Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy is prepared to pay a high price for “safety”. Offering up his own money to get drug dealers and gang members out of his city, the Mississippi mayor has proposed a relocation fund that he hopes will improve the quality of life for residents.
During a press conference on Monday, Mayor Espy stated he believed those indulging in criminal behavior are just in the wrong environment. He hopes that the funds would provide them a fresh start elsewhere and is targeting “drug dealers, gang members, and any wannabe criminals” within the limits of Clarksdale. With offers beginning at $10,000, Mayor Espy says now is the time if leave if you’re not going to change.
The relocation fund is just one part of a five point plan which focuses on a no tolerance policy, preservation of lives, rehabilitation programs, and intervention. Although it seems to be a final warning to those of the criminal element, Espy and local Reverend John Givins are emphasizing the opportunity for change is still on the table. In addition to the relocation fund, etiquette classes, education, and cognitive behavioral treatment will be made available to desiring citizens.
In a statement released just before the press conference, Espy communicated the success of a “Corrective Action Plan” has influenced this new approach. He plans to “double-down and implement a systemic approach and use proven models that address crime directly.” The model used in 2018 saw their number of homicides drop exponentially. But that success also came with attacking internal issues within the police department head on.
Describing their circumstance as an inherited 15-year problem, Espy, commissioners, and the police chief have had to crack down on internal corruption and offer solutions for improvement. Providing customer service training, anger management training, community policing, officer education, and formal disciplinary action, the City of Clarksdale is following a model for overall reform and not just policing the citizens.
Do you believe that a relocation stipend is a good idea or will it just fund criminal activity elsewhere?
R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to 11 New Charges
This morning R. Kelly attended his arraignment hearing in Chicago. Facing 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse related charges, Robert Sylvester Kelly entered his not guilty plea today before a Cook County Judge.
Accompanied by his legal representation, Kelly is steadfast in maintaining his innocence of the 11 new charges mounted against him. Last week, we reported that the new sexual assault and abuse-related charges could see Kelly behind bars for a maximum of 30 years if convicted.
The charges stem from the abuse of Jerhonda Pace, who was featured in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. R. Kelly’s abuse of Jerhonda, who was a minor at the time of her assault, earned him three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16. Along with those three charges, he is facing two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
While entering his plea, Kelly was informed that he is expected to appear in court again June 26th. With every appearance being mandatory, eyes are watching Kelly closely to ensure he remains in the country. But according to a source that spoke with RadarOnline, Kelly is desperate to leave the U.S. However, his requests to perform outside of the country have been denied. And it’s unclear who would be willing to do business with the singer who recently scammed fans in Illinois. Still, both Kelly and his attorney Steve Greenburg are “feeling positive” that the singer will avoid time. Following the hearing, Greenburg stated, “We pled not guilty to all of the charges because he’s not guilty.” If convicted of all the charges he is currently facing, R. Kelly could be sentenced to more than 70 years behind bars.
YouTube Decides to Crack Down on Hate Speech Following Crowder-Maza Conflict
Today, YouTube has announced that videos that promote discrimination or segregation on the grounds of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, caste, religion, or veteran status are prohibited. This change comes from how the platform was heavily criticized for it’s mishandling of homophobic content.
While there is no current ETA for when these changes will take effect, YouTube has made the commitment to silence hate speech on the platform. This decision was surely motivated by the backlash received after Vox host Carlos Maza detailed the harassment he receives from far-right YouTuber Steven Crowder. Through a thread of tweets, Carlos shared the slurs and other derogatory statements made from Crowder and his fanbase. He also shared several of the ways YouTube has avoided tackling the issue.
Stating he has been the subject of targeted harassment on the grounds of his race and sexual orientation, Maza says “this has been going on for years.” Having been the victim of doxxing, the Vox host says Crowder began his relentless attacks against him once he assumed his role as the host of ‘Strikethrough’. While YouTube has policies in place that strictly prohibit the behavior Steven Crowder or his fanbase displays, they have done less than nothing to hold perpetrators accountable.
Maza says that despite his thick skin, the visibility of the hate is what hurts him. May 30th, he shared a tweet within the thread that read:
“My family sees this sh*t. I’ve had to explain to my much younger sister what the f*ck a Steven Crowder is, and ask my siblings not to respond. It’s exhausting. I wish YouTube gave enough of a sh*t to stop its platform from becoming f*cking playground for assholes.”
However, when it comes to who he is holding responsible for the continued harassment and its prevalence on the platform, his fingers are pointed firmly at YouTube. Maza has called out the content creation hub for continuously ignoring their queer, diverse, inclusive, and marginalized creators. Stating they only care about “clicks”, Maza’s account of YouTube’s inaction sparked a massive calling out of the company that is currently using Pride month for their own gain.While it is good to hear that the video platform is working on improving their policies and standards, millions are waiting to see if they will truly implement the old rules and the new.
Do you think YouTube is just saying what is necessary to save face? Or has the platform committed to taking positive steps toward intersectionality?
“There’s a Best Western Next Door” Trump’s Visit To Buckingham Palace Marred with Insults
The 775-room estate of Buckingham Palace is ‘regretfully’ unable to host the Trump family during their most recent visit. Boasting 52 royal and guest bedrooms, the massive home of British monarchs says because of “ongoing renovation work that began in 2016” the United States President will have to seek accommodations elsewhere.
After working to recant remarks made about Meghan Markle, insulting London mayor Sadiq Khan, and complaining about the journey, Trump has been humbled by the Crown’s refusal to host him as their honored guest. Donald Trump couldn’t possibly be naive enough to believe that Britain maintains a positive view of him, especially after the celebrated resignation of former British Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to The Washington Post, a warm receipt of the disappointment-in-chief was far from what Donald Trump received and it may be due to his recent string of tweets. Before landing in Stanstead Airport aboard Air Force One, Trump called the mayor of London a “stone cold loser,” mocked his height, and called him “incompetent.” Sadiq Khan has been serving as the Mayor of London since 2016 and is left leaning. Endorsing policies described by journalists as socially liberal, Khan is also a vocal feminist. However, Trump is not a fan of his progressive views and has continued to target the Khan as the first Muslim and ethnic minority mayor of London. Still, Khan is not one to be bullied for his views and responded to Trump’s insults via video response. Proclaiming that diversity is a strength, women deserve equality, and the vulnerable and marginalized need protection, Khan worked to impress upon the arriving American president that this is neither the time nor the place for his antics.
In addition to insulting the current mayor of the city he is visiting, Trump has been at odds with Meghan Markle and his last visit with the Queen was rather disrespectful. He repeatedly broke protocol by walking ahead of Queen Elizabeth and referred to Meghan as “nasty” after hearing she is not a fan of his misogynistic behavior. While he is set to dine with Prince Phillip and his wife Camilla, the remaining Royals will have their work cut out for them. Other traveling members of Trump’s party include his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.