READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college says it has suspended two students over an online video showing a student in blackface lampooning the Black Lives Matter movement.
Albright College President Lex McMillan III said on the school’s Facebook page that the two students most directly involved in what he called a “hurtful, offensive act” have been suspended pending further investigation.
“They have been advised to leave campus immediately and remain available for communications with college officials,” he said.
The Reading Eagle reported that the roughly 40-second video posted Tuesday night on Snapchat featured a female student wearing an Albright T-shirt putting on blackface makeup. In the video, the student, who calls herself “Carlisha,” makes disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and places padding in her pants to increase the size of her but, performing a “twerking” dance made popular in hip-hop videos, the paper said.
McMillan said officials had learned that “multiple students of multiple races” had been involved and officials would continue to review the facts to determine “the most appropriate sanctions.” He said earlier that the students who posted the video voluntarily come forward and expressed remorse.
Niani Marz, an Albright senior from Brooklyn, New York, told the newspaper she had been “floored” by the video, which she said had started a debate on campus with some seeing it as a freedom of speech issue with others focused on what they considered disparaging racial overtones. Marz said she had talked to several students who planned to demonstrate at some point during the weekend’s homecoming activities.
“I feel like there’s a disconnect between our community,” Marz said. “We’re so diverse, yet we know nothing about each other. And I want us to be more united and understanding.”
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police release two short videos showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by suburban San Diego police.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says Sean Hannity won’t be appearing in any more campaign videos for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Hannity touts what he sees as the benefits of a Trump presidency in a video titled “#HEARTLAND4TRUMP” posted on the candidate’s YouTube channel Sunday. Hannity’s appears in about 30 seconds of the 8-minute long video.
In a statement, Fox News said Hannity “will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season.” Fox said it did not know in advance that Hannity would be making the appearance.
In the video, Hannity is identified as a “TV personality.” Conservative rocker Ted Nugent and several hunters appear to express the belief that Trump will protect their rights. Hannity says that he has been a marksman since he was 11 years old, so “protecting our Second Amendment rights is paramount to me.”
A Fox spokeswoman had no immediate answer Wednesday when asked whether Hannity would be disciplined for the campaign appearance. In 2010, Hannity was ordered by his Fox bosses to cancel an appearance at a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati. He was to headline a fundraiser for the political organization and planned to broadcast the rally on his show.
Hannity has made no secret of his support for Trump and acknowledged to The New York Times last month he gives the candidate campaign advice. He maintains that as an opinionated talk show host, he should not be held to the same impartiality standards as reporters.
As Trump has cut back on opportunities for reporters to question him, Fox News — and particularly Hannity’s show — has been a favored venue. A Trump town hall in Ohio on Wednesday morning, with Hannity’s participation, is to be aired on Hannity’s prime-time show at 10 p.m. EDT.
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A police officer in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna was arrested in connection with a surveillance video that showed him repeatedly kicking a handcuffed burglary suspect earlier this year.
The suspect was face-down on the ground as he was kicked.
Officer Robert Wallow was fired Thursday and arrested Friday on malfeasance and simple battery charges, according to New Orleans media reports.
Gretna police chief Arthur Lawson said he is not happy that it took so long for the video to be brought to his attention following the April 22 arrest. Other officers could be seen in the video. One officer has been placed on administrative leave as an internal investigation continues.
Lawson said the suspect was not seriously injured and never filed a complaint.
The use of excessive force was apparently reported to supervisors with the Field Operations Bureau in the days after Pineda’s arrest, Lawson told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune. The supervisors opened a documented internal investigation that included a copy of the video.
The supervisors handled the investigation on a bureau level. But it was not forwarded to the administration as quickly as Lawson would have liked so the department on Sept. 15 opened an internal investigation into the handling of that excessive force report.
Wallow, 47, had been with the department for about 18 months. He has not spoken publicly and records indicating whether he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf were not available Saturday.
Rafael Goyeneche, president of a local law enforcement watchdog group, the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission, said kicks delivered to a prone suspect offering no resistance were clear instances of misconduct.
“That’s a battery; that’s malfeasance. Administratively, it’s unacceptable; criminally, it’s unacceptable,” Goyeneche said, “unless there’s some compelling reason that wasn’t captured on tape.”
New Orleans media report that Officer Robert Wallow was fired Thursday and arrested Friday on malfeasance and simple battery charges.
VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for reposting videos online of beheadings by the Islamic State group.
The court convicted the 18-year-old of belonging to a terrorist organization.
His defense argued that he was traumatized as a child by fighting in Chechnya.
The Austria Press Agency cited the offender Tuesday as saying he was radicalized in prison while serving a 14-month sentence for robbery and other offenses that ended last year.
He said that he was in contact with an uncle who was fighting in Syria.
The prosecution cited him as telling that relative that “we will see each other soon by Allah.” But the man testified he never had any intention of joining him.
The man was not identified in keeping with Austrian privacy laws.