As shoppers prepared to take advantage of Black Friday deals, they were met with more bullets than bargains. Shootings took place at multiple malls across the country.
Black Friday sales have been in decline for years as the trend of online shopping to avoid lines increases. This year, lines aren’t all shoppers wished they could avoid. Shootings took place at shopping malls in three states. Alabama, Tennessee, and New Jersey all saw gunfire. With many injured, there is currently one casualty.
In Alabama, a 21-year-old male mistakenly believed to be the shooter was gunned down at the Riverchase Galleria.
The mall, in the affluent Birmingham suburb of Hoover, was emptied as hundreds fled once shots rang out. Crowds had gathered Thanksgiving night awaiting entry. It was during this wait that an altercation took place resulting in gunfire that injured a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old male.
According to NBC, police officials have released a statement apologizing for the misinformation.
“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not.”
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My God. American police just killed another "good guy with a gun." Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., better known as EJ, the son of a police officer, was an active duty officer for the Army, home for Thanksgiving. Murdered by police yesterday in a mall shooting in Alabama. Not only did police in Hoover, Alabama murder EJ, for 24 hours they plastered his face all over the news saying he was the mass shooter. They did a press conference saying they killed the shooter, showed his picture, then said the community was safe. THE SHOOTER IS AT LARGE. EJ's family and friends reached out to me this morning. They are not just devastated, they are furious. Police publicly and local media both publicly blamed him for the mall shooting. He never fired a single shot. After police shot EJ, he was still alive, struggling. Family and friends just sent me a horrendous video of police not only refusing to provide EJ first aid as he fought for his life, but literally abusing him on the ground thinking he was the mall shooter. It was heartless. EJ Bradford, Jr. was beloved all over Birmingham. This morning I have heard from neighbors, friends, even teachers from elementary to high school – who LOVED this man. Served safely in the Army, then shot & killed by American police in Alabama while home for Thanksgiving. #JusticeForEJ
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was believed to have been the armed assailant. After interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence over 20 hours, investigators believe another may have been involved. The suspected gunman is still at large.
Black Friday violence ensued at the Oak Court mall of Memphis, Tenn. over a glance from an attractive woman. The victim told police he looked at a woman who was with one of the suspects. He continued walking as the group left the mall. When they were outside, the victim and his cousin were attacked by a group of four suspects. It was during this altercation that the victim was knocked to the ground and shot.
Matthew Morgan, a witness of the fight, said he saw one of the suspects pull out a gun and shoot at the victims. He then fired his weapon. Although it is not clear if Morgan was returning fire at the suspects or just into the air, witnesses have conflicting reports. Morgan was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
A man was shot in the wrist between the Marshalls and Tommy Hilfiger stores at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ. While no suspect is currently in police custody, the victim is not cooperating on identifying their attacker.
In an interview with WABC, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage stated:
“The fight started when someone was shot in the wrist. The victim was transported to University hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Currently, police are reviewing footage and going through surveillance cameras in order to try to identify the person that was there.”
Porn Star Flaunts Baby Allegedly by Iman Shumpert, Teyana Deletes Social Media
You and me plus a porn star makes a baby?! Teyana Taylor deleted her IG after finding out Iman Shumpert allegedly got another woman pregnant during a threesome.
Six months ago, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert went on a Jumpoff Press Tour. The couple went from station-to-station telling all their bedroom secrets. Now, Teyana has gone radio silent. With her Instagram deleted, rumors are swirling that Teyana ditched the platform because their plaything posted photos of her “lifetime gift.”
A screenshot of pornstar Alby Rydes IG with a heart-eyed emoji commented by Iman Shumpert resurfaced today, providing an answer for Teyana’s abrupt disappearance. Fans noticed her account was missing from the ‘Gram three days ago.
We all know Teyana and Iman like to add a special guest to their bedroom every now and then, but Teyana has stated they have rules. One rule in particular is that Iman is never allowed to “finish” with the other woman. So how did this happen? Well, according to Teyana, it didn’t. Unable to remain silent, Teyana has taken to Twitter to debunk the rumors of an extra-marital child.
The interview infamous “Dora the Explorer” interview was July 2018, meaning Alby Rydes would have been well into her pregnancy. Alby has come forward to debunk the rumor as well stating:
“I refuse to entertain fake rumors. Life is too big and time is too short to get caught up in empty drama… BUT to protect my energy I have to respond. Whoever is spreading these rumors just know ITS FAKE NEWS AND IT AIN’T HIS BABY.”
Now if they say it isn’t true, it isn’t true. But the court of public opinion says Teyana is just trying to save face. What do you think?
Please Be Critical Of Kamala Harris
Before you get excited that a Black female candidate is running for President of the United States in 2020, check her record. Kamala Harris has a very dark history when it comes to how she treats her own.
Californians can speak firsthand of the tyranny of Kamala Harris’ policies. Having started a career in law enforcement, Kamala wanted a seat “at the table where decisions are made.”Kamala established herself as a law-and-order candidate early in her career during a time when Hilary Clinton pitched her “super predator” spiel. She directly strengthened the prison industrial complex and opposed legislative prison reform. Through incessant terrorizing of Black communities, Kamala’s way to the presidency is paved with Black destruction.
In 2003, Kamala Harris was appointed District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. As D.A. the overall felony conviction rate rose from 52% to 67% within 3 years to become the highest in a decade. Convictions for drug dealers increased from 56% to 74% within that time. Kamala’s success prompted her to write Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer. The book included her views on criminal justice from an economic perspective.
Aside from advocating for the use of a system in which success is contingent upon the oppression of the disenfranchised, Kamala went after sex workers. When BackPage was collapsing from legal issues, sex workers reached out to Kamala. Advocating for retaining the adult section of the site, sex workers said without the feature they would be forced to return to the unsafe streets. Kamala was responsible for the lawsuit against BackPage CEO Carl Ferrer, who pleaded guilty to facilitating prostitution and money laundering.
In 2003, Kamala Harris was appointed District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. As D.A. the overall felony conviction rate rose from 52% to 67% within 3 years to become the highest in a decade. Click To Tweet
What Kamala Harris is doing, rather effectively might I add, is weaponizing her racial identity to appeal to moderates the same way Obama did. By referencing Shirley Chisholm’s campaign in her announcement, Kamala is attempting to appeal to constituents.
Whatever the case, it is important to look at Kamala’s track record before you endorse her. Kamala Harris’ campaign announcement seems opportunist. To choose Martin Luther King Day after releasing a playlist of music we know she doesn’t listen to for the sake of optics is just deceitful.
Day 30: The Government Shutdown Continues
Having approached the one month mark, the government shutdown of 2019 is the longest in US history. With no resolution in sight, affected Americans are demanding action as they stand on the verge of losing their homes.
This weekend, Trump made a statement offering Democrats a proposal to end the government shutdown. Calling it a “common-sense compromise”, Trump has offered the following:
- Three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients, giving them protection from deportation, access to work permits, and social security numbers
- An extension of Temporary Protected Status for three years to immigrants whose protections are approaching expiration
- $800 million in humanitarian assistance
- $805 million for drug detection technology
- 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals
- 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the backlog of court cases
Imploring both parties to embrace his plan, Trump says its an opportunity for “real bipartisan immigration reform.” However, Democrats are unwilling to accept the deal which uses DACA as a bargaining chip. Speaking out against the proposal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “unacceptable.” and stated negotiations would take place only when the government reopened.
People Aren’t Bargaining Chips
In her statement, Speaker Pelosi said, “Democrats support smart, effective border security solutions” but, initial reports make it clear Trump’s proposal is an amalgamation of several previously rejected initiatives. Responding further to the President’s address, Pelosi remarked:
Unfortunately, initial reports make it clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives. It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-started. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.”
While Democrats are averse to negotiations that include DACA as a bargaining chip, in the past they offered a correction in return for border wall funding. Putting $25 billion on the table for border security, Democrats plan included a 10-14 year path to citizenship for the 1.8 million Dreamers. Their plan could have included a wall, as Senator Chuck Schumer privately promised up to $20 billion for a citizenship path for eligible immigrants. Still, both parties are pressured to resolve their differences and come to an agreement to reopen the government by Americans affected by the shutdown.
2500 Stores Unable to Accept EBT/SNAP
While the government is shut down, benefits for the 39 million recipients have been available without lapse. However, that could soon change. Roughly 2,500 retailers nationwide will be unable to accept any form of SNAP EBT benefits despite the funds early dispersion. Awarded through a debit-style card, stores will be unable to accept the payment method because they missed the deadline for license renewal before the shutdown. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Over 99 percent of SNAP retailers are able to accept benefits as usual. There is a small percentage of stores that failed to complete a required re-authorization process that was due on December 21.”
In addition to concern surrounding food benefits, rental assistance programs are also at a standstill. HUD’s official website states the agency is closed until further notice, leaving recipients to panic over whether they can pay their rent. Without HUD assistance, landlords have begun to send notice to tenants that they are responsible for the full financial burden of their housing costs.
Experts speculate the number of Americans impacted by the housing assistance lapse to be nearly 70,000 but that number increases every day. With landlords in a panic, organizations that administer HUD funding are attempting to calm them down so they don’t escalate to eviction proceedings. If politicians cannot come to a resolution, potentially millions of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children face rent hikes, eviction, and homelessness.
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