneakers and Men's Footwear at Versace -- who claimed he was detained by police for jaywalking.
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British lawmakers may require mandatory social media IDs after three Black England soccer players were flooded with racist abuse.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed penalty kicks that resulted in England losing the Euro Cup 2020 final to Italy on Sunday.
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A photo of Rashford reacting to his missed penalty kick went viral on social media.
The overwhelming racist abuse on social media generated headlines around the world. Celebrities and politicians in America condemned the racism.
Sean Combs shared a B&W photo of England's Black players on his Instagram account. He captioned the image:
"We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love
And to the racists… F*CK YOU!"
Dozens of fans repaired a defaced mural of Marcus Rashford by taping cards, flowers and banners over it.
Thanks to a petition that garnered over 600,000 signatures, UK parliament is debating a new law that would make it mandatory to provide verified identification to create a social media account.
The petition states that the account of a person under 18 must be verified with the ID of a parent or guardian.
The new law makes it easier to trace young hoodlums who post racist or hateful comments on social media.
England had reached the Euro Cup 2020 final for the first time in history on Sunday. Fans took to the streets to celebrate the country's first-ever appearance in the final.
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Dejected England players react to a missed penalty kick while Italy players celebrate in the foreground.
England was the odds on favorite to win. But the three players missed their penalty kicks and Italy won the shootout.
British reality star Katie Price got the ball rolling by asking fans to sign the petition.
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Jalen Rose has apologized after making a racist comment about Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love.
Rose made the comments last week on his Jalen & Jacoby podcast.
The ESPN analyst lit up Twitter when he said Love was a token on the USA men's basketball team.
During the podcast last week, Rose declared the USA Basketball governing body should send an all-Black team to Tokyo to represent the U.S. in the Olympics next months.
"Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism. Don't be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America."
Rose justified his comments by saying Love was not qualified to earn a spot on the Olympics team.
"Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad," Rose said.
He claimed USA Basketball only saw Love's white skin color, even though the entire 2016 USA men's basketball team was Black.
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Love won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 London Games. Additionally, the Cavaliers, with Love and LeBron James, won the 2016 NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors.
Rose, a former NBA player, apologized on Monday, saying, "But you know why I'm apologizing right now? To the game. Because I'm what the game made me. I was raised by the all-time greats, and you know what I would never want to do? Disappoint [Rose's late mother] Jeanie Rose or disappoint the all-time greats that raised me."
Twitter accused Rose of jealousy because he was never an all-star, he never won an NBA ring and he was never on the Olympic team.
In the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose intentionally tried to hurt Kobe Bryant by putting his foot under Bryant, when the Lakers star went up for a jump shot.
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Joe Biden used the woke term "LatinX" while referring to every Latino and Hispanic American as immigrants.
The 46th U.S. president made the comment while discussing low vaccination rates among minority groups, including Blacks and Hispanics, during a speech in North Carolina on Thursday.
In addition to touring a mobile vaccination unit, Biden spoke to a mixed crowd of Blacks and Latinos at the Green Road Community Center.
Biden claimed Latinos and Hispanics didn't want to take the experimental spike protein injections because they feared being deported.
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"There's a reason why it was harder to get African Americans -- initially -- to get vaccinated, because they're used to being experimented on. Tuskegee airmen and others, people have long memories. It's awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated, Why? They're worried they'll be vaccinated and deported."
The response on social media was outrage, particularly among Hispanic and Latino Americans who object to being referred to as immigrants or "LatinX."
One Twitter user wrote:
"This is just an outrageous statement from President Biden. Latinos don't like to be called 'Latinx,' and you're racist to assume that they're all illegal immigrants."
Another user wrote:
"Joe Biden claiming Latinos don't want to get vaccinated because they’re worried about getting deported is about as racist as it gets. Par for the course for old racist Joe Biden."
A third user tweeted:
"Biden literally said getting Latinx vaccinated is difficult because they think they will be deported if they go in for the vaccine Seems pretty racist to me to imply all 'Latinx' are illegal immigrants. If Trump made that statement yall would be furious!"
And someone else tweeted:
"Now we know who the real racist president is Biden Goes Woke, Calls Latinos 'LatinX' and Assumes They Are All Illegal Aliens."
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Actress Ellie Kemper, best known for her role in the TV series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," was once crowned queen at a KKK ball.
Kemper, 41, starred in the TV series from 2015 to 2019. She played a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York City. The series also starred comics Tina Fey and Tituss Burgess (pictured above with Kemper).
A photo showing then-teenage Kemper being named queen of the Veiled Prophet Ball in St. Louis prompted accusations of white supremacy.
The photo was published by the Post-Dispatch newspaper in 1999. The photo caption reads: "Elizabeth Claire Kemper, as the 1999 Veiled Prophet Queen of Love and Beauty, is attended by her pages."
According to the NY Post's Page Six, "The Veiled Prophet is said to be dressed with a white klan-style hood and robe while armed with a pistol and rifle."
Another Post-Dispatch article described Kemper as a 19-year-old freshman student at Princeton University.
A Twitter user posted the newspaper image along with the caption: "So was no one gonna tell me Ellie kemper aka kimmy Schmidt was crowned KKK queen in 1999."
Film critic Jon Negroni tweeted:
"it really is something that Ellie Kemper was the star of a tv show about a woman who leaves a racist cult and tries to rebrand herself while pretending it never happened. no reason why I’m bringing this up of course,” film critic Jon Negroni tweeted."
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Walmart claims an "external bad actor" sent offensive emails from its servers to multiple Walmart customers.
The person used knowledge of Walmart's IT system to create new accounts using other people's email addresses.
The person replaced the first and last name with the racial slurs "Ni**er" and "Coon."
One UK woman complained to @Walmart's official Twitter account about receiving one of the emails.
"Woke up this morning to this email in my inbox.
Somebody set up a #Walmart account using my email address with the first and last name N****r C**n.
Surely Walmart should have something that flags such words?"
See an example of the offensive email here.
In response to the breach, a Walmart spokesperson said its internal system was not hacked.
"We discovered that an external bad actor created false Walmart accounts with obvious intent to offend our customers. We were shocked and appalled to see these offensive and unacceptable emails."
The company assured that no more offensive emails will be sent from its servers, CBS reports.
Earlier tis year, Walmart pledged to donate $14 million to various charities as part of a commitment to ending racial inequality.
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A former Secret Service agent was honored to serve as Michelle Obama's protector, but one aspect of her job troubled her.
Evy Poumpouras told Insider that she "could do nothing" when witnessing racist comments or signs targeting the former first lady.
Poumpouras served as Mrs. Obama's Secret Service agent during Michelle and Barack Obama's time at the White House. She also protected George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush during her 12 years in the secret service, according to Insider.
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In her 2020 memoir, "Becoming Bulletproof," Poumpouras recalled feeling "outraged" when people hurled racist slurs or directed a racist sign at the former first lady.
"As the first Black First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama had to withstand certain kinds of disparagement that none of her predecessors ever faced," Poumpouras wrote. "I was on her protective detail when we were driving to a school to deliver a speech; we passed someone on a bridge holding up a shockingly racist sign directed at her."
"I remember feeling outraged -- after all, it was part of our job to protect the first family mentally as well as physically. But if the First Lady saw the sign, she gave no indication of it," she added.
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Poumpouras told Insider there was "no protocol" in place to deal with Americans who expressed their freedom of speech.
"I could do nothing," she told Insider. "There's freedom of speech in the United States, and even if I personally feel that speech is wrong, the law doesn't give me the power to take that person's speech away."
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DNA tests confirm Johnny Cash's first wife Vivian Liberto was mixed race and her great-great grandmother was a slave.
The country music singer, who died in 2003 at age 71, met 17-year-old Vivian Liberto at a roller skating rink in San Antonio in 1951. Liberto was of mixed Italian and German ancestry. Her olive skin made her look Hispanic.
They were married in 1954, one month after his discharge from the Air Force.
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Cash and Liberto moved to Memphis, where he signed to Sun Records, the home of pop legend Elvis Presley. The happy couple is pictured with two of their four daughters, Roseanne and Kathy, in 1957.
Trouble soon followed after Cash scored his first No. 1 single "I Walk the Line". He started drinking heavily and became addicted to drugs. He began an affair with singer June Carter -- while still married to Liberto.
In 1965, when Cash was arrested on drug charges, Liberto traveled to El Paso to support her cheating husband. A B&W photograph of Liberto leaving the courthouse appeared to show her as a Black woman.
The photo enraged white supremacists and KKK members who waged a yearlong war against the singer. Mixed race marriages were illegal in 1967.
The couple sued newspapers who referred to her as Black. She produced evidence of her Italian and German ancestry and her education in whites-only private schools.
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When Liberto died in 2005 at the age of 71, her eldest daughter, Rosanne (pictured) appeared In a February episode of the PBS show, "Finding Your Roots."
Host and professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. presented Rosanne, 65, with her DNA results and family genealogy that proved her mother was mixed race and a great-great grandmother was a slave.
Sources have confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will not return to U.S. daytime show "The Talk" when it resumes production next month.
The British TV personality was let go after an on-air controversy with a co-host and allegations of racism.
Osbourne came under fire for her defense of fellow Brit newsman Piers Morgan's verbal attack on Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
During the segment, co-host Sheryl Underwood, 2nd from right, suggested Morgan's comments about Markle were racist, but Osbourne, center, became upset, claiming Underwood's outburst inferred that she was a racist.
"I feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist," Osbourne grumbled.
Osbourne later apologized on Twitter to "anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said."
On March 15, insiders said Osbourne would not return to the show and that producers were quietly interviewing Osbourne's replacement -- possibly Holly Robinson-Peete, who claimed Osbourne said she was "too ghetto" for The Talk.
Then actress Leah Rimini recalled that Osbourne referred to former colleague Julie Chen as "slanty eyes" and lesbian actress Sara Gilbert a "pu--y licker."
Osbourne vigorously denied the allegations and claimed she hired bodyguards due to "death threats".
"The Talk" is set to return to CBS on April 12.
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