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Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Opens Up to Gayle King About Deadly Police Raid [VIDEO]

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*In a new interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker reiterated his previous claims that Louisville Police did not identify themselves during the botched drug raid that left Taylor dead.

Taylor, 26, was shot eight times when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment in March. 

A search warrant revealed cops believed Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, 30, was hiding drugs or money at the apartment. 

At the time of the raid, Glover was already in police custody 10 miles away. No drugs or cash were found at Taylor’s home. Many believe the officers targeted Taylor to rob her the money and drugs they believed she was in possession of. 

Three undercover Louisville officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, conducted an improper raid when they burst in Taylor’s home and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments. 

Walker, a licensed gun owner, shot at officers when they attempted to enter without announcing themselves. He was not injured in the incident, but was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder for allegedly striking a police officer when he fired one shot out of Taylor’s apartment. 

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The charges against Walker were ultimately dropped and now he is seeking immunity against his actions under Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, ABC News reports. 

Walker told Gayle King “I’m a million percent sure that nobody identified themselves,” he said of the police on that tragic night. Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above. 

Walker said he and Taylor heard knocking and asked “several times” who was at her apartment door. “And there was no response. So the next thing I know the door is flying open,” he told King.

“It was dead silent in the house,” he said. “And it was 12, 1 at night, or whatever time. So it was—it’s always quiet. We live in a quiet place. So if somebody was on the other side of the door saying anything, we would hear them.”

Walker said that’s what prompted him to open fire, and insists he would not have shot at police officers. 

“That’s why I grabbed the gun. Didn’t have a clue,” Walker said. “I mean, if it was the police at the door, and they just said, ‘We’re the police,’ me or Breonna didn’t have a reason at all not to open the door to see what they wanted.”

Louisville police continue to maintain that they identified themselves when they knocked on Taylor’s door.

Walker is suing the city of Louisville and its law enforcement over the March 13 drug raid. 

He is reportedly seeking $10.5 million for “false arrest, malicious prosecution, assault” and other charges.

“My life changed forever in the early morning of March 13,” he said in a previous interview.

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NIGERIA – Police Brutality at 60

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*Hard to believe that this month that Nigeria marks 60 years of her independence is when demonstrators against police brutality were killed in Lagos after security forces opened fire with live rounds of ammunition.

About twelve were killed and many more injured.

Nigeria’s cartoonist Don Marvel’s red bloodied cartoon saddens the reality of the current situation.

The current government of President Muhammadu Buhari has lost control. Nigeria will survive its present turmoil but the gaping wound will take long to heal – Cartoon by DON Marvelhttps://donmarvey.blogspot.com

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TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –https://www.tayofatunla.com / [email protected]

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THE REAL: Adrienne Wishes Someone Told Her She Was Gaining Weight / WATCH

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*On Wednesday, October 21, the ladies discuss the proper way to address a loved one when they begin to put on unwanted pounds. Co-host Adrienne Houghton advises that any approach should be done with love and wishes that her friends had said something to her when she started to gain some extra weight.

And, is it wrong to marry for money after having been previously married for love? Co-host Garcelle Beauvais has no problem with this concept and lays out her expectations for any guy lucky enough to be her next husband.

Also, has being quarantined for several months changed the way we feel about being around, or not around, certain people? The ladies share some unexpected benefits of living in lockdown and not having to socialize with others, and even find some silver linings when it comes to taping The Real remotely!

Then, Eris Baker stops by to talk about the upcoming season of This is Us, filming under strict COVID-19 regulations, and how it feels to be a representative for young queer girls all over the world!

Adrienne Wishes More of Her Friends Stepped in When She Was Gaining Weight

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Adrienne Wishes More of Her Friends Stepped in When She Was Gaining Weight

Adrienne Houghton: When I was overweight and I was just indulging way too much, I’m grateful for friends that did step in and say, “Hey! Like, Mama!” My mom, I’m so gr– Especially my mom, I like that my mom, again coming from a place of concern and empathy, was just like, “Hey! What’s going on?” Like, you know, “I want you to be healthy.” I also had friends that heard me complaining about my weight but would then watch me, you know, eat unhealthy food or just get, like– Jeannie was one of those people like, “Girl, you’re saying you wanna lose weight. But here you are reading– eating a whole pizza pie.” So, I think that I’m personally grateful for people who care enough to say something when I know that it’s coming from a place of love. Um, and I was annoyed when it wasn’t done. I think that I was actually far more annoyed when nobody said anything and I looked at myself and was like, “I’m 25 pounds heavier than I used to be.” And I was upset that no one told me that one the way. They just let me get overweight. And I was sitting there, like, having to work so much harder than had someone said something earlier on. And if you love and you care about somebody and you’re talking about their health, absolutely step in and say something. But, do it with love.

 

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THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.

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Black Republican Running for Congress Files Complaint Against Facebook, Twitter and Google

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*Aja Smith, a Black Republican running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has filed a complaint against Facebook, Twitter and Google.

In her grievance dated Oct. 6, 2020, and addressed to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, Smith accuses the three California-based tech companies of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by supporting Democratic candidates.

Smith, who is on the ballot to represent California’s 41st congressional district, which covers an area in Western Riverside County, also claims that those companies engaged in “shadow banning” of her and other conservatives. Shadow banning, she says, involves manipulating a digital platform’s algorithm to hide certain posts from end users.

“We’re seeing more censorship when people post their own opinions, and they’re good opinions,” Smith said. “I see them getting shadow banned on Twitter and Facebook.”

Smith said she first noticed the practice around the last presidential election.

“I saw this starting back in 2016 as conservatives were getting more active on Facebook. A lot of things were being censored when we started talking about being pro-life, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment. And I saw it beginning to happen more and more over the years.”

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President Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of social media companies that censor conversations on their platforms. In May, Twitter hid one of the POTUS’ tweets, claiming it violated their policy about glorifying violence.

That same month, President Trump issued an executive order aimed at social media platforms after Twitter added a fact check link to another of his posts about mail-in ballots.

“In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech Americans may access and convey on the internet,” the executive order reads. “This practice is fundamentally un-American and undemocratic.”

Currently, sites like Twitter and Facebook are protected by law when they block content that they deem violent, offensive or “otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.” The president’s executive order makes the argument that these protections should be removed if a tech platform engages in hiding or placing warnings on posts, setting the stage for legislation or new federal regulation aimed at those companies.

“It’s really bad if even our own president is getting censored on Twitter and Facebook,” Smith said.

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that it removed fake accounts of people pretending to be Black conservatives and supporters of President Trump.

This week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today a letter urging Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to do more to stem disinformation on their platforms that could “harm the upcoming U.S. election.”

“In 2016, we saw a concerted campaign to use social media to amplify disinformation in order to disrupt our election,” he wrote. “As a country, we must reject these tactics. As Californians begin voting in another election of national importance, I’m calling on our technology giants to do everything in their power to put a stop to election interference. These companies should take responsibility for their role in spreading misinformation and voter suppression.”

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Smith keeps her focus on the censorship. She, along with other conservatives, insist that digital media platforms should be investigated, and the government should reevaluate their status.

“Either you’re a free speech platform or you’re a publisher,” Smith said.

Last week, the progressive publication Mother Jones reacted to news that Facebook’s adjustment of its algorithm in 2017 in an effort to stem misinformation, specifically targeted certain left-leaning publications, reducing significant amounts of traffic to them. The effort led to the company losing more than $600,000 over 18 months.

“One reason this is so enraging is that I’ve so long insisted on giving Facebook some benefit of the doubt. I was convinced we were a random casualty of their broader trajectory, a fly on their windshield. But it’s always, always worse,” Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones, tweeted.

Smith believes that the tech companies are targeting some conservatives specifically because of their race.

“They’re really suppressing our free speech; especially candidates who are trying to get our messages out — not only to our constituents, but also to a lot of other people across the country to say ‘hey, we’re running, we’re conservative, we’re minorities, we’re running in blue states and we’re here to make a difference,’” Smith said.

Many conservatives have discussed making the move to another social media platform called Parler, a micro-blogging service popular among far-right conservatives and Saudi nationalists that allows users to moderate their own content as opposed to a tech platform regulating posts it classifies as hate speech or misinformation.

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While Smith says she appreciates the freedom of self-moderation, she does not want conservatives isolated in an echo chamber only speaking to each other.

“I don’t want to stick to one social media platform where I’m talking to people who are all like-minded,” Smith said. “I want to speak to people on the Independent side, the no-party preference side and even moderate democrats. I want to say, ‘Hey, I’m different than my opponent and this is what I stand for,’ especially on fighting sex trafficking and fighting homelessness.”

Smith also mentioned how Twitter and Facebook have made it difficult for her to speak to her supporters about her opponent, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), whose relationship with Ukraine she has questioned.

Smith says she also takes issue with Facebook and Twitter’s fact checking practices, claiming that they, “remind me of Nazi Germany.” She also claims that the social media giants rely on sources that are “far-left leaning” to support their fact checking and that they “change historical facts.”

“How are you fact checking what I’m saying, and you’re only using the sources that you think will justify my post or anyone else’s post as wrong?” Smith said. “That’s the problem. That’s why we have open debate.”

Smith feels that if her posts, and posts from others like her, did not face these challenges, many voters would get a clearer picture of the current Republican party.

“We’re beating the narrative that there aren’t any conservative minorities and that we’re the party of racists,” she says.

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Aldon Thomas Stiles | California Black Media

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