Wife Of Former Officer Van Dyke Demands Answers After Beating

(Chicago, IL-AP) — The wife of convicted former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is demanding answers after he was beaten in a prison cell. At a news conference yesterday, Tiffany Van Dyke demanded answers surrounding his attack and his transfer out of Illinois.

She said she was informed Wednesday that her husband was beaten in his cell by more than one person on February 7th. He suffered facial and head injuries but is expected to survive. She said she was never informed he was transferred from the Rock Island County Jail in northwestern Illinois to a low security correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut until Wednesday.

Tiffany says she hasn’t been allowed to speak with him. She’s calling on state and correctional officials to know to know why he was put in general population, and why he was transfered to a federal prison when he wasn’t convicted on federal charges.

Jason Van Dyke was sentenced last month to nearly seven years in prison after being convicted in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago. Tiffany said she believes her husband was targeted because he was a white officer who killed a black man.

(Image: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)


At Least Ten Injured In San Diego Prison Riot

(San Diego, CA-AP) — A riot at a San Diego prison has left at least ten people injured. Officials at Donovan State Prison say fights involving around 50 inmates broke out this morning.

Officer deployed non-lethal methods of force as several brawls and attacks broke out at once. Several inmate-manufactured weapons were found in the yard. So far, there are no reports of officers among the injured. One inmate was rushed to the hospital in serious condition and several others are being treated for pepper spray. The prison is still investigating what led up to the riot.

21 Savage Targeted By ICE

(Atlanta, Ga) – The arrest of rapper 21 Savage during Super Bowl Weekend made headlines all over the world.  The Rapper who doesn’t have a criminal record was picked up by ICE and threatened with deportation for being an illegal immigrant in the U.S. but many are calling it an abuse of power and calling for the eradication of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

21 Savage, born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been living in Atlanta Ga. since his family came over from England when he was 6. Now 26 and considered a dreamer, the government has been more than aware of his immigration status and his request for a new VISA that has been pending for a couple of years.

Nevertheless, he was picked up with no explanation by ICE…just the confirmation of “We’ve got Savage.”

Locked in a room by himself, while in custody 21 Savage missed his performance at the Grammys and most importantly was away from his three children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Shéyaa’s children are U.S. citizens and he fears that there is a possibility that he may be deported.  But even being a possible casualty of a system that rarely works as of late, 21 Savage didn’t condemn ICE but noted that the system is broken.

Charlotte Ready To Kick Off All-Star Weekend

(Charlotte, NC) – It’s that time again.  For fans, it’s the opportunity to get a close but fun look at the NBA’s brightest stars but for players it’s a much needed break capping the first half of the regular season. Either way you slice it, All-Star weekend begins today.
The weekend kicks off with the Rising Star’s game where the U.S. will play the World tonight.  Tomorrow fans can enjoy the Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests along with the Skills Challenge.  The grand finale will go down on Sunday.  LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been tapped to lead the West and the East respectively.
All-Star will have special meaning for one superstar though.  Steph Curry is returning to his old stomping grounds.  He grew up in Charlotte.  His dad played for the Hornets and he also played for Davidson College.
Steph says, “I’m going to do whatever I can to highlight, like showcase the city,” Curry said. “And celebrate it for what it meant to me and my journey. Our family and my dad, in terms of where he is in all the record books of Charlotte – Kemba Walker just passed him I think for all-time scoring – but he has other records that talks about his longevity there.”

Below is a schedule of events for NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Friday, Feb. 15

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Practice & Media Day
11:00 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Practice | NBA TV
5 p.m. | Hall of Fame Announcement | NBA TV
7 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles | ESPN
9 p.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars | TNT

Saturday, Feb. 16

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T | NBA TV

  •   9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. All-Star Saturday Night Participant Media Availability
  •   10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Team Giannis Media Availability
  •   10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Team LeBron Media Availability
  •   12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Team Giannis Practice
  •   1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Team LeBron Practice

7 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV
8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT

Sunday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern (ET)

3 p.m. | NBA Legends Brunch | NBA TV coverage begins at 3 ET
8 p.m. 68th NBA All-Star Game | TNT coverage begins at 7 ET (also available on TBS)

Family Of Young Rapper Killed By Officers Calling For Release Of Body Cam Footage

(Vallejo, CA-AP) — The family of a young Bay Area rapper is demanding the release of body cam footage after he was shot and killed by police. Twenty-year-old Willie McCoy was allegedly sleeping in his car when six officers approached him in the parking lot of a Vallejo Taco Bell on Saturday night. They were responding to a call of a man slumped over inside a car.

They claim the two responding officers saw a gun on the man’s lap, so they called for backup. They attempted to open the door and grab the gun but the door was locked. The driver woke up and moved suddenly. The officers claim they gave him several commands to put his hands up. They claim the driver did not comply and continued to move his hands down.

Subsequently, the six officers fired their weapons at the driver. But a video taken by a bystander shows the cops opened fired and then asked McCoy to see his hands.

He died at the scene. Vallejo Police said the shooting is being investigated by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.

Lyft Giving Free Rides To Black History Museums, Memorial Sites In Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Ride-sharing service Lyft is giving out free rides to black history museums, memorial sites or black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month. You can get a free ride of up to ten dollars to places in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities.

Lyft said in a statement that it believes in recognizing, celebrating and supporting the contributions of black men and women throughout history. The service us also celebrating the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Black Girls Code, an organization that provides African-American girls with coding skills to help increase representation of black women in technology.

Jussie Smollett Says He’s Angry At The Attackers, And The Attacks

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett is answering questions about being the victim of a hate crime attack for the first time on camera. In an interview with Good Morning America airing today, Smollett said he’s angry at the attackers, but also the attacks. He said he was surprised that people doubted he was telling the truth.

The openly gay African American actor said that he believes the two men in a photo released by Chicago police are the men who attacked him. The interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts is Smollett’s first since the attack.

Chicago police are interviewing two persons of interest in connection to the attack on  Chicago P-D says it made contact with two possible suspects, but have not taken them into custody.

Their identities are not yet being revealed. He claims two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach. Authorities have not been able to find any surveillance video of the attack, but say the investigation is ongoing.

Game Maker Defends Use Of Dance Moves In Fortnite

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The makers of the hit video game “Fortnite” want a California judge to throw out a lawsuit by a rapper who claims his dance moves are in the game.

Rapper 2 Milly says Epic Games took his “Milly Rock” dance to make the Fortnite “Swipe It” emote. Epic Games filed a motion that said no one can own a dance step, and the moves are a form of free expression that’s in the public domain.

It also pointed to differences between the dance and the emote. Fortnite is facing multiple similar lawsuits for including signature dances in Fortnite, including “The Carlton” and “The Floss.”

Trump Will Sign Budget Deal And Declare Border Emergency

(AP) – President Trump is ready to sign a bi-partisan budget deal once it reaches his desk. The White House also confirmed today he plans to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexican border.

In a statement today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the President will take executive action to stop a “national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.” An emergency declaration could allow Trump to divert Defense Department funds to build a massive border wall. The bipartisan budget deal would avert another partial shutdown as one-quarter of the government runs out of money again at the end of the week.

Rapper 21 Savage Released From ICE Custody On Bond

(AP) – Rapper 21 Savage is out on bond from federal immigration custody. His lawyer Alex Spiro spoke about the circumstances that led to his arrest and eventual release.

Spiro says, “The bottom line is ICE has said that it was a targeted operation. Whatever targeted means.  Meaning if they were looking for any old immigrant or if they wanted to set an example with him. We don’t now yet.  While he’s out here, we want his hearing.  We want his freedom. “

U.S. authorities say the British citizen overstayed his work visa and has a felony conviction. The 26-year-old legally entered the U.S. in 2005 and his visa expired in July 2006. Savage was slated to perform at the Grammy Awards last Sunday but was forced to cancel. It’s unclear when a deportation hearing will be scheduled.

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