On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States gave President Donald Trump a major win. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court voted to allow the President to divert $2.5 billion in military funds to help build an extra 100 miles of border wall across the California and Mexico border.
The 5-4 vote by the justices reversed the orders by a federal judge in Oakland, California and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals across the bay in San Francisco that prevented the Trump administration from using the Pentagon’s funds to help Trump build his border wall.
By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
A small protest on front of the Valencia street police station in the Mission District of San Francisco.
The people peaceful gathered to demand justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez, who was an 21 year-old immigrant from Guatemala.
A police officer in Jackson, Georgia who made-up a story about being shot by a black man faces four felony charges, including giving false statements to police, because on September 13, police officer Sherry Hall claimed that while on patrol around 12am, according to her report she saw a” 6ft tall, 230 lbs black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants”, loitering on the side of the street.
She claimed that “after she exited the vehicle, he became very argumentative” which led to him pulling out a gun and shooting her in the lower part of her vest.
As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation started to investigate officer Hall’s case, her story immediately began to unravel, it soon became obviously to them that officer Hall fabricated the entire story, no doubt placing the well-being of many black men in that area, in danger of cops seeking retribution for a fellow officer, who they believed was wounded in the line of duty. According to the Root.com GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten said: ” the investigation revealed that there is, and never was , a suspect at large in Jackson, Georgia. ”
The killing of Philando Castile, by who we now now as officer Jeronimo Yanez , has now been ruled a homicide by Hennepin County Medical Examiner, according to the Washington Post .
Officer Yanez, shot and killed Mr. Castile in front of his four-year old daughter and his fiancee. During a traffic stop, where Mr. Castile attempted to retrieve his wallet and I.D. on the request of the officers, after informing the officers he was in possession of a legally permitted firearm.
In a new strategy to prevent the possible crimes of police officers from being seen by the public and creating backlash against police brutality and racism, that can be used as motivation by grassroots activists like members of the Black Lives Matter movement, who have been protesting the recent killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota . Pat McCrory the governor of North Carolina signed a new bill limiting who can see the footage from police cams.
Whereas, in the past video footage from police cams would of been considered public information, this new North Carolina Law limits who can see the video to the people who are in the video, and even that request by a person in the video can still be denied and would have to be taken to superior court. This law without a doubt, will hurt the people most affected by police violence and that’s poor people of color, who will find it more difficult to hire a good lawyer to fight for their right to see the video, assuming they are not slained like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
The family of Akai Gurley unite with local NYC activists, to protest the recommendation from Brooklyn District Attorney, that ex-NYPD officer serve no time behind bars for killing an unarmed man. The Brooklyn D.A proposed Liang, instead serves his manslaughter conviction at home, in house arrest. Peter Liang was convicted of killing unarmed Akai Gurley earlier this year.