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    An Illinois police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager and wounded a Black woman has been fired for "multiple policy and procedure violations," the police chief announced late Friday. Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles did not identify the officer or explain what procedures he violated. The shooting occurred late Tuesday night after an officer was "investigating an occupied vehicle" and the suspects fled the scene, police said. After a second officer spotted and approached the vehicle, the car began moving in reverse towards him, police said, adding that the officer then opened fire with his semi-automatic pistol. The passenger, 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette, was hit by the gunfire and later died of his wounds at a local hospital. The driver, later identified as Tafara Williams, Stinnette's girlfriend, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Walles said Friday that she is continuing to receive treatment. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Police said previously that the officer who killed the teen is a Hispanic man who has been on the force for five years. He was initially placed on administrative leave....
    The University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville locked down its campus on Friday after the school said multiple offices received threatening emails demanding the removal of a Black Lives Matter mural.  UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable said over the weekend that a “shelter in place” order was issued at the campus on early Friday after the school was targeted “for having a Black Lives Matter mural on [its] campus.” “As all of us know, there are those that see our commitment to racial justice, our support for our students of color, our intention to raise awareness of history and to reject the ongoing violence against Black and other people of color in this country so problematic as to threaten violence against us,” she said in a campus alert. “We want to recognize that this is, indeed, difficult for us all, and this is particularly challenging and stressful for our student leaders who created the Black Lives Matter mural, and those who have actively (and in many cases publicly) vocalized their support for Black Lives Matter activities, and those whose identities are linked to...
    Much like the masses, LeBron James is over 2020. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar didn’t mince words this weekend, calling 2020 the “s—tiest year,” in the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death on Friday, and Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing in January. “It actually felt like we finally had our Black superhero, and nobody could touch us,” James said, according to the Washington Post. “And to lose that, it’s sad in our community, it’s sad in our community. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “To lose the Black Panther and the Black Mamba in the same year, can all agree that 2020 is the s—tiest year — in my 35 years, it’s not even a question,” he continued. On Friday evening, Boseman’s representatives confirmed the “Black Panther” actor had died following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old. In addition to portraying Marvel superhero T’Challa, the “Black Panther,” Boseman also stepped into the legendary shoes of Jackie Robinson in “42,” Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall,” and James Brown in “Get on Up.” “Chadwick persevered through it all, and...
    By Kat Stafford | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tears streamed down Brooke Moreland’s face as she watched tens of thousands gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to decry systemic racism and demand racial justice in the wake of several police killings of Black Americans. But for the Indianapolis mother of three, the fiery speeches delivered Friday at the commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom also gave way to one central message: Vote and demand change at the ballot box in November. “As Black people, a lot of the people who look like us died for us to be able to sit in public, to vote, to go to school and to be able to walk around freely and live our lives,” the 31-year-old Moreland said. “Every election is an opportunity, so how dare we not vote after our ancestors fought for us to be here?” That determination could prove critical in a presidential election where race is emerging as a flashpoint. President Donald Trump, at this past week’s Republican National Convention, emphasized a...
    Tears streamed down Brooke Moreland’s face as she watched tens of thousands gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to decry systemic racism and demand racial justice in the wake of several police killings of Black Americans. But for the Indianapolis mother of three, the fiery speeches delivered Friday at the commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom also gave way to one central message: Vote and demand change at the ballot box in November. “As Black people, a lot of the people who look like us died for us to be able to sit in public, to vote, to go to school and to be able to walk around freely and live our lives,” the 31-year-old Moreland said. “Every election is an opportunity, so how dare we not vote after our ancestors fought for us to be here?” That determination could prove critical in a presidential election where race is emerging as a flashpoint. President Donald Trump, at this past week’s Republican National Convention, emphasized a “law and order” message aimed at his largely...
    Major League Soccer is resuming its season after several midweek matches were postponed when players decided not to play to call attention to racial injustice. The league said Friday that the move comes after a “period of reflection and conversation” with the group Black Players for Change, other league players and the MLS Players Association. “It was really important for us as Black athletes to take the stand that we did on Wednesday to remind people that this needs to be a priority for us, especially within these league that have so many Black athletes,” said D.C. United goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., a member of the executive board of Black Players For Change. “We need to prioritize our lives and do everything they can to to make sure our lives are being seen equally in this country.” Five of the six matches Wednesday were postponed when MLS players joined counterparts in the NBA, WNBA and Major League Baseball in skipping play to protest the shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The NHL also postponed...
    Naomi Osaka decided to play in her Western & Southern Open semifinal match after previously pulling out to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Naomi Osaka arrived at the Western & Southern Open Friday wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt. The 22-year-old tennis superstar decided to play in the tournament semifinal Friday after previously pulling out of the competition to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Following Osaka's initial scratch, the USTA, ATP, and WTA tours all chose to pause play to take "a stance against racial inequality and social injustice." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Naomi Osaka played tennis on Friday, but not without making a statement that reverberated beyond the court. The 22-year-old tennis superstar donned a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt when she arrived at the USTA's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York on Friday morning for her Western & Southern Open semifinal match against Elise Mertens. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Though Osaka initially pulled out of the tournament to take a...
    NEW YORK -- The New York Mets took part in a dramatic protest at Citi Field in Queens, but apparently, some of the Mets' own leadership did not want it to happen.The Mets and Miami Marlins took the field, suited up, but they never started the game.Instead, they stood together for 42 seconds of silence in honor of Jackie Robinson.Then, both teams left the field leaving behind a Black Lives Matter t-shirt on home plate."This is way bigger than baseball. This is life this is humanity. We're not going to just shut up and dribble, shut up and play ball. We're going to stand up for what we believe in," said Dominic Smith, New York Mets.The situation got messy afterward. Mets General Manager Brodie Van Waganen got caught on a hot microphone, explaining that instead of taking a night off, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred wanted just a one hour protest with players returning to the field."I said, 'Jeff that's not happening. They're not playing,' but that's Rob's (Manfred) instinct, exactly what you and I were talking about, at the leadership...
    Naomi Osaka will play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, after all. A day after saying she would withdraw from the hard-court event to protest the "continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police" — prompting the tournament to call off all of Thursday's matches — the two-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player changed course. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Her agent confirmed that Osaka will face No. 14 Elise Mertens when play resumes at the tournament Friday with the semifinals. The finals were shifted from Friday to Saturday. “As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to my opponent,” Osaka said in a statement to the Guardian newspaper. “However, after my announcement and lengthy consultation with the WTA and USTA, I have agreed at their request to play on Friday. They offered to postpone all matches until Friday and in my mind that brings more attention to...
    A STATUE of Christopher Columbus was removed in the middle of the night in downtown Chicago after Black Lives Matter protests. The monument was taken down with a large crane early Friday morning in Chicago's Grant Park. 1The monument was taken down with a large crane early Friday morning in Chicago's Grant ParkCredit: Reuters Crews were seen taking down the state at around 3am, according to FOX32. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her decision to remove the statue on Thursday night. It is unknown where the statue will be relocated. Most read in NewsHOW COULD HE?Man seen kneeling on crying two-year-old boy’s neck in BLM stunt faces jailNO HOPEBaby found dead in closet after child services placed him with violent criminalON HOLDBill Gates says many virus vaccine doses needed & schools should close for a YEARDUKE OF HAZARDAndrew told 'be concerned' as Maxwell loses bid to keep court docs sealedExclusiveKEITH SON-IN-LAW DEADKeith Richards’ son-in-law dies after he's accused of upskirting kidsTRIPLE TRAGEDYTexas mom & kids, ages 2 & 4, found dead after vanishing on way to play date More to...
    CHICAGO -- Chicago officials and activists condemned the actions of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the police department after a rally escalated Friday night.Police clashed with protesters near a large statue of Christopher Columbus in Chicago's Grant Park Friday evening.Authorities deployed pepper spray on crowds attempting to pull down the statue, forcing the crowd to eventually dispersed from the area.Before that moment, protesters were seen throwing bottles and full soda cans at police, while some even shot off fireworks.Multiple officers were reportedly injured, and some were treated at the scene.The Chicago Fire Department says that at least four members of the crowd were injured and taken to a hospital in good condition, and several arrests were made.EMBED More News Videos Chopper7 captured the aftermath of a protest near the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park on Friday. Protesters had initially gathered for a Black Lives Matter demonstration at around 5 p.m.The crowd grew to several hundred before making their way to the statue of Columbus, which the city had covered in plastic.The crowd tied at least two ropes to the statue...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Three attention-seeking vandals were cuffed Friday moments after they splattered blue paint all over the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in Midtown.  Juliette Germanotta, 39, of West 40th Street in Midtown, along with Luis Martinez, 44, of 36th Street in Brooklyn and D’Anna Morgan, 25, of 168th Street in Queens, were each charged on July 17 with criminal mischief and released with a desk appearance ticket. A fourth individual connected to the trio, a 64-year-old woman, was summonsed for illegally posting fliers at the scene. Cops said the incident happened at 3:58 p.m. on July 17 at the mural painted near the front entrance to Trump Tower, at 725 5th Ave.  Video posted on Twitter shows the three suspects dumping and smearing blue paint across the yellow Black Lives Matter letters. One woman, identified in published reports as Germanotta, went as far as to smear the paint by hand onto one of the letters. She’s seen on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago officials and activists condemned the actions of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the police department after a rally escalated Friday night.Chicago police clashed with protesters near the large statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park Friday evening.Police deploying pepper spray on crowds attempting to pull down the statue, forcing the crowd to eventually dispersed from the area.Prior to that moment, protesters were seen throwing bottles and full soda cans at police, while some even shot off fireworks. Multiple officers were reportedly injured, and some were treated at the scene.The Chicago Fire Department says that at least four members of the crowd were also injured and taken to a hospital in good condition.Several were arrested at the scene.EMBED More News Videos Chopper7 captured the aftermath of a protest near the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park on Friday. Protesters had initially gathered by Buckingham Fountain for a Black Lives Matter demonstration at around 5 p.m.The crowd grew to several hundred before making their way to the Columbus statue, which the city had apparently covered in plastic.The crowd tied...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago officials and activists plan to condemn the actions of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the police department after a rally escalated Friday night.Chicago police clashed with protesters near the large statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park Friday evening.Police deploying pepper spray on crowds attempting to pull down the statue, forcing the crowd to eventually dispersed from the area.Prior to that moment, protesters were seen throwing bottles and full soda cans at police, while some even shot off fireworks. Multiple officers were reportedly injured, and some were treated at the scene.The Chicago Fire Department says that at least four members of the crowd were also injured and taken to a hospital in good condition.Several were arrested at the scene.EMBED More News Videos Chopper7 captured the aftermath of a protest near the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park on Friday. Protesters had initially gathered by Buckingham Fountain for a Black Lives Matter demonstration at around 5 p.m.The crowd grew to several hundred before making their way to the Columbus statue, which the city had apparently covered in plastic.The...
    Macy's is refashioning what the Black Friday sales bonanza events will look like in a pandemic after suffering a staggering $3.58 billion loss for its coronavirus-hit first quarter.  CEO Jeff Gennette told analysts Wednesday that the department store will be pivoting its Black Friday business more toward online sales and will likely be going 'full force' with holiday marketing right after Halloween.  It also will be staggering events to reduce customer traffic in the stores, and curbside pickup is going to be a 'big secret weapon' - a service it didn't offer during the holiday 2019 season. 'We have a very strong game plan about how we're going to keep this trend of digital going,' Gennette said during a conference call.  Macy's is refashioning what the Black Friday sales bonanza events will look like in a pandemic after suffering a staggering $3.58 billion loss for its coronavirus-hit first quarter. The retailer's flagship store in Manhattan is pictured last week The interior of Macy's flagship store in Manhattan is pictured packed with crowds during last year's Black Friday, a scenario...
    The Emancipation Memorial in D.C.’s Lincoln Park depicts a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Calls are intensifying for the removal of the statue as the nation confronts racial injustice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Protesters continued to gather Friday around D.C. a month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The ongoing demonstrations Friday included a gathering at Lincoln Park, demanding the removal of the nearly 150-year-old Emancipation Memorial, which depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling, freed slave. The Freedom Neighborhood, which hosted the gathering, wrote on Instagram that the statue “embodies the racial undertones of Black people being inferior to white people,” and called for the statue’s removal. WTOP’s Ken Duffy reported from Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House that a crowd of people had gathered and looked to be prepared for another long night of protesting, despite the barricades and safety fencing that were set up around Lafayette Park. Duffy estimated that Friday’s crowds were bigger than Thursday’s, with some people coming in...
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