Protest Continue Across Country In Wake Of NY Grand Jury Verdict In Chokehold Death Case
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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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J. Prince Gets YBN Almighty Jay’s Stolen Rap-A-Lot-Records Chain Back

YBN Almighty Jay can thank J. Prince for stepping in to get his stolen chain back. The Rap-A-Lot Records boss secured the return of the jewelry days after his teenage protégé was beaten and robbed in New York City.

French Montana, and rapper Hocus 45th, met with Prince in Los Angeles on Monday (March 18) night to return the chain, and accompanying pendant. French played middleman to get J. Prince and Hocus 45th in the same room, TMZ reports.

J Prince shared a photo from the meeting on Instagram. “Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares,” he captioned the post. “The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr.”

The Houston native added that French and Hocus are officially welcomed into his #MobTies movement, and that he looks forward to “doing business in the future together.”

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Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares. - - The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr - - Tho it was never about the chain, it was about the name that was built off of blood sweat and tears. - - I welcome these brothers to our #MobTies movement and look forward to us doing business in the future together. - - There’s power in numbers and when strong brothers from the streets align themselves with one another, suckas tremble. So I can only imagine how some of you are feeling right now! - - I’ve invited these homies to #htown for @jprincejr birthday celebration March 28-31, 2019 and I look forward to coming to the Bronx soon. - - The big picture here is the same as I stated in my first post, to not allow moment thinkers to muddy the waters over the movement. - - To @ybnalmightyjay I’ll be returning your jewelry soon Lil homie. - - To be continued... #TheArtAndScienceOfRespect

A post shared by J Prince (@jprincerespect) on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:16am PDT

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8-Year-Old Nigerian Chess Champion's Big Win Helps His Family Out Of Homelessness

An 8-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy is helping his family out of homelessness. Tanitoluwa “ Tani” Adewumi, won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship last week, beating out more than 70 of the state’s top young chess players, all while living in a homeless shelter.

Tani, who was recently profiled in the New York Times, and his family fled Nigeria in 2017, reportedly out of fear of being targeted by Boko Haram. The family applied for asylum, and have since been living in a New York shelter.

The third grader learned to play chess a year ago at his elementary school, P.S. 116. Tani’s coach, Russell Makofsky marveled at his ability to learn chess so quickly. "His intellect, his aptitude, his capacity to learn chess is off the charts,” Makofsky said. “From not playing to beating the best of the best in one year is unheard of, all while living in a homeless shelter.”

Tani has been getting a lot of attention for his big win. A GoFundMe page launched on March 15 with a goal of raising $50,000 to help Tani’s family “secure a home where he can continue his journey,” has raised more than $182,000. An attorney has also agreed to work on the family’s asylum case for free, CBS News reports.

The family now plans to move into an apartment, and posted an update on the GoFundMe page Tuesday (March 19) sharing their gratitude for the donations, Tani’s chess coach, and the media for publicizing the story. “Our big shout out to the whole WORLD for all your support financially, morally, spiritually and many more can't [be] mentioned. You are all awesome. God bless you all.”

According to the post, proceeds from the crowdfunding effort will be donated to a new foundation that the family will be starting in Tani's name.

See more on his story below.

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Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne To Perform At Lollapalooza 2019

Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, Team Imapala, Slash, and J. Balvin are among the artists who will be taking the stage for Lollapalooza 2019, festival organizers revealed Tuesday (March 19).

Lolla's partial performance list was unveiled in a nearly 14:00-minute interactive video featuring dogs up for adoption at PAWS Chicago. The pups move around in a makeshift playpen filled with plastic balls that reveal the images of the acts billed to perform at this year’s festival. The list also includes, Lil Baby and his “Close Friends” collaborator, Gunna, along with Lil Skies, French artist Madeon, Spanish singer ROSALÍA, electronic act Yaeji, and Australian dance group Rufus Du Sol.

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago’s Grant Park Aug. 1-4. It’s unclear when the full list of performers will be announced. As for tickets, 4-day general admission passes are on sale for $360 a pop, while VIP tickets will run music fans $2,200. One-day general admission passes haven't gone on sale yet but will cost $130 each, and a single-day VIP ticket comes with a $650 price tag.

Click here for ticketing info. Watch video of the lineup unveil below.

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