Unarmed Black Man Shot By Texas Cop Struggles To Pay Hospital Bills

In a scenario that is as old as this nation, a Black man was hospitalized after being shot by the police in Mesquite, Texas, for, get this, sitting in his own vehicle after accidentally setting off his alarm.

RELATED: Texas Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Man For Entering His Own Truck

The man, Lyndo Jones, 31, of Dallas, who was shot twice, including in the abdomen, has no health insurance after he was apparently fired following the shooting, according to his aunt Ida Jones. His aunt started a YouCaring page to help pay rehabilitation costs and legal fees. By Friday evening, the page had raised $5,474 of their $50,000 goal.

“[H]is supervisor told him he has ‘no place of employment,'” Ida Jones wrote on the YouCaring page. “Therefore, no financial means of handling the care he received in the hospital for his injuries nor the caring of his children.”

NEW: Mesquite PD says officer Derrick Wiley was involved in shooting last week of Lyndo Jones. Mesquite PD responded to car burglary call – turned out the car belonged to Jones. MPD will answer ?'s at 3pm update. @wfaa

— David Goins (@dgoins) November 14, 2017

The incident began about 7 p.m. on November 8, when police received a 911 call about a vehicle break in. When police arrived at the scene, officer Derick Wiley thought Jones was the burglary suspect. Things escalated quickly and Wiley fired at Jones, who tried to run from the scene, police said.

Jones’ attorney, Lee Merritt, wrote on Facebook that while hospitalized at Baylor Medical Plaza, Jones was chained to his hospital bed and denied visits from his family and lawyers.

#LyndoJones shot twice attempting to shut off his car alarm. Place under arrest with no criminal charges. Chain to the bed and denied attorney & family visits while unconstitutionally questioned by department that shot him. Mesquite, TX

— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) November 14, 2017

Jones has since been released from the hospital and his aunt noted that he has a long road toward recovery. Police have dropped an evading arrest misdemeanor charge against Jones. And Wiley has been placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into the shooting.

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25 Million National Fund To Ensure Preservation Of Black Historic Sites

Black historic sites need to be preserved, said officials from the National Trust for Historic Preservation who have started a $25 million fund to ensure that protection.

More than $3 million has been collected for the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, which was announced Wednesday.  The multi-year effort is supported by partners the Ford Foundation, JPB Foundation, Open Society Foundations and more companies that will help funnel money to the reserve.

The legendary Phylicia Rashad will serve as both an advisor and ambassador for the preservation society’s fund effort. Rashad, an avid activist who has fought for the preservation of the historic Brainerd Institute in South Carolina, expressed her support in a video.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation sets up $25M fund to protect historic black sites

— Blavity (@Blavity) November 17, 2017

The project, with Rashad’s help, will keep history alive.

“There is an opportunity and an obligation for us to step forward boldly and ensure the preservation of places which tell the often-overlooked stories of African-Americans and their many contributions to our nation,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a release.

Meeks continued: “We believe that this fund will be transformative for our country, and we are committed to crafting a narrative that expands our view of history and, ultimately, begins to reconstruct our national identity, while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for our diverse historic places.”

Many of these sites have been overlooked or underrated in importance, the rallying cry of activists fighting to protect sacred grounds. The fund’s operators hope to correct this pattern, restore these desecrated places and address “critical” funding gaps.

Shockoe Bottom, an epicenter for the slave trade in Richmond, Virginia, is a huge site being eyed for restoration. Much of the site has been dilapidated, The Associated Press reported.

Also on the list is Fort Huachuca Black Officer’s Club in Arizona, among other sites.

Officials want the initiative to also help people discover the stories tied to these site

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Everything We Know About Jesse Jackson And His Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the civil rights icon announced Friday afternoon in an open letter to the public. The neurodegenerative disorder affects people differently, but generally manifests itself with hand tremors, slow movements, stiffness in limbs and trouble maintaining balance, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

“After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father,” Jackson, 76, wrote on the website of his organization, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”

JUST IN: Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. announces that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s:

"I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge."

— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 17, 2017

It was not immediately clear when exactly Jackson was diagnosed, but he has found it “increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge” after he and his family “began to notice changes about three years ago.”

There is no cure for the disease. Jackson said in his letter than he planned to “make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression. However, the unfortunate reality was that all forms of therapy for the disorder can “improve symptoms” but have never stopped Parkinson’s from progressing at its typical rate.

While Jackson said his father suffered from the same disease, it is not hereditary, according to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, named for the actor who also has Parkinson’s.

“Only about 10 percent of Parkinson’s cases have been linked to a genetic cause,” the website wrote. “Most cases of Parkinson’s are called idiopathic or sporadic, meaning the cause is unknown, and researchers believe onset is due to a combination of genetic and environme

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NEWS ROUNDUP Woman Arrested For ‘F Trump’ Sticker Rihanna Takeover Keystone Pipeline Leak

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A Texas woman was arrested for a “F*** Trump” sticker on her car after a sheriff saw it on Facebook and reportedly went after her for it, according to Buzzfeed News. Karen Fonseca was put in cuffs on Thursday for possession and use of fake identification. Fonseca, who reportedly had a warrant out for her arrest that she knew nothing about, believes her sticker was the real motivation behind her arrest. The sticker went viral on  social media after the sheriff shared a photo of it on Facebook

The sticker on her and her husband’s truck reads “F**K TRUMP AND F**K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

“That’s our opinion on him,” she said to CNN. “A lot of females say I wish I had the balls to do that.”

The sheriff has since removed the post from social media due to hate messages.

“The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement shared by Buzzfeed. “Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further.”

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A Texas woman was arrested after a sheriff called out her "Fuck Trump" sticker on Facebook

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 17, 2017

Big News

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line has been named one of TIME magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2017. To celebrate, the bad girl sat down with the notable publication to talk about how she essentially plans to take over the world. “The options are pretty much unlimited in the world of beauty, and I love challenges, so I’m going to continue to have fun and push the boundaries in this industry,” she said to TIME.

Ri also talked about what it’s been like watching women have transformational experiences with her new cosmetic line. “I never could have anticipated the emotional connection that women are having with the products and the brand as a whole. Some are finding their shade of foundat

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WATCH New Docuseries Compares FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Surveillance to COINTELPRO

Fault Lines, an investigative docuseries, recently released an episode comparing COINTELPRO to the FBI’s ongoing surveillance of Black Lives Matter organizers and others they call “Black Identity Extremists,” Al Jazeera reported.

The documentary exposed the FBI’s long history of surveilling and suppressing pro-Black movements based on dubious claims of threat. Reporter Femi Oke followed the story of Rodney Barnette, a Vietnam veteran who joined the Black Panther Party upon return from his tour of duty. The group was deemed a violent threat although they primarily  organized to “[demand] an end to police brutality and equal rights to housing and employment,” according to Al Jazeera.

Chilling, eye-opening….an investigation on the scope and impact of police and FBI surveillance of black activists in the US. @FemiOke reports for @AJFaultLines

— Chika Oduah (@chikaoduah) November 16, 2017

READ MORE: Sessions Claims Ignorance On FBI ‘Black Extremists’ Report

Barnette’s daughter, Sadie, has integrated her father’s FBI files into an art project that explores the impact and history of government surveillance on Black communities. “Despite the fact that my dad had served in Vietnam and he is taking care of his family and is just a regular citizen, this information is being collected because he’s considered an enemy by his own government,” Sadie told Al Jazeera.

While Barnette was victimized by COINTELPRO, which has been tied to the assassination of Malcolm X, similar tactics have been used by various organizations to target minority groups since the 1970s. In 2015, “intelligence analysts” catfished Black Lives Matter activists to spy on and arrest the activists who shut down the Mall of America to protest police brutality in Minnesota. “We have nothing to hide, we operate all of our trainings publicly and with the full knowledge that the eyes and ears of the state are everywhere,” Lena K. Gardner, one of the activists who participated, told NewsOne.

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