Bada Boom Bada Bing

By The Big Island Reporter | News With Attitude...

The Black Godfather Who Rose, Fell and Vanished

Legend holds that Carlo Gambino, the No. 1 Mafioso in New York City, put a contract out on Frank Matthews in the early ’70s. Instead of going into …

Crime

Developing: Sheriff Found Something Disgusting on Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock's Computer

Las Vegas sheriff revealed during a Friday news conference that “numerous” child pornography pictures were found on Las Vegas shooter Stephen …

Crime

Ex-Milwaukee cop at center of controversial shooting admits soliciting prostitution

MILWAUKEE – A former Milwaukee police officer who was acquitted last year in a fatal shooting that sparked two nights of riots pleaded guilty Thursday to soliciting prostitution in an unrelated sexual assault case that could have sent him to prison for decades.<p>Under the deal with Dominique …

Crime

Alabama Sheriffs Filled Their Wallets by Starving Prisoners

Most prisoners are supposed to get all of $1.75 of food a day—but sheriffs take a cut of that before anyone eats.<p>Alabama law lets sheriffs keep …

Prison

Milwaukee Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor

Paul Carter, 47, of Milwaukee was sentenced today to 21 years in prison, reduced by three years for time served, after pleading guilty on Oct. 6, …

Slavery

NJ Doc Had Wife Killed in Murder-for-Hire Plot: Prosecutor

A New Jersey doctor is accused of hiring a man to kill his wife after she planned to divorce him and expose his illegal drug operation with the …

Crime

Backyard skeleton leads to arrest of California man in murder of housemate

A California man was arrested on Friday in the 2015 killing of his housemate, whose remains were found in December buried in a shallow grave by construction workers in the home’s backyard, authorities said on Saturday.<p>Michael Christopher Sager, 22, was arrested and booked on murder charges after …

Crime

A 17-Year-Old Was Brutally Beaten During An Arrest And Now An Officer Has Been Placed On Leave

Officials in Alabama have launched an investigation after 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson was brutally beaten during a police encounter on Saturday.<p>Officials are investigating how a 17-year-old was left bruised, bloodied, and swollen beyond recognition during an encounter with police Saturday night …

Policing

Elderly Louisiana Man Charged in 'Nigerian Prince' Scam

A 67-year-old named Michael Neu was arrested on 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering as an alleged middleman in the online scheme.<p>According to Louisiana's Slidell Police Department, Michael Neu is not affiliated with any African royalty. After an 18-month investigation, local investigators …

Crime

Inside Private Prisons

What incentives govern private prisons? Are they fundamentally different from state-run facilities? Do private prison operators or the unions that …

Prison

FBI Investigated Sheriff Clarke Over Plane Altercation

The FBI investigated former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke over a January incident with a passenger on a plane, according to a recently …

Crime

Recy Taylor, Alabama woman raped by six white men, dies at 97

Recy Taylor, an African-American woman from Abbeville, Alabama, whose abduction and rape by six white men in 1944 made national headlines, died Thursday morning, her brother Robert Corbitt told NBC News.<p>She would have turned 98 on Sunday.<p>Corbitt said she passed peacefully in a nursing home in …

Black History

Woman Who Had Sex With Teen Boy Planned to Murder Her Husband, Police Say

(STROUDSBURG, Pa.) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania police officer and his wife have pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of plotting to kill her …

Crime

Young boy and girl among 4 killed in act of 'savagery,' police say

A 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were among four people found dead in upstate New York in what police are treating as a quadruple homicide, …

Crime

Police officers lose after trying to frame black man!

Police officers lose after trying to frame black man!<p>João Carvalho2017-11-27<p>Hope they will go to jail for this!

Black Culture

A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes a Broken System

The case of Demetrius Smith reads like a preposterous legal thriller: dubious arrests, two lying prostitutes, prosecutorial fouls and a judge who …

Justice

Videos showing violent arrest of a black motorist renews concern about Pasadena police tactics

It should have been the most minor of traffic stops.<p>But an encounter between two Pasadena police officers and a black motorist last month has reignited the nation’s heated debate over how police use force and sparked outrage in a city with long-simmering complaints about how law enforcement treats …

Mexico violence: Six bodies found hanging from bridges near resort

<b>The bodies of six men have been found hanging from three different bridges in a region of Mexico popular with foreign tourists, authorities say.</b><p>Police said the bodies were discovered on Wednesday above busy highways in Baja California Sur state.<p>Two bodies were retrieved from each location. The …

Urban killings rise in clusters as many areas grow safer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When she started an urban farm in one of Indianapolis' roughest neighborhoods, retired chemist Aster Bekele wanted to teach at-risk kids how to garden, and maybe sneak in a little science.<p>Then the city's homicide rate started soaring, with most of the killings happening around …

Cities

A 17-year-old YouTube star insulted a notorious drug lord. The teen was found with at least 15 bullet wounds.

Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales was born in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, a mecca for cartels and the land of notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Lagunas grew up never knowing his father. His mother left him with his grandmother as a child.<p>Lagunas left his hometown at the age of 15 without …

Crime

Officer Philip Brailsford Cop Found Not Guilty in Mesa, AZ killing Failed Actor

Apparently being a cop wasn't Philip Brailsford's first choice in careers, because he first tried in vain to become an actor.<p>Brailsford, who was just …

Cop Shoots Man Begging For His Life (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Graphic video shows Daniel Shaver sobbing and begging officer for his life before 2016 shooting

After the officer involved was acquitted of second-degree murder charges, officials in Arizona publicly released graphic video showing Daniel Shaver crawling on his hands and knees and begging for his life in the moments before he was shot and killed by police in January 2016.<p>Shaver died in one of …

Policing

What to know about the FBI’s “black identity extremists” label and the black community’s response

In the two months since it became public that the FBI deems “black identity extremists” a violent threat to police, a chorus of condemnation over the …

Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct

It was a critical piece of evidence: an inmate’s shirt, bloodied from a jailhouse brawl.<p>When it went missing, Deputy Jose Ovalle had an idea.<p>He picked out a similar shirt, doused it with taco sauce and snapped a photograph, which was booked into evidence with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …

Female police captain in Indiana suspended after ‘white male privilege’ remark

An Indiana police force placed a female captain on paid administrative leave after she told a fellow officer that he benefited from “white male privilege.” A vote on Capt. Carri Weber’s future with the Plainfield Police Department is scheduled for a commissioner’s meeting on Thursday, according to …

Policing

Walter Scott’s son makes emotional plea for justice at Michael Slager’s sentencing

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The son of an unarmed black man gunned down by a white South Carolina police officer made an emotional plea for justice on Wednesday in a sentencing hearing.<p>Holding a framed picture of his father and fighting back tears, Miles Scott asked U.S. District Judge David Norton "to …

Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens

WUZHEN, China — An artificial intelligence company touted a robot that could help doctors with diagnoses. A start-up displayed a drone designed to carry a single passenger 60 miles per hour.<p>And in a demonstration worthy of both wonder and worry, a Chinese facial recognition company showed how its …

China

The Economy of Incarceration: Ruth Wilson Gilmore