Shaun King, a racial justice activist who has a large following on Twitter, denied that he told a false story about being the victim of an attack tied to racism and that he lied about his race. King said his mom is White and his dad Black, but on the police report from the incident that occurred 20 years ago, he is listed as White. “Every single person who knows me BEYOND Twitter, beyond trending topics and HIT PIECES, knows I have never lied about my race,” King tweeted. “Out of LOVE for my family, I’ve never gone public with my racial story because it’s hurtful, scandalous, and it’s MY STORY.” Read more.
Rep. Chaka Fattah Pleads Not Guilty in Racketeering Case
Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah pled not guilty during a court appearance earlier this week after he was accused of racketeering. The charges were filed against him, his wife, and his former staff members last month after they were accused of being connected to an $18,000 luxury car scam. “I understand their desire to come after me … but to take innocent people, to take people in my family and to smear their good name — that says a lot about character, so I think that’s the most unfortunate part about this entire process,” said Rep Fattah. “I haven’t committed any crime.” Read more.
Medical Examiner in Eric Garner Case is a Former NYPD Cop
It was recently discovered that one of the medical examiners responsible for studying evidence for federal prosecutors in the Eric Garner case was a former NYPD officer. According to sources, Lieutenant Col. Philip Berran, who serves as a U.S. Army pathologist, worked on the case. “When I became a cop I never thought anything would get me out of the police world,” said Berran in his book. “Then I found something more interesting that combines all my skills, policing, law and medicine. My interest in pathology began with my admiration for the work of the New York City Medical Examiner.” Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the Garner family, said he hopes Berran would realize the correct cause of death: asphyxiation at the hands of a police officer. “I would think that the military person (Berran) would agree that was the cause of death,” said Baden. Read more.
[UPDATED] Former President Jimmy Carter Says Cancer Spread To His Brain
In a Thursday morning announcement, Former President Jimmy Carter said his cancer has spread to his brain. He is scheduled to begin radiation treatment on Thursday, he announced at the conference in Atlanta. When news of his diagnosis was announced last week, Carter initially said doctors discovered a “small mass” which was removed from his liver earlier this month. Read more.
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