Pedestrian Fatalities On The Rise In New York City
Getty Images

Officer Faces Suspension After Punching A Pedestrian For Jaywalking

Nandi Cain Jr. was the target of a Sacramento police officer's blows on Monday (April 11), when the latter attempted to detain Cain for jaywalking.

Nandi Cain Jr. was the target of a Sacramento police officer's blows on Monday (April 11), when the latter attempted to detain Cain for allegedly jaywalking. According to NBC News, Cain was seen crossing a street when the unnamed law enforcement official approached him.

After a few words were exchanged, a physical match ensued where the officer used force to pin Cain to the pavement. The cop then administered several blows to Cain's head before six officers were called for backup.

"It was supposedly for jaywalking. And then, when they put me in handcuffs and they were driving off, I heard them (talk) about they were going to get me for resisting arrest," Cain said in a statement. "But as you can see on the video clearly, I didn't resist at all."

The SPD published a statement on the incident, writing, "For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times." The memo continues, "The videos of this incident portray actions and behavior that we would consider unacceptable conduct by a Sacramento Police Officer." An investigation on the matter is currently underway.

For Cain, images of those slain due to police violence or racism flashed through his mind during his detainment. "I thought I was going to be like the next Trayvon Martin," he said. "I felt like they were going to draw a gun out and shoot me in my back or try to break my arms off or something."

READ: Paramount Network Assists Jay Z And The Weinstein Company With Trayvon Martin Series

After charging Cain with resisting arrest, the accusation was later dropped by the Sacramento Police Department.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Bibi Bourelly Shares Striking Video For "White House"

Singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly continues to use her talented pen to spread a timely message. For her latest, the "Ballin" singer debuted the poignant video for "White House."

Images of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to footage of children detained in immigration facilities are depicted within the three-minute reel. The visual also puts into perspective the dire circumstances humans are currently living through and the future issues from the environment to politics that will alter the lives of generations to come. Bourelly also shared a mission statement behind the piece:

I am a girl.

A regular girl. I am not a pop star Or a politician. I am not a Straight A student. I am an artist. I try to tell the truth because My father taught me that lying hurts. Not only those around us , but ourselves. It hurts everyone. It jades our perspective and skews our principles. It confuses us and everyone around us. My father also taught me that when choosing to trust in or believe an individual you have to observe what they do before believing what they say. I look at the grown ups who are the representatives of our country and I don’t believe them. People like that never liked me. They never liked us. I know that because I’ve ran into them in encounters on the subway or the local community stores. They tell us to speak more like them and to stop writing poems. I’m a girl. I have never stolen anything. I am not a straight A student. I am a brown girl, an artist and a poet. I close my eyes sometimes and try to listen to the deepest part of my heart when things get scary or feel wrong to hear what it tells me like my father taught me to do and this is what came out.

In a previous interview with VIBE, Bourelly said one of her worries about being a creative in this industry is losing the ability to make tunes based on real-life issues.

"One of my biggest fears is that when I get to a certain level I will forget how to write about real life. I think that's what makes me an artist, the fact that I talk about the things that I experience. Music for me is an outlet," she said. "I feel things very intensely. Before I had the diction, the articulation to express what I felt I would create my music. The moment I begin to get a real understanding of diction and articulation, I begin to write about the things that were happening around me. It wasn't until people pointed it out to me that I was writing about the things that were happening around me that I realized it."

Watch the video up top.

READ MORE: Views From The Studio With... Songwriter Bibi Bourelly

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Gucci Mane And Waka Flocka Put The Past Behind Them

After a years-long rift that resulted in subliminal statements and a torn friendship, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka have arrived at a point of neutrality. The pair has been at odds in previous years due to personal and business matters, and at one point fans were convinced the Atlanta natives would remain outside of each other's orbit.

Now, Gucci said he was inspired to reach out to Waka after he was notified of the latter's public video message in November that called for a mediation between the two. "To be honest, with him going on the Internet like that, I reached out because I thought it was urgent," Gucci shared during an interview with Streetz 94.5 radio station. The "I Get The Bag" rapper continued to state that all has been settled between the two, reiterating that "everything's in the past now."

A month ago, Waka publicized his call to have a discussion with Gucci. Taking to Instagram, the "Hard in Da Paint" artist said, "All that playing over with. You know how to get me big dawg...You call me." Prior offenses included Waka's contention with Gucci's memoir and other business-related decisions, which Waka addressed on his song, "Was My Dawg."

 

View this post on Instagram

 

The Biggest‼️

A post shared by WAKA FLOCKA (@wakaflocka) on Nov 11, 2018 at 6:25pm PST

Watch Gucci Mane's revelation below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#GucciMane (@laflare1017) reveals that he and @wakaflocka have settled their differences and “everything is in the past now” 🚨| What do you guys think the conversation between Streetz Morning Takeover and Gucci Mane? Comment Below! 👇🏾 | #streetz945 #streetzmorningtakeover @moquickatl @joclive @shawtythecomedian

A post shared by Streetz 94.5 Atlanta (@streetz945atl) on Dec 13, 2018 at 5:19am PST

READ MORE: Waka Flocka Might Settle Rift With Gucci Mane

Continue Reading
Trick Daddy inserted his thoughts on the Ebro/ Kodak Black interview controversy.
Getty Images

Trick Daddy Calls Ebro A "Fake A** Charlamagne" After Kodak Black Interview

Many are throwing their comments and thoughts into the recent news regarding Ebro Darden and Kodak Black. The radio host attempted to facilitate a conversation surrounding the rapper's sexual assault allegations. The "Codeine Dreaming" MC left the interview shortly after being made uncomfortable.

While many are standing by Darden's stab at tackling the elephant in the room, many others are calling out the Hot 97 host for bringing up such a sensitive topic. One of the people upset with Ebro is rapper Trick Daddy.

"Ebro, you disrespected the homie. You tried a young n***a. Kodak my little n***a, n***a," he said in an Instagram video defending Kodak. "If nobody gon' step up, I'm gon' step up, n***a. I want smoke, n***a. You get on the radio, you're supposed to be an older n***a. You're supposed to be a n***a that's supposed to lead these n***as not into temptation. You're supposed to get these n***as and put them under your wing and teach them the right from wrong. But your b**ch a** -- you're trying to be a fake a** Charlamagne."

After the interview gained virality, Ebro took to Twitter to explain that he was trying to have a balanced conversation, and that he wasn't trying to "bait" Kodak for views.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

@cthagod @theshaderoom @balleralert @worldstar make sho y’all tell em I said it .. @kodakblack @djepps

A post shared by Trick Daddy Dollars (@trickdaddydollars) on Dec 13, 2018 at 8:15am PST

READ MORE: We're Looking At Y'all: Hip-Hop Won't Have A 'Me Too' Moment Because Of Apologists

Continue Reading

Top Stories