An Oklahoma judge has agreed to expunge the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher from the record of former Tulsa Police Officer, Betty Shelby, per her request. District Judge William LaFortune ruled Wednesday (Oct. 25) that the shooting be removed, and ordered that the documents in the case be sealed.
Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in May. She subsequently resigned from the Tulsa Police Department and was hired by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.
Crutcher, 40, encountered police while waiting for help after his car broke down on the side of the road. Officers showed up in response to 911 calls saying that someone had abandoned a car in the “middle of the street.”
Police alleged that Crutcher — who was unarmed and had his hands raised when he was fatally shot — wasn’t “following commands” and had reached in his pockets as well as inside the vehicle. He was tasered by Officer Tyler Turnbough before Shelby opened fire. She would later claim that she thought he was under the influence of PCP.
At the time, Crutcher was returning from a community college class. The shooting was captured by a Tulsa police helicopter.
Under the judge’s ruling, a court order will be required to access files in the case, which can be destroyed after 10 years, NBC News reports.
Shelby’s defense attorney said that the expungement was for “employment application purposes.”
“Like any other citizen who is acquitted, Betty Jo Shelby was entitled to have her record sealed and expunged,” attorney Shannon McMurray said. “Betty continues to work to try and serve her community and prays for everyone’s continued healing.”
In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired earlier in the year, Shelby said Crutcher “caused his own death.”
“I have sorrow that this happened, that this man lost his life but he caused the situation to occur.”
Source: Vibe Magazine
By: Kevin Gray
Last weeks (October 17) Tidal X Concert has turned out to be a huge success. Not only were they able to send four planes packed with food and other essentials to Puerto Rico to assist relief efforts, but they also raised over $3.7 million for hurricane and other natural disaster relief efforts.
The concert was indeed lengthy but made an impact, which is what is important. The event took place on Oct. 17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and featured performances by Jennifer Lopez, Princess Nokia, DJ Khaled, Stevie Wonder, Cardi B, Chris Brown, and JAY-Z. Organizations such as Kids In Need Foundation, Direct Relief, Global Giving and more will benefit from the funds.
In case you missed it, you can stream the concert and donate here.
A school in Jackson, Mississippi is undergoing a major change. It is dropping their long standing school name in favor of one that celebrates recent history. Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson was named decades ago for Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. Now the school will receive a new name that celebrates the first African American president of the United States of America , Barack Obama.
The renaming of Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School, along with two other schools in the district, has been a topic of conversation for quite awhile. The school is 98% African American and the district as a whole is 96% African American, it just didn't seem right that all three schools kept their Confederate names, considering the history.
As far as the renaming goes, it was a three week process to narrow it down to choosing the Barack Obama name. Students in each class, from kindergarten through fifth grade, conducted research and presented it at a school assembly. Fourth- and fifth-graders oversaw an election with students, teachers and staff casting paper ballots at school. Parents could vote on campus or by absentee ballot.
Janelle Jefferson, the PTA president, announced the planned change at a school board meeting Tuesday. "The students had overwhelming support for President Obama," Jefferson told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We wanted to be very inclusive and transparent in the process to be fair, to make sure everybody felt like they had a voice," Jefferson said.
Jed Oppenheim, a school board member, said people have been asking for years why three schools in a majority African-American district are still named for Confederate figures. In mid-September, the board authorized the PTA at each of the three schools to set new names.
The two other schools in the district are George Elementary, named for James Zachariah George who signed Mississippi's secession ordinance and drafted the state constitution that denied voting rights to black citizens, and Lee Elementary, named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Both schools will also receive a name change, but no name has been approved for them yet.
As for the now Obama International Baccalaureate Elementary School, it is a magnet school meaning that students must test highly to be admitted. State rankings released Tuesday show it was the top academic performer of all elementary and middle schools in Mississippi for 2016-17. Truly something the students should be proud of.
Next month, Chicago will be host to the first Obama Foundation Summit. The event will include a concert on the final day, and it will be headlined by Chicago's own Chance The Rapper.
Chance announced Friday (October 13) that he will not only headline the final day's concert, but he is assisting in curating the show, which will be live streamed on the Foundation’s website.
Other performers include Gloria Estefan and indie rock band, The National.
The Obama Foundation’s two-day summit begins on the Oct. 31 and will bring together “civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S. and the world” to “exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems” as well experiencing art, technology, and music “from around the world.”
In addition, the event hopes to inspire those in attendance (and watching online) to make a “positive impact in their own communities.”
Donald Trump is to address the annual conference of an anti-LGBT group which has been classified as a hate group.
The US president will become the first sitting president to address social conservative activists and elected officials at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday (October 13).
President Trump has addressed the event which is hosted by the Family Research Council three times in total and did so last year as the Republican presidential candidate.
The Family Research Council opposes and actively lobbies against equal rights for LGBT persons. The conservative Christian group campaigns against same-sex marriage, same-sex civil unions, LGBT adoption, abortion, embryonic stell-cell research, pornography and divorce.
Every year the conference sparks controversy for its choice of speakers and in 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a legal advocacy organisation which specialize in civil rights, went so far as to classify the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group.
Read more at the Independent.
The Spring Awakening Music Festival has official announce the dates for the 2018 edition of the fest. The seventh annual festival will take place June 8th thru June 10th, 2018 and will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Discounted General Admission and VIP Early Bird tickets are on sale now! This limited Early Bird special will be available for 3 days only (October 12-14), and includes layaway options starting at $59 for 3-day tickets. Head over to springawakeningfestival.com now to secure your tickets at the lowest available price, courtesy of React Presents.
In addition to the date and ticket release, Spring Awakening is also premiering their 2017 Aftemovie from the 2017 edition of the fest. You can check out all the highlights in the video below.
By: Kevin Gray
If you thought that Chance The Rapper was done with his efforts to help children in Chicago get the best education, you were very wrong. Chance is still at it and today (October 10) he found a new partner in his mission, the ride-sharing company, Lyft.
Lyft announced today that they will be donating coins to the artist’s New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund in a clever way. Lyft users can donate by rounding up their fare via the Round Up & Donate feature. Lyft will then automatically take the nearest dollar made and donate it to the cause. Resources for the foundation are designed to counter the city’s declining graduation rates with art programs and helpful resources for students.
Since its launch in May, Round Up and Donate has partnered with organizations like the ACLU, USO, Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity and World Wildlife Foundation. Other celebs with charities in the program include Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato and Laverne Cox.
Learn more about the New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund here.
Chicago's Midway Airport is about to be a lot more user-friendly. It's all thanks to a massive $323 million modernization project that started Friday (October 6). It includes a new security checkpoint and bridge expansion, and is slated to be finished in 2019.
The security pavilion will be 80,000 square feet. It will allow for more security lanes, enhanced technology, and a single checkpoint system that will double TSA screening capacity.
The best part is, there is no planned cost to the taxpayers.