*A Scottsdale man was arrested on Saturday after viral video posted on social media showed him telling a Black man that he was in a “no (N-word) zone.”
Andre Abram, who goes by LILAJDRE on Instagram and YouTube, was about to film an IG video in Old Town on Oct. 23 when a man, later identified as Paul Ng, took photos of him and approached him to ask why he was in the area.
Abram began recording, and Ng, who is Asian, said “I’m a racist” and that Abram shouldn’t be in the area “because this is a no (N-word) zone.”
“I would say my first response was shock,” Abram told The Arizona Republic. “I was in disbelief that I was hearing the words that I was actually hearing. It was a moment that really boggled my mind — and it still does even to this moment.”
In the video, Abram misunderstood Ng and said he was the owner of a store they were standing in front of, River Trading Post. But Ng said he has nothing to do with the store, and employees say they sympathize with Abram but are now fighting to defend their reputation.
Watch the entire incident below, followed by Abram’s recap of the encounter.
After receiving calls from business owners about the incident, an officer visited Ng at his home and questioned him about what had occurred later that evening, according to a police report. Ng told the officers that he was suspicious of Abram and Tinkham because they had an expensive looking camera and their car had Michigan plates, so he took photos of the two and texted them to local business owners.
The report says Ng told the officer that he watches over the neighborhood, then began talking about the Black Lives Matter movement and “Antifa,” while pointing at a picture of Abram he had taken on his phone. He then told the detective that he expects bad things will happen beginning Nov. 1 and that he was “just getting ahead of the game,” the report states.
The officer interviewed Ng again at his residence on Saturday evening and asked Ng if he understood how his comments could provoke a fight. The reports says Ng said he didn’t think his comments were inflammatory and believed Abram was “mapping the place” and part of a “recon team.”
“I asked if Paul understood how there could be fallback from the comments and Paul stated that he understood but did not see why there was so much energy wasted on the incident,” the report stated. “Paul was certain that the incident would be gone and forgotten within a week.”
The officer then arrested Ng and booked him on two counts of disorderly conduct — both misdemeanors.
Arrest documents show Ng was processed and released on his own recognizance after being issued a criminal citation.
Watch a news report about the incident below:
Ben Crump to Announce Suit Against Local Jacksonville HOA for Harassment Over Back Lives Matter flag
*JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump; co-counsels Matthew Dietz and David Cronin; Keenya Robertson, National Fair Housing Alliance Chairperson; and Antoine Mickle will hold a virtual news conference on Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. ET to announce a federal lawsuit against River Point Community Association, River City Management Services, Shantell Hughes (community president), and Sharleen Thompson-Messinese (property manager).
On Oct. 20, 2020, Mickle, a homeowner and resident of the River Point community in Jacksonville, Florida, received a letter from the River Point Community Association advising him that the Black Lives Matter flag displayed on his property was in violation of the community’s rules and was considered a “nuisance.” Although there were many other flags displayed throughout the community including those in support of sports teams, the Trump campaign, and Blue Lives Matter, the owners of those flags did not receive any letters of reprimand and were not asked to remove them from their properties. It is evident from the Association’s actions that Mickle was harassed and discriminated against because of his race and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Matthew Dietz
Attorney David Cronin
Keenya Robertson, National Fair Housing Alliance Chairperson
November 24, 2020, at 11 a.m ET
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ABOUT BEN CRUMP LAW
Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and his national network of specialized attorneys have spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more, visit BenCrump.com or call (800) 935-8111.
Matthew W. Dietz, Esq. is a nationally known civil rights lawyer and litigation director of Disability Independence Group, Disability Independence Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes recruitment, education and employment of persons with disabilities thereby improving their lives through competitive employment and financial stability; and through the changing of society’s perception of person with disabilities.
NYC Man Goes Off On Woman Who Cursed Out Black Child for Riding Bike On Sidewalk (Watch)
*Video has surfaced of a Black man chastising a white woman for apparently cursing out at an 8-year-old Black child because he was riding his toy bike on the sidewalk.
“You wanna curse an 8-year-old kid out? Would you have said that to a little white kid?” the man said to the woman as they argued in front of a store.
“Absolutely,” the lady replied.
The man asked what made her think she could “come into my community and talk to our kids like that.”
When the woman said that in her community, kids ride bikes in the street, the man said, “This is our community, this is our playground,” pointing to the sidewalks.
Watch the entire argument below:
Meet Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s Freshly-Appointed Ambassador to the U.N. (Watch)
*President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Black woman who held a top diplomatic post in the Obama administration, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Born in 1952, Baker served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the United States Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She’s also a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC.
The decorated diplomat grew up in Baker, La., where segregation and racism were harsh realities of her early life and college years at Louisiana State University. But life’s biggest test would come during her service in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 where she found herself held at gunpoint. What do you do when faced with that kind of adversity? How do you survive?
In the gripping TED Talk below Thomas-Greenfield describes that surreal moment, the choice she made and the lesson her mother taught her that helped her survive.
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