(Brunswick, GA) — Two men charged in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery are being held without bond on murder charges.
Gregory and Travis McMichael are accused of killing Arbery in February as the alleged incident was caught on video.
They made their first appearance in a Georgia courtroom yesterday. Travis is being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault while Gregory is being charged with party to both
In a press conference today, GBI Director Vic Reynolds announced that 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and 34-year-old Travis McMichael were taken into custody and were booked in the Glynn County Jail.
Arbery was shot and killed by the two armed men while jogging through a south Georgia neighborhood. The McMichaels had remained free in the months following the February 23rd shooting, as the case shuffled from one District Attorney’s office to another.
But calls for their arrests grew to a crescendo after video surfaced, showing the apparent shooting. Director Reynolds said that once the case was handed over to the GBI, they hit the ground running on Wednesday and within 36 hours they had secured arrest warrants for the McMichaels. No bond has been issued, according to a county official.
(Birmingham, AL-AP) – Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is warning that “hate is on the rise again.” The former vice president spoke Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama to mark the 56th anniversary of the bombing that left four dead.
He said the same ideology that lit the fuse in that bombing is responsible for recent atrocities like the mass shooting in El Paso, the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina, and recent shootings at synagogues in California and Pittsburgh.
Biden noted that “we have not relegated racism and white supremacy to the pages of history.”
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is condemning President Trump for not stopping supporters from chanting “Send Her Back!”
Speaking today in Los Angeles, the presidential candidate said Trump is playing a game by targeting the four minority congresswomen. Biden added that Trump is “dividing the country and raising the issue of racism.”
Trump disavowed the chants that were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during his rally in North Carolina last night. Trump said the chants started up quickly and noted that he moved on with his speech as soon as possible.
(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is unapologetic about what some call his racially-charged attacks on four congressional Democrats, who are all women of color. Speaking at the White House today, Trump said they’re angry all the time and should leave the U.S. if they’re so unhappy. He also accused critics of making racist remarks in response to his comments. Trump called the four freshmen congresswoman “socialists” and said they hate the U.S. and Israel. The backlash was fueled by Trump’s remark that the four women should go back to their countries.
The four congresswomen are all American citizens. Trump said he has not mentioned the congresswomen by name but then accused Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar of making supportive comments about al-Qaeda. The other three congresswomen are New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib , and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
It all started when trump tweeted “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” who originally came from other countries are telling the “people of the United States” how the government should be run, adding, quote, “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He was assuming that because they are all women of color that they weren’t from the United States. But, all but one were born in the U.S.
(Charlottesville, VA-AP) — The man convicted in a deadly car attack at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia will spend the rest of his life in prison. James Alex Fields Junior was handed down a life sentence today.
He pleaded guilty to nearly 30 federal hate crimes earlier this year for the 2017 crash at the Unite the Right rally.
Fields plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors during the white nationalist rally, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen others. Fields is already serving a life term after being sentenced in Virginia state court.
(Bridgeton, MO-AP) — A Taco Bell employee is out of a job after her profanity-laced racist rant against a Muslim customer went viral.
The incident occurred at a Bridgeton, Missouri Taco Bell where the drive-thru employee is seen attacking a customer named Tarek Hamdan for being Muslim.
The employee told Hamdan that all Muslims are terrorists and claimed that Muslims “tore down” her country. Taco Bell has apologized for the incident, saying “we welcome everyone in our restaurants and do not tolerate this type of behavior.”
(Bethesda, MD-AP) — Police in Maryland are investigating a photo of two high school students wearing blackface. The principal of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda said the photo, which was captioned with the N-word, was shared online on a private account over the weekend. It was then re-shared publicly by other students.
The image was reported to police as a hate-bias incident. The school will also be taking disciplinary action.
(Chicago, IL) — Outrage as video surfaces of four white male students wearing blackface and acting just flat-out ignorant at a fast food restaurant.
The students reportedly attend Homewood Flossmoor Community High School which ironically is about 70% black.
Although they claim they didn’t know the significance of ‘blackface’, the video proves otherwise.
NBC News reports, to protest the social media posts, roughly a thousand of students walked out Tuesday around 12 p.m. chanting “We want justice” and “No place for blackface,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.In a letter sent Sunday to parents and students, Homewood-Flossmoor High School said school officials had met with those involved in the “culturally insensitive” incident.
“The social media postings that were seen and heard were not representative of the high expectations we have for all students that attend our school,” the school said in the letter. “This type of behavior is contrary to our expectations, is being addressed quickly and appropriately and will not be tolerated.”