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State Sen. Cecil Thomas, who was in the courtroom Friday, said “[the shirt] speaks Tensing’s mindset.”
“The flag is contrary to everything the African-American community represents,” said Thomas, a former Cincinnati police officer. “Every officer is representing the community… He had to wake up, make the conscious decision to put it on as part of his uniform. He had to recognize in his own mind what he was wearing.”
Officer Tensing shot and killed DuBose in 2015 after finding marijuana in his car—Tensing said he killed DuBose as an act self-defense. However, Post Falls, Idaho Police Chief Scot Haug, a recognized use-of-force expert, testified that wasn’t true: While the situation did escalate, DuBose did not pose a threat or serious harm.
The judge said the trial should not last longer than Nov. 18, WLWT News noted.
National Museum of African-American History Overwhelmed With Visitors
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It’s only been a few months since the National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened its doors in Washington D.C. And while they knew a lot of people would visit–they didn’t expect this many.
According to NPR, Associate Director Beverly Morgan-Welch said that she didn’t expect people to stay as long once they got in.
“The normal dwell time for most museums is an hour 45 minutes to two hours,” says Morgan-Welch. “Our dwell time can go to six.“
This serves as a problem because it’s impossible to let in more people if people stay in for such a long time. Also, given that passes are sold out until spring 2017, Morgan-Welch stresses that folks can’t just stay for a couple of hours and come back the next day.
“It’s the best, most difficult problem I’ve ever faced in a museum,” laughs Morgan-Welch.
It’s so popular that Morgan-Welch says the lines to get in start before the sun comes up.
“People have come and arrived here as early as 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning,” she says.
“Literally there are days when I come into the museum, sunglasses on, it could be overcast I’m looking down because I don’t want to look at the people standing in line. It is heartbreaking.”
Hundreds Of HBCU Students March To The Polls To Urge People To Vote
With the election literally around the corner, hundreds of students from historically Black colleges and universities in Florida and North Carolina are taking to the street to stress the importance of voting.
According to the Huffington Post, on Tuesday, civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis walked with roughly 500 students from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach to an early polling location, while students from North Carolina Central University in Durham also marched.
“There’s not anything more powerful, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say, than the marching feet of a determined people. I know something about marching,” Lewis said.
Actress Aja Naomi King, Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy and Mayor Derrick Henry also joined the students in Florida.
These marches came quickly after reports suggest that less African-Americans are turning out for early voting than they did in 2012, especially in the battleground state of North Carolina. Hopefully people can be inspired to cast their ballot on or by Tuesday.