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?
Four Students Shot During Block Party Near Clark Atlanta University, No Casualties
A block party for three prominent HBCUs ended in gunfire last night resulting in injuries for four female students. Around 10:30 PM, shots rang out near the Clark Atlanta University campus during a party to celebrate the beginning of classes.
Roughly 200 students from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman, and Morehouse were caught in the middle of a heated exchange at the Robert W. Woodruff Library. According to Atlanta Police Captain William Rucker, the confrontation was between two groups that were “targeting each other.” Leaving the unlucky students in the crossfire, two women from Clark and two from Spelman were injured.
Since the crime took place so close to student housing, many who attended the fete were unable to go home. The shooter(s) injured four women, shooting one in the chest, another in the leg, and leaving two others grazed by bullets. The students were treated at Grady Health System and there were no casualties. As police begin their search for suspects, they are hopeful surveillance footage from the library contains useful leads.
Hold up! If You Use FaceApp, Russians Own Your Pics
FaceApp users have signed up for more than they initially thought! After digging into the policy of the app, critics have found that users are agreeing to share their content and personal information with businesses, along with opening themselves up for other security concerns.
Growing in popularity, the FaceApp, which ages users by 50 years, is facing scrutiny for their lax security precautions. Parties that have chosen to read the user agreement have discovered the app “cannot ensure the security of any info you transmit.” In addition to the concerns of what FaceApp could be capturing, the policy also states they cannot “guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.” Most unsettling is that businesses that are legally a part of the same group of companies have access to your information. And since those entities are Russian owned, users have given access to all those corporations.
According to ABC News chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, the 80 million FaceApp users are providing access to their contacts and all their pictures. In a statement, Jarvis said, “Once you allow that you are giving away everything.” She continued, “That’s how they’re paying for it, free isn’t actually free, they’re giving away your information.”
The Russian government has been known to exploit the personal information of many through the use of a large database created through Facebook. According to Hochstadt, “The data they have on that person is both private and accurate to the name, city, and other details found on Facebook.” She continued, “With so many breaches, they can get information and hack cameras that are out there, and be able to create a database of people all over the world, with information these people didn’t imagine is collected on them.” Terrifying!
If you’re a current user of FaceApp, will you be deleting the app? Knowing how dangerous Facebook is and what data is collected from the platform, will you continue to use it?
R Kelly Slapped With Federal Charges, Press Conference Interrupted by Savage Family
Arrested Thursday on a 13-count indictment, R Kelly has been brought up on federal charges. For his sexual abuses against women and minors, Kelly is facing 13 new charges including child pornography and enticing a minor. But the singer’s woes don’t end there. According to a five-count indictment from the Eastern District of New York, he is also facing racketeering charges.
Federal charges against R. Kelly now include:— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 12, 2019
– 10 for sexual abuse against 4 women (3 were minors).
– 11 for sexual assault and abuse against 1 woman who was a minor.
– 13 new charges for federal sex crimes including child pornography and enticing a minor. pic.twitter.com/KNOO75mIwH
While R Kelly was out walking his dog, agents of Homeland Security and New York Police Department detectives apprehended him. On the grounds of two separate indictments, officers began conducting a search of his Trump Tower residence in Chicago. As of now, R Kelly is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Illinois and is expected to appear in court later today.
“Where is my daughter?!”
R Kelly’s publicist, Darrell Johnson, held a press conference today in Atlanta where he discussed the events of the arrest, but he was interrupted by Joycelyn Savage’s family. Timothy Savage along with his wife, two daughters, and publicist Dontaye Carter arrived in Atlanta Friday morning after an unsuccessful wellness check in Chicago. The family says they arranged a visit to Kelly’s Trump Tower residence with the Chicago PD. Unfortunately, the Savages were unable to contact their daughter because the residence had been vacated. The Savages hoped to see their daughter for the first time since December 2016 and hear her voice for the first time since the phone call that followed the explosive interviews from two months ago.
Demanding to know the whereabouts of Joycelyn, the Savages thought their best course of action was to attack the press conference after hearing of Kelly’s arrest. However, Darrell Johnson denies having any knowledge of where Azriel Clary or Joycelyn Savage are. Johnson stated he had only arrived after spending time in New York and was not in Chicago. But Timothy Savage said they were tipped off that the girls were in Atlanta. Addressing previous attempts to reach an agreement, Johnson said he tried negotiating with the Savages but the talks fell through. Since then, there have been no updates provided to her family, which prompted the wellness check.