Category: Misogynoir Exposed

North Carolina Man Arrested After Punching Black Child

A man from North Carolina was arrested after he a video surfaced that showed him punching a young girl in the face outside of a mall on Saturday.

According to a spokesperson from the Asheville Police Department, a fight involving a group of juveniles broke out at the Asheville Mall in Asheville, North Carolina. David Stephen Bell, 51, pushed a young girl and hit her, police said.

Bell, who is from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was arrested by an off-duty police officer and charged with assault of a female under 12-years-old and two counts of assault on a female, the police spokesperson told Newsweek.

A video that was shared online shows a group of young girls yelling outside of the Asheville Mall. Bell, who is allegedly 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds, is seen pushing one of the young girls. The girl then approaches him after being pushed and  Bell proceeded to punch her to the ground.

The incident is under further investigation, police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said Sunday. Following the incident of the fight and the circulation of the video across social media, the Asheville Mall tweeted that they are aware of the video and that someone was arrested.

“We are aware of the videos circulating on social media. The @AshevillePolice responded immediately and the situation was diffused,” the mall tweeted on Saturday. “An arrest has been made. Please contact the Asheville Police Department with further questions.”

All victims at the time of the incident refused transport to a hospital, or emergency medical care, she added.

 

 

Defense Requests Evidence in Chrystul Kizer Case

A Kenosha man who was shot to death in his 14th Avenue home last June had been under investigation for producing child pornography and sexual abuse, with one of the girls involved the teenager now charged with homicide for his shooting death, according to defense attorneys.

Chrystul Kizer, 18, is charged with first-degree homicide, arson and auto theft for the June 5 shooting death of Randall Volar III. She was 17 when Volar was killed. Volar, 34, was found dead in his burning home. Investigators learned he had been shot twice, and that the fire to the house appeared to have been set. When his body was found, Volar’s car was missing from the property.


“Not only do you commit a set of really heinous crimes, you light a body on fire, when you’re not sure if the person’s deceased or not,” said Michael Graveley, Kenosha County district attorney.

“Certainly if you come to this community from another community and shoot someone twice in the head and then light them on fire, there’s going to be severe consequences,” said Graveley.

Investigators said they’re still trying to determine exactly how Kizer met Volar, and the extent of their relationship after they found that out that Volar had paid for an Uber driver to bring Kizer from Milwaukee to his home.

According to the criminal complaint, Kizer’s boyfriend, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man, told detectives he had purchased a handgun for Kizer because she was “tired of the dude touching on her” and that she was going to shoot him.

The complaint states that she initially denied knowing Volar, but later told police that “he (Volar) helped her with money and places to stay.” Subsequently, she told police another woman shot Volar. But when faced with further evidence, she reportedly confessed, saying “she got upset and was tired of Volar touching her” and that she had shot him.

According to a motion filed by defense attorneys, before his death Volar was under investigation by the Kenosha Police Department for sexual conduct with underage girls.

In a motion to compel discovery — that is a request for the court to require the state to turn over evidence — the defense is seeking evidence found during the police investigation into Volar.

“The defense believes that the discovery in this case suggests that Ms. Kizer acted in self-defense. Mr. Volar, a 34-year-old man, was engaged in the ongoing sexual and physical abuse of Ms. Kizer, then a 17-year-old girl, and several other girls whose identities are currently unknown to the defense.”

According to the motion, the defense believes Volar attempted to engage in sexual activity with Kizer, and Kizer resisted. Further, during that struggle, Kizer at some point shot Volar, killing him.

The complaint states the defense learned Volar had been under investigation by the Kenosha Police, and police had served a search warrant on his home before the murder.

“The Kenosha Police had evidence that Mr. Volar was producing child pornography, and that he was traveling to Milwaukee, or transporting girls from Milwaukee to Kenosha for the purposes of sexual abuse,” the motion states.

It states that police “collected significant evidence of Mr. Volar’s malfeasance” when they executed the search warrant on his home before his death, and that they had collected his DNA. “Additionally, the Kenosha Police had been alerted by TCF Bank, a financial institution utilized by Mr. Volar, that Mr. Volar’s account had been flagged under suspicion of being involved in human or sex trafficking.”

The defense is seeking all evidence relating to the Kenosha Police investigation of Volar. They argue that the evidence is relevant to Kizer’s mindset at the time she is alleged to have killed him and “has the potential to provide a significant bolster to the defense’s primary theory of self-defense.”

At a hearing Monday, District Attorney Michael Graveley said the state would be opposing the release of the evidence the defense is seeking. He asked for — and was granted by the judge — an opportunity to make the state’s argument in a written brief.

Asked by Judge David Wilk whether at least some of the material the defense is seeking exists, Graveley answered that it does.

The discovery process requires both sides of a legal action to share evidence as they prepare for trial. In criminal prosecutions, the state typically has the bulk of the evidence.

Both the state and defense in the Kizer case would not comment on the Volar investigation beyond what was stated in court. In its motion, the defense suggests that the state may argue that the evidence collected in the Volar investigation is only “potentially useful evidence” and so not required as part of discovery.

“Such an argument should be rejected,” the defense stated.

They will return to court to argue the issue Nov. 30.

Pastor Charged in Murder of Transgender Woman

Detroit, MI- A pastor has been accused of murdering a transgender woman who was found dead in Detroit last week.
 
 A police officer discovered the body of 36-year-old Kelly Stough on Friday, the Detroit News reports.
 
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office charged Albert Weathers, 46, with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and open murder, a designation that allows the prosecutors to decide on a degree of murder or manslaughter as more information about the case becomes available. Prosecutors said they will bring evidence that the fact that Stough was transgender was a factor in her murder. Authorities have said the woman’s gender identity played a role in her death but declined to elaborate until a court hearing.
 
According to a local news station, Weathers allegedly fled the scene and clocked in at his job at the Great Lakes Water Authority. Then, authorities believe, he called police an hour after the shooting to say that someone had tried to rob him and he’d shot someone.
 
However, after an investigation, authorities arrested Weathers, who also pastors the Logos Baptist Church in Detroit where he reportedly has been a member for 20 years.
Stough, who also went by the name Keanna Mattel, was at least the 26th trans person murdered in the United States in 2018, according to a running tally kept by the Human Rights Watch.
 
“I want people to know that because she was transgender doesn’t mean that she was not loved, that she was not cared for,” Jessica Chantae Stough, Kelly’s mother. “She has a family who cared about her, who loved her and I want them to know that transgender ladies — expressly those of color — they’re just not throwaways; people care about them.”
 
Stough was an aspiring fashion designer and well-known in Detroit’s ballroom dance scene. She was also an outspoken advocate for her community, speaking out against the violence facing trans people, and especially trans women of color. “The police are unaware with our struggle so they have no sympathy for us,” she told the Guardian in 2015 after the murder of 20-year-old trans woman Amber Monroe in Palmer Park — the same neighborhood where Stough was killed three years later.

9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After School Bullying

LINDEN, Ala. — An Alabama family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life Monday night.

McKenzie Adams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied by a group of classmates since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home in Linden on Monday. She had hanged herself.

Instead of planning where to hide Christmas presents for the girl who loved playing with dolls and riding her bike, her family is now planning a funeral.

“It’s an emotional roller-coaster,” said Edwinna Harris, McKenzie’s aunt. Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she wants to use her platform to spread an anti-bullying message to prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy.

McKenzie attended U.S. Jones Elementary School approximately 15 miles away in Demopolis, where her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. She transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Harris said.

Linden is a city of 2,100 residents in west central Alabama, roughly 100 miles west of Montgomery.

A lot of the bullying centered on her friendship with a boy, Harris said.

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” she said.

Navy Officers Death Ruled Homicide; Ex- Fiancé Arrested

The death of a Navy chief petty officer whose body was discovered in her Florida home in September has been ruled a homicide, leading authorities Friday to arrest the man to whom she was engaged, reports said.

Nearly three months after Andrea Washington, 37, was discovered dead in her home on Jacksonville’s Northside, police charged 36-year-old Danny Ray Beard with her murder, First Coast News reported.

 

Beard was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and booked into a Duval County jail on Friday evening, according to his incarceration records. He’s being held without bond.

 

Authorities began probing the death of Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Andrea L. Washington, 37, shortly after midnight on Sept. 17 when her body was discovered in her Itani Way home. She was assigned to the guided-missile cruiser Hue City, which is homeported in Mayport.

 

A judge had granted the Navy chief a protective order about two weeks before her death due to “domestic violence at her home,” the station reported.

Washington said she was pushed, kicked in the stomach and “had a gun pulled on her by a man she was living with” while arguing over household bills, First Coast News reported, citing the protective order filed Sept. 4.

She also filed a separate police report against Beard on Sept. 2 for aggravated assault after encouragement from a friend, the media outlet reported.

Washington was slated to appear in court on the protective order against Beard just hours after she was found dead, First Coast News reported. Beard appeared in court to defend himself and the order was dismissed because Washington, who was dead, did not attend.

Phantom McClendon, a family friend of Washington, told First Coast News that the mother of three was newly “pinned” as a Navy CPO.

“The goal of making chief is a major accomplishment and for her to make it after all these years,” McClendon said, “and the simple fact (is) that she can’t even enjoy it.”

Blac Chyna Begins Selling Skin Bleaching Cream

Reality TV star Blac Chyna is facing a social media criticism after announcing plans to launch a skin-lightening cream in Africa.

Blac Chyna has formed a partnership with a high-end skin bleaching company called Whitenicious by Dencia. Nigerian- Cameroonian singer Dencia, who founded the company, Whitenicious,  has also been criticized for selling skin bleaching products.

However, Dencia has defended her product line, saying the products only treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation. She added they do not contain bleaching ingredients that could damage the skin, she said in an interview with Ebony magazine in 2014.

Dencia added “Will Whitenicious bleach your skin if you use it on all your skin? Yes, it will. Are we selling Whitenicous for that purpose? No, we’re not.”

Chyna, like Dencia, also insists the produce isn’t a skin bleaching cream. A product description reveals the cream is said to provide a “brightening glow for younger-looking skin, helps renew texture and revitalizes skin’s hydration.”

The product will be called ‘Whitenicious x Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream’, and is priced at $250. It comes in a jar that’s studded with Swarovski crystals, according to TMZ.

Blac Chyna will launch the product in Lagos, Nigeria this weekend.

 

4 Dead After Shooting at Chicago Hospital

CHICAGO –Four people were killed – including a Chicago police officer, ER doctor, pharmacy resident — Monday afternoon in a shooting at Mercy Hospital on the city’s Near South Side.

The gunman, identified as Juan Lopez, 32, was also killed.

The known victims were identified as emergency room surgeon Dr. Tamara O’Neal, Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez, and 25-year-old pharmacy resident Dayna Less.

Gunfire erupted inside and outside the hospital after 3 p.m. at the main hospital, located at South Michigan Avenue and West 25th Street. The gunman first opened fire outside the hospital, shooting his ex-fiancée, Dr. Tamara O’Neal after a domestic dispute.

The suspect then fired at police arriving at the scene before running into the hospital, where he engaged in a gun battle with officers.

Mercy Hospital held its first-ever active shooter drill just weeks before the shooting Monday that left four people dead – a move that might have prevented even worse carnage, hospital officials said.

Michael Davenport, Mercy’s chief medical officer, said the hospital held its first active-shooter drill just weeks ago. Some, but not all, hospital employees participated. The drill was a follow-up on Internet and classroom instruction for employees, Davenport said.

He said it appeared hospital employees executed the “run, hide, fight” instruction.

“Never in our wildest imagination would we ever think that we would have to experience the day we have,” Davenport said. “It is our inclination, I can speak for myself, you don’t feel well when you’re hiding. You want to open up a door and you want to see what’s going on and you want to help. But everyone did what they were trained to do.”

Former Judge With History of Domestic Violence Accused of Murdering Wife

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Former Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge and former state senator Lance Mason, who spent nine months in prison for beating his then-wife in front of their children, is now accused of  stabbing his former wife, Aisha Fraser, 45, to death.

Mason was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of  Aisha Fraser Mason, at her home on Chagrin Boulevard near Normandy Road, the sources said.

The house where the stabbing happened is near where police reported that a Shaker Heights police officer was hit by a car fleeing a domestic violence incident. The officer,  was taken to the hospital and his condition was unknown. Mason has been charged with felonious assault for injuring that officer.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are at the scene assisting Shaker Heights police.

Shaker Heights police did not respond to multiple messages until more than seven hours after the slaying, when the department issued a release stating only that Fraser Mason had been killed and that Lance Mason had been arrested.

The refusal by the department to release details of the case manner continues the pattern of four years ago, when the suburb failed for more than 36 hours to provide its resident with an account of Mason’s attack on his wife.

During that attack, Mason was accused of biting his wife, punching her in the face several times, and choking her while driving in Shaker Heights with their children, ages 6 and 4, in the backseat. Mason then threw his wife out of the car, and continued beating her, eventually leaving her on the side of the road. Fraser then had to flag down help,  and 911 call, while she begged police had to locate the her children.

A family member also called  police citing concerns that Mason  might attempt suicide. Officers searching his home at the time found smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, a sword, a bulletproof vest and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition from the home.

Prosecutors charged Mason with assault, a second-degree felony which carries between two years and eight years in prison. Charging documents show Judge Mason choked, punched and bit his wife, whose orbital bone was fractured during the alleged attack. Mason served 9 months total for the assault.

After Mason’s release from prison, he was hired by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as a minority business development director. The city said in a statement later in the day Saturday that Jackson fired Mason from his $45,000-per-year job because of his arrest.  Jackson told FOX 8 he stands by the hiring, saying he had no way to predict the future. Jackson said people deserve second changes.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Aisha Fraser, especially to her children,” Jackson said in a statement.

Lizette Jordan, who identified herself as a longtime friend of the Masons, spoke well of both Mason and Fraser Mason. She said she wasn’t aware of any issues between the two after the 2014 domestic violence incident.

“The only issues they ever had is when they argued about the girls,” Jordan said, referring to their two children. “He really loved those girls though.”

 

White Man Stabs Black Woman During Racist Subway Attack

A Black woman was punched and stabbed when she got off the subway in Brooklyn by a man yelling racially charged words, her family and police said.

The victim, 57-year-old Ann Marie Washington, was hospitalized Sunday after having surgery for a collapsed lung due to the stabbing, her family told NBC 4 New York.

Washington, a mother of two, was on her way home from work Friday evening and had just stepped off the subway at the Church Avenue stop in Brooklyn when she was attacked, advocates said.

The man, who was white, punched her in the mouth and stabbed her in the chest while calling her a “black b—-,” advocates said. Washington, who is black, is a native of Trinidad.

The attacker fled on a Q train, police said. The victim said he appeared to be in his early 30s, about 5-feet, 3-inches tall, and wearing grey and black sweatpants and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Police didn’t initially call the attack a hate crime, leading to outrage from neighborhood advocates who held a news conference Sunday.

“If this was a white resident, a new gentrifier to this neighborhood, there would be swarms of cops here,” said Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush. “But when it is a black person who is attacked by a white racist, there isn’t anything.”

Afterward, the NYPD said its Hate Crimes Taskforce would look into it. Police said they didn’t have all the details at the time the crime was reported.

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Pupils put under ‘school arrest’ by government after release from kidnapping allowed to go home

Schoolchildren in Cameroon pictured after being released from kidnapping
 The schoolchildren at the governor’s office in Bamenda after being released from their kidnappers. Photograph: Reuters

Dozens of students who were freed from kidnappers only to be put under effective “school arrest” by the Cameroonian government have been reunited with their parents.

The governor of the north-west region had insisted lessons go on after their capture, and security personnel were deployed to Nkwen Presbyterian secondary school in Bamenda, stopping parents from removing their children on Thursday.

After lobbying from angry and upset parents, and a gun battle that broke out outside their classrooms, the children were allowed home.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Afford to Rent a DC Apartment Until Her Congressional Salary Starts

Would you be able to rent a D.C. apartment if you didn’t get paid for three months? Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can’t.

The New York millennial told The New York Times in a story published Wednesdaythat she needs to wait until her congressional salary kicks in to get an apartment in D.C., which ranks among the most expensive cities in the country for renters.