Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown, reportedly left home with his family a few days before his name was made public. A fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than $10,000 to cover the financial needs of Wilson’s family, “including legal fees.” (The campaign has since increased its goal to $100,000.)
It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted. Delores Jones-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, looked at 21 publicized cases from 1994 through 2009 in which a police officer killed an unarmed black person. Of those, only seven cases resulted in an indictment—for criminally negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, or violation of civil rights—and only three officers were found guilty.
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said yesterday.
Urbanization and habitat encroaching are known to negatively affect plants and animals. However, a study by researchers at the University of Sydney has found that city life helps a certain species of spiders to grow large and produce more offspring.
“Our findings show the impact urbanisation can have on local wildlife. While many species do not survive encroaching urbanisation and the consequent loss of native habitat, others have a more complex relationship with man-made changes to the landscape,” said Elizabeth Lowe, a PhD candidate in the University’s School of Biological Sciences and lead author of a study.
For the study, the researchers collected golden orb-weaving spiders (Nephila plumipes) from different sites in Sydney and from the countryside too. These spiders are abundant in Australia and can be found both in cities as well as in the countryside. These eight-legged creatures tend to stay at the same location.
Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following a Wednesday night thunderstorm but things were largely peaceful.
Attorney General Eric Holder sought to calm tensions with a visit there yesterday. The visit came more than a week after the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Protesters marched around a single block in Ferguson overnight pressing for violence, like the kind that claimed the life of Michael Brown, to end.
Some police officers wore regular uniforms -but not riot gear- as they controlled the smaller crowds…but they made 6 arrests compared to the 47 the night before.
Israeli airstrikes killed three senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas early Thursday in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, Israeli and Palestinian officials said, the most significant blow to the group’s leadership since Israel’s operation in Gaza began more than six weeks ago.
The attack, which also killed the father of a leading Gaza human-rights advocate, followed Israel’s assassination attempt Tuesday night on Mohammed Deif, the shadowy chief of Hamas’s military operations who has topped Israel’s most-wanted list for years. Mr. Deif’s fate remains unknown, but his wife and baby son were among those killed in the strike on a Gaza City home.
A historic swell and epic conditions were on tap for the Top 34 on the first day of competition at the 2014 ASP Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch highlights from the mind-blowing action, featuring “WYK” from rockers Restavrant.
Round 2 resumes in sporadic conditions as the field fights to stay in the contest during the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch up on all the action with Day 2 highlights, featuring Walking, from Ash Grunwald.
Shabazz is a known agitator who inserts himself into any racially charged situation that’s in the news, see Southern Poverty Law Center’s write up on him here:
The news report from KMOV, video at link.
Many African American church leaders told News 4 a man pretending to spread messages of peace is actually escalating violence in Ferguson.
Pastors are pointing the finger at Malik Shabazz, the former leader of the New Black Panther Party, and many church leaders want him to leave Ferguson.
“I am upset with a certain group of them that are rebel rousers. We know them by name. Last night was the scariest night of my life,” said Pastor Mike Robinson.
Robinson said there is growing concern over Shabazz and what he is doing in Ferguson.
SeaWorld Entertainment will end the practice of having trainers in the water during killer whale shows, reported WTVJ-TV in Miami.
After a trainer died in 2010 during a show with a killer whale, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the marine animal theme park and recommended trainers stop going into the water with killer whales.
SeaWorld challenged the citations. In April, a federal appeals court upheld the citations against SeaWorld. Last week, the marine animal theme park said it would not try to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
SUCCESS! In response to our letter, officer who threatened to kill #Ferguson protesters has been removed from duty https://t.co/53WP8Ht0Mu
Video taken Tuesday night during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, show an officer pointing his weapon at civilians, shouting: “I will fucking kill you.”
Two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show the officer pointing a rifle at protestors.
“Gun raised, gun raised and pointed,” a protestor shouts out, alerting others as the officer approaches closer.
“My hands are up,” another protestor says.
“I will fucking kill you, get back!” the officer shouts.
Another protestor asks for the officer to identify himself.
“What’s your name, sir?” he asks.
“Go fuck yourself,” the officer replies.
A ban on soliciting donations at Los Angeles International Airport does not tread on Hare Krishna members’ free speech rights, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
A city ordinance forbids the immediate solicitation of money at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including the terminals, the parking lots, and adjacent sidewalks.
The law bans “the sale or offering for sale of any property upon the representation, express or implied, that the proceeds of such sale will be used for a charitable or religious purpose.”
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