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New Details Released About Kenneka Jenkins’ Harrowing Final Hours

Police reports and witness accounts surrounding the death of Kenneka Jenkins were released on Friday, providing new details related to what transpired before her body was discovered inside a suburban Chicago hotel’s storage freezer, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Newly released police reports and witness statements offer details in investigation of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins' death https://t.co/ZPSjPLDsfh pic.twitter.com/i3roTiRroG

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) October 14, 2017

According to the news outlet, the newly released information quieted the conspiracy theories that were swirling around her death on social media.

Several interviews—conducted by police officials—with people who were at the hotel party where Jenkins was last seen alive indicate that she was intoxicated. Witnesses say she was drinking cognac and wasn’t “acting like her usual self” that evening. They told police that she ended up walking off alone after her friends left her in a hallway so that she could search for her keys and cell phone.

The report mentioned that the employees at Rosemont’s Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel checked surveillance footage and law enforcement officials intervened after Jenkins’ loved ones filed a missing persons report.

After the discovery of her body, many people on social media deemed that foul play was involved in her death; prompting authorities to turn there for leads in regards to who was involved, reports the source. One witness contacted police on September 11 claiming that an acquaintance of Jenkins was involved with a gang and may have been paid $200 to have her killed. The report mentions that some individuals believed that Jenkins was “sold” for that amount of money. A friend of Jenkins told the police that the $200 overheard in a Facebook Live video taken at the hotel party referred to a parking fine for using the hotel’s lot without a ticket.

Many people who watched the Facebook Live video claimed that they heard Jenkins calling for help, but the same person said that the “help me” they heard was from a Chief Keef song that was playing.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the police documents show that Jenkins’ body was discovered by a hotel worker on September 10 in a walk-in freezer that was inside of a walk-in c

Read more: https://newsone.com/3753064/kenneka-jenkins-police-reports-released/

‘No Racial Intent’ Mississippi District Sued After Teacher Encouraged Hanging Of Black Student

Furious parents sued a central Mississippi school district after a White teacher allegedly encouraged students to hang their son, who is Black, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

A substitute teacher urged a White student to let a Black student hit him “so that they could hang him,” the parents, Tony and Kayla Lindsey, charged in the suit about an April incident at Northwest Rankin High School in the Rankin County school district in Brandon, Mississippi.

The threat came after the couple’s son, who graduated from the school, said he would hit a White student during an argument, according to the racial discrimination suit filed in federal court in Jackson against the the teacher, Rankin County school district, and contract labor provider Kelly Services.

The teacher was identified as Jane Pinnix, WAPT reported.

Black parents sue over white teacher's hanging remark: https://t.co/VNKtNQNL5V #LiveOnK2

— KATU News (@KATUNews) October 12, 2017

“Everybody in the class gasped when she [Pinnix] said it,” said Carlos Moore, the Lindseys’ lawyer. “They knew exactly what she meant.”

The Lindseys’ son was suspended for three days after returning to school to obtain recorded video of the incident from another student, the report says. The substitute, who was a Kelly Services employee, was also suspended by the district.

The suit was deemed “frivolous” by district lawyer Fred Harrell Jr.

“She [the teacher] was trying to discipline an unruly child and maybe she didn’t use the best choice of words, but there was no racial intent or racial overtone,” Harrell Jr explained, adding that the filing incorrectly “recount[s] the teacher’s exact words” before referring to the black student. “He’s stirring up the media and he thinks that helps him stir up a settlement, but it won’t help with me.”

The family had rejected an offered $5,000 as “hush money,” Moore alleged. The district’s insurer may have made such an offer, Harrell said.

Moore defended the student in the suit, saying “his Black life is the one that seemed not to matter to the substitute teacher and the

Read more: https://newsone.com/3752836/teacher-hanging-remark-controversy-lawsuit-mississippi-school-district/

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