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Merci Mack, 4th Black Trans Woman Killed in Dallas During Pride Month



Merci Mack, 22, was found unconscious by a passerby in a parking lot, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head
Merci Mack, 22, was found unconscious by a passerby in a parking lot, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head


*The death of a 22-year-old Black transgender woman is making headlines after her body was found during Pride month. 

Merci Mack was discovered unconscious in a Dallas parking lot on Tuesday, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

She is the 19th trans person violently killed in 2020, per

According to the Daily Mail, no witnesses have come forward in connection to the shooting.

“Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her,” Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a statement. “We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years. Her friends say that Merci Mack was a young, upbeat soul who deserved to experience a full life. HRC is mourning with Merci’s loved ones and are calling for a full, thorough investigation into her death.”

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“What do you do when you don’t have the capacity to wrap your head around the pain and trauma a community of people continues to experience and you know that your feelings aren’t half of what’s required to show up as a member of that community?” asked David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition in a statement. “You continue the work and insist that others, who purport to believe that #BlackLivesMatter, also get engaged.”

Since May 2018, four trans women of color – including Mack – have been killed in Dallas, according to the report. 

“It’s been a very tumultuous time for the Dallas transgender community,” said Carter Brown, the founder of the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition.

“For transgender people, there’s not really a place — not within the LGBT community, and, especially for the Black trans community, there’s no place in the Black community,” he added. 

“So with no community and no protection from friends or other people — let alone authority or the law — then we are often just attacked and disposed of as a result of transphobia and homophobia. It just feels like we are out here as open targets.”

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Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner Arrested Again



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*Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, has been arrested during a traffic stop in Brooklyn on gun possession charges. 

According to the New York Post, Orta was pulled over around 2 a.m. for overly tinted windows, according to police. Cops allegedly found a 9mm handgun on him during the stop. 

“They saw drugs, took him out of the car and found a gun,” a police source said.

He was taken into custody with charges pending, according to the report. 

We previously reported… Orta was released from prison in May after serving four years on gun and drug charges.

READ MORE: Ramsey Orta: Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner Released From Prison

A year after filming Garner’s fatal arrest, Orta expressed regret for getting involved because the public attention ruined his life, Time magazine reported. 

“Sometimes I regret just not minding my business,” he said. “Because it just put me in a messed-up predicament.”

In 2016, he filed suit against the city, claiming he was arrested as payback for filming former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s encounter with Garner.

Garner could be heard saying “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe” as Pantaleo used a department-banned chokehold to force him onto the sidewalk. He died shortly afterward.

Pantaleo was found guilty at a disciplinary trial, and fired in August 2019 without pension. 

Earlier this year, New York lawmakers passed a bill named in honor Eric Garner that bans police use of chokeholds. 

Gossip On This writes, “The bill ensures that any police officer who injures or kills someone through the use of a “chokehold or similar restraint” would be charged with a Class C felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.”

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Four Charged in Murder of Black Man Found Burning in Iowa Ditch [VIDEO]



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*Four people have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing of Michael Ronnell Williams, a Black man whose body was found burning in a ditch in rural Iowa on September 16.

According to Iowa authorities, his death was “not a random act of violence.”

Williams was reportedly strangled at a home and his body dumped in rural Kellogg. He knew at least one of the suspects, Steven Vogel, 31, for years. 

Vogel has been charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The other suspects, Julia Cox, 55, Roy Garner, 57, and Cody Johnson, 29, face charges for abuse of a corpse, destruction of evidence, and accessory after the fact, per CNN.

The president of the local NAACP chapter said “We understand the fear this kind of incident evokes.”

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Four suspects have been arrested in the killing of Michael Williams in Grinnell

Iowa DCI Special Agent Adam DeCamp said during a press conference on Tuesday that “no evidence has been found to show the acts against Michael Williams were motivated by his race.”

“Our mission from the very beginning and that will continue is to bring justice for Mike and Justice for his family,” said Grinnell Police Chief Dennis Reilly. “I just want to be clear to say: This was not a random act of violence. Those responsible for this heinous act knew each other.”

Williams’ death as been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. The evidence is “consistent with strangulation,” DeCamp said.

“He was a family person,” said Williams’ ex-wife Janalee Boldt, with whom he shares five children. “His kids were always important,” she told CNN affiliate KCCI.

“My daughter will not let me outside in the dark by myself because she’s afraid of losing another parent,” Boldt added. 

“Given that the current climate where racial justice is on the front burner for so many … we understand the fear this kind of incident evokes,” Andrews said.

“If there is something there, then we need to identify and address it. If there is not something there, we need to make sure that we have that clarity, as well. Any time there is a concern about the possibility of a racist act, that’s where we are,” Andrews added.

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Louisville Police Declare State of Emergency ‘In Anticipation’ of Announcement in Breonna Taylor Case



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*The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency “in anticipation” of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13. 

Three undercover Louisville officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, conducted an improper raid when they burst into Taylor’s home and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and “it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed,” said Rob Eggert, Walker’s defense attorney.

Taylor was shot several times and died. One officer involved in her death was fired, the other two remain on the police force. 

As we previously reported, Taylor’s family will receive a $12 million settlement from the city over their wrongful death suit.

READ MORE:  Info Regarding the Breonna Taylor $12 Million Settlement with City of Louisville Released

Sources told WAVE 3 News that the payout is “one of the largest settlements following an officer-involved shooting in Louisville police history.” The financial payment also comes with a series of police reforms, including that commanders must approve all search warrants in advance. 

The settlement is in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that Taylor’s family filed against the city and its police department back in April  

Both the FBI and the Kentucky state authorities are investigating Taylor’s death, and neither has announced any s preliminary findings.

The state of emergency suggests police officials are expecting an hostile response from the public.

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