Virginia’s First Lady Apologizes for Handing COTTON to Black Students!

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The incident came as Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, continues to resist mounting calls from within his own party to step down after claims he posed for a racist photo seen in his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting a man wearing blackface next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam has denied that he is in the photo, but he did admit to wearing blackface on another occasion that same year and apologized.

After the latest incident, Leah Dozier Walker, the mother of one of the students handed cotton by first lady Pam Northam, said in a statement, “The governor and Mrs. Northam have asked the residents of the commonwealth to forgive them for their racially insensitive past actions. But the actions of Mrs. Northam, just last week, do not lead me to believe that this governor’s office has taken seriously the harm and hurt they have caused African Americans in Virginia or that they are deserving of our forgiveness.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refuses to quit over racism row

Governor Northam: I am not the person in that photo

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has denied he was in a racist photo that appeared in his 1984 student yearbook page after initially apologising for it.

Mr Northam said he recognised that people would find this “hard to believe”.

He also admitted blackening his face to impersonate singer Michael Jackson at an event in the same year.

Top US Democrats have called on him to resign. But he says he will stay on.

The picture showed a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden said Mr Northam had lost all moral authority. Black politicians in Virginia called it “disgusting” and Republicans also urged him to resign.

What did Northam say?

He said he had initially taken responsibility for the photo, which he described as “clearly racist and offensive”.

But he said that on reflection with his family and friends he had concluded that he was neither of the people in the photo.

“It has taken time to make sure that it’s not me but I’m convinced I’m not on that photo,” he said.

He said that he had however blackened his face at a dance contest in San Antonio. “It is because my memory of that is so vivid that I do not believe I am in the photo in the yearbook,” he said.

Mr Northam said he was not asking for forgiveness for his past actions but for “the opportunity to demonstrate without a shadow of a doubt that the person I was then is not the person I am today”.

The statement on Saturday came after he said on Friday that he was “deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now”.

How has this come about?

Mr Northam’s yearbook page, which came from the paediatric neurologist’s time at Eastern Virginia Medical School, was first published by conservative website Big League Politics.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper tweeted a picture of the page which it said it obtained from the medical school library.

Former US President Barack Obama (R) gestures to Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam President Barack Obama campaigned for Mr Northam in 2017

What reaction has there been?

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which comprises African Americans elected to the state legislature, described the images as “disgusting, reprehensible and offensive”.

“These pictures rip off the scabs of an excruciatingly painful history and are a piercing reminder of this nation’s sins. Those who would excuse the pictures are just as culpable,” it said in a statement.

In a tweet, Mr Biden said Mr Northam should resign immediately.

Calls for his resignation also came from four Democratic candidates for president – Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and Texan mayor Julian Castro.

The photo also prompted a swift backlash from conservatives, including Jack Wilson, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, who called on Mr Northam to step down.

“Racism has no place in Virginia,” he said in a statement. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Governor Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.”

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is considering a presidential run in 2020, also called for Mr Northam to resign.

The Ku Klux Klan is one of the oldest and most infamous hate groups in the US, and has targeted African Americans, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

The group has a long history, with KKK membership peaking in the 1920s.

Georgia, USA: Bad southern cop caught telling citizen ‘suck my dick!’

GRIFFIN, Ga. — Police body cameras recorded an officer telling a citizen to “suck my ****” during an otherwise-calm custody dispute.

The now-viral video might never have been seen had the 11Alive Investigators taken the word of the Griffin Police Department. After we asked for “any and all” video from the incident under the Georgia Open Records Act, the city gave us only a single body camera pointed skyward, showing nothing but the porch ceiling.

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A second police body camera video — showing the entire exchange — was released to the 11Alive Investigators only after we found evidence of its existence in an internal police department email.

Officer Travis Wick resigned from the Griffin Police Department after begging Police Chief Mike Yates not to fire him.

Officer Wick was one of two officers responding to a call for help from Andrew Orahoske, who is locked in a custody fight for his daughter. The Griffin officers told Orahoske that they could not take the girl from her mother without a signed order by a judge.

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The August 26 exchange, caught on both officers’ body cameras, was relatively routine until Officer Wick asked Orahoske for his first name. “I’m not gonna give you none of my information now, because I don’t want to get in trouble tonight,” the father said.

That’s when Officer Wick responded, “well you can suck my d***!”

The situation quickly escalated in response to the officer’s profane outburst. The official police report suggests the citizens were responsible, and made no mention of Officer Wick’s euphemistic demand for oral sex.

The citizens “seemed to become irritated that the police couldn’t help them, and became uncooperative at which point they requested a supervisor to the scene,” according to the police report.

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After a heated argument with the citizens, Officer Wick turned to leave. That’s when a female friend sitting next to Orahoske said, “We’re trying to get a child back, and you told us to suck your d****!”

Officer Wick turned back and responded, “No, I didn’t ask you. I asked him,” referring to Orahoske.

The officer’s body camera was still recording in his patrol car. Officer Wick called a lieutenant on his cell phone and said, “and he’s like, ‘well just never mind, I’m not going to give you my information.’ And I told him, ‘well you can suck my d***!’ And they flipped out.”

“I f***ed up,” the officer told his lieutenant.

Watch | Video of the entire encounter UNCENSORED

Officer Wick then lit up a cigarette in his patrol car and drove to back to Griffin Police headquarters to face the consequences.

“You made a pretty darn stupid remark,” Chief Yates told Officer Wick during an August 29 disciplinary meeting. Officer Wick replied, “I just said it. I don’t know why. I don’t. I mean that’s it, chief. It was f****** stupid, man.”

The police chief agreed, but worried how this incident would look to outsiders. Chief Yates asked Officer Wick, “if you got involved in a…use of deadly force, and then somebody got that video and played it, how do you think that would play out? If were sitting in federal court or before some grand jury or something like that?”

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Officer Wick responded,“I apologize chief. I don’t know why that happened. I don’t know what set me off.” Chief Yates asked again, “is that what we’re gonna tell the grand jury?”

“Or (news channels) 2, 5, or 11,” Captain Michael Natale added.

Officer Wick begged for his job, saying “please don’t fire me chief” four times in a row. “I’m a good officer, chief,” he added.

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Chief Yates brought up Wick’s previous employer, The Locust Grove Police Department. “If that was just a one-time thing,” the chief said, “and it just popped out of nowhere because you were having a bad day and your dog just died, that would be one thing. But on the tail end of you being hired after you got fired from Locust Grove…”

Personnel records show Officer Wick resigned voluntarily from the Locust Grove Police Department in 2008. His resignation followed an internal review of an alcohol-related incident on duty.

Internal memos show Officer Wick called in sick the day he was supposed to be returning from vacation because he was drinking. The police review concluded Officer Wick showed up to court smelling of alcohol.

The records indicate Officer Wick had a blood alcohol concentration of .036 percent right before he was scheduled to testify in court.

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Locust Grove officials still strongly recommended that Griffin Police hire the officer in 2009.

While we were interviewing Andrew Orahoske on his front porch, he received a call from Griffin Police investigators. He told a police commander, “Chad called me last night and offered me a steak dinner to drop the charges.”

He was talking about Officer Chad Moxon.

Orahoske reported to Griffin Police Internal Affairs that Moxon had called him with an offer to drop the complaint against his friend, Officer Travis Wick.

Officer Moxon is currently with the Roberta Police Department, but he was a Griffin officer until 2015.

Moxon’s police officer certification is currently on probation, according to records provided by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. Moxon agreed to the probation amid a POST investigation into his 2014 DUI arrest.

A Pike County deputy sheriff pulled over Moxon after his motorcycle was seen speeding at 95 to 100 miles per hour through the county. Moxon identified himself as an officer with the Griffin Police Department, which deputies confirmed with a phone call to the department.

Officer Moxon admitted to drinking four beers in the 30 minutes before he got on his motorcycle. He was arrested for DUI after completing several roadside sobriety tests. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .108 percent, according to Moxon’s citation.

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The Griffin District Attorney’s Office reduced the DUI to reckless driving, writing that, “issues exist where (the) state cannot prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Moxon resigned from Griffin after the DUI arrest.

That wasn’t Officer Moxon’s first time on the other side of the law. He was indicted for a 2012 incident in which he was shot by a woman’s ex-boyfriend. Moxon was off duty and in the woman’s home when the ex-boyfriend showed up and demanded to know what Moxon was doing there.

Police records show there was a fist fight in the woman’s house. When the fight spilled outside, the ex-boyfriend pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting Officer Moxon in the buttocks as he was running away.

Moxon was indicted for making false statements because of the way he described the fight to a 911 operator. “He just kicked the door into the house, then come in an attacked me,” Moxon is heard saying on the 911 recording. “And then we I took off out the other door, he shot me,” Moxon said.

A judge threw out the case, but Moxon was indicted a second time. The final indictment was also dismissed, in part because two of the grand jurors were convicted felons, according to police records.

Griffin restored Moxon to full duty in 2013 after the indictments were thrown out. POST did its own investigation, and Moxon agreed to a year’s probation that expired before the Pike County DUI stop.

“Basically he was offering to take me out to dinner,” Orahoske said about Moxon’s phone call to him.

“He wanted to take me and Travis (Wick) out to dinner, and buy us both a steak dinner and see if we can resolve this,” Orahoske added.

When the 11Alive Investigators first contacted Officer Moxon about this through Facebook Messenger, he first denied any knowledge of the Wick case. “I’m not familiar with that. I left Griffin two years ago,” he wrote in response to our message.

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When we pointed out Orahoske’s complaint to Griffin about the steak dinner offer, Moxon responded, “As far as the steak dinner, all I told him was he would like Travis if he got to know him. I said the IA doesn’t involve me, but is (SIC) he wanted to talk to Wick (he indicated that he did) I’d buy them both dinner. With the other stuff, I have kids now and just want to put it behind me. I’ve been punished and now I just want to move forward with my life,” Officer Moxon said.

Moxon insists he was the one to tell Orahoske to go to internal affairs in the first place.

Orahoske has a different version of events. “(Moxon) asked me if I would go down to the police department today and drop the complaint,” he told police investigators on the phone.

“You go down there and drop the complaint, I’ll take you dinner. I’ll buy you both dinner,” Orahoske said.

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Attorney: Accused deputy killer was ‘beat and pummeled’ to point of defecation

John Williams’ defense attorney claims their client was “severely injured” during his arrest to the point of “causing him to defecate himself.”

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) — A motion to suppress has been filed in the case against accused deputy killer John Williams, requesting the court to throw out any statements made by Williams after his arrest due to “coercive tactics in violation of due process.”

Williams is accused of shooting and killing Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole on the night of April 25. After a statewide manhunt that drew national attention, he was arrested on April 28.

The defense attorney for Williams alleges that during their client’s arrest officers “beat and pummeled him to the point of causing him to defecate himself,” according to court documents.

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May 2Timeline of John Williams’ movements on night of Cpl. Cole’s murder

Williams’ attorney said photos show that officers “severely injured [him], kicking him in the head and face, among other things, and causing severe bruising and then holding up his head by the back of his hair like game trophy.”

The attorney claims Williams was convinced he would “continue to be beaten and traumatized by overzealous police officers, who apparently felt justified in their treatment” of him.

April 30Maine State Police defends controversial photo of alleged deputy killer

April 28Suspect brought to justice using Cpl. Cole’s handcuffs

Williams’ attorney said their client “was not physically and mentally able to provide a voluntary statement to detectives due to his withdrawal from opiates,” which they claim made him incapable of advocating for himself or making important decisions, and thus his statements made after his arrest “were not voluntary under Maine and federal law.”

Maine Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland said he had “no response” to the claims.

NEWS CENTER Maine reached out to the Maine Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the case, but we received no response.

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Motion to Suppress in State of Maine v. John Williams by NEWSCENTER26 on Scribd

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UPDATE: NEWS CENTER Maine initially stated Corporal Cole was killed on March 25 and John Williams was arrested on April 21. The correct dates are April 25 and April 28 respectively and the text has been updated to reflect the corrections. We apologize for the error.

‘Whites don’t shoot whites’: 2 black people shot dead in Kentucky

Prosecutors say shooting that left two African Americans dead in the US state is being probed as possible hate crime.

  • Gregory Bush, 51, has been charged with two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment [Scott Utterback/Courier Journal via AP Photo]
Gregory Bush, 51, has been charged with two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment [Scott Utterback/Courier Journal via AP Photo]

Moments after allegedly killing two African Americans at a supermarket in the US state of Kentucky, 51-year-old Gregory Bush reportedly muttered to a white bystander, “Whites don’t kill whites.”

Bush, who is white, has been charged with two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment, and a judge set his bail at $5m on Thursday.

A federal prosecutor said on Friday that the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

US Attorney Russell Coleman said federal investigators are investigating whether there were any violations of federal law, “which includes potential civil rights violations such as hate crimes”. The FBI is investigating alongside local police.

Before entering the Kroger supermarket in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, Bush attempted to break into a nearby predominantly African American church, police said.

After failing to enter the church, Bush entered the supermarket and shot dead 69-year-old Maurice Stallard, according to police, before killing 67-year-old Vickie Jones in the car park.

Local media reported that Stallard’s 12-year-old grandson witnessed his killing.

An armed bystander exchanged gunfire with the suspect in the car park of the Jeffersontown store before the shooter fled in a car. He was taken into custody soon afterwards, Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said at a news briefing outside the store. There were no further injuries, he said.

“It does appear she was a random victim out in the parking lot,” said Rogers. Asked if the male victim in the store was also killed at random, Rogers said. “It does appear to be possibly the case.

Steve Zinninger told Wave3 News that his father was waiting outside the supermarket while his mother shopped inside when he heard shooting and saw panicked people running from the store.

‘Please don’t shoot’

Zinninger said the shooter casually walked towards his father in the car park and his father drew his gun and confronted the man from behind his car.

“He [the armed man] said, ‘please don’t shoot and I won’t shoot you,’ whites don’t kill whites,” Zinninger told Wave3 News.

It was not clear whether Zinninger’s father was the armed bystander who Rogers said exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

Video taken by a store owner showed the suspect wandering around the car park as bystanders shouted his location to police. The man then sped off, chased by a police officer on foot.

“Thanks to the quick response of the local police department, the suspect was apprehended and our store is secure,” Kroger said in a statement.

Drew Butler said he was shopping in the store when he heard multiple shots. He and a woman barricaded themselves inside a room.

“After the fourth shot, I don’t know if there were five or 15,” Butler told Wave3 news.

Rogers said both the man and woman were shot multiple times.

Local media reported that Bush had a long history of criminal offences, including assault and domestic violence.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES