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White Man Slit 17-Year-Old Elijah Al-Amin’s Throat Because His Rap Music Made Him Feel ‘Unsafe’

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Demands for justice began after a white man was arrested for fatally stabbing 17-year-Elijah Al-Amin in Arizona over rap music.

According to azcentral, the suspect, 27-year-old Michael Paul Adams, not only admitted to killing the teen around 1:42 a.m. on July 4, but he also explained his violent attack was fueled over music. Adams told police he heard Elijah playing rap music in his car at a Circle K store in Peoria.

Adams told police rap music makes him feel “unsafe” because of an incident he had with someone who listened to the music in the past. He also went on to suggest anyone who listens to rap music is a threat to the whole community.

Even though Adams said he only felt threatened by the music and not by Elijah, he still decided to be “proactive rather than reactive,” police records state.

Circle K surveillance footage shows Elijah walk into the convenience store and Adams following just a few steps behind. Adams walked around the Circle K before pulling a knife from his pocket and lunging at the teen.

Elijah was stabbed in the back and throat, before running outside and collapsing at a gas pump.

Police performed CPR on the teen before he was transported to a local hospital. Elijah was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m., according to police records. 

Adams was arrested on 67th Avenue near the Circle K where he told an officer he was involved in the stabbing after being found with blood on his body and clothes.

Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in court July 15.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Adams had just been released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma two days before the fatal attack against Elijah.  

Adams’ criminal history includes theft, shoplifting, marijuana violation, disorderly conduct, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault of a correctional employee, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.

Jacie Cotterell, Adams’ lawyer, said her client was “set up for failure” and questioned whether he was given access to mental health resources after he was released from prison.

“To be specific, he was given resources, he wasn’t given means to get to those resources,” she told azcentral.

However, Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Corrections, said in a written statement that Adams “was not designated seriously mentally ill.”

He also claimed Adams was provided with contacts for community services such as continuing care, housing and welfare.

Elijah’s death sparked a nationwide discussion and the hashtag #justiceforElijah began trending over the weekend. Many people on Twitter believe Adams should not be viewed as the victim and mental health issues cannot always be a means for white extremism to be justified.

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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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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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