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Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Eric Garner's Death, Slaps New York City With $10 Million Lawsuit

Seems like the police have been trying to take down Orta ever since he recorded the fatal chokehold of Eric Garner.

Ever since Ramsey Orta captured footage of police officers wrongfully handling his friend, Eric Garner, in 2014, the police force has been alert. Officers are ensuring not to screw up, being very cautious to follow all protocols to a T when handling arrests. But Orta believes his involvement with the Eric Garner case has turned the police against him, and that they're out to get him in any way they can.

Following the death of Garner, Orta was arrested for possession of a handgun, and a few months later he got busted selling heroin to an undercover cop. He accepted a plea deal on his weapon and drug charges, and will receive four years in jail for pleading guilty.

Now, Orta is fighting back. He has submitted a lawsuit, suing the city for $10 million, as he feels his arrest for these charges was in “retaliation” to who he is. According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit states that his 2015 arrest in the Lower East Side of Manhattan was unwarranted and the NYPD’s tactic to “discredit” Orta’s video.

"He feels he was unjustly singled out for arrest because he took that film of his friend getting arrested,” his lawyer, Andrew Plasse, told the Daily News. "The police have gone out of their way to follow him and arrest him every chance they get.”

Orta is set to appear in court for his pending charges on Oct. 3.

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Megan Thee Stallion Mourns Loss Of Her Mother

According to a recent post on Megan Thee Stallion's Instagram account, her mother, Holly Thomas, has passed away.

The rapper revealed the news of her mother's death in an Instagram post on Friday (March 22), publishing a photo of herself with "the strongest woman on the planet."

"The best mom in the whole world," she wrote. "...I can't even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama."

The best mom in the whole world. The strongest woman on the planet. I can’t even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama

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Just like the Tina Snow artist, Thomas was a rapper who went by the name of Holly-Wood. With no doubt that her lyrical abilities rubbed off on her daughter, Thomas refused to let the "Tina Montana" emcee rap professionally until she turned 21. Beyond their bond, Megan Thee Stallion's mother doubled as her first assistant and manager.

In VIBE's NEXT feature, the 24-year-old artist revisited the moments her mother listened to her music. “Sometimes when we’re in the studio, I get her so hyped that she’s like, ‘Megan, I’m about to get in the booth and come out with another mixtape,’” she said.

There are currently no reports stating the cause of death.

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Teachers Will Be Allowed To Carry Firearms In New Florida School Bill

A new bill has been approved by the Florida House committee that would allow the arming of teachers in classrooms.

The Sun-Sentinel reports the bill, gives educators the option to carry weapons on school grounds. The legislation was made following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. It also indicates that educators must have the approval of the school board before carrying a weapon school grounds.

For the teachers who volunteer, they are required to pass a psychological test as well as a drug test, participate in 144 hours of firearms training, and hold a valid concealed weapon permit.

The law was passed on Thursday (March 21) and advocates of the legislation believe that it would work to make the school safer while critics of the law have rejected it and do not feel as though teachers should play the role of law enforcement personnel in these schools. The main proponent for the legislation, as the Sun-Sentinel reported, Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan of Eustis advocated strongly for the law.

"The more people that are there to defend students, to defend other teachers, the better. If a teacher does not want to go through the program, I don't want them to go through the program." On the other side of the spectrum, Democratic Rep. Susan Valdes of Tampa had this to say, "teachers want to teach children and broaden children's minds. If they wanted to be a cop, they would have gone to the police academy and become a cop."

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Premiere: Kai Ca$h And Warhol.SS Live It Up In "7AM" Video

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Kai Ca$h's previous single was "The West," which he made with 03 Greedo and his CYN crewmate King Combs. The song has generated more than 6 million streams. His upcoming mixtape, Born To Win, is in the works.

Watch the music video for "7AM" above.

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