Detroiters protest Taser killing of Black youth Damon Grimes

first_imgDamon Grimes, a 15-year-old African-American youth riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on Aug. 26 died of injuries from an accident after he was tasered by Michigan State Police officer Mark Bessner from his police vehicle on the East Side of Detroit.Grimes lost control of his ATV, crashed into a pickup truck and suffered a head trauma, dying later in a local hospital.This incident, which amounts to a brutal racist murder by the Michigan State Police — really an occupation army — has aroused a series of demonstrations and legal actions.Grimes’ family has launched a $50 million lawsuit against the officer, who has been sued in the past for his brutality with Tasers. In the meantime, Bessner is receiving paid leave for violating police protocol, as it is supposedly against police rules to discharge a Taser from a vehicle.The Grimes’ family held a vigil on Aug. 30 at the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Rossini Drive that turned into a protest of over 200 community members. Those at the vigil gathered to show their support for Grimes’ family, wearing his favorite colors of red, black and white or laying out balloons and candles.In honor of the youth’s memory and in defiance of the rarely enforced ban on riding ATVs in the streets of Detroit, a group of riders gathered on their ATVs and blocked the streets until police arrived and ordered them to disperse.On Sept. 2, around 30 protesters gathered in downtown Detroit to condemn this attack and to demand that Bessner be arrested and prosecuted. This protest, organized by the Moratorium Now! Coalition, also called for an end to the use of Tasers in the city of Detroit and an end to high-speed chases.With the crowd from the annual Detroit Jazz Festival circulating around the demonstration, several speakers condemned this racist action and said that Detroit needs funding for education and housing for the city’s children, not a police army that kills and terrorizes the Black community. These speeches put this attack into the context of the continued dispossession and looting of the city by banks and developers like Chase and Quicken Loans. State senator and mayoral candidate Coleman Young II also spoke, calling for a fight against this injustice.A group of about 50 also gathered on Sept. 1 to protest Grimes’ death outside of the Detroit Police Headquarters. Some in the group confronted Chief of Police James Craig about the brutality of the Detroit police. The group also called for ending state troopers’ pursuit of drivers who have committed traffic violations.The ruling class in Detroit is waging a war to dispossess Black residents of Detroit to make way for their racist fantasies of a “new Detroit,” where everyone is welcome except for Black, working-class people and immigrants, who have lived there for decades.The murder of Damon Grimes is an injustice that the Detroit community cannot abide. His murder comes at a time when the connection between imperialist violence abroad and at home couldn’t be clearer, with President Donald Trump allowing the sale of military equipment to municipal police forces.People are calling for justice for Damon Grimes and his family and the immediate arrest and conviction of Mark Bessner, and to end the killing of Black people by racist police armies!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Students utilize Rate My Professors to reference courses

first_imgFacebook Karlie Lucas, a junior marketing and entrepreneurial management double major, shows how to navigate the Rate My Professors website. Twitter ReddIt Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Melissa Moreira, a sophomore educational studies and French double major, said she wants to know students’ opinion from Rate My Professors before making decisions about what class or what professor to take. Facebook Isuru Perera, a junior actuarial mathematics major, said RateMyProfessors.com is useful since he has had some phenomenal professors. Tuyen Hoang Q&A: Three professors received the Deans’ Research and Creativity Award Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Linkedin Previous articleHabitudes uses images to teach leadership skillsNext articlePatterson on critics: Why do you have to be the most complete team? Tuyen Hoang RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Karlie Lucas, a junior marketing and entrepreneurial management double major, shows how to navigate the Rate My Professors website. eHarmony co-founder speaks with TCU students Twitter Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Senior graphic design major Anna Rizkalla said when it comes to registration for upcoming semester, she chooses the courses mainly based on what time it is over how well the professor is rated. Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Camila Ramos, a junior psychology major, said she uses the rating website to find out what other students say about professors before signing up for courses. Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Senior biology major Bakari Samin said Rate My Professors is a great way to get a heads up on type of professors and types of classes for which students are going to sign up. Thinking workshop helps students find business solutions The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin Comedy group brings new approach of brainstorming to the Neeley School Tuyen Hoang is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tuyen is a transfer student from Brookhaven College. Tuyen is a junior journalism major and sociology minor at Texas Christian University. She serves as the administration reporter for TCU 360. ReddIt Sophomore business major Heidi Nguyen said Rate My Professors is her primary resource for researching professors. print With academic advising going on, many students utilize the website RateMyProfessors.com to begin searching for professors and courses.The website is designed for college students who wish to look up a professor’s ranking or comments about the class. The posts are written by students who have taken the class.Adrian Rodriguez, a junior economics major, said he has been using the site for three years to get different aspects of the classes he plans to take.“I read the comments to see how the professor teaches, how the class is organized and the difficulty of the teacher,” Rodriguez said. He said he does this to get a general sense about the class itself.Rodriguez said he knew about the website and got recommendations from his friends who have enrolled in college before he came to TCU. He said some comments provide either valuable or plain insight, but overall he thinks the website is a reliable source.“I think it’s very reliable because students from the previous classes write about the professors and rate them,” Rodriguez said.Karlie Lucas, a junior marketing and entrepreneurial management double major, said she first finds out the classes she needs to take for each semester, then she looks up the different professors who teach those courses.“I’ll go on Rate My Professors and look up each individual professor to see which one is better or which one I could get along with,” Lucas said. “It tells you if they use the book or their teaching style or some people put how their tests are on there.”Lucas said based on the perspective of marketing, the rating system on Rate My Professors is similar to reviews of products.“If there’s more positive reviews, obviously I’m going to trust that more,” Lucas said. “If there’s negative reviews, I’m going to trust that more.”Junior actuarial mathematics major Isuru Perera said the website is still helpful even though sometimes the posts aren’t up to date.“It’s not always the most recent and up-to-date reviews you’ll see,” Perera said. “Nevertheless, it does give you an insight into how other students have seen their classes, how they rate their professors. Whether they’re good or bad, how they conduct the exams and homework assignments.”Perera said he uses it to determine the courses as well as the professors he wants to take.“I’ve managed to get some phenomenal professors,” Perera said. “I enjoy them. The reviews that I see on the website, most of them do reflect when I take the classes, and it’s going to be very helpful.”Sophomore business major Heidi Nguyen said that as an international student, Rate My Professors is her primary resource to get reference for classes and professors.Nguyen said she also asks for tips and advice from friends who have taken a course before, but her final decisions are still based on rankings and comments from the website.“I base my decisions on Rate My Professors,” Nguyen said. “I read the comments a lot, and most of the times I think the ratings on Rate My Professors are quite accurate.”Nguyen said she is also aware of poorly-rated and highly-ranked professors.Melissa Moreira, a sophomore educational studies and french double major, said every time she registers for class, she uses Rate My Professors to get a preview of how the professors teach.“I like to hear students’ opinions before making my decisions about what class to take or what professor to take,” Moreira said.Moreira said ratings of professors impact her decisions.“I would rather take a different class with a different professor,” Moreira said. “I’d rather get a professor that has a higher rating than a professor that has a lower rating.” Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

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UK High Court greenlights Aspers Southampton super casino

first_imgShare UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures November 6, 2019 William Hill sells UK racing trackside betting network October 22, 2018 BetVictor affirms commitment to horse racing with Newcastle sponsorship November 28, 2018 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The governance of UK gambling operator Aspers Group (Aspers), states that it will go ahead with plans to build a fifth casino in Southampton (Hampshire), following its High Court win against a challenge brought by Global Gaming Ventures.Aspers, a joint venture between the Aspinall Family and Crown Resorts Australia plans to build a + US $500 million (£400 million) ‘super casino’ development on Southampton’s Royal Pier Waterfront.Southampton City Council had awarded the casino project bid to Aspers in March 2016. However, London-based Global Gaming Ventures contested the decision, stating that its bid had been unfairly rejected by the council as unlike Aspers it had already secured building permission for its site at the Hammerson shopping development.Last week the UK High Court ruled in favour of the City Council’s initial ruling for Aspers to win the casino contract. The decision allows for Aspers to build its fifth casino enterprise, adding to its existing properties of Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Stratford and Northampton.Aspers’ new venue will feature approximately 150 slot machines with 30 casino game tables, a dining room area, live entertainment suite and multiple bars. Aspers details that it will create +200 jobs for the city of Southampton.last_img read more

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