22 year-old Michael Lembhard Killed by Police; Gov. Cuomo Denies Request for Special Prosecutor

Family, friends and community members are still furious over the death of 22 year-old Michael Lembhard, who was shot and killed by police officers last month.

Lembhard was being pursued by police on the night of  March 7th, due to an outstanding warrant. He ran inside of his sister’s house. According to police, Lembhard grabbed a knife and allegedly lunged at the officers. In response, two of the officers fired their weapons.

Family members are skeptical of the official account of the incident, and believe Michael Lembhard did not have to die on March 7th. 

TRAYVON UPDATE: Enhanced Video Shows Zimmerman’s Injures; Experts Say 911 Screams Aren’t Zimmerman

After much speculation over a grainy police video released last week – showing a seemingly scratch-less George Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford Police Station – an enhanced video has been released today, showing injuries on Zimmerman’s head.

The video does give some credence to Zimmerman’s claim that he was physically attacked by Trayvon Martin.

From ABCNews.com:

“The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and his lawyer later claimed that Zimmeran suffered a broken nose.

Why I Refuse to Feel Sorry for George Zimmerman

Poor George Zimmerman?

Some in the media actually want us to feel sorry for George Zimmerman. Yes, the self appointed neighborhood watch captain, habitual 911 caller, police officer assaulter, domestic abuser, black child stalker, 911 operator ignorer, racial slur user, and unarmed black teenager killer. The same George Zimmerman who still hasn’t been arrested after killing Trayvon Martin over a month ago. Now we’re being told we should feel sorry for him because he’s being “demonized” in the media. Supporters even complained the only picture the media used of him was a mugshot! Really? Welcome to our world George. Black men have been demonized by the media since the invention of media. Trayvon is still being labeled a thug, even after he was shot down with nothing but skittles in his pocket, and tests proved Trayvon was not under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Black Youth in the News: March 26 – April 1

Prop. 8 group pitted blacks, Latinos against gays
Carolyn Lockhead, SF Gate, 3/28/12

“The National Organization for Marriage’s documents, released Monday by a federal judge in Maine, said its strategies were modeled on the “techniques and arguments developed in the big victory last year in California,” where voters approved Proposition 8.

The documents describe a strategy to make opposition to same-sex marriage “a key badge of Latino identity” and “a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.”

Detroit High School Students Stage Walk Out: 50 Suspended For Demanding A Quality Education

50 students at a high school in Detroit, Michigan were suspended from school after staging a school-wide walk out, and demanding “an education.”

The students at the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy are fed up with absent teachers, shortages of textbooks, and an administration that simply refuses to hear their grievances or take their education seriously.

One parent alleges that her son was given an A in geometry without even taking a final exam, and that a math teacher “has been absent for more than 68 days.”