The nurse who was fired after saying that police shooting victim Stephon Clark “deserved” to be killed by cops has raised over $15,000 to help pay her bills.
Faith Linthicum created a GoFundMe page Saturday in hopes of hitting her $25,000 goal.
“I was recently fired from my job as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente for exercising my First Amendment right to free speech,” her page reads. “I assure you, and for those that know me, I am not a hateful or discriminatory person. As a person of faith, and a nurse, I love all people and treat everyone equally.”
Linthicum says she needs the money to “pay rent, buy food for myself and my two dogs” and “make my car payments/insurance.”
The nurse commented on a post about Clark’s death, calling him “stupid.”
“Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses…why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid,” she wrote. The post was later taken down.
Sacramento police shot Clark, an unarmed black man, eight times in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18.
GoFundMe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
When Kristan Morgan joined the U.S. Bureau of Prisons three years ago, the 30-year-old nurse expected to spend her days caring for the chronically sick and injured inside the nation’s largest correctional system.
What she didn’t expect: Being abruptly plucked from the busy medical unit in Tallahassee to pull guard duty in cell blocks — including a wing for solitary confinement.
An off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department has died after he was “senselessly murdered” in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th District, was chasing a suspect when he was “shot multiple
times,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.
Johnson stated that earlier Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police saw someone “acting suspiciously” who quickly fled from the tactical officers. A description of the suspect was broadcast on police radio, and when Bauer, who was off-duty, saw the offender, he reportedly approached the individual.
A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun.
The lawsuit accused the Weirton Police Department of wrongfully terminating officer Stephen Mader after he chose not to shoot a 23-year-old man while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2016.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said in a news release by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.
The Washington Postreports Brandon Griesemer was arrested on federal charges on Jan. 19. The 19-year-old was charged with transmitting in interstate or foreign commerce a communication or communications containing a threat to kidnap or to injure the person of another. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
Griesemer began his spree on Jan. 9, when he called the CNN dispatcher saying the they were, “fake news” (sound familiar?). He also claimed he was “coming to gun” the employees down. The threats took a racial turn as he concluded with “f**k you, f***king ni**ers”, before hanging up.
He continued the calls for two days. In September, Griesemer displayed the same behavior when he called a local mosque, and made racist comments towards Muslims. ABC News reports when asked about the incident by police, he explained he was “angry” at the time of the call.
While Brandon’s father, Mark Griesemer, told the Post his son “didn’t know what he was saying,” CNN issued a statement after his arrest.
“We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously. This one is no exception.
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l Agent Sean Callaghan, who wrote the affidavit in support of the criminal charges, the investigator recorded the call and compared the voice to the one of the threatening call and determined the voices were a match.
After appearing in court, Griesemer was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. He didn’t give an apology,
but he blamed his behavior on his issues with mental health. Some of the conditions of his release include continuing his employment as a part-time grocery store worker, avoiding all contact with victims and witnesses, restricting his travel to the Eastern District of Michigan, and he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
His next court date is Feb. 9.
mes within the same day, CNN investigators traced the call back to his residence in Novi, Michigan, called the number associated with the father’s wireless account and asked to speak to the father. But instead, another man answered and identified himself as Brandon.
A Hoover High School teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay on Monday after being accused of using a racial slur in front of her class Friday.
Hoover school superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy has confirmed the teacher, Teddie Butcher, admitted to using the (n-word) in her classroom.
Students claim Butcher, a white teacher, told the class to “turn the n****r tunes off” after as they were listening to “Dear Mama” by Tupac while working on a project in her food and nutrition class.
The school system will be investigating the situation while Butcher remains on administrative leave.
“As we are addressing this matter, we will be looking at our board’s policy and obviously taking a look at the state Teacher Code about expectations and we’ll be putting her conduct and behavior up against what we know is professional conduct of one’s self,” Murphy told AL.com.
Cindy Falco-DiCorrado at the Dec. 5 Boynton Beach City Commission meeting. (Photo handout: Adam Wasserman)
A Boynton Beach volunteer board memberaccused of being a white supremacist and racist, based on comments she made while discussing sanctuary cities, announced her resignation in a late Sunday night e-mail.
Residents accused Cindy Falco-DiCorrado of spewing racial slurs toward them at the Dec. 5 commission meeting when the city’s leaders spoke about whether to become a sanctuary city at the request of Commissioner Christina Romelus. Boynton discussed the issue, but ultimately decided against becoming a sanctuary city.
After, officials fielded emails about Falco-DiCorrado, who opposed Romelus’ pursuit, from residents asking for her to be fired from the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board. Resident Mathi Mulligan said Falco-DiCorrado told him at the meeting to speak “better English ” and allegedly told black residents, “You’re lucky we brought you over as slaves, or else you’d be deported, too.”
Mulligan added: “We will keep pressing on until the City Commission fires this white supremacist from a job that gives her direct power over the lives of people of color.”
Falco-DiCorrado previously told The Palm Beach Post her comments were misunderstood and she didn’t mean any harm.
Vice Mayor Justin Katz last week asked for her to resign but she declined. Commissioner Joe Casello, who appointed her to the board, planned to discuss her position at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.
However Falco-DiCorrado did not wait until Tuesday.
She wrote to the city’s clerk that she received a new career opportunity and would have a conflict in time if she didn’t resign from her position on the CRA board and also on the art council.
“I also heard that the City of Boynton Beach is being attacked through my stance on Sanctuary cities and things that I said that were taken out of context and it just keeps getting worse as those who have hate in their hearts only can hear and see hate,” she wrote. “I ask if anyone was hurt by things that I said that could of been misconstrued, taken out of context or due to misunderstandings to please forgive me. For the record I am NOT a racist nor a white supremacist (which I had to look up what it meant) I forgive them too.”
She added: “I see that a lynch mob was put out on me which keeps Boynton Beach in a negative light. I do love the City of Boynton Beach and I don’t want to see lies and vileness spewed for an agenda of a certain group.”
The CRA advisory board members make recommendations to the CRA board, composed of the City Commission, on redevelopment and other agency business in the Heart of Boynton. The CRA is tasked with removing slum and blight.
Casello said Falco-DiCorrado did the right thing.
“I think she saved herself a lot of embarrassment. I think she saved the city a lot of embarrassment,” he said.
He added he does not think she is a racist. He said statements she might have said could have been taken out of context.
A Morgan City man is suing the New Orleans Saints for a refund on his season tickets because some players have disrespected the national anthem before games this season.
Lee Dragna filed a lawsuit Monday in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna seeking a refund for the tickets as well as attorney’s fees, claiming the protest by some players against police brutality and racial injustice has prevented him and his family from enjoying the games.
Dragna said he hasn’t attended a game since the first home game of the 2017 season against the New England Patriots, on Sept. 17, when he said some of the players did not come out for the singing of the national anthem.
When they did come out, the suit says, “They passed directly in front of where the petitioner and his guests were seated. Many of the fans in that area booed and cursed at the Saints players.”
“Apparently, these players were following the lead of (former San Francisco 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military,” the suit says. “If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.”
Dragna, a businessman in Morgan City, said Tuesday that the rowdy, angry reaction of the people around his seats has made the tickets unusable by him and his family, as well as customers he would otherwise give the tickets to.
He said the behavior of some fans upset by the protests — cursing, spilling beer — is “borderline dangerous,” though he said he thinks the responsibility for that behavior ultimately rests not with the fans but with owner Tom Benson.
“The Saints created that behavior by condoning it,” he said.
“It’s my thought pattern that (players) should not be allowed (to protest),” he said. “If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.”
Kaepernick and a teammate, Baton Rouge native Eric Reid, began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest the shooting of unarmed African-Americans by police.
Kaepernick sat for the anthem during the 49ers’ first preseason game that year, though he and Reid knelt from the second game forward after talking with a former NFL player who was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army and deciding that kneeling would be more respectful.
A few weeks later, news of the protest broke, stirring nationwide controversy. This year, President Donald Trump said on Twitter that team owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.
On Tuesday, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said Dragna’s lawsuit has been forwarded to the organization’s legal department and that there would be no comment.
Dragna also stated that he doesn’t want players protesting police brutality and racism to be heroes to his kids.
“I don’t want my kids growing up thinking that those are their heroes … and it’s OK to do that stuff, especially on TV and especially on your job site. That can’t be allowed to happen.”
While many will see this suit as frivolous, Dragna says it’s far from it, calling it “as honest as it gets.”
Diamond Reynolds, who watched in horror when her boyfriend Philando Castile was fatally shot in front of her by a police officer in 2016, received an $800,000 settlement this week from two Minnesota cities for the trauma she endured, both for witnessing the shooting and for being wrongly arrested afterward.
On Tuesday night, the St. Anthony City Council voted to pay Reynolds $675,000 for her emotional distress and wrongful arrest. The League of Minnesota Cities and the city of Roseville pitched in $125,000.
However, noteveryone is happy with the settlement. Elysian city councilman Tom McBroom predicted would be spent within six months on crack cocaine. When challenged on why he’d think a woman with no crack-related criminal history would squander her boyfriend’s blood money that way, McBroom answered, “History.”
In addition to being an elected official in the tiny southwestern Minnesota town of about 600, McBroom is also a sergeant of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. That had Twitter users who stumbled upon his racist invective worried about his ability to objectively enforce the law.
Rice County Chief Deputy Jesse Thomas said Wednesday that he will be reviewing the incident.
City Pages reached out to McBroom on Facebook, asking him to address the tweets.
McBroom responded, “Who said I was Law Enforcement or council member. I’m a general contractor. Wrong person. Sorry.”
Nevertheless, several photos in McBroom’s Facebook profile showed him wearing the Rice County Sheriff’s Office uniform, and another is identical to his official portrait on the Elysian City Council website. City Pages asked Chief Deputy Thomas to verify the Facebook profile.
Later, McBroom called and admitted to denying his identity, “Just to screw with you. Because I can.”
He claimed people misunderstood his comment about “history,” explaining he was referring to the universal temptation of spending, rather than saving, large instant payouts. He lamented the lack of money management in cases of police settlements.
“I’ve seen them come to court. They’ve lost their children, but they come to court dressed to the nines with Michael Kors purses. To be frank with you, they don’t have a pot to piss in,” McBroom said. “I see it time and time again and I just shake my head and say why wasn’t there anyone to help that person?”
Asked then why he invoked crack cocaine specifically, McBroom rejected the notion that his comment had anything to do with race. Instead, he thought it was a common purchase for anyone in the cities.
“I have friends of mine in the Minneapolis Police Department. And you know, that’s an epidemic up there, crack cocaine and opioids.”
Later in the interview, he inexplicably attempted to deny having mentioned crack cocaine at all.
“No where did I say they would spend all that money on crack. I said they would spend it in six months. At no point did I say on crack cocaine.”