Archive: July, 2018

Actor Ving Rhames said neighbor called 911 to report him as 'a large black man' breaking in

The actor was told that a female neighbor had called police to report “a large black man was breaking into the house.” ... During a radio interview promoting "Mission: Impossible Fallout," Ving Rhames said he was a target of racial profiling earlier this year after Los Angeles police came to his home and held him at gunpoint in response to a neighbor calling 911. The 59-year-old actor recounted Friday that he was watching television in his Santa Monica home when he heard noise coming from the backyard. He said he thought it was his two English bulldogs at first — only to quickly find out it was police. "I get up, I open the door, there's a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter," Rhames said on Sirius XM’s The Clay Cane Show on Friday. "And they say, 'Put up your hands.'” Santa Monica PD told NBC News that their officers do not carry laser-guided service weapons. After following police instructions, one of the officers recognized Rhames because their sons went to the same school, the actor said. The officers then told him that a female neighbor had called police to report “a large black man was breaking into the house,” Rhames added. The police then disclosed the neighbor’s address and the actor, a sergeant and another police officer proceeded to the woman’s house to confront her. She denied to them that she'd made any such call, Rhames said. Santa Monica Police Department told NBC News on Sunday that the incident didn’t occur earlier this year but on July 26, 2016. “In our actions responding to what would be a residential burglary, holding a potential suspect at gunpoint would not be out of the normal,” Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the executive officer for Santa Monica police’s media relations unit told NBC News. Rhames, who reprised his role as Luther Stickell in the newest installment of the highly successful "Mission: Impossible" franchise, expressed concern over the incident. “My problem is, as I said to them, what if it was my son, and he had a video game remote or something? And you thought it was a gun, just like you know, I don’t know, Trayvon had a bag of Skittles,” he said in the interview. "We responded to a call for service. The community expects and deserves that," Rodriguez said. This incident is in line with recent examples of people calling 911 to report African-Americans doing mundane, everyday things like swimming in their public community pool, being a real estate agent, checking out of an Airbnb, or waiting in a Starbucks. African-American celebrities and notable athletes have not been exempt from the incidents. Last year, NBA All-Star Lebron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized with N-word graffiti and in March of this year, a video surfaced showing Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown being tackled to the ground for a parking infraction. In a response to the vandalism, James’ told reporters last year at a press conference, "It goes to show racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America."  

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Rapper 6ix9ine arrested after allegedly choking 16-year-old

He was reportedly detained by police at JFK Airport... Rapper 6ix9ine (also known as Tekashi69) has been arrested by police in New York in relation to a outstanding warrant from Texas. The arrest is believed to be connected to an alleged altercation that occurred in January 2018. A 16-year-old claimed that they were choked by the musician, real name Daniel Hernandez, at Houston’s Galeria Mall. Representatives for the rapper are yet to comment on the arrest. The star’s arrest was initially reported by TMZ, before subsequent confirmation from the New York Police Department. He was reportedly detained by police at JFK Airport as he returned from his European tour. Although achieving prominence with the song ‘Gummo’, 6ix9ine’s career has been fraught with legal issues. In 2015, he pled guilty to a felony count of a use of a child in a sexual performance. The charge originated from videos that featured a 13-year-old girl. In one video, she is seen naked and sitting in the rapper’s lap. In another, Hernandez is seen  “making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks“ while the girl performed oral sex on another man. In May this year, he was also detained for assaulting a police officer and driving without a license.    

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(WATCH VIDEO) 'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash

.mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} Miami-Dade police is on the hook for legal bills after cops illegally seized a cache of guns — and nearly $20,000 in stripper cash... The department has agreed to pay more than $3,000 to defense lawyers hired by Ras Cates, 33, and his wife, Lizmixell Batista, a 20-year-old stripper at Cheetah Gentleman's Club in Hallandale Beach. Presumably, the legal bills won't be paid in singles. Back on May 25, an officer pulled over Cates and Batista, his passenger, when their car cut off a patrol car in Miami's West Little River neighborhood. From the car, patrol officers seized six guns, three of them assault-style rifles, plus the cash, suspected marijuana oil and several bottles of powerful codeine cough syrup without a valid prescription. Miami-Dade police touted the arrest to a local TV station, showing off photos of the guns. “It’s amazing how something as simple as a traffic stop can lead us to crack a lot of cases,” a police spokesman told WFOR-CBS4. “A lot of serial killers are behind bars because of traffic stops." The couple was charged with armed drug dealing, among other felony charges. But defense lawyers immediately challenged the arrest. “What is most disturbing is that immediately following the arrest, the department went on TV and engaged in incendiary speculation without knowing the facts or even acknowledging the rampant violations of my clients’ constitutional rights," said defense attorney Jude Faccidomo. Faced with defense evidence, prosecutors moved quickly to dismiss the case. Cates told cops he legally owned the weapons, and also had a valid concealed-weapons permit. His story checked out. And body-camera footage showed that an officer, while friendly with Cates, never got permission to search the trunk but instead "commanded defendant to pop the trunk," prosecutors wrote. "Search of the trunk was illegal," prosecutor Johnathan Nobile said in a memo explaining why the state declined to press charges. Who possessed the drugs or possibly illegal codeine syrup was never clear either, prosecutors said. Neither Cates nor Batista admitted who owned the marijuana. And whether the syrup was actually codeine was also unclear — Miami-Dade police never took the liquid to the forensics lab for testing. Lawyers for Cates are still trying to get the guns back. As for the money, the bills were discovered in Batista's purse. Body-camera footage obtained by the Miami Herald showed she immediately told cops about her cash-only job. "I was supposed to go the bank to deposit the money. We got bills to pay, sweetie," she told police. The Miami-Dade police department's legal bureau, suspecting it was dope money, asked a civil-court judge to allow the department to keep the $19,934 seized in the car. The department said a Miami-Dade police dog, Roxie, alerted that the cash had been "in close proximity" to large amounts of narcotics. But at the hearing, a fellow stripper named Haley Heath testified that her friend, Batista, earned "significant cash tips" at the Cheetah club. “I felt that the glitter on the seized cash was compelling evidence, but apparently the police department disagreed," said defense lawyer Faccidomo. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rodney Smith agreed there was no probable cause for the seizure and ordered the money returning to the couple.

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Chris Brown arrested for felony battery after concert in Florida...

Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge involving a nightclub photographer last year... Tampa Police released more details about the battery warrant on Friday after Brown posted $2,000 bond to be released from the Palm Beach County Jail. The warrant accuses Brown of hitting a Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017. Vines told officers Brown punched him while he was snapping photos. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived that night, and Vines refused medical treatment, but he told the officers that he wanted to prosecute over a minor lip cut. Emails to Brown's agents weren't immediately answered.

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US woman, 92, kills son to avoid being sent into care home...

A 92-year-old US woman shot and killed her son, 72, in order to avoid being sent into a care home, police say. Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son's intentions to put her into care for days, according to court documents. "You took my life, so I'm taking yours," she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend. Mrs Blessing told police she had intended to kill herself, too. The incident happened in the morning of 2 July in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa county, police records obtained by local media say. Mrs Blessing's son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she "had become difficult to live with". The mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom, police said in a statement. During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son. Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw. Mrs Blessing then pointed the gun at her son's 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room. She pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s. The girlfriend managed to knock this one out of Mrs Blessing's hands, too, before escaping and calling the sheriff's office. Police found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She later told them she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions. She is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and her bail was set at $500,000.

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Drake breaks streaming records with Scorpion

Drake has shattered streaming records with his fifth album, Scorpion... The rapper dropped the 25-track release at midnight on Thursday (28Jun18), and pulled in more than 170 million streams on Apple Music in 24 hours. More Life, the Canadian's 2017 mixtape, held the previous record with 89.9 million streams in its first day. Apple bosses have confirmed Scorpion now holds both the U.S. and global streaming records, and the debut is the largest single-day streaming total for any album on any streaming service to date. Meanwhile, on Spotify, it pulled in more than 132 million streams in its first 24 hours, breaking the single-day record. Scorpion is also on track to shatter the single-week streaming record of 431 million streams, currently held by Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, with experts predicting Drake's album could one billion streams in its first week. The 31-year-old star celebrated the success of his new album in Miami, Florida at a party with friends and fans on Friday night. Drake showed up around 4.30am at the E11EVEN club and entered via a side door, an eyewitness told E! News. He arrived with a crew of about 50 people from his OVO record label, including fellow rapper PartyNextDoor and producer and songwriter Murda Beatz. The group drove the crowd at the club wild by throwing money into the air from their VIP table. While the DJ played the entire 25-track album, Drake did not speak to the fans or interact with anyone other than his 50-strong crew, who reportedly left after a couple of hours.

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LeBron James Agrees to Four-Year, $154 Million Contract With Lakers

After months of speculation, LeBron James will sign a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers... Klutch Sports Group announced with a press release. Per ESPN's Bobby Marks, James will earn $35.65 million in his first year with Los Angeles, followed by $37.43 million, $39.21 million and $41 million in ensuing seasons. James posted to his Instagram story: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home."

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