Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick spoke out about a photo that appeared to show the two NFL players in each other’s faces. The photo made many question whether the two men were beefing over their differences regarding Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest. Kaepernick took the opportunity at a Tuesday post-game news conference to clear the air. He told reporters their greeting was cordial. “I don’t know what caused me to make that face,” Kaepernick said. In response, Newton posted a lengthy message on Instagram Wednesday expressing respect for Kaepernick and his choice to protest. Read more.
NAACP Calls For A Separate, Independent Investigation Into Korryn Gaines’ Death
After meeting with Korryn Gaines’ family on Wednesday, Baltimore County State Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced his office would not pursue charges against the cops involved in Gaines’ fatal shooting. J. Wyndal Gordon, Gaines’ family attorney, expressed frustration but commented that he was not surprised by the decision. Earlier in the week, The NAACP Defense Fund called for a thorough independent investigation. Gaines’ family filed a separate civil suit against Baltimore County and the officer who shot Gaines in early September. Read more.
President Barack Obama Offers Support To Tulsa & Charlotte Mayors
President Barack Obama spoke with Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Jennifer Roberts to discuss the police-involved shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, according to the White House. Obama expressed condolences for the tragic events, which resulted in several days of unrest in Charlotte. Bartlett and Roberts both said they were committed to maintaining peaceful protests. Secretary of State Loretta Lynch and the president’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, will continue to brief the president on any updates.
Donald Trump Proposes Using “Stop & Frisk” At Recent Town Hall For Black Voters
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump again stirred up controversy when he proposed reinstating “stop and frisk” to address violence. Trump’s statements were made on Wednesday evening at a Cleveland town hall aimed at securing White moderate voters concerned about his tone and rhetoric. Trump cited New York City’s controversial usage of “stop and frisk,” stating it “worked incredibly well,” though numerous reports have proved the procedure did little to curb violence and specifically targeted people of color. Trump later claimed his response specifically referred to enacting the policy in Chicago, which is 32.9 percent Black, according to the latest census data. Read more.
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