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Community Leaders Demand Justice Following Stephon Clark Case Findings

(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Community leaders are demanding justice after a pair of Sacramento police officers were not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

Various faith leaders and the NAACP spoke out against the DA’s decision to not hold the officers accountable for 22-year-old Stephon Clark’s death last March on Saturday. The leaders said Saturday’s decision is a testament to a justice system that doesn’t protect the black community, but rather persecutes it.

Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams slammed the DA for defaming Stephon Clark post-mortem in an effort to justify the actions of the two police officers who shot Clark eight times in his grandmother’s backyard. The DA suggested Saturday that Clark being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and also the fact that he had relationship issues were factors that had to be considered in her decision to not charge the officers.

The leaders stressed that the fight for justice isn’t over and they plan to lobby city officials until the two officers who killed Clark are removed from the police force.

 

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Former NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Charged With Welfare Fraud

(Spokane, WA) — The woman who passed as black while serving as the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP is being charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal is accused of illegally receiving over eight-thousand-dollars in food assistance and one-hundred-dollars in childcare assistance in 2017.Rachel-Dolezal-Reportedly-Accused-of-Welfare-FraudDolezal faces charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance. She had reportedly requested assistance for her and her teenage son in 2015. Dolezal reported an income of 300-dollars a month while receiving the public assistance. However, her bank statements show that she made almost 84-thousand dollars between August of 2015 and September of 2017.

She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and could be ordered to repay over eight-thousand-dollars in restitution.

Florida Attorney Takes Controversial Sacramento Police Shooting Case

(Sacramento, CA) – A Tallahassee attorney known for taking on controversial civil rights cases has been retained by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by police in California last week. Benjamin Crump gathered at Sacramento City Hall yesterday with Stephon Clark’s family members, the NAACP, and leaders of Black Lives Matter.Stephon ClarkHe pointed out that white suspects in the South Florida high school massacre and the Texas package bombings were not shot, while the unarmed Clark was shot 20 times. Crump has represented families of victims in other shooting cases including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.

Hundreds Rally To Support Unsigned NFL Player Colin Kaepernick

(SL) – Heavy support for  29-year old Colin Kaepernick continues to grow after the QB still has yet to get back on a team in the NFL.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that there’s no coordinated effort to bar Kaepernick. But many question why one of the top QBs, who led San Francisco to the Super Bowl in 2013, doesn’t have a job.
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Goodell says, “I think every one of our teams will do what is in their best interest to put a winning team on the field and to do what they really are hoping to do, which is create a franchise that is winning,’ he said. ‘And if they see that opportunity, they’ll do that.”
The former San Francisco 49ers offensive leader was at the heart of a controversial silent protest last year when he began kneeling during the national anthem to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice.

He was subsequently released by the team at the end of last year’s season and has yet to be picked up by another franchise.

On Wednesday, hundreds of fans attended a demonstration in front of the  NFL’s main offices in Manhattan. His fans believe wholeheartedly that he is being blackballed. The issue has raised a national debate in some quarters as to whether athletes should be engaged in political demonstrations on the field.

Other players have followed Kaepernick’s example, refusing to stand up for the anthem in a gesture both in support of Kaepernick and his stance against racial discrimination.

On Monday, at least 12 members of the Cleveland Browns refused to stand for the national anthem, the largest on-field sign of solidarity by an NFL team yet.