Today marks the 45th anniversary of the death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. On December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided Hampton's apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just 21 years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that told a very different story: that the FBI, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Fred Hampton. In this 2009 interview from the Democracy Now! archive, Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with attorney Jeffrey Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther.
Along with the usual things that come with winning the lottery -- a new car, a vacation -- Donald Savastano was excited about finally being able to see a doctor after winning a $1 million prize in December. The self-employed carpenter in New York told local media he hadn't been able to afford to do so because he lacked health insurance. But the doctor visit yielded devastating news: Savastano, 51, had stage 4 metastatic cancer. He died on Friday, just weeks after claiming his prize money.
Officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expressed concerns that Secretary Ben Carson recently risked violating ethics rules by getting family help in organizing a HUD event last year, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Linda Cruciani, HUD's deputy general counsel for operations, and other department officials were reportedly uneasy that Carson's son and daughter-in-law were involved with last summer's "listening tour" event in Baltimore. They worried that Ben Carson Jr., who is a local businessman, was inviting potential business associates to the event, which "gave the appearance that the secretary may be using his position for his son's private gain," according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post. Carson denies any conflict of interest. He said in a statement to the newspaper that his family has "never influenced any decision at HUD."
In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's crash, which involved dozens of Republican lawmakers on their way to an annual retreat, the "People Are Saying" section became populated with a mix of posts discussing the news with no editorial bent, and groundless conspiracy theories, as the Daily Beast's Ben Collins noted. "Obviously, the real reason was that the capitol police were afraid this was a set up for a small arms and explosives attack upon Republican Congressmen and their families by either rabid, Commie-Lib-Dem resisters,' or Muslim Jihads," one Facebook user posited. Others wondered whether Hillary Clinton was somehow behind the attack, or if it was an inside job. Worse, users who weren't logged into Facebook and searched for information on its site were shown only the "People Are Saying" section.
The 34-year-old patrol officer met the girl while he was on duty during the summer of 2007 and engaged her in conversation after he discovered she was distraught about her parent's divorce, the teen claimed. He texted the teen and met with her repeatedly while on duty, a lawsuit filed on the teen's behalf later claimed. The patrol officer groomed the "vulnerable" teenager for a sexual encounter that occurred just a couple weeks after she turned 18 in 2008, her lawsuit claimed. He supplied a 30-pack of beer for a weekend of sex at his home while his wife and child were away, according to the suit. They had sex "on dozens of occasions," including in his home, in the teen's home, while on-duty both inside and on top of Schauder's patrol car, the lawsuit stated. Schauder's defense in a court document was that he had a consensual encounter. Hanover's governing body settled the teen's suit for $300,000 in 2010.