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Three People Arrested in Connection to Homophobic Killing of 24-Year-Old

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Three people were arrested by the Spanish police over the killing of a 24-year-old gay male.

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  • Samuel Luiz, a nursing assistant, was beaten to death outside of a club in A Coruña on Saturday. Two of Luiz’s friends, Lina and Vanesa, told reporters that Luiz was outside on a video call when two men and one woman attacked him. The three individuals thought Luiz was taking a video of them, and though he and his friends told them he was on a call, one of the individuals began to shout homophobic slurs towards him.
  • Vanesa, who was on the video call with Luiz, stated that the video went dark, but she could still make out the audio. She heard one of the men yell, “either stop recording, or I’ll kill you, fag.” Although she couldn’t make out what was happening, she heard Luiz getting beaten up and Lina yelling to leave him alone. The man eventually stopped, leaving Luiz bruised but alive. He then returned with about 12 others to kick and punch Luiz. Despite emergency services efforts, Luiz later died at the hospital.
  • The killing of Luiz has prompted protests all over Spain, in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and A Coruña. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies protested for the arrest of those connected to Luiz’s murder and for protection from LGBTQ+ violence in the area. Many were seen holding signs that said “Justice for Samuel” and rainbow flags with black ribbons on them.
  • Jose Minones, the government’s chief delegate over the area where Luiz was killed, stated in an interview that the incident being ruled a hate crime is not off the table. Minones stated that the investigation is ongoing and that the judge over the case will ultimately decide how to classify this heinous attack.
  • Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called Luiz’s murder a “savage and depraved act.” He has faith in the country’s justice system that all those involved in Luiz’s murder will be captured. Spain has made some efforts to protect the rights of those in the LGBTQ+ community, and Sánchez said he would not tolerate the country moving backward. He showcased his solidarity with those protesting via Twitter.

  • Homophobic attacks have increased over the past few years in many European countries. Two male doctors were attacked in Hungary for kissing in the club. Their attack came weeks after the country decided on an anti-LGBTQ+ law that removed all “educational materials in schools or content on children’s TV that displays diversion from one’s biological sex, change of gender, or portrays homosexuality.”
  • A lesbian couple on a London bus was left bruised and covered in blood after being attacked by teenagers. The group harassed the couple, trying to force them to kiss, and beat them up. This attack resulted in the arrest of five teens between the ages of 15 and 18.

Social rights minister Ione Belarra said she stood with the LGBTQ+ community and voiced that everyone should be free to be who they are. Minones claimed that future arrests may be made as police are still going through footage from security cameras and cell phones, as well as witness statements.

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Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black Alerts and the host of Boss Mornings and Unmuted Nation. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

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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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New Orleans 911 Operator Wanted After Allegedly Disconnecting Calls on Purpose

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A New Orleans 911 operator deliberately disconnected emergency calls without obtaining necessary information or relaying the callers’ emergencies to other dispatchers, and she is now facing arrest, according to authorities.

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  • Precious Stephens, 25, is wanted on a count of malfeasance in office, and she remained at large Thursday, police said. She has been fired from her job as a 911 operator, officials said.

“(The district) has and will continue to cooperate with the … investigation into this matter and dedicated to providing any and all assistance to aid in (the) efforts.”

  • Stephens worked for the Orleans Parish Communication District, which dispatches first responders to 911 calls. On Aug. 24, the district reported to police that Stephens had deliberately disconnected 911 calls without obtaining vital information or informing other dispatchers about the callers who were in need of help.  The district conducted an investigation into the quality of a random set of calls when they detected the problems with Stephens during her shifts Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, officials said.  A statement from the district highlighted how its own internal protocols identified the issues with Stephens, who was immediately turned over to police and dismissed from her post.

Police asked anyone who knows where Stephens is to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

Louisiana law defines malfeasance in office as unlawfully performing a job in public service. It can carry up to five years in prison.

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R&B Star R. Kelly Jurors Summoned for Sex Trafficking Trial

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The first phase of R. Kelly‘s trial began on Aug. 9 with a jury selection after several delays.

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  • U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly asked potential jurors if they could keep an open mind about Kelly as he faces charges for abusing women and girls for nearly two decades. Donnelly also reminded jurors that Kelly was presumed innocent, so they should not feel influenced by any bad publicity the singer experienced because of the accusations.
  • Due to pandemic restrictions, the event took place online. Because of this, Kelly and the jurors faced difficulty popping up on the screen and the audio cut off at times.
  • During the trial, jurors will expect to hear testimonies from several of Kelly’s accusers. In addition, a judge ruled that officials may only use the women’s first names. Currently, Kelly faces sex trafficking charges. Scrutiny around Kelly’s sexual behavior has followed him for decades. These include charges for child pornography. Alongside the sex-trafficking case in New York, Kelly also faces sex-related charges against him in Illinois and Minnesota.
  • In addition, prosecutors might provide evidence that Kelly schemed with others to buy a fake ID for late R&B singer Aaliyah. In 1994, when Aaliyah was only 15, Kelly married and began a sexual relationship with her; it is also speculated he impregnated her. Prosecutors believe he married her so that she could not testify against him.
  • In regards to his sex-trafficking trial, Kelly denies any wrongdoing; he has pleaded not guilty to leading a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards, and other employees who recruited women and girls for sex. Concerning the criminal enterprise, federal prosecutors reported the group found victims at concerts and other venues. After recruiting the women and children, they would make travel arrangements so they could meet with Kelly. Kelly’s lawyers claimed the victims were “groupies” who showed up at his concerts and “were dying to be with” Kelly.

The case is scheduled to officially begin on Aug. 18 with opening statements.

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