Michael Mineo, a Brooklyn Tattoo artist, who was allegedly sodomized with a police baton by police officers on October this year was taunted by plain clothes police officers in court earlier this week.
Mineo stared down the three officer who were accused of sodomizing him. Plain clothes officers began to taunt him and call him a f—t. Mineo responded by blowing kisses at the cops.
A Brooklyn grand jury has voted to indict Police Officer Richard Kern for allegedly sodomizing Michael Mineo, 24, of Brooklyn on a subway platform, with a metal baton. Kern is being charged with aggravated sexual abuse and assault.
DNA evidence of the Mineo’s was found on equipment on Kern. Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales are charged with hindering prosecution and official misconduct. Mineo charges that officers pinned him down and Richard Kern sodomized him with the baton after he fled the officers for smoking marijuana outside a subway station in Brooklyn. This is not the first time a minority was sodomized by an NYPD officer.
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.