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LAPD Arrest Black Man While Looking for White Suspect, Video Shows

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Los Angeles Police Department Officers are being accused of racial profiling during an arrest of a black man outside his home.

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  • Antone Austin, 42, says civil rights by racially profiling and wrongfully arresting him back in May 2019. At the time, he was mistaken for a man violating a restraining order, according to court documents provided by CNN. Austin was arrested while picking up garbage cans outside of his Hollywood home around three p.m. Police were responding to a call from a woman in regards to her ex-boyfriend and a restraining order violation.

  • During Katarina Richardson’s call to police, responding officers did not ask for a description of the suspect. Richardson witnessed the altercation between Austin and police officers and told them that Austin was not the perpetrator. Richardson’s boyfriend is reportedly much shorter than Austin and is bald. Her boyfriend is also a white man, and Austin is African-American.
  • The City’s Attorney’s office has declined to comment on the incident. In the bodycam footage, Austin can be heard asking police officers who they were looking for, to which they responded, “I don’t know who I’m looking for yet.” After yelling for help, Austin’s girlfriend Michelle Michlewicz appeared from their house and began to question why the officers were placing him under arrest. Michlewicz and Austin were both taken to the police station and released on bail around three a.m the next day.
  • Austin was originally charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. This was eventually dropped to just resisting arrest with a $7,000 bond. Michlewicz was charged with felony lynching with a bond of $50,000. The couple has not been formally charged or had their charges dismissed. They have not had any of their bond money returned either.

The couple is now suing for unlawful seizure, battery, excessive force, failure to intervene, negligence, and civil rights violations. They are requesting $2 million, and a jury trial has been set for October.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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