*Candace Owens is showing her true colors again. In her ongoing efforts to further piss off the Black community, she defending an Atlanta police officer who shot a Black man (Rayshard Brooks) in the back, killing him.
Brooks, 27, died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide.
Owens, who fancies herself as a pro-Trump (and anti-black), conservative activist posted to her Twitter account that she is raising funds to support the white officer who gunned down Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta on Friday night.
“Black Lives Matter supports criminals. #BLEXIT supports Police Officers. We are working on building out a fund that will go live tomorrow for officers that are unjustly terminated,” Owens posted.
— BLEXIT movement (@BLEXIT) June 14, 2020
Meanwhile, the now-ex policeman who shot Brooks, a married father-of-two, Garrett Rolfe was fired on Saturday after it was determined by higher-ups that his use of deadly force was not justified.
His partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty until the investigation into the officer-involved shooting is completed.
Also, if you’ve been following the case, you know that Erika Shields stepped down as Chief of Police on Saturday.
In another tweet, Owens, true to form accused Brooks of being a “criminal” and called for the resignation of Mayor Bottoms and the reinstatement of Shields even though SHE was the one who resigned.
“Any person demanding justice for #RayshardBrooks is representative of the absolute vermin of American society. There should be protests DEMANDING that the police chief be reinstated and that mayor @KeishaBottomsn RESIGN for placating CRIMINALS. I’VE HAD ENOUGH. #BackTheBlue.”
Any person demanding justice for #RayshardBrooks is representative of the absolute vermin of American society. There should be protests DEMANDING that the police chief be reinstated and that mayor @KeishaBottoms RESIGN for placating CRIMINALS.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 14, 2020
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‘Racist’ White Bar Owner Charged in Fatal Shooting of Black Protester in Omaha
*Jake Gardner, the white bar owner who fatally shot a 22-year-old Black man during a Black Lives Matter protest in Omaha on May 30, has been charged with multiple felonies, including manslaughter.
The grand jury rejected Gardner’s claims that he acted in self-defense in the death of James Scurlock. He also faces charges of attempted first-degree assault, making terroristic threats and weapon use.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine refused to bring any charges against Gardner, stating he acted in self-defense. The case was then presented to a grand jury led by special prosecutor Fredrick D. Franklin, per Complex.
“There was evidence that was gathered and presented to the grand jury about activity that Jake Gardner was engaged in prior to even coming in contact with James Scurlock,” Franklin said. “Evidence to reasonably be construed as an intent to use a firearm for purposes of killing someone. You will want to know what it is, and I can’t tell you about it. But what I can tell you is that that evidence comes primarily from Jake Gardner himself.”
The White Bar Owner Who Killed Black Lives Matter Protester James Scurlock Has Been Charged https://t.co/rW8yZftTAT
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) September 16, 2020
The quick decision to initially not file charges was viewed by many in the community as an example of the ingrained racism within the criminal justice system that has been the subject of nationwide protests.
In addition to several witnesses who said they made repeated attempts to provide police with crucial information in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Yahoo News spoke to more than half a dozen people, including former employees and patrons of Gardner’s bar, the Hive, who gave firsthand accounts of racist comments and discriminatory policies they say Gardner used. Two family members also offered unique insight into the unabashedly racist culture in which, they say, Gardner was raised.
Omaha police said Gardner has yet to be arrested.
“We are happy, but we recognize that these are still crumbs thrown at us from a white supremacist system,” said Bear Alexander, a member of the Omaha-based ProBLAC organization, told BuzzFeed News. “The fact that it had to go to the grand jury is shameful. We are now changing our signs and chants from ‘arrest Jake Gardner’ to ‘convict Jake Gardner,’ and it is still ‘no justice, no peace.'”
If convicted, Gardner could face up to 95 years in prison, per omaha.com.
Nielsen Unveils Findings from New ‘Promoting Racial Equality in Sports’ Study
*New York – Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) recently released findings from its first ever “Promoting Racial Equality in Sports” study capturing U.S. sports fans’ attitudes on racism.
Conducted in July 2020 following nationwide protests against systemic racial injustice and incidents of police brutality, the study sheds new light on support among sports fans for the Black Lives Matter movement and their beliefs on the roles of different players in the sports ecosystem in driving positive social change.
Through these new insights, Nielsen Sports enables sports properties and teams as well as brands that are activating through sponsorship, TV broadcasts and social media to make more data-driven decisions and effectively connect with audiences.
According to the Nielsen Sports study, sports fans outpace the general population in terms of support for racial equality and related movements. Drilling into the numbers, nearly 7 in 10 sports fans indicated support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, nearly 1 in 3 sports fans have personally contributed either time or money to Black Lives Matter.
The study also surfaced new insights relating to fans’ expectations of athletes, rights holders and brands in promoting racial equality. Top-level findings include the following:
- 72% of sports fans believe athletes are an important influence on Black Lives Matter
- 59% expect athletes to help advance the Black Lives Matter cause
- 70% indicate teams and leagues should support athlete protests and initiatives on race
- 70% believe teams and leagues should develop marketing campaigns supporting diversity
- 64% expressed increased interest in brands engaged in the fight against racial inequality
- 77% believe brands are more powerful when they partner with sports organizations to drive social change
The study also explored attitudes and behaviors of fans by league, comparing loyalists of the MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR across various dimensions. Among the key findings:
- NBA, MLS and NFL fans exhibit the highest level of support for Black Lives Matter among the six leagues tracked
- Among those who support Black Lives Matter, MLS, NHL and MLB fans were most likely to have contributed time and/or money to the cause
“While the problems of racial inequality and systemic injustice are difficult and sensitive, it is critical to tackle them,” said Lyndon Campbell, Senior Vice President, Head of Sports Leagues and Rights Holders at Nielsen Sports. “Brands and rights holders that authentically align with these critical issues as they engage sports fans can drive positive social change while also achieving business objectives. This is the definition of a win-win situation.”
Nielsen Sports is the premier provider of analytics and insights within the sports industry offering the most reliable source of independent and holistic market data in the sector and the most complete view of consumer trends and habits worldwide.
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