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Georgia Cops Arrest, Handcuff and Strip-Search Black Democratic Woman Senator for ‘Count Every Vote’ Protest

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“I was singled out as a black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents in the Capitol, a body that I serve in,” State Senator Nikema Williams says.

Police in Georgia on Tuesday arrested Democratic state senator Nikema Williams for participating in a peaceful “Count Every Vote” rally inside the Capitol building. She was arrested, handcuffed, and removed from the state legislature, and later strip searched she says, according to a report in The New Yorker and later, a tweet from staff writer Charles Bethea.

Not only was Senator Nikema Williams arrested, handcuffed, and strip searched, she was placed in a van of mostly women. The two women in the van who were white, and presumably under arrest as well, were “the only ones with loose cuffs,” one of the women who was arrested says. And a white male state senator at the rally was not arrested, The Huffington Post notes.

“I was not yelling. I was not chanting. I stood peacefully next to my constituents because they wanted their voices to be heard, and now I’m being arrested,” Senator Williams, who represents Atlanta, told reporters, according to The Washington Post and the video below.

“I was singled out as a black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents in the Capitol, a body that I serve in, and I was singled out and arrested today for standing with so many Georgians who are demanding that every vote be counted,” Williams told reporters after she was released, The Washington Post reports, as this video shows:

It is unclear if Senator Williams’ constitutional rights were violated. The Georgia constitution bans arrest of lawmakers while their chamber is in session except for “treason, felony, or breach of the peace.”

Sen. Williams “was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and preventing or disrupting general assembly sessions or other meetings of members, jail records show. Both are misdemeanors,” The Post adds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missouri Fans Blasted as ‘Classless Trash’ After NFL Chiefs Crowd Started Booing During Moment of Silence for Racial Equality

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Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs were harshly criticized on Thursday after fans started booing as the team locked arms with the Houston Texans for racial equality as the National Football League season kicked off on Thursday.

Here’s some of what people were saying about the booing:

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Jared Kushner: NBA Players Striking Over Police Shooting Are ‘Fortunate’ to Be ‘Able to Take a Night Off’

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Jared Kushner disparaged the NBA players from at least six teams who decided to strike Wednesday night in protest of Kenosha, Wisconsin police shooting an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, in the back seven times at point-blank range while three of his children looked on.

Kushner said because the players are wealthy they can afford to “take a night off from work,” as if the historic unplanned strike was merely a way to not have to work. He then accused them of having “put a lot of slogans out,” but not doing anything productive – unlike President Donald Trump, he said.

“Look, I think that the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” Kushner told CNBC Thursday morning.

“So they have that luxury, which is great. Look, with the NBA I think there’s a lot of activism and I think that they’ve put a lot of slogans out.”

“But I think that what we need to do is turn that from slogans and signals to actual action that’s going to solve the problem,” he said.

According to Kushner, the problem isn’t systemic racism in police departments across the country.

“If you look at President Trump’s record,” Kushner said, “he’s passed historic criminal justice reform.”

Criminal justice reform did not stop police from shooting Jacob Blake in the back seven times and paralyzing him.

Kushner went on to talk about “opportunity zones,” “school choice,” “violence in these cities,” and HBCUs.

He then said: “you’ll hear President Trump talk about that tonight and on the campaign which is that a lot of people in Washington have failed these inner cities for a long time.”

Watch a portion of Kushner’s interview:

 

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911 Called After Black Teens Attacked by Knife-Wielding Homeless Man – Cops Show Up and Draw Guns on the Kids

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The L.A. County Sheriffs’ Dept. is once again under fire after witnesses say three Black teens were attacked by a homeless man wielding a knife. 911 was called and the police showed up – drawing at least one assault rifle and several guns on at least one of the teenagers.

This video show witnesses screaming at police, who appear entirely uninterested in hearing their accounts, and telling them to step back.

“It’s the other guy!” one bystander can be heard repeatedly yelling at the police.

“Put your guns down,” another person urges. “They’re kids.”

Off camera, one person repeatedly tells the teens to “put your hands up,” clearly afraid the child will be shot. “They don’t care cause they Black.”

“They didn’t do nothing at all,” they add.

“It was not them,” another bystander says.

“They’re just kids,” says another.

“Tammi Collins, the mother of one of the teens, says her son and a couple of friends were sitting at a bus stop when a homeless man asked if they had any crack and then tried to steal their stuff,” TMZ reports. “She says the man became super aggro, ripped his shirt off and pulled a knife on them, and attempted to stab them. She says the kids fended the man off with their skateboards.”

At least four police vehicles can be seen in the video.

No arrests were made, but in the video one teen can be seen on his knees, his hands up, appearing to be handcuffed. The homeless person was not found.

“The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. tells TMZ, the 911 call came in as an assault with a deadly weapon,” TMZ reports. “specifically, 2 adult males hitting another man with a skateboard. The kids were detained and after deputies spoke with them and witnesses, they were released and no arrests were made. The Dept. doesn’t know what happened to the homeless man.”

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