Alamance County Sheriff's Department deputies in North Carolina shared a racist video game called Border Patrol via email, claims the U.S. Justice Department.
The U.S. Justice Department says the video game is part of an ongoing pattern of racism by Sheriff Terry S. Johnson's department, which has allegedly been detaining and arresting Hispanic drivers without probable cause, noted WMFY News 2 (video below).
The game encourages players shoot Mexican people entering the United States illegally, including children and pregnant women.
“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border," the Associated Press reports that the U.S. Justice Department stated. "Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”
The U.S. Justice Department also claims Johnson failed to discipline Wiley in an example of "a total lack of discipline for expressing anti-Latino sentiment."
In December 2013, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Johnson after two studies found that Hispanic drivers were six times more likely to be stopped by law enforcement in Alamance County.
The feds also state that deputies told each other racist jokes via email while discussing the video game.
Alabama Lawmaker Says GOP Would Favor Abortion if Their Daughters Were Pregnant With Black Babies (Audio)
The State of Alabama is considering a Republican-sponsored bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected.
"If your heart is beating, that means you are alive," said Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, who wrote the bill.
Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes, Democrat, told Republican lawmakers yesterday that they would oppose the bill if their daughters were carrying black babies, noted AL.com (audio below).
McClurkin compared her proposed law to the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned segregation.
In response, Holmes, who is black, fired back, “Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion."
"On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion," added Holmes. "They ain’t going to let her have the baby.”
Despite Holmes' and other Democrats' objections, the bill passed yesterday by a 73-29 vote, reports Reuters.
Holmes recalled that a woman who opposed abortion wanted her daughter to have an abortion because the father was a black man.
However, McClurkin said she would allow her daughter to have a biracial child and "let it run around in my living room and enjoy it as my grandchild."
A man, who identifies himself as "Mr. Hayes," has placed a KKK flag, Confederate flag, noose and a “Members Wanted” sign in the front yard of his tattered mobile home in Palm Beach County, Fla.
“As many people know, the white families are producing less children because the father and mother work and you have interracial marriages and gay marriages, so there are less and less white children being born every day,” Hayes told Local 10 News (video below). “So we’re against that.”
“Nobody stops the Puerto Ricans from flying their Puerto Rican flag or the Jews from having their yarmulke or whatever it is in the holidays,” added Hayes.
He also claimed that people support his racist displays, despite several neighbors who say they do not.
“Don’t get anybody throwing bottles on my lawn or anything like that,” stated Hayes. “They toot their horn. They stop. They wave. They take pictures.”
Hayes also denied that the noose actually means anything violent.
“We don’t go around committing hate crimes,” claimed Hayes. “We don’t beat up on f------ or black people or burn crosses or any of that nonsense.”
According to CBS Miami, Hayes was asked by a reporter, “Are you recruiting members for the KKK?”
“Where does it say that?” asked Hayes.
“There’s a sign right here that says, 'Members Wanted,'” the reporter pressed.
“Yeah, but it doesn’t say for what, does it?” Hayes insisted.
A 95-year-old World War II veteran was pleasantly surprised when runners in a charity race for a local fallen soldier stopped to shake his hand.
Joe Bell was dressed in his full uniform outside his San Jose home on Sunday, cheering on runners as they passed by his yard.
One runner decided to run off course to shake Bell’s hand and thank him for his service; he was followed by a group of other runners who did the same.
The annual Race to the Row normally benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation, which offers scholarships to military veterans and their spouses.
The recording of the race has since gone viral.
Treon Johnson died in the custody of Hialeah, Fla. police four days ago, but the police department has yet state his exact cause of death.
Johnson's mother Angela Curry claims that a police detective told her the 27 year old was on a rooftop throwing coconuts at a dog that had bitten him last Thursday (video below).
“[The police detective] said they tasered him and transferred him to Hialeah Hospital. Then he went into cardiac arrest and they transferred him to North Shore,” Curry told the Miami Herald.
Curry claims Johnson died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, hours after being taken into police custody, but before she arrived.
“He passed last Thursday, a few hours after being detained,” Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby told the media on Monday.
Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velazquez told the Miami Herald that it was an “ongoing investigation,” but refused to say if Johnson had been shot or tased.
Local10.com reports that police said a 911 caller claimed that Johnson was in his backyard and beating his dog with a pipe. Johnson then allegedly jumped into another yard and beat another dog.
When police arrived in Miami Gardens. Fla., Johnson allegedly violently resisted arrest, so cops used pepper spray and a taser gun.
Johnson appears in the upcoming documentary film "Dawg Fight" about the underground backyard fighting world in Miami.
The Mounds Mall in Anderson, Ind. has posted signs at entrances that instruct shoppers to lower their hoodies.
The signs state, "For the safety and well-being of everyone, please lower your hoodie” (video below).
“It was requested by local law enforcement," Mounds Mall general manager Braun Roosa told the Herald Bulletin. "It is for security and ID purposes only. We don’t ask them to remove the hoodie, just lower it.”
Roosa said the new rule is just like banks that ban sunglasses. He added that the hoodie rule has been in effect since 2004.
That came as news to shoppers, some of whom are offended by the hoodie signs.
“It is mainly the younger generations that wear hoodies,” mall shopper Ranny Hinton Jr. told INC Now. “I don’t think they should have it on there at all. There ain’t nothing on there about ski masks or beanies. Why does it matter about hoodies?”
Hoodies made headline news last year when unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, who wore a hoodie, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
The mall also does not allow firearms, gang-related items or backpacks.
“It makes me question the security and what prompted them to put those kinds of signs up and what has this place turned into,” shopper Cynthia Potter stated. “They are being ‘hoodie’ specific. That is what the younger kids wear all the time.”
Abortion statistics recently released by the Health Department in New York City have raised some eyebrows. ABC affiliate WABC recently reported the new numbers show that 41 percent of all pregnancies in the city end in abortion. The report, titled, "Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York," also broke down abortion rates according to race.
It showed abortion rates among minorities are even higher. The website News One reported that black women had the highest rate of abortion according to the study. So high, in fact, that more pregnancies among black women end in abortion than live births, with an abortion rate of nearly 60 percent. According to the story, out of 73,815 pregnancies in the city in 2012, 42 percent — over 30,000 — were abortions performed on black women.
The abortion rate among Hispanics was 41.3 percent; among whites, 20.4 percent; and among Asians, 22.7 percent.
Those numbers are troubling to both professionals and critics of abortion. The News One story does note, however, that the overall abortion rate has dropped 22 percent in the city since 2000.
That’s not good enough, according to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
"If 41 percent of New York babies are aborted, with the percentage even higher in the Bronx and among our African-American babies in the world, it is downright chilling,” he said in the WABC story.
The statistics raise the question of education and whether agencies in the city are doing enough to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Planned Parenthood wasn’t pleased with the high numbers in the study but issued a statement defending its education policy.
“We believe in comprehensive sex education, which by the way does include abstinence, but abstinence by itself has been proven to be ineffective,” the non-profit organization said according to WABC.
"My word, what have we done the last 30 years,” he asked. “There’s candy bowls on people's desks with condoms, they're dropping them from airplanes, yet nothing seems to improve, so they've been on the wrong track here.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Republican, is standing behind a confederate flag state license plate that was proposed earlier this month by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"Hopefully those who take offense at it will look at the fact that it is part of a cultural heritage of our state," Deal told Channel 11 yesterday (video below).
When Deal was asked if the confederate plate might hurt Georgia's image, he replied, "I don't think so, I mean it is one of many specialty plates that we have that are supportive of a variety of organizations and causes, so I don't think that it is something that we should be so concerned about."
Deal made no mention of the fact that the Confederate flag was carried by Southern soldiers who fought in the Civil War for the South's right to keep slaves.
Deal also failed to mention that the Confederate flag was used in the 1950s and 1960s as a symbol against desegregation.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Sons of Confederate Veterans includes racial extremists, one of whom claimed, “There is no difference between the invasion of France by Hitler and the invasion of the Southern states by Lincoln.”
Celebrity chef Paula Deen recently compared herself to black and gay college football star Michael Sam.
"I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name," Deen told People magazine, according to The Wrap. "It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Deen admitted using the N-word during a court deposition in 2013. She has also been accused of demeaning her black employees by forcing them to dress like Aunt Jemima, noted RawStory.com. In her 2009 biography, Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin, Deen recalled wanting to make a "Sambo Burger" on the Food Network, which would not allow it.
Deen also told People that she feels "empathy" for "Duck Dynasty" reality star Phil Robertson, who insulted gays, blacks, "Shintos" and "Islamists" during an interview with GQ magazine last year.
“It’s amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” added Deen. ”I have new empathy for these situations, though. My dad always told me, ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.’”
For its part, People magazine is doing its best to repackage the smiling Deen on its cover.
Police in Austin, Texas are defending the DUI arrest of Larry Davis, a black man, whose Breathalyzer and blood tests showed no evidence of him being drunk.
Davis was arrested Jan. 13, 2013 after he ran a stop sign.
Davis told police that he’d had only one drink and tested 0.00 on a Breathalyzer.
Despite testing negative for DUI, Davis still spent a day in jail.
His blood test results also came back negative, but Davis is still trying to have his arrest record expunged.
Austin Police Cmdr. David Mahoney continues to support the decision to arrest Davis on the possibility that he was drunk, even though he is innocent.
“If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” Cmdr. Mahoney told the Austin Statesman. “We need to get them off the road, so that was probably [the officer’s] mindset.”
In addition to false arrests, the State of Texas tries to scare motorists with billboards warning them that a DUI charge could cost them $17,000, which was debunked by Politfact.org.
Still, Davis was charged hundreds of dollars for legal fees, which he could not afford, so that money was paid for by taxpayers.
“I was arrested for nothing, really,” Davis said. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.”