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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City prosecutors say they have arrested two men in connection with the death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of political activist Malcolm X.
An official of the city’s prosecutor’s office who was not authorized to be quoted by name says the two suspects are employees of the bar where Shabazz reportedly got in a violent dispute last week.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A British schoolgirl visiting relatives in a rural village in northern Jamaica was fatally shot when a lone gunman opened fire on a group of family members as they gathered at a roadside shop, officials said Sunday.
Imani Green, 8, of Balham in south London, was standing inside a clapboard grocery store and bar with Jamaican relatives Friday evening when a gunman wearing a hoodie shot the child in the head and shoulder before also shooting and wounding three adult members of her family.
The high command of Jamaica’s police force said Sunday that Imani was “mercilessly slaughtered in front of family members in a hail of bullets as gangsters sought to exact revenge on their rivals” in the normally quiet Red Dirt district of Duncans in Trelawny parish.
The roadside business where the shooting occurred is apparently owned by a female relative of the slain girl. There have been no arrests.
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Another unarmed black teen has been killed, and like in the case of Trayvon Martin, the parents of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade believe racial profiling and foul play are at work. According to a police account on the Daily Beast:
“A dispatcher received a 911 call around 11 p.m. [March 24] from 26-year-old Oscar Carrillo, who said that two black men wearing black sweaters had stolen his computer and backpack from his car, and that one of them ‘put a gun in my face right now.’ Carrillo told the dispatcher that one fled west on Orange Grove Boulevard while the other, who Carrillo said had a gun, ran north on Raymond Avenue.
“Moments later, police caught up with two teens in an alley about two blocks away. McDade ran from the police, until one of the officers used the police cruiser to block his path. When McDade allegedly made a move at his waistband, the officer in the cruiser opened fire, according to police. The other officer, who was on foot chasing McDade, also began shooting. McDade was hit several times and died at a nearby hospital.”
Despite the fact that both teens were later found to be unarmed and Carillo admitted that he lied when he told police the Citrus College student pulled a gun on him so they would respond faster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the 911 caller. According to police, McDade acted as a lookout during the robbery, and his 17-year-old friend has been charged with two felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft property, and one misdemeanor count of failing to register as a gang member.
McDade’s parents say the police chief is trying to “vilify” their son to “distract from the undeniable fact that his officers killed an unarmed man,” and they have filed a lawsuit accusing the Pasadena Police Department of mishandling the incident and the follow-up investigation into the shooting. The suit alleges that after the shooting the Pasadena police chief asked an officer “who has been directly responsible for multiple controversial killings of young black men in Pasadena” to investigate the shooting of McDade.
Caree Harper, who is representing McDade’s parents, said “They have made a million mistakes in this case,” and added, “The cover up is always the worst.”
Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges Tuesday and sent the case back to the police for further investigation. Carrillo, who is Mexican, was detained by the federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement but has since been released with an electronic monitoring device. He had been previously deported from the United States in 2006 as well. McDade’s parents say without his false 911 call, their son would still be alive.
“I want the world to know that he’s not what the Pasadena police has portrayed him to be,” McDade’s mother, Anya Slaughter said. “He was one of those kids who stayed in school. I don’t believe he did anything wrong. I think he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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James C. Anderson stood near his car on an early morning in June, unknowingly standing as a target for a group of excited, crazed teens on a mission.
He was ran over in a motel parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi and The NY Times reports that his death could have, at first, been connected to an accidental hit and run. But a motel security camera caught the incident on tape – CNN posted the video on its website on Sunday, prompting additional interest in the case.
Hinds County district attorney, Robert Shuler Smith, is sure that a group of white teenagers from a predominantly white town only 16 miles away, beat and killed Anderson, who was African American. One witness says they came to Jackson looking for African Americans to “mess with.”
“This is the first business that you get to coming off the highway, and so that was the first person that was out here and vulnerable,” Smith told CNN.
The district attorney says Anderson was standing near his car at a motel in Jackson at about 5 am on Sunday, June 26. Two carloads of teenagers then got off the Interstate and drove into the motel parking lot. Some jumped from the vehicles to beat Anderson and as he tripped around the parking lot, he was run over by a green Ford F250 pickup truck. A local hospital later pronounced Anderson dead.
One motel worker who witnessed the assault says one of them yelled “white power” after they beat the man. Others who saw it take place, said they heard a suspect laugh and brag about the incident. While two carloads of teens were involved, Deryl Dedmon, a skinny 18-year-old man with blond hair, was the driver of the vehicle that killed Anderson. He has been charged with murder and is in jail on an $800,000 bond. There were two teenage girls in the truck with him but police say they were not charged.
Another 18-year-old, John A Rice, was at first charged with murder but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault. He has been released on bail. This month a grand jury will hear the case and prosecutors will argue that it was a hate crime and a murder and that both teens should be convicted. Smith says that these teens “have a history of harassing white teens who had black friends or gay teens.”
Dedmon’s uncle Ray Dedmon says his nephew was a “good boy” who “probably got with the wrong crowd.” A Facebook page supports Rice’s case, with his friends arguing his innocence. His great-aunt says that he is neither “a racist or a murderer,” and that she is “sick of the race card.” But the case has Jackson residents and surrounding towns wondering how far the state has come in race relations. While Smith tells NY Times that “this does not happen very often,” he also says “it’s still highly segregated in most ways” with high racial tension in some groups.
“There’s no way to get around it,” he said. “It is what it is.”
By Khadija Allen
The mounting Chicago crime rates have inflicted neighborhoods, schools, and families, but overall the number of children exposed to violence, have devoured their chances of academic success in the school system.