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Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry for justice, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was demanding a similar call to action with “All power to the people.” The new documentary Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution reminds us that unfortunately, so much has not changed over the years.
Florida’s Nicki Lee was fuming when she saw footage of her sixth-grade daughter being pummeled by other students on a school bus in mid-January, but what upset Lee even more is that neither the bus driver nor Jacksonville school officials did anything about it, WSOC TV reports.
“They basically beat her like she was nothing,” Lee said about her daughter’s attackers.
Footage from the video shows Lee’s daughter sustaining multiple blows from at least two female students. Lee’s daughter said that the bus driver didn’t do anything to stop the fight; nor did she reprimand the students afterward.
“All she asked me was do I get off here,” Lee’s daughter said, adding that the bus driver let all the other students off at their usual stops, as if the incident hadn’t happened.
Lee went to Jacksonville Middle School the next day to report the attack to the dean and was told that an investigation would be launched. She found the school’s response to be lackluster, however, since the students who had allegedly beaten her daughter “were still allowed to be in school that day,” Lee said.
Lee then went to WFOX TV to bring more attention to the incident and to what she feels was an inappropriate response by school officials.
“I don’t think [school officials] acted fast enough. Matter of fact, I don’t think they would’ve known about it if I didn’t proceed with caution to see what’s going on with my daughter,” Lee said.
According to a statement from the school district, the students involved in the attack “are being disciplined according to the Code of Conduct. A full investigation is underway to identify additional participants and the person(s) videotaping.”
Read more at WSOC TV.
A St. Louis City Hall meeting held to discuss the possible installation of a civilian oversight board at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department went up in flames after a scuffle broke out, the Huffington Post reports. The mission of the board would be to smooth over the relationship between local communities and police officers in light of Michael Brown’s August 2014 shooting death in Ferguson, Mo.
Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, held her own at Wednesday’s eight-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate, Al-Jazeera reports. Lynch lobbied back “measured answers” to questions from Republicans who were hell-bent on attacking Obama and Holder for how the Justice Department, they argue, has become “politicized.”
Myron May, the 31-year-old Florida State University 2005 alum who went on a shooting spree in the school’s library in November, can be seen carrying out the attack in new surveillance video recently released to the public, the New York Daily News reports.