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A white police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed Black man. Wolfe City police officer Shaun Lucas, 22, was booked into the Hunt County Jail on Monday night. His bail was set at $1 million.

Lucas is charged with killing Jonathan Price, who was walking away from Lucas when the officer opened fire Saturday night.

Price was reportedly helping to break up a domestic dispute when he was shot by Lucas, the Texas Rangers said in a statement.

According to the statement, Lucas said he responded to the domestic assault call, where he encountered Price, 31, who was "involved in the dispute."

The statement said Lucas "attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away."

Lucas used a stun gun before shooting Price, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable," the Texas Rangers said.

"When police arrived, I'm told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on," said civil rights attorney Lee Merritt in a Facebook post. "Police fired Tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they 'perceived a threat' and shot him to death."

A GoFundMe account started by former Major League Baseball third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who grew up with Price, netted over $50,000 in less than 24 hours.

"I'm sick. I'm heartbroken... and I'm furious," Middlebrooks said.

Update: Shuan Lucas has been released on $1 million bond.
 

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Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to delay releasing documents in the Breonna Taylor case.

Cameron told the court he needed another week to prepare the transcripts and audio recordings for release.

In a statement, Cameron said he needed time to "redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers."

Cameron's request comes a day after he agreed to immediately release transcripts and recordings of his instructions to the grand jury.

The attorney general agreed to the judge's order after a male juror filed a motion on Monday demanding the transcript be released to the public.

The unnamed juror filed the motion seeking release of the documents because he believed Cameron misled the public.

A lawyer representing the juror said the grand jury was not given the option of charging Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove.

The 12-member jury was only asked to consider possible charges against Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June and was indicted by the grand jury for 3 counts unrelated to Taylor's death.

The juror also took issue with Cameron's assertion that the grand jurors "agreed" with his team's investigation.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron complied with a judge's order to turn over documents presented to the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor murder case.

AG Cameron agreed to the judge's order after a juror filed a motion on Monday demanding the documents be released to the public.

The unnamed juror filed the motion on Monday seeking release of the documents because the juror believes Cameron misled the public when he announced the Grand Jury's decision not to press charges against two of the three cops who fired into Taylor's apartment, killing her in March.

The juror accused Cameron of lying about the evidence that was presented to the Grand Jury. The motion asks the court to release the records "in the interest of justice, transparency, and accountability."

The juror claims Cameron blamed the grand jury for the decision while failing to answer specific questions regarding how the evidence was presented to them.

The juror took issue with Cameron's assertion that the grand jurors "agreed" with his team's investigation.

Legal experts doubted the officers would be charged with murder in Taylor's death because her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired on the police first.

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In related news, Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, was heavily criticized after she used a portion of her $12 million settlement with the city to buy a $800,000 mansion and a $200,000 Bentley.

Palmer is pictured with her attorney, Benjamin Crump, who received 30% of the settlement as part of his attorney fees.

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Only one out of three Louisville police officers was charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

The three officers were serving a no-knock drug warrant at Taylor's apartment on March 13 when Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on them, hitting one of the cops in the thigh.

The officers returned fire, killing Taylor, who was shot multiple times. The Grand Jury heard from a witness who said the officers announced themselves before breaching the front door and entering the apartment.

They also heard that Taylor was not killed in her bed as was originally reported by the news media. She was standing in a hallway when she was fatally shot 5 times.

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Brett Hankison (pictured left), who was fired in June, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (center) and Detective Myles Cosgrove (right), were justified in their use of force, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference Wednesday.

Louisville police were under a state of emergency before a Grand Jury announced the single indictment on Wednesday.

In anticipation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Last week, Fischer announced the city agreed to a $12 million with Taylor's family that included police reforms.

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David Banner issued a sincere apology to a Georgia family whose loved one was killed in an accident involving the rapper.

In a video shared on his Instagram page, Banner acknowledged the Evans family and apologized for the pain and suffering they endured.

Banner, 46, shared a video on Instagram.com on Friday, which he captioned, "My Condolences to The Evans Family and Friends."
 

Earlier this week, Banner posted a (now deleted) photo of his totaled car, with the caption: "People think they know but have no idea. I still have a concussion."

The family of the other driver, who was killed in the crash, accused Banner of vehicular homicide.

"He's talking about a concussion (poor him) try posting that he killed my cousin in that accident!!!!" wrote a family member, who tagged Instagram blog @theshaderoom.

"A lot of you may not know but my brother Jeremy Evans was and a fatal car accident on December29 2019 he was a the Toyota and the other driver @davidbanner was in that truck the police are trying to give my brother fault for the accident and saying speeding didn't play a factor my brother was hit from the side if speed didn't play a factor why does both vehicles look like this if sleep if speed didn't play a factor how much my brother died on impact but it's all just a big cover because of who @davidbanner is but now it’s time for the truth to come to light"???#justiceforjeremy#explorepage #Thetruth"

 

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A lot of you may not know but my brother Jeremy Evans was and a fatal car accident on December29 2019 he was a the Toyota and the other driver @davidbanner was in that truck the police are trying to give my brother fault for the accident and saying speeding didn’t play a factor my brother was hit from the side if speed didn’t play a factor why does both vehicles look like this if sleep if speed didn’t play a factor how much my brother died on impact but it’s all just a big cover because of who @davidbanner is but now it’s time for the truth to come to light y’all tag @theshaderoom as much as you can for me @theshaderoom @davidbanner @fox5atlanta @cbs46 #LLJ???#justiceforjeremy #explorepage #Thetruth

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My brother did 10 years in prison and came to better his life and take care of his sons 3 months after he came home he was a fatal car accident @davidbanner was the driver of tge other he’s complaining that he still has a concussion but what about my brother who lost his life what about his sons who had to grow up without a father what about the pain we have to deal with on a daily base waking up and realizing he’s really gone it wasn’t just a bad dream and not to mention @davidbanner you knew my brother was dead on the scene and you didn’t try to reach out to us and apologize or anything it’s been almost 9 months and still on apology or nun how could you sleep knowing you killed someone and didn’t do anything about but get it covered up #LLJ??? #Justiceforjeremy @theshaderoom #exlorepage

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The city of Louisville has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor. The settlement was announced on Tuesday.

Taylor, 26, was shot to death by police in her apartment six months ago. The deal will include police reforms including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before going before a judge, a source told the Courier Journal.

The news of a settlement comes as a grand jury prepares to review evidence in the case this week.

The largest amount Louisville has ever paid in a settlement was $8.5 million to Edwin Chandler in 2012, the Courier Journal reported.

Chandler was wrongfully imprisoned for more than nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself.

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Breonna Taylor's mother and legal team met with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron this week.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Tamika Palmer, Breonna's mother, (center) and co-counsels Benjamin Crump (left) and Lonita Baker (right) held a news conference in front of Louisville City Hall.

Crump said he expects there will be criminal charges against the three plainclothes officers who shot and killed Taylor while executing a no-knock warrant at her home in March. They were searching for a drug suspect who was already in custody.

"I absolutely expect there to be charges based on the evidence," Crump told reporters.

"One hundred and fifty days," Palmer said. "Every day is still March the 13th."

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Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was asleep in the early hours of March 13 when three cops served a no-knock narcotics search warrant at her home.

Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on the intruders, wounding one of the officers in the leg. The cops returned fire, killing Taylor. Walker was not injured in the shootout. He was arrested but later released without charges.

Former cop Brett Hankison was fired by Louisville Metro Police Department in June. Two other officers — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — remain on administrative leave.

Baker said the attorney general didn't reach out to the family earlier because he was fearful it could compromise the investigation.

"It really speaks to why we should not have the police policing themselves," Crump said, "because we lost two months while we were letting them try to figure out how to justify the unjustifiable. And so now we're waiting on ballistics tests over 150 days later?"

The attorney general's office released a statement after the meeting:

"The meeting provided an opportunity for Attorney General Cameron to personally express his condolences to the family. The investigation remains ongoing, and our Office of Special Prosecutions continues to review all the facts in the case to determine the truth."

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George Floyd cried and pleaded with Minneapolis police not to shoot him after they tapped on his car window with a flashlight.

London's Daily Mail exclusively obtained the full 8 minutes of leaked police body cam footage that shows Floyd's arrest on Memorial Day.

The footage shows former officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng ordering Floyd to show both hands.

At least one officer drew his service weapon and pointed it at Floyd, who began pleading with the officers not to shoot him. "I got shot the same way before," he said, as the cops ordered him to put his hands on the steering wheel.

"Please don't shoot me Mr. officer, please don't shoot me man," Floyd said as he grabbed ahold of an officer's hand. "I just lost my mama."

Minutes later, Floyd would die an agonizing death under the knee of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who is currently in jail awaiting trial.

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Elijah McClain, 23, was injected with the drug Ketamine during an arrest that led to his death in police custody in Denver last year.

Now medical experts are calling for police departments to end the practice of injecting people with powerful sedatives during police calls.

Some medical and legal experts say ketamine - or any form of sedative - should not be used to subdue someone in police custody in the field.

Tony Timpa, a 32-year-old Dallas man called police for help in August 2016. He said he was depressed and off his schizophrenia medication. During his encounter with police in a parking lot, Timpa cried out for help 30 times.

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Arriving medics gave him an injection of ketamine. Before he died, Timpa shouted repeatedly, "You're gonna kill me!"
 

50-year-old Jamie Britt in Mount Pleasant was reportedly "combative" during a drunk driving arrest last year. Arriving paramedics administered a shot of ketamine.

He was held down by police officers for 3-4 minutes, then became "unresponsive," according to an autopsy report. The medical examiner concluded the ketamine injection was the "proximate cause of death."

McClain's death in Colorado has drawn attention to the dangerous practice of using ketamine in the field to sedate people during police calls.

McClain was detained by three Aurora police officers after a resident called police on Aug. 24, 2019. McClain, a massage therapist, was walking home from a corner store. His family said he was anemic and wore ski masks to stay warm.

The officers determined McClain was "combative" and took him to the ground, while applying a neck restraint. McClain could be heard telling the officers he couldn't breathe on a body cam video.

A medic told officers that "when the ambulance gets here, we're going to go ahead and give him some ketamine," according to NBC News.

One of the officers responded, "Sounds good," and added that McClain appeared to be "on" something and he had "incredible strength."

An Aurora Fire and Rescue medic injected McClain with 500 milligrams of ketamine, according to the district attorney's report.

The coroner found that McClain's death was due to "undermined causes," and that he had marijuana and ketamine at a "therapeutic level" in his system.

"Although there is no evidence to support ketamine overdose," according to the coroner's report, the coroner "could not exclude the possibility that Mr. McClain suffered from an unexpected reaction to the drug."

"Why anyone would be giving ketamine in that circumstance is beyond me," said neuroscientist Carl Hart, chair of Columbia University's psychology department. "The major problem here is we should never be ordering any medication, and no one should be taking or given it against their will."

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A few readers were very upset with my article titled "Candace Owens in 'advanced' talks with Joe Biden to join ticket."

Candace's loyal followers were offended by my description of her as "anti-Black," in my post.

Candace may not be anti-Black, but her words and actions are offensive to Black people. She is especially hateful towards Black men who are murdered by white police officers.

White people can no wrong in Candace's eyes. Every instance of a white officer killing a Black man is justified as far as she's concerned.

She pulls up criminal records to justify a cop killing, because cops playing judge, jury and executioner seems to be fine with her.

I could post Owens' history, and how she flipped from being pro-Black to anti-Black because there is more money to be made by race baiting and pandering to racists, but I won't go there.
 

Sunny Fairweather wrote:

To Liar in Charge:

Candace Owens is not AntiBlack. To say it is a lie. Action speaks louder than words. I went to Blexit in my hometown. I heard her & others speak. I have followed her a long time listening.

She is on a mission to empower & strengthen the black community & unite Americans of all colors. Equality for all is what she seeks. Keep lying hell is not full yet.

When I responded, referring to Sunny as Candace Owens, Sunny replied:

I am not Candace Owens. I am her American Patriot Sister. I read your lie about her & sent you the email. You are blind to your racism & know nothing about Candace.

Her Grandfather still owns the land their Ancestor bought from his former Slave Master in Fayetteville NC. Her family has always known the struggle. I myself know the struggles we had & experienced during Jim Crowe ERA no minority escaped persecution.

We need people to see what is happening & take responsibility for it & change for the better. Being Blind in the eyes makes your other senses sharper to where you can get the full picture without visually seeing it. Racism needs to die. Do not add to it.

 

Renee Sanders writes:

To whom it may concern:

After reading one of your articles it is obvious to me that you yourself are racist.  How dare you refer to Ms. Owens as anti-black!! The problem with the world today is that when someone feels differently about things than they do they are so quick to refer to them as a racist.  I have listened to some of her debates and she seems very concerned for the black community.

Also after going to you website and looking at the stories that you have written they are all about black people, except for the ones that mention negative things such as "white police officers shooting black people".  Why not use your influence to unite us?  There are so many good things going on in our country as well, why focus on the bad?

Renee Sanders

 

Chris Langford writes:

bias much.... did you see the video. your style is sickening. shot a black man in the back.... does that make you a journalist.... reporting some facts.... scared to write all the facts.... how about a drunk man resisting arrest fighting with the officers and shooting at the officer after he...brooks stole the weapon from the officer..... period.