By Lenore T. Adkins/Special to the AFRO The American Civil Liberties Union of D.C. on July 18 filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 39-year-old Black man who alleges a D.C. police officer grabbed his genitals and stuck his fingers between his buttocks in a stop-and-frisk that went viral last summer. The lawsuit alleges that on September 27, 2017, Officer Sean Lojacono performed an unconstitutional and highly intrusive bodily search of M.B. Cottingham, an ice cream vendor, without a warrant, reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Police conducted the search in the Bellevue neighborhood in Southwest by I-295 after the life-long D.C. resident and his friends were standing on the sidewalk and talking about plans to celebrate his birthday. Two police cars, including one unmarked car, pulled up next to them over an open container of alcohol and officers asked the men if they had any weapons. When the men said they didn’t, Officer Lojacono, who is White, asked Cottingham what was … [Read more...] about ACLU Sues D.C. Cop Over “Humiliating” Stop-And-Frisk
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The National Association of Black Journalists will bestow one of its most prestigious awards to John Watson, an associate professor of journalism at American University, for his efforts in ensuring newsrooms and news coverage reflects the diverse communities it serves, the association announced July 16. Watson will receive the association’s Ida B. Wells Award, named after the Chicago feminist and journalist who led an anti-lynching movement in the 1890s. “I am honored, humbled and encouraged by this recognition,” Watson said in a statement. “I see it not as a reward for what I have done in the past, but encouragement to stay on track in the future. It’s recognition of the fact that everyday people like me, someone who does not have the impressive public profile of prior recipients, have an important role to play in expanding newsroom diversity. It’s not only a noble crusade, it’s an every-day … [Read more...] about NABJ To Honor D.C. Journalism Professor
DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez is not in the Red Sox's lineup Saturday vs. the Tigers. He's sore after crashing into the right field wall at Comerica Park making a catch during the third inning Friday. "He's just a little bit sore," Cora said. "He wasn't feeling great after the game. So I decided to give him today. At the same time, these guys who make the All-Star Game, they really don't have an All-Star Break because of everything that goes on. They take batting practice on Monday. They play on Tuesday. They're traveling and all that. "So he's getting the day off because he ran into the wall but I think it's a good day off for him anyways," Cora added. Martinez sat out a couple games with back spasms earlier in the season but Cora said his back is not an issue. It's just "general soreness." He won't need to be checked out further," Cora said. "Just a big dude, at full speed, hitting that wall," Cora said. Holt should return Monday Brock Holt left Friday's game after getting … [Read more...] about J.D. Martinez not in Boston Red Sox lineup because of ‘general soreness;’ Brock Holt should return Monday
DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez is not in the Red Sox lineup vs. the Tigers on Saturday. He crashed into the wall catching a liner to right field during the third inning Friday. He remained in the game but his absence today might be a result of the play. We will update this story when more information becomes available. The Red Sox activated Rafael Devers from the disabled list Saturday. He's starting at third base. Blake Swihart will make his third start of the season at catcher. Red Sox lineup: 1. Mookie Betts RF Pitching matchup: LHP Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.20) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (6-6, 3.70) … [Read more...] about J.D. Martinez not in Boston Red Sox lineup vs. Tigers; Blake Swihart at catcher, Rafael Devers back from DL
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