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East Rochester man claiming to be KKK sprays teen with hose in viral video



EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — An East Rochester mom is taking to social media after her 14-year-old son was involved in a confrontation with a man on the street.

The incident had racist overtones and was recorded. The mom, Christina Poles, said she reported it to police.

The video shows a confrontation between a teenager and a man, outside the man’s home. Police said this happened a few days ago. Poles said her son was with a group of girls when they got into a verbal argument with the man at a nearby park. The confrontation continued at the house. The police were called and everyone went their separate ways.

“He was outside doing it again, flipping them off,” Poles said. “My son said something along the lines of ‘why do you keep flipping us off,’ said some other profanities I wish he hadn’t.”

Police said they talked to both the man and the boy and his mom when it happened. However, they had not yet seen the controversial video and its shocking content. In it, the man says he’s in the KKK and threatens the teen with the “N-word.”

“It was like a scene out of the 60s,” Poles said. “You don’t see stuff like that in 2019.”

The chief told News 8 now that the video is out, police are investigating further and talking to both sides again. Poles said the man should be embarrassed and should be held accountable.

“It never affected me and now I see this video and it’s my son that this is happening to, so it puts things in perspective a little bit,” Poles said.

Poles said police told her they’d be making an arrest for harassment, but News 8 has no confirmation if that’ll be the case. As of Monday night, no arrest has been made.

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Petition wants NFL to remove Mike Vick as honorary 2020 Pro Bowl captain



PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is expected to be honored by the NFL as one of the four “legends captains” at the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Arguably one of the most talented former NFL players known for his speed and elusive style of play, he arrived to Philadelphia on a second chance after serving a federal prison sentence for dogfighting.

A petition is now circulating calling on the NFL to revoke the honor. Over 380,000 people have signed the petition. Other petitions have also surfaced online since the news spread.

The petition cites the cruel and inhumane killing of dogs that led to Vick’s conviction.

Fans are split.

Vick did do a lot of work with animal organizations after he served his time to redeem himself.

Some fans say that is not enough for them.

“Certain things you learn to forgive and forget, but to be a great person is to be all-inclusive and I don’t think that’s who he is. He had a lot of shortfalls,” said Rabbi Barry Blum.

“I am a Michael Vick fan and I do believe if you served your time and paid your dues you should get what you deserve. What he did off the field–he paid for, and what he did on the field he should be rewarded for,” said Eugene Stevens.

The Pro Bowl is set for January 26, 2020.

If you disagree with removal – Stand with Vick – 2020 Pro Bowl Captain – Sign Petition

The NFL has not commented on the petition.

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Cheerleader Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Backlash to Her Kneeling During Anthem at Football Game



According to local reports, Kennesaw State University senior Tommia Dean has reached a $145,000 settlement from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services more than a year after filing a suit alleging her First Amendment rights had been violated when she and four other football cheerleaders were said they were punished for kneeling during the national anthem in September 2017.

“I didn’t think it was right for minorities to have to walk around and be terrified every day, and to see a police officer and to not know how should I act, what should I do,” Dean explained in September 2018 about her motivation to kneel while speaking to hosts at “The View.”

Tommia Dean and her fellow cheerleaders sparked backlash when they began kneeling in protest during the national anthem at a September 2017 Kennesaw State University football game. (Photo: “The View” video screenshot)

Tommia Dean and her fellow cheerleaders sparked backlash when they began kneeling in protest during the national anthem at a September 2017 Kennesaw State University football game. (Photo: “The View” video screenshot)

At the following football game on Oct. 3, the entire cheerleading team was kept in the stadium tunnel until the end of the anthem.

In her suit, Dean alleged cheerleaders were always on the field during the singing of the anthem prior to the kneeling incident on Sept. 28.

Kennesaw State officials told local outlets 26 months ago the decision to keep the cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem was prompted by changes in how the university handles games and was unrelated to the protest.

The decision was made just days after cheerleaders took a knee on the field. Dean and the other cheerleaders, who became known as the Kennesaw Five, believe the decision was motivated by the university disagreeing with their choice to kneel, an act of protest that was emulating that of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

They were only let back on the sidelines after the University System of Georgia interfered, saying the students have a constitutional right to freedom of speech, which includes their right to peaceful protest.

The cheerleaders’ quiet protest of injustice and police brutality was met with backlash from Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and Republican state Rep. Earl Ehrhart — both were named in Dean’s suit filed Sep. 5, 2018, a filing that included Kennesaw State President Sam Olens, deputy athletics director Matt Griffin, and senior associate athletics director Scott Whitlock as defendants.

Text messages from Warren, who publicly spoke out against the cheerleaders “disrespecting the flag,” and Ehrhart showed both demanding the now-former President Olens take action against the Kennesaw Five. The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Dean’s settlement ends her case against four of the defendants. Warren was dropped from the suit by a court, a decision Dean’s attorneys say they will appeal.

Dean believes she and three of the other cheerleaders were not brought back to the team due to the kneeling protest. Of the Kennesaw Five, only Shlondra Young, who is the oldest of the group, was brought back the following year.

Keith Boykin interviews the Kennesaw Five (Video: Keith Boykin/Youtube)

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Community activist shot to death hours after speaking out at city council meeting



PORT ALLEN – An outspoken member of the Port Allen community was found shot dead less than 24 hours after speaking out against violence at a city council meeting.

Police Chief Esdron Brown pleaded for the community to come forward with any information that could catch his killer.

“He was a good guy,” Brown said. “He talked to us all the time, just a good guy, was against violence. Me and him talked two or three days ago. He supported the police.”

Authorities say they first got a call in reference to a death on Avenue A in Port Allen around 8 a.m. Thursday. Both the Port Allen Police Department and West Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate.

The Port Allen police chief identified the victim as Larry Profit, a longtime activist in the community. Witnesses say Profit was seen at a city council meeting just last night, where he spoke out about violent crime in the area. Those who attended council meetings would routinely see him, and he was not afraid to stand up for causes whether they were popular in the community.

The shooting left people like Michelle Wilson in utter shock. Wilson was Profit’s goddaughter.

“He was a quiet guy…a good guy would give you the shirt off of his back,” Wilson said. “He was just a real great guy.”

No details about a potential suspect or motive have been made available at this time.

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