In the grief and shock following the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold that proved deadly, one protester remarked, "we have to make a change because they're killing us off."
Without a doubt, there is a war on black America. The question is: Who is really trying to kill off black Americans?
Many conservatives who felt that the grand jury acted rightly in Ferguson, Missouri with the death of my namesake Michael Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson cannot understand how the grand jury in Staten Island, New York, decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. As Charles Krauthammer expressed, "From looking at the video, the grand jury's decision here is totally incomprehensible. It look as if at least they might've indicted him on something like involuntary manslaughter at the very least." more >>
In early August my wife and I, along with seven of our nine children, left for a month-long ministry tour in Africa (Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa). It was a couple of days before we got settled and had any access to media. As such, I was taken aback when I began to receive Google alerts, emails, and Facebook and Twitter messages either demanding that I comment on "Ferguson," or condemning me for failing to do so. The only problem was, I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. Who, what, or where was Ferguson? Why was it such a big deal? Why was I being condemned (along with other "high-profile" evangelicals) for "failing to speak out on such an important issue"?
I eventually got up to speed. Or at least I found out what all the fuss was about. Over the next several weeks I viewed this issue from a unique perspective. I was an American in Africa watching an issue ignite ethnic tensions in my homeland. It was almost surreal.
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The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park after Rice displayed a toy gun was reportedly deemed unfit for duty by another police force just two years before the incident.
Officer Tim Loehmann shot Rice in Cleveland on Nov. 22, and the boy died the following day from his injuries. Loehmann told officials that he believed the boy had a real firearm, which is why he fired his own gun. However, Rice's death has set off calls for reformation within the police department and now more is being revealed about Loehmann's time as a police officer, not just with the Cleveland police force but with the department he worked with prior, in Independence.
"His handgun performance was dismal," deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo in 2012. He should also be "released from the employment of the City of Independence," the memo concluded. Loehmann "could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal. … It was clear to Sgt. Tinnirello (Loehmann's trainer) that the recruit was just not mentally prepared to be doing firearm training." more >>
Scott Panetti, a severely mentally ill man who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday in Texas for the murder of his parents-in-law, was granted a last-minute stay of execution by a federal appeals court. A number of Christian leaders had spoken out about his case, and asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry to show mercy toward the man.
"We stay the execution pending further order of the court to allow us to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter," the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans stated. "An order setting a briefing schedule and oral argument will follow."
Panetti, who has suffered from schizophrenia and a number of other mental illnesses for the past 30 years, was scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday in Huntsville for the 1992 double murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado of Kerr County. more >>
Both liberal and conservative women aligned to support a case debating the issue of pregnant women's rights in the workplace which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
Lawyers for Peggy Young, a UPS truck driver, argued before the nation's highest court that her employer UPS did not provide work accommodations for pregnant employees who wish to retain their jobs as it does with non-pregnant employees with work limitations. Young's battle has drawn the support of both women's rights groups and pro-life groups, communities which are typically on opposing ends of the abortion issue, for different reasons.
Women's rights organizations rallying behind Young's case believe pregnancy discrimination is another example of gender inequality in the work place and in women's paychecks. more >>
After exceeding their $2.1 million crowdfunding goal earlier this year to make a crime drama about Kermit Gosnell and his West Philadelphia "house of horrors," late-term abortion clinic, starting Wednesday, Indiegogo is allowing the Gosnell movie producers to reopen their campaign indefinitely as part of its "forever funding" program.
By reopening the crowdfunding campaign, producers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda will continue to offer "thank you" gifts to donors and have set new goals for the crime drama, which includes raising an additional $500,000 to extend filming to four weeks, and securing the best actors they can find for the film. The producers also hope to increase the number of backers from the 26,574 who donated over $2.2 million to over 100,000 backers to show potential distributors that a large number of Americans support the project.
"It's a huge boost to the movie — more donations, means more shooting days, better actors, higher production values, it'll mean a better movie. It will also mean we'll be able to get Gosnell's story out to a wider audience," McElhinney said in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Wednesday. more >>