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Police suspend officer who dragged 65-year-old woman

The police department in Alpharetta, Georgia have suspended an officer and opened an internal investigation regarding a May 4 traffic stop where a 65-year-old grandmother was pulled from her car.

   
   
“I just panicked. I felt like my heart exploded,” Rose Campbell told WSB-TV. “I didn’t expect that in America. I didn’t expect that in Atlanta. I didn’t expect that especially in Alpharetta.”

In the full dash cam video posted by the police department on YouTube, Public Safety Chief John Robison begins by promising “a decisive and appropriate outcome.”

“There are aspects of this video that do not represent who we are as an organization,” Robison says.

According to the police, Campbell was pulled over by officer Michael Swerdlove after she swerved into a second lane while turning, almost causing a collision. Swerdlove is seen approaching the vehicle and then attempts to warrant a citation for the incident. Campbell refused to sign the ticket because she believed it would be an admission of guilt–and that is when things quickly escalated.

“He told me he was giving me a citation for failure to maintain lane.  I said for what?  Everybody does that when a cop gives you a ticket, unless you’re wrong, you’re gonna ask why,” she said.

Swerdlove told her that if she refused to sign the citation she would be arrested. Campbell then attempts to ask for a supervisor, but the officer demands that she gets out of the car to attempt an arrest. Swerdlove is then shown opening Campbell’s door and begins to pull her out.

“No sir, this is abusive behavior,” Campbell can be heard saying at one point in the video. “I’m being abused, I need the supervisor now!” she continues.

As a second cop approaches the car, Campbell continues asking for the supervisor. The cop continues to tug on her, while the second officer begins to attempt to pull her out of the car.

A third officer named James Legg approaches on the passenger’s side, but then walks around to the other two officers who are still pulling on Campbell to get out the car.

As Campbell agrees to get out of the car, Legg walks around to the driver’s side and begins cursing at the woman.

“Hey, you’re not in charge! Shut the f— up and get out the car!” Legg yells at Campbell. Campbell, who is diabetic says she was terrified as they attempted to arrest her.

Legg was suspended as a result of the investigation. Campbell has hired an attorney, but has yet to decide if she wants to take legal action. What she wants is an apology, she told WSB.

“They need to be put on suspension, disciplinary action without pay.  That normally works in the brain,” Campbell said.  “I don’t like the issue of firing people.  I think everyone has a space for redemption.”

 

Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)

Thinking Out of the Box (Inspirational Short Stories)

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter. Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. When he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

  1. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.

  2. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.

  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;

Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.


 

 

Father of 11 killed when boat capsized on Lake Conroe

The community is grieving the loss of a beloved community coach after he died in a boating accident Saturday on Lake Conroe.

Tenesha Robbins said that her husband, Jermaine, was many things to many people.

“He was my greatest love,” she said. “Not only did I get to see who he was in his heart, but he shared that with the whole community.”

The father of 11 was known as “Coach Chop” in the community and served as a mentor and youth league coach.

“His goal was never to just teach the kids football, basketball or track,” Tenesha Robbins said. “The goal was to teach them life skills.”

Authorities said that Jermaine Robbins and two other men were fishing when waves formed by the passing of a larger boat capsized their boat near the mouth of Lewis Creek. He later died at the hospital.

Tenesha Robbins said that she has been overwhelmed by the support from the community and people who said they were impacted by Coach Chop and his life lessons.

“He touched lives, and people will forever be different because of who he was,” she said.

The family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.

 

 

Starbucks changed bathroom policy following racial firestorm

Starbucks has adopted an open-bathroom policy following the arrest last month of two African American men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia.

Chairman Howard Schultz says he doesn’t want the company to become a public bathroom, but feels employees can make the “right decision a hundred percent of the time,” if that choice is removed at the store level.

One of the men arrested on April 12 was denied use of a bathroom. He and his partner sat down to await a business meeting they had scheduled at the store, but were arrested minutes later by police.

The incident was captured by people using cell phones and it went viral.

The arrest of Rashon Nelson, along with his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, set off a firestorm for the company, which will shut down more than 8,000 of its U.S. stores on the afternoon of May 29 to instruct 175,000 employees how to better recognize unconscious bias.

Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right

Access to store bathrooms, for which Schultz said Starbucks had maintained a “loose policy,” came into even sharper focus after another video, taken in January, emerged. The video shows a black man claiming he was denied access to a bathroom at a Starbucks in California while a white man was allowed entry. Neither man had made a purchase, according to the video shot by Brandon Ward, which is posted on his Facebook page.

Schultz, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Thursday, said previous policy required a purchase, but that the decision was ultimately left with store managers, The Washington, The Seattle Times, and other media outlets reported.

The arrests in Philadelphia were a major embarrassment for Starbucks, which has long projected itself as a socially conscious company.

Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. Separately, they reached a deal with Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from city officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

 

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Group bails out incarcerated Black moms in time for Mother’s Day

An Atlanta-based group set out on a mission to reunite incarcerated Black women with their children just in time for Mother’s Day. The organizations Southerners on New Ground and the National Bail Out Collective joined forces to raise money for women who could not afford to post bail, 11 Alive reported.

Dubbed #FreeBlackMamas the initiative—which aims to help women in 17 cities across the country—was created to address inequalities within the criminal justice system, the news outlet writes. Launched in 2017, last year campaign organizers were able to fundraise enough money to have 100 women released from jail. Many of the women that they have helped were placed behind bars for minor offenses but spent long lengths of time in jail because financial burdens prevented them from posting bail.

“The bail reform ordinance is an important first step towards desperately needed bail reforms in Atlanta, but the work of bail reform and breaking the cycle of profiling, targeting and caging of Atlanta’s poor and black communities requires many additional policy changes and until that happens, we must continue to free ourselves,” Mary Hooks, Co-Director, SONG, told 11 Alive. Since its inception, SONG has raised $1 million to help 125 individuals. In the past, with the help of other organizations, they’ve been able to launch fundraising campaigns to help release fathers for Father’s Day.

Racial disparities surrounding detainment for non-violent offenses have been a lingering issue. According to Black Enterprise, there are 220,000 women in the jail system; 80 percent of them are mothers and 60 percent are African American. There are several initiatives that have been created related to bail reform. Earlier this year, hip-hop mogul Jay Z invested $3 million in the bail reform start-up Promise, Tech Crunch reported.

 

 
 
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