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Your Black Hip-Hop: Jasiri X Weekly Newscast ā€” Hip-Hop Style!

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Hip-Hop Emcee/Newscaster, Jasiri X returns with his weekly Hip-Hop newscasts. For this week, current events include the Iraq-shoe incident, Gov. Blagojevich’s pay-to-play endeavors, mass-media tying Obama to the Illinois scandal, Chicago Police carrying M4s, and the failing economy:

Your Black News: Lawsuit Claims Election-Night Hate-Crime By Chicago Police

November 15, 2008 Leave a comment

CHICAGO (AP) ā€” A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that while a huge Chicago crowd celebrated the election of the first black U.S. president, some white city police officers committed hate crimes against a black family cheering Barack Obama’s victory from home.

The federal lawsuit claims several officers discharged pepper spray on members of a family celebrating Obama’s win outside their home on the city’s West Side last week.

After some of the family members fled into the home, the armed officers knocked down the door and shouted profanity-laced racial insults before leaving, according to the suit.

The eight plaintiffs include Niger Arnold, 31, of Chicago, and her four children, who had been visiting relatives at the home.

“Chicago looked very good on national TV that night. For many people, it was the beginning of a new era in America,” attorney Gregory Kulis said. “Obviously, some Chicago police thought otherwise.”

The lawsuit, which seeks $50,000 in damages, claims use of excessive force, unlawful search and seizure, battery, and a hate crime. It cites only the unnamed officers and does not name the Chicago Police Department.

A separate lawsuit filed last week by Kulis claims Christina Ballard and Cornelius Voss, who are black, were driving home in Chicago with family members on election night when white officers in unmarked cars drove alongside the vehicle.

That lawsuit alleges that after some of the children cheered for Obama through the open car windows, the officers discharged pepper spray and yelled “white power” and the N-word [...]

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Your Black News: Chicago Man Falsely Accused Of Killing Cop Freed

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Authorities made the gut-wrenching decision Tuesday to release their sole suspect in the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Robert Soto.

Prosecutors are expected to seek the dismissal of murder and robbery charges against Jason Austin, 26, in court today. “We’re faced with witnesses recanting because they fear retaliation. The integrity of the investigation is solid. We’re going to continue to follow the evidence,” one police official said.

Detectives were trying to prove a pattern of intimidation after witnesses started changing their stories, a source said. Police and prosecutors held a tense, high-level meeting at police headquarters Tuesday before deciding to release Austin, the Sun-Times first reported on its Web site.

“I am elated because the kid didn’t do it,” said Austin’s attorney, David Wiener. “There is just no question in my mind. He said, ‘I didn’t do it.’ “

Wiener praised State’s Attorney Dick Devine and his office, saying, “They told me two weeks ago if I proved my client did not commit that crime, they would throw the case out.”

Spokesmen for the police and the state’s attorney’s office declined comment.

Officers who investigated the killing were “sick to their stomach” about the decision, a source said. “Rotten,” was how another high-ranking police official put it…

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