On The Brink Of The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision, Some Facts From Shaun King: The Police Lied.


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Video: Police lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV

 

From Shaun King & The Daily KOS

 

For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. It was actually 148 feet.

 

This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he “reasonably feared for his safety.” At the point in which Mike Brown ran half a football field away, how reasonable is it for an armed officer to fear anyone?

 

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Below is the first video filmed from Canfield Drive, where the shooting occurred, showing the exact measurement between where Darren Wilson’s SUV was parked and Mike Brown died. After that, we methodically debunk the lie that Mike Brown was killed in close proximity to Darren Wilson’s SUV.

 

Our starting point, which is 17 feet behind the driver’s side window of Darren Wilson’s SUV, is this yellow fire hydrant next to the storm drain.

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Our end point is 2943 Canfield. Notice the building number in the back of this photo below where Mike Brown’s father and family members are standing over the exact location where Mike Brown was killed.

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Watch us measure the distance below.

 

Mike Brown was killed over 130 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV

 

Published on Nov 20, 2014

For months and months, police and the media have grossly misrepresented just how far Mike Brown fled from Darren Wilson as being just 35 feet. After months of research, the availability of previously unseen images, the use of every mapping tool available, and a brand new measurement, we have discovered that Mike Brown fled 148 feet from the window of Darren Wilson’s Chevy Tahoe. In this video, we measured from the yellow fire hydrant, which was actually 17 feet away from the driver’s side window, all the way to the exact location of where Mike Brown fell after being murdered by Darren Wilson. Our distance is 131 feet + 1 inch

 

 

So: 131 feet, 1 inch (distance between the fire hydrant and where Mike Brown died), + 17 feet (distance between the fire hydrant and the driver’s side door of Darren Wilson’s SUV) = 148 feet.

 

The St. Louis-area police have continued to advance this lie for over 104 days since Mike Brown was killed on Canfield Drive on the afternoon of August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Here we will methodically expose this lie and examine just why it’s so important.

 

On this past Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri in anticipation of some level of unrest regarding a decision from the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case. Covering this decision, and the case in general, CNN authoritatively states that Mike Brown was found 35 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Watch just the first 20 seconds of this video to see how Erin Burnett frames the case.

 

CNN: Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency

 

Published on Nov 18, 2014

11/17/2014: Erin Burnett invites Van Jones, Paul Callan and Dr. Cyril Wecht to discuss the grand jury decision on Darren Wilson’s indictment.

 

 

Where the Lie Began

On August 10, 2014, St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar held his first press conference on the shooting of Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the nearby Ferguson Police Department. His force had been called in to take over the investigation for the much smaller local department. The shooting had occurred less than 24 hours earlier, and the tensions on the ground in Ferguson were already red hot and boiling over.

 

Six different witnesses on the scene claimed that Mike Brown was shot at repeatedly from behind before he turned around, faced Darren Wilson, verbally surrendered, and put his hands in the air. Wilson, having already shot at Mike Brown at least six times while he fled, then fired off a barrage of four quick shots at the surrendered Brown he was looking at face to face, killing him on the spot. With his lifeless body face down on the road, Mike Brown’s blood literally flowed down Canfield Drive for more than four hours. The shooting and the aftermath that evening, which included bringing police dogs to the scene, infuriated residents as never before, and the anger was spreading rapidly across St. Louis and into the nation.

 

When Chief Belmar sat down the next day to brief the press on his summary of the facts, he stated at 1:13 (and then even more emphatically at 6:01) in the video below, “The entire scene, from approximately the car door (of Officer Wilson) to the shooting, is, uh, about 35 feet.”

 

See his video below and pay attention to the statements at 1:13 & 6:01.

 

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At that time, when the chief said the “entire scene” was just 35 feet in distance from the “car door to the shooting,” every observer accepted it as a negligible fact and thought little about it, instead zeroing in on why Darren Wilson stopped Mike Brown in the first place and why a police officer would shoot a young man who was surrendering with his hands up.

 

It turns, out, though, that the distance Mike Brown fled was not 35 feet, as was stated in the press conference and cited in hundreds of articles since. Nor was it 45 feet, or 75 feet, or even 95 feet, but approximately 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Below, you will find photos from the day of the murder, maps, infographics, and more to confirm for you that the distance was more 500 percent farther away than originally claimed by Chief Belmar and subsequently quoted as fact in almost every narrative of the case.

 

While the initial reporting of this distance from the chief could have been an error, albeit an egregious one, it seems clear now, after over 100 days of requests for the police to clarify this discrepancy have only produced silence, that it wasn’t an oversight, but a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.

 

What reason would the chief have for so seriously understating the distance by more than 110 feet? Well, how far Mike Brown fled matters greatly, and the St. Louis County Police Department could have many reasons for purposely understating it. One doubts, though, that they expected to be caught telling this lie. When it was first told, while matters were tense in St. Louis and spreading on social media, nobody had any idea that this case would grip the nation and the world.

 

Without even using this space to dive into the actual shooting of Mike Brown, it appears that some base level misconduct can be suspected when the St. Louis County Police Department has repeatedly refused to address the discrepancy in distance.

 

When the police came out the morning after Mike Brown was killed and deliberately included the distance between the SUV and the shooting, it successfully created a very particular narrative. The arc of their initial story, magnified in importance by the absence of even one official report, is that Darren Wilson shot and killed a young man who, in a short distance from the SUV, posed him grave harm. How far Mike Brown actually fled, how far Darren Wilson chased him, and where each of them were in relation to each other and to the SUV, are facts of paramount importance. If Mike Brown fled over 148 feet away from Darren Wilson, it clearly suggests that Brown—unarmed, shot, missing a shoe, in lounge clothes—feared for his life and not the other way around.

 

Furthermore, police, in many cases, use the distance in which a suspect flees and the distance between them in an encounter as evidence to prove they were reasonably afraid for their safety—which is required by law.

 

What follows is evidence to the contrary. Mike Brown fled at least 108 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. If the police will lie about this fact, what else have they openly lied about? Did they present this false distance to the grand jury? Why does the media continue to advance this lie? Here are the facts.

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Here is a rarely seen panorama of Canfield Drive moments after Mike Brown was killed. Few images better display that the distance was not a very short 35 feet than this one.

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This is Darren Wilson’s SUV. Where you see it here is exactly where he parked it to confront Mike Brown and Dorian Johnson for jaywalking. Out of sight in this image, to the left of the driver’s side door, is Mike Brown’s hat (shown in a later image below). Approximately 16 feet behind the SUV is Mike Brown’s black sandal, which came off while he was running. Please notice the fire hydrant to the right of the SUV.

 

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On the center left is Darren Wilson’s SUV from the opposite angle. Notice the two orange cones next to the driver’s side door. That’s Mike Brown’s red St. Louis Cardinals hat next to it.

 

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Using this image, let’s create starting line A. As effective landmarks, please notice the fire hydrant on the right and the sloping entrance into the apartments

 

From the back of Darren Wilson’s SUV, Brown fled over 100 feet down Canfield Drive. The exact location where Brown died is today marked by a memorial in the middle of the street.

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This is ending line B. Mike Brown is the blurred figure on the ground. That is Darren Wilson, visibly uninjured in every image of him from that day, standing to the right. According to eyewitnesses Dorian Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell, and Piaget Crenshaw, Mike Brown turned around, faced Darren Wilson and his SUV, and put his hands in the air.

 

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Mike Brown’s family at 2943 on Canfield at the exact spot of Mike Brown’s death

 

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This map shows the exact location of 2943, the exact spot where Mike Brown was killed.

 

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Using Google Maps, the approximate distance from the front of Darren Wilson’s SUV to where Mike Brown was shot before falling down is actually 148 feet.

(Thank you to Argus News for measuring and filming the measurement of the distance.)

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The MilitantNegro SoapBox™: Camille Cosby.


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I have not had much to say about Bill Cosby’s current hot mess of a life concerning the now 15/16 women who have come forward to accuse Bill of rape, sexual assault or inappropriate behavior. I have not had much to say because I never heard of a single peep of this until last week. I’ve never been a big fan of Cosby or his work. I was not a big fan of the Cosby Show like most of America.  Don’t get me wrong, I was not a big fan because I had a premonition about his character, I just didn’t like his talent. I never thought he was funny and I didn’t like his acting.

 

I have but one dose of advice for Bill, talk. Speak up. Say something. Acting like a deaf mute or a 3rd grader who believes if he ignores the rape talk and keeps his head buried in the sand, this will fade away….thats asinine. In this day and age of social media, nothing just goes away Bill. The sooner you discuss your current state of life, as soon as you tell your fans, whom I am not one, your side of these rape/sexual assault allegations, the sooner it moves from page 1 to page 12.

 

My mind went to his wife, the gorgeous Renaissance Woman, Ms. Camille Cosby. I wonder how she feels sitting next to Bill as he ignores the 15/16 ladies who say unspeakable things about her husband. I wonder does she believe the 15/16 women? Does she think Bill was ever capable of rape or sexual assault against teenagers? Below is a writer named Blue Telusma, who writes for theGrio.com, who has put into words what I was thinking.

 

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Camille Cosby, another victim of the controversy?

 

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Blue Telusma is a Washington-based writer for theGrio.com, an online venue devoted to perspectives that affect and reflect the African-American community. Follow @theGrio on Twitter or like it on Facebook. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Follow her on Twitter.

 

(CNN) — Camille Olivia Hanks was studying at the University of Maryland when she met Bill Cosby in the early ’60s. He was doing stand-up comedy in Washington when the two were set up on a blind date. They fell in love and she left school to support his burgeoning career in entertainment.

 

By 1964, the two were married and they would go on to have five children together. In 1997, their son Ennis (who inspired the character Theo Huxtable) was murdered, and a few years later Dr. Camille Cosby did a one-on-one with Oprah explaining how she’d eventually been able to find joy after mourning the loss of a child.

 

 

Throughout that interview it was so clear that you were looking at the real-life Clair Huxtable that even Oprah seemed a bit star-struck by her poise and grace.

During her 2000 appearance on Oprah, Camille revealed:

“I became keenly aware of myself in my mid-thirties. I went through a transition. I decided to go back to school, because I had dropped out of college to marry Bill when I was 19. I had five children, and I decided to go back. I didn’t feel fulfilled educationally. I dropped out of school at the end of my sophomore year. So I went back, and when I did, my self-esteem grew. I got my master’s, then decided to get my doctoral degree. Education helped me to come out of myself.”

 

When asked why she wasn’t content to just settle for being the wife of a famous entertainer she continued:

“I don’t know exactly what it was, except that for me, integrity is important. For me friendships are important, family is important, and it is a blessing if we can have monetary benefits. That’s wonderful, and I love it. But I have to have the security of people who really care about me, and me about them. I want to be surrounded by people who have integrity. And, of course, my name is Camille, not Bill.”

That was a beautiful answer. But a lot has changed since then.

These days, Camille Cosby is standing alongside her husband during what may turn out to be the worst month of his long career.

For the last few weeks, the beloved TV dad who used to sell us Jell-O pudding pops has been at the center of an ever-growing scandal. He has canceled several appearances, Netflix has postponed the launch of his stand-up special, NBC nixed plans for a new comedy show, and this week Janice Dickinson became the latest woman to make allegations against him; telling E Newsthat he raped her in 1982 after she’d done a stint in rehab.

Cosby is arguably the most successful African-American performer in television history, but this isn’t the first time he has found himself under scrutiny for extramarital affairs.

In his biography, “Cosby: His Life and Times,” Mark Whitaker makes mention of the legendary comedian’s “roving eye” and even tells an anecdote about how he finally cut back on his womanizing by breaking up with his long-time girlfriend. Now it seems those softball admissions about having a weakness for beautiful women may have been shrouding something much more sinister than an affair.

From thegrio.com: Dear Bill Cosby, heed your own advice and be accountable

In the last decade alone, more than a dozen women have accused Cosby of rape or sexual assault. No formal charges have ever been successfully filed, so even with all the media speculation, these claims are technically only allegations. But there is one person in this melee whose anguish is virtually indisputable: his wife, Camille.

So how does a woman like that end up spending 50 years of her life beside a man who is now alleged to be a serial rapist? One can only imagine the embarrassment she must be experiencing through all this. But her dilemma is a lot more common than you may think.

In a world that asks you to be a mother, a wife, a businesswoman and an alluring sexual being, women grapple with finding the balance between respecting themselves and prioritizing their relationships. While many say they would leave a spouse who cheats, experts estimate that approximately 50-75% of couples rocked by an affair stay together.

There are many reasons why some women choose to stay: the fear of being alone, financial dependency, belief that they can alter the behavior of their mate, professional status of their partner, deep emotional investment and family obligations.

It is hard enough to come back from infidelity in private, let alone when you have the added stress of being a public figure. Both Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards have weathered similar storms with men they devoted their lives to. And one could argue that it is a lose/lose situation for any wife who finds herself in that position: If you stay, people judge you for not standing up for yourself, and if you leave there is endless speculation about why your marriage failed.

But this isn’t just a simple case of being cheated on. There are some very serious stories coming to the forefront from those who describe Cosby as a sexual predator, who for decades allegedly drugged and violated young women who looked up to him as a mentor.

 

During one of Cosby’s old routines, he actually jokes about drugging young women.

Coincidentally the set is from his album “It’s True! It’s True!” which was released in 1969, the same year Joan Tarshis claims he drugged and raped her.

We can only speculate on what Camille’s reasons are for staying in her marriage, when she found out about each rape claim, or whether she believes in her husband’s innocence. She’s been stoic and tight-lipped through all this, exuding the unflappable composure that she is known for.

During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, many believed that had Hillary Clinton left her husband, his political career would have collapsed. Hillary Clinton may have well understood that her marriage wasn’t just a union between a man and a woman but a much larger political machine. Perhaps Camille Cosby, who is equally responsible for her husband’s career, feels a similar responsibility to maintaining the legacy and philanthropic institution she and her husband have built together.

Few knew that in the original “Cosby Show” pitch, Bill had planned to have Heathcliff be a limousine driver who was married to a Latina handywoman. Programming executives weren’t too thrilled with that idea, but it was Camille who convinced her husband to go in another direction.

According to another excerpt in Whitaker’s book:

“The producers felt strongly that both [parents on the show] should be college graduates. As Cosby had proved in his stand-up act, the war of wits between parents and children was even funnier if the parents thought of themselves as highly intelligent people.

“Finally, shortly before 1 in the morning, Cosby said the words that made Carsey think that she might be getting someplace: ‘I think my wife would agree with you.’

” ‘You will not be a chauffeur!’ Camille said when he briefed her on the meeting. ‘Why not?’ Cosby asked. ‘Because I’m not going to be a carpenter!’ Camille said.”

That snippet gives a rare glimpse into the type of bond these two have, and also illustrates that Mrs. Cosby has not just been her husband’s muse, but also a trusted adviser who keeps his career on track, behind the scenes.

Sunday when NPR host Scott Simon asked Cosby about the resurfaced rape charges, he was met with a wall of silence. Later on, Simon admitted to CNN that during that awkward moment in the interview, the one thing he couldn’t do was look at Camille.

“I did not look at Mrs. Cosby, and I don’t mind saying I might’ve been a little uncomfortable doing that anyway,” Simon said.

That’s what many find so unsettling about all this: the deafening silence of it all. The same man who has spent years waxing poetic about every social issue under the sun has now fallen completely mute on us, with his equally reticent wife by his side.

The Cosbys’ union remains seemingly stable through half a century of life’s ups and downs, and as someone who respects the institution of marriage I find that commendable. But when does the adage of “stand by your man” go too far?

I’m rooting for black love as much as the next person — but not like this.

From thegrio.com: Dr. Huxtable no more, Cosby lost that persona after 13 rape allegations

 

Thank you Blue Telusma and theGrio.com

 

Camille Cosby, another victim of the controversy?

 

Published on Nov 20, 2014

Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, is reluctantly in the spotlight due to sexual assault allegations against her husband.

 

 

I wonder how many times anyone can recall a caucasian person ever calling another caucasian person,….articulate?

 

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I will reserve judgement on Bill Cosby’s guilt or innocence until he speaks on this issue and addresses the 15/16 allegations directly. I will refrain from calling him a sexual predator or a serial rapist until he is found guilty in a court of law or admits his guilt. I have to do it that way because I was not present nor do I know the ladies who accuse him of violating them. I will repeat what I said above, Bill needs to handle this by talking about this.

 

That said……lets move on to the stupid.

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This is stupid on several levels. First off, Ms. Dash is a known Fox News employee, which automatically removes intelligence from her character traits. Now some will say Ms. Dash is only relating her experience with Bill Cosby. Thats fair. Here’s my response: If Ms. Dash had been sitting in the Aurora Theater on July 20, 2012, when James Holmes walked in and killed 12 moviegoers and injured 70 others…would Ms. Dash have tweeted that she was present in that theater but was NOT shot by Mr. Holmes? Would Ms. Dash have pointed out that on that fateful evening she was in the theater with Mr. Holmes but he didn’t shoot her and was a perfect gentleman?

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Ms. Dash, there are millions of women that were never raped, groped, durgged or sexually assaulted by Mr. Cosby, but there are 15/16 women who say they were. So does your experience being alone with Bill make their claims of rape or sexual assault any less real or horrific?

 

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Nobody knows what happened in the cases of these 15/16 women. Only those present know what happened, and thats Bill and numbers 1 through 15. 16 if you include Camille Cosby.

 

This tweet by @RealStaceyDash makes my ass need a drink of whisky. It further proves just how stupid this young woman is and just how stupid her mind works, or does not work. Because Bill Cosby didn’t rape you when you were alone with him means what exactly? How many women was Bill Cosby alone with that he didn’t rape or sexually assault? Millions. What concerns me are these 15 whom say he did rape/sexually assault them. 15 Victims.

 

16 if you count Camille Cosby.

 

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‘There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it’: CNN Anchor Don Lemon Tells Bill Cosby Rape Accuser Joan Tarshis.


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OK…..does Don Lemon get any dumber if he tried? Remind anyone of that guy from the GOP’ukes who said a woman can prevent pregnancy from a rape by shutting down her reproductive system during a rape? He lost his job after saying that, maybe it’s time for Don Lemon to search for a different line of work? Maybe shit shoveling engineer in the circus? You know, follow behind the elephants and horses?

 

From The NY Daily News:

‘There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it’: CNN anchor Don Lemon tells Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis

 

Then-teenaged actress Joan Tarshis alleges Bill Cosby coerced her into performing oral sex in 1969, but CNN interview hits below the belt when anchor Don Lemon asks Tarshis if she could have gotten out of performing oral sex on ‘Mr. Jello.’

 

By   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

CNN anchor Don Lemon faced biting criticism after suggesting to Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis that she take a bite out of the comedian’s penis rather than perform oral sex.

 

Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

 

She appeared with Lemon on Tuesday and the conversation went south fast.

 

“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told Tarshis during a TV interview.

 

“I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind,” Tarshis answered. “Now I wish it would have.”

 

“Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Lemon prodded.

 

Tarshis didn’t bat an eye at the offensive line of questioning, but the mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

 

Cosby allegedly lured Tarshis to his bungalow at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, drugged her and then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

 

Tarshis said “Mr. Jello” attacked her again days later at the Sherry Netherland hotel, after she accompanied him to a performance he gave at The Westbury Music Theater on Long Island.

 

Lemon ends the exchange by stating, “I had to ask.”

 

He HAD to ask????

The mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

The mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Joan Tarshis claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

Joan Tarshis claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

Don Lemon Gives Bill Cosby Rape Accuser Tip for Not Getting Raped

Published on Nov 19, 2014

CNN’s Don Lemon might as well have asked Joan Tarshis, “Did you try not getting raped by Bill Cosby?”

After patting himself on the back for doing his job, Lemon did more of what he sees his job entails when he shared this exchange with Tarshis, who went public this week with allegations that Cosby raped her in 1969, while interviewing her earlier tonight:
Lemon: Can I ask you this? And please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?
Tarshis: Yeah.
Lemon: You said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said, “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.” Tarshis: Right.
Lemon: You said he made you perform oral sex. Tarshis: Right. Lemon: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

 

 

Tarshis: I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.
Lemon: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right? Tarshis: Yes…I didn’t even think of it.
Lemon: Biting.
Tarshis: Ouch. Lemon: Yes. I had to ask.
Did you, though, Don?
This is causing an outrage on Twitter because telling a person who says she’s been raped how she could have avoided it is absolutely outrageous.

 

 

 

Can a human who is a Black Gay male be this stupid? Being Gay AND Black, does Don Lemon NOT understand the stupidity of his remarks?

 

A Few More Of Don Lemon’s Greatest Hits…………

Bill O’Reilly and Don Lemon Share Criticism Of Black Community | The Rubin Report

 

 

CNN’s Don Lemon Agrees With Bill O’Reilly: ‘He Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ In Criticizing Black Culture

 

 

Tjsotomayor Responds To @DonLemon ‘s Assertion That Blk Wmn Need 2 Stop Out Of Wedlock Kids

 

 

Don Lemon & Bill O’Reilly Black Single Black Mothers, Education & Culture For Failures Of Blacks!

 

But his inappropriate interview spawned a series of outrageous tweets:

@daakardior tweeted: “If Amelia Earhart didn’t want to die, she shouldn’t have flown that plane over water.#DonLemonReporting

 

@bohosolo tweeted: “I just have to ask, Solange – if you don’t want to be compared to Beyoncé, then why are you her sister? #DonLemonReporting

 

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Just one more time, in case you disbelieve what you read above…………

 

CNN’s Don Lemon To Cosby Rape Accuser: “You Know, There Are Ways Not To Perform Oral Sex If You Didn’t Want To Do It”

CNN Host Tells Joan Tarshis How She Could Avoid Being Raped

 

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because – and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?

 

TARSHIS: Yeah.

 

LEMON: Because I know some of you — and you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.”

 

TARSHIS: Right.

 

LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.

 

TARSHIS: Right.

 

LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

 

TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

 

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

 

TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –

 

LEMON: As a weapon.

 

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

 

LEMON: Biting. So, um –

 

TARSHIS: Ouch.

 

LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

 

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.

 

Thank you   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

Netflix postpones Bill Cosby comedy special amid rape allegations

 

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Bill Cosby was scheduled to debut his first televised concert special in 30 years on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, but the streaming network has decided to shelve the concert special, amid the controversy surrounding the comedy legend as more women come forward with rape allegations.

 

“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special Bill Cosby 77,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to theGrio.com.

 

Netflix released their statement just hours after former supermodel Janice Dickinson became the third women to come forward and say that Cosby raped her, just weeks after comedian Hannibal Buruss referenced Cosby’s decades-old sexual assault allegations in a comedy routine.

 

Supermodel Janice Dickinson: ‘Bill Cosby raped me.’

 

Cosby has yet to personally respond to any of these allegations, but on Sunday, his lawyer, John P. Schmitt released a statement, saying, “over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

 

Supermodel Janice Dickinson: ‘Bill Cosby Raped me’

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Add supermodel Janice Dickenson to the growing list of women with allegations that Bill Cosbyis a rapist.

 

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Entertainment Tonight the former America’s Next Top Model judge claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982.

 

Dickinson, now 59, said her first encounter with the comedian took place when her agent set up a meeting with him to potentially hire her for a role onThe Cosby Show. After they had dinner, she claims their next conversation was when he called her out of the blue while she was in rehab for drugs and alcohol. Dickinson says upon being released from her stint in rehab, Cosby reached out to her while she was on a trip to Bali and had her travel to Lake Tahoe, because he was performing there and wanted to talk to her about her acting and singing career.

 

Dickinson claims she and Cosby had dinner in Lake Tahoe, and then he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was on her period and had stomach pains.

 

“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” Dickinson said. “Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

 

The former star of The Surreal Life, says she is opening up today because she believes all the other women who have come forth with similar allegations.

 

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she says about coming out with her painful revelation. “I believe all the other women.”

 

Dickinson says that keeping the sexual assault silent for 32 years was devastatingly painful.

 

“Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issued with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn’t have counsel and I was afraid,” she said. “I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place.”

 

Dickinson released her memoir (No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel) in 2002, and says she attempted to write about the assault but was blocked by her publisher Harper Collins and Cosby’s lawyers.

 

Dickinson is now the 15th woman to accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. This just weeks after comedian Hannibal Buress referenced Cosby’s decades-old sexual assault allegations in a comedy routine.

 

Cosby has yet to personally respond to any of these allegations, but on Sunday, his lawyer, John P. Schmitt released a statement, saying, “over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

 

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Refutes Rape Allegations By Janice Dickinson

 

More than 13 women had come forward over the years with allegations of rape involving Bill Cosby who is now 77. The latest woman to come out with her story is 59 year old model Janice Dickinson who gave a teary interview on Entertainment Tonight yesterday.

The supermodel claims the incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California in 1982, and explains why she’s only coming forward now;

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women.”

Janice also claimed Bill and his lawyer at the time pressurized her to remove details of the rape from her biography book which came out some years ago. Bill Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer has responded, calling her a lair as he says that part of her story never happened.

“Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie.

“She did an interview with the New York Observer in September 2002 entitled ‘Interview with the Vamp’ completely contradicting her story. She claimed that because “she didn’t want to sleep with him (Cosby), he blew her off.”

“You can confirm with Harper Collins that she never claimed that Mr Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story (since there was no such story) and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book.

“The only story she gave 12 years ago in her autobiography as well as her interview with the media was that she refused to sleep with Mr Cosby and he blew her off.””

Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me

Published on Nov 18, 2014

Janice Dickinson tells ET that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 – he raped me. EXCLUSIVE Interview.

 

 

Above is a clip from the ET interview, and like the other allegations, Janice Dickinson says there was drugging involved in the rape. She reveals that Cosby invited her to dinner to discuss a role on The Cosby Show, offering her a glass of wine and a pill she thought was for her menstrual cramps.That was the last thing she remembered.

 

“… the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

Dickinson says that keeping the alleged sexual assault a secret for 32 years drove her to a life of hurting herself.

“Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issues with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn’t have counsel and I was afraid. I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place.”

 

The Bill Cosby abuse allegations timeline

 

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All Eyes On Ferguson As Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision.


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All Eyes on Ferguson as Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

 

 

State of emergency declared in Ferguson, to last 30 days.

Published on Nov 17, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday declared a state of emergency ahead of an expected grand jury ruling on the police shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown. The incident in August set off weeks of protests and confrontations between police and demonstrators, and authorities fear the coming announcement may set off yet more unrest. RT’s Manuel Rapalo is in Ferguson with more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Umar Lee Statement on State of Emergency

 

KKK Invites Blacks, Jews, Gays & Hispanics To Join

Published on Nov 15, 2014

“White supremacist organisation, the Ku Klux Klan is rebranding as the “new Klan” by trying to increase membership to Jews, black people, gays and those of Hispanic origin.

 

 

 

New details about Michael Brown shooting

 

This is amazing since BOTH the store owner AND The Ferguson Police Chief said at the time, NO robbery was called into Ferguson police. Quite strange. Took the Ferguson PD 100 days to orchestrate this lie.

 

Will Mike Brown’s Killer Avoid Charges in Ferguson? Cops Stockpile Riot Gear

 

 

Ferguson on the edge: RT America special on eve of grand jury ruling

 

 

Missouri Governor on safety preparations in Ferguson

 

 

 

Brown family attorney: Zero tolerance for police too

 

 

 

Ferguson gun owner sees rise in sales

 

 

 

New Surveillance Videos Show Darren Wilson After Fatally Shooting Michael Brown.

New Videos Show Darren Wilson After Fatally Shooting Michael Brown

Published on Nov 15, 2014

(ABC) New surveillance videos show Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson leaving for the hospital hours after he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparking weeks of protest in the Missouri city.
The videos, which were obtained by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, show Wilson, 28, leaving the police station with another officer and a police union lawyer two hours after the shooting, the newspaper reported.

 

Dispatch calls also obtained by the newspaper reveal how quickly the situation between Wilson and Brown escalated.
Wilson can be heard just before noon on August 9 asking other units if they need his help locating a robbery suspect.
“You guys need me?” he asks in the recordings.
Less than 10 minutes later, another officer asks for help controlling the scene where Brown was shot.
Get us several more units over here. There’s going to be a problem,” says the officer.

 

During the call a woman appears to be crying in the background.
Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times by Wilson. Weeks of protests and some incidents of looting followed after the shooting outraged the Ferguson community.

 

Wilson, who has been suspended with pay, claimed he was injured in a confrontation with Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson previously said that the confrontation started because the teenager was walking in the middle of the street.
A state grand jury is investigating whether he should face criminal charges. A decision is expected this month.
The Department of Justice is also looking into the case.

 

 

Does anyone see any visible signs on Darren Wilson of a blown eye socket? Bruises? Contusions? ANYTHING from an attack by Michael Brown? Remember the bogus claims from George Zimmerman how Trayvon Martin went for his weapon and a “fight for his life” ensued?

 

Whom you gonna call to protect you from those paid to “serve & protect”…..you?

 

#IndictTheCop

 

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BBC Africa: Escaping Boko Haram: How Three Nigeria Girls Found Safety.


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Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety

 

The story of three Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. As the Nigerian government insists a deal to release the “Chibok girls” is being negotiated, three girls who escaped their captors have told their story to BBC Hausa.

Lami, Maria and Hajara were at school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in April. Best friends Lami and Maria escaped by jumping from the back of a truck. Hajara was taken to a camp but later fled with another girl.

 

To protect the girls’ identity we have portrayed their story as an animation, and provided an edited transcript of their account below.

 

The girls’ names have been changed for their protection.

 

Animation by Luis Ruibal.

 

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Lami: It was Monday night. We had exams the following day. Then we started to hear shootings in the town. So we went out. We phoned our parents to tell them what was happening in the town. They told us to run away when we got the chance. We told them that the town was already surrounded so there was no way we could run.

 

Maria: Lami woke me up saying: “Maria didn’t you hear what’s happening? Haven’t you heard sounds of shooting from the town?”

 

I said we should climb the wall and run away. She said: “No. No-one has run away. We should gather in one place and wait to see what’s going to happen.”

 

Other girls said nothing would happen to us. “We’re girls. They don’t do anything to girls. We should wait and see what God would do.”

 

Lami: We were at the school when suddenly three Boko Haram members entered.

 

They said: “If any of you attempt to leave we’ll kill all of you.” When we went out they were everywhere. They gathered us where we have our school assembly. As we were there they kept burning the school. They burnt everything.

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Hajara: They asked us to get out of the gate, saying that when we were out they would let us go back to our homes. They said whoever did not have a headscarf or shoes should go and get them. They then asked us to climb on to a lorry, on top of the food loaded in it. The lorry was so high that we couldn’t easily climb on.

 

Maria: They said to us: “You’re only coming to school for prostitution. Boko (Western education) is haram (forbidden) so what are you doing in school?”

 

We kept quiet. I think there could have been about 100 Boko Haram members – they were all over the school. They outnumbered us. They took us away in their vehicles. We were sitting on oil drums in the vehicle. Our vehicle was really overloaded. We were saying to one another that we should throw away our shoes and scarves so that if our parents came they would know the road we had taken.

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Hajara: The vehicle became full before I could get on. There were about 100 of us walking. We stopped at one town and people brought us water. I saw one of those who brought us water changed his clothes and joined the Boko Haram men. They then put us in other vehicles.

 

They put the rest in the boots of cars. Some of the Boko Haram members were so small that if I were to grab their necks I could break them. Some couldn’t even carry their guns properly.

 

Maria: We were wondering where we were being taken to. When we entered the vehicle, Lami said to me: “Shouldn’t we jump out of the vehicle here so that we may possibly escape? There are no other vehicles close by.”

 

Hajara: I thought, it’s preferable to have these people shoot me as I run than have them humiliate me. They kept saying to us: “Make sure you put on your scarves. Make sure you put on your scarves. We’ll shoot any girl we see without a scarf. And any girl who jumps out will die.”

 

I was about to jump out when one girl held me back and said they’d shoot me if I did.

 

“What’s the difference,” I said. “Is it not to the same death we’re going? They should shoot me here and let my corpse be collected.”

 

I was crying and praying until we reached the camp.

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Lami: There was a lot of dust on the road, they couldn’t see us. When we jumped out, we started to run. We were running without shoes. We found other people. We started to run away from them thinking they were Boko Haram. But they too had run from the town.

 

Hajara: Boko Haram gathered us in a forest around noon. Some of the girls were tired and were lying down. But I couldn’t lie down. The spirit of God was asking me to go. It was telling me: “Get up and go. Get up and go.”

 

So I went. Another girl followed me. When we were going I saw some of them [Boko Haram members] performing ablutions. We stooped as if we were trying to pull out thorns from our shoes, as if we were just going to wee. We’d walk a little then bend down for a little while as if we were looking for something we’d lost.

 

After walking for a while they couldn’t see us properly since it was forest. We then started to run. After we had run for a short distance, we heard them saying “catch those girls.” We kept running. Whether they came after us not, we didn’t know.

 

Hajara: We kept going and our shoes were ripped. We found a house, where a girl could speak Hausa. Her parents gave us a place to sleep. We reached the Chibok area in the morning. A man looking for a relative among the missing girls drove us on motorbike into town.

 

When I saw my elder and younger brothers, I fell to the ground crying. My mother and father were crying and all members of my family cried. Before I reached home it was as if there was a death in the house. Mats were spread. People were consoling my father and mother thinking that I had died.

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Lami: The people we met said: “Your town is far away. You can’t go there now. Come here and wait until morning when we’ll take you into the town to get transport back home.” We stayed there till morning when they asked us to get up so that we go to the town. We couldn’t walk. Our feet were full of thorns.

 

They said: “Let’s go find a vehicle to take you home.”

 

Maria: The men who helped us took us to Chibok, and I cried. It was the second time that something like that had happened to me. My dad was a pastor; Boko Haram went to our house and killed him. They also shot my mum in the stomach; they gave her 2,000 Naira ($12) to have the bullet.

 

Lami: My parents warmed up water and cared for my feet. I was taken to the hospital and it was two weeks before I could stand up.

 

Maria: I continued to live with the thought that Boko Haram members were coming to get me. I couldn’t sleep.

 

Hajara: I was having nightmares every day. There was even a day when I dreamed that they gathered all of us who fled in one place, and said to us: “You girls have defied us and fled. We’re now going to burn you alive.”

 

I haven’t forgotten about the other girls who are still in the hands of those people. I keep praying for them.

 

Lami: God will never make us meet these people again. And for our sisters who are still in the forest, may God help them. And may the whole world cry out for these girls to get out so that we continue with our education in school again.

 

Maria: They should pray to God to forgive them their sins. I’d also ask them to bring back the girls they have kidnapped because their parents are in distress. Some of the parents of the girls have already died. It was the thought of their girls that killed them.

 

Hajara: God will do what he wills, but I don’t want to look at them because of what they have done to my life. They think they’ve ruined me, but God willing, they haven’t ruined me. I’ll continue with my education.

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 Who are Boko Haram?

 

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  • Founded in 2002
  • Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Some three million people affected
  • Declared terrorist group by US in 2013

 

Who are Boko Haram?

 

Profile: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

 

Will ‘truce’ with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?

 

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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign

 

Published on May 9, 2014

All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls

 

Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest

 

Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276

 

 

 

BBC News100 WOMEN

Who is 100 Women for?

I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

BBC audience survey

 

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BBC News Africa: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Abducts More Women And Girls.

 

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