This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, August 4, 2017.
1. According to Fox News, a Detroit man has been charged in the shooting that killed a Wayne State University police officer late last year. Raymond Durham, 60, was charged with first-degree murder Thursday after he was accused of fatally shooting Officer Collin Rose in the head in November. The judge also ordered a mental evaluation for Durham. Rose was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars when he was shot. He went through surgery but died the next day, Fox 2 reported. Police Chief James Craig had said DNA evidence linked Durham to the shooting of Rose.
2. According to NBC, the family of a 15-year-old black Illinois teen seen pinned down by an off-duty police officer in a video that went viral in June filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Village of Lansing and the officer involved on Thursday. The officer, who has not been named by the police department, “choked, throttled and battered” Jordan Brunson and as a result the teen continues to suffer from “bodily injury, pain, severe mental and emotional distress, fear, anguish, humiliation” according to the lawsuit obtained by NBC News.
3. According to the Washington Post, sitting down in front of a basketball hoop inside Live! Casino & Hotel just outside Baltimore, Shaquille O’Neal, the NBA Hall-of-Famer and four-time champion, elaborated on his plans to run for sheriff in Henry County, Ga., in 2020. O’Neal previously floated the idea to run for the position in a television interview back in May. Henry County has a population of about 215,000 and O’Neal said he recently bought a home there after signing a multiyear contract extension with TNT in 2015. O’Neal is a studio analyst for TNT and NBA TV, both of which are based in Atlanta.
4. According to Variety, Death Row Records founder Suge Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to a grand jury indictment accusing him of threatening death or bodily injury against director F. Gary Gray in 2014. Knight was accompanied by members of his family in a Los Angeles courtroom; according to the Los Angeles Times, his son wore a T-shirt that read “Free Suge.” In January, 2015, Knight was arrested on murder charges for running over Terry Carter while on the film’s Compton set with his car.
5. According to People, the rapper Prodigy, half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died from accidental choking, according to a report from TMZ. The site previously reported Prodigy choked on an egg while in the hospital for treatment for sickle cell anemia. The rapper passed away on June 20 at the age of 42. A funeral service for Prodigy was held on June 29 at Frank E. Campbell Chapel in New York City with Havoc, LL Cool J, Ice T, 50 Cent, Questlove, Remy Ma and Fat Joe were among those in attendance.
6. According to PEOPLE, following Bill Cosby‘s recent mistrial in his prosecution on sexual assault charges, former TV co-star Raven-Symoné says she has been focusing on her own projects and not Cosby’s case, but she wants “everybody who deserves justice” to get it. During an appearance on Thursday’s People Now, Raven-Symoné said: “I am trying to do this show right now, and that’s [Cosby’s case is] going to work it out. I want everybody who deserves justice to get justice.” Symoné, 31, is now starring in the Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home.
7. According to WJZ / CBS Baltimore, Colin Kaepernick’s reported girlfriend tweeted out pictures Wednesday that appear to compare Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Ray Lewis to a slave owner and slave. Nessa Diab is a New York City radio DJ and regular on MTV’s Girl Code. The picture she tweeted shows Lewis with his arms around Bisciotti, along with a picture of Samuel L. Jackson with his arms around Leonardo Dicaprio from the movie “Django Unchained,” in which Dicaprio was a slave owner and Jackson was his house slave. This comes after an ESPN report that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome support signing Kaepernick, but Bisciotti was against the signing.