Brooklyn Family Says Dad Died of Heart Attack After NYPD Raid on Home

The NYPD is once again under fire over a Brooklyn family’s claim that 43-year old Carlos Alcis suffered a fatal heart attack after police raided their home.

Police were reportedly looking for a suspect who’d assaulted a woman and robbed her of a cell phone. While the NYPD says they were let into the apartment, the Alcis family offers a different account.

The family says over 10 police officers stormed their home and dragged two of Alcis’ sons out of bed, believing they were suspects. Amidst the confusion and terror, Carlos – a father of eight – went into cardiac arrest.

Grand Jury Will NOT Charge Officer Who Shot and Killed Unarmed Teenager Ramarley Graham

Not to be outdone by the antics of Florida, a grand jury has decided not to charge an NYPD officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager, Ramarley Graham.

Officer Richard Haste pursued and then entered the apartment that Graham shared with his grandmother, confronted, and fatally shot the 18-year-old.

Federal Prosecutors say they will review the case to determine if Graham’s civil rights were violated.

 

The decision, which was announced on Thursday morning, was met with shock from the Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, and it prompted calls for a federal civil rights investigation and an independent prosecutor. By late afternoon, the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said it would review the evidence to “determine whether there were any violations of the federal criminal civil rights laws.”

Remembering Whitney Houston on Her 50th Birthday

Today would have been the 50th birthday of the legendary Whitney Houston.

Whitney will always been in a class all her own as a vocalist and entertainer.

Though her later years were often marred by stories of her personal troubles, we will always remember Whitney for her once-in-a-generation talent.

Check out Whitney’s television debut on the MervGriffin Show in 1983:

Dream Defenders’ Occupation of Florida Capitol Enters 4th Week

If you thought the movement for justice for Trayvon Martin had lost its momentum, you thought wrong.

The Dream Defenders’ occupation of the Florida state capitol has entered its fourth week.

They’re calling for passage of Trayvon’s Law; a comprehensive piece of legislation designed to combat the systemic racism that funnels black and brown youth into prison, or into the ground.

14-Year Old Shaaliver Douse Shot and Killed by NYPD

14-year old Shaaliver Douse was shot and killed by police after ignoring commands to drop his weapon.

Last Sunday, The Bronx teen was allegedly seen by police shooting at an unidentified man. After their demands that he drop the weapon were ignored, Shaaliver was killed by a gunshot to the lower jaw.

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD say the shooting was justified; but Douse’s family are devastated, and they aren’t buying the official police story.

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Call Juror B29 Comments ‘Devastating’

The parents of the late Trayvon Martin has responded to the widely-reported revelations from Juror B29.

In an interview with Good Morning America, B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – proclaimed that George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

From the Grio:

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton issued the following statement Thursday night on behalf of herself and Tracy Martin:

Obama Speaks Out on Zimmerman Trial: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’

President Obama spoke to the African American perspective on the George Zimmerman trial at a press conference today.

Obama made a direct connection between himself and Trayvon; asserting that he has been profiled in the past, and that could have met the same fate as Martin.

The POTUS also asserted that the outcome of the Zimmerman trial may have been different if Trayvon was white, and called for a review of “Stand Your Ground” laws.