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Colin Kaepernick Marks 3rd Anniversary Of National Anthem Protest With Video

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To mark three years since he began a civil rights protest by not standing during the national anthem at an NFL game, Colin Kaepernick shared an emotional video Wednesday paying tribute to people affected by police brutality. 

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who’s been unsigned since the season he began protesting, tweeted the video with a promise that he’s continuing to “work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation,” referring to the disproportionate number of Black people killed by police.

The video features remarks from friends and family of Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Philando Castile, who were all victims of police violence.

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FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in New Orleans East plane crash

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Nancy Parker, a journalist at FOX 8 for 23 years, was killed in a small plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon.

The pilot of the plane, Franklin J.P. Augustus was also killed.

Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane with Augustus, who was a member of a Louisiana group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen.

Various emergency agencies responded to a plane crash that happened just after 3 p.m. in a field near Jourdan Rd. and Morrison Rd.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane involved was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft and crashed about a half-mile south of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport under unknown circumstances.

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Charlotte Mayor, other African American city and county leaders receive racist, threatening letter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than a dozen city leaders, all of them African American except for one, received a letter in the mail to their respective offices that was threatening and racist. Now, police are taking a close look. 

“If I can assume the intent, the intent was to intimidate,” Councilman Braxton Winston said. 

He was one of the people who received the letter. Winston said two weeks ago he was opening mail at his office at the Government Center in uptown when he started reading a hateful message. 

“We get hate-mail all the time,” he said. “But this one was unique … It was pretty intense, pretty intense, [and] pretty well thought out.”

The letter read in part,  “…Each of you despicable BLACK democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail…”

“From go back to where you came from, to tarred and feathering which I take as a form of lynching,” Winston said, remembering what the letter said. 

“What I would call pretty racist, bigoted,” he added. 

The letter was also addressed to police, fire, and CMS officials. 

It blamed African Americans for various things, praised President Donald Trump and used a phrase that was chanted by his supporters at a North Carolina rally earlier this year: “Send her back” 

The letter writes, “I do believe you need to go back to where you came from if you don’t BEGIN to show this great country some RESPECT and HONOR.”

It went on to say, “leave our Confederate Memorials and statues alone” and eluded to someone “blowing up the infamous ‘adulterer’ MLK statues.”

“I’m turning my letter over to the FBI,” said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who also received a copy in the mail. 

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RAW AUDIO | 6 Philly officers shot during ‘active firefight’ in Nicetown-Tioga, 7th officer hurt

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At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during what officials call “an active firefight” in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga section Wednesday afternoon, prompting a massive response to the largely residential North Philadelphia neighborhood.

One officer remains trapped inside a home where an ongoing shoot-out stretches into a second hour. Officials are attempting to communicate with the gunman and “imploring him to surrender,” police say.

Gunfire initially erupted around 4:30 p.m. after narcotics officers served a warrant to a house near the corner of North 15th and West Butler streets, according to officials.

As officers rushed upstairs, a gunman waiting downstairs with an AK-47 fired shots through the ceiling. Police returned fire and a standoff ensued.  

A seventh police officer responding to the scene was injured in a car accident at the nearby intersection of North Broad and West Cayuga streets. A pedestrian was also injured, police say.

All of the officers are expected to survive, officials say.

At least one suspect was taken into custody shortly after the firefight started, according to police.

Officers continue to battle with a second gunman, who remains barricaded inside a home as of 7 p.m.

“It was like a war – like a scene that you see in war,” a woman who lives in the neighborhood told NBC10. “The guns, the fire, the noise – it was like bombs going off simultaneously at a time where people are having dinner.”

Frantic calls from responding officers first came in around 4:30 p.m., according to audio obtained via Broadcastify.

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“Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun,” a law enforcement officer can be heard saying on the audio. “I got an officer shot.”

The officers were seen crouching behind cars, blocking off surrounding streets and surrounding several nearby homes as the firefight unfolded.

Nearby, stunned families and neighbors gathered behind police tape. Several churches and a daycare are in the immediate area. The daycare, the Precious Babies Learning Academy, which serves children as young as 6 weeks old, was on lock down. The owner told NBC10 80 children were inside.

“It was reported that all the children are safe, however we still are asking the parents to not come near the scene,” the owner said. “It still is dangerous. Children will remain in shelter in place and safe inside with their teachers.”

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