D.L. Hughley is the latest celebrity to be diagnosed with Covid-19. The comedian was performing for a sold-out show in Nashville last Friday when he passed out mid set.
In the video a security guard is seen giving him a bottle of water while Hughley continued with his set. After taking a sip his speech became unrecognizable and he later collapsed on the ground while his manager carries him off stage.
Hughley posted a video on Twitter saying that he was treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration and in a myriad of tests was tested and diagnosed with Covid-19. He reveals that he was asymptomatic and jokes that “if yo a** pass out in the middle of a show on stage, you probably need to get tested.”
The Original King of Comedy’s rep told TMZ that he was “suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders. He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayer and thoughts.”
Bubba Wallace Relieved He’s Not the Victim of a Hate Crime
On Tuesday a noose was found in NASCAR driver’s Bubba Wallace’s team garage at Talladega Speedway. Wallace is currently the only African-American NASCAR driver. The FBI conducted an investigation and believes that it was not a noose in the garage but a “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose.”
According to the agency, “The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”
Wallace took to Twitter to express his relief that there was not a noose in his team garage. He also thanked the FBI and NASCAR for “acting swiftly and treating this like a real threat.”
NASCAR released their own statement confirming that Wallace was not the target of a hate crime and that they will continue to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Detective Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Murder Fired
On Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the Louisville Metro Police Department’s intention to terminate Brett Hankison, one of the three Louisville Metro Police officers who shot into Breonna Taylor’s apartment while she and her boyfriend slept, killing her.
In a memo to Hankison, interim police chief Robert Schroeder called the officer’s actions on the night of the shooting a display of “an extreme indifference to the value of human life when [he] wantonly and blindly fired ten round into the apartment.”
While both the mayor and the police chief cited a state law which prevented them from going into specifics about why the decision to fire Hankison was made, Chief Schroeder wrote in his memo:
“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. You have never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion. Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department….I have the utmost confidence in my decision to terminate your employment for the best interest for the Louisville Metro Police Department and our community.”
Friday’s announcement comes on the 25th-straight day of nationwide uprisings against the unjust killings of Black Americans at the hands of the police. Critics argue Hankison’s firing doesn’t go far enough in getting justice for Breonna Taylor, with many calling for the immediate termination of the other two officers involved and criminal indictments against all three.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove – the two other officers who shot into Taylor’s apartment – are on administrative reassignment while the department investigates.
Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks is Charged, Must Surrender
Former Atlanta police officer, Garrett Rolfe, was charged Wednesday with 11 counts related to the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, 27, last Friday night, June 12.
Rolfe was called to the scene of an Atlanta Wendy’s drive-thru because Brooks was asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru line. He and Officer Devin Brosnan spent over 45 minutes speaking with Brooks, a black man and father of 3, before they attempted to arrest him for driving under the influence. As the officer tried to cuff him, Brooks resisted, got into a scuffle with the two officers, wrestled a taser from one, then fled the scene, at which point he was shot twice in the back by Rolfe.
Almost immediately, witnesses on-scene and activists in the hours following the shooting called for the APD officers’ immediate termination and indictment. Protesters remembered Brooks by hitting the streets with renewed vigor amidst ongoing protests related to the death of George Floyd, the unjust murders of Black people while in police custody, and systemic racism in America as whole.Embed from Getty Images
On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. announced felony murder, aggravated assault, and other charges against Rolfe. According to DA Howard, the state contends that because Brooks was running away from Rolfe at the time of the shooting, he posed no imminent bodily threat and that Rolfe actually committed a felony – assault – when he shot into Brooks’ back. Further punctuating Georgia’s case, video of the fatal encounter shows Rolfe initially chasing Brooks with his taser, a non-lethal weapon. As he runs toward Brooks, who is holding Officer Brosnan’s taser by now, he switches his taser from his right hand to his left and reaches for his service weapon.
Less than a second after Rolfe reaches for his gun, Brooks turns around and fires the taser he’s carrying into the air. Then, the officer fires his gun 3 times in Brooks direction, striking him twice in the back. How could the officer have been in fear of his life before Brook even fired the taser at him?
The district attorney also revealed Rolfe kicked Brooks after Brooks fell from being shot in the back and said “I got him.” Officer Brosnan stood on Brooks’ shoulders as he lay dying from being shot. Neither provided medical assistance for more than two minutes following the shooting – going against APD policy.
After the announcement of the charges, DA Howard told reporters former officer Rolfe would have until 6:00PM EST Thursday to surrender himself to law enforcement custody.
At the time of this reporting, Garrett Rolfe has not yet surrendered himself into custody.