McKeldin Library and fountain, University of Maryland

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Big News

There will be no hate crime charges against Sean Urbanski, the white University of Maryland student accused of stabbing and killing Black Bowie State student Richard Collins III. Though Urbanski has been indicted on one count of murder and will head to trial, police maintain the attack was “unprovoked,” despite Urbanski reportedly being a member of a Facebook group that promoted hate toward Black people—let’s not forget. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks stated at a Thursday news conference, “We didn’t have enough today.” She added, “Developing a motive is always a challenging aspect of a case. In this case, and in any other case, you can’t get it wrong. Why is something that we all want to know.” According to NBC Washington, the investigation is ongoing.

Big Lies

Trump’s lawyer is out here making threats to strangers via email, apparently. “I’m on you now,” Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s attorney on the Russia case, reportedly wrote in a message. “You are fucking with me now. Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, bitch.” The profane memo came in response to a man demanding Kasowitz resign after hearing Rachel Maddow discuss a story ran by Pro Publica. In another message, he wrote: “Call me.  Don’t be afraid, you piece of shit.  Stand up.  If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.” Deeper in the email chain: “I already know where you live, I’m on you.  You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.  Bro.” A spokesperson for Kasowitz told The Washington Post that he “regretted his words” and the exchange “came at the end of a very long day that at 10 p.m. was not yet over.” But was it really that deep, “bro”? Check out more from the heated thread here.

Big Facts

If you haven’t seen the video of Florida’s first and only Black elected state attorney being pulled over by cops, you’re in for a treat (see below). The footage of Aramis Ayala being pulled over by Orlando Police in a June 19 traffic stop went viral this week, with many folks on social media praising Ayala for her grace in what appeared to be a racially motivated incident. In a statement released to CNN, the Orlando Police Department said the running of tags is a “routine” practice done “for official business only.” But Ayala wants to make sure things are crystal. “To be clear, I violated no laws,” she told CNN. “The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered. The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law. Although the traffic stop appears to be consistent with Florida law (my) goal is to have a constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community.”

Oh, and may these words spoken on the day of June 19, 2017 live on in reparative perpetuity: “I’m the State Attorney.”


Nah, forreal, we might just start using that everywhere—in all situations.

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