Black World for the Week of 9-4-13

Kush Azrael | 9/4/2013, 9:55 a.m.
David Marsters, who is running for selectman in Sabattus, took to Facebook and posted this status about the president: “Shoot ...

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NEW YORK – An officer, who struggled to subdue a woman at the scene of a family dispute, is being supported by the police department after he hit her in the head and wrestled her to the ground, despite her repeatedly telling officers she was pregnant. The controversial arrest of 21-year-old Brenda Hardaway and her 16-year-old brother was videotaped and posted on YouTube. The first 45 seconds of the five-minute video show Officer Lucas Krull pinning Hardaway, face down on the hood of a car, while trying to cuff her hands behind her back. She resists repeatedly telling him she’s pregnant. Krull then punches her in the back of the head and tosses her to the ground before other officers come to assist.

MAINE – Just days before President Barack Obama stood before tens of thousands of onlookers who arrived in Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, David Marsters, who is running for selectman in Sabattus, took to Facebook and posted this status about the president: “Shoot the Nger.” The incident first caught the attention of several local residents who admonished Marsters in the Facebook thread and then alerted law enforcement. He also wrote that “Obama is not the legal president” in response to a comment that “Our 1st amendment doesn’t give us the right to shoot presidents.

TEXAS – A 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged in June with aggravated rape for allegedly touching a 4-year-old boy inappropriately during a game of doctors and nurses back in April. Now the girl’s family is working with Quannel X, who is the leader of Houston’s New Black Panther Party, to get some answers from authorities and to delve further into the case. The girl was 9 years old at the time of the incident, and had been playing with some friends when she was reportedly witnessed by a neighbor, fondling a 4-year-old child. The unnamed neighbor immediately sought out the boy’s mother to inform her about what she saw. The 10-year-old girl was arrested a few hours later.


KENYA – A severed human head has been sent to the boss of Kenya’s police commission, Johnston Kavaludi, who has been trying to reform the service. A box containing the head and two human hands covered in blood also had the message, “Kavaludi, you’re next.” The police say they are interpreting the package as a death threat. The incident appears to show that, in some quarters at least, opposition to reforming Kenya’s police runs deep. Kenya is often cited for having some of the region’s most corrupt police officers.

ETHIOPIA – About 450 Ethiopians of Jewish descent have been repatriated to Israel, concluding an Israeli government-backed scheme to relocate the community. Their migration was “historic,” Israel’s Minister of Absorption, Sofa Landver, said. Many members of the Falasha Mura community lived under poor conditions and in poverty in Northern Ethiopia. The Falasha Mura’s ancestors converted to Christianity under pressure in the 19th century. They have been waging a decades-long campaign to be allowed to settle in Israel.


JAMAICA – The second annual Love March by young Christians advocating sexual purity and moral practices will take place under the theme “Protect the Children! Protect the Nation!” on Saturday, September 14. The march starts at Hope Gardens and ends at Mandela Park. At the park, the group will host a program of prayer, worship and performances by Christian artists, interspersed with Christian testimonies of deliverance from sexual sin and healing from sexual brokenness.