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Jemel Roberson Killed by Police after Responding to Shooting

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Jemel with his newborn son (AP : Avontea Boose)

Twenty six-year-old Jemel Roberson was an armed security guard at Manny’s Blue Room Bar. Working in the Chicago suburb of Robbins, he was killed by a police officer responding to his call.

Many await judgment as the story unfolds in yet another officer-involved shooting. Roberson, who was an armed guard, already had the suspect pinned to the ground when the responding officers arrived. According to Gregory Kulis, an attorney for Roberson’s mother, he was wearing a hat emblazoned with the word “Security” when he was shot several times.

At 4am November 11th, the initial shooting was reported. With four victims total, the shooting saw only non-life threatening gunshot wounds. However, it was not until police arrived on scene that a life was lost.

Officers from the nearby village of Midlothian and Robbins were the first to arrive. Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says it was an officer from the Midlothian department that fired at Jemel.

NBC news reports that according to the Robbins Police Chief, the shooting is believed to have been from a previous conflict.

An investigation is currently in progress with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Robbin’s Police Department. They are investigating the criminal aspect and the State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the Officer involved shooting. The officer, who remains unnamed, is on administrative leave.

Jemel’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit for his wrongful death. Some members of the Roberson family have taken to social media to share their grief. In a tweet, Jemel’s paster lamented:

“Jemel has played for @PurposedChurch for the last several years and just played for my grandma’s funeral Friday and now he is gone. Rest In Peace #JemelRoberson #JusticeForJemel”

As of Tuesday, the suspect of the initial shooting has not been charged.

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Offset: “Take Me Back” is Not an Apology

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Just as Cardi B was beginning her headlining act at the Rolling Loud festival, Offset interrupted her. Wheeling out $15,000 worth of Venus Et Fleur roses stating “Take Me Back Cardi”, Offset told her to forgive him.

Unfortunately, “Take Me Back Cardi” is not an apology. It’s a command.

Stolen Shine

Facilitated by Cardi’s publicist, Patience, the roses were delivered same day after 8 people assembled it in time for the show. While no one is sure if Offset or Cardi’s publicist made the call, one thing is certain. Patience knew about the plan and allowed it to happen. Performing at Rolling Loud as the first woman to headline the event, Cardi’s moment in the sun is forever tarnished with the appearance of her lecherous husband.

Concertgoers watched the nearly two-minute long interruption as Cardi stood awkwardly, disappointed that her husband had disrupted her show. Saying, “I’m sorry, bruh” and attempting to apologize, Offset reached in for a kiss only to be rebuffed. And rightfully so. Imagine blocking someone, getting a new phone and number, only to be confronted by your abuser on a world stage. The audacity!

Offset deliberately chose a career-defining moment to usurp. Using textbook examples of emotional manipulation, Offset selfishly made his demands. His gesture ignores clear boundaries, giving Cardi no space or time to process her decision to step away from their marriage. Just one day ahead of her performance, Offset made a plea centered on his birthday, asking for his wife back. Everything about it stunk of egocentricity.

Selfish Plea

Offset’s apology is rooted in guilt-bait tactics. By mentioning their daughter and manipulating facts of his infidelity, Offset attempted to tug at Cardi’s heartstrings. But the gesture was full of possessive language and contained no consideration for her wishes.

At this moment, Cardi is more than surely faced with unwarranted opinions on what she should do. But the reason so many people are invested in whether she takes this man back is that we have been there and seen the benefit of independence. After bungling her performance, it’s easy to see why so many people want her to sign those papers.

Do you think Offset has learned his lesson? Do you think this is all a publicity stunt on the heels of his album release?

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Johnson and Johnson Knew Baby Powder Problems All Along

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Johnson and Johnson were unmasked for deceiving millions of consumers for decades. After a $4.69 billion lawsuit, Reuters says the corporation knew its dangers all along.

Toxic Talc

An investigation by Reuters produced documents proving J&J knew their baby powder contained asbestos. Going as far back as 1957, documents show the Italian sourced talc was sent to an Ohio lab for study. Under the guise of improving the physical properties of the talc, a one-kilogram sample was submitted for testing. Comprised of weekly collections taken from the conveyor of a New Jersey processing plant, amphiboles, a type of asbestos, were found in its contents.

In its naturally occurring form, asbestos is described as fibrous and “acicular” or needle-like. With no mention of asbestos in the report, the study states J&J was only seeking to reduce the coarseness of their product. Still, testing of the company’s popular baby powder continued.

Results from 1972 to 1975 showed the company was aware of “rather high” levels of asbestos in the product. According to Reuters, J&J told an FDA regulator that no asbestos was “detected in any sample” produced between December 1972 to October 1973. Johnson and Johnson willingly omitted that at least three tests by three different labs reported asbestos was found.

Backlash

Amidst 11,700 plaintiffs now holding the corporation responsible for their misrepresentation of the safety of baby powder, J&J stock is tumbling. Hoping to please their stockholders, Johnson and Johnson released a lengthy statement in their defense. Calling the piece “one-sided, false and inflammatory,” they protest baby powder is safe and asbestos free. Still, they lost nearly $40 billion of their stock’s market value upon Friday’s close.

With diseases like ovarian cancer and mesothelioma among the personal injury lawsuits, J&J may never recover. Right now, the corporation is embroiled in the opioid epidemic and has been battling lawsuits over baby powder since 2015. While J&J are attempting to repair their image, many do not believe they can trust the parent company. Their products spanning from baby to adult, many are now skeptical of what hides in their other offerings.

Will you be ditching Johnson and Johnson?

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Seven Year Old Dies in Border Patrol Custody

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In a devastating development, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl has died in the care of Border Patrol. Until autopsy results confirm her cause of death, Americans are left with more questions than answers.

Seizures

A group of 163 migrants attempted to cross the border illegally and were then apprehended in New Mexico. Among them were the victim and her father. Shortly after their detainment, the group was transported to a facility in El Paso, Texas. It was there that the 7-year-old began having seizures within hours of being in Border Patrol custody. Claiming “Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child’s life”, the CBP is now under investigation.

Fever, Dehydration

Initially reported by The Washington Post, emergency responders measured her temperature at 105.7 Fahrenheit, just two degrees shy of incurring brain damage. A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency statement indicated the child “had not eaten or consumer water for several days”. Needing further care, emergency responders called for a helicopter transport to Providence Children’s Hospital, where the child went into cardiac arrest. She was “revived” but ultimately could not recover, passing at the hospital less than 24 hours after arriving for treatment.

Facing blame from the ACLU, CBP has been called out for a “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty.” Offering nothing but their “sincerest condolences”, CBP will continue to draw the scrutiny of the public as this is the second death of a child in their care. A toddler passed six weeks after being released from an ICE facility. Having contracted a respiratory infection from receiving poor medical care, the toddler’s mother is not suing for the loss of her child.

Political Outrage

Government officials have since spoken out about the tragedy. Beto O’Rourke has called for full transparency in the investigation of the child’s death. Congressman Joaquin Castro also asked for a full investigation by the Inspector General and Congress. Without autopsy results that could take weeks to receive, the country is talking about ways we can do better as a nation. As a country, we’re holding out hope we can rise from this humanitarian crisis.

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