Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most successful and wealthiest black communities in the United States during the early 20th Century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which white residents massacred black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours. The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.
Within five years after the massacre, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders and punitive rezoning laws enacted to prevent reconstruction. It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 1960s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality. Since then, city leaders have attempted to encourage other economic development activity nearby.
Florida woman – who had been serving a 20-year sentence for firing what she described as a warning shot at her abusive husband – was released from jail Wednesday night, according to a report from First Coast News. Her bond was set at $200,009.
Although no one was injured in the incident, a jury convicted Alexander of multiple counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in 2012, requiring a 20 year sentence thanks to Florida’s “10-20-Life” law, which sets mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a gun. Her conviction was overturned in September when a judge ordered a retrial after finding that the jury instructions in her original trial were erroneous and had unfairly put the burden on Alexander to prove that she had fired her shot in self-defense.
Alexander has spent more than 1,000 days behind bars, according to her lawyers’ count, keeping her away from her youngest child for most of the first three years of her life.
The organizers behind the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign cheered her release in a statement Thursday on the group’s Facebook page.
“We are thrilled that Ms. Alexander will be able to prepare for her new trial amid the support and love of her children and family from whom she has been separated far too long,” the statement read. “The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is more determined than ever to win complete exoneration for Marissa Alexander.”
A suspect was arrested Friday in the killing of three people and wounding of two others at a family owned fire extinguisher business and a relative’s nearby home in suburban Los Angeles.
The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, had been detained and questioned Thursday after a stolen black Camaro was found in Los Angeles, about 20 miles north of suburban Downey, where the shooting occurred.
Police haven’t given a motive but said they don’t believe the killings were a random act of violence.
The three people killed were Josimar Rojas, 26, Irene Cardenas, 35, and Susana Perez-Ruelas, 34. The two injured were Perez-Ruelas’ 13-year-old son and a middle-age woman.
The suspect had gone to the shop Wednesday after responding to an ad on Craigslist for the Camaro, said Martha Zerehi, a spokeswoman for the business.
Later, Perez-Ruelas arrived at the business with her son after picking him up at school for a dentist appointment. She may have seen the bodies of Rojas and Cardenas inside because she looked terrified when she walked out, Zerehi said.
The gun man grabbed the mother and son and took them to the family home down the street. The boy showed the gunman the keys to the Camaro and asked that he and his mom be left alone, Zerehi said.
But the man held a gun at the boy’s head and asked, “‘Do you know how easy it is to kill you right now?'” Zerehi said.
Perez-Ruelas pushed the gun man “really hard and out of rage, he killed her in front of the boy and then shot the boy,” Zerehi said.
The boy played dead or unconscious and the gun man fled, she said.
A New York police officer has been arrested today for planning to kidnap dozens of women and then raping, killing, cooking and eating them.
The queens native, Gilberto Valle is a six-year veteran of the department and naively sent out emails and messages planning out his horrific ordeal. Apparently 100 women were targeted by Valle.
According to a criminal complain, the 28-year-old “discussed plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women.”
A message to a fellow assailant allegedly revealed that he would cook someone “over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.” Whilst another stated that his oven “is big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs.”
Further details included that her created a large file with at least 100 images of individual women, using the databases that he had at his disposable via his role in the department which he collected via surveillance footage on potential victims.
Valle allegedly knew the victim, which would have lead to a “flawless” abduction as his arrival would “not alert her.” His fellow conspirator in the case has yet to be revealed but is rumored to have responded with excitement to the proposal.
“I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned,” Valle stated.
The NYPD officer late predicted that her days were numbered and proposed that she looked tasty. No women have been harmed whilst the commissioner of the NYPD, Ray Kelly, has called the case “bizarre.”
In his performances as Vincent Crabbe in the “Harry Potter” movies Jamie Waylett is known for his physical menace and mischief making, but these real-life qualities have seen the actor sentenced to two years in jail for his involvement in the 2011 London riots, BBC News reported.
Mr. Waylett, 22, who played the all-around Hogwarts bully Crabbe in six “Harry Potter” films, was found guilty of violent disorder during the July riots by a London court on Tuesday, but cleared of intending to destroy or damage property, after video footage showed him holding a gas bomb.
According to the BBC, closed-circuit security camera images depicted Mr. Waylett drinking from a bottle of Champagne that he had been given by another rioter who had looted it from a supermarket and holding a gas bottle with a wick made from a rag.
Simon Carr, the judge in Mr. Waylett’s case, was quoted by the BBC as saying that he accepted a jury’s verdict that the actor did not intend to throw the homemade bomb, “but merely being in possession of it would have been terrifying to anyone who saw you,” the judge said.
Emily Dummatt, a lawyer for Mr. Waylett, said that her client had become a “withered actor by the age of 22,” adding: “Although he had the good fortune to be in the Harry Potter films, it turned out to be not so good fortune.”
Mr. Waylett, who has a previous conviction for cannabis possession, will be eligible for release after one year in jail.
NEW ORLEANS — A 20-year-old black woman said she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car in northeastern Louisiana, police said Monday.
Officers found Sharmeka Moffitt with burns on more than half of her body when they responded to her emergency call Sunday night, said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no arrests had been made as of late Monday, Lewis said. She said Moffitt was in critical condition at a hospital and that some of her injuries were third-degree burns.
She is expected to have surgery Tuesday.
Moffitt told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, a town in Franklin Parish. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a spigot before a police officer arrived.
Sharmeka Moffitt’s car was graffitied with the letters KKK and a racial slur, police said.
Officers found the letters KKK — an apparent reference to the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan — and a racial slur smeared in a paste-like substance on the hood of her car, Lewis said.
On the emergency call, Moffitt described her attackers as three men wearing white hoods or hats, Lewis said. She later told a Winnsboro Police officer who responded to the call that the men were wearing white hoodies. She was unable to say what race her attackers were.
The officer found no suspects or vehicles at Civitan Park where the attack allegedly happened, and the park has no surveillance cameras, Lewis said. She said the state crime lab was analyzing several pieces of evidence.
Franklin Sheriff Kevin Cobb called it “a horrific event” and said authorities would “follow the facts and seek justice.”
Civitan Park, where Sharmeka Moffitt said was attacked by three men in hoods or hats.
Otis Chisley, the president of the local branch of the NAACP, a civil rights group, said he had been in touch with Moffitt’s distraught family. He said he was waiting for more facts to come to light before drawing any conclusions about what happened and that “everyone wants to move with caution.”
Regardless of the investigation’s outcome, though, Chisley said, racism and KKK activity remain a fact of life in the state.
“It’s prevalent throughout Louisiana,” he said. “It’s hidden but it exists.”
Sharmeka Moffitt’s mother, Edna, said her daughter had never previously been threatened.
Moffitt’s mother, Edna, said her daughter had been exercising at the park.
“To my knowledge, she has never been threatened,” Edna Moffitt said through tears during a Monday afternoon news conference at LSU Hospital, according to the Shreveport Times. “I have never known anything like this to happen in Winnsboro.”
An earlier report that Moffit had been wearing a T-shirt of President Obama wasn’t accurate, Edna Moffitt added.