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North Carolina Deputy Fatally Shoots 42-Year-Old Andrew Brown Jr

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A North Carolina Deputy fatally shot a Black man Wednesday while serving a search warrant, authorities said, prompting outrage from the community.

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  • The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Officials didn’t provide many details about the shooting, including what the warrant was for, or how many shots were fired at Brown. According to witnesses, Brown was attempting to drive away when the officers fired at him multiple times. His car eventually skidded out of the yard before striking a tree.
  • Demetria Williams, a friend of Brown’s who lives down the block told reporters she heard gunshots Wednesday morning and came running towards the scene. “I got down there and they were shooting at the car,” said Williams.
  • She counted 14 shell casings on the ground, noting the rear windshield had been shot out. She saw deputies remove Brown’s body from the car and attempt CPR. However, it was too late. “When they opened the door he was already dead,” said Williams.

  • The incident drew dozens of protestors to the scene, with a larger crowd gathering around City Hall later that day, according to ABC. The City Council held an emergency meeting where Black members of the council expressed their thoughts. Councilman Gabriel Adkins said he was “afraid as a Black man,” that he would be next.
  • City Councilman Darius Horton called for an explanation behind the shooting and the immediate release of bodycam footage. Brown’s aunt, Clarissa Brown Gibson echoed these sentiments, stating, “We want to know if he was served with a warrant, why the shooting over a warrant?” Keith Rivers, president of the Pasquotank County NAACP chapter added, “Is it open season now? At some point, it has to stop. We have to start holding the people in charge accountable.”

The case has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation who will turn their findings over to the District Attorney. Currently, the identities of the officers involved have not been revealed, but seven deputies have been placed on leave following the shooting.

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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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