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Police responded properly to protest violence
That’s what a recently released report investigating the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s response to demonstrations after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, stated. City politicians and activists in North Carolina were both unhappy with the draft report’s findings.
During last year’s demonstrations, protesters shutdown an interstate, but the city initially refused to declare a state of emergency. Overnight, demonstrations became increasingly violent, cops and protesters were injured and one protester was killed. The next morning, the city called in the National Guard.
Activists say the report is too easy on law enforcement. City council members complained that the report’s recommendations lacked detail.
The next big tourist attraction could be a jail cell
It seems that prisons are becoming the new museums.
The adventurous and the curious can take tours of historic slammers across the country. Some of the biggest draws: Al Capone’s cell in Philadelphia and the “Shawshank” prison in Ohio. Mobster Capone’s incarcerated life was pretty lavish. His cell contained a personal radio and luxurious rugs and paintings.
“Shawshank Redemption” was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory, which had been closed for four years before actors Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins hit the set.
‘It’s not murder if they’re black’
For anyone still wondering why it’s important to remind this country that black lives matter, a 26 year old from Virginia provides the answer.
John Edgar Rust threatened to kill blacks at Howard University, stating that “it’s not murder if they’re black.” He was charged on Wednesday, but made the threats in 2015 on Reddit and 4chan. Rust, who is white, already had a record. He was convicted in 2012 of sexual battery and is a registered sex offender.
Rust’s words reflect those of a Georgia cop whose dashcam footage was recently released and revealed him stating during a traffic stop that police “only kill black people.”
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