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Edmond: Police Justified in Shooting of Unarmed 17-year-old Isaiah Lewis who Suffered from Mental Health Issues



EDMOND — Police “justifiably shot” a naked, unarmed teenager after he was “ineffectively tasered,” the city of Edmond claims in response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the victim’s parents.

Edmond’s answer, filed Wednesday in Oklahoma City federal court, also contends the actions of the officers “were not based upon and do not differentiate among the races of various citizens.”

“Edmond denies that it violated any constitutional rights and denies it is liable to Plaintiffs (in any capacity) for the death of Isaiah Mark Lewis,” the city’s legal filing stated.

Lewis, 17, was naked and unarmed when police shot and killed him April 29, the legal filing acknowledges. Police said Lewis broke into a home and assaulted officers who had followed him inside and use of a Taser didn’t stop him.

The officers involved, Sgt. Milo Box and officer Denton Scherman, were put on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting. The filing indicates publicly for the first time that Scherman fired the fatal shots. He was hired by the department on Sept. 10, seven months before the fatal shooting.

“Edmond admits that Isaiah Mark Lewis was justifiably shot by a service weapon after being ineffectively tasered,” the filing stated. “Edmond also admits that Isaiah Mark Lewis was naked and unarmed when he was shot and that verbal commands were given to Isaiah Mark Lewis prior to the shooting.”

The city claims in its response that Box “legally properly and justifiably tasered Isaiah Mark Lewis while inside the aforementioned residence.”

In May, Lewis’ parents filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Edmond and the two officers involved in the shooting. Attorneys alleged in the lawsuit that the officers’ actions violated Lewis’ rights under the Fourth Amendment to be secure in his person against unreasonable seizure and his right to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

The lawsuit identifies Lewis as African American. It specifically alleges that Edmond police have a culture of intentionally treating African Americans differently.

Attempts to reach the family’s attorneys on Wednesday were not successful.

A news conference to announce the lawsuit was attended by several dozen people, including Lewis’ family and representatives from the NAACP and Black Lives Matter. At the event, family attorney Andrew M. Stroth said Lewis was experiencing a mental health breakdown when officers “unjustifiably” shot him.”At that moment in time, instead of helping him and assisting him and bringing him safely into custody, he was shot and killed,” Stroth said. ” … A mother and father lost their son. Four brothers lost their brother.”

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



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



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



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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