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School delays mascot vote over fears it’s tied to lynching

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A Portland high school delayed a vote to change its mascot to an evergreen tree over concerns about its potential ties to lynching, a report said.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School — named after the prominent black activist and reporter who documented lynching — was set to vote on the new mascot last Tuesday until a board director shared community concerns over the tree’s imagery, the Portland Tribune reported.

“I’m wondering if there was any concern with the imagery there, in using a tree … as our
mascot?” Portland Public Schools Board of Education Director Michelle DePass asked at the meeting.

“I think everyone comes with blind spots and I think that might’ve been a really big blind spot.”

One of the committee members involved in choosing the evergreens mascot said the issue was broached during the process.

“We did talk about it, but we were looking at the symbolism more as a tree of life, than a tree of death,” Martin Osborne said.

Osborne, who is black, said the evergreens mascot “had nothing to do with the horrible history of lynching in the United States. Lynching trees typically are not evergreens.”

DePass suggested the committee reach out to the family of Wells-Barnett’s to ensure they are on board with the new mascot ahead of the rescheduled vote at the next meeting.

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Multiple people shot at Indianapolis FedEx facility

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Multiple people were shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night, a report said.

Police first responded to reports of an active shooter at the building near the Indianapolis International Airport at about 11:10 p.m., WISH reported.

Dispatchers declared the shooting a “mass casualty” incident, which allows for more emergency responders, the report said.

Police did not immediately reveal how many people were shot, or the conditions of the victims.

One of the shooting victims was shot in her left arm as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the building, her uncle, Parminder Singh told CBS 4 reporter Courtney Crown.

“She called. She said there was a shooting in the Fedex [building],” Singh said.

He said his niece was hospitalized and is doing “fine.”

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Chicago Police release new video it says shows Adam Toledo was armed

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Chicago police say the 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops last month was holding a gun just before he was gunned down.

Video footage released by the CPD shows Adam Toledo running in an alley before being asked to stop and put his hands up, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

A grainy close up of the seventh-grader shows him holding what police claim is a gun in his right hand. Less than a second later, he was shot dead.

Disturbing body cam video shows the whole March 29 incident.

“Police, stop, stop right f—-g now,” Officer Eric Stillman is heard saying as he chased the teen down an alley. “Hands. Show me your f—-g hands.”

“Drop it, drop it,” the 34-year-old cop yells, before Toledo is seen turning around and the cop fires a single shot. 

Cops were responding to reports of gunshots in the area when they encountered Toledo and another suspect.

Police have maintained the Little Village incident was an armed confrontation, and a weapon was recovered.

Prosecutors had said Toledo was carrying a gun, but walked back the statement Thursday, saying the attorney “failed to fully inform himself,” and “the video speaks for itself,” the CBS affiliate reported.

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Chicago prosecutor not ‘fully informed’ when he told judge Adam Toledo was armed

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A Chicago prosecutor was not fully informed when he told a judge that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was armed with a gun when the teen was fatally shot by a police officer last month, a report said.

Cook County Assistant State Attorney James Murphy made the statement during a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Toledo leading up to the March 29 police shooting, WGN 9 reported.

“The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer. [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand,” the attorney said during the hearing, according to the report.

But on Thursday, a spokesperson for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the outlet that a prosecutor in their office did not have all the information before presenting his argument.

“An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” the spokesperson said.

Also on Thursday, video footage was released of Toledo’s killing, part of which shows the teen appearing to raise his hands a split second before he was fatally shot.

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