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NFL Cornerback Richard Sherman Denied Bail After Arrest for Burglary Domestic Violence

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NFL cornerback Richard Sherman has been denied bail after arrest for burglary domestic violence.

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  • On Tuesday night, Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, called 911 claiming that Sherman was drunk and suicidal, stating he was going to hang himself. He was wrestling with Moss’s uncle, trying to prevent him from leaving the couple’s home. Moss told the operator that her husband didn’t have any weapons on him and asked police not to shoot him when they arrived. Officers arrived, spoke with Sherman, and then left.
  • Moss’ uncle then called 911 and stated that he was in his car following Sherman, who was following Moss. He described how Sherman kept trying to cut Moss off and was swerving in the middle of the road. He stated that Sherman might have had a knife on him and had made threats to Moss that if the children weren’t in the car, then he would hurt her.

  • According to the 911 operator’s logs, officers arrived on the scene around 1 a.m., but Sherman quickly drove off in a different direction. Ron Mead, a captain with the Washington State Patrol, stated that a little before 1:30 a.m., officers received a call from a construction worker about a car accident. The car drove through the construction zone, hit a barrier, and was left in a parking lot nearby. The totaled car belonged to Sherman.
  • The former Seattle Seahawk then walked over two miles to Moss’ parent’s home and tried breaking down their door. Officers arrived around 2 a.m. with a police dog and tried talking to Sherman calmly. They then tried to arrest him, but Sherman walked away, which started an altercation between him, an officer, and the dog. The 33-year-old was taken to the hospital for a leg and ankle injury while the officer sustained minor scrapes.
  • Sherman was arrested on three charges: “Burglary domestic violence for allegedly trying to break into a home that wasn’t his, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief” for damaging the door. The football player is also being investigated for the hit-and-run and DUI incident, and his blood work results are pending. He was booked at King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington, and denied bail, which is normal in domestic violence situations if the suspect hasn’t seen a judge yet.
  • Moss told the Settle Times that Sherman didn’t physically hurt anyone, and she wants the public to know nobody was injured. She stated that Sherman is “a good person and this is not his character.” Her main goal at this time is to ensure Sherman is released from jail.
  • The 5x Pro-Bowler is currently a free agent after three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons with the Seahawks and hasn’t been ruled out returning to the team for the upcoming season. He stated that he and Coach Pete Carroll have been in talks and are still trying to figure out if there’s a place for him back on his original team. Sherman is also the vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee, and they have been made aware of the arrest. They stated that they have activated their domestic violence crisis protocol and are monitoring the situation to determine if there’s been a “violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.”

Sherman has not been “criminally charged” as of now, as King County police officers do not make “charging” decisions. They will send his case off for an independent review, and then the prosecuting attorney’s office will make a decision. Sherman is set to appear in court on Thursday.

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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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