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‘Stop Lying’ DeRay McKesson Sues Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro For Defamation

DeRay McKesson has started a legal battle against Fox News and one of the network’s hosts Jeanine Pirro for having “damaged his reputation and endangered him as a civil rights activist,” TMZ reported.

McKesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, sued Pirro and the controversial network for accusations that he directed protesters to commit violence against a police officer during a protest for Alton Sterling, a Black man who was killed by a White cop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July 2016. Pirro discussed a dismissed lawsuit filed by the unidentified officer, who reportedly was struck in the face with a rock, against BLM during a “FOX & Friends” episode on September 28, McKesson said. The media personality fired off several outrageous and false statements about McKesson, as well as blamed him for “directing the violence” toward the cop, according to documents obtained by TMZ. “You’ve got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay McKesson,” Pirro said, according to McKesson.

Black Lives Matter Leader DeRay McKesson Sues Jeanine Pirro, FOX News https://t.co/ZQN6m72EXL

— TMZ (@TMZ) December 13, 2017

“Pirro’s statements are untrue and further a narrative that I, and other activists, engage in violent protest,” Mckesson said in message to The Baltimore Sun Wednesday.

The activist and educator, who filed the defamation suit in New York Tuesday, had initially aired out his grievances in a post on Twitter in September.

.@JudgeJeanine, I was found not guilty & I didn't direct any violence. In fact, I was protesting the violence of the police. Stop lying. pic.twitter.com/c1D4SM0VlB

— deray (@deray) September 29, 2017

A federal judge ruled McKesson was “expressing his right to free speech at the demonstration, and it wasn’t his fault that the officer got hurt, TMZ previously reported.

A FOX News spokesperson told TMZ that the allegations are unfounded. “We informed Mr. McKesson’s counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings,” t

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764664/deray-mckesson-twitter-black-lives-matter-lawsuit-jeanine-pirro-fox-news-defamation/

Colin Kaepernick Inspires One Muralist To Push Back Against Trump

One talented artist is examining African-American culture and protesting Trump in Georgia. Jorael Elliot, a creative from New Mexico, has painted a mural featuring the faces of Colin Kaepernick, Rosa Parks and more in Mercer Village, a popular restaurant destination in a historical college area in Macon, Georgia.

Viewers can see Kaepernick kneeling in protest and Parks’ booking number from her famous arrest after refusing to give up her seat, according to The Telegraph. Sam Oni, the first African-American student to attend Mercer University in Macon, a largely Black city, is also featured in the mural merging civil rights history with contemporary narratives. The piece also shows Black Civil War soldiers and a Black Civil War general. The featured people and depicted themes were chosen in response to the belief that removing Confederate monuments erases history.

https://t.co/V9cwe0LcVW

— Emanuela 41NBC (@Emanuela41NBC) December 12, 2017

“I think it’s just time to kind of call (injustices) out and do a piece on knowing what you stand for,” Elliott said to The Telegraph. ‘We can honor the history by telling different layers of the story from the past as well as make it (relevant) to the present.”

Elliott’s artistic effort, however, is more than a work of art dedicated to Black history flashpoints. The mural is part of a “Mobilize Walls” project pushing back against Trump’s proposed wall for Mexico, Elliott said. His goal is to build several murals that when combined have a square footage that makes them larger than the dimensions of the president’s promised imposing border, which is viewed as an attempt to promote fear-mongering. “Square foot by square foot, these walls all over the world can out scale the proposed wall,” Elliott said.

“And he’s [Elliott] already surpassed that amount and other artists are involved to so it’s not just his mural, it’s a combination of lots of different murals,” Craig Coleman, professor of art at Mercer, which is located in the same area as the mural, said to 41NBC. Coleman introduced the idea of artists creating more work in the historical college corridor in Macon

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764640/colin-kaepernick-mural-news-jorael-elliot-mercer-village-macon-georgia-art/

11-Year-Old Michigan Girl Held At Gunpoint Screamed While Handcuffed Outside Home

At a time when Black girls are targeted as victims of criminalization, many spaces have become unsafe for them, including their own homes. A body camera captured an 11-year-old girl who was handcuffed and held a gunpoint by cops right outside her Grand Rapids, Michigan home before she was thrown into the back of a police cruiser while screaming wildly during a manhunt Wednesday. Honestie Hodges was suddenly under siege and confronted by officers after just leaving home to walk to the store.

“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Hodges said to 24 Hour News 8 about the incident under investigation. “They had police cars over on this street, they had police cars all along the ally.”

Body camera footage shows 11-year-old girl held at gunpoint, handcuffed by Michigan officers. She says she used to want to be a police officer, but is too scared of them now https://t.co/uS4y4oAQxk

— KTLA (@KTLA) December 13, 2017

Black 11-Year-Old Michigan Girl Handcuffed, Held by Police as They Search For her White Aunt https://t.co/n1tHVtEJPz pic.twitter.com/XkGE8ZMbgB

— BCNN1 (@bcnn1) December 13, 2017

Honestie, a student at Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids, was degraded when officers asked her to walk backwards with her hands up, a position that many Black people have had to assume when manhandled by cops. She was cuffed for two minutes, patted down and shuffled into the cop car, where she was detained for 10 minutes, as if she were an adult. Hodges’ mom, Whitney Hodges couldn’t believe the unjustified actions. “The whole time they are telling her to come down, I’m telling them, ‘she’s 11 years old. That’s my daughter. Don’t cuff her,'” Whitney Hodges said about the appalling and violent incident. When Honestie saw her mother walking past her, she put her hands through bars and banged on a window while screaming for her release.

Authorities have opened an internal investigation after Honestie’s grandmother complained about the incident, News 8 reported. They said they were at Honestie’s home to search for the girl’s aunt, Carrie Manning, who was wanted for allegedly stabbing her younger sister at a nearby home and was said to be armed w

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764581/police-girl-brutality-grand-rapids-michigan-honestie-hodges-handcuffed-gunpoint/

Homophobic And ‘Family Values’ Republican Caught With A Teenage Male Prostitute

Ralph Shortey is a perfect example of the phrase, “Thou who protest too much.” You may not have heard his name, but the former Oklahoma state Senator  and senior member of Donald Trump’s campaign team in Oklahoma, who was against LGBTQ rights, pleaded guilty last month to child sex trafficking. In March, he was found in a Super 8 motel with a 17-year-old who was reportedly a male sex worker. Last week, the body cam footage was released of the arrest and his Republican hypocrisy has gone  viral.

Wearing a shirt with a reference to the Bible verse from Ephesians 5:22, which called for women to “submit to their husbands,” Shortey is shocked when police insist he open the door to his hotel room. Once inside, he’s informed the teen is underage, but asks for proof. “Can you show me that he’s only 17?” The officer replied with, “I can’t but I can convince you that he is. I can put you in handcuffs and throw you in the back of the car.” There were allegedly smoking weed together, but Shortey blamed the marijuana on the teen. Watch below:

A police report claimed that they discovered sexually explicit exchanges with Shortey referring  to the teen as “baby boy” and offered him cash for “sexual stuff.” The former Senator is now facing 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for child sex trafficking.

While in the Senate, Shortey often claimed he was a “family values Republican.” He advocated for felony marijuana laws and voted against LGBT rights. Isn’t that interesting? The anti-gay and anti-drugs Senator is caught doing drugs with a teenage boy.

SOURCE: New York Daily News, The Stranger

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Read more: https://newsone.com/3764453/homophobic-and-family-values-republican-caught-with-a-teenage-male-prostitute/

Focus Turns To Trump’s Federal Court Nominee In Alabama After Big Election

With the Alabama race for U.S. Senate in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on a federal judicial seat in the state that President Donald Trump wants to fill with a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer. The nominee, Brett Talley, has asked the White House to withdraw his name after the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee had a come-to-Jesus moment and asked the administration to “reconsider” Talley’s nomination, BuzzFeed News reported.

RELATED: Fewer Black Federal Judges Under Trump As White Males Thrive

The president, who doubles down when pushed, has so far been silent about whether he will withdraw Talley’s nomination, which has already cleared Sen. Charles Grassley’s (R-Iowa) committee and awaits a full Senate vote.

“We are deeply concerned – disturbed even – by the prospect of Mr. Talley becoming a federal judge in Alabama, and we believe all Americans should be, too,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) wrote in The Hill.

We rarely oppose judicial nominees. Brett Talley is an exception. Here's why: https://t.co/feXtJhXtIq pic.twitter.com/11DdtAu5zI

— ADL (@ADL_National) November 30, 2017

Civil rights advocates raised a red flag when it was reported that Talley defended the honor of the early KKK in a 2011 online messaging board post, denying that the hate group promoted White supremacy through violence. Coons, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, and Sewell, a Black Alabama lawmaker, underscored the historic significance of Alabama’s federal middle district. Rulings from that bench allowed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to lead a march to Montgomery, declared Montgomery’s segregated buses unconstitutional following the famous boycott and struck down the state’s poll tax.

In addition to all of that, the American Bar Association ranks Talley, who has never tried a case, as “not qualified” to be a federal judge. Talley also failed to disclose to Grassley’s committee that his wife is the chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn.

SEE ALSO:

Epic! Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race Because Of Black Women

Report: Blac

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764561/brett-talley-judge-civil-rights-alabama-kkk-unqualified/

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