Victory! Carmen Best Picked As First Black Woman Police Chief In Seattle After Almost Being Passed Over

After initially being snubbed, Carmen Best, a police veteran serving as interim chief was selected as the next leader of the embattled Seattle Police Department during a press conference on Tuesday.

Best stepped what was at first a temporary leadership role after former chief Kathleen O’Toole resigned late last year, the Seattle Times reported. The move allowed Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan time to pick someone from the department’s more than 1,400 officers. With an ongoing national search taking months to find candidates, Best began to steer the long-troubled department out of a fire that included court-ordered police reforms and a lack of community trust made worse by the controversial police shooting death of a mentally ill Black mother last June.

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Ultimately, Best apparently made a better impression on the mayor than two other candidates who came from outside of Seattle. Now, she has been chosen as the official chief pending confirmation by the city council.

I am honored to be selected as the next Seattle Police Chief.

— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) July 17, 2018

“I wanted to thank all of you for your support,” Best, a wife and mother of two, tweeted. ” … I am excited to lead the men and women of this great agency. It is my commitment to you that I will move the department ahead on continued improvement and innovation.”

I wanted to thank all of you for your support. I will be announced as the next Seattle Police Chief. I am excited to lead the men and women of this great agency. It is my commitment to you that I will move the department ahead on continued improvement and innovation.

— Chief Carmen Best (@carmenbest) July 17, 2018

With 26 years at the department, Best had actually been initially passed over as a finalist for the job. A search committee submitted five semifinalists to Seattle’s mayoral board, which chose three candidates for Durkan to consider. But the list — former Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay; Austin, Texas Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes; and Minneapolis Precinct Inspector Eddie Frizell &

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This Is Real: Stumpy White Man Playing Basketball Called Cops Because He Was ‘Fouled Too Hard’

So, Black folks can’t use coupons, sit in Starbucks, swim in their own pools, or, now, even play basketball without the cops being called them. Yep, the latter is very real.

A Virginia man was who goes by the name of TrapMoneyBenny on Twitter was playing a game of pickup basketball when a white player was fouled by a Black player. The white player claimed he was fouled “too hard” and called the cops.

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See the photo TrapMoneyBenny posted of the stumpy white man — in Black with his arms crossed — in his impotent feelings because a Black man whooped his pasty ass in the very physical sport of basketball.

Today for the first time in my life…I experienced someone call the police because they got fouled hard in basketball.

— TrapMoneyBenny (@_togs) July 17, 2018

Benny wrote in a series of tweets that he and a group of people were playing hoops at the gym. The white man said he was fouled too hard and “He gets up tells everyone he’s going to call the police and walks out leaving everyone in gym confused.” He continued: “We thought he was joking til we saw buddy at the front desk on the phone really calling the police.”

Even the cops were perplexed, Benny explained.

“Cop finally comes and brings them out the gym to talk like it was an elementary school fight. You could tell he was blown cause his time was wasted,” he tweeted. “Cop leaves and we are still left wondering why.”

Unbelievable. One day one of these white folks are going to mess with the wrong Black or brown person who might unfortunately give them a real reason to call the police.

The story has gone viral and, luckily, Benny used attention to spread awareness to a friend who was diagnosed with cancer. See below and please lend your support if you can.

While you’re here my friend @KiissMyDimples a mother of two girls, was recently diagnosed with cancer. If you could help it’d greatly be appreciated.

— TrapMoneyBenny (@_togs) July 17, 2018


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Flying While Black On American Airlines May Be Easier After NAACP Lifts Travel Ban

The NAACP lifted its months-long travel ban against American Airlines on Tuesday. Organization officials said they believe the airline has finally made some significant headway in cutting down on discrimination incidents involving passengers of color.

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The announcement came after the civil rights organization advised American Airlines on diversity and inclusion after implementing the ban over “unsafe” conditions for African-Americans last fall.

NAACP Lifts American Airlines Travel Advisory

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 17, 2018

“We have worked with American Airlines for nearly a year, and they have taken substantive action to begin to address implicit bias,” Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, said in a release. “They have embraced the situation and we are encouraged by their commitment to improve upon their internal processes and increase inclusion across their airline. Our work with American has included very candid, open and ongoing dialogue about the realities for African Americans who travel with American and other airlines, and we will continue to monitor progress and share feedback with them.”

American Airlines announces implicit bias training program at #NAACPConvention, has been working with organization to implement improvements as org lifts #travel advisory. #livingwhileblack

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 17, 2018

American agreed to make big changes in a number of areas: diversity and inclusion gap research; implicit bias training for the airlines’ 130,000 employees; and the launch a discrimination complaint resolution process for workers and customers. The NAACP said the airline made a good effort to ensure their business was more comfortable for Black travelers and its staff members. Surely, the airlines had some major work to do in cleaning up its previous controversies.

American Airlines has been extra disrespectful to Black passengers in the past. There was the booting of activist Tamika Mallory from a flight after a seat assignment squabble last October. The pilot ordered Mallory to leave the plane and displayed “white male

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Group Could Face Hate Crime Charge After Racist Attack Of Black Man At Bar

Several White nationalists may face hate crime charges after allegedly having verbally and physically attacked a Black man in Pennsylvania. The incident came as hate crimes have seen an uptick in the nation.

A group of at least eight to 10 people participated in the alleged beating of Paul Morris Sr. at a bar called the Jackman Inn in Avalon on July 7, the man said. The group, identified as members of a well known white nationalist group called Keystone Skinheads, was said to have been involved in the attack. Morris said he was confronted with racist slurs before being physically assaulted.

“I said, ‘Who are you?'” Morris, referring to the group that first hurled the horrible slurs at him, said to ABC affiliate WTAE, a local source. “And he said, ‘We are here to eradicate the earth of (racial slur), one-by-one.'”

At least 10 people told police that the incident was a “racially motivated” attack, a bar manager said.

Avalon police investigate racially motivated attack on African-American resident

— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) July 17, 2018

Charges were not immediately filed but were expected later this week, Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski said.

“If there are any potential hate crimes or something of that nature, then these individuals are going to be appropriately charged,” Kokoski said.

The incidents called attention to the rise in hate crimes, which went up for the fourth consecutive year in several cities, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino published in May. Hate crimes rose by 12.5 percent last year in the nation’s 10 largest cities: Dallas, Houston,  Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, San Jose, San Diego, San Antonio and Los Angeles.


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Walgreens Uses Motion Sensors To Racially Profile Black People, Customer Says

A Netflix comedy writer recently recorded a video that accuses a national drug store chain of using a motion sensor system to follow Black customers in at least one of its stores.

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Dewayne Perkins, who writes for “The Break With Michelle Wolf,” was at a Duane Reade pharmacy, which is owned by Walgreens, in Queens, New York City, on Saturday night when he said he noticed something peculiar happening every time he stepped into an aisle—an automated voice alerted employees that customer service was needed in that section. He said he became suspicious because the alert was triggered selectively.

He demonstrated in this video that went viral.

Tonight I was racially profiled at the @DuaneReade in Woodside, Queens outside of the 61st Woodside stop on the 7 train. I recorded to prove that it doesn’t matter how successful I become or how non threatening I try to appear, my skin color is seen as a threat.

— Dewayne “Not Dwayne” Perkins (@DewaynePerkins) July 15, 2018

While confronting a Duane Reade manager about his belief that he was a victim of facial profiling, another Black customer shared her similar experience as the manager denied the allegations. Perkins pointed out that if the system was indeed automated it would go off every time anyone entered an aisle—not just when Black people walked into a section.

That’s when another black woman came to say that she ALSO gets followed in that store. This is absolutely unacceptable. I can’t even walk into a store to get a bottle of water without getting racially profiled.

— Dewayne “Not Dwayne” Perkins (@DewaynePerkins) July 15, 2018

The writer was angry but calm in demanding answers from the manger and company officials. Perkins tweeted that he feared police involvement from the confrontation.

My friend asked “did I call the police?” and that was the worst part. Because the thought of the police, you know the people that are suppose to protect us, only instilled more fear in me b/c in that store my skin color got me followed but with the police it could get me killed


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