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Two white men charged in beating of black man in Shawnee

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SHAWNEE — Two white men who were caught on video beating a black man outside a music venue in June, have been charged with felony crimes in Pottawatomie County District Court in connection with the brutal attack, and an attorney representing the victim’s family is pursuing a civil rights case against the defendants.

Jarric Deshawn Carolina, 36, was beaten about 2 a.m. June 22, in a parking lot outside the BrickHouse Saloon in Shawnee. A witness told police that the attackers shouted racial slurs and the men shouted, “White power!” as they fled the scene. Another man also was attacked, Monty Whittet, who is white, but he did not need medical treatment at the scene, police reported.

Two men have been charged with felonies — Devan N. Johnson, 24, of Harrah, and Brandon Wayne Killian, 28, of Oklahoma City. Both men were charged July 5, records show.

Both men were released from Pottawatomie County jail on $25,000 bail after the attack.

Killian failed to appear for an Oklahoma County court appearance stemming from a January 2018 charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia and was arrested and jailed in Oklahoma County. Killian was scheduled to appear before an Oklahoma County judge Wednesday afternoon, but the hearing was pushed back two weeks.

At the courthouse, the family’s attorney Edward Maguire said he had been advised by the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office that they were looking into additional details before bringing Killian in front of a judge and that an attorney had expressed interest in representing Killian.

“At least the victim’s family knows where he’s going to be. We do know that Mr. Killian will be in Oklahoma County, thankfully, for the next two weeks,” Maguire said.

He spoke about Wednesday’s rescheduling as a positive outcome in that it would give him more time to prepare his case and that he believed the family would be pleased.

“I think the family’s going to be ecstatic. Their biggest fear was, having been down this road before with other folks, that Mr. Killian was going to be walking out of the courtroom today.”

As for what the victim and the victim’s family want, Maguire said they spoke in depth about their goals on Wednesday.

“I keep being told the same thing, we don’t care about anything other than getting justice for Jarric. We’re not looking for huge settlements, we’re not looking for huge windfalls,” Maguire said. “We’re not looking for anything other than to see, to make sure that Mr. Killian and Mr. Johnson are behind bars for a long period of time, that they stay in their orange jumpsuits for the foreseeable future.”

Maguire said the family’s first concern is Jarric Carolina’s health. Jarric Carolina has been released from a hospital, but he has an eye that was knocked out of place and will require extensive medical attention at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. He also is having trouble with memory and walking.

Jarric Carolina and wife, Jamie Carolina, have two young children at home.

“He’s (Jarric) gradually improving, but we still have a long road ahead,” Jamie Carolina said Wednesday.

Maguire said he wants the case in Pottawatomie County prosecuted as a felony hate crime, but the state’s statutes are woefully inadequate.

“Our statute in Oklahoma, it’s very limited when it comes to hate crimes and as it’s written, Mr. Killian is being charged, along with Mr. Johnson, under a misdemeanor hate crime. The victim’s family and the victim both feel that this is not adequate to address this situation,” he said.

Maguire said he is looking into filing a state or federal civil lawsuit alleging the attack was a hate crime and that Jarric Carolina’s civil rights were violated.

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Elementary school assignment asks students to ‘set your price for a slave’

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MEHLVILLE, MO — A class assignment landed a Missouri teacher on administrative leave and has the NAACP calling for a formal apology.

It happened at an elementary school in Mehlville, Missouri. Students in a fifth grade class were asked to do an assignment setting prices for different things and then reflect on topics such as a free market economy and wealth.

The students set prices for 12 different things: lumber, tar, wool, milk, etc. However, the last item the students were asked to set a price for was quite different than the first 11.

“You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers,” the question began. “You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves. Set your price for a slave. These could be worth a lot.”

“The assignment was culturally insensitive,” principal Jeremy Booker said to KMOV in St. Louis. “The teacher has expressed significant remorse.”

Booker sent a letter to parents explaining the assignment and the steps being taken to rectify what happened and keep it from happening again.

“The school district is continuing to investigate this event,” Booker said. “I am working with district leadership to provide all Blades teachers and staff with professional development on cultural bias in the near future.”

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Meet the CEO of LAX Airport — Yes, a Black Woman

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Not a lot of people know that a Black woman, Deborah Flint, is the CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airports – two of the largest and busiest airports in the country. As CEO since 2015, Flint has made significant transformations to help enhance the experience of passengers who travel to and from Los Angeles, California. Read More Here

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Va. woman will serve no jail time for killing, dumping 6 puppies, but Michael Vick…

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An Augusta woman will serve no jail time for killing, dumping 6 puppies but Over 380,000 people have signed petition to get the NFL to remove Mike Vick as honorary 2020 Pro Bowl captain

According to NBC12 An Augusta County woman who admitted shooting and killing a litter of puppies and then dumping them over an embankment just before Christmas last year will serve no time in jail.

Betsy Hemp, of Middlebrook, was convicted of six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty on Sept. 24. She also pleaded guilty to six charges of illegal dumping in connection with her disposal of the puppies’ bodies.

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She had originally faced felony charges of torture of an animal, causing death, but they were all reduced to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges when she was convicted.

On October 10, in Augusta County Circuit Court, Hemp faced sentencing.

During the hearing, her lawyer called John Anderson to testify. He spoke about all of the things Hemp does for his wife and himself, including cooking, running errands like getting groceries and prescriptions, and taking care of the lawn.

Hemp also testified. She said she was angry and frustrated that even though she tried to do the right thing, she wasn’t able to find a place for the animals. Hemp said she regretted killing the animals.

During the hearing, Hemp testified that she thought of the animals as working dogs, and her lawyer argued that meant she saw them differently than the companion animals she also raised.

Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin, who prosecuted the case, argued for Hemp to spend time in jail for her crimes. He said he found her actions disturbing.

The judge ultimately gave her a suspended sentence, pointing out Hemp’s testimony of seeing them as working dogs before doing so.

Hemp will be required to complete 500 hours (which comes out to 20 days and 20 hours) of community service and pay a $1,500 fine for the charges of illegal dumping (related to her dumping of the puppies’ bodies over an embankment on the side of Troxel Gap Road between Middlebrook and Craigsville).

She’ll also have to carry out 60 hours of litter abatement.

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