NAACP LDF Urges Supreme Court To Hold Cops Accountable In Excessive Force Killing

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that cleared officers in the Taser killing of an unarmed Black man in 2013. LDF filed a petition on Friday. If the appeal is successful, the officers would face a trial.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Black Man Tasered In Front Of Children During Florida Arrest

“Officers responded to an unarmed Black man in mental health crisis by using extreme force that had no purpose other than to inflict pain,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel at LDF. “Using force in this way serves no legitimate law enforcement purpose and clearly violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable seizures.”

According to the petition, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals defied established #SCOTUS precedent by holding that officers were entitled to summary judgment, relieving them from facing trial on a claim of excessive force after tasing Mr. Illidge to death.

— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) May 18, 2018

LDF and two law firms are appealing the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Feb. 20 decision on behalf of Gladis Callwood. A Lee County, Alabama, deputy sheriff tasered her 25-year-old son, Khari Illidge, 13 times while he was unarmed, naked, on the ground, and in the process of being arrested by multiple officers. Illidge, suspected of trespassing, was having an apparent mental health crisis. After 19 total tasings, he died from cardiac arrest, according to LDF.

The officer violated Taser guidelines and police training, the organization argued. He repeatedly tasered Illidge to make him suffer.

However, the circuit court’s three-judge panel disagreed, siding with a lower court ruling that the deputies had qualified immunity. That legal principle protects government officials from lawsuits unless they violate a “clearly established” statutory or constitutional right.

The way those judges see the case, the deputy used reasonable force. It didn’t matter that Illidge had a 385-pound deputy’s knee in his back, restrained with handcuffs, and hogtied. They argued that Illidge resisted arrest, and any reasonable officer would have tasered him multiple times out of fear.


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Social Media Celebrates Our Brothas With #BlackMenGraduate


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It’s that time of year…Graduation season!

And to celebrate our brothas and their incredible accomplishments, social media created the hashtag #BlackMenGraduate. And trust us, it couldn’t be more beautiful, inspiring and needed in times like these.

So go ahead and take look at these joyful fellas. We couldn’t be more proud.

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Party Time! Inside The Royal Wedding Reception

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

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Yes, the royal wedding was absolutely beautiful wedding, as was the reception afterwards. With over 200 guests attending, including Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra, an absolute amazing cake and even Elton John performing, we know that Meghan and Harry couldn’t be happier.

Take a look at the happy couple, their guests and even their cake!

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A Sincere Apology To Student For Racial Slur Is Unlikely As The ‘Trump Effect’ Takes Root

Sincere remorse from White high school students for their racist comments toward a Black student is unlikely at a time when the so-called “Trump-effect” is normalizing racial bullying.

SEE ALSO: The ‘Trump Effect’ Is Blamed For A Spike In Racial Bullying Among Students

In the aftermath of the latest incident to surface, a Black New Jersey teen athlete and her mother want the two offenders to apologize in person, reported.

The two White boys called her a racial slur and made other offensive remarks on May 13 while riding a bus after a sporting event. School officials acknowledged the incident and issued a public apology. But that doesn’t go far enough for Myasia Joga and her mother.

Myasia Joga, a junior at Absegami High School, was participating in a crew competition at Lake Lenape on Mother’s Day. After the race, Joga joined her…

— Kelly Bates Oglesby (@kellyoglesby) May 17, 2018

It seems like nearly every week there is a new report of students wearing black face or white hoods and hurling the N-word. President Donald Trumps’ embrace of White supremacists and his racially hateful rhetoric is suspected of igniting a wave of racial bullying in schools across the nation.

Nationwide, African-American students represented approximately 25 percent of racial bullying victims in 2016, the groups with the highest percentage of incidents, the National Bullying Prevention Center reported.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) coined the phrase “Trump effect” to describe the impact of the president’s hate speech on the sudden rise in racial bullying. SPLC published a report in 2016 based on 10,000 teacher survey responses. It found that two-thirds of respondents reported an increase in student fears, mainly among minority groups, about their safety after the election.

The incident involving Myasia, who attends Absegami High School in Galloway, New Jersey, occurred after a rowing competition. She had to sit on a separate bus from her teammates because theirs was full. Several White male rowers on the opposing team, who are students at Mainland Regional High School, entered the bus and saw Myasia sitting in the front row.

“A few minutes into the ride, they bega

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Woman Calls Cops On Credentialed Black Photographer Who Was Just Doing His Job

The cops were called to a premier horse racing event to arrest an African American who was just doing his job but apparently made a White person feel nervous.

SEE ALSO: More Black People Are Snatching Wigs On Racist Retail And Restaurant Incidents

Photographer Arturo Holmes was covering the 2018 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on Saturday. Even though Holmes had proper credential, he was racially profiled.

Here’s what photojournalist J.M. Giordano witnessed:

He asked to shoot on the roof and was told he couldn’t shoot anywhere in the press box. Not true. I and other photogs have been shooting on the roof all day. After he refused to show his license, which no one was required to do, police were called in. They let him shoot. 🤬😡

— J. M. Giordano photo (@jmgpix) May 19, 2018

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.


Report: Identity Of White Woman Who Called The Cops On Black People At A BBQ Has Been Revealed

Stanford University Reacts To BBQ Becky Calling Cops On Black People

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