Family members of Pedro Merchant, 20, who was arraigned on second-degree murder charges Friday, September 21, brawled with the family of his 17-year-old victim, Dante Quinones, in a courthouse in Hempstead, New York, leading to members of both families being arrested, reports the NY Daily News.
L-R: Accused murderer, Pedro Merchant, 20; Victim Dante Quinones, 17.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, the two families were removed from the courtroom, but once they spilled out into the street, the brawl ballooned to include approximately 100 people.
Eleven court officers were injured in the melee, with one requiring hospitalization.
L-R: Abdul Rahim Robinson, Jerry Merchant and Louis Merchant (PHOTO CREDIT: NY Daily News)
According to the Daily News, “the six alleged brawlers — Rahim Robinson, 22, Aaron Munlin, 20, Jerry Merchant, 50, Louis Merchant, 51, Shapeace Goodwine, 22, and Terry Green, 28 — were all expected to be back in the same court Saturday for their own a
Former soap opera star Victoria Rowell is trying her hand at crowdsourcing with Indiegogo to fund her latest project, “The Rich and the Ruthless.” “I want to get them [African Americans] to black-owned productions,” she said. “It can’t just be Tyler Perry and Oprah.”
A vocal contingent of GOP members in Congress that tout Tea Party values have stated openly that they will do all they can to stop the Affordable Care Act from going into effect – even at the risk of the federal government shutting down, but a new poll highlights that there are some who would rather see the law go forth as planned without shutdown despite thoughts on both sides of the aisle that Obamacare has its flaws.
A poll conducted by CNBC in conjunction with Hart-McInturff, which surveyed 800 Americans, showed that most were against defunding Obamacare by a 44 percent to 38 percent plurality. And when government shutdown and defaulting is on the table, the numbers spike differently, with Americans opposing defunding Obamacare at 59 percent to 19 percent with 18 percent unsure.
In a statement released Monday, Obama said de Blasio would be a ”great” mayor to “America’s largest city.” Obama also cited de Blasio’s campaign on progressive values:
Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest city,
Whether it’s ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals, Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.
LEITH, N.D. — Hundreds of people from three states converged Sunday on the tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Leith to support the community of 16 people as the leader of a white supremacist group paid a visit.
The event drew a heavy law enforcement presence that included a dozen officers in riot gear, but the protests and a community meeting remained for the most part peaceful.
Jeff Schoep, leader of the National Socialist Movement, traveled from Detroit to hold a town hall meeting Sunday afternoon in support of Craig Cobb, a white supremacist who has been buying up property in Leith with the hope of developing an all-white enclave.
Schoep said in an interview before the town hall meeting that his group doesn’t want to force its agenda on anyone, but he also said Leith could be a “test ground” for the takeover of a community by white supremacists.
“You have to start somewhere,” he said.
Cobb, 61, who is wanted in Canada for allegedly promoting hatred in Vancouver in 2010, was drawn to