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Black South Africans Express Anger at Trial of White Shooter

One Black Protester had a sign that read “One Settler, One Bullet”.
Associated Press – CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Protesters tried to force their way into the court hearing Thursday of a white teenager charged with a shooting rampage in a black settlement that left four people dead, including a mother and her infant.

The bloodshed on Jan. 14 in the Skielik settlement, 100 miles northwest of Johannesburg, has ignited racial tensions that remain close to the surface more than a decade after the end of South Africa’s apartheid system.

Riot police were called in to control the dozens of black protesters who gathered outside the Swartruggens District Court, trying to push through the compound gates as 18-year-old Johan Nel made a brief appearance inside. He faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

The crowd waved signs saying ” no bail, let him rot in jail,” the South African Press Association reported. Police pushed the group was pushed to the side of the street.

Police are unclear on a motive, but Skielik’s residents allege that Nel killed out of racial hatred. Leaders of the trade union movement and African National Congress have joined demonstrations in Skielik, which is part of an area known for its game reserves, biting rural poverty and deep divide between black and white.

Full article – USA Today 

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Four young men charged with killing Redskin Sean Taylor

While four young men charged with killing the Washington Redskins star safety sat in jail cells on the other side of the state there was a packed wake at Second Baptist Church on Sunday.

Wearing a dark suit, Taylor was in a wooden coffin, surrounded by flower arrangements and heralded by a church choir. Hundreds of mourners filed by him, bowing their heads, crossing themselves and shaking with tears.

The remembrances came only hours after a fourth man charged in the shooting death of the 24-year-old Taylor appeared briefly in court and, like his co-defendants, was denied bond.

Jason Mitchell, 19, appeared via videoconference in a Fort Myers courtroom, about 100 miles from here. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, he responded quietly when asked if he understood the charges. “He looks like he’s in shock,” said Sawyer Smith, one of his attorneys.

Three others — Eric Rivera, 17; Charles Wardlow, 18; and Venjah Hunte, 20 — made their first court appearance Saturday.

All four have been charged with unpremeditated murder, home invasion with a firearm or another deadly weapon and armed burglary. They will be transported to Miami, though authorities haven’t said when.

Probable cause affidavits for Mitchell and Rivera obtained by The Associated Press said the two confessed to participating in armed burglary. According to the reports, Mitchell and Rivera admitted entering the home and said someone had a gun and shot Taylor, but they didn’t identify who. Police and attorneys also have said some of the young men confessed, though they wouldn’t elaborate.

Source: Yahoo News 

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Rodney King gets shot. Can’t we all just stay out of the news?

Can’t we all just get along?  Can’t you just stay the hell out of the news, my brother?  Why is Rodney King back in the news?  He was shot on Wednesday.  CNN is reporting that Rialto, California, Police Department Sgt. Don Lewis said King was grazed on his face, arms, back and torso. The wounds were superficial. A shotgun was believed to have been the weapon used.

Now I’m no expert on wounds or shootings but, that sounds like a heck of a lot of places to be grazed.   I guess he wasn’t too hurt because he rode his bike…not not Yamaha…bicycle…home before contacting police about the shooting later on.  Rodney is like a damn superhero…he always bounce back.  Police ass whoopin, get shot at, high speed chase…it doesn’t matter, he bounces back.  Between him and OJ showing up in the news again…I don’t know what to say.

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Khiel Coppin, an unarmed Black 18-year-old killed by police.

Khiel Coppin has joined the ranks of Sean Bell, Timothy Stansbury, Ousmane Zongo, Patrick Dorismond, Amadou Diallo, and a score of others whose names are already fading in memory. These are names that appear on no bronzed monument, but if they did, they might simply be headed this way: Killed in Error, NYPD Police Bullets. On November 12, he was killed because he might have had a gun…it was a hairbrush. The shooting of this unarmed, mentally ill Brooklyn teen two has reignited a debate over whether the NYPD’s tactics for responding to emotionally disturbed suspects are adequate or even constitutional. He was laid to rest on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Village Voice reported…

Most of the mourners were middle-aged, and, aside from a handful of white reporters there to report on the event, all were African-Americans. A half-dozen local elected officials came to pay their respects, as did Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, who came as a representative of Mayor Bloomberg and who happens to be black as well. Not a single white elected official felt the need to be present. The city’s Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, whose own daughter-in-law died a few weeks ago in police custody in Phoenix amid circumstances Gotbaum rightly questioned, was among those absent.

In my opinion, they were not there because it’s not their problem.  It’s not their sons, friends, fathers, husbands, loved ones who are dying.  It’s our problem Black People…we need to do something about it.  If we are not willing to demand action and to act…what do we think elected officials are going to do?  If they do come to a funeral…that’s more about perserving their reputation…it’s not really in support of the victim.  What are we going to do with our vote?  Will we stop supporting the officials who are no where around when our brothers are dying?

Source: Village Voice

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