Black In News This Week: Tawon Boyd, Keith Scott, and Korryn Gaines

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police in Charlotte, NC. Police say they entered a neighborhood and saw Scott sitting in a car. They say Scott got out of his car with a gun and was shot. Bystanders say Scott got out with a book. The shooting officer’s name has not been revealed but news reports say he is Black, while social media  says a Black officer did not arrive on the scene until 10 minutes later. The city has protested the past three nights. There have been reports of officer injuries and arrests. Let’s not forget North Carolina is an open carry state.

Tawon Boyd died in the hospital on Wednesday, September 21, after what police claim as “resisting arrest”. News stories say the police was called to the home of Boyd and his fiancé Deona Styron in Baltimore, MD September 18, 2016. News reports say Boyd and were arguing and Boyd was “acting strange” as if “on something”. Social media said Boyd called the police about an intruder in their home. Apparently there was a struggle between Boyd and the police. Styron and Boyd’s grandmother say the police were repeatedly punching Boyd as he tried to get up. He was given an unnamed drug to calm him. There is a possibility that Boyd had a reaction to the drug or a reaction to the drug being administered while other drugs were in his system.

No charges were brought against the officers involved in Korryn Gaines shooting which took place in August when police claim to have gone to Gaines’s home to serve her and her boyfriend warrants. Police say Gaines refused to open the door, which resulted in a standoff leaving Gaines dead and her five year old son wounded.

US Courts ruled dreadlocks ban during the hiring process is legal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed that this was a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII, saying dreadlocks tend to lead to applicants being stereotyped as non-team players and unfit for the workplace, pointing out dreads are most associated with Blacks. The court says physical appearances that can be changed are not protected by EEOC laws.

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was charged with felony manslaughter  in the first degree for the slaying Terence Crutcher, the Black man who was killed while having car trouble after leaving community college last week. Shelby has been booked and released on bond.

 

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