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Officer Who Killed Eric Garner Reportedly Guilty Of Infractions That Require Disciplinary Action

No surprise there.

The officer responsible for placing Staten Island native Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold in July 2014 reportedly had a history of disciplinary complaints filed against him, which ultimately required more attention and disciplinary action, The New York Daily News reports.

Documents stating that Officer Daniel Pantaleo had four complaints from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), were obtained by ThinkProgress.org from an anonymous employee from CCRB.

The site states that the organization provided enough evidence to support four issued complaints, and suggested disciplinary action for Pantaleo years before the incident with Garner. However, in a statement to the site, the CCRB refused to confirm if the records were legitimate, but the agency shared that a complaint number on one of the documents was from an actual case.

Amid the release of the reports, lawyers aren’t too surprised by their findings, claiming that the NYPD is fraudulent. Civil rights attorney Joel Berger echoes these sentiments. “The NYPD disciplinary system is a farce and this proves what a farce it is,” Berger said. “Lose a few vacation days? These are red flags. Someone should have taken notice. This was an officer with problems. We all suspected it. This proves it.”

“That level of force comes with a pattern and practice of getting away with that with other people," added legal aid lawyer Tina Luongo, saying she wasn’t “surprised” Pantaleo had these complaints before killing Garner.

Essentially, these disclosures came after legal aid lawyers pressured a panel of judges to force the city to release disciplinary action documents for those cops being protected under state civil rights law 50-a.

However, like in any controversial battle against authorities, which then in turn exposes their corrupt wrong doings, resistance from other officials comes to light. Pat Lynch, the head of the largest police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, shared his thoughts on the matter.

"The leak of such information is simply another demonstration of the CCRB's inability to function in the fair and impartial manner prescribed by the City Charter,” Lynch said. “It is an agency that actively solicits complaints, places pressure on citizens to continue questionable claims and presides over a system that encourages the pursuit of false, unsworn allegations. Their ineptness is well documented and well known and renders virtually any information released or leaked by the agency as meaningless.”

The site stated that Pantaleo was accused of failing to get medical assistance for a civilian back in 2009. Additionally, he struck someone with an object in 2011 and had a slew of car stopping violations in 2012. In 2013, he was also accused of using physical force against another person.

Whether or not obtaining these records against Pantaleo is ethical, there is no denying that the chilling incident that took place on July 17, 2014 spurred a national movement with Black Lives Matter.

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TLC's Chilli is sending love and light to Cardi B amid the rapper's recent break up with Offset. In a new interview with People, Chilli praised the rapper for handling her public situation much better than she handled her break up with Usher in 2003.

"I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy," Chilli, whose real name is Rozanda Thomas, said referring to her split from Usher. "When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough."

Thomas also claimed that Cardi was "braver" than she was as she "just sort of shut down" when her two-year relationship to the R&B crooner ended. "I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one," she continued. "She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless."

Later in the interview, Chilli suggested that she would be open to working with Cardi on new music. "I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa," she added. "That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor."

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Childish Gambino Reveals Father's Death During Concert Tribute

Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

The announcement comes shortly after Gambino returned to the stage after suffering from a foot injury. Ahead of the tour, the "Feels Like Summer" rapper also announced that his next album would be his last project under the moniker Childish Gambino. It's unclear if the new track will appear on the final album.

Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour pic.twitter.com/ToGHrAnApo

— Alexis Andrade (@alexisarealtor) December 15, 2018

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

In an interview with Elle, Nancy Dubuc shared her plans to rebuild the outlet since reports of sexual harassment allegations, unlawful HR practices and the stepping down of Shane Smith came to light this year. Changing the bro culture has removed content and replacing it with more substantial content and finding gems that will also replace the gap left by Desus & Mero.

The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

In an interview with Bossip over the summer, the guys revealed their contracts were cut two months early after news about their deal with Showtime went public. They show consisted of the two commentating on the latest in politics and pop culture while interviewing big names like Gabrielle Union, Rachel Maddow, Diddy, Vic Mensa and Tracee Ellis Ross. They also opened up about their organic approach in comedy was nearly butchered when the network demanded them to work 24/7.

“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

“We were literally the LeBron of that network,” Mero added. “As a dad, you wanna be around for milestones for like graduations, birthdays…and it’s obnoxious to have to be like, ‘I can’t go to my kid’s graduation because we leave the studio at 3 o’clock and the graduation is at 4.’”

Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

The brand is strong. #DESUSandMERO are bringing the culture to #Showtime beginning Thurs, Feb 21, at 11p/10c! #BodegaHive pic.twitter.com/3DwcWXgrEO

— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

Desus and Mero will premiere on Showtime Feb. 21 at 11 pm ET.

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